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Thursday, December 3, 2015
The Folklife Center of Crandall Public Library presents
Winter Bluegrass Jam!
6:30-8:30 p.m.
Crandall Public Library, 251 Glen Street, Glens Falls, NY
For more information, call 518/792-6508 or email degarmo@crandalllibrary.org
Cost: Free
Greetings to all the bluegrass pickers out there. The Folklife Center at Crandall Public Library is pleased to announce a new monthly “Winter Bluegrass Jam” on the first Thursday of 3 months: December 3rd, January 7th, and February 4th. All are welcome, pickers and listeners alike! Shake off those winter blues and join our host, local bluegrass musician Alan Epstein. Now based in Washington County, Alan has played mandolin and sung in bluegrass bands in Colorado, Pennsylvania, Michigan, and now in upstate New York. He currently teaches bluegrass classes and his local jam sessions are getting a name for themselves as being a lot of fun for both novices and veteran pickers.

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Friday, December 4, 2015
World Music Institute (WMI) announces
Arturo Sandoval: A Tribute to Dizzy Gillespie 8:00 p.m.
92nd St. Y, 1395 Lexington Ave., New York, NY
Arturo Sandoval’s December concert will be a special tribute to his teacher and mentor Dizzy Gillespie. A protégé of the legendary jazz master, his 2012 album Dear Diz (Every Day I Think of You) earned Sandoval his 10th Grammy Award. Sandoval was born in Artemisa, a small town in the outskirts of Havana, Cuba, in 1949—just two years after Gillespie became the first musician to bring Latin influences into American Jazz. The two met when Gillespie visited Havana in 1977, when Sandoval took the opportunity to play trumpet for his hero, and remained close until Gillespie’s death. “I always considered that a gift from God — to be able to meet and become a close friend of your hero,” Sandoval said. Today, Sandoval remains one of the world’s most acknowledged guardians of jazz trumpet and flugelhorn, as well as a renowned classical artist, pianist, and composer. A dynamic and vivacious performer, Sandoval is also the 2013 recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom.
This concert is a part of World Music Institute’s Masters of Cuban Music Series. Co-presented by World Music Institute and 92Y.

Carnegie Hall presents in partnership Robert Browning Associates
ROSS DALY: Cretan Connections
8:30 p.m.
Zankel Hall at Carnegie Hall, Seventh Avenue between 57th and 56th Street, NYC
Tickets: $38, $45
Ross Daly is a virtuoso on the Cretan lyra, a small, pear-shaped bowed lute which has traditionally been the principal instrument for the accompaniment of dance and epic songs. One of the world’s foremost experts on the musical traditions of Crete, Daly is of Irish descent and has lived on the island of Crete in Greece for the last 35 years. In addition to the Cretan lyra, he also plays a range of stringed instruments from the Middle East, Central Asia, and India. His compositions reflect a deep knowledge and love of modal music and draw inspiration from Cretan folk music, Turkish classical music, and Azeri and Afghan music. He is joined by Kelly Thoma (Cretan lyra), Miles Jay (bass) and Marijia Katsouna (percussion).

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Saturday, December 5, 2015
Flushing Town Hall presents
The Great Northeast Cheese Fest
6-9 p.m.
Flushing Town Hall, 137-35 Northern Boulevard, (at the corner of Linden Place), Flushing, NY 11354
Tickets: $60/$48 Members
Celebrate the region’s finest artisanal cheeses from nutty sheep’s milk tomes and sharp Cheddars to creamy triple cremes and tangy goat cheeses. Taste more than 60 different cheeses and meet the makers to learn about their cheeses. Beverage pairings will include beer, wine, cider, and spirits. Presented by NY Epicurean Events.

Café Veritas presents
Cliff Eberhardt
7:30 p.m. (doors open 7:00 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
A driving force of the Greenwich Village New Folk movement and well known among his peers, Cliff’s songs have been covered by the likes of Richie Havens, Buffy St. Marie, Erasure, Lucy Kaplansky and the folk superstar band “Cry, Cry, Cry” (Dar Williams, Richard Shindell, Lucy Kaplansky).

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Sunday, December 6, 2015
Borderline Folk Music Club presents
Bluegrass Concert and Jam with Roger Sprung and Friends
1-2:15 p.m. Concert, 2:15-4:00 p.m. Jam
Nanuet Public Library. 149 Church Street, Nanuet NY 10954
Cost: $15 members, $20 non members, bring a potluck dish to share.
Those wishing to only Jam can come at 2:30 at no cost.

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Interfaith Story Circle announces
Faith Stories that Support Racial Healing
5:30-9 p.m.
5:30 p.m. Light supper—donations of food/cash welcome)
Friends Meeting House, 727 Madison Avenue, Albany, NY
Co-Sponsored by Friends4RacialHealing. Come and tell a story, or come and listen. Our mission is promoting understanding, respect and friendship among people of diverse cultures, ethical traditions and religions by facilitating the sharing of stories. We open and close the circle with a prayer or reflection. The guest storyteller will share some thoughts on the circle’s theme and tell some related stories. You are then invited to tell a story if you wish.

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Thursday, December 10, 2015
The Graduate Center at CUNY and Gotham Center for NYC History present a Fall 2015 Forum:
Crossing Broadway: Washington Heights and the Promise of New York City
6:30-8 p.m.
Martin E. Segal Theater, The Graduate Center, CUNY, 365 Fifth Avenue, btw. 34th & 35th St., New York, NY
Cost: FREE and open to the public, first come, first served.
Books will be available for purchase and signing by the authors.
For more information, call (212) 817 8471, or visit gothamcenter.org
Once nicknamed “Frankfurt on the Hudson,” for its large population of German Jews, Washington Heights became known in the postwar era as “Quisqueya Heights,” home to the nation’s largest Dominican community. Its story reflects New York City’s long passage from the Great Depression and World War II to the “urban crisis” and “revitalization” of the twenty-first century. In this new book, Robert W. Snyder pays tribute to a great American neighborhood, and shows how residents learned to “cross Broadway” — a boundary that separated white and black, Jew and Irish, Dominican and native-born for decades — to make common cause in the pursuit of making a better life in New York.

Museum at Eldridge Street announces
Fiddler on the Roof Benefit Theater Party!
8 p.m.
The Broadway Theatre, 1681 Broadway at 53rd Street, New York, NY
Tickets, which include a tax-deductible donation, are $175 each. Proceeds benefit the Museum’s many educational and cultural programs. To reserve your seats, please contact Eva Brune at ebrune@eldridgestreet.org
or call 212.219.0888, x202
The Museum at Eldridge Street has reserved a limited number of great front mezzanine seats for this fall’s blockbuster theater event — the return of Fiddler on the Roof to Broadway. Support the Museum and see this musical masterpiece. Savor the story of Jewish milkman Tevye, who strives to maintain “Tradition” as he sees his three daughters fall in love. Tony award winner Bartlett Sher (The King and I) will direct a production produced by Jeffrey Richards, Jerry Frankel and Jam Theatricals. Five-time Tony nominee Danny Burstein will play Tevye. Invite your family, friends and colleagues to this preview performance just a week before the show opens. Many performances are already sold out! Have a wonderful night at the theater and support the Museum at Eldridge Street. The perfect holiday gift!

Friday, December 11, 2015
The Folkus Project presents
Sloan Wainwright Band
A long-time popular Syracuse favorite returns to present songs of the holiday season
8:00 p.m.
May Memorial Unitarian Universalist Society, 3800 East Genesee St, Syracuse, NY
Cost: $20; Member price: $17
Advance sale tickets are available via PayPal or by mail (personal check); advance ticket holders receive preferential seating. For details, see the Folkus Project website at www.folkus.org
Make merry this holiday with one of folk music’s most passionate singers, as Sloan Wainwright brings her festive seasonal show to Syracuse. The evening will be a jubilant, uplifting celebration of the season and the upcoming new year. There will be laughs and good spirits, reflections and inspirations, all held together by Wainwright’s distinctive music style and rich contralto.

Saturday, December 12, 2015
Flushing Town Hall presents
Lou Donaldson Quartet
PRE-SHOW MEMBERS LOUNGE at 7 p.m.: Become a Member today and enjoy complimentary refreshments and drinks in our Members Lounge.
8:00 p.m.
Flushing Town Hall, 137-35 Northern Boulevard, (at the corner of Linden Place), Flushing, NY 11354
Tickets: $42/$32 Members/$20 Students; Table Packages: $125/$100 Members (Reserved Table for 2, Wine and Snacks)
Flushing Town Hall is honored to present NEA Jazz Master saxophonist “Sweet Poppa Lou” Donaldson and his quartet. When it comes to a jazzy soulful groove, it doesn’t get much groovier than Lou Donaldson. His distinctive blues-drenched alto has been a bopping force in jazz for more than six decades.
Lou Donaldson (saxophone)
Eric Johnson (guitar)
Fukushi Taonaka (drums)
Pat Bianchi (Hammond B3 organ)

Golden Link Folk Singing Society presents
Kim &Reggie Harris with Magpie
7:30-10:30 p.m.
Rochester Christian Reformed Church, 2750 Atlantic Ave., Penfield, NY 14526
Tickets: Admission $20.00; Golden Link Members $16.00, Students $10.00; Children 12 and under FREE
From Solstice to Chanukah and Christmas to Kwanzaa, many cultures and peoples celebrate as the days grow short in the Northern Hemisphere. These gatherings are a reminder of the changing season, of hope and freedom, of new life and new beginnings. For this special holiday concert, Kim & Reggie Harris join forces with their friends and neighbors Magpie (Greg Artzner and Terry Leonino) for an evening of soaring vocals, inspirational and thought-provoking songs, and stories from these various traditions.

Earlville Opera House presents
Claire Lynch Band
8:00 p.m.
IBMA Award Winning Bluegrass
Earlville Opera House, East Main Street, Earlville, NY, 315/691-3550
Tickets: $18-$25 Order tickets online.
In 22 years of leading bluegrass bands with her strong, emotive singing voice, Claire Lynch has won the International Bluegrass Music Association’s award for Female Vocalist of the year three times. She won it in 1997 for just the third album of her solo career, and she won it in 2013, for her most recent full-length album, Dear Sister. That kind of enduring popularity and reputation is rare, even in bluegrass, but Lynch’s voice is so sweet, and her songs are so beautifully written and compelling, that she rose rather quickly to prominence, and has stayed there, even as the genre has changed around her. Lynch’s band features a mix of acclaimed talent and “hot young guns;” together they rise from a reverent hush in quieter moments to a pounding no-holds-barred stampede when it’s called for. Guitar, fiddle, and mandolin player Bryan McDowell, though only 24, has already made quite a name for himself in bluegrass circles. In 2009, McDowell made an unprecedented triple win at the Walnut Valley National Flat Pick Guitar Championship and the Walnut Valley Mandolin and Fiddle Championships... at the tender age of 15. No one has done that before, or since. Filling out Lynch’s band is legendary producer and multi-instrumentalist Mark Schatz, who is known for his work with Nickel Creek and plays bass for Lynch, and Jarrod Walker, another youngster, who plays both mandolin and lead guitar. Lynch’s most recent label release, Dear Sister, marked a change of scenery for her as she left Rounder Records, where she had been since the beginning, and moved on to notably progressive Compass Records, in Nashville. The gamble paid off for Lynch, as the resulting album soared from its May, 2013 release date to the #1 spot on the Roots Music Reports Top 50 Bluegrass Chart, and earned Lynch a nomination for IBMA Album of the Year, as well as a win for Female Vocalist of the Year.

The Folkus Project of Central New York announces the Second Saturday concert series:
Karen Savoca and Pete Heitzman
8 p.m.
Westcott Community Center, 826 Euclid Avenue, Syracuse, NY
Admission: $15
Karen Savoca and Pete Heitzman are no strangers to Central New York. Musical partners for more than 20 years, Savoca and Heitzman have won several Syracuse Area Music Awards, including Best Folk Rock Group, Best Songwriter, and Record of the Year. From simple ballads built with subtle piano and guitar to complex textures of layered vocals and innovative guitar work, this is contemporary music at its best.

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Sunday, December 13, 2015
Flushing Town Hall presents
6:00 p.m.
Flushing Town Hall, 137-35 Northern Boulevard, (at the corner of Linden Place), Flushing, NY 11354
Tickets: $30 Orchestra/$10 Balcony/$100 VIP (Reserved Table for 1, Wine and Snacks, Reception)
Founded in October 2009, a group of talented vocalists from China, Taiwan and Southeast Asia comes together to introduce and enhance the understanding of Chinese culture through a repertoire of folk songs, classical music as well as pop music. The New York Chinese Chorus will celebrate the season with flower-themed folk songs presented in the form of chorus, duet, solo or small ensemble.

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December 18–20, 2015
Irish Arts Center presents An Irish Christmas
A Musical Solstice Celebration
Fri, Dec 18, 2015, 8:00 p.m.
Sat, Dec 19, 2015, 2:30 p.m.
Sat, Dec 19, 2015, 8:00 p.m.
Sun, Dec 20, 2015, 5:00 p.m.
Peter Jay Sharp Theatre at Symphony Space, 2537 Broadway at 95th Street, New York, NY 10025-6990
Tickets available online: $60/$50/$40;; Seniors, Students $60/$50/$25; SS & IAC Members $60/$40/$32
New Yorkers of all backgrounds love the amiable Irish spirit of our favorite holiday tradition, An Irish Christmas, led by Mick Moloney and Athena Tergis with a cast of America̱s top Irish and world musicians, and special guests from the world of arts and letters. Guaranteed to fill you with warm, fun-loving cheer, kick off the winter season with your loved ones with this unforgettable journey of music, dance, and storytelling as we celebrate winter solstice traditions from around the world.

Saturday, December 19, 2015
Eighth Step at Proctors presents
Sing Solstice!
7:30 p.m.
Proctors, 432 State St. Schenectady NY 12305
Order Tickets through the 8th Step Ticket Line: 518-434-1703
Save the Date! More details to come.

Thursday, December 24–Tuesday, December 29, 2015
Yiddish New York (YNY) announces
Klezmer Music – Yiddish Song – Yiddish Dance – Theater – Yiddish Language – Yiddish Culture and History – Visual Arts – Culinary Arts – Master classes – Ensembles – Lectures – Films – Neighborhood Walking Tour – And More!
For more information, contact Pete Rushefsky 917.326.9659, prushefsky@ctmd.org
YNY celebrates and engages with East European Jewish (and other Jewish and co-territorial) traditions to foster new creativity, building bridges across borders—a culture under construction! Drawing inspiration from the historic cultural riches of Manhattan’s Lower East Side, Yiddish New York (YNY) will be a new intergenerational gathering featuring daily workshops in klezmer music, Yiddish dance, song, and a broad spectrum of performances and programming in Yiddish language, arts, history, and culture. YNY evenings will feature concerts, dance parties, and jam sessions at clubs and other venues around this vibrant neighborhood.

Yiddish New York was created by a group of NY-based artists and activists (see committee below) in response to the recent closure of KlezKamp, which ran for 30 years in the Catskills. To keep tuition costs as affordable as possible (under $500), YNY will be a non-residential event. The center of activities will be the 14th St. Y (344 East 14th Street, between 1st and 2nd Avenues) and the adjacent Town and Village Synagogue, easily accessible by public transportation. Participants will make their own arrangements for transportation, housing and meals; YNY will set up on-line boards encouraging sharing rides and housing.

Yiddish New York will reach out to participants of all ages and backgrounds. The Youth/Family program will offer reduced fees to encourage the participation of families with children. The Teen Program will create innovative interdisciplinary projects designed to engage the next generation of Yiddish artists.

YNY will offer programs on klezmer music, Yiddish song, Yiddish dance, theater, Yiddish language, Yiddish culture and history, visual arts, and culinary arts, as well as films, neighborhood walking tours, and more!

Special YNY Concert, Saturday Evening, December 26th — The Fourth Annual Adrienne Cooper Fund Dreaming in Yiddish Concert - Details TBD!

The Yiddish New York Organizing Committee:
Sarah Gordon (singer, composer, educator)
Itzik Gottesman, PhD (folklorist)
Jenny Levison (theater and film artist, creative producer)
Frank London (musician, composer, The Klezmatics)
Jessica Kate Meyer (singer, musician, actress, rabbi, Romemu)
Ethel Raim (singer, The Center for Traditional Music and Dance)
Pete Rushefsky (musician, composer, The Center for Traditional Music and Dance)
Josh Waletzky (composer, singer, filmmaker)
Michael Winograd (musician, composer, The Yiddish Art Trio, Sandaraa)

YNY is fiscally sponsored by The Center for Traditional Music and Dance and presented in association with the 14th Street Y. Partner Organizations: The 14th Street Y, The Educational Alliance, The Museum At Eldridge Street, The New York Klezmer Series, The Town and Village Synagogue, The YIVO Instit

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Staten Island Arts announces
Staten Island Arts Pop-up Markets

Staten Island Arts will be holding regular pop-up markets that will take place on Thursdays and Fridays, coinciding with exhibits and special holidays, beginning Summer 2015. JULY IS ALMOST FULL!

Artists and vendors interested in showcasing their work at these events can sign up here.

July 9 and 10, 2015 (Summer Market)
Oct. 8 and 9, 2015 (Fall Holiday Market)
Dec .10 and 11, 2015 (Holiday Market)
Feb. 11 and 12, 2016 (Winter Market)
Apr. 21 and 22, 2016 (Spring Market)

Erie Canalway National Heritage Corridor announces
Canal Stories, Artifacts, and Images Wanted

The New York State Museum is preparing for a new exhibit on the Erie Canal to open in 2017. New York’s Erie Canal: Gateway to the Nation will highlight those visionaries, engineers, financiers, and laborers who built the canal and people from every walk of life who came in its wake. The exhibition will culminate in an exploration of the people who live near, work by, and enjoy the canal as a unique heritage corridor today.

To submit a story, object, or photograph for consideration, please contact Brad Utter, Senior Historian and Curator by July 1, 2016 at (518) 474-0028 or brad.utter@nysed.gov.

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

The Museum of the City of New York presents
Folk City: New York and the Folk Music Revival at the Museum of the City of New York
Open daily 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Museum of the City of New York, 1220 Fifth Avenue, New York, NY 10029, 212.534.1672
Discover New York as the Center of the Folk Music Renaissance
Honorary co-chairs: Oscar Brand, Judy Collins, Steve Earle, Nora Guthrie, Noel Stookey and Peter Yarrow
The Museum of the City of New York presents Folk City: New York and the Folk Music Revival, a celebration of the City’s role as the center of the folk music revival from its beginnings in the 1930s and 1940s to its heyday in the 1950s and 1960s, as well as its continuing legacy. With a wide array of memorabilia, including photos, video and sound recordings, the exhibition documents the music and movement that helped transform Greenwich Village and spread as a major cultural phenomenon.
“New York, which has been the source of so much creativity throughout its history, was central to the folk music revival that swept the country and became one of the remarkable phenemona of the 20th Century,” said Susan Henshaw Jones, Ronay Menschel Director of the Museum of the City of New York. “Folk music spawned a whole culture, and the legacy continues today in New York and far beyond. This exhibition and our related public programs explore the revival and will let visitors experience it in a fascinating and joyous way.”
Folk City will feature listening stations where visitors can hear a range of folk songs along with videos showcasing historic footage that capture the bohemian spirit of Greenwich Village in the 1950s and the national hootenanny craze of the 1960s. The exhibition also includes showcases rare archival photographs, concert posters and original instruments, including:
*Lead Belly’s 12-string guitar Odetta’s iconic guitar “Baby” along with one of her colorful kaftan dresses
The original handwritten manuscript of Bob Dylan’s “Blowin’ in the Wind”
The napkin on which Eric Andersen wrote his “Thirsty Boots” lyrics
A trademark felt cap worn by Phil Ochs
Handwritten letters by Woody Guthrie and Peter Seeger, and more

Curated by Stephen Petrus, an Andrew W. Mellon post-doctoral fellow at the Museum, Folk City will look at the folk movement in four sections:
♦ The revival’s roots in the 1930s and 1940s, when singers—such as Woody Guthrie, Josh White, and Burl Ives—moved to New York, drawn by performance opportunities and the progressive political climate.
♦ The expansion of folk music culture in the 1950s, when the genre changed from an art form associated with leftist politics during the Red Scare—ensnaring many performers including Seeger—to a popular craze with mass appeal.
♦ The boom years in the late 1950s to the mid-1960s, when Greenwich Village was the focal point of the revival and culture due to the concentration of performance venues, including the exhibition’s eponymous Folk City.
♦ The legacy of the revival from 1965 to the present day, showing how the revival has continued and retained its relevancy through five decades. This includes the rise of ‘folk-rock’ and other folk trends after the ‘British Invasion’ and Dylan’s stunning turn to electric guitar in 1965. Folk City highlights visionary entrepreneurs who were committed to promoting folk music, including Mike Porco of Gerde’s Folk City, Izzy Young of the Folklore Center, and John Hammond of Columbia Records. The Greenwich Village performance spaces are shown as exciting venues and as incubators of a burgeoning counterculture. Artists from different backgrounds performed in Village clubs as well as in one of the city’s great communal gathering places, Washington Square Park, where they tried out both new music and new ideas that often challenged social conventions of the time. The Museum will offer a broad array of public programs in conjunction with the exhibition, including folk concerts and panel discussions. The Museum’s Frederick A.O. Schwarz Children’s Center has designed special programs for students and teachers, which have been made possible by a grant from the D’Addario Foundation.
The exhibition’s accompanying book, Folk City: New York and the American Folk Music Revival, by Stephen Petrus and historian Ronald D. Cohen, with a foreword by Peter Yarrow. Published by Oxford University Press, the book shows that folk music flowered in New York as a result of initiatives of musicians, record company producers and executives, radio show hosts, club owners, concert promoters, folklorists, managers, journalists, and audiences. Princeton University historian Sean Wilentz calls Folk City “the best history yet of the city’s influential folk music culture, packed with astonishing photos that finally see the light of day.”

June 17, 2015 — January 10, 2016

The Folklife Gallery of Crandall Library presents
A Transitional Interpretation: American Roots Music By Five Photographers
Opening Reception and Gallery Talk: September 19, 4 to 7 p.m.
Crandall Public Library, 251 Glen Street, Glens Falls, NY 12801 (downstairs off the Library’s Glen Street entrance)
The Folklife Center at Crandall Public Library has mounted a new exhibition in its Folklife Gallery called A Transitional Interpretation: American Roots Music By Five Photographers, With this new, original exhibition, guest curator and photographer Andrzej “Andre” Pilarczyk, along with four of his colleagues (Joseph Deuel, Enid Farber, Bryan Lasky, Lawrence White), invite the public to take a look at an insider’s view of the dramatic worlds of live music performance. These much-acclaimed photographers take us on a tour of a world they negotiate almost daily, many over long careers, to “get the shot” that goes on to be seen in reviews, album covers, websites, documentaries and exhibitions.

September 19, 2015 —December 31, 2015

Albany Institute of History & Art presents
The Capital Region in 50 Objects
Opening Reception: September 18, 5:30-7:30 p.m.
RSVP (518) 463-4478 ext 403. Enjoy regional flavors with tasty food and local drinks. Come cast your vote for your favorite object and tell us what else you think identifies the region!
Albany Institute of History & Art, 125 Washington Avenue, Albany, NY 12210
It’s not often that you see a video game and a chamber pot together in an exhibition. It’s even more unusual when both are highlighted as historic artifacts. But the Capital Region of New York has such a varied history that this pairing, along with 48 other items, will come together at the Albany Institute of History & Art to tell their stories in The Capital Region in 50 Objects. This collaborative exhibition was developed in partnership with area historic organizations and public input. Each region of the country has its own distinctive history that sets it apart from others. The Capital Region of New York—consisting of Albany, Rensselaer, Saratoga, and Schenectady counties—is no different. Numerous museums, historical societies, business entities, and private individuals worked with the Albany Institute of History & Art to assemble 50 objects that tell an amazing story of the Capital Region over the past four hundred years. Some of the objects in the exhibition are immediately recognizable as Capital Region icons, such as Albany’s beloved Nipper, the RCA dog that looks down from this rooftop perch on Broadway in downtown Albany. Other objects, such as the Witenagemot oak peace tree from the Knickerbocker Historical Society in Schaghticoke, may be little known to visitors, but the old oak tree represents a profoundly important event that took place in 1676 with the formalization of a peace treaty among English colonists, Mohawks, Mohicans, and Hoosacs, all of whom inhabited the area around the junction of the Hudson and Hoosick Rivers.
In addition, the Albany Institute will host a variety of related special events, family programs, guest lecturers, and more so that the public will be able to connect to the exhibition content in numerous ways.

September 19, 2015 —April 3, 2016

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