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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!

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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Thursday, June 2, 2016
Friends of Ganondagan announce
7-9 p.m.
Seneca Art & Culture Center at Ganondagan, 7000 County Road 41, Victor, NY
Call 585-742-1690 for more information
Doors open at 6:30 p.m., and food will be available for purchase.
Ganondagan Youth-sponsored series made possible through Foundation for the Future. This new open mic and coffee house is open to all ages, and is free and open to the public. Musicians should be prepared to play two to three songs; PA system and mic provided.

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Friday, June 3, 2016
Ashokan Music & Dance announces
1st Friday Swing Dance
Sponsored by Dance Flurry Organization
8-11 p.m.
7-8 p.m., free lesson with admission. Learn to swing dance!
Elks Lodge, 25 S Allen St, Albany, NY
Admission: $15/$12 DFO members/$10 students and limited income retirees 65+
For more information, contact firstfridayswingdance@gmail.com
Dance to Lustre Kings

The Folkus Project presents
Double Bill: Golden Novak Duo and Kevin Barrigar
8:00-10:00 p.m.
May Memorial Unitarian Universalist Society, 3800 East Genesee St, Syracuse, NY
Cost: $18; $15 members
Advance sale tickets are available via PayPal or by mail (personal check); advance ticket holders receive preferential seating. For details, see the Folkus Project website at www.folkus.org
The powerhouse duo of Jess Novak and Brian Golden brings blues, rock and singer/songwriter choice covers and soulful originals to life through guitar, percussion, violin and voice. Kevin Barrigar brings exceptional guitar skills and a whole lot of attitude to his own unique arrangements.

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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Saturday, June 4, 2016
Friends of Ganondagan announce
10 a.m.-2 p.m.
Seneca Art & Culture Center at Ganondagan, 7000 County Road 41, Victor, NY
Call 585-742-1690 for more information
Cost: $75/general public; $70/Friends of Ganondagan members, includes supplies. Registration deadline: June 1.
Instructor Rich Hamell teaches participants how to make an 8–9" mini wampum belt, which were—and still are—used to signify the importance or authority of the message associated with it, as in a treaty or another agreement. Looms will be provided for class time use.

Staten Island Arts presents
Rhythm and Work in the African Diaspora

2-4 p.m.
Staten Island Arts Culture Lounge (St. George Ferry Terminal), 10 Ferry Terminal Drive Staten Island, NY 10301
Reserve your Seat
A musical program focused on the call and response found in song, drumming, and work traditions of the African Diaspora. This concert will explore: 1) the syncopation between rhythm, dance and kente cloth weaving when accompanied by Ghanaian traditional drumming; 2) Sierra Leonean drum and dance traditions that accompany agricultural work; and 3) African-American spirituals that relate to the continuity of African drumming aesthetics.

Hudson Valley Community Dance presents
English Dance
7:30-10:30 p.m.
Lesson at 7 p.m. required for new dancers.
Reformed Church of Port Ewen, NY
For more information, call 845-452-2483
Cost: $10/$5 students with full-time ID.
Caller Patricia Evans with Tiddely Pom.

...and beyond
Save the DatePhiladelphia Folklore Project’s Birthday Bash 6-9 p.m.
Venice Island Performing Arts Center, 7 Lock St, Philadelphia, PA
RSVP: Ticket and Sponsorship details to come
For info, call 215-726-1106
The Philadelphia Folklore Project turns 29! Please join us as we present Folk Arts and Social Change Awards to local visionaries and artists. Plus, there will be great food, drink, and company, including Philadelphians who are particularly interested in arts and cultural traditions from near and far. This year’s event features the following:
2016 Folk Arts & Social Change Awards to the BlackStar Film Festival and Tibetan ritual specialist Thupten Chonyi

Premiere of select documentary footage about the brilliant artists in the Liberian Women’s Chorus for Change

Participatory bantaba with Kùlú Mèlé African Dance & Drum Ensemble

Sumptuous food and drink

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Thursday, June 9, 2016
Save the Date! World Music Institute (WMI) announces
30th Anniversary Celebration
Cocktails * Food * Live Music Performances * Dance * Silent Auction
6:30 p.m.
Taj Lounge, 48 W. 21st Street, New York, NY
Tickets: Early bird rates until May 2: $150, VIP $200 ($95/$145 tax deductible)
Regular pricing starting May 3: $175, VIP $225 ($120/$170 tax deductible)
Sponsorship opportunities available. Contact Gaby Sappington, Gaby@worldmusicinstitute.org by May 2
Join us for an evening of world music and dance as we celebrate the end of our 30th Anniversary Season. Guests will be treated to delicious food, drinks and a series of brief live music performances by Honorary Board member Javier Limón from Spain and other world music performers. Participate in a silent auction and have fun on the dance floor—all in celebration of the arts. Net proceeds from this event will support our mission of presenting outstanding world music and dance performers in New York. We look forward to spending a memorable evening with you!

Friday, June 10, 2016
Friends of Ganondagan announce
7:30-9:00 p.m.
Seneca Art & Culture Center at Ganondagan, 7000 County Road 41, Victor, NY
Call 585-742-1690 for more information
Free, with suggested donation of $5/family.
Traditional Native American outdoor games start off the evening on the main grounds. Participants then head toward the Bark Longhouse where John Stokes from The Tracking Project joins Ganondagan interpretive staff around a campfire to share indigenous stories and music.

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.

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

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Saturday, June 11, 2016
Golden Link Folk Singing Society announces
9 a.m.-4 p.m.
Golden Link performances: 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
Mendon Ponds Park, Rochester, NY
For many years now, Golden Link has provided music for the annual ADK Expo held at Mendon Ponds Park at the pond. This event is aimed at the lovers of outdoor activities and includes workshops, information booths and opportunities to look at and try out kayaks and canoes. Please come out to learn and be entertained. This year’s list of performers will include:

The O&’Keefe’s
Dana and Ruth Fine
Patrick and Kathy Schwar
Val Fowler
Dave Shaver
Grant Cos
Vern Lindberg and Liz Lazarus

Ashokan Music & Dance announces
8-11 p.m.
Woodstock Community Center, 56 Rock City Rd., Woodstock, NY
ONLY $10, or $5 students and kids
A fun and friendly evening of great music and dancing with Rebecca McCallum and Selma Kaplan with caller Dugan Murphy. All dances taught.

...and beyond
Save the date!Puerto Rican Folkloric Dance & Cultural Center announces
The Celebrando 2016 — Salsa & Heritage Festival
Featuring Bomba and Plena masters Tito Matos & Tata Cepeda
6 p.m.
Asian American Resource Center, 8401 Cameron Rd., Austin, Texas 78754
This elegant ballroom, SEMI-FORMAL event, will also feature hot salsa by Orquesta Trabuko, performances by PRFDance performing company, handcraft artisans, and comida criolla by Chago’s Caribbean Cuisine! Come enjoy our largest event of year, at the Asian American Resource Center. Table seating will be available on a first-come, first-served basis. More information later this Spring. The Celebrando 2016 heritage and festival project is made possible in through funding and support by the Texas Commission on the Arts and the Cultural Arts Division of the City of Austin Economic Development Department. More sponsor announcements coming soon!

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Sunday, June 12, 2016
Long Island Traditions presents
Boating with the Baymen
2 p.m.
Miss Freeport, 85 Woodcleft Avenue, Freeport, NY
For more information, contact: 516-767-8803, info@longislnadtraditions.org
Cost: $45 adults/$20 under age 16
Long Island Traditions is sponsoring another Boating with the Baymen tour on Sunday, June 12 at 2 p.m. aboard the Miss Freeport. The spring tour explores the traditions of recreational fishermen and baymen, duck hunters and decoy carvers, and bay house owners. Participants include the legendary Bob Doxsee of Point Lookout, Captain Jack Combs of Southold, columnist Tom Schlichter of Newsday and master recreational fisherman Reed Riemer, charter boat captain Bill Marinaccio, bay house owner Frank Passalaqua, bay house owner and fish distributor Alison Muller, and other special guests. Themes of the tour will include:
• Close Calls on the Water
• Bay Houses after Superstorm Sandy
• Hunting and Fishing

Ashokan Music & Dance announces
Buhrmaster Barn Dance
6-9 p.m.
Potluck dinner at 5:00 p.m.
Buhrmaster Barn, Colonie, NY
$12/$10 DFO members and seniors/$6 students.
For more information, 518-233-0847, janehusson@nycap.rr.com
Gigue-a-Bit with Michael Kernan.

Hudson Valley Community Dance presents
Swing Dance Live Band
6-9 p.m., Beginner Lesson at 6:00 p.m.; dance starts at 6:30 p.m.
Arlington Reformed Church, Poughkeepsie, NY
Cost: $12/$8 full-time students with ID
For more information, call 845-454-2571.
No Partner/Experience Necessary!

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Wednesday, June 15, 2016
Museum at Eldridge Street presents
Jane Jacobs Centennial Lecture: Elizabeth Barlow Rogers
6:30 p.m.
Museum at Eldridge Street, 12 Eldridge Street, New York, NY 10002, 212.219.088
RSVP: Pay what you wish
Elizabeth Barlow Rogers is a landscape designer and preservationist. Under her guidance as the first Central Park Administrator and through the Central Park Conservancy, founded largely through her efforts, the park has been restored and renewed with citizen support. Presented with the Central Park Conservancy.

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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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Friday, June 17, 2016
Diamond Dance
7:30-11 p.m., Doors open at 7 p.m.
Free lesson 7:30 p.m.
Saratoga Music Hall, Saratoga, NY
Cost: $16/$15 Dance Flurry members
For more information, dance@saratogasavoy.com, 518-587-5132.
The Diamond Dances occur every third Friday of the month at the historic and very large Saratoga Music Hall located on Broadway, Saratoga Springs, NY. Free food, live music, demos.

...and beyond June 17–19, 2016
Arts & Business Council of NY announces the
AMERICANS FOR THE ARTS Annual Convention—Boston
ANNUAL CONVENTION HEADQUARTERS HOTEL: Sheraton Boston Hotel, 39 Dalton Street, Boston, MA 02199, 617.236.2000
Reservations Line: 1.888.627.7054
Register online. Scholarships available.
This year’s Annual Convention explores the role of the arts in creating and sustaining healthy, vibrant, equitable communities. It is organized around five core themes:
Driving Change: How can the arts fuel revolution?
Empowering People: What does it take to empower individuals?
Owning Equity: How do we learn and lead in the pursuit of equity?
Crossing Divides: Where and how can the arts permeate and impact other parts of civic life?
Building Skills: What are the primary skills needed to succeed in the arts today?

View schedule online.

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Saturday, June 18, 2016
Staten Island Arts presents
Dancing in Dialogue: Rhythm, Dance and Language

2-4 p.m.
WNYC Jerome L. Greene Performance Space, 44 Charton St. New York, NY 10013
Reserve your Seat
A presentation at NY public radio’s headquarters in Manhattan that will explore how drumming communicates with movement and language in: 1) Afro-Puerto Rican Bomba and Plena and 2) Sri Lankan Kandyan Dance and Drumming. This concert serves as an important outreach opportunity for Staten Island artists to demonstrate how the drum is a catalyst for community and communication.

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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Sunday, June 19, 2016
Museum at Eldridge Street announces
Save the Date! Egg Rolls, Egg Creams & Empanadas Festival
12-4 p.m.
Museum at Eldridge Street, 12 Eldridge Street, New York, NY 10002
Free event. RSVP today.
Celebrate the diverse ethnic communities of the Museum’s Lower East Side/Chinatown neighborhood. This block party, which began as a celebration of Jewish and Chinese art, culture and community, has become our signature event with thousands of people joining us every year. By popular demand, the Museum has expanded the festival to also showcase the contributions of the neighborhood’s Puerto Rican community. What to expect? Lots of fun, including klezmer, cantorial, Peking opera, bomba and plena music; Yiddish, Mandarin and Spanish lessons; Hebrew and Chinese scribal art, yarmulke making, Chinese and Puerto Rican mask making; games of Mah Jongg; community arts and crafts; and, of course, kosher egg rolls, egg creams, empanadas, and other tasty traditional foods!

NorthWest Family YMCA presents
Acoustic Music Jam
2-4 p.m.
NorthWest Family YMCA, 8040 River Road, Baldwinsville NY 13027
Contact: Kat Kane, Arts Director, at kkane@syracusymca.org or 303-5966 ext. 225
Cost: Free
Traditional, Folk, Country, Bluegrass and Rock music is welcome. Open to all ages and skill levels, members and non-members alike. Bring your musical instruments (guitar, voice, banjo, mandolin, flute, etc.) and music stand. Come join the fun or just come to listen.

Ashokan Music & Dance announces
Buhrmaster Barn Dance
6-9 p.m.
Potluck dinner at 5:00 p.m.
Buhrmaster Barn, Colonie, NY
$12/$10 DFO members and seniors/$6 students.
For more information, 518-233-0847, janehusson@nycap.rr.com

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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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Thursday, June 23, 2016
Center for Traditional Music and Dance (CTMD) and Verite Sou Tanbou, in collaboration with Eugene Lang College | The New School for Liberal Arts presents the second program in the
An evening of Haitian Vodou Jazz in tribute to Haitian musician, singer, and music producer YVES “CHICO” BOYER with New York Vodou Jazz master musicians plus the next generation of Haitian artists whom Chico has mentored and inspired
7:00 p.m.
Johnson / Kaplan Auditorium, 66 West 12th Street, New York, NY
Admission is free!
More details coming soon.
See also May 6, KONBIT!

June 23 & 24, 2016
Lifetime Arts Training Institute presents
Creative Aging Professional Development Workshop for Cultural/Arts Organizations
9 a.m.-4 p.m.
The Arts Center of the Capital Region, 265 River Street, Troy, NY 12180
Registration: Registration for this two-day training is $59.00 per person or $89.00 for two people from an organization
Join us for Lifetime Arts’ Training Institute | 2016. Through this two-day training, your organization will be armed with the knowledge and tools that you will need to meet and surpass the artistic and educational dreams of your patrons, provide social and community engagement opportunities, and develop sustainable programming.

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Friday, June 24, 2016
Hudson Valley Community Dance presents
Swing Dance & Workshops.
6:30-7:15 p.m. Workshop 1; 7:15-8:00 p.m. Workshop 2
8-11:30 p.m. Swing Dance; Beginner’s Lesson 8-8:30 p.m.
Poughkeepsie Tennis Club, Poughkeepsie, NY
Cost: Workshops: $15/ea., $20/both.
Dance 8:30 p.m. $15/$10 full-time students w/ ID.
For more information, call 845-454-2571
Swing to Roy Wilson and The Buzzards.

June 24, 25, and 26, 2016
36th OLD SONGS FOLK FESTIVAL of Traditional Music & Dance
Altamont Fairgrounds, Altamont, NY
Tickets on sale: Adults $145 All-Festival with Camping. Discounts for seniors and students, youth and children, and without camping, as well as single day or evening tickets.
Or order by phone: (518) 765-2815, Mon.-Fri.: 10-4 p.m.
Sing, Dance, Jam & Listen at this three-day celebration of traditional music and dance. 3 Main Stages. Over 100 Interactive Workshops & Performances. Dancing on a Wooden Floor. Fun for the Whole Family. Juried Artisan Court. Instrument Exchange.
Sing Gospel, Shape Note, Rounds, and Open Mic
Dance Contras, English Country, French & Bal Folk, on a Wooden Floor with: Pete’s Posse, Old World Charm School,and The Gaslight Tinkers!
Jam with all Instruments: Fiddles, Banjos, Guitars, Ukuleles, Mandolins, and more.
Listen to Concerts and participate in over 100 interactive workshops with: Robin& Linda Williams, Jeremy Kittel Band, Phil Wiggins Tidewater Trio, Kim & Reggie Harris, Matthew Byrne, Anne Hills, Cassie & Maggie MacDonald, Charm City Junction, Claudia Schmidt, Sally Rogers & Howard Bursen, Joe Jencks, Low Lily, Barrule, The Waxwing Four, Andy Cohen, Ustad Shafaat Khan, Brian Conway & John Walsh, Moonshine Holler, The Canal Street String Band, Annie & the Hedonists, Nanne & Ankie, Mitzie Collins & the Striking Strings, and more! View Performer Bios

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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
Tickets for this event are $5/individual and $15/Group of up to 10 people until June 15th and $10/$20 after and at the door. Groups redeem ONE ticket and all persons must enter the festival at the same time. Tickets can be purchased starting April 15, 2016 through www.statenislandarts.org.
Staten Island Arts’ LUMEN Festival is an authentic contemporary art experience in New York City featuring emerging and established artists. LUMEN’s goal is to connect artists to community in an alternative gallery setting. This 7th annual event will bring original visual, performance and installation art to new audiences, under the artistic vision and curator, Monica Valenzuela.
Calling all Volunteers We are looking for energetic and outgoing volunteers to help with LUMEN 2016. To find out more or to volunteer, contact volunteer@statenislandarts.org.

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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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Tuesday, June 28, 2016
Save the Date!
Washington Square Music Festival
NY Jazzharmonic

8 p.m.
Washington Square Park, at the foot of 5th Avenue, Manhattan
Cost: Free
For more information, 212-252-3621
The New York Jazzharmonic is a big band that plays primarily swinging jazz, but with strong crossover elements of classical and world music. The New York Jazzharmonic is seeking help to premiere a composition penned in 1987 by music legend Fred Hellerman, and never before performed in public. Fred was an original member of The Weavers, founded in the 1950s by him and the legendary Pete Seeger. For the last 29+ years, Fred has been waiting to hear an orchestra perform his 10 minute masterpiece, “Fourths of July.”

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Thursday, June 30, 2016
Eighth Step at Proctors presents
CD Release: Rose of Roscrea
7:30 p.m.
Proctors, 432 State St. Schenectady NY 12305
Order Tickets through the 8th Step Ticket Line: 518-434-1703 or purchase online: $28-$40
His music pays homage to cultural authenticity. Tom Russell songs have been recorded by such icons as Johnny Cash, Dave Van Ronk, Jerry Jeff Walker, Doug Sahm, Joe Ely, Nanci Griffith, Iris Dement, and Ramblin’ Jack Elliott, among others. Legendary poet Lawrence Ferlinghetti shares “a great affinity with Tom Russell’s songs, for he is writing out of the wounded heart of America.”

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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.

Staten Island Arts announces
“Maritime Visions, Sea Tales and Lighthouse Legends”

National Lighthouse Museum in association with Staten Island Creative Community and Creative Photographers Guild
CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS: Artists, Crafters, Retail, NFP, Food Vendors

FOR “Maritime Visions, Sea Tales and Lighthouse Legends”
A Juried Arts and Crafts Festival with a Maritime Character
Saturday October 1, 2016 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Rain Date: Sunday October 2, 2016 from 11 a.m. to p.m.
On the Promenade at Lighthouse Point/The National Lighthouse Museum
In the heart of New York Harbor, just a two-minute walk from the Staten Island Ferry

Submit: 2 images (.jpgs not to exceed 1,400 Pixels in longest dimension)/photos of your display and 2-4 detail images (.jpgs not to exceed 1,400 Pixels in longest dimension)/photos of you work, plus your name, address, phone #, cell#, e-mail address.

Submit via e-mail to: steven_weiss@verizon.net

Submit via mail to: Fritz (Steven) Weiss, National Lighthouse Museum, Promenade at Lighthouse Point #200, Staten Island, NY 10301

Submittal Deadline Via e-mail: July 10, 2016

Submittal Deadline Via mail: July 8, 2016

Notification will be made as entrants are accepted. Final Notification Deadline via mail and e-mail: July 11, 2016

Lark Camp 2016 Music, Song & Dance Celebration
July 29–August 6

Register now to save your place. Full Camp 8 Days or Half Camp 4 Days

Music and Dance from the World Over * Music, Song & Dance Workshops * Cabins * Dances * Parties * Sessions * Great Food * Dance Hall * Dining Hall * Camping * Fire Circles * Mendocino Woodlands Redwoods

Lark Camp promotes worldwide understanding through music and dance. Lark Camp provides an open forum for the exchange of creative ideas between musicians, singers, dancers and composers. The Lark Camp experience is enhanced by motivational instructors and inspired students, who also share their passions and skills with the rest of the participants.

Imagine idyllic days and nights in the magical redwood forest filled with all the music, dance, and good times you could possibly stand, and that’s kind of close to what Lark’s Music Celebration is like. You are free to take as many or as few of the workshops offered as you like; jam sessions 24 hours a day, big dances every evening. Plenty of good food, new friends, and musical stimulation. Truly a unique total immersion into the joys of nature, music and dance. Many workshops for the professional as well as the beginner!

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

Castellani Art Museum presents
Made of Thunder, Made of Glass II: Continuing Traditions in Northeastern Indian Beadwork
Opening Reception: March 6, 2016, 2-4 p.m.
Castellani Art Museum (on the campus of Niagara University), 5795 Lewiston Road, Niagara University, NY 14109
Museum Hours: Tuesday-Saturday 11:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.; Sunday 1:00-5:00 p.m.
Admission free. Donations welcome!
For more information, please Contact Edward Millar, Curator of Folk Arts at 716-286-8290.
Made of Thunder, Made of Glass II explores the intricate details and intimate meanings of Haudenosaunee, Wabanaki, and Chippewa beadwork through exquisite historic works and elaborate contemporary creations. More than 200 historic pieces in the exhibit trace changes in the beadwork traditions of the region, from the 19th century to the present. Contemporary works display the expertise and vision of each artist, as they use traditional techniques, designs, and forms to create new works rooted in their cultural heritage. Portraits of the featured beadwork artists by Gerry Biron highlight the individuals who continue to practice, shape, and bear this tradition for future generations. This project is made possible by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.
February 7, 2016 —June 26, 2016

The Folklife Center at Crandall Public Library presents
El Sueño de América / The Dream of America
Separation & Sacrifice in the Lives of North Country Latino Immigrants
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
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.
Schedule of Free Presentations:

Saturday, February 27, 2 p.m. All That is Left Behind Lisa Catalfamo & Betty Getty
Slide show of visit with families in Coyula, Mexico

Saturday, March 12, 2 p.m. Hidden in Our Midst Mary Jo Dudley, Cornell Farm Worker Program

Tuesday, March 22, 2:30 and 6:30 p.m. Las Marthas (2013 film, 69 minutes)
2 Mexican American girls follow the traditional celebration

Saturday, April 9, 2 p.m. Hey, Jesus was a Migrant Too by Dr. Ilze Earner
Hunter College - Silberman Sch. of Social Work

Saturday, April 16, 2 p.m. Immigrants, They Steal our Jobs? Film & Discussion
by Roy Germano, NY University

Tuesday, May 10, 2:30 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. After I Pick the Fruit (2011 film, 93 minutes)
The lives of 5 immigrant farmworker women over 10 years

Wednesday,May 11, 7 p.m. Local Latino Immigrants Panel
Discussion with business owners and community members

Thursday, June 2, 7 p.m. From Our Mouths Youth Panel
Experiences shared by 1st and 2nd generation Latino youth.

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

Fenimore Art Museum at Cooperstown announces
Traditions of Celebration and Ritual: The Thaw Collection of American Indian Art
April 1–May 9: Open Tuesday-Sunday 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
May 10–October 10 (Columbus Day): Open Daily 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
October 11–December 31 Open Tuesday-Sunday 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
Fenimore Art Museum, 5798 State Route 80, Cooperstown, New York
For more information, call 607 547 1450
Since ancient times, Native American peoples have celebrated their beliefs and practices through daily, seasonal, and special occasion rituals, affirming their life and identity. Both art and ritual are powerful expressions that honor mythological beings, spirit beings, and ancestors – conveying the spiritual power of the natural world. In this exhibit, see over 50 art objects from the Thaw Collection created by Native American men and women for specific rituals and ceremonies. Discover the arts associated with fundamental aspects of Native American life – the hunt and harvest, feasting, warfare, adornment, and shamanism.

April 1, 2016 —December 31, 2016

Long Island Traditions announces
From Shore to Shore: Boat Builders & Boat Yards of Long Island
Opening reception: April 28, 6:00 p.m., with Nancy Solomon, Curator
Curator's talk with Nancy Solomon, May 15, 2:00 p.m.
Oyster Bay Historical Society, Angela Koenig Center, 20 Summit Street, Oyster Bay, NY, 516-922-5032
Hours: Tuesday-Friday 10 a.m-2 p.m., Saturday 11 a.m. - 3 p.m., Sunday 1 p.m.-4 p.m.
“From Shore to Shore: Boat Builders and Boatyards of Long Island” is an interpretive exhibit that examines the history and traditions of contemporary boat builders and boatyards, exploring their commitment to an endangered way of life in the wake of superstorms, decline in fishing and the expenses associated with traditional boat building and preserving boatyards. The exhibition also provides featured coverage of the Ida May Project’s replication of the 1925 oyster harvesting boat that worked Oyster Bay’s waters until 2009.

April 29, 2016 —September 4, 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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