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Tuesday, March 29–Saturday, April 2, 2016
Irish Arts Center presents Wild Sky
Ten42 Productions in association with Meath County Council Arts Office
Tuesday – Friday | 8 p.m.
Saturday | 3 p.m. and 8 p.m.
The Donaghy Theater, Irish Arts Center, 553 West 51st Street, New York, NY 10019
Tickets: $50 ($40 members); $40 general ($32 members)
Written by Deirdre Kinahan
Directed by Jo Mangan
Starring Irish Times award-winning actors Caitriona Ennis and Ian Toner
With music by Susan McKeown, performed live by Mary Murray
Writer of the award-winning
These Halcyon Days (IAC 2013), Moment, and Bogboy (IAC 2011), Deirdre Kinahan returns to Irish Arts Center with a new play that explores the energy and complexity of events in Ireland leading up to Easter 1916. A blighted love story between three young friends from County Meath, Wild Sky charts how the Rising impacted a generation through the small cultural, national, and sporting movements that flourished in Ireland at the turn of the 20th century.

SPEND SPRING BREAK WITH US AT GANONDAGAN
Ganondagan State Historic Site, 1488 New York 444, Victor, NY 14564
All programs begin at the Seneca Art & Culture Center, 7000 County Road 41. For more information, call (585) 924-5848.
Free with museum admission
No need to wonder how to spend Spring Break with your kids! Open to all ages, our family-oriented Spring Break programs run daily from Tuesday, March 29 through Saturday, April 2. Each morning from 10 a.m.-Noon is a different participatory activity:
Tuesday: Splint sunflower bookmarks and stories
Wednesday: Toy bow-making and tree stories
Thursday: Rabbit stories and puppet-making
Friday: Caterpillar link or butterfly puppet
Saturday: Storytelling and seed planting

Then, from 1-2:30 p.m., join our interpretive staff for an “Earth is Our Mother” Trail walk. Learn about the traditional trees and plants used by the Seneca people. Held rain or shine, so please dress for the weather.

March 31—April 1, 2016
Johnny Clegg with Jesse Clegg
8:00 p.m.
B.B. King Blues Club & Grill, 237 W 42nd St. between 7th & 8th Ave., New York, NY
Tickets: $40
Johnny Clegg is a singer, songwriter, dancer, anthropologis, and musical activist whose music has exploded onto the international music scene and broke through barriers in his home of South Africa. Clegg and Sipho Mchunu formed mixed-race Juluka in the late ’70s and recorded 2 platinum and 5 gold albums.

Friday, April 1, 2016
Albany Institute of History & Art presents
50 OBJECTS PROGRAM Tour of the Port of Albany
Richard Hendrick, General Manager, Port of Albany

8-10:30 a.m.
Albany Institute of History & Art, 125 Washington Avenue, Albany, NY 12210
Free admission, but space is limited. Advance registration is required. Call or email Barbara Collins at collinsb@albanyinstitute.org, or (518) 463-4478, ext. 405.
The Port of Albany is one of the largest inland ports in the nation. Generators and turbines ship from the port, as do grain, cocoa, molasses, scrap iron, and wood pulp. Join us for a guided tour of this exciting, but little known part of our city.

Ashokan Music & Dance announces
1st Friday Swing Dance
Sponsored by Dance Flurry Organization
8-11 p.m.
7-8 p.m., free lesson with admission. Learn to swing dance!
Elks Lodge, 25 S Allen St, Albany, NY
Admission: $15/$12 DFO members/$10 students and limited income retirees 65+
For more information, contact firstfridayswingdance@gmail.com
Dance to Patti-O Melita & the Hip Hooligans

The Folkus Project presents
Catie Curtis
Vivid songwriting combining insightful lyrics with addictive melodies and energy.
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. Curtis’ 13th album, Flying Dream (2014), continues her songwriting signature of being deep and soulful, telling honest and universal truths of the experience of living. She came to the creation of this album with a desire to articulate “some really universal experiences.” It’s no accident that the album is bookended by songs that deal with choosing to not withdraw from life, but rather savor the simple, sensual and sacred surprises it brings. When this Maine-native is not writing, recording, touring or producing concerts, she teaches at song schools around the country, leads high school songwriting workshops, and runs a songwriter retreat in Maine every summer called “Catie at the Cove.”

Caffè Lena presents
Jack Williams
8 p.m.
Caffè Lena, 47 Phila St., Saratoga Springs, NY, 518-583-0022
Tickets: $22 general admission, $20 members, $11 students and children
Buy tickets online
Hailing from South Carolina, Jack Williams is the sound of the American south. Acclaimed as “one of the strongest guitar players in contemporary folk,” his flawless fretboard work, southern-flavored songwriting, and graceful entertaining have carried him through 50+ years, 10 CDS, and countless live performances. A true musician’s musician, he navigates folk, rock, jazz, R&B, and pop styles of the 30s, 40s, and 50s with ease.

Gregorio Uribe Big Band
8:30 p.m. and 10:30 p.m.
Ginny’s Supper Club, 310 Lenox Ave., New York, NY 10027, 212-421-3821
Tickets: $20 for the for 8:30 show and the 10:30 show are available online
Gregorio Uribe Big Band will be kicking off their new uptown residency with two shows on April 1. Gregorio Uribe Big Band, led by Colombian singer, accordionist and composer Gregorio Uribe has become a permanent fixture in New York City’s Latin independent music scene and has become a household name among fans and music lovers. Performing hits from their most recent debut album Cumbia Universal (Zoho Music) featuring 7-time GRAMMY-winner and Latin music icon Rubén Blades, the big band will be returning the first Friday of every month to this great spot in the heart of Harlem and through their music will be bring back an ambiance reminiscent of the days of the Harlem Renaissance. Ginny’s is a modern reincarnation of the glamorous speakeasies and Harlem nights of the Twenties and therefore the perfect match for a large orchestra with the unique sound of Gregorio Uribe Big Band. Please join us for this great night of Cumbia and Colombian rhythms that will bring you to your feet and have you dancing the night away.

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!

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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.
⇒  Directions to Venue.
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

Zoe van Buren, Folklore Studies Graduate Student, 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

Max Gideonse, Graduate student, Cooper Union

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

David Favaloro, Director of Curatorial Affairs, 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.

Hudson Valley Community Dance presents
English Dance
7:30-10:30 p.m.
Lesson at 7 p.m. required for new dancers.
Reformed Church of Port Ewen, NY
For more information, call 845-452-2483
Cost: $10/$5 students with full-time ID.
Caller Melanie Axel-Lute with Tiddely Pom.

Eighth Step at Proctors presents
Songs for the Earth
A Tribute To Rachel Carson by Terry Leonino & Greg Artzner (Magpie) for Earth Day 2016
7:30 p.m.
Education CenterProctors, 432 State St. Schenectady NY 12305
Order Tickets through the 8th Step Ticket Line: 518-434-1703 or online: $24-$35
Ecologist Rachel Carson’s landmark book Silent Spring (1962) documented the destructive environmental effects of indiscriminate use of pesticides, in carefully documented evidence and everyday language. It exploded in popularity, becoming a household word and leading to a government ban on the highly toxic and common crop spray DDT. Silent Spring introduced Marine biologist Carson, who would emerge as poet-warrior of the environmental movement.
Magpie (multi-instrumentalist Terry Leonino & guitarist Greg Artzner) musically express their special affinity for Carson, and her powerful, eloquent prose that laid the cornerstone for the modern fight to preserve our natural resources, and inspired a generation of activists, including themselves. With two strong voices in harmony and truly superb instrumental arrangements, their sound is powerful, compelling and utterly moving. Award-winning recording artists, singers, songwriters, musical historians, playwrights, actors and social activists, Terry and Greg are proud to be, as Pete Seeger called them, “...more links in the chain,” dedicating their lives and music to leaving this world a better place. Happy Earth Day to all!

Café Veritas presents
Brother Sun
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. (Advance Purchase $16)
For tickets and more information, visit www.cafeveritas.org
National Touring Artists Pat Wictor, Joe Jencks, and Greg Greenway have made their mark as veteran touring singer-songwriters, but Brother Sun is no songwriter's round. The trio's harmonies, as much as their lyrics, tell what they are about: warm as a campfire, stirring as a gospel church, rousing as a call to arms. Fusing folk, Americana, blues, pop, jazz, rock, and a cappella singing, Brother Sun is an explosion of musical diversity and harmony, in the finest of male singing traditions. From three major points on the map Boston, New York, and Chicago - Greg, Pat, and Joe have blended themselves into Brother Sun: a unique celebration of the amazing power of singing together. As they will tell you, the music of Brother Sun is not resident in any one of them - but rather it exists in the space between them. Audiences feel this sincerity immediately. Their combined musical skills make for an unforgettable experience - three rich voices blending on a well-crafted foundation of guitar, slide guitar, piano, ukulele, and bouzouki.
Brother Sun's debut CD announced to the world that these respected singer-songwriters had banded together to produce some of the most powerful male harmonies on the acoustic music scene. After two years of nationwide touring and performances marked by outstanding songwriting, ethereal harmonies, off-the-cuff humor, and standing ovations, they have released Some Part of the Truth: a CD that goes a large step further in revealing Brother Sun not only as singers, but as complete musicians.

Caffè Lena presents
David Mallet
8 p.m.
Caffè Lena, 47 Phila St., Saratoga Springs, NY, 518-583-0022
Tickets: $25 general admission, $22 members, $12.50 students and children
Buy tickets online
David Mallet sings folk songs of rural living in a heartfelt voice accompanied by clear and gentle guitar. His “Garden Song” and “The Ballad of St. Anne's Reel,” rooted in the northlands of his native Maine, have been recorded by John Denver and many, many others. His music speaks to the essential things that move us all: hard work, memories of summer dances, loves and losses, and stunning incidents of courage and despair.

Robert Browning Associates presents
UXÍA & NARF
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.

The Towne Crier in Beacon presents
DALA
8:30 p.m.
Towne Crier, 379 Main Street, Beacon, NY, (845) 855-1300
Tickets: 20 advance/$25 door
Dala features vocal harmonies guaranteed to give you chills. Duo members Sheila and Amanda also make use of their considerable talents on guitar and piano to create a unique brand of acoustic pop. Their fun and energetic stage presence has made Dala a fan favorite at festivals across the country.

April 2-4, 2016
Anoushka Shankar
7 p.m.
City Winery NYC, 155 Varick St, NYC
Tickets: $45-$65 each performance
Sitar player and composer Anoushka Shankar is a singular figure in the Indian classical and progressive world music scenes. Her dynamic and spiritual musicality has garnered several prestigious accolades, including five Grammy Award nominations. Deeply rooted in the Indian Classical music tradition, Anoushka studied exclusively from the age of nine under her father and guru, the late Ravi Shankar, and made her professional debut as a classical sitarist at the age of 13. By the age of 20, she had made three classical recordings for EMI/Angel and received her first Grammy nomination, thereby becoming the first Indian female and youngest-ever nominee in the World Music category. In 2005, Anoushka released her self-produced breakthrough album Rise, which earned her a second Grammy nomination. Following this nomination Anoushka became the first Indian artist to perform at the Grammy Awards.

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Sunday, April 3, 2016
Albany Institute of History & Art presents
LECTURE & BOOK SIGNING Master Thieves: The Boston Gangsters Who Pulled Off the World’s Greatest Art Heist
Stephen Kurkjian, Author and Investigative Reporter, The Boston Globe

2-3:30 p.m.
Albany Institute of History & Art, 125 Washington Avenue, Albany, NY 12210
Free with museum admission
A quarter century ago, men disguised as Boston Polic officers tricked their way into the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, tied up the night watchmen and made off with an estimated half billion dollars worth of artwork. Join us as Kurkjian shares his insights into the still-unsolved and largest art theft in history.

Staten Island Arts announces
STATEN ISLAND SEISIÚN
2-5 p.m.
Flagship Brewery; 40 Minthorne Street, Staten Island, NY 10301
Free
Staten Island Arts Folklife presents, in partnership with Flagship Brewery Company, Linda Hickman and Douglas Barr, Staten Island Seisiún: an open session and monthly afternoon of Irish Traditional Music at the Flagship Brewery. The Irish word Seisiún, refers to those informal gatherings, often is public houses or pubs, dedicated to the practice and performance of Irish Traditional Music. The Staten Island Seisiún will be led by Linda Hickman, Douglass Barr, and Bob Wright and is open to musicians and listeners of all levels and ages. Specializing is the musical traditions of East Galway and Claire, sessions will include the educationally focused “tunes of the week” for those players looking to refine and expand their repertoire and technique. Join us to listen, dance or play while enjoying a signature Flagship brew in support of traditional ethnic arts on Staten Island.

Capital English Country Dance
2-5 p.m.
Intro workshop on request at 1:30 p.m.
First UUC, Albany, NY
For more information, 518-477-5684 or CapitalECD@gmail.com
Cost: $12/$10 members, $6 students with full-time ID.
Free first admission for new English country dancers.
Caller Brad Foster with Carol Compton and Thal Aylward. Beginners welcome. Flat soft-soled shoes.

Albany Pro Musica presents
A City of Immigrants
4 p.m.
Troy Savings Bank Music Hall, Corner of State and Second Streets, in downtown Troy, NY
Tickets: Premium: $35, Regular: $25, Student: $15 (phone only). Please call the Box Office at 518-273-0038 or visit www.albanypromusica.org/concerts/
Our region’s rich history inspired this unique concert featuring music from many of the cultures which influenced our region, including Dutch, German, English, Italian, Pole, African-American, Irish, and Hispanic. Also featuring guest artists The Capital District Youth Choir, Musicians of Ma’alwyck, and Saratoga Nacre Dance Co.
Albany Pro Musica, led by Artistic Director and Conductor Jose Daniel Flores-Caraballo, is revered for its mastery of intimate a cappella works and large-scale choral repertory with orchestra. Highly regarded as a world-class chorus with national and international performance credits and honors, APM has been named the Chorus-in-Residence at the University at Albany (SUNY) and at the historic Troy Savings Bank Music Hall. The Chorus, now in its fourth decade, is proud to be the region’s leader for ambitious, compelling choral projects.

Caffè Lena presents
Dala with Mo Kenney
7 p.m.
Caffè Lena, 47 Phila St., Saratoga Springs, NY, 518-583-0022
Tickets: $25 general admission, $22 members, $12.50 students and children
Buy tickets online
Listeners are immediately swept up in the lush harmonies of Canadian duo Dala. With Amanda Walther’s ethereal soprano and Sheila Carabine’s velvety alto, Dala delivers folk-pop songs that are real and honest and unguarded. Dala’s magical musical blend “would be just as at home in a 1960s coffeehouse as it is now on the contemporary concert stage” (Andrew Craig, Host of CBC Canada Live), and they’ve proved that at The New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival, the Newport Folk Festival and in venues across North America. Since bursting onto the Canadian folk scene in 2002, Dala has released five albums and won the Canadian Folk Music Award for Vocal Group of the Year.
Opener Mo Kenney is a singer-songwriter from Nova Scotia. Her edgy, original folk rock just won her a JUNO nomination for Adult Alternative Album of the Year.

The Towne Crier in Beacon presents
NO FUSS and FEATHERS; with special guest Cheryl Prashker
7:30 p.m.
Towne Crier, 379 Main Street, Beacon, NY, (845) 855-1300
Tickets: 20 advance/$25 door
NO FUSS AND FEATHERS is the New York based “heck-of-a-good-time” collaboration hatched by THE YAYAS (Catherine Miles and Jay Mafale), KARYN OLIVER, and CAROLANN SOLEBELLO (formerly of Red Molly). Onstage NFF is a dynamic, cohesive cocktail of delicious harmonies, infectious rhythm, and spontaneous hilarity — with award-winning songwriting always at center stage. Individually, the four are nationally touring performers that have charted at the top of Folk and Americana radio and appeared on stage at some of the most respected festivals. Collectively, they are an incorrigible bunch of musical co-conspirators bent on giving their audience an unforgettable show.

Mediterranean Crossings
8:00 p.m.
KAUFMAN MUSIC CENTER, 129 W. 67th Street, New York, NY
For more information, call (212) 501-3330
Tickets: General Admission: $23; Student/Senior*: $15
Ahmet Erdogdular, vocals and percussion
Ross Daly, Cretan lyra and tarhu
Omer Erdogdular, ney
Yurdal Tokcan, ud
Kelly Thoma, Cretan lyra
Goksel Baktagir, kanun
Pedram Khavarzamini, tombak

Masters of modal music in concert! Experience a performance that spans musical cultures and time periods, exploring makam (mode) in eternal compositions on dazzling instruments.

BOB DYLAN & THE BAND TRIBUTE: FEATURING THE THE BAND BAND
8:00 p.m.
Hillwood Recital Hall at Tilles Center, 720 Northern Blvd, Greenvale, NY 11548
For more information, contact robin@monarchmusicagency.com
Tickets: $25
The acclaimed group The THE BAND Band is without a doubt the most musically satisfying tribute to The Band on the scene today. While The Band may be long gone from the stage, The THE BAND Band is keeping their sound and spirit alive and well with authentic, true-to-form renditions of their legendary repertoire. This group of veteran musicians showcases the astounding breadth and depth of The Band’s distinctively original Americana music with classics such as “Up on Cripple Creek,” “The Weight,” and “The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down,” as well as deeper cuts from The Band’s vast catalog. For this special show, they will also honor the historic relationship between The Band and Bob Dylan by performing some Dylan classics, as well as selections from The Basement Tapes collection, the incredible collaboration between Dylan & The Band.

...and beyond
Puerto Rican Folkloric Dance & Cultural Center announces
Bomba-Plena Workshop with Tito Matos and Tata Cepeda
Picnic & Plenazo in the Park

12-2 p.m. Workshop
3 p.m. Picnic
Workshop: Puerto Rican Folkloric Dance and Cultural Center, 701 Tillery St, Austin, Texas 78702
Picnic: Zilker Park, Austin, Texas
Learn with the best direct from Puerto Rico!
$50 for 2 hour workshop. Space is limited. REGISTER IN ADVANCE TO SAVE YOUR SPOT.
Through Paypal, or send to: payments@prfdance.org
FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT: Dr. Tekina-eiru Maynard, Director, dance@prfdance.org
* Plena technique for Plenazos (drumming and song) with Tito Matos
* Bomba dance with Tata Cepeda
* Includes lesson on Bomba and Plena history

Afterwards, join our company at the Picnic and Plenazo in the Park! We are having a picnic & plenazo in the park with TITO MATOS and TATA CEPEDA.Bring your chairs, picnic lunch, and LOTS OF water. Bring your instruments and get ready to sing and dance! What’s a Boricua picnic without plena and bomba? FREE & OPEN TO THE PUBLIC!!

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Monday, April 4, 2016
Town Hall: Perspectives on Cultural Identity in Dance
5-8 p.m.
City College Center for the Arts. Aaron Davis Hall, Marian Anderson Theatre, 160 Convent Avenue (near 135th Street), Harlem, New York, NY
For more information, contact Dance/NYC at 212-966-4452
Register now. Requests for reasonable accommodations should be made in advance by contacting Dance/NYC at 212.966.4452 (Voice only), specialevents@dance.nyc.
The Harlem Arts Alliance (HAA), in partnership with Elisa Monte Dance, the City College Center for the Arts, Dance/NYC and Women of Color in the Arts (WOCA), present a DANCE-focused meeting that includes a mix and mingle, dance resource stations, award presentations to DIANNE MCINTYRE and VIRGINIA JOHNSON, and: PERSPECTIVES ON CULTURAL IDENTITY IN DANCE: A lively dialogue about cultural representation in dance. An esteemed panel of guest speakers will explore what it means to create and promote work that is closely tied to a specific cultural community and what it means to choose to create and/or promote work that is separate from one’s own individual cultural identity. Uncover the benefits and challenges of both and hear how strategic partnership may play a role in the successful development of new work.

Tuesday, April 5, 2016
Museum at Eldridge Street announces
BOOK LAUNCH: Stars in the Ring with author Mike Silver
6:30-8 p.m.
Museum at Eldridge Street, 12 Eldridge Street, New York, NY 10002
Pay what you wish, but please RSVP.
Relive an era when boxers named “Slapsie Maxie” Rosenbloom and Ruby “The Jewel of the Ghetto” Goldstein become instant heroes at this celebration of the publication of Mike Silver’s Stars in the Ring: Jewish Champions in the Golden Age of Boxing.

StoryCircle at Proctors Theater announces
Stories for Racial Healing
A Series of Community Conversations on Racism
7-9 p.m.
Mt. Olivet Missionary Baptist Church & SICM, 1055 Wendell Avenue, Schenectady, NY 12308
Information: aldenjoe@nycap.rr.com, 518-588-2801 We all have a story where we’ve experienced, witnessed, or perceived the impact of racism: Sharing these stories and reflecting on them has proven helpful to deepening understanding and building collaborative efforts to improve balance in our relationships. Join us to listen and/or share a story. Participants are asked to limit their stories to 5 minutes. Facilitated by Alden (Joe) Doolittle, Co-Chair of our Justice Action & storyteller.
Co-sponsored by the Schenectady Inner City Ministry, Story Circle of the Capital District, First Reformed Church, and other sponsoring congreations.

The Stoop Series: Kavita Shah
7 p.m.
BRIC House, 647 Fulton St., Brooklyn, NY
Free. RSVP here
The Stoop has a limited capacity and seating is NOT guaranteed.
Vocalist composer Kavita Shah has been praised by NPR for her “amazing dexterity for musical languages.” A native New Yorker of Indian origin fluent in Spanish, Portuguese, and French, Shah incorporates her in-depth knowledge of diverse cultural traditions into her jazz-based repertoire, placing seemingly eclectic songs, instruments, and artists in dialogue with one another. Shah will be performing at BRIC House with James Francies (keys), Mike Moreno (guitar), Michael Olatuja (bass), and Jeremy Dutton (drums).

Wednesday, April 6, 2016
The Folk Music Society of N.Y., Inc/ N.Y. Pinewoods Folk Music Club presents
Folk Open Sing
7-10 p.m.
Ethical Culture Society, 53 Prospect Park West, Brooklyn (near 2nd St.)
Hosted by Ethical Culture Society, Folk Music Society of NY/NYPFMC, Alison Kelley, Frank Woerner, and Tom Weir.
Info: 212-695-5924.
Join us on the first Wednesday of each month for an open sing. Bring your voice, instruments, friends, neighbors, and children. Drop by for a couple of songs or the whole evening.

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!

Poetry Open Mic
Doors open and sign-up begins at 7 p.m. Readings begin at 7:30 p.m.
Caffè Lena, 47 Phila St., Saratoga Springs, NY, 518-583-0022
Tickets: $5 at the door
Please plan to share one long poem or two short poems, altogether lasting no more than three to five minutes. All ages and styles welcome.

The Troy Savings Bank Music Hall presents
Mnozil Brass
7:30 p.m.
Troy Savings Bank Music Hall, 30 2nd St, Troy, NY 12180
Tickets: $38, $32, $27, Student Tickets $20
Tickets are available now via phone, (518) 273-0038, in person, or online at www.troymusichall.org. Tickets are available at the Troy Savings Bank Music Hall Box Office, 30 Second Street, Troy, Monday through Friday 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
The Troy Savings Bank Music Hall welcomes the amazing musicianship, humor, and wit, of Mnozil Brass, performing their show Yes, Yes, Yes.Mnozil Brass has established itself as one of the world’s premiere brass ensembles. With over 130 performances a year, the group has sold out houses from the farthest reaches of the European continent to Russia, Israel, China, Taiwan, Japan, Australia, Canada, and the United States. Mnozil Brass take their name from the “Gasthaus Mnozil,” a restaurant across the street from the Vienna Conservatory, where, in 1992, seven young brass musicians met and began playing at a monthly open-mic. Since then, the group has embraced repertoire for all ages and stages of life: from folk to classical to jazz to pop; all executed with the same fearlessness, immense technical skill, and typical Viennese “schmäh,” which is almost impossible to find an English translation, but best rendered as a kind of sarcastic charm! YES, YES, YES, is a concert program that leads to performances of a very special kind. A plethora of cover versions and stunning choreography combine to make it an unforgettable evening. Their improvisatory talent and simply amazing communication on stage leaves audiences laughing and has won them fans all over the world!

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Thursday, April 7, 2016
Book Talk: Michael Keene, Psychic Highway
2 p.m.
Charlotte Public Library, 3557 Lake Ave., Rochester, NY, (585) 428-8216
The Erie Canal had a big influence in Central New York. Author and historian Michael Keene explains how the Canal opened up vital passageways that led to the advent of the major social, political, and religious movements that swept through upstate New York during the 19th century. His book, The Psychic Highway: How the Erie Canal Changed America, will be on sale. Mr. Keene is an affiliate member of the Association of Public Historians and a contributor to New York History Review, in addition to writing several other books.
You can find Psychic Highway in the NYFS online bookstore.

Museum at Eldridge Street announces
YEARNING TO BE FREE: The American Jewish Response to the Refugee Crisis
7:00 p.m.
Museum at Eldridge Street, 12 Eldridge Street, New York, NY 10002
Tickets are $12 adults; $10 students and seniors.
The conflict in Syria has produced the world’s largest refugee crisis. More than four million people have been forced to flee Syria since the war there began, adding to the 60 million people across the globe who are displaced. How are we called upon to respond as a nation, as a Jewish community, and as individuals to the worst refugee catastrophe since World War II? How do we fulfill the Jewish moral imperative to deal compassionately with “the stranger” even as we ensure domestic security?

These and other pressing questions will be considered at a roundtable event hosted by the Museum at Eldridge Street. Four leading voices on this critically important and timely subject will share their perspectives:
Mark Hetfield, president and CEO of HIAS (Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society)
Dr. Georgette F. Bennett, founder and president of the Tanenbaum Center for Interreligious Understanding
Shadi Martini, himself a Syrian refugee and activist and now senior Syria advisor at the Multifaith Alliance for Syrian Refugees
Will Recant, Assistant Executive Vice President of the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee.

The discussion till take place at the Museum’s home, the historic Eldridge Street Synagogue, which provided spiritual renewal and safe haven for the first wave of Jewish immigrants escaping Europe. Co-presented with the Anne Frank Center USA and the Multifaith Alliance for Syrian Refugees: A Project of the TANENBAUM Center for Interreligious Understanding in Cooperation with JDC.

Friends of Ganondagan announce
GANONDA-JAM
7-9 p.m.
Seneca Art & Culture Center at Ganondagan, 7000 County Road 41, Victor, NY
Call 585-742-1690 for more information
Doors open at 6:30 p.m., and food will be available for purchase.
This is our first family-friendly, FREE, OPEN-MIC & COFFEE HOUSE event, taking place monthly for three Thursdays, starting April 7. Open to musicians of all ages; please be prepared to perform 2-5 songs. We provide a PA system and mic. Come and participate or be part of our listening audience. Get your music on at Ganondagan!! This is a Ganondagan Youth-Sponsored event made possible through the Greater Rochester Health Foundation.

Caffè Lena presents
Open Mic
Performer registration is from 7 to 7:25 p.m. Performances start at 7:30 p.m.
Caffè Lena, 47 Phila St., Saratoga Springs, NY, 518-583-0022
Tickets: $3 at the door
Open Mic takes place every Thursday. This open mic is for all styles of music and spoken word performance, including poetry, comedy, and storytelling. Most of what you’ll hear is original songs on acoustic instruments, but we warmly welcome whatever you have to offer. No advance registration by phone is permitted. If you can’t come in time for registration, the host may be able to add you to the end of the roster. If you don’t get the timeslot you want, you may be able to swap with someone else. No special preference is given to kids, pros, or to those traveling long distances. Participants play two songs or speak for 10 minutes. Under all but the most extreme circumstances, we do not limit the number of performers. The host draws names at 7:30. The first person drawn gets first choice of timeslot, second gets second choice, etc. There is no featured performer at Weekly Open Mic. Excessive profanity and vulgarity are strongly discouraged. It is up to the discretion of the host to determine if a performance is inappropriate for Caffè Lena. Please bear in mind that Caffè Lena is not a bar and often has children in the audience.

Flushing Town Hall announces
Tango, Soul and Passion
7:00 p.m.
Flushing Town Hall, 137-35 Northern Boulevard (at the corner of Linden Place), Flushing, NY 11354
Tickets: FREE
Piano Music from Japan, North America, and South America.

Folk Music Society of New York/New York Pinewoods Folk Music Club announces
Plainsong — Iain Matthews & Andy Roberts
7:30 p.m.
OSA Hall, 220 East 23 St, Suite 707. Between 2nd and 3rd Aves, Manhattan
Contribution: $20 general public; $18 members of FMSNY.
Iain was a founder member of the British folk rock band, Fairport Convention, appeared on the band’s first three recordings (Fairport Convention, What We did on our Holidays, and Unhalfbricking). He next formed his own band, Matthews Southern Comfort, and had a massive European hit with the Joni Mitchell song “Woodstock.” Iain is a prolific songwriter, a superb singer, and an accomplished guitarist.
Andy has been playing various instruments since he was a kid. He's performed with numerous bands, including The Liverpool Scene, Pink Floyd, and The Albion Band. He and Iain have played together on and off since the early ’70s.

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Friday, April 8, 2016
StoryCircle at Proctors Theater announces
Seanachie Evenings — Second Friday of Every Month, January–May:
Keeping Company with the Angels

with Mary Murphy and Barbara Palumbo
7 p.m.
Irish American Heritage Museum, 370 Broadway, Albany, NY, 518/427-1916
$5 Museum members, $10 Others, $25 Family of Four pack
Spend time in the company of Mary and Barbara as they tell the old stories of Finn and his dog, Bran, and of Saint Patrick, the magical stories of mermaids and leprechauns, and the adventurous tales of fox and hedgehog, Petie Flimin from Killarney, and a nefarious highwayman named Redmond O’Hanlon. These two delightful storytellers will keep you laughing and hold you enthralled with their warm words on a fine spring evening.

Ashokan Music & Dance announces
Hudson Valley Community Dance: Zydeco Dance
8-11 p.m.; 7:00 p.m. free lesson with Carol
White Eagle Benevolent Society, Inc., Delaware Avenue, Kingston, NY
Admission: $15, $10 with full-time student ID
Questions or more info: 914-388-7048
Terry & the Zydeco Bad Boys.

Albany Contradance
8-11:00 p.m.; Beginner’s Lesson: 7:45 p.m.BR> Elks Lodge, Albany, NY
Cost: $10/$5 students with full-time ID.
For more information, contact Peter at 518-729-7791, peter.stix@me.com
Dave Langford and Kate Barnes. Caller TBA. Wear sneakers or shoes with clean, soft soles.

Caffè Lena presents
Brooks Williams
8 p.m.
Caffè Lena, 47 Phila St., Saratoga Springs, NY, 518-583-0022
Tickets: $20 general admission, $18 members, $10 students and children
Buy tickets online
Statesboro, Georgia native Brooks Williams creates a super-charged blues-Americana that is electrifying and fighting-fit. His voice and melodic guitar roll and flow seamlessly through songs that stand on tradition, but never stand still. Like drinking whiskey from a honey jar, you get both the sweet and the bite. Currently based in London, England, Brooks has worked stages worldwide for 25+ years, amassing a staggering back-catalog of songs, recordings and tales. With nearly 23 albums to his name, Dirty Linen magazine calls him “One of America’s musical treasures.”

The Towne Crier in Beacon presents
YARN; with special guest The Costellos
8:30 p.m.
Towne Crier, 379 Main Street, Beacon, NY, (845) 855-1300
Tickets: 20 advance/$25 door
Americana/alt-country band Yarn’s sound owes as much to Gram Parsons and Earl Scruggs as to Jerry Garcia and the Rolling Stones’ Exile On Main Street era. Much like its name, the band Yarn weaves country, rock, blues and more into a genre-defying blend that has captured the attention of fans and critics alike. Following in a fine tradition that includes forward thinking roots bands like The Flying Burrito Brothers and New Riders of The Purple Sage. Yarn weaves roots music idioms into a fresh sound that turns on hipsters and fans of country music alike, with technically impressive song-crafting and universal tales from the road of life. Their self-titled debut record reached 14 on the AMA and R&R Radio Charts, and ranked 79 on the AMA’s Top 100 Albums of 2007. Yarn’s follow-up, EmptyPockets, spent months in the top 5 on the AMA chart and 8 First Round 2009 Grammy Nominations. Yarn’s third release, Come On In, held its own as the #25 record on the top 100 Americana chart of 2010.

April 8–10, 2016
Down Home Radio & The Jalopy Theatre present
Brooklyn Folk Festival
View schedule online
St. Ann’s Church, 157 Montague Street, Brooklyn, NY (between Clinton and Henry)
Tickets: 3-day pass $85, day passes, afternoon and evening tickets available
All workshops and film screenings are included with the price of admission!
The 3-day festival includes 30 bands, vocal and instrumental workshops, a family-friendly square dance and swing dance, jam sessions, film screenings, the famous Banjo Toss contest and more! The Brooklyn Folk Festival will feature the best in old-time string-band music, folk, blues, song writers, jug band, bluegrass, traditional Irish and Balkan music, and much more! Including Radio Jarocho with guest jarana player, singer, poet, and writer, Zenen Zeferino Huervo, at 11:30 p.m. on Saturday night.This year’s lineup also features Center for Traditional Music and Dance (CTMD) Touring Artist Gaida, a wonderful singer from Syria. Gaida performs on Saturday, April 9th at 6:45 p.m..

Country Folk Art Craft Show
Fri 5-9 p.m.; Sat. 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sun 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
Hudson Valley Community College, 80 Vandenburgh Ave, Troy, NY 12180
Cost: $7 ($6 with online discount coupon) Free Parking!
For more information, contact 248-634-4151
Celebrate Spring at the Country Folk Art Craft Show, April 8, 9 & 10, returning to Hudson Valley Community College in Troy in the McDonough Sports Complex. Our fabulous Spring show will feature more handmade artisans and craftsmanship from across the region! You’ll love the huge array of unique and creative decorating accents such as: wonderful handmade decorative accents and beautiful artwork, handcrafted furniture and furnishing reproductions, and lighting, handwoven rugs, repurposed antiques and treasures, lace, wood cutlery, primitive furniture, framed art, paintings, textiles, candles, signs, floral designs, wearable art, home and garden decor, jewelry, adult/children’s clothing and accessories, gourmet delights and so much more!

Down Home Radio & The Jalopy Theatre present
Brooklyn Folk Festival
View schedule online
St. Ann’s Church, 157 Montague Street, Brooklyn, NY (between Clinton and Henry)
Tickets: 3-day pass $85, day passes, afternoon and evening tickets available
All workshops and film screenings are included with the price of admission!
The 3-day festival includes 30 bands, vocal and instrumental workshops, a family-friendly square dance and swing dance, jam sessions, film screenings, the famous Banjo Toss contest and more! The Brooklyn Folk Festival will feature the best in old-time string-band music, folk, blues, song writers, jug band, bluegrass, traditional Irish and Balkan music, and much more! Including Radio Jarocho with guest jarana player, singer, poet, and writer, Zenen Zeferino Huervo, at 11:30 p.m. on Saturday night.

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Saturday, April 9, 2016
Golden Link Folk Singing Society announces
Autoharp Workshop
Noon-2 p.m.
Bernunzio Uptown Music, 122 East Ave., Rochester, NY
Cost of the workshop is $10, students and seniors $7; call Ryan Yarmel at Bernunzio’s, (585) 473-6140, for further info.
Invented in 1884, the Autoharp is a distinctly American instrument, played by elementary-school music teachers, up to professional virtuosos. Its push-button chord structure makes it accessible to beginners, and its sparkling timbre and multi-octave range have inspired folk instrumentalists from the Carter Family to Bryan Bowers. This workshop will combine a brief Autoharp history and display of vintage instruments, with demonstration and instruction in playing techniques. Golden Linkers Allen Hopkins and David Russell are experienced ’harpers, with differing styles and repertoire; Allen has collected Autoharps ranging from early Zimmerman models, to custom builds by current luthiers. Workshop participants are invited to bring their own Autoharps—tuned, if possible—and will get a chance to try old and new instruments, including new Autoharps for sale in the store.

Golden Link Folk Singing Society presents
Brook Williams
7:30 p.m.
Rochester Christian Reformed Church, 2750 Atlantic Avenue, Penfield, NY 14526
$20, $16 for Golden Link members, $10 for students, 12+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. This Statesboro, Georgia native is one of the most versatile and entertaining performers on the acoustic roots music scene today.

Flushing Town Hall announces
Crooked Road on Tour: Workshop and Performance
FLATFOOTING WORKSHOP AT 7 P.M.
PERFORMANCE AT 8 P.M.
Flushing Town Hall, 137-35 Northern Boulevard (at the corner of Linden Place), Flushing, NY 11354
Tickets: $16/$10 Members & Students
For information, contact: 718-463-7000 ext. 222
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!

Flying Cat Music presents
Abbie Gardner
7:30 p.m.
Empire State Railway Museum, 70 Lower High Street, Phoenicia, NY 12464
Admission is $15 or $13 with RSVP to flyingcatmusic@gmail.com
For information, call 845-688-9453 or email flyingcatmusic@gmail.com
Abbie Gardner, the fiery Dobro player with an infectious smile has been touring with Americana darlings Red Molly for the past 11 years. After gracing stages from Denver to Denmark, from Australia to Austin, the band decided to take an indefinite hiatus in 2015, so Abbie is striking out on her own! No stranger to solo performing, she has three CDs to draw from, each with award-winning songs. Tales of love and loss, both gritty and sweet, ride the back of her by-now familiar, formidable slide guitar licks. She channels Lucinda and Bonnie, but remains pure Abbie. Abbie has been recognized as an award-winning songwriter, as well, with such accolades as; 2008 Lennon Award Winner (folk) for “The Mind of a Soldier” and 2008 American Songwriter Magazine Grand Prize Lyric Winner for “I’d Rather Be.” Her song “Honey on My Grave” was also published in Sing Out! Magazine in 2008.
Ashokan Music & Dance announces
WOODSTOCK CONTRADANCE with Jay Ungar & Molly Mason
8-11 p.m.
Woodstock Community Center, 56 Rock City Rd., Woodstock, NY
ONLY $10, or $5 students and kids
A fun and friendly evening of great music and dancing with Jay and Molly and caller Eric Hollman. All dances taught.

On Stage At Kingsborough presents
Patricia Ibáñez and Abel Harana (Dance/Baile)
Moi de Morón and Pepe de Pura (Vocals/Cante)
Rubén Romero (Guitar/Guitarra)
MEMORIA ANTIGUA (ANCIENT MEMORY)

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

Caffè Lena presents
Caravan of Thieves
8 p.m.
Caffè Lena, 47 Phila St., Saratoga Springs, NY, 518-583-0022
Tickets: $22 general admission, $20 members, $11 students and children
Buy tickets online
Inspired by the big band swing era, the Quintette du Hot Club de France, early American folk and Vaudeville, Caravan of Thieves brings a storm of gypsy jazz to the stage. Fronted by Fuzz and Carrie Sangiovanni, this high-spirited, endlessly creative string and junk band has caravanned through four albums and hundreds of stages coast to coast. Their live performances are nothing short of electric, flowing from intimate acoustic duets to rousing percussion jams and big audience stomp and clap sing-alongs.

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
SIMON SHAHEEN & QANTARA with special guests SONIA M’BAREK, JUAN PEREZ RODRIGUEZ & AUXI FERNANDEZ
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.

The Towne Crier in Beacon presents
GARLAND JEFFREYS Band
8:30 p.m.
Towne Crier, 379 Main Street, Beacon, NY, (845) 855-1300
Tickets: 25 advance/$30 door
Long known for his amazing roster of supporting musicians — Dr. John...Sonny Rollins...James Taylor...Phoebe Snow — Garland Jeffreys is an edgy singer-songwriter who has been called an urban poet whose work should be taught in schools. Garland’s recent, highly acclaimed The King Of In Between includes contributions from Duncan Sheik and old friend Lou Reed, and has been on a number of year-end “best of” lists including Rolling Stone and NPR Music. Jeffreys’ Wild In The Streets, recorded with Dr. John, was rated the #7 best song about NYC by the Village Voice.

Saturday and Sunday, April 9 and 10, 2016
Old Songs presents
Quebecois Fiddle Tune House Camp with Pascal Gemme
Saturday:
2-3:20 p.m.-Workshop 1
3:40-5 p.m.-Workshop 2
6 p.m.-Potluck
7:30 p.m.-Mini-concert (open to the public, 10$ fee includes the Jam Session)
8:00 p.m.-Jam Session

Sunday:
10 a.m.-Potluck brunch
Noon-1:20 p.m.-Workshop 3
1:40-3 p.m.-Workshop 4

Old Songs Community Arts Center, 37 S. Main Street, Voorheesville, NY
Cost: $25/day or $45 for both days. Register online or call 518-765-2815
Have fun, play a lot of music, learn some new tunes and fiddle tricks and spend some easy going time amongst friendly people. What’s a house camp you say? The answer is very simple: It’s a music camp that happens in a house or any kind of intimate setting. Quebecois music? You can think of it has Celtic music with a French accent. If you’re an intermediate or advance musician who’s curious about the music of La Belle Province than this event is for you. The activities start on Saturday afternoon with two consecutive 80 minute workshops where we learn some Quebecois repertoire and then explore the bowing and ornamentation that makes it “parler français.” Over the course of two days you will get 4 workshops with Pascal and the opportunity to attend a private mini-concert followed by a jam session with with him. House camps are a great way to meet local musicians with a shared interest in folk music and to renew friendships in a relaxed and congenial atmosphere. The event is designed to be a full on 24 hours blast of music that will flex your artistic muscle and make it strive for more in the weeks that follow. The workshops are open to any melodic instruments, but focus on learning Quebecois fiddling techniques and repertoire.

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Sunday, April 10, 2016
Anabella Lenzu/DanceDrama presents
In Pursuit of Happiness
Noon
Dixon Place (161A Chrystie Street, NY 10002)
For more information, contact info@AnabellaLenzu.com.
Tickets $15
Celebration of the 30th Anniversary of The Field. We will present a 15 minute excerpt from In Pursuit of Happiness—a dance-theater piece that explores the themes of death, memory, disappearance, and hope through a collage of juxtapositions. In Pursuit of Happiness is an ongoing daily memory trip to remember and honor Mrs. Lenzu’s father, Antonio, who served as her guide and scaffolding.
Choreography: Anabella Lenzu
Direction: Daniel Pettrow
Dancers: Lauren Ohmer & Anabella Lenzu
Music Landscape: Todd Carroll
Photo Projections: Anabella Lenzu

Golden Link Folk Singing Society, Rochester Guitar Club, and Stutzman’s Guitar Center present
Americana Guitar Workshop with Brooks Williams
1-3 p.m.
Stutzman’s Guitar Center, 4405 West Ridge Road, Rochester NY 14626
Workshop cost is $20 per person. Maximum attendance: 25
Register online via the Golden Link website at www.goldenlink.org.
Americana country guitar combines chugging backbeats, melodic chords, and twangy leads with smart songwriting to create an unmistakable sound. In this workshop, we will explore the rhythms and riffs that are the bedrock of this great guitar music. We’ll focus on the jangly strumming patterns and alternating bass lines as well as the chiming leads – both what to play and where and how to play it. We’ll even look at the “country” sound of slide guitar in both standard and open-G tuning. All techniques will be taught through both new and classic songs, with lyrics, chord diagrams, and TAB.

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.

Ukrainian Village Voices presents
Calling Spring! A Singing Workshop with Shelley Thomas
2-5 p.m.
144 Second Avenue (above Veselka), Third Floor Hall, New York, NY 10003*
RSVP NOW to UkrainianVillageVoices@gmail.com to reserve your seat. $15 adults/$10 students and seniors/ children free
*We apologize for the lack of an elevator in this building. However, we will be available to provide a helping hand up the stairs to anyone in need. Please note this in your workshop RSVP.
Traditionally, people in the village started singing songs in winter to, quite literally, call spring – to reach that other world where it was sleeping, to bring forth the larks that are wintering in Vyriy, the place of the gods. This ritual lives on through a style of song featuring hukannia, a piercing note held at length, joining – for a few blissful seconds – the creatures of the earth to those in the heavens.
Shelley Thomas is a professional vocalist and voice coach specializing in Eastern European and Arabic styles, singing in over 15 languages with authenticity and ease. She has taught workshops, recorded and performed with notable world music artists including Yo-Yo Ma’s Silk Road Ensemble, Hassan Hakmoun, the New York Arabic Orchestra, Vlada Tomova’s Bulgarian Voices Trio, and Black Sea Hotel. Performances include festivals such as Lincoln Center Out of Doors, Vancouver Island Music Festival, and Abu Dhabi Festival.
Her experience with Ukrainian music began by singing with Ukrainian Women’s Voices under the leadership of Nadia Tarnawsky. Since then, Shelley has studied intensively the folkloric songs of the Chornobyl region with ethnomusicologist Yevhen Yefremov, resulting in a Smithsonian Folkways album Chornobyl Songs Project by Ensemble Hilka. She was a lead soloist in Virlana Tkacz’s multimedia theater piece, Fire Water Night at LaMaMa Theater. She has collaboratively led workshops in New Paltz and Toronto, including the first Folk Camp with Kosa Kolektiv. Shelley has built a substantial repertoire of lyrical and seasonal songs, including Vesnianky, Kupala, Harvest, and Koliada, as well as wedding songs. This workshop will introduce you to spring songs from Chornobyl and other regions of Ukraine so that we can, with the strength of our circle, encourage a new season to bloom forth and bring blessings! Join us.

Folk Music Society of New York/New York Pinewoods Folk Music Club presents
Les Chansons Poétiques
3 p.m.
At Helen Levin’s apartment on Staten Island (Bay Street Landing, near SI Ferry Terminal). Information: 718-356-5314.
Seating limited to about 16.
Contribution: $10 FMSNY members. $12 non-members.
Exquisite French Folk Songs Sung, Translated, Shared, with Helen Levin. All paying attendees will be entered into a raffle to win one of Helen’s artworks.

Caffè Lena presents
Dan Navarro with opener John Craigie
7 p.m.
Caffè Lena, 47 Phila St., Saratoga Springs, NY, 518-583-0022
Tickets: $20 general admission, $18 members, $10 students and children
Buy tickets online
For over 30 years, Dan Navarro has written, sung, played and acted his way through a rich and varied career, including penning songs for artists as diverse as Pat Benatar (the Grammy-nominated “We Belong”), The Bangles, Jackson Browne, Keb’ Mo’, Dionne Warwick, and many more. Since the end of his acoustic duo with Eric Lowen in 2009, which lasted 22 years and produced 12 albums, Dan has returned to the national concert circuit as a solo artist. His 2014 album, Shed My Skin, reflects starting over after losing Lowen to Lou Gehrig’s disease. With an affable personality and a wonderful ability to articulate ideas, Navarro’s folk rock style spills out from a place close to the bone—real compassion, real sadness, real hope and love. He’s a fluid, intricate guitarist and his rich voice has been heard not only on concert stages but in major motion pictures as a voice talent for the past 25 years.
California singer-songwriter John Craigie opens tonight’s show with old-school new folk full of social commentary, personal empowerment, political satire, and modern love.

The Towne Crier in Beacon presents
TOMMY CASTRO & The Painkillers
7:30 p.m.
Towne Crier, 379 Main Street, Beacon, NY, (845) 855-1300
Tickets: 25 advance/$30 door
Night after night, Tommy Castro, a fierce and fiery road warrior, fervently delivers his driving, blues-soaked, soul-baring music to fans all over the world. The road is where he honed his guitar playing to a razor's edge. It’s where he learned how to captivate an audience with his intensely passionate vocals and his memorable songs, licks and grooves. It’s where he learned to turn his band into a dynamic, high-performance engine, able to bring down the house with a soulful ballad and then bring fans to their feet with a blistering blues rocker. Over the course of his four-decade career, Castro has played thousands of shows to hundreds of thousands of fans, packing dance floors, always leaving them screaming for more. He has released 14 albums filled with original blues, soul and West Coast rock, each one standing alone. Billboard says the band plays “irresistible contemporary blues-rock” with street-level grit and soul.

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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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Tuesday, April 12, 2016
Golden Link Folk Singing Society announces
Mandolin Workshop with Perry Cleaveland
7:00-7:55 p.m. Beginners
8:00-8:55 p.m. Intermediate/Advanced players
Twelve Corners Presbyterian Church, 1200 S. Winton Rd., Rochester, NY
Cost of the workshop is $6.
We are extremely fortunate to have one the area’s premiere mandolinists and multi-instrument musicians as April’s Second Tuesday Workshop presenter. Perry will conduct a two-hour workshop in two sub-sessions. The first half (7:00-7:55 p.m.) will be dedicated to beginners, including setup, tuning, technique, basic chords, etc. The second half (8:00-8:55 p.m.) will be for intermediate/advanced players, including rhythm, complementary accompaniment, advanced pick techniques, etc. We ask that you indicate your approximate level of play by contacting Dean Santos, using the link Education Coordinator or writing to Education.folk@goldenlink.org. You are welcome to attend just the sub-session that matches your level of play, OR stay for both sessions, regardless of your level. Please indicate whether you will attend one or both phases of the workshop. Out of courtesy to both the instructor and the workshop participants, please observe sub-session start and end times. Note: The Last day for registration is Saturday, April 9th. Workshops are subject to cancellation if there is insufficient interest, based on number of registrations.

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Wednesday, April 13, 2016
Museum at Eldridge Street announces
Herencia Judia with Benjamin Lapidus
7:00 p.m.
Museum at Eldridge Street, 12 Eldridge Street, New York, NY 10002
$25 adults; $15 students/seniors. RSVP here.
Guitarist Ben Lapidus and Herencia Judía — with Jorge Bringas, Manuel Alejandro Carro, Cantor Samuel Levine, Onel Mulet, and Felix Sanabria — present an exciting Afro-Latin take on Jewish liturgy. Enjoy a joyous musical and spiritual journey, and discover surprising connections between a variety of Spanish Caribbean traditions and Jewish liturgy.

StoryCircle at Proctors Theater announces
Saratoga Storytelling Open Mic—Second Wednesday, September—June
Sign-up: 6:45 p.m.
7-9 p.m.
Free
Woodlawn Commons, Harkness Building, Wesley Community, Clement Street, Saratoga, NY
There is a 10-minute limit on story length. The MC will weave the evening together and there will be no feedback. No reading of stories, just telling, please.
Once a month, storytellers have their own open mic, to try their voices for the first time, to hone their skills in front of a live responsive audience, to work on their presentation, or to try new ideas in a supportive atmosphere. For others, it’s a cheap night of entertainment. No reservations are necessary or taken. The organizers and MCs for this storytelling open mic are storytellers Margaret French, Christie Keegan, and Jeannine Laverty.

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Thursday, April 14, 2016
Caffè Lena presents
Open Mic
Performer registration is from 7 to 7:25 p.m. Performances start at 7:30 p.m.
Caffè Lena, 47 Phila St., Saratoga Springs, NY, 518-583-0022
Tickets: $3 at the door
Open Mic takes place every Thursday. This open mic is for all styles of music and spoken word performance, including poetry, comedy, and storytelling. Most of what you’ll hear is original songs on acoustic instruments, but we warmly welcome whatever you have to offer. No advance registration by phone is permitted. If you can’t come in time for registration, the host may be able to add you to the end of the roster. If you don’t get the timeslot you want, you may be able to swap with someone else. No special preference is given to kids, pros, or to those traveling long distances. Participants play two songs or speak for 10 minutes. Under all but the most extreme circumstances, we do not limit the number of performers. The host draws names at 7:30. The first person drawn gets first choice of timeslot, second gets second choice, etc. There is no featured performer at Weekly Open Mic. Excessive profanity and vulgarity are strongly discouraged. It is up to the discretion of the host to determine if a performance is inappropriate for Caffè Lena. Please bear in mind that Caffè Lena is not a bar and often has children in the audience.

The Towne Crier in Beacon presents
BASYA SCHECHTER & PHARAOH’S DAUGHTER
7:30 p.m.
Towne Crier, 379 Main Street, Beacon, NY, (845) 855-1300
Tickets: $36-$100
Basya Schechter and her world-music ensemble, Pharaoh’s Daughter bring a wild instrumental blend of traditional Hasidic influences, Arabic rhythm and African beats; while pinpoint rhythms, rumbling, insistent bass and Fillmore-era organ lines flirt with Eastern oud, santur, and kamanche when Pharaoh's Daughter takes the Towne Crier Cafe stage in a concert to benefit Beacon Hebrew Alliance, the home for loving, creative Judaism in the Hudson Valley. Pharaoh’s Daughter sound as if Pink Floyd and PJ Harvey crossed paths in an Israeli cafe and took a road trip to South Africa, joining up with Radiohead in Morocco along the way. Leonard Cohen says Pharaoh’s Daughter’s last album, Dumiyah, is “such a delight – the groove, the purity, the skill. So fresh and yet so familiar, as the work of the heart always is.” Basya will be sharing songs from her previous albums as well as a new collection called Songs Of Desire, which draws on the erotic and mystical aspects of the biblical Song Of Songs. We are making available a limited number of VIP Backstage Passes, which include a private post-show meet and greet with Basya Schechter and a signed copy of the album Dumiyah. Concert tickets must be purchased separately.

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Friday, April 15, 2016
StoryCircle at Proctors Theater announces
Storytelling with Janet Carter
Inquiring Minds Bookstore, Saugerties

Now on the THIRD Friday of the month
7 p.m.
Inquiring Minds Bookstore, Corner of Main and Partition, Saugerties, NY
Woodlawn Commons, Harkness Building, Wesley Community, Clement Street, Saratoga, NY
For those who want to meet before, we have dinner at 5:45 at the Dutch Tavern on Main Street.

Diamond Dance
THE NORTHEAST’S LARGEST MONTHLY SWING DANCE!
7:30-11 p.m., Doors open at 7 p.m.
Free lesson 7:30 p.m.
Saratoga Music Hall, Saratoga, NY
Cost: $16/$15 Dance Flurry members
For more information, dance@saratogasavoy.com, 518-587-5132.
The Diamond Dances occur every third Friday of the month at the historic and very large Saratoga Music Hall located on Broadway, Saratoga Springs, NY. Joey Thomas Big Band. Free food, live music, demos.

Caffè Lena presents
“See the Future!” Sampler with The Bombadils and 10 String Symphony
8 p.m.
Caffè Lena, 47 Phila St., Saratoga Springs, NY, 518-583-0022
Tickets: $16 general admission, $14 members, $8 students and children
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Fresh voices in folk music fill the stage at Caffè Lena tonight! Montreal chamber folk duo The Bombadils features maritimer Luke Fraser on guitar, mandolin and home-grown east coast vocals in harmony with prairie girl Sarah Frank’s singing, lyrical fiddle playing and claw-hammer banjo. Drawing from the Canadian, American, and Celtic traditions, as well as a childhood spent listening to the Beatles and Beethoven, their musical skill is rooted in years of classical and jazz training at McGill University.
Two five-string fiddles (or fiddle and banjo) combined with two powerful voices equals the epic duo 10 String Symphony. Featuring former Illinois state fiddle champion Rachel Baiman, and current member of the Jerry Douglas Band Christian Sedelmyer, this twosome delivers “a dynamic musical stew ... of acoustic-based roots music, hitting on old-time, folk and bluegrass, all delivered with a dash of rock and roll spunk” (
American Songwriter Magazine). Creating rhythm sections, droning bass lines, and lilting harmonic melodies all in one stroke of the bow & pluck of the string, their music is nuanced, raw and intimate. Their recent album hit #3 on the Billboard Americana charts.

The Folkus Project presents
Loren Barrigar and Mark Mazengarb
The area’s favorite international guitar duo perform stunning duets, featuring their world class guitar talents
8:00-10:00 p.m.
May Memorial Unitarian Universalist Society, 3800 East Genesee St, Syracuse, NY
Cost: $18; $15 members
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
The international duo of Loren Barrigar (from Central New York) and Mark Mazengarb (from New Zealand) first met in 2005 and have been touring extensively in both the USA and Europe ever since. They share a unique musical chemistry and stage presence seldom found among musicians. Their varied repertoire of original and arranged songs gives them wide appeal. Their music is influenced by Bluegrass, Jazz, and Old-time/Country; their style of guitar playing is largely built upon the thumb-picking techniques pioneered by guitar greats Merle Travis, Chet Atkins and Jerry Reed, and their songs feature Loren’s superb vocals and some beautiful harmonies from Mark.
Loren and Mark recorded their first album together in the summer of 2011 which won a SAMMY (Syracuse Area Music Awards) for Best Album at the Northeast Music Industry Conference, and their most recent album
Onward (released August 2012) also won a SAMMY for Best Americana Album. The title track Onward won first place at the International Acoustic Music Awards (IAMA 2013) for best instrumental.

The Towne Crier in Beacon presents
SHEMEKIA COPELAND Band
8:30 p.m.
Towne Crier, 379 Main Street, Beacon, NY, (845) 855-1300
Tickets: $30; $35 at the door
While only in her early 30s, three-time Grammy nominee Shemekia Copeland is the reigning “Queen of the Blues” and a force to be reckoned with. Her second album, Wicked, released in 2000, scored three Handy Awards (Song of the Year, Blues Album of the Year, Contemporary Female Artist of the Year) and a Grammy nomination. Her recording, 33 1/3, received a Grammy nomination for Best Blues Album. She is currently touring in support of her latest Grammy-nominated album, Outskirts Of Love.

Union College Department of Music presents
African Dance Party with the Mandingo Ambassadors
9 p.m.-12 a.m.
Old Chapel, Union College, 807 Union St., Schenectady, NY 12308
Cost: $5 general admission
For more information, contact 518-388-6563, olsent@union.edu
African Dance Party with NYC-based nine-piece band Mandingo Ambassadors, led by Guinean guitarist and Bembeya Jazz alum Mamady Kouyaté.

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Saturday, April 16, 2016
Teaching the Hudson Valley announces the
Eleanor Roosevelt and the Universal Declaration of Human Rights
9 a.m.-4 p.m.
Playhouse, Eleanor Roosevelt Nat'l Historic Site, Eleanor Roosevelt National Historic Site, 54 Valkill Park Road, Hyde Park, NY 12538
Registration: $25 registration fee covers breakfast, lunch, and materials
For information, contact Debi Duke, Teaching the Hudson Valley. 845-229-9116, x 2035, info@teachingthehudsonvalley.org
What is the responsibility of the international community when mass murder and genocide occur? How do you move from recognizing a problem to taking action? This workshop, facilitated by Mary Johnson, senior historian, Facing History and Ourselves, will explore efforts to rebuild the world community after World War II and the Holocaust. Our primary focus will be the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) and, in particular, the efforts of Eleanor Roosevelt who redefined the role of first lady as she established her own career in journalism and advocacy. Workshop participants will learn interdisciplinary strategies and classroom activities to reinforce historical and literacy skills and explore human rights, memory, responsibility, judgment, and legacy. After the workshop, participants may choose to join Facing History’s educator network with access to a wealth of resources, including downloadable lessons, study guides, and other online tools.

Flushing Town Hall announces
Queens Jazz OverGround Spring Jazz Festival 2016
Noon
Flushing Town Hall, 137-35 Northern Boulevard (at the corner of Linden Place), Flushing, NY 11354
Tickets: FREE
The fourth annual QJOG Spring Jazz Fest is a free event that features 10 hours of music. The evening concerts are a celebration of jazz musicians from Queens, featuring jazz legends to up-and-coming artists performing in both the theater and gallery. The afternoon will feature masterclasses by top Queens-based music educators and performances by local middle and high school jazz ensembles.

Taller Boricua presents
WORDS, FORM, & EMOTION — Artists Talk
Curated by Wilfredo Correa featuring the works of Nuyorican Poets Sandra Maria Esteves, Diana Gitesha Hernandez and Clare Ultimo
3-6 p.m.
Taller Boricua Gallery, At the Julia de Burgos Latino Arts Center, 1680 Lexington Avenue at E 106th Street, in the heart of East Harlem, NYC
In celebration of National Poetry Month, the Taller Boricua presents the visual work of three Nuyorican Poets. Their words transposed into the realms of art, reflect the emotional and universal themes of wonder, love and understanding. Their activism in the Nuyorican cultural movement gave roots to their creative interpretations of personal identity and self-expression. The exhibit covers a wide timeline of styles and mediums that have always been concurrent with their poetic voices. Artists Proofs and Affordable Archival Prints on sale. See “Exhibitions” below.


Ashokan Music and Dance announces
SWING & SHINE Benefit Gala: A Catskills Square Dance and the Woodstock School of Art
5:00-9:30 p.m.
With outdoor fun and crafts from 3:00-5:00 p.m.
6 p.m. Sumptuous Dinner
The Ashokan Center, located in the beautiful Catskill Mountains: 477 Beaverkill Road, Olivebridge, NY 12461.
Tickets: $150 (18 and under $75). For more information, call Rachel Roozen at 845-647-8333 ext. 10
To register visit www.ashokancenter.org/swing-shine-2016 or call 917-519-8945.
Regional moonshine tasting, a sumptuous dinner, and a silent art auction followed by live music and square dancing! Music by Jay & Molly with the Catskill Mountaineers, feat. Tony Trischka, Colin McCaffrey and caller Peter Blue.
The Swing & Shine Gala encompasses an afternoon of family-friendly activities followed by an evening of sumptuous food and beverages, and music and dance. Between 3:00 and 5:00 p.m., a family-friendly portion of the day includes instructor-lead outdoor activities and colonial crafts. Beginning at 5:00 p.m., Ashokan instructors will provide evening childcare and entertainment including a healthy, child-friendly dinner, evening activities, and a movie screening. At 5:00 p.m., the evening extravaganza will begin with a cocktail hour, including New York crafted moonshine sampling and a silent auction. After which, guests will enjoy a delicious meal prepared by Ashokan's Executive Chef, Bill Warnes and his talented culinary team. After dinner, a live performance will be held in Ashokan’s Esopus Ballroom. Jay Ungar & Molly Mason and the Catskill Mountaineers will perform authentic folk americana music, keeping with the tradition of The Ashokan Center and the and Woodstock/Catskill Mountain regions. The Catskill Mountaineers feature local folk music talents Tony Trischka, Colin McCaffrey and square dance caller, Peter Blue. Special guest vocalist, Laurel Massé. Proceeds from the Swing & Shine Benefit Gala will be shared between The Ashokan Center and the Woodstock School of Art, celebrating this longstanding partnership and community collaboration.

Albany Institute of History & Art presents
Hudson Valley Hops 2016
Celebrating the 35th Anniversary of Wm. Newman’s Pale Ale
4-7 p.m.
Albany Institute of History & Art, 125 Washington Avenue, Albany, NY 12210
Tickets: In advance: $30/Albany Institute members; $35/ general public
At the door: $35/Albany Institute members; $40/general public
Come join us at the fifth annual Hudson Valley Hops! Enjoy a one-time blind taste testing featuring pale ales from craft brewers up and down the Hudson Valley. Hosted by Steve Barnes of the Times Union’s Table Hopping with celebrity judges Ric Orlando from New World Bistro, Dimitrios Menagias from the City Beer Hall, and Silvia Meder Lilly from The Lark + Lily. This fun, regional craft beer and cider tasting is a fundraiser for the museum and it’s an opportunity for the community to see brewing and distilling artifacts from the Albany Institute’s collection, hear from industry experts, and receive a commemorative glass.

City Lore announces
April Bronx Rising! Maxine Sullivan Women in Jazz Series
7-9 p.m.
Bronx Music Heritage Center (BMHC), 1303 Louis Niné Blvd., Bronx, NY
Free, $5 suggested donations Celebrate Jazz Appreciation Month with the Maxine Sullivan Women in Jazz Series: Swingin’ Jazz, an event focused on women’s contributions to the evolution of Jazz. The event kicks off with a screening of The Girls in the Band (2011), a film about the journeys of female jazz and big band musicians of the International Sweethearts of Rhythm from the late 1930s to present day. These talented and ingenious women persevered through sexism, racism, and diminished opportunities to inspire and elevate their talents in a field that often neglected them. Today, there is a new breed of gifted young women taking their rightful place in the world of jazz, which can no longer deny their talents, and the Maxine Sullivan Women in Jazz series celebrates their devotion to Jazz music. A performance by Stomp Society Swing Band follows the screening with swing music from the Bronx. The Stomp Society Swing Band was named “Best of the Bronx” by News 12, and specializes in 1930s –1950s music. The band is composed of husband and wife tandem, Lance Litron and Christine Perone (vocalists), Frank Davis (trombone), Andy Warren (Trumpet), Michael Johnson (saxophone and clarinet), Doug Drewes (bass), Shareef Taher (percussion), and Frank Pisani (piano).
The Bronx Rising! Performance Series is curated by BMHC’s Co-Artistic Directors: City Lore Folklorist Elena Martínez and Grammy-nominated musician Bobby Sanabria.

Hudson Valley Community Dances present
Third Saturday Contra Dance
7:30-10:30 p.m.
St John’s Evangelical Lutheran Church, Poughkeepsie.
Admission: $10/$5 full time students
For more information, call 845-473-7050.
Caller William Brearley with Mooncoin.

Eighth Step at Proctors presents
ROY ZIMMERMAN: This Machine—Funny Songs and Bad Advice
7:30 p.m.
Proctors, 432 State St. Schenectady NY 12305
Order Tickets through the 8th Step Ticket Line or purchase online: $20-30
“This Machine” is 90 minutes of Roy Zimmerman’s hilarious, rhyme-intensive original songs poking fun at almost anything politically sacred. The title “This machine...” references both Woody Guthrie and Pete Seeger, the finest American tradition of musical commentary. Zimmerman spreads across the country his political commentary on fracking, creationism, marijuana laws, government shutdown, same-sex marriage, guns, taxes, abstinence and of late, the presidential contenders. His lyrics have a definite lefty slant. He often plays in the most conservative places in the America for the most Progressive people there — connecting the blue dots, he calls it, referring to the election-night map coding of Republican (red) and Democrat (blue). “I get accused of preaching to the converted," he says, "but I don't think of it that way. I think of it as entertaining the troops.” Yet, so entertaining is he that as part of his now-defunct group The Foremen he was featured in 1966 at both the Democratic and Republican Conventions. Go figure.

Robert Browning Associates presents
MAESTRO HOSSEIN ALIZADEH WITH PEJMAN HADADI
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.

Tribute to THE BAND Featuring The THE BAND Band
8 p.m. (doors open 7 p.m.)
The Dock, 415 Taughannock Blvd, Ithaca NY 14850, 607-319-4214
Tickets: $20 Advance, $25 Door
While iconic roots rock The Band may be long gone from the stage, The THE BAND Band is keeping their sound and spirit alive and well with authentic, true-to-form renditions of the legendary repertoire. This group of veteran musicians showcases the astounding breadth and depth of The Band’s distinctively original Americana music with classics such as “Up on Cripple Creek,” “The Weight,” and “The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down,” as well as deeper cuts from The Band’s vast catalog.

Caffè Lena presents
Griffin House
8 p.m.
Caffè Lena, 47 Phila St., Saratoga Springs, NY, 518-583-0022
Tickets: $22 general admission, $20 members, $11 students and children
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An amber smooth voice with a subtle grit, driving country rock guitar, and an unassuming stage presence are the backdrop for Griffin House’s deliciously catchy and utterly personal original songs. House “writes a great pop song. There’s an airy optimism hiding behind even his brooding moments.” (Huffington Post) A Nashville musician with a Midwestern upbringing, House launched into a music career as a college student after discovering Bruce Springsteen, Woody Guthrie, and the Mermaid Avenue albums by Wilco and Billy Bragg. In addition to several albums and a decade of national tours, House has served as an opening act for the Cranberries, Josh Ritter, John Mellencamp, Ron Sexsmith, and many others.

The Towne Crier in Beacon presents
TERRANCE SIMIEN & The Zydeco Experience
8:30 p.m.
Towne Crier, 379 Main Street, Beacon, NY, (845) 855-1300
Tickets: $25; $30 at the door
For nearly 30 years, multi-Grammy Award-winning artist Terrance Simien, 8th generation Louisiana Creole, has been shattering the myths about what his indigenous Zydeco roots music is and is not. Terrance and his band mates have been seen performing their original song “Dance Everyday” in the film The Lucky One; leading HBO producers deep into Creole country to film The Music In Me; as a spokesperson for the Louisiana Office Of Tourism; he plays accordion on a zydeco tune in the Oscar nominated Disney classic, The Princess & The Frog; and has also been featured in dozens of other films, including The Big Easy.

Mexico and Brooklyn Unite with Radio Jarocho
with special guest Zen Zeferino Huevero

10:30 p.m.
Branded Saloon, 603 Vanderbilt Ave., Brooklyn, NY, 718-484-8704
Three of the top Mexican traditional and fusion projects come together for one night at Branded Saloon. Jarana player, singer, poet, improviser and writer, Zenen Zeferino Huervo is back in New York and will be sharing the stage with Radio Jarocho in upcoming performances. Zenen was co-founder of the group Chuchumbe and has done outstanding work in the preservation and dissemination of the son jarocho and fandango traditions.

April 16–17, 2016
Center for Traditional Music and Dance announce
Muslim Arts Festival: Celebrating Senegal
Children’s Museum of Manhattan
The Tisch Building, 212 West 83rd Street, New York, NY 10024, 212/721-1223
Celebrate Senegal with performances, fashion and art as we explore the various forms of artistic cultural expression from this West African Country. Dance along to the music of Senegal with world-renowned dancer and choreographer Lamine Thiam. Design your own Senegalese-inspired fashion accessories and learn African glass painting with artist Ibou Ndoye.

West African Drum and Dance with Lamine Thiam Dance along to the music of Senegal with Lamine Thiam! Lamine is a world-renowned dancer, choreographer, drummer, and actor who specializes in the West African style of dance from his native Senegal. He recently starred in the production of Anansi The Spider at the TADA Youth Theater.
Saturday, April 16 | 2 and 3:30 p.m. | All ages | Drop-in

Senegalese Fashion Fold, cut, and stitch your own Senegalese-inspired pieces using textile design techniques and custom tailoring methods that are still used today at the Malcolm Shabazz Harlem Market in New York City.
Saturday, April 16 | 11 a.m., 12, 5 & 6 p.m. | 6 and older | Sign-up
Sunday, April 17 | 11 a.m., 12, 2, 3 & 4 p.m. | 6 and older | Sign-up


Traditional African Glass Painting with Ibou Ndoye African glass painting is a traditional art form in Sengal and other West African countries. Paint a picture in this unique style as Ibou takes you step by step.
Sunday, August 16 | 2 & 3 p.m. | 6 and older | Sign-up

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Sunday, April 17, 2016
Passover Family Day
11:00 a.m.-2 p.m.
Museum of the City of New York, 1220 Fifth Ave at 103rd St, New York, NY 10029
Cost/Cover: Adults: $14, Seniors, students: $10 (with I.D.), Self-guided K-12 student groups: $5/person, Ages 19 and under, Free
Contact Info: 212-534-1672
Join us for a family day full of storytelling, traditions, and songs in honor of Passover. Visit the galleries for a scavenger hunt in New York Yiddish Theater: From the Bowery to Broadway to find elements of Jewish culture. Enjoy Passover macaroons and create a seder plate cover tapestry in time for the holiday.

Asian American Arts Centre announces
Luncheon with Joshua Wong
12-3 p.m.
Mulan Restaurant, Mudan Room, 136-17, 39 Avenue, Flushing (Queens Crossing)
Purchase the ticket for $45.00 in advance and the price at the door is $50.00
Joshua Wong is a student activist from Hong Kong. At the age of 14, Joshua founded the group Scholarism in May 2011 to draw attention to the addition of “national education” classes to the local curriculum, which was widely seen as attempts to “brainwash” the next generation of Hong Kong students. Joshua successfully led the campaign to halt the government’s plans, which at one point mobilized over 120,000 supporters in September 2012 to surround the Central Government Headquarters. After this campaign, Joshua and Scholarism remained active in various social causes in Hong Kong, most notably in the campaign for universal suffrage and the inclusion of “civic nomination” for the Chief Executive election of 2017. This culminated in the Umbrella Movement in September 2015 that lasted for 79 days, which was led in part by Joshua, who pushed for peaceful, non-violent civil resistance. Joshua is currently on trial for his role in instigating the occupation, as he continues to fight for democracy in Hong Kong. Joshua is currently 19 years old. Joshua has been widely recognized for his efforts. In 2014, Joshua has been named as one of Foreign Policy’s 100 Leading Global Figures, The Time’s Young Person of the Year, and Time Magazine’s 25 Most Influential Teens. Joshua was also named by Fortune as one of the World’s 50 Greatest Leaders in 2015.

Borderline Folk Music Club presents
The Levins with Tom Cardullo opening
1-4 p.m.
Nanuet Library 149 Church Street, Nanuet NY 10954
Cost: $15 members, $20 non-members, please bring a cold snack to share with others. For reservations contact Greta at intrend@yahoo.com to share
Parking available at the library and at the school next door.
THE LEVINS (pronounced LeVINNs) offer harmony-driven acoustic music that is warm and uplifting without skating over the complexities of life. Guitar, piano and voices provide a full sound with unexpected harmonies and unique arrangements. The 2014 Falcon Ridge Emerging Artists’ first official release was selected by John Platt, WFUV as a top 10 CD of 2013. Their most recent release, TRUST has hit the Top 10 on the Folk DJ charts and continues to connect on a universal level with a lighthearted depth and a celebration of our common humanity.
Sometimes dark, sometimes funny, but always carefully crafted, Tom Cardullo’s songs often speak to the human condition. They can be sharp or soft, uncomfortably deep or easily shallow, but are always delivered honestly and with a sparkle in his eye.

NorthWest Family YMCA presents
Acoustic Music Jam
2-4 p.m.
NorthWest Family YMCA, 8040 River Road, Baldwinsville NY 13027
Contact: Kat Kane, Arts Director, at kkane@syracusymca.org or 303-5966 ext. 225
Cost: Free
Traditional, Folk, Country, Bluegrass and Rock music is welcome. Open to all ages and skill levels, members and non-members alike. No registration is required. Bring your musical instruments (guitar, voice, banjo, mandolin, flute, etc.) and music stand. Come join the fun or just come to listen. The Jam is hosted by Steve Pfanenstiel.

Golden Link Folk Singing Society announces
Songs of the ’60s Folk Revival
Celebrating the 45th Anniversary of the Golden Link Folk Singing Society

2-4:30 p.m.
Rochester Christian Reformed Church, 2750 Atlantic Avenue, Penfield, NY
Cost: Free
Voluntary donations will be split between the Golden Link Folk Singing Society and Adirondack Mountain Club (ADK) Genesee Valley Chapter
Performers include: Pat Carey, Sue Hengelsberg, Vern Lindberg, Ruth and Dana Fine, Janice and Craig Hanson, Cathy McGrath, Carolyn Smith-Hanna, Olivia Fontana, David Ianni, Dean Santos, and you, the audience.

Rensselaer English Country Dance
2-5 p.m., Beginner Instruction 1:30-2:00 p.m.
Christ Church United Methodist, Troy, NY
Cost: $12, limited income indiv $8, $1 discount for Dance Flurry members
For more information, donbell@nycap.rr.com , 518-273-5172.
Caller Dorothy Cummings. Band Heartsease. Bring soft-soled shoes. All dances taught. No partner/experience needed.

Museum at Eldridge Street announces
I am for My Beloved, A Concert of Jewish Classical Music with Allison Charney & Arts Ahimsa
3:00 p.m.
Museum at Eldridge Street, 12 Eldridge Street, New York, NY 10002
$25 adults; $15 students/seniors. RSVP here.
This concert features acclaimed soprano Allison Charney, violinist Laura Goldberg, the Arts Ahimsa Chamber Ensemble, and veteran actor Jordan Charney performing gloriously uplifting music, including a piece inspired by the hometown of the Eldridge Street Synagogue’s first rabbi.

Tribute to THE BAND Featuring The THE BAND Band
4:00-6:30 p.m.
Sportsmen’s Tavern, 326 Amherst St, Buffalo, NY 14207
For information, email info@sportsmenstavern.net or call 716-874-7734
Cost: $25
While iconic roots rock The Band may be long gone from the stage, The THE BAND Band is keeping their sound and spirit alive and well with authentic, true-to-form renditions of the legendary repertoire. This group of veteran musicians showcases the astounding breadth and depth of The Band’s distinctively original Americana music with classics such as “Up on Cripple Creek,” “The Weight,” and “The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down,” as well as deeper cuts from The Band’s vast catalog.

Hudson Valley Community Dance presents
Swing Dance Live Band
6-9 p.m., Beginner Lesson at 6:00 p.m.; dance starts at 6:30 p.m.
Arlington Reformed Church, Poughkeepsie, NY
Cost: $12/$8 full-time students with ID
For more information, call 845-454-2571.
La Familia Swingin’ Blues Band. No Partner/Experience Necessary!

Caffè Lena presents
Blues Brothers: Andy Cohen & Dakota Dave Hull & Paul Asbell
7 p.m.
Caffè Lena, 47 Phila St., Saratoga Springs, NY, 518-583-0022
Tickets: $25 general admission, $22 members, $12.50 students and children
Buy tickets online
This is a rare and delicious treat: three of Lena’s all-time greatest heritage blues guitarists on stage together. We guarantee they’ll be at the top of their fretboard game tonight! Andy Cohen is a “walking, talking folk-blues-roots music encyclopedia.” With smoky fireside vocals and fiery guitar picking and strumming, Andy plays the classics. Expect to hear blues rooted in Mississippi, the Piedmont, Memphis, and Chicago, as well as some ragtime, gospel, and original tunes. Among his many awards are the 2011 Eisteddfod Award from the Eisteddfod Traditional Music Festival, and the 2012 Lifetime Achievement Award from the California Autoharp Gathering.
Classic songs played by a classy man in a classy suit. That’s what you get when you see classic American guitar legend Dakota Dave Hull. Deemed by Dave Van Ronk as “one of the best guitarists in the world,” Dakota Dave presents a passion and dexterity on the guitar that is captivating whether it’s the hot upbeat ragtime tunes or the mellow lonesome ballads of the blues traditions. An expert player of jazz, ragtime, folk, blues, Western swing, and vintage pop, his hearty guitar playing calls on the language of the masters, but in a vocabulary that is Dave’s alone: alternately mirthful and moving.
Paul Asbell’s professional career originates in the clubs of his native Chicago. He “tackles bouncy ragtime fingerpicking, crisp flat-picking, and lush, jazzy chording with equal aplomb.” (
Guitar Player Magazine) In addition to his captivating solo performances, he has performed with John Lee Hooker, Eric Clapton, and Steve Winwood. Paul has also composed, performed, and recorded more than 60 film and video soundtracks and teaches guitar at many universities, including Dartmouth, Skidmore, and Middlebury.

The Towne Crier in Beacon presents
TANNAHILL WEAVERS from Scotland
7:30 p.m.
Towne Crier, 379 Main Street, Beacon, NY, (845) 855-1300
Tickets: $30; $35 at the door
One of Scotland’s premier traditional bands, the legendary Tannahill Weavers consistently garner worldwide accolades for their exuberant performances and outstanding recordings that seemingly can’t get better...yet continue to do just that. “An especially eloquent mixture of the old and the new.”—New York Times; “...as close to perfect as it gets in an imperfect world.”—Sing Out!

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Monday, April 18, 2016
Anabella Lenzu DanceDrama presents
Open rehearsal of Pachamama: Mother World.
7:30 p.m.
DMAC (62 E 4th St, New York, NY 10003
FREE Admission / Limited seating / Refreshments served
RSVP: info@anabellalenzu.com
Pachamama: Mother World is an exploration of Dance Theatre inspired by the male initiation rituals of the Selk’nam, a tribe of Tierra del Fuego, Argentina. The performance unfolds like a prehistoric commedia dell arte, moving away from the presentational side of dance and reconnecting with the primal impulses of art.
Choreographer: Anabella Lenzu
Music Landscape: Todd Carroll
Acting and Voice Coach: Daniel Pettrow
Costume and Mask Designer: Jennifer Johanos
Dancers: Lauren Ohmer, Erik Zarcone, Graham Cole, Kara Chan and Sydney Ruf-Wong
Rehearsal Assistant: Hope Parker
Apprentices: Hope Parker, Dina Denis & Cesar Bordermann

...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.

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Tuesday, April 19, 2016
Book Talk: Michael Keene, Psychic Highway
2 p.m.
The Purple Door, 3259 S. Winton Rd., Rochester, NY
Register online.
The Erie Canal had a big influence in Central New York. Author and historian Michael Keene explains how the Canal opened up vital passageways that led to the advent of the major social, political, and religious movements that swept through upstate New York during the 19th century. His book, The Psychic Highway: How the Erie Canal Changed America, will be on sale. Mr. Keene is an affiliate member of the Association of Public Historians and a contributor to New York History Review, in addition to writing several other books.
You can find Psychic Highway in the NYFS online bookstore.

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Wednesday, April 20, 2016
StoryCircle at Proctors Theater announces
Story Circle Meeting: Story Circle of the Capital District
6:15-9:00 p.m.
Pine Hill Branch, Albany Public Library, 517 Western Ave, Albany, NY 12203
Story Circle meets to share works in progress. Stories told, not read, please. Listeners welcomed :-)

Caffè Lena presents
Songwriter’s Workshop
7 p.m.
Caffè Lena, 47 Phila St., Saratoga Springs, NY, 518-583-0022
Tickets: $5 at the door
This monthly gathering of songwriters is hosted by Sonny Speed every 3rd Wednesday. Each participant gets 10 minutes to play one original song and receive feedback from fellow songwriters. The tone of critique is constructive and supportive and intended to help you create the songs you want to create. Please bring 20 lyric sheets, which will be returned to you with notes after the critique. Piano and CD/MP3 player are available, or bring your own instrument.

Golden Link Folk Singing Society announces
Peregrine Road in concert
Karen Axelrod, Piano and Rachel Bell, Accordion

7 p.m.
Rich & Peggy Dempsey’s House, 140 Fernboro Rd, Rochester, NY (off Winton near 12 Corners)
RSVP required to dempsey.peggy@gmail.com
Suggested Donation: $12-$15
Energetic Celtic reels, passionate waltzes, mesmerizing French melodies, refined English dance tunes, outrageous travel stories and good laughs.

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Thursday, April 21, 2016
Eighth Step at Proctors presents its
OPEN MIC/JAM & SONG CIRCLE
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.

Caffè Lena presents
Open Mic
Performer registration is from 7 to 7:25 p.m. Performances start at 7:30 p.m.
Caffè Lena, 47 Phila St., Saratoga Springs, NY, 518-583-0022
Tickets: $3 at the door
Open Mic takes place every Thursday. This open mic is for all styles of music and spoken word performance, including poetry, comedy, and storytelling. Most of what you’ll hear is original songs on acoustic instruments, but we warmly welcome whatever you have to offer. No advance registration by phone is permitted. If you can’t come in time for registration, the host may be able to add you to the end of the roster. If you don’t get the timeslot you want, you may be able to swap with someone else. No special preference is given to kids, pros, or to those traveling long distances. Participants play two songs or speak for 10 minutes. Under all but the most extreme circumstances, we do not limit the number of performers. The host draws names at 7:30. The first person drawn gets first choice of timeslot, second gets second choice, etc. There is no featured performer at Weekly Open Mic. Excessive profanity and vulgarity are strongly discouraged. It is up to the discretion of the host to determine if a performance is inappropriate for Caffè Lena. Please bear in mind that Caffè Lena is not a bar and often has children in the audience.

The Towne Crier in Beacon presents
JIMMY LaFAVE; with special guest Marc Douglas Berardo
7:30 p.m.
Towne Crier, 379 Main Street, Beacon, NY, (845) 855-1300
Tickets: $25; $30 at the door
Austin-based Texas native Jimmy LaFave is blessed with a distinctive, vibrant voice that is the perfect vehicle for his soul-baring ballads, burning anthems, and driving, straight-ahead rock ’n’ roll. Jimmy’s self-penned material earned him the Songwriter of the Year award (along with 4 others) at the 1995 Kerrville Music Awards. When LaFave covers others’ songs, such as those of Bob Dylan, they fit like his own broken-in boots, exhibiting his own character as much as that of their maker.
Rhode Island based Marc Douglas Berardo is a hardworking, fast moving, adventure seeking, keen observer who lives for the story and the song. Berardo was the winner of the 2014 Wildflower Art and Music Festival Song Contest in Texas and also received the Michael Terry People’s Choice Award. He was also a 2014 Kerrville New Folk Finalist, 2014 Solar Fest Songwriter’s Showcase Selection and a 2015 South Florida Folk Festival Song Finalist.

...and beyond
OldTone Productions Presents:
Bruce Molsky in concert
8 p.m.
Dewey Hall, 91 Main Street, Sheffield, MA 01257
Tickets: $15
Dewey Hall is elated to welcome OldTone Productions to the Hall in their very first show with us. And what a way to kick it off! With the incomparable Bruce Molsky.
“It’s no exaggeration to say that Bruce Molsky is one of the greatest American fiddlers of all time. His playing is mesmerizing and and transporting, and best experienced live.”—WBUR (Boston NPR)

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Friday, April 22, 2016
Lecture: Michael Keene, Psychic Highway
6 p.m.
The Book Worm, 34 Elm St., E. Aurora, NY, 716-652-6554
The Erie Canal had a big influence in Central New York. Author and historian Michael Keene explains how the Canal opened up vital passageways that led to the advent of the major social, political, and religious movements that swept through upstate New York during the 19th century. His book, The Psychic Highway: How the Erie Canal Changed America, will be on sale. Mr. Keene is an affiliate member of the Association of Public Historians and a contributor to New York History Review, in addition to writing several other books.
You can find Psychic Highway in the NYFS online bookstore.

Flushing Town Hall announces
Matuto
7:30 p.m.
Flushing Town Hall, 137-35 Northern Boulevard (at the corner of Linden Place), Flushing, NY 11354
Tickets: Free with RSVP ONLINE
Presented in collaboration with Carnegie Hall’s Neighborhood Concerts. The lively, joyous sound of Matuto entwines Brazilian folk music with the flatpicking guitars and fiery fiddling of American bluegrass. Matuto (Brazilian slang for “country boy”) beautifully embraces Brazilian forró rhythms and the folk traditions of the American South with accordion, guitar, bass, triangle, and zabumba, a bass drum often used in Brazilian music. Carnegie Hall’s Neighborhood Concerts is a program of the Weill Music Institute.

Irish Arts Center presents Ireland Rising: WORDS AND MUSIC FOR A NEW CENTURY A Special Benefit Performance and Campaign Launch
8:00 p.m.
SYMPHONY SPACE | PETER JAY SHARP THEATRE | 2537 BROADWAY AT 95TH STREET, NEW YORK CITY
General Ticketing Starts at $65.
We mark Ireland’s Centenary Celebrations with a once-in-a-lifetime concert event, Ireland Rising: Words and Music for a New Century. Presented by Grammy Award-winning composer Bill Whelan and Pulitzer Prize-winning Poet Paul Muldoon. Featuring: Paul Brady, Lisa Dwan, Anne Enright, Nick Laird, Loah, Joanie Madden, Nicole Maguire, Mick Moloney, Paul Muldoon, Liam Neeson, Liam O Maonlai, Declan O’Rourke, Panti, Zadie Smith, Becca Stevens, Athena Tergis, Colm Toibin, Andreas Varady, Bill Whelan, Cassandra Wilson, and Women of the World. This is both a concert event and a statement of purpose, as we celebrate the virtuosity and originality and the dynamism and diversity of contemporary Irish culture.

Caffè Lena presents
Carlo Aonzo with Rene Izquierdo
8 p.m.
Caffè Lena, 47 Phila St., Saratoga Springs, NY, 518-583-0022
Tickets: $20 general admission, $18 members, $10 students and children
Buy tickets online
Classical mandolin virtuoso, Carlo Aonzo, has traveled all the way from Savona, Italy to give us one of his ferocious and stunning performances tonight. With fingers flying up, down and around the mandolin, he leaps from a bluegrass medley to a Vivaldi with Latin undercurrent. An international touring sensation, Carlo’s list of accomplishments and contributions to the world of classical mandolin is endless. He has been the mando champ at Walnut Valley Festival, International Mandolin Festival in Varazze, Italy, and founded the International Mandolin Academy in 2006. Tonight, he’ll be accompanied by Cuban classical guitarist Rene Izquierdo. Whether he’s accompanying a vocalist, performing in a duet, leading an entire symphony, or playing solo, Izquierdo displays “sublime musicianship” and an “absolute command of the instrument” (Classical Guitar Magazine).

Center for Traditional Music and Dance (CTMD) announces
Roma/Gypsy Brass Legends Fanfare Ciocārlia
with special guest Eugene Hütz (Gogol Bordello)

8 p.m.
The Town Hall, 123 West 43rd Street (between 6th Ave and Broadway), New York, NY 10036
Tickets: $25-$75
Fanfare Ciocārlia, one of the world's greatest Roma (Gypsy) brass bands, brings their relentless energy and ingenuity to Town Hall for an exclusive and first-time collaboration with Eugene Hütz, front man for the wild and popular band Gogol Bordello.Fanfare Ciocārlia is a large brass ensemble from northeastern Romania whose eastern funk groove has electrified halls and festivals across the planet. Having learned their craft at the feet of their fathers and grandfathers, Fanfare’s members proudly approach every concert as a challenge to both entertain audiences and keep the spirit of Roma music alive. The artists span several generations and continue to play weddings and other celebrations in their region. In Romanian, Fanfare means brass band and Ciocarlia means lark, the name of a signature Romanian tune imitating the bird. In Eastern Europe, Roma are the professional backbone of village music, but still face huge prejudice and discrimination in everyday life.
Eugene Hütz was just a scrawny 13-year-old punk rocker when his family fled Kiev in 1986 to escape fallout from the Chernobyl meltdown. Thus began a five-year odyssey that took him to live with his grandmother’s Roma clan; to American-run camps for asylum seekers in Poland, Austria, and Italy; and finally, to Burlington, Vermont, where the family resettled and Hütz promptly formed a punk band. But his new destiny really took shape after he relocated to New York City and merged punk and Gypsy sounds into a raucous act he named Gogol Bordello. Six albums later, Hütz packs venues worldwide and thrills fans with his boundless energy.
This program is an exclusive collaboration on a weekend celebrating Roma music, which continues on Sunday April 24 with Esma Redzepova and Folk Masters at Le Poisson Rouge. See conference below (April 23-24) and the April concert listing.
The Towne Crier in Beacon presents
CHRIS O’LEARY Blues Band
8:30 p.m.
Towne Crier, 379 Main Street, Beacon, NY, (845) 855-1300
Tickets: $20; $25 at the door
While Chris O’Leary’s music is rooted in the blues, you can hear shades of New Orleans, rockabilly and more in their big, high-energy sound. Several years ago, Levon Helm joined in on some of Chris’s early recording sessions, and then sat in on O’Leary’s regular gigs. Soon, Levon asked Chris and his compadres to join the house band at his club in New Orleans. Chris spent the better part of a year at the club as a focal point of Levon Helm’s Barn Burners, backing up touring stars and opening for New Orleans’ finest players. In 2007 O’Leary formed a new band, including fellow Barn Burner Frankie Ingrao on bass and guitarist Chris Vitarello.

Anabella Lenzu/DanceDrama presents
In Pursuit of Happiness
9 p.m.
International Women Artist’s Salon at Dixon Place, 161A Chrystie Street, NY 10002
For more information, contact info@AnabellaLenzu.com.
Tickets $15
We will present a 15-minute excerpt from In Pursuit of Happiness.
Choreography: Anabella Lenzu
Direction: Daniel Pettrow
Dancers: Lauren Ohmer & Anabella Lenzu
Music Landscape: Todd Carroll
Photo Projections: Anabella Lenzu

...and beyond
Ukrainian Village Voices announces
Echoes of Chornobyl: 30 years later
7:30-9:30 p.m.
St. Vladimir Institute, 620 Spadina Avenue, Toronto, ON
PWYC entrance ($10-20 donations welcome).
On Earth Day, join us in remembering Chornobyl, not only as a place of disaster 30 years ago, but as a place of life, where the land and its people lived, sang, and loved. Special guests: Ukrainian Villages Voices, performing ancient Polissyan songs from the Chornobyl Songs Project, Marichka Marczyk (Lemon Bucket Orkestra) and Alena Liavonchanka recounting a childhood altered by history through photo and song, Alex Belyakov, PhD, answering questions about Chornobyl, Angela Bischoff (Ontario Clean Air Alliance) and Jose Etcheverry, PhD (York University) speaking about nuclear energy in Ontario. Also special Polissyan songs by Belarussian folk group Javarovy Ludzi and KalynDar, and refreshments prepared by Kosa Kolektiv.

April 22–24, 2016
Ashokan Music and Dance announces
Northeast Blacksmiths Association Spring Hammer-In at Ashokan
Visit the Northeast Blacksmiths for more information
Learn the art of forging iron into beautiful and useful items using traditional blacksmithing tools and skills at the semi-annual Ashokan Hammer-In. This is a multi-level workshop for beginners and experienced craftsmen alike, with both forging demonstrations by world renowned blacksmith Carl Close and hands-on project opportunities. Equipment, iron, and coal will be provided and available for sale to begin your own home workshop.
Meets start on Friday at dinner, with occasional field trips held before hand in the afternoon, and run till Sunday lunch. Friday night the demonstrator usually hosts a slide presentation of their work, on Saturday and Sunday mornings are the demonstrations. Reservations may be made for all or part of the weekend.

...and beyond
46th ANNUAL WARD WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP WILDFOWL CARVING COMPETITION AND ART FESTIVAL
Hosted by the Ward Museum of Wildfowl Art, Salisbury University
Hours: Friday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Living Legends Award Presentation (Performing Arts Center) 5 p.m.
Living Legends Dinner at Harrisons Harborwatch Restaurant 6:30 p.m.- 8 p.m.
Saturday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
Award ceremony(Performing Arts Center) 5:30 p.m.
Sunday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
Roland E. Powell Convention Center, Ocean City, MD
Admission: Multi-Day Pass: $10; Seniors and Students - $8; Children under 12 free (with adult); Group rate for 6 or more: $6 per person
The World Championship is an international event where carvers, collectors, and visitors convene at the end of each April in Ocean City, MD. From highly decorative works of art to functional hunting decoys, about 1200 different wildfowl carvings representing more than 150 species from around the world can be viewed at the premiere, most prestigious competition in the world. Competitors of all levels—from youth to world champions--compete against their peers for the chance to win a portion of nearly $60,000 in prize money, as well as other recognition including ribbons, medallions, plaques and trophies. There are over 40 different divisions in which an artist can compete—decorative life-size and miniature wildfowl, floating waterfowl, interpretive, gunning decoys, contemporary antiques, sculpture, and for the this years competition, fish carving.

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Saturday, April 23, 2016
Staten Island Arts announces
Highland Drums: Honoring the Irish Presence on Staten Island
2-4 p.m.
South Beach Boardwalk Gazebo; 300 Father Capodanno Blvd. Staten Island, NY 10305
In association with Immigrant Heritage Week NYC—From Many, Making NYC One, an annual citywide initiative of the Mayor’s Office of Immigrant Affairs designed to recognize and celebrate the history, traditions, and contributions of NYC’s diverse immigrant communities, Highland Drums: Honoring the Irish Presence on Staten Island features a drum salute by the Celtic Cross Pipe and Drum ensemble alongside set dances and music of a traditional Irish Seisiún as played on flute, concertina and bodrhn (Celtic drum). The concert both illustrates how rhythmic traditions and drumming from Ireland relate to traditional dance as well as honors the presence and contributions of one of Staten Island’s oldest communities. This program is interactive and open air.

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.

Caffè Lena presents
Willy Porter & Carmen Nickerson
8 p.m.
Caffè Lena, 47 Phila St., Saratoga Springs, NY, 518-583-0022
Tickets: $20 general admission, $18 members, $10 students and children
Buy tickets online
Searching for “the shaman that lives inside the guitar” has led Willy Porter on a musical and personal odyssey spanning more than two decades, ten albums, and multiple continents. With his “spit-fire-percussive acoustic guitar strumming and fiery chord picking” (Billboard) he has a knack for turning first-time listeners into die-hard fans. He is traveling with the silky, soulful singer Carmen Nickerson. This righteous indie-folk duo has worked with Jethro Tull, Tori Amos, Paul Simon, and Jeff Beck on stages around the world. Their live shows are guitar driven events—equal parts grit, soul, and muscle—that are electrifying, dynamic and sweet.

The Towne Crier in Beacon presents
SLAMBOVIAN CIRCUS OF DREAMS
8:30 p.m.
Towne Crier, 379 Main Street, Beacon, NY, (845) 855-1300
Tickets: $30; $35 at the door
Formed in Sleepy Hollow over a decade ago, The Slambovian Circus Of Dreams (AKA The Grand Slambovians) pioneered the alt-folk/americana genre, staying on the fringes of the music industry and under the radar while producing several critically acclaimed studio albums. This show often sells out, so don’t wait too long!

April 23–24, 2016
Center for Traditional Music and Dance (CTMD) announce
Opre Khetanes IV Concert and Conference on Romani (Gypsy) Musics and Cultures
Presented by The Initiative for Romani Music at New York University, CTMD, and Voice of Roma
View program online
New York University Department of Music, Room 320, 24 Waverly Place, New York, NY 10003
The conference is free and open to the public. No pre-registration is required.
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Opre Khetanes IV Concert and Conference on Romani (Gypsy) Musics and Cultures represents a major gathering on the East Coast of scholars of Romani culture and Roma who work as academics, activists, and/or performers. Presentations will be made by established scholars and by graduate students with expertise in Romani studies. In the conference portion of Opre Khetanes IV, Romani/Gypsy Arts and Letters, artists, activists, and scholars in the fields of musicology, anthropology, Romani studies, and related disciplines will deliver presentations on subjects related to the representation of Romani people by themselves and/or others. Opre Khetanes IV will also feature a panel discussion and a film screening.
See April 22 and April 24 listings for related concerts at The Town Hall and Le Poisson Rouge.

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Sunday, April 24, 2016
Irish Arts Center announces A Celebration of the Irish and New York
1-6 p.m.
Pier A, 22 Battery Place, New York, NY 10004
Celebration of the Irish and New York: a very special afternoon of events featuring Irish-American music, dance, film, theatre, food, lectures and much more.

Flushing Town Hall announces
Teatro Hugo & Ines (Peru): Workshop
1 p.m.
Flushing Town Hall, 137-35 Northern Boulevard (at the corner of Linden Place), Flushing, NY 11354
Tickets: $7/$4 Children/FREE for members with tickets to 2:15 p.m. show (see below). Members must call Box Office to reserve tickets to attend the workshop.
Explore the wordless world of mime and learn how to build unique characters with your hands and other parts of your body. Space is limited. For ages 8 and up.

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.

Bright Mohawk Valley: A Concert of Irish Roots Music 3 p.m.
GFWC Century Club, 130 Guy Park Avenue, Amsterdam, NY
Cost: $10. Tickets available in advance at Damiano’s Flowers, 2 Hewitt Street, Amsterdam; Thomas Persse Insurance Agency, 48 West Main Street, Fonda; and Old Fort Johnson, PO Box 196, Fort Johnson NY 12070.
For more information call Old Fort Johnson at 518-843-0300
The Montgomery County Historical Society presents Liaisons Plaisantes in concert at the Century Club in Amsterdam. The program includes Irish music from colonial New York and songs written by later immigrants from Ireland. The concert’s title comes from the original chorus of a tune by James Kerrigan: “Oh, remain in this bright Mohawk Valley.” The song is better known as “The Red River Valley.” Liaisons Plaisantes perform colonial period music in historic house concerts throughout the Capital Region, including the 1749 home of Sir William Johnson in Fort Johnson, NY. The ensemble consists of Susan Casler, Sue-Ann Wheadon, Marilee Urbanczyk, Ron Burch, and Olof Jansson, playing Irish whistle, violin, cello, guitar, and keyboard.

Albany Pro Musica presents
The Dueling Brothers Who is the King of Instruments?
3 p.m.
Westminster Presbyterian Church, 262 State Street, Albany, NY
Suggested Ticket Donation: $35
Single tickets are on sale now at the Troy Savings Bank Music Hall Box Office via phone, (518) 273-0038, in person, or online at www.troymusichall.org. Tickets are available at the Troy Savings Bank Music Hall Box Office, 30 Second Street, Troy, Monday through Friday 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Albany Pro Musica continues the celebration of its 35th Anniversary Season with a humorous evening of music and fun with The Dueling Brothers — Who is the King of the Instruments? José Daniel, Albany Pro Musica’s Artistic Director, will play the organ and his brother, Marcos Daniel, will play piano as they amuse the audience with a celebration of the long-standing rivalry between instrument aficionados and siblings. This electrifying program is filled with exciting repertoire that will entertain and delight the audience as it keeps them on the edge of their seats. Proctors CEO Philip Morris will provide mediation in this duel with humorous narration, while the exquisite voices of Albany Pro Musica will add to the challenge, accompanied and conducted by the contending brothers.
A dinner with the artists for Honorary Committee members at the Fort Orange Club will follow the concert. For more information on this after show event, please contact Margery Whiteman at 518-225-4059.
Albany Pro Musica, led by Artistic Director and Conductor José Daniel Flores-Caraballo, is revered for its mastery of intimate a cappella works and large-scale choral repertory with orchestra. Space is limited. Acquiring tickets in advance is highly encouraged.

The Towne Crier in Beacon presents
Film Screening & Live Music: WHEN VOICES MEET; SHARON KATZ & The PEACE TRAIN
4:00 p.m. Film Screening
7:30 p.m. Concert
Towne Crier, 379 Main Street, Beacon, NY, (845) 855-1300
Tickets: $25; $30 at the door
We will be screening the much-laurelled 2015 film, When Voices Meet; followed by a dinner break at the Towne Crier (charged separately) or at home; after which, at 7:30 p.m. we will present Sharon Katz & The Peace Train, who were featured in the film as instrumental in helping Nelson Mandela end apartheid. The multicultural South African band, SHARON KATZ & The PEACE TRAIN, have continued spreading their message of peace and reconciliation around the world. Their pulsating rhythms, rich harmonies, guitar-driven melodies, spine-tingling dances, funky bass lines, intricate drum patterns, and compelling lyrics tell of social justice challenges worldwide, and how we can change them — while also getting the dance party going! Nominated for the Grammy’s Best World Music Album, Sharon Katz & The Peace Train made history in 1992 when they formed South Africa’s first, 500-voice multiracial choir and then organized a courageous tour on board a train — The Peace Train — to promote a peaceful transition to democracy. In July, their 2016 Tour Across America will be promoting respect and an end to hateful, divisive rhetoric when it takes 150 diverse singers on tour from Ferguson to St. Louis, Chicago, New York, New Jersey, Philadelphia, Baltimore and Washington, DC. The documentary film about the band's work, When Voices Meet, has been selected by 25 film festivals and won Best Documentary, Best Director, Best Original Soundtrack, Audience Award and President’s Award all across America.

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.

Center for Traditional Music and Dance (CTMD) announce
Esma Redžepova & Folk Masters
Presented by The Initiative for Romani Music at New York University, CTMD, and Voice of Roma
7:00 p.m. (Doors open at 6 p.m.)
Dance workshop with Sani Rifati at 6:30 p.m.
Le Poisson Rouge
Tickets: $20
A Dance Party/Concert of Romani (Gypsy) and Macedonian music performed by the legendary singer Esma Redžepova & Folk Masters. The evening will start with a short dance workshop led by renowned Romani dance master Sani Rifati. This is a general admission, standing event.
Esma Redžepova is internationally acclaimed as the “Queen of Romani Songs” and was one of NPR’s “50 Greatest Voices.” Born in Skopje, Republic of Macedonia, she began her professional career at the age of 13. She was the first Balkan performer to make Romani music popular with non-Romani audiences on elite concert stages in the early 1960s. Esma, who sings in over 10 languages, earned the title “Queen of Romani Songs” at the World Festival of Romani Music in India in 1976. At the Festival of Roma Experiences in Moscow in 2000, Esma was proclaimed Laureate and Roma Singer of the Century. In 2013 she represented Macedonia in the Eurovision Song Contest. Esma has performed for many heads of state and has toured for more than four decades, giving more than 8,000 concerts in over 30 countries.
In addition to her stage work, Esma is a world-renowned humanitarian. Over the past 30 years she has fostered 49 children and educated them in music and career development. She will be accompanied by some of these protégés, including master accordionist and ensemble arranger Simeon Atanasov. During the last decade, Esma has been building a “Home of Humanity and Museum of Romani Music” which includes an archive, theater, recording studio, and an outpatient clinic for underserved populations. Esma has been a major contributor to countless advocacy and assistance programs for women and underserved populations, including the disabled and Romani refugees from Kosovo. She is honorary president of the Macedonian Red Cross, and has given more than one thousand benefit concerts. In 2000, the American Biographical Institute awarded Esma the “Medal of Honor” and the Sorority of Roma Women proclaimed Esma “Woman of the Millennium.” In 2002 Esma received the Mother Teresa Award, was nominated as United Nations Ambassador for Refugees in Macedonia, and was nominated a second time for the Nobel Peace Prize. In 2010, she was awarded the Macedonian Order of Merit, and in 2013 she was proclaimed a National Artist of Macedonia.
Folk Masters include: Simeon Atanasov, accordion; Filip Nunevski, trumpet; Aleksandar Stamenkovski, guitar; Nikola Mitrovikj, bass, and Safet Demirov, drums.
Caffè Lena presents
Loudon Wainwright III
7 p.m.
Caffè Lena, 47 Phila St., Saratoga Springs, NY, 518-583-0022
Tickets: $55 general admission, $50 members, $22.50 students and children
Buy tickets online
Not unfamiliar to the Caffè Lena stage, Loudon Wainwright III gained a reputation as one of the folk-rock scene’s true characters back in the mid-70s when he blasted out of Caffè Lena’s orbit to enter an illustrious career of national renown. His talent for writing humorous and nakedly honest autobiographical songs has landed him GRAMMY nominations for “I’m Alright” (1985) and “More Love Songs” (1986). In 2010 he won the GRAMMY for Best Traditional Folk Album for High Wide & Handsome: The Charlie Poole Project. His lyrically compelling, emotionally powerful songs have been recorded by Bonnie Raitt, Johnny Cash, and (his son and acclaimed singer-songwriter) Rufus Wainwright, among others. He has written for film and television, including the soundtrack for Judd Apatow’s Knocked Up, ABC’s Nightline, and HBO’s Boardwalk Empire. You can also catch him on screen in films directed by Martin Scorsese, Christopher Guest, Tim Burton and Judd Apatow, as well as in TV shows such as Parks & Recreation, Undeclared, and M*A*S*H.

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Monday, April 25, 2016
Flushing Town Hall announces
The Moth StorySLAM: MOVIES
7:00 p.m.
Flushing Town Hall, 137-35 Northern Boulevard (at the corner of Linden Place), Flushing, NY 11354
$10 Online ticketing will be avaialble at themoth.org in mid April.
Open to anyone with a true story to share on the night’s posted theme: MOVIES. When the doors open, storyteller hopefuls put their names in The Moth Hat. A half hour later, names are picked, and storytellers take the stage. Each person has just five minutes! Ten featured stories are scored by teams of judges selected from the audience, who pick the StorySLAM winner. Sign up or just enjoy the show!

April 25, 26, 27, and 28
Museum at Eldridge Street announces
Matzo Synagogue Tours
Mon.-Wed. 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Thu. 10 a.m.-3 p.m.
Museum at Eldridge Street, 12 Eldridge Street, New York, NY 10002
During Passover week, enjoy Kosher for Passover goodies courtesy of Streit’s Matzo and tour the Eldridge Street Synagogue, built in 1887 during the height of Jewish migration to the United States.Tours offered every hour. Families: Our self-guided scavenger hunts are a hit with kids. Be sure to ask for one! We are closed on Friday April 22 & 29.

...and beyond
April 25–May 1, 2016
Philadelphia Folklore Project announces
Losang Samten: Tibetan Sand Mandala
April 25–29: 2-7 p.m. daily
Sunday, May 1 12:30-1:30 p.m. Dismantling
Philadelphia Folklore Project, 735 S. 50th Street, Philadelphia, PA 19143, 215.726.1106
Artist and Buddhist meditation teacher Losang Samten returns to PFP for his annual residency, creating an image of the universe in colored sand over the course of a week. The public is invited to stop by to observe, and to speak with Losang about his process and the stories and messages embedded in this art of Tibet, his homeland. On Sunday, May 1, Losang will preside over a dismantling ceremony during which the mandala is swept into a vase, and then returned to nature.

Wednesday, April 27, 2016
Caffè Lena presents
Acoustic Blues Open Mic & Jam
7 p.m.
Caffè Lena, 47 Phila St., Saratoga Springs, NY, 518-583-0022
$5 at the door
If you have the blues, play the blues, or love the blues we got you covered! Caffè Lena and The Saratoga Acoustic Blues Society team up to present a monthly acoustic blues open mic. Bring your acoustic guitar, harps, slides, mandolin, bass or whatever (Lena’s has the piano) and sign up for a slot to play solo, as a duo, ensemble or even have players in the room join you on stage. Acoustic Blues Open Mic is held on the 4th Wednesday of the month and is hosted by Sonny Speed. Sign up is 7 p.m. Names are pulled out of a lottery at 7:30. A monthly featured act opens up and the open mic follows 8 p.m.

April 27-May 1, 2016
Pregones Theater/Puerto Rican Traveling Theater recommends:
R.Evolución Latina’s BOUNTIFUL—2016 Choreographers Festival
Wednesday, April 27th 7:00 p.m. Opening Night
Thursday, April 28th 7 p.m.
Friday, April 29th 7 p.m.
Saturday, April 30th 2 p.m.
Saturday, April 30th 7:00 p.m.
Sunday, May 1st 2:00 p.m.
Manhattan Movement & Arts Center, 248 West 60th Street NYC.
Tickets for individual performances available online
R.Evolución Latina’s Choreographers Festival is a unique international event that will take every choreographer, dancer and audience member on a journey of self-discovery and to the awareness of what makes the human spirit BOUNTIFUL.
Conceived & Directed: Luis Salgado
Choreographers: Daniel Fetecua-Soto (Colombia), Matthew Steffens (United States), Vania Masias (Peru), Gabriela García (Mexico), Rebeca Tomás (United States), Rickey Tripp (United States), Amanda Turner (United Kingdom), Valeria Cossu (Italy)

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Thursday, April 28, 2016
City Lore presents
Famous Nathan Screening and Q&A
7 p.m.
City Lore Gallery 56 E. 1st St, NYC, NY 10003
Tickets: $10
A personal history of the much-loved Brooklyn landmark, Nathan’s Famous was created by the filmmaker’s grandfather Nathan Handwerker. Thirty years in the making, Famous Nathan creatively interweaves decades-spanning archival film and video, family home movies, a Coney Island-inspired score, never-before-heard audio from Nathan recounting his immigrant experience and intimate, sometimes hilarious interviews with family and workers reflecting on hard work, fighting and food.
A Q&A session with the director, Lloyd Handwerker, will follow the screening. See more about the Board Renaissance: How the Arts Saved Coney Island! exhibition below in “Exhibitions” section.

Caffè Lena presents
Open Mic
Performer registration is from 7 to 7:25 p.m. Performances start at 7:30 p.m.
Caffè Lena, 47 Phila St., Saratoga Springs, NY, 518-583-0022
Tickets: $3 at the door
Open Mic takes place every Thursday. This open mic is for all styles of music and spoken word performance, including poetry, comedy, and storytelling. Most of what you’ll hear is original songs on acoustic instruments, but we warmly welcome whatever you have to offer. No advance registration by phone is permitted. If you can’t come in time for registration, the host may be able to add you to the end of the roster. If you don’t get the timeslot you want, you may be able to swap with someone else. No special preference is given to kids, pros, or to those traveling long distances. Participants play two songs or speak for 10 minutes. Under all but the most extreme circumstances, we do not limit the number of performers. The host draws names at 7:30. The first person drawn gets first choice of timeslot, second gets second choice, etc. There is no featured performer at Weekly Open Mic. Excessive profanity and vulgarity are strongly discouraged. It is up to the discretion of the host to determine if a performance is inappropriate for Caffè Lena. Please bear in mind that Caffè Lena is not a bar and often has children in the audience.

April 28–May 1, 2016
Sankofa African Dance and Drum Ensemble
Thursday–Saturday: 7:30 p.m., Sunday: 2:00 p.m.
Hartwell Dance Theater, The College at Brockport, 350 New Campus Dr., Brockport, NY 14420
Tickets: $16 General Audiences/$11 Seniors, Brockport Faculty, Staff, Alumni/$8.50 Students
For information, call (585) 395-2153
Color, light, rhythm and energy abound in this celebration of Afro/Caribbean culture. Artistic director Oluyinka Akinjiola and master drummer/music director Khalid Abdul N’Faly Saleem help propel the tradition into the future.

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Friday, April 29, 2016
Hudson Valley Community Dance presents
Swing Dance & Workshops.
6:30-7:15 p.m. Workshop 1; 7:15-8:00 p.m. Workshop 2
8-11:30 p.m. Swing Dance; Beginner’s Lesson 8-8:30 p.m.
Poughkeepsie Tennis Club, Poughkeepsie, NY
Cost: Workshops: $15/ea., $20/both.
Dance 8:30 p.m. $15/$10 full-time students w/ ID.
For more information, call 845-454-2571
Joe & Julie Donato for workshops. The George Gee Orchestra returns for the dance.

World Music Institute (WMI) announces
Q&A WITH LAS REINAS CHULAS 7-10 p.m.
The Bronx Museum of the Arts, 1040 Grand Concourse, Bronx
Free admission and cash bar. RSVP here.
Meet members of Las Reinas Chulas, a socially conscious Mexican cabaret company.

Robert Browning Associates presents
Opening Concert of A World in Trance Festival 2nd Edition!
CLUB D’ELF featuring BRAHIM FRIBGANE
Trance Music of Morocco

8:00 p.m.
Roulette, 509 Atlantic Avenue (at 3rd Ave), Downtown Brooklyn
Tickets: $25/ students & seniors $21
The trance-inducing music of North Africa, most notably Gnawa and Berber music from Morocco, is a fundamental component sound of Club d’Elf, adding spice to the tagine of jazz, electronica, hip hop and other flavors which the band incorporates. The acclaimed Boston-based collective is centered around Mike Rivard, one of Boston’s most in-demand bass players, and features Casablanca-born Brahim Fribgane, who brings to his music the rich and varied musical styles he grew up with – North African, Gnawa, Berber, Arabic and Andalusian music. This performance showcases Fribgane’s mesmerizing oud stylings and Rivard’s commanding playing of the Moroccan sintir, a three-stringed bass lute used by the Gnawa people of Morocco, a mystical Sufi brotherhood descended from sub-Saharan slaves brought to Morocco over 500 years ago. In addition to Fribgane (oud, percussion, voice) and Rivard (bass, sintir), the artists include Mat Maneri (viola), Paul Schultheis (Moog, Rhodes, melodica), Mister Rourke (turntables), and Dean Johnston (drums) with special guest Ned Rothenberg (reeds).

Albany Contradance
8-11:00 p.m.; Beginner’s Lesson: 7:45 p.m.BR> Elks Lodge, Albany, NY
Cost: $10/$5 students with full-time ID.
For more information, contact Peter at 518-729-7791, peter.stix@me.com
Swallowtail. Wear sneakers or shoes with clean, soft soles.

Caffè Lena announces
Karen Savoca & Pete Heitzman
8 p.m.
Doors open at 7:15
Reserve your seat: ricmon31@aol.com"
Tickets: $20
An intimate house concert.

Folk Music Society of New York/New York Pinewoods Folk Music Club presents
Women and the Sea — Performance-Talk with Debra Cowan
8 p.m.
At OSA Hall, 220 East 23 St, Suite 707. Between 2nd and 3rd Aves, Manhattan
Contribution: $15 general admission, $12 members of FMSNY
There is an abundance of songs that describe the many different and diverse roles that women have played in Maritime songs and stories. Sirens and supernatural women, the wives left behind, and women disguised as men are among the themes explored in this program. Debra also discusses these roles and sings examples of contemporary and traditional sea-songs in which women are featured as the main characters. Debra emphasizes that women can overcome adversity and in some of these songs and stories, take charge and win the day. Best described as “a singer and interpreter of great songs old and new,” Debra Cowan left a career in education to pursue a full-time career in folk music. When Debra isn’t touring internationally (sometimes with John Roberts) or busy with her activities as American Federation of Musicians Local 1000 Vice-President (USA), she makes her home near Worcester, Massachusetts with her husband and their two cats, Hazel and Herman.

The Towne Crier in Beacon presents
THE MIKE + RUTHY BAND; also special guest Andy Stack & Friends
8:30 p.m.
Towne Crier, 379 Main Street, Beacon, NY, (845) 855-1300
Tickets: $15; $20 at the door
Americana stand-outs Mike + Ruthy have assembled a new band and, as was the case with their last one, The Mammals, fans and critics alike are showing a lot of love. Their debut album, Bright as You Can, was released in June 2015 and top critics had this to say: “One of the year’s standout Americana albums” (Boston Globe), “honoring the great musical traditions of the past while at the same time welcoming, with open arms, the future of what music can be” (Folk Alley), and much, much more. He’s a songwriting guitar-slinger with a knack for clawhammer banjo. She’s a fiddler and uke-chanteuse who grew up in the American roots underground, the daughter of Grammy-winning fiddler, Jay Ungar. These two believe in the transformative power of a great live show. They write top-tier songs, tour with their kids and peerless five-piece band (a sound they’ve taken to calling rural rock), and perform for audiences world-wide with a charm and on-stage ease that might make you think they’re your new best friends.
Beacon resident, singer/songwriter and producer Andy Stack will play a revue style set of original material and songs from recent collaborations with local folk phenomenon Jacob Bernz and the Hudson Valley chanteuse Adrien Reju.

April 29–30, 2016
The Arts Center of the Capital Region announces
COLLAR CITY CRAFT FEST
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
Admission: $4
The Arts Center of the Capital Region is pleased to announce the fourth annual fine arts and crafts event, The Collar City Craft Fest. This two-day festival will be held at The Arts Center in the heart of downtown Troy, NY on April 29 and 30, 2016. The Collar City Craft Fest is a juried, indoor showcase of original works that features the Northeast’s top artists and craftspeople. Exhibitors will be featuring handmade items such as pottery, metal, fiber, jewelry, wood, photography, and more. The event kicks off at 12 p.m. on Friday, April 29 and will coincide with Troy Night Out, which runs until 9 p.m. There will be live music and refreshments on Friday evening. It continues the following day, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and coincides with the Troy Farmers’ Market. All proceeds of this event benefit The Arts Center of the Capital Region. The event is sponsored by Oberlander Group, Times Union, and Troy Cloth & Paper.

Friday, April 29–Sunday, May 1, 2016
Caffè Lena presents
FOLKATHON
8 p.m.
Caffè Lena, 47 Phila St., Saratoga Springs, NY, 518-583-0022
Weekend Pass $100; Weekend Student & Child Pass $50; Friday 6 p.m.-midnight $35, $17.50; Single show tickets $10
Buy tickets online
After years of hard work the time for a major renovation of Caffe Lena’s historic home is at hand! We have designated the last weekend of April for a giant-size farewell to the “old” Caffè, and a celebration of the spirited community that will sustain the revitalized Lena into the coming decades. We have invited dozens of our top headliners to come play one last time in the old Caffè. Yes, we’re reviving the FOLKATHON!—a great tradition at Lena’s through the ’90s. The festivities start at 6 p.m. on Friday evening and, with a couple modest breaks tucked into the early morning hours, will go virtually non-stop until Sunday evening at 10 p.m. Come for the whole weekend, or for one day, or even for one show—but do not miss this once-in-a-lifetime occasion!
The full weekend schedule will be posted shortly, but in the meantime, get ready to hear—all in one spectacular weekend—Stony Creek Band, Danielle Miraglia, Scott Ainslie, Schroon River String Band, C.B. Smith & The Lucky Devils, Martha Gallagher, Jean Rohe, Lost Radio Rounders, David Roth, Bovine Social Club, Steve Gillette & Cindy Mangsen, Anne Hills, Mike Agranoff, Don White, Grainbelt, Wholesale Klezmer Band, Tracy Grammer, Thirteen Feet of Bluegrass, Michael Jerling, Jeanne O’Connor & the New Standard, Susan Trump, Professor Louie &The Crowmatix, Akstens & Rossi and MORE! Plus Open Mic, Storytelling, Poetry Readings, Blues Jam, Irish Session & Sing-Alongs!

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

7:00 p.m. Lecture/demonstration with Dr.Brian Silver
Concert 8:00 p.m.
Roulette, 509 Atlantic Avenue (at 3rd Ave), Downtown Brooklyn, NY
Tickets: $35; students and 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).

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
Lecture: Michael Keene, Psychic Highway
1 p.m.
Oneida County Historical Society, 1608 Genesee Street, Utica, New York 13502-5425, 315-735-3642
The Erie Canal had a big influence in Central New York. Author and historian Michael Keene explains how the Canal opened up vital passageways that led to the advent of the major social, political, and religious movements that swept through upstate New York during the 19th century. His book, The Psychic Highway: How the Erie Canal Changed America, will be on sale. Mr. Keene is an affiliate member of the Association of Public Historians and a contributor to New York History Review, in addition to writing several other books.
You can find Psychic Highway in the NYFS online bookstore.

Eighth Step at Proctors presents
TRET FURE
CD Release: Rembrandt Afternoons
7:30 p.m.
Underground, Proctors, 432 State St. Schenectady NY 12305
Order Tickets through the 8th Step Ticket Line: 518-434-1703 or purchase online: $24-$35
One of contemporary folk’s very finest singer-songwriters, Fure continues to shine in the Folk world with release of her fifth solo CD on her own Tomboy Girl Records. Rembrandt Afternoons collects Fure’s love songs, beautiful story songs and socially conscious songwriting with strong acoustic melodies. An extraordinary guitarist, Fure opened in early ’70s LA for such iconic rock groups as Yes, Poco and the J Geils Band. As one of the first women music engineers, she recorded her first album, produced by the late Lowell George of Little Feat. She quickly became a celebrated player in the newly erupting genre known as Women’s Music, performing with or producing the most preeminent artists of the day.

Hudson Valley Community Dances present
Fifth Saturday Contra Dance
7:30-10:30 p.m.
St. John’s Evangelical Lutheran Church, 55 Wilbur Blvd., Poughkeepsie, NY 12603-3424
Admission: $10/$5 full time students
Enjoy live music and exciting contra dance! Caller Ron Blechner. Info: 845-473-7050

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!
GUNDECHA BROTHERS
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).

The Towne Crier in Beacon presents
PAULA COLE
8:30 p.m.
Towne Crier, 379 Main Street, Beacon, NY, (845) 855-1300
Tickets: $35; $40 at the door
Grammy winner and 7 time Grammy nominee Paula Cole has released six solo albums spanning an eighteen year career. “…a feisty poet with a soaring voice and a funky groove.”—Entertainment Weekly

April 30–May 1, 2016
Sakura Matsuri 2016
See schedule online
Brooklyn Botanic Garden, 990 Washington Ave, Brooklyn, NY
Tickets: Adults $25, Seniors (65 and over) $20, Students 12+ with valid ID $20, Children under 12 and BBG Members Free
For information, call 718-623-7200
This year marks the 35th anniversary of Sakura Matsuri, BBG’s annual cherry blossom festival. Known as New York City’s rite of spring, the weekend offers over 60 events and performances that celebrate traditional and contemporary Japanese culture.

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       ANNOUNCEMENTS

The Folk Music Society of N.Y., Inc/ N.Y. Pinewoods Folk Music Club presents
Sunnyside Singers Club: Every Wednesday

8-11 p.m.
Co-sponsored with and held at the Aubergine Cafe, 49-22 Skillman Avenue at the corner of 50th Street in Woodside, Queens
Information: 718-899-1735
A voluntary contribution is requested on guest nights.
Come join us every Wednesday for a 3-hour pub style sing-around. All songs are welcome, as are acoustic instruments. Occasionally there is a featured guest performer for part of the evening. Sandwiches, salads, coffee, tea, wine, and beer are available.
Featured Performer—Wednesday, April 20, Tara O Grady; and Wednesday April 27, John Falkner.


The Folk Music Society of N.Y., Inc/ N.Y. Pinewoods Folk Music Club presents
Landmark Traditional Music Sessions: Every Monday

8 p.m.
In the back room of the Landmark Tavern, 626 11th Avenue (on 46th St), Manhattan
For info 212-247-2562 or www.blarneystar.com.
Featured performers are: Monday, April 11, Matt and Pete Mancuso; Monday, April 18, Seagda Coyle; Monday, April 25, Isaac Alderson; and Monday, May 4, John Dillon.


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.


Friends of Ganondagan announces
JOIN US FOR “MEDITATION & MUSIC” SERIES with Native American Flute


WEEKLY, APRIL 5, 12, 19, & 26
7-8 p.m., Seneca Art & Culture Center, Ganondagan, 1488 State Route 444, Victor, NY 14626

FREE!!(Suggested donation $5/session)

Join Bani Aello, guided meditation instructor, and flutist Jefferson Svengsouk, who together help bring you in deeper contact with your heart, allowing you to live more fully and uncover deeper and more fulfilling levels of joy.

Bring a yoga mat or blanket. Chairs will be available for those preferring to sit. For ages 14+. Please arrive at 6:45.


Golden Link Folk Singing Society announces
Tuesday Sing-a-Rounds

7:30-10:00 p.m.
Twelve Corners Presbyterian Church, 1200 S Winton Rd., Rochester, NY 14618
Sing-arounds are FREE and open to the public. Lead a song, request a song, or pass. Contact Jantina Cornelison, membership.folk@goldenlink.org to lead.
April 05: Open Sing, Sam Asher leading
April 12: “Rise Again Songbook,” Janice Hanson leading>BR? April 19: Sing-along & Chorus Songs, Val Fowler leading>BR? April 26: Open Sing, Jim Maher leading
May 03: Open Sing, Gary Dennis leading


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.


Staten Island Arts announces
“Maritime Visions, Sea Tales and Lighthouse Legends”

National Lighthouse Museum in association with Staten Island Creative Community and Creative Photographers Guild
CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS: Artists, Crafters, Retail, NFP, Food Vendors

FOR “Maritime Visions, Sea Tales and Lighthouse Legends”
A Juried Arts and Crafts Festival with a Maritime Character
Saturday October 1, 2016 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Rain Date: Sunday October 2, 2016 from 11 a.m. to p.m.
On the Promenade at Lighthouse Point/The National Lighthouse Museum
In the heart of New York Harbor, just a two-minute walk from the Staten Island Ferry

Submit: 2 images (.jpgs not to exceed 1,400 Pixels in longest dimension)/photos of your display and 2-4 detail images (.jpgs not to exceed 1,400 Pixels in longest dimension)/photos of you work, plus your name, address, phone #, cell#, e-mail address.

Submit via e-mail to: steven_weiss@verizon.net

Submit via mail to: Fritz (Steven) Weiss, National Lighthouse Museum, Promenade at Lighthouse Point #200, Staten Island, NY 10301

Submittal Deadline Via e-mail: July 10, 2016

Submittal Deadline Via mail: July 8, 2016

Notification will be made as entrants are accepted. Final Notification Deadline via mail and e-mail: July 11, 2016


Lark Camp 2016 Music, Song & Dance Celebration
July 29–August 6

Register now to save your place. Full Camp 8 Days or Half Camp 4 Days

Music and Dance from the World Over * Music, Song & Dance Workshops * Cabins * Dances * Parties * Sessions * Great Food * Dance Hall * Dining Hall * Camping * Fire Circles * Mendocino Woodlands Redwoods


Lark Camp promotes worldwide understanding through music and dance. Lark Camp provides an open forum for the exchange of creative ideas between musicians, singers, dancers and composers. The Lark Camp experience is enhanced by motivational instructors and inspired students, who also share their passions and skills with the rest of the participants.

Imagine idyllic days and nights in the magical redwood forest filled with all the music, dance, and good times you could possibly stand, and that’s kind of close to what Lark’s Music Celebration is like. You are free to take as many or as few of the workshops offered as you like; jam sessions 24 hours a day, big dances every evening. Plenty of good food, new friends, and musical stimulation. Truly a unique total immersion into the joys of nature, music and dance. Many workshops for the professional as well as the beginner!


Old Songs presents
Spring 2016 Instrument Classes

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

Old Songs offers Group Classes in a variety of acoustic instruments in 6 weekly group sessions.
Cost per course:6-weeks: $127 or 8-weeks: $161


Print out the Registration Form and mail with payment
(or call Old Songs office to register with a credit card, 518-765-2815)

REGISTER for Bluegrass Jam Class

TUESDAYS: Mar. 1, 8, 15, 22, 29 and Apr. 5, Register by Feb. 26

FIDDLE with George Wilson

Beginning, 6-7:15 p.m. Learn how to make a good sound with the bow, a simple tune or 2, tuning, and basic fiddle care.
Intermediate, 7:30-8:45 p.m. Assumes some knowledge of the instrument. Learn a few tunes and techniques.
George: 518-461-8394, geofiddle@gmail.com

CLAWHAMMER BANJO with Paul Draper 7:30-8:45 p.m. Learn to play old-time clawhammer banjo within the context of “Round Peak” banjo tunes. Basic banjo knowledge assumed.
Paul: 518-380-1103, clawhammer888@gmail.com


Mar. 8, 15, 22, 29, Apr. 5 and 12 , Register by Mar. 4

PIANO ACCORDION & BAND CLASS with Peggy Hart

6-7:15 p.m.Beginning technique, theory and note reading.
Peggy: 518-439-1060, peggyminore@yahoo.com


May 10, 17, 24, 31, Jun. 7 and 14, Register by May 6

MOUNTAIN DULCIMER with Susan Trump

Beginning and Beyond 6-7:15 p.m. DAD tuning, strum technique and left hand fingering. Fiddle tunes and other repertoire.
Intermediate, 7:30-8:45 p.m. Repertoire building using fiddle tunes, songs, Celtic melodies, waltzes and more.
Susan: 518-357-4018, susantrump@aol.com


WEDNESDAYS: Mar. 2, 9, 16, 23, 30 and Apr. 6, Register by Feb. 26

HOW TO JAM with Terri Lukačko

5:45-7 p.m. Bring your acoustic instrument(s) and learn some simple techniques in group playing using traditional American string band repertoire and technique.
Terri: fiddlejammer@mac.com

Ukulele with Ron Gordon
Beginning, 6-7:15 p.m. Learn chords, right hand strumming techniques, chord melody playing and more. Bring a recording device.
Intermediate, 7:30-8:45 p.m. Ideal for those who know some songs, play basic chords, and know a few strums. We’ll progress to chord melody and finger picking technique and learn some classics.
Ron: 518-372-4172, rgukeboy@gmail.com


THURSDAYS: Mar. 3, 10, 17, 24, 31 and Apr. 7, Register by Feb. 26

TECH FOR FOLK with Terri Lukačko

6-7:15 p.m. How to use email, social media, Google docs/spreadsheet skills for folkies. BYO device.
Terri: fiddlejammer@mac.com

HANDS ON MUSIC THEORY with George Ward
6-7:15 p.m. Bone up on scales, intervals, chords, key signatures, etc. for any instrument.
George: 518-399-0315, mulesong@aol.com

INTRO TO IRISH PENNY WHISTLE with George Ward
7:30-8:45 p.m. All you’ll need is a pennywhistle in the key of D. Some inexpensive ones will be available.
George: 518-399-0315, mulesong@aol.com


Mar. 3, 10, 17, 24, 31, Apr. 7, 14, 21, 8-week class, Register by Feb. 26

FINGERPICKING GUITAR with Ron Gordon

7:30-8:45 p.m. Learn one arpeggio type song, one alternate bass-travis style, on steady bass all at a beginning fingerpicking level. Player needs to be fluent with chords down the neck and be able to keep a basic rhythm.
Ron: 518-372-4172, rgukeboy@gmail.com


Apr. 28, May 5, 12, 19 and 26, 5-week intensive
BLUEGRASS JAM CLASS with Bob Altschuler

6-9 p.m. $160, Info and registration at: drbanjo.com


Puerto Rican Folkloric Dance & Cultural Center presents
Jibaro Dance Workshop

Come learn mountain dances of Puerto Rico in this special workshop! Features basics of Jibaro dance, and a special dance, Seis de los Palitos.

Workshop begins Monday, April 25, 6-7 p.m. and runs for 8 classes (Mondays).

Workshop will be presented by Tekina-eiru Maynard, PRFD Director and Choreographer.

Participants that complete the workshop will perform with our performing company to live music — featuring cuatro and guitar — at the exciting Celebrando 2016: Salsa & Heritage Festival, June 11 at the Asian American Resource Center!

SPACE IS LIMITED!! REGISTER VIA PAYPAL: payments@prfdance.org

Cost – $15 per class (8 classes, includes performance).
ADVANCE REGISTER by April 22 and enjoy a 25% DISCOUNT – $11/class.

Puerto Rican Folkloric Dance & Cultural Center 701 Tillery Street, Austin TX 78702
Mailing Address: 15228 Quiet Pond Court, Austin TX 78728
Email: dance@prfdance.org
Phone: (512) 251-8122


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

PRESENTER BOOKING DEADLINE: APRIL 1, 2016

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




ONGOING EXHIBITIONS AND PRODUCTIONS
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
Separation & Sacrifice in the Lives of North Country Latino Immigrants
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
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.
Schedule of Free Presentations:

Saturday, February 27, 2 p.m. All That is Left Behind Lisa Catalfamo & Betty Getty
Slide show of visit with families in Coyula, Mexico

Saturday, March 12, 2 p.m. Hidden in Our Midst Mary Jo Dudley, Cornell Farm Worker Program

Tuesday, March 22, 2:30 and 6:30 p.m. Las Marthas (2013 film, 69 minutes)
2 Mexican American girls follow the traditional celebration

Saturday, April 9, 2 p.m. Hey, Jesus was a Migrant Too by Dr. Ilze Earner
Hunter College - Silberman Sch. of Social Work

Saturday, April 16, 2 p.m. Immigrants, They Steal our Jobs? Film & Discussion
by Roy Germano, NY University

Tuesday, May 10, 2:30 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. After I Pick the Fruit (2011 film, 93 minutes)
The lives of 5 immigrant farmworker women over 10 years

Wednesday,May 11, 7 p.m. Local Latino Immigrants Panel
Discussion with business owners and community members

Thursday, June 2, 7 p.m. From Our Mouths Youth Panel
Experiences shared by 1st and 2nd generation Latino youth.

January 23, 2016 —August 31, 2016

New Museum presents
ANRI SALA: ANSWER ME
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

Castellani Art Museum presents
Made of Thunder, Made of Glass II: Continuing Traditions in Northeastern Indian Beadwork
Opening Reception: March 6, 2016, 2-4 p.m.
Castellani Art Museum (on the campus of Niagara University), 5795 Lewiston Road, Niagara University, NY 14109
Museum Hours: Tuesday-Saturday 11:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.; Sunday 1:00-5:00 p.m.
Admission free. Donations welcome!
For more information, please Contact Edward Millar, Curator of Folk Arts at 716-286-8290.
Made of Thunder, Made of Glass II explores the intricate details and intimate meanings of Haudenosaunee, Wabanaki, and Chippewa beadwork through exquisite historic works and elaborate contemporary creations. More than 200 historic pieces in the exhibit trace changes in the beadwork traditions of the region, from the 19th century to the present. Contemporary works display the expertise and vision of each artist, as they use traditional techniques, designs, and forms to create new works rooted in their cultural heritage. Portraits of the featured beadwork artists by Gerry Biron highlight the individuals who continue to practice, shape, and bear this tradition for future generations. This project is made possible by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.
February 7, 2016 —June 26, 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

ArtsWestchester announces
A Cambodian Lullaby: From Refugee Camp to Project
Performances run March 31–April 17, 2016
Thursdays – Saturdays at 8 p.m.
Sunday matinees at 3 p.m.
The Schoolhouse Theater & Galleries, 3 Owens Road, Croton Falls, New York/Westchester 10519
Tickets: $38, Adult General Admission, $35 Senior General Admission, and $15 Student General Admission
Sokeo Ros remembers the day that started it all. As a kid, he’d heard his parents stories of the Cambodian genocide in one ear and out the other, he says. But on this day, in his parents living room, he really listened. Ros’ mother told him about the six children before him, older brothers and sisters he never knew existed who didn’t make it out of Cambodia alive. Ros was the first survivor; he was born in the back of an eighteen-wheeler in a Thai refugee camp.

“At the same time they were telling me this, they were holding my eight-month-old daughter,” Ros says, his eyes wet. “I had to walk out of the room a few times.”

The conversation sparked a decade-long quest for self-discovery that culminates in the one-man show.


March 31, 2016 —April 17, 2016

Fenimore Art Museum at Cooperstown announces
Traditions of Celebration and Ritual: The Thaw Collection of American Indian Art
April 1–May 9: Open Tuesday-Sunday 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
May 10–October 10 (Columbus Day): Open Daily 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
October 11–December 31 Open Tuesday-Sunday 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
Fenimore Art Museum, 5798 State Route 80, Cooperstown, New York
For more information, call 607 547 1450
Since ancient times, Native American peoples have celebrated their beliefs and practices through daily, seasonal, and special occasion rituals, affirming their life and identity. Both art and ritual are powerful expressions that honor mythological beings, spirit beings, and ancestors – conveying the spiritual power of the natural world. In this exhibit, see over 50 art objects from the Thaw Collection created by Native American men and women for specific rituals and ceremonies. Discover the arts associated with fundamental aspects of Native American life – the hunt and harvest, feasting, warfare, adornment, and shamanism.

April 1, 2016 —December 31, 2016

Taller Boricua presents
WORDS, FORM, & EMOTION
Curated by Wilfredo Correa featuring the works of Nuyorican Poets Sandra Maria Esteves, Diana Gitesha Hernandez and Clare Ultimo
Artist Talk: Saturday, April 16, 3-6 p.m.
Gallery Hours: Wednesdays and Fridays 12-6 p.m.; Thursdays 1-7 p.m.; Saturdays 12-6 p.m.
Taller Boricua Gallery, At the Julia de Burgos Latino Arts Center, 1680 Lexington Avenue at E 106th Street, in the heart of East Harlem, NYC
In observance of National Poetry Month, the Taller Boricua presents the visual work of three Nuyorican Poets. Their words transposed into the realms of art, reflect the emotional and universal themes of wonder, love and understanding. Their activism in the Nuyorican cultural movement gave roots to their creative interpretations of personal identity and self-expression. The exhibit covers a wide timeline of styles and mediums that have always been concurrent with their poetic voices.

April 2, 2016 —April 30, 2016

Irish Arts Center presents Camille O’Sullivan
8 p.m.
The Donaghy Theater, Irish Arts Center, 553 West 51st Street, New York, NY 10019
Tickets: Reserved Regular $32.00-$40.00; Box Office Folding Chairs Regular-$32.00
One of Ireland’s most profoundly moving and thrilling musical performers, the unforgettable Camille O’Sullivan returns to Irish Arts Center for a special encore engagement with pianist Feargal Murray and her band. O’Sullivan’s dramatic and theatrical interpretations of songs by Jacques Brel, Nick Cave, Tom Waits, David Bowie, Radiohead, and more have stunned audiences and won her awards and fans around the world. Her appearances have included Sydney Opera House, Royal Festival Hall, La Clique, and Royal Albert Hall in London. Sexy and fierce, amusing and mesmerizing, O’Sullivan transforms every song into an emotional, theatrical experience.

April 6, 2016—April 16, 2016

South Bronx Culture Trail Fusion Fest 2016: Lookin’ Up in the Boogie Down
Casita Maria Center for Arts & Education, Dancing in the Streets, and City Lore in partnership with Lincoln Center’s Boro-Linc, Bronx Music Heritage Center, BAAD! and New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA) are proud to present The South Bronx Culture Trail Fusion Fest 2016 Lookin’ Up in the Boogie Down, a live, funk, fusion, afro-latin jazz, african music-dance-art celebration for all ages from April 16 – May 22, 2016.

South Bronx Culture Trail (SBCT) Fusion Fest Launch:

Bobby Sanabria Multiverse Big Band
Saturday, April 16th 5 p.m.
Rooftop of 1301 Southern Blvd.
Bronx, NY 10459
(Across the street from the Bronx Music Heritage Center.)

Lookin’ Up in the Boogie Down presents an eclectic mix of legendary and visionary Bronx artists who will perform on rooftops, stoops and public nooks such as parks and community organizations throughout the South Bronx. The Bronx has extensive history of trailblazing artists who continuously looked beyond the accepted norms or status quo. Lookin’ Up in the Boogie Down celebrates the legends and emerging jazz fusion inspired performers, composers, writers and poets who continue to make the borough a paradigm of innovation and creative vision. Join SBCT and us for Lookin’ Up in the Boogie Down! View calendar of events and full performers list.


April 16, 2016—May 22, 2016

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