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Sunday, February 1, 2015
Museum at Eldridge Street presents
Winter Green Festival: A Tu B-Shvat Celebration
1-4 p.m.
Museum at Eldridge Street, 12 Eldridge Street, New York, NY 10002
Cost: $12 adults; $10 students/seniors; $6 children ages 3-17; children under 3 are free. RSVP here
In honor of Tu B’Shvat, the Jewish New Year of Trees, we present a cornucopia of food, arts and holiday traditions celebrating sustainable living and family roots. Enjoy our mini Tu B’Shvat seder, challah making and other food demos, family tree making and genealogy workshops, synagogue tours, and a concert with Bash the Trash. For people of all ages and cultural backgrounds.

The Folk Arts Program of the Castellani Art Museum of Niagara University
An event of the 2015 Spring Folk Art Series
A CELEBRATION OF VIETNAMESE NEW YEAR TRADITIONS
2-4 p.m.
Castellani Art Museum of Niagara University, 5795 Lewiston Road, Niagara University, New York 14109
Light snacks, cash bar. Free to CAM Members/ $5 all others
Admission for the event is free for Castellani Art Museum members/$10 for non-members. All ages, open to the public.
Membership sign-up is available at the event.
For more information, call the Castellani Art Museum at (716) 286-8200 or contact Valerie Walawender, M.A., Interim Curator of Folk Arts at vwalawender@niagara.edu.
This spectacular event will kick-off the Castellani’s Spring Folk Arts Series. The February 1st occasion offers people a chance to experience the culture and fun of the Vietnamese New Year, otherwise known as Tết. Visitors will experience dazzling Lion Dancers, the graceful Lotus Dance Group, traditional foods, games, demonstrations, and other activities. CAM Interim Curator of Folk Arts, Valerie Walawender, has been working closely with organizers Stacey Dinh and Vu Le who both attend the State University of New York at Buffalo. Dinh is a nursing student and President of the Vietnamese Student Club. Vu Le is an electrical engineering student and club Vice President. Tết, the most important celebration of the Vietnamese year, celebrates the arrival of spring. During Tết, Vietnamese visit their relatives and temples, relax, and look forward to starting a new year.

The Towne Crier in Beacon presents
Larry Moses & THE LATIN JAZZ EXPLOSION Pre-Super Bowl Dance Party
2:00 p.m.
Towne Crier, 379 Main Street, Beacon, NY, (845) 855-1300
Tickets: $10 advance/$15 at the door
A seven-piece band dedicated to keeping the sounds and spirit of this music alive, Larry Moses’ Latin Jazz Explosion is what happens when the sophisticated sounds of jazz mix it up with red hot Latin rhythms from Cuba, Puerto Rico, and the streets of NYC. Larry Moses, (trumpet, arranger) performed with Thad Jones/Mel Lewis Orchestra, the Eddie Palmieri Orchestra, Machito Orchestra and the Buddy Rich Orchestra. Moses is joined by Derrick James (sax; Jazz Knights); Mike Migliore (tenor and soprano sax; Lincoln Center Latin Jazz Orchestra, Maynard Ferguson Orchestra); Roland Vazquez (drums/percussion; Pancho Sanchez, Clare Fischer’s Grammy award winning Salsa Picante); Pito Castillo (congas; leader of the Copacabana House Band); James Ratner (piano; Los Tainos); and Lew Scott (bass; Dave Leibman, Clark Terry). Get ready to groove and dance!

Folk Music Society of New York/New York Pinewoods Folk Music Club presents
Folk and Maritime Song and Music Session
3 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).
Info: 212-957-8386
Free Will donation requested.
Some snacks are provided and please bring something to share. (no alcohol please). Please note: The venue is an historic landmark and is not handicap accessible.
An open Community Sing with a lot of singalongs.

Ukrainian Village Voices presents
Polyphonic Singing with Mariana Sadovska
4:30-6:30 p.m.
440 Studios, 440 Lafayette St. (Between Astor Place and E. 4th Street), Room 3D, New York, NY
Please RSVP NOW to UkrainianVillageVoices@gmail.com to reserve your seat.
Cost: $10 adults/$5 students & seniors/children free
We are happy to invite you to learn Ukrainian village voice style singing with the world-renowned Mariana Sadovska of Ukraine! For decades, Mariana Sadovska has been leading workshops focused on the so-called “white voice” (open throat) singing technique of Eastern Europe. Based on her experiences with the Polish Theatre Gardzienice, she developed a system of exercises that enables each person to discover the bonds between movement and singing, gesture and voice, rhythm and breath. She will use these exercises to invite us deeply into the singing of this music. At the same time, she will teach us about the ritual, social origin, and ecology that created these Ukrainian folk songs. Sadovska has conducted numerous workshops at colleges, universities and art centers around the world, including the International Workshop Festival (Israel), Grotowski Institute (Poland), University of Kabul (Afghanistan), Harvard University (USA), Princeton University (USA), New York University (USA) and many more. We have long wished to sing with and learn from Mariana Sadovska, and we hope you will join us for this rare opportunity!
The Center for Traditional Music and Dance is proud to serve as a media sponsor for a Ukrainian village-style singing workshop with the world-renowned Mariana Sadovska of Ukraine, presented by Ukrainian Village Voices.

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Tuesday, February 3, 2015
The An-Sky Institute for Jewish Culture of the Center for Traditional Music and Dance and The New York Klezmer Series announce a
Tantshoyz Yiddish Dance Party
Featuring Dance Leader Avia Moore and Music by the Matt Temkin Band

7:30 p.m.
Stephen Wise Free Synagogue, 30 W. 68th St. (Just West of Central Park in Manhattan)
Cost: $15. Klezmer instrumental workshop 5:30-7:00 p.m., $25. Full night pass $35 (includes class, concert and end of the night jam session)>BR> Presented by the NY Klezmer Series! Lace up your dancing shoes for an evening of freylekhs, bulgars, and horas. Dance master Avia Moore will teach you the steps. Live music from The Matt Temkin Band, which focuses on the American klezmer of legends like Dave Tarras, Naftule Brandwein, and the Epstein Brothers. The band features Matt Temkin, drums; Paul Shapiro, saxophones; Allen Watsky, guitar; David Levitt, trombone; Jordan Hirsch, trumpet; and Binyomin Ginzberg, keyboard and vibrandoneon.
See also February 10 and March 3 shows at the Stephen Wise Synagogue.

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
Featured Performer: Christie Keegan—For the Love of Animals. Guest Host: Claire Nolan. An open mic for storytelling, music, and spoken word.

Folk Music Society of New York/New York Pinewoods Folk Music Club announces
Old-Time Instrumental Jam
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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Wednesday, February 4, 2015
Flushing Town Hall presents
Monthly Jazz Clinic: Charles Mingus and his Bluesy Roots
6:00 p.m.
Flushing Town Hall, 137-35 Northern Boulevard, (at the corner of Linden Place), Flushing, NY 11354
Free
For high school students and up. If you’re interested in learning more about jazz and playing alongside other musicians, join the Queens Jazz OverGround for their monthly Jazz Clinic. Stick around for the Monthly Jazz Jam immediately after the clinic.

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

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
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 Performers January 21: Gabriel Donohue; February 18: Heather Woodhead

Flushing Town Hall presents
Monthly Jazz Jam
7:00 p.m.
Flushing Town Hall, 137-35 Northern Boulevard, (at the corner of Linden Place), Flushing, NY 11354
Tickets: $10/FREE for Performers, Members & Students
Whether you’re a student, jazz musician, or music educator, come join the Queens Jazz OverGround 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!

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Friday, February 6, 2015
Caffè Lena presents
Billy Jonas & The Billy Jonas Band
8:00 p.m.
Caffè Lena, 47 Phila St., Saratoga Springs, NY, 518-583-0022
Tickets: $16, Member $14, Child and Student $8
Buy tickets online
Over the past couple decades, Asheville, NC musician Billy Jonas has gained a national reputation for his family-friendly songs featuring exciting percussion and engaging lyrics that bridge the generation gap. Less often heard are his songs for adult audiences, where you’ll be tapping your toes merrily, then suddenly wiping your eyes as his bouncy melodies and whimsical lyrics settle right inside your heart and stir something up. He makes spirited, wholesome, straightforward music that facilitates connection and community while fostering inspiration and... most importantly... FUN.

The Folkus Project presents
Aztec Two-Step
The legendary ‘70s-era folk rockers make their Folkus debut, celebrating the 40th anniversary of a classic album
8:00 p.m.
May Memorial Unitarian Universalist Society, 3800 East Genesee Street, Syracuse, NY
Cost: $20, Members $17
Advance sale tickets are available online at www.folkus.org
Rex Fowler and Neal Shulman have spent a lifetime making music together as the folk/rock duo Aztec Two-Step, and continue to be one of acoustic music’s most respected and enduring acts. This year marks a very special anniversary as its been forty years since the 1975 release of their Second Step album. Rex and Neal will celebrate this occasion by performing the album in its entirety when they bring their act to The Folkus Project. The second set of the evening s concert will include other ATS classics.

The Towne Crier in Beacon presents
CHRIS SMITHER
8:30 p.m.
Towne Crier, 379 Main Street, Beacon, NY, (845) 855-1300
Tickets: $30 advance/$35 at the door
A profound songwriter, Chris Smither draws deeply from the blues, American folk music, modern poets and philosophers. Reviewers continue to praise his dazzling guitar work, gravelly voice and songwriting. “Smither is an American original – a product of the musical melting pot and one of the absolute best singer-songwriters in the world.”—Associated Press.

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Saturday, February 7, 2015
Mano a Mano: Mexican Culture Without Borders announces
Collecting Oral Traditions Workshops
Workshop leader: Judith Santopietro
January 31, February 7, 14 and 21 at 10 a.m.
Mano a Mano: Mexican Culture Without Borders, 550 W. 155th Street. New York, NY 10032, Tel: (212) 587-3070
For more information call us at (212) 587-3070 or email us at info@manoamano.us.
Join Mano a Mano: Mexican Culture Without Borders and Poyecto Iguanazul for indigenous language revitalization workshops. Native language speakers are invited to participate in this free series of workshops. Participants will learn how to:
*Revitalize the mother tongue *Collect oral traditions through different mechanisms to create transnational ties *Create a craft book with the collection of oral traditions.

Caffè Lena presents
FREE Little Folks Concert with Billy Jonas Band
11:00 a.m.
Caffè Lena, 47 Phila St., Saratoga Springs, NY, 518-583-0022
Throw out the rules when Billy Jonas hits the stage! It’s a musical conversation, a sonic celebration, a splendiferous gathering of old and young, because at a Billy Jonas show, the ensemble is . . . everyone! Billy’s CDs have received Parents Choice Gold award and a New York Times “Best” listing. But the best fun comes at the live concerts. Billy says, “My favorite instrument is the audience. I work to ‘tribalize’ the compositions, creating songs that provide an immediate opportunity, on first hearing, for the listener to join in, as if the song had been a part of their life for a long time.” Today Billy and his band celebrate the release of a brand-new CD, Build It Back Again.

Staten Island Arts presents
Afternoon of Staten Island Artists
3 p.m.
The Courthouse at Historic Richmond Town
Free: FREE for SI Arts Grantees; $15/$10 SI Arts Members OR Free if you participate in our potluck. RSVP Here
Please contact Staten Island Arts with any questions 718-447-3329 x1003
Staten Island Arts is happy to present the “Afternoon of Staten Island Artists,” an award ceremony and celebration of Staten Island Arts 2015 Project Grantees. Staten Island Arts’ “Afternoon of Staten Island Artists” is a time to recognize and appreciate all the great art, artists, and arts organizations that create work on Staten Island.

Caffè Lena presents
Livingston Taylor with special guest Chelsea Berry
7:00 p.m.
Caffè Lena, 47 Phila St., Saratoga Springs, NY, 518-583-0022
Tickets: $50, Member $45, Child and Student $25
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As the fourth child in a famously musical family (James, Kate, Alex and Hugh Livingston) Livingston Taylor’s 40+ year career started at age thirteen. His well-crafted, introspective and original songs include top-40 hits “I Will Be in Love with You” and “I’ll Come Running,” as well as “I Can Dream of You” and “Boatman” both recorded by his brother James. His ever-expanding repertoire includes folk, pop, gospel, and jazz along with tender ballads. He is a natural performer, peppering his shows with personal stories, anecdotes and ineffable warmth that connects him to his fans. His relaxed on-stage presence belies the depth of his musical knowledge, and fans might just as often be treated to a classic Gershwin or something from the best of Broadway. As a full professor at Berklee College of Music since 1989, Livingston has brought along the next generation of musicians including tonight’s special guest, Chelsea Berry. Livingston says of her, “A voice of remarkable power and control with a joyous soul. Brave and bright, Chelsea Berry is the real thing.”

Café Veritas presents
Suzie Vinnick with opener Alyssa Trahan
A Night of Dynamic Vocals
7:30 p.m.
Café Veritas, First Unitarian Church, 220 Winton Road South, Rochester, New York 14610
Ticket prices: $18 general admission, $10 students with ID, and children under 12 are free.
For tickets and more information, visit www.cafeveritas.org
Suzie Vinnick is the owner of a gorgeous, powerful voice and performs with a sweet mixture of engaging candidness and unparalleled musicianship. Suzie won the 2008 Canadian Maple Blues Female Vocalist of the Year and just won 1st place in the Blues Category of the Unisong International Songwriting Contest for her co-write “Sometimes I Think I Can Fly.”
Opening is local artist Alyssa Trahan, a 19-year-old singer/songwriter with copyrights to over sixty songs.

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World Music Institute (WMI) presents
CUBA TO BROOKLYN! PEPITO GOMEZ
8 p.m.
Roulette, 509 Atlantic Avenue, Brooklyn, NY
Tickets: $25 / WMI Friends $20 / Bring a Kid! $5
José “Pepito” Gómez’s “beneficent alarm” (The New York Times) of a voice has carried him on a fast track from playing with local bands in his hometown of Camagüey, Cuba to becoming lead singer of Maravilla de Florida, Charanga Latina Orchestra and Habana Ensemble, respectively. He’s toured with the late Compay Segundo of the Buena Vista Social Club and was a lead singer of the Cuban megaband, Pupy y Los Que Son Son, before moving to the US. Backed by a powerhouse ensemble of NYC’s Cuban all-stars, he moves from heart-wrenching romantic ballads to high-octane timba arrangements, replete with torrents of improvisations and frenzy-inducing call-and-response.

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Sunday, February 8, 2015
Flushing Town Hall presents
The Man Who Planted Trees: PUPPETRY WORKSHOP
1:00 p.m.
Flushing Town Hall, 137-35 Northern Boulevard, (at the corner of Linden Place), Flushing, NY 11354
Tickets: $7/$4 Children/Free for members with tickets to 2:15 p.m. show
Our guest workshop leaders from Puppet State Theatre Company of Scotland will offer expert tips on making your puppet come to life with movement, stillness and voice. Bring your imagination and craftiness. For ages 5 and up. Materials provided.

The Folk Arts Program of the Castellani Art Museum of Niagara University
An event of the 2015 Spring Folk Art Series
Folk Art Workshop: VICTORIAN VALENTINES
2-4 p.m.
Castellani Art Museum of Niagara University, 5795 Lewiston Road, Niagara University, New York 14109
Ages 13 to adult.
For more information, call the Castellani Art Museum at (716) 286-8200 or contact Valerie Walawender, M.A., Interim Curator of Folk Arts at vwalawender@niagara.edu.
Master textile arts artisan Stephanie Drehs will present this unique hands-on workshop on the creation of Victorian Valentines sewn with traditional embroidery and beadwork.

Albany Institute of History & Art announces
LECTURE— Baseball: America’s Game
John Thorn, Official Baseball Historian, Major League Baseball
2-3:30 p.m.
Albany Institute of History & Art, 125 Washington Ave., Albany, NY 12210
Cost: Tickets for this special lecture are $10 per person. Seating is limited.
In a run through the game’s history, Thorn will show how baseball has been, most often for better but occasionally for worse, the American game. It has mirrored our society, sometimes propelling it with models for democracy, community, commerce, and common humanity, sometimes lagging behind with equally instructive models of futility and resistance to change. Baseball in no small measure defines us as Americans, connecting us with our countrymen across all barriers of generation, class, race, and creed.

Staten Island Arts announces
Staten Island Seisiún
2-5 p.m.
Flagship Brewery, 40 Minthorne St., Staten Island, NY 10301
Cost: Sessions are free and open to the public. Beer is sold separately through the bar and a traditional Irish Brunch buffet will be available for $19.99 a head.
For more information contact Naomi Sturm at 718-447-3329 x1006 or nsturm@statenislandarts.org
The Staten Island Seisiún is back with fresh tunes and great vibes for 2015! Staten Island Arts Folklife presents, in partnership with Flagship Brewing Company, Linda Hickman and Douglas Barr, Staten Island Seisiún: an open session and monthly afternoon of Irish Traditional Music. The Irish word Seisiún, refers to those informal gatherings, often is public houses or pubs, dedicated to the practice and performance of Irish Traditional Music. The Staten Island Seisiún will be led by Linda Hickman, Douglass Barr, and Bob Wright and is open to musicians and listeners of all levels and ages. Specializing is the musical traditions of East Galway and Claire, sessions will include the educationally focused ‘tunes of the week’ for those players looking to refine and expand their repertoire and technique.

Flushing Town Hall presents
The Man Who Planted Trees: PERFORMANCE
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 Children/$6 Member Children
This multi-sensory theatrical adaptation of Jean Giono’s environmental classic tells the inspiring story of a shepherd who plants a forest, acorn by acorn, transforming a barren wasteland. As much a touching tale as it is a hilarious puppet show, The Man Who Planted Trees shows us the difference one man(and his dog!) can make in the world.

Caffè Lena presents
Jeanne O’Connor & the New Standard
3:00 p.m.
Caffè Lena, 47 Phila St., Saratoga Springs, NY, 518-583-0022
Tickets: $18, Member $16, Child and Student $9
Buy tickets online
This big jazz and soul band reinterprets the music of the great songwriters of the 60s and 70s. The group features beautiful four-part harmony, great grooves, and top-notch musicianship from six of upstate NY’s finest: singers Jeanne O’Connor and Mallory O’Donnell, drummer Sam Zucchini, bassist Tony Markellis, guitarist and singer Bob Warren, and pianist Peg Delaney. Their repertoire includes Carole King’s “Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow?” Joni Mitchell’s “Carey,” Van Morrison’s “Crazy Love,” Burt Bachrach’s “Do You Know the Way To San Jose?” and the Beatles’ classic “The Word.” Says Jeanne, “These songs from my youth are now standards in the best sense of the word: beautifully crafted tunes that are such a pleasure to re-arrange and perform. . . .the tunes really resonate with people, and the band plays with such musicality and passion.”

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Monday, February 9, 2015
The Arts Center of the Capital Region presents
Bookmarks Reading and Performance Series: Gardening as Metaphor
Curated by Diane Kavanaugh Black
7:00 p.m.
The Arts of the Capital Region, 265 River Street, Troy, NY 12180
Cost: Free
Like the physical space itself, The Garden as a memoir metaphor can be a lavish place of possibilities.
The Memoir Project, a program of The Arts Center of the Capital Region, invites submissions for Bookmarks, an annual series of group readings featuring writing that is grounded in personal experience. We encourage both experienced writers as well as those whose work has not previously been read publicly, or published, to submit work. Bookmarks is a thematically differentiated group reading. Each event is curated by a different individual, hand selected from our region’s richly diverse community to host. Chosen for their unique personal experiences and professional expertise, the curators decide on their month’s theme.

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Tuesday, February 10, 2015
NEW YORK KLEZMER SERIES LAUNCHES ITS 2015 WINTER/SPRING CONCERTS
Litvakus with Dmitri Slepovitch
All Concerts begin at 7:30 p.m., with a jam session after: $15. Come early for Klezmer Instrumental Music class from 5:30-7 p.m.: $25 per class.
Full night pass: $35 (includes class, concert & jam session.)
Stephen Wise Free Synagogue, 30 West 68th Street (between Central Park West and Columbus Avenue), New York, NY 10023
Clarinetist Zisl Slepovitch’s Litvakus Ensemble performing the lost Jewish music of Belarus. The Litvakus klezmer collective brings to soaring life the Belarusian and Litvak Jewish musical tradition and performs the tradition-imbued original music. The New York Klezmer Series (NYKS) has been presenting Klezmer Music and Yiddish Dance in New York City since 2010. Originally The East Village Klezmer Series, they moved to their new home in the Upper West Side, at the historic Stephen Wise Free Synagogue, beginning in February 2013. They present concerts, music and dance workshops, and open klezmer jam sessions in an intimate and beautiful setting.

Interfaith Story Circle invites you to their annual
Tent of Abraham
Stories and potluck. This year’s program will feature Stories of Creation
6-9 p.m.
Islamic Center of the Capital District, 21 Lansing Road North, Schenectady NY 12304, 518/370-2664
(Lansing Rd. N. is off Central Ave. (Rte. 5), at Ethan Allen Furniture Store)
For additional information, please call Anne at 869-5247
The Abrahamic family has crystallized mainly into three religious communities: Judaism, Christianity and Islam. Our Tent of Abraham series began in 2006 when we celebrated the confluence of our holy days with stories. Everyone is invited to share a story of Creation, Creativity, Nature or a New Beginning...from scripture, history or life experience. All storytellers and listeners are welcome! (desired story length is 10 minutes or under, so that many may share). This circle will be facilitated by Dr. Mussarat Chaudhry, Micki Groper, and Anne Snyder.
Program
6:00 – 7:00 p.m. Welcome/ Potluck Supper – Please bring a vegetarian dish to share (with a list of ingredients)
7:15 – 9:00 p.m. Stories of Creation
Long Island Traditions announces
African American Architecture
7 p.m.
Bellport county Library, 22 Station Road, Bellport, NY
Landscape historian Mac Griswold has written an excellent book, The Manor, which explores the history of the Sylvester family’s mansion on Shelter Island. Among her findings, based on historical research, oral histories, and archaeological field studies, was the long history of African slavery at the site. Long Island had a long history of slavery until it’s abolishment in 1789 by the New York State legislature. The Manor is part of the “Long Island Reads” program sponsored by the Nassau and Suffolk County library systems. Accompanying this program, LI Traditions’ director Nancy Solomon will be giving a presentation on Africa American history and architecture in the ante bellum period this February. The program includes images of historic sites on Long Island that reflect their experiences, both as slaves and freedmen and women.

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Wednesday, February 11, 2015
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.

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Thursday, February 12, 2015
Albany Institute of History & Art announces
PERFORMANCE Solomon Northup: 12 Years a Slave 6-7:00 p.m.
Albany Institute of History & Art, 125 Washington Ave., Albany, NY 12210
Cost: Free admission
Local artist and performer Clifford Oliver Mealy re-creates the persona of Solomon Northup, a free African-American New Yorker kidnapped into slavery before the Civil War, whose story is also a 2013 Academy Award-winning motion picture.

Pregones Theater Puerto Rico Traveling Theater presents
LET’S TALK about BETSY!
One Night Only
7:00 p.m.
Pregones Theater, 575 Walton Avenue in The Bronx
This is a FREE EVENT, but RSVP is highly recommended: CALL 718-585-1202
Join the artists of Roadside Theater and Pregones/PRTT to talk about the creation and newest incarnation of our intercultural musical BETSY! premiering Off-Broadway this April. Learn about the collaborative genesis of the story of Betsy, a Bronx jazz singer of Puerto Rican and Irish heritage. Hear from co-directors Dudley Cocke and Rosalba Rolón, composers Ron Short and Desmar Guevara, and cast member Elise Santora, who plays the role of Spirit, one of the ghosts spurring Betsy to look into her past. See and hear cast members perform heartfelt selections from BETSY! and share anecdotes of their times with co-creator and Nashville piano legend Beegie Adair. Learn about prior mountain-to-mountain musical exchanges between Appalachia and The Bronx. Join the talk about all things family, culture, and mixed DNA! Introductory comments by project guest scholar Maribel Álvarez.

City Lore announces
Screening of If These Knishes Could Talk: The Story of the New York City Accent followed by NYC Accent Slam
7:00 p.m.
City Lore, 56 East First Street, New York, NY 10003
Tickets: $15
Join us for a special screening of If These Knishes Could Talk: The Story of the New York Accent, a film by Heather Quinlan, followed by the New York Accent Slam! From Atlantic Ave. to Zerega Ave., word on the street is the New York accent is disappearing — a casualty of a city that’s evolved into a vast expanse of banks, H&Ms and glass-blown high-rises. But even though you may not hear “toity-toid and toid” in Manhattan, you can still hear strains in Bensonhurst, Whitestone, or Tottenville. If These Knishes Could Talk: The Story of the New York Accent gathers some accent experts, official and non, to weigh in on what it means to tawk the talk. After the screening, great NYC tawkers will compete in the NYC Accent Slam to identify the MOST POIFECT New York accent. Four native New Yorkers will demonstrate their gift for gab by telling stories, jokes, and poems. Listen closely for the subtle differences and learn how the speakers’ histories manifest in their voices. Who can tawk the talk? You get to decide! This program is presented as part of City Lore’s newest exhibition, Mother Tongues: Endangered Languages in NYC and Beyond. (See Exhibitions section below).

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Friday, February 13, 2015
StoryCircle at Proctors Theater announces
Seanachie Evenings — Second Friday of Every Month, January–May:
Stories to Warm a Heart in Winter

with Lorraine Hartin-Gelardi and Karen Pillsworth 7 p.m.
Irish American Heritage Museum, 370 Broadway, Albany, NY, 518/427-1916
$5 Museum members, $10 Others, $25 Family of Four pack
Lorraine Hartin-Gelardi and Karen Pillsworth bring their Irish heritage and enthusiasm to their performances, captivating their listeners. Lorraine Hartin-Gelardi is an author and storyteller based in the mid-Hudson Valley. Her book Wisdom in the Telling: Finding Inspiration and Grace in Traditional Folktales and Myths Retold contains stories that reveal the universality of all human beings, reminding us that we are not alone. Karen Pillsworth, Storyteller Laureate of Kingston, NY, has been sharing her stories for 30 years in libraries, schools, camps, churches, and festivals. She is regularly featured at Mohonk Mountain House.

Flushing Town Hall presents
WINTER CONCERT WITH FOLIE À DEUX
8:00 p.m.
Flushing Town Hall, 137-35 Northern Boulevard, (at the corner of Linden Place), Flushing, NY 11354
Tickets: Free
The Composers Collective Winter 2015 concert showcases new works written for Folie à Deux, a charismatic viola duo of Nora Krohn and Nick Revel. The Composers Collective is a diverse group of emerging composers drawn together by a common passion for composing new music to be heard and experienced by a live audience.

Caffè Lena presents
Dryer
8:00 p.m.
Caffè Lena, 47 Phila St., Saratoga Springs, NY, 518-583-0022
Tickets: $18, Member $16, Child and Student $9
Buy tickets online
Saratogians Bob Carlton (guitar), Rachael Sunday (bass), and Joel Lilley (drums) have taken their upbeat indie pop coast to coast since first forming Dryer in 1992. After ten years of touring, releasing three albums, and recording a demo for Atlantic Records, the band split up. Well, to the delight of their fans, they’re back at it. If you’re one of those electic folkies who has a complete collection of The Ramones and The Pixies stashed between your Leadbelly and Woody Guthrie records, come on over to Caffè Lena and rock out with Dryer tonight!

The Folkus Project presents
Loren Barrigar and Mark Mazengarb in concert
The area’s favorite international guitar duo perform stunning guitar duets which feature their world class guitar talents.
8:00 p.m.
May Memorial Unitarian Universalist Society, 3800 East Genesee Street, Syracuse, NY
Cost: $18
Advance sale tickets are available online at www.folkus.org
The international duo of Loren Barrigar (from Central New York) and Mark Mazengarb (from New Zealand) first met at a quite camp with Tommy Emmanuel in 2005 and have been touring extensively in both the USA and Europe ever since. They share a unique musical chemistry and stage presence seldom found among musicians. Their varied repertoire of original and arranged music consists of stunning guitar duets as well as songs, giving them wide appeal. Their music is influenced by Bluegrass, Jazz, and Old-time/Country; their style of guitar playing is largely built upon the thumb-picking techniques pioneered by guitar greats Merle Travis, Chet Atkins, and Jerry Reed, and their songs feature Loren’s superb vocals and some beautiful harmonies from Mark. Loren and Mark have headlined guitar festivals in both the USA and Europe and their fan base is rapidly increasing. In the short time the pair have been together, they have attracted the attention of several notable industry artists which has seen them perform with guitar sensation Tommy Emmanuel and record with 5-time Grammy winner Lloyd Maines.

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Friday, February 13–Sunday, February 15, 2015
Dance Flurry presents
The Flurry: A Festival of Traditional Dancing & Music
7 p.m.-1 a.m., Friday, Februrary 13
9 a.m.-1 a.m. Saturday, February 14
9 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Sunday, February 15
Festival Headquarters: Saratoga Hilton & City Center, 534 Broadway, Saratoga Springs, NY 12866
Advance tickets on sale until January 26.
Cost: Adults $100 ($85 adv.), Teens $65 ($50 adv.), Child $8, Students & Seniors or Members or Military $85 ($70 adv.)
Single day tickets available
The Flurry Is The Best Winter Weekend Ever For Dancers and Music Lovers Of All Ages! Dances • Workshops • Singing • Concerts • Jamming Performances • Family Events • Storytelling • Vendors • and more!
Beginner, Intermediate and Experienced Level Workshops and Dances
Over 300 Performers – Five Venues – Over 200 Events
Dances and Workshops like 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 — See schedule for info!

Make Music and Sing in sessions like Irish, Quebeçois, Southern Old-Time, African, Scandinavian, Adirondack, Gospel, and Community Sings, Folk, Fiddle, Guitar, Banjo, Flute, Harmonica, Ukulele, Mountain Dulcimer, Voice, and more!

Folk Music Society of New York/New York Pinewoods Folk Music Club presents
Winter Folk Music Weekend
The weekend runs from Friday dinner 6:30 p.m. — 8:00 p.m. through Sunday lunch. You can check in any time after 5 p.m. Friday.
Hudson Valley Resort & Spa, Kerhonkson NY
For more information: www.folkmusicny.org.org/FAQ_Weekend.html or call Heather 212-957-8386 WEEKEND RATES:
Full weekend includes all meals. Member rates apply to members of FMSNY.
Adult double: members $255 / non-members $270
Adult single: members $320 / non-members $335
Adult triple: members $225 / non-members $240
Children 5-12 years $90 (in room with two adults)
13-17 years $125 (in room with two adults)
Additional nights (Thursday or Sunday, no meals) $55.
Dogs $55 for the weekend. All rooms have private bath.
This is our unstructured weekend, where all the music is made by YOU. Bring voices, instruments, friends, children, dogs. Enjoy a local hike. Swim. Relax. Sing, jam, and pick at all hours. The only set times are for meals.

Long Island Traditions announces
New York Sportsfishing Federation Show
Friday, February 13, from 12-6 p.m.
Saturday, February 14, from 10 a.m.-6 p.m.
Sunday, February 15, from 10 a.m.-2 p.m.

Freeport Recreation Center, 133 E. Merrick Road, Freeport, NY
Join LI Traditions at this annual event where you can learn all the latest news and trends of the coming fishing season. On hand are many knowledgeable folks who can share with you their tricks and tips on how to catch that big one. Learn what the latest regulations are for recreational fishermen, how to register for the NY fishing registry, and stop by the LI Traditions table in the lobby.

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Saturday, February 14, 2015
Flushing Town Hall presents
Lunar New Year Bazaar
9:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m..
Flushing Town Hall, 137-35 Northern Boulevard, (at the corner of Linden Place), Flushing, NY 11354
Tickets: Free
For centuries, Chinese people have celebrated their Lunar New Year in local temple fairs. A public space is dedicated to host a spectacular bazaar where you find all kinds of festival goodies, vendors and performances. It’s a feast for your eyes and your palate at the same time. Flushing Town Hall is reviving this tradition by making its historic building a space for a “Lunar New Year Bazaar.” It will bring back childhood—memories for people of Chinese descent, and offer an authentic cultural experience for others. Started off by the exciting lion dance, the fair goes on to present a string of dazzling performances, including opera hits, folk music and dance, magic and martial art. You can also join our traditional crafts workshops and bring your own handmade Chinese art home! Watch, laugh, create, and eat, bring the fun into the year of Ram.
We want you to join us as a vendor, if you are: — Skilled at Chinese hand-craft: paper cutting, knotting, jewelry, painting, lantern making — anything that brings back traditional craftsmanship, or combines old and new techniques. We wish to showcase the beauty and originality of Chinese fine crafts by Chinese, or Chinese-American artists! — Providing tasty Chinese festival food (food permit required)
If interested in, please fill out the vendor application form.

Mano a Mano: Mexican Culture Without Borders announces
Collecting Oral Traditions Workshops
Workshop leader: Judith Santopietro
January 31, February 7, 14 and 21 at 10 a.m.
Mano a Mano: Mexican Culture Without Borders, 550 W. 155th Street. New York, NY 10032, Tel: (212) 587-3070
For more information call us at (212) 587-3070 or email us at info@manoamano.us.
Join Mano a Mano: Mexican Culture Without Borders and Poyecto Iguanazul for indigenous language revitalization workshops. Native language speakers are invited to participate in this free series of workshops. Participants will learn how to:
*Revitalize the mother tongue *Collect oral traditions through different mechanisms to create transnational ties *Create a craft book with the collection of oral traditions.

Caffè Lena presents
The Flurry’s Folk Oasis: Rest & Refueling for Dancers
Sponsored by: The Flurry Festival (See February 13-15 listing above)
11:00 a.m.
Caffè Lena, 47 Phila St., Saratoga Springs, NY, 518-583-0022
Free admission with badge.
11-11:50 a.m. LYDIA IEVINS & ANDREA LARSON Traditional Swedish Tunes
12:15-1:05 p.m. SHEESHAM, LOTUS & SON Old Time Vaudeville
1:30-2:20 p.m. LIZA CONSTABLE Songs from America
2:45-3:35 p.m. PETE SUTHERLAND with Pete’s Posse
4-4:50 p.m. CHERVEN TRAKTOR Balkan Virtuosos
5:15-6:05 p.m. ANDREW and NOAH VAN NORSTRAND
6:30-7:20 p.m. WHIPPERSNAPPERS Double Fiddles, Uncle Dave & More
7:45-8:35 p.m. KIM & REGGIE HARRIS Folk/Gospel Legends
9-9:50 p.m. JAY UNGAR & MOLLY MASON American Roots
10:15-11:15 p.m. GENTICORUM with PIERRE CHARTRAND Quebeçois Songs, Tunes & Dances

Flushing Town Hall presents
The Red Ball:WORLD PEACE IN THE KEY OF JAZZ!
8 p.m..
Flushing Town Hall, 137-35 Northern Boulevard, Flushing, NY 11354
Tickets: $22/$15 Members/$10 Students
Pre-show Members Lounge at 7 p.m.
From “What the World Needs Now,” “All You Need is Love” in Latin jazz style, to Louise Armstrong, Duke Ellington, Stevie Wonder and more, “singertainer” Antoinette Montague invites all Jazz, Blues, and beyond music lovers to wear a splash of red, to symbolize the need for World Peace.

The Folkus Project presents
Merry Mischief / Genesee Ted
8-10 p.m.
Westcott Community Center, 826 Euclid Avenue, Syracuse, NY
Cost: $10
Tickets at the door or by contacting the Westcott Center; 478-8634
A double-bill combining two of the area’s most musically uplifting acts — Merry Mischief: Bards of many music styles; from Renaissance to Erie Canal to Country to Celtic to Pirate sea shanties...to whatever song they decide they need to bring forward at the time! Aye, Merry Mischief. Genesee Ted: A superb Central New York band noted for its unique blend of folk, old-time, traditional, mountain, blues and bluegrass music.

The Towne Crier in Beacon presents
MARY FAHL formerly of October Project
8:30 p.m.
Towne Crier, 379 Main Street, Beacon, NY, (845) 855-1300
Tickets: $25 advance/$30 at the door
Mary Fahl is an expressive, emotional singer/songwriter who first achieved fame as lead singer and co-founder of the mid-1990s chamber-pop group OCTOBER PROJECT. The hallmark of their sound was Mary Fahl’s awe-inspiring power vocals over gorgeous melodies played with passion and sophistication. Since the band disbanded, Mary has released several compelling albums, including the fantastic re-working of Pink Floyd’s Dark Side of the Moon for V2 Records and her original studio album, The Other Side Of Time on Sony Odyssey. Fahl has also written and performed songs for several major motion pictures. The Boston Globe called Fahl–s earthy, viscerally powerful contralto “a voice for the gods that can transport listeners to other realms.”

...and beyond
Dewey Hall announces its
Winter HallRaiser
4-6 p.m.
Dewey Hall, 91 Main Street, Sheffield, MA
Free and open to the public. Donations gratefully accepted
This is a special Valentine’s Day edition of the HallRaiser with lots of fun stuff planned. There will be amazing local items and services for raffle and auction, plenty of good cheer provided by Big Elm Brewery and Silk’s Variety, and food catered by PJ’s. While you are there you can see old friends, make new ones, and become a member of Dewey Hall.

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Sunday, February 15, 2015
Erie Canalway National Heritage Corridor announces
Curling at the Port of Palmyra
1-3 p.m.
Curling sweeps back into the Port of Palmyra! The Village of Palmyra and the friends of the Rochester Curling Club invite you to join the fun and give the one of the fastest growing winter sports a try. The afternoon includes a demonstration game, instruction for beginners, and fun for all ages.

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.

Cancelled due to frigid weather! Attempting to reschedule for April
StoryCircle at Proctors Theater presents
Story Sunday at the The Glen Sanders Mansion: Stories for the Moons of Long Nights with Joseph Bruchac and Jesse Bruchac
5 p.m.
The Glen Sanders Mansion, 1 Glen Avenue, Scotia, NY 12302
$35 per person (includes entertainment, 3 course dinner, coffee/tea, tax and tip)
Bring someone new and you each save $3 (only one discount/person).
Pay at the door using cash or checks made out to “Story Circle”
Reservations: (518) 384-1700, or Kate@KateDudding.com. Please indicate how many of each entrée is desired.
A program of traditional winter time tales and Native American music featuring drum, flute and vocals offered by Abenaki father and son storytellers Joseph and Jesse Bruchac.
Entrees:
Chicken Parmesan; Baked Scrod; or Eggplant Parmesan.

Caffè Lena presents
Sharky & Joziah of the Grand Slambovians
7:00 p.m.
Caffè Lena, 47 Phila St., Saratoga Springs, NY, 518-583-0022
Tickets: $25, Member $22, Child and Student $12.50
Buy tickets online
Over a decade ago, we began getting communiques from Sleepy Hollow, NY, from a guitarist named Sharky. 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 Sharky 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 Sharky and Joziah with two guitars, one stage, and a roomful of willing hearts all to themselves.

The Towne Crier in Beacon presents
ROB STONER’s ROLLING THUNDER REVIVAL, featuring James Maddock and Bill Carbone
7:30 p.m.
Towne Crier, 379 Main Street, Beacon, NY, (845) 855-1300
Tickets: $20 advance/$25 at the door
Bob Dylan bandleader Rob Stoner brings his All-Star Dylan tribute show to the Towne Crier, featuring renowned singer songwriter James Maddock and Max Creek’s Bill Carbone. They will be performing a selection of Bob Dylan compositions, many of which featured Rob’s singing and playing. Rob Stoner was the musical director, bassist, and harmony singer for Dylan during the 1970s. He put together and led the Rolling Thunder Revue and the 1978 World Tour band. He appears on many Dylan albums including Desire, Live 1975, Hard Rain, Live at Budokan and others. James Maddock has been called “a legendary performer” by the Daily Record. His albums are staples of college radio. Bill Carbone is a member of the legendary New England band Max Creek. He has toured the world, has an MA in ethnomusicology, and writes articles for many publications, including Modern Drummer.

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Monday, February 16, 2015
The Arts Center of the Capital Region presents
Bookmarks Reading and Performance Series: As the Light Returns
Curated by local writer and veteran Dan New
7:00 p.m.
The Arts of the Capital Region, 265 River Street, Troy, NY 12180
Cost: Free
The longest month of the winter is near its end. Slowly the sun’s light and the length of the days begin to return. We in the Northeast tolerate, survive and thrive through these days with the hope of a coming renewal both literally and metaphorically. Words and stories emerging from the souls of writers both novice and accomplished are set to paper during these times. Come share with all as we gather to welcome back the light with humor, candor and self appraisal or maybe, just a good story well told and read aloud.
Rescheduled from January 26.

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Tuesday, February 17, 2015
NEW YORK KLEZMER SERIES LAUNCHES ITS 2015 WINTER/SPRING CONCERTS
Allen Watsky’s “Djangle Box Project” — free download card w/admission!
All Concerts begin at 7:30 p.m., with a jam session after: $15. Come early for Klezmer Instrumental Music class from 5:30-7 p.m.: $25 per class.
Full night pass: $35 (includes class, concert & jam session.)
Stephen Wise Free Synagogue, 30 West 68th Street (between Central Park West and Columbus Avenue), New York, NY 10023
The New York Klezmer Series (NYKS) has been presenting Klezmer Music and Yiddish Dance in New York City since 2010. Originally The East Village Klezmer Series, they moved to their new home in the Upper West Side, at the historic Stephen Wise Free Synagogue, beginning in February 2013. They present concerts, music and dance workshops, and open klezmer jam sessions in an intimate and beautiful setting.

Folk Music Society of New York/New York Pinewoods Folk Music Club announces
Old-Time Instrumental Jam
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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Wednesday, February 18, 2015
City Lore announces
Screening of Language Matters
6:30-9:00 p.m.
City Lore, 56 East First Street, New York, NY 10003
Tickets: $10
Film Screening of sister project, the PBS documentary, Language Matters, featuring the world’s endangered languages. The screening will be followed by a Q&A with Bob Holman and Daniel Kaufman, co-founders of the Endangered Language Alliance and David Grubin, Producer/Director, David Grubin Productions. This program is presented as part of City Lore’s newest exhibition, Mother Tongues: Endangered Languages in NYC and Beyond. (See Exhibitions section below).

February 18-22, 2015
New York City Center presents
HAVANA RAKATAN: A Celebration of Cuban Dance & Music
Wednesday, February 18, 7:30 p.m.
Thursday, February 19, 7:30 p.m.
Friday, February 20, 8 p.m.
Saturday, February 21, 2 p.m.
Saturday, February 21, 8 p.m.
Sunday, February 22, 2 p.m.
New Yrk City Center, 131 W 55th St. (btwn 6th and 7th), New York, NY 10019
Tickets start at $25
To purchase tickets go to www.NYCityCenter.org, Call CityTix at 212-581-1212 or visit the New York City Center Box Office at 131 W 55th St. (btwn 6th and 7th)
Performing for the first time in the United States, Havana Rakatan “will have you bouncing in your seat!” (Metro, UK). This “stunning slice of Havana life” (The Independent, UK) is an exuberant exploration of Cuban dance and music—from Afro-Haitian rhythms to mambo to sizzling salsa. Led by Cuban choreographer Nilda Guerra, Havana Rakatan made its hugely successful debut in London, where Time Out London proclaimed it “rip-roaring entertainment,” and worldwide audiences have found it “irresistible!” (Sunday Express).

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Friday, February 20, 2015
Mano a Mano: Mexican Culture Without Borders and Masa present
Here There, Acá Allá
Photographic dialogues between generations and cultures
Opening: February 20, 2015, 6-9 p.m.
Exhibition: February 21–28, 2015, 1-6 p.m.
For more information call (212) 587-3070 or email info@manoamano.us.
Light refreshments will be served at the opening.
This exhibition is free and open to the public. RSVP highly encouraged.
601 Artspace, 601 West 26th Street, #1755, New York, NY 10001, (Between 11th and 12th Avenues)
Here There, Acá Allá was possible through a collaborative effort between Mano a Mano: Mexican Culture Without Borders and Masa, with the goal of making art accessible to children in the South Bronx. Here There, Acá Allá is an intergenerational photography workshop that brings together the first and second generations of participating Mexican-American immigrant families. The title refers to the dual experience of growing up and living between two cultures, using two languages and developing an enriched identity.

StoryCircle at Proctors Theater announces
Storytelling with Janet Carter
Inquiring Minds Bookstore, Saugerties

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

Caffè Lena presents
Winterpills and The Suitcase Junket
8:00 p.m.
Caffè Lena, 47 Phila St., Saratoga Springs, NY, 518-583-0022
Tickets: $18, Member $16, Child and Student $9
Buy tickets online
The Washington Post called the exquisite hushed vocal harmonies and chamber-pop of Winterpills “densely packed but hugely evocative, tiny bombs of feeling and meaning...fiendishly melodic.” Husband and wife Philip Price and Flora Reed have blossomed since they launched their band in the cold winter of 2004, releasing three full-length albums that have caught the ear of the nation’s top reviewers, including making MOJO magazine’s top 10 Americana list. Their 5th full-length album, Echolalia, was released this fall. This concert will feature Price and Reed playing as an acoustic duo.
The Suitcase Junket is the Vermont-born tinkerer and visionary Matt Lorenz. His one-man band was built around a resurrected dumpster guitar, an old suitcase, a hi-hat, a washboard, and a gas-can baby-shoe foot-drum. Later on a cookpot-tambourine foot-drum, a circular-saw-blade bell and a box of bones and silverware joined the outfit. On top of the rough and rootsy rhythms he pounds out with his feet and the twang-and-buzz guitar that growls through a couple of old tube amps, he adds the ethereal sounds of throat-singing to his his rock solid songs.

The Folkus Project presents
The Kennedys
Modern folk-rock’s standard bearers radiate warmth and positive energy. 8:00 p.m.
May Memorial Unitarian Universalist Society, 3800 East Genesee Street, Syracuse, NY
Cost: $15, Members $12
Advance sale tickets are available online at www.folkus.org
The Kennedys’ history with Folkus dates all the way back to Happy Endings Cake & Coffeehouse, where their pop-inflected acoustic duets — driving rhythm guitars, kitschy on-stage choreography, boisterous harmonies, and Pete’s mind-blowing six-string solos — poked a hole in the usually somber and restrained troubadour fare of the day. Since then, in a career that now spans two decades, Pete and Maura (the latter hailing from Syracuse) have traversed a broad musical landscape, surveying power pop, acoustic songwriting, organic rock (rooted in their time in Austin), and a Byrds-inspired jangle. Their sound has attracted the attention of audiences everywhere — and of Roger McGuinn, Steve Earle, and most notably Nanci Griffith. (They produced Nanci’s latest CD and frequently tour with her.) The Kennedys continue to mature, from their early style-conscious pop to today’s burnished sheen. All topped off by some of the most astonishing instrumental licks ever to grace our stage.

Flushing Town Hall presents
Dancing Wind: EARTH, WATER, FIRE, AND WIND
8 p.m.
Flushing Town Hall, 137-35 Northern Boulevard, Flushing, NY 11354
Tickets: $15/$10 Members & Students;
NEW! Food Tour Package: $95 per person including 2.5-hour Korean & Chinese Food Tour with food writer Joe DiStefano and a performance ticket
Dancing Wind is a cross-cultural project that explores traditional and contemporary choreography of Asian dance through an infusion of live world music from both Korean and Chinese traditions. Performed by Song Hee Lee, Korean dancer and choreographer, Ling Tang, Chinese dancer and educator. The live music group features Korean traditional musicians Rami Seo (gayakeum) and Minji Park (komungo), and Chinese traditional musicians Feifei Yang (ehru) and Jiaju Shen (pipa) joined by percussionist Satoshi Takeishi.

Downtown Flushing is the most vibrant and diverse Chinatown in New York City offering a wealth of regional Chinese cookery from the fiery fare of Sichuan, the Silk Road-inflected cuisine of Xi’an, as well delicate dumplings from Tianjin. It’s also a hotbed of Korean cuisine with BBQ restaurants, sweet potato vendors, markets that sell everything from the blood sausage known as soondae to acorn pudding along with several varieties of kimchi. Lately Korean and Chinese cultures have been intermingling with restaurants and hawker stands from Yanbian and Shenyang China where both Chinese and Korean specialties—like kimchi pork buns and cumin-scented lamb skewers—can be had. Explore the delicious intersection of these two food cultures with a tour led by Queens-based food writer Joe DiStefano. The tour starts at 5 p.m. and ends at Flushing Town Hall at 7:30 p.m., followed by the performance at 8 p.m.

The Towne Crier in Beacon presents
LEO KOTTKE
8:30 p.m.
Towne Crier, 379 Main Street, Beacon, NY, (845) 855-1300
Tickets: $50 advance/$55 at the door
For the past four decades, Leo Kottke has been indefatigable in his pursuit of a unique musical vision that has placed him among the foremost acoustic guitar stylists of our time ...or any other, for that matter. Over the years, Kottke has worked in the studio and shared concert stages with everyone from Lyle Lovett, John Fahey, T-Bone Burnett and Rickie Lee Jones to Pepe Romero, John Williams and John McLaughlin, and has received two Grammy nominations. In concert, Kottke’s rare wit and quirky insight cleanse the palate between the rich tapestries of his compositions on both 6 and 12-string guitar.

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Saturday, February 21, 2015
Mano a Mano: Mexican Culture Without Borders announces
Collecting Oral Traditions Workshops
Workshop leader: Judith Santopietro
January 31, February 7, 14 and 21 at 10 a.m.
Mano a Mano: Mexican Culture Without Borders, 550 W. 155th Street. New York, NY 10032, Tel: (212) 587-3070
For more information call us at (212) 587-3070 or email us at info@manoamano.us.
Join Mano a Mano: Mexican Culture Without Borders and Poyecto Iguanazul for indigenous language revitalization workshops. Native language speakers are invited to participate in this free series of workshops. Participants will learn how to:
*Revitalize the mother tongue *Collect oral traditions through different mechanisms to create transnational ties *Create a craft book with the collection of oral traditions.

Caribbean Cultural Center/African Diasporan Institute announces
Annual Redefining Conference: AFTER AFROPOLITAN
2-8 p.m.
Weeksville Heritage Center | 158 Buffalo Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11213
ADMISSION: $8 in advance, $10 at the door. Children under 12 years of age free.
Advance tickets available
A convergence of brilliance - authors, journalists performers, scholars, artists – pushing the boundaries on how we think of the global African Diaspora, past, present, and future in one vibrant day of performances, screenings, and interactive panel discussions. Some of the featured presenters include journalist, Farai Gundan; Ghana Must Go author, Taiye Selasi; Binyavanga Wainaina; scholars Sean Jacobs, and Bernadette Atuahene, musician and film-maker Siji among others.

City Lore announces
Bronx Rising! February: Ghana in the Bronx: Civil Rights Inspiration, Musical Innovation, and Recent Immigration
7:00-9:00 p.m.
Bronx Music Heritage Center Lab, 1303 Louis Niné Blvd, Bronx, NY 10459
Free and open to the public
FILM SCREENING & DANCE PERFORMANCE: Ghana in the Bronx: Civil Rights Inspiration, Musical Innovation, and Recent Immigration 7:00 p.m. Screening | Living the Hiplife, Dir. by Jesse Weaver Shipley (61 min | NR)
8:30 p.m. Music and Dance | K5! Azonto Dancers In honor of Black History Month, join us for a celebration examining the connection between the Civil Rights movement in the United States and the African country of Ghana. Enjoy a screening of Living the Hiplife, “a musical portrait of street life in urban West Africa” (Third World Newsreel), followed by a feet-moving performance from K5!—it will be impossible not to dance! Ghanaian food will be for sale and Ghanaian artists will have their artwork for sale. In partnership with Victory Entertainment International. Curated by Elena Martínez and Bobby Sanabria. In partnership with the Bronx Music Heritage Center.

ArtsWestchester invites you to
Crossing Borders in Performance I: ‘Amalgama’ Project
8-10:30 p.m.
ArtsWestchester, 31 Mamaroneck Avenue, White Plains, NY 10601
Admission: $20 General, $15 ArtsW Member, $15 Student
For tickets and information: Visit the ArtsWestchester website.
AMALGAMA Music and Dance Project. A collaboration of composer and pianist Pablo Mayor (Folklore Urbano) and dancer and choreographer Daniel Fetecua (Pajarillo Pinta’o) blending contemporary choreography and original music inspired by Colombia’s traditional rhythms and dances. February 21st will feature Pablo Mayor, piano, Franco Pinna, drums, and Dave Hertzberg bass, with dancers Daniel Fetecua and Ryoko Kudo. A meeting of two creative minds, of two genres, AMALGAMA presents the music and dance collaboration of renowned Colombian artists Pablo Mayor and Daniel Fetecua. These two innovators will explore the possibilities of contemporary choreography and original music based on the traditions of their native country COLOMBIA, using the most intimate form of the project which includes jazz trio (piano, bass, and drums) and two dancers. In the signature style of Pablo Mayor, urban (jazz) meets folklore, where the folkloric aspect of the music—the inherent groove—is the utmost priority. Adding dance to this format only enhances the groove, a pairing common in the music and dance traditions of Colombia. But the twist here is the dancer and choreographer is a member of the Limon Dance Company in NYC and comes with 10 years experience working with the Pina Bausch Tanzteater Wuppertal in Germany. World class, cutting edge dance. World class, cutting edge music. The group presents modern choreographies with original music, contemporary takes on traditional dance and traditional music, and inspiring improvisations where each musician interacts with the dancers in a very raw, spontaneous setting. It is truly a New York original, but deeply rooted in everything passionate, colorful, moving, and diverse about Colombia.

Robert Browning Associates presents
KIRAN AHLUWALIA
Indian Song: Roots & Revolution
8 p.m.
Roulette, 509 Atlantic Ave (at 3rd Ave), Downtown Brooklyn
Tickets: $30/ Students & Seniors $25
Noted for “her soul-stirring voice” (Los Angeles Times), vocalist-composer Kiran Ahluwalia brings a modern sensibility to her songs of Sufi mysticism and yearning romantic love. A proponent of the great vocal traditions of India and Pakistan, she boldly explores new territories to create a synthesis of Indian, western jazz, and Saharan sounds. Her CD, Aam Zameen: Common Ground, which she recorded with the nomadic Tuareg group Tinariwen, was recently awarded Kiran’s second JUNO award (Canadian Grammy). This program is a CD release concert for her long awaited sixth album Sanata: Stillness. On stage she is accompanied by noted jazz guitarist Rez Abbasi, the No. 1 “Rising Star” guitarist in DownBeat’s 2013 Critic’s Poll; Nitin Mitta (tabla); Will Holshouser (accordion); and Mamadou Ba (electric bass).

Caffè Lena presents
Phil Henry Trio
8:00 p.m.
Caffè Lena, 47 Phila St., Saratoga Springs, NY, 518-583-0022
Tickets: $16, Member $14, Child and Student $8
Buy tickets online
Vermont pop-balladeer Phil Henry takes inspiration from fellow songwriters Martin Sexton and Richard Shindell, as well as Kurt Vonnegut and the Coen Brothers. With years of formal music training and a taste for sweet melodies a la Paul Simon, Phil’s live shows simply soar with positive vibes. His sweet and strong voice, intricate and flawless guitar work, and compassionate lyrics detail the adventures of fictional characters who get up to stuff you want to hear about. Phil has been honored by the top tastemakers in contemporary folk with appearances at Kerrville Folk Festival, Falcon Ridge, SolarFest (top prize in the song competition) and more. He’ll be appearing tonight with Gary Moon on percussion and harmony vocals, and Jeff Kimball on mandolin, accordion, keyboards, and vocals.

Pregones Theater Puerto Rican Traveling Theater presents
IN 5 BEATS! Beatrhyming and theater collide in one soulful, thrilling night of new works
Featuring Kid Lucky, Kaila Mullady, Flaco Navaja, Omar Pérez, and Tony Vargas.

One Night Only
8:00 p.m.
Pregones Theater, 575 Walton Avenue in The Bronx
Tickets available online
Directed by Omar Pérez, IN 5 BEATS! is a one-hour performance featuring 2 beatboxers and 3 actors in 5 short acts, or Beats. Each Beat is a different take on a new subject matter:
Heartbeat (The human connection)
Beat Box (To be determined by the ensemble)
Patrol Beat (The officers’ dilemma on a day-to-day basis)
Beat Reporting (Media-skewed opinion)
Stage beat (Actors’ beat)

Hip hop has been the voice of an unheard people since its inception. Through its music, visual art, and dance, it continually reflects the desire, hopes, and vision of those how practice the art form, and the communities they represent. In April 2014, Pregones Theater/PRTT began collaborating with beatrhymer Kid Lucky and participants of the American Beatbox festival. Through beatrhyming and image theater techniques, the groups began to form a common language of movement and music. As this collaboration matures, the artists look to tackle the hotbed topic of police conduct in communities of color. Using the new collaborative language, they will present 5 distinct points of view on recent and past moments of tension involving police departments in the United States.

The Towne Crier in Beacon presents
LUTHER “GUITAR Jr.” JOHNSON & The Magic Rockers
8:30 p.m.
Towne Crier, 379 Main Street, Beacon, NY, (845) 855-1300
Tickets: $25 advance/$30 at the door
Grammy and WC Handy award-winning bluesman Luther “Guitar Junior” Johnson’s style features a blistering blend of sharp single note leads with powerful chordal self-accompaniment, which has influenced such guitarists as Eric Clapton and Mark Knopfler. You may remember seeing Luther featured in the legendary Blues Brothers movie.

...and beyond
MCLA Berkshire Cultural Resource Center and the North Adams Office of Tourism announce
Winterfest
Downtown North Adams, MA, and Windsor Lake
Email or call for more information, tourism@northadams-ma.gov, or (413) 664-6180
The morning will be filled with events at Windsor Lake and Main Street. The famous chowder competition will be held 12-2 p.m., along with live entertainment, horse drawn wagon rides, a campfire, ice sculpting, nature rubbing, demo from McCann Tech FTC Robotics Team, and we end the days with a free skate at Peter W. Foote Ice Rink from 2-4.

February 21-22, 2015
Chinese Theatre Works announces
CELEBRATE LUNAR NEW YEAR WITH CHINESE THEATRE WORKS AT THE ZOOS
Year of the Sheep 2015
11 a.m.-4 p.m.
Prospect Park Zoo, February 21 and February 22
Queens Zoo, February 28 and March 1
For more information please visit prospectparkzoo.com or queenszoo.com
Learn the traditions and fun facts through our Hand Puppet Show, featuring this year’s zodiac symbol. Other special activities include calligraphy workshop and special crafts.

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Sunday, February 22, 2015
Caffè Lena presents
Little Folks Concert with Toddlerbilly Troubador Matt Heaton
1:00 p.m.
Caffè Lena, 47 Phila St., Saratoga Springs, NY, 518-583-0022
There is no admission fee at the door but please plan on putting something in the artist’s tip basket.
Matt Heaton performs in the well-known Irish music duo of Matt & Shannon Heaton. But while the sun shines he is a skilled entertainer for kids, with a repertoire of kid-friendly folk and surf-inspired originals and reworked classics. He took a keen interest in music for kids after the birth of his son, leading engaging sing-alongs that adults could enjoy too. Armed with a bundle of new and traditional material, he organized a whole lot of extra babysitting and created his new CD, Happy You Made It. The CD is a banquet of acoustic and electric guitars, toy drums and percussion, bouzouki, banjo and bodhran. Matt mesmerizes the quiet kids while getting the boisterous ones dancing around the room with his funny, peppy performance.

Albany Institute of History & Art announces
LECTURE— Building a Home for Baseball
John Thorn, Official Baseball Historian, Major League Baseball
2-3:30 p.m.
Albany Institute of History & Art, 125 Washington Ave., Albany, NY 12210
Free with museum admission
Janet Marie Smith is an architect and urban planner who is supervising renovation of Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles. She has worked for the Baltimore Orioles and the Atlanta Braves to oversee the design and construction of Camden Yards (1992) and Turner Field (1997) and for the Boston Red Sox and the Los Angeles Dodgers to direct the renovations of Fenway Park and Dodger Stadium. While she is best known in the baseball world for the ground breaking urbanity of Camden Yards, people in Red Sox Nation know her as one of the saviors of Fenway Park, the oldest park in Major League Baseball.

Caffè Lena presents
Ashley Sofia
7:00 p.m.
Caffè Lena, 47 Phila St., Saratoga Springs, NY, 518-583-0022
Tickets: $16, Member $14, Child and Student $8
Buy tickets online
Born and raised in the heart of the Adirondacks, Ashley’s folk-rock style is straight out of Laurel Canyon circa 1973. With a hint of hip-hop and some powerful, personal lyrics she takes ownership of the sound she first fell in love with as a little kid. Recently named “the future of Folk Rock,” Ashley’s debut album, LOVE AND FURY, has received widespread airplay. Her meticulous craftsmanship, ability to connect to an audience, and accessible songs mark her as a rising star.

The Towne Crier in Beacon presents
SOCKS IN THE FRYING PAN from Ireland
7:30 p.m.
Towne Crier, 379 Main Street, Beacon, NY, (845) 855-1300
Tickets: $20 advance/$25 at the door
Socks in the Frying Pan from Country Clare blends Irish traditional melodies with and innovative rhythmic and melodic garnish. As for the inevitable question of where the name originated? This is yet to be disclosed! This exciting group has been well received for their modern traditional style and energetic approach to music. This, combined with an acoustic musical interplay, three-part harmony and an obvious love for live performance, compliments the traditional essence of both tune and songs in a fresh and entertaining way.

Flushing Town Hall presents
Lunar New Year Dance Sampler
8 p.m.
Flushing Town Hall, 137-35 Northern Boulevard, Flushing, NY 11354
Tickets: FREE (Free tickets will be distributed at the box office at 12 p.m.; 2 ticket limit per person; first-come, first-served).
Celebrate the Year of the Ram 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, India, Mexico, Step from the US and more.

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Tuesday, February 24, 2015
Gotham Center for NYC History presents a Spring 2015 Forum:
Black Entertainers and New York City History
6:30-8:00 p.m.
Elebash Recital Hall, CUNY, 365 Fifth Avenue at 34th Street, New York, NY
RSVP here
Please join us for a panel discussion on the history of black entertainment in New York, with Judith E. Smith, author of Becoming Belafonte: Black Artist, Public Radical; Gayle Wald, author of a forthcoming book on the TV show “Soul!;” Farah Jasmine Griffin, author of Harlem Nocturne: Women Artists and Progressive Politics during World War II; and Ruth Feldstein, author of How It Feels to Be Free: Black Women Entertainers and the Civil Rights Movement.

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Wednesday, February 25, 2015
Americans for the Arts presents
Webinar: Input To Action—Using Your Collected Data Effectively
Hosted by Tom O’Connor and Friends
3:00-4:00 p.m.
Cost: $35.00 for Non-members, free for Americans for the Arts Members
Register online
Join arts marketing expert Tom O’Connor and his panel of arts-data whizzes in chatting about using data to better understand what is and isn’t working for your programming and outreach! We’ll explore how data can be used to inform our decisions; the practical steps you can take to ensure that you’re collecting the right data you need and not spreading resources too thin; and best practices for gathering, interpreting, and applying insights gained to your marketing mix.

World Music Institute (WMI) announces
ECHOES OF THE DIVINE: JEWISH WOMEN’S VOICES
Muhabbat Shamayeva and Galeet Dardashti

7 p.m.
Leonard Nimoy Thalia Theater at Peter Norton Symphony Space, 2537 Broadway at 95th Street, New York, NY
Tickets: $30 / WMI & CTM Friends $25 / Bring a Kid! $5
A fascinating program featuring two powerhouse voices: Bukharian Jewish singer Muhabbat Shamayeva, one of Uzbekistan’s leading vocalists; and Middle Eastern singer and composer Galeet Dardashti, heir to a family tradition of distinguished Persian and Jewish musicians including her grandfather, the renowned classical singer, Yona Dardashti. Shamayeva’s diverse repertoire includes Central Asian classical shashmaqam, folk songs and popular estrada music. She’s participated in Yo-Yo Ma’s The Silk Road Project and is the subject of two documentaries. The innovative Dardashti is especially known for multi-disciplinary projects, like The Naming, and her edgy all-female powerhouse Mizrahi ensemble, Divahn.
Presented by Center for Traditional Music and Dance, the Center for Art, Tradition and Cultural Heritage, Direct Cultural Access and World Music Institute.

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Thursday, February 26, 2015
City Lore announces
More than Maize & Mole: Nahuatl Language Through Food
Demonstration and Tasting with Irwin Sanchez
7:00 p.m.
City Lore Gallery 56 East First Street, New York, NY 10003
Admission: $10; please purchase tickets online
Did you know the words for chocolate, tomato, avocado and chile all come from the Nahuatl language? Join Nahuatl teacher Irwin Sanchez as he discusses the etymologies behind popular Mexican cuisine and demonstrates the traditional preparation of several dishes. Not only will participants get a crash course in Nahuatl and be able to pronounce “tomato” and “chocolate” properly for the first time, they will also be treated to a sampling of authentic Nahuatl food from the Mexican state of Puebla. Nahuatl was the main language of the Aztec empire and it continues to be spoken by an estimated 1.45 million people. Inspired by the Nahuatl stories and values his grandfather taught him, activist Irwin Sanchez began teaching Nahuatl in Brooklyn in 2011. He has worked with the Endangered Language Alliance and Mano a Mano to preserve the language. City Lore is pleased to present this celebration of Nahuatl language, culture, and food as part of the programming for, Mother Tongues: Endangered Languages in NYC and Beyond. See EXHIBITIONS section below.

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Friday, February 27, 2015
Caffè Lena presents
Kevin McKrell with Brian Mellick
8:00 p.m.
Caffè Lena, 47 Phila St., Saratoga Springs, NY, 518-583-0022
Tickets: $18, Member $16, Child and Student $9
Buy tickets online
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 McKrells bandmate Brian Mellick to join in on joyful percussion.

The Towne Crier in Beacon presents
DUKE ROBILLARD Band
8:30 p.m.
Towne Crier, 379 Main Street, Beacon, NY, (845) 855-1300
Tickets: $25 advance/$30 at the door
Founder Of Roomful of Blues, Duke Robillard is “one of the great players” (B.B. King) and “a soloist of stunning force and originality” (NY Times), with a stack of laurels that includes two Grammy nominations.

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Saturday, February 28, 2015
Russian Winter Festival
12:00 a.m.-5 p.m.
Polish Community Center, 225 Washington Ave. Ext., Albany, NY
Admission: Adult: $6, Children: $3 from 5 to 12, children less than 5 - Free
The 7th Annual Russian Winter Festival 2015 is a month-long Festival. The events slated for the festival include the Fine Art Show, Tchaikovsky Piano and Nadezhda Obukhova Vocal Competitions, Russian Poetry Recital Competition, and the Grand Finale on Feb. 28. See website for full schedule. The festival promotes the public understanding and appreciation of Russian folk art, traditions and culture. The culture of Russia has been shaped by its long history, unique geography and diverse demography. Because of the gradual accretion of land over several centuries, Russia has over 150 different ethnic groups. The final day of the Festival on February 28th 2015, is a full day of traditional food, music, costumes, exhibits, films, performances and competitions.
Flushing Town Hall presents
EastRiver Ensemble CAPTIVATING CHINESE MUSIC AND DANCE Workshop
1 p.m.
Flushing Town Hall, 137-35 Northern Boulevard, Flushing, NY 11354
Tickets: $7/$4 Children/Free for members with tickets to 2:15 p.m. show
Interplaying sounds and movements in traditional Chinese stagecraft, EastRiver Ensemble presents a program of folk dance, acrobatics stunts and a range of traditional and folk music with focus on the Dongbei and Hebei regions of north China, featuring the yangqin (dulcimer), the pipa (lute), flutes, fiddles and percussion.

Flushing Town Hall presents
EastRiver Ensemble CAPTIVATING CHINESE MUSIC AND DANCE Performance
2:15 p.m.
Flushing Town Hall, 137-35 Northern Boulevard, Flushing, NY 11354
Tickets: $13/$10 Members/$8 Children/$6 Member Children
EastRiver Ensemble introduces the history and effects of a range of instruments including erhu (fiddle), yangqin (dulcimer), pipa (lute) and percussion, that have come to characterize Chinese music as we know today.

Eighth Step 8th Step at Proctors (GE Theatre) presents
KATE CAMPBELL with special guest JOHN KIRK
7:30 p.m.
The Eighth Step at Proctors Fenimore Gallery, 432 State St. Schenectady NY 12305
Tickets on sale now at 518-434-1703
$28 General; $26 in advance; $35 Gold Circle
Her endearing, clear-water vocal delivery, eloquent storytelling and her easy command of a full range of American music styles, as well as her extraordinary songwriting, have earned Campbell recognition as a formidable talent by critics and audiences. As a child of the South, her musical tastes were forged in the dampered, smoky fires of soul, R&B, Southern rock, country, and folk music. John Kirk’s lyric voice, humor, and versatile instrumental skills have earned him widespread admiration in folk and traditional music circles. On fiddle, mandolin, guitar, banjo, keyboard, and ukelele, he performs a seemingly endless array of musical traditions.

ArtsWestchester invites you to
Crossing Borders in Performance II: Trio Shalva
8-10:30 p.m.
ArtsWestchester, 31 Mamaroneck Avenue, White Plains, NY 10601
Admission: $20 General, $15 ArtsW Member, $15 Student
For tickets and information: Visit the ArtsWestchester website.
Israeli jazz Trio Shalva performs Mediterranean-influenced music from recent albums breeza and Riding Alone as well as new original songs, with Assaf Gleizner (piano and melodica), Koby Hayon (bass guitar, acoustic guitar, and oud), and Nadav Snir-Zelniker (drums and percussion). Trio Shalva (Hebrew for “serenity”) explores both new and arranged compositions, combining elements of Jazz with Middle-Eastern, Israeli and Jewish influences.

Caffè Lena presents
Greg Trooper
8:00 p.m.
Caffè Lena, 47 Phila St., Saratoga Springs, NY, 518-583-0022
Tickets: $18, Member $16, Child and Student $9
Buy tickets online
Trooper appeared in one of our Folk DJ showcases last year, and from the moment he took the stage we wondered why he hadn’t been part of our roster for decades. He is a master of live performance—articulate, quick-witted, superbly musical, sassy and outrageous, compassionate and kind. He lives at the intersection of Memphis soul, Greenwich Village folk, and Nashville twang. His songs have been recorded by numerous artists including Vince Gill, Steve Earle, Billy Bragg, Robert Earl Keen, Maura O’Connell, Lucy Kaplansky and Tom Russell. His latest album, Incident on Willow Street, contains songs of troubled people and peels away at the layers of their problems.

The Towne Crier in Beacon presents
STEPHANE WREMBEL & His Band
8:30 p.m.
Towne Crier, 379 Main Street, Beacon, NY, (845) 855-1300
Tickets: $25 advance/$30 at the door
Stephane Wrembel has been called “a revelation” by Rolling Stone...Woody Allen recruited him to score the theme for his smash film Midnight in Paris...and he performed the irresistibly catchy original tune live during the 2012 Academy Awards. He has headlined at Lincoln Center, played major festivals, recorded with mandolin legend David Grisman, toured with master violinist Mark O’Connor and shared stages with everyone from Elvis Costello to Patti Smith to The Roots. The Gitane guitar company has even named a model after him. To say that Stephane Wrembel—who learned his craft among the Gypsies at campsites in the French countryside—has already had a remarkable career would be an understatement. But this virtuoso guitarist from France has truly just begun to make his mark as one of the most original guitar voices in contemporary music.

February 28-March 1, 2015
Chinese Theatre Works announces
CELEBRATE LUNAR NEW YEAR WITH CHINESE THEATRE WORKS AT THE ZOOS
Year of the Sheep 2015
11 a.m.-4 p.m.
Prospect Park Zoo, February 21 and February 22
Queens Zoo, February 28 and March 1
For more information please visit prospectparkzoo.com or queenszoo.com
Learn the traditions and fun facts through our Hand Puppet Show, featuring this year’s zodiac symbol. Other special activities include calligraphy workshop and special crafts.

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       ANNOUNCEMENTS

Erie Canalway National Heritage Corridor announces
Apply Now! Sponsorships Available for 2015 Canal-Related Events

Applications are due by February 13, 2015

One of the things we love about the canal are the festivals and events that enliven communities and the waterway throughout the canal season. These events draw hundreds of thousands of people to the water each year for fun, recreation, history, music, local food, and natural beauty.

To give canal-related events a boost, Erie Canalway has teamed up with the NYS Canal Corporation to offer a limited number of sponsorships of up to $500 for events or festivals taking place in the National Heritage Corridor from May through November 2015.

Qualifying events must promote or celebrate the distinctive historic, cultural, scenic, or recreational resources of the canal corridor. Eligible applicants include municipalities or nonprofit 501(c)(3) organizations.

For details and to download an application, visit www.eriecanalway.org/get-involved_grants-fund.htm



Staten Island Arts announces
Drawing from Memory

Be a Part of the Art!


Like to Draw? Enjoy Talking to Strangers? Love a Good Story?
Make a drawing of a stranger’s childhood memory in your own unique style — your drawing will become part of the exhibition at the Culture Lounge, St. George Ferry Terminal, Staten Island

Modest honorarium offered!

Questions? DrawingFromMemory.wordpress.com or contact MelissaSarris2@gmail.com

This project, running from January 8, 2014 to March 22, 2015, invites intimate exchanges using the telephone as a mediator. One person tells a memory over the phone. At Culture Lounge, you receive the call and make a drawing of the memory. This drawing becomes part of the exhibition until the end of the project.

Sign up for a 3-hour time slot to receive a phone call from a stranger and draw their memory.
◊ You are encouraged to ask the teller for details as needed and to use ANY drawing style you wish.
◊ A link to your own website will be added on the thank you page of the Drawing from Memory blog.
◊ If you LOVE the experience, sign up for another time slot!


Museum at Eldridge Street presents
Lifelong Learning Classes beginning January 8

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

Learn something new. Meet great people. Start the New Year with a fascinating class at Eldridge Street. Our lifelong learning classes continue to offer opportunities for Bible study, memoir writing, and learning about immigrant history.

Not Just the Weekly Torah Portion with Dr. Regina Stein
12 sessions: Thursdays, 11:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., beginning January 8
Bring your questions and opinions as we explore a variety of questions and issues raised by the weekly Torah portion (parashat hashavuah). Knowledge of Hebrew and previous Torah study are NOT required. $15 per class; $160 for all 12 sessions.

Memoir Workshop with Dr. Hanna Griff-Sleven
4 Mondays, February 2,9, 16, and 23, from 11:00 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
Have you been meaning to get your family story down on paper? Are there photographs and ephemera whose stories you want to record and pass down to the next generation? In this supportive classroom environment, share your family objects and anecdotes and be prompted to write about them in class. Each week you’ll focus on a different family object or event, and the end result will be the beginning of a valuable family document. $15 per class; $50 for all four classes.

From Volhinya to Brooklyn: Contemporary Hasidic Communities with urban historian Barry Feldman
Mondays, March 2, 9, 16, 23, and 30, from 11:00 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
Contemporary Hasidim are a modern people who have constructed social, cultural and religious communities to accommodate an old world frame of reference. Session one discusses the origin of Hasidism, its subsequent development throughout Eastern Europe and early courts. Following sessions will discuss the rich complexities surrounding leadership, social values, religious beliefs, rituals and customs regarding dress, modesty and diet in post-World War II reconstructed Hasidic communities. The final session will be a walking tour of a community in Brooklyn. $15 per class; $65 for all five classes.

From Murder to Genocide: Violence in the Bible with Dr. Regina Stein
8 sessions: Tuesdays, March 3, 10, 17, 24, 31; April 14, 21, 28, 11:00 a.m.-12:30 p.m., beginning October 23
The Bible begins its story of humanity’s adventure on earth with a tale of murder. It paints a picture of a God who is pleased when one Israelite zealously kills another. It recounts episodes of child sacrifice. It mandates the execution of a rebellious son and the total destruction of an idolatrous Israelite city. What roles do these violent stories and laws play in the Bible? How do they impact our understanding of the Biblical claim that “Its ways are pleasant and all its paths are peaceful?” We will explore Biblical texts along with rabbinic and modern interpretations to grapple with these questions. $15 per class; $110 for all eight classes.



Calpulli Mexican Dance Company announces
A new year of learning begins
Un año nuevo de aprendizaje comienza


Calpulli Community dance and music classes begin January 31st in Staten Island and February 1st in Queens. In this first half of 2015, students will explore music and dance—both indigenous and Hispanic—from northern Mexico in a voyage we are calling “El Paseo del Norte.”

Now you can reserve your spot in our classes by registering online
. As always, Calpulli Community is by donation for youth and very affordable for adult classes.

See the following links for schedule details:

Staten Island Dance Classes

Queens Dance Classes

Accordion and Guitar Classes

Adult Beginner Dance Class

For more information, call 718-507-2617.


Anabella Lenzu Dance/Drama announces
Dancing with Anabella
“I want people to work with joy, to explore and learn how to use their bodies and energies efficiently and healthily as instruments of expression.”


CLASS SCHEDULE STARTING JANUARY 15, 2015

BARRE A TERRE (Open Level)
* THURSDAYS, from 7:30- 8:30 p.m. at Peridance Center
* FRIDAYS, from 10 a.m.- 11:30 a.m. at Peridance (126 East 13th Street, between 3rd and 4th Ave)

DANCEDRAMA LABORATORY WORKSHOP SERIES
(Pre-registration required) STARTING FEBRUARY 21, 2015
at CPR Center for Performance Research (361 Manhattan Ave, Williamsburg, Brooklyn)
* The February Lab will cover Choreography and Improvisation (Sat 2/21 and Sun 2/22 from 11 a.m.-2 p.m.)
* The March Lab will cover Dance Technique and AL/DD Repertory (Fri 3/20 from 6-9pm, Sat 3/21 from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. and Sun 3/22 from 11 a.m.-2 p.m.)
* The April Lab will cover Methodology of Teaching Dance (How to teach Dance)(Sat 4/18 and Sun 4/19 from 11 a.m.-2 p.m.)

TO APPLY: Send resume to info@AnabellaLenzu.com
Please designate which month you are interested in.
The cost of each workshop is $120 per person.
Once Accepted, please submit payment.
For more info, visit www.anabellalenzu.com/workshops.


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.
Guest Performer April 20: Matthew Byrne


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
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 Performers February 18: Heather Woodhead; March 11: Kathy Wallis


New York Council for the Humanities is
Calling Public Scholars!

The Council is thrilled to launch its Public Scholars program by inviting applicants to join us in an unprecedented public humanities experience.

The Public Scholars Program is our reimagining of Speakers in the Humanities, which for over three decades has served many thousands of New Yorkers with opportunities to explore a variety of humanities topics—from women’s rights to community murals.

The Public Scholars shall continue the legacy of the Speakers program, broadening the Council’s emphasis on using the perspectives of the humanities to engage audiences in both enduring and contemporary questions. This new program will feature a dynamic group of scholars who are eager to collaborate to use their knowledge to encourage curiosity, inspire engagement, and stimulate discussion.


Think you’ve got what it takes to be one of the Council’s Public Scholars? We are now accepting applications for our inaugural cohort, whose members will begin offering their presentations in fall, 2015.

Read more about the NYCH Public Scholars. webpage. Email scholars@nyhumanities.org with questions. The application process will be conducted in three parts. To begin the application process, complete and submit the Public Scholars application by March 25th.


New York Council for the Humanities announces
NYPL Hosts Standing Down

This spring, the New York Public Library will host Standing Down, our Reading & Discussion program for veterans, at five branch libraries.

In this program, veterans explore a series of texts from the Great Books anthology Standing Down, ranging from Plato to poetry about the conflict in Iraq to personal essays about serving in World War II. With the guidance of a skilled facilitator, the group reflects on big ideas and themes of the readings as well as their own military service and return to civilian life.

The NYPL will be hosting Standing Down at the following branches in the Bronx and Manhattan: Morris Park, Bronx Library Center, Hamilton Grange, Bloomingdale, and Jerome Park. In requesting the program, the Library felt that “veterans are a largely hidden group within our broader community. The issue of rebuilding a non-solider identity after service can be an issue that is incredibly challenging and may take years to accomplish.” Veterans of the U.S. Armed Forces interested in participating in one of these discussions should contact Program Officer Adam Capitanio at acapitanio@nyhumanities.org.


Erie Canalway National Heritage Corridor announces
Call for Nominations: 2015 Erie Canalway Heritage Award of Excellence

Application Deadline: March 6, 2015

What’s your favorite place in the Erie Canalway National Heritage Corridor? Is it a waterfront park, community Main Street, heritage site, museum, trail, historic building, canal structure, or an entire community? What makes it great?

Nominate your favorite place now for the 2015 Erie Canalway Heritage Award of Excellence. The award honors and celebrates significant places within the National Heritage Corridor and recognizes excellence in advancing the goals of the Erie Canalway Preservation and Management Plan. Municipalities, community groups, private entities, and non-profit organizations are encouraged to submit a nomination.
BR> Award recipients benefit from state-wide recognition and promotion of their efforts as best practices taking place in the Corridor. A formal presentation of awards takes place at our annual meeting in June.

Prior recipients include: Enlarged Erie Lock 60, Macedon; Restored 1842 Nine Mile Creek Aqueduct,Camillus; Chittenango Landing Canal Boat Museum; Village of Brockport; Canal Place, Little Falls; and the School Street Hydroelectric Facility,Brookfield Renewable Power, Cohoes. For additional information about the award, past recipients, and an application: www.eriecanalway.org/get-involved_awards.htm

National Arts Marketing Project of Americans for the Arts announces
CALL FOR SESSION PROPOSALS Opens February 12, 2015
2015 National Arts Marketing Project Conference
November 6–9, 2015
Salt Lake City, Utah

On February 12, get ready to submit your presentation proposal for the annual National Arts Marketing Project (NAMP) Conference in Salt Lake City, UT. This year, we will be presenting cutting-edge arts marketing and audience engagement strategies from those working in the performing, visual, and literary arts, as well as those from state and local arts agencies. The Conference aims to provide attendees with concrete tools and strategies that have immediate practical application with measurable outcomes.

This year, we are seeking proposals for two types of presentations:

Conference Sessions should be complete learning experiences with at least three specific measurable outcomes and/or learning objectives. Conference sessions are led by two or three practitioners with the option of one moderator to guide the discussion.

Roundtable Discussions are intimate, facilitated group conversations focused on topics of interest and importance to arts leaders in areas of marketing, technology, engagement. Roundtable discussions are led by one presenter. Visit the conference website for more information.


Erie Canalway National Heritage Corridor announces
Apply Now! Sponsorships Available for 2015 Events

Applications are due by February 13, 2015.

To give canal-related events a boost, Erie Canalway has teamed up with the NYS Canal Corporation to offer a limited number of sponsorships of up to $500 for events or festivals taking place in the National Heritage Corridor from May through November 2015.

Qualifying events must promote or celebrate the distinctive historic, cultural, scenic, or recreational resources of the canal corridor. Eligible applicants include municipalities or nonprofit 501(c)(3) organizations.

For details and an application, visit: www.eriecanalway.org/get-involved_grants-fund.htm


OLD SONGS announces Spring Instrument Classes

6-week group classes at 37 South Main St., Voorheesville.
Complete descriptions at: www.oldsongs.org/classes

To Register:
Print out registration form online at: oldsongs.org/register or call Old Songs at 518-765-2815.

Send $125 per class for 6-week classes and registration form to: Old Songs, PO Box 466, Voorheesville, NY 12186.

MONDAYS: May 4, 11, 18, 25, June 1 & 8. Register by April 30
Mountain Dulcimer with Susan Trump
Beyond Beginning Mountain Dulcimer: 6-7:15 p.m.
We’ll explore DAD tuning, work on strum directions and left hand fingering. We’ll learn some fiddle tunes, and other repertoire that works well on dulcimer.
Intermediate Mountain Dulcimer: 7:30-8:45 p.m.
The focus is on repertoire building using a variety of styles, including fiddle tunes, songs, Celtic melodies, waltzes, while learning appropriate picking, or finger picking techniques and fingerings.
For more information contact Susan at 518-357-4018 or susantrump@aol.com

TUESDAYS
February 24, March 3, 10, 17, 24 & 31. Register by February 20

Piano Accordion-Lessons & Band Class with Peggy Hart, 6-7:30 p.m.
Basic beginning technique, theory and note reading. If you have any questions regarding your instrument or ability, contact Peggy at 518-439-1060 or peggyminore@yahoo.com

Clawhammer Banjo with Paul Draper, 6-7:15 p.m.
Learn and consolidate the essential skills needed for playing old-time music in the clawhammer style. We will work on the following (but not limited to): left hand techniques: hammer-ons, pull-offs, slides, right hand techniques: drop-thumb, “rolls,” different tunings for different tunes, and other topics based on the class. You will learn these techniques within the context of “Round Peak” banjo tunes. The tunes (some simple, some more involved) will be learned through listening, repeating, and tablature. It is highly recommended that you bring along a recording device! Also recommended (but not required): Brad Leftwich’s book with CD: Round Peak Style Clawhammer Banjo. Please note: It is assumed that the student already has basic “banjo knowledge” and can play a few tunes. For more information contact Paul at 518-380-1103 or clawhammer888@gmail.com

March 10, 17, 24, 31, April 7 & 14. Register by March 6
Beginning Mandolin with Tom Wadsworth,
7:30-8:45 p.m.
An introduction to mandolin playing, covering both picking and chord techniques, with a repertoire based on traditional fiddle tunes. Instrument care and selection will also be discussed. For more information contact Tom at 518-234-2373 or ancientz@gmail.com

Jam Class with Terri Lukacko, 7:30-8:45 p.m.
You, too, can learn to jam! Bring your acoustic instrument(s) and learn some simple techniques. We’ll use traditional American string band repertoire and technique, some Irish if there’s interest. Novices welcome if you can play some notes and/or chords. For more information contact Terri at 518-708-5128.

WEDNESDAYS: February 25, March 4, 11, 18, 25 & April 1. Register by Feb. 20
Fingerpicking Guitar with Ron Gordon,
7:30-8:45 p.m.
I will teach 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. For more information contact Ron at 518-372-4172 or rgukeboy@gmail.com

March 11, 18, 25, April (Skip 1) 8, 15 & 22. Register by March 6
Fiddle with George Wilson,
6-7:15 p.m.
“Play the fiddle like you mean it!” Beginner-Intermediate level. “The wrong note’ll still have good tone.” For more information contact George at 518-461-8394 or geofiddle@gmail.com

THURSDAYS: February 26, March 5, 12, 19, 26 & April 2. Register by Feb. 20
Ukulele with Ron Gordon
Beginning Ukulele:
7-8:15 p.m.
Begin your uke career! Ron’s class at Old Songs will get you started down the path to heavenly strumming.We will learn chords (of course),right hand strumming techniques, some chord melody, jazzy,blues, etc. voicings and some finger picking....depending on our progress. This will all be learned through some classic songs,so singing is definitely part of the program. Handouts provided and recorders recommended. BTW, we’ll also delve into some uke history and ukeology along with my personal favorite....uke collecting!
Intermediate Ukulele: 8:30-9:45 p.m.
This class will be ideal for those ukers who know some songs, play basic chords, and know a few strums. We’ll review beginning uke and than progress to chord melody and finger picking technique. Along the way, we’ll learn some classics from the past 100 years of great ukulele music.
For more information contact Ron at 518-372-4172 or rgukeboy@gmail.com

5-WEEK CLASS TUESDAYS, April 28, May 5, 12, 19, 26
Bluegrass Jam Class. Taught by Bob Altschuler using the Wernick Method,
6-9 p.m.
5 sessions, tuition $160
Playing music with others is the best activity for getting better on your instrument! Using the tried and true Pete Wernick method, Bob will teach fundamentals of bluegrass jamming and build your confidence in playing with others. The music is slow and easy, and you will quickly gain skills while having fun. And,these skills are transferable to other types of music because they are basic to all types of jamming. All skill levels are welcome, and bringing a recording device is recommended. All bluegrass instruments welcome. No jamming experience necessary. You will be jamming the first class! Friendly, encouraging, knowledgeable teaching. Mistakes allowed! Singing not required, but encouraged and taught. Easy 2 and 3-chord songs, slow speeds. Soloing not required! “Faking” solos taught.
Register online for Bluegrass Jam Class.


Staten Island Arts announces
Staten Island Arts is currently accepting applications for the Lark Fund.

Application deadline for this program is Friday February 27, 2015.

Something vital is disappearing from classrooms, which used to be a staple of the school day: music classes. Music can play an enormous role in keeping students in school, and recent studies suggest that early music education has a lifelong effect on language and memory. But today, budgets for art at school are tight; for music programs, the cost of buying and maintaining instruments is an additional stumbling block. The Lark Fund is a grassroots campaign with a goal of bringing musical instruments into Staten Island schools—or to enable schools to repair the instruments they have. Funds are raised from individuals in the community, and 100% of the money goes directly towards buying instruments. The Lark Fund is also made possible through the generous support of the Projectivity Movement and RobotsWillKill.

Schools can apply online, winners will be selected by a panel of Staten Island educators, musicians, and community members who will evaluate the school’s need and classroom impact from the grant.


Questions? Please contact Claire Jimenez at 718-447-3329 x 1005 or cjimenez@statenislandislandarts.org.


Staten Island Arts announces
Excellence in the Arts Awards: A great opportunity for Staten Island-based musicians, artists, and performing artists.

Application deadline for this program is February 27, 2015, at midnight.

Excellence in the Arts Awards are intended to celebrate the bodies of work of Staten Island artists as well as celebrate their artistic development. There are a total of 8 awards given, for $1000 each; 4 in music, and 4 in film and performing arts (this includes dance, theatre, and animation). We encourage collaboration for these awards, and artists are not required to create new work for the application.

Award recipients will be featured in Staten Island Arts’ Summerfest, a series of free events during the summer of 2015.

Applicants must be Staten Island residents, 18 years and over, and not enrolled in a full time school or college program; Excellence in the Arts Award recipients during the past five years (2010 through 2014) are ineligible; Both individuals and groups may apply for this award. Collaborations are encouraged; Applicants may apply to only one category; Applicants MUST be available to perform in June 2015.

Applications must be submitted online. Informational workshops will be held on: Tuesday, February 10, 7 p.m.and on Saturday, February 21, 2 p.m. at Culture Lounge, located inside the St. George Ferry Terminal, 10 Ferry Terminal Drive.

For more information contact Gena Mimozo at 718.447.3329 x1003 or gmimozo@statenislandarts.org.


City Lore announces
CITY LORE DOCUMENTARY INSTITUTE: Stories for a Better World
July 20—August 7, 2015

Application Deadline: Monday, April 20 (Notifications by Friday, May 8)

Advance your skills in multimedia storytelling! Join us for an intensive immersion program in New York City through which current and aspiring artists, activists, and cultural documentarians learn activist approaches to cultural documentation, hand-on media production, and develop their own documentary for a culminating exhibit.

The three-week institute begins with a one-week crash course on oral history, folklore and activist approaches to cultural documentation, including sessions on pitching your story and grant writing. For the next two weeks, students can select from one of three hands-on intensive tracks: multimedia/photography, taught by Michael Kamber, director of the Bronx Documentary Center and a celebrated photojournalist and war photographer; radio, taught by Ann Heppermann who produces stories for
This American Life and All Things Considered; and video, taught by filmmaker Ram Devineni, whose documentary won this year’s Grand Jury Prize at Sundance for World Cinema, assisted by documentary filmmaker Pam Sporn. The Institute fosters close working relationships among students, and includes a celebratory dinner and a final celebration and exhibition of student work.

Apply online: citylore.org/urban-culture/city-lore-documentary-institute/application

Tuition: $2,300, with full and partial scholarships available
Tuition with 3 transferrable New School Credits: $3,145

For more information: Contact Elena Martinez, folklorist and Institute Coordinator, emartinez@citylore.org; 212.529.1955 x 16


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

June 26, 2014 —May 31, 2015
The History Center in Tompkins County presents
EXHIBIT: “CAPTAINS, COMMERCE, AND COMMUNITY: THE IMPACT OF THE ERIE CANAL ON TOMPKINS COUNTY”
Opening reception: Friday, September 5th, 2014 5-8 p.m.
Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
The History Center, 401 East State Street, Ithaca, NY (one block east of the Ithaca Commons)
For more information, please contact Catherine Duffy, Curator, at 607.273.8284 ext. 0
The History Center in Tompkins County will open their new exhibit “Captains, Commerce, and Community: The Impact of the Erie Canal on Tompkins County” on Friday, September 5th at 5 p.m.. The artifact-based exhibit will explore the lasting effects of the Erie Canal on Tompkins County. In 1828 the Seneca-Cayuga Canal, an extension of the Erie Canal, was opened, connecting Cayuga Lake, and therefore Tompkins County to the economic watercourse that spanned across most of New York State. Combined with the increasing ubiquity of railroads, the Canal system changed Tompkins County from a collection of quiet lake-side towns into a mass of booming centers of commerce and industry. Captains, Commerce, and Community will illustrate the changes and effects the Canal had on this region through representational artifacts from The History Center’s object collection. A series of themes will be explored over the course of the 12-month exhibit, which includes commerce (September through December 2014), boats and their builders (January through April 2015), and travelers and community folk (May through August 2015). This exhibit has been made possible through a generous grant from the Erie Canalway National Heritage Corridor. In 2012 the ECNHC funded the development of a Canalway object collection, and provided The History Center the opportunity to gain greater intellectual control over its object collection. Additionally, the project supported the complete inventorying of The History Center's permanent Open Storage display. As a result, The History Center has ascertained a classifiable collection of historical objects that directly relate to the Erie Canal.

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



October 11, 2014 — March 8, 2015

The 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

City Lore announces
Mother Tongues: Endangered Languages in NYC and Beyond
Opening Reception: Thursday, January 29th, 6-9 p.m.
Gallery Hours: Wed-Fri 2-6 p.m., Sat-Sun 12-6 p.m.
City Lore Gallery. 56 E 1st St. (between 1st & 2nd Ave.), New York, NY 10003
Linguists estimate that half of the world’s languages will disappear this century. NYC is a living language lab where there are more spoken and endangered languages than anywhere else in the world. New York City is home to over 700 languages, and many of these are in danger of being lost. Mother Tongues is a call to action to preserve NYC’s linguistic diversity ranging from endangered languages to the NYC accent!

Please join us for the opening reception to hear, experience, and interact with these languages! Performances include: An opening blessing performed by José Juarez, an indigenous Totonac shaman from Puebla, Mexico. A recitation by Papa Susso, one of Africa’s great griots. A griot is the keeper of oral traditions in West African cultures, performing musical poems.

Mother Tongues offers audiences a unique opportunity to meet and learn about New York City’s remarkably diverse linguistic communities. Here visitors can engage with the Language Laboratory and Meet a Speaker-interactive mixed media booths that showcase individual speakers of endangered languages in the city. You will learn, for instance, that the word wanishi means thank you in the language of the Lenape, New York’s native people. Visitors can play games to learn the structure of certain endangered languages, visualize the language connections between New York City and the world, and add lines to the Khonsay, a multi-lingual poem.

Mother Tongues is sponsored by City Lore, Bowery Arts + Science, and the Endangered Language Alliance. Funded by the National Endowment for the Arts, the New York State Council on the Arts, and the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs.


January 29, 2015 — April 16, 2015

Caribbean Cultural Center| African Diaspora Institute announces
AFTER AFROPOLITAN
OPENING Night: February 4, 2015, 6-9 p.m.
Weeksville Heritage Society | 158 Buffalo Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11213
Admission: Free
This exhibition tributes Africa’s vanguard legacy while peering at yet unchartered territories of experience and imagination in the African Diaspora. The exhibition asks How has “Afropolitan” crystallized aspects of our genius? What aspects of our experiences fall outside the Afropolitan gaze? And, of course what comes next, After Afropolitan? Artist Talks and Viewing Hours
Featured artists lead guided tour of the exhibition with special close readings of their own work.
WHEN: February 7, 2015 | 12-5 p.m. WHERE: Weeksvile Heritage Center | 158 Buffalo Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11213
ADMISSION: Suggested donation, $5

Redefining 2015: After Afropolitan
Through interactive workshops, panel discussions, and performances, this day long conference will probe global African experiences to create/define new rubrics of citizenship, respectability, responsibility while discovering/opening new territories of imagination, identity, and contribution. Panel and workshop topics will include Chibok to Chimamanda: Gazing at African Womanhoods; Tradition 3000: New Arts of New Africa; The Ethic of Success — The Aesthetics of Respect; Pan-Africanism in the Digital Age; Cosmopolitan Cosmologies; Afropolitan Rich: Coltan or Cellphones, Taxes or Tequila; Braid My Hair ...
WHEN: February 21, 2015 | 12 p.m.-8 p.m.
WHERE: Weeksville Heritage Center | 158 Buffalo Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11213
ADMISSION: $8 in advance, $10 at the door

Artist Talks and Viewing Hours
Featured artists lead guided tour of the exhibition with special close readings of their own work.
WHEN: February 24, 2015 | 6-9 p.m.
WHERE: Weeksville Heritage Center | 158 Buffalo Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11213
ADMISSION: Suggested donation, $5

Closing
Come celebrate the artists and get a last look at the work. Special closing performance will be a dramatized rendering of the frontiers beyond Afropolitan.
WHEN: March 6, 2015 | 6-9 p.m.
WHERE: Weeksville Heritage Center | 158 Buffalo Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11213
ADMISSION: FREE

February 4, 2015 — March 6, 2015

Albany Institute of History & Art presents the exhibition
Triple Play: Baseball at the Albany Institute
OPENING RECEPTION: Friday, February 6, 5-8 p.m. Please RSVP to 518/463-4478 x 403
W 10-5 p.m.; Th 10-8 p.m.; Fri. &Sat. 10-5 p.m.; Sun. Noon-5 p.m.
Albany Institute of History & Art, 125 Washington Ave., Albany, NY 12210, 518/463-4478
The Albany Institute of History & Art is excited to present three exhibitions celebrating our passion for baseball! The centerpiece is BASEBALL: AMERICA’S GAME, organized by the Bank of America’s Art in our Communities program. It is complemented by two community-supported exhibitions, PLAY BALL! BASEBALL IN THE CAPITAL REGION and THE CLUBHOUSE: BASEBALL MEMORABILIA. Many items were borrowed from regional fans, community collectors, and museums. All three exhibitions contain nationally or regionally significant materials, such as photographs, signed bats and balls, stadium seats, trophies, pennants, jerseys, and more. We have an exciting rose of related events too, so be sure to check out our calendar!



February 7, 2015 — July 26, 2015

Taller Boricua presents the exhibition
FIVE over SIXTY
Curated by Marcos Dimas and Nitza Tufinño
Opening Reception: Thursday February 19, 6 to 9 p.m.
Gallery Hours: Tues, Wed, Fri and Sat 12-6 p.m.; Thursdays 1-7 p.m.. Closed Sun and Mon.
Taller Boricua Event Space and Galleries at The Julia de Burgos Cultural Center, 1680 Lexington Avenue, New York, NY 10029, 212.831.4333
Cost: Free
It is a fact that an artist, regardless of their genre, never retires. Every day of life is another opportunity to create and enhance their craft. The distinguished eclectic artists featured in “Five Over Sixty” demonstrate their maturity in their art while also experimenting and welcoming new trends. The traditional can become modern utilizing different formats. The excitement is evident in the body of work presented. In art, as in life, “Age” ain’t nothing but a number.



February 19, 2015 — March 28, 2015

Flushing Town Hall presents
EXHIBITION: Dynamic Writing: A CENTURY OF CALLIGRAPHY
OPENING RECEPTION: Sunday, February 22, 3 p.m.
Flushing Town Hall, 137-35 Northern Boulevard, Flushing, NY 11354, 718) 463-7700 x 222
Suggested Admission: $5/FREE for Members & Students
Two great masters of calligraphy from two traditions, Mr. ChaoLin Ting (102 years young) and Dr. Yoo Sung Lee, are both highly respected by the Chinese and Korean communities. This unique exhibition during the Lunar New Year will demonstrate the extraordinary essence of harmony between two great cultures in the Chinese Hsu-Fa and Korean Hangeul scripts.

February 22, 2015 — March 22, 2015

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


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