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Tuesday, April 1, 2014
Folk Music Society of New York/New York Pinewoods Folk Music Club announces
Old-Time Instrumental Jam
7:30-9:30 p.m.
Brooklyn Farmacy & Soda Fountain, 513 Henry Street (at Sackett St.), in Carroll Gardens, Brooklyn
For more information, email alanfriend_music@mindspring.com
Wanna jam? Alan Friend will lead an old-time jam. Bring your fiddle, banjo, guitar, etc. Acoustic instruments only. Buy some delicious desserts and socialize.

NEW YORK KLEZMER SERIES LAUNCHES SPRING SEASON: April 1-June 10, 2014
Inna Barmash — Twinkling Lullabies and Songs of Love and Love Gone Wrong
All Concerts begin at 7:30 p.m., with a jam session after: $15. Come early for Klezmer Instrumental Music class from 5:30-7 p.m.: $25 per class.
Full night pass: $35 (includes class, concert & jam session.)
Stephen Wise Free Synagogue, 30 West 68th Street (between Central Park West and Columbus Avenue), New York, NY 10023
Vilnius-born singer Inna Barmash will bring her latest program of Yiddish songs to the New York Klezmer Series. The program explores art songs and folk songs, including rarely heard treasures of old Soviet era anthologies of songs collected in the shtetls of Ukraine in the 1920s, and art songs by Soviet composers set to Yiddish poetry. Barmash released her latest recording—Yiddish Lullabies & Love Songs — in November 2013, as part of the BluePrint Fellowship project of COJECO. This concert will also feature an exhibit of paintings by the New York-based artist Irina Sheynfeld, who created a series of paintings inspired by the recording.

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Wednesday, April 2, 2014
The Folk Music Society of N.Y., Inc/ N.Y. Pinewoods Folk Music Club presents
Folk Open Sing
7-10 p.m.
Info: Frank, 212-533-2139
Ethical Culture Society, 53 Prospect Park West, Brooklyn (near 2nd St.)
Join us on the first Wednesday of each month for an open sing. Bring your voice, instruments, friends, neighbors, and children. Drop by for a couple of songs or the whole evening.

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Thursday, April 3, 2014
Gotham Center for NYC History presents a Spring 2014 Forum:
Habitats: Private Lives in the Big City
6:30-8:00 p.m.
Martin E. Segal Theater, CUNY, 365 Fifth Avenue at 34th Street, New York, NY
Journalist Constance Rosenblum talks about her new book, which expands selections from the “Habitats” column in The New York Times, and takes readers to both familiar and remote sections of the city—history-rich townhouses, low-income housing projects, out-of-the-way places, and every corner of the five boroughs—to introduce them to a wide variety of families and individuals who call New York home.

The Folklife Center of Crandall Public Library presents
Live! Folklife Concert: Red Heart the Ticker
7 p.m. (doors open at 6:30 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
Red Heart the Ticker is Robin MacArthur and Tyler Gibbons, whose sound is inspired by their cabin in the Vermont woods: acoustic, dimly lit, intimate, warmed by the fire, haunted by the ghosts who had lived there before. RHTT has recorded 3 albums, toured nationally, performed on A Prairie Home Companion, received a Creation Grant from the Vermont Arts Council, and been featured on NPR’s Weekend Edition.

Albany Institute of History & Art presents
Evenings at the Institute: Seeing Double: Stereoviews, Monumental Sculptures, and “Free Viewing”
6-7:30 p.m.
Albany Institute of History & Art, 125 Washington Avenue, Albany, NY 12210
Cost: Free
Join the fun as local authors Russell Dunn and Barbara Delaney discuss the history of stereography, share their amazing images of the magnificent works of art on the Empire State Plaza, and lead a brief workshop on “free viewing” in 3D.

The Towne Crier in Beacon presents
BILL KIRCHEN
7:30 p.m.
Towne Crier, 379 Main Street, Beacon, NY, (845) 855-1300
Tickets: $20 advance/ $25 at door
Grammy nominated guitarist, singer, songwriter, “Titan of the Telecaster” Bill Kirchen is one of the fortunate few who can step onto any stage, play those trademark licks that drove his seminal Commander Cody classic Hot Rod Lincoln into the Top Ten, and elicit instant recognition for a career that has spanned over 40 years and includes guitar work with Nick Lowe, Emmylou Harris and Elvis Costello.

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Friday, April 4, 2014
The Eighth Step at Proctors Theater presents
Turn, Turn, Turn! Remembering Pete Seeger
7:00 p.m.
Fenimore Gallery stage, Proctors, 432 State Street, Schenectady, NY 12305
Tickets are just $15, available now through The Eighth Step, Ticket Line 518-434-1703
Musicians performing his songs, including some going back to our days presenting Sloop Clearwater’s Pumpkin Sail Concert, kickoff for the annual 2-week sail from Albany to South Street Seaport. Dan Einbender, Betty & the Baby Boomers (with Irish harpist Lynn Saoirse), Music Mobile’s Ruth Pelham, and more will share a warm remembrance of our mentor, song leader, and friend. Featured: archival film clips and a small exhibit of Seeger photos by noted folk/jazz photographer Robert Corwin. Join us!

Alwan for the Arts presents
Artists’ Talk: How Green Was My Valley – Palestinian Artists Joseph Audeh, Samira Badran, and Mary Tuma in Conversation
7:00 p.m.
Alwan for the Arts, 16 Beaver street, 4th floor, New York, NY
For more information, contact: alwanmarketingteam@gmail.com
Cost: Free and open to the public
“How Green Was My Valley” highlights a generation of artists who have been led by the subject of Palestine to develop new aesthetic visions and practices in the face of a decades-long occupation. In this Artists’ Talk, Alwan for the Arts hosts four Palestinian artists participating in the “How Green Was My Valley” exhibition, at the WhiteBox Art Center, in a discussion and presentation of works that track the changes in media and narrative from the works of Mary Tuma and Samira Badran to artist Joseph Audeh, who engages new media and technology.

Caffè Lena presents
Peter Mulvey — CD Release, with opener The Suitcase Junket
8 p.m.
Caffè Lena, 47 Phila St., Saratoga Springs, NY, 518-583-0022
Tickets: $16/member $14, $8 children under 13
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Tonight Mulvey releases a new album, Silver Ladder, of which he says: “It was produced by the mighty Chuck Prophet and I’ve never poured more heart and soul into a work in my life ... writing the songs has been a two-year burst of heat lightning on my horizons.” Peter Mulvey has pursued a restless, eclectic path as a writer and musician — immersing himself in Tin Pan Alley, modern acoustic, poetry, narrative, and Americana stylings. Whatever music he's making, it’s exactly what he wants to be doing and his engagement in the moment is intoxicating for live audiences. He has also shared the stage with luminaries such as Emmylou Harris, Richard Thompson, Ani DiFranco, Indigo Girls, and Greg Brown, and has attracted an audience that stretches from Anchorage to Amsterdam. The Suitcase Junket is the nationally touring, throat-singing, slide-guitar playing, one-man-band of Matt Lorenz, especially invited to open tonight’s show by Mr. Peter Mulvey.

The Towne Crier in Beacon presents
TERRANCE SIMIEN & The Zydeco Experience
8:30 p.m.
Towne Crier, 379 Main Street, Beacon, NY, (845) 855-1300
Tickets: $25 advance/ $30 at door
For nearly 30 years, multi-Grammy Award-winning artist Terrance Simien, 8th generation Louisiana Creole, has been shattering the myths about what his indigenous Zydeco roots music is and is not. Terrance and his band mates have been seen performing their original song “Dance Everyday” in the the film The Lucky One; leading HBO producers deep into Creole country to film The Music In Me; as a spokesperson for the Louisiana Office Of Tourism; he plays accordion on a zydeco tune in the Oscar nominated Disney classic, The Princess and The Frog; and has also been featured in dozens of other films, including The Big Easy.

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Saturday, April 5, 2014
The Ashokan Center announces
Ashokan Watershed Conference: Flowing Through Time – Streams and Catskill Mountain Communities
9 a.m.-4 p.m.
Ashokan Center, 477 Beaverkill Road, Olivebridge, NY. (845)246-2121
This is an Ashokan Watershed Stream Management Program event.
For more information, please visit: ashokanstreams.org
The 5th Annual Ashokan Watershed Conference at the Ashokan Center will present the natural and cultural history of the Catskill Mountain streams. “Flowing Through Time: Streams and Catskill Mountain Communities” offers an opportunity to learn how local streams have influenced the development of towns, industries, and arts in the region. Topics also address the concern of climate change in the watershed and current scientific approaches to stream management, with a focus on protecting communities.

Westchester Italian Cultural Center presents
Exhibit Opening: Apulia Then and Now
2:00 p.m.
Westchester Italian Cultural Center, One Generoso Pope Place, Tuckahoe, Ny 10707
Registration Fees: Must register in advance and prepay. Members $15, Non-Members $25 Enjoy the exhibit opening of “Apulia Then and Now” as we present the screening of the unedited documentary Santi di Puglia, Saints of Apulia. Meet and greet the wonderful people responsible for bringing Apulia to us at the reception featuring authentic and traditional Apulian dishes. The Westchester Italian Cultural Center is grateful to the United Pugliesi Federation for their support with the exhibit and its collateral programs. The documentary was produced by Cristina Marvulli with the cooperation of the participating Apulian towns*. *Participating towns include Acquaviva delle Fonti, Adelfia, Altamura, Bari, Bitonto, Fasano, Novoli, Scorrano, Taranto, and Trani.
See exhibition details below in Exhbitions section on this page

City Lore announces
Poetic Voices of the Muslim World: Islam and the Blues with Dr. Sylviane Diouf
2:00 p.m.
Central Library (Auditorium), 89-11 Merrick Blvd. Jamaica, NY 11432
For more information: 718-990-0700
City Lore and Poets House, in partnership with Queens Library, invite you to explore “Poetic Voices of the Muslim World,” an exhibition and program series to be held throughout Queens from March 5–May 31, 2014. See notice in Exhibitions section below on this page.
Through images and recordings, award-winning historian Sylviane Diouf illustrates how the blues, which originated in the American South, may have evolved from the techniques of the recitation of the Qur’an and the call to prayer in West Africa.

World Music Institute (WMI) presents
Africa Now!
8:00 p.m.
Apollo Theater, 253 West 125th Street, New York, NY 10027
Tickets $25, $35, $45/ WMI Friends $20, $30, $40
Tickets available online.
After the sold-old debut of Africa Now! last season, the weekend festival returns to showcase more vibrant artists from across the continent and the diaspora. Learn about, meet, and hear these modern-day griots, who draw upon their roots for inspiration as they navigate the new global music landscape. Check out what’s hot and happening in today’s African music scene at the café performances, artist panels, and family shows, culminating with a blow-out concert event on the mainstage of Harlem’s legendary Apollo Theater!

Old Songs presents
A Community Dance with Live Music by Tinkle Tones
Caller: Gail Griffith

Covered Dish Supper: 6:00 p.m.
Dancing from 7:00-9:30 p.m.
Admission: $8 per person; children 12 and under are free
Fun, simple dances from the US and around the world. For every age and ability. All dances will be taught. Circles, contras, squares.

Café Veritas and Heartland Concerts present
Catie Curtis with Meg Gehman opening
7:30 p.m.
Café Veritas, First Unitarian Church, 220 Winton Road South, Rochester, New York 14610
Tickets: Tickets may be purchased in advanced or at the door with cash, check or credit card. Regular Café pricing is $18 general admission, $10 students with ID, and children under 12 are free.
For tickets and more information, visit www.cafeveritas.org
Catie Curtis is a veteran of the singer/songwriter folk scene, touring throughout the US for 20 years and releasing 13 CDs. She has been called a “folk-rock goddess” by The New Yorker and treated like one by her loyal fans. Curtis is an incredible storyteller with powerful song lyrics. Her newest album Flying Dream is authentic and shows vulnerability. Curtis is all about shared triumphs, shared stories, and shared causes. She produces concerts in support of Voices United for Separation of Church and State and she got ordained by the Universal Life Church so that she could officiate at her fans’ same-sex weddings. Catie’s credits include touring with Lilith Fair, and winning Grand Prize in the 2006 International Songwriting Competition (with co-writer Mark Erelli) and recording a duet with Kris Kristofferson. Her songs appear in numerous films and TV shows, such as Grey’s Anatomy and Dawson’s Creek. She has also performed at the White House several times. Opening is local artist Meg Gehman. Her vocals are powerful, clear, and direct. She writes about truth and beauty, sometimes through lies and ugliness. You can feel the human connection in her songs and she sings from the heart. Meg grew up with all genres of music and began her singing career on the Lower East side of Manhattan. She knew that singing and songwriting was her path and now she is making her mark with new music and a new attitude!

Oswego Music Hall/Ontario Center for the Performing Arts presents
Run Boy Run
Concert 8 p.m., Doors open at 7:15 p.m.
Oswego Music Hall, McCrobie Building, 41 Lake Street, Oswego, NY 13126, (315) 342-1733, oswegomusichall@yahoo.com
Tickets: $14
Existing comfortably in the tension between tradition and the musical frontier, Run Boy Run’s all-acoustic format blends bluegrass, folk, and the old timey American vernacular with touches of classical and jazz. Their music is rooted in the traditional music of the Appalachian South, but is also definitively present in the 21st century. From winning the band contest at Pickin’ In The Pines (mere weeks after forming in 2009) and a special appearance at the Telluride Bluegrass Festival in 2012, to two appearances on NPR’s A Prairie Home Companion, Run Boy Run have been making friends and fans alike with their open-ended musical approach and wonderful stage presence. A Prairie Home Companion host Garrison Keillor was impressed enough that he penned the liner notes to the band’s debut CD. Their debut CD, So Sang the Whippoorwill, was released in March 2013 to critical acclaim.

Caffè Lena presents
Rory Block
8 p.m.
Caffè Lena, 47 Phila St., Saratoga Springs, NY, 518-583-0022
Tickets: $28/member $25, $14 children under 13
Buy tickets online
Rory Block has committed her life and her career to preserving the Delta blues tradition and bringing it to life for 21st century audiences around the world. A traditionalist and innovator at the same time, she wields a fiery and haunting guitar and vocal style that redefines the boundaries of acoustic blues and folk.

The Towne Crier in Beacon presents
John Lennon Re-Imagined, featuring THE NUTOPIANS — 50th Anniversary Year of the Beatles 1964 US Arrival
8:30 p.m.
Towne Crier, 379 Main Street, Beacon, NY, (845) 855-1300
Tickets: $30 advance/ $35 at door
The Nutopians is a unique and compelling 8-piece ensemble that celebrates the genius and artistry of John Lennon. Created and led by Rex Fowler of Aztec Two-Step and Tom Dean of Devonsquare, the ensemble gives fresh treatments to Lennon’s best and least known compositions.

...and beyond April 5, 2014
Philadelphia Folklore Project invites you to
ONE STRING TRAVELER 2-3:30 p.m.
Philadelphia Folklore Project, 735 S. 50th Stree, Philadelphia, PA 19143, 215.726.1106
Cost: Free
Papa Ed Stokes recently traveled south to learn how to play the diddley bow. Hear him play the “one string” and share travel stories, including tales about Mississippi master diddley bow player Glen Faulkner.

April 5-6, 2014
The Great Lakes Seaway Trail presents
The Hoffman Challenge Quilt Exhibit
11 a.m.-3 p.m.
Thousand Islands Art Center, 314 John Street, Clayton, NY
Admission: $5
For more information, email quilts@seawaytrail.com
The Great Lakes Seaway Trail is sponsoring a presentation of 60 of the Hoffman Fabric Challenge Quilts on the first two weekends of April in Clayton. The collection features quilted works of all styles and sizes in elegant peacock, aqua, and gold colourways and patterns. The works of art from quilters all across the US and Canada includes 60 of the 2013 Hoffman Challenge Award winners. Includes handwork, pieced, appliqué and sulky award winners.
See also April 12-13.

April 5-7, 2014
POSTPONED. If you have registered for the retreat through Brown Paper Tickets, your registration fee will be fully refunded, including any commissions taken by the site. Planning is underway to reschedule the Mid Atlantic Folklorist Retreat in Berkeley Springs in summer 2014.

Mid Atlantic Folklorist Retreat
Country Inn, Berkeley Springs, West Virginia, (304) 258-1200 (Block rate available until March 28, 2014.)
Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation sponsors a biennial retreat for folklorists based in the mid-Atlantic region. This gathering gives academic, public sector and independent folklorists the opportunity to meet in an informal setting to exchange information and explore potential collaborations and partnerships. It is also an opportunity to share best practices, learn new skills, and gain exposure to new ideas and approaches. The location varies from year to year.
Organized by Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation in consultation with the Middle Atlantic Folklife Association, the 2014 retreat has as its theme: “Folklore Infiltration: Folklore at Work Beyond the Field.” There will be a panel discussion on the retreat theme; a pie-making workshop with Emily Hilliard with a focus on connecting to online communities; a workshop on digital media file organization; a concert with Linda Lay and Springfield Exit; among other activities. For more information, included a schedule of activities (subject to change), please visit the website.

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Sunday, April 6, 2014
Center for Traditional Music and Dance announces a
Panel Discussion—Passing the Torch: Jewish Music Archives and the Future of Yiddish Song
Moderated by Mark Slobin
11:00 a.m.
Center for Jewish History, 15 West 16th Street, Manhattan
Tickets: $10
Around 1900, East European Jews became acutely aware of the impact of modernization and urbanization on their culture: on their songs, their tales, and customs. They set in motion a wide range of projects and institutions to gather, archive, and study fading folklore. YIVO was a pioneer in this push, along with a galaxy of Polish and Russian (later Soviet) activists. Today, with the loss of the original population and the huge demographic and cultural shifts of world Jewry, the surviving archives both preserve and channel a rising tide of interest, even a hunger, for what is called “Yiddish” music and folklore. This symposium brings together archivists, scholars, and performers to discuss the history and creation of Yiddish folk music archives, and the future of the study and performance of Yiddish song today. What is the role of Jewish music archives in fostering new scholarship and Yiddish music? Wesleyan University ethnomusicologist Mark Slobin will moderate the panel which will also feature Center for Traditional Music and Dance (CTMD) artistic director Ethel Raim, Lorin Sklamberg (YIVO, The Klezmatics), Robert Rothstein (University of Massachusetts, Amherst), Gila Flam (National Library of Israel), and Lyudmila Sholokhova (YIVO). The event is dedicated to the memory of Chana Mlotek, YIVO’s Music Archivist from 1978 until her recent passing at age 91 in 2013. This program is made possible with the generous support of the Mlotek family. It is co-sponsored by the American Society for Jewish Music.

Museum at Eldridge Street presents
Pre-Passover Nosh & Stroll
Tours at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m.
Museum at Eldridge Street, 12 Eldridge Street, New York, NY 10002, 212.219.088
Cost: $25 per person; space is limited and RSVP is required.
Journey into the kishkes of the Jewish Lower East Side. On this tasty expedition, we visit historic and culinary landmarks of the neighborhood. We begin at the historic Eldridge Street Synagogue with a nosh of chocolate-covered matzo, macaroons, and other kosher-for-Passover treats donated by Streit’s Matzo. Then we head out to the neighborhood, stopping at The Pickle Guys for their zesty horseradish—a staple of any Passover table; the former site of Schapiro’s Wine; Streit’s Matzo, where you can taste warm matzo fresh off the conveyor belt; and historical landmarks including the Forward Newspaper Building and Jarmulowsky Bank.

Museum at Eldridge Street presents
Chocolate Plagues & Matzo Madness? Dayenu!
12-2 p.m.
Museum at Eldridge Street, 12 Eldridge Street, New York, NY 10002, 212.219.088
RSVP: $15 per family
Milk chocolate frogs? White chocolate hail? Who knew Passover plagues could be so sweet? First follow a trail of crumbly clues and discover Eldridge Street’s own Passover story of freedom. Then, enjoy chocolate plagues so delicious they won’t scare anyone away. Dayenu? Not yet! Win a Passover gift basket from Streit’s Matzo factory, play Passover bingo, and do a holiday art project, too. Now that’s Dayenu!

The Folk Music Society of N.Y., Inc/ N.Y. Pinewoods Folk Music Club presents
Maritime & Folk Music & Song Circle
2-4 p.m.
John Street Church, 44 John St. (east of Broadway and one block south of and parallel to Fulton, near Fulton St. subway stop), New York, NY
Info: 212-957-8386.
Voluntary Donation requested.
Bring your voices, instruments and friends! Hosted by The New York Packet. Some snacks are provided and please bring something to share. (no alcohol please)

The Folk Music Society of N.Y., Inc/ N.Y. Pinewoods Folk Music Club announces
Joseph Decosimo and friends; house concert in Suffern, NY
Pot luck 5:30 p.m., Concert 7 p.m., tunes to follow, workshops possible!!
At the home of Susan Sterngold and Mike Resnick, 5 Lancaster Dr Suffern, NY 10901 (about 30 mi NW of NYC on the NJ border)
RSVP: banjolady.susan@verizon.net or 914-282- 0289. $20 (members, $18)
Traditional Old time music from Tennessee: Fiddle tunes, Tennessee repertoire, great singing. Winner of Appalachian string band convention Fiddle and Band Contest. See their website: josephdecosimomusic.virb.com/home

Caffè Lena presents
Phil Henry & the YaYas with Opener Jory Nash
7 p.m.
Caffè Lena, 47 Phila St., Saratoga Springs, NY, 518-583-0022
Tickets: $16/member $14, $8 children under 13
Buy tickets online
These two little folk ensembles share a taste for joyful melodies, cinematic story lines, and carefully crafted arrangements. Vermont’s Phil Henry has won numerous regional awards for his playful and compassionate story songs. Phil is inspired by folks like Martin Sexton, Richard Shindell, as well as Kurt Vonnegut and the Coen Brothers. He has a taste for sweet melodies a la Paul Simon that simply soar with positive vibes. The YaYas hail from the Hudson Valley. A few years of entertaining as a cover band gave them the skill to hold a crowd's attention, and their hopeful, open hearts gave them the ability to create their own uplifting songs. Now with two Kerrville New Folk Finalist and a Falcon Ridge Most Wanted award under their belts, northeast audiences are discovering the YaYas sweet arrangements, featuring the expressive vocals of Catherine Miles and the percussive guitar of Jay Mafale. We’re very fortunate to offer an opening set by Canadian singer-songwriter Jory Nash. With seven albums under his belt, Jory is a seasoned performer whose catchy folk-pop-soul songs become fast favorites.

Earlville Opera House presents
The Wiyos
7:00 p.m.
Earlville Opera House, East Main Street, Earlville, NY, 315/691-3550
Tickets: $15-$20. Order tickets online.
The Wiyos have been rolling for over a decade. They were one of the first “old-timey” bands to emerge on the national scene in the first wave of acoustic bands riding the renewed popularity of early swing jazz, rural folk, old-time blues, and Appalachian music. Their relentless touring in the US and Europe, and numerous critically acclaimed albums and EPs landed them a full 28-day summer tour as openers of the 2009 Bob Dylan Show. The Wiyos were also featured in the BBC television documentary, Folk America — Hollerers, Stompers and Old-Time Ramblers. In 2010 they were featured in the BBC television special “No Sleep ‘Til Yell.” In 2012, The Wiyos released their fan-funded concept album, Twist, a 14-track eclectic musical collage loosely based on The Wizard Of Oz. Twist is undoubtedly The Wiyos’ strongest and boldest work to date. In 2013, The Wiyos (Michael Farkas, Teddy Weber and Sauerkraut Seth Travins) return to their roots, leaving some of the electricity of the Twist tours in the studio and reintroducing Michaels legendary washboard.

The Folk Music Society of N.Y., Inc/ N.Y. Pinewoods Folk Music Club presents
2nd Annual Woody Guthrie Brooklyn Hoot
Round Robin Songfest
7 p.m.
Jalopy Theatre & School of Music, 315 Columbia Street, Red Hook, Brooklyn
$10 cover. Nearest bus stop: B61 at Columbia & Carroll. Info: 718-395-3214.
The club is cosponsoring this second annual round robin songfest celebrating the music of Woody Guthrie. Featuring Don Friedman, Alan Friend, Beth Kotkin, Joel Landy, Anne Price, and Steve Suffet. The Jalopy is located just a few hundred yards from where Woody shipped out when he served in the US Merchant Marine during World War II.

The Towne Crier in Beacon presents
JOAN OSBORNE Acoustic Trio featuring Keith Cotton & Andrew Carillo; with special guest Ruston Kelly
7:30 p.m.
Towne Crier, 379 Main Street, Beacon, NY, (845) 855-1300
Tickets: $45 advance/ $50 at door
Considered one of the great voices of her generation, Joan Osborne is a multi-platinum selling recording artist and seven-time Grammy nominee. Her debut album, Relish, wove together strands of American roots music, poetic lyrics and impassioned vocals, and produced the international hit (What If God Was) One Of Us. Since then she has released several albums, toured extensively with her own band and as a member of The Grateful Dead and shared the stage with Bob Dylan, Luciano Pavarotti, Stevie Wonder, Emmylou Harris, and Patti Smith.

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Monday, April 7, 2014
Museum at Eldridge Street presents
People of the Books: A Monthly Book Club
The Innocents by Francesca Segal

11 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
Museum at Eldridge Street, 12 Eldridge Street, New York, NY 10002, 212.219.088
Cost: $10 per class; $175 for all 20 sessions
RSVP here.
Join Dr. Regina Stein for the Museum’s monthly discussion of contemporary Jewish literature. See also March 3 and May 5. This month we discuss The Innocents by Francesca Segal, winner of the 2012 National Jewish Book Award for Fiction. A modern take on Edith Wharton’s The Age of Innocence, The Innocents is set in the modern-day upper-crust Jewish community of North West London. Slyly humorous and deeply satisfying, The Innocents illuminates the conflict between responsibility and passion, security and exhilaration, tradition and independence.
The class, “Parashat Hashavuah: Ancient Custom, New Twist” is part of the Museum’s Morris Kaplan Scholar in Residence Program. Join Dr. Regina Stein for a contemporary take on the Jewish practice of weekly Torah study using pre-rabbinic commentaries as well as approaches by archaeologists and modern Israeli and American scholars. No Hebrew or previous knowledge required.

Monday, April 7, and Tuesday, April 8
Visitor Readiness & Cultural Heritage Familiarization Tour
Monday, April 7, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
Tuesday, April 8, 9 a.m.-1:30 p.m.
Register now! For additional information: info@nychtn.com or (315) 521-3985
There a still a few spaces available for our hands-on mobile workshop, which includes visits to three museums in the Syracuse area: Erie Canal Museum, Syracuse; Chittenango Canal Boat Landing Museum, Chittenango; and Seward House, Auburn. Each site will present Visitor Readiness best practices for hospitality and welcome, communications, orientation, and the planning for the future.
This workshop is part of a Visitor Readiness Workshop series sponsored by the Culture Heritage Tourism Network and the Erie Canalway National Heritage Corridor, with funding support from the Institute of Museum and Library Services.

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Tuesday, April 8, 2014
NEW YORK KLEZMER SERIES LAUNCHES SPRING SEASON: April 1-June 10, 2014
Brian Glassman’s Klezmer Jazz Alliance
All Concerts begin at 7:30 p.m., with a jam session after: $15. Come early for Klezmer Instrumental Music class from 5:30-7 p.m.: $25 per class.
Full night pass: $35 (includes class, concert & jam session.)
Stephen Wise Free Synagogue, 30 West 68th Street (between Central Park West and Columbus Avenue), New York, NY 10023
Brian Glassman’s Klezmer Jazz Alliance, featuring series co-founder Greg Wall on tenor saxophone, Dan Rosengaard on piano, Aaron Alexander on drums, and special guest Eleanor Reissa on vocals.

Tuesday nights, April 8–May 13
The Folk Music Society of N.Y., Inc/ N.Y. Pinewoods Folk Music Club announces
Balkan Singing Classes with Eva Salina Primack
The cost of the 6 week series is $110 (special for FMSNY members). April 8, 15, 22, 29: 7:30-9:00 p.m., May 6 and 13: 7:45-9:15 p.m. all in Park Slope.
Please inquire via email (eva(at)evasalina.com) to enroll in the series. Space is extremely limited, so a timely response is requested. Depending on the amount of responses, a second evening (Wednesdays), may be added.
Eva’s workshops provide a comfortable and friendly environment, a relatively informal way to learn great songs and lots of Balkan-specific vocal technique, in a small enough group that there is room for individual attention. Eva includes a wide variety of repertoire from various Balkan folk singing traditions in her classes: single melody/ unison songs, melody-and-drone songs, three-part harmony songs, and some polyphony as well. To read more about Eva’s teaching, please visit www.evasalina.com/teaching. The series is open to singers with all levels of experience, however, ability to match pitch and interest in singing close harmonies aids in the success of the group learning process.
Note: If you live in Manhattan (close to subway) and are interested in hosting a Wednesday night series (in the same range of dates—April 9–May 14—in exchange for tuition waiver), please contact Eva to discuss this possibility.

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Thursday, April 10, 2014
Staten Island Arts presents
Tell Your Story: Personal Branding for Performing and Visual Artists
7-9 p.m.
Snug Harbor Cultural Center, 1000 Richmond Terr, Building P, Staten Island, NY 10301
RSVP here: FREE for Staten Island Arts Members/ $10 for non-members
Or call 718-414-6904 to reserve your spot. Check to cover workshop fees and/or membership can be made out to Staten Island Arts and mailed to 1000 Richmond Terrace, SI, NY 10301.
One of the most important tools for advancing a career in the creative world (any discipline) is being able to convey a vision of who you are and what you do for your audience. What is your story? What makes you unique and memorable? What distinguishes you from your competition? This workshop, geared for individual artists/collectives will feature:
*Discussion and best practices in the importance of a personal brand for individual artists;
*Tips on how to keep your solo-marketing adventure low budget, organized, and professional — all while remaining emotionally engaged with your audience;
*How to sell your press releases.
Presented by Jaclyn Alderete, Marketing Director at Snug Harbor Cultural Center. This workshop is designed for individual artists, collectives, bands, creative companies, and performing artists exploring ways to convey your artistic vision and distinguish yourself from others in your field.

The Turkish Cultural Center of New York invites you to
Hearts Become One
International Language and Cultural Festival
7:00 p.m.
NYU, Skirball Center for the Performing Arts, 566 LaGuardia Pl. New York, NY 10012
RSVP required: rsvp@languageandculture.org
Students participating are from 9 different states between the ages 12 and 18 years old and competed in singing, poetry and cultural folk dance. Students which will be awarded have shown their singing skills not only in Turkish but also in Chinese, Spanish and English. The mission of the International Language and Culture Festival is to contribute to linguistic and cultural diversity of the United States by encouraging and motivating students in secondary schools and colleges as well as adult learners to showcase their knowledge and skills of the Turkish language and its culture in a friendly contest, and to develop understanding and respect among cultures.This year’s competition theme is officially extended to “World Languages & Cultures,” inviting major languages and cultures. Because English, Spanish and Chinese languages were already integrated into the competition, the Turkish Language Olympiads title changed to the International Language and Culture Festival.

Crandall Public Library presents
Live! Folklife Concert: Panache Quartet
7:00-8:30 p.m.
Crandall Public Library, 251 Glen Street, Glens Falls, New York 12801
Cost: Free
Panache Quartet is a new group of four fiery women fiddlers, each with their own performing and recording careers, who have come together, literally crossing borders, merging repertoires and engaging in a fantastic musical conversation! Panache Quartet is Cape Breton fiddler Andrea Beaton, Franco-American fiddler Donna Hébert, Southern style fiddler Jane Rothfield, and Québecois fiddler Véronique Plasse. “...sheer enthusiasm and energy in playing—you can actually hear the smiles!”—Scotland Traditional Musician of the Year.
The 5th of 6 free concerts hosted by the Folklife Center at Crandall Public Library, and made possible with funds from the Leo Cox Beach Foundation, the Friends of Crandall Public Library, and the New York State Council on the Arts Folk Arts Program with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the NYS Legislature.

Alwan for the Arts presents
Book Launch & Discussion: The Muslims are Coming: Islamophobia, Extremism, and the Domestic War on Terror by Arun Kundnani
7:00 p.m.
Alwan for the Arts, 16 Beaver street, 4th floor, New York, NY
For more information, contact: alwanmarketingteam@gmail.com
Following the killing of Osama bin Laden, polls showed that the public was more anxious about terrorism after his death than before. The new front in the War on Terror became the homegrown enemy, domestic terrorists who are the focus of sprawling counterterrorism structures of policing and surveillance in the United States and across Europe. Undercover officers and informants have spied on 30 mosques in New York alone. Surveillance has grown explosively at least 100,000 Muslims in America have been secretly investigated in recent years and in incredible detail counter-terrorism agents have a file on every Moroccan taxi driver in New York City. British police compiled a secret suspect list of more than 8,000 al-Qaeda sympathizers, and included almost 300 children 15 and under on its list of suspected extremists, while MI5 doubled in size in just five years.

GLEN PHILLIPS with opener Natalia Zuckerman
Doors: 7:00 p.m./Show: 7:30 p.m.
SubCulture, 45 Bleecker St., Downstairs, New York, NY
Tickets: $25/$30
Glen Phillips is best known as the lead singer and songwriter of 90s band Toad the Wet Sprocket, whose hits included “All I Want” and “Walk on the Ocean.” Since the band’s separation in 1998, he has released six solo albums and two EPs showcasing catchy melodic tunes and exceptional songwriting. He also collaborated on two projects (Mutual Admiration Society and Works Progress Administration), released an EP with Plover (with Neilson Hubbard and Garrison Starr) and an album as RemoteTreeChildren (with Portland’s John Askew). Glen will perform at SubCulture on April 10th, as part of his six-show solo tour.
Natalia Zukerman grew up in New York City, studied art at Oberlin, worked in mural arts in San Francisco, began her songwriting career in Boston, and now resides, writes, plays and paints in Brooklyn NY. Zukerman released her first studio album
Mortal Child in 2001. In 2006, Natalia collaborated with Melissa Ferrick to record Only One—a collection of home studio recordings fans cherish today for their intimacy. In 2008, Natalia collaborated with guitar hero Willy Porter who produced Brand New Frame,. Also in 2008, Natalia recorded and toured with Daisycutter, a super group of fine instrumentalists from across the folk circuit founded by standout fiddle player Sara Milonovich. In 2009, Zukerman teamed up with fellow songwriters Antje Duvekot, Anne Heaton, and Meg Hutchinson to form Winterbloom. Together they recorded Winterbloom: Traditions Rearranged, a series of original and traditional winter and holiday songs. Winterbloom continues to tour each December and play winter and summer festivals, most recently Lilith Fair.

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Friday, April 11, 2014
Flushing Town Hall Education Department presents
Music Concert: Black Violin
10:00 a.m. and 11:30 a.m.
Flushing Town Hall, 137-35 Northern Boulevard, (at the corner of Linden Place), Flushing, NY 11354
Student tickets $6.50 (chaperones come FREE per 10 students; otherwise $10)
Order tickets online for the 2013–2014 Education Performances
American hip-hop duo, Kev Marcus and Wil B, are classically trained string instrumentalists who meld highbrow and pop culture, “Brandenburg” and “breakdown,” into a single genre-busting act, a groundbreaking blend of classical, hip-hop, rock, R&B, and even bluegrass music.
Captivate your student’s imagination, broaden their arts education experience, and provide meaningful connections between classroom subject areas and the arts. All performances support NYS Common Core Learning Standards and Blueprint Benchmarks.

The Smith Center for the Performing Arts presents
Smith Club Series: The Stray Birds
7:30 p.m.
Billsboro Winery, 4760 Route 14S, Geneva, NY 14456
Tickets: $15 General Admission, $18 at the door
When The Stray Birds take the stage, the spotlight falls on three voices raised in harmony above the raw resonance of wood and strings. It is a sound drawn from the richness of American folk music traditions, spun with a stirring subtlety and grace. From bustling street corners to silent halls, their performances speak to an uncompromising reverence for songs. Raised within a few miles of farmland from each other in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, their flight began with friendship. With miles of music already behind them, Maya de Vitry and Oliver Craven first shared a song in January 2010. A snowy Pennsylvania winter welcomed collaboration between the two creative flames—and inspired the collection of seven songs found on their first EP, Borderland. The meeting of kindred musical spirits is a fortunate encounter. But beyond the luck of blend and the intuition of breath comes the question of a fierce dedication to a collective craft. Charles Muench, who contributed upright bass to the Borderland EP, climbed on board as the third voice. The trio recorded a full-length album, packed a party of seven instruments into a station wagon, and set out to sing for an endless road of towns. Their full-length debut, The Stray Birds, was lauded by radio stations and listeners across the country and named to the Top 10 Folk/Americana Releases of 2012 by NPR. Passionate live performances led to appearances on NPR’s Mountain Stage, the Philadelphia Folk Festival, the Kerrville Folk Festival, and the Falcon Ridge Folk Festival.

The Folk Music Society of N.Y., Inc/ N.Y. Pinewoods Folk Music Club presents
Anne Price & Rita Deutsch
8 p.m.
At the home of John Ziv and Deborah Rubin, 243 West 98th Street, Apt. 6A, just west of Broadway, Upper West Side, Manhattan. Intercom code is 22 plus bell symbol located at lower right of keypad. (Phone 212-662-6575 if problem with intercom.)
Seating limited; reservations required. E-mail aeprice@aol.com or call 718-543-4971 for reservations.
General admission $15; FMSNY members $12; children or F/T students $6.
Rita Deutsch and Anne Price have been singing together for the past two years. They met through the Folk Music Society of New York’s Facebook page, and quickly discovered they lived across the street from one another. Anne, a Bronx native, has been an active member of the Folk Music Society for many years. She has been singing folk songs since childhood, and performing them publicly since her college days in the 1960s. She has performed at many venues in the New York area and throughout the Northeast, as well as in the United Kingdom. Rita, who grew up in New York City but lived in Florida for many years, has been playing guitar and singing since her early teens. She had been active in folk music venues at the Broward Folk Club for over a decade before returning to the Big Apple in 2009. Rita and Anne sing harmonies on old favorites by such songwriters as John Denver, Bill Staines, Kate Wolf, and Carole King, along with some less known gems.

Caffè Lena presents
9th Annual Blues Weekend: Basin Street Blues
8 p.m.
Caffè Lena, 47 Phila St., Saratoga Springs, NY, 518-583-0022
Tickets: $18/member $16, $9 children under 13
Buy tickets online
Dixieland Jazz meets Delta Blues in this trio featuring Saratoga’s own Mark Tolstrup on vocals, slide guitar and tenor banjo; Ernie Belanger on tuba, and Woody Strobeck on trombone. Mark has entranced east coast blues afficianados with is passionate Delta Blues for many years, both solo and with acoustic and electric bands. Ernie and Woody have decades of experience playing Dixieland Jazz throughout the region. Together they produce a sound from the roots of American music, moaning low with the blues and rollicking with the joy of traditional New Orleans jazz.

The Towne Crier in Beacon presents
LEO MORAN & ANTHONY THISTLETHWAITE (of The Saw Doctors)
8:30 p.m.
Towne Crier, 379 Main Street, Beacon, NY, (845) 855-1300
Tickets: $25 advance/ $30 at door
With The Saw Doctors on sabbatical, and with Anthony’s and Leo’s troubadour feet becoming itchy, the two friends have put together a show to bring around that will include different takes on well-known Saw Doctors’ songs, versions of lesser-known and less-played songs, a few from Anthony’s solo-albums and other songs written recently with Padraig Stevens.

Friday & Saturday, April 11-12, 2014
Center for Traditional Music and Dance (CTMD) announces
New York Korean Music Festival
Asia Society, 725 Park Avenue in Manhattan
For additional information and tickets, visit http://asiasociety.org/new-york/2014-korean-music-festival-asia-society

CTMD is pleased to be a media sponsor of the 2014 NY Korean Music Festival at the Asia Society, curated by ethnomusicologist Ju-Yong Ha (Yeungnam National University and the Korean Performing Arts Center). The program will include concerts, talks and a symposium.
PROGRAM SCHEDULE:

Symposium: Friday, April 11, 2014, 2:00-4:00 p.m.
The Korean Music symposium will feature talks on traditional Korean music by scholars and ethnomusicologists, preceding two evenings of performance. Talks will include:
*Sanjo and Contemporary Performance Phenomena, Hilary Finchum-Sung, Seoul National University
*Grand and Majestic: Pansori and Performance Practice, Ju-Yong Ha, Yeungnam National University
*Between Global and Local: Twenty-First Century Korean Music-Making, Hee-Sun Kim, Kookmin University, Chair, Dr. Anthony T. Rauche

Concert: Friday, April 11, 2014, 8:00 p.m. (pre-concert lecture at 7:00 p.m.).
Direct from Korea, the first evening of the Korean Music Festival highlights four extraordinary musicians performing sanjo – a solo form of virtuosic traditional music with roots in Korean indigenous shamanism and folk music. Featuring stark and haunting “scattered melodies,” sanjo music employs a gradually increasing tempo, elastic rhythms, and intense snaps of power. Existing in the space between folk and classical music, sanjo captures the spirit and sentiment of Korean culture. This performance will feature Yi Ji-youngon (Gayageum - plucked zither), Kang Eun-il (Haegeum - spike fiddle), Cheong Dae-seog (Geomungo - plucked zither) and Lee Tae-baek (Ajaeng - bowed zither and Janggo - hour-glass drum), musicians of the highest caliber in this quintessentially Korean, improvisational form. These master musicians reflect a passion and deep commitment to the artistry of the past, while creating a new hunger for Korean music.

Concert: Saturday, April 12, 8:00-9:30 p.m. (pre-concert talk at 7:00 p.m.)
Pansori – a powerful solo sung storytelling form – was described by The New York Times as having the capacity to “quickly and powerfully captivate the most ignorant outsider...not just captivate but elevate, reach heights of drama and profundities of emotion known only to the greatest of world performing arts... pansori offers a fascinating blend of rigorous formalism and vigorous individual spontaneity.” This evening features a rare performance by a male maestro of the form, Lim Hyeun-bin, who uses his powerful voice to tell an epic tale of sacrifice and love through the soulful sung narrative (presented with supertitles). The finale will gather the full ensemble to perform heungtaryeong, the Song of Joy. The concert will be preceded by a 7:00 p.m. talk by ethnomusicologist Ju-Yong Ha.

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Saturday, April 12, 2014
Flushing Town Hall presents
Black Violin
2:15 p.m.
Flushing Town Hall, 137-35 Northern Boulevard, (at the corner of Linden Place), Flushing, NY 11354, (718) 463-7700 x 222
$12/$10 Members/$8 Children/$6 Member Children: Purchase tickets online.
Black Violin: American hip-hop duo, Kev Marcus and Wil B, are classically trained string instrumentalists who meld highbrow and pop culture, “Brandenburg” and “breakdown,” into a single genre-busting act, a groundbreaking blend of classical, hip-hop, rock, R&B, and even bluegrass music. Kev Marcus (violin) and Wil B (viola) play tunes from their second CD, Classical Trained, which cleverly features smooth verses and symphonic hooks underscored by an array of rhythmic grooves, ranging from pop-rock cadences to trunk rattling bass. Armed with stage experiences with Alicia Keys, Mike Shinoda, and Gym Class Heroes, this promising group is stretching the fabric of how music is interpreted. Add the spellbinding vocals of Wil B and the innovative approach to the violin and you are sure to be taken on an incredible journey.

Albany Institute of History & Art announces
Hudson Valley Hops
Presented by Times Union.com/Table Hopping and the Albany Institute of History & Art
4-7 p.m.
Albany Institute of History & Art, 125 Washington Avenue, Albany, NY 12210
Cost: $25/Albany Institute members; $30/general public. 21 and over. ID required. Please call (518) 463-4478 for more information.
Come join us at the third annual Hudson Valley Hops, a celebration of the history of brewing in Albany and today’s craft beer industry in the Hudson Valley. There will be an exhibition of historic local brewery artifacts, a series of talks by beer historians and brewery experts, local craft beers, good food, and a commemorative glass for participants. GUEST SPEAKERS: Craig Gravina and Alan McLeod, Albany Ale Project; Dietrich Gehring, Indian Ladder Farms; Roger Savoy, Homebrew Emporium; and Sam Filler Craft Beer Initiative at Empire State Development. Breweries include: Adirondack Brewery, Brown’s Brewing Company, Chatham Brewing LLC, C.H. Evans Brewing, Druthers, Old Saratoga Brewing Company, and Ommegang Brewery.

City Lore announces
Bronx Rising! Season 3
The Maxine Sullivan Women in Jazz Series, Part 2

6:00 p.m.
Bronx Music Heritage Center, 1303 Louis Niné Blvd, Bronx, NY 10452, 718.839.1100

Admission: FREE with suggested donation of $5
Cellist Akua Dixon and her Quartette Indigo with a pre-concert discussion about women in jazz. The Bronx Music Heritage Center (BMHC) Laboratory’s Performance Series is curated by City Lore Folklorist Elena Martínez and Grammy-nominated musician Bobby Sanabria. Pre-concert discussion will include Bertha Hope, Cobi Narita, Maxine Roach, and Carol Sudhalter.

The Folk Music Society of N.Y., Inc/ N.Y. Pinewoods Folk Music Club announces
Pete Seeger Celebration Sing-Along
Doors open 7:30 p.m.
Peoples’ Voice Cafe, Community Church of New York, 40 East 35th Street, Midtown Manhattan
Info: 212-787-3903
$5 or $10 contribution requested to cover expenses.
The club is cosponsoring this participatory event. Come prepared to sing!

Seamus Kennedy
Presented by Walkabout Clearwater
7:30 p.m.
Walkabout Clearwater Coffeehouse, Memorial United Methodist Road, 250 Bryant Avenue, White Plains, NY 10605
Tickets: $18.00 advance, $23.00 at the door
Buy tickets online
Originally from Belfast, Northern Ireland, has been entertaining audiences all over the United States for almost four decades. An accomplished guitarist with a ready wit and a vast store of songs, he travels the country performing for thousands of people each year. With a thorough knowledge of the traditional and contemporary songs of Ireland and Scotland, he is equally proficient with American music, whether it be folk, country, bluegrass or a little Western Swing.

Alwan for the Arts presents
Musical Performance: Jussi Reijonen: UN
8:00 p.m.
Alwan for the Arts, 16 Beaver street, 4th floor, New York, NY
For more information, contact: alwanmarketingteam@gmail.com
Cost: 20 General | $15 for Students, Members and Seniors
Bringing together four seasoned musicians from Finland, Turkey, Sweden and Palestine, JUSSI REIJONEN: UN traverses the boundaries between musical cultures, paying tribute to the traditions of American and Scandinavian jazz and the folk musics of the Middle East and Africa in its search for new sounds and textures. Reijonen s original music draws from a wide pool of influences and experiences gathered growing up in five different countries on three different continents; in both his original compositions and his playing, the open spaces and silences of Scandinavia effortlessly rub shoulders with the maqamat of the Arab world and the rhythmic richness of India and West Africa, creating a truly enchanting musical mosaic.

Caffè Lena presents
9th Annual Blues Weekend: Del Rey
8 p.m.
Caffè Lena, 47 Phila St., Saratoga Springs, NY, 518-583-0022
Tickets: $18/member $16, $9 children under 13
Buy tickets online
Del Rey is a living testament to the hillbilly/smarty-pants/country blues aesthetic. With a sense of humor and a manic intensity, she's smart, funny and full of instrumental virtuosity. Raised on the music of Sam Chatmon, Lydia Mendoza and Memphis Minnie, Del Rey’s guitar playing reflects country blues, stride piano, classic jazz and hillbilly boogie—all filtered through the sensibility of an autodidact trailer-park aesthete. Now hailed as “one of the greatest modern players of the metal-bodied resonator guitar,” (Acoustic Guitar Magazine), she is also taking the humble ukulele to a new level of musicianship, picking out the same complicated rhythmic blues and ragtime on four strings as she does on six.

The Eighth Step at Proctors Theater presents
Lou & Peter Berryman and Steve Gillette & Cindy Mangsen
7:30 p.m.
GE Theatre at Proctors, 432 State Street, Schenectady, NY 12305
Ticket Prices: $26, $35 Gold Circle
Order tickets online or phone 518-346-6204
Lou and Peter Berryman are musical humorists who have delighted nationwide audiences for more than thirty-five years. Frequent comparisons to Tom Lehrer, Flanders & Swann, and Gilbert & Sullivan notwithstanding, these two are originals, blending Midwestern culture with intelligent observation in a whimsical and wonderfully accessible performance. They have produced sixteen albums and three song books of their original and hilarious, quirky, yet oddly profound songs, and have toured the US and Canada to rave reviews. Berryman songs are being sung around the world, by a legion of professional musicians from Peggy Seeger to Garrison Keillor, as well as shower singers everywhere.

The Folkus Project of Central New York presents
The Jeffery Pepper Rodgers Trio
Originals and deep grooving folk rock
8 p.m.
Westcott Community Center, 826 Euclid Avenue, Syracuse, NY
Admission: $10
The Jeffrey Pepper Rodgers Trio plays deep-grooving folk rock, mixing original songs with fresh takes on songs from Grateful Dead and Janis Ian to Paul Simon and Patty Griffin. Based in Central New York, the band creates an extraordinarily varied sound with all acoustic instrumentation and rich vocal harmonies. Jeffrey Pepper Rodgers, the band’s main songwriter and lead guitarist, is a grand prize winner of the John Lennon Songwriting Contest and the founding editor of Acoustic Guitar magazine. Wendy Ramsay (the Unstoppables, the Hysterical Fits), songwriter and harmonizer extraordinaire, adds flute, clarinet, guitar, accordion, and her quirky originals to the mix. SAMMY winner Josh Dekaney, whose credits range from Brazilian music to jazz to jam bands and appearances with Aretha Franklin and Wilco’s Glenn Kotche, performs on a one-of-a-kind multipercussion kit.
The Towne Crier in Beacon presents
CHRIS SMITHER
8:30 p.m.
Towne Crier, 379 Main Street, Beacon, NY, (845) 855-1300
Tickets: $25 advance/ $30 at door
A profound songwriter, Chris Smither draws deeply from the blues, American folk music, modern poets and philosophers. Reviewers continue to praise his dazzling guitar work, gravelly voice and songwriting. “Smither is an American original — a product of the musical melting pot and one of the absolute best singer-songwriters in the world.” —Associated Press.

April 12-13, 2014
The Great Lakes Seaway Trail presents
The Hoffman Challenge Quilt Exhibit
11 a.m.-3 p.m.
Thousand Islands Art Center, 314 John Street, Clayton, NY
Admission: $5
For more information, email quilts@seawaytrail.com
The Great Lakes Seaway Trail is sponsoring a presentation of 60 of the Hoffman Fabric Challenge Quilts on the first two weekends of April in Clayton. The collection features quilted works of all styles and sizes in elegant peacock, aqua, and gold colourways and patterns. The works of art from quilters all across the US and Canada includes 60 of the 2013 Hoffman Challenge Award winners. Includes handwork, pieced, appliqué and sulky award winners.
See also April 5-6.

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Sunday, April 13, 2014
The Castellani Art Museum of Niagara University presents
Master Makers and Players Series
Intermediate Ebru: Turkish Paper Marbling
2:00-4:00 p.m.
Castellani Art Museum of Niagara University, 5795 Lewiston Road, Niagara University, New York 14109, 716-286-8200
Cost: $15 museum members/$20 non-members. To register call 716-286-8290
This hands-on workshop will introduce participants to more advanced methods of Turkish paper marbling. All materials will be provided. This workshop is presented conjunction with the exhibition “Extraordinary Ordinary People: American Masters of Traditional Arts.” (See Exhibitions section of this page below). Instructor Gülen Yilmaz began studying the traditional art of ebru as a teenager growing up in Turkey. Now recognized as a master, she has exhibited her work in both Turkey and the United States and regularly teaches ebru at the Turkish Cultural Center of Buffalo.

World Music Institute (WMI) presents
Richard Hagopian
7:00 p.m.
Leonard Nimoy Thalia Theater at Peter Norton Symphony Space, 2537 Broadway, New York, NY 10025
Tickets $30 / WMI Friends $25 Bring a Kid! $5; General admission seating
Tickets available online.
For six decades, Armenian oudist Richard Hagopian has played an important role in preserving the music of Armenians from the Ottoman Empire—collecting tunes from his grandparents’ generation, and passing on this legacy to his children, grandchildren, community, and greater public. Born in the Armenian enclave in Fresno, CA, he studied with masters from the old country, quickly learning hundreds of folk songs from Anatolia. He’s been honored with a Meet the Composer Grant and a National Heritage Fellowship, recorded for Smithsonian Folkways and ARC Records, and taught master classes at prestigious universities. Here, he’ll perform masterworks for the oud, including classical and folk, and will discuss his multifaceted career from performing in Hollywood to traditional Armenian dances (kefs).

Caffè Lena presents
The Stray Birds
7 p.m.
Caffè Lena, 47 Phila St., Saratoga Springs, NY, 518-583-0022
Tickets: $16/member $14, $8 children under 13
Buy tickets online
The signature power of The Stray Birds’ sound lies in outstanding songwriting that soars in three-part harmony. No matter where they’re playing, from NPR’s Mountain Stage to tiny clubs, their performances speak to an uncompromising reverence for songs—and this reverence has struck a nerve with reviewers, music loving fans, and radio listeners everywhere. Without doubt, the Stray Birds are one of the most talked about bands in folkdom right now. They play Americana—a blend of foot-stomping bluegrass, heartbreaking country, timeless gospel, and tender poetic ballads. Bassist Charles Muench studied music at university, but found his richest education in bluegrass barn jams at a nearby farm. Vocalist Maya De Vitry spent a year and a half at Berklee College of Music studying with Mark Simos, Darol Anger, and John McGann and is now receiving national recognition for her songwriting. Guitarist Oliver Craven turned down several college football scholarships, picked up the mandolin and guitar, and headed to Philadelphia to attend Temple University and write songs.

Folk Music Society of New York/New York Pinewoods Folk Music Club announces
Old-Time Instrumental Jam
7:30-9:30 p.m.
Brooklyn Farmacy & Soda Fountain, 513 Henry Street (at Sackett St.), in Carroll Gardens, Brooklyn
For more information, email alanfriend_music@mindspring.com
Wanna jam? Alan Friend will lead an old-time jam. Bring your fiddle, banjo, guitar, etc. Acoustic instruments only. Buy some delicious desserts and socialize.

The Towne Crier in Beacon presents
TEETOTALLERS
7:30 p.m.
Towne Crier, 379 Main Street, Beacon, NY, (845) 855-1300
Tickets: $25 advance/ $30 at door
Teetotallers is an alliance of three trad superstars: Gradam Ceoil’s 2008 Traditional Musician Of The Year, fiddler Martin Hayes (The Gloaming, Masters Of Tradition, Dennis Cahill); flautist Kevin Crawford (key member of the acclaimed band Lúnasa, Moving Cloud); and Grammy award nominee guitarist John Doyle (Joan Baez, Solas, Liz Carroll, Green Fields Of America).

Red House Records announces
RAY BONNEVILLE — The N’awlins-influenced guitarist/songwriter returns with his most soulful album yet, Easy Gone
Doors: 9:00 pm / Show: 9:30 p.m.
Hill Country, 30 W. 26th St., New York, NY, 10010
Tickets: $20-25
Many of those familiar with Red House recording artist Ray Bonneville know that he is a hard driving, blues influenced, song and groove man who often writes about people who live on the fringe of society. Ray’s vibe is loose and soulful. With a greasy guitar style, horn-like harmonica phrasing, smoky vocal style and pulsing foot percussion he immediately rivets audiences. His solo performance fills a concert hall with all the sound layering and drama of a full band.
Also appearing in Buffalo 4/16 and Rochester 4/17.

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Monday, April 14, 2014
The Arts Center of the Capital Region presents
BOOKMARKS: Let Your Voice Be Heard
Curated by Thom Francis of Albany Poets
7:00 p.m.
The Arts of the Capital Region, 265 River Street, Troy, NY 12180
Cost: Free
Download the Call for Submissions
What is your passion? What are your dreams? Using poetry and spoken word, tell your story, in your own words. This event is presented as part of Albany Poet’s youth event for Word Fest Week 2014; young writers are warmly invited to submit!Submisson deadline: Wednesday, March 5, 2014 by 5 p.m.
The Memoir Project, a program of The Arts Center of the Capital Region, invites submissions for Bookmarks, an annual series of group readings featuring writing that is grounded in personal experience. We encourage both experienced writers as well as those whose work has not previously been read publicly, or published, to submit work. Bookmarks is a thematically differentiated group reading. Each event is curated by a different individual, hand selected from our region’s richly diverse community to host. Chosen for their unique personal experiences and professional expertise, the curators decide on their month’s theme.

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Tuesday, April 15, 2014
Alwan for the Arts presents
Alwan 3rd i Awards: Special Screening of Short Films and Video Art Entries
7:00 p.m.
Alwan for the Arts, 16 Beaver street, 4th floor, New York, NY
For more information, contact: alwanmarketingteam@gmail.com
Cost: $5-$10 Suggested Donation
The Alwan 3rd i Awards Competition presented the very best in recent short films and video art that increased awareness and exposed the creative vitality and sociopolitical realities of the Middle East, North Africa, and South and Central Asia, as well as their global diasporas. Join us at Alwan to view a special selection of never-before screened entries from the Alwan 3rd i Awards from 2013.

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Wednesday, April 16, 2014
The Castellani Art Museum of Niagara University presents
Meet Me at the CAM
Dream Windows: An Exploration of the Japanese Garden
10 a.m.-12 p.m.
Castellani Art Museum of Niagara University, 5795 Lewiston Road, Niagara University, New York 14109, 716-286-8200
Cost: Free to museum members, $5 non-members
Presentation by Bob Poczik, featuring exquisite gardens in Kyoto and views of four Japanese gardens outside Japan: in Philadelphia, Vancouver, Seattle and Buffalo.

Caffè Lena presents
Cantrip
7 p.m.
Caffè Lena, 47 Phila St., Saratoga Springs, NY, 518-583-0022
Tickets: $16/member $14, $8 children under 13
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This trio of Scottish traditional musicians has been delighting audiences on all sides of the Atlantic for over a decade with driving fiddle, bagpipes and guitar. The name is an Old Scots word meaning a charm, magic spell, or piece of mischief and it aptly describes the unexpected twists and turns in their musical arrangements, likewise the compelling potency of their musicianship. Weaving together songs and tunes, both traditional and contemporary, Cantrip takes an audience on a cultural journey across Europe, weaving dense textures together and leaving listeners hungering for more. Featuring:
Jon Bews — vocals, fiddle
Dan Houghton — vocals, pipes, and whistles, wooden flute, bouzouki, guitar
Eric McDonald — vocals, guitar, mandolin, bouzouki

Red House Records announces
RAY BONNEVILLE — The N’awlins-influenced guitarist/songwriter returns with his most soulful album yet, Easy Gone
7:30 p.m.
Sportsmen Tavern, 326 Amherst Street, Buffalo, NY
Tickets: $10
Ray Bonneville is a Canadian born, Austin based singer, songwriter, guitarist and harmonica player, who is known for his “loose, darkly funky vibe” (All Music Guide). His Red House release Goin’ By Feel was named one of the best CDs of 2008 by DownBeat Magazine and featured the Americana hit “I Am the Big Easy,” which was #1 most played song on folk radio that year and won the Folk Alliance Award for Song of the Year. Born in French Canada and raised in the United States, he writes from his experience as an immigrant, Vietnam War vet, taxi driver and bush pilot, drawing inspiration from the many places he has called home—Montreal, New Orleans, Colorado, Arkansas, Alaska, Boston, Seattle and Paris, France. Honing his songwriting craft for the last 35 years, Ray’s gritty storytelling and deep-grooving blues style has won him much critical attention.
Also appearing in New York City 4/13 and in Rochester 4/17.

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Thursday, April 17, 2014
Museum at Eldridge Street presents
Lower East Side Walking Tour
2 p.m.
Museum at Eldridge Street, 12 Eldridge Street, New York, NY 10002, 212.219.088
$20 adults; $15 students/seniors. Space is limited, and RSVP is required.
Once home to the largest Jewish population in the world, the Lower East Side still bears traces of Jewish life from the turn of the last century. Visit synagogues, Yiddish newspaper buildings, socialist hot spots and the best pickle shop in New York.

Albany Institute of History & Art presents
Evenings at the Institute
Voices from the Past: Live Readings of Pruyn Family Letters

6-6:45 p.m.
Albany Institute of History & Art, 125 Washington Avenue, Albany, NY 12210
Cost: Free
The Albany Institute’s library is rich with stories of the past. Join us as we share some of those stories by reading letters from the collection. This Thursday, we will read the December 29, 1864 letter from Robert Hewson Pruyn home to his wife. Pruyn was an Albanian who was appointed the second US minister to Japan by Abraham Lincoln and he served there from 1862–1865.

Crandall Public Library presents
Live! Folklife Concert: Alex Torres Trio
7:00-8:30 p.m.
Crandall Public Library, 251 Glen Street, Glens Falls, New York 12801
Cost: Free
Alex Torres with His Latin Orchestra perform an original blend of Afro-Caribbean rhythms such as Salsa, Merengue, Cha-cha, Bomba, Plena, and Latin Jazz. Formed in 1980 in Amsterdam, NY, the high energy orchestra have played at hundreds of venues annually, and have received numerous awards including The Governor’s Excellence in Arts, and the New England Cultural Arts Preservation Awards. Their music has been featured on television shows, commercials, video games, and in motion pictures.
The 6th of 6 free concerts hosted by the Folklife Center at Crandall Public Library, and made possible with funds from the Leo Cox Beach Foundation, the Friends of Crandall Public Library, and the New York State Council on the Arts Folk Arts Program with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the NYS Legislature.

Staten Island Arts presents
Art Intersects Roundtable #2: The Exhibiting Artist and Maker
7-9 p.m.
Snug Harbor Cultural Center, 1000 Richmond Terr, Building P, Staten Island, NY 10301
RSVP here: FREE for Staten Island Arts Members/ $10 for non-members
Or call 718-414-6904 to reserve your spot. Check to cover workshop fees and/or membership can be made out to Staten Island Arts and mailed to 1000 Richmond Terrace, SI, NY 10301.
Exhibitions are intersections themselves: where art, and public meet, a place where artists form relationships to the outside world. New opportunities to exhibit and forms of exhibits from new galleries, pop-up shops, grass root galleries, and open studios create a changing landscape for artists to navigate. Art Intersects conversations continue with The Exhibiting Artist and Maker roundtable discussion, featuring exhibiting artists, gallerists and boutique owners themselves to learn from an insiders perspective. What sets an excellent exhibit above an average one? What can an artist do leading up to, before and after exhibiting, trade show and open studios? What can you learn from interacting with a new audience? How can you maximize exposure and create lasting relationships? What are the costs to participate? How do you plan to regain costs and gain a profit? This workshop is ideal for artists looking to enter a marketplace (i.e. gallery, retail/wholesale, show, fair, community center, and/or barter relationship).

Red House Records announces
RAY BONNEVILLE — The N’awlins-influenced guitarist/songwriter returns with his most soulful album yet, Easy Gone
8 p.m.
Abilene Bar and Lounge, 153 Liberty Pole Way, Rochester, NY, 585-232-3230
Ray’s gritty, Delta-influenced sound didn’t happen overnight; he didn’t write his first song until his early 40s, some 20 years after he started performing. But with a style that draws comparisons to JJ Cale and Daniel Lanois (or a French-Canadian Ton Waits), this blues-influenced, New Orleans-inspired “song and groove man,” as he’s been described, has found his rightful calling. He’s earned many accolades, including a Juno Award for his 1999 album, Gust of Wind. His post-Katrina ode, “I Am the Big Easy,” earned the International Folk Alliance’s 2009 Song of the Year Award, and in 2012, Bonneville won the solo/duet category in the Blues Foundation’s International Blues Challenge. Easy Gone takes listeners to some of the dark spaces and exotic places Bonneville has gone on his own travels and features his wonderfully greasy, percussive guitar playing and distinctive vocals. An Austin resident since 2006, Bonneville still puts the rhythms and soul of New Orleans into much of his music. His songs carry a groove and momentum that’s uniquely his and his narratives are inspired by the drifters, smoky clubs and odd jobs that were his life.
Also appearing in NYC on 4/13 and Buffalo on 4/16

The Towne Crier in Beacon presents
JIMBO MATHUS (of the Squirrel Nut Zippers)
7:30 p.m.
Towne Crier, 379 Main Street, Beacon, NY, (845) 855-1300
Tickets: $15 advance/ $20 at door
The late Memphis producer Jim Dickinson once called Jimbo Mathus “the singing voice of Huck Finn.” Outside the South, Mathus is likely known as the ringleader of the hyper-ragtime outfit Squirrel Nut Zippers. In his native Mississippi and throughout the South, however, Mathus is the prolific songwriter of born-in-the-bone Southern music, the torchbearer for Deep South mythology and culture—“innerplanetary honky-tonk” for the masses.

Alwan for the Arts presents
Musical Performance: Original Works of Syrian Classical Music Composer Zaid Jabri
8:00 p.m.
Alwan for the Arts, 16 Beaver street, 4th floor, New York, NY
For more information, contact: alwanmarketingteam@gmail.com
Cost: $20 General | $15 for Students, Members and Seniors
Alwan for the Arts is happy to announce an evening of original and unique contemporary classical music by Syrian composer and violinist Zaid Jabri in collaboration with Amir ElSaffar and Kinan Azmeh and an accompanying String Trio. The evening is sure to be an innovative, inimitable, and anomalous performance that will entice and challenge the audience’s impressions of new Middle Eastern music.

April 17, 18, and 20
Museum at Eldridge Street presents
Matzo & Macaroons Synagogue Tours
Offered April 17, April 18, & April 20 on the hour (Last tour at 4 p.m. on Thursday and at 2 p.m. on Friday and Sunday)
Museum at Eldridge Street, 12 Eldridge Street, New York, NY 10002, 212.219.088
Cost: $10 adults; $8 students/seniors; $6 children
Take a tour of the Eldridge Street Synagogue, a magnificent National Historic Landmark that was built in 1887 during the height of East European Jewish migration to the United States. Enjoy kosher-for-Passover goodies during the holiday week courtesy of Streit’s Matzo. Families: Pick up a self-guiding scavenger hunt and explore the nooks and crannies of the Eldridge Street Synagogue.

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Friday, April 18, 2014
Caffè Lena presents
Christine Ohlman and Rebel Montez
8 p.m.
Caffè Lena, 47 Phila St., Saratoga Springs, NY, 518-583-0022
Tickets: $25/member $22, $12.50 children under 13
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This queen of blue-eyed rock n’ soul grew up loving the sweetness of a Memphis horn line and the raunch of an electric guitar riff, whether played by Muddy Waters, Keith Richards, or Pop Staples. She teased her blonde hair into a beehive in honor of Ronnie Spector and never looked back. She’s the current, long-time vocalist with the Saturday Night Live Band. Christine Ohlman is fresh from a year that included appearances at The Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame, New Orleans Jazz & Heritage, The WC Handy Festival in Muscle Shoals, and on concert stages with Brian Wilson, Bill Medley, Bonnie Bramlett, Elvis Costello and a host of others’as well as landing her in the Top Female Americana Vocalist honors on The Alternate Root’s International Readers’ Poll (she shares top slots with Paul Thorn, The Mavericks, and Rodney Crowell). Joined by Cliff Goodwin - guitars; Michael Colbath - bass; and Larry Donahue - drums, the Beehive Queen tells us, “I’ve come here tonight to set your souls on fire.” And she will.

The Towne Crier in Beacon presents
WALT MICHAEL & Co; with special guest Tall County
8:30 p.m.
Towne Crier, 379 Main Street, Beacon, NY, (845) 855-1300
Tickets: $20 advance/ $25 at door
Walt Michael’s various musical incarnations—including Bottle Hill and Michael, McCreesh & Campbell—have spanned over 37 years, taking this vocalist and multi-instrumentalist from the coal camps of Appalachia to the White House to the closing ceremonies of the 13th Olympic Winter Games and on to Lincoln Center, the Tonight Show, movie sound tracks and beyond. Considered a virtuoso of tremendous influence in the revival of the hammered dulcimer, Walt Michael’s wide repertoire ranges from old-time Southern Appalachian to Celtic, to breath-taking original compositions.

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Saturday, April 19, 2014
Caffè Lena presents
Elizabeth Woodbury-Kasius &Heard with opener Joy Adler
8 p.m.
Caffè Lena, 47 Phila St., Saratoga Springs, NY, 518-583-0022
Tickets: $16/member $14, $8 children under 13
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Heard features the exhilarating New World jazz of composer and pianist Elizabeth Woodbury Kasius. Blending jazz, classical, and world music, along with the inspiration of the natural environment, Heard creates a captivating soundscape. Heard’s members include Elizabeth on piano, Jonathan Greene on woodwinds, John Menegan on bass, Zorkie Nelson and Brian Mellick on percussion, and Rebecca Kleinman on flutes.

The Folkus Project of Central New York presents
Colin Aberdeen
The Los Blancos front man is also a compelling solo artist
8 p.m.
Westcott Community Center, 826 Euclid Avenue, Syracuse, NY
Admission: $10
For reservations call the Westcott Community Center at (315) 478-8634
Colin Aberdeen is known in Central New York as the front man for Los Blancos. Whether he's beltin’ out the blues, melting the ladies with a little sweet soul music, or slinging slide guitar, Colin Aberdeen is a true-blue artisan of the roots. When he’s not armed with an electric guitar for shows with the band, Colin transforms into a down-home solo performer of original and traditional blues. He plays an extensive repertoire of delta slide and Piedmont blues while engaging audiences with soulful vocals and a stage presence of wit and charm all his own. The voice, the guitar, the stories — they just get better when stripped to their elements.
Alwan for the Arts presents
Musical Performance: Gaida and Her Band
8:00 p.m.
Alwan for the Arts, 16 Beaver street, 4th floor, New York, NY
For more information, contact: sophie@alwanforthearts.org
Cost: 20 General | $15 for Students, Members and Seniors
Syrian songstress, Gaida, is one of the most effusive and charming singers in the New York world-music scene. With her filigreed voice and outstanding ensemble — George Dulin (piano), Amir ElSaffar (trumpet and santur), Zafer Tawil (oud and percussion), Jennifer Vincent (bass), and special guest singer Salah Zane — Gaida delivers entrancing and luscious performances. Join Alwan for the arts in celebrating the amazing talents of this band as they play songs from their new album, Look at the Moon, in addition to popoular tunes from the Arab world.

The Towne Crier in Beacon presents
RORY BLOCK
8:30 p.m.
Towne Crier, 379 Main Street, Beacon, NY, (845) 855-1300
Tickets: $25 advance/ $30 at door
Heralded as “a living landmark” (Berkeley Express), “a national treasure” (Guitar Extra) and “one of the greatest living acoustic blues artists” (Blues Revue), 5-time Blues Music Award winner Rory Block has committed her life and her career to preserving the Delta blues tradition and bringing it to life for 21st century audiences around the world. The New York Times declared “Her playing is perfect, her singing otherworldly as she wrestles with ghosts, shadows and legends.”

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Sunday, April 20, 2014
Folk Music Society of New York/New York Pinewoods Folk Music Club presents
Shanty Sing
2-5 p.m.
Noble Gallery, Building D, Snug Harbor Cultural Center, 1000 Richmond Terrace, Staten Island, NY
For further info, contact Bob Conroy at RConroy421@aol.com or 347-267-9394
Refreshments will be available, including beer and wine for sale.
We are co-sponsoring the Shanty Sing on the 3rd Sunday of every month, or the William Main Doerflinger Memorial Sea Shanty Sessions at the Noble Maritime Collection (to give the official title).

The Towne Crier in Beacon presents
TRIBECASTAN
7:30 p.m.
Towne Crier, 379 Main Street, Beacon, NY, (845) 855-1300
Tickets: $15 advance/ $20 at door
Radically multicultural and poly-stylistic, TriBeCaStan is one of contemporary music—s most musically diverse bands. The Washington Post hails them as “an international jazz and folk festival unto themselves.”

April 20-21, 2014
Val’s Dyngus Day Weekend
Celebrating our 25th Anniversary
Millennium Hotel, 2040 Walden Avenue, Cheektowaga, NY 14225
Cost: $25 per person, children rate available. $15 discount with room package.
For tickets, room reservations or more info, call 800-323-3331 or email: DYngusNY@aol.com
Sunday, April 20:
Start the day with the Millennium Hotel’s All-you-can-eat Easter brunch. Then join us for the first ever Polka Mass in Buffalo at 12:30 p.m. Hosted by Special Delivery and Ted Szymanski. HappyHour in the Lounge from 2-6 p.m. Ballroom opens at 6 p.m., with music from 7 p.m. to 1 a.m.
The official 2014 Buffalo Dyngus Day Activities Kick-off is at 7:30 p.m. with the Original and 8th Annual Blessing of the Instruments Ceremony by REv. Richard H. Augustyn. Polka Music by Polka Country Musicians and the Polka Family Band. DJ Andy Kuczmarski and open jam session in the Twigs Lounge, 11:30 p.m. til closing. Monday, April 21:
Doors open at 11:00 a.m. for the Dyngus Day Pool Party, hosted by Buffalo’s PHOCUS. Polka Music 5:00 p.m. to midnight by Freeze Dried, the I.P.A. Tribute Band, featuring Dr. John Valby.
Polish Food available both days.

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Tuesday, April 22, 2014
The An-Sky Institute for Jewish Culture of the Center for Traditional Music and Dance announces
Bessarabian Klezmer: Tantshoyz Dance Party featuring Master Klezmer Clarinetist/Accordionist Isaac Sadigursky
With an All-Star Band and dance leader Avia Moore!

All Concerts begin at 7:30 p.m., with a jam session after: $15. Come early for Klezmer Instrumental Music class from 5:30-7 p.m.: $25 per class.
Full night pass: $35 (includes class, concert & jam session.)
Stephen Wise Free Synagogue, 30 West 68th Street (between Central Park West and Columbus Avenue), New York, NY 10023
Join us for a post-Passover pizza party! CTMD’s An-sky Institute for Jewish Culture is excited to bring back clarinetist/accordionist Isaac Sadigursky for a special Tantshoyz Yiddish Dance Party featuring Bessarabian* klezmer repertoire. Born in Belts, Moldova, the Los Angeles-based clarinetist/accordionist Isaac Sadigursky is a major exponent of the Bessarabian klezmer tradition and its rich Ottoman/Balkan-resonances. Sadigursky will be supported by an all-star band featuring his son Sam Sadigursky (reeds), Aaron Alexander (poyk/drum), Christina Crowder (accordion), Alex Kontorovich (clarinet), Frank London (trumpet) and Jake Shulman-Ment (violin). Lace up your dancing shoes as Canadian dance leader Avia Moore will show you the steps. Folks new to Yiddish Dance absolutely welcome! Instrumentalists can come at 5:30 p.m. for a special workshop with Jake Shulman-Ment (extra charges apply), and hang around for a jam session at the end of the evening.
Presented as part of the NEW YORK KLEZMER SERIES curated by Aaron Alexander.
*Bessarabia, a historic region between the Prut and Dniester Rivers, named after the Basarab ruling dynasty is geographically equivalent to today’s Republic of Moldova, inclusive of the contested Transnistrian Republic. The region has been a fascinating cultural crossroads for centuries, fought over by the Ottoman and Romanov empires, then Romanian and later Soviet until the fall of the USSR. The region’s largest city is Chisinau (Yiddish: Kishinev).

The Ashokan Center announces
Blue Deer Film Festival: Deep Water Film Showing and Discussion
7:00 p.m. Ashokan Center, 477 Beaverkill Road, Olivebridge, NY. (845)246-2121
This is a Blue Deer Center event. For more information, please visit: www.bluedeer.org
Join the Ashokan Center, the Blue Deer Center, and the Catskill Watershed Corporation as we show and discuss this important documentary which tells the story of the building of the Ashokan Reservoir, Shandaken Tunnel, Schoharie Reservoir, and the Catskill Aqueduct. Narrated by Robb Webb, Deep Water documents how several Catskill Mountain towns were destroyed and flooded, how immigrant workers built the dams and tunnels, and how brilliant engineering and political maneuvering allowed the system to be built. Discussion following the film will be facilitated by Diane Galusha and Alan Rosa from the Catskill Watershed Corporation.

EARTH DAY IS PERFECT OCCASION FOR “FOODIE FUNDRAISER” TO BENEFIT FRIENDS OF GANONDAGAN
Ancient Iroquois White Corn is focus of April 22 event in Canandaigua

6-9 p.m.
New York Wine & Culinary Center (NYWCC), 800 South Main St., Canandaigua, NY
A benefit for the non-profit Friends of Ganondagan
Tickets for this fundraiser are $75.
Tickets can be purchased by check or credit card through Friends of Ganondagan, PO Box 113, Victor, NY, 14564, (585) 742-1690, or securely online through PayPal; visit the website.
Iroquois White Corn, the same nutritious food that sustained the original Seneca people of this area including the 4,500 who lived at Ganondagan through the 17th century, is the focus of next month’s “Earth Day Foodie Fundraiser.” The evening’s schedule is as follows:

6:00 p.m. Hot hors d’oeuvres for sampling; cash bar and silent auction opens
6:30 p.m. Cooking demonstrations by Chef Jeffory McLean in the Hands-on Kitchen with food for sampling
6:30-8:00 p.m. Additional chef demonstrations and samples in Wine Spectator Theatre
8:00 p.m. Silent auction closes
8:00-9:00 p.m. Educational cooking hour with chefs and corn history from Peter Jemison
9:00 p.m. Event concludes with a White Corn recipe booklet and sample Iroquois White Corn Cookies for all participants

The Friends’ recently developed agri-business—the Iroquois White Corn Project—is reintroducing traditional, low-glycemic index Iroquois White Corn food products to enhance nutrition and provide a healthy food alternative to the high-sugar “sweet corn” found in stores and farm markets. The three products, hulled white corn, white corn flour, and roasted white corn flour also will be available for purchase at the event.

Professional Chef Jeffory cooks in the “New American” style of cuisine, focusing on indigenous ingredients that are seasonal and fresh. “Working with the Iroquois White Corn truly allows me to express my creativity,” says the Chef. “To cook an item with such a legacy and history has challenged me to both retain its historical culinary value while applying it to modern concepts and cuisines. It’s a fascinating product that lends itself to everything from Latin cuisine to Pennsylvania Dutch Sunday dinners.” He also notes that being able to cook with something unaffected by our world’s industrialized food supply is something from which everyone can benefit.

Silent auction items include a dinner for 12 at the winner’s home cooked by Chef Jeffory.

Presenting Sponsor for the evening is The Pike Company, with Edible Finger Lakes as the media sponsor. The fundraiser supports the Friends’ varied cultural and educational events and programming which connect the community with the living culture of the Haudenosaunee (Iroquois) through Ganondagan State Historic Site.

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April 23–April 26, 2013
New York Folklore Society to Partner with the Society for The Association for the Study of Play (TASP) for their 2014 Annual Conference: “Connecting the Past, Present, and Future”

April 23-26, 2014
The Strong, One Manhattan Square, Rochester, NY 14607

tasp

TASP is a multidisciplinary organization that promotes the study of play, support and cooperate with other organizations having similar purposes, and organize meetings and publications that facilitate the sharing and dissemination of information related to the study of play. TASP’s broad focus includes many disciplines and scholarly interests, including folklore and anthropology.

With a shared interest in folklore and play, it is appropriate that the New York Folklore Society partner with The Association for the Study of Play for their 2014 conference. NYFS will be sponsoring our own presentations, and we plan to offer at least one gathering specifically for NYFS members.

TASP has extended their early bird deadline until January 22, 2014. NYFS members are invited to register for the conference at the TASP member rate. In honor of TASP’s 40th anniversary, they also invite New York Folklore Society participants to attend their 40th birthday bash. You can find registration and conference information here.

NYFS will co-host the opening reception and present a panel, “The Folklore of Play,” on Thursday morning (April 24). We will provide more details specific to the New York Folklore Society as they become available.

Questions? Call Ellen or Lisa at 512.346.7008.



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Thursday, April 24, 2014
The Towne Crier in Beacon presents
MICHAEL TORSONE &FRIENDS
7:30 p.m.
Towne Crier, 379 Main Street, Beacon, NY, (845) 855-1300
Tickets: $15 advance/ $20 at door
Legendary Hammond Organ player and vocalist Michael Torsone will be joined by world renowned drummer Bernard Purdie (The most recorded drummer in the world), saxophonist Bill Holloman (Blood Sweat & Tears, Nile Rodgers, Gatlin Brothers) and guitarist Chris Vitarello (Jimmy McGriff, Chris O’Leary Band).

CARRIE NEWCOMER
Doors: 7:00 p.m./Show: 7:30 p.m.
SubCulture, 45 Bleecker St., Downstairs, New York, NY
Tickets: 20 in advance / $25 at the door
Praised by Billboard and Rolling Stone, Carrie Newcomer takes folk to a whole new level. The Grammy award-winning singer/songwriter not only performs around the world, but she continuously sheds light on issues and works with organizations to better the world. Her worldly and spiritual influences shine in her soaring vocals and melodies. Newcomer also facilitates workshops and presents keynotes on the topics of songwriting, creativity as spiritual practice and vocation. For her intimate performance at SubCulture, Carrie performs selections from her newest release, A Permeable Life.

World Music Institute (WMI) recommends:
BARMER BOYS
Doors: 7:00 p.m./Show: 7:45 p.m.
DROM, 85 Avenue A, New York, NY 212/777-1157
Tickets: 20 in advance / $25 at the door
Barely in their 30s, and yet seasoned performers, the Barmer Boys carry forward the centuries-old musical tradition of the Manganiyars and are leading examples of Rajasthani folk and Sufi music. The group formed in 2011, and has performed with a host of world renowned artists including Vieux Farka Toure, Bombino, BaBa ZuLa, Mamadou Diabate, Rupa and the April Fishes, and UK’s Jason Singh/Dharohar Project. The band’s versatility of styles and bubbling energy infuses each performance — from soulful Sufi kalaams to uplifting wedding and celebratory songs, to boisterous jams with beat-boxing. Their debut album At Home: Barmer Boys was released in Dec 2012 on Amarrass Records.

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Friday, April 25, 2013
Old Songs presents
Alistair Fraser & Natalie Haas
8 p.m.
Call Old Songs to reserve your tickets: (518) 765-2815
Old Songs Community Arts Center, 37 South Main Street, Voorheesville, New York 12186
Scotland’s premier fiddle ambassador and California cellist present infectious melodies of Celtic Music.

A Place for Folk presents
Celebrate Earth Day with Dan Berggren and Ed Lowman on bass
8 p.m.,
A Place for Folk, Unitarian Universalist Soc. of Schenectady, 1221 Wendell Ave, Schenectady, NY
Reservations and information: aplaceforfolkmusic@gmail.com, 518-377-0002
Dan Berggren’s roots are firmly in the Adirondacks where he was raised but his music has branched out across many borders. The award-winning musician and educator grew up on the land farmed by his mother’s family for generations and has worked in the woods with forest ranger and survey crews. Hearing stories and songs from local friends and neighbors, Dan has developed a style that captures the spirit of the mountains. Dan has entertained audiences throughout New York State, from Vermont to Kentucky and Texas, and overseas in the British Isles, Eastern Europe, and Central Africa. Some of his songs have been symphonically arranged, giving Dan the opportunity to perform with orchestras in Fredonia, Ithaca, Syracuse, West Virginia, and Indiana. His original music has been featured nationally on public radio and television.

Caffè Lena presents
Driftwood
8 p.m.
Caffè Lena, 47 Phila St., Saratoga Springs, NY, 518-583-0022
Tickets: $16/member $14, $8 children under 13
Buy tickets online
This Binghamton, NY band has been popping up in clubs around the Capital District for the past couple years. They made their debut at Caffe Lena in 2013, selling out the house on their first visit. Daring, raw Americana-roots-rock makes them a real crowd-pleaser. Their quartet features upright bass, banjo, guitar, with beyond-belief fiery violin solos and plenty of four-part harmony. Their electrifying repertoire spans everything from old-time mountain music, to Mumford & Sons style pop, to ‘60s R&B favorites.

The Eighth Step at Proctors Theater presents
John McCutcheon
7:30 p.m.
GE Theatre at Proctors, 432 State Street, Schenectady, NY 12305
Tickets: $26, $35 for Gold Circle
Order tickets online or phone Eighth Step TicketLine (No Order Fee): 518-434-1703
An enormously popular folk singer, storyteller and multi-instrumentalist, John McCutcheon’s songs sing of the nation’s heritage. His words channel the conscience of our people into streams of poetry and melody. He writes about subjects small and great, from a child’s haircut to freedom and human dignity – issues equally eternal and enduring. He is proficient on guitar, banjo, autoharp, mountain dulcimer, fiddle and Jew’s Harp and is the reigning master of the beautiful hammer dulcimer. He has produced over twenty-five albums since the 1970s, his numerous awards include six Grammy nominations and multiple Parent’s Choice and American Library Association awards. But he is most touched and energized by live performance.

The Folkus Project of Central New York presents
Matt and Shannon Heaton
Traditional and updated Irish music on flute, accordion, guitar, bouzouki, and voices
8 p.m.
May Memorial Unitarian Universalist Society, 3800 East Genesee St, Syracuse, NY
Cost: $15
Doors open at 7:15 and refreshments will be available.
Admission is $15.00. For information about advance ticket purchase, visit www.folkus.org
Matt and Shannon Heaton are poised, passionate performers with Irish-American roots and universal appeal. They are comfortable onstage and have a warm connection with their audiences. They move audiences with their love of traditional music (and each other), and their sense of adventure and fun in exploring new directions and possibilities. Musically speaking, the Heatons play the heck out of their instruments (Irish wood flute/accordion, guitar/bouzouki). When Matt and Shannon perform centuries-old songs, it feels current, conversational. They make traditional music relevant to American audiences. Like Richard Thompson or Nic Jones, the Heatons’ music comes from a traditional aesthetic, a devotion to strong traditional bones, and a passion for reaching out to the modern world around them. They are devoted to Irish traditional music and uplift listeners by connecting with each other and the people around them. Shannon (Live Ireland’s Female Musician of the Year 2010 and 2011) has been compared to Alison Krauss and Altan’s Mairéad Ní Mhaonaigh for her combination of vocal grace and instrumental prowess (Irish flute, button accordion). Matt combines a formal background in classical guitar with a restless imagination to provide a colorful, rhythmic foundation on both guitar and bouzouki. For their previous album, Lover’s Well, they found the perfect balance of troubadour spirit and virtuoso musicianship. For their new one, Matt and Shannon have once again assembled an album of smartly arranged traditional ballads with deep Irish roots and fresh, modern sensibilities. Tell You in Earnest, commercially available April, is their fifth duo CD and features well-traveled “dialogue ballads” (each song is a conversation between two people, fitting for a husband-and-wife duo). Since their move to Boston in 2001, the Heatons have become an integral part of Boston’s vibrant Irish music and neo-Celtic Acoustic scenes. Their music continues to evolve and is inspired by their work with fellow traditional musicians in and around New England (Matt also plays with Flynn Cohen’s Deadstring Ensemble and has an acclaimed CD of music for children; Shannon plays with Long Time Courting and Childsplay).

The Towne Crier in Beacon presents
BACK TO THE GARDEN 1969
8:30 p.m.
Towne Crier, 379 Main Street, Beacon, NY, (845) 855-1300
Tickets: $25 advance/ $30 at door
Back To The Garden 1969 is a group of skilled musicians (two of whom were at the original Woodstock festival) who joined forces to commemorate the 40th anniversary of the Woodstock Music Festival. Celebrating the music and spirit of Woodstock proved to be so much fun for everyone that there was no reason to stop!

Friday, April 26-Saturday, April 27, 2014
The Arts Center of the Capital Region presents
FINE ARTS AND CRAFTS FESTIVAL 2014
Friday, April 25: 4-9 p.m.*
Saturday, April 26: 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
The Arts Center of the Capital Region, 265 River Street, Troy, NY 12180
Ticket Prices: $5 for Arts Center Members, or with a promotional postcard (Promotional postcards can be picked up at local downtown Troy establishments and at The Arts Center).$6 at the door
Join us for the second annual Fine Arts and Crafts Festival. The event will showcase juried original works in pottery, metal, glass, paper, and fiber, created by the region’s top artists and craftspeople. This two-day indoor event will benefit The Arts Center of the Capital Region. See the Arts Center website for participating artists.
*Join us during Troy Night Out for live music provided by Bob Capowski.

Friday, April 25-Sunday, April 27, 2014
The Ashokan Center announces
Makers, Musicians, and Artists Forum: Where Creative Minds Converge
Ashokan Center, 477 Beaverkill Road, Olivebridge, NY. (845)246-2121
This is a Nicole Carroll event. For more information and registration, please visit: www.makersmusiciansartists.com
Take your creative career to its next level. Join us for a very special weekend retreat in New York’s beautiful Catskill Mountains amidst forests, meadows, and streams. We promise you’ll come away inspired, refreshed and ready to promote yourself in new ways. Attend workshops taught by experts who know what it takes to promote creative work. Share amazing meals made from locally sourced natural and organic Hudson Valley ingredients with really great people. And at the end of the day, snuggle into your very own log bunkbed — über fabulous!

...and beyond
44th ANNUAL WARD WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP WILDFOWL CARVING COMPETITION AND ART FESTIVAL
Hosted by the Ward Museum of Wildfowl Art, Salisbury University
10 a.m.-5 p.m. Friday, April 25
9 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, April 26, with the awards ceremony beginning at 5:30 p.m.
10 a.m.-4 p.m., Sunday, April 27
Roland E. Powell Convention Center, Ocean City, MD
Tickets are $10 for adults, $8 for seniors and students. Children under 12 are admitted free when accompanied by a paying adult.
For more information, call 410-742-4988, ext. 120, or visit the www.wardmuseum.org website
On display will be more than 1,400 wildfowl carvings by artists representing all levels of experience — from youth to world champions — with each competing for a share of nearly $60,000 in cash and prizes at what is recognized as the world’s largest and most prestigious event of its kind. Back by popular demand is Skyhunters in Flight, a demonstration of the ancient art of falconry, with master falconer Brian Bradley on Sunday, April 27. Bradley will present an educational lecture with live birds on display, followed by free flight demonstrations with a variety of raptors from around the world. Audience members will have the opportunity to witness a hawk and falcon sharpen their hunting skills while experiencing the silent flight of an owl. Educational classes, seminars and demonstrations by master carvers gives visitors the chance to learn the ins and outs of wildfowl carving from those responsible for helping the art form evolve to the level it is at today. Activities for children are plentiful at the Kids Corner, where children can create soap carvings, carve feathers using power tools, and receive instruction from a world champion carver and decoy painter. For those wishing to take in nature’s local bounty, outdoor activities will include an early morning bird-watching excursion to Assateague Island and a sunset cruise on Sinepuxent Bay. Saturday’s live auction provides a chance to bid on original works of art by top artists from around the world. A preview of items is available online at www.wardmuseum.org. A silent auction for the two winning carvings from the Champagne Waterfowl and Champagne Waterfowl Champion divisions also is scheduled. Additionally, visitors may purchase carvings directly from the artists at the Carvers Art Shop. Visitors of the event have the opportunity to shop from a wide variety of vendors to purchase paintings, photography, carvings, bronze sculptures, jewelry, folk art, home decorating items and carving supplies.

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Saturday, April 26, 2014
Staten Island Arts announces
8th Annual St. George Day Festival
A Community Festival Celebrating Earth Day & the Arts
Noon to 7 p.m.
Tompkinsville Park; at the corner of Bay Street and Victory Boulevard, Staten Island, NY 10301
Celebrate Statens Island’s North Shore neighborhood’s artistic talents and natural resources. Promoting the themes of community, problem solving, resource sharing and the environment, the festival is a day of
* live music and dance performances
* giant puppet show in which St George and the Dragon resolve their conflict peacefully
* dragon parade
* book faire with all day readings, binding demos, and book swap
* earth day exhibits, promotions, activities
* kids crafts, games and activities
* a stop and swap
* craft vendors and workshops
* doggie dragon contest
* and MORE

City Lore announces
Poetic Voices of the Muslim World: Worlds of the Ghazal with Dr. Syed Akbar Hyder and Kiran Ahluwalia
1:30 p.m.
Queens Library at Flushing, 41-17 Main St. Flushing, NY 11355
For more information: 718-661-1200
City Lore and Poets House, in partnership with Queens Library, invite you to explore “Poetic Voices of the Muslim World,” an exhibition and program series to be held throughout Queens from March 5–May 31, 2014. See notice in Exhibitions section below on this page.
Composed in sets of two-line verses, the
ghazal has long been favored by poets from the Arabic Golden Age and the Ottoman courts to the contemporary English-speaking world. Scholar Syed Akbar Hyder offers a brief history of this form and thoughtful readings of work by two Urdu masters. The lecture is followed by a performance by Indo-Canadian ghazal singer Kiran Ahluwalia and her accompanist Rez Abbasi, who bring contemporary stylings to this timeless work.

Red House Records announces
DAVID FRANCEY IN CONCERT - Award-winning Canadian songwriter supports new his new album!
7:30 p.m.
Rochester Christian Reformed Church, 2750 Atlantic Avenue, Penfield, NY
Tickets: $18/$22. Phone 585-381-7861.
Former carpenter turned much-lauded songwriter David Francey returns to the US for select tour dates supporting his recent Red House release So Say We All. Born in Scotland and raised in Canada, the three-time Juno Award winner returns to Grammy-winning US indie label Red House for his his first big Stateside album release since 2005’s The Waking Hour, which caused critics to call him “Canada’s best contemporary songwriter” (Sing Out). So Say We All has just received four Canadian Folk Music Award nominations including Contemporary Album of the Year, English Songwriter of the Year, Solo Artist of the Year and Producer of the Year. Fourteen years ago at the age of 45, Francey began an astonishing journey from life-long manual laborer to award-winning folk troubadour renowned for writing with heart-wrenching honesty about the struggles of the poor and working class. His latest album reflects his own journey through a period of personal struggle, from dealing with depression to losing important people in his life. His remarkable songs are brought to life by Francey’s first-rate touring band – guitarist Mark Westberg, guitarist/banjo-picker Chris Coole, and celebrated Maritime multi-instrumentalist Darren McMullen. Capturing their raw energy and musicianship, producer Ken Friesen recorded the band live at Signal Path Studio in Almonte, Ontario. Keeping it all close to home, Francey also brought in his son Colin to play drums and invited fellow Ontario artist Tannis Slimmon to sing harmonies.

The Folk Music Society of N.Y., Inc/ N.Y. Pinewoods Folk Music Club announces
Sugar Pie String Band; house concert in Suffern, NY
Pot luck 6 p.m., Concert 7:30 p.m., tunes to follow
At the home of Susan Sterngold and Mike Resnick, 5 Lancaster Dr Suffern, NY 10901 (about 30 mi NW of NYC on the NJ border)
RSVP: banjolady.susan@verizon.net or 914-282- 0289. Reservations Recommended! $20 (members, $18)
Featuring clawhammer banjo queen Hilarie Burhans (Hotpoint Stringband, Ratchet Mtn. Rock Farmers), acclaimed fiddler and tune writer Janie Rothfield (Red Hen Stringband, Coracree), rockin’ guitarist Kellie Allen (Orpheus Supertones) and always in the groove bass player Sabra Guzmán (Old Sledge, Old Buck.), these four ladies have serious old time chops and combine a sweet combustion of traditional hot tunes, old songs and great singing! Since their formation in April, 2013, Sugar Pie has appeared at the Chesapeake Dance Weekend, performed live on WAMU, played for the Clifftop Square Dance, recorded a CD (A Message from Home), and toured in Australia!

Caffè Lena presents
Pierre Bensusan
8 p.m.
Caffè Lena, 47 Phila St., Saratoga Springs, NY, 518-583-0022
Tickets: $22/member $20, $11 children under 13
Buy tickets online
Back in 1974, Pierre Bensusan was cutting his teeth in the Paris folk scene when banjo great Bill Keith offered the teenager paid work touring Western Europe with Keith’s bluegrass band. The French-Algerian prodigy thereby humbly launched a four decade career which would earn him the nickname “Mozart of Guitar.” After more than 3,000 concerts of his innovative, instrumental, jazz-classical-folk guitar music, Bensusan celebrates his 40th anniversary with Encore, a 3-CD, 35-track journey of live performances spanning his entire career and showcasing his risk-taking, in-the-moment style. Come tonight to enjoy highlights of the past, in-the-moment creation, and stories of a life on tour.

Robert Browning Associates presents
Amir Nojan & the Nava Ensemble – Mystical Persian Music
8:00 p.m.
Roulette, 509 Atlantic Ave., Brooklyn, NY 10025
Tickets $25 General Admission $20 Student/Senior with valid ID
The Nava Ensemble, featuring Amir Nojan (setar - plucked lute), Taghi (vocals) and Sina Dehghani (tonbak - goblet drum, daf - frame drum) perform a program of sung poetry and instrumental music in the classical Persian tradition. As with most Asian and Middle Eastern music, there is a close link between music and poetry. At times, when the Persian language and identity were under assault (as during the Mongol invasion), it was poetry that kept the culture alive. With religious proscriptions against music and dance at various times, the culture was often maintained through poetry because of its connection to Sufism, the mystical branch of Islam that plays such an important part in the lives of the Iranian people. Instrumental music is nearly always performed as part of a suite that includes sung poetry. Improvisation is an essential part of any performance, and the musicians draw on their experience and mastery of technique to convey the emotions described by the song texts while adding their personal interpretations. The performance is shaped by the musicians’ knowledge and the sensitivity and mood of the audience. The songs are drawn from a rich history of mystical poetry that ranges from 11th- to 14th-century poets such as Babar Taher, Nizami, Rumi (Molavi), Hafez, Sa’adi, and more modern poets of the 17th to 20th centuries.

After Hours Co-Ed A cappella presents
Duality — The Album Release Show
8-10 p.m.
300 Wilson Blvd Rochester, NY 14627
For more information, contact mreicher@u.rochester.edu
Cost: $10
The University of Rochester’s Co-Ed A cappella group, After Hours, will be having a family-friendly Spring show on April 26th at Strong Auditorium (located on the University of Rochester campus). The concert will also debut our newest album, Duality, which will be on sale at the venue. We hope to see you there!

Earlville Opera House presents
Andrew & Noah VanNorstrand
8:00 p.m.
Earlville Opera House, East Main Street, Earlville, NY, 315/691-3550
Tickets: $13-$18. Order tickets online.
Andrew and Noah are a true brother duo in the line of the Stanleys, the Louvins and the Everlys. Their finely-honed vocal harmonies bespeak over two decades of common musical experience, but it’s their differences that make them truly dynamic. Both brothers started out playing fiddle at age eight. Andrew was always drawn to bluegrass, swing, old-time country and cowboy songs, which eventually led him to take up the guitar and banjo. Noah, on the other hand, dug deeper into Celtic, Appalachian and contemporary acoustic roots music; branching out on the mandolin, tenor guitar, didgeridoo, drums and percussion. They recorded several albums in their teens of all original material and in 2004 they appeared on Garrison Keillor’s A Prairie Home Companion. Now in their twenties, the brothers continue to write, record and tour all over North America with several bands including The Great Bear Trio, Giant Robot Dance and of course, the Andrew & Noah Band. They maintain their own independent label (Great Bear Records) and produce an annual music and dance festival in Oswego, NY, called The Groove. They’ve taught at various music camps including Ashokan Fiddle & Dance, CDSS Pinewoods, and the Augusta Heritage Center. Andrew is also the program coordinator for the annual Ashokan Guitar Camp.

The Towne Crier in Beacon presents
CHRIS TRAPPER; with special guest The Trapps
8:30 p.m.
Towne Crier, 379 Main Street, Beacon, NY, (845) 855-1300
Tickets: $17.50 advance/ $22.50 at door
Once best-known as the front man for The Push Stars, Chris Trapper is now probably better known for his original song, “This Time,” the #1 selling tune on the Grammy nominated soundtrack for August Rush. His songs have a pop-appeal, but with the intelligence and depth of complete movies—novella worlds he brings his audience to with skill and emotion.

April 26 and 27, 2014
World Music Institute (WMI) presents
Dancing The Gods
Saturday, April 26, 8:00 p.m.
Sunday, April 27, 7:00 p.m.
NYU Skirball Center, 566 LaGuardia Pl., New York University, New York, NY 10012
$35, $40 / WMI Friends $30, $35 Bring a Kid! $5
Tickets available online.
Following unforgettable performances by Shantala Shivalingappa and Rama Vaidyanathan in 2011, and Nrityagram’s Surupa Sen & Bijayini Satpathy in 2013, Dancing the Gods weekend festival highlighting classical Indian dance returns in 2014.
SATURDAY: A double-bill featuring Rahul Acharya, who brings a chiseled masculinity to the quintessentially feminine Odissi, and Vidhya Subramanian, a bold interpreter of the classically paradigmatic Bharatanatyam.
SUNDAY: A double-bill featuring Shambhavi Dandekar, daughter and disciple of the renowned Kathak guru Maneesha Sathe, and Janaki Rangarajan, who stands at the forefront of the new generation of Bharatanatyam dancers.
DANCING WITH THE GODS: PRE-CONCERT LECTURE/DEMONSTRATION: The Music Of Indian Dance
Dance Expert/ Dancer/ Storyteller Rajika Puri
Saturday at 7 p.m. and Sunday at 6 p.m.

An introduction to the rhythms, ragas, instruments, and ‘gait’ that transform into the movements of Kathak, Bharatanatyam, and Odissi, each danced to one of three main systems of Indian Music: Hindustani (north Indian), Carnatic (south Indian) and Oriya (from Orissa).
Post-concert Chat & Chai with the artists both evenings.

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Sunday, April 27
The Castellani Art Museum of Niagara University presents
You Don’t Need Feet to Dance
A documentary film directed by Alan Govenar 2:00-4:00 p.m.
Castellani Art Museum of Niagara University, 5795 Lewiston Road, Niagara University, New York 14109, 716-286-8200
Free and open to the public
For more information, please contact Carrie Hertz, PhD, Curator of Folk Arts at 716-286-8290.
In this documentary film, African immigrant and djembe drumming master Sidike Conde struggles to perform and to pass on the musical traditions of his homeland. Having lost the use of his legs to polio at the age of fourteen, he still teaches workshops for disabled kids, busks on the streets of New York City, rehearses with his musical group, bicycles with his hands, and prepares for a traditional baby naming ceremony where he plays djembe drums, sings, and dances on his hands. Sidike Conde is one of many National Heritage Fellows featured in the exhibition “Extraordinary Ordinary People: American Masters of Traditional Arts,” which highlights many of the NEA’s National Heritage Fellowship winners. These individuals constitute the very best of our country’s traditional artists. A part of the Master Makers and Players series, this event held in conjunction with the Folk Arts exhibition “Extraordinary Ordinary People: American Masters of Traditional Arts,” on view through June 20, 2014 (see more about this exhibition in the “Exhibitions” section below).

Albany Institute of History & Art presents
LECTURE AND BOOK SIGNING: Historic Hudson Valley: A Photographic Tour
2:00-3:30 p.m.
Albany Institute of History & Art, 125 Washington Avenue, Albany, NY 12210
Cost: Free with museum admission
Explore the history, architecture, landscapes, and landmarks of the Hudson Valley with regional photographers Nancy and Anton De Flon, who will take you on a stunning visual journey that includes some of the same pastoral scenes Hudson River School painters found so inspiring in the nineteenth century.

Museum at Eldridge Street presents
My Father’s Wars Book Party
3 p.m.
Museum at Eldridge Street, 12 Eldridge Street, New York, NY 10002, 212.219.088
Cost: Free
My Father’s Wars by Alisse Waterston is an anthropologist’s vivid account of her father’s 20th-century journey across continents, countries, cultures, generations, and wars as well as a daughter’s moving portrait of a charming, funny, wounded, and difficult man. Join us for a reception and remarks by the author.

Caffè Lena presents
Geoff Muldaur
7 p.m.
Caffè Lena, 47 Phila St., Saratoga Springs, NY, 518-583-0022
Tickets: $22/member $20, $11 children under 13
Buy tickets online
Geoff Muldaur is one of the great voices and musical forces to emerge from the folk, blues and folk-rock scenes centered in Cambridge, MA and Woodstock, NY. During the 1960s and 1970s, Geoff made a series of highly influential recordings as a founding member of the Jim Kweskin Jug Band and the Paul Butterfield’s Better Days group, as well as collaborations with then-wife Maria and other notables (Bonnie Raitt, Eric Von Schmidt, Jerry Garcia, etc.). In recent years Muldaur’s guitar excellence has been much celebrated. Martin Guitar has introduced a signature Geoff Muldaur model, and Fretboard Journal and Acoustic Guitar Magazine have done extensive features on him. Opener Lauren Sheehan comes to us from Oregon with her trademark silky vocals and seasoned guitar, mandolin and banjo picking. Her shows are unusual in their breadth of musical styles—from blues to ballads, from bawdy to heartbreaking, from bluegrass to old country, 60s and modern folk.

The Towne Crier in Beacon presents
JOHN McCUTCHEON
7:30 p.m.
Towne Crier, 379 Main Street, Beacon, NY, (845) 855-1300
Tickets: $25 advance/ $30 at door
John is a 6-time Grammy nominee noted for his amazing live performances. John showcases multiple instruments including the rare and beautiful hammered dulcimer, but it is the way he ties the concerts together with storytelling that have made his appearances so unique and rewarding to audiences around the world. This tour supports the release of his most recent CD, 22 Days, on Appalsongs Records.

Shen Yun
7:30 p.m.
The Mainstage at Proctors, Schenectady, NY
Tickets: $54, $64, $84, $104, $114 and $124
For 5,000 years divine culture flourished in the land of China. Humanity’s treasure was nearly lost, but through breathtaking music and dance, Shen Yun is bringing back this glorious culture. After sold-out performances and standing ovations at the world’s top theaters, the New York-based Shen Yun brings to stage a brand-new production—grand synchronized dances, soul-stirring music, hundreds of handmade costumes, and breathtaking animated backdrops transport you to another world.

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Monday, April 28, 2014
New York Foundation for the Arts announces
Doctor’s Hours for Visual Artists: one-on-one consultations with art professionals
6-9:00 p.m.
NYFA, 20 Jay Street, Suite 740, Brooklyn, NY 11201
The online registration form will not be active prior to 11 a.m., Tuesday, April 15, 2014. When you register you will need to make a login account for your first registration.
For additional information, email Clearning@nyfa.org
Have a new body of work no one has seen? Have a new website? Ready for some feedback on images for an upcoming deadline? Come to NYFA’s Doctor’s Hours and get the conversation started! This event will provide you with individual, 20-minute one-on-one consultations with local curators, critics and gallerists. Get practical and professional advice in person from one or more arts professionals. Each appointment will be $25, and there is a three appointment limit per registrant.
Gotham Center for NYC History presents a Spring 2014 Forum:
Bohemians: A Graphic History
6:30-8:00 p.m.
Elebash Recital Hall, CUNY, 365 Fifth Avenue at 34th Street, New York, NY
Historian Paul Buhle and contributors speak about Bohemians, a graphic history of the transcontinental movement and its illustrious figures, recovering the utopian ideas behind millennial communities, the rise of Greenwich Village and Harlem, the multiracial and radical jazz and dance worlds, and West Coast, Southern, and Midwest bohemias, among other scenes. Drawn by an all-star cast of comics artists, Bohemians is a broad and entertaining account of the rebel impulse in American cultural history.

Alwan for the Arts announces
Lecture: “The Syrian Crisis and Media Coverage” by Patrick Cockburn
7:00 p.m.
Columbia University, 365 Fifth Avenue, at 34th Street, Room 9207, New York, NY
For more information, contact: sophie@alwanforthearts.org
As part of the Patrick Cockburn lecture circuit produced by Alwan for the Arts, a lecture entitled “The Struggle for Syria” by Patrick Cockburn will also be given at Columbia University

April 28-May 4, 2014
Low Bridge, High Water
A celebration of the seasonal opening of the Erie Canal at Brockport, New York
For more general information: Call: 585-637-5300
Canal History Slide Talks, Sculling Regatta, “Barge Charge” 5K Race, Taste of Brockport, Band and Orchestra Music, Museum Panel Dedication, CROP Walk, and more. See flyer for times and locations in Brockport.

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Tuesday, April 29, 2014
The Castellani Art Museum of Niagara University presents
Opening Reception
The Little Things: Uncovering Identity on Campus through Dress and Adornment
An exhibition curated by the students of AHM 357: Exhibiting Cultures
4:00-6:00 p.m.
Castellani Art Museum of Niagara University, 5795 Lewiston Road, Niagara University, New York 14109, 716-286-8200
For more information, please contact Carrie Hertz, PhD, at 716-286-8290.
Featuring 15 Niagara University students, this exhibition explores the personal stories behind the little things that we choose to wear on our bodies. Whether it’s through clothing, jewelry, tattoos, or makeup, people’s choices make a public statement about who they are. After interviewing dozens of their classmates, the students of AHM 357: Exhibiting Cultures learned that acts of self-adornment can reveal insights into what it means to be a college student today with all of its challenges, opportunities, and stereotypes.

Earlville Opera House presents
Sam Hamill: A collaboration with Colgate University, Writing for Peace, and Poets & Writers
Writing for Peace: Reading by Sam Hamill 6:30 p.m.
The Practice of Poetry: An Intimate Discussion With Sam Hamill 7:45 p.m.
Earlville Opera House, East Main Street, Earlville, NY
Seating is limited. Please call 315-691-3550 or email the office at info@earlvilleoperahouse.com to reserve your seats. Refreshments will be served in between sessions.
This collaboration presents a unique opportunity to spend time with one of the major poets and cultural forces of our time. Sam Hamill is the author of more than forty books, including fifteen volumes of original poetry most recently Measured by Stone and Almost Paradise: New & Selected Poems & Translations. Sam Hamill is an American poet and the co-founder of Copper Canyon Press. He also began the Poets Against War movement. Hamill has been awarded the Stanley Lindberg Lifetime Achievement Award for Editing and the Washington Poets Association Lifetime Achievement Award.

Folk Music Society of New York/New York Pinewoods Folk Music Club announces
Old-Time Instrumental Jam
7:30-9:30 p.m.
Brooklyn Farmacy & Soda Fountain, 513 Henry Street (at Sackett St.), in Carroll Gardens, Brooklyn
For more information, email alanfriend_music@mindspring.com
Wanna jam? Alan Friend will lead an old-time jam. Bring your fiddle, banjo, guitar, etc. Acoustic instruments only. Buy some delicious desserts and socialize.

NEW YORK KLEZMER SERIES LAUNCHES SPRING SEASON: April 1-June 10, 2014
Susan Leviton Band, featuring Michael Winograd, Carmen Staaf, and David Licht.
NYC CD Release!

All Concerts begin at 7:30 p.m., with a jam session after: $15. Come early for Klezmer Instrumental Music class from 5:30-7 p.m.: $25 per class.
Full night pass: $35 (includes class, concert & jam session.)
Stephen Wise Free Synagogue, 30 West 68th Street (between Central Park West and Columbus Avenue), New York, NY 10023
Susan Leviton, sought-after Yiddish performer and teacher of Yiddish folk arts, launches her new recording Deep Skies by surrounding herself with some of Yiddishland’s top musicians. Hankus Netsky praises the collection as “expertly arranged and beautifully sung.”

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Wednesday, April 30, 2014
Museum at Eldridge Street presents
Ethnicity, Place and Time on the Lower East Side
11 a.m.-12:30 p.m., Wednesdays: April 30, May 7, 14, 21
Museum at Eldridge Street, 12 Eldridge Street, New York, NY 10002, 212.219.088
RSVP: 10 per class; $35 for all four sessions.
Join urban historian Barry Feldman to learn about the massive wave of Jewish migration to New York City. What prompted the Jewish immigrants’ journey? How did they negotiate language acquisition, employment, family dislocation, and discrimination? What factors led to their dispersal to Harlem, Brownsville, the Bronx, and other places throughout the city? The final session is a Lower East Side walking tour that will explore buildings important to Jewish, Hispanic, Italian, Asian, and German immigrant groups of the neighborhood.

ALASDAIR FRASER & NATALIE HAAS
Doors: 7:00 p.m./Show: 7:30 p.m.
SubCulture, 45 Bleecker St., Downstairs, New York, NY
Tickets: $20/$30
Hailed as the “Michael Jordan of Scottish fiddling” by San Francisco Examiner, Alasdair Fraser is an award-winning master Scottish fiddler with a career spanning over 30 years. He has performed all over the world, representing his homeland and its centuries of traditional music, and has been a guest on NPR Morning Edition and CBS Monday Morning. He won the Indie Award for his album, Dawn Dance, in 1996 and has been a featured solo performer on the soundtracks of some major films, including The Last of the Mohicans and Titanic. Alasdair and cellist Natalie Haas, who together won the Scottish equivalent of a Grammy for their album Fire & Ice, perform beautiful Scottish melodies together at SubCulture on April 30.

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ANNOUNCEMENTS

Anabella Lenzu’s DanceDrama Laboratory Workshop Series
EMOTION CREATES MOTION & MOTION CREATES EMOTION

Expand your craft, technique and creativity in a exclusive, personalized, tailored program. This is an opportunity for dancers to develop their potential with an emphasis on both dance and theater performance skills.

STARTING FEBRUARY 1st, 2014

SATURDAYS, from 9:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. at The Cave (58 Grand Street, Williamsburg, Brooklyn)
The February Laboratory (Feb 1 , 8, 15 and 22) will cover Voice/Acting and Dance Technique.
The March Laboratory ( March 1, 8, 15 and 22) will cover Dance Technique and ALDD Repertory.
The April Laboratory ( April 5, 12, 19 and 26) will cover Choreography and Improvisation.
The May Lab ( May 3, 10, 17 and 24) covers Voice/Acting and Dance Technique

A new series of workshops start at the beginning of each month. Each workshop is divided into two 2-hour sections exploring a theme in depth. Selected applicants must commit to a four-week period of intensive study in different disciplines. This workshop is intended for serious students who wish to turn their body in a sensitive, vibrating instrument of expression. Class size is limited to 10 students.

Faculty: Anabella Lenzu, Lauren Ohmer and Daniel Petrrow

TO APPLY: Send resume to info@AnabellaLenzu.com

Please designate which month you are interested in. If selected, payment in full must be made by the 20th of the month prior to the workshop. The cost of EACH workshop series is $280 per person. This includes 4 Saturday sessions, starting at the beginning of each month (4 hours each, 16 hours total).

ARGENTINEAN TANGO WORKSHOP Starting April 2. SPECIAL 4 week Intensive Session WEDNESDAYS, from 7- 8:30 p.m. at Williamsburg Movement & Arts Center (347 Grand Street, Williamsburg / Brooklyn, NY 11211) Register: http://www.anabellalenzu.com/argentinean-tango/


The Folk Music Society of N.Y., Inc/ N.Y. Pinewoods Folk Music Club presents
Irish Traditional Music Session every Monday

Mondays, 8-11 p.m.
Landmark Tavern, 626 11th Avenue (on 46th St), Manhattan
Free admission; food and drink are available. For more info 212-247-2562
Tenor banjo, harmonica and fiddle player Don Meade and friends get together every Monday night for an Irish traditional music session in the back room of this historic Hell’s Kitchen bar/restaurant. Musicians and singers welcome.


Old Songs announces
Spring Instrument Classes
6-week group classes at 37 South Main St., Voorheesville
Complete descriptions at: oldsongs.org/classes


Clawhammer Banjo with Paul Draper, Tuesday, 6:00 p.m. (March 4, 11, 18, 25, April 1, 8)
Learn to play old-time clawhammer banjo within the context of “Round Peak” banjo tunes. Basic “banjo knowledge” assumed. For more information contact Paul at 518-380-1103 or clawhammer888@gmail.com.

Mandolin with Mike Otis, Tuesday, 6:00 p.m. (March 4, 11, 18, 25, April 1, 8)
Beginning picking and chord techniques using a repertoire based on traditional fiddle tunes. For more information contact Mike at 518-872-0864.

Recorder with Donna Sobel, Tuesday, 7:30 p.m. (March 4, 11, 18, 25, April 1, 8)
Beginning recorder. Bring a soprano recorder. For more information contact Donna at 518-229-0556 or dmsobel599@gmail.com

Fiddle with George Wilson, Wednesday, 6:00 p.m. (March 5, 12, 19, 26, April 2, 9)
“Play the fiddle like you mean it!” Beginner-Intermediate level. “The wrong note’ll still have good tone.” For more information contact George at 518-461-8394 or geofiddle@gmail.com

DADGAD Guitar with Roger Mock, Wednesday, 6:00 p.m. (March 5, 12, 19, 26, April 2, 9)
Add a new dimension to your guitar playing and explore this amazingly versatile popular open tuning. For late beginner to intermediate players. For more information contact Roger at 518-595-5122 or roger.e.mock@gmail.com

Hands-on Music Theory with George Ward, Wednesday, 7:30 p.m. (March 5, 12, 19, April 2, 9)
Bone up on scales, intervals, chords, key signatures, etc. for any instrument. For more information contact George at 518-399-0315 or mulesong@aol.com

Ukulele—Beginning & Intermediate with Ron Gordon, Thursday, 6:00 p.m. & 7:30 p.m. (March 6, 13, 20, 27, April 3, 10)
Learn chords, right hand strumming techniques, chord melody playing and more. Bring a recording device. For more information contact Ron at 518-372-4172 or rgukeboy@gmail.com

Piano Accordion—Beginning & Intermediate with Peggy Hart, Thursday, 6:00 p.m. & 7:30 p.m. (March 6, 13, 20, 27, April 3, 10)
Basic beginning technique, theory and note reading. For more information contact Peggy at 518-549-5271 or peggyminore@yahoo.com

Beyond Beginning Mountain Dulcimer with Susan Trump, Monday, 6:00 p.m. (April 21, 28, May 5, 12, 19, 26)
DAD tuning, strum technique and left hand fingering. Fiddle tunes and other repertoire. For more information contact Susan at 518-357-4018 or susantrump@aol.com

Intermediate Mountain Dulcimer with Susan Trump, Monday 7:30 p.m. (April 21, 28, May 5, 12, 19, 26)
Repertoire building using fiddle tunes, songs, Celtic melodies, waltzes and more. For more information contact Susan at 518-357-4018 or susantrump@aol.com


To Register: Print out registration form online at: oldsongs.org/register or call Old Songs at 518-765-2815.

Send $115 per class for 6-week classes and registration form to:
Old Songs, PO Box 466, Voorheesville, NY 12186.

Registration Deadline: March-April classes: Feb. 28, 2014; April-May classes: April 16, 2014

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Old Songs/Janie’s Jumpstart— Old Time Banjo Weekend Workshop with Janie Rothfield, 9:30 a.m.-5:00 p.m. (March 1 & 2) $75 per day or $140 for 2 days
Novice clawhammer banjo workshop that focuses on great rhythm, melody, back up chords and a little drop thumb. This class is for both novice clawhammer banjo players and for folks who have played for a while but are looking to “Jumpstart” their playing. For more information contact Jane Rothfield at janerothfield@gmail.com



Los Pleneros de la 21 presents
Bomba y Plena Community Workshops

11 a.m. - 2 p.m.
October 19th 2013 through June 2014
Julia de Burgos Cultural Center
1680 Lexington Avenue (btwn 105th-106th streets), El Barrio, NY 10029
Los Pleneros de la 21’s popular Bomba & Plena Community Workshops (BPCW) return for its 25th year, with another spectacular round of interactive and dynamic classes for students of all ages and backgrounds!

This unique community school for integrative cultural arts learning and exploration of Bomba, Plena and Afro-Caribbean arts offers weekly music, dance, creative arts classes, performing opportunities, field trips and more for all!


The Arts Center of the Capital Region announces
FENCE SHOW 2014| Call for Entries

The Fence Show got its name 47 years ago, when members’ artwork was exhibited on the iron fence surrounding Washington Park in Troy, the original location of The Arts Center. Today, the exhibition typically features approximately 500 pieces, displayed salon style (floor-to-ceiling) in our galleries. All levels of skill and ability are represented, from novice to professional. We invite you to become a part of the tradition!

Robert R. Shane, Ph.D., Art History & Criticism, will serve as this year’s Juror. He will identify approximately 50 pieces from the Fence Salon, which will later be assembled into the Fence Select, an exhibition that runs for several weeks after the Fence Salon is taken down. He will also choose winners for Best in Show and Runner-Up awards. (See Awards section for details.)

HOW TO ENTER:
Get full details by downloading the brochure on submission guidelines.

Artwork must be delivered to The Arts Center of the Capital Region, 265 River Street, Troy, only during the following times:
Sunday, May 4 12 p.m. - 3 p.m.
Monday, May 5 10 a.m. - 7 p.m.
Tuesday, May 6 10 a.m. - 7 p.m.
Wednesday, May 7 10 a.m. - 7 p.m.


City Lore Documentary Institute 2014 Accepting Applications

After 28 years of documenting New York City’s cultures and communities in audio, still images and film, the staff at City Lore thought the time was right to share what we’ve learned by establishing the City Lore Documentary Institute, now in its second year. Cosponsored by Public Art Films, Manhattan Neighborhood Network and the Bronx Documentary Center, the institute is an intensive immersion program in New York City through which current and aspiring artists, activists, and cultural documentarians advance their skills in multimedia storytelling and create their own documentary piece for the culminating exhibition.

The three-week institute begins with a crash course on oral history, folklore and activist approaches to cultural documentation, including sessions on pitching your story and grant writing. Students select one of three strands for the second two weeks: multimedia/photography, taught by Michael Kamber, director of the Bronx Documentary Center and a celebrated photojournalist and war photographer with 25 years of experience; radio, taught by Ann Heppermann who produces stories for
This American Life and All Things Considered; and video, taught by Pam Sporn, award-winning documentary filmmaker whose work interweaves historical narratives and personal storytelling. The Institute fosters close working relationships among students, and includes two celebratory dinners and a final celebration and exhibition of student work.

Guest speakers include:

Martha Cooper, photographer, Subway Art
David Gonzalez, photographer and writer, The New York Times
Rashaad Ernesto Green, Sundance winner, Gun Hill Road
Dave Isay, founder of StoryCorps, Peabody Award winner
Alexandra Pelosi, Emmy Award winning filmmaker, Citizen USA
Michèlle Stephensen, Sundance winner, American Promise
Amy Toensing, photographer, National Geographic

Institute Dates: August 11–29, 2014
Application Deadline: May 2, 2014
Tuition: $2,900, with full and partial scholarships available
Information: citylore.org/urban-culture/city-lore-documentary-institute and/or contact Elena Martínez, folklorist and Institute Coordinator emartinez@citylore.org or 212.529.1955 x 16
To Apply: Please visit http://citylore.org/urban-culture/city-lore-documentary-institute/application


ONGOING EXHIBITIONS AND PRODUCTIONS
The Folklife Gallery of Crandall Library presents
Celebrating Women’s Creative Hands & Spirits
Opening Reception: Friday, January 30, 2014, 4:30-7:00 p.m.
Crandall Public Library, 251 Glen Street, Glens Falls, NY 12801
The exhibition showcases a newly donated international collection by artist Betty LaDuke with selections from the Folklife Center’s local collections. The opening reception on Thursday January 30, 2014 will kick off a series of related programs held throughout the Library through April.* Betty LaDuke is a world renowned artist notable for her work with Heifer International. She has traveled the world documenting the art of women often created in defiance of economic deprivation and/or political oppression. Her donated work includes enlarged photographs and personal collected art that celebrate the diverse forms of expression of women throughout Africa, Asia, Latin America, and the United States. The Folklife Center exhibition is a celebration of women artists primarily outside of the mainstream of modern Western contemporary art as it explores and expresses humanity in all of its various cultural forms while paving the way for the creativity of future generations. Accompanying Betty LaDuke’s inspirational work are selections from the Folklife Center’s collection of local folk art. These selections are an exploration of the daily lives of local women artists translated into their diverse forms of creative expression, art forms that have often been passed down to them and are in turn an education and inspiration to others. Memories, experiences, local culture, and natural surroundings have all contributed to their lives and work, and are celebrated as outward expressions of their creative spirits.
*Crandall Crafters Saturdays 9:30 to 11:30 a.m.
Adult workshops. Sign up at the Reference Desk: January 11 Zentangle; February 8 Artist Trading Cards; March 8 Rolled Paper Jewelry; April 12 Pop-up Cards
Fun Felted Bracelets Tuesday February 18, 2 p.m. (K–3) and 3 p.m. (4–5)
Workshops with Robin Blakely-Carlson. Sign up at the Children’s Desk.
Many Different Faces Wednesday February 19, 1 to 2:30 p.m.
Dance/narrative presentation/family workshop with Lily Loveday
A Keeping Quilt for Crandall Thursday, February 20, 2:30 to 4 p.m.
Workshop for kids ages 7 and up. Sign up at the Children’s Desk.
Live! Folklife Concerts Thursdays 7 p.m. (doors open 6:30) March 13 (Chandra Duo), March 20 (Tropic Rhythm), March 27 (Mando Planet), April 3 (Red Heart the Ticker), April 10 (Panache Quartet), April 17 (Alex Torres Trio)
Do Tell: Learning to Perform Personal Stories
with Margaret French and Betty Cassidy. Sign up with the Folklife Center for a 4-session adult workshop series at 1 of 3 sites: Crandall Public Library, Salem Community Courthouse, or Indian Lake Public Library
Spring Film Series Tuesday April 15 2:30 and 6:30 p.m. Going Up the Stairs: Portrait of an Unlikely Iranian Artist (2011, 52 min)
The Power of Art: Women Voices in Africa (2007, 50 min)
Women’s History Awards Wednesday April 30 6:30 p.m.
Opening with a musical guest, to celebrate the winners of the 5th Grade Essay Contest

January 30, 2014 —April 30, 2014

Castellani Art Museum presents
EXTRAORDINARY ORDINARY PEOPLE: AMERICAN MASTERS OF TRADITIONAL ARTS

Museum Hours: Tuesday-Saturday: 11 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sunday: 1 p.m.-5 p.m.
Castellani Art Museum, 5795 Lewiston Road, Niagara University, NY 14109, (716)286-8200
Extraordinary Ordinary People: American Masters of Traditional Arts presents a journey across America through the lives of individuals whose creativity is rooted in their cultural identity and community. Around the world, programs honor individuals who have made signature contributions to their communities and to their countries. In America, the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) established the National Heritage Fellowship Program in 1982 to recognize individuals “for their artistic excellence and their efforts to conserve America’s many cultures for future generations.” Created by curator Marsha MacDowell (Michigan State Museum) and photographer Alan Govenar (Documentary Arts, Inc.), Extraordinary Ordinary People: American Masters of Traditional Arts presents National Heritage Fellows from all over the country through human-size portraits, artworks, and audio-visual materials. The Castellani Art Museum of Niagara University is proud to bring a little of the nation’s diverse artistic traditions to Western New York by showcasing these award-winning individuals whose creativity is rooted in their cultural identity and community. The exhibition features numerous art forms and cultural groups that contribute to the vibrancy of American life, including Byzantine (Greek) icon woodcarving, Peruvian retablos (personal altars), Native American basketry, Eastern European lacemaking, African-American quiltmaking, and a vast array of musical and performing traditions from Chinese Beijing opera to Guinean drumming. Throughout the spring, the Folk Arts Program of the Castellani Art Museum will host a series of public lectures, demonstrations, and workshops that further explore the legacy of National Heritage Fellows and that highlight some exceptional traditional artists living and working in Western New York. For more information, contact Dr. Carrie Hertz, Curator of Folk Arts at 716-286-8290.

February 2, 2014 —June 20, 2014

ArtsWestchester announces
Hatitude: The Milliner in Culture and Couture
Opening reception: February 9, 2-4:30 p.m., RSVP: 914.428.4220 x 330 or LBanks@artswestchester.org
Gallery Hours: Tues-Sat., 12-5 p.m.
ArtsWestchester, 31 Mamaroneck Avenue, White Plains, New York
Hats are art according to ArtsWestchester, which will be showing fabulous, exciting, unique headwear during HATtitude: The Milliner in Culture and Couture. The exhibition will prove what the Duchess of Cambridge and Lady Gaga already know – that hats are more than mere accessories, they’re the crowning glory of any fashion statement. Over 160 hats will be featured in this exhibition that has gathered over 40 contemporary milliners, many of whom are sought after by fashionistas around the world. Through hats that range from playful expressions of individuality to symbols of propriety or sculptural masterpieces, the show highlights the hat’s function in global cultures, as well as its prominent position in 20th and 21st century couture fashion. An exciting calendar of engaging lectures by fashion and art historians rounds out additional, related programming. In addition, hands-on workshops led by exhibiting milliners will introduce the public of all ages to the art of hat making. See the website for more information.

February 11, 2014 —April 12, 2014

City Lore announces
Poetic Voices of the Muslim World
Opening celebration: March 5, 6:00-8:30 p.m.
Queens Central Library (Auditorium), 8-11 Merrick Blvd. Jamaica, NY 11432
Admission: Free
After a year on the road, City Lore and Poets House’s Poetic Voices of the Muslim World comes to the Queens Public Library from March 5th through May. “Poetic Voices of the Muslim World” offers an 18-panel traveling exhibit at the Central Library in Jamaica along with related talks, workshops, and musical performances highlighting oral and literary Muslim poetic traditions in branches throughout the borough. It focuses on traditions from four major language areas – Arabic, Persian, Turkish, and Urdu – and introduces poetry from Asia, Africa, and diaspora communities in the United States, providing new ways for New Yorkers to discover how poetry plays a central role in the intellectual, spiritual, social, and political life of these rich cultures and in the lives of many members of our city’s communities.
Join us as we celebrate the opening of the “Poetic Voices of the Muslim World” exhibit and series of programs taking place in libraries across Queens through the end of May. Author and Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Ayad Akhtar will speak about Muslim-American culture. Light refreshments and a docent-led tour of the exhibit will complete the evening.


March 5, 2014 —May 31, 2014

ArtsWestchester announces
Exhibition: LEST WE FORGET — HOLOCAUST IN ART
OPENING RECEPTION: Sat, March 8, 2-5 p.m. with Talk by Ed Lessing, “Heroine Mother”
CLOSING RECEPTION: Sun, April 27, 2-4:30 p.m. Candle-Lighting Ceremony: Remembering
ArtsWestchester, Gallery 9, 31 Mamaroneck Ave, 9th FL, White Plains, NY 10601
Curator: Arle Sklar-Weinstein, Director, Blue Door Gallery. The exhibition features works by major artists sharing their mixed media interpretations of this great historic tragedy. Sponsored by the Holocaust & Human Rights Education Center, NY with the cooperation of ArtsWestchester.

March 8, 2014 —April 27, 2014

Iroquois Indian Museum announces
Standing in Two Worlds: Iroquois in 2014
May 3: Opening Reception, 1 to 3 p.m.
Iroquois Indian Museum, 324 Caverns Road, Howes Cave, NY
For more information contact: info@iroquoismuseum.org, or 518-296-8949
Open April 1 through November 30* Tuesday-Saturday 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Sundays 12 p.m.-5 p.m.
*closing each day at 4 p.m. during the months of April and November
Admission: Adults - $8.00; Group(7+) $6.40, Seniors - $6.50; Group $5.20, Students (12 to 17) - $6.50; Group $5.20, Children 5 to 12 - $5.00; Group $4.00, Children under 5 - free
What contemporary concerns warrant our attention and creative comment?Works exploring boundaries and borders, environment, hydro-fracking, economy, gaming, the digital/disposable age, sports mascots, the impact of national/international events and decisions, the role of tradition and community, and the state of the Arts will be featured.

April 1, 2014 —November 30, 2014

City Lore announces their inaugural exhibition:
Moving Murals: Henry Chalfant & Martha Cooper’s All City Graffiti Archive
Opening reception: April 3, 2014, 6-9 p.m.
The City Lore Gallery, 56 E 1st St., New York, NY 10003
Gallery Hours: Wednesday-Saturday 12:00 p.m.-6:00 p.m.
For more information: 212-529-1955 x13 or aronner@citylore.org
Photographed during the “Golden Age of Graffiti– in the 1970s and early 1980s, Chalfant and Cooper’s images of graffitied subway cars are among the major documents of American popular culture in the late twentieth century. “Moving Murals” presents the images in a wall to wall mosaic of over 850 muraled trains, creating an ultimate All City graffiti trainyard environment. Complimenting the murals: wallpapered photographs of the writers in their element. And for the first time, the exhibit provides an interactive audience experience through the addition of Chalfant’s recently published iBook viewed on a large screen, complete with the train image archive, artist interviews, and videos. These classic train murals, which have been the inspiration and guide for thousands of youthful artists around the world, did not survive on the trains for long before the city cleaned the cars, or the artists’ rivals painted over them. Chalfant and Cooper’s patience and determination in hunting down and capturing these ephemeral masterpieces with their cameras has left the world with a representative cross section of some of the best work by the most talented young artists who painted New York City’s subway cars during the golden age. These images pay homage to the young artists from the City’s outer boroughs whose work—though often dismissed as vandalism—challenged contemporary fine arts standards, and became the visual component of the hip hop culture that was born on the streets of New York City.
Moving Murals Programs—Thursdays at 7:00 p.m. (Visit the website for more information and tickets)
April 17th: The Return of Style Wars Double Feature: A Screening of Style Wars I & II with a Q&A with Producer, Henry Chalfant, and a graffiti writer from the film
May 8th: Ephemeral Landscapes: The Transformation & Destruction of Public & Street Art
May 22nd: Bronx Stories: (Im)migrant Experiences from the Bronx and the Lower East Side
June 19th: Spray Cans in the Gallery: The Legendary Fashion Moda & the Fun Gallery
July 10th: Generations on the Writer’s Bench: Graffiti Then & Now

April 3, 2014 —July 10, 2014

VROOMAN EASTER EGG EXHIBIT
April 4-6, April 11-13, April 18-19 from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm. Open on April 20 (Easter) from noon to 5:00 p.m.
Route 443 and 30A on Covered Bridge Lane, Schoharie, New York
Located on property adjacent to the historic 1785 Colonel Peter Vroman house at 112 Covered Bridge Lane, just off Route 30.
For information, contact: schoharie.easteregg@gmail.com
Groups may make special arrangements to view the exhibit Monday through Thursday from April 7-10 and April 14-17.
Cost: By donation (recommend $5 per person, $10 per family). All proceeds to the Schoharie Free Library

For the first time in a decade, the Mildred Vrooman Easter Egg Exhibit in Schoharie, NY will be open to the public. The collection contains more than 5,000 hand-painted eggs created over a 60-year period. The eggs are arranged in vignettes depicting everything from fairy tales and historical scenes to a full-scale circus with a carousel, and Easter and Christmas scenes. This exhibit is a unique gem, and this one-time event will again invite the public to appreciate the artistry and magic of this museum. This opening will support expansion of the collections at the Schoharie Free Library.

April 4, 2014 —April 20, 2014

Taller Boricua and Los de Abajo Printmaking Collective invite you to
Behind Bars
A new suite of prints by the Los de Abajo Printmaking Collective denouncing the critical state of the prison system in the United States
Curated by Nitza Tufiño
Opening reception: April 4, 2014, 6-9 p.m.
Taller Boricua Gallery at the Julia de Burgos Latino Cultural Center, 1680 Lexington Avenue, New York, NY 10029, 212.831.4333
Gallery Hours: Tues-Sat 12-6 p.m., Th 1-7 p.m.
Los de Abajo’s mission as a collective is to create a body of work that addresses social, political and ecological issues. Behind Bars showcases Los de Abajo Printmaking Collective’s new suite of prints denouncing the critical state of the prison system in the US, which to date houses close to 2,000,000 prisoners and counting. The United States has the largest prison system in the industrialized world. A large percentage of the prisoners in this huge system are illiterate. Our society builds more prisons when it should be building more schools. Los de Abajo’s work also addresses the way society at large has also become imprisoned by the ruthless capitalist machine that surveys and controls every move and every urge of its consumers. What does it mean to lose your freedom? What does the way the prison complex works say about the kind of society we live in? The US currently puts more people in jail than any other country in the world. The impact such a punitive system has on the psyche of this nation is alarming and is having a nefarious effect on the quality of life of its people. The body of work developed for this exhibition includes woodcuts, linocuts, drypoints, stencils, chine collé, mixed media and installation created by the members of the collective: Kay Brown, Nguyen Ly, Poli Marichal, Don Newton and Marianne Sadowski.
On Saturday April 5, 2014 at 2 p.m., there will be a wood engraving demonstration by Poli Marichal at the Rafael Tufiño Printmaking Workshop, 121 East 106th St., Ground Floor. For more information, call 212.831.4333.


April 4, 2014 —May 10, 2014

Westchester Italian Cultural Center presents
APULIA THEN AND NOW — An Evocative Journey Into the Apulian Region
Opening reception: Sat, April 5, at 2 p.m.
Hours: 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
Westchester Italian Cultural Center, One Generoso Pope Place, Tuckahoe, Ny 10707
Registration Fees: Suggested donation: adults $10, children 18 years of age and under $5
What was it like for immigrant families to have to leave all they had ever known? Explore what it was like to make the difficult trip to the big port city of Naples, cross the Atlantic in a crowded ship for a three week journey, and then go through the stressful process of Ellis Island before starting a new life in a country where they did not know the language and faced great prejudice. On display are images of the feasts of patron saints and local festivals, vibrant landscape photography and a collection of famous handcrafted earthenware. Presented by Toni McKeen.

April 7, 2014 —June 7, 2014

The Czechoslovak American Marionette Theatre presents
Don Juan, or, The Wages of Debauchery
Directed by Vít Hořejš
Thurs-Sat at 8:00 p.m., Sun at 2:30 p.m.
The Jan Hus Playhouse, 351 E. 74th Street, New York, NY 10021
Tickets: $18, Seniors and students $13
Downtown meets the Folk Tradition! High and low! Live performers and puppets of disparate sizes are blended to a startling comical and sometime touching effect. Starring antique puppets, marionettes by master carver Jakub Krejčí, toy puppets by Prague-based Miloš Kasal, and a giant surprise by Alan Barnes Netherton. This Don Juan story by Vit Hořejš of Czechoslovak-American Marionette Theatre is not a long dusty opera, nor is it unsuitable for the kids. In 18th century Europe, Don Juan (“Don Shajn”) was among the top “hits” of the Czech marionette repertoire when the only theatre truly available in small towns and villages were shows by itinerant puppeteers. Their plays were a whimsical mixture of Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous, heroic legends, and rudimentary pre-Shakespearean tragedies. There is nothing very glamorous about the character of Don Juan in this Czech puppet play—he ends up as a common robber, hungry, rejected by all his former conquests and riled constantly by his inept servant Kasparek, the earthy Bohemian cousin of Mr. Punch and Leporello. Don Juan’s womanizing is done at the Warner Brothers’ cartoon level; music includes Czech folk singing and a few “Don Giovanni” arias tossed in for good measure.
With: Deborah Beshaw, Otis Cotton, Vít Hořejš, Theresa Linnihan, Tess Wonson
Costumes by Theresa Linnihan and Egypt Dixon
Set design by Alan Barnes Netherton and Theresa Linnihan
Music, performed by John Bowen, composed expressly by Court Kappelmeister Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart.


April 10, 2014 — May 4, 2014

HIDDEN ELLIS ISLAND
Photographs by Paul Margolis

Please join the artist for an opening reception: Thursday, May 8, 2014, 6:00-9:00 p.m.
The Living Room Gallery at Saint Peter’s Church, 619 Lexington Avenue at 54th Street, New York, NY
Gallery is open daily fromm 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.
“In early 2002, I photographed the interiors of the decaying buildings on the un-restored south side of Ellis Island. They had a haunting beauty, with their subtle, almost monochromatic colors: greens and rust, old brick and peeling plaster. While the buildings have been sealed and stabilized since I photographed them, restoration efforts are slow and require millions of dollars. The Great Hall and attached buildings on the north side of the Island were restored and made into a National Park and museum of immigration in the 1980s; the south side of the island, however, has been left largely untouched for six decades. The buildings on the south side served prosaic and often sad purposes: they were the wards and medical facilities. But they also tell the story of hope and resolve; the less known history of those who voyaged to the New World.”—Paul Margolis

April 11, 2014 —June 29, 2014

Long Island Traditions announces
From Shore to Shore: Boat Builders & Boat Yards
Opening reception: May 2, 2014, 2-4 p.m. with Nancy Solomon, Curator
The Waterfront Museum is open year-round on SATURDAYS 1-5 p.m. when the barge is docked in Red Hook. THURSDAYS 4-8 p.m. will resume in the Spring.
Waterfront Museum, Red Hook, Brooklyn, New York
“From Shore to Shore: Boat Builders and Boatyards of Long Island and Westchester” 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 Waterfront Museum is located in a traditional barge on the Red Hook waterfront.

April 18, 2014 —July 12, 2014

Thalia Spanish Theatre and Calpulli Mexican Dance Company present
MÉXICO EN PRIMAVERA/ MEXICO IN SPRING
Acclaimed Dance Company’s First Spring Season in New York City at the Thalia Spanish Theatre
Four weekends beginning April 25th through May 18th, 2014
Fridays and Saturdays 8 p.m., Sundays 4 p.m.
Thalia Spanish Theatre, 41-17 Greenpoint Avenue, Sunnyside (Queens), NY
Tickets: $35, $32 students and seniors. Fridays only: All tickets $30
Information and tickets: 718.729.3880 or visit the website
Calpulli Mexican Dance Company brings its celebrated repertoire to Thalia Spanish Theatre for four weekends beginning April 25th through May 18th, 2014. The company of 12 dancers and core of musicians make their Thalia Spanish Theatre debut in a tribute to the joys and soul of Mexico. The program includes the debut of Flores Chiapanecas (Flowers from Chiapas) to be performed with live marimba accompaniment. The program captures the color, vivaciousness, and sense of new beginning that springtime delivers. Authentic costumes, passionate live music, and larger than life surprises are in store. Under the Artistic Direction of Noemy Hernandez, and Alberto Lopez and Musical Direction of George Saenz, for 11 years Calpulli has recreated folk dances celebrating Mexican traditions and new works which employ non-traditional dance forms, all with live musical accompaniment. Calpulli Mexican Dance Company celebrates the rich, regional dance traditions of Mexico’s diverse cultural history, interpreted through its charismatic and unique artistic vision. Founded in 2003 by a group of artists in New York City, Calpulli is dedicated to the traditions of Mexico and Mexican-American cultural expression through dance and music. The company tours from coast-to-coast in the USA and made its international debut in 2013 by performing for one week in the Kingdom of Bahrain in the Middle East.

April 25, 2014—May 18th, 2014

And beyond...
Milwaukee Art Museum presents
Uncommon Folk: Traditions in American Art
Open Tuesday–Sunday, 10 a.m.–5 p.m.; Thursday until 8 p.m.
Milwaukee Art Museum, 700 N. Art Museum Drive, Milwaukee, WI 53202, Phone: 414-224-3200
Feature exhibitions are included in the price of admission. Tickets: $17 Adults; $14 Students (w/ID), Seniors (65+); $14 Active Military, Reservists, and Military Spouse (w/ID) and one guest at $14 discounted rate. Free to Members and Kids 12 and under. Free to Wisconsin K–12 teachers with valid school ID or pay stub. Free the first Thursday of every month (excluding groups), sponsored by Target. All adult tour groups or school groups should call 414-224-3842. Uncommon Folk: Traditions in American Art celebrates this independent streak in American art and highlights the full depth and breadth of the Museum’s world-class collection of folk and self-taught art, from nineteenth-century drawings to contemporary quilts from Gee’s Bend, Alabama. Some of the works included were created within the cultural traditions of a particular geographic area in the United States. Charley Kinney’s paintings take folk tales from the Appalachian Mountains as their subjects, while José Benito Ortega’s sculpture is carved in the santos tradition of the Southwest. Other traditions are rooted in the function of an object, such as walking sticks and decoys, and are represented by both historical and contemporary examples. Among the works that will be shown for the first time are a bevy of fish decoys and the eight-foot-tall drawing Crucifixion of Christ by Chicago artist Charles Steffen.

January 31, 2014 —May 4, 2014

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