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Wednesday, June 1, 2016
Flushing Town Hall presents
Monthly Jazz Jam
7:00-10:00 p.m.
FREE Jazz Clinics at 6 p.m.
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

Whether you’re a student, jazz musician, or music educator, come join the Queens Jazz OverGround, a program of Convergence Arts, Inc., as they lead the house band in this monthly jam session. Held on the first Wednesday of every month, Jazz Jams are a fun way to hone your skills, and jam each month with your peers. Don’t play? Come listen! NEW! We’re bringing a little delight to the evening — serving wine and beer!

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June 3-5, 2016
Ithaca Festival of the Arts
Celebrating the Artist in Everyone Since 1977!
Ithaca, NY
The Ithaca Festival is a four-day music and arts celebration, the premier event of its kind in Tompkins County. Over 1,000 talented local musicians, painters, dancers, clowns, community groups, and ensembles perform throughout the Ithaca Festival weekend. Enjoy multiple stages of entertainment, some special kid’s activities, a craft show, a parade, a local film festival, an arts for social justice area, and delicious festival food at various locations.

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Friday, June 10, 2016
Flushing Town Hall announces
Queens Jazz Orchestra: Dizzy Revisited
8:00 p.m.
Pre-Show Members Lounge at 7 p.m.
Flushing Town Hall, 137-35 Northern Boulevard (at the corner of Linden Place), Flushing, NY 11354
Tickets: $42/$32 Members/$20 Students; Table Package:$125/$100 Members (Reserved Table for 2, Wine & Snacks)
“Dizzy Revisited” is a tribute to a musician who was one of the major contibuters to the language of the jazz vernacular and a prolific composer. It is the melodic world of John Birks Gillespie the tumpeter from Cheraw, South Carolina who moved to New York City and lived in Corona, Queens around the corner from Louis Armstrong. Conducted by NEA Jazz Master Jimmy Heath, The Queens Jazz Orchestra will pay homage to Dizzy Gillespie performing his classical compositions.

Irish Arts Center presents SongLives: We/Or/Me with Vincent Cross
Curated by Grammy Award-winner Susan McKeown
8:00 p.m.
Donaghy Theatre, Irish Arts Center, 553 West 51st Street (between 10th and 11th Avenues), New York, NY 10019
We/Or/Me is the musical alias of Bahhaj Taherzadeh, quite possibly the world’s only Persian-Irish singer/songwriter. Based in Chicago, and described by NPR Music as “gorgeous” and “reminiscent of Bert Jansch or Leonard Cohen,” We/Or/Me has grown to include a revolving cast of collaborators over the years including Vashti Bunyan and producer Brian Deck. With roots in Ireland and Australia, New York City based, rustic singer-songwriter Vincent Cross exemplifies the folk song tradition. Drawing inspiration from old-time mountain music, British ballads and traditional bluegrass, Cross also lyrically expresses an observant modern sensibility. He tours extensively in the US, Europe, and Australia.

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Thursday, June 16, 2016
Eighth Step at Proctors presents its
Tonight’s Theme: TBA

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

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June 18–19, 2016
Clearwater’s Great Hudson River Festival
A Music & Environmental Festival
Croton Point Park, Croton-on-Hudson, NY
For more information, call 845/418-3596
Save the date for the 2016 Festival! Clearwater’s Great Hudson River Revival (aka “the Clearwater Festival” or “Revival”) features seven sustainably powered stages with diverse music, dance, storytelling, and family-oriented programming as well as a juried Handcrafters’ Village, the Green Living Expo, the Working Waterfront with small boat exhibits and rides, the Artisanal Food and Farm Market, environmental education displays and exhibits, and the Circle of Song where audience participation is the focus. The festival is wheelchair accessible and most stage programming is staffed with American Sign Language interpreters. See 2015 performers on the website. Camping available.

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June 20 and 21, 2015
26th Annual Old Time Fiddlers’ Gathering
Presented by The Arts Council of the Southern Finger Lakes
Lakewood Vineyards, 4024 NY-14, Watkins Glen, NY
Two days of performances, workshops, and a jammin’ tent. The Fiddlers’ Gathering is a great family event. Bring a lawn chair, acoustic instruments, and come ready for fun! Workshops are an opportunity to bring your instrument and learn new skills! Even if you don’t play, you are welcome to listen and watch, and learn something new about the way Old Time Music is made and shared. The Workshop Tent is open to listeners and players of all ages. Bring your own instruments and get ready to join in the music making yourself! Jamming tents welcome players of all skill levels in a variety of styles. Meet new and old fiddling friends, and be a part of passing the tradition on. Your participation helps heritage live!

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June 24, 25, and 26, 2015
Altamont Fairgrounds, Altamont, NY
Save the Date!

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Saturday, June 25, 2016
Staten Island Arts announces
LUMEN 2016
Curated by Monica Valenzuela
7 p.m.-Midnight
Atlantic Salt Company, 561 Richmond Terrace, Staten Island, NY, 10301
LUMEN is a nomadic contemporary art experience in New York City featuring emerging and established artists. The goals of LUMEN are to connect artists with each other and the wider community. This annual event brings original visual, performance and installation art to new audiences, under the artistic vision of various curators from across NYC.

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Sunday, June 26, 2016
Flushing Town Hall announces
Pan Asian Repertory Theatre No-No Boy
2:00 p.m.
Flushing Town Hall, 137-35 Northern Boulevard (at the corner of Linden Place), Flushing, NY 11354
Tickets: $5/FREE for Members & Students (please call our Box Office to request Free tickets at 718-463-7700 x222)
Adapted from the groundbreaking novel by Ken Narasaki, No-No Boy is a dramatization of the iconic text that explores the repercussions of choices made during wartime, internment and the affect on family, friends and community. Directed by Pan Asian veteran artist Ron Nakahara, this powerful and timely story is relevant to anyone searching for their place in an unsettled world and following one’s conscience.

June 26–July 2, 2016
The Ashokan Center presents
Western+Swing Week
Swing, Jazz, Country and Western-Swing music and dance
Ashokan Center, 477 Beaverkill Rd., Olivebridge, NY 12461, 845-657-8333
Tuition and Meals:
Adults $775
Youth ages 13–25 $575
Children ages 5–12 $475
Children under 5 Free
Tuition for the 2016 camp includes all meals, classes and activities. Work exchange positions and youth scholarships are available. Lodging is additional.
Dance: Lindy and West Coast swing, Two step, waltz and other C&W dances, squares and contras, dance parties and more.
Music: Fiddle, mandolin, guitar, steel guitar, piano, vocal technique, harmony singing, swing and country band clinics, improvisation, music theory, jam sessions, song swaps, and more.
Swing Dance Party & BBQ: Saturday, June 25 Open to campers who need an extra night of music, dancing and great Ashokan food and to folks who can’t join us for the whole camp this year. Dance-only, BBQ-only or Dance+BBQ tickets will be offered soon. Also available as an add-on during online registration for camp.

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Museum at Eldridge Street presents
Lifelong Learning Classes for the Spring

Museum at Eldridge Street
12 Eldridge Street
New York, NY 10002

Not Just the Weekly Torah Portion with Dr. Regina Stein, Thursdays, March 3, 10, 17, 24, 31; April 7, 14; May 5, from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Jews & Christians: From Beginnings to Communities, with Dr. Regina Stein, Tuesday evenings, March 8, 15, 22, 29; April 5, 12; May 3, 10, from 6:30 to 8 p.m.

Jews & Christians: Semester II, The Early Years, with Dr. Regina Stein, Tuesday mornings, March 1, 8, 15, 22, 29; April 5, 12, May 3, from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

The Mapping and Making of Brooklyn, with Barry Feldman, Urban Historian, Monday mornings, March 7, 14, 21, and 28 from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

How to Advocate for Yourself in the World, with Betsy Gotbaum, former NYC Public Advocate, Wednesday mornings, June 1, 8, 15 and 22, from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Calpulli Mexican Dance Company announces
Calpulli Community Starts a New Year
Classes resume in Queens & Staten Island

In 2016, Calpulli Community celebrates 10 years in Queens and 5 years in Staten Island. The donation-based program continues to serve youth and adults with enriching dance and music training. Visit our website for the following:

Youth Dance in Queens
Youth Dance in Staten Island
Adult Beginner Dance in Queens
Accordion & Guitar in Queens

Community programs in dance and music are led by Calpulli’s teaching artists and focus on the regional dance and musical traditions of Mexico. The training incorporates lessons in history, fundamentals in dance and music, team work, and supports a healthy, active lifestyle. The programs are low cost or by voluntary donation.

Old Songs presents
Make Your Own Music Nights

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

November 21, 2015 —September 4, 2016

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

ArtsWestchester announces
SHE: Deconstructing Female Identity
Opening reception: Sunday, March 13, 3-5 p.m.
Gallery Hours: Tues-Sat., 12-5 p.m., Sat. 12-6 p.m.
ArtsWestchester, 31 Mamaroneck Avenue, White Plains, New York
SHE: Deconstructing Female Identity explores what it means to be a woman in contemporary America. In an age that so heavily emphasizes identity, women of all ages struggle with the trappings of being female and with their own self-perception. SHE explores the concept that femininity, and gender generally, is a grand performance piece — a constant play between societal “norms” and self-definition. The 11 exhibiting artists work across media and engage with themes of the body, self-presentation, a woman’s “proper” space, gender roles, and feminine personas. Many of the works draw on accessories and accoutrement that are identified with traditional notions of femininity (handbags, bras, doilies, nail polish), transforming these items into vehicles for witty reflections on modern womanhood. SHE will debut several new works as well as commissions specifically for the exhibition.
Artists: NICOLE AWAI (Brooklyn, NY); VALERIE PIRIANO (Brooklyn, NY); LAUREL GARCIA COLVIN (Chappaqua, NY); MARI OGIHARA (White Plains, NY); NANCY DAVIDSON (New York, NY); KATHY RUTTENBERG (New York, NY); MARCY B. FREEDMAN (Croton-on-Hudson, NY); BARBARA SEGAL (Yonkers, NY); DEBBIE HAN (New York, NY); TRICIA WRIGHT (Kingston, NY) and REBECCA MUSHTARE (Oswego, NY). Curated by: Kathleen Reckling

March 15, 2016 —June 25, 2016

Flushing Town Hall presents
Vijay Kumar — Prints and Drawings
Opening Reception: Saturday, June 4, 3 p.m.
Gallery Hours: Saturday and Sunday, 12-5 p.m.
Flushing Town Hall, 137-35 Northern Boulevard (at the corner of Linden Place), Flushing, NY 11354
Suggested Admission: $5/FREE for Members & Students

Vijay Kumar presents etchings made over his lengthy career as a printmaker. His prints incorporate diverse etching techniques and a wide range of subject matter. Some prints are whimsical, others quite serious. Some etchings reflect his interest in alphabets and calligraphy, though none of these can be read. One series is based on images of horses. Other etchings are imaginary cityscapes, exploring the intersection of geometry with the urban landscape. Still other prints comment on religious extremism, or on modern life and the human condition.

June 4, 2016 —June 26, 2016

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