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Tuesday, December 2, 2014
Institute for Jewish Research presents
Klezmer Influences in American Jewish Music
SIDNEY KRUM YOUNG ARTISTS CONCERT SERIES
7:00 p.m.
YIVO Institute, 15 West 16th Street, New York, NY
Admission: General $12 | YIVO and MCNY Members $8
Box Office: smarttix.com | (212) 868-4444
For years, American Jewish composers have been integrating klezmer and Yiddish folk songs into new classical music, inventing a new form of artistic and cultural Jewish expression. In this unique lecture-demonstration, we present three of these outstanding and rarely performed pieces—Dreams and Prayers of Isaac the Blind by Osvaldo Golijov, Six Yiddish Scenes by Paul Alan Levi, and Café Music by Paul Schoenfield—and delve into the intricacies and challenges of performing American Jewish music today. Special guests include internationally-acclaimed clarinetist Todd Palmer, who will discuss the klezmer and mystical elements of Dreams and Prayers; pianist and composer Paul Alan Levi, who will speak with Michael Leavitt, President of the American Society for Jewish Music about interpreting Yiddish Art Songs today; and Yuval Waldman, artistic director of the Sidney Krum Concert Series, who will introduce the hybrid klezmer-jazz elements in the closing piano trio Café Music.

Center for Traditional Music and Dance announces
The NY Klezmer Series: The Dave Levitt Trio, featuring Mike Cohen and Christina Crowder
Concert at 7:30 p.m., workshop from 5:30 p.m-7:00 p.m.
Stephen Wise Free Synagogue, 30 W. 68th St., between Columbus and Central Park West on Manhattan’s Upper West Side
Admission to the concert is $15, instrumentalists may attend a pre-concert workshop for $25, or purchase a combined ticket concert/workshop for $35 and you can sit in at the post-concert jam session
For more information, visit aaronalexander.com/wp/concert-schedule
Klezmer music is the instrumental party music of the Jewish People from Eastern Europe — (Ashkenazim). It’s origins are in the 16th century, and it has evolved and assimilated local influences (Russian, Romanian, Ottoman, Hungarian etc.) wherever Ashkenazim have lived since. It is essentially Yiddish music – the instrumental music of people who spoke (and speak) Yiddish. It came to America with the immigration of Jews from Eastern Europe beginning in late 19th century, and has had a wonderful history in America, where it also assimilated American music traditions.

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Wednesday, December 3, 2014
The Folk Music Society of N.Y., Inc/ N.Y. Pinewoods Folk Music Club presents
Folk Open Sing
7-10 p.m.
Info: Frank, 212-533-2139
Ethical Culture Society, 53 Prospect Park West, Brooklyn (near 2nd St.)
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.

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Thursday, December 4, 2014
KITKA: WINTERSONGS Holiday Concert Tour
7:30 p.m.
Troy Savings Bank Music Hall, 30 2nd Street, Troy, NY
Reservations: www.troymusichall.org
Kitka is an American women’s vocal arts ensemble inspired by traditional songs and vocal techniques from Eastern Europe. Dedicated to developing new audiences for music rooted in Balkan, Slavic, and Caucasian women’s vocal traditions, Kitka also strives to expand the boundaries of folk song as a living and evolving expressive art form. In celebration of the winter season, Kitka brings Wintersongs with exquisite and unusual seasonal harmonies from Eastern Europe to Troy.

The Towne Crier in Beacon presents
SOLAS
7:30 p.m.
Towne Crier, 379 Main Street, Beacon, NY, (845) 855-1300
Tickets: $30 advance/$35 at the door
Solas, “Irish America’s most influential band” (-NPR’s Thistle & Shamrock), present Shamrock City: a multi-media show of original music, and featuring remarkable photos and stories from turn-of-the-century copper boomtown Butte, MT. Inspired by a family story of immigration, mining, and murder, Solas and bandleader Seamus Egan will take you on the unforgettable journey of his great-great uncle Michael Conway’s life in Ireland and mysterious death in America.

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Friday, December 5, 2014
The Seaway Trail announces
Jefferson County Historical Society Victorian Holiday Open House & Reception
5-7 p.m.
Jefferson County Historical Society, Paddock Mansion, 228 Washington Street, Watertown, NY
The $5 admission will include “Mrs. Paddock’s Sweet Shop” bake sale, raffles and door prizes including gift certificates to Tops, Price Chopper and Hannaford. Come see the Paddock Mansion fully adorned in all of its splendor for the Holiday Season ” Christmas Tree, Lights and Antique Toy Display! Live Music – Case Middle School Chorus; Special Book Reading – by WWNY Channel 7 News Anchor, Brian Ashley. No Reservations Needed – includes Wine, Beer, Warm Cider and Light Appetizers

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

Anabella Lenzu DanceDrama announces
Cocktail Benefit Party
7:30-9:30 p.m.
Center for Performance Research (CPR), 361 Manhattan Ave, Williamsbug, Brooklyn, NY
RSVP by December 1st to info@AnabellaLenzu.com
Suggested donation is $20
RSVP required: info@anabellalenzu.com
From Anabella: You are invited to an evening of Fun, Food, and Entertainment to help benefit the Company’s 2015 season and to support the writing of my second book! I deeply appreciate the support you have shown me over the past 8 years of my artistic development in New York City. I am excited to announce that after the success of my first book Unveiling Motion and Emotion, in 2013, I am looking forward to creating another resource for the dance community with a new book, tentatively entitled Meaningful Gestures: Inner Thought and Outward Expression. Eat, Drink and see excerpts from In Pursuit of Happiness performed by Lauren Ohmer. Listen to passages from my new book, and Silent Art Auction, including photographs by Todd Carroll.

Caffè Lena presents
Danielle Miraglia with opener Davey O
8:00 p.m.
Caffè Lena, 47 Phila St., Saratoga Springs, NY, 518-583-0022
Tickets: $15, Member $12, Child and Student $7.50
Buy tickets online
Danielle Miraglia is armed with a strong, steady thumb on an old Gibson, an infectious stomp-box rhythm, wailing harmonica, and bluesy Delta-style songs ranging from heart-felt to socially conscious that move both your heart and hips. She’s a serious songwriting force whose “voice digs in.” (Alternate Route) With her “hot acoustic slide guitar and a voice with a Janis Joplin edge, you’ve got some great tunes that even a hardcore Robert Johnson fan will love.”—Minor7th. Tonight she’ll be accompanied by her husband, Tom Bianchi, on bass.
Opener Davey O crafts pure Americana that draws from the deep well of experience and human emotion — no apologies, no insincere polish, just a rustbelt work ethic and an unflinching poet’s look at life.

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Saturday, December 6, 2014
Ashokan Music & Dance announces
English Dance in Port Ewen
7:00-10:30 p.m.
The Reformed Church of Port Ewen, 160 Salem Street, Port Ewen, NY 12466
Admission $10
Info: 845-452-2483
Willaim Brearley calling with Tiddely Pom. English Country dance lesson 7:00 p.m. Required for new dancers. Even if you are experienced, come for the lesson. We need your help.

Café Veritas presents
David Mallet with opener Jeff Riales
7:30 p.m.
Café Veritas, First Unitarian Church, 220 Winton Road South, Rochester, New York 14610
Ticket prices: $18 general admission, $10 students with ID, and children under 12 are free.
For tickets and more information, visit www.cafeveritas.org
David Mallet hails from a small town in northern Maine, and in a career that spans four decades, his music has traveled to all corners of the world. His songs have been recorded by more than 150 artists, and his “Garden Song” has become an American folk classic. He has recorded 14 albums, including The Fable True (2007), based on Thoreau’s last expedition in 1857, a spoken word CD with accompanying music.
Opening for Mallett is Jeff Riales. Born in Memphis, TN, Jeff Riales has been writing and performing music for most of his life, and his style on the guitar and piano are as unique as the songs he creates. His last album,
Paved With Gold, was released in July 2010 (both recorded at Virgil Records, Rochester, NY).

Eighth Step 8th Step at Proctors (GE Theatre) presents
Slambovian Circus of Dreams
7:30 p.m.
The Eighth Step at Proctors Theater, GE Theatre, 432 State St. Schenectady NY 12305
Tickets: $25 Advance: $28 Day of Show; $35 Gold Circle
Box Office: 518-346-6204
If you love alt-rock, folk-rock, original singer-songwriters, or just plain rock ... this show’s for you! This melodic avant-folk conjures a quirkier Tom Petty or fuller Buffalo Tom with an exotic instrumental arsenal that includes otherworldly slide mandolin, accordion, cello and styles ranging from dusty Americana ballads to Pink Floydesque cinematic anthems. Beginning in Sleepy Hollow a decade ago as Gandalf Murphy & the Slambovian Circus of Dreams, this eccentric and monstrously talented ensemble pioneered the alt-lolklamericana genre. Ducking the radar of mainstream music, they produced several critically acclaimed studio albums and amassed a rabid fan base. Their most recent release A Box of Everything (April 2014) is a compilation of best songs from previous albums, and previously unreleased tracks, and is their debut on Red River. They play major music festivals and venues across the US, Canada and UK, building their career from the ground up, while remaining relentlessly, authentically original.

Folk Music Society of New York/New York Pinewoods Folk Music Club presents
Mountain Maidens house concert
8 p.m.
At the home of Don Wade and Eileen Pentel, 35-41 72nd Street, Jackson Heights (Queens).
General admission, $15, FMSNY members, 12, children & full time students $6.
Info: 718-672-6399
Come and join Marie Mularczyk O’Connell, Candice Baranello, and Lorraine Berger for an evening of British and American folk songs on guitar, banjo, mandolin, dulcimer, dumbec, bones and spoons. In addition, we will have a grand time singing holiday songs of all types. Bring your favorite ones and we will have a grand time.

Caffè Lena presents
Folk DJ Series Hosted by Steve Daub of WRPI
8:00 p.m.
Caffè Lena, 47 Phila St., Saratoga Springs, NY, 518-583-0022
Tickets: $18, Member $16, Child and Student $9
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Steve Daub hosts WRPI’s weekly “Stormy Monday Blues Hour.” With live interviews and three sets of music, expect to discover a new favorite tonight. Jamaican born Jimy Graham grew up in NYC where he absorbed the sounds of Motown and the Carribean. As a phenomenal teenage guitarist he joined Wilson Pickett’s band, occupying the role filled earlier by Jimi Hendrix. He has lived and played across the globe, and a couple years ago returned to NY bringing his prodigious guitar talents to the acoustic blues. New Jersey bluesman Jeremy Wallace is a protege of Dave Van Ronk who introduced him to the music of Leadbelly, Kokomo Arnold, Furry Lewis and Charlie Patton—influences that continue to form the bedrock of Wallace’s gritty lyrics lyrics and greasy, passionate guitar work. Heartbreaking, wry, sexy and rocking—Jeremy Wallace’s music is unforgettable. Berkshire-based Robin O’Herin has a rich repertoire of blues and gospel music. Playing bottleneck and fingerstyle guitar, ukelele, and mountain dulcimer, her concerts are affirming experiences that take listeners to the Delta and Piedmont with songs by Robert Johnson, Willie Johnson and Robin’s own original blues and ballads.

The Towne Crier in Beacon presents
POPA CHUBBY Band
8:30 p.m.
Towne Crier, 379 Main Street, Beacon, NY, (845) 855-1300
Tickets: $25 advance/$30 at the door
Popa Chubby—an in-your-face blues/rock/R&B guitar slinger—says “The core of my music is about excitement. I think music should make people feel alive.” The energy and showmanship of Popa Chubby’s sets have earned him critical and commercial acclaim overseas where he’s become a huge star, appearing on the covers of magazines and routinely sells out major venues.

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Sunday, December 7, 2014
Ashokan Music & Dance announces
Capital English Country Dance
2-5 p.m.; Demo at 1:30 p.m.
VICTORIAN STROLL: Rensselaer County Regional Chamber of Commerce, 90 4th St #200, Troy, NY 12180, (518) 274-7020
Caller: Don Bell. Music by: HeartsEase (Diane Bell, Vonnie Estes, Gail Griffith, Patricia Kernan, Marilee Urbanczyk)

Caffè Lena presents
Gibson Brothers Duo
3:00 p.m.
Caffè Lena, 47 Phila St., Saratoga Springs, NY, 518-583-0022
Tickets: $25, Member $22, Child and Student $12.50
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As the current 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 brand new 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.

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

Caffè Lena presents
Shtreiml
7:00 p.m.
Caffè Lena, 47 Phila St., Saratoga Springs, NY, 518-583-0022
Tickets: $20, Member $18, Child and Student $10
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Founded in 2002, Montreal/Philly-based Shtreiml offers a high-octane mix of not-so-traditional Eastern-European Jewish and Turkish music. Led by harmonica innovator Jason Rosenblatt, one of the few people worldwide who can play the diatonic harmonica chromatically, Shtreiml’s blues-rock infused set delivers a new look at some centuries old folk music. Joined by Rachel Lemisch (trombone), Thierry Arsenault (drums) and Joel Kerr (bass), the group’s set has been labeled “explosive” (Halifax Chronicle Herald) and “exhilarating”(Rootsworld). Shtreiml will be joined by world renowned Turkish oud player and vocalist Ismail Fencioglu. Enchanting, virtuosic, ornate — Ismail is a true master of Turkish music. He has mesmerized Canadian and European audiences with his fleet-fingered oud playing and soaring vocals. Together Shtreiml and Ismail perform a concert of “Jewish Roots & Turkish Blues.” Through compelling original compositions and new arrangements of traditional folk melodies, the ensemble explores the ancient connections between Jewish and Turkish music.

...and beyond
SAVE THE DATE!
Puerto Rican Folkloric Dance & Cultural Center announces
Sembrando Herencia 2014 — Expreso Pony de Boriken
Plan your Austin trip for our musical
3 p.m.
More information coming this Fall!
Viento’s dream was to ride like the wind across the Cordillera Central — with her. Is it no wonder that Naguety has come to help keep them out of trouble! Written in English, Spanish, and Taino, Expreso Pony brings to light forgotten history about the Vaqueros of Boriken, and the importance of following your dreams, even when you don’t know how to get there. Our 12th original musical, written by Tekina-eiru Maynard, is a fun, action-adventure-comedy that traces the horse from Puerto Rico to Texas, and features traditional music, dance, and theatre. Each year our community theatre project — Sembrando Herencia — raises awareness of often-forgotten elements from Puerto Rico’s rich heritage and brings history to life for the audience, actors, dancers, musicians, and performing arts students who share in the experience. This year, in collaboration with Actor Luis Olmeda, we are also grateful for the mentorship of Rupert Reyes, Director of Teatro Vivo, the sharing of documented history by Dr. Juan Giusti-Cordero (Univ. of Puerto Rico), Juan David Hernandez (Historian de Caguas), Orville Miller (Actor), and others; and the learning of oral history from Elders of the Taino Pueblo of El Concilio Taino Guatu Ma-cu A Boriken. Sembrando Herencias 2014 was made possible in part with funding and support by Target, the Texas Commission on the Arts, and by the City of Austin through the Economic Development Department/Cultural Arts Division.

The Towne Crier in Beacon presents
BROTHER SUN; with special guest The Cupcakes
7:30 p.m.
Towne Crier, 379 Main Street, Beacon, NY, (845) 855-1300
Tickets: $20 advance/$25 at the door
Joe Jencks, Greg Greenway and Pat Wictor have made their mark as individual nationally touring singer-songwriters, but Brother Sun is no songwriter’s round. The trio’s harmonies, as much as their lyrics, tell what they are about: warm as a campfire, stirring as gospel, rousing as a call to arms. Fusing folk, Americana, blues, pop, jazz, rock and a cappella, Brother Sun is an explosion of musical diversity and harmony, their rich voices blending on a well-crafted foundation of guitar, slide guitar, bouzouki and piano.

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Tuesday, December 9, 2014
Center for Traditional Music and Dance announces
The NY Klezmer Series: CTMD Tantshoyz – Yiddish Dance Party. Dance leading by Steven Weintraub, with Music led by Jordan Hirsch’s Overnight Kugel
Concert at 7:30 p.m., workshop from 5:30 p.m-7:00 p.m.
Stephen Wise Free Synagogue, 30 W. 68th St., between Columbus and Central Park West on Manhattan’s Upper West Side
Admission to the concert is $15, instrumentalists may attend a pre-concert workshop for $25, or purchase a combined ticket concert/workshop for $35 and you can sit in at the post-concert jam session
For more information, visit aaronalexander.com/wp/concert-schedule
Klezmer music is the instrumental party music of the Jewish People from Eastern Europe — (Ashkenazim). It’s origins are in the 16th century, and it has evolved and assimilated local influences (Russian, Romanian, Ottoman, Hungarian etc.) wherever Ashkenazim have lived since. It is essentially Yiddish music – the instrumental music of people who spoke (and speak) Yiddish. It came to America with the immigration of Jews from Eastern Europe beginning in late 19th century, and has had a wonderful history in America, where it also assimilated American music traditions. Once a month we present, along with the Center for Traditional Music and Dance (CTMD), a Tantshoyz – Yiddish dance party, with a Yiddish Dance specialist, and a professional dance band.

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

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Wednesday, December 10, 2014
The Arts Center of the Capital Region presents
ARTIST TALK: Colin C Boyd + Michael Oatman
7 p.m.
The Arts Center of the Capital Region, 265 River Street, Troy, NY 12180, 518.273.0552
Cost: Free
Colin C Boyd, Emerging Artist winner, and Michael Oatman, Established Artist winner, will be hosting an artist talk at The Arts Center. This event will be moderated by Ian Berry. Boyd and Oatman will be discussing their current joint exhibition titled “Abecedarius.” (See exhibition notice below). We encourage the public to come and learn more about this unique exhibit.

The Towne Crier in Beacon presents
IRISH CHRISTMAS IN AMERICA
7:30 p.m.
Towne Crier, 379 Main Street, Beacon, NY, (845) 855-1300
Tickets: $25 advance/$30 at the door
Rich in history, humor and boundless energy, the hugely popular Irish Christmas In America shows feature top Irish music, song and dance. Produced by Oísín Mac Diarmada of award-winning lrish group Téada (fiddle), this 10th season tour brings back the amazing Séamus Begley (also of Ireland; TG4 Traditional Singer Of The Year) on vocals and accordian, along with his daughter Méabh Begley (vocals), Sean Gavin (uilleann pipes, flute), Samantha Harvey (piano, dance) and Matt Griffin (guitar).

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Friday, December 12, 2014
Ashokan Music & Dance announces
Zydeco Dance with Zydegroove
8-11 p.m.; 7:00 p.m. free lesson
White Eagle Benevolent Soc Inc, Delaware Avenue, Kingston, NY
Admission: $15, $10 with full-time student ID
Questions or more info: 845-255-7061
All are welcome. No partner necessary.

The Folkus Project presents
Christine Lavin and Don White
Two of the funniest performers in folk music reflect on the lighter side of the holidays
8 p.m.
May Memorial Unitarian Universalist Society, 3800 East Genesee Street, Syracuse, NY
Cost: $15 (members $12)
Advance sale tickets are available online at www.folkus.org
Christine Lavin is simply an institution within the singer-songwriter scene. Her zany wit and goofy antics have made her one of the most popular performers on the contemporary folk scene for two decades or more. Don White, like Lavin, walks the line between folk music and comedy. Since 2008 these two veteran performers have brought their unique brand of clean and hilarious musical comedy to audiences across the US proving night after night that comedy can be smart, friendly and breathtakingly funny without being vulgar or pejorative. For their Folkus appearance, they will mix some of their regular material with selections and observations especially chosen for the impending holidays.

Ashokan Music & Dance announces
Albany Contradances!
8-11 p.m.
Elks Lodge, 25 S Allen St, Albany, NY
Beginner workshop 7:45 p.m.
Admission: $10 (general admission), $5 (students with ID). Please wear sneakers or shoes with clean, soft soles
Contact: Peter (518) 729-7791
Caller Nils Fredland. Musicians TBA.

Caffè Lena presents
Holiday Folk Show with John Kirk, Trish Miller, David Kiphuth, and Addie & Olin
8:00 p.m.
Caffè Lena, 47 Phila St., Saratoga Springs, NY, 518-583-0022
Tickets: $20, Member $18, Child and Student $10
Buy tickets online
It’s that time of year again! The time when true-blue folkies across the region gather at Caffè Lena to enjoy a “Candlemas-Hanukkah-Ramadan-Solstice-Christmas-Kwanzaa-New Year-Boxing Day-Epiphany Event.” It’s a sweet, silly and sentimental celebration of the season complete with swanky décor, audience participation, and loads of lovely songs. John, Trish, David, Addie & Olin offer an evening of sing-alongs, fiddle, guitar, mandolin, banjo, flute, concertina, horns and percussion; played by superbly talented long-time friends from the Saratoga area. Selections are performed with harmony, peace and goodwill.

The Towne Crier in Beacon presents
CARAVAN OF THIEVES
8:30 p.m.
Towne Crier, 379 Main Street, Beacon, NY, (845) 855-1300
Tickets: $20 advance/$25 at the door
New England’s Caravan of Thieves are on tour in support of their new single, “Dead Wrong.” The song is exemplary of a band on the high road to musical perfection and channels pop bliss through their trademark lock-tight, turn-of-the-century, bang out a beat on anything that can take it approach.

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...and beyond
Philadelphia Folklore Project announces its
Winter Open House
6:30-8:00 p.m.
Philadelphia Folklore Project, 735 S 50th St., Philadelphia, PA 19143
Contact PFP: pfp@folkloreproject.org to schedule your visit
FREE: donations appreciated
Join us for a family-friendly evening of folk arts in education fun. Our folk art gift shop will be open for those looking for locally-sourced, hand-made gifts for the upcoming holidays. Our galleries showcase local folk and traditional arts – vernacular and alternative expression. The PFP gallery is free and open to the public.

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Saturday, December 13, 2014
The Folkus Project presents
Ruddy Well Band
8 p.m.
The Westcott Community Center, 826 Euclid Avenue, Syracuse, NY 13210
Cost: $10
Advance sale tickets are available online at www.folkus.org
A homegrown entity from Syracuse, New York, and two time Sammy Award winner for People’s Choice and Best Americana, the Ruddy Well Band has roots in Americana folk and rock with strong harmonies and high energy-driving rhythms. Although members of the band have played together in different forms since 2008, officially the Ruddy Well Band was created in 2011 with the release of their self-produced album, Little Blue Marble. Continuing to evolve, they produced their second album, Change of Course, with Subcat Studios in 2013.

Ashokan Music & Dance presents
Woodstock Contra Dance
8-11 p.m.
EThe Ashokan Center, 477 Beaverkill Rd, Olivebridge, NY 12461
ay Ungar & Molly Mason with Nils Fredland, caller.

Caffè Lena presents
Holiday Folk Show with John Kirk, Trish Miller, David Kiphuth, and Addie & Olin
8:00 p.m.
Caffè Lena, 47 Phila St., Saratoga Springs, NY, 518-583-0022
Tickets: $20, Member $18, Child and Student $10
Buy tickets online
It’s that time of year again! The time when true-blue folkies across the region gather at Caffè Lena to enjoy a “Candlemas-Hanukkah-Ramadan-Solstice-Christmas-Kwanzaa-New Year-Boxing Day-Epiphany Event.” It’s a sweet, silly and sentimental celebration of the season complete with swanky décor, audience participation, and loads of lovely songs. John, Trish, David, Addie & Olin offer an evening of sing-alongs, fiddle, guitar, mandolin, banjo, flute, concertina, horns and percussion; played by superbly talented long-time friends from the Saratoga area. Selections are performed with harmony, peace and goodwill.

The Towne Crier in Beacon presents
The THE BAND Band Last Waltz Anniversary Show, featuring the TTBB Horns
8:30 p.m.
Towne Crier, 379 Main Street, Beacon, NY, (845) 855-1300
Tickets: $25 advance/$30 at the door
The ultimate tribute to The Band was their landmark Thanksgiving concert, honored by too many respected musicians to list here: Martin Scorsese’s The Last Waltz. The THE BAND Band will bring The Band’s music from this event alive with authentic, true-to-form renditions of their legendary repertoire. With Richard Manuel, Rick Danko and Levon Helm gone now, it is even more relevant that this band continues to be dedicated to keeping the music of The Band alive! Rescheduled from 11/28.

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

Eighth Step 8th Step at Proctors (GE Theatre) presents
Anne Hills & Michael Smith
7:00 p.m.
The Eighth Step at Proctors Theater, Underground, 432 State St. Schenectady NY 12305
Tickets: $24 General; $26 Day of Show; $35 Gold Circle
Box Office: 518-346-6204
A singer’s singer as well as actress. writer and poet, award winner Anne Hills (guitar, banjo) touches the heart with a poet’s evocative palette and, singer’s love of melody, and brings a charming stage presence as well. Her robustly beautiful voice and songwriting continue to win new and ardent fans. Besides Michael Smith, her collaborators have included Tom Paxton, with whom she won a WHAMMIE; and Priscilla Herdman and Cindy Mangsen (TRIO). Michael Smith, lyricist, composer and performer of renown reads voraciously and is never at a loss for material. He began early, and his musical odyssey took him from Jersey to Chicago through several relatively obscure incarnations. Then Steve Goodman recorded Smith’s beloved “The Dutchman” and folk fans discovered his astonishing songwriting. His prolific songwriting has never waned, and now his work (close to 500 songs) is continually recorded by other artists.

Caffè Lena presents
A Winter’s Eve with Dan Berggren & Ed Lowman
7:00 p.m.
Caffè Lena, 47 Phila St., Saratoga Springs, NY, 518-583-0022
Tickets: $16, Member $14, Child and Student $8
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Gather with friends to sing choruses, hear stories, smell the fresh balsam branches, and warm your heart as we approach the solstice. Dan and Ed will be featuring “A Child’s Christmas in Wales” by Dylan Thomas on the 100th anniversary of the author’s birth. Audience members will be invited to submit a short written greeting or message to friends and relatives, which Dan will share with the audience, including those viewing online from places far away. Dan has a beautiful, resonant voice and a fine touch on the 6-string guitar; he sings of home, hard working folks, and taking care of our planet and each other. Ed Lowman is one of the North Country’s premiere fiddlers and bassists.

The Towne Crier in Beacon presents
CHERYL WHEELER; also PATTY LARKIN
7:30 p.m.
Towne Crier, 379 Main Street, Beacon, NY, (845) 855-1300
Tickets: $30 advance/$35 at the door
It has always seemed as if there were two Cheryl Wheelers: poet-Cheryl—writer of some of the prettiest, most alluring and intelligent ballads on the modern folk scene; and her evil twin, comic—Cheryl—a militant trend-defier and savagely funny social critic—mixing your tears of sweet emotion with tears of laughter. Patty Larkin redefines the boundaries of folk-urban-pop music with her inventive guitar wizardry and uncompromising vocals and lyrics.

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

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

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Tuesday, December 16, 2014
Center for Traditional Music and Dance announces
The NY Klezmer Series: From Montreal – Shtreiml w/Jason Rosenblatt – Big Khanike Party Blowout!
Concert at 7:30 p.m., workshop from 5:30 p.m-7:00 p.m.
Stephen Wise Free Synagogue, 30 W. 68th St., between Columbus and Central Park West on Manhattan’s Upper West Side
Admission to the concert is $15, instrumentalists may attend a pre-concert workshop for $25, or purchase a combined ticket concert/workshop for $35 and you can sit in at the post-concert jam session
For more information, visit aaronalexander.com/wp/concert-schedule
Klezmer music is the instrumental party music of the Jewish People from Eastern Europe — (Ashkenazim). It’s origins are in the 16th century, and it has evolved and assimilated local influences (Russian, Romanian, Ottoman, Hungarian etc.) wherever Ashkenazim have lived since. It is essentially Yiddish music – the instrumental music of people who spoke (and speak) Yiddish. It came to America with the immigration of Jews from Eastern Europe beginning in late 19th century, and has had a wonderful history in America, where it also assimilated American music traditions.

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Wednesday, December 17, 2014
Caffè Lena presents
Heather Maloney
7:00 p.m.
Caffè Lena, 47 Phila St., Saratoga Springs, NY, 518-583-0022
Tickets: $16, Member $14, Child and Student $8
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Heather Maloney has a startlingly soulful voice and literate songwriting style exploring themes of spirituality, transformation, and impermanence. No Depression raved “Her music is riveting, her voice adventurous, her lyrics thought-provoking...” while Blurt Magazine wrote “Heather Maloney is one of the most talented tradition-based singer-songwriters I’ve heard in some time...the writing is stunning.” Maloney has had a breakout 2014, sharing stages with Anais Mitchell, Rodrigo y Gabriela, Lake Street Dive, Shakey Graves, and more. Her joint EP with indie-folk quartet Darlingside, the Woodstock EP, was released in March and gained national attention in the New York Times for their cover of Joni Mitchell’s song “Woodstock.”

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

Caffè Lena presents
Songs to Amuse: The Longest Holiday
Byron Nilsson, Amy Prothro, & Malcolm Kogut
8:00 p.m.
Caffè Lena, 47 Phila St., Saratoga Springs, NY, 518-583-0022
Tickets: $15, Member $12, Child and Student $7.50
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As a child, Byron Nilsson was traumatized when forced to dress up (rouged cheeks and all) as “The Little Drummer Boy” for an elementary-school program. He has detested holiday entertainment ever since. Join Byron and his cabaret show partners Amy Prothro and Malcolm Kogut as they explore the darker side of Christmas cheer, with songs by Tom Lehrer, Loudon Wainwright, Stan Rogers, Tom Paxton, Irving Berlin, Cole Porter and others, along with appropriate recitations and other theatrical diversions. If you enjoyed their Valentine’s Day show of twisted love songs, you’ll certainly be amused at the way they dismantle December.

The Towne Crier in Beacon presents
“THREE WISE DUOS”: Karen Savoca & Pete Heitzman; Sara Milonovich & Greg Anderson; Michele & Rick Gedney
8:30 p.m.
Towne Crier, 379 Main Street, Beacon, NY, (845) 855-1300
Tickets: $15 advance/$20 at the door
Three Wise Duos is six musical friends exploring some uncommon songs of the season! This show will focus on fresh interpretations of holiday songs that you don’t often hear anymore, along with some uplifting original material. Grit and sensitivity, percussion and groove—Karen Savoca & Pete Heitzman are sinuous as two skaters gliding on ice as they play across soul, R&B, roots and world rhythms, conjuring a communion between audience and stage. The Edmonton Journal says, “There’;s soul in the delicious grooves and phrasing, and soul in the broader sense that floats out of her lyrical vision.” Singer/songwriter/fiddler Sara Milonovich and multi-instrumentalist Greg Anderson are part of the roots-rock band Daisycutter, and have been working together as a duo for more than 10 years. Sara is also a sought-after accompanist in the rock, folk, blue-grass, americana and celtic music worlds, and has performed and recorded with such artists as Richard Shindell, Pete Seeger, Eliza Gilkyson and The McKrells. Greg has worked in a similarly wide variety of musical genres, from folk, americana and Irish music—including many years on guitar with Eileen Ivers—to playing bass with the downtown avant-jazz band, Doctor Nerve. Michele & Rick Gedney, a.k.a. Open Book, have received critical acclaim and national airplay with their two albums. Their loyal following is drawn to their mesmerizing songs and interwoven guitars and vocal harmonies.

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Saturday, December 20, 2014
The Towne Crier in Beacon presents
A VERY SLAMBOVIAN CHRISTMAS
7:30 p.m.
Towne Crier, 379 Main Street, Beacon, NY, (845) 855-1300
Tickets: $27.50 advance/$32.50 at the door
This has become an annual event at the Towne Crier, with previous celebrations recorded and released by the Slambovians. Formed in Sleepy Hollow over a decade ago, The Slambovian Circus Of Dreams (AKA The Grand Slambovians) pioneered the alt-folk/americana genre, staying on the fringes of the music industry and under the radar while producing several critically acclaimed studio albums.

Ashokan Music & Dance announces
Third Saturday Contra Dance Party
7-10:30 p.m.
St John’s Evangelical Lutheran, 55 Wilbur Blvd, Poughkeepsie, NY
$10/5 full time students
For more info: 845/473-7050
Eric Hollman, known for zesty contras, often joins the band on flute, pennywhistle, spoons, güiro, maracas, and Quebeçois tappage (feet), calling with
GEORGE WILSON AND SELMA KAPLAN. They will delight dancers with their infectious enthusiasm and swinging music to create an unforgettable evening of dancing just right for newcomers and long-time dancers alike! GEORGE WILSON’S dynamic fiddling, featuring nearly 400 tunes from New England, Quebec, Cape Breton, Scotland, Ireland and Shetland, has been popular with contra dancers and concert-goers since the late 1970s. SELMA KAPLAN is an accomplished pianist, composer and arranger, and plays the ultimate sensitive and inventive piano accompaniment with rock solid rhythm and swing. She is one of the East Coast’s foremost requested dance musicians, and has recorded and performed with versatile fiddler George Wilson, Rude Girls and others.

Caffè Lena presents
Driftwood
8:00 p.m.
Caffè Lena, 47 Phila St., Saratoga Springs, NY, 518-583-0022
Tickets: $18, Member $16, Child and Student $9
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From the Binghamton, NY comes Driftwood, a band with a rock n’ roll soul and a folk art mind. Carving out a name for themselves with electrifying live performances, they are lighting up stages throughout the Americana music scene. Drawing on old-time recordings to 1960s R&B, the music is crafted to serve the songs with upright bass, banjo, acoustic guitar and violin. The group’s stage dynamics are as captivating as the songs. “I give so much of myself when I play because I deem it necessary in order to do the music justice,” says Byrne, whose violin-shredding performances galvanize fans. Songs or shredding, ”There’s a reason people won’t let them off the stage,” says Jess Novak from The Syracuse New Times.

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

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

Eighth Step 8th Step at Proctors (GE Theatre) presents
Kim & Reggie Harris and Magpie Sing Solstice!
7:00 p.m.
The Eighth Step at Proctors Theater, Underground, 432 State St. Schenectady NY 12305
Tickets: $24 General, $26 Day of the Show, $35 Gold Circle
Box Office: 518-346-6204
Come laugh, sing, light a taper to chase away the darkness on the longes~ blackest night of the year! This year’s festivities fall exactly on the night of Winter Solstice, the year’s shortest day and longest night which give way at dawn to the Season of Light that is Yule, Christmas, Hanukkuh, and Winter celebrations around the world. From Terry Leonino’s rocking harmonica and beautiful dulcimer to Greg Artzner and Reggie Harris’ stunning duet on “I’ll Be Home For Christmas” to Kim’s soaring “S-0-L-A-R Power” (to the tune of “Angels We Have Heard On High”), the group creates a joyful evening of tradition, whimsy, laughter, and concern for Mother Earth, drawing the audience into their warm circle.

Caffè Lena presents
Jewmongous: Sean Altman
7:00 p.m.
Caffè Lena, 47 Phila St., Saratoga Springs, NY, 518-583-0022
Tickets: $18, Member $16, Child and Student $9
Buy tickets online
Golden-voiced, 6'3" former Rockapella star Sean Altman is Jewmongous! His comedy concert is “tuneful and sharply witty” (Los Angeles Times) and “bawdy with a wicked modern streak” (Washington Post), combining “the tunefulness of the Beatles and the spot-on wit of Tom Lehrer” (Boston Globe). Altman, who writes hilarious and irreverent acoustic rock songs about being Jewish, founded Rockapella and led that group through its heyday years on the Emmy-winning PBS-TV series Where In The World Is Carmen Sandiego?, for which Altman co-wrote the famous theme song. All faiths are equally welcome. Not appropriate for kids, unless you”re training them to be sailors.

The Towne Crier in Beacon presents
Winter Solstice Holiday Show – THE COSTELLOS; with special guest Paul Byrne
7:30 p.m.
Towne Crier, 379 Main Street, Beacon, NY, (845) 855-1300
Tickets: $15 advance/$20 at the door
The Costellos—led by the eclectic musicians Lynn & Bob Costello—mix a blend of rock, pop, surf, and country. On stage, The Costellos have performed with major acts including Bon Jovi, Southside Johnny & The Asbury Jukes, Crash Test Dummies, NRBQ and America. They were a featured act at Woodstock ’94 and have made several TV appearances including CNBC’s America’s Talking.

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

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

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Friday, December 26, 2014
Caffè Lena presents
Racquette River Rounders
8:00 p.m.
Caffè Lena, 47 Phila St., Saratoga Springs, NY, 518-583-0022
Tickets: $16, Member $14, Child and Student $8
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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 “not quite 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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Saturday, December 27, 2014
Caffè Lena presents
Guy Davis with opener Suitcase Junket
8:00 p.m.
Caffè Lena, 47 Phila St., Saratoga Springs, NY, 518-583-0022
Tickets: $22, Member $20, Child and Student $11
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Of all the paths (actor, director, musician) he might have pursued in life, Guy Davis has dedicated himself to reviving and sharing the traditions of acoustic blues. Whether he is appearing on Late Night With Conan O’Brien, A Prairie Home Campanion, Mountain Stage, in front of 15,000 people at a festival, or teaching an intimate gathering of students, Guy gives his audience his all. He combines classics of the genre (Skip James, Blind Willie McTell, Elizabeth Cotton) with African American stories, and his own original songs and performance pieces. Like the best of the old-time players, Guy is at heart a storyteller—a master of transporting his audience to a creaking front porch as he stomps his way through songs ranging from soulful and moaning to playful and bouncy. He accompanies himself on guitar, mandolin, banjo, and accordion. Opener The Suitcase Junket is the nationally touring, throat-singing, slide-guitar playing, one-man-band of Matt Lorenz. His mesmerizing performances are funky, pretty and truly unforgettable.

The Towne Crier in Beacon presents
WILLIE NILE
8:30 p.m.
Towne Crier, 379 Main Street, Beacon, NY, (845) 855-1300
Tickets: $25 advance/$30 at the door
Anyone who’s paid attention to his recent output knows that Willie Nile is currently in the midst of a creative renaissance that’s produced some of the most compelling music of his 35-year career. Writing in the NY Times, the great rock critic Robert Palmer called him “one of the most gifted singer-songwriters to emerge from the New York scene in years.”

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Sunday, December 28, 2014
Caffè Lena presents
Dylan Perrillo Orchestra
7:00 p.m.
Caffè Lena, 47 Phila St., Saratoga Springs, NY, 518-583-0022
Tickets: $16, Member $14, Child and Student $8
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Based in the Capital District this large, colorful ensemble came together to celebrate the beginnings of jazz, especially tunes from the 1920s to ‘40s. With ten musicians in the group, they cover Billie Holiday to Louis Armstrong, Al Bowlly, Annette Hanshaw, Coleman Hawkins, Lester Young, Charles Mingus, Eric Dolphy and a healthy sampling of contemporary musicians as well. Their joyful approach turns every performance into a music party for all to enjoy.

The Towne Crier in Beacon presents
The GARLAND JEFFREYS Band
7:30 p.m.
Towne Crier, 379 Main Street, Beacon, NY, (845) 855-1300
Tickets: $25 advance/$30 at the door
Long known for his amazing roster of supporting musicians—Dr. John...Sonny Rollins...James Taylor...Phoebe Snow—Garland Jeffreys is an edgy singer-songwriter who has been called an urban poet whose work should be taught in schools. Garland’s recent, highly acclaimed The King Of In Between includes contributions from Duncan Sheik and old friend Lou Reed, and has been on a number of year-end “best of” lists including Rolling Stone and NPR Music.

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Wednesday, December 31, 2014
Caffè Lena presents
Saratoga First Night with Don White and Phil Henry
6:00 p.m.
Caffè Lena, 47 Phila St., Saratoga Springs, NY, 518-583-0022
Tickets: $15
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First Night Saratoga is the largest New Year’s Eve event in New York outside of NYC. The event is the most affordable, accessible, family-friendly, safe and exciting way to spend New Year’s Eve in the region! This year Saratoga Arts brings over 70 regional and touring performing groups to over thirty venues throughout Historic Downtown Saratoga Springs. Please stop by Caffè Lena to enjoy: Don White — Songwriter and storyteller Don White mines comic gold in the foibles of marriage and parenting. His songs and stories celebrate the love at the heart of those relationships, and skewer the irritations and disasters that inevitably follow. His terribly familiar tales touch the heart as well as the funny bone, and leave you feeling like it’s time to check in with Mom and Dad, or take your kid out for an ice cream. Phil Henry — Vermont’s Phil Henry has won numerous regional awards for his playful and compassionate story songs. Phil is inspired by folks like Martin Sexton, Richard Shindell, as well as Kurt Vonnegut and the Coen Brothers. He has a taste for sweet melodies a la Paul Simon that simply soar with positive vibes. He’ll be accompanied by Gary Moon on percussion.

Ashokan Music & Dance Camps presents
New Year’s Eve Dinner and Dance
6 p.m.-late
The Ashokan Center | Ashokan Music & Dance Camps | 477 Beaverkill Road | Olivebridge | NY | 12461
Tickets available online
The Revelers • Mike & Ruthy with Chris Eldridge • Jay & Molly and Swingology The Russet Trio • Kristin Andreassen • John Krumm • Vikki Armstrong and more!
Cajun, contra, waltzes and square dancing, a midnight celebration, snacks and more dancing until the wee hours of the morning! Some overnight accommodations available. See website for menu and evening schedule.

The Towne Crier in Beacon presents
NEW YEAR’S EVE CELEBRATION, featuring the CHRIS O’LEARY Band; also Simi Stone...and more!
Dinner 7-9:30; Show 9:30 p.m.
Towne Crier, 379 Main Street, Beacon, NY, (845) 855-1300
Tickets: DINNER & SHOW—Includes unlimited multi-course buffet dinner, dessert, and a bottle of champagne per couple: $125 per person; Members: $110. Prices INCLUDE tax & gratuity.
SHOW-ONLY—includes midnight champagne toast: $50 per person; Members $42.50. Prices include tax but NOT gratuity.
Ring in the New Year in style with Towne Crier powerhouse favorite Chris O’Leary’s big blues band. Chris — company have been with us previously on New Year’s Eve, and always rocked the house! Also joining us this year will be the sensational Simi Stone. Simi has been getting a lot of attention locally and nationally for her songwriting and performances. She was voted “Best Up-&-Coming Musician In The Hudson Valley” this year, and is on the cover of Hudson Valley Magazine’s October issue. Our executive chef James Kane and our renowned pastry chef Mary Ciganer—who both recently received high praise from the New York Times—are planning a memorable New Year’s Eve feast: a multi-course buffet dinner, including a variety of appetizers and entrees, capped off by dessert—sumptuous chocolate truffles, petit fours and fresh fruit. Also included for dinner guests: a complimentary bottle of champagne per couple. For those purchasing “show only” tickets, a champagne toast at midnight will be included in the price, and a separate cafe menu will be available.

Wednesday, December 31-Saturday January 3, 2015
Ashokan Music & Dance Camps presents
Three-day Camp: New Year’s at Ashokan
The Ashokan Center | Ashokan Music & Dance Camps | 477 Beaverkill Road | Olivebridge | NY | 12461
TUITION AND MEALS:
$425 Adult until Nov. 15, then $450
$325 Youth ages 13-25 until Nov. 15, then $350
$225 Children age 5-12 until Nov. 15, then $250
Children under 5 are free
Register for the camp now!
Three days of fabulous music and dancing, plus a magical New Year’s Eve dinner and dance! Enjoy Swing, Waltzes, Cajun, Contras and Squasres along with music and dance workshops, singing sessions, and jam sessions.
The Revelers • Jay & Molly with Swingology • Mike + Ruthy with Chris Eldridge • Cindy Overstreet & Steve Ryan • John Krumm • The Russet Trio • Kristin Andreassen

See website for schedule and staff.

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ANNOUNCEMENTS

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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


Albany Institute of History and Art invites you to
Connect with Artists in Upcoming Art for All Sessions

Get creative in our studio!

Art for All programs are offered each Saturday, October through May from 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m.

Adults and children of all ages are welcome to join us in the Albany Institute’s art studio on Saturdays for drop-in art making.

This season, artists of the 2014 Exhibition by Artists of the Mohawk-Hudson Region exhibition will make guest appearances and lead Art for All activities on certain Saturdays. Activities include painting, felting, drawing exercises, multimedia work, and more!


Art for All participation is FREE with museum admission!
For more information, visit the Institute’s website

Artist Schedule
Sat., Oct. 18, 2014 Lutz Scherneck, Painting with Non Traditional Materials
Sat., Nov. 1, 2014 Lou Getty, Felting
Sat., Nov. 8, 2014 Marie-Louise McHugh, Painting
Sat., Nov. 15, 2014 David Ricci, Exploring Shape and Color with Paper Piecing
Sat., Dec. 6, 2014 Oliver Peters, Multi Media Landscapes
Sat., Dec. 20, 2014 Katie DeGroot, Painting
Sat. Jan. 10, 2015 Ginger Ertz, Pipe Cleaner and Bead Sculpture
Sat. Jan. 17, 2015 Alta Turner, Weaving
Schedule subject to change.


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ONGOING EXHIBITIONS AND PRODUCTIONS
The Noble Maritime Collection presents
Daily Life at Sailors’ Snug Harbor Exhibition
Thursday-Sunday, 1-5 p.m.
Noble Maritime Collection; 1000 Richmond Terrace, Building D, Staten Island, NY 10301
For more information about the exhibition, call (718) 447-6490
The Noble Maritime Collection will present a new exhibition, Daily Life at Sailors’ Snug Harbor, that focuses on the life of an average mariner, or “Snug” as Sailors’ Snug Harbor residents were called, from the time of his admission to the retirement home until his death. Exploration of health care, dormitory life, work activities, and recreation at the home will illustrate how the site, which encompassed five dormitories, two hospitals, a cathedral and chapel, a dock house and bathhouse on the Kill van Kull, and a farm, as well as its own morgue and cemetery, provided exceptional, free, and democratic eleemosynary care for 150 years.

June 26, 2014 —May 31, 2015
The Japan Culture Center of Western New York, in partnership with The Castellani Art Museum of Niagara University present
Between Two Worlds: Poured Paperworks by Sarah Brayer
Castellani Art Museum of Niagara University, 5795 Lewiston Road, Niagara University, New York 14109, 716-286-8200
Hours: Tuesday-Saturday: 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.; Sunday: 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
For more information, please contact Carrie Hertz, PhD, Curator of Folk Arts at 716-286-8290
The Japan Culture Center of Western New York, in partnership with the Castellani Art Museum of Niagara University (CAM), is proud to announce a new exhibition showcasing the work of Sarah Brayer, a Rochester-born artist living in Kyoto. Since the 1980s, Sarah has been making large-scale, handmade paperworks as the only Westerner working in the 800-year old papermaking village of Echizen. The wall panels, screens, and scrolls that she produces by strategically pouring paper pulp evoke themes common to traditional Japanese arts—abstracted visions of landscape, ocean, and celestial scenes. Lately, Sarah has incorporated photo-luminescent pigments that glow in fading light. By combining her training in both Eastern and Western artistic styles, Sarah says her “task is to find new ways of expression in an age old tradition” known in Japan as “washi.” With your support, Between Two Worlds: Poured Paperworks by Sarah Brayer, will be on view July 20 – December 21, 2014, at the Castellani Art Museum of Niagara University. Split between two galleries—mirror images of each other, the exhibition will explore Sarah’s geographic and artistic journey between two cultural worlds. One gallery, the “daylight” gallery, will introduce visitors to Sarah’s personal style and its relationship to Japanese aesthetic and technical traditions, while the other—the “night” gallery—will invite visitors to enter a meditative space enhanced by music and lighting that transitions slowly from bright to dark. As the light fades and rises again, luminous pigments within the artworks will reveal new dimensions before visitors’ eyes. As part of a week-long celebration of cultural connections between Japan and Western New York in October, Sarah will make a special visit to Buffalo. A reception at the Castellani Art Museum will give visitors a chance to meet her in person and listen to her talk about her work.

July 20, 2014 —December 21, 2014

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

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

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

August 27, 2014 —December 14, 2014

The History Center in Tompkins County presents
EXHIBIT: “CAPTAINS, COMMERCE, AND COMMUNITY: THE IMPACT OF THE ERIE CANAL ON TOMPKINS COUNTY”
Opening reception: Friday, September 5th, 2014 5-8 p.m.
Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
The History Center, 401 East State Street, Ithaca, NY (one block east of the Ithaca Commons)
For more information, please contact Catherine Duffy, Curator, at 607.273.8284 ext. 0
The History Center in Tompkins County will open their new exhibit “Captains, Commerce, and Community: The Impact of the Erie Canal on Tompkins County” on Friday, September 5th at 5 p.m.. The artifact-based exhibit will explore the lasting effects of the Erie Canal on Tompkins County. In 1828 the Seneca-Cayuga Canal, an extension of the Erie Canal, was opened, connecting Cayuga Lake, and therefore Tompkins County to the economic watercourse that spanned across most of New York State. Combined with the increasing ubiquity of railroads, the Canal system changed Tompkins County from a collection of quiet lake-side towns into a mass of booming centers of commerce and industry. Captains, Commerce, and Community will illustrate the changes and effects the Canal had on this region through representational artifacts from The History Center’s object collection. A series of themes will be explored over the course of the 12-month exhibit, which includes commerce (September through December 2014), boats and their builders (January through April 2015), and travelers and community folk (May through August 2015). This exhibit has been made possible through a generous grant from the Erie Canalway National Heritage Corridor. In 2012 the ECNHC funded the development of a Canalway object collection, and provided The History Center the opportunity to gain greater intellectual control over its object collection. Additionally, the project supported the complete inventorying of The History Center's permanent Open Storage display. As a result, The History Center has ascertained a classifiable collection of historical objects that directly relate to the Erie Canal.

September 6, 2014 —August 29, 2015
Albany Institute of History & Art presents the exhibition
Undercover: Revealing Design in Quilts, Coverlets, and Bed Hangings
W 10-5 p.m.; Th 10-8 p.m.; F&S 10-5 p.m.; Sun. Noon-5 p.m.
Albany Institute of History & Art, 125 Washington Ave., Albany, NY 12210, 518/463-4478
In the private space of the bedroom, the world takes center stage. There, on the elevated platform of the bed, matters of politics, international trade, social events, and cultural affairs come alive in the elaborate designs and patterns displayed on American quilts, coverlets, and bed hangings. Bed covers of all types are the perfect canvas for displaying ideas about the world beyond the bedroom door. They make connections to foreign lands, express patriotic fervor, and fabricate realms of fantasy and childhood whimsy. The exhibition investigates the designs and patterns that decorate American bed covers of the 18th, 19th, and 20th centuries. More than 30 bed covers and complementary objects such as illustrated books, paintings, ceramics, and botanical specimens reveal a variety of design sources used by American women and men to decorate their beds.



October 11, 2014 — March 8, 2015

The Arts Center of the Capital Region presents the exhibition
ABECEDARIUS | Colin Boyd + Michael Oatman
Opening Reception: Friday, October 31, 5-9 p.m.
The Arts Center of the Capital Region, 265 River Street, Troy, NY 12180, 518.273.0552
GALLERY HOURS: Mon-Thurs: 11a.m.-7 p.m.; Friday: 9 a.m.-4 p.m.; Saturday: 9 a.m.-5 p.m; Sunday: Noon- 4 p.m.;
Exhibitions are free and open to the public.
Abecedarius explores the natural world and the roles humans have played in its misshaping over the years. Opening on Halloween, a holiday that embraces monsters, Abecedarius ushers viewers into a visual history lesson on extinction, scientific mishap, and mythology. The show features encounters with ideas unknown, undercooked, and just plain stupid. Finally, Abecedarius will import/export the violence and majesty of worlds otherwise labeled, “out there,” “in here,” and “the future.” Using the literary format of an Abecedarian (“A is for Apple,” “B is for Bear,” “C is for Crops Patented by Monsanto”), the two artists will turn the gallery into a walkable cautionary tale – with a few nervous laughs – and the goal of the observer to walk away with a better understanding of how our actions impact the earth.

October 31, 2014 — December 23, 2014

The Seaway Trail announces
Quilts=Art=Quilts
Presented by the Schweinfurth Memorial Art Center
Tuesday-Saturday 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Sunday 1-5 p.m.
Schweinfurth Memorial Art Center, 205 Genesee Street, Auburn, NY 13021, (315) 255-1553
Admission: Adults: $6; Members, 12 & under, and exhibiting artists: Free
An exhibition an 77 quilts by 73 artists on display. Check the calendar of events for a list of activities associated with this exhibit, including workshops, trunk shows, and raffle. If you can’ make it to Auburn, you can still view the collection online: http://vimeo.com/110716573

November 2, 2014 — January 4, 2015

The Seaway Trail announces
Sweet Creations Gingerbread House Display and Auction in Rochester

10 a.m.-5 p.m.
George Eastman House, 900 East Ave, Rochester, NY 14607
For more information on this exhibit or to participate in the show, contact Kathy Connor, Curator of the George Eastman House at (585) 271-3361 x 242 or via email at kconnor@geh.org
The stunning presentation of dozens of cleverly designed and decorated gingerbread creations will be on view throughout the museum. The display features clever confections from professional bakers, families, and community groups. Each is available for purchase via silent auction. In addition, the National Historic Landmark house is elaborately decorated for the holidays.

November 7, 2014 — December 17, 2014

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

Czechoslovak-American Marionette Theater (CAMT) presents
“A Christmas Carol, Oy! Hanukkah, Merry Kwanzaa”
Fridays 10:00 p.m., Saturdays 2 p.m. and 10:00 p.m., Sundays 6:00 p.m.
The Club at La MaMa Theatre, 74A East 4th Street, (between Bowery and 2nd Ave.), New York, NY 10003, 212.475.7710

Tickets available online
: : Adults $18; Student/Senior $13
Help fund this project at Rockethub
Laurel Graeber (New York Times) called the show a “delightful holiday hodgepodge that still hews closely to Dickens’s tale and also has contemporary humor.” Vit Horejs, Artistic Director says, “I have adapted Dickens’ classic with Old World accents and New World inclusiveness and the production features 35 puppets by Prague-based puppet maker Milos Kasal, plus holiday songs in Czech, English, Hebrew and Swahili, performed by an “a capella monumentale” choir of Judith Barnes and Hayden DeWitt. Set and costume design are by company member Michelle Beshaw, winner of a 2009 Innovative Theatre Award in Costume Design for Czechoslovak-American Marionette Theatre’s “The Very Sad Story...”

December 5, 2014 — December 14, 2014

...and beyond
John Michael Kohler Arts Center announces
This Must Be The Place
Opening Celebration: Friday, October 3, 6-9 p.m.
John Michael Kohler Arts Center, 608 New York Ave., Sheboygan, WI 53081-4507, 920.458.6144
Admission FREE to Arts Center members. (Join today!) General Public: $10 (Buy tickets) Tickets also available at the door.
Enjoy a musical performance by Painted Caves, hors d’oeuvres, and a cash bar. Get your tickets online 7:30 p.m.—Tour the galleries with curator of the series, Karen Patterson, and six exhibiting artists.
Original installations, sculpture, photography, film, and work by vernacular environment builders reveal powerful places of influence in twelve artists’ lives. This series of five exhibitions invites consideration of “place” as far more than a particular point on a map. Rather, it brings to light the humanity, meaning, and identity that can be drawn from and invested in a place when the experience of it transcends materiality.
Kim Morgan: Range Light, Borden-Carleton, PEI, 2010
September 14, 2014–January 4, 2015
Martin Prekop: House
September 14, 2014–January 4, 2015
Kevin Blythe Sampson: Ironbound
September 14, 2014–February 1, 2015
Building Stories: Including works by Heather Benning, Beverly Buchanan, Scott Carter, Sanford Darling, Frank Albert Jones (1900–1969), Alexandre Larose, and Sebura & Gartelmann
October 3, 2014–February 15, 2015
Brent Green: Gravity Was Everywhere Back Then
October 3, 2014–February 1, 2015


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

September 23, 2014 —January 31, 2015

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