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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
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.

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.

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Saturday, April 9, 2016
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.

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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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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.

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Sunday, April 24, 2016
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–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.

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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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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

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