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Saturday, January 2, 2016
Caffè Lena presents
Steve Gillette & Cindy Mangsen
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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This down home husband and wife duo features one of the folk world’s most successful songwriters, Steve Gillette. His songs, including “Darcy Farrow,” “Happy Hour” and “Back on the Street Again,” have been recorded by the likes of Tammy Wynette, Ian & Sylvia, Gordon Lightfoot and Garth Brooks. Cindy plays dulcimer, guitar, banjo and concertina and sings lead and harmony with a smooth, silky voice utterly lacking in affectation. In concert, these long-time Caffé Lena favorites cover a variety of country and folk styles, blending world-class professionalism with informal charm.

...and beyond
Folk Music Society of New York/New York Pinewoods Folk Music Club presents
Mystic Chantey Blast & Pub Sing
1-5 p.m. (Snow date: January 3)
Frohsinn Hall (the Mystic German Club), 54 Greenmanville Avenue, Mystic, Conn. (across the street from Mystic Seaport’s main entrance).
Please call 718-672-6399 to let us know if you are coming and/ or if you have any questions.
Admission is free, but donations will be accepted to support the 37th Annual Sea Music Festival which will be hosted at Mystic Seaport June 11–14.
Questions? Contact: smf(at)mysticseaport.org
For info about Friends of the Festival, contact the Museum at 860-572-5365.
Stuck in the winter doldrums? Break out in song at the annual Chantey Blast and Pub Sing! Join in as Mystic Seaport chantey staff and many of the finest chantey singers in the northeast sing chanties, maritime ballads, and songs of the sea. As we have done before, we are co-sponsoring the Mystic Chantey Blast & Pub Sing,

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Sunday, January 3, 2016
Folk Music Society of New York/New York Pinewoods Folk Music Club presents
Woody Mann
4-6 p.m.
Co-sponsored with and at the Good Coffeehouse at the Old Stone House,336 Third Street, in JJ Byrne Park, between 4th and 5th Avenues, Brooklyn, 718-768-3195
$10 contribution
Woody Mann, acclaimed guitarist and guitar teacher, had his first lessons with the Reverend Gary Davis. He learned well and went on to play with legendary musicians such as John Fahey, Bukka White, and Son House. Mann’s performances feature the old songs and original compositions. He absorbed traditional blues and jazz from those masters, now gone. He renders a music rooted in those American traditions, bringing it forward in his own unique voice.

Caffè Lena presents
Kyle Carey with opener Mike Gowans
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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Gaelic Americana singer-songwriter Kyle Carey binds two cultures with her tender, spare songs. Singing in English and Gaelic, with themes that are rural and ancient and timeless, Carey has won international critical acclaim and prominent airplay for her two albums. 2014’s North Star, produced by Solas’s Seamus Egan and featuring accompaniment by Celtic music celebrities Dirk Powell, Natalie Haas, Chris Stout, Josienne Clarke and Ben Walker, masterfully blends themes of landscape and emotion. In the words of French DJ Mike Penard, “Beautiful songs, beautiful sound, beautiful voice, beautiful emotions. The more I listen the more I’m in love.”
Opener Mike Gowans of Johnstown, NY, is very familiar with the Caffè Lena stage, having been a regular at our open mic for the past few years. His voice, lyrics and guitar work are on par with the full-time touring professionals, and we’re eager to have our regular weekend audience give him a listen.

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Tuesday, January 5, 2016
StoryCircle at Proctors Theater announces
First Tuesday Tales & Stuff
Sign-up: 6:45 p.m.
7-9 p.m.
Arthur’s Market and Historic Coffeehouse, 35 North Ferry Street, Schenectady, NY
Admission: Free
Featured Performers: Sandy Powell and Barbara Spring—Stories of Racial Healing. An open mic for storytelling, music, and spoken word.

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Wednesday, January 6, 2016
The Folk Music Society of N.Y., Inc/ N.Y. Pinewoods Folk Music Club presents
Folk Open Sing
7-10 p.m.
Ethical Culture Society, 53 Prospect Park West, Brooklyn (near 2nd St.)
Hosted by Ethical Culture Society, Folk Music Society of NY/NYPFMC, Alison Kelley, and Frank Woerner.
Info: Frank, 212-533-2139.
Join us on the first Wednesday of each month for an open sing. Bring your voice, instruments, friends, neighbors, and children. Drop by for a couple of songs or the whole evening.

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Thursday, January 7, 2016
The Folklife Center of Crandall Public Library presents
Winter Bluegrass Jam!
6:30-8:30 p.m.
Crandall Public Library, 251 Glen Street, Glens Falls, NY
For more information, call 518/792-6508 or email degarmo@crandalllibrary.org
Cost: Free
Greetings to all the bluegrass pickers out there. The Folklife Center at Crandall Public Library is pleased to announce a new monthly “Winter Bluegrass Jam” on the first Thursday of 3 months: December 3rd, January 7th, and February 4th. All are welcome, pickers and listeners alike! Shake off those winter blues and join our host, local bluegrass musician Alan Epstein. Now based in Washington County, Alan has played mandolin and sung in bluegrass bands in Colorado, Pennsylvania, Michigan, and now in upstate New York. He currently teaches bluegrass classes and his local jam sessions are getting a name for themselves as being a lot of fun for both novices and veteran pickers.

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

The Towne Crier in Beacon presents
CASEY ERDMANN; also JASON GISSER; both with percussionist JEFF HAYNES
7:30 p.m.
Towne Crier, 379 Main Street, Beacon, NY, (845) 855-1300
Tickets: $10, members free
Casey Erdmann’s soft melodies and honest lyrics captivate her audiences, including her producer Earl Slick (David Bowie, John Lennon). Influenced by funk, soul, and classic rock, Jason Gisser plays music that you can feel, with charismatic performances all over NYC. Jeff Haynes, Grammy award winning percussionist and producer, has toured with the Pat Metheny Group, Al Jarreau, Harry Belafonte, Peabo Bryson and more, having toured and recorded with Cassandra Wilson for nearly 20 years.

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Friday, January 8, 2016
StoryCircle at Proctors Theater announces
Seanachie Evenings — Second Friday of Every Month, January–May:
Stories to Warm a Heart in Winter

with Claire Nolan and Nancy Marie Payne 7 p.m.
Irish American Heritage Museum, 370 Broadway, Albany, NY, 518/427-1916
$5 Museum members, $10 Others, $25 Family of Four pack
As a teacher of English as a Second Language, Claire Nolan tells stories, many of them true, to international students and immigrants. She currently teaches at the University of Albany. She has more recently been telling tales at the Emma Treadwell Thatcher Nature Center in Berne. Claire performs in area schools as Mother Jones for the Schenectady Theater for Children. Nancy Marie Payne enjoys the challenge of finding and writing new stories. Some of her tales, gleaned from history, tell of immigrants, orphan train riders, suffragettes, Underground Railroad characters and female pioneer aviators. Traditional tales and personal stories add a lighter touch to her repertoire.

Caffè Lena presents
Hot Club of Saratoga
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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Saratoga’s popular gypsy jazz quintet, The Hot Club of Saratoga, has developed a hugely fun repertoire reflects the spirit and style of The Quintet of The Hot Club of France. Featuring Django Reinhardt and Stephane Grappelli, the original Hot Club was most prominent in the 1930s and has been kept alive through a line of gypsy jazz artists ever since. The five superb gypsy jazz enthusiasts in our Hot: Chad Tallman, guitar; Tucker Callander, violin; Chuck Kish, guitar and accordion; Dylan Perrillo, string bass; and Jonathan Greene on clarinet and sax.

The Folkus Project presents
Brothers McCann
The raw simplicity of acoustic guitars, keyboard and vocals welcomes the listener to experience an honest, live performance
8:00 p.m.
May Memorial Unitarian Universalist Society, 3800 East Genesee St, Syracuse, NY
Cost: $15; Member price: $12
Advance sale tickets are available via PayPal or by mail (personal check); advance ticket holders receive preferential seating. For details, see the Folkus Project website at www.folkus.org
The Brothers McCann creates dynamic palettes of sound, weaving sweeping three-part harmonies over rustic reinventions of folk-rock. Pat, brother Mike, and long-time friend Erik nurture the heart of their New England musical upbringing with three unique songwriting styles on rotating display. Pat McCann (Vocals and Keyboards), Mike McCann (Vocals and Guitar), and Erik White (Vocals and Guitar) are three, staggeringly strong and unique voices that weave lush harmonies over clever and diverse songwriting styles, with memorable melodies that invite listeners to sing along almost immediately. Based out of Boston, they have been spreading their vibrant and emotional sound to ears of all ages. A fusion of honest, contemplative lyrics and a loose mix of pop/folk/soul set to harmonizing vocals. From measured, stirring ballads to optimistic and explosively energetic sounds, their live show is one that will leave you smiling and whistling for weeks.

The Towne Crier in Beacon presents
PAT McGEE Duo with Brian Dunne; with special guest The Trapps
8:30 p.m.
Towne Crier, 379 Main Street, Beacon, NY, (845) 855-1300
Tickets: $25 advance/ $30 at the door
One day, Pat McGee decided to picked up a record player and the ten records that lit the musical fire in him, including seminal records by James Taylor, Jackson Browne and Crosby, Stills & Nash. Channeling the vintage warmth of those recordings, McGee began writing an album that would have the same timeless quality of singer/songwriter rock from the Laurel Canyon scene of the early 1970s. The dream team McGee assembled includes musical legends Russ Kunkel, Leland Sklar, Waddy Wachtel, Danny Kortchmar and Jeff Pevar (nicknamed “The Section”). Other notable musicians such as Little Feat’s Paul Barrere, Blues Traveler’s John Popper, Train’s Pat Monahan, Punchbrothers’ Gabe Witcher as well as Pat McGee’s own band contributed to the album’s sound. We are pleased to bring Pat McGee to our stage in a duo performance.

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Saturday, January 9, 2016
Café Veritas presents
Singer Songwriters in the Round
7:30 p.m. (doors open 7:00 p.m.)
Café Veritas, First Unitarian Church, 220 Winton Road South, Rochester, New York 14610
Ticket prices: $18 general admission, $10 students with ID, and children under 12 are free. (Advance Purchase $16)
For tickets and more information, visit www.cafeveritas.org
Café Veritas will host Singer-Songwriters in the Round. This year’s performers will be Alyssa Trahan, Justin Williams, and Maria Sebastian. Café Veritas believes in promoting our local talent so each year we host a Singer-Songwriter in the Round to highlight 3–4 local artists.
Alyssa Trahan is a multi-instrumentalist country singer-songwriter originally from Rochester, NY. She has written over 90 songs, plus those done with co-writers, and continues to add to her long list of originals. Alyssa also performs on a regular basis, nearly 100 shows every year, and has opened for acts such as Suzie Vinnick, Chris Pureka, Wisewater, The Dady Brothers, Ryan Broshear, Sawyer Brown and more.
Justin Williams has been writing songs for a long time. The songs are usually a singer/songwriter style and structure with a focus on vocal and guitar hooks. Several of them have been featured on complications and some have received airplay on several Western NY stations. Justin has played with bands such as Butterscotch, The Lowdown, and JJ Lang. He is currently playing with The Morgan Twins as well as his acoustic act, “Justin Williams Live.” Justin will be releasing his first solo EP this spring,
Summer Vacation.
Maria Sebastian has opened for dozens of national acts and has recorded with many of their members. She has earned 12 Buffalo / Nightlife Music Awards, a People’s Choice Award, a Buffalo Spree Album of the Year Award for
Yellow Envelope in 2009, and a Global Music Award for her performance on film producer Michael Z. Gordon’s song “On the Run,” produced with Nelson Starr.

Eighth Step at Proctors presents
SALLY ROGERS & CLAUDIA SCHMIDT
GE Theatre at Proctors, 432 State Street, Schenectady NY 12305
Order Tickets through the 8th Step Ticket Line: 518-434-1703
or online: $24-30
Two exquisite voices, two massive talents, teaming up for a remarkable night of harmonies and multi-instrumentals (guitars, banjo, dulcimer)! Their whimsical collection of songs spans romantic folk to edgy powerful jazz; Rogers and Schmidt originals, and a few wonderful contemporary pieces that soar with the duo’s signature tight harmony. With clear strong voices, dulcimer, guitars and old-time banjo, they navigate a wonderful journey of original, traditional and contemporary songs and stories, their joy in making music together shining through. Over three decades, these two strong veterans of the folk world have become deep friends, united by a sense of social justice, humanity and harmony. Schmidt’s genre-defying musical activities include jazz and acting while Rogers stays in the folk and old time categories, as in a recent award-winning excursion into children’s music.

The Folk Music Society of N.Y., Inc/ N.Y. Pinewoods Folk Music Club presents
Piedmont Bluz House Concert
8 p.m.
At the home of Neil and Kathy Cohen in Jamaica (Queens). For the exact address, reservations, questions, or other directions, call Kathy at 718-969-7554.
Contribution: $15; members $12
Valerie and Ben Turner, known together as Piedmont Bluz, are an acoustic duo dedicated to preserving Piedmont style country blues and helping keep this rural, East Coast tradition alive by educating audiences about this unique aspect of African-American culture through music. They have been enthralling audiences at East Coast venues from Upstate New York to the Georgia Sea Islands, and are much loved wherever they go. The husband and wife duo feels that “there are stories to tell, people to remember, and things that must be said.” So in addition to tickling your ears with delightful music, they weave a bit of history into the presentation of each song.

The Towne Crier in Beacon presents
COMMANDER CODY Band
8:30 p.m.
Towne Crier, 379 Main Street, Beacon, NY, (845) 855-1300
Tickets: $20 advance/ $25 at the door
We’re looking forward to another great evening with Commander Cody leading the musical mayhem, playing favorites like Smoke, Smoke, Smoke That Cigarette and Hot Rod Lincoln. Commander Cody arrived in San Francisco in 1969, just in time to catch the tale end of the summer of love, playing a variety of songs that are still in his repertoire, including “Smoke.” Before long, the twangy Hot Rod Lincoln became a runaway hit, reaching the top ten in 1972. A few more tunes breached the top 40 as they hit the concert trail — playing the legendary Fillmore Auditorium. Their Live From Deep in the Heart of Texas was named as one of Rolling Stone’s 100 Greatest of all times!

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Sunday, January 10, 2016
Albany Institute of History & Art presents
50 OBJECTS PROGRAM Representing Rensselaer County
Kathryn Sheehan, the Rensselaer County and Troy City Historian and Registrar at the Rensselaer County Historical Society
2-3:00 p.m.
Albany Institute of History & Art, 125 Washington Avenue, Albany, NY 12210
Free with museum admission.
Join us for an insider’s view of many of the most intriguing objects in our exhibition. Sheehan’s whirlwind talk will range from the little-known Witenagemot Tree to the Collar City’s world renowned industrial products.

Valley Folk Music presents
Flat pick wiz Beppe Gambetta from Italy
2-4:30 p.m.
144 Cedar St. Corning, NY 14830 (corner with First St. in red brick Methodist Church)
Contact: (607) 962-4461, info@valleyfolk.org
Cost: $20 cash or check only, with various subscription options to save. Only $5 Disabled or Full Time Student, 14 and under free w/adult
Canzoni — Poetry in Italian songs and Melodies. Beppe takes the audience on on journey through old and new Italian songs and the great works of many famous Italian artists. He will sing in different regional dialects and add some Italian melodies to his arrangements. And there will be a little taste of the CD recorded with Celtic finger-style guitarist Tony McManus, too.

Story Sundays at the Glen Sanders Mansion
Stories of Aging Gracefully
Three Spirits: Kent Busman, Alden (Joe) Doolittle, and Harlan Ratmeyer
5-8 p.m.
Glen Sanders Mansion, 1 Glen Avenue, Scotia, NY
$36 per person (includes entertainment, 3 course dinner, coffee/tea, tax and tip)
Bring someone new and you each save $3 (only one discount/person during non-benefit dinners).
Pay at the door using cash or checks made out to “Story Circle”
Reservations Required: (518) 384-1700 or Kate@KateDudding.com. Please indicate how many of each entree is desired.
If we’re lucky, we’ll all need to know how to age gracefully. Come listen to three delightful storytellers who are doing just that.
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
Beaucoup Blue
7 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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This powerful-yet-gentle Philadelphia band blends folk, R&B, jazz, country, and bluegrass together in songs that might be classics, or might just sound like it. Fronted by father-and-son duo David and Adrian Mowry, they play handsome vintage guitars and blend voices like only family members can. They have received numerous awards including “Grand Prize Winner of the Billboard Magazine World Song-Writing Contest,” and the “Grand Prize Winner of the Telluride Blues & Brews Acoustic Competition” as well as top 40 on AMA’s Americana, Roots, and Folk radio charts. A favorite of Caffè Lena audiences as a duo since the early 2000s, this time they’ll be accompanied by jazz and classical bassist Bill Zinno (Ortlieb’s Jazzhaus, Delaware Symphony), and Toronto drummer Jeff Sheard.

The Towne Crier in Beacon presents
ACFM Fundraiser, featuring Guthrie’s Ghost (Hope Machine’s Steve Kirkman & Fred Gillian, plus David Bernz, Jacob Bernz and Amy Fradon), Beacon’s own Solar Sound Band, Susan Bozso + special guests
7:30 p.m.
Towne Crier, 379 Main Street, Beacon, NY, (845) 855-1300
Tickets: All seats $15
This evening will showcase local and regional musicians and raise funds to support Beacon’s emerging organization, The American Center for Folk Music (centerforfolkmusic.org). Guthrie’s Ghost began in 2012 when three distinct musical entities joined to celebrate Woody Guthrie’s centennial year. Since then, David and Jacob Bernz, Amy Fradon, Steve Kirkman and Fred Gillen, Jr. have been enjoying and exploring many different areas of folk and roots music with each performance, creating a unique musical experience for the audience. The Solar Sound Band (solarsoundband.com) is comprised of the mega-talented Cabo children who put Beacon’s best face forward at many area events. Here is a rare chance to see them do a full set. Susan Bozso is one of Connecticut’s best kept secrets — but not for long. She is a talented folk artist, well versed in the rich traditions of folk and world music and delivers it with a strong throaty alto voice and spot-on accompaniment to create a performance that is as genuine as it comes. Please join us as we support Beacon’s new folk music center. As the longtime home of legendary folk pioneer Pete Seeger, Beacon, NY, is a natural choice for the Center. Siting the ACFM in Beacon honors Pete’s teaching that the power of song can change the world and bring us together. The Center promotes and supports the burgeoning Hudson Valley art scene, contributes to the area’s economic revitalization, and to the life of the Hudson Valley’s many creative communities.

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Wednesday, January 13, 2016
Albany Institute of History & Art presents 1791 Club*: Empty Institute
6-8 p.m.
Albany Institute of History & Art, 125 Washington Avenue, Albany, NY 12210
Tickets: $10 per person (food + drink on your own)
RSVP by 1/12 to Aine at (518) 463-4478 ext 408 or leader.nagya@albanyinstitute.org
We are turning our after-hours “empty” museum space into a social media sharing frenzy. Come explore (and share) your favorite parts of Masterworks: 225 Years of Collecting. (see Exhibitions section below). We will start with a special guided tour of the highlights of the exhibition and then leave you to explore (and share your discoveries) on your own. Afterwards, we’ll head over to a local venue for happy hour specials.
*What is the 1791 Club? The Albany Institute of History & Art wants to work closer with 21–40-somethings who are looking to engage with local art + history. Activities will take place on the second Wednesday of each month.

Storytelling Open Mic

Second Wednesday, September–June
7:00 p.m.
Doors open for sign up at 6:45 p.m. There is a 10-minute limit on story length. The MC will weave the evening together and there will be no feedback. No reading of stories, just telling, please.
Caffè Lena, 47 Phila St., Saratoga Springs, NY, 518-583-0022
Admission: $5 at the door
Once a month from 7:00-9:00 p.m., storytellers have their own open mic, to try their voices for the first time, to hone their skills in front of a live responsive audience, to work on their presentation, or to try new ideas in a supportive atmosphere. For others, it’s a cheap night of entertainment. No reservations are necessary or taken. The organizers and MCs for this storytelling open mic are storytellers Margaret French, Christie Keegan and Jeannine Laverty.

...and beyond January 13–19, 2016
Houston Arts Alliance presents
Winter Celeberations: Exploring Lunar New Year
Opening reception: January 14, 6–8 p.m. (with food, drink, lion dancing and more)
Thu, 12 - 6 p.m.; Fri - Sat, 12 - 7 p.m.; Sun, 12 - 5 p.m.
Midtown Arts & Theater Center Houston (MATCH), 3400 Main Street, Houston, TX
Wednesday – Tuesday, January 13–19, 2016
Free and open to the public
he Chinese and Vietnamese Lunar New Year is based on a lunar cycle that falls between January 21 and February 20 on the Gregorian calendar. Its celebration incites spectacular preparations, performances and displays at temples, businesses and personal residences throughout the city. The entire event heralds new beginnings and expresses great relief in moving on from the travails of the old year. Crowds gather at temples and community events to enjoy performances of the lion and dragon dances, fireworks and offerings. Families gather to experience the clamor of bells, the commotion of the crowds, the whisper of prayer, the smell and smoke of incense in the air. Displays are mounted in homes, businesses and religious institutions throughout the city.

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Thursday, January 14, 2016
Open Mic
Performer registration is from 7 to 7:25 p.m. Performances start at 7:30 p.m.
Caffè Lena, 47 Phila St., Saratoga Springs, NY, 518-583-0022
Tickets: $3 at the door
Open Mic takes place every Thursday. This open mic is for all styles of music and spoken word performance, including poetry, comedy, and storytelling. Most of what you’ll hear is original songs on acoustic instruments, but we warmly welcome whatever you have to offer. No advance registration by phone is permitted. If you can’t come in time for registration, the host may be able to add you to the end of the roster. If you don’t get the timeslot you want, you may be able to swap with someone else. No special preference is given to kids, pros, or to those traveling long distances. Participants play two songs or speak for 10 minutes. Under all but the most extreme circumstances, we do not limit the number of performers. The host draws names at 7:30. The first person drawn gets first choice of timeslot, second gets second choice, etc. There is no featured performer at Weekly Open Mic. Excessive profanity and vulgarity are strongly discouraged. It is up to the discretion of the host to determine if a performance is inappropriate for Caffè Lena. Please bear in mind that Caffè Lena is not a bar and often has children in the audience.

The Towne Crier in Beacon presents
Songwriters’ Showcase featuring David Ray; Margaret McDuffie; and Montgomery Delaney
7:30 p.m.
Towne Crier, 379 Main Street, Beacon, NY, (845) 855-1300
Tickets: All seats $10
Our showcases feature the best of local and regional talents that deserve the attention of a wider audience; and a wider audience deserves the pleasure of their music too, so come check it out!

January 14–17, 2016
Albany Institute Named Beneficiary for 2016 Festival:
7th Anniversary Albany Chefs’ Food & Wine Festival
Wine & Dine for the Arts
Hilton Albany, 40 Lodge St, Albany, NY 12207
The 2016 Festival will bring together over 70 innovative chefs and 250 global wine, spirit, and New York State craft beer companies. Festival attendees will savor the finest in culinary offerings, and have the opportunity to attend high profile seminars. This popular Festival hosts numerous events over the course of a the weekend and many sell out fast! The mission of the Albany Chefs’ Food & Wine Festival is to provide sustainable funding to support and preserve the not-for-profit arts community in Albany, NY. Each year deserving not-for-profit arts organizations are selected to become beneficiaries of the net proceeds of the Festival. In the first four years the Festival donated over $406,001 to support the Arts in Albany!Tickets are already available for purchase online.

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Friday, January 15, 2016
Flushing Town Hall announces
John Chin Quintet
7:00 p.m.
Flushing Town Hall, 137-35 Northern Boulevard (at the corner of Linden Place), Flushing, NY 11354
Free. RSVP here
Flushing Town Hall presents in collaboration with Carnegie Hall’s Neighborhood concerts. Jazz pianist John Chin, who was born in Seoul, South Korea and grew up in Los Angeles, leads his own trio and quintet and has shared the stage with such jazz legends as Ron Carter and Benny Golson. His music ranges from intimate, with subtly shaded pianism and intoxicating melodies, to exuberant, with dazzling keyboard pyrotechnics and propulsive rhythms. Carnegie Hall’s Neighborhood Concerts is a program of the Weill Music Institute.

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

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

Center for Traditional Music and Dance and Alwan for the Arts present
5th Annual Maqam Fest
Featuring Abdoulaye Diabate and Super Manden, Tareq Abboushi and Shusmo, Kiran Ahluwalia, Dolunay, New York Crimean Tatar Ensemble, and Newpoli
7:30 p.m. (doors open at 7)
Alwan for the Arts, 6 Beaver Street, 4th floor, between Broad Street and Broadway, New York, NY
For more information, contact info@alwanforthearts.org
Tickets are for general public is $30. Seniors & Students, $25
Now in its fifth year, Maqam Fest features outstanding ensembles from New York and around the world that bring a unique approach and perspective on maqam. Developed more than one thousand years ago, maqam is a complex system of musical modes and represents one of the greatest legacies of the Arab-Islamic world, influencing musical traditions from the Maghreb (Northwest Africa) to Western China and from the Balkans to the Sudan. The line-up at Maqam Fest 2016 features: Abdoulaye Diabate and the Super Manden, an extraordinary group of master musicians from West Africa performing in the jali (griot) tradition.
The New York Crimean Tatar Ensemble, as the only band performing traditional Crimean Tatar music in the United States.
Dolunay, infusing new life to the timeless songs and melodies of the southern Balkan region and its rich ethnic diversity.
Kiran Ahluwalia, a modern purveyor of the great vocal traditions of India and Pakistan who has created a style uniquely her own — a heady hybrid of Indian grooves, Saharan desert blues with elements of jazz.
Newpoli, a group of exceptionally talented musicians specializing in Southern Italian Folk Music that integrates styles such as Tarantella-Pizzica, Tammuriata, Villanella and the Neapolitan Canzone.
Tareq Abboushi and Shusmo Reunion, bringing new and exciting definition to the international music genre through rhythms rooted in Afro-Cuban, western classical, jazz, funk, gypsy and Arabic music, including the maqam.


Maqam Fest is presented by the Center for Traditional Music and Dance and Alwan for the Arts. It is part of the annual showcase of the Association of Performing Arts Presenters (APAP) Conference, one of the most anticipated events in the performing arts fields which brings thousands of presenters, agents, managers and artists in the fields of dance, theater and music from around the world to New York City each January.

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

Caffè Lena presents
Darlingside
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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The four young men of Massachusetts-based Darlingside blend 1960s folk, classical arrangements, soaring harmonies, and modern indie-rock. Their brand-new release, Birds Say, is cinematic, intelligent, and deeply moving. They construct every piece collaboratively, pooling ideas to create playful vocal arrangements that swing from four-part unison to CSNY-inspired group harmonies, smashing electronic sounds with traditional acoustic texturesoften bowed or plucked strings on a bed of ambient guitar swells and self-oscillating delay. They generate amazing excitement on stage and in their recordings and are on a path to make major waves in the indie folk world.

The Towne Crier in Beacon presents
EIGHT TO THE BAR
8:30 p.m.
Towne Crier, 379 Main Street, Beacon, NY, (845) 855-1300
Tickets: $25 advance/ $30 at the door
Listening to Eight To The Bar is a lot like driving along a time-warped highway precisely halfway between Count Basie’s Kansas City and Fats Waller’s Harlem, where the car radio picks up everything from Jumpin’ at the Woodside to The Andrews Sisters. Their material, like their outlandish wardrobes and onstage choreo’, is a colorful mix of forties jazz and swing, fifties jump blues, and their own swing-influenced tunes. With their female vocals, saxophone (Collin Tilton, the original sax and flute player in Van Morrison’s band, and is on his album Moondance), guitar, bass, keyboards and drums, this unique sextet packs a musical and visual wallop not seen in New England since the group’s inception in 1975. Since that time they have released 12 CDs and have excited audiences from Europe to the Caribbean. The band has been named “Best Band 2014” by Hartford Magazine and recently had the honor of touring the Republic of Georgia (near Russia) at the invitation of the US Embassy there! Here at the Towne Crier, they’ll be performing songs from their new CD, Bring It & Swing It!

January 15–16, 2016
2016 ZLATNE USTE GOLDEN FESTIVAL
Friday. Jan 16, 7:30 p.m.-12:30 a.m.: $35, students with ID $30
Saturday Jan 17, 6 p.m.-2 a.m.: $55, students $45
Both nights: $80, students $65
Children 12 and under free
The Grand Prospect Hall, 263 Prospect Avenue. Brooklyn, NY 11215
New York’s only music and dance festival of its kind celebrates 31 years of live Balkan, Roma (“Gypsy”) music and beyond. The Festival is hosted by Zlatne Uste Brass Band and features dozens of live bands playing on FOUR (!) stages. Shaking up NYC together for 30 years! Join us and enjoy great music and lively dancing where community forms amongst strangers and families in true Balkan tradition. Golden Festival showcases more than 60 bands and acts on multiple stages over two nights. Balkan & Middle Eastern refreshments, Balkan arts vendors, as well as beautiful Balkan textiles on display.An incredible grass roots event.
The Folk Music Society of N.Y., Inc/ N.Y. Pinewoods Folk Music Club are pleased to be co-sponsoring with Zlatne Uste Balkan Brass Band, which is sponsoring this festival.

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Saturday, January 16, 2016
Caffè Lena presents
Bluegrass Jam
9:30 a.m. (doors open at 9:15 a.m.)
Caffè Lena, 47 Phila St., Saratoga Springs, NY, 518-583-0022
Tickets: $5 at the door
Attention bluegrass pickers! Mandolinist Alan Epstein is launching the second season of his popular monthly Bluegrass Jam at Caffè Lena. Now based in Washington County, Alan Epstein has played mandolin and sung in bluegrass bands in Colorado, Pennsylvania and Michigan and has taught group classes at numerous festivals. Alan is a friendly leader and confidence-builder. All are welcome! Let’s pick!

Flushing Town Hall announces
Thunderbird American Indian Dancers — PERFORMANCE
Dance Workshop at 1 p.m.
Performance 2:15 p.m.
Flushing Town Hall, 137-35 Northern Boulevard (at the corner of Linden Place), Flushing, NY 11354
Tickets: $13/$10 Members/$8 Child/$6 Member Child
Under the direction of Louis Mofsie (Hopi & Winnebago tribes), Thunderbird American Indian Dancers began 52 years ago as a group of teens who learned the songs and dances of their tribes in order to preserve them. Their teachers were their elders and relatives. Performers use the traditional movements, clothing, and instruments of the Iroquois, Northeast Woodlands and Southwest tribes and the Great Plains people.

Staten Island Arts announces
LARK FUND CONCERT
2 p.m.
SI Arts Culture Lounge, 10 Ferry Terminal Drive, Staten Island, NY 10301, 718-447-3329 x1002
Suggested Donation: $10
The Lark Fund brings musical instruments to Staten Island schools through mini-grants. Funds can be used to purchase or repair instruments for music programs. This concert to benefit music programs in Staten Island schools features Gary J. Moore, Big Frank Mirra, Vincent Vok, Joan Caddell, Phyllis Forman, Joan Moore, Rachel Isaacs, Noel Catti, Lisa Scherma, School of Rock’s Spinning Bad, and more.

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

Golden Link Folk Singing Society presents
Richie and Rosie
7:30 p.m.
Rochester Christian Reformed Church, 2750 Atlantic Ave., Penfield, NY 14526
Tickets: Admission $20.00; Golden Link Members $16.00, Students $10.00; Children 12 and under FREE
Ithaca-based banjo player Richie Stearns (The Horseflies, Donna the Buffalo) and fiddler Rosie Newton (The Duhks, Red Dog Run) African, rock, and country, they create a scintillating blend of traditional and original songs. “Soul-touching music,” writes Bluegrass Today. “Their sound is one of an earlier time that calls us to reflect on the constant truths of love, life, and death.”

Caffè Lena presents
Tracy Grammer
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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Tracy Grammer has become one of folk music’s most beloved artists. Renowned for her springwater-clear alto, perfectly intoned violin, and guitar playing that is by turns percussive and delicate, she is also a masterful storyteller with an ease and charisma on stage — not to mention a riotous sense of humor — that contrasts with her modest beginnings as the late songwriter Dave Carter’s reclusive accompanist. With several albums that have topped the Folk DJ airplay charts and two intimate EPs that have won critical raves, Tracy has proven herself “one of the finest musicians in folkdom” (Boston Globe).

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

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Sunday, January 17, 2016
NorthWest Family YMCA presents
Acoustic Music Jam
Community Gathering of Musicians hosted by Steve Pfanenstiel
2-4 p.m.
NorthWest Family YMCA, 8040 River Road, Baldwinsville NY 13027
Contact: kkane@syracusymca.org
Cost: Free
Traditional, Folk, Country and Rock music welcome. Open to all ages and skill levels, members and non-members alike. Bring your musical instruments (guitar, voice, banjo, flute, etc.) and a music stand. Come join the fun or just come to listen. Hosted by Steve Pfanenstiel.

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

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

Flushing Town Hall announces
NYFOS @ Juilliard: Harry, Hoagy &Harold
3:00 p.m.
Flushing Town Hall, 137-35 Northern Boulevard (at the corner of Linden Place), Flushing, NY 11354
Tickets: $25/$15 Members, Seniors & Students
Five Boroughs Music Festival joins forces with New York Festival of Song to present the greatest hits and rarities by mid-century American songwriting heroes: Harry (“I Only Have Eyes for You”) Warren, Hoagy (“Stardust”) Carmichael, and Harold (“Stormy Weather”) Arlen.

Caffè Lena presents
Coffeehouse of the Absurd with John Forster and Mike Agranoff
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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These two masters of the comic song will invade the historic Caffè Lena for a night of brilliant buffoonery. John Forster obviously fell asleep one too many times as a child to the sound of his Tom Lehrer albums. This is evidenced by his twisted sense of humor, his delightfully skewed view of the human condition, and his prodigious skills as a pianist. His songs have a knack for taking the plausible but improbable, and leading that to its implausible but inevitable conclusion by way of unlikely rhymes, horrible puns, and ironic satire. John is a very funny man, and this will be a very funny show. Adept on concertina and piano, Mike Agranoff’s prime instrument is the guitar, upon which he shines with intricate fingerstyle arrangements. In addition to his instrument prowess he’ll add to this show his uproariously funny topical tunes and delightfully horrible parodies.

The Towne Crier in Beacon presents
The SUBDUDES
7:30 p.m.
Towne Crier, 379 Main Street, Beacon, NY, (845) 855-1300
Tickets: $45 advance/ $50 at the door
Over the course of 25 years and 10 albums, The Subdudes have quietly become one of America’s national music treasures. The New Orleans-formed group is a living encapsulation of American music: a vibrant cauldron of sounds that stirs together meaty grooves and jazzy dynamics, soulful R&B swagger, easy vocal harmonies, cheeky rock ‘n’ roll attitude and folky social consciousness — not to mention some of the sharpest musicianship and ensemble playing you’ll ever hear from any five musicians. Led by singer/guitarist Tommy Malone and accordionist, John Magnie, The Subdudes draw most of their inspiration from the sounds of their native New Orleans, blending blues, gospel, funk, and R&B with their own harmony vocals; their sound is also notable for the band’s substitution of a tambourine player, Steve Amedée, for a drummer. Tim Cook rounds out the band on bass.

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Monday, January 18, 2016
Albany Institute of History & Art presents FILM SCREENING & PANEL PRESENTATION The Brothers: The Forgotten Struggle for Civil Rights in Albany
1-2:30 p.m.
Albany Institute of History & Art, 125 Washington Avenue, Albany, NY 12210
Free admission
Brian Keough, Chair, M.E. Grenander Department of Special Collections and Archives, University at Albany
Members of The Brothers
The struggle for Civil Rights took place all over the county and was not just isolated in the South. Join us to learn more about Albany’s history of the Civil Rights Movement and an activist group called The Brothers through a documentary film and panel discussion.

Caffè Lena presents
Guy Davis — MLK Day Concert
7 p.m.
Caffè Lena, 47 Phila St., Saratoga Springs, NY, 518-583-0022
Tickets: $25 general admission, $22 members, $12.50 students and children
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Broadway actor, director, writer and celebrated country blues musician Guy Davis grew up in a Civil Rights household. His parents, Ruby Dee and Ossie Davis, two of America’s great actors, were lifelong activists and close allies of Rev. King, Malcolm X and Jesse Jackson. Born and raised in New York, Guy was privileged to enjoy as houseguests many heroes of Black America: Sidney Poitier, Harry Belafonte, Amiri Baraka, the list goes on. In the Davis household, being an artist and a concerned member of society were equally important, and art was not separate from real life. Of all the paths he might have pursued in life, Guy Davis has dedicated himself to reviving and sharing the traditions of acoustic blues. Whether he is appearing on Late Night With Conan O’Brien, A Prairie Home Companion, Mountain Stage, in front of 15,000 people at a festival, or teaching an intimate gathering of students, Guy gives his audience his “all.” He combines classics of the genre (Skip James, Blind Willie McTell, Elizabeth Cotton) with African American stories, and his own original songs and performance pieces. Like the best of the old-time players, Guy is at heart a storyteller—a master of transporting his audience to a creaking front porch as he stomps his way through songs ranging from soulful and moaning to playful and bouncy. He accompanies himself on guitar, mandolin, banjo, and accordion.

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Wednesday, January 20, 2016
StoryCircle at Proctors Theater announces
Story Circle Meeting: Story Circle of the Capital District
6:15-9:00 p.m.
William K. Sanford Town Library (Colonie), 629 Albany Shaker Road, Loudonville, NY 12211
Story Circle meets to share works in progress. Stories told, not read, please. Listeners welcomed :-)

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

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Thursday, January 21, 2016
Ukrainian Village Voices presents
Four Seasons of Song: A Workshop with Mariana Sadovska
6:30-9:00 p.m.
144 Second Avenue (above Veselka), Third Floor Hall, New York, NY 10003
Please RSVP NOW to UkrainianVillageVoices@gmail.com to reserve your seat.
$15 adults/$10 students & seniors/children free
GlobalFEST will land world-renowned Mariana Sadovska back in NYC! She jubilantly invites you to attend her workshop, during which you will learn to sing in the Ukrainian village voice style. Mariana will be sharing songs from all four seasons to prepare us for the year ahead! For decades, Mariana Sadovska has been leading workshops focused on the so-called “white voice” (open throat) singing technique of Eastern Europe. Based on her experiences with the Polish Theatre Gardzienice, she developed a system of exercises that enables each person to discover the bonds between movement and singing, gesture and voice, rhythm and breath. She will use these exercises to invite us deeply into the singing of this music. At the same time, she will teach us about the ritual, social origin, and ecology that created these Ukrainian folk songs. Sadovska has conducted numerous workshops at colleges, universities and art centers around the world, including the International Workshop Festival (Israel), Grotowski Institute (Poland), University of Kabul (Afghanistan), Harvard University (USA), Princeton University (USA), New York University (USA) and many more.

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

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

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

The Towne Crier in Beacon presents
DRIFTWOOD
7:30 p.m.
Towne Crier, 379 Main Street, Beacon, NY, (845) 855-1300
Tickets:$20 advance/ $25 at the door
From the Binghamton, NY music scene comes Driftwood, a band with a rock ‘n’ roll soul and a folk art mind. Carving out a name for themselves with electrifying live performances, they bring one of the most unique, raw sounds to the Americana/roots music scene. Incorporating upright bass, banjo, acoustic guitar and violin, the ghost of traditional American folk music lives in their palette; but the melodies, the harmonies and the lyrics are something else entirely.

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Friday, January 22, 2016
Hudson Valley Community Dance presents
Fourth Friday Dance and Swing Dance Workshops with Emily Vanston
6:30 p.m.: Side-by-side Charleston; 7:15 p.m.: Face-to-face Charleston
8-11:00 p.m. Swing Dance; 8-8:30 Beginner’s Lesson
Poughkeepsie Tennis Club, Poughkeepsie, NY
Cost: Workshops: $15 ea/$20 both. For Adv. Beg thru Int. Knowledge of 6-count basic required
Dance: $15/$10 students w/ full-time ID
Swing Dance to Abbie Gardner & The Craziest Dream Band.

Irish Arts Center presents Twinsome Minds: Recovering 1916 in Images and Stories Performed by Richard Kearney and Sheila Gallagher
With original music composed and performed by Dana Lyn
7:30 p.m.
The Donaghy Theater, Irish Arts Center, 553 West 51st Street, New York, NY 10019
Tickets: $20
Through an interplay of storytelling, animation, music, and poetry, Twinsome Minds –which takes its title from a phrase in the novel Finnegans Wake – re-imagines a series of micro-narratives surrounding 1916 in Dublin and the WWI battlefields of Belgium. The stories and images of eclipsed history concentrate on twinned pairs – family members, neighbors, school friends, lovers – who ended up on opposite sides during this time of great upheaval in British-Irish relations. The various scenes explore crossings of memory and imagination, anecdote and legend, history and myth, as well as loyalty and love. Performed and created by philosopher Richard Kearney and moving images multi-media artist Sheila Gallagher, Twinsome Minds: Recovering 1916 mines what is often lost behind official historical accounts and acts of commemoration, and proposes a transformative work of interpreting the Rising for a new generation. Commissioned by The Abbey Theatre, Dublin.

Caffè Lena presents
Birds of Chicago
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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Birds of Chicago is a collective built around husband and wife duo J.T. Nero (Chicago, IL) and Allison Russell (Montreal, QC). Since forming in 2012, they’ve toured internationally 10+ months of the year. Their rock and roll poetry, a capella spirituals, acoustic balladry and driving country rock is built on Nero’s fractured country soul croon and guitar wrapped in Russell’s silver and gold voice and clarinet for a harmony blend that is like nothing else. Their streamlined poetry, deep grooves, sharp hooks and joyful singing come straight from their gut, and aim right at yours. After a year of hard touring, and much buzzed about appearances at summer festivals (Strawberry, High Sierra, Kerrville, Hillside, Delfest, Vancouver Island among others) the band is most at home on the road, zigzagging across North America and Europe in their family band van, with their new baby daughter, Ida Maeve, in tow.

The Folkus Project presents
Tom Rush
His distinctive guitar style, wry humor, and warm, expressive voice have made him both a legend and a lure to audiences around the world
8:00 p.m.
May Memorial Unitarian Universalist Society, 3800 East Genesee St, Syracuse, NY
Cost: $30; Member price: $25
Advance sale tickets are available via PayPal or by mail (personal check); advance ticket holders receive preferential seating. For details, see the Folkus Project website at www.folkus.org
Tom Rush is a gifted musician and performer, whose shows offer a musical celebration...a journey into the tradition and spectrum of what music has been, can be, and will become. His distinctive guitar style, wry humor and warm, expressive voice have made him both a legend and a lure to audiences around the world. His shows are filled with the rib-aching laughter of terrific story-telling, the sweet melancholy of ballads and the passion of gritty blues. Rush’s impact on the American music scene has been profound. He helped shape the folk revival in the 1960s and the renaissance of the 1980s and 1990s, his music having left its stamp on generations of artists.

The Towne Crier in Beacon presents
ROOSEVELT DIME; with special guest Flying Fingers Jug Band
8:30 p.m.
Towne Crier, 379 Main Street, Beacon, NY, (845) 855-1300
Tickets:$15 advance/ $20 at door
Seamlessly combining the feel-good groove of classic Rhythm and Blues with acoustic Americana instrumentation, Roosevelt Dime has crafted an infectious style and sound truly their own. Eben Pariser fronts the band with searingly soulful vocals, belted and whispered with a passion and panache straight from the juke joints. Andrew Green’s innovative piano-inspired banjo style, equal parts boogie-woogie and bluegrass, lock in with the New Orleans clave rhythms of Tony Montalbano's drums and Craig Akin’s syncopated upright bass. The swampy chords and swinging blues lines of Pariser’s semi-hollow electric guitar thicken the sound further still. By following the strains of Americana back to its roots, they not only combine aspects of different genres, but challenge the notion of these differences at their core. Hailing from Brooklyn, New York, the band started in the age old New Orleans street busking tradition, only it was the bustling avenues of the Big Apple rather than the Big Easy that first nurtured their sound. All walks of life were drawn to the undeniable positivity and crowd-sourced spontaneity at these revelries, and this literal grassroots community-building stuck with the band as they took their joyous beat from the city’s parks and subways to seek that same heartfelt connection with audiences worldwide. Armed with original songs of hope, love, and conviction that sound birthed from the cradle of American music yet still crucially relevant to the times in which we live, their performances are a “perpetual crowd pleaser” (NY Times) in any setting.

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Saturday, January 23, 2016
The Folklife Center of Crandall Public Library presents
Hey, Jesus was a Migrant Too
Dr. Ilze Earner, Hunter College’s Silberman School of Social Work
A personal story of migration &the current refugee crisis
2 p.m.
Folklife Center at Crandall Public Library, 251 Glen Street, Glens Falls, NY
For more information, call 518/792-6508 or email degarmo@crandalllibrary.org
Cost: Free
Dr.Earner was born in a refugee camp in Lille France at the end of World War II and grew up on Long Island. In the 1990s she worked with migrating populating in the Central Valley of California and East Harlem, NY. In the 2000s her research with immigrant children, families and social services helped guide changes in child welfare policy at the state and national levels. Currently Dr. Earner focuses on migrating children on the international stage. Dr. Earner is a graduate of Hunter College, has a Masters in Social Work from California State University in Fresno, and a PhD from Columbia University in New York.
See “El Sueño de América /The Dream of America” in Exhibitions below.

ArtsWestchester announces
Dancing to the Beat of Youth: White Plains Youth Bureau 11th Annual Dance Benefit
7:00 p.m.
White Plains Performing Arts Center, 11 City Place, White Plains, NY
Tickets: General admission tickets for the event are $30 and $50. VIP tickets, which include a post-performance reception, are $125.
For more information contact Adrienne Rivers, arivers@whiteplainsny.gov, 914-422-1378.
World-renowned, former Alvin Ailey dancer Sarita Allen will headline the Friends of the White Plains Youth Bureau’s Eleventh Annual Dance Benefit. Ms. Allen’s dancing career has spanned more than four decades and taken her around the world, performing some of Ailey’s signature dances. The Seattle native, who has long considered New York her home, started her professional dancing career with the Arthur Mitchell company after earning a scholarship to the Mitchell school while she was a young teenager. Ms. Allen joined the Ailey Company shortly afterwards of the Arts and Marlene Furtick, former Director of the Westchester County Youth Bureau. Other artists at the upcoming Benefit include, the O’Rourke Irish Dancers, Meena Chen, performing a traditional Indian dance and the Fusion dancers, a collaborative program between the Youth Bureau and the Steffi Nossen School of Dance.

Old Songs presents
OLD SONGS SAMPLER CONCERT A Benefit for the 2016 Old Songs Festival
7:30 p.m.
Old Songs Community Arts Center, 37 South Main Street, Voorheesville, NY 12186
Yummy bake sale and raffle
Tickets: $20; $5 children 12 and under
Or call Old Songs to reserve: (518) 765-2815.
If online tickets sellout, they may still be available from Old Songs.
Featuring: Bailiu (Irish), Phil Spoor (multi-instrumentalist), Paul Mercer & Joan Kosby (singer-songwriters), New Salem Serenaders (old-time banjo), Phil Teumim (humorous songs), 2Late (acoustic duo).

Caffè Lena presents
Frank Jaklitsch and Friends with opener Chrissy Cetnar & Mike Lemme
8 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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As Capital District animal lovers know, folk/Celtic artist Frank Jaklitsch always turns his concerts at Caffè Lena into something more than entertainment. 100% of his earnings will benefit Shaker Veterinary Hospital's Save-a-Pet Fund. Beyond the good cause, Frank lights up the room with buoyant performances. The sound is full, the sing-alongs are plentiful, the laughter fills the room. Frank will be joined by Bobby Long on guitar, Michael Eck on mandolin, and Mark Frederick on fiddle.
Opener Chrissy Cetnar is a Massachusetts-based music therapist whose original piano-based songs bear hints of John Legend, Sarah Bareilles, and Adele. She’ll be accompanied by Capital District guitarist Mike Lemme. Chrissy has played Saratoga previously for equine rescue benefits, and she's the mother of two rescue dogs.

The Towne Crier in Beacon presents
MIKE STERN with special guest Bill Evans; also appearing, Scott Beall Trio
8:30 p.m.
Towne Crier, 379 Main Street, Beacon, NY, (845) 855-1300
Tickets: $35 advance/ $40 at the door
One of the most esteemed electric guitarists of his generation, Mike Stern has distinguished himself over a four-decade career that has encompassed musical partnerships with Blood, Sweat & Tears, Billy Cobham, Miles Davis, Jaco Pastorius, the Brecker Brothers and Joe Henderson, as well as 16 recordings as a leader (six of which were nominated for GRAMMY Awards). An electrifying soloist whose blistering chops combine rock-fusion firepower with sophisticated jazz harmonies and his inherently bluesy string bending prowess, Stern has the ability to instantly elevate the proceedings on any gig or session he plays by channeling the spirits of his own personal guitar heroes Jimi Hendrix, Wes Montgomery, Jim Hall, and Albert King.

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Sunday, January 24, 2016
The Japan Society presents
New Year’s Celebration: Oshogatsu
1 p.m.
The Japan Center, 333 East 47th Street, New York, NY 10017
Tickets: $18/$10 Japan Society and corporate members; free for children ages 2 and under. Price includes festival (1-4 p.m.) and one taiko drumming session at either 1:30 or 2:30 p.m.
Celebrate the New Year holiday at Japan Society’s annual Oshogatsu event and participate in various traditional activities. Families watch live taiko drumming and accompanying lion dancing (shishi-mai) and have the chance to participate in a brief taiko practice session at either 1:30 or 2:30 p.m.(session is chosen at time of ticket purchase). Other fun activities include rice pounding (mochi-tsuki), calligraphy (kakizome), kite (tako)-making, traditional games (fukuwarai), and top spinning (koma-mawashi). Recommended for all ages.

StoryCircle at Proctors Theater announces
Word Plays: Stormy Weather
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
We’ve all experienced stormy weather — either actually or metaphorically. Come hear these fabulous stormy weather stories told by: Siri Allison, Alden (Joe) Doolittle, Kate Dudding, Marni Gillard, Colette Odell, Sandy Schuman..

Albany Institute of History & Art presents LECTURE The Evolution of a Museum: The Albany Institute Celebrates its 225th Anniversary
Tammis K. Groft, Executive Director, Albany Institute of History & Art
2-3 p.m.
Albany Institute of History & Art, 125 Washington Avenue, Albany, NY 12210
Free with museum admission
In the year 1791 George Washington was President of the United States, the Bill of Rights was ratified, and a small group of people gathered to found the Society for the Promotion of Agriculture, Arts, and Manufactures. With seven homes and six official name changes, the Albany Institute of History & Art has shared its collections with nine generations of New Yorkers. Groft will illuminate how the Institute has responded to and evolved with our changing nation.

Interfaith Story Circle announces
Winter Lights: Wisdom Tales
An inter-generational celebrationn of story, dance, and musi
2-4 p.m.
Hubbard Interfaith Sanctuary (College of St. Rose), 959 Madison Avenue, Albany, NY
Free and open to the public. All donations to benefit Children at the Well
For information, please contact Claire Nolan 518.209.6477, cbnolou@gmail.com
Theme: Wisdom Tales. Guest Storytellers: TBD and Students of C@W. Guest Storytellers from Interfaith Story Circle. Come and tell a story, or come and listen. Our mission is promoting understanding, respect and friendship among people of diverse cultures, ethical traditions and religions by facilitating the sharing of stories. We open and close the circle with a prayer or reflection. The guest storyteller will share some thoughts on the circle’s theme and tell some related stories. You are then invited to tell a story if you wish.

Clearwater announces a fundraiser:
Pete Seeger: A Tribute
2-6 p.m.
Rosendale Rec Center, 1055 NY-32, Rosendale, NY 12472
Tickets: $30–$500: children 12 and under, $20
Join us for a tribute to Pete Seeger with performances by Guy Davis, Decora, Betty and the Boomers, Glles Malkine & Mikhail Horowitz, Dan Einbender, David Bernz, Kelleigh McKenzie, and more. This family-friendly event will include a Silent Auction, and a Potluck with Stone Soup, in the original Clearwater tradition. Premium tickets will include reserved seating and parking, and other special features. Any amount greater than $20 will be recorded as a tax-deductible contribution to Clearwater.

Caffè Lena presents
Rhyme on My Hands: A Biography in Song with Byron Nilsson and Malcolm Kogut
3 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
As they continue to enjoy an ever-loosening grip on reality, Byron and Malcolm return to Caffè Lena with a program featuring their favorite reality-fighting songs: “Lydia, the Tattooed Lady,” “Capitalistic Boss,” “The Butler’s Song,” favorites by Noël Coward, Flanders & Swann, and much more, with a promise of embarrassing audience participation as well. Skip the Xanax and enjoy in its stead this guaranteed afternoon anti-depressant!

Newburgh Chamber Music presents
Jay Ungar & Molly Mason
3:00 p.m.
St. George’s Episcopal Church, 105 Grand St., Newburgh, NY
Tickets: $25, $5 student/youth; $30 special 2-for-1 “Introduce a Friend”
Jay Ungar & Molly Mason have become one of the most celebrated duos in the American acoustic music scene. Their consummate musicianship, incomparable warmth and wit, and obvious love of the music have delighted audiences worldwide. The concert, part of NCM’s “A Touch of France” 2015/2016 series, is a musical travelogue featuring an amazing array of fiddle music from a variety of traditions along with Cajun and Quebecois waltzes and reels. Songs, legends, and fiddle tunes abound as Ungar and Mason take you on a musical journey from colonial hearths and pioneer settlements to a Texas fiddle contest and a 1930s dance hall-with stops in the Scottish Highlands, the Appalachian Mountains and the Louisiana bayou along the way.

ArtsWestchester announces
Folk Concert: Caroline Doctorow Performs The Great American Song Revival
3:00-4:15 p.m.
The New Rochelle Public Library, 1 Library Plaza, New Rochelle, NY
Suggested donation: $2. Made possible by the Friends of the New Rochelle Public Library. Ossie Davis Theater.
For more information contact Adrienne Rivers, arivers@whiteplainsny.gov, 914-422-1378.
Caroline Doctorow’s very personal tribute to songwriters of the ’60s is folk music at its finest. A mesmerizing vocalist and champion of American folk music, Caroline has released 9 folk/Americana albums and is widely admired for delivering a song with a velveteen voice. In this program she and her band will focus on the folk music of performers such as Bob Dylan, Joan Baez, Tom Paxton, Donovan, Richard and Mimi Farina, John Hartford and Dave Van Ronk. Caroline will also share some of her original compositions and her reminiscence about growing up in New Rochelle as the daughter of author E. L. Doctorow.

Caffè Lena presents
Mark Erelli with Dana and Susan Robinson
7 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
With new ballads and gorgeously rendered tunes from the Appalachia of yesteryear, tonight’s musicians have found the pulse of genuine folk music. Boston singer-songwriter Mark Erelli has tackled everything from western swing and protest songs to lullabies and murder ballads, all in a richly expressive voice that Twangville.com heralds as “the male counterpart to Neko Case.” Erelli has grown from church basement coffeehouse gigs to the main stage of the Newport Folk Festival. He excels as a sideman guitarist (backing up Lori McKenna at the Grand Ole Opry, or Josh Ritter at London’s Royal Albert Hall), a bluegrass band leader (Barnstar!), and as a solo songwriter. He takes on worthy themes and connects across political and social fences. “darkly magnificent...Mark Erelli (has) something to say and a unique, poetic, compelling way of saying it.” (Vintage Guitar)
Hailing from Asheville, NC, Dana and Susan Robinson are bona fide folk musicians with truly superb musical chops. Some of their songs are new; some are traditional pieces from Appalachia—all are built on the bedrock of American traditional songs. Dana and Susan get an old-time groove going with banjo, guitar, fiddle, and beautiful harmony singing. They can make the audience howl with laughter or hush with poignant reflection as they explore the mystery and wonder of our shared landscape. “Many songwriters such as Bruce Springsteen, or John Mellencamp have been heralded as modern day Woody Guthries or keepers of the American rural spirit, but that mantle might be better entrusted to musicians like Dana Robinson who embody both the heart and the soul of folk music.” (Dirty Linen)

The Towne Crier in Beacon presents
BIRDS OF CHICAGO; also special guest Marc Von Em
7:30 p.m.
Towne Crier, 379 Main Street, Beacon, NY, (845) 855-1300
Tickets: $20 advance/ $25 at the door
Birds Of Chicago is a collective built around husband and wife duo, JT Nero (Chicago) and Allison Russell (Montreal). Since forming in 2012, they’ve toured internationally 10+ months of the year. Their brand of rock & roll poetry can be a little hard to categorize for people insisting on categorizing . . . their voices are undoubtedly the centerpiece. Nero’s fractured country soul croon is wrapped in Russell’s silver and gold tones for a harmony blend like nothing else in music today. Fired by the band, it’s a full tilt revival – streamlined poems, deep grooves, sharp hooks and joyful singing straight from the gut.

...and beyond
Puerto Rican Folkloric Dance & Cultural Center announces
PRFDance & Los Reyes Magos Celebran Octavitas 2-5 p.m.
Puerto Rican Folkloric Dance & Cultural Center,, 701 Tillery Street, in Austin, Texas 78702
Free event, donations welcome
Puerto Ricans are joyful people because our holidays start in November and last until end of January! Los Reyes Magos (The Three Kings) are coming to Austin to celebrate Octavitas with us! Come sing aguinaldos one last time and enjoy PRFDance performances! Bring the kids, the Reyes always bring gifts! Los Reyes will give an award to someone who is making a significant contribution in the Texas Boricua community. Who is it this year?
The Reyes Mago ship has docked in South Texas! They are mounting their caballos and will arrive in Austin on SUNDAY! We invite the children to bring TINY boxes of grass to feed the caballos! We invite adults to bring party-ready finger foods, appetizers, snacks, and bite-size sweets! Come ready to enjoy the last Parranda in Texas! They won’t tell us!

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Monday, January 25, 2016
Flushing Town Hall presents
The Moth StorySLAM: GOSSIP
7:00 p.m.
Flushing Town Hall, 137-35 Northern Boulevard, (at the corner of Linden Place), Flushing, NY 11354
Tickets: $10

Open to anyone with a true story to share on the night’s posted theme: GOSSIP. When the doors open, storyteller hopefuls put their names in The Moth Hat. A half hour later, names are picked, and storytellers take the stage. Each person has just five minutes! Ten featured stories are scored by teams of judges selected from the audience, who pick the StorySLAM winner. Sign up or just enjoy the show!

Wednesday, January 27, 2016
Museum at Eldridge Street presents
Special Tour: Treasures from the Archives
1 p.m.
Museum at Eldridge Street, 12 Eldridge Street, New York, NY 10002, 212.219.088
RSVP: $12 adults; $10 students/seniors; includes Museum admission.
See rarely displayed Judaica and artifacts from the Museum's collection on this behind-the-scenes tour of the Eldridge Street Synagogue with archivist Nancy Johnson.

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

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Thursday, January 28, 2016
Caffè Lena presents
Open Mic
Performer registration is from 7 to 7:25 p.m. Performances start at 7:30 p.m.
Caffè Lena, 47 Phila St., Saratoga Springs, NY, 518-583-0022
Tickets: $3 at the door
Open Mic takes place every Thursday. This open mic is for all styles of music and spoken word performance, including poetry, comedy, and storytelling. Most of what you’ll hear is original songs on acoustic instruments, but we warmly welcome whatever you have to offer. No advance registration by phone is permitted. If you can’t come in time for registration, the host may be able to add you to the end of the roster. If you don’t get the timeslot you want, you may be able to swap with someone else. No special preference is given to kids, pros, or to those traveling long distances. Participants play two songs or speak for 10 minutes. Under all but the most extreme circumstances, we do not limit the number of performers. The host draws names at 7:30. The first person drawn gets first choice of timeslot, second gets second choice, etc. There is no featured performer at Weekly Open Mic. Excessive profanity and vulgarity are strongly discouraged. It is up to the discretion of the host to determine if a performance is inappropriate for Caffè Lena. Please bear in mind that Caffè Lena is not a bar and often has children in the audience.

City Lore presents:
Boardwalk Renaissance Artist, Richard Eagan, Shares His History with Coney Island
Doors open at 6:45 p.m., Performance begins at 7 p.m.
City Lore Gallery 56 E. 1st St, NYC, NY 10003
Tickets: $11.50
In Alive on the Inside, Richard Eagan, artist and performer, tells the story of his experiences as a Coney Island show barker, weight guesser and game operator in this one man show. Eagan takes us on a colorful journey behind the scenes at Coney Island, drawing on his long experience there. The story follows the author from his childhood discovery of this most surreal playground through his return to Coney as an artist with a mission to save his beloved haunt from oblivion. During his years there, Eagan continues to discover the fantastic beneath Coney Island's hand painted fun house exterior, finally realizing that escape proves eerily difficult once, like many others before him, he “gets the sand in his shoes.” Richard Eagan is familiar to many New Yorkers as the co-host of the Mermaid Parade and as the director of The Coney Island Hysterical Society.

The Towne Crier in Beacon presents
THE BIG TAKEOVER
7:30 p.m.
Towne Crier, 379 Main Street, Beacon, NY, (845) 855-1300
Tickets: $15 advance/ $20 at the door
The Big Takeover is a unique concoction of backgrounds and spirits that creates a version of reggae that is perfectly fresh and vivid. With Jamaican born and raised NeeNee Rushie as a captivating and memorable front woman, this movement is complete with a playful horn section, pulsating bass and drums, and a hypnotizing rhythm section fills its audience’s hearts with good vibes and solid joy!

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Friday, January 29, 2016
Haiti Cultural Exchange (HCX) presents
Lavi Miyò | Dance Performance and An né Pale featuring Veroneque F. Ignace
6-9 p.m.
Haiti Cultural Exchange, 558 St. John’s Place, Brooklyn, NY 11238
ADMISSION: $10 Suggested Donation
For information, contact: 347-565-4429, info@haiticulturalx.org
Veroneque F. Ignace, was born and raised in East Flatbush, Brooklyn, and is a recent graduate of Williams College. Dedicated to combining her passion for Haiti, people, medicine, and dance in such a way that allows for large scale healing, Ignace focuses on the notion of healing through creative productions and the concepts of trauma and recovery for black people in America and the Diaspora.
Lavi Miyò, a work in progress, focuses on resistance as a step toward recovery and utilizes writing, choreography and music to explore essential questions regarding the emotional, physical, spiritual, and psychological stability of individuals affected by trauma.

The Arts Center of the Capital Region annoounces
TROY NIGHT OUT
5-9 p.m.
The Arts of the Capital Region, 265 River Street, Troy, NY 12180
PERFORMANCES
Rehearsed Readings for Theatre
4 Directors | 5 Playwrights | 8 Actors | 5 Short Plays
Showtime: 6 p.m. in the Black Box Theatre

A new production of a selection of new short plays, object theatre, and verse storytelling. Directed by 4 diverse and different directors exploring various theatrical techniques. This presentation is the result of an Arts Center class called Modern Classic Reads: A Primer for Directing New Plays.

In My America
Showtime: 8 p.m. in the Black Box Theatre

In My America, by filmmaker Darian Henry, presents the voices of three young refugee girls: Ya D Na, Say Blu Too and Sara Mohammad, who retell their stories of fleeing home, moving to America and what it has been like living in the Capital District as refugees. The two short documentary portraits are only snapshots of a larger, feature-length project filmmaker Darian Henry hopes to pursue. Darian is the Individual Artist Commission grant recipient for Albany County in 2015. This project is made possible in part through an Individual Artist Commission Grant, a program funded by The Arts Center of the Capital Region through the New York State Council on the Arts.

The Road presents
Open Season in concert
7-8 p.m.
The Road, 4845 W. Seneca Turnpike, Syracuse, NY
$7 suggested donation
For more information, contact: pfanenstiel@yahoo.com
Steve Pfanenstiel and Mark Porter formed Open Season earlier this year. They play a variety of styles: Folk to Pop to Easy Listening; with music from artists such as the Eagles, John Denver and The Everly Brothers.

Caffè Lena presents
Bill Staines
8 p.m.
Caffè Lena, 47 Phila St., Saratoga Springs, NY, 518-583-0022
Tickets: $22 general admission, $20 members, $11 students and children
Buy tickets online
“For some of the younger performers Caffè Lena is a ‘legendary folk club.’ For me it’s a second home,” says troubadour Bill Staines, who has headlined our stage twice a year since 1967. Staines himself is a folk music legend. His songs, including “River,” “Roseville Fair,” and dozens more, have become standards, recorded by artists ranging from Nanci Griffith and Jerry Jeff Walker to Grandpa Jones. Weaving a gentle blend of wit and humor into his performances, Bill intersperses his own songs with traditional tunes, contemporary country ballads, and audience participation numbers.

Albany Contradance
8-11:00 p.m.; Beginner’s Lesson: 7:45 p.m.BR> Elks Lodge, Albany, NY
Cost: $10/$5 students with full-time ID.
For more information, contact Peter at 518-729-7791, peter.stix@me.com
Hawaiian Shirt Night! Coracree with caller Melanie Axel-Lute. Wear sneakers or shoes w/clean, soft soles.

Eighth Step at Proctors presents
PMN (People’s Music Network Winter Gathering Concert
For Songs of Freedom and Struggle
7:30 p.m., Doors Open at 7 p.m./ Seating: First Come, First Serve
Hacket Middle School, 45 Delaware Ave., Albany, NY
Order Tickets through the 8th Step Ticket Line: 518-434-1703 or online,
Tickets: $11.50-$38
Hosted by Charlie King and Sonny Ochs, the concert kicks off the People Music Network's Winter Gathering 2016. The Gathering includes a weekend of workshops, one-on-one mentoring sessions and round robins to highlight group singing, song sharing, and. skills for using music for progressive social change. This concert brings together talented artists from varied traditions and cultures. Join us for an explosive beginning to a landmark weekend...a salute to the music that helps us find our way to a better world. Charlie King is a musical storyteller and political satirist. He has been at the heart of American folk music for half a century. He sings and writes passionately about the extraordinary lives of ordinary people. Sonia “Sonny” Ochs is a music producer and radio host. Since the 1980s, she has hosted her own radio program, currently on WIOX, and assisted at numerous folk festivals. Since 1983, she has kept the legacy and message of her brother, Phil’s songs, alive by organizing “Phil Ochs Song Nights,” concerts at which various musicians perform her brother’s songs.
Performers include:
Joe Jencks (The Gathering’s Artist in Residence) is an international touring performer, songwriter, entertainer, and educator, based in Chicago, IL. Jencks weaves a diverse web of stories with brilliant musical skill. His songs invite us to live inside of our passions and our beliefs.
Taína Asili carries on the tradition of her Puerto Rican ancestors, fusing past and present struggles into one soulful and defiant voice. Her newest artistic work is with la Banda Rebelde (the Rebel Band), a six piece international ensemble based in Albany, NY.
Ben Grosscup performs songs of struggle and social critique — taking on issues like student debt, ecological breakdown, and economic injustice. His powerful voice and thumping guitar are the foundation for lyrics that make no apology for having a position on contemporary events.
Ruth Pelham is a singer, songwriter and educator who brings to the world a fresh vision of world peace and social change. Whether performing in concert, teaching children to build homemade musical instruments, writing songs with old people in nursing homes or participating in international arts exchanges, Ruth’s performances of her own songs have been described by audiences and critics alike as “exuberant...charismatic...exceptional.”
Kay Olan (
Ionataiewas), Mohawk educator and fascinating storyteller, is former Director of the Mohawk community of Kanatsiohareke, near Canajoharie, who has spoken for 25 years about the Haudenosaunee (Mohawk). Kay tells the stories in a cultural context that teach history and traditions. They heal and pass on values, and help us understand the relationships between each other and the rest of the universe.
The Peace Poets are a collective of artists that celebrate, examine and advocate for life through music and poetry. The Peace Poets style emphasizes lyricism, rhythm and authenticity.

The Towne Crier in Beacon presents
THE BIG TAKEOVER
8:30 p.m.
Towne Crier, 379 Main Street, Beacon, NY, (845) 855-1300
Tickets: $25 advance/ $30 at door
Anyone who’s paid attention to his recent output knows that Willie Nile is currently in the midst of a creative renaissance that’s produced some of the most compelling music of his 35-year career. Writing in the NY Times, the great rock critic Robert Palmer called him “one of the most gifted singer-songwriters to emerge from the New York scene in years.”

January 29–31, 2016
Ashokan Music & Dance Camps presents
The Winter Hoot
The Ashokan Center | Ashokan Music & Dance Camps | 477 Beaverkill Road | Olivebridge | NY | 12461
Come for a few hours or the whole weekend – tickets are pay what you can. Please note: space is limited. All pre-purchased ticket holders will be guaranteed entry. Everyone else is first come first serve.
With music, dancing, food, film, art and nature activities for all ages, the 4th Annual Winter Hoot welcomes the community, one and all, for a spirit-raising good time in mid-winter! Hear world-class musical acts from our Hudson Valley region and beyond, like Ana Egge, Jeffrey Lewis, Bill Harley, Jay Ungar & Molly Mason, The Mike + Ruthy Band, Elizabeth Mitchell, Gustafer Yellowgold, and more.
Proceeds from the Hoots support The Ashokan Center’s outdoor environmental education programs, facility improvements, and ongoing community outreach. For the Winter Hoot 2016, The Ashokan Center has set a goal of $20,000 to restore the Pewter Shop and preserve its renowned acoustics. Please consider helping us by purchasing a “Pewter Posse” VIP ticket and/or making a generous contribution to the Hoot.

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Saturday, January 30, 2016
Center for Traditional Music and Dance in collaboration with Haiti Cultural Exchange present
Lakay se Lakay | Ancient Future Haitianist
12 noon–8 p.m.
The New School Theresa Lang Community and Student Center, 55 West 13th St., New York, NY
Free Admission
CTMD is proud to serve as a media sponsor for Lakay se Lakay: Ancient Future Haitianist presented by Haiti Cultural Exchange & Oyasound, in partnership with Eugene Lang College of Liberal Arts at The New School. A celebration of Haitian song, dance, drum, and electronic music, this day-long program includes a dance and drumming workshop with a panel discussion, featuring Val Jeanty, Hard Hitting Harry, Nina Paulino, and Sabine Blaizin.

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

Hudson Valley Community Dance presents
5th Saturday Contradance
7:30-10:30 p.m., doors open 7:00 p.m.
St John’s Evangelical Lutheran Church, Poughkeepsie, NY
For more information, call 845-473-7050 or email contra@hudsonvalleydance.org
Cost: $10/$5 students with full-time ID
Dave Eisenstadter calling with Coracree.

The Smith Center for the Arts presents
The Way Down Wanderers
7:30 p.m., BOGO Happy Hour 7-8 p.m.
Café Toscana will be serving daily specials and all menu items until 10 p.m.
Smith Club Series at Ventosa Vineyards, 3440 State Route 96A, Geneve, NY 14456
TICKETS: $15 General Admission, $20 at the door Equal parts fast-paced, soulful, and modern-folk Americana act, The Way Down Wanderers, draw listeners in with energy, originality and soulful generosity. Playing, performing and writing together for just over a year, the Wanderers have built an enthusiastic and fast-growing following across the country. Youthful and professionally trained, these young men captivate audiences with soaring instrumentals, foot stomping sing-alongs and a lively stage show and have created a buzz for themselves with their unplugged, off-stage encores and propensity for performing self-titled, “restSTOMPS” – free acoustic sets at rest & truck stops along their tour routes. The band’s debut EP, Path to Follow and their brand new live EP, Wellspring are available wherever music is sold. The band’s first full-length album is due to release in the spring or summer of 2016.

Caffè Lena presents
Sean Rowe
8 p.m.
Caffè Lena, 47 Phila St., Saratoga Springs, NY, 518-583-0022
Tickets: $25 general admission, $22 members, $12.50 students and children
Buy tickets online
Troy native son Sean Rowe has just released a new EP entitled Her Songs, just a few months after releasing the acclaimed all-original album Madman. The new project showcases Sean’s version of six compositions written by female artists: Sade, Cat Power, Neko Case, Regina Spektor, Lucinda Williams and Feist. Initial reactions have been nothing short of phenomenal. Elmore Magazine wrote, “Rowe’s booming, resonant baritone infuses the tracks with an evocative, searing power. The best covers can re-frame a beloved song in a new light, and Rowe’s effortless masculinity lends a new tinge of remorse to the ballad, reminiscent of the iconic balladeer Johnny Cash.” Upon hearing his rendition of her “Soldiers Song,” Lucinda Williams proclaimed “This is the best cover of any of my songs that anyone has ever done. I am completely moved.” The rest of the world is discovering what we Capital District fans found out years ago: Sean Rowe is an unparalleled performer with the ability to transmit the emotional heart of a song with a powerful and intuitive simplicity.

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

Carnegie Hall presents in partnership Robert Browning Associates
JOAN SORIANO: The Duke of Bachata
8:30 p.m.
Zankel Hall at Carnegie Hall, Seventh Avenue between 57th and 56th Street, NYC
Tickets: $38, $45
Joan Soriano has played a major role in popularizing bachata, the African- and Spanish-based soul music of the Dominican Republic. Sometimes called the “Dominican blues,” its sentiments range from romantic to heartbreak and despair. Representing a new generation of roots bachata, Soriano preserves the classic styles of Dominican music while modernizing it with contemporary influences. In this concert, he is accompanied by a five-piece band that features guitars, bass, and Latin percussion.

January 30–31, 2016
The Czechoslovak American Marionette Theatre announces

The New World Symphony: Dvořák in America
2016 World Premiere of a new marionette musical by Vít Hořejš and composer James Brandon Lewis
Sat., Jan. 30 at 7:00 p.m., Sun., Jan. 31 at 2 p.m.
Bohemian National Hall, 321 East 73rd Street, New York City
Tickets: $19, Seniors and students $10
Based on the famed Czech composer Antonín Dvořák’s eventful stay in America in 1892–95 when he famously declared that African- and Native-American music would be the foundation of new American music.
Performers: Deborah Beshaw, Michelle Beshaw, Harlem-Lafayette, Theresa Linnihan, Valois Mickens, Jan-Peter Pedross, John Scott Richardson, Ben Watts,
James Brandon Lewis, saxophone,
Luke Stewart, Bass; Warren Trae Crudup III, drums
Costume design:Theresa Linnihan
Set design:Tom Lee
Lighting design: Federico Restrepo
Presented by GOH Productions & The Dvořák American Heritage Association

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Saturday, January 31, 2016
Museum at Eldridge Street presents
In Conversation: Letty, Robin and Abigail Pogrebin
3 p.m.
Museum at Eldridge Street, 12 Eldridge Street, New York, NY 10002, 212.219.088
RSVP: $18 adults; $15 students/seniors; includes Museum admission
One mother, two daughters, three writers. Join activist and author Letty Cottin Pogrebin, her daughters author Abigail Pogrebin and New York Times writer Robin Pogrebin for a conversation about work, family and Jewish identity.

Brooklyn Center for Performing Arts at Brooklyn College presents
Nai-Ni Chen Dance Company’s Lunar New Year Celebration featuring Feng Gu
3 p.m.
Brooklyn Center for Performing Arts, 2900 Campus Road, Brooklyn, NY 11210
Tickets: $12.50-$25
Brooklyn Center for the Performing Arts at Brooklyn College announces that internationally acclaimed Peking Opera performer Feng Gu will join the Nai-Ni Chen Dance Company for its annual Lunar New Year Celebration. Mr. Gu, a principal member of the Beijing Kunqu Theater, will perform the role of the Monkey King in a special excerpt from Monkey King in the Heavenly Palace, one of the most celebrated Peking Opera productions in China. Mr. Gu’s U.S. appearance is sponsored by the Consulate General of the People’s Republic of China.
Partnering with Brooklyn Center for the third year in a row, the prestigious Nai-Ni Chen Dance Company presents an all-new celebration of Chinese culture commemorating the Year of the Monkey, a year characterized by cleverness, curiosity, and playful mischief. The festive, family-friendly event will also showcase thrilling choreography inspired by shadow puppetry, live music performed by the Chinese Music Ensemble of New York, and a traditional Chinese marketplace.

Caffè Lena presents
Sean Rowe
8 p.m.
Caffè Lena, 47 Phila St., Saratoga Springs, NY, 518-583-0022
Tickets: $25 general admission, $22 members, $12.50 students and children
Buy tickets online
Troy native son Sean Rowe has just released a new EP entitled Her Songs, just a few months after releasing the acclaimed all-original album Madman. The new project showcases Sean’s version of six compositions written by female artists: Sade, Cat Power, Neko Case, Regina Spektor, Lucinda Williams and Feist. Initial reactions have been nothing short of phenomenal. Elmore Magazine wrote, “Rowe’s booming, resonant baritone infuses the tracks with an evocative, searing power. The best covers can re-frame a beloved song in a new light, and Rowe’s effortless masculinity lends a new tinge of remorse to the ballad, reminiscent of the iconic balladeer Johnny Cash.” Upon hearing his rendition of her “Soldiers Song,” Lucinda Williams proclaimed “This is the best cover of any of my songs that anyone has ever done. I am completely moved.” The rest of the world is discovering what we Capital District fans found out years ago: Sean Rowe is an unparalleled performer with the ability to transmit the emotional heart of a song with a powerful and intuitive simplicity.

Aztec Two-Step Performs The Simon & Garfunkel Songbook
An Evening Of Songs & Stories with Special Guest Narrator Tony Traguardo
8:00 p.m. with doors opening at 6:00 p.m.
City Winery 155 Varick Street, New York, NY, 10013
For information, contact (212) 608-0555 ext. 6023 or info@citywinery.com
Cost: $28–$35
Often reviewed as having the intellectual lyricism and ethereal harmonies of Simon and Garfunkel, after decades of possessing a rich musical legacy of their own, it made sense that critically acclaimed Aztec Two-Step would also choose to interpret and perform the timeless songs and harmonies of their iconic predecessors and create this engaging evening of songs and stories. And as a special addition to this show, the musical performance will be interwoven with a multi-media presentation.

The Towne Crier in Beacon presents
VICTOR WOOTEN
7:30 p.m.
Towne Crier, 379 Main Street, Beacon, NY, (845) 855-1300
Tickets: $45 advance/ $50 at the door
Regaled as the most influential bassist since Jaco Pastorius, five-time Grammy-winning musician Victor Wooten is known for his solo recordings and tours, and as a member of the Grammy-winning supergroup, Béla Fleck & The Flecktones. An innovator on the bass guitar, as well as a talented composer, arranger, producer, vocalist and multi-instrumentalist, Victor has recently toured with Stanley Clarke and on a co-bill with guitar master Jimmy Herring. Continuing the tradition of virtuosity forged by James Brown, Funkadelic and Prince, Victor has won most every major award given to a bass guitarist. He was voted Bassist of the year by Bass Player Magazine three times and is the only person to have won the award more than once.

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       ANNOUNCEMENTS

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

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

Registration opens February 1, 2016
See conference schedule.

In this one-day conference, folklorists, architects, historic preservationists, museum professionals, community members, and students will come together to address questions concerning the significant crisis in our understanding of everyday landscapes and the built environment:

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

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

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

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

Andrew Dolkart, Professor of Architecture, Planning, and Preservation, Columbia University

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

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

Molly Garfinkel, Director, Place Matters/City Lore

Magali Regis, Architect and Vice-President, NYC Community Garden Coalition/Sustainable Architecture

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

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

Nancy Solomon, Executive Director, Long Island Traditions

Julie Tay, Executive Director, Mencius Society for the Arts

Annie Polland, Senior Vice President, Education & Programs, Lower East Side Tenement Museum

Graduate students specializing in folk and vernacular architecture

READ more about the conference here...




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

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

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

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


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

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


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

8-11 p.m.
Co-sponsored with and held at the Aubergine Cafe, 49-22 Skillman Avenue at the corner of 50th Street in Woodside, Queens
Information: 718-899-1735
A voluntary contribution is requested on guest nights.
Come join us every Wednesday for a 3-hour pub style sing-around. All songs are welcome, as are acoustic instruments. Occasionally there is a featured guest performer for part of the evening. Sandwiches, salads, coffee, tea, wine, and beer are available.
Featured Performer: January 13, Heather Wood


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

7:30-10:00 p.m.
Twelve Corners Presbyterian Church, 1200 S Winton Rd., Rochester, NY 14618
Sing-arounds are FREE and open to the public. Lead a song, request a song, or pass. Contact Deborah Edwards, vicepresident.folk@goldenlink.org to volunteer to lead.
January 5: Open Sing, Richard Keefer leading
January 12: Sing-Along and Chorus, Donna Kearney leading
January 19: “My New Year’s Resolutions,” Dean Santos leading
January 26: Open Sing, Val Fowler leading
February 02: Open Sing, Joan Burch leading


Open Mic at The Road
7-9 p.m.
Sign up starts at 6 p.m.
Every Monday night
The Road, 4845 Seneca Turnpike, Syracuse, NY 13215
For information, contact erin.theroad@gmail.com or 315-218-6066
Free and open to the public
Come join us every Monday night. Sing or play a song, tell a joke, perform some spoken word or simply come to listen. The Road also has a full menu at the cafe, so come for a fresh hot shot of expresso, a refreshingly cool fruit smoothie, or a deliciously pressed Panini.


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

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

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


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Old Songs presents
Make Your Own Music Nights

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


Flushing Town Hall Education Department announces
Celebrate Martin Luther King Jr. and Black History Month!

Honor the achievements of Black Americans and remember the important people and events in the history of the African diaspora. Our master Teaching Artists will help your students celebrate with workshops or assemblies:

Monologues of Struggle and Hope: April Armstrong will tell the stories of 6 female leaders through words and songs. The lives and struggles of Ruby Bridges, Shirley Chisholm, Wilma Rudolph, the Freedom Riders, Barbara Jordan, and Diana Sands are celebrated. This special event is available for assemblies.

Stories from West Africa told by Tammy Hall: The Eagle Story is a folktale passed down for centuries among the Songhai people of West Africa which inspires us to realize our inner greatness. Good stories, and more importantly, good storytellers, have been venerated in African tradition. Tammy celebrates this rich tradition with this story and more.

African Percussion with Napoleon Revels-Bey: This workshop integrates music and dance and traces African influences originating in West Africa, through ancient Spain, the Caribbean, and early New Orleans. Napoleon explores Flamenco, Cha Cha Cha, and Meringue and its relationship to Louis Armstrong, Dizzy, Tito Puente and the Harlem Renaissance.

This Little Light of Mine: Walking for Freedom, a Civil Rights Journey with April Armstrong: The true story of little Ruby Bridges integrating the public schools in Louisiana is a compelling one for younger students. Walk with Ruby on her first day as April weaves song with story for an entertaining and historic moment in American Civil Rights History. Audience participation is encouraged.

Samba-Afro with Joya Powell: This dance workshop will introduce students to Samba-Afro from the Afro-Brazilian communities of Bahia, Brazil. Students will warm-up to traditional dance moves, and learn basic Samba Afro movements while learning more about this diasporic community. For all ages!



To book any of these fabulous workshops, assemblies or events, please contact: ccooper@flushingtownhall.org.


Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation announces
ArtsCONNECT

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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


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


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

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

For more information: www.cccadi.org/ica2016

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


Caribbean Cultural Center| African Diaspora Institute announces
JOIN US: Community Arts University Without Walls (CAUWW) Summer 2016!

Students admitted into the study Community Arts University Without Walls (CAUWW), a two-weeks intensive Certificate Program, will experience Puerto Rico through the eyes of community experts and scholars who are culturally grounded in the arts, public policy, and advocacy work on the island.

For more information: cauww.com

CAUWW 2016 Course Dates: June 12th to June 25th, 2016
Application Deadline: March 15, 2016


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

July 10th – 23rd, 2016
New York, NY

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


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

The Institute includes talks by prominent scholars, musical performances, poetry readings of both classical and contemporary work, workshops on classroom ideas you can use, and a chance to explore cultural sites in New York City, including a tour by curators of the Islamic Wing of the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

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




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


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

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

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

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

Important Dates + Links:

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

APPLY ONLINE


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

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

View the artist roster and start booking today!

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

PRESENTER BOOKING DEADLINE: APRIL 1, 2016

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


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


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


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


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

November 15, 2014 — March 6, 2016

The Museum of the City of New York presents
Folk City: New York and the Folk Music Revival at the Museum of the City of New York
Open daily 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Museum of the City of New York, 1220 Fifth Avenue, New York, NY 10029, 212.534.1672
Discover New York as the Center of the Folk Music Renaissance
Honorary co-chairs: Oscar Brand, Judy Collins, Steve Earle, Nora Guthrie, Noel Stookey and Peter Yarrow
The Museum of the City of New York presents Folk City: New York and the Folk Music Revival, a celebration of the City’s role as the center of the folk music revival from its beginnings in the 1930s and 1940s to its heyday in the 1950s and 1960s, as well as its continuing legacy. With a wide array of memorabilia, including photos, video and sound recordings, the exhibition documents the music and movement that helped transform Greenwich Village and spread as a major cultural phenomenon.
“New York, which has been the source of so much creativity throughout its history, was central to the folk music revival that swept the country and became one of the remarkable phenemona of the 20th Century,” said Susan Henshaw Jones, Ronay Menschel Director of the Museum of the City of New York. “Folk music spawned a whole culture, and the legacy continues today in New York and far beyond. This exhibition and our related public programs explore the revival and will let visitors experience it in a fascinating and joyous way.”
Folk City will feature listening stations where visitors can hear a range of folk songs along with videos showcasing historic footage that capture the bohemian spirit of Greenwich Village in the 1950s and the national hootenanny craze of the 1960s. The exhibition also includes showcases rare archival photographs, concert posters and original instruments, including:
*Lead Belly’s 12-string guitar Odetta’s iconic guitar “Baby” along with one of her colorful kaftan dresses
The original handwritten manuscript of Bob Dylan’s “Blowin’ in the Wind”
The napkin on which Eric Andersen wrote his “Thirsty Boots” lyrics
A trademark felt cap worn by Phil Ochs
Handwritten letters by Woody Guthrie and Peter Seeger, and more


Curated by Stephen Petrus, an Andrew W. Mellon post-doctoral fellow at the Museum, Folk City will look at the folk movement in four sections:
♦ The revival’s roots in the 1930s and 1940s, when singers—such as Woody Guthrie, Josh White, and Burl Ives—moved to New York, drawn by performance opportunities and the progressive political climate.
♦ The expansion of folk music culture in the 1950s, when the genre changed from an art form associated with leftist politics during the Red Scare—ensnaring many performers including Seeger—to a popular craze with mass appeal.
♦ The boom years in the late 1950s to the mid-1960s, when Greenwich Village was the focal point of the revival and culture due to the concentration of performance venues, including the exhibition’s eponymous Folk City.
♦ The legacy of the revival from 1965 to the present day, showing how the revival has continued and retained its relevancy through five decades. This includes the rise of ‘folk-rock’ and other folk trends after the ‘British Invasion’ and Dylan’s stunning turn to electric guitar in 1965. Folk City highlights visionary entrepreneurs who were committed to promoting folk music, including Mike Porco of Gerde’s Folk City, Izzy Young of the Folklore Center, and John Hammond of Columbia Records. The Greenwich Village performance spaces are shown as exciting venues and as incubators of a burgeoning counterculture. Artists from different backgrounds performed in Village clubs as well as in one of the city’s great communal gathering places, Washington Square Park, where they tried out both new music and new ideas that often challenged social conventions of the time. The Museum will offer a broad array of public programs in conjunction with the exhibition, including folk concerts and panel discussions. The Museum’s Frederick A.O. Schwarz Children’s Center has designed special programs for students and teachers, which have been made possible by a grant from the D’Addario Foundation.
The exhibition’s accompanying book, Folk City: New York and the American Folk Music Revival, by Stephen Petrus and historian Ronald D. Cohen, with a foreword by Peter Yarrow. Published by Oxford University Press, the book shows that folk music flowered in New York as a result of initiatives of musicians, record company producers and executives, radio show hosts, club owners, concert promoters, folklorists, managers, journalists, and audiences. Princeton University historian Sean Wilentz calls Folk City “the best history yet of the city’s influential folk music culture, packed with astonishing photos that finally see the light of day.”


June 17, 2015 — January 10, 2016

El Museo presents
#CarvingThroughBorders | CultureStrike
Gallery Hours: Tuesday-Saturday 11 a.m.-6 p.m.
El Museo, Las Galerías, 1230 Fifth Avenue (at 104th Street), New York, NY 10029, 212.831.7272
#CarvingThroughBorders emphasizes sharing skills and creating collaborative artistic work via oversize block prints that give life to migrants’ diverse experiences. The project draws inspiration from historic graphic campaigns that shed light on the humanity of everyday people whose stories are too-often unseen and unheard. The works are a part of a collection of 13 oversized woodblock prints with pro-migrant messaging commissioned by CultureStrike. Undocumented and documented artists from the San Francisco Bay Area, Los Angeles, New York, and Florida were asked to illustrate various aspects of migration with a local, national, or worldwide scope: detention, deportation, displacement, discrimination, exploitation, violence, youth, criminalization, legalization, and economic and ecological brutality, wherever and however it occurs. The first edition of prints was done with a steamroller on fabric by Master Printers from Syracuse University during the 42nd annual Southern Graphic Council Conference in San Francisco on March 29, 2014. The second edition of prints, shown here at El Museo Del Barrio, was printed on Sekishu paper at Favianna Rodriguez’s West Oakland studio by printmaster Nichol Markowitz.

September 15, 2015 —January 16, 2016

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


September 19, 2015 —April 3, 2016

Arts Westchester announces
Dancers Among Us: Photographs by Jordan Matter
Opening Reception: Saturday, October 17, 2015, 12:00-5:00 p.m.
Hours: Wednesday-Sunday, 12-5 p.m.
Hudson River Museum, 511 Warburton Avenue, Yonkers, NY 10701
The exhibition is grouped into three themes: Soaring, Stretching and Serendipity. In Soaring, from the Hudson River to city park fountains, Matter uses the visual and close proximate link of the leaping dancer and moving water. In Stretching, the dancers’ dramatic poses of strength and stillness evoke a more contemplative mood. It occurred to Matter early on that the heart of dance might best be captured outside of performance. Serendipity highlights his locations—from bustling city streets to more serene riverbanks and park fountains, where the dancers revel in the beauties of nature and which enable Matter to take advantage of the special qualities of light and motion.

October 17, 2015 —January 17, 2016

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

October 18, 2015 —March 7, 2016

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

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

ArtsWestchester presents
Craft-Tastic: An Exhibition and Sale of the Handmade
Opening reception on Friday, November 13, 2015 from 6:30-8:00 p.m. with a free hands-on workshop!
Pelham Art Center, 155 Fifth Ave., Pelham, NY 10803
Gallery Hours are: Tuesday-Friday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Saturday, 12 p.m.-4 p.m.
Free.
This year’s Craft-Tastic exhibition will include local and national artists with an extensive collection of contemporary craft material. Unique art objects born from new and traditional skilled techniques work as alternatives to mass production, generating social awareness while producing creative alternative for holiday shopping. Curated by Kate Amato and Gail Heidel.
November 13, 2015 —January 2, 2016

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

November 15, 2015 —March 6, 2016

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

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

November 21, 2015 —September 4, 2016

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

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


January 22, 2016 —March 5, 2016

The Folklife Center at Crandall Public Library presents
El Sueño de América / The Dream of America
Opening event: 2 p.m., January 23, 2016: Hey, Jesus was a Migrant Too by Dr. Ilze Earner
Folklife Gallery, Crandall Public Library, 251 Glen Street, Glens Falls, NY, 518/792-6508
Hours: Monday-Thursday 9 a.m. to 9 p.m., Friday 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., Saturday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and other times the Library is open
Separation & Sacrifice in the Lives of North Country Latino Immigrants. This exhibition is guest curated by Lisa Catalfamo, produced by the Folklife Center at Crandall Public Library, and funded in part by the New York State Council on the Arts, Folk Arts Program with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the NYS Legislature.
January 23, 2016 —August 31, 2016

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

January 29, 2016 — March 19, 2016

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

January 29, 2016 — March 19, 2016

STORYTELLER
Paintings by Nils R. Caspersson

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

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January 30, 2016 —February 27, 2016

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