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Wednesday, April 1, 2015
SAVE THE DATE! Announcing a Fundraiser for New York Folklore Society

TICKETS GO ON SALE APRIL 1, 2015.

Adirondack Attic Music History Tour featuring Dan Berggren and Andy Flynn

DAN BERGGRENFRIDAY,
MAY 22, 2015
7:30 p.m.

GE Theater, PROCTORS
432 State Street
Schenectady, NY

Tickets: $20
On sale
April 1
Andy Flynn

The Adirondack Attic Musical History Tour vibrantly brings history to life. Author, editor, publisher and host of North Country Public Radio’s Adirondack Attic, Andy Flynn joins Adirondack folk singer Dan Berggren for a special presentation that mixes folk songs with stories and images from the archives of the Adirondack Museum.

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Please note that there is a $2 service charge for online purchases.

Tickets are also available for purchase at NYFS in downtown Schenectady or by mail to NYFS, 129 Jay Street, Schenectady, NY 12305.
For more information, or to order by phone, call NYFS at 518/346-7008.

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Flushing Town Hall presents
Monthly Jazz Clinic: Johnny Hodges and Music of Duke Ellington
6:00 p.m.
Flushing Town Hall, 137-35 Northern Boulevard, (at the corner of Linden Place), Flushing, NY 11354
Free
For high school students and up. If you’re interested in learning more about jazz and playing alongside other musicians, join the Queens Jazz OverGround for their monthly Jazz Clinic. Stick around for the Monthly Jazz Jam immediately after the clinic.

Flushing Town Hall presents
Monthly Jazz Jam
7:00 p.m.
Flushing Town Hall, 137-35 Northern Boulevard, (at the corner of Linden Place), Flushing, NY 11354
Tickets: $10/FREE for Performers, Members & Students
Whether you’re a student, jazz musician, or music educator, come join the Queens Jazz OverGround as they lead the house band in this monthly jam session. Held on the first Wednesday of every month, Jazz Jams are a fun way to hone your skills, and jam each month with your peers. Don’t play? Come listen!

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Friday, April 3, 2015
Caffè Lena presents
Don Julin & Billy Strings
7:00 p.m.
Caffè Lena, 47 Phila St., Saratoga Springs, NY, 518-583-0022
Tickets: $18, $16 Members, $9 Child and student
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Incendiary American roots duo Billy Strings & Don Julin harken back to the time when bluegrass was a rough-and-tumble art form pouring out of the Appalachian mountains. With just two instruments (guitar and mandolin) and one voice, this duo has been generating huge buzz based on their intense live shows. Drenched in sweat, grimacing and howling like a bluegrass berserker and picking with absolute ferocity, Billy Strings hails from Michigan, where he met mandolinist Don Julin. Older in years and experience, Julin has carved out a lengthy career at the forefront of acoustic mandolin music, known for his wide versatility, powerful picking technique, and remarkable creativity on this humble instrument. On stage the two egg each other on to more and more intense riffs and improvised breaks, breaking through to new levels of musicianship. There’s a reason that they were called “the unholy child of Pantera and Tony Rice” by The Bluegrass Situation, and they show this intensity on their new album, Fiddle Tune X.

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Saturday, April 4, 2015
Caffè Lena presents
Eastbound Jesus
8:00 p.m.
Caffè Lena, 47 Phila St., Saratoga Springs, NY, 518-583-0022
Tickets: $15, $12 Members, $7.50 Child and student
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Early in the fall of 2010, five young guys from Greenwich, NY gathered by a woodstove in a barn on the outskirts of town. Vocal melodies and harmonies flowed like beer and within a few hours the group had put together a sound that was just as unique as it was traditional. Now they’ve made three full length albums, placed first in SPAC’s Battle of the Bands, and got named one the top three Local Country Bands by readers of Metroland Magazine. With their shredding banjo, rich harmonies, ballads and rocking tunes, they continue to pack venues with an infectious energy that gets people cheering, smiling, and finding a new appreciation for a sound that is both traditional and refreshing.

World Music Institute (WMI) presents
RAGAS AND KEYS OF NORTH INDIA: USTAV LAL AND ANURAG HARSH
8 p.m.
Carnegie Hall, 881 7th Avenue, New York, NY
Tickets: $15-$25
Leading Hindustani Vocalist Anurag Harsh teams up with Young Steinway Artist & Yamaha Jazz Scholar and the Worlds Youngest Raga Pianist Utsav Lal. The duo will present popular Indian classical and song compositions supported by Harmonium maestro Kedar Naphade with Nitin Mitta on the Tabla. The quartet will be joined in a special segment by Santoor (hammered Dulcimer) Maestro Pandit Tarun Bhattacharya.

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Tuesday, April 7, 2015
Center for Traditional Music and Dance announces
The NY Klezmer Series: Sy Kushner Jewish Music Ensemble, with Jeremy Brown, Marty Confurius
Concert at 7:30 p.m., workshop from 5:30 p.m-7:00 p.m.
Stephen Wise Free Synagogue, 30 W. 68th St., between Columbus and Central Park West on Manhattan’s Upper West Side
Admission to the concert is $15, instrumentalists may attend a pre-concert workshop for $25, or purchase a combined ticket concert/workshop for $35 and you can sit in at the post-concert jam session
For more information, visit aaronalexander.com/wp/concert-schedule
Klezmer music is the instrumental party music of the Jewish People from Eastern Europe — (Ashkenazim). It’s origins are in the 16th century, and it has evolved and assimilated local influences (Russian, Romanian, Ottoman, Hungarian etc.) wherever Ashkenazim have lived since. It is essentially Yiddish music – the instrumental music of people who spoke (and speak) Yiddish. It came to America with the immigration of Jews from Eastern Europe beginning in late 19th century, and has had a wonderful history in America, where it also assimilated American music traditions.

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Wednesday, April 8, 2015
Albany Institute of History & Art announces
SPECIAL EVENT Baseball Trivia Night
6-8:00 p.m.
Albany Institute of History & Art, 125 Washington Ave., Albany, NY 12210
Tickets: $25 non-members; $20 members (per person) Tickets include baseball cards that may be traded for refreshments and beer.
Hosted by the Times Union Sports Editorial Team. Think you and your friends know something about baseball? Join us for an exciting trivia challenge contest and test your game! Psst...prizes will be awarded. Teams may include up to four people. Please note that space is limited and pre-registration is strongly suggested.

Gotham Center for NYC History presents a Spring 2015 Forum:
A History of New York in 101 Objects
6:30-8:00 p.m.
Proshansky Theater, CUNY, 365 Fifth Avenue at 34th Street, New York, NY
Free and open to the public. Seating is first come, first served
RSVP here
Sam Roberts tells the history of America’s great metropolis through 101 objects, combining the iconic, the unusual, and the scrumptious—mastodon tusks, oysters, wooden water barrels, elevator brakes, Checker cabs, black-and-white cookies—in a fascinating look at the items that he believes epitomize the Big Apple. Inspired by A History of the World in 101 Objects, Roberts’s new book collects the fifty articles he wrote for the New York Times, plus the added suggestions of readers. Unique and whimsical, it is a beautiful chronicle that will rekindle memories and enrich your mind.

Caffè Lena presents
Session Americana
7:00 p.m.
Caffè Lena, 47 Phila St., Saratoga Springs, NY, 518-583-0022
Tickets: $22, $20 Members, $11 Child and student
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Session Americana is a Boston-based rock band in a tea cup, or possibly a folk band in a whiskey bottle. On stage is a collapsible bar table wired with microphones, a vintage suitcase recast as a kick drum, an old Estey field organ, a pre-war parlor guitar, a harmonica case fire damaged when Jack’s bar went up in flames and graffitied by Depeche Mode roadies, and an assortment of other instruments that get passed around in this freewheeling modern hootenanny. The anything-could-happen feel of a Session show depends on craft that’s not accidental or easily won; they bring a kind of ease and genuineness to timeless Americana music, sometimes presenting the latest batch of original songs, sometimes reaching back into depths of the American “song bag.” Without doubt, Session Americana is one of our favorite new bands of the past decade.

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Thursday, April 9, 2015
The Folklife Center at Crandall Public Library continues its ever-popular
Live! Folklife Concert Spring Series
Wooden Dinosaur
7-9 p.m. (doors open at 6:30 p.m.)
Crandall Public Library, 251 Glen Street, Glens Falls, NY 12801, 518-792-6508 x237
(in the Community Room, downstairs off the Library’s Glen Street entrance)
Cost: Free
Wooden Dinosaur is led by songwriter Michael Roberts of Brattleboro, VT, whose music is said to have a sense of clarity through simplicity. Fascinating compositions, ornate vocal harmonies, and an exquisite performance are hallmarks of the band, Michael Roberts (guitar, vocals), Katie Trautz (fiddle, vocals), Jeff Murphy (upright bass, vocals), Frank Roberts (drums), Craig Barowsky (trumpet), Ian Durling (trombone). “Wooden Dinosaur make the kind of simple, stripped-down music that leaves you feeling nostalgic and longing for more. It’s folksy, rambling and sweet, with dark, quirky lyrics” – NPR’s All Songs Considered.
This series is made possible with funds from the Friends of Crandall Public Library, and the New York State Council on the Arts Folk Arts Program with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the NYS Legislature.

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Friday, April 10, 2015
Mid-Atlantic Regional Center for the Humanities at Rutgers-Camden announces
Conference: Telling (Untold) Histories 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
Rutgers University, Campus Center, 326 Penn Street, Camden, NJ 08102
Register online
Telling Untold Histories is the first unconference in the South Jersey/Philadelphia region that will bring public historians, museums, historical societies, libraries and archives together with scholars and students to discuss how to tackle difficult historical topics with the public. Join us at Rutgers-Camden on April 10, 2015, to explore the hows and whys of engaging subjects that challenge our audiences’ expectations and expand our thinking. We’re delighted to partner with the Oral History of the Mid-Atlantic Region conference to offer joint registration and events.

Flushing Town Hall presents
Global Mashup #1 CUBA MEETS HAWAII
7:00 p.m.
7 p.m. (DANCE LESSONS), 8 p.m. (CONCERTS & JAM)
Flushing Town Hall, 137-35 Northern Boulevard, (at the corner of Linden Place), Flushing, NY 11354
Tickets: $15/$10 Members & Students
Formerly “Cultural Crossroads,” we’re mashing up 2 cultures on 1 stage with an open dance floor! Rhumba meets the Hula when the Cuban Group Cocomama meets the Hawaiian Music of the Josh Kekoa Cho Trio, and they blend together with an impromptu jam in the last set.

World Music Institute (WMI) presents
USTAD SHAHID PARVEZ KHAN
8 p.m.
Peter Norton Symphony Space, 2537 Broadway at 95th Street, New York, NY
Tickets: $35 / WMI Friends $30 / Bring a Kid! $5
VIP $95 includes reception with the artist
Ustad Shahid Parvez Khan is a seventh-generation sitar maestro from the illustrious Etawah Gharana (school), a centuries-old musical dynasty dating back to the moghul courts. He learned his craft from his father, Ustad Aziz Khan, and became a child prodigy, debuting at age eight. Khan is lauded for his technical brilliance and innovative genius and is especially praised for the vocal phrasings of his raga improvisations. He has received numerous awards, including the prestigious Sangeet Natak Academy Award, Padma Shri. In addition to being an inspiring performer, he is a dedicated guru. He will be joined by the dazzling Pandit Anindo Chatterjee on tabla.

Caffè Lena presents
Garnet Rogers
8:00 p.m.
Caffè Lena, 47 Phila St., Saratoga Springs, NY, 518-583-0022
Tickets: $24, $22 Members, $12 Child and student
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Canadian singer-songwriter Garnet Rogers is one of the very finest singers around. He applies his haunting baritone to vivid songs full of cinematic detail, accompanying himself on guitar and spicing things up with a lightning-quick wit. On stage, and on his numerous albums, Garnet is literate, passionate, and deeply purposeful as he sings about the small victories of everyday life, and how people find their way through an often imperfect and wearying world.

April 10 and 11, 2015
Robert Browning Associates presents
THE FRENCH CONNECTION: QUEBECOIS DANCE MUSIC FESTIVAL
Apr 10: Le Bruit Court Dans La Ville / Apr 11: Le Vent du Nord
8 p.m.
Roulette, 509 Atlantic Ave (at 3rd Ave), Downtown Brooklyn. Tel. (917) 267-0363
Tickets: $25 each concert or $45 for both
T This exciting festival featuring a dance party and concerts will be hosted by Gilles Garand, a major figure in the revival of traditional French-Canadian music in Montreal.
Composed of three legends of Quebec’s traditional music scene, Le Bruit Court dans la Ville (The Buzz around Town) features fiddler Lisa Ornstein, button-accordionist/singer Normand Miron, and guitarist/singer André Marchand. They have been on the roster of virtually every groundbreaking band over the past 30 years: Ornstein and Miron were bandmates in La Bottine Souriante, the iconic trad supergroup which helped to kickstart Quebec’s folk music revival, and Miron and Marchand have been members of the extraordinary a cappella trad band Les Charbonniers de l’Enfer (The Coalmen from Hell). The artists have been playing as a trio since the 1990s, entrancing audiences with their fiery dance music and dazzling harmonies. For this dance concert they will by joined by Pierre Chartrand, a highly accomplished traditional Quebecois dance leader and caller.
Le Vent du Nord, one of the most beloved Québecois bands in the world, is a driving force in progressive folk. With its infectious, joyful music (akin to the Celtic sounds of Ireland, Scotland and Brittany) and humor, the group has become a compelling ambassador of French-Canadian culture around the world. Its repertoire includes traditional and original songs and dance tunes that capture the energy and mirth of a Saturday night kitchen party. The dynamic quartet is composed of Nicolas Boulerice (hurdy-gurdy, vocals), Simon Beaudry (guitar, bouzouki, vocals), Olivier Demers (violin, mandolin, vocals), and Réjean Brunet (accordion, vocals).

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Saturday, April 11, 2015
Café Veritas presents
Tracy Grammer
7:30 p.m.
Café Veritas, First Unitarian Church, 220 Winton Road South, Rochester, New York 14610
Ticket prices: $18 general admission, $10 students with ID, and children under 12 are free.
For tickets and more information, visit www.cafeveritas.org
Tracy Grammer has become one of folk music’s most beloved performers. Renowned for her springwater-clear alto, perfectly intoned violin, and guitar playing that is by turns percussive and delicate.

Caffè Lena presents
Guitar Goddesses: Alice Stuart & Melissa Ferrick
8:00 p.m.
Caffè Lena, 47 Phila St., Saratoga Springs, NY, 518-583-0022
Tickets: $24, $26 Members, $14 Child and student
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TWO generations of powerful female guitarists! Way ahead of her time, Alice Stuart blazed the trail for women in rock and roll. Blues Hall of Fame inductee Dick Waterman remarked, “There would be no Bonnie Raitt without Alice Stuart.” Through the 60s and 70s she played with Jerry Garcia, John Prine, Albert King, Elvin Bishop, as well as Joan Baez, Doc Watson, Jack Elliott, Phil Ochs, Rosalie Sorrells, Mississippi John Hurt & Jerry Ricks. She brings a radiant warmth to the stage, and a pocketful of incredible stories and songs. Signed to Atlantic in the mid-90s, Melissa Ferrick was part of a new wave of alt-rock females who sang about womanhood with sharp, unchecked honesty. Her first post-Atlantic indie album hit Billboard’s Heatseekers Album Charts, won an International Acoustic Music Award (IAMA) and garnered two Independent Music Award (IMA) nominations. With her hard-hitting songs she has tackled everything from the intensely personal to the quasi-political.

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Sunday, April 12, 2015
Albany Institute of History & Art announces
LECTURE AND BOOK SIGNING Black Baseball Entrepreneurs, 1902–1931: The Rise and Fall of the Negro National and Eastern Colored Leagues
Michael E. Lomax, Independent Scholar
2-3:30 p.m.
Albany Institute of History & Art, 125 Washington Ave., Albany, NY 12210
Free with museum admission
Lomax, the author of numerous books and articles on the racial divide in American sports and the struggle for equality on and off the field will discuss his latest book Black Baseball Entrepreneurs published by Syracuse Univeristy Press in 2014.

Caffè Lena presents
Wild Ponies
7:00 p.m.
Caffè Lena, 47 Phila St., Saratoga Springs, NY, 518-583-0022
Tickets: $16, $14 Members, $8 Child and student
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Doug and Telisha Williams and drummer Jake Winebrenner deliver unflinching country songs that move from easygoing swing to Crazy Horse-ish rattle-and-thump to traditional twang. Since first emerging as a folk duo a few years ago, the Williams’ sound has gotten more raw, sometimes raucous, often rockin’ and audiences coast to coast are getting hooked on it. Their new album, Things That Used To Shine, finds the sweet, unaffected voice of Telisha opening up about the skeletons that have haunted her closet for years. Telisha has a friendly, cheerful demeanor and band’s melodies are catchy, but watch out because their songs won’t let you off lightly: murder, abuse, survival. Grammy-winning producer Ray Kennedy (Steve Earle, Lucinda Williams) recorded the album’s 12 songs in three days, running the band’s harmonies through the same pre-amps once used by the Beatles.

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Monday, April 13, 2015
Caffè Lena presents
Portland Cello Project
7:00 p.m.
Caffè Lena, 47 Phila St., Saratoga Springs, NY, 518-583-0022
Tickets: $25, $22 Members, $12.50 Child and student
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Since the group’s inception in late 2007, Oregon's Portland Cello Project (or, PCP, as their fans affectionately call them), has amazed audiences with their extravagant performances everywhere from NPR’s A Prairie Home Companion, to parties on loading docks in NYC, to symphony halls, to punk rock clubs. The “group of cello-wielding maniacs” (Spacelab Magazine) has built a reputation for mixing genres and blurring musical lines and perceptions wherever they go. No two shows are alike, with a repertoire now numbering over 1,000 pieces with pieces both expected and unexpected to come from a cello. They morph from the relatively simple (4-6 cellos), to the all out epic, which has included 12 cellos playing with full choirs, winds, horns, and numerous percussion players. They have collaborated with a diverse assortment of musicians, from high school and university music programs, to the Dandy Warhols to Garrison Keillor to Trampled by Turtles to Ben Sollee, just to name a few.

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Tuesday, April 14, 2015
Center for Traditional Music and Dance announces
The NY Klezmer Series: Brian Glassman’s Klezmer/Jazz Alliance
Concert at 7:30 p.m., workshop from 5:30 p.m-7:00 p.m.
Stephen Wise Free Synagogue, 30 W. 68th St., between Columbus and Central Park West on Manhattan’s Upper West Side
Admission to the concert is $15, instrumentalists may attend a pre-concert workshop for $25, or purchase a combined ticket concert/workshop for $35 and you can sit in at the post-concert jam session
For more information, visit aaronalexander.com/wp/concert-schedule
Klezmer music is the instrumental party music of the Jewish People from Eastern Europe — (Ashkenazim). It’s origins are in the 16th century, and it has evolved and assimilated local influences (Russian, Romanian, Ottoman, Hungarian etc.) wherever Ashkenazim have lived since. It is essentially Yiddish music – the instrumental music of people who spoke (and speak) Yiddish. It came to America with the immigration of Jews from Eastern Europe beginning in late 19th century, and has had a wonderful history in America, where it also assimilated American music traditions.

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Wednesday, April 15, 2015
Caffè Lena presents
Martin & Eliza Carthy
7:00 p.m.
Caffè Lena, 47 Phila St., Saratoga Springs, NY, 518-583-0022
Tickets: $24, $22 Members, $12 Child and student
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It’s nearly 50 years since England’s iconic folksinger Martin Carthy, MBE, recorded his hugely influential, eponymous debut album, and more than 20 years since his and Norma Waterson’s daughter, Eliza Carthy, released her first record. In June, 2014 this celebrated father and daughter released a long-awaited duo album, The Moral of the Elephant, in which they reinterpret and revisit a number of powerful, traditional songs. Martin Carthy recently received a Lifetime Achievement Award at the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards at Royal Albert Hall. Eliza Carthy is the only folk musician to have been nominated twice for a prestigious Mercury Music Prize. It’s a great honor to be included in this rare North American tour.

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Thursday, April 16, 2015
Gotham Center for NYC History presents a Spring 2015 Forum:
The “Dress Rehearsal for McCarthyism”: The Struggle for Free Speech at CCNY, 1931–42
6:30-8:00 p.m.
Martin E. Segal Theater, CUNY, 365 Fifth Avenue at 34th Street, New York, NY
Free and open to the public. Seating is first come, first served
Join Carol Smith as she brings to life a unique chapter in the history of CCNY with photographs, cartoons, and graphics documenting the rising tide of student and faculty activism spawned by the Great Depression and European fascism. This resulted in various suspensions and expulsions and a state legislative investigation, which ultimately led to the dismissal of fifty CCNY faculty and staff: the largest academic purge in US history. This presentation is based on a traveling exhibit, which can be viewed online or at the CCNY Library, Fifth Floor Archives, North Academic Complex, from April 6 to May 31.

The Folklife Center at Crandall Public Library continues its ever-popular
Live! Folklife Concert Spring Series
Honey Dewdrops
7-9 p.m. (doors open at 6:30 p.m.)
Crandall Public Library, 251 Glen Street, Glens Falls, NY 12801, 518-792-6508 x237
(in the Community Room, downstairs off the Library’s Glen Street entrance)
Cost: Free
Honey Dewdrops (Laura Wortman and Kagey Parrish) share one mic and a hunger to pay attention to what endures. Their fourth full-length album, Tangled Country, is raw and engaging, with characters and images from kindred people and places. And like their stage performance, these new songs rock and reel, and then they console you when you come back down. “...songwriting that strives to honor the simplicity of its forebears” ̵Utne Monthly Reader.
This series is made possible with funds from the Friends of Crandall Public Library, and the New York State Council on the Arts Folk Arts Program with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the NYS Legislature.

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Friday, April 17, 2015
Caffè Lena presents
Jim Kweskin & Geoff Muldaur
7:00 p.m.
Caffè Lena, 47 Phila St., Saratoga Springs, NY, 518-583-0022
Tickets: $24, $22 Members, $12 Child and student
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Jim Kweskin and Geoff Muldaur are founding members of the hugely popular 1960s group, Jim Kweskin & The Jug Band (also with Maria Muldaur, Fritz Richmond, and Mel Lyman) which is credited with setting the stage for Jerry Garcia’s first band, Mother McCree’s Uptown Jug Champions, and subsequently The Grateful Dead. Jeff and Jim share a rare chemistry that was instantly renewed when they reunited as a duo in Tokyo in 2006. The distinctive qualities they brought to the Jug Band—clean, rhythmic finger picking and Muldaur’s emotional, quavering voice—remain their signature. When it comes to acoustic folk, blues, and ragtime, Kweskin and Muldaur are unparalleled exponents of the best American music.

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Saturday, April 18, 2015
Caffè Lena presents
Benefit for The Mohawk Community of Kanatsiohareke:
Akwesasne Women Singers
Roy Hurd
Kay Ionataie:was Olan
Joseph & Jesse Bruchac

2:00 p.m.
Caffè Lena, 47 Phila St., Saratoga Springs, NY, 518-583-0022
Tickets: $20
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Do you enjoy hearing Adirondack and Native American music? Do you revel in hearing great stories? Do you have the desire to help the Mohawk Community of Kanatsiohareke continue in its work of cultural, spiritual and linguistic revitalization? If so, you are invited to attend an extraordinary fundraising event at Caffè Lena on April 18 from 2:00-5:00 p.m.. Come hear Mohawk elder Tom Sakokwenionkwas Porter, the Award Winning Akwesasne Women Singers, The Voice of the Adirondacks Roy Hurd, the renowned father and son author/storyteller/musical team of Joe and Jesse Bruchac, and Mohawk storyteller Kay Ionataie:was Olan.

Caffè Lena presents
Sloan Wainwright & Cosy Sheridan
8:00 p.m.
Caffè Lena, 47 Phila St., Saratoga Springs, NY, 518-583-0022
Tickets: $20, $18 Members, $10 Child and student
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Enjoy a night of vivacious high spirits, compassionate and inspiring lyrics, and gorgeous voices. Folk scene stalwart Cosy Sheridan writes love songs for adults, practical philosophy for a complicated world, blues-flavored gospel, modern re-tellings of myth, and parodies that reveal a “keen and wicked eye for the excesses of our fast-food, tv-happy and noisome culture.” (The Boston Globe). A voice student at Berklee School of Music, as well as a guitar student of such luminaries as Eric Schoenberg and Guy Van Duser, Sheridan brings serious chops to the stage. For the past 20 years she has been in-demand instructor at adult music camps across the country including the Puget Sound Guitar Workshop and The Swannanoa Gathering. In 2008 she co-founded the Moab Folk Camp in Utah.
Singer/songwriter Sloan Wainwright has an effortless command of a variety of American musical styles — pop, folk, jazz and blues. Her family tree (brother Loudon Wainwright III, nephew Rufus Wainwright, nieces Martha Wainwright and Lucy Wainwright Roche) reads like a who’s who of contemporary folk music. Sloan’s incredible gift is not only her songwriting but her beautiful, irresistable voice, warm and smoky.

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Sunday, April 19, 2015
Museum at Eldridge Street presents
For Families: All of a Kind Family Walking Tour
11 a.m.
Museum at Eldridge Street, 12 Eldridge Street, New York, NY 10002
Cost: $15 per family
RSVP here
Enchanting young readers for generations, All of a Kind Family tells the story of five sisters growing up on the Lower East Side a century ago. This Sunday, stroll through the story and onto the streets as we bring this beloved novel to life. Along the way, taste pickles from a barrel and shop for treats in an old fashioned candy store! For ages 4-11 Reservations required.

Albany Institute of History & Art announces
LECTURE Babe Ruth in Albany
Frank M. Keetz, Author and Historian
2-3:00 p.m.
Albany Institute of History & Art, 125 Washington Ave., Albany, NY 12210
Free with museum admission
Local author and baseball historian Frank Keetze will relate tales about George Herman “Babe” Ruth, who came to Albany with Yankees teammate Lou Gehrig, and met with local politicians including John Boyd. Thacher.

The Folk Arts Program of the Castellani Art Museum of Niagara University
An event of the 2015 Spring Folk Art Series
A CELEBRATION OF BALKAN TRADITIONS
2-4 p.m.
Castellani Art Museum of Niagara University, 5795 Lewiston Road, Niagara University, New York 14109
Light snacks, cash bar. Free to CAM Members/ $5 all others
Admission for the event is free for Castellani Art Museum members/$10 for non-members. All ages, open to the public.
Membership sign-up is available at the event.
For more information, call the Castellani Art Museum at (716) 286-8200 or contact Valerie Walawender, M.A., Interim Curator of Folk Arts at vwalawender@niagara.edu.
This celebration of Balkan traditions shines a spotlight on Orkestar Sokoli, an authentic Serbian Tambura band originally from Lackawanna, New York. Sokoli has performed together for over 25 years, and has traveled the United States performing Serbian music many cultural events including concerts, dances, festivals, and weddings. Michael Miskuly (violin) Jimmy Raditic (Bugarija), Bozhi Ranic (cello brac), and Mark Vranjes (bass) bring an energetic and lively style of playing as well as lush vocal harmonies to the music of their ancestors. In addition to these offerings will be displays and demonstrations of traditional arts and foods available to sample.

Caffè Lena presents
Willy Porter
7:00 p.m.
Caffè Lena, 47 Phila St., Saratoga Springs, NY, 518-583-0022
Tickets: $28, $16 Members, $9 Child and student
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Searching for “the shaman that lives inside the guitar” has led Willy Porter on a musical and personal odyssey spanning more than two decades, ten albums, and multiple continents. His journey remains defined by an independent drive to evolve as a musician and human, affording him the freedom to create the next song on his own terms. Equally accomplished as a guitarist, singer, and songwriter, Porter’s songs weave a universal perspective about the questions, struggles, and triumphs of human existence. His live shows are guitar driven events—equal parts grit, soul, and muscle—that are electrifying, dynamic, and wholly original in the way that Porter’s voice blends and fuses with his virtuoso fret work.

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Monday, April 20, 2015
The Arts Center of the Capital Region presents
Bookmarks Reading and Performance Series: SPEAKING TRUTH TO POWER
Curated by local Poet /Spoken Word Artist, Victorio Reyes
7:00 p.m.
The Arts of the Capital Region, 265 River Street, Troy, NY 12180
Cost: Free
Submission Deadline: Monday March 23rd, at 11:59 p.m.
How do we define power? How do we define truth? You decide. Share with us your poem, story, personal essay, or spoken word performance and show us how you speak your truth to the powers that be.

SUBMISSION GUIDELINES
-Interested writers/creators should submit online
-All submissions must be received by 11:59 p.m. on the date indicated. The submission window will close at that time.
-Submissions should not exceed length specified on the submission form.
-You may submit to multiple curators but only once per theme.
-All applicants will be notified at least ten days before the event, or once the curator has chosen readers/presenters.
-Keep the date OPEN in case you are selected!

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Tuesday, April 21, 2015
Flushing Town Hall presents
Performing Sacred COMMUNITY FORUM
6:30 p.m.
Flushing Town Hall, 137-35 Northern Boulevard, (at the corner of Linden Place), Flushing, NY 11354
Tickets: Free
Utilizing theater to stimulate group talk, New York Theatre of the Oppressed’s trained actors and mentors will work with LaGuardia Community College Humanities students to create a safe haven for community discussion. Issues to be discussed range from Islamic identity in post 9/11 America and various taboos affecting this community.

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Wednesday, April 22, 2015
World Music Institute (WMI) presents
NORDIC FIDDLERS BLOC
7 p.m.
Leonard Nimoy Thalia Theater at Peter Norton Symphony Space, 2537 Broadway at 95th Street, New York, NY
Tickets: $30 / WMI & CTM Friends $25 / Bring a Kid! $5
Norway, Sweden and the Shetland Islands have some of the richest fiddling traditions in the world. Representing them in this program, respectively, are Olav Luksengård Mjelva, Anders Hall, and Kevin Henderson, three of the finest young fiddlers on the international folk circuit. They play traditional tunes and original compositions, and with strength, humor and plenty of banter, illustrate the distinct sounds of and cultural ties among the people of the North Atlantic rim.

Caffè Lena presents
Acoustic Blues Open Mic & Jam
7 p.m.
Caffè Lena, 47 Phila St., Saratoga Springs, NY, 518-583-0022
No advanced ticket sales. Tickets may be purchased at the door.
Members of the Saratoga Acoustic Blues Society welcome players of all ages to perform original or traditional blues songs on the Caffè Lena stage. Play solo, or invite others to sit in. A featured performer opens with a 20 minute set, followed by the open mic, and wrapping up with a big group jam. A great night of entertainment whether you perform or just sit and enjoy! Hosted by Sonny Speed.

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Thursday, April 23, 2015
Flushing Town Hall presents
36th Anniversary Annual Gala
6:00 p.m.
Flushing Town Hall, 137-35 Northern Boulevard, (at the corner of Linden Place), Flushing, NY 11354
Tickets: Free
FUN, FOOD AND FRIENDS! Come celebrate our Global Arts for a Global Community! Visit www.flushingtownhall.org/gala for details.

Albany Institute of History & Art announces
LECTURE Stats vs. Story
John Thorn, Official Baseball Historian
6:00 p.m.
Albany Institute of History & Art, 125 Washington Ave., Albany, NY 12210
Free with museum admission
Join John Thorn for the re-release of his classic The Hidden Game of Baseball (March 2015). [Books will be available for sale]. From Thorn: “Stats are great for analyzing the game but lousy for writing about it. In today’s baseball writing I miss the wink and the nudge of a Barnum or the tall-tale bluster of a Davy Crockett; lying has left the sports page for the front page and both are worse off. For this I could blame Bill James, Pete Palmer, and maybe myself a little too.”.

The Folklife Center at Crandall Public Library continues its ever-popular
Live! Folklife Concert Spring Series
Emerald Rae Trio
7-9 p.m. (doors open at 6:30 p.m.)
Crandall Public Library, 251 Glen Street, Glens Falls, NY 12801, 518-792-6508 x237
(in the Community Room, downstairs off the Library’s Glen Street entrance)
Cost: Free
Emerald Rae grew up in a musical family where country music and rock ‘n roll were prevalent, and has spent the last 20 years studying all facets of folk music. She is a US National Scottish Fiddle Champion, a graduate of the Berklee College of Music, and is wellknown in the Boston area for her versatility, her dynamic powerhouse playing style and her unique perspective. Emerald is also a talented step-dancer and an active member of the Boston Cape Breton music scene. In 2013, she released her solo album, If Only I Could Fly, featuring her talents on guitar, fiddle and crwth (the ancient welsh fiddle, pronounced “krooth”).
This series is made possible with funds from the Friends of Crandall Public Library, and the New York State Council on the Arts Folk Arts Program with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the NYS Legislature.

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Friday, April 24, 2015
World Music Institute (WMI) presents
Opre Khetanes! ESMA REDZPOVA
7 p.m.
LE POISSON ROUGE, 158 Bleecker St., New York, NY
Tickets: $25/ WMI Friends & CTMD Members $20
The internationally acclaimed “Queen of Romani Song,” Esma Redzepova, was born in the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia into a vibrant Romani (gypsy) community, where music, dance and ritual were part of everyday life. She began her professional career in the early 1960s at the age of 13 and was the first Balkan performer to popularize gypsy music for wider audiences. Esma has hundreds of recordings and four decades of touring to her credit over 9,000 concerts in 30 countries! She has also fostered 47 children with her late husband, legendary accordionist Stevo Teodosievski; her humanitarian work has earned her numerous honors, including a nomination for the Nobel Peace Prize.

Flushing Town Hall presents
Global Mashup #2 SCOTLAND MEETS NEW ORLEANS
7:00 p.m.
7 p.m. (DANCE LESSONS), 8 p.m. (CONCERTS & JAM)
Flushing Town Hall, 137-35 Northern Boulevard, (at the corner of Linden Place), Flushing, NY 11354
Tickets: $15/$10 Members & Students
Formerly “Cultural Crossroads,” we’re mashing up 2 cultures on 1 stage with an open dance floor! Featuring MacTalla Mor, a Scottish band that won The Celtic Roots Traditional Music Award and Ayo Maak’s Jazz Pack, an ensemble of musicians led by Ayodele Maakheru who are exponents of the history of New Orleans Music. They’ll blend together with an impromptu jam in the last set.

Robert Browning Associates presents
IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF BABUR
Music of the Mughal Court
8 p.m.
Zankel Hall at Carnegie Hall, Seventh Avenue between 57th and 56th Street, NYC
Tickets: $36, $42
This program brings together remarkable musicians from Afghanistan, India and Tajikistan in a program that celebrates the exuberant vitality of the Mughal court in the 16th century. Artists include Afghan rubab virtuoso Homayun Sakhi, Indian santur (hammered dulcimer) master Rahul Sharma, Tajik dutar (lute) master Sirojiddin Juraev, and Badakhshani setar (lute) master Mukhtor Muborakqadomov. Tabla player to be announced.

Caffè Lena presents
Steve Katz: Stories & Songs From a Life In Music
8:00 p.m.
Caffè Lena, 47 Phila St., Saratoga Springs, NY, 518-583-0022
Tickets: $20, $18 Members, $10 Child and student
Buy tickets online
It’s impossible to pare down the remarkable life story of guitarist and singer Steve Katz to a few short sentences. Along with Stefan Grossman, Maria Muldaur, John Sebastian and David Grisman, Katz is a founding member of the Even Dozen Jug band. He’s a founder of the hugely influential Blues Project, and he founded and spent five years with Blood, Sweat & Tears, during which time the group won three Grammys, were voted best band by the Playboy Jazz and Pop Poll two years in a row, and won three major Downbeat awards. Steve wrote many of their songs, including the beautiful “Sometimes in Winter.” He went on to produce records for Lou Reed, became Vice President of Mercury Records, and during years spent in Dublin, fell in love with Irish music and literature. He directed Green Linnet Records, the foremost label for traditional Irish music in America. After more than five decades in the music business, Katz is taking stock. What you’ll hear at the show is the inside story and superb songs of a humorous, self-effacing, and prodigiously talented man.

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Saturday, April 25, 2015
Flushing Town Hall presents
Queens Jazz OverGround Spring Jazz Festival 2015
12:00 p.m.
Flushing Town Hall, 137-35 Northern Boulevard, (at the corner of Linden Place), Flushing, NY 11354
Tickets: Free
10 hours of free jazz! The Third Annual Queens Jazz OverGround Spring Jazz Festival! Featuring performers from around the borough of Queens, from jazz legends, to up-and coming artists. The afternoon will also feature masterclasses by top Queens-based music educators, and performances by local middle and high school jazz ensembles, before evening performances in both the theater and gallery.

World Music Institute (WMI) presents
Dancing the Gods
7:00 p.m. Pre-performance lec-dem by dancer/storyteller Rajika Puri, Festival co-curator
Performance 8 p.m.
Post-show Chat & Chai with the artists
NYU SKIRBALL CENTER, 566 LaGuardia Pl. at Washington Sq. So., New York, NY
Tickets: $35, $40 / WMI Friends $30, $35 / Bring a kid $5
The weekend festival that “has a record of attracting some truly godlike dancers” (The New York Times) returns with more stunning performances, enriching lecture-demonstrations, chat and chai artist receptions + more.

Caffè Lena presents
Peter Mulvey with opener Hayley Reardon
8:00 p.m.
Caffè Lena, 47 Phila St., Saratoga Springs, NY, 518-583-0022
Tickets: $18, $16 Members, $9 Child and student
Buy tickets online
Peter Mulvey has pursued a restless, eclectic path as a writer and musician—immersing himself in Tin Pan Alley, modern acoustic music, poetry, literature, and Americana stylings. Whatever music he’s making, it’s exactly what he wants to be doing and his engagement in the moment is intoxicating for live audiences. Whether playing solo or with a band in tow, Mulvey has a honed ability to hold an audience’s attention and transport them, using wit, humor, and melody to gracefully introduce complex and provocative concepts and characters. Night after night, Mulvey draws on all that he has studied to make a fresh, vital moment out of everything he and the audience have brought to the table that night.
Opener Hayley Reardon was named 2012 Bostonian of the Year for both her music and her work to pair it with a message of teen empowerment.

Caribbean Cultural Center/African Diasporan Institute presents its
1st Annual Gala
8 p.m.
Alhambra Ballroom located at 2116 Adam Clayton Powell, Jr. Blvd. in Harlem
For more information contact (212) 307-7420 ext. 3004 or 3008, email info@cccadi.org
Tickets available online
The Gala will pay tribute to the legendary Afro Cuban songstress, Graciela with dancing to the Mambo Legends Orchestra featuring Cita Rodriguez performing music of that Era. The Gala honorees are Lorraine Cortes Vazquez, Vice President of Multi-Cultural Markets and Engagement at AARP; Eugene Giscombe, president and chief executive of The Giscombe Realty Group in Harlem; Mario Baeza, President of The Baeza Group and Lucky Rivera, community organizer and founder of Positive Workforce in El Barrio. This event benchmarks a new chapter in our growth as we plan our move to the state of the art renovated firehouse on East 125th Street in East Harlem/El Barrio. It marks the beginning of a journey that will solidify the role of CCCADI as one of the major investors in assuring that the history and contributions of our communities are an integral part of the educational and future growth of our diverse cultures.

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Sunday, April 26, 2015
The Folk Arts Program of the Castellani Art Museum of Niagara University
An event of the 2015 Spring Folk Art Series
Folk Art Workshop: NORWEGIAN ROSMALING (TRADITIONAL DECORATIVE FOLK PAINTING)
2-5 p.m.
Castellani Art Museum of Niagara University, 5795 Lewiston Road, Niagara University, New York 14109
Ages 10 to adult.
For more information, call the Castellani Art Museum at (716) 286-8200 or contact Valerie Walawender, M.A., Interim Curator of Folk Arts at vwalawender@niagara.edu.
Dorothy Levin and Berit Bernacci, are both highly skilled and acclaimed artisans in traditional Rosemaling, a form of Norwegian folk painting. The instructors will demonstrate strokes and flourishes to help participants achieve an intricate and beautiful result.

World Music Institute (WMI) presents
Dancing the Gods
6:00 p.m. Pre-performance lec-dem by dancer/storyteller Rajika Puri, Festival co-curator
Performance 7 p.m.
Post-show Chat & Chai with the artists
NYU SKIRBALL CENTER, 566 LaGuardia Pl. at Washington Sq. So., New York, NY
Tickets: $35, $40 / WMI Friends $30, $35 / Bring a kid $5
The weekend festival that “has a record of attracting some truly godlike dancers” (The New York Times) returns with more stunning performances, enriching lecture-demonstrations, chat and chai artist receptions + more.

Caffè Lena presents
Eliza Gilkyson
7:00 p.m.
Caffè Lena, 47 Phila St., Saratoga Springs, NY, 518-583-0022
Tickets: $22, $20 Members, $10 Child and student
Buy tickets online
Eliza Gilkyson is a two-time Grammy-nominated Texas singer, songwriter and activist who is one of the most respected musicians in Folk, Roots and Americana circles. Her songs have been covered by Joan Baez, Bob Geldof, Tom Rush and Rosanne Cash and have appeared in films, PBS specials and on prime-time TV. She was inducted into the Austin Music Hall of Fame and over the years has won countless Austin Music and Folk Alliance awards. Eliza’s music has always offered a vivid reflection of the times we live in, full of joys and sorrows, each song a window into a life of struggle and triumph in a world she feels is “poised on the edge of moral, economic and environmental bankruptcy.” Her latest release is the Grammy-nominated Nocturne Diaries. Produced by her son, Cisco Ryder, it is a contemplative work inspired by the converging forces of her highest hopes and darkest fears. On stage Eliza brings a vibrant mix of laugh-til-you-cry storytelling, political diatribes, and vulnerable love songs to both Earth and humanity.

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Tuesday, April 28, 2015
Center for Traditional Music and Dance announces
The NY Klezmer Series: Susan Leviton
Concert at 7:30 p.m., workshop from 5:30 p.m-7:00 p.m.
Stephen Wise Free Synagogue, 30 W. 68th St., between Columbus and Central Park West on Manhattan’s Upper West Side
Admission to the concert is $15, instrumentalists may attend a pre-concert workshop for $25, or purchase a combined ticket concert/workshop for $35 and you can sit in at the post-concert jam session
For more information, visit aaronalexander.com/wp/concert-schedule
Klezmer music is the instrumental party music of the Jewish People from Eastern Europe — (Ashkenazim). It’s origins are in the 16th century, and it has evolved and assimilated local influences (Russian, Romanian, Ottoman, Hungarian etc.) wherever Ashkenazim have lived since. It is essentially Yiddish music – the instrumental music of people who spoke (and speak) Yiddish. It came to America with the immigration of Jews from Eastern Europe beginning in late 19th century, and has had a wonderful history in America, where it also assimilated American music traditions.

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Wednesday, April 29, 2015
Gotham Center for NYC History presents a Spring 2015 Forum:
The Race Underground: Boston, New York, and the Incredible Rivalry That Built America’s First Subway
6:30-8:00 p.m.
Skylight Room, CUNY, 365 Fifth Avenue at 34th Street, New York, NY
Free and open to the public. Seating is first come, first served
In the 19th century, cities like Boston and New York grew congested with plodding, horse-drawn carts. When the great blizzard of 1888 crippled the entire northeast, a solution had to be found. Two brothers from one of the nation’s great families—Henry Melville Whitney of Boston and William Collins Whitney of New York—pursued the dream of digging America’s first subway, and the race was on. Doug Most chronicles the story, as exciting as any ripped from the pages of history. The Race Underground is a great American saga of two rival American cities, their rich, powerful, and sometimes corrupt interests, and an invention that changed the lives of millions.

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Thursday, April 30 - Sunday, May 3, 2015
Robert Browning Associates presents
A WORLD IN TRANCE — A FESTIVAL
NOURA MINT SEYMALI and BAILO BAH & SYLVAIN LEROUX — Thursday, April 30
FARID AYAZ, ABU MUHAMMAD & BROTHERS QAWWAL — Friday, May 1
HASSAN HAKMOUN — Saturday, May 2
NED ROTHENBERG & GLEN VELEZ ALASH — May 2 8 p.m.
Roulette, 509 Atlantic Ave (at 3rd Ave), Downtown Brooklyn
Tickets for Special Festival Pass: $95, Students & Seniors $85 - gets you in to all events Apr 30–May 3.
Thursday, Apr 30: $30, Students and Seniors $25
Friday, May 1: $35, Students and Seniors $30 Saturday, May 2: $30, Students and Seniors $25 Sunday, May 3: $30, Students and Seniors $25
This festival will feature music of Northwest Africa, Indonesia, India, Iran and Tuva and the US that transcends boundaries and brings the listener to a state of ecstasy and enchantment.

Noura Mint Seymali is heir to a Mauritanian iggawin (griot) lineage stretching back for untold generations. Her stepmother Dimi Mint Abba was one of Mauritania’s most famous musicians and a major figure in bringing Mauritanian music to international audiences. Bailo Bah and Sylvain Leroux perform a hypnotic duet combining voice and flute with a rhythmic intensity that brings to mind the harmonica of of Sonny Terry’s “whooping the Blues.”

Farid Ayaz, Abu Muhammad &Brothers Qawwal perform
qawwali, the ecstatic devotional music of Sufi Muslims made famous in the West by Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan. The 9-member ensemble has gained international recognition for its renditions of both the popular traditional form and the more introspective ancient classical qawwali that is seldom heard today. Similar to gospel in its use of call-and-response and spiritual fervor, qawwali songs are accompanied by percussive handclapping, harmonium, tabla (drums), and a chorus. Qawwali (Urdu for “utterance”) songs range from 13th century mystical Persian poems to more recent Punjabi poems that speak of the intoxication of divine love.

Born in Marrakech, Hassan Hakmoun is the premier exponent of Moroccan Gnawa trance music in America and a commanding figure in world music circles. While punching out a groove on the sintir, a bass lute, his ecstatic vocals invoke the spirits of healing.

This 2-part festival finale features a stunning collaboration with Ned Rothenberg and Glen Velez, two veteran virtuosos of reeds and frame drums, respectively, in the new music and world music realms, followed by Alash, throat-singing masters from the Siberian Republic of Tuva.

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ANNOUNCEMENTS

City Lore announces
CITY LORE DOCUMENTARY INSTITUTE: Stories for a Better World
July 20—August 7, 2015

Application Deadline: Monday, April 20 (Notifications by Friday, May 8)

Advance your skills in multimedia storytelling! Join us for an intensive immersion program in New York City through which current and aspiring artists, activists, and cultural documentarians learn activist approaches to cultural documentation, hand-on media production, and develop their own documentary for a culminating exhibit.

The three-week institute begins with a one-week crash course on oral history, folklore and activist approaches to cultural documentation, including sessions on pitching your story and grant writing. For the next two weeks, students can select from one of three hands-on intensive tracks: multimedia/photography, taught by Michael Kamber, director of the Bronx Documentary Center and a celebrated photojournalist and war photographer; radio, taught by Ann Heppermann who produces stories for
This American Life and All Things Considered; and video, taught by filmmaker Ram Devineni, whose documentary won this year’s Grand Jury Prize at Sundance for World Cinema, assisted by documentary filmmaker Pam Sporn. The Institute fosters close working relationships among students, and includes a celebratory dinner and a final celebration and exhibition of student work.

Apply online: citylore.org/urban-culture/city-lore-documentary-institute/application

Tuition: $2,300, with full and partial scholarships available
Tuition with 3 transferrable New School Credits: $3,145

For more information: Contact Elena Martinez, folklorist and Institute Coordinator, emartinez@citylore.org; 212.529.1955 x 16


OLD SONGS announces Spring Instrument Classes

6-week group classes at 37 South Main St., Voorheesville.
Complete descriptions at: www.oldsongs.org/classes

To Register:
Print out registration form online at: oldsongs.org/register or call Old Songs at 518-765-2815.

Send $125 per class for 6-week classes and registration form to: Old Songs, PO Box 466, Voorheesville, NY 12186.

MONDAYS: May 4, 11, 18, 25, June 1 & 8. Register by April 30
Mountain Dulcimer with Susan Trump
Beyond Beginning Mountain Dulcimer: 6-7:15 p.m.
We’ll explore DAD tuning, work on strum directions and left hand fingering. We’ll learn some fiddle tunes, and other repertoire that works well on dulcimer.
Intermediate Mountain Dulcimer: 7:30-8:45 p.m.
The focus is on repertoire building using a variety of styles, including fiddle tunes, songs, Celtic melodies, waltzes, while learning appropriate picking, or finger picking techniques and fingerings.
For more information contact Susan at 518-357-4018 or susantrump@aol.com

TUESDAYS
February 24, March 3, 10, 17, 24 & 31. Register by February 20

Piano Accordion-Lessons & Band Class with Peggy Hart, 6-7:30 p.m.
Basic beginning technique, theory and note reading. If you have any questions regarding your instrument or ability, contact Peggy at 518-439-1060 or peggyminore@yahoo.com

Clawhammer Banjo with Paul Draper, 6-7:15 p.m.
Learn and consolidate the essential skills needed for playing old-time music in the clawhammer style. We will work on the following (but not limited to): left hand techniques: hammer-ons, pull-offs, slides, right hand techniques: drop-thumb, “rolls,” different tunings for different tunes, and other topics based on the class. You will learn these techniques within the context of “Round Peak” banjo tunes. The tunes (some simple, some more involved) will be learned through listening, repeating, and tablature. It is highly recommended that you bring along a recording device! Also recommended (but not required): Brad Leftwich’s book with CD: Round Peak Style Clawhammer Banjo. Please note: It is assumed that the student already has basic “banjo knowledge” and can play a few tunes. For more information contact Paul at 518-380-1103 or clawhammer888@gmail.com

March 10, 17, 24, 31, April 7 & 14. Register by March 6
Beginning Mandolin with Tom Wadsworth,
7:30-8:45 p.m.
An introduction to mandolin playing, covering both picking and chord techniques, with a repertoire based on traditional fiddle tunes. Instrument care and selection will also be discussed. For more information contact Tom at 518-234-2373 or ancientz@gmail.com

Jam Class with Terri Lukacko, 7:30-8:45 p.m.
You, too, can learn to jam! Bring your acoustic instrument(s) and learn some simple techniques. We’ll use traditional American string band repertoire and technique, some Irish if there’s interest. Novices welcome if you can play some notes and/or chords. For more information contact Terri at 518-708-5128.

WEDNESDAYS: February 25, March 4, 11, 18, 25 & April 1. Register by Feb. 20
Fingerpicking Guitar with Ron Gordon,
7:30-8:45 p.m.
I will teach one arpeggio type song, one alternate bass-travis style, on steady bass all at a beginning fingerpicking level. Player needs to be fluent with chords down the neck and be able to keep a basic rhythm. For more information contact Ron at 518-372-4172 or rgukeboy@gmail.com

March 11, 18, 25, April (Skip 1) 8, 15 & 22. Register by March 6
Fiddle with George Wilson,
6-7:15 p.m.
“Play the fiddle like you mean it!” Beginner-Intermediate level. “The wrong note’ll still have good tone.” For more information contact George at 518-461-8394 or geofiddle@gmail.com

THURSDAYS: February 26, March 5, 12, 19, 26 & April 2. Register by Feb. 20
Ukulele with Ron Gordon
Beginning Ukulele:
7-8:15 p.m.
Begin your uke career! Ron’s class at Old Songs will get you started down the path to heavenly strumming.We will learn chords (of course),right hand strumming techniques, some chord melody, jazzy,blues, etc. voicings and some finger picking....depending on our progress. This will all be learned through some classic songs,so singing is definitely part of the program. Handouts provided and recorders recommended. BTW, we’ll also delve into some uke history and ukeology along with my personal favorite....uke collecting!
Intermediate Ukulele: 8:30-9:45 p.m.
This class will be ideal for those ukers who know some songs, play basic chords, and know a few strums. We’ll review beginning uke and than progress to chord melody and finger picking technique. Along the way, we’ll learn some classics from the past 100 years of great ukulele music.
For more information contact Ron at 518-372-4172 or rgukeboy@gmail.com

5-WEEK CLASS TUESDAYS, April 28, May 5, 12, 19, 26
Bluegrass Jam Class. Taught by Bob Altschuler using the Wernick Method,
6-9 p.m.
5 sessions, tuition $160
Playing music with others is the best activity for getting better on your instrument! Using the tried and true Pete Wernick method, Bob will teach fundamentals of bluegrass jamming and build your confidence in playing with others. The music is slow and easy, and you will quickly gain skills while having fun. And,these skills are transferable to other types of music because they are basic to all types of jamming. All skill levels are welcome, and bringing a recording device is recommended. All bluegrass instruments welcome. No jamming experience necessary. You will be jamming the first class! Friendly, encouraging, knowledgeable teaching. Mistakes allowed! Singing not required, but encouraged and taught. Easy 2 and 3-chord songs, slow speeds. Soloing not required! “Faking” solos taught.
Register online for Bluegrass Jam Class.


Museum at Eldridge Street presents
Lifelong Learning Classes beginning January 8

Museum at Eldridge Street
12 Eldridge Street
New York, NY 10002

Learn something new. Meet great people. Start the New Year with a fascinating class at Eldridge Street. Our lifelong learning classes continue to offer opportunities for Bible study, memoir writing, and learning about immigrant history.

Not Just the Weekly Torah Portion with Dr. Regina Stein
12 sessions: Thursdays, 11:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., beginning January 8
Bring your questions and opinions as we explore a variety of questions and issues raised by the weekly Torah portion (parashat hashavuah). Knowledge of Hebrew and previous Torah study are NOT required. $15 per class; $160 for all 12 sessions.

Memoir Workshop with Dr. Hanna Griff-Sleven
4 Mondays, February 2,9, 16, and 23, from 11:00 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
Have you been meaning to get your family story down on paper? Are there photographs and ephemera whose stories you want to record and pass down to the next generation? In this supportive classroom environment, share your family objects and anecdotes and be prompted to write about them in class. Each week you’ll focus on a different family object or event, and the end result will be the beginning of a valuable family document. $15 per class; $50 for all four classes.

From Volhinya to Brooklyn: Contemporary Hasidic Communities with urban historian Barry Feldman
Mondays, March 2, 9, 16, 23, and 30, from 11:00 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
Contemporary Hasidim are a modern people who have constructed social, cultural and religious communities to accommodate an old world frame of reference. Session one discusses the origin of Hasidism, its subsequent development throughout Eastern Europe and early courts. Following sessions will discuss the rich complexities surrounding leadership, social values, religious beliefs, rituals and customs regarding dress, modesty and diet in post-World War II reconstructed Hasidic communities. The final session will be a walking tour of a community in Brooklyn. $15 per class; $65 for all five classes.

From Murder to Genocide: Violence in the Bible with Dr. Regina Stein
8 sessions: Tuesdays, March 3, 10, 17, 24, 31; April 14, 21, 28, 11:00 a.m.-12:30 p.m., beginning October 23
The Bible begins its story of humanity’s adventure on earth with a tale of murder. It paints a picture of a God who is pleased when one Israelite zealously kills another. It recounts episodes of child sacrifice. It mandates the execution of a rebellious son and the total destruction of an idolatrous Israelite city. What roles do these violent stories and laws play in the Bible? How do they impact our understanding of the Biblical claim that “Its ways are pleasant and all its paths are peaceful?” We will explore Biblical texts along with rabbinic and modern interpretations to grapple with these questions. $15 per class; $110 for all eight classes.



Anabella Lenzu Dance/Drama announces
Dancing with Anabella
“I want people to work with joy, to explore and learn how to use their bodies and energies efficiently and healthily as instruments of expression.”


CLASS SCHEDULE STARTING JANUARY 15, 2015

BARRE A TERRE (Open Level)
* THURSDAYS, from 7:30- 8:30 p.m. at Peridance Center
* FRIDAYS, from 10 a.m.- 11:30 a.m. at Peridance (126 East 13th Street, between 3rd and 4th Ave)

DANCEDRAMA LABORATORY WORKSHOP SERIES
(Pre-registration required) STARTING FEBRUARY 21, 2015
at CPR Center for Performance Research (361 Manhattan Ave, Williamsburg, Brooklyn)
* The February Lab will cover Choreography and Improvisation (Sat 2/21 and Sun 2/22 from 11 a.m.-2 p.m.)
* The March Lab will cover Dance Technique and AL/DD Repertory (Fri 3/20 from 6-9pm, Sat 3/21 from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. and Sun 3/22 from 11 a.m.-2 p.m.)
* The April Lab will cover Methodology of Teaching Dance (How to teach Dance)(Sat 4/18 and Sun 4/19 from 11 a.m.-2 p.m.)

TO APPLY: Send resume to info@AnabellaLenzu.com
Please designate which month you are interested in.
The cost of each workshop is $120 per person.
Once Accepted, please submit payment.
For more info, visit www.anabellalenzu.com/workshops.


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ONGOING EXHIBITIONS AND PRODUCTIONS
The Noble Maritime Collection presents
Daily Life at Sailors’ Snug Harbor Exhibition
Thursday-Sunday, 1-5 p.m.
Noble Maritime Collection; 1000 Richmond Terrace, Building D, Staten Island, NY 10301
For more information about the exhibition, call (718) 447-6490
The Noble Maritime Collection will present a new exhibition, Daily Life at Sailors’ Snug Harbor, that focuses on the life of an average mariner, or “Snug” as Sailors’ Snug Harbor residents were called, from the time of his admission to the retirement home until his death. Exploration of health care, dormitory life, work activities, and recreation at the home will illustrate how the site, which encompassed five dormitories, two hospitals, a cathedral and chapel, a dock house and bathhouse on the Kill van Kull, and a farm, as well as its own morgue and cemetery, provided exceptional, free, and democratic eleemosynary care for 150 years.

June 26, 2014 —May 31, 2015
The History Center in Tompkins County presents
EXHIBIT: “CAPTAINS, COMMERCE, AND COMMUNITY: THE IMPACT OF THE ERIE CANAL ON TOMPKINS COUNTY”
Opening reception: Friday, September 5th, 2014 5-8 p.m.
Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
The History Center, 401 East State Street, Ithaca, NY (one block east of the Ithaca Commons)
For more information, please contact Catherine Duffy, Curator, at 607.273.8284 ext. 0
The History Center in Tompkins County will open their new exhibit “Captains, Commerce, and Community: The Impact of the Erie Canal on Tompkins County” on Friday, September 5th at 5 p.m.. The artifact-based exhibit will explore the lasting effects of the Erie Canal on Tompkins County. In 1828 the Seneca-Cayuga Canal, an extension of the Erie Canal, was opened, connecting Cayuga Lake, and therefore Tompkins County to the economic watercourse that spanned across most of New York State. Combined with the increasing ubiquity of railroads, the Canal system changed Tompkins County from a collection of quiet lake-side towns into a mass of booming centers of commerce and industry. Captains, Commerce, and Community will illustrate the changes and effects the Canal had on this region through representational artifacts from The History Center’s object collection. A series of themes will be explored over the course of the 12-month exhibit, which includes commerce (September through December 2014), boats and their builders (January through April 2015), and travelers and community folk (May through August 2015). This exhibit has been made possible through a generous grant from the Erie Canalway National Heritage Corridor. In 2012 the ECNHC funded the development of a Canalway object collection, and provided The History Center the opportunity to gain greater intellectual control over its object collection. Additionally, the project supported the complete inventorying of The History Center's permanent Open Storage display. As a result, The History Center has ascertained a classifiable collection of historical objects that directly relate to the Erie Canal.

September 6, 2014 —August 29, 2015
The New York State Museum, in collaboration with the Shaker Museum in Mount Lebanon, Hancock Shaker Village, and the Shaker Heritage Society (Albany), as well as the State Library and State Archives, present the exhibition
The Shakers: America’ Quiet Revolutionaries
Museum Open Tuesday-Sunday: 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.
New York State Museum, Cultural Education Center, 260 Madison Avenue, Albany, NY 12230
Admission: The NYS Museum is free. Donations are accepted at the door
The exhibition details one of the most significant and influential communal religious groups in American History. Artifacts from these preeminent Shaker collections will be exhibited together for the first time at the New York State Museum in November 2014. The Shakers launched a revolution parallel to the American Colonies’ struggle against British rule. As they sought religious freedom in America, their spiritual practices and community focus set them apart from greater society. Their devotional routines as well as their product innovations, marketing acumen and views towards gender equality seemed “revolutionary” to the outside world. Thematically divided into six areas, the exhibit will show how the Shakers’ unique model of an equal society challenged the norms of the new nation.

November 15, 2014 — March 6, 2016

City Lore announces
Mother Tongues: Endangered Languages in NYC and Beyond
Opening Reception: Thursday, January 29th, 6-9 p.m.
Gallery Hours: Wed-Fri 2-6 p.m., Sat-Sun 12-6 p.m.
City Lore Gallery. 56 E 1st St. (between 1st & 2nd Ave.), New York, NY 10003
Linguists estimate that half of the world’s languages will disappear this century. NYC is a living language lab where there are more spoken and endangered languages than anywhere else in the world. New York City is home to over 700 languages, and many of these are in danger of being lost. Mother Tongues is a call to action to preserve NYC’s linguistic diversity ranging from endangered languages to the NYC accent!

Please join us for the opening reception to hear, experience, and interact with these languages! Performances include: An opening blessing performed by José Juarez, an indigenous Totonac shaman from Puebla, Mexico. A recitation by Papa Susso, one of Africa’s great griots. A griot is the keeper of oral traditions in West African cultures, performing musical poems.

Mother Tongues offers audiences a unique opportunity to meet and learn about New York City’s remarkably diverse linguistic communities. Here visitors can engage with the Language Laboratory and Meet a Speaker-interactive mixed media booths that showcase individual speakers of endangered languages in the city. You will learn, for instance, that the word wanishi means thank you in the language of the Lenape, New York’s native people. Visitors can play games to learn the structure of certain endangered languages, visualize the language connections between New York City and the world, and add lines to the Khonsay, a multi-lingual poem.

Mother Tongues is sponsored by City Lore, Bowery Arts + Science, and the Endangered Language Alliance. Funded by the National Endowment for the Arts, the New York State Council on the Arts, and the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs.


January 29, 2015 — April 16, 2015

Albany Institute of History & Art presents the exhibition
Triple Play: Baseball at the Albany Institute
OPENING RECEPTION: Friday, February 6, 5-8 p.m. Please RSVP to 518/463-4478 x 403
W 10-5 p.m.; Th 10-8 p.m.; Fri. &Sat. 10-5 p.m.; Sun. Noon-5 p.m.
Albany Institute of History & Art, 125 Washington Ave., Albany, NY 12210, 518/463-4478
The Albany Institute of History & Art is excited to present three exhibitions celebrating our passion for baseball! The centerpiece is BASEBALL: AMERICA’S GAME, organized by the Bank of America’s Art in our Communities program. It is complemented by two community-supported exhibitions, PLAY BALL! BASEBALL IN THE CAPITAL REGION and THE CLUBHOUSE: BASEBALL MEMORABILIA. Many items were borrowed from regional fans, community collectors, and museums. All three exhibitions contain nationally or regionally significant materials, such as photographs, signed bats and balls, stadium seats, trophies, pennants, jerseys, and more. We have an exciting rose of related events too, so be sure to check out our calendar!



February 7, 2015 — July 26, 2015

ArtsWestchester announces
ARTSEE 2015, A Festival of New Work in Westchester
See Calendar of Events
To request a 2015 ARTSEE Festival brochure, contact jwing@artswestchester.org with your mailing address. From March through July 2015, Westchester comes alive with vibrant cultural events in celebration of ArtsWestchester’s 50th anniversary. ARTSEE is a four month showcase of the creative spirit in Westchester County, New York, packed with dance, film, theatre, art exhibitions, concerts, conferences, open studios, poetry readings and more. Discover newly created work, Westchester premiers, and outstanding area artists. Be sure to mark your calendars and join the fun presented by more than 30 arts organizations in ARTSEE, a Festival of New Work in Westchester!
Enjoy ARTSEE Festival events at the following venues: ArtsWestchester, Axial Theatre, Blue Door Art Center, Caramoor Center for Music and the Arts, Clay Art Center, Concordia Conservatory, Copland House, Emelin Theatre, Ernest Simons Loft Studios, Hamm & Clov Stage Company, Hudson Stage Company, Hudson Valley Center for Contemporary Art, Iona College Council on the Arts, Irvington Town Hall Theater, JCC of Mid-Westchester, Katonah Museum of Art, Katonah Poetry Series, Kenise Barnes Fine Art, Licata-Syrig Designs, Mamaroneck Artists Guild, Media Loft Micro Gallery, Music Conservatory of Westchester, New Rochelle Council on the Arts, New Westchester Symphony Orchestra, Office of Cultural Affairs at Westchester Community College, OSilas Gallery at Concordia College, Peekskill Arts Alliance, Pelham Art Center, Purchase College, Rivertown Artists Workshop, Taconic Opera, The Mamaroneck Artists Guild, Westchester Collaborative Theater, Westchester Community College Center for the Arts, Westchester Community College Center for the Digital Arts, Peekskill Extension.


March 2015 — July 2015

The Folklife Center at Crandall Public Library presents
Battenkill Inspired
Exhibition kicks off with gallery reception and concert on Thursday, March 12, 2015, 5-7 p.m.
Folklife Gallery, Crandall Public Library, 251 Glen Street, Glens Falls, NY 12801
The Folklife Center at Crandall Public Library has mounted Battenkill Inspired, a new exhibition. A reception will take place on Thursday, March 12, 2015, from 5 to 7 p.m., followed by the first Live! Folklife Concert of the season, featuring Hot Club of Saratoga at 7 p.m. in the community room, just off the gallery.

The waters of the Battenkill, flowing from Vermont through southern Washington County to the Hudson River, are the source of inspiration for the art and artifacts showcased in this exhibition. Curated by Folklife Center director, Todd DeGarmo, Battenkill Inspired showcases the work of contemporary artists, as well as taking a look at the river’s culture: the covered bridges built to cross, the many industries that once drew power from its flow, the lure of Dionondehowa Falls and its pleasure park and the electricity generated for a trolley system, the world-class trout fishing with its own original fly patterns and personalities, the 1960s–70s decorated rafts for a timed float and competition, and current efforts to preserve this valuable resource.

The works of over 25 artists are featured, including paintings and art prints by Stephen Alcorn, Matt Chinian, Elizabeth Cockey, Adriano Manocchia, Harry Orlyk, Leslie Parke, Christopher Pearce, Mark Susinno, Brain Sweetland, Mark Tougias, George Van Hook, E.R. (Eugene) Witten; photography by Ian Creitz, Herbert Eriksson, Clifford Oliver; magazine cover art by Norman Rockwell, John Atherton, Mead Schaeffer; hand-tied fishing flies, hunting and decorative decoys, and a boat by Marc Francato, C.J. Lyttle, Steven Jay Sanford; jewelry, dolls, sculptures and a bridge model by Bonnie Elizabeth Hoag, Caroline Hooke, Serena Kovalosky, Jack Metzger, A.W. (Bob) Rayman, Anita Witten.

In addition many photos and artifacts are on display, loaned from Greenwich Library’s Gill Room, Washington County Fair’s Museum, Shushan Covered Bridge Museum, and private collections. Watch for a lecture series coming in April, May, June at two sites.


March 12, 2015 —June 30, 2015

ArtsWestchester presents the exhibition
Crossing Borders: Memory and Heritage in a New America
Gallery hours for all exhibitions: Tues-Sat, 12-5 p.m.
ArtsWestchester, 31 Mamaroneck Avenue, White Plains, New York 10601, 914-428-4220
Admission: Free
ArtsWestchester’s Spring 2015 exhibition Crossing Borders will highlight the work of new and first generation American artists who use their autobiographies and family history as an artistic tool to explore universal concerns of memory, heritage, and identity. The pieces are individual contemplations on experiences that transcend a singular ethnic or cultural group. With immigration policy reform a major political talking point, and the city of White Plains a growing home to immigrant populations, the experience of the New American has never felt so relevant. The exhibition includes site-specific installations, photography, and mixed-media works by Westchester and New York/Hudson Valley artists. Visit artsw.org/crossingborders for more info.

March 17, 2015 — May 2, 2015

Flushing Town Hall presents
EXHIBITION OF CONTEMPORARY INDIAN ART OF THE DIASPORA
OPENING RECEPTION: Saturday, March 28, 3 p.m.
GALLERY HOURS: 12-5 p.m.
Flushing Town Hall, 137-35 Northern Boulevard, Flushing, NY 11354, 718) 463-7700 x 222
Suggested Admission: $5/FREE for Members & Students
Presented by Indo-American Arts Council, the Erasing Borders Exhibition features work by artists whose origins can be traced to the Indian subcontinent. This group of multinational artists reflects a broad range of life experiences and aesthetic values. The artists interpret diverse subject matter – figurative, abstract and conceptual – in a variety of media.

March 28, 2015 — April 19, 2015

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