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Wednesday, April 1, 2015
SAVE THE DATE! Announcing a Benefit for New York Folklore Society

TICKETS GO ON SALE APRIL 1, 2015.

Adirondack Attic Music History Tour featuring Dan Berggren and Andy Flynn

DAN BERGGRENFRIDAY,
MAY 22, 2015
7:30 p.m.

GE Theater, PROCTORS
432 State Street
Schenectady, NY

Tickets: $20
On sale
April 1
Andy Flynn

The Adirondack Attic Musical History Tour vibrantly brings history to life. Author, editor, publisher and host of North Country Public Radio’s Adirondack Attic, Andy Flynn joins Adirondack folk singer Dan Berggren for a special presentation that mixes folk songs with stories and images from the archives of the Adirondack Museum.

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Please note that there is a $2 service charge for online purchases.

Tickets are also available for purchase at NYFS in downtown Schenectady or by mail to NYFS, 129 Jay Street, Schenectady, NY 12305.
For more information, or to order by phone, call NYFS at 518/346-7008.

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Music & Poetry of the Extended Caribbean Multimedia presentation by Bobby Sanabria & Elena Martínez
3:30 p.m.
Julia de Burgos & Tato Lavera at U Albany, SUNY, Albany NY 12222
Free admission
Multimedia presentation by Bobby Sanabria &Elena Martínez: “James Reese Europe, the Latin Tinge & the Puerto Rican Connection,” and Poetry readings of the work of Clara Lair.

Flushing Town Hall presents
Monthly Jazz Clinic: Johnny Hodges and Music of Duke Ellington
6:00 p.m.
Flushing Town Hall, 137-35 Northern Boulevard, (at the corner of Linden Place), Flushing, NY 11354
Free
For high school students and up. If you’re interested in learning more about jazz and playing alongside other musicians, join the Queens Jazz OverGround for their monthly Jazz Clinic. Stick around for the Monthly Jazz Jam immediately after the clinic.

Flushing Town Hall presents
Monthly Jazz Jam
7:00 p.m.
Flushing Town Hall, 137-35 Northern Boulevard, (at the corner of Linden Place), Flushing, NY 11354
Tickets: $10/FREE for Performers, Members & Students
Whether you’re a student, jazz musician, or music educator, come join the Queens Jazz OverGround as they lead the house band in this monthly jam session. Held on the first Wednesday of every month, Jazz Jams are a fun way to hone your skills, and jam each month with your peers. Don’t play? Come listen!

The Folk Music Society of N.Y., Inc/ N.Y. Pinewoods Folk Music Club presents
Folk Open Sing
7-10 p.m.
Info: Frank, 212-533-2139
Ethical Culture Society, 53 Prospect Park West, Brooklyn (near 2nd St.)
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.

Folk Music Society of New York/New York Pinewoods Folk Music Club announces
Old-Time Instrumental Jam
7:30-9:30 p.m.
Brooklyn Farmacy & Soda Fountain, 513 Henry Street (at Sackett St.), in Carroll Gardens, Brooklyn
For more information, email alanfriend_music@mindspring.com
Wanna jam? Alan Friend will lead an old-time jam. Bring your fiddle, banjo, guitar, etc. Acoustic instruments only. Buy some delicious desserts and socialize.

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Thursday, April 2, 2015
The Office of United States Senator Kirsten Gillibrand and the Arts & Cultural Council for Greater Rochester announce
The Office of Senator Kirsten Gillibrand’s Arts and Cultural Grants Workshop
promoting creativity and innovation
2:00-4:00 p.m.
St. John Fisher College, Nursing Room 100, 3690 East Avenue, Rochester, NY 14618
RSVP directly to Jarred Jones from Senator Kirsten Gillibrand’s regional office at jarred_jones@gillibrand.senate.gov or 585-263-6250, who will supply directions and parking instructions.
Presenters will include the National Endowment for the Humanities, Institute of Museum and Library Services, National Endowment for the Arts, New York Council for the Humanities, and the Arts & Cultural Council for Greater Rochester.

City Lore presents
Busking at 30: Sounds and Stories from the Underground!
7:00 p.m.
City Lore Gallery 56 East First Street, New York, NY 10003
Admission: $5 suggested donation at the door.
Thirty years after New York City legalized subway and street performing, BuskNY and City Lore are pleased to announce Busking at 30: Sounds and Stories from the Underground, an evening that celebrates and advocates for the enduring art form that has long given voice to the city’s wealth of musical traditions and genres. Songs and vignettes from historical performers of the ’80s, ’90s, and today will tell the story of busking in NYC. Banjo virtuoso and activist, Morgan O’Kane, will give a headline performance. Other performers include Theo Eastwind, Busker Ball producer, Roger Manning, the guitarist whose historic 1985 legal challenge opened the subway to artistic performance, and classical guitarist and activist, Lloyd Carew-Reid, whose challenges completed the legalization. With the recent rise in street performer arrests and harassment, “Busking at 30” aims to highlight the importance of this underground culture and what it brings to the diverse and vibrant fabric of New York City.

The Towne Crier in Beacon presents
YARN; also DRIFTWOOD
7:30 p.m.
Towne Crier, 379 Main Street, Beacon, NY, (845) 855-1300
Tickets: $20 advance/ $25 at door
Brooklyn-based Americana/Alt-Country band Yarn owes their sound as much to Gram Parsons and Earl Scruggs as to Jerry Garcia and Exile On Main Street-era Rolling Stones. 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. From the Binghamton, New York music scene comes Driftwood, a band with a rock ‘n’ roll soul and a folk art mind. Carving out a name for themselves with electrifying live performances, they bring one of the most unique, raw sounds to the Americana/roots music scene. Incorporating upright bass, banjo, acoustic guitar and violin, the ghost of traditional American folk music lives in their palette.

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Friday, April 3, 2015
Caffè Lena presents
Don Julin & Billy Strings
7:00 p.m.
Caffè Lena, 47 Phila St., Saratoga Springs, NY, 518-583-0022
Tickets: $18, $16 Members, $9 Child and student
Buy tickets online
Incendiary American roots duo Billy Strings & Don Julin harken back to the time when bluegrass was a rough-and-tumble art form pouring out of the Appalachian mountains. With just two instruments (guitar and mandolin) and one voice, this duo has been generating huge buzz based on their intense live shows. Drenched in sweat, grimacing and howling like a bluegrass berserker and picking with absolute ferocity, Billy Strings hails from Michigan, where he met mandolinist Don Julin. Older in years and experience, Julin has carved out a lengthy career at the forefront of acoustic mandolin music, known for his wide versatility, powerful picking technique, and remarkable creativity on this humble instrument. On stage the two egg each other on to more and more intense riffs and improvised breaks, breaking through to new levels of musicianship. There’s a reason that they were called “the unholy child of Pantera and Tony Rice” by The Bluegrass Situation, and they show this intensity on their new album, Fiddle Tune X.

The Towne Crier in Beacon presents
GIRSA
8:30 p.m.
Towne Crier, 379 Main Street, Beacon, NY, (845) 855-1300
Tickets: $20 advance/ $25 at door
Girsa has captured the hearts of audiences everywhere with their melodious voices, electrifying musicianship and witty banter. Their energetic and enthusiastic performances of Traditional Irish music, song and dance have been met with outstanding acclaim. Maeve, Deirdre, Blaithin, Bernadette, Pamela and Emily bring a creative mix of fiddle, accordion, banjo, tin whistle, bodhran, guitar and piano to their shows. Their individual instrumental and vocal excellence combine to create a powerful force that is breaking into the forefront of Irish music in the US. Their first two CDs received rave reviews.

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Saturday, April 4, 2015
Caffè Lena presents
Eastbound Jesus
8:00 p.m.
Caffè Lena, 47 Phila St., Saratoga Springs, NY, 518-583-0022
Tickets: $15, $12 Members, $7.50 Child and student
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Early in the fall of 2010, five young guys from Greenwich, NY gathered by a woodstove in a barn on the outskirts of town. Vocal melodies and harmonies flowed like beer and within a few hours the group had put together a sound that was just as unique as it was traditional. Now they’ve made three full length albums, placed first in SPAC’s Battle of the Bands, and got named one the top three Local Country Bands by readers of Metroland Magazine. With their shredding banjo, rich harmonies, ballads and rocking tunes, they continue to pack venues with an infectious energy that gets people cheering, smiling, and finding a new appreciation for a sound that is both traditional and refreshing.

World Music Institute (WMI) presents
RAGAS AND KEYS OF NORTH INDIA: USTAV LAL AND ANURAG HARSH
8 p.m.
Carnegie Hall, 881 7th Avenue, New York, NY
Tickets: $15-$25
Leading Hindustani Vocalist Anurag Harsh teams up with Young Steinway Artist & Yamaha Jazz Scholar and the Worlds Youngest Raga Pianist Utsav Lal. The duo will present popular Indian classical and song compositions supported by Harmonium maestro Kedar Naphade with Nitin Mitta on the Tabla. The quartet will be joined in a special segment by Santoor (hammered Dulcimer) Maestro Pandit Tarun Bhattacharya.

The Towne Crier in Beacon presents
SLOAN WAINWRIGHT; with special guest Sharon Goldman
8:30 p.m.
Towne Crier, 379 Main Street, Beacon, NY, (845) 855-1300
Tickets: $25 advance/ $30 at door
Singer/songwriter Sloan Wainwright, consistently demonstrates her easy command of pop, folk, jazz and blue, held together by the melodious tone of her rich contralto. Her family tree reads like a who’s who of contemporary folk music — brother Loudon Wainwright, nephew Rufus Wainwright, nieces Martha Wainwright and Lucy Wainwright.

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April 5 and 6, 2015
Val’s Annual Dyngus Weekend
Sunday, April 5 Pre-Dyngus Party Doors open 6:00 p.m., Musi 7 p.m. to 1:00 a.m., $10/person
Monday, April 6 26th Annual Dyngus Day Celebration Doors open at 4:00 p.m., Polish Kitchen open at 5:00 p.m., Music 6 p.m. to 12:30 a.m., $10/person
Salvatore’s Italian Gardens, 6461 Transit Road, Depew, NY 14043, 716-683-7990
Salvatore’s Garden Place Hotel, 6615 Transit Road, Williamsville, NY
Celebrate Dyngus with the nation’s best polka bands, the area’s best country western band mix for the generations. Special room rates for the event. See flyer at www.facebook.com/vals.dyngusday or email DyngusNY@aol.com or call 716/777-2455 for more details.

Tuesday, April 7, 2015
Reschedule from March 3
StoryCircle at Proctors Theater announces
First Tuesday Tales & Stuff
Sign-up: 6:45 p.m.
7-9 p.m.
Arthur’s Market and Historic Coffeehouse, 35 North Ferry Street, Schenectady, NY
Admission: Free
Featured Performer: Nancy Marie Payne—Stories from One Who Has Kissed the Blarney Stone.

Center for Traditional Music and Dance announces
The NY Klezmer Series: Sy Kushner Jewish Music Ensemble, with Jeremy Brown, Marty Confurius
Concert at 7:30 p.m., workshop from 5:30 p.m-7:00 p.m.
Stephen Wise Free Synagogue, 30 W. 68th St., between Columbus and Central Park West on Manhattan’s Upper West Side
Admission to the concert is $15, instrumentalists may attend a pre-concert workshop for $25, or purchase a combined ticket concert/workshop for $35 and you can sit in at the post-concert jam session
For more information, visit aaronalexander.com/wp/concert-schedule
Klezmer music is the instrumental party music of the Jewish People from Eastern Europe — (Ashkenazim). It’s origins are in the 16th century, and it has evolved and assimilated local influences (Russian, Romanian, Ottoman, Hungarian etc.) wherever Ashkenazim have lived since. It is essentially Yiddish music – the instrumental music of people who spoke (and speak) Yiddish. It came to America with the immigration of Jews from Eastern Europe beginning in late 19th century, and has had a wonderful history in America, where it also assimilated American music traditions.

Center for Traditional Music and Dance and Verite Sou Tanbou present
JETE DLO (LIBATION)
A three-part concert series celebrating and exploring Haitian traditional singing, drumming, and dance

March 14/April 17/June 13
APRIL 17—OUNTÒGI: THE ROLE OF THE DRUMMER 7:00 p.m.
St. Francis College Black Box Theater, (Maroney Forum for Arts, Culture & Education, 7th floor), 180 Remsen Street, Brooklyn Heights
Free Admission
In collaboration with St. Francis College and curated/hosted by Gaston “Bonga” Jean-Baptiste, a group of New York’s finest Haitian drummers demonstrate and discuss their artistry. The second program in our Jete Dlo (Libation) series, this program is curated/hosted by renowned percussionist Gaston “Bonga” Jean-Baptiste, and features a group of New York’s finest Haitian drummers who will demonstrate and discuss their artistry.

Folk Music Society of New York/New York Pinewoods Folk Music Club announces
Old-Time Instrumental Jam
7:30-9:30 p.m.
Brooklyn Farmacy & Soda Fountain, 513 Henry Street (at Sackett St.), in Carroll Gardens, Brooklyn
For more information, email alanfriend_music@mindspring.com
Wanna jam? Alan Friend will lead an old-time jam. Bring your fiddle, banjo, guitar, etc. Acoustic instruments only. Buy some delicious desserts and socialize.

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Wednesday, April 8, 2015
Albany Institute of History & Art announces
SPECIAL EVENT Baseball Trivia Night
6-8:00 p.m.
Albany Institute of History & Art, 125 Washington Ave., Albany, NY 12210
Tickets: $25 non-members; $20 members (per person) Tickets include baseball cards that may be traded for refreshments and beer.
Hosted by the Times Union Sports Editorial Team. Think you and your friends know something about baseball? Join us for an exciting trivia challenge contest and test your game! Psst...prizes will be awarded. Teams may include up to four people. Please note that space is limited and pre-registration is strongly suggested.

Gotham Center for NYC History presents a Spring 2015 Forum:
A History of New York in 101 Objects
6:30-8:00 p.m.
Proshansky Theater, CUNY, 365 Fifth Avenue at 34th Street, New York, NY
Free and open to the public. Seating is first come, first served
RSVP here
Sam Roberts tells the history of America’s great metropolis through 101 objects, combining the iconic, the unusual, and the scrumptious—mastodon tusks, oysters, wooden water barrels, elevator brakes, Checker cabs, black-and-white cookies—in a fascinating look at the items that he believes epitomize the Big Apple. Inspired by A History of the World in 101 Objects, Roberts’s new book collects the fifty articles he wrote for the New York Times, plus the added suggestions of readers. Unique and whimsical, it is a beautiful chronicle that will rekindle memories and enrich your mind.

Caffè Lena presents
Session Americana
7:00 p.m.
Caffè Lena, 47 Phila St., Saratoga Springs, NY, 518-583-0022
Tickets: $22, $20 Members, $11 Child and student
Buy tickets online
Session Americana is a Boston-based rock band in a tea cup, or possibly a folk band in a whiskey bottle. On stage is a collapsible bar table wired with microphones, a vintage suitcase recast as a kick drum, an old Estey field organ, a pre-war parlor guitar, a harmonica case fire damaged when Jack’s bar went up in flames and graffitied by Depeche Mode roadies, and an assortment of other instruments that get passed around in this freewheeling modern hootenanny. The anything-could-happen feel of a Session show depends on craft that’s not accidental or easily won; they bring a kind of ease and genuineness to timeless Americana music, sometimes presenting the latest batch of original songs, sometimes reaching back into depths of the American “song bag.” Without doubt, Session Americana is one of our favorite new bands of the past decade.

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Thursday, April 9, 2015
The Folklife Center at Crandall Public Library continues its ever-popular
Live! Folklife Concert Spring Series
Wooden Dinosaur
7-9 p.m. (doors open at 6:30 p.m.)
Crandall Public Library, 251 Glen Street, Glens Falls, NY 12801, 518-792-6508 x237
(in the Community Room, downstairs off the Library’s Glen Street entrance)
Cost: Free
Wooden Dinosaur is led by songwriter Michael Roberts of Brattleboro, VT, whose music is said to have a sense of clarity through simplicity. Fascinating compositions, ornate vocal harmonies, and an exquisite performance are hallmarks of the band, Michael Roberts (guitar, vocals), Katie Trautz (fiddle, vocals), Jeff Murphy (upright bass, vocals), Frank Roberts (drums), Craig Barowsky (trumpet), Ian Durling (trombone). “Wooden Dinosaur make the kind of simple, stripped-down music that leaves you feeling nostalgic and longing for more. It’s folksy, rambling and sweet, with dark, quirky lyrics” – NPR’s All Songs Considered.
This series is made possible with funds from the Friends of Crandall Public Library, and the New York State Council on the Arts Folk Arts Program with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the NYS Legislature.

The Towne Crier in Beacon presents
AL STEWART with Dave Nachmanoff
7:30 p.m.
Towne Crier, 379 Main Street, Beacon, NY, (845) 855-1300
Tickets: $35 advance/ $40 at door
By the time he was 22, Al Stewart had met the Beatles and played John Lennon’s guitar, opened for the Rolling Stones, shared an apartment with Simon & Garfunkel, recorded with Jimmy Page, spent a year playing guitar for Yoko Ono and put a young Cat Stevens on stage at Le Cousins, where he was master of ceremonies. Stewart came to stardom as part of the folk revival of the ’60s and ’70s, and developed his onw distinctive style of combinging folk-rock music with delicately woven tales of the great characters and events of history. He is best known for the number one platinum hit “Year of the Cat” from his platinum album of the same name and his follow-up album, Time Passages, which also went platinum.

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Friday, April 10, 2015
Mid-Atlantic Regional Center for the Humanities at Rutgers-Camden announces
Conference: Telling (Untold) Histories 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
Rutgers University, Campus Center, 326 Penn Street, Camden, NJ 08102
Register online
Telling Untold Histories is the first unconference in the South Jersey/Philadelphia region that will bring public historians, museums, historical societies, libraries and archives together with scholars and students to discuss how to tackle difficult historical topics with the public. Join us at Rutgers-Camden on April 10, 2015, to explore the hows and whys of engaging subjects that challenge our audiences’ expectations and expand our thinking. We’re delighted to partner with the Oral History of the Mid-Atlantic Region conference to offer joint registration and events.

StoryCircle at Proctors Theater announces
Seanachie Evenings — Second Friday of Every Month, January–May:
Stories of Spring Green, Fair Winds, and Flowers

with Bairbre McCarthy and Frank Orsini
7 p.m.
Irish American Heritage Museum, 370 Broadway, Albany, NY, 518/427-1916
$5 Museum members, $10 Others, $25 Family of Four pack
Bairbre McCarthy is a seanachai (storyteller) and author from County Clare on Ireland’s west coast. She is noted for her knowledge of Irish mythology, folklore and language. Bairbre is the founder of the children’s program at Catskills Irish Arts Week, in East Durham, NY, and she is also a NYS certified teacher of English, French and Gifted Students. She enjoys collaborations with other artists, particularly Frank Orsini , who is one of the most accomplished acoustic musicians in the Northeast, playing violin, viola, mandolin and Celtic harp.

Eighth Step 8th Step at Proctors presents
CHRISTINE LAVIN, DON WHITE & BILL HARLEY
On the Funny Side of the Street
7:30 p.m.
GE Theatre, The Eighth Step at Proctors, 432 State St. Schenectady NY 12305
Tickets on sale online now or by calling 518-434-1703
Tickets: $30 General; $28 Advance; $50 Gold Circle (includes 6:30 p.m. Artist Reception)
Feast on this, comedy and music lovers: three of acoustic music’s funniest singer-songwriter-storytellers join to take your funnybone on a wild, hilarious ride! A true American original, Lavin has been called “a folkie’s folkie” and “a lovable eccentric” by the Boston Globe. If you laugh and cry within the same ten minutes, you either need a vacation or you are sitting in the audience at a Don White show. Bill Harley is a two-time Grammy winner, storyteller, musician and author, a regular commentator on NPR.

Flushing Town Hall presents
Global Mashup #1 CUBA MEETS HAWAII
7:00 p.m.
7 p.m. (DANCE LESSONS), 8 p.m. (CONCERTS & JAM)
Flushing Town Hall, 137-35 Northern Boulevard, (at the corner of Linden Place), Flushing, NY 11354
Tickets: $15/$10 Members & Students
Formerly “Cultural Crossroads,” we’re mashing up 2 cultures on 1 stage with an open dance floor! Rhumba meets the Hula when the Cuban Group Cocomama meets the Hawaiian Music of the Josh Kekoa Cho Trio, and they blend together with an impromptu jam in the last set.

Cornell Folk Song Society presents
Tracy Grammer
8:00 p.m.
Willard Straight Hall Memorial Room, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY
Tickets available online
Basic ticket price is $15.00 advance, $17.00 at the door. Cornell student tickets are $10.00 advance, $12.00 at the door. CFSS members, seniors (65 and older) and teens receive a $3.00 discount. Children under 12 get in free. Once part of a legendary duo with the late Dave Carter, Tracy Grammer has kept to the road, releasing solo albums as well as selections from the Dave Carter & Tracy Grammer archives. Her latest release, LITTLE BLUE EGG, is a collection of intimate recordings from the duo’s home studios. It was the #1 most-played album on Folk Radio in 2012. Renowned for her springwater-clear alto, perfectly intoned violin, and guitar playing that is by turns percussive and delicate, Grammer is also a masterful storyteller with an ease and charisma on stage — not to mention a riotous sense of humor. Stories about the duo’s first meeting, Carter’s quirks and fancies, or Grammer’s own misadventures and missteps are woven thoughtfully into the set list to create a uniquely personal evening that connects audiences to performer, to the Carter/Grammer legacy, and most importantly, to one another. She has begun to move down the songwriter’s path as part of RealWomenRealSongs, and is sharing her fresh, fledgling efforts — and the stories behind them — on her current tour, to the delight of her longtime fans.

World Music Institute (WMI) presents
USTAD SHAHID PARVEZ KHAN
8 p.m.
Peter Norton Symphony Space, 2537 Broadway at 95th Street, New York, NY
Tickets: $35 / WMI Friends $30 / Bring a Kid! $5
VIP $95 includes reception with the artist
Ustad Shahid Parvez Khan is a seventh-generation sitar maestro from the illustrious Etawah Gharana (school), a centuries-old musical dynasty dating back to the moghul courts. He learned his craft from his father, Ustad Aziz Khan, and became a child prodigy, debuting at age eight. Khan is lauded for his technical brilliance and innovative genius and is especially praised for the vocal phrasings of his raga improvisations. He has received numerous awards, including the prestigious Sangeet Natak Academy Award, Padma Shri. In addition to being an inspiring performer, he is a dedicated guru. He will be joined by the dazzling Pandit Anindo Chatterjee on tabla.

ArtsWestchester invites you to
Crossing Borders in Performance VII: The Zem Audu Quartet
8 p.m.
ArtsWestchester, 31 Mamaroneck Avenue, White Plains, NY 10601
Admission: $20 General, $15 ArtsW Member, $15 Student
For tickets and information: Visit the ArtsWestchester website.
Quartet featuring Yoruba percussionist Kaleta. Nigerian saxophonist Zem Audu explores the intersection of African music and jazz, in conversation with exhibiting artist, Osi Audu. Azemobo is an award-winning saxophonist, composer and producer whose fresh sound is a blend of contemporary jazz and modern grooves.

The Folkus Project presents
Brooks Williams
The proverbial triple threat: playing a fiery guitar, commanding a rich and silky voice, and writing hook-laden songs
8:00 p.m.
May Memorial Unitarian Universalist Society, 3800 East Genesee Street, Syracuse, NY
Admission: $15
Advance sale tickets are available online at www.folkus.org
Singer-songwriter Brooks Williams is just plain good for what ails you. Ranked one of the Top 100 Acoustic Guitarists, Williams writes groove-laden songs and delivers them with an easy-going vocal style and monstrous guitar chops. His songs and vocal presentation are smooth as silk. And on stage his mood and attitude are deeply centered and quick to win over any audience. Walking the line between blues and Americana, Williams has worked stages worldwide for over 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, according to americanaUK, “impossible not to like.”

Caffè Lena presents
Garnet Rogers
8:00 p.m.
Caffè Lena, 47 Phila St., Saratoga Springs, NY, 518-583-0022
Tickets: $24, $22 Members, $12 Child and student
Buy tickets online
Canadian singer-songwriter Garnet Rogers is one of the very finest singers around. He applies his haunting baritone to vivid songs full of cinematic detail, accompanying himself on guitar and spicing things up with a lightning-quick wit. On stage, and on his numerous albums, Garnet is literate, passionate, and deeply purposeful as he sings about the small victories of everyday life, and how people find their way through an often imperfect and wearying world.

Folk Music Society of New York/New York Pinewoods Folk Music Club announces
Legends Series Concert: Martin & Eliza Carthy
8:00 p.m.
St. John’s Church, 81 Christopher Street, Manhattan
Contribution: general public, $25; members, $20; fulltime students and children under 15, $15.
You can order online (service charge applies) or send a check (made out to FMSNY) to FMSNY, 444 West 54th Street #7, New York NY 10019.
Info: (646) 628-4604
Martin Carthy is one of folk music’s greatest innovators, one of its best loved, most enthusiastic and, at times, most quietly controversial of figures. His skill, stage presence and natural charm have won him many admirers, not only from within the folk scene, but also far beyond it. His daughter, Eliza, is a truly inventive and innovative singer and fiddle-player, and a gifted musical conceptualist. She is arguably, the most impressive and engaging performer of a generation. Last year, they released a CD together, The Moral of the Elephant.

The Towne Crier in Beacon presents
LE VENT du NORD
8:30 p.m.
Towne Crier, 379 Main Street, Beacon, NY, (845) 855-1300
Tickets: $25 advance/ $30 at door
Since its inception in 2002, Le Vent du Nord has been enjoying meteoric success, receiving several prestigious awards including a Juno. The band is now one of the most-loved Quebec folk outfits throughout the world. On stage, these four friends achieve peaks of happiness that they eagerly share with any and all audiences.

April 10 and 11, 2015
Robert Browning Associates presents
THE FRENCH CONNECTION: QUEBECOIS DANCE MUSIC FESTIVAL
Apr 10: Le Bruit Court Dans La Ville / Apr 11: Le Vent du Nord
8 p.m.
Roulette, 509 Atlantic Ave (at 3rd Ave), Downtown Brooklyn. Tel. (917) 267-0363
Tickets: $25 each concert or $45 for both
T This exciting festival featuring a dance party and concerts will be hosted by Gilles Garand, a major figure in the revival of traditional French-Canadian music in Montreal.
Composed of three legends of Quebec’s traditional music scene, Le Bruit Court dans la Ville (The Buzz around Town) features fiddler Lisa Ornstein, button-accordionist/singer Normand Miron, and guitarist/singer André Marchand. They have been on the roster of virtually every groundbreaking band over the past 30 years: Ornstein and Miron were bandmates in La Bottine Souriante, the iconic trad supergroup which helped to kickstart Quebec’s folk music revival, and Miron and Marchand have been members of the extraordinary a cappella trad band Les Charbonniers de l’Enfer (The Coalmen from Hell). The artists have been playing as a trio since the 1990s, entrancing audiences with their fiery dance music and dazzling harmonies. For this dance concert they will by joined by Pierre Chartrand, a highly accomplished traditional Quebecois dance leader and caller.
Le Vent du Nord, one of the most beloved Québecois bands in the world, is a driving force in progressive folk. With its infectious, joyful music (akin to the Celtic sounds of Ireland, Scotland and Brittany) and humor, the group has become a compelling ambassador of French-Canadian culture around the world. Its repertoire includes traditional and original songs and dance tunes that capture the energy and mirth of a Saturday night kitchen party. The dynamic quartet is composed of Nicolas Boulerice (hurdy-gurdy, vocals), Simon Beaudry (guitar, bouzouki, vocals), Olivier Demers (violin, mandolin, vocals), and Réjean Brunet (accordion, vocals).

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Saturday, April 11, 2015
ArtsWestchester invites you to
FAMILY WORKSHOP: The Whole Story of Half a Girl book talk and signing with Veera Hiranandani
2:00 p.m.
ArtsWestchester, 31 Mamaroneck Avenue, White Plains, NY 10601
Admission: Free
Hastings resident Veera Hiranandani grew up the daughter of an American-Jewish mother and Indian father. Her young readers novel The Whole Story of Half a Girl won critical acclaim. She recently published a new series about food and culture aimed at early readers.

Café Veritas presents
Tracy Grammer
7:30 p.m.
Café Veritas, First Unitarian Church, 220 Winton Road South, Rochester, New York 14610
Ticket prices: $18 general admission, $10 students with ID, and children under 12 are free.
For tickets and more information, visit www.cafeveritas.org
Tracy Grammer has become one of folk music’s most beloved artists. Renowned for her spring water-clear alto and guitar playing that is by turns percussive and delicate, Grammer is also a masterful storyteller with an ease and charisma on stage — not to mention a riotous sense of humor — that hardly belie her modest beginnings as Dave Carter’s reclusive accompanist from 1998 until his death in 2002. Stories about the duo’s first meeting, Carter’s quirks and fancies, or Grammer’s own misadventures and missteps are woven thoughtfully into the set list to create a uniquely personal evening that connects audiences to performer, to the Carter/Grammer legacy, and most importantly, to one another. Additionally, Grammer has begun down the songwriter’s path as member of the RealWomenRealSongs project, and is sharing her fresh, fledgling efforts — and the stories behind them — on her current tour, to the delight of her longtime fans.
Opening is local artist Christine Custode. Christina Custode is an Eastman School of Music graduate BM/MA who has been named Buffalo’s Best Female Vocalist 2010, 2011, and 2013. Performing her dynamic original music with “Dylanesque” lyrics and sophisticated composition, Christina has been referred to as the “Carole King of her generation.” Her beautiful tone quality and sensitive phrasing helped garner local and national airplay, including Pandora and international exposure on thousands of Internet radio stations. Concert goers can expect a heartfelt, honest, high-quality performance.

Caffè Lena presents
Guitar Goddesses: Alice Stuart & Melissa Ferrick
8:00 p.m.
Caffè Lena, 47 Phila St., Saratoga Springs, NY, 518-583-0022
Tickets: $24, $26 Members, $14 Child and student
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TWO generations of powerful female guitarists! Way ahead of her time, Alice Stuart blazed the trail for women in rock and roll. Blues Hall of Fame inductee Dick Waterman remarked, “There would be no Bonnie Raitt without Alice Stuart.” Through the 60s and 70s she played with Jerry Garcia, John Prine, Albert King, Elvin Bishop, as well as Joan Baez, Doc Watson, Jack Elliott, Phil Ochs, Rosalie Sorrells, Mississippi John Hurt & Jerry Ricks. She brings a radiant warmth to the stage, and a pocketful of incredible stories and songs. Signed to Atlantic in the mid-90s, Melissa Ferrick was part of a new wave of alt-rock females who sang about womanhood with sharp, unchecked honesty. Her first post-Atlantic indie album hit Billboard’s Heatseekers Album Charts, won an International Acoustic Music Award (IAMA) and garnered two Independent Music Award (IMA) nominations. With her hard-hitting songs she has tackled everything from the intensely personal to the quasi-political.

The Folkus Project of Central New York presents
The Easy Ramblers
SAMMY Award winners brings their unique brand of “Easy Grass” to the Westcott Community Center.
8 p.m.
Westcott Community Center, 826 Euclid Avenue, Syracuse, NY
Admission: $10
The Easy Ramblers — Eddie Zacholl (guitar), Maureen Henesey (mandolin), and Dann Mather (bass) — are from the Central New York area, and have quickly become a favorite regional acoustic act. Their music is a mix of originals and hand-picked covers from the likes of Gillian Welch, Allison Krauss, Hot Rize, Peter Rowan, and The Infamous Stringdusters. With one listen, you will come to realize there is a special chemistry with the blending of these three creative individuals. They have put together a fine collection that listeners who prefer their bluegrass with a healthy dose of folk and old-time should appreciate. You hear craftsmanship, clever compositions, simplicity. Music that is old and new, fun at the same time, layered with Maureen’s soaring vocal capabilities.
The Towne Crier in Beacon presents
GALBO & WIGGINS
8:30 p.m.
Towne Crier, 379 Main Street, Beacon, NY, (845) 855-1300
Tickets: $25 advance/ $30 at door
Phil Wiggins is arguably America’s foremost blues harmonica virtuoso and has achieved worldwide acclaim over three decades as one half of the Piedmont blues duo of Cephas & Wiggins. While rooted in the melodic Piedmont or “Tidewater” blues of the Chesapeake region, Phil’s mastery transcends stylistic boundaries. Mark Galbo began his professional playing career in 1985 at the original Towne Crier. While there Mark learned about Augusta Bluesweek in Elkins, West Virginia, and met John Cephas and Phil Wiggins. Mark played his first gig with Phil at the Elkins Youth Shelter in 1985.

...and beyond
Philadelphia Folklore Project announces its
Exhibition Opening: “Tibetans in Philadelphia”
4-6 p.m.
Philadelphia Folklore Project, 735 S 50th St., Philadelphia, PA 19143
Contact PFP: pfp@folkloreproject.org for more information
Highlighting community rituals and celebrations that reinforce connections to homeland and history. Tibetans have been living in Philadelphia since the 1980s, but the majority of the 150 or so who now call our city home have arrived in the last ten or fifteen years. Weekly, many Philadelphia Tibetans gather for “Tibetan Sunday School,” sharing Tibetan language, songs and stories with their children. Monthly, they participate in Lhakar, strategic non-violent resistance buttressing Tibetan cultural practices in the face of oppression in their homeland. Annually, they celebrate the Dalai Lama’s birthday through ritual and a community pot-luck, and recognize the day in 1959 when the Tibetan capital was overrun by the Chinese military – the day, as they have explained it, “we lost our country,” through a demonstration on the streets. This exhibition, co-curated with the Tibetan Association of Philadelphia, highlights these and other commitments to community and culture.

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Sunday, April 12, 2015
Caribbean Cultural Center/African Diasporan Institute announces
Afrolatin@CROWD Editathon
Presented by Caribbean Cultural Center and African Diaspora Institute, Proyecto Afrolatin@, Garifuna Nation and AfroCROWD
1:30-4:30 p.m.
Brooklyn Public Library, 10 Grand Army Plaza Info Commons Room, Brooklyn, NY 11238
RSVP: http://tinyurl.com/m3cgn28
Join us as we explore Wikipedia resources for Afrolatino/as in Spanish, Portuguese, Garifuna and English. We will also get a brief intro to Wikimedia and Wikipedia and learn what gaps exist about Afrolatino/as in the largest online reference site in the world and ways to use this resource to make Afrolatino/a children and adults more digitally skilled and more knowledgeable about their culture, history, and languages.

StoryCircle at Proctors Theater announces
Word Plays: Unexpected Consequences
2 p.m.
Fenimore Gallery, Proctors Theatre, 432 State Street, Schenectady, NY
Cost: $12
$2 of each ticket is donated to the Schenectady Inner City Ministry Summer Lunch program where they severed over 65,000 lunches last summer
Unexpected consequences — what we’ve all experienced from time to time. Come hear how these stories turn out, as told by: Anne Marie McLaughlin, Bonnie Mion, Colette Odell, Eliud Nieves, Joe Peck, Kate Dudding, Merideth Nieves, Sandy Schuman, and Siri Allison.

Albany Institute of History & Art announces
LECTURE AND BOOK SIGNING Black Baseball Entrepreneurs, 1902–1931: The Rise and Fall of the Negro National and Eastern Colored Leagues
Michael E. Lomax, Independent Scholar
2-3:30 p.m.
Albany Institute of History & Art, 125 Washington Ave., Albany, NY 12210
Free with museum admission
Lomax, the author of numerous books and articles on the racial divide in American sports and the struggle for equality on and off the field will discuss his latest book Black Baseball Entrepreneurs published by Syracuse Univeristy Press in 2014.

Caffè Lena presents
Wild Ponies
7:00 p.m.
Caffè Lena, 47 Phila St., Saratoga Springs, NY, 518-583-0022
Tickets: $16, $14 Members, $8 Child and student
Buy tickets online
Doug and Telisha Williams and drummer Jake Winebrenner deliver unflinching country songs that move from easygoing swing to Crazy Horse-ish rattle-and-thump to traditional twang. Since first emerging as a folk duo a few years ago, the Williams’ sound has gotten more raw, sometimes raucous, often rockin’ and audiences coast to coast are getting hooked on it. Their new album, Things That Used To Shine, finds the sweet, unaffected voice of Telisha opening up about the skeletons that have haunted her closet for years. Telisha has a friendly, cheerful demeanor and band’s melodies are catchy, but watch out because their songs won’t let you off lightly: murder, abuse, survival. Grammy-winning producer Ray Kennedy (Steve Earle, Lucinda Williams) recorded the album’s 12 songs in three days, running the band’s harmonies through the same pre-amps once used by the Beatles.

Folk Music Society of New York/New York Pinewoods Folk Music Club announces
Third Annual Woody Guthrie Brooklyn Hoot Round Robin Songfest
7:00 p.m.
Jalopy Theatre, 315 Columbia Street, Brooklyn, NY 11231
Cover $10. Venue information 718-395-3214.
Featuring Don Friedman, Alan Friend, Beth Kotkin, Joel Landy, Anne Price, and Steve Suffet in a concert of Woody's songs, familiar and not-so-familiar, with plenty of opportunities to sing along. Co-sponsored with and at the Jalopy Theatre. Jalopy is located in Red Hook, just a few hundred yards from where Woody shipped out when he served in the US Merchant Marine during World War II.

Center for Traditional Music and Dance announces
TURKISH MUSIC INSTITUTE
Makam New York presents: Heart of the World
Concert: Sunday, April 12, 7:30 p.m.
Workshop: Monday, April 13 – Friday, April 17
Kaufman Music Center at Merkin Hall, 129 West 67th Street on Manhattan’s Upper West Side.
Tickets and information are available online.
CTMD and Center for Art, Tradition and Cultural Heritage (CATCH) are pleased to be sponsors of Makam New York’s Fourth Annual Turkish Music Institute. A special concert on Sunday, April 12 at 7:30 p.m. features the Institute’s world-renowned faculty: Ross Daly (bowed lira), Ahmet Erdogdular (vocals), Yurdal Tokcan (oud), Ömer Erdogdular (ney/flute), Goksel Baktagir (kanun) and Pedram Khavarzamini (Persian tombak/ hand drum).
Then on Monday, April 13 - Friday, April 17, a five-day intensive workshop in Manhattan will be held for those looking for detailed instruction in the Turkish maqam tradition. This year the workshop will offer six classes that focus on practical use of music theory, intonation, and modal repertoire analysis and interpretation taught by world-renowned master teachers.For more information and to register, visit makam new york.

The Towne Crier in Beacon presents
MÁIRTÍN O’CONNOR TRIO from Ireland, featuring Cathal Hayden on fiddle, and Séamie O’Dowd (Dervish) on guitar and vocals
7:30 p.m.
Towne Crier, 379 Main Street, Beacon, NY, (845) 855-1300
Tickets: $25 advance/ $30 at door
Individually recognised figureheads of the Irish tradition, the Máirtín O’Connor Trio has built a reputation for their astounding virtuosity and vitality. Máirtín O’Connor (accordion) is one of the most respected and best loved musicians ever to emerge from Ireland. A main musical force behind Riverdance, he’s worked with De Dannan, Midnight Well, and Skylark. Máirtín is joined by the astonishing fiddler and multi-all Ireland winner Cathal Hayden (Four Men and a Dog), and Séamie O’Dowd, a defining member of Dervish for over a decade, and master guitarist and brilliant singer and songwriter.

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Monday, April 13, 2015
Caffè Lena presents
Portland Cello Project
7:00 p.m.
Caffè Lena, 47 Phila St., Saratoga Springs, NY, 518-583-0022
Tickets: $25, $22 Members, $12.50 Child and student
Buy tickets online
Since the group’s inception in late 2007, Oregon's Portland Cello Project (or, PCP, as their fans affectionately call them), has amazed audiences with their extravagant performances everywhere from NPR’s A Prairie Home Companion, to parties on loading docks in NYC, to symphony halls, to punk rock clubs. The “group of cello-wielding maniacs” (Spacelab Magazine) has built a reputation for mixing genres and blurring musical lines and perceptions wherever they go. No two shows are alike, with a repertoire now numbering over 1,000 pieces with pieces both expected and unexpected to come from a cello. They morph from the relatively simple (4-6 cellos), to the all out epic, which has included 12 cellos playing with full choirs, winds, horns, and numerous percussion players. They have collaborated with a diverse assortment of musicians, from high school and university music programs, to the Dandy Warhols to Garrison Keillor to Trampled by Turtles to Ben Sollee, just to name a few.

Monday, April 13-Friday, April 17, 2015, April 19, 2015
Philadelphia Folklore Project announces its
Mandala Artist Losan Samten
Open daily 2-7 p.m. for viewing
April 19, 2015 Dismantling ceremony 1-3 p.m.
Philadelphia Folklore Project, 735 S 50th St., Philadelphia, PA 19143
Contact PFP: pfp@folkloreproject.org for more information
Tibetan sand mandala artist Losang Samten will be in residence in our gallery, creating a painting out of colored sand over the course of a week, while visitors watch.
On Sunday, April 19th, Losang Samten will preside over a dismantling ceremony during which the mandala he so meticulously and beautifully created is swept into a glass vase, and then transported to a body of water, where the sand is returned to nature. All are invited to accompany Losang to the Schuylkill River Banks after the ceremony at the Folklore Project gallery.

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Tuesday, April 14, 2015
Center for Traditional Music and Dance announces
The NY Klezmer Series: Brian Glassman’s Klezmer/Jazz Alliance
Concert at 7:30 p.m., workshop from 5:30 p.m-7:00 p.m.
Stephen Wise Free Synagogue, 30 W. 68th St., between Columbus and Central Park West on Manhattan’s Upper West Side
Admission to the concert is $15, instrumentalists may attend a pre-concert workshop for $25, or purchase a combined ticket concert/workshop for $35 and you can sit in at the post-concert jam session
For more information, visit aaronalexander.com/wp/concert-schedule
Klezmer music is the instrumental party music of the Jewish People from Eastern Europe — (Ashkenazim). It’s origins are in the 16th century, and it has evolved and assimilated local influences (Russian, Romanian, Ottoman, Hungarian etc.) wherever Ashkenazim have lived since. It is essentially Yiddish music – the instrumental music of people who spoke (and speak) Yiddish. It came to America with the immigration of Jews from Eastern Europe beginning in late 19th century, and has had a wonderful history in America, where it also assimilated American music traditions.

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Wednesday, April 15, 2015
Caffè Lena presents
Martin & Eliza Carthy
7:00 p.m.
Caffè Lena, 47 Phila St., Saratoga Springs, NY, 518-583-0022
Tickets: $24, $22 Members, $12 Child and student
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It’s nearly 50 years since England’s iconic folksinger Martin Carthy, MBE, recorded his hugely influential, eponymous debut album, and more than 20 years since his and Norma Waterson’s daughter, Eliza Carthy, released her first record. In June, 2014 this celebrated father and daughter released a long-awaited duo album, The Moral of the Elephant, in which they reinterpret and revisit a number of powerful, traditional songs. Martin Carthy recently received a Lifetime Achievement Award at the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards at Royal Albert Hall. Eliza Carthy is the only folk musician to have been nominated twice for a prestigious Mercury Music Prize. It’s a great honor to be included in this rare North American tour.

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Thursday, April 16, 2015
Gotham Center for NYC History presents a Spring 2015 Forum:
The “Dress Rehearsal for McCarthyism”: The Struggle for Free Speech at CCNY, 1931–42
6:30-8:00 p.m.
Martin E. Segal Theater, CUNY, 365 Fifth Avenue at 34th Street, New York, NY
Free and open to the public. Seating is first come, first served
Join Carol Smith as she brings to life a unique chapter in the history of CCNY with photographs, cartoons, and graphics documenting the rising tide of student and faculty activism spawned by the Great Depression and European fascism. This resulted in various suspensions and expulsions and a state legislative investigation, which ultimately led to the dismissal of fifty CCNY faculty and staff: the largest academic purge in US history. This presentation is based on a traveling exhibit, which can be viewed online or at the CCNY Library, Fifth Floor Archives, North Academic Complex, from April 6 to May 31.

The Folklife Center at Crandall Public Library continues its ever-popular
Live! Folklife Concert Spring Series
Honey Dewdrops
7-9 p.m. (doors open at 6:30 p.m.)
Crandall Public Library, 251 Glen Street, Glens Falls, NY 12801, 518-792-6508 x237
(in the Community Room, downstairs off the Library’s Glen Street entrance)
Cost: Free
Honey Dewdrops (Laura Wortman and Kagey Parrish) share one mic and a hunger to pay attention to what endures. Their fourth full-length album, Tangled Country, is raw and engaging, with characters and images from kindred people and places. And like their stage performance, these new songs rock and reel, and then they console you when you come back down. “...songwriting that strives to honor the simplicity of its forebears” ̵Utne Monthly Reader.
This series is made possible with funds from the Friends of Crandall Public Library, and the New York State Council on the Arts Folk Arts Program with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the NYS Legislature.

Cooperstown Graduate Program announces
The 2015 Bruce Buckley Lecture: Peggy Bulger
Florida Folklife: Searching for Authenticity in the Land of Disney

7:30 p.m.
Fenimore Art Museumm, Cooperstown, NY
The Bruce Buckley Lecture is an annual event that brings a significant folklorist to Cooperstown each year to lecture on their current research for students and members of the local community. This year, prominent Florida folklorist Peggy Bulger, who happens to be a native of Albany, will be giving a lecture on her career and experience in the field.

A native of Albany, New York, Bulger was inspired by the various musical folk traditions that surrounded her in upstate New York, such as the music of Pete Seeger, Larry Older, and Sarah Cleveland. She earned her bachelor’s degree in Fine Arts from SUNY Albany in 1972. Upon graduation, Bulger met with Bruce Buckley himself, who encouraged her to pursue a master’s degree in Folk Studies from Western Kentucky University, which she completed in 1975. Bulger then went on to earn a PhD in Folklore and Folklife from the University of Pennsylvania in 1992. Her dissertation, “Stetson Kennedy: Applied Folklore and Cultural Advocacy,” focused on Florida folklorist, author, and activist Stetson Kennedy. Her working relationship for over 30 years with Kennedy, who infiltrated the Ku Klux Klan and exposed many of their secrets, defined for Bulger the power of folklore.

Bulger started her career in her adopted home of Florida as the State Folk Arts Coordinator in 1975, and soon after became administrator of the Florida Folklife Program from 1976 to 1989. Her expertise and status as Florida’s first state folklorist enabled Bulger to create the Florida Folklife Collection, housed at the State Archives of Florida, which includes the work of several prominent folklorists. Bulger helped to develop the Florida Folklife Program into a multidimensional program by creating apprenticeship programs, educational videos and publications, workshops, and exhibits, before leaving to work as the Folk Arts Director and Senior Program Officer for the Southern Arts Federation in Atlanta in 1989. In 1999, she was named director of the Library of Congress’ American Folklife Center until her retirement in 2011. At the Library of Congress, Bulger was instrumental in acquiring the Alan Lomax Collection, which is the largest, unparalleled, collection of folk art in America. The acquisition of this collection brought 70 years of Lomax’s work together at the Library of Congress, where it has found its permanent home.

Among these many accomplishments, Bulger is an author, editor, and producer of several books, television documentaries, and musical productions. She currently serves on the Florida Folklife Council, a position that is appointed by the Secretary of State, and she is President of the Florida Folklore Society. Bulger is a past president of the American Folklore Society and is recipient of the Benjamin A. Botkin Prize for excellence in the field of Public Folklore.

The Towne Crier in Beacon presents
OVER THE RHINE
7:30 p.m.
Towne Crier, 379 Main Street, Beacon, NY, (845) 855-1300
Tickets: $25 advance/ $30 at door
When you listen to Over the Rhine, the supremely talented wife-husband duo of Karin Bergquist and Linford Detweiler, you quickly fall under the spell of Karin’s compelling voice, ethereal and earthy at once, and then you notice their subtle, satisfying arrangements, all the instruments so exquisitely balanced, and finally the lines of the songs start hitting you. Paste Magazine praises their “lovely, heartbreaking, and ultimately uplifting musical mosaic.”

Staten Island Arts presents
Masters of the Celtic Harp
7:30 p.m.
Culture Lounge, located inside the St. George Ferry Terminal, 10 Ferry Terminal Drive, Staten Island, NY 10301
Tickets: $20; available online
Douglas Barr, colleague and friend of the SIA Folklife program, will host a Masters of the Celtic Harp at the Culture Lounge in the St, George Ferry Terminal. Gráinne Hambly from County Mayo and William Jackson from Glasgow will present “Two Sides of Celtic,” a multi-faceted concert featuring their dynamic blend of two harp styles as well as their complimentary talents on concertina, tinwhistle and bouzouki. This concert speaks to the long standing need to support traditional celtic arts on Staten Island given its large Irish American community.

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Friday, April 17, 2015
Caffè Lena presents
Jim Kweskin & Geoff Muldaur
7:00 p.m.
Caffè Lena, 47 Phila St., Saratoga Springs, NY, 518-583-0022
Tickets: $24, $22 Members, $12 Child and student
Buy tickets online
Jim Kweskin and Geoff Muldaur are founding members of the hugely popular 1960s group, Jim Kweskin & The Jug Band (also with Maria Muldaur, Fritz Richmond, and Mel Lyman) which is credited with setting the stage for Jerry Garcia’s first band, Mother McCree’s Uptown Jug Champions, and subsequently The Grateful Dead. Jeff and Jim share a rare chemistry that was instantly renewed when they reunited as a duo in Tokyo in 2006. The distinctive qualities they brought to the Jug Band—clean, rhythmic finger picking and Muldaur’s emotional, quavering voice—remain their signature. When it comes to acoustic folk, blues, and ragtime, Kweskin and Muldaur are unparalleled exponents of the best American music.

StoryCircle at Proctors Theater announces
Storytelling with Janet Carter
Guest Teller: Jeannine Laverty

7 p.m.
Inquiring Minds Bookstore, Corner of Main and Partition, Saugerties, NY, 845-246-5775
For those who want to meet before, we have dinner at 5:45 at the Dutch Tavern on Main Street.

Center for Traditional Music and Dance announces
JETE DLO — OUNTOGI: THE ROLE OF THE DRUMMER IN HAITIAN VODOU 7:00 p.m.
St. Francis College Black Box Theater (Maroney Forum for Arts, Culture & Education, 7th floor), 180 Remsen Street, Brooklyn Heights
Admission is free
The second program in our Jete Dlo (Libation) series, the program is curated/hosted by renowned percussionist Gaston “Bonga” Jean-Baptiste, and features a group of New York’s finest Haitian drummers who will demonstrate and discuss their artistry. This event is presented by CTMD’s Haitian Community Cultural Initiative, Verite Sou Tanbou, in collaboration with St. Francis College as part of Jete Dlo (Libation), a three-part series of educational programs on Haitian Vodou practice and performance in New York City.

The Folkus Project presents
Eliza Gilkyson with Jim Henry
This 2015 Grammy nominee is a widely respected songwriter and a legend of the Falcon Ridge contemporary folk scene.
8:00 p.m.
May Memorial Unitarian Universalist Society, 3800 East Genesee Street, Syracuse, NY
Admission: $20/Member $17
Advance sale tickets are available online at www.folkus.org
Eliza Gilkyson is a Grammy-nominated singer/songwriter and activist who has become one of the most respected musicians in folk, roots, and Americana circles. Gilkyson’s music has always offered a vivid reflection of the times we live in, full of joys and sorrows, each song a window into a life of struggle and triumph in a world she feels is “poised on the edge of moral, economic and environmental bankruptcy.” Her latest release, The Nocturne Diaries, was nominated this year for a Grammy for Best Contemporary Folk Album; it’s a journey through the dark night of the soul that ends at the light of dawn with a sense of gratitude, a renewed commitment to care, and a stubborn little ray of hope. Her CD Land of Milk and Honey was also so nominated. She has appeared on NPR, Austin City Limits, Mountain Stage, Sirius/XM, Air America Radio, and has toured as a solo artist and in support of Richard Thompson, Patty Griffin, Mary Chapin Carpenter and Dan Fogelberg. She has been inducted into the Austin Music Hall of Fame alongside such legends as Willie Nelson, Townes Van Zandt, and Nanci Griffith and has won Folk Alliance awards for Best Artist, Best Songwriter and Record of the Year. Gilkyson was also recently listed as #6 on the Top Artists of 2014 on the FOLKDJ listserve. Gilkyson will be accompanied by veteran folk instrumentalist Jim Henry. A dexterous guitar master and talented songwriter, Henry has garnered praise for his work with the Sun Dogs, Brooks Williams, and the Burns Sisters, as well as for his solo albums, including Jacksonville.

Flushing Town Hall presents
QUEENS JAZZ ORCHESTRA: A Tribute to Tony Bennett & Ella Fitzgerald
8:00 p.m.
Pre-show Members Lounge at 7 p.m. (Free drinks and snacks)
Flushing Town Hall, 137-35 Northern Boulevard, (at the corner of Linden Place), Flushing, NY 11354
Tickets: $42/$32 Members/$20 Students; Table Package: $125/$100 Members (Reserved Table for 2, Wine and Snacks)
The Queens Jazz Orchestra, conducted by NEA Jazz Master Jimmy Heath, plays a tribute concert to Tony Bennett and Ella Fitzgerald. These great jazz legends have all lived in the borough of Queens, and are all a part of the illustrious history of Queens Jazz.

City Lore presents
Spring Shake: Afro-Caribbean Dance Party with DJ P Whyte!
8:00 p.m.
City Lore Gallery 56 East First Street, New York, NY 10003
Admission: $8 in advance and $10 at the door.
Shake it into spring with DJ P Whyte! City Lore is here with a dance party to help you wash away the winter blues! P Whyte, a Bronx-based Garifuna-American by way of Honduras, will spin Afro-Caribbean and Latin music. Expect a set packed with Merenque, Punta, Reggae, Salsa, Zouk, Calypso, Soca, Soul, and Hip Hop. Come by at 8 and dance till late! Garifuna, an Arawakan language, is spoken mainly in Belize, Honduras, and Guatemala. It’s also spoken in NYC, and is one of the endangered languages featured in City Lore’s current exhibit, Mother Tongues: Endangered Languages in NYC and Beyond. (see Exhibitions below on this page). Come for the party, have a drink, and catch the last weekend of the exhibit!

The Towne Crier in Beacon presents
SPYRO GYRA
8:30 p.m.
Towne Crier, 379 Main Street, Beacon, NY, (845) 855-1300
Tickets: $55 advance/ $60 at door
2014 marked 40 years since Spyro Gyra was founded. Since those early days, they have performed over five thousand shows, released thirty albums, received Grammy nominations for their last four albums and sold over 10 million albums while also achieving an RIAA-certified Platinum album and two Gold albums. “;Spyro Gyra endures as an audience favorite because they created an original style that sounded like nothing that came before it,” remarks Art Good, host of the nationally syndicated Jazz Trax show.

April 17, 18, and 19, 2015
Down Home Radio & The Jalopy Theatre present
7th Annual Brooklyn Folk Festival
See festival schedule online
St. Ann’s Church, 157 Montague St. (btw Clinton and, Henry), Brooklyn Heights, NY
Tickets available online: 3-Day Pass $80, Saturday $35, Sunday $35, or tickets available for afternoon or evening sessions
The Brooklyn Folk Festival features 30 bands, including the best in old-time string-band music, folk, blues, song writers, jug band, and bluegrass, plus world music and more! Included are concerts, vocal and instrumental workshops, a family-friendly square dance and swing dance, jam sessions, and film screenings.

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Saturday, April 18, 2015
Staten Island Arts presents
Beyond Borders
12:00 p.m.
Gazebo at the South Beach Boardwalk, Staten Island, NY
Fee: FREE
In honor of immigrant heritage celebrations in NYC, “Beyond Borders—A Meeting of Cross-Cultural Improvisations” seeks to explore this very concept through the medium of music. The three hour open-air concert brings musicians from varying cultural traditions present on Staten Island, together on the same stage to explore cross-cultural approaches to musical improvisation. The concert will be presented at the gazebo on the iconic Staten Island Boardwalk as part of SIA’s collaboration with the Boardwalk Events Initiative Group programming from (April) May-June.This boardwalk initiative is led by Mark Tranchina at the Vanderbilt/South Fin Grill and NYC Dept of Parks and Recreation. Curated around themes of improvisation and cultural heritage the line-up will feature Sri Lankan Hevisi drumming, Afro-Puerto Rican bomba y plena, Ghanaian percussion, Middle Eastern folk musics (North African, Turkish, Arab and Jewish), and American Jazz. The program will combine individual performances with a jam and artist talkback/Q&A session. This “encuentro,” to borrow the Spanish term, or impromptu meeting between musicians from diverse backgrounds and traditions, will showcase several distinct approaches to time and improvisation in music. As the performers will elucidate, however, the cultural significance of such methods and techniques reaches far beyond the bandstand and can also be used to find points of connection and intercultural collaboration.

ArtsWestchester invites you to
FAMILY WORKSHOP: Silk painting with exhibiting Artist Nazanin Munroe
2:00 p.m.
ArtsWestchester, 31 Mamaroneck Avenue, White Plains, NY 10601
Limited enrollment. RSVP required.BR> Get an introduction to silk painting with “Crossing Borders” artist, Nazanin Munroe. For more about this exhibit, see EXHIBITIONS section below.

Caffè Lena presents
Benefit for The Mohawk Community of Kanatsiohareke:
Akwesasne Women Singers
Roy Hurd
Kay Ionataie:was Olan
Joseph & Jesse Bruchac

2:00 p.m.
Caffè Lena, 47 Phila St., Saratoga Springs, NY, 518-583-0022
Tickets: $20
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Do you enjoy hearing Adirondack and Native American music? Do you revel in hearing great stories? Do you have the desire to help the Mohawk Community of Kanatsiohareke continue in its work of cultural, spiritual and linguistic revitalization? If so, you are invited to attend an extraordinary fundraising event at Caffè Lena on April 18 from 2:00-5:00 p.m.. Come hear Mohawk elder Tom Sakokwenionkwas Porter, the Award Winning Akwesasne Women Singers, The Voice of the Adirondacks Roy Hurd, the renowned father and son author/storyteller/musical team of Joe and Jesse Bruchac, and Mohawk storyteller Kay Ionataie:was Olan.

Albany Institute of History & Art announces
Fourth Annual Hudson Valley Hops Brewed in History and Full of Local Flavor 4-7 p.m.
Albany Institute of History & Art, 125 Washington Ave., Albany, NY 12210
Registration is now available on the website. In advance: $30 members/ $35 general public. At the door: $35 members/ $40 general public. Participants must be 21 or older.
TimesUnion.com/TableHopping and the Albany Institute of History & Art will host the fourth annual Hudson Valley Hops. 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. We’re excited to announce our line-up of breweries for this year’s Hudson Valley Hops, including: Adirondack Pub & Brewery, Brewery Ommegang, Brown’s Brewing Company, Chatham Brewing LLC, C.H. Evans Brewing, Crossroads Brewing Company, Druthers, Keegan Ales, and Olde Saratoga Brewing Company. We’ll also have special guests Albany Distilling Company and Nine Pin Ciderworks. Plus, there will be a one-time tasting of Chatham Brewing’s Albany Institute Ale, which was brewed exclusively for this event!
Hudson Valley Hops is a great time to hear some interesting talks too. Tessa Edick, author of
Hudson Valley Food and Farming: Why Didn’t Anyone Ever Tell Me That?, will talk about her exploration of Hudson Valley foods. Gerry Lorentz, Dean of the Northeast Center of SUNY/Empire State College will explore the ancient history of brewing. Roger Savoy from Homebrew Emporium will share insight into the homebrewing market. Bill Newman, craft beer pioneer and former owner of the Wm. S. Newman Brewing Company of Albany, NY will talk about how he got into brewing in the early 1980s and established one of the first craft breweries on the East Coast.

Bronx Music Heritage Center in partnership with City Lore and their exhibit “Mother Tongue” at the City Lore Gallery announce
Bronx Rising!: Harawi: Quichwa Poetry & Music from Bolivar, Ecuador, and Peru
Celebrate National Poetry Month
7:00-8:30 p.m.
Boricua College | 890 Washington Avenue | Bronx, NY | 718.839.1196
Free and open to the public, $5 donation suggested
Celebrate National Poetry Month with music and poetry that transcends cultural boundaries. Music performance by Inkarayku, which translates to “because of the Incas,” is a music group led by Andres Jimenez that specializes in indigenous music forms that link the past, present and future of Andean arts. National Poetry Month is the largest literary celebration in the world, with millions of participants from all walks of life. Join our poets—Doris Loayza, Gladys Camacho, Odi Gonzales and Inti Jimboon a trip to the Andes, and follow all the action using #bronxmusic and #npm15. The City Lore POEMobile will project the poems in English and Quechua. Quechua is an official language in Peru, Bolivia, and Ecuador and is the most widely spoken indigenous language in Latin America with approximately 10 million speakers. It is growing in places such as the Bronx where there is a vibrant Quechua-speaking Ecuadoran community (as well as the only Quechua language radio station in the United States, Radio Kichwa).
We will also present a video from Ca#241ar, Ecuador as part of the VOCES de CANAR INTERCAMBIO. Voces de Cañar is a digital storytelling exchange involving Indigenous Andean peoples from Cañar, Ecuador, and their counterparts in New York City, via radio and other online media platforms. Participants from these two geographic regions are partnering to explore and exchange their creative expressions about the passage of traditions and the transformation of culture within contemporary life.
See more about the “Mother Tongue” exhibition in section below on this page.

Eighth Step 8th Step at Proctors presents
BROOKS WILLIAMS & BEAUCOUP BLUE
Blues & Americana
7:30 p.m.
Proctors, GE Theater, 432 State Street, Schenectady NY 12305
Tickets on sale online now or by calling 518-434-1703
Tickets: $35 Gold Circle; $22 Advance; $24 Day of Performance
One of contemporary acoustic music’s top guitarists, singer-songwriter Brooks Williams writes groove-laden songs, delivering them with an easy-going vocal style and monstrous guitar chops. Walking the line between blues and Americana, he has worked stages worldwide for over 25 years, amassing a staggering back-catalogue of songs, recordings and tales. With nearly 20 CDs to his name, this Statesboro, Georgia native is a road warrior in the truest sense. Williams has toured throughout the world including the US, Canada, Ireland, the UK, Turkey, France, Italy, The Netherlands and Africa. Appearances include Shrewsbury Folk Festival and Cropredy Festival in England, New Bedford Folk Festival, Celtic Connections in Scotland, and Uncle Calvin’s, Texas.
The Philadelphia duo Beaucoup of David and Adrian Mowry, father and son, move effortlessly from classic blues to contemporary blues and Americana, delivering groove-laden songs with vocal harmonies and guitar synergy seasoned and perfected by their years of playing together. They have performed their roots-based music nationally and internationally. Bridging many gaps in American music, their soulful traditional and contemporary styles mesh into an innovative, authentic and utterly compelling sound. Although blues is a staple in their repertoire, their unique songwriting draws from other music they love: Folk, Soul, R&B, Jazz, Country and Bluegrass. Their awards include Grand Prize in Billboard’s World Songwriting Contest. They have released two albums:
Out of the Woodwork and Hearts at Home; their much-anticipated third album Free To Fall is produced by Grammy nominee Jim Salamone.

Caffè Lena presents
Sloan Wainwright & Cosy Sheridan
8:00 p.m.
Caffè Lena, 47 Phila St., Saratoga Springs, NY, 518-583-0022
Tickets: $20, $18 Members, $10 Child and student
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Enjoy a night of vivacious high spirits, compassionate and inspiring lyrics, and gorgeous voices. Folk scene stalwart Cosy Sheridan writes love songs for adults, practical philosophy for a complicated world, blues-flavored gospel, modern re-tellings of myth, and parodies that reveal a “keen and wicked eye for the excesses of our fast-food, tv-happy and noisome culture.” (The Boston Globe). A voice student at Berklee School of Music, as well as a guitar student of such luminaries as Eric Schoenberg and Guy Van Duser, Sheridan brings serious chops to the stage. For the past 20 years she has been in-demand instructor at adult music camps across the country including the Puget Sound Guitar Workshop and The Swannanoa Gathering. In 2008 she co-founded the Moab Folk Camp in Utah.
Singer/songwriter Sloan Wainwright has an effortless command of a variety of American musical styles — pop, folk, jazz and blues. Her family tree (brother Loudon Wainwright III, nephew Rufus Wainwright, nieces Martha Wainwright and Lucy Wainwright Roche) reads like a who’s who of contemporary folk music. Sloan’s incredible gift is not only her songwriting but her beautiful, irresistable voice, warm and smoky.

The Towne Crier in Beacon presents
ALBERT CUMMINGS Blues Band
8:30 p.m.
Towne Crier, 379 Main Street, Beacon, NY, (845) 855-1300
Tickets: $25 advance/ $30 at door
Albert Cummings is widely regarded as one of the finest blues guitarists and singers on the scene today. Since his debut album produced by Stevie Ray Vaughn’s rhythm section Double Trouble, Cummings has provided some of the most powerful blues music of the 21st century. In 2012 Cummings released his sixth album, No Regrets, to critical acclaim—debuting at #1 on ITunes Blues Charts and at #5 on the Billboard Blues Charts. Cummings energetic live shows are proof that he is one tough act to follow, and he has shared the bill with everyone from B. B. King, Buddy Guy, Johnny Winter, Sheryl Crow, Susan Tedeschi and many others.

April 18 and 19, 2015
Anabella Lenzu DanceDrama announces
Methodology of Teaching Dance Workshop
(How to teach Dance)
FACULTY: ANABELLA LENZU

Saturday, April 18 and Sunday, April 19, 11 a.m.-2 p.m.
at CPR Center for Performance Research (361 Manhattan Ave, Williamsburg, Brooklyn)
Class size is limited to 10 students for the workshop.
TO APPLY: Send resume to info@AnabellaLenzu.com
Learn how teach dance and provide a comprehensive dance education. This Laboratory is for artists and educators of all dance disciplines who want to learn how to increase their students’ creative ability by providing organized lesson plans aimed at solving educational problems using methodological tools of analysis. Promote artistic education and enhance the social and cultural community. Dance is a profound exploration of life. We must improve how we teach Dance as a theoretical and practical discipline.

ArtsWestchester announces
Sheep-to-Shawl
Presented by Historic Hudson Valley (HHV)
Saturday, April 18, 2015 – Sunday, April 19, 2015 10:00 am - 5:00 p.m.
Philipsburg Manor, 381 N. Broadway, Sleepy Hollow, NY 10591
Tickets: $14 - Adults; $8 - Children 3-17; $12 - Seniors; Free - Children under 3 and members Buy tickets online or call 914-366-6900
From fiber to fashion, this classic spring festival celebrates all things wooly sheep! Visitors are invited to explore each step in the process of turning wool into cloth using 18th-century techniques. Hands-on activities include dyeing wool and weaving. In the site’s Manor House, experience Wearable Wealth: The Value of Cloth and Clothing in the 18th Century. Activities and hands-on displays will help visitors understand just how precious fabric goods were for colonial Americans. In fact, colonists were the ultimate recyclers! The Art of the Reproduction: Recreating Period Textiles uses pieces from the HHV collection to shine a spotlight on this fun, yet often overlooked area of historic study. Along with the exhibit, there will be a series of talks and hands-on workshops. HHV’s expert staff will share information on period quilting, knitting, hand sewing, and how to care for family textile heirlooms. Outside on the grounds, Scottish border collies display their skills at sheep- and duck-herding. Kids can try on reproduction 18th-century clothing for a great photo op! Plus, enjoy a fashion show complete with critiques from a tough judge, HHV’s own expert costume designer.

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Sunday, April 19, 2015
Museum at Eldridge Street presents
For Families: All of a Kind Family Walking Tour
11 a.m.
Museum at Eldridge Street, 12 Eldridge Street, New York, NY 10002
Cost: $15 per family
RSVP here
Enchanting young readers for generations, All of a Kind Family tells the story of five sisters growing up on the Lower East Side a century ago. This Sunday, stroll through the story and onto the streets as we bring this beloved novel to life. Along the way, taste pickles from a barrel and shop for treats in an old fashioned candy store! For ages 4-11 Reservations required.

Albany Institute of History & Art announces
LECTURE Babe Ruth in Albany
Frank M. Keetz, Author and Historian
2-3:00 p.m.
Albany Institute of History & Art, 125 Washington Ave., Albany, NY 12210
Free with museum admission
Local author and baseball historian Frank Keetze will relate tales about George Herman “Babe” Ruth, who came to Albany with Yankees teammate Lou Gehrig, and met with local politicians including John Boyd. Thacher.

The Folk Arts Program of the Castellani Art Museum of Niagara University
An event of the 2015 Spring Folk Art Series
A CELEBRATION OF BALKAN TRADITIONS
2-4 p.m.
Castellani Art Museum of Niagara University, 5795 Lewiston Road, Niagara University, New York 14109
Light snacks, cash bar. Free to CAM Members/ $5 all others
Admission for the event is free for Castellani Art Museum members/$10 for non-members. All ages, open to the public.
Membership sign-up is available at the event.
For more information, call the Castellani Art Museum at (716) 286-8200 or contact Valerie Walawender, M.A., Interim Curator of Folk Arts at vwalawender@niagara.edu.
This celebration of Balkan traditions shines a spotlight on Orkestar Sokoli, an authentic Serbian Tambura band originally from Lackawanna, New York. Sokoli has performed together for over 25 years, and has traveled the United States performing Serbian music many cultural events including concerts, dances, festivals, and weddings. Michael Miskuly (violin) Jimmy Raditic (Bugarija), Bozhi Ranic (cello brac), and Mark Vranjes (bass) bring an energetic and lively style of playing as well as lush vocal harmonies to the music of their ancestors. In addition to these offerings will be displays and demonstrations of traditional arts and foods available to sample.

Folk Music Society of New York/New York Pinewoods Folk Music Club presents
Shanty Sing
2-5 p.m.
Noble Gallery, Building D, Snug Harbor Cultural Center, 1000 Richmond Terrace, Staten Island, NY
For further info, contact Bob Conroy at RConroy421@aol.com or 347-267-9394
Refreshments will be available, including beer and wine for sale.
We are co-sponsoring the Shanty Sing on the 3rd Sunday of every month, or the William Main Doerflinger Memorial Sea Shanty Sessions at the Noble Maritime Collection.

Ukrainian Village Voices presents
Songs from the Steppe to Slobidschyna with Ihor Perevertniuk
2:00-5:00 p.m.
144 Second Avenue, Third Floor Hall, New York, NY 10003
Please RSVP NOW to UkrainianVillageVoices@gmail.com to reserve your seat.
Cost: $15 adults/$10 students & seniors/children free
We invite you to learn ancient, bright harmonies gathered from villages in Ukraine’s southern and northeastern regions with Ihor Perevertniuk of Kyiv’s highly-respected Drevo folk ensemble! Originating in 1979 under the artistic directorship of ethnomusicologist Yevhen Yefremov, Drevo has members who are equally researchers and performers. Beginning in 2005, Perevertniuk traveled with Drevo’s ethnographic expeditions in search of examples of the tangible and intangible heritage of traditional culture in Ukrainian villages. It is these rare, authentic songs that he will be teaching at the workshop, from the hearts and mouths of Ukrainian villagers to you! Perevertniuk graduated from the Kyiv National University of Fine Arts and Culture with a degree in Musical Arts specializing in Folk Music. In addition to Drevo, he has participated in several groups such as Kralytsia, Krosna, Strila and Chornomortsi. Join us to feel the deep roots of these traditional songs!

The Neighborhood Preservation Center announces
Toast the Landmarks Law
3-5 p.m.
The Loft at Professor Thom’s Bar & Restaurant* 219 Second Avenue, btw. East 13th and East 14th Streets
The program is free and open to the public, but reservations are required. RSVP here.
On April 19, 1965, Mayor Robert F. Wagner signed the New York City Landmarks Law, which finally provided legal protection for the City’s treasured buildings and neighborhoods. Fifty years later, over 33,000 special places throughout the City are protected as individual landmarks, interior landmarks, scenic landmarks, or as part of 114 historic districts. Join in toasting the success of this groundbreaking piece of legislation, exactly 50 years to the day it was signed. Birthday cake will be provided (it’s a celebration, after all)! And as part of the festivities, there will be a screening of WNET’s Treasures of New York: The Landmarks Preservation Movement, which documents the tireless work of preservationists before and after the passage of the Landmarks Law. Celebrities from the preservation world, featured in the documentary, will be on hand to discuss the portrayal of the field in the program, and give their thoughts on the last 50 years of preservation in New York City. This program is co-sponsored by the New York Preservation Archive Project, Historic Districts Council, and Neighborhood Preservation Center.

Caffè Lena presents
Willy Porter
7:00 p.m.
Caffè Lena, 47 Phila St., Saratoga Springs, NY, 518-583-0022
Tickets: $28, $16 Members, $9 Child and student
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. His journey remains defined by an independent drive to evolve as a musician and human, affording him the freedom to create the next song on his own terms. Equally accomplished as a guitarist, singer, and songwriter, Porter’s songs weave a universal perspective about the questions, struggles, and triumphs of human existence. His live shows are guitar driven events—equal parts grit, soul, and muscle—that are electrifying, dynamic, and wholly original in the way that Porter’s voice blends and fuses with his virtuoso fret work.

Staten Island Arts presents
Soy Sefardi: Celebrating Jews of Spain
7:00 p.m.
JCC Of Staten Island; 1466 Manor Rd, Staten Island, NY 10306
Tickets are $15 JCC member; $18 non-member. For information or tickets, please contact Bella Smorgonskaya @ 718.475.5262 or bsmorgonskaya@sijcc.com.
The program is open to all.
Soy Sefardi celebrates the music of Spanish Jews who migrated throughout the Mediterranean basin after being expelled from Spain at the time of the Inquisition. The language of the songs – a mix of Hebrew and Ladino – was passed down by women through an oral tradition over 500 years. Soprano Nicole Murad and guitarist Eric B. Davis share the beauty of this musical tradition.

The Towne Crier in Beacon presents
MARTHA DAVIS and The Motels
7:30 p.m.
Towne Crier, 379 Main Street, Beacon, NY, (845) 855-1300
Tickets: $35 advance/ $40 at door
Martha Davis and the Motels were one of the most successful and acclaimed bands to emerge from the fertile Los Angeles new wave scene in the 1980s. Their smash single, “Only The Lonely,” from 1982’s All Four One rocketed into the Top 10, propelling the album to gold status and was voted Best Performance at the 1982 American Music Awards.

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Monday, April 20, 2015
The Neighborhood Preservation Center announces
Redefining Preservation for the 21st Century: A Symposium
5:30-9 p.m.
New York Academy of Medicine, 1216 Fifth Avenue at 103rd Street, New York, NY
Tickets: $20 when you use discount code NPC20
Ticket includes symposium and reception. Register here.
Reception to follow across the street at: The Museum of the City of New York 1220 Fifth Avenue at 103rd Street
AIA CES credits will be offered for attending this program.
On the eve of the opening of Saving Place: 50 Years of New York City Landmarks, the Museum of the City of New York will celebrate its newest exhibition with a multi-disciplinary symposium. Please join a panel of distinguished speakers to explore the challenges and opportunities of the preservation movement today and in the future. What role will preservation play in keeping New York a dynamic global city? How will preservation law and practice continue to adapt over time? Tickets to this event include admission to the opening reception for the exhibition.
Vishaan Chakrabarti, AIA, Director, Columbia University Center for Urban Real Estate
Roberta Brandes Gratz, Urban Critic and Journalist
Michael Kimmelman, Architecture Critic, The New York Times
Steven Spinola, President, Real Estate Board of New York
Robert A. M. Stern, FAIA, Dean, School of Architecture, Yale University
Moderated by Adele Chatfield-Taylor, Former CEO, American Academy in Rome

The Arts Center of the Capital Region presents
Bookmarks Reading and Performance Series: SPEAKING TRUTH TO POWER
Curated by local Poet /Spoken Word Artist, Victorio Reyes
7:00 p.m.
The Arts of the Capital Region, 265 River Street, Troy, NY 12180
Cost: Free
Submission Deadline: Monday March 23rd, at 11:59 p.m.
How do we define power? How do we define truth? You decide. Share with us your poem, story, personal essay, or spoken word performance and show us how you speak your truth to the powers that be.

SUBMISSION GUIDELINES
-Interested writers/creators should submit online
-All submissions must be received by 11:59 p.m. on the date indicated. The submission window will close at that time.
-Submissions should not exceed length specified on the submission form.
-You may submit to multiple curators but only once per theme.
-All applicants will be notified at least ten days before the event, or once the curator has chosen readers/presenters.
-Keep the date OPEN in case you are selected!

The Folklife Center at Crandall Public Library presents
The Covered Bridges of Washington County, New York
Illustrated talk and book signing by Robert G. McIntosh, author/craftsperson

7 p.m.
Crandall Public Library, 251 Glen Street, Glens Falls, NY 12801, 518-792-6508 x237
By 1994 the condition of the three covered bridges still in use in Washington County had declined to the point where the longest, most used span was considered for replacement with a modern steel and concrete bridge. This book tells the story of how local concerned citizens organized, cooperated with elected officials, and secured funding for the complete restoration of all three bridges, which were rededicated in 2007.
This 72-page book includes an historic overview of local transportation, histories of five covered bridges, an introduction to trusses and how they work, and a detailed description of the engineering design process and construction techniques used to restore the three bridges. Over 150 illustrations. Robert G. McIntosh was born in Lynn, Massachusetts. He studied architecture at RPI, made furniture and cabinets for 20 years, and is now a luthier making and restoring double basses. He lives in Cambridge, New York with his wife, Bliss, and his dog, May.
This event is a “Battenkill Inspired” event. See Exhibition notice below on this page. Can’t make it? The talk will be repeated on Wednesday, May 13, 2015, 7 p.m., at the Salem Courthouse Community Center, Salem, NY.

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Tuesday, April 21, 2015
Flushing Town Hall presents
Performing Sacred COMMUNITY FORUM
6:30 p.m.
Flushing Town Hall, 137-35 Northern Boulevard, (at the corner of Linden Place), Flushing, NY 11354
Tickets: Free
Utilizing theater to stimulate group talk, New York Theatre of the Oppressed’s trained actors and mentors will work with LaGuardia Community College Humanities students to create a safe haven for community discussion. Issues to be discussed range from Islamic identity in post 9/11 America and various taboos affecting this community.

Staten Island Arts presents
Kente Cloth Demonstration
7:00 p.m.
Culture Lounge, located inside the St. George Ferry Terminal, Staten Island, NY 10301
Fee: FREE
Part of the “Traditional Cultural Feedback from Staten Island” exhibit at Culture Lounge. This event will feature demonstrations on a loom in the Culture Lounge by Ghanaian master craftspersons.

Folk Music Society of New York/New York Pinewoods Folk Music Club announces
Old-Time Instrumental Jam
7:30-9:30 p.m.
Brooklyn Farmacy & Soda Fountain, 513 Henry Street (at Sackett St.), in Carroll Gardens, Brooklyn
For more information, email alanfriend_music@mindspring.com
Wanna jam? Alan Friend will lead an old-time jam. Bring your fiddle, banjo, guitar, etc. Acoustic instruments only. Buy some delicious desserts and socialize.

World Music Institute (WMI) announces
OLIVER MTUKUDZI & THE BLACK SPIRITS Presented by BRIC
8 p.m.
BRIC House Ballroom, 647 Fulton Street (at Rockwell Place), Brooklyn, New York, NY
Tickets: $20 Adv | $24 Door
Gifted with a deep, gutsy voice and a talent for writing songs that reflect on the daily life and struggles of the people of his homeland, Oliver “Tuku” Mtukudzi is one of Zimbabwe’s greatest artists.

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Wednesday, April 22, 2015
World Music Institute (WMI) presents
NORDIC FIDDLERS BLOC
7 p.m.
Leonard Nimoy Thalia Theater at Peter Norton Symphony Space, 2537 Broadway at 95th Street, New York, NY
Tickets: $30 / WMI & CTM Friends $25 / Bring a Kid! $5
Norway, Sweden and the Shetland Islands have some of the richest fiddling traditions in the world. Representing them in this program, respectively, are Olav Luksengård Mjelva, Anders Hall, and Kevin Henderson, three of the finest young fiddlers on the international folk circuit. They play traditional tunes and original compositions, and with strength, humor and plenty of banter, illustrate the distinct sounds of and cultural ties among the people of the North Atlantic rim.

City Lore presents
Reading of the People’s Khonsay
Mother Tongues Closing Event!

7:00 p.m.
City Lore Gallery 56 East First Street, New York, NY 10003
Admission: $10 donation suggested. A reception will follow.
Join us for a night of music and poetry as we celebrate the final night of the exhibit Mother Tongues: Endangered Languages in New York City and Beyond. During the course of the exhibit, visitors contributed to a “People’s Khonsay” by writing on a scroll in their Mother Tongues: mementoes of their own languages, untranslatable words and unforgettable phrases. Poet Bob Holman and Linguist Daniel Kaufman, founders (along with Juliette Blevins) of the Endangered Language Alliance, will perform the poem.
Music and Poetry in Endangered Languages:
Griot Papa Susso of Gambia and the Bronx will play kora and sing in Mandinke, Fulani, and Wolof
Filipina poet, Grace Baldissari will read in Ilocono, Ibanag, and Tagalog.

Eighth Step 8th Step at Proctors presents
BROAD OLD RIVER!
FILM (28-min) & LIVE MUSIC
7:30 p.m.
Proctors, GE Theater, 432 State Street, Schenectady NY 12305
Tickets available online or at (518) 434-1703
TICKETS: $18 ADVANCE; $20 AT THE DOOR
Hear Pete Seeger tell the story of Sloop Clearwater — flagship of the environmental movement worldwide — and the Hudson River Sloop Singers. Following: Q&A and songs by Sloop Singers. The brainchild of Pete Seeger, Sloop Clearwater is a life-sized replica of cargo ships that dotted the 18th-19th century Hudson River, connecting upriver ports to bustling New York City. Sloop Clearwater was launched in 1968 to great media fanfare, then sailed her maiden voyage with musical crew Len Chandler, Don McLean, Gordon Bok, and Seeger, among others. In the late ’60s, the Hudson was little more than a floating sewer. Seeger and friends, in a spirit of celebration, advocacy and education, led a cleanup of New York’s heritage waterway. The Clearwater quickly became a worldwide symbol of the environmental movement, inspiring similar projects in the US and abroad. She also inspired Clearwater’s Great Hudson River Revival, America’s largest environmental music festival, held annually in Croton Point Park on the banks of the Hudson. After the film, Sloop Singers including Capt. Rick Nestler, Donna Nestler, Grammy winners Dan Einbender and David Bernz, film producer Rik Palieri, Joe Heukerott, Steve Stanne, Sarah Underhill and others sing songs of the sea, the environment, and songs of Pete Seeger.

Caffè Lena presents
Acoustic Blues Open Mic & Jam
7 p.m.
Caffè Lena, 47 Phila St., Saratoga Springs, NY, 518-583-0022
No advanced ticket sales. Tickets may be purchased at the door.
Members of the Saratoga Acoustic Blues Society welcome players of all ages to perform original or traditional blues songs on the Caffè Lena stage. Play solo, or invite others to sit in. A featured performer opens with a 20 minute set, followed by the open mic, and wrapping up with a big group jam. A great night of entertainment whether you perform or just sit and enjoy! Hosted by Sonny Speed.

Center for Traditional Music and Dance announces
The Home for International Soul presents
STARRY NIGHTS with the FolkCOLOMBIA ALL STARS
Bringing you the best Colombian music!
Doors open at 8 p.m.
8:30–9:00 p.m. Colombian Dance Lesson
9 p.m. FOLKCOLOMBIA ALL STARS 10:30 p.m. until ? Colombian dance party with DJ Geko Jones
Meridian 23, 161 West 23rd St., New York, NY, 212.645.0649
Admission $10
For more information about FolkCOLOMBIA Musica y Danza, contact Jorge Arevalo Mateus.
As days get longer and nights begin to get hotter, it’s time to go out and enjoy the sounds of Colombian music performed by the FolkCOLOMBIA ALL STARS, with some of the brightest musicians and dancers in the city! Join us on April 22nd and get ready to dance!

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Thursday, April 23, 2015
Teaching the Hudson Valley announces the
Stone Workers: Walking tour of the New Croton Dam
Thurs., April 23, 4 p.m., or Sat., April 25, 11 a.m.
New Croton Dam, Croton Gorge Park, Rt. 129, Croton-on-Hudson, NY
Register for either date ($12) and request a certificate of participation.
For more information, download a flyer.
Now you can visit one of the Valley’s signature engineering feats on a tour especially designed for educators. Learn about the hundreds of immigrant workers who risked life and limb to build the dam. Laura Compagni-Sabella, museum educator, exhibit planner, and board member with Friends of the Old Croton Aqueduct, will discuss concrete, labor, water, and more. Laura also will share some of the social studies activities and lesson plans she created for grades 5-11, Immigrant Living & Working Conditions at the New Croton Dam.
Please meet in the parking lot next to the play area. Wear all-weather shoes. The tour will feature a brief review of a classroom-ready, primary source-based lesson plan that explores how this story reflects key themes of the Industrial Revolution.

Flushing Town Hall presents
36th Anniversary Annual Gala
6:00 p.m.
Flushing Town Hall, 137-35 Northern Boulevard, (at the corner of Linden Place), Flushing, NY 11354
Tickets: Free
FUN, FOOD AND FRIENDS! Come celebrate our Global Arts for a Global Community! Visit www.flushingtownhall.org/gala for details.

Albany Institute of History & Art announces
LECTURE Stats vs. Story
John Thorn, Official Baseball Historian
6:00 p.m.
Albany Institute of History & Art, 125 Washington Ave., Albany, NY 12210
Free with museum admission
Join John Thorn for the re-release of his classic The Hidden Game of Baseball (March 2015). [Books will be available for sale]. From Thorn: “Stats are great for analyzing the game but lousy for writing about it. In today’s baseball writing I miss the wink and the nudge of a Barnum or the tall-tale bluster of a Davy Crockett; lying has left the sports page for the front page and both are worse off. For this I could blame Bill James, Pete Palmer, and maybe myself a little too.”.

Staten Island Arts presents
Youth Panel: Arts as Narrative
6:00 p.m.
Culture Lounge, located inside the St. George Ferry Terminal, Staten Island, NY 10301
Fee: FREE
Staten Island Arts is collaborating with Carl Jackman from the Staten Island Children’s Museum to build a Youth Arts Panel, in which teenagers have the opportunity to share art exploring first and second generation immigrant experiences of living on Staten Island. This youth driven/centered panel aims to amplify the voices of this growing community of Staten Islanders by means of expressive culture and digital media. Participating youth will have the opportunity to thematize, design and facilitate the panel in collaboration with administrators from SIA and the Children’s Museum. They will gain valuable experience in effective community organizing, accessing educational and artistic resources, and event planning. The panel will be hosted at the Staten Island Children’s Museum in April.

The Folklife Center at Crandall Public Library continues its ever-popular
Live! Folklife Concert Spring Series
Emerald Rae Trio
7-9 p.m. (doors open at 6:30 p.m.)
Crandall Public Library, 251 Glen Street, Glens Falls, NY 12801, 518-792-6508 x237
(in the Community Room, downstairs off the Library’s Glen Street entrance)
Cost: Free
Emerald Rae grew up in a musical family where country music and rock ‘n roll were prevalent, and has spent the last 20 years studying all facets of folk music. She is a US National Scottish Fiddle Champion, a graduate of the Berklee College of Music, and is wellknown in the Boston area for her versatility, her dynamic powerhouse playing style and her unique perspective. Emerald is also a talented step-dancer and an active member of the Boston Cape Breton music scene. In 2013, she released her solo album, If Only I Could Fly, featuring her talents on guitar, fiddle and crwth (the ancient welsh fiddle, pronounced “krooth”).
This series is made possible with funds from the Friends of Crandall Public Library, and the New York State Council on the Arts Folk Arts Program with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the NYS Legislature.

The Towne Crier in Beacon presents
KATHY MATTEA featuring Bill Cooley; with special guest Rob Daniels
7:30 p.m.
Towne Crier, 379 Main Street, Beacon, NY, (845) 855-1300
Tickets: $45 advance/ $50 at door
Most artists take fewer and fewer risks as they get older, but Kathy Mattea is a striking exception. During her radio-ruling days in the late ‘80s and early ‘90s, Kathy charted mainstream country hits, with 16 of them reaching the top ten. These days, she sings with the perspective of an Appalachian whose career took her elsewhere, which is what makes Calling Me Home feel as contemporary as it does traditional.

World Music Institute (WMI) announces
GILBERTO GIL: GILBERTOS SAMBA
8 p.m.
The Town Hall, 123 West 43rd Place, New York, NY
Tickets: $55, $65, $70 & $75
Grammy®-winner Gilberto Gil returns to New York for the first time in five years bringing his latest show Gilbertos Samba. The evening features reinterpretations of old classics recorded by João Gilberto and more, featured on Gilberto’s latest CD. New Yorkers will have the opportunity to enjoy the voice of Gilberto Gil, whose career blends with the history and culture of the Brazilian nation. Gil’s illustrious career spans four decades with over 30 albums, multiple Grammy Awards, six gold records, four platinum singles, and more than five million records sold.

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Friday, April 24, 2015
World Music Institute (WMI) presents
Opre Khetanes! RISE UP TOGETHER/ESMA REDZPOVA
7 p.m.
LE POISSON ROUGE, 158 Bleecker St., New York, NY
Tickets: $25/ WMI Friends & CTMD Members $20
The internationally acclaimed “Queen of Romani Song,” Esma Redzepova, was born in the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia into a vibrant Romani (gypsy) community, where music, dance and ritual were part of everyday life. She began her professional career in the early 1960s at the age of 13 and was the first Balkan performer to popularize gypsy music for wider audiences. Esma has hundreds of recordings and four decades of touring to her credit over 9,000 concerts in 30 countries! She has also fostered 47 children with her late husband, legendary accordionist Stevo Teodosievski; her humanitarian work has earned her numerous honors, including a nomination for the Nobel Peace Prize.

Flushing Town Hall presents
Global Mashup #2 SCOTLAND MEETS NEW ORLEANS
7:00 p.m.
7 p.m. (DANCE LESSONS), 8 p.m. (CONCERTS & JAM)
Flushing Town Hall, 137-35 Northern Boulevard, (at the corner of Linden Place), Flushing, NY 11354
Tickets: $15/$10 Members & Students
Formerly “Cultural Crossroads,” we’re mashing up 2 cultures on 1 stage with an open dance floor! Featuring MacTalla Mor, a Scottish band that won The Celtic Roots Traditional Music Award and Ayo Maak’s Jazz Pack, an ensemble of musicians led by Ayodele Maakheru who are exponents of the history of New Orleans Music. They’ll blend together with an impromptu jam in the last set.

The Smith Center for the Arts presents
Mary Chapin Carpenter
7:30 p.m.
The Smith Center for the Arts, 82 Seneca Street, Geneva, NY 14456, 315-781-5483
TICKETS: $30 General Admission
Five-time Grammy Award-winning singer-songwriter and 2012 Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame inductee Mary Chapin Carpenter will embark on a unique series of intimate, acoustic performances this spring. The tour marks Carpenter’s return to singing both timeless hits and deep cuts from her expansive and beloved 13-album catalog after performing with orchestras in early 2014. Carpenter will be joined on stage by longtime friends Jon Carroll (piano) and John Doyle (guitars, bouzouki). Over the course of her career, Carpenter has sold over 13 million records. With hits like “Passionate Kisses” and “He Thinks He’ll Keep Her,” she has won five Grammy Awards (with 15 nominations), two CMA awards and two Academy of Country Music awards for her vocals. Her songs speak to the most personal of life’s details and the most universal. Support Artist – Lunasa at 7:30 p.m.

Robert Browning Associates presents
IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF BABUR
Music of the Mughal Court
8 p.m.
Zankel Hall at Carnegie Hall, Seventh Avenue between 57th and 56th Street, NYC
Tickets: $36, $42
This program brings together remarkable musicians from Afghanistan, India and Tajikistan in a program that celebrates the exuberant vitality of the Mughal court in the 16th century. Artists include Afghan rubab virtuoso Homayun Sakhi, Indian santur (hammered dulcimer) master Rahul Sharma, Tajik dutar (lute) master Sirojiddin Juraev, and Badakhshani setar (lute) master Mukhtor Muborakqadomov. Tabla player to be announced.

Caffè Lena presents
Steve Katz: Stories & Songs From a Life In Music
8:00 p.m.
Caffè Lena, 47 Phila St., Saratoga Springs, NY, 518-583-0022
Tickets: $20, $18 Members, $10 Child and student
Buy tickets online
It’s impossible to pare down the remarkable life story of guitarist and singer Steve Katz to a few short sentences. Along with Stefan Grossman, Maria Muldaur, John Sebastian and David Grisman, Katz is a founding member of the Even Dozen Jug band. He’s a founder of the hugely influential Blues Project, and he founded and spent five years with Blood, Sweat & Tears, during which time the group won three Grammys, were voted best band by the Playboy Jazz and Pop Poll two years in a row, and won three major Downbeat awards. Steve wrote many of their songs, including the beautiful “Sometimes in Winter.” He went on to produce records for Lou Reed, became Vice President of Mercury Records, and during years spent in Dublin, fell in love with Irish music and literature. He directed Green Linnet Records, the foremost label for traditional Irish music in America. After more than five decades in the music business, Katz is taking stock. What you’ll hear at the show is the inside story and superb songs of a humorous, self-effacing, and prodigiously talented man.

The Towne Crier in Beacon presents
ROBBEN FORD Band
8:30 p.m.
Towne Crier, 379 Main Street, Beacon, NY, (845) 855-1300
Tickets: $40 advance/ $45 at door
Guitar virtuoso Robben Ford is one of the premier electric guitarists today, particularly known for his blues playing. His new album Into The Sun (Mascot Label Group) shines a bright light on his artful, contemporary songwriting and the stunning playing that’s made him a favorite foil of Miles Davis, Joni Mitchell, George Harrison and other legends. The five-time Grammy nominee describes the 11-song set as “one of the top recordings I’ve ever done” — a staggering observation considering his extensive discography, which embraces more than 35 albums under his own name and with his various bands. There’s also Ford’s session and sideman work, which includes hundreds of concert appearances and albums with artists as diverse as Bonnie Raitt, Barbara Streisand, Charlie Musselwhite, KISS, Ruthie Foster, Jimmy Witherspoon, Rickie Lee Jones, Joni Mitchell, Miles Davis, George Harrison, Bob Dylan and Gregg Allman.

April 24 and 25, 2015
The Arts Center of the Capital Region announces
Collar City Craft Fest | Friday, April 24 + Saturday, April 25
Show Hours: Friday, April 24 | Noon - 9 p.m.
Saturday, April 25 | 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
The Arts of the Capital Region, 265 River Street, Troy, NY 12180
Ticket Prices: $4 for Arts Center members or with promotional postcard (found at front desk and local shops/eateries) or $5 at the door
Please join us for our third annual fine arts and crafts event, The Collar City Craft Fest, sponsored by Oberlander Group. This juried, indoor showcase of original works will feature over 40 of the Northeast’s top artists and craftspeople.

OPRE KHETANES!: RISE UP TOGETHER! CONCERT — SYMPOSIUM ON ROMANI MUSICS AND CULTURE
Concert/Dance Party: Friday, April 24, 8:00 p.m.
Hungarian House, 213 E 82nd St. (between 2nd and 3rd Avenues) on Manhattan’s Upper East Side
Admission is $15
Symposium: Friday, April 24 — Saturday, April 25, 9 a.m.-6 p.m.
NYU Department of Music, Room 220 at 24 Waverly Place on Washington Square Park in Manhattan
Free and open to the public. No pre-registration is required
Center for Traditional Music and Dance (CTMD), New York University Initiative for Romani Music and Culture, and Voice of Roma are pleased to present Opre Khetanes (Rise Up Together!) — a special concert/dance party and symposium investigating Romani (Gypsy) culture and identity.

CONCERT: Friday, April 24: Opre Khetanes! Concert/Dance Party featuring the explosive Macedonian-Romani ensemble Sazet Band, a dance workshop led by Voice of Roma’s Sani Rifati, as well as an intimate performance by the virtuoso Banat-Romani accordionist Peter Stan with singer Eva Salina. This program is presented as part of conference (see below) produced in collaboration with the New York University Initiative for Romani Music, Voice of Roma, Balkan Cafe and Hungarian House. SYMPOSIUM: Friday, April 24 — Saturday, April 25: Beyond Gypsy Stereotypes / Voicing Romani Pluralities — A Conference on Romani (Gypsy) Musics and Cultures. Opre Khetanes! 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. Scholars in the fields of musicology, anthropology, Romani studies and related disciplines will present papers on subjects related to the representation of Romani people by themselves and/or others. The program will also feature performances and a panel discussion. This program is presented in collaboration with the New York University Initiative for Romani Music and Voice of Roma. See more information and a full schedule online.

and beyond
The Ward Museum of Wildfowl Art presents the
Wildfowl Carving Competition and Art Festival
H
ours: Friday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Saturday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
Award ceremony, 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
For more information, please visit www.wardmuseum.org or call 410-742-4988
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 39 different divisions in which an artist can compete—decorative life-size and miniature wildfowl, floating waterfowl, interpretive, gunning decoys, contemporary antiques and sculpture to name a few. Attend seminars and classes by master carvers for artists of all skill levels. Shop from a wide variety of vendors for fine art work, home decorating items, folk art, photography, jewelry, sporting goods or carving and art supplies. Watch live birds of prey demonstrations by Skyhunters in Flight. Bid on one-of-a-kind carvings and artwork from renowned wildlife artists at the Saturday afternoon benefit auction. Enjoy bird and pony watching on a sunset cruise on the bay. Bring the children to Kid’ s Corner to create fun make-and-take projects. Stroll the boardwalk of the convention center while watching artfully carved decoys floating on the bay. With your multi-day event pass, there’s plenty to do at the Ward World Championship, all within a convenient walk or OC bus ride from your beach hotel.

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Saturday, April 25, 2015
Teaching the Hudson Valley announces the
Stone Workers: Walking tour of the New Croton Dam
Thurs., April 23, 4 p.m., or Sat., April 25, 11 a.m.
New Croton Dam, Croton Gorge Park, Rt. 129, Croton-on-Hudson, NY
Register for either date ($12) and request a certificate of participation.
For more information, download a flyer.
See description on the posting for April 23.

Flushing Town Hall presents
Queens Jazz OverGround Spring Jazz Festival 2015
12:00 p.m.
Flushing Town Hall, 137-35 Northern Boulevard, (at the corner of Linden Place), Flushing, NY 11354
Tickets: Free
10 hours of free jazz! The Third Annual Queens Jazz OverGround Spring Jazz Festival! Featuring performers from around the borough of Queens, from jazz legends, to up-and coming artists. The afternoon will also feature masterclasses by top Queens-based music educators, and performances by local middle and high school jazz ensembles, before evening performances in both the theater and gallery.

World Music Institute (WMI) presents
Dancing the Gods
7:00 p.m. Pre-performance lec-dem by dancer/storyteller Rajika Puri, Festival co-curator
Performance 8 p.m.
Post-show Chat & Chai with the artists
NYU SKIRBALL CENTER, 566 LaGuardia Pl. at Washington Sq. So., New York, NY
Tickets: $35, $40 / WMI Friends $30, $35 / Bring a kid $5
The weekend festival that “has a record of attracting some truly godlike dancers” (The New York Times) returns with more stunning performances, enriching lecture-demonstrations, chat and chai artist receptions + more.

Center for Traditional Music and Dance and Verite Sou Tanbou present
CHORNOBYL SONGS PROJECT
SPECIAL CD RELEASE CONCERT 7:00 p.m.
Ukrainian Museum, 222 East Sixth Street (between 2nd & 3rd Avenues) in Manhattan’s East Village
A reception in the museum concourse featuring music by the Veveritse Brass Band will follow the concert
Admission is $15/$10 members and seniors/$5 students.
We are excited to present a special CD Release Concert of the Chonobyl Songs Project, performed by Ensemble Hilka. Back in 2011, CTMD worked with ethnomusicologist/singer Maria Sonevytsky (Bard College) to bring renowned vocalist/ethnomusicologist Yefim Yefremov to New York for a series of workshops and concerts with a group of leading local singers (Hilka) that focused on the polyphonic village singing styles of Ukraine⁽s Chornobyl region. The Hilka CD is now being released on Smithsonian Folkways. A special preview of the new CD is available on Smithsonian Folkways

Eighth Step at Proctors presents
DOWN WITH THE RENT! A Concert of NYS History
7:30 p.m.
Proctors, Underground Theater, 432 State Street, Schenectady NY 12305
Tickets available online or at (518) 434-1703
$35 Gold Circle; $25 Advance; $28 Day of Performance
Terry Leonino, George Ward, Greg Artzner, John Roberts, Bill Spence,Greg Clarke, Toby Stover, and George Wilson
The anti-rent rebellion of New York State in a performance of authentic songs and stories written and sung by Anti-Rent protesters in the 1840s. An Old Songs Production compiled, written, and eirected by Andy Spence Traditional songs and originals by George Ward

Caffè Lena presents
Peter Mulvey with opener Hayley Reardon
8:00 p.m.
Caffè Lena, 47 Phila St., Saratoga Springs, NY, 518-583-0022
Tickets: $18, $16 Members, $9 Child and student
Buy tickets online
Peter Mulvey has pursued a restless, eclectic path as a writer and musician—immersing himself in Tin Pan Alley, modern acoustic music, poetry, literature, and Americana stylings. Whatever music he’s making, it’s exactly what he wants to be doing and his engagement in the moment is intoxicating for live audiences. Whether playing solo or with a band in tow, Mulvey has a honed ability to hold an audience’s attention and transport them, using wit, humor, and melody to gracefully introduce complex and provocative concepts and characters. Night after night, Mulvey draws on all that he has studied to make a fresh, vital moment out of everything he and the audience have brought to the table that night.
Opener Hayley Reardon was named 2012 Bostonian of the Year for both her music and her work to pair it with a message of teen empowerment.

Caribbean Cultural Center/African Diasporan Institute presents its
1st Annual Gala
Reception 7 p.m.
Dinner & Program 8 p.m.
Alhambra Ballroom located at 2116 Adam Clayton Powell, Jr. Blvd. in Harlem
For more information contact (212) 307-7420 ext. 3004 or 3008, email info@cccadi.org
Tickets available online
Dress code: dress to impress with elegant dress of the ‘50s
The Gala will pay tribute to the legendary Afro Cuban songstress, Graciela with special performance by Mambo Legends Orchestra featuring Cita Rodriguez performing music of that Era. Music by DJ Marysol. Music from the Big Band ‘50s era in celebration of “Graciela.”

The Gala honorees are Lorraine Cortes Vazquez, Vice President of Multi-Cultural Markets and Engagement at AARP; Eugene Giscombe, president and chief executive of The Giscombe Realty Group in Harlem; Mario Baeza, President of The Baeza Group and Lucky Rivera, community organizer and founder of Positive Workforce in El Barrio.

This event benchmarks a new chapter in our growth as we plan our move to the state of the art renovated firehouse on East 125th Street in East Harlem/El Barrio. It marks the beginning of a journey that will solidify the role of CCCADI as one of the major investors in assuring that the history and contributions of our communities are an integral part of the educational and future growth of our diverse cultures.

The Towne Crier in Beacon presents
VANESSA CARLTON
8:30 p.m.
Towne Crier, 379 Main Street, Beacon, NY, (845) 855-1300
Tickets: $35 advance/ $40 at door
Vanessa Carlton had been going at full sprint since she was discovered by legendary record executive Ahmet Ertegun when she was still a teenager, signed by Jimmy Iovine soon after, and exploded onto the pop scene with the platinum-selling, Grammy-nominated “Be Not Nobody” in 2002. The songs that make up rabbits on the run, her 2011 release, retain Carlton’s impeccable melodic sensibility, but are consistently surprising and unpredictable. Be on the lookout for the release of Vanessa’s fifth studio album!

...and beyond April 25 and April 26
Houston Arts Alliance Folklife + Traditional Arts Program, in partnership with Asia Society Texas Center, presents
VOICES OF THE SPIRIT
7:30 p.m., Saturday
3 p.m., Sunday
Asia Society Texas Center, 1370 Southmore Blvd., Houston, TX
FREE and open to the public with reservations, limit 2 per person
Saturday tickets and Sunday tickets available online.
Join Houston Arts Alliance as the Folklife + Traditional Arts program presents its fifth Voices of the Spirit concert featuring the sacred music traditions of the Houston region. This year’s program includes: The Cortez Family (African American a cappella gospel), Cantor Daniel Mutlu (cantorial song from the Golden Age of Jewish music), Chandrakantha and David Courtney and ensemble (Hindustani music with sitar, tabla, tanpura, and esraj), Danza Chinelos del Estado de Guerrero and Banda Viento Morelense de los Hermanos Campos (Central Mexican devotional dance and music).

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Sunday, April 26, 2015
StoryCircle at Proctors Theater announces
Children at the Well: Youth Storytellers for Peace & Understanding
10th Anniversary Performance and Celebration

2 p.m.
First Unitarian Universalist Society of Albany, 405 Washington Avenue, Albany, NY
Parking is on-street or in the SUNY lot across Washington Ave. at Robin St.
Free Admission
A vegetarian potluck supper will follow the performance. If you would like to join the group for supper, bring a dish to share. For more information, contact Paula at directorcaw@gmail.com.

The Folk Arts Program of the Castellani Art Museum of Niagara University
An event of the 2015 Spring Folk Art Series
Folk Art Workshop: NORWEGIAN ROSMALING (TRADITIONAL DECORATIVE FOLK PAINTING)
2-5 p.m.
Castellani Art Museum of Niagara University, 5795 Lewiston Road, Niagara University, New York 14109
Ages 10 to adult.
For more information, call the Castellani Art Museum at (716) 286-8200 or contact Valerie Walawender, M.A., Interim Curator of Folk Arts at vwalawender@niagara.edu.
Dorothy Levin and Berit Bernacci, are both highly skilled and acclaimed artisans in traditional Rosemaling, a form of Norwegian folk painting. The instructors will demonstrate strokes and flourishes to help participants achieve an intricate and beautiful result.

Rescheduled from February 15, 2015
StoryCircle at Proctors Theater presents
Story Sunday at the The Glen Sanders Mansion: Stories for the Moon of Earth Waking with Joseph Bruchac and Jesse Bruchac
5 p.m.
The Glen Sanders Mansion, 1 Glen Avenue, Scotia, NY 12302
$35 per person (includes entertainment, 3 course dinner, coffee/tea, tax and tip)
Bring someone new and you each save $3 (only one discount/person).
Pay at the door using cash or checks made out to “Story Circle”
Reservations: (518) 384-1700, or Kate@KateDudding.com. Please indicate how many of each entrée is desired.
A program of traditional winter time tales and Native American music featuring drum, flute and vocals offered by Abenaki father and son storytellers Joseph and Jesse Bruchac.
Entrees:
Chicken Parmesan; Baked Scrod; or Eggplant Parmesan.

World Music Institute (WMI) presents
Dancing the Gods
6:00 p.m. Pre-performance lec-dem by dancer/storyteller Rajika Puri, Festival co-curator
Performance 7 p.m.
Post-show Chat & Chai with the artists
NYU SKIRBALL CENTER, 566 LaGuardia Pl. at Washington Sq. So., New York, NY
Tickets: $35, $40 / WMI Friends $30, $35 / Bring a kid $5
The weekend festival that “has a record of attracting some truly godlike dancers” (The New York Times) returns with more stunning performances, enriching lecture-demonstrations, chat and chai artist receptions + more.

Caffè Lena presents
Eliza Gilkyson
7:00 p.m.
Caffè Lena, 47 Phila St., Saratoga Springs, NY, 518-583-0022
Tickets: $22, $20 Members, $10 Child and student
Buy tickets online
Eliza Gilkyson is a two-time Grammy-nominated Texas singer, songwriter and activist who is one of the most respected musicians in Folk, Roots and Americana circles. Her songs have been covered by Joan Baez, Bob Geldof, Tom Rush and Rosanne Cash and have appeared in films, PBS specials and on prime-time TV. She was inducted into the Austin Music Hall of Fame and over the years has won countless Austin Music and Folk Alliance awards. Eliza’s music has always offered a vivid reflection of the times we live in, full of joys and sorrows, each song a window into a life of struggle and triumph in a world she feels is “poised on the edge of moral, economic and environmental bankruptcy.” Her latest release is the Grammy-nominated Nocturne Diaries. Produced by her son, Cisco Ryder, it is a contemplative work inspired by the converging forces of her highest hopes and darkest fears. On stage Eliza brings a vibrant mix of laugh-til-you-cry storytelling, political diatribes, and vulnerable love songs to both Earth and humanity.

The Towne Crier in Beacon presents
BRUCE MOLSKY
7:30 p.m.
Towne Crier, 379 Main Street, Beacon, NY, (845) 855-1300
Tickets: $20 advance/ $25 at door
Bruce Molsky is “one of America’s premier fiddling talents” (Mother Jones) and a twice-Grammy-nominated artist on fiddle, banjo, guitar and song. His new collaboration with Anonymous 4, 1865 — Songs of Hope and Home from the American Civil War, has just been released to rave reviews. Bruce is also a special guest on legend rocker Mark Knopfler’s brand new CD, Tracker. No Depression called Bruce’s most recent solo CD If It Ain’t Here When I Get Back, “an album from an absolute master.” Bruce is also Berklee College of Music’s permanent visiting professor in the American Roots Program, and is the go-to guy for the next generation of fiddlers.

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Tuesday, April 28, 2015
Center for Traditional Music and Dance announces
The NY Klezmer Series: Susan Leviton
Concert at 7:30 p.m., workshop from 5:30 p.m-7:00 p.m.
Stephen Wise Free Synagogue, 30 W. 68th St., between Columbus and Central Park West on Manhattan’s Upper West Side
Admission to the concert is $15, instrumentalists may attend a pre-concert workshop for $25, or purchase a combined ticket concert/workshop for $35 and you can sit in at the post-concert jam session
For more information, visit aaronalexander.com/wp/concert-schedule
Klezmer music is the instrumental party music of the Jewish People from Eastern Europe — (Ashkenazim). It’s origins are in the 16th century, and it has evolved and assimilated local influences (Russian, Romanian, Ottoman, Hungarian etc.) wherever Ashkenazim have lived since. It is essentially Yiddish music – the instrumental music of people who spoke (and speak) Yiddish. It came to America with the immigration of Jews from Eastern Europe beginning in late 19th century, and has had a wonderful history in America, where it also assimilated American music traditions.

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Wednesday, April 29, 2015
Albany Pro Musica announces
¡FIESTA FLORES!
A Benefit Event for Albany Pro Musica
6-8 p.m.
Penthouse Catering at Taste, 45 Beaver St., Albany, NY
RSVP here
If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Linda Wilkes, chair of the Fiesta Flores committee. Lwilkes@neami.com
Alex Torres and his Latin Orchestra will be playing great music to dance to. Taste Penthouse Catering will be supplying a Latin-themed feast and will be offering each attendee a signature cocktail, either Sangria or a Spicy Papaya Margarita. If we have good weather, we may be able to celebrate out on the deck overlooking the Albany skyline. Total Events has donated decor to turn the upstairs venue into a Latin extravaganza. Dexter Davis Photography will set up a photo booth complete with fun fiesta props and backdrop. Then there is the Silent Auction which has incredible offerings. Join us for this fun and festive evening to celebrate our new director Jose Daniel Flores Caraballo.

Gotham Center for NYC History presents a Spring 2015 Forum:
The Race Underground: Boston, New York, and the Incredible Rivalry That Built America’s First Subway
6:30-8:00 p.m.
Skylight Room, CUNY, 365 Fifth Avenue at 34th Street, New York, NY
Free and open to the public. Seating is first come, first served
In the 19th century, cities like Boston and New York grew congested with plodding, horse-drawn carts. When the great blizzard of 1888 crippled the entire northeast, a solution had to be found. Two brothers from one of the nation’s great families—Henry Melville Whitney of Boston and William Collins Whitney of New York—pursued the dream of digging America’s first subway, and the race was on. Doug Most chronicles the story, as exciting as any ripped from the pages of history. The Race Underground is a great American saga of two rival American cities, their rich, powerful, and sometimes corrupt interests, and an invention that changed the lives of millions.

Alwan for the Arts announces
Celebrating Armenian Culture: Embers by Tamara Stepanyan + Short Films by Emerging Armenian Filmmakers
7:00-9:30 p.m.
Alwan for the Arts, 6 Beaver Street, 4th floor, between Broad Street and Broadway, New York, NY
Suggested Contribution: $10 General Admission | $5 Students & Seniors
Contact: 646-732-3261, sophie.couche@gmail.com
Alwan for the Arts & 3rd i NY present:
CELEBRATING ARMENIAN CULTURE Film Screening Program:

Documentary Feature
EMBERS by Tamara Stepanyan
2012| Lebanon/Qatar/Armenia | 76 mins
Armenian & Russian with English subtitles
BIFF Mecenat Award (Best Documentary Award) at Busan International Film Festival, South Korea, 2012; Jury’s Award—35th International Women’s Film Festival of Créteil, France, 2013; Special Prize as Best documentary at Golden Apricot International Film Festival, Armenia, 2013

Short Films Program
LEVON: A Wondrous Life by Anahid Yahjian & Emily Mkrtichian (06:59)
THE FRAME by Ophelia Harutyunyan (10:47)

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Thursday, April 30, 2015
Long Island Traditions announces
“From Shore to Shore Program and Exhibit
6-7:30 p.m.
Suffolk County Historical Society, 300 West Main Street, Riverhead, NY
For information, call (631) 588-5024
Cost: Free
There will be an evening program featuring master boat builders and restorers, Donn Costanzo and Josh Herman, along with historic boat yard owner Kevin Weeks of Weeks Boatyard. Come join us for some stories and reflections, moderated by LI Traditions’ director Nancy Solomon. The exhibit, “From Shore to Shore: Boat Builders and Boatyards of Long Island and Westchester” examines the history and traditions of contemporary boat builders and boatyards, exploring their commitment to an endangered way of life in the wake of superstorms, decline in fishing and the expenses associated with traditional boat building and preserving boatyards. The exhibit is on view through September 26.

World Music Institute (WMI) announces
BRIC Presents In Concert: Omar Sosa
8 p.m.
BRIC House Ballroom, 647 Fulton Street, (Enter on Rockwell Place), Brooklyn, NY 11217
Ticket Price: $20 Adv | $24 Door for GA Standing; $24 Adv | $28 Door for Seated Balcony
Cuban composer/pianist/bandleader Omar Sosa has a signature style that mixes jazz influences with Latin rhythms, North African percussion, and spoken word.

Thursday, April 30 - Sunday, May 3, 2015
Robert Browning Associates presents
A WORLD IN TRANCE — A FESTIVAL
NOURA MINT SEYMALI and BAILO BAH & SYLVAIN LEROUX — Thursday, April 30
FARID AYAZ, ABU MUHAMMAD & BROTHERS QAWWAL — Friday, May 1
HASSAN HAKMOUN — Saturday, May 2
NED ROTHENBERG & GLEN VELEZ ALASH — May 3 8 p.m.
Roulette, 509 Atlantic Ave (at 3rd Ave), Downtown Brooklyn (near BAM and Barclays Center)
Tickets for Special Festival Pass: $95, Students & Seniors $85 - gets you in to all events Apr 30–May 3.
Thursday, Apr 30: $30, Students and Seniors $25
Friday, May 1: $35, Students and Seniors $30 Saturday, May 2: $30, Students and Seniors $25 Sunday, May 3: $30, Students and Seniors $25
This festival will feature music of Northwest Africa, Indonesia, India, Iran and Tuva and the US that transcends boundaries and brings the listener to a state of ecstasy and enchantment.

Noura Mint Seymali is heir to a Mauritanian iggawin (griot) lineage stretching back for untold generations. Her stepmother Dimi Mint Abba was one of Mauritania’s most famous musicians and a major figure in bringing Mauritanian music to international audiences. Bailo Bah and Sylvain Leroux perform a hypnotic duet combining voice and flute with a rhythmic intensity that brings to mind the harmonica of of Sonny Terry’s “whooping the Blues.”

Farid Ayaz, Abu Muhammad &Brothers Qawwal perform
qawwali, the ecstatic devotional music of Sufi Muslims made famous in the West by Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan. The 9-member ensemble has gained international recognition for its renditions of both the popular traditional form and the more introspective ancient classical qawwali that is seldom heard today. Similar to gospel in its use of call-and-response and spiritual fervor, qawwali songs are accompanied by percussive handclapping, harmonium, tabla (drums), and a chorus. Qawwali (Urdu for “utterance”) songs range from 13th century mystical Persian poems to more recent Punjabi poems that speak of the intoxication of divine love.

Born in Marrakech, Hassan Hakmoun is the premier exponent of Moroccan Gnawa trance music in America and a commanding figure in world music circles. While punching out a groove on the sintir, a bass lute, his ecstatic vocals invoke the spirits of healing.

This 2-part festival finale features a stunning collaboration with Ned Rothenberg and Glen Velez, two veteran virtuosos of reeds and frame drums, respectively, in the new music and world music realms, followed by Alash, throat-singing masters from the Siberian Republic of Tuva.

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ANNOUNCEMENTS

City Lore announces
CITY LORE DOCUMENTARY INSTITUTE: Stories for a Better World
July 20—August 7, 2015

Application Deadline: Monday, April 27 (Notifications by Friday, May 8)

Advance your skills in multimedia storytelling! Join us for an intensive immersion program in New York City through which current and aspiring artists, activists, and cultural documentarians learn activist approaches to cultural documentation, hand-on media production, and develop their own documentary for a culminating exhibit.

The three-week institute begins with a one-week crash course on oral history, folklore and activist approaches to cultural documentation, including sessions on pitching your story and grant writing. For the next two weeks, students can select from one of three hands-on intensive tracks: multimedia/photography, taught by Michael Kamber, director of the Bronx Documentary Center and a celebrated photojournalist and war photographer; radio, taught by Ann Heppermann who produces stories for
This American Life and All Things Considered; and video, taught by filmmaker Ram Devineni, whose documentary won this year’s Grand Jury Prize at Sundance for World Cinema, assisted by documentary filmmaker Pam Sporn. The Institute fosters close working relationships among students, and includes a celebratory dinner and a final celebration and exhibition of student work.

Apply online: citylore.org/urban-culture/city-lore-documentary-institute/application

Tuition: $2,300, with full and partial scholarships available
Tuition with 3 transferrable New School Credits: $3,145

For more information: Contact Elena Martinez, folklorist and Institute Coordinator, emartinez@citylore.org; 212.529.1955 x 16


The Folk Music Society of N.Y., Inc/ N.Y. Pinewoods Folk Music Club presents
Irish Traditional Music Session every Monday

Mondays, 8-11 p.m.
Landmark Tavern, 626 11th Avenue (on 46th St), Manhattan
Free admission; food and drink are available. For more info 212-247-2562
Tenor banjo, harmonica and fiddle player Don Meade and friends get together every Monday night for an Irish traditional music session in the back room of this historic Hell’s Kitchen bar/restaurant. Musicians and singers welcome.
Guest Performer April 20: Matthew Byrne


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
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 Performers April, 15, Bruce Foley & Mary Coogan


Caribbean Cultural Center/African Diasporan Institute (CCCADI) presents
Innovative Cultural Advocacy Fellowship 2015


Due date for Applications: 5 p.m., Friday, April 24th, 2015

The ICA Fellowship Program seeks to involve and increase the number of culturally diverse advocates as emerging leaders in the fields of cultural arts, public policy, and advocacy. Fellow participants will engage through an in-depth series of collaborative exchanges and assignments that will nurture innovative thinking, situate them in understanding historical contexts of the arts public policy field, and provide opportunities to meet those leaders in the field that highlight and utilize language and framework models critical of the existing inequity apparent within cultural arts public policy.

Fellows will gain the following:
♦ Access to senior-level arts field professionals through monthly Saturday sessions, held at various NYC cultural institutions
♦ A program curriculum highlighting arts advocacy theory and historical practice rooted in principles from the Civil Rights era, in addition to recent community-based and progressive arts movements, towards their development of arts equity strategies
♦ A generous stipend for committed participation


Fellows will be engaging in topics such as:
♦ Building Institutions in Our Own Image
♦ Public Art, Fiscal Equity: A Tale of Two Arts Cities
♦ Culture, Art, and Legacy: Dissecting the Language, Understanding What’s at Stake, among others.

CRITERIA: 25 to 40-year-old professionals; must be endorsed by a current or recent employer or mentor; and can commit to attend all monthly gatherings.

WHEN: Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. on June 6th, June 27th, July 18th, August 15th, and September 19th

WHERE: Various cultural arts locations around New York City

DOWNLOAD APPLICATION online. Send application to: ICA Fellows Consultant, Dan’etta Jimenez, djimenez.cccadi@gmail.com or ICA Fellows Program Associate: Kadrena Cunningham, kcunningham.cccadi@gmail.com, or by mail to:

Caribbean Cultural Center African Diaspora Institute
Attention: ICA Fellowship
1825 Park Av. Suite 602
New York, NY 10035

For more information about the ICA Fellowship: 212-307-7420 ext. 3000


Staten Island Arts announces
Now That’s Italian
Outdoor Art’s Festival Celebrating Everything Italian

Event Date: Saturday June 6, 2015, Rain Date: Saturday June 13, 2015

Call For Artist, Crafters and Artisans: $100 for 10 or 15 foot space, must supply your own display, table, chairs, etc. No Commission. Send sample of your work and display via e-mail to steven_weiss@verizon.net, submission deadline 4/30/15, notification by 5/8.

Call For Musicans: Italian Music ONLY, acoustic or light electronic. No payment, No Charge, you can sell your CDs & DVDs. Send Music Sample via e-mail to steven_weiss@verizon.net, submission deadline 4/30/15, notification by 5/8.

Call For Face Painters and Balloon Artists: No Payment, No Charge. Send images of your workvia e-mail to steven_weiss@verizon.net, submission deadline 4/30/15, notification by 5/8.

Any questions contact: Fritz (Steven) Weiss - 917-881-1947 or steven_weiss@verizon.net
Deadline: April 30, 2015


OLD SONGS announces Spring Instrument Classes

6-week group classes at 37 South Main St., Voorheesville.
Complete descriptions at: www.oldsongs.org/classes

To Register:
Print out registration form online at: oldsongs.org/register or call Old Songs at 518-765-2815.

Send $125 per class for 6-week classes and registration form to: Old Songs, PO Box 466, Voorheesville, NY 12186.

MONDAYS: May 4, 11, 18, 25, June 1 & 8. Register by April 30
Mountain Dulcimer with Susan Trump
Beyond Beginning Mountain Dulcimer: 6-7:15 p.m.
We’ll explore DAD tuning, work on strum directions and left hand fingering. We’ll learn some fiddle tunes, and other repertoire that works well on dulcimer.
Intermediate Mountain Dulcimer: 7:30-8:45 p.m.
The focus is on repertoire building using a variety of styles, including fiddle tunes, songs, Celtic melodies, waltzes, while learning appropriate picking, or finger picking techniques and fingerings.
For more information contact Susan at 518-357-4018 or susantrump@aol.com

TUESDAYS
February 24, March 3, 10, 17, 24 & 31. Register by February 20

Piano Accordion-Lessons & Band Class with Peggy Hart, 6-7:30 p.m.
Basic beginning technique, theory and note reading. If you have any questions regarding your instrument or ability, contact Peggy at 518-439-1060 or peggyminore@yahoo.com

Clawhammer Banjo with Paul Draper, 6-7:15 p.m.
Learn and consolidate the essential skills needed for playing old-time music in the clawhammer style. We will work on the following (but not limited to): left hand techniques: hammer-ons, pull-offs, slides, right hand techniques: drop-thumb, “rolls,” different tunings for different tunes, and other topics based on the class. You will learn these techniques within the context of “Round Peak” banjo tunes. The tunes (some simple, some more involved) will be learned through listening, repeating, and tablature. It is highly recommended that you bring along a recording device! Also recommended (but not required): Brad Leftwich’s book with CD: Round Peak Style Clawhammer Banjo. Please note: It is assumed that the student already has basic “banjo knowledge” and can play a few tunes. For more information contact Paul at 518-380-1103 or clawhammer888@gmail.com

March 10, 17, 24, 31, April 7 & 14. Register by March 6
Beginning Mandolin with Tom Wadsworth,
7:30-8:45 p.m.
An introduction to mandolin playing, covering both picking and chord techniques, with a repertoire based on traditional fiddle tunes. Instrument care and selection will also be discussed. For more information contact Tom at 518-234-2373 or ancientz@gmail.com

Jam Class with Terri Lukacko, 7:30-8:45 p.m.
You, too, can learn to jam! Bring your acoustic instrument(s) and learn some simple techniques. We’ll use traditional American string band repertoire and technique, some Irish if there’s interest. Novices welcome if you can play some notes and/or chords. For more information contact Terri at 518-708-5128.

WEDNESDAYS: February 25, March 4, 11, 18, 25 & April 1. Register by Feb. 20
Fingerpicking Guitar with Ron Gordon,
7:30-8:45 p.m.
I will teach 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. For more information contact Ron at 518-372-4172 or rgukeboy@gmail.com

March 11, 18, 25, April (Skip 1) 8, 15 & 22. Register by March 6
Fiddle with George Wilson,
6-7:15 p.m.
“Play the fiddle like you mean it!” Beginner-Intermediate level. “The wrong note’ll still have good tone.” For more information contact George at 518-461-8394 or geofiddle@gmail.com

THURSDAYS: February 26, March 5, 12, 19, 26 & April 2. Register by Feb. 20
Ukulele with Ron Gordon
Beginning Ukulele:
7-8:15 p.m.
Begin your uke career! Ron’s class at Old Songs will get you started down the path to heavenly strumming.We will learn chords (of course),right hand strumming techniques, some chord melody, jazzy,blues, etc. voicings and some finger picking....depending on our progress. This will all be learned through some classic songs,so singing is definitely part of the program. Handouts provided and recorders recommended. BTW, we’ll also delve into some uke history and ukeology along with my personal favorite....uke collecting!
Intermediate Ukulele: 8:30-9:45 p.m.
This class will be ideal for those ukers who know some songs, play basic chords, and know a few strums. We’ll review beginning uke and than progress to chord melody and finger picking technique. Along the way, we’ll learn some classics from the past 100 years of great ukulele music.
For more information contact Ron at 518-372-4172 or rgukeboy@gmail.com

5-WEEK CLASS TUESDAYS, April 28, May 5, 12, 19, 26
Bluegrass Jam Class. Taught by Bob Altschuler using the Wernick Method,
6-9 p.m.
5 sessions, tuition $160
Playing music with others is the best activity for getting better on your instrument! Using the tried and true Pete Wernick method, Bob will teach fundamentals of bluegrass jamming and build your confidence in playing with others. The music is slow and easy, and you will quickly gain skills while having fun. And,these skills are transferable to other types of music because they are basic to all types of jamming. All skill levels are welcome, and bringing a recording device is recommended. All bluegrass instruments welcome. No jamming experience necessary. You will be jamming the first class! Friendly, encouraging, knowledgeable teaching. Mistakes allowed! Singing not required, but encouraged and taught. Easy 2 and 3-chord songs, slow speeds. Soloing not required! “Faking” solos taught.
Register online for Bluegrass Jam Class.


Museum at Eldridge Street presents
Lifelong Learning Classes beginning January 8

Museum at Eldridge Street
12 Eldridge Street
New York, NY 10002

Learn something new. Meet great people. Start the New Year with a fascinating class at Eldridge Street. Our lifelong learning classes continue to offer opportunities for Bible study, memoir writing, and learning about immigrant history.

Not Just the Weekly Torah Portion with Dr. Regina Stein
12 sessions: Thursdays, 11:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., beginning January 8
Bring your questions and opinions as we explore a variety of questions and issues raised by the weekly Torah portion (parashat hashavuah). Knowledge of Hebrew and previous Torah study are NOT required. $15 per class; $160 for all 12 sessions.

Memoir Workshop with Dr. Hanna Griff-Sleven
4 Mondays, February 2,9, 16, and 23, from 11:00 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
Have you been meaning to get your family story down on paper? Are there photographs and ephemera whose stories you want to record and pass down to the next generation? In this supportive classroom environment, share your family objects and anecdotes and be prompted to write about them in class. Each week you’ll focus on a different family object or event, and the end result will be the beginning of a valuable family document. $15 per class; $50 for all four classes.

From Volhinya to Brooklyn: Contemporary Hasidic Communities with urban historian Barry Feldman
Mondays, March 2, 9, 16, 23, and 30, from 11:00 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
Contemporary Hasidim are a modern people who have constructed social, cultural and religious communities to accommodate an old world frame of reference. Session one discusses the origin of Hasidism, its subsequent development throughout Eastern Europe and early courts. Following sessions will discuss the rich complexities surrounding leadership, social values, religious beliefs, rituals and customs regarding dress, modesty and diet in post-World War II reconstructed Hasidic communities. The final session will be a walking tour of a community in Brooklyn. $15 per class; $65 for all five classes.

From Murder to Genocide: Violence in the Bible with Dr. Regina Stein
8 sessions: Tuesdays, March 3, 10, 17, 24, 31; April 14, 21, 28, 11:00 a.m.-12:30 p.m., beginning October 23
The Bible begins its story of humanity’s adventure on earth with a tale of murder. It paints a picture of a God who is pleased when one Israelite zealously kills another. It recounts episodes of child sacrifice. It mandates the execution of a rebellious son and the total destruction of an idolatrous Israelite city. What roles do these violent stories and laws play in the Bible? How do they impact our understanding of the Biblical claim that “Its ways are pleasant and all its paths are peaceful?” We will explore Biblical texts along with rabbinic and modern interpretations to grapple with these questions. $15 per class; $110 for all eight classes.



Anabella Lenzu Dance/Drama announces
Dancing with Anabella
“I want people to work with joy, to explore and learn how to use their bodies and energies efficiently and healthily as instruments of expression.”


CLASS SCHEDULE STARTING JANUARY 15, 2015

BARRE A TERRE (Open Level)
* THURSDAYS, from 7:30- 8:30 p.m. at Peridance Center
* FRIDAYS, from 10 a.m.- 11:30 a.m. at Peridance (126 East 13th Street, between 3rd and 4th Ave)

DANCEDRAMA LABORATORY WORKSHOP SERIES
(Pre-registration required) STARTING FEBRUARY 21, 2015
at CPR Center for Performance Research (361 Manhattan Ave, Williamsburg, Brooklyn)
* The February Lab will cover Choreography and Improvisation (Sat 2/21 and Sun 2/22 from 11 a.m.-2 p.m.)
* The March Lab will cover Dance Technique and AL/DD Repertory (Fri 3/20 from 6-9pm, Sat 3/21 from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. and Sun 3/22 from 11 a.m.-2 p.m.)
* The April Lab will cover Methodology of Teaching Dance (How to teach Dance)(Sat 4/18 and Sun 4/19 from 11 a.m.-2 p.m.)

TO APPLY: Send resume to info@AnabellaLenzu.com
Please designate which month you are interested in.
The cost of each workshop is $120 per person.
Once Accepted, please submit payment.
For more info, visit www.anabellalenzu.com/workshops.


The Arts Center of the Capital Region announces
Western NY Pottery Festival | 4th Annual
CALL FOR ARTISTS
Entry is currently open and space is limited to 24 artists


A juried exhibition and sale of pottery, ceramic sculpture, and tile work at Studio Sales Pottery in Avon, NY, on June 6 and June 7, 2015. All work must exhibit clay as a major component. Exhibition is open to all US residents at least 18 years of age.

Applications are also being accepted for an emerging ceramic artist who’ll receive a booth space with the jury and booth fee waived. Jurors are the festival directors and staff.


Entry Deadline: Wednesday, April 15, 2015 at midnight
Notification: Week of April 26, 2015
Exhibition Dates: Saturday, June 6, 2015 | 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Sunday, June 7, 2015 | 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Contact Information: Mike Carroll, Studio Sales Pottery, PO Box 344 Avon, NY 14414, (585) 226-3030

View prospectus at http://www.wnypottery.com.

Apply here.


Lark Camp: World Music and Dance Celebration 2015
Lark In The Morning’s 35th Adult & Family Camps
July 31–August 8
Registration now open. Reserve your place!


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 in California Full Camp 8 Days or Half Camp 4 Days

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! Find out about the history of camp, how the facility is layed out, what happens at camp, look at pictures and videos and much more here.


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ONGOING EXHIBITIONS AND PRODUCTIONS
The Noble Maritime Collection presents
Daily Life at Sailors’ Snug Harbor Exhibition
Thursday-Sunday, 1-5 p.m.
Noble Maritime Collection; 1000 Richmond Terrace, Building D, Staten Island, NY 10301
For more information about the exhibition, call (718) 447-6490
The Noble Maritime Collection will present a new exhibition, Daily Life at Sailors’ Snug Harbor, that focuses on the life of an average mariner, or “Snug” as Sailors’ Snug Harbor residents were called, from the time of his admission to the retirement home until his death. Exploration of health care, dormitory life, work activities, and recreation at the home will illustrate how the site, which encompassed five dormitories, two hospitals, a cathedral and chapel, a dock house and bathhouse on the Kill van Kull, and a farm, as well as its own morgue and cemetery, provided exceptional, free, and democratic eleemosynary care for 150 years.

June 26, 2014 —May 31, 2015
The History Center in Tompkins County presents
EXHIBIT: “CAPTAINS, COMMERCE, AND COMMUNITY: THE IMPACT OF THE ERIE CANAL ON TOMPKINS COUNTY”
Opening reception: Friday, September 5th, 2014 5-8 p.m.
Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
The History Center, 401 East State Street, Ithaca, NY (one block east of the Ithaca Commons)
For more information, please contact Catherine Duffy, Curator, at 607.273.8284 ext. 0
The History Center in Tompkins County will open their new exhibit “Captains, Commerce, and Community: The Impact of the Erie Canal on Tompkins County” on Friday, September 5th at 5 p.m.. The artifact-based exhibit will explore the lasting effects of the Erie Canal on Tompkins County. In 1828 the Seneca-Cayuga Canal, an extension of the Erie Canal, was opened, connecting Cayuga Lake, and therefore Tompkins County to the economic watercourse that spanned across most of New York State. Combined with the increasing ubiquity of railroads, the Canal system changed Tompkins County from a collection of quiet lake-side towns into a mass of booming centers of commerce and industry. Captains, Commerce, and Community will illustrate the changes and effects the Canal had on this region through representational artifacts from The History Center’s object collection. A series of themes will be explored over the course of the 12-month exhibit, which includes commerce (September through December 2014), boats and their builders (January through April 2015), and travelers and community folk (May through August 2015). This exhibit has been made possible through a generous grant from the Erie Canalway National Heritage Corridor. In 2012 the ECNHC funded the development of a Canalway object collection, and provided The History Center the opportunity to gain greater intellectual control over its object collection. Additionally, the project supported the complete inventorying of The History Center's permanent Open Storage display. As a result, The History Center has ascertained a classifiable collection of historical objects that directly relate to the Erie Canal.

September 6, 2014 —August 29, 2015
The New York State Museum, in collaboration with the Shaker Museum in Mount Lebanon, Hancock Shaker Village, and the Shaker Heritage Society (Albany), as well as the State Library and State Archives, present the exhibition
The Shakers: America’ Quiet Revolutionaries
Museum Open Tuesday-Sunday: 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.
New York State Museum, Cultural Education Center, 260 Madison Avenue, Albany, NY 12230
Admission: The NYS Museum is free. Donations are accepted at the door
The exhibition details one of the most significant and influential communal religious groups in American History. Artifacts from these preeminent Shaker collections will be exhibited together for the first time at the New York State Museum in November 2014. The Shakers launched a revolution parallel to the American Colonies’ struggle against British rule. As they sought religious freedom in America, their spiritual practices and community focus set them apart from greater society. Their devotional routines as well as their product innovations, marketing acumen and views towards gender equality seemed “revolutionary” to the outside world. Thematically divided into six areas, the exhibit will show how the Shakers’ unique model of an equal society challenged the norms of the new nation.

November 15, 2014 — March 6, 2016

City Lore announces
Mother Tongues: Endangered Languages in NYC and Beyond
Opening Reception: Thursday, January 29th, 6-9 p.m.
Gallery Hours: Wed-Fri 2-6 p.m., Sat-Sun 12-6 p.m.
City Lore Gallery. 56 E 1st St. (between 1st & 2nd Ave.), New York, NY 10003
Linguists estimate that half of the world’s languages will disappear this century. NYC is a living language lab where there are more spoken and endangered languages than anywhere else in the world. New York City is home to over 700 languages, and many of these are in danger of being lost. Mother Tongues is a call to action to preserve NYC’s linguistic diversity ranging from endangered languages to the NYC accent!

Please join us for the opening reception to hear, experience, and interact with these languages! Performances include: An opening blessing performed by José Juarez, an indigenous Totonac shaman from Puebla, Mexico. A recitation by Papa Susso, one of Africa’s great griots. A griot is the keeper of oral traditions in West African cultures, performing musical poems.

Mother Tongues offers audiences a unique opportunity to meet and learn about New York City’s remarkably diverse linguistic communities. Here visitors can engage with the Language Laboratory and Meet a Speaker-interactive mixed media booths that showcase individual speakers of endangered languages in the city. You will learn, for instance, that the word wanishi means thank you in the language of the Lenape, New York’s native people. Visitors can play games to learn the structure of certain endangered languages, visualize the language connections between New York City and the world, and add lines to the Khonsay, a multi-lingual poem.

Mother Tongues is sponsored by City Lore, Bowery Arts + Science, and the Endangered Language Alliance. Funded by the National Endowment for the Arts, the New York State Council on the Arts, and the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs.


January 29, 2015 — April 16, 2015

Albany Institute of History & Art presents the exhibition
Triple Play: Baseball at the Albany Institute
OPENING RECEPTION: Friday, February 6, 5-8 p.m. Please RSVP to 518/463-4478 x 403
W 10-5 p.m.; Th 10-8 p.m.; Fri. &Sat. 10-5 p.m.; Sun. Noon-5 p.m.
Albany Institute of History & Art, 125 Washington Ave., Albany, NY 12210, 518/463-4478
The Albany Institute of History & Art is excited to present three exhibitions celebrating our passion for baseball! The centerpiece is BASEBALL: AMERICA’S GAME, organized by the Bank of America’s Art in our Communities program. It is complemented by two community-supported exhibitions, PLAY BALL! BASEBALL IN THE CAPITAL REGION and THE CLUBHOUSE: BASEBALL MEMORABILIA. Many items were borrowed from regional fans, community collectors, and museums. All three exhibitions contain nationally or regionally significant materials, such as photographs, signed bats and balls, stadium seats, trophies, pennants, jerseys, and more. We have an exciting rose of related events too, so be sure to check out our calendar!



February 7, 2015 — July 26, 2015

ArtsWestchester announces
ARTSEE 2015, A Festival of New Work in Westchester
See Calendar of Events
To request a 2015 ARTSEE Festival brochure, contact jwing@artswestchester.org with your mailing address. From March through July 2015, Westchester comes alive with vibrant cultural events in celebration of ArtsWestchester’s 50th anniversary. ARTSEE is a four month showcase of the creative spirit in Westchester County, New York, packed with dance, film, theatre, art exhibitions, concerts, conferences, open studios, poetry readings and more. Discover newly created work, Westchester premiers, and outstanding area artists. Be sure to mark your calendars and join the fun presented by more than 30 arts organizations in ARTSEE, a Festival of New Work in Westchester!
Enjoy ARTSEE Festival events at the following venues: ArtsWestchester, Axial Theatre, Blue Door Art Center, Caramoor Center for Music and the Arts, Clay Art Center, Concordia Conservatory, Copland House, Emelin Theatre, Ernest Simons Loft Studios, Hamm & Clov Stage Company, Hudson Stage Company, Hudson Valley Center for Contemporary Art, Iona College Council on the Arts, Irvington Town Hall Theater, JCC of Mid-Westchester, Katonah Museum of Art, Katonah Poetry Series, Kenise Barnes Fine Art, Licata-Syrig Designs, Mamaroneck Artists Guild, Media Loft Micro Gallery, Music Conservatory of Westchester, New Rochelle Council on the Arts, New Westchester Symphony Orchestra, Office of Cultural Affairs at Westchester Community College, OSilas Gallery at Concordia College, Peekskill Arts Alliance, Pelham Art Center, Purchase College, Rivertown Artists Workshop, Taconic Opera, The Mamaroneck Artists Guild, Westchester Collaborative Theater, Westchester Community College Center for the Arts, Westchester Community College Center for the Digital Arts, Peekskill Extension.


March 2015 — July 2015

The Folklife Center at Crandall Public Library presents
Battenkill Inspired
Exhibition kicks off with gallery reception and concert on Thursday, March 12, 2015, 5-7 p.m.
Folklife Gallery, Crandall Public Library, 251 Glen Street, Glens Falls, NY 12801
The Folklife Center at Crandall Public Library has mounted Battenkill Inspired, a new exhibition. A reception will take place on Thursday, March 12, 2015, from 5 to 7 p.m., followed by the first Live! Folklife Concert of the season, featuring Hot Club of Saratoga at 7 p.m. in the community room, just off the gallery.

The waters of the Battenkill, flowing from Vermont through southern Washington County to the Hudson River, are the source of inspiration for the art and artifacts showcased in this exhibition. Curated by Folklife Center director, Todd DeGarmo, Battenkill Inspired showcases the work of contemporary artists, as well as taking a look at the river’s culture: the covered bridges built to cross, the many industries that once drew power from its flow, the lure of Dionondehowa Falls and its pleasure park and the electricity generated for a trolley system, the world-class trout fishing with its own original fly patterns and personalities, the 1960s–70s decorated rafts for a timed float and competition, and current efforts to preserve this valuable resource.

The works of over 25 artists are featured, including paintings and art prints by Stephen Alcorn, Matt Chinian, Elizabeth Cockey, Adriano Manocchia, Harry Orlyk, Leslie Parke, Christopher Pearce, Mark Susinno, Brain Sweetland, Mark Tougias, George Van Hook, E.R. (Eugene) Witten; photography by Ian Creitz, Herbert Eriksson, Clifford Oliver; magazine cover art by Norman Rockwell, John Atherton, Mead Schaeffer; hand-tied fishing flies, hunting and decorative decoys, and a boat by Marc Francato, C.J. Lyttle, Steven Jay Sanford; jewelry, dolls, sculptures and a bridge model by Bonnie Elizabeth Hoag, Caroline Hooke, Serena Kovalosky, Jack Metzger, A.W. (Bob) Rayman, Anita Witten.

In addition many photos and artifacts are on display, loaned from Greenwich Library’s Gill Room, Washington County Fair’s Museum, Shushan Covered Bridge Museum, and private collections. Watch for a lecture series coming in April, May, June at two sites.


March 12, 2015 —June 30, 2015

Becoming Clear Comfort: History of a Landmark
Alice Austen House’s 30 Anniversary Exhibition
Tuesday to Sunday, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.
Alice Austen House; 2 Hylan Boulevard, Staten Island, NY 10305
“Becoming Clear Comfort: History of a Landmark” brings to light the history of the museum’s National and New York City Landmark building, tracing its path from one-room Dutch farmhouse in the 1690s, to Victorian Gothic cottage and home to early American photographer Alice Austen (1866–1952), to protected landmark, to public museum. Presented upon the museum’s 30th anniversary and as part of the celebrations for the 50th anniversary of the NYC Landmarks Law, this exhibition explores the Alice Austen House’s significance in New York City history and tells the fascinating story of the saving of the house from threatened destruction. March 14, 2015 — August 30, 2015

ArtsWestchester presents the exhibition
Crossing Borders: Memory and Heritage in a New America
Gallery hours for all exhibitions: Tues-Sat, 12-5 p.m.
ArtsWestchester, 31 Mamaroneck Avenue, White Plains, New York 10601, 914-428-4220
Admission: Free
ArtsWestchester’s Spring 2015 exhibition Crossing Borders will highlight the work of new and first generation American artists who use their autobiographies and family history as an artistic tool to explore universal concerns of memory, heritage, and identity. The pieces are individual contemplations on experiences that transcend a singular ethnic or cultural group. With immigration policy reform a major political talking point, and the city of White Plains a growing home to immigrant populations, the experience of the New American has never felt so relevant. The exhibition includes site-specific installations, photography, and mixed-media works by Westchester and New York/Hudson Valley artists. Visit artsw.org/crossingborders for more info.

March 17, 2015 — May 2, 2015

Flushing Town Hall presents
EXHIBITION OF CONTEMPORARY INDIAN ART OF THE DIASPORA
OPENING RECEPTION: Saturday, March 28, 3 p.m.
GALLERY HOURS: 12-5 p.m.
Flushing Town Hall, 137-35 Northern Boulevard, Flushing, NY 11354, 718) 463-7700 x 222
Suggested Admission: $5/FREE for Members & Students
Presented by Indo-American Arts Council, the Erasing Borders Exhibition features work by artists whose origins can be traced to the Indian subcontinent. This group of multinational artists reflects a broad range of life experiences and aesthetic values. The artists interpret diverse subject matter – figurative, abstract and conceptual – in a variety of media.

March 28, 2015 — April 19, 2015

Pregones Theater Puerto Rico Traveling Theater presents
BETSY!
Is she IRISH or PUERTO RICAN?
Visit the website for dates/times and tickets
Puerto Rican Traveling Theatre, 304 West, 47th Street, in Manhattan
Performed in English and Spanish with supertitles
SYNOPSIS: A Nuyorican singer and performer uncovers secrets of her maternal family’s history and twin Spanish-Caribbean/Scots-Irish roots. Her dilemma stirs up the ghosts of six generations of American women, and a musical current spanning four continents. BETSY! is alive with the fire of Jazz, Bluegrass, and Latin music compositions delivered by three powerful vocalists: poet/performer Caridad De La Luz “La Bruja”
Broadway veteran Elise Santora
and big voiced Pat D. Robinson

The production includes a mighty five-piece Appalachian-Puerto Rican band: Antonio Guzmán on cuatro and guitar
Desmar Guevara on piano
Sylvia Ryerson on banjo and fiddle
William Rodríguez on drums
and Jonny Morrow on bass


Directed by Dudley Cocke and Rosalba Rolón.
Book by Dudley Cocke and Ron Short with Rosalba Rolón and Beegie Adair.
Music by Ron Short, Beegie Adair, and Desmar Guevara.
Presented in collaboration with Roads.


April 9, 2015 — April 26, 2015

Taller Boricua presents the exhibition
Rhythms of Consciousness
OPENING RECEPTION: April 10, 6-9 p.m.
Exhibit will be Honoring:
Pedro Pietri Fri April 10th, 6-9 p.m.
Amiri Baraka Fri April 24th, 6-9 p.m.
Tato Laviera Sat May 9th, 3-6 p.m.
Tues., Wed., Fri., Sat. 12-6 p.m., Thurs. 1-7 p.m. | Sun. and Mon. Closed
Taller Boricua Gallery at the Julia de Burgos Latino Cultural Center | The Puerto Rican Workshop, Inc.,1680 Lexington Avenue, New York, NY 10029 | 212.831.4333
Admission: Free
To commemorate national poetry month, “The Rhythms of Social Consciousness” celebrates poets and artists who have maintained a high level of participation and commitment. The cadence, sounds of street beats punctuate a dedication to the spoken word with visuals, raising Puerto Rican-Latino and African-American consciousness. The mixed medium visual statements will be interspersed with rarely seen photographs, slides, videos, and archival materials, capturing this historic segment of the urban movement. Participating Artists and Contributors: Marlis Momber, David Gonzalez, Max Colon, Geno Rodriguez, Marisol Diaz Jesus-Papoletto Mendez, Diana Gitesha Hernandez, Maria Aponte, Not for Profit, Sandra Maria Esteves, Bobby Gonzalez, Jani Rose, Joe Pietri, Carmen Pietri, Sam Diaz, Willie Correa and others.

April 10 —May 9, 2015

Bronx Music Heritage Center presents the exhibition
DRUMS & DREAMS
Charlie Rosario and Pablo E. Yglesias: TWO ARTISTS

Call 718.839.1196 for Gallery hours
BMHC Lab | 1303 Louis Niné Boulevard | Bronx, NY
Admission: Free; $5 suggested donation
School and community groups are also welcomed for morning or afternoon visits. Please contact us at info@bronxmusic.org to inquire about availability.
Rosario and Yglesia’s art is inspired by music, storytelling, Afro-Caribbean and Mesoamerican cultures, and is influenced by dreams and the surreal. Through the individual exploration of the subconscious, rhythm, faith, and history, they explore identity, sacredness, states of possession and ecstasy.

April 10 —May 28, 2015

Pregones Theater Puerto Rico Traveling Theater presents
The 2015 Playwrights Unit Festival of New Plays Readings
Puerto Rican Traveling Theatre, 304 West, 47th Street, New York, NY
FREE!
For more information call PRTT at 212-354-1293
Pregones + Puerto Rican Traveling Theater proudly announce the 2015 PLAYWRIGHTS UNIT FESTIVAL OF NEW PLAYS READINGS. Now 38 years strong, the Playwrights Unit is currently co-directed by Mario Golden and Andreas Robertz. The annual Festival combines full readings of new works by established playwrights; readings of scenes from works in progress by emerging playwrights; and public discussions moderated by writers and other theater professionals.

MONDAY, APRIL 20 @ 7 PM
Bad Uncle, The Play by Rob Torres An original urban comedy about a lost soul on a path of self-recovery who discovers the importance of family as a result of his relationship with his nephew. Directed by Victor Cruz. Discussion moderated by Rick Mowat.

SUNDAY, MAY 10 @ 7 PM
Last Train to San Francisco by George E. Joshua When is a missed train gone? The lives of two travelers, a former girlfriend, and a bartender collide at a local bar in New Orleans as Hurricane Katrina advances. Directed by Mario Golden. Discussion to follow.

MONDAY, MAY 11 @ 7 PM
Vault by Troy Diana In the Fall of 1939, four men from very different walks of life device a plan to better their lives by robbing Sausalito Savings and Loan’s state-of-the-art vault. What they never counted on was being locked inside it with a limited amount of air and bags full of their future staring at them. Will any of them survive to see a new day? Directed by Jennifer M. Ortega. Discussion to follow.

SUNDAY, MAY 17 @ 7 PM
Unfair Winds by Celia Kapsomera A contemporary American tragedy of financial risk-taking gone awry told in ancient. Greek style. Directed by Mark Cirnigliaro. Discussion to follow.

MONDAY, MAY 18 @ 7 PM
Dealing the Odds by Carlos Jerome A neighborhood and a street gang conditioned by poverty and racism struggle against the odds. Directed by Gloria Zelaya. Discussion to follow.

WEDNESDAY, MAY 20 @ 7 PM
A special presentation from the Beginners/Intermediate Unit: Scenes from works in progress. Directed by Andreas Robertz and Mario Golden.

SUNDAY, MAY 24 @ 7PM
Movie Love and Last Tea by Christine Zagrobelny Movie Love: Two geeky brothers only know about romance from what they have seen in old movies. One rainy night, a single woman who has had a bicycle injury arrives needing help. Last Tea: A married woman responds to the personal ad of a widower. They meet for one night that is a sinfully nefarious rendezvous. NOTE: Adult themes. This reading is not suitable for children. Directed by Christine Zagrobelny. Discussion to follow.

MONDAY, MAY 25 @ 7 PM
St. Lazarus in Prison by Wilemina Oliva-Garcia A journey about a young girl growing up between Hell's Kitchen NYC and Jackson Heights Queens with an anti-social matriarchal Cuban mother, and the environment she creates around herself to deal with this world. Directed by Andreas Robertz. Discussion to follow.

April 20 —May 25, 2015


Museum of the City of New York (MCNY) presents the exhibition
SAVING PLACE
Fifty Years of New York City Landmarks

10:00 a.m.-6 p.m.
Museum of City of New York, 1220 Fifth Avenue (at 103rd Street), New York, NY 10029
Suggested Admission: Adults: $14 Seniors, students: $10 (with ID); Self-guided student groups: $3/person; Ages 19 and under: Free; Members: Free
The Museum of the City of New York presents SAVING PLACE: 50 Years of New York City Landmarks, a comprehensive exhibition exploring the roots and impact of a landmark preservation movement that has transformed the City and been an engine of New York’s growth and success. Many believe New York’ pioneering Landmarks Law, enacted in April 1965, was the key factor in the rebirth of New York in the final quarter of the 20th century. It fostered pride in neighborhoods and resulted in neighborhood preservation in every borough, connecting and motivating residents and bringing new economic life to older communities. It ensured that huge swaths of the city remain a rich complex of new and old. It also ensured the creative re-use of countless buildings. At the same time, a new body of important architecture has emerged as architects, clients, and the Landmarks Preservation Commission devised innovative solutions for the renovation of landmark buildings and for new buildings in historic districts. The law spawned creativity in architects’ responses to building preservation that has enhanced the cityscape in all five boroughs. Through original documents, drawings, paintings, photographs, building pieces, and more, the exhibition surveys how the landmarks movement developed in New York, going back to early preservation efforts in the beginning of the 20th century. At large tables in the center of the exhibition gallery, visitors will see models and building samples showing the restoration of landmarks all over the city, the creation of new architecture in historic districts, and the addition of new buildings atop or next to landmarks. Examples include models of Diane von Furstenberg’s offices in the Meatpacking District and Norman Foster’s glass skyscraper atop the Art Deco Hearst Building. Also included in the exhibition are architectural fragments from the destroyed Pennsylvania Station and other buildings, maps, infographics, and interactive opportunities to explore landmarks in the city. Saving Place is curated by Donald Albrecht, the Museum’s Curator for Architecture and Design, and Andrew S. Dolkart, the Director of the Historic Preservation Program at Columbia University, with consulting curator Seri Worden, formerly Director of the James Marston Fitch Charitable Foundation.
The Museum will offer an ambitious menu of public programs in conjunction with the exhibition, ranging from a symposium on April 20, to discussions, to lectures, to walking tours. The Museum’s Frederick A.O. Schwarz Children’s Center has designed special programs for students and teachers. Visit the website for more details on upcoming programs.


April 21 —September 13, 2015

Staten Island Arts announces
Cultural Feedback Project:
TELLING OUR STORIES FROM THE INSIDE OUT—AN ARCHIVE OF WEST AFRICAN CULTURAL HERITAGE ON STATEN ISLAND
Monday - Friday 11 a.m. - 8 p.m.; Saturdays, 12 p.m. - 5 p.m.
SI Arts’ Culture Lounge Gallery @ St. George Terminal; 10 Ferry Terminal Drive, Staten Island, NY 10301
For further questions, please contact Naomi Sturm Director of Folklife at 718-442-3329 X1006 or nsturm@statenislandarts.org
Staten Island Arts is proud to present their first ever ”Cultural Feedback Project” in partnership with the Alan Lomax Archive, United States Sierra Leone Association, Ghanaian Association of Staten Island, and NAPELA. The Cultural Feedback Project exhibition is the culmination of over 100 hours of video, 2,500 photographs and more than 40 hours of audio interviews presented in the Cultural Lounge on March 26, 2015. Throughout the spring and summer, the folklife series will feature various indigenous presentations including a Ghanaian Kente cloth weaving demonstration, African Story Circle, a children’s dance showcase and an evening of short films by West African directors in collaboration with the African Film Festival of New York. The Cultural Feedback Project is supported with generous funding from the National Endowment for the Arts, New York State Council on the Arts, Department of Cultural Affairs, Con Edison and the Nicotra Foundation. The three-month long exhibit will be accompanied by a calendar of public and educational programming in the space:
Tuesday April 21, 2015 – Ghanaian Kente Cloth Weaving Demonstration
Saturday May 23, 2015 – African Story Circle (all languages welcome)
Saturday June 6, 2015 – Children’s Dance Showcase (featuring student groups from the United States Sierra Leone Association, the Ghanaian Association of Staten Island and NAPELA)
Tuesday June 16, 2015 – Evening of short films by West African directors (in collaboration with the African Film Festival of New York)

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