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'Photo Finish': Islip black history show


WHAT The Islip Art Museum presents its first exhibition specifically themed to Black History Month. It's also the first show since the town-owned museum became affiliated with the Islip Arts Council. "Photo Finish" features works by eight African-American artists from the Center for Photography at Woodstock. Kenseth Armstead has a work he calls "Spook," a video projected against a plywood mural depicting a double-agent slave who reported to George Washington. Myra Greene offers "My White Friends," a photo essay on what "white" looks like from her perspective. Stephen Marc's untitled collages, drawing from stereotypical plantation images, are inspired by his study of the Underground Railroad. White graffiti overlays some of Felicia Megginson's sepia-toned urban portraits. Taking a depressing, Olympian view of ghettos, Tim Portlock manipulates dusk and dawn cityscapes of Philadelphia. In Keisha Scarville's video, blacks stand rigidly as white grains - salt, perhaps? - pour over them. Kwabene Slaughter uses filmstrip imagery of passing faces, as if glimpsed on a train from the station, while Preston Wadley frames photo-album snapshots in booklike, terra-cotta environments. One includes a canoe sawed in half, separating - due to a slave sale? - a young black couple. Photographer Vicki Ragan, daughter-in-law of arts council founder Lillian Barbash, is featured in the permanent collection gallery.

WHEN | WHERE 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesdays through Saturdays, noon to 4 p.m. Sundays, through March 27. Related workshops: 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday, 12:30 p.m. Sunday; tour with "Photo Finish" curator Ariel Shanberg followed by reception, 2 p.m. Sunday

INFO Admission: $3 suggested donation;, 631-224-5402


WHAT The only North American national tour of "Cats" sanctioned by its creator, Andrew Lloyd Webber, comes to Long Island for one night only. "Cats," which ran on Broadway for a then-record-setting 18 years - compiling thousands of "Memories" - continues to live up to its "now and forever" motto. The show is nearing the 30th anniversary of its 1981 premiere in London.

WHEN | WHERE Saturday night at 8 at Tilles Center, C.W. Post Campus of Long Island University, Brookville

INFO $47 to $77;, 516-299-3100


WHAT If you missed out on fire and passion on Valentine's Day earlier this week, it's not too late to recover. Tango Buenos Aires presents a night of the sizzling, once-forbidden dance of Argentina. "Fire and Passion of the Tango" sounds way more romantic than flowers and candy. But maybe that's just me.

WHEN | WHERE Friday night at 8 at Staller Center, Stony Brook University

INFO $38;, 631-632-2787

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