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February Theatre Highlights

Fr/Sa/Su 2/12 through 2/28- Shandaken Theatrical Society presents ARSENIC AND OLD LACE, by Joseph Kesserling, at the STS Playhouse, Phoenicia—Thanks to immortalization on film by Frank Capra—with help from Cary Grant—Joseph Kesserling’s black comedy Arsenic and Old Lace has become a big repertory favorite, with the cyanide-serving spinsters known the world over. Anybody spending some weekend time in Phoenicia (skiers?) has a good reason to hang out in town awhile, with the feisty Shandaken Theatrical Society taking a pass at this classic; sadly, the playwright’s one and only success. Meet the charming and “innocent” Brewster sisters, who live in their Victorian family home in Brooklyn, and who apparently populate their cellar with the remains of older gentlemen who unwittingly come to rent a room. Along with the antics of their newly-engaged-but-marriage-hating nephew Mortimer, his brother Teddy, who thinks he's Teddy Roosevelt, and the activities of their sinister Boris Karloff lookalike brother Jonathan (played by Karloff himself at the Broadway premiere in 1941), Arsenic makes for a night of non-stop silliness. Opening night (Feb 12) will be a gala performance with a special low ticket price of $8 for all tickets and beer, wine, and other special concessions being sold. STS Playhouse, 10 Church St., Phoenicia,, 845.688.2279. Fr/Sa 8 PM, Su 2 PM

Th/Fr/Sa/Su 2/19 through 2/28- OSCAR SHORTS, in both live action and animation categories, at Time and Space Limited, Hudson—Ever watch the Academy Awards® ceremony, and when they’re giving out awards for the short film categories, wonder to yourself: just what the heck are we missing? Why don’t we see more short films? Surely in this YouTube and fast-view environment we should be more aware of this genre. Well, you’re in luck, would-be (or already-are) short film fan: Time and Space Limited in Hudson will be showing the Oscar®-nominated short films—courtesy of Shorts International—in both the live action and animation categories weekends in February, on their high-definition screen, in surround sound. If you haven’t yet made a trip to TSL for one of their many screenings of new cinema (coming up: German rock-climbing drama North Face, French artist portrait Seraphine, feminist documentary The Heretics, see website for schedule), live musical performances, or presentations of the Met Opera in HD (don’t miss Simon Boccanegra, with Placido Domingo, Sa/Su 2/13 & 14, 1 PM; Bizet’s Carmen Sa/Su 3/ 6 & 7, 1 PM), this might be a good time to check it out. Time and Space Limited, 434 Columbia St., Hudson, 518.822.8100. ANIMATION SHORTS: Fr-Su 2/19-21 5:30 PM, Th-Su 2/25-28 7:30 PM. LIVE ACTION SHORTS: Fr-Su 2/19-21 7:30 PM, Th-Su 2/25-28 5:30 PM, Matinees: Sa/Su 2/27 & 28 1:30 PM

Su 3/7- WOODSTOCK TANGO SALSA/SWING DANCE PARTY, with host DJ Ilene Marder, at Keegan Ales, Kingston—Though it’s fun to participate in year round, learning the passionate Latin-style dances seems to be an excellent pastime to pursue during the cold winter months, and appears to have become a popular local phenomenon. (in Rosendale, we have Jorge teaching the salsa regularly at the Rosendale Café, with a full-on Salsa Dance there Fr 2/12, 9:30 PM.) Woodstock Tango provides a full array of lessons and workshops at the Center for Creative Education in Kingston, often on Saturdays and Sundays; and practices on 2nd and 3rd Thursdays at New World Fish & BBQ in Saugerties. World-renowned tango instructor and dancer Daniela Arcuri will be in town for private lessons, workshops, and evening milonga February 27, with location and times to be announced (see But if you’re just simply curious about what the fuss is about, Woodstock Tango will be hosting a monthly afternoon dance party at Keegan Ales in Kingston every first Sunday of the month, and the $10 door covers snacks and an intro to Tango lesson. DJ Ilene Marder knows her dance music, using traditional style like cortinas and tandas to keep the floor alive. Keegan Ales, 20 St. James St., Kingston,, 845.246.1122 (Woodstock Tango). 3-7 PM

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