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Friday, April 1, 2016
The Folkus Project presents
Catie Curtis
8:00-10:00 p.m.
May Memorial Unitarian Universalist Society, 3800 East Genesee St, Syracuse, NY
Cost: $20; Member price: $17
Advance sale tickets are available via PayPal or by mail (personal check); advance ticket holders receive preferential seating. For details, see the Folkus Project website at www.folkus.org
Catie Curtis is a veteran on the singer/songwriter folk scene, crisscrossing the US for 20 years and counting performing shows, recording and releasing 13 CDs, with devoted fans following her every move. Curtis studio work, engaging live shows and impressive touring career in the US and Europe have earned her rave reviews and wide recognition.

April 1-3, 2016
Ashokan Music and Dance announces
Bruce Molsky & Debra Clifford’s OLD TIME ROLLICK
The Ashokan Center, located in the beautiful Catskill Mountains: 477 Beaverkill Road, Olivebridge, NY 12461.
Register online. Early bird pricing available until December 1, 2015! Discounted youth pricing, youth scholarships, and work exchange are also available.
Don’t miss this brand new weekend camp! Bruce Molsky and Debra Clifford of our Southern Week staff host this brand new Old Time Music weekend immersion camp.
Beginner, Intermediate & Advanced Fiddle * Clawhammer Banjo * Old Time Guitar *Old Time Singing and Ballads * Gospel Sing * Square Dancing * Jam Sessions and more!

Saturday, April 2, 2016

New York Folklore Society announces its 2016 Conference!

Casita Rincon Criollo. 2014. Photo by Molly Garfinkel.
Crisis of Place: Preserving Folk & Vernacular Architecture in NY
Saturday, April 2, 2016
At Rose Auditorium, Cooper Union in New York City

⇒  Registration is free. RSVP is required!
⇒  See Conference Schedule.
⇒  Sponsorships available.
In this one-day conference, folklorists, architects, historic preservationists, museum professionals, community members, and students will come together to address questions concerning the significant crisis in our understanding of everyday landscapes and the built environment:

What is the folk and vernacular architecture of New York State? What makes it “folk” or “vernacular?”

How are the conditions of urban and rural life in 2016 challenging traditional architectural practices among various ethnic and regional communities?

Who is sustaining vernacular design and construction in the face of globalization and gentrification, and why?

Join us for an invigorating discussion in plenary and panel presentations featuring:
Michael Ann Williams, Professor of Folk Studies, Western Kentucky University, Past President,
    The American Folklore Society

Andrew Dolkart of Columbia University, Professor and Director of Historic Preservation Program

Gabrielle A. Berlinger, Assistant Professor of American Studies and Folklore, University of North Carolina,
    Chapel Hill

Matthew Singer, Graduate student, Penn State University

Caitlin Hays Black, Graduate student, Penn State University

Sydney Varajon, Graduate student, Western Kentucky University

Virginia Siegel, Graduate student, Western Kentucky University

Chris Mulé, Director of Folk Arts, Brooklyn Arts Council

Joseph Sciorra, Director for Academic and Cultural Programs, John D. Calandra Italian American
    Institute, Queens College

Molly Garfinkel, Director, Place Matters, City Lore

Magali Regis, NYC Community Garden Coalition, Sustainable Architecture

Cynthia Falk, Associate Professor, Material Culture, Cooperstown Graduate Program, SUNY Oneonta

Kay Turner, President, American Folklore Society

Hanna Griff-Sleven, Director of Family History Center & Cultural Programs, Eldridge Street Synagogue

Maria Kennedy, Coordinator of Folk Arts, Arts Council of the Southern Finger Lakes

Nancy Solomon, Executive Director, Long Island Traditions

Julie Tay, Vice-President and Executive Director, Mencius Society of the Arts

Annie Polland, Senior Vice President, Education and Programs, Lower East Side Tenement Museum
READ more about the conference here...

World Music Institute (WMI) presents
Amjad Ali Khan with Ayaan and Amaan Ali Khan 2:00 p.m.
The Metropolitan Museum of Art (in The Grace Rainey Rogers Auditorium), 1000 5th Avenue at East 82nd St., New York, NY
Tickets go on sale in Fall 2015.
The legendary Amjad Ali Khan comes from a musical family often credited with creating the sarod and, with performances from Carnegie Hall to the Sydney Opera House, he has shared their music across the globe. Khan has done far more than simply preserve the impact, beauty, and legacy of the sarod; he has elevated the sarod to one of the most popular instruments in the Northern Indian tradition. By striking the delicate balance between innovation and respect for a timeless tradition, he has given it new dimension and texture. For this performance he will be accompanied by his two sons, Amaan Ali Khan and Ayaan Ali Khan, who continue the family’s illustrious musical lineage.
This concert is a part of World Music Institute’s Masters of Indian Music Series. Presented in collaboration with The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Old Songs presents
Old Songs Community Dance In partner with Homespun Occasions
1st Saturday of the Month (October–May)
7:00 p.m.
Old Songs Community Arts Center, 37 South Main Street, Voorheesville, NY 12186
$8 per person, children 12 & under are free
Featuring: Caller: TBD and Music: Fennig’s All-Stars. Fun, simple dances from the US and around the world. For every age and ability. All dances will be taught and will include circles, contras and squares. Yummy desert potluck during intermission.

Eighth Step at Proctors presents
Songs of the Earth—A Tribute to Rachel Carson
7:30 p.m.
Proctors, 432 State St. Schenectady NY 12305
Order Tickets through the 8th Step Ticket Line: 518-434-1703
Save the Date! More details to come.

Robert Browning Associates presents
Galician Songs of Spain

8:00 p.m.
The concert will be preceded at 7 p.m. by a talk on Galician music by Marina Carracedo, lecturer in Spanish and Portuguese culture at UCLA.
Roulette, 509 Atlantic Avenue (at 3rd Ave), Downtown Brooklyn
Tickets: $25/ Students & Seniors $21
Uxía and Narf, two of the most important and influential artists from Galicia, are touring the US together for the first time, performing their acclaimed Bladas da Galiza imaxinaria program. Their joint musical project features classics from both musicians, including poems by such writers as Rosalía de Castro and Federico García Lorca; original compositions; and adaptations of traditional alalás, the oldest and best-known form of Galician music. They have built bridges across cultures through music, and created their respective repertoires after years of traveling and exchanging experiences with artists from Angola, Brazil, Mozambique, Portugal, Cape Verde, and Guinea-Bissau. Uxía, “the voice of the Atlantic” and regarded as the grande dame of Galician music, is celebrating 30 years of a career that has made her one of the most popular musicians of Galicia. Fran Pérez (“Narf”) is one of the most innovative artists from the last two decades in Galicia; after more than 20 years in the music scene and playing in different rock bands, he created his musical project “Narf" in 2004, becoming one of the most interesting figures of the Galician cultural scene.

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Wednesday, April 6, 2016
Flushing Town Hall presents
Monthly Jazz Jam
7:00-10:00 p.m.
FREE Jazz Clinics at 6 p.m.
Flushing Town Hall, 137-35 Northern Boulevard, (at the corner of Linden Place), Flushing, NY 11354
Tickets: $10; FREE for Members, Students and Jamming Musicians

Whether you’re a student, jazz musician, or music educator, come join the Queens Jazz OverGround, a program of Convergence Arts, Inc., 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! NEW! We’re bringing a little delight to the evening — serving wine and beer!

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Saturday, April 9, 2016
Flushing Town Hall announces
Crooked Road on Tour: Workshop and Performance
Flushing Town Hall, 137-35 Northern Boulevard (at the corner of Linden Place), Flushing, NY 11354
Tickets: $16/$10 Members & Students
An intro to flatfooting, a percussive style of Appalachian dancing that accompanies fiddle. No tap shoes, please! For all ages. Celebrate Southwest Virginia’s rich heritage with three award-winning artists showcasing soulful old time stringband sounds, to percussive flatfoot dance, to the plaintive strains of mountain ballads. Whitetop Mountain Band (old time stringband), Julie Shepherd-Powell (clawhammer banjo/flatfoot dancer), and Sandy Shortridge (Appalachian singer/songwriter). Come ready to dance!

On Stage At Kingsborough presents
Patricia Ibáñez and Abel Harana Company

8:00 p.m.
Kingsborough Community College, 2001 Oriental Boulevard, Brooklyn, NY 11235
Tickets: $35/32, Box Office: 718-368-5596
Direct from Spain! Following their Gypsy Festival performance at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, award-winning dancer/choreographers Patricia Ibáñez and Abel Harana perform this vivid and moving flamenco production that honors the origins of flamenco music and dance from the far-reaching corners of Spain and Andalusia. “Strokes of virtuosity... dancers with taste, technique and agility.”—La Voz Digital

Valley Folk Music presents
Sara Grey & Kieron Means
7:30-10:00 p.m.
144 Cedar St. Corning, NY 14830 (corner with First St. in red brick Methodist Church)
Contact: (607) 962-4461, info@valleyfolk.org
Cost: $20 cash or check only, with various subscription options to save. Only $5 Disabled or Full Time Student, 14 and under free w/adult
This mother and son dup play American versions of old-time trans-Atlantic ballads, cowboy songs, and more with passion and heartfelt vocals. Sara’s own unique frailing banjo style together with Kieron’s blues-inflected guitar are the perfect compliments to their vocals.

Golden Link Folk Singing Society presents
Brooks Williams
7:30 p.m.
Rochester Christian Reformed Church, 2750 Atlantic Ave., Penfield, NY 14526
Tickets: Admission $20.00; Golden Link Members $16.00, Students $10.00; Children 12 and under FREE
Ranked one of the Top 100 Acoustic Guitarists, singer-songwriter Brooks Williams writes groove-laden songs and delivers them with an easy-going vocal style and monstrous guitar chops. Walking the line between blues and Americana, Williams has worked stages worldwide for more than 25 years, amassing a staggering back-catalogue of songs, recordings, and tales. With nearly 20 CDs to his name – and more on the way – this Statesboro, Georgia native is one of the most versatile and entertaining performers on the acoustic roots music scene today.

Robert Browning Associates presents
Zafir: Musical Winds from North Africa to Andalucía

8:00 p.m.
Mason Hall at Baruch College, 17 Lexington Avenue at 23rd Street, NYC
Tickets: $35/$45
Simon Shaheen, a major force in the promotion of Arab music, has enthralled audiences with his mastery of both the ‘ud and violin and his brilliant improvisations. Here he brings to life the Arab music of Al-Andalus and blends it with the art of flamenco in a program of instrumental and vocal music and dance. Shaheen will be joined by the internationally renowned Tunisian singer Sonia M’Barek, known for her exquisite and soul-piercing vocals; the young fiery flamenco dancer Auxi Fernandez who complements the music with her sinuous arm movements and explosive footwork; flamenco vocalist/guitarist/pianist Juan Pérez Rodríguez, from a family of Gypsy musicians; and Shaheen’s acclaimed Qantara ensemble. The program renews a relationship that began more than a thousand years ago; it reveals the commonalities of a music born in cultural centers of Iraq and Syria, blew like the wind (zafir) across the waters of the Mediterranean to Al-Andalus, blended with elements of Spanish music, and was brought back across the sea to North Africa where it flourished in the cities of Morocco, Algeria and Tunisia.

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Sunday, April 10, 2016
StoryCircle at Proctors Theater announces
Word Plays: Luck Strikes
2 p.m.
Fenimore Gallery, Proctors Theatre, 432 State Street, Schenectady, NY
Cost: $12. Call box office at (518) 346-6204.
$2 of each ticket is donated to the Schenectady Inner City Ministry Summer Lunch program where they feed 850 children each day
Luck often strikes us - for good or, sometimes, for bad. Come hear how these stories turn out, as told by: Siri Allison, Fran Berger, Janet Carter, Claire Nolan, Sandy Schuman.

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Monday, April 11, 2016
Irish Arts Center presents Muldoon’s Picnic Hosted by the Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Paul Muldoon
7:30 p.m.
The Donaghy Theater, Irish Arts Center, 553 West 51st Street, New York, NY 10019
Tickets: $25-30
Pulitzer Prize-winning Irish poet, New Yorker Poetry Editor, and pop music lyricist Paul Muldoon returns for his fourth season of monthly words-and-music jamborees, joined by his house band Rogue Oliphant and always a stunning lineup of world-class special guests from the across the spectrum of music and literature. Some of the most special and surprising moments in our season happen at the Picnic so book your tickets early for this “only in New York” experience.

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Saturday, April 16, 2016
Eighth Step at Proctors presents
Funny Songs about Ignorance, War & Greed
7:30 p.m.
Proctors, 432 State St. Schenectady NY 12305
Order Tickets through the 8th Step Ticket Line
“Time Machine” is 90 minutes of Roy Zimmerman’s hilarious, rhyme-intensive original songs. The time references Woody Guthrie and Pete Seeger to be sure, but also acknowledges that songwriting does good work in the world.

Robert Browning Associates presents
Mystical Persian Music

8:00 p.m.
The concert will be preceded at 7 p.m. by a talk on Galician music by Marina Carracedo, lecturer in Spanish and Portuguese culture at UCLA.
Roulette, 509 Atlantic Avenue (at 3rd Ave), Downtown Brooklyn
Tickets: $35/ Students & Seniors $31
Spellbinding improvisations in Persian classical music will be performed by the celebrated Maestro Hossein Alizadeh, a virtuoso of the tar and setar lutes, and Pejman Hadadi one of the most innovative Iranian percussionists. Alizadeh, considered one of the most important figures in contemporary Persian music, has had a successful solo career, performing both in Iran and throughout North America, Europe and Asia. He was the conductor and soloist in the Iranian National Orchestra of Radio and Television, established the acclaimed Aref Ensemble, and worked with the Shayda Ensemble. Hadadi has been a member of the esteemed Dastan Ensemble for 20 years, and collaborated with countless master musicians of Persian and world music traditions.

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...and beyond April 18–21, 2016
Ward Museum at Salisbury University presents
Ward World Championship Carving Competition
Classes are offered prior to the competition in various locations throughout Ocean City, MD
Online Registration Now Active! Or call us today at 410-742-4988 ext.104 or email wardeducation@salisbury.edu
Sign up for carving classes at the 2016 Ward World Championships. Learn to create award winning carvings with World Champion and professional carvers at the 2016 Educational Conference. A full menu of 4 day, 3 day, and 2 day classes will be held in conjunction with the Ward World Championship. This year’s instructors include Rich and Ross Smoker, Laurie Truehart, and Al Jordan. Classes are offered prior to the competition in various locations throughout Ocean City, MD, starting Monday, April 18th, and continuing through Thursday, April 21st. Reserve your space today.

Thursday, April 21, 2016
Eighth Step at Proctors presents its
Tonight’s Theme: TBA

7-9:30 p.m. (third Thursday of every month)
Proctor’s Robb Alley, across from Proctors Cafe, 432 State St. Schenectady NY 12305
Each month we post such a suggested theme. The idea is to plant a seed: maybe we’ll each find something new or unusual, either to sing onstage or for the jam. Feel free to stretch the topic in any direction – or bring something entirely unrelated. At 7 p.m., we begin Open Mic: performers do individual sets of 2–3 songs onstage, with Howard Mittleman on the sound board. Then at 8:30 p.m., we gather for a Jam/Song Circle in front of the stage and play music. You choose in turn whether or not to lead a song; it’s a fine time to sing or play along! It's a low-key opportunity to make great music. If you want to try out something in a more casual way than onstage, here’s your chance. Bonus! Each month, all performers throw their names in a hat, and we draw for FREE 8th Step concert tickets.

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Saturday, April 23, 2016
World Music Institute (WMI) presents
Mythili Prakash — JWALA — The Flame Dancing The Gods: Night One
Pre-show Lec-Dem with Festival co-curator Rajika Puri at 7 p.m.
Performance 8:00 p.m.
Chat & Chai meet and greet with the artists after the performance
Symphony Space, 2537 Broadway at 95th Street, New York, NY
Tickets start at $35
Hailed a child prodigy, Mythili Prakash began her career at the age of eight and has performed extensively over the last two decades in prestigious venues and festivals throughout the world. She brings to this year’s *Dancing the Gods* festival a production exploring the multiple resonances of Jwala, the flame, as a symbol of life and spirit, both physical and metaphysical. Trained by her mother, Viji Prakash, in Bharata Natyam dance, she is now mentored by India’s acclaimed master Malavika Sarukkai. Mythili’s use of traditional Bharata Natyam technique and extended repertoire creates new structures that awaken the physicality, musicality, and theatricality of the art form. While highly acclaimed for her technical and virtuosic skill as a performer, Mythili stays deeply rooted in the inherent spirituality of the art form, which is the driving inspiration of both her choreographic explorations and her own practice.

Flushing Town Hall announces
Alsarah & The Nubatones
8 p.m.
Pre-Show Members Lounge at 7 p.m.
Flushing Town Hall, 137-35 Northern Boulevard (at the corner of Linden Place), Flushing, NY 11354
Tickets: $16/$10 Members & Students
Nominated in the “Best Female Artist in Eastern Africa” category at the 2015 All Africa Music Awards, Sudan-born and Yemen-raised, Alsarah is a singer, songwriter, and ethnomusicologist who gives voice to a narrative of displacement that encompasses her Sudanese musical canon. Based in Brooklyn, The Nubatones blends a selection of Nubian “songs of return” with original material and traditional music of central Sudan, and — with a distinctly urban sensibility — create a musical journey through diaspora and migration.

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Sunday, April 24, 2016
Flushing Town Hall announces
Teatro Hugo & Ines
2:15 p.m.
Flushing Town Hall, 137-35 Northern Boulevard (at the corner of Linden Place), Flushing, NY 11354
Tickets: $13/$10 Members/$8 Child/$6 Member Child
The Peruvian based Teatro Hugo & Ines have been beloved the world over for nearly three decades. With amazing dexterity and delightful creativity, this dynamic duo transforms the ordinary into the extraordinary in performances for adults and children alike. Combining mime, dance and puppetry, Hugo & Ines create a riot of characters composed of knees, feet, hands and elbows and a handful of props.

World Music Institute (WMI) presents
Sanjukta Wagh: Rage and Beyond — Irawatis Gandhari Dancing The Gods: Night Two
Pre-show Lec-Dem with Festival co-curator Rajika Puri at 6 p.m.
Performance 7:00 p.m.
Chat & Chai meet and greet with the artists after the performance
Symphony Space, 2537 Broadway at 95th Street, New York, NY
Tickets start at $35
Performer, choreographer, teacher, and curator, Sanjukta Wagh has trained extensively under Rajashree Shirke in Kathak dance and Pandit Murli Manohar Shukla in Hindustani music. Her engagement with theatre (honed by playwright-director Chetan Datar), her work at the Laban Centre of Dance in London, her love of literature, and her deep unease with comfort zones have led to her interdisciplinary and exploratory mode of work. This year’s Dancing the Gods festival features her most recent dance/theater work, Rage and Beyond: Irawati’s Gandhari. Inspired by Irawati Karve’s acclaimed text Yugant (which studies the characters of the epic Mahabharata) and interested in embodiment of the character Gandhari (an incarnation of the Goddess of Intelligence), the work won two National Theatre Awards at META (India) in 2015.

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Friday, April 29, 2016
Robert Browning Associates presents
Opening Concert of A World in Trance Festival 2nd Edition!
Trance Music & Dance from the Persian Gulf

8:00 p.m.
The concert will be preceded at 7 p.m. by a talk on Galician music by Marina Carracedo, lecturer in Spanish and Portuguese culture at UCLA.
Roulette, 509 Atlantic Avenue (at 3rd Ave), Downtown Brooklyn
Tickets: $25/ students & seniors $21
Saeid Shanbehzadeh performs the fascinating trance-inducing music of Bushehr, the southern province of Iran that sits on the Persian Gulf opposite the Arab states of Kuwait and Bahrain. The ancient port city of Bandar e Bushehr has for centuries been a hub for trade and cultural exchange between Iran, the Arab States, India and East Africa. Shanbehzadeh’s music reflects this cultural milieu, drawing influences from folk traditions of the Arab world and Africa, as well as Iranian Sufi rituals. Learning his art from Bushehr’s Sufi masters at an early age, Shanbehzadeh – who traces his ancestry to the East African island of Zanzibar – has become a leading authority on the music. In addition to his masterful playing of the neyanban (bagpipe), neyjoti (double reed flute) and ney mourou (folk clarinet), he is an extraordinary dancer and singer. He is joined by his son Naghib, a highly imaginative percussionist who plays a variety of drums including the tombak (Persian goblet drum) and dammam (large folk drum). The ensemble has toured Europe, the Middle East and North America.

April 29–30, 2016
The Arts Center of the Capital Region announces
Friday, April 29, Noon-9 p.m.
Saturday, April 30, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
The Arts of the Capital Region, 265 River Street, Troy, NY 12180
Cost: $4
Please join us for our fourth annual fine arts and crafts event, The Collar City Craft Fest. The event will be held indoors at The Arts Center in the heart of downtown Troy on April 29 and 30, 2016. The Collar City Craft Fest will be a juried, indoor showcase of original works, and will feature the Northeast’s top artists and craftspeople. All proceeds of this event benefit The Arts Center of the Capital Region.

Friday, April 29–Sunday, May 1, 2016
Robert Browning Associates presents
A World in Trance Festival — 2nd Edition!
Artists TBA
Roulette, 509 Atlantic Avenue (at 3rd Ave), Downtown Brooklyn, NY
Tickets: Available soon
Since earliest times music and dance have played a major role in uniting people through ritual, often seeking union with the divine through trance or ecstasy. This festival seeks to bring back some spiritual nourishment to our lives; to focus our physical and mental selves. While the music and rituals associated with each genre are very different from each other, they share a common thread in bringing people together in search of enlightenment. These are just a few of the many forms that music takes to enrich our lives.

Ashokan Music & Dance Camps presents
Alasdair Fraser & Natalie Haas: Spring Trad String Fling
The Ashokan Center | Ashokan Music & Dance Camps | 477 Beaverkill Road | Olivebridge | NY | 12461
Early Bird Registration until December 1, 2015
$315 Adult $295 Early Bird!
$265 Youth 25 and under $245 Early Bird!
$200 Parent/Guardian $195 Early Bird!
Children under 5 are free
*Camp attendees under 18 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. We offer a special Parent/Guardian rate which includes meals, dance and concert, but no classes.
Lodging is additional.
Registration and Information on Schedule and Staff available online
These world class Scottish traditional musicians and teachers host their third annual spring workshop at Ashokan. A fantastic learning experience and tremendous fun for all! The workshop is geared towards intermediate and advanced players. Alasdair and Natalie begin by working with everyone together using an effective group teaching approach designed to carry players of all levels to new heights. Each player has the opportunity to learn both melody and accompaniment with coaches on hand to offer accessible remedial sessions. Then later in the weekend Alasdair and Natalie also host separate fiddle and cello break out sessions. While tunes and techniques are taught, there’s a strong emphasis on self-expression, finding your inner musician and bringing the music to life, rather than just playing the notes. Though the weekend is geared towards intermediate and advanced players, less experienced musicians are welcome to attend and record classes, enjoy the wonderful music take part in the lively dancing and musical fun.

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Saturday, April 30, 2016
Eighth Step at Proctors presents
CD Release: Rembrandt Afternoons
Proctors, 432 State St. Schenectady NY 12305
Order Tickets through the 8th Step Ticket Line: 518-434-1703
Save the Date! More details to come.

Old Songs presents
Cajun-Zydeco Dance Sponsored by the DanceFlurry Organization
Last Saturday of the Month (October–April)
7:00 p.m.
Old Songs Community Arts Center, 37 South Main Street, Voorheesville, NY 12186
$15 (DFO members $12), All Welcome!
Featuring: C’est Bon. Dance instruction by Ron & Marie Bruschi at 7 p.m.. Band starts at 8 p.m. For more info, call (518) 859-0092 or email Marie.

Robert Browning Associates presents
Part of A World in Trance Festival 2nd Edition!
Dhrupad Music of India

7:00 p.m.
Roulette, 509 Atlantic Avenue (at 3rd Ave), Downtown Brooklyn
Tickets: $35/ students & seniors $31
The Gundecha Brothers are leading exponents of dhrupad, North India’s oldest classical musical form that is not often performed today. Disciples of the legendary Ustad Zia Fariduddin Dagar and Ustad Zia Mohiuddin Dagar, the brothers are renowned for their performances of this deeply spiritual and meditative vocal tradition rooted in Vedic chant. They received the title of Padmashri, India’s highest honor in the arts, in 2012, and have performed at music festivals and major concert halls throughout the world. Vocalists Umakant and Ramakant Gundecha are joined by Akhilesh Gundacha on pakhawaj (barrel drum).

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Calpulli Mexican Dance Company announces
Calpulli Community Starts a New Year
Classes resume in Queens & Staten Island

In 2016, Calpulli Community celebrates 10 years in Queens and 5 years in Staten Island. The donation-based program continues to serve youth and adults with enriching dance and music training. Visit our website for the following:

Youth Dance in Queens
Youth Dance in Staten Island
Adult Beginner Dance in Queens
Accordion & Guitar in Queens

Community programs in dance and music are led by Calpulli’s teaching artists and focus on the regional dance and musical traditions of Mexico. The training incorporates lessons in history, fundamentals in dance and music, team work, and supports a healthy, active lifestyle. The programs are low cost or by voluntary donation.

Museum at Eldridge Street presents
Lifelong Learning Classes for the Spring

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

Not Just the Weekly Torah Portion with Dr. Regina Stein, Thursdays, March 3, 10, 17, 24, 31; April 7, 14; May 5, from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Jews & Christians: From Beginnings to Communities, with Dr. Regina Stein, Tuesday evenings, March 8, 15, 22, 29; April 5, 12; May 3, 10, from 6:30 to 8 p.m.

Jews & Christians: Semester II, The Early Years, with Dr. Regina Stein, Tuesday mornings, March 1, 8, 15, 22, 29; April 5, 12, May 3, from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

The Mapping and Making of Brooklyn, with Barry Feldman, Urban Historian, Monday mornings, March 7, 14, 21, and 28 from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

How to Advocate for Yourself in the World, with Betsy Gotbaum, former NYC Public Advocate, Wednesday mornings, June 1, 8, 15 and 22, from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Erie Canalway National Heritage Corridor announces
Canal Stories, Artifacts, and Images Wanted

The New York State Museum is preparing for a new exhibit on the Erie Canal to open in 2017. New York’s Erie Canal: Gateway to the Nation will highlight those visionaries, engineers, financiers, and laborers who built the canal and people from every walk of life who came in its wake. The exhibition will culminate in an exploration of the people who live near, work by, and enjoy the canal as a unique heritage corridor today.

To submit a story, object, or photograph for consideration, please contact Brad Utter, Senior Historian and Curator by July 1, 2016 at (518) 474-0028 or brad.utter@nysed.gov.

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Old Songs presents
Make Your Own Music Nights

Old Songs, 37 South Main Street, Voorheesville, NY 12186-0466, (518) 765-2815

These are monthly gatherings intended to foster community participation in music making. Come and join in the fun!

Open Mic 7:30-10:30 p.m., 1st Wednesday of the Month
Strut your stuff and share your talent! Walk in and sign up to play (15 minutes). Local performer Kate Blain will host. $3 cover charge.

Pickin’ & Singin’ Gatherin’ 1:00-4:00 p.m., 2nd Sunday of the Month (October–May)
A sing-around for the whole family.

Contra Dance Tunes 7:00-9:00 p.m., 2nd Wednesday of the Month (September–May)
Playing for dancing with rhythm and style. Build your skills and dance tune repertoire. All instruments and skill levels welcome. Leader: Terri Lukačko. $3 donation.

African Drum Class 7:00-8:30 p.m., 3rd Monday of the Month (September–May)
Study African drumming. Participants will learn authentic drumming from many countries in West Africa. Emphasis will be on traditional rhythms and drumming techniques on djembes, dunduns and other hand drums. Please join us for this fun filled class. All levels are welcomed. Some drums may be available to borrow on a first come, first served basis. Instructor John Dickson. Email oldsongs@oldsongs.org or call 518-765-2815 for more info. Class fee: $15.
*November’s African Drum Class will meet on the 3rd Tuesday, Nov 17.

Traditional Irish Slow Session 7:30-9:00 p.m., 3rd Wednesday of the Month (October–May)
This is a friendly, repertoire-building opportunity to play your new tunes slowly and work on your old tunes at a reasonable tempo. We will focus specifically on traditional Irish music, and all Irish-appropriate instruments are welcome (i.e., wooden flute, tin whistle, concertina, button or piano accordion, guitar, bouzouki, mandolin, fiddle, harp). We encourage tape recorders, and focus on learning tunes by ear. Music stands and continuous use of sheet music discouraged. Bring snacks to share. Small donation requested to cover building expenses. Questions? Contact Hilary Schrauf at 518-424-8701. $4 donation.

Sunday Four Poetry 3:00 p.m., 4th Sunday of the Month (September–June)
Open Mic with featured poets. “Dedicated to the convivial understanding and practice of poesy’s gift to human joy” Hosted by Dennis Sullivan, Edie Abrams and Michael Burke. Contact: 518-469-0202. Donation.

Aussie Bush Band Jam 7:00-9:00 p.m., 4th Wednesday of the Month (September–May)
Come and learn some tunes from Tasmania, New South Wales, and Victoria. Join in with acoustic instruments. Squeezeboxes and lagerphones encouraged. We might even sing a song. Some sheet music will be provided, but the tunes are also very accessible for playing by ear. All skill levels are welcome and listeners, too. Leader: Terri Lukačko. $3 donation.

Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation announces
Southern Exposure: Performing Arts of Latin America

Southern Exposure: Performing Arts of Latin America brings exemplary contemporary and traditional performing artists from Latin America to audiences across the United States. Fee support grants are available to nonprofit presenters based anywhere in the United States or its territories who book artists from the curated roster. The featured artists tour with Southern Exposure support during 2016–2017.

View the artist roster and start booking today!

Herencia de Timbiquí | Colombia
La Yegros | Argentina
Silencio Blanco | Chile
Elizabeth Rodriguez: RADICALES LIBRES | Chile
Troker | Mexico


For complete eligibility details and information on receiving subsidies, please see the: 2016–2017 program guidelines. Questions? E-mail robyn@midatlanticarts.org.

Photo by Ben Halpern
Photo by Benjamin Halpern. See Voices 38:1–2: “Sullivan County’s Diehl Homestead Farm
Farm and Field: The Rural Folk Arts of the Catskill Region
Photography by Benjamin Halpern

Through April 2016
Daniel Pierce Library
328 Main Street, Box 268
Grahamsville, NY 12740
(845) 985-7233

“Farm and Field: The Rural Folk Arts of the Catskill Region” is one of New York Folklore Society’s collaborative initiatives to document and showcase the rural folk arts of the Catskills region of New York State, especially those folk arts which relate to the community of farmers and agricultural workers in this region. Read more....

Albany Institute of History & Art presents
The Capital Region in 50 Objects
Opening Reception: September 18, 5:30-7:30 p.m.
RSVP (518) 463-4478 ext 403. Enjoy regional flavors with tasty food and local drinks. Come cast your vote for your favorite object and tell us what else you think identifies the region!
Albany Institute of History & Art, 125 Washington Avenue, Albany, NY 12210
It’s not often that you see a video game and a chamber pot together in an exhibition. It’s even more unusual when both are highlighted as historic artifacts. But the Capital Region of New York has such a varied history that this pairing, along with 48 other items, will come together at the Albany Institute of History & Art to tell their stories in The Capital Region in 50 Objects. This collaborative exhibition was developed in partnership with area historic organizations and public input. Each region of the country has its own distinctive history that sets it apart from others. The Capital Region of New York—consisting of Albany, Rensselaer, Saratoga, and Schenectady counties—is no different. Numerous museums, historical societies, business entities, and private individuals worked with the Albany Institute of History & Art to assemble 50 objects that tell an amazing story of the Capital Region over the past four hundred years. Some of the objects in the exhibition are immediately recognizable as Capital Region icons, such as Albany’s beloved Nipper, the RCA dog that looks down from this rooftop perch on Broadway in downtown Albany. Other objects, such as the Witenagemot oak peace tree from the Knickerbocker Historical Society in Schaghticoke, may be little known to visitors, but the old oak tree represents a profoundly important event that took place in 1676 with the formalization of a peace treaty among English colonists, Mohawks, Mohicans, and Hoosacs, all of whom inhabited the area around the junction of the Hudson and Hoosick Rivers.
In addition, the Albany Institute will host a variety of related special events, family programs, guest lecturers, and more so that the public will be able to connect to the exhibition content in numerous ways.

September 19, 2015 —April 3, 2016

City Lore presents
Boardwalk Renaissance: How the Arts Saved Coney Island
Opening Reception, November 5, 7-9 p.m., free and open to the public
Gallery Hours: Wed-Fri 2-6 p.m., Sat-Sun 12 p.m.-6 p.m.
City Lore Gallery 56 E. 1st St, NYC, NY 10003
Honky Tonk meets the avant garde in Boardwalk Renaissance. Take a trip down the Coney Island boardwalk of the ’80s when a group of passionate young artists descended on Coney with the dream that their art might return this legendary neighborhood to its glory days. The vision of these artists—brought to life in artifacts, footage from the first Mermaid parade, and art inspired by the House under the Roller Coaster—lit a creative spark that saw Coney through desperate times and set the stage for the honky tonk neighborhood’s rebirth. November 5, 2015 —May 8, 2016

Albany Institute of History & Art presents
Masterworks: 225 Years of Collecting
Wednesday: 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Thursday: 10 a.m.-8 p.m., Friday: 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Saturday: 10 a.m.-5 p.m., and Sunday: Noon–5 p.m.
Albany Institute of History & Art, 125 Washington Avenue, Albany, NY 12210
In 2016, the Albany Institute of History & Art will celebrate its 225th birthday. Few organization have such distinguished histories or can claim they were founded when George Washington was president. Coincidentally, the Albany Institute (known in 1791 as the Society for the Promotion of Arts, Agriculture, and Manufactures) established it first headquarters in New York City’s Federal Hall, the same building where President George Washington too the oath of office less than two years earlier. After moving to Albany with the State government in 1797, the Institute began a long process of collecting, originally natural history specimens and minerals, but eventually historical objects and works of fine and decorative arts, all created, owned, or used in the Upper Hudson Valley of New York. Today, the holdings of the Albany Institute stand out as the finest collection of art and historical materials from the region. To commemorate this significant anniversary, the Albany Institute is developing the exhibition Masterworks: 225 Years of Collecting, which will highlight works from its diverse collections, including paintings, furniture, silver, ceramics, sculpture, prints, and much more.

November 21, 2015 —September 4, 2016

The Folklife Center at Crandall Public Library presents
El Sueño de América / The Dream of America
Opening event: 2 p.m., January 23, 2016: Hey, Jesus was a Migrant Too by Dr. Ilze Earner
Folklife Gallery, Crandall Public Library, 251 Glen Street, Glens Falls, NY, 518/792-6508
Hours: Monday-Thursday 9 a.m. to 9 p.m., Friday 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., Saturday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and other times the Library is open
Separation & Sacrifice in the Lives of North Country Latino Immigrants. This exhibition is guest curated by Lisa Catalfamo, produced by the Folklife Center at Crandall Public Library, and funded in part by the New York State Council on the Arts, Folk Arts Program with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the NYS Legislature.
January 23, 2016 —August 31, 2016

New Museum presents
The New Museum Gallery, 235 Bowery, New York, NY 10002
Hours: Wednesday, Friday-Sunday: 11 a.m.-6 p.m., Thursday 11 a.m.-9 p.m.
Admission: $16, Seniors $14, Students $10
The New Museum presents a major exhibition of the work of Anri Sala (b. 1974), one of the most acclaimed artists to emerge in recent decades. The exhibition marks the most comprehensive survey of his work in the United States to date. Highlighting Sala’s continuing interest in how sound and music can engage architecture and history, ’Anri Sala: Answer Me” features extensive multichannel audio and video installations that unfold across the Second, Third, and Fourth Floor galleries, composing a symphonic experience specific to the New Museum. In his early video works from the late 1990s, Sala used documentary strategies to examine life after communism in his native Albania, observing the role of language and memory in narrating social and political histories. Since the early 2000s, his video works have probed the psychological effects of acoustic experiences, embracing both music and sound as languages capable of conjuring up images, rousing nostalgia, and communicating emotions. In subtle visual narratives, Sala often depicts what appear to be fragments of everyday life, and his intimate observations experiment with fiction to double as enigmatic portraits of society.
February 3, 2016 —April 10, 2016

ArtsWestchester announces
SHE: Deconstructing Female Identity
Opening reception: Sunday, March 13, 3-5 p.m.
Gallery Hours: Tues-Sat., 12-5 p.m., Sat. 12-6 p.m.
ArtsWestchester, 31 Mamaroneck Avenue, White Plains, New York
SHE: Deconstructing Female Identity explores what it means to be a woman in contemporary America. In an age that so heavily emphasizes identity, women of all ages struggle with the trappings of being female and with their own self-perception. SHE explores the concept that femininity, and gender generally, is a grand performance piece — a constant play between societal “norms” and self-definition. The 11 exhibiting artists work across media and engage with themes of the body, self-presentation, a woman’s “proper” space, gender roles, and feminine personas. Many of the works draw on accessories and accoutrement that are identified with traditional notions of femininity (handbags, bras, doilies, nail polish), transforming these items into vehicles for witty reflections on modern womanhood. SHE will debut several new works as well as commissions specifically for the exhibition.
Artists: NICOLE AWAI (Brooklyn, NY); VALERIE PIRIANO (Brooklyn, NY); LAUREL GARCIA COLVIN (Chappaqua, NY); MARI OGIHARA (White Plains, NY); NANCY DAVIDSON (New York, NY); KATHY RUTTENBERG (New York, NY); MARCY B. FREEDMAN (Croton-on-Hudson, NY); BARBARA SEGAL (Yonkers, NY); DEBBIE HAN (New York, NY); TRICIA WRIGHT (Kingston, NY) and REBECCA MUSHTARE (Oswego, NY). Curated by: Kathleen Reckling

March 15, 2016 —June 25, 2016

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