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Wednesday, March 1, 2017
The Troy Savings Bank Music Hall presents
Tommy Emmanuel
Acoustic Guitar Phenomenon
7:30 p.m.
Troy Savings Bank Music Hall, 30 2nd St, Troy, NY 12180
Tickets: $39, $29
Tickets are available now via phone, (518) 273-0038, in person, or online at www.troymusichall.org. Tickets are available at the Troy Savings Bank Music Hall Box Office, 30 Second Street, Troy, Monday through Friday 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
We are bringing back two-time GRAMMY nominee Tommy Emmanuel, whose five decade career has garnered hundreds of thousands of fans worldwide. This one night only engagement is in support of Emmanuel’s upcoming album, It’s Never Too Late, which will be released on September 21, 2016, on Thirty Tigers. The album is 14 tracks of all original music with no vocals or guests. Emmanuel has been voted Favorite Acoustic Guitarist in both Guitar Player Magazine and Acoustic Guitar Magazine’ reader polls. A household name in his native Australia, Tommy has garnered hundreds of thousands of loyal fans worldwide. Tommy’s unique style — he calls it simply “finger style” — is akin to playing guitar the way a pianist plays piano, using all ten fingers. Rather than using a whole band for melody, rhythm, bass, and drum parts, Tommy plays all that — and more — on one guitar. Tommy Emmanuel is an honorary Kentucky Colonel, a CGP (Certified Guitar Player, a title given by Chet Atkins to only 5 guitarists in the world), an Order of Australia Medalist (AM), and the holder of both an honorary Master’s Degree (MA) and more recently an honorary Doctor of Arts (DR) from Charles Sturt University in Australia in recognition of his commitment to rural Australia and his contribution to music education.

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Friday, March 3, 2017
The Folkus Project presents
Aztec Two Step
8 p.m.
May Memorial Unitarian Universalist Society, 3800 East Genesee St, Syracuse, NY
Tickets range from $15 to $20. More info is available at www.folkus.org. Advance sale tickets are available via PayPal and other methods; advance ticket holders receive preferential seating.
Rex Fowler and Neal Shulman have spent a lifetime of making music together as the folk/rock duo, Aztec Two-Step. After taking their name from a poem by beat poet Lawrence Ferlinghetti, and with four plus decades as staples of progressive FM radio, major record deals and non-stop touring, Rex and Neal continue to impress audiences with intelligent songwriting, dazzling acoustic lead guitar and soaring two-part harmonies.

Carnegie Hall in partnership with Robert Browning Associates presents
LUNASA AND KARAN CASEY: Irish Music
8:30 p.m.
Zankel Hall at Carnegie Hall, 57th Street & 7th Avenue, NYC
Tickets: $39, $46 Tickets go on sale August 29 at 8 AM
Lúnasa’s novel arrangements and unique musical approaches create a singular sound that has propelled Irish acoustic music into exciting new territory. For this concert, the group is joined by Karan Casey, one of the most innovative and provocative voices in Irish folk music. Since its founding 20 years ago, Lúnasa has become one of the most popular bands on the international Celtic music scene. Its novel arrangements and distinctive musical approaches have created a singular sound that has propelled Irish acoustic music into exciting new territory. Performing on fiddle, flute, whistles, uillean pipes, double bass, and guitar, the group is joined by special guest Karan Casey, one of the most innovative and provocative voices in Irish folk music. In addition to her work as lead singer with Solas and her successful solo career, she has performed with James Taylor, Liam Clancy, Peggy Seeger, and Mick Moloney, among others. This concert is part of Carnegie Hall’s World Views.

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Saturday, March 4, 2017
Eighth Step at Proctors presents
Dar Williams

Proctors, 432 State Street, Schenectady, NY
Call Eighth Step TicketLine: 518-434-1703

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Thursday, March 9, 2017
Golden Link Folk Singing Society presents: Si Kahn, Joe Jencks & Maria Dunn Sing Songs to Celebrate Working People
7:30 p.m.
Rochester Christian Reformed Church, 2750 Atlantic Ave., Penfield, NY 14526
Advance $20 ($15 for Golden Link members); at the door $22 ($17 for Golden Link members); $10 for students; free to children 12 and under.
This special concert brings together three acclaimed singer/songwriters known for writing songs about working people and social justice.

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Saturday, March 11, 2017
GIRSA
7:30 p.m.
Walton Theatre, 30 Gardiner Place, Walton , NY 13856. (607) 865-6688
Tickets: $15
GIRSA (Gaelic for “young girls”) is a traditional Irish music band made up of eight women. What is clearly evident is that they have a passion for their music and use their instruments and talent to share this time-honored Irish musical heritage.They share enthusiastic performances of traditional Irish song and dance with a creative and powerful mix of fiddle, accordion, banjo, tin whistle, bodhran, guitar and keyboard.

World Music Institute (WMI), in partnership with The Apollo Theater, presents
Africa Now!
8 p.m.
The Apollo Theater | 253 W 125th Street, NYC
Tickets: $20-$60
Now in its fifth season, this annual concert at the Apollo celebrates the best of today’s African music scene showcasing emerging and established artists who have drawn from their roots for inspiration. This season’s concert takes us on a musical trip across the continent from the Congo’s new generation of musicians who embody the concept of change with Mbongwana Star, to exploring the rich culture of the island of Cape Verde through the vibrant music of Lura, to Mali’s Songhoy Blues blending traditional and modern, and lastly DJ Nenim who hails from Nigeria.

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Sunday, March 12, 2017
Story Sundays at the Glen Sanders Mansion
Our Roots Are Showing: Tales and Songs from Our Anglo-Gaelic-Jewish Heritages
The Storycrafters: Barry Marshall and Jeri Burns, PhD
5-8 p.m.
Glen Sanders Mansion, 1 Glen Avenue, Scotia, NY
$37 per person (includes entertainment, 3 course dinner, coffee/tea, tax and tip)
Bring someone new and you each save $3 (only one discount/person during non-benefit dinners).
Pay at the door using cash or checks made out to “Story Circle”
Reservations Required: (518) 384-1700 or Kate@KateDudding.com. Please indicate how many of each entree is desired.
Internationally renowned, award-winning musical storytelling duo Barry Marshall and Jeri Burns PhD, will share a lively and thoughtful evening of material drawn from their heritages. Barry’s roots lie in ALL of the British Isles (England, Ireland, Scotland, Wales), while Jeri's heritage extends from Eastern European Jewish culture (Poland, Russia). Join The Storycrafters as they explore stories, lore, and history from the lands upon which their ancestors stood.
Entrees: Corned Beef and Cabbage; Potato Crusted Salmon with Caper Beurre Blanc; or Vegetarian Stuffed Cabbage Rolls.

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Friday, March 17, 2017
The Folkus Project presents
The Slambovian Circus of Dreams
8 p.m.
May Memorial Unitarian Universalist Society, 3800 East Genesee St, Syracuse, NY
Tickets range from $15 to $20. More info is available at www.folkus.org. Advance sale tickets are available via PayPal and other methods; advance ticket holders receive preferential seating.
Called everything from ‘hillbilly-Pink Floyd’ to ‘folk-pop’ to ‘surreal Americana’, The Slambovian Circus of Dreams is a riveting, mesmerizing, crazy, amazing machine of music. Known for their electrifying live performances the band has toured nationally and abroad, playing a moody but uplifting americana with an extensive instrumental arsenal (accordion, cello, mandolin, theremin).

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Saturday, March 18, 2017
The Troy Savings Bank Music Hall presents
Lúnasa
8:00 p.m.
Troy Savings Bank Music Hall, 30 2nd St, Troy, NY 12180
Tickets: $34
Tickets are available now via phone, (518) 273-0038, in person, or online at www.troymusichall.org. Tickets are available at the Troy Savings Bank Music Hall Box Office, 30 Second Street, Troy, Monday through Friday 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Lúnasa is composed of Kevin Crawford (flutes, low whistles and tin whistles), Trevor Hutchinson (double bass), Ed Boyd (guitar), Seán Smyth (fiddle and low whistle) and Cillian Vallely (uilleann pipes and low whistles). Lúnasa have sold more than quarter of a million albums in the course of the band’s career and boast an impressive back catalogue of 7 highly acclaimed and award-winning studio albums. The band is internationally acknowledged as being the finest traditional Irish instrumental outfit of recent times. They are renowned for their stunning shows honed by superb musicianship and a constant touring cycle. Their inventive arrangements and bass driven grooves have steered Irish acoustic music into surprising new territory. Their recordings have been hailed as some of the best and most important world music albums anywhere, while their blend of intelligence, innovation, virtuosity, and passion has brought them to the forefront of Celtic music. Of the band, legendary Irish fiddler Kevin Burke says, “Maintaining the unique, intimate qualities of a musical tradition while at the same time meeting and fulfilling the demands of the contemporary music world is a difficult juxtaposition to achieve, yet Lúnasa have managed to accomplish exactly that.”

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Saturday, March 25, 2017
Robert Browning Associates presents
LURRIE BELL: Chicago Blues!
8:00 p.m.
Roulette, 509 Atlantic Avenue (at 3rd Ave), Downtown Brooklyn
Tickets: $25; seniors, students $21
Lurrie Bell’s intense guitar playing and passionate vocals have made him a favorite at clubs and festivals around the world and have earned him a reputation as one of the “leading lights” in the future of the blues. He has appeared on over 50 recordings either as leader or featured sideman and received numerous awards and honors, including Male Blues Artist of the Year (2008, 2012) in Living Blues magazine. Son of famed blues harmonica player Carey Bell, he picked up his father’s guitar at the age of five and grew up surrounded by many Chicago blues legends. By 17, he was playing on stage with Willie Dixon. In 1977, he was a founding member of The Sons of Blues with Freddie Dixon and Billy Branch and a year later joined Koko Taylor’s band. With his father he toured and made recordings, including the 2004 Alligator release Second Nature, which was nominated for a W.C. Handy Award. In this program he will be joined by his band and include selections from his acclaimed Delmark album Blues in My Soul.

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Sunday, March 26, 2017
StoryCircle at Proctors Theater announces
Word Plays: With A Little Bit of Luck
2 p.m.
Fenimore Gallery, Proctors Theatre, 432 State Street, Schenectady, NY
Cost: $12. Call box office at (518) 346-6204.
$2 of each ticket is donated to the Schenectady Inner City Ministry Summer Lunch program where they feed 850 children each day
Sometimes, a little bit of good luck is all you need. Then again, a little bit of bad luck is usually NOT good... Come hear how these stories turn out. Storytellers: Claire Beetlestone, Fran Berger, Alden (Joe) Doolittle, Mary Murphy, Merideth Nieves, Claire Nolan, Sandy Schuman.

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March 31–April 1, 2017
Biannual Conference of the Middle Atlantic Folklife Association (MAFA)
In partnership with the Eastern American Studies Association (EASA) and Society of Americanists (SOA)
Theme: “Milestones, Markers, and Moments: Turning Points in American Experience and Tradition”
Harrisburg Hilton, Harrisburg, Pennsylvania
In the upcoming year, Americans might reflect on several critical moments of the nation’s past and anticipate markers of the future that will define its experience and tradition. This year, MAFA, in partnership with the Eastern American Studies Association and the incipient Society of Americanists, a coalition of persons and organizations devoted to the study of American culture, invites proposals for papers, panels, forums, and workshops related to the broad theme of turning points in American history, folklife, education, cultural conservation, heritage, and society. More information to follow. CALL FOR PROPOSALS due no later than January 16, 2017 (see January’s calendar page announcements section for this Call).

       ANNOUNCEMENTS

Erie Canalway National Heritage Corridor announces
World Canals Conference 2017: Call for Presentations
Syracuse, September 24 to 28, 2017


Do you have experience to share, lessons learned, or innovative ideas on the topic of Canals as Agents of Transformation? Share it with the world at the 2017 World Canals Conference in Syracuse, September 24 to 28, 2017. The Call for Presentations is now open. We're looking for engaging sessions on innovative development and successes in leveraging historic, cultural and natural assets to drive transformation. Consider these potential topics:
*Innovation in attracting new users to inland waterways and retaining the ones we have
*Transformative development/reinvestment projects
*Recognizing and celebrating waterways through art and public events
*Inspiring and energizing future generations of canallers
*Design, construction, repair and operation of canal structures
*Water quality, environmental remediation and control of invasive species

Visit www.wcc2017syracuse.com for details and to submit a proposal. Proposals must be submitted by March 1, 2017.

About WCC2017: Each year, the WCC brings hundreds of canal enthusiasts, professionals, and scholars from around the world together to discuss canals and inland waterways as a means to promote tourism, spur economic and community development, improve environmental quality, and exchange best practices on protection strategies for historic sites. This will be the first time WCC is to be held in North America since 2010. WCC2017 is co-hosted by the New York State Canal Corporation, Erie Canalway National Heritage Corridor, and Visit Syracuse. It will be held at Marriott Downtown Syracuse and is sponsored by I Love NY and National Grid, along with many other businesses and foundations.




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


October 15, 2016 — March 2017

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