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Saturday, March 1, 2014
ArtsWestchester presents
Performance and Demonstration: Dance Hats of Peru with the Ballet Folklórico Acuarelas del Peru
3:00-5:00 p.m.
ArtsWestchester, 31 Mamaroneck Avenue, White Plains, New York 10601
Join us for an exciting lineup of family programs related to our HATtitude exhibition. With their latest exhibition, HATtitude, ArtsWestchester pumps up the volume through a stunning show of more than 160 hats from contemporary couture milliners and private collections of vintage and global headwear. Visit the website for more information about programming associated with this exhibition. More details about the exhibition itself is found below in the "Exhibitions" section of this page.

The Ashokan Center announces
Maple Gras: Music, Dancing, and a Delicious Cajun Feast!
Maple Fest Day Activities: 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Cajun Jam Session: 4:30-6 p.m.
Cajun Dinner: 6-7 p.m.
Dance Lesson: 7:30 p.m.
Cajun Dance with Krewe de la Rue: 8 p.m.
The Ashokan Center, 477 Beaverkill Road, Olivebridge, NY 12461, 845-246-2121
Tickets & Schedule: Day Activities:$5 per person, kids under 5 free! Pancake Breakfast: $5 per person; Blacksmithing: take home a durable, useful item of your own making $5 materials fee
Dinner and Dance: $30 online, $35 at the door
Dance Only: $15 Adults, $10 Teens, Under 5 free!
With Mardi Gras coming up the Tuesday after Maple Fest, the Ashokan Center is combining a couple of our favorite things into one fabulous event: MAPLE GRAS. The Ashokan Center’s annual Maple Fest celebration is a favorite of families near and far because it has something for everyone! Join us for an all-day pancake breakfast hot off the grill topped with Ashokan Maple Syrup in our beautiful and spacious dining hall. Tap a tree and watch syrup being made. Try your hand at Blacksmithing. Enjoy singing and dancing with Jay and Molly and Mike + Ruthy, and a fantastically fun and engaging puppet show with Grian MacGregor and the Ivy Vine Players. Get outside for an invigorating guided hike on Ashokan’s inviting woodland trails to see the Cathedral Gorge and our Historic 1885 Covered Bridge. So ... after a day full of activities at Ashokan’s Maple Fest, join us in the evening for a Cajun themed celebration with a Cajun jam session, a Cajun feast prepared by Chef Freiberg, rocking Cajun grooves of Krewe de la Rue, and Cajun dancing (with lessons).

English Dance in Port Ewen
7-10:30 p.m.
English Country dance lesson 7:00 p.m. Required for new dancers.
The Reformed Church of Port Ewen, 160 Salem Street, Port Ewen, NY 12466
Admission $10
Info: 845-452-2483
Melanie Axel-Lute calling with Tiddely Pom.

Old Songs presents
A Community Dance with Live Music by Fenning’s All-Stars
Caller: David Kaynor

Covered Dish Supper: 6:00 p.m.
Dancing from 7:00-9:30 p.m.
Admission: $8 per person; children 12 and under are free
Fun, simple dances from the US and around the world. For every age and ability. All dances will be taught. Circles, contras, squares.

Café Veritas and Heartland Concerts present
Joe Crookston
7:30 p.m.
Café Veritas, First Unitarian Church, 220 Winton Road South, Rochester, New York 14610
Tickets: Tickets may be purchased in advanced or at the door with cash, check or credit card. Regular Café pricing is $18 general admission, $10 students with ID, and children under 12 are free.
For tickets and more information, visit www.cafeveritas.org
Joe Crookston is an artist, writer, singer, guitar picker, painter, claw hammer banjo player, eco-village member, and believer in all things possible. You’ll be pulled in by the magic and musical world he creates and you’ll end up in the moment, humming and buzzing with the rest of the crowd. His story songs are universal, masterful and his concerts are a grand celebration of all of us. Joe received a year-long songwriting grant from the Rockefeller Foundation to travel throughout New York State, to collect stories and write original songs. He now lives in Ithaca, NY, and tours regularly in the US, Ireland, and Canada. Joe Crookston’s CD, Able Baker Charlie & Dog received the most airplay of any folk acoustic recording and was awarded “Album of the Year” by the International Folk Alliance in Memphis, TN. Opening for Crookston is Rochester’s own Fred Vine. Fred is primarily a folk blues player and his musical tastes are eclectic. He is able to make sure everyone in the audience is having a good time. Using a traditional fingerstyle he expands his repertoire to include dazzling arrangements of jazz, ragtime, original, and contemporary songs.

Caffè Lena presents
Folk DJ Showcase Part 3: Wanda Fisher of WAMC Northeast Public Radio Presents...Craig Werth and The Boxcar Lilies
8 p.m.
Caffè Lena, 47 Phila St., Saratoga Springs, NY, 518-583-0022
Tickets: $15, $12 members, $7.50 children under 13
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The final installment in our 3-part Folk DJ series is hosted by Wanda Fisher, who recently celebrated 30 years as host of WAMC’s Hudson River Sampler. Wanda brings us: Craig Werth’s gentle reverence for music and sense of wonder and affection for the world creates radiant songs about everyday heroes and the small amusements of life as a human. His most recent solo album received a great deal of airplay and “top new album of the year” nods from folk DJs across North America. Craig is already known to Caffé Lena audiences as the exquisite guitarist and arranger for Canadian singer-songwriter David Francey and Gaelic-Americana artist Kyle Carey. The Boxcar Lilies are delighting an ever-growing body of fans with spine-tingling, innovative 3-part harmonies and quality songwriting. Accompanying themselves on guitar, banjo, ukulele, bass, and washboard, they have been bringing energetic Americana to top tier east coast folk venues for the past couple years. Their recent album, Sugar Shack, hit #2 on the Folk DJ Charts.

Simon Shaheen with Rima Khcheich — Classical Arab Music
8:00 p.m.
+7 p.m. pre-concert artist talk
Roulette, 509 Atlantic Ave., Brooklyn, NY 10025
Tickets $30 General Admission $25 Student/Senior with valid ID
Simon Shaheen performs works from the classical Arab repertoire — traditional and contemporary pieces from the Levant and Egypt. The music is composed in the traditional maqam, a modal form that utilizes microtonal intervals and requires considerable improvisational skill. It is melismatic, often deeply meditational and virtuosic. He is joined by the exquisite Lebanese vocalist Rima Khcheich in a program encompassing music from the ancient courts of Al-Andalus to songs from the 1940s and ‘50s Egypt and Lebanon by such composers as Mohamed Abdel Wahab, the Rahbani Brothers, and Zakariyya Ahmad.

The Towne Crier in Beacon presents
KELLY JOE PHELPS
8:30 p.m.
Towne Crier, 379 Main Street, Beacon, NY, (845) 855-1300
Tickets: $25 advance/ $30 at door
A New York Times concert reviewer wrote of Kelly Joe Phelps, “...his airy playing conjured a pocket of supernatural space. He manipulated his fretboard to create eerie harmonics as he slipped from a mumble to a falsetto, as if to follow the soul beyond the physical realm.” Leo Kottke said, “At first you think it’s familiar, then you know you’ve never heard anything like this. I love this music.”

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Sunday, March 2, 2014
Albany Institute of History & Art announces
Mad Hatter Tea Party
12-3 p.m.
Albany Institute of History & Art, 125 Washington Avenue, Albany, New York 12210
Register online: $10 per person (includes admission into the galleries!)
Please call Kate at (518) 463-4478 ext. 412 for tickets and more information.
Coccadotts is Albany’s favorite cupcake maker and winner of Food Network’s Cupcake Wars! Come celebrate their achievement at this Wonderland-themed tea party. Children of all ages can be inspired by Coccadotts creations, decorate cupcakes, and, as the proceeds benefit the educational programs of the Institute, be pint-sized philanthropists at the same time!

City Lore announces
St. Pat’s For All Parade
1-5:00 p.m.
In the borough of Queens (Sunnyside/Woodside), New York City
The St. Pat’s for All Parade celebrates Irish culture and uses this celebration to build a bridge to different groups in the neighborhood. The mission of the St. Pat’s for All Parade is to be inclusive of everyone, and members of the LGBT community are invited to march. Over the years, the event has taken on the role of serving as a procession for the whole community. This unique celebration takes place in the borough of Queens (Sunnyside/Woodside) on Sunday, March 2nd, at 1 p.m.

The Folk Music Society of N.Y., Inc/ N.Y. Pinewoods Folk Music Club presents
Pete Seeger Memorial Sing, Sunday
Celebrate an American Hero
2-5 p.m.
John St. Church, 44 John Street, in lower Manhattan, NYC.
This is a “Free will donation” event. All the balance after expenses will be sent to the Hudson River Sloop Clearwater.
Ethical Culture Society, 53 Prospect Park West, Brooklyn (near 2nd St.)
The New York Packet, singers of songs of the sea, will celebrate the life, music, and spirit of Pete Seeger. Pete Seeger worked tirelessly for the betterment of society and the environment. He felt that music was a powerful tool to influence his fellow citizens young and old. His spirit lives on and grows as people follow his humble but powerful lead in the fight for equal rights and to clean up the environment. A number of special musical guests with connections to Pete and the Clearwater have been invited. As Pete would want, everyone is encouraged to join in, not just a concert, a sing along! Let’s raise our voices together to honor this giant of a man who embodied the spirit of folk music and understood the power of song.

The Castellani Art Museum of Niagara University presents
Introduction to Ebru: Turkish Paper Marbling
Hands-on Workshop with Gülen Yilmaz
2:00-4:00 p.m.
Castellani Art Museum of Niagara University, 5795 Lewiston Road, Niagara University, New York 14109, 716-286-8200
Space is limited to 20 people. $15 for CAM members, $20 for non-members. Call 716-286-8290 to register.
Hands-on workshop with G̈len and Ali Yilmaz. Gülen Yilmaz began studying the traditional art of ebru as a teenager growing up in Turkey. Now recognized as a master, she has exhibited her work in both Turkey and the United States and regularly teaches ebru at the Turkish Cultural Center of Buffalo. In addition to being a dedicated ebru artist and painter, Gülen holds a Master’s Degree in Linear Geometry from Gazi University, and before coming to the United States, worked as a math teacher.A part of the Master Makers and Players series, this event held in conjunction with the Folk Arts exhibition “Extraordinary Ordinary People: American Masters of Traditional Arts,” on view through June 20, 2014 (see more about this exhibition in the “Exhibitions” section below).

Capital English Country Dance – Brad Foster and Third String Trio
2-5 p.m.
Introductory workshop on request at 1:30 p.m.
405 Washington Ave., Albany, NY (Channing Hall, First Unitarian Universalist Church)
Admission: $12, $10 Capital ECD members, $6 students Free first admission for new English country dancers.
Sponsor: Capital English Country Dancers. Phone: 518.477.5684
Music by: Third String Trio (Karen Axelrod, Peter Barnes, Aldo Fabrizi). Beginners welcome. Please wear flat soft soled shoes.

Museum at Eldridge Street presents
Plaid, Baroque and Klezmer: A Jewish Musical Odyssey
3 p.m.
Museum at Eldridge Street, 12 Eldridge Street, New York, NY 10002, 212.219.088
Cost: 20 adults; $15 students and seniors RSVP
In celebration of the recent award of an official Tartan to the Jews of Scotland, we present a concert of baroque gypsy music that traces the musical influences of the East European Jewish community as they travelled west from Slovakia to Scotland and everywhere in between. Featuring Adrianne Greenbaum (flute), Michael Alpert (percussion and voice), Christopher Norman (flute and pipe), David Greenberg (violin and viola) on authentic period instruments.
This event is sponsored by Walkers Shortbread, a family-owned and managed company founded in Scotland in 1898, with a range of shortbread and other baked products which are certified Kosher OUD.

The Towne Crier in Beacon presents
JOHN McEUEN (of the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band) & DAVID AMRAM
7:30 p.m.
Towne Crier, 379 Main Street, Beacon, NY, (845) 855-1300
Tickets: $20 advance/ $25 at door
It sounds like a joke set-up: What happens when a beatnik and a hippie bring a bunch of instruments that they have collected over a 50-year period to the stage? Well, if it is John McEuen and David Amram, a lot! Their plethora of instruments includes David’s piano, French horn, percussion, and a variety of flutes (from America, China, Egypt), along with John’s guitar, mandolin, 5-string banjo, and fiddle. The music and stories from these two troubadours covers the 1800s to now, with side road stops at various famous points from both of their ongoing careers. McEuen is bringing his stage buddy Matt Cartsonis (mandola, guitar, vocals) with him, as well as Andy Goessling from Railroad Earth (clarinet, dobro, and mandolin).

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Monday, March 3, 2014
Museum at Eldridge Street presents
People of the Books: A Monthly Book Club
Between Friends by Amos Oz

11 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
Museum at Eldridge Street, 12 Eldridge Street, New York, NY 10002, 212.219.088
Cost: $10 per class; $175 for all 20 sessions
RSVP here.
Join Dr. Regina Stein for the Museum’s monthly discussion of contemporary Jewish literature. This month we discuss Amos Oz’s Between Friends, in which the Israeli author returns to the kibbutz of the late 1950s, the time and place where his writing began. The eight interconnected stories of Between Friends draw masterly profiles of idealistic men and women enduring personal hardships in the shadow of one of the greatest collective dreams of the twentieth century. See also April 7 and May 5.
The class, “Parashat Hashavuah: Ancient Custom, New Twist” is part of the Museum’s Morris Kaplan Scholar in Residence Program. Join Dr. Regina Stein for a contemporary take on the Jewish practice of weekly Torah study using pre-rabbinic commentaries as well as approaches by archaeologists and modern Israeli and American scholars. No Hebrew or previous knowledge required.

The Arts Center of the Capital Region presents
BOOKMARKS: The Times, They Were A’ Changing: Memories from the Sixties Generation
Curated by local writer and memoirist Carol Derfner
7:00 p.m.
The Arts of the Capital Region, 265 River Street, Troy, NY 12180
Cost: Free
Download the Call for Submissions
Do you remember The Sixties? It was an era of awakening, rebellion and responses to the world in new and sometimes confusing ways: student rebellion and anti-war demonstrations, civil rights marches, and the agitation for women’s equality, the explosion of American art, music and popular culture; Elvis, Motown, the Beatles and Janis Joplin, Earth Day, organic foods and Julia Child; JFK and Jackie; cool cars and women in the workplace. We want to hear the voices of men and women who were part of the fabled generation who lived those life-changing moments that transformed the way we all live today. “Boomers” (and their families) are invited to share their personal experiences of this passionate time through a short memoir, personal essay, a poem, or even the lyrics of a song. Submisson deadline: Wednesday, February 5, 2014 by 5 p.m.
The Memoir Project, a program of The Arts Center of the Capital Region, invites submissions for Bookmarks, an annual series of group readings featuring writing that is grounded in personal experience. We encourage both experienced writers as well as those whose work has not previously been read publicly, or published, to submit work. Bookmarks is a thematically differentiated group reading. Each event is curated by a different individual, hand selected from our region’s richly diverse community to host. Chosen for their unique personal experiences and professional expertise, the curators decide on their month’s theme.

March 3-March 5, 2014
New York Foundation for the Arts announces
Multi- Disciplinary Distance Consultations for Artists
Appointments available: 10 a.m.-4 p.m. EST
Consultation sessions will take place via Skype
PROGRAM FEE: $25 for a 30 minute consultation. Participants are limited to one consultant.
REGISTER ONLINE. For more information and to register, you may contact our outreach partners*. Appointment: $25 for 30 minutes.
Questions: Please email NYFA Learning at Clearning@nyfa.org
New York Foundation for the Arts (NYFA) is pleased to announce a special session of Distance Consultations, for performing, literary, visual and multi-disciplinary artists. The Distance Consultation Program provides support for international and national artists who are unable to attend our popular Doctor’s Hours program at our New York City offices. This special session of Distance Consultations is eligible to artists working in NY State living outside of the 5 boroughs of NYC. These appointments will provide you with practical feedback and direction on work samples, an artist or mission statement, website, or outreach strategy. This is the first multi-disciplinary Distance Consultations and is being presented in collaboration* with The ARTS Council of the Southern Finger Lakes, Community Arts Partnership, Chenango Arts Council, Cattaraugus County Arts Council and made possible with the generous support of Golden Artist Colors Inc.

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Tuesday, March 4, 2014
Folk Music Society of New York/New York Pinewoods Folk Music Club announces
Old-Time Instrumental Jam
7:30-9:30 p.m.
Brooklyn Farmacy & Soda Fountain, 513 Henry Street (at Sackett St.), in Carroll Gardens, Brooklyn
For more information, email alanfriend_music@mindspring.com
Wanna jam? Alan Friend will lead an old-time jam. Bring your fiddle, banjo, guitar, etc. Acoustic instruments only. Buy some delicious desserts and socialize.

Wednesday, March 5, 2014
Gotham Center for NYC History presents a Spring 2014 Forum:
One Out of Three: Immigrant New York in the Twenty-First Century
6:30 p.m.
Elebash Recital Hall at the Graduate Center, CUNY, 365 Fifth Avenue at 34th Street, New York, NY
Cost: FREE and open to the public, reservations required! RSVP here.
Sociologist Nancy Foner leads a discussion based on a new anthology, which she edited, portraiting immigrant life in twenty-first century New York City. Featuring contributors Joseph Salvo, director of the population division, NYC Department of City Planning; sociologist Philip Kasinitz of the Graduate Center; doctoral candidate Bernadette Ludwig; Ramona Hernandez, director of the CUNY Dominican Studies Institute; and Pyong Gap Min, director of the Research Center for Korean Community.

The Folk Music Society of N.Y., Inc/ N.Y. Pinewoods Folk Music Club presents
Folk Open Sing
7-10 p.m.
Info: Frank, 212-533-2139
Ethical Culture Society, 53 Prospect Park West, Brooklyn (near 2nd St.)
Join us on the first Wednesday of each month for an open sing. Bring your voice, instruments, friends, neighbors, and children. Drop by for a couple of songs or the whole evening.

Karan Casey Band
Doors: 7:00 p.m./Show: 7:30 p.m.
SubCulture, 45 Bleecker St., Downstairs, New York, NY
Tickets: $17 in advance / $22 at the door
Karan Casey is an award-winning musician whose career spans over two decades, and former member of the Irish sensation, Solas. With over half a million albums sold, Casey is an inspiring and innovative staple within the Irish traditional and folk music world. She has released six solo records to critical acclaim from Billboard, All Music Guide, USA Today, among others. Casey has toured throughout North America, Europe, and Japan with her band (nominated for the BB Folk Awards and the Danish Grammys), plays at festivals all over the world, and performs at famous venues like the Kennedy Center and the Glasgow Royal Concert Hall. She plans to showcase her provocative voice on her latest record, Two More Hours, with her band at SubCulture on March 5th.

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Thursday, March 6, 2014
ArtsWestchester presents
Lecture: Studio Artists – Popular Culture – Vogue – Couture Artists: Who They Were and How They Got Their Hats Out There
7:00 p.m.
ArtsWestchester, 31 Mamaroneck Avenue, White Plains, New York 10601
Join us for an exciting lineup of lecture programs related to our HATtitude exhibition. With their latest exhibition, HATtitude, ArtsWestchester pumps up the volume through a stunning show of more than 160 hats from contemporary couture milliners and private collections of vintage and global headwear. More information about this exhibition below (in "Exhibitions" section of this page). This presentation features Lecturer Ellen Christine Colon-Lugo, Ph.D., exhibiting milliner and historian of millinery. See also February 13, February 27, and March 13.

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Friday, March 7, 2014
The Performing Arts Center at Purchase College presents
DERVISH: Magical Music from Ireland
8 p.m.
The Performing Arts Center, Purchase College, 735 Anderson Hill Road, Purchase, NY 10577, 914-251-6200
Tickets: Tickets $37.50 / $22.50; Kids 16 and under 50% off. Discounts available for groups.
Straight from Ireland’s County Sligo, Dervish is one of the foremost Celtic folk bands on today’s scene. Exceptional musicianship, breathtaking vocals; traditional favorites and new compositions make for a high-energy evening of musical magic from the heart of the Emerald Isle!

Flushing Town Hall presents
Carnival Party - A TRIBUTE TO HARRY BELAFONTE
8:00 p.m.
Flushing Town Hall, 137-35 Northern Boulevard, (at the corner of Linden Place), Flushing, NY 11354, (718) 463-7700 x 222
$15/$10 Members & Students: Purchase tickets online.
Jeff Zuniga and his band in a tribute concert for Harry Belafonte, one of the pioneers of the music from the Caribbean Diaspora, whose popular songs include “Matilda,” “The Banana Boat Song,” and “Day-O.”

Caffè Lena presents
Weekend of Words: Timothy Mason & Hiroya Tsukamoto
8 p.m.
Caffè Lena, 47 Phila St., Saratoga Springs, NY, 518-583-0022
Tickets: $16, $14 members, $8 children under 13
Buy tickets online
With his rich, resonant voice and wealth of life experience, Timothy Mason is the folk world’s leading performance poet. His work in human services—especially helping victims of violence—fills his poems with empathy and compassion. Created for live performance rather than the printed page, Tim’s poems are captivating stories full of revelatory wisdom galloping along on compelling rhythms. This accessible, entertaining style has won him main stage spots at folk festivals across North America. Tim will be accompanied by Japanese composer and fingerstyle guitarist Hiroya Tsukamoto. Hiroya reaches across cultural boundaries to speak directly to the human spirit through exquisitely beautiful guitar compositions. Born in Kyoto, he trained on banjo and guitar from childhood. After discovering the musical social movement Nueva Cancion, he completed his studies at the Berklee School of Music in Boston. He has won several prestigious international prizes for his world music compositions. He has appeared several times at NYC’s Blue Note, and works regularly with Esperanza Spalding.

The Folkus Project of Central New York presents
Meg Hutchinson
Songs about desire, love, and coming home — from one of the very best of the Boston-based, urban-style songwriters
8 p.m.
Doors open at 7:15 p.m. and refreshments will be available.
May Memorial Unitarian Universalist Society, 3800 East Genesee St, Syracuse, NY
Cost: $15
For reservations, email tickets@folkus.org.
Meg Hutchinson is an award-winning songwriter who artfully documents the human condition. With a poet’s ease, she makes the personal universal, allowing people’s stories to come alive through her unique vocals and haunting melodies. Hutchinson’s songs begin with vivid, naturalistic images — apple orchards, trailer parks, stark factory towns, the Statue of Liberty. But she is guiding us to more intimate places, exploring how we feel in this time of fast and frightening change. When Hutchinson inherited her grandmother’s 1957 Martin guitar at age 11, her love of words found an inspiring instrument and there was no turning back. After college, she quit a job on an organic farm, settled in Boston, and quickly became an integral part of the vibrant Boston songwriting community. She took to the subway, performing in Park Street, Downtown Crossing and Harvard Square, along with the usual pubs and coffeehouses. She has since won awards at several festivals and showcases, including the prestigious Kerrville New Folk Award in 2000. Here first two albums were Against the Grey, which was nominated for a Boston Music Award for her first studio album; and 2004’s The Crossing. The latter album led her to the renowned folk/roots label Red House Records, which released Come Up Full, an instant folk hit that was one of the most played albums on folk and college radio. It landed her on many “best of the year” lists and helped make her a favorite at South By Southwest (SXSW) and the International Folk Alliance Conference. Hutchingson has since recorded a holiday EP, Winterbloom: Traditions Rearranged, with fellow songwriters Antje Duvekot, Anne Heaton and Natalia Zukerman; The Living Side (2010); and the recent Beyond That. The last contains songs at once ecstatic and meditative — about coming home, about transforming desire, about how human love can open the heart for some greater purpose. These are celebratory hymns from a woman who has made it out the other side of some difficult years and who is inviting us to go Beyond That with her now.
The Towne Crier in Beacon presents
VANCE GILBERT; also WARREN BERNHARDT & MARC BLACK
8:30 p.m.
Towne Crier, 379 Main Street, Beacon, NY, (845) 855-1300
Tickets: $25 advance/ $30 at door
Warren’s talents have been tapped by Jack Dejohnette, Paul Simon and Donald Fagen. Marc has performed with Pete Seeger, Art Garfunkel, and Taj Mahal. When Vance opened for a Shawn Colvin tour, he was called back for encores.

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Saturday, March 8, 2014
Rubin Museum of Art presents a
Losar Family Day: Himalayan New Year Celebration
12:00-4:00 p.m.
Rubin Museum of Art, 150 West 17th Street, New York NY 10011, 212.620.5000
Tickets: Tickets: $10 per child; Discount for children of individual members; Free for Dual/Family members and above; Adults pay regular admission fees. Free for children under 1 year and Cool Culture members.
Celebrate Losar, the Himalayan New Year with a day or art, crafts, food, and music at the Rubin Museum of Art! Watch as a master artist creates a sand mandala and contribute to a giant collaborative mandala in the theater. Go on gallery tours and enjoy traditional music performances throughout the day. Construct colorful butter sculptures and sip Himalayan butter tea in the art studio.
NEW! CelebrASIA NYC! Children are invited to ring in many Asian New Years by participating in hands-on workshops and programs at The Korea Society, Japan Society, Asia Society, China Institute, Rubin Museum of Art, Museum of Chinese in America and Flushing Town Hall. Members of all participating organizations receive membership discounts for all CelebrASIA events. More info: www.celebrasia.org

Sara Thomsen
Presented by Walkabout Clearwater
7:30 p.m.
Walkabout Clearwater Coffeehouse, Memorial United Methodist Road, 250 Bryant Avenue, White Plains, NY 10605
Tickets: $18.00 advance, $23.00 at the door
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“Sara’s voice is like the best butter you’ve ever had—on a big, generous meltingly gorgeous piece of bread right out of the oven. Hearing Sara is like coming home to your own soul; her music is cozy and big all at the same time. The first time I heard her, I cried for joy. Real tears.”—Nancy Conger, Minnesota Author, Playwright, Violinist, Coach

The Folkus Project of Central New York presents
Andrew and Noah VanNorstrand
A special all-acoustic show from local folk virtuosos
8 p.m.
Doors open at 7:15 p.m. and refreshments will be available.
Westcott Community Center, 826 Euclid Avenue, Syracuse, NY
Cost: $15
For reservations, call the Westcott Community Center at (315) 478-8634.
Andrew and Noah VanNorstrand are two of the most exciting and creative musicians on the folk music scene today. This special show will be a rare, all acoustic performance by the duo, featuring a finely crafted blend of old-time country songs, mountain fiddle tunes, swing, and bluegrass, as well as some originals. The intimate setting of the Westcott Community Center is the perfect venue for this kind of concert. The VanNorstrands have been bringing their brand of high-energy alternative folk music to concert halls, festival stages, and dance floors across North America for more than a decade, but this concert is a return to the brothers’ musical roots. They began their musical careers learning old-time fiddle tunes, but soon became proficient on an astonishing variety of instruments; guitar, banjo, bouzouki, bongos, mandolin, bodhran, and even didgeridoo. Recently they've branched out into an edgier, more improvisational style including jazz, rock and world-beat percussion. Their stunning abilities as both performers and composers, combined with energetic, heartfelt performances, have built a large and loyal following. This show presents a special opportunity to hear these remarkable musicians in a cozy, close-up setting.
World Music Institute announces
Oliver Mtukudzi & the Black Spirits with dj.henri from radioafricaonline.com
8 and 10:30 p.m. shows
Sound Of Brazil (SOBs), 204 Varick St., New York, NY 10014, 212.243.4940
Tickets: $25.00 General Admission (age 21+)
Oliver Mtukudzi and the black Spirits will be performing music off his new album, Sarawoga. SOBs invites you to come out and experience African great Oliver “Tuku” Mtukudi & the Black Spirits as he brings his ongoing poetic message to the SOBs stage, with a special encore performance at 10:30 p.m. With his expressive and poetic lyrics, partnered with his amazing guitar work, Oliver has been a penicole movement in the Afopop and world music scene. Oliver Mtukudzi has weathered storms with his sharp observations and gracious emphasis on the basic human experiences that unite us all: childhood and aging, respect and hope, women’s rights and AIDS, community and connection.

The Ashokan Center announces
Molly Mason’s Birthday Contradance
8:00 p.m. Woodstock Community Center, Rock City Road, Woodstock, NY, (845)246-2121
Admission: $10/Children $5
Joe DePaolo calling with Jay & Molly and Friends.

Caffè Lena presents
Weekend of Words: Jeannine Laverty with Ed Lowman
8 p.m.
Caffè Lena, 47 Phila St., Saratoga Springs, NY, 518-583-0022
Tickets: $16, $14 members, $8 children under 13
Buy tickets online
Jeannine Laverty has been telling international folk tales since 1979 when her work teaching English as a second language to immigrants in New York City showed her firsthand how the US is made up of cultures from all the countries of the world. Her school residencies and museum performances for children have been awarded funding from the NYS Council on the Arts, the New York Foundation for the Arts, and the National Institute for the Humanities. Laverty has taught weekend workshops in storytelling for adults at Sagamore and other Adirondack sites since 1980. This work has led to her love of telling stories from Adirondack writers. She also performs as part of the storytelling ensemble, SweetLand Storytellers. In 1999, she received the Leadership Award for the Northeast Region from the National Storytelling Network. Multi-instrumentalist Ed Lowman will be provided musical accompaniment to Jeannine’s stories this evening.

The Towne Crier in Beacon presents
LEO KOTTKE
8:30 p.m.
Towne Crier, 379 Main Street, Beacon, NY, (845) 855-1300
Tickets: $50 advance/ $55 at door
For the past four decades, Leo Kottke has been indefatigable in his pursuit of a unique musical vision that has placed him among the foremost acoustic guitar stylists of our time ...or any other, for that matter. Over the years, Kottke has worked in the studio and shared concert stages with everyone from Lyle Lovett, John Fahey, T-Bone Burnett and Rickie Lee Jones to Pepe Romero, John Williams and John McLaughlin, and has received two Grammy nominations. In concert, Kottke’s rare wit and quirky insight cleanse the palate between the rich tapestries of his compositions on both 6- and 12-string guitar.

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Sunday, March 9, 2014
Museum at Eldridge Street presents
Heroes, Villains and Hamentaschen
11:00 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
Museum at Eldridge Street, 12 Eldridge Street, New York, NY 10002, 212.219.088
Cost: $15 per family. RSVP
The Hamentaschen may be a good Purim cookie, but that Haman? He was one bad egg. Luckily our ancient heroes thwarted his dastardly deeds with a few secrets and surprises of their own. How did they do it? Flashlights, clues, and groggers will help Preservation Detectives track this twisting, turning tale of heroes and villains all over the Eldridge Street Synagogue. Make hamentaschen and holiday masks, too! Detectives in costume are welcome.

Flushing Town Hall presents
Workshops: Imagine Dragons
1 p.m. (FOR AGES 5-8) & 2 p.m. (FOR AGES 9-12)
Flushing Town Hall, 137-35 Northern Boulevard, (at the corner of Linden Place), Flushing, NY 11354, (718) 463-7700 x 222
FREE (Ticket required; Call to RSVP)
WT McRae and Tiny Giraffe Theater are collaborating with Flushing Town Hall to develop a new original play called Dragon Story which is being created for youth and family audiences. These workshops are an opportunity for students to meet and play with writer, director, and performers, and help them shape the world of dragons that will be created in Dragon story. Using puppetry, story telling, acting, and creative play, oarticipants will be guided through an exciting creative process that mirrors the one being used by the company in an effort to learn what is most exciting to young people about dragons. Students will leave with a dragon puppet, and a full imagination about dragon lore and mythology.

Museum at Eldridge Street presents
Making it New: Contemporary Novelists and the Jewish Literary Tradition
3:00 p.m.
Museum at Eldridge Street, 12 Eldridge Street, New York, NY 10002, 212.219.088
Cost: $10 per person RSVP
How do novelists writing about Jewish literature today relate to thousands of years of Jewish poetry and prose that preceded them? Writers Jonathan Rosen and Tova Mirvis have engaged thoughtfully and playfully with biblical, rabbinic, and modern Yiddish literary sources. Here they read from recent work and discuss the burdens and opportunities of working within such a tradition with Josh Lambert, Academic Director of the Yiddish Book Center. This event is co-sponsored by the Yiddish Book Center.

Celebration National Harriet Tubman Day with Christine Dixon: Harriet Tubman Herself
4:30 p.m.
Deep Tanks Studio; 150 Bay Street, Staten Island, NY 10301
$5 Suggested Donation
Christine Dixon will be performing “Harriet Tubman Herself,” a one-woman show based on a series of interviews Harriet gave in 1868 to New York Sunday school teacher and writer of Scenes from the life and times of Harriet Tubman Herself, Sarah Bradford. Christine wants to share with her audience the essence of Ms. Tubman, and would like people to remember that she was a real woman who was fighting a real cause. Stick around after the performance for a question and answer session and meet and greet!

City Lore announces
Gemeinschaft Shifts the Planet
4-7:00 p.m.
Bronx Music Heritage Center, 51303 Louis Niné Blvd, Bronx, NY 10452, 718.839.1100
Admission: FREE
A photography exhibit celebrating hip hop’s global unity, featuring work from Joe Conzo and Farbeon. Featuring: The Hip Hop RE:Education Project’s first ever Emcee Olympics! This is not a battle…but a test of skills. Emcees will have to compete in a series of skill-based rounds to decide who walks away with bragging rights! Live beatbox and dance performances. Gemeinschaft in German means community. And since its birth in the Bronx, Hip Hop culture and craft have worked to build a strong sense of life-affirming community in NYC and beyond. Featuring work from Hip Hop pioneer photographer and BMHC board member Joe Conzo and Hip Hop ARTivist Farbeon, this collection of photos celebrates Hip Hop’s global unity! The photos in this exhibition document Hip Hop in its most intimate and creative spaces. They are an ode to Hip Hop’s global pioneers, practitioners, and aficionados alike. Come celebrate the opening of this exhibition and come honor the next generation of Hip Hop ARTivists looking to use their art to advocate for change!

Caffè Lena presents
Weekend of Words: Don White
7 p.m.
Caffè Lena, 47 Phila St., Saratoga Springs, NY, 518-583-0022
Tickets: $16, $14 members, $8 children under 13
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Songwriter and storyteller Don White mines comic gold in the foibles of marriage and parenting. His songs and stories celebrate the love at the heart of those relationships, and skewer the irritations and disasters that inevitably follow. His terribly familiar tales touch the heart as well as the funny bone, and leave you feeling like it’s time to check in with Mom and Dad, or take your kid out for an ice cream. Boston Globe reviewer Scott Alarik describes Don like this: “there is always a warm shimmer of community beneath the silliness. Of all the gifts great entertainers can bring to the stage, I think this is perhaps the rarest and most valuable. Many can dazzle us; but only the very, very best can befriend us, and remind us that, in the end, we are all wary acrobats in the great human circus. And really, when have we ever needed laughs like that more?”

The Towne Crier in Beacon presents
MAIA SHARP; also KIM RICHEY
7:30 p.m.
Towne Crier, 379 Main Street, Beacon, NY, (845) 855-1300
Tickets: $20 advance/ $25 at door
Bonnie Raitt, who has recorded Maia Sharp’s songs and has had Maia open performances for her, said “Maia is making some of the most innovative and soulful music around with songs that are head and shoulders above the rest. She has become one of my favorite artists.” Aside from Kim Richey’s 2 Grammy nods, she has released five critically acclaimed albums; been listed in the Top 10 Albums of 1999 in US Time Magazine; was given 4 stars in Rolling Stone; and was named Alt-Country Album Of The Year in People Magazine.

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Monday, March 10, 2014
Museum at Eldridge Street presents
Old Recipes for a New Generation
6-8:30 p.m.
Museum at Eldridge Street, 12 Eldridge Street, New York, NY 10002, 212.219.088
Cost: $15 per person RSVP
Timeless. Tasty. Fun to make. Learn how to prepare chicken soup with matzo balls. Designed specifically for the 20-something on a budget, this cooking workshop is the first in a series teaching classic Jewish recipes that are as good today as when your bubbe made them.

Tuesday, March 11, 2014
Caffè Lena presents
The Steel Wheels
7 p.m.
Caffè Lena, 47 Phila St., Saratoga Springs, NY, 518-583-0022
Tickets: $22, $20 members, $11 children under 13
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The Steel Wheels are renowned for their raw energy and chemistry on stage, where they weave themselves around a single microphone to deliver a heady brew of original, soulful mountain music. With bell-clear harmonies inspired by their shared Mennonite heritage, this dynamic four-piece string band from the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia marries old-time musical traditions with their own innovative sound and lifestyle, generating a truly magnetic revival. With their fiddle, bass, mandolin and guitar The Steel Wheels have enthralled the contemporary Americana scene.

The An-Sky Institute for Jewish Culture of Center for Traditional Music and Dance announces a
GOLDENSHTEYN MEMORIAL TANTSHOYZ YIDDISH DANCE PARTY
featuring Dance Leader Michael Alpert and live klezmer music by Alex Kontorovich and Naum Goldenshteyn

Tantshoyz Dance Party/Workshop begins at 7:30 p.m.
Instrumental Workshop at 5:30 p.m.
Stephen Wise Free Synagaogue, 30 West 68th Street in Manhattan (between Columbus & Central Park West)
Admission: $15
The NY Klezmer Series with a Tantshoyz Yiddish Dance Party/Workshop held in memory of Bessarabian klezmer clarinetist German Goldenshteyn, with dance leading by Michael Alpert with live klezmer music featuring Goldenshteyn protege clarinetist Alex Kontorovich. Additionally, the program will feature a special debut performance by a new ensemble, the Goldenshteyn Kompanye, led by Naum Goldenshteyn, who recently relocated to New York from Israel. An all-star group will support Kontorovich and Goldenstheyn, including Christina Crowder (accordion), Aaron Alexander (poyk/drum), Keryn Kleiman (fiddle), Dan Blacksberg (trombone) and Pete Rushefsky (tsimbl/cimbalom). Lace up your dancing shoes and partake in the richness of traditional Jewish dance from Eastern Europe. Michael will teach you the steps – fun for beginners and advanced dancers alike! Prior to the concert, at 5:30 p.m., instrumentalists can participate in a special instructional workshop (extra charge applies). A jam session follows the concert.

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Thursday, March 13, 2014
ArtsWestchester presents
Lecture: SA Look at the Origins of Head Coverings in the Middle East
7:00-8:30 p.m.
ArtsWestchester, 31 Mamaroneck Avenue, White Plains, New York 10601
Cost: Free Join us for an exciting lineup of lecture programs related to our HATtitude exhibition. With their latest exhibition, HATtitude, ArtsWestchester pumps up the volume through a stunning show of more than 160 hats from contemporary couture milliners and private collections of vintage and global headwear. More information about this exhibition below (in "Exhibitions" section of this page). This presentation features Lecturer Nazain Hedayat Munroe, MA, MFA, textile artist and art historian. See also February 13, February 27, and March 6.

Crandall Public Library presents
Live! Folklife Concert: Veena Chandra & Devesh Chandra Duo
7:00-8:30 p.m.
Crandall Public Library, 251 Glen Street, Glens Falls, New York 12801
Cost: Free
Internationally renowned sitarist Veena Chandra and her son tabla player Devesh Chandra present melodious, improvised Indian classical music for a relaxing and reflective performance. A master of the sitar and many other instruments, Veena has been performing for over 40 years. Originally trained by a disciple of Pandit Ravi Shanker, she has introduced many to the wonderfully intricate music of north India. “The music, pleasant and intoxicating, filled the room like fragrance from a scented candle”—Schenectady Gazette.
The 1st of 6 free concerts hosted by the Folklife Center at Crandall Public Library, and made possible with funds from the Leo Cox Beach Foundation, the Friends of Crandall Public Library, and the New York State Council on the Arts Folk Arts Program with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the NYS Legislature.

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Friday, March 14, 2014
City Lore announces
Ping Pong in NYC
6:00-9:30 p.m.
City Lore’s new space, 56 E. 1st St. New York, NY 10003
Tickets: $12 in advance; $15 at the door; drinks and snacks.
On one side of the table, back from his world record breaking 365 days of ping pong in 2013, the undisputed crosswords puzzler Will Shortz, straight from the Westchester Table Tennis Center (which he founded) and the puzzle section of The NY Times. Cowering on the other side, the Founding Director of City Lore and Folkorist L’il Stevie (the Zeitgeist) Zeitlin, known as The Mighty Penguin by absolutely no one, with the HOME COURT advantage at City Lore’s new space. Next, Bob (“is-never-O.K.-for-you”) Mankoff, Cartoon Editor of The New Yorker. The evening is capped with a talk by acclaimed biographer Stephan Kanfer on ping pong in New York in the last half century. The indispensable, undisputable Bob Holman referees:
Best of Three Game Demonstration matches to award the CITY LORE CHAMPIONSHIP SVELTE BELT to whomever it fits!

Come play your friends and watch the semi pros — or at least the best-of-the-basement players!
And while you’re at it, take a crack at the larger-than-life
New York Times crossword puzzle blown up on City Lore’s gallery wall, or throw your hat into the caption contest on the other wall, where a New Yorker cartoon will be projected. Bob Mankoff will select the Best Caption of the Evening.

Cajun Dance with Krewe de la Rue
7-11 p.m.
7:00 free lesson. 8:00 - 11:00 Dance
White Eagle Hall, 487 Delaware Ave., Kingston, NY
Admission: $15, $10 with full-time student ID
Questions or more info: 845-255-7061
All are welcome. No partner necessary.

Caffè Lena presents
Rebecca Angel Band with opener Mark Shepard
8 p.m.
Caffè Lena, 47 Phila St., Saratoga Springs, NY, 518-583-0022
Tickets: $15, $12 members, $7.50 children under 13
Buy tickets online
Growing up with classical music, but finding grunge and alternative rock as a teenager, Rebecca Angel’s music blends both melodic quality and raw emotion. Also a sci-fi/fantasy novelist, her lyrics roam freely from evil wizards to sappy love songs. With a voice filled with sunshine and the imagination of J.K. Rowling, Rebecca makes a unique and engaging contribution to the Capital District folk scene. Her band members, Roger Mock, and Dennis and Lorraine Guyon, flesh out the rhythms and harmonies with congas, mandolin, bass and concertina. This ensemble has been backing Rebecca for ten years, and is featured on three of her five albums. Albany singer-songwriter Mark Shepard will open the show with his healing, hopeful songs. He accompanies himself on guitar, large drums that he crafts from trees, and with overtone singing and didgeridoo. His dynamic performances are more than entertaining—they are inspiring and enlightening.

Irish Arts Center announces
The 3rd Annual CELTIC APPALACHIA
A Celebration of Irish and Appalachian Music, Song, Dance, and Culture
8 p.m.
Peter Norton Symphony Space, 2537 Broadway at 95th Street, New York, NY
Tickets Premium Seats available for $65. Tier 1: $50 non-member / $40 member. Tier 2: $40 non-member / $32 member / $25 student
Featuring Mick Moloney and The Green Fields of America: Athena Tergis, Billy McComiskey, Jerry O’Sullivan, Brendan Dolan, Niall O’Leary, and Liz Hanley
The New Ballard’s Branch Bogtrotters: Eddie Bond, Josh Ellis, Leon Frost, Jesse Morris, Dennis Hall, and special guest Bonnie Bond
with Special Guests: Michelle Mulcahy, Cleek Schrey, Wayne Daniels, and Kieran Jordan

Legendary musician, folklorist and National Heritage Award-winner Mick Moloney once again leads a talented cast of world musicians, singers, and dancers in our third annual Celtic Appalachian celebration. The Green Fields of America—one of the best-known and longest running Irish American groups—has performed all over the US since the 1970s and has featured scores of Irish artists in America including Michael Flatley, John Doyle, Karan Casey and Séamus Eagan. For their only NYC performance this year, The Green Fields of America will showcase their extraordinary repository of Irish vocal, instrumental and dance traditions, while bringing together the exhilarating mixture of the rugged and beautiful old-time Appalachian music and song from Eddie Bond’s The New Ballard’s Branch Bogtrotters on fiddle, banjo, guitar, bass, autoharp and mandolin. The show also features the finely crafted Blue Ridge Mountain tunes of Virginian multi-instrumentalist Cleek Schrey, the soulful Irish folk tunes of four-time All-Ireland Champion Michelle Mulcahy on Irish harp, concertina, piano, fiddle and accordion, and the beautiful rhythmic movements of dancers Wayne Daniels and Kieran Jordan. From the jigs and reels of Ireland and America to the Appalachian harmonies of the Blue Ridge Mountain, this one-night-only roof-raising musical spectacular is the perfect setting to celebrate St. Patrick’s week with your friends and family.

Albany Contradances! — Caller Peter Stix with Escape!
8-11 p.m.
7:00 free lesson. 8:00 - 11:00 Dance
Beginner workshop 7:45 p.m.
25 South Allen Street, Albany, NY (Albany Elks Lodge)
Admission: $10 (general admission), $5 (students with ID).
Contact: Peter (518) 729-7791
Please wear sneakers or shoes with clean, soft soles.

The Towne Crier in Beacon presents
KIM SIMMONDS & SAVOY BROWN
8:30 p.m.
Towne Crier, 379 Main Street, Beacon, NY, (845) 855-1300
Tickets: $25 advance/ $30 at door
Kim Simmonds and Savoy Brown, one of the longest, continuously running blues/rock bands in the world today are Goin’ To The Delta with their new album, coming here to the Towne Crier. “This is a masterclass in taste, collaboration, arrangement, longevity and respect for electric blues,” says Dave Innis of Blues and More Again. The band’s live performances are at a pinnacle: “Transforming, mesmerizing, a stunning testimony of a life dedicated to the art of performance.” You will hear new songs that already storming the radio along with new treatments of old gems from their catalog.

March 14-16, 2014
Ashokan Music & Dance Camps announces
Scottish Fiddle + Cello Camp
Friday 4-6 p.m. Arrival
See full schedule online
Sunday 3 p.m. Scottish Fiddle and Celtic Concert
The Ashokan Center, 477 Beaverkill Road, Olivebridge, NY 12461, 845-246-2121
Register online for the camp: $275
Tickets for concert only: General admission $23, Seniors 65 and over $20, Teens and under $18
Jay Ungar and Molly Mason are thrilled to announce the first annual Scottish Fiddle and Cello Weekend at Ashokan Center with world-class Scottish traditional musicians and teachers Alasdair Fraser and Natalie Haas. Alasdair and Natalie’s workshops are fantastic learning experiences and tremendous fun for all. Join us for the full three days and two nights, which includes admission to Alasdair and Natalie’s concert on Sunday afternoon — or just come for the concert.

...and beyond Friday, March 14, 2014
Philadelphia Folklore Project invites you to
HONORING ANCESTORS: SPRING OPEN HOUSE 6-8 p.m.
Philadelphia Folklore Project, 735 S. 50th Stree, Philadelphia, PA 19143, 215.726.1106
Cost: Free
Join Keepers of the Culture (KOTC), an organization that seeks to perpetuate African and African American oral traditions, for an evening of storytelling, with the exhibition Honoring Ancestors as the backdrop. KOTC members will share stories recognizing people who paved the way for today’s practitioners of African-rooted dance and drumming. Stop by to visit the exhibition, listen, and respond to stories, and (if you like) share your own recollections. Refreshments!

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Saturday, March 15, 2014
City Lore announces
ETERNiDAY: QUEENS POET LORE FESTIVAL
12:00-8:00 p.m.
Queens Museum of Art, New York City Building, Flushing Meadows Corona Park, Flushing, 11368

Cost: Free
A day-long festival showcasing a diverse selection of poets, artists, musicians, performers, educators, and publishers from the borough and beyond. Curated by the current poet laureate of Queens, Paolo Javier, this festival, named after a term coined by the great Flushing artist Joseph Cornell, will feature readings, panel discussions, musical performances, live film and video narrations, publishing and professional development workshops, a poetry book fair, and City Lore’s endangered language project, Khonsay: A Poem of Many Tongues.

Asia Society presents a
Family Day: Spring Into Norouz! Celebrate the Persian New Year
1:00 – 4:00 p.m.
Asia Society, 725 Park Avenue, New York, NY 10021, 212.288.6400
Tickets: $5 students, seniors, children; $7 members (Dual Family members FREE); $12 nonmembers. Tickets available the day of event
Norouz, the Persian New Year, marks the beginning of spring. Discover the spirit of Norouz with traditional music, dance and crafts from Central Asia and Iran.

Mano a Mano: Mexican Culture Without Borders recommends:
MEXICO MAYA/DZUL DANCE
4-5 p.m.
El Museo Del Barrio, 130 Fifth Avenue at 104th Street, New York, NY 10029, info@elmuseo.org
Cost: Free admission
Dzul Dance will fuse dance contortion and acrobatics as a means to communicate indigenous pre-Hispanic and Mexican culture and create bridges between contemporary art and historical heritage. By transforming bodies into earthbound forces of nature Dzul breaks physical and cultural boundaries. This daring and unique company connects the ancient and the modern in order to illuminate the vast array of drama and beauty inherent to the natural world and the human condition.

City Lore announces
Bronx Rising! Music, Film & Spoken Word of the Borough
¡Olé!: Flamenco in the Bronx, Featuring Nelida Tirado

6:00-9:00 p.m.
Bronx Music Heritage Center, 51303 Louis Niné Blvd, Bronx, NY 10452, 718.839.1100

Admission: FREE with suggested donation of $5
Flamenco with Nelida Tirado. Pre-concert presentation: Women & Flamenco in NYC (in honor or Women’s Heritage Month). The Bronx Rising! Music, Film & Spoken Word of the Borough series is curated by City Lore award-winning folklorist Elena Martínez and Grammy-nominated Bronx musician Bobby Sanabria. Bronx Rising! programming includes Latin music, jazz, and hip hop performances; comedy, poetry and book readings; and film screenings with Q&As. Bronx Rising! is co-sponsored by City Lore.

The Folk Music Society of N.Y., Inc/ N.Y. Pinewoods Folk Music Club presents
New Ballard’s Branch Bogtrotters
Pot luck 6 p.m., Concert 7:30 p.m., tunes to follow
House concert in Suffern, NY at the home of Susan Sterngold and Mike Resnick, 5 Lancaster Dr Suffern, NY 10901
(about 30 mi NW of NYC on the NJ border).
RSVP: banjolady.susan@verizon.net or 914 282 0289. $20 (members, $18)
In the mid 1980s a group of musicians from the Galax, VA area formed The New Ballard’s Branch Bogtrotters who took their name, in part from the original Bogtrotters of the 1930s and also because band leader Dennis Hall lives on Ballard’s Branch. Like the original Bogtrotters the current band specializes in hard driving dance tunes, and mountain ballads that have been handed down to them by their predecessors. Rounding out the Bogtrotters lineup are: Eddie Bond on fiddle, Dennis Hall on guitar, Josh Ellis with clawhammer banjo, Jesse Morris on bass and Leon Frost on mandolin. The New Ballard’s Branch Bogtrotters remain a leading force in carrying the traditional music of the Virginia/Carolina Blue Ridge into the new millennium. Winners of Galax Old Fiddlers Convention Band Contest too many times to count.

World Music Institute (WMI) presents
La Cumbiamba Eneye
7:00 p.m.-midnight
Open bar hour serving up refajo; pre-concert dance lesson teaching the Cumbia essentials.
Live concert featuring LA CUMBIAMBA ENEYE & afterparty with DJ Geko Jones!
Roulette, 509 Atlantic Ave., Brooklyn, NY 10025
Tickets $25 / WMI Friends $20 / Bring a Kid! $5
Tickets available online.
Capturing the spirit of the outdoor parties that take place in Colombia, known as cumbiambas, this ensemble puts a contemporary, cosmopolitan spin on several distinct South American traditions. Their dense percussive grooves, punctuated with brass accents, indigenous flute overtones, festive horn lines and gritty guitar riffs, invite listeners to join the fiesta.

The Smith Center for the Performing Arts presents
The Town Pants
8:00 p.m.
The Smith Opera House, 82 Seneca Street, Geneva, NY 14456
Tickets: $10 General Admission, $8 student/senior (online fees of $2 per ticket), $15 at door
THEY’RE BACK! The Town Pants return to the Smith stage. With decades worth of headlining Roots and Celtic festivals to selling out nights at rock venues. The Town Pants own brand of Celtic roots rock rebel spans five albums so far, backed up with a legendary live show that’s garnered them fans internationally from New York to Norway. And while The Pacific Northwest may not be the first place you would expect to hear rollicking Celtic roots music, The Town Pants are determined to change that. The Vancouver, Canada-based band combines aspects of Irish traditional, folk rock, and roots Americana, fusing their signature dual lead vocals to create their own unique brand of high energy “West Coast Celtic” that remains in the heart and head long after the music stops.

Caffè Lena presents
The Whippersnappers
8 p.m.
Caffè Lena, 47 Phila St., Saratoga Springs, NY, 518-583-0022
Tickets: $16, $14 members, $8 children under 13
Buy tickets online
Originally formed in 1976 to serenade the racetrack crowd, this trio of regional folk superstars offers upbeat string band music with fiddles, 5-string banjo and acoustic guitar, featuring fun songs new and old, and fiddle instrumentals both lively and stately. The Whippersnappers are multi-instrumentalists Peter Davis, George Wilson, and Frank Orsini. Davis is in WAMC’s Dancing on the Air band, playing guitar, piano, and clarinet; Wilson is a traditional fiddler and banjoist who has played with Fennig’s All-Stars and is a frequent performer at regional contra dances and folk festivals; and fiddler-mandolinist-guitarist Frank Orsini has played with bluegrass greats Bill Keith and Frank Wakefield. Their latest album, Up Against It Now, is “a footstomping, ripsnorting collection of old-time music that juxtaposes country songs of the 1920s and ’30s with Celtic fiddle tunes, and shows much but by no means all of what these three can do.”—Glenn Weiser

The Towne Crier in Beacon presents
LUCY KAPLANSKY; with special guest Marc Douglas Berardo
8:30 p.m.
Towne Crier, 379 Main Street, Beacon, NY, (845) 855-1300
Tickets: $25 advance/ $30 at door
Lucy Kaplansky is a rare vocal talent—“a truly gifted performer...full of enchanting songs” (New York Times). Blending country, folk and pop styles, Lucy’s iconic voice has been featured in film and on television. She 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.

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Sunday, March 16, 2014
ArtsWestchester announces
Hungarian Folk Arts Event
1:30-3:30 p.m.
Pelham Art Center, 155 Fifth Avenue, Pelham, NY 10803, 914-738-2525
Free and open to the public
In partnership with Balassi Institute-Hungarian Cultural Center, New York, come to the Pelham Art Center to celebrate Hungarian National Day on Sunday, March 16. Listen to Fényes Band play authentic music from Hungarian villages and towns and watch traditional Hungarian dancers! Learn the traditional Hungarian art form of egg decoration in a hands-on art-making workshop. Hungarian National Day is celebrated annually on March 15th to recognize the Revolution of 1848, which led to the independence of the Hungarian Kingdom from the Austrian Empire. We continue this tradition on March 16 with Fényes Band playing Hungarian music from the Kalotaszeg, Mezoseg and Kukulloment areas of Transylvania, Romania, the Sarkoz area of Hungary, and the Magyarbod area of Slovakia. Improvisation is often mentioned as being characteristic of Hungarian dance. The peasant dance is not one which is set absolutely according to rule; the dancers Michelle Sólyom, Andrea Kalán, Zoltán Sólyom, and István Kosbor will construct their steps according to their mood and ingenuity.We will also include an egg decorating workshop led by Ildiko Nagy. The most widely known, down-to-earth natural technique is wax resist dying. This egg decorating technique is well-known from the Carpathian basin as far as the Urals, and will be presented at our interactive workshop.

Albany Institute of History & Art announces
Lecture and Book Signing: Hudson River Steamboat Catastrophes: Contests & Collisions
2 p.m.
Albany Institute of History & Art, 125 Washington Avenue, Albany, New York 12210
Free with museum admission
Join local historian J. Thomas Allison for an entertaining look at the romantic but perilous age of steamboat travel on the Hudson River, including tales of reckless captains racing each other and passengers’ eyewitness accounts of collisions, crashes, explosions and fires.

The Castellani Art Museum of Niagara University presents
Master Qi and the Monkey King
2:00-4:00 p.m.
Castellani Art Museum of Niagara University, 5795 Lewiston Road, Niagara University, New York 14109, 716-286-8200
Free and open to the public
For more information, please contact Carrie Hertz, Ph.D., Curator of Folk Arts at 716-286-8290.
Directed by Alan Govenar, 2011. The documentary film Master Qi and the Monkey King focuses on the life and work of the preeminent master of Chinese Opera living in the United States, Qi Shu Fang. The film highlights the intricacies of Peking Opera, an art form that is hardly known in the West and is declining in popularity in China. At the same time it explores why Ms. Qi, her husband, Ding Meikui, and their company of Chinese Opera performers, have made the difficult move to the United States, where they, like so many immigrants, must balance pressures to assimilate with the needs of cultural expression and preservation. Qi Shu Fang is one of many National Heritage Fellows featured in the exhibition Extraordinary Ordinary People: American Masters of Traditional Arts currently on display in the Folk Arts Gallery. A part of the Master Makers and Players series, this event held in conjunction with the exhibition on view through June 20, 2014 (see more about this exhibition in the “Exhibitions” section below).

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 (to give the official title).

The Ashokan Center announces
Alasdair Fraser & Natalie Haas in Concert
3:00 p.m. Ashokan Center, 477 Beaverkill Road, Olivebridge, NY. (845)246-2121
Admission: $10/Children $5
This exciting concert is the the culmination of Alasdair and Natalie’s first Scottish Fiddle & Cello Camp at Ashokan. See description for camp for March 14-16 above. Alasdair Fraser and Natalie Haas are two of the most widely respected performers on their respective instruments and the Ashokan Center is thrilled to welcome them to our region for a concert and weekend long camp. This duo has an enthusiastic following so be sure to get your tickets as soon as possible before the concert sells out!

ArtsWestchester announces
Tomaseen Foley’s “Irish Times”
3:00-4:00 p.m.
Academic Arts Theatre, Westchester Community College, Academic Arts Bldg., 75 Grasslands Road, Valhalla, NY
Tickets: $22.00 - Adult, $20.00 - Senior/Students/Fac-Staff,$16.00 - Children under 13
Foley and his folk entertainers charm audiences with the laughter of stories, the joy of music with fiddle, bodhran, tin whistle, uillean pipes, plus fancy foot-steppin’ dance. Tap into your inner leprechaun with this St. Patrick’s celebration for all ages!

Caffè Lena presents
The Best of Saratoga Springs with Tom Lopez & Guests
7 p.m.
Caffè Lena, 47 Phila St., Saratoga Springs, NY, 518-583-0022
Tickets: $15, $12 members, $7.50 children under 13
Buy tickets online
Join us for a very special evening with writer, director, and cosmic adventurer Tom Lopez, along with special guests. Lopez has worked with such legends as Allen Ginsberg, Philip Glass and Laurie Anderson and produced the quirky and beloved 1980s NPR series, “Saratoga Springs.” The series was broadcast on hundreds of stations across the country, but never in the Capital Region. Tonight’s performance is a “Best of” featuring characters and sound clips from that series, which is celebrating its 25th anniversary. The series was described by Variety magazine as “a sort of avant-garde Peyton Place without the angst,” and originally featured 26 different characters – including about 20 of whom were local. Some of the original characters may be making a special “surprise” appearance. Tom has traveled the globe collecting sounds from Belize to Bali, Morocco to Montreal, Sumatra to Saratoga Springs. His audio dramas, produced under the auspices of his ZBS Foundation, can be heard around the world on NPR, the BBC, Armed Forces Radio, Internet radio, and in downloadable podcasts.

The Towne Crier in Beacon presents
LUNASA
7:30 p.m.
Towne Crier, 379 Main Street, Beacon, NY, (845) 855-1300
Tickets: $30 advance/ $35 at door
Lúnasa are internationally acknowledged as being the finest Irish instrumental band of recent times, appearing at internationally renowned venues such as The Hollywood Bowl, National Concert Hall (Dublin), the Sydney Opera House and the White House. “This is the hottest Irish acoustic group on the planet.”․New York Times

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Monday, March 17, 2014
Gotham Center for NYC History presents a Spring 2014 Forum:
A History of Comedy in New York City
6:30 p.m.
Elebash Recital Hall at the Graduate Center, CUNY, 365 Fifth Avenue at 34th Street, New York, NY
Admission is free and the laughs are on us.
Join members of the Museum of American Humor for an evening of readings from some of Gotham’s greatest humorists: James Thurber, Robert Benchley, Dorothy Parker, Calvin Trillin, Fran Lebowitz, Woody Allen and more. And stay for a spirited discussion afterwards.

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Tuesday, March 18, 2014
The Towne Crier in Beacon presents
WAYNE HANCOCK
7:30 p.m.
Towne Crier, 379 Main Street, Beacon, NY, (845) 855-1300
Tickets: $20 advance/ $25 at door
Wayne Hancock has been called “The King of Juke Joint swing,” a “Roots Renaissance Man,” a “Country Singer’s Country Singer” and “Hank Williams meets Gershwin”—an authentic and original blend of honky tonk, western swing, blues and big band that he calls “juke joint swing!” He breathes youth and driving energy into traditional country forms and adds a dash of big band horns, boogie woogie piano, scorching rockabilly beats, heavenly Hawaiian steel licks and some wigged-out hillbilly jazz guitar.

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

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Wednesday, March 19, 2014
National Arts Marketing Project, a project of Americans for the Arts, presents a webinar:
Building Arts Marketing Skills for Independent Artists
3:00 PM EDT, 2:00 PM CDT, 1:00 PM MDT, 12:00 PM PDT (60 minutes)
REGISTER NOW! Webinars are always FREE to members of Americans for the Arts. Not a member? No problem! You can still join the live event by purchasing any of our webinars for ONLY $35.00. Are you an individual artist looking to learn how to position your work in the marketplace? Are you at a local arts agency or arts organization working to support independent artists? We have an exciting Art Marketing webinar that will share strategies and tactics for increased market presence and revenue for artists.
An entire list of webinars offered by Americans for the Arts can be found on their website.
Staten Island Arts presents
Art Intersects Roundtable #1: The Art of Risk
7-9 p.m.
SI Artist Building Gallery, 73 Wave Street, Staten Island, NY 10304
RSVP here: FREE for Staten Island Arts Members/ $10 for non-members
Or call 718-414-6904 to reserve your spot. Check to cover workshop fees and/or membership can be made out to Staten Island Arts and mailed to 1000 Richmond Terrace, SI, NY 10301.
The path to a nontraditional career as an artist is often closely associated with taking risks. Risks are often scary to approach. Yet when taking on risks, creatively and well informed, one can yield new opportunities and growth. This fall’s Art Intersects conversations continue with two roundtable discussions this spring. At The Art of Risk, join other professional artists from different disciplines (including apparel, design, photography, performance, and visual art) to discuss how to structure risk in an art career. What are the biggest risks they took? How can one gain the creative confidence to take risks and pursue larger goals? Is it risky to exhibit, invest, spend time and money on an art career? How can you prepare for and manage risk as an art entrepreneur? What mistakes did they make? What did they do right? This workshop is ideal for individuals interested in discussing risk-management for artists with other risk-taking artists!

The Arts Center of the Capital Region presents
BOOKMARKS: Eat the Past
Curated by Steve Barnes of Table Hopping
7:00 p.m.
The Arts of the Capital Region, 265 River Street, Troy, NY 12180
Cost: Free
Download the Call for Submissions
Taste and smell are rooted in some of the most primitive parts of our brain, and so food-related moments provide some of our most powerful memories. Let’s share stories about meals we remember and, perhaps, the perils of trying to recreate them. Rescheduled from January 6.
The Memoir Project, a program of The Arts Center of the Capital Region, invites submissions for Bookmarks, an annual series of group readings featuring writing that is grounded in personal experience. We encourage both experienced writers as well as those whose work has not previously been read publicly, or published, to submit work. Bookmarks is a thematically differentiated group reading. Each event is curated by a different individual, hand selected from our region’s richly diverse community to host. Chosen for their unique personal experiences and professional expertise, the curators decide on their month’s theme.

The Towne Crier in Beacon presents
PEGGY SEEGER
7:30 p.m.
Towne Crier, 379 Main Street, Beacon, NY, (845) 855-1300
Tickets: $20 advance/ $25 at door
Singer and multi-instrumentalist Peggy Seeger—Pete Seeger’s half-sister, partner to Ewan MacColl (who wrote First Time Ever I Saw Your Face for her)—was referred to as “one of the most authoritative voices in American and English folk” by Billboard. From her 22 solo albums, her best-known compositions are her activist songs Gonna Be An Engineer and The Ballad Of Springhill (often flatteringly mistaken as a traditional song).

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Thursday, March 20, 2014
Cruising for a Cause Charity Night to Benefit Long Island Traditions
6-9 p.m.
West Marine, West Islip, NY
For more information and to buy your tickets, visit the LI Traditions website. West Marine is hosting “Cruising for a Cause Charity Night” to celebrate its grand opening of their first flagship store in New York at West Islip. West Marine has selected Long Island Traditions as one of its charities to benefit from this event. For just $10, you can help support us and participate in what will be a fun evening of food, drinks and music, not to mention some great discounts on your purchases at the store.

Crandall Public Library presents
Live! Folklife Concert: Tropic Rhythm
7:00-8:30 p.m.
Crandall Public Library, 251 Glen Street, Glens Falls, New York 12801
Cost: Free
Tropic Rhythm is a Latin American band based in Albany, NY, playing the traditional sounds of upbeat boleros, merengues, and salsa. Members are Eduardo Nieves (lead guitar), Joseph Carrick (rhythm guitar), Dave Andrews (bass guitar), Roberto Rodriguez (congas-bongos-percussion), Manny Grau (timbales-congas-percussion) and Dashira Cortes (lead vocals). “The star of the show was Dashira…Whether a Spanish ballad, a current pop song or a 50s song, Dashira can sing it”—Grove Street Photographer.
The 2nd of 6 free concerts hosted by the Folklife Center at Crandall Public Library, and made possible with funds from the Leo Cox Beach Foundation, the Friends of Crandall Public Library, and the New York State Council on the Arts Folk Arts Program with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the NYS Legislature.

The Eighth Step at Proctors Theater presents
Peggy Seeger
7:00 p.m.
GE Theatre, Proctors, 432 State Street, Schenectady, NY 12305
Ticket Prices: Gold Circle: $50 (includes a post concert Meet & Greet); Advance: $26, Day of: $28; Cloud Club: $22.50
Order tickets online or phone 518-346-6204
2009 Grammy® nominee Peggy Seeger returns for a concert on the heels of last season’s sold-out Mainstage performance with her brother Pete. Folksinger and multi-instrumentalist, Peggy Seeger is regarded as one of the foremost interpreters of US and UK traditional folk songs; she is the inspiration of the song “The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face,” written for her by British folksinger-activist Ewan MacColl, who would later become her husband. The MacColl/Seeger duo was at the forefront of the British folk song revival for three decades. A pioneering feminist songwriter and prolific recording artist, she has performed internationally, released 22 solo albums and written for film, television and radio, earning a SONY Silver award.

Friday, March 21, 2014
Old Songs presents
Paul McKenna Band
8 p.m.
Call Old Songs to reserve your tickets: (518) 765-2815
Old Songs Community Arts Center, 37 South Main Street, Voorheesville, New York 12186
Folk band vocals, driving guitar, and bouzouki, intense fiddle playing and warm paring of flute, whistles and bodhran.

A Place for Folk presents
Jay Ungar & Molly Mason
Concert 8 p.m., Doors open at 7:30 p.m.
A Place for Folk, Unitarian Universalist Soc. of Schenectady, 1221 Wendell Ave, Schenectady, NY, aplaceforfolkmusic@gmail.com, 518-377-0002
Special price for this concert $20 in advance
Jay Ungar & Molly Mason have become one of the most celebrated duos in the American acoustic music scene. Their consummate musicianship, incomparable warmth and wit, and obvious love of the music have delighted audiences worldwide. You may know them from A Prairie Home Companion, from their own public radio program Dancing on the Air on WAMC’s Northeast Network, or from film soundtracks such as Legends of the Fall and Brother’s Keeper. Millions were entranced by the music they did for Ken Burns’ PBS documentary The Civil War.

Caffè Lena presents
Gurf Morlix
8 p.m.
Caffè Lena, 47 Phila St., Saratoga Springs, NY, 518-583-0022
Tickets: $18, $16 members, $9 children under 13
Buy tickets online
Texas songwriter, musician and legendary producer Gurf Morlix finally comes to Caffé Lena! We’ve followed his amazing career for a couple decades as he’s worked alongside our favorite contemporary folk artists, including eleven years as guitarist for Lucinda Williams, tours with Warren Zevon, Emmylou Harris, Robert Plant and Steve Earle, and producing albums for Eliza Gilkyson, Ray Wylie Hubbard and Mary Gauthier. But the real story here is Gurf’s fifth solo CD, Last Exit to Happyland. It is the best example yet of his innate musicality, exquisite taste, keen creative instincts, and well-honed ear for songwriting. Morlix’s trademark grit, soulfulness and authenticity bring together varied strains of American roots music: blues, rockabilly, Western swing, greasy R&B, shimmering ballads. His songs are peopled with characters “headed to reckoning day,” as Morlix captures their emotional essence with meaty guitar playing and memorable lyrics.

The Folkus Project of Central New York presents
Rebecca Colleen and the Chore Lads
One of the most promising and infectious young artists on the local Americana scene, with a voice that will melt your heart
8 p.m.
Doors open at 7:15 p.m. and refreshments will be available.
May Memorial Unitarian Universalist Society, 3800 East Genesee St, Syracuse, NY
Cost: $15
For reservations, email tickets@folkus.org.
Rebecca Colleen McDonald was home-schooled on a 220-acre organic livestock farm in the Finger Lakes with eight brothers and, as chance would have it, a father who is himself an experienced and accomplished musician. Raised with musical influences that included gospel, bluegrass, and country, Rebecca began her musical career at age 12, performing first with her father and brother in the McDonald Family Band. In 2008, with the support of an ever-growing fan base, the band switched gears and became “Rebecca Colleen and the Chore Lads,” featuring her as the lead vocalist. Rebecca has continued to develop into a versatile and beguiling Americana artist of almost limitless potential. She also happens to possess one of the most powerful and flexible female voices in all of Central New York – and maybe anywhere. On stage, Rebecca displays a stunning command of how to make a song her own; an uncommon patience for letting the lyrics unfold; an extraordinary ease that translates as old-soulfulness; and above all, the sheer joy of sharing the songs she loves. She sings with style, grace, and sensitivity far beyond her years and continues to work on writing new material while searching for good, unique songs to add to her repertoire. Rebecca is supported on stage by the Chore Lads – a veteran, bluegrass-leaning ensemble that includes her father, Peter McDonald, a lifelong musician who plays fiddle, banjo, and guitar, and adds baritone harmonies; well-known local multi-instrumentalist Perry Cleaveland, whose fiery and tasteful mandolin is supplemented by tenor harmonies; and Doug Henrie, of the famed Henrie Brothers, who adds his distinctive “doghouse bass.” From break-your-heart ballads to incendiary instrumentals, this is a singer and a band that puts on a show everyone can enjoy.
The Towne Crier in Beacon presents
CLANCY TRADITION
8:30 p.m.
Towne Crier, 379 Main Street, Beacon, NY, (845) 855-1300
Tickets: $20 advance/ $25 at door
Brothers Eugene & Pat Clancy first started performing with their family’s Ceili Band in Ireland in the 1950s before coming to America in the ‘60s, where they toured as the Irish Ramblers, recording The Patriot Game for Electra and performing at Carnegie Hall. “The Clancy Tradition” is still a fun, talented Irish family band with Eugene and Pat Clancy, along with a daughter and son on fiddle and bass, and accordion added for good measure.

March 21 and 22, 2014
Mano a Mano: Mexican Culture Without Borders recommends:
Annabella Gonzalez Dance Theater: “Camino” Spring Series
Friday, March 21, 8:00 p.m.
Saturday, March 22, 3 p.m. and 8 p.m.
Manhattan Movement & Arts Center, 248 West 60th Street, New York, NY
Cost: $20, TDF & $1`2 for dancers, seniors, students, groups and children
Info: 212.722.4128 Tickets: 877.987.6587
Now in its 36th year, Annabella Gonzalez Dance Theater has an original, highly varied repertoire of 69 dances. AGDT is a leading modern dance company in New York City headed by a Mexican-born American, Annabella Gonzalez, a critically acclaimed choreographer, dancer, and teacher.

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Saturday, March 22, 2014
Mano a Mano: Mexican Culture Without Borders in collaboration with Gabino Abraham Castelán present:
SOCIAL Opening Reception: Culture + Labor + Art + Identity + Migration
6-10 p.m.
Space Art Gallery, 29-09 39th Avenue, Long Island City, NY, 11101
Light refreshments will be served!
Join us for an afternoon of art, poetry, music and dance and a lecture on muralism as we celebrate the workers of the world with the opening of Gabino Abraham Castelán, a socially engaged artist committed to connecting the local community to art, artists and organizations.
Gabino’s work investigates the sociocultural evolution throughout the different ages, cultural, and social developments. It aims to strengthen human relationships by engaging with the public realm – the streets, the open social and culture space.

Oswego Music Hall/Ontario Center for the Performing Arts presents
Jay Ungar & Molly Mason
Concert 8 p.m., Doors open at 7:15 p.m.
Oswego Music Hall, McCrobie Building, 41 Lake Street, Oswego, NY 13126, (315) 342-1733, oswegomusichall@yahoo.com
Tickets: $18 advance, $22 at the door
Jay & Molly are musicians of enormous talent. Their love for music is infectious, and their expertise is superlative. With violin, mandolin, guitar, banjo and piano – not to mention their beautiful vocals – the two delight audiences wherever they go. On stage, Mason and Ungar complement each other like a finely crafted fiddle and bow. Together they weave a rich postmodern musical magic carpet on which listeners may vicariously glide back in time and experience first-hand the sonorous riches of traditional music.

Caffè Lena presents
Fennig’s All-Star String Band
8 p.m.
Caffè Lena, 47 Phila St., Saratoga Springs, NY, 518-583-0022
Tickets: $16, $14 members, $8 children under 13
Buy tickets online
For Capital District folk music fans, this band hardly needs an introduction. They’ve been a mainstay at contra dances, parties, weddings and festivals ever since they first formed in Albany in 1970. Featuring Bill Spence on hammered dulcimer, Toby Stover on piano, and George Wilson on fiddle, they were among the first folk bands to make records featuring hammered dulcimer and, as such, ignited a revival of interest in the instrument. Throughout their first couple decades they traveled far and wide, appearing on the mainstage at Philadelphia Folk Festival, Mariposa, and of course Old Songs and Fox Hollow festivals. The jaw-dropper here is that—44 years into their illustrious career—this will be Fennig’s FIRST performance at Caffé Lena! Holy Oversight, Batman! Please help us welcome these stalwarts of the folk world to the Caffé Lena stage, and enjoy a night of happy, traditional American music.

Earlville Opera House presents
Ellen Fagan
8:00 p.m.
Earlville Opera House, East Main Street, Earlville, NY, 315/691-3550
Tickets: $5-$10. Order tickets online.
A locally grown artist, Ellen Theresa Fagan is joyful to return home for her first solo performance at the Earlville Opera House. One of Earlville’s own, Ellen has spent time on and off the stage at the Earlville Opera House since childhood having been backstage with her mother as well as in the crowd. After years of getting her hands dirty in agriculture around the northeast, she’s beginning to pursue a side project as a lifetime song maker and a budding guitarist. Ellen combines a natural proclivity for the deep past of folk music, through a use of familiar imagery and song structure, with her grounded perspective to create engaging songs that expand the genre. Her style ranges from gentle to fierce, sometimes in the span of a single song. Farmer by day and musician by night, her voice ploughs through her folkin’ originals as she cultivates themes on journeying, belonging, commonality, and individuality.

Emelin Theatre presents
Red Molly
8:00 p.m.
Emelin Theatre, 153 Library Lane, Mamaroneck, NY, 914.698.0098
Tickets: $29
Americana trio Red Molly has been bringing audiences to their feet with gorgeous three-part harmonies, crisp musicianship, and their warm, engaging stage presence. The band’s fans, referred to as “RedHeads,” have always responded to the sense that the band is a group of friends, sharing songs in their living room. That’s exactly how it felt in 2004 when Laurie MacAllister (guitar, banjo, bass), Abbie Gardner (dobro, guitar), and Carolann Solebello (guitar, bass) sat around a campfire at the Falcon Ridge Folk Festival, singing and talking about their favorite songwriters. Knowing they had stumbled into something extraordinary, they formed Red Molly and spent the next seven years on the road. From the start, the trio got attention with their lively, engaging stage performances. This past year, the ladies were invited to open multiple shows for music legend Willie Nelson and they performed at the venerable RockyGrass festival in CO. Their new CD Light in the Sky spent 20 weeks on the Americana Music Association’s Top 40 radio chart and charted as Folk DJ’s #3 Top Album of 2012.

The Towne Crier in Beacon presents
JAMES MADDOCK Band
8:30 p.m.
Towne Crier, 379 Main Street, Beacon, NY, (845) 855-1300
Tickets: $20 advance/ $25at door
British born James Maddock was first recognized in the US as leader of the band Wood. Songs From Stamford Hill, which remains a fan favorite 10 years later, produced a Top 5 Triple A hit (Stay You) and was included in the first Dawson’s Creek compilation. In 2009 Maddock released Sunrise On Avenue C, for which he won the 2010–11 NY Music Award for Best Americana Album. Maddock followed Sunrise in 2011 with Wake Up And Dream. NYC’s WFUV 2011 Listener’s Poll named Wake Up And Dream (#13) as one of the top albums of 2011. The Mike Scott (Waterboys) co-written single, “Beautiful Now,” was named the #9 Song of the Year in the same poll.

City Lore announces
Master Sufi Musician Asif Ali Khan at Zankel Hall
8:30-10:00 p.m.
Judy and Arthur Zankel Hall, 881 Seventh Ave, New York, 10019

Tickets: $38-$44
Hailed as the reigning prince of the soulful Sufi music known as Qawwali, Asif Ali Khan has become hugely popular both in his native Pakistan and on the international stage. A senior disciple of Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan, he remains faithful to the sublime traditions of this devotional music. His songs build from meditative and trance-like to a thrilling and energetic spectacle. Part of the World Views concert series by Robert Browning Associates.

...and beyond
March 22-23, 2014
Puppet Showcase Theatre presents
Puppets Around the World: Hao Bang-Ya Horse
by Chinese Theatre Works

1 p.m. and 3 p.m. Saturday and Sunday
Puppet Showplace Theatre, 32 Station Street, Brookline, MA 02445
Tickets: $12, Member tickets $8
Celebrate the Year of the Horse in this fun and interactive show featuring a jolly selection of hand puppet vignettes based on popular songs and well-known Chinese sayings. Discover both ancient and modern pearls of Horse wisdom, such as: “The fastest Horse can’t catch up to a Promise once given,” “Ma Ma, Hu Hu” (Literally “horse, horse, tiger, tiger,” meaning something that is so-so), and “Patting the Horse’s Rear-End” (flattery gets you nowhere). Audiences will also learn about Chinese New Year customs and foods (red envelopes, fish and “nian gao”) and be introduced to other animals of the Chinese zodiac including Tigers, Rabbits, Dragons, and Snakes. Sing-alongs, games, and a hands-on post-show hands-on demonstration will make the Chinese language and cultural experience accessible to even the youngest audience members! Some parts of the program are performed in Chinese, with English translations and explanations. Mainstage performances are recommended for ages 3 and up.

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Sunday, March 23, 2014
Museum at Eldridge Street presents
Triangle Fire: A Musical Tribute
2 p.m.
Museum at Eldridge Street, 12 Eldridge Street, New York, NY 10002, 212.219.088
Cost: $20 adults; $15 students and seniors RSVP
This moving concert, with performers Lisa Gutkin, Pete Rushefsky and Rémy Yulzari, features songs co-authored by Woody Guthrie and members of the Klezmatics, and original klezmer pieces written by Lisa Gutkin and Pete Rushefsky. The concert is dedicated to the Garment Workers of the 1911 Triangle Shirtwaist Factory, and to the Followers of the Trail, an organization of Garment workers in the 1920s who committed their lives to changing working and living conditions in America. This event is part of our Lost & Found Music series, extending our preservation mission to present Jewish musical forms that are at rick of disappearing.

Borderline Folk Music Club presents
BROTHER SUN
2:00 p.m.
New City Voulunteer Ambulance Corps, 200 Congers Road, New City, NY 10956
Admission is $20 per person, ($15 for Borderline or Pinewoods members), and we ask that you bring a cold pot luck dessert dish to share with 4 other people. Please remember that we are an alcohol free venue.
For reservations and information e-mail solz1@optonline.net or telephone (845) 354-4586.
This will be by far our biggest event of the year. Brother Sun is an all male trio, consisting of Pat Wictor, Joe Jencks, and Greg Greenway. Each one of them is a super star in his own right. Together, they are pure perfection. They were the number one performers on the DJ folk charts for calendar year 2013. They write their own songs, exhibit superior musicianship on instrumentals, and feature the most exquisite vocal harmonies that you would ever want to hear.

World Music Institute (WMI) presents
NEWISH JEWISH FESTIVAL!
THE KLEZMATICS present HAVANA NAGILA featuring ARTURO O’FARRILL

5:00 p.m.
The Town Hall, 123 W 43rd St., New York City
$40, $45, $50 / WMI Friends $35, $40, $45
Tickets available online.
A joyful celebration of New York’s Latin and Jewish musical heritages. Jewish music icons, The Klezmatics, and Latin pianist, composer and bandleader Arturo O’Farrill have made careers dynamically updating traditional Yiddish and Afro-Cuban music for contemporary listeners, each winning Grammy awards for their groundbreaking work. They team up for an All-Star Cuban Jewish music jam that is not to be missed. Part of the Newish Jewish Music Festival, a celebration of contemporary Jewish culture and music. Festival events honor historic Jewish tradition while embracing the complex international influences found in contemporary Jewish culture

Arts Center Nazareth College presents
TAO: The Art of the Drum
7 p.m.
Nazareth College, Callahan Theater, 4245 East Avenue, Rochester, NY 14618, Box office 585-389-2170
Tickets: $55-70. Tickets available online
Athletic bodies and exquisite costumes meet explosive Taiko drumming and innovative choreography in a spectacle that has entertained more than five million at sold-out shows worldwide—including the Vancouver Olympics. Critics and audiences alike marvel at TAO’s extraordinary precision, energy, and stamina as the musicians strike their massive drums and take command of the stage. With performers who have also trained as rock musicians, gymnasts, and composers, TAO offers a vibrantly modern take on an authentic, traditional art form.

Caffè Lena presents
Cantrip
7 p.m.
Caffè Lena, 47 Phila St., Saratoga Springs, NY, 518-583-0022
Tickets: $16, $14 members, $8 children under 13
Buy tickets online
This trio of Scottish traditional musicians has been delighting audiences on all sides of the Atlantic for over a decade with driving fiddle, bagpipes, and guitar. The name is an Old Scots word meaning a charm, magic spell, or piece of mischief and it aptly describes the unexpected twists and turns in their musical arrangements, likewise the compelling potency of their musicianship. Weaving together songs and tunes, both traditional and contemporary, Cantrip takes an audience on a cultural journey across Europe, weaving dense textures together and leaving listeners hungering for more. Featuring: Jon Bews — vocals, fiddle; Dan Houghton — vocals, pipes & whistles, wooden flute, bouzouki, guitar; and Eric McDonald — vocals, guitar, mandolin, bouzouki.

The Towne Crier in Beacon presents
MATT RAE Trio; also GEOFF HARTWELL Band
7:30 p.m.
Towne Crier, 379 Main Street, Beacon, NY, (845) 855-1300
Tickets: $15 advance/ $20 at door
Both Matt Rae and Geoff Hartwell have appeared at the Towne Crier to overwhelming responses in the past few weeks, even impressing a house full of fans of the slide virtuoso Sonny Landreth.

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Monday, March 24, 2014
New York Foundation for the Arts announces
Doctor’s Hours for Literary Artists: one-on-one consultations with art professionals
6-9:00 p.m.
NYFA, 20 Jay Street, Suite 740, Brooklyn, NY 11201
The fee for each appointment is $25, and there is a three-appointment limit per registrant.
REGISTRATION OPENS: Tuesday, March 11 at 11 a.m.
TO REGISTER : Please visit the NYFA website. QUESTIONS: Email Clearning@nyfa.org
New York Foundation for the Arts (NYFA) is pleased to announce the first Doctor’s Hours for Literary Artists, a program developed in response to a need expressed by writers looking for advice regarding furthering and sustaining their careers. Are you at a crossroads at the beginning, middle, or end of your manuscript, chapbook, short story, or article and looking for direction? Or, are you seeking feedback on a synopsis of your book, letters of inquiry, artist statements, website, or outreach strategy? Come to NYFA’s Doctors’ Hours for Literary Artists and get the conversation started! This event offers individual, 20-minute, one-on-one consultations with Editors, Poets, Authors and Writers affiliated with publications like Gigantic, Harper’s Magazine, BOMB, and Spook.

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Tuesday, March 25, 2014
The New York Folklore Society will be at Arts Advocacy Day, 2014
Hosted by Americans for the Arts and co-sponsored by 85+ national arts organizations, National Arts Advocacy Day is the largest gathering of its kind, bringing together a broad cross section of America’s cultural and civic organizations. Grassroots advocates from across the country come to Washington DC to meet with their members of Congress in support of issues like arts education policy, the charitable tax deduction, and funding for the National Endowment for the Arts.

This year, Arts Advocacy Day will be March 25, 2014. Plan to join the New York Delegation, led by Ellen McHale of the New York Folklore Society and Melanie Cohn of Staten Island Arts.



New York Foundation for the Arts announces
Doctor’s Hours for Literary Artists: one-on-one consultations with art professionals
6-9:00 p.m.
NYFA, 20 Jay Street, Suite 740, Brooklyn, NY 11201
The fee for each appointment is $25, and there is a three-appointment limit per registrant.
REGISTRATION OPENS: Tuesday, March 11 at 11 a.m.
TO REGISTER : Please visit the NYFA website. QUESTIONS: Email Clearning@nyfa.org
New York Foundation for the Arts (NYFA) is pleased to announce the first Doctor’s Hours for Literary Artists, a program developed in response to a need expressed by writers looking for advice regarding furthering and sustaining their careers. Are you at a crossroads at the beginning, middle, or end of your manuscript, chapbook, short story, or article and looking for direction? Or, are you seeking feedback on a synopsis of your book, letters of inquiry, artist statements, website, or outreach strategy? Come to NYFA’s Doctors’ Hours for Literary Artists and get the conversation started! This event offers individual, 20-minute, one-on-one consultations with Editors, Poets, Authors and Writers affiliated with publications like Gigantic, Harper’s Magazine, BOMB, and Spook.
Center for Traditional Music and Dance and Verite sou Tanbou present
VODOU IS NATURE! FACES OF EZILI
In honor of Women’s History Month: A conversation about Vodou and women’s power

with special guests: SANDY CALIXTE-JOSEPH, MARSHA CHAMPAGNE, AND VODOU SONGS FOR EZILI by TAΪNA LIGONDÉ
6 p.m.
Flatbush Public Library, 22 Linden Blvd. (corner of Linden and Flatbush), Brooklyn, NY
Free admission
The Center for Traditional Music and Dance and its Haitian Community Cultural Initiative, Verite sou Tanbou (formerly known as Ayiti Fasafas), invite you to the second program in this season’s “Vodou Is Nature!” series, Faces of EziIi, an educational workshop on Haitian Vodou practice and performance in New York City. Community educator and healthy relationships advocate Sandy Calixte-Joseph and Marsha Champagne, granddaughter of the internationally known Haitian priestess Mama Lola, will discuss two differing aspects or “faces” of the Vodou lwa (spirit) Ezili — Ezili Dantò and Ezili Freda, with reference to their own experience as well as to the ways in which Ezili’s energy contributes to women’s empowerment in Haitian culture and beyond. Discussion will be in English and Kreyol and interwoven with question-and-answer sessions and performances of traditional Vodou songs for Ezili by Taïna Ligondé and others. Light refreshments will be served and audience participation is encouraged!

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Wednesday, March 26, 2014
Caffè Lena presents
Acoustic Blues Jam with host Sonny Speed
7 p.m.
Caffè Lena, 47 Phila St., Saratoga Springs, NY, 518-583-0022
Admission is $5. No advanced ticket sales. Tickets may be purchased at the door.
If you have the Blues, play the blues, or love the Blues we got you covered! Caffé Lena, The Saratoga Acoustic Blues Society and the Capital Region Blues Network have teamed up to present a monthly acoustic blues open mic. We’re looking for acoustic Blues players of all ages, styles, and playing levels to present Blues originals and covers on the famed Caffé Lena stage. Get connected with members of SABS and the CRBN as well as other Blues fans and become a part of what’s happening in the Blues scene. 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. The event will be held on the 4th Wednesday of the month and hosted by SABS & CRBN member Sonny Speed.
Sign up is 7 p.m. Names are pulled out of a lottery at 7:30 p.m. A monthly featured act opens up with a short set. The open mic follows.

Staten Island Arts presents
The Economics of Culture (TEC) Talk
Doors at 6:30 p.m.; Program 7-9 p.m.
SI MakerSpace, 450 Front Street (entrance on Thompson), Staten Island, NY 10304
RSVP here: FREE and open to the public
TEC Talks, a collaborative effort between Staten Island Arts, SI Makerspace, and Second Saturday Staten Island Art Walk, are a series of discussions between Staten Island’s creative, scientific, business, educational, cultural, and immigrant communities, to promote collaboration and positive community development. Each TEC Talk will feature presentations by two or more individuals followed by a moderated forum and open discussion. Especially on Staten Island, provincial cultures are often marked by deep loyalty, support, pride, histories, and futures. For our pilot talk we’ll delve into a slew of subtopics around the idea of neighborhood-based arts activity and businesses. This TEC Talks’ speakers are: Tariq Zaid, Richmond Hood Company; Frank Williams, Wahoo Skiffle Crazies, SICoLab, poet and editor of new NYSAI Mag Flushed; and Lorie Honor, Honor Wines. MODERATOR: Vivian Vassar, Hey Viv! & Day De Dada. This talk is ideal for local businesses interested in understanding benefits of supporting the arts, property owners thinking creatively about managing vacant storefronts or empty lots, local artists looking for ways to expand their audience and venues, and SI residents who just want to meet their neighbors!

Museum at Eldridge Street presents
D’var Shirah: Music Meets Text at the Red Sea— Concert & Spoken Word
7:30 p.m.
Museum at Eldridge Street, 12 Eldridge Street, New York, NY 10002, 212.219.088
Cost: $36 adults; $18 students Purchase tickets online
The Academy for Jewish Religion (AJR) presents a pre-Passover encounter between musicians and spoken-word artists, including Frank London (trumpet), Marty Ehrlich (clarinet/sax/flute), Zack Lober (bass), Ronen Itzik (percussion), Rob Schwimmer (keyboard) and Zoe B. Zak (accordion) in collaboration with rabbis, cantors, students and friends from AJR. This event is presented by the Academy for Jewish Religion.

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Thursday, March 27, 2014
Staten Island Arts presents
Art Intersects Meetup #3
7-9 p.m.
Art Lab, 1000 Richmond Terr, Building H, Staten Island, NY 10301
RSVP here: FREE for Staten Island Arts Members/ $5 for non-members
Or call 718-414-6904 to reserve your spot. Check to cover workshop fees and/or membership can be made out to Staten Island Arts and mailed to 1000 Richmond Terrace, SI, NY 10301.
Twelve artists convened for the first Art Intersects Meetup held at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, January 28, 2014 at Art Lab. We spent the bulk of the meetup sharing + brainstorming individual aspirations and challenges. We then brainstormed methods or projects that we could work on together to tackle that list, including working on business plans, hosting peer-feedback sessions, and photographing work, amongst other ideas. The next meetup will feature a critique of three participating artists’ websites. Meetup participants are asked to review these three sites before attending this meetup. (Please RSVP to receive the links for review.) This meetup group is envisioned as a space for individual artists, creative businesses, collectives or nonprofit groups to develop independent initiatives, share resources, and deepen professional relationships on a monthly basis. Space is limited. RSVP via email, phone, and/or ticketing system required.

Crandall Public Library presents
Live! Folklife Concert: Mando Planet
7:00-8:30 p.m.
Crandall Public Library, 251 Glen Street, Glens Falls, New York 12801
Cost: Free
Mando Planet is the Portland, Oregon based mandolin duo, Jack Dwyer and Tim Connell. Two mandolins become one as they create a stunning soundscape of harmony and counterpoint. Their new album is an ode to acoustic folk music, rhythm, and the mandolin. Intimate, raw and energetic, the songs on this release simultaneously honor and push the boundaries of traditional music. Beneath it all though, is a steady unshakable groove that will have you stomping your feet all the way home. “Whether playing an Irish Jig, Brazilian Choro, or improvising freely on one of their original tunes, the music always has focus and authenticity”—Mandolin Cafe.
The 3rd of 6 free concerts hosted by the Folklife Center at Crandall Public Library, and made possible with funds from the Leo Cox Beach Foundation, the Friends of Crandall Public Library, and the New York State Council on the Arts Folk Arts Program with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the NYS Legislature.

John Gorka
Doors: 7:00 p.m./Show: 7:30 p.m.
SubCulture, 45 Bleecker St., Downstairs, New York, NY
Tickets: $25 in advance / $30 at the door
Hailed by Rolling Stone as “the preeminent male singer-songwriter of what has been dubbed the ‘New Folk Movement,’” John Gorka is an award-winning, critically acclaimed artist known for his soulful baritone voice. His sound and lyrical insight has earned him generations of devoted fans and a career that’s found him gracing the stages of PBS’ Austin City Limits, NPR’s Mountain Stage and venues worldwide. Gorka will be performing material from his twelfth studio album, Bright Side of Down (Red House Records), at SubCulture.

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Friday, March 28, 2014
“INFORMED CONSENT” FUNDRAISER AT GEVA TO BENEFIT FRIENDS OF GANONDAGAN
Fundraiser Evening Explores DNA Ownership, Identity and Rights in the Genetic Information Age
6:30 p.m. Dessert and Coffee Reception followed by Informed Consent prologue, Informed Consent performance
9:30 p.m. Panel discussion
Geva Theatre Center, 75 Woodbury Blvd., Rochester, NY
Tickets: $56. Phone (585) 232-4382 or purchase in-person at the Geva box office, 75 Woodbury Blvd., Rochester, NY.
For complete information, visit www.ganondagan.org/Events-Programs/Informed-Consent-Fundraiser or call Friends of Ganondagan at (585) 742-1690.
A penetrating and engaging exploration into culture, health, genetic “ownership,” and the critical process of informed consent provides the impetus for the Friends of Ganondagan fundraiser, to coincide with the world premiere of the play Informed Consent. The play, written by Deborah Zoe Laufer, is based on the true story of the Havasupai Tribe who won a legal fight to limit the research on their DNA. According to the 2010 New York Times article, “members of the tiny, isolated tribe had given DNA samples to university researchers starting in 1990, in the hope that they might provide genetic clues to the tribe’s devastating rate of diabetes. But they learned that their blood samples had been used to study many other things, including mental illness and theories of the tribe’s geographical origins that contradict their traditional stories.” With support by Presenting Sponsor Rochester Clinical Research, the fundraiser evening looks at the personal and national debate about DNA research and responsibility. In the medical research field, informed consent is the critical communication between subject and investigator about potential research risks and benefits, including its specific purpose and usage. A talk back panel discussion at 9:30 p.m. follows the performance and is moderated by director Sean Daniels with guest panelists Peter Jemison (Seneca), Ganondagan State Historic Site Manager, and Dr. Carl D’Angio from the University of Rochester’s Clinical and Translational Science Institute.

The Eighth Step at Proctors Theater presents
Cris Williamson
CD Release: Pray Tell
7:00 p.m.
GE Theatre, Proctors, 432 State Street, Schenectady, NY 12305
Ticket Prices: Gold Circle: $35; Advance: $26; Day of: $28
Order tickets online or phone 518-346-6204
Onstage she is a mesmerizing, dynamic and one of our all-time most popular performers. Decades before indie labels were the norm, and years before women had real access to the industry, Cris Williamson was changing the face of popular music. In 1975, the twenty-something former schoolteacher recorded The Changer and the Changed, for her brainchild, Olivia Records, the first woman-owned woman-focused record company. Her music and voice quickly became the soundtrack of a movement, the cornerstone of “women’s music” — music created and performed by women. The Changer and the Changed remains one of the best-selling independent releases of all time. Her lyrics appear in books and thesis papers. Her albums often accompany the curriculum for women’s studies courses. Thousands of people join their voices in “Song of the Soul” around campfires and gathering places. She is sampled in hip-hop; used by midwives welcoming life into the world; hospice choirs sing her songs in tender sacred escort. She has sold out Carnegie Hall three times and headlined at most of the great folk festivals, including Newport, Kerrville, Moab and Vancouver. After 30 albums, Cris continues to tour and write or accumulate new material at each juncture. The songs and the celebration continue with the release of this — her 31st — her newest 2-CD set Pray Tell: 24 original songs.

Folk Music Society of New York/New York Pinewoods Folk Music Club presents
Peggy Seeger
Legends — a series showcasing some of the great performers in various folk fields
8 p.m.
Second Presbyterian Church (“The Scotch Church” founded 1756), 6 W 96th St., (South corner of 96th Street and, Central Park West), New York, NY
Suggested donation: $22; members $18; child/full-time student $10.
Tickets at the door or on-line at: http://peggy.bpt.me (service fee applies). Information 212-957-8386.
Peggy Seeger, a member of the musical Seeger family, half-sister of Pete, is a legend in her own right. A singer of traditional Anglo-American songs and activist songmaker, she plays six instruments: piano, guitar, 5-string banjo, Appalachian dulcimer, autoharp and English concertina. She has recorded 23 solo albums and participated directly in more than a hundred others. Peggy lived in England for 35 years with singer and songmaker Ewan MacColl. The couple was instrumental in the UK folk revival in the sixties. She currently resides in Oxford, England. Peggy will perform both traditional songs and her own compositions, such as Gonna Be an Engineer. Her career as a musician and political and social activist spans more than five decades in the UK and the US. BQ-NOW and NOW-NYC chapters of the National Organization for Women, are co-sponsors.

Caffè Lena presents
Mist Covered Mountains with Eli August & the Abandoned Buildings
8 p.m.
Caffè Lena, 47 Phila St., Saratoga Springs, NY, 518-583-0022
Tickets: $15, $12 members, $7.50 children under 13
Buy tickets online
Tonight’s concert spans the generations and the possibilities of folk music. The two bands are connected through their lead vocalist, Molly Hebert-Wilson, who sings in Irish and English. Mist Covered Mountains features Molly with her mother, New England fiddler Donna Hebert, and guitarist Max Cohen (Priscilla Herdman). Their repertoire journeys from L’Acadie to the land of Faerie with fiddle tunes and songs from traditional Irish, Scots and Québécois sources, along with original pieces. Eli August & the Abandoned Buildings is a contemporary ensemble based in Philadelphia. Their gothic Americana music is full of rich, earthy orchestration with percussive guitar and banjo and emotive lyrics.

The Towne Crier in Beacon presents
JORMA KAUKONEN
8:30 p.m.
Towne Crier, 379 Main Street, Beacon, NY, (845) 855-1300
Tickets: $55 advance/ $60 at door
Jorma Kaukonen is currently one of the most highly respected interpreters of American roots music, blues, and Americana; and was at the forefront of popular rock-and-roll. Jorma was a founding member of two legendary bands: Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame inductee The Jefferson Airplane; and the still-touring Hot Tuna. Kaukonen also received a Grammy nominee for his highly acclaimed solo album, Blue Country Heart.

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Saturday, March 29, 2014
Folk Music Society of New York/New York Pinewoods Folk Music Club presents
Workshop: The Image of Women in Anglo-American Traditional Song with Peggy Seeger
2 p.m.
Pearl Studios, 519 8th Avenue, between W. 35th & W. 36th Streets, 12th Floor, Studio H, Midtown Manhattan

$15 FMSNY members, $20 non-members. Seating is limited; advance reservations recommended. For reservations or additional information, call call Steve Suffet at 718-786-1533.
In this intimate workshop, Peggy will explore the ways in which women have historically been portrayed in traditional Anglo-American folk songs, and then she will present some of the ways she has responded to those portrayals through her own songs. Co-sponsored by BQ-NOW and NOW-NYC.

Swan Day — Staten Island
3 p.m.
SIABC, 73 Wave Street, Stapleton, NY 10304
RSVP: elanem63@yahoo.com
SWAN DAY (Support Women Artists Now) is an international celebration honoring women artists. Now in its 7th year, over 23 nations have celebrated this day in major cities. This will be our first celebration on Staten Island featuring spoken word, dance performances, and original music by women artists. Artists are encouraged to come and share their art on this day. Light refreshments and a raffle will be held. Space is limited.

The Eighth Step at Proctors Theater presents
Annie and the Hedonists with Kevin Maul, dobro wizard
7:30 p.m.
Education Center, Proctors, 432 State Street, Schenectady, NY 12305
Ticket Prices: Gold Circle: $18 Advance, $20 Day of Event, $30 Gold Circle
Order tickets online or phone 518-346-6204
Annie Rosen (lead vocals); Jonny Rosen (guitar, vocals), Peter Davis (clarinet, guitar, piano, vocals); Don Young (upright bass and vocals) interpret songs of the great female blues artists of the ‘20s, ‘30s and ‘40s, and others. You also might hear Western swing, bluesy country, and roots Americana — and they do it all well, led by the moody and supple voice of Annie Rosen, who quite possibly is a reincarnation of Bessie Smith, Sippie Wallace, Memphis Minnie, Billie Holiday, Rosetta Tharpe, Blue Lu Barker or Ella Fitzgerald. Throaty or clear, down-low or soaring, Annie’s voice is emotion laid bare, while the remarkably supple sounds of J. Rosen, Davis, and Young — not to mention Maul — lift her to the heights.

World Music Institute (WMI) presents
Zakir Hussain’s Masters of Percussion
8:00 p.m.
The Theater at Madison Square Garden, 4 Pennsylvania Plaza, New York, NY 10121
Tickets only available through MSG. Ticketmaster, (866) 858-0008
For VIP and WMI Friends tickets, call WMI Office, (212) 545-7536.
$45, $50, $70, $125 / WMI Friends $40, $45, $65, $120 VIP $300/ $500
The preeminent classical tabla virtuoso of our time, the legendary Zakir Hussain returns to NYC with his Masters of Percussion ensemble, in an exciting new venue—The Theater at Madison Square Garden. Hussain’s consistently brilliant performances have established him as a national treasure in his native India, and a musical phenomenon worldwide. Renowned for his mesmerizing improvisations, dazzling technique and beguiling wit, he has been touring internationally for decades, showcasing premier percussionists in unforgettable ensemble configurations. He will be joined by V Selvaganesh, kanjira and ghatam (clay pot); Steve Smith, drums; Niladri Kumar, sitar; Dilshad Khan, sarangi; Vijay S Chavan, dholki; Deepak Bhatt, dhol.

Caffè Lena presents
Hot Club of Saratoga
8 p.m.
Caffè Lena, 47 Phila St., Saratoga Springs, NY, 518-583-0022
Tickets: $15, $12 members, $7.50 children under 13
Buy tickets online
We welcome to the Caffe Lena stage Saratoga’s popular gypsy jazz quintet, The Hot Club of Saratoga. Their repertoire reflects the spirit and style of The Quintet of The Hot Club of France, featuring Django Reinhardt and Stephane Grappelli, most prominent in the 1930s and kept alive through a line of gypsy jazz artists ever since. Our ensemble features five superb gypsy jazz enthusiasts: Chad Tallman, guitar; Tucker Callander, violin; Chuck Kish, guitar and accordion; Dylan Perrillo, string bass; and Jonathan Greene on clarinet and sax.

The Smith Center for the Performing Arts presents
An Evening with Ben Sollee at the Cracker Factory
8:00 p.m.
The Cracker Factory, 35 Lehigh Street, Geneva, NY
Tickets:$20 General Admission/$24 at door
Musicians often claim they are “giving themselves” to their listeners, but it’s rarely as true as on Ben Sollee’s fourth album, Half-Made Man, a revealing, deeply moving album that explores a man trying to figure himself out, just as we all are. Known for his thrilling cello-playing that incorporates new techniques to create a unique mix of folk, bluegrass, jazz, and R&B, Sollee shares himself completely with his audience, whether it be by personal lyrics, or his commitment to the environment. Sollee can often be found riding a bicycle to his concerts (cello strapped to the back), which have become legendary for their intimacy.

Live at the Falcon presents
Jay Ungar & Molly Mason Family Band with Mike + Ruthy
Concert 8 p.m., Doors open at 7:15 p.m.
Live at the Falcon, 1348 Rt. 9W, Marlboro, NY
Doors, Bar & Restaurant open at 5:30. Music at 7:00. No Cover. Donations encouraged.
Jay and Molly are musicians of enormous talent who draw their repertoire and inspiration from a wide range of American musical styles: 19th-century classics, lively Appalachian, Cajun, and Celtic fiddle tunes and favorites from the golden age of country and swing, along with their own songs, fiddle tunes, and orchestral compositions. After thousands of concerts across tens-of-thousands of miles, Ruth Ungar & Mike Merenda have emerged as one of acoustic America’s most revered musical duos. As story-tellers, as singers, as poets and as parents (they tour with their two small children), Mike + Ruthy are heralds of an American cultural awakening that values honesty and togetherness, prefers grit to glitz, and revels in the old-fashioned telling of a story.

ArtsWestchester announces
Blues Artist John Hammond at White Plains Performing Arts Center
8:00 p.m.
White Plains Performing Arts Center, 11 City Place, White Plains, NY
Tickets: $25 and $35; $50 VIP Meet & Greet, (914) 328-1600
Renowned blues artist John Hammond just released a new album Timeless, marking over 50 years since the start of his recording career (John Hammond, 1963). Recorded live, Timeless finds Hammond doing what he does best—performing solo acoustic before an enthusiastic audience, and his last release Rough and Tough was a 2010 Grammy nominee for Best Traditional Blues Album. “John’s sound is so compelling, complete, symmetrical and soulful with just his voice, guitar and harmonica...A blues legend...with a demeanor that belies his tear-it-up might before an audience.”—The New York Times.

The Towne Crier in Beacon presents
TOM CHAPIN; also WORK O’ THE WEAVERS
8:30 p.m.
Towne Crier, 379 Main Street, Beacon, NY, (845) 855-1300
Tickets: $25 advance/ $30 at door
In a career that spans 5 decades, 23 albums and 3 Grammy awards, multi-talented singer-songwriter-guitarist Tom Chapin has covered an incredible amount of creative ground. In addition to his work as a recording artist and concert performer, Chapin has acted on Broadway, as well as working extensively in television, radio and films. An activist songwriter from a legendary musical family, Chapin serves up a tasty mix of story songs, ballads, comedic, and political songs, old-time folk classics and a favorite song or two of his late brother Harry’s. Faithful to the Weavers’ original arrangements, Work O’ The Weavers (David Bernz, James Durst, Mark Murphy, and Martha Sandefer) recall their timeless music and interweave an edifying narrative to unfold their timely story.

World Music Institute (WMI) announces
Duquesne University Tamburitzans In Concert
8:00 p.m.
Peter J. Sharp Theater, Symphony Space, 2537 Broadway at 95th St., New York, NY
Tickets $45-$15, 212.864.5400
Selections from Hungary, Serbia, Slovenia, Russia, Bulgaria, Greece, Ukraine, Croatia and more are presented via a two hour journey of live music, song and dance. The Duquesne University Tamburitzans is dedicated to preserving and perpetuating the cultural heritages of Eastern Europe and its neighbors through performance, while awarding scholarships to talented and deserving student performers.

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Sunday, March 30, 2014
New York Council for the Humanities announces
Leading Meaningful Community Discussions: Facilitation Workshop
9 a.m.-4 p.m.
Albany Institute of History & Art, 125 Washington Avenue, Albany, NY 12210
Cost: $75 for MANY members; $90 for non-members; includes light breakfast, lunch and materials*
Register: Check out the entire MANY Conference schedule (March 30-April 1) and register at the MANY website. Please note, conference registration is required to attend. Special discounts are available for students and those currently unemployed. Group discounts also available.
Contact Program Officer Leah Nahmias (lnahmias@nyhumanities.org / 212-233-1131) to learn more about the workshop. For registration help, contact the Museum Association of New York (info@manyonline.org). Join us at the 2014 Museum Association of New York annual conference to learn how to create opportunities for strangers to become neighbors and neighbors to shape communities through conversation-based programming. Good facilitators are critical to the success of public programs, and more importantly, to help communities discover shared values and find common ground. Now, through a special partnership with the Museum Association of New York, you can attend a full-day in-depth workshop in Albany on facilitating text-based discussions presented by the Council. Over the course of the day, Council staff will help you learn:
*How to facilitate conversations that build community and help participants think critically about important ideas that matter to us all;
*How to craft effective discussion questions;
*Best practices for connecting with participants and managing the flow of conversation;
*Ways conversation-based programs can help build and strengthen your audience’s connection to your organization.

When you leave the workshop, we hope you’ll be more excited than ever to transform your organization into a center of community dialogue! This unique professional development opportunity is perfect for museum staff, college faculty and staff, educators, librarians and anyone else who creates engaging humanities experiences in their communities.

Albany Institute of History & Art announces
Lecture and Book Signing: Women of Privilege by Susan Gillotti
2 p.m.
Albany Institute of History & Art, 125 Washington Avenue, Albany, New York 12210
Free with museum admission
Author Susan Gillotti recounts the story of three generations of the women at Grasmere, a country estate along the Hudson River in Rhinbeck. Gillotti’s grandparents and great grandparents were neighbors of the Vanderbilts, Delanos, and Roosevelts, and despite their wealth and patrician life style, suffered with issues of mental health and addictions.

The Castellani Art Museum of Niagara University presents
Exploring the Legacy of America’s Masters of Traditional Music
2:00-4:00 p.m.
Castellani Art Museum of Niagara University, 5795 Lewiston Road, Niagara University, New York 14109, 716-286-8200
Thomas Grant Richardson, Instructor at Empire State College. A part of the Master Makers and Players series, this event held in conjunction with the Folk Arts exhibition “Extraordinary Ordinary People: American Masters of Traditional Arts,” on view through June 20, 2014 (see more about this exhibition in the “Exhibitions” section below).

Dance Parade presents
Dance Parade SHOWCASE at Flamboyán Theater—Two Shows!
3 p.m. and 7 p.m.
Flamboyán Theater, Clemente Soto Vélez Cultural & Educational Center, 107 Suffolk Street, New York, NY
Tickets: $20-$100
The Showcase offers you a “taste of Dance Parade” and kicks off a month prior to International Dance Day which is a celebration of dance and culture from all over the world, similar to the magical display of costumes, color and talent which makes its way down Broadway each May in our annual parade and festival. Proceeds from this event will help aid in production costs for the parade as well as help to fund our yearly Community Engagement Program which brings the excitement and energy of dance to under-resourced schools across the five boroughs. Please join us for one or both of these wonderfully curated expeditions into the expressiveness of dance. Attendees will be welcomed into the theater one hour prior to the start of each show to mix and mingle with fellow guests, the performers and the Dance Parade team of volunteers. Snacks will be available along with a cash bar to quench your thirst.

Caffè Lena presents
Brother Sun
7 p.m.
Caffè Lena, 47 Phila St., Saratoga Springs, NY, 518-583-0022
Tickets: $18, $16 members, $9 children under 13
Buy tickets online
This dynamic, contemporary folk super group features Pat Wictor of New York City, Greg Greenway of Boston, and Joe Jencks of Chicago. With one album to their name and another on the way, they’ve hit the top of the Folk DJ charts and landed on the “best of” lists of the most esteemed folk DJs in the country. Their harmonies, as much as their lyrics, tell what they are about: warm as a campfire, stirring as a gospel church, rousing as a call to arms. Calling upon original songwriting, informed by the deep roots of gospel, blues and folk, they weave a tapestry of harmony that is brilliantly fresh, yet hauntingly familiar.

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ANNOUNCEMENTS

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

Mondays, 8-11 p.m.
Landmark Tavern, 626 11th Avenue (on 46th St), Manhattan
Free admission; food and drink are available. For more info 212-247-2562
Tenor banjo, harmonica and fiddle player Don Meade and friends get together every Monday night for an Irish traditional music session in the back room of this historic Hell’s Kitchen bar/restaurant. Musicians and singers welcome.


Old Songs announces
Spring Instrument Classes
6-week group classes at 37 South Main St., Voorheesville
Complete descriptions at: oldsongs.org/classes


Clawhammer Banjo with Paul Draper, Tuesday, 6:00 p.m. (March 4, 11, 18, 25, April 1, 8)
Learn to play old-time clawhammer banjo within the context of “Round Peak” banjo tunes. Basic “banjo knowledge” assumed. For more information contact Paul at 518-380-1103 or clawhammer888@gmail.com.

Mandolin with Mike Otis, Tuesday, 6:00 p.m. (March 4, 11, 18, 25, April 1, 8)
Beginning picking and chord techniques using a repertoire based on traditional fiddle tunes. For more information contact Mike at 518-872-0864.

Recorder with Donna Sobel, Tuesday, 7:30 p.m. (March 4, 11, 18, 25, April 1, 8)
Beginning recorder. Bring a soprano recorder. For more information contact Donna at 518-229-0556 or dmsobel599@gmail.com

Fiddle with George Wilson, Wednesday, 6:00 p.m. (March 5, 12, 19, 26, April 2, 9)
“Play the fiddle like you mean it!” Beginner-Intermediate level. “The wrong note’ll still have good tone.” For more information contact George at 518-461-8394 or geofiddle@gmail.com

DADGAD Guitar with Roger Mock, Wednesday, 6:00 p.m. (March 5, 12, 19, 26, April 2, 9)
Add a new dimension to your guitar playing and explore this amazingly versatile popular open tuning. For late beginner to intermediate players. For more information contact Roger at 518-595-5122 or roger.e.mock@gmail.com

Hands-on Music Theory with George Ward, Wednesday, 7:30 p.m. (March 5, 12, 19, April 2, 9)
Bone up on scales, intervals, chords, key signatures, etc. for any instrument. For more information contact George at 518-399-0315 or mulesong@aol.com

Ukulele—Beginning & Intermediate with Ron Gordon, Thursday, 6:00 p.m. & 7:30 p.m. (March 6, 13, 20, 27, April 3, 10)
Learn chords, right hand strumming techniques, chord melody playing and more. Bring a recording device. For more information contact Ron at 518-372-4172 or rgukeboy@gmail.com

Piano Accordion—Beginning & Intermediate with Peggy Hart, Thursday, 6:00 p.m. & 7:30 p.m. (March 6, 13, 20, 27, April 3, 10)
Basic beginning technique, theory and note reading. For more information contact Peggy at 518-549-5271 or peggyminore@yahoo.com

Beyond Beginning Mountain Dulcimer with Susan Trump, Monday, 6:00 p.m. (April 21, 28, May 5, 12, 19, 26)
DAD tuning, strum technique and left hand fingering. Fiddle tunes and other repertoire. For more information contact Susan at 518-357-4018 or susantrump@aol.com

Intermediate Mountain Dulcimer with Susan Trump, Monday 7:30 p.m. (April 21, 28, May 5, 12, 19, 26)
Repertoire building using fiddle tunes, songs, Celtic melodies, waltzes and more. For more information contact Susan at 518-357-4018 or susantrump@aol.com


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

Send $115 per class for 6-week classes and registration form to:
Old Songs, PO Box 466, Voorheesville, NY 12186.

Registration Deadline: March-April classes: Feb. 28, 2014; April-May classes: April 16, 2014

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Old Songs/Janie’s Jumpstart— Old Time Banjo Weekend Workshop with Janie Rothfield, 9:30 a.m.-5:00 p.m. (March 1 & 2) $75 per day or $140 for 2 days
Novice clawhammer banjo workshop that focuses on great rhythm, melody, back up chords and a little drop thumb. This class is for both novice clawhammer banjo players and for folks who have played for a while but are looking to “Jumpstart” their playing. For more information contact Jane Rothfield at janerothfield@gmail.com



Los Pleneros de la 21 presents
Bomba y Plena Community Workshops

11 a.m. - 2 p.m.
October 19th 2013 through June 2014
Julia de Burgos Cultural Center
1680 Lexington Avenue (btwn 105th-106th streets), El Barrio, NY 10029
Los Pleneros de la 21’s popular Bomba & Plena Community Workshops (BPCW) return for its 25th year, with another spectacular round of interactive and dynamic classes for students of all ages and backgrounds!

This unique community school for integrative cultural arts learning and exploration of Bomba, Plena and Afro-Caribbean arts offers weekly music, dance, creative arts classes, performing opportunities, field trips and more for all!


Anabella Lenzu’s DanceDrama Laboratory Workshop Series
EMOTION CREATES MOTION & MOTION CREATES EMOTION

Expand your craft, technique and creativity in a exclusive, personalized, tailored program. This is an opportunity for dancers to develop their potential with an emphasis on both dance and theater performance skills.

STARTING FEBRUARY 1st, 2014

SATURDAYS, from 9:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. at The Cave (58 Grand Street, Williamsburg, Brooklyn)
The February Laboratory (Feb 1 , 8, 15 and 22) will cover Voice/Acting and Dance Technique.
The March Laboratory ( March 1, 8, 15 and 22) will cover Dance Technique and ALDD Repertory.
The April Laboratory ( April 5, 12, 19 and 26) will cover Choreography and Improvisation.
The May Lab ( May 3, 10, 17 and 24) covers Voice/Acting and Dance Technique

A new series of workshops start at the beginning of each month. Each workshop is divided into two 2-hour sections exploring a theme in depth. Selected applicants must commit to a four-week period of intensive study in different disciplines. This workshop is intended for serious students who wish to turn their body in a sensitive, vibrating instrument of expression. Class size is limited to 10 students.

Faculty: Anabella Lenzu, Lauren Ohmer and Daniel Petrrow

TO APPLY: Send resume to info@AnabellaLenzu.com

Please designate which month you are interested in. If selected, payment in full must be made by the 20th of the month prior to the workshop. The cost of EACH workshop series is $280 per person. This includes 4 Saturday sessions, starting at the beginning of each month (4 hours each, 16 hours total).

ARGENTINEAN TANGO WORKSHOP Starting April 2. SPECIAL 4 week Intensive Session WEDNESDAYS, from 7- 8:30 p.m. at Williamsburg Movement & Arts Center (347 Grand Street, Williamsburg / Brooklyn, NY 11211) Register: http://www.anabellalenzu.com/argentinean-tango/


The Arts Center of the Capital Region announces
FENCE SHOW 2014| Call for Entries

The Fence Show got its name 47 years ago, when members’ artwork was exhibited on the iron fence surrounding Washington Park in Troy, the original location of The Arts Center. Today, the exhibition typically features approximately 500 pieces, displayed salon style (floor-to-ceiling) in our galleries. All levels of skill and ability are represented, from novice to professional. We invite you to become a part of the tradition!

Robert R. Shane, Ph.D., Art History & Criticism, will serve as this year’s Juror. He will identify approximately 50 pieces from the Fence Salon, which will later be assembled into the Fence Select, an exhibition that runs for several weeks after the Fence Salon is taken down. He will also choose winners for Best in Show and Runner-Up awards. (See Awards section for details.)

HOW TO ENTER:
Get full details by downloading the brochure on submission guidelines.

Artwork must be delivered to The Arts Center of the Capital Region, 265 River Street, Troy, only during the following times:
Sunday, May 4 12 p.m. - 3 p.m.
Monday, May 5 10 a.m. - 7 p.m.
Tuesday, May 6 10 a.m. - 7 p.m.
Wednesday, May 7 10 a.m. - 7 p.m.


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ONGOING EXHIBITIONS AND PRODUCTIONS
Farm and Field: The Rural Folk Arts of the Catskill Region
An exhibition of rural images, taken by photographer, Benjamin Halpern, will be on display at Delaware County Maple Weekends (March 23–23; March 29–30).

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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” is one of the New York Folklore Society's latest 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. The Catskills region continues to have a strong agricultural identity, with the dairy industry continuing to play a prominent role. By documenting and highlighting these ongoing activities, particularly as they are expressed in established and emerging artistic traditions, we hope to shine a light on this identity.

Photographs are made by Benjamin Halpern, a professional, who hails from Sullivan County, and whose childhood memories take him back to the dairy farms that once surrounded his home town. His objectives are to define the connection between the modern landscape and its people, and the cultural connection between the modern farmers and their agrarian roots.

Over the next several months, visitors and audience members can look forward to photographic exhibits, arts-based community activities, storytelling projects, and more.

The Exhibition, “Farm and Field,” will be showcased at the following locations: Shaver Hill Farm, Harpersfield; Brookside Maple, DeLancy; and Catskill Mountain Maple, Andes.

Check for schedule updates.

This collaborative project involves many partners. Photographer, Benjamin Halpern of Sullivan County has been a primary project architect who has supplied dozens of images of agriculture and its role on the landscapes of the Catskill region. Other partners include Catskills Folk Connection, Cornell Cooperative Extension of Delaware County, Delaware County Historical Association, and the Pine Hill Community Center. The project has been supported with public funds from the National Endowment for the Arts.



Taller Boricua presents
The Limited Edition Autobiographical Artist Book
Néstor Otero: Concepts, references, and strategies in a process
and
AURA: Puerto Rican Artists in New York, 1970s–1980s
Opening Reception/Presentation: Friday, January 24, 6-9 p.m.
Panel Discussion: January 25, starting at 5 p.m.
Taller Boricua, Artist Workshop, Event Space and Gallery at the Julia de Burgos Latino Cultural Center, 1680 Lexington Avenue, New York, NY 10029, 212.831.4333
Gallery Hours: Tuesday - Saturday 12-6 p.m., Thursday 1-7 p.m.
The exhibition AURA: Puerto Rican Artists in New York,1970s–1980s is a prologue to a more ambitious project taken on by co-curators Marcos Dimas and Néstor Otero, in collaboration with Nitza Tufiño and Fernando Salicrup of the Taller Boricua, to document and preserve some of the artistic contributions made by Puerto Ricans, who have become an integral part of New York City’s multicultural landscape. This historical exhibition provides a glimpse of this reality through the presentation of photographs, posters, drawings, paintings, sculptures, constructions, and narratives. Marcos Dimas, Curator. Néstor Otero, Artist, Designer and co-founder of EVENTOS.Space for Living Art. Blanca Vázquez, Professor, and founding editor of CENTRO, Journal of the Center for Puerto Rican Studies, Hunter College.

January 24, 2014 —March 22, 2014

The Folklife Gallery of Crandall Library presents
Celebrating Women’s Creative Hands & Spirits
Opening Reception: Friday, January 30, 2014, 4:30-7:00 p.m.
Crandall Public Library, 251 Glen Street, Glens Falls, NY 12801
The exhibition showcases a newly donated international collection by artist Betty LaDuke with selections from the Folklife Center’s local collections. The opening reception on Thursday January 30, 2014 will kick off a series of related programs held throughout the Library through April.* Betty LaDuke is a world renowned artist notable for her work with Heifer International. She has traveled the world documenting the art of women often created in defiance of economic deprivation and/or political oppression. Her donated work includes enlarged photographs and personal collected art that celebrate the diverse forms of expression of women throughout Africa, Asia, Latin America, and the United States. The Folklife Center exhibition is a celebration of women artists primarily outside of the mainstream of modern Western contemporary art as it explores and expresses humanity in all of its various cultural forms while paving the way for the creativity of future generations. Accompanying Betty LaDuke’s inspirational work are selections from the Folklife Center’s collection of local folk art. These selections are an exploration of the daily lives of local women artists translated into their diverse forms of creative expression, art forms that have often been passed down to them and are in turn an education and inspiration to others. Memories, experiences, local culture, and natural surroundings have all contributed to their lives and work, and are celebrated as outward expressions of their creative spirits.
*Crandall Crafters Saturdays 9:30 to 11:30 a.m.
Adult workshops. Sign up at the Reference Desk: January 11 Zentangle; February 8 Artist Trading Cards; March 8 Rolled Paper Jewelry; April 12 Pop-up Cards
Fun Felted Bracelets Tuesday February 18, 2 p.m. (K–3) and 3 p.m. (4–5)
Workshops with Robin Blakely-Carlson. Sign up at the Children’s Desk.
Many Different Faces Wednesday February 19, 1 to 2:30 p.m.
Dance/narrative presentation/family workshop with Lily Loveday
A Keeping Quilt for Crandall Thursday, February 20, 2:30 to 4 p.m.
Workshop for kids ages 7 and up. Sign up at the Children’s Desk.
Live! Folklife Concerts Thursdays 7 p.m. (doors open 6:30) March 13 (Chandra Duo), March 20 (Tropic Rhythm), March 27 (Mando Planet), April 3 (Red Heart the Ticker), April 10 (Panache Quartet), April 17 (Alex Torres Trio)
Do Tell: Learning to Perform Personal Stories
with Margaret French and Betty Cassidy. Sign up with the Folklife Center for a 4-session adult workshop series at 1 of 3 sites: Crandall Public Library, Salem Community Courthouse, or Indian Lake Public Library
Spring Film Series Tuesday April 15 2:30 and 6:30 p.m. Going Up the Stairs: Portrait of an Unlikely Iranian Artist (2011, 52 min)
The Power of Art: Women Voices in Africa (2007, 50 min)
Women’s History Awards Wednesday April 30 6:30 p.m.
Opening with a musical guest, to celebrate the winners of the 5th Grade Essay Contest

January 30, 2014 —April 30, 2014

ArtsWestchester announces
Migration Narratives
Free opening reception and all-age art workshop: Friday, January 31, 6:30-8:00 p.m.
Gallery Hours: Tues-Fri, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., and Sat, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
Pelham Art Center, 155 Fifth Ave., Pelham, New York
Migration Narratives are the stories of individual transitions from one state of being to another. The artists Pelham Art Center’s new exhibition reflect differing ways of seeing migrations of people through time, and through states of being. A group exhibition of kinetic sculpture, installation, drawing, painting, and video narratives by 6 contemporary artists. Curator Lisa A. Banner. Migration Narratives are the stories of individual transitions from one state of being to another. They are stories, or narratives, that mark and divine changes in life that take place along that trajectory from one place, physical and spiritual, to another. Historical Migration Narratives are the histories of freed slaves who moved north, away from what was known and binding—slavery, captivity, oppression—to something that was completely unknown and new—self-determination, discovery, and experimentation with life—and both types of narratives are deeply human. When applied to contemporary life, this concept of a migration narrative reveals the personal histories of families, and individuals, as they move through time.

January 31, 2014 —March 29, 2014

Castellani Art Museum presents
EXTRAORDINARY ORDINARY PEOPLE: AMERICAN MASTERS OF TRADITIONAL ARTS

Museum Hours: Tuesday-Saturday: 11 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sunday: 1 p.m.-5 p.m.
Castellani Art Museum, 5795 Lewiston Road, Niagara University, NY 14109, (716) 286-8200
Extraordinary Ordinary People: American Masters of Traditional Arts presents a journey across America through the lives of individuals whose creativity is rooted in their cultural identity and community. Around the world, programs honor individuals who have made signature contributions to their communities and to their countries. In America, the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) established the National Heritage Fellowship Program in 1982 to recognize individuals “for their artistic excellence and their efforts to conserve America’s many cultures for future generations.” Created by curator Marsha MacDowell (Michigan State Museum) and photographer Alan Govenar (Documentary Arts, Inc.), Extraordinary Ordinary People: American Masters of Traditional Arts presents National Heritage Fellows from all over the country through human-size portraits, artworks, and audio-visual materials. The Castellani Art Museum of Niagara University is proud to bring a little of the nation’s diverse artistic traditions to Western New York by showcasing these award-winning individuals whose creativity is rooted in their cultural identity and community. The exhibition features numerous art forms and cultural groups that contribute to the vibrancy of American life, including Byzantine (Greek) icon woodcarving, Peruvian retablos (personal altars), Native American basketry, Eastern European lacemaking, African-American quiltmaking, and a vast array of musical and performing traditions from Chinese Beijing opera to Guinean drumming. Throughout the spring, the Folk Arts Program of the Castellani Art Museum will host a series of public lectures, demonstrations, and workshops that further explore the legacy of National Heritage Fellows and that highlight some exceptional traditional artists living and working in Western New York. For more information, contact Dr. Carrie Hertz, Curator of Folk Arts at 716-286-8290.

February 2, 2014 —June 20, 2014

ArtsWestchester announces
Hatitude: The Milliner in Culture and Couture
Opening reception: February 9, 2-4:30 p.m., RSVP: 914.428.4220 x 330 or LBanks@artswestchester.org
Gallery Hours: Tues-Sat., 12-5 p.m.
ArtsWestchester, 31 Mamaroneck Avenue, White Plains, New York
Hats are art according to ArtsWestchester, which will be showing fabulous, exciting, unique headwear during HATtitude: The Milliner in Culture and Couture. The exhibition will prove what the Duchess of Cambridge and Lady Gaga already know – that hats are more than mere accessories, they’re the crowning glory of any fashion statement. Over 160 hats will be featured in this exhibition that has gathered over 40 contemporary milliners, many of whom are sought after by fashionistas around the world. Through hats that range from playful expressions of individuality to symbols of propriety or sculptural masterpieces, the show highlights the hat’s function in global cultures, as well as its prominent position in 20th and 21st century couture fashion. An exciting calendar of engaging lectures by fashion and art historians rounds out additional, related programming. In addition, hands-on workshops led by exhibiting milliners will introduce the public of all ages to the art of hat making. See the website for more information.

February 11, 2014 — April 12, 2014

The Gallery at FOUND in Ithaca presents
Mary Michael Shelley: Painted Woodcarvings, Carving out a Life
10-6 every day EXCEPT Tuesday
Found in Ithaca, 227 Cherry St., Ithaca, NY 14850, 607.319.5078
Mary Shelley is commonly referred to as an American folk artist, although she is more comfortable with the term “self-taught.” Her artwork is entirely carved in white pine and then painted with acrylics. Each piece is a unique handmade original. Mary is untaught and untrained as a visual artist. She says she learned a number of useful skills by building her own house, and while working in the trades as a sign painter and carpenter. Mary has completed approximately 1000 carved and painted wood pictures.

March 5, 2014 — March 30, 2014

City Lore announces
Poetic Voices of the Muslim World
Opening celebration: March 5, 6:00-8:30 p.m.
Queens Central Library (Auditorium), 8-11 Merrick Blvd. Jamaica, NY 11432
Admission: Free
After a year on the road, City Lore and Poets House’s Poetic Voices of the Muslim World comes to the Queens Public Library from March 5th through May. “Poetic Voices of the Muslim World” offers an 18-panel traveling exhibit at the Central Library in Jamaica along with related talks, workshops, and musical performances highlighting oral and literary Muslim poetic traditions in branches throughout the borough. It focuses on traditions from four major language areas – Arabic, Persian, Turkish, and Urdu – and introduces poetry from Asia, Africa, and diaspora communities in the United States, providing new ways for New Yorkers to discover how poetry plays a central role in the intellectual, spiritual, social, and political life of these rich cultures and in the lives of many members of our city’s communities.
Join us as we celebrate the opening of the “Poetic Voices of the Muslim World” exhibit and series of programs taking place in libraries across Queens through the end of May. Author and Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Ayad Akhtar will speak about Muslim-American culture. Light refreshments and a docent-led tour of the exhibit will complete the evening.


March 5, 2014 —May 31, 2014

ArtsWestchester announces
Exhibition: LEST WE FORGET — HOLOCAUST IN ART
OPENING RECEPTION: Sat, March 8, 2-5 p.m. with Talk by Ed Lessing, “Heroine Mother”
CLOSING RECEPTION: Sun, April 27, 2-4:30 p.m. Candle-Lighting Ceremony: Remembering
ArtsWestchester, Gallery 9, 31 Mamaroneck Ave, 9th FL, White Plains, NY 10601
Curator: Arle Sklar-Weinstein, Director, Blue Door Gallery. The exhibition features works by major artists sharing their mixed media interpretations of this great historic tragedy. Sponsored by the Holocaust & Human Rights Education Center, NY with the cooperation of ArtsWestchester.

March 8, 2014 —April 27, 2014

ArtsWestchester announces
The Seafarer by Conor McPherson
Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays 8 p.m.
Sundays 3 p.m.
The Schoolhouse Theater, 3 Owens Road, Croton Falls, New York/Westchester
Get tickets now. $35-$37 — General Admission The Schoolhouse Theater returns to the theatrical landscape of Irish storytelling with Conor McPherson’s Tony-nominated black comedy, The Seafarer. This tale of four hard drinking Irishmen enters Faustian territory a game of poker is played with a mysterious guest for the highest possible stakes.

March 13, 2014 —April 6, 2014

And beyond...
Milwaukee Art Museum presents
Uncommon Folk: Traditions in American Art
Open Tuesday–Sunday, 10 a.m.–5 p.m.; Thursday until 8 p.m.
Milwaukee Art Museum, 700 N. Art Museum Drive, Milwaukee, WI 53202, Phone: 414-224-3200
Feature exhibitions are included in the price of admission. Tickets: $17 Adults; $14 Students (w/ID), Seniors (65+); $14 Active Military, Reservists, and Military Spouse (w/ID) and one guest at $14 discounted rate. Free to Members and Kids 12 and under. Free to Wisconsin K–12 teachers with valid school ID or pay stub. Free the first Thursday of every month (excluding groups), sponsored by Target. All adult tour groups or school groups should call 414-224-3842. Uncommon Folk: Traditions in American Art celebrates this independent streak in American art and highlights the full depth and breadth of the Museum’s world-class collection of folk and self-taught art, from nineteenth-century drawings to contemporary quilts from Gee’s Bend, Alabama. Some of the works included were created within the cultural traditions of a particular geographic area in the United States. Charley Kinney’s paintings take folk tales from the Appalachian Mountains as their subjects, while José Benito Ortega’s sculpture is carved in the santos tradition of the Southwest. Other traditions are rooted in the function of an object, such as walking sticks and decoys, and are represented by both historical and contemporary examples. Among the works that will be shown for the first time are a bevy of fish decoys and the eight-foot-tall drawing Crucifixion of Christ by Chicago artist Charles Steffen.

January 31, 2014 —May 4, 2014

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