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Get Off the Couch! 5 Events to Attend this February
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Jim Gaffigan

Fight the February urge to stay at home enrich your life with these Hudson Valley events. Get your laugh on with live comedy shows from Jim Gaffigan and Pete Correale, celebrate the legacy of John Lewis with a screening of the documentary John Lewis: Good Trouble; and more this month.

COMEDY

Jim Gaffigan

February 25 at the Palace Theater
February 26 at Mid-Hudson Civic Center

With the caricatured voice of an Adult Swim cartoon character and a clean brand of humor that has near-universal appeal, voice actor and stand-up comedian Jim Gaffigan has been making America laugh for over two decades. He boasts a handful of comedy specials and multiple Grammy nominations for his trademark observational routines that cover topics ranging from fatherhood to eating and laziness. He isn’t above the occasional poop joke, either. Gaffigan brings his stable of vocal impressions to Albany for a double header on February 25 and to Poughkeepsie on February 26 as part of the “We All Deserve This Fun Tour.” 

COMEDY

Pete Correale

February 26 at the Bearsville Theater

With his thick Long Island accent, dramatic facial expressions, and occasionally wild gesticulating, Pete Correale often feels more like your friend’s hilarious, perennially exasperated uncle than a stand-up comedian. Whether he’s talking about having a kid in his 40s, sports, marriage, pop culture, or daily life, Correale brings a relatable perspective that will nevertheless keep you consistently laughing. Cohost of “The Pete and Sebastian” podcast on SiriusXM and former writer and performer on “Kevin Can Wait,” he is often touted as an underappreciated talent by fans. A multi-time performer on “The Daily Show,” Letterman, and Conan, Correale swings through Woodstock's Bearsville Theater on February 26.

FILM

Flee

January 28-TBD at Upstate Films

A darling of film festivals, the innovative, genre-bending, animated film Flee straddles the line between memoir and documentary. The film brings to life the previously untold story of Amin Nawabi’s physical and emotional journey as a child refugee escaping Afghanistan for Denmark. Ahead of his wedding, Nawabi jumps back into his past, opening a painful chapter that he has kept sealed for over 20 years but that threatens to disrupt his life and that of his soon-to-be husband. Narrated by Nawabi in Danish, as he recounts it to director Jonas Poher Rasmussen, the story is depicted primarily through animation with flashes of live-action footage, an evocative cinematic experience that spans the emotional spectrum. 

ACTIVISM/FILM

John Lewis: Good Trouble

February 5 at the Rosendale Theater

Postponed from MLK Day in January, this double header at the Rosendale Theater celebrates the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.  The event will kick off at 3pm with a staging of “Let it Shine, Living History Musical,” narrated by Radio Kingston’s Jessieca McNabb and brought to life by local actors, musicians, dancers. The event will also honor the present-day human rights and social justice leaders of Ulster County. At 5pm, the theater will screen the 2020 documentary John Lewis: Good Trouble, which tells the story of the legendary congressman and lifelong activist John Lewis though interviews and rare archival footage. Stick around following the screening for a discussion led by local history teacher Albert Cook. 

THEATER

Unnatural Acts”

February 24-March 6 at SUNY New Paltz

In 1920, Harvard University formed a secret court to handle accusations of “homosexual activity” following the suicide of one student. A docudrama conceived by Tony Speciale and collaboratively developed with the members of his ensemble, Plastic Theatre, “Unnatural Acts” details the formation of the secret court and its persecution of gay students. The play, which debuted at off-Broadway theater Classic Stage Company in 2011, will be brought to life by SUNY New Paltz students just over 100 years after the true events took place.

TALKS & LECTURES

Lost Amusement Parks of the Hudson Valley

February 9, virtual via Zoom

The Hudson River Maritime Museum’s “Follow the River” lecture series is as meandering as the title might imply, covering topics ranging from maritime topics to the region’s. The next installment, “Lost Amusement Parks of the Hudson Valley,” will be led by historians Wes and Barbara Gottlock. The duo, who have published six books together, including one on this subject, will tell the tale of the region’s many bygone amusement parks, which grew up alongside the population and transportation boom of the 20th century and served as recreational destinations for the region for over 50 years. 


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