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Friday, January 2, 2015
Museum at Eldridge Street presents
Post New Year Nosh & Tour
10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Museum at Eldridge Street, 12 Eldridge Street, New York, NY 10002
Tickets: $12 adults; $10 students/seniors

Join us for our first tour day of the New Year! We’ll fete you with hot cider and challah and at 1 p.m., a behind-the-scenes architectural tour with Deputy Director Amy Stein-Milford.

Caffè Lena presents
Russet Trio
8:00 p.m.
Caffè Lena, 47 Phila St., Saratoga Springs, NY, 518-583-0022
Tickets: $16, Member $14, Child and Student $8
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This threesome lights up the stage with their contemporary approach to traditional dance tunes. Their music blends Celtic and Appalachian melodies with rhythmic swing and high energy groove. Toes will tap and spirits will soar! Featuring Sauerkraut Seth Travins (The Wiyos) on bass, accompanied by fiddle and guitar.

The Towne Crier in Beacon presents
THE McKRELLS; also MANDOLIN MADNESS with Barry Mitterhoff (of Hot Tuna), Wayne Fugate and Michael Sassano
8:30 p.m.
Towne Crier, 379 Main Street, Beacon, NY, (845) 855-1300
Tickets: $20 advance/$25 at the door
The McKrells have been sharing their love of celtic, bluegrass and folk for many years—from standing ovations at Carnegie Hall to other stages around the country, sharing the stage with the likes of Travis Tritt, Alison Krauss, and Sam Bush. The McKrells are always evolving and fresh, and this time will feature Kevin McKrell, Brian Melick, Kate McKrell and Seth Warden. In a never ending quest to establish the Mandolin as a worldwide dominant force among musical instruments, three longtime friends and mandolin masters—Barry Mitterhoff, Michael Sassano, and Wayne Fugate—have joined forces in forming the band “Mandolin Madness” as a vehicle for winning converts to their cause. Making a musical home in the space around and between the great American roots styles of bluegrass, blues, jazz, and old-time, Mandolin Madness draws on all the voices of the mandolin family (mandolin, mandola, mando-cello and octave mandolin) to create a show that is mythical, magical, musical mandolin mayhem.

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Saturday, January 3, 2015
Folk Music Society of New York/New York Pinewoods Folk Music Club announces
Mystic Chantey Blast & Pub Sing
1-5 p.m.
Frohsinn Hall (the Mystic German Club) located at 54 Greenmanville Avenue, Mystic, CT
Admission is free, but donations will be accepted to support the 36th Annual Sea Music Festival which will be hosted at Mystic Seaport June 11-14, 2015.
Questions? Contact: smf(at) mysticseaport.org; www.mysticseaport.org/event/chantey-blast-and-pub-sing
For more information about Friends of the Festival, contact the Museum’s Advancement Department 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.

Café Veritas presents
Rochester Singer Songwriters in the Round
7:30 p.m.
Café Veritas, First Unitarian Church, 220 Winton Road South, Rochester, New York 14610
Ticket prices: $18 general admission, $10 students with ID, and children under 12 are free.
For tickets and more information, visit www.cafeveritas.org
Rochester Singer Songwriters in the Round will feature well know local talent from the Rochester area.

Caffè Lena presents
Steve Gillette & Cindy Mangsen
8:00 p.m.
Caffè Lena, 47 Phila St., Saratoga Springs, NY, 518-583-0022
Tickets: $16, Member $14, Child and Student $8
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This steadfast 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 down-home, informal charm.

The Towne Crier in Beacon presents
RED MOLLY
8:30 p.m.
Towne Crier, 379 Main Street, Beacon, NY, (845) 855-1300
Tickets: $25 advance/$30 at the door
Four-time featured artist at MerleFest, breakout stars at RockyGrass and the darlings of the Bristol Rhythm and Roots Reunion—Red Molly brings audiences to their feet, whether it’s on a grand festival stage or in an intimate concert hall. Their latest CD was featured in USA Today and CMT Edge. It debuted at #1 on the Folk DJ radio chart and is currently at #10 on the Americana Radio chart, and climbing.

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Sunday, January 4, 2015
Caffè Lena presents
Ballroom Thieves
7:00 p.m.
Caffè Lena, 47 Phila St., Saratoga Springs, NY, 518-583-0022
Tickets: $16, Member $14, Child and Student $8
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With a slow, deliberate build, the Ballroom Thieves are riveting from the moment the first chord is struck, transforming any size room, whether it be a large ballroom or a small club, into a remarkably intimate environment. Formed in 2011, the Boston-based trio takes the sincere, narrative blueprint of folk music and infuses it with the attitude of rock, the soul of blues, and the sweat and fervor of a revival tent. Martin Earley (guitar, vocals), Devin Mauch (percussion, vocals), and Calin Peters (cello, vocals) attack their instruments and harmonies with great energy. Garnering regional and national acclaim for both of their releases to date, 2012’s The Devil And The Deep, and 2013’s self-titled EP, the Thieves have been on national tour with Lone Bellow, Dispatch, Little Green Cars, the Wheeler Brothers, and Houndmouth, among others.

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Wednesday, January 7, 2015
The Folk Music Society of N.Y., Inc/ N.Y. Pinewoods Folk Music Club presents
Folk Open Sing
7-10 p.m.
Info: Frank, 212-533-2139
Ethical Culture Society, 53 Prospect Park West, Brooklyn (near 2nd St.)
Join us on the first Wednesday of each month for an open sing. Bring your voice, instruments, friends, neighbors, and children. Drop by for a couple of songs or the whole evening.

Friday, January 9, 2015
Caffè Lena presents
David Wax Museum
8:00 p.m.
Caffè Lena, 47 Phila St., Saratoga Springs, NY, 518-583-0022
Tickets: $22, Member $20, Child and Student $11
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With a Mexo-Americana combo of Latin rhythms, infectious melodies, and call-and-response hollering, this ensemble is fronted by a charismatic Missourian singing tight harmony with a Southern belle rattling the jawbone of a donkey. They’ve been hailed by TIME for their “virtuosic musical skill” and they’ve built a reputation all over the US, Canada, Europe and China for “kicking up a cloud of excitement with their high-energy border-crossing sensibility” (The New Yorker). They made their Caffè Lena debut last summer and left a very happy and huge audience on their feet clapping and hollering heartfelt praise.

The Folkus Project presents
Loren Barrigar and Mark Mazengarb in concert
8:00 p.m.
May Memorial Unitarian Universalist Society, 3800 East Genesee Street, Syracuse, NY
Cost: $18
Advance sale tickets are available online at www.folkus.org
The area’s favorite international guitar duo perform stunning guitar duets which feature their world class guitar talents.

The Towne Crier in Beacon presents
BEAUSOLEIL avec Michael Doucet
8:30 p.m.
Towne Crier, 379 Main Street, Beacon, NY, (845) 855-1300
Tickets: $30 advance/$35 at the door
For 37 years, BeauSoleil avec Michael Doucet has been making some of the most potent and popular Cajun music on the planet. The NY Times said, “Cajun music purists admire the fiddler Michael Doucet’s informed command of traditional Cajun music, while those who just want to party surrender to one of the most colorful roots bands on the scene. Bon temps, every time they play!” With 12 Grammy nominations, Garrison Keillor called them simply “The best cajun band in the world!”

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

Caffè Lena presents
Jim Gaudet & the Railroad Boys
8:00 p.m.
Caffè Lena, 47 Phila St., Saratoga Springs, NY, 518-583-0022
Tickets: $18, Member $16, Child and Student $9
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Albany’s own Railroad Boys deliver a dynamic blend of hard-driving, traditional mountain music fused with Gaudet’s diverse contemporary songwriting. Gaudet’s percussive rhythms are the perfect springboard for his high-lonesome voice, and the melodies and authentic three-part harmony singing is downright infectious, inspiring sing-alongs, whoops, and standing ovations. During the past four years they've been making mainstage appearances at the country’s best bluegrass festivals coast to coast, including Gray Fox, Joe Val, IBMA, and Wintergrass. The Railroad Boys are Jim Gaudet on guitar and vocals, Bobby Ristau on bass and vocals, Sten Isachsen on mandolin, Mat Kane on fiddle, and Scott Hopkins on banjo.

The Towne Crier in Beacon presents
EMPIRE ROOTS ALL STARS Band
8:30 p.m.
Towne Crier, 379 Main Street, Beacon, NY, (845) 855-1300
Tickets: $25 advance/$30 at the door
The Empire Roots All Stars Band features a line-up of New York’s most celebrated blues/ roots artists: Woody Mann (guitar), Dave Keyes (piano), Bill Sims Jr. (Vocals), and Brian Glassman (bass). Empire Roots consists of America’s top ambassadors of roots music, performing and recording with the most important artists from the blues, folk, and jazz worlds. Coming together for the first time as the feature group for the film Harlem Street Singer, which tells the story of Reverend Gary Davis, the band celebrates the music of the Reverend with new interpretations of his classic blues and gospel repertoire plus their own original material.

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Sunday, January 11, 2015
Caffè Lena presents
Alba’s Edge
7:00 p.m.
Caffè Lena, 47 Phila St., Saratoga Springs, NY, 518-583-0022
Tickets: $16, Member $14, Child and Student $8
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This exciting young quartet weaves the expressive melodies of Scottish fiddle with jazz improvisation, funk bass lines, and the rhythms of Latin America to create a new sound that BBC Radio Scotland has called “a wonderful concoction.” Fresh off a US State Department funded tour of Mexico, Alba’s Edge performs and leads clinics across the US and internationally at venues ranging from house concerts to festival stages. Pianist and bandleader Neil Pearlman was raised on Scottish music and dance, studied jazz piano extensively, and went on to explore Brazilian, Afro-Colombian and Cuban music. He formed the band with his sister, fiddler Lilly Pearlman. They’re joined by percussionist Jacob Cole, a recent graduate of New England Conservatory, and bassist Doug Berns, whose groove was honed in the funk, afro-beat and jazz communities of New York City.

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Wednesday, January 14, 2015
The Arts Center of the Capital Region presents
CREATIVITY PANEL: The Creative Process — In Conversation
Save the Date! 7 p.m.
The Arts Center of the Capital Region, 265 River Street, Troy, NY 12180, 518.273.0552
Cost: Free
What is creativity? How is it nurtured and why is it important? How does it find expression in everything from the arts to business? Join Chris Marblo, President of The Arts Center of the Capital Region, and a panel of regional creators for a conversation about the creative process. We will allow plenty of time for audience Q+A. The panel will be announced shortly.

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January 15-17, 2015
Albany Institute of History & Art announces
WINE & DINE for the ARTS
250 Global wines, spirits and NYS craft beers; 70 innovative chefs and restaurants, 14 exciting events, 3 delicious days, 1 fabulous festival!
Downtown Albany New York
For more information and tickets, visit www.albanywinefest.com/index.php
The Albany Chef’s Food & Wine Festival strives to provide sustainable funding for the support and preservation of the not-for-profit arts community in Albany, NY. Their annual 3-day Food & Wine themed Festival markets area restaurants, chefs, and their innovative cuisine; educates consumers on healthy, sustainable agriculture; and donates all net income directly to deserving non-profit arts organizations. This year, the Albany Institute of History & Art is one of the beneficiaries of the festival.

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Friday, January 16, 2015
Caffè Lena presents
Extraordinary Night of Guitars with Dan LaVoie, Shun Ng, and Trevor Gordon Hall
8:00 p.m.
Caffè Lena, 47 Phila St., Saratoga Springs, NY, 518-583-0022
Tickets: $20, Member $18, Child and Student $10
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This rare program showcases three “outside the box” guitarists who will bring you to the edge of your seat with their beautiful, innovative compositions and unique instruments. DAN LAVOIE is one of the few musicians in the world composing and performing on the rare harp guitar. Relix Magazine writes “Dan’s soaring execution will drop the jaws of unsuspecting acoustic music fans!” Reminiscent of the work of Michael Hedges and Richie Havens, Dan’s music is sophisticated and compelling. TREVOR GORDON HALL is the world’s premiere kalimbatarist. His compositions range from edgy and driving rhythms to sweet melodic phrases, incorporating various styles that make the guitar sing. World-renowned jazz guitarist Pat Martino says, “Ingenuity is something that always causes surprise, and this gentleman’s abilities are totally exceptional...” SHUN NG’s virtuosic and flamboyant guitar style blends Funk, Fingerstyle, Blues, Jazz and Motown along with a passionate vocal style filled with light and energy. “I was simply blown away by both his soul and his science — his creativity and his uniqueness is astounding.” — Quincy Jones

The Towne Crier in Beacon presents
JOE CROOKSTON & The BlueBird Jubilee; also The KENNEDYS
8:30 p.m.
Towne Crier, 379 Main Street, Beacon, NY, (845) 855-1300
Tickets: $20 advance/$25 at the door
Joe Crookston—who got everyone’s attention when he shared our stage with Suzanne Vega—is an artist, writer, singer, guitar picker, painter, claw hammer banjo player, eco-village member, and believer in all things possible. You’ll be pulled in by the magic musical world Crookston creates with his universal songs, and you’ll end up in the moment, humming and buzzing with the rest of the crowd. Crookston was awarded Album of the Year by the International Folk Alliance and received a songwriting grant from the Rockefeller Foundation to travel New York State, interview locals and write original songs based on his travels.

In a career that now spans two decades, New York duo Pete and Maura Kennedy have traversed a broad musical landscape, surveying power pop, acoustic songwriting, organic rock rooted in their early days in Austin, and a Byrds-inspired jangle that drew the attention of Roger McGuinn, Steve Earle, and most notably Nanci Griffith. The duo co-produced Nanci’s latest CD. On their own recent release,
Closer Than You Know the songs have a quality, inherent in Maura’s voice, that is both soothing and urgent. As writers and producers, the Kennedys continue to mature, from their early style-conscious pop to today’s burnished sheen.

Friday, January 16–Saturday, January 17, 2015
Center for Traditional Music and Dance announces
Golden Festival — New York’s Biggest Balkan Music Event!
A complete schedule will be posted on the website www.goldenfest.org.
Grand Prospect Hall, 263 Prospect Avenue, Brooklyn, NY
Fri. Jan 16, 7:30 p.m.-12:30 am: $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
Discounts for advance online purchase
Complimentary Balkan & Middle Eastern Snacks/Cash Bar
For more information, write or call Emerson Hawley at eshawley@gmail.com or 917-415-6210.
On January 16 and 17, 2015, Brooklyn’s Grand Prospect Hall will again come alive with the music, song, and dance of the Balkans (and well beyond) as some 60 bands and 3000 revelers gather for the 30th annual Zlatne Uste Golden Festival. Part showcase, part benefit, part Balkan Mardi Gras, the Golden Festival features an enormous range of performers freely sharing their music. In what the Village Voice called a “grassroots folk rave,” seasoned veterans and rising stars in their own communities (think Macedonian, Bulgarian, Albanian), join top musicians from across the country, devoted amateurs, and Balkan-inflected jazz masters. Anchored in Balkan traditions (roughly Romania to Greece, Croatia to Turkey), and venturing generously beyond, the programming spans the ancient and the experimental, the oud and the synthesizer. At Golden Festival, you’ll hear Souren Baronian, the octogenarian Armenian-American clarinetist, a veteran of New York’s jazz and bygone Greektown scenes, or teen band Chochek Nation. Or any of another surprising 60 or so groups, including Moldovan-born Montreal-based accordion virtuoso Sergiu Popa, vocal adepts like Black Sea Hotel, Supruli, and the Yale Slavic Chorus, generous drafts from Brooklyn’s deep well of Balkan brass (Slavic Soul Party, Raya, Veveritse), and of course Zlatne Uste, New York’s pioneering Balkan brass band and festival sponsors. Golden Festival has been called a once-in-a-lifetime experience that happens every year. Crowds join hands and dance, shop for folk arts, nibble feta, sausage, and desserts, and share midwinter cheer. It’s a pop-up community where young and old, the folklorist, music professional, and party animal come together in two nights of joy.

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

Caffè Lena presents
Frank Jaklitsch and Friends
8:00 p.m.
Caffè Lena, 47 Phila St., Saratoga Springs, NY, 518-583-0022
Tickets: $16, Member $14, Child and Student $8
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Folk/Celtic artist Frank Jaklitsch always turns his concerts at Caffè Lena into something more than entertainment. Audiences leave buoyed by the radiant joy Frank brings to the stage. The sound is full, the sing-alongs are plentiful, the laughter fills the room. Frank will be joined by Michael Eck on mandolin, Bobby Long on lead guitar, and Kathy Quinlan on base. All of Frank’s earnings will be donated to Shaker Veterinary Hospital’s Save-A-Pet Fund.

The Folkus Project presents
Colin Aberdeen in concert
8 p.m.
Westcott Community Center, 826 Euclid Avenue, Syracuse, NY
Cost: $10
Advance sale tickets are available online at www.folkus.org
Colin Aberdeen is known in Central New York as the front man for Los Blancos. When he’s not armed with an electric guitar for shows with the band, Colin transforms into a down-home solo performer of original and traditional blues. He plays an extensive repertoire of delta slide and piedmont blues while engaging audiences with soulful vocals and a stage presence of wit and charm all his own. The voice, the guitar, the stories they just get better when stripped to their elements. In concert, Aberdeen plays a variety of original songs and covers. No gadgets, no tricks, just songs as I hear them and can best present them, he says.

The Towne Crier in Beacon presents
JOE LOUIS WALKER Band
8:30 p.m.
Towne Crier, 379 Main Street, Beacon, NY, (845) 855-1300
Tickets: $20 advance/$25 at the door
Multiple Grammy and WC Handy Award winner Joe Louis Walker is one of the most heralded blues artists of our time. Walker has recorded with BB King, James Cotton, Bonnie Raitt, Taj Mahal, Branford Marsalis, and Ike Turner. Walker has become an international ambassador for the blues overseas, having played at countless festivals throughout Europe, South America, Australia, the Middle East, and Asia. Joe Louis Walker is already being referred to within the blues world as a ’living legend.”

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Sunday, January 18, 2015
Caffè Lena presents
Sean Rowe
7:00 p.m.
Caffè Lena, 47 Phila St., Saratoga Springs, NY, 518-583-0022
Tickets: $25, Member $22, Child and Student $12.50
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This boy from Troy, with his deep, magical, wise and experienced voice, is now being compared by critics with our greatest songwriters. His style ranges from swaggering to bittersweet to grungy on songs that seriously rock. NPR’s Bob Boilen writes: “There are moments when I want someone to sit down nearby and sing only to me. And in those moments, I want a voice to pierce my heart. There are recordings in my collection I reach for when I need that intimacy. Nick Drake made some; Richard Thompson, Lisa Hannigan and M. Ward are all my hi-fi friends. Most recently it’s been Sean Rowe, whose bass-baritone rattles the soul.” His latest album is 2014’s Madman (Anti).

The Towne Crier in Beacon presents
BILL HELLER Band
7:30 p.m.
Towne Crier, 379 Main Street, Beacon, NY, (845) 855-1300
Tickets: $20 advance/$25 at the door
Bill Heller has been the keyboardist with Russ Freeman and The Rippingtons since the late 90s and a touring member since 2001. He has had the opportunity with Freeman’s compositions to create some of the most melodic and innovative sounds in contemporary jazz for years. Now, true to the title of his engaging, powerfully performed solo debut, Find The Way, Bill fulfills his longtime dream to make a contemporary jazz statement of his own. Bill will be joined by Dave Anderson on bass; Joel Rosenblatt on drums; and Chris Eminizer on sax.

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

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Wednesday, January 21, 2015
The Towne Crier in Beacon presents
JEFF DANIELS and the Ben Daniels Band
7:30 p.m.
Towne Crier, 379 Main Street, Beacon, NY, (845) 855-1300
Tickets: $30 advance/$35 at the door
Check back for more info on Jeff Daniels—musician, actor in the current HBO hit, The Newsroom.

Friday, January 23, 2015
Caffè Lena presents
Bill Staines
8:00 p.m.
Caffè Lena, 47 Phila St., Saratoga Springs, NY, 518-583-0022
Tickets: $20, Member $18, Child and Student $10
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Now in his fifth decade of delighting audiences on the North American folk circuit, New England troubadour Bill Staines 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. If you’re lucky, you may even hear a yodel or two. Bill is a past winner of the Kerrville Folk Festival National Yodeling Championship. Bill’s aptly titled memoir, The Tour: A Life Between the Lines, chronicles the life of a man who continues to drive over 65,000 miles a year, bringing music to people.

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Saturday, January 24, 2015
Caffè Lena presents
Blind Boy Paxton & Down Hill Strugglers
8:00 p.m.
Caffè Lena, 47 Phila St., Saratoga Springs, NY, 518-583-0022
Tickets: $22, Member $20, Child and Student $11
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Recently named 2014’s Best Blues Artist in New York by The Village Voice, Jerod “Blind Boy” Paxton is a visually impaired, Jewish, African American multi-instrumentalist (banjo, fiddle, piano and guitar) who brings out the playful side of old-school blues and has caught the attention of every senior blues picker in the country. From the mainstage at Newport Folk Festival 2014 to street corners and clubs across the US, this 25-year-old plays the old, old stuff as well as original material in that style.
He’ll be accompanied tonight by the The Down Hill Strugglers, the old time string band trio from Brooklyn that was featured on the soundtrack of the Coen Brothers’ film Inside Llewyn Davis. Long-time folkies will appreciate that this young band has been mentored by Peter Stampfel of the Holy Modal Rounders and John Cohen of the New Lost City Ramblers. As heard on their Smithsonian Folkways album, they carry the music of old, rural America forward with verve and creativity.

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Sunday, January 25, 2015
StoryCircle at Proctors Theater presents
Story Sunday at the The Glen Sanders Mansion: Listening to the Whisper with Three Spirits: Kent Busman, Alden (Joe) Doolittle, and Harlan Ratmeyer
5 p.m.
The Glen Sanders Mansion, 1 Glen Avenue, Scotia, NY 12302
$35 per person (includes entertainment, 3 course dinner, coffee/tea, tax and tip)
Bring someone new and you each save $3 (only one discount/person).
Pay at the door using cash or checks made out to “Story Circle”
Reservations: (518) 384-1700, or Kate@KateDudding.com. Please indicate how many of each entrée is desired.
Sometimes the quiestest times are the most important. Kent, Joe and Harlan share stories of these moments, each in his own special storytelling style.
Entrees:
Chicken Cutlet, Basil Marinated Plum Tomatoes, Provolone, Capellini Twist, Parmesan Cream;
Pork Chop with Sage and Apple Chutney; or
Pasta Primavera with Fresh Vegetables.

Caffè Lena presents
Holly & Evan with Bryan Thomas
7:00 p.m.
Caffè Lena, 47 Phila St., Saratoga Springs, NY, 518-583-0022
Tickets: $15, Member $12, Child and Student $7.50
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This Albany trio won the Audience Favorite prize at our 2014 Here Comes the Sun street music festival last June. Laying down a mesmerizing, danceable funk, Holly on guitar and vocals, Evan on bass and vocals, along with drummer Bob Morris, update the traditions of the Barrelhouse with jazzy riffs and electric instruments. Holly’s songwriting comes from a lifetime of reading about, listening to, and living the lifestyle of the blues. Her original songs, such as “Parchman Prison” and “Satisfied,” were inspired by the Mississippi blues greats. Albany soul rocker Bryan Thomas will be joining the band and playing solo. He has been named “Best Male Singer-Songwriter” the Albany Times-Union and is a perennial Metroland favorite. Says Nippertown’s Greg Haymes: “With Prince as his primary musical touchstone, Thomas’ uncompromising songs are specifically local, yet gloriously global. He writes smart, and he writes from the heart, balancing intellect, passion and politics.”

...and beyond
SAVE THE DATE!
Puerto Rican Folkloric Dance & Cultural Center announces
PRFD & Los Reyes Magos Celebran Octavitas
2-5 p.m.
Puerto Rican Folkloric Dance & Cultural Center, 701 Tillery Street, in Austin, Texas 78702
Free event
Invitation: https://www.facebook.com/events/317330871805023/?source=1

Puerto Ricans are joyful people because our holidays last a LONG TIME! Los Reyes Magos (The Three Kings) are coming to Austin to celebrate Octavitas with us! It takes them a long time to get to Texas, but they always come bearing gifts for the children! Each year Los Reyes honor someone who has made a significant contribution to our Central Texas community. Who is it this year? They won’t tell us! Come enjoy a Parranda sing-along, performances by Puerto Rican Folkloric Dance, and more!

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

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

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Friday, January 30, 2015
Caffè Lena presents
Beppe Gambetta’s Canzoni: Poetry in Italian Songs and Melodies
8:00 p.m.
Caffè Lena, 47 Phila St., Saratoga Springs, NY, 518-583-0022
Tickets: $20, Member $18, Child and Student $10
Buy tickets online
Tonight internationally celebrated guitarist Beppe Gambetta focuses on Italian traditional and popular songs and the re-discovery of iconic Italian “cantautori” (singer-songwriters). Beppe brings new life to powerful, poetic songs with his stylish acoustic guitar. In this special “Canzoni” project Beppe also tell stories, giving translations to the lyrics and guiding the audience on a journey through the work of great artists such as Fabrizio De André, Francesco Guccini, Sergio Endrigo and many others. The evening will be an intriguing journey through passionate melody, poetry, and guitar.

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

Caffè Lena presents
“It Was 51 Years Ago” — A Celebration of the Beatles
Addie & Olin—Unleashed! and Special Guests
8:00 p.m.
Caffè Lena, 47 Phila St., Saratoga Springs, NY, 518-583-0022
Tickets: $20, Member $18, Child and Student $10
Buy tickets online
Last year we marked the much ballyhooed 50th anniversary of the Beatles debut on the Ed Sullivan Show with a tribute concert that turned out to be one of Lena’s most fun concerts of 2014. Tonight we reprise the magic with a 51st anniversary celebration featuring hosts Addie & Olin—Unleashed! with special guests Joel Brown & Dave Maswick and Don Young’s Silver Beats for a night of authentic and innovative Beatle renditions performed with panache and reverence for the music.

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       ANNOUNCEMENTS

Schweinfurth Art Center announces
Made in New York 2015


Registration from December 9, 2014 to January 20, 2015
Exhibit Dates: March 28, 2015 — May 24, 2015


Made in NY is an annual exhibit at the Schweinfurth Art Center located in Auburn, New York, that features work by New York artists. This eclectic exhibition showcases two and three-dimensional work including, but not limited to, photography, sculpture, ceramics, painting, drawing, fiber, installation and video. The exhibit encourages creativity and innovation, and includes all mediums.

The exhibit is an opportunity for artists residing in New York State to showcase their work in a competitive, juried exhibition. Prizes are awarded. Jurors determine the prizes after the installation. The prizes will be announced at the Artists’ Reception on March 28, 2015.

Applicants may submit up to 2 works completed in the last three years. All entries must be made online through this website registration process. For more information, see www.minyentry.org

The Schweinfurth is a non-profit multi-arts center situated in the heart of the Finger Lakes that features five contemporary changing exhibitions each year, art classes for youth and adults, quilting and fiber arts workshops, and multi-arts programs including music, folk arts, poetry and much more, along with a unique gift shop.


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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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


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

Get creative in our studio!

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

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

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


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

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


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

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

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



October 11, 2014 — March 8, 2015

The Seaway Trail announces
Quilts=Art=Quilts
Presented by the Schweinfurth Memorial Art Center
Tuesday-Saturday 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Sunday 1-5 p.m.
Schweinfurth Memorial Art Center, 205 Genesee Street, Auburn, NY 13021, (315) 255-1553
Admission: Adults: $6; Members, 12 & under, and exhibiting artists: Free
An exhibition an 77 quilts by 73 artists on display. Check the calendar of events for a list of activities associated with this exhibit, including workshops, trunk shows, and raffle. If you can’ make it to Auburn, you can still view the collection online: http://vimeo.com/110716573

November 2, 2014 — January 4, 2015

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

November 15, 2014 — March 6, 2016

The Taller Boricua announces
RAICES DE FELICIDAD
OPENING: Friday, December 19, 6-9 p.m.
Gallery Hours:Tues, Wed, Fri & Sat 12-6 p.m., Thurs 1-7 p.m. Closed Sun. and Mon.
Taller Boricua Artist Workshop, Event Space and Galleries, at The Julia de Burgos Cultural Center , 1680 Lexington Avenue (betw 105th and 106th Streets), New York, NY 10029, 212.831.4333
Admission is always free
For more information about the exhibit, email marcos_cuba@hotmail.com
A retrospective historical and cultural look into first generation Borinqueño print makers from the island known as Puerto Rico. Also on exhibit will be “Primeras Pruebas/First Proofs” featuring the Rafael Tufiño’s Print Makers Workshop first season of works. Featuring: Esperanza Cortés, Luis Cordero Santoni, Jorge Mendoza Mendosimo, Elizer Berrios, Viny Dark, Rosario Vera, Betty Cole, Pedro Colon, Nitza Tufiño, Hiram Yunke, and Awilda Robles.

December 19, 2014 — January 19, 2015

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


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

September 23, 2014 —January 31, 2015

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