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Wednesday, January 4, 2017
The Folk Music Society of N.Y., Inc/ N.Y. Pinewoods Folk Music Club presents
Folk Open Sing
7-10 p.m.
Ethical Culture Society, 53 Prospect Park West, Brooklyn (near 2nd St.)
Hosted by Ethical Culture Society, Folk Music Society of NY/NYPFMC, Alison Kelley, Frank Woerner, and Tom Weir.
Info: 212-695-5924.
Join us on the first Wednesday of each month for an open sing. Bring your voice, instruments, friends, neighbors, and children. Drop by for a couple of songs or the whole evening.

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

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

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Friday, January 6, 2017
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
Their musical melting pot combines country twang, Cajun chug, R&B swing and gospel fervor
8 p.m.
May Memorial Unitarian Universalist Society, 3800 East Genesee St, Syracuse, NY
Admission is $18. 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.

Caffè Lena presents
Evie Ladin Band and Red Tail Ring
8 p.m.
Caffè Lena, 47 Phila St., Saratoga Springs, NY, 518-583-0022
Tickets: $18 general admission, $16 members, $9 students and children
Buy tickets online
Our first show of 2017 will erase any doubt about the vitality of Americas folk music heritage. San Francisco’s Evie Ladin Band was one of our big discoveries of 2016. These three sparkling musicians drill down into the African roots of Appalachian music and dance with clawhammer banjo, guitar, bass and fabulous body percussion, along with urban hip hop flourishes and global polyrhythms.
Joining them is Michigan duo Red Tail Ring, aka Michael Beauchamp and Laurel Premo. Their exquisite artistry infuses traditional tunes and original songs with musical imagination, haunting harmonies, and instrumental prowess on fiddle, banjo, mandolin, jawharp, and plain-old foot stomping. The duos signature style of layered, intricate instrumental lines over close vocal harmonies is both rustic and elegant.

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Saturday, January 7, 2017
Eighth Step at Proctors presents
Sally Rogers & Claudia Schmidt CD Release: We Are Welcomed
7:30 p.m.
GE Theater, Proctors, 432 State Street, Schenectady, NY
Call Eighth Step TicketLine: 518-434-1703
Tickets available online: $40 Gold Circle; $26 general admission
Each a celebrated soloist, together they create a musical synergy made richer by their long friendship. Singer-songwriters Sally Rogers and Claudia Schmidt epitomize the vibrancy and effortless beauty of folk music on both contemporary originals and traditional songs, some poignantly topical but not a whit less beautiful. On their fourth CD, the two soaring or whispered or playful voices blend and counterpoint through a magnificent choice of songs, with guitar, mandolin, dulcimer.

Hudson Area Library Presents a Bengali Cultural Celebration 2-4 p.m.
Hudson Area Library, 51 N. 5th St., Hudson, NY
For information, contact: (518) 828-1792
This celebration is free and open to the public. Seating is available on a first-come, first-served basis.
The Hudson Area Library is proud to present the work of the Bengali Bandhan students as well as the song, dance, literature, and food of the Bangladeshi culture. Students will read Bangladeshi stories and poetry in English and Bengali, sing Bangladeshi songs, and perform traditional dance. Students’ writing in Bengali will be displayed. Families of the students and other members of the community will cook traditional Bangladeshi food for the public to sample. Hudson is a diverse, vibrant, welcoming place and this event offers a chance for all to experience one of the world’s cultures that is represented in the city. The Bengali Cultural Celebration will be held in the Community Room on the first floor of the Hudson Area Library, with wheelchair access. The Bengali Bandhan Class meets Wednesdays 5 p.m. at the Hudson Area Library to study reading, writing, and speaking in Bengali and to study stories, poems, songs, and dance of the Bangladeshi culture.

Caffè Lena presents
Steve Gillette and 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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The first Saturday of the year is always reserved for Steve & Cindy, a down home husband and wife duo from Vermont with fans around the globe. Steve is one of the folk world’s stand-out songwriters, with several songs that have become standards. His “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.

...and beyond
Connecticut Historical Society announces
Speak Up at CHS: All-Day Storytelling Workshop with Speak Up Co-founder Matthew Dicks
9 a.m.-4 p.m.
Connecticut Historical Society, 1 Elizabeth St., Hartford CT 06105
$85 CHS members, $95 non-members
Registration available online
Speak Up co-founder and 26-time Moth StorySLAM winner and four time GrandSLAM champion Matthew Dicks will be teaching a day-long workshop on the art of storytelling for beginners.

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Sunday, January 8, 2017
Caffè Lena presents
Hot Club of Saratoga
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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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.

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Tuesday, January 10, 2017
City Lore announces
City Reads Chains by Laurie Halse Anderson

7-9 p.m.
City Lore, 56 E. 1st St, NYC, NY 10003
Cost: $5, free for City Lore members

In 1776, New York City had more slaves than any American colony besides South Carolina. So forget the Founding Fathers. Meet Isabel: sister, spy and slave in Revolutionary New York. Though Isabel was promised emancipation upon the death of their owner, she and her sister are sold off to a pair of Tory sympathizers in New York City. When their nasty new owners sell off her sister, Isabel begins to spy on them for the Sons of Liberty, hoping to trade inside information about the coming British invasion for freedom. A compelling, impeccably researched historical novel of colonial New York, from an underrepresented and critically important point of view.
City Reads meets once a month to discuss a wide range of books including fiction, old and new, memoirs, history, biography, and graphic novels. Ariel Zeitlin, a librarian who is herself a born-and-bred New Yorker and published author, will facilitate the group. Each meeting will end with an extra activity to go along with the book, be it a film clip, a staged reading, music, food, an expert, or a game.

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Thursday, January 12, 2017
Staten Island Arts announces
#CreateNYC: A Cultural Plan for All New Yorkers
Join us at the Staten Island Workshop!
6:00-8:30 p.m.
The College of Staten Island, Campus Center (Building 1C), 2800 Victory Blvd., Staten Island, NY
Join us at Staten Island’s borough-wide workshop. Show up to share your ideas about the future of arts and culture in New York City. Make sure your voice is included in the plan. Food and performances. Childcare and Spanish interpretation provided. Visit CreateNYC.org for more information.

Caffè Lena presents
Ballroom Thieves
7 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
This is an exciting band. Their dynamic range is huge and lush, their lyrics are uninhibited, and they’ve rewritten the rules of the styles they draw from: rock, folk, Delta blues, praise music. Their passion has created a groundswell of fan interest that has kept the trio on the road non-stop for two years, with appearances at Newport Folk Festival and pretty much all the fine small clubs across America. Guitarist Martin Earley, cellist Calin Peters, and drummer Devin Mauch boast superb instrumental skills and soulful voices that, at times, fuse into one angelic whisper then wail with grit and heart and soul and truth.

January 12–14, 2017
Albany Chefs’ Food & Wine Festival
WINE & DINE FOR THE ARTS
The Albany Institute of History & Art is honored to be among the beneficiaries for the 2017 Albany Chef’s Food & Wine Festival: Wine & Dine for the Arts. This festival has become a January favorite in the Capital Region and continues to offer exciting competitions and delicious foods in a fun and festive atmosphere. Your ticket to the festival helps support the arts in Albany- including the Albany Institute! Tickets are available online. Information about individual events, locations, and prices are also available online.

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Friday, January 13, 2017
Caffè Lena presents
The Lustre Kings
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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Though rarely celebrated in our corner of the music biz, January is Elvis Presley’s birthday month. Felt to us like a great excuse to step outside the folk idiom and bring you the invigorating rockabilly sounds of The Lustre Kings! Led by good-time Gretsch-slinger Mark Gamsjager, this true-hearted classic rock and roll band draws from a deeper well than similar acts, giving their music breadth and depth while still keeping the entertainment factor stratospheric. Theyve wowed the crowds at Manhattan’s Rodeo Bar, Seattle’s Tractor Tavern, the Saratoga Race Course, and all points in-between. Tonights show will feature songs from their new CD, Go Green, along with all our favorites by the The King himself.

January 13–14, 2017
2017 ZLATNE USTE GOLDEN FESTIVAL
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.

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Saturday, January 14, 2017
Flushing Town Hall presents
Michel Lauziere: Science of Sound Family Show
2:30 p.m.
Flushing Town Hall, 137-35 Northern Boulevard, (at the corner of Linden Place), Flushing, NY 11354
Tickets $13/$10 Members/$8 Children/$6 Member Children
Free for Teens Age 13-19 with ID.
Highly entertaining, interactive, and musical, Michel uses basic scientific principles to play his bizarre and original musical instruments. Through Michel’s funny way of transforming noise into music, he explains what sound is, how it travels, and how it is amplified with visual examples and audience participation.

Caffè Lena announces
Hattie's Annual Mardi Gras Soiree
6 p.m.
Canfield Casino, Congress Park, Saratoga springs, NY 12866
Caffe Lena is thrilled to be this year’s recipient of Hattie's Annual Mardi Gras Soiree! Proceeds from the event will be directed to the Caffè Lena Endowment Fund. Income generated by the Endowment will augment the Caffè’s earned revenue, supporting our initiatives of debuting exciting new artists, offering free concerts for families, presenting traditional musicians from non-English speaking cultures, and developing innovative ways to connect artists of excellence with live audiences in ways that open hearts, bind us together, create wellness and celebrate our common human story. As in years past, Michael Panza and his team from Fine Affairs plan to transform the Canfield Casino into New Orleans of the North. Guests will enjoy the culinary expertise of Chef Jasper Alexander, dance the night away to the sounds of Soul Session and Garland Nelson and the Dylan Perrillo Orchestra. Enjoy a complimentary cocktail during the first hour of the party, as well as a cash bar throughout the evening. You can also swing by Heather Bohm-Tallman's Crazy Photo Booth all night long. A silent auction of great items donated by so many wonderful businesses in Saratoga County will also be featured.

New York Folklore Society presents
Story Sharing. In Harm’s Way: Responses to Hurricane Irene

2:00–4:00 p.m.
Mabee Farm Historic Site, Rotterdam Junction, NY
In collaboration with the Mabee Farm/ Schenectady County Historical Society. The recording of personal experience stories by the New York Folklore Society is part of a two-year documentation project that will culminate in an exhibit and a series of public presentations beginning in the fall of 2017. Each session will provide a brief introduction to the project, followed by one-on-one or small group interviews conducted by trained interviewers from the New York Folklore Society. Interviews will be scheduled in 1/2 hour blocks of time. Refreshments will be served.
See also January 25.

World Music Institute (WMI) announces
Laughter & Sound Meditation with Laraaji
6:30-8:00 p.m.
Atmananda Yoga, 226 E 54th St, 7th Fl., Manhattan
Tickets: $30
Dress comfortably, bring drinking water and an eye cover/blindfold for deeper horizontal listening. Floor mats and pillows provided.
You will be immersed in ancient gong tones and voice chants along with a variety of sensitive vibration sounds. Call and response chanting, playfully interactive therapeutic laughter-vises sound and light language will support your deep relaxation and savasana level meditation.

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

Caffè Lena presents
Americana Songwriters In the Round
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
Tonight we showcase the songwriting talents of familiar frontmen from the regional Americana scene. They–ll be leaving their bands at home and swapping songs in-the-round. Expect heartfelt songs and ballads by these keen and compassionate observers of the world. Mike Poulopoulos is often seen around the region with his duo Platypus, and under the nome de scene Rebel Darling. His precise, tender songs get right to the heart of the human experience. Adam Brockway fronts Eastbound Jesus, a five-piece bluegrassy rock band out of Washington County. Brockway’s style works an appealing boundary between rowdy and solemn, combining both moods to captivating effect. Zack Hay’s North and South Dakotas are at the forefront of the Capital District Americana scene. His old-school vocal style cuts through from the past with backporch twang, while his lyrics speak directly to a thoroughly modern audience.

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Monday, January 16, 2017
Albany Institute of History & Art presents
LECTURE and Book Signing: In Defiance: Runaways from Slavery in New York’s Hudson River Valley 1735–1831
Authors Susan Stessin-Cohn and Ashley Hurlburt-Biagini
2:00 p.m.
Albany Institute of History & Art, 125 Washington Avenue, Albany, NY 12210
This collection of fugitive slave advertisements tells much about the lives of self-emancipated blacks in the rural North, especially the Hudson River Valley. The research documents 607 fugitives from slavery in the 18th and 19th-century Hudson Valley region of New York State through the reproduction and transcription of 512 archival newspaper notices advertising rewards for runaway slaves. Also included are notices advertising slaves captured, slaves for sale, and offers to purchase slaves, plus selected runaway notices from outside the Hudson Valley region. Nine tables analyze the data in the notices, and the book includes a glossary, indexes of names, locations, and subjects, illustrations, and maps.

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Museum at Eldridge Street presents
FAMILY PROGRAM: What’s Your Dream? Martin Luther King Jr. Day Program
1-2:30 p.m.
Museum at Eldridge Street, 12 Eldridge Street, New York, NY 10002, 212.219.088
Pay what you wish, donations appreciated. Reservations required.
Join us as we read Kobi Yamada’s beautiful book, What Do You Do With An Idea? We’ll listen to Dr. King’s famous “I Have a Dream” speech and make art inspired by his ideas ... and our own dreams.

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Tuesday, January 17, 2017
The Arts Center of the Capital Region presents
Social Media January: Salsa & Sangria
5:30-7:30 p.m.
The Arts of the Capital Region, 265 River Street, Troy, NY 12180
Cost: $35; Sign up online
Spice things up with this introduction to Salsa dancing! Sip on sangria and pretend you’re dancing with the stars rather than watching them. You’ll take home the skills to wow your friends!
Join us on the 3rd Tuesday of every month from 5:30-7:30 p.m. to meet new people and make art in a new medium each month. Every event will feature a signature cocktail or seasonal beverage paired with the art form we’ll be exploring!

StoryCircle at Proctors Theater announces
Story Circle Meeting: Story Circle of the Capital District
6:30-8:30 p.m.
Colonie Town Library, 629 Albany Shaker Rd. Albany, NY 12211
Story Circle meets to share works in progress. Stories told, not read, please. Listeners welcomed :-)

Wednesday, January 18, 2017
Neighborhood Preservation Center (NPC) presents
NPC Intern Lecture: Public Baths in Manhattan: From the Past to the Future by Yunjie Ni
6:00-7:15 (English language)
Neighborhood Preservation Center, 232 East 11th Street, New York, NY
. Free program; space limited; RSVP encouraged. Call 212.228.2781 or email info@neighborhoodpreservationcenter.org.
NPC is pleased to host a presentation by Yunjie Ni, an intern at NPC and a graduate of the NYU Masters Program in Historical and Sustainable Architecture. She will be presenting her thesis work on municipal public baths of Manhattan during the Progressive Era (c. 1890s to 1920s). The presentation will include an overall history of public baths in New York City, the current status of the historic municipal baths in Manhattan, and their architectural evolution. Yunjie will also be introducing adaptive reuse precedents from the UK that New York might consider.

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

Thursday, January 19, 2017
Interfaith Story Circle announces
The Tent of Abraham: Am I My Brother’s or Sister’s Keeper?
6-9 p.m.
Islamic Community Center of the Capital District, 21 North Lansing Road, Schenectady, NY 12304
Free and open to the public. Doors open at 6:00 p.m. for our vegetarian potluck dinner; bring a dish to share. Storytelling: 7:15-9 p.m.
For further information, contact Anne Snyder, 518-869-5247, anneveronical50@hotmail.com
The annual Tent of Abraham program was initiated in 2006 as a way to celebrate the confluence of the holy days at that time, and continue as a way to build interfaith bridges. Come share your own traditional or personal stories related to the theme, or just come and listen. Either way, you’ll be warmly welcomed.

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Friday, January 20, 2017
StoryCircle at Proctors Theater announces
Storytelling with Janet Carter
7 p.m.
Inquiring Minds Bookstore, Corner of Main and Partition, Saugerties, NY, 845-246-5775
Now on the THIRD Friday of the month. For those who want to meet before, we have dinner at 5:45 at the Dutch Tavern on Main Street.

The Folkus Project presents
Joan Shelley
Though a folk traditionalist, she's spent her career playing with its form
8 p.m.
May Memorial Unitarian Universalist Society, 3800 East Genesee St, Syracuse, NY
Admission is $18. 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.

A Place for Folk presents
Cold Chocolate
Opening will be Thirsty Bear
Concerts start at 7:30 p.m., Doors open at 7:00 p.m.
Unitarian Universalist Society of Schenectady, 1221 Wendell Avenue, Schenectady, NY 12308
Tickets: $20 per adult (Family rate, $5 per child 6+ years with paying parent) Students, $10
Reservations appreciated
Cold Chocolate is a fresh and exciting Americana band with a unique sound that fuses bluegrass and folk with a dash of funk. With original tunes and technical prowess, this trio from Boston is mesmerizing audiences with guitar, upright bass, percussion, and three-part harmony, Since their formation in 2011, Cold Chocolate has been quickly gaining recognition for their high-energy performances. The band has shared bills with such bluegrass giants as Leftover Salmon and David Grisman, and has performed at numerous prominent East Coast festivals, including the Grey Fox Bluegrass Festival, FloydFest, FreshGrass Festival, and the Ossipee Valley Music Festival.
Thirsty Bear is a five member string band performing original music written by Brent Haviland and Jenny Latzko.

Caffè Lena presents
Beaucoup Blue
8 p.m.
Caffè Lena, 47 Phila St., Saratoga Springs, NY, 518-583-0022
Tickets: $18 general admission, $16 members, $9 students and children
Buy tickets online
This smooth, deep Philadelphia duo blends folk, R&B, jazz and country blues together in songs that might be classics, or might just sound like it. Beaucoup Blue is a rare father and son duo featuring David and Adrian Mowry. They play gorgeous 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. They’ve been a house favorite at Caffè Lena since the early 2000s.

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Saturday, January 21, 2017
commonthreads

New York Folklore Society announces
Common Threads: Textile Traditions in Tompkins County,” a program of the NYSCA Upstate Folklife Survey and Program Development– A Partnership with the New York Folklore Society

2:00–5:00 p.m.
The History Center of Tompkins County, Ithaca, NY
Ithaca area textile artists, representing a variety of textile traditions, will present their work. Details TBA. Project folklorist, Hannah Davis, will also speak about her survey of Tompkins County folk and traditional arts. Organized in collaboration with The History Center and the Community Arts Partnership.


World Music Institute (WMI) announces
Acoustic Mandala Project – A Sound Bath Experience
7:00 p.m.
The New York Open Center, 22 East 30th Street, Manhattan
Tickets: $35 Open Center and WMI members; non-members, $55
Relax, reset and rejuvenate. Acoustic Mandala Project will create soundscapes ideal for journeying as participants relax on yoga mats. Founding members David Ellenbogen (Brooklyn Raga Massive) and Joshua Geisler (Cirque du Soleil) utilize gongs, Tibetan bowls, bamboo flutes, and beyond to conjure up a healing and transformative sonic environment. The evening begins with an interactive demonstration and discussion about this unique approach to sound healing that is based on ragas, the captivating and epic form of classical Indian music.

Golden Link Folk Singing Society presents: Loren & Mark
7:30 p.m.
Rochester Christian Reformed Church, 2750 Atlantic Ave., Penfield, NY 14526
Advance $23 ($25 at the door); $18 for Golden Link members ($20 at the door); $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.

Caffè Lena presents
The Heart of Saturday Night: Songs of Tom Waits
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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After too long a wait, Caffé Lena finally gets around to hailing Tom Waits—gruff of voice, grim of wit, and one of America’s truly great songwriters. A brace of the superb regional performers will put their own spin on the works of the bard of Sonoma County. We’ll sample a rich range of Waits songs, expected and unexpected, from Beautiful Maladies to Orphans, Brawlers and Bastards.

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Sunday, January 22, 2017
New York Folklore Society announces
“You Are What You Eat: Ethnic Food Traditions in the Finger Lakes,” a program of the NYSCA Upstate Folklife Survey and Program Development – A Partnership with the New York Folklore Society

2:00–5:00 p.m.
Auburn Public Theater, Auburn, NY
Upstate Regional Folklorist Hannah Davis presents her work in Cayuga, Wayne, Yates, Seneca, and Ontario Counties, documenting the region’s folk and traditional arts. Organized in collaboration with Auburn Public Theater. Educator, folklorist, and documentary filmmaker Christine Zinni will join Hannah and community members to discuss ethnic food traditions.


Borderline Folk Music Club presents
WHISKEY FOXTROT, ALICE LEON & PHIL DOLLARD
1 p.m.
Nanuet Public Library. 149 Church Street, Nanuet NY 10954
Admission: $10. Event is free for Borderline Club members. For reservations and questions, please contact intrend@yahoo.com
Parking available at the library and at the school next door.
WHISKEY FOXTROT This acoustic trio blends elements of Country, Bluegrass, and Americana. Dan DiPaola (Mandolin), Steve Lavner (Guitar), and Caitlin Maloney (Lead Vocals) create intimate and emotional music woven together by traditional harmonies and contemporary melodies with a nod toward classic country.
ALICE LEON Alice Leon is an expressive singer/songwriter. She has opened or shared the stage with Bruce Springsteen, John Bon Jovi, Melissa Etheridge and many more. Her influences range from Peggy Lee and the Beatles to Carol King, Sting, and Queen. She is a teaching artist working with teens and adults in recovery teaching the gifts of songwriting as a recovery tool.
PHIL DOLLARD Phil is an acoustic blues based guitarist who has been performing at clubs and coffeehouses in the region for years. He writes original songs but also covers artists from the 1930s through the folk/rock revival of the ’60s and beyond. Phil infuses his love of Piedmont finger picking and Delta slide guitar into his own blues inflected tunes.

Story Circle
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.”
7-9 p.m.
First Reformed Church of Scotia, 224 N. Ballston Ave., Scotia, NY
Free Will Donations Benefit: New Horizons Foundation—An outreach to youth in Romania sponsored by the Reformed Church in America where missionaries Rev. and Mrs. Jason White (Maggie Busman) from Schnectady are currently serving.
Reservations please: Joe Doolittle, (518) 384-1700 or AldenJoe@nycap.rr.com.
Free pie è la mode from Smith ’s Orchard Bakery
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!


Caffè Lena presents
Ramblin Jug Stompers
8 p.m.
Caffè Lena, 47 Phila St., Saratoga Springs, NY, 518-583-0022
Tickets: $18 general admission, $16 members, $9 students and children
Buy tickets online
78 rpm Music for the 21st century! With banjo, mandolin, guitar, washboard and more, New York States premier jug band fuses the ragtime sounds of the 1920s with the bluegrass edge of the ’40s; mines the manic energy of ’60s folk revival acts; and adds a contemporary comic sensibility all its own. Cousin Clyde, Bowtie, Mr. Eck, and Wild Bill Stomperize every song they touch, pulling the beat back to ramblin speed and adding comic flourishes, sharp musicianship, and Spike Jones-like looniness to each tune they play whether from the songbag of Roger Miller, The Memphis Jug Band, Louis Armstrong or Doc Watson.

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Tuesday, January 24, 2017
Golden Link Folk Singing Society presents: Mandolin Workshop – Perry Cleaveland
7-9 p.m.
Twelve Corners Presbyterian Church, 1200 Winton Rd S., Room #11 (in Basement), Rochester, NY 14618
Register online by January 21: $6
Perry Cleaveland, one the area’s premiere mandolinists and multi-instrument musicians, returns for another workshop. If you missed the last one, here another chance to take advantage of this talented musician’s expertise. And if you did go to the last one, you can continue to improve your skills by attending another of his popular sessions. Either way, Click Here to register (on-line only) and don't miss it!

Wednesday, January 25, 2017
New York Folklore Society presents
Story Sharing. In Harm’s Way: Responses to Hurricane Irene

2:00–4:00 p.m.
Mabee Farm Historic Site, Rotterdam Junction, NY
In collaboration with the Mabee Farm/ Schenectady County Historical Society. The recording of personal experience stories by the New York Folklore Society is part of a two-year documentation project that will culminate in an exhibit and a series of public presentations beginning in the fall of 2017. Each session will provide a brief introduction to the project, followed by one-on-one or small group interviews conducted by trained interviewers from the New York Folklore Society. Interviews will be scheduled in 1/2 hour blocks of time. Refreshments will be served.
See also January 14.

The Folklife Center of Crandall Public Library presents Black History Celebration 2017
Performance: Solomon Northup, 12 Years a Slave
Portrayed by Clifford Oliver Mealy
7:00 p.m.
Crandall Public Library, 251 Glen Street, Glens Falls, NY
For more information, call 518/792-6508 or email degarmo@crandalllibrary.org
Cost: Free
Clifford Oliver Mealy re-creates the persona of Solomon Northup, a free African- American New Yorker kidnapped into slavery before the Civil War, whose story, first written as a memoir in 1853, is also a 2013 Academy-Award-winning motion picture.

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Thursday, January 26, 2017
Caffè Lena presents
Hubby Jenkins
7 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
Multi-instrumentalist and singer Hubby Jenkins of the Carolina Chocolate Drops got his musical education the old fashioned way: on the streets of NYC. Born and raised in Brooklyn, he followed a thread of African American music-making through country blues, ragtime, fiddle and banjo, and traditional jazz. He learned to capture the attention of an audience on sidewalks and subway platforms, performing material by venerable African American roots artists. Hubby observes, The blues represents the Black experience in a country that accepts and oppresses us simultaneously. It is a reminder of the deep flowing river that I am a part of and continue to flow within. It is the root and soul.

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
Caffè Lena presents
Bill Staines
7 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
New Hampshire troubadour Bill Staines has headlined the Caffe Lena stage twice a year since 1967. While our roster grows and flows, Staines is a folk music legend and he serves as an anchor to our heritage. 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.

StoryCircle at Proctors Theater announces
StorySlam at the Clark Institute
7 p.m.
Clark Art Institute, 225 South Street, Williamstown, MA 01267
Free and open to the public, but tickets are required.
The Clark Art Institute, in conjunction with Pastor Mark Longhurst of the First Congregational Church of Williamstown, MA, presents StorySLAM. The event celebrates the Clark’s exhibition “Japanese Impressions: Color Woodblock Prints from the Rodbell Collection,” open through April 2, 2017. The prints were generously donated to the Clark by long-time volunteer, Adele Rodbell. Members of the Williamstown community and beyond are invited to hear and tell stories that center around the topic of “a gift.” Have you ever received a life-changing gift? When did a gift enrich, surprise, change, shock, or delight you? On the evening of the event, names of those interested in sharing stories are chosen at random, and those selected are invited to tell a five-minute story. A panel of judges provides feedback and prizes are awarded.

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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Saturday, January 28, 2017
New York Folklore Society announces
A Dance Showcase: “No Experience Necessary: Social Dancing in the Southern Tier,” a program of the NYSCA Upstate Folklife Survey and Program Development – A Partnership with the New York Folklore Society

1:00-4:00 p.m.
Jamestown Community College
Project folklorist, Hannah Davis, presents a showcase of participatory dance traditions drawn from Allegany, Cattaraugus, and Chautauqua Counties. Davis will also speak about her survey of folk and traditional arts in this region. Organized in collaboration with the Cattaraugus County Arts Council. Swedish, contra, and Seneca dancers will share participatory dance traditions.


Caffè Lena presents
Celebrating The Legacy of Frank Jaklitsch
8 p.m.
Caffè Lena, 47 Phila St., Saratoga Springs, NY, 518-583-0022
Tickets: $18 general admission, $16 members, $9 students and children
Buy tickets online
For the past several years around this time we have enjoyed an evening of sing-alongs, laughter and heartfelt songs with beloved Capital District musician Frank Jaklitsch. We were very sad to lose Frank last August, and we knew right away that we would join together this January to make music in his honor and raise money for his favorite cause, Shaker Veterinary Hospital’s Save-a-Pet Fund. Leading tonight’s celebration will Frank’s longtime core band, Bobby Long, Kathi Quinlan and Michael Eck, now performing as Good Things, as well as many friends who shared Frank’s stage. The evening will focus on Frank’s original songs, with other select favorites from his deep catalog.

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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.

Caffè Lena presents
Bright Series: Old Salt Union and Twisted Pine
7 p.m.
Caffè Lena, 47 Phila St., Saratoga Springs, NY, 518-583-0022
Tickets: $18 general admission, $16 members, $9 students and children
Buy tickets online
The Kevin and Claudia Bright New Music Series features exciting emerging artists who are shaping the future of American roots music. This series is named in honor of Kevin and Claudia Bright, lead donors to the Campaign for Caffe Lena. Inspired by Bill Monroe, Sam Bush and Del McCoury, along with jazz greats Bill Evans and composer Danny Elfman, Old Salt Union from Belleville, IL boasts a unique and broad genetic make-up. The five members explore the jazz and blues roots of bluegrass in a mature and refreshing manner. Catchy hooks, dramatic chord progressions, thoughtful arrangements and tons of energy have made them front runners in the new generation of string music. In the past year theyve appeared at Bluegrass Underground, Music City Roots, John Hartford Memorial Festival, ROMP, Stagecoach, Freshgrass, and Yonder Mountain String Bands Harvest Festival. Theyre 2016 EP weaves genre-crossing compositions and heartache-infused songwriting. Full of energy and surprise, wit and subtlety, Twisted Pine from Boston has quickly become one of the most acclaimed young string bands in the Northeast. Audiences across the US and UK have been drawn to their forthright songwriting, lush harmonies, musical daring, and charismatic appeal, to quote Grammy-winner Alison Brown. Growing beyond the standard verse-chorus-solo structure of traditional string bands, Twisted Pine layers the pop hooks of indie music on top of their bluegrass. Winners of the 2014 Freshgrass band competition and finalists at the 2015 Rockygrass contest, Twisted Pine has played from Greyfox to Green River to Glasgows Celtic Connections and beyond.

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Tuesday, January 31, 2017
World Music Institute (WMI) announces
Don't Think I’ve Forgotten — Documentary Screening and Q&A
6:30 p.m.
The New School 55 W. 13th St., 5th floor, Manhattan
Tickets: $20; free for New School students and staff and WMI members
DON’T THINK I’VE FORGOTTEN: CAMBODIA’S LOST ROCK AND ROLL tracks the twists and turns of Cambodian music in the 1960s and 1970s, as it morphed into rock and roll, blossomed, and was nearly destroyed along with the rest of the country. This documentary film provides a new perspective on a country usually associated with only war and genocide. The screening will be followed by Q&A with director John Pirozzi and sociologist and documentary producer Dr. LinDa Saphan.

Golden Link Folk Singing Society presents: Members Showcase Concert
7:30-10:30 p.m.
Twelve Corners Presbyterian Church, 1200 Winton Rd S., Room #11 (in Basement), Rochester, NY 14618
$5 at the door
Featuring Vern Lindberg, Leslie Lee & Steve Gretz, and Sarva Sarvamangala.

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       ANNOUNCEMENTS

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 membership.folk@goldenlink.org to lead.

Jan 3: Open Sing (anything goes!) – Grant Cos Leading
Jan 10: Sing Along and Chorus Songs – Lee Burlew Leading
Jan 17: Theme: “Love Lost and Love Gained” – Tom Boyce Leading
Jan 24: Open Sing (anything goes!) – Grant Cos Leading
Jan 31: NO SING-AROUND! Member Showcase Concert will be held
Feb 7: Open Sing (anything goes!) – Nick Hambas Leading
Feb 14: Sing Along and Chorus Songs – Leader TBD
Feb 21: Theme: “Luuuuuuv” – Val Fowler Leading


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

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

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

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

Priority Application Deadline: January 27, 2017

Final Application Deadline: February 10, 2017


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


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

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

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

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

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


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

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


Erie Canalway National Heritage Corridor announces
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.


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

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

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


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).




Erie Canalway National Heritage Corridor announces
GRANT OPPORTUNITIES


2017 Canal-Related Event & Festival Sponsorship
Are you planning a canal-related festival in 2017? How about a canal bicentennial event? For the fourth year, Erie Canalway has teamed up with the NYS Canal Corporation to offer sponsorships of up to $500 for events or festivals taking place in the National Heritage Corridor from May through November 2017. Qualifying events must promote or celebrate the distinctive historic, cultural, scenic, or recreational resources of the canal corridor. Eligible applicants include municipalities or nonprofit 501(c)(3) organizations. Proposals that significantly acknowledge the canal’s 200th anniversary will be given priority consideration.
Deadline: February 17, 2017. Details: www.eriecanalway.org/resources/grants

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

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


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


October 15, 2016 — March 2017

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

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

November 17, 2016 —February 28, 2017

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

December 15, 2016 — March 8, 2017

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

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

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

Flushing Town Hall presents
Journey to Infinity Exhibition
Opening Reception: SAT, JAN 7, 3-5 PM
Closing Reception & Artist Talk: SUN, JAN 15, 3-5 PM
Gallery Hours: SAT and SUN, 12-5 PM and by appointment weekdays at (646) 884-4710
Flushing Town Hall, 137-35 Northern Boulevard, (at the corner of Linden Place), Flushing, NY 11354
$5 Suggested Donation/FREE for Members & Students
Peruvian-American artist Renzo Ortega will exhibit a series of paintings on canvas that are pictorial representations of emotions and feelings he experienced as an immigrant artist living in New York for over 16 years.

January 7, 2017—January 15, 2017

Pregones Theater Puerto Rico Traveling Theater announces
I Like It Like That
Check website for various times
Puerto Rican Travelling Theater, 304 West 47th Street, New York, NY 10036
Tickets starting at $75
For more informatino, call 718-585-1202
I LIKE IT LIKE THAT is the story of the Rodriguez family living in New York City’s East Harlem in the early 1970s, when music was the proudest expression of El Barrio, amidst neighborhood volatility and social activism.

Through January 29, 2017

Center for Traditional Music and Art announces
The Thunderbird American Indian Dancers in Concert
Friday, January 27, 8:00 p.m.
Saturday, January 28 and Sunday, January 29, 3:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m.
Friday, February 3, 8:00 p.m.
Saturday, February 4 and Sunday, February 5, 3:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m.

Theater for the New City, 155 First Avenue, NYC (at 10th Street), NYC
Tickets: $10. Children under 12: $1 at Saturday and Sunday matinees only (must be accompanied by an adult paying regular admission)
Tickets available online.
CTMD Touring Artists The Thunderbird American Indian Dancers present their 42nd annual concert of music, dance and storytelling. This is a unique educational and entertainment experience. The Thunderbirds perform authentic dances of the Iroquois, Southwest and Great Plains Native American peoples. Each dance is introduced with a complete explanation of its cultural context and is accompanied by live music. This year’s concert features new choreography of the American Indian Hoop Dance with Michael A. Taylor and Marie Ponce to the music of Rob Mastriani and Louis Mofsie, with new stories by Matoake Eagle and Sheldon Raymore.

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