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Wednesday, December 2, 2015
Museum at Eldridge Street presents
BOOK TALK Pastrami on Rye: An Overstuffed History of the Jewish Deli WITH TED MERWIN
6:30 p.m.
Museum at Eldridge Street, 12 Eldridge Street, New York, NY 10002
This event is free. RSVP requested.
In Pastrami on Rye, Ted Merwin traces the rise and fall of the Jewish deli in New York from its origins on the Lower East Side, to its heyday, to its rapid decline in the decades following World War II. Merwin also explores the recent surge in popularity of the deli among contemporary Jews who are returning it to cult status as they seek to reclaim their cultural identity. The author will give a short talk about the book and sign copies, which will be available for sale.

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

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.

...and beyond
Houston Arts Alliance presents
Observing the Feast Day of the Virgin of Guadalupe
Opening Reception: 6 – 8 p.m. (with food, drink, music and devotional dance)
Midtown Arts & Theater Center Houston (MATCH), 3400 Main Street, Houston, TX
Wednesday — Tuesday, December 2–8, 2015
Free and open to the public
Catholics the world over venerate the Virgin of Guadalupe, but She is especially revered by Mexicans. Her feast day on December 12 is celebrated in Houston within private homes, neighborhood parishes and in a huge downtown procession that attracts scores of religious dance groups that come to honor Her. Programs and installation will explore the artful practices of devotion associated with this holiday.

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December 2–December 5, 2015
BAM presents
Yimbégré — Replanting Roots in the Name of Freedom
Wednesday, December 2, 2015 7:30 p.m.
Thursday, December 3, 2015 7:30 p.m.
Friday, December 4, 2015 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, December 5, 2015 7:30 p.m.
BAM, Judith and Alan Fishman Space, 321 Ashland Pl, Brooklyn, NY, 11217
Tickets: General admission, $25
Souleymane Badolo: In the Mooré language, yimbégré means “beginning.” For the powerful dancer and choreographer Souleymane “Solo” Badolo, born in Burkina Faso and currently based in Brooklyn, to begin again is to exercise personal freedom—yet often at the expense of familial roots. In this deeply personal work, Badolo pits ancestry against aspiration to explore the delicate balance between maintaining ties and seeking new homes free from creative and political intolerance. Burkinabé master drummer Mamoudou Konate, pushing the traditional into modern modes of expression, provides the fitting accompaniment to movement (by Badolo and dancer Sylvestre Koffitse Akakapo-Adzaku) that begins in innate gesture and progresses urgently toward the new, always remaining conscious of where it is going, and what it is leaving behind.

Roots ‘n’ Ruckus Fest — 4-Day Free Festival at Jalopy
Wednesday, December 2, 9:00 p.m.
Thursday, December 3, 9:00 p.m.
Friday, December 4, 8:00 p.m.
Saturday, December 5, 5:30 p.m.
Jalopy Theatre, 315 Columbia St, Brooklyn, NY 11231
For more information, contact Lynette Wiley 718 541 6464, Feral Foster 917-282-2393
A 4-Day Free Festival Celebrating 10 years of Roots n' Ruckus Roots n' Ruckus, a weekly roots music variety show curated and hosted by Feral Foster, has become an internationally recognized fixture of the NYC music scene, showcasing up and coming stars and folk music favorites. In keeping with tradition, Roots ‘n’ Ruckus Fest will be completely free, with the audience being asked to tip each act. The Festival will feature the Spirit Family Reunion, Hubby Jenkins, Radio Jarocho, Stephanie Nilles, Crushed Out, Ukranian Village Voices, Wyndham Baird, East River String Band, Twain, Willy Gantrim, 4:00 Flowers, Morgan O’Kane, Jessy Carolina, Feral Foster and a range of folk, country, balkan, blues, klezmer, old time and jazz acts.

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Thursday, December 3, 2015
Haiti Cultural Exchange (HCX) presents
Cristo Rey | Film Screening & Conversation
6-9 p.m.
BAMcinématek, Peter Jay Sharp Building 30 Lafayette Ave., Brooklyn, NY 11217
ADMISSION: $10 Suggested Donation
HCX presents a screening of Cristo Rey by Leticia Tonos Paniagua, co-presented with the Caribbean Film Academy & BAMcinématek. This film released in 2014, revolves around Haitians and Dominicans living in the Santo Domingo slums, where the two groups are at violent odds in a turbulent political and social climate. The screening will be followed by a discussion with filmmakers, activists, and scholars.

Neighborhood Preservation Center presents
Book Talk: St. Marks Is Dead: The Story of the Hippest Street in America
6:30 p.m. (Doors open 6 p.m.)
Neighborhood Preservation Center, 232 East 11th Street, New York, NY
. Free program; space limited; RSVP encouraged. Call 212.228.2781 or email npc@neighborhoodpreservationcenter.org.
Author and journalist Ada Calhoun will talk about her new acclaimed book St. Marks Is Dead and the history, people, and stories that make St. Marks the hippest street in America. Ada will talk about the vibrant history of this three-block street — home to countless movements and the cultural epicenter for multiple generations. Books will be available for purchase and signature by the author. Ada Calhoun has written for The New York Times Magazine, The New Republic, Time, and The New York Post as a crime reporter. She has been a frequent contributor to The New York Times Book Review and a collaborator on multiple New York Times’ bestsellers. Ada was raised in the East Village on St. Marks Place and in 2014, proved her neighborhood history chops winning the annual Peg-Leg Pete Scavenger Hunt.

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.

Caffè Lena presents
Anais Mitchell with opener Bridget Kearney & Benjamin Lazar Davis
7 p.m.
Caffè Lena, 47 Phila St., Saratoga Springs, NY, 518-583-0022
Tickets: $22 general admission, $20 members, $11 students and children
Buy tickets online
Inventive, restless, and passionately artistic; influenced by the ex-pat writers of the early 20th century, obscure political songs of the ’60s and 1980s alt-pop, singer-songwriter Anais Mitchell has gifted the music world with a folk opera (Hadestown, 2010) and several themed albums: 2012’s Young Man in America, 2013’s Child Ballads (which won a BBC Folk Award for Best Traditional Song), and 2014’s XOA. The common thread is her interest in the world around her, leading her tackle big themes with the same emotional intimacy with which most artists describe their inner lives. Based in Vermont and Brooklyn, Anais recorded for Ani Difranco’s Righteous Babe Records for several years before starting her own Wilderland label in 2012. She has headlined solo and with her band worldwide and supported tours for Bon Iver, Ani Difranco, and the Low Anthem.
Opening the show is the duo of Bridget Kearney of Lake Street Dive and Benjamin Lazar Davis of Cuddlemagic and many other projects. Their new EP came out this fall on Signature Sounds.

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Friday, December 4, 2015
New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation announces the:
Holiday Open House at Johnson Hall
6 p.m.-8:30 p.m.
Johnson Hall State Historic Site, 139 Hall Avenue, Johnstown, NY, 518/762-8712
Free and open to the public
Donations will be gratefully accepted and will be earmarked for the continued restoration efforts of Sir William and Molly Brant’s historic home.
For more information, visit www.friendsofjohnsonhallny.org, or email JohnsonHall@parks.ny.gov.
Johnson Hall’s first floor will be decorated for the holiday season, where music of the 18th century will be performed by Liaison Plaisantes. Refreshments will be offered in the historic butler’s pantry. The museum shop will offer 20% off for holiday shopping that evening. Horse-drawn wagon rides of the mansion’s circular drive will be available to visitors between 6:30 p.m. and 8:30 p.m.. In addition, a shuttle van will loop between Johnson Hall and a shuttle stop on Main Street in front of the park.
Along with Johnstown Historical Society, this year’s event is co-sponsored by Johnson Hall, the Friends of Johnson Hall, Goderie’s Tree Farm, Hewitt’s Garden Center, and the Fulton-Montgomery Regional Chamber of Commerce.

Caffè Lena presents
Ball in the House
8 p.m.
Caffè Lena, 47 Phila St., Saratoga Springs, NY, 518-583-0022
Tickets: $18 general admission, $16 members, $8 students and children
Buy tickets online
Taking a cappella to a new level, Ball in the House is a world-class soul, pop and R&B group—without the instruments. Following in the path of classic harmony groups like Boyz II Men, The Temptations and Take 6, Ball in the House is a Boston-based quintet that sings family-friendly pop songs, including Christmas classics. They've opened for The Beach Boys, Gladys Knight, Kool & the Gang, KC & The Sunshine Band, Jessica Simpson, and Smokey Robinson, and regularly perform more than 200 dates a year to adult audiences, school children, and everyone in between. Warm, friendly and super fun, this band will wow you with their contemporary vocal blend and punchy beats.

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
Ganondagan State Historic Site and Friends of Ganondagan announce
10:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.
Shop, Eat, Learn & Enjoy!
Ganondagan State Historic Site, 1488 New York 444, Victor, NY 14564
Free admission to the Native American Winter Arts Show; gallery admission applies for exhibits
SHOP: Join us for our Native American Winter Arts Show and the opportunity to purchase one of a kind, hand crafted Seneca and Haudenosaunee art and crafts. It’s the perfect shopping venue for those interested in giving unique, meaningful gifts this holiday season.
EAT: Enjoy delicious Iroquois White Corn-inspired food for purchase.
LEARN: We’re offering two hands-on workshops. Registration begins at 10 a.m. on Dec. 5, and is first come, first served. Workshop fee is $20 each.
Wampum-making Workshop taught by Master Artisan Rich Hamell, 10:30 a.m.- 12:30 p.m.
Corn Husk Doll Workshop taught by Master Artisan Ronnie Reitter (Seneca), 2 p.m.
ENJOY: Traditional storytelling for all ages at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m.; children’s crafts; and a silent raffle for a limited edition, framed and signed canvas print of Robert Griffing’s “The Great Canandaigua Treaty 1794.”

Staten Island Arts announces
16th Annual Holly Jolly Fine Arts & Crafts Fair
10 a.m.-4 p.m.
Unitarian Church of SI, 312 Filmore St, 10301
The work of this Staten Island-based group of artists will include handmade objects that are usable, wearable, displayable, givable and above all, affordable — from local Staten Island Artists who have been associated with the Unitarian Church.

Staten Island Arts announces
Art Lab Holiday Market
10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Art Lab @ Snug Harbor Cultural Center, 1000 Richmond Terace, Building H, Staten Island, NY 10301
Local Artists featured at this market include Art Lab’s faculty and staff, as well as individual artists from the community, including Lauren Monardo Gramprey-Lenon, Debra Gelman, Hiroko Otani, and Michele Guttenberg. There will be prints, paintings, jewelry, candles, mixed media, collages and baked goods for sale. No mass produced items. More information at www.artlabsi.com.

Staten Island Arts announces
Noble Maritime Collection Culture Shop
11 a.m-6 p.m.
Noble Maritime Museum @ Snug Harbor Cultural Center, 1000 Richmond Terr, Building D, Staten Island, NY 10301
Featuring fine art, books, and stocking stuffers made by local artists and artisans!

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.

City Lore announces
New York’s Cartoon Roots: Winter Frolics
Doors open 7 p.m.
City Lore Gallery 56 E. 1st St, NYC, NY 10003
Tickets: $10
Well before the major Golden Age Cartoon studios produced their famous films in Hollywood, a host of budding animators, directors, and production companies churned out hundreds of animated cartoons in New York City. Back in the silent and early sound eras of film, characters like Felix the Cat, Koko the Clown, Farmer Alfalfa, Mutt & Jeff, the original Tom & Jerry (humans; not the cat and mouse!) and many others dominated a budding art form and New Yorkbred industry that was born right here in our cityscape. In collaboration with City Lore, an arts and culture nonprofit dedicated to preserving the cultural heritage of New York City, animation historian and film archivist Tommy José Stathes, a lifelong Queens resident, has curated an evening of these early cartoons produced in New York City. Sourced directly from Stathes’ personal archives, the films will be shown at the City Lore Gallery in rare archival 16mm prints. In light of the holiday season, this program features winter-themed animation from the 1920s–30s.
Films will be followed by discussion and Q&A.

ArtsWestchester presents
Holiday Evening of Gypsy Jazz and Swing Dancing
7:30-11 p.m.
ArtsWestchester, 31 Mamaroneck Avenue, White Plains, NY 10601
Admission: $20 / $15 advance /$15 senior or student
For tickets and info, call 914.428.4220
Light and very affordable dinner appetizers and beverages for sale by Gaucho Grill Argentine Restaurant.
Doug Munro and La Pompe Attack perform guitar based jazz music in the style of the iconic partnership of Django Reinhardt and Stéphane Grappelli and Hot Club de France. They will perform from their holiday repertoire as featured on their “A Very Gypsy Christmas” album (2011). The Peckham & Shenkman Galleries will be transformed café style with room for dance. Area swing dancers most welcome!

Café Veritas presents
Cliff Eberhardt
Opening is Louise Mosrie
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. (Advance Purchase $16)
For tickets and more information, visit www.cafeveritas.org
At 15, Cliff and his brother Geoff began touring as an acoustic duo, playing the Eastern club circuit until Cliff turned 21 and moved to Carbondale, Illinois. There he found space to develop his own voice within a vibrant and supportive music scene that included Shawn Colvin. After a couple of years there and a short stay in Colorado, Cliff moved to New York City, an ideal musician’s boot camp in 1978. Cliff worked steadily on his music throughout the 1980s, doing solo gigs and studio work, and playing guitar on the road with Richie Havens, Melanie, and others. In 1990 Cliff’s song “My Father’s Shoes,” appeared on Windham Hill’s Legacy collection, leading to a deal with the label. They released Cliff’s first album, The Long Road (1990), a work featuring a duet with Richie Havens. The critical response to this debut was outstanding. He followed with 12 Songs of Good and Evil (1997) on Red House Records. The High Above and the Down Below (2007) album was also critically acclaimed. Cliff got a phone call from the Folger Theatre and Shakespeare Library in Washington, DC, in 2011 to write original songs for the classic “The Taming of the Shrew.” The play was a huge success with 7 weeks of solid sold-out shows in the spring of 2012. In 2013, Cliff was awarded a coveted Helen Hayes Award for Sound Design and the cast won for Best Ensemble.
Opening for Cliff is Louise Mosrie. Louise grew up in the small town just outside of Nashville, TN, on a farm with British parents and several siblings. In 2008, Louise began working on a new album eventually to be called
Home —a mix of bluegrass, country and folk and as she weaved in lush stories and songs about southern life.

Caffè Lena presents
C.B. Smith & the Lucky Devils
8 p.m.
Caffè Lena, 47 Phila St., Saratoga Springs, NY, 518-583-0022
Tickets: $16 general admission, $14 members, $8 students and children
Buy tickets online
C.B. Smith & the Lucky Devils offer literate songwriting, bluegrass fire and classical training. C.B.’s timeless bluesy, folky songs are well handled by his multi-generational band featuring fiddle phenom Megan Gugliotta, Berklee-trained bassist Bill Strohm, and mandolin maven Brendan Donovan.

YWCA Boulton Center for the Performing Arts presents
Aztec Two-Step performs The Simon & Garfunkel Songbook: An Evening of Songs & Stories with special guest narrator Long Island Music Hall of Fame Archivist Tony Traguardo
8:00-10:30 p.m.
Boulton Center, 37 West Main Street, Bay Shore, NY, 631/969-1101
Cost: Tickets available, $40–45
Renowned folk-rock duo Aztec Two-Step will perform The Simon & Garfunkel Songbook: An Evening of Songs & Stories with special guest narrator Long Island Music Hall of Fame Archivist Tony Traguardo
Tickets for this performance are available at www.boultoncenter.org or by calling toll free 866-811-4111 or at the YMCA Boulton Center box office: 37 West Main Street, Bay Shore, NY (631) 969-1101. Box office hours: Weds, Fri., Sat., from 12-4, Thurs. 12-6 and extended hours on performance days.

Flying Cat Music presents
Robinson & Rohe—The Longest Winter: A Christmas Concert and Singalong
8 p.m. (doors open at 7:30)
Empire State Railway Museum, 70 Lower High Street, Phoenicia, NY 12464
Admission is $15 or $13 with RSVP to flyingcatmusic@gmail.com
For information, call 845-688-9453 or email flyingcatmusic@gmail.com
Liam Robinson and Jean Rohe will bring this uniquely personal and embracive event, a special seasonal finale. For the past nine years, Robinson & Rohe have been performing “The Longest Winter: A Christmas Concert and Singalong” annually in their Brooklyn home — always teeming with friends and neighbors. This year they bring their midwinter mini pageant to Phoenicia, resplendent with a gorgeous set piece, a triptych of paper cut light boxes designed by illustrator Andrew Benincasa. On this occasion, Robinson & Rohe go deep into the Christmas repertoire: the mystical, the melancholic, the soulful, and the sublime. Expect songs you may not know: haunting melodies of old Europe, joyful singalongs of the Southern US, and modern takes on the strange and ancient Christmas tale. In their own words, “We sing these carols every year to wrest this influential story from the grasp of the despots and the department stores.” Jean Rohe and Liam Robinson were themselves brought together a decade ago by a love of participatory music-making and American and Anglo folk song. In 2013, Jean and Liam reinvented their collaboration as cowriters, developing an ever-expanding repertoire of original music that now lives alongside the old songs they hold dear. Their performances evidence their deepest values: fine song craft, detailed arrangements, and elegant harmonies.
December 5–6, 2015
Syracuse Peace Council presents
45th Plowshares Craftsfair and Peace Festival
Saturday 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sunday 11 a.m.-5 p.m.
Nottingham High School, Syracuse, NY
For questions, e-mail plowshares@peacecouncil.net
Plowshares is Central New York’s premiere multicultural craftsfair, featuring over 120 local craftspeople and community organizations. A beautiful community of activists, conscientious consumers, and fair traders gather for a weekend of commerce and communing at the Plowshares Craftsfair and Peace Festival. Plowshares is an opportunity to step into the kind of world we’re working so hard to create: a place of justice, of peace, of compassion, of environmental sustainability. This is SPC’s largest fundraiser of the year! Plowshares is a labor of love that comes together thanks to the help of many volunteers. Among those present, will be folk artist and wood carver, Mary Shelley.

December 5, 12, & 19, 2015
Albany Institute of History & Art presents December Art for All: Holiday Ornaments
10 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
Albany Institute of History & Art, 125 Washington Avenue, Albany, NY 12210
Free with museum admission.
December’s Art for All project is perfect for the holiday season. We’ll collage beautiful designs onto round wooden ornaments. An assortment of found images will be provided, including pictures from our current exhibitions!
Bring your family to the museum and spend the day being creative! Adults and children of all ages are welcome to join us in the Albany Institute art studio on Saturdays for drop in art making.

...and beyond Saturday, December 5, 2015
Puerto Rican Folkloric Dance & Cultural Center announces
Sembrando Herencia 2015 — Mi Tierra Boricua Saturday, December 5, 2015 at 6:30 p.m.
Sunday, December 6, 2015 at 3:00 p.m.
Carver Museum, Boyd Vance Theatre, 1165 Angelina St, Austin, TX 78702
Tickets: Adult tickets are $15.00 in advance ($20.00 day of the show). Child tickets (ages 3-12) are $5.00. Lap children 2 and under are free. General admission seating.
Join Puerto Rican Folkloric Dance for Mi Tierra Boricua, a refreshing blend of fun and adventure that brings oral history to life through theater, traditional music and dance. Written in English, Spanish, and Taino, this drama tells the story of a mountain tobacco community in the 1940s and the adventures they face as they leave the mountains of Puerto Rico in search of a better life. Featuring the poetry of Julia de Burgos, this drama will inspire you to consider your own journey.

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Sunday, December 6, 2015
Irish Arts Center presents Sean-nós Dancing with Kieran Jordan
Beginners 11 a.m.-12:15 p.m.
Intermediate & Advanced 12:15 p.m.-1:30 p.m.
Players Theater, 115 MacDougal Street, New York, NY 10012
Registration available online: $25 non-members
Sean-nós means “old-style” in the Irish language.Beginner students will learn the basic movements and rhythms that progress into popular steps found in Connemara sean-nós dancing. Intermediate/advanced students will learn more complex battering steps and will work on improvisational exercises to gain confidence in performing and creating their own dances. Students in all dance classes should wear shorts or workout pants and a t-shirt. For footwear, sneakers, ballet shoes or Ghillies are best.

33rd Annual Troy Victorian Stroll
11 a.m.-5 p.m.
Downtown Troy, NY
Free Admission
For questions, please contact 518-786-1529
The Troy Victorian Stroll is the Northeast’s largest free holiday festival with more than 100 live performances throughout the day! Celebrate the holidays with family and friends. Troy’s historic downtown will offer more than 100 free attractions, including the region’s top performers—musicians, dancers, magicians and storytellers. There’s something for everyone! Wrap up your holiday shopping at the more than 35 clothing, jewelry, and gift boutiques throughout downtown and eat, drink, and be merry, while enjoying top-of-the-line cuisine at dozens of cafes and restaurants. Looking for a quick bite to eat? Enjoy delicious food and drink in Monument Square at one of this year’s food vendors! The Victorian Stroll Art & Craft Show is held inside the Atrium and is a very popular part of the Stroll.

22nd Annual Holiday House Tour
12 noon-5:00 p.m. Nook & Cranny Gift Boutique, 469 Main Street, Islip, NY
Cost: Preordered tickets are $20/adult or $25/adult the day of the tour
For more information please call: 631-245-0675 The Historical Society of Islip Hamlet is hosting its 22nd annual Holiday House Tour. Several historically and/or architecturally interesting homes will be decorated for the holidays as tour guides in Victorian dress greet you at each home. The reception, which is held at one of Islip’s historic churches, includes live entertainment, refreshments, a Chinese auction and a 50/50 raffle. We will, again, be collecting toys for the USMC Toys-for-Tots campaign. Please donate a new, unwrapped toy.

Flushing Town Hall presents a
Holiday Celebration
1-5 p.m.
Flushing Town Hall, 137-35 Northern Boulevard, (at the corner of Linden Place), Flushing, NY 11354
Holiday Historic House Tour—Seven historic sites in Flushing and Corona 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. Tickets: $25/$20 in advance /$10 Children 12 and under
Winter Holiday Festival —, Family Workshops 1-4 p.m.—Celebrate Hanukkah, Christmas, and Kwanzaa with an art-making workshop and storytelling. Storyteller Robin Bady will share her favorite stories of miracles, menorahs, and dreidels; with Aurelia Fernandez we’ll create beautiful Christmas poinsettias which 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. Tickets: $5/Free for Members
Holiday Market, 1-5 p.m.—Artists and Crafts people from the Queens area will be selling their wares in our gallery from 1-5 p.m. during the annual Flushing Historic House tour. All disciplines of art and crafts will be represented. There will be jewelry, paintings, hand crafted ceramics, paper goods, T-shirts and much more to get your holiday shopping off to a great start. Free admission. More information online.

Albany Institute of History & Art presents Lecture: The Cupboard at the Center of the World: American Kasten and their Style and Use in Colonial Dutch New York
Peter Kenny, co-President of the Classical American Homes Preservation Trust and recently retired Curator and Administrator of the American Wing at the Metropolitan Museum of Art

2-3:30 p.m.
Albany Institute of History & Art, 125 Washington Avenue, Albany, NY 12210
Free with museum admission.
Peter Kenny will present a lecture about American Kasten and their Style and use in Colonial Dutch New York. The kast is a large, freestanding textile storage cupboard whose form and function was imported with the Dutch settlers of the Hudson Valley. Massive in scale, these kasten held on stubbornly in the Hudson River Valley until the early nineteenth-century. American kasten projected the same values as their counterparts in the Netherlands, and were at the very center of the New York Dutch household. This lecture is a program that relates to the museum’s current exhibition, The Capital Region in 50 Objects. See EXHIBITIONS section below.

The Folk Music Society of N.Y., Inc/ N.Y. Pinewoods Folk Music Club presents
Chantey and Folk Music Session
2 p.m.
Hosted by The New York Packet. Co-sponsored with and at the South Street Seaport, 12 Fulton St., near Fulton St. subway stop on the A, C, J, Z, 2, 3, 4, & 5 lines.
Info: 212-957-8386.
Free will donations accepted.
An open Community Sing with a lot of singalongs.

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

Borderline Folk Music Club presents
Bluegrass Concert and Jam with Roger Sprung and Friends
King of the Oldtime Bluegrass Banjo
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 cold snack to share with others.
For reservations, contact Greta at Intrend@yahoo.com
Those wishing to only Jam can come at 2:30 at no cost. Parking available at the library and at the school next door.

Museum at Eldridge Street presents
AFTERNOON TALK: An Afternoon with Lyricist Sheldon Harnick
2 p.m.
Museum at Eldridge Street, 12 Eldridge Street, New York, NY 10002
Tickets: $20 adults; $15 students and seniors
Fiddler on the Roof is back on Broadway and we are honored to welcome a Broadway legend to Eldridge Street! Over half a century ago, Sheldon Harnick wrote the Tony Award winning lyrics to Fiddler’s memorable melodies and his way with words has thrilled audiences ever since. A luminary of musical theater, Mr. Harnick will speak with Alisa Solomon, author of Wonder of Wonders: A Cultural History of Fiddler on the Roof, about his fascinating life, career, and the making of a musical masterpiece. Join one of Broadway’s brightest lights on the eve of the Festival of Lights! A Reception with traditional Chanukah treats will follow.

Ukrainian Village Voices presents
Eastern European Folk Song!

3:30 p.m.
Unison Arts Center, 68 Mountain Rest Rd., New Paltz, NY
Suggested donation: $10
Join us in New Paltz, NY for a concert of beautiful, traditional harmony! Eva Salina is a preeminent interpreter of Balkan and Balkan Romani vocal music. A 2015 NYFA Fellow in Traditional/Folk Arts, Eva teaches and performs a wide variety of traditional singing styles and has been singing Ukrainian traditional music for over 15 years, participating in ensembles such as Hilka and Zozulka. Ukrainian Village Voices sings seasonal, ritual, and lyrical folk songs. We are currently singing a mixture of songs about harvest, heartbreak, murder, drinking, and the upcoming winter holidays that we will share with you!

Caffè Lena presents
Lonely Heartstring Band
7 p.m.
Caffè Lena, 47 Phila St., Saratoga Springs, NY, 518-583-0022
Tickets: $18 general admission, $16 members, $9 students and children
Buy tickets online
Boston’s Lonely Heartstring Band was originally formed to play Beatles songs on traditional bluegrass instruments for one particular wedding. Realizing they were onto something special, they began exploring other classics of the pop and folk lists, and creating gorgeous original songs. Trained at Berklee College of Music and boasting some serious performance credentials that belie their youth, these five hard-working guys combine instrumental virtuosity, 3-part harmonies, and a deep understanding of traditional bluegrass and Appalachian music.

...and beyond
Puerto Rican Folkloric Dance & Cultural Center announces
Mi Tierra Boricua
Sembrando Herencia 2015 – An Original Musical

3:00-5:30 p.m.
George Washington Carver Museum & Cultural Center, 1165 Angelina St, Austin, Texas 78702
Ticket information coming this Fall.
They followed their dreams in search of a better life. Little did they know the mountain that awaited them. Join Puerto Rican Folkloric Dance for Mi Tierra Boricua, a refreshing blend of fun and adventure that brings oral history to life through theater, traditional music, and dance. Written in English, Spanish, and Taino, this drama tells the story of a mountain tobacco community in the 1940s and the adventures they face as they leave the mountains of Puerto Rico in search of a better life. Featuring the poetry of Julia de Burgos, this drama will inspire you to consider your own journey.

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Monday, December 7, 2015
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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Tuesday, December 8, 2015
...and beyond
Neighborhood Preservation Center (NPC) announces
Legacy City Preservation: A National Conversation on Innovation + Practice
6-8:30 p.m.
Rutgers University-Newark campus: Hahne & Co. Building, 15 Washington Street, Newark, New Jersey
Free but registration is required.
This free public event will celebrate the release of Action Agenda for Historic Preservation in Legacy Cities and showcase the breadth of work underway in legacy cities to make them more prosperous, equitable, and sustainable while preserving their heritage. The event is organized by the Legacy Cities Partnership at The American Assembly, the Preservation Rightsizing Network, the Cleveland Restoration Society, the Cleveland Urban Design Collaborative, the Cleveland State University Levin College of Urban Affairs, and the host Rutgers University, Newark. NPC is pleased to be a sponsor.

Museum at Eldridge Street presents
CONCERT: FleytMuzik
7 p.m.
Museum at Eldridge Street, 12 Eldridge Street, New York, NY 10002
Tickets: $20 adults; $15 students and seniors
All-star klezmer ensemble FleytMuzik — featuring Adrianne Greenbaum (flute), Pete Rushefsky (cimbalom), Jake Shulman-Ment (violin), Brian Glassman (bass), and special guest Michael Alpert (fiddler-badkhen) — presents an evening rehearsal at our beautiful landmark for their upcoming debut CD release. They’ll lead you “backstage” to witness the inner workings of their creative process. The repetoire being rehearsed is from an unusual klezmer family folio from Dubiecko, Poland, a shtetl that was wiped out by the Holocaust but musically brought back via polkas, mazurkas, and other Polish dances.

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Wednesday, December 9, 2015
Museum at Eldridge Street presents
AFTER HOURS: Secrets of the Synagogue Tour and Chanukah Party
6-9 p.m.
Museum at Eldridge Street, 12 Eldridge Street, New York, NY 10002
Tickets: $30 per person
Tour our landmark sanctuary after hours. We’ll share historical secrets of our century-old synagogue, including some of its most surprising architectural details. To celebrate the Jewish Festival of Lights, we’ll point out the building’s dazzling century-old lighting features, serve up latkes, jelly donuts, and other traditional holiday goodies, and light a menorah marking the fourth day of the holiday!
Presented with Untapped Cities.

Albany Institute of History & Art presents 1791 Club: It’s All in the Cards
5:30-8 p.m.
Albany Institute of History & Art, 125 Washington Avenue, Albany, NY 12210
Tickets: $10 per person (food + drink on your own)
RSVP by 12/8 to Aine at (518) 463-4478 ext 408 or leader.nagya@albanyinstitute.org
Come see America’s first commercially printed Christmas card (on view in The Capital Region in 50 Objects) and create some personal holiday cards. We’ll then toast to creativity with food and drink specials at a local restaurant.

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Thursday, December 10, 2015
Arts & Cultural Council for Greater Rochester announces
WORKSHOP: Show Me the Money: Raising Funds for Historic Structures
in collaboration with the Landmark Society of Western New York
9:30 a.m.-Noon
Conference Room in the East Avenue Inn & Suites, 384 East Avenue, Rochester NY 14607
Workshop Registration: $20 for Arts & Cultural Council and Landmark Society members; $25 for nonmembers
If your arts or cultural organization is housed in a historic structure (residential, commercial or religious) or your group is thinking about acquiring an old building for its use … and you’re worried where the money is going to come from to make this structure serve as a worthy showcase to achieve your organization’s mission and goals … this workshop is for you! The preservation staff of the Landmark Society of Western New York will discuss sources of funding to cover historic structure reports and condition assessments, pre-construction costs, and the rehabilitation and/or restoration work itself.
Presented by Landmark Society staff members Larry Francer, Associate Director of Preservation; Caitlin Meives, Preservation Planner; and, Cynthia Howk, Architectural Research Coordinator.

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.

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

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
Support the Museum at Eldridge Street and see Fiddler on the Roof, the musical theater masterpiece returning to Broadway this fall. Order now as we only have six tickets remaining! Savor the story of Jewish milkman Tevye, who strives to maintain "Tradition" as he sees his daughters fall in love. Bartlett Sher (South Pacific) directs the revival, and Tony nominee Danny Burstein plays Tevye.

December 10–13, 2015
Ashokan Music & Dance announces
Celebrating 25 Years of Dancing Around the Tree of Life! NARAYA: New York Dance For All People 2015
EARLY ARRIVAL: Thursday, Dec. 10, 12 noon or later
CEREMONY BEGINS ON CIRCLE: Friday, Dec. 11, 12 noon sharp.
CEREMONY CONCLUDES: Late Sunday afternoon
The Ashokan Center, located in the beautiful Catskill Mountains: 477 Beaverkill Road, Olivebridge, NY 12461
This year is the 25th anniversary of the Dance For All People. The theme this year for the New York Dance For All People is Great Mystery: The Heart & Spirit of the Dance. All dancers and elders are invited to arrive at Ashokan Center as early as noon Thursday, December 10, to help with setup and get settled on the land; ALL NEW DANCERS must arrive Thursday for the evening orientation meeting. Whether arriving Thursday or Friday morning, please be prepared to be on circle noon Friday.
The Dance For All People comes from a tradition of the Great Basin/Plateau peoples that has been revitalized by Native people to perpetuate the healing and renewal of Mother Earth and all her beings. The Dance is about each person taking personal responsibility to make this mission of healing and renewal a part of their daily lives. Through the vessel of the Dance, we focus our hearts, minds, and prayers on the transformation of our inner beings based on the premise that we must become in our inner lives what we intend to create in the outer world.

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Friday, December 11, 2015
The Folk Music Society of N.Y., Inc/ N.Y. Pinewoods Folk Music Club presents
Birthday Potluck with singing and jamming at OSA Hall
7-10 p.m.
SA Hall, 220 E. 23rd Street, suite 707, (between 2nd and 3rd Avenues), New York, NY
Free admission. So that we don’t drown in potato salad, please coordinate your potluck offerings with Evy, (718) 549-1344 (after 11 a.m., please), ukelady123 [at] gmail.com. Nothing that needs heating. And if you bring dishes you want back, please mark with your name. Soft drinks, coffee, and tea provided. Please no alcohol.
Happy Birthday to Us! The club was founded in 1965, so this year we are 50 years old and we are having ourselves a party with singing and jamming led by Frank Woerner and Alan Friend. Everyone is welcome!

Irish Arts Center presents SongLives: Leo O’Kelly and Rebecca Hart
Curated by Grammy Award-winner Susan McKeown
Doors Open at 7 p.m. | Show at 8 p.m.
Players Theater, 115 MacDougal Street, New York, NY 10012
Tickets available online
SongLives showcases some of Ireland and North America’s most exciting contemporary songwriters, bringing the rich tradition of busking on Dublin’s Grafton Street and beyond to New York City. Irish singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, and producer Leo O’Kelly has a long history in Irish music and is best known for co-founding the Irish folk duet Tir na nOg in 1970. New York-based singer-songwriter, composer, and actress Rebecca Hart regularly sells out her shows at Joe’s Pub and Rockwood Music Hall and tours often in Ireland.

The Folkus Project presents
Sloan Wainwright Band
A long-time popular Syracuse favorite returns to present songs of the holiday season
8:00-10:00 p.m.
May Memorial Unitarian Universalist Society, 3800 East Genesee St, Syracuse, NY
Cost: $20; Member price: $17
Advance sale tickets are available via PayPal or by mail (personal check); advance ticket holders receive preferential seating. For details, see the Folkus Project website at www.folkus.org
Wainwright will put her own interpretations on well known contemporary holiday hits and touch the spiritual side with her originals, such as “Search the Sky” and “I Believe" from her CD, On a Night Before Christmas. In “Search the Sky," she pens a lovely, contemplative lyric; “And all that joy shall easily be restored, we’ve traveled such a long way, we had forgotten what for.” The uplifting message of “I Believe” qualifies it as a holiday pleaser; “There above us, a brilliant evening sky, let spirit fly with the constellations, lift up our voices in prayerful harmony, join together in jubilation.”
For this concert, she’ll be joined by her working companion of 15 years, Stephen Murphy on guitar, along with Cadence Carroll on percussion, and Doug Wray on bass. The evening promises something for everyone — a stirring, joyous gala sure to move our sprits and capture our hearts.

Caffè Lena presents
8 p.m.
Caffè Lena, 47 Phila St., Saratoga Springs, NY, 518-583-0022
Tickets: $18 general admission, $16 members, $9 students and children
Buy tickets online
This award-winning Vermont band has evolved into a well-oiled machine with stunning vocal harmonies and stellar acoustic instrumentation. The thing that makes this ensemble stand out is the way they weave sophisticated jazz and blues licks into their repertoire of original bluegrass and country-folk. The melodies and arrangements are full of delicious little twists that keep listeners engaged and delighted. Led by Vermont’s Vocalist of the Year, Colby Crehan (familiar to Caffè audiences as lead singer for Bluegrass Gospel Project), the band features husband Ryan Crehan on banjo, Charley Eiseman on guitar, Stephen Waud on mandolin, and Mitch Barron on bass.

December 11–13, 2015
Pregones Theater/Puerto Rican Traveling Theater announces:
Friday and Saturday @ 8:00 p.m., Sunday @ 3:00 p.m.
304 West 47th Street, New York, NY 10036
Tickets: $15
Pregones/PRTT joins El Teatro Campesino’s 50th Anniversary celebration by presenting their critically acclaimed production LA ESQUINITA, USA; written and performed by Rubén C. González, and directed by Kinan Valdez. A skillfully political one man show that swiftly swings between lighthearted whimsical instants to deep introspective, often painfully real depictions of a leftover surviving community that has lost its main economic driving force. LA ESQUINITA, USA is the latest installment of the Mad Mexican’s solo performances by Rubén C. González. This time around he is not so mad and the world is better for it. Now, the ZEN Mexican takes us on a passage through a once booming town, LA ESQUINITA, USA, now forgotten. This story is told by the omniscient narrator LENCHO and experienced through the eyes of 18 year old DANIEL, a young man who is at the peak of his Crystal Meth high while standing at the threshold between Light and Darkness. The main source of employment, The Thompson Tire Factory has gone to China, leaving the town’s infrastructure in disarray. False idols of hope are the only source of relief and the citizens of this dilapidated town are left scavenging for what little remains. What happens to a town when promises from Big Business are broken? What happens to its people?
A featured event of Pregones/PRTT’s Plataforma: The Bronx-Broadway Showcase for Latino Theater.

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Saturday, December 12, 2015
Caffè Lena presents
Bluegrass Jam
9:30 a.m. (doors open at 9:15 a.m.)
Caffè Lena, 47 Phila St., Saratoga Springs, NY, 518-583-0022
Tickets: $5 at the door
Attention bluegrass pickers! Mandolinist Alan Epstein is launching the second season of his popular monthly Bluegrass Jam at Caffè Lena. Now based in Washington County, Alan Epstein has played mandolin and sung in bluegrass bands in Colorado, Pennsylvania and Michigan and has taught group classes at numerous festivals. Alan is a friendly leader and confidence-builder. All are welcome! Let’s pick!

Center for Traditional Music and Dance annoucnes
Immigration Reform @ 50: Colombian Migrations and Identities in NYC since Hart Celler Act of 1965
5:00-6-30 p.m.
Queens Museum, Flushing Meadows Corona Park
Admission is free.
The Hart-Cellar, signed into law by President Lyndon B. Johnson in 1965 fundamentally changed the demographics of our nation. Still the foundation of immigration law today, the legislation brought in tens of millions of people from Asia, Latin America, Africa, and the Caribbean, phasing out the 1920s quota system, which had sealed the borders to everyone but northern Europeans. This program focuses on musical migrations post-Hart-Celler to note cultural contributions by Colombian musicians and how they illuminate the current discussion of immigration reform. A lecture by ethnomusicologist and FolkCOLOMBIA Musica y Danza project director Dr. Jorge Arevalo Mateus (Center for Traditional Music and Dance) will be followed by a performance by Afro-Pacifico Colombian master musician and marimba de chonta player Diego Obregon. Programmed in partnership with Queens Museum.

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)

crookston-1212Eighth Step at Proctors presents
Joe Crookston
with Peter Glanville

7:30 p.m.
Proctors (Underground), 432 State St. Schenectady NY 12305
Order Tickets through the 8th Step Ticket Line: 518-434-1703 or online
Sensational singer-songwriter-guitarist Crookston creates pure magic with guitarist Peter Glanville on 6-string and tenor guitars and vocals. Expect anything...high-energy, lush Crookston originals on ex-slaves, Oklahoma towns, rattlesnake tails, drunken roosters, Dylan Thomas...and maybe a really good Supertramp cover. His universal story-songs are masterful and his concerts a grand celebration. Artist, writer, guitar picker, filmmaker, clawhammer banjo player, eco village member, and believer in all things possible, Crookston returns to pull you into the magic, musical world he creates. Winner of a Folk Alliance International “Album of the Year” prize for his CD Able Baker Charlie & Dog, Crookston inevitably sparks an otherworldly connection with listeners.

ArtsWestchester announces
Pete Seeger: The Pete You Never Heard
7:30-10:00 p.m.
Memorial United Memorial Methodist Church, 250 Bryant Avenue, White Plains, NY 10605
Tickets: Advance $18, at door $23, children under 12 $10
Walkabout Clearwater Coffeehouse presents Pete Seeger: The Pete You Never Heard, A special evening devoted to the music of, and stories about our founder, Pete Seeger featuring Bill and Livia Vanaver, Kristen Graves, Hope Machine, Aurora Barnes, Rick and Donna Nestler, David Bernz, and Jacob Bernz. The program is being crafted by Pete’s longtime friend and collaborator, David Bernz and some surprises.

The Smith Center for the Performing Arts presents
Mandolin Orange
7:30 p.m.
The Smith Opera House, 82 Seneca Street, Geneva, NY 14456
Tickets: $20 General Admission
After the breakout critical success of Mandolin Orange’s Yep Roc debut, This Side of Jordan, you’d expect the relentless onslaught of touring that accompanied it to seep into the writing of the North Carolina duo’s follow-up. You’d expect the sound to reflect long days on the road, long nights onstage, unfamiliar cities, countless miles. You’d expect the classic “road record.” But you’d be wrong. “All of these songs are definitely a product of being on the road,” says multi-instrumentalist/singer Emily Frantz of Mandolin Orange’s gorgeous new album, Such Jubilee, “but they’re not about the road.” “They’re about home,” explains songwriter/multi-instrumentalist/singer Andrew Marlin. “Not because we were missing it, but because when you’re gone so much, you start realizing what you have and what’s waiting for you. You realize there’s this place to come back to at the end of the journey, and that’s where a lot of these songs come from.” “Mandolin Orange has been quietly gathering local and faraway fans since its debut album was released back in 2010. The North Carolina duo’s music — laced with bluegrass, country and folk — is often wistful and contemplative without being somber, and always firmly grounded in the South.” —WNYC Soundcheck. This concert is a “City Series” and sponsored by the City of Geneva

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.

Albany Pro Musica presents their
The Many Moods of Christmas
7:30 p.m.
Troy Savings Bank Music Hall, Corner of State and Second Streets, in downtown Troy, NY
Tickets: Premium: $35, Regular: $25, Student: $15 (phone only). Please call the Box Office at 518-273-0038 or visit www.albanypromusica.org/concerts/
A moving program anchored in Ralph Vaughan Williams’ powerful Fantasia on Christmas Carols and Robert Shaw’s beautiful collection, The Many Moods of Christmas. The audience will also experience the unique thrill of singing in Troy Music Hall’s celebrated acoustics, as they join the fine voices of Albany Pro Musica in festive arrangements of all-time favorite carols-with the Orchestra Pro Musica.

Ashokan Music & Dance announces
Holiday Contradance with live music!
Jay + Molly are back with Peter Davis and caller Bob Isaacs
for a festive Holiday Dance Party!

8-11 p.m.
Woodstock Community Center, 56 Rock City Road, Woodstock, NY
Contact: (845)246-2121 or office@ashokan.org
Cost: $10; $9 members; students 1/2 price
Community Contra dance: Jay Ungar & Molly Mason and Friends of Fiddle & Dance present the Woodstock 2nd Saturday monthly contradance. Special treat this month: Bob Isaacs calling, with music by Jay Ungar & Molly Mason and Peter Davis.

Caffè Lena presents
Robinson & Rohe’s Lightbox Christmas: Concert & Singalong
8 p.m.
Caffè Lena, 47 Phila St., Saratoga Springs, NY, 518-583-0022
Tickets: $16 general admission, $14 members, $8 students and children
Buy tickets online
Imagine this: a crowd of friends and neighbors has gathered on one of the longest nights of the year. All is warm and cozy inside, while the cold winter wind blows outside. The chatter gives way to silence. And from that radiant silence emerges a song. For the past nine years, Robinson & Rohe has hosted a Christmas musical gathering in their Brooklyn home. This year, they bring their midwinter magic to Saratoga, resplendent with a gorgeous set piece: a triptych of cut paper light boxes designed by illustrator Andrew Benincasa. Liam Robinson and Jean Rohe go deep into the Christmas repertoire: the mystical, the melancholic, the soulful, the sublime. Expect songs you may not know: haunting melodies of old Europe, joyful singalongs of the Southern US, and modern takes on the strange and ancient Christmas tale. Both accomplished songwriters in their own rights, Jean Rohe (guitar, singing) and Liam Robinson (banjo, accordion, singing) let their finely crafted songs shine in detailed arrangements and elegant harmonies. Whether in small clubs or on festival stages, Robinson & Rohe performances are intimate gatherings in which listeners are invited to share in the musicmaking.

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
Delightfully improvisational performers from upstate New York are electrifying, unique, and always uplifting
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
Calpulli Community Year-End Performance
2:00 p.m.
Flushing Town Hall, 137-35 Northern Boulevard, (at the corner of Linden Place), Flushing, NY 11354
Tickets: Tickets: $15/$10 Members & Children
Calpulli Community, a program of Calpulli Mexican Dance Company, celebrates a year of learning in dance and music with a performance at Flushing Town Hall. Students, both children and adults of all ages, from Staten Island and Queens will perform folk dances from across Mexico.

Staten Island Arts announces
Remembering Our Troubled Waters: A Ceremony Honoring Local Knowledge and Those Who Share It
2-5 p.m.
Advance Lock & Key, 2050 Hylan Blvd, Staten Island, New York 10306
Join in the celebration of the launch of Staten Island Arts’ online Trouble the Water story archive! This event will unite program participants and the broader community, sharing experiences and their expertise around water, Hurricane Sandy, and disaster preparedness in the areas of SI most affected by the storm. The event will include a virtual tour of the Trouble the Water Project’s forthcoming website, a ceremony repatriating copies of individual interviews and stories recorded for the project, and of course the coffee and pastry that does Staten Island proud. This project is made possible by the National Storytelling Network Brimstone Award, the North Shore Rotary, NYC Council Member Matteo, the New York State Council on the Arts, and the NYC Department of Cultural Affairs.

Museum at Eldridge Street presents
SUNDAY AFTERNOON TALK Jewish Humor, Folklore & Joke Collecting WITH STEVE ZEITLIN
3 p.m.
Museum at Eldridge Street, 12 Eldridge Street, New York, NY 10002
Tickets: $12 adults; $10 students and seniors
Why must a Jew always answer a question with a question? What did the Jewish optimist say to the Jewish pessimist? If you do not know the answers to these and other Jewish jokes, attendance should be mandatory when Steve Zeitlin tweaks the traditional Passover question and asks “Why is Jewish humor different from all other kinds of humor?” Zeitlin will consider how humor and parable have been tools to help Jews negotiate their place in the world, and will invite the audience to contribute any great Jewish jokes that he may have left out. Co-sponsored with City Lore.

Ukrainian Village Voices presents
St. Andrew’s Eve with Natalka Demchuk
3-5 p.m.
144 Second Avenue (above Veselka), Third Floor Hall, New York, NY 10003*
RSVP NOW to UkrainianVillageVoices@gmail.com to reserve your seat. $15 adults/$10 students and seniors/ children free
*We apologize for the lack of an elevator in this building. However, we will be available to provide a helping hand up the stairs to anyone in need. Please note this in your workshop RSVP.
Join us to honor the rituals of St. Andrew’s Eve, a holiday melding pagan and Christian elements! You’ll observe how this tradition was celebrated in older times and take active part in the joy of it today. St. Andrew’s Eve originally focused on worshiping the birth of the spring sun and the emergence of longer days. Today, it is about people gathering together to enjoy meals, games, and to learn new songs. This tradition, commencing on December 13 and lasting through Christmas, also involves ritual dishes, magic, and fortune telling, some of which you’ll experience at the workshop! Natalka Demchuk is excited to share her hands-on knowledge of Ukrainian songs and traditions. She joined Ukrainian Village Voices upon her recent arrival in NYC from Kyiv, Ukraine, but her experience with this music began when she was a child. She grew up listening and singing along with her Baba Paraska and, when she turned 6, she became a part of the folklore dance and song ensemble Zernyatko, with whom she traveled the world giving concerts at festivals and TV shows for nearly 10 years. Natalka has continued appearing on stage, performing Ukrainian songs on various occasions and teaching as well. Come and dive into Ukrainian traditions with us!

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.

City Lore presents
A Conversation with Bread and Puppet’s Peter Schumann
7-8:30 p.m.
City Lore Gallery 56 E. 1st St, NYC, NY 10003
Tickets: $5
It is our great pleasure to invite you to join us for a conversation with Peter Schumann, founder and long-time leader of Bread and Puppet Theater! Peter Schumann moved to the United States in 1961 from the Silesia region of Poland. He founded the Bread and Puppet Theater in 1963 on New York’s Lower East Side, creating a unique blend of puppetry and political protest. In 1970 the Theater moved to Vermont, first as theater-in-residence at Goddard College, then to Glover, Vermont, where it also started a museum. Bread and Puppet does massive spectacles in the US, Europe, and Latin America that address social, political, and environmental issues, or simply the common urgencies of our lives. Although no longer in New York, Bread and Puppet’s inspiration is visible in the Halloween and the Mermaid Parades, at large political protests, and in the work of Jim Henson and Julie Taymor (The Lion King). On December 13th, Peter will discuss the history and development of Bread and Puppet, his experience working in Coney Island and New York City, and this year’s winter Bread and Puppet performances, The Overtakelessness Circus and The Seditious Conspiracy Theater Presents: A Monument to the Political Prisoner Oscar Lopez Rivera, which will take place at Theater for the New City from December 12th—20th.

Caffè Lena presents
Tall Heights
7 p.m.
Caffè Lena, 47 Phila St., Saratoga Springs, NY, 518-583-0022
Tickets: $16 general admission, $14 members, $8 students and children
Buy tickets online
Stunning, harmony-heavy indie folk has taken Tall Heights from Boston street corners to stages across the country. Growing on the same folk family tree as Simon & Garfunkel and Bon Iver, this “intimate and arresting” (NPR) duo has added electric shimmer and shine to their folksy foundation. Inspired by deep, dark, cinematic Icelandic music, as well as friends and peers in Darlingside and the Ballroom Thieves, the duo has allowed their intimate indie-folk to grow into something bigger and bolder, as heard on their 2015 EP Holding On, Holding Out. Sung in harmony and unison, the lyrics are a call to be more present and conscious, especially in the realms of family, love and our planet.

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Wednesday, December 16, 2015
Caffè Lena presents
Songwriter’s Workshop
7 p.m.
Caffè Lena, 47 Phila St., Saratoga Springs, NY, 518-583-0022
Tickets: $5 at the door
This monthly gathering of songwriters is hosted by Sonny Speed every 3rd Wednesday. Each participant gets 10 minutes to play one original song and receive feedback from fellow songwriters. The tone of critique is constructive and supportive and intended to help you create the songs you want to create. Please bring 20 lyric sheets, which will be returned to you with notes after the critique. Piano and CD/MP3 player are available, or bring your own instrument.

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Thursday, December 17, 2015
Albany Institute of History & Art presents READING & BOOK SIGNING: Steampunk Holiday: Readings from License to Quill
Giacomo Calabria, author, historian, educator
6-7 p.m.
Albany Institute of History & Art, 125 Washington Avenue, Albany, NY 12210
Free admission
Join in the fun at the museum shop’s holiday-themed book signing with Albany writer Giacomo Calabria (pen-name Jacopo della Quercia). Mr. Calabria will be reading from his recently published book, License to Quill, and from his previous book, The Great Abraham Lincoln Pocket Watch Conspiracy. Mr. Calabria has been described as “a masterful and confident storyteller” by Times Union and promises that his new book, License to Quill, a James Bond-esque spy thriller starring William Shakespeare, will be the perfect winter’s tale to enjoy this holiday season. Calabria is an educator and history writer whose work has been featured on the comedy website Cracked.com, BBC America, CNN Money, the Huffington Post, and WAMC’s “The Roundtable.”

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

Eighth Step at Proctors presents its
Tonight’s Theme: TBA

7-9:30 p.m. (third Thursday of every month)
Proctor’s Robb Alley, across from Proctors Cafe, 432 State St. Schenectady NY 12305
Each month we post such a suggested theme. The idea is to plant a seed: maybe we’ll each find something new or unusual, either to sing onstage or for the jam. Feel free to stretch the topic in any direction – or bring something entirely unrelated. At 7 p.m., we begin Open Mic: performers do individual sets of 2–3 songs onstage, with Howard Mittleman on the sound board. Then at 8:30 p.m., we gather for a Jam/Song Circle in front of the stage and play music. You choose in turn whether or not to lead a song; it’s a fine time to sing or play along! It's a low-key opportunity to make great music. If you want to try out something in a more casual way than onstage, here’s your chance. Bonus! Each month, all performers throw their names in a hat, and we draw for FREE 8th Step concert tickets.

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Friday, December 18, 2015
Caffè Lena presents
Heather Maloney
8 p.m.
Caffè Lena, 47 Phila St., Saratoga Springs, NY, 518-583-0022
Tickets: $18 general admission, $16 members, $9 students and children
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“Going in, we said ‘let’s make a bad ass indie rock record with a sound as big and dynamic as we can, without compromising one single heartfelt lyric.’ “ Singer-songwriter Heather Maloney did just that on her newest LP, Making Me Break. Working with Grammy-nominated producer Bill Reynolds (Band of Horses, Avett Brothers), the two crafted and delivered an artistic vision that merges folk roots with indie rock. Heather’s new music has a definite edge, but it also has her classically trained voice and well-crafted lyrics informed by her formal study of opera, jazz and classical Indian vocals. After a stint as a NYC jazz singer, she moved to a silent meditation retreat center in Central Massachusetts for nearly 3 years, taking vows of silence from seven to ten days at a time. The silence helped her find her true voice. Armed with her guitar and a fresh sense of purpose, Maloney gigged around the Northeast for a couple years before signing with Signature Sounds (Lake Street Dive, Josh Ritter), sharing stages with Shakey Graves, Mary Chapin Carpenter and Anais Mitchell, and creating a celebrated collaboration with Darlingside. Her distinctive voice has soared a long way from the silent confines of hushed meditation, and into a natural equilibrium of progressive Indie-Folk. Mission Accomplished.

December 18–20, 2015
Irish Arts Center presents An Irish Christmas
A Musical Solstice Celebration

SPECIAL GUESTS INCLUDE Colum McCann, Mary Higgins Clark and Carol Higgins Clark, Bill Whelan & Ellen McCourt, Malachy McCourt and Alfie McCourt
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.

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Saturday, December 19, 2015
City Lore, in partnership with Garifuna Coalition, Inc., and Bronx Music Heritage Center (BHMC) presents
DECEMBER BRONX RISING! Parranda con Paranda: A Puerto Rican and Garifuna Holiday Celebration
7 p.m.
Bronx Music Heritage Center, 1303 Louis Niné Blvd, Bronx, NY 10452, 718.839.1100
Free and open to the public
The annual celebration is back with a focus on women’s music and dance traditions from both the Puerto Rican and Garifuna communities. The Garifuna celebrate abeimahani, an acapella style that is sung only by women and addresses the daily chores, experiences, and encounters in daily life; while we see Puerto Rican bomba performed by a new generation of women. Performers include: Manuela Arciniegas, Lucy Blanco, Bodoma, Alex Colón, Julia Gutierrez, James Lovell, Inés Mangual, Gianina Nolberto, Kya Perez, Bobby Sanabria, Luz Soliz, and Jorge Vazquez.
Food will be available for purchase by Melissa’s Pan (Garifuna pan de coco).
There will be a toy drive (new and unwrapped toys) for El Maestro's Three King’s Day celebration.

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 or online
Come sing, laugh, light a taper at our warm and wonderful musical celebration of the Season of Light! It’s a magical immersion in Winter holidays that began as Pagan rituals on the darkest night of the year, ending with dawn and the gradual shortening of days leading to Spring: Yule, Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, and more around the world. It’s a night of stunning harmonies and instrumentals, powerful, whimsical, funny and charming, from Greg’s bawdy Celtic drinking songs to Kim’s soaring vocals; from Terry’s rocking harmonica to Reggie’s haunting guitar — a warm and anticipated tradition at The Step! The longest, darkest night of the year will indeed finally break into sunrise, lighting our way to spring and summer. Come share a bit of light — we’ll chase away the darkness and look toward rebirth, new growth.

Caffè Lena presents
Holiday Folk Show
8 p.m.
Caffè Lena, 47 Phila St., Saratoga Springs, NY, 518-583-0022
Tickets: $20 general admission, $18 members, $10 students and children
Buy tickets online
It’s that magical time of year again! The time when festive folks across the region come to Caffè Lena to enjoy a “Candlemas-Hanukkah-Ramadan-Solstice-Christmas-Kwanzaa-New Year-Boxing Day-Epiphany Event.” It’s a sweet, sentimental and silly celebration of the season complete with swanky décor, audience participation, and loads of lovely songs. Joining the line up for the first time this year is stellar vocalist and fiddler Sara Milonovich! She’ll accompany long-time cast members John Kirk, Trish Miller, David Kiphuth and Addie & Olin. Sing-alongs, fiddle, guitar, mandolin, banjo, flute, concertina, horns and percussion played by talented folks who click like only old friends can. Selections are performed with harmony, peace and goodwill towards all!

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Sunday, December 20, 2015
Golden Link Folk Singing Society announces
Shaped Note Singing Party
2 p.m.
Starting at 2 p.m., continuing through a dish-to-share dinner at 6 p.m. At the home of Chris and Helen Haller in Bushnell’s Basin. For address, directions and confirmation of attendance, call 387-9570, or e-mail Helen wordbird@rochester.rr.com. All levels are welcome, including visitors/listeners; no experience necessary. Loaner books and instructions will be available.

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.

Caffè Lena presents
Holiday Folk Show Matinee
3 p.m.
Caffè Lena, 47 Phila St., Saratoga Springs, NY, 518-583-0022
Tickets: $20 general admission, $18 members, $10 students and children
Buy tickets online
It’s that magical time of year again! The time when festive folks across the region come to Caffè Lena to enjoy a “Candlemas-Hanukkah-Ramadan-Solstice-Christmas-Kwanzaa-New Year-Boxing Day-Epiphany Event.” It’s a sweet, sentimental and silly celebration of the season complete with swanky décor, audience participation, and loads of lovely songs. Joining the line up for the first time this year is stellar vocalist and fiddler Sara Milonovich! She’ll accompany long-time cast members John Kirk, Trish Miller, David Kiphuth and Addie & Olin. Sing-alongs, fiddle, guitar, mandolin, banjo, flute, concertina, horns and percussion played by talented folks who click like only old friends can. Selections are performed with harmony, peace and goodwill towards all!

Museum at Eldridge Street presents
Debut Concert: Book of Questions
A new classical music song cycle by composer Joshua Morris and librettist Leah Falk
3 p.m.
Museum at Eldridge Street, 12 Eldridge Street, New York, NY 10002
Tickets: $20 adults; $15 students and seniors.
In this melodic, classical piece, Leah Falk (text) and Joshua Morris (music) have created a song cycle for tenor, soprano, viola, flute, oboe, and percussion inspired by ethnographer and playwright S. Ansky’s classic study of Jewish life in the Pale of Settlement. Morris has set to music Falk’s adaptation of Ansky’s original questions, spoken by an Ansky-like ethnographer character and a “child ethnographer” who embellishes and alters them.

Monday, December 21, 2015
City Lore announces
Winter Solstice Bronx: Melrose Parranda
4-6 p.m.
Begin: Bronx Documentary Center, 614 Courtlandt Avenue, Bronx, NY
Free and open to the public
The Bronx Music Heritage Center (BMHC) inaugurates its annual Melrose procession series with a focus on the Puerto Rican tradition of caroling called parranda. At 4:00 p.m., a parranda with the Puerto Rican music of plena, and singing holiday songs from the island, will be led by Jorge Vazquez, Bobby Sanabria, José Rivera, Nicky Laboy, and Nelson Seda. Join the procession at the Bronx Documentary Center (614 Cortland Ave) with refreshments provided by Morris Perk, as we wind our way through Melrose into beloved local landmarks, ending with a jubilant jam session and refreshments at Casita Rincón Criollo (Brook Ave and 157th St). In partnership with City Lore, Make Music New York, and the Bronx Documentary Center.

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Tuesday, December 22, 2015
Caffè Lena presents
Let’s Be Leonard
8 p.m.
Caffè Lena, 47 Phila St., Saratoga Springs, NY, 518-583-0022
Tickets: General $8, Student $5
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Let’s Be Leonard is a jazzy, playful five-piece rock and roll jam band from Saratoga Springs. They love to work with a theme and this time it’s . . . Christmas! Expect to hear intricate songwriting sprinkled with dashes of Jazz, Reggae, Funk, and good old fashioned Rock ’n’ Roll. Frequently seen at our neighboring venue, Putnam Den, Let’s Be Leonard has played with regional favorites FiKus, Wild Adriatic, and Mister F. Their line-up features Karl Bertrand (Lead Vocals & Rhythm Guitar), Matt Griffin (Lead Guitar), Connor Dunn (Saxophone), Chris Cronin (Bass Guitar) and Paul Gauy (Drums).

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Museum at Eldridge Street presents
Hot Cider Walking Tour
1 p.m.
Museum at Eldridge Street, 12 Eldridge Street, New York, NY 10002
RSVP: $25 per person; includes Museum admission
Explore Jewish immigrant landmarks of the Lower East Sde, then warm up inside our glorious sanctuary with hot cider and neighborhood treats.

Thursday, December 24–Tuesday, December 29, 2015
Center for Traditional Music and Dance and Yiddish New York (YNY) announce
THE FIRST ANNUAL YIDDISH NEW YORK (YNY) – A Huge New Yiddish Festival/Cultural Immersion Program December 24–29 on Manhattan’s Lower East Side
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
Registration Fees: Adults $498; 1st Youth $298; Additional Youth $248
Single Day Passes Available!
Register by Nov 1 for a special early bird discount to avoid paying a 4% online transaction fee!
Yiddish New York will feature over fifty of the world’s leading performers, scholars and activists working to revitalize contemporary Yiddish culture in programs ranging from klezmer concerts, “Tantshoyz” Yiddish dance parties, “zingeray” (Yiddish folksong sharing sessions), instrumental lessons, lectures, Yiddish lessons, walking tours, films, theater presentations, an art exhibition, special youth and teen programs and more!

Participants who register will gain access to events happening all over the historic East Village and Lower East Side — Yiddish New York’s hub for daytime activity will be at the 14th Street Y, with evening events occurring at clubs, theaters, museums and historic synagogues in the neighborhood. Yiddish New York will run from 1 p.m. on Thursday, December 24 - 5 p.m. on Tuesday, December 29. A few of the programs will be open to the pubic, but for most, registration will be necessary to attend (check the website for more details).

Yiddish New York was created by a committee of nine leading Yiddish performing artists in response to the recent closure of KlezKamp, which had presented the world's longest running Yiddish cultural immersion program in the Catskills each December for thirty years.

Yiddish New York will feature major artists such as Grammy winning trumpeter Frank London (The Klezmatics), NEA National Heritage Fellow Andy Statman (clarinet/mandolin), Zalmen Mlotek (The Folksbiene National Yiddish Theater), NY Times best selling author Michael Wex, Obie-award winning theater director Jenny Romaine, acclaimed Yiddish singer Ethel Raim, award winning film director and composer Josh Waletzky, Peabody Award winning musician/scholar Henry Sapoznik and many, many more.

A centerpiece of the festival will be the Adrienne Cooper Memorial Dreaming in Yiddish Concert, which will be held on Saturday, Dec 26, 8:00 p.m. at The Museum of Jewish Heritage, 36 Battery Place. The concert will honor Montreal-based based performer Socalled (Josh Dolgin) with the 2015 Adrienne Cooper Memorial Dreaming in Yiddish Award for his innovative work as a singer, composer, hip-hop artist, and puppeteer.

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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Friday, December 25, 2015
Museum at Eldridge Street presents
Klez for Kids
11 a.m.
Museum at Eldridge Street, 12 Eldridge Street, New York, NY 10002
Tickets: $12 adults; $10 students and seniors; $8 children.
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 joyous audience-enacted shtetl wedding.

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Saturday, December 26, 2015
Aztec Two-Step Performs Classic Duos: Their own Aztec Two-Step Classics plus Songs of Simon & Garfunkel, The Everly Brothers, and Others
Doors open at 5:00 p.m. for dinner; 8:00 p.m. show
Daryl’s House, 130 Route 22, Pawling, NY 12564
For more information, call 845-236-7970
Tickets: General Admission $25.00; Reserved Table Seating $40.00
Renowned folk-rock duo Aztec Two-Step will be performing a concert of their own Aztec Two-Step classics as well as a tribute to iconic musical duos including Simon & Garfunkel, The Everly Brothers, Chad & Jeremy, and Peter & Gordon.

Caffè Lena presents
Racquette River Rounders’ Boxing Day Reunion Show
8 p.m.
Caffè Lena, 47 Phila St., Saratoga Springs, NY, 518-583-0022
Tickets: $16 general admission, $14 members, $8 students and children
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Guitarist Danny Gotham and singer songwriter John Kribs began their partnership late in 1978 when, along with bassist Michael Hadfield, they formed The Racquette River Rounders: an eclectic string band performing everything from traditional reels and jigs to Fats Waller, Elvis Presley and their own original music. The band traveled extensively and made two records before “officially” disbanding in 1982. All these years later their annual Boxing Day Reunion Show at Lena’s has become a cherished annual event. Danny now lives in Chapel Hill North Carolina, teaches guitar and tours with internationally celebrated mandolinist Peter Ostroushko. John makes his home in the southern Adirondacks and performs both solo and with several local and regional groups. He also chairs the Southern Adirondack Musicians Fund.

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Sunday, December 27, 2015
Folk Music Society of New York/New York Pinewoods Folk Music Club presents
Holiday Singing at Rehab Center
2-4 p.m.
Meet us at Regal Heights Rehabilitation and Health Care Center, 70-05 35th Avenue (between 71st and 70th Streets in Jackson Heights, Queens
Please call 718-672-6399 to let us know if you are coming and/ or if you have any questions.
The holidays are a sad time if you can’t be at home with families and friends. Bring cheer by singing holiday songs at the Regal Heights Rehab Center, which is a nursing home and rehab center. We have song sheets with Christmas and Hanukkah songs. Bring instruments that travel easily and we will go around and help cheer the residents. Some of us have done this before, and it was a very moving experience. Jackson Heights residents will also participate. Afterwards, some of us have gone out to eat. Jackson Heights is known for its wonderful and varied restaurants. We will decide on that day if people are interested and where they would like to go.

Caffè Lena presents
Seth Glier
7 p.m.
Caffè Lena, 47 Phila St., Saratoga Springs, NY, 518-583-0022
Tickets: $18 general admission, $16 members, $9 students and children
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This 24-year-old singer, pianist and guitarist aims straight for the gut with emotive, rocking songs about the challenges of adult life. Despite his relatively young age Glier is a seasoned troubadour, averaging over 250 live performances annually. He’s known for passionate live sets and a powerful command of both piano and guitar. Building on the acclaim of his Grammy-nominated sophomore album The Next Right Thing, Glier’s subsequent record Things I Should Let You Know was called “a genuine revelation” by Blurt Magazine, and was praised for its “shimmering, seductive melodies.” His brand new album, If I Could Change One Thing was produced Bill Lefler (Ingrid Michaelson, Joshua Radin, Dashboard Confessional) and reflects a turn toward genuine modern pop. Seth will be accompanied by Joe Nerny on saxophone and harmonica.

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Monday, December 28, 2015
Museum at Eldridge Street presents
BEYOND THE FACADE Architecture Tour
1 p.m.
Museum at Eldridge Street, 12 Eldridge Street, New York, NY 10002
RSVP: Free event.
Discover the synagogue's most sepctacular and unusual features, including a contemporary stained glass window by Kiki Smith and Deborah Gans.

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Tuesday, December 29, 2015
Museum at Eldridge Street presents
SPECIAL TOUR Treasures from the Archives
1 p.m.
Museum at Eldridge Street, 12 Eldridge Street, New York, NY 10002
Tickets: $12 adults; $10 students/seniors; includes Museum admission.
See rarely displayed Judaica and artifacts from the Museum’s collection on this behind-the-scenes tour of the synagogue.

Caffè Lena presents
Gibson Brothers Trio
7 p.m.
Caffè Lena, 47 Phila St., Saratoga Springs, NY, 518-583-0022
Tickets: $35 general admission, $32 members, $17.50 students and children
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As the reigning Entertainers of the Year, Vocal Group of the Year, and writers of the Song of the Year (International Bluegrass Music Association), Leigh and Eric Gibson are operating at peak power. With deep roots in the NYS farmlands bordering Canada, the Gibsons have been claimed as the North Country’s ambassadors to the exciting world of contemporary bluegrass. Now signed to the prestigious Rounder Records label, their latest album is a tribute to the great brother acts in bluegrass and country music history. For this rare, intimate concert at Caffè Lena, we’ll be serenaded by the heart and soul of the Gibson Brothers Band—a rare pair of brothers, Leigh and Eric Gibson, along with long-time bassist Mike Barber.

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Wednesday, December 30, 2015
Museum at Eldridge Street presents
SPECIAL TOUR AND KIDDUSH Folklore of the Eldridge Street Synagogue
1 p.m.
Museum at Eldridge Street, 12 Eldridge Street, New York, NY 10002
Tickets: $12 adults; $10 students and seniors; includes Museum admission
Hear heimisch stories about the synagogue then enjoy an old-school kiddush with herring and a shot of slivovitz..

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Thursday, December 31, 2015
Caffè Lena presents
First Night Saratoga 2016: Presenting Jack Grace Trio and Mark Tolstrup’s Brass & Blues
6 p.m.
Caffè Lena, 47 Phila St., Saratoga Springs, NY, 518-583-0022
Tickets: General admission: $15; Button & Membership Package $55
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For 20 years, First Night Saratoga has been the go-to event for families ringing in the new year. As we planned for our 20th anniversary, we asked hundreds of people what they wanted to see and hear and this year’s program is a reflection of that. Jack Grace, the entertaining country-rock New York City performer, has been compared to everything from Frank Zappa to early Johnny Cash—or “Cole Porter meets Gene Autry” as the New York Times once wrote. A consummate live performer, lyricist, singer and guitarist, Grace plays kick-the-can with a variety of different musical genres—from country and classic rock to mariachi music—while infusing his songs with intelligence and humor.
Brass and Blues fuses Dixieland Jazz with Delta Blues in this trio featuring Mark Tolstrup on vocals, slide guitar, and tenor banjo, Ernie Belanger on tuba and Woody Strobeck on trombone. Mark has been performing his passionate interpretation of Delta Blues in the Saratoga Springs area for many years solo and with acoustic and electric bands. Both Ernie and Woody have many decades of experience playing Dixieland Jazz throughout the region. Together they produce a sound from the roots of American music moaning low with the blues and rollicking with the joy of traditional jazz of New Orleans.

December 31, 2015–January 3, 2016
Ashokan Music & Dance Camps presents
New Year’s Camp & New Year’s Eve Dinner/Dance
The Ashokan Center | Ashokan Music & Dance Camps | 477 Beaverkill Road | Olivebridge | NY | 12461
Tuition includes all activities, classes, dances, workshops and meals from New Year’s Eve through Sunday, including the New Year’s Eve Dinner and Dance. Lodging is additional. Work exchange and youth scholarships are available.
Adults: $450
Discounted Youth Price (13–25): $350
Children (age 5–12): $250
Children (Under 5): Free
Registration and Information on Schedule and Staff available online
Purchase advance tickets for the dinner and dance on New Year’s Eve online; prices are higher at the door. Dinner tickets must be purchased in advance, no later than Dec. 28.
Three days of fabulous music and dancing and our annual New Years’s Eve dinner dance: Enjoy a delicious meal followed by a night of dancing and late-night snacks. Swing, Cajun and Waltzing in one room and Contras and Squares in another. Ring in the New Year with friends...old and new! With Jay & Molly and Swingology, Jay & Molly with Swingology, Cindy Overstreet & Steve Ryan, John Krumm, Tom Krumm, The Yanks, and Jesse Lége & Bayou Brew. Enjoy music and dance classes, singing, jamming and evening dance parties. Or just join us for New Year’s Eve.

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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. Co-sponsored with and led by Don Meade.

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

8-11 p.m.
Co-sponsored with and held at the Aubergine Cafe, 49-22 Skillman Avenue at the corner of 50th Street in Woodside, Queens
Information: 718-899-1735
A voluntary contribution is requested on guest nights.
Come join us every Wednesday for a 3-hour pub style sing-around. All songs are welcome, as are acoustic instruments. Occasionally there is a featured guest performer for part of the evening. Sandwiches, salads, coffee, tea, wine, and beer are available.
Featured Performer: December 9, Generations: Mike & Aleksi Glick

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

7:30-10:00 p.m.
Twelve Corners Presbyterian Church, 1200 S Winton Rd., Rochester, NY 14618
Sing-arounds are FREE and open to the public. Lead a song, request a song, or pass. Contact Deborah Edwards, vp@goldenlink.org to volunteer to lead.
December 1: Open Sing, Jim Schleich leading
December 8: Sing-Along and Chorus, Annual Meeting Tom Taylor leading
December 15: “Christmas & Other Holiday Songs,” Dolores Federation leading
December 22: Open Sing, Olivia Fontana leading
December 29: Open Sing, David Russell leading
January 5: Open Sing, Richard Keefer leading

Open mic at The Road
7-9 p.m.
Monday nights: December 14, 2015, December 21, 2015, December 28, 2015
The Road, 4845 Seneca Turnpike, Syracuse, NY 13215
For information, contact erin.theroad@gmail.com or 315-218-6066
Free and open to the public
Sign up starts at 6 p.m. Sing or play a song, tell a joke, perform some spoken word or simply come to listen.

Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation announces

Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation announces the availability of the guidelines and online application for ArtsCONNECT, a program supporting the presentation and touring of performing arts engagements of excellence across the mid-Atlantic region. ArtsCONNECT supports projects developed by presenter consortia that include both public performances and complementary activities. The application submission deadline for the 2016–2017 ArtsCONNECT program is Friday, March 18, 2016. Program guidelines and application information is available online.

Application Webinars
The Foundation will be offering free webinars to assist potential applicants in understanding the ArtsCONNECT program and filling out the online application. For dates and registration, visit www.midatlanticarts.org/grants-programs/grants-for-organizations/#artsconnect.

Projects in Development
The Foundation is providing a vehicle to connect presenters either interested in participating in an ArtsCONNECT project or seeking partners for a project they are developing through a Projects in Development listing on its website. Inclusion in the listing does not constitute approval or endorsement by the Foundation of a project or organization, nor is it necessary to be included in the listing to be eligible to submit an application to the program.To submit a Project in Development listing, visit https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/AC1617.

For questions about the ArtsCONNECT program contact Michelle Grove, at michelle@midatlanticarts.org.

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.

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)

#SHOPLOCAL this holiday season at one of Staten Island Arts upcoming holiday market dates, featuring handmade jewelry and gifts, photography, knitwear, homegoods, wearables, apparel, totebags, original artwork, cards and papergoods, and more!

Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation announces
BECOME A HOST SITE: Meet the Filmmakers, Present the Films, Engage your Community

Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation’s On Screen/In Person program tours independent American filmmakers to communities across the mid-Atlantic region to screen their recent work, increase accessibility, and deepen appreciation for film through direct audience engagement.

Want to Get Involved? Regional nonprofit venues and arts organizations can participate in the On Screen/In Person program by serving as host sites for the touring filmmakers through a partnership with Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation. By organizing and managing the call for film submissions and consolidating administrative and travel costs, On Screen/In Person seeks to deliver the best in independent filmmaking to mid-Atlantic arts organizations seeking high-quality, cost-effective programming options.

In exchange for a program participation fee, host sites receive:

*Six public film screenings and Q&A sessions with the filmmakers

*At least six opportunities for community engagement events with the filmmakers

*A $2,400 grant from Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation to pay filmmakers stipends

*Full tour management, administration of film review process, and travel arrangements coordinated by Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation staff

*Branded marketing tools and promotional materials for each film

To learn more about the program, eligibility requirements, connect to the online application.

The deadline to apply is December 11, 2015.

Questions? Contact Kimberly Steinle-Super at Kimberly@midatlanticarts.org.

On Screen/In Person is a program of Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation made possible through the generous support of the National Endowment for the Arts.

City Lore announces
A Summer Scholars Institute for Teachers

July 10th – 23rd, 2016
New York, NY

APPLICATION DEADLINE: March 1, 2016 (Notification by March 31, 2016)

City Lore, in collaboration with Poets House and the Hagop Kevorkian Center for Near Eastern Studies at NYU, presents A Reverence for Words: Understanding Muslim Cultures through the Arts, a two-week NEH Summer Scholars Institute for K–12 teachers. The institute will examine the high regard for poetry and its relationship to music and to the art of the book in several cultures of the Muslim world, both historically and in contemporary society. It draws on the arts from the Arab world, Turkey, Iran, Pakistan, Afghanistan, and West Africa to give teachers, and ultimately their students, an opportunity to deepen their understanding and knowledge of Muslim cultures and the contributions of Islamic civilizations to world literature, history, and culture.

The Institute includes talks by prominent scholars, musical performances, poetry readings of both classical and contemporary work, workshops on classroom ideas you can use, and a chance to explore cultural sites in New York City, including a tour by curators of the Islamic Wing of the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Contact Us: Sahar Muradi, Coordinator of Poetry Programs, 212.529.1955 x18, sahar@citylore.org
Dr. Amanda Dargan, Director of Education, adargan@citylore.org

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.

Photo by Ben Halpern
Photo by Benjamin Halpern. See Voices 38:1–2: “Sullivan County’s Diehl Homestead Farm
Farm and Field: The Rural Folk Arts of the Catskill Region
Photography by Benjamin Halpern

Through April 2016
Daniel Pierce Library
328 Main Street, Box 268
Grahamsville, NY 12740
(845) 985-7233

“Farm and Field: The Rural Folk Arts of the Catskill Region” is one of New York Folklore Society’s collaborative initiatives to document and showcase the rural folk arts of the Catskills region of New York State, especially those folk arts which relate to the community of farmers and agricultural workers in this region. Read more....

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

El Museo presents
RODRIGUEZ CALERO: Urban Martyrs and Latter Day Santos
Gallery Hours: Tuesday-Saturday 11 a.m.-6 p.m.
El Museo, Las Galerías, 1230 Fifth Avenue (at 104th Street), New York, NY 10029, 212.831.7272
El Museo del Barrio’s “Urban Martyrs and Latter-Day Santos” is the first museum survey of the Nuyorican artist Rodríguez Calero and the second in a series of five women-artist retrospectives in El Museo’s current five-year plan. Rodríguez Calero forges her powerful and unique style from the richly varied traditions of her own background. Born in Puerto Rico and raised mainly in New York City, she received her artistic education at San Juan’s prestigious Escuela de Artes Plásticas and the famed Art Students League of New York. After living and studying abroad, in both France and Spain, she returned to New York where she became a participating artist in the historic Taller Boricua. Availing herself of both classical and deeply contemporary elements including surrealist collage, Catholic iconography, medieval religious painting, and hip-hop street culture, Rodríguez Calero creates vibrant and multilayered canvases that defy easy categorization. Her work offers a masterful balance of the abstract and figurative, sacred and profane, the meditative and boldly graphic. Her unerring use of dazzling color might be the first thing that attracts us to a Rodríguez Calero work, but it’s her depth of thought, complex imagery, and humane, empathetic gaze on society that draw us ever deeper in, stopping us in our tracks.

July 22, 2015 —December 19, 2015

El Museo presents
#CarvingThroughBorders | CultureStrike
Gallery Hours: Tuesday-Saturday 11 a.m.-6 p.m.
El Museo, Las Galerías, 1230 Fifth Avenue (at 104th Street), New York, NY 10029, 212.831.7272
#CarvingThroughBorders emphasizes sharing skills and creating collaborative artistic work via oversize block prints that give life to migrants’ diverse experiences. The project draws inspiration from historic graphic campaigns that shed light on the humanity of everyday people whose stories are too-often unseen and unheard. The works are a part of a collection of 13 oversized woodblock prints with pro-migrant messaging commissioned by CultureStrike. Undocumented and documented artists from the San Francisco Bay Area, Los Angeles, New York, and Florida were asked to illustrate various aspects of migration with a local, national, or worldwide scope: detention, deportation, displacement, discrimination, exploitation, violence, youth, criminalization, legalization, and economic and ecological brutality, wherever and however it occurs. The first edition of prints was done with a steamroller on fabric by Master Printers from Syracuse University during the 42nd annual Southern Graphic Council Conference in San Francisco on March 29, 2014. The second edition of prints, shown here at El Museo Del Barrio, was printed on Sekishu paper at Favianna Rodriguez’s West Oakland studio by printmaster Nichol Markowitz.

September 15, 2015 —January 16, 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

Taller Boricua announces
HOMENAJE Jorge Soto Sánchez
Presented by HOSTOS Center for the Arts & Culture
Curator: Gladys Peña-Acosta
Gallery Hours: Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday: 12:00 p.m.-5:00 p.m.
Hostos Community College, Main Gallery & Project Room Space, 450 Grand Concourse, Room C-190, (at 149th Street), Bronx, NY 10451
The late Nuyorican artist and Taller Boricua member — Jorge Soto Sánchez (1947–1987) is honored in an exhibit featuring selected paintings, ink drawings, and mixed media, including versions of his best known work El velorio de Oller en nueva york. His distinctive iconography which blends African and pre-Columbian motifs, among other traditions, expresses the multiracial and multicultural composition of Puerto Rican identity.

October 7, 2015 —December 2, 2015

Arts Westchester announces
Dancers Among Us: Photographs by Jordan Matter
Opening Reception: Saturday, October 17, 2015, 12:00-5:00 p.m.
Hours: Wednesday-Sunday, 12-5 p.m.
Hudson River Museum, 511 Warburton Avenue, Yonkers, NY 10701
The exhibition is grouped into three themes: Soaring, Stretching and Serendipity. In Soaring, from the Hudson River to city park fountains, Matter uses the visual and close proximate link of the leaping dancer and moving water. In Stretching, the dancers’ dramatic poses of strength and stillness evoke a more contemplative mood. It occurred to Matter early on that the heart of dance might best be captured outside of performance. Serendipity highlights his locations—from bustling city streets to more serene riverbanks and park fountains, where the dancers revel in the beauties of nature and which enable Matter to take advantage of the special qualities of light and motion.

October 17, 2015 —January 17, 2016

Arts Westchester announces
Art Fired Up
Opening Reception: Sunday, October 18, 2015, 3 to 4:30 p.m.
Gallery hours: Daily, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
The Lazarus Gallery at United Hebrew of New Rochelle, 391 Pelham Road, New Rochelle, NY
Free and open to the public.
A portion of the sale of artwork will support the many programs and services of United Hebrew. For more information contact Linda Forman, Senior Advisor to the President, United Hebrew, 914.632.2804 x1224 or lforman@uhgc.org.
The Lazarus Gallery at United Hebrew of New Rochelle is showcasing a rich collection of work showing the creative possibilities of “fired up” art in fused glass, cast glass, painted and glazed stoneware, ceramics, lamp-worked glass, mixed media, resin, glass, brass, and encaustics. Art Fired Up features the work of 20 artists from across the New York metropolitan region, drawn from a collaboration between United Hebrew and ArtsWestchester, Blue Door Gallery, Bullseye Glass Company, Gallery 66 NY, GlassRoots, the Mamaroneck Artists Guild, RiverArts, Silvermine Art Center, Upstream Gallery, and The Clay Art Center. The exhibition consists of 40 works including sculptures and paintings in both figurative and abstract forms, wall art, and glass.

October 18, 2015 —March 7, 2016

City Lore presents
Boardwalk Renaissance: How the Arts Saved Coney Island
Opening Reception, November 5, 7-9 p.m., free and open to the public
Gallery Hours: Wed-Fri 2-6 p.m., Sat-Sun 12 p.m.-6 p.m.
City Lore Gallery 56 E. 1st St, NYC, NY 10003
Honky Tonk meets the avant garde in Boardwalk Renaissance. Take a trip down the Coney Island boardwalk of the ’80s when a group of passionate young artists descended on Coney with the dream that their art might return this legendary neighborhood to its glory days. The vision of these artists—brought to life in artifacts, footage from the first Mermaid parade, and art inspired by the House under the Roller Coaster—lit a creative spark that saw Coney through desperate times and set the stage for the honky tonk neighborhood’s rebirth. November 5, 2015 —March 13, 2016

Taller Boricua announces
Bori-Cuba 2x2
Curated by Alexis Mendoza of Bronx Arts Factory and Clemente Resident Artist Miguel Trelles
Opening Reception: Friday, November 6, 2015, 7-9 p.m.
Daily: 3:30-7:00 p.m. daily
The Clemente, 107 Suffolk Street, New York, NY 10002 (btw Rivington & Delancey), (212) 260-4080
The Clemente is pleased to announce boricuba 2x2, celebrating the work of over twenty artists of Puerto Rican and Cuban origin. The visual arts component of the annual BORIMIX Festival, which celebrates Puerto Rican Arts and Culture each November, boricuba 2x2 explores the relationship between the two island nations of Cuba and Puerto Rico and their respective diasporas. Cuba and Puerto Rico have often been referred to as “wings of the same bird,” sharing a strong Taino strand in their pre-Colombian history and common Spanish colonial heritage. The fraternal exhibition aims to strengthen the bonds of history, mutual respect and solidarity that bind both islands. As the United States re-establishes diplomatic and cultural relationships with Cuba, Curators Alexis Mendoza and Miguel Trelles advocate for re-invigorating the cultural dialogue among Caribbean island nations. boricuba 2x2 explores how contemporary Cuban and Puerto Rican art and artists reflect these current developments, and how these artists engage with or detach from the past of both nations.

November 6, 2015 —December 18, 2015

Coney Island USA’s Coney Island Museum presents
Sodom By The Sea Salon
Hours: Saturdays and Sundays, 1-4:30 p.m.
Coney Island USA Shooting Gallery/Arts Annex, 1214 Surf Avenue (between Stillwell Avenue and West 12th Street), Brooklyn, NY 11224
Free and open to the public
An exhibition of over 75 contemporary Coney inspired works of art — paintings, watercolors, photographs, and drawings — done between 2008 and 2015 by over 75 artists, hailing from Australia to the West End of Coney Island, presented on the home turf where their inspiration began. November 7, 2015 —February 7, 2016

ArtsWestchester presents
Craft-Tastic: An Exhibition and Sale of the Handmade
Opening reception on Friday, November 13, 2015 from 6:30-8:00 p.m. with a free hands-on workshop!
Pelham Art Center, 155 Fifth Ave., Pelham, NY 10803
Gallery Hours are: Tuesday-Friday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Saturday, 12 p.m.-4 p.m.
This year’s Craft-Tastic exhibition will include local and national artists with an extensive collection of contemporary craft material. Unique art objects born from new and traditional skilled techniques work as alternatives to mass production, generating social awareness while producing creative alternative for holiday shopping. Curated by Kate Amato and Gail Heidel.
November 13, 2015 —January 2, 2016

City Lore announces
Coney Island: Visions of an American Dreamland, 1861—2008
Hours: WEDNESDAY 11 a.m.-6 p.m., THURSDAY 11 a.m.-10 p.m., FRIDAY-SUNDAY 11 a.m.-6 p.m.
Morris A. and Meyer Schapiro Wing, 5th Floor, Brooklyn Museum, 200 Eastern Parkway, Brooklyn, New York 11238-6052, (718) 638-5000
For 150 years, Coney Island has lured artists as a microcosm and icon of American culture. Coney Island: Visions of an American Dreamland, 1861–2008 is the first major exhibition to explore the kaleidoscopic visual record they created, documenting the historic destination’s beginnings as a watering hole for the wealthy, its transformation into a popular beach resort and amusement mecca, its decades of urban decline culminating in the closing of Astroland, and its recent revival as a vibrant and growing community. This exhibition charts shifts in artistic styles and national moods through approximately 140 objects. Included are paintings of the Coney Island shore in the 1870s by William Merritt Chase and John Henry Twachtman; modernist depictions of the amusement park by Joseph Stella and Milton Avery; Depression-era scenes by Reginald Marsh; photographs by Walker Evans, Diane Arbus, Weegee, and Bruce Davidson; Coney Island carousel animals and sideshow ephemera; and contemporary works by Daze and Swoon. November 20, 2015 —March 13, 2016

Albany Institute of History & Art presents
Masterworks: 225 Years of Collecting
Wednesday: 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Thursday: 10 a.m.-8 p.m., Friday: 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Saturday: 10 a.m.-5 p.m., and Sunday: Noon–5 p.m.
Albany Institute of History & Art, 125 Washington Avenue, Albany, NY 12210
In 2016, the Albany Institute of History & Art will celebrate its 225th birthday. Few organization have such distinguished histories or can claim they were founded when George Washington was president. Coincidentally, the Albany Institute (known in 1791 as the Society for the Promotion of Arts, Agriculture, and Manufactures) established it first headquarters in New York City’s Federal Hall, the same building where President George Washington too the oath of office less than two years earlier. After moving to Albany with the State government in 1797, the Institute began a long process of collecting, originally natural history specimens and minerals, but eventually historical objects and works of fine and decorative arts, all created, owned, or used in the Upper Hudson Valley of New York. Today, the holdings of the Albany Institute stand out as the finest collection of art and historical materials from the region. To commemorate this significant anniversary, the Albany Institute is developing the exhibition Masterworks: 225 Years of Collecting, which will highlight works from its diverse collections, including paintings, furniture, silver, ceramics, sculpture, prints, and much more.

November 21, 2015 —September 4, 2016

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