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NYFS Wins Grant from Erie Canalway: Celebrating Music and Dance in Brockport in May 2014

The New York Folklore Society proudly announces the receipt of a Canalway grant from the Erie Canalway National Heritage Corridor for a partnership project with the Erie Canal Museum (Syracuse) and the Village of Brockport for a “Day of Music and Dance.” The project will provide a range of activities for audiences that draws on canal history but that also has the potential to use that history to reach out to new audiences along the canal. The Day of Music and Dance will celebrate the canal’s importance in creating communities along the Canal that have contributed to traditional music and dance culture in New York State. Timed to coincide with the opening of the Canal in Brockport, NY, the award to the New York Folklore Society was announced at a press conference in Albany on February 18, 2014. Watch for details here.


April 28-May 4, 2014
Low Bridge, High Water
A celebration of the seasonal opening of the Erie Canal at Brockport, New York
For more general information: Call: 585-637-5300
Canal History Slide Talks, Sculling Regatta, “Barge Charge” 5K Race, Taste of Brockport, Band and Orchestra Music, Museum Panel Dedication, CROP Walk, and more. See flyer for times and locations in Brockport.

Thursday, May 1, 2014
Staten Island Arts presents
Harness Your Asking Power to Bring in Major Gifts
9 a.m.-2 p.m.
Snug Harbor Cultural Center, 1000 Richmond Terr, Building P, Staten Island, NY 10301
RSVP here: $25 for Staten Island Arts Members/ $150 for non-members
Or call 718-414-6904 to reserve your spot. Check to cover workshop fees and/or membership can be made out to Staten Island Arts and mailed to 1000 Richmond Terrace, SI, NY 10301.
Join Brian Saber, a master in the art of asking, for this half-day training that will greatly improve your comfort level in making in-person one-on-one asks, will give you a set of tools to use every step of the way, and will motivate you to go out and ask. Brian combines discussion, exercises and presentation to keep the training interactive and lively every step of the way.By the end of this half-day training you will:
*Understand your personal Asking Style and know how to use it throughout the asking process, from selecting prospects that are right for you to setting up the meetings in a way that’s comfortable to you.
*Have developed a powerful case for support that reflects your personal experience and what you find compelling about your organization.
*Be able to lead a solicitation meeting strategically in a way that lets the donor do more of the talking while ensuring that you accomplish your ultimate goal of asking for a quality gift. You will understand your role throughout the meeting, how to keep the meeting moving along, and how to respond when the donor says “yes,” “no,” or “maybe.”
Ideal for development staff, executive directors, board leadership, and volunteer fundraisers looking to learn practical, actionable, step-by-step techniques to cultivate donors that can be applied and built upon.

The Eighth Step at Proctors Theater presents
Roy Zimmerman
7:00 p.m.
Underground at Proctors, 432 State Street, Schenectady, NY 12305
Tickets: $22 advance, $24 door, $35 for Gold Circle
Order tickets online or phone Eighth Step TicketLine (No Order Fee): 518-434-1703
Hilariously barbed original satirical songs about class warfare, creationism, same-sex marriage, guns, marijuana, abstinence and a whole new album inspired by the current political scene. A pointed and hilarious evening of original, dead-on political satire, sharp wit, sardonic humor. He’s downright hilarious no matter on which side of the aisle you sit.

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Friday, May 2, 2014
Mano a Mano: Mexican Culture Without Borders announces:
CD Release Concert: Amanda Martinez
7 p.m.
Joe’s Pub, 425 Lafayette St, New York, NY 10003
Tickets $20, Telephone: 212-539-8778
For tickets and more information visit Joe’s Pub
The Amanda Martinez CD release concert will be at Joe’s Pub on Friday May 2, jump-starting Cinco de Mayo celebrations. Mañana, the US debut by Toronto-based Mexican singer and songwriter Amanda Martinez, is a celebration of hope, possibility — and persistence. Produced by Javier Limón, winner of a Grammy and two Latin Grammy awards, Mañana offers a fresh new twist to her distinctive sound, a blend of Latin pop, Mexican folk music, and flamenco with tinges of jazz and Afro-Cuban music. It’s her first release in the US, out now on CEN/Red via Sony Music. Her New York concert, dubbed “Ciclo de Mayo” also celebrates her father Gustavo Martinez’s life-changing trip from Mexico City to Toronto – 80 days by bicycle! – in 1956, the subject of the recent documentary, Ciclo.

Caffè Lena presents
Songs of Hope In Springtime: Jon Brooks & Colleen Kattau
8 p.m.
Caffè Lena, 47 Phila St., Saratoga Springs, NY, 518-583-0022
Tickets: $16/member $14, $8 child and student
Buy tickets online
Tonight, as spring returns to the north, we offer the world-healing music of two outstanding singer-songwriters. Upon his return from a 1997 trek through war-ruined Bosnia-Herzegovina, Canadian singer-songwriter Jon Brooks quit music claiming, “I’m at least a 1000 books and emotions shy of earning the right to stand behind a microphone.” Eight years later – at the suggestion of one of his Canadian literary heroes, Austin Clarke – Jon wiped the dust off his Taylor Jumbo 615. His mandate is unequivocal: “I’m not interested in ‘happy songs’ – I’ve chosen to write healing songs and, for that reason, I’m obliged to reveal a wound or two now and then. I’m even less interested in writing unhappy songs: I want to write hopeful songs.”
Colleen Kattau first appeared on our stage in 2012 with Holly Near. Tonight the Central New York activist songwriter returns with her playful, poignant, do-right songs. She sings in English and Spanish on topical themes connected with peace, social change, and human rights in a voice that has been compared to Natalie Merchant and Shawn Colvin. Pete Seeger said of Colleen, “Joe Hill would be proud. A great singer and organizer at the same time.”

The Folkus Project of Central New York presents
Rani Arbo and Daisy Mayhem with guest Jeffrey Pepper Rodgers
Scrambling genres around the seductive vocals and fiddle we’ve known since Rani’s Salamander Crossing days
8 p.m.
May Memorial Unitarian Universalist Society, 3800 East Genesee St, Syracuse, NY
Cost: $18
Doors open at 7:15 and refreshments will be available.
For information about advance ticket purchase, visit www.folkus.org
Rani Arbo and Daisy Mayhem draw from the deep well of American roots music, and have an adventurous way of mixing things up. They’ll hang a 200-year-old Georgia Sea Islands song over a New Orleans groove. They’ll set original lyrics to an Irish fiddle tune, then layer it with a groove on a South American box drum. A Leonard Cohen cover gets a clawhammer banjo. Springsteen gets high-octane, bluegrass-style harmonies. And band’s originals range from Unitarian funk gospel tune to 1950s swing. With influences from Doc Watson to Django Reinhardt, from Ghanaian drumming to the funky Meters, and from Fiddlin’ John Carson to Bob Dylan, Daisy Mayhem celebrates America’s rich musical past and brings it into the present. Rani Arbo was first known to Syracuse audiences as the lead fiddler and vocalist for Salamander Crossing — which derived its name from a pair of tunnels in Amherst, Massachusetts, that salamanders used in order to cross the road to mate in their vernal ponds. That Americana-leaning band, with four well-regarded albums, made innumerable appearances at Happy Endings Cake & Coffeehouse and later in the Folkus series at May Memorial. Arbo grew up a cellist and chorister in New York City, where she performed centuries’ worth of sacred music, from Hildegarde to Poulenc to Paul Winter. After Salamander Crossing, she pursued a solo career with her support band Daisy Mayhem. Cocktail Swing, a collection of pop, jazz, and country songs given the jug band treatment, arrived in the summer of 2001. 2003’s Gambling Eden and 2007’s Big Old Life showed off more of her rootsy yet forward-thinking sound. The musicians in Daisy Mayhem pick up what’s lying around — from tin cans, to old songs, to human stories — and create something new. Andrew Kinsey, Scott Kessel, Anand Nayak make up one of “America’s most inventive string bands” (The Boston Herald).
Opening the show will be local songwriter Jeffrey Pepper Rodgers, winner of a grand prize in the John Lennon Songwriting Contest, a contributor to NPR’
s All Things Considered, and founding editor of Acoustic Guitar magazine.

The Folk Music Society of N.Y., Inc/ N.Y. Pinewoods Folk Music Club presents
John Roberts & Tony Barrand
8 p.m.
St. John’s Church, 81 Christopher Street, Manhattan 10014, between Bleecker St. and 7th Avenue South.
Admission $22 general public; $18 FMSNY members, $10 for kids under 12 and full-time students.
Tickets at the door or on-line at: http://bpt.me/613575 (service fee applies).
Information 212-957-8386
Legends – a series showcasing some of the great performers in various folk fields. Widely acclaimed for their lively and entertaining presentations of English folk songs, John Roberts and Tony Barrand have performed at major festivals, colleges, clubs and coffeehouses throughout the US, Canada, and their native Britain. They sing the ballads and songs of rural pursuits, of social and sociable situations, of industrial toil and strife, of the sea and much more, typically arranging their material thematically to better illustrate the lives and the social history of the people who made and sang the songs. Their songs are punctuated with tales, monologues and dance tunes, giving a more complete appreciation of the diversity, and vitality of the English folk tradition.

...and beyond
Dewey Hall presents
Tap & Blues Concert and Workshop
Workshop 3:30-4:45 p.m.
Performance 7:00-8:30 p.m.
Dewey Hall, 91 Main Street, Sheffield, MA 01257
Cost: $10 Workshop; $10 Performance; $15 for both
Call 413-243-2271 to register
An interactive workshop and presentation with Delta blues artist, Robin O’Herin, and rhythm tap dance, Stefanie Weber.

Friday, May 2-Sunday, May 4, 2014
The Ashokan Center announces
Northeast Blacksmith's Association: Spring Meet
Ashokan Center, 477 Beaverkill Road, Olivebridge, NY. (845)246-2121
This is a Northeast Blacksmith’s Association event. For more information and registration, please visit: northeastblacksmiths.org
The Spring Meeting of the Northeast Blacksmith Association is scheduled for May 2, 3 & 4, 2014. This dynamic weekend program has a hands-on instruction area, a nationally known demonstrator, a blacksmith tool flea market, slide shows, films etc. It is a gathering of professional, amateur, and beginner blacksmiths as well as those curious about blacksmithing. The NBA has been meeting at the Ashokan site for over 35 years, with a meet each Spring and Fall. Join us for a fun time with a focus on the ancient art of blacksmithing. Pre-registration is encouraged.

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Saturday, May 3, 2014
Flushing Town Hall presents
Cinco de Mayo Festival
12:30 p.m.
Flushing Town Hall, 137-35 Northern Boulevard, (at the corner of Linden Place), Flushing, NY 11354, (718) 463-7700 x 222
$15/$12 Members/$12 Children/$10 Member Children (concert + 2 workshops; registration required): To register, please call our Box Office at (718) 463-7700 x222
Limited space available for 12:30 p.m. and 1 p.m. workshops
PICATA MAKING WORKSHOP AT 12:30 PM Master picata maker Aurelia Fernandez will teach you how to make a simple picata to keep or use.
MEXICAN MUSIC & DANCE WORKSHOP AT 1 PM Join New York’s premier ambassadors of Mariachi music for a workshop of traditional Mexican music and dance with Ramуn Ponce, Jr. and Mariachi Real.
MARIACHI REAL DE MEXICO AT 2:15 PM Mariachi Real de Mexico, which celebrates this hundred year-old traditional folk music and dance, has played with Placido Domingo, Juanes, Train and even provided the music for Nickelodeon’s The Backyardigans.

City Lore recommends
Author Talk with Eliza Griswold: I Am the Beggar of the World: Landays from Contemporary Afghanistan 3:00 p.m.
Queens Library at Flushing (IRC), 41-17 Main St. Flushing, NY 11355
For more information: 718-661-1200
Eliza Griswold travelled to Afghanistan to collect the couplets of this ancient oral and anonymous form created by and for mostly illiterate people: the more than 20 million Pashtun women who span the border between Afghanistan and Pakistan.

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

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

Alwan for the Arts presents
Musical Performance: Fathy Salama, Egyptian Grammy Award-winner at Alwan for the Arts
8:00 p.m.
Alwan for the Arts, 16 Beaver street, 4th floor, New York, NY
For more information, contact: (646) 732-3261
Cost: $20 General | $15 for Students, Members and Seniors
Producer, composer, arranger and pianist Fathy Salama has influenced the World Music scene immeasurably. His music reflects his experience of the Middle East and Europe, as he works tirelessly on bridging the gap between traditional and modern music from the Orient.

Caffè Lena presents
Frank Jaklitsch and Friends
8 p.m.
Caffè Lena, 47 Phila St., Saratoga Springs, NY, 518-583-0022
Tickets: $16/member $14, $8 child and student
Buy tickets online
Folk/Celtic artist Frank Jaklitsch always turns his concerts at Caffè Lena into something more than entertainment. Audiences leave buoyed by the radiant joy Frank brings to the stage. The sound is full, the sing-alongs are plentiful, the laughter fills the room. Frank will be joined by Bobby Long on guitar, Michael Eck on mandolin, and Mark Frederick on fiddle. All of Frank’s earnings will be donated to Shaker Veterinary Hospital’s Save-A-Pet Fund.

Café Veritas presents
Peter Yarrow of Peter, Paul, and Mary
8:00 p.m.
Café Veritas, First Unitarian Church, 220 Winton Road South, Rochester, New York 14610
Tickets for this event will go on sale Saturday, February 1, at 10:00 a.m.
Ticket prices: $25 advance sales and $28 at the gate. A Golden Café Pass (limit 40) for $50 (includes choice seating and a wine and cheese meet-and-greet with Peter Yarrow before the concert).
For tickets and more information, visit www.cafeveritas.org
Best known as the founding member of the renowned musical trio, Peter, Paul & Mary, Peter Yarrow is a legendary musician, songwriter, and activist. His gift for songwriting has produced some of the most moving songs Peter, Paul & Mary have recorded, including “Puff, the Magic Dragon” and “Leaving On a Jet Plane,” Peter has earned many gold and platinum albums as well as awarded numerous Grammys. His Puff the Magic Dragon hardcover book has sold over 1 million copies. Over the years, many issues have moved Peter to commit his time and talent. Peter has been involved in issues surrounding equal rights, peace, the environment, gender equality, homelessness, hospice care and education. He is the originator of the New Folks Concert which is considered to be the most respected platform in America for launching new singer/songwriters. Peter is also the founder and President of Operation Respect, a program building safer and more respectful environments for school children worldwide.

Robert Browning Associates presents
Omar Faruk Tekbilek with Murat Tekbilek
Sufi Music of Turkey
8:00 p.m.
Roulette, 509 Atlantic Ave., Brooklyn, NY 10025
Tickets $25 General Admission $20 Student/Senior with valid ID
Born in the Turkish city of Adana to a musical family, Omar Faruk Tekbilek is a brilliant interpreter of Sufi, folk and contemporary music of the Middle East. An evocative vocalist and virtuoso on several instruments, including the ney (bamboo flute) and baglama (long-necked lute), he has has been a major force in world music since the 1970s. His collaborations have included composer/producer Brian Keane, trumpeter Don Cherry, master percussionist Arto Tuncboyaciyan and ‘ud and violin virtuoso Simon Shaheen.
Murat Tekbilek has been the lead percussionist in his father’s ensembles for a decade and has performed throughout the world. His instruments include darbuka (goblet drum), def and bendir (frame drums).

A Place for Folk presents
Pete Seeger Birthday Party Sing-Along With Wanda Fisher, host of “Hudson River Sampler”-WAMC-FM
8:30 p.m.,
A Place for Folk, Unitarian Universalist Soc. of Schenectady, 1221 Wendell Ave, Schenectady, NY
Cost: Free
Information: aplaceforfolkmusic@gmail.com, 518-377-0002
Pete is no longer with us, but his music lives on in our hearts and through our voices. Come join us for a lively evening of great fun for the whole family. Let’s celebrate the life and legacy of this wonderful man and pass this heritage along. A free-will donation is appreciated. This will go be part of a Pete Seeger memorial gift to ECOS: the Environmental Clearinghouse to promote and protect the Mohawk River. Guest performers include: George Ward; Addie and Olin—Unleashed; Roots of Change—Sybil Allyson; Jeffrey Hedquist, and many other friends and surprise guests. All ages welcome! Come sing-along with us. Let’s give these songs to new generations.

The Towne Crier in Beacon presents
8:30 p.m.
Towne Crier, 379 Main Street, Beacon, NY, (845) 855-1300
Tickets: $20 advance/ $25 at door

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Sunday, May 4, 2014
The Castellani Art Museum of Niagara University presents
Introduction to Ikebana: Japanese Floral Art
1:00-4:00 p.m.
Castellani Art Museum of Niagara University, 5795 Lewiston Road, Niagara University, New York 14109, 716-286-8200
15 for CAM members, $20 for non-members Space is limited. Call 716-286-8290 to register.
Hands-on workshop with Takako Michii, Ikebana Master. A part of the Master Makers and Players series, this event held in conjunction with the Folk Arts exhibition “Extraordinary Ordinary People: American Masters of Traditional Arts,” on view through June 20, 2014 (see more about this exhibition in the “Exhibitions” section below).

Center for Traditional Music and Dance (CTMD) announces
Concert and Workshop: Spring Song and Dance with Kosa Kolektiv and the Ukrainian Village Voices
1-4 p.m.
All Saints Ukrainian Orthodox Church, 206 East 11th St (btw 2nd and 3rd Aves), New York, NY
Please RSVP NOW to UkrainianVillageVoices@gmail.com as space is limited to 50 seats.
$10 suggested donation, $5 for students and seniors, Free for UVV members and children
CTMD is proud to serve as media sponsor for a “Spring Song and Dance” concert and workshop co-presented by members of New York’s Ukrainian Village Voices and Toronto’s Kosa Kolektiv. The Sunday afternoon program celebrates the birth of the Spring, after a long winter, with traditional songs and dances from Ukraine. The joint Kosa Kolektiv and Ukrainian Village Voices concert starts at 1 p.m., followed by a workshop at 1:45 p.m. The workshop will focus on spring songs and dance, including Ukrainian Vesnianky, the ancient songs traditionally sung from the tallest hills in the village to call in the Spring, and also Hailky, sung walking dances and fun physical games that reflect the movements of the animals, landscapes, and natural elements. All ages, genders, and skill levels are welcome!
Kosa Kolektiv is a group founded by young women in the Toronto area whose aim is to revitalize Ukrainian and Slavic folk traditions in an urban context. They do this by singing songs, sewing, cooking, planting, crafting, putting on workshops and sharing ideas over tea and good food. The word
kosa means “braid” in Ukrainian and is a symbol of youth, vitality, strength, and tradition; it is also an image of cultural fusion, the braiding of old and new.
Ukrainian Village Voices is a culturally diverse group of folk singers who perform, teach, and organize workshops and concerts in New York. The group evolved out of the Ukrainian Wave Community Cultural Initiative (2007–2012) at the Center for Traditional Music and Dance. Their music celebrates traditional harmonies from the mountains to the steppes of Ukraine with intense ritual songs, tragic ballads, and celebratory seasonal songs.

City Lore recommends
The Wind of Anatolia 2:00 p.m.
Queens Library at Flushing (Auditorium), 41-17 Main St. Flushing, NY 11355
For more information: 718-661-1200
Enjoy a concert that includes traditional, classical, and popular music from Turkey.

Caffè Lena presents
Jonathan Edwards
7 p.m.
Caffè Lena, 47 Phila St., Saratoga Springs, NY, 518-583-0022
Tickets: $25/member $22, $12.50 child and student
Buy tickets online
Warm as summer sunshine, real as the truth, intimate as a long overdue visit between old friend—such is a Jonathan Edwards concert. He may be best known for his million-selling 1971 song “Sunshine (go away today),” but this is one veteran performer who is neither grizzled nor locked in nostalgia. Now into his fifth decade of making music, Jonathan’s talents have graced fifteen albums. He has performed throughout North America, collaborated with artists from Emmylou Harris and Jimmy Buffett to Cheryl Wheeler, and contributed to two movie soundtracks, and to this day measures his success by the joy he brings to his live audiences night after night.

The Smith Center for the Performing Arts presents
Dave Mason’s Traffic Jam
7:30 p.m.
The Smith Opera House, 82 Seneca Street, Geneva, NY 14456
Tickets: $85 VIP, $28 General Admission, $35 at door. To order VIP tickets call the box office at 315-781-5483 only 20 tickets available!
Take journey back to the greatest days of rock with Dave Mason’s Traffic Jam. Join Rock and Roll Hall of Famer and co-founder of the legendary band Traffic, Dave Mason for an evening of music history as he retraces the earliest days of his career with Traffic and the works that launched his successful solo career. Mason founded Traffic with Steve Winwood while both were still teenagers, and created music that would find its way into the hearts of generations of music lovers. He would go on to establish himself as a successful songwriter, guitarist and solo artist. He’s penned dozens of hits, and his legendary guitar work has been linked with numerous other members of rock and roll elite, including Eric Clapton, Stevie Wonder, Michael Jackson, Fleetwood Mac, The Rolling Stones, Graham Nash, Stephen Stills, Rita Coolidge, Leon Russell, Ron Wood and Mama Cass Elliot.

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Monday, May 5, 2014
Museum at Eldridge Street presents
People of the Books: A Monthly Book Club
Until the Dawn’s Light by Aharon Appelfeld

11 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
Museum at Eldridge Street, 12 Eldridge Street, New York, NY 10002, 212.219.088
Cost: $10 per class; $175 for all 20 sessions
RSVP here.
Join Dr. Regina Stein for the Museum’s monthly discussion of contemporary Jewish literature. See also March 3 and April 7.
The class, “Parashat Hashavuah: Ancient Custom, New Twist” is part of the Museum’s Morris Kaplan Scholar in Residence Program. Join Dr. Regina Stein for a contemporary take on the Jewish practice of weekly Torah study using pre-rabbinic commentaries as well as approaches by archaeologists and modern Israeli and American scholars. No Hebrew or previous knowledge required.

The Arts Center of the Capital Region presents
BOOKMARKS: Notes from the Road Back
Curated by local writer and veteran Dan New
7:00 p.m.
The Arts of the Capital Region, 265 River Street, Troy, NY 12180
Cost: Free
Download the Call for Submissions
It happened; you were profoundly impacted by the experience. What was it like to return to the everyday? Submisson deadline: Wednesday, April 9, 2014 by 5 p.m.
The Memoir Project, a program of The Arts Center of the Capital Region, invites submissions for Bookmarks, an annual series of group readings featuring writing that is grounded in personal experience. We encourage both experienced writers as well as those whose work has not previously been read publicly, or published, to submit work. Bookmarks is a thematically differentiated group reading. Each event is curated by a different individual, hand selected from our region’s richly diverse community to host. Chosen for their unique personal experiences and professional expertise, the curators decide on their month’s theme.

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Tuesday, May 6, 2014
Flushing Town Hall Education Department presents
Dance & Music: Mariachi Real de Mexico
10:00 a.m. and 11:30 a.m.
Flushing Town Hall, 137-35 Northern Boulevard, (at the corner of Linden Place), Flushing, NY 11354
Student tickets $6.50 (chaperones come FREE per 10 students; otherwise $10)
Order tickets online for the 2013–2014 Education Performances
New York’s premier ambassadors of Mariachi music, Ramon Ponce, Jr. and his father, lead Mariachi Real de Mexico which celebrates this hundred year-old traditional folk music. Together the Ponces founded the Mariachi Academy of NY for youth and are available for pre- and post-show school workshops.
Captivate your student’s imagination, broaden their arts education experience, and provide meaningful connections between classroom subject areas and the arts. All performances support NYS Common Core Learning Standards and Blueprint Benchmarks.

Gotham Center for NYC History presents a Spring 2014 Forum:
The Museum of Extraordinary Things
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!
Alice Hoffman, bestselling author of The Dovekeepers, speaks about and reads from her mesmerizing new novel, a story about the electric and impassioned love between two vastly different souls in New York during the volatile first decades of the twentieth century.

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Wednesday, May 7, 2014
Museum at Eldridge Street presents
Ethnicity, Place and Time on the Lower East Side
11 a.m.-12:30 p.m., Wednesdays: April 30, May 7, 14, 21
Museum at Eldridge Street, 12 Eldridge Street, New York, NY 10002, 212.219.088
RSVP: 10 per class; $35 for all four sessions.
Join urban historian Barry Feldman to learn about the massive wave of Jewish migration to New York City. What prompted the Jewish immigrants’ journey? How did they negotiate language acquisition, employment, family dislocation, and discrimination? What factors led to their dispersal to Harlem, Brownsville, the Bronx, and other places throughout the city? The final session is a Lower East Side walking tour that will explore buildings important to Jewish, Hispanic, Italian, Asian, and German immigrant groups of the neighborhood.

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.

World Music Institute (WMI) and the Center for Traditional Music and Dance present
Strings of The Black Sea
7:00 p.m.
Leonard Nimoy Thalia Theater at Peter Norton Symphony Space, 2537 Broadway, New York, NY 10025
Tickets $30 / WMI Friends and CTMD Members $25 Bring a Kid! $5; General admission seating
Tickets available online.
A celebration of lyras and fiddles from Bulgaria, Crimea, and Turkey, Strings of the Black Sea explores the musical connections between communities surrounding the Black Sea. A crossroads between Europe and Asia, the Black Sea (known by the ancient Greeks as “Pontus,” meaning simply “sea”) has always been a center of mercantile and cultural exchange. The concert will showcase three notable musical traditions, represented by four extraordinary musicians: Crimean Tatar violinist Nariman Asanov, with Patrick Farrell on accordion; Nikolay Kolev playing Bulgarian gadulka (pear-shaped fiddle); and Christos Tiktapanidis playing Pontic lyra (vertically held, bottle-shaped three-stringed rebec).

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Thursday, May 8, 2014
Cooperstown Graduate Program and the Fenimore Art Museum
announces the
2014 Bruce Buckley Lecture Gail C. Andrews presents: Lessons Learned: Alabama Quilts and Oral Tradition
7:30-9:30 p.m.
Fenimore Art Museum Auditorium 5798 State Highway 80 (Lake Road) Cooperstown, NY 13326
For more information, contact 607-547-2586, Catherine.Raddatz@oneonta.edu
Cost: Free
In her 2014 Bruce Buckley Lecture, “Lessons Learned: Alabama Quilts and Oral Tradition,” Gail C. Andrews will discuss her work with historic and contemporary quilts and needlework from Alabama and the Deep South. Andrews began her study of quilts and oral history as a student at the Cooperstown Graduate Program, and she looks forward to sharing her new work with Alabama quilts and the people who make them. She will explore her love of working with and interviewing the quilters of Alabama as they blend tradition with new forms of creativity.

...and beyond
The Mid-Atlantic Regional Center for the Humanities (MARCH) announces
Fredric M. Miller Lecture in Public History
Museum open at 5 p.m.; Reception at 5:30 p.m.; Lecture at 6:30 p.m.
Philadelphia History Museum, 15 S. Seventh Street, Philadelphia, PA 19106
Cost: Free and open to the public. Register here
Dr. Estevan Rael-Galvez, Senior Vice President of Historic Sites at the National Trust for Historic Preservation and a leading thinker about historic preservation and ethnic diversity, will give the 2014 Fredric M. Miller Lecture. Co-sponsors this year are the Pennsylvania Humanities Council, the Center for Public History at Temple University, Taller Puertorriqueno and the New Jersey Council for the Humanities.

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Friday, May 9, 2014
Caffè Lena presents
Steve Katz: An Evening of Story & Song
8 p.m.
Caffè Lena, 47 Phila St., Saratoga Springs, NY, 518-583-0022
Tickets: $20/member $18, $10 child and student
Buy tickets online
It’s impossible to pare down the remarkable life story of guitarist and singer Steve Katz to a few short sentences. Along with Stefan Grossman, Maria Muldaur, John Sebastian, and David Grisman, Katz is a founding member of the Even Dozen Jug band. He’s a founder of the hugely influential Blues Project, and he founded and spent five years with Blood, Sweat & Tears, during which time the group won three Grammies, were voted best band by the Playboy Jazz and Pop Poll two years in a row, and won three major Downbeat awards. Steve wrote many of their songs, including the beautiful “Sometimes in Winter.” He went on to produce records for Lou Reed, became Vice President of Mercury Records, and during years spent in Dublin fell in love with Irish music and literature. He directed Green Linnet Records, the foremost label for traditional Irish music in America. After more than five decades in the music business, Katz is taking stock. What you’ll hear at the show is the inside story and superb songs of a humorous, self-effacing, and prodigiously talented man.

The Eighth Step at Proctors Theater presents
John Gorka
Opening: Mustard’s Retreat
7:30 p.m.
GE Theatre at Proctors, 432 State Street, Schenectady, NY 12305
Tickets: $26 advance, $30 door, $35 for Gold Circle
Order tickets online or phone Eighth Step TicketLine (No Order Fee): 518-434-1703
John Gorka CD release Bright Side of Down: The first release in over four years from the acclaimed master of lyrical insight, whose music has earned him generations of devoted fans. Rising from a milieu of lovelorn singer-songwriters, he illuminates instead with his trademark wordplay. He flies below the pop culture radar with an almost cult-like following that never fails to fill concerts. Onstage he’s shy, almost self-effacing, nimble on both guitar and piano, his voice a rich baritone; and his timing with a joke or comment seems impeccable. He works every nuance of language to capture a wide range of topics and experiences, which he weaves into memorable melodies.
David Tamulevich and Michael Hough have been delighting audiences with story and song for 40 years—they are witty, insightful, fun and profound, as well as accomplished songwriters and musicians (between them they play guitars, dulcimer, electric bass, mandolin, harmonica, pennywhistle). A turn of phrase, a funny song, a hilarious story...you’ll be laughing for days, and remembering for years.

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Saturday, May 10, 2014
28th Waterford-RiverSpark Canal Fest
9 a.m-6 p.m.
At Erie Canal Lock 2 and the Waterford Harbor Visitor Center, Waterford
This annual event celebrates the opening of the Erie Canal and showcases local businesses, community groups, and the historical significance of the canals. Music, food, and free activities throughout the day.Waterford Village and RiverSpark Hudson Mohawk Heritage Area inaugurated this Festival in 1986 to showcase the natural, cultural and historic attractions of the seven communities at the confluence of the Hudson and Mohawk Rivers. As the host, Waterford Village shows off our unique character, steeped in historic architecture, 19th and 20th Century hometown industrialists, and the charm of a community that lives on the water.

Center for Traditional Music and Dance and Verite sou Tanbou in collaboration with the Flatbush Branch of the Brooklyn Public Library present
A conversation about Kouzen Zaka, spirit of agriculture followed by a celebration in Flatbush Library’s new Sunshine, Seeds, and Reads Community Garden!

With speakers Marie Lily Cerat and Oneza LaFontant
A mini-workshop in djouba dance plus songs for Kouzen Zaka by Taïna Ligondé
1-3 p.m.
Saturday, May 10th, 2014 1-3PM Flatblush Public Library, 22 Linden Blvd. (Corner of Linden and Flatbush), Brooklyn, NY
Free Admission
The Center for Traditional Music and Dance and its Haitian Community Cultural Initiative, Verite sou Tanbou (formerly known as Ayiti Fasafas), invite you to the third program in this season’s “Vodou Is Nature!” series, “Konbit Zaka,” an educational workshop on Haitian Vodou practice and performance in New York City, followed by an hour of Haitian song, dance, and story outdoors in the Sunshine, Seeds, and Reads Community Garden at the Flatbush branch of the Brooklyn Public Library.
Haitian educator/writer/scholar Marie Lily Cerat and Hougan Gad Makousi (Vodou heritage keeper) Oneza Lafontant will lead a one-hour workshop (1-2 p.m.) on the
lwa Kouzen Zaka, the patron spirit for agriculture and farm workers in Vodou. Conversation will touch upon the history of deforestation in Haiti, the importance of conservation, and herbal lore (plants traditionally used in Haitian cooking and folk medicine). Discussion will be in English and Kreyol and interwoven with question-and-answer sessions and performances of traditional Vodou songs for Zaka by Taïna Ligondé and others. Light refreshments will be served and audience participation is encouraged.
From 2-3 p.m., the program will continue outdoors in the Sunshine, Seeds, and Reads Community Garden in the courtyard in back of the library, where audience members will be treated to a mini-workshop on djouba, the rhythm/dance associated with Kouzen Zaka and a telling of the Haitian folktale “The Magic Orange Tree” by Marie Lily Cerat.
This celebration launches the Haitian community’s participation in the Flatbush Library’s Community Garden which incorporates herbs from the many diverse ethnic cultures represented in the library’s neighborhood. Seedlings of traditional Haitian culinary herbs, with accompanying information, will also be available for children and families to take away and nurture at home.

City Lore recommends
Author Talk with Leila Salloum Elias: The Sweets of Araby: Enchanting Recipes from the Tales of the 1,001 Arabian Nights 2:30 p.m.
Queens Library at Forest Hills, 108-19 71 Ave. Forest Hills, NY 11375
For more information: 718-268-7934
In her slide illustrated presentation, author Leila Salloum Elias discusses medieval Arabic cooking and sweets.

Edwards Arts Council presents
Fiddler April Verch Brings Folk Song and Dance to Edwards, NY
7:00-9:00 pm.
Edwards Town Hall at 161 Main Street, Edwards, New York 13635
For more information, call 919-360-4462 or email georgedodds@edwardsartscouncil.org
Cost: $15
April Verch is gaining renown for her mastery of an exceptionally wide range of fiddle styles. From Canada’s Ottawa Valley, she is helping to keep the region’s fiddling traditions alive, but her overall view is anything but provincial. She is a lovely singer, and with her band, she creates a magical sound, old and new.

John Gorka
Presented by Walkabout Clearwater
7:30 p.m.
Walkabout Clearwater Coffeehouse, Memorial United Methodist Road, 250 Bryant Avenue, White Plains, NY 10605
Tickets: $20.00 advance, $25.00 at the door
Buy tickets online
From New Jersey, John Gorka is a world-renowned singer-songwriter who got his start at a neighborhood coffeehouse in eastern Pennsylvania. In 1987, the young Minnesota-based Red House Records caught wind of John’s talents and released his first album, I Know, to popular and critical acclaim. With unusual drive and focus, John hit the ground running and when an offer came from Windham Hill’s Will Ackerman in 1989, he signed with that label’s imprint, High Street Records. He proceeded to record five albums with High Street over the next seven years: Land of the Bottom Line, Jack’s Crows, Temporary Road, Out of the Valley and Between Five and Seven. His albums and his touring (over 150 nights a year at times) brought new accolades for his craft. His rich multi-faceted songs full of depth, beauty and emotion gained increasing attention from critics and audiences across the country, as well as in Europe where his tours led him through Italy, Belgium, Scotland, Ireland, Holland, Switzerland and Germany. He also started sharing tours with many notable friends, Nanci Griffith and Mary Chapin Carpenter among them.

Caffè Lena presents
Session Americana
8 p.m.
Caffè Lena, 47 Phila St., Saratoga Springs, NY, 518-583-0022
Tickets: $18/member $16, $9 child and student
Buy tickets online
Session Americana is a Boston-based rock band in a tea cup, or possibly a folk band in a whiskey bottle. On stage is a collapsible bar table wired with microphones, a vintage suitcase recast as a kick drum, an old Estey field organ, a pre-war parlor guitar, a harmonica case fire damaged when Jack’s bar went up in flames and graffitied by Depeche Mode roadies, and an assortment of other instruments that get passed around in this freewheeling modern hootenanny. The anything-could-happen feel of a Session show depends on craft that’s not accidental or easily won; they bring a kind of ease and genuineness to timeless Americana music, sometimes presenting the latest batch of original songs, sometimes reaching back into depths of the American “song bag.”

The Folkus Project of Central New York presents
Leo Crandall
8 p.m.
Westcott Community Center, 826 Euclid Avenue, Syracuse, NY
Admission: $10
For reservations, call the Westcott Community Center at (315) 478-8634 before 4:30 on Friday.

Leo Crandall is a singer songwriter, musician, and composer who primarily performs on the requinto and cello. He performs and records both as a solo artist and as the lead singer/songwriter for the Gonstermachers. He is currently in postproduction on the fourth CD of his own compositions and is writing the material for his fifth. In addition to being a songwriter he is also a filmmaker and a composer. His music has been heard internationally in Edinborough, Toronto, Montreal, Barcelona, etc. He has received dozens of commissions for film scores, dance productions, theater performances, and accompaniment for visual arts installations. Crandall recently toured Africa, sponsored by the State Department (US Embassy in Senegal). He was nominated for Australia’s Bluestar Award, charted #14 nationally in Roots and Blues airplay. He has received a Meet the Composer Grant and several commissions. His music receives airplay in the US, Europe and Australia.

World Music Institute (WMI) announces
La Clave Secreta
8:00 p.m.
ROULETTE, 509 Atlantic Ave. (Corner of 3rd Ave.) Downtown Brooklyn, NY
Tickets $25 / WMI Friends $20 / Bring a Kid! $5
Tickets available online.
The Grammy-nominated La Clave Secreta (formerly known as La Timba Loca) is a 12-piece modern salsa fusion band that experiments with Cuban, classical, jazz, funk, and even flamenco. Led by the Venezuelan multi-instrumentalist Gonzalo Grau, who is equally known in classical and jazz circles, the group offers adventurous arrangements and a mix of cultures and flavors, with a message for serious listeners and rabid dancers alike.

Old Songs presents
Finest Kind
8 p.m.
Call Old Songs to reserve your tickets: (518) 765-2815
Old Songs Community Arts Center, 37 South Main Street, Voorheesville, New York 12186
A folk trio from Ottawa, Canada, bring exquisite harmony singing and brilliant vocal arrangements.

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Sunday, May 11, 2014
City Lore announces
Poetic Voices of the Muslim World: Love Speaks—A Day of Art and Poetry from the Muslim World
1:00-4:30 p.m.
The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1000 5th Ave. (at 82nd St), New York, NY 10028
For more information: 212-535-7710
City Lore and Poets House, in partnership with Queens Library, invite you to explore “Poetic Voices of the Muslim World,” an exhibition and program series to be held throughout Queens from March 5–May 31, 2014. See notice in Exhibitions section below on this page.
Celebrate Mother’s Day by exploring the many facets of love through poetry performances, workshops, and artist demonstrations in the Islamic Art galleries, followed by a special Sunday at the Met reading and discussion with New York State Poet Marie Howe, renowned poet and editor Kazim Ali, and Columbia University scholar Frances Pritchett. Get free general admission to The Metropolitan Museum of Art on May 11 by presenting your Queens Library card. (One free general admission per cardholder).

Caffè Lena presents
Mother’s Day with Christine Lavin and opener Sean Altman
2 p.m.
Caffè Lena, 47 Phila St., Saratoga Springs, NY, 518-583-0022
Tickets: $22/member $20, $11 child and student
Buy tickets online
A perfect choice for Mother’s Day—a woman who writes and sings beautifully crafted songs that tell funny, poignant stories—about “Sensitive New Age Guys,” about “Attractive Stupid People”—and when you think about them afterwards, you realize that underneath the cleverness there’s a questioning intelligence that grapples with the big questions. The New York Times has called her a “comic observer of contemporary manners” and she delivers, with giddy stories, righteous rants, and witty originals—not to mention the occasional perfectly pitched cover, like Petula Clark’s “Downtown.” In addition to her books, radio shows, 20 albums, and numerous national awards, Christine also hosts knitting circles before her concerts, so feel welcome to bring along your current project. Opener Sean Altman may be more recognizable to Caffe Lena audiences for his holiday season appearances as Jewmongous. This golden-voiced, 6'3" former Rockapella star is “Wildly funny... Part of a new breed of Jewish hipster comedy that includes Jon Stewart, Sacha Baron Cohen, Sarah Silverman and Heeb Magazine.” —Philadelphia Daily News.

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Monday, May 12, 2014
Caffè Lena presents
Joseph Arthur
7 p.m.
Caffè Lena, 47 Phila St., Saratoga Springs, NY, 518-583-0022
Tickets: $22/member $20, $11 child and student
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In a critically acclaimed, Grammy-nominated career that has spanned nine full-length albums and 11 EPs, Joseph Arthur has stretched his musical muscles on albums that rock, croon, burn slow and burn fast. Amid this abundance of riches, the Brooklyn-by way of Ohio-native began molding Lou, a tribute to his friend Lou Reed. Releasing on May 13 on Vanguard, this album features 12 interpretations of Lou Reed songs. Following the rule “no drums, no electricity,” the album starts with a fulsome piano version of Walk on the Wild Side, creating a poignant sense of nostalgia for Reed’s younger, wilder years. Arthur, who self-produced the album, kept the process as simple as possible, not trying to out-do the originals (“Impossible,” he notes), but just discovering something new within them.

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Tuesday, May 13, 2014
Staten Island Arts presents
Engaging Off-Island Press
7-9 p.m.
Snug Harbor Cultural Center, 1000 Richmond Terr, Building P, Staten Island, NY 10301
RSVP here: FREE for Staten Island Arts Members/ $10 for non-members
Or call 718-414-6904 to reserve your spot. Check to cover workshop fees and/or membership can be made out to Staten Island Arts and mailed to 1000 Richmond Terrace, SI, NY 10301.
Organizations are always seeking ways to attract audiences, funders, and/or collaborators via public coverage in such press outlets as newspapers, blogs, television and radio. Staten Island is served well by local press, but when seeking wider acknowledgement or exposure, organizations must market themselves beyond. This workshop, geared for small-mid-sized nonprofits will feature:
*How to do research and manage your press list.
*Shared best practices when reaching out to a press contact for the first time.
*Pitching a story and sample press releases.
Presented by Jaclyn Alderete, Marketing Director at Snug Harbor Cultural Center. This workshop is designed for individual artists and organizations who have received local press but have found off-island press challenging and are looking for fresh ideas to jumpstart contacting press this summer.

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Wednesday, May 14, 2014
Museum at Eldridge Street presents
Ethnicity, Place and Time on the Lower East Side
11 a.m.-12:30 p.m., Wednesdays: April 30, May 7, 14, 21
Museum at Eldridge Street, 12 Eldridge Street, New York, NY 10002, 212.219.088
RSVP: 10 per class; $35 for all four sessions.
Join urban historian Barry Feldman to learn about the massive wave of Jewish migration to New York City. What prompted the Jewish immigrants’ journey? How did they negotiate language acquisition, employment, family dislocation, and discrimination? What factors led to their dispersal to Harlem, Brownsville, the Bronx, and other places throughout the city? The final session is a Lower East Side walking tour that will explore buildings important to Jewish, Hispanic, Italian, Asian, and German immigrant groups of the neighborhood.

Caffè Lena presents
Storytelling Open Mic with Featured Storyteller Bairbre McCarthy
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.
Bairbre is a radiant and boisterous seanchaí (storyteller) and author from County Clare on Ireland’s west coast. She is noted for her knowledge of Irish mythology, folklore and language, and is “A master storyteller, who weaves a magic spell around her audience.”—The Irish Times. Along with her live performances on both sides of the Atlantic, Bairbre has produced several books and CDs of Irish stories. 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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Friday, May 16, 2014
Old Songs presents
Ustad Shafaat Khan
8 p.m.
Call Old Songs to reserve your tickets: (518) 765-2815
Old Songs Community Arts Center, 37 South Main Street, Voorheesville, New York 12186
World-renowned Indian classical/folk musician on sitar, tabla, and vocal.

Terriden Entertainment and Communications presents
The Kennedys, Rod MacDonald, and Montgomery Delaney in a Concert to Benefit the Child Abuse Prevention Center of NY, Inc.
8:00 p.m.
Irvington Town Hall Theater, 85 Main Street, Irvington, NY 10533
Box Office 914-591-6602, boxoffice@irvingtonny.gov
Cost: $40 - Center Orchestra (A-D) / $30 - Rest of Orchestra / $25 - Balcony / $25 - Box
The Kennedys (Pete and Maura Kennedy) have traversed a broad musical landscape, surveying power pop, acoustic songwriting, organic rock rooted in their early days in Austin, and a Byrds-inspired jangle that drew the attention of Roger McGuinn, Steve Earle, and most notably Nanci Griffith. A Rod MacDonald concert is an intimate, authentic, and exhilerating experience. From the moment Rod begins to sing, he grabs his audiences and doesn’t let go. Montgomery Delaney has been noted by his fans and peers alike, as one of the most interesting and unusual singer/songwriters in America with his beautiful, thoughtful and often provocative songs.

Caffè Lena presents
Sharon Katz & the Peace Train
8 p.m.
Caffè Lena, 47 Phila St., Saratoga Springs, NY, 518-583-0022
Tickets: $18/member $16, $9 child and student
Buy tickets online
During South Africa’s apartheid era, young white Sharon Katz sneaked into the “Blacks Only” townships by hiding in the back seat of a car. The music she discovered set the course of her life: she formed a ground-breaking 500-member multi-cultural performing group. She rocked South Africa with her “Peace Train” concert tour in 1993, inspiring people of all races, cultures, and political affiliations to put down their guns and prepare for peaceful democracy. The Peace Train hit the international music scene in 1994 as Cultural Ambassadors for the new government of Mandela, treating Presidents, Kings, and millions of fans on three continents to the unstoppable beat of their music. They were an instant hit in the US, selling out all their CDs at the first concert. They recorded a new album that included Sting, Paul Simon, Tina Turner, Elton John, and Madonna. Two decades later Sharon continues to stir her audience to joy and hope every time she takes the stage, whether at a festival, an elementary school, or a folk club. Tonight she is joined by singer and dancer Wendy Khethiwe Quick, along with a bassist and drummer.

Saturday, May 17, 2014
Dance Parade presents
The 8th Annual Dance Parade & Festival: Be the Momentum
1-3 p.m. Parade
3-7 p.m. DanceFest
Parade starts at 21st and Broadway, New York, NY
Dance Fest in Tompkins Square Park
Register your dance group for the parade Join 10,000 dancers for New York City’s 8th Annual Dance Parade on Broadway. By ordering dance genres in historical order, ancient to modern, the parade represents all cultures and styles of dance to be honored. DanceFest invites the public to both participate and enjoy a taste of the parade. Over 75 diverse dance styles. Post-parade festival on 4 stages in Tompkins Square Park. Free dance lessons from the City’s best teachers; aerial performances, dance party, and more!

City Lore announces
Poetic Voices of the Muslim World: Song of the Reed—Rumi with Dr. Jawid Mojaddedi and Amir Vahab
5:00 p.m.
Queens Library at Flushing, 41-17 Main St. Flushing, NY 11355
For more information: 718-661-1200
City Lore and Poets House, in partnership with Queens Library, invite you to explore “Poetic Voices of the Muslim World,” an exhibition and program series to be held throughout Queens from March 5–May 31, 2014. See notice in Exhibitions section below on this page.
Scholar and translator Jawid Mojaddedi discusses the 13th century Persian poet Rumi and the beauty of Rumi’s
Masnavi: its folk tales, sacred history, entertaining stories and lessons, all written in rhyming couplets. Also enjoy a performance of the poems set to music (in English and Persian) by distinguished composer and Persian classical performer Amir Vahab with his ensemble.

The Eighth Step at Proctors Theater presents
Holly Near
With Adrienne Torf, piano; Jan Martinelli, bass, and special guests: emma’s revolution
7:30 p.m.
GE Theatre at Proctors, 432 State Street, Schenectady, NY 12305
Tickets: $$30, $50 for Gold Circle
Order tickets online or phone Eighth Step TicketLine (No Order Fee): 518-434-1703
A dynamic performer, Holly Near has been inspiring, rousing, carousing, singing, dreaming and caring for decades, powered by a beautiful vitality that has taken her from Broadway (the original Broadway production of Hair) to Hollywood (All in the Family, Mod Squad and more), from recording studio to demonstration, from concert hall to the street. She returns with a new CD and a cast of favorites onstage, including the powerfully harmonic duo of Pat Humphries and Sandy Opatow, emma’s revolution, whose concert here last season sold out.

Center for Traditional Music and Dance announces
featuring Sandaraa with Zeb Bangash & Michael Winograd
Merita Halili & The Raif Hyseni Orchestra

6:30 p.m. (Doors open 6:00 p.m.)
Le Poisson Rouge, 158 Bleecker Street, Manhattan
Tickets: $20 General Admission, $18 CTMD members. Minimum age: 18+
CTMD and Le Poisson Rouge present a night of passionate eastern melodies and intoxicating dance rhythms led by two world-famous female vocalists...
Sandaraa featuring Zeb Bangash and Michael Winograd
Lahore meets Brooklyn! A magical world of global sounds comes alive when superstar Pakistani vocalist Zeb Bangash joins forces with a retinue of leading Brooklyn musicians led by clarinetist/composer Michael Winograd to unlock the secrets of Pakistan's diverse traditional musics — conjuring cosmopolitan Silk Road cities, ecstatic mystics, Dravidian settlements lost to the sands of time, as well as the contemporary complexities of post-colonial nationhood. SANDARAA explores a vast repertoire of South Asian musical traditions while blending it with the sounds and sensibilities of Eastern Europe, the Balkans, and Brooklyn! Also featuring Patrick Farrell (accordion), Richie Barshay (drums), Eylem Basaldi (violin) and Yoshie Fruchter (guitar). Sandaraa recently received prestigious awards from the MAP Fund and Chamber Music America.
Merita Halili & The Raif Hyseni Orchestra
Merita Halili is one of Albania’s top performers, renowned for her stunning voice, prodigious range and exquisite vocal technique. Raif Hyseni, originally from the Republic of Kosova, leads the most sought-after Albanian music ensemble in the United States. Together their performances offer masterful interpretations of instrumentals and urban folk songs from both Albania and the Republic of Kosovo. Recent performance highlights include engagements at The Kennedy Center, New York’s Lincoln Center, and London’s famed Barbican. Featuring dance leading by Steve Kotansky!

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Sunday, May 18, 2014
Borderline Folk Music Club presents
GATHERING TIME: Hillary Foxsong, Stuart Marcus, and Gerry McKeveny
with opener Anne Price

2:00 p.m.
New City Voulunteer Ambulance Corps, 200 Congers Road, New City, NY 10956
Admission is $20 per person, ($15 for Borderline or Pinewoods members), and we ask that you bring a cold pot luck dessert dish to share with 4 other people.
For reservations and information e-mail solz1@optonline.net or telephone (845) 354-4586.
This amazing trio of Stu Markus, Hillary Foxsong Stoforos, and Gerry McKeveny are the real deal when it comes to vocal harmonies as well as seasoned instrumentals. All three are natives of Long Island. They write original songs as well as doing old favorites. The addition of Gerry and his electric rhythm guitar adds an entirely new sound and dimension to the group from their previous configuration. You definitely will not want to miss this concert. Opening the show is our perennial favorite, Anne Price from Riverdale, NY, a singer of traditional as well as modern folk songs and a long time board member of the Pinewoods Folk Music Society Of NY.

Flushing Town Hall presents
Ologunde – Afro Brazilian Music
2:15 p.m.
Flushing Town Hall, 137-35 Northern Boulevard, (at the corner of Linden Place), Flushing, NY 11354, (718) 463-7700 x 222
$12/$10 Members/$8 Children/$6 Member Children
Purchase tickets online
Ologunde celebrates the rich Afro-Brazilian culture of Salvador, Bahia through a diverse repertoire of music, dance and martial arts. Comprised of Brazilians living in the United States and Brazil, Ologunde includes former members of world-renowned music and dance troupes and is under the direction of master percussionist Dende. Ologunde will perform a diverse repertoire which includes the rituals associated with candomblй, a synthesis of the Yoruba and Catholic religions in which various orixбs (gods) are invoked; the breathtaking capoeira martial arts dance; maculкlк, a warrior dance which utilizes sticks and machetes and was originally created in the sugar cane fields by slaves; and the exhilarating samba de roda, which can be traced back to the semba of Angola.

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Monday, May 19, 2014
Flushing Town Hall Education Department presents
Dance & Music: Ologunde, Afro-Brazilian Folkloric Music & Dance
10:00 a.m. and 11:30 a.m.
Flushing Town Hall, 137-35 Northern Boulevard, (at the corner of Linden Place), Flushing, NY 11354
Student tickets $6.50 (chaperones come FREE per 10 students; otherwise $10)
Order tickets online for the 2013–2014 Education Performances
Ologunde celebrates rich Afro-Brazilian culture through a diverse repertoire of music, dance and martial arts. Directed by noted percussionist Dende, Ologunde, performs candomble, capoeira martial arts dance, maculele and more. Ologunde is available for pre- and post-show school workshops.
Captivate your student’s imagination, broaden their arts education experience, and provide meaningful connections between classroom subject areas and the arts. All performances support NYS Common Core Learning Standards and Blueprint Benchmarks.

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Tuesday, May 20, 2014
Allen Watsky’s Djangle Box Project
All Concerts begin at 7:30 p.m., with a jam session after: $15. Come early for Klezmer Instrumental Music class from 5:30-7 p.m.: $25 per class.
Full night pass: $35 (includes class, concert & jam session.)
Stephen Wise Free Synagogue, 30 West 68th Street (between Central Park West and Columbus Avenue), New York, NY 10023
Allen Watsky’s Djangle Box Project, featuring Marty Fogel, Brian Glassman, and David Licht

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Wednesday, May 21, 2014
Museum at Eldridge Street presents
Ethnicity, Place and Time on the Lower East Side
11 a.m.-12:30 p.m., Wednesdays: April 30, May 7, 14, 21
Museum at Eldridge Street, 12 Eldridge Street, New York, NY 10002, 212.219.088
RSVP: 10 per class; $35 for all four sessions.
Join urban historian Barry Feldman to learn about the massive wave of Jewish migration to New York City. What prompted the Jewish immigrants’ journey? How did they negotiate language acquisition, employment, family dislocation, and discrimination? What factors led to their dispersal to Harlem, Brownsville, the Bronx, and other places throughout the city? The final session is a Lower East Side walking tour that will explore buildings important to Jewish, Hispanic, Italian, Asian, and German immigrant groups of the neighborhood.

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Thursday, May 22, 2014
Caffè Lena presents
Luka Bloom
7 p.m.
Caffè Lena, 47 Phila St., Saratoga Springs, NY, 518-583-0022
Tickets: $25/member $22, $12.50 child and student
Buy tickets online
With a poet’s heart and a rockster’s soul, Luka Bloom is regarded as one of Ireland’s best-respected contemporary folk artists. Having produced 20 albums since the 1970s, Bloom continues to make provocative, poetic music that delves deep into the intricacies of the human soul, pulls out the nuggets, and puts them in a song. Luka is constantly searching for a new voice within his guitar. No effects, no gadgets. Just time, effort and a whole lot of love bring forth new voicings within the instrument. His live shows are electrifying, full of songs of love, tragedy, and especially tragic love. In the words of Rolling Stone, Luka is “the inheritor of a particularly Irish mix of mysticism and moonshine, a carousing spirituality that marks musicians as distinct as Van Morrison and U2.”

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Friday, May 23, 2014
Caffè Lena presents
Bovine Social Club with opener Jack Grace
8 p.m.
Caffè Lena, 47 Phila St., Saratoga Springs, NY, 518-583-0022
Tickets: $16/member $14, $8 child and student
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Bred on the northern banks of the Delaware River, Bovine Social Club is a grassy, funky, twangy, swinging breed that’s sure to get your dancing cow on! One wicked lineup of seasoned jam musicians backing the lyrics of vocalist Samuel Saint Thomas, Bovine Social Club is one of the fastest growing new Americana bands in Metro New York. Infused with nearly 100 years of combined musical skill and wisdom, they mine their experiences of traveling city streets and gravel roads to churches and pubs and concert halls, performing on some of the country’s finest stages with some of the country’s finest talent. BSC grows uncommon songs of loving, lying, waiting, picnicking, gardening, contemplating, and making the days go really slow. Produced by Railroad Earth’s Tim Carbone, their sound is happily fertilized by Celtic, bluegrass, old time, Juju, gospel, jazz, and rock vocabularies. Bovine Social Club gives thinking people happy feet! Jack Grace is a singer, songwriter and guitarist hailing from Brooklyn, NY. In the words of Clyde Haberman of the New York Times, he “sounds like Cole Porter meets Gene Autry.”

Friday, May 23 – Monday, May 26, 2014
Ashokan Music & Dance Camps announces
Uke Fest
Sarah Maisel | Cathy Fink | Jim D’ville Ruthy Ungar | Lil’ Rev | Gerald Ross
See full schedule online
Saturday Gala Uke Concert, 8 p.m.
The Ashokan Center, 477 Beaverkill Road, Olivebridge, NY 12461, 845-246-2121
Register online for the camp

Tickets for Saturday concert only: $15 advanced purchase online, $25 on the day of the show.
The second annual family-friendly weekend retreat for ukelele players of all skill levels! Workshops, concerts, dancing, jam sessions and lots of fun. Tuition includes all meals and the Uke Fest concert on Saturday night (if you are just coming for the concert, you can purchase your ticket separately). 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 Hudson Valley Resort & Spa, Kerhonkson, NY
Tickets available online With Max Godfrey. Emily Eagen & Trip Henderson, Don Friedman, Mary Zikos, Kathy Wallis, Sue Dupre, and Bob Dupre. 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 (http://www.folkmusicny.org/weekends.html), 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. Saturday and Sunday will offer a variety of workshops, a dance, 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

Saturday, May 24, 2014
Caffè Lena presents
Mary Fahl of October Project — CD Release Concert
8 p.m.
Caffè Lena, 47 Phila St., Saratoga Springs, NY, 518-583-0022
Tickets: $22/member $20, $11 child and student
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“Sounding like no other singer of her generation” (Allmusic.com), Mary Fahl is an expressive, emotional singer/songwriter who first achieved fame as lead singer and co-founder of the chamber-pop group OCTOBER PROJECT. The hallmark of their sound was Mary Fahl’s power vocals over gorgeous melodies played with passion and sophistication. Mary’s brand new album, Love and Gravity, and reaches October Project heights with soaring vocals and great songwriting to match. Her performance will include “Exiles,” a song written for Anne Rice’s new audiobook The Wolves of Midwinter, and a stunning cover of the Joni Mitchell classic “Both Sides Now.” Fahl’s elegant, cinematic songs draw on classical and world music sources, American art song, as well as thinking man’s folk-pop which she performs with an earthy, viscerally powerful contral to what Boston Globe critic Steve Morse calls “a voice for the gods that can transport listeners to other realms.”

...and beyond
The American Banjo Fraternity presents a free
Banjo Music Concert
7:45 p.m.
The Allenberry Resort, Meadow Lodge, ground level, 1559 Boiling Springs Rd., Boiling Springs, PA 17007, 800-430-5468
Cost: Free and open to the public. Reservations are not required.
This banjo music is not bluegrass. Known as classic banjo, it features popular forms of music including marches, foxtrots, and polkas that were written and performed around 1900. Our players use 5-string banjos of different sizes with nylon strings. They do not use finger picks. Players from the American Banjo Fraternity will be doing this free presentation.

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Sunday, May 25, 2014
Caffè Lena presents
Memorial Day Open Stage
7 p.m.
Caffè Lena, 47 Phila St., Saratoga Springs, NY, 518-583-0022
This event 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. No advance reservations will be accepted. Performer sign-up goes from 7 to 7:30 p.m.. Performances will get underway at 7:30 p.m. 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.

Earlville Opera House presents
North Sea Gas from Scotland
8:00 p.m.
Earlville Opera House, East Main Street, Earlville, NY, 315/691-3550
Tickets: $14-$29. Order tickets online.
Thirty years and stronger than ever!! One of Scotland’s most popular folk bands with great vocals and tremendous three part harmonies. Guitars, Mandolin, Fiddle, Bouzouki, Whistles, Bodhrans, Banjo and good humour are all part of the entertainment. They have received Gold and Silver disc awards from the Scottish Music Industry Association and regularly have sell out shows at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe!! They have recorded 15 albums and are constantly adding new material to their show, with the latest album Tak a dram afore ye go proving yet again very popular with fans all over the world. Their show, in the same way as their albums, consist of traditional, contemporary and self-penned material all put together in a style of their own.

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Tuesday, May 27, 2014
Center for Traditional Music and Dance (CTMD) Tantshoyz with Steven Weintraub, Music by Amy Zakar’s Fidl Kapelye
All Concerts begin at 7:30 p.m., with a jam session after: $15. Come early for Klezmer Instrumental Music class from 5:30-7 p.m.: $25 per class.
Full night pass: $35 (includes class, concert & jam session.)
Stephen Wise Free Synagogue, 30 West 68th Street (between Central Park West and Columbus Avenue), New York, NY 10023
The Amy Zakar Fidl Kapelye was formed in December 2013 and made their debut performance at the Sholem Aleichem Cultural Center in the Bronx’s Yiddish KlezFest. They are a “string super-group” made up of some of the New York area’s finest and most versatile klezmer musicians, including Jake Shulman-Ment, Lily Henley, Adam Moss, Aaron Alexander, and Brian Glassman. With renowned Yiddish dance leader Steven Weintraub. No dance experience necessary: all dances taught on the floor.

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Wednesday, May 28, 2014
Caffè Lena presents
Acoustic Blues Jam with host Sonny Speed
7 p.m.
Caffè Lena, 47 Phila St., Saratoga Springs, NY, 518-583-0022
Admission is $5. No advanced ticket sales. Tickets may be purchased at the door.
If you have the Blues, play the blues, or love the Blues we got you covered! Caffè Lena, The Saratoga Acoustic Blues Society and the Capital Region Blues Network have teamed up to present a monthly acoustic blues open mic. We’re looking for acoustic Blues players of all ages, styles, and playing levels to present Blues originals and covers on the famed Caffè Lena stage. Get connected with members of SABS and the CRBN as well as other Blues fans and become a part of what’s happening in the Blues scene. Bring your acoustic guitar, harps, slides, mandolin, bass or whatever (Lena’s has the piano) and sign up for a slot to play solo, as a duo, ensemble or even have players in the room join you on stage. The event will be held on the 4th Wednesday of the month and hosted by SABS & CRBN member Sonny Speed. Sign up is 7 p.m. Names are pulled out of a lottery at 7:30 p.m.. A monthly featured act opens up with a short set. The open mic follows.

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Friday, May 30, 2014
Caffè Lena presents
Dubl Handi with Laura Cortese & the Dance Cards
8 p.m.
Caffè Lena, 47 Phila St., Saratoga Springs, NY, 518-583-0022
Tickets: $15/member $12, $7.50 child and student
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Laura Cortese has a vision for her band’s sound: bold and elegant, schooled in the lyricism folk music and backed by grooves that inspire Cajun two-stepping and rock-n-roll hip swagger. It’s appropriate that the trio, featuring fiddler-vocalist-songwriter Cortese, call themselves Laura Cortese & the Dance Cards. Valerie Thompson (cello/vox) and Mariel Vandersteel (fiddle/hardingfele/vox) pair their sophisticated string arrangements and rich vocal harmonies to Cortese’s poignant and powerful singing. Seeing the trio on stage, you get the sense that they might snap some fiddle strings or punch a hole in the bass drum. This is post-folk that seriously rocks. Based in the heart of today’s hottest folk scene, Brooklyn folksters Dubl Handi are stand outs. Named after the Washboard company from the 1800s, Hilary Hawke (banjo and lead vocals) and Brian Geltner (that handy washboard and other percussion) are joined by Ernie Vega on guitar. Rhythmic groove is a pervasive thread on their old-time songs from Appalachia. “They are reintroducing the roots of folk to new generations while developing new standards with their own original material.”—No Depression

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Saturday, May 31, 2014
City Lore announces
Poetic Voices of the Muslim World: E-mails from Scheherazad—Poetry Reading and Talk with Poet Mohja Kahf
3:00 p.m.
Queens Library at Jackson Heights, 35-51 81st St. Jackson Heights, NY 11372
For more information: 718-899-2500
City Lore and Poets House, in partnership with Queens Library, invite you to explore “Poetic Voices of the Muslim World,” an exhibition and program series to be held throughout Queens from March 5–May 31, 2014. See notice in Exhibitions section below on this page.
Mohja Kahf moved with her family from Syria and grew up in the Midwest. The similarities and differences in culture shape her poetry.

Caffè Lena presents
Huxtable, Christensen & Hood
8 p.m.
Caffè Lena, 47 Phila St., Saratoga Springs, NY, 518-583-0022
Tickets: $15/member $12, $7.50 child and student
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The three lovely and talented women of Huxtable, Christensen & Hood formed their musical partnership while students at Skidmore College. In a testament to the strength of their friendship and musical synergy, they have kept the trio alive for more than three decades despite geographical separation, motherhood, and demanding careers. They sing popular music of five centuries, including British and American traditional music, catches and rounds, music of the Renaissance, hymns, American Songbook standards, doo-wop, and beautiful original songs. Their tight vocal harmonies and lively, humor-filled performances have long made them a favorite with Caffè Lena audiences. They accompany themselves with piano, reed organ, recorders, accordion, spoons, and other whimsical percussion instruments.

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Los Pleneros de la 21 presents
Bomba y Plena Community Workshops

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

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


Expand your craft, technique and creativity in a exclusive, personalized, tailored program. This is an opportunity for dancers to develop their potential with an emphasis on both dance and theater performance skills. Class size is limited to 10 students per workshop.
Faculty: Anabella Lenzu, Lauren Ohmer, and Daniel Pettrow

The May Lab—May 3, 10, 24 & 28 / Sat. from 9:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m.— covers Voice/Acting and Dance Technique.
This workshop develops alignment technique and an understanding of the dynamic in dance. Students solve technical problems, using fundamentals of ballet and modern dance techniques. Dancers will develop their natural vocal possibilities, exploring the voice by using breathing techniques and activating body resonators. Understand how an actor’s technique and imagination informs the approach to text through action.

The June Lab—June 7, 14, 21 & 28 / Sat. from 9:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m.—covers Dance Technique and AL/DD Repertory.
This workshop explores the principle: Motion Creates Emotion /Emotion Creates Motion, and emphasizes the use of imagination, interpretation, and body coordination and control. My emphasis is on the journey rather than the destination, on understanding the impulses generated by movements and gestures.

The July Lab—July 5, 12, 19 & 26/ Sat. from 9:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m.—covers Choreography and Improvisation.
This workshop aims to stimulate students to create their own passionate and original dances, exploring the elements of choreography composition. We look not only at what you dance, but also ask the question “Why do you dance?” Dance is the expressive medium of our heart, mind and soul.

The July Lab—July 7, 8, 9 & 10/ Mon-Thu 10 a.m.-1 p.m.—covers Methodology of Teaching Dance.**
Objectives: To offer methodological tools of analysis about how to teach and how to organize and create a teaching plan. Learn to promote artistic education to enhance the social and cultural community. We will investigate and increase creative ability, as well as working towards solving educational problems within specialized pedagogies.
Why? Because we need a humanistic approach in art and dance education. Continuing education is vital to improve ourselves and participate creatively in society and in the culture in which we live. I believe education shouldn’t be a preparation for living, but living itself. Dance is a profound exploration of life.We must improve how we teach Dance as a theoretical and practical discipline.

TO APPLY: Send resume to info@AnabellaLenzu.com

REGISTER ONLINE: Please designate which month you are interested in.
The cost of each workshop is $280 per person. This includes 4 sessions (4 hours each, 16 hours total).
**Methodology of Teaching Dance: 4 sessions (3 hours each, 12 hours total) cost $250.

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

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

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

Get full details by downloading the brochure on submission guidelines.

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

City Lore Documentary Institute 2014 Accepting Applications

After 28 years of documenting New York City’s cultures and communities in audio, still images and film, the staff at City Lore thought the time was right to share what we’ve learned by establishing the City Lore Documentary Institute, now in its second year. Cosponsored by Public Art Films, Manhattan Neighborhood Network and the Bronx Documentary Center, the institute is an intensive immersion program in New York City through which current and aspiring artists, activists, and cultural documentarians advance their skills in multimedia storytelling and create their own documentary piece for the culminating exhibition.

The three-week institute begins with a crash course on oral history, folklore and activist approaches to cultural documentation, including sessions on pitching your story and grant writing. Students select one of three strands for the second two weeks: multimedia/photography, taught by Michael Kamber, director of the Bronx Documentary Center and a celebrated photojournalist and war photographer with 25 years of experience; radio, taught by Ann Heppermann who produces stories for
This American Life and All Things Considered; and video, taught by Pam Sporn, award-winning documentary filmmaker whose work interweaves historical narratives and personal storytelling. The Institute fosters close working relationships among students, and includes two celebratory dinners and a final celebration and exhibition of student work.

Guest speakers include:

Martha Cooper, photographer, Subway Art
David Gonzalez, photographer and writer, The New York Times
Rashaad Ernesto Green, Sundance winner, Gun Hill Road
Dave Isay, founder of StoryCorps, Peabody Award winner
Alexandra Pelosi, Emmy Award winning filmmaker, Citizen USA
Michèlle Stephensen, Sundance winner, American Promise
Amy Toensing, photographer, National Geographic

Institute Dates: August 11–29, 2014
Application Deadline: May 2, 2014
Tuition: $2,900, with full and partial scholarships available
Information: citylore.org/urban-culture/city-lore-documentary-institute and/or contact Elena Martínez, folklorist and Institute Coordinator emartinez@citylore.org or 212.529.1955 x 16
To Apply: Please visit http://citylore.org/urban-culture/city-lore-documentary-institute/application

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Castellani Art Museum presents

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

February 2, 2014 —June 20, 2014

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

March 5, 2014 —May 31, 2014

Iroquois Indian Museum announces
Standing in Two Worlds: Iroquois in 2014
May 3: Opening Reception, 1 to 3 p.m.
Iroquois Indian Museum, 324 Caverns Road, Howes Cave, NY
For more information contact: info@iroquoismuseum.org, or 518-296-8949
Open April 1 through November 30* Tuesday-Saturday 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Sundays 12 p.m.-5 p.m.
*closing each day at 4 p.m. during the months of April and November
Admission: Adults - $8.00; Group(7+) $6.40, Seniors - $6.50; Group $5.20, Students (12 to 17) - $6.50; Group $5.20, Children 5 to 12 - $5.00; Group $4.00, Children under 5 - free
What contemporary concerns warrant our attention and creative comment?Works exploring boundaries and borders, environment, hydro-fracking, economy, gaming, the digital/disposable age, sports mascots, the impact of national/international events and decisions, the role of tradition and community, and the state of the Arts will be featured.

April 1, 2014 —November 30, 2014

City Lore announces their inaugural exhibition:
Moving Murals: Henry Chalfant & Martha Cooper’s All City Graffiti Archive
Opening reception: April 3, 2014, 6-9 p.m.
The City Lore Gallery, 56 E 1st St., New York, NY 10003
Gallery Hours: Wednesday-Saturday 12:00 p.m.-6:00 p.m.
For more information: 212-529-1955 x13 or aronner@citylore.org
Photographed during the “Golden Age of Graffiti– in the 1970s and early 1980s, Chalfant and Cooper’s images of graffitied subway cars are among the major documents of American popular culture in the late twentieth century. “Moving Murals” presents the images in a wall to wall mosaic of over 850 muraled trains, creating an ultimate All City graffiti trainyard environment. Complimenting the murals: wallpapered photographs of the writers in their element. And for the first time, the exhibit provides an interactive audience experience through the addition of Chalfant’s recently published iBook viewed on a large screen, complete with the train image archive, artist interviews, and videos. These classic train murals, which have been the inspiration and guide for thousands of youthful artists around the world, did not survive on the trains for long before the city cleaned the cars, or the artists’ rivals painted over them. Chalfant and Cooper’s patience and determination in hunting down and capturing these ephemeral masterpieces with their cameras has left the world with a representative cross section of some of the best work by the most talented young artists who painted New York City’s subway cars during the golden age. These images pay homage to the young artists from the City’s outer boroughs whose work—though often dismissed as vandalism—challenged contemporary fine arts standards, and became the visual component of the hip hop culture that was born on the streets of New York City.
Moving Murals Programs—Thursdays at 7:00 p.m. (Visit the website for more information and tickets)
April 17th: The Return of Style Wars: A Screening of Style Wars I & II
May 8th: Ephemeral Landscapes: The Transformation & Destruction of Public & Street Art
May 22nd: Bronx Stories: (Im)migrant Experiences from the Bronx and the Lower East Side
June 19th: Spray Cans in the Gallery: The Legendary Fashion Moda & the Fun Gallery
July 10th: Generations on the Writer’s Bench: Graffiti Then & Now

April 3, 2014 —July 10, 2014

Taller Boricua and Los de Abajo Printmaking Collective invite you to
Behind Bars
A new suite of prints by the Los de Abajo Printmaking Collective denouncing the critical state of the prison system in the United States
Curated by Nitza Tufiño
Opening reception: April 4, 2014, 6-9 p.m.
Taller Boricua Gallery at the Julia de Burgos Latino Cultural Center, 1680 Lexington Avenue, New York, NY 10029, 212.831.4333
Gallery Hours: Tues-Sat 12-6 p.m., Th 1-7 p.m.
Los de Abajo’s mission as a collective is to create a body of work that addresses social, political and ecological issues. Behind Bars showcases Los de Abajo Printmaking Collective’s new suite of prints denouncing the critical state of the prison system in the US, which to date houses close to 2,000,000 prisoners and counting. The United States has the largest prison system in the industrialized world. A large percentage of the prisoners in this huge system are illiterate. Our society builds more prisons when it should be building more schools. Los de Abajo’s work also addresses the way society at large has also become imprisoned by the ruthless capitalist machine that surveys and controls every move and every urge of its consumers. What does it mean to lose your freedom? What does the way the prison complex works say about the kind of society we live in? The US currently puts more people in jail than any other country in the world. The impact such a punitive system has on the psyche of this nation is alarming and is having a nefarious effect on the quality of life of its people. The body of work developed for this exhibition includes woodcuts, linocuts, drypoints, stencils, chine collé, mixed media and installation created by the members of the collective: Kay Brown, Nguyen Ly, Poli Marichal, Don Newton and Marianne Sadowski.
On Saturday April 5, 2014 at 2 p.m., there will be a wood engraving demonstration by Poli Marichal at the Rafael Tufiño Printmaking Workshop, 121 East 106th St., Ground Floor. For more information, call 212.831.4333.

April 4, 2014 —May 10, 2014

Westchester Italian Cultural Center presents
APULIA THEN AND NOW — An Evocative Journey Into the Apulian Region
Opening reception: Sat, April 5, at 2 p.m.
Hours: 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
Westchester Italian Cultural Center, One Generoso Pope Place, Tuckahoe, Ny 10707
Registration Fees: Suggested donation: adults $10, children 18 years of age and under $5
What was it like for immigrant families to have to leave all they had ever known? Explore what it was like to make the difficult trip to the big port city of Naples, cross the Atlantic in a crowded ship for a three week journey, and then go through the stressful process of Ellis Island before starting a new life in a country where they did not know the language and faced great prejudice. On display are images of the feasts of patron saints and local festivals, vibrant landscape photography and a collection of famous handcrafted earthenware. Presented by Toni McKeen.

April 7, 2014 —June 7, 2014

The Czechoslovak American Marionette Theatre presents
Don Juan, or, The Wages of Debauchery
Directed by Vít Hořejš
Thurs-Sat at 8:00 p.m., Sun at 2:30 p.m.
The Jan Hus Playhouse, 351 E. 74th Street, New York, NY 10021
Tickets: $18, Seniors and students $13
Downtown meets the Folk Tradition! High and low! Live performers and puppets of disparate sizes are blended to a startling comical and sometime touching effect. Starring antique puppets, marionettes by master carver Jakub Krejčí, toy puppets by Prague-based Miloš Kasal, and a giant surprise by Alan Barnes Netherton. This Don Juan story by Vit Hořejš of Czechoslovak-American Marionette Theatre is not a long dusty opera, nor is it unsuitable for the kids. In 18th century Europe, Don Juan (“Don Shajn”) was among the top “hits” of the Czech marionette repertoire when the only theatre truly available in small towns and villages were shows by itinerant puppeteers. Their plays were a whimsical mixture of Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous, heroic legends, and rudimentary pre-Shakespearean tragedies. There is nothing very glamorous about the character of Don Juan in this Czech puppet play—he ends up as a common robber, hungry, rejected by all his former conquests and riled constantly by his inept servant Kasparek, the earthy Bohemian cousin of Mr. Punch and Leporello. Don Juan’s womanizing is done at the Warner Brothers’ cartoon level; music includes Czech folk singing and a few “Don Giovanni” arias tossed in for good measure.
With: Deborah Beshaw, Otis Cotton, Vít Hořejš, Theresa Linnihan, Tess Wonson
Costumes by Theresa Linnihan and Egypt Dixon
Set design by Alan Barnes Netherton and Theresa Linnihan
Music, performed by John Bowen, composed expressly by Court Kappelmeister Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart.

April 10, 2014 — May 4, 2014

Photographs by Paul Margolis

Please join the artist for an opening reception: Thursday, May 8, 2014, 6:00-9:00 p.m.
The Living Room Gallery at Saint Peter’s Church, 619 Lexington Avenue at 54th Street, New York, NY
Gallery is open daily fromm 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.
“In early 2002, I photographed the interiors of the decaying buildings on the un-restored south side of Ellis Island. They had a haunting beauty, with their subtle, almost monochromatic colors: greens and rust, old brick and peeling plaster. While the buildings have been sealed and stabilized since I photographed them, restoration efforts are slow and require millions of dollars. The Great Hall and attached buildings on the north side of the Island were restored and made into a National Park and museum of immigration in the 1980s; the south side of the island, however, has been left largely untouched for six decades. The buildings on the south side served prosaic and often sad purposes: they were the wards and medical facilities. But they also tell the story of hope and resolve; the less known history of those who voyaged to the New World.”—Paul Margolis

April 11, 2014 —June 29, 2014

Long Island Traditions announces
From Shore to Shore: Boat Builders & Boat Yards
Opening reception: May 2, 2014, 2-4 p.m. with Nancy Solomon, Curator
The Waterfront Museum is open year-round on SATURDAYS 1-5 p.m. when the barge is docked in Red Hook. THURSDAYS 4-8 p.m. will resume in the Spring.
Waterfront Museum, Red Hook, Brooklyn, New York
“From Shore to Shore: Boat Builders and Boatyards of Long Island and Westchester” is an interpretive exhibit that examines the history and traditions of contemporary boat builders and boatyards, exploring their commitment to an endangered way of life in the wake of superstorms, decline in fishing and the expenses associated with traditional boat building and preserving boatyards. The Waterfront Museum is located in a traditional barge on the Red Hook waterfront.

April 18, 2014 —July 12, 2014

Thalia Spanish Theatre and Calpulli Mexican Dance Company present
Acclaimed Dance Company’s First Spring Season in New York City at the Thalia Spanish Theatre
Four weekends beginning April 25th through May 18th, 2014
Fridays and Saturdays 8 p.m., Sundays 4 p.m.
Thalia Spanish Theatre, 41-17 Greenpoint Avenue, Sunnyside (Queens), NY
Tickets: $35, $32 students and seniors. Fridays only: All tickets $30
Information and tickets: 718.729.3880 or visit the website
Calpulli Mexican Dance Company brings its celebrated repertoire to Thalia Spanish Theatre for four weekends beginning April 25th through May 18th, 2014. The company of 12 dancers and core of musicians make their Thalia Spanish Theatre debut in a tribute to the joys and soul of Mexico. The program includes the debut of Flores Chiapanecas (Flowers from Chiapas) to be performed with live marimba accompaniment. The program captures the color, vivaciousness, and sense of new beginning that springtime delivers. Authentic costumes, passionate live music, and larger than life surprises are in store. Under the Artistic Direction of Noemy Hernandez, and Alberto Lopez and Musical Direction of George Saenz, for 11 years Calpulli has recreated folk dances celebrating Mexican traditions and new works which employ non-traditional dance forms, all with live musical accompaniment. Calpulli Mexican Dance Company celebrates the rich, regional dance traditions of Mexico’s diverse cultural history, interpreted through its charismatic and unique artistic vision. Founded in 2003 by a group of artists in New York City, Calpulli is dedicated to the traditions of Mexico and Mexican-American cultural expression through dance and music. The company tours from coast-to-coast in the USA and made its international debut in 2013 by performing for one week in the Kingdom of Bahrain in the Middle East.

April 25, 2014—May 18th, 2014

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

January 31, 2014 —May 4, 2014

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