albany.jpgAlbany, N.Y. -- February in Albany features a host of special events, guaranteed to warm hearts with great wintertime entertainment. For theater lovers, Betrayal and To Kill a Mockingbird are at Capital Repertory Theatre, with Agatha Christie's, And Then There Were None, performed by the New York State Theatre Institute. Gilbert and Sullivan's, The Mikado, is on stage at Cohoes Music Hall. At the Troy Savings Bank Music Hall, Marc Cohn and Suzanne Vega are in concert, as are Jim Brickman and the David Grisman Quintet. At The Egg, there is diverse lineup including a Chinese New Year Celebration and the Celtic music of Carbon Leaf. The Palace Theatre has Rain: A Tribute to the Beatles and The Pink Floyd Experience and The Valentine's Soul Jam. For sports' fans, the Times Union Center welcomes the Harlem Globetrotters and the 48th Annual New York High School Wrestling Championships. There's good news for history lovers. The Albany Institute of History and Art has extended its acclaimed exhibit, Hudson River Panorama: 400 years of Historic Art and Culture, through all of 2010. And, anyone looking for a taste of spring will enjoy New York in Bloom, a flower show and fundraiser at the New York State Museum. For the most up-to-date information about these and other special events in New York's Capital City, as well as special getaway packages, visit http://www.albany.org/ Hudson River Panorama: 400 Years of Historic Art and Culture Extended through 12/31/2010 Albany Institute of History and Art 125 Washington Avenue Albany, NY 12210 (518) 463-4478 Times: Wed.-Sun. 10 AM-5 PM; Sunday, Noon-5 PM. Tuesday, Registered Groups only. Closed Monday and major holidays. Admission:  Adults $10| Seniors $8|. Students w/ID $8.| Children 6-12, $6 | Children under 6, free. Extended by popular demand, this special exhibit commemorates Henry Hudson's 1609 exploration of the river that bears his name, and the remarkable narrative of the people, events and ideas that shaped the Capital Region. Features hundreds of artworks, artifacts and rare archival from the Institute's renowned collection. ************************************ 1609 Exhibit -- Hudson 400 Thru 3/31/2010 New York State Museum Cultural Education Center Madison Avenue Albany, NY (518) 474-5877 http://www.nysm.nysed.gov/ This exhibition re-examines Henry Hudson's voyage, myths that surround it and the legacies of Hudson's unexpected discovery. *********************** 1st Friday in Albany 2/2/2010 Starting at Upstate Artists Guild 247 Lark Street Albany, NY (518) 426-3501 Times: 4-8 PM Admission: Free. Board the Albany Trolley and visit numerous gallery openings, one-night shows, local shops and restaurants.  ************* Marc Cohn & Suzanne Vega 2/3/2010 Troy Savings Bank Music Hall 30 Second Street Troy, NY 12180 (518) 273-8945 Time: 8 PM Admission: Varies. Two contemporary singer-songwriters and masterful storytellers share the stage. ************* Betrayal Thru 2/7/2010  Capital Repertory Theatre 111 North Pearl Street Albany, NY 12207  (518) 462-4531 Times: Hours: vary by day. Regarded as one of Harold Pinter´s major plays, Betrayal deals with a classic dramatic love triangle that entangles a married couple and their close friend. 469 Contact Email: boxoffice@capitalrep.org *************** Agatha Christie´s And Then There Were None Thru 2/12/2010  New York State Theatre Institute 37 First Street Troy, NY 12180  (518) 274-3200 Times and admission: Vary One by one, the visitors to a lovely but isolated island are murdered - and a simple nursery rhyme provides the blueprint for the killer´s next move. Full of suspense, this "murderer-loose-in-the-isolated-mansion" thriller as one person after **************** Frank Vignola Quintet 2/6/2010 The Egg Empire State Plaza Albany, NY 12223  (518) 473-1064 Time: 8 pm Admission: $24.00 Jazz guitarist Frank Vignola recreates an evening at the Hot Club of France t o celebrate the 100th birthday of jazz guitarist Django Reinhardt. *************** Harlem Globetrotters 2/7/2010  Times Union Center 51 South Pearl Street Albany, NY 12207  {518) 487-2000 Time: 1 PM Admission: $19.50-$108.50 Don't miss the return of fan favorite Tay "Firefly" Fisher. **************** Jim Brickman, Solo Piano 2/12/2010 Troy Savings Bank Music Hall 30 Second Street Troy, NY 12180 (518) 273-8945 Time: 8 PM Admission: Varies. Contemporary instrumental hit maker Jim Brickman's signature style f romantic piano playing and songwriting has earned him six Gold and Platinum selling albums. **************** Urban Tap 2/12/2010 The Egg Empire State Plaza Albany, NY 12223  (518) 473-1064 Time: 8 PM Admission Varies. Led by global tap dance master Tamango, Urban Tap will perform "Caravane". **************** The Valentine´s Soul Jam  2/12/2010  Palace Theatre 19 Clinton Avenue Albany, NY 12207   (518) 465-3334 Time: 8 PM Admission: Varies. Featuring The Stylistics, The Emotions, Harold Melvin´s Blue Notes & Blue Magic. **************** Cuisine: Capital Region Wine Festival - Romancing The Grape 2/12/2010 - 2/13/2010  Proctors Theatre 432 State Street Schenectady, NY 12305  518) 382-3884 Time: Noon Admission: Grand Tasting Feb 13 tickets $50 | Designated Driver ticket price is $25 The Wine Festival returns with even more wineries! Mark your calendar for this wildly successful event, featuring internationally known wines and gourmet delights from the area´s best restaurants! *************** 23rd Annual Dance Flurry Festival  2/12/2010 - 2/14/2010   Saratoga Hilton & Saratoga City Center (And additional venues) 522 Broadway Saratoga Springs, NY 12866 Contact: Hudson - Mohawk Traditional Dances, Inc.) Latham, NY 12110  (518) 292-0133 The Dance Flurry is a weekend festival for dancers and music lovers of all ages. Dances, performances, worships, crafts and more. Over 600 scheduled performers in seven venues. *************** Pigeon Party! 2/12/2010 The Egg Empire State Plaza Albany, NY 12223  (518) 473-1064 Times: 11 am Admission: $14 Full of fun, features, laughter, music and excitement. **************** Chinese New Year Celebration 2/13/2010  The Egg Empire State Plaza Albany, NY 12223  (518) 473-1064 Times: 6 pm Admission: $15 Presented by the Chinese Community Center.  ************ Jane Monheit 2/14/2010   The Egg Empire State Plaza PO Box 2065 Albany, NY 12223  (518) 473-1064 Time: 7:30 PM Admission: $28 Make your Valentine´s Day plans to see and hear Jane Monheit, the day´s most romantic jazz vocalist, as she sings ballads and swing standards with a style that has won the hearts of audiences around the world. *********** School Break Fun  2/18/2010  Henry Hudson Planetarium Albany Heritage Area Visitors Center 25 Quackenbush Sq Albany, NY 12207   (518) 434-0405 http://albany.org/ Time: 11 AM Follow the North Star and the Underground Railroad and explore the important role astronomy played in the freedom seekers. For children in grades 2-12. **************** The Mikado 2/18/2010 - 2/28/2010  Cohoes Music Hall 58 Remsen Street Cohoes, NY 12047   (518) 237-5858 Times: Thursdays, Fridays, & Saturdays at 8 PM; Saturday and Sunday matinees at 3 PM Admission: All seats reserved! $25-$35 Gilbert and Sullivan's satirical opera tells the tale of preposterous carryings on in the mythical Japanese village of Titipu. *********** 19th Annual New York in Bloom 2/19/2010 - 2/21/2010  New York State Museum Cultural Education Center {NYSM} 3023 Cultural Education Center Empire State Plaza Albany, NY 12230   (518) 474-5877 Times: 9:30 AM - 5 PM Admission: Varies. Experience the sights and scents of the approaching spring during this 19th annual fundraising weekend benefiting the Museum Club and the Discovery Squad, the Museum's award-winning after-school programs for children and teens. ******* 17th Annual James Campbell Memorial Gem, Mineral and Fossil Show and Sale  2/20/2010 - 2/21/2010   New York State Museum Cultural Education Center {NYSM} 3023 Cultural Education Center Empire State Plaza Albany, NY 12230  (518) 474-5877 Times: 10 AM - 5 PM Vendors from throughout the Northeast display and sell gems, jewelry, minerals, lapidary equipment, fossils, and much more Staff members conduct guided tours of the mineral and fossil exhibitions and are on hand to identify visitors' own minerals and fossils. *********** The Pink Floyd Experience  2/20/2010  Palace Theatre Performing Arts Center  9 Clinton Avenue Albany, NY 12207  {518) 465-3334 Times: 7:30 PM. Admission: $32.00, & $27.00 Get ready for The Pink Floyd Experience, complete with 200,000 watts of light...full quadraphonic sound and six brilliant musicians! *********** Tommy Emmanuel 2/20/2010 Troy Savings Bank Music Hall 30 Second Street Troy, NY 12180 (518) 273-8945 Time: 8 PM Admission: Varies One of Australia's most-beloved stars, guitar wizard Tommy Emmanuel is called "one of the greatest guitar players on the planet" by Chet Atkins. *********** Carbon Leaf 2/25/2010  The Egg Empire State Plaza Albany, NY 12223  (518) 473-1064 Time: 7:30 PM Admission: $24 Carbon Leaf´s brand of Celtic-influenced rock takes center stage as the Virginia-based band performs music from their series of acclaimed recordings. ************* David Grisman Quintet 2/27/2010 Troy Savings Bank Music Hall 30 Second Street Troy, NY 12180 (518) 273-8945 Time: 8 PM Admission: Varies For 25 years, the David Grisman Quintet has been one of the most influential and musically innovative bands in America. *********** Winter Northeast Art and Craft Show 2/23/2010 - 2/25/2010  At the Empire State Plaza Albany, NY Sponsored by Northeast Show Promoters 12 Avis Drive Latham, NY 12110  518) 786-1529 ************* RAIN - A Tribute to the Beatles 2/25/2010  Palace Theatre 19 Clinton Avenue Albany, NY 12207  (518) 465-3334 Time: 7:30 PM Admission: Tickets: $47.50, $37.50 & 27.50. RAIN is a multi-media, multi-dimensional experience...a fusion of historical footage and hilarious television commercials from the 1960s along with Beatlemaniac favorites. ****************** To Kill A Mockingbird 2/26/2010 - 3/28/2010  Capital Repertory Theatre 111 North Pearl Street Albany, NY 12207  (518) 462-4531 Times: Hours: vary by day Based on Harper Lee´s Pulitzer Prize-winning novel, this new adaptation by Christopher Serge is both heartwarming and chilling -- a quiet story of prejudice, racism, courage and human value. ****************** 48th Annual NYSPHSAA Wrestling Championships 2/26/2010 & 2/27/2010 Times Union Center 51 South Pearl Street Albany, NY 12207  {518) 487-2000 Admission: Varies.

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