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Flushing Town Hall presents
Deeper Harmonies
7 p.m.
Flushing Town Hall, 137-35 Northern Boulevard, (at the corner of Linden Place), Flushing, NY 11354
Tickets: $15/$12 Members/$10 Students; Order online or Phone: (718) 463-7700 x222
It’s Human Rights Week — Celebrate religious freedom in the tradition of the famous Flushing Remonstrance. Join the beloved Interfaith Willow Women’s Chorus, with representatives of Flushing’s Hindu, Jewish, Sikh, Sufi Muslim and Christian traditions, performing powerful devotional music to raise awareness of the ongoing struggles of religious minorities across the world. (Please contact the Flushing Interfaith Council at flushinginterfaithcouncil@gmail.com or 646-926-7844 for more information.)

Saturday, December 6, 2014
Café Veritas presents
David Mallet
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
David Mallet hails from a small town in northern Maine, and in a career that spans four decades, his music has traveled to all corners of the world. His songs have been recorded by more than 150 artists, and his “Garden Song” has become an American folk classic.

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Flushing Town Hall presents
Flushing Historic House Tour
7 p.m.
Flushing Town Hall, 137-35 Northern Boulevard, (at the corner of Linden Place), Flushing, NY 11354
Tickets: $25/$20 in advance /$10 Children 12 & under
Please call Queens Historical Society at (718) 939-0647 for tickets.
Six historic sites in Flushing invite you to celebrate the holiday season and learn about their unique histories. Each site will offer special activities and delicious refreshments. A trolley will be available to take visitors from one historic house to the next.

Tuesday, December 9, 2014
Gotham Center for NYC History presents a Fall 2014 Forum:
Reds at the Blackboard: Communism, Civil Rights and the NYC Teachers Union
6:30-8:00 p.m.
Elebash Recital Hall, CUNY, 365 Fifth Avenue at 34th Street, New York, NY
FREE and open to the public, reservations not required! First come, first served!
The New York City Teachers Union bears a deep history with the American Left, having participated in some of its most explosive battles. Historian Clarence Taylor recounts the pivotal relationship and the backlash it created, as the union threw its support behind social protest movements. Taylor’s research reaffirms the union’s close ties with the US Communist Party, yet also makes clear that the organization was anything but a puppet. Reds at the Blackboard showcases the rise of a unique type of unionism that would later dominate the organizational efforts behind civil rights, academic freedom, and the empowerment of blacks and Latinos.

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Wednesday, December 14, 2014
Flushing Town Hall presents
Winter Holiday Festival
1 p.m.
Flushing Town Hall, 137-35 Northern Boulevard, (at the corner of Linden Place), Flushing, NY 11354
Tickets: Free (No tickets or RSVP required)
Celebrate Hanukkah, Christmas & Kwanzaa with an art-making workshop and storytelling. Storyteller Robin Bady will share her favorite stories of miracles, menorahs, and dreidels; with Timothy Bellavia, we’ll create beautiful Christmas wreaths using up-cycled fabrics and ribbons that will be donated to local senior centers in Queens; and storyteller Tammy Hall will share tales from African traditions that are typically told during the Kwanzaa season.

Monday, December 15, 2014
Museum at Eldridge Street presents
CD Release Concert: Metropolitan Klezmer
7-9 p.m.
Museum at Eldridge Street, 12 Eldridge Street, New York, NY 10002
Tickets: $20 adults; $15 students and seniors

Metropolitan Klezmer launches “Mazel Means Good Luck,” the band’s fifth album of joyous, evocative and marvelously eclectic music – just in time to celebrate the band’s 20th anniversary and on the cusp of Hanukkah, too! The full octet performs an original, neo-traditional repertoire, from full-out rollicking freylekhs and swinging post-war Yiddish pop, to wistful and little-known late Soviet cartoon score, and the gorgeous and genre-defying compositions by Metropolitan Klezmer bandmates themselves.

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Friday, December 19, 2014
Flushing Town Hall presents
Theo Croker with DVRKFUNK
7:30 p.m.
Flushing Town Hall, 137-35 Northern Boulevard, (at the corner of Linden Place), Flushing, NY 11354
Tickets: $15/$12 Members/$10 Students
Trumpeter/composer Theo Croker, the bold young soul-jazz newcomer & grandson of trumpet legend Doc Cheatham, is fortified by tradition and sparks of contemporary electricity to propel him into the future. He's performed with jazz greats including Dee Dee Bridgewater, The Heath Brothers, and multi-Grammy winning composer/recording artist Donald Byrd, who refers to Theo as a "Titan". NEW! Pre-show Members Lounge at 7 p.m.

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Sunday, December 21, 2014
Museum at Eldridge Street presents
CD Release Concert: Yiddish Art Trio
7-9 p.m.
Museum at Eldridge Street, 12 Eldridge Street, New York, NY 10002
Tickets: $20 adults; $15 students and seniors

Rising new ensemble Yiddish Art Trio is redefining the sound of contemporary klezmer. Three of the most exciting klezmer musicians in New York today, Michael Winograd (clarinet), Benjy Fox-Rosen (bass/vocal) and Patrick Farrell (accordion), blend infectious traditional melodies with new compositions, sumptuous chamber music-like arrangements and breathtaking improvisations.

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Thursday, December 25, 2014
Museum at Eldridge Street presents
Klez for Kids and Synagogue Tours
TOURS: 10 a.m., 12 noon and 1 p.m.; CONCERTS: 11 a.m. AND 2 p.m.
Museum at Eldridge Street, 12 Eldridge Street, New York, NY 10002
Tickets: $12 adults; $10 students/seniors; $8 children 3–17; children under 3 are free

Sing, dance and learn Yiddish at our annual family concert. Clarinetist Greg Wall and his band Klezmerfest lead the audience on a musical tour of Eastern European Jewish culture ending with a joyful audience-enacted shtetl wedding. The Museum is open until 3 pm on December 25th with synagogue tours offered during the day.


Middle Atlantic Folklife Association (MAFA) announces a
CALL FOR PAPERS for its Biennial Conference of the Middle Atlantic Folklife Association

Theme: Land and Sea – Geography, Economy, and Culture in the American Experience

Date: March 27–28, 2015
Location: Rowan University, Glassboro, NJ
Partner Organization: Eastern American Studies Association (EASA)

This year, MAFA will be partnering with the Eastern American Studies Association to hold a joint conference. The location of this year’s meeting – Rowan University in New Jersey – provides a vantage from which to view diverse features of the Eastern United States. Looking to the east is the Atlantic Ocean and the famous “Jersey Shore.” Although many people know the “Shore” for its popular entertainments, beauty contests, and gambling, it also has a longstanding maritime folk culture, including the craft of the renowned Jersey Skiff, in addition to the east of the “Pine Barrens” that attracted studies of its residents known as “Pineys” by the American Folklife Center. To the west is the Delaware River and the Philadelphia metropolitan area. Glassboro, the home of Rowan University, is historically connected to early American manufacturing – the renowned “Glass Works in the Woods” that has led some scholars to view the Delaware Valley as the cradle of American industrialism. Yet southern New Jersey is also known for being a leading producer of fresh fruits and vegetables, including cranberries, blueberries, tomatoes, and escarole/endive. The varied landscape facilitates identities often by occupational and recreational communities. Evidence of its crossroads reputation is the Glassboro Summit in 1967 between President Lyndon Johnson and Soviet Premier Alexei Kosygin, with the Glassboro site chosen because it is equidistant between New York and Washington, DC

Against the backdrop of this geographic crossroads, the program committee invites papers, forums, and sessions that explore the connections of geography, economy, and culture in the American experience. The committee is interested not only in historical and cultural analyses of social adaptation to the landscape but also in organizational efforts to interpret, conserve, and enhance community identities, public heritage, and folk traditions. These studies need not be limited to New Jersey – they can include the Atlantic World. In sum, this conference will explore the local, regional, and global patterns and exchanges that contribute to the distinctive eastern American mix of land and sea. As always, MAFA is open to papers and panels on any topic of American folklore and folklife, including those which do not fit under the conference theme. Both university and public folklorists are strongly encouraged to attend.

Submission Guidelines: Individual Papers: Send a short abstract (no more than 500 words) and a brief CV or resume of no more than two pages.

Full Panels: Send a cover sheet with the title of the panel, the names of each participant, and the titles of their presentations. Include a short abstract of each paper (no more than 500 words) as well as a CV or resume of no longer than two pages for each panel participant.

All materials should be sent to Christie Briley at czb5178@psu.edu before January 9, 2015.

Graduate students whose proposals are accepted will be encouraged to submit their final papers electronically several weeks prior to the conference if they wish to be considered for the Simon J. Bronner Award for the outstanding graduate paper in American Studies.

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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 Japan Culture Center of Western New York, in partnership with The Castellani Art Museum of Niagara University present
Between Two Worlds: Poured Paperworks by Sarah Brayer
Castellani Art Museum of Niagara University, 5795 Lewiston Road, Niagara University, New York 14109, 716-286-8200
Hours: Tuesday-Saturday: 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.; Sunday: 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
For more information, please contact Carrie Hertz, PhD, Curator of Folk Arts at 716-286-8290
The Japan Culture Center of Western New York, in partnership with the Castellani Art Museum of Niagara University (CAM), is proud to announce a new exhibition showcasing the work of Sarah Brayer, a Rochester-born artist living in Kyoto. Since the 1980s, Sarah has been making large-scale, handmade paperworks as the only Westerner working in the 800-year old papermaking village of Echizen. The wall panels, screens, and scrolls that she produces by strategically pouring paper pulp evoke themes common to traditional Japanese arts—abstracted visions of landscape, ocean, and celestial scenes. Lately, Sarah has incorporated photo-luminescent pigments that glow in fading light. By combining her training in both Eastern and Western artistic styles, Sarah says her “task is to find new ways of expression in an age old tradition” known in Japan as “washi.” With your support, Between Two Worlds: Poured Paperworks by Sarah Brayer, will be on view July 20 – December 21, 2014, at the Castellani Art Museum of Niagara University. Split between two galleries—mirror images of each other, the exhibition will explore Sarah’s geographic and artistic journey between two cultural worlds. One gallery, the “daylight” gallery, will introduce visitors to Sarah’s personal style and its relationship to Japanese aesthetic and technical traditions, while the other—the “night” gallery—will invite visitors to enter a meditative space enhanced by music and lighting that transitions slowly from bright to dark. As the light fades and rises again, luminous pigments within the artworks will reveal new dimensions before visitors’ eyes. As part of a week-long celebration of cultural connections between Japan and Western New York in October, Sarah will make a special visit to Buffalo. A reception at the Castellani Art Museum will give visitors a chance to meet her in person and listen to her talk about her work.

July 20, 2014 —December 21, 2014

The Folklife Center at Crandall Public Library presents
Photo of Juan Bon Bom Galbez demonstrating the Chilean art of braiding manes
Photo of Juan Bon Bom Galbez demonstrating the Chilean art
of braiding manes

STABLE VIEWS: Voices and Stories from the Thoroughbred Racetrack
Opening: Tuesday, Aug. 5, 2014, 5:00-7:00 p.m.
The Folklife Center of Crandall Public Library, 251 Glen Street, Glens Falls, New York 12801, 518.792.6508
Cost: Free Admission
Based upon research by NYFS Executive Director, Ellen McHale, through an Archie Green Fellowship in Occupational Folklore from the Library of Congress, this exhibition portrays the workers in the “backstretch” of the thoroughbred racetracks. Through photographs and their reflections of work in their own words, it portrays the work and workers behind the scenes within thoroughbred racing.The exhibition features the paintings of Sarah Camele Arnold, handmade objects by riders and trainers, and video. Read more...
August 5, 2014 —December 2014
Samuel Dorsky Museum of Art presents the
Race, Love, and Labor: New Work from The Center for Photography at Woodstock’s Artist-in-Residency Program
Curated by Sarah Lewis
Opening reception: Saturday, September 6, 2014, 5-7 p.m.
Hours: Wednesday-Sunday: 11 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Sara Bedrick Gallery, Samuel Dorsksy Museum of Art, State University of New York, 1 Hawk Drive, New Paltz, NY 12561, 845.257.3844

Suggested Donation: $5
It is impossible to separate the history of photography from the history of labor, love, and race in America. This exhibition, culled from the collection of the Center for Photography at Woodstock’s Artist-in-Residency program, displays images by artists who understand the needs of labor in the fullest sense of the word: a means through which we birth ourselves anew. These artists are participants in a 15-year-old tradition at the Center for Photography at Woodstock (CPW), which offers artists of color one of the requirements for a sterling creative practice—embryonic time to probe deeply, unfettered by distractions. At the 20th anniversary of CPW’s partnership with the Samuel Dorsky Museum of Art, it is a moment to honor this residency and examine the themes that have emerged from the resulting, irreplaceable pictures. The 20 artists whose work is featured in the exhibition are: Endia Beal, William Cordova, Isaac Diggs, Caleb Ferguson, LaToya Ruby Frazier, Nikita Gale, Gerard H. Gaskin, Eyakem Gulilat, Tommy Kha, Kathya Maria Landeros, Deana Lawson, Alma Leiva, Yijun Pixy Liao, Gina Osterloh, Dawit L. Petros, Tim Portlock, Paul Mpagi Sepuya, Xaviera Simmons, Joanna Tam, and Preston Wadley.

August 27, 2014 —December 14, 2014

The History Center in Tompkins County presents
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
...and beyond
Houston Arts Alliance announces
Stories of a Workforce
Opening Reception: Tuesday, September 23, 2014 5-7:30 p.m., 5:30 p.m. Remarks, RSVP
Exhibition Hours: Mon., Tues., and- Thurs., 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.; Wed., 10 a.m. - 8 p.m., Sat. 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Houston Public Library, Julia Ideson Building, 500 McKinney St., Houston, TX 77002
Free and open to the public
In conjunction with Transported + Renewed, Houston Arts Alliance’s Folklife + Traditional Arts program in partnership with the Houston Public Library will present the major exhibition Stories of a Workforce: Celebrating the Centennial of the Houston Ship Channel. The exhibition explores the diverse culture, heritage, and lore of work associated with the Port of Houston and the Houston Ship Channel.

September 23, 2014 —January 31, 2015

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