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Thursday, April 30 - Sunday, May 3, 2015
Robert Browning Associates presents
A WORLD IN TRANCE — A FESTIVAL
NOURA MINT SEYMALI and FULA FLUTE – BAILO BAH & SYLVAIN LEROUX — Thursday, April 30, 8 p.m.
FARID AYAZ, ABU MUHAMMAD & BROTHERS QAWWAL — Friday, May 1, 8 p.m.
HASSAN HAKMOUN — Saturday, May 2, 8 p.m.
NED ROTHENBERG & GLEN VELEZ and ALASH — Sunday, May 3, 7 p.m. Roulette, 509 Atlantic Ave (at 3rd Ave), Downtown Brooklyn (near BAM and Barclays Center)
Tickets for Special Festival Pass: $95, Students & Seniors $85 - gets you in to all events Apr 30–May 3.
Thursday, Apr 30: $30, Students and Seniors $25
Friday, May 1: $35, Students and Seniors $30 Saturday, May 2: $30, Students and Seniors $25 Sunday, May 3: $30, Students and Seniors $25
This festival will feature music of Northwest Africa, Indonesia, India, Iran and Tuva and the US that transcends boundaries and brings the listener to a state of ecstasy and enchantment.

Noura Mint Seymali is heir to a Mauritanian iggawin (griot) lineage stretching back for untold generations. Her stepmother Dimi Mint Abba was one of Mauritania’s most famous musicians and a major figure in bringing Mauritanian music to international audiences. Bailo Bah and Sylvain Leroux perform a hypnotic duet combining voice and flute with a rhythmic intensity that brings to mind the harmonica of of Sonny Terry’s “whooping the Blues.”

Farid Ayaz, Abu Muhammad &Brothers Qawwal perform
qawwali, the ecstatic devotional music of Sufi Muslims made famous in the West by Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan. The 9-member ensemble has gained international recognition for its renditions of both the popular traditional form and the more introspective ancient classical qawwali that is seldom heard today. Similar to gospel in its use of call-and-response and spiritual fervor, qawwali songs are accompanied by percussive handclapping, harmonium, tabla (drums), and a chorus. Qawwali (Urdu for “utterance”) songs range from 13th century mystical Persian poems to more recent Punjabi poems that speak of the intoxication of divine love.

Born in Marrakech, Hassan Hakmoun is the premier exponent of Moroccan Gnawa trance music in America and a commanding figure in world music circles. While punching out a groove on the sintir, a bass lute, his ecstatic vocals invoke the spirits of healing.

This 2-part festival finale features a stunning collaboration with Ned Rothenberg and Glen Velez, two veteran virtuosos of reeds and frame drums, respectively, in the new music and world music realms, followed by Alash, throat-singing masters from the Siberian Republic of Tuva.

Friday, May 1, 2015
Flushing Town Hall presents
TriBeCaStan — Global Dance Party
8 p.m.
Flushing Town Hall, 137-35 Northern Boulevard, (at the corner of Linden Place), Flushing, NY 11354
Tickets: $17/$10 Members ’ Students
Radically multicultural and poly-stylistic, New York City’s TriBeCaStan is one of contemporary music’s most vibrantly eclectic ensembles, using diverse instruments from around the globe to create an exotic palette of sonic colors and melodies. Bring your dancing shoes!

The Folkus Project presents
Emma’s Revolution
Beautiful harmonies and engaging, intelligent lyrics. Music with the strength of its convictions
8:00 p.m.
May Memorial Unitarian Universalist Society, 3800 East Genesee Street, Syracuse, NY
Admission: $18/Member $15
Advance sale tickets are available online at www.folkus.org
Smart, funny, informative — like Rachel Maddow and Jon Stewart with guitars. Emma’s Revolution is the award-winning, activist musicians Pat Humphries and Sandy Opatow. With hauntingly beautiful harmonies and powerful acoustic instrumentals that deliver the energy and strength of their convictions, Emma’s Revolution writes songs that become traditions. Their music is infused with inspiration from the legacy of music for social change. It is infectiously energizing, imbued with warmth, hope and humor and the power to turn tears into laughter, cynicism into action.

Taking their name and inspiration from the boldness and fiery passion of Emma Goldman, they have staked their claim as inheritors of Goldman’s personal and political legacy, captured in her famous attribution, “If I can’t dance, I don’t want to be part of your revolution.” But the Goldman reference is more than a catchy moniker. They write powerful, passionate songs about the lives of real people, focusing their political passions to testify for love, peace, equality, and justice. Emma's Revolution’s songs have been sung for the Dalai Lama, praised by Pete Seeger and covered by Holly Near. In addition to Pat’s solo work, Emma’s Revolution has released three CDs and recorded two with Holly Near. The duo’s awards include grand prize in the John Lennon Songwriting Contest and, for the second year in a row, the Washington Area Music Association’s Fan Favorite Award.

Caffè Lena presents
Roosevelt Dime
8:00 p.m.
Caffè Lena, 47 Phila St., Saratoga Springs, NY, 518-583-0022
Tickets: $18 general admission, $16 members, $9 students and children
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There was a time when Appalachian strings made romance with New Orleans rhythms, a love affair that yielded one of the most infectious beats the world had ever heard. For Roosevelt Dime that time is now. Some would call it Rock & Roll, others Americana, but “Mardi-Gras” is more like it. The Brooklyn band’s bedrock of New Orleans rhythms involves melodic banjo, fat-back blues guitar, pure honky-tonk harmonies, and deliciously dirty R&B vocals for a groove the New York Times has called “a perpetual crowd pleaser.” From their early days performing on the streets of New York City, Roosevelt Dime learned what it takes to stop a stranger in their tracks, turn that stranger from a commuter into a listener, and from a listener into an unstoppable sidewalk strutter. These days they’re playing premier festivals and concert halls across the country, and their 2014 album Full Head of Steamclimbed to #6 on the Folk Charts in New York and #8 nationally.

The Towne Crier in Beacon presents
MARSHALL CRENSHAW; with special guest Alectro featuring Jeff Eyrich & Steve Kirkman
8:30 p.m.
Towne Crier, 379 Main Street, Beacon, NY, (845) 855-1300
Tickets: $25 advance/ $30 at door
Over the course of a career that’s spanned three decades, 13 albums and hundreds of songs, Marshall Crenshaw has maintained a consistent fidelity to the qualities of melody, craftsmanship, and passion, and his efforts have been rewarded with the devotion of a broad and remarkably loyal fan base. While living in NYC, he recorded the single “Something’s Gonna Happen” for Alan Betrock’s Shake Records, which led to a deal with Warner Bros. His debut album, Marshall Crenshaw was acclaimed as a pop masterpiece upon its release in 1982 and established him as a first-rate songwriter, singer, and guitarist. The record spawned the Top 40 single “Someday, Someway.”

May 1-May 3, 2015
Ashokan Music & Dance Camps presents
Scottish Fiddle + Cello Camp
The Ashokan Center | Ashokan Music & Dance Camps | 477 Beaverkill Road | Olivebridge | NY | 12461
Fees include tuition and meals.
Pay in full now, or hold your registration with a deposit of $150 until April 1.
$295 Adult ($275 Early Bird before December 1)
$245 Youth 25 and under ($225 Early Bird before December 1)
$195 Parent/Guardian (meals and concert, no workshops)
Children under 5 are free
Please note - children under 18 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.
Register for the camp now!
World-class Scottish traditional music workshops led by musicians and teachers Alasdair Fraser and Natalie Haas. Three days and two nights of workshops, jamming and a concert by our instructors. An unforgettable experience for anyone interested in traditional Scottish music. Join us for the full three days and two nights, which includes admission to Alasdair and Natalie’s concert on Sunday afternoon, or join us only for the concert (see separate announcement below for concert). The program is geared towards intermediate/advanced players. Alasdair and Natalie use an extremely effective holistic team teaching approach that leaves the concept of levels and class schedules behind. While tunes and techniques are taught, there’s a strong focus on self expression, finding your inner fiddler and experiencing a joyful connection to the music and one another through music. Less experienced players are welcome to attend, audit classes and be in the culture of the weekend, but classes will be geared to intermediate/advanced players. For most of the weekend Alasdair and Natalie work with all the fiddlers and cellists together in one large group. Everyone gets a chance to learn both the melody and the accompaniment. Players with varying levels of experience are carried along to new heights. If you just can’t keep up, have no fear, we also provide experienced coaches who run enjoyable and accessible remedial sessions in an adjacent room. And during the weekend Alasdair and Natalie also host separate break out sessions for just the fiddle and just the cello parts.

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Saturday, May 2, 2015
Flushing Town Hall presents
Calpulli Mexican Dance Company Workshop
1 p.m.
Flushing Town Hall, 137-35 Northern Boulevard, (at the corner of Linden Place), Flushing, NY 11354
Tickets: $7/$4 Children/Free for members with tickets to 2:15 p.m. show
Join the dancers from NY’s own Calpulli Mexican Dance Company for a pre-show dance workshop and then showoff your moves at their performance! For ages 10 and up.

Flushing Town Hall presents
Calpulli Mexican Dance Company Performance
2:15 p.m.
Flushing Town Hall, 137-35 Northern Boulevard, (at the corner of Linden Place), Flushing, NY 11354
Tickets: $13/$10 Members/$8 Children/$6 Member Children
Celebrate Mexico’s diverse cultural history with the vibrant music and dance of the Calpulli Mexican Dance Company. Under the direction of Noemy Hernandez, George Saenz, and Alberto Lopez, Calpulli performs a fresh, vital repertoire that honors Mexico’s past as well as Mexican-American cultural expressions in the United States.

Café Veritas presents
Guy Davis
7:30 p.m.
Café Veritas, First Unitarian Church, 220 Winton Road South, Rochester, New York 14610
Ticket prices: $18 general admission, $10 students with ID, and children under 12 are free.
For tickets and more information, visit www.cafeveritas.org
The routes, and roots, of Guy Davis’ blues are as diverse as the music form itself. It can be soulful, moaning out a people’s cry, or playful and bouncy as a hayride. Guy can tell you stories of his great-grandparents and his grandparents, they’re days as track linemen, and of their interactions with the infamous KKK. He can also tell you that as a child raised in middle-class New York suburbs; the only cotton he’s picked is his underwear up off the floor. He’s a musician, composer, actor, director, and writer. But most importantly, Guy Davis is a bluesman. The blues permeates every corner of Davis’ creativity. Throughout his career, he has dedicated himself to reviving the traditions of acoustic blues and bringing them to as many ears as possible through the material of the great blues masters, African American stories, and his own original songs, stories and performance pieces.

Opening is local band Tough Old Bird. Formed in the small community of Fillmore, New York by songwriting brothers Matt and Nathan Corrigan, Tough Old Bird plays a potent blend of authentic folk and blues that reflects the rural landscape it comes from, a place where the last train just pulled out and the carnival is always on its way to the next town. The core of Tough Old Bird’s sound comes from Matt Corrigan’s intricate acoustic guitar work, and from the voice and nimble harmonica playing of Nathan Corrigan, who holds a degree in literature and brings a poetic sensibility to the duo’s lyrics. Accents of accordion and waves of electric guitar give Tough Old Bird a sound that is at once modern and ancient.

The Smith Center for the Arts Smith Club Series presents
CONCERT: Wisewater
7:30 p.m.
Billsboro Winery, Route 14s, Geneva, NY
TICKETS: $10 General Admission. $12 at door
Nashville-based trio Wisewater has earned praise from the likes of Alison Krauss, Rosanne Cash, Mary Gauthier, and others for their lyrical honesty and clarity, infectious melodies, tight harmonies, instrumental virtuosity, and deep sense of groove. Members Kate Lee, Forrest O’Connor, and Jim Shirey are three young, positive, worldly artists whose songs blend roots, country, rock, and progressive acoustic music in a unique, refreshing way.

THE HIP~NOTIQ’S STEP AND DANCE TEAMS’ 1ST ANNUAL STEP SHOW
8:00 p.m.; doors open at 7:30 p.m.
Vandervort Room, 2nd floor of Scandling Center, 300 Pulteney St., Geneva, New York 14456
For information, contact Maryum Raheem, maryum.raheem@hws.edu
NotiQ’s Step and Dance Team at Hobart and William Smith Colleges invites you to their 2015 Step Show. Invited participants are encouraged to include both a traditional and contemporary step in the show and include information about the purpose of their respective organizations. Each competing team with a minimum of five members will deliver one performance of 4-7 minutes in length. Awards will be distributed to participants with the 1st, 2nd and 3rd highest scores for the competition, based on criteria including creativity, originality, complexity of steps, sychronization, enthusiasm, vocal clarity. A cash prize of $250 will be awarded to the 1st Place team. Come and enjoy a night of fun!

Caffè Lena presents
Dan Navarro with opener Kate McDonnell
8:00 p.m.
Caffè Lena, 47 Phila St., Saratoga Springs, NY, 518-583-0022
Tickets: $20 general admission, $18 members, $10 students and children
Buy tickets online
For over thirty years, Dan Navarro has written, sung, played and acted his way through a rich and varied career, including penning songs for artists as diverse as Pat Benatar (the Grammy-nominated “We Belong”), The Bangles, Jackson Browne, Keb’ Mo’, Dionne Warwick, and many more. Since the end of his acoustic duo with Eric Lowen in 2009, which lasted 22 years and produced 12 albums, Dan has returned to the national concert circuit as a solo artist. His 2014 album, Shed My Skin, reflects starting over after loosing Lowen to Lou Gehrig’s disease. With an affable personality and a wonderful ability to articulate ideas, Navarro’s folk rock style spills out from a place close to the bone—real compassion, real sadness, real hope and love. He’s a fluid, intricate guitarist and his rich voice has been heard not only on concert stages, but in major motion pictures as a voice talent for the past 25 years.

Livingston Arts presents
Annual Round & Square Dance
8-11 p.m.
York Central School, 2587 Genesee St. (Route 63), Retsof NY
Cost: $5 Adults; $3 Spectators, 18 and
under Free Info: 585-243-6785
With Kelly’s Old Timers and members of the Geneseo String Band.

The Towne Crier in Beacon presents
ROOMFUL OF BLUES
8:30 p.m.
Towne Crier, 379 Main Street, Beacon, NY, (845) 855-1300
Tickets: $30 advance/ $35 at door
With a non-stop performance schedule for over 40 years, Roomful of Blues has earned critical, popular and radio success and a legion of fans around the globe. The prestigious DownBeat International Critics Poll selected them as Best Blues Band twice. Since 1967, the group’s deeply rooted blend of swing, rock ‘n’ roll, jump, blues and soul has earned it five Grammy Award nominations and other accolades, including seven Blues Music Awards and one for Blues Band of the Year in 2005.

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Sunday, May 3, 2015
The Folklife Center at Crandall Public Library presents
Battenkill Kitchen Wild Edibles
Workshop (workshop) with Bliss McIntosh & Bill Rose, local foragers & chefs

Noon-3 p.m.
Salem Courthouse Community Center, Salem, NY
Cost: $35. Reservations: Salem Courthouse 518-854-7083
This event is a “Battenkill Inspired” event. See Exhibition notice below on this page. Can’t make it? The workshop will be offered again on Wednesday, May 4, 2015, 6-9 p.m., at the Salem Courthouse Community Center, Salem, NY.

Flushing Town Hall presents
Experience Minhwa: Korean Traditional Folk Art Workshop
1 p.m.
Flushing Town Hall, 137-35 Northern Boulevard, (at the corner of Linden Place), Flushing, NY 11354
Tickets: $10/$8 Members & Children (materials included)
In this hands-on workshop, adult group (ages 12 and up) will make Da Po, a handkerchief used to teach drinking, while youth group (ages 5–12) learns how to paint one of the most well-known types of Minhwa, Tiger, and Bird, which were believed to ward off evil spirits.

Museum at Eldridge Street presents
The Shtetl in 20th Century Yiddish Literature with Professor Jeffrey Shandler
2 p.m.
Museum at Eldridge Street, 12 Eldridge Street, New York, NY 10002
Cost: $12 adults; $10 students, seniors and members of the Yiddish Book Center
RSVP here
The shtetl, or provincial town of Eastern Europe, emerged as the quintessential setting of Yiddish literature in the works of its “classic” writers, S. Y. Abramovitsh, Sholem Aleichem, and Y. L. Peretz. But that was just the beginning. New generations of Yiddish authors continued to revisit the shtetl in their writings, even as Jews moved away to big cities and other countries, and Jewish life all but disappeared from these towns in the wake of the Holocaust. Dr. Jeffrey Shandler (Rutgers University) will trace the depiction of the shtetl in Yiddish writing, and performer Miryem-Khaye Seigel will read excerpts from novels, poetry, and memoirs. Co-sponsored by the Yiddish Book Center.

Folk Music Society of New York/New York Pinewoods Folk Music Club presents
Maritime Music & Song Session
2-4:30 p.m.
12 Fulton St., near Fulton St. subway stop on the A, C, J, Z, 2, 3, 4, & 5 lines.
Info: 212-957-8386.
Refreshments will be available, including beer and wine for sale.
An open community sing with a lot of singalongs. We are delighted to be going back to South Street, where we have held so many great events over the years. The Seaport is struggling back after Hurricane Sandy, and we are glad to be helping. Note: No sing in April. A freewill offering will be collected to benefit the museum. We will also take up a collection for the health expenses of Don Sineti, Mystic Seaport chanteyman. Hosted by The New York Packet. Co-sponsored with and at the South Street Seaport.

Ashokan Music & Dance Camps presents
Alasdair Fraser and Natalie Haas in concert
3 p.m.
The Ashokan Center | Ashokan Music & Dance Camps | 477 Beaverkill Road | Olivebridge | NY | 12461
Tickets: $25 day of show or in advance: $23 general admission; $20 seniors; $18 youth 13-25 ($20 on day of show); and children under 13, $10
Join Alasdair Fraser and Natalie Haas in concert for an afternoon of cutting edge fiddle and cello explorations of Scottish and global music. Alasdair Fraser is consummate teacher and performer. Alasdair’s dynamic fiddling, engaging stage presence, and deep understanding of Scotland’s music has created an international demand for his concert performances. Born in the county of Clackmannan, Scotland, Alasdair now lives in California and tours regularly. He has been a major force behind the resurgence of traditional Scottish fiddling in his homeland and the United States, inspiring legions of listeners and learners through his recordings, annual fiddle camps, and concerts. Natalie Haas is a vibrant and creative cellist, a seasoned performer and recording artist, and a skilled and experienced teacher. A graduate of the Juilliard School in New York City, Natalie discovered the cello at age nine. In addition to having extensive classical music training, she is accomplished in a broad array of fiddle genres. Her musical journey found purpose when she fell in love with Celtic music at Alasdair Fraser’s Valley of the Moon Scottish Fiddling School at age 11. Inspired and encouraged by Alasdair, she began to investigate the cello’s potential for rhythmic accompaniment to fiddle tunes. Her and Fraser’s duo release, Fire & Grace, was awarded the Best Album of the Year in the Scots Trad Music Awards 2004.
Come for the concert only, or join us starting on Friday, May 1, 2015 for the full three day weekend of workshops, dances and sessions – which includes concert admission – at the Scottish Fiddle + Cello Camp (see listing above on May 1).

Caffè Lena presents
Griffin House
7:00 p.m.
Caffè Lena, 47 Phila St., Saratoga Springs, NY, 518-583-0022
Tickets: $18 general admission, $16 members, $9 students and children
Buy tickets online
A Nashville musician with a Midwestern upbringing, singer-songwriter Griffin House “spikes his pop-rock songwriting with a dose of rootsy, atmospheric Americana.“ (All Music) Inspired by Bruce Springsteen, Woody Guthrie, and the Mermaid Avenue albums by Wilco and Billy Bragg, House began songwriting in college. His mix of sentimental melodies, ambient guitars, and sparse arrangements attracted attention from Nettwerk, a Vancouver-based record label. In August 2004, when House was featured on the CBS Sunday Morning show, music journalist Bill Flanagan (MTV/VH1) raved about House, putting him on his short list of the best emerging songwriters in the US. Several self-released albums followed, including 2014’s Balls. House has toured extensively as an opening act for the Cranberries, Josh Ritter, John Mellencamp, Ron Sexsmith, and many more.

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Monday, May 4, 2015
Flushing Town Hall presents
Sounds of Josef Brodsky
7 p.m.
Flushing Town Hall, 137-35 Northern Boulevard, (at the corner of Linden Place), Flushing, NY 11354
Tickets: Free
Presented by EtM Con Edison/FCCA Composer-in Residence Nina Siniakova, this project immerses spectators into the spirit (i.e., emotional atmosphere) of Josef Brodsky’s poems through a unique method of morphing sounds, symbolic ideas, images, art, and theater.

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Tuesday, May 5, 2015
Center for Traditional Music and Dance announces
The NY Klezmer Series: Yale Strom’s Hot Pstromi
Concert at 7:30 p.m., workshop from 5:30 p.m-7:00 p.m.
Stephen Wise Free Synagogue, 30 W. 68th St., between Columbus and Central Park West on Manhattan’s Upper West Side
Admission to the concert is $15, instrumentalists may attend a pre-concert workshop for $25, or purchase a combined ticket concert/workshop for $35 and you can sit in at the post-concert jam session
For more information, visit aaronalexander.com/wp/concert-schedule
Klezmer music is the instrumental party music of the Jewish People from Eastern Europe — (Ashkenazim). It’s origins are in the 16th century, and it has evolved and assimilated local influences (Russian, Romanian, Ottoman, Hungarian etc.) wherever Ashkenazim have lived since. It is essentially Yiddish music – the instrumental music of people who spoke (and speak) Yiddish. It came to America with the immigration of Jews from Eastern Europe beginning in late 19th century, and has had a wonderful history in America, where it also assimilated American music traditions.

Caffè Lena presents
Ari Hest
7:00 p.m.
Caffè Lena, 47 Phila St., Saratoga Springs, NY, 518-583-0022
Tickets: $22 general admission, $20 members, $11 students and children
Buy tickets online
Over his 15 year career, Ari Hest has released eight albums, three EPs, and “52” in 2008, an innovative project whereby he wrote, recorded, and released a new song every Monday for a full year. Hest is also half of the folk pop duo The Open Sea with Rosi Golan, and half of the Brazilian music inspired pop duo Bluebirds of Paradise with Chrissi Poland. Hest’s music has been featured in media, most notably The Lincoln Lawyer with his 2011 song “Now” as well as TV shows Private Practice, Army Wives, and One Tree Hill. Recently, Ari’s song “The Landlord– appeared in an episode of NPR’s All Things Considered. In 2008, he also scored a film called Dreamriders which won several independent film awards. While his newest album, 2014’s Shouts and Whispers, is an excellent indication of what Hest is capable of, his live show leaves even more of an impression.

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Wednesday, May 6, 2015
Flushing Town Hall presents
Monthly Jazz Clinic: Count Basie – The Art of the Riff
6:00 p.m.
Flushing Town Hall, 137-35 Northern Boulevard, (at the corner of Linden Place), Flushing, NY 11354
Free
For high school students and up. If you’re interested in learning more about jazz and playing alongside other musicians, join the Queens Jazz OverGround for their monthly Jazz Clinic. Stick around for the Monthly Jazz Jam immediately after the clinic.

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.

Flushing Town Hall presents
Monthly Jazz Jam
7:00 p.m.
Flushing Town Hall, 137-35 Northern Boulevard, (at the corner of Linden Place), Flushing, NY 11354
Tickets: $10/FREE for Performers, Members & Students
Whether you’re a student, jazz musician, or music educator, come join the Queens Jazz OverGround as they lead the house band in this monthly jam session. Held on the first Wednesday of every month, Jazz Jams are a fun way to hone your skills, and jam each month with your peers. Don’t play? Come listen!

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Thursday, May 7, 2015
Gotham Center for NYC History presents a Spring 2015 Forum:
Jackie Robinson’s Brooklyn
6:30-8:00 p.m.
Elebash Recital Hall, CUNY, 365 Fifth Avenue at 34th Street, New York, NY
Free and open to the public. Seating is first come, first served
Since he first stepped onto the field in 1947, breaking the color line, Jackie Robinson has been a mythical figure. Enduring the rough transition of being the first black man to play in the Major Leagues and tear down the wall of segregation, Robinson did more than just entertain crowds with his athletic prowess. He changed the nation. Join Peter Laskowich for a discussion of the icon’s life and his impact on the United States, Brooklyn, and baseball.

The Folklife Center at Crandall Public Library presents
Live! Folklife Concert with Máire Ní Chathasaigh and Chris Newman
7 p.m.
Crandall Public Library, 251 Glen Street, Glens Falls, NY 12801, 518-792-6508 x237
Free
Máire Ní Chathasaigh (Irish harp) and Chris Newman (acoustic guitar) have performed at most of the major folk and Celtic festivals in Europe, the US and Australasia; at countless arts festivals; and have given almost two thousand concerts in venues large and small. Their performances are rooted but eclectic, emotional but adventurous: a breathtaking blend of traditional Irish music, hot jazz, bluegrass and baroque, coupled with striking new compositions and Chris’s delightfully subversive wit.

Museum at Eldridge Street presents
Klezmer Violin with Deborah Strauss and Jake Shulman-Ment
7 p.m.
Museum at Eldridge Street, 12 Eldridge Street, New York, NY 10002
Cost: $20 adults; $15 students and seniors
RSVP here
Join us for an evening of beautiful violin music by two of klezmer’s most talented practitioners: Deborah Strauss and Jake Shulman-Ment. They present traditional melodies by recently rediscovered Eastern European composers as well as their own original compositions. Inspiration for the duo is far-ranging, and includes klezmer, cantorial, and Hasidic nigunim, as well as Romanian, Roma, Ukrainian, Polish, Russian, and Hungarian folk music.

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Friday, May 8, 2015
Flushing Town Hall presents
Global Mashup #3 Panama Meets Cameroon
7 p.m. (DANCE LESSONS), 8 p.m. (CONCERTS & JAM)
Flushing Town Hall, 137-35 Northern Boulevard, (at the corner of Linden Place), Flushing, NY 11354
Tickets: $15/$10 Members & Students
We’re mashing up 2 cultures on 1 stage with an open dance floor! Featuring Panamanian group Julian presenting the music of panama that made significant contributions to other genres like Cumbia, Punto and Saloma; and Cameroonian songstress Kaïssa for a unique blend of African, reggae, jazz, R&B and Makossa. Together these artists will create a unique evening of exciting music and culture and make an interesting cultural cocktail to enjoy. They’ll blend together with an impromptu jam in the last set.

The Smith Club Series presents
Red Molly
8:00 p.m.
Smith Club Series Club 86, 86 Avenue E, Geneva, NY 14456
Tickets: 20, General Admission
Americana powerhouse vocal trio Red Molly is known for their gorgeous harmonies, crisp musicianship, infectious songwriting, and warm, engaging stage presence. Laurie MacAllister (bass), Abbie Gardner (Dobro), and Molly Venter (guitar) weave together the threads of American music—from folk roots to bluegrass, from heartbreaking ballads to barn-burning honky tonk—as effortlessly as they blend their caramel voices into their signature soaring, crystalline three-part harmonies. Organic musicianship, a respect for the traditions of American music, and an obvious love of crafting music together lend a joyous atmosphere to their legendary live performances, and a natural balance to their studio recordings. Their latest CD, The Red Album realized on May 27, 2014, was featured in USA Today and CMT Edge. It debuted at #1 on the Folk DJ radio chart and is currently at #10 on the Americana Radio chart, and climbing.

Caffè Lena presents
Connor Garvey with opener Sarah Blacker
8:00 p.m.
Caffè Lena, 47 Phila St., Saratoga Springs, NY, 518-583-0022
Tickets: $16 general admission, $14 members, $8 students and children
Buy tickets online
With the amiable presence of an entertainer, the lyrical depth of a poet, and the enchantment of a storyteller, Connor Garvey is living proof that you can be sunny without being superficial. First time listeners get hooked by his intimate and cheerful performance style, accomplished musicianship, and memorable melodies. But his lyrics go deeper with repeated listens, and there’s abundant meaning beyond the catchy hook.
“Boston’s delightful folk nymph . . . Sarah Blacker makes some of the most interesting folk music in Boston — mostly by making folk the starting point and reaching out toward rock, Americana and prog.” She’ll be opening tonight’s show, and joining Connor during his set.

Queen City Contra presents
DANCE: Special Day, Special Band, Special Caller BUFFALO, NY
8-11 p.m.
Unitarian Universalist Church of Buffalo, 695 Elmwood Ave (Elmwood and W. Ferry St), Buffalo, NY 14222
Cost: $15
Info: 585-243-6785
Nils Fredland calling!
Nils Fredland calling/trombone/ vocals
Anna Patton clarinet/vocals
Ethan Hazzard-Watkins fiddle
Jesse Readlynn trumpet/flugelhorn
Owen Morrison guitar / foot percussion

Elixir blends driving fiddle and guitar with the rich texture and rhythmic excitement of a full horn section, deftly weaving brassy riffs and daring solos in and out of traditional Irish, French Canadian and New England tunes. Elegant melodies evolve into raucous Dixieland horn riffs; transcendent harmonies, playful improvisations, and rock, swing and reggae-inspired rhythms weave in and out of traditional and original Irish, French Canadian and New England tunes. Nils Fredland has been calling dances with admirable skill and infectious energy since 2000. Respected for his expertise as a teacher and caller, sensitive leadership, and generosity, Nils is one of the busiest and most sought- after callers in the business.

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Saturday, May 9, 2015
Southern Tier Country Dance Society (STCDS) presents
Special All Day “Back to our Roots” STCDS Square, Waltz & Contra Party
Plus Potluck!!
2 p.m. Square Dancing
4 p.m. Waltz Workshop
5:30 p.m. Potluck 7:30 p.m. Contra Dance
Cuba Grange 799, 116 E. Main St., Cuba, NY 14727
More info: Barbara Dyskant, bdyskant@hearthstead.net, 716-557-8978 or Howard Blumenthal, howard@blumenthals.com, 814-368-4057
Come join us for our 12th year of dancing! Contra & Square dancing is wonderful, fun, healthy and lively! Entire families are invited. There is no need to come with a partner. Live Music, All dances taught and called-easy and fun. Bring snacks to share during the break! Please help support this Community-based event!

Flushing Town Hall presents
Ondin PERFORMANCE
2:15 p.m.
Flushing Town Hall, 137-35 Northern Boulevard, (at the corner of Linden Place), Flushing, NY 11354
Tickets: $13/$10 Members/$8 Children/$6 Member Children
An aquatic tale that moves between ancient myths and our modern era. This show takes toddlers from the wide open shores down to the very deepest part of the sea, where Ondin, a young fisherman, turns into a strange marine creature and discovers a fascinating world. Pre-show Members Lounge at 1:45 p.m.

Eighth Step at Proctors presents
PETER YARROW
An evening of Song & Conversation
7:30 p.m.
Proctors, GE Theater, 432 State Street, Schenectady NY 12305
Tickets on sale online now or by calling 518-434-1703
Tickets: $30 General / $28 advance / $50 Gold Circle [front center section seats & 6:30 p.m. Artist Reception]
In a compelling evening of song and story, legendary musician Peter Yarrow (Peter, Paul & Mary) weaves a narrative of his life in music and politics, punctuating the major events with renditions of the iconic songs we all know and love. From his life in Greenwich village in the 1960s, to his connections to Bob Dylan & Pete Seeger and on to his career as part of the trio Peter, Paul & Mary, Yarrow shares a part of American history influenced heavily by music. Irrepressibly energetic, Yarrow creates community within his audiences through reflections in both words and music.

Caffè Lena presents
Bob Warren & Joy MacKenzie
8:00 p.m.
Caffè Lena, 47 Phila St., Saratoga Springs, NY, 518-583-0022
Tickets: $18 general admission, $16 members, $9 students and children
Buy tickets online
After years of writing for larger folk-rock ensembles and musical theater, Greenwich, NY songwriter Bob Warren’s new, intimate and poignant songs are perfectly suited to the spare orchestration of a folk duo. He’s an articulate, poetic writer with roots in the folk troubadour tradition. California native Joy MacKenzie is a crystalline-voiced singer with an intuitive grasp of harmony and timing. Together their voices blend tenderly in rich harmony that makes the songs dig deep, and then soar. The songs address a wide range of topics: nature, social commentary, and plenty of catchy, soulful tunes that just feel good like a summer day at the beach.

The Folkus Project of Central New York presents
Colleen Kattau and Dos XX
Socially conscious modern folk with a Latin flair
8 p.m.
Westcott Community Center, 826 Euclid Avenue, Syracuse, NY
Admission: $10
Tickets at the door or by contacting the Westcott Center: 315/478-8634
Kattau is a bilingual singer/songwriter whose music joins rhythms of Latin America with her own roots in rock and folky jazz-laced compositions. Her innovative poetic lyrics cover a wide and varied range from soulful sensual songs to rise-up-and-change-the-world anthems. Dos XX formed in 2012 with Kattau on vocals, rhythm guitar, and ukelele; Jane Zell on lead guitar and vocals; Connie Walters on percussion and vocals; and Mike Brandt on electric bass. They call themselves “a Latin-fem-folk fusion of bilingual originals and songs in Spanish, French, and even a little Arabic.” Dos XX blends Zell’s bluesy flair with Kattau’s and Walters’s passion for world music rhythms and vocal stylings to create music that leaps out of the ordinary and gets audiences moving.
The Towne Crier in Beacon presents
LUTHER “GUITAR Jr.” JOHNSON & The Magic Rockers
8:30 p.m.
Towne Crier, 379 Main Street, Beacon, NY, (845) 855-1300
Tickets: $25 advance/ $30 at door
Grammy and WC Handy award-winning bluesman Luther “Guitar Junior” Johnson’s style features a blistering blend of sharp single note leads with powerful chordal self-accompaniment, which has influenced such guitarists as Eric Clapton and Mark Knopfler. You may remember seeing Luther featured in the legendary Blues Brothers movie.

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Sunday, May 10, 2015
Museum at Eldridge Street presents
Yiddishe Mama’s Mother’s Day Walking Tour
11 a.m.
Museum at Eldridge Street, 12 Eldridge Street, New York, NY 10002
Cost: $25 per person. Space is limited, RSVP required.
RSVP here
Treat your mother, grandmother and beloved women in your life to a special Lower East Side outing. We’ll meet at our magnificent landmark, where we serve mimosas, rugelach, bialys and other treats from the neighborhood. Then we follow in the footsteps of generations of Lower East Side women, discovering synagogues, shops, settlements houses, a mikvah, and even a red light district.

Caffè Lena presents
Jean Rohe & the End of the World Show
With dinner at 5:00 p.m.
Concert at 6:00 p.m.
Caffè Lena, 47 Phila St., Saratoga Springs, NY, 518-583-0022
Tickets with Dinner: $42 general admission, $40 members, $30 students and children
Tickets for Concert only: $22 general admission, $20 members, $11 students and children Buy tickets online
The End of the World may sound ominous, but if your days were numbered then wouldn’t you find strength in your core truths and declare your love to the crazy world around you? That’s what singer and songwriter Jean Rohe does with her amazing ensemble of NYC musicians (five for this show). Jean’s rare songs are the among those small things that just might save the world. She is a graceful and visionary multi-lingual singer and composer, mixing jazz, folk, and Brazilian traditions on narrative songs that range from fantastical riffs on old folktales to biographical sojourns. Her eclectic and genre-bending ensemble, Jean Rohe & The End of the World Show, showcases a unique musical voice that sounds like a love song for a world imperiled.
To make this extra special for the Mom in your life, Caffè Lena is partnering with Park Side Eatery to offer a special dinner that will be served at 5 p.m. The concert will start at 6 p.m.. Dinner is optional, so come at 5 if you’re eating, and a few minutes before 6 if you are not.

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Monday, May 11, 2015
The Folklife Center at Crandall Public Library presents
“Beginning Ornithology” by Steven Jay Sanford
Illustrated talk by Steven Jay Sanford, ornithologist, decoy carver and boat builder—with live birds 7 p.m.
Crandall Public Library, 251 Glen Street, Glens Falls, NY 12801, 518-792-6508 x237
Steven Jay Sanford is a retired wildlife ecologist with a lifelong passion for the natural world – and a need to create. He was born and grew up on Long Island’s south shore and so has always enjoyed birds and boats, everything about duck shooting, and all things – animals and plants – that live on the natural landscape.

He currently lives on an old farm in Washington County, and spends many hours in creative pursuits – painting, carving, woodworking, building, repairing, restoring, etc. His decoys (both decorative and working) and a boat he uses on the Battenkill are featured in the exhibition, “Battenkill Inspired.”
See Exhibition notice below on this page. Can’t make it? The talk will be repeated on Wednesday, May 20, 2015, 7 p.m., at the Salem Courthouse Community Center, Salem, NY.

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Tuesday, May 12, 2015
The Folklife Center at Crandall Public Library presents
Kiss the Water
2 showings: 2:30 and 6:30 p.m.
Crandall Public Library, 251 Glen Street, Glens Falls, NY 12801, 518-792-6508 x237
Film by director Eric Steel, USA, 2014, 80 minutes. A self-taught craftswoman, Scotland’s Megan Boyd makes fishing flies that are prized by fishermen and collectors all over the world. This event is a “Battenkill Inspired” event. See Exhibition notice below on this page.

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Wednesday, May 13, 2015
Caffè Lena presents
Storytelling Open Mic
7:00 p.m.
Caffè Lena, 47 Phila St., Saratoga Springs, NY, 518-583-0022
No advanced ticket sales. Tickets may be purchased at the door.
Open Mic participants have a 10-minute limit unless prior arrangements have been made with the hosts, Margaret French, Christie Keegan, and Jeannine Laverty. Tellers are reminded that storytelling is narration without the use of written text-telling, not reading.

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Thursday, May 14, 2015
The Folklife Center at Crandall Public Library presents
Live! Folklife Concert with Hill Hollow Band
7 p.m.
Crandall Public Library, 251 Glen Street, Glens Falls, NY 12801, 518-792-6508 x237
Free
The Hill Hollow Band performs with a rambling energy that must be seen to be appreciated. Armed with a multitude of instruments, eclectic arrangements, and musical influences that span a century, this band has a well-earned reputation as local live performance favorites. Get ready to enjoy richly textured arrangements including accordion, mandolin, fiddle, guitars, pedal steel, bass, full harmony vocals, and spicy sax. Band members are Barry Hyman (pedal steel guitar, electric guitar), Chris Lane (acoustic guitar, vocals), Jeff Dooley (banjo, dobro, accordian, vocals), Josh Greenberg]\ (saxophone), Marty Satalino (fiddle, mandolin, vocals), Nora Lamphere (vocals, shakers, washboard), Terry Lamphere (bass guitar, vocals) Wayne Lane (acoustic guitar, vocals).
This series is made possible with funds from 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.

LEO MORAN & ANTONY THISTLETHWAITE
Two Members of THE SAW DOCTORS hit the US with their Acoustic Tour

7:00 p.m.
Hibernian Hall, 1748 State St, Schenectady, NY 12304
For tickets contact Ellen: irishellen1@gmail.com or 518 701 6878
Ireland’s ever popular band Saw Doctors are renowned for creating party-like atmospheres with their raucous blend of Irish roots rock. Hailing from Tuam, County Galway, the quintet’s principle players notched a string of singles in their native land with “I Useta Lover,” “Bless Me Father,” “N-17” in the late ’80s and have been bringing their energetic live shows stateside for the better part of 25 years. In the summer of 2013 they decided to take some well deserved time off. The band’s guitarist, Leo Moran and sax player “Anto” Thistlethwaite have put together an acoustic show that includes different takes on well-known Saw Doctors’ songs, versions of lesser-known and less-played songs, a few from Anthony’s solo-albums and new songs. They launched their duo here in the US in the Fall of 2013. Now the two musicians and friends will be back in the US this Spring with their acoustic tour once again. Says Leo, “Touring with just the two of us is all new and fresh and challenging and scary and exciting at the same time.” This is the third time they visit the US and due to popular demand, they will be hitting more cities, many which will be for the first time and even The Saw Doctors have not played there! They have released two Cds for the tours, Pushin’ It and Flyin’ It which have gotten great reviews from the music press.

The Towne Crier in Beacon presents
The RHYTHM FUTURE QUARTET; with special guest Sara L’Abriola
7:30 p.m.
Towne Crier, 379 Main Street, Beacon, NY, (845) 855-1300
Tickets: $15 advance/ $20 at door
Named after a Django Reinhardt tune, the Rhythm Future Quartet performs dynamic and fiery arrangements of Gypsy jazz standards and original compositions that draw from rhythms heard around the world. Over the years, they have individually been performing alongside notable musicians like John Jorgenson, Frank Vignola, Tommy Emmanuel, Bucky Pizzarelli, Andreas Öberg and Howard Alden. Jason Anick and Olli Soikkeli, the front-men and lead soloists of the group, have been receiving critical acclaim this past year, and are considered ‘rising stars’ in the world of Jazz and Gypsy Jazz.

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Friday, May 15, 2015
Caffè Lena presents
Slaid Cleaves
7:00 p.m.
Caffè Lena, 47 Phila St., Saratoga Springs, NY, 518-583-0022
Tickets: $22 general admission, $20 members, $11 students and children
Buy tickets online
Maine-born, Austin-based singer-songwriter Slaid Cleaves spins stories with a novelist’s eye and a poet’s heart. Twenty years into his career, the celebrated songwriter’s newest album, Still Fighting the War, delivers vivid snapshots as wildly cinematic as they are carefully chiseled with themes ranging from gospel, to Texas pride, to tongue in cheek numbers. His bittersweet melodies deliver equal measures of hope and resignation, effortlessly shading dark with light and wringing the most out of a melody.

Eighth Step at Proctors presents
TOM RUSH
7:30 p.m.
Proctors, GE Theater, 432 State Street, Schenectady NY 12305
Tickets on sale online now or by calling 518-434-1703
Tickets: Ticket Prices: $30 advance, $35 general, $50 for Gold Circle with Meet & Greet
His distinctive guitar style, wry humor and warm, expressive voice have made him both a legend and a lure to audiences around the world. His shows are filled with the side-aching laughter of terrific story-telling, the sweet melancholy of ballads and the passion of gritty blues.

The Smith Club Series presents
Amy LaVere
8:00 p.m.
The Cracker Factory, 35 Lehigh Street, Geneva, NY
Tickets: $15, General Admission
Amy LaVere is an American singer, songwriter, upright bass player. and actress. Based in Memphis, TN, LaVere’s music is usually classified as Americana, combining a blend of classic country, gypsy jazz, and southern soul. She has released three albums on Memphis label Archer Records, and has multiple acting credits in major motion pictures.

The Folkus Project presents
Seth Glier
His show in February ’13 was among the more eye-opening of recent vintage. Glier returns (with accompanying sax and bass) to close our season.
8:00 p.m.
May Memorial Unitarian Universalist Society, 3800 East Genesee Street, Syracuse, NY
Admission: $15/Member $12
Advance sale tickets are available online at www.folkus.org
Despite his relatively young age, Seth Glier is a seasoned troubadour. A singer/songwriter and multi-instrumentalist who averages over 250 live performances annually, Glier has gone from opening act to headlining his own shows and playing major festivals. He’s shared the stage with the likes of James Taylor, Ani DiFranco, Ryan Adams, and Emmylou Harris, and has quickly become known for his passionate live sets and powerful command of both piano and guitar. His music has caught the ears of fans, industry and critics alike. Building on the acclaim of his Grammy nominated sophomore album The Next Right Thing, Glier’s subsequent record Things I Should Let You Know was called “a genuine revelation” by Blurt magazine, and was praised by M Music & Musicians Magazine for its “shimmering, seductive melodies.” Glier will be joined on stage by accomplished saxophonist Joe Nerney and Marc Seedorf on bass.

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Saturday, May 16, 2015
The Ashokan Center and The Woodstock School of Art present
SWING AND SHINE
An evening of music, dining, dancing, a collector’s choice fine art raffle, and samples of fine, fine New York Moonshine
5:00-9:00 p.m.
The Ashokan Center, 477 Beaverkill Road, Olivebridge, NY 12461
Tickets: $125 person; onsite lodging is also available.
Can’t attend? REgister as a non-attending donor!
Contact Jay Ungar, The Ashokan Center, 845-657-7553, jay@ashokancenter.org
Enjoy a sumptuous, country-style, sit down dinner prepared by Ashokan’s culinary staff, enhanced by samples of small-batch artisanally-produced New York State “Moonshine.” After dinner, Swing to the music of Jay Ungar, Molly Mason and their band Swingology with guest vocalists including Simi Stone, Ruthy Ungar, and Kate Pierson of the B-52s...fun ’30s and ’40s style attire is suggested! Ticket holders will be entered into a “collectors choice” fine art raffle wth artwork provided by Donald Elder, K.L. McKenna and from Woodstock School’s permanent collection, a painting by Reginald Wilson.
Proceeds from ticket sales will support the Scholarship Fund for Local Schools at The Ashokan Center and the Robert H. Angeloch Building Fund at The Woodstock School of Art.

Bronx Music Heritage Center presents
Save the Date!A Celebration of Women & Drums
7:00 p.m.
BMHC Lab | 1303 Louis Niné Boulevard | Bronx, NY The 2nd Spirit of Aña explores the frame drum as it is featured among many Bronx cultures, including Irish, Puerto Rican,& Dominican, Persian& and Italian. A performance by Alessandra Belloni and the Daughters of Cybele will demonstrate the immense artistic capacity of this rare instrument through dance and song. Food available for purchase from Morris Perk.

Caffè Lena announces
Raise the Rafters! Celebrating Lena𔃷s 55th & Sarah’s 20th
Anniversary Celebration
7:00 p.m.
Arthur Zankel Music Center, Skidmore College, Saratoga Springs, NY
Tickets: $25 general admission, $22 members, Premium Seats & After Party $45.00
Buy tickets online
Tales will be told, exciting announcements will be made, and songs will soar at this grand celebration of Caffè Lena’s 55th anniversary, and Caffè director Sarah Craig’s 20th anniversary of leading “America’s Longest Running Coffeehouse.” The line-up of artists is drawn from those who joined the club’s roster during the past two decades, from celebrated fiddler Sara Milonovich who came on board at the age of eleven exactly 20 years ago, to the thrilling one-man-band The Suitcase Junket who did his first headliner in the winter of 2015. Additional performers are the Vaudeville-inspired Wiyos, folk royalty Sarah Lee Guthrie & Johnny Irion, the hard-driving original bluegrass outfit Jim Gaudet & the Railroad Boys, and super cool Philly father-son duo Beaucoup Blue. Folk lovers everywhere are enjoined to come to the gorgeous Arthur Zankel Music Center at Skidmore College and help Lena raise the rafters!

World Music Institute (WMI) presents
HAITI TO BROOKLYN! BOUKMAN EKSPERYANS
8 p.m.
Roulette, 509 Atlantic Ave., Brooklyn, NY
Tickets: $25 / WMI Friends $20 / Bring a Kid! $5
Open cocktail hour 7-8 p.m.; Dance lessons 7:30 p.m.; Show 8:00 p.m.; party until midnight.
Dance floor / standing room on main level; limited seating available in balcony with reservations.
Haitian supergroup Boukman Eksperyans has been sharing its rebellion with the world since 1987 via the musical movement Mizik Rasin (Roots Music). Dedicated to communicating Haiti’s history and struggles through song and dance, the group wraps social messages about political freedom, nationalism and current events into their intoxicating signature blend of vodou rhythms with rock ’n’ roll. Add to that dashes of rara, blues, reggae, soukous and funk, and one can see why Boukman Eksperyans is still rocking crowds—9 albums and 27 years later!

...and beyond
The Ward Museum of Wildfowl Art, Salisbury University, announces its
Festival of Delmarvalous Tradition
10 a.m.-3 p.m.
Ward Museum, 909 S. Schumaker Dr, Salisbury, MD 21804
This festival is free to the public.
For more information call 410-742-4988 x119 or email wardexhibits@salisbury.edu
Come visit the Ward Museum on Saturday, May 16 to join in a celebration of the light-hearted, and sometimes competitive, side of local traditions! Inspired by the upcoming exhibit, “The Art of Sporting and Playing,” (May 15 – September 20, 2015), the Ward Museum is bringing together the best of regional carnivals and festivals in this one-of-a-kind event. Representatives from communities and places featured in the new exhibit will be at the museum with samples of their traditions, including unique food, games, and other family-friendly activities. Experience the Chincoteague Pony Drill Team, vote in a Maryland crab soup cook-off, watch a Smith Islander make Maryland’s State Dessert, the Smith Island Cake, and more! In the spirit of the Museum’s spring exhibit “The Tradition and Sport of Falconry,” live raptors will also be on hand from 10 a.m.–noon, and children and teens will have the opportunity to create art based on these live models. Join in the festivities with face painting, food, games, and fun!

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Sunday, May 17, 2015
Museum at Eldridge Street presents
For Families: Old Time Street Games
11 a.m.
Museum at Eldridge Street, 12 Eldridge Street, New York, NY 10002
Cost: $15 per family
RSVP here
Sure, computer games are fun but so are the old neighborhood favorites. Stickball, stoop ball, handball, hit the penny, jump rope, cards and jacks – you name it, kids played it and this Sunday so will we. After the games, how about another old time favorite? A stop at the local candy store! For ages 4-11 Reservations required

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Monday, May 18, 2015
The Arts Center of the Capital Region presents
Bookmarks Reading and Performance Series: SONIC STASIS
Co-Curated by Composers Ryan Ross Smith and K. Michael Fox
7:00 p.m.
The Arts of the Capital Region, 265 River Street, Troy, NY 12180
Cost: Free
Submission Deadline: Wednesday April 20th at 11:59 p.m.
Consider some moment as scalar, lacking in direction, of some (in)finite magnitude…In what ways might you express this moment, be it the length of a lifetime or as short as a sneeze, in sound. The transduction of a frozen (non)narrative into a non-verbal, sonic rendering. This moment can be recorded or performed live, acoustic or electronic, your own experience as some musical entity to be shared as a non-verbal, sonic story.

SUBMISSION GUIDELINES
-Interested creators should submit online
-All submissions must be received by 11:59 p.m. on the date indicated. The submission window will close at that time.
-Submissions should not exceed length specified on the submission form.
-You may submit to multiple curators but only once per theme.
-All applicants will be notified at least ten days before the event, or once the curator has chosen readers/presenters.
-Keep the date OPEN in case you are selected!

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Tuesday, May 19, 2015
Center for Traditional Music and Dance announces
The NY Klezmer Series: Jeff Warschauer & Sarah Myerson become Cantors! Concert & Dance Party
Concert at 7:30 p.m., workshop from 5:30 p.m-7:00 p.m.
Stephen Wise Free Synagogue, 30 W. 68th St., between Columbus and Central Park West on Manhattan’s Upper West Side
Admission to the concert is $15, instrumentalists may attend a pre-concert workshop for $25, or purchase a combined ticket concert/workshop for $35 and you can sit in at the post-concert jam session
For more information, visit aaronalexander.com/wp/concert-schedule
Klezmer music is the instrumental party music of the Jewish People from Eastern Europe — (Ashkenazim). It’s origins are in the 16th century, and it has evolved and assimilated local influences (Russian, Romanian, Ottoman, Hungarian etc.) wherever Ashkenazim have lived since. It is essentially Yiddish music – the instrumental music of people who spoke (and speak) Yiddish. It came to America with the immigration of Jews from Eastern Europe beginning in late 19th century, and has had a wonderful history in America, where it also assimilated American music traditions.

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Wednesday, May 20, 2015
Caffè Lena presents
Center For Song Emerging Singer Showcase
7:30 p.m.
Caffè Lena, 47 Phila St., Saratoga Springs, NY, 518-583-0022

No advanced ticket sales. Tickets may be purchased at the door.
Center for Song’s “An Evening of Emerging Singers” promises to entertain as ten vocalists and musicians make their way onto the performance scene. For most, it will be a night of firsts – whether it is their first night singing in front of their family, friends, and strangers or their first time showcasing one of their original songs. Expect an engaging array of contemporary, folk, blues, and indie rock music for all to enjoy…Tickets may be purchased by emailing diana@centerforsong.com or at the door. Center for Song offers Voice Lessons in Saratoga Springs to singers of all levels and age groups in a supportive and professional environment.

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Thursday, May 21, 2015
The Folklife Center at Crandall Public Library continues its ever-popular
Live! Folklife Concert Spring Series
DuPont Brothers
7-8:30 p.m. (doors open at 6:30 p.m.)
Crandall Public Library, 251 Glen Street, Glens Falls, NY 12801, 518-792-6508 x237
(in the Community Room, downstairs off the Library’s Glen Street entrance)
Cost: Free
The DuPont Brothers are reunited after years of geographical separation by a resonant collaboration in music. Blending the contemplative winters of the northeast with the solitary beauty of southwestern desert, the Burlington, Vermont-based indie-folk duo has truly honed in on their kindred songwriting synergy. Since the duo’s launch in 2013, Zack and Sam have played over 300 shows covering close to 30,000 miles on the road. “The clean acoustic guitar melodies act as an extension of the DuPont Brothers’ ethereal voices, giving their songs a fuller, otherworldly sound that’s totally hypnotic”—The Horn.
This series is made possible with funds from 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, May 22, 2015
SAVE THE DATE! Announcing a Benefit for New York Folklore Society

TICKETS GO ON SALE APRIL 1, 2015.

Adirondack Attic Music History Tour featuring Dan Berggren and Andy Flynn

DAN BERGGRENFRIDAY,
MAY 22, 2015
7:30 p.m.

GE Theater, PROCTORS
432 State Street
Schenectady, NY

Tickets: $20
On sale
April 1
Andy Flynn

The Adirondack Attic Musical History Tour vibrantly brings history to life. Author, editor, publisher and host of North Country Public Radio’s Adirondack Attic, Andy Flynn joins Adirondack folk singer Dan Berggren for a special presentation that mixes folk songs with stories and images from the archives of the Adirondack Museum.

PURCHASE TICKETS ONLINE HERE (ordering information will display on April 1)

Please note that there is a $2 service charge for online purchases.

Tickets are also available for purchase at NYFS in downtown Schenectady or by mail to NYFS, 129 Jay Street, Schenectady, NY 12305.
For more information, or to order by phone, call NYFS at 518/346-7008.

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Flushing Town Hall presents
Global Mashup #4 MEXICO MEETS GREECE
7:00 p.m.
7 p.m. (DANCE LESSONS), 8 p.m. (CONCERTS & JAM)
Flushing Town Hall, 137-35 Northern Boulevard, (at the corner of Linden Place), Flushing, NY 11354
Tickets: $15/$10 Members & Students
Formerly “Cultural Crossroads,” we’re mashing up 2 cultures on 1 stage with an open dance floor! Featuring Mariachi Flor de Toloache, NYC’s first and only all female mariachi band and Yianni Papastefanou, traditional Greek singer and recording artist. They’ll blend together with an impromptu jam in the last set.

Caffè Lena presents
Loren Barrigar & Mark Mazengarb
8:00 p.m.
Caffè Lena, 47 Phila St., Saratoga Springs, NY, 518-583-0022
Tickets: $18 general admission, $16 members, $9 students and children
Buy tickets online
What an incredible find this duo is—and they’re from upstate New York! Loren Barrigar and Mark Mazengarb are jaw-droppingly great guitarists whose diverse repertoire of original and arranged music covers Americana, Jazz, Country Western, and Classical. Their guitar playing is built on the thumb-picking techniques pioneered by guitar greats Merle Travis and Chet Atkins, and their songs feature Loren’s superb vocals with some beautiful harmonies from Mark. (Lloyd Maines) Mazengarb was born and raised in New Zealand and completed his music education at UNC Chapel Hill. Barrigar grew up playing in his family band, debuting at the Grand Ole Opry at the tender age of six. He’s a busy studio musician, and if you’ve watched TV in the past decade, you’ve heard his playing on the soundtrack of a slew of hit shows.

May 22-May 25, 2015
Ashokan Music & Dance Camps presents
Uke Fest
The Ashokan Center | Ashokan Music & Dance Camps | 477 Beaverkill Road | Olivebridge | NY | 12461
See website for schedule and staff information.
EARLY BIRD PRICES are good through Dec. 1, 2014.
Adults $435
Youth (ages 13-25): $355
Children (ages 5-12) $310
Parent/Guardian (Meals, dance and concert, no classes) $295
Under 5 Free

Register for the camp now!
A family-friendly weekend retreat for ukulele players of all levels. A diverse offering of workshops led by expert instructors, concerts, jamming, dancing and lots of fun. Classes include beginner-level instruction, technique workshops (fan strokes, claw hammer, fingerpicking), genre-based classes (Swing, Big Band, 80s music, etc.), playing by ear, soloing skills, embellishments, turnarounds and more. Tuition includes all workshops, classes, meals and the Uke Fest Concert on Saturday night (see below). Bring the family and enjoy a weekend of music and friends in a gorgeous natural setting. The surrounding area is rich in history—perfect for a learning vacation. Children are welcome to attend with a parent or guardian.

Folk Music Society of New York/New York Pinewoods Folk Music Club presents
SPRING FOLK MUSIC WEEKEND MAY 22-25, 2015
Hudson Valley Resort & Spa, Kerhonkson, NY
With: Bill Westcott & Brenna MacCrimmon, Geoff Kaufman, Monica-Lisa Mills, John Krumm, CrossStitch (Alice Backer & Phyllis Elkind) Come, relax and make music or listen! From dinner on Friday night to lunch on Monday, expect a weekend full of music, camaraderie, and relaxation. After dinner on Friday, we will Meet the Staff, when each of our staff members does a brief show-and-tell about their weekend workshops. Then we'll probably play Themes from a Hat, followed by late-night jamming and singing (with snacks and coffee). There will be a Silent Auction to benefit our scholarship funds, where you can find many a treasure. Saturday and Sunday will offer a variety of workshops, a dance (or maybe two), a Camper Concert where all attendees are invited to perform, and an evening concert, with late-night jamming and singing. Monday morning there will be workshops until lunch, then it is all over until next time The hotel and the area offer plenty of options for hiking, swimming in the heated indoor pool, indulging in the spa (extra charges), or just lying about and relaxing.

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Saturday, May 23 2015
Eighth Step at Proctors presents
BUFFY SAINTE-MARIE
7:30 p.m.
Proctors, GE Theater, 432 State Street, Schenectady NY 12305
Tickets on sale online now or by calling 518-434-1703
Ticket Prices: Gold Circle: $60; $40, and $25

Caffè Lena presents
Mark Tolstrup’s Brass & Blues — CD Release Concert
8:00 p.m.
Caffè Lena, 47 Phila St., Saratoga Springs, NY, 518-583-0022
Tickets: $18 general admission, $16 members, $9 students and children
Buy tickets online
Dixieland Jazz meets Delta Blues in this trio featuring Saratoga’s own Mark Tolstrup on vocals, slide guitar, and tenor banjo; Ernie Belanger on tuba, and Woody Strobeck on trombone. Mark has entranced east coast blues afficianados with his passionate Delta slide for many years, both solo and with acoustic and electric bands. Ernie and Woody have decades of experience playing Dixieland Jazz throughout the region. Together they produce a sound from the roots of American music, moaning low with the blues and rollicking with the joy of traditional New Orleans jazz.

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Sunday, May 24, 2015
Caffè Lena presents
Memorial Day Open Stage
Featuring Dan Berggren

7:00 p.m.
Caffè Lena, 47 Phila St., Saratoga Springs, NY, 518-583-0022
FREE
Our Memorial Day weekend open stage is an annual tradition at Caffè Lena, each year bringing together poets, songwriters, storytellers, and speech-makers for a respectful and deep-hearted sharing of views about our soldiers, the culture of war, and conflicts past and present. All styles and points of view are welcome. Excessive profanity is strongly discouraged. This year we have a special featured artist, Dan Berggren, will perform a 30-minute presentation called Appleseeds, featuring the songs and ideas of Pete Seeger, known the world over as a folk musician, humanitarian, peace activist, and environmentalist. No advance reservations will be accepted. Performer sign-up goes from 7 to 7:30. Performances will get underway at 7:30. Time limits will be determined by the number of participants. This event is co-sponsored annually by the Saratoga Peace Alliance and Adirondack Veterans for Peace and every year is unique and healing.

Ashokan Music & Dance Camps presents
Uke Fest Concert
8p.m.
The Ashokan Center | Ashokan Music & Dance Camps | 477 Beaverkill Road | Olivebridge | NY | 12461
Tickets: Tickets are $15 advanced purchase online, $25 on the day of the show.
A fabulous concert featuring these ukulele greats – Joel Eckhaus, Heidi Swedberg, Marcy Marxer, Ruthy Ungar, Ben Hassenger, Paul Hemmings and Gerald Ross! Join us for the concert only or for the entire Uke Fest camp, May 22-25, 2015 (see above).

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Tuesday, May 26, 2015
Center for Traditional Music and Dance announces
The NY Klezmer Series: Arnold Hammerschlag Group with Sam Bardfeld, Wil Holshouser
Concert at 7:30 p.m., workshop from 5:30 p.m-7:00 p.m.
Stephen Wise Free Synagogue, 30 W. 68th St., between Columbus and Central Park West on Manhattan’s Upper West Side
Admission to the concert is $15, instrumentalists may attend a pre-concert workshop for $25, or purchase a combined ticket concert/workshop for $35 and you can sit in at the post-concert jam session
For more information, visit aaronalexander.com/wp/concert-schedule
Klezmer music is the instrumental party music of the Jewish People from Eastern Europe — (Ashkenazim). It’s origins are in the 16th century, and it has evolved and assimilated local influences (Russian, Romanian, Ottoman, Hungarian etc.) wherever Ashkenazim have lived since. It is essentially Yiddish music – the instrumental music of people who spoke (and speak) Yiddish. It came to America with the immigration of Jews from Eastern Europe beginning in late 19th century, and has had a wonderful history in America, where it also assimilated American music traditions.

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Wednesday, May 27, 2015
Museum at Eldridge Street presents
After Hours Tour & Wine Reception
6:30 a.m.-8 p.m.
Museum at Eldridge Street, 12 Eldridge Street, New York, NY 10002
Cost: $30 per person. Space is limited and RSVP is required

The setting: Our magical sanctuary after hours. The attire: Fashionably festive. The activity: A fun, behind-the-scenes exploration of our 1887 landmark, one of NYC’s off-the-beaten-path treasures. Plus: a wine reception and great schmoozing. We promise you an Instagram-worthy evening.

Caffè Lena presents
Acoustic Blues Open Mic & Jam
7 p.m.
Caffè Lena, 47 Phila St., Saratoga Springs, NY, 518-583-0022
No advanced ticket sales. Tickets may be purchased at the door.
Members of the Saratoga Acoustic Blues Society welcome players of all ages to perform original or traditional blues songs on the Caffè Lena stage. Play solo, or invite others to sit in. A featured performer opens with a 20-minute set, followed by the open mic, and wrapping up with a big group jam. A great night of entertainment whether you perform or just sit and enjoy! Hosted by Sonny Speed.

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Friday, May 29, 2015
Caffè Lena presents
Christine Ohlman & Rebel Montez
8:00 p.m.
Caffè Lena, 47 Phila St., Saratoga Springs, NY, 518-583-0022
Tickets: $25 general admission, $22 members, $12.50 students and children
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This queen of blue-eyed rock n’ soul grew up loving the sweetness of a Memphis horn line and the raunch of an electric guitar riff, whether played by Muddy Waters, Keith Richards, or Pop Staples. She teased her blonde hair into a beehive in honor of Ronnie Spector and never looked back. She’s the current, long-time vocalist with the Saturday Night Live Band. In addition to her SNL work, Christine Ohlman finds time to play such esteemed stages as The Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame, New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival, The WC Handy Festival in Muscle Shoals, as well as shows with Brian Wilson, Bill Medley, Bonnie Bramlett, Elvis Costello, and a host of others. We’re thrilled that she has added our stage to her list of favorites! She’ll be joined by Cliff Goodwin, guitars; Michael Colbath, bass; and Larry Donahue, drums.

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Saturday, May 30, 2015
Caffè Lena presents
The Tee Mox
8:00 p.m.
Caffè Lena, 47 Phila St., Saratoga Springs, NY, 518-583-0022
Tickets: $16 general admission, $14 members, $8 students and children
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From our own hometown of Saratoga Springs comes George Fletcher and Steve Mulvaney’s duo, The Tee Mox. Their intricate acoustic guitar music showcases the brainy, artistic side of these two very fun guys who have spent recent years getting the Spa City on its feet and boogying with their bands Foldin’ Money and Bourbon Renewal. Fletcher is a third generation musician who grew up with a guitar in his hands. His fluid, effortless playing encompasses rock (Commander Cody), blues (Blue Law) and jazz. Mulvaney has toured with The Gilroy Brothers and John Ivan Band, as well as with his own rock/funk/smooth jazz band, Soul Device. This duo picks up right where Fletcher’s former duo, The Tequila Mockingbirds, a Caffè Lena favorite, left off: with exquisite instrumental acoustic music straight from the heart, highlighting creative arrangements and brilliant improvisation.

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Sunday, May 31, 2015
Caffè Lena presents
Wild Mercy: Stories Ancient and New with Laura Simms & Jeannine Laverty
7:00 p.m.
Caffè Lena, 47 Phila St., Saratoga Springs, NY, 518-583-0022
Tickets: $18 general admission, $16 members, $9 students and children
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Internationally known storyteller Laura Simms and one of her students, local storyteller Jeannine Laverty, weave their expertise in myth, folk, literary tales, and personal narrative into an evening of stories new and ancient. The New York Times called Simms “Irresistible! A major force in the revival of storytelling in America.” She lives according to the principal that stories generate compassion that can transform lives and communities, and she promotes this message through her work with numerous international organizations. Laura is the adoptive mother of best-selling author Ishmael Beah, with whom she often lectures. 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 of all the countries of the world. Jeannine performs for adults and high school students as part of the storytelling ensemble, SweetLand Storytellers, known especially for its program, “Voices from the Vietnam War.” She is recognized as one of the foremost storytellers in the Northeast.

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ANNOUNCEMENTS

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

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

September 6, 2014 —August 29, 2015
The New York State Museum, in collaboration with the Shaker Museum in Mount Lebanon, Hancock Shaker Village, and the Shaker Heritage Society (Albany), as well as the State Library and State Archives, present the exhibition
The Shakers: America’ Quiet Revolutionaries
Museum Open Tuesday-Sunday: 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.
New York State Museum, Cultural Education Center, 260 Madison Avenue, Albany, NY 12230
Admission: The NYS Museum is free. Donations are accepted at the door
The exhibition details one of the most significant and influential communal religious groups in American History. Artifacts from these preeminent Shaker collections will be exhibited together for the first time at the New York State Museum in November 2014. The Shakers launched a revolution parallel to the American Colonies’ struggle against British rule. As they sought religious freedom in America, their spiritual practices and community focus set them apart from greater society. Their devotional routines as well as their product innovations, marketing acumen and views towards gender equality seemed “revolutionary” to the outside world. Thematically divided into six areas, the exhibit will show how the Shakers’ unique model of an equal society challenged the norms of the new nation.

November 15, 2014 — March 6, 2016

Albany Institute of History & Art presents the exhibition
Triple Play: Baseball at the Albany Institute
OPENING RECEPTION: Friday, February 6, 5-8 p.m. Please RSVP to 518/463-4478 x 403
W 10-5 p.m.; Th 10-8 p.m.; Fri. &Sat. 10-5 p.m.; Sun. Noon-5 p.m.
Albany Institute of History & Art, 125 Washington Ave., Albany, NY 12210, 518/463-4478
The Albany Institute of History & Art is excited to present three exhibitions celebrating our passion for baseball! The centerpiece is BASEBALL: AMERICA’S GAME, organized by the Bank of America’s Art in our Communities program. It is complemented by two community-supported exhibitions, PLAY BALL! BASEBALL IN THE CAPITAL REGION and THE CLUBHOUSE: BASEBALL MEMORABILIA. Many items were borrowed from regional fans, community collectors, and museums. All three exhibitions contain nationally or regionally significant materials, such as photographs, signed bats and balls, stadium seats, trophies, pennants, jerseys, and more. We have an exciting rose of related events too, so be sure to check out our calendar!



February 7, 2015 — July 26, 2015

ArtsWestchester announces
ARTSEE 2015, A Festival of New Work in Westchester
See Calendar of Events
To request a 2015 ARTSEE Festival brochure, contact jwing@artswestchester.org with your mailing address. From March through July 2015, Westchester comes alive with vibrant cultural events in celebration of ArtsWestchester’s 50th anniversary. ARTSEE is a four month showcase of the creative spirit in Westchester County, New York, packed with dance, film, theatre, art exhibitions, concerts, conferences, open studios, poetry readings and more. Discover newly created work, Westchester premiers, and outstanding area artists. Be sure to mark your calendars and join the fun presented by more than 30 arts organizations in ARTSEE, a Festival of New Work in Westchester!
Enjoy ARTSEE Festival events at the following venues: ArtsWestchester, Axial Theatre, Blue Door Art Center, Caramoor Center for Music and the Arts, Clay Art Center, Concordia Conservatory, Copland House, Emelin Theatre, Ernest Simons Loft Studios, Hamm & Clov Stage Company, Hudson Stage Company, Hudson Valley Center for Contemporary Art, Iona College Council on the Arts, Irvington Town Hall Theater, JCC of Mid-Westchester, Katonah Museum of Art, Katonah Poetry Series, Kenise Barnes Fine Art, Licata-Syrig Designs, Mamaroneck Artists Guild, Media Loft Micro Gallery, Music Conservatory of Westchester, New Rochelle Council on the Arts, New Westchester Symphony Orchestra, Office of Cultural Affairs at Westchester Community College, OSilas Gallery at Concordia College, Peekskill Arts Alliance, Pelham Art Center, Purchase College, Rivertown Artists Workshop, Taconic Opera, The Mamaroneck Artists Guild, Westchester Collaborative Theater, Westchester Community College Center for the Arts, Westchester Community College Center for the Digital Arts, Peekskill Extension.


March 2015 — July 2015

The Folklife Center at Crandall Public Library presents
Battenkill Inspired
Exhibition kicks off with gallery reception and concert on Thursday, March 12, 2015, 5-7 p.m.
Folklife Gallery, Crandall Public Library, 251 Glen Street, Glens Falls, NY 12801
The Folklife Center at Crandall Public Library has mounted Battenkill Inspired, a new exhibition. A reception will take place on Thursday, March 12, 2015, from 5 to 7 p.m., followed by the first Live! Folklife Concert of the season, featuring Hot Club of Saratoga at 7 p.m. in the community room, just off the gallery.

The waters of the Battenkill, flowing from Vermont through southern Washington County to the Hudson River, are the source of inspiration for the art and artifacts showcased in this exhibition. Curated by Folklife Center director, Todd DeGarmo, Battenkill Inspired showcases the work of contemporary artists, as well as taking a look at the river’s culture: the covered bridges built to cross, the many industries that once drew power from its flow, the lure of Dionondehowa Falls and its pleasure park and the electricity generated for a trolley system, the world-class trout fishing with its own original fly patterns and personalities, the 1960s–70s decorated rafts for a timed float and competition, and current efforts to preserve this valuable resource.

The works of over 25 artists are featured, including paintings and art prints by Stephen Alcorn, Matt Chinian, Elizabeth Cockey, Adriano Manocchia, Harry Orlyk, Leslie Parke, Christopher Pearce, Mark Susinno, Brain Sweetland, Mark Tougias, George Van Hook, E.R. (Eugene) Witten; photography by Ian Creitz, Herbert Eriksson, Clifford Oliver; magazine cover art by Norman Rockwell, John Atherton, Mead Schaeffer; hand-tied fishing flies, hunting and decorative decoys, and a boat by Marc Francato, C.J. Lyttle, Steven Jay Sanford; jewelry, dolls, sculptures and a bridge model by Bonnie Elizabeth Hoag, Caroline Hooke, Serena Kovalosky, Jack Metzger, A.W. (Bob) Rayman, Anita Witten.

In addition many photos and artifacts are on display, loaned from Greenwich Library’s Gill Room, Washington County Fair’s Museum, Shushan Covered Bridge Museum, and private collections. Watch for a lecture series coming in April, May, June at two sites.


March 12, 2015 —June 30, 2015

Becoming Clear Comfort: History of a Landmark
Alice Austen House’s 30 Anniversary Exhibition
Tuesday to Sunday, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.
Alice Austen House; 2 Hylan Boulevard, Staten Island, NY 10305
“Becoming Clear Comfort: History of a Landmark” brings to light the history of the museum’s National and New York City Landmark building, tracing its path from one-room Dutch farmhouse in the 1690s, to Victorian Gothic cottage and home to early American photographer Alice Austen (1866–1952), to protected landmark, to public museum. Presented upon the museum’s 30th anniversary and as part of the celebrations for the 50th anniversary of the NYC Landmarks Law, this exhibition explores the Alice Austen House’s significance in New York City history and tells the fascinating story of the saving of the house from threatened destruction. March 14, 2015 — August 30, 2015

ArtsWestchester presents the exhibition
Crossing Borders: Memory and Heritage in a New America
Gallery hours for all exhibitions: Tues-Sat, 12-5 p.m.
ArtsWestchester, 31 Mamaroneck Avenue, White Plains, New York 10601, 914-428-4220
Admission: Free
ArtsWestchester’s Spring 2015 exhibition Crossing Borders will highlight the work of new and first generation American artists who use their autobiographies and family history as an artistic tool to explore universal concerns of memory, heritage, and identity. The pieces are individual contemplations on experiences that transcend a singular ethnic or cultural group. With immigration policy reform a major political talking point, and the city of White Plains a growing home to immigrant populations, the experience of the New American has never felt so relevant. The exhibition includes site-specific installations, photography, and mixed-media works by Westchester and New York/Hudson Valley artists. Visit artsw.org/crossingborders for more info.

March 17, 2015 — May 2, 2015

Taller Boricua presents the exhibition
Rhythms of Consciousness
OPENING RECEPTION: April 10, 6-9 p.m.
Exhibit will be Honoring:
Pedro Pietri Fri April 10th, 6-9 p.m.
Amiri Baraka Fri April 24th, 6-9 p.m.
Tato Laviera Sat May 9th, 3-6 p.m.
Tues., Wed., Fri., Sat. 12-6 p.m., Thurs. 1-7 p.m. | Sun. and Mon. Closed
Taller Boricua Gallery at the Julia de Burgos Latino Cultural Center | The Puerto Rican Workshop, Inc.,1680 Lexington Avenue, New York, NY 10029 | 212.831.4333
Admission: Free
To commemorate national poetry month, “The Rhythms of Social Consciousness” celebrates poets and artists who have maintained a high level of participation and commitment. The cadence, sounds of street beats punctuate a dedication to the spoken word with visuals, raising Puerto Rican-Latino and African-American consciousness. The mixed medium visual statements will be interspersed with rarely seen photographs, slides, videos, and archival materials, capturing this historic segment of the urban movement. Participating Artists and Contributors: Marlis Momber, David Gonzalez, Max Colon, Geno Rodriguez, Marisol Diaz Jesus-Papoletto Mendez, Diana Gitesha Hernandez, Maria Aponte, Not for Profit, Sandra Maria Esteves, Bobby Gonzalez, Jani Rose, Joe Pietri, Carmen Pietri, Sam Diaz, Willie Correa and others.

April 10 —May 9, 2015

Bronx Music Heritage Center presents the exhibition
DRUMS & DREAMS
Charlie Rosario and Pablo E. Yglesias: TWO ARTISTS

Call 718.839.1196 for Gallery hours
BMHC Lab | 1303 Louis Niné Boulevard | Bronx, NY
Admission: Free; $5 suggested donation
School and community groups are also welcomed for morning or afternoon visits. Please contact us at info@bronxmusic.org to inquire about availability.
Rosario and Yglesia’s art is inspired by music, storytelling, Afro-Caribbean and Mesoamerican cultures, and is influenced by dreams and the surreal. Through the individual exploration of the subconscious, rhythm, faith, and history, they explore identity, sacredness, states of possession and ecstasy.

April 10 —May 28, 2015

Museum of the City of New York (MCNY) presents the exhibition
SAVING PLACE
Fifty Years of New York City Landmarks

10:00 a.m.-6 p.m.
Museum of City of New York, 1220 Fifth Avenue (at 103rd Street), New York, NY 10029
Suggested Admission: Adults: $14 Seniors, students: $10 (with ID); Self-guided student groups: $3/person; Ages 19 and under: Free; Members: Free
The Museum of the City of New York presents SAVING PLACE: 50 Years of New York City Landmarks, a comprehensive exhibition exploring the roots and impact of a landmark preservation movement that has transformed the City and been an engine of New York’s growth and success. Many believe New York’ pioneering Landmarks Law, enacted in April 1965, was the key factor in the rebirth of New York in the final quarter of the 20th century. It fostered pride in neighborhoods and resulted in neighborhood preservation in every borough, connecting and motivating residents and bringing new economic life to older communities. It ensured that huge swaths of the city remain a rich complex of new and old. It also ensured the creative re-use of countless buildings. At the same time, a new body of important architecture has emerged as architects, clients, and the Landmarks Preservation Commission devised innovative solutions for the renovation of landmark buildings and for new buildings in historic districts. The law spawned creativity in architects’ responses to building preservation that has enhanced the cityscape in all five boroughs. Through original documents, drawings, paintings, photographs, building pieces, and more, the exhibition surveys how the landmarks movement developed in New York, going back to early preservation efforts in the beginning of the 20th century. At large tables in the center of the exhibition gallery, visitors will see models and building samples showing the restoration of landmarks all over the city, the creation of new architecture in historic districts, and the addition of new buildings atop or next to landmarks. Examples include models of Diane von Furstenberg’s offices in the Meatpacking District and Norman Foster’s glass skyscraper atop the Art Deco Hearst Building. Also included in the exhibition are architectural fragments from the destroyed Pennsylvania Station and other buildings, maps, infographics, and interactive opportunities to explore landmarks in the city. Saving Place is curated by Donald Albrecht, the Museum’s Curator for Architecture and Design, and Andrew S. Dolkart, the Director of the Historic Preservation Program at Columbia University, with consulting curator Seri Worden, formerly Director of the James Marston Fitch Charitable Foundation.
The Museum will offer an ambitious menu of public programs in conjunction with the exhibition, ranging from a symposium on April 20, to discussions, to lectures, to walking tours. The Museum’s Frederick A.O. Schwarz Children’s Center has designed special programs for students and teachers. Visit the website for more details on upcoming programs.


April 21 —September 13, 2015

Staten Island Arts announces
Cultural Feedback Project:
TELLING OUR STORIES FROM THE INSIDE OUT—AN ARCHIVE OF WEST AFRICAN CULTURAL HERITAGE ON STATEN ISLAND
Monday - Friday 11 a.m. - 8 p.m.; Saturdays, 12 p.m. - 5 p.m.
SI Arts’ Culture Lounge Gallery @ St. George Terminal; 10 Ferry Terminal Drive, Staten Island, NY 10301
For further questions, please contact Naomi Sturm Director of Folklife at 718-442-3329 X1006 or nsturm@statenislandarts.org
Staten Island Arts is proud to present their first ever ”Cultural Feedback Project” in partnership with the Alan Lomax Archive, United States Sierra Leone Association, Ghanaian Association of Staten Island, and NAPELA. The Cultural Feedback Project exhibition is the culmination of over 100 hours of video, 2,500 photographs and more than 40 hours of audio interviews presented in the Cultural Lounge on March 26, 2015. Throughout the spring and summer, the folklife series will feature various indigenous presentations including a Ghanaian Kente cloth weaving demonstration, African Story Circle, a children’s dance showcase and an evening of short films by West African directors in collaboration with the African Film Festival of New York. The Cultural Feedback Project is supported with generous funding from the National Endowment for the Arts, New York State Council on the Arts, Department of Cultural Affairs, Con Edison and the Nicotra Foundation. The three-month long exhibit will be accompanied by a calendar of public and educational programming in the space:
Tuesday April 21, 2015 – Ghanaian Kente Cloth Weaving Demonstration
Saturday May 23, 2015 – African Story Circle (all languages welcome)
Saturday June 6, 2015 – Children’s Dance Showcase (featuring student groups from the United States Sierra Leone Association, the Ghanaian Association of Staten Island and NAPELA)
Tuesday June 16, 2015 – Evening of short films by West African directors (in collaboration with the African Film Festival of New York)

Flushing Town Hall presents
EXHIBITION: The Royal Blossom
OPENING RECEPTION: Friday, May 1, 6 p.m.
GALLERY HOURS: 12-5 p.m.
Flushing Town Hall, 137-35 Northern Boulevard, Flushing, NY 11354, 718) 463-7700 x 222
Suggested Admission: $5/FREE for Members & Students
Renowned Korean folk artist, Jae Choon Kim, presents her Korean Folk Art for the first time in America. Focusing on the natural elements, such as flowers, insects, and birds, this exhibition offers a great opportunity for the public to experience art influenced by exquisite royal palace paintings of the Chosun Dynasty.

May 2, 2015 — May 31, 2015

...and beyond
Ward Museum at Salisbury University presents
EXHIBITION: The Art of Sporting and Playing
Opening Reception May 16 during the Ward Museum̱s Festival of Delmarvalous Traditions
Ward Museum 909 South Schumaker Drive, Salisbury, Maryland 21804
Gallery Hours: Monday - Saturday: 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Sunday: Noon - 5 p.m.
The Delmarva Peninsula has been a vacation destination and playground for centuries, with tourists and locals alike drawn to its beaches, carnivals, hunting grounds, birding havens, and other attractions. The Art of Sporting and Playing celebrates those traditions, locations, and communities that make up the fun, high-spirited, and sometimes competitive side of Delmarva. From pony penning to fox hunting, carousel rides to muskrat skinning, this summertime exhibit in the Ward Museum’s LaMay Gallery will explore the art and artifacts that represent the region’s rich traditions of sport and play.

May 15, 2015 — September 20, 2015

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