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Top 5 Arts Picks: February 9-15

FRI, FEB. 9 THROUGH SUN, FEB. 18: Twisted Valentines

This Friday, Axial Theatre kicks off its annual Twisted Valentines festival, featuring six one-act plays. These plays, some dramatic and some humorous, all center on the theme of love. The plays, selected from a pool of submissions, offer an offbeat view of traditional love stories. Performances will take place on Fridays through Sundays from February 9-18. Times vary at St. John’s Episcopal Church in Pleasantville.

SAT, FEB. 10 THROUGH SUN, MAR. 4: I Hate Hamlet

Beginning this Saturday, M&M Performing Arts Company presents Paul Rudnick’s I Hate Hamlet at Lyndhurst. Andy, a discontented television actor, is offered the opportunity to play Hamlet onstage, but he is not at all interested in the role. His dilemma deepens with a visit from the ghost of John Barrymore, the famous actor who once played Hamlet. Times vary.

SUN, FEB. 11: Jay Hoggard Performs Blues, Bop and Ballads

Vibraphonist Jay Hoggard will take the stage at PJS Jazz Society on Sunday. Hoggard, who has collaborated with vibraphone masters Lionel Hampton, Milt Jackson and Tito Puente, will perform his original blues, bop and ballads. The artist blends jazz and gospel roots with African marimba rhythms to develop new directions for the vibraphone. Begins at 5:15pm at First Presbyterian Church in Mount Vernon.

THURS, FEB. 15: Ossining Documentary and Discussion Series 

The Ossining Documentary and Discussion Series will honor Black History Month with a screening of Soundtrack for a Revolution this Thursday. The documentary combines archival footage, personal interviews and original music performances that examine the importance of music during the American civil rights movement in the 1950s and 60s. There will be a post-screening Q&A with panelists KJ Denhert, Yolanda Johnson and Elsa Waithe. Begins at 6:30pm at Ossining Public Library’s Budarz Theatre.

THURS, FEB. 15: Leonard Bernstein at 100: Beyond West Side Story

Hoff-Barthelson Music School’s new “Great Composers” lecture series will kick off this on Thursday with “Leonard Bernstein at 100: Beyond West Side Story.” The lecture, presented by Copland House’s Artistic Director and pianist Michael Boriskin, will explore Bernstein’s provocative symphonies, piano compositions, and film and theatrical scores. Begins at 7:30pm at the School’s Behrens Bergman Auditorium.

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