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Thursday, December 1, 2016
Albany Institute of History & Art presents
LECTURE Worlds Apart: Introducing Frank Lloyd Wright to the Chairs at Schuyler Mansion
David Bayne, Conservator, New York State Bureau of Historic Sites
6:00-7:00 p.m.
Albany Institute of History & Art, 125 Washington Avenue, Albany, NY 12210
Free admission
Frank Lloyd Wright is infamous for uncomfortable furnitue; the chairs he designed for the Darwin Martin House in Buffalo are classic examples. In contrast, the chairs at Schuyler Mansion tell a story of grace and comfort. Where might we be if he had learned his lessons during a field trip to Schuyler Mansion in Albany?

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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.

Flushing Town Hall announces
Brooklyn Rider
7:30 p.m.
Flushing Town Hall, 137-35 Northern Boulevard (at the corner of Linden Place), Flushing, NY 11354
Tickets: $25/$15 Members/$10 Students
Brooklyn Rider combines an eclectic repertoire with a gripping performance style that is attracting legions of fans and drawing critical acclaim from classical, world and rock critics alike.

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
Jay Ungar & Molly Mason with Sarah VanNorstrand
Afternoon Advanced Dance & Evening Contra

free | Cornell students; $2 | other students; $5 | general public
Cornell Contradance Club, Memorial Room, Willard Straight Hall, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY
With Will Mentor calling
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.

The Troy Savings Bank Music Hall presents
Chris Botti
8:00 p.m.
Troy Savings Bank Music Hall, 30 2nd St, Troy, NY 12180
Tickets: $79, $69, $49, $29
Tickets are available now via phone, (518) 273-0038, in person, or online at www.troymusichall.org. Tickets are available at the Troy Savings Bank Music Hall Box Office, 30 Second Street, Troy, Monday through Friday 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Since the release of his 2004 critically acclaimed CD When I Fall In Love, Chris Botti has become the largest-selling American instrumental artist. His success has crossed over to audiences usually reserved for pop music and his ongoing association with PBS has led to four #1 jazz albums, as well as multiple Gold, Platinum, and Grammy Awards. His last album, Impressions, won the Grammy for Best Pop Instrumental Album at the 55th Grammy Awards. Performing worldwide and selling more than four million albums, he has found a form of creative expression that begins in jazz and expands beyond the limits of any single genre. Over the past three decades, Botti has recorded and performed with the best in music, including Sting, Barbra Streisand, Tony Bennett, Lady Gaga, Josh Groban, Yo-Yo Ma, Michael Bublé, Paul Simon, Joni Mitchell, John Mayer, Andrea Bocelli, Joshua Bell, Aerosmith’s Steven Tyler and even Frank Sinatra. Hitting the road for as many as 300 days per year, the trumpeter has also performed with the finest symphonies and at some of the world’s most prestigious venues, from Carnegie Hall and the Hollywood Bowl, to the Sydney Opera House and the Real Teatro di San Carlo in Italy.

Eighth Step at Proctors presents
BROTHER SUN — CD RELEASE

Proctors, 432 State Street, Schenectady, NY
Call Eighth Step TicketLine: 518-434-1703

December 3–4, 2016
Syracuse Peace Council presents
46th 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.

...and beyond
Puerto Rican Folkloric Dance & Cultural Center announces
Save the Date! Sembrando Herencia 2016 — Borinki Soy!
The Boricua Migration to Hawaii (1900—1901)
For more information, contact dance@prfdance.org or (512) 251-8122
Join Puerto Rican Folkloric Dance for our 14th original, bilingual musical! Each year, we bring oral history to life through community theater, featuring live music and dance. This year we share the story of the Boricua Migration to Hawaii in 1900. This play will honor the brave men, women, and children who went in search of a better life after Hurricane San Ciriaco devastated our Island in 1899. Original script by Tekina-eiru Mayard. Thank you to those who shared oral history including: Jesus Reyes (Juncos), Marian Montalbo, and Kathy Marzan Montalbo (Hawai’i), and Clifford Pagan (Maui). More details this Fall!

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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
Albany Contradance with Jay Ungar and Molly Mason, and Peter Davis
8-11 p.m.
Beginner workshop 7:45 p.m.B
Elks Lodge, 25 S. Allen St., Albany, NY
$10 admission ($5 students with ID)
Contact: Peter (518) 729-7791 peter.stix@me.com
With Steve Zakon-Anderson calling. Please wear sneakers or shoes with clean, soft soles.
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
Flushing Town Hall announces
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/$45 Early Bird/$100 VIP
Dive into a cheese lovers paradise as dozens of artisanal creameries from New York State and beyond showcase a diverse selection of exquisite artisanal cheeses, from nutty sheep’s milk tommes and sharp Cheddars, to luscious triple cremes and tangy goat cheeses along with the finest wines and spirits. Top chefs will also create exquisite dishes with featured cheeses. Queens never smelled so good! Presented by New York Epicurean Events.

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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Sunday, December 11, 2016
Flushing Town Hall announces
Holiday Historic House Tour
1 p.m.
Flushing Town Hall, 137-35 Northern Boulevard (at the corner of Linden Place), Flushing, NY 11354
Tickets: $20/$15 in advance/$5 Children (Call (718) 939-0647 for advance tickets)
Celebrate the holiday season and learn about the unique histories of this tour of seven historic sites in Flushing and Corona. Each site will offer special activities and delicious refreshments. A trolley will be available to take visitors from one historic house to the next. Call (718) 939-0647 for advance tickets.

Albany Institute of History & Art presents
LECTURE The Enlightenment of Cadwallader Colden
John M. Dixon, the 2015–2016 Senior Research Scholar, Goldstein-Goren Center for American Jewish HIstory, New York University and Assistant Professor, Department of History, The College of Staten Island/ CUNY
2:00-3:00 p.m.
Albany Institute of History & Art, 125 Washington Avenue, Albany, NY 12210
Free with museum admission
Dixon will offer a vivid portrait and keen analysis of Cadwallader Colden, a prominent but underappreciated figure of the 18th century New York intellectual world. Colden was a stateman, botanist, historian, cartographer, and natural philosopher who claimed to have discovered the cause of gravity and became one of the most hated political figures in pre-Revolutionary New York. Dixon will attempt to resture royal government to a more balanced and legitimate place in the colonial narrative and open new horizons on the political and cultural life of the late colonial America era.

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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Thursday, December 15, 2016
City Lore announces
Opening of City Lore’s New Exhibit and Holiday Party: Poetic Voices of the Muslim World
6-9 p.m.
City Lore, 56 East 1st Street, New York, NY 10003
Free
Developed by City Lore, in collaboration with the national poetry library and literary center Poets House, Poetic Voices of the Muslim World is an exhibit that has travelled to 11 cities and finally opens here in our New York City Home. The potential of poetry to create indelible images, extend the reach of language, and express complex ideas and feelings through metaphor makes it a powerful force for illuminating cultural experiences. In Muslim cultures poetry plays a central role in all aspects of life-intellectual, spiritual, social, and political. The exhibit includes artwork inspired by Muslim poetry and art.
Gallery hours are Thursday and Friday, 2:00 - 6:00; Sat., Sun. noon - 6:00)

The Troy Savings Bank Music Hall presents
Cherish the Ladies: Celtic Christmas
7:30 p.m.
Troy Savings Bank Music Hall, 30 2nd St, Troy, NY 12180
Tickets: $34, $29
Tickets are available now via phone, (518) 273-0038, in person, or online at www.troymusichall.org. Tickets are available at the Troy Savings Bank Music Hall Box Office, 30 Second Street, Troy, Monday through Friday 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
One of the most engaging and successful ensembles in the history of Celtic music, Cherish The Ladies have shared timeless Irish traditions with audiences worldwide for over thirty years. In their Celtic Christmas program, the Ladies put their signature mark on classic carols such as “O Come All Ye Faithful” and “Silent Night,” in arrangements that highlight the group’s unique Celtic instrumentation, beautiful harmonies, and spectacular step dancing. Hailed by The New York Times as “passionate, tender and rambunctious,” Cherish The Ladies have released three critically acclaimed holiday albums, On Christmas Night, A Star In The East, and 2015’s Christmas In Ireland. Cherish the Ladies is under the leadership of the dynamic and irrepressible flute and whistle champion Joanie Madden. Her band, including Mary Coogan on guitar, mandolin and banjo, Mirella Murray on piano accordion, Grainne Murphy on fiddle, and Kathleen Boyle on piano, create an evening that includes a spectacular blend of virtuoso instrumental talents, beautiful vocals, captivating arrangements, and stunning step dancing. Their continued success as one of the top Celtic groups in the world is due to the ensembles ability to take the best of Irish traditional music and dance and put it forth in an immensely entertaining package.

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Friday, December 16, 2016
Flushing Town Hall announces
Gamelan Son of Lion — Indonesian Percussion
7 p.m.
Flushing Town Hall, 137-35 Northern Boulevard (at the corner of Linden Place), Flushing, NY 11354
Tickets: $16/$10 Members & Students
Gamelan Son of Lion is a repertory ensemble that bridges two musical worlds: experimental contemporary America and the bright gongs of Indonesia. The instruments are from Indonesia with home-made additions. The music is written by the group of composer-performers, each in their unique styles, as well as traditional music of Bali and Java.

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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Saturday, December 17, 2016
City Lore presents
Badenya Baro: A West African Kwanzaa Celebration
6-9 p.m.
City Lore, 56 East 1st Street, New York, NY 10003
Tickets: $10
Join us for West African baro! gathering with West African music, food, and conversation, along with a special screening of City Lore’s new co-produced documentary, In Search of Finah Misa Kule. The program is led by Kewulay Kamara, internationally renowned poet/ storyteller, multi-media artist, film producer, and lecturer, and includes kora player Salieu Suso, singer and guitarist Abdoulaye Diabaté, master drummer “Kolipe” Camara, poet Rashida Ismaeli, and King Kalie, a young African-influenced Queens rapper. The documentary chronicles Kamara’s quest to reconstitute an ancient epic handed down in his family after the only written copy was destroyed in the Civil War in Sierra Leone.

City Lore announces
Bronx Rising! Bronx Rising Celebrating the Holiday Season with the 4th Annual Parranda con Paranda: A Puerto Rican and Garifuna Holiday Celebration-Festival de los Cuernos
7:00 p.m., doors open at 6:30 p.m.
Bronx Music Heritage Center (BMHC), 1303 Louis Niné Blvd., Bronx, NY
Free
Each year we cap our Bronx Rising! series with a concert featuring the different traditions from two of the Bronx's distinct Latino communities: Puerto Rican and Garifuna. This year will focus on traditions with cuernos (horns). The vejigante (masked) traditions from Puerto Rico celebrated at Carnival and the Festival de Santiago and the charikanari (Belize) and piamanadi (Honduras), practiced in Garifuna communities in Central America. Featuring: Lucy Blanco, James Lovell, Bobby Sanabria, Jorge Vazquez, Felix Gamboa, and others.
Food for sale by: Melissa Pan (Garifuna sweet breads)
Toy drive for El Maestro’s Three King's Day celebration (new, unwrapped, non-violent toys only)

The Bronx Rising! Music, Film & Spoken Word of the Borough series is curated by City Lore’s award-winning folklorist Elena Martínez and Grammy-nominated Bronx musician Bobby Sanabria.

Sunday, December 18, 2016
Flushing Town Hall presents
Calpulli Community
2 p.m.
Flushing Town Hall, 137-35 Northern Boulevard (at the corner of Linden Place), Flushing, NY 11354
Tickets: $15/$12 Members/$10 Students
Calpulli Community celebrates a year of learning in dance and music with a fun family performance at Flushing Town Hall. Students - both children and adults of all ages – from Queens and Staten Island will perform folk dances from across Mexico. Music students will perform songs on the accordion and guitar. All proceeds from the event support Calpulli’s next year of donation-based community programming.

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.

Eighth Step at Proctors presents
Sing Solstice! Magpie and Kim and Reggie Harris

Proctors, 432 State Street, Schenectady, NY
Call Eighth Step TicketLine: 518-434-1703

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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

The Society for Applied Anthropology announces
The Peter K. New Student Research Competition/Award
The Society for Applied Anthropology sponsors an annual research competition for students (graduate and undergraduate) in the social and behavioral sciences.


Three cash prizes will be awarded:
First prize: $3,000
Second prize: $1,500
Third prize: $500

In addition, each of the three winners will receive travel funds ($350) to attend the annual meeting of SfAA (in Santa Fe, NM, in March 2017). A Baccarat crystal trophy will be presented to the first place winner.

The competition and award honors the late Peter Kong-ming New, a distinguished medical sociologist-anthropologist.

The deadline for receipt of submissions is December 31, 2016.

Please visit the SfAA web site for additional information on the New Competition and Award.


Middle Atlantic Folklife Association (MAFA), in partnership with the Eastern American Studies Association and the incipient Society of Americanists , announces
CALL FOR PROPOSALS: Biannual Conference of the Middle Atlantic Folklife Association (MAFA)
Theme: “Milestones, Markers, and Moments: Turning Points in American Experience and Tradition”
March 31–April 1, 2017, Harrisburg, Pennsylvania

In the upcoming year, Americans might reflect on several critical moments of the nation’s past and anticipate markers of the future that will define its experience and tradition. One hundred years ago in April 1917, the United States entered World War I to make the world “safe for democracy,” according to President Woodrow Wilson. Fifty years ago in January 1967, the Green Bay Packers and Kansas City Chiefs competed in the first Super Bowl in Los Angeles. That spring, urban racial violence erupted, and by June and July it would reach significant magnitude in Boston, Tampa, and Newark. By summer’s end, over 150 cities had exploded. The year wound to its end with over 100,000 people marching on Washington to protest their country’s prosecution of the Vietnam War. The year 1967 also saw turning points in the academic world. Responding to the racial unrest of the late sixties, the American Studies Association executive committee had elected the distinguished African-American scholar John Hope Franklin as its president. He would preside at the association’s first national convention in October. At Penn State Harrisburg, for the first time the graduating class included American Studies majors. Twenty years before that, Franklin & Marshall College had created the first folklore department in the state, and a public state folklorist position with an Americanist focus was created. At both the national and local level, these events rank as milestones for the country and its study.

This year, MAFA, in partnership with the Eastern American Studies Association and the incipient Society of Americanists, a coalition of persons and organizations devoted to the study of American culture, invites proposals for papers, panels, forums, and workshops related to the broad theme of turning points in American history, folklife, education, cultural conservation, heritage, and society. The program committee is particularly interested in examples of public memory and memorialization that have played notable roles in American culture and its global reach. Closer to the present, we also invite analyses of the presidential election of 2016 as a milestone event, already distinguished historically by the first woman to run for president as candidate of a major party.

MAFA hopes for presentations suggested by the conference theme and its discussion. As well, we welcome panels on topics of significance to scholars engaged in folklore and folklife studies that the conference theme otherwise might exclude. We are, in other words, open to proposals that fall outside the conference theme.


Submission Guidelines:

For Individual Presenters: Send a short abstract (no more than 200 words) and a brief CV or resume (no more than two pages). Place your name and email address on both documents.

For Pre-formed Panels: Send a cover sheet with the title of the panel, the names of each participant, and the titles of their presentations. Include a short abstract of each paper (no more than 200 words each) as well as a brief CV or resume for each panel participant (no longer than two pages).

All materials should be sent to Jennifer Drissel (jzd5551@psu.edu) before Monday, January 16, 2017. Those affiliated with either MAFA, EASA, or SOA should send proposals/CVs to Jennifer Drissel and should indicate their organizational affiliation in their submission. In some cases, a submitter may indicate more than one affiliation.

Graduate students whose proposals are accepted will be encouraged to submit their final papers electronically several weeks prior to the conference to be considered for the Simon J. Bronner Award for the outstanding graduate paper in American Studies. The conference will also host an Undergraduate Roundtable. Faculty members interested in having their undergraduate students present research at the conference should contact Dr. Francis Ryan of La Salle University (ryan@lasalle.edu). Roundtable participants will compete for the Francis Ryan Award, awarded annually to the outstanding undergraduate paper.

Any general questions can be directed to Mira Johnson (MAFA) (ryan@lasalle.edu), David Puglia (MAFA) (david.puglia@bcc.cuny.edu), or John Haddad (EASA) (david.puglia@bcc.cuny.edu).


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

Albany Institute of History & Art presents
The Art of Seating: Two Hundred Years of American Design

Friday, September 30, Opening Night:
5-6 p.m. Sponsor Level Member Event: Exhibition Preview & Champagne Reception. RSVP to Briana at (518) 463-4478 ext 403
6-8 p.m. Exhibition Opening: Join us for a special night of celebration and refreshments as we open this dynamic new exhibition. Live music by classical guitarist John Charles Cook. Cash bar. Free for AIHA members | $10 for non-members. R
SVP to (518) 463-4478 ext. 403 or online
Albany Institute of History & Art, 125 Washington Avenue, Albany, NY 12210
The Art of Seating, an exhibition organized by The Museum of Contemporary Art, Jacksonville, presents exceptional American chair designs from the early nineteenth century to the present day. The chair is experienced not only as a functional item, but as sculptural in view—the chair as art. Each of the more than forty chairs in the exhibition was chosen for its beauty and historical context with important social, economic, political, and cultural influences. Selections from the Jacobsen Collection of American Art are joined by contemporary designs offering a stylistic journey in furniture with showstoppers by John Henry Belter, George Hunzinger, Herter Brothers, Stickley Brothers, Frank Lloyd Wright, Charles and Ray Eames, Eero Saarinen, Isamu Noguchi, and Frank Gehry, and many others.

PULL UP A CHAIR: HIDDEN STORIES OF ALBANY”S FAMOUS SEATS OCTOBER 2016: Building on the must-see Art of Seating exhibition, Partners for Albany Stories (PASt) is sponsoring a special program, Pull Up a Chair: Hidden Stories in Albany’s Famous Seats. Grab a “PAStPORT”at one of the PASt sites to get a 20% discount on adult admission. Hunt for “seats” that tell the story of Dutch settlement or have witnessed the anti-slavery movement or that hold secrets or have held the seats of Founding Fathers! Special tours at some sites.
Pull Up a Chair special events: In the Hot Seat | Thursday, October 13 at 6:30 p.m. | Albany Institute of History & Art | Free

The Man in the Chair: Franklin Delano Roosevelt | Thursday, October 6 at 1 p.m.& 5:30PM | New York State Capitol | Free, but RSVPs required

Isamu Noguchi, Artist and Designer | Wednesday, November 2 at 12 p.m. | Empire State Plaza | Free, but RSVPs required

Peculiar Grace: The Shakers and Their Chairs | Thursday, October 27 at 6 p.m. | Albany Institute of History & Art | Free
20% off sale on all chairs | October 2016 | Historic Albany Foundation Architectural Parts Warehouse

During October, visit three sites and get your PAStport stamped to enter a free drawing for a beautifully crafted reproduction Shaker chair. Tours and events at many PASt sites will continue through the end of the year. PASt Partners: Albany City Historian; Albany County Historical Association at Ten Broeck Mansion; Albany Institute of History & Art;Crailo State Historic Site; Historic Albany Foundation; Historic Cherry Hill; New York State Capitol Tour Program; New York State Office of Parks, Recreation, & Historic Preservation; Shaker Heritage Society; Schuyler Mansion State Historic Site; and Underground Railroad History Project of the Capital Region.

October 1, 2016—December 31, 2016

...and beyond
The Ward Museum of Wildfowl Art, Salisbury University announces the
Chincoteague Expressions: Artists in Their Environment
Free opening reception September 16, 5-7:00 p.m.
Ward Museum of Wildfowl Art, 909 South Schumaker Drive, Salisbury, Maryland
For more information visit the Ward Museum Web site, or call 410-742-4988, ext. 106.
This fall and winter in the Ward Museum’s Welcome Gallery, artists living and working in modern-day Chincoteague will showcase their work as it reflects the natural environment they call home, and explores connections between the people and landscapes of Chincoteague. Experience innovative, multi-media art by some of the region’s best, and meet many of the artists at the opening reception. September 16, 2016 —February 12, 2017

The Ward Museum of Wildfowl Art, Salisbury University announces the
Chincoteague Decoys: Tides & Time
Free opening reception October 8, 10 a.m. during the Chesapeake Wildfowl Expo
Ward Museum of Wildfowl Art, 909 South Schumaker Drive, Salisbury, Maryland
For more information visit the Ward Museum Web site, or call 410-742-4988, ext. 106.
For well over a century, hunting decoy carvers have had a special place in Chincoteague, VA’s unique landscape, creating “stools” for the hunter’s rig, and works of art that reflect their important waterfowling heritage. Modern carvers carry on this legacy by carving according to time-honored traditions, and producing innovations to thrive in a rapidly-changing cultural landscape. This fall the Ward Museum is excited to celebrate the place of Chincoteague decoys in the world of carving, and in the heritage of the Eastern Shore. Come experience the form and artistry of both antique and contemporary Chincoteague decoys. Learn about this unique island and the carvers born of this place. This exhibit is funded in part by a grant from the Virginia Foundation for the Humanities. October 8, 2016 —January 22, 2017

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