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Saturday, January 3, 2015
Café Veritas presents
Rochester Singer Songwriters in the Round
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
Rochester Singer Songwriters in the Round will feature well know local talent from the Rochester area.

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Saturday, January 10, 2015
World Music Institute (WMI) presents
NRITYAGRAM
5 and 7 p.m.
The Temple of Dendur, Sackling Wing, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, NY
Tickets: Free with Museum admission
Surupa Sen and Bijayini Satpathy, the principal dancers of India’s famed dance troupe, Nrityagram, return to NYC for a site-specific piece at The Met’s famed Temple of Dendur—a perfect setting for the Odissi dance form, which speaks of love and union with the divine. They transport us to enchanted worlds of magic and spirituality with the grace and power of their solo and duet performances, illustrating Odissi’s sinuous forms and rapt expressions against this majestic backdrop. Their program, “Songs of Love and Longing,“ will be accompanied by live music.

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Saturday, January 17, 2015
World Music Institute (WMI) presents
EMIL ZRIHAN
8 p.m.
Peter Norton Symphony Space, 2537 Broadway at 95th Street, New York, NY
Tickets: $35, $45 / WMI Friends $30, $40/ Bring a Kid! $5
The sheer power and startling range of Emil Zrihan’s countertenor have earned him renown as “the voice of the mockingbird.” Born in Morocco and living as a cantor in Israel, Zrihan brings to his repertoire a rich mixture of North African and Judeo-Andalusian folk music, fascinating mawals (improvisations) and tunes from the Mediterranean and the Orient. His awe-inducing multi-octave vocal displays are accompanied by oud, violin, kanoun and darbouka.

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Tuesday, January 20, 2015
Center for Traditional Music and Dance announces
The NY Klezmer Series: Litvakus
Concert at 7:30 p.m., workshop from 5:30 p.m-7:00 p.m.
Stephen Wise Free Synagogue, 30 W. 68th St., between Columbus and Central Park West on Manhattan’s Upper West Side
Admission to the concert is $15, instrumentalists may attend a pre-concert workshop for $25, or purchase a combined ticket concert/workshop for $35 and you can sit in at the post-concert jam session
For more information, visit aaronalexander.com/wp/concert-schedule
Klezmer music is the instrumental party music of the Jewish People from Eastern Europe — (Ashkenazim). It’s origins are in the 16th century, and it has evolved and assimilated local influences (Russian, Romanian, Ottoman, Hungarian etc.) wherever Ashkenazim have lived since. It is essentially Yiddish music – the instrumental music of people who spoke (and speak) Yiddish. It came to America with the immigration of Jews from Eastern Europe beginning in late 19th century, and has had a wonderful history in America, where it also assimilated American music traditions.

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Sunday, January 25, 2015
StoryCircle at Proctors Theater presents
Story Sunday at the The Glen Sanders Mansion: Listening to the Whisper with Three Spirits: Kent Busman, Alden (Joe) Doolittle, and Harlan Ratmeyer
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.
Sometimes the quiestest times are the most important. Kent, Joe and Harlan share stories of these moments, each in his own special storytelling style.
Entrees:
Chicken Cutlet, Basil Marinated Plum Tomatoes, Provolone, Capellini Twist, Parmesan Cream;
Pork Chop with Sage and Apple Chutney; or
Pasta Primavera with Fresh Vegetables.

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Tuesday, January 27, 2015
Center for Traditional Music and Dance announces
The NY Klezmer Series: Ken Maltz/Sy Kushner Duo
Concert at 7:30 p.m., workshop from 5:30 p.m-7:00 p.m.
Stephen Wise Free Synagogue, 30 W. 68th St., between Columbus and Central Park West on Manhattan’s Upper West Side
Admission to the concert is $15, instrumentalists may attend a pre-concert workshop for $25, or purchase a combined ticket concert/workshop for $35 and you can sit in at the post-concert jam session
For more information, visit aaronalexander.com/wp/concert-schedule
Klezmer music is the instrumental party music of the Jewish People from Eastern Europe — (Ashkenazim). It’s origins are in the 16th century, and it has evolved and assimilated local influences (Russian, Romanian, Ottoman, Hungarian etc.) wherever Ashkenazim have lived since. It is essentially Yiddish music – the instrumental music of people who spoke (and speak) Yiddish. It came to America with the immigration of Jews from Eastern Europe beginning in late 19th century, and has had a wonderful history in America, where it also assimilated American music traditions.

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Wednesday, January 28, 2015
World Music Institute (WMI) presents
YUNGCHEN LHAMO
7 p.m.
Leonard Nimoy Thalia Theater at Peter Norton Symphony Space, 2537 Broadway at 95th Street, New York, NY
Tickets: $30 / WMI and CTM Friends $25 / Bring a Kid! $5
Since fleeing Tibet on foot in 1989, Yungchen Lhamo, whose name means “Goddess of Song,” has emerged as the world’s leading Tibetan vocalist. She mesmerizes audiences with her haunting a cappella performances and her deeply spiritual, often political songs. Through her arresting music, which explores Buddhist themes of spiritual pilgrimage, soul searching and a delight in the natural environment, she shares Tibet’s rich cultural heritage. Lhamo has collaborated with such luminaries as Natalie Merchant, Philip Glass and Annie Lennox and has performed for spiritual and political leaders across the globe, including His Holiness, the Dalai Lama.

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Saturday, January 31, 2015
Asia Society and Robert Browning Associates present
DAVOD AZAD
Persian Music
8 p.m.
Asia Society, 725 Park Avenue, NYC, 212.288.6400
MORE INFORMATION AND TICKET AVAILABILITY SOON.
Davod Azad is a multi-instrumentalist and master of the tar and setar, two instruments fundamental to the Persian music repertoire. Based in Tehran he has performed all over the world.

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       ANNOUNCEMENTS

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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


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

Get creative in our studio!

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

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

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


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

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


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

June 26, 2014 —May 31, 2015
The 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

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


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

September 23, 2014 —January 31, 2015

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