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April 2–4, 2017
Save the Date! Museum Association of New York Annual Conference
Saratoga Springs, NY
Registration to open on or before January 30th. www.manyonline.org/events/register
Two days of learning and two nights of fun await in Saratoga Springs. Sessions and events will be held at The National Museum of Dance and historic Gideon Putnam in Saratoga Spa State Park.

Wednesday, April 5, 2017
Caribbean Cultural Center/African Diasporan Institute announces
Save the Date: 2nd Annual Spring Gala
6-10 p.m.
The Loeb Boathouse Central Park, East 72nd Street & Park Drive North 10021 New York, NY 10021
Mark your calendars for CCCADI’s 2nd Annual Spring Gala! Join us for a carnival-themed evening in celebration of CCCADI’s 40th year and grand opening of state of the art building in El Barrio. Our Gala will take place at the elegant Loeb Central Park Boathouse. Stay tuned for the formal invitation and more details!

Flushing Town Hall presents
Monthly Jazz Jam
7:00-
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

Held on the first Wednesday of every month, Jazz Jams are a fun way to hone your skills and jam with your peers. House band led by saxophonist Carol Sudhalter (Carol Sudhalter, tenor sax/flute; Joe Vincent Tranchina, piano; Eric Lemon, bass; Sylvia Cuenca, drums). All are welcome, regardless of instrument (vocalists, too!). Don’t play? Come listen!

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Friday, April 7, 2017
The Folkus Project presents
Diana Jones
8 p.m.
May Memorial Unitarian Universalist Society, 3800 East Genesee St, Syracuse, NY
Tickets range from $15 to $20. More info is available at www.folkus.org. Advance sale tickets are available via PayPal and other methods; advance ticket holders receive preferential seating.
In the last decade, singer/songwriter Diana Jones has brought her unique and original style of Appalachian singing and songwriting to devoted audiences on concert stages from Nashville to Amsterdam. Her songs have a spiritual home in the Appalachians, combining traditional mountain music with a literate, character-driven brand of storytelling.

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Saturday, April 8, 2017
Robert Browning Associates presents
VISHWA MOHAN BHATT with SUBHEN CHATTERJEE
Indian Music for Mohan Veena (Slide Guitar) & Tabla

8:00 p.m.
Roulette, 509 Atlantic Avenue (at 3rd Ave), Downtown Brooklyn
Tickets: $30; seniors, students $26
Vishwa Mohan Bhatt has been acclaimed throughout the world for his electrifying performances on the mohan veena, a slide guitar that he modified in shape and design and on which he assimilated techniques from the sitar, sarod and veena lutes. A top disciple of Ravi Shankar, he has received many honors including the prestigious Padma Shri, the Sangeet Natak Academy Award, and a Grammy® for Best World Music Album for his collaboration with Ry Cooder. He is joined by the brilliant tabla player Subhen Chatterjee, a disciple of Swapan Chaudhuri, who has performed with many of India®s major artists, including Bhimsen Joshi, Girija Devi, V. G. Jog and Pandit Jasraj. He also created the fusion bands Karma and Friends of Drums (with Sivamani).

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Sunday, April 9, 2017
Story Sundays at the Glen Sanders Mansion
Stories and Traditions From the Iroquois Longhouse
Kay Olan and Tom Porter
5-8 p.m.
Glen Sanders Mansion, 1 Glen Avenue, Scotia, NY
$37 per person (includes entertainment, 3 course dinner, coffee/tea, tax and tip)
Bring someone new and you each save $3 (only one discount/person during non-benefit dinners).
Pay at the door using cash or checks made out to “Story Circle”
Reservations Required: (518) 384-1700 or Kate@KateDudding.com. Please indicate how many of each entree is desired.
Tom Sakokwenionkwas Porter, National Treasure of the Mohawk Nation, Spiritual Leader of Kanatsiohareke, author and lover of stories always fills the hearts of his listeners with compassion, smiles and inspiration. Kay Ionataie:was Olan, Mohawk Storyteller, retired teacher and former director of Kanatsiohareke shares old and new stories from the oral tradition of the Rotinonshionni (Iroquois Confederacy.)
Entrees: Chicken Marsala, Sole Florentine with Spinach and Bread Stuffing and Lemon Veloute, or Mushroom Ravioli.

Eighth Step at Proctors presents
Sonny Ochs: 80th Birthday Concert!

Proctors, 432 State Street, Schenectady, NY
Call Eighth Step TicketLine: 518-434-1703

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Tuesday, April 18, 2017
The Arts Center of the Capital Region presents
Social Media April: Cake Decorating & Cake Batter Martinis
5:30-7:30 p.m.
The Arts of the Capital Region, 265 River Street, Troy, NY 12180
Cost: $35; Sign up online
Make your Food Network dreams a reality and learn basic cake decorating skills while enjoying cake batter martinis! Even if your dreams become nightmares, you can have your cake and eat it too!

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Friday, April 21, 2017
A Place for Folk presents
Ryanhood
Opener: OG Kush Hang the Alien (Steven Metivier).
Concerts start at 7:30 p.m., Doors open at 7:00 p.m.
Unitarian Universalist Society of Schenectady, 1221 Wendell Avenue, Schenectady, NY 12308
Tickets: $20 per adult (Family rate, $5 per child 6+ years with paying parent) Students, $10
Reservations appreciated
Named “Best Group/Duo” in the 2014 International Acoustic Music Awards, acoustic duo Ryanhood got their first break more than a decade ago as street-performers at Boston’s Quincy Market. It was there that they were spotted by a college booking agent and thrust into the college touring scene, where Campus Activities Magazine would name them “one of the most requested acts by college buyers all across the country.”
OG Kush the Alien, real name, S.M. Metivier, has been a drummer and percussionist since the age of 5. Having studied with the great percussionist and teacher, Larry Levine, OGKush the Alien began his career playing along side trumpet player, Peter Ferguson (nephew of one the greatest trumpet players to date, the great Maynard Ferguson), started teaching at a summer music camp at the age of 13, and was head percussionist at Northeastern University. He has played percussion for just about every genre of music including rock, jazz, R&B, Reggae, folk, blue grass, as well as Orchestra and Concert band.

The Folkus Project presents
David Wilcox
8 p.m.
May Memorial Unitarian Universalist Society, 3800 East Genesee St, Syracuse, NY
Tickets range from $15 to $20. More info is available at www.folkus.org. Advance sale tickets are available via PayPal and other methods; advance ticket holders receive preferential seating.
Considered a ‘songwriter's songwriter,” his songs have been covered by artists such as k.d. lang and many others. In addition to his writing prowess, his skills as a performer and storyteller are unmatched. He holds audiences rapt with nothing more than a single guitar, thoroughly written songs, a fearless ability to mine the depths of human emotions of joy, sorrow and everything in between, and all tempered by a quick and wry wit.

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Saturday, April 22, 2017
Golden Link Folk Singing Society presents: Joe Crookston
7:30 p.m.
Rochester Christian Reformed Church, 2750 Atlantic Ave., Penfield, NY 14526
Advance $20 ($15 for Golden Link members); at the door $22 ($17 for Golden Link members); $10 for students; free to children 12 and under.
“Joe Crookston is decidedly one of today’s standout troubadours … he sings the heart pure, he sings the soul holy, he sings the mind unshackled.”—Roots Music Examiner

Robert Browning Associates presents
LAKOU MIZIK
Haitian Roots & Grooves

8:00 p.m.
Roulette, 509 Atlantic Avenue (at 3rd Ave), Downtown Brooklyn
Tickets: $25; seniors, students $21
Lakou Mizik (“Music from the Homeland”) is a powerhouse collective of Haitian musicians who blend troubadou, vodou, rara carnival music, and urban soul. With such legends as master drummer Sanba Zao, and rising stars Steeve Valcourt and Jonas Attis, the group performs an exhilarating mix of traditional and modern roots music which blends the soulful spirit of a church revival, the social engagement of a political rally, and the trance-inducing intoxication of a vodou ritual. Formed in the aftermath of the devastating 2010 earthquake, Lakou Mizik communicates a message of pride, strength and hope.

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Friday, April 28, 2017
Robert Browning Associates presents

CHARTWELL DUTIRO
Voices of the Ancestors: Mbira Music of Zimbabwe
Part of A World in Trance Festival
8:00 p.m.
Roulette, 509 Atlantic Avenue (at 3rd Ave), Downtown Brooklyn
Tickets: $25; seniors, students $21
For centuries the Shona people of Zimbabwe have connected with the spirits of ancestors. These spirits are summoned by spirit mediums at biras, all-night ritual ceremonies where mystical mbira (metal-pronged thumb piano) music is played and people participate through dancing, singing, ululating, and sometimes whistling. The collective energy created evokes a trance atmosphere that summons the spirits of ancestors to come and give daily guidance and healing. The internationally renowned traditional mbira master Chartwell Dutiro (mbira, lead vocal, dance), who played mbira in bira ceremonies in his native Zimbabwe from the age of four and is best known for his eight-year stint with Zimbabwe’s famed Thomas Mapfumo & the Blacks Unlimited, is joined by his son Shorai Dutiro (mbira, vocal), David Holmes (mbira, vocal), Nora Balaban (mbira, vocal) and Bill Ruyle (hosho – gourds, tabla – tuned drums, percussion).

Eighth Step at Proctors presents
TOM RUSH

Proctors, 432 State Street, Schenectady, NY
Call Eighth Step TicketLine: 518-434-1703

April 28–April 30, 2017
The Jalopy Theatre and School of Music presents
The 9th Annual Brooklyn Folk Festival
View schedule online
St. Ann’s Church, 157 Montague Street, Brooklyn, NY (between Clinton and Henry)
...More information coming.

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Saturday, April 29, 2017
Flushing Town Hall presents
Herencia de Timbiqui: Afro-Colombian Music of the Pacific Coast
8:00 p.m. (dance lessons 7:00 p.m.)
Flushing Town Hall, 137-35 Northern Boulevard, (at the corner of Linden Place), Flushing, NY 11354
Tickets $16/$10 Members & Students
Free for Teens Age 13–19 with ID.
Herencia de Timbiqui preserves the traditional currulao music of enslaved Africans brought to Colombia, while infusing it with jazz and funk. Currulao music uses call and response, and audiences are encouraged to sing along with the group as they explore Afro-Colombian culture.

Robert Browning Associates presents
NIYAZ featuring AZAM ALI
Part of A World in Trance Festival – 3rd edition

8:00 p.m.
Roulette, 509 Atlantic Avenue (at 3rd Ave), Downtown Brooklyn
Tickets: $30; seniors, students $26
Niyaz has created a 21st century global trance tradition by seamlessly blending Sufi poetry and folk songs from its native Iran and surrounding countries with rich acoustic instrumentation and modern electronics. Formed in California in 2004 and based in Montreal, Niyaz has a far-reaching repertoire that tears down cultural boundaries and bridges the gap between East and West. The group was founded by the spellbinding vocalist/composer Azam Ali, whose Iranian heritage and Indian upbringing have deeply influenced her music, and multi-instrumentalist/ composer Ramin Loga Torkian (oud & kamaan lutes). They are joined by Didem Basar (kanun-zither), Garbriel Ethier (keyboards, programming) and Vaneet Vyas (tabla-drums).

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