ALBANY, N.Y. -- New York’s Capital City has new exhibits, performances and special events as “Hudson 400 -- Celebration of Discovery” continues to celebrate the 400th anniversary of Henry Hudson’s discovery of Albany. “Hudson 400 -- A Celebration of Discovery” has been named a #1 event in North America by the American Bus Association. “The momentum is growing throughout the Albany area,” said Michele Vennard, president and CEO of the Albany County Convention & Visitors Bureau. “The long-awaited, new exhibit at one of America’s oldest museums -- the Albany Institute of History and Arts -- opens to the public on Feb. 7,” she said. The exhibit entitled, Hudson River Panorama: 400 Years of Historic Art and Culture, took than three years to research. The result is an exhibit with more than 200 historical artifacts, works of art and rare archival documents all exploring the influential force that the Hudson River has on the region. But, there is much more happening in February, as Albany welcomes Willie Nelson, Sesame Street Live, new performances at Capital Repertory Theater and the New York State Theatre Institute, and much more. For the most up-to-date information about special getaway packages and more information about all the special events in New York’s Capital City, visit For additional information about the Hudson 400 Celebration of Discovery, visit


  Opens 1/30 Thru 2/11/2009 (Select Dates) Orphan Train Location: New York State Theatre Institute, 37 First St, Troy, NY 12180, (518) 274-3200, Times | Admission Contact NYSTI Recommended for ages 12 and up.   For roughly three quarters of a century - the last half of the 19th and the first quarter of the 20th - orphans and "surplus" children from the streets of New York City were offered second chances aboard the orphan trains arranged by the Rev. Charles Loring Brace and his Children´s Aid Society. This haunting new musical examines just a few of the many stories of children sent west to be adopted and discovers their destiny: from inspiring success to dismal failure.


 2/3/2009 - 4/5/2009 Jason Middlebrook: The Spires of Albany Location: University at Albany Art Museum, 1400 Washington Ave., Albany, NY 12222 (518) 442-4035 Times: Opening reception Tuesday, Feb. 3rd from 5-7pm. Gallery walk-throughs with the artist at 4:30pm. Admission: Free and open to the public Middlebrook will build a series of towers in the University Art Museum using recycled materials including several tons of cardboard collected on campus. The Spires of Albany fulfills Middlebrook’s stated ongoing artistic and environmental goal, “to reduce the amount of debris that eventually ends up in a landfill.”


 2/3/2009 - 2/5/2009 Valentine’s Day Northeast Art and Craft Show @ ESP Location: Empire State Plaza, North Concourse, Downtown AlbanySponsored by: Northeast Show Promoters, 12 Avis Drive, Latham, NY 12110, (518) 786-1529 Times 9 AM-3 PM | Admission: Free.


 2/6/2009 - 2/8/2009 28th Annual Great Northeast Home Show Location: Empire State Plaza Convention Center and the Times Union Center, downtown The Great Northeast Home Show, the longest running consumer home show in the Capital Region, returns to the Times Union Center and Empire State Plaza. The largest of its kind in the Northeast, this three-day event features nearly 500 exhibitor booths and displays, as well as informational seminars, this year’s event offers helpful hints on topics ranging from remodeling, to refurnishing, to refinancing a dream home.


 2/7/2009 thru 1/3/2010 Hudson River Panorama: 400 Years of Historic Art and Culture Location: Albany Institute of History and Art, 125 Washington Ave., Albany, NY 12210 (518) 463-4478 information @albanyinstitute.orgTimes: 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.This unprecedented, year-long 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.


 2/7/2009-2/15/2009 No Child Location: Capital Repertory Theatre, 111 North Pearl Street, Albany, NY 12207, (518) 462-4531 Times: Vary. | Admission: $34.00/$46.00 No Child is a tour-de-force exploration of the New York public school system. The teachers, students, parents, administrators, janitors, and security guards who inhabit our schools and shape the future of America are fearlessly brought to the stage with rapid fire and precise succession.


 2/7/2009 Les Violons du Roy - Hudson 400 Location: Troy Savings Bank Music Hall, 32 Second Street, Troy, NY 12180, (518) 273-0038 info@troymusichall.orgTime: 8 PM | Admission:  $30.Troy Chromatic Concerts/Special co-presentation with Troy Savings Bank Music Hall -Les Violons du Roy, celebrating the Hudson River Quadricentennial! The celebrated Baroque and Classical orchestra Les Violons du Roy, based Quebec, combines modern instruments, and stylistic integrity.


 2/9 & 2/12/2009 Siena Basketball Location: Times Union Center, 51 S. Pearl St., Albany, NY 12207, (518)487-2000Times: Vary. | Admission: Varies.


 2/9/2009 Commemoration of The Ride of Symon Schermerhorn - Hudson 400 Location: City of Albany Office of Special Events and Volunteer Services, City Hall Room 402, Albany, NY 12203, (518) 434-2032, info@albanyevents.orgCommemoration of Symon Schermerhorn´s Ride on the night of February 8, 1609 to warn Albany of the attack on Schenectady by the French and Indians. To mark the anniversary, the Mayor of Schenectady arrives at Albany City Hall on horseback and is greeted by the Mayor of Albany.


 2/11/2009 Henry Hudson & Friends Historical Puppet Show - Hudson 400 Location: Albany Heritage Area Visitors Center, 25 Quackenbush Square, corner of Broadway & Clinton Ave., Albany, NY (518) 434-0405 accvb@albany.orgTime: 11 AM | Admission: $3.Geared for children ages 4-7, This engaging and participatory program uses puppetry to tell the story of the Hudson River, the Native Americans who llived on its shores and the arrival of Henry Hudson in 1609. Includes paper puppet craft project.


 2/12/2009  - 3/1/2009 A Man for All Seasons Location: Albany Civic Theatre, 235 Second Ave., P.O. Box 6172, Albany, NY 12206, (518) 462-1297, Times: Vary. |Admission: $15. When Henry VIII´s first wife is unable to produce an heir to the throne, he uses that as a pretext for the pope to grant him a divorce, so he can marry his newest conquest. The King is backed by everyone on this request except the highly regarded and religious Sir Thomas More. Eventually, More is brought to trial and is forced to choose between his life and his morals. First introduced on Broadway in 1962.


 2/13/2009 Jump Rhythm Jazz Project Location: The Egg, Empire State Plaza, PO Box 2065, Albany, NY 12223, (518) 473-7773, Times: 8:00 PM | Admission: $24 (adult), $20 (senior), $12 (child)  A company of rhythmically exuberant swing and tap dancers, led by Billy Siegenfeld, the Jump Rhythm Jazz Project celebrates the jazz dance tradition with high-energy bursts of body rhythms to the sounds of syncopated music.


 2/13, 2/14, 21/16, 2/20 &2/22/2009 Albany River Rats HockeyHome Ice Times Union Center 51 S Pearl St Albany, NY 12207   (518) 487-2000 Time: 7 PM.| Admission: Varies.


 2/14/2009 Jane Monheit Location: The Egg, Empire State Plaza, PO Box 2065, Albany, NY 12223, (518) 473-7773 Times: 8pm  |  Admission: $28 Make your 2009 Valentine’s Day plans to see and hear Jane Monheit, the day’s most romantic jazz vocalist, as she sings ballads and swings standards with a style that has won the hearts of audiences around the world.


 2/15/2009 Willie Nelson with Special Guests Asleep at the Wheel Location: Palace Performing Arts Center, 19 Clinton Avenue, Albany, NY 12207, (518) 465-3334 Times: 7:30 PM | Admission: $65, $50 & $35 Willie Nelson and Asleep at the Wheel release their new CD collaboration Willie & The Wheel in February.  Willie Nelson and Asleep at the Wheel will showcase songs from the new album, Willie Nelson classics and a few surprises.


 2/18/2009 - 2/22/2009 The Love-Hungry Farmer Location: Capital Repertory Theatre, 111 North Pearl Street, Albany, NY 12207 (518) 462-4531  Times: Vary. |Admission: Set in 1950s rural Ireland, John Bosco McLane is a 56 year-old bachelor…and virgin. He is desperate for female companionship, but finding someone in his isolated town of Bannabeen makes it difficult. Of the few chances he’s had for love, all have had hilarious and humiliating endings. Acclaimed actor Des Keogh, who also adapted the play, stars as McLane.


 2/20/2009-2/22/2009 Sesame Street Live: Elmo Makes Music Location: Palace Performing Arts Center, 19 Clinton Avenue, Albany, NY 12207, (518) 465-3334 Times: Vary. | Admission: $32, $24, $18, $15 Elmo and friends teach children that everyone can make music together.


 2/20/2009 - 3/8/2009 The Full Monty Location: Cohoes Music Hall, 58 Remsen St., Cohoes, NY 12047, (518) 237-5858 Times: Thurs./Fri/Sat. @ 8 PM | Sat/Sun. @ 3 PM   Seeing how much their wives enjoy watching male strippers during their "Girls´ Night Out," unemployed steelworkers in Buffalo come up with a bold way to make some quick cash. In the process they find renewed self-esteem, the importance of friendship and the ability to have fun.


 2/21/2009 Siena vs. ESPNU BracketBustersTimes Union Center 51 S Pearl St Albany, NY 12207   (518) 487-2000 Time: TBA |Admission: Varies.


 2/21/2009 Henry Hudson Planetarium Star Shows Location: Albany Heritage Area Visitors Center, 25 Quackenbush Square, corner of Broadway & Clinton Ave., Albany, NY (518) 434-0405 accvb@albany.orgAdmission: $3.11 AM. -- Children’s Star Show.Interactive program explaining the stars and planets. As part of the Hudson 400 celebration, children will meet Henry Hudson (puppet) and discover how he used stars to sail to Albany in 1609. Geared for children ages 3-7.1 PM. --Albany Star SightingInteractive program identifies stars, planets and more and features how Henry Hudson used celestial navigation to sail to Albany.


 2/27/2009-3/1/2009 8th Annual Underground Railroad History Conference - Hudson 400 Sponsor:  Underground Railroad History Project of the Capital Region, Inc., P.O. Box 10851,  Albany, NY 12201 |(518) 432-4432  | Held at Union College in SchenectadyTo be held at Union College in Schenectady, the conference will emphasize both the history of the opposition to slavery and its legacies during the post-slavery period, and the relevance of this history to the New York State’s  Quadricentennial. Special speakers, workshops, exhibits, concerts and more.


 2/27/2009 Albany Symphony Orchestra-Visionary Heroes - Hudson 400Location: Troy Savings Bank Music Hall, 32 Second Street, Troy, NY 12180, (518) 273-0038 Times: 8PM | Admission: Tickets will not be available via the internet | $49/$40/$25  The great composers never had to confront the grave physical difficulties that explorers like Columbus, Magellan, and Henry Hudson faced. Still visionary artists set out bravely on unchartered waters, taking their listeners on daring voyages of discovery.


 2/27/2009 & 2/28/2009 NYSPHSSA Wresting Championships Location: Times Union Center51 S Pearl St., Albany, NY 12207, (518)487-2000Times: Vary. | Admission: Varies.


 2/27/2009 Ralphie May Location: The Egg, Empire State Plaza, PO Box 2065, Albany, NY 12223, (518) 473-7773 Times: 8 PM | Admission: $30Ralphie May is one of the most popular comedians in the country. He can currently be seen in 87 million living rooms nationwide on a regular basis with his one-hour special, "Ralphie May: Prime Cut" on Comedy Central.


  On-Going Events  Thru 2/8/2009 

Light on New Netherland - Hudson 400 Location: NYS Museum  Cultural Education Center, Empire State Plaza, Albany (518)474-5877Times: 9:30 am - 5 pm | Admission: Free.The exhibit demonstrates how and why the influence of the Dutch on the part of North America known as New Netherland.

 Thru  3/22/2009 Albanniversary: Kim Stock Photography Exhibit – Hudson 400 Location: Albany Heritage Area Visitors Center, 25 Quackenbush Square, (Corner of Broadway & Clinton Ave.), Albany, NY 12207, (518) 434-0405, Times: Mon-Fri 9am-4pm | Sat-Sun 10am-4pm Admission: Free In celebration of Albany´s 400 Year Anniversary, Kim has captured Albany as it is now, the skyline, the Capitol covered in snow, the Half Moon, tulips in Washington Park, and more. Exhibiting approximately two dozen, black and white and color digital enlargements, of various Albany images taken throughout 2008. Public parking is available via Spencer Street.


 Thru 4/1/2009 Sculpture in the Streets Throughout Downtown AlbanyContact: Downtown Albany BID 522 Broadway Albany, NY 12207   (518) 465-2143 Downtown Albany’s highly successful outdoor public art installation returns with all-new contemporary sculptures from local and regional artists. Kicking off at a gala Garden Party fundraiser on June 13, 2008, the exhibition will feature up to 20 large-scale works of art placed throughout downtown’s streets, parks and other public spaces. Presented by the Downtown Albany BID and Kivort Steel.


 Throughout 2009 Henry Hudson and  His River - Hudson 400 Produced by:  eba Dance Theater  351 Hudson Ave (corner of Hudson & Lark), Albany, NY 12210, (518) 465-9916 Times: Vary.Celebrate the 400 year anniversary of Hudson’s voyage by bringing eba´s Henry Hudson & His River Arts in education performance to your community group or school! Henry Hudson and His River,  , accompanied by educational workshops and teacher packets, will be available to schools, community groups, and Hudson 400 festivities throughout 2009. 


 Thru 12/31/2009 Beneath the City: An Archaeological Perspective of Albany - Hudson 400 Location: NYS Museum  Cultural Education Center, Empire State Plaza, Albany (518)474-5877Times: 9:30 am - 5 pm | Admission: Free. Beneath the streets of Albany, archeological finds provide a unique way of learning about the past.  CONTACT:  Michele Vennard, President and CEO  (518) 434-1217 x300,