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Thursday, February 4, 2015
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.

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Thursday, February 5, 2016
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.

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Saturday, February 6, 2016
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.

Saturday, February 6th & Sunday, February 7th, 2016
Haiti Cultural Exchange (HCX) presents
Time and Location TBA
ADMISSION: $10 Suggested Donation
Revolisyon/Revolution culminating events will feature a book fair, spoken word, music, conversations, 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 and CIDIHCA. For Sponsorship Opportunities, please contact: Erika Pettersen, Development Manager at Erika@HaitiCulturalX.org

Thursday, February 11, 2016

...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.

Sunday, February 14, 2016
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

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Thursday, February 18, 2016
Eighth Step at Proctors presents its
Tonight’s Theme: TBA

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

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Friday, February 19, 2016
World Music Institute (WMI) presents
Ladysmith Black Mambazo 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.
This concert is a part of World Music Institute’s Masters of African Music Series.

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Tuesday, February 24, 2016
Interfaith Story Circle announces
Lesson Stories
7-9 p.m.
Interfaith Center of University at Albany 1400 Washington Avenue, Albany, NY
Co-Sponsored by the Interfaith Center of University at Albany. 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.

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Saturday, February 27, 2016
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.

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Sunday, February 28, 2016
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..

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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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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 —March 13, 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

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

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