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Wednesday, January 4, 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, Frank Woerner, and Tom Weir.
Info: 212-695-5924.
Join us on the first Wednesday of each month for an open sing. Bring your voice, instruments, friends, neighbors, and children. Drop by for a couple of songs or the whole evening.

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Friday, January 6, 2016
Flushing Town Hall presents
SsingSsing: Korean Folk Songs meet Rock
8 p.m.
Flushing Town Hall, 137-35 Northern Boulevard (at the corner of Linden Place), Flushing, NY 11354
Tickets: $16/$10 Members & Students. Free for teens between ages 13–19 with school ID.
Six Korean musicians from diverse genres join creative forces in the eccentric band SsingSsing. The group melds two totally disparate elements: rock music and authentic Korean folk singing, Minyo, while also including elements from ballads, pop music, and shamanist rituals with an extravagant visual style and stage presence.

The Folkus Project presents
The Mike + Ruthy Band
8 p.m.
May Memorial Unitarian Universalist Society, 3800 East Genesee St, Syracuse, NY
Tickets range from $15 to $20. More info is available at www.folkus.org. Advance sale tickets are available via PayPal and other methods; advance ticket holders receive preferential seating.
Mikeªs a songwriting guitar-slinger with a knack for clawhammer banjo. Ruthy’s a fiddler and uke-chanteuse who grew up in the American roots underground, the daughter of Grammy-winning fiddler, Jay Ungar. These two believe in the transformative power of a great live show. They write top-tier songs, tour with their peerless five-piece band (a sound they’ve taken to calling rural rock), and perform for audiences worldwide with a charm and on-stage ease that might make you think they’re your new best friends.

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Saturday, January 7, 2016
Eighth Step at Proctors presents
Sally Rogers & Claudia Schmidt CD Release: We Are Welcomed

Proctors, 432 State Street, Schenectady, NY
Call Eighth Step TicketLine: 518-434-1703

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January 13–14, 2017
A complete schedule will be posted on the website www.goldenfest.org.
Grand Prospect Hall, 263 Prospect Avenue, Brooklyn, NY
Tickets: FRIDAY, JAN 13, 2017 ADULT $35, STUDENT $30; SATURDAY, JAN 14, 2017 ADULT $55, STUDENT $45; BOTH NIGHTS ADULT $80, STUDENT $65; CHILDREN 12 AND UNDER FREE 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. Once again, there will be tasty snacks and drinks for all attendees. Be sure to visit our Charshiya, or Balkan Market, on the second floor above the grand ballroom for cds, clothes, jewelery and more.

Friday, January 20, 2017
The Folkus Project presents
Joan Shelley
8 p.m.
May Memorial Unitarian Universalist Society, 3800 East Genesee St, Syracuse, NY
Tickets range from $15 to $20. More info is available at www.folkus.org. Advance sale tickets are available via PayPal and other methods; advance ticket holders receive preferential seating.
While the songs of Kentucky singer/songwriter Joan Shelley have echoes of both the American and British folk revivals, they are also startlingly original. Her warm mellifluous voice evokes both the deep south and west coast. Joan Shelley's voice flows out like a river. It never travels in a straight line. It follows bends and curves carved by history. We are all lucky just to be swept away, and go with her wherever she’s going.

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Saturday, January 21, 2017
Golden Link Folk Singing Society presents: Loren & Mark
7:30 p.m.
Rochester Christian Reformed Church, 2750 Atlantic Ave., Penfield, NY 14526
Advance $22 ($18 for Golden Link members); at the door $25 ($20 for Golden Link members); $10 for students; free to children 12 and under.
Loren Barrigar and Mark Mazengarb share a unique musical chemistry and stage presence seldom found among musicians. Their live performances feature not only their spectacular technical grasp of the guitar, but also vocal duets, highlighting their outstanding musicality and spontaneous creativity. The interaction between the two musicians is as much a part of their shows as is their world-class guitar playing.

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Sunday, January 22, 2017
Story Sundays at the Glen Sanders Mansion
Stories of Being Assisted and Assisting Others
One of the Special Events associated with the Capital Rep production of “Assisted Loving – Dating with My Dad.”
5-8 p.m.
Glen Sanders Mansion, 1 Glen Avenue, Scotia, NY
$37 per person (includes entertainment, 3 course dinner, coffee/tea, tax and tip)
Bring someone new and you each save $3 (only one discount/person during non-benefit dinners).
Pay at the door using cash or checks made out to “Story Circle”
Reservations Required: (518) 384-1700 or Kate@KateDudding.com. Please indicate how many of each entree is desired.
Three Spirits: Kent Busman, Alden (Joe) Doolittle, and Harlan Ratmeyer
Frequently the offer to assist another, or to be assisted, gets complicated; priorities change. Join us while three delightful storytellers share stories of folks who pursue or avoid assistance — kicking, screaming and/or laughing all the way!

Entrees: Mediterranean Chicken; Garlic and Hot Pepper Steak; or Rigatoni, Butternut Squash, Soft Cinnamon Mascarpone, Sage-Butter Broth, Shaved Manchego.

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Thursday, January 26, 2017
The Troy Savings Bank Music Hall presents
San Fermin + NOW Ensemble
7:30 p.m.
Troy Savings Bank Music Hall, 30 2nd St, Troy, NY 12180
Tickets: $25
Tickets are available now via phone, (518) 273-0038, in person, or online at www.troymusichall.org. Tickets are available at the Troy Savings Bank Music Hall Box Office, 30 Second Street, Troy, Monday through Friday 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Composers Ellis Ludwig-Leone and Mark Dancigers are collaborating on an evening of music performed by NOW Ensemble and members of San Fermin. This collaboration will premiere at Ecstatic Music Festival (New York, NY) in January 2017 and will continue with the performance here at the Hall, before the final performance and at CRASHfest (Boston, MA). Ellis Ludwig-Leone is the songwriter and bandleader for Brooklyn-based San Fermin. San Fermin has received critical praise from the likes of NPR, The New York Times, Pitchfork, Rolling Stone, The Guardian, Le Monde, Washington Post, CBC and more. The band’s self-titled debut album, released worldwide in the fall of 2013 via Downtown Records, was named one of NPR’s “50 Best Albums of 2013.” Their follow-up and latest album Jackrabbit debuted at #8 on the Billboard Heatseekers chart. San Fermin has become a touring enterprise selling out numerous shows worldwide, performing at major festivals including Austin City Limits, Firefly, and Lollapalooza. Mark Dancigers is a composer of chamber, orchestral, film, and solo instrumental works, and the electric guitarist for the new-chamber music group NOW Ensemble. His recent collaborators include Oscar-nominated director Sam Green on the film The Measure of All Things, which premiered at the Sundance Festival, and New York City Ballet choreographer Justin Peck for a pas de deux called "The Bright Motion." Additionally, his music has been performed at the Apples and Olives Festival in Zurich, the Nordernzon Performing Arts Festival in the Netherlands, The Athens Concert Hall, Greece, Carnegie Hall, Miller Theater, and more. As artistic director of NOW Ensemble, he collaborated on the ensemble’s second album Awake, which charted at #1 on Amazon Classical Music chart. NOW Ensemble has brought some of the most exciting composers of their generation to national and international recognition, including Nico Muhly, Timothy Andres, Missy Mazzoli, Judd Greenstein, Kathryn Alexander, and more. In recent seasons, NOW has performed at the Apples and Olives Festival in Zurich, Switzerland, Town Hall Seattle, Da Camera Houston, Lincoln Center, and the Carnegie Hall Neighborhood Concert series.

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Friday, January 27, 2017
Eighth Step at Proctors presents
Sloan Wainwright & Cosy Sheridan

Proctors, 432 State Street, Schenectady, NY
Call Eighth Step TicketLine: 518-434-1703

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Sunday, January 29, 2017
StoryCircle at Proctors Theater announces
Word Plays: Sit Down, You're Rockin’ The Boat
2 p.m.
Fenimore Gallery, Proctors Theatre, 432 State Street, Schenectady, NY
Cost: $12. Call box office at (518) 346-6204.
$2 of each ticket is donated to the Schenectady Inner City Ministry Summer Lunch program where they feed 850 children each day
Come hear stories of people who caused problems, especially when they were trying to change a situation which most people did not want changed. Some called them trouble makers, but others called them heroes. Storytellers: Siri Allison, Betty Cassidy, Kate Dudding, Margaret French, Sandy Schuman.

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

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

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

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

Middle Atlantic Folklife Association (MAFA), in partnership with the Eastern American Studies Association and the incipient Society of Americanists , announces
CALL FOR PROPOSALS: Biannual Conference of the Middle Atlantic Folklife Association (MAFA)
Theme: “Milestones, Markers, and Moments: Turning Points in American Experience and Tradition”
March 31–April 1, 2017, Harrisburg, Pennsylvania

In the upcoming year, Americans might reflect on several critical moments of the nation’s past and anticipate markers of the future that will define its experience and tradition. One hundred years ago in April 1917, the United States entered World War I to make the world “safe for democracy,” according to President Woodrow Wilson. Fifty years ago in January 1967, the Green Bay Packers and Kansas City Chiefs competed in the first Super Bowl in Los Angeles. That spring, urban racial violence erupted, and by June and July it would reach significant magnitude in Boston, Tampa, and Newark. By summer’s end, over 150 cities had exploded. The year wound to its end with over 100,000 people marching on Washington to protest their country’s prosecution of the Vietnam War. The year 1967 also saw turning points in the academic world. Responding to the racial unrest of the late sixties, the American Studies Association executive committee had elected the distinguished African-American scholar John Hope Franklin as its president. He would preside at the association’s first national convention in October. At Penn State Harrisburg, for the first time the graduating class included American Studies majors. Twenty years before that, Franklin & Marshall College had created the first folklore department in the state, and a public state folklorist position with an Americanist focus was created. At both the national and local level, these events rank as milestones for the country and its study.

This year, MAFA, in partnership with the Eastern American Studies Association and the incipient Society of Americanists, a coalition of persons and organizations devoted to the study of American culture, invites proposals for papers, panels, forums, and workshops related to the broad theme of turning points in American history, folklife, education, cultural conservation, heritage, and society. The program committee is particularly interested in examples of public memory and memorialization that have played notable roles in American culture and its global reach. Closer to the present, we also invite analyses of the presidential election of 2016 as a milestone event, already distinguished historically by the first woman to run for president as candidate of a major party.

MAFA hopes for presentations suggested by the conference theme and its discussion. As well, we welcome panels on topics of significance to scholars engaged in folklore and folklife studies that the conference theme otherwise might exclude. We are, in other words, open to proposals that fall outside the conference theme.

Submission Guidelines:

For Individual Presenters: Send a short abstract (no more than 200 words) and a brief CV or resume (no more than two pages). Place your name and email address on both documents.

For Pre-formed 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 200 words each) as well as a brief CV or resume for each panel participant (no longer than two pages).

All materials should be sent to Jennifer Drissel (jzd5551@psu.edu) before Monday, January 16, 2017. Those affiliated with either MAFA, EASA, or SOA should send proposals/CVs to Jennifer Drissel and should indicate their organizational affiliation in their submission. In some cases, a submitter may indicate more than one affiliation.

Graduate students whose proposals are accepted will be encouraged to submit their final papers electronically several weeks prior to the conference to be considered for the Simon J. Bronner Award for the outstanding graduate paper in American Studies. The conference will also host an Undergraduate Roundtable. Faculty members interested in having their undergraduate students present research at the conference should contact Dr. Francis Ryan of La Salle University (ryan@lasalle.edu). Roundtable participants will compete for the Francis Ryan Award, awarded annually to the outstanding undergraduate paper.

Any general questions can be directed to Mira Johnson (MAFA) (ryan@lasalle.edu), David Puglia (MAFA) (david.puglia@bcc.cuny.edu), or John Haddad (EASA) (david.puglia@bcc.cuny.edu).

ArtsWestchester presents
Exhibition: REMEDY
Opening Reception: Saturday, October 1, 2016, 4-6 p.m.
Artist Talk (4-5 p.m.)/Closing Reception (5-6 p.m.) (January 14)
Gallery hours: Tuesday-Friday (12-5 p.m.) and Saturdays (12-6 p.m.). ArtsWestchester, 31 Mamaroneck Avenue, White Plains, NY 10601
“Remedy” explores the many ways humankind attempts to ameliorate society’s modern ailments (mental, physical, and beyond) through art. Working across media, the contributing artists engage with the tools, institutions, and methods of healing, as well as the role artists and art can play in the process of healing.

October 4, 2016—January 14, 2017

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

October 15, 2016 — March 2017

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

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

November 17, 2016 —January 7, 2016

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

December 15, 2016 — March 8, 2017

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