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Wednesday, March 2, 2016
The Folk Music Society of N.Y., Inc/ N.Y. Pinewoods Folk Music Club presents
Folk Open Sing
7-10 p.m.
Ethical Culture Society, 53 Prospect Park West, Brooklyn (near 2nd St.)
Hosted by Ethical Culture Society, Folk Music Society of NY/NYPFMC, Alison Kelley, and Frank Woerner.
Info: Frank, 212-533-2139.
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.

Pregones Theater/Puerto Rican Traveling Theater presents:
MIVOS QUARTET
In partnership with Carnegie Hall Neighborhood Concert Series 7 p.m.
Pregones Theater, 575 Walton Ave., Bronx NY 10451
Free Admission. RSVP required.
Free Opening Concert of our MARCH IS MUSIC 2016 series! We celebrate 10 years of MARCH IS MUSIC’s dynamic, diverse and boundary pushing musical feast in The Bronx! An amazing line up of Classical, Multimedia Philharmonic Jazz, Big Band, Latin Jazz and Jazz come together in this dynamite, month-long music series, from Wednesday, March 2nd, through Saturday, March 26th
“One of America’s most daring and ferocious new-music ensembles” (The Chicago Reader), the Mivos Quartet is dedicated to introducing audiences to new music. The quartet actively commissions and premieres new works, often collaborating with composers like Helmut Lachenmann, Alex Mincek, and Anna Clyne throughout the composition process.

Poetry Open Mic Featuring Sherry Kearns and Rodney Parrot
Doors open and sign-up begins at 7 p.m. Readings begin at 7:30 p.m.
Caffè Lena, 47 Phila St., Saratoga Springs, NY, 518-583-0022
Tickets: $5 at the door
Please plan to share one long poem or two short poems, altogether lasting no more than three to five minutes. All ages and styles welcome.
Sherry Moore Kearns’ writing has appeared in the following publications: Transition, Blueline, Poetry New York, The Glens Falls Review, Sagetrieb, The Greenfield Review, North Country Review, The Body of This Life (Talisman House, 2001) and The Facts on File Companion to 20th-Century American Poetry (Facts on File, Inc., 2005). She is the author of the chapbooks Sister (Poetry New York, 1999) and The Ginko at 57 Pearl St. (James L. Weil, 2005). A past recipient of a grant from New York State’s Creative Artists Public Service (CAPS) program, Kearns also received the William Bronk Foundation prize for her memoir Meeting Bill.
Rodney Parrot has a PhD in Asian religion and has written in many forms: academic articles, a book of Indian philosophy, a novel, poetry, homemade chapbooks, two ghost written books, and short stories about his business, Rescued Art. His newest poetry collection,
Flying, was published in January 2016 with Northshire Press. He has been a regular at Caffè Lena Poetry for many years and has consistently delighted our audience with his insights, musical language and imagery.

Flushing Town Hall presents
Monthly Jazz Jam
7:00-10:00 p.m.
FREE Jazz Clinics at 6 p.m.
Flushing Town Hall, 137-35 Northern Boulevard, (at the corner of Linden Place), Flushing, NY 11354
Tickets: $10; FREE for Members, Students and Jamming Musicians

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

Thursday, March 3, 2016
Caffè Lena presents
Open Mic
Performer registration is from 7 to 7:25 p.m. Performances start at 7:30 p.m.
Caffè Lena, 47 Phila St., Saratoga Springs, NY, 518-583-0022
Tickets: $3 at the door
Open Mic takes place every Thursday. This open mic is for all styles of music and spoken word performance, including poetry, comedy, and storytelling. Most of what you’ll hear is original songs on acoustic instruments, but we warmly welcome whatever you have to offer. No advance registration by phone is permitted. If you can’t come in time for registration, the host may be able to add you to the end of the roster. If you don’t get the timeslot you want, you may be able to swap with someone else. No special preference is given to kids, pros, or to those traveling long distances. Participants play two songs or speak for 10 minutes. Under all but the most extreme circumstances, we do not limit the number of performers. The host draws names at 7:30. The first person drawn gets first choice of timeslot, second gets second choice, etc. There is no featured performer at Weekly Open Mic. Excessive profanity and vulgarity are strongly discouraged. It is up to the discretion of the host to determine if a performance is inappropriate for Caffè Lena. Please bear in mind that Caffè Lena is not a bar and often has children in the audience.

World Music Institute (WMI) presents
La Otra Orilla Festival Ay! Mas Flamenco: Night One
8:00 p.m.
Symphony Space, 2537 Broadway at 95th Street, New York, NY
Tickets start at $45
Works by La Otra Orilla are recognizable for their unique and radical approach to flamenco. Based on the collaboration between dancer and choreographer Myriam Allard and singer-director Hedi Graja, the company embodies a cutting-edge interpretation of the timeless and universal appeal of flamenco. The artistic directors have created a hybrid flamenco language that is both modern and poetic, exploring the traditions of this art form while staying firmly rooted in the present.
The annual Festival Ay! Mas Flamenco continues WMI’s long tradition of bringing the best in Flamenco to New York City. Featuring some of the best traditional Flamenco artists from Spain, as well as contemporary dance companies, the festival showcases the breadth and depth of the Flamenco art form.

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Friday, March 4, 2016
Irish Arts Center presents Púca Party 3:00 p.m.
NYPL Columbus Library, 742 10th Ave., New York, NY 10019
Free admission
Irish Arts Center visits our neighbors at the NYPL Columbia Library to celebrate Irish culture and literature inspired by the Irish trickster fairy. A phantom fairy, this mythic creature is well documented in classic literature, including the works of Irish poet and playwright W. B. Yeats, Irish novelist and playwright Flann O’Brien, and English playwright William Shakespeare. We will explore their mischievous and quick-witted ways in an interactive story session, followed by a mask-making activity.

Albany Institute of History & Art presents
50 OBJECTS PROGRAM Games, Concepts, and Characters
Jeff Bellio, Concept Artist from Vicarious Visions
6:00-7:00 p.m.
Albany Institute of History & Art, 125 Washington Avenue, Albany, NY 12210
Free admission.
Bellio, who has worked on creating many character designs for Vicarious Vision’s Skylanders franchise, will share his insights into game and character development.

World Music Institute (WMI) presents
Joaquin Grilo: Dedicated to Paco De Lucia Festival Ay! Mas Flamenco: Night Two
8:00 p.m.
Symphony Space, 2537 Broadway at 95th Street, New York, NY
Tickets start at $45
Joaquin Grilo dedicates this intensely personal evening to his teacher, colleague, and friend, guitarist Paco de Lucía, with whom he toured for many years and who left an indelible impact on his artistic career. This joyful production is Grilo’s vision of modern flamenco, born out of his deep respect for the art form, which weaves together complex music and dance to celebrate the spontaneous nature of flamenco. Guitar, vocals, palmas, and dance center on the soleá and bulerías, set against a backdrop comprised of the simplest elements in order to highlight the dance. The music is inspired by the rhythms of the styles of flamenco being performed, uniting the production in a current of energy and emotion.
The annual Festival Ay! Mas Flamenco continues WMI’s long tradition of bringing the best in Flamenco to New York City. Featuring some of the best traditional Flamenco artists from Spain, as well as contemporary dance companies, the festival showcases the breadth and depth of the Flamenco art form.

Caffè Lena presents
Kate Taylor
8 p.m.
Caffè Lena, 47 Phila St., Saratoga Springs, NY, 518-583-0022
Tickets: $28 general admission, $25 members, $14 students and children
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Hailing from one of America’s best known singer-songwriter families, “Sister Kate” first brought her joyous rockabilly, country, Appalachian folk, rock, blues, gospel and R&B roots to the stage in 1971. Her breakout Atlantic/Cotillion debut album, Sister Kate, was produced by Peter Asher. She kept busy throughout the decade with 1976 and 1978 Columbia releases Kate Taylor, produced by her brother James, and It’s In There and It’s Got to Come Out recorded at Muscle Shoals and produced by Barry Beckett. After dedicating the ensuing years to motherhood, Kate re-emerged with a 2002 album Beautiful Road, followed by Fair Time! Her warmth, elegance, and spiritual passion are well known, and audiences delight in her stories as much as her songs. She’ll be accompanied by Sam Zucchini on percussion and Steve Mayone on guitars.

The Folkus Project presents
Vance Gilbert
Accomplished songwriting, lyrical eloquence, virtuosic singing and outrageous, edgy humor
8:00 p.m.
May Memorial Unitarian Universalist Society, 3800 East Genesee St, Syracuse, NY
Cost: $20; Member price: $17
Advance sale tickets are available via PayPal or by mail (personal check); advance ticket holders receive preferential seating. For details, see the Folkus Project website at www.folkus.org
Vance Gilbert occupies a unique niche as a folk musician. His music is an eclectic mix, strongly influenced by jazz and R&B, but with roots in 1960s pop. His song stylings bop and weave, deftly weaving catchy melodies and insightful lyrics into a folk framework. His beautifully written songs and melodic artistry have led some to call him a musical visionary. Gilbert is a gifted guitarist, but his most outstanding instrument is his rousing voice, with its remarkable power and range. He sings to the passions and pains of all of us with a voice that enthralls your soul. But it’s his humor and spontaneity that make his live performances so compelling. Gilbert spends a lot of time telling stories and swapping gibes, his comedic skill and showmanship drawing audiences into the moment. His mission is to give people a good time and they return again and again, always expecting to be surprised, never being disappointed.

March 4—20, 2016
Thalia Hispanic Theatre presents
Calpulli Mexican Dance Company
Friday and Saturdays 8 p.m., Sundays 4 p.m.
Thalia Hispanic Theatre, 41-17 Greenpoint Avenue, Sunnyside, NY 11104
TICKETS: $40; Students & Seniors $37
You may also purchase tickets by telephone, 718-729-3880 or in person at the box office before the show
Celebrating the richness of Mexican Cultural Heritage with a production of LIVE Music and Dance with Award Winning Mexican Dance Company CALPULLI and its Mariachi Band.

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Saturday, March 5, 2016
Irish Arts Center presents Afternoon Art Party: Traditional Song Exploration & Songwriting with Carrie Erving
11 a.m.
Irish Arts Center, 553 West 51st Street, New York, NY 10019
Tickets: $25
Children will work with SongLives performer, IAC instructor, and Ponyhof lead singer Carrie Erving to craft their own songs. Working in groups, children will explore the structure of traditional Irish songs, and cultivate their creativity together to create, record, and design the art for an original short song. Songs will be made available online after the workshop.

Old Songs presents
Old Songs Community Dance In partner with Homespun Occasions
1st Saturday of the Month (October–May)
7:00 p.m.
Old Songs Community Arts Center, 37 South Main Street, Voorheesville, NY 12186
$8 per person, children 12 & under are free
Featuring: Caller: Jeff Walker and Music: Walker Family. Fun, simple dances from the US and around the world. For every age and ability. All dances will be taught and will include circles, contras and squares. Yummy desert potluck during intermission.

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

Eighth Step at Proctors presents
SUEDE!
7:30 p.m.
Proctors, 432 State St. Schenectady NY 12305
Order Tickets through the 8th Step Ticket Line 518-434-1703: $25 advance, $30 door, $50 Gold Circle with Reception
One part Rack Pack, one part Rosie Clooney, Suede is the “Diva la Difference”—classy, smooth, and simply intoxicating.

Caffè Lena presents
Bovine Social Club
8 p.m.
Caffè Lena, 47 Phila St., Saratoga Springs, NY, 518-583-0022
Tickets: $18 general admission, $16 members, $9 students and children
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Bred on the northern banks of the Delaware River, Bovine Social Club is a bluegrassy, funky, twangy, swinging breed! One wicked lineup of seasoned jamband musicians backing the lyrics of vocalist Samuel Saint Thomas, Bovine Social Club combines deep grooves, A-list song writing, and a musical sense of humor that leaves you wondering what they’re gonna do next. Their sound is happily fertilized by Celtic, bluegrass, old time, Juju, gospel, jazz, and rock. Bovine Social Club gives thinking people happy feet!

Pregones Theater/Puerto Rican Traveling Theater presents:
TIMBALAYE
8 p.m.
Pregones Theater, 575 Walton Ave., Bronx NY 10451
Tickets: $15-$30
We celebrate 10 years of MARCH IS MUSIC’s dynamic, diverse and boundary pushing musical feast in The Bronx! An amazing line up of Classical, Multimedia Philharmonic Jazz, Big Band, Latin Jazz and Jazz come together in this dynamite, month-long music series, from Wednesday, March 2nd, through Saturday, March 26th. A septet with a Latin twist and a fresh innovative sound combines contemporary jazz with rhythmic elements from all over Latin America and Africa, as well as Cuba and Puerto Rico. Timbalaye was created by Ralph Irizarry, world renowned percussionist from Spanish Harlem who has performed, recorded and toured with the likes of Bebo Valdés, Harry Belafonte, David Byrne, Celia Cruz, Paquito D’Rivera, Juan Luis Guerra, Earl Klug, Israel López “Cachao,” Wynton Marsalis, Paul Simon and many others.

Folk-Rock Duo Aztec Two-Step Celebrates 45th Anniversary
8:00 p.m.
Emelin Theatre, 153 Library Lane, Mamaroneck NY 10543
Contact: 914.698.0098, info@emelin.org
Cost: $37
This year marks folk rock duo Aztec Two-Step s 45th Anniversary. Rex Fowler and Neal Shulman, who met at a Boston coffeehouse open mic in 1971, will be commemorating this amazing milestone with special shows throughout the year. At the Emelin Theatre, Saturday, March 5, the duo will perform their 1987 award winning album, Living in America, in its entirety, along with other ATS favorites. Living In America received the New York Music Award for Best Folk Album and was named in Billboard’s year-end critic s poll.

The Troy Savings Bank Music Hall Corporation and Exit 97.7, WEXT present
Neko Case
8:00 p.m.
Troy Savings Bank Music Hall, 30 2nd St, Troy, NY 12180
Tickets: $35, Student Ticket $15
Music Hall members may purchase tickets starting today, Thursday, December 17, 2015, via phone and in person at the Box Office. (With a minimum $50 donation, anyone can become a member and take advantage of the best seats in the house.) Single tickets go on sale to the general public Monday, December 21, 2015, 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 welcome acclaimed singer/songwriter Neko Case to our stage. Neko Case was playing and touring with bands for a decade before she realized it was her job. Now more than 20 years into that calling, Neko Case is the consummate career artist—fearless and versatile, with a fierce work ethic and a constant drive to search deeper within herself for creative growth. Nowhere is that clearer than in Truckdriver, Gladiator, Mule, a stunning vinyl box set of Case’s complete (so far) solo discography, just released in November of this year. Born in 1970, and raised all over working-class Washington state, Case spent a turbulent childhood shuffling between divorced and uninterested parents, and often alone. This is one reason she is an ardent collaborator, working with a huge roster of Canadian and American artists throughout her career, and thriving as a member of indie-pop super group the New Pornographers and other projects alongside her solo work.

World Music Institute (WMI) presents
La Lupi Festival Ay! Mas Flamenco: Night Three
8:00 p.m.
Symphony Space, 2537 Broadway at 95th Street, New York, NY
Tickets start at $45
Susana Lupiañez Pinto “La Lupi” was first discovered by guitarist Juan Maya Marote while performing in flamenco tablaos while still a student, and she subsequently became a dancer in his company. She was a guest artist in Juan de Juan and Rafael Amargo’s companies and on singer Miguel Poveda’s tour of the album arteSano, and her choreography credits include work with the National Ballet of Spain. Today, La Lupi is the director and choreographer of her own flamenco company, which has performed in theatres and festivals across the world and produced such artists as Rocío Molina. La Lupi is the recipient of the 2007 First Prize for Seguiriyas and the Second Prize for Alegrías awarded by the La Perla de Cádiz National Flamenco Competition.
The annual Festival Ay! Mas Flamenco continues WMI’s long tradition of bringing the best in Flamenco to New York City. Featuring some of the best traditional Flamenco artists from Spain, as well as contemporary dance companies, the festival showcases the breadth and depth of the Flamenco art form.

Flushing Town Hall announces
De Temps Antan
8:00 p.m.
Dance Lesson at 7 p.m.
Flushing Town Hall, 137-35 Northern Boulevard (at the corner of Linden Place), Flushing, NY 11354
Tickets: $16/$10 Members & Students
Since 2003, the power trio of De Temps Antan has been exploring and performing time-honoured melodies from the stomping grounds of Quebec’s musical past. Using fiddle, accordion, harmonica, guitar, bouzouki and a number of other instruments, these three virtuosos blend boundless energy with the unmistakable joie de vivre found only in traditional Quebecois music. Come and dance!

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Sunday, March 6, 2016
Interfaith Story Circle announces
Story Sharing
12-2:30 p.m. (tour of church/refreshments 12-12:30 p.m.; story sharing 12;30-2:30 p.m.)
Hosted by St. Peter Armenian Apostolic Church, 100 Troy Schenectady Rd., Watervliet, NY
Guest Storyteller: Yervant Kutchukian. Come and tell a story, or come and listen. Our mission is promoting understanding, respect and friendship among people of diverse cultures, ethical traditions and religions by facilitating the sharing of stories. We open and close the circle with a prayer or reflection. The guest storyteller will share some thoughts on the circle’s theme and tell some related stories. You are then invited to tell a story if you wish.

Albany Institute of History & Art presents
225th ANNIVERSARY PROGRAM Old Albany through the Eyes of William Kennedy’s Fictional Characters
William Kennedy, Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist
2:00-3:30 p.m.
Albany Institute of History & Art, 125 Washington Avenue, Albany, NY 12210
Free with museum admission.
Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist William Kennedy, who uses his hometown of Albany, New York, as the inspiration for his work, will present a slide show of historic Albany scenes that are featured prominently in the novels. He will discuss the ways in which his characters inhabit Albany’s buildings and streets.
Sponsored by the Albany Institute of History & Art in conjunction with its 225th Anniversary and the New York State Writers Institute.

Flushing Town Hall announces
The Cultural Crossroads of Ireland & Africa
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 Child/$6 Member Child
National Endowment of the Arts Heritage Award winner Mick Moloney and Lenwood Sloan join forces for a dynamic performance of Irish and African American music and dance. They are joined by dancers Wayne Daniels & Niall O’Leary, Athena Tergis fiddle, Billy McComiskey button accordion, and Jerry O’Sullivan pipes. The presentation includes rich history, enlightened dialogue, spirited exchange, and a rollicking music and dance demonstration. Drawing from the traditional background and diaspora of two oppressed peoples, Moloney and Sloane explore the curious and tumultuous journey of the banjo, fiddle, jig, joke and jump dance, riddle rhyme, song, shuffle and clog. Their cultural dialogue begins in the 18th century in New Orleans, the 1840s escape to Appalachia, and their arrival and confrontation in America’s urban cities, Vaudeville, Tin Pan Alley, and film and Broadway between the two world wars.

Capital English Country Dance
2-5 p.m.
Intro workshop on request at 1:30 p.m.
First UUC, Albany, NY
For more information, 518-477-5684 or CapitalECD@gmail.com
Cost: $12/$10 members, $6 students with full-time ID.
Free first admission for new English country dancers.
Caller: Graham Christian. Music: Pat MacPherson & Aldo Fabrizi. Beginners Welcome. Wear flat soft-soled shoes.

Pregones Theater/Puerto Rican Traveling Theater presents:
MERAL GUNEYMAN
3 p.m.
Pregones Theater, 575 Walton Ave., Bronx NY 10451
Free. RSVP here.
We celebrate 10 years of MARCH IS MUSIC’s dynamic, diverse and boundary pushing musical feast in The Bronx! An amazing line up of Classical, Multimedia Philharmonic Jazz, Big Band, Latin Jazz and Jazz come together in this dynamite, month-long music series, from Wednesday, March 2nd, through Saturday, March 26th.
Turkish born jazz pianist Meral Guneyman’s talents have won her numerous competitions and allowed her to perform around the globe as a soloist and with symphony orchestras in her pursuit in the advancement of contemporary music. “Ms. Guneyman has an imposing technique and a delicate feel for timbre,” Bernard Holland of the
New York Times; “Meral Guneyman possesses an exquisite touch, immense power and a formidable technique,” Peter Quinn of Jazzwise, London.

Caffè Lena presents
Garnet Rogers
7 p.m.
Caffè Lena, 47 Phila St., Saratoga Springs, NY, 518-583-0022
Tickets: $24 general admission, $22 members, $12 students and children
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Canadian singer-songwriter Garnet Rogers is one of the very finest singers around. He applies his haunting baritone to vivid songs full of cinematic detail, accompanying himself on guitar and spicing things up with a lightning-quick wit. On stage, and on his numerous albums, Garnet is literate, passionate, and deeply purposeful as he sings about the small victories of everyday life, and how people find their way through an often imperfect and wearying world.

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Wednesday, March 9, 2016
Caffè Lena presents
Storytelling Open Mic
with featured storyteller Margaret French

7:00 p.m.
Doors open for sign up at 6:45 p.m.
Caffè Lena, 47 Phila St., Saratoga Springs, NY, 518-583-0022
Admission: $5 at the door
An open mic just for storytellers! A featured performer opens the night with a 1/2 hour story, followed by open mic performances. Open Mic storytellers are asked to stay within a 10-minute limit and please no notes or written script. This evening’s featured storyteller is Margaret French whose quirky, thoughtful, humane, funny personal stories are a favorite at Caffè Lena and Woodlawn Commons. She has told stories at festivals, libraries, schools, life-long learning organizations, senior centers, nursing homes, women’s groups, and historical societies and has led storytelling workshops for seniors. She is a member of the StoryCircle of the Capital District, LANES (the association for storytellers in the Northeast), and the National Storytelling Network.

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Thursday, March 10, 2016
Arts & Business Council of NY announces a
Workshop: Approaching Local Corporations for Support
9:30 a.m.
Arts & Business Council of New York Lobby Theater, 1 East 53rd Street, 10022 New York, NY
Tickets: $25
Join ABC/NY for a workshop focusing on differentiating between securing foundation and corporate support for your arts organization. Facilitator Marti Fischer will speak to aligning your pitch with the goals of the corporation, keeping in mind its values and principles. Learn how to identify the right entry points and get tips for engaging the smaller business you may share a block with verses larger companies. Gain some ideas on how to add value to your proposal through employee engagement offerings and creating partnership opportunities beyond funding.

Caffè Lena presents
Inn Take Over
6 p.m.
Union Gables Inn, Saratoga Springs, NY, 518-583-0022
Tickets: $75 general admission, $60 members, $60 Junior (35 and under)
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It sounds like a folk festival, it looks like a Victorian dream, and it tastes like the best cuisine in Saratoga! For three magical hours Caffè Lena will take over Saratoga’s historic Union Gables Inn. The elegantly appointed rooms will be converted into mini-folk clubs with intimate performances of folk, jazz, bluegrass, and pop music taking place throughout the evening. Linger in the lobby for spirits and snacks, place your bids in the silent auction, and wander the mansion to sample the songs! All proceeds support the renovation of Caffè Lena, scheduled for completion in the fall of 2016. Confirmed Artists Include: Gathering Time, Hot Club of Saratoga, Greg Klyma, Ariana Gillis, Ramblin Jug Stompers, Dubl Handi, Kevin McKrell, The Trophy Husbands, Phil Henry Duo, The Whippersnappers, The Bluebillies, Mike Gowans, MaryLeigh Roohan, Robin O’Herin, Maria Zemantauski, Huxtable Christensen & Hood, and Bob Warren & Joy MacKenzie!

The Folklife Center of Crandall Public Library presents
Live! Folklife Concert: Mike & Ruthy Band
7-9 p.m. (doors open at 6:30 p.m.)
Crandall Public Library, 251 Glen Street, Glens Falls, NY (downstairs off the Library’s Glen Street entrance in the Community Room)
For more information, call 518/792-6508 or email degarmo@crandalllibrary.org
Cost: Free
Mike + Ruthy have assembled a new band and, as was the case with their last one, The Mammals, fans and critics alike are showing a lot of love. They play with jubilation—as exciting and powerful as any quintet out there, mixing up fiddle and banjo with drums, bass, pedal steel, and organ. Their debut album, Bright as You Can (June 2015) is hailed as “One of the year’s standout Americana albums” (Boston Globe).

Caffè Lena presents
Open Mic
Performer registration is from 7 to 7:25 p.m. Performances start at 7:30 p.m.
Caffè Lena, 47 Phila St., Saratoga Springs, NY, 518-583-0022
Tickets: $3 at the door
Open Mic takes place every Thursday. This open mic is for all styles of music and spoken word performance, including poetry, comedy, and storytelling. Most of what you’ll hear is original songs on acoustic instruments, but we warmly welcome whatever you have to offer. No advance registration by phone is permitted. If you can’t come in time for registration, the host may be able to add you to the end of the roster. If you don’t get the timeslot you want, you may be able to swap with someone else. No special preference is given to kids, pros, or to those traveling long distances. Participants play two songs or speak for 10 minutes. Under all but the most extreme circumstances, we do not limit the number of performers. The host draws names at 7:30. The first person drawn gets first choice of timeslot, second gets second choice, etc. There is no featured performer at Weekly Open Mic. Excessive profanity and vulgarity are strongly discouraged. It is up to the discretion of the host to determine if a performance is inappropriate for Caffè Lena. Please bear in mind that Caffè Lena is not a bar and often has children in the audience.

Irish Arts Center presents SongLives: Sean Millar with Patrick Freeman
Curated by Grammy Award-winner Susan McKeown
8 p.m.
Donaghy Theatre, Irish Arts Center, 553 West 51st Street, New York, NY 10019
Tickets
Sean Millar, also known as Doctor Millar, is a composer, songwriter, performer, and a “musician’s musician.” Artists such as Damien Rice, Jack Lukeman and Gavin Friday have sung Sean Millar’s songs and praised his musical and lyrical style. Hot Press named him “Ireland’s best singer/song-writer” and The Irish Times described Sean’s lyrical works “the best collection of short stories I have never read.” Percussionist Brian Fleming, specializing in the traditional Irish percussion instruments the bodhrán and bones and the West African djembe, will perform with Millar.
New York born Patrick Freeman is a guitarist and songwriter currently based in Dublin. He learned guitar from his Brooklyn-born father and claims to have written his first song age 9. He moved to Ireland at age 11 and spent a number of years as a session musician and performer, touring Ireland, the US, and the UK. Freeman’s 2014 debut EP
Perfect Fit was followed by his first full length album Cherry Blossom Fall in November 2015.

March 10–March 27, 2016
The Czechoslovak American Marionette Theatre announces

The New World Symphony: Dvořák in America
2016 World Premiere of a new marionette musical by Vít Hořejš and composer James Brandon Lewis
Thursday–Saturday 7:00 p.m., Sunday at 4:00 p.m.
La MaMa Ellen Stewart Theatre, 66 East 4th Street, New York City
Tickets: $25, Seniors and students $20
Based on the famed Czech composer Antonín Dvořák’s eventful stay in America in 1892–95 when he famously declared that African- and Native-American music would be the foundation of new American music.
Performers: Deborah Beshaw, Michelle Beshaw, Harlem-Lafayette, Theresa Linnihan, Valois Mickens, Jan-Peter Pedross, John Scott Richardson, Ben Watts,
James Brandon Lewis, saxophone,
Luke Stewart, Bass; Warren Trae Crudup III, drums
Costume design:Theresa Linnihan
Set design:Tom Lee
Lighting design: Federico Restrepo
Presented by La MaMa in association with GOH Productions & The Dvořák American Heritage Association

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Friday, March 11, 2016
Albany Institute of History & Art presents
Member Event: 225th Birthday Party
Celebrating New York’s Oldest Museum: 1791–2016
5:30-8:00 p.m.
Albany Institute of History & Art, 125 Washington Avenue, Albany, NY 12210
This event is open to current members of the Albany Institute of History & Art. Not yet a member? Sign up now!
Free to attend | RSVP required
RSVP to membership@albanyinstitute.org or (518) 463-4478, ext. 403
We’re celebrating the museum’s 225th anniversary with a special members-only evening of behind-the-scenes tours, fun activities, festive foods, and more! Details announced soon. We would not have made it to this anniversary without the support of our members and are glad to celebrate this achievement with you.

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

Caffè Lena presents
Lucy Kaplansky
8 p.m.
Caffè Lena, 47 Phila St., Saratoga Springs, NY, 518-583-0022
Tickets: $25 general admission, $22 members, $12.50 students and children
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Lucy Kaplansky is a rare vocal talent, “a truly gifted performer...full of enchanting songs” (New York Times). Blending country, folk and pop styles, she makes every song sound fresh, whether singing her own sweet originals, covering country classics by June Carter Cash and Gram Parsons, or singing pop favorites by Lennon/McCartney and Nick Lowe. A Billboard-charting singer and one of the top-selling artists on Red House Records, Lucy has topped the folk and Americana radio charts and has been featured on shows throughout the world from NPR’s Weekend and Morning Editions to BBC Radio to CBS Sunday Morning. As an in-demand harmony singer, Lucy has sung on countless records, performing with Suzanne Vega, Bryan Ferry, Nanci Griffith, John Gorka, and Shawn Colvin and was named one of the nation’s Top 25 Female Vocalists (Alternate Root).

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Saturday, March 12, 2016
The Ashokan Center announces the
Ashokan Maple Fest
10 a.m.-4 p.m.
Ashokan Center, 477 Beaverkill Road, Olivebridge, NY, 845-657-8333
Maple Fest Prices:
Entry: $5 (Kids under 5 free)
Pancake Breakfast: $6
Blacksmithing Experience: $5
Join us for an ALL-DAY pancake breakfast hot off the grill topped with Ashokan Maple Syrup. Tap a tree, watch syrup being made, try your hand at Blacksmithing, or go on an invigorating hike to see our historic covered bridge and the Cathedral Gorge. Live music acts to be announced!

Caffè Lena announces
Happy Traum: Coming of Age in the Greenwich Village Folk Revival and Woodstock Scene
2 p.m.
Harry Dutcher Community Room at Saratoga Springs Public Library, Saragtoga Springs, NY
Free admission
With colorful anecdotes and incisive memories, and the aid of vintage photos and music clips, Happy Traum relates his adventures as an active member of the New York folk revival. He recounts his friendship with Bob Dylan in Woodstock, as well as his association with Allen Ginsberg, George Harrison, Pete Seeger, Dave Van Ronk and many other notables on the scene. Happy punctuates his remembrances with powerful renditions of songs and guitar solos from the folk era and beyond. This free program is presented by Caffè Lena and SSPL in cooperation with the Empire State Plaza Performing Arts Center’s NEW YORK LIVING LEGACY PROJECT

Valley Folk Music presents
Dennis Stroughmatt et l’Esprit Creole (duo)
7:30-10:00 p.m.
144 Cedar St. Corning, NY 14830 (corner with First St. in red brick Methodist Church)
Contact: (607) 962-4461, info@valleyfolk.org
Cost: $20 cash or check only, with various subscription options to save. Only $5 Disabled or Full Time Student, 14 and under free w/adult
Dennis is the tradition bearer of the 300-year-old French Creole music from the founders of Illinois country, still there along the Wabash and Mississippi River corridors today with their songs, stories, and language. Dennis took it upon himself to learn from the elders there, to pass it on.

Ashokan Music & Dance announce
Woodstock ContraDance
8-11 p.m.
Woodstock Community Center, Rock City Rd., Woodstock, NY
Admission: $10, $5 teens and kids.
Info (845)246-2121
George Wilson & Toby Stover, caller Sarah Van Norstrand.
Caffè Lena presents
Frank Solivan and Dirty Kitchen
8 p.m.
Caffè Lena, 47 Phila St., Saratoga Springs, NY, 518-583-0022
Tickets: $25 general admission, $22 members, $12.50 students and children
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The bluegrass community has been toasting Frank Solivan & Dirty Kitchen since the Washington, DC band first hit the scene. Just a few weeks ago they won 8 Best of WAMMIES honoring them for songwriting, musicianship, vocal and recording talents in both general and bluegrass categories. In short, they're THE BEST!! They keep at the top of their game by touring the bluegrass festival circuit year ’round. Lead vocalist/mandolinist/fiddler Solivan and bassist Dan Booth have known one another since they were teens in Alaska; they're joined by banjoist Mike Munford, winner of the 2013 IBMA Banjo Player of the Year award, and guitarist Chris Luquette, who won IBMA’s 2013 Instrumentalist of the Year Momentum Award. Noted for their individual virtuosity, well-executed interplay and close harmonies, they expertly deliver precise, intricate compositions on stage, and on their celebrated Compass Records releases.

Robert Browning Associates in partnership with Flamenco Festival present
ESPERANZA FERNÁNDEZ & GONZALO RUBALCABA
Flamenco Meets Cuba

8:00 p.m.
Roulette, 509 Atlantic Avenue (at 3rd Ave), Downtown Brooklyn
Tickets: $40; Students & Seniors $36
Esperanza Fernández, one of the flamenco world’s leading singers, and Havana-born pianist Gonzalo Rubalcaba, “one of the greatest musicians in jazz” (New York Times), come together for Oh Vida!, an evening dedicated to two legendary figures: Cuban singer-bandleader Beny Moré, known as El Bárbaro del Ritmo, and the Gypsy flamenco singer Manolo Caracol, known for his duende-fuelled voice. Fernández, born in Seville into an important Gypsy family of artists, is deeply rooted in the singing traditions of Lebrija and Triana and has lent her rich, soulful voice to performances with such luminaries as Mario Maya, Camarón de la Isla, and Enrique Morente. Grammy award-winning Rubalcaba, acclaimed for his solid technique and originality, has developed his own distinctive voice and challenged the traditional musical classifications of the day.

Pregones Theater/Puerto Rican Traveling Theater presents:
THE D.0.M.E. EXPERIENCE
8 p.m.
Pregones Theater, 575 Walton Ave., Bronx NY 10451
Tickets: $15-$30
We celebrate 10 years of MARCH IS MUSIC’s dynamic, diverse and boundary pushing musical feast in The Bronx! An amazing line up of Classical, Multimedia Philharmonic Jazz, Big Band, Latin Jazz and Jazz come together in this dynamite, month-long music series, from Wednesday, March 2nd, through Saturday, March 26th.
Co-founded by multi-talented bassist, vocalist, and composer Mimi Jones, and New York-based jazz pianist, composer and educator Arcoiris Sandoval. The D.O.M.E. Experience combines multimedia jazz philharmonic orchestral production and integrates the artistic mediums of music, dance and cinema to promote environmental and social awareness.

Irish Arts Center presents 5th Annual Celtic Appalachia Celebration Annual St. Patrick’s Concert Featuring Old Time American, Country, and Bluegrass Music with Irish Influences
FEATURING Legendary Musician, Folklorist and National Heritage Award-winner Mick Moloney and Special Guests Athena Tergis, High Ridge Ramblers,and more!
8:00 p.m.
Symphony Space at Peter Norton Symphony Space, 2537 Broadway at 95th Street, New York, NY
Tickets:: Premium Orchestra Seats: $60; Rear Orchestra: $50 general / $40 members; Balcony: $40 general / $32 members / $25 students
Buy tickets online or by calling 212-864-5400
Just in time for St. Patrick’s Day, the legendary folklorist, bandleader, and National Heritage Award-winner Mick Moloney leads a talented cast of world musicians, singers, and dancers in our fifth annual Celtic Appalachian celebration. The High Ridge Ramblers’ West Virginian mountain blend of banjo, fiddle, and guitar will showcase the beauty, history, and fun-loving nature of Appalachia with twisty mountain tunes, early bluegrass ballads, old-time songs, and hard-driving fiddle tunes. Anchored by the beloved Green Fields of America — one of the nation’s best-known and longest running Irish American groups — the evening includes songs from traditional and original folk duet Murphy Beds, and rhythmic steps from dancers Shannon Dunne, and Megan Downes for a rousing tribute to the thriving Irish and Appalachian musical traditions.

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Sunday, March 13, 2016
Irish Arts Center presents Annual St. Patrick’s Open Day
12 p.m.
Irish Arts Center, 553 West 51st Street, New York, NY 10019
Free admission
We open our doors to celebrate Ireland’s national holiday! This St. Patrick’s weekend explore and engage in a free day of Irish arts and culture. Learn to play the tin whistle, speak Irish with our talented instructors, play music, and sample Stomp and Shout New York’s classes at IAC, practice your football skills with Manhattan Gaels, enjoy all new crafts, or sip tea with friends old and new. For all ages!

Pregones Theater/Puerto Rican Traveling Theater presents:
DAYRAMIR GONZALEZ
3 p.m.
Pregones Theater, 575 Walton Ave., Bronx NY 10451
Free. RSVP now.
We celebrate 10 years of MARCH IS MUSIC’s dynamic, diverse and boundary pushing musical feast in The Bronx! An amazing line up of Classical, Multimedia Philharmonic Jazz, Big Band, Latin Jazz and Jazz come together in this dynamite, month-long music series, from Wednesday, March 2nd, through Saturday, March 26th.
First Cuban national to receive the Berklee College of Music presidential scholarship with which he obtained his dual major degree in jazz composition and piano performance. Gonzalez has performed with such Cuban and international artists as Chucho Valdez, Bebo Valdez, Ramon Valle, Omara Portuondo, Teresa Caturla, Ignacio Berroa, Eddie Palmieri, Larry Harlow, George Garzone, Christian McBride, Anat Cohen and Dave Liebman, and has collaborated as the pianist for the groups Klimax and Habana de Primera.

Story Sundays at the Glen Sanders Mansion
Irish Heroes and Hungers, Inventors And Saints
Kate Dudding and Marni Gillard
5-8 p.m.
Glen Sanders Mansion, 1 Glen Avenue, Scotia, NY
$36 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.
Kate and Marni will show us the MANY SIDES of the Irish: from heroism to hunger; from insightful inventors to sinful saints. These Irish tales teach us there are many ways to be Irish.
Entrees: Corned Beef and Cabbage; Potato Crusted Salmon with Caper Beurre Blanc; or Vegetarian Stuffed Cabbage Rolls.

Caffè Lena presents
Jeannine Laverty and Ed Lowman: Welcome to America! Stories and Songs from Our Big Ol’ Country
7 p.m.
Caffè Lena, 47 Phila St., Saratoga Springs, NY, 518-583-0022
Tickets: $16 general admission, $14 members, $8 students and children
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Jeannine Laverty has been telling stories since 1979 when she began teaching English as a Second Language to immigrants in New York City. Her school residencies and museum performances for children have been awarded funding from the NYS Council on the Arts, the New York Foundation for the Arts, and the National Institute for the Humanities. She has taught weekend workshops in storytelling for adults at Sagamore and other Adirondack sites since 1980. Ed Lowman is a multi-instrumentalist and singer. Old-time and Cajun fiddling, guitar, bass and carpentry are his trades. Since the early ’80s Ed has appeared throughout the North Country with Quickstep, Dan Berggren and the St. Regis Stringband. He will accompany some of Jeannine’s stories and add his current favorites to the evening.

Eighth Step at Proctors presents
KATE CAMPBELL with Special Guest JOHN KIRK
CD Release: The K.O.A. Tapes
7:30 p.m.
Proctors, 432 State St. Schenectady NY 12305
Order Tickets through the 8th Step Ticket Line 518-434-1703: $23 advance, $26 door, $36 Gold Circle
A preacher’s daughter from Sledge, Mississippi, Campbell grew up in the very core of the Civil Rights movement of the 1960s; the indelible experienes of those years shaped her heart, character, and convictions. As a child of the South, her musical tastes were forged in the dampened, smoky fires of soul, R&B, Southern rock, country, and folk music. One of the most literate songwriters in music today, her storytelling has been compared to that of Flannery O’Connor, Eudora Welty, and William Faulkner. John Kirk’ss richly lyric voice, humor, and versatile instrumental skills have earned him widespread admiration in folk and traditional music circles. On fiddle, mandolin, guitar, banjo, keyboard, and ukelele, he performs a seemingly endless array of musical traditions.

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Monday, March 14, 2016
Irish Arts Center presents Muldoon’s Picnic Hosted by the Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Paul Muldoon
7:30 p.m.
The Donaghy Theater, Irish Arts Center, 553 West 51st Street, New York, NY 10019
Tickets: $25-30
Pulitzer Prize-winning Irish poet, New Yorker Poetry Editor, and pop music lyricist Paul Muldoon returns for his fourth season of monthly words-and-music jamborees, joined by his house band Rogue Oliphant and always a stunning lineup of world-class special guests from the across the spectrum of music and literature. Some of the most special and surprising moments in our season happen at the Picnic so book your tickets early for this “only in New York” experience.

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Tuesday, March 15 and Wednesday, March 16, 2016
Irish Arts Center presents The Quartet: Stories, Poetry, and Dreams
Featuring author Michael Murphy and his RTÉ friends.
7:30 p.m.
The Donaghy Theater, Irish Arts Center, 553 West 51st Street, New York, NY 10019
Tickets: $20
For forty-five years Michael Murphy presented the news on RTÉ, Ireland’s national broadcaster, where he made friends with four esteemed colleagues, also newsreaders: Eamonn Lawlor (RTÉ European Correspondent), Emer O’Kelly (Sunday Independent columnist), Eileen Dunne (Nine O’Clock News presenter), and Ciana Campbell (former RTÉ reporter and Ennis Book Club Festival founder). They called themselves “The Quartet” and would meet every few months for joyful get-togethers over dinner in each other’s homes. Years later, these five extraordinary newsreaders reunited to bring together their voices and stories on stage for a most unusual and inspiring event that has entertained and moved audiences across Ireland – and now comes to our Donaghy Theatre for a special engagement. Assuming the characters in Murphy‍s books, At Five in the Afternoon: My Battle with Male Cancer, The House of Pure Being, and his best-selling collections of poetry The Republic of Love and Chaplet of Roses, the quartet share deeply insightful reflections on love and sex, friendship and family, and celebrate the happy though fragile human spirit triumphing against the odds.

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Wednesday, March 16, 2016
Caffè Lena presents
Songwriter’s Workshop
7 p.m.
Caffè Lena, 47 Phila St., Saratoga Springs, NY, 518-583-0022
Tickets: $5 at the door
This monthly gathering of songwriters is hosted by Sonny Speed every 3rd Wednesday. Each participant gets 10 minutes to play one original song and receive feedback from fellow songwriters. The tone of critique is constructive and supportive and intended to help you create the songs you want to create. Please bring 20 lyric sheets, which will be returned to you with notes after the critique. Piano and CD/MP3 player are available, or bring your own instrument.

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Thursday, March 17, 2016
The Folklife Center of Crandall Public Library presents
Live! Folklife Concert: Cold Chocolate
7-9 p.m. (doors open at 6:30 p.m.)
Crandall Public Library, 251 Glen Street, Glens Falls, NY (downstairs off the Library’s Glen Street entrance in the Community Room)
For more information, call 518/792-6508 or email degarmo@crandalllibrary.org
Cost: Free
Cold Chocolate (Ethan Robbins, Kirsten Lamb, Ariel Bernstein) is creating an exciting and unique new sound in the world of Americana: fusing bluegrass and roots with a dash of funk. With original tunes and technical prowess, this trio from Boston is rocking audiences with guitar, upright bass, percussion, and three-part harmony.

Eighth Step at Proctors presents its
OPEN MIC/JAM & SONG CIRCLE
Tonight’s Theme: TBA

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

Caffè Lena presents
Open Mic
Performer registration is from 7 to 7:25 p.m. Performances start at 7:30 p.m.
Caffè Lena, 47 Phila St., Saratoga Springs, NY, 518-583-0022
Tickets: $3 at the door
Open Mic takes place every Thursday. This open mic is for all styles of music and spoken word performance, including poetry, comedy, and storytelling. Most of what you’ll hear is original songs on acoustic instruments, but we warmly welcome whatever you have to offer. No advance registration by phone is permitted. If you can’t come in time for registration, the host may be able to add you to the end of the roster. If you don’t get the timeslot you want, you may be able to swap with someone else. No special preference is given to kids, pros, or to those traveling long distances. Participants play two songs or speak for 10 minutes. Under all but the most extreme circumstances, we do not limit the number of performers. The host draws names at 7:30. The first person drawn gets first choice of timeslot, second gets second choice, etc. There is no featured performer at Weekly Open Mic. Excessive profanity and vulgarity are strongly discouraged. It is up to the discretion of the host to determine if a performance is inappropriate for Caffè Lena. Please bear in mind that Caffè Lena is not a bar and often has children in the audience.

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Friday, March 18, 2016
Diamond Dance
THE NORTHEAST’S LARGEST MONTHLY SWING DANCE!
7:30-11 p.m., Doors open at 7 p.m.
Saratoga Music Hall, Saratoga, NY
Cost: $16/$15 Dance Flurry members
For more information, dance@saratogasavoy.com, 518-587-5132.
The Diamond Dances occur every third Friday of the month at the historic and very large Saratoga Music Hall located on Broadway, Saratoga Springs, NY. At the Diamond Dance you can enjoy hours of live music performed by some of the best local and nationally known musicians, dance demonstrations, DJ’d music between sets, art exhibits, discounts on dance lessons, the elegance of the historic Saratoga Music Hall, and a free beginner dance lesson at 7:30 p.m.

Caffè Lena presents
Antje Duvekot with opener Cricket Blue
8 p.m.
Caffè Lena, 47 Phila St., Saratoga Springs, NY, 518-583-0022
Tickets: $18 general admission, $16 members, $9 students and children
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For years, Boston singer-songwriter Antje Duvekot has been critically praised for delivering songs full of hard-won wisdom, dark-eyed realism, and street-smart romanticism. As she matures, more and more we find themes of hope, growth, renewal, and love. Blending uncommonly beautiful vocals with a sharp poetic sensibility, Duvekot has a remarkable ability to make us believe she is whispering secrets in our ear. “She creates an entire, detailed world in verse, and takes you there with beautiful and understated melody. Her songs are stunning paintings of color and shade and always generate the heat and light that real art should. In an unpoetic and ‘in your face’ world, she is lyrical and subtle.” Neil Dorfsman, producer of Bob Dylan, Bruce Springsteen and Sting. Vermont duo Cricket Blue, comprised of Middlebury College undergrads Laura Heaberlin and Taylor Smith opens with original songs marked by close harmonies and lyrics inspired by Joanna Newsom, Anais Mitchell, Dylan Thomas, and David Foster Wallace.

Carnegie Hall presents in partnership Robert Browning Associates
QASIDA: Flamenco Meets Persian Music
8:30 p.m.
Zankel Hall at Carnegie Hall, Seventh Avenue between 57th and 56th Street, NYC
Tickets: $38, $45
Qasida brings together musicians from Spain and Iran who exemplify and expand upon the ancient musical relationships from which flamenco is derived. Led by two powerful vocalists — Rosario Guerrero “La Tremendita” and Mohammad Motamedi — the group invokes the spirit of Al-Andalus, which for more than 700 years was the cultural center of the Arab-Iberian world where Muslims, Christians and Jews lived in relative harmony.

The Folkus Project presents
Magpie
With two strong voices in harmony and superb instrumental arrangements, their sound is powerful and moving
8:00 p.m.
May Memorial Unitarian Universalist Society, 3800 East Genesee St, Syracuse, NY
Cost: $15; Member price: $12
Advance sale tickets are available via PayPal or by mail (personal check); advance ticket holders receive preferential seating. For details, see the Folkus Project website at www.folkus.org
With a career that has spanned 40 years, Magpie has traveled the globe, bringing its unique sound and breathtaking versatility to audiences everywhere. Award-winning recording artists, songwriters, musical historians, and social activists, Greg Artzner (vocals, harmony vocals, guitar and English concertina) and Terry Leonino (vocals, harmony vocals, harmonica, mandolin, dulcimer, guitar, hand drum and Native American flute) always promise a presentation that is highly entertaining as well as provocative and deeply moving.
Magpie performs various folk music styles, including traditional, classic blues, country, jazz, and Celtic, as well as songs by musical heroes including Phil Ochs, Pete Seeger, Woody Guthrie, Jean Ritchie, Tom Paxton, Buffy St. Marie, etc. Magpie also writes and sings songs they have written, many of historical, cultural, and social interest, and with a large selection of songs focusing on Civil Rights and the environment. Terry and Greg’s sound is that of two very strong voices, one female, one male, in powerful leads and two-part harmony, accompanied principally by Greg’s virtuoso guitar arrangements, embellished by excellent complement from Terry’s second guitar, harmonica, mandolin, and dulcimer. Theirs is a powerful sound, full of passion and fire, with a tremendous range and versatility.

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Saturday, March 19, 2016
Caffè Lena presents
Bluegrass Jam
9:30 a.m.
Caffè Lena, 47 Phila St., Saratoga Springs, NY, 518-583-0022
This is a pay-at-the-door event. Admission is $5.
Attention bluegrass pickers! Mandolinist Alan Epstein is launching the second season of his popular monthly Bluegrass Jam at Caffe Lena. Now based in Washington County, Alan Epstein has played mandolin and sung in bluegrass bands in Colorado, Pennsylvania and Michigan and has taught group classes at numerous festivals. Alan is a friendly leader and confidence-builder. All are welcome! Let’s pick!

Old Songs presents
Cajun-Zydeco Dance Sponsored by the DanceFlurry Organization
Last Saturday of the Month (October–April)
7:00 p.m.
Old Songs Community Arts Center, 37 South Main Street, Voorheesville, NY 12186
$15 (DFO members $12), All Welcome!
Featuring: Planet Zydeco. Dance instruction by Ron & Marie Bruschi at 7 p.m.. Band starts at 8 p.m. For more info, call (518) 859-0092 or email Marie.

Hudson Valley Community Dance presents
3rd Saturday Contra Dance Party
7:30-10:30 p.m., Doors open at 7 p.m.
St John’s Evangelical Lutheran Church, Poughkeepsie, NY
Cost: $10/$5 full-time students
For more information, contra@hudsonvalleydance.org, 845-473-7050.
Quena Crain calling with Aldo Lavaggi & Susie Deane.

On Stage At Kingsborough presents
Two-Time Emmy Nominee and the Voice of Riverdance!
MICHAEL LONDRA’S CELTIC FIRE

8:00 p.m.
Leon M. Goldstein Performing Arts Center, Kingsborough Community College, 2001 Oriental Boulevard, Brooklyn, NY 11235
Tickets: $35/32, Box Office: 718-368-5596
Two-time Emmy nominee, Irish Music Award-Winner, and the voice of Broadway’s Riverdance, Michael Londra travels the world with Celtic Fire, an all-live music, dance, and song spectacular that sweeps audiences away to Ireland, its culture, its land, its pubs, its music, and its heart. World champion Irish dancers take the stage with brilliant flashes of speed, youth, and exuberance. The music of Celtic Fire is traditional at its core, with all of Ireland’s national instruments, the fiddle driving frenetic reels, our great drum – the bodhrán – beating out the driving rhythms of the band, and the plaintive uilleann pipes calling back to days of yore with beautiful and haunting slow airs. Post-performance CD signing with Mr. Londra!

Caffè Lena presents
Huxtable, Christensen & Hood
8 p.m.
Caffè Lena, 47 Phila St., Saratoga Springs, NY, 518-583-0022
Tickets: $18 general admission, $16 members, $9 students and children
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The three charming, talented women of Huxtable, Christensen & Hood formed their musical partnership while students at Skidmore College. In a testament to the strength of their friendship and musical synergy, they kept the trio alive for more than three decades despite geographical separation, motherhood, and demanding careers. Their tight vocal harmonies and lively, humor-filled performances have long made them a favorite with Caffè Lena audiences. Upon retiring from their non-music jobs in 2015, they dove back into the recording studio and came up with a new album that releases tonight. With songs inspired by sources as diverse as The Bay Psalm Book (1640), juke box collections, family reminiscences and old movies, they accompany themselves with piano, vintage reed organ, recorders, accordion, synthesizer and an assortment of whimsical percussion instruments.

Robert Browning Associates and Lotus Music & Dance present
RIYAAZ QAWWALI: Sufi Music of Pakistan & India
8:00 p.m.
Roulette, 509 Atlantic Avenue (at 3rd Ave), Downtown Brooklyn, NY
Tickets: $30, students and seniors $26
Riyaaz Qawwali performs the ecstatic improvisational Sufi vocal tradition made famous in the West by the late Pakistani singer Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan, enthralling listeners with its lively rhythms, joyous melodies and inspirational poetry. In addition to paying homage to traditional qawwali that has been in existence for over 700 years, the ensemble also weaves various songs and poetry of South Asia into the qawwali framework, using qawwali as a universal message of oneness that transcends religious boundaries. Most qawwali troupes are composed of Muslim family members, but Riyaaz Qawwali, which is based in Texas, is composed of musicians who represent the diversity of South and Central Asia; they are of Indian, Pakistani, Afghani, and Bangladeshi descent, and come from various spiritual backgrounds, including Islam, Hinduism, and Sikhism. The ensemble last appeared in New York at globalFEST 2015.

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Sunday, March 20, 2016
The Arts Center of the Capital Region presents
One Giant Try It: An Interactive Open House
12:00-2:00 p.m.
The Arts of the Capital Region (in the black box theater), 265 River Street, Troy, NY 12180
The Arts Center is excited to announce our second annual One Giant Try It! Please join us for a fun, creative, and interactive experience that allows participants to dive into the vast array of art mediums The Arts Center has to offer. Visitors of all ages will have the opportunity to engage with our artists, learn new skills, share ideas, and explore their creative side. This is your chance to get your hands dirty in our pottery studio, dive into our interactive digital lab, learn the dynamics of painting and drawing, and much more!

Borderline Folk Music Club presents
Terry Kitchen & Mara Levine
split bill with Robin Greenstein

Supported by the Friends of the Nanuet Public Library
1-4 p.m.
Nanuet Public Library. 149 Church Street, Nanuet NY 10954
Admission: $20; Members $15. For reservations and questions, please contact Greta at intrend@yahoo.com
Please bring a cold snack to share with others.
Parking available at the library and at the school next door.
Award-winning Boston singer/songwriter Terry Kitchen’s songs are of people and emotions, captured with compassion, honesty and humor. He has 10 folk music CDs including his latest, The Post-American Century, which reached #19 on the national Folk-DJ chart. He has won the Mid-Atlantic and USA Song Contests and was runnerup in the John Lennon Songwriting Contest. Terry is joined onstage by Mara Levine, “one of the best singers of her generation” says Christine Lavin. Her CD Jewels and Harmony was #1 on Folk-DJ, #3 album overall for 2013, and #4 on Cover Lay Down’s list of best cover albums.
Robin is an NYC-based singer/ songwriter/song interpreter. Her resume includes working with folk legend Hedy West, songwriting for Bob Dylan, being a Clinician for Martin Guitars, a headliner for Renaissance Cruises, and working as a Club Med artist. Robin spent 2 decades touring the college circuit and Europe. She presently has 6 CDs of original and traditional music.

NorthWest Family YMCA presents
Acoustic Music Jam
Community Gathering of Musicians hosted by Steve Pfanenstiel
2-4 p.m.
NorthWest Family YMCA, 8040 River Road, Baldwinsville NY 13027
Contact: kkane@syracusymca.org
Cost: Free
Traditional, Folk, Country and Rock music welcome. Open to all ages and skill levels, members and non-members alike. Bring your musical instruments (guitar, voice, banjo, flute, etc.) and a music stand. Come join the fun or just come to listen. Hosted by Steve Pfanenstiel.

Rensselaer English Country Dance
2-5 p.m., Beginner Instruction 1:30-2:00 p.m.
Christ Church United Methodist, Troy, NY
Cost: $12, limited income indiv $8, $1 discount for Dance Flurry members
For more information, donbell@nycap.rr.com , 518-273-5172.
Caller Tom Amesse. Music by Heartsease Band. Bring soft-soled shoes. All dances taught. No partner/experience needed.

Pregones Theater/Puerto Rican Traveling Theater presents:
CARLOS CUEVAS
3 p.m.
Pregones Theater, 575 Walton Ave., Bronx NY 10451
Free. RSVP now.
We celebrate 10 years of MARCH IS MUSIC’s dynamic, diverse and boundary pushing musical feast in The Bronx! An amazing line up of Classical, Multimedia Philharmonic Jazz, Big Band, Latin Jazz and Jazz come together in this dynamite, month-long music series, from Wednesday, March 2nd, through Saturday, March 26th.
Born in England and raised in Venezuela, Carlos holds a Bachelor in Music from the University of North Texas and a Master in Music from the Aaron Copland School of Music at Queens College, The City University of New York, where he became the 2015 recipient of the prestigious Sir Roland Hanna Memorial Jazz Award. His versatility has been put to work with the likes of NEA Jazz Master Hubert Laws, as well as Bette Midler, Nestor Torres, The Los Angeles Symphonic Jazz Orchestra, & The New York Philharmonic Orchestra of the Americas.

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

Caffè Lena presents
Vance Gilbert
7 p.m.
Caffè Lena, 47 Phila St., Saratoga Springs, NY, 518-583-0022
Tickets: $20 general admission, $18 members, $10 students and children
Buy tickets online
Vance Gilbert didn’t come to folk stages by way of freight trains and back porches. He cut his teeth in Philadelphia jazz clubs before arriving in the folk world as the opener for Shawn Colvin’s Fat City Tour in the ’90s. In 2006 to 2008 he was the opener for George Carlin, playing everywhere from Foxwoods to the Grand Ol’ Opry. In the last few years he has hit his stride as a folk-soul-pop songwriter. His work ranges from soul aching ballads to mad rants and tender love songs. His live performances are an extraordinary amalgam of virtuoso singing, unbridled mischief and joy, and real wisdom on matters of race, ethics, and simple human kindness.

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Wednesday, March 23, 2016
Caffè Lena presents
Acoustic Blues Open Mic & Jam
7 p.m.
Caffè Lena, 47 Phila St., Saratoga Springs, NY, 518-583-0022
$5 at the door
If you have the blues, play the blues, or love the blues we got you covered! Caffè Lena and The Saratoga Acoustic Blues Society team up to present a monthly acoustic blues open mic. Bring your acoustic guitar, harps, slides, mandolin, bass or whatever (Lena’s has the piano) and sign up for a slot to play solo, as a duo, ensemble or even have players in the room join you on stage. Acoustic Blues Open Mic is held on the 4th Wednesday of the month and is hosted by Sonny Speed. Sign up is 7 p.m. Names are pulled out of a lottery at 7:30. A monthly featured act opens up and the open mic follows 8 p.m.

City Lore presents
There Goes the Neighborhood
Author/storyteller Michele Carlo presents a solo show about gentrification and the “tipping point” of one Brooklyn neighborhood

7:30 p.m.
City Lore Gallery, 56 E 1st St., New York, NY 10003
Tickets: $10
Author/performer Michele Carlo will perform her new solo show, “THERE GOES THE NEIGHBORHOOD,” at the City Lore Gallery. In “THERE GOES THE NEIGHBORHOOD,” Michele learns she must move from the street where she’s lived over 20 years. Her frantic apartment search parallels the possible tipping point for her Brooklyn neighborhood’s gentrification…which also may have been her own doing, as well… Michele Carlo (writer/performer) has performed across the US, including the MOTH’s GrandSLAMS and MainStage in NYC, on NPR with Latino USA and appeared in the 2015 Emmy award-winning PBS documentary Latino Americans of NY & NJ. She is also the author of Fish Out Of Agua: My life on neither side of the (subway) tracks, a memoir of growing up as a red-headed Latina in an Italian/Irish ’70s Bronx neighborhood.

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Thursday, March 24, 2016
The Folklife Center of Crandall Public Library presents
Live! Folklife Concert: Tim O’Shea, Regina Delaney, & Friends
7-9 p.m. (doors open at 6:30 p.m.)
Crandall Public Library, 251 Glen Street, Glens Falls, NY (downstairs off the Library’s Glen Street entrance in the Community Room)
For more information, call 518/792-6508 or email degarmo@crandalllibrary.org
Cost: Free
Tim O’Shea (bodhrán/guitar/vocals) of Killarney, Ireland will by joined by Regina Delaney (Irish harp/vocals), Oona Grady (fiddle/viola), and James Gascoyne (guitar/bass/vocals) for a lively evening of Irish folk and traditional songs and dance melodies. Tim’s repertoire draws from his native Sliabh Luachra and West Kerry traditions, and other Irish and Scottish performers, and he’s performed in India, Australia, New Zealand, Europe, and USA. Born to parents of Irish heritage, Regina studied Irish harp in the USA and Ireland, and now teaches and calls dances at local Céilís.

Caffè Lena presents
Open Mic
Performer registration is from 7 to 7:25 p.m. Performances start at 7:30 p.m.
Caffè Lena, 47 Phila St., Saratoga Springs, NY, 518-583-0022
Tickets: $3 at the door
Open Mic takes place every Thursday. This open mic is for all styles of music and spoken word performance, including poetry, comedy, and storytelling. Most of what you’ll hear is original songs on acoustic instruments, but we warmly welcome whatever you have to offer. No advance registration by phone is permitted. If you can’t come in time for registration, the host may be able to add you to the end of the roster. If you don’t get the timeslot you want, you may be able to swap with someone else. No special preference is given to kids, pros, or to those traveling long distances. Participants play two songs or speak for 10 minutes. Under all but the most extreme circumstances, we do not limit the number of performers. The host draws names at 7:30. The first person drawn gets first choice of timeslot, second gets second choice, etc. There is no featured performer at Weekly Open Mic. Excessive profanity and vulgarity are strongly discouraged. It is up to the discretion of the host to determine if a performance is inappropriate for Caffè Lena. Please bear in mind that Caffè Lena is not a bar and often has children in the audience.

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Friday, March 25, 2016
Hudson Valley Community Dance presents
Swing Dance & Workshops.
6:30 p.m. Workshop 1; 7:15 p.m. Workshop 2
8-11:30 p.m. Swing Dance; Beginner’s Lesson 8-8:30 p.m.
Poughkeepsie Tennis Club, Poughkeepsie, NY
Cost: $15/$10 full-time students with ID
wing Dance to Eight to the Bar.

Caffè Lena presents
Brian Melick with Studio Stu
8 p.m.
Caffè Lena, 47 Phila St., Saratoga Springs, NY, 518-583-0022
Tickets: $16 general admission, $14 members, $8 students and children
Buy tickets online
Well known to our audience from his appearances with The McKrells, Elizabeth Woodbury Kasius, Seth and the Moody Melix, and many others, Brian is the gleeful presence behind the one-of-a-kind percussion kit. Audiences love his nuanced chimes and beats, thrilling solos and unflagging joy. Brian’s presence in the drum world extends far beyond our intimate stage. He has played with symphonies, in major recording studios and in concert halls around the world. He is a field-tester for drum manufacturers and creator of the world’s only LEGO drum kit. We have asked Brian to step to center stage to show off his incredible range of percussion instruments, and talk to us about his craft. He will be accompanied by one of his favorite collaborators, Studio Stu, an entertaining vocalist and multi-instrumentalist based in the Hudson Valley.

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Saturday, March 26, 2016
Flushing Town Hall announces
Falu’s Bollywood Orchestra
8:00 p.m.
Dance lessons at 7 p.m.
Flushing Town Hall, 137-35 Northern Boulevard (at the corner of Linden Place), Flushing, NY 11354
Tickets: $$16/$10 Members & Students
Fronted by one of India’s most influential musicians — who’s collaborated with masterminds including Yo-Yo Ma and A.R. Rahman — this ethereal ensemble combines the timeless elegance of Bollywood’s musical golden age with an inventive modern style. Catch Falu’s highly acclaimed vocals backed by an orchestra of Eastern and Western instruments for a one-of-a-kind performance.

The Apollo Theater in partnership with the World Music Institute (WMI) presents
Africa Now at the Apollo Bombino, Mokoomba, Alsarah & The Nubatones, Jojo Abot
8:00 p.m.
The Apollo Theatre, 253 W 125 St., New York, NY
Tickets start at $25
In what has become an annual highlight, Africa Now returns to the historic Apollo Theater for its fourth year spotlighting emerging and established artists of today’s African music scene. Drawing upon roots in Niger, Zimbabwe, Sudan, and Ghana for inspiration, this year’s artists each bring a unique sound, experience and energy to the stage, integrating African identity with a cosmopolitan spirit and urban vigor.
Born and raised in Niger, in the northern city of Agadez, Bombino is a member of the Tuareg Ifoghas tribe, a nomadic people descended from the Berbers of North Africa. His dazzling live performance and virtuosity on the guitar have led notable music critics to compare him to Jimi Hendrix, Carlos Santana, Neil Young, and Jerry Garcia. His 2013 album
Nomad debuted at #1 on the Billboard World Music album chart and earned rave reviews.
Exuberant youthful energy bursting with natural talent and contagious rhythm, the six young musicians which make up Mokoomba are Zimbabwe’s next generation of hope. Musically distinct, Mokoomba combines traditional and modern instruments with a rich blend of rhythms, creating a vibrant sound consisting of not only traditional Tonga music but embracing the diverse cultures of southern Africa.
Alsarah is a Sudanese-born singer, songwriter, and ethnomusicologist. Born in the capital city of Khartoum, she relocated to Yemen, and later moved to the United States in 1994, following the outbreak of civil war. Through a collective love for Nubian “songs of return” and an evolving conversation around shared migration experiences, Alsarah, drummer Rami el Aasser, Armenian-American oud player Haig Manoukian, and French-born Togo raised bass player Mawuena Kodjovi, formed Alsarah & The Nubatones with a sound that has grown into what they have dubbed “East African retro-pop.”
Jojo Abot an emerging Ghanaian singer-songwriter, is poised to capture the ears of discerning listeners worldwide with her experimental blend of electronica, afrobeat, jazz, neo-soul, house and reggae. Dividing her time between Accra, Copenhagen, and New York City, Jojo’s music is a cultural and sonic fusion driven by raw and thought-provoking lyrics, her sultry voice, and enchanting vulnerability.

Pregones Theater/Puerto Rican Traveling Theater presents:
SOLJO: STEVEN OQUENDO LATIN JAZZ ORCHESTRA
8 p.m.
Pregones Theater, 575 Walton Ave., Bronx NY 10451
TICKETS: $15-$30
We celebrate 10 years of MARCH IS MUSIC’s dynamic, diverse and boundary pushing musical feast in The Bronx! An amazing line up of Classical, Multimedia Philharmonic Jazz, Big Band, Latin Jazz and Jazz come together in this dynamite, month-long music series, from Wednesday, March 2nd, through Saturday, March 26th.
In 2009 Oquendo formed the Steven Oquendo Latin Jazz Orchestra (SOLJO), a 19-piece big band comprised of well-seasoned professional musicians hailed from the 5 boroughs and beyond, that for more than five years, has intrigued and captivated audiences with its sophisticated use of free improvisation, dissonant harmonies, fusion rhythms, and creative arrangements in the arena of Afro Cuban, Latin Jazz, Salsa, and The 1950s — Palladium Mambo Classics.

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Thursday, March 31, 2016
Caffè Lena presents
Claire Lynch Band
7p.m.
Caffè Lena, 47 Phila St., Saratoga Springs, NY, 518-583-0022
Tickets: $25 general admission, $22 members, $12.50 students and children
Buy tickets online
GRAMMY nominee and IBMA Female Vocalist of the Year Claire Lynch has long been at the forefront of women pushing bluegrass boundaries. Her songs, which range from irrisistably uptempo to heartbreakingly poignant, have been recorded by Patty Loveless and Kathy Mattea and others. Her stellar ensemble delivers a personable, high energy performance including tender country ballads, hard driving bluegrass, swing, and even some Southern Appalachian clog dancing. Claire will be accompanied by Mark Schatz (banjo, and percussion), Matt Wingate (mandolin and guitar) and string wizard Bryan McDowell.

       ANNOUNCEMENTS

SAVE THE DATE!
New York Folklore Society announces its 2016 Conference!

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Casita Rincon Criollo. 2014. Photo by Molly Garfinkel.
Crisis of Place: Preserving Folk & Vernacular Architecture in NY
Saturday, April 2, 2016
At Rose Auditorium, Cooper Union in New York City

Registration opens February 1, 2016


⇒  Registration is free. RSVP is required!
⇒  See Conference Schedule.
⇒  Sponsorships available.
In this one-day conference, folklorists, architects, historic preservationists, museum professionals, community members, and students will come together to address questions concerning the significant crisis in our understanding of everyday landscapes and the built environment:

What is the folk and vernacular architecture of New York State? What makes it “folk” or “vernacular?”

How are the conditions of urban and rural life in 2016 challenging traditional architectural practices among various ethnic and regional communities?

Who is sustaining vernacular design and construction in the face of globalization and gentrification, and why?

Join us for an invigorating discussion in plenary and panel presentations featuring:
Michael Ann Williams, Professor of Folk Studies, Western Kentucky University, Past President,
    The American Folklore Society

Andrew Dolkart of Columbia University, Professor and Director of Historic Preservation Program

Gabrielle A. Berlinger, Assistant Professor of American Studies and Folklore, University of North Carolina,
    Chapel Hill

Matthew Singer, Graduate student, Penn State University

Caitlin Hays Black, Graduate student, Penn State University

Sydney Varajon, Graduate student, Western Kentucky University

Virginia Siegel, Graduate student, Western Kentucky University

Chris Mulé, Director of Folk Arts, Brooklyn Arts Council

Joseph Sciorra, Director for Academic and Cultural Programs, John D. Calandra Italian American
    Institute, Queens College

Molly Garfinkel, Director, Place Matters, City Lore

Magali Regis, NYC Community Garden Coalition, Sustainable Architecture

Cynthia Falk, Associate Professor, Material Culture, Cooperstown Graduate Program, SUNY Oneonta

Kay Turner, President, American Folklore Society

Hanna Griff-Sleven, Director of Family History Center & Cultural Programs, Eldridge Street Synagogue

Maria Kennedy, Coordinator of Folk Arts, Arts Council of the Southern Finger Lakes

Nancy Solomon, Executive Director, Long Island Traditions

Julie Tay, Vice-President and Executive Director, Mencius Society of the Arts

Annie Polland, Senior Vice President, Education and Programs, Lower East Side Tenement Museum
READ more about the conference here...






Position Announcement:
Regional Folklife Survey and Program Development Consultant for New York State’s Finger Lakes and Western Southern Tier Regions


Applications must be received by March 7, 2016.


Summary
Applications are invited for a consultant to survey folklife and plan related program development for nine counties in the Finger Lakes and Western Southern Tier regions of New York State. This nine-month position is for a joint initiative of the Folk Arts Program of the New York State Council on the Arts (NYSCA) and New York Folklore Society (NYFS) that will begin in April 2016. The consulting folklorist will work closely with the NYSCA Folk Arts Program and NYFS, public folklorists and ethnomusicologists in these regions, community members with local folklife expertise, as well as three arts organizations—Auburn Public Theater, Cattaraugus County Arts Council, and the Community Arts Partnership of Tompkins County. This survey and program development initiative will result in a plan to support folklife programming through these organizations.

New York State has a highly collegial and tightly interwoven network of public folklorists who have carried out field research in most of our counties. This initiative will point to new directions for expanding infrastructure and programming with new partners and collaborative projects. It will both build upon field research carried out in the past and document traditions that have not yet been researched. The regions in this initiative are largely rural, with the regions’ traditional occupations including farming, dairying, fruit orchards, vineyards, and forestry industries. The counties included in this project are Cayuga, Ontario, Seneca, Wayne, and Yates (served by Auburn Public Theatre); Allegany, Cattaraugus, and Chautauqua (served by the Cattaraugus County Arts Council), and Tompkins (served by the Community Arts Partnership of Tompkins County). Cities and villages in this area include Alfred, Auburn, Dunkirk, Fredonia, Geneva, Ithaca, Jamestown, Geneva, Olean, and Seneca Falls. These regions include a Seneca Indian reservation, as well as African American, Amish, Asian American, Latino, Mennonite, and European ethnic communities. There are maritime, occupational, and waterways traditions around the Finger Lakes, Lake Erie, canals, and rivers.



Responsibilities
  • Carry out field research on traditional music, dance, material culture, occupational traditions, narrative, occupational folklife, and other customary practices in these regions. The primary purpose of this field research is to identify traditions and folk artists who can be supported through the participating arts organizations and presented in future collaborative projects in Upstate New York. Through this fieldwork, the consulting folklorist will generate documentation, field notes, and reports for the use of the three arts organizations and for archiving in regional repositories. At least 40 artists must be documented. The consulting folklorist will also be expected to research past fieldwork carried out in these regions, and consult with folklorists and community members who have engaged in research and safeguarding of local traditions. Preliminary contact information and introductions will be provided for many communities, folk artists, and organizations in these regions.

  • Convene meetings of a steering committee consisting of regional staff folklorists from cultural organizations in Western New York and the Southern Tier, as well as the directors of the NYSCA Folk Arts Program and NYFS. Consult on a regular basis with the steering committee, other folklorists and ethnomusicologists, and community consultants. Folklorists, ethnomusicologists, and community consultants will be available and compensated for field research and project assistance related to their areas of expertise.

  • Submit interim reports to the steering committee and a final report for each arts organization, summarizing activities and recommendations, profiling artists for potential inclusion in programs, and recommending how the organization will support folklife activities in the future. Present the results of the final reports to the staff and board of each organization as well as interested community members. Recommend possibilities for collaborative programming across regions.

  • The consultant will report about the progress of the project on an ongoing basis to the Folk Arts Program of NYSCA and NYFS.


Qualifications
Masters or doctorate degree in folklore or ethnomusicology; at least three years’ work in the public folklore field and demonstrated abilities in folklife field research, program planning, and implementation. The position requires knowledge of the various forms of art traditional to ethnic, regional, religious, and occupational communities and an understanding of the needs and functions of arts organizations. Qualified applicants must have access to, experience with, and technical competence with digital equipment (camera, audio recorder, computer/laptop).

The candidate should have a strong sense of detail, experience in convening meetings, relevant computer and software program skills, and proven ability to communicate clearly, effectively, and persuasively, both verbally and in writing. Sensitivity to a variety of aesthetic systems and the ability to work well with administrators and community members from a variety of cultural backgrounds are essential. Candidates should be willing to travel extensively within these regions, including overnight and on weekends. Use of a car is necessary in these regions, since there is no public transportation available in most of the area.



Compensation
The consultant will be paid $45,000, payable in three installments, with the fourth payment upon submission of field research documentation, required reports, and presentations to the arts organizations. A housing stipend of $5,000 will be provided for the consultant, who must reside in one of the regions where the surveys will occur throughout the course of this project. Reimbursement will be provided for automobile mileage expenses at the New York State government rate, overnight lodging, and meals when traveling at least 70 miles away from the consultant’s residence during the project, as well as expenses related to documentation. Office space will be made available at the participating arts organizations. The consultant will be provided preliminary contact information/introductions for many of the communities, folk artists, and organizations to be documented (audio log, photo log, general release, artist data sheet, release for internet materials), funds for digital storage, and other consumable supplies associated with field documentation and travel (in-state only) expense reimbursement at the state rate. Documentation equipment will be provided, as needed.


Application
Send a letter of interest that addresses qualifications, experience, and proposed plans for how the applicant will conduct work for this project, a resume, three references, and representative work samples of recorded interviews, photography, field notes, and professional writing. Applications submitted without these items will be deemed incomplete and will not be considered. Send these materials electronically to:


Ellen McHale, Executive Director, New York Folklore Society, emchale@nyfolklore.org

Applications must be received by March 7, 2016.





Caribbean Cultural Center| African Diaspora Institute announces
JOIN US: Community Arts University Without Walls (CAUWW) Summer 2016!

Students admitted into the study Community Arts University Without Walls (CAUWW), a two-weeks intensive Certificate Program, will experience Puerto Rico through the eyes of community experts and scholars who are culturally grounded in the arts, public policy, and advocacy work on the island.

For more information: cauww.com

CAUWW 2016 Course Dates: June 12th to June 25th, 2016
Application Deadline: March 15, 2016


Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation announces
Southern Exposure: Performing Arts of Latin America

Southern Exposure: Performing Arts of Latin America brings exemplary contemporary and traditional performing artists from Latin America to audiences across the United States. Fee support grants are available to nonprofit presenters based anywhere in the United States or its territories who book artists from the curated roster. The featured artists tour with Southern Exposure support during 2016–2017.

View the artist roster and start booking today!

Herencia de Timbiquí | Colombia
La Yegros | Argentina
Silencio Blanco | Chile
Elizabeth Rodriguez: RADICALES LIBRES | Chile
Troker | Mexico

PRESENTER BOOKING DEADLINE: APRIL 1, 2016

For complete eligibility details and information on receiving subsidies, please see the: 2016–2017 program guidelines. Questions? E-mail robyn@midatlanticarts.org.


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


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

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


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


Staten Island Arts announces
Call for Submissions
Staten Island Arts’s 7th Annual LUMEN 2016 video and performance art festival

Staten Island Arts is now accepting submissions from individual artists, groups, or organizations working in video, sound, new media, and performance interested in participating in LUMEN 2016. We specifically seek out projects that use, reference, and/or transform the physical location and/or possess an awareness of an audience.

Individual artists, groups, or organizations interested in participating in LUMEN 2016 should visit the LUMEN Homepage and check out photos and participants from previous years to get a sense of what kind of projects have already been done and what the Atlantic Salt site looks like.

Read the Application Guidelines + Details. (That includes the Work Sample Guidelines, too!) Finally, create an account and/or login to our online application system and start an application! The application is entirely online.

Staten Island Arts will be hosting two free information sessions at the Culture Lounge Gallery on Tuesday, February 9 at 7 p.m. and Saturday February 13 at 1 p.m. Sign-up to attend one of those sessions online.

There is no entry fee to apply and you are not required to be from Staten Island to apply, though Staten Island artists are strongly encouraged to apply. The deadline to apply is midnight (EST) Friday, March 4, 2014.


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

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

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


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Old Songs presents
Make Your Own Music Nights

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


Museum at Eldridge Street presents
Lifelong Learning Classes for the Spring

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

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

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

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

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

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


Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation announces
ArtsCONNECT

Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation announces the availability of the guidelines and online application for ArtsCONNECT, a program supporting the presentation and touring of performing arts engagements of excellence across the mid-Atlantic region. ArtsCONNECT supports projects developed by presenter consortia that include both public performances and complementary activities. The application submission deadline for the 2016–2017 ArtsCONNECT program is Friday, March 18, 2016. Program guidelines and application information is available online.

Application Webinars
The Foundation will be offering free webinars to assist potential applicants in understanding the ArtsCONNECT program and filling out the online application. For dates and registration, visit www.midatlanticarts.org/grants-programs/grants-for-organizations/#artsconnect.

Projects in Development
The Foundation is providing a vehicle to connect presenters either interested in participating in an ArtsCONNECT project or seeking partners for a project they are developing through a Projects in Development listing on its website. Inclusion in the listing does not constitute approval or endorsement by the Foundation of a project or organization, nor is it necessary to be included in the listing to be eligible to submit an application to the program.To submit a Project in Development listing, visit https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/AC1617.

For questions about the ArtsCONNECT program contact Michelle Grove, at michelle@midatlanticarts.org.




ONGOING EXHIBITIONS AND PRODUCTIONS
Photo by Ben Halpern
Photo by Benjamin Halpern. See Voices 38:1–2: “Sullivan County’s Diehl Homestead Farm
Farm and Field: The Rural Folk Arts of the Catskill Region
Photography by Benjamin Halpern


Through April 2016
Daniel Pierce Library
328 Main Street, Box 268
Grahamsville, NY 12740
(845) 985-7233


“Farm and Field: The Rural Folk Arts of the Catskill Region” is one of New York Folklore Society’s collaborative initiatives to document and showcase the rural folk arts of the Catskills region of New York State, especially those folk arts which relate to the community of farmers and agricultural workers in this region. Read more....


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

Albany Institute of History & Art presents
The Capital Region in 50 Objects
Opening Reception: September 18, 5:30-7:30 p.m.
RSVP (518) 463-4478 ext 403. Enjoy regional flavors with tasty food and local drinks. Come cast your vote for your favorite object and tell us what else you think identifies the region!
Albany Institute of History & Art, 125 Washington Avenue, Albany, NY 12210
It’s not often that you see a video game and a chamber pot together in an exhibition. It’s even more unusual when both are highlighted as historic artifacts. But the Capital Region of New York has such a varied history that this pairing, along with 48 other items, will come together at the Albany Institute of History & Art to tell their stories in The Capital Region in 50 Objects. This collaborative exhibition was developed in partnership with area historic organizations and public input. Each region of the country has its own distinctive history that sets it apart from others. The Capital Region of New York—consisting of Albany, Rensselaer, Saratoga, and Schenectady counties—is no different. Numerous museums, historical societies, business entities, and private individuals worked with the Albany Institute of History & Art to assemble 50 objects that tell an amazing story of the Capital Region over the past four hundred years. Some of the objects in the exhibition are immediately recognizable as Capital Region icons, such as Albany’s beloved Nipper, the RCA dog that looks down from this rooftop perch on Broadway in downtown Albany. Other objects, such as the Witenagemot oak peace tree from the Knickerbocker Historical Society in Schaghticoke, may be little known to visitors, but the old oak tree represents a profoundly important event that took place in 1676 with the formalization of a peace treaty among English colonists, Mohawks, Mohicans, and Hoosacs, all of whom inhabited the area around the junction of the Hudson and Hoosick Rivers.
In addition, the Albany Institute will host a variety of related special events, family programs, guest lecturers, and more so that the public will be able to connect to the exhibition content in numerous ways.


September 19, 2015 —April 3, 2016

Arts Westchester announces
Art Fired Up
Opening Reception: Sunday, October 18, 2015, 3 to 4:30 p.m.
Gallery hours: Daily, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
The Lazarus Gallery at United Hebrew of New Rochelle, 391 Pelham Road, New Rochelle, NY
Free and open to the public.
A portion of the sale of artwork will support the many programs and services of United Hebrew. For more information contact Linda Forman, Senior Advisor to the President, United Hebrew, 914.632.2804 x1224 or lforman@uhgc.org.
The Lazarus Gallery at United Hebrew of New Rochelle is showcasing a rich collection of work showing the creative possibilities of “fired up” art in fused glass, cast glass, painted and glazed stoneware, ceramics, lamp-worked glass, mixed media, resin, glass, brass, and encaustics. Art Fired Up features the work of 20 artists from across the New York metropolitan region, drawn from a collaboration between United Hebrew and ArtsWestchester, Blue Door Gallery, Bullseye Glass Company, Gallery 66 NY, GlassRoots, the Mamaroneck Artists Guild, RiverArts, Silvermine Art Center, Upstream Gallery, and The Clay Art Center. The exhibition consists of 40 works including sculptures and paintings in both figurative and abstract forms, wall art, and glass.

October 18, 2015 —March 7, 2016

City Lore presents
Boardwalk Renaissance: How the Arts Saved Coney Island
Opening Reception, November 5, 7-9 p.m., free and open to the public
Gallery Hours: Wed-Fri 2-6 p.m., Sat-Sun 12 p.m.-6 p.m.
City Lore Gallery 56 E. 1st St, NYC, NY 10003
Honky Tonk meets the avant garde in Boardwalk Renaissance. Take a trip down the Coney Island boardwalk of the ’80s when a group of passionate young artists descended on Coney with the dream that their art might return this legendary neighborhood to its glory days. The vision of these artists—brought to life in artifacts, footage from the first Mermaid parade, and art inspired by the House under the Roller Coaster—lit a creative spark that saw Coney through desperate times and set the stage for the honky tonk neighborhood’s rebirth. November 5, 2015 —May 8, 2016

The New York State Museum presents
The Shakers: America’s Quiet Revolutionaries
Exhibition Hall, New York State Museum, 222 Madison Ave, Albany, NY 12230
Hours: Tuesday-Sunday: 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Information: 518-474-5877
“The Shakers: America’s Quiet Revolutionaries” features over 150 historic images and nearly 200 Shaker artifacts, including artifacts from three Shaker historical sites: the Shaker Heritage Society, Hancock Shaker Village, and the Shaker Museum | Mount Lebanon. The 7,000 square foot exhibition explores the Shakers as one of the most significant and influential communal religious groups in American history. In the late 1700s, the Shakers sought religious freedom in America, but their unique culture and spiritual practices set them apart from society. Their devotional routines as well as their product innovations and views towards gender equality seemed “revolutionary.” Thematically divided into six areas, the exhibition shows how the Shakers’ unique model of an equal society challenged the norms of the “outside world.”

November 15, 2015 —March 6, 2016

City Lore announces
Coney Island: Visions of an American Dreamland, 1861—2008
Hours: WEDNESDAY 11 a.m.-6 p.m., THURSDAY 11 a.m.-10 p.m., FRIDAY-SUNDAY 11 a.m.6 p.m.
Morris A. and Meyer Schapiro Wing, 5th Floor, Brooklyn Museum, 200 Eastern Parkway, Brooklyn, New York 11238-6052, (718) 638-5000
For 150 years, Coney Island has lured artists as a microcosm and icon of American culture. Coney Island: Visions of an American Dreamland, 1861–2008 is the first major exhibition to explore the kaleidoscopic visual record they created, documenting the historic destination’s beginnings as a watering hole for the wealthy, its transformation into a popular beach resort and amusement mecca, its decades of urban decline culminating in the closing of Astroland, and its recent revival as a vibrant and growing community. This exhibition charts shifts in artistic styles and national moods through approximately 140 objects. Included are paintings of the Coney Island shore in the 1870s by William Merritt Chase and John Henry Twachtman; modernist depictions of the amusement park by Joseph Stella and Milton Avery; Depression-era scenes by Reginald Marsh; photographs by Walker Evans, Diane Arbus, Weegee, and Bruce Davidson; Coney Island carousel animals and sideshow ephemera; and contemporary works by Daze and Swoon. November 20, 2015 —March 13, 2016

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

November 21, 2015 —September 4, 2016

Taller Boricua presents
ESSENTIA
A five women collective journey into their inner-dimensional planes of creativity

Curated by Nitza Tufiño
Opening Night: Friday January 22, 2016
Artists Conversation: Saturday, February 4, at 6 p.m.
Taller Boricua Gallery at the Julia de Burgos Latino Cultural Center, 1680 Lexington Avenue, New York, NY 10029, 212.831.4333
Gallery Hours: Wednesdays and Fridays 12-6 p.m./ Thursdays 1-7 p.m. / Saturdays 12-6 p.m.
Admission: Free
ADA PILAR CRUZ is a sculptor and a Lecturer/Educator of Fine Arts. She teaches as a Lecturer/Educator of modern and contemporary art at MoMA’s education department where she has been since 1994. In 2008 she joined The Drawing Center, as Lecturer and Educator with Family Programs where she gives workshops about contemporary drawing. As an artist, she recently had three exhibitions of her sculptures: Seeing Double, at Buster Levi Gallery in November, 2015; Retablos, at The Marina Gallery in July 2012; and Clay Memory, at Rio II Gallery, NY in April 2011. She also creates sculptural installations with Collaborative Concepts at Saunders Farm annually since 2008. She is a member of the Buster Levi Gallery (formerly The Marina Gallery) since 2010.
HELEN EVANS RAMSARAN My present series of work addresses my growing concern about the planet earth and its atmosphere. I call the series, Extinction: Signals of Alarm. These works, I have created using white clay, comprise many tiny, individual sculptures that have been aggregated to form one large piece. This method of working is meant to suggest the millions and billions of years of evolution of earth’s species of plants, animals and marine life.
MARIA DOMINGUEZ Maria Dominguez received her BFA degree from the School of Visual Arts in 1985 and she began her visual arts career as an intern for the Citiarts mural workshop both in NYC. This led to the creation of numerous community murals and ultimately to her The Metropolitan Transportation Authority commission. “El-Views” (2002), is a permanent art piece, which can be viewed at the Chauncey Street station in NYC, Brooklyn. Dominguez’s personal works has been included in a number of solos and group shows throughout the United States, Japan, Italy and Africa. Awards merited for her artistic efforts include: The National Endowment for the Arts, New York State Council for the Arts and New York Foundation for the Arts. Her background also includes being artist educator and arts administrator and once headed the Education Department for El Museo del Barrio for seven years in NYC.
MARINA GUTIERREZ is a multidisciplinary artist from New York City with a practice that combines community based work, public and studio arts. Her work interweaves historical, individual and ecological narratives often adapting folk forms and using post industrial or recycled materials within a conceptual framework. Her ongoing EnAquA-Memoriam series ranges from sculptural installation and video to interactive performance and the alchemical precipitation of images using sea water. She’s recently exhibited in CARIBBEAN: Crossroads of the World at the Queens Museum (NYC), Kréyol Factory at Parc de la Villette (Paris), at El Museo del Barrio (NYC) and created a solo installation at Project Row Houses (Houston, Texas). She is the recipient of Joan Mitchel, NYFA and Mid-Atlantic Fellowships, L.M.C.C.’s Swing Space, Governors Island residency also a Rotunda Gallery/B.C.A.T Multi-Media residency, and two N.Y.C. Arts Commission Design Awards for public projects in East Harlem’s De Burgos Center and Prospect Park’s Imagination Playground. Gutierrez is also co-author of “ART/ VISION / VOICE Cultural Conversations in Community.”
ROBIN HOLDER These works address the fact that our expectations, for the style of life we believe we are entitled to, are delusional.Most of us consider ourselves psychologically, intellectually and socially, middle class. However we are economically unable to fulfill this vision of ourselves. The infrastructure of society is shifting rapidly, decomposing, and we don’t seem to have a universal pro active solution for moving forward. We struggle with how to educate our children, attain healthcare, assist aged parents and generate enough to live comfortably. We are anxious about the environment, inter generational relations; race relations, having a non-toxic food supply and using technology in a way that does not alienate or de humanize us.


January 22, 2016 —March 5, 2016

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

The Arts Center of the Capital Region presents
Abandoned | Greg Cuda
Opening reception: Friday, January 29, 5-9 p.m.
Hours: Mon-Thurs: 9:00 a.m.-7:30 p.m.; Fri: 9:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.; Sat: 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.; Sun: 12:00 p.m.-4:00 p.m.
The Arts of the Capital Region, Wallace + Foyer Galleries, 265 River Street, Troy, NY 12180
Abandoned presents relics of industrialization, captured in vivid, moving detail. This exhibit explores what has been left behind, the color and texture of the city’s ruins and rust. Recently evolved digital photographic techniques are utilized to communicate the catastrophe, the regression. The images are decisively human, a city’s creation, use and abandonment.

January 29, 2016 — March 19, 2016

The Arts Center of the Capital Region presents
Quiet Strength | Jeannie Thomma
Opening reception: Friday, January 29, 5-9 p.m.
Hours: Mon-Thurs: 9:00 a.m.-7:30 p.m.; Fri: 9:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.; Sat: 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.; Sun: 12:00 p.m.-4:00 p.m.
The Arts of the Capital Region, Faculty Student Gallery, 265 River Street, Troy, NY 12180
Jeannie Thomma’s exhibition Quiet Strength, will feature her most recent work, a collection of fiber art that explores the connections between creativity and prayer. Themes of boundaries, blessings and unexpected beauty are woven, stitched, beaded and felted into a wide array of fiber art that seeks to answer two questions: Is belief a creative process? And how can each of us become an instrument of peace?

January 29, 2016 — March 19, 2016

New Museum presents
ANRI SALA: ANSWER ME
The New Museum Gallery, 235 Bowery, New York, NY 10002
Hours: Wednesday, Friday-Sunday: 11 a.m.-6 p.m., Thursday 11 a.m.-9 p.m.
Admission: $16, Seniors $14, Students $10
The New Museum presents a major exhibition of the work of Anri Sala (b. 1974), one of the most acclaimed artists to emerge in recent decades. The exhibition marks the most comprehensive survey of his work in the United States to date. Highlighting Sala’s continuing interest in how sound and music can engage architecture and history, ’Anri Sala: Answer Me” features extensive multichannel audio and video installations that unfold across the Second, Third, and Fourth Floor galleries, composing a symphonic experience specific to the New Museum. In his early video works from the late 1990s, Sala used documentary strategies to examine life after communism in his native Albania, observing the role of language and memory in narrating social and political histories. Since the early 2000s, his video works have probed the psychological effects of acoustic experiences, embracing both music and sound as languages capable of conjuring up images, rousing nostalgia, and communicating emotions. In subtle visual narratives, Sala often depicts what appear to be fragments of everyday life, and his intimate observations experiment with fiction to double as enigmatic portraits of society.
February 3, 2016 —April 10, 2016

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

March 15, 2016 —June 25, 2016

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