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Wednesday, March 2, 2016
City Lore announces
Celebrate the 5th Annual Brooklyn Folk Arts Day on March 2nd!
6:30 p.m.
Brooklyn Historical Society Great Hall, 128 Pierrepont Street, Brooklyn, NY 11201
Cost: Free
Seating is limited. RSVP here or contact Christopher Mulé, Folk Arts Director, Brooklyn Arts Council at cmule@brooklynartscouncil.org or 718-625-0080 x229
On Wednesday, March 2nd, Brooklyn Arts Council will partner with Brooklyn Historical Society and The Interfaith Center of New York to celebrate the 5th Annual Brooklyn Folk Arts Day. This year’s gathering will be held at Brooklyn Historical Society’s Great Hall and will feature interactive presentations of ritual practices from Guyana (Baba Mpho), Ghana (Harold Akyeampong), and India (Aeilushi Mistry). A town hall discussion will address ways to preserve, sustain, and demystify misconceptions surrounding traditional rituals and cultural ceremonies practiced in Brooklyn. Brooklyn Folk Arts Day is an annual gathering of Brooklyn’s traditional artists, traditional arts organizations, and the communities they serve, teaching artists and educators, corporate and cultural sponsors, elected officials, and other friends of folk and traditional arts. Food and drink will be provided. We look forward to seeing you there!

The Folk Music Society of N.Y., Inc/ N.Y. Pinewoods Folk Music Club presents
Folk Open Sing
7-10 p.m.
Ethical Culture Society, 53 Prospect Park West, Brooklyn (near 2nd St.)
Hosted by Ethical Culture Society, Folk Music Society of NY/NYPFMC, Alison Kelley, Frank Woerner, and Tom Weir.
Info: 212-695-5924.
Join us on the first Wednesday of each month for an open sing. Bring your voice, instruments, friends, neighbors, and children. Drop by for a couple of songs or the whole evening.

Adventure Canada — The March Hare comes to NYC!
THE MARCH HARE
7-10 p.m.
The Explorers Club Headquarters, 46 E 70th Street, New York, NY, 1002
Tickets are $25 for non-Members, and $10 for Members
Reservations are allotted on a first-come, first-serve basis. To secure a reservation, please call us at 212.628.8383, or email us at reservations@explorers.org
This one-night event includes refreshments, and is limited to just 130 guests. Please book early to avoid disappointment!
What is the Hare? A night of storytelling and songs from some Newfoundland’s finest talents. Since 1987, writers, musicians, and anyone who hates Newfoundland winters have been sharing poetry, prose, tunes, and pranks at a cozy pub in Corner Brook to stay warm. Somehow, over the years, this vigorous but humble celebration has transformed into a literary festival that features not only the work of local poets but also some of the best writers from Canada and beyond—as well as music from some of the finest professional musicians in Newfoundland and Labrador. This year marks its first trip south of the border to the United States, and will be featured for one night only at the Explorers Club.

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!

JACKSON BROWNE & RAÚL RODRÚGUEZ: SONG Y SON
8:00 p.m.
The Town Hall, 123 West 43rd Street, (between 6th Ave and Broadway), New York, NY 10036
Tickets: $55-75
Jackson Browne and Raúl Rodriguez meet in “Song y Son,” a project that embarks on an exciting exchange, a crossing of American sounds and Spanish rhythms. Supported by years of friendship and collaboration, their meeting gives us a new music born on the border of two traditions. In the first set, Raúl Rodriguez, with his band (Mario Mas on Flamenco guitar, Guillem Aguilar on bass, Pablo Martín Jones on percussion and Alex Tobias on drums), will introduce the songs of “Razón de Son,” his first solo album. In the second set, Jackson Browne will play with the band and take his songs into the Flamenco rhythms and Son of the Afro Andalusian Caribbean.

March 2–March 5, 2016
BAM presents
Torobaka: Akram Khan & Israel Galván
Wednesday, March 2, 7:30 p.m.
Thursday, March 3, 7:30 p.m.
Friday, March 4, 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, March 5, 7:30 p.m.
Peter Jay Sharp Building, 30 Lafayette Ave., Brooklyn, NY 11217
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In a circle of deep-hued light, dance artists Akram Khan and Israel Galván square off, flanked by four musicians. Exploding into a volley of sharp movements—angles and arcs, mirrored and refracted—they unfurl an electrifying evening-length work that is equal parts dialogue and duel. Torobaka is rooted in the vocabularies of kathak, the classical South Asian dance form at the center of Khan’s movement practice, and the contemporary flamenco of Galván, an innovator celebrated for his mastery of the form and exuberant transgression of its boundaries. Negotiating a new, shared language—marked by percussive footwork, expressive musicality, and powerful, articulate gesture—these two figures come together, confronting and mirroring one another in a muscular, sinuous exchange.

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Thursday, March 3, 2016
Albany Institute of History & Art presents
WORKSHOP Pysanka (Ukrainian Easter Egg) Decorating
6-8 p.m.
Albany Institute of History & Art, 125 Washington Avenue, Albany, NY 12210
Tickets: $30 non-members; $20 members
Register online or call (518) 463-4478, ext. 403
For adults; space limited to 15 registrants
Workshop led by curator Diane Shewchuk. Learn how to decorate real eggs the traditional Ukrainian way using dyes and beeswax. Two sessions available: (Individual sessions held on March 3 and March 10)

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.

The Center for the Arts at the University of Buffalo presents
Fiesta Mexico-Americana: Los Lobos with Ballet Folklorico Mexicano de Carlos Moreno
7:30 p.m.
Center for the Arts Mainstage Theatre, University at Buffalo, 103 Center for the Arts, Buffalo, NY 14620
Tickets: $47,$37, $27 students (any school)
A celebration in song, dance, music and film highlighting the many notable achievements and contributions of Mexican-Americans throughout US history in this brand-new multi-media production, featuring multiple Grammy-Award winners Los Lobos, and dancers from Ballet Folklorico Mexicano (BFM). Los Lobos are entering their fifth decade, as the humblest of musical icons, having racked up countless accolades for their uncompromising artistry. With four Grammys in hand and the respect and admiration of their musical peers, the band still hearken back to their beginnings as “the soundtrack of the barrio” and remain a cultural touchstone for a community. Founded in 1967 by Carlos Moreno Samaniego, the BFM has achieved recognition both in the United States and in Mexico. In 1980, the Mexican consulate in San Francisco named the company the official ambassador for ongoing cultural activities with Mexico. It has held that distinction for over 30 years. Their mission is to empower the community and to educate the general public by providing a greater understanding and appreciation for Mexican culture and folklore.
David Broza with Special Guests: The Berith Sholom choir
7:30 p.m.
Troy Savings Bank Music Hall, 30 2nd St, Troy, NY 12180
Tickets: $36, $27
Purchase 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.
This Israeli superstar is known for his charismatic and energetic performances, filling concert halls with his famous guitar playing, ranging from flamenco flavored rhythmic and percussion techniques, to whirlwind finger picking, to a signature rock and roll sound. He has released more than 30 albums in Hebrew, English, and Spanish, many of which have gone gold and platinum. Broza is not only an internationally acclaimed performer. This talented singer/songwriter also is well known as an activist for humanitarian causes who has spent much of his life working to spread the message of peace. His hit song “Yihye Tov” (“Things Will Be Better”), one of his earliest works, has become the anthem of the peace movement in Israel. The Troy Savings Bank Music Hall worked with Congregation Berith Sholom, located in downtown Troy, to bring David to the Hall as part of the Congregation’s sesquicentennial celebrations. The Berith Sholom choir will be the opening act.

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
Buy tickets online
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
It’s time for a “Boda Mexicana” (Mexican Wedding)

Friday and Saturdays 8 p.m. March 4, 5, March 11, 12, March 18, 19; Sundays 4 p.m., March 6, 13, and 20
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. For 3 weekends only, Calpulli and Thalia Spanish Theatre present a new production inspired by Mexican traditions associated with the union of two people. See the debut of Ritual de Primavera (Rite of Spring) by Resident Choreographer Roberto Lara, inspired by Mayan legends, with original music by Music Director George Saenz. Also see the debut of Sinaloense Soy (I am Sinaloan) by Artistic Director Alberto Lopez Herrera.

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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.

Mano a Mano: Mexican Culture Without Borders and SonJarocho.MX present a
Son Fusion Jazz Concert at the Crypt
7 p.m.
The Crypt Chapel, 550 W. 155th Street. New York, NY 10032
Suggested Donation $20
For more information: Call us at (212) 587-3070 or email us at info@manoamano.us. For the first time in New York, Laura Rebolloso and the Ensamble Marinero present their unique and original musical work, with pieces that include son, fusion, jazz and chamber music. They will be joined for this special occasion by Joel Cruz Castellanos, member of the renown son jarocho group Los Cojolites, nominated twice to a Grammy Award. Come and enjoy an evening of music and magic, where the traditional merges with other rhythms to create something truly unmatched. This will be a two part concert: a set of fusion and a set of traditional Son Jarocho music.
Laura Rebolloso (leona)
: Laura Rebolloso graduated from the Universidad Veracruzana’s School of Music. She is co-founder of the group Son de Madera and has over 15 years of musical experience in the son jarocho style. She has received several important grants and fellowships as a composer, and has recorded two albums,
Cascabel en mis Venas (2011) and …por la Esperanza de México (2013). She teaches workshops on musicality in Mexico as well as in the United States. In her work, she explores the relationship between son jarocho, jazz, and chamber music, among others.
Joel Cruz Castellanos: Joel Cruz Castellanos is a member of Los Cojolites, a son jarocho band that has been nominated twice to a Grammy Award for Best Regional Mexican Music Album (2013 and 2016). He began his musical studies at a very young age and, aside from being a professional musician, he currently works as a cultural promoter, focusing his efforts in preserving and strengthening the musical traditions from the Tuxtlas region and the Itsmo in Veracruz. He also teaches workshops in different instruments, such as jarana, leona, and violin.
Alonso Blanco (keyboard)
Sinuhé Padilla-Isunza

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.
GE Theatre, Proctors, 432 State St. Schenectady NY 12305
Order Tickets online or 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. The diva plays piano, guitar, and trumpet, but voice is her first instrument and entertaining is clearly her first love. Hailed as a cross between Natalie Cole, Diana Krall and Bette Midler, her powerful presence, musical talents and well-honed skills, her effervescent stage presence showcase her immense joy in entertaining. And while jammin’ with her full, exciting band, well, she’s like nobody you’ve ever heard...when she’s really cookin’ they can blow the roof off the joint!

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
Buy tickets online
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.
FREE Friday Meet-The-Artists afternoon conversations suitable for all ages. Limited seating. Call us to reserve your seats! 718-585-1202.Meet-The-Artist RALPH IRIZARRY, TIMBALAYE Percussionist on FRIDAY, MARCH 4 at 1:00 p.m.

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
Hempstead Irish Experience Festival
11 a.m.-5 p.m.
Mack Physical Education Center, North Campus – Indoors, Hempstead, NY
Cost: $6 for adults $5 for senior citizens (65 and older). Children under 12 are free
Info: (516) 463-6582
Celebrate the Irish gifts of music, food and culture to America.

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.

The Egg Performing Arts Center presents
NEW YORK FOLK LEGACY EXHIBIT OPENING RECEPTION & CONCERT
2:00 p.m.
The Egg, Empire State Plaza, Albany, NY
For information, contact (518) 473-1845
Cost: Free; call for reservations
As part of its ongoing NY Living Legacy Project, The Egg Performing Arts Center will explore New York’s folk music legacy from the storied underground folk music renaissance in Greenwich Village to the national folk boom to the creation of retreats upstate. The project will include special exhibit of photographs by George Pickow, instruments, and other memorabilia donated by the estate of folk music legend Jean Ritchie, a community outreach tour featuring folk music master Happy Traum and a series of mainstage concerts at The Egg. The opening of the exhibit on Sunday, March 6 at 2 p.m. will include a reception followed by a concert featuring guitarist Peter Pickow (son of Jean Ritchie and George Pickow) and mountain dulcimer players David Massengill and Susan Trump.

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.

City Lore presents
Life Before Captions: Deaf NYC Stories: A Panel Discussion
2 p.m.
City Lore, 56 East First Street, New York, NY 10003
Space is limited and registration is required. Please register with JanetWeinstock13@gmail.com
Join the Gallaudet University Center for Deaf Documentary Studies for a panel discussion for a panel discussion on Deaf life in NYC in the mid-20th century. Panelists are: Bernice Farr, Al Hlibok, Anita Maucere Marino, Linda Mosca-Ginis, Thomas Samuels, and Martin Weiner. American Sign Language and spoken English will be used for this panel discussion. For any individual access accommodations, contact JanetWeinstock13@gmail.com.

The Folk Music Society of N.Y., Inc/ N.Y. Pinewoods Folk Music Club presents
3rd Annual Pete Seeger Memorial Sing
2-4 p.m.
Co-sponsored with and at the John Street Church, 44 John St. (east of Broadway and one block south of and parallel to Fulton), near Fulton St. subway stop.
Info: 212-957-8386.
Freewill donations of any amount gladly accepted to benefit Clearwater (suggested donation $15).
Bring your voices and friends to raise the rafters in this historic downtown venue. Special guest song leaders include Jan Christensen, Geoff Kaufman, Jerry Korobow, Donna & Rick Nestler, Anne Price, and Steve Suffet. Please note: The venue is an historic landmark and is not handicapped accessible, approximately 13 stairs to reach downstairs venue (but once there, facilities are located on the same level)

Staten Island Arts announces
STATEN ISLAND SEISIÚN
2-5 p.m.
Flagship Brewery; 40 Minthorne Street, Staten Island, NY 10301
Free
Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day the Staten Island way by getting your Irish on with the Staten Island Seisiún in the merry month of March. Staten Island Arts Folklife presents, in partnership with the Flagship Brewing Company, Linda Hickman, Douglas Barr, and Bob Wright, the Staten Island Seisiún: an open session and monthly afternoon of Irish Traditional Music at the Flagship Brewery. Join us following the annual Staten Island St. Patrick’s Day Parade festivities for some classic tunes, great vibes, and a signature Flagship ‘Dark Mild’ in support of traditional ethnic arts on Staten Island. The Irish word Seisiún, refers to those informal gatherings, often is public houses or pubs, dedicated to the practice and performance of Irish Traditional Music. The Staten Island Seisiún is led by Linda Hickman, Douglass Barr, and Bob Wright and is open to musicians and listeners of all levels and ages. Specializing is the musical traditions of East Galway and Claire, sessions will include the educationally focused ‘tunes of the week’ for those players looking to refine and expand their repertoire and technique. Join us to listen, dance or play as we celebrate Irish arts and heritage in our forgotten borough, which is now home to unforgettable bear!

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.

The Folk Music Society of N.Y., Inc/ N.Y. Pinewoods Folk Music Club presents
Harry Bolick
4-6 p.m.
Old Stone House, 336 Third Street, in J.J. Byrne Park, between 4th and 5th Avenues, Brooklyn, 718-768-3195
Info: fbanjo(at)aol.com
$10 contribution
Harry Bolick, Mississippi born, has focused on, performed, recorded, and taught classic fiddle tunes of Mississippi. He co-authored Mississippi Fiddle Tunes and Songs from the 1930s, published by the University Press of Mississippi. Bolick has 8 recordings to his credit and performs with the “Wahoo String Band,” as well as his own duos and bands.

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
Buy tickets online
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.

World Music Institute (WMI) presents
Tablao Sevilla—Sonia Olla & Ismael Fernandez Festival Ay! Mas Flamenco: VIP Closing Event
8:00 p.m.
La Nacional, Spanish Benevolent Society, 239 W 14th Street, NYC
VIP Tickets $95
The husband-and-wife team of flamenco dancer Sonia Olla—who was tapped this past fall by Madonna to choreograph the legend’s worldwide 2015–2016 “Rebel Heart Tour”—and singer Ismael Fernández, are each from Spain (Sonia from Barcelona, Ismael from Seville and of Gypsy descent), now relocated to New York. They currently reside here, performing and also teaching authentic flamenco and cante classes. After moving to New York, Sonia and Ismael collaborated to create “Tiempo Al Aire,” a unique blend of traditional flamenco with elements of jazz and percussion, which sold out Joe’s Pub as part of the world-famous New York Flamenco Festival in 2014.

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Tuesday, March 8, 2016
Albany Institute of History & Art presents
LECTURE: Marion Weeber’s Whimsical Creations: 1940s Buttons for the Dress Trade
1 p.m.
Albany Institute of History & Art, 125 Washington Avenue, Albany, NY 12210
Tickets: $5
Join AIHA curator, Diane Shewchuk for an illustrated talk followed by a rare opportunity to see the Institute’s collection of buttons designed by Albany native Marion Weeber. Sponsored by The Half Moon Button Club of the Capital District.

StoryCircle at Proctors Theater announces
Stories for Racial Healing
A Series of Community Conversations on Racism
7-9 p.m.
Congregation Gates of Heaven, 852 Ashmore Avenue, Schenectady, NY 12309 (corner with Eastern Parkway)
Information: aldenjoe@nycap.rr.com, 518-588-2801 We all have a story where we’ve experienced, witnessed, or perceived the impact of racism: Sharing these stories and reflecting on them has proven helpful to deepening understanding and building collaborative efforts to improve balance in our relationships. Join us to listen and/or share a story. Participants are asked to limit their stories to 5 minutes. Facilitated by Alden (Joe) Doolittle, Co-Chair of our Justice Action & storyteller.
Co-sponsored by the Schenectady Inner City Ministry, Story Circle of the Capital District, First Reformed Church, and other sponsoring congreations.

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Wednesday, March 9, 2016
Albany Institute of History & Art presents
1791 Club: Albany Ale
5:30-8 p.m.
Albany Institute of History & Art, 125 Washington Avenue, Albany, NY 12210
Tickets: $10 per person (food + drink on your own)
RSVP by 8/8 to Briana at (518) 463-4478 ext 412 or thomasb@albanyinstitute.org.
Beer historian Craig Gravina will share his knowledge of Albany’s brewing past, as told through a special Albany Ale lamp on view in The Capital Region in 50 Objects exhibition. Afterwards, we’ll head over to a local venue for happy hour specials. What is the 1791 Club? The Albany Institute of History & Art wants to work closer with 21–40somethings who are looking to engage with local art + history. Activities take place on the second Wednesday of each month.

Haudenosaunee: Traditional Teachings
6-8 p.m.
The Buffalo History Museum, 1 Museum Court, Buffalo, NY 12210
Cost: Free
Contact: (716) 873-9644
In partnership with the Buffalo Native Resource Center, join Chief Tom Porter of the Mohawk Nation, one of our greatest orators today. He has a wealth of knowledge and will be speaking about “Being Human: Traditional Teachings for all People.” Reception to follow.

Lower Adirondack Regional Arts Council (LARAC) presents
How the Arts Can Rebuild Communities
7-8 p.m.
Lower Adirondack Regional Arts Council, 7 Lapham Place, Glens Falls, NY 12801
Free and open to the public, donations are appreciated
Local nonprofit leaders, government officials, artists, and arts supporters are encouraged to attend.
RSVPs appreciated: 518/798-1144 ext 2
You are invited for discussion about how the arts and community can work together to create an engaging and unique place to live and the important role art plays in attaching people to a community. Featuring Albany Center Gallery Executive Director, Tony Iadiccio.
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.

Folk Music Society of New York/New York Pinewoods Folk Music Club announces
Old-Time Instrumental Jam
2nd & 4th Wednesdays
7:30-9:30 p.m.
Brooklyn Farmacy & Soda Fountain, 513 Henry Street (at Sackett St.), in Carroll Gardens, Brooklyn
For more information, email alanfriend_music@mindspring.com
Wanna jam? Alan Friend will lead an old-time jam. Bring your fiddle, banjo, guitar, etc. Acoustic instruments only. Buy some delicious desserts and socialize.

Flying Cat Music presents
An Evening with Dennis Stroughmatt et l’Esprit Creole
7:30 p.m. (doors open at 7:00 p.m.)
Empire State Railway Museum, 70 Lower High Street, Phoenicia, NY 12464
Admission is $16 admission or $14 with RSVP to flyingcatmusic@gmail.com
For information, call 845-688-9453 or email flyingcatmusic@gmail.com
Flying Cat Music presents Dennis Stroughmatt et l’Esprit Creole in concert, a unique musical experience that embraces the traditional French creole music of the Ozark foothills. Dirty Linen Magazine says Dennis Stroughmatt is “a jaw dropping fiddler” while Off Beat Magazine describes him as akin to “a driving demon.” Sing Out Magazine calls Stroughmatt’s fiddling style “an energetic and driving combination of Celtic, Canadian and Old-Time styles.” The 2012 Smithsonian Folklife Festival featured Dennis Stroughmatt’s music with this by way of introduction: “A medley of music, language, stories, and culture secreted away in the Missouri Ozarks now has a voice in the tapestry of this world. With the blessing of the Creole people of the Midwest, Dennis Stroughmatt et l’Esprit Creole are its passionate ambassadors, expanding interest and excitement in a region that has been, in many ways, ignored by the history books.” The musical roots of Dennis Stroughmatt et l’Esprit Creole (Creole Spirit) are in the Creole and Cajun music of “Upper Louisiana,” the historic Acadian settlements that are now part of Illinois, Missouri, and Indiana. This lively and spirited fiddle-centric tradition reflects the roots of the mid-continent and bridges the gap between contemporary Canadian and Louisiana Cajun styles. Preserved by families in the Ozark foothills, the music remains largely intact, in contrast to the more contemporary styles of other French-influenced regions. While it is common to link Creole music and the culture that spawned it to a region closer to New Orleans, hidden away in the hills of the Missouri Ozarks there’s a saying still repeated: “On est toujours icitte (we are still here).”

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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.

Caribbean Cultural Center| African Diaspora Institute (CCADI) announces
THE ART OF JUSTICE 2
An InterActive Conversation on Race, Arts Funding, and the Survival of Community-Based Arts Organizations
5:30-8:30 p.m.
NYU Department of Social Justice and Cultural Analysis, Flex Space | 20 Cooper Square, 4th flr. NY, New York 10003
RSVP online.
The Art of Justice 2 convening is focused on examining how the valuing of aesthetic production, culture and race has impacted financial investment in organizations of color and social justice arts. While discussions of the problem of "diversity" in the arts have again resurfaced, persistent disparities in funding, access, and employment for certain groups oblige us to consider the deeper structural causes fueling patterns of inequity and underrepresentation as well as the under-resourcing of the institutions that support them. The objective is to focus on the roots of inequity in the arts with the intent of recommending constructive actions and methods of creating equity now and in the future, while also affirming the importance of sustaining community based organizations that reflect the cultural diversity and art forms that our international communities bring to the creative vibrancy of New York City. Speakers include policymakers, researchers, scholars, cultural activists that are fully engaged in assuring the equitable representation of the varied creative cultural and racial mix that make New York City a model for the rest of the nation.

Albany Institute of History & Art presents
WORKSHOP Pysanka (Ukrainian Easter Egg) Decorating
6-8 p.m.
Albany Institute of History & Art, 125 Washington Avenue, Albany, NY 12210
Tickets: $30 non-members; $20 members
Register online or call (518) 463-4478, ext. 403
For adults; space limited to 15 registrants
Workshop led by curator Diane Shewchuk. Learn how to decorate real eggs the traditional Ukrainian way using dyes and beeswax. Two sessions available: (Individual sessions held on March 3 and March 10)

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)
Buy tickets online
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!

ArtsWestchester announces
SHE is Beauty
6-8:30 p.m.
Bloomingdale’s, 175 Bloomingdale Road, White Plains, NY
Reserve your spot 914.684.6256, Lorna.Simpson@bloomingdales.com
A night of art and beauty at Bloomingdale’s. Preview SHE: Deconstructing Female Identity (see “Exhibitions” below), and take home a special sample-filled gift bag and shop for the latest trends in costmetics.

Museum at Eldridge Street announces
Tour and Wine Reception
6:30-8:00 p.m.
Museum at Eldridge Street, 12 Eldridge Street, New York, NY 10002
$30 per person. RSVP here.
Enjoy a glass of wine and good company while discovering the synagogue’s most beautiful and surprising features, including a contemporary stained-glass artwork by artist Kiki Smith and architect Deborah Gans. Co sponsored with Brooklyn Brainery

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).

Jack Radcliffe
7:00 p.m.
Uncle Willy’s, 31 North Front Street Kingston, NY 12401 (845) 853-8049
“Ragtime” Jack Radcliffe has been performing for more than 45 years. He is a master of traditional country blues and stride piano, and a powerful singer/songwriter, as well. He also accompanies himself on the guitar and harmonicas and has lately added the fiddle to his arsenal of musical weapons.

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.

The Folk Music Society of N.Y., Inc/ N.Y. Pinewoods Folk Music Club presents
Dennis Stroughmatt et l’Esprit Creole in concert
French Creole Music from the Illinois Country
7:30 p.m. (doors open 7:00 p.m.)
OSA Hall, 220 E 23 St., 7th floor, between 2nd and 3rd Aves. in Manhattan
Contribution: $20 general public; $18 Folk Music Society of NY members.
Join us for an exuberant evening of Creole tunes with Dennis Stroughmatt et l’Esprit Creole, not from Louisiana, not from Arcadia, a band upholding the tradition from midway between, in the Midwest. We are thrilled to bring them to NYC! Fingers and bow flying, Dennis Stroughmatt takes listeners on a musical odyssey into Upper Louisiana Creole culture. Taught to play fiddle by local Creole fiddlers living along the Mississippi River, Dennis is now the authority on this regional pocket of American antiquity. A vibrant blend of Celtic, Canadian, and Old Time sounds, this unique music bridges gaps between contemporary Canadian and Louisiana Cajun styles. Preserved by families in the Ozark foothills, the music remains largely intact, true to the traditions passed down over three centuries. Dennis is accompanied by Doug Hawf, a lifelong musician and a wizard of stringed instruments. Doug also performs with his family bluegrass band as well as the Vincennes University String Ensemble. He also shares the joy of music through his music store and with his many students.

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: $18 General/$14 Member
This March our stage will welcome two fantastic artists Sean Millar and Patrick Freeman who will provide us with a wonderful session of acoustic and indie folk here at the IAC! SongLives showcases some of Ireland and North America’s most exciting contemporary singer-songwriters, working on an intimate and personal scale, bringing the rich tradition of busking on Dublin’s Grafton Street and beyond to New York City.
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.
Visit the Art Studio (5:30-7:30 p.m.) and create something to take home
Go to the Library (5:30-6:00 p.m. and 7:00-7:30 p.m.) and get a sneak peek at a few of the items that will be featured in the next exhibition “Masterworks: Paper”
Explore the Galleries (5:30-8:00 p.m.) and discover interesting facts from our docents
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
This event is open to current members of the Albany Institute of History & Art. Not yet a member? Sign up now!
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! Say hello to our special guest George Washington. Enjoy period music played by the Musicians of Ma’alwyck. Join us as we cut our birthday cake and share delicious treats. Check out the brand new café. We would not have made it to this anniversary without the support of our members and are glad to celebrate this achievement with you.

StoryCircle at Proctors Theater announces
Seanachie Evenings — Second Friday of Every Month, January–May:
Stories with a Bark and a Lilt

with Joe Doolittle and Christie Keagan 7 p.m.
Irish American Heritage Museum, 370 Broadway, Albany, NY, 518/427-1916
$5 Museum members, $10 Others, $25 Family of Four pack
Two of the region’s most irrepressible storytellers team together to bring you stories of family traditions, favorite pets, laughter, and whimsy. Christie Keagan’s personal stories weave together the wonders of childhood, questions of adolescence and stark realities of adulthood. She adores animals and these special friends find their way into her stories. Alden (Joe) Doolittle is a regional storyteller who loves to tell family stories and help organize this series. He's travelled in Ireland and has a fondness for the “West”—County Galway and County Clare. The mists of these treasures season his tales.

Sahba Motallebi with KoriSoron
7:30 p.m. (Doors open 6:30 p.m.)
Le Poisson Rouge, 158 Bleeker Street, Manhattan, NY 10012, 212.353.3474
Tickets: ADVANCE $15 DAY OF SHOW: $20; minimum age 18+
Sahba Motallebi is an Iranian songwriter, Tar, Setar and Shoorangiz virtuoso and an internationally acclaimed musician. She has studied music and composition at distinguished institutions such as the National Conservatory (Iran), Saint Petersburg Korsakov Conservatory (Russia), RGS University (Turkey), and California Institute of Arts (USA). Sahba has been recognized as the best Tar player at the Iranian Music Festival (FAJR) for four consecutive years. Her performances as a soloist and in collaboration with renowned vocalists such as Mohammad Reza Shajarian, Alireza Ghorbani, Sina Sarlak, Mamak Khadem and esteemed composers such as Hossein Alizadeh, Arshad Tahmasebi, Keyhan Kalhour, and Yo-Yo Ma have touched audiences around the globe. Author of two educational etudes for Tar and Setar, Sahba has served as music instructor at the Pasadena State College (CA), Lawrence University (WI), and Berkley College of Music (MA). Iran-born and Southern Californian based Tar and Setar virtuoso Sahba Motallebi has an incredible relationship with major Western and Central Asian artists. Performing with artists from all over the Persian Diaspora, she exhibits her profound grasp of classical and contemporary Iranian music by masterfully weaving classical Persian styling, folk and world fusion.
KoriSoron is an instrumental acoustic trio that combines rock, improvisational and progressive influences with musical traditions from such places as Turkey, Lebanon, Iran, Bulgaria, India, Mali and Ireland. Fans of groups like Shakti or Al DiMeola will find much to like in KoriSoron’s fiery fusion. The group’s name, “KoriSoron,” is a play on two music terms found in Persian music. Combining “Sori” ( the term for a pitch that is a 1/4 step above a given pitch) and “Koron” (indicating a pitch that is a 1/4 step below a pitch) creates an unaltered note or an equilibrium. KoriSoron’s performances are noted for creating musical equilibriums: between near Eastern and Western music, between improvised and composed music and between passion and intense instrumental technique.

BMCC Tribeca Performing Arts Center presents
Jayme Stone’s Lomax Project
8-10 p.m.
BMCC Tribeca PAC (on the campus of the BMCC), 199 Chambers Street, New York, NY 10007
Tickets: $15 General Admission
Two-time Juno-winning banjoist and composer Jayme Stone to perform with Moira Smiley, Sumaia Jackson, and Joe Phillips. Focusing on music collected by folklorist and field recording pioneer Alan Lomax. Songs include Bahamian sea chanties, African-American a cappella singing from the Georgia Sea Islands, ancient Appalachian ballads, fiddle tunes, and work songs collected from both well-known musicians and everyday folk: sea captains, cowhands, fishermen, prisoners and homemakers.

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
Buy tickets online
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 performances by Jay Ungar and Molly Mason at 12:00 p.m. and 3:00 p.m. and Story Laurie and Ira McIntosh at 1:00 p.m.

Book Talk: Michael Keene, Psychic Highway
11 a.m.
Cannon Free Library, 40 Elm St., Delhi, NY, (607) 746-2662
Free and open to the public
Advanced registration required
Michael Keene is the author of six books about unusual but true episodes of 19th-century New York history. The events that bubbled out of this period include the origins of the Erie Canal, establishment of New York insane asylums and orphanages, folklore and legends of western New York, and the incredible stories of fifteen female serial killers from upstate New York. The Psychic Highway: How the Erie Canal Changed America uncovers how the Erie Canal opened up vital passageways that led to the advent of the major social, political, and religious movements that swept through upstate New York during the 19th century. Within the book’s pages, Keene delves into the Canal’s inspiration, evolution, and impact on American life and how the Canal bridged the gap of communications and travel, setting the stage for history altering events.
You can find Psychic Highway in the NYFS online bookstore.

Asian American Arts Centre announces
Martin Wong Exhibition Tour
Join Asian American Arts Centre’s tour of Bronx Museum’s extensive solo exhibition of Martin Wong’s art titled, “Human Instamatic”!
1-3 p.m.
The Bronx Museum of the Arts 1040 Grand Concourse, Bronx, NY 10456, 718 681 6000
Cost: $10, free for high school and college students(with ID).
JOIN THE TOUR! RSVP to aaacinfo@artspiral.org
Special intro for those unfamiliar with fine art/Asian American art
Lead by Robert Lee, this will be the last week you can see Martin Wong’s exceptional exhibition at Bronx Museum. An Asian sensibility unleashed in the heart of the inner city, his visual poetry critiques US jails, ghettos, shuttered lives, that turn Sky into bricks, however lovingly painted. Firemen well equipped are heroes and painting of bricks are clearly his own Zen practice. With his feet squarely on the earth (earthen pottery initiates his career and continues with earthen pigments) and his written scripts and star patterns in the sky, his connection to heaven and earth he is always mindful. Martin”s calligraphic poetry should be seen too.

Book Talk: Michael Keene, Question of Sanity
1 p.m.
Delaware County NY Historical Association, 46549 State Hwy 10, Delhi, New York 13753
Free and open to the public
Michael Keene is the author of six books about unusual but true episodes of 19th-century New York history. The events that bubbled out of this period include the origins of the Erie Canal, establishment of New York insane asylums and orphanages, folklore and legends of western New York, and the incredible stories of fifteen female serial killers from upstate New York. Author Michael Keene will read from his book Question of Sanity: The True Story of Female Serial Killers in 19th Century New York. Michael will discuss some of upstate New York̻s worst women, including Elizabeth P. McCraney of Oneonta and Lizzie Halliday of Sullivan County. The author will be available to answer questions and sign books. Refreshments served.

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

A Pre-St. Patrick’s Day Concert with The McKrells
7:00 p.m.
Spa Little Theater, 19 Roosevelt Drive, Saratoga Springs, NY 12866
Tickets are $15 per person. Seating is General Admission.
We will be continuing our tradition of hosting The McKrells for a fun night of music! This festive Irish evening will showcase musical entertainment suitable for all ages.

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
Buy tickets online
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.O.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.

FREE Friday Meet-The-Artists afternoon conversations suitable for all ages. Limited seating. Call us to reserve your seats! 718-585-1202.Meet-The-Artist MIMI JONES + THE D.O.M.E. EXPERIENCE, FRIDAY, MARCH 11 at 4:30 p.m.

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
This March the IAC with be celebrating their 5th Celtic Appalachian Celebration! Our Pre-St. Patrick’s Day Concerts Featuring Old Time American, Country and Bluegrass Music with Irish Influences. This year we will host Mick Moloney and The Green Fields of America. Mick Moloney is the dean of Irish-American music, having inspired, trained, and toured with the best musicians in the United States. For more than 20 years Mick Moloney has led a stalwart group of Irish-American instrumentalists, singers and dancers in concerts from coast-to-coast. He will be joined by Athena Tergis (fiddle), Billy McComiskey (button accordion), Jerry O’Sullivan (uilleann pipes and whistle), Brendan Dolan (piano), Niall O’Leary (dancer).
Also with special guests:
High Ridge Ramblers: Dave Bing (fiddle, banjo), Andrew Dunlap, and Mark Payne
The Murphy Beds: Eamon O’Leary and Jefferson Hamer
Shannon Dunne (sean-nós/set dancer) and Megan Downes (step dancer).

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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!

Book Talk: Michael Keene, Question of Sanity
1:30 p.m.
Sidney Public Library, 8 River St., Sidney, NY
Free and open to the public
Do crime shows fascinate you? Join us for a lecture on female serial killers throughout history. Michael T. Keene, local historian and author, will discuss some of New York’s ‘worst women’ in our Smart Community Room. A few examples include Elizabeth P. McCraney of Oneonta and Lizzie Halliday of Sullivan County. Michael Keene is the author of six books about unusual but true episodes of 19th-century New York history. The events that bubbled out of this period include the origins of the Erie Canal, establishment of New York insane asylums and orphanages, folklore and legends of western New York, and the incredible stories of fifteen female serial killers from upstate New York.

Albany Institute of History & Art presents
50 OBJECTS PROGRAM Saluting Schenectady
2:00-3:30 p.m.
Albany Institute of History & Art, 125 Washington Avenue, Albany, NY 12210
Free with museum admission.
Join us for an insider’s view of many of the most intriguing objects in our exhibition with our special guests:
Daniel J. Beams, Curator at Old Stone Fort Museum
Josh Hauck, Archivist at MiSci & Dudley Observatory
Colette Lemmon, Curator of Exhibitions at the Iroquois Indian Museum
John Panoski and Kevin Millington from the Empire State Aerosciences Museum
Mary Zawacki, Curator at the Schenectady County Historical Society

Flushing Town Hall announces
Nai-Ni Chen Dance Company
2:00 p.m.
Flushing Town Hall, 137-35 Northern Boulevard (at the corner of Linden Place), Flushing, NY 11354
Tickets: $16/$10 Members and Students
Internationally renowned choreographer Nai-Ni Chen presents her latest collaborative program, CrossCurrent III, featuring renowned composer Huang Ruo and the all Julliard-graduate New Asia Chamber Music Society.

Museum at Eldridge Street announces
Jewish Music of Provence with Eleonore Weill
3:00 p.m.
Museum at Eldridge Street, 12 Eldridge Street, New York, NY 10002
$25 adults; $15 students and seniors. RSVP here.
Join an acclaimed quartet — Eléonore Weill (wooden flutes), Pete Rushefsky (tsimbl), Jake Shulman-Ment (violin) and Jordon Morton (bass) — as they delve into a treasure trove of Judéo-Provençal songs as well as beautiful melodies from Romania, Moldova, and Ukraine.

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
Epstein, Lowman, and Weinstein
7 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
The name “Epstein, Lowman & Weinstein” might make you think we hired a law firm, but boy can these guys pick! Hailing from rural Washington county, Epstein, Lowman, and Weinstein is a bluegrass and old time string band with a happy attitude and decades of individual experience. Alan Epstein is well known in the regional bluegrass scene for leading monthly jams at Caffe Lena and elsewhere. Originally from Pittsburgh and currently living in Washington county, Alan has been picking his mandolin in bands in Colorado, Pennsylvania, Michigan and now in upstate New York for 30+ years. Ed Lowman’s rock-solid bass and down-home fiddling are known throughout the North Country and New England. He has been seen on the Caffè stage since the ’70s with Quickstep and Don & Victoria Armstrong. He has organized and played for countless contra and square dances. Capital District native Jason Weinstein got the bluegrass bug as a teenager and taught himself to flatpick on the guitar and sing bluegrass. Following some years in Vermont and Northern California, Jason now lives in Washington county, pickin’, singin’ and cultivating an appreciation for music in his nine month-old son.

Eighth Step at Proctors presents
KATE CAMPBELL with Special Guest JOHN KIRK
CD Release: The K.O.A. Tapes
7:30 p.m.
Underground at Proctors, 432 State St. Schenectady NY 12305
Order Tickets online or 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, 2016
Arts & Business Council of NY announces a
Crain’s New York Arts & Culture Breakfast
8:30 a.m.-9:00 a.m.: Networking Breakfast
9:00 a.m.-10:30 a.m.: Program
Con Edison Conference Center, 4 Irving Place at E. 14th St., New York, NY 10003
RSVP for a special discounted price from ABC/NY!
Join Arts & Business Council of New York and Crain's with New York’s art leaders as they share best practices and put a spotlight on the vital role the arts and culture community plays in driving tourism and ensuring continued growth and diversity of their organization and the city’s economy.
Opening armchair discussion: Alan Fishman, Board Chair, BAM
Panel discussion: Ty Jones, Producing Artistic Director, The Classical Theatre of Harlem; M.A. Papper, Artistic Director, The Town Hall, Additional speakers to be announced.

StoryCircle at Proctors Theater announces
Story Circle Meeting: Story Circle of the Capital District
6:30-8:30 p.m.
Colonie Town Library, 629 Albany-Shaker Road, Latham, NY
Story Circle meets to share works in progress. Stories told, not read, please. Listeners welcomed :-)

Book Talk: Michael Keene, Psychic Highway
7 p.m.
Hoag Library, 113 South Main St., Albion, NY, 585-589-4246
Free and open to the public
Michael Keene is the author of six books about unusual but true episodes of 19th-century New York history. The events that bubbled out of this period include the origins of the Erie Canal, establishment of New York insane asylums and orphanages, folklore and legends of western New York, and the incredible stories of fifteen female serial killers from upstate New York. The Psychic Highway: How the Erie Canal Changed America uncovers how the Erie Canal opened up vital passageways that led to the advent of the major social, political, and religious movements that swept through upstate New York during the 19th century. Within the book’s pages, Keene delves into the Canal’s inspiration, evolution, and impact on American life and how the Canal bridged the gap of communications and travel, setting the stage for history altering events.
You can find Psychic Highway in the NYFS online bookstore.

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.

Museum at Eldridge Street announces
TALK WITH DEBBIE WELLS: Remembering the Women of the Triangle Fire
7:00 p.m.
Museum at Eldridge Street, 12 Eldridge Street, New York, NY 10002
Pay what you wish. RSVP here.
Eighteen-year-old Annie Nicholas was one of 146 workers who died at the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory fire on March 25, 1911. Debbie Wells, Co-Founder and Partner of Artful Circle, relates Annie's story and traces how the tragic fire brought about fire safety regulations in America.

World Music Institute (WMI) announces
Between Worlds—Mandolinist Avi Avital & Friends
8:00 p.m.
92nd Street Y, Kaufmann Concert Hall, 1395 Lexington Ave, New York, NY 10128
Tickets: $35
Join us for a free pre-concert talk one hour before every performance with your ticket, led by Benjamin Verdery, Art of the Guitar artistic director and chair of the Guitar Department of the Yale School of Music.
Avi Avital is on a crusade: To transform the sweet, folkoric mandolin into a thoroughly modern instrument, capable of astonishing virtuosity and profound poignancy. The first mandolin player to receive a Grammy Award nomination, Avital and his trio take a genre-defying tour of the globe, blurring borders between folk, classical and popular music. The program ranges from the Baroque Bach to traditional Turkish tunes. A perfect program for anyone who literally loves “the world of music.”
Avi Avital, mandolin
Ksenija Sidorova, accordion
Itamar Doari, percussion

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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: Women’s History Month and St Paddy’s Day all rolled into one

7-9:30 p.m. (third Thursday of every month)
Proctor’s Robb Alley, across from Proctors Cafe, 432 State St. Schenectady NY 12305
CONTACT: Cathy Winter, cwinter@aol.com, 518-377-6312
It could include Irish roots or women in days gone by- women we wish we'd known. The idea of a “theme” is a nudge to bring something you wouldn’t otherwise bring, either for the time on stage or for the round robin afterward. Feel free to stretch the idea of the topic in any direction—or ignore it!

Sign-up is at 6:45 pm. Performers do individual sets on the Robb Alley Stage at the Apostrophe Café, Proctors in Schenectady until about 8:30 p.m. We then dismantle the sound system and create a song circle, backing each other up, joining in on harmonies or trying out new tunes. The jam part of the night continues to be a strong reason lots of people love to come to the Step’s Open Mic. If you want to try out something in a more casual way or just sing or play. We close up at 9:30 p.m. Each month we draw winners from the names of all performers for free 8th Step tickets for upcoming shows.

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.

The High Kings in Concert
7:30 p.m.
Sacred Hearts Basilica , 168 Hill Street, Southampton, NY 11968
Tickets: $32-$40
Ireland’s Folk Band of the year, The High Kings, are Finbarr Clancy, Brian Dunphy, Martin Furey and Darren Holden. Coming from accomplished Musical pedigrees, The High Kings grew up in households soaked in the Irish Musical tradition and each member of the band witnessed first hand the power of well crafted Irish music on an audience. The High Kings showcase their incredible versatility and skills as multi-instrumentalists, playing 13 instruments between them bringing a rousing acoustic flavour to brand new songs as well as some old favourites. The High Kings are continuing to live up to their reputation as a phenomenal live band, serving up laughter, good times and even the odd sing along.

Thursday, March 17–Friday, March 18, 2016
Eighth Step at Proctors announces
Music Sale!

10 a.m.-4 p.m.
Empire State Plaza, Concourse Level, Albany, NY
The event will have an amazing array of items for sale: Thousands of CDs and vinyl records most priced at $3 and less!

A large collection of songbooks and sheet music at bargain prices!

“Rise Again Songbook”: Words & chords to nearly 1200 songs at a reduced price of $20!

$5 off all upcoming Eighth Step shows with a line-up of great artists including Magpie, Roy Zimmerman, Tret Fure, Aztec Two-Step, John Gorka and Cheryl Wheeler, Sultans of String, David Jacobs-Strain, Tom Russell and Dougie MacLean.

Proceeds Support Two Local Non-Profits: The Alliance for Positive Health (Formerly AIDS Council of Northeastern NY) and The Eighth Step, presenting the finest in contemporary and traditional folk/acoustic music.

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Friday, March 18, 2016
StoryCircle at Proctors Theater announces
Storytelling with Janet Carter
Inquiring Minds Bookstore, Saugerties

Now on the THIRD Friday of the month
7 p.m.
Inquiring Minds Bookstore, Corner of Main and Partition, Saugerties, NY
For those who want to meet before, we have dinner at 5:45 at the Dutch Tavern on Main Street.

ArtsWestchester announces
Embroidered Stories
7-8:30 p.m.
A light reception is offered prior to the beginning of the presentation from 6:30-7:00 p.m.
Westchester Italian Cultural Center, One Generoso Pope Place, Tuckahoe, NY. 914-771-8700
Must register in advance and prepay. Members $20, Non-Members $25
For Italian immigrants and their descendants, needlework represents a marker of identity, a cultural touchstone as powerful as pasta and Neapolitan music. The lives of these Italian women are woven into the artifacts of memory and imagination: embroidering, sewing, knitting, and crocheting. Embroidered Stories, edited by Edvige Giunta and Joseph Sciorra, is an exciting new anthology collection including academic essays and creative works from Argentina, Australia, Canada, and the United States. The entire collection explores multiple interpretations of the relationships between needlework and immigration from a transnational perspective during the period of the late nineteenth to the late twentieth century. A number of the book’s contributors will participate in the presentation. A book signing will follow the presentation.

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
Buy tickets online
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
ROSARIO GUERRERO “LA TREMENDITA” & MOHAMMAD MOTAMEDI
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.

Folk Music Society of New York/New York Pinewoods Folk Music Club announces
Bob Malenky &John Ziv
8 p.m.
At the apartment of John Ziv & Deborah Rubin. 243 West 98th Street, Apt. 6A (just west of Broadway), New York, NY 10025.
The doorbell code is 22 plus the little bell symbol on the bottom right of the intercom panel. Do not press the bell symbol on the panel about two-thirds of the way up on the right hand side. If you’ve done it correctly, there will be a bright light and you will hear the bell. If this doesn’t work, please call 212-662-6575 and someone will come down.
Seating limited. Reservations required. For reservations please e-mail John Ziv at johnziv@earthlink.net or call him at 212-662-6575.
Suggested contribution $15.FMSNY members $12.
Bob Malenky has been playing folk, blues and related music for over 50 years. During the 1960s, he was a Washington Square folkie, and he went on to learn from and play with blues performers such as Muddy Waters and Lightnin’ Hopkins, and has toured and recorded with Sonny Terry. Bob is also a scholar of blues, folk and world folk music.
John Ziv is primarily known as a songwriter who has written more than 150 songs (actually, he has no idea how many songs he’s written), many of which have easy-to-learn, sing-along choruses. Some of his songs are funny, others address serious subjects, and all of them have something to say, even if he has no idea what that is. Together, Bob and John are “Live From The Livingroom.”

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
Staten Island Arts announces
2016 Staten Island Arts Spring Conference
9 a.m.-3 p.m.
Staten Island Museum, 1000 Richmond Terrace, Building A, Staten Island, NY
Free
RSVP online
In order to stay on the top of your game and excel in your industry it is important to stay up to date and informed on current practices. It is also critical to network with peers to learn from others and grow as a community. This half-day conference is specifically designed to help artists, artist educators and organizations grow in their disciplines and in their ability to provide cultural programs and services to the Staten Island community. The program kicking off with a presentation by City of New York’s Bay Street Corridor Team to provide an update on their current planning effort to provide affordable housing requirements, create new jobs and coordinate infrastructure and services in a neighborhood that is also home to many Staten Island artists. Two rounds of break-out sessions bookend a 12:00 p.m. lunch. Breakout topics and facilitators include:
Cost of Culture: Labor and the Creative Workforce/Cultural Workers, Rita Shoup, Fourth Arts Block

Culture Workers Unite—Unions, Labor Laws, and Work Place Politics in Public Sector Arts Administration, Maida Rosenstein, Local 2110-UAW

The Ethical Field: Ethnography and Place Making from the Roots Up, Naomi Sturm, Staten Island Arts

Lunch Chat: Building Relationships with Press, Jaclyn Tacoronte, JMT Media

Public Art Public Housing: A Case Study on the Stapleton Houses, Claudie Mabry, Groundswell

Social Good In Your Neighborhood with Social Media, Marilyn Zayfert, illumiNET Digital Marketing

There’s No Free Lunch! Working with Volunteers and Interns Legally, Judith Moldover, Lawyers Alliance

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!

Flushing Town Hall announces
Musical Elements of Qawwaliy
11 a.m.
Flushing Town Hall, 137-35 Northern Boulevard (at the corner of Linden Place), Flushing, NY 11354
Tickets: Free
Join the artistic director of Riyaaz Qawwali in this fun and informative workshop to discover how clapping, call and answer, lyrics, and rhythms shape this 700-year old tradition of ecstatic music, Qawwali.

Pregones Theater/Puerto Rican Traveling Theater presents:
FREE Friday Meet-The-Artists afternoon conversations
Meet-The-Artist PAPO VÁZQUEZ, Trombonist
1:00 p.m.
Pregones Theater, 575 Walton Avenue, Bronx, NY 10451
Suitable for all ages. Limited seating. Call us to reserve your seats! 718-585-1202.
Papo Vázquez & His Mighty Pirates Troubadours sail out towards new horizons with their wildly inventive exploration of Johann Sebastian Bach’s universally acclaimed Goldberg Variations. Explosive and memorable, this is Bach like you never heard before, in arrangements for trombone, bass, piano, and saxophone!

Book Talk: Michael Keene, Abandoned
1 p.m.
Central New York Genealogy Society, 5299 Jamesville Rd, Dewitt, NY
Free and open to the public
Author Michael Keene delves into the “age of orphan asylums” in mid-19th century New York in this lecture taken from his new book Abandoned: The Untold Story of Orphan Asylums. Abandoned presents eye-opening, true-to-life tales of the Five Points area of New York City and the desperation of a million Irish immigrants who hoped to find better conditions in New York after leaving behind the famine they experienced in their homeland in 1848. Unfortunately, after arriving in Lower Manhattan, they found squalor, gang violence and disease. Within a few years, the area was home to 30,000 orphaned and homeless children, who roamed New York City and resorted to petty crime, begging, and selling newspapers for a nickel a piece. Most slept in alleyways, cellar and sewers, ultimately joining violent gangs—like the Bowery Boys—for protection. As a result of this crisis, the Age of Orphan Asylums began, culminating in one of the most improbable and audacious episodes in American history. Known as the Orphan Train Movement, everyday heroes endeavored to rescue and liberate these children who were lost to the streets or in the hands of uncaring institutions.

Albany Institute of History & Art presents
50 OBJECTS PROGRAM Habitat Helpers
1-2:30 p.m.
Albany Institute of History & Art, 125 Washington Avenue, Albany, NY 12210
Free with museum admission.
Albany Pine Bush Educators—Come learn about the endangered Albany Pine Bush landscape and “help a habitat.” Our program begins with a short presentation on the Albany Pine Bush and the rare animals, including the endangered Karner blue butterfly, that call this habitat home. Each participant will decorate a flower pot and plant seeds from native plans to bring home.

City Lore and Bronx Music Heritage Center (BHMC) announce
BRONX RISING! Bronx Griot: The African Jali Tradition in NYC
A Tribute to Rev. Gary Davis with Monica Hope and Solomon Hicks
7:00 p.m. Performance by Kankaba Kantuteh accompanied by Salieu Suso.
7:30 p.m. Screening of In Search of Finah Misah Kule followed by a Q&A with director Kewulay Kamara.
8:15 p.m. Kewulay and Badenya perform.
Bronx Music Heritage Center, 1303 Louis Niné Blvd, Bronx, NY 10452, 718.839.1100
Free and open to the public
Bronx Griot: The African Jali Tradition in NYC focuses on the West African jali tradition, which involves chronicling West African history through story-telling, praise singing, and poetry. Jalis (“griot” is the commonly used French word) are the historians of their communities as they sing its history. The event includes a screening if clips from the film In Search of Finah Misa Kule, a documentary that follows the poet Kewulay Kamara (director) as he revisits his homeland in an effort to restore ancient chronicles that were destroyed or displaced during the recent militarized conflict in Sierra Leone.

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
Buy tickets online
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
Israeli Folk Dance Festival
RIVKALEH’S FAIR11:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.
FESTIVAL PERFORMANCE 3:30 p.m.
Martin Luther King, Jr. Educational Campus, 122 Amsterdam Avenue at West 65th Street, New Berlin, NY
Cost: $18; Students and Seniors $12
Information: festival@israelidanceinstitute.org
RIVKALEH’S FAIR 11 a.m.-3 p.m.
Community dancing and singing, and interactive and engaging activities for all ages, Judaica and crafts vendors, activities for children and Israeli food.
FESTIVAL PERFORMANCE 3:30 p.m.
Dancers and singers from communities across the United States join together on one stage!

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.

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

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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Monday, March 21, 2016
ArtsWestchester announces
An Evening with the Guerilla Girls
6-8:00 p.m.
ArtsWestchester Gallery, 31 Mamaroneck Avenue, White Plains, NY 10601
General admission: $25. Call 914.428.4220 for tickets.
Join us for a performance and Q&A with an art world icon and iconoclast, The Guerilla Girls. The Guerrila Girls have appeared in almost every US state and on almost every continent, using facts and humor to expose and protest discrimination. See SHE: Deconstructing Female Identity (see “Exhibitions” below).

Caffè Lena presents
Performance and Talk on Hip-Hop with Stephen Tyson, Jr.
7 p.m.
Caffè Lena, 47 Phila St., Saratoga Springs, NY, 518-583-0022
Free
Pre-register to guarantee a seat.
Musician/performer/scholar Stephen Tyson, Jr. presents his understanding of Hip-Hop as a positive social outlet with great potential for today’s education system. Tyson will start the evening by discussing the origins of hip-hop culture and the principles it was founded upon, making a compelling case for hip-hop as another type of American folk music. Tyson—whose work is embraced by Neil deGrasse Tyson and others—will share the stage with Saratoga Springs High School students performing Hip-Hop poetry and music, and participating in a conversation about education, music, generational change, and cultural exchange. This program is presented as a collaboration between Caffè Lena, Saratoga Springs High School English Department, Spring Street Gallery, and JusListen Entertainment.

March 21–March 23, 2016
World Music Institute (WMI) announces
AFRO-LATINO FESTIVAL presents DAYME AROCENA
Opening DJ Set by BJoyce

8:00 & 10 p.m.
Subrosa, 63 Gansevoort Street, New York, NY 10014
Tickets: $25
First time performing in New York City. Three-night exclusive engagement. “With a voice that is a rich as tthe deep Cuban mahogany called cahoba, she is steeped in the Afro-Cuban Santeria tradition and she sings with a combination of a jazz sensibility and African-American gospel fervor.”—Felix Contreras, NPR.

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Tuesday, March 22, 2016
Book Talk: Michael Keene, Psychic Highway
7 p.m.
Skaneateles Historical Society, 28 Hannum St., Skaneateles, NY 13152
The Erie Canal had a big influence in Central New York, both on communities that were on its route and communities such as Skaneateles that were not. Please join us on at The Museum at The Creamery, 28 Hannum St., to hear author and historian Michael Keene explain how the Canal opened up vital passageways that led to the advent of the major social, political, and religious movements that swept through upstate New York during the 19th century. His book, The Psychic Highway: How the Erie Canal Changed America, will be on sale. Mr. Keene is an affiliate member of the Association of Public Historians and a contributor to New York History Review, in addition to writing several other books. The public is always welcome.
You can find Psychic Highway in the NYFS online bookstore.

Irish Arts Center presents Twinsome Minds: Recovering 1916 in Images and Stories 7:30 p.m.
The Donaghy Theater, Irish Arts Center, 553 West 51st Street, New York, NY 10019
Tickets: $20
Through an interplay of storytelling, animation, music, and poetry, Twinsome Minds—which takes its title from a phrase in the novel Finnegans Wake—re-imagines a series of micro-narratives surrounding 1916 in Dublin and the WWI battlefields of Belgium. Performed by Richard Kearney and Sheila Gallagher, with original music composed and performed by Dana Lyn.

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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.

Interfaith Story Circle announces
STORIES OF WOMEN WHO GIVE HOPE
7-9 p.m.
Muslim Community Center of the Capital District, 21 Lansing Rd. N., Schenectady, NY 12304
Free and open to all
For information, please contact Claire Nolan 518.209.6477, cbnolou@gmail.com
Facilitator: Claire Nolan
Guest Teller: Adah Hetko
Children at the Well alumnus Adah Hetko will begin the evening by sharing the stories of three little known women from Jewish history who used their individual strengths and insight to bring hope to others. Please bring a story of a woman who gives hope, whether she is from legend, history, scripture or your very own family. Or just come to listen!

City Lore presents
There Goes the Neighborhood: A One-Woman Show About Gentrification by Michele Carlo
7:30 p.m.
City Lore, 56 East 1st Street, New York, NY 10003
Tickets: $11.50
City Lore is proud to welcome back our good friend Michele Carlo. City Lorists may remember Michele from the 2015 New York Accent Slam, where she vied against other New York Tawkers to see who had the greatest accent of all. Now she’s back to make you laugh...and think...with her one woman show about gentrification and what it means to be a New Yorker. In There Goes the Neighborhood, when 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 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 NYC-based memoir. Tanya O’Debra (director) is a US (NYC, Cincinnati, Orlando, San Francisco) and international (Edinburgh, Montreal) Fringe Festival performer and playwright who has received both accolades and awards for her solo shows “Shut Up Emily Dickinson” and #8220;Radio Star.#8221; The script for #8220;Radio Star#8221; is available for performances through Original Works.

Folk Music Society of New York/New York Pinewoods Folk Music Club announces
Old-Time Instrumental Jam
2nd & 4th Wednesdays
7:30-9:30 p.m.
Brooklyn Farmacy & Soda Fountain, 513 Henry Street (at Sackett St.), in Carroll Gardens, Brooklyn
For more information, email alanfriend_music@mindspring.com
Wanna jam? Alan Friend will lead an old-time jam. Bring your fiddle, banjo, guitar, etc. Acoustic instruments only. Buy some delicious desserts and socialize.

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.

World Music Institute (WMI) announces
Rokia Traoré: Né So
8:00 p.m.
Highline Ballroom, 431 W 16th Street, New York, NY, (212) 414-5994
Tickets: $35/$30 advance general admission; $65 VIP reserved seating
Defying the conventions of world music, Malian singer/songwriter Rokia Traoré dismisses the notion of genre, effortlessly blending the sounds of Mali with blues, rock, jazz, and folk. One of the most inventive artists in Africa today, Rokia is remarkable not just for the range of her powerful and emotional voice but also for her stunning live performances that range from up-tempo guitar-led pop to haunting and melancholy ballads. On her upcoming 2016 release, Rokia turns to friends John Parish (PJ Harvey, Eels), John Paul Jones (Led Zeppelin), and Devendra Banhart to help her express her deep sadness at the state of turmoil in her native Mali. Lamenting her homeland’s loss of life, culture, and traditions, Rokia will draw audiences in with a striking translation from emotion to song, including transcriptions of some of Toni Morrison’s prolific writings.

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Thursday, March 24, 2016
Albany Institute of History & Art presents
LECTURE Past and Present: An Artist’s Inspiration
Len Tantillo, Artist

1-6-7 p.m.
Albany Institute of History & Art, 125 Washington Avenue, Albany, NY 12210
Free admission.
Albany’s evolution—who we are as a city, region, state, and nation is the sum total of the actions of generations part. Tantillo has depicted the changing lifestyle and physical development of our city from a pristine native environment, through the shock of European settlement, to the present day. He will share why he has dedicated his career to Albany and to the “courage and sacrifices of four Italian immigrants.” This program is part of Albany Pro Musica’s City of Immigrants, sponsored by Bank of America. This special concert and event series explores the cultural heritage of our Capital Region.

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.

Anabella Lenzu/DanceDrama presents
In Pursuit of Happiness
7:00 p.m.
The Tank (151 W 46th St, 8th fl.), New York, NY
For more information, contact info@AnabellaLenzu.com.
Tickets $10
Anabella will be the guest judge for xyz nyc and gives feedback to each of the choreographers selected for this festival.We will also present a 15 minute excerpt from In Pursuit of Happiness—a dance-theater piece that explores the themes of death, memory, disappearance, and hope through a collage of juxtapositions. In Pursuit of Happiness is an ongoing daily memory trip to remember and honor Mrs. Lenzu’s father, Antonio, who served as her guide and scaffolding.
Choreography: Anabella Lenzu
Direction: Daniel Pettrow
Dancers: Lauren Ohmer & Anabella Lenzu
Music Landscape: Todd Carroll
Photo Projections: Anabella Lenzu

The Troy Savings Bank Music Hall welcomes
Toshi Reagon and BIGLovely
7:30 p.m.
Troy Savings Bank Music Hall, 30 2nd St, Troy, NY 12180
Tickets: $34, Student Tickets $20
Tickets are available now via phone, (518) 273-0038, in person, or online at www.troymusichall.org. Tickets are available at the Troy Savings Bank Music Hall Box Office, 30 Second Street, Troy, Monday through Friday 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
The Troy Savings Bank Music Hall welcomes the powerful presence of Toshi Reagon and BIGLovely to our stage in their debut performance. While her expansive career has landed her comfortably in residence at Carnegie Hall, the Paris Opera House, and Madison Square Garden, you can just as easily find Toshi turning out a music festival, intimate venue or local club. Toshi finds home on any musical stage. Toshi has had the pleasure of working with Lenny Kravitz, Lizz Wright, Ani DiFranco, Carl Hancock Rux, Nona Hendryx, Pete Seeger, Chocolate Genius and many other amazing artists, including her favorite collaborator and founder of Sweet Honey in the Rock, her mom, Bernice Johnson Reagon. The New Yorker writes “Fierce and uncompromising…a shower of retro funk, urban blues, and folk…to hear her is to believe.” Toshi has been the recipient of a NYFA award for Music Composition, The Black Lily Music and Film Festival Award for Outstanding Performance. She is a National Women’s History Month Honoree, and is the 2010 recipient of OutMusic’s Heritage Award.
Recently added, pre-show, Toshi will do an outreach program with YWCA of Northeastern NY and with the YWCA of the Greater Capital Region. She and her band members will meet with women from these organizations to discuss issues and challenges facing women working as performers, composers, and in other roles within the music industry. It is an interactive activity presenting an opportunity for meaningful dialogue between underserved young women and professional working artists.

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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.

Flushing Town Hall announces
Aurora &Zon del Barrio
Tribute to Cuban Trumpeter Alfredo “Chocolate” Armenteros

8:00 p.m.
Pre-show Member lounge at 7 p.m.
Flushing Town Hall, 137-35 Northern Boulevard (at the corner of Linden Place), Flushing, NY 11354
Tickets: $16/$10 Members and Students
A hip-shaking, funk-based journey through 100 years of Latin salsa, plena, and boogaloo music from the African Diaspora to the streets of New York. A high-energy musical extravaganza that celebrates Nuyorican tradition and culture led by bandleader, composer, and historian Aurora Flores with the 15-piece orchestra Zon Del Barrio and dancers.

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Saturday, March 26, 2016
Book Talk: Michael Keene, Psychic Highway
1 p.m.
George F. Johnson Memorial Library, 1001 Park St., Endicott, NY 13760, 607-757-5350
The Erie Canal had a big influence in Central New York. Author and historian Michael Keene explains how the Canal opened up vital passageways that led to the advent of the major social, political, and religious movements that swept through upstate New York during the 19th century. His book, The Psychic Highway: How the Erie Canal Changed America, will be on sale. Mr. Keene is an affiliate member of the Association of Public Historians and a contributor to New York History Review, in addition to writing several other books.
You can find Psychic Highway in the NYFS online bookstore.

Staten Island Arts announces
Patricia Salmon: Lecture and book signing — Staten Island’s Brewery Barons
2 p.m.
Noble Maritime Collection; 1000 Richmond Terrace; Building D, Staten Island, NY 10301
Salmon’s lecture is free and open to the public. The new book sells for $19.99.
Celebrating the release of her new book, Staten Island’s Brewery Barons, historian Patricia Salmon will present a lecture and sign the book at the Noble Maritime Collection. Salmon will speak about the German brewing tradition that began on Staten Island during the 1850s. The robust industry was forged by German immigrants who brewed lager beer using the Staten Island’s fresh water to perfect their brew. Breweries thrived in Stapleton, Clifton, and Four Corners. Lager beer soon became a popular beverage across the nation.

Caffè Lena presents
Eastbound Jesus
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
Early in the fall of 2010, five young guys from Greenwich, NY, gathered by a woodstove in a barn on the outskirts of town. Vocal melodies and harmonies flowed like beer and within a few hours the group had put together a sound that was just as unique as it was traditional. Now they’ve made three full length albums, placed first in SPAC’s Battle of the Bands, and got named one the top three Local Country Bands by readers of Metroland Magazine. With their shredding banjo, rich harmonies, ballads and rocking tunes, they continue to pack venues with an infectious energy that gets people cheering, smiling, and finding a new appreciation for a sound that is both traditional and refreshing.

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.

...and beyond
Sheffield Contra Dancers & Dewey Hall present
Mud Season Contra Dance
7:30-8 p.m. - Beginner dance lesson
8-11 p.m.- Contra dance
Dewey Hall, 91 Main Street, Sheffield, MA 01257
Suggested donation: $8 students, $10-15 adults, family max. $25
Music by Trigonometry and. Calling by Jon Greene

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Sunday & Monday, March 27–28, 2016
Val’s 27th Annual DYNGUS DAY WEEKEND
Sunday, March 27, 2016, Doors open 6:00 p.m.
Monday, March 28, 2016, Doors open 4:00 p.m.
Salvatore’s Italian Gardens Restaurant, 6461 Transit Road, Depew, NY 14043
Cost: $10 per person Sunday; $10 per person Monday
Dyngus Weekend Overnight Room Rates $99 at the Garden Palace Hotel, 6615 Transit Road, Williamsville, NY 14421
Tickets and Table Reservations: Call VAl, 716/449-1309 or email DyngusNY@aol.com
Come celebrate “The World’s Largest Dyngus Event for ALL Generations,” in style and class and join us for the poshest Dyngus Event in Western New York. Featuring the BEST “Polka” bands in the nation and the top Country Western bands in upstate NY for ALL generations to enjoy.

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Monday, March 28, 2016
Dyngus Day 2016
View schedule of activities
Buffalo, NY
For information, 716.833.5211, dyngusdayusa@yahoo.com Historically a Polish-American tradition, Dyngus Day celebrates the end of Lent and the joy of Easter. Over the decades, Dyngus Day has become a wonderful holiday to celebrate Polish-American culture, heritage and traditions.Polka bands from across the nation, colorful Dyngus Festhall locations, enthic dance demostrations, traditional Polish Food and friendly people. Dyngus Day attracts tens of thousands to Buffalo, New York to celebrate spring, show Polish pride, flirt with pussy willows, and listen to the best polka bands in the nation.

Book Talk: Michael Keene, Psychic Highway
7 p.m.
Gates Public Library, 902 Elmwood Rd, Gates, NY, (585) 247-6446
Registration required
The Erie Canal had a big influence in Central New York. Author and historian Michael Keene explains how the Canal opened up vital passageways that led to the advent of the major social, political, and religious movements that swept through upstate New York during the 19th century. His book, The Psychic Highway: How the Erie Canal Changed America, will be on sale. Mr. Keene is an affiliate member of the Association of Public Historians and a contributor to New York History Review, in addition to writing several other books.
You can find Psychic Highway in the NYFS online bookstore.

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Tuesday, March 29, 2016
Center for Traditional Music and Dance and Verite sou Tanbou present
RASANBLEMEN: GATHERING—A THREE-PART SERIES IN 2016
Metrès Ezili: GODDESS OF LOVE

In honor of women’s history month: a performance of Vodou music and dance for women’s power
6 p.m.
FLATBUSH PUBLIC LIBRARY, 22 LINDEN BLVD (CORNER OF LINDEN AND FLATBUSH), BROOKLYN, NY
Free Admission
WITH SPECIAL GUESTS: Shernidane Romelus and Manuela Pierre
AND VODOU SONGS | DANCE FOR EZILI by TAΪNA LIGONDÉ AND HER BAND AND ERZULI GUILLAUME

The Center for Traditional Music and Dance and its Haitian Community Cultural Initiative, Verite sou Tanbou, invite you to the first program in this year’s “Rasanblemen — Gathering” series, “Metrès EziIi: Goddess of Love,” a performance of Haitian Vodou songs and dance in honor of women’s history month. Special guests include Shernidane Romelus (poetry) and Manuela Pierre (daughter of activist Sonia Pierre) who will discuss the contemporary conditions of the lives of Haitian women in the Dominican Republic. We will explore the two differing aspects or “faces” of the Vodou lwa (spirit) Ezili — Ezili Dantò and Ezili Freda with reference to the ways in which Ezili’s energy contributes to women’s empowerment in Haitian culture and beyond. Poetry and discussion will be interwoven with traditional Vodou songs and dances for Ezili by Taïna Ligondé and her band (including special guest artist Chico Boyer) and Haitian dancer Erzuli Guillaume. Light refreshments will be served and audience participation is encouraged!

Museum at Eldridge Street announces
BOOK LAUNCH: Don’t Let My Baby Do Rodeo with Boris Fishman
6:30-8:00 p.m.
Museum at Eldridge Street, 12 Eldridge Street, New York, NY 10002
Pay what you wish. RSVP here.
Join us for a reading and wine reception celebrating Boris Fishman’s moving and hilarious second novel about Russian-Jewish immigrants who adopt a boy from Montana. Co-sponsored by the Russian American Cultural Center.

Caffè Lena presents
Renehan and Mastrianni
7 p.m.
Caffè Lena, 47 Phila St., Saratoga Springs, NY, 518-583-0022
Benefit for Campaign for Caffè Lena — One Price for All: $10
Buy tickets online
Kristen Renehan and Jim Mastrianni are a talented, do-right Saratoga vocal-guitar duo. Classically trained, musically interesting, and daringly eclectic, Kristen and Jim perform jazz, pop, soul,rock and folk music to help good causes around our community. After six years of enjoying their entertaining performances, Saratogians are bidding farewell to the duo as Kristen heads out of state to pursue other interests. Tonight’s concert is a chance to enjoy the tunes one last time, and raise some funds for yet another good project: the renovation of Caffè Lena! That’s a cause near and dear to Jim’s heart, as he recently joined Lena’s Board of Directors. Enjoy songs by Susan Tedeschi, Sheryl Crow, k.d. Lang, Shawn Colvin, Edie Brickell, and many other folk and pop favorites.

Tuesday, March 29–Saturday, April 2, 2016
Irish Arts Center presents Wild Sky
Ten42 Productions in association with Meath County Council Arts Office
Tuesday – Friday | 8 p.m.
Saturday | 3 p.m. and 8 p.m.
The Donaghy Theater, Irish Arts Center, 553 West 51st Street, New York, NY 10019
Tickets: $50 ($40 members); $40 general ($32 members)
Written by Deirdre Kinahan
Directed by Jo Mangan
Starring Irish Times award-winning actors Caitriona Ennis and Ian Toner
With music by Susan McKeown, performed live by Mary Murray
Writer of the award-winning
These Halcyon Days (IAC 2013), Moment, and Bogboy (IAC 2011), Deirdre Kinahan returns to Irish Arts Center with a new play that explores the energy and complexity of events in Ireland leading up to Easter 1916. A blighted love story between three young friends from County Meath, Wild Sky charts how the Rising impacted a generation through the small cultural, national, and sporting movements that flourished in Ireland at the turn of the 20th century.

SPEND SPRING BREAK WITH US AT GANONDAGAN
Ganondagan State Historic Site, 1488 New York 444, Victor, NY 14564
All programs begin at the Seneca Art & Culture Center, 7000 County Road 41. For more information, call (585) 924-5848.
Free with museum admission
No need to wonder how to spend Spring Break with your kids! Open to all ages, our family-oriented Spring Break programs run daily from Tuesday, March 29 through Saturday, April 2. Each morning from 10 a.m.-Noon is a different participatory activity:
Tuesday: Splint sunflower bookmarks and stories
Wednesday: Toy bow-making and tree stories
Thursday: Rabbit stories and puppet-making
Friday: Caterpillar link or butterfly puppet
Saturday: Storytelling and seed planting

Then, from 1-2:30 p.m., join our interpretive staff for an “Earth is Our Mother” Trail walk. Learn about the traditional trees and plants used by the Seneca people. Held rain or shine, so please dress for the weather.

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Wednesday, March 30, 2016
Museum at Eldridge Street announces
Jewish Folk and Cafe Music with Deborah Karpel and Ismail Butera
7:00 p.m.
Museum at Eldridge Street, 12 Eldridge Street, New York, NY 10002
$25 adults; $15 students/seniors. RSVP here.
Musical duo Deborah Karpel (vocals) and Ismail Butera (accordion) perform melodies that emerged from diverse Jewish immigrant communities, including Yiddish, Sephardic, Eastern European and American Jewish.

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Thursday, March 31, 2016
Albany Institute of History & Art presents
LECTURE E Pluribus Unum/Out of Many, One
John “Jack” McEneny, Local Historian and former State Assembly member

1-6-7 p.m.
Albany Institute of History & Art, 125 Washington Avenue, Albany, NY 12210
Free admission.
McEneny’s presentation will focus on the generations of immigrants from across the world who struggles, contributions, and culture have created the unique character of each of the neighborhoods and communities that make up our diverse Capital Region. This program is part of Albany Pro Musica’s City of Immigrants, sponsored by Bank of America. This special concert and event series explores the cultural heritage of our Capital Region.

Caffè Lena presents
Claire Lynch Band
7 p.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.

Flushing Town Hall announces
Jeong Ga Ak Hoe
7:00 p.m.
Flushing Town Hall, 137-35 Northern Boulevard (at the corner of Linden Place), Flushing, NY 11354
Tickets: FREE with RSVP ONLINE
Presented in collaboration with Korean Cultural Center NY, Korean world music ensemble Jeong Ga Ak Hoe presents their newest project Akdan Gwangchil—a contemporary interpretation of the high spirits of Korean folk music from Hwanghae-do, the western province of North Korea. In celebration of 70 years of Korea’s liberation from Japanese colonial rule, JGAH aims to express the true meaning of liberation and South Korea’s desire for reunification.

Symposium in the Drum: From Africa to the New World | Randy Weston Artist-in-Residency
8-10 p.m.
John L. Tishman Auditorium, University Center, 63 Fifth Avenue, Room U100, New York, NY 10003
Cost: Free, first come, first seated
New School Jazz Artist-in-Residence Randy Weston says that he and many other jazz performers play the piano like a drum: “The drum never left us,” he says, referring to the influence of the drum and his African heritage. This session will address that tradition as it has traveled throughout Africa, to the Caribbean, South America, and the United States, and will include a conversation among the participants moderated by renowned drumset artist Lewis Nash, demonstrations and a performance by the group, along with Randy Weston (piano) and Alex Blake (bass). Featuring performances by master drummers Candido (Cuba), Bonga (Haiti), Marcel Magnat (Guadeloupe), Khuent Rose (Honduras), Neil Clarke (United States), Lewis Nash (United States), Maalem Hassan Ben Jaafer (Morocco), following a discussion by professors Dr. Joseph Gaines and Dr. Acklyn Lynch. Including a screening of FOLI: There is no Movement without Rhythm (2010), a film by Thomas Robbers and Floris Leeuwenberg. Color, 11mins.

...and beyond
Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts (MCLA) announces
Emel Mathlouthi
7:30 p.m.
CHURCH STREET CENTER, ELEANOR FURST ROBERTS AUDITORIUM, 375 Church Street, North Adams, MA 01247
Tickets: $12 general / $8 MCLA Alumni / $5 MCLA Faculty/Staff & non-MCLA students / $2 MCLA Students
Tunisian vocalist, songwriter and guitarist Emel Mathlouthi captivates hearts and minds with the story of HER Tunisia. The dark years as a young rebel and dissenter, the strife of being a female musician and the dual love and suffering that came from longing for home while living in a free country. Whether you understand her words or not (Emel sings primarily in Arabic), her emotive and plaintive voice transcends language. Moving between rock, trip-hop and electronica — all interlaced with classical Arabic tradition — her delicate and rousing songs express love, suffering and longing for home in a deeply confessional style that verges on sacred Sufi music.

March 31—April 1, 2016
World Music Institute (WMI) announces
Johnny Clegg with Jesse Clegg
8:00 p.m.
B.B. King Blues Club & Grill, 237 W 42nd St. between 7th & 8th Ave., New York, NY
Tickets: $40
Johnny Clegg is a singer, songwriter, dancer, anthropologis, and musical activist whose music has exploded onto the international music scene and broke through barriers in his home of South Africa. Clegg and Sipho Mchunu formed mixed-race Juluka in the late ’70s and recorded 2 platinum and 5 gold albums.

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       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.
⇒  Directions to Venue.
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

Zoe van Buren, Folklore Studies Graduate Student, 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

Max Gideonse, Graduate student, Cooper Union

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

David Favaloro, Director of Curatorial Affairs, Lower East Side Tenement Museum
READ more about the conference here...




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

Mondays, 8-11 p.m.
Landmark Tavern, 626 11th Avenue (on 46th St), Manhattan
Free admission; food and drink are available. For more info 212-247-2562 or www.blarneystar.com
Tenor banjo, harmonica and fiddle player Don Meade and friends get together every Monday night for an Irish traditional music session in the back room of this historic Hell’s Kitchen bar/restaurant. Musicians and singers welcome. Co-sponsored with and led by Don Meade. Featured Performer—March 7: Belfast-born flute player Peter Maguire


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

8-11 p.m.
Co-sponsored with and held at the Aubergine Cafe, 49-22 Skillman Avenue at the corner of 50th Street in Woodside, Queens
Information: 718-899-1735
A voluntary contribution is requested on guest nights.
Come join us every Wednesday for a 3-hour pub style sing-around. All songs are welcome, as are acoustic instruments. Occasionally there is a featured guest performer for part of the evening. Sandwiches, salads, coffee, tea, wine, and beer are available.
Featured Performer—March 9: Sean Tyrell


Teaching the Hudson Valley announces
Find Your Park…Museum…Historic Site and Gain a Classroom

Your sites also embody the values of public education — excellence, equity, and opportunity. You can encourage teachers and youth group leaders to use your place as a learning space by bragging about your site at Teaching the Hudson Valley’s summer institute. Until March 25 we are accepting workshop and field experience proposals from museums, historic sites and societies, parks, and community groups. This year’s institute theme is Find Your Park, Museum, or Historic Site: Gain a Classroom. It will be held July 26–28 with the FDR Home and Presidential Library, Hyde Park, as home base. THV’s institute typically draws more than 100 K-12 teachers, as well as site educators, from throughout the Hudson Valley.

Download guidelines for submitting a Workshop Proposal.

Download guidelines for submitting a Field Experience Proposal.


Samuel Dorsky Museum of Art at SUNY-New Paltz announces
CALL TO ARTISTS

CAMPSITE: Hudson Valley Artists 2016
Curated by Corinna Ripps Schaming
June 18–November 13, 2016

CAMPSITE, the 2016 edition of The Dorsky’s Hudson Valley Artists series, seeks artists who engage in a spirit of play and who create artworks that are in touch with the seriousness of playful exploration. CAMPSITE channels the region’s rich history of summer traditions and rituals associated with camp, resorts, and festivals.

For more information go to: Hudson Valley Artists 2016.

Deadline for artist submissions: Monday, March 21, 2016, midnight.


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


Anabella Lenzu’s DanceDrama Lab Series Workshops in New York
Expand your craft, technique and creativity in a personalized, tailored program. Class size is limited to 10 students per workshop.

Faculty: Anabella Lenzu

Choreography and Improvisation: March 6, 13 & 20 (Sundays from 1–4 p.m.)
At Center for Performance Research (CPR), 361 Manhattan Avenue, Unit 1, Brooklyn, New York 11211

This workshop aims to stimulate students to create their own passionate and original dances, exploring the elements of choreography composition. Expand your creative process by learning how to take risks, transition from thinking to feeling and show others your inner dialogue. Class will also cover aspects of improvising in a supportive atmosphere. We look not only at what you dance, but also ask the question “Why do you dance?” Dance is the expressive medium of our heart, mind and soul.

Methodology of Teaching Dance: (Learn how to teach Dance) April 1–3 (Friday the 1st from 6–9 p.m., Sat 2nd and Sunday 3rd from 11–2 p.m.)
At Center for Performance Research (CPR), 361 Manhattan Avenue, Unit 1, Brooklyn, New York 11211

Learn how teach dance and provide a comprehensive dance education. This Laboratory is for artists and educators of all dance disciplines who want to learn how to increase their students’ creative ability by providing organized lesson plans aimed at solving educational problems using methodological tools of analysis. Promote artistic education and enhance the social and cultural community. Dance is a profound exploration of life. We must improve how we teach Dance as a theoretical and practical discipline.

TO APPLY: Send resume to info@AnabellaLenzu.com
Please designate which month you are interested in.
The cost of each workshop is $150 per person.
REGISTER online.


Old Songs presents
Spring 2016 Instrument Classes

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

Old Songs offers Group Classes in a variety of acoustic instruments in 6 weekly group sessions.
Cost per course:6-weeks: $127 or 8-weeks: $161


Print out the Registration Form and mail with payment
(or call Old Songs office to register with a credit card, 518-765-2815)

REGISTER for Bluegrass Jam Class

TUESDAYS: Mar. 1, 8, 15, 22, 29 and Apr. 5, Register by Feb. 26

FIDDLE with George Wilson

Beginning, 6-7:15 p.m. Learn how to make a good sound with the bow, a simple tune or 2, tuning, and basic fiddle care.
Intermediate, 7:30-8:45 p.m. Assumes some knowledge of the instrument. Learn a few tunes and techniques.
George: 518-461-8394, geofiddle@gmail.com

CLAWHAMMER BANJO with Paul Draper 7:30-8:45 p.m. Learn to play old-time clawhammer banjo within the context of “Round Peak” banjo tunes. Basic banjo knowledge assumed.
Paul: 518-380-1103, clawhammer888@gmail.com


Mar. 8, 15, 22, 29, Apr. 5 and 12 , Register by Mar. 4

PIANO ACCORDION & BAND CLASS with Peggy Hart

6-7:15 p.m.Beginning technique, theory and note reading.
Peggy: 518-439-1060, peggyminore@yahoo.com


May 10, 17, 24, 31, Jun. 7 and 14, Register by May 6

MOUNTAIN DULCIMER with Susan Trump

Beginning and Beyond 6-7:15 p.m. DAD tuning, strum technique and left hand fingering. Fiddle tunes and other repertoire.
Intermediate, 7:30-8:45 p.m. Repertoire building using fiddle tunes, songs, Celtic melodies, waltzes and more.
Susan: 518-357-4018, susantrump@aol.com


WEDNESDAYS: Mar. 2, 9, 16, 23, 30 and Apr. 6, Register by Feb. 26

HOW TO JAM with Terri Lukačko

5:45-7 p.m. Bring your acoustic instrument(s) and learn some simple techniques in group playing using traditional American string band repertoire and technique.
Terri: fiddlejammer@mac.com

Ukulele with Ron Gordon
Beginning, 6-7:15 p.m. Learn chords, right hand strumming techniques, chord melody playing and more. Bring a recording device.
Intermediate, 7:30-8:45 p.m. Ideal for those who know some songs, play basic chords, and know a few strums. We’ll progress to chord melody and finger picking technique and learn some classics.
Ron: 518-372-4172, rgukeboy@gmail.com


THURSDAYS: Mar. 3, 10, 17, 24, 31 and Apr. 7, Register by Feb. 26

TECH FOR FOLK with Terri Lukačko

6-7:15 p.m. How to use email, social media, Google docs/spreadsheet skills for folkies. BYO device.
Terri: fiddlejammer@mac.com

HANDS ON MUSIC THEORY with George Ward
6-7:15 p.m. Bone up on scales, intervals, chords, key signatures, etc. for any instrument.
George: 518-399-0315, mulesong@aol.com

INTRO TO IRISH PENNY WHISTLE with George Ward
7:30-8:45 p.m. All you’ll need is a pennywhistle in the key of D. Some inexpensive ones will be available.
George: 518-399-0315, mulesong@aol.com


Mar. 3, 10, 17, 24, 31, Apr. 7, 14, 21, 8-week class, Register by Feb. 26

FINGERPICKING GUITAR with Ron Gordon

7:30-8:45 p.m. Learn one arpeggio type song, one alternate bass-travis style, on steady bass all at a beginning fingerpicking level. Player needs to be fluent with chords down the neck and be able to keep a basic rhythm.
Ron: 518-372-4172, rgukeboy@gmail.com


Apr. 28, May 5, 12, 19 and 26, 5-week intensive
BLUEGRASS JAM CLASS with Bob Altschuler

6-9 p.m. $160, Info and registration at: drbanjo.com


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.


Calpulli Mexican Dance Company announces
Thalia Hispanic Theatre presents
Calpulli Mexican Dance Company
It’s time for a “Boda Mexicana” (Mexican Wedding)

Friday and Saturdays 8 p.m. March 4, 5, March 11, 12, March 18, 19; Sundays 4 p.m., March 6, 13, and 20
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. For 3 weekends only, Calpulli and Thalia Spanish Theatre present a new production inspired by Mexican traditions associated with the union of two people. See the debut of Ritual de Primavera (Rite of Spring) by Resident Choreographer Roberto Lara, inspired by Mayan legends, with original music by Music Director George Saenz. Also see the debut of Sinaloense Soy (I am Sinaloan) by Artistic Director Alberto Lopez Herrera.


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.


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

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

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

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

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

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

Submittal Deadline Via e-mail: July 10, 2016

Submittal Deadline Via mail: July 8, 2016

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


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

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

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


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

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




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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

January 23, 2016 —August 31, 2016

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

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

Staten Island Arts announces
Confluence: The Way Forward — exhibition of Susan Grabel’s prints, collages and digital fabrications
Thursday March 3, 2016, 6-8 p.m.
Gallery Hours: Tues – Sat 12-6 p.m., Thurs 12-8 p.m.
Ceres Gallery, 547 West 27th St #201, New York, NY 10001
For more information, contact Stefany Benson, Director, Ceres Gallery, art@ceresgallery.org
Susan Grabel is a figurative sculptor and printmaker. Her work deals with the human dimensions of social issues. Her new work, Confluence: The Way Forward, in collagraph monoprints, collages and digital fabrications marks a change in focus and materials. It arises out of her deep concern for the survival of our species and planet through this current vitriolic, hyper-partisan political climate. Confluence reflects her hope and vision that only by coming together, embracing differences can we move forward.
Grabel had been working in this spirit on a series of collagraph monoprints and collages for a number of years when she discovered, at the Staten Island Makerspace, new technology and expertise that enabled her to translate the work into larger scale pieces in wood using a laser cutter and CNC router. The digital fabrications displayed in this show mark the first step in her new artistic journey.


March 1, 2016 —March 26, 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

March 10, 2016 — March 27, 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

ArtsWestchester announces
A Cambodian Lullaby: From Refugee Camp to Project
Performances run March 31–April 17, 2016
Thursdays – Saturdays at 8 p.m.
Sunday matinees at 3 p.m.
The Schoolhouse Theater & Galleries, 3 Owens Road, Croton Falls, New York/Westchester 10519
Tickets: $38, Adult General Admission, $35 Senior General Admission, and $15 Student General Admission
Sokeo Ros remembers the day that started it all. As a kid, he’d heard his parents stories of the Cambodian genocide in one ear and out the other, he says. But on this day, in his parents living room, he really listened. Ros’ mother told him about the six children before him, older brothers and sisters he never knew existed who didn’t make it out of Cambodia alive. Ros was the first survivor; he was born in the back of an eighteen-wheeler in a Thai refugee camp.

“At the same time they were telling me this, they were holding my eight-month-old daughter,” Ros says, his eyes wet. “I had to walk out of the room a few times.”

The conversation sparked a decade-long quest for self-discovery that culminates in the one-man show.


March 31, 2016 —April 17, 2016

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