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Monday, February 1, 2016

SAVE THE DATE!
New York Folklore Society announces its 2016 Conference!

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Casita Rincon Criollo. 2014. Photo by Molly Garfinkel.
Crisis of Place: Preserving Folk & Vernacular Architecture in NY
Saturday, April 2, 2016
At Rose Auditorium, Cooper Union in New York City

Registration opens February 1, 2016


⇒  Registration is free. RSVP is required!
⇒  See Conference Schedule.
⇒  Sponsorships available.
In this one-day conference, folklorists, architects, historic preservationists, museum professionals, community members, and students will come together to address questions concerning the significant crisis in our understanding of everyday landscapes and the built environment:

What is the folk and vernacular architecture of New York State? What makes it “folk” or “vernacular?”

How are the conditions of urban and rural life in 2016 challenging traditional architectural practices among various ethnic and regional communities?

Who is sustaining vernacular design and construction in the face of globalization and gentrification, and why?

Join us for an invigorating discussion in plenary and panel presentations featuring:
Michael Ann Williams, Professor of Folk Studies, Western Kentucky University, Past President,
    The American Folklore Society

Andrew Dolkart of Columbia University, Professor and Director of Historic Preservation Program

Gabrielle A. Berlinger, Assistant Professor of American Studies and Folklore, University of North Carolina,
    Chapel Hill

Matthew Singer, Graduate student, Penn State University

Caitlin Hays Black, Graduate student, Penn State University

Sydney Varajon, Graduate student, Western Kentucky University

Virginia Siegel, Graduate student, Western Kentucky University

Max Gideonse, Graduate student, Cooper Union

Chris Mulé, Director of Folk Arts, Brooklyn Arts Council

Joseph Sciorra, Director for Academic and Cultural Programs, John D. Calandra Italian American
    Institute, Queens College

Molly Garfinkel, Director, Place Matters, City Lore

Magali Regis, NYC Community Garden Coalition, Sustainable Architecture

Cynthia Falk, Associate Professor, Material Culture, Cooperstown Graduate Program, SUNY Oneonta

Kay Turner, President, American Folklore Society

Hanna Griff-Sleven, Director of Family History Center & Cultural Programs, Eldridge Street Synagogue

Maria Kennedy, Coordinator of Folk Arts, Arts Council of the Southern Finger Lakes

Nancy Solomon, Executive Director, Long Island Traditions

Julie Tay, Vice-President and Executive Director, Mencius Society of the Arts

Annie Polland, Senior Vice President, Education and Programs, Lower East Side Tenement Museum
READ more about the conference here...




Tuesday, February 2, 2016
Neighborhood Preservation Center invites you to a
NPC Night at the MOFAD Lab
6-8 p.m.
MOFAD LAB, 62 Bayard Street, Brooklyn, NY 11222
Tickets: $40. RSVP online
For more information, call 212/228-2781 or email npc@neighborhoodpreservationcenter.org.
The Museum of Food and Drink is New York City’s first food museum with exhibits you can eat. Conceived in 2012, it aims to be a global leader in food education, featuring innovative exhibits and programs that demonstrate how exciting (and important) it is to learn and care about the culture, history, science, production, and commerce of food and drink. MOFAD incubated at the Neighborhood Preservation Center from May 2012 until August 2015, so we are particularly excited to celebrate its recent brick-and-mortar move. The MOFAD Lab, a 5,000 square-foot design and exhibition studio, opened to the public this past October in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. This space offers visitors an interactive experience and in-depth look at topics, such as their current exhibit, Flavor: Making it and Faking It. The evening’s program will include a private opening of the MOFAD Lab, led by Executive Director Peter Kim, followed by a small reception.

StoryCircle at Proctors Theater announces
First Tuesday Tales & Stuff
Sign-up: 6:45 p.m.
7-9 p.m.
Arthur’s Market and Historic Coffeehouse, 35 North Ferry Street, Schenectady, NY
Admission: Free (collection for featured performer)
Featured Performer: Joe Doolittle, Stories of Colonial Schenectady. In conjunction with The Schenectady County Historical Society and The Stockade Association. An open mic for storytelling, music, and spoken word.

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Wednesday, February 3, 2016
New York Council for the Humanities invites you to the
Future of History Meetup
9:30-11:30 a.m.
New York State Museum, 222 Madison Ave, Albany, NY 12230
RSVP online
Join this working group of educators, community leaders and historians to discuss how we can harness history as a means of engagement within our communities and across the state. Sponsored by the New York Council for the Humanities, NYS Museum, Archives Partnership Trust, and MANY.
Featured speakers include: Michael Bopp, New York State Canal Corporation; Spike Herzig, New York Cultural Heritage Tourism Network; and Mary Liz Stewart, Underground Railroad History Project of the Capital Region.

Martin Luther King, Jr. Commemorative Lecture
Featuring the Founders of #Black Lives Matter
Patrisse Cullors, Opal Tometi, and Alicia Garza
4:45-6:15 p.m.
Sage Chapel, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY
Free and open to the public
For more information, call 607-255-6002
Special Performances by the Community Unity Music Education Program & Baraka Kwa Wimbo. Sponsored by Cornell United Religious Work (CURW), African Studies and Research Center, Student and Campus Life

The Folk Music Society of N.Y., Inc/ N.Y. Pinewoods Folk Music Club presents
Folk Open Sing
7-10 p.m.
Ethical Culture Society, 53 Prospect Park West, Brooklyn (near 2nd St.)
Hosted by Ethical Culture Society, Folk Music Society of NY/NYPFMC, Alison Kelley, and Frank Woerner.
Info: Frank, 212-533-2139.
Join us on the first Wednesday of each month for an open sing. Bring your voice, instruments, friends, neighbors, and children. Drop by for a couple of songs or the whole evening.

Flushing Town Hall presents
Monthly Jazz Jam
7:00-10:00 p.m.
FREE Jazz Clinics at 6 p.m.
Flushing Town Hall, 137-35 Northern Boulevard, (at the corner of Linden Place), Flushing, NY 11354
Tickets: $10; FREE for Members, Students and Jamming Musicians

Whether you’re a student, jazz musician, or music educator, come join the Queens Jazz OverGround, a program of Convergence Arts, Inc., as they lead the house band in this monthly jam session. Held on the first Wednesday of every month, Jazz Jams are a fun way to hone your skills, and jam each month with your peers. Don’t play? Come listen! NEW! We’re bringing a little delight to the evening — serving wine and beer!

Caffè Lena presents
Poetry Open Mic Featuring Alan Casline and Steve Lewandowski
Doors open and sign-up begins at 7 p.m. Readings begin at 7:30 p.m.
Caffè Lena, 47 Phila St., Saratoga Springs, NY, 518-583-0022
Tickets: $5 at the door
Poet Alan Casline is the editor of Normanskill, a watershed anthology from the Normanskill watershed, and of Rootdrinker, a long standing magazine of watershed poetics, art and nonfiction. As Director of Rootdrinker Institute, he organizes readings and special gatherings for poets, produces the RD Newsletter and serves as editor for Benevolent Bird Press. He is co-founder and on-going chronicler of The Cloudburst Council, an annual poetics gathering held in the Finger Lakes watershed.
Stephen Lewandowski has published 13 books of poetry, and his poems and essays have appeared in regional and national environmental and literary journals and anthologies. His two most recent books are
Under Foot from May Apple Press in Woodstock, NY (2014) and Last Settler in the Finger Lakes from Foothills Publishing in Avoca, NY (2015). He serves as a consultant on watershed analyses for the Canandaigua Lake Watershed Association.

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Thursday, February 4, 2015
Taller Boricua presents
ARTIST TALK for “Essentia”
6 p.m.
Taller Boricua Gallery at the Julia de Burgos Latino Cultural Center, 1680 Lexington Avenue, New York, NY 10029, 212.831.4333
Join us and meet the artists for a creative and educational assembly where you will hear and discuss the relevant issues affecting our current state of creative affairs. They are Ada Pilar Cruz, Helen Evans Ramsaron, Maria Dominguez, Marina Gutierrez, and Robin Holder. This five women exhibit has been described by Nitza Tufiño, curator, as a collective journey into their inner-dimensional planes of creativity. See “Exhibitions” section below for a description. Issues of identity and culture, gender equality, global warming, community activism and peaceful co-existance stands out in these artists’ work.

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

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

The Towne Crier in Beacon presents
¡VAYA! 63: Típica 73
7:30 p.m.
David Rubenstein Atrium at Lincoln Center, 61 W 62nd St., New York, NY
For information, call 212-875-5000
Free
The Atrium’s series celebrating Latin music presents this legendary band that has been packing dance floors with New York salsa for four decades. Seating is limited and available on a first-come, first-served basis.

The Towne Crier in Beacon presents
JANE SIBERRY
7:30 p.m.
Towne Crier, 379 Main Street, Beacon, NY, (845) 855-1300
Tickets: $25 advance/ $30 at the door
More than thirty years after her first musical release, Toronto native Jane Siberry is renowned as one of contemporary music’s most creative, innovative artists — with eleven major recordings, her own independent label and the acclaim of fans and peers alike. The Edinburgh Press said she “fills the hall with astonishing, spiritually-charged music” and “had the audience breathless, in simple awe.” After a successful crowd-funding campaign in early 2014 she is completing the long-awaited album Consider The Lily, her first major recording in six years.

The Troy Savings Bank Music Hall welcomes
Harlem Quartet, playing an evening of jazz!
7:30 p.m.
Troy Savings Bank Music Hall, 30 2nd St, Troy, NY 12180
Tickets: $30, $20, Student Ticket $15
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.
The Troy Savings Bank Music Hall Corporation is excited to welcome the Grammy Award winning Harlem Quartet to our stage. Their program will include an eclectic mix of jazz with works by Chick Corea, Dizzy Gillespie, Abelardito Valdes, Wynton Marsalis and more! The Harlem Quartet is Ilmar Gavilan, violin, Melissa White, violin, Jaime Amador, viola, and Felix Umansky, cello. They have been praised for their “panache” by The New York Times, and have a core mission to advance diversity in classical music by engaging young and new audiences through the discovery and presentation of varied repertoire that includes works by minority composers. In addition to performing on chamber music series around the world, Harlem Quartet has collaborated with such distinguished performers as Itzhak Perlman, Ida Kavafian, Carter Brey, Paul Katz, Fred Sherry, Anthony McGill, Paquito D’Rivera, and Misha Dichter (with whom the quartet made their Kennedy Center debut in February 2013). Harlem Quartet has also worked closely with jazz legends Chick Corea and Gary Burton, with whom the quartet recorded the album titled Hot House. Following a concert tour of twenty-five major cities, the Harlem Quartet’s recording with Corea and Burton entitled Mozart Goes Dancing won a Grammy Award for Best Instrumental Composition in February 2013.

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Friday, February 5, 2016
Brooklyn Contra presents
Contra Dance
7:30 p.m.
Camp Friendship, 339 8th St, Brooklyn, NY 11215
Cost: $12-$15
If you can walk, you can contra! It’s good ol’ fashioned fun for everyone, right here in Brooklyn!

Caffè Lena presents
Ariana Gillis
8 p.m.
Caffè Lena, 47 Phila St., Saratoga Springs, NY, 518-583-0022
Tickets: $18 general admission, $16 members, $9 students and children
Buy tickets online
Canadian singer-songwriter Ariana Gillis writes whimsical, addictive songs that tell stories that just don’t occur to most people: creatures in a lake with healing powers, people in adjacent graves chatting with each other. Audiences instantly respond to her powerful voice, to the raw emotion, brilliant lyrics and irresistible hooks that are the hallmarks of her music. Between her CDs and her playful, bright-eyed live performances, Ariana has made even the most jaded critics fall in love: Dave Marsh, the “dean of American rock writers” admits to being her biggest fan. Bernie Taupin, Elton John’s lyricist says: “Her stage presence is the most visually grabbing I’ve ever seen.”

World Music Institute (WMI) presents
L. Subramaniam
8:00 p.m.
92nd St. Y, 1395 Lexington Ave., New York, NY
Tickets start at $35
India’s violin icon L. Subramaniam, dubbed “The Paganini of Indian Classical music,” has earned international acclaim for his virtuosic techniques and distinct style that embraces both Western classical music and the Carnatic classical music of Southern India. A Grammy-nominated artist, Dr. Subramaniam has made more than 200 recordings and collaborated with artists such as Stevie Wonder, Yehudi Menuhin, Herbie Hancock, Al Jarreau, and Maynard Ferguson. For this intimate classical concert, Dr. Subramaniam shares the stage with his son, fellow violinist Ambi Subramaniam, as well as Mahesh Krishnamurthy on mridangram. Co-presented by World Music Institute and 92Y, this will be the only North American concert presented as a part of this year’s esteemed Lakshminarayana Global Music Festival. Dr. Subramaniam began the Lakshminarayana Global Music Festival, to honor the memory of his father, the esteemed musician Professor V. Lakshminarayana. The festival has been held across 49 cities in 20 countries and five continents and is sponsored by the Times of India the largest print publication in the world.
This concert is a part of World Music Institute’s Masters of Indian Music Series.

The Troy Savings Bank Music Hall welcomes
Mark and Maggie O’Connor: American Classics
8:00 p.m.
Troy Savings Bank Music Hall, 30 2nd St, Troy, NY 12180
Tickets: $29, $24
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.
The Troy Savings Bank Music Hall Corporation welcomes the husband and wife violin duo, Mark and Maggie O’Connor, playing American Classics. To create American Classics, Mark mined a huge body of repertoire that made its impact on American music, and selected and arranged tunes that represent stylistic importance, pedagogical value, and have timeless appeal. This program has Mark and Maggie playing a broad and interconnecting collection of American music through violin solos and duos. Be inspired by the songbook of America as you’ve never heard it before! A product of America’s rich aural folk tradition as well as classical music, Mark O'Connor’s creative journey began at the feet of a pair of musical giants. The first was the folk fiddler and innovator who created the modern era of American fiddling, Benny Thomasson; the second, French jazz violinist, considered one of the greatest improvisers in the history of the violin, Stephane Grappelli. Working with classical violin icons Isaac Stern, Itzhak Perlman, Yehudi Menhuin, and Pinchas Zukerman, he absorbed knowledge and influence from the multitude of musical styles and genres he studied and participated in. With his body of work, including 45 feature albums of mostly his own compositions, Mark O’Connor has melded and shaped these influences into a new American Classical music, and a vision of an entirely American school of string playing.
Violinist and American fiddler Maggie O’Connor performs a variety of musical styles in concert halls throughout the US and beyond. Frequently performing with her husband, Mark, together they have appeared as guest soloists with the Singapore Chinese Orchestra, the Santa Rosa Symphony and many other symphony orchestras performing his composition Strings and Threads Suite. Maggie is also a frequent guest performer in her husband’s ensembles ranging from Hot Swing and An Evening of American Strings to An Appalachian Christmas, a hit concert tour taking place each holiday season. She is featured in her and her husband’s new album
Duo, which David McGee of Deep Roots Magazine claims, “As a technician and as an expressive player, she is formidable, has it all. What I find so special about her, apart from the sheer soulfulness abundant in the music she makes, is her uncanny sense of playing off of and with Mark, knowing when to assert herself and when to be empathetic and supportive.”

The Folkus Project presents
The Honey Dewdrops
Appalachian style folk songs from the Blue Ridge mountains combine traditional harmonies with a modern touch
8:00 p.m.
May Memorial Unitarian Universalist Society, 3800 East Genesee St, Syracuse, NY
Cost: $15; Member price: $12
Advance sale tickets are available via PayPal or by mail (personal check); advance ticket holders receive preferential seating. For details, see the Folkus Project website at www.folkus.org
The Honey Dewdrops are the Virginia-based roots duet of Laura Wortman and Kagey Parrish. With a blend of new Americana and traditional folk, they create inspired songs rooted in the experiences and lives of everyone. It’s music made in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains, with a sparse Appalachian clarity on every song. Their songs shine with energy and emotion through intimate performances featuring a handful of acoustic instruments and tightly layered harmonies. On stage, the Honey Dewdrops dynamically blend their instruments and voices by singing and playing into a single microphone. There is a high lonesome quality to the way their voices join that is familiar, yet the mixture is unique. In their own way, the duo fills the room with energy and emotion that linger long after the show.

Jericho Arts Council presents
Jay Ungar & Molly Mason
8:00 p.m. Doors open at 7:00 p.m.
Town Hall Theatre, Rt. 7, Bainbridge, NY
To reserve seats, call Judy at 607-967-3169.
Jay Ungar & Molly Mason have become one of the most celebrated duos in the American acoustic music scene. Their consummate musicianship, incomparable warmth and wit, and obvious love of the music have delighted audiences worldwide.

February 5–7, 2016
Folk Music Society of New York/New York Pinewoods Folk Music Club presents
Winter Weekend of Music
The Hudson Valley Resort and Spa, Kerhonkson, NY
In the Bleak Midwinter ... when the gloom and cold are getting you down, come join us at our Winter Weekend. Unstructured (except for meal times), we get together to sing, play, relax, and have fun. The Hudson Valley Resort and Spa in Kerhonkson, NY, is about 2-1/2 hours from NYC (barring traffic). Accommodations are comfortable, food is good and plentiful (and the kitchen is very good about special dietary requirements), there is a heated indoor pool, and a spa with hot tubs (gender-segregated — sorry!). Mood and weather permitting, there is some spectacular hiking in the area. This is our unstructured weekend, except for mealtimes, of course! Plenty of singing, jamming, and hanging out. The resort has a heated indoor pool and a spa (some extra charges apply).
Our special guests are Sally Rogers & Howie Bursen and Tom & Ben Paley. Sally Rogers and Howie Bursen sing traditional, contemporary, and original ballads and songs, a capella or accompanied by any combination of guitar, banjo, and mountain dulcimer. They were a great hit at our Jean Ritchie Memorial Concert. Tom Paley played on stage with Woody Guthrie, sang with Lead Belly, and was one of the founders of the New Lost City Ramblers. He is a master banjo player. His son Ben is a wizard fiddler. As well as old time, Ben plays Swedish fiddle. He wrote
Swedish Fiddle Music: An Anthology, which has become the standard work on the subject in English.>BR? We will also have impromptu square dancing, courtesy of Ray Taylor. Bring your dancing togs. And, of course, stitch-n-bitch, jigsaw puzzles, maybe even Scrabble, all over the place.

The Living History Weekend at the Seneca-Iroquois National Museum
The Seneca Iroquois National Museum, 814 Broad Street, Salmanca, NY
Cost $5/$8/$15
Contact Info: 716-945-1760
The Seneca-Iroquois National Museum oshowcases both permanent and temporary exhibits that introduce visitors to the culture and history of the Onöndowa’ga:’ and Hodinöhsö:ni’. Here you will learn about the Great Law, the oldest, enduring democracy in the world.

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Saturday, February 6, 2016
New York Chinese Cultural Center (NYCCC) announces
Lunar New Year Festival
Programs run all day
The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1000 5th Ave, New York, NY 10028
Free with museum admission
May art bring you good fortune! NYCCC performers will be joining The Met in celebrating 100 years of Asian Art with traditions from across Asia.

New Museum presents
First Saturdays for Families
How to See a Song
10 a.m.-12 p.m.
New Museum, 235 Bowery, New York, NY 10002
Cost: Free
Join us for a family workshop offered in conjunction with the exhibition “Anri Sala: Answer Me,” on view from February 3 to April 10, 2016 (see “Exhibitions” below). Highlighting Sala’s continuing interest in how sound and music can engage architecture and history, the exhibition will feature extensive multichannel audio and video installations that will unfold across the Second, Third, and Fourth Floor galleries, composing a symphonic experience specific to the New Museum. To represent their own perception of sound, families will have the opportunity to interpret different musical compositions through color, shape, and gestural line. The resulting images, drawn onto vellum, will be transformed into sculptural lanterns that will be lit in time to celebrate the Chinese Lunar New Year on February 8.
New Museum First Saturdays for Families are free of charge. This program is designed and recommended for families with children aged between four and twelve years, and includes free New Museum admission for up to two adults per family. Children under eighteen are always admitted free. No preregistration is required. Space is limited, and tickets are given out on a first-come, first-served basis. Your entire party must be present; tickets will not be given to partial parties.

New York Chinese Cultural Center announces
Year of the Monkey
LUNAR NEW YEAR CELEBRATION

Lion Parade 1:30 p.m., Performance 2:00 p.m.
Winter Garden at Brookfield Place, 230 Vesey Street, New York, NY 10281
Free admission
Ring in the Lunar New Year with this family friendly performance featuring a burst of energy and color with traditional Chinese dance and music, as well as theatrical players in full traditional make-up and regalia as we’re joined by the Monkey King himself. Join us prior to the performance for a dynamic Lion Parade led by lion dances throughout the space.

Staten Island Arts presents a workshop
WITHOUT AN ARCHIVE THERE IS NO MEMORY
2-5 p.m., November 6 & 13
Culture Lounge, located inside the St. George Ferry Terminal, Staten Island, NY
Free
Please RSVP by Thursday, February 4, 2016 to Naomi Sturm, Director of Folklife, at nsturm@statenislandarts.org.
BRING AN OBJECT OR A PHOTOGRAPH THAT IS MEANINGFUL TO YOU! A workshop series in oral history and personal narrative that explores oral history as a tool for the reconstruction of individual and collective memory. The workshop is based on the idea that the reconstruction of our individual and social identities is not possible without the practice of memory that opens up a space to a useful past, built by and for the community, creating a relationship between the personal and collective experience. By creating a space for reflection and creation through memory, the workshop asks participants to consider what we see, what we remember and how we express that memory. How have we been affected by things happening in our community, neighborhood and around the world. What is present, what is absent and what is veiled. Led by Antigona Gonzalez.


Flushing Town Hall announces
Rennie Harris RHAW
2:15 p.m.
Flushing Town Hall, 137-35 Northern Boulevard (at the corner of Linden Place), Flushing, NY 11354
Tickets: $13/$10 Members/$8 Child/$6 Member Child
RHAW (Rennie Harris Awe-Inspiring Works) features today’s hottest and brightest young street dancers who explore the evolution of street dance and hip-hop through innovative choreography. RHAW performs various styles of hip-hop and illustrates hip-hop’s roots in African tradition and culture throughout the Diasporas. These include African American, Afro-Brazilian, Afro-Cuban and Puerto Rican cultures from the early sixties through today.

Cumbe: Center for African and Diaspora Dance announces
Haitian Kanaval (Carnival) Workshop with Julio Jean and Nadia Dieudonne
6-8 p.m.
Gibney Dance, 53 Chambers St. near Broadway, NYC
$17
Indulge yourself by lage ko’w (Creole for, “Let yourself go”) in a special Kanaval Celebration. You’ll learn popular rhythms and dances like Koy and Raboday, and are encouraged to add to the party by dressing in costume!

Old Songs presents
Old Songs Community Dance In partner with Homespun Occasions
1st Saturday of the Month (October–May)
7:00 p.m.
Old Songs Community Arts Center, 37 South Main Street, Voorheesville, NY 12186
$8 per person, children 12 & under are free
Featuring: Callers: John Kirk and Trish Miller and Music: Quickstep. Fun, simple dances from the US and around the world. For every age and ability. All dances will be taught and will include circles, contras and squares. Yummy desert potluck during intermission.

Shaker Heritage Society of Albany announces
Spirit Circle with Tri-City Paranormal Society
7-9 p.m.
Shaker Heritage Society, 25 Meeting House Rd., Albany, NY 12211, (518) 456-7890
Tickets: $20
Tri-City Paranormal Society returns to SHS with a brand new event! The Shakers believed communication with the spirit world was not only possible, but often played an important part in worship. They communicated with mediums, hosted séances, and attended others. Join Tri-City’s team of psychics for a spirit circle. Pre-registration is REQUIRED. All proceeds will go toward tree removal in the historic Shaker cemetery in an effort to preserve headstones from future damage.

Café Veritas presents
Christine Lavin and Don White
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. (Advance Purchase $16)
For tickets and more information, visit www.cafeveritas.org
Leave your worries at the doorstep and join Christine Lavin and Don White as they present a night of comedy unlike any other, On the Funny Side of the Street: A Night of Brighter Laughter. “It doesn’t sound like a folk concert, it sounds like a comedy concert,” says White of his laughter-inducing co-bills with Lavin. 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. This is a show for anyone who wants to laugh, whether it’s a group of friends or a family gathering, and feel good on their way out of the venue. Since emerging from the NYC singer/songwriter scene in the late 1980s, (along with Suzanne Vega, Shawn Colvin, John Gorka, etc), Christine Lavin quickly established herself as an entertaining tour de force. Quick on her feet, witty, insightful, engaging, she remains one of the most popular and respected performers in the genre. Her co-conspirator, Don White, a product of the rich Boston Arts Scene, developed his songwriter/performer chops in the same Club Passim/ Olde Vienna Kaffehaus scene that produced Dar Williams, Martin Sexton, Lori McKenna and Vance Gilbert. He was also a regular comedian at the legendary Catch a Rising Star in Harvard Square in Cambridge, MA. These experiences, along with his immersion in the Boston spoken word scene that produced the National Poetry Slam Championship Team in 1992, all combined to make him one of the few performers who brings a comic’s wit, and a poet’s heart to his songs and stories.

Hudson Valley Community Dance presents
English Dance
7:30-10:30 p.m.
Lesson at 7 p.m. required for new dancers.
Reformed Church of Port Ewen, NY
For more information, call 845-452-2483
Cost: $10/$5 students with full-time ID.
Dorothy Cummings calling with Tiddely Pom. Lesson helpers welcome.

Valley Folk Music and The Jewish Center & Federation of the Twin Tiers of Elmira, NY present
Jay Ungar & Molly Mason in concert
7:30-10:00 p.m.
Congregation Kol Ami, 1008 West Water St. Elmira, NY
Contact: (607) 962-4461, info@valleyfolk.org
Cost: $20 cash or check only, with various subscription options to save. Only $5 Disabled or Full Time Student, 14 and under free w/adult
Jay & Molly are musicians of enormous talent who draw from a wide range of American music styles – 19th-century classics,lively Appalachian, Cajun, Klezmer, and Celtic fiddle tunes and favorites from the golden age of country and swing along with their own songs and tunes.They shot to fame when Ken Burns used Jay’s music as a theme to the Civil War series. Expect fiddling with guitar, bass, and piano accompaniments and both singing.

Caffè Lena presents
Basically Beatles
8 p.m.
Caffè Lena, 47 Phila St., Saratoga Springs, NY, 518-583-0022
Tickets: $22 general admission, $20 members, $11 students and children
Buy tickets online
For the 3rd year in a row, we’re celebrating the anniversary of the Beatles’ 1964 debut on the Ed Sullivan Show. Even though their arrival commenced the losening of folk music’s grip on American youth, well ... we all go nuts for their songs! Our 52nd anniversary celebration features hosts Addie & Olin—Unleashed! with special guests Don Young’s Silver Beats and extraordinary guitarist Maria Zemantauski with percussionist Brian Melick and cellist Monica Roach for a night of authentic and innovative Beatle renditions performed with panache and reverence for the music.

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Sunday, February 7, 2016
The Adirondack Museum presents
Farming in the Adirondacks
1:30 p.m.
9097 New York 30, Blue Mountain Lake, NY 12812
Admission: Free for museum members and students; $5 for non-members
For more information, contact: 518 352 7311
During “Farming in the Adirondacks,” Steve Kramer of the Miner Institute and Hallie Bond will discuss the rich tradition and contemporary applications of farming in the Adirondack region. Homesteading and farming were traditional lifeways in the Adirondacks in the 19th century, and the Adirondack Museum’s collections reflect the impact which farming had on the environment, and vice versa. In the modern day, farming and subsistence living continues in the Adirondack region, but is now often accompanied by research pertaining to exploring agricultural evolution and the ways in which our usage of the land might impact the Adirondack environment and delicate ecosystems.
Hallie E. Bond is an independent historian and museum consultant. She is currently Director of the Kelly Adirondack Center at Union College, historical researcher and curator for the Northern New York Quilt Project of Traditional Arts in Upstate New York, and Curator of the Chippewa Bay Maritime Museum. Stephen Kramer moved to the North Country from Buffalo in 1994 to begin work as the Director of Lab Studies at Miner Institute. He works closely with SUNY Plattsburgh’s Applied Environmental Science program every fall, teaching a class, assisting in others and mentoring independent study projects. The focus of his efforts is to promote understanding of the interface between environment and agriculture through research and education.

Albany Institute of History & Art presents
LECTURE What’s Special about Albany? A Historian Assesses the City’s Place in Our National Narrative
Tamara Plakins Thornton, Professor, Department of History, University at Buffalo, State University of New York
2-3:00 p.m.
Albany Institute of History & Art, 125 Washington Avenue, Albany, NY 12210
Free with museum admission.
Award-winning professor of American cultural and intellectual history, Thornton will turn her eye to the people, places, and events in Albany that play a significant role on the stage of our nation’s history. This lecture is the first public program offered by Partners for Albany Stories in conjunction with their interpretive plan for the city. Support for this program was provided, in part, by the Assemblyman Robert Reilly Salary Fund.

The Folk Music Society of N.Y., Inc/ N.Y. Pinewoods Folk Music Club presents
Chantey & Folk Song & Music Session
2-4 p.m.
Co-sponsored with and at the John Street Church, 44 John St. (east of Broadway and one block south of and parallel to Fulton), New York, NY
Info: 212-957-8386.
Free will donation requested.
Please note: The venue is an historic landmark and is not handicapped accessible – approx. 13 stairs to reach downstairs venue (but facilities are located on the same level)
A Community Sing with a lot of singalongs. Bring your voices, instruments, and friends for a session to raise the rafters in this historic downtown venue! Everyone can sing!

Capital English Country Dance
2-5 p.m.
Intro workshop on request at 1:30 p.m.
First UUC, Albany, NY
For more information, 518-477-5684 or CapitalECD@gmail.com
Cost: $12/$10 members, $6 students with full-time ID.
Free first admission for new English country dancers.
Caller: Joanna Reiner. Music: Early Music. Beginners welcome. Wear flat soft soled shoes.

Haiti Cultural Exchange (HCX) presents
Revolisyon/Revolution Season Finale
2-8 p.m. (program begins at 3 p.m.)
Shapeshifter Lab, 18 Whitwell Pl, Brooklyn, NY
ADMISSION: $10 Suggested Donation
Revolisyon/Revolution culminating event will feature a staged reading by Haitian Diaspora Artists from the book Create Dangerously: The Immigrant Artist at Work by Edwidge Danticat, a tribute to Manno Charlemagne by Obed Jean-Louis and special guests, a panel discussion, and a film screening of The Agronomist by Jonathan Demme. The documentary follows the life of Jean Dominique, who ran Haiti’s first independent radio station, Radio Haiti-Inter, during multiple repressive regimes. Presented in partnership with Frantz Voltaire & CIDIHCA.

Cumbe: Center for African and Diaspora Dance announces
Trinidad Jump Up: Carnival Celebration with Michael Manswell
2-3:30 p.m.
Gibney Dance, 53 Chambers St. near Broadway, NYC
$15
Learn traditional carnival steps in the Trini Jump & Wind style and use this as your pre-carnival prep! Get as creative and colorful as you like with your outfit.

The Folk Music Society of N.Y., Inc/ N.Y. Pinewoods Folk Music Club presents
Pat Wictor & Guests
4-6 p.m.
Co-sponsored with and at the Good Coffeehouse at the Old Stone House,336 Third Street, in J.J. Byrne Park, between 4th and 5th Avenues, Brooklyn, 718-768-3195
$10 contribution
Pat Wictor first burst on the folk scene as an innovative slide guitarist known for doing fresh and memorable versions of traditional and contemporary songs. He&s become a well-regarded singer and songwriter, writing material grounded in the rural country, gospel, and blues traditions of our nation. An American by birth, Pat was raised outside of the United States until his teenage years, living in Venezuela, Holland, Norway, and England. Pat took a convoluted path to folk music, winding his way through rock, heavy metal, and jazz. He started with guitar, shifted to bass, moved to saxophone, and then quit music entirely before a return in 1993, when he also began composing songs. By 2001, he left a teaching career to pursue music full time and is now sought after as a collaborator, sideman, and session musician, also teaching workshops on writing, interpreting, and rearranging songs, on slide guitar and other guitar techniques. In the past year he’s been touring nationally as one third of Brother Sun.

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Monday, February 8, 2016
New York Chinese Cultural Center (NYCCC) announces
Happy Lunar New Year!
2 p.m.
Staten Island Children’s Museum, 1000 Richmond Terrace, Staten Island, NY 10301
Free
Celebrate the Year of the Monkey with our friends at SI Children’s Museum with a perfomance by Dance China NY at 2 p.m. followed by a School of the Arts demonstration at 3 p.m.

Irish Arts Center presents Muldoon’s Picnic Hosted by the Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Paul Muldoon
7:30 p.m.
The Donaghy Theater, Irish Arts Center, 553 West 51st Street, New York, NY 10019
Tickets: $25
Pulitzer Prize-winning Irish poet, New Yorker Poetry Editor, and pop music lyricist Paul Muldoon returns for his fourth season of monthly words-and-music jamborees, joined by his house band Rogue Oliphant and always a stunning lineup of world-class special guests from the across the spectrum of music and literature. Some of the most special and surprising moments in our season happen at the Picnic so book your tickets early for this “only in New York” experience.

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Tuesday, February 9, 2016
Museum at Eldridge Street announces
BOOK LAUNCH: Tahneer Oksman’s How Come Boys Get to Keep Their Noses?
6:30-8:00 p.m.
Museum at Eldridge Street, 12 Eldridge Street, New York, NY 10002
Pay what you wish. RSVP here.
Join us for a reception celebrating the publication of Tahneer Oksman’s new book of literary criticism, How Come Boys Get to Keep Their Noses (Columbia University Press, 2016), which focuses on women and Jewish American identity in contemporary graphic memoirs.

The Folk Music Society of N.Y., Inc/ N.Y. Pinewoods Folk Music Club presents
Tom & Ben Paley in Concert
7:30 p.m.
OSA Hall, 220 E 23rd St, Suite 707 (between 2nd & 3rd Avenues, Manhattan).
Admission: General public $20; Members of FMSNY $18; full-time students and those under 17, $10.
Information: 212-957-8386
Master banjo player, Tom played on stage with Woody Guthrie, sang with Lead Belly, and was one of the founders of the New Lost City Ramblers. He is a master banjo player. His son Ben is a wizard fiddler. As well as old time, Ben plays Swedish fiddle. He wrote Swedish Fiddle Music: An Anthology, which has become the standard work on the subject in English.

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Wednesday, February 10, 2016
Albany Institute of History & Art presents 1791 Club: A Night with Oscar
6-8 p.m.
Albany Institute of History & Art, 125 Washington Avenue, Albany, NY 12210
Tickets: $10 per person (food + drink on your own)
RSVP by 2/9 to Aine at (518) 463-4478 ext 408 or leader.nagya@albanyinstitute.org
Did you know that the museum has an Oscar in its collection? Come see this iconic statue from 1932, learn about its recipient writer Edwin Bruke, and then enjoy a screening of the winning movie Bad Girl (1931).
What is the 1791 Club? The Albany Institute of History & Art wants to work closer with 21–40-somethings who are looking to engage with local art + history. Activities will take place on the second Wednesday of each month.

StoryCircle at Proctors Theater announces
Saratoga Storytelling Open Mic—Second Wednesday, September—June
Sign-up: 6:45 p.m.
7-9 p.m.
Free
Woodlawn Commons, Harkness Building, Wesley Community, Clement Street, Saratoga, NY
There is a 10-minute limit on story length. The MC will weave the evening together and there will be no feedback. No reading of stories, just telling, please.
Once a month, storytellers have their own open mic, to try their voices for the first time, to hone their skills in front of a live responsive audience, to work on their presentation, or to try new ideas in a supportive atmosphere. For others, it’s a cheap night of entertainment. No reservations are necessary or taken. The organizers and MCs for this storytelling open mic are storytellers Margaret French, Christie Keegan, and Jeannine Laverty.

Folk Music Society of New York/New York Pinewoods Folk Music Club announces
Old-Time Instrumental Jam
2nd & 4th Wednesdays
7:30-9:30 p.m.
Brooklyn Farmacy & Soda Fountain, 513 Henry Street (at Sackett St.), in Carroll Gardens, Brooklyn
For more information, email alanfriend_music@mindspring.com
Wanna jam? Alan Friend will lead an old-time jam. Bring your fiddle, banjo, guitar, etc. Acoustic instruments only. Buy some delicious desserts and socialize.

Caffè Lena presents
Center for Song’s Evening of Emerging Singers
7:30 p.m.
Caffè Lena, 47 Phila St., Saratoga Springs, NY, 518-583-0022
Tickets may be purchased by emailing diana@centerforsong.com or at the door: $10
For most of tonight’s student vocalists, this will be a night of firsts. Whether it’s their first night singing in front of their family, friends and strangers or their first time showcasing one of their original songs, you can expect an engaging array of contemporary, folk, blues and indie rock music. Center for Song is a professional Vocal Training + Songwriting Studio in Saratoga Springs that supports students of all ages who are passionate about singing, working with other musicians, and writing songs to connect with the world.

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Thursday, February 11, 2016

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

Irish Arts Center presents SongLives: Gráinne Holland and Barry Kerr Curated by Grammy Award-winner Susan McKeown
8:00-10:00 p.m.
The Donaghy Theater, Irish Arts Center, 553 West 51st Street, New York, NY 10019
Tickets:: $18 General/$14 Member
On February 11th, our stage will welcome two fantastic artists Gráinne Holland and Barry Kerr, who will provide us with a wonderful infusion of both contemporary and traditional music here at the IAC. SongLives showcases some of Ireland and North America’s most exciting contemporary singer-songwriters, working on an intimate and personal scale, bringing the rich tradition of busking on Dublin’s Grafton Street and beyond to New York City.
Vocalist, songwriter, TV presenter, and producer Gráinne Holland grew up in Belfast during the Irish language revival and was raised in both Gaelic and English. A fresh talent in the Irish traditional music circuit, Holland has a wonderful collection of traditional songs in Irish and Scottish Gaelic presenting an authentic, modern, and urban take on traditional Gaelic verse. For SongLives Holland will be showcasing songs she has composed that reflect her experience as an artist from the north of Ireland.
Barry Kerr, from County Armagh, is regarded as one of Ireland’s most accomplished traditional musicians. As a multi-instrumentalist, songwriter, and painter he is extremely prolific in his creative output. Having recorded his first album at age seventeen he has gone on to tour the world as a solo artist and has been equally at home sharing the stage in the company of artists such as Cara Dillon, Dan Tyminskii, Lumiere, Dervish, At First Light, and more. His songs and compositions have been recorded by the likes of Karan Casey, Flook, Beoga, Brian Finnegan, Damian O’Kane, and Kate Rusby.

...and beyond
Houston Arts Alliance presents
Honoring Houston’s African-American Trail Riders
Opening reception: Thursday, February 11, 2016, 6 – 8 p.m. (with food, drink and a zydeco dance)
Midtown Arts & Theater Center Houston (MATCH), 3400 Main Street, Houston, TX
Wednesday – Tuesday, February 10–16, 2016
Free and open to the public
Every year, as winter draws to a close, the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo opens with more than a dozen trail ride associations traversing the region and meeting in downtown for the opening parade. This presentation will unpack the city’s rural heritage, its role in the black cowboy story and the art of the ride.

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Thursday and Friday, February 11 and 12, 2016
Staten Island Arts presents a workshop
SI Arts Winter Artist Market Popup (2-Day Event!)
12 p.m. - 7 p.m.
SI Arts’ Culture Lounge Gallery @ St. George Ferry Terminal, 10 Ferry Terminal Drive, 10301
FREE
Staten Island Arts will be holding regular pop-up markets that will take place on Thursdays and Fridays, coinciding with exhibits and special holidays.Participating Artists will be announced shortly.
Upcoming Market dates are: Apr. 21 & 22, 2016 (Spring Market)
Artists and vendors interested in showcasing their work at these events can sign up here


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Friday, February 12, 2016

We Walk New York presents
Historic Brooklyn Heights Walking Tour
10:00 a.m.
Meet at Penny Bridge Convenience Store (Brooklyn Heights), 82 Clark Street (SE corner of Clark and Henry Streets), Brooklyn, NY 11201
Child $13 (3-13 yrs), Adult $20 (14yrs and up) $20
On our HISTORIC BROOKLYN HEIGHTS WALK delve into the rich history and architecture of one of New York’s most picturesque and exclusive communities, including its connections to the Revolution, the Underground Railroad, and the building of the Brooklyn Bridge. Visit sights familiar from the silver or small screens. Experience history, architecture, photography, pop culture, and the occult!

StoryCircle at Proctors Theater announces
Seanachie Evenings — Second Friday of Every Month, January–May:
Stories with the Sound of Love

with Marni Gillard and Lawson 7 p.m.
Irish American Heritage Museum, 370 Broadway, Albany, NY, 518/427-1916
$5 Museum members, $10 Others, $25 Family of Four pack
The Irish American Heritage Museum is pleased to re-introduce the tradition of the Seanachie, the traditional Irish Storyteller to downtown Albany. The Seanachie were travelers, carrying stories and news between hamlets and families. For the price of a warm meal, they’d share stories of the old ones and lively tales of romance and blarney. There would be music, smiles, a bit of learning, and a bit of carrying on. In that spirit join us for stories, fine fellowship, and fun. Marni Gillard, is a well-known regional storyteller and author of Storyteller, Storyteacher (Ann Izard Storytellers’ Choice Award winner). She is a former English teacher and presently is a Chaplain at St Tekatawitha School in Schenectady. She is devoted to sharing tales and helping listeners find the power of stories within themselves. In 2010 she premiered a one-woman show and cantata, Granuaile (Grace O’Malley), the 16th century ’Pirate Queen” who challenged the British incursion.

Lawson (Eric Everson, bouzouki, and Hilary Schrauf, violin) are talented Irish session musicians who have been playing together for over 15 years. They formed the nucleus of the band for the production of Granuaile. Hillary founded and leads the Old Songs Irish Slow Session and co-leads a monthly session in Albany with Eric and friend Fritz Stafford.

ODE with Milkweed Duo
CyberCafe West, 176 Main Street, Binghamton, NY 13905, (607) 723-2456
ODE is a band with a sound full of rhythmic influences from Sweden, West Africa, Brazil and the Middle East and focuses on groove. ODE consists of three glimmering stars in the Swedish folk music sky: Olle Linder (percussion, guitar, vocals), Dan Svensson (percussion, vocals, guitar), and Emilia Amper (nyckelharpa and vocals). Their chemistry, as people and musicians, is extraordinary and they build their repertoire solely on original, newly composed, material. The lyrics have a contemporary feel, and are inspired by things that concern us here and now, touching on subjects ranging from love and equality, to folk music’s current status. ODE is a Director’s Choice at Folk Alliance International 2016. Joined by our own Milkweed Duo!

Flushing Town Hall announces
Bamboo Meets Jazz: Starlight Forest
8:00 p.m.
Flushing Town Hall, 137-35 Northern Boulevard (at the corner of Linden Place), Flushing, NY 11354
Tickets: $16/$10 Members & Students
Celebrate the Lunar New Year with the sound of bamboo flute, performed by renowned artist Han Chung Eun and his band Forest. Well known for his genre-crossing performances from jazz to classical music to K-pop, Han creates a uniquely beautiful and energetic program that celebrates Flushing’s colorful and rich cultural heritage through the fusion of sound and rhythm with Korean, Nordic, Celtic and American roots.

Caffè Lena presents
Jack Grace Trio
8 p.m.
Caffè Lena, 47 Phila St., Saratoga Springs, NY, 518-583-0022
Tickets: $18 general admission, $16 members, $9 students and children
Buy tickets online
Jack Grace’s thinking man’s country rock has been compared to everything from Frank Zappa to early Johnny Cash or “Cole Porter meets Gene Autry” as the New York Times once wrote. Jack spices up his rootsy country numbers with a sense of humor that is laugh-out-loud absurdist. His secret weapon is his brilliant mind, and that's what makes his mash-ups such a delightful discovery for music lovers craving something extraordinary. He’s a consummate live performer, lyricist, singer and guitarist at the helm of a superb power trio of drums, bass and guitar. They were our band of choice to ring in 2016 on New Year’s Eve and they delighted six full houses of revelers!

The Falcon announces
Tribute to The Band-Featuring The THE BAND Band
8:00 p.m. (doors open 5:30 p.m.)
The Falcon, 1348 Route 9W, Marlboro, NY 12542
Tickets: by donation at www.liveatthefalcon.com/#!160212/chvu or (845) 236-7970
Contact: (845) 236-7970, Falcon.arts@verizon.net
THE BAND Band will pay tribute to The Band. Featuring Gary Solomon, Jack Kraft, Mike Corbin, Josh Radin and Vinny Nicosia. Drawing their repertoire from The Band’s seminal period — from Big Pink to The Last Waltz — they showcase the astounding breadth and depth of The Band’s distinctively original Americana music, mixing well-known hits with obscure gems.

February 12–February 14, 2016
The 29th Annual Flurry Festival
A Festival of Traditional Dancing and Music for Dancers & Music Lovers Of All Ages!
The Flurry Festival, 534 Broadway, Saratoga Springs, NY
Over 300 Performers – Five Venues – Over 200 Events
Dances * Singing * Concerts * Jamming * Performances * Family Events Storytelling * Vendors * Beginner, Intermediate & Experienced Workshops

Contra, Swing, Latin, English Country, Squares, Vintage, Clogging, Hip-Hop, Cajun, Zydeco, Irish, Scandinavian, Middle Eastern, Asian, European, American and International Folk, Yoga and Body Movement. Beginner to experienced. Make music and sing in sessions such as Irish, Quebecois, Southern Old-Time, African, Scandinavian, Adirondack, Sing-alongs, Folk, Fiddle, Guitar, Banjo, Flute, Harmonica, Ukulele, Voice and more!

Center for Traditional Dance and Music announces: Tantshoyz Yiddish Dance at the Flurry in Saratoga Springs February 12–14—We’re excited to go to the Dance Flurry in Saratoga Springs for the second year in a row to present a Tantshoyz Yiddish Dance Program. This year our Tantshoyz program at the Flurry will feature Yiddish dance leader Steve Weintraub backed by a trio of leading klezmer musicians—violinist Jake Shulman-Ment, flutist Eleonore Weill, and our own Pete Rushefsky on
tsimbl (hammered dulcimer).

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Saturday, February 13, 2016
Ganondagan State Historic Site and Friends of Ganondagan announce
Conversations, Cookies and Crafts
11 a.m.-2 p.m. Crafts—Beading and Cornhusk Creations
2 p.m. Conversations—Sally Roesch Wagner, PhD, and Freida Jacques, (Onondaga)
Ganondagan State Historic Site, 1488 New York 444, Victor, NY 14564
Crafts — Beading and Cornhusk Creations Join us for an afternoon of creativity. Learn traditional beading skills to create beautiful, wearable art, a handcrafted beaded sachet or a unique cornhusk doll rose. $3 material fee per project, Recommended for ages 10 and up (please note, this is not a drop off activity).
*Beaded heart pins
*Beaded heart sachets
*Cornhusk roses
Cookies — Iroquois White Corn inspired food for purchase Conversations — Sally Roesch Wagner, PhD, and Freida Jacques, (Onondaga)
Sally Roesch Wagner will explore how the woman’s rights movement took form in the territory of the Haudenosaunee where women have always lived with far greater status and authority than in the non-native world. Based on her most recent book,
Sisters in Spirit: Haudenosaunee (Iroquois) Influence on Early American Feminists, Dr. Wagner will share her research on how Haudenosaunee women fired the revolutionary vision of early feminists by providing a model of freedom for women at a time when EuroAmerican women experienced few rights.
Freida Jacques describes the world she inhabits as a Haudenosaunee woman, a member of the six nations of the Iroquois confederacy. The democratic governmental system, established long before Columbus and based on peace, provides equality for everyone with a balance of responsibilities between women and men based on a matrilineal clan system. Gratitude, healing and use of the Good Mind constitute lessons from the Haudenosaunee Culture that provided a model for the Euro-American culture to use in creating a truly democratic, peaceful country. Freida also explores the original instructions that the Haudenosaunee received result in a living in relationship with nature in a sustainable manner, a model that inspired 19th-century US reformers.
Together the women explore the impact that Haudenosaunee women, living in absolute equality, had on Euro-American women, who lost all their rights, even their legal existence, when they married. Euro-American women learned from and were inspired by the equal political authority, control of their bodies and property, religious voice, custody of their children, satisfying work, and absence of rape and domestic violence women experienced in Haudenosaunee nations.
Free with museum admission

Staten Island Arts announces a
VALENTINE’S CRAFT FAIR
12-6 p.m.
ART ON THE TERRACE GALLERY, 776 Richmond Terrace, Staten Island, NY 10301
Valentine’s Craft Fair, sponsored by the Staten Island Creative Community to be held in our gallery, ART ON THE TERRACE near the corner of Clinton Avenue (1.5 blocks from Snug Harbor, parking readily available. Come support local artists and crafters; and purchase the art and the hand-crafted items of the talented members of SICC. Most items can be purchased via cash or credit card. Light refreshments will be served.

Arts Westchester announces
Africa Family Day
1-4 p.m.
Neuberger Museum of Art, Purchase College SUNY, 735 Anderson Hill Road, Purchase, New York 10577
Free for Neuberger Family Circle Members and above. Non-members: $10 per child 18 and under, adults free.
Families can check out the museum’s collection of African art and celebrate Black History Month. Come hear master storyteller Dr. Joyce Duncan, participate in a photography workshop, and enjoy light refreshments and music.

Caffè Lena presents
The Flurry Festival’s Folk Oasis
Starting at noon
Caffè Lena, 47 Phila St., Saratoga Springs, NY, 518-583-0022
Concerts are $10 each, or Free with a Dance Flurry (see above for Festival) wristband. Light fare, desserts, coffee and soft drinks are available throughout the day.
12:15-1:05 p.m. MAIVISH & GOOD FOOT Celtic Tunes and Songs
1:30-2:20 p.m. THE MIDWESTERN SWING Steel Guitar Swing
2:45-3:35 p.m. FRENCH and BRETON DANCE TUNES Tim Cummings & Jeremiah McLane
4:00-4:50 p.m. CHERVEN TRAKTOR Balkan Virtuosos
5:15-6:05 p.m. LIZA CONSTABLE & BABARAY Blues,Jazz,Swing
6:30-7:20 p.m. BERNSTEIN BARD QUARTET Sweet Americana
7:45-8:35 p.m. KIM & REGGIE HARRIS Folk/Gospel Legends
9:00-9:50 p.m. TANTSHOYZ TRIO Klezmer Party Time
10:15-11:15 p.m. PETER SIEGEL’S GASLIGHT TINKERS The Future of Music Past

Staten Island Arts presents a workshop
WITHOUT AN ARCHIVE THERE IS NO MEMORY
2-5 p.m., November 6 & 13
Culture Lounge, located inside the St. George Ferry Terminal, Staten Island, NY
Free
Please RSVP by Thursday, February 4, 2016 to Naomi Sturm, Director of Folklife, at nsturm@statenislandarts.org.
BRING AN OBJECT OR A PHOTOGRAPH THAT IS MEANINGFUL TO YOU! A workshop series in oral history and personal narrative that explores oral history as a tool for the reconstruction of individual and collective memory. The workshop is based on the idea that the reconstruction of our individual and social identities is not possible without the practice of memory that opens up a space to a useful past, built by and for the community, creating a relationship between the personal and collective experience. By creating a space for reflection and creation through memory, the workshop asks participants to consider what we see, what we remember and how we express that memory. How have we been affected by things happening in our community, neighborhood and around the world. What is present, what is absent and what is veiled. Led by Antigona Gonzalez.


...and beyond
MCLA Presents! Angelique Kidjo
8 p.m.
Hunter Center, 1040 MASS MoCA Way,North Adams , MA 01247, 413-662-2111
Tickets: $30 STUDENTS | $32 ADVANCE | $39 DAY OF | $49 PREFERRED
Beninoise world music icon Angelique Kidjo arrives for an intimate acoustic performance that will change your life. “The power of Kidjo’s unflappable voice, the range of her emotional expression, the stellar, genre-bending musicians who back her and the infectious, activist energy that courses through her songs all transcend any native tongue” (NPR Music).

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Sunday, February 14, 2016
Flushing Town Hall presents
Lunar New Year Dance Sampler
12:00 p.m.
Flushing Town Hall, 137-35 Northern Boulevard, (at the corner of Linden Place), Flushing, NY 11354
Free

Celebrate the Year of the Monkey with Asian dance and much more. Curated by Dr. Hsing-Lih Chou, this year’s sampler will present demonstrations of dance from China, Korea, Taiwan, and India. Free tickets will be distributed on a first-come, first-served basis at our box office starting two hours prior to the performance.

Arts Westchester announces
StepCrew: Valentine’s Day Celebration
3-5 p.m.
Westchester Community College, Academic Arts Building Theatre, 75 Grasslands Road, Valhalla, NY 10595
Tickets: $24 (general admission), $22 (non-WCC students/seniors/fac-staff), and $18 (children under 13).
The world’s six top talents in Irish Stepdancing, Ottawa Valley Stepdancing, and Modern Tap are featured in this unique high-energy tour-de force. Backed by a five-piece band, including Celtic vocals and fiddle playing, StepCrew simply drips energy. “With dancers & fiddlers from the likes of The Chieftains, Bowfire, Cherish The Ladies, and Seven Nations, the cast is outstanding and its energy dazzling.” (The Boston Telegram)

Story Sundays at the Glen Sanders Mansion
Happily Ever After
Betty Cassidy and Margaret French
5-8 p.m.
Glen Sanders Mansion, 1 Glen Avenue, Scotia, NY
$36 per person (includes entertainment, 3 course dinner, coffee/tea, tax and tip)
Bring someone new and you each save $3 (only one discount/person during non-benefit dinners).
Pay at the door using cash or checks made out to “Story Circle”
Reservations Required: (518) 384-1700 or Kate@KateDudding.com. Please indicate how many of each entree is desired.
Betty and Margaret will tell stories to surprise you, warm your heart, make you think, and make you laugh. All in the name of love.
Entrees: Chicken Marsala, Sole Flourentine with Spinach and Bread Stuffing and Lemon Veloute, or Mushroom Ravioli

Caffè Lena presents
Sharkey & Joziah of the Grand Slambovians
7 p.m.
Caffè Lena, 47 Phila St., Saratoga Springs, NY, 518-583-0022
Tickets: $25 general admission, $22 members, $12.50 students and children
Buy tickets online
Over a decade ago, we began getting communiques from Sleepy Hollow, NY from a guitarist named Sharkey. He was offering something never-before-heard in folk clubs: Hillbilly-Punk-Floyd. We thought that sounded fun! For their first couple visits to Caffè Lena, it was Sharkey and Joziah alone—and the magic was palpable. They began bringing more band members to more and more gigs as the years went by, and we watched in amazement as the folk world fell in love with this righteous, raucous, otherworldly rock band. Their annual full-band extravaganzas at the Falcon Ridge Folk Festival Dance Tent wash away all the cares of the year and leave us more energized and full of harmony than we’d thought possible. Tonight we bring their festival fans the special treat of the acoustic duo that started it all: an intimate evening with Sharkey and Joziah with two guitars, one stage, and a roomful of willing hearts all to themselves.

...and beyond
City Lore announces
Lecture: Islam and the Blues
2:30 p.m.
Newark Museum, 49 Washington Street, Newark, NJ 07102-3176, 973.596.6550
Through images and recordings, award-winning historian Sylviane A. Diouf of the New York Public Library’s Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture illustrates how the blues, which originated in the American South may have evolved from the techniques of the recitation of the Qur’an and the call to prayer in West Africa. She plays early blues recordings side by side with African recordings of the call to prayer and invites audiences to catch the similarities. This lecture is a part of a full day of activities programmed through the museum’s Second Sundays program.

Center for Traditional Music and Dance (CTMD) announces
Najib Shaheen at the Newark Museum
3:30 p.m.
Newark Museum, 49 Washington Street, Newark, NJ 07102-3176, 973.596.6550
CTMD Touring Artist Najib Shaheen of the Near East Music Ensemble is a master oud maker and player originally from Palestine. Shaheen will perform at at the Newark Museum in one of the galleries as part of a full day of activities programmed through the museum’s Second Sundays program.

Dewey Hall announces
CELEBRATE VALENTINE’S DAY WITH THE JOINT CHIEFS
5:30-8:30 p.m.
Dewey Hall, 91 Main Street, Sheffield, MA 01257
$25 Individual/$50 Couple covers food, drink, and music
Call 860-435-6928 or email aglettheatre@comcast.net for advance tickets
Come and show your love for Dewey Hall and Aglet Theatre Company. Joint Chiefs perform at 6:30 p.m.

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Wednesday, February 17, 2016
StoryCircle at Proctors Theater announces
Story Circle Meeting: Story Circle of the Capital District
6:30-8:30 p.m.
Pine Hill Branch, Albany Public Library, 517 Western Ave, Albany, NY 12203
Story Circle meets to share works in progress. Stories told, not read, please. Listeners welcomed :-)

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

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Thursday, February 18, 2016
Arts & Business Council of NY announces a
Diversity in the Arts Panel Discussion
6:00-8:30 p.m.
ABCNY, Lower Manhattan Headquarters, 150 Broadway, 20th Floor, New York, NY 10038
RSVP by February 12
Join the Arts & Business Council of New York, in partnership with Con Edison, for a discussion around the issue of diversity in the arts. Hear from panelists and thought leaders representing organizations and programs that advance diversity initiatives and stick around for a networking reception to follow.
Panelists: Kay Takeda, Director of Grants & Services, LMCC; Kevin B. Taylor, Director, Graduate Admissions, Zicklin School of Business, Baruch College; and Brenda Williams-Butts, Vice President of Recruitment, Diversity and Inclusion, WNYC.
Moderator: Edwin Torres, Deputy Commissioner, New York City Department of Cultural Affairs

World Music Institute (WMI) announces
Afripedia Screening + Discussion
6:30-8:30 p.m.
Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, 515 Malcolm X Boulevard, New York, NY 10037
FREE
Presented by The Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture and African Film Festival, Inc. Learn more about the creative minds shaping trends in fashion, music, gaming, art and more through a special screening of Afripedia—Senegal and Afripedia—Ghana. Followed by a Q&A with the directors Teddy Goitom and Senay Berhe.

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

Eighth Step at Proctors presents its
OPEN MIC/JAM & SONG CIRCLE
Tonight’s Theme: TBA

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

February 18-19, 2016
Spaceworks and The Tank present
Spaceworks Showcase
Friday and Saturday, 7 p.m.
The Tank at 46th Street, 151 West 46th Street, New York, NY 10036
TICKETS: $12 General Friday or Saturday
Spaceworks and The Tank are proud to present the first Spaceworks Showcase, featuring the diverse talents of artists creating work in Spaceworks’ rehearsal spaces! This two-night event will showcase selected works from emerging artists and seasoned performers across disciplines of dance, music, and theater.

THURSDAY THE 18TH
Thicket & Thistle, Sans Limites Dance, Lynda Starr, NSquared Dance, Justin Schlabach, Martha Cargo and Etienne Guerin, Ellie Sachs with Xandra Clark and Ryan Hopper, Cody Page, Locomotive Artistries, Calpulli Mexican Dance Company

FRIDAY THE 19TH
ELSCO Dance, NOiDAK Inclined Dance Project, Thicket & Thistle, Leah Smit, Justin Schlabach, Tom Shaner, Q&A Productions, Leiomy Maldonado, Calpulli Mexican Dance Company

Calpulli joins other great artists from NYC in the 1st ever Spaceworks Showcase. An excerpt from “Boda Mexicana,”
Coronas de flores celebrates a tradition from Guerrero and Michoacan where women adorn themselves with crowns of flowers as part of an engagement ritual. Spaceworks is a not-for-profit cultural community development organization dedicated to expanding the supply of long-term, affordable rehearsal and studio space for artists in New York City.

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Friday, February 19, 2016
StoryCircle at Proctors Theater announces
Storytelling with Janet Carter
Inquiring Minds Bookstore, Saugerties

Now on the THIRD Friday of the month
7 p.m.
Inquiring Minds Bookstore, Corner of Main and Partition, Saugerties, NY
Woodlawn Commons, Harkness Building, Wesley Community, Clement Street, Saratoga, NY
Featured Teller: Claire Nolan. For those who want to meet before, we have dinner at 5:45 at the Dutch Tavern on Main Street.

Irish Arts Center presents I Draw Slow 7:00 p.m. and 9:00 p.m.
The Donaghy Theater, Irish Arts Center, 553 West 51st Street, New York, NY 10019
Tickets: $20/$16 member
Top Dublin country/folk band I Draw Slow returns to Irish Arts Center to perform songs from their newly released White Wave Chapel album, rooted in the style of the Appalachian Mountains, traditional Irish music, and modern Americana. Drawing favorable comparisons with Gillian Welch and Alison Krauss, I Draw Slow tell dark tales of dark and light, of debauchery and love, of trouble and joy, swinging from the kind of well-crafted melodies that survive. And with the haunting tone of Louise’s voice, these fiddle-fused harmonies are sure to become firm favorites with their growing fan base at home and abroad. Featuring Louise Holden, vocals; Dave Holden, vocals and guitar; Adrian Hart, fiddle; Colin Derham, banjo; and Kanrad Liddy, double bass.

Diamond Dance
THE NORTHEAST’S LARGEST MONTHLY SWING DANCE!
7:30-11 p.m., Doors open at 7 p.m.
Saratoga Music Hall, Saratoga, NY
Cost: $16/$15 Dance Flurry members
For more information, dance@saratogasavoy.com, 518-587-5132.
The Diamond Dances occur every third Friday of the month at the historic and very large Saratoga Music Hall located on Broadway, Saratoga Springs, NY. At the Diamond Dance you can enjoy hours of live music performed by some of the best local and nationally known musicians, dance demonstrations, DJ’d music between sets, art exhibits, discounts on dance lessons, the elegance of the historic Saratoga Music Hall, and a free beginner dance lesson at 7:30 p.m.

Caffè Lena presents
Mipso
8 p.m.
Caffè Lena, 47 Phila St., Saratoga Springs, NY, 518-583-0022
Tickets: $18 general admission, $16 members, $9 students and children
Buy tickets online
With a gorgeous four-part vocal blend and a knack for pulling bedrock traditional music into the 21st century, North Carolina’s Mipso introduces new instruments and textures to their state’s bluegrass heritage. Quickly rising to the top of the bluegrass charts, Mipso has toured non-stop for two years. They make their mark with lyrics that grapple with keeping hope in a difficult world. For these four young artists, traditional music is a living, changing thing. By digging deeper and expanding further, Mipso has created their own dark daydream of Southern Americana: their Old Time Reverie.

World Music Institute (WMI) presents
Ladysmith Black Mambazo
Opening: Bakithi Kumalo & Band

8:00 p.m.
Town Hall, 123 West 43rd Street, New York, NY
Tickets start at $45 (Currently only a limited amount of tickets have been put on sale for this event)
For over 50 years, South Africa’s Ladysmith Black Mambazo has warmed the hearts of audiences worldwide with their uplifting vocal harmonies, signature dance moves, and charming onstage banter. Most recently, the four time Grammy Award winning group—including the 2013 Grammy Award for Best World Music Album—celebrated the 25th anniversary of their groundbreaking collaboration with Paul Simon on his seminal album, Graceland. Simon and Ladysmith Black Mambazo reunited to tour the music of Graceland and to reflect on the legacy of that collaboration in Under African Skies, a documentary prominently featured on PBS. With a deep respect for both their cultural and personal history, Ladysmith Black Mambazo are an ever-evolving group who have already established a significant legacy.
Bakithi Kumalo & Band have been added as opening act for this performance of Ladysmith Black Mambazo’s US tour celebrating the 30th anniversary of the release of Paul Simon’s
Graceland. Bakithi is the bassist who also played on that ground-breaking album.
This concert is a part of World Music Institute’s Masters of African Music Series.

The Folkus Project presents
The Cadleys and Maria Gillard Trio
Join us for an evening of wonderful folk and bluegrass music
8:00 p.m.
May Memorial Unitarian Universalist Society, 3800 East Genesee St, Syracuse, NY
Cost: $12; Member price: $10
Advance sale tickets are available via PayPal or by mail (personal check); advance ticket holders receive preferential seating. For details, see the Folkus Project website at www.folkus.org
Following in the tradition of great male-female duets like Ian & Sylvia and Emmylou Harris & Gram Parsons, John and Cathy Cadley show how the simplicity of two voices and two acoustic instruments can produce powerful music. Their live concerts feature everything from traditional mountain ballads and bluegrass classics like “Bury Me Beneath the Willow” and “Blue and Lonesome,” to Alison Krauss’ “The Lucky One,” to the Louvin Brother’s “Cash on the Barrelhead.” And just to add a few surprises, you’ll also hear a great acoustic rendition of Paul McCartney’s “I Will,” a few of John’s originals from his Nashville produced solo CD “The Closer I Get,” and Cathy’s knockout version of “Somewhere Over the Rainbow.” The Cadleys repertoire draws on the bluegrass of Bill Monroe and the Stanley Brothers, the tight harmonies of the Louvin Brothers, as well as the “new acoustic” sounds of Alison Krauss and Claire Lynch. John’s own originals have been recorded by national bluegrass artists such as Tony Trischka, Jim Hurst, Missy Raines, and Lou Reid, who, with Vince Gill and Ricky Skaggs singing harmony, took John’s song, “Time,” to the #1 spot on the national bluegrass charts for three consecutive months.

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Saturday, February 20, 2016
Caffè Lena presents
Bluegrass Jam
9:30 a.m.
Caffè Lena, 47 Phila St., Saratoga Springs, NY, 518-583-0022
This is a pay-at-the-door event. Admission is $5.
Attention bluegrass pickers! Mandolinist Alan Epstein is launching the second season of his popular monthly Bluegrass Jam at Caffe Lena. Now based in Washington County, Alan Epstein has played mandolin and sung in bluegrass bands in Colorado, Pennsylvania and Michigan and has taught group classes at numerous festivals. Alan is a friendly leader and confidence-builder. All are welcome! Let’s pick!

Flushing Town Hall announces
Chinese New Year Temple Bazaar
11:00 a.m.-1 p.m. and 2-4 p.m.
Flushing Town Hall, 137-35 Northern Boulevard (at the corner of Linden Place), Flushing, NY 11354
Tickets: $5/$3 Child/Free for Members (per session)
Flushing Town Hall’s 2nd annual Chinese New Year Temple Bazaar returns! For centuries, people in China have celebrated the Lunar New Year in temple fairs. Bring your family to enjoy performances, martial arts, crafts and food to celebrate the Year of the Monkey. Due to last year’s sold-out crowd, this year’s Bazaar is offered in two sessions. Your ticket admits you to the timed session of your choice.

New York Chinese Cultural Center (NYCCC) announces
Lunar New Year Celebration: Year of the Monkey
2-4 p.m.
Bronx Museum of the Arts, 1040 Grand Concourse, Bronx, NY 10456
Free
Join New York Chinese Cultural Center in the Bronx for a hands on workshop in paper cutting and calligraphy from 2-3 p.m., followed by authentic folk dances kicking off at 3 p.m. Celebrations will be followed by complementary refreshments for the public to enjoy. (Suggested donations welcome).

Staten Island Arts announces
Universal Temple of the Arts’ Black History Month Program:
Film Screening: Mighty Times: The Children’s March

2-4 p.m.
PS 18; Auditorium, 221 Broadway Entrance on Henderson Avenue, SI,NY 10310
Free Admission
Toys, clothing and books will be distributed.
For further information call (718) 273-5610
Universal Temple of the Arts is an arts and cultural organization that offers free artistic and educational workshops to the community. Mighty Times: The Children’s March, a 2004 American short documentary film About Birmingham Civil Rights March won an Academy Award in 2005 For Documentary Short Subject. Live entertainment will be provided by Universal Temple of the Arts’ Jazz Band and Singer Maia Cubas and Pinky the Poet.

Old Songs presents
Winter’s Lasagna Benefit Dinner & Concert with Annie & the Hedonists A Benefit for the 2016 Old Songs Festival
Menu by Chef Fritz Stafford and Music by Annie & the Hedonists
6:00 p.m.
Old Songs Community Arts Center, 37 South Main Street, Voorheesville, NY 12186
Tickets: $25; $5 children 12 and under
Or call Old Songs to reserve: (518) 765-2815.
If online tickets sellout, they may still be available from Old Songs.
Annie and the Hedonists perform at festivals, concerts, and swing dances. The band interprets the songs of the great female blues artists of the 1920s, ’30s & ’40s: Bessie Smith, Sippie Wallace, Memphis Minnie, Billie Holiday, Rosetta Tharpe, Blue Lu Barker, Ella Fitzgerald and others. Other styles include western swing, bluesy country, and roots Americana. Annie and the Hedonists are: Annie Rosen on lead vocals; Jonny Rosen on guitar and vocals; Peter Davis on clarinet, tenor guitar, piano, and vocals; and Don Young on upright bass and vocals.


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ArtsWestchester’s Folk Arts Program, in association with Hilltop Hanover Farm Old Time Jam, presents
Fiddling in February: Book Launch, Concert and Square Dancing
7-10 p.m.
ArtsWestchester, 31 Mamaroneck Ave., White Plains, NY 10601
Cost: Free
Join fiddle master, and old-time music session leader, Harry Bolick for the launch of his new book, Mississippi Fiddle Tunes and Songs from the 30s, followed by live music and dancing. Bolick will speak about his decade-long research project and perform rare tune selections. The evening will continue with the vibrant and welcoming sounds of traditional southern square dancing music for novice and experienced dancers alike. Beginner to advanced dancers welcome. Partners not necessary. With Brian Slattery (banjo/fiddle) Jim Garber (guitar), and dance caller Liz Slade.

City Lore and Bronx Music Heritage Center (BHMC) presents
BRONX RISING! Bronx Blues
A Tribute to Rev. Gary Davis with Monica Hope and Solomon Hicks
7 p.m.
Bronx Music Heritage Center, 1303 Louis Niné Blvd, Bronx, NY 10452, 718.839.1100
Free and open to the public
Snacks will be for sale by Taneesha’s Rebellious Treats.
Celebrate Black History Month with a tribute to Reverend Gary Davis, the blues/gospel singer, street preacher and virtuosic guitar player from North Carolina who once called the Bronx his home. Davis inspired Dave Van Ronk, Rory Block, David Bromberg, Jorma Kaukonen, Stefan Grossman, Bob Weir, and many other leaders of the folk movement during the 1960s, as many of them often traveled to the Bronx to learn his music.
Harlem Street Singer (2013) is the first-ever film to tell the little-known story of Reverend Gary Davis. Tracing his journey from the tobacco warehouses of the rural south to the streets of Harlem, the film is a revealing portrait of an artist who impacted the musical landscape of folk music and endeared himself to musicians such as Pete Seeger, Bob Weir, Jerry Garcia, David Bromberg, Bob Dylan and countless others. The film will be followed by a Q&A with director and producer, Trevor Laurence and Woody Mann.
After the film there will be a musical tribute to Rev. Davis with blues vocalist and songwriter Monica Hope, the daughter of renowned jazz legends Elmo and Bertha Hope, who grew up around the block from the BMHC Lab. She will be joined by “King” Solomon Hicks, a 20-year-old jazz and blues guitarist who has been playing since the age of 6, and has been called a “guitar prodigy.”

Hudson Valley Community Dance presents
3rd Saturday Contra Dance Party
7:30-10:30 p.m., Doors open at 7 p.m.
St John’s Evangelical Lutheran Church, Poughkeepsie, NY
Cost: $10/$5 full-time students
For more information, contra@hudsonvalleydance.org, 845-473-7050.
Eric Hollman calling w/ Contra Circus.

Caffè Lena presents
Martin Grosswendt & Susanne Salem-Schatz
8 p.m.
Caffè Lena, 47 Phila St., Saratoga Springs, NY, 518-583-0022
Tickets: $18 general admission, $16 members, $9 students and children
Buy tickets online
Folk scene stalwart Martin Grosswendt and his new partner Susanne Salem-Schatz explore the highways and byways of American traditional and vernacular music, from pre-war blues, old time and jug band to jazz standards, honky tonk and contemporary gems. Martin is a renowned and seasoned multi-instrumentalist who got his start at Caffe playing with Utah Phillips, Rosalie Sorrels, Tom Mitchell and others. Susanne is a remarkable vocalist from Boston with a keen ear for harmony and interpretation. They demonstrate the exponential power of two on songs both sweet and slow and rough and rowdy, with a vocal alchemy that touches listeners deeply. This is a rock solid duo that provides a classic folk club experience.

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Sunday, February 21, 2016
The Adirondack Bluegrass League Next Meeting/Jam/Pot Luck
1:00 p.m.
Lake Luzerne Town Complex, 539 Lake Avenue, Lake Luzerne, NY 11354
Free admission
Bring something to share for pot luck! Bring your instruments for jammin’ after the meeting — everyone welcome! On a cold and icy night in 1972, the Adirondack Bluegrass League (or ABL for short) was formed. The purpose was to form a family-oriented organization that promoted and preserved bluegrass music in upstate New York. Our organization has been going strong for over 43 years. Each month from October to April, members get together for a meeting and picking session at the Lake Luzerne Town Complex – 539 Lake Avenue, Lake Luzerne, NY. Everyone brings something to share for a potluck supper. The meetings usually occur on the third Sunday of each month.
Each month from October to April (with the exception of December) the ABL promotes bluegrass shows that are held at Mollie’s Mason Jar, 13 Park Avenue Ext., Hadley, NY 12835. These events usually occur on the 4th Sunday of each month.

Albany Institute of History & Art presents
FINDING YOUR ROOTS
Share Your Family Stories with WMHT

1-4:30 p.m.
Albany Institute of History & Art, 125 Washington Avenue, Albany, NY 12210
Free with museum admission.
Come share your family stories, copies of family photos, and photos of family heirlooms with staff from WMHT. They will be at the museum to help you post your stories online. This is part of a project with the Finding Your Roots series on PBS to engage our community, and talk and learn about each other's ancestral backgrounds. Learn more about the project at www.wmht.org/findingyourroots.

Flushing Town Hall announces
Calligraphy on Silk Fan
1:30 p.m.
Flushing Town Hall, 137-35 Northern Boulevard (at the corner of Linden Place), Flushing, NY 11354
Tickets: $10/$8 Members and Children (materials included)
Welcome the Year of the Monkey with a calligraphy workshop led by Asian arts specialist Dr. Hsing-Lih Chou. Learn basic calligraphy to write your new year’s wishes. Participants will begin by writing on paper and then write their messages of good fortune on Chinese silk fans. Every time you wave your fan you’ll be spreading your positive message into the New Year!

Museum at Eldridge Street announces
IN CONVERSATION: Jewish New York
Co-sponsored by the Lower East Side Jewish Conservancy
2:00 p.m.
Museum at Eldridge Street, 12 Eldridge Street, New York, NY 10002
Pay what you wish. RSVP here.
Join us for a discussion on Jewish New York, focusing on the evolution of historic and cultural treasures of the Lower East Side. Paul Kaplan, author of the guidebook Jewish New York, will speak with three people who, in very different ways, have brought innovation to traditional Jewish life on the Lower East Side and beyond:
Evan Giniger, co-owner of Kossar’s Bialys, just completed a renovation of this 80-year-old business. He will talk about how he and his business partner balance tradition and innovation at Kossar’s, the challenges of “keeping it kosher,” and other Jewish food landmarks in New York City.
Zalmen Mlotek, Artistic Director of the National Yiddish Theatre Folksbiene, will consider how the longest continuously-producing Yiddish theatre company in the world has survived since the Golden Age of Yiddish Theatre in the early 20th century. He’ll also reflect on Folksbiene’s place within the context of Lower Manhattan's rich Jewish cultural landscape.
Writer and filmmaker Laurie Gwen Shapiro will discuss her deep roots on the Lower East Side, and how she has chronicled changes in the neighborhood in both her non-fiction reporting and novels including “The Matzo Ball Heiress.”
This conversation will take place in the heart of the old Jewish Lower East Side at the historic 1887 Eldridge Street Synagogue, home of the Museum at Eldridge Street.
Join us after for a reception with wine donated by Kedem Winery and bialys and babka donated by Kossar’s.

Staten Island Arts announces
Neighborhood Concert: The Itty Biddies
2 p.m.
Music Hall, 1000 Richmond Terrace, Staten Island, NY 10301
Free Admission
With roots in jazz and cabaret, The Itty Biddies are known for their genre-defying sound and energetic live performances. The trio encourages listeners to sing and dance along to their soaring vocals and lively instrumentals that feature ukulele, piano, bass, and drums. This concert will also feature new works inspired by the song “Somewhere” from West Side Story and written by young mothers in the local community in collaboration with The Itty Biddies as part of The Somewhere Project, a citywide creative learning project that honors Carnegie Hall’s 125th anniversary.

Albany Institute of History & Art presents
50 OBJECTS PROGRAM Revealing Albany
Beverly Bardequez, President, Rapp Road Historical Association
Jen Lemak and Brad Utter, Senior Historians/Curators, New York State Museum
Anthony G. Opalka, Albany City Historian
2-3:30 p.m.
Albany Institute of History & Art, 125 Washington Avenue, Albany, NY 12210
Free with museum admission.
Join us for insider’s views of many of the most intriguing objects in our exhibition.

Folk Music Society of New York/New York Pinewoods Folk Music Club presents
Ben Grosscup: An Overview of Contemporary Progressive Political Folk Music
2 p.m.
At the apartment of John Ziv & Deborah Rubin. 243 West 98th Street, Apt. 6A (just west of Broadway), New York, NY 10025, 212-662-6575
Seating is limited. Reservations required.
For reservations please e-mail Steve Suffet at ssuffet(at)nyc.rr.com or call him at 718-786-1533. Suggested contribution $12. FMSNY or PMN members $10.
There has been nothing like this on the folk scene since the 1960s! Recent years have seen an explosion of new songs coming out of the Occupy Wall Street, Black Lives Matter, environmental, labor, anti-war, human rights, economic justice, and other progressive movements. In this performance-talk house concert, People’s Music Network Executive Director Ben Grosscup will share a few of his own songs and also perform a selection of contemporary songs by others. All the songs are especially powerful statements emerging from today’s radical social and political movements.

NorthWest Family YMCA presents
Acoustic Music Jam
Community Gathering of Musicians hosted by Steve Pfanenstiel
2-4 p.m.
NorthWest Family YMCA, 8040 River Road, Baldwinsville NY 13027
Contact: kkane@syracusymca.org
Cost: Free
Traditional, Folk, Country and Rock music welcome. Open to all ages and skill levels, members and non-members alike. Bring your musical instruments (guitar, voice, banjo, flute, etc.) and a music stand. Come join the fun or just come to listen. Hosted by Steve Pfanenstiel.

Rensselaer English Country Dance
2-5 p.m., Beginner Instruction 1:30-2:00 p.m.
Christ Church United Methodist, Troy, NY
Cost: $12, limited income indiv $8, $1 discount for Dance Flurry members
For more information, donbell@nycap.rr.com , 518-273-5172.
Caller Melanie Axel-Lute. Live music by Heartsease Band. Bring soft-soled shoes. All dances taught. No partner/experience needed.

Folk Music Society of New York/New York Pinewoods Folk Music Club presents
Shanty Sing
2-5 p.m.
Noble Gallery, Building D, Snug Harbor Cultural Center, 1000 Richmond Terrace, Staten Island, NY
For further info, contact Bob Conroy at RConroy421@aol.com or 347-267-9394
Refreshments will be available, including beer and wine for sale.
We are co-sponsoring the Shanty Sing on the 3rd Sunday of every month, or the William Main Doerflinger Memorial Sea Shanty Sessions at the Noble Maritime Collection.

Hudson Valley Community Dance presents
Swing Dance Live Band
6-9 p.m., Beginner Lesson at 6:00 p.m.; dance starts at 6:30 p.m.
Arlington Reformed Church, Poughkeepsie, NY
Cost: $12/$8 full-time students with ID
For more information, call 845-454-2571.
No Partner/Experience Necessary!

Caffè Lena presents
Tom Chapin
7 p.m.
Caffè Lena, 47 Phila St., Saratoga Springs, NY, 518-583-0022
Tickets: $25 general admission, $22 members, $12.50 students and children
Buy tickets online
Dubbed “one of the great personalities in contemporary folk music” by The New York Times, this beloved singer-songwriter, storyteller and multi-instrumentalist continues to be a strong voice and positive presence in a precarious world. In a career that spans five decades, 23 albums and three GRAMMY awards, Tom Chapin has covered an incredible amount of creative ground. He was in his teens when he started playing the Greenwich Village folk clubs with brothers Harry and Steve. His infectious songs, sterling musicianship and personal warmth consistently shine through, whether he's performing in a concert hall, an outdoor festival, in front of a symphony orchestra or in an intimate coffeehouse.

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Wednesday, February 24, 2016
Interfaith Story Circle announces
Lesson Stories from the Haudenosaunee (Six Nations Iroquois tradition)
7-9 p.m.
Interfaith Center of University at Albany, 1400 East University Drive, Albany, NY
Co-Sponsored by the Interfaith Center of University at Albany.
For more information, contact Anne Snyder at 518/869-5247
Free and open to all
Guest Storyteller: Stephanie Marie Fox telling “Stories of the Longhouse” from the Haudenosaunee (Six Nations Iroquois Confederacy) tradition. Come and tell a story, or come and listen. Our mission is promoting understanding, respect and friendship among people of diverse cultures, ethical traditions and religions by facilitating the sharing of stories. We open and close the circle with a prayer or reflection. The guest storyteller will share some thoughts on the circle’s theme and tell some related stories. You are then invited to tell a story if you wish.

Caffè Lena presents
Acoustic Blues Open Mic & Jam
7 p.m.
Caffè Lena, 47 Phila St., Saratoga Springs, NY, 518-583-0022
$5 at the door
If you have the blues, play the blues, or love the blues we got you covered! Caffè Lena and The Saratoga Acoustic Blues Society team up to present a monthly acoustic blues open mic. Bring your acoustic guitar, harps, slides, mandolin, bass or whatever (Lena’s has the piano) and sign up for a slot to play solo, as a duo, ensemble or even have players in the room join you on stage. Acoustic Blues Open Mic is held on the 4th Wednesday of the month and is hosted by Sonny Speed. Sign up is 7 p.m. Names are pulled out of a lottery at 7:30. A monthly featured act opens up and the open mic follows 8 p.m.

Folk Music Society of New York/New York Pinewoods Folk Music Club announces
Old-Time Instrumental Jam
2nd & 4th Wednesdays
7:30-9:30 p.m.
Brooklyn Farmacy & Soda Fountain, 513 Henry Street (at Sackett St.), in Carroll Gardens, Brooklyn
For more information, email alanfriend_music@mindspring.com
Wanna jam? Alan Friend will lead an old-time jam. Bring your fiddle, banjo, guitar, etc. Acoustic instruments only. Buy some delicious desserts and socialize.

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Thursday, February 25, 2016
Center for Traditional Music and Dance (CTMD) announces
Central Asian Music & Culture in NYC at the Coney Island Branch Library
4 p.m.
Coney Island Branch/Brooklyn Public Library, 1901 Mermaid Avenue (Near W. 19th St.), Brooklyn, NY 11224, 718.265.3220
We are pleased to present a lecture/ performance exploring Central Asian music and culture now resident in New York City featuring ethnomusicologist Evan Rapport, PhD (The New School) and members of the renowned Ensemble Shashmaqam. Rapport is the author of the new book, Greeted With Smiles: Bukharian Jewish Music and Musicians in New York (Oxford University Press). The program will be held at the Coney Island Branch of the Brooklyn Public Library, and is part of our series with City Lore and the Center for Art, Tradition and Cultural Heritage examining the impact of the Hart-Celler Immigration Act of 1965. Addditionally, for the third straight year, CTMD is working with Rapport in offering a course at the New School entitled “Global Voices”—this semester CTMD staff folklorist Eileen Condon, PhD, is presenting a course on Haitian folklore and music with members of Verite Sou Tanbou, our Haitian Community Cultural Initiative.

Museum at Eldridge Street presents
After Hours Tour & Wine Reception
6:30 a.m.-8 p.m.
Museum at Eldridge Street, 12 Eldridge Street, New York, NY 10002
RSVP: $30 per person.

Enjoy our landmark in a relaxed and intimate setting — and with a glass of wine! On this special evening tour you’ll explore the Eldridge Street Synagogue from bottom to top and learn about its breathtaking restoration.

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

La Generación del 16
8:00 p.m.
Teatro Círculo , 64 East 4th Street, New York, NY 10003
Cost: $20-$25
La Generación del 16 seeks to bring new voices to the New York flamenco scene. While a great deal of impressive traditional work is performed and created in this city, there are few opportunities for flamenco artists to experiment, perform innovative choreographies, and share their contemporary concepts with the community. This collaborative, experimental project arose out of a questioning of the meaning behind the cafés cantantes in the late-19th and early-20th centuries. Such locales were modeled after Parisian cabarets and can be compared to American Vaudeville theaters, as well. These locations had an important influence on flamenco through the development of codified, organized palos, and defined movement aesthetics for both men and women. By taking flamenco out of private parties and familial settings, the art form began to take on a truly performative nature and exacerbate a performer-spectator relationship with set choreographies and elaborate costumes. The dancers were typically female, bailaoras, accompanied (or led) by male singers, cantaores, and guitarists. The show also uses the Generations of 1927 and 1898 as foundational influences because of their desire to collaborate in groups, refer to classic or historical works, and find balances between the intellectual/sentimental and traditional/experimental aspects of art. La Generación del 16 intends to question stereotypes and traditions of the art form while still respecting its legacy and history, both globally and locally.

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Friday, February 26, 2016
Museum at Eldridge Street presents
Open House for Photographers and Artists
11 a.m.-1 p.m.
Museum at Eldridge Street, 12 Eldridge Street, New York, NY 10002
Cost: Free. Registration required.
Photographers and artists of all levels: come armed with your camera or sketch book and let our beautiful sanctuary inspire you. We ask that you share a minimum of one digital file of your work with the Museum.

Hudson Valley Community Dance presents
Swing Dance & Workshops.
6:30-7:15 p.m. Workshop 1; 7:15-8:00 p.m. Workshop 2
8-11:30 p.m. Swing Dance; Beginner’s Lesson 8-8:30 p.m.
Poughkeepsie Tennis Club, Poughkeepsie, NY
Cost: $15/$10 full-time students with ID
Dance to Gordon Webster Sextet.

The Troy Savings Bank Music Hall welcomes
The Bridge Jazz Festival
7:30 p.m. Friday; 7:00 p.m. Saturday
Friday: Troy Savings Bank Music Hall, 30 2nd St, Troy, NY 12180
Saturday: Massry Center for the Arts, 1002 Madison Ave, Albany, NY 12208, Phone:(518) 337-4871
Tickets: $40 per night, $60 2-day pass
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.
The Bridge Festival is back! Two nights of hot jazz! February 26 features the amazing voice of vocalist Nnenna Freelon and guitarist extraordinaire Pierre Bensusan at the Hall, then cross the bridge into Albany on January 27 for a night at the Massry Center with Ellis and Delfeayo Marsalis and more.
Six-time GRAMMY Award nominee Nnenna Freelon has earned a well-deserved reputation as a compelling and captivating live performer. In 2014, Nnenna starred in the critically acclaimed show “Georgia on My Mind: Celebrating the Music of Ray Charles” at the Venetian Hotel in Las Vegas. Nnenna is no stranger to the music of the master singer — she toured with Ray Charles, as well as many other greatest jazz artists including Ellis Marsalis, Al Jarreau, George Benson, and others. Winner of the Independent Music Award, in the Live Performance Album category for his latest triple live album
Encore (2014), Rose d’Or of the Montreux Festival for his first album, Près de Paris (Switzerland, 1976), Pierre Bensusan is recognized as one of the premier musicians of our time.

Caffè Lena presents
Christine Ohlman & Rebel Montez
8 p.m.
Caffè Lena, 47 Phila St., Saratoga Springs, NY, 518-583-0022
Tickets: $25 general admission, $22 members, $12.50 students and children
Buy tickets online
This queen of blue-eyed rock ‘n’ soul grew up loving the sweetness of a Memphis horn line and the raunch of an electric guitar riff, whether played by Muddy Waters, Keith Richards, or Pop Staples. She teased her blonde hair into a beehive in honor of Ronnie Spector and never looked back. She’s the current, long-time vocalist with the Saturday Night Live Band. In addition to her SNL work, Christine Ohlman finds time to play such esteemed stages as The Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame, New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival, The WC Handy Festival in Muscle Shoals, as well as shows with Brian Wilson, Bill Medley, Bonnie Bramlett, Elvis Costello and a host of others. We’re thrilled that she has added our stage to her list of favorites! She’ll be joined by Cliff Goodwin-guitars; Michael Colbath-bass; and Larry Donahue-drums. The Beehive Queen opens her sets by telling us, “I’ve come here tonight to set your souls on fire.” And she will.

Flushing Town Hall announces
Annie Chen Septet
8:00 p.m.
PRE-SHOW MEMBERS LOUNGE at 7 P.M.
Flushing Town Hall, 137-35 Northern Boulevard (at the corner of Linden Place), Flushing, NY 11354
Tickets: $16/$10 Members & Students
Annie Chen is a female Chinese jazz vocalist and composer in today’s New York jazz scene. Her original septet incorporates many different types of music into a modern jazz setting, with influences from Chinese traditional, gospel, classical, middle-eastern, and even alternative rock. It features extensive improvisation and strong arrangements to support Annie’s beautiful compositions and her powerful voice.

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Saturday, February 27, 2016
Ganondagan State Historic Site and Friends of Ganondagan announce
13th Annual Native American Winter Games & Sports
10:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.
Ganondagan State Historic Site, 1488 New York 444, Victor, NY 14564
Free and open to the public; suggested donation $10 per family
During the long harsh winters in Western New York, the Seneca people nestled in their bark longhouses to repair clothing, make tools and prepare for the spring. Despite the winter weather, Seneca people remained active throughout the season. Many of the winter activities that traditionally occupied them outdoors are still in practice today. Join us for Ganondagan’s Winter Games & Sports as a way to celebrate and discover the Seneca ways of winter through traditional Native American activities! PLUS...Visit the Seneca Art & Culture Center at Ganondagan as our guest!
Activities include:
Snow Boats – New this year! Seneca people would make solid wooden “boats” and race them down hills for fun. They would make channels in the snow, one for each boat and then release them four at a time down the snowy hills. We will have a few loaner boats for you to try out – but why not create your own snow-boat and bring it for a test run at Winter Games? View plans and instructions to make your own snow boat.

Snowsnake Enjoy the rare chance to try your hand at the game of Snowsnake, a Haudenosaunee sport steeped in tradition.

Snow shoeing Friends of Ganondagan has a limited number of snow shoes available for our guests to borrow. If you have your own snow shoes be sure to bring them! Identification is required to borrow snow shoes with a 1 hour limit.

Dog Sledding Demonstrations Experience the thrill of watching a dog sled team racing across the snow.

Storytelling Listen to traditional Haudenosaunee legends and stories.

Children’s Crafts Make and take a winter bird feeder, hosted by Ganondagan’s Conservation Team!

Traditional Arts View live demonstrations of crafts practiced by Native people during the winter season.

Native Foods Taste warm, delicious authentic Native foods, available for purchase.

New Russia Cultural Center presents the
8th Annual Russian Winter Festival 2016
Noon-6 p.m.
Polish Community Center, 225 Washington Ave, Ext, Albany NY
Cost: $6 adults, $3 children (5–12), children under 5 free
For more information, contact: 518-382-9438 or festival@newrussiacenter.org
The Russian Winter Festival was established in 2009 by the New Russia Cultural Center, a non-profit organization. The major purpose of the Russian Winter Festival is to celebrate, introduce, and promote traditional Russian folk arts and culture to the community. In its eighth year, the festival is based on Russia s traditional pre-Lenten festival of Maslenitsa. The event includes performances, food, arts and crafts, dances, exhibitions, costumes, and contests, all with a Russian traditional theme.

CityLore presents
2016 People’s Hall of Fame Awards
1-4 p.m.
Clemente Soto Vélez Cultural and Educational Center, Flamboyán Theater, 107 Suffolk Street (between Rivington and Delancey), New York, NY 10002
Free, but RSVP is required.
Join us for the 2016 People’s Hall of Fame Awards Honoring Community Anchors. This year’s special focus is on community anchors—honoring visionary leaders of religious institutions, social clubs and small businesses that exemplify creative placemaking and community revitalization through arts and culture. Please join us in celebrating ten honorees from around the five boroughs:

Marjorie Eliot’s Parlor Entertainment (Sugar Hill, Manhattan), for presenting jazz and theater in her own apartment for decades
Freddy Castiblanco, Terraza 7 (Jackson Heights, Queens), for creating a neighborhood venue dedicated to presenting and celebrating jazz and immigrant folk music
Dr. Uma Mysorekar, Hindu Temple Society of North America (Flushing, Queens), for transforming the Temple into a thriving cultural center
The late José Manuel “Chema” Soto (Melrose, Bronx), for creating an urban oasis where community members assert their Puerto Rican identity and pass on tradition to younger generations
Fernando “Ponce” Laspina, El Maestro Boxing Gym and Educational Center (Morrisania, Bronx), for helping local youth strengthening their muscles and cultural ties
Federation of Black Cowboys (Howard Beach, Queens), for offering young people an introduction to horsemanship and rodeo skills
Ricot Dupuy, Radio Soleil (Flatbush, Brooklyn), for serving as a critical link between NYC’s Haitian community and the homeland
Curtis Nelson, Sesame Flyers International Social Club (Flatbush, Brooklyn), for serving as a maintstay of Brooklyn’s West Indian American Day Carnival and providing year-round programs promoting Caribbean culture and tradition
The Venerable H. Kondanna, Sri Lankan American Buddhist Association (Port Richmond, Staten Island), for engaging young people in the dance and drumming traditions of Sri Lanka
Reverend Philip S. Saywrayne, Christ Assembly Lutheran Church (Staten Island), for fostering West African choral traditions and assisting Staten Island's West African communities

Enjoy performances by the Christ Assembly Lutheran Church choir and the Sri Lankan Dance Academy of New York. Reception to follow ceremony.

The Folklife Center of Crandall Public Library presents
The Dream of America: “All That is Left Behind”
2-4 p.m.
Crandall Public Library, 251 Glen Street, Glens Falls, NY
For more information, call 518/792-6508 or email degarmo@crandalllibrary.org
Cost: Free
Guest speakers Lisa Catalfamo and Betty Getty will present a illustrated talk based on a visit to Coyula, Mexico and the families of immigrants living and working in Washington County, NY. The presentation will explore the reasons people come, the rich traditions and culture they leave behind, and the toll of extended separation on families—from an in-depth and personal perspective. Lisa Catalfamo, a passionate advocate for immigration reform, is a local social worker and photographer who has worked on issues of immigration and equality for many years. Betty Getty, a lifelong dairy farmer, is known to local immigrant populations as “Bettalupe,” a term of endearment for her advocacy and educational work with Latino immigrants. She works as a translator and liaison on dairy farms throughout the North Country and the Midwest, and has traveled to Mexico multiple times to visit the families of workers. This program supports the new exhibition, “The Dream of America: Separation & Sacrifice in the Lives of North Country Latino Immigrants” on view in the Folklife Gallery from February 17 to August 31, 2016, guest curated by Lisa Catalfamo, produced by the Folklife Center and funded in part by the New York State Council on the Arts Folk Arts Program (see “Exhibitions” section of this page below.

ArtsWestchester presents
An Evening of Argentine Tango
Presented in association with Westchester Ballroom
Doors open 7:00 p.m.
7:30 p.m. Beginner Tango Lesson
8:00-11:00 p.m. Live tango music for dance
ArtsWestchester, 31 Mamaroneck Avenue, White Plains, NY 10601
Tickets: $20 general admission in advance or at the door
For more information call 914.428.4220
Food and refreshments a la carte by Gaucho Grill, White Plains’ premiere Argentine Restaurant.
Live tango music featuring Tango Meditteraneo: New York City-based quartet Tango Mediterraneo, comprised of musicians from the Mediterranean, with a focus on traditional Argentine Tango melodies from the early 1920s to the 1950s – when the golden era of tango was inspired by the unique essence of Carlos Gardel, as well as the big tango orchestras of Juan d’Arienzo, Francisco Canaro, and Aníbal Troilo. Tango Mediterraneo’s repertoire is inspired by the music of Astor Piazzolla, as well as songs and other pieces from classical and jazz music arranged with rhythmical and aesthetic components of Argentine Tango. With: Maurizio Najt, piano; Rodolfo Zanetti, bandoneón; Horacio Martinez, guitar; and Pedro Giraudo, double-bass.Special Dance performance by Tango Dragan (Dragan Ranitovic and Olga McGuire).

Center for Traditional Music and Dance (CTMD)
Hart-Celler Series Lecture: Dr. François Pierre-Louis on Haitian Immigration History 7 p.m.
South Oxford Space, Brooklyn
Please RSVP to econdon@ctmd.org. Admission is free, with seating by reservation.
Join CTMD and members of Verite Sou Tanbou, CTMD’s Haitian Community Cultural Initiative, for an evening lecture and performance in CTMD’s continuing series of programs commemorating and critiquing the passage of the Hart-Celler Immigration and Naturalization Act of 1965. Dr. François Pierre-Louis of Queens College/CUNY presents a talk entitled “From Protest to Incorporation: The History of Haitian Immigrants in New York City.” Lecture will be followed by Q&A at 7:45, with a performance of Haitian immigration-themed songs to follow.
François Pierre-Louis, PhD, is Associate Professor of Political Science at Queens College CUNY. His research interests include immigration, transnationalism, and Haitian and Caribbean politics. He served in the cabinets of President Jean Bertrand Aristide of Haiti in 1991 and Prime Minister Jacques Edouard Alexis in 2007–2008. He is the author of
Haitians in New York City: Transnationalism and Hometown Associations. His articles have appeared in US Catholic, Wadabagei, the Journal of Haitian Studies, Education and Urban Society and the Journal of Black Studies. From 2011–2015, he was a senior advisor to the Chancellor of the City University of New York for the CUNY-Haiti Program, to help rebuild the country’s university system after the 2010 earthquake.
Presented in coordination with City Lore and the Center for Art, Tradition and Cultural Heritage. This program is made possible by funds from the New York Council on the Humanities, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.

Old Songs presents
Cajun-Zydeco Dance Sponsored by the DanceFlurry Organization
Last Saturday of the Month (October–April)
7:00 p.m.
Old Songs Community Arts Center, 37 South Main Street, Voorheesville, NY 12186
$15 (DFO members $12), All Welcome!
Featuring: Krewe de la Rue. Dance instruction by Ron & Marie Bruschi at 7 p.m.. Band starts at 8 p.m. For more info, call (518) 859-0092 or email Marie.

Golden Link Folk Singing Society presents
Low Lily
7:30 p.m.
Rochester Christian Reformed Church, 2750 Atlantic Ave., Penfield, NY 14526
Tickets: Admission $20.00; Golden Link Members $16.00, Students $10.00; Children 12 and under FREE
The New England trio Low Lily explores the roots and branches of American folk music with traditional influences and modern inspiration that weave together a unique brand of acoustic music. Liz Simmons (vocals and guitar), Flynn Cohen (vocals, guitar, and mandolin), and Lissa Schneckenburger (vocals and fiddle) are masterful players with deep relationships to traditional styles ranging from bluegrass to Irish and Scottish to old-time Appalachian. Combining this background with stellar composition skills and inventive arrangements results in music that is rooted yet contemporary.

Caffè Lena presents
Kevin McKrell with John Kirk, Brian Melick and Kate McKrell
8 p.m.
Caffè Lena, 47 Phila St., Saratoga Springs, NY, 518-583-0022
Tickets: $18 general admission, $16 members, $9 students and children
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Saratoga’s own Kevin McKrell has been the leading force in the regional Celtic scene for the past three decades. He’s a masterful entertainer and musician who has played festival stages and clubs around the globe with the bands he founded, Donnybrook Fair and The McKrells. His songs are performed by The Kingston Trio, Woods Tea Company, and Seamus Kennedy, among many others. Tonight Kevin brings his daughter, Kate McKrell, along with McKrells bandmate Brian Mellick and stellar North Country fiddler John Kirk.

...and beyond
Connecticut Historical Society announces
Speak Up at CHS: All-Day Storytelling Workshop with Matt Dicks
9 a.m.-4 p.m.
Connecticut Historical Society, 1 Elizabeth St., Hartford CT 06105
$85 CHS members, $95 non-members
Registration available online
Questions? Contact Jenny Steadman at (860) 236-5621 x289 or by email at jennifer_steadman@chs.org.
20-time Moth StorySLAM and GrandSLAM Storytelling Champion Matt Dicks shares his secrets for telling a great story on stage or around your dinner table. Matthew Dicks will be teaching a day-long workshop on the art of storytelling. This is a workshop designed for people with little or no any previous storytelling experience and seeks to meet the goals of a wide range of participants. While many workshop graduates have gone on to tell stories on stage for Speak Up, The Moth, and other storytelling organizations, most students take this beginner-level workshop with no desire to ever take the stage. People want to learn about storytelling for personal and professional development, to meet new people, to improve communication skills, to develop their writing ability, to challenge themselves, to finally get the attention of grandchildren and colleagues, and to try something new.

February 27–28, 2016
Pregones Theater Puerto Rico Traveling Theater presents
Directly from Hawaii — DUKE
Only 2 Performances at Pregones Theater in The Bronx!
Saturday, February 27, 8 p.m.
Sunday, February 28, 3 p.m.
Pregones Theater, 575 Walton Avenue in The Bronx
Tickets: $15-$30; Early Birds $15
Playwright/actor Moses Goods tells the thrilling story of the heroic Duke Paoa Kahanamoku, US Olympic swimmer, grandfather of modern surfing, actor, and one of the most important and beloved figures in sports history.

Caribbean Cultural Center| African Diaspora Institute announces
Trade/itions: Trans-Atlantic Orisha Sacred Traditions Symposium
Feb 27th, 2016 | 1:00-8:30 p.m.
Feb 28th, 2016 | 1:00-5:30 p.m.
City College Center for the Arts-City College of New York (Formerly known as Aaron Davis Hall) | 138 Convent Avenue Btw. W 133rd and 135th Streets, New York, NY 10027
Tickets: Weekend package: $75; Panels, Dialogue, and Special Tribute Feb. 27 & 28: $40; Saturday evening performance and Sunday film screening with post-screening panel: $45
Special offer for total weekend: $65 until February 20
Trade/itions is a two-day symposium event which will explore the points of Orisha intersections through an artistic, activist, and 21st Century lens. Principal demonstrations and social impacts of these global traditions will be shown – through music, dance, panel-dialogue sessions, and through the moving image. Programs and activities have been carefully curated to include expressions and holders of these traditions from throughout the Americas: Brazil, Cuba, Haiti, Puerto Rico, Trinidad, and the United States.
Performers will include: Baba Neil Clarke with Iyesá Drum Ensemble, & featured Akpon, Amma McKen; Master Cuban Percussionist, Roman Diaz & Ensemble, and from Trinidad, Something Positive.
Celebrating the 35th anniversary of his iconic work, FLASH OF THE SPIRIT, Saturday opens with a special Dialogue-Conversation with Dr. Robert Farris Thompson.. Also, NYC Film Premiere of Yemanja: Wisdom from the African Heart of Brazil, narrated by Pulitzer Prize-winning author Alice Walker

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Sunday, February 28, 2016

New York Folklore Society invites you to a Folk Arts Forum:
Democratizing the (Folk) Arts
Nonprofit Workplace

February 28, 2016
5:00–8:00 p.m.
Alliance of Resident Theatres/New York (A.R.T./New York), South Oxford Space
138 S. Oxford Street (between Hanson Place & Atlantic Ave.)
Brooklyn, NY 11217


Registration is FREE but RSVP required.
Donations to support this and other events of the New York Folklore Society are welcomed!

The New York Folklore Society invites you to a folk arts forum meeting, convening an evening Folk Arts Forum with a panel discussion, breakout sessions, and collective dialogue on the topic of “Democratizing the Arts nonprofit Workplace.” The program will present various perspectives approaching this topic.

In June 2014, the New York City Council voted to approve a $1.2 million initiative in the City’s annual budget to fund the development of worker cooperatives, also known as “the solidarity economy.” The structure of the 501c3 arts nonprofit can lend itself to this more egalitarian, dialogic, and cooperative work styles and practices. This forum will generate and document a varied and critical conversation about best practices in the (folk) arts nonprofit field (aka public sector ethnography/culture work) and explore several different schools of thought about how more sustainable and more democratic ways of working together in the field of folk arts may be achieved.

Speakers include Andy Kolovos and Kathleen Haughey of the Vermont Folklife Center; Selina Morales, Executive Director of the Philadelphia Folklore Project; Joe Rinehart, Cooperative Developer and Strategist; Maida Rosenstein of UAW Local 2110; and Lisa Rathje, Director of Folklife Programs, Company of Folk of Chicago.

For more information, email nyfs@nyfolklore.org or call us at 518.346.7008




Museum at Eldridge Street presents
Family Program: The Keeping Quilt—Stories, Art and Clues to the Past
11 a.m.-1 p.m.
Museum at Eldridge Street, 12 Eldridge Street, New York, NY 10002
RSVP: $15 per family. For ages 4-11.
Hear the story of a quilt of memories that creates a lasting tradition, follow clues to discover memories passed down here for 128 years, then join artist Sharon Gross to create your own artistic traditions.

Flushing Town Hall announces
Monkey Mask Craft & Dance Workshop
1:30 p.m.
Flushing Town Hall, 137-35 Northern Boulevard (at the corner of Linden Place), Flushing, NY 11354
Tickets: $10/$8 Members and Children (materials included)
In this creative and engaging workshop, children will discover the beauty of Korean culture while crafting and dancing. After a brief introduction about Tal Chum (Korean traditional mask dance), children make their own Monkey Tal to celebrate the Year of the Monkey and learn Tal Chum moves. This workshop will stimulate your child’s eye-hand coordination, movement skills, and most importantly, curiosity about new cultures.

StoryCircle at Proctors Theater announces
Word Plays: Irresistible
2 p.m.
Fenimore Gallery, Proctors Theatre, 432 State Street, Schenectady, NY
Cost: $12. Call box office at (518) 346-6204.
$2 of each ticket is donated to the Schenectady Inner City Ministry Summer Lunch program where they feed 850 children each day
Myths, historical, personal and literary stories about people drawn to the irresistible, as told by these tellers: Kate Dudding, Margaret French, Marni Gillard, Barbara Palumbo..

Museum at Eldridge Street presents
CONCERT CELEBRATING BLACK HISTORY MONTH:
Afro-Semitic Experience with Warren Byrd and David Chevan

3 p.m.
Museum at Eldridge Street, 12 Eldridge Street, New York, NY 10002
RSVP: $25 adults; $15 students/seniors and include Museum admission. Come early for a tour of the 1887 landmark Eldridge Street Synagogue, and stay for a special concert in an unforgettable space.
It’s an auspicious anniversary for The Afro-Semitic Experience. The group, which weaves together Jewish and African-American musical traditions, has been together for 18 years, a number that is a lucky one in Judaism, symbolizing “chai” or long life and good luck. In celebration of this milestone, they will perform their trademark mix of spiritual, world-beat, funk, jazz, cantorial, gospel, salsa and swing in a concert at the historic Eldridge Street Synagogue. Co-founded by African-American jazz pianist Warren Byrd, and Jewish-American jazz bassist David Chevan in 1998,The Afro-Semitic Experience combines sophisticated musicianship, years of friendship and a simple message: Unity in the Community. Band members are Will Bartlett (saxophone); Alvin Benjamin Carter, Jr. (drums); Alvin Benjamin Carter, Sr. (congas); Saskia Laroo (trumpet); and Stacy Phillips (slide guitar/violin). Don’t miss the group that critic Carlos Ramos calls “a whoopin’, hollerin’, testifyin’ celebration of multicultural soul music. Imagine Charles Mingus sitting in with a Klezmer band, playing Gospel music set to the polyrhythmic pace of congas and bongos.”

Caffè Lena presents
Dylan Perrillo Orchestra with opener Banshee Tree
7 p.m.
Caffè Lena, 47 Phila St., Saratoga Springs, NY, 518-583-0022
Tickets: $18 general admission, $16 members, $9 students and children
Buy tickets online
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 10 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. Thom LaFond (Vocals, Guitar, Suitcase) and Kalyn Pembridge (Vocals,Washboard) of Banshee Tree open the night with a set of experimental swing and blues.

The Troy Savings Bank Music Hall welcomes
Celebrate traditional Irish music with Altan!
7:30 p.m.
Troy Savings Bank Music Hall, 30 2nd St, Troy, NY 12180
Tickets: $29, $24
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.
No Irish traditional band in the last dozen years has had a wider impact on audiences and music lovers throughout the world than Altan. With their exquisitely produced award-winning recordings, ranging dynamically from the most sensitive and touching old Irish songs all the way to hard hitting reels and jigs, and with their heartwarming, dynamic live performances, Altan have moved audiences from Donegal to Tokyo to Seattle. Throughout, there has been the unwavering commitment of the band to bringing the beauty of traditional music, particularly that of the Donegal fiddlers and singers, to contemporary audiences in a way that brings out all its qualities and destroys none. In fact, Altan have always believed that Irish traditional music is a modern music in every sense and its growing influence and popularity have proved them right.

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Monday, February 29, 2016
Shaker Heritage Society of Albany announces
Mother Ann’s 280th Birthday Celebration
5:30-7:30 p.m.
Shaker Heritage Society, 25 Meeting House Rd., Albany, NY 12211 Tickets: $20 per person in advance, $25 at the door
It’s a leap year! Join the SHS and PASt to celebrate Shaker founder, Ann Lee’s 280th (or 70th depending on how you count) birthday with friends and local leaders. Guests of honor Matthew Bender IV and Miriam Trementozzi will be recognized for their inspiring efforts in preserving and promoting Albany history at this celebration. Co-hosted by County Executive Dan McCoy and Mayor Kathy Sheehan. Refreshments will be served. Sponsored by Partners for Albany Stories (PASt).

       ANNOUNCEMENTS

Position Announcement:
Regional Folklife Survey and Program Development Consultant for New York State’s Finger Lakes and Western Southern Tier Regions


Applications must be received by March 7, 2016.


Summary
Applications are invited for a consultant to survey folklife and plan related program development for nine counties in the Finger Lakes and Western Southern Tier regions of New York State. This nine-month position is for a joint initiative of the Folk Arts Program of the New York State Council on the Arts (NYSCA) and New York Folklore Society (NYFS) that will begin in April 2016. The consulting folklorist will work closely with the NYSCA Folk Arts Program and NYFS, public folklorists and ethnomusicologists in these regions, community members with local folklife expertise, as well as three arts organizations—Auburn Public Theater, Cattaraugus County Arts Council, and the Community Arts Partnership of Tompkins County. This survey and program development initiative will result in a plan to support folklife programming through these organizations.

New York State has a highly collegial and tightly interwoven network of public folklorists who have carried out field research in most of our counties. This initiative will point to new directions for expanding infrastructure and programming with new partners and collaborative projects. It will both build upon field research carried out in the past and document traditions that have not yet been researched. The regions in this initiative are largely rural, with the regions’ traditional occupations including farming, dairying, fruit orchards, vineyards, and forestry industries. The counties included in this project are Cayuga, Ontario, Seneca, Wayne, and Yates (served by Auburn Public Theatre); Allegany, Cattaraugus, and Chautauqua (served by the Cattaraugus County Arts Council), and Tompkins (served by the Community Arts Partnership of Tompkins County). Cities and villages in this area include Alfred, Auburn, Dunkirk, Fredonia, Geneva, Ithaca, Jamestown, Geneva, Olean, and Seneca Falls. These regions include a Seneca Indian reservation, as well as African American, Amish, Asian American, Latino, Mennonite, and European ethnic communities. There are maritime, occupational, and waterways traditions around the Finger Lakes, Lake Erie, canals, and rivers.



Responsibilities
  • Carry out field research on traditional music, dance, material culture, occupational traditions, narrative, occupational folklife, and other customary practices in these regions. The primary purpose of this field research is to identify traditions and folk artists who can be supported through the participating arts organizations and presented in future collaborative projects in Upstate New York. Through this fieldwork, the consulting folklorist will generate documentation, field notes, and reports for the use of the three arts organizations and for archiving in regional repositories. At least 40 artists must be documented. The consulting folklorist will also be expected to research past fieldwork carried out in these regions, and consult with folklorists and community members who have engaged in research and safeguarding of local traditions. Preliminary contact information and introductions will be provided for many communities, folk artists, and organizations in these regions.

  • Convene meetings of a steering committee consisting of regional staff folklorists from cultural organizations in Western New York and the Southern Tier, as well as the directors of the NYSCA Folk Arts Program and NYFS. Consult on a regular basis with the steering committee, other folklorists and ethnomusicologists, and community consultants. Folklorists, ethnomusicologists, and community consultants will be available and compensated for field research and project assistance related to their areas of expertise.

  • Submit interim reports to the steering committee and a final report for each arts organization, summarizing activities and recommendations, profiling artists for potential inclusion in programs, and recommending how the organization will support folklife activities in the future. Present the results of the final reports to the staff and board of each organization as well as interested community members. Recommend possibilities for collaborative programming across regions.

  • The consultant will report about the progress of the project on an ongoing basis to the Folk Arts Program of NYSCA and NYFS.


Qualifications
Masters or doctorate degree in folklore or ethnomusicology; at least three years’ work in the public folklore field and demonstrated abilities in folklife field research, program planning, and implementation. The position requires knowledge of the various forms of art traditional to ethnic, regional, religious, and occupational communities and an understanding of the needs and functions of arts organizations. Qualified applicants must have access to, experience with, and technical competence with digital equipment (camera, audio recorder, computer/laptop).

The candidate should have a strong sense of detail, experience in convening meetings, relevant computer and software program skills, and proven ability to communicate clearly, effectively, and persuasively, both verbally and in writing. Sensitivity to a variety of aesthetic systems and the ability to work well with administrators and community members from a variety of cultural backgrounds are essential. Candidates should be willing to travel extensively within these regions, including overnight and on weekends. Use of a car is necessary in these regions, since there is no public transportation available in most of the area.



Compensation
The consultant will be paid $45,000, payable in three installments, with the fourth payment upon submission of field research documentation, required reports, and presentations to the arts organizations. A housing stipend of $5,000 will be provided for the consultant, who must reside in one of the regions where the surveys will occur throughout the course of this project. Reimbursement will be provided for automobile mileage expenses at the New York State government rate, overnight lodging, and meals when traveling at least 70 miles away from the consultant’s residence during the project, as well as expenses related to documentation. Office space will be made available at the participating arts organizations. The consultant will be provided preliminary contact information/introductions for many of the communities, folk artists, and organizations to be documented (audio log, photo log, general release, artist data sheet, release for internet materials), funds for digital storage, and other consumable supplies associated with field documentation and travel (in-state only) expense reimbursement at the state rate. Documentation equipment will be provided, as needed.


Application
Send a letter of interest that addresses qualifications, experience, and proposed plans for how the applicant will conduct work for this project, a resume, three references, and representative work samples of recorded interviews, photography, field notes, and professional writing. Applications submitted without these items will be deemed incomplete and will not be considered. Send these materials electronically to:


Ellen McHale, Executive Director, New York Folklore Society, emchale@nyfolklore.org

Applications must be received by March 7, 2016.





Ukrainian Village Voices announces
A Call for Singers to Join Us!
We have had a very successful and fun autumn/early winter season and are now starting a fresh season, focusing on lyrical, wedding, spring and summer songs! Now is the perfect time to begin singing with Ukrainian Village Voices — no knowledge of Ukrainian necessary. Yes, it’s possible — more than half of our group does not speak the language!

Join us on Tuesday, February 2, 6:30-8:30 p.m. at CUNY Graduate Center, 365 Fifth Avenue (between 34th and 35th Streets), Room 3491, New York, NY. (Sign in with your ID at the front desk and take the elevator to the third floor.) Our rehearsals will take place every Tuesday at this time and location.

Visit our Facebook page to see much of our diverse activity, as well as our SoundCloud and YouTube presence for inspiration.

Please let us know if you plan to attend rehearsal on 2/2. Also feel free to ask any questions: ukrainianvillagevoices@gmail.com


The Folk Music Society of N.Y., Inc/ N.Y. Pinewoods Folk Music Club presents
Irish Traditional Music Session every Monday

Mondays, 8-11 p.m.
Landmark Tavern, 626 11th Avenue (on 46th St), Manhattan
Free admission; food and drink are available. For more info 212-247-2562
Tenor banjo, harmonica and fiddle player Don Meade and friends get together every Monday night for an Irish traditional music session in the back room of this historic Hell’s Kitchen bar/restaurant. Musicians and singers welcome. Co-sponsored with and led by Don Meade. Featured Performers: Feb. 1, John Keane; Feb. 8, Kieran McCarthy Fel; Feb. 15; Leenys Ridout


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

8-11 p.m.
Co-sponsored with and held at the Aubergine Cafe, 49-22 Skillman Avenue at the corner of 50th Street in Woodside, Queens
Information: 718-899-1735
A voluntary contribution is requested on guest nights.
Come join us every Wednesday for a 3-hour pub style sing-around. All songs are welcome, as are acoustic instruments. Occasionally there is a featured guest performer for part of the evening. Sandwiches, salads, coffee, tea, wine, and beer are available.
Featured Performer: Feb. 17, Marie Mularczyk O’Connell & the Mountain Maidens


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

7:30-10:00 p.m.
Twelve Corners Presbyterian Church, 1200 S Winton Rd., Rochester, NY 14618
Sing-arounds are FREE and open to the public. Lead a song, request a song, or pass. Contact Jantina Cornelison, membership.folk@goldenlink.org to lead.
February 02: Open Sing, Joan Burch leading
February 09: Sing-Along and Chorus, Dean Santos leading
February 16: “Songs for Sweethearts,” Myles Lynch leading
February 23: Open Sing, Sandra Condry leading
March 01: Open Sing, Nora Bradbury leading


The Arts Center of the Capital Region announces
2017 Seed Pack Artists

Application deadline: February 19, 2016
The Hudson Valley Seed Library is seeking submissions for the 2017 Art Packs. All mediums are accepted except still life photography. We are always looking for a diversity of mediums including but not limited to watercolor, oil, collage, quilting, carving, assemblage, stained glass, etching, handmade paper, seed mosaic, plant material collage, wood burning, metal work, clothing, and functional pottery.

Interested artists are encouraged to review the guidelines for submission, then apply online.

The 2016 Seed Pack Artists will be exhibited in the Wallace & Foyer Galleries at The Arts Center from March 25 to April 24, 2016. The exhibit is cosponsored by Capital Roots.


Samuel Dorsky Museum of Art at SUNY-New Paltz announces
CALL TO ARTISTS

CAMPSITE: Hudson Valley Artists 2016
Curated by Corinna Ripps Schaming
June 18–November 13, 2016

CAMPSITE, the 2016 edition of The Dorsky’s Hudson Valley Artists series, seeks artists who engage in a spirit of play and who create artworks that are in touch with the seriousness of playful exploration. CAMPSITE channels the region’s rich history of summer traditions and rituals associated with camp, resorts, and festivals.

For more information go to: Hudson Valley Artists 2016.

Deadline for artist submissions: Monday, March 21, 2016, midnight.


Calpulli Mexican Dance Company announces
Calpulli Community Starts a New Year
Classes resume in Queens & Staten Island


In 2016, Calpulli Community celebrates 10 years in Queens and 5 years in Staten Island. The donation-based program continues to serve youth and adults with enriching dance and music training. Visit our website for the following:

Youth Dance in Queens
Youth Dance in Staten Island
Adult Beginner Dance in Queens
Accordion & Guitar in Queens


Community programs in dance and music are led by Calpulli’s teaching artists and focus on the regional dance and musical traditions of Mexico. The training incorporates lessons in history, fundamentals in dance and music, team work, and supports a healthy, active lifestyle. The programs are low cost or by voluntary donation.



AUDITION FOR THE CALPULLI MEXICAN DANCE COMPANY:
Calpulli Mexican Dance Company seeks male and female Dancers with footwork experience (folk or flamenco) and/ or modern experience for performances. Dancers should be interested in performing Mexican dances that range from folk to contemporary in style.

Two audition dates:
1. Wednesday, February 3rd, 2016 @ 4:30 p.m. at Ailey Studios
2. Tuesday, February 16th, 2016 @ 5:30 p.m. at Ailey Studios


The Ailey Studios are located at 405 West 55th St corner with 9th Avenue in Manhattan. Auditioners should bring a headshot, resume and folklorico/ flamenco/ character shoes (something to tap and stomp). Information can be sent by email prior to the audition to info@calpullidance.org with the subject line “Audition.”
Gracias!


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

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

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


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Arts & Business Council of NY announces
2016 Diversity in Arts Leadership Internship Program — Applications Open!

The Arts & Business Council of New York is now accepting applications for the 2016 Diversity in Arts Leadership Internship Program! The Diversity in Arts Leadership internship program strives to strengthen and advance diversity in the arts management field and provides college students working towards careers in the arts or business sectors with a hands-on introduction to arts nonprofits in New York City. The Arts & Business Council of New York matches undergraduate students from underrepresented backgrounds with energetic host arts organizations and business mentors, who guide the students’ personal and professional growth throughout the summer.

If you are an undergraduate student interested in applying, read the guidelines and apply online. Intern Application February 26, 2016.

If you are a New York City arts organization interested in hosting a Diversity in Arts Leadership intern, read the guidelines and apply online.

Host application deadline January 31, 2016
Student Intern application deadline February 26, 2016
Applicant interviews March 31, 2016
Successful candidates advised of placement April 27, 2016
Program June 6 — August 11, 2016


Please direct any questions to Amy Webb, awebb@artsandbusiness-ny.org.


Staten Island Arts announces
Call for Submissions
Staten Island Arts’s 7th Annual LUMEN 2016 video and performance art festival

Staten Island Arts is now accepting submissions from individual artists, groups, or organizations working in video, sound, new media, and performance interested in participating in LUMEN 2016. We specifically seek out projects that use, reference, and/or transform the physical location and/or possess an awareness of an audience.

Individual artists, groups, or organizations interested in participating in LUMEN 2016 should visit the LUMEN Homepage and check out photos and participants from previous years to get a sense of what kind of projects have already been done and what the Atlantic Salt site looks like.

Read the Application Guidelines + Details. (That includes the Work Sample Guidelines, too!) Finally, create an account and/or login to our online application system and start an application! The application is entirely online.

Staten Island Arts will be hosting two free information sessions at the Culture Lounge Gallery on Tuesday, February 9 at 7 p.m. and Saturday February 13 at 1 p.m. Sign-up to attend one of those sessions online.

There is no entry fee to apply and you are not required to be from Staten Island to apply, though Staten Island artists are strongly encouraged to apply. The deadline to apply is midnight (EST) Friday, March 4, 2014.


City Lore announces
A REVERENCE FOR WORDS: UNDERSTANDING MUSLIM CULTURES THROUGH THE ARTS
A Summer Scholars Institute for Teachers

July 10th – 23rd, 2016
New York, NY

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


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

Faculty and guest artists include Najwa Adra, Stephen Blum, Mitra Dejkameh, Sylviane Diouf, Kewulay Kamara, Bruce Lawrence, Theodore Levin, Jawid Mojaddedi, Zeyba Rahman, Kemal Silay, Zohra Saed, Tahani Salah, and Amir Vahab & Ensemble.

Stipends of $2,100 provided to each participant to help cover travel expenses to and from the project location, accommodations, and ordinary living expenses.

Housing arrangements are the responsibility of the participant. However, City Lore will reserve a set of dormitory rooms at a local university nearby and will provide a list of other suggestions for affordable housing.

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


The Arts Center of the Capital Region announces
Calling artists, makers & crafters:
COLLAR CITY CRAFT FEST


Call for Entries: Event dates: April 29 + 30, 2016 Application deadline: February 12, 2016

Spring is just around the corner, and you know what that means... the fourth annual fine arts and crafts event, The Collar City Craft Fest! The Fest will be held on April 29 + 30, 2016 at The Arts Center of the Capital Region, located in the heart of downtown Troy. The Collar City Craft Fest is a juried, indoor showcase of original works that features the Northeast’s top artists and craftspeople (YOU!). We anticipate this spectacular, expanded marketplace will be a draw for the thousands of residents from all over the Capital District and beyond... last year we had over 1,000 people exploring the Craft Fest, so let’s try to top that this year!

The Collar City Craft Fest will capitalize on two popular overlapping events in Troy, each drawing thousands of visitors: Troy Night Out and the Troy Farmers Market. We anticipate drawing extra visitors from these events over the day-and-a-half Fest.

Please join us and apply to be part of this year’s Collar City Craft Fest. We know the Capital Region is full of talented artists, makers, and craftspeople, and this Fest is for you to show us what you have created.

Important Dates + Links:

Application deadline: February 12
Acceptance notification mailed: March 4
Booth notification contract and booth fee balance due: March 28
Event dates: April 29 + 30

APPLY ONLINE


Caribbean Cultural Center| African Diaspora Institute announces
APPLY TODAY: Innovative Cultural Advocacy Fellowship 2016!

The ICA Fellowship Program seeks to involve and increase the number of culturally diverse advocates as emerging leaders in the fields of cultural arts, public policy, and advocacy. Fellow participants will engage through an in-depth series of collaborative exchanges, and assignments that will nurture innovative thinking, situate them in understanding historical contexts of the arts public policy field, and provide opportunities to meet those leaders in the field that highlight and utilize language and framework models critical of the existing inequity apparent within cultural arts public policy.

For more information: www.cccadi.org/ica2016

Application Deadline: February 12, 2016
Letters of Reference: Due by February 19, 2016


Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation announces
Southern Exposure: Performing Arts of Latin America

Southern Exposure: Performing Arts of Latin America brings exemplary contemporary and traditional performing artists from Latin America to audiences across the United States. Fee support grants are available to nonprofit presenters based anywhere in the United States or its territories who book artists from the curated roster. The featured artists tour with Southern Exposure support during 2016–2017.

View the artist roster and start booking today!

Herencia de Timbiquí | Colombia
La Yegros | Argentina
Silencio Blanco | Chile
Elizabeth Rodriguez: RADICALES LIBRES | Chile
Troker | Mexico

PRESENTER BOOKING DEADLINE: APRIL 1, 2016

For complete eligibility details and information on receiving subsidies, please see the: 2016–2017 program guidelines. Questions? E-mail robyn@midatlanticarts.org.


Old Songs presents
Make Your Own Music Nights

Old Songs, 37 South Main Street, Voorheesville, NY 12186-0466, (518) 765-2815

These are monthly gatherings intended to foster community participation in music making. Come and join in the fun!

Open Mic 7:30-10:30 p.m., 1st Wednesday of the Month
Strut your stuff and share your talent! Walk in and sign up to play (15 minutes). Local performer Kate Blain will host. $3 cover charge.

Pickin’ & Singin’ Gatherin’ 1:00-4:00 p.m., 2nd Sunday of the Month (October–May)
A sing-around for the whole family.

Contra Dance Tunes 7:00-9:00 p.m., 2nd Wednesday of the Month (September–May)
Playing for dancing with rhythm and style. Build your skills and dance tune repertoire. All instruments and skill levels welcome. Leader: Terri Lukačko. $3 donation.

African Drum Class 7:00-8:30 p.m., 3rd Monday of the Month (September–May)
Study African drumming. Participants will learn authentic drumming from many countries in West Africa. Emphasis will be on traditional rhythms and drumming techniques on djembes, dunduns and other hand drums. Please join us for this fun filled class. All levels are welcomed. Some drums may be available to borrow on a first come, first served basis. Instructor John Dickson. Email oldsongs@oldsongs.org or call 518-765-2815 for more info. Class fee: $15.
*November’s African Drum Class will meet on the 3rd Tuesday, Nov 17.

Traditional Irish Slow Session 7:30-9:00 p.m., 3rd Wednesday of the Month (October–May)
This is a friendly, repertoire-building opportunity to play your new tunes slowly and work on your old tunes at a reasonable tempo. We will focus specifically on traditional Irish music, and all Irish-appropriate instruments are welcome (i.e., wooden flute, tin whistle, concertina, button or piano accordion, guitar, bouzouki, mandolin, fiddle, harp). We encourage tape recorders, and focus on learning tunes by ear. Music stands and continuous use of sheet music discouraged. Bring snacks to share. Small donation requested to cover building expenses. Questions? Contact Hilary Schrauf at 518-424-8701. $4 donation.

Sunday Four Poetry 3:00 p.m., 4th Sunday of the Month (September–June)
Open Mic with featured poets. “Dedicated to the convivial understanding and practice of poesy’s gift to human joy” Hosted by Dennis Sullivan, Edie Abrams and Michael Burke. Contact: 518-469-0202. Donation.

Aussie Bush Band Jam 7:00-9:00 p.m., 4th Wednesday of the Month (September–May)
Come and learn some tunes from Tasmania, New South Wales, and Victoria. Join in with acoustic instruments. Squeezeboxes and lagerphones encouraged. We might even sing a song. Some sheet music will be provided, but the tunes are also very accessible for playing by ear. All skill levels are welcome and listeners, too. Leader: Terri Lukačko. $3 donation.


Old Songs presents
Spring 2016 Instrument Classes

Old Songs, 37 South Main Street, Voorheesville, NY 12186-0466, (518) 765-2815

Old Songs offers Group Classes in a variety of acoustic instruments in 6 weekly group sessions.
Cost per course:6-weeks: $127 or 8-weeks: $161


Print out the Registration Form and mail with payment
(or call Old Songs office to register with a credit card, 518-765-2815)

REGISTER for Bluegrass Jam Class

TUESDAYS: Mar. 1, 8, 15, 22, 29 and Apr. 5, Register by Feb. 26

FIDDLE with George Wilson

Beginning, 6-7:15 p.m. Learn how to make a good sound with the bow, a simple tune or 2, tuning, and basic fiddle care.
Intermediate, 7:30-8:45 p.m. Assumes some knowledge of the instrument. Learn a few tunes and techniques.
George: 518-461-8394, geofiddle@gmail.com

CLAWHAMMER BANJO with Paul Draper 7:30-8:45 p.m. Learn to play old-time clawhammer banjo within the context of “Round Peak” banjo tunes. Basic banjo knowledge assumed.
Paul: 518-380-1103, clawhammer888@gmail.com


Mar. 8, 15, 22, 29, Apr. 5 and 12 , Register by Mar. 4

PIANO ACCORDION & BAND CLASS with Peggy Hart

6-7:15 p.m.Beginning technique, theory and note reading.
Peggy: 518-439-1060, peggyminore@yahoo.com


May 10, 17, 24, 31, Jun. 7 and 14, Register by May 6

MOUNTAIN DULCIMER with Susan Trump

Beginning and Beyond 6-7:15 p.m. DAD tuning, strum technique and left hand fingering. Fiddle tunes and other repertoire.
Intermediate, 7:30-8:45 p.m. Repertoire building using fiddle tunes, songs, Celtic melodies, waltzes and more.
Susan: 518-357-4018, susantrump@aol.com


WEDNESDAYS: Mar. 2, 9, 16, 23, 30 and Apr. 6, Register by Feb. 26

HOW TO JAM with Terri Lukačko

5:45-7 p.m. Bring your acoustic instrument(s) and learn some simple techniques in group playing using traditional American string band repertoire and technique.
Terri: fiddlejammer@mac.com

Ukulele with Ron Gordon
Beginning, 6-7:15 p.m. Learn chords, right hand strumming techniques, chord melody playing and more. Bring a recording device.
Intermediate, 7:30-8:45 p.m. Ideal for those who know some songs, play basic chords, and know a few strums. We’ll progress to chord melody and finger picking technique and learn some classics.
Ron: 518-372-4172, rgukeboy@gmail.com


THURSDAYS: Mar. 3, 10, 17, 24, 31 and Apr. 7, Register by Feb. 26

TECH FOR FOLK with Terri Lukačko

6-7:15 p.m. How to use email, social media, Google docs/spreadsheet skills for folkies. BYO device.
Terri: fiddlejammer@mac.com

HANDS ON MUSIC THEORY with George Ward
6-7:15 p.m. Bone up on scales, intervals, chords, key signatures, etc. for any instrument.
George: 518-399-0315, mulesong@aol.com

INTRO TO IRISH PENNY WHISTLE with George Ward
7:30-8:45 p.m. All you’ll need is a pennywhistle in the key of D. Some inexpensive ones will be available.
George: 518-399-0315, mulesong@aol.com


Mar. 3, 10, 17, 24, 31, Apr. 7, 14, 21, 8-week class, Register by Feb. 26

FINGERPICKING GUITAR with Ron Gordon

7:30-8:45 p.m. Learn one arpeggio type song, one alternate bass-travis style, on steady bass all at a beginning fingerpicking level. Player needs to be fluent with chords down the neck and be able to keep a basic rhythm.
Ron: 518-372-4172, rgukeboy@gmail.com


Apr. 28, May 5, 12, 19 and 26, 5-week intensive
BLUEGRASS JAM CLASS with Bob Altschuler

6-9 p.m. $160, Info and registration at: drbanjo.com


Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation announces
ArtsCONNECT

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

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

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

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


Anabella Lenzu’s DanceDrama Lab Series Workshops in New York
Expand your craft, technique and creativity in a personalized, tailored program. Class size is limited to 10 students per workshop.

Faculty: Anabella Lenzu

Choreography and Improvisation: March 6, 13 & 20 (Sundays from 1–4 p.m.)
At Center for Performance Research (CPR), 361 Manhattan Avenue, Unit 1, Brooklyn, New York 11211

This workshop aims to stimulate students to create their own passionate and original dances, exploring the elements of choreography composition. Expand your creative process by learning how to take risks, transition from thinking to feeling and show others your inner dialogue. Class will also cover aspects of improvising in a supportive atmosphere. We look not only at what you dance, but also ask the question “Why do you dance?” Dance is the expressive medium of our heart, mind and soul.

Methodology of Teaching Dance: (Learn how to teach Dance) April 1–3 (Friday the 1st from 6–9 p.m., Sat 2nd and Sunday 3rd from 11–2 p.m.)
At Center for Performance Research (CPR), 361 Manhattan Avenue, Unit 1, Brooklyn, New York 11211

Learn how teach dance and provide a comprehensive dance education. This Laboratory is for artists and educators of all dance disciplines who want to learn how to increase their students’ creative ability by providing organized lesson plans aimed at solving educational problems using methodological tools of analysis. Promote artistic education and enhance the social and cultural community. Dance is a profound exploration of life. We must improve how we teach Dance as a theoretical and practical discipline.

TO APPLY: Send resume to info@AnabellaLenzu.com
Please designate which month you are interested in.
The cost of each workshop is $150 per person.
REGISTER online.


Museum at Eldridge Street presents
Lifelong Learning Classes for the Spring

Museum at Eldridge Street
12 Eldridge Street
New York, NY 10002

Not Just the Weekly Torah Portion with Dr. Regina Stein, Thursdays, March 3, 10, 17, 24, 31; April 7, 14; May 5, from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Jews & Christians: From Beginnings to Communities, with Dr. Regina Stein, Tuesday evenings, March 8, 15, 22, 29; April 5, 12; May 3, 10, from 6:30 to 8 p.m.

Jews & Christians: Semester II, The Early Years, with Dr. Regina Stein, Tuesday mornings, March 1, 8, 15, 22, 29; April 5, 12, May 3, from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

The Mapping and Making of Brooklyn, with Barry Feldman, Urban Historian, Monday mornings, March 7, 14, 21, and 28 from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

How to Advocate for Yourself in the World, with Betsy Gotbaum, former NYC Public Advocate, Wednesday mornings, June 1, 8, 15 and 22, from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.


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


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


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


The New York State Museum, in collaboration with the Shaker Museum in Mount Lebanon, Hancock Shaker Village, and the Shaker Heritage Society (Albany), as well as the State Library and State Archives, present the exhibition
The Shakers: America’ Quiet Revolutionaries
Museum Open Tuesday-Sunday: 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.
New York State Museum, Cultural Education Center, 260 Madison Avenue, Albany, NY 12230
Admission: The NYS Museum is free. Donations are accepted at the door
The exhibition details one of the most significant and influential communal religious groups in American History. Artifacts from these preeminent Shaker collections will be exhibited together for the first time at the New York State Museum in November 2014. The Shakers launched a revolution parallel to the American Colonies’ struggle against British rule. As they sought religious freedom in America, their spiritual practices and community focus set them apart from greater society. Their devotional routines as well as their product innovations, marketing acumen and views towards gender equality seemed “revolutionary” to the outside world. Thematically divided into six areas, the exhibit will show how the Shakers’ unique model of an equal society challenged the norms of the new nation.

November 15, 2014 — March 6, 2016

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


September 19, 2015 —April 3, 2016

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

October 18, 2015 —March 7, 2016

City Lore presents
Boardwalk Renaissance: How the Arts Saved Coney Island
Opening Reception, November 5, 7-9 p.m., free and open to the public
Gallery Hours: Wed-Fri 2-6 p.m., Sat-Sun 12 p.m.-6 p.m.
City Lore Gallery 56 E. 1st St, NYC, NY 10003
Honky Tonk meets the avant garde in Boardwalk Renaissance. Take a trip down the Coney Island boardwalk of the ’80s when a group of passionate young artists descended on Coney with the dream that their art might return this legendary neighborhood to its glory days. The vision of these artists—brought to life in artifacts, footage from the first Mermaid parade, and art inspired by the House under the Roller Coaster—lit a creative spark that saw Coney through desperate times and set the stage for the honky tonk neighborhood’s rebirth. November 5, 2015 —May 8, 2016

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

The New York State Museum presents
The Shakers: America’s Quiet Revolutionaries
Exhibition Hall, New York State Museum, 222 Madison Ave, Albany, NY 12230
Hours: Tuesday-Sunday: 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Information: 518-474-5877
“The Shakers: America’s Quiet Revolutionaries” features over 150 historic images and nearly 200 Shaker artifacts, including artifacts from three Shaker historical sites: the Shaker Heritage Society, Hancock Shaker Village, and the Shaker Museum | Mount Lebanon. The 7,000 square foot exhibition explores the Shakers as one of the most significant and influential communal religious groups in American history. In the late 1700s, the Shakers sought religious freedom in America, but their unique culture and spiritual practices set them apart from society. Their devotional routines as well as their product innovations and views towards gender equality seemed “revolutionary.” Thematically divided into six areas, the exhibition shows how the Shakers’ unique model of an equal society challenged the norms of the “outside world.”

November 15, 2015 —March 6, 2016

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

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

November 21, 2015 —September 4, 2016

Staten Island Arts presents
Letters From My Exile / Cartas Desde Mi Exilo
Mon-Fri – 11 a.m. – 7 p.m.; Sat – 12 p.m. – 5 p.m.
Culture Lounge, St. George Ferry Terminal, Staten Island, NY 10301
FREE
Letters from My Exile is a participatory art project that uses portraits and letters to talk about forced family separations and the concept of distance and absences present on the immigrant experience. People migrate for many needs, in search for better lives and opportunities, to provide for their families, yet this decision comes many times with the sacrifice of separation. When the person becomes undocumented, he or she is not allow to leave and enter whenever they want, having to stay away for indefinitely time. I am interested in exploring the stories of migration through letters written to a family member that a person hasn’t seen in many years. The project focuses on personal testimonies through the letters paired with portraits to reflect on the reasons why these sacrifices are made. What do they have to say to their relatives and what happens when someone else can read their letters.

December 17, 2015 — February 27, 2016

Taller Boricua presents
ESSENTIA
A five women collective journey into their inner-dimensional planes of creativity

Curated by Nitza Tufiño
Opening Night: Friday January 22, 2016
Artists Conversation: Saturday, February 4, at 6 p.m.
Taller Boricua Gallery at the Julia de Burgos Latino Cultural Center, 1680 Lexington Avenue, New York, NY 10029, 212.831.4333
Gallery Hours: Wednesdays and Fridays 12-6 p.m./ Thursdays 1-7 p.m. / Saturdays 12-6 p.m.
Admission: Free
ADA PILAR CRUZ is a sculptor and a Lecturer/Educator of Fine Arts. She teaches as a Lecturer/Educator of modern and contemporary art at MoMA’s education department where she has been since 1994. In 2008 she joined The Drawing Center, as Lecturer and Educator with Family Programs where she gives workshops about contemporary drawing. As an artist, she recently had three exhibitions of her sculptures: Seeing Double, at Buster Levi Gallery in November, 2015; Retablos, at The Marina Gallery in July 2012; and Clay Memory, at Rio II Gallery, NY in April 2011. She also creates sculptural installations with Collaborative Concepts at Saunders Farm annually since 2008. She is a member of the Buster Levi Gallery (formerly The Marina Gallery) since 2010.
HELEN EVANS RAMSARAN My present series of work addresses my growing concern about the planet earth and its atmosphere. I call the series, Extinction: Signals of Alarm. These works, I have created using white clay, comprise many tiny, individual sculptures that have been aggregated to form one large piece. This method of working is meant to suggest the millions and billions of years of evolution of earth’s species of plants, animals and marine life.
MARIA DOMINGUEZ Maria Dominguez received her BFA degree from the School of Visual Arts in 1985 and she began her visual arts career as an intern for the Citiarts mural workshop both in NYC. This led to the creation of numerous community murals and ultimately to her The Metropolitan Transportation Authority commission. “El-Views” (2002), is a permanent art piece, which can be viewed at the Chauncey Street station in NYC, Brooklyn. Dominguez’s personal works has been included in a number of solos and group shows throughout the United States, Japan, Italy and Africa. Awards merited for her artistic efforts include: The National Endowment for the Arts, New York State Council for the Arts and New York Foundation for the Arts. Her background also includes being artist educator and arts administrator and once headed the Education Department for El Museo del Barrio for seven years in NYC.
MARINA GUTIERREZ is a multidisciplinary artist from New York City with a practice that combines community based work, public and studio arts. Her work interweaves historical, individual and ecological narratives often adapting folk forms and using post industrial or recycled materials within a conceptual framework. Her ongoing EnAquA-Memoriam series ranges from sculptural installation and video to interactive performance and the alchemical precipitation of images using sea water. She’s recently exhibited in CARIBBEAN: Crossroads of the World at the Queens Museum (NYC), Kréyol Factory at Parc de la Villette (Paris), at El Museo del Barrio (NYC) and created a solo installation at Project Row Houses (Houston, Texas). She is the recipient of Joan Mitchel, NYFA and Mid-Atlantic Fellowships, L.M.C.C.’s Swing Space, Governors Island residency also a Rotunda Gallery/B.C.A.T Multi-Media residency, and two N.Y.C. Arts Commission Design Awards for public projects in East Harlem’s De Burgos Center and Prospect Park’s Imagination Playground. Gutierrez is also co-author of “ART/ VISION / VOICE Cultural Conversations in Community.”
ROBIN HOLDER These works address the fact that our expectations, for the style of life we believe we are entitled to, are delusional.Most of us consider ourselves psychologically, intellectually and socially, middle class. However we are economically unable to fulfill this vision of ourselves. The infrastructure of society is shifting rapidly, decomposing, and we don’t seem to have a universal pro active solution for moving forward. We struggle with how to educate our children, attain healthcare, assist aged parents and generate enough to live comfortably. We are anxious about the environment, inter generational relations; race relations, having a non-toxic food supply and using technology in a way that does not alienate or de humanize us.


January 22, 2016 —March 5, 2016

The Folklife Center at Crandall Public Library presents
El Sueño de América / The Dream of America
Separation & Sacrifice in the Lives of North Country Latino Immigrants
Opening event: 2 p.m., January 23, 2016: Hey, Jesus was a Migrant Too by Dr. Ilze Earner
Folklife Gallery, Crandall Public Library, 251 Glen Street, Glens Falls, NY, 518/792-6508
Hours: Monday-Thursday 9 a.m. to 9 p.m., Friday 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., Saturday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and other times the Library is open
This exhibition is guest curated by Lisa Catalfamo, produced by the Folklife Center at Crandall Public Library, and funded in part by the New York State Council on the Arts, Folk Arts Program with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the NYS Legislature.
Schedule of Free Presentations:

Saturday, February 27, 2 p.m. All That is Left Behind Lisa Catalfamo & Betty Getty
Slide show of visit with families in Coyula, Mexico

Saturday, March 12, 2 p.m. Hidden in Our Midst Mary Jo Dudley, Cornell Farm Worker Program

Tuesday, March 22, 2:30 and 6:30 p.m. Las Marthas (2013 film, 69 minutes)
2 Mexican American girls follow the traditional celebration

Saturday, April 9, 2 p.m. Hey, Jesus was a Migrant Too by Dr. Ilze Earner
Hunter College - Silberman Sch. of Social Work

Saturday, April 16, 2 p.m. Immigrants, They Steal our Jobs? Film & Discussion
by Roy Germano, NY University

Tuesday, May 10, 2:30 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. After I Pick the Fruit (2011 film, 93 minutes)
The lives of 5 immigrant farmworker women over 10 years

Wednesday,May 11, 7 p.m. Local Latino Immigrants Panel
Discussion with business owners and community members

Thursday, June 2, 7 p.m. From Our Mouths Youth Panel
Experiences shared by 1st and 2nd generation Latino youth.

January 23, 2016 —August 31, 2016

The Arts Center of the Capital Region presents
Abandoned | Greg Cuda
Opening reception: Friday, January 29, 5-9 p.m.
Hours: Mon-Thurs: 9:00 a.m.-7:30 p.m.; Fri: 9:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.; Sat: 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.; Sun: 12:00 p.m.-4:00 p.m.
The Arts of the Capital Region, Wallace + Foyer Galleries, 265 River Street, Troy, NY 12180
Abandoned presents relics of industrialization, captured in vivid, moving detail. This exhibit explores what has been left behind, the color and texture of the city’s ruins and rust. Recently evolved digital photographic techniques are utilized to communicate the catastrophe, the regression. The images are decisively human, a city’s creation, use and abandonment.

January 29, 2016 — March 19, 2016

The Arts Center of the Capital Region presents
Quiet Strength | Jeannie Thomma
Opening reception: Friday, January 29, 5-9 p.m.
Hours: Mon-Thurs: 9:00 a.m.-7:30 p.m.; Fri: 9:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.; Sat: 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.; Sun: 12:00 p.m.-4:00 p.m.
The Arts of the Capital Region, Faculty Student Gallery, 265 River Street, Troy, NY 12180
Jeannie Thomma’s exhibition Quiet Strength, will feature her most recent work, a collection of fiber art that explores the connections between creativity and prayer. Themes of boundaries, blessings and unexpected beauty are woven, stitched, beaded and felted into a wide array of fiber art that seeks to answer two questions: Is belief a creative process? And how can each of us become an instrument of peace?

January 29, 2016 — March 19, 2016

STORYTELLER
Paintings by Nils R. Caspersson

The Little Theater Gallery, 240 East Avenue, #100, Rochester, NY 14604
Nils R. Caspersson is a self-trained artist of Swedish heritage with a background in folk arts and folk music, from Victor, NY.

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January 30, 2016 —February 27, 2016

New Museum presents
ANRI SALA: ANSWER ME
The New Museum Gallery, 235 Bowery, New York, NY 10002
Hours: Wednesday, Friday-Sunday: 11 a.m.-6 p.m., Thursday 11 a.m.-9 p.m.
Admission: $16, Seniors $14, Students $10
The New Museum presents a major exhibition of the work of Anri Sala (b. 1974), one of the most acclaimed artists to emerge in recent decades. The exhibition marks the most comprehensive survey of his work in the United States to date. Highlighting Sala’s continuing interest in how sound and music can engage architecture and history, ’Anri Sala: Answer Me” features extensive multichannel audio and video installations that unfold across the Second, Third, and Fourth Floor galleries, composing a symphonic experience specific to the New Museum. In his early video works from the late 1990s, Sala used documentary strategies to examine life after communism in his native Albania, observing the role of language and memory in narrating social and political histories. Since the early 2000s, his video works have probed the psychological effects of acoustic experiences, embracing both music and sound as languages capable of conjuring up images, rousing nostalgia, and communicating emotions. In subtle visual narratives, Sala often depicts what appear to be fragments of everyday life, and his intimate observations experiment with fiction to double as enigmatic portraits of society.
February 3, 2016 —April 10, 2016

Flushing Town Hall announces
Lucky in Love: Traditional Asian Wedding Dress Exhibition
OPENING RECEPTION: Sunday, February 14, 3 p.m.
Gallery Hours: Satuday and Sunday, 12-5 p.m.
Flushing Town Hall, 137-35 Northern Boulevard (at the corner of Linden Place), Flushing, NY 11354
Suggested Admission: $5/FREE for Members and Students
Curated by Dr. Hsing-Lih Chou of New York Institute of Culture and the Arts, this exhibition will feature women’s and men’s traditional wedding dress of Asia, including: Taiwan, China, Korea, India, and more. Explore how different cultures define beauty and ensure a lucky marriage union at one of the most important moments of our lives. Or simply dive into your own memory as you enjoy the reminiscent collection on display.
February 14, 2016 —February 28, 2016

...and beyond
MCLA announces
What Does #Black Lives Matter Mean to You?
OPENING RECEPTION: Thurday, February 4, 5-7 p.m.
Gallery Hours: Satuday and Sunday, 12-5 p.m.
Gallery 51 at the Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts, 51 Main Street, North Adams, MA
Free
The exhibit includes artworks from 33 artists from 17 states at varying stages in their careers. The artworks include traditional art forms like drawing, painting and sculpture, but also time-based mediums like video and artist books, as well as participatory pieces. This mixed-media exhibition, inspired by the #BlackLivesMatter movement, was curated by MCLA professors Dr. Frances Jones-Sneed and Melanie Mowinski.
February 4, 2016 —February 28, 2016

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