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Wednesday, February 1, 2017
The Folklife Center of Crandall Public Library presents Black History Celebration 2017
Illustrated Talk: Peace Corps Agribusiness Advisor to Cameroon
Returned volunteer Renée St. Jacques
7:00 p.m.
Crandall Public Library, 251 Glen Street, Glens Falls, NY
For more information, call 518/792-6508 or email degarmo@crandalllibrary.org
Cost: Free
Renée St. Jacques has just returned at the end of 2016 to her family home in Argyle NY after two years in Cameroon teaching small plot farmers to grow soy. Renée’s Blog: http://lightscameroonaction.blogspot.com

The Folk Music Society of N.Y., Inc/ N.Y. Pinewoods Folk Music Club presents
Folk Open Sing
7-10 p.m.
Ethical Culture Society, 53 Prospect Park West, Brooklyn (near 2nd St.)
Hosted by Ethical Culture Society, Folk Music Society of NY/NYPFMC, Alison Kelley, Frank Woerner, and Tom Weir.
Info: 212-695-5924.
Join us on the first Wednesday of each month for an open sing. Bring your voice, instruments, friends, neighbors, and children. Drop by for a couple of songs or the whole evening.

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

Held on the first Wednesday of every month, Jazz Jams are a fun way to hone your skills and jam with your peers. House band led by saxophonist Carol Sudhalter (Carol Sudhalter, tenor sax/flute; Joe Vincent Tranchina, piano; Eric Lemon, bass; Sylvia Cuenca, drums). All are welcome, regardless of instrument (vocalists, too!). Don’t play? Come listen!

Poetry Open Mic
Doors open and sign-up begins at 6:30 p.m. Readings begin at 7:00 p.m.
Caffè Lena, 47 Phila St., Saratoga Springs, NY, 518-583-0022
Tickets: $5 at the door
Taking place on the first Wednesday of every month, Caffe Lena’s poetry open mic, hosted by Carol Graser, is a relaxed, supportive performance opportunity for poets of all styles and levels of experience. Sign-up starts at 6:30 PM. Readings start at 7:00 PM. Each poet reads two short poems (less than one page) or one longer poem, with a limit of 5 minutes altogether.

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Friday, February 3, 2017
The Wood Brothers with special guests the T Sisters
7:30 p.m.
The Massry Center for the Arts at The College of Saint Rose, 1002 Madison Ave., Albany, NY 12208
Tickets: $30, $20
Paradise, an album about longing and desire and the ways in which the pursuit of fulfillment can keep it perpetually out of our reach, is The Wood Brothers most sophisticated work to date and also their most rocking, with bassist Chris Wood playing electric on tracks for the first time. Dubbed masters of soulful folk by Paste, The Wood Brothers released their debut studio album, Ways Not To Lose, on Blue Note in 2006. You’d be forgiven at the time for expecting it to be something of a side project. Chris Wood already had legions of devoted fans for his incomparable work as one-third of Medeski, Martin & Wood, while his brother Oliver toured with Tinsley Ellis before releasing a half-dozen albums with his band King Johnson. Almost a decade later and with drummer Jano Rix added as a permanent third member, its become quite clear that The Wood Brothers is indeed the main act.
The T Sisters, born and raised in California and now based in the creative hub of Oakland, embody harmony. Its in their blood, bones, and history. Erika, Rachel and Chloe have been singing and writing music together since childhood, and the lifetime of practice shows. The three sisters inventive songwriting is supported by their own acoustic instrumentation as well as upright bass (Steve Height), mandolin/guitar (Andrew Allen Fahlander), and drums (Marlon Aldana). Their sound represents a continuum of music, from traditional to pop influences, moments of breathtaking a cappella to swells of energetic indie Americana.

The Folkus Project presents
Ruddy Well Band
8 p.m.
May Memorial Unitarian Universalist Society, 3800 East Genesee St, Syracuse, NY
Admission is $15. More info is available at www.folkus.org. Advance sale tickets are available via PayPal and other methods; advance ticket holders receive preferential seating.
A homegrown entity from Syracuse, and a two-time Sammy Award winner for People’s Choice and Best Americana, the Ruddy Well Band has roots in Americana, folk and rock with strong harmonies and high energy-driving rhythms.

Caffè Lena presents
ALASH
8 p.m.
Caffè Lena, 47 Phila St., Saratoga Springs, NY, 518-583-0022
Tickets: $20 general admission, $18 members, $10 students and children
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Hailing from Tuva, a tiny republic in the heart of Central Asia, Alash is inspired by the music of their throat-singing ancestors as well as bold western artists such as Sun Ra and Jimi Hendrix. They never sacrifice the integrity of their heritage to make their music more hip for an American audience. Rather, they look for contemporary ideas that mesh well with the sound and feel of traditional Tuvan music, introducing some western instruments and new harmonies and song structures to create a captivating hybrid of old and new.

World Music Institute (WMI) presents
Sublime Frequencies: Alan Bishop (DJ Set)
9:00 p.m.
BAM Café | 30 Lafayette Ave, Brooklyn
Free show>
Alan Bishop is a founding member of Seattle’s avant-garde and genre-defying Sun City Girls, as well as co-founder of the Sublime Frequencies record label. Through the SF prism, Bishop has released over 100 records, introducing previously ignored musical genres from Syria, Burma, Indonesia, Pakistan, Vietnam, Thailand, India, Morocco, Egypt, Western Sahara, Cambodia, Algeria, Turkey, etc. His DJ sets feature retro 60s and 70s Hybrid-Pop, Rock, Folk, Yeh-Yeh, Go-Go, Freak Beat, Psychedelic, Surf and traditional styles from North Africa, The Middle East, South and Southeast Asia that you most likely have never heard before.
This concert is presented as part of World Music Institute’s Counterpoint series.


Friday, February 3–Sunday, February 5, 2017
Ashokan Music and Dance presents
5th Annual WINTER HOOT
A Celebration of Music, Food and Community at The Ashokan Center, 477 Beaverkill Road, Olivebridge, NY 12461
Featuring performances by Natalie Merchant, Dan Bern, Elizabeth Mitchell & You Are My Flower, Jay Ungar & Molly Mason, Home Remedy, Paul Rishell & Annie Raines, Story Laurie, and your hosts The Mike + Ruthy Band!

Attend for a few hours or the whole weekend. On-site food and lodging are available. The Hoot builds community and connects generations through our shared love of music and nature. Volunteer or Buy Your Tickets Now. Support Your Hoot!

Friday Dinner & Documentary Jon Bowermaster’s
The Hudson River at Risk film series will strengthen your understanding of the dangers faced by our river today and help us focus on the path to preserve our beautiful valley. Q&A with the filmmaker and guest speaker Jeremy Cherson of Riverkeeper, followed by an informal jam session. Admission to the film and discussion is a suggested donation of $20 at the door. Join us for dinner (please reserve in advance) or become a “Pewter Posse” donor and come early for a VIP reception with music by Natalie Merchant and Jay Ungar & Molly Mason.

Saturday Music and More Enjoy beautiful, thoughtful acoustic music presented in The Ashokan Center’s wooden performance hall. The lineup includes: Natalie Merchant, Dan Bern, Elizabeth Mitchell & You Are My Flower, Jay Ungar & Molly Mason, Home Remedy, Paul Rishell & Annie Raines, Story Laurie, and The Mike + Ruthy Band. Saturday boasts a cornucopia of food vendors, local beer and wine, kids activities, blacksmithing, square dancing, and crafting with FiberFlame. All generations party together under one roof at The Hoot! Come warm your soul at this much-needed party mid-winter. Suggested donation for is $30 at the door, but we may fill up this year. Become a Hoot Volunteer or purchase a Weekend Ticket in advance to guarantee parking and entry.

Sunday Community Sing After breakfast, it’s a community singalong in the performance hall. Suggested donation is $10 at the door. Come one and all!

Lodging All lodging prices are for 2 nights (Fri and Sat) and include breakfast both mornings (Sat and Sun). Bed with pillow provided. BYP bedding and toiletries. $50 bunks are available in the Women’s, Men’s, Early Birds’, or Night Owls’ longhouse rooms. A $200 private room is available in each longhouse room with shared bathroom sleeps up to 3 people.) And $300 private rooms in Red Maple Lodge are available with private bathrooms (sleeps up to 4.) After private rooms on site are sold out, we recommend Hotel Dylan, Kate’'s Lazy meadow, and a quick Air BnB search.

More Winter Hoot Questions? Visit the Hoot Website or email ruthyuke@gmail.com.

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Saturday, February 4, 2017

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A Presentation by Folklorist Claire Schmidt and Accompanying Roundtable Discussion


Claire Schmidt

February 4 • 1:00 – 3:00 p.m.
Auburn Public Theater
8 Exchange Street, Auburn, NY

Folklorist Claire Schmidt will discuss her documentation of prison workers in Wisconsin and discuss the ways in which ethnographic research methods can intersect with ongoing advocacy projects related to Auburn Correctional Facility and other upstate prisons. Attendees are invited to speak about their own experiences as Department of Corrections employees, community members, activists, documenters, or volunteers.

This event aims to encourage a more compassionate discussion about the prison and the people who work there. READ MORE about Claire and the program here...


This project is organized by the New York Folklore Society and funded by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature

Flushing Town Hall presents
Guy Davis: American Blues Ambassador Family 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 pm show (Members call Box Office)
Free for Teens Age 13-19 with ID.
Conversation and demonstration with Guy Davis. Guy talks about what drew him to the blues, explains the cultural and historical context of many of the songs he plays, and demonstrates some classic blues rhythms.

Flushing Town Hall presents
Guy Davis: American Blues Ambassador Family Show
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
Free for Teens Age 13-19 with ID.
Explore the roots of the blues with Guy Davis. Guy grew up in a family of artists (his parents were Ruby Dee and Ossie Davis) and he fell under the spell of Blind Willie McTell and Fats Waller at an early age. Guy leads families through an American music exploration of Delta blues, Piedmont blues, jazz, folk, and much more.

Dala
7:30 p.m.
Walton Theatre, 30 Gardiner Place, Walton , NY 13856. (607) 865-6688
Tickets: $15
Canadian folk duo Amanda Walther and Sheila Carabine present gorgeous harmonies in original songs that are both catchy and insightful. Juno nominees and winners of 2010 Canadian folk Music Award for Vocal Group of the Year. Their singing in harmony can best be described as angelic and the sheer joy with which they perform is infectious. Every show is unique with their funny and down to earth stories between songs.

Caffè Lena presents
Michael Jerling
8 p.m.
Caffè Lena, 47 Phila St., Saratoga Springs, NY, 518-583-0022
Tickets: $18 general admission, $16 members, $9 students and children
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Touching, timeless ballads that are eye-opening without being shocking, funny without being silly, and instructive without preaching. His immediately recognizable, rich, sweet melodic sound comes from his 6 and 12 string guitars, harmonica and mandolin along with bass (Tony Markellis) and the unusual accompaniment of vintage reed organ (Teresina Huxtable).

Eighth Step at Proctors presents
Jay Ungar & Molly Mason
7:30 p.m.
Underground, Proctors, 432 State Street, Schenectady, NY
Tickets: General admission, Gold Circle $35, Advance $24
Call Eighth Step TicketLine: 518-434-1703
If you love American acoustic music, don't miss the award-winning, joyous music of Jay Ungar and Molly Mason! Jay'’s fiddling brims with playfulness, drama, soulfulness and technical verve through varied musical styles and idioms that he has coalesced into his own. Molly’s spot-on musicianship and inventiveness on piano and guitar enhance the tunes and follow the flow of the melody. Molly’s singularly rich and expressive vocals resonate with the gorgeous strains of Jay’s violin, revealing the deep emotions that flow between and around the duo, entrancing listeners.

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Sunday, February 5, 2017
Flushing Town Hall presents
Rooster Shadow Puppet Workshop
1:00 p.m.
Flushing Town Hall, 137-35 Northern Boulevard, (at the corner of Linden Place), Flushing, NY 11354
Tickets: Tickets: $10/$8 Members & Children (materials included); Free for Teens Age 13–19 with ID

Associated with the sun and with the element of fire in 2017, the rooster’s bright feathers and resonant crowing announce the arrival of a dynamic new period. Participants of all ages will use stiff paper stock and a variety of materials to create their own roosters inspired by Chinese shadow puppet techniques.

Museum at Eldridge Street presents
Clairvoyant Housewives, Cookbook Mavens, and Other Advice Givers: Lecture
2:00-4:00 p.m.
Museum at Eldridge Street, 12 Eldridge Street, New York, NY 10002, 212.219.088
RSVP: $14 adults, $10 students and seniors
Dr. Annie Polland discusses the transition from Eastern European shtetls and cities to the crowded streets of the Lower East Side with a focus on Jewish immigrant women’s pivotal roles in both shaping their homes and New York’s growing economy. Polland is the Senior Vice President for Programs & Education at the Lower East Side Tenement Museum and the co- author, with Daniel Soyer, of City of Promises :Emerging Metropolis, winner of the National Jewish Book Award and Landmark of the Spirit: The Eldridge Street Synagogue.

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Monday, February 6, 2017
Open Mic
Sign-up is 7 PM to 7:25 PM / Show at 7:30 PM / 2 songs or 10 minutes
Caffè Lena, 47 Phila St., Saratoga Springs, NY, 518-583-0022
Free for Students / $3 for Adults
Play your song on the Caffè’s famous stage at Open Mic Night! During the past three decades, Lena’s open mic has been recognized with “Best Of” awards from Metroland Magazine, The Saratogian Reader’s Poll and Saratoga’s Fab Five. Just like at our weekend shows, all attention is focused on the stage. Every Monday. All ages, all styles. Originals encouraged, but not required.
You are welcome to use our Yamaha studio upright acoustic piano or acoustic Martin guitar. We can play your MP3 backing track through our sound system. You are welcome to bring amps and drums, BUT set up and break down is part of your 10 minutes. The host draws names from a bowl at 7:30. The first person drawn gets first choice of timeslot, second gets second choice, etc. The host will add you to the end of the roster if you arrive by 8:30 PM. Full table service (see menu). No alcohol.

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Tuesday, February 7, 2017
Interfaith Story Circle announces
Love Stories from the LGBTQ Community and Friends Co-sponsored by the Advocates for Welcoming Congregations
7-9 p.m.
Hamilton Union Presbyterian Church, 2291 Western Avenue, Guilderland, NY
For information: Bill Roylance, 518-465-9521 or billy21glen@gmail.com
Come share with your own stories related to the theme or just come to listen. Either way, you will be warmly welcomed!

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Wednesday, February 8, 2017
The Folklife Center of Crandall Public Library presents Black History Celebration 2017
Author Talk & Book Signing: Inspiration Street: Two City Blocks That Helped Change America
Author/journalist Darrell Laurant
7:00 p.m.
Crandall Public Library, 251 Glen Street, Glens Falls, NY
For more information, call 518/792-6508 or email degarmo@crandalllibrary.org
Cost: Free
Inspiration Street is Darrell Laurant’s remarkable story of a group of African Americans who lived in the 1300 and 1400 blocks of Pierce Street, Lynchberg, Virginia, after the Civil War and on through the 1920s–40s, and what they accomplished during the days of segregation and beyond.

Caffè Lena presents
Robinson and Rohe – Album Release Concert
7 p.m.
Caffè Lena, 47 Phila St., Saratoga Springs, NY, 518-583-0022
Tickets: $16 general admission, $14 members, $8 students and children
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Inspired by folk tradition, this wise and worldly duo offers elegant vocal harmonies and detailed arrangements for guitar, banjo, and accordion. Liam Robison served as a cast member in the Tony Award-winning play, Warhorse and recently music directed the hit Off-Broadway folk opera Hadestown by songwriter Anaïs Mitchell. Jean Rohes songwriting has won accolades from the Independent Music Awards, ASCAP, and the Montreux Jazz Festival vocal contest.

The Troy Savings Bank Music Hall presents
International Guitar Night
7:30 p.m.
Troy Savings Bank Music Hall, 30 2nd St, Troy, NY 12180
Tickets: $29
Tickets are available now via phone, (518) 273-0038, in person, or online at www.troymusichall.org. Tickets are available at the Troy Savings Bank Music Hall Box Office, 30 Second Street, Troy, Monday through Friday 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Gypsy jazz legend Lulo Reinhardt is the guest host for International Guitar Night’s 17th year of touring. Lulo will be joined by three new, incredibly dynamic musicians: Italy’s innovative contemporary guitarist Luca Stricagnoli; brilliant young Brazilian composaer/performer Chrystian Dozza, and India’s ground-breaking slide guitarist Debashish Bhattacharya. Luca's inventive “tapping” techniques have garnered over 7 million views on YouTube. Chrystian has garnered many prestigious awards as one of Brazil’s leading young guitarists. Debashish has invented his own technique for playing classical Indian music on the slide guitar and collaborated with musicians from around the world.

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Thursday, February 9, 2017
Caffè Lena presents
Gibson Brothers
Two shows: 6:30 p.m. and 8:30 p.m.
Caffè Lena, 47 Phila St., Saratoga Springs, NY, 518-583-0022
Tickets: $37 general admission, $32 members, $18.50 students and children
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Hailed by the International Bluegrass Music Association as Entertainers of the Year, Vocal Group of the Year, and writers of the Song of the Year, Leigh and Eric Gibson are operating at peak power. For this intimate concert at Caffe Lena we'll be serenaded by the heart and soul of the Gibson Brothers Band, Leigh and Eric Gibson, accompanied by long-time bassist Mike Barber.

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Friday, February 10, 2017
Caffè Lena presents
Golfstrom
8:00 p.m.
Caffè Lena, 47 Phila St., Saratoga Springs, NY, 518-583-0022
Tickets: $18 general admission, $16 members, $9 students and children
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A supremely dreamy night of European pop music from long ago featuring Jonathan Greene on clarinet, the incomparable Sergei Nirenburg on accordion and vocals, Bobby Kendall on string bass, and Brian Mellick on percussion. Their electic repertoire of 1930-60's songs is drawn from film and radio archives from Russia to France, Italy, Germany, Poland, Ukraine, Israel, Mexico, Argentina and beyond.

February 10, 11, 12, 2017
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
PAYMENT in full required with reservation. All but $10 is refundable until 1/21/17.
Days and nights of music making, jamming, singing, good conversation Take a hike to take in the great outdoors. This weekend, we make the music, joined by special guests, Lorraine & Bennett Hammond, no formal programs. Bring your voice. Bring your instrument.

Saturday, February 11, 2017
The Folk Arts Program of ArtsWestchester invites you to
An Irish House Party with Brian Conway with special guests Mary Courtney and Brendan Dolan
7-9 p.m.
Arts Exchange, 31 Mamaroneck Avenue, White Plains, NY 10601
Admission, which includes light refreshments, is $20 for adults; children under 10 free. For reservations or more information, please call (914) 428-4220.
The Irish House Party is a celebration of traditional Irish arts and culture, as they were shared in Ireland and the North of Ireland and continue to be shared among the descendants of the Irish Diaspora in America. Significantly, it is also an occasion for families, friends and neighbors of diverse backgrounds to join together for a magical evening of story, song and dance. By popular demand, fiddler Brian Conway will perform with special guests, Mary Courtney and Brendan Dolan, traditional tunes and songs from Irish culture. The performance will also include a brief student concert as an opening act along with a traditional Ceili (kay-lee) dance, which the audience is encouraged to partake in.

Golden Link Folk Singing Society presents: Ana Egge
7:30 p.m.
Rochester Christian Reformed Church, 2750 Atlantic Ave., Penfield, NY 14526
Advance $20 ($15 for Golden Link members); at the door $22 ($17 for Golden Link members); $10 for students; free to children 12 and under
“Ana Egge’s songs are low and lonesome, big square-state noir ballads which she plays on a guitar she built with her own two hands and sings like she’s telling us her deepest, darkest secrets.” —Steve Earle

World Music Institute (WMI) presents
Javier Limón: Flamenco Orígenes
7:30 p.m.
Post-show Q&A with Javier Limón
Merkin Concert Hall at Kaufman Music Center | 129 W 67th St, NYC
Tickets start at $25
Acclaimed Spanish composer, guitarist and internationally recognized producer, Javier Limón presents Flamenco Orígenes, a journey back in time, exploring the origins of Flamenco music. The roots of Flamenco go back to Sephardic music; Arabic music–which is an essential part of the history of the Iberian Peninsula and undisputed pillar of the melodic and rhythmic legacy of the Andalusian music; and Gypsy music, with its origins in Northern India. Flamenco Orígenes features four extraordinary singers representing these musical traditions that exemplify the origins of Flamenco: Christiane Karam (Beirut, Lebanon), Genara Cortés (Malaga, Spain), Tali Rubinstein (Israel) and Shilpa Ananth (Kerala, India). Ten-time Latin Grammy winner Javier Limón is known for his collaborations with Paco de Lucía, Bebo and Chucho Valdés, Anoushka Shankar, Wynton Marsalis, Buika, and Avishai Cohen among others. Through his long and esteemed career he has established himself as an indispensable figure in the genre of Flamenco and beyond. He is currently the artistic director of the Berklee Mediterranean Music Institute and Berklee Latino.
Co-presented with Merkin Concert Hall at Kaufman Music Center.
This concert is presented as part of World Music Institute’s Origins Series.

The Smith Center for the Arts presents
GAP MANGIONE NEW BIG BAND IN CONCERT
8:00 p.m.
The Smith Center for the Arts, 82 Seneca Street, Geneva, NY 14456, 315-781-5483
TICKETS: $18 Adults; $15 Seniors/Students
Born in Rochester, New York, Gap (Gaspare) Mangione was raised in a closely-knit, Italian family where music poured from the radio and phonograph. Gap Mangione has always loved big bands. Today, Gap has his own big band and sustains a passion for and a fascination with the sounds and possibilities of this wonderful musical entity. This band with its compliment of three trumpets, three trombones, four saxophones, rhythm section and vocalists, includes in its repertoire arrangements from the swing era bands through the more modern big bands to a cross section of the best in popular music, arranged specifically for this group. The emphasis is on quality, style and variety.

Caffè Lena presents
Pesky J. Nixon
8:00 p.m.
Caffè Lena, 47 Phila St., Saratoga Springs, NY, 518-583-0022
Tickets: $16 general admission, $14 members, $8 students and children
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A fun-loving, crowd-pleasing Boston band that sifts through today's folk scene to find lesser-known gems by contemporary urban balladeers, rowdy southern bluegrassers, and their pals in New England singer-songwriters. They make the songs their own with signature zydeco style accordion, mandolin, tribal percussion, and all manner of stringed instruments.

February 11—12, 2017
Chinese Theatre Works presents
Hao Bang Ah, Rooster—Hand puppet show; Calligraphy Workshop 1-4 p.m.
Prospect Park Zoo, 450 Flatbush Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11225, USA

EVOLVE/An Intimate Moment with the Masters
February Program Focus: Haiti

Master Teacher: Nadia dieudonné
Workshop Dates: February 11, 2017, 5:30-9:30 p.m.
February 12, 2017 12:00 p.m.-5:00 p.m.
Fit4Dance, 154 Utica Ave., Brooklyn, NY 11213
Workshop Fee: $160
Contact: 347-467-0346
For more information and to register: www.EvolveDiaspora.com
Evolve Dance / An Intimate Moment With The Masters workshop series is an opportunity for one to immerse him/herself in the dances of the Afro-Diaspora. This two day workshop provides a space for 15 intermediate to advanced participants to learn the intent and nuances of the movement with integrated lecture and Q&A sessions with a Master Teacher. This weekend workshop is comprised of: 4-1/2 hours of focused dance instruction and 2-1/2 hours of music instruction specific to the dances that were taught, and 2 hours of cultural lecture and Q&A.

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Sunday, February 12, 2017
Museum at Eldridge Street presents
FOR FAMILIES: Pushcarts and Postcards: A Hot Cider Walking Tour
11 a.m.-1 p.m.
Museum at Eldridge Street, 12 Eldridge Street, New York, NY 10002, 212.219.088
RSVP: $20
Before Snapchat, there were postcards! One hundred years ago, postcards were a wonderful way to share views of new places with friends and family — including images of the exotic Lower East Side! To celebrate our exhibit of historic postcards from the Blavatnik Archive (see “Exhibitions” below), we’ll take to the streets and see what these local sites look like today. We’ll visit the spot where pushcarts reigned supreme and pickles were the original fast food. Along the way we’ll hear what immigrants and tourists alike thought of the “most crowded place on earth.” Afterwards, warm up with hot cider and treats as we create our own postcards. Recommended for families with children ages 4-11.

Museum at Eldridge Street presents
Tenement Songs: Popular Music of the Jewish Immigrants
3-5 p.m.
Museum at Eldridge Street, 12 Eldridge Street, New York, NY 10002, 212.219.088
RSVP: $14 adults; students and seniors $10
Ethnomusicologist Mark Slobin discusses the rise of Yiddish popular music in vaudeville dives, at the Yiddish theater and on parlor pianos in tenement homes during the era of mass migration to the United States. Sing along as Miryem-Khaye Seigel, Lauren Brody, and Jake Shulman-Ment bring this music to life.

Flushing Town Hall presents
Five Borough Songbook, Volume II
3:00 p.m.
Flushing Town Hall, 137-35 Northern Boulevard, (at the corner of Linden Place), Flushing, NY 11354
Tickets: $25/$15 Members/$10 Students. Free for Teens Age 13-19 with ID.

Five Boroughs Music Festival presents the Queens premiere of this new collection of songs, celebrating the Big Apple; a exciting array of NYC stories written by 20 wonderful composers. Join us at 2 p.m. for a discussion with several of the creators.

Story Sundays at the Glen Sanders Mansion
Voice of the Mountains: Jeanne Robert Foster, an Adirondack Legacy
Dan Berggren and Eileen Egan Mack
5-8 p.m.
Glen Sanders Mansion, 1 Glen Avenue, Scotia, NY
$37 per person (includes entertainment, 3 course dinner, coffee/tea, tax and tip)
Bring someone new and you each save $3 (only one discount/person during non-benefit dinners).
Pay at the door using cash or checks made out to “Story Circle”
Reservations Required: (518) 384-1700 or Kate@KateDudding.com. Please indicate how many of each entree is desired.
Singer/songwriter Dan Berggren and singer/storyteller Eileen Egan Mack will team up for a presentation of “Voice of the Mountains: Jeanne Robert Foster, an Adirondack Legacy.” This program will feature stories and songs that weave a tapestry of life in the late 19th century's Great North Woods. The power of voice and words make this a special journey back in time.
Entrees: Chicken Cutlet, Basil Tomatoes, Smoked Mozzarella, Capellini Twist, Parmesan Cream; Pork Chop with Sage and Apple Chutney; or Pasta Primavera with Fresh Vegetables.

Caffè Lena presents
Girl Blue
700 p.m.
Caffè Lena, 47 Phila St., Saratoga Springs, NY, 518-583-0022
Tickets: $12 general admission, $10 members, $6 students and children
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Music careers take strange paths, and we’ve been around too long to declare “This is the next Big One,” but we are here to let you know that, all of a sudden, everyone is talking about Girl Blue. Arielle O’Keefe is an Albany singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist who released her first recording project, an EP called I Am Not A Star, just this past October. Within weeks the Capital District music scene was under the spell of her gorgeous, compelling soul-rock-pop sound. The single “Fire Under Water” was immediately picked up by Spotify and within a month saw over 1 million plays. O’Keefe is a fierce, dynamic vocalist and a natural lyricist who, unbeknownst to her home region, has been working at her craft for several years. She has performed on stage with Ingrid Michaelson and the legendary Rod Stewart. She spent a time as a staff songwriter for Universal Music and had a television debut on the E Networks program Opening Act. Girl Blue’s momentum is generating tremendous heat and you will not want to miss this chance to see her in the intimate environs of Caffè Lena. In the words of one fan: There is nothing that can prepare you for the force of emotion and the passion that comes when she begins to sing.

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Monday, February 13, 2017
Open Mic
Sign-up is 7 PM to 7:25 PM / Show at 7:30 PM / 2 songs or 10 minutes
Caffè Lena, 47 Phila St., Saratoga Springs, NY, 518-583-0022
Free for Students / $3 for Adults
Play your song on the Caffè’s famous stage at Open Mic Night! During the past three decades, Lena’s open mic has been recognized with “Best Of” awards from Metroland Magazine, The Saratogian Reader’s Poll and Saratoga’s Fab Five. Just like at our weekend shows, all attention is focused on the stage. Every Monday. All ages, all styles. Originals encouraged, but not required.
You are welcome to use our Yamaha studio upright acoustic piano or acoustic Martin guitar. We can play your MP3 backing track through our sound system. You are welcome to bring amps and drums, BUT set up and break down is part of your 10 minutes. The host draws names from a bowl at 7:30. The first person drawn gets first choice of timeslot, second gets second choice, etc. The host will add you to the end of the roster if you arrive by 8:30 PM. Full table service (see menu). No alcohol.

Irish Arts Center presents Muldoon’s Picnic
7:30 p.m.
Donaghy Theatre, Irish Arts Center, 553 West 51st, New York, NY 10019
Tickets: $40 premium ($32 members); $35 general ($28 members)
The Pulitzer Prize-winning Irish poet and pop music lyricist Paul Muldoon returns for his sixth season of monthly words–and–music jamborees. Special guests will include actor Lisa Dwan, author Bill Flanagan, indie neo folk duo Damsel, and NYC quartet Sō Percussion.

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Wednesday, February 15, 2017
Caffè Lena presents
Monthly Bluegrass Jam with Alan Epstein
7 p.m.
Caffè Lena, 47 Phila St., Saratoga Springs, NY, 518-583-0022
Pay at the door $5
Attention Bluegrass pickers and fans! We're restarting our popular monthly Bluegrass Jam and moving it to “prime time.” Join host Alan Epstein on the 3rd Wednesday of every month for a Bluegrass jam. Alan will start things off with a few tunes and then other jammers will join him on stage or from their seat, filling the Caffé with the sounds of bluegrass. Alan Epstein has been pickin’ the mandolin throughout the country over the last 30 years. Currently living in Washington county, Alan has played in bands in Colorado, Pennsylvania, Michigan and now in upstate New York. Since 2012 Alan been a popular Wernick Method Bluegrass Jam instructor in the area and at camps nationwide.

Thursday, February 16, 2017
Eighth Step at Proctors presents
Open Mic Theme: The Truest Love ...
Sign-up starts at 6:45 p.m.
Fenimore Gallery, Proctors, 432 State Street, Schenectady, NY
Performers do individual sets onstage until about 8:30 p.m. We then join each other for a song circle and jam, backing each other up, joining in on harmonies or trying out new tunes. The jam is popular! If you are too shy to perform up in front, or if you want to try out something in a more casual way, the jam part of the night is perfect. And it’s a fine time to just sing or play along. It’s an early night for Open Mic, closing up by 9:30 p.m.
Each month has a “theme” or topic for the month. Suggested—NOT REQUIRED. It is a nudge to bring something you wouldn’t otherwise bring, either for the time on stage or for the round robin afterward. We post the themes ahead of time to give us all a chance to write, think of or collect something interesting to bring. Feel free to stretch the idea of the topic in any direction, or ignore it. Poetry and Storytelling are also welcome! At each Open Mic, participants are eligible for a free drawing for upcoming Eighth Step shows!

Caffè Lena presents
The East Pointers
7:00 p.m.
Caffè Lena, 47 Phila St., Saratoga Springs, NY, 518-583-0022
Tickets: $16 general admission, $14 members, $8 students and children
Buy tickets online
They were born out of old-school ceilidhs but all their songs are brand new, written by guitarist Jake Charron, fiddler Tim Chaisson and his cousin, banjoist Koady Chaisson. Vocalists all, the Chaissons are members of Prince Edward Islands reigning musical dynasty. Adreneline-fueled and libel to rattle the rafters, this young trio brings talent and innovation to Celtic-Maritime folk, recreating it as the hippest thing on the market.

Friday, February 17, 2017
Flushing Town Hall presents
Lunar New Year Shadow Puppet Slam
7:00 p.m.
Flushing Town Hall, 137-35 Northern Boulevard, (at the corner of Linden Place), Flushing, NY 11354
Tickets: $13/$10 Members (for adult audiences only)

Start the Year of the Rooster off right with light! The 2nd NYC Shadow Puppet Slam returns with another brilliant selection of shadow performance by local puppet illuminati. Chinese Theatre Works’ Kuang-Yu Fong and Stephen Kaplin host an evening of short works ranging across the full spectrum of traditional and cutting edge shadow theater, animation, video, and film.

The Folkus Project presents
Molly Venter and Goodnight Moonshine
They’ve forged a fresh sound that incorporates a slew of influences
8 p.m.
May Memorial Unitarian Universalist Society, 3800 East Genesee St, Syracuse, NY
Admission is $15. More info is available at www.folkus.org. Advance sale tickets are available via PayPal and other methods; advance ticket holders receive preferential seating.
When you first hear Goodnight Moonshine it brings a wave of nostalgia, conjuring teenage heartache – then perhaps a similar sensation to falling deeply in love. As the music fades you’re left grappling with what it is to stay in love with something both beautiful and flawed. Courageous unveiling and depth of experience make the collaboration between married couple Molly Venter and Eben Pariser addictively captivating.

Carnegie Hall in partnership with Robert Browning Associates presents
AHMET ERDOGDULAR: CLASSICAL TURKISH MUSIC ENSEMBLE
8:30 p.m.
Zankel Hall at Carnegie Hall, 57th Street & 7th Avenue, NYC
Tickets: $39, $46. Tickets go on sale August 29 at 8 AM
The Venetian Republic linked the Byzantine and Ottoman empires with Europe. Ahmet Erdoğdular, one of Turkey’s foremost vocalists, is dedicated to preserving and promoting the classical vocal tradition from Ottoman Turkey that many Europeans would have first heard in Venice centuries ago.He studied with his father, Ömer Erdoğdular, an important ney (flute) player who will be performing in this program, and later with Niyazi Sayin, one of the most influential Turkish musicians of the 20th century. His repertoire includes classical vocal music, gazels (sung poetry) and Sufi music, particularly that of the Mevlevi (Whirling Dervishes). Erdoğdular is joined by musicians on ney, oud (lute), kanun (zither) and kemenche (spike fiddle).
This concert is part of Carnegie Hall’s World Views and La Serenissima: Music and Arts from the Venetian Republic (Feb 3–21).

Caffè Lena presents
Flurry Festival Sing Around
8:30 p.m.
Caffè Lena, 47 Phila St., Saratoga Springs, NY, 518-583-0022
Tickets: Free with Flurry Wristband; General $10
Buy tickets online
The Flurry’s finest inaugurate the new Caffé Lena in a relaxed sing-around evening featuring, but not limited to, Kim & Reggie Harris, Quickstep (John Kirk, Trish Miller, Katie Martucci, Ed Lowman) and Waxwing Four (Stefan Amidon, Brendan Taaffe, Adam Simon, Wheaton Squier).

February 17–19, 2017
Irish Arts Center presents Valentine’s Weekend with Declan O’Rourke & Orchestra
8:00 p.m.
Donaghy Theatre, Irish Arts Center, 553 West 51st, New York, NY 10019
Tickets: $48 premium ($38 members); $42 general ($34 members)
Direct from the National Concert Hall in Dublin, beloved balladeer Declan O’Rourke returns to IAC with a ten-piece chamber orchestra conducted by Henry Hey, music director of David Bowie’s Lazarus. These performances mark the US launch of Declan’s latest studio album In Full Colour, a collection of fifteen brand new recordings of musical treasures from across his career.

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Saturday, February 18, 2017
Caffè Lena presents
Frank Vignola & Vinny Raniolo
8:00 p.m.
Caffè Lena, 47 Phila St., Saratoga Springs, NY, 518-583-0022
Tickets: $25 general admission, $22 members & Flurry, $12.50 students and children
Buy tickets online
Their jaw-dropping, tandem jazz technique and incredible showmanship explains why the New York Times deemed them, “stars of the guitar”! Vignola is the guitarist of choice for Ringo Starr, Madonna, Donald Fagen, Wynton Marsalis, Tommy Emmanuel, the Boston Pops, the New York Pops, and guitar legend Les Paul, who named Vignola to his “Five Most Admired” Guitar List for the Wall Street Journal. Raniolo has performed with Bucky Pizzarelli, Tommy Emmanuel and David Grisman just to name a few. This duo has performed at the Sydney Opera House, Lincoln Center, and Italy's Teatro Olimpico.

February 18–19, 2017
The 30th Annual Flurry Festival
Connecting/Inspiring through Traditional Music and Dance
View schedule online
The Flurry Festival, Saratoga Hilton & City Center, 534 Broadway, Saratoga Springs, NY 12866
Tickets available online
The Flurry Is The Best Winter Weekend Ever For Dancers & 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
This is a weekend you don't want to miss!

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Sunday, February 19, 2017
NorthWest Family YMCA presents
Acoustic Music Jam
2-4 p.m.
NorthWest Family YMCA, 8040 River Road, Baldwinsville NY 13027
For more information, contact the Arts Director at 315-303-5966 ext. 225.
Cost: Free to members and non-members (no registration needed).
Folk, Traditional, Country, Bluegrass, Rock and Pop music is welcome. The Jam is open to all ages and skill levels, members and non-members alike. No registration is required. Bring your musical instruments (guitar, voice, banjo, mandolin, flute, etc.) and a music stand. Come join in the fun or just to listen. The Jam is hosted by Steve and Karen Pfanenstiel.

Flushing Town Hall presents
Korean Traditional Marching Band: Workshop and Performance
5:00 p.m.
Flushing Town Hall, 137-35 Northern Boulevard, (at the corner of Linden Place), Flushing, NY 11354
Tickets: $5/FREE for Members

Professional musicians and their student performers from the Korean Traditional Marching Band come together to present their Korean folk drumming repertoire followed by an interactive workshop that helps participants understand Korean rhythms and instruments, and explore traditional movements.

Caffè Lena presents
Joziah Longo & Tink Lloyd of the Grand Slambovians
7:00 p.m.
Caffè Lena, 47 Phila St., Saratoga Springs, NY, 518-583-0022
Tickets: $25 general admission, $22 members & Flurry, $12.50 students and children
Buy tickets online
The righteous, raucous, otherworldly rock of the Grand Slambovians lights up the Dance Tent and mainstage at the Falcon Ridge Folk Festival every summer, washing away the cares of the year and leaving us more energized and full of harmony than we'd thought possible. Tonight we bring their festival fans the special, never-before-heard treat of an intimate evening with the King and Queen of Slambovia: guitar, accordion and flutes in hand, and a roomful of willing hearts all to themselves.

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Monday, February 20, 2017
Open Mic
Sign-up is 7 PM to 7:25 PM / Show at 7:30 PM / 2 songs or 10 minutes
Caffè Lena, 47 Phila St., Saratoga Springs, NY, 518-583-0022
Free for Students / $3 for Adults
Play your song on the Caffè’s famous stage at Open Mic Night! During the past three decades, Lena’s open mic has been recognized with “Best Of” awards from Metroland Magazine, The Saratogian Reader’s Poll and Saratoga’s Fab Five. Just like at our weekend shows, all attention is focused on the stage. Every Monday. All ages, all styles. Originals encouraged, but not required.
You are welcome to use our Yamaha studio upright acoustic piano or acoustic Martin guitar. We can play your MP3 backing track through our sound system. You are welcome to bring amps and drums, BUT set up and break down is part of your 10 minutes. The host draws names from a bowl at 7:30. The first person drawn gets first choice of timeslot, second gets second choice, etc. The host will add you to the end of the roster if you arrive by 8:30 PM. Full table service (see menu). No alcohol.

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Tuesday, February 21, 2017
The Arts Center of the Capital Region presents
Social Media February: Jewelry & Moscow Mules
5:30-7:30 p.m.
The Arts of the Capital Region, 265 River Street, Troy, NY 12180
Cost: $35; Sign up online
Hope to “Cu” at the Arts Center! You’ll learn how to make stamped and textured copper jewelry while enjoying a Moscow Mule. At the end of the night, you’ll bring home your custom creation to show off your new DIY skills.

February 21–26, 2017
Ganondagan State Historic Site and Friends of Ganondagan announce
Native American Winter Games & Sports & Film Six days of Celebrating Winter at Ganondagan
10:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m. each day
Ganondagan State Historic Site, 1488 New York 444, Victor, NY 14564
Free with admission to the Seneca Art & Culture Center
Seneca people of the area kept busy during the long winter with both indoor and outdoor activities, so all Ganondagan events will bring these traditional activities to life. Featured programming includes participatory Iroquois Social Dancing, wampum belt demonstrations and display, a variety of Native hands-on art and craft activities, Haudenosaunee (Iroquois) people as the first recyclers, and much more.
On Saturday, February 25, Snowboat racing, back by popular demand. These 18" long solid wooden “boats” are raced down hills in channels made in the snow, one for each boat. The day also features snowsnake (a traditional winter game for all ages), storytelling in the Bark Longhouse, snowshoeing (free rentals), dog sled demonstrations, family crafts make-and-take in Seneca Art & Culture Center, traditional winter arts demonstrations, and Iroquois White Corn-inspired food for purchase. Activities take place with or without snow.
A film screening on Sunday, February 26 sponsored by Aperçu Coaching and Sanctuary at Crowfield Farm of “Neither Wolf Nor Dog: On Forgotten Roads with an Indian Elder” will be shown at 2:00 pm at the Seneca Art & Culture Center. This is a fundraiser for Standing Rock Water Protectors in North Dakota; tickets are $10. Al White (Cayuga), who has spent time at Standing Rock, will give a brief talk about his experiences.

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Thursday, February 23, 2017
Museum at Eldridge Street presents
Secrets of the Synagogue: After Hours Tour Presented with Untapped Cities
6:30-8:30 p.m.
Museum at Eldridge Street, 12 Eldridge Street, New York, NY 10002, 212.219.088
RSVP: $30
Tour our landmark sanctuary after hours and enjoy a wine reception. We’ll share historical secrets of our century old-synagogue, point out some of the building’s most surprising architectural details and hear from archivist Nancy Johnson, co-curator of The Jewish Ghetto in Postcards exhibition (see “Exhibitions” below).

Irish Arts Center presents Tobin’s Run on 51: From Raglan Road to Green Dolphin Street
8:00 p.m.
Donaghy Theatre, Irish Arts Center, 553 West 51st, New York, NY 10019
Tickets: $24 general / $20 members
The first installment of our new series of jazz nights curated by acclaimed singer/songwriter Christine Tobin and guitarist Phil Robson will explore through words and music Ireland’s own storied jazz journey, including an homage to one of the world’s greatest jazz guitarists, Louis Stewart. The evening’s lineup: Justin Carroll and Simon Jermyn Trio and David O’Rourke Trio.

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Friday, February 24, 2017
A Place for Folk presents
Chris Wilson
Opening will be Judy Kass.
Concerts start at 7:30 p.m., Doors open at 7:00 p.m.
Unitarian Universalist Society of Schenectady, 1221 Wendell Avenue, Schenectady, NY 12308
Tickets: $20 per adult (Family rate, $5 per child 6+ years with paying parent) Students, $10
Reservations appreciated
A native of New York, Chris has received honors across the globe, included winning Best Male Vocalist and Best Overall Performance at the World Championships of the Performing Arts in Los Angeles. His powerful vocals set him apart from anyone in his genre today. His songwriting serves his voice perfectly with a blend of power and simplicity. Chris’s music is, simply put, honest and emotional.
New York based singer-songwriter, Judy Kass, quickly draws in her audience with soulful vocals, no-nonsense lyrical storytelling, and genre-bending exploration of guitar and piano. Her original music blends generous amounts of folk, jazz, and blues with songs that cover the full gamut of mood and experience—ranging from whimsical musings of relationship challenges to her own personal journey of healing from post 9/11 trauma and the loss of numerous colleagues to the terror attacks.

The Troy Savings Bank Music Hall presents
The Dirty Dozen Brass Band and Eldar
The Bridge Jazz Festival is back for a third year! Two nights of hot jazz as two of the area’s best music venues team up once again for one great event for Capital Region jazz lovers
7:30 p.m.
Troy Savings Bank Music Hall, 30 2nd St, Troy, NY 12180
Ticket: $42, $36, $28 Festival Pass: $60
Tickets are available now via phone, (518) 273-0038, in person, or online at www.troymusichall.org. Tickets are available at the Troy Savings Bank Music Hall Box Office, 30 Second Street, Troy, Monday through Friday 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
In 1977, The Dirty Dozen Social and Pleasure Club in New Orleans began showcasing a traditional Crescent City brass band. It was a joining of two proud, but antiquated, traditions at the time: social and pleasure clubs dated back over a century to a time when black southerners could rarely afford life insurance, and the clubs would provide proper funeral arrangements. Brass bands, early predecessors of jazz as we know it, would often follow the funeral procession playing somber dirges, then once the family of the deceased was out of earshot, burst into jubilant dance tunes as casual onlookers danced in the streets. By the late ‘70s, few of either existed. The Dirty Dozen Social and Pleasure Club decided to assemble this group as a house band, and over the course of these early gigs, the seven-member ensemble adopted the venue's name: The Dirty Dozen Brass Band. Thirty-five years later, The Dirty Dozen Brass Band is a world famous music machine, whose name is synonymous with genre-bending romps and high-octane performances. They have revitalized the brass band in New Orleans and around the world, progressing from local parties, clubs, baseball games and festivals in their early years to touring nearly constantly in the U.S. and in over 30 other countries on five continents. The Dirty Dozen have been featured guests on albums by artists including David Bowie, Elvis Costello, Dr. John, Widespread Panic, Modest Mouse, Dave Matthews Band and the Black Crowes.
The New York Times described the New York based pianist and Grammy-nominated artist Eldar Djangirov as “a blend of musical intelligence, organizational savvy, enthusiasm and prowess that was all the more impressive for seeming so casual... an ebullient impressionist.” Jazz Times said, “Maybe he made a pact with Lucifer to be the greatest pianist ever.” When Eldar Djangirov (pronounced john-'gear-ov) was signed to Sony Masterworks at the age of 17, the young pianist from Kansas City was already well known for his prodigious pyrotechnics and precocious knowledge of the bebop tradition. Along the way, he’s had the good fortune to meet and work with the masters including Dr. Billy Taylor, Michael Brecker, Marian McPartland, Dave Brubeck, Wynton Marsalis, Joshua Redman, Chris Potter, Nicholas Payton, Harvey Mason, Chris Botti, Joe Locke, Ron Carter, Pat Martino, Roy Hargrove and many others. Through these opportunities and other wonderful musical experiences, Eldar continues to explore new frontiers through composing and performing, enabling him to ultimately to realize his own musical vision.

Flushing Town Hall presents
Grace Kelly Quartet
8:00 p.m.
Flushing Town Hall, 137-35 Northern Boulevard, (at the corner of Linden Place), Flushing, NY 11354
Tickets $16/$10 Members & Students
Free for Teens Age 13–19 with ID.
At the ripe old age of 24, this straight ahead jazz phenomenon and vocalist has released 10 albums, headlined more than 700 shows in 30 countries, and recorded or performed with notable musicians like Dave Brubeck, Wynton Marsalis, and Harry Connick, Jr. Grace Kelly is a multi-award winner, most recently named “Alto Sax Player Of The Year” by Hot House Magazine’S 2016 NYC Jazz Fans Awards.

World Music Institute (WMI) presents
Noura Mint Seymali with dj henri
8:00 p.m.
(Le) Poisson Rouge | 158 Bleecker St, NYC
Tickets $20 in advance / $25 at the door. Standing room and limited unreserved seating
Noura Mint Seymali is one of Mauritania’s foremost musical emissaries and national star of the West African country. Born into a lineage of significant moorish griots, a class of traveling poets, musicians, and storytellers who maintain a tradition of oral history in parts of Africa, Noura’s career began at age 13 as a supporting vocalist to her legendary step-mother Dimi Mint Abba. Her grandmother trained her in musical technique and Noura mastered the ardine, a traditional 9-string harp reserved for women. Having performed on stages across the world, and by collaborating with African music greats, Noura Mint Seymali has established herself as one of the next generation’s most promising artists and an unforgettable voice of Africa.
This concert is presented as part of World Music Institute’s Desert Blues series.

Caffè Lena presents
Jim Gaudet & The Railroad Boys with opener Susan Cattaneo
7:00 p.m.
Caffè Lena, 47 Phila St., Saratoga Springs, NY, 518-583-0022
Tickets: $20 general admission, $18 members, $10 students and children
Buy tickets online
The sound of hard-driving, traditional mountain music backs up Gaudet’s diverse, contemporary songwriting. Freight train rhythms, Gaudet’s high-lonesome lead, and the band’s three-part harmonies inspire sing-alongs, whoops, and standing ovations.
Boston singer-songwriter Susan Cattaneo is a powerful singer and sophisticated songwriter, whose latest album, Haunted Heart has been winning awards in multiple national and international songwriting contests. She has taught songwriting at the Berklee College of Music for 16 years.

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Saturday, February 25, 2017
Caffè Lena presents
STAND FOR THE ROCK: A Benefit for Standing Rock Lakota Water Protectors Caffe Lena
2:00 p.m.
Caffè Lena, 47 Phila St., Saratoga Springs, NY, 518-583-0022
Tickets: $20 general admission, $10 students and children
Buy tickets online
Organized by Ndakinna Education Center and hosted by Caffè Lena, STAND FOR THE ROCK features an afternoon of Native American music and storytelling to raise funds for Sacred Stone Camp, the encampment of Standing Rock Lakota Water Protectors opposing the Dakota Access Pipeline.
Though the ongoing actions at Standing Rock have largely disappeared from the headlines, the clashes between law enforcement and water protectors continues. As long as the rivers are threatened, the Sacred Stone prayer camp remains in place to safeguard the future of our children and planet. Funds raised today will help defray the cost of practical winter camping necessities such as firewood, fuel, snow tires, batteries and wheelbarrows.
Native American Music and storytelling by The Akwesasne Women Singers, Kay Ionataiewas Olan, Joseph and Jesse Bruchac, Roy Hurd and others will enable our local community to help the protectors stand fast through the harsh winter season. Mohawk elder Tom Porter, Sakokwenionkwas, will provide a traditional opening and closing to the program. 100% of your ticket purchase will be donated to www.gofundme.com/sacredstonecamp If you cannot join us this afternoon, please consider making a donation directly.

The Troy Savings Bank Music Hall announces
The Chronicles, Cyrille Aimee, and Maceo Parker
The Bridge Jazz Festival is back for a third year! Two nights of hot jazz as two of the area’s best music venues team up once again for one great event for Capital Region jazz lovers
7:00 p.m.
The Massry Center for the Arts at The College of Saint Rose, 1002 Madison Ave., Albany, NY 12208
Tickets: $42, $36, $28 Festival Pass: $60
Albany’s own, The Chronicles, are a 6-piece high energy band that brings together Jazz, Funk, Soul, and HipHop into one genre-bending sound. Vocalist Cyrille Aimée fell in love with gypsy music as a child and now happily tours the world with her band as well as in a duo setting with Brazilian guitarist Diego Figueiredo. Maceo Parker’s name is synonymous with Funky Music, his pedigree impeccable; his band: the tightest little funk orchestra on earth.

Caffè Lena presents
Johnny Cash Birthday Celebration with Marty Wendell & The Bluebillies
8:00 p.m.
Caffè Lena, 47 Phila St., Saratoga Springs, NY, 518-583-0022
Tickets: $20 general admission, $18 members, $10 students and children
Buy tickets online
Nobody around here knows Cash better than these folks. Capital District gospel and bluesman Marty Wendell toured as Johnny Cash's opening act following the release of Cash's Folsom Prison album. That was just one highlight of a career that has spanned more than 50 years. Tonight he's joined by the hillbilly-bluegrass sounds of The Bluebillies for a celebration of the songs of the Man in Black on the occasion of the 85th anniversary of his birth.

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Sunday, February 26, 2017
StoryCircle at Proctors Theater announces
Word Plays: I’m Still Here
One of the Special Events associated with the Capital Rep production of “Assisted Loving — Dating with My Dad”
2 p.m.
Fenimore Gallery, Proctors Theatre, 432 State Street, Schenectady, NY
Cost: $12. Call box office at (518) 346-6204.
$2 of each ticket is donated to the Schenectady Inner City Ministry Summer Lunch program where they feed 850 children each day
Come enjoy folk tales, historical, personal and literary stories about people who were persistent, who didn’t need assistance and just wouldn’t go away. Storytellers: Siri Allison, Fran Berger, Janet Carter, Marni Gillard, Eileen Egan Mack, Eliud Nieves.

Caffè Lena presents
Dylan Perrillo Orchestra
2:00 p.m.
Caffè Lena, 47 Phila St., Saratoga Springs, NY, 518-583-0022
Tickets: $20 general admission, $18 members, $10 students and children
Buy tickets online
Enjoy a first-class performance of some of America's most nostalgic and crowd-pleasing music! The Dylan Perrillo Orchestra is a large, colorful ensemble of conservatory grads who came together in Albany to celebrate the beginnings of jazz, especially tunes from the 1920s to ‘40s. With ten or more musicians in the group—including an irrepressible singer who is simply a joy to behold—they cover Billie Holiday to Louis Armstrong, Al Bowlly, Annette Hanshaw, Coleman Hawkins, Lester Young, Charles Mingus, Eric Dolphy and a healthy sampling of contemporary musicians as well.

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Monday, February 27, 2017
Open Mic
Sign-up is 7 PM to 7:25 PM / Show at 7:30 PM / 2 songs or 10 minutes
Caffè Lena, 47 Phila St., Saratoga Springs, NY, 518-583-0022
Free for Students / $3 for Adults
Play your song on the Caffè’s famous stage at Open Mic Night! During the past three decades, Lena’s open mic has been recognized with “Best Of” awards from Metroland Magazine, The Saratogian Reader’s Poll and Saratoga’s Fab Five. Just like at our weekend shows, all attention is focused on the stage. Every Monday. All ages, all styles. Originals encouraged, but not required.
You are welcome to use our Yamaha studio upright acoustic piano or acoustic Martin guitar. We can play your MP3 backing track through our sound system. You are welcome to bring amps and drums, BUT set up and break down is part of your 10 minutes. The host draws names from a bowl at 7:30. The first person drawn gets first choice of timeslot, second gets second choice, etc. The host will add you to the end of the roster if you arrive by 8:30 PM. Full table service (see menu). No alcohol.

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       ANNOUNCEMENTS

Arts & Business Council of NY announces
2017 Diversity in Arts Leadership Applications Now Open!

Overview
Arts & Business Council of New York will offer its Diversity in Arts Leadership (DIAL) internship program for the 25th year in 2017! DIAL is an investment in building a more equitable arts management field. The program has placed more than 230 students from across the country into over 100 arts nonprofit organizations in NYC to develop leadership and capacity in the business of the arts. Applications for college students and arts hosts are now open!

How It Works
DIAL provides college students working towards careers in the arts or business sectors with a hands-on introduction to arts nonprofits in New York City. We match undergraduate student leaders from underrepresented backgrounds with energetic host arts organizations and business mentors, who guide students’ personal and professional growth throughout the 10-week summer. To ensure an immersive and well-rounded experience, the summer includes:

Full-time work placement at a New York City arts nonprofit
$3,200 summer stipend and unlimited Metrocard for 10 weeks (arts hosts and ABC/NY both contribute)
Weekly site visits to arts host sites
Monthly professional development workshops and cultural outings
A private sector mentor
College Students and Arts Hosts Apply Here!

Priority Application Deadline: January 27, 2017

Final Application Deadline: February 10, 2017


Questions? Emma Osore, eosore@artsandbusiness-ny.org


Erie Canalway National Heritage Corridor announces
World Canals Conference 2017: Call for Presentations
Syracuse, September 24 to 28, 2017


Do you have experience to share, lessons learned, or innovative ideas on the topic of Canals as Agents of Transformation? Share it with the world at the 2017 World Canals Conference in Syracuse, September 24 to 28, 2017. The Call for Presentations is now open. We're looking for engaging sessions on innovative development and successes in leveraging historic, cultural and natural assets to drive transformation. Consider these potential topics:
*Innovation in attracting new users to inland waterways and retaining the ones we have
*Transformative development/reinvestment projects
*Recognizing and celebrating waterways through art and public events
*Inspiring and energizing future generations of canallers
*Design, construction, repair and operation of canal structures
*Water quality, environmental remediation and control of invasive species

Visit www.wcc2017syracuse.com for details and to submit a proposal. Proposals must be submitted by March 1, 2017.

About WCC2017: Each year, the WCC brings hundreds of canal enthusiasts, professionals, and scholars from around the world together to discuss canals and inland waterways as a means to promote tourism, spur economic and community development, improve environmental quality, and exchange best practices on protection strategies for historic sites. This will be the first time WCC is to be held in North America since 2010. WCC2017 is co-hosted by the New York State Canal Corporation, Erie Canalway National Heritage Corridor, and Visit Syracuse. It will be held at Marriott Downtown Syracuse and is sponsored by I Love NY and National Grid, along with many other businesses and foundations.


Chemung County Library District and Corning Community College announce
Call for Makers
Twin Tiers Mini Maker Faire
Saturday, March 25, 2017
Arnot Mall, Horseheads, NY, 10:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.


Maker Faire is a gathering of fascinating, curious people who enjoy learning and who love sharing what they can do. From engineers to artists to scientists to crafters, Maker Faire is a venue to for these “makers” to show hobbies, experiments, projects.

We are currently looking for Makers. This year you can apply by simply filling out the “Call for Makers” form online at twintiers.makerfaire.com/call-for-makers/application.

For more information, email us at twintiersmakerfaire@gmail.com

Please submit application by Friday, March 3, 2017. If you are interested in participating, please fill out the application as soon as possible, as space is limited.


Anabella Lenzu Dance/Drama announces
DanceDrama Lab Workshop Series 2017
Expand your craft, technique and creativity in an exclusive, personalized, tailored program


February Lab covers Choreography and Improvisation
(Saturdays from 1-4 p.m.: 2/11, 2/18 and 2/25)

March Lab covers Methodology of Teaching Dance (How to teach Dance)
(Saturday 3/4 from 1-5 p.m. and Sunday 3/5 from 1-5 p.m.)

April Lab covers Choreography and Improvisation
(Saturdays from 10 a.m.-2 p.m.: 4/1, 4/8, 4/15 and 4/22)

FACULTY: ANABELLA LENZU

Class size is limited to 10 students for each workshop.
The Workshops are held at CPR Center for Performance Research, 361 Manhattan Ave, Williamsburg, Brooklyn

Cost for each workshop: $150
SPECIAL PROMOTION: 3 workshops for $350

TO APPLY: Send resume to info@AnabellaLenzu.com
Please designate which workshop you are interested in. Once Accepted, please submit payment.

CHOREOGRAPHY/ COMPOSITION
This workshop aims to stimulate students to create their own passionate and original dances, exploring the elements of choreography composition (Time, Space, Dynamics/Effort/ Energy and Body). Expand your creative process by learning how to take risks, transition from thinking to feeling and show others your inner dialogue. Class will also cover aspects of improvising in a supportive atmosphere. We look not only at what you dance, but also ask the question "Why do you dance?" Dance is the expressive medium of our heart, mind and soul.
METHODOLOGY OF TEACHING DANCE (Learn how to teach Dance)
Learn how teach dance and provide a comprehensive dance education. This Laboratory is for artists and educators of all dance disciplines who want to learn how to increase their students' creative ability by providing organized lesson plans aimed at solving educational problems using methodological tools of analysis. Promote artistic education and enhance the social and cultural community. Dance is a profound exploration of life. We must improve how we teach Dance as a theoretical and practical discipline.


The Arts Center of the Capital Region announces
Calling Artists, Makers & Crafters: COLLAR CITY CRAFT FEST

Event Dates: April 28 + 29, 2017
Application Deadline: February 8th, 2017

The Arts of the Capital Region, 265 River Street, Troy, NY 12180
Spring is just around the corner, and you know what that means... the fifth annual fine arts and crafts event, The Collar City Craft Fest! The Fest will be held on April 28 + 29, 2017 at The Arts Center of the Capital Region, located in the heart of downtown Troy. The Collar City Craft Fest is a juried, indoor showcase of original works that features the Northeast’s top artists and craftspeople (YOU!). We anticipate this spectacular, expanded marketplace will be a draw for the thousands of residents from all over the Capital District and beyond... last year we had over 1,000 people exploring the Craft Fest, so let’s try to top that this year!

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

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


Application deadline: February 8
Acceptance notification mailed: March 6
Booth notification contract and booth fee balance due: March 27
Event dates: Friday, April 28+ Saturday, April 29

Event information available online.
Download a pdf of the Call for Entries with full application details.
All applications must be submitted online, through Submittable.


Erie Canalway National Heritage Corridor announces
GRANT OPPORTUNITIES


2017 Canal-Related Event & Festival Sponsorship
Are you planning a canal-related festival in 2017? How about a canal bicentennial event? For the fourth year, Erie Canalway has teamed up with the NYS Canal Corporation to offer sponsorships of up to $500 for events or festivals taking place in the National Heritage Corridor from May through November 2017. 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. Proposals that significantly acknowledge the canal’s 200th anniversary will be given priority consideration.
Deadline: February 17, 2017. Details: www.eriecanalway.org/resources/grants

Preserve New York and Technical Assistance Grants
Applications are now available to eligible municipalities and not-for-profit organizations to compete for 2017 Preserve New York and Technical Assistance Grants (TAG), signature grant programs of the New York State Council on the Arts (NYSCA) and Preservation League of New York State. Grants of up to $3,000 are available, with a required $500 match from each applicant. The Preservation League of NYS will offer a series of workshops on these grant programs. The Erie Canalway has provided support for the TAG program in the National Heritage Corridor and is co-sponsoring the workshop series. Workshops will be held on 1/31/17 in Buffalo, 2/1/17 in Seneca Falls, and 2/2/17 in Syracuse. Please contact the Preservation League at 518-462-5658 x12 for additional details and to register for a workshop.
Deadline: March 27, 2017. Details: www.preservenys.org/tag---technical-assistance-grants.html

The William G. Pomeroy Foundation Grants to Commemorate Women’s Suffrage 2017 also marks 100 years since New York State signed women’s suffrage into law. The William G. Pomeroy Foundation has partnered with Humanities New York to launch a Centennial Historic Roadside Marker Grant Program to commemorate the people, places, or things instrumental to women gaining the right to vote in New York State.
Deadlines: February 1, 2017 Submission of primary sources and proposed marker inscription; 2/15/17 Application Deadline. Details: www.wgpfoundation.org


Cricket Media seeks folktales, fiction, non-fiction, and poetry submissions for its literary magazines for children and teens

Cricket Media seeks folktales, fiction, non-fiction, and poetry submissions for its literary magazines for children and teens: Babybug (ages 0–3), Ladybug (ages 3–6), Spide (ages 6–9), Cricket (ages 9–14), and Cicada (ages 14 and up). Especially welcome: works by LGBTQIA+ writers/artists, writers/artists with disabilities, and writers/artists of color. We are sensitive to issues of cultural appropriation and misrepresentation.

Visit us at cricketmag.submittable.com/submit for more details.

Call for Submissions: Journeys
Deadline: March 24, 2017

Ladybug and Babybug, magazines for children age 6 and under, seek fiction, nonfiction, and poetry about journeys. For a young child, a journey might be a walk to the corner store, a long trip by boat or train, or a game of make believe. Stories should have childlike points of view and simple yet strong plots; they need to be short, too (under 800 words). When reading submissions, we look for playfulness, humor, and a sense of wonder. Most of our readers live in the United States, and sensitive explorations of different cultures are welcome.

Call for Submissions: Contemporary Fiction
Deadline: March 27, 2017

Cricket (for ages 9–14) seeks contemporary middle-grade fiction of 1,200 to 1,800 words. Strong submissions will feature a protagonist who is actively engaged in the challenge and adventure of being a kid—taking on new responsibilities, discovering hidden talents, overcoming fears, or meeting new and surprising people. The tone may be lighthearted or serious—exploring with friends or facing problems at home or school. Stories should have an authentic voice, revealing character primarily through action and dialogue, and reach a satisfying resolution. Stories set within city environments, or in non-American settings, and featuring characters from underrepresented groups are especially welcome.

Call for Submissions: Folktales, Myths, and Legends
Deadline: April 27, 2017

Cricket (for ages 9–14) and Spider (ages 6–9) are looking for retellings of folktales, myths, and legends from around the world. We seek tales of humorous tricksters, of adventurous heroes on epic quests, of clever and strong women, lovable fools, and formidable demons, as well as traditional wisdom tales and creation myths. Retellings should be lively and dramatic, with an authentic voice that engages the imaginations of our young readers. They must also be well researched, accurately reflecting the meanings and traditions of the story’s cultural background. Please include a list of sources and your credentials with your submission.

Call for Submissions: Hauntings
Deadline: March 27, 2017

Cicada YA/teen lit magazine seeks fiction, poetry, comics, and essays on the theme of Hauntings. A haunting is a remnant of something that never really left and refuses to be completely forgotten. A house might be haunted by the spirit of a previous owner, or a person might be constantly shadowed by past events. Maybe someone is always on your mind, or maybe you are constantly dwelling on what could have been. Show us what's rattling chains in your dark corners.

Call for Submissions: Aliens
Deadline: April 27, 2017

Cicada YA/teen lit magazine seeks fiction, poetry, comics, and essays on the theme of Aliens. Tell us a story of a stranger in a strange land, whether they be a three-headed visitor from the Andromeda Galaxy or just someone trying to navigate an unfamiliar place. Of course, feeling like an alien does not always have to do with physical location—sometimes you might feel like an alien in familiar spaces. We love works about extraterrestrials and outer space, but we also encourage authentic and diverse works about immigration, gentrification, and feelings of otherness and dissociation. Not welcome: cultural appropriation.

Call for Submissions: Puppets and Dolls
Deadline: May 27, 2017

Cicada YA/teen lit magazine seeks fiction, poetry, comics, and essays on the theme of Puppets and Dolls. Around the world, puppets and dolls serve many purposes—children’s toys, storytelling props, decoration, conduits for the supernatural. How do we pull one another’s strings to get what we want? How do we project our feelings onto one another? How can this harm a relationship? Respectful works exploring manipulation/toxic relationships: great. Exploitative, explicit, or abusive works: nope. Also encouraged: works about totally non-metaphorical dolls and magnificent puppetry performances.

Call for Submissions: Flash Fiction
Deadline: rolling deadline Wanted: your flash fic.


The Arts Center of the Capital Region announces
CALL FOR ARTISTS + CURATORS!

Application Deadline: February 28th, 2017, at 11:59 p.m.
The Arts of the Capital Region, 265 River Street, Troy, NY 12180
The Arts Center of the Capital Region is pleased to announce the annual Call for Entries. Submissions will be considered for opportunities including solo exhibitions, small and large group exhibitions, installations, and more.

Visual artists in all media — painting, printmaking, sculpture, installation, video, photography, mixed media, etc. — are invited to submit proposals for consideration for exhibition in our galleries. There is a separate application for curatorial proposals.
For more information, visit https://www.artscenteronline.org/Call-for-Entries-2017/




ONGOING EXHIBITIONS AND PRODUCTIONS
Caribbean Cultural Center| African Diaspora Institute presents
HOME, MEMORY, AND FUTURE
Opening: October 15: 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.
October 16: 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
120 East 125th Street, between Lexington and Park Avenues, New York, NY
Admission: Free
The 3-part exhibition explores HOME in the age of gentrification, dislocation, migration, exile, belonging, health and unaffordable housing. The exhibition will feature work from 20 artists of various mediums, including augmented reality. Renowned curator, Lowery Stokes Sims joins Yasmin Ramirez, Marta Moreno Vega and Regina Bultrón Bengoa in curating HOME, MEMORY, AND FUTURE.
PART I | HARLEM: EAST AND WEST
Will be installed on the street level of the new building, and will feature the work of pioneering photographers who have chronicled the people, places, and events in East and West Harlem from the 1970s to the present, demonstrating the rich interaction between these two distinctive sections within this historic neighborhood. It will feature the work of three renowned photographers, Hiram Maristany, Dawoud Bey, and Chester Higgins.
PART II | HARLEM AND HOME IN THE GLOBAL CONTEXT
Will be installed on the second floor, and will feature work by painters, sculptors and installation artist that demonstrates how the concept of “home” represents a universal and universally experienced concept for artists of color from diverse origins. The selected work will demonstrate how memory can be relied upon to recreate, imagine and reconstruct cultural traditions in varied efforts to establish “home” in distant environments. It will feature the work of artists, Antonio Martorell, Abigail DeVille, Pepon Osorio, Whitfield Lovell, Dr. Amalia Mesa-Bains, Adrian “Viajero” Roman, Scherazade Garcia, Nicole Awai.
PART III | MI QUERIDO BARRIO (MY BELOVED COMMUNITY) AUGMENTED REALITY EXHIBITION
The ‘virtual’ exhibition, Mi Querido Barrio (My Beloved Community), which will be mounted outdoors and in ‘cyberspace’ using augmented reality technology, will feature site-specific pieces by local artists focusing on physical locations of importance within the social history of El Barrio. It will feature the work of artists, Tamiko Thiel, Yasmin Hernandez, Adrian “Viajero” Roman, Edgardo Miranda Rodriguez, Alejandro Epifanio, Oliver Rios, Andrew Padilla, Edwin Pagan, Bianca DeJesus, Mariona Lloreta, Kearra Amaya Gopee, and Michael Cordero.


October 15, 2016 — March 2017

Taller Boricua presents
ARTE Y EL AMOR
Arte y El Amor is co-curated by Esperanza Cortés and Marcos Dimas
Opening Reception November 17, 2016, 6-9 p.m.
Gallery Hours: Wednesdays 12-6 p.m.; Thursdays 1-7 p.m.; Fridays & Saturdays 12-6 p.m.
Taller Boricua Gallery, At the Julia de Burgos Latino Arts Center, 1680 Lexington Avenue at E 106th Street, in the heart of East Harlem, NYC
Admission is always free
Arte y El Amor is an exhibition of artist couples, who are also lovers, confidants, friends and life-partners. Artist couples can be both volatile and short-lived partnerships, as well as enduring, inspirational life-long unions. Artists influence each other with ideas and materials, as well as philosophical, political and sociological views of the world. While it is still unusual for artist couples to exhibit together, this exhibition explores how these influences find their way into their work. The exhibition delves into the creative interplay of eight creative couples whose work encompasses sculpture, painting, installation, poetry, music and performance, usually independently—but sometimes collaboratively. This exhibition puts their art into the context of their lives, and shows that both complimentary and widely divergent styles are sustained by loving relationships.

Lina Puerta & Alexis Duque
lliana Garcia & Robert Dandarov
Leenda Bonilla & Luis Pagan
Michelle Marcuse & Henry Bermudez
Elena Calderon & Agustin Patiño
John Ahern & Juanita Lanzo
Maria Dominguez & JuanMa Morales
Shervone Neckles & José Ortiz

November 17, 2016 —February 28, 2017

Museum at Eldridge Street presents
The Jewish Ghetto in Postcards: From Eastern Europe to the Lower East Side
Presented in partnership with the Blavatnik Archive
Museum at Eldridge Street, 12 Eldridge Street, New York, NY 10002, 212.219.088
Hours: Sunday – Thursday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Friday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
RSVP: $30 in advance; $45 at the door.
From 1880 to 1924, one-third of the Jewish population left the shtetls and cities of Eastern Europe for the United States, fleeing persecution and seeking economic opportunity. On these shores and on the Lower East Side, immigrants found themselves in a new kind of densely populated urban neighborhood. Still, echoes of the old country could be found in the cries of the marketplace, the plaintive tunes of the synagogue, and most of all in the shared Yiddish language of neighbors. The Jewish Ghetto in Postcards presents rarely seen images of shtetl life in Europe and the “Ghetto” of the old Jewish Lower East Side. In captivating color and stark black and white, these vintage postcards provide snapshots of vanished places that are at the heart of the early 20th-century Jewish experience.

Look for these events on the calendar associated with this exhibition:

Hot Cider Walking Tour of the Jewish Lower East Side
Monday, December 26 and Wednesday, December 28 at 1 p.m.

After Hours: Candlelight Tour and Soiree
Tuesday, December 27 from 7 to 9 p.m.

Talk: Clairvoyant Housewives, Cookbook Mavens and Advice Givers
Sunday, February 5 at 2 p.m.

For Families: Pushcarts and Postcards — Hot Cider Walking Tour
Sunday, February 12 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Talk & Music: Tenement Songs - Popular Music of Jewish Immigrants
Sunday, February 12 from 3 to 5 p.m.

After Hours: Secrets of the Synagogue
Thursday, February 23 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.

December 15, 2016 — March 8, 2017

The Metropolitan Opera presents
ANTONÍN DVOŘÁK
Rusalka

Metropolitan Opera, Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, 30 Lincoln Center Plaza, New York, NY 10023
Tickets: From $27
Kristine Opolais stars in the role that helped launch her international career, the mythical Rusalka, who sings the haunting “Song to the Moon.” Mary Zimmerman brings her wondrous theatrical imagination to Dvořák’s fairytale of love and longing, rejection and redemption. Brandon Jovanovich, Jamie Barton, Katarina Dalayman, and Eric Owens complete the all-star cast, and Mark Elder conducts. Sung in Czech. Titles in English, German, Spanish
The only one of Dvořák’s operas to gain an international following (so far), Rusalka is in many ways a definitive example of late Romanticism—containing folklore, evocations of the natural and the supernatural worlds, and even a poignant interpretation of the idea of a love-death. The story has a strong national flavor as well as universal appeal, infused by the Romantic supernaturalism of Friedrich de la Motte Fouqué’s novella
Undine (previously set as an opera by E.T.A. Hoffmann, Tchaikovsky, and others) and Hans Christian Andersen’s The Little Mermaid.

February 2, 2017 — March 2, 2017

Flushing Town Hall presents
Pauline Benton and the Red Gate Exhibition
Opening Reception: FRI, FEB 3, 5-7 PM
Gallery Hours: SAT & SUN, 12-5 PM
Flushing Town Hall, 137-35 Northern Boulevard (at the corner of Linden Place), Flushing, NY 11354
$5 Suggested Donation/FREE for Members & Students
Pauline Benton’s Red Gate Theater was the first professional company to present Chinese shadow theater to American audiences. Curated by Stephen Kaplin and Chinese Theatre Works, the exhibition features a selection from the hundreds of rare Chinese shadow figures that Benton collected or commissioned on her frequent trips to China in the 1930s, her touring shadow stage, as well as materials from the Red Gate archives.

February 3, 2017 —February 26, 2017

Samuel Dorsky Museum of Art presents the
TEXT/URES OF IRAQ: CONTEMPORARY ART FROM THE COLLECTION OF ODED HALAHMY
Curated by Murtaza Vali
Hours: Wednesday-Sunday: 11 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Howard Greenberg Family Gallery, Samuel Dorsksy Museum of Art, State University of New York, 1 Hawk Drive, New Paltz, NY 12561, 845.257.3844
Suggested Donation: $5
The exhibition also includes examples of modern Arabic and Hebrew calligraphy, illustrating texts from both Western and Islamic philosophical traditions, as well as works that evoke hurufiyah, an influential modern Arab variant of Lettrism, which used the swoops and curves of the Arabic alphabet as painterly gestures. From abstract collages constructed out of the remains of destroyed books to the Hebrew calligraphy seen in Halahmy’s art, these works demonstrate the importance of the literary in Iraqi society, culture and visual arts, both past and present.

This exhibition, drawn from the personal collection of New York-based sculptor Oded Halahmy, a Jewish native of Baghdad, presents his work alongside that of eight contemporary artists from Iraq. Literary culture—letters, words and books—has been a mainstay of Iraqi culture for many millennia. The ancient civilizations that inhabited the territory constituting modern day Iraq were responsible for the development of cuneiform, one of the earliest systems of writing, and ancient texts like the Epic of Gilgamesh and the Code of Hammurabi. In the centuries following the advent of Islam, Baghdad was the most important center of knowledge and learning, home to the dar al hikma or House of Wisdom, the largest and most famous library in the world at the time of its destruction in the thirteenth century by invading Mongol armies.

Text and texture have a shared origin: texere, or Latin for “to weave.” The exhibition uses this shared word root to enmesh the idea of text with that of texture. While the layered and abraded surfaces of some of the works in this exhibition reference the region’s ancient past and/or its violent present, the picturesqueness of others captures the powerful affective textures of nostalgia and exile. Celebrating their country as a pastoral idyll, where people of different beliefs, cultures, and ethnicities peacefully coexisted for centuries, these works also mourn the eventual fraying of the once rich fabric of Iraqi culture.

Participating Artists: Hayder Ali, Amal Alwan, Mohmammed al Hamadany, Oded Halahmy, Ismail Khayat, Hanaa Malallah, Hassan Massoudy, Naziha Rashid, and Qasim Sabti


February 4, 2017 —May 21, 2017

Albany Institute of History & Art presents
In Motion: The African-American Migration Experience
Wednesday: 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Thursday: 10 a.m.-8 p.m., Friday: 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Saturday: 10 a.m.-5 p.m., and Sunday: Noon–5 p.m.
Albany Institute of History & Art, 125 Washington Avenue, Albany, NY 12210
This exhibition will be located in the atrium of the Albany Institute. There is no admission fee to see it.
The Albany Institute of History & Art is partnering with the African American Cultural Center of the Capital Region, Inc. to host a traveling exhibition organized by the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture at The New York Public Library. Other partners include the Capital District Black Chamber of Commerce and the JAFJR Community Foundation.
According to the Schomburg Center: “African Americans, perhaps more than any other population in the Americas, have been shaped by migrations. Their culture and history are the products of black peoples' various movements, coerced and voluntary, that started in the Western Hemisphere 500 years ago. Everywhere their thirst for freedom, education, and opportunities brought them, African Americans have recreated themselves and transformed the land, the cities, the culture, and ultimately the nation. With 75 framed photographs, panel text introducing each of the thirteen migrations, documents and artifacts, and a companion online exhibition and website, In Motion: The African-American Migration Experience examines how African Americans, constantly in motion, have formed and transformed themselves and their landscape through migration.”


February 11, 2017 —March 26, 2017

Irish Arts Center presents Marie Connole
As Above, So Below

Join us for an artist talk and reception on Tuesday, February 23 at 6:30 p.m.
Donaghy Theatre, Irish Arts Center, 553 West 51st, New York, NY 10019
Gallery hours by appointment Monday – Friday | 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Admission to the artist talk and reception is free, but reservations are encouraged.
Working in watercolor and pencil with sacred iconography and archetypal symbols, visual artist Marie Connole re-imagines the folklore and customs of the west coast of Ireland through the lens of memory, personal narrative, and history.

January 25, 2017 — April 3, 2017

StoryCircle at Proctors Theater announces
Winter Storytellers Series 2017
Wednesdays, January 4 — March 1, 2017
12:00 noon to 1:00 p.m.
SUNY Empire State College, 2 Union Avenue, Room 126, Saratoga Springs
Free and open to the public. No reservations required.
Presented by the Academy for Lifelong Learning

January 4 – Kate Dudding – “People Who Made a Difference”
January 11 – Carol and Kent Gregson – “Adirondack Living”
January 18 – Margaret French – “Improbable Adventures”
January 25 – Joe Peck – “Musings About Life on a Busy Dairy Farm”
February 1 – Betty Cassidy – “Life Stories”
February 8 – Christie Keegan – “Animal Stories”
February 16 – Jeannine Laverty – “Stories from History”
February 22 – Siri Allison – “All’s Fair in Love and War”
March 1 – Snow Date

For more information, contact the Academy at 587-2100 x 2415 or visit www.esc.edu/all

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