February Highlights

This month's highlights PLUS: Home Theater and Broadway Box Office


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Circa 2011

The circus is great but—with up to three rings of action going full speed for hours—it can be a bit much. For those with shorter attention spans, there’s CiRCA. The Australian group promises “46 Circus Acts in 45 Minutes.” And, lest you think they’re pulling the wool over your eyes, there’s a big clock that counts down those 45 minutes for you. But, chances are, you won’t have time to check it—you’ll be too busy watching the acrobats, aerialists, jugglers, and magicians tromping in and out of the spotlight at breakneck speed. CiRCA comes to the Performing Arts Center on February 27.


Cook Out

Chef, author, and TV personality Anthony Bourdain has eaten haji kadir (red-dyed meat and bone marrow) in Singapore. He has shopped at the Duala Market—where they sell monkey meat—in Liberia. He’s tasted the best falafel in Beirut. But the No Reservations star and frequent Top Chef guest judge started his globetrotting career more or less in our area; he graduated from Vassar College in Poughkeepsie and refined his palate at the Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park. A recent episode of No Reservations had him returning to his Hudson Valley roots, eating crabs from the Hudson River and dining—with Bill Murray, no less—at X2O. You can ask him about his culinary adventures—both around the world, and close to home—when he visits the Stamford Center for the Arts on February 12. There, he’ll share the behind-the-scenes stories that don’t make it into his books (Kitchen Confidential, Medium Raw) or TV shows.


According to Jim

Saturday Night Live comedian Jim Breuer is most popular with a certain segment of the population—you know, the type of people who watch his movie Half Baked over and over. But, with his new book, Breuer is trying to appeal to people other than college students with the munchies. Appropriately titled I’m Not High (But I’ve Got a Lot of Crazy Stories About Life as a Goat Boy, a Dad, and a Spiritual Warrior), the book describes his life as a (sober) family man and caretaker of his elderly father. And, to top it off—he still manages to make it funny. Hear how he does it when he performs stand-up at the Tarrytown Music Hall on February 26.

True Colors

It’s African American History Month, and the Hudson River Museum is celebrating by exploring African American history in fine art. Its newest exhibition, The Chemistry of Color: The Sorgenti Collection of Contemporary African American Art, traces the evolution of African American art throughout the 20th century, focusing primarily on the period between 1970 and 1990. There are 70 works in the exhibition, which was organized by the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, and artists represented include Romare Bearden, Jacob Lawrence, Benny Andrews, Sam Gilliam, Howardena Pindell, Faith Ringgold, Betye Saar, and Raymond Saunders. The Chemistry of Color will be on view through May 8.


Step Up

This isn’t just dancing. This is stepping. Steppers stomp, clap, and shout in intricate percussive rhythms, sometimes throwing in tap and gymnastics moves for good measure. And, while most steppers perform in college competitions, Step Afrika has gone pro. In fact, the troupe, founded in 1994, was the first professional troupe dedicated to stepping. See Step Afrika in action on February 12, when it performs at the Paramount Center for the Arts in Peekskill.

Step Afrika takes bold steps.

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