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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
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.

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.

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Sunday, April 19, 2015
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.

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
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.

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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

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

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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