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Wednesday, April 1, 2015
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 10, 2015
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.

April 10 and 11, 2015
Robert Browning Associates presents
THE FRENCH CONNECTION: QUEBECOIS DANCE MUSIC FESTIVAL
Apr 10: Artists TBA / 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
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. 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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Sunday, April 26, 2015
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.

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Thursday, April 30 - Sunday, May 3, 2015
Robert Browning Associates presents
A WORLD IN TRANCE — A FESTIVAL
NOURA MINT SEYMALI — Thursday, April 30
HASSAN HAKMOUN — Saturday, May 2
8 p.m.
Roulette, 509 Atlantic Ave (at 3rd Ave), Downtown Brooklyn
Tickets for April 30 and May 3: $30/ Students & 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. 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.

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ANNOUNCEMENTS

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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

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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