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February 28-March 1, 2015
Chinese Theatre Works announces
CELEBRATE LUNAR NEW YEAR WITH CHINESE THEATRE WORKS AT THE ZOOS
Year of the Sheep 2015
11 a.m.-4 p.m.
Prospect Park Zoo, February 21 and February 22
Queens Zoo, February 28 and March 1
For more information please visit prospectparkzoo.com or queenszoo.com
Learn the traditions and fun facts through our Hand Puppet Show, featuring this year’s zodiac symbol. Other special activities include calligraphy workshop and special crafts.
Sunday, March 1, 2015
Albany Institute of History & Art announces
STORYTELLING Tales from Baseball’s Archives 2-3:00 p.m.
Albany Institute of History & Art, 125 Washington Ave., Albany, NY 12210
Free with museum admission
Can you name the two men who had Hall of Fame Careers that began in 1995 and ended in 2014? That’s right! Derek Jeter and Tim Wiles, former Director of Research at the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum in Cooperstown. Tim will regale you with behind-the-scenes stories involving Ted Williams, Bob Feller, Warren Spahn, and many more. Tales of incredible serendipity, great humor, and pure love for the game will be shared. Don’t miss this exciting baseball storytelling event.

StoryCircle presents The Kindness of Strangers: Word Plays at Proctors

2:00 p.m.
Fenimore Gallery, Proctors, 432 State St., Schenectady, NY 12305
Cost: $12/person
$2 of each ticket is donated to the Schenectady Inner City Ministry Summer Lunch program where they served over 65,000 lunches last summer.
Proctors Box Office (518) 346-6204
Folktales, myths, historical and personal stories illustrate the kindness of strangers, as told by these tellers: Alden (Joe) Doolittle, Betty Cassidy, Claire Beetlestone, Kate Dudding, Marni Gillard, Sandy Schuman, Siri Allison.

Folk Music Society of New York/New York Pinewoods Folk Music Club presents
2nd Annual Pete Seeger Memorial Sing
2-4:30 p.m.
John Street Church, 44 John St. (east of Broadway and one block south of and parallel to Fulton), New York, NY
Free will donations accepted to benefit one of Pete’s favorite causes: The Clearwater.
A gathering and sing. Bring your friends, your voices and your instruments to raise the rafters in honor of a great man. Hosted by The New York Packet. Co-sponsored with and at the John Street Church. This event was a big success last year with many folks asking to do it again.

Flushing Town Hall presents
Calligraphy Workshops: Chinese
2-5 p.m.
Flushing Town Hall, 137-35 Northern Boulevard, Flushing, NY 11354
Tickets: $10/$8 Members & Children (per workshop; materials included)
Welcome in the Year of the Ram with calligraphy workshops led by Chinese calligraphers, Mr. Chao-Lin Ting and Mr. James Shan (1 p.m.) and Korean calligrapher Dr. Yoo Sung Lee (3 p.m.). Learn basic calligraphy to write your New Year’s wishes in Chinese and Korean.

ArtsWestchester invites you to
Lunar New Year Celebration of Chinese Traditional Arts
2-5 p.m.
ArtsWestchester, 31 Mamaroneck Avenue, White Plains, NY 10601
Admission: $15 General, $10 ArtsW Member, $10 Student, $10 Senior, $5 Children under 12
For tickets and information: visit the ArtsWestchester website.
**Special Discount for New York Folklore Society Members**: $5 off in any category of ticket (Adult, Senior, Student). To receive the discount, please contact tvanburen@artswestchester.org in advance of the event.
2015 is Year of the Goat in the Chinese calendar. The Lunar New Year is celebrated for two weeks following February 19th. On Sunday, March 1st, ArtsWestchester partners with the Westchester/Hudson Valley chapter of OCA, a national advocacy group for Asian and Pacific Americans, to present a showcase of local and regional traditional artists across a wide variety of art forms, from music to dance, magic and visual arts.

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The Folk Arts Program of the Castellani Art Museum of Niagara University
An event of the 2015 Spring Folk Art Series
Folk Art Workshop: TRADITIONAL UKRAINIAN PYSANKI (DECORATED EGGS)
2-5 p.m.
Castellani Art Museum of Niagara University, 5795 Lewiston Road, Niagara University, New York 14109
Ages 13 to adult.
For more information, call the Castellani Art Museum at (716) 286-8200 or contact Valerie Walawender, M.A., Interim Curator of Folk Arts at vwalawender@niagara.edu.
Ukrainian Irene Grassman will teach traditional pysanki (egg decorated using a wax-resist technique) highlighting different traditional Ukranian designs, symbols and techniques.

Flushing Town Hall presents
Calligraphy Workshops: Korean
3 p.m.
Flushing Town Hall, 137-35 Northern Boulevard, Flushing, NY 11354
Tickets: $10/$8 Members & Children (per workshop; materials included)
Welcome in the Year of the Ram with calligraphy workshops led by Chinese calligraphers, Mr. Chao-Lin Ting and Mr. James Shan (1 p.m.) and Korean calligrapher Dr. Yoo Sung Lee (3 p.m.). Learn basic calligraphy to write your New Year’s wishes in Chinese and Korean.

Anabella Lenzu/DanceDrama presents
Book reading & Performance: Unveiling Motion and Emotion
3 p.m.
The Bernie Wohl Center, 647 Columbus Avenue, New York, NY 10025
Cost: Free

Caffè Lena presents
Shanty Town Serenaders
7:00 p.m.
Caffè Lena, 47 Phila St., Saratoga Springs, NY, 518-583-0022
Tickets: $15, Member $12, Child and Student $7.50
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Kick off the St Patrick’s Day season with the Shanty Town Serenaders playing songs popularized by the Clancy Brothers and the Dubliners and the jigs, reels and hornpipes of a traditional “session.” Three stellar Saratoga musicians, Jeff Walton, Tim Wechgelaer and Dan Hubbs, will be here sharing their love for the songs and fiddle tunes of the “old country.” Jeff is on guitar and whistle, Tim on fiddle, and Dan on banjo and mandolin. Shake off the winter with an evening of foot tapping tunes and rousing sing alongs!

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Monday, March 2, 2015
The An-sky Institute for Jewish Culture of the Center for Traditional Music and Dance announces
SPECIAL BOOK RELEASE LECTURE/PERFORMANCE
Greeted with Smiles: Bukharian Jewish Music & Musicians in New York
Talk by Evan Rapport
Musical Guest: The Ezro Malakov Maqom Ensemble
7 p.m.
Center for Jewish History, 15 W 16th Street, New York City
Admission is free, please RSVP to info@jewishmusicforum.org. Reception to follow
A talk and performance commemorating the publication of the new book Greeted With Smiles: Bukharian Jewish Music and Musicians in New York (Oxford University Press) by Evan Rapport. As the Soviet Union stood on the brink of collapse, thousands of Bukharian Jews left their homes from across the predominantly Muslim cities of Central Asia, to re-establish their lives in the United States, Israel, and Europe. Today, about 30,000 Bukharian Jews reside in New York City, settled into close-knit communities and existing as a quintessential American immigrant group. For Bukharian immigrants, music is an essential part of their communal self-definition, and musicians frequently act as cultural representatives for the group as a whole. In this book talk, Evan Rapport explores the circumstances facing new American immigrants, using the music of the Bukharian Jews to gain entrance into their community and their culture. Rapport investigates the transformation of Bukharian identity through an examination of corresponding changes in its music, focusing on three of these distinct but overlapping repertoires — maqom (classical or “heavy” music), Jewish religious music and popular music.
Evan Rapport is Assistant Professor of Ethnomusicology at Eugene Lang College and The New School for Jazz and Contemporary Music. Ezro Malakov is a master singer, tradition bearer, and leader of the Bukharian Jewish community.

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Tuesday, March 3, 2015
Gotham Center for NYC History presents a Spring 2015 Forum:
New York’s Legal Landmarks
6:30-8:00 p.m.
Martin Segal Theater at the Graduate Center, CUNY, 365 Fifth Avenue at 34th Street, New York, NY
FREE and open to the public, first-come first served
Please join us for a tour of New York through the eyes of a history-loving lawyer. Robert Pigott’s new book takes us on an inside tour of Gotham’s great courthouses, the sites of famous trials in film and real life, the locations of some of the most important moments in constitutional history, the law firms where some of the best Americans practitioners worked, and the homes, schools, and final resting places of the Justices of the US Supreme Court. Whether you want to stroll down the Lower East Side’s Attorney Street or reopen the cold case of Judge Crater’s disappearance, Pigott is the guide for you!

The An-sky Institute for Jewish Culture of the Center for Traditional Music and Dance announces
The NY Klezmer Series: Tantshoyz Yiddish Dance Party Featuring Dance Leader Steve Weintraub
Music by the Amy Zakar Fidl Kapelye

Concert at 7:30 p.m., workshop from 5:30 p.m-7:00 p.m.
Stephen Wise Free Synagogue, 30 W. 68th St., between Columbus and Central Park West on Manhattan’s Upper West Side
Admission to the concert is $15, instrumentalists may attend a pre-concert workshop for $25, or purchase a combined ticket concert/workshop for $35 and you can sit in at the post-concert jam session
For more information, visit aaronalexander.com/wp/concert-schedule
A special pre-Purim Yiddishe hootenanny! Lace up your dancing shoes for an evening of freylekhs, bulgars and horas. Dance master Steve Weintraub will teach you the steps. Live music from The Amy Zakar Fidl Kapelye (Amy Zakar, Aaron Alexander, Lily Henley, Duncan Wickel, violins; Ljova, viola; Lauren Brody, accordion; and Reuben Radding, bass), which features the old world sounds of the klezmer violin.
Born on Governor's Island, Bar Mitzvahed in the Bronx, and living now in Philadelphia, Steven Lee Weintraub received his dance training in Manhattan with Alvin Ailey and Erick Hawkins, among others. He is in international demand as a teacher of traditional Yiddish dance at festivals and workshops including Klezkamp, Klezkanada, and festivals in Krakow, Furth, Paris and London to name a few. Amy Zakar is the violinist of The Klez Dispensers and has taught on the faculty of KlezKamp and KlezKanada. A second-generation musician and educator, she has also performed and recorded with the Skymusic Ensemble and the West Philadelphia Orchestra. The Amy Zakar Fidl Kapelye was formed in December 2013 and has performed at Yiddish KlezFest in the Bronx as well as the New York Klezmer Series.

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Wednesday, March 4, 2015
Flushing Town Hall presents
Monthly Jazz Clinic: Dizzy Gillespie — The Birth of Bebop
6:00 p.m.
Flushing Town Hall, 137-35 Northern Boulevard, (at the corner of Linden Place), Flushing, NY 11354
Free
For high school students and up. If you’re interested in learning more about jazz and playing alongside other musicians, join the Queens Jazz OverGround for their monthly Jazz Clinic. Stick around for the Monthly Jazz Jam immediately after the clinic.

Flushing Town Hall presents
Monthly Jazz Jam
7:00 p.m.
Flushing Town Hall, 137-35 Northern Boulevard, (at the corner of Linden Place), Flushing, NY 11354
Tickets: $10/FREE for Performers, Members & Students
Whether you’re a student, jazz musician, or music educator, come join the Queens Jazz OverGround as they lead the house band in this monthly jam session. Held on the first Wednesday of every month, Jazz Jams are a fun way to hone your skills, and jam each month with your peers. Don’t play? Come listen!

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.

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.

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Friday, March 6, 2015
Interfaith Story Circle announces
SHARING OUR STORIES ABOUT RACISM
6-9 p.m.
Albany Friends Meeting, 727 Madison Ave., Albany, NY
Sandy Powell and Barbara Spring have put together an evening of storytelling to allow people to tell and listen to stories related to the complex issues of racism. Interfaith Story Circle is honored to have been asked to co-host and help publicize the event. Marni Gillard will be the co-host from IFSC. This will be a powerful evening of STORYTELLING. They’ll start with a few tales told by the facilitators and then open the circle as usual. There will be snacks available as people arrive, and they’ll take a mid-evening break as well. They ask that stories be limited to 7-10 min. (and they’ll use a timer). If you have questions, shoot them to Marni (marnigillard@earthlink.net) or to Sandy and Barbara at stories4racialhealing@gmail.com.

An invitation from Sandy and Barbara:
Stories have the power to transform.Sharing stories is the best way to teach, persuade, and even understand ourselves. Through stories we connect emotionally and intellectually. We all hold some notions about this thing called race. In fact just knowing someone’s skin color tells you very little about them. All of us, regardless of our skin color or cultural background, have a story that involves race. Rarely do we share these stories. What has touched your heart? Made you angry? Made you think? A-ha moments? We invite you to share your story. If the experience caught your attention, it will grab someone else too. Help us transform America’s conversation about race from merely valuing and respecting diversity to racial understanding, appreciation, healing and growth.

Robert Browning Associates presents
BASSAM SABA with special guest Juan Perez Rodriguez
Arab Music from the Levant to Al-Andalus
8 p.m.
Roulette, 509 Atlantic Ave (at 3rd Ave), Downtown Brooklyn. Tel. (917) 267-0363
Tickets: $30, $25 students and seniors
One of the nation’s leading figures of Arab music, Bassam Saba is a world-renowned nay virtuoso and multi-instrumentalist performing on oud, violin, buzuq, saz and Western classical flute. His extensive credits include working with Fairouz, Marcel Khalife, Ziad Rahbabi, Yo-Yo Ma’s Silk Road Project, Simon Shaheen, and Christian Jarvi’s Absolute Ensemble; he currently directs the New York Arabic Orchestra. Ensemble members and repertoire to be announced.

Caffè Lena presents
Tall Heights with The Ghost of Paul Revere
8:00 p.m.
Caffè Lena, 47 Phila St., Saratoga Springs, NY, 518-583-0022
Tickets: $18, Member $16, Child and Student $9
Buy tickets online
Tonight we showcase two bands that are hitting the sweet spot of the growing ranks of millennial folk fans. Tall Heights is a Boston-based cello and guitar duo celebrated for pristine, nimble harmony singing and an enchanting vibe reminiscent of Bon Iver or Arcade Fire. From their early days busking in the Faneuil Hall Marketplace they have become headliners at the best east coast clubs and have released two well-received records. Portland, Maine’s Ghost of Paul Revere builds songs around powerful three-part male harmonies, energetic performances, and a non-traditional amalgam of influences from Elmore James and the Beatles, to Tom Waits and more. With robust folk to foot-stomping bluegrass, their live show has kicked up a storm of excitement.

Flushing Town Hall presents
Fred Hersch Trio
7:30 p.m.
Flushing Town Hall, 137-35 Northern Boulevard, (at the corner of Linden Place), Flushing, NY 11354
FREE with RSVP ONLINE
Six-time Grammy-nominated pianist Fred Hersch is a graceful soloist and sought-after accompanist, as well as the anchor of one of the greatest trios on the jazz scene today. With his impeccable technique, Hersch makes ballads sing sweetly and up-tempo tunes jump with pulse-quickening verve.

The Folkus Project presents
The Pinehill Project featuring Richard Shindell and Lucy Kaplansky
8:00 p.m.
May Memorial Unitarian Universalist Society, 3800 East Genesee Street, Syracuse, NY
Advance sale tickets are available online at www.folkus.org
Kaplansky and Shindell are songwriters who have been singing together for 25 years and they’ve talked about making a record together for just as long. Tomorrow You’re Going, an Americana masterwork of great songs, gorgeous harmonies, and stunning production will be released in 2015. The album is at turns meditative, joyful, rollicking, and deeply moving, and a one of a kind musical event. The simple pleasure of blending these two voices has been an instant for each of them through all the twists and turns or their respective careers. An appearance by either of them would be a highlight of any Folkus season; their appearance as a duo is one of the most anticipated shows in Folkus history.

The Towne Crier in Beacon presents
HOT CLUB OF COWTOWN
8:30 p.m.
Towne Crier, 379 Main Street, Beacon, NY, (845) 855-1300
Tickets: $20 advance/$25 at the door
The Austin-based Hot Club Of Cowtown has grown to be the most globe-trotting, hardest-swinging western swing trio on the planet. The first American band to tour Azerbaijan, they have opened stadiums for such artists as Bob Dylan and Willie Nelson. Hot Club Of Cowtown has created an international cult following for its sonic personification of joy and unique sound inspired by its namesakes: “Hot Club,” from jazz guitarist Django Reinhardt and violinist Stephane Grappelli’s Hot Club of France; and “Cowtown,” from the western swing influence of Bob Wills & His Texas Playboys.

Friday, March 6, 2015-Sunday, March 8, 2015
Folk Music Society of New York/New York Pinewoods Folk Music Club presents
WEEKEND OF SONG in Greenwich Village
Saturday and Sunday workshops at: 10 a.m., 11:15 a.m., 1:45 p.m, 3:00 p.m. and 4:15 p.m. Bring voices. Bring instruments.
Friday & Saturday night concerts at 7:30 p.m.
Elisabeth Irwin HS, 40 Charlton St. (south of Houston), NYC
Suggested contribution: Concerts: $20 each night, Full day of workshops, Saturday or Sunday: $25, All day Saturday, workshops and concert: $40; Full weekend: $75.00. Tickets available at the door or online .
Information: (718) 549-1344 (after 11 a.m.) or President@folkmusicny.org
The Folk Music Society of NY presents a Weekend of Song – concerts and workshops to inspire singing and playing for everyone. Friday and Saturday evening concerts and Saturday and Sunday daytime workshops feature a broad sweep of musical genres. This musical weekend takes place at Elizabeth Irwin High School in Greenwich Village. Participants may attend the weekend in whole or choose evening or daytime events according to their schedules. They won’t want to miss anything. Workshops are participatory or demonstration/talks. Topics include Sing Along for Freedom, Jug Band, Ballad, and Singer/Songwriter Song Swaps, Old-time, Bluegrass, Blues & Beyond, Uppity Women’s Blues, The Evolution of a Hawaiian Song, Gospel, Harmony Improv., Songs of the Sea & Shore, Irish & Irish-American Songs, Rounds, Cajun Songs, Blues in the Extreme, Shanty Blast, Old Time Rock ‘n’ Roll Singing, Balkan Singing, Woman, Where’s Your Song? and more! Workshop Presenters are Joy Bennett, Brooklyn-Queens NOW, Andy Cohen, Phyllis Elkind, Jean Farnworth, Don Friedman, Ben Grosscup, Hubby Jenkins, The Johnson Girls, Chris Koldewey, John Krumm, Jan Maier, Evy Mayer, Don Meade, Jason Poole, Steve Suffet, Triple Play All Stars, Sol Weber, Robbie Wedeen, Ellen Weiss, Erica Weiss, and Heather Wood.

The Friday night concert, 7:30 p.m., features Triboro, Hubby Jenkins, Ben Grosscup & The Johnson Girls, with Heather Wood as M.C.

On Saturday: the Triple Play All Stars, Jason Poole, Double Trouble & Andy Cohen perform in concert at 7:30 p.m., with Heather Wood, M.C.

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Saturday, March 7, 2015
Ashokan Center presents
Maple Fest
Save the Date!
The Ashokan Center, 477 Beaverkill Rd., Olivebridge, NY 12461, 845-657-8333
A Day of Family Fun, Hands-on Activities and Pancakes with Ashokan Maple Syrup!
• Pancakes served all day hot off the griddle and topped with maple syrup made at Ashokan
• Hikes to the Ashokan Sugar Shack where you can tap a tree and try some sweet Jack Wax
• Hands-on crafts for everyone, including blacksmithing
• Guided hikes to Ashokan’s Cathedral Gorge and and to our historic 1885 Covered Bridge
• And more!

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Flushing Town Hall presents
Asian Fan Dance Workshop
2:00 p.m.
Flushing Town Hall, 137-35 Northern Boulevard, (at the corner of Linden Place), Flushing, NY 11354
Tickets: $10/$8 Members & Children
Song Hee Lee, Korean dancer and Ling Tang, Chinese dancer will teach simple fan dance routines from both Korean and Chinese traditions. No dance experience necessary and all levels welcome. Bring your own folding fan or borrow one of ours.

Café Veritas presents
Michael Johnson
With opener Lou Alano

7:30 p.m.
Café Veritas, First Unitarian Church, 220 Winton Road South, Rochester, New York 14610
Ticket prices: $18 general admission, $10 students with ID, and children under 12 are free.
For tickets and more information, visit www.cafeveritas.org
Michael Johnson started playing guitar at age thirteen and just never quit. Wishing to hone his instrumental skills, 1966 found Johnson in Barcelona, Spain, at Liceo Conservatory studying with the eminent classical guitarist, Graciano Tarrago. Upon his return to the States, he joined Randy Sparks in a group called the New Society and did a tour of the Orient. When the band dissolved in 1967, he signed on with the Chad Mitchell Trio for a year, spending some of that time co-writing with another member, John Denver. In 1971, he signed with Atlantic Records to release his first album, There Is A Breeze, produced by Peter Yarrow and Phil Ramone in New York. After releasing several more albums, Johnson moved into recording songs for movies and television specials. In 1993, Johnson went on the road with Wynonna Judd and Clint Black, opening the show as a solo in 91 cities. Always most at home on stage with just an acoustic guitar, Michael continues to tour mostly as a solo performer. Singing, playing, writing, and recording are the only things he’s ever done and he loves it.
Opening is local artist Lou Alano. After graduating from college, Lou Alano spent about 10 years employed as an accompanist in the Dance Department at Brockport State College. Lou then spent a decade or two playing keyboards, mostly in Grateful Dead bands, including 10 years with the Psychedelic Roosters. He spent some shorter stints with bands in a variety of genres, including the Colorblind James Experience, the Bob Squad, and the Josie Waverly Band. All along the way, however, Lou found that the solo singer songwriter has been his favorite format, both as a listener and performer.

Caffè Lena presents
Ukulele Fest!
Ron Gordon and Jim & Jan Beloff

Workshops: 1 p.m. Start at the Beginning with Ron Gordon — Learn the basic strums and chords, and how to put them together to sing a few of the classics. Bring Your Uke!

2 p.m. Advanced Beginners Workshop with Jim Beloff — Learn more strums, chord movement, and expand your repertoire under the guidance of the recording artist and author who has done more to revive uke playing than anyone else.

3 p.m. Ukulele Open Mic — Ukers of all ages are welcome to perform a favorite song. If you're a jammer, lead us in a song and we'll strum and sing along!

8 p.m. Evening Concert —Ron Gordon will perform a mix of blues, popular uke classics from the 1920s to 1960s, and unique instrumentals with accompaniment by members of the Electric City Uke Club. Jim and Liz Beloff sing and play selections from their recordings, with accompaniment by Ron for a few numbers.
Caffè Lena, 47 Phila St., Saratoga Springs, NY, 518-583-0022
Tickets: Workshops only: $20; Workshop and Concert: $35; Concert only: $18, $15 members, $9, student & child
Buy tickets online
Why mope around the house with cabin fever when you could be playing a ukulele?! Jumpin’ Jim and Liz Beloff, the couple responsible for creating the current passion for ukulele, lead this day of workshops and performance. More than 500,000 of Beloff’s uke instructional books are currently in print via the Hal Leonard Company. Believing that “Uke Can Change the World” the Beloffs have traveled the globe since the mid-90s promoting the ukulele with delightful concerts of original songs full of breezy, close harmony singing and nostalgic blues, classical and jazz from decades past. With each performance they open their Uke Emporium to shoppers looking for instruments, instructional materials, and books about the history of this versatile and beginner-friendly instrument. Partnering with the Beloffs is the Capital District’s leading Uke Champion, Ron Gordon. Known for his years as the mando player for St. Regis String Band and Stillhouse Rounders, Ron took to the uke around 2000. He founded the Electric City Uke Club. Jim and Liz Beloff sing and play selections from their recordings, with accompaniment by Ron for a few numbers.

World Music Institute (WMI) presents
CHERISH THE LADIES: AN IRISH HOMECOMING!
8 p.m.
Peter Norton Symphony Space, 2537 Broadway at 95th Street, New York, NY
Tickets: $35, $45 / WMI Friends $30, $40 / Bring a Kid! $5
The all-women’s Irish-American music sensation celebrates its 30th anniversary! What began as a concert series organized by folklorist/musician Mick Moloney in 1985 has come to be one of the most successful touring ensembles in Celtic music, renowned for its virtuoso instrumental talents, beautiful vocals, captivating arrangements and stunning step-dancing. Over the past three decades, the band has toured the world, performed at the White House and the Olympics, and recorded 15 outstanding albums, the last of which was made into a Public TV special, An Irish Homecoming. Special guests include former members and longtime collaborators Maura O’Connell, Cathie Ryan, Liz Carroll, and Liz Knowles.

Red House Records announces
CHARLIE PARR on tour!
9 p.m.
Abilene Bar, 153 Liberty Pole Way, Rochester, NY 14604
Cost: $10. Call 585-232-3230 or visit www.abilenebarandlounge.com
Red House Records is proud to announce that songwriter/guitarist CHARLIE PARR has joined its roster. Parr will be releasing a new studio album, Stumpjumper, on April 28, 2015. Long a part of the vibrant Duluth, MN, music scene (Low, Trampled by Turtles), Charlie traveled to North Carolina to record this album with fellow musician Phil Cook (Megafaun, Hiss Golden Messenger). As well as being the first album Charlie has recorded outside of his native Minnesota, he joined Cook and a cast of local players, setting up in an old outbuilding on the Down Yonder Farm in rural North Carolina—it’s also the first to feature a full band. Percussive and raw, the 11 songs on Stumpjumper, 10 originals and his version of the venerable murder ballad, “Delia,” could be lost field recordings from another era. His blistering picking — he switches between acoustic guitar, dobro and banjo — and keening, cut-through-the-crowd vocals resonate with a conviction that runs deep and true. It’s the music of a self-taught guitarist and banjo player who grew up listening to his dad’s recordings of America’s musical founding fathers, including Charley Patton and Lightnin’ Hopkins, Woody Guthrie, and Leadbelly. His heartfelt and plaintive original folk blues and traditional spirituals don’t strive for authenticity: they are authentic.
Other NY dates on this tour include: Monday, March 2, in New York, NY at The Iridium and in Albany, NY — The Linda, WAMC’s Performing Arts Studio on Sunday March 8.

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Sunday, March 8, 2015
Flushing Town Hall presents
Momenta Quartet TAN DUN GHOST OPERA
2:00 p.m.
Flushing Town Hall, 137-35 Northern Boulevard, (at the corner of Linden Place), Flushing, NY 11354
Tickets: $15/$10 Members & Students
Tan Dun’s Ghost Opera (1994) is a five-movement work for string quartet and pipa, with water, metal, stone and paper. Inspired by childhood memories of the shamanistic “ghost operas” of Chinese peasant culture, it calls on the spirits of Bach, Shakespeare, ancient folk tradition, and earth/nature.

The Folk Arts Program of the Castellani Art Museum of Niagara University
An event of the 2015 Spring Folk Art Series
A CELEBRATION OF CRAEK: IRISH DANCE, MUSIC, & MERRIMENT
2-4 p.m.
Castellani Art Museum of Niagara University, 5795 Lewiston Road, Niagara University, New York 14109
Light snacks, cash bar. Free to CAM Members/ $5 all others
Admission for the event is free for Castellani Art Museum members/$10 for non-members. All ages, open to the public.
Membership sign-up is available at the event.
For more information, call the Castellani Art Museum at (716) 286-8200 or contact Valerie Walawender, M.A., Interim Curator of Folk Arts at vwalawender@niagara.edu.
At this spirited gathering, audience members will be invited to learn and join in traditional dances such as céilí, set, step and sean nos.Event high points include a talk on the history and practice of traditional Irish music and dance by Bridget English, event organizer and branch chairperson of Comhaltas (an international organization dedicated to the preservation and proliferation of Irish Culture); a musical performance on the “button accordion” by Ted McGraw, chair of the Archive Committee of Comhaltas Ceoltoiri Eireann and creator, host, and producer of “Irish Party House” and “Ol’ Fiddler” weekly radio programs; and performances by Stephanie Benson, Irish fiddler and her husband, Tim Benson, maker and player of Irish Uilleann pipes, a traditional instrument.

Caffè Lena presents
Storytelling Humorist Dirck Toll
2:00 p.m.
Caffè Lena, 47 Phila St., Saratoga Springs, NY, 518-583-0022
Tickets: $10, Member $8, Child and Student $5
Buy tickets online
Roguish dandy Dirck Toll springs back onto the Caffè Lena stage with another batch of hilariously out-of-the-ordinary tales, this time featuring an unhelpful self-help guru, a judge with a peculiar gavel, a puzzling exhibitionist, and a boss with half a plan. The Albany Times Union says, “Calling Dirck Toll an underground Mark Twain might be a stretch, but not by much,” while Dirck’s unique blend of theater, performance art, literature, and comedy have made his previous shows picks-of-the-week in many area newspapers. And besides the usual excitement, this show marks not only the 25th anniversary of the hyperkinetic humorist’s stage debut, but also his phoenix—like return to performance after the recent surgery in which he was gutted like a hapless trout then stapled back together like a delinquent tax return. A portion of today’s proceeds will benefit GIRL RISING in their global campaign for girls’ right to education.

Museum at Eldridge Street presents
LOST & FOUND MUSIC SERIES: The Last Mambo King with Orlando Marin
3 p.m.
Museum at Eldridge Street, 12 Eldridge Street, New York, NY 10002
Cost: $20 adults; $15 students and seniors
RSVP here
Bandleader and drummer Orlando Marin and band perform classic mambo and salsa music as well as original music from his sixty-year career as a beloved Borscht Belt performer.

Caffè Lena presents
Ryan Montbleau
7:00 p.m.
Caffè Lena, 47 Phila St., Saratoga Springs, NY, 518-583-0022
Tickets: $20, Member $18, Child and Student $10
Buy tickets online
Singer-songwriter and bandleader Ryan Montbleau has quipped that his job would be easier if his music could be pigeon-holed, but with his electic repertoire of folk songs, funk songs, country tunes, and reggae tunes, he’s all over the map—and that’s exactly what his fans love about him. He has developed a very special bond to a deeply-rooted fanbase that stretches all over the United States and beyond. His songcraft and powerful, uplifting voice can tackle intense topics just as easily as expressing life’s simple, everyday joys. Tonight he’ll be a band of one and, as his fans well know, whether he plays solo acoustic or with a full band of amazing players, Ryan puts on a great show and sings his truth with clarity and passion.

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Tuesday, March 10, 2015
UNION HALL
Save the Date!

New York Folklore Society’s
Members’ Annual Meeting


March 10, 2015
5:00-8:00 p.m.
Union Hall
702 Union Street
Brooklyn, NY 11215

Please RSVP here




Center for Traditional Music and Dance announces
The NY Klezmer Series: Klezmerfest! with Greg Wall, Jordan Hirsch, Zev Zions, Brian Glassman, Aaron Alexander
Concert at 7:30 p.m., workshop from 5:30 p.m-7:00 p.m.
Stephen Wise Free Synagogue, 30 W. 68th St., between Columbus and Central Park West on Manhattan’s Upper West Side
Admission to the concert is $15, instrumentalists may attend a pre-concert workshop for $25, or purchase a combined ticket concert/workshop for $35 and you can sit in at the post-concert jam session
For more information, visit aaronalexander.com/wp/concert-schedule
Klezmer music is the instrumental party music of the Jewish People from Eastern Europe — (Ashkenazim). It’s origins are in the 16th century, and it has evolved and assimilated local influences (Russian, Romanian, Ottoman, Hungarian etc.) wherever Ashkenazim have lived since. It is essentially Yiddish music – the instrumental music of people who spoke (and speak) Yiddish. It came to America with the immigration of Jews from Eastern Europe beginning in late 19th century, and has had a wonderful history in America, where it also assimilated American music traditions.

The New York Council for the Humanities announces
Panel Event: “Women’s Time and Place: New York State and Women’s Suffrage, 1917–2017”
Drinks and snacks: 5:30 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Event: 6:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.

The Linda, WAMC, 339 Central Avenue, Albany, NY
Please RSVP for the panel event!
Meet experts Carol Faulkner, Professor of History, The Maxwell School, Syracuse University; Laura Free, Associate Professor of History, Hobart and William Smith Colleges; and Alison Parker, Professor of History, SUNY Brockport, who will discuss the necessity of commemorating the struggle for women’s suffrage in New York State. Moderated by Alison Dunne, host of WAMC’s 51%. The New York Council for the Humanities brings you this event in partnership with WAMC Northeastern Public Radio. Underwritten by Bolton St. Johns.
After-Party: A Comedic Celebration of Women’s Suffrage Following the conversation at The Linda, join us for drinks, conversation, and comedy, hosted by The Reductress, the first and only satirical women’s magazine. No reservations required. 8:00 p.m. at the Lark Tavern, 453 Madison Ave, Albany, NY 12210

Anabella Lenzu/DanceDrama presents
Work in Progress of In Pursuit of Happiness
7 p.m.
Eden’s Expressway, 537 Broadway, between Prince and Spring Streets, 4th floor, New York, NY
Limited seating. RSVP: info@AnabellaLenzu.com.
Free admission
Part of Open Performance/Movement Research at Eden’s Expressway.

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Wednesday, March 11, 2015
Caffè Lena presents
Storytelling Open Mic
Featured Teller: Claire Nolan

7:00 p.m.
Caffè Lena, 47 Phila St., Saratoga Springs, NY, 518-583-0022
No advanced ticket sales. Tickets may be purchased at the door.
Open Mic participants have a 10-minute limit unless prior arrangements have been made with the hosts, Margaret French, Christie Keegan and Jeannine Laverty. Tellers are reminded that storytelling is narration without the use of written text—telling, not reading.

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Thursday, March 12, 2015
Albany Institute of History & Art announces
FILM AND DISCUSSION Local Heroes: Baseball on Capital District Diamonds 6-7:30 p.m.
Albany Institute of History & Art, 125 Washington Ave., Albany, NY 12210
Free with museum admission
David Pietrusza, Producer, screenwriter, and award-winning author
Local Heroes: Baseball on Capital District Diamonds (54 min., WMHT, 1995)
Local Heroes combines exhaustive research, rare archival film footage, fascinating still photography and revealing original interviews to bring viewers the area’s diamond history, from its mythical beginnings with Ballston Spa native Abner Doubleday to Heritage Park in Colonie—and everything in between. Following the screening, Pietrusza will discuss making the film.

Museum at Eldridge Street presents
After Hours Tour & Wine Reception
6-8 p.m.
Museum at Eldridge Street, 12 Eldridge Street, New York, NY 10002
Cost: $30
RSVP here
The setting: Our magical sanctuary after hours. The attire: Fashionably festive. The activity: A fun, behind-the-scenes exploration of our 1887 landmark, one of NYC’s off-the-beaten-path treasures. Plus: opportunity to swap historical fact and quirky architectural detail with fellow tour-goers at a wine reception following the tour. We promise you an Instagram-worthy evening.

City Lore announces
Documenting Traditional Garifuna Song in NYC and Belize
Musical Performances by Libaña Maraza and Presentation of Recent Fieldwork Documenting Garifuna Folksong with James Lovell and Daniel Kaufman
7:00 p.m.
City Lore, 56 East First Street, New York, NY 10003
Tickets: $10
Join City Lore for a musical and educational evening in honor of Garifuna Heritage Month! The Garifuna are the descendants of the indigenous people of St. Vincent in the Caribbean. They were exiled by the British to the coast of Central America and many Garifuna now live in New York City. Though, Garifuna popular music has received wider attention over the last two decades, many of its endangered folk genres are rarely performed. This event showcases one of those, the arúmahani, a form of a cappella music traditionally sung by men. The magnificent Libaña Maraza group from the Bronx will be performing arúmahani songs from Honduras. Garifuna musician, James Lovell, together with ELA executive director, Daniel Kaufman will present videos from their recent fieldwork in Belize documenting this genre. City Lore is pleased to present this celebration of Garifuna culture as part of the programming for, Mother Tongues: Endangered Languages in NYC and Beyond. See EXHIBITIONS below.

The Folklife Center at Crandall Public Library continues its ever-popular
Live! Folklife Concert Spring Series
Hot Club of Saratoga
7-9 p.m. (doors open at 6:30 p.m.)
Crandall Public Library, 251 Glen Street, Glens Falls, NY 12801, 518-792-6508 x237
(in the Community Room, downstairs off the Library’s Glen Street entrance)
Cost: Free
Hot Club of Saratoga is a gypsy jazz quintet that plays a repertoire in the spirit and style originated by Django Reinhardt and Stephane Grappelli in The Quintet of the Hot Club of France most prominent in the 1930s and kept alive through a long line of gypsy jazz artists since that time. The band is Chad Tallman (solo guitar), Chuck Kish (rhythm guitar), Tucker Callander (violin), Jonathan Greene (woodwinds), and Dylan Perrillo (string bass). The driving rhythms under dynamic soloing give the music a life and vibrancy sure to bring a smile and often an irresistible desire to move.
This series is made possible with funds from 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.

See Exhibitions section below about the new exhibition, Battenkill Inspired. A reception for this exhibit precedes the concert from 5-7 p.m. in the Folklife Gallery.

The Towne Crier in Beacon presents
NEW RIDERS OF THE PURPLE SAGE
7:30 p.m.
Towne Crier, 379 Main Street, Beacon, NY, (845) 855-1300
Tickets: $30 advance/ $35 at door
The New Riders Of The Purple Sage emerged from San Francisco’s rock scene in 1969, with an original lineup of co-founder John Dawson, David Nelson, and Grateful Dead members Jerry Garcia, Phil Lesh, and Mickey Hart. In 1971, the New Riders released their first album and over the next 11 years, the band toured and released 12 albums, selling over 4 million records. David Nelson and Buddy Cage have formed a new lineup which vows to keep the New Riders spirit and tunes alive by taking them to fans everywhere. Before John Dawson passed away in 2009, he was excited to know his music would be heard live again by a whole new generation of fans. The band recently teamed up with Grateful Dead lyricist Robert Hunter and released Where I Come From, its first CD in 20 years.

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Friday, March 13, 2015
StoryCircle at Proctors Theater announces
Seanachie Evenings — Second Friday of Every Month, January–May:
Come into the Parlor: Irish Mirth, Myth and Memory

with Marni Gillard and Mary Murphy
7 p.m.
Irish American Heritage Museum, 370 Broadway, Albany, NY, 518/427-1916
$5 Museum members, $10 Others, $25 Family of Four pack
Marni Gillard is a well-known regional storyteller and author of Storyteller, Storyteacher (Ann Izard Storytellers’ Choice Award winner). She has a long interest in Celtic culture and stories. Mary Murphy is a writer and storyteller who has performed regionally at Proctors and Story Sundays, and nationally at the Hawaii Storytelling Festival, and the National Storytelling Festival. Widely known for her humorous and family tales, her stories have been published in anthologies: Give a Listen and A Solstice Evergreen.

Caffè Lena presents
Snowapple with Fish & Bird
8:00 p.m.
Caffè Lena, 47 Phila St., Saratoga Springs, NY, 518-583-0022
Tickets: $16, Member $14, Child and Student $8
Buy tickets online
We’ve reached around the globe to bring you one amazing night of music! The Dutch women of Snowapple have done a lot of living. Laurien is an international opera singer, moonlights with gypsy-punk groups, models Dutch fashions, and studies physics at the Univ Amsterdam. Una is an international jazz singer, and Laura is a singer, composer and conductor from Latvia who was awarded the Best Composition Prize in the 2012 Dutch Jazz Competition. They are beautiful and beguiling, full of catchy, spare pop-folk numbers punctuated by the most glorious, crystalline harmonies and excursions into the darker and more romantic side of the human condition.

Raised on equal parts roots music and Radiohead on a remote island off the coast of British Columbia, Fish & Bird has received praise on both sides of the Atlantic for their refreshingly unclichéd way of reimagining folk for a new generation. With driving rhythms and a huge vocal range their lyrics explore the forces that drive human behavior. Starting with a shared devotion to traditional old-time music, they’ve fused folk influences and experimental leanings into a coherent, modern-day roots opus.

The Smith Center for the Arts presents
The Town Pants
8:00 p.m.
The Smith Center for the Arts, 82 Seneca Street, Geneva, NY 14456, 315-781-5483
TICKETS: $10 General Admission, $9 senior/student, $15 Day of show
The Town Pants are back to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day! With a decades worth of headlining Roots and Celtic festivals to selling out nights at rock venues The Town Pants own brand of Celtic roots rock rebel spans five albums so far, backed up with a legendary live show that’s garnered them fans internationally from New York to Norway. And while The Pacific Northwest may not be the first place you would expect to hear rollicking Celtic roots music, but The Town Pants are determined to change that. The Vancouver, Canada-based band combines aspects of Irish traditional, folk rock and roots Americana, fusing their signature dual lead vocals to create their own unique brand of high energy “West Coast Celtic.”

The Towne Crier in Beacon presents
TOM CHAPIN 70th Birthday Concert with The Chapin Sisters & Friends
8:30 p.m.
Towne Crier, 379 Main Street, Beacon, NY, (845) 855-1300
Tickets: $25 advance/ $30 at door
Mark the date: March 13, 2015. That’s the very day that the Hudson Valley’s own troubadour, three-time Grammy winner Tom Chapin, turns 70 years young. And he has chosen to celebrate his birthday musically with family and friends at his 70th Birthday Concert here at the lovely Towne Crier Cafe. It promises to be an unforgettable evening of song and story as Tom shares selections from his vast repertoire and debuts songs from his brand new CD, A Light In Your Window. His longtime band mates and musical partners Jon Cobert & Michael Mark will be there to lend their joyful voices and amazing instrumental chops as well. But wait, there’s more: sharing the bill are Tom’s magically musical daughters, The Chapin Sisters. Abigail & Lily Chapin will do a set of their original music and then, making this a concert not to miss, will join their Dad onstage to finish the evening together in song. Continuing in the Chapin family tradition of activism and hunger advocacy, we will be collecting non-perishable food at the concert, which will be donated to a local food pantry.

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Saturday, March 14, 2015
Flushing Town Hall presents
Taylor 2 Dance Workshop
1:00 p.m.
Flushing Town Hall, 137-35 Northern Boulevard, (at the corner of Linden Place), Flushing, NY 11354
Tickets: $7/$4 Children/Free for members with tickets to 2:15 p.m. show
Join members of the renowned Taylor 2 for an interactive dance workshop representing the wide range of athleticism, humor and emotion found in Paul Taylor’s work. For ages 10 and up.

Flushing Town Hall presents
Taylor 2 Dance Performance
2:15 p.m.
Flushing Town Hall, 137-35 Northern Boulevard, (at the corner of Linden Place), Flushing, NY 11354
Tickets: $13/$10 Members/$8 Children/$6 Member Children
JEstablished in 1993 by Paul Taylor to ensure his works could be seen by audiences all over the world, Taylor 2 is modern dance unhindered by technical limitations. In selecting repertoire for Taylor 2, Mr. Taylor chooses dances that span the broad spectrum of his original work. Pre-show Members Lounge at 1:45 PM

Irish Arts Center announces
4th Annual A Celtic Appalachian Celebration
Annual St. Patrick’s Day Concerts Featuring Old Time American, Country and Bluegrass Music with Irish Influences
2:30 p.m. and 8 p.m.
Peter Norton Symphony Space, 2537 Broadway at 95th Street, New York, NY
Tickets: Premium Orchestra Seats: $60; Rear Orchestra: $50 non-member / $40 member; Balcony: $40 non-member / $32 member / $25 student
Featuring Mick Moloney and The Green Fields of America, with Athena Tergis (fiddle), Billy McComiskey (button accordion), Jerry O’Sullivan (uilleann pipes and whistle), Brendan Dolan (piano), Niall O’Leary (dancer), Liz Hanley (fiddle, vocals), The Bing Brothers Band featuring Jake Krack Mike Bing (mandolin), Tim Bing (banjo), Jake Krack (fiddle), Tim Corbett (bass), Bob Lieving (guitar). With Special Guests Cheick Hamala Diabaté (nguni and plantation gourd banjo, both West African precursors to the banjo) & Kyle Alden (Guitar, Vocals) The weekend before St. Patrick’s Day, roll up your sleeves for an evening of hootin’, hollerin’, pickin’, strummin’, and foot-stompin’ revelry with over 15 world musicians, singers, and dancers genre-jumping through the jigs, reels, and harmonies of Ireland, America, and West Africa, led by legendary musician, folklorist and National Heritage Award-winner Mick Moloney. Featuring some of the most formidable and respected old-time musicians in West Virginia, the Bing Brothers Band will showcase their hard-driving brand of string music. With over 30 years’ experience, their sound has been recognized and rewarded with many honors over the years, and represents Appalachia’s thriving musical heritage. Collaborating with the beloved Green Fields of America—one of the best-known and longest running Irish American groups—the Bing Brothers Band will share the stage with San Francisco based singer/songwriter/guitarist Kyle Alden, best known for his award-winning folk music settings of W.B. Yeats’ poetry, and Cheick Hamala Diabaté, a griot (storyteller) and master of the West African precursor to the banjo. Infusing the best Irish traditional music influences on old time American, country and bluegrass music, the evening is the perfect setting to celebrate a musical tradition that knows no boundaries.

Center for Traditional Music and Dance and Verite Sou Tanbou present
JETE DLO (LIBATION)
A three-part concert series celebrating and exploring Haitian traditional singing, drumming, and dance

March 14/April 17/June 13
MARCH 14—OUGENIKON: THE ROLE OF THE SINGER IN HAITIAN VODOU 7:30 p.m.
The Great Room, South Oxford Space, 138 South Oxford Street, Brooklyn, NY
Free Admission. Reception to follow
SEATING IS BY ADVANCE RSVP ONLY. RSVP NOW TO RESERVE A SEAT
Five stellar Vodou songstresses come together for an evening of song and conversation about what it means to be a singer. The Center for Traditional Music and Dance and its Haitian Community Cultural Initiative, Verite Sou Tanbou, invite you to Jete Dlo (Libation), another three-part series of educational programs on Haitian Vodou practice and performance in New York City. In honor of women’s history month, five New York-based Haitian Vodou songstresses—Rozna Zila, Riva Precil, Taïna Ligondé, Jocelyn Gay, and Ms. Zile—come together to perform and discuss what it means to be a singer in their families and communities. Introduced and hosted by singer/researcher Georges Vilson, author of the Kandelab anthologies of Haitian folk and Vodou songs, the program features drumming by Jean-Mary Brignol, Renald St. Juste, and Jean Emmanuel Blanchard, with special guests Michel Ligondé on drums and Regine Romain (duet vocals). Performances will be followed by an audience question-and-answer session and light refreshments.

The Folkus Project announces
The Westcott Community Center presents the Syracuse Acoustic Blues Festival
A cabaret of local blues acts, sponsored by Hondo Mesa Records
7:30 p.m.
Westcott Community Center, 826 Euclid Avenue, Syracuse, NY
Tickets are $3 each or $5 per family
Tickets at the door or by contacting the Westcott Center; 478-8634
The Acoustic Blues Festival will be held as part of The Westcott Community Center’s “Second Saturday” Series. Includes:
Hondo Mesa & Midnight Mike: This duo brings together a guitar and harmonica and follow that with raspy vocals for a taste of Americana, while feeling at home on the ranch or in the blues clubs of the Mississippi Delta. Both musicians come from strong roots in the Central New York music scene. Midnight Mike Petroff is an energetic showman having been a part of the blues group Dirty Pool. Hondo Mesa has supported several bands in Central New York through his independent record label and now returns to the stage as an unsigned artist fronting the Americana influenced blues group.
Leo Crandall: A founding member and lead singer/songwriter of the Gonstermachers, this Syracuse-based musician also performs as a solo act; primarily on guitar and cello. This Syracuse singer-songwriter blends a fine aching blues voice with an ear for unusual, arrhythmic arrangements.
Larry Hoyt: Singer/Songwriter, photographer, host of Common Threads on WAER, Hoyt is one of Central New York’s most popular musicians. Hoyt, along with his group the Good Acoustics, play a wide range of music including pop, folk, country, swing, and rock ‘n’ roll.

Caffè Lena presents
The Whippersnappers
8:00 p.m.
Caffè Lena, 47 Phila St., Saratoga Springs, NY, 518-583-0022
Tickets: $18, Member $16, Child and Student $9
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Originally formed in 1976 to serenade the racetrack crowd, this trio of regional folk superstars offers upbeat string band music with fiddles, 5-string banjo and acoustic guitar, featuring fun songs new and old, and fiddle instrumentals both lively and stately. The Whippersnappers are multi-instrumentalists Peter Davis, George Wilson, and Frank Orsini. Davis is in Annie & the Hedonists, playing guitar, piano, and clarinet; Wilson is a traditional fiddler and banjoist who has played with Fennig’s All-Stars and is a frequent performer at regional contra dances and folk festivals; and fiddler-mandolinist-guitarist Frank Orsini has played with bluegrass greats Bill Keith and Frank Wakefield.

World Music Institute (WMI) presents
COLOMBIA TO BROOKLYN! GREGORIO URIBE BIG BAND
8 p.m.
Roulette, 509 Atlantic Ave., Brooklyn, NY
Tickets: $25 / WMI Friends $20 / Bring a Kid! $5
Open cocktail hour 7-8 p.m.; Dance lessons 7:30 p.m.; Show 8:00 p.m.; party until midnight.
Dance floor / standing room on main level; limited seating available in balcony with reservations.
Led by the charismatic singer and accordionist Gregorio Uribe, this 16-piece orchestra blends cumbia and other Colombian rhythms with powerful big-band arrangements. The group has wowed crowds from The Kennedy Center to the Celebrate Brooklyn Festival; the spirited Uribe was even named one of the “100 Most Successful Colombians Abroad” by the country’s government. This concert marks the CD release party for the group’s first album, Cumbia Universal.

The Towne Crier in Beacon presents
MILTON; also SIMI STONE
8:30 p.m.
Towne Crier, 379 Main Street, Beacon, NY, (845) 855-1300
Tickets: $20 advance/ $25 at door
Milton, the modern-day troubadour with the distinctive voice, is known partly for his exuberant song, “In The City” (a college radio hit), but mostly for his soul-stirring live shows and for his larger body of music which hovers in a distinctively NYC intersection of rhythm & blues, pop, folk-rock and country. Simi Stone has been getting a lot of attention locally and nationally for her songwriting and performances. She was voted “Best Up-&-Coming Musician In The Hudson Valley” in October 2015, and is on the cover of Hudson Valley Magazine’s October issue.

...and beyond
Dewey Hall presents
The Universal Set
7 p.m.
Dewey Hall, 91 Main Street, Sheffield, MA 01257
$10 suggested minimum donation at the door.
Local legends, The Universal Set, return to Dewey Hall for another benefit concert to raise funds for the Hall and this time they are bringing their friends, The Sheffield Chapel Praise Team.

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Sunday, March 15, 2015
Albany Institute of History & Art announces
LECTURE Double Play: Baseball and the Forms of Fiction
Randall T. Craig, Professor and Chair, Department of English, University at Albany
2-3:00 p.m.
Albany Institute of History & Art, 125 Washington Ave., Albany, NY 12210
Free with museum admission
Novels about baseball stand out in literary history as famous baseball games and players do in the history of the United States. The fiction of Ring Lardner and Mark Harris, Philip Roth and Bernard Malamud, Robert Coover and Michael Joyce, among others, documents the evolution of a genre—and a nation.

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.

Caffè Lena presents
Cris Williamson
2:00 p.m.
Caffè Lena, 47 Phila St., Saratoga Springs, NY, 518-583-0022
Tickets: $24, Member $22, Child and Student $12
Buy tickets online
Forty years ago in Los Angeles, a collective of young, radical lesbians released a record album that became the soundtrack of a movement. Cris Williamson’s The Changer and The Changed essentially launched the genre known as Women’s Music. Bonnie Raitt described Cris’s voice as “like honey on a cello” and The Boston Globe has praised her as “a brilliant composer and lyricist.” Her tasteful covers and moving originals, as well as her politics and gift for inspiring, have made her an enduring force in the American music scene. As an advocate for Native Americans she performed with Jackson Browne, Bonnie Raitt, Joan Baez, Floyd Westerman, and John Trudell on the Water for Life Tour. As an advocate for preserving the world’s rain forests she has played with Danny O’Keefe and Keb Mo. And as a constant and fierce supporter of women’s rights, she’s taken the stage with Gloria Steinem, Billie Jean King, Holly Near, and Kate Clinton, to name a few. Along with her never-ending flow of new material, Cris is dedicating this 40th Anniversary year to dusting off some of her ageless gems and sprinkling them into her solo sets.

The Folk Arts Program of the Castellani Art Museum of Niagara University
An event of the 2015 Spring Folk Art Series
Folk Art Workshop: POLISH PALM-WEAVING
2-5 p.m.
Castellani Art Museum of Niagara University, 5795 Lewiston Road, Niagara University, New York 14109
Ages 13 to adult.
For more information, call the Castellani Art Museum at (716) 286-8200 or contact Valerie Walawender, M.A., Interim Curator of Folk Arts at vwalawender@niagara.edu.
Awarded the Polish Ministry of Culture Heritage award, Fr. Czeslaw Krysa will lead a workshop on the traditional art of Polish Palm weaving, beliefs, and culture.

StoryCircle at Proctors Theater presents
Story Sunday at the The Glen Sanders Mansion: Stories at the End of the Rainbow with Lorraine Hartin-Gelardi and Karen Pillsworth
5 p.m.
The Glen Sanders Mansion, 1 Glen Avenue, Scotia, NY 12302
$35 per person (includes entertainment, 3 course dinner, coffee/tea, tax and tip)
Bring someone new and you each save $3 (only one discount/person).
Pay at the door using cash or checks made out to “Story Circle”
Reservations: (518) 384-1700, or Kate@KateDudding.com. Please indicate how many of each entrée is desired.
Lorraine Hartin-Gelardi and Karen Pillsworth know that a good story is worth its weight in gold. Their treasury of traditional Celtic tales and original stories flavored with a drop of Irish magic will keep you laughing and bring a tear to your eye.
Entrees:
Corned Beef and Cabbage; Crisp Potato and Herb Crusted Salmon; or Vegetarian Stuffed Cabbage Rolls.

Caffè Lena presents
John Gorka
7:00 p.m.
Caffè Lena, 47 Phila St., Saratoga Springs, NY, 518-583-0022
Tickets: $22, Member $20, Child and Student $11
Buy tickets online
At festivals and concert halls around the world, on TV and radio, singer, songwriter, guitarist, and pianist John Gorka raises goosebumps with his soulful baritone and sharp observations in rich, multi-faceted songs full of depth, beauty, and emotion. Whether he’s performing a song brimming with love and loss, a keenly felt vignette about daily life, biting social commentary, or just plain old down-home humor, John displays an unerring grasp of words, melody, and the details that trigger universal understanding. John’s latest release, 2014’s The Bright Side of Down (Red House Records) bears his signature witty, bluesy, energetic style and features guest vocal appearances by long-time collaborators Lucy Kaplansky, Eliza Gilkyson, and Claudia Schmidt.

The Towne Crier in Beacon presents
BREWER & SHIPLEY; with special guest Mister Roper
7:30 p.m.
Towne Crier, 379 Main Street, Beacon, NY, (845) 855-1300
Tickets: $25 advance/ $30 at door
Michael Brewer and Tom Shipley are truly two who work as one. Still as passionate as ever, they continue to blend guitars and voices and perform for audiences 40 years after their trademark vocal harmonies and intertwined acoustic guitars carved a unique niche in America’s soundboard. Their melodic music and underlying lyrical themes of personal freedom and traditional songs of love still resonate with long time fans while continuing to draw new ones.

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Monday, March 16, 2015

The Neighborhood Preservation Center announces
How to be a History Detective: Using high tech tools and old-fashioned sleuthing to uncover the history of UWS buildings
6:30-8:30 p.m.
Hostelling International, 891 Amsterdam Avenue at 103rd Street, NYC 10025
Free and open to the public
The Neighborhood Preservation Center is partnering with the Bloomingdale Neighborhood History Group to present How to Be a History Detective. Learn how to research the history of your own building, school, church, synagogue, or favorite example of UWS architecture! The program will consist of the following:
Research Tools Lecture (approx. one hour):
Anthony W. Robins, architectural historian, author and lecturer

Brief Overview of Neighborhood Building Typology (approx. 15 minutes):
Susan De Vries, consultant/historic preservation and NYC history

One-on-one Sessions (approx. 30 minutes):
Educational lectures followed by optional individual sessions (limited to 10 minutes each) with one of our research volunteers who will help you start your own search

To RSVP, please call 212-666-9774. Any questions, please email us or call 212-228-2781. This program is also sponsored by the Columbus Amsterdam BID and Hostelling International.

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

...and beyond
Dewey Hall and Mayflower Farm present
A special St. Patty’s Day concert with Appalachian duo Anna & Elizabeth
7 p.m.
Dewey Hall, 91 Main Street, Sheffield, MA 01257
$10 students/$15 adults.
The acclaimed young duo, Anna & Elizabeth, bring their master Appalachian ballad singing and storytelling to the Hall. Practitioners of the lost art of “crankies,” scrolling storyboards of sewn fabric or cut paper, they illustrate the ballads they sing on hand-crafted scrolls they’ve created. You don’t want ti miss this one!

Wednesday, March 18, 2015
Caffè Lena presents
Anna Roberts-Gevalt & Elizabeth LaPrelle
7:00 p.m.
Caffè Lena, 47 Phila St., Saratoga Springs, NY, 518-583-0022
Tickets: $10, Child and Student $5
Buy tickets online
Anna Roberts-Gevalt (fiddle, banjo, guitar and harmonies) and Elizabeth LaPrelle (ballads, banjo) inspire audiences with the beautiful soul of Appalachian roots music. Steeped in knowledge of mountain tunes, ballads and stories, the pair are gifted storytellers and visual artists reviving the lost art of “crankies,” scrolling storyboards made of sewn fabric or cut paper. Elizabeth was the first recipient of the Henry Reed Award from the Library of Congress at age 16; won the 2012 Mike Seeger Award at Folk Alliance International; has released 3 solo ballad albums; and was called “quite simply the best young appalachian ballad singer to emerge in recent memory” by Roots Magazine. Anna is a blue-ribbon fiddler and banjo player; the artistic director of East Kentucky’s traditional music institute, the Cowan Creek Mountain Music School; and an in-demand music video artist.

The An-sky Institute for Jewish Culture of the Center for Traditional Music and Dance announces
Zingeray! Yiddish Songfest
7:00 p.m.
City Lore, 56 E 1st St, New York, New York 10003
Admission: $15, Tickets available online.
A program of Yiddish songs in the zingeray tradition. Featuring some of the finest proponents of this time-honored tradition including Carol Freeman, Sarah Gordon, Esther Gottesman, Janet Leuchter, Jerry Marcus and CTMD’s Ethel Raim. The zingeray tradition is a vehicle for the sharing of Yiddish folksongs communally. Usually held in a home or community center, zingerays are informal get-togethers in which participants shmuze (talk), nosh (snack), drink and sing songs. They are often part of holidays such as the harvest festival of Sukes (Sukkot). For singers, the zingeray is a classroom as well as a simkhe (celebration). They learn songs from each other as well as “workshopping” new song of their own. Master singers know hundreds of songs. Zingerays are not scripted. Part of the art of this tradition is choosing a song that subtly and sensitively builds on the themes of previous songs. While some songs are hundreds of years old, many canonical songs are more contemporary and reflect a variety of social movements.
Held in conjunction with City Lore’s exhibition Mother Tongues: Endangered Languages in NYC and Beyond. See EXHIBITIONS section below for more information on this exhibit.

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Thursday, March 19, 2015
New York Cultural Heritage Network announces their Annual Cultural Heritage Tourism Symposium:
Bridging The Past With The Future
Promoting Cultural Heritage Tourism through Education and Marketing
9 a.m.-4 p.m.
Ho Science Center, Colgate University, Hamilton, NY
Make Reservations Now! RSVP: www.nychtn.com/rsvp/signup.html
Price: Network members $50, Non-members $60
Space is limited. Reservations can be accepted for the first 75 persons.
Contact: info@nychtn.com or 315/521-3985 with questions
This conference is for Cultural Heritage attractions, historical societies, and anyone who needs to drive more tourism business to their own front door. Price includes day’s events, luncheon, take home materials, refreshments, excellent presentations, and time to network. Laura Mandala, of Mandala Research Inc. will make the keynote address, discussing her recent research on cultural heritage travelers, their travel choices, spending habits, and much more. Tour packaging professional Lynn Herzig shares his knowledge on cooperative packaging for the cultural heritage traveler. Learn how the 100th anniversary of New York State’s women’s suffrage in 2017 can benefit us all and what the Network is doing to promote and market this event. The NYS Canal Corporation will provide planning and programming information on the 200th Anniversary of the Erie Canal’s inception to be celebrated in 2017.

National Arts Club presents
Shaker Museum Lecture—Mount Lebanon’s North House: The History and Legacy of a Shaker Masterpiece
6:30 p.m. Wine and cheese reception
Lecture 7:00 p.m.
The National Arts Club, 15 Gramercy Park South, New York, New York, 10003
Tickets are $50, and available for purchase through the Shaker Museum | Mount Lebanon’s online store. Attendees are advised that the National Arts Club observes a strict dress code. More information about the venue and dress code is available at www.nationalartsclub.org.
The museum’s Director of Collections and Research, noted Shaker scholar Jerry Grant, will deliver an illustrated lecture focusing on one of Mount Lebanon Shaker Village’s best known structures. The North Family’s First Dwelling House, often called simply the “North House,” was constructed and raised in 1818 to house the North Family Shakers. The building was the home of the North Family Shakers until the last seven Shakers departed Mount Lebanon in 1947. In 1973, the structure was deemed to be a liability and was demolished. “The North Family Shakers, as the public face of the Mount Lebanon Shakers, made a great effort to present Shakers as progressive and modern,” noted Mr. Grant. “The North House was the physical manifestation of this effort.” A Retiring Room for Shaker Sisters was purchased, dismantled and removed from the North House before its deconstruction, and today is presented as a period room in the American Wing of the Metropolitan Museum of Art. The room serves as an example of the typical characteristics of Shaker design, including utility, simplicity, and beauty. The Shakers built hundreds of buildings uniquely suited to its geography and function. Each Shaker village had a Meetinghouse as the architectural center of faith and practice, while the Dwelling House was the home for each family — where they slept, ate, kept their clothing, and worshiped together in daily religious exercises. The North Family’s First Dwelling House was one such structure, and is the lens through which Mr. Grant will illustrate the hallmarks of Shaker life and design during the hour-long lecture.

The Folklife Center at Crandall Public Library continues its ever-popular
Live! Folklife Concert Spring Series
Phil Henry with Gary Moon
7-9 p.m. (doors open at 6:30 p.m.)
Crandall Public Library, 251 Glen Street, Glens Falls, NY 12801, 518-792-6508 x237
(in the Community Room, downstairs off the Library’s Glen Street entrance)
Cost: Free
Phil Henry serenades his audiences with his sweet strong voice, intricate guitar work, and songs so rich and sweeping you’ll wish you wrote them yourself. He’s played the big stages — Kerrville, Falcon Ridge — and won song contests like SolarFest and Susquehanna. His new CD, Aberdeen, continues his tradition of upbeat, narrative folk songs, weaving detailed characters and settings with his own personal history and emotions.
This series is made possible with funds from 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.

The Towne Crier in Beacon presents
THE NARROWBACKS; also JAMESONS REVENGE
7:30 p.m.
Towne Crier, 379 Main Street, Beacon, NY, (845) 855-1300
Tickets: $20 advance/ $25 at door
The brain child of a future banker and a drop out bartender; The Narrowbacks are a fresh voice for songs old and new. The sons of Irish Immigrants these are the stories of first generation Americans in New York. The Narrowbacks are a 6-piece band consisting of Banjo, Mandolin, Button Accordion, Acoustic Guitar, Bass and Drums. Frequenting the pubs, clubs and beer mugs of the east coast in support of their debut album Fire it up. The Narrowbacks are spreading their folk punk music to the masses. They have been featured in the Irish Voice, Irish Echo and most recently quoted in the New York Times about Black 47’s recent retirement. They are an up and coming band with a loyal following that continues to grow with every show. Jamesons Revenge started in 2006, when a loosely connected group of Irish & American musicians living in The Bronx & Westchester would spontaneously meet up at different sessions around town from time to time, to sit down, play, have a few laughs (pints) and let the tunes go where they may. After a short time they began to play various events and gigs at different music venues but no line-up would ever be the same from one gig to another. In March ’08 they collaberated on and released a cd titled Straight from the Bottle in the hopes of featuring the music from these extremely talented players. To this day, some folks still regard the album as: “one of the best Trad-Irish compilations no-one has ever heard.”

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Friday, March 20, 2015
StoryCircle at Proctors Theater announces
Storytelling with Janet Carter
7 p.m.
Inquiring Minds Bookstore, Corner of Main and Partition, Saugerties, NY, 845-246-5775
For those who want to meet before, we have dinner at 5:45 at the Dutch Tavern on Main Street.

The Town Hall presents in association with Robert Browning Associates and Festival Flamenco Gitano USA present
GENERATIONS OF GYPSY FLAMENCO: Concha Vargas * Pepe Torres * Gema Moneo
with singers José Valencia & Luis Moneo, guitarists El Peria & José Gálvez, and percussionist Luis de la Tota
Special Guest: Esperanza Fernandez

8 p.m.
The Town Hall, 123 W. 43rd Street, NYC
Tickets: $45, $50, $65
Taking one back to the heart of flamenco puro, this mesmerizing program features extraordinary dancers representing several generations and styles from four different towns in Andalusia (Lebrija, Moron de la Frontera, Jerez de la Frontera, and Granada): Concha Vargas, an icon of Gypsy flamenco dance, who is a living legend representing the Golden Age of Flamenco in Andalusia; Pepe Torres, a polyrhythmic powerhouse whose superb footwork provided the main percussive support for the award-winning ensemble Son de la Frontera; rising star Gema Moneo, a member of the legendary Moneo clan of Gypsy flamenco singers and guitarists in Jerez de la Frontera who has performed with Farruquito’s company and Diego del Morao, among others.

ArtsWestchester invites you to
Crossing Borders in Performance III: The Zem Audu Quartet
8-10:30 p.m.
ArtsWestchester, 31 Mamaroneck Avenue, White Plains, NY 10601
Admission: $20 General, $15 ArtsW Member, $15 Student
For tickets and information: Visit the ArtsWestchester website.
Zem Audu Quartet featuring Yoruba percussionist Kaleta. Nigerian saxophonist Zem Audu explores the intersection of African music and jazz, in conversation with exhibiting artist, Osi Audu. Azemobo is an award-winning saxophonist, composer and producer whose fresh sound is a blend of contemporary jazz and modern grooves.

Folk Music Society of New York/New York Pinewoods Folk Music Club presents
The Murphy Beds
8 p.m.
Pearl Studios, 500 Eighth Ave, #404 4th floor, Manhattan (bet. 35–36th Sts).
Contribution: $20, members $18; full time students (with ID) $10.
The Murphy Beds (Jefferson Hamer and Eamon O’Leary) present traditional and original folk songs with close harmonies and deft instrumental arrangements on bouzouki, guitar, and mandolin. They have performed and collaborated with artists across the folk spectrum including Beth Orton, Bonnie “Prince” Billy, Anais Mitchell, and Sam Amidon. Eamon started playing Irish music while growing up in Dublin through his friendship with the Mayock family, traditional musicians from County Mayo. When he moved to NYC in the early ’90s, he immersed himself in the city’s traditional music scene and travelled widely. In 2004 he and fiddler Patrick Ourceau released the album Live at Mona’s. His last solo record, Old Clump, was released in 2012. Jefferson is a guitarist and singer based in Brooklyn, NY. In 2013, in addition to The Murphy Beds, he and songwriter Anais Mitchell released Child Ballads, a collection of new adaptations of English and Scottish folk songs which won a BBC Radio 2 Folk Award.

Caffè Lena presents
Scott Ainslie — CD Release: The Last Shot Got Him
8:00 p.m.
Caffè Lena, 47 Phila St., Saratoga Springs, NY, 518-583-0022
Tickets: $18, $16 Members, $9 Child and student
Buy tickets online
Inspired by the voice of a 1934 Gibson archtop and named for a ragtime Blues from Mississippi John Hurt, Ainslie’s latest album features blues, songs, and standards popular when the guitar was young - and one original song. Armed with a lion-hearted voice, acoustic guitar, National slide guitar, fretless gourd banjo, diddley bow (one-string slide instrument), Scott shares songs and carefully chosen historical anecdotes.

The Folkus Project presents
Cricket Tell the Weather
8:00 p.m.
May Memorial Unitarian Universalist Society, 3800 East Genesee Street, Syracuse, NY
Advance sale tickets are available online at www.folkus.org
The Brooklyn-based indie string band features bluegrass-inspired original music. Winners of the 2013 FreshGrass Award, Cricket is rooted in the bluegrass tradition, and expands to include rock, pop, and jazz elements. The group includes award-winning songwriters Andrea Asprelli (fiddle) and Doug Goldstein on banjo, and Jeff Picker on bass and guitar. Asprelli previously lived in Syracuse and was a member of the notable local bluegrass band, Boots ’n’ Shorts.

The Towne Crier in Beacon presents
WILLI AMROD Band with Johnny Spampinato (formerly of NRBQ), Paul Amrod and Budapest’s Rackajam; with special guest The Crossroads Band
8:30 p.m.
Towne Crier, 379 Main Street, Beacon, NY, (845) 855-1300
Tickets: $20 advance/ $25 at door
Willi Amrod has always assembled some of the best musicians in the Hudson Valley including his “Outta Town” horn section and this special appearance at the Town Crier is truly unprecedented. The evening’s set list will include Amrod favorites with Willi front and center on vocals and bass guitar, as well as a few NRBQ classics with longtime friend and band mate Johnny Spampinato. There will be a few new tunes featuring RACKAJAM’s Gyorgy Ferenczi on harmonica and vocals, Zsolty Pinter on mandolin and vocals & Adam Apati on melodica, and whatever else Adam packs in his bag (if it has keys or strings Adam plays it). Joining Willi on stage will be no strangers to his very special blend of “country funk,” blues and good ol’ rock n’ roll. Willi’s brother, Paul Amrod will be making a rare area appearance on keyboards and vocals. Paul is a Julliard graduate and has been composing music in Germany for more than two decades. The show includes Johnny Spampinato, who area fans all know as the younger brother of The Spampinato Brothers and former lead guitarist for more than ten years for the legendary NRBQ. Johnny will provide his unique guitar style, hot licks and vocals. Rackajam is getting fantastic reviews in Europe.

March 20-March 22, 2015
Anabella Lenzu/DanceDrama presents
DanceDrama Lab Workshop/ Dance Technique & Repertory
Fri 3/20 from 6-9 p.m.
Sat 3/21 from 11 a.m.-2 p.m.
Sun 3/22 from 11 a.m.-2 p.m.
CPR Center for Performance Research (361 Manhattan Ave, Williamsburg, Brooklyn)
Apply for the workshop online
This workshop develops alignment technique and an understanding of the dynamic in dance. Increase flexibility and strength as well as to develop muscular awareness in order to prevent injuries. Proper technique is the foundation for learning to dance and control the body, showing how to use one’s muscles, achieve balance, and become aware of posture and placement. Students experience and study Anabella Lenzu / DanceDrama repertory. This workshop explores the principle: Motion Creates Emotion /Emotion Creates Motion, and emphasizes the use of imagination, interpretation, and body coordination and control. My emphasis is on the journey rather than the destination, on understanding the impulses generated by movements and gestures.

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Saturday, March 21, 2015
Albany Institute of History & Art announces
Author, Illustrator, and Heroine to Participate in Special Workshop
One Plastic Bag: Isatou Ceesay and the Recycling Women of the Gambia Noon and 3 p.m.
Albany Institute of History & Art, 125 Washington Ave., Albany, NY 12210
Copies of the book will be available for signing in the museum shop.
One Plastic Bag: Isatou Ceesay and the Recycling Women of the Gambia is an exciting new picture book recently published by Millbrook Picture Books. Based on real events, it tells the story of an innovative woman who discovered a way to support her community and the environment through recycling. Illustrator and local artist Elizabeth Zunon worked with author Miranda Paul to tell the story of Isatou Cessay. All three women will be at the museum on March 21 for a special workshop (two sessions, one at noon and one at 3 p.m.). Miranda Paul will read from her book and participants will create their own recycled art project. Born in Albany, Zunon moved to the Ivory Coast, West Africa, where she spent her childhood. After returning to the Albany area at age 12, she attended Guilderland Schools and eventually the Rhode Island School of Design where she received her BFA in Illustration in 2006. She attributes her strong interest in color and pattern to the bright colors of West African fabrics and tropical vegetation. In 2014, the museum acquired an original illustration by the well-known children’s book illustrator. The illustration “Wanting to Be Free like the Wind Blows through a Tree” is from the book My Hands Sing the Blues: Romare Bearden’s Childhood Journey, a biography focusing on the childhood of 20th-century African-American artist Romare Bearden, written by Jeanne Walker Harvey. We are excited to welcome Zunon back to the museum for this program!

Caffè Lena presents
FREE Little Folks Concert with Ellis Paul
3:00 p.m.
Caffè Lena, 47 Phila St., Saratoga Springs, NY, 518-583-0022
Inspired by his young daughters, Ellis Paul has released two albums of music for children, including the Parenṯs Choice Gold Award winner The Hero in You (2012), an album of songs about people whose words, actions, inventions and art have made a profound difference in our lives. Built on a foundation of social consciousness and inspiration, Ellis’s children’s songs are also whimsical, simple, and fun.

Caffè Lena presents
Ellis Paul
7:00 p.m.
Caffè Lena, 47 Phila St., Saratoga Springs, NY, 518-583-0022
Tickets: $24, $22 Members, $12 Child and student
Buy tickets online
Ellis Paul’s engaging conversational style turns a roomful of fans into a roomful of friends. He sings touching and tender stories that meld soaring pop melodies with lyrics that carry the storytelling tradition of Woody Guthrie and Pete Seeger into today's world. Every song has a moment that leaves you craving repeated listens. Ellis has been honored with an unprecedented fourteen Boston Music Awards and just release his nineteenth album. His shows are inspiring and intimate, full of wonder and whimsy, and two straight hours of beautiful songs delivered in a high, clear voice that gets you right the heart. His latest album, Chasing Beauty, was released in 2014—the same year he published a book (The Hero In You) and received an Honorary Doctorate from the University of Maine in his hometown of Presque Isle.

Eighth Step 8th Step at Proctors (GE Theatre) presents
MUSTARD’s RETREAT
7:30 p.m.
The Eighth Step at Proctors, 432 State St. Schenectady NY 12305
Tickets on sale now at 518-434-1703
$26 General; $24 in advance; $28 Gold Circle
For four decades, David Tamulevich and Michael Hough have entertained audiences with their special brand of folk music. Acclaimed as not only songwriters but as interpreters of traditional and contemporary songs and stories, they bring enthusiasm, good humor, and fine musicianship. Multi-instrumentalists (guitar, electric bass, dulcimer, mandolin, harmonica, pennywhistle), they draw on a large repertoire influenced by the folk revival of the ’60s and the explosive singer-songwriter movement.

Robert Browning Associates presents
KALA RAMNATH with ABHIJIT BANERJEE
North Indian Music for Violin
8 p.m.
Roulette, 509 Atlantic Ave (at 3rd Ave), Downtown Brooklyn. Tel. (917) 267-0363
Tickets: $30/ students & seniors $25
Master violinist Kala Ramnath hails from a musical family that has produced some of the greatest Indian violinists, including T. N. Krishnan, and N. Rajam. While her musical roots are in the south, she chose to follow the North Indian tradition and has become the leading violinist of that genre. A pre-eminent disciple of the legendary vocalist Pandit Jasraj, under his mentorship she revolutionized violin technique and produced a distinctive and evocative new sound; today her violin is called “the Singing Violin.” Her extensive credits include working with Zakir Hussain, Edgar Meyer, Bela Fleck, Giovanni Hidalgo, and the London Philharmonic. Abhijit Banerjee is one of India’s leading tabla players. He has crafted a unique style and creative approach which has brought him accolades and awards throughout the world. He is one of the main disciples of the late Pt. Gyan Prakash Ghosh. He has accompanied most India’s major artists and has also made his mark in world music through collaborations with artists such as Ry Cooder, Larry Coryell, and Kenny Endo and has performed in major arts centers and festivals throughout the world.

ArtsWestchester invites you to
Crossing Borders in Performance IV: Monika Jalili — Twentieth Century Persian Folk and Popular Music
8-10:30 p.m.
ArtsWestchester, 31 Mamaroneck Avenue, White Plains, NY 10601
Admission: $20 General, $15 ArtsW Member, $15 Student
For tickets and information: Visit the ArtsWestchester website.
Celebrate Nowruz, the Persian New Year, with singer Monika Jalili and her ensemble, and conversation with exhibiting artist Nazanin Hedayat Munroe. For the past 9 years Monika Jalili has been performing Persian songs all over the world; songs that come from the hearts of truly dedicated and talented composers and poets whose careers were suddenly cut short in 1979, at the time of the Iranian Revolution. These are songs from the 1940s–1970s, songs of love and hope. While music from this period is a small slice of the vast genre of Persian music, it represents an era of great musical upheaval in Iran. These songs, sung by Monika with her angelic voice and colored with her soulful interpretations, make for superb performances.

The Towne Crier in Beacon presents
CLANCY TRADITION
8:30 p.m.
Towne Crier, 379 Main Street, Beacon, NY, (845) 855-1300
Tickets: $25 advance/ $30 at door
Brothers Eugene & Pat Clancy first started performing with their family’s Ceili Band in Ireland in the 1950s before coming to America in the 1960s, where they toured as the Irish Ramblers, recording The Patriot Game for Electra and performing at Carnegie Hall. The Clancy Tradition is still a fun, talented Irish family band with Eugene & Pat Clancy, along with a daughter and son on fiddle and bass, and accordion added for good measure.

...and beyond
Philadelphia Folklore Project announces a
Forum on Peacebuilding and Traditional Arts
2:30-5:00 p.m.
The Performance Garage, 1515 Brandywine Street, Philadelphia, PA
RSVP online or call PFP at 215-726-1106
Peacebuilding encompasses efforts that aim to transform conflict by nurturing compassion and creating safe spaces for people to live fulfilled lives, with dignity and joy. Please join us as we explore the relationship between traditional/folk arts and historical memory, reconciliation, anti-violence, immigration rights and other justice work through a screening of the documentary, Acting Together on the World Stage, and a panel discussion featuring artists, activists and scholars. The Folklore Project is proud to be collaborating on this program with Professor Cynthia Cohen of Brandeis University’s Peacebuilding and the Arts Initiative, and local artists and activists Germaine Ingram, Yared Portillo, Ximena Violante and the Liberian Women’s Chorus for Change, featuring Fatu Gayflor, Marie Nyenabo, Tokay Tomah. and Zaye Tete.

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Sunday, March 22, 2015
Albany Institute of History & Art announces
PANEL DISCUSSION Albany’s Twilight League
With Edward Delanty, Dick Barrett, and others
Moderated by journalist and author Paul Grondahl
2-3:00 p.m.
Albany Institute of History & Art, 125 Washington Ave., Albany, NY 12210
Free with museum admission
Established in 1930, Albany’s Twilight League is one of the oldest competitive amateur leagues in our nation. Join the foremost experts on its history for a rousing discussion about the people and places that make the league an integral part of our city’s social fabric.

The Folk Arts Program of the Castellani Art Museum of Niagara University
An event of the 2015 Spring Folk Art Series
Folk Art Workshop: TRADITIONAL POLISH WYCINANKI (DECORATIVE CUT-PAPER)
2-4 p.m.
Castellani Art Museum of Niagara University, 5795 Lewiston Road, Niagara University, New York 14109
Ages 13 to adult.
For more information, call the Castellani Art Museum at (716) 286-8200 or contact Valerie Walawender, M.A., Interim Curator of Folk Arts at vwalawender@niagara.edu.
Polish-American folk artist Barbara Frackiewicz will show workshop participants how to make wycinanki, Polish cut-paper in the creation of a traditional floral garden design.

Caffè Lena presents
Lindsay Lou & the Flatbellys
7:00 p.m.
Caffè Lena, 47 Phila St., Saratoga Springs, NY, 518-583-0022
Tickets: $18, $16 Members, $9 Child and student
Buy tickets online
Lindsay Lou & the Flatbellys weave together the throwback sound of bluegrass instruments and the striking delivery of blues vocals. Three-time IBMA winner David Grier says, “Phrasing, tone, emotion, it’s all there... Simply mesmerizing. Riveting!” With a homebase in the Great Lakes State of Michigan, Lindsay Lou Rilko (guitar, clawhammer banjo), Joshua Rilko (mandolin, lyrics), Mark Lavengood (dobro), and PJ George (bass) deliver powerful harmony singing, mighty picking, and a tight knit family-style conglomeration of contemporary roots music that has a signature complex groove that stands out from the crowd. Their brand new album is titled Ionia.

The Towne Crier in Beacon presents
ROOSEVELT DIME
7:30 p.m.
Towne Crier, 379 Main Street, Beacon, NY, (845) 855-1300
Tickets: $15 advance/ $20 at door
We all carry the Roosevelt Dime. It’s not a relic of the past, it’s the silver in your pocket. There was a time when Appalachian strings made romance with New Orleans rhythms, a love affair that yielded one of the most infectious beats the world had ever heard. For Roosevelt Dime that time is now. Some would call it Rock & Roll, others Americana, but “Mardi-Grass” is more like it—a bedrock of New Orleans rhythms that brings driving, melodic banjo, fat-back blues guitar, pure honky-tonk harmonies, and deliciously dirty R&B vocals along for the ride—with a whisper or a cry, a long, cool wail or a hot-and-heavy three part harmony, Roosevelt Dime speaks the language of the “Mardi-Grass” Blues.

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Monday, March 23, 2015
The Arts Center of the Capital Region presents
Bookmarks Reading and Performance Series: Transformation
Curated by Abby Lublin of the Front Parlor Series
7:00 p.m.
The Arts of the Capital Region, 265 River Street, Troy, NY 12180
Cost: Free
Submission Deadline: Monday February 23, at 11:59 p.m.
March marks a time of transition from Winter’s slumber to Spring’s bloom, at least in theory upstate! Share a story of a time you, or someone near you, metaphorically awoke from a slumber. Describe a moment of epiphany or perhaps a slow-roasted realization resulting in a big change.

SUBMISSION GUIDELINES
-Interested writers/creators should submit online
-All submissions must be received by 11:59 p.m. on the date indicated. The submission window will close at that time.
-Submissions should not exceed length specified on the submission form.
-You may submit to multiple curators but only once per theme.
-All applicants will be notified at least ten days before the event, or once the curator has chosen readers/presenters.
-Keep the date OPEN in case you are selected!

Monday and Tuesday, March 23 and March 24, 2015
The Eighth Step at Proctors Theater announces a
MUSIC SALE!!
10 a.m.-4 p.m.
Empire State Plaza, Concourse Level (indoors), Albany, NY
Donations of all these items are needed and will be gratefully accepted! Anything else you’d like to donate?
To donate music items or for more information, call Steve at (518) 482-5602 or at steve@helpfightaids.com or Ed at (518) 281-1414 or at midline911@aol.com
The Eighth Step & Help Fight AIDS through Books & Music proudly announce an exciting two-day collaborative event. This melodic happening will benefit both nonprofits! Help Fight AIDS Through Books and Music is a long-running volunteer community service project benefiting the Alliance for Positive Health (formerly AIDS Council of Northeastern NY). Proceeds from the project are used to help People With HIV/AIDS who have emergency and special needs. The sale will primarily feature used items including: CDs, VINYL RECORDS, SONG BOOKS/SHEET MUSIC, MUSIC DVDs, and BOOKS ABOUT MUSIC and MUSICIANS. Please turn out for this collaborative effort, and help us both continue to serve the regional community that we love! Your support will also help The Eighth Step continue to bring the finest contemporary and traditional folk/acoustic music, as it has done since 1967.

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Tuesday, March 24, 2015
Gotham Center for NYC History presents a Spring 2015 Forum:
The Progressive Era Reconsidered
6:30-8:00 p.m.
Elebash Recital Hall, CUNY, 365 Fifth Avenue at 34th Street, New York, NY
Free and open to the public. Seating is first come, first served
David Hyussen, author of Progressive Inequality: Rich and Poor in New York, 1890–1920, sits down with Joseph Varga, author of Hell's Kitchen and the Battle for Urban Space: Class Struggle and Progressive Reform in New York City, 1894–1914, to discuss some of our misconceptions about the famous reform era, and to explore new directions in historiography and research.

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Wednesday, March 25, 2015
StoryCircle at Proctors Theater announces
A Night of Stories from Many Diverse Indian Traditions
presented by Interfaith Story
6-9 p.m.
Hindu Temple, 450 Albany Shaker Road, Albany, NY 12211 (in Loudonville)
After the guest tellers, we will share more tales from India or related to values such as peace, consciousness, interfaith living, or the honoring of diversity within a nation.

Museum at Eldridge Street presents
A Triangle Fire Tribute – From the Ashes: Women Composers of the 20th Century
7 p.m.
Museum at Eldridge Street, 12 Eldridge Street, New York, NY 10002
Cost: $20 adults; $15 students and seniors
RSVP here
In a program honoring the victims ofthe 1911 Triangle Shirtwaist Factor Fire, chamber ensemble Sylvan Winds performs music by American women composers of the early 20th century to today including Elizabeth Swados, Ruth Crawford Seeger, Amy Beach, Charlotte Blake, May Aufderheide, and Katherine Hoover as well as Shostakovich’s String Quartet No. 8 , a passionate protest of injustice. This concert is sponsored by Nina Mogilnik andFamily in honor and memory of Jakob Mogilnik.

Caffè Lena presents
Acoustic Blues Open Mic & Jam
7:00 p.m.
Caffè Lena, 47 Phila St., Saratoga Springs, NY, 518-583-0022
No advanced ticket sales. Tickets may be purchased at the door.
Members of the Saratoga Acoustic Blues Society welcome players of all ages to perform original or traditional blues songs on the Caffè Lena stage. Play solo, or invite others to sit in. A featured performer opens with a 20-minute set, followed by the open mic, and wrapping up with a big group jam. A great night of entertainment whether you perform or just sit and enjoy! Hosted by Sonny Speed.

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Thursday, March 26, 2015
The Folklife Center at Crandall Public Library continues its ever-popular
Live! Folklife Concert Spring Series
Amy Gallatin & Stillwaters
7-9 p.m. (doors open at 6:30 p.m.)
Crandall Public Library, 251 Glen Street, Glens Falls, NY 12801, 518-792-6508 x237
(in the Community Room, downstairs off the Library’s Glen Street entrance)
Cost: Free
The powerhouse duo of Amy Gallatin and Roger Williams, 20- and 40-year veterans of the New England music scene, joined forces a few years ago to explore their mutual love of country standards, served up with an acoustic treatment in the bluegrass vein. The result is a toe-tapping blend of heartfelt vocals, soaring harmonies and red-hot picking, traditional yet modern and distinct. They are joined by JD Williams/mandolin, vocals; and Eric Levenson/ bass. “The song selections are perfect, the harmonies glorious, the sentiments wonderfully maudlin (like any good old country song)” – Americana radio host Ed McKeon.
This series is made possible with funds from 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.

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Friday, March 27, 2015
Caffè Lena presents
Chuck Pyle
8:00 p.m.
Caffè Lena, 47 Phila St., Saratoga Springs, NY, 518-583-0022
Tickets: $18, $16 Members, $9 Child and student
Buy tickets online
When reviewers first gave Chuck Pyle the “Zen Cowboy” moniker, he decided to, as he says, “Always ride the horse in the direction it’s going,” and took the nickname to heart, shaving his head and blending his upbeat perspective with old-fashioned horse sense. For 40 years, he has mixed infectiously hummable melodies with straight-from-the-saddle poetry, quoting bumper stickers, proverbs, world leaders and old cowboys. Chuck’s songs have been recorded by John Denver, The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band and Suzy Bogguss. And while fans love his recordings, they adore Chuck’s live performance.

Cornell Folk Song Society presents
Jay Ungar and Molly Mason
8:00 p.m.
Community School of Music and Arts, 330 E. State St., M. L. King St., Ithaca, NY
Tickets available online
Basic ticket price is $15.00 advance, $17.00 at the door. Cornell student tickets are $10.00 advance, $12.00 at the door. CFSS members, seniors (65 and older) and teens receive a $3.00 discount. Children under 12 get in free. You may know them from A Prairie Home Companion, from their own public radio program Dancing on the Air on WAMC’s Northeast Network, or from film soundtracks such as Legends of the Fall and Brother’s Keeper. Millions were entranced by the music they did for Ken Burns’ PBS documentary The Civil War. Their performance of the series’ signature tune, Jay’s haunting composition “Ashokan Farewell,” earned the couple international acclaim. The soundtrack won a Grammy and “Ashokan Farewell” was nominated for an Emmy. Their music embraces Appalachian, Celtic, Cajun, and Klezmer fiddle tunes, stirring Civil War classics, sassy songs from the golden age of swing and country, stunning waltzes, and deeply moving original compositions.

ArtsWestchester invites you to
Crossing Borders in Performance V: Francis Mateo
8-10:30 p.m.
ArtsWestchester, 31 Mamaroneck Avenue, White Plains, NY 10601
Admission: $20 General, $15 ArtsW Member, $15 Student
For tickets and information: Visit the ArtsWestchester website.
Dominican American poet, actor and writer Francis Mateo performs from his recent work, with keyboard, bass and percussion accompaniment, following dialog with exhibiting Dominican print artist, Pepe Coronado.

Robert Browning Associates presents
LUCILLA GALEAZZI
Festa Italiana
8:30 p.m.
Zankel Hall at Carnegie Hall, Seventh Avenue between 57th and 56th Street, New York, NY
Tickets: $36, $42
Lucilla Galeazzi, noted for her exquisite voice, brings to life the old folk music of Italy — from Umbria, Lombardy, and Rome to Calabria, Puglia and Sicily with Festa Italiana. Her arrangements of old Italian songs and dance melodies celebrate the beauty and vitality of the Mediterranean’s multi-cultural heritage with an ensemble that features accordion, nickelharp, fiddle, guitars, bass and percussion.

The Towne Crier in Beacon presents
MATT MARSHAK Band — Blues & Jazz
8:30 p.m.
Towne Crier, 379 Main Street, Beacon, NY, (845) 855-1300
Tickets: $15 advance/ $20 at door
Matt Marshak brings a refreshing mix of jazz, blues, and groove music. In 2014 he shared the festival stage at the Dubai Jazz Festival with guitar legends Santana and Larry Carlton. Lifestyle is Marshak’s eighth CD and featured the hit “Cadillac Kid.’

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March 27-28, 2015
Middle Atlantic Folklife Association (MAFA) convenes its
Biennial Conference of the Middle Atlantic Folklife Association
Theme: Land and Sea – Geography, Economy, and Culture in the American Experience

Rowan University, Glassboro, NJ
Registration fee is $75 for faculty and professionals and $50 for students and retirees. It includes dinner on Friday and lunch on Saturday.
Conference hotel: Fairfield Inn by Marriott, 1160 Hurffville Rd., Deptford, NJ 08096, 856-686-9050
MAFA will partner with the Eastern American Studies Association for a research-oriented conference themed “Land and Sea—Geography, Economy, and Culture in the American Experience.” Both university and public folklorists are strongly encouraged to attend. The location of this year’s meeting – Rowan University in New Jersey – provides a vantage from which to view diverse features of the Eastern United States. Looking to the east is the Atlantic Ocean and the famous “Jersey Shore.” To the west is the Delaware River and the Philadelphia metropolitan area. Glassboro, the home of Rowan University, is historically connected to early American manufacturing – the renowned “Glass Works in the Woods” that has led some scholars to view the Delaware Valley as the cradle of American industrialism. Yet southern New Jersey is also known for being a leading producer of fresh fruits and vegetables, including cranberries, blueberries, tomatoes, and escarole/endive. Against the backdrop of this geographic crossroads, the program committee has invited papers, forums, and sessions that will explore the connections of geography, economy, and culture in the American experience.

MAFA reports that folklorists are well represented in the conference schedule:

Folklore Panels:
The Child of Such Union: A Forum on the (Em)Bedding of Folklore and American Studies
Simon Bronner, Penn State Harrisburg; Angus Gillespie, Rutgers University; James Deutsch, Smithsonian Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage; Anthony Buccitelli, Penn State Harrisburg
Folk, Festival, & Fair: Cultural Performance in America
Anna O’Brien, Penn State Harrisburg, “The American House Show: An Ethnography of the Use of Domestic Space in Music Performance;” Cassandra Gunkel, Bucks County Free Library, “It’s Grange Fair Time! Tradition and Innovation at the Heart of a Community Debate and Its Role in the Local Economy;” Doris Fair, Bucks County Community College, “Welcome to the Pumpkin Patch: Integrating Folklore and Folklife into Educational and Agritainment Programming at Hellerick’s Family Farm” Semontee Mitra, Penn State Harrisburg, “Children Have Their Own World of Being: An Ethnography on Children’s Activities on the Day of Saraswati Puja”
Heritage Today: Folklore Programs Responding to Current Times
Moderator: Mira Johnson, Pennsylvania Council on the Arts/Jump Street Inc.; Sally Van de Water, Smithsonian Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage; Robert Baron, New York State Council on the Arts; Kim Nguyen, New Jersey State Council on the Arts; Jon Lohman, Virginia Folklife Program
Sandylore: Cultural Resources & Expressions
Chair: Nancy Solomon, Long Island Traditions; Eileen Condon, Center for Traditional Music and Dance; Erzuli Guillaume, Verite Sou Tanbou; Deenps “Gran Bwa” Bazile, Verite Sou Tanbou; Kay Turner, American Folklore Society
Dynamics of Cultural Traditions in New Jersey (Forum)
Chair: Iveta Pirgova, Down Jersey Folklife Program at Wheaton Arts and Cultural Center; Kim Nguyen, Folk Arts Program at New Jersey State Council on the Arts; Jaclyn Wood, Jersey Shore Folklife Center at Tuckerton Seaport; Eva Walters, Folklife Program for New Jersey at Middlesex County Cultural and Heritage Commission; Isha Vyas, Folklife Program for New Jersey at Middlesex County Cultural and Heritage Commission; Thomas Carroll, Perkins Center for the Arts Folklife Center
Documentary Film Screening: Mill Stories: Remembering Sparrows Point Steel Mill
Michelle Stefano, University of Maryland, Baltimore County; Bill Shewbridge, University of Maryland, Baltimore County

Individual folklore presentations in thematic or topical panels:
♦ Zachary Langley, Penn State Harrisburg, “Two Other Worlds of the Pennsylvania Dutch: Agrarian Tradition and Victorian Modernity in the Shaping of Pennsylvania Dutch Identity”
♦ Meg Nicholas, Accokeek Foundation, “It was like a Brigadoon: Place and Worldview in the Legends of a Native Family”
♦ Spencer Green, Penn State Harrisburg, “Toilet Papering Among the Mormons: The Peculiarities of Pranking Among a Peculiar People”
♦ John Price, Penn State Penn State Harrisburg, “Reimagining Poplore: American Popular Culture as a Hearth of Folkloric Communication”
♦ James Deutsch, Smithsonian Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage, “Fact, Fiction, and Folklore in the New Jersey Pinelands: The Case of the Outlaw History”
♦ Amy Milligan, Elizabethtown College, “Shared Images: Reappropriations of Nazi Symbols by the LGBTQ Community”
♦ Steve Jackowicz, Bridgewater University, “The Land of the Immortals: An Examination of Chinese Folklore Maps and Their Role in the Chinese Perception and Immigration to North America”
♦ Rosemary Hathaway, West Virginia University, “‘Fear the Beard’: The Institutionalized Sexism of a College Tradition”
♦ Paulina Guerrero, Indiana University, “The Smith Island Crabmeat Co-Op: Local Knowledge and Its Engagement with Global Market Systems”

Saturday, March 28, 2015
Caribbean Cultural Center/African Diasporan Institute presents
Women of Power 2015: Mulheres de Axe!
Conversations, Performance, Inspiration
12:00 p.m.-6:30 p.m.
Julia de Burgos Cultural Center, 1680 Lexington Ave., New York, NY 10029
Tickets available online: $8 in advance, $10 at the door
Children under 12 free, students with ID $5 at the door
Celebrating the drive of spirit that women harness to shift, confront, and empower. Women of power wielding swords of collective tradition or individual conviction, share models for healing, building, and winning!
Participants include Dowoti Desir, Silvana Magda, Manuela Arciniegas, NYC Councilwoman Laurie Cumbo, Olaronke Akinmowo, Natalia Harris, QueenGodis, Loira Limbal, Zeinab Eyega, Gloria Rodriguez, Yolanda Sangweni, Asha Bandele, NYC Councilwoman Julissa Ferraras, Janvieve Comrie, Esperanza Martell, Dolapo Adedapo.Performance by Jadele Orun Kori.

Caffè Lena presents
Coffeehouse of the Absurd with John Forster and Mike Agranoff
8:00 p.m.
Caffè Lena, 47 Phila St., Saratoga Springs, NY, 518-583-0022
Tickets: $15, $12 Members, $7.50 Child and student
Buy tickets online
These two masters of the comic song will invade the historic Caffè Lena venue for a night of brilliant buffoonery. John Forster obviously fell asleep one too many times as a child to the sound of his Tom Lehrer albums. This is evidenced by his twisted sense of humor, his delightfully skewed view of the human condition, and his prodigious skills as a pianist. His songs have a knack for taking the plausible but improbable, and leading that to its implausible but inevitable conclusion by way of unlikely rhymes, horrible puns, and ironic satire. John is a very funny man, and this will be a very funny show. Adept on concertina and piano, Mike Agranoff’s prime instrument is the guitar, upon which he shines with intricate fingerstyle arrangements. In addition to his instrument prowess he’ll add to this show his uproariously funny topical tunes and delightfully horrible parodies.

Carnegie Hall presents
Zakir Hussain’s The Pulse of the World: Celtic Connections 8 p.m.
Carnegie Hall, 881 7th Ave, New York, NY 10019, (212) 247-7800
Tickets from $17.50-$80 at
It’s a jam band with a touch of the highlands when Indian ragas meet Scottish strathspeys for The Pulse of the World, an evening of irresistible rhythms with Zakir Hussain-the reigning tabla master who has played with everyone from George Harrison to the Grateful Dead—laying down beats for Scottish fiddlers Charlie McKerron (of Capercaillie fame) and Patsy Reid (formerly of the fiery band Breabach), and Ganesh Rajagopalan, a master violinist of the classical Indian Carnatic style. The Pulse of the World is a freewheeling, pulse-quickening, constantly surprising fusion of Indian and Celtic sounds.

The Towne Crier in Beacon presents
SHEMEKIA COPELAND Band
8:30 p.m.
Towne Crier, 379 Main Street, Beacon, NY, (845) 855-1300
Tickets: $25 advance/ $30 at door
While only in her early 30s, two-time GRAMMY® nominee Shemekia Copeland is the reigning Queen of the Blues and a force to be reckoned with. Her second album, Wicked, released in 2000, scored three Handy Awards (Song of the Year, Blues Album of the Year, Contemporary Female Artist of the Year) and a GRAMMY® nomination. Her latest recording, 33 1/3, received a GRAMMY nomination for Best Blues Album.

...and beyond
Dewey Hall presents
Sheffield Contra Dance—Spring Contra Dance
6:30 p.m.
Dewey Hall, 91 Main Street, Sheffield, MA 01257
Suggested donation $10-15 adults / $8 students / $25 family
With Peter Blue calling and music by Marshall & Emily Troll
6:30 Community Potluck- bring a dish to share
7:30-8:00 Beginner and family contras
8:00-11:00 Traditional and Rock and Roll Contras

ArtsWestchester invites you to
Crossing Borders in Performance VI: Margaret Leng Tan — East-West Encounters, the Concert Piano Re-Imagined
8-10:30 p.m.
ArtsWestchester, 31 Mamaroneck Avenue, White Plains, NY 10601
Admission: $20 General, $15 ArtsW Member, $15 Student
For tickets and information: Visit the ArtsWestchester website.
Margaret Leng Tan – East-West Encounters, the Concert Piano Re-Imagined, and conversation with exhibiting artist Bibiana Huang Matheis. Margaret Leng Tan has established herself as a major force within the American avant-garde; a highly visible, talented and visionary pianist whose work sidesteps perceived artificial boundaries within the usual concert experience and creates a new level of communication with listeners. The concert will feature works for prepared piano and toy pianos.

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Sunday, March 29, 2015
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The New York Folklore Society is pleased to announce a presentation by
Carol Lukovich in our Gallery
Sunday, March 29, 2015 between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m.
Gallery of New York Folklore and Traditions, 129 Jay Street Schenectady, NY

Ms. Lukovich will be demonstrating the making of baskets and decorations woven from pine needles, as part of the New York Folklore Society’s “Artist in the Gallery” series.

A tradition from the southern United States originating with Seminoles in Florida, Carol innovates the traditional art through designing and creating pottery inserts for many of her baskets. Carol explains, “Pottery is my addition which would not be in traditional baskets.” Carol has been exhibiting and selling her baskets at the Gallery of New York Artists at the New York Folklore Society since 2013. Also available is the Gallery is the book Pine Needles to Baskets and Other Things, edited by Ms. Lukovich, which includes instructions, suggestions and examples for creating beautiful and durable baskets and other items.Ms. Lukovich resides in Vestal, New York.

New York Folklore Society’s “Artist in the Gallery” series is supported by Schenectady County Initiative Program.


Albany Institute of History & Art announces
FAMILY DAY: Baseball in Winter
10 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
Albany Institute of History & Art, 125 Washington Ave., Albany, NY 12210
Free with museum admission
Can’t wait for opening day? Come to the museum for some baseball fun! Tour our baseball exhibition with your friends and family, make a pennant for your favorite team in our art studio, and enjoy performances of the classic poem “Casey at the Bat” and the song “Take Me Out to the Ball Game.”
2 p.m.: Be sure to watch baseball poetry and music expert Tim Wiles, former Director of Research at the Baseball Hall of Fame, perform his costumed recitation of the classic “Casey at the Bat” by Ernest Lawrence Thayer, followed by a rendition of “Take Me Out to the Ball Game” (including the two verses you probably have never heard). Wiles has performed “Casey” thousands of times and wrote a book on “Take Me Out to the Ball Game” upon its centennial in 2008. He is now Director of the Guilderland Public Library.

See more about the Triple PLay exhibition below in the EXHIBITIONS section of this page.

Borderline Folk Music Club presents
John Flynn in Concert
1-4 p.m.
Nanuet Public LIbrary, 149 Church St., Nanuet, NY
Parking for the concert is next door to the Nanuet library at the school
Admission: $20 Members $15 and we ask that you bring a cold pot luck snack to share with 4 other people.
For reservations contact Greta Inowlocki at Intrend@yahoo.com or 845-510-9630
John Flynn will be headlining our concert on Sunday, March 29th with Judy Kass as the opener. Fusing the vision of an activist with the unblinking eye of a truth-teller, John Flynn’s music speaks deeply to the heart and the spirit. Judy Kass has soulful vocals, no-nonsense lyrics and genre-bending harmonics played skillfully on guitar and piano, blending folk, jazz and blues.

Museum at Eldridge Street presents
Passover Nosh & Stroll
2 p.m.
Museum at Eldridge Street, 12 Eldridge Street, New York, NY 10002
Cost: $25 per person - Space is limited and RSVP is required
RSVP here
Journey into the kishkes of the old Jewish Lower East Side. On this tasty expedition we trace the route of turn of the century immigrants as they prepared for Passover. We’ll fist culinary and historic landmarks of the neighborhood as we shed light on holiday customs, food and history.

Caffè Lena presents
David Mayfield Parade
7:00 p.m.
Caffè Lena, 47 Phila St., Saratoga Springs, NY, 518-583-0022
Tickets: $24, $22 Members, $12 Child and student
Buy tickets online
If you’ve seen David Mayfield perform with The Avett Brothers, Mumford & Sons, Jessica Lea Mayfield, or at Bonnaroo, you’ve caught the charisma, the heart, and the comedy, and it’s likely you’ll come back for more. This singer-songwriter, band leader, and Grammy nominated producer stepped out of the sideman shadows with his 2011 album The David Mayfield Parade. Strangers, his new Compass Records release, is a tour de force, stretching from the avant-garde to Mayfield’s musical roots, which are buried deep in the bluegrass tradition from a childhood of touring with his family’s band. Mayfield posseses a deadly combination of infectious energy and songwriting chops that only come around once in a blue moon.

Eighth Step 8th Step at Proctors (GE Theatre) presents
SUSAN WERNER
20th Anniversary Tour: Last of the Good Straight Girls
7:00 p.m.
The Eighth Step at Proctors, 432 State St. Schenectady NY 12305
Tickets on sale online now or by calling 518-434-1703
$26 Advance; $28 Day of Performance
Susan Werner is a phenomenon onstage — one of the most flat-out entertaining and musically talented performers to ever hit our stage. This season she’s marking 20 years since her 1995 breakaway album Last of the Good Straight Girls, which she introduced at The Step as part of the release tour). She’ll be singing songs from this enormously popular album that launched her career, and more from her celebrated — and very original ” repertoire. She plays guitar and piano, and her songs effortlessly slide among folk, jazz, and pop, all delivered with sassy wit, downright hilarity, and classic Midwestern charm.

Flying Cat Music presents
An Evening with Vance Gilbert
7:30 p.m. (doors open at 7)
Empire State Railway Museum, 70 Lower High Street, Phoenicia, NY 12464
Admission $18 or $15 with RSVP to flyingcatmusic@gmail.com
For information, call 845-688-9453 or email flyingcatmusic@gmail.com
Vance Gilbert is a frequent headliner at Hillsdale, New York’s renowned Falcon Ridge Folk Festival. He’s been featured at ten of the annual festivals, and he invariably dazzles the main stage audience. Sublime as his festival performances are, they hardly prepare one for the magic and intensity of seeing Vance play in an intimate setting like the Empire State Railway Museum. After a nearly four year absence, Vance Gilbert returns to the Phoenicia Train Station for a long anticipated encore to his 2011 show that marked the resumption of the Flying Cat Music concert series at that museum in the wake of damage done there by Hurricane Irene. Like that storm, Gilbert is a force to be reckoned with. Unlike Irene, his is very much a healing energy. And though he’s more than willing to ruffle a few feathers when he blows into town, Vance does so in lovely ways.

He is a man of whom Music Matters Review writes, “He expresses yearning like Einstein expresses cosmic concepts…” Dirty Linen calls Vance Gilbert, “Among the quintessential musical poets.” These accolades do not hint at Vance Gilbert’s secret weapon, his unique way of getting audiences to drop their emotional guard. That would be his off the cuff, and generally quite spontaneous, brilliant humor, which emerges between songs. Though Vance radiates a warm and kind presence, it belies the sharpness of his wit. There is no subject out of bounds for his incisive on-stage banter. It’s almost a classic set up, one that renders a crowd now full of smiling and relaxed listeners defenseless against the barrage of emotional hooks Gilbert’s potent music unleashes. Nor can many boast of having as gorgeous and soaring a voice or the fluid jazz, pop and folk fusion mastery of the guitar that Vance Gilbert displays whenever he takes the stage.

The Towne Crier in Beacon presents
GIRLS GUNS & GLORY Band
8:30 p.m.
Towne Crier, 379 Main Street, Beacon, NY, (845) 855-1300
Tickets: $15 advance/ $20 at door
For the past eight years, Boston’s Girls Guns and Glory have been making a name for themselves through relentless touring (about 200 gigs a year worldwide) and the release of five critically acclaimed records. The band found inspiration from early ’50s rock ‘n’ roll icons such as Chuck Berry, Eddie Cochran, and Buddy Holly, as well as country greats like Hank Williams and Johnny Cash. Girls Guns and Glory have been named one of Rolling Stone’s “10 New Artists You Need To Know.”

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Monday, March 30, 2015
Caffè Lena presents
The Steel Wheels
7:00 p.m.
Caffè Lena, 47 Phila St., Saratoga Springs, NY, 518-583-0022
Tickets: $28, $25 Members, $14 Child and student
Buy tickets online
The Steel Wheels are renowned for their raw energy and chemistry on stage, where they weave themselves around a single microphone to deliver a heady brew of original, soulful mountain music. With bell-clear harmonies inspired by their shared Mennonite heritage, this dynamic four-piece string band from the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia marry old-time musical traditions with their own innovative sound and lifestyle, generating a truly magnetic revival. With their fiddle, bass, mandolin and guitar The Steel Wheels have enthralled the contemporary Americana scene.

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ANNOUNCEMENTS

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.
Guest Performer April 20: Matthew Byrne


The Folk Music Society of N.Y., Inc/ N.Y. Pinewoods Folk Music Club presents
Sunnyside Singers Club: Every Wednesday

8-11 p.m.
Co-sponsored with and held at the Aubergine Cafe, 49-22 Skillman Avenue at the corner of 50th Street in Woodside, Queens
Information: 718-899-1735
Come join us every Wednesday for a 3-hour pub style sing-around. All songs are welcome, as are acoustic instruments. Occasionally there is a featured guest performer for part of the evening. Sandwiches, salads, coffee, tea, wine, and beer are available.
Featured Performers March 11: Kathy Wallis; April, 15, Matt & Deirdre Connolly


New York Council for the Humanities is
Calling Public Scholars!

The Council is thrilled to launch its Public Scholars program by inviting applicants to join us in an unprecedented public humanities experience.

The Public Scholars Program is our reimagining of Speakers in the Humanities, which for over three decades has served many thousands of New Yorkers with opportunities to explore a variety of humanities topics—from women’s rights to community murals.

The Public Scholars shall continue the legacy of the Speakers program, broadening the Council’s emphasis on using the perspectives of the humanities to engage audiences in both enduring and contemporary questions. This new program will feature a dynamic group of scholars who are eager to collaborate to use their knowledge to encourage curiosity, inspire engagement, and stimulate discussion.


Think you’ve got what it takes to be one of the Council’s Public Scholars? We are now accepting applications for our inaugural cohort, whose members will begin offering their presentations in fall, 2015.

Read more about the NYCH Public Scholars. webpage. Email scholars@nyhumanities.org with questions. The application process will be conducted in three parts. To begin the application process, complete and submit the Public Scholars application by March 25th.


New York Council for the Humanities announces
NYPL Hosts Standing Down

This spring, the New York Public Library will host Standing Down, our Reading & Discussion program for veterans, at five branch libraries.

In this program, veterans explore a series of texts from the Great Books anthology Standing Down, ranging from Plato to poetry about the conflict in Iraq to personal essays about serving in World War II. With the guidance of a skilled facilitator, the group reflects on big ideas and themes of the readings as well as their own military service and return to civilian life.

The NYPL will be hosting Standing Down at the following branches in the Bronx and Manhattan: Morris Park, Bronx Library Center, Hamilton Grange, Bloomingdale, and Jerome Park. In requesting the program, the Library felt that “veterans are a largely hidden group within our broader community. The issue of rebuilding a non-solider identity after service can be an issue that is incredibly challenging and may take years to accomplish.” Veterans of the U.S. Armed Forces interested in participating in one of these discussions should contact Program Officer Adam Capitanio at acapitanio@nyhumanities.org.


City Lore announces
CITY LORE DOCUMENTARY INSTITUTE: Stories for a Better World
July 20—August 7, 2015

Application Deadline: Monday, April 20 (Notifications by Friday, May 8)

Advance your skills in multimedia storytelling! Join us for an intensive immersion program in New York City through which current and aspiring artists, activists, and cultural documentarians learn activist approaches to cultural documentation, hand-on media production, and develop their own documentary for a culminating exhibit.

The three-week institute begins with a one-week crash course on oral history, folklore and activist approaches to cultural documentation, including sessions on pitching your story and grant writing. For the next two weeks, students can select from one of three hands-on intensive tracks: multimedia/photography, taught by Michael Kamber, director of the Bronx Documentary Center and a celebrated photojournalist and war photographer; radio, taught by Ann Heppermann who produces stories for
This American Life and All Things Considered; and video, taught by filmmaker Ram Devineni, whose documentary won this year’s Grand Jury Prize at Sundance for World Cinema, assisted by documentary filmmaker Pam Sporn. The Institute fosters close working relationships among students, and includes a celebratory dinner and a final celebration and exhibition of student work.

Apply online: citylore.org/urban-culture/city-lore-documentary-institute/application

Tuition: $2,300, with full and partial scholarships available
Tuition with 3 transferrable New School Credits: $3,145

For more information: Contact Elena Martinez, folklorist and Institute Coordinator, emartinez@citylore.org; 212.529.1955 x 16


Museum at Eldridge Street presents
Lifelong Learning Classes beginning January 8

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

Learn something new. Meet great people. Start the New Year with a fascinating class at Eldridge Street. Our lifelong learning classes continue to offer opportunities for Bible study, memoir writing, and learning about immigrant history.

Not Just the Weekly Torah Portion with Dr. Regina Stein
12 sessions: Thursdays, 11:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., beginning January 8
Bring your questions and opinions as we explore a variety of questions and issues raised by the weekly Torah portion (parashat hashavuah). Knowledge of Hebrew and previous Torah study are NOT required. $15 per class; $160 for all 12 sessions.

Memoir Workshop with Dr. Hanna Griff-Sleven
4 Mondays, February 2,9, 16, and 23, from 11:00 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
Have you been meaning to get your family story down on paper? Are there photographs and ephemera whose stories you want to record and pass down to the next generation? In this supportive classroom environment, share your family objects and anecdotes and be prompted to write about them in class. Each week you’ll focus on a different family object or event, and the end result will be the beginning of a valuable family document. $15 per class; $50 for all four classes.

From Volhinya to Brooklyn: Contemporary Hasidic Communities with urban historian Barry Feldman
Mondays, March 2, 9, 16, 23, and 30, from 11:00 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
Contemporary Hasidim are a modern people who have constructed social, cultural and religious communities to accommodate an old world frame of reference. Session one discusses the origin of Hasidism, its subsequent development throughout Eastern Europe and early courts. Following sessions will discuss the rich complexities surrounding leadership, social values, religious beliefs, rituals and customs regarding dress, modesty and diet in post-World War II reconstructed Hasidic communities. The final session will be a walking tour of a community in Brooklyn. $15 per class; $65 for all five classes.

From Murder to Genocide: Violence in the Bible with Dr. Regina Stein
8 sessions: Tuesdays, March 3, 10, 17, 24, 31; April 14, 21, 28, 11:00 a.m.-12:30 p.m., beginning October 23
The Bible begins its story of humanity’s adventure on earth with a tale of murder. It paints a picture of a God who is pleased when one Israelite zealously kills another. It recounts episodes of child sacrifice. It mandates the execution of a rebellious son and the total destruction of an idolatrous Israelite city. What roles do these violent stories and laws play in the Bible? How do they impact our understanding of the Biblical claim that “Its ways are pleasant and all its paths are peaceful?” We will explore Biblical texts along with rabbinic and modern interpretations to grapple with these questions. $15 per class; $110 for all eight classes.



Erie Canalway National Heritage Corridor announces
Call for Nominations: 2015 Erie Canalway Heritage Award of Excellence

Application Deadline: March 6, 2015

What’s your favorite place in the Erie Canalway National Heritage Corridor? Is it a waterfront park, community Main Street, heritage site, museum, trail, historic building, canal structure, or an entire community? What makes it great?

Nominate your favorite place now for the 2015 Erie Canalway Heritage Award of Excellence. The award honors and celebrates significant places within the National Heritage Corridor and recognizes excellence in advancing the goals of the Erie Canalway Preservation and Management Plan. Municipalities, community groups, private entities, and non-profit organizations are encouraged to submit a nomination.
BR> Award recipients benefit from state-wide recognition and promotion of their efforts as best practices taking place in the Corridor. A formal presentation of awards takes place at our annual meeting in June.

Prior recipients include: Enlarged Erie Lock 60, Macedon; Restored 1842 Nine Mile Creek Aqueduct,Camillus; Chittenango Landing Canal Boat Museum; Village of Brockport; Canal Place, Little Falls; and the School Street Hydroelectric Facility,Brookfield Renewable Power, Cohoes. For additional information about the award, past recipients, and an application: www.eriecanalway.org/get-involved_awards.htm


OLD SONGS announces Spring Instrument Classes

6-week group classes at 37 South Main St., Voorheesville.
Complete descriptions at: www.oldsongs.org/classes

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

Send $125 per class for 6-week classes and registration form to: Old Songs, PO Box 466, Voorheesville, NY 12186.

MONDAYS: May 4, 11, 18, 25, June 1 & 8. Register by April 30
Mountain Dulcimer with Susan Trump
Beyond Beginning Mountain Dulcimer: 6-7:15 p.m.
We’ll explore DAD tuning, work on strum directions and left hand fingering. We’ll learn some fiddle tunes, and other repertoire that works well on dulcimer.
Intermediate Mountain Dulcimer: 7:30-8:45 p.m.
The focus is on repertoire building using a variety of styles, including fiddle tunes, songs, Celtic melodies, waltzes, while learning appropriate picking, or finger picking techniques and fingerings.
For more information contact Susan at 518-357-4018 or susantrump@aol.com

TUESDAYS
February 24, March 3, 10, 17, 24 & 31. Register by February 20

Piano Accordion-Lessons & Band Class with Peggy Hart, 6-7:30 p.m.
Basic beginning technique, theory and note reading. If you have any questions regarding your instrument or ability, contact Peggy at 518-439-1060 or peggyminore@yahoo.com

Clawhammer Banjo with Paul Draper, 6-7:15 p.m.
Learn and consolidate the essential skills needed for playing old-time music in the clawhammer style. We will work on the following (but not limited to): left hand techniques: hammer-ons, pull-offs, slides, right hand techniques: drop-thumb, “rolls,” different tunings for different tunes, and other topics based on the class. You will learn these techniques within the context of “Round Peak” banjo tunes. The tunes (some simple, some more involved) will be learned through listening, repeating, and tablature. It is highly recommended that you bring along a recording device! Also recommended (but not required): Brad Leftwich’s book with CD: Round Peak Style Clawhammer Banjo. Please note: It is assumed that the student already has basic “banjo knowledge” and can play a few tunes. For more information contact Paul at 518-380-1103 or clawhammer888@gmail.com

March 10, 17, 24, 31, April 7 & 14. Register by March 6
Beginning Mandolin with Tom Wadsworth,
7:30-8:45 p.m.
An introduction to mandolin playing, covering both picking and chord techniques, with a repertoire based on traditional fiddle tunes. Instrument care and selection will also be discussed. For more information contact Tom at 518-234-2373 or ancientz@gmail.com

Jam Class with Terri Lukacko, 7:30-8:45 p.m.
You, too, can learn to jam! Bring your acoustic instrument(s) and learn some simple techniques. We’ll use traditional American string band repertoire and technique, some Irish if there’s interest. Novices welcome if you can play some notes and/or chords. For more information contact Terri at 518-708-5128.

WEDNESDAYS: February 25, March 4, 11, 18, 25 & April 1. Register by Feb. 20
Fingerpicking Guitar with Ron Gordon,
7:30-8:45 p.m.
I will teach one arpeggio type song, one alternate bass-travis style, on steady bass all at a beginning fingerpicking level. Player needs to be fluent with chords down the neck and be able to keep a basic rhythm. For more information contact Ron at 518-372-4172 or rgukeboy@gmail.com

March 11, 18, 25, April (Skip 1) 8, 15 & 22. Register by March 6
Fiddle with George Wilson,
6-7:15 p.m.
“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

THURSDAYS: February 26, March 5, 12, 19, 26 & April 2. Register by Feb. 20
Ukulele with Ron Gordon
Beginning Ukulele:
7-8:15 p.m.
Begin your uke career! Ron’s class at Old Songs will get you started down the path to heavenly strumming.We will learn chords (of course),right hand strumming techniques, some chord melody, jazzy,blues, etc. voicings and some finger picking....depending on our progress. This will all be learned through some classic songs,so singing is definitely part of the program. Handouts provided and recorders recommended. BTW, we’ll also delve into some uke history and ukeology along with my personal favorite....uke collecting!
Intermediate Ukulele: 8:30-9:45 p.m.
This class will be ideal for those ukers who know some songs, play basic chords, and know a few strums. We’ll review beginning uke and than progress to chord melody and finger picking technique. Along the way, we’ll learn some classics from the past 100 years of great ukulele music.
For more information contact Ron at 518-372-4172 or rgukeboy@gmail.com

5-WEEK CLASS TUESDAYS, April 28, May 5, 12, 19, 26
Bluegrass Jam Class. Taught by Bob Altschuler using the Wernick Method,
6-9 p.m.
5 sessions, tuition $160
Playing music with others is the best activity for getting better on your instrument! Using the tried and true Pete Wernick method, Bob will teach fundamentals of bluegrass jamming and build your confidence in playing with others. The music is slow and easy, and you will quickly gain skills while having fun. And,these skills are transferable to other types of music because they are basic to all types of jamming. All skill levels are welcome, and bringing a recording device is recommended. All bluegrass instruments welcome. No jamming experience necessary. You will be jamming the first class! Friendly, encouraging, knowledgeable teaching. Mistakes allowed! Singing not required, but encouraged and taught. Easy 2 and 3-chord songs, slow speeds. Soloing not required! “Faking” solos taught.
Register online for Bluegrass Jam Class.


Anabella Lenzu Dance/Drama announces
Dancing with Anabella
“I want people to work with joy, to explore and learn how to use their bodies and energies efficiently and healthily as instruments of expression.”


CLASS SCHEDULE STARTING JANUARY 15, 2015

BARRE A TERRE (Open Level)
* THURSDAYS, from 7:30- 8:30 p.m. at Peridance Center
* FRIDAYS, from 10 a.m.- 11:30 a.m. at Peridance (126 East 13th Street, between 3rd and 4th Ave)

DANCEDRAMA LABORATORY WORKSHOP SERIES
(Pre-registration required) STARTING FEBRUARY 21, 2015
at CPR Center for Performance Research (361 Manhattan Ave, Williamsburg, Brooklyn)
* The February Lab will cover Choreography and Improvisation (Sat 2/21 and Sun 2/22 from 11 a.m.-2 p.m.)
* The March Lab will cover Dance Technique and AL/DD Repertory (Fri 3/20 from 6-9pm, Sat 3/21 from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. and Sun 3/22 from 11 a.m.-2 p.m.)
* The April Lab will cover Methodology of Teaching Dance (How to teach Dance)(Sat 4/18 and Sun 4/19 from 11 a.m.-2 p.m.)

TO APPLY: Send resume to info@AnabellaLenzu.com
Please designate which month you are interested in.
The cost of each workshop is $120 per person.
Once Accepted, please submit payment.
For more info, visit www.anabellalenzu.com/workshops.


Staten Island Arts announces
Drawing from Memory

Be a Part of the Art!


Like to Draw? Enjoy Talking to Strangers? Love a Good Story?
Make a drawing of a stranger’s childhood memory in your own unique style — your drawing will become part of the exhibition at the Culture Lounge, St. George Ferry Terminal, Staten Island

Modest honorarium offered!

Questions? DrawingFromMemory.wordpress.com or contact MelissaSarris2@gmail.com

This project, running from January 8, 2014 to March 22, 2015, invites intimate exchanges using the telephone as a mediator. One person tells a memory over the phone. At Culture Lounge, you receive the call and make a drawing of the memory. This drawing becomes part of the exhibition until the end of the project.

Sign up for a 3-hour time slot to receive a phone call from a stranger and draw their memory.
◊ You are encouraged to ask the teller for details as needed and to use ANY drawing style you wish.
◊ A link to your own website will be added on the thank you page of the Drawing from Memory blog.
◊ If you LOVE the experience, sign up for another time slot!


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ONGOING EXHIBITIONS AND PRODUCTIONS
The Noble Maritime Collection presents
Daily Life at Sailors’ Snug Harbor Exhibition
Thursday-Sunday, 1-5 p.m.
Noble Maritime Collection; 1000 Richmond Terrace, Building D, Staten Island, NY 10301
For more information about the exhibition, call (718) 447-6490
The Noble Maritime Collection will present a new exhibition, Daily Life at Sailors’ Snug Harbor, that focuses on the life of an average mariner, or “Snug” as Sailors’ Snug Harbor residents were called, from the time of his admission to the retirement home until his death. Exploration of health care, dormitory life, work activities, and recreation at the home will illustrate how the site, which encompassed five dormitories, two hospitals, a cathedral and chapel, a dock house and bathhouse on the Kill van Kull, and a farm, as well as its own morgue and cemetery, provided exceptional, free, and democratic eleemosynary care for 150 years.

June 26, 2014 —May 31, 2015
The History Center in Tompkins County presents
EXHIBIT: “CAPTAINS, COMMERCE, AND COMMUNITY: THE IMPACT OF THE ERIE CANAL ON TOMPKINS COUNTY”
Opening reception: Friday, September 5th, 2014 5-8 p.m.
Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
The History Center, 401 East State Street, Ithaca, NY (one block east of the Ithaca Commons)
For more information, please contact Catherine Duffy, Curator, at 607.273.8284 ext. 0
The History Center in Tompkins County will open their new exhibit “Captains, Commerce, and Community: The Impact of the Erie Canal on Tompkins County” on Friday, September 5th at 5 p.m.. The artifact-based exhibit will explore the lasting effects of the Erie Canal on Tompkins County. In 1828 the Seneca-Cayuga Canal, an extension of the Erie Canal, was opened, connecting Cayuga Lake, and therefore Tompkins County to the economic watercourse that spanned across most of New York State. Combined with the increasing ubiquity of railroads, the Canal system changed Tompkins County from a collection of quiet lake-side towns into a mass of booming centers of commerce and industry. Captains, Commerce, and Community will illustrate the changes and effects the Canal had on this region through representational artifacts from The History Center’s object collection. A series of themes will be explored over the course of the 12-month exhibit, which includes commerce (September through December 2014), boats and their builders (January through April 2015), and travelers and community folk (May through August 2015). This exhibit has been made possible through a generous grant from the Erie Canalway National Heritage Corridor. In 2012 the ECNHC funded the development of a Canalway object collection, and provided The History Center the opportunity to gain greater intellectual control over its object collection. Additionally, the project supported the complete inventorying of The History Center's permanent Open Storage display. As a result, The History Center has ascertained a classifiable collection of historical objects that directly relate to the Erie Canal.

September 6, 2014 —August 29, 2015
Albany Institute of History & Art presents the exhibition
Undercover: Revealing Design in Quilts, Coverlets, and Bed Hangings
W 10-5 p.m.; Th 10-8 p.m.; F&S 10-5 p.m.; Sun. Noon-5 p.m.
Albany Institute of History & Art, 125 Washington Ave., Albany, NY 12210, 518/463-4478
In the private space of the bedroom, the world takes center stage. There, on the elevated platform of the bed, matters of politics, international trade, social events, and cultural affairs come alive in the elaborate designs and patterns displayed on American quilts, coverlets, and bed hangings. Bed covers of all types are the perfect canvas for displaying ideas about the world beyond the bedroom door. They make connections to foreign lands, express patriotic fervor, and fabricate realms of fantasy and childhood whimsy. The exhibition investigates the designs and patterns that decorate American bed covers of the 18th, 19th, and 20th centuries. More than 30 bed covers and complementary objects such as illustrated books, paintings, ceramics, and botanical specimens reveal a variety of design sources used by American women and men to decorate their beds.



October 11, 2014 — March 15, 2015

The New York State Museum, in collaboration with the Shaker Museum in Mount Lebanon, Hancock Shaker Village, and the Shaker Heritage Society (Albany), as well as the State Library and State Archives, present the exhibition
The Shakers: America’ Quiet Revolutionaries
Museum Open Tuesday-Sunday: 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.
New York State Museum, Cultural Education Center, 260 Madison Avenue, Albany, NY 12230
Admission: The NYS Museum is free. Donations are accepted at the door
The exhibition details one of the most significant and influential communal religious groups in American History. Artifacts from these preeminent Shaker collections will be exhibited together for the first time at the New York State Museum in November 2014. The Shakers launched a revolution parallel to the American Colonies’ struggle against British rule. As they sought religious freedom in America, their spiritual practices and community focus set them apart from greater society. Their devotional routines as well as their product innovations, marketing acumen and views towards gender equality seemed “revolutionary” to the outside world. Thematically divided into six areas, the exhibit will show how the Shakers’ unique model of an equal society challenged the norms of the new nation.

November 15, 2014 — March 6, 2016

City Lore announces
Mother Tongues: Endangered Languages in NYC and Beyond
Opening Reception: Thursday, January 29th, 6-9 p.m.
Gallery Hours: Wed-Fri 2-6 p.m., Sat-Sun 12-6 p.m.
City Lore Gallery. 56 E 1st St. (between 1st & 2nd Ave.), New York, NY 10003
Linguists estimate that half of the world’s languages will disappear this century. NYC is a living language lab where there are more spoken and endangered languages than anywhere else in the world. New York City is home to over 700 languages, and many of these are in danger of being lost. Mother Tongues is a call to action to preserve NYC’s linguistic diversity ranging from endangered languages to the NYC accent!

Please join us for the opening reception to hear, experience, and interact with these languages! Performances include: An opening blessing performed by José Juarez, an indigenous Totonac shaman from Puebla, Mexico. A recitation by Papa Susso, one of Africa’s great griots. A griot is the keeper of oral traditions in West African cultures, performing musical poems.

Mother Tongues offers audiences a unique opportunity to meet and learn about New York City’s remarkably diverse linguistic communities. Here visitors can engage with the Language Laboratory and Meet a Speaker-interactive mixed media booths that showcase individual speakers of endangered languages in the city. You will learn, for instance, that the word wanishi means thank you in the language of the Lenape, New York’s native people. Visitors can play games to learn the structure of certain endangered languages, visualize the language connections between New York City and the world, and add lines to the Khonsay, a multi-lingual poem.

Mother Tongues is sponsored by City Lore, Bowery Arts + Science, and the Endangered Language Alliance. Funded by the National Endowment for the Arts, the New York State Council on the Arts, and the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs.


January 29, 2015 — April 16, 2015

Caribbean Cultural Center| African Diaspora Institute announces
AFTER AFROPOLITAN
OPENING Night: February 4, 2015, 6-9 p.m.
Weeksville Heritage Society | 158 Buffalo Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11213
Admission: Free
This exhibition tributes Africa’s vanguard legacy while peering at yet unchartered territories of experience and imagination in the African Diaspora. The exhibition asks How has “Afropolitan” crystallized aspects of our genius? What aspects of our experiences fall outside the Afropolitan gaze? And, of course what comes next, After Afropolitan? Artist Talks and Viewing Hours
Featured artists lead guided tour of the exhibition with special close readings of their own work.
WHEN: February 7, 2015 | 12-5 p.m. WHERE: Weeksvile Heritage Center | 158 Buffalo Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11213
ADMISSION: Suggested donation, $5

Redefining 2015: After Afropolitan
Through interactive workshops, panel discussions, and performances, this day long conference will probe global African experiences to create/define new rubrics of citizenship, respectability, responsibility while discovering/opening new territories of imagination, identity, and contribution. Panel and workshop topics will include Chibok to Chimamanda: Gazing at African Womanhoods; Tradition 3000: New Arts of New Africa; The Ethic of Success — The Aesthetics of Respect; Pan-Africanism in the Digital Age; Cosmopolitan Cosmologies; Afropolitan Rich: Coltan or Cellphones, Taxes or Tequila; Braid My Hair ...
WHEN: February 21, 2015 | 12 p.m.-8 p.m.
WHERE: Weeksville Heritage Center | 158 Buffalo Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11213
ADMISSION: $8 in advance, $10 at the door

Artist Talks and Viewing Hours
Featured artists lead guided tour of the exhibition with special close readings of their own work.
WHEN: February 24, 2015 | 6-9 p.m.
WHERE: Weeksville Heritage Center | 158 Buffalo Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11213
ADMISSION: Suggested donation, $5

Closing
Come celebrate the artists and get a last look at the work. Special closing performance will be a dramatized rendering of the frontiers beyond Afropolitan.
WHEN: March 6, 2015 | 6-9 p.m.
WHERE: Weeksville Heritage Center | 158 Buffalo Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11213
ADMISSION: FREE

February 4, 2015 — March 6, 2015

Albany Institute of History & Art presents the exhibition
Triple Play: Baseball at the Albany Institute
OPENING RECEPTION: Friday, February 6, 5-8 p.m. Please RSVP to 518/463-4478 x 403
W 10-5 p.m.; Th 10-8 p.m.; Fri. &Sat. 10-5 p.m.; Sun. Noon-5 p.m.
Albany Institute of History & Art, 125 Washington Ave., Albany, NY 12210, 518/463-4478
The Albany Institute of History & Art is excited to present three exhibitions celebrating our passion for baseball! The centerpiece is BASEBALL: AMERICA’S GAME, organized by the Bank of America’s Art in our Communities program. It is complemented by two community-supported exhibitions, PLAY BALL! BASEBALL IN THE CAPITAL REGION and THE CLUBHOUSE: BASEBALL MEMORABILIA. Many items were borrowed from regional fans, community collectors, and museums. All three exhibitions contain nationally or regionally significant materials, such as photographs, signed bats and balls, stadium seats, trophies, pennants, jerseys, and more. We have an exciting rose of related events too, so be sure to check out our calendar!



February 7, 2015 — July 26, 2015

Taller Boricua presents the exhibition
FIVE over SIXTY
Curated by Marcos Dimas and Nitza Tufinño
Opening Reception: Thursday February 19, 6 to 9 p.m.
Gallery Hours: Tues, Wed, Fri and Sat 12-6 p.m.; Thursdays 1-7 p.m.. Closed Sun and Mon.
Taller Boricua Event Space and Galleries at The Julia de Burgos Cultural Center, 1680 Lexington Avenue, New York, NY 10029, 212.831.4333
Cost: Free
It is a fact that an artist, regardless of their genre, never retires. Every day of life is another opportunity to create and enhance their craft. The distinguished eclectic artists featured in “Five Over Sixty” demonstrate their maturity in their art while also experimenting and welcoming new trends. The traditional can become modern utilizing different formats. The excitement is evident in the body of work presented. In art, as in life, “Age” ain’t nothing but a number.



February 19, 2015 — March 28, 2015

Flushing Town Hall presents
EXHIBITION: Dynamic Writing: A CENTURY OF CALLIGRAPHY
OPENING RECEPTION: Sunday, February 22, 3 p.m.
GALLERY HOURS: 12-5 p.m.
Flushing Town Hall, 137-35 Northern Boulevard, Flushing, NY 11354, 718) 463-7700 x 222
Suggested Admission: $5/FREE for Members & Students
Two great masters of calligraphy from two traditions, Mr. ChaoLin Ting (102 years young) and Dr. Yoo Sung Lee, are both highly respected by the Chinese and Korean communities. This unique exhibition during the Lunar New Year will demonstrate the extraordinary essence of harmony between two great cultures in the Chinese Hsu-Fa and Korean Hangeul scripts.

February 22, 2015 — March 22, 2015

Theater for the New City, Crystal Field, Director presents
THE MAGIC GARDEN OR, THE PRINCESS WHO GREW ANTLERS
Performed by the The Czechoslovak-American Marionette Theatre

Thurs, Fri, Sat at 8:00 p.m., Sat & Sun at 3:00 p.m.
Theater for the New City in NYC, 155 First Ave. (at E. 10th Street), East Village, New York, NY
Tickets $15 general admission, $8 students and children
Box office: (212) 254-1109, www.theaterforthenewcity.net
Recommended for age 5 to 105
Based on Czech fairytales, written and directed by Vít Hořejš with more than a little help from the cast! Performed by Czechoslovak-American Marionette Theatre Deborah Beshaw-Farrell, Michelle Beshaw, Theresa Linnihan, and Vít Hořejš with over 30 puppets, and lots of antlers....

March 5, 2015 — March 22, 2015

ArtsWestchester announces
ARTSEE 2015, A Festival of New Work in Westchester
See Calendar of Events
To request a 2015 ARTSEE Festival brochure, contact jwing@artswestchester.org with your mailing address. From March through July 2015, Westchester comes alive with vibrant cultural events in celebration of ArtsWestchester’s 50th anniversary. ARTSEE is a four month showcase of the creative spirit in Westchester County, New York, packed with dance, film, theatre, art exhibitions, concerts, conferences, open studios, poetry readings and more. Discover newly created work, Westchester premiers, and outstanding area artists. Be sure to mark your calendars and join the fun presented by more than 30 arts organizations in ARTSEE, a Festival of New Work in Westchester!
Enjoy ARTSEE Festival events at the following venues: ArtsWestchester, Axial Theatre, Blue Door Art Center, Caramoor Center for Music and the Arts, Clay Art Center, Concordia Conservatory, Copland House, Emelin Theatre, Ernest Simons Loft Studios, Hamm & Clov Stage Company, Hudson Stage Company, Hudson Valley Center for Contemporary Art, Iona College Council on the Arts, Irvington Town Hall Theater, JCC of Mid-Westchester, Katonah Museum of Art, Katonah Poetry Series, Kenise Barnes Fine Art, Licata-Syrig Designs, Mamaroneck Artists Guild, Media Loft Micro Gallery, Music Conservatory of Westchester, New Rochelle Council on the Arts, New Westchester Symphony Orchestra, Office of Cultural Affairs at Westchester Community College, OSilas Gallery at Concordia College, Peekskill Arts Alliance, Pelham Art Center, Purchase College, Rivertown Artists Workshop, Taconic Opera, The Mamaroneck Artists Guild, Westchester Collaborative Theater, Westchester Community College Center for the Arts, Westchester Community College Center for the Digital Arts, Peekskill Extension.


March 2015 — July 2015

The Folklife Center at Crandall Public Library presents
Battenkill Inspired
Exhibition kicks off with gallery reception and concert on Thursday, March 12, 2015, 5-7 p.m.
Folklife Gallery, Crandall Public Library, 251 Glen Street, Glens Falls, NY 12801
The Folklife Center at Crandall Public Library has mounted Battenkill Inspired, a new exhibition. A reception will take place on Thursday, March 12, 2015, from 5 to 7 p.m., followed by the first Live! Folklife Concert of the season, featuring Hot Club of Saratoga at 7 p.m. in the community room, just off the gallery.

The waters of the Battenkill, flowing from Vermont through southern Washington County to the Hudson River, are the source of inspiration for the art and artifacts showcased in this exhibition. Curated by Folklife Center director, Todd DeGarmo, Battenkill Inspired showcases the work of contemporary artists, as well as taking a look at the river’s culture: the covered bridges built to cross, the many industries that once drew power from its flow, the lure of Dionondehowa Falls and its pleasure park and the electricity generated for a trolley system, the world-class trout fishing with its own original fly patterns and personalities, the 1960s–70s decorated rafts for a timed float and competition, and current efforts to preserve this valuable resource.

The works of over 25 artists are featured, including paintings and art prints by Stephen Alcorn, Matt Chinian, Elizabeth Cockey, Adriano Manocchia, Harry Orlyk, Leslie Parke, Christopher Pearce, Mark Susinno, Brain Sweetland, Mark Tougias, George Van Hook, E.R. (Eugene) Witten; photography by Ian Creitz, Herbert Eriksson, Clifford Oliver; magazine cover art by Norman Rockwell, John Atherton, Mead Schaeffer; hand-tied fishing flies, hunting and decorative decoys, and a boat by Marc Francato, C.J. Lyttle, Steven Jay Sanford; jewelry, dolls, sculptures and a bridge model by Bonnie Elizabeth Hoag, Caroline Hooke, Serena Kovalosky, Jack Metzger, A.W. (Bob) Rayman, Anita Witten.

In addition many photos and artifacts are on display, loaned from Greenwich Library’s Gill Room, Washington County Fair’s Museum, Shushan Covered Bridge Museum, and private collections. Watch for a lecture series coming in April, May, June at two sites.


March 12, 2015 —June 30, 2015

ArtsWestchester presents the exhibition
Crossing Borders: Memory and Heritage in a New America
Opening reception March 14, 2-4 p.m.
Gallery hours for all exhibitions: Tues-Fri, 12-5 p.m., Saturday 12-6 p.m.
ArtsWestchester, 31 Mamaroneck Avenue, White Plains, New York 10601, 914-428-4220
Admission: Free
RSVP for Opening Reception: LBanks@artswestchester.org or (914)428-4220
ArtsWestchester’s Spring 2015 exhibition Crossing Borders will highlight the work of new and first generation American artists who use their autobiographies and family history as an artistic tool to explore universal concerns of memory, heritage, and identity. The pieces are individual contemplations on experiences that transcend a singular ethnic or cultural group. With immigration policy reform a major political talking point, and the city of White Plains a growing home to immigrant populations, the experience of the New American has never felt so relevant. The exhibition includes site-specific installations, photography, and mixed-media works by Westchester and New York/Hudson Valley artists. Visit artsw.org/crossingborders for more info.

March 17, 2015 — May 2, 2015

Flushing Town Hall presents
EXHIBITION OF CONTEMPORARY INDIAN ART OF THE DIASPORA
OPENING RECEPTION: Saturday, March 28, 3 p.m.
GALLERY HOURS: 12-5 p.m.
Flushing Town Hall, 137-35 Northern Boulevard, Flushing, NY 11354, 718) 463-7700 x 222
Suggested Admission: $5/FREE for Members & Students
Presented by Indo-American Arts Council, the Erasing Borders Exhibition features work by artists whose origins can be traced to the Indian subcontinent. This group of multinational artists reflects a broad range of life experiences and aesthetic values. The artists interpret diverse subject matter – figurative, abstract and conceptual – in a variety of media.

March 28, 2015 — April 19, 2015

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