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Friday, December 2, 2016
World Music Institute (WMI) presents
Boubacar Traoré
7 p.m.
The Metropolitan Museum of Art, The Grace Rainey Rogers Auditorium, 1000 Fifth Avenue, NYC
Tickets start at $50
Legendary Malian superstar, master singer, songwriter, and guitarist Boubacar (aka “Kar Kar”) Traoré rose to fame in the ‘60s with his desert blues performances, fusing Malian and Arabic music. Renown, however, didn’t lead to riches, and following a 1968 coup, Boubacar dropped out of sight. Personal tragedy led him to move to France, where eventually, he was rediscovered. His 1990 album Mariama (his very first!) finally put him back on the international stage. Today, along with the late Ali Farka Touré, Boubacar is considered one of the most pivotal figures in the African desert blues tradition. This is a rare opportunity to see and experience this elusive genius live.
Presented in collaboration with The Metropolitan Museum of Art. This concert is presented as part of World Music Institute’s Desert Blues series.

The Folkus Project presents
Cliff Eberhart with special guest Louise Mosrie

May Memorial Unitarian Universalist Society, 3800 East Genesee St, Syracuse, NY
Tickets range from $15 to $30 for Folkus Project shows. More info is available at www.folkus.org. Advance sale tickets are available via PayPal and other methods; advance ticket holders receive preferential seating.
You’ve heard his lyrics and voice on commercials for Coke and Chevy (remember “It’s the heartbeat of America...”? That’s his!). But, his music is so much more than a commercial tag line. “Up and down the line, as a writer, guitarist, performer, and vocalist, Eberhardt is the equal of any singer-songwriter in contemporary pop.” — Berkshire Eagle. He’s also the 2013 winner of the Helen Hayes Award for his original music and performance in Taming of the Shrew at Folger Theater in 2012.
Louise Mosrie may well be the brightest young folk-oriented artist to emerge from Nashville in many a year. Her pure, expressive voice delivers the songs with the perfect balance of expressiveness and direction. Better still, the exquisite, very low key production keeps Mosrie’s voice out front and shining.

Irish Arts Center presents Brendan O’Shea with Friends 8 p.m.
Donaghy Theatre, Irish Arts Center, 553 West 51st, New York, NY 10019
Tickets: $24 general / $20 members
Singer-songwriter Brendan O’Shea will showcase tunes from his newest album, Mid-Atlantic Ghost, inspired by his home place connections, both here in the US and abroad. Originally from Killarney, singer-songwriter Brendan O’Shea (SongLives 2012) is a staple in the East Village Indie-folk scene. A founding member of Fairplay Collective and co-host of the Scratcher Sessions in the East Village, he has released three albums which have garnered praise from critics and press around the world.

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Saturday, December 3, 2016
Robert Browning Associates presents
THE SECRET TRIO:
Tamer Pinarbasi, Ismail Lumanovski & Ara Dinkjian

8:00 p.m.
Roulette, 509 Atlantic Avenue (at 3rd Ave), Downtown Brooklyn
Tickets: $30; seniors, students $26
The Secret Trio is composed of three extraordinary musicians rooted in Turkish, Armenian and Macedonian Roma music who came together to create a new type of chamber music. Not bound by a single tradition, they perform original pieces and traditional melodies that incorporate the microtonal modes and improvisation of the Middle East, dance beats of the Balkans, and elements of jazz, rock, and classical music. The trio features Tamer Pinarbasi, a leading kanun (zither) player and a member of the New York Gypsy All-Stars; Ismail Lumanovski, a master clarinetist born in Bitola, Macedonia, who was lauded in the New York Times as a “brilliant, fearless young clarinetist” and has launched a major career as a soloist and a chamber musician in both the classical and cross-over repertoires; and Ara Dinkjian, one of the world’s top oud players, who is best known as the founder of the highly influential and groundbreaking instrumental group Night Ark.

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Wednesday, December 7, 2016
Museum at Eldridge Street presents
Jane Jacobs Centennial Lecture: Saskia Sassen and Richard Sennett
6:30 p.m.
Museum at Eldridge Street, 12 Eldridge Street, New York, NY 10002, 212.219.088
RSVP: Pay what you wish
Sassen is a Professor of Sociology and Chair of the Committee on Global Thought at Columbia University. Richard Sennett is Professor of Sociology at the London School of Economics and Professor of Humanities at NYU.

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Friday, December 9, 2016
Irish Arts Center presents Christine Tobin Sings Leonard Cohen: A Thousand Kisses Deep 8 p.m.
Donaghy Theatre, Irish Arts Center, 553 West 51st, New York, NY 10019
Tickets: $24 general / $20 members
Multi-award winning Irish jazz and world music singer Christine Tobin will perform songs from her album A Thousand Kisses Deep, her salute to singer, songwriter, and poet Leonard Cohen. Tobin’s own songwriting specializes in idiosyncratic, poetic vignettes, so it’s no surprise to find her weaving magic around Cohen’s sensual and mysterious songs. Her masterful arrangements and captivating delivery bring a special luminosity to his work. Acclaimed jazz guitarist Phil Robson, double bassist Thomson Kneeland, and percussionist Francisco Mela will accompany her on this evening to remember.

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Saturday, December 10, 2016
World Music Institute (WMI) presents
Steve Reich Celebration: Gideon Alorwoyie & Mantra Percussion Ensemble
7 p.m.
National Sawdust | 80 N 6th St, Brooklyn, NY
Tickets are $45 in advance / $50 at the door
In 1970, Steve Reich embarked on a trip to study music in Ghana with Gideon Alorwoyie (photo above), the resident master drummer of the Ghana Dance Ensemble. From this experience in Africa, Reich drew inspiration for his piece Drumming, which he composed shortly after his return. Composed for a nine-piece percussion ensemble with female voices and piccolo, Drumming marked the beginning of a new stage in his career, for around this time he formed his ensemble, Steve Reich and Musicians, and increasingly concentrated on composition and performance with them. In celebration of Steve Reich’s 80th birthday year, the Ghanaian master Gideon Alorwoyie will play alongside Mantra Percussion Ensemble, who will perform selections from Drumming to explore this modern music masterpiece and the Ghanaian music by which it was inspired.
Co-presented with National Sawdust. Co-curated by Sruly Lazaros. This concert is presented as part of World Music Institute’s Collaborations series.

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December 14–17, 2016
Irish Arts Center presents Amplified: Dublin Guitar Quartet Presented in association with BAM as part of BAM’s 2016 Next Wave Festival
8 p.m.
Bam Fisher, Fishman Space, 321 Ashland Place, Brooklyn, NY 11217
Tickets: $25
Music by Michael Gordon
Directed by Jim Findlay
The Dublin Guitar Quartet goes electric for the third installment of Bang on a Can founding composer Michael Gordon’s series exploring the untapped possibilities of select instruments. In Timber (BAM’s 2012 Next Wave), layered polyrhythms rippled from amplified two-by-fours situated in the round. In 2012’s Rushes, seven bassoonists used circular breathing to sustain clouds of mercurial sound. For Amplified, Gordon’s experiment takes a six-stringed turn. With the audience seated on four sides, the musicians send reverb-saturated pulsations across the aural field while redefining what the guitar as an ensemble instrument can be.

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Friday, December 16, 2016
The Folkus Project presents
Guy Davis

May Memorial Unitarian Universalist Society, 3800 East Genesee St, Syracuse, NY
Tickets range from $15 to $30 for Folkus Project shows. More info is available at www.folkus.org. Advance sale tickets are available via PayPal and other methods; advance ticket holders receive preferential seating.
When Guy Davis plays the blues, he doesn’t want you to notice how much art is involved. “It takes work making a song that’s simple, and playful, and easy to do,” he says. “And I don’t want people to see that. I want to uplift and create something that causes delight.” His parallel careers – as a musician, an author, a music teacher and a film, television and Broadway actor – mark Davis as a Renaissance man, yet the blues remain his first and greatest love.

December 16–17, 2016
Irish Arts Center presents Irish Arts Center Winter Solstice Celebration with Mick Moloney, Athena Tergis, and Friends
Friday 8 p.m.
Saturday 3 p.m.
Symphony Space, 2537 Broadway at 95th Street, New York, NY 10025
Tickets: Premium Orchestra: $60; Rear Orchestra: $50 general / $40 members; Balcony: $40 general, $32 members, $25 student and senior
It wouldn’t be the holiday season without the cross-cultural ebb and flow of our favorite annual celebration of world music, dance, and storytelling with Mick Moloney, Athena Tergis, and a cast of America’s top Irish and world musicians. Guaranteed to fill your hearts with cheer. Kick off the winter season with your loved ones at “one of the best Irish contributions to a New York Christmas” (Huffington Post) with this unforgettable journey of winter solstice traditions from around the world.

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Sunday, December 18, 2016
NorthWest Family YMCA presents
Acoustic Music Jam
2-4 p.m.
NorthWest Family YMCA, 8040 River Road, Baldwinsville NY 13027
Contact: The Art Director, at 303-5966 ext. 225
Cost: Free
Traditional, Folk, Country, Bluegrass and Rock music is welcome. Open to all ages and skill levels, members and non-members alike. No registration is required. Bring your musical instruments (guitar, voice, banjo, mandolin, flute, etc.) and music stand. Come join the fun or just come to listen. The Jam is hosted by Steve Pfanenstiel.

December 24–29, 2016
Center for Traditional Music and Dance (CTMD) announces
Yiddish New York
December 24-29, 2016
To learn more about the upcoming programs and join the mailing list: www.yiddishnewyork.com.
SAVE THE DATE! Yiddish New York returns! A week of workshops, lectures, theater, concerts, dance parties, neighborhood walking tours, visual arts exhibition and much much more! Special programs for kids and teens. CTMD is proud to be a sponsor of YNY!



ANNOUNCEMENTS

ONGOING EXHIBITIONS AND PRODUCTIONS


Fenimore Art Museum at Cooperstown announces
Traditions of Spirit and Ritual: The Thaw Collection of American Indian Art
April 1–May 9: Open Tuesday-Sunday 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
May 10–October 10 (Columbus Day): Open Daily 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
October 11–December 31 Open Tuesday-Sunday 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
Fenimore Art Museum, 5798 State Route 80, Cooperstown, New York
For more information, call 607 547 1450
Since ancient times, Native American peoples have celebrated their beliefs and practices through daily, seasonal, and special occasion rituals, affirming their life and identity. Both art and ritual are powerful expressions that honor mythological beings, spirit beings, and ancestors – conveying the spiritual power of the natural world. In this exhibit, see over 50 art objects from the Thaw Collection created by Native American men and women for specific rituals and ceremonies. Discover the arts associated with fundamental aspects of Native American life – the hunt and harvest, feasting, warfare, adornment, and shamanism.

April 1, 2016 —December 31, 2016

Munson Williams Proctor Arts Institute presents
Portraits of Hope: Faces of Refugee Resettlement in Central New York
Munson-Williams-Proctor Arts Institute, Museum of Art, 310 Genesee Street, Utica, NY 13502, 315/797-0000
Hours: Tuesday-Thursday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Friday 10 a.m.-8 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Sunday 1-5 p.m.
The exhibition Portraits of Hope: Faces of Refugee Resettlement in Central New York depicts survivors of war, genocide, and political strife who came to the US and settled in the Utica region after living in refugee camps in Asia, Africa, Eastern Europe, and the Middle East. This exhibition of more than 30 photographs celebrates diversity, and confronts stereotypes about resettlement while exploring the challenges and aspirations of local refugees starting over in a new land.

Since 1982, the Mohawk Valley Resource Center for Refugees has welcomed more than 15,000 people to Utica, which now enjoys one of the highest concentrations of refugees of any American city. Lynne Browne, working with Dr. Kathryn Stam’s and SUNY Polytechnic Institute’s project Refugees Starting Over, photographed the subjects of Portraits of Hope at cultural events in Utica and Rome from 2012 to 2016. While many of the subjects came to Utica over the past 15 years, some arrived only a few days before they were photographed. The portraits capture the pain of the past as well as the promise of a new future: memories of love and joy mingle with the distress of departure and novel experiences, both bright and bewildering, in a new land.

Presented in conjunction with The World through His Lens (see description below), the photographs in
Portraits of Hope illustrate the pride and happiness our local refugees share in their culture and traditions, and the joy they find in celebrations that honor and welcome their heritages in our community.

June 12, 2016 — December 31, 2016


Munson Williams Proctor Arts Institute presents
The World through His Lens: Steve McCurry Photographs
Munson-Williams-Proctor Arts Institute, Museum of Art, 310 Genesee Street, Utica, NY 13502, 315/797-0000
Hours: Tuesday-Thursday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Friday 10 a.m.-8 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Sunday 1-5 p.m.
Guided Tours: Wednesdays and Saturdays, at 1 p.m., Fridays, 1 and 6 p.m.
Admission: $10, Students $5, Children 12 and under free, Members Free
The World through His Lens: Steve McCurry Photographs is an exhibition of more than 60 large-scale photographs by renowned National Geographic photographer Steve McCurry (famous for his cover image Afghan Girl). The MWPAI Museum of Art is the only venue for this exhibition.

McCurry looks at the world with an immediacy that appeals to the heart. In the tradition of Dorothea Lang and Jacob Riis, McCurry’s evocative images reveal collective human struggles and explore diverse societies across the boundaries of language and culture. Organized around universal themes of personal adornment, place, and ritual, exhibition will include unforgettable images from across six continents and spanning ancient traditions, international conflict, and vanishing cultures.

McCurry is known for capturing unexpected moments. He has been one of the most important figures in contemporary photography for more than thirty years. While international in scope, these photographs will resonate with Mohawk Valley audiences with stunning images of many of the countries—Thailand, Burma-Myanmar, Laos, Afghanistan, Cambodia, Russia, India and Pakistan—represented by the region’s immigrant and refugee communities. Through his lens, McCurry finds the sublime in the everyday.


June 12, 2016 — December 31, 2016


The Noble Maritime Collection presents
“Modern Ruins: Paintings by Anna Held Audette (1939–2013)” Opening Reception, Sunday, 17, 2016, 2-4 p.m.
Thursday-Sunday, 1-5 p.m.
Noble Maritime Collection, located in the Snug Harbor Cultural Center and Botanical Garden, 1000 Richmond Terrace, Building D, Staten Island, NY 10301
For more information about the exhibition, call (718) 447-6490
The Noble Maritime Collection will present “Modern Ruins: Paintings by Anna Held Audette (1939–2013).” A distinguished teacher and artist, Audette’s paintings of industrial ruins and obsolete machinery chronicle the decline of industry in the United States. The exhibition will include a selection of her large paintings, some of which were done in ship’s boneyards on the Staten Island shoreline.

July 17, 2016 —December 11, 2016

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