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March 2015

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EVENTS by date & deadlines        • ANNOUNCEMENTS         • ONGOING EXHIBITIONS


Friday, March 6, 2015
Robert Browning Associates presents
Classical Arab Music
8 p.m.
Roulette, 509 Atlantic Ave (at 3rd Ave), Downtown Brooklyn. Tel. (917) 267-0363
One of the nation's leading figures of Arab music, Bassam Saba is a world-renowned nay virtuoso and multi-instrumentalist .His extensive credits include working with Fairouz, Marcel Khalife, Yo-Yo Ma and Simon Shaheen.

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Saturday, March 7, 2015
Café Veritas presents
Michael Johnson
7:30 p.m.
Café Veritas, First Unitarian Church, 220 Winton Road South, Rochester, New York 14610
Ticket prices: $18 general admission, $10 students with ID, and children under 12 are free.
For tickets and more information, visit www.cafeveritas.org
Michael Johnson’s voice immediately identifies him as the man who sings “Bluer Than Blue, ” “This Night Won’t Last Forever” and other landmark songs. His music shows a diversity, depth and heart that only come from years of dedication to a labor of love.

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

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Saturday, March 14, 2015
World Music Institute (WMI) presents
8 p.m.
Roulette, 509 Atlantic Ave., Brooklyn, NY
Tickets: $25 / WMI Friends $20 / Bring a Kid! $5
Open cocktail hour 7-8 p.m.; Dance lessons 7:30 p.m.; Show 8:00 p.m.; party until midnight.
Dance floor / standing room on main level; limited seating available in balcony with reservations.
Led by the charismatic singer and accordionist Gregorio Uribe, this 16-piece orchestra blends cumbia and other Colombian rhythms with powerful big-band arrangements. The group has wowed crowds from The Kennedy Center to the Celebrate Brooklyn Festival; the spirited Uribe was even named one of the “100 Most Successful Colombians Abroad” by the country’s government. This concert marks the CD release party for the group’s first album, Cumbia Universal.

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Friday, March 20, 2015
The Town Hall presents in association with Robert Browning Associates and Festival Flamenco Gitano USA present
GENERATIONS OF GYPSY FLAMENCO: Concha Vargas, PepeTorres, Gema Moneo & Manolete
8 p.m.
The Town Hall, 123 W. 43rd Street, NYC
Tickets: $45, $50, $65
Taking one back to the heart of flamenco puro, this mesmerizing program features four extraordinary dancers representing several generations and styles from four different towns in Andalusia (Lebrija, Moron de la Frontera, Jerez de la Frontera, and Granada): Concha Vargas, an icon of Gypsy flamenco dance, who is a living legend representing the Golden Age of Flamenco in Andalusia; Pepe Torres, a polyrhythmic powerhouse whose superb footwork provided the main percussive support for the award-winning ensemble Son de la Frontera; rising star Gema Moneo, a member of the legendary Moneo clan of Gypsy flamenco singers and guitarists in Jerez de la Frontera who has performed with Farruquito’s company and Diego del Morao, among others; and the veteran Manolete, a true maestro of the baile who has trained a generation of dancers including Joaquin Cortes, Canales, Eva la Yerbabuena, and Sara Baras.

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Saturday, March 21, 2015
Robert Browning Associates presents
North Indian Music for Violin
8 p.m.
Roulette, 509 Atlantic Ave (at 3rd Ave), Downtown Brooklyn. Tel. (917) 267-0363
Tickets: $30/ students & seniors $25
Master violinist Kala Ramnath hails from a musical family that has produced some of the greatest Indian violinists, including T. N. Krishnan, and N. Rajam. While her musical roots are in the south, she chose to follow the North Indian tradition and has become the leading violinist of that genre. A pre-eminent disciple of the legendary vocalist Pandit Jasraj, under his mentorship she revolutionized violin technique and produced a distinctive and evocative new sound; today her violin is called “the Singing Violin.” Her extensive credits include working with Zakir Hussain, Edgar Meyer, Bela Fleck, Giovanni Hidalgo, and the London Philharmonic. Tabla player to be announced.

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

Rowan University, Glassboro, NJ
MAFA will partner with the Eastern American Studies Association for a research-oriented conference themed “Land and Sea—Geography, Economy, and Culture in the American Experience.” Both university and public folklorists are strongly encouraged to attend. The location of this year’s meeting – Rowan University in New Jersey – provides a vantage from which to view diverse features of the Eastern United States. Looking to the east is the Atlantic Ocean and the famous “Jersey Shore.” To the west is the Delaware River and the Philadelphia metropolitan area. Glassboro, the home of Rowan University, is historically connected to early American manufacturing – the renowned “Glass Works in the Woods” that has led some scholars to view the Delaware Valley as the cradle of American industrialism. Yet southern New Jersey is also known for being a leading producer of fresh fruits and vegetables, including cranberries, blueberries, tomatoes, and escarole/endive. Against the backdrop of this geographic crossroads, the program committee has invited papers, forums, and sessions that will explore the connections of geography, economy, and culture in the American experience.
Check back for more details.


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

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

September 6, 2014 —August 29, 2015

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