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April 28–May 1, 2016
Sankofa African Dance and Drum Ensemble
Thursday–Saturday: 7:30 p.m., Sunday: 2:00 p.m.
Hartwell Dance Theater, The College at Brockport, 350 New Campus Dr., Brockport, NY 14420
Tickets: $16 General Audiences/$11 Seniors, Brockport Faculty, Staff, Alumni/$8.50 Students
For information, call (585) 395-2153
Color, light, rhythm and energy abound in this celebration of Afro/Caribbean culture. Artistic director Oluyinka Akinjiola and master drummer/music director Khalid Abdul N’Faly Saleem help propel the tradition into the future.

Friday, April 29–Sunday, May 1, 2016
Caffè Lena presents
FOLKATHON
Friday Schedule: 6 p.m.-Midnight, Midnight to 4 a.m. Open stage
Saturday Schedule: 9 a.m.-Midnight, Midnight to 4 a.m. Open Mic
Sunday Schedule: 9 a.m.-10:00 p.m.
Caffè Lena, 47 Phila St., Saratoga Springs, NY, 518-583-0022
Day Pass & Evening Pass - $25, Single Show - $10 at the door when seats are available
Buy tickets online
After years of hard work the time for a major renovation of Caffe Lena’s historic home is at hand! We have designated the last weekend of April for a giant-size farewell to the “old” Caffè, and a celebration of the spirited community that will sustain the revitalized Lena into the coming decades. We have invited dozens of our top headliners to come play one last time in the old Caffè. Yes, we’re reviving the FOLKATHON!—a great tradition at Lena’s through the ’90s. The festivities start at 6 p.m. on Friday evening and, with a couple modest breaks tucked into the early morning hours, will go virtually non-stop until Sunday evening at 10 p.m. Come for the whole weekend, or for one day, or even for one show—but do not miss this once-in-a-lifetime occasion!
A full schedule is online for the weekend—Featuring: Stony Creek Band, Danielle Miraglia, Scott Ainslie, Schroon River String Band, C.B. Smith & The Lucky Devils, Martha Gallagher, Jean Rohe, Lost Radio Rounders, David Roth, Bovine Social Club, Steve Gillette & Cindy Mangsen, Anne Hills, Mike Agranoff, Don White, Grainbelt, Wholesale Klezmer Band, Tracy Grammer, Thirteen Feet of Bluegrass, Michael Jerling, Jeanne O’Connor & the New Standard, Susan Trump, Professor Louie &The Crowmatix, Akstens & Rossi and MORE! Plus Open Mic, Storytelling, Poetry Readings, Blues Jam, Irish Session & Sing-Alongs!

Friday, April 29–Sunday, May 1, 2016
ArtsWestchester announces
Spring Crafts at Lyndhurst
10 a.m.-6 p.m.
Lyndhurst, 635 South Broadway, Tarrytown, NY 10591
A weekend pass is $12; seniors (62+) are $11; children 6-16 are $4 and children under 6 are free. For more information, discount coupons, group rates and travel directions, call 845-331-7900.
Spring Crafts at Lyndhurst, April 29, 30, May 1, 2016, showcases over 275 modern American makers, artists, designers and craftspeople from across the country and is a celebration of all things handmade. These exceptional indie artists infuse each of their pieces with a distinctive creative vision. Spring Crafts at Lyndhurst offers a full day art and shopping experience for the entire family along the coast of the inspiringly beautiful Hudson River. Meet these talented emerging and seasoned makers who will be selling their exciting contemporary creations at Westchester County’s most beloved arts event and favorite shopping experience.
Spring Crafts at Lyndhurst will have many special creative activities and interactive art experiences. Visitors may make their own Shibumi silk scarves with Patricia Disantis; dance to live music by The Lindsey Webster Band; watch and participate in craft demonstrations by potter Scott Martin and wood turner Don Hart; try your hand at over a hundred musical instruments in our interactive musical experience; eat in the expanded food court (now including delicious vegan, vegetarian and gluten free options); wander around the Sculpture Garden; taste and bring home yummy sweet or savory gourmet specialty foods; and entertain the kids with a variety of children’s activities including face painting, storytelling, balloon animals, stilt walkers and more!

Robert Browning Associates presents
A World in Trance Festival — 2nd Edition!
Roulette, 509 Atlantic Avenue (at 3rd Ave), Downtown Brooklyn, NY
Tickets: Available soon
Since earliest times music and dance have played a major role in uniting people through ritual, often seeking union with the divine through trance or ecstasy. This festival seeks to bring back some spiritual nourishment to our lives; to focus our physical and mental selves. While the music and rituals associated with each genre are very different from each other, they share a common thread in bringing people together in search of enlightenment. These are just a few of the many forms that music takes to enrich our lives.

April 30–May 1, 2016
Sakura Matsuri 2016
See schedule online
Brooklyn Botanic Garden, 990 Washington Ave, Brooklyn, NY
Tickets: Adults $25, Seniors (65 and over) $20, Students 12+ with valid ID $20, Children under 12 and BBG Members Free
For information, call 718-623-7200
This year marks the 35th anniversary of Sakura Matsuri, BBG’s annual cherry blossom festival. Known as New York City’s rite of spring, the weekend offers over 60 events and performances that celebrate traditional and contemporary Japanese culture.

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Sunday, May 1, 2016
Irish Arts Center presents 15th Annual Irish Dance Festival Curated by Niall O’Leary TCRG, ADCRG
1:00 p.m.
Riverside Park South, Pier I at W 68th Street. New York, NY 10023
Free admission
A start-of-summer tradition for the whole family to enjoy! Our annual outdoor celebration of Irish dance kicks off the Summer-on-the Hudson series with traditional dance from notable professional and student talent from around the region. Audiences can immerse themselves in Irish arts and culture with participatory workshops, music sessions, language lessons, and dance classes for all ages, among many other offerings. The evening ends with a lively céilí set to live music for all!

The Folk Music Society of N.Y., Inc/ N.Y. Pinewoods Folk Music Club and The New York Packet present
Chantey & Folk Song & Music Session
2-4 p.m.
Co-sponsored with and at the John Street Church, 44 John St. (east of Broadway and one block south of and parallel to Fulton), New York, NY
Info: 212-957-8386.
Free will donation requested.
Please note: The venue is an historic landmark and is not handicapped accessible – approx. 13 stairs to reach downstairs venue (but facilities are located on the same level)
As part of the regular song and music session there will be a CD release for a fine young singer, Nicole Singer. This month’s event will be in the format of an English folk club with a set by various floor singers (that’s you), a short set by our guest, another floor singer set, and then another by our guest. Don’t miss this special event to launch Nicole’s very first CD! Lots of good singing by lots of good people and also lots of singing along. Bring your voices, instruments, and friends.

Capital English Country Dance
2-5 p.m.
Intro workshop on request at 1:30 p.m.
First UUC, Albany, NY
For more information, 518-477-5684 or CapitalECD@gmail.com
Cost: $12/$10 members, $6 students with full-time ID.
Free first admission for new English country dancers.
Caller Mary Jones with Mary Lea and Peter Barnes. Make your own Sundae at intermission. Beginners welcome. Flat soft-soled shoes.

Ashokan Music & Dance Camps presents
Alasdair Fraser & Natalie Haas: Spring Trad String Fling
3 p.m.
The Ashokan Center | Ashokan Music & Dance Camps | 477 Beaverkill Road | Olivebridge | NY | 12461
Tickets: $23 adults; $20 seniors, $18 youth ages 13–25, $10 children 5–12, and under 5 free
An inspiring concert by Scottish fiddle and cello virtuosos Alasdair Fraser and Natalie Haas. This exciting culmination of Alasdair and Natalie’s Trad String Fling Weekend will be a festive, family friendly party, with special guests Lilly Pearlman, Aldo Lavaggi, and Jay Ungar and Molly Mason! Come for the concert, or the three-day Trad String Fling with workshops, dances, and jam sessions Friday, April 29 through Sunday, May 1.

Brockport Symphony Orchestra Presents Erie Canal Celebration Concert
4:00-6:00 p.m.
St. Luke’s Episcopal Church, 14 State Street, Brockport, NY 14420
For more information, contact 585-402-8126, brockportco@yahoo.com
Cost: Free. Donations Accepted
Directed by Jonathan Allentoff, this concert will feature narrator Bill Andrews, Vice-Mayor of Brockport, the Golden Eagle String Band, and guest vocal artist Mary Wojciechowski. The centerpiece of the program is the world premiere of “Songs of the Erie Canal for Narrator, String Band & Orchestra” by Allentoff and William Hullfish with text by Brockport author Mary Jane Homes. The orchestra will also perform canal-themed works by Harold Arlen and Dorothy Fields, Joseph Haydn, and Richard Willis.

The Folk Music Society of N.Y., Inc/ N.Y. Pinewoods Folk Music Club presents
Mara Levine & Caroline Cutroneo with Celestial Harmonies
4-6 p.m.
Co-sponsored with and at the Good Coffeehouse at the Old Stone House, 336 Third Street, in J.J. Byrne Park, between 4th and 5th Avenues, Brooklyn, 718-768-3195
$10 contribution.
Info: fbanjo(at)aol.com
Mara and Caroline have gorgeous voices, which they blend in tight harmonies, singing original, traditional and contemporary Folk and Americana for over 15 years. Joining them are Celestial Harmonies: fiddler/guitarist/singer Nancy Moccaldi and flutist/singer Barbara Novick. They will be joined by special guests Frank Moccaldi, bass player Al Sklar, and Gerry Mckeveny (of Gathering Time) on lead guitar and vocal. The members of this group are well known in the metro area for their uncannily beautiful vocal harmonies and instrumental virtuosity. Folk, Blues, Old Time, lots of fun.

Robert Browning Associates presents
Part of A World in Trance Festival 2nd Edition!
USTAD SHAHID PARVEZ & LALGUDI VIJAYALAKSHMI


7:00 p.m.
Roulette, 509 Atlantic Avenue (at 3rd Ave), Downtown Brooklyn, NY
Tickets: $35, students and seniors $31

Two of India’s finest instrumentalists find common ground in the art of improvisation as they weave a tapestry of the two great genres of Indian music – Hindustani (North Indian) and Carnatic (South Indian). Sitarist Shahid Parvez is the most distinguished living musician of the Etawah gharana, a style popularized by the great Vilayat Khan. Violinist Lalgudi Vijayalakshmi is the daughter of India’s greatest Carnatic musician of the 20th century, Lalgudi Jayaraman. Steeped in her father’s tradition, she is acknowledged for her rich and soulful performances. While both artists received critical acclaim internationally for their solo performances, this will be their first concert tour together. Mrdangam(drum) accompaniment by Patri Satish Kumar; tabla player to be announced.

92nd St. Y presents
Mary Chapin Carpenter with Anthony DeCurtis: Talk and Performance
7:30 p.m.
92nd St. Y, Buttenwieser Hall, Lexington Ave. at 92nd Stree, New York, NY
Tickets start at $32
For nearly 30 years strong, on many albums like Come On Come On, Stones in the Road, Between Here and Gone, and Ashes and Roses, Mary Chapin Carpenter has earned the trust of her audience through her willingness to look deep into herself and share joys and sorrows, good times and bad. Now she joins Rolling Stone contributing editor Anthony DeCurtis for a conversation, along with a few songs from her new album, The Things That We Are Made Of. Produced by Grammy Award-winning producer Dave Cobb (Jason Isbell, Chris Stapleton), The Things That We Are Made Of features eleven new songs written by Carpenter, including the lead track “Something Tamed Something Wild,” which Rolling Stone praises, “...beautifully sums up where she’s been and sets the stage for what’s yet to come…“Something Tamed Something Wild” and indeed the entire new album finds the songwriter at her most thoughtful and also at times sweetly whimsical, perfectly capturing the buoyant spirit of her early successes and also serving as a reminder that she remains one of the most grounded, sentient songwriters of her generation.”

May 1–May 8, 2016
Symphony Space presents
The Source Project
View events schedule online
Symphony Space, 2537 Broadway, New York, NY 10025, (212) 864-5400
Tickets available online.
Join us as Symphony Space on 95th and Broadway is transformed to capture the heat, rhythm, and driving pulse of Afro-Cuban culture with a series of concerts, film screenings, and more! Featuring Pedrito Martinez, Yosvany Terry, Xiomara Laugart, Román Díaz, among others.

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Monday, May 2, 2016
ArtsWestchester presents
Explore the Music of Latin America: An Introduction to the traditions of Caribbean and South America
6:30-8:30 p.m.
Warner Library, 121 North Broadway, Tarrytown, NY
For more info and to RSVP (space limited): 917.655.1927
FREE workshops led by musicians Pablo Mayor and Anna Mayor of Folklore Urbano. For students with musical background or interest in playing Latin music. All are welcome. Bring your instrument if you have one, or your voice!

Lecture: Michael Keene, Psychic Highway
7 p.m.
Newburgh Public Library, 24 Grand St., Newburgh, NY, 845-563-3600
Advanced registration required
The Erie Canal had a big influence in Central New York. Author and historian Michael Keene explains how the Canal opened up vital passageways that led to the advent of the major social, political, and religious movements that swept through upstate New York during the 19th century. His book, The Psychic Highway: How the Erie Canal Changed America, will be on sale. Mr. Keene is an affiliate member of the Association of Public Historians and a contributor to New York History Review, in addition to writing several other books.
You can find Psychic Highway in the NYFS online bookstore.

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Tuesday, May 3, 2016
Lecture: Michael Keene, Psychic Highway
7 p.m.
Middletown Thrall Public Library, 11-19 Depot St., Middletown, NY, (845) 341-5454
Advanced registration required
The Erie Canal had a big influence in Central New York. Author and historian Michael Keene explains how the Canal opened up vital passageways that led to the advent of the major social, political, and religious movements that swept through upstate New York during the 19th century. His book, The Psychic Highway: How the Erie Canal Changed America, will be on sale. Mr. Keene is an affiliate member of the Association of Public Historians and a contributor to New York History Review, in addition to writing several other books.
You can find Psychic Highway in the NYFS online bookstore.

May 3–May 8, 2016
World Music Institute (WMI) announces
Flamenco Vivo Carlota Santana presents Voces de Andalucia Tuesday, May 3rd, 7:30 p.m.
Wednesday, May 4th, 7:30 p.m.
Thursday, May 5th, 7:30 p.m.
Friday May 6th, 7:30 p.m.
Saturday May 7th, 2 p.m. (matinee)
Saturday May 7th, 7:30 p.m.
Sunday May 8th, 2 p.m. (matinee)
BAM Fisher, 321 Ashland Place, Brooklyn, NY 11217
Tickets available online
Flamenco Vivo Carlota Santana returns to BAM with VOCES DE ANDALUCIA, a three-part suite of contemporary flamenco dance and music inspired by the cultural richness of Andalucia, the region of Spain known as “the cradle of flamenco.” Voces explores this land of inspiration through Andalucian-born artists, Pablo Picasso and playwright/poet Frederico Garcia Lorca, with two world premieres and Angeles II choreographed and performed by Ángel Muñoz.

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Wednesday, May 4, 2016
Arts & Business Council of NY announces a
The David Rockefeller Lecture on Arts and Business
5:30 p.m. Reception
6:30 p.m. Lecture
The TimesCenter, 242 West 41st Street, New York, NY
Tickets are free but must be reserved online.
The David Rockefeller Lecture on Arts and Business, is an annual lecture sponsored by Americans for the Arts in New York City featuring prominent business leaders addressing the vital connection between the arts and business. Acclaimed singer and National Medal of Arts award winner, Renée Fleming, will introduce keynote speaker and Co-Founder and Co-CEO of The Carlyle Group, David Rubenstein. The Jazz at Lincoln Center Youth Orchestra Blakey Ensemble will perform for the audience.

Museum at Eldridge Street presents
Jane Jacobs Centennial Lecture: Ray Suarez
6:30 p.m.
Museum at Eldridge Street, 12 Eldridge Street, New York, NY 10002, 212.219.088
RSVP: Pay what you wish
Ray Suarez, broadcast journalist and author of three books including The Old Neighborhood: What We Lost in the Great Suburban Migration, will speak on the legacy of writer and preservationist Jane Jacobs (1916–2006), whose work changed the way the world views and understands cities. Award-winning author and preservationist Roberta Brandes Gratz will introduce Suarez. Note: Michael Kimmelman, who was originally scheduled for this date, will speak later in the series.

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

Flushing Town Hall presents
Monthly Jazz Jam
7:00-10:00 p.m.
FREE Jazz Clinics at 6 p.m.
Flushing Town Hall, 137-35 Northern Boulevard, (at the corner of Linden Place), Flushing, NY 11354
Tickets: $10; FREE for Members, Students and Jamming Musicians

Whether you’re a student, jazz musician, or music educator, come join the Queens Jazz OverGround, a program of Convergence Arts, Inc., as they lead the house band in this monthly jam session. Held on the first Wednesday of every month, Jazz Jams are a fun way to hone your skills, and jam each month with your peers. Don’t play? Come listen! NEW! We’re bringing a little delight to the evening — serving wine and beer!

Book Talk: Michael Keene, Abandoned
7 p.m.
Ontario County Genealogy Society, 55 N. Main St., Canandaigua, NY, 585-394-4975
Author Michael Keene delves into the “age of orphan asylums” in mid-19th century New York in this lecture taken from his new book Abandoned: The Untold Story of Orphan Asylums. Abandoned presents eye-opening, true-to-life tales of the Five Points area of New York City and the desperation of a million Irish immigrants who hoped to find better conditions in New York after leaving behind the famine they experienced in their homeland in 1848. Unfortunately, after arriving in Lower Manhattan, they found squalor, gang violence and disease. Within a few years, the area was home to 30,000 orphaned and homeless children, who roamed New York City and resorted to petty crime, begging, and selling newspapers for a nickel a piece. Most slept in alleyways, cellar and sewers, ultimately joining violent gangs—like the Bowery Boys—for protection. As a result of this crisis, the Age of Orphan Asylums began, culminating in one of the most improbable and audacious episodes in American history. Known as the Orphan Train Movement, everyday heroes endeavored to rescue and liberate these children who were lost to the streets or in the hands of uncaring institutions.

...and beyond
Houston Arts Alliance presents
STORM SONGS & STORIES
7 p.m., Doors; 8 p.m., Show
Rudyard’s British Pub, 2010 Waugh Drive, Houston, TX
Open mic format: Solo performances only, five-minute time limit
No cover. 21 +
Houston and Galveston, like any city along the Gulf and Atlantic coasts of the US, are always vulnerable to tropical weather. The most frightening of these events is the hurricane, with its fierce winds and massive storm surges that can spell devastation for anything in its path. STORM SONGS & STORIES was inspired by the voices of the multitudes of storm survivors. Hurricanes such as Katrina, Rita, and Ike in this region—and even earlier, the Great Storm of Galveston in 1900—are all too familiar in this part of the United States. Most Houstonians have a hurricane story, and we invite you to share yours. The program will be a multimedia open mic format featuring first timers and seasoned vets sharing their stories, spoken word pieces, songs, and poems on the subject of these storms. The general public is invited to participate as audience and/or performer.
STORM SONGS & STORIES is an outgrowth of two major projects. In 2005, a storytelling project called Surviving Katrina and Rita in Houston, led by University of Houston Folklore professor Carl Lindahl and public folklorist Pat Jasper (currently the director of Houston Arts Alliance’s Folklife + Traditional Arts program), trained Houston-based hurricane survivors from these two massive events to conduct interviews with over 400 fellow survivors, giving voice to the experiences of these individuals on their own terms. Most of these narratives now reside in the collections of the Library of Congress. In May of 2016, Houston Grand Opera presents their world premiere of After the Storm, a story of loss, resilience, and the power of community. The work mines the legacy of the region’s Great Storm of 1900 and Hurricane Ike of 2008. This riveting new chamber opera, rooted in one family’s crisis, was developed through historical research and interviews with residents of Galveston and Houston. In this light, Houston Arts Alliance’s Folklife + Traditional Arts program and HGOco came together to create an opportunity, for the larger public to participate and share their own hurricane stories, through the medium of their choosing.

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Thursday, May 5, 2016
Friends of Ganondagan announce
GANONDA-JAM
7-9 p.m.
Seneca Art & Culture Center at Ganondagan, 7000 County Road 41, Victor, NY
Call 585-742-1690 for more information

Doors open at 6:30 p.m., and food will be available for purchase.
Ganondagan Youth-sponsored series made possible through Foundation for the Future. This new open mic and coffee house is open to all ages, and is free and open to the public. Musicians should be prepared to play two to three songs; PA system and mic provided.

The Towne Crier in Beacon presents
Electric STRAWBS
7:30 p.m.
Towne Crier, 379 Main Street, Beacon, NY, (845) 855-1300
Tickets: $35; $40 at the door
Strawbs emerged out of the British Folk Movement of the mid-1960s, starting life as the Strawberry Hill Boys playing bluegrass. They moved into the mainstream in 1967 by making the first Strawbs album, All Our Own Work, with Sandy Denny, a full year before she recorded her first album with Fairport Convention. The album attracted the attention of A&M Records in Hollywood who signed Strawbs as the first British band on the label. Strawbs albums Hero & Heroine, Bursting At The Seams, Ghosts, and Grave New World define the music. The current Strawbs line-up comprises Dave Cousins, lead guitarist Dave Lambert, bass player Chas Cronk, and drummer Tony Fernandez, who recorded and toured together in the 1970s. They are joined by keyboard virtuoso Dave Bainbridge of Iona, a band whose mystical blend of rock, folk, Celtic and ambient music has endeared them to audiences across Europe and North America for the last 25 years.

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Friday, , 2016
Flushing Town Hall announces
Villalobos Brothers
Dance lesson 7 p.m., Performance 8 p.m.
Flushing Town Hall, 137-35 Northern Boulevard (at the corner of Linden Place), Flushing, NY 11354
Tickets: $16/$10 Members & Students
Through multi-disciplinary acts that often times include masks, poems, and theatrical sketches interwoven with powerful lyrics and high-energy compositions, Villalobos Brothers (Ernesto, Alberto, and Luis) use their violins and voices to redefine contemporary Mexican music. With their original compositions, they masterfully blend elements of jazz, rock, classical and Mexican fold to deliver a powerful message of love, brotherhood, and social justice. The dynamic energy of the southern Gulf port city of Veracruz, Mexico is heard in its traditional music: Son Jarocho. Son Jarocho evolved over the last 250 years as a mash-up of the sounds from the Indigenous, Spanish and African people residing there. Son Jarocho is typically sung as a call and response, with improvisational fast rhythms played by the stringed instruments of guitars and harp. Villalobos Brothers have taken this tradition and infused it with violins, jazz, classical and traditional sounds of northern Mexico as well.

Center for Traditional Music and Dance (CTMD) and Verite Sou Tanbou, in collaboration with Eugene Lang College | The New School for Liberal Arts presents the second program in the
RASANBLEMAN – GATHERING SERIES
KONBIT!
An evening of traditional Haitian rara music and dance with Peniel Guerrier (dance), Sirene Dantor and Asòtò (Vodou song), KONGO Haitian Roots Music, and the students of Global Voices!
7:00 p.m.
Johnson / Kaplan Auditorium, 66 West 12th Street, New York, NY
Admission is free!
Please join us for KONBIT! on Friday, May 6th, as some of New York’s finest Haitian dancers, singers, and drummers team up with students in the Spring 2016 Global Voices course (Haitian Rara in New York) at The New School to present traditional Haitian music and rara dance, with choreographer/dance educator/dancer Peniel Guerrier (director of Tamboula d’Haiti and the annual Kriye Bode NYC Haitian Dance Symposium), the Asòtò band featuring Haitian Vodou singer Sirene Dantor, and KONGO Haitian Roots Music directed by Oneza Lafontant. Rara is a traditional form of processional music and dance, rooted in Vodou, and associated with the Lenten season in Haiti, as well as with collective work (“konbit”), activism, and protest.
See also June 23, ONÈ, RESPÈ!

Spring Celebration & Bulgarian Dance Party with Cherven Traktor
7:30-11 p.m.
Hungarian House NYC, 213 E. 82nd Street, New York, NY
Contact information: 646-831-8720
Cost: $20
A Bulgarian traditional celebration of the spring holidays. Come and join us for dancing and singing all night long Friday, May 6. Enjoy the fine dance floor and excellent Bulgarian folk music! Participate in ritual music and song. Delicious Bulgarian food, beer, and wine will be for sale by Mam Mam Ila
Dance party begins with Pravo Gergyovdensko horo with Cherven Traktor:
Nikolay Kolev – gadulka
Donka Koleva – vocals
Belle Birchfield – tambura
Adam Good – bass
Michael Ginsburg – tupan

World Music Institute (WMI) announces
In Concert: Lakou Mizik 8 p.m.
BRIC House, 647 Fulton St., Brooklyn
Tickets: $20 advance, $23 at the door
LAKOU MIZIK, a collective of Haitian musicians who are bringing new life to Haitian roots music with legends like master drummer Sanba Zao, and young stars like Steeve Valcourt and Jonas Attis. A thrilling, genre blending musical experience that is as hard to define as it is easy to love — African, French, Caribbean, and American influences collide with stirring rhythms of Haitian vodou drumming, the french café lilt of the accordion and the joyful percussive punctuation of the Rara horns — all mixed with scrappy, socially-driven lyrics and a dash of Motown swagger. This show is sure to be a fun sweaty dance party!

The Folkus Project presents
Burns and Kristy
Indie Folky Pop with a spiritual, whimsical attitude
8:00-10:00 p.m.
May Memorial Unitarian Universalist Society, 3800 East Genesee St, Syracuse, NY
Cost: $18; $15 members
Advance sale tickets are available via PayPal or by mail (personal check); advance ticket holders receive preferential seating. For details, see the Folkus Project website at www.folkus.org
Terry Burns’s music has been described as “fresh, contemporary, moving, melodic and fun.” Her songs have been recorded by many artists, including David Kersh, Lari White, River Road, Alecia Elliott, Ruby Lovett, Pam Rose, Dawn Sears, Jason Sellers, The Burns Sisters, and many more. Her music has been featured on various TV shows. While in her early 20s, Terry recorded 2 CDs on Columbia records with her sisters, The Burns Sisters. She has also recorded an independent CD of some of her favorite tunes that she has written.
Ron Kristy has been composing music for film/TV for many years. You can hear Ron’s music everyday around the globe on many TV shows. He has composed award-winning music scores for
Angel Stories, Miracle Stories, and Life after Life on the Discovery Channel, and Soul of the Senate—The Robert Byrd Story on PBS, among many others. Ron is a former staff writer at Warner Chappell Music in New York.
They are joined by the multi-talented Janet Cotraccia on vocals and keyboard and Doug Robinson on guitar and vocals. Janet Cotraccia has been making beautiful music since she started singing solos in the fourth grade. She says that singing with the Burns and Kristy Band nourishes her soul. Doug Robinson is a guitarist, bass player, and singer. He has had a lengthy career as a performer and studio musician. In addition to being a key member of the Burns and Kristy Band, Doug has toured frequently in the US, Canada, and Europe with the Burns Sisters Band and others.

Ashokan Music & Dance announces
1st Friday Swing Dance
Sponsored by Dance Flurry Organization
8-11 p.m.
7-8 p.m., free lesson with admission. Learn to swing dance!
Elks Lodge, 25 S Allen St, Albany, NY
Admission: $15/$12 DFO members/$10 students and limited income retirees 65+
For more information, contact firstfridayswingdance@gmail.com
Dance to Crazy Feet.

Eighth Step at Proctors presents
AZTEC TWO-STEP
45th Annniversary Concert
7:30 p.m.
GE Theatre, Proctors, 432 State St. Schenectady NY 12305
Order Tickets through the 8th Step Ticket Line: 518-434-1703 or purchase online: $26-$50
Intelligent songwriting, dazzling acoustic lead guitar, and soaring two-part harmonies, folk-rock phenomenon Aztec Two-Step continues as one of acoustic music’s most respected and enduring acts, forty-plus years after REX FOWLER and NEAL SCHULMAN serendipitously met at an open mic at a Boston coffeehouse. Since taking their name from a poem by Beat poet Lawrence Ferlinghetti, the duo evolved through 4+ decades of continual touring, progressive FM radio, major record deals, critical acclaim in major US newspapers, reviews in Rolling Stone and numerous radio and TV appearances, including such legends as “King Biscuit Flour Hour” and “David Letterman.” Perhaps more to the point, and true to their roots, the immensely popular duo has dedicated itself to live performance worldwide, a decades-long love affair with live audiences that maintains their enduring and passionate world of fans, who end each and every packed live performance with a passionate standing ovation.

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Saturday, May 7, 2016
Shaker Heritage Society of Albany announces
Bread Basket Workshop with Sandy Salada
10 a.m.-3 p.m.
Shaker Heritage Society, 25 Meeting House Rd., Albany, NY 12211, (518) 456-7890
Tickets: $35 per person (cost includes a $10 materials fee)
Create a basket perfect for holding bread or rolls that makes a lovely display piece when not in use. No prior experience necessary. This workshop is suitable for ages 14 and up. This is a 5-hour workshop. If you are unable to finish your basket, you may schedule additional class time with Sandy for a fee. Registration with payment is required by April 29th. Space is limited.

Irish Arts Center presents Afternoon Art Party: Story Picnic – A Family Workshop with Yvonne Cassidy
11:00 a.m.
Irish Arts Center, 553 West 51st Street (between 10th and 11th Avenues), New York, NY 10019
Tickets: $40
Led by Irish novelist and IAC instructor Yvonne Cassidy, parents and children will participate in a warm, rich, and meaningful family workshop creating, sharing, and binding an original story, focusing individually on a favorite memory or event. All stories will be shared over a storytelling picnic, and then illustrated by each parent-child pair. Bring your mom, dad, sibling, grandparent, aunt, uncle – whoever is family to you – and come away with a magical book to share with friends old and new.

33rd Annual Hofstra University Dutch Festival
11 a.m.-4 p.m..
Hofstra University Outdoors on the South Campus, 1000 Fulton Ave., Hempstead, NY, 516-463-6582
Free
In time for its 33rd year, the Hofstra Dutch Family Festival is going through a reinvention with more emphasis on family activities and community services. As always, enjoy the annual tulip display, music and theater performances, art exhibits and demonstrations, and carnival games. Enjoy live jazz music while strolling through our beautiful campus boasting of tulips in bloom and Hofstra’s Dutch heritage.

City Lore announces
Morrisania’ Musical Legacy—Bronx Music History Walking Tour
1 p.m.
Bronx Musical Heritage Center, 1303 Louis Niñé Blvd., Bronx, NY 10459
Free and open to the public
The walk lasts approximately 2.5 hours
The Bronx’s musical history is rich and living. Join us as we explore the neighborhoods that informed the sounds of jazz, hip hop, doo wop, Latin music on the Morrisania’s Musical Legacy walking tour and then dive into the Bronx’s current scene with a trans-Atlantic hip hop event at the Bronx Music Heritage Center at 6:30 p.m.

The tour will start at the Bronx Music Heritage Center and walk through neighborhood where legends in jazz, hip hop, doo wop and Latin music lived and played from the 1940s through today. The tour begins in Morrisania, where there was once a thriving jazz scene and where some of the pioneers of hip hop got their start. These neighborhoods were also some of the hardest hit by the fires in the 1970s and 1980s. The tour will walk by Charlotte Street, one of the Bronx’s most famous streets which became a national symbol of urban decay. The fires and problems of those years also affected the music scene. There will also be discussion and recognition of the community organizations that helped turn the Bronx around and the street and public art that continue to make the neighborhoods vibrant.

This tour is a partnership of The Bronx Music Heritage Center, and the South Bronx Culture Trail sponsored by Casita Maria, Dancing in the Streets and City Lore.

Flushing Town Hall announces
Carnegie Hall Neighborhood Concert: Awa Sangho
1:30 p.m.
FREE Jazz Clinics at 6 p.m.
Queens Library @ Flushing, 41-17 Main Street (at 41st Avenue) | Queens
Known for her stunning voice, high-energy performances, and socially conscious lyrics, Awa Sangho’s music is full of the rhythms and character of her homeland, earning her status as the “golden voice of Mali” (Afropop). Born in West Africa, Sangho writes original songs with socially conscious lyrics in a variety of African languages, with themes ranging from her hopes for today’s youth to her respect for the musicians who came before her. Utilizing traditional instruments—such as the ngoni, kora, and balafon—Sangho’s debut album, Ala Ta, is full of the rhythms and character of her homeland a

World Music Institute (WMI) announces
The Pedrito Martinez Group: Habana Dreams Album Pre-Release Concert with special guest Issac Delgado 7 p.m.
Peter Jay Sharp Theatre at Symphony Space, 2537 Broadway, New York, NY, 212-864-5400
Tickets: $47/$34/$30/$24; 30 and Under (with ID) $25
Deeply rooted in tradition while simultaneously evolving the unique sound of his cutting-edge quartet, The Pedrito Martinez Group, Martinez is “writing a new chapter in Afro-Cuban music” (NPR). They are joined by special guest Issac Delgado, the founder of the super group NG La Banda and one of the most popular salsa vocalists today. Habana Dreams is the much-anticipated follow-up to the Grammy-nominated debut by The Pedrito Martinez Group. Featured album guests include Latin icons Ruben Blades, Issac Delgado, Descemer Bueno, Telmary Diaz, and Angelique Kidjo.

Hudson Valley Community Dance presents
English Dance
7:30-10:30 p.m.
Lesson at 7 p.m. required for new dancers.
Reformed Church of Port Ewen, NY
For more information, call 845-452-2483
Cost: $10/$5 students with full-time ID.
Caller Loretta Holz with Tiddely Pom.

Café Veritas presents
Ellis Paul
7:30 p.m.
Café Veritas, First Unitarian Church, 220 Winton Road South, Rochester, New York 14610
Ticket prices: $18 general admission, $10 students with ID, and children under 12 are free. (Advance Purchase $16)
For tickets and more information, visit www.cafeveritas.org
Some artists document their lives through their music. Others chronicle their times. It’s a rare artist who can do both, telling their own story through songs that also encapsulate the essence of people and places who have helped define their era overall. Ellis Paul is one of those gifted singer/songwriters. Though some may refer to him as a folksinger, he is more, for lack of a better word, a singular storyteller, a musician whose words reach out from inside and yet also express the feelings, thoughts and sensibilities that most people can relate to in one way or another, regardless of age or upbringing. The exhilaration of the open road. A celebration of heroes. The hope for redemption. Descriptions of those things that are both near and dear. The sharing of love..., intimate, passionate and enduring. These are the scenarios that emerge from Ellis Paul’s new album, Chasing Beauty, a set of songs which detail, in typical Paul fashion, stories of people and places that reflect larger truths about us all. It’s no wonder then that recently Ellis Paul received a prestigious honor: an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degree from the University of Maine, which also asked him to write the school’s alma mater as well as deliver its commencement address in May 2014. Happily, his music has been shared with a wider audience as well, through commercials, documentaries, TV shows and in the soundtracks of several blockbuster films.
Opening is Selected Artist of the 2015 NERFA Conference Suzi Wollenburg DJ Showcase, Buffalo native Davey O. Embarking on a decade-plus journey that has resulted in a collection of justly-earned, highly introspective songs, Davey crafts pure Americana that is not of the social and political consciousness, but drawn from the deep well of experience and human emotion — no hackneyed story lines, no insincere polish, just an unflinching poet’s look at life. The characters woven seamlessly into stories of which the song itself becomes the soundtrack for the movie playing inside the listener’s head.

Caffè Lena presents
South Carolina Broadcasters
8:00 p.m.
Caffè Lena, 47 Phila St., Saratoga Springs, NY, 518-583-0022
Tickets: $18, $16 members, $9 student & child
Their razor sharp harmonies, exceptional picking, and fabulous song selection will have listeners riveted to their seats! Between Andy Edmonds’ and David Sheppard’s ability to write a new song that sounds old, and Ivy Sheppard’s prowess for digging up obscure field recordings, The Broadcasters roll out new songs all the time ranging from Surry County bluegrass to Carter Family country and even the Cajun sounds of Lafayette. This is irresistible, timeless, heartfelt entertainment.

Irish Arts Center presents Open the Door for Three
8:00-9:30 p.m.
Donaghy Theatre, Irish Arts Center, 553 West 51st Street (between 10th and 11th Avenues), New York, NY 10019
Tickets: $20–24
Taking their name from an old Irish slip jig, fiddler Liz Knowles, uilleann piper Kieran O’Hare, and singer/bouzouki player Pat Broaders have formed a powerful, well-traveled seasoned trio. These three have distinguished themselves over the last two decades as mainstays of the Irish music scene here and abroad, having played with Riverdance, Cherish the Ladies, Secret Garden, Anúna, The String Sisters,The New York Pops, pop-artists Don Henley, Paula Cole, Bonnie Raitt, and Josh Groban and have played some interesting venues including a rainforest in Malaysia, a bullring in Mallorca, China, and South America. Their concert features unearthed tunes, new arrangements of great songs, homages to the musicians and bands they grew up listening to, and the signature sound of a trio of good friends playing great music together.

The Troy Savings Bank Music Hall presents
The Waifs
8:00 p.m.
Troy Savings Bank Music Hall, 30 2nd St, Troy, NY 12180
Tickets: All tickets $29
Tickets are available now via phone, (518) 273-0038, in person, or online at www.troymusichall.org. Tickets are available at the Troy Savings Bank Music Hall Box Office, 30 Second Street, Troy, Monday through Friday 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Hailing from Albany (Western Australia that is!), The Waifs are one of Australia’s most enduring and lauded folk, pop, and roots outfit. The Waifs: Donna Simpson, vocals, guitar, Josh Cunningham, vocals, guitar/banjo/ukele, and Vikki Thorn, vocals, guitar/harmonica, return to North America with a 5-piece sound that’s better than ever. A trip that began in a van in 1992, with the three troubadours playing gigs anywhere in Australia that would have them, has led The Waifs to multiple ARIA awards, platinum albums and successful tours across the world, including opening for Bob Dylan in North America and Australia in 2003. The hard early days paid off in terms of their career, but also bound the three of them together as friends. The stripped down, cohesive return to their original sound on this tour demonstrates that for these old friends, true chemistry never fades.

The Smith Center for the Performing Arts presents
An Acoustic Evening with John Hiatt
8 p.m.
The Smith Opera House, 82 Seneca Street, Geneva, NY 14456
TICKETS: $49 Orchestra, $39 Balcony.
Tickets go on sale Friday, February 19 at 10 a.m.
John Hiatt is an American rock guitarist, pianist, singer, and songwriter. He has played a variety of musical styles on his albums, including new wave, blues, and country. Hiatt has been nominated for several Grammy Awards and has received his own star on Nashville’s Walk of Fame, the Americana Music Association’s Lifetime Achievement Award for Songwriting, has been inducted into the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame, and was saluted at the Indiana Governor’s Arts Awards. Hiatt has released 21 studio albums, two compilation albums and one live album. His songs have been covered by a variety of artists in multiple genres, including Bob Dylan, The Searchers, Delbert McClinton, Willy DeVille, Ry Cooder, Linda Ronstadt, Bonnie Raitt, Eric Clapton, B.B. King, Joe Bonamassa, Willie Nelson, Three Dog Night, Joan Baez, Paula Abdul, Buddy Guy, the Desert Rose Band, Jimmy Buffett, Mandy Moore, Iggy Pop, Emmylou Harris, Rodney Crowell, Dave Edmunds, Nick Lowe, The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, Rosanne Cash, Suzy Bogguss, Jewel, Aaron Neville, Jeff Healey, Keith Urban, Joe Cocker, Chaka Khan, Paulini, and many others. He remains one of the most respected and influential American singer-songwriters.

The Towne Crier in Beacon presents
Tribute to Bob Dylan & The Band, featuring The THE BAND Band with the TTBB Horns
8:30 p.m.
Towne Crier, 379 Main Street, Beacon, NY, (845) 855-1300
Tickets: $25; $30 at the door
Join us for a special celebration and tribute to THE BAND, and The Band’s mentor and long-time collaborator, Bob Dylan on his 75th birthday! The THE BAND Band is without a doubt the most musically satisfying tribute to The Band on the scene today. While The Band may be long gone from the stage, The THE BAND Band is keeping their sound and spirit alive and well with authentic, true-to-form renditions of their legendary repertoire. This group of veteran musicians showcases the astounding breadth and depth of The Band’s distinctively original Americana music. For this special show, The THE BAND Band will also perform some Bob Dylan classics to honor his 75th Birthday and the historic relationship between Dylan and The Band. This is not your ordinary tribute band. The THE BAND Band brings the songs to life again with the energy and excitement of The Band’s legendary concerts, earning the praise of critics and audiences alike.

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Sunday, May 8, 2016
Museum at Eldridge Street presents
Great Ladies of the Lower East Side: Heroines, Balabustas, and Yiddishe Mammas! Mother’s Day Walking Tour
11 a.m.
Tour meets at the Henry Street Settlement, 265 Henry Street, New York, NY
Tickets: $35 per person, includes mimosa toast and light brunch. RSVP required.
Celebrate mom and other special women in your life on this special tour exploring the stories and favorite haunts of generations of Lower East Side women.
Co-sponsored with the Lower East Side Jewish Conservancy.

Irish Arts Center presents Masterclass: Irish Dance with Colin Dunne
2:00 p.m.
Donaghy Theatre, Irish Arts Center, 553 West 51st Street (between 10th and 11th Avenues), New York, NY 10019
Tickets: $70, Student & Senior $60
This class, led by award-winning dancer and choreographer Colin Dunne, will have a strong focus on musicality, finding a sense of flow in movement and rhythm, and an emphasis on losing tension in the upper body.

Caffè Lena presents
Mother’s Day with Triskele
3:00 p.m.
Caffè Lena, 47 Phila St., Saratoga Springs, NY, 518-583-0022
Tickets: $16, $14 members, $8 student & child
An all-female Celtic band out of Albany NY. They are known for their stunning vocal harmonies, singing the the Gaelic language and for their Irish wit. These ladies perform primarily, traditional Celtic/Irish music, but have written originals also. Triskele not only revitalizes the Gaelic language, but weaves history and traditions about growing up in Ireland, as told by our own Dublin born, Noeleen. This provides the listener a deeper appreciation of Irish/Celtic history and culture. Triskele’s instrumentation includes, 12- string, mandolin, Bodhran, flute, whistles and various percussion instruments.

City Lore presents
Back by Popular Demand: Richard Egan’s Alive on the Inside
7 p.m.
City Lore Gallery 56 E. 1st St, NYC, NY 10003
Tickets: $11.50
In Alive on the Inside, Richard Eagan, artist and performer, tells the story of his experiences as a Coney Island show barker, weight guesser, and game operator in this one man show. Eagan takes us on a colorful journey behind the scenes at Coney Island, drawing on his long experience there. The story follows the author from his childhood discovery of this most surreal playground through his return to Coney as an artist with a mission to save his beloved haunt from oblivion.
See more about the Board Renaissance: How the Arts Saved Coney Island! exhibition below in “Exhibitions” section.

The Towne Crier in Beacon presents
The QUEBE SISTERS
7:30 p.m.
Towne Crier, 379 Main Street, Beacon, NY, (845) 855-1300
Tickets: $20; $25 at the door
When the Quebe Sisters from Texas take a stage, and the triple-threat fiddle champions start playing and singing in multi-part close harmony, audiences are usually transfixed, then blown away. Authentic, all-Americana and respectful of the artists that inspired them the most, whether the Quebes (rhymes with “maybe”) are decked out in denims and boots or fashionably dressed to the nines in makeup, skirts and heels, the fresh-faced, clean-cut sisters, all in their 20s, look as good as they sound. The Quebes’ evolution from the whiz-kid Western swing fiddlers to the smokin’, hot young adult Americana band they are today is a remarkable story, by any measure.

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Monday, May 9, 2016
Lecture: Michael Keene, Psychic Highway
11:30 a.m.
Palmyra Public Library, 402 East Main St., Palmyra, NY, 315/597-5276
The Erie Canal had a big influence in Central New York. Author and historian Michael Keene explains how the Canal opened up vital passageways that led to the advent of the major social, political, and religious movements that swept through upstate New York during the 19th century. His book, The Psychic Highway: How the Erie Canal Changed America, will be on sale. Mr. Keene is an affiliate member of the Association of Public Historians and a contributor to New York History Review, in addition to writing several other books.
You can find Psychic Highway in the NYFS online bookstore.

Tribute to THE BAND Featuring The THE BAND Band
8:30 p.m.
The Iridium, 1650 Broadway (at 51st street) New York, NY 10019
Tickets: $25
Contact: iridiumjazz@gmail.com, 212.582.2121
While iconic roots rock The Band may be long gone from the stage, The THE BAND Band is keeping their sound and spirit alive and well with authentic, true-to-form renditions of the legendary repertoire. This group of veteran musicians showcases the astounding breadth and depth of The Band’s distinctively original Americana music with classics such as “Up on Cripple Creek,” “The Weight,” and “The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down,” as well as deeper cuts from The Band’s vast catalog.

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Tuesday, May 10, 2016
Golden Link Folk Singing Society announces
Mountain Dulcimer Workshop with Rich Towsley
7-9 p.m.
Twelve Corners Presbyterian Church, 1200 S. Winton Rd., Rochester, NY
Cost of the workshop is $6.
Ever wanted to play a musical instrument but didn’t think you could? . Rich Towsley: I will break the class into two one-hour segments: The first will be for the basic beginners — I will even have a dulcimer that you can borrow for the class if you need. The second half will be exploring the different styles of playing the MD. This will end with a simple slow jam session. Bring you dulcimer and let’s have fun. Beginners are welcome to stay through the second half and participate in the slow jam, and more advanced players are welcome to either participate from the beginning, or come at 8:00 for the second half.

Museum at Eldridge Street presents
BOOK TALK: Lynda Cohen Loigman and Jennifer S. Brown
7 p.m.
Museum at Eldridge Street, 12 Eldridge Street, New York, NY 10002, 212.219.088
Pay what you wish. RSVP here.
Join these authors as they discuss their debut novels, which both follow the lives of Jewish families living in New York in the 1930s and 40s.

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Wednesday, May 11, 2016
Taller Boricua presents
Composer Maestro Alfonso Fuentes
Memorias y Pensamientos de Compositores Puertoriqueños

6:00 p.m.
Taller Boricua Gallery at the Julia de Burgos Latino Cultural Center, 1680 Lexington Avenue, New York, NY 10029, 212.831.4333
Taller Boricua will be hosting Maestro lead pianist-composer Alfonso Fuentes, faculty member of the Conservatorio de Música, who will be leading a panel of students and teachers in presenting their forthcoming book: Memorias y Pensamientos de Compositores Puertorriqueños. They will converse about their experiences and research process leading to what might become the first book on the topic of musical and non-musical aspects influencing the creation of diverse musical genres by three generations of island and stateside composers. See information about May 12 opening of PUERTO RICAN SOUNDSCAPES at Hunter College (below).

Interfaith Story Circle announces
“Love your Fellow as You Would Love Yourself”
7-9 p.m. (6:30 p.m. tour of the sanctuary / Story Sharing at 7 p.m.)
Congregation Beth Israel (Modern Orthodox Jewish), 2195 Eastern Parkway, Schenectady, NY
Guest Storyteller: Zipporah Harris. Come and tell a story, or come and listen. Our mission is promoting understanding, respect and friendship among people of diverse cultures, ethical traditions and religions by facilitating the sharing of stories. We open and close the circle with a prayer or reflection. The guest storyteller will share some thoughts on the circle’s theme and tell some related stories. You are then invited to tell a story if you wish.

Caffè Lena presents
Storytelling Open Mic with featured storyteller Lorraine Hartin-Gelardi
7:00 p.m.
Caffè Lena, 47 Phila St., Saratoga Springs, NY, 518-583-0022
Pay at the door: $5
An open mic just for storytellers! A featured performer opens the night with a 1/2 hour story, followed by open mic performances. Open Mic storytellers are asked to stay within a 10-minute limit and please no notes or written script. Award-winning storyteller Lorraine Hartin-Gelardi, from Salt Point, NY, uses the spoken word to enlighten, educate and delight all who listen! A versatile performer, emcee and workshop presenter, her stories of wit, wonder, and wisdom captivate audiences of all ages.

Irish Arts Center presents DANCE: Masters in Collaboration X: Conversation
7:30 p.m.
Donaghy Theatre, Irish Arts Center, 553 West 51st Street (between 10th and 11th Avenues), New York, NY 10019
Tickets
Our first artists’ residency begun in 2008, and the acclaimed Masters in Collaboration series returns for its tenth iteration breaking more new ground, pairing two IAC favorites: the iconic and innovative Irish dance legend Colin Dunne (Riverdance, Dancing on Dangerous Ground, Out of Time) and the thrilling, expressive percussive dancer Nic Gareiss, (This is How we Fly). Over a week-long residency, Colin and Nic will collaborate as dancers and choreographers, developing new work, inviting audiences into some of their most intimate and surprising moments in the creative process.

The Smith Center for the Arts presents
Robbie Fulks
7:30 p.m.
Smith Club Series at Billsboro Winery, 4760 West Lake Road, Geneva, NY
Tickets are $20 advance and $24 at the door, including all fees.
Robbie Fulks, with his quartet, brings his incredible guitar playing and talent for songwriting to Billsboro Winery as part of the Smith Club Series. He has had multiple appearances on the Grand Ole Opry, NPR’s Fresh Air, Mountain Stage, and World Cafe, Austin City Limits, Late Night with Conan O’Brien, 30 Rock, and many others, and his voice is heard on multiple commercials including for Budweiser, McDonalds, and Applebees. Don’t miss this up-close-and-personal chance to catch an amazing talent live. Please note: Limited seating!!

Lecture: Michael Keene, Psychic Highway
7:30 p.m.
Geneva NY Historical Society, 543 South Main St., Geneva, NY, 315-789-5151
The Erie Canal had a big influence in Central New York. Author and historian Michael Keene explains how the Canal opened up vital passageways that led to the advent of the major social, political, and religious movements that swept through upstate New York during the 19th century. His book, The Psychic Highway: How the Erie Canal Changed America, will be on sale. Mr. Keene is an affiliate member of the Association of Public Historians and a contributor to New York History Review, in addition to writing several other books. The public is always welcome.
You can find Psychic Highway in the NYFS online bookstore.

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Thursday, May 12, 2016
The Towne Crier in Beacon presents
ALEJANDRO ESCOVEDO; with special guest Lucette
7:30 p.m.
Towne Crier, 379 Main Street, Beacon, NY, (845) 855-1300
Tickets: $40; $45 at the door
Alejandro Escovedo is one with his muse and his music. Over a lifetime spent traversing the bridge between words and melody, he has ranged over an emotional depth that embraces all forms of genre and presentation, a resolute voice that weathers the emotional terrain of our lives, its celebrations and despairs, landmines and blindsides and upheavals and beckoning distractions, in search for ultimate release and the healing truth of honesty. Sometimes it takes the form of barely contained rage, the rock of punk amid kneeled feedback; sometimes it caresses and soothes, a whispery harmony riding the air of a nightclub room, removed from amplification, within the audience.

The Troy Savings Bank Music Hall presents
An Evening with Ottmar Liebert
7:30 p.m.
Troy Savings Bank Music Hall, 30 2nd St, Troy, NY 12180
Tickets: All tickets $30
Tickets are available now via phone, (518) 273-0038, in person, or online at www.troymusichall.org. Tickets are available at the Troy Savings Bank Music Hall Box Office, 30 Second Street, Troy, Monday through Friday 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Grammy nominated guitarist and songwriter Ottmar Liebert was born in Cologne, Germany, to a Chinese-German father and a Hungarian mother. He spent his formative years traveling throughout Russia and Asia, intent on fully absorbing each musical tradition he encountered. In the 80s, he settling in Santa Fe, New Mexico. After years of trying to hit the big time in various jazz-funk bands, in 1989 he began playing acoustic guitar and founded the first incarnation of his band Luna Negra. Their first release, Nouveau Flamenco, met with great acclaim. The success of that album, and his next recording, Borrasca, lead to being signed by a major label. Since then, he has gone on to find incredible global success with his unique flamenco guitar playing, with influences of South American percussion, rock, jazz, and pop. Known for his enigmatic stage presence, he has brought flamenco to the masses, selling millions of albums and thrilling audiences throughout the world with his live performances.

May 12, 13, and 14, 2016
PUERTO RICAN SOUNDSCAPES: Exploring Puerto Rican Heritage Stateside through Roots, Jazz, and Classical Music
Thursday, May 16, 7 -9 p.m. Opening Reception – Americas Society
Friday, May 17, 9 a.m.-3 p.m.
Saturday, 9 a.m.-1 p.m.
Ida K. Lang Recital Hall, North Building, Hunter College, New York, NY
RSVP online
The Center for Puerto Rican Studies & The Department of Music at Hunter College, CUNY, present a Music Colloquim, May 12̫14, 2016. The colloquium will examine the history, creation, and reception of three musical genres as they were adapted, interpreted, and transformed by musicians within the United States.
Friday Presenters: Juan V. Colón-Hernández, Ricardo Coelho de Souza, Ben Lapidus, William Cumpiano, Jorge Quevedo, and Bobby Sanabria.
Saturday Presenters: Max Lifchitz, William Ortiz, Alfonso Fuentes, Alicia Díaz and Héctor “Coco” Barez.
Concert: Sunday, May 15, 3 p.m. Roberto Sierra’s Missa Latina: World Premiere of two pianos and percussion arrangement by composer. Soloists:Sharla Nafzinger, Soprano and Daniel Teadt, Baritone with The Canticum Novum Singers and The New York Virtuoso Singers. Harold Rosenbaum, Conductor. The Kaye Playhouse at Hunter College, 68th and Lexington Avenue.

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Friday, May 13, 2016
Hudson Valley Community Dances present a
Cajun Dance with Krewe de la Rue
7-8 p.m.: Free Cajun Lesson with Carol
8-11 p.m.: Band
White Eagle Hall, 487 Delaware Ave, Kingston, NY
Admission: $15/$10 students with ID
Questions or more info: 914-388-7048
Krewe de la Rue is the amalgamations of two of the Hudson Valley’s best known bands—the Zydeco band ZydeGroove and the Cajun band Cleoma’s Ghost. They are Buffy Lewis on guitar, Roger Weiss on fiddle, Laren Droll on accordion, Maggie McManus on triangle, Paul Maloney on bass, and June Drucker on drums. Everyone Welcome! No Partner Needed! No Experience Necessary!

Eighth Step at Proctors presents
JOHN GORKA & CHERYL WHEELER
7:30 p.m.
GE Theater, Proctors, 432 State St. Schenectady NY 12305
Order Tickets through the 8th Step Ticket Line: 518-434-1703 or purchase online: $28-$40 (Gold Circle includes pre-show Meet & Greet)
Gorka’s keen ear picks up stories of those along his path, folding them into rich poetry and lyrical melody. Soaring below the pop culture radar, he creates a magical live evening onstage with his self-effacing state presence, musical versatility (guitar, piano & rich baritone), the occasional sly comment and an understated, unexpected humor that invariably ignites his audience. His uncanny ability to explore every nuance of language captures a wide array of topics and experiences—merging with his beautiful melodies.
A brilliant, hysterical performance and beautifully crafted songs...nothing you read and nothing you hear from her albums can prepare you for anevening with Wheeler live, onstage, where half of her show is great songs she’s never recorded, despite a slew of critically acclaimed albums loved by fans.

The Road presents
Open Season in concert
7:30-9:00 p.m.
The Road, 4845 W. Seneca Turnpike, Syracuse, NY
$7 suggested donation
For more information, contact: Erin at erin.theroad@gmail.com
Steve Pfanenstiel and Mark Porter formed Open Season in 2015. They play a variety of styles: Folk to Pop to Easy Listening; with music from artists such as the The Beatles, The Eagles, John Denver, Gordon Lightfoot and The Everly Brothers.

Caffè Lena presents
Dave Gunning & Jory Nash with opener The Young Novelists
8:00 p.m.
Caffè Lena, 47 Phila St., Saratoga Springs, NY, 518-583-0022
Tickets: $18, $16 members, $9 student & child
Ask anyone who follows the indie folk scene and they’ll tell you that Canada has fostered a wonderful batch of folksingers. Marked by fascinating storylines, clear expression, and pleasing melodies, tonight we pair two of our favorites. Dave Gunning of Nova Scotia utterly charms audiences wherever he goes with his bashful rural humor, stellar guitar playing, and songs of everyday people who you could swear are your relatives. With melodies that hint at the British Isles, Dave’s songs will put a smile on your face, a tear in your eye, and leave you feeling like it’s pretty cool to be a human being. Heard on NPR, CBC, BBC, and various satellite radio stations, Jory Nash’s acoustic guitar, piano, banjo and warm, unique voice pulls you into his captivating lyrics and intricate melodies. Blending folk, jazz, blues, pop and soul into an original stew of sound, he has recorded 8 critically acclaimed albums and received acclaim from Canada’s most respected journalists. The Young Novelists, winners of the New/Emerging Artist of the Year award at the 2015 Canadian Folk Music Awards, open the evening with rustic themes and daring arrangements.

World Music Institute (WMI) presents
UAKTI performs “Aguas Da Amazonia” with special guest Philip Glass
8:00 p.m.
92nd St. Y, 1395 Lexington Ave., New York, NY
Tickets start at $55
World Music Institute’s 30th Anniversary Season closes with an incredible collaboration — Uakti, the Brazilian ensemble who use only one-of-a-kind instruments that they build themselves (such as glass marimbas) performs with special guest American legend Philip Glass. Uakti hasn’t had a solo show in the US in many years. Glass and Uakti were introduced by Paul Simon during the recording of his 1988 album Rhythm of the Saints, and have maintained a longstanding collaboration since—though one rarely seen in performance. Glass has twice selected Uakti to perform his commissioned works, and he released five of their albums on his Point Music label. Among these albums was their critically-acclaimed 2006 recording of his music, Aguas da Amazonia. Originally composed by Philip Glass as a ballet commissioned by Grupo Corpo, Glass asked Uakti to record the work. Uakti’s principal composer Marco Antônio Guimarães arranged Aguas Da Amazonia for the group’s custom built instruments—the first time Glass’s music was arranged by another composer. Uakti has never performed this music live with Philip Glass, until now.
This concert is a part of World Music Institute’s Counterpoint Series

Three Women and the The Truth: MARY GAUTHIER WITH ELIZA GILKYSON & GRETCHEN PETERS
8:00 p.m.
City Winery, 155 Varick Street, New York, NY 10013
Tickets start at $30
Critically-acclaimed singer songwriter Mary Gauthier will perform as part of “Three Women and The Truth” with Eliza Gilkyson and Gretchen Peters at City Winery. Gauthier is touring in support of her last album Trouble & Love, which was the feature subject of NPR’s Fresh Air, The Wall Street Journal and NPR’s First Listen. A powerful and very personal album, the eight carefully crafted songs on Trouble & Love cut to the core as it deals with the roller coaster ride of pain, loss but also hope, transformation, and healing. NPR Music said, “To be affected by these songs, you don’t have to know anything of Gauthier’s backstory (Louisiana orphan addict chef turned sober troubadour), the respect she commands across gender lines in the Americana scene, or the heavyweight catalog she’s built out of unflinching introspection and Southern Gothic-shaded storytelling.”

Albany Contradance
8-11:00 p.m.; Beginner’s Lesson: 7:45 p.m.BR> Elks Lodge, Albany, NY
Cost: $10/$5 students with full-time ID.
For more information, contact Peter at 518-729-7791, peter.stix@me.com
The Border Bandits with caller Jon Greene. Caller TBA. Wear sneakers or shoes with clean, soft soles.

The Towne Crier in Beacon presents
KATHY MATTEA
8:30 p.m.
Towne Crier, 379 Main Street, Beacon, NY, (845) 855-1300
Tickets: $45; $50 at the door
Most artists take fewer and fewer risks as they get older, but Kathy Mattea is a striking exception. During her radio-ruling days in the late 1980s and early 1990s, Kathy charted mainstream country hits, with 16 of them reaching the top ten. These days, she sings with the perspective of an Appalachian whose career took her elsewhere, which is what makes Calling Me Home feel as contemporary as it does traditional.

Center for Traditional Music and Dance (CTMD) announces
BEAUTY OF TRADITION: BALKANS AND THE MIDDLE-EAST
Two Musical Performances!
8:30 p.m.
Muchmore’, 2 Havemeyer Street, Brooklyn, NY
This evening is dedicated to young musicians for whom cultural heritage is a key element of their musical identity. Presented by Agona Shporta, CTMD’s Kosovar intern, this event aims to create a bridge between lovers of Balkan and Middle-Eastern Music.
ROSA, the Traditional Serbian Vocal Group, is a New York based, all-female vocal ensemble that unites singers from 3 different continents with a mission to preserve and nurture the authentic form of traditional, non-tempered singing from Serbia, and to educate new singers regardless of their ethnic or cultural background.
Yousif Yaseen, is a young singer and guitarist from Kuwait who writes colorful music inspired by the multi-cultural human experience. His songs and compositions are a collage of musical sources, with a particular emphasis on bringing out unique eastern modalities in a western musical framework.
Join us for this intimate evening where Vocal Group ROSA (Serbia) and Yousif Yaseen (Kuwait) share songs and stories of their lands and paths!

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Saturday, May 14, 2016
Erie Canal National Heritage Corridor announces
Low Bridge, High Water
View Schedule of Events online
Village of Brockport, NY
Celebrate both the annual opening of the Canal and the heritage, arts and recreational assets that the Canal provides at a variety of events in Brockport: pizza picnic, live music, storyteller.

Neighborhood Preservation Center (NPC) announces
Positively 8th Street Festival
12-6 p.m.
8th Street between 5th & 6th Avenues, New York, NY
For more information, visit: http://villagealliance.org/events/8thStreet2016/
This annual street festival, sponsored by the Village Alliance, celebrates all things Greenwich Village including culture, music, arts, local businesses, and community groups. Visit our table; we’ll be there with information about the history of the neighborhood and ready to help answer research questions.

City Lore announces
In Search of Finah Misa Kule—US Premiere of City Lore Produced Documentary at African Film Festival
2 p.m.
Maysies Cinema, 343 Lenox Avenue, New York, NY 10027
Tickets: $10
NOTICE: Advance ticket holders must arrive 15 minutes prior to showtime to be guaranteed a seat.
Join us at the Maysles Cinema in Harlem for the US Premiere of In Search of Finah Misa Kule! In Search of Finah Misa Kule chronicles the quest of poet Kewulay Kamara to reconstitute an ancient epic handed down in his family. Kamara takes us back to his native Village of Dankawali in northeast Sierra Leone where the epic was written out by his father in the 1960s only to be destroyed when the village was razed during the recent Civil War in Sierra Leone. What emerges is a story of a people who live by the word through poetry, music and multi-genre storytelling. Produced by Badenya and City Lore.
Presented by the 2016 New York African Film Festival,
In Search of Finah Misa Kule will be shown with with Oya: Something Happened On The Way To West Africa! by City Lore Documentary Institute alumni Seyi Adebanjo.

Flushing Town Hall announces
Ba Ban Chinese Music Society: Along the Yangtze River
Lecture and Demonstration 5:30 p.m.
Performance 7 p.m.
Flushing Town Hall, 137-35 Northern Boulevard (at the corner of Linden Place), Flushing, NY 11354
Tickets: $16/$10 Members, Seniors and Students
Participants will learn about Chinese music and the philosophy behind it. Get hands-on experience with Chinese instruments. Throughout Chinese civilization, a rich musical culture flourished along the southern banks of the Yangtze River. Beginning in the Tang dynasty, the pipa traveled along the Silk Road from northwest China. When the pipa reached the Jiangnan region, its unique timbre blended with melodious southern music. Pipa virtuoso Zhou Yi of Ba Ban Chinese Music Society guides the audience through the music of southern China.

Golden Link Folk Singing Society presents
John Roberts & Debra Cowan
7:30 p.m.
Rochester Christian Reformed Church, 2750 Atlantic Ave., Penfield, NY 14526
Tickets: Admission $20.00; Golden Link Members $16.00, Students $10.00; Children 12 and under FREE
With their eloquent voices and expert musicianship, John Roberts and Debra Cowan bring to life songs seldom heard these days on TV or radio. Illuminating, inspiring, even laugh-out-loud funny songs and stories, both traditional and contemporary. A long-time friend of Golden Link (solo and as a duo with Tony Barrand), Roberts sings sea shanties, broadside ballads, pub tunes, and British traditional songs. Cowan’s nightingale soprano complements and contrasts with John’s rich baritone. John and Debra firmly believe that folk music is not a spectator sport, so come ready to sing along!

Flying Cat Music presents
Dave Gunning in Concert
7:30 p.m.
Empire State Railway Museum, 70 Lower High Street, Phoenicia, NY 12464
Admission is $19 or $17 with RSVP to flyingcatmusic@gmail.com
For information, call 845-688-9453 or email flyingcatmusic@gmail.com
Flying Cat Music is honored to present multiple award-winning Canadian singer/songwriter Dave Gunning in concert. Dave Gunning has already earned a shelf full of music industry awards. Along with two Canadian Folk Music Awards, he has eight East Coast [Canada] Music Awards, plus a 2012 Juno Award nomination in the Roots & Traditional Solo Album of the Year category. Gunning also won the Great American Song Contest twice, in 2010 and 2014 (the latter for the Brother Sun covered instant classic “These Hands”); the 2008 Indie International Songwriting contest; and the 2005 International Acoustic Music Award. But he is perhaps most renowned for his live performances, with The Guardian saying of him “What makes Gunning so remarkable as an entertainer is his rare gift to be able to befriend the audience as a whole.” To call Dave Gunning a superb songwriter alone seriously underestimates his strengths as a performer who consistently delights his audiences, as this account from The AU Review of a Sydney, Australia performance perfectly captures: “Gunning’s famed practice of incorporating storytelling into his set was a treat, as it allowed the audience to connect very strongly to his music: every song in his set was introduced with the tale of what had inspired it... His set was impeccable, and the energy he drew from the audience went straight into his performance; he was constantly in motion, whether it was strumming his guitar softly as he spoke, or stamping his foot while he played. We were charmed.” It is the power of his live performance that won Dave Gunning the title for Concert of the Year from LiveIreland.com for his 2006 performance at Milwaukee Irish Fest. Gunning has been lauded as a roots, genre-bending artist, with major folk and country strands in his repertoire. Additionally, his music clearly exhibits strong Celtic influences.
Robert Browning Associates presents
ANNA SATO & SHINGO MAEYAMA
Songs of Amami Island, Japan

8:00 p.m.
Roulette, 509 Atlantic Avenue (at 3rd Ave), Downtown Brooklyn, NY
Tickets: $25, students and seniors $21
Anna Sato and Shingo Maeyama, two of the island’s most famous artists of the younger generation, perform the folk music of Amami Island in western Japan, providing the New York audience with the rare opportunity to hear this hauntingly beautiful music. Ms. Sato (vocals), who began singing shimauta (community songs) at the age of three, is joined by Shingo Maeyama (vocals, sanshin-plucked lute), an Amami Folk Song Award winner. While harnessing the moving melodies of shimauta passed down for generations, each artist is a seasoned master of their craft and a pioneer in new expressions. Their music is unmistakably Japanese and yet universal in its appeal, delivered with remarkable virtuosity.

Caffè Lena presents
Maswick and Brown
8:00 p.m.
Caffè Lena, 47 Phila St., Saratoga Springs, NY, 518-583-0022
Tickets: $18, $16 members, $9 student & child
Renowned Saratoga guitarist Joel Brown has been featured with the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, at Tanglewood, with the Boston Pops, and on stages around the globe. Dave Maswick was in the early MTV hit band Blotto, and has long played bass for The Stony Creek Band, a progressive country-bluegrass outfit. Combine these two seasoned musicians and you get exquisite, hook-laden, modern folk pop. Their super tight harmony singing and intricate fingerpicking have been a highlight of our Beatles Tribute nights. Tonight we enjoy a full show of their pretty, melodic original music.

Ashokan Music & Dance announces
WOODSTOCK CONTRADANCE
8-11 p.m.
Woodstock Community Center, 56 Rock City Rd., Woodstock, NY, 845-246-2121
ONLY $10, or $5 students and kids
A fun and friendly evening of great music and dancing with Colin McCoy and Pete Jung with caller Peter Stix.

The Towne Crier in Beacon presents
SARI SCHORR; with special guest Chris Bergson
8:30 p.m.
Towne Crier, 379 Main Street, Beacon, NY, (845) 855-1300
Tickets: $20; $25 at the door
Fresh from her Carnegie Hall appearance on the Lead Belly Fest with Buddy Guy, Walter Trout and Edgar Winter, Sari Schorr is kicking off a major tour to celebrate the upcoming release of her new album produced by the legendary blues pioneer Mike Vernon (Fleetwood Mac, John Mayall, Eric Clapton). Sari Schorr and her band deliver fiery blues-rock with a warm burnished sound that is pitched partly between late 1960s British blues and rootsy soul. Her high intensity shows knocks out an emotionally charged interpretation of her music which fuses concrete melodies with poetic lyrics to striking effect. Sari balances her vocals between power and vulnerability and offers a glimpse of her jazz-blues influence from singers like Bessie Smith and Billie Holiday.
With his 2014 release
Live at Jazz Standard, guitarist/singer Chris Bergson has established himself as “one of the most inventive songwriters in modern blues music” (All Music Guide), creating his own blend of blues, roots and soul.

Saturday, May 14 and Sunday, May 15, 2016
Irish Arts Center presents DANCE: Masters in Collaboration X: Performance
with Nic Gareiss and Colin Dunne
8:00 p.m.
Donaghy Theatre, Irish Arts Center, 553 West 51st Street (between 10th and 11th Avenues), New York, NY 10019
Tickets: $24
Our first artists’ residency begun in 2008, and the acclaimed Masters in Collaboration series returns for its tenth iteration breaking more new ground, pairing two IAC favorites: the iconic and innovative Irish dance legend Colin Dunne (Riverdance, Dancing on Dangerous Ground, Out of Time) and the thrilling, expressive percussive dancer Nic Gareiss, (This is How we Fly). Over a week-long residency, Colin and Nic will collaborate as dancers and choreographers, developing new work, inviting audiences into some of their most intimate and surprising moments in the creative process.

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Sunday, May 15, 2016
Long Island Traditions announces
Curator’s Talk “From Shore to Shore: Boat Builders and Boatyards of Long Island”
Presented by Oyster Bay Historical Society, Long Island Traditions, and New York Folklore Society
2 p.m.
Oyster Bay Historical Society, 20 Summit Avenue, Oyster Bay, NY
For more information, contact: (516) 922-5032
Cost: Free
From Shore to Shore explores the traditions of contemporary boat builders of Long Island the working boatyards of the region. Curator Nancy Solomon will examine the traditions of the builders and boatyards profiled in the exhibit and how Superstorm Sandy has changed them.

Museum at Eldridge Street presents
All of a Kind Family Walking Tour
11 a.m.
Museum at Eldridge Street, 12 Eldridge Street, New York, NY 10002, 212.219.088
Tickets: $20 per family, includes 2 adults and up to 3 children. For ages 4-11. RSVP required.
Stroll through Sydney Taylor’s classic novel and out onto the streets as we bring to life the beloved story of five sisters growing up on the Lower East Side a century ago. Along the way, taste pickles and visit an old fashioned candy store!

Asian American Arts Centre announces
38th Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Festival!
11:00 a.m.-4 p.m.
In Chinatown, Mott Street (from Canal St. to Chatham Square), New York, NY
The Coalition of Asian Pacific Americans (CAPA) is a New York-based advocacy organization dedicated to addressing the community needs of the Asian American and Pacific Islander community. Our goal is to build partnerships with community organizers, as we help nonprofit organizations reach new audiences. Come spend the day with us, watching music and dance performances, learning about APA community organizations, making new friends, and having fun!

Country Jamboree
2:00 p.m.
Palmer Opera House, 12 West Street, Cuba, NY
Free
Contact: 585-209-5512
Rather than a traditional concert type set up, we invite you to come gather in a jamboree atmosphere. We will have tables set up for you to gather and socialize with your friends and family while you enjoy the musical offerings of:
- Cathy Flower-Schleigh and the Stardusters
- The John Wray Family Band
- The Barn Cats
- Strings and Harps
- Michael Scott and Friends
BR> The jamboree admission is by donation. Hot dogs, hamburgers, sausage, and dessert will be available for purchase. Proceeds to benefit the ongoing upkeep and maintenance of The Palmer Opera House.

Lecture: Michael Keene, Psychic Highway
2:00 p.m.
Ossian Historical Society, 4706 Ossian Hill Rd., Dansville, NY
The Erie Canal had a big influence in Central New York. Author and historian Michael Keene explains how the Canal opened up vital passageways that led to the advent of the major social, political, and religious movements that swept through upstate New York during the 19th century. His book, The Psychic Highway: How the Erie Canal Changed America, will be on sale. Mr. Keene is an affiliate member of the Association of Public Historians and a contributor to New York History Review, in addition to writing several other books. The public is always welcome.
You can find Psychic Highway in the NYFS online bookstore.

NorthWest Family YMCA presents
Acoustic Music Jam
2-4 p.m.
NorthWest Family YMCA, 8040 River Road, Baldwinsville NY 13027
Contact: Kat Kane, Arts Director, at kkane@syracusymca.org or 303-5966 ext. 225
Cost: Free
Traditional, Folk, Country, Bluegrass and Rock music is welcome. The Jam is open to all ages and skill levels, members and non-members alike. No registration is required. Bring your musical instruments (guitar, voice, banjo, mandolin, flute, etc.) and a music stand. Come join the fun or just come to listen. The Jam is hosted by Steve Pfanenstiel.

Friends of Ganondagan announce
AUTHOR SERIES: Author Robin Kimmerer (Potawatomi): Braiding Sweetgrass
2-4 p.m.
Seneca Art & Culture Center at Ganondagan, 7000 County Road 41, Victor, NY
Call 585-742-1690 for more information
Cost: $7/general public; $5/ Friends of Ganondagan members. Kimmerer also will be available for book signings. Tickets are available day of event beginning at 1 pm at the Gift Shop.
Author Robin Kimmerer (Potawatomi) leads an interactive discussion about her book Braiding Sweetgrass, available for advanced purchase at the Ganondagan Gift Shop. Through a unique combination of science, Native American teachings, and memoir, she shows how plants are our indigenous teachers, revealing a path toward healing the rift between people and nature.

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

Museum at Eldridge Street presents
PANEL DISCUSSION: Yiddish Culture in the Age of the Start-Up
3 p.m.
Museum at Eldridge Street, 12 Eldridge Street, New York, NY 10002, 212.219.088
Tickets: $12 adults; $10 students and seniors
Yiddish is thriving in the 21st century according to a younger, secular generation of Yiddish lovers who, over the last decade, have launched websites, started and reformed organizations and even established a Yiddish-speaking farm. Who are these new Yiddishists? What defines Yiddish culture in the age of the start-up? Prominent scholars and activists of the New Yiddishism will consider these and other thought-provoking questions during a panel discussion at the Museum at Eldridge Street, located in the historic Eldridge Street Synagogue, where Yiddish was once the language that united its immigrant congregants from many parts of Eastern Europe.
The panelists will include:
Sarah Zarrow, managing editor of the new, open-access online Yiddish studies journal,
In geveb, which seeks to catalyze and renew dialogue between scholars around the world about Yiddish culture, weaving together the voices and texts of Yiddish’s past, present and future.
Sandra Fox, doctoral candidate in Hebrew and Judaic Studies at New York University. Her research interests include historical and contemporary Yiddishism.
Ross Perlin, assistant director of the Endangered Language Alliance, which was founded to document and preserve languages and the accumulated human knowledge, experience and creativity they hold.
Dmitri Zisl Slepovich, ethnomusicologist, and leader of the band
Litvakus, a klezmer collective. He teaches Yiddish Language and Culture at the New School, and works with National Yiddish Theatre-Folksbiene.
Eitan Kensky will moderate. He is chairman of the board of
In geveb and one of the site’s founders, and works at the Yiddish Book Center as Director of Collections Initiatives.
This program is co-presented with the Yiddish Book Center, which works to tell the whole Jewish story by rescuing, translating and disseminating Yiddish books and presenting innovative educational programs that broaden understanding of modern Jewish identity.

Hudson Valley Community Dance presents
Swing Dance Live Band to The Bernstein/Bard Quartet
6-9 p.m., Beginner Lesson at 6:00 p.m.; dance starts at 6:30 p.m.
Arlington Reformed Church, Poughkeepsie, NY
Cost: $12/$8 full-time students with ID
For more information, call 845-454-2571.
No Partner/Experience Necessary!

Larry Campbell & Teresa Williams
Presented by “Abilene on the Road”
Doors open 6:30 p.m., Concert at 7:30 p.m.
The Penthouse at One East Avenue, Rochester, NY 14604
Tickets: $25 in advance, $30 at the door
Larry & Teresa’s impeccable harmonies and songcraft have brought accolades for the pair as they step into the spotlight for the first time in their careers. Campbell was the late Levon Helm’s bandleader and spearheaded the Midnight Rambles during Levon’s solo years; he’s a three-time Grammy winner as Levon’s producer. Williams is a powerful vocalist and charismatic performer. Between them they’ve also played with Paul Simon, Mavis Staples, BB King, Elvis Costello, The Dead, Roseanne Cash, and were hand-picked by Jackson Browne as the support act for his 3-month fall 2015 US tour. Larry also spent eight years before that as Bob Dylan’s guitarist (Rolling Stone called Larry’s 8-year tenure “the greatest period of the ‘Never Ending Tour’”).
Last year they released a self-titled, debut duo album that has received praise from the
Wall Street Journal (“a powerhouse country, blues, gospel and honky-tonk singer [meets] a maestro of Southern roots music”), the New Yorker (“astonishing”), Associated Press (“full of delightful duets”), Mojo (“the first couple of Americana…we’re in the presence of pros”), and many others.
Check for other dates for Larry & Teresa in NY and the Northeast.

Caffè Lena presents
Mark Tolstrup’s Brass & Blues
7:00 p.m.
Caffè Lena, 47 Phila St., Saratoga Springs, NY, 518-583-0022
Tickets: $18, $16 members, $9 student & child
Dixieland Jazz meets Delta Blues in this trio featuring Saratoga’s own Mark Tolstrup on vocals, slide guitar, and tenor banjo; Ernie Belanger on tuba, and Woody Strobeck on trombone. Mark has entranced east coast blues afficianados with his passionate Delta slide for many years, both solo and with acoustic and electric bands. Ernie and Woody have decades of experience playing Dixieland Jazz throughout the region. Together they produce a sound from the roots of American music, moaning low with the blues and rollicking with the joy of traditional New Orleans jazz.

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Tuesday, May 17, 2016
Anabella Lenzu DanceDrama presents
Pachamama: Mother World.
7:30 p.m.
Dixon Place (161A Chrystie Street, NY 10002)
Tickets are $15 in advance, $18 at the door
For more information, contact info@anabellalenzu.com
As part of the Festival Fast Forward, we will present a full length performance of Pachamama: Mother World—an exploration of Dance Theatre inspired by the male initiation rituals of the Selk’nam, a tribe of Tierra del Fuego, Argentina. The performance unfolds like a prehistoric commedia dell arte, moving away from the presentational side of dance and reconnecting with the primal impulses of art.
Choreographer: Anabella Lenzu
Music Landscape: Todd Carroll
Acting and Voice Coach: Daniel Pettrow
Costume and Mask Designer: Jennifer Johanos
Dancers: Lauren Ohmer, Erik Zarcone, Graham Cole, Kara Chan and Sydney Ruf-Wong
Rehearsal Assistant: Hope Parker
Apprentices: Hope Parker, Dina Denis & Cesar Bordermann

World Music Institute (WMI) presents
Dance Around the World: Lecture & Dance Party 7-9:30 p.m.
Drom, 85 Ave A (b/w 5th and 6th St), New York, NY 10009
Tickets: Pre-sale $20 and $25 at the door
Ever wonder why and how different cultures and traditions engage different body parts in their dance moves? Choreographer and dance educator Sarita Lou will take us on an interactive trip around the world of dance. Followed by a world music dance party DJ’d by our artistic director Par Neiburger.

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Wednesday, May 18, 2016
Lecture: Michael Keene, Psychic Highway
1:00 p.m.
Oasis Rochester, 259 Monroe Ave., Rochester, NY, (585) 730-8800
May require small registration fee
The Erie Canal had a big influence in Central New York. Author and historian Michael Keene explains how the Canal opened up vital passageways that led to the advent of the major social, political, and religious movements that swept through upstate New York during the 19th century. His book, The Psychic Highway: How the Erie Canal Changed America, will be on sale. Mr. Keene is an affiliate member of the Association of Public Historians and a contributor to New York History Review, in addition to writing several other books. The public is always welcome.
You can find Psychic Highway in the NYFS online bookstore.

Caffè Lena presents
Songwriter’s Workshop
7:00 p.m.
Caffè Lena, 47 Phila St., Saratoga Springs, NY, 518-583-0022
Pay at the door: $5
This monthly gathering of songwriters is hosted by Sonny Speed every 3rd Wednesday. Each participant gets 10 minutes to play one original song and receive feedback from fellow songwriters. The tone of critique is constructive and supportive and intended to help you create the songs you want to create. Bring 20 lyric sheets, which will be returned to you with notes after the critique. Piano and CD/MP3 player are available, or bring your own instrument.

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Thursday, May 19, 2016
Lecture: Michael Keene, Psychic Highway
1:30 p.m.
Oasis Syracuse, 6333 Rt 298, E. Syracuse, NY, (315) 464-6555
May require small registration fee
The Erie Canal had a big influence in Central New York. Author and historian Michael Keene explains how the Canal opened up vital passageways that led to the advent of the major social, political, and religious movements that swept through upstate New York during the 19th century. His book, The Psychic Highway: How the Erie Canal Changed America, will be on sale. Mr. Keene is an affiliate member of the Association of Public Historians and a contributor to New York History Review, in addition to writing several other books. The public is always welcome.
You can find Psychic Highway in the NYFS online bookstore.

The Arts Center of the Capital Region announces its
2016 GALA
5:30-9:30 p.m.
The Arts of the Capital Region, 265 River Street, Troy, NY 12180
Tickets available online starting at $90
Our 2016 Gala honors Vic Christopher and Heather LaVine, and we will be distributing cash awards to local artists in our Fence Exhibition. Catering by Franklin Plaza, music by DJ Truemaster, dancing with Arts Center artists (to watch or learn salsa, swing and burlesque). All proceeds keep the Capital Region creative!

Chinese Theatre Works, Chinese American Dance Institute, and the Chinese Culture Committee present
CROSSING PATHS WITH...In Arts We Trust — Encounters at the Border
7-9 p.m.
The Culture Center, 410 Columbus Avenue, New York, NY 10024
Admission: Free
Please RSVP to chinesetheatreworks@gmail.com, as seats are limited
The CROSSING PATHS WITH...Salon Series examines important issues relating to Chinese/American Culture and Arts. “Encounters at the Border” will explore the theme of immigration and cultural dislocation as reflected in two contemporary theater productions. Featured guests will include members of the production Before and After New York commissioned by the PERFORMA 15 New Visual Art Performance Biennial: Royce Ng and Daisy Bisenleks (Zheng Mahler)—conceivers and directors, Nuo An and Irungu Mutu—performers; AND members of the Chinese Theatre Works productions Day Jobs/Opera Dreams: Kuang Yu Fong—writer and director, Junling Wang—musician, Yuling Feng’performer. Moderated by Stephen Kaplin.

Eighth Step at Proctors presents its
OPEN MIC/JAM & SONG CIRCLE
Tonight’s Theme: TBA

7-9:30 p.m. (third Thursday of every month)
Proctor’s Robb Alley, across from Proctors Cafe, 432 State St. Schenectady NY 12305
Each month we post such a suggested theme. The idea is to plant a seed: maybe we’ll each find something new or unusual, either to sing onstage or for the jam. Feel free to stretch the topic in any direction – or bring something entirely unrelated. At 7 p.m., we begin Open Mic: performers do individual sets of 2–3 songs onstage, with Howard Mittleman on the sound board. Then at 8:30 p.m., we gather for a Jam/Song Circle in front of the stage and play music. You choose in turn whether or not to lead a song; it’s a fine time to sing or play along! It's a low-key opportunity to make great music. If you want to try out something in a more casual way than onstage, here’s your chance. Bonus! Each month, all performers throw their names in a hat, and we draw for FREE 8th Step concert tickets.

City Lore announces
Opening Reception for Mad Hatters: New York Hats and Hatmakers
6-9 p.m.
City Lore Gallery, 56 E. 1st Street, New York, NY 10003
Free and open to the public
In New York City, every hat has something to say. New Yorkers wear many hats—literally. Many of us get dressed from the hat down. Whether we are going to Baptist church to the mosque or the orthodox synagogue, to the rumble or the dance, to the Easter Parade or the West Indian Carnival; whether we’re wearing a Hijab or a yarmulke, a Fedora or a Hamburg, a pork pie or a Leopard skin pillbox hat; whether you’re running for president or going to a Mets game, hats matter—and tell the rest of us who we are. See exhibition notice below in “Exhibitions” section.

The Troy Savings Bank Music Hall presents
The Milk Carton Kids
7:30 p.m.
Troy Savings Bank Music Hall, 30 2nd St, Troy, NY 12180
Tickets: $34, $29, student tickets $15
Tickets are available now via phone, (518) 273-0038, in person, or online at www.troymusichall.org. Tickets are available at the Troy Savings Bank Music Hall Box Office, 30 Second Street, Troy, Monday through Friday 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Folk harmony duo The Milk Carton Kids released their third album, Monterey, in May of this year. The song “City of Our Lady” off this album was nominated for a 2016 Grammy in the American Roots Performance category. Two years ago, the release of their last album, The Ash & Clay, got a Grammy nomination for Best Folk Album. They won Duo/Group of the Year at the Americana Music Awards in 2014. Their featured performances and interviews in T Bone Burnett and the Coen Brothers’ concert documentary, Another Day/Another Time brought the band its widest audience, and their 55-city North American tour last year sold out months in advance. Cultural purveyors from Garrison Keillor to T Bone Burnett to Billy Bragg have hailed the duo’s importance among a group of new folk bands, both expanding and contradicting the rich tradition that precedes them.

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Friday, May 20, 2016
Mano a Mano: Mexican Culture Without Borders announces
SOBREMESA FESTIVAL Presented by the James Lucero Mexican Studies Institute at CUNY
Rethinking Mexican Culture Through Food and Conversations
9 a.m.-6 p.m.
The Great Hall, The City College of New York, 160 Convent Avenue, New York, NY 10031
Free admission. Register online
Join academics, students and food experts for this one-day festival on Mexican food and ideas. Sobremesa Festival has three components: Talks, Pop-Up Market and Workshops. Attendees will listen to food experts and leaders in Mexican gastronomy, food industry, academia and activism, experience the flavors, colors, textures, sounds and smells of a Mexican pop-up market and try new foods while engaging with the rituals of Mexican cuisine. View program online.

ArtsWestchester announces its
2016 Arts Bash
6-9 p.m.
Arts Westchester, 31 Mamaroneck Ave., White Plains, NY
Tickets and sponsorship opportunities available online
Featuring food from 30+ top restaurants, craft beer, open studios and our latest exhibition. Highlighting the exhibition “SHE: Deconstructing Female Identity” in the main gallery, the party will feature female artists, female chefs, and the art of craft beer. Guests can enjoy creative tastings and thought-provoking art all under one roof by purchasing tickets to this special reception.And don’t miss our Family ArtsBash, May 21, 1-5 p.m.

Diamond Dance
THE NORTHEAST’S LARGEST MONTHLY SWING DANCE!
7:30-11 p.m., Doors open at 7 p.m.
Free lesson 7:30 p.m.
Saratoga Music Hall, Saratoga, NY
Cost: $16/$15 Dance Flurry members
For more information, dance@saratogasavoy.com, 518-587-5132.
The Diamond Dances occur every third Friday of the month at the historic and very large Saratoga Music Hall located on Broadway, Saratoga Springs, NY. Free food, live music, demos.

Caffè Lena presents
Dylan’s Diamond Jubilee
7:00 p.m.
Caffè Lena, 47 Phila St., Saratoga Springs, NY, 518-583-0022
Tickets: $20, $18 members, $10 student & child
Fifty-five years ago Caffe Lena proprietor Bill Spencer stepped to the mic and graciously declared about that evening’s guest: “You may not understand what this kid is saying, and you may not care, but if you don’t shut up and listen you’ll be stupid all the rest of your lives!” Indeed, that kid became one of the most influential songwriters of all time and this May he’s turning 75. This evening’s concert will be a multi-band celebration of the words and music of the folk world’s favorite son, Bob Dylan. We feature Saratoga jazz and pop singer Ria Curley, Albany rocker Bryan Thomas, folk singer-songwriters Olivia Quillio and Tor Loney, and your song-making host Michael Eck.

The Folkus Project presents
Susan Werner
Spend an evening with the “Empress of the Unexpected” 8:00-10:00 p.m.
May Memorial Unitarian Universalist Society, 3800 East Genesee St, Syracuse, NY
Cost: $20
Advance sale tickets are available via PayPal or by mail (personal check); advance ticket holders receive preferential seating. For details, see the Folkus Project website at www.folkus.org
Dubbed by NPR as the Empress of the Unexpected, singer/songwriter Susan Werner has a reputation as an artist that is as changeable as the weather. Werner keeps her audiences guessing and laughing simultaneously, lending her wry humor and passionate voice to subjects such as farmer’s markets, climate change, and longing for a sense of place. The characters and perspectives are varied and colorful, the lyrics are sharp as thistles, the music is handmade and hoppin’. Werner continues her reign as one of the most bold and creative forces on the acoustic music scene today.
After launching her career with the self-released
Midwestern Saturday Night in 1993, her second recording Live at Tin Angel impressed executives at Private Music/BMG, which released her critically acclaimed major label debut Last of the Good Straight Girls in 1995. She also received critical accolades for her subsequent recordings Time Between Trains (1998) and New Non-Fiction (2001). Hayseed (2015) is the fourth in a series of concept albums, beginning with I Can’t Be New (2004), which features original songs in the style of Cole Porter and George Gershwin, followed by The Gospel Truth (2007) and Classics (2009). “I like concept albums because they give the audience and the artist a place to meet, something in common to talk about, right from the word GO,” Werner says.

Irish Arts Center presents SongLives: Luan Parle with Mickey Coleman Curated by Grammy Award-winner Susan McKeown
8:00 p.m.
Donaghy Theatre, Irish Arts Center, 553 West 51st Street (between 10th and 11th Avenues), New York, NY 10019
Tickets
Following an appearance on Ireland’s legendary Late Late Toy Show when she was twelve years old, Luan Parle got a record deal, and then in 2002 a bigger record deal with Sony Music Ireland. Her song “Ghost” went on to become one of her most successful singles, spending 12 weeks in the Irish Charts, and peaking at number 10. Parle collaborates with many renowned US and UK songwriters, joined James Blunt on his UK and Irish tours, and opened for Elton John at The Hammersmith Apollo. She is a Meteor award-winner for Best Irish Female, and will be accompanied by Clive Barnes, who is highly regarded as one of the finest performers.
Former GAA all-Ireland medalist, Mickey Coleman comes from a background of artists and musicians in Tyrone. Mickey’s talent for penning songs, which in some way or another have shaped his life, has been well documented in songs such as “The Brantry Boy, “My Coalisland Girl,” “The Holylands Belfast” and “Kilkeel Fishermen.” He is a fine songwriter whose songs tell many stories and reflect the landscape of the shores of Lough Neagh where Mickey was brought up in Ardboe. Mickey has shared the stage with some of Ireland’s top folk artists such as The Chieftains, Cara Dillon, Francis Black, Liam Reilly and Bagatelle, and Steve Cooney.

Eighth Step at Proctors presents
SULTANS OF STRING
With Sitar Master ANWAR KHURCHID (composer, Life of Pi)
7:30 p.m.
Proctors, 432 State St. Schenectady NY 12305
Order Tickets through the 8th Step Ticket Line: 518-434-1703 or purchase online: $24-$35
Acoustic strings meet with electronic wizardry to create layers and depth of sound; world rhythms excite audiences to their feet with the irresistible need to dance! 2015 JUNO nominees and SiriusXM winners Sultans showcase their new release Subcontinental Drift, a blend of ragas, reels and rumbas with special guest/sitar master Anwar Khurshid, composer for the Oscar winning film Life of Pi. The Sultans thrill audiences with their genre-hopping passport of Celtic reels, Flamenco, Gypsy-jazz, Arabic and South Asian rhythms, fiery violin dances with kinetic guitar, while sitar serves up shimmering grooves.

The Towne Crier in Beacon presents
AMY HELM; with special guest Lindsay Lou & The Flatbellys
8:30 p.m.
Towne Crier, 379 Main Street, Beacon, NY, (845) 855-1300
Tickets: $30; $35 at the door
Blessed with a commanding, deeply expressive voice and an uncanny songwriting skill that instinctively draws upon a deep well of American musical traditions, Amy Helm delivers a timelessly powerful statement. “I’m just trying to tell some stories as honestly as I can,” Helm says of Didn’t It Rain, her first solo album. Although the personally charged, organically soulful Didn’t It Rain is her first release under her own name, Amy Helm has been making music for most of her life. She’s already won widespread praise as a singer, songwriter and live performer, first as a member of the celebrated alt-country collective Ollabelle and subsequently for her extensive work with her father, musical icon Levon Helm.

May 20-22, 2016
Shaker Heritage Society of Albany announces
Shaker Barn Storming Weekend
Mount Lebanon’s Great Stone Barn: May 20th, 2 p.m. $10 per person (Contact Wyatt Erchak at (518) 794-9100 x220 or program@shakerml.org to register.)

Shaker Heritage Society’s 1915 Church Family Barn: May 21st, 2 p.m., $10 per person (Contact Samantha Hall-Saladino at (518) 456-7890 x23 or shakereducator@gmail.com to register.)

Hancock Shaker Village’s Iconic Round Stone Barn: May 22nd, 2 p.m., free with regular admission ticket – $20 for adults, $8 for youths 13-17, and free for children under 12 (Contact Maribeth Cellana at (413) 443-0188 x100 or mcellana@hancockshakervillage.org to register.)

Reservations must be made at each separate site and prices vary based on location. Space is limited, so be sure to pre-register early!
Back by popular demand! This series of exclusive behind-the-scenes tours of three Shaker barns is a collaboration between Shaker Museum | Mount Lebanon, Hancock Shaker Village, and the Shaker Heritage Society. Attend all three for a unique, one-of-a-kind exploration of Shaker agricultural technology and architecture.

St. George Ukrainian Festival
30 E. 7th St. (7th Street between 2nd and 3rd Avenues) in the East Village, NYC
Free and open to the public
New York City’s Festival of Ukrainian culture, music, dance, and cuisine established in 1976. Organized by Saint George Ukrainian Catholic Church. Held annually on a third weekend of May. A three-day program includes traditional Ukrainian stage performances, traditional food, merchandise, and family activities. Ukrainian Village Voices is excited to be performing during Saturday’s 2 p.m. show!

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Saturday, May 21, 2016
Caffè Lena presents
Bluegrass Jam led by Alan Epstein
9:30 a.m.
Caffè Lena, 47 Phila St., Saratoga Springs, NY, 518-583-0022
Pay at the door: $5
Attention bluegrass pickers! Mandolinist Alan Epstein is launching the second season of his popular monthly Bluegrass Jam at Caffè Lena. Now based in Washington County, Alan Epstein has played mandolin and sung in bluegrass bands in Colorado, Pennsylvania, and Michigan and has taught group classes at numerous festivals. Alan is a friendly leader and confidence-builder. All are welcome! Let’s pick!

Finger Lakes Celtic Games & Festival
9:30 a.m.-8:00 p.m.
Shortsville, NY
$10 adults $8 children 6–12 or over, seniors 60 and over and Free under 5
For more information, email flceltic@yahoo.com
Whether you’re Scottish, Irish, Welsh, from another Celtic nation or not Celtic at all, come enjoy the sites and sounds and be Celtic for a day. With Pipe Bands, Highland Games, Clans, and Historical Groups, Food, Demonstrations, Vendors, Music, Dance, Exhibits, Craftsman, and Entertainment for all ages.

Neighborhood Preservation Center (NPC) announces
Peg-Leg Pete Scavenger Hunt: Comeback Pete Edition 11 a.m.
Starting location: Abe Lebewohl Park (intersection of 10th Street and Second Avenue)
Free!
Registration required by calling 212.228.2781 or emailing info@neighborhoodpreservationcenter.org.
We have put a new twist on our very first Scavenger Hunt from 2009. During this Hunt, you will learn what the bouwerie was like during the time Peter Stuyvesant lived here (1600s), along with the story of some of his descendants. Test your knowledge of the history and buildings within the footprint of what was once Peter Stuyvesant’s farm.

Caribbean Cultural Center/African Diasporan Institute announces
The Art of Loving Your Mind, Body, Spirit, and Soul
1-4:30 p.m.
Hunter College, Silberman Hall Auditorium, 2180 Third Avenue (at 119th Street), New York, NY 10035
Free admission. RSVP required.
The program examines how the traditional sacred practices grounded in Yoruba traditions in the Americas understand the care and protection of the mind. In the current environments of anxiety, depression, and mental exhaustion through the lens of the African Diaspora Orisha Tradition of Ori, the interactive discussion between traditional leaders and audience will address the care of Ori—the “crown” of our body. Tracing the tradition from Africa to the Americas traditional leaders that also incorporate, reiki, meditation and aromatherapy among other practices will share their practices.
LIVE STREAMING ON Saturday, May 21, 1:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Tune in by going to www.ccadi.org/livestream
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ArtsWestchester announces its
2016 Family ArtsBash
1 p.m.-5 p.m.
Arts Westchester, 31 Mamaroneck Ave., White Plains, NY
For a day of family fun featuring children’s art workshops, art exhibits and open artists’ studios in ArtsWestchester’s historic White Plains home! A suggested donation at the door is appreciated. Schedule coming soon.

Folk Music Society of New York/New York Pinewoods Folk Music Club presents
Singing Party at The Ring Garden in Inwood
2-5 p.m.
The garden is located at Broadway and Dyckman Street a couple of blocks west of the #1 Dyckman Street station, in Washington Heights.
If in doubt or for more explicit directions, call (646) 599-6747.
Come, celebrate spring with friends,folk songs and food in a lovely community garden, an oasis in Washington Heights. We will swap songs and munch on pot luck snacks. Please bring voices and instruments if you can. In case of inclement weather, the event will be rescheduled. Thanks to Arthur Sherry for arranging to use the garden. Hope to see you there!

City Lore announces
May Bronx Rising! Bronx Bangla: The Bangladeshi Community in the Bronx
A celebration of Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month
7 p.m.
Bronx Music Heritage Center (BMHC), 1303 Louis Niné Blvd., Bronx, NY
Free and open to the public
In honor of Asian & Pacific Islander Heritage Month, the Bronx Music Heritage Center, and City Lore are proud to present May’s Bronx Rising, Bronx Bangla: The Bangladeshi Community in the Bronx! Join us at the BMHC Lab on May 21st to hear the music and poetry of Bangladeshi artists.

Ifti Chowdhury & the Royal Bengal Tea House 7:00 p.m. Performance by Ifti Chowdhury & the Royal Bengal Tea House which will include the traditional Bangladeshi wooden flute, cajón and keyboards playing a fusion of Spanish and Bengali folk songs, blending the essence of people separated by continents, yet united by their love of family and struggles for equality. The program will also include poetry of Rabindranath Tagore & Pablo Neruda recited by Ifti chowdhury and Misty Martinez.

The Feringhees 7:30 p.m. The Feringhees are a Bangladeshi American band based in New York City. Born in 2012 from interactions on the City College campus, they played as a cover band. Since their inception, they have traveled down a musical road with many twists and turns, and have begun to write songs of their own. The Feringhees consider themselves a multi-genre band; their influences and inspirations are limitless, ranging from the likes of Nazrul Sangeet and classic Bengali film songs to classic rock, progressive rock, and contemporary Bangla rock and fusion. They strive to use these varying sources to develop their sound, whether playing covers or writing original tunes.

Caffè Lena presents
Caffè Lena Anniversary Concert
7:00 p.m.
Arthur Zankel Music Center, Skidmore College, 815 North Broadway, Saratoga Springs, NY 12866
Tickets: $15–$50
Each May we celebrate Caffe Lena’s anniversary with a big, special concert. Oftentimes we feature someone who outgrew our tiny room decades ago. But we don’t want you to get the idea that our legacy is a closed book—it’s an unfolding story. As we count down the days until the rebirth of our historic home with a major renovation, we celebrate the vibrant Caffè Lena of today with four of our current brightest shining stars. We bring you Michigan’s Motown-bluegrass outfit Lindsay Lou & The Flatbellys; Troy singer-songwriter Sean Rowe with his band; traditional southern mountain balladeers Anna & Elizabeth; and we reprise last year’s anniversary concert one-man-band sensation The Suitcase Junket.

Valley Folk Music presents
Larry Hanks & Deborah Robins
7:30-10:00 p.m.
144 Cedar St. Corning, NY 14830 (corner with First St. in red brick Methodist Church)
Contact: (607) 962-4461, info@valleyfolk.org
Cost: $20 cash or check only, with various subscription options to save. Only $5 Disabled or Full Time Student, 14 and under free w/adult
Hanks’ deep voice and tastefully spare 6 and 12-string guitar accompaniments and virtuosic jaw harp playing is augmented by Deborah’s harmonies. Influenced by Hinton, Leadbelly, and Guthrie, Hanks os also know for many old songs of the American West—both sad and rollicking—cowboy, work,topical, and political, as well as American ballads. And yes, he wrote the song “The Apple Picker’s Reel.”

Hudson Valley Community Dances present
Third Saturday Contra Dance
7:30-10:30 p.m.
St John’s Evangelical Lutheran Church, Poughkeepsie.
Admission: $10/$5 full time students
For more information, call 845-473-7050.
Caller Ted Crane with Gotham Gals.

Eighth Step at Proctors presents
DAVID JACOBS-STRAIN
with Bob Beach, virtuoso harmonica
7:30 p.m.
Proctors, 432 State St. Schenectady NY 12305
Order Tickets through the 8th Step Ticket Line: 518-434-1703 or purchase online: $24-$35
Indie rock-infused blues from this fierce slide guitar player and song-poet — his music starts in the wellspring of Delta blues but ranges far afield from there. He’s known both for his virtuosity and spirit of emotional abandon. He channels age-old wisdom and heartache with such dexterity, energy and passion that you feel good even about feeling bad. Onstage live — shadowed by Beach’s haunting or driving harmonica —he moves from humorous subversive blues to delicate balladry, and then swings back to swampy rock & roll. It’s a range that ties Jacobs-Strain to his own generation and to guitar-slinger troubadours like Robert Johnson and Jackson Browne.

Anabella Lenzu/DanceDrama presents
In Pursuit of Happiness
5:30 p.m.
Poet’s Den Theater, 309 E 108th St, New York, NY 10029.
For more information, contact info@AnabellaLenzu.com.
At the SoloDuo Festival Performance. We will also present a 10-minute excerpt from In Pursuit of Happiness.
Direction: Daniel Pettrow
Dancers: Lauren Ohmer & Anabella Lenzu
Music Landscape: Todd Carroll
Photo Projections: Anabella Lenzu

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Sunday, May 22, 2016
2nd Annual Greek Jewish Festival
12 p.m.-6 p.m.
Kehila Kedosha Janina Synagogue and Museum, 280 Broome St., New York, NY
Free Admission
For more information, call 212-431-1619
Join the Greek Jewish Festival on Sunday May 22, 2016, as we celebrate the unique Romaniote and Sephardic heritage of Kehila Kedosha Janina. Experience authentic kosher Greek foods and homemade Greek pastries, traditional Greek dancing and live Greek and Sephardic music, an outdoor marketplace full of vendors, arts and educational activities for kids, and much more! The Greek Jewish Festival will be located in front of our landmark synagogue at 280 Broome St between Allen Street and Eldridge Street on the Lower East Side of Manhattan.

Ukrainian Village Voices announces
Song Exchange with Toronto’s Kosa Kolektiv (New Paltz, NY)
1 p.m.
Our sister group Kosa Kolektiv is visiting from Canada! Join us in New Paltz at Halyna Shepko’s farm this Sunday, May 22 for a song exchange with Kosa, Halyna’s family, UVV and community members (i.e., you). We will also participate in a “toloka”—a village work party with song and light libation. Ukrainian sculptor Ivan Bratko will show us how to mix clay from the land with salt to repair the family’s outdoor oven. Please email to obtain location information.

Flushing Town Hall announces
I Wan Jan Puppetry
2:15 p.m.
Flushing Town Hall, 137-35 Northern Boulevard (at the corner of Linden Place), Flushing, NY 11354
Tickets: $13/$10 Members/$8 Child/$6 Member Child
Fourth generation master puppeteers from Taiwan, I Wan Jan, presents a mesmerizing, traditional hand puppet show based on Peking Opera. This non-verbal piece tells the tale of a young couple’s chance meeting at a festival that has puppets juggling, performing martial arts, and much more.

The Troy Savings Bank Music Hall presents
Reinventing Radio: An Evening with Ira Glass
3:00 p.m.
Troy Savings Bank Music Hall, 30 2nd St, Troy, NY 12180
Tickets: $57, $45, $35
Tickets are available now via phone, (518) 273-0038, in person, or online at www.troymusichall.org. Tickets are available at the Troy Savings Bank Music Hall Box Office, 30 Second Street, Troy, Monday through Friday 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Ira Glass is the host and creator of the public radio program This American Life. The show is heard each week by over 2.2 million listeners on more than 500 public radio stations, with another 1.5 million downloading the podcast. For years, the podcast of This American Life was the most popular podcast on iTunes, until the show started its first spin-off program Serial, which quickly became the most popular podcast ever created. In “Reinventing Radio,” Ira will return to the Hall to once again talk about how they put together This American Life: what makes a compelling story and where they find these amazing tales. He mixes stories from the show, live onstage, recreating the sound of the show. And he plays funny and memorable moments from the show and talks about what was behind their creation.

Jay Ungar & Molly Mason
3:00 p.m.
Quimby Theater, SUNY Ulster, 491 Cottekill Road, Stone Ridge, NY 12484
Adults $25, Seniors $22, Students $10, Under 6 free
Call Dana 845-266-3517 for more information
A special concert with the Woodstock Chamber Orchestra and the Strawberry Fiddlers featuring “Harvest Home Suite” and other Jay & Molly favorites.

Golden Link Folk Singing Society presents
Kevin Burke “The Naked Fiddle Tour” All Ireland Champion Fiddle Player
Sponsored by Tom Finucane Branch of Comhaltas Ceoltoiri Ereann
7:30 p.m.
Nazareth College Arts Center Room A13, Rochester, NY
Tickets: $20; Comhaltas members $15
For ticket information contact: Dave Halligan (585)-748-5374, dhalligan@rochester.rr.com
Kevin Burke has been called Ireland’s most lyrical fiddler. At the forefront of traditional music for over 30 years, he is known for his highly individual style—vibrant, expressive, relaxed, and, at times, humorous. He is well known to international audiences for his work with superlative Irish groups, from the Bothy Band to Patrick Street and Celtic Fiddle Festival. Kevin’s family is from Sligo and his first musical influences were famous musicians of that region, such as Michael Coleman and Paddy Killoran. Kevin’s playing reflects the intricately ornamental Sligo style. Burke’s extensive credits include recording and touring with both Arlo Guthrie and Christy Moore in the 1970s, and with former Bothy Band colleague Micheal O’Domhnaill in the 1980s. He was a member of Tim O’Brien’s American-Celtic crossover band The Crossing, and in recent years has collaborated with Oregon guitarist Cal Scott. In 2002 Burke was awarded the NEA’s National Heritage Fellowship, this country’s highest honor in the traditional arts. He has resided in Portland, Oregon since the late 1970s, and in 2010 was inducted into the Oregon Music Hall of Fame.

World Music Institute (WMI) announces
David Calzado y su Charanga Habanera 7:30 p.m.
B.B. King Blues Club & Grill, 237 W 42nd St b/n 7th & 8th Ave, New York, NY 10012
Tickets: $35
Bandleader, music director, arranger, and lead vocalist of 14-piece band Charanga Habanera, David Calzado has played an essential role in the evolution of modern Cuban music. Under his leadership, Charanga Habanera was chosen as the Most Popular Band in Cuba in 1998 and 1999.

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Monday, May 23, 2016
Shaker Heritage Society of Albany announces
Jon Mueller: Concert for Solo Acoustic Percussion
7 p.m.
Shaker Meeting House, 25 Meeting House Road, Albany, NY 12211, 518-456-7890
$10 per person at the door
Mueller documented his interest in the Shakers with two recordings, The Whole (Type Recordings, UK, 2010) and Alphabet of Movements (Type Recordings, UK, 2011). His work received accolades from NPR, Rolling Stone, and Pitchfork, who called him, “An audacious ringleader for new music.” Audiences throughout the US, Canada, Europe and Japan have described his live performances as intense, cathartic, and meditative. The Meeting House, where the concert will be held, was built in 1848 for public worship and is part of the first Shaker settlement in the United States. Like all Shaker creations, the room was designed for functionality, making the acoustics of the space ideal for a wide range of sound. In this environment, Mueller’s performance will focus on repetitive patterns that shift subtly, revealing various tones and rhythms that coincide with an energetic ebb and flow. Considering the activity and experiences that have occurred within the Meeting House, the aim of the performance will be to honor that energy, wherever, as Needleman asks, the Shakers got it from. This concert also celebrates the collaboration between the Shaker Heritage Society and Mueller to produce the forthcoming book/CD Hand Drawn, which will be published by Rhythmplex in 2016.

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Tuesday, May 24, 2016
Interfaith Story Circle announces
Youth Story Circle 2016
6:30-8:30 p.m.
Congregation Ohav Shalom, 113 Krumkill Rd., Albany, NY 12208
Free and Open to All
Guest Storytellers: Children at the Well: We believe that stories have moral, spiritual, and healing power to create a more vibrant, interconnected, and peaceful world.

Caffè Lena presents
The Chapin Sisters
7:00 p.m.
Caffè Lena, 47 Phila St., Saratoga Springs, NY, 518-583-0022
Tickets: $18, $16 members, $9 student & child
Lily & Abigail Chapin are singing, songwriting sisters known for pristine harmonies and haunting melodies. They’ve been compared to Appalachian family groups and sister-acts of old, yet their original songs and arrangements have a contemporary feel. Their last album, A Date with the Everly Brothers, debuted at #2 on the iTunes Singer/Songwriter chart, #2 on Amazon’s Folk chart, #14 on Billboards Heatseekers, and was featured on NPR’s Weekend Edition with Scott Simon. They have toured the world on their own and as back-up singers, and after almost a decade living in Los Angeles, they currently reside in their childhood home of New York City. They are the daughters of Tom Chapin, and nieces of Harry Chapin.

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Wednesday, May 25, 2016
Caffè Lena presents
Acoustic Blues Open Mic & Jam featuring Robin O’Herin
7 p.m.
Caffè Lena, 47 Phila St., Saratoga Springs, NY, 518-583-0022
$5 at the door
If you have the blues, play the blues, or love the blues we got you covered! Caffè Lena and The Saratoga Acoustic Blues Society team up to present a monthly acoustic blues open mic. Bring your acoustic guitar, harps, slides, mandolin, bass or whatever (Lena’s has the piano) and sign up for a slot to play solo, as a duo, ensemble or even have players in the room join you on stage. Acoustic Blues Open Mic is held on the 4th Wednesday of the month and is hosted by Sonny Speed. Sign up is 7 p.m. Names are pulled out of a lottery at 7:30. A monthly featured act opens up and the open mic follows 8 p.m.
Featured artist Robin O’Herin is a 2013 Boston Blues Finalist, who plays historically rich concerts that include original and traditional music based in the pounding back beat of the Mississippi Delta. Specializing in Delta and Piedmont blues and gospel, she brings this seminal music into the present.

Irish Arts Center presents CONCERT: David Power and Willie Kelly 8:00 p.m.
Donaghy Theatre, Irish Arts Center, 553 West 51st Street (between 10th and 11th Avenues), New York, NY 10019
Tickets: $30
The sound of the uilleann pipes evokes an avalanche of emotions: sadness and joy, love and longing, nostalgia and regret, and the abundant talent and technical prowess of David Power (Masters of Tradition, IAC 2014) kindles all of them within a virtuosic and sensitive musicality that is rarely heard. A special one-night only engagement with the acclaimed traditional fiddler Willie Kelly, this is a rare chance to hear icons of traditional Irish music in the intimate setting of our Donaghy Theatre where you will literally feel every note.

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Thursday, May 26, 2015
Museum at Eldridge Street announces
Yiddish and Chinese Folk Music with Hot Pstromi and the EastRiver Ensemble
7:00 p.m.
Museum at Eldridge Street, 12 Eldridge Street, New York, NY 10002
$25 adults; $15 students/seniors. RSVP here.
Join us for a joyous mash-up of Chinese and Yiddish folk music traditions!
In a festive concert, EastRiver Ensemble and Hot Pstromi explore the historical and musical connections between the Russian Jews and Chinese who lived together in Harbin, China, from the turn of the 20th century through World War II. It’s a perfect mix for our landmark site, the 1887 Eldridge Street Synagogue. Our Lower East Side neighborhood has been home to Jewish and Chinese communities for generations. Yale Strom has led Hot Pstromi for more than three decades, and is one of the world’s leading scholar-enthnographer artists of klezmer music and history. Julie Tay is a percussionist and mastermind of EastRiver Ensemble, which gathers musicians who once played in China to re-interpret and present Chinese music in Americq.

Irish Arts Center presents Tiny Plays for Ireland and America
Part of the Kennedy Center’s IRELAND 100: Celebrating a Century of Irish Arts and Culture
8:00 p.m.
Donaghy Theatre, Irish Arts Center, 553 West 51st Street (between 10th and 11th Avenues), New York, NY 10019
Tickets: $35
Directed by Jim Culleton. Starring Steve Blount, Sorcha Fox, Emmet Kirwan, Ronan Leahy, and Mary Murray.
In our first partnership with the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Irish Arts Center will co-present script-in-hand presentations in New York and Washington of
Fishamble: The New Play Company’s Tiny Plays for Ireland and America. In celebration of the Kennedy Center’s IRELAND 100 festival, Fishamble’s acclaimed series of twenty tiny plays that portray contemporary Irish life will be accompanied by six new tiny American plays selected from an open call for submissions to honor President Kennedy’s legacy. Each selected plays will represent one of six age groups/categories ranging from age 11 and up. In 2011, Fishamble invited the citizens of Ireland to submit tiny plays capturing the challenges and joys of contemporary life. Over 1,700 plays were submitted to the company, and Fishamble produced 50 of them in Tiny Plays for Ireland, selling out Dublin’s Project Arts Centre in 2012 and 2013, and receiving great audience and critical acclaim.

May 26–May 29, 2016
12th Annual Sterling Stage Folkfest
See schedule on website
Sterling Stage Kampitheater, 274 Kent Rd., Sterling, NY
For more details, contact sterlingstage@gmail.com or 818-212-9489
Tickets available online for weekend passes and day passes.
Sterling Stage keeps on truckin’ in to 2016 with the legendary Folkfest on Memorial Day Weekend. This event features the finest in folk, roots, and jamband music, vendors, artist village, yoga, drum circles, campfire jams, and lots of friendly people at this one of a kind venue.

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Friday, May 27, 2016
Hudson Valley Community Dances present
Texas Two-Step Workshops with Barry Koffler
6:30-8:30 p.m.
Workshop I 6:30 p.m.; Workshop II 7:15 p.m.; $15/ea $20/both
8-11:30 p.m. Swing Dance
Beg Lesson 8 p.m., Swing/Two-Step Dance 8:30 p.m.
Poughkeepsie Tennis Club, Poughkeepsie, NY
Admission: $15/$10 full-time students w/ ID
For more information, call 845-454-2571.
Miss Paula and the Twangbusters. Honky tonk, barrelhouse and jump blues.No partner or experience needed!

Caffè Lena presents
Ashley Sofia
8:00 p.m.
Caffè Lena, 47 Phila St., Saratoga Springs, NY, 518-583-0022
Tickets: $16, $14 members, $8 student & child
Born and raised in the heart of the Adirondacks, Ashley’s folk-rock style is straight out of Laurel Canyon circa 1973. With a hint of hip-hop and some powerful, personal lyrics she takes ownership of the sound she first fell in love with as a little kid. Recently named “the future of Folk Rock,” Ashley’s debut album, LOVE AND FURY, has received widespread airplay. Her meticulous craftsmanship, ability to connect to an audience, and accessible songs make her shows consistently sell out.

The Towne Crier in Beacon presents
MITCH WOODS & His Rocket 88s; also special guest Petey Hop & The Jackrabbits
8:30 p.m.
Towne Crier, 379 Main Street, Beacon, NY, (845) 855-1300
Tickets: $20; $25 at the door
Mitch Woods and His Rocket 88s have been the torchbearers of a great American blues musical heritage, not for two years but two decades. Taking their inspiration from the great jump ’n’ boogie outfits of the late 1940s and early 1950s, they breathe fresh life into the music that gave birth to rock ’n’ roll. Woods styled his group after the jumpin’ ’n’ jivin’, shoutin’ ’n’ honkin’, pumpin’ ’n’ poundin’ bands of Louis Jordan, Wynonie Harris, Joe and Jimmy Liggins, Amos Milburn, and Roy Milton. Adding a healthy dose of New Orleans rhythm and blues, piledrivin’ piano, and some of his own contemporary playful lyrics, Woods and His Rocket 88s forge their own brand of music they call “rock-a-boogie.”

May 27–30, 2016
Ashokan Music & Dance Camps presents
4th Annual Uke Fest
The Ashokan Center | Ashokan Music & Dance Camps | 477 Beaverkill Road | Olivebridge | NY | 12461
Early Bird Registration until December 1, 2015
Adults $475 / $435 early bird!
Youth (ages 13–25):$375 / $355 early bird!
Children (ages 5–12): $325 / $310 early bird!
Parent/Guardian* (Meals, dance and concert, no classes): $295
Under 5 Free
*Camp attendees under 18 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. We offer a special Parent/Guardian rate which includes meals, dance and concert, but no classes.
Lodging is additional.
Registration and Information on Schedule and Staff available online
A family-friendly retreat for uke players of all ages and skill levels. Jamming, workshops and concerts featuring Del Rey, Ben Hassenger, Stuart Fuchs, Rachel Manke, Paul Hemmings and Gerald Ross. Our fourth annual family-friendly weekend retreat for ukulele players of all skill levels! Tuition includes all classes, meals and the Saturday night Uke Fest Concert—or join us only for the concert.

Folk Music Society of New York/New York Pinewoods Folk Music Club presents
SPRING FOLK MUSIC WEEKEND MAY 27-30, 2016
Hudson Valley Resort & Spa, Kerhonkson, NY (15 miles west of New Paltz, NY)
Note that if you have never been to one of our weekends, or have missed the last three in a row, there is a $100 per-person discount. Contact the Registrar, hwood50@aol.com, for information on how to use this incentive.
Staff list is:
Norman Kennedy—legendary Scottish singer and weaver with a wealth of songs and stories
David Jones—splendid singer of English Music Hall ditties and much more
John Kirk—singer and instrumentalist par excellence
Trish Miller—singer, instrumentalist, clogger and clogging teacher
Sue Dupre—our dance caller, who will also introduce us to Long-Sword Dancing
Bob Dupre—singer, who has suggested a workshop called *Pity Party* — bring your weepiest, whiniest, most pathetic songs and we will all sympathize and sniffle together!

Come, relax and make music or listen!
From dinner on Friday night to lunch on Monday (Memorial Day), expect a weekend full of music, camaraderie, and relaxation. After dinner on Friday, we will Meet the Staff, when each of our staff members does a brief show-and-tell about their weekend workshops. Then we’ll probably play Themes from a Hat, followed by late-night jamming and singing. Saturday and Sunday will offer a variety of workshops, dances, Camper Concerts (where all attendees are invited to perform), and evening concerts, with late-night jamming and singing. Monday morning there will be workshops until lunch, then it is all over until next time. The hotel and the area offer plenty of options for hiking, swimming in the heated indoor pool, indulging in the spa (extra charges), orjust lying about and relaxing. We hope you will join us!

World Music Institute (WMI) announces
DanceAfrica 2016
Senegal: Doors of Ancient Futures
7:30 p.m.
BAM (Peter Jay Sharp Building & BAM Howard Gilman Opera House, Brooklyn, NY
Tickets start at $20
The nation’s largest festival dedicated to African dance returns, bringing together performance, art, film, and an array of community events for an exhilarating celebration. Artistic Director Abdel R. Salaam and Artistic Director Emeritus Chuck Davis.

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Saturday, May 28, 2016
152nd Street Cultural Festival
11:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.
152nd Street (between Jackson Avenue & Union Avenue), Bronx, NY
Free admission
Information: info@nprdpinc.org
The 152nd Street Cultural Festival is set in The Bronx. “El Condado de la Salsa,” The National Puerto Rican Day Parade has hosted this annual cultural event since 1995 where we welcome all families to join us in celebrating the Puerto Rican culture. This family event is a fun fun-filled day offering a variety of entertainment for people of all ages. The day features live musical performances, dancing, comedy, celebrity appearances, and a children’s pavilion scheduled with storytelling, face painting, arts and crafts, and other fun surprises! Kiosks line the street with corporate and local vendors selling comida típica (traditional food), artisans displaying and selling their art, and many free giveaways. The 152nd Street Cultural Festival is the kick-off celebration leading up to the Parade on 5th Avenue.

Anabella Lenzu DanceDrama presents
Pachamama: Mother World.
7:30 p.m.
IDACO Festival at Sheen Theater (18 Bleecker St, New York, NY 10012)
General Admission: $25/ Students $15
For more information, contact info@anabellalenzu.com
We will present a full length performance of Pachamama: Mother World—an exploration of Dance Theatre inspired by the male initiation rituals of the Selk’nam, a tribe of Tierra del Fuego, Argentina. The performance unfolds like a prehistoric commedia dell arte, moving away from the presentational side of dance and reconnecting with the primal impulses of art.
Choreographer: Anabella Lenzu
Music Landscape: Todd Carroll
Acting and Voice Coach: Daniel Pettrow
Costume and Mask Designer: Jennifer Johanos
Dancers: Lauren Ohmer, Erik Zarcone, Graham Cole, Kara Chan and Sydney Ruf-Wong
Rehearsal Assistant: Hope Parker
Apprentices: Hope Parker, Dina Denis & Cesar Bordermann

Caffè Lena presents
Red Haired Strangers with opener Dylan Perrillo’s Useless Cans
8:00 p.m.
Caffè Lena, 47 Phila St., Saratoga Springs, NY, 518-583-0022
Tickets: $16, $14 members, $8 student & child
Albany band The Red Haired Strangers is fronted by Ryan Dunham and John Rice, who have been playing together for more than 20 years. Before the whole world cottoned on to Americana, Ryan and John’s beautiful old-school music drew on Country, Blues and Bluegrass to create the classic, rootsy sound that is the hottest thing on the folk scene today. From their origins as a guitar and harmonica duo, the Red Haired Strangers have blossomed with the addition of Joe Gumpper’s fiddle, laced with some pedal steel (and dobro) from veteran Rick Morse, and Chris Scharl on drums. Opening tonight’s show is Caffè Lena favorite Dylan Perrillo with his new trio The Useless Cans.

Ashokan Music & Dance announces
Uke-Stravaganza!
8 p.m. Woodstock Community Center, 56 Rock City Road, Woodstock, NY

Info (845)246-2121
Purchase advance tickets: http://ashokan.org/uke-fest-2016-concert/
$15 advance, $20 at the door
Everything uke, from folk to jazz, and Hawaiian to rock and blues. You’ll hear virtuoso playing, sing-alongs, old favorites, and new tunes too. Featuring Ben Hassenger, Rachel Manke, Victoria Vox, Paul Hemmings, Gerald Ross, and Del Rey.

The Towne Crier in Beacon presents
CHIELI MINUCCI & Special EFX
8:30 p.m.
Towne Crier, 379 Main Street, Beacon, NY, (845) 855-1300
Tickets: $25; $30 at the door
Guitarist, composer and arranger Chieli Minucci is longtime leader of the Grammy-nominated jazz-fusion group Chieli Minucci & Special EFX, a major force on the jazz and world music scene for over 30 years. Besides writing and performing his own music, Chieli shares his guitar brilliance throughout the entertainment world.

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Sunday, May 29, 2016
29th Annual Loisaida Festival
10 a.m.-6 p.m.
Loisada Avenue, New York, NY
Free admission
Contact: 646-919-2557
Since 1987 the Loisaida Festival has been celebrated the Sunday before Memorial Day weekend in the Manhattan neighborhood known as the Lower East Side, the East Village, or Loisaida. This event is the largest community pride festival in the neighborhood. It is presented in the Avenue C commercial corridor-renamed Loisaida Avenue since 1989. The Loisaida Festival includes diverse manifestations of the Puerto Rican and Latino cultures expressed through music, cuisine, and arts. Although it began as a community event to celebrate the culture, heritage, and accomplishments of Loisaida’s Puerto Rican/Hispanic community, the event has created a multi-cultural spirit where people from all races and backgrounds descend from all parts on the city into this historic and eclectic neighborhood. The Loisaida Festival has also created a platform for Loisaida’s Latino and, now growing, non-Latino neighborhood residents and families that come together on the day of the event to share and celebrate the Memorial Day Holiday as well as their social and cultural differences. The program includes musical concerts, dance performances, folkloric musical presentations, and arts and crafts exhibitions that showcase the work of artisans that represent diverse ethnic groups and nationalities. It also serves as a vehicle to disseminate critical community information distributed by employees and volunteers of many local and city-wide health and human services organizations.

World Music Institute (WMI) announces
Dances of Jamaica & the Caribbean: New Traditions Masterclass with Chris Walker 6:30-8:30 p.m.
Gibney Dance, 53 Chambers St, NYC
More information from the Center for African and Diaspora Dance
Dive deep into Afro-Caribbean dance vocabulary and explore traditional and contemporary forms in Jamaica, Cuba, Haiti, and Trinidad. You’ll learn techniques for safely expressing Caribbean movement along with the dance’s rhythms, songs, and stories. This is an Open Level class.

Caffè Lena presents
Memorial Day Open Stage
7:00 p.m.
Caffè Lena, 47 Phila St., Saratoga Springs, NY, 518-583-0022
Free
Our Memorial Day weekend open stage is an annual tradition at Caffè Lena, each year bringing together poets, songwriters, storytellers, and speechmakers for a respectful and deep-hearted sharing of views about our soldiers, the culture of war, conflicts past and present, and our hopes for a positive future. All styles and points of view are welcome. Excessive profanity is strongly discouraged. 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.

The Towne Crier in Beacon presents
SLAM ALLEN Band
7:30 p.m.
Towne Crier, 379 Main Street, Beacon, NY, (845) 855-1300
Tickets: $20; $25 at the door
As a new inductee into New York’s Blues Hall Of Fame—and nine years on the road as James Cotton’s lead guitarist, vocalist and song writer—it is Slam Allen’s time to shine! With a powerful show steeped in energy, love and killer guitar chops, an evening with Slam Allen will raise your spirits to new heights and give you a soul-stirring time you won’t soon forget.

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Monday, May 30, 2016
Decoration Day at the Old Stone Fort
1-5 p.m.
Old Stone Fort Museum, 145 Fort Road, Schoharie, NY 12157
Outdoor activities free, concert $7 adults, $2 age 5–17
For more information, call 518-295-7192
Memorial Day as it should be! A traditional observance, plus a music and film tribute to the citizen soldier through our history, concluded by re-creating post-Civil War era ceremonies.
1:00 PM Memorial Day Observance
Wreath-laying and historical poetry on the Stone Fort Monument Lawn

2:00 PM “Johnny Has Gone for a Soldier, 1776–1976”
America’s Wartime Story: A Film & Music Tribute to the “Citizen Soldier” by the 77th New York Regimental Balladeers (regular museum admission)

3:30 PM Decoration Day Living History Commemoration
Re-creating the Civil War observance, military Retreat ceremony and Taps

       ANNOUNCEMENTS

pomeroy-450William G. Pomeroy Foundation
LEGENDS AND LORE MARKER GRANTS

We are in our 2nd Year!

The William G. Pomeroy Foundation partnered with the New York Folklore Society in 2015 to launch a grant program to celebrate legends and folklore as part of New York’s history. In just one year, we funded 14 markers.

Legends are sometimes referred to as “folk history.” They are reports and stories that explain an unusual event, a unique person, or warn others as in a cautionary tale. Passed from person to person over time, there is often historical truth at the heart of every legend. The details, however, are often altered through oral communication.
ELIGIBILITY Grants available to 501(c)3 organizations and municipalities within New York State.

GRANT DEADLINES – Apply online at www.wgpfoundation.org
June 30, 2016 and October 31, 2016


FOR MORE INFORMATION: The William Pomeroy Foundation at info@wgpfoundation.org or 315-476-3000 x2576.


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

Mondays, 8-11 p.m.
Landmark Tavern, 626 11th Avenue (on 46th St), Manhattan
Free admission; food and drink are available. For more info 212-247-2562
Tenor banjo, harmonica and fiddle player Don Meade and friends get together every Monday night for an Irish traditional music session in the back room of this historic Hell’s Kitchen bar/restaurant. Musicians and singers welcome. Co-sponsored with and led by Don Meade. Featured Performer: May 2: John Dillon


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

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


Golden Link Folk Singing Society announces
Tuesday Sing-a-Rounds

7:30-10:00 p.m.
Twelve Corners Presbyterian Church, 1200 S Winton Rd., Rochester, NY 14618
Sing-arounds are FREE and open to the public. Lead a song, request a song, or pass. Contact Jantina Cornelison, membership.folk@goldenlink.org to lead.
May 03: Open Sing, Gary Dennis leading
May 10: Sing-along and Chorus Songs, Joan Burch leading
May 17: “May/Flowers.” Sue Hengelsberg leading
May 24: Open Sing, Valerie Coushaine leading
May 31: Members’ 5th Tuesday Showcase Concert in Auditorium


Calpulli Mexican Dance Company announces
Calpulli Community Starts a New Year
Classes resume in Queens & Staten Island


In 2016, Calpulli Community celebrates 10 years in Queens and 5 years in Staten Island. The donation-based program continues to serve youth and adults with enriching dance and music training. Visit our website for the following:

Youth Dance in Queens
Youth Dance in Staten Island
Adult Beginner Dance in Queens
Accordion & Guitar in Queens


Community programs in dance and music are led by Calpulli’s teaching artists and focus on the regional dance and musical traditions of Mexico. The training incorporates lessons in history, fundamentals in dance and music, team work, and supports a healthy, active lifestyle. The programs are low cost or by voluntary donation.


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

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

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


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

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


Old Songs presents
Spring 2016 Instrument Classes

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

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


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

REGISTER for Bluegrass Jam Class

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

FIDDLE with George Wilson

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

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


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

PIANO ACCORDION & BAND CLASS with Peggy Hart

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


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

MOUNTAIN DULCIMER with Susan Trump

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


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

HOW TO JAM with Terri Lukačko

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

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


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

TECH FOR FOLK with Terri Lukačko

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

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

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


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

FINGERPICKING GUITAR with Ron Gordon

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


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

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


New York Council for the Humanities announces
Fall Reading & Discussion Programs!

Applications are now open!
Deadline to apply for a Fall 2016 program is Friday, June 24

Open to any tax-exempt organization in New York State, the Council’s Reading & Discussion Programs for Adults bring together community members for a series of thematically-linked, text-based conversations about important ideas. Thirteen themes are available:>BR?>BR? American Politics and Citizenship Today: NEW! What does it mean to be an American in the 21st century? What does a model American do, and what responsibilities do Americans have to their communities and each other? How have the answers to these questions changed over the history of the United States? The participants in the reading and discussion program American Politics and Citizenship Today will engage with these questions and others regarding politics and the current state of civic thought, feeling, and participation.

The History of Women’s Suffrage: NEW! 2017 marks the centennial of women’s suffrage in New York State. As part of the Council’s slate of programming marking the centennial, we are proud to offer this Reading & Discussion series focused on the decades-long fight for women’s suffrage in New York and beyond.

Striving Towards the American Dream: NEW! Celebrate the centennial of the Pulitzer Prizes with this reading and discussion theme! Featuring five Pulitzer winning novels with contemporary resonance, this series looks at how authors have depicted the striving to better oneself and achieve the American dream – and how, despite our efforts, we often end of up unfulfilled or clashing with other elements of society.

James Baldwin’s America: More than any other American author, James Baldwin speaks to both the promise and failures of American democracy. This R&D series provides citizens throughout New York State the opportunity to engage in substantive conversations about race and American society through Baldwin’s writings. NOTE: Facilitators for this theme must attend a day-long training at the Council’s Manhattan office on July 25, 2016. Travel expenses will be paid for those coming from outside New York City.

In Cold Blood: True Crime, An American Genre: Celebrate the 50th anniversary of Truman Capote’s In Cold Blood by looking at some of the most terrible crimes in American history — and reading the words of those writers who thoughtfully illuminated such acts. This series is sponsored by the New York Public Library, and qualified groups in New York City will have the chance to view the Capote papers.

The Serious Side of Food: With books selected by noted restaurant critic and Council board member Mimi Sheraton, this series explores the complex, often overlooked personal, social, and cultural relationships we have with food, from the politics of food production to diet fads.

Our World Remade: World War I: Delve into the tragic and transformative events of “war to end all wars” through literature, poetry, and historical documents.

Serving: Standing Down: A special program for veterans, providing space for them to reflect on their service as well as the challenges and opportunities of transitioning from active duty to civilian life.

Growing & Aging: How does our perception of ourselves transform as we grow older? In what ways does aging change how we view others? How has the concept of “age” changed over time?

Lincoln on the Civil War: This series uses Selected Speeches, a volume of nine addresses delivered over the course of Lincoln’s political career, to explore issues of freedom, civic duty, slavery, and the Constitution.

Making Sense of the Civil War: This series explores different facets of the Civil War experience, informed by reading the words written or spoken by powerful voices from the past and present.

Muslim Journeys: Explore the diverse experiences and perspectives of Muslims around the world through literature and memoir.

Serving: Why and how do we choose to serve others? What is the relationship between those who serve and those who are served? If we serve, what sustains and renews us?


HOW TO APPLY: You choose a theme, decide how many sessions to hold, and find a local scholar to facilitate the discussions. After you’re awarded the program, you then select readings from our themed book lists that work best for your community. Sample syllabi can be found on the Council’s website.

Applications to host a fall series are due Friday, June 24. The Council trains your scholar-facilitator and pays him or her an honorarium of $150 per session. Host sites agree to pay a session fee of $25 per session; a limited number of waivers are available. Sites have the option of borrowing texts from the Council. Fall series must be scheduled between September 2016 and January 2017. You can apply here. Please note, the Council does not formally pair host organizations with scholar-facilitators. If you are interested in facilitating one of these programs, you are encouraged to reach out to potential host organizations in your community, telling them about the program and how it works. Interested scholar-facilitators are welcome to sign up for one of the informational webinars. The Council only accepts applications from host organizations.

LEARN MORE Join us for one of these upcoming webinars to learn more about how R&D programs are structured, available themes, and how to apply. Register for an informational webinar on: Tuesday, May 31, 3 p.m.-4 p.m.
Take a look at our Adult R&D Programs webpages, including the list of Common Questions. If you have questions, call or email Program Officer Adam Capitanio (acapitanio@nyhumanities.org/ 212-233-1131).


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

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

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

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

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

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

Submittal Deadline Via e-mail: July 10, 2016

Submittal Deadline Via mail: July 8, 2016

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


Golden Link Folk Singing Society announces
Tuesday Sing-a-Rounds

7:30-10:00 p.m.
Twelve Corners Presbyterian Church, 1200 S Winton Rd., Rochester, NY 14618
Sing-arounds are FREE and open to the public. Lead a song, request a song, or pass. Contact Jantina Cornelison, membership.folk@goldenlink.org to lead.
April 05: Open Sing, Sam Asher leading
April 12: “Rise Again Songbook,” Janice Hanson leading>BR? April 19: Sing-along & Chorus Songs, Val Fowler leading>BR? April 26: Open Sing, Jim Maher leading
May 03: Open Sing, Gary Dennis leading


Museum at Eldridge Street presents
Lifelong Learning Classes for the Spring

Museum at Eldridge Street
12 Eldridge Street
New York, NY 10002

Not Just the Weekly Torah Portion with Dr. Regina Stein, Thursdays, March 3, 10, 17, 24, 31; April 7, 14; May 5, from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Jews & Christians: From Beginnings to Communities, with Dr. Regina Stein, Tuesday evenings, March 8, 15, 22, 29; April 5, 12; May 3, 10, from 6:30 to 8 p.m.

Jews & Christians: Semester II, The Early Years, with Dr. Regina Stein, Tuesday mornings, March 1, 8, 15, 22, 29; April 5, 12, May 3, from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

The Mapping and Making of Brooklyn, with Barry Feldman, Urban Historian, Monday mornings, March 7, 14, 21, and 28 from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

How to Advocate for Yourself in the World, with Betsy Gotbaum, former NYC Public Advocate, Wednesday mornings, June 1, 8, 15 and 22, from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.


Staten Island Arts announces
My SI Quilt Project: May 24, 32, June 7, 14, 21, and 28

7:30 p.m.
Art on the Terrace Gallery 776 Richmond Terr, Staten Island, NY 10301
IT IS TIME FOR THE SEWING BEES TO BEGIN!! for the "MY SI QUILT" PROJECT. You can participate in this community project that will be displayed around the island and the other NYC boroughs showing Staten Islander’s “pride of place.” If you are interested in stitching with us, join us on Tuesdays May 24, 31, June 7, 14, 21, and 28


Old Songs presents
Make Your Own Music Nights

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

These are monthly gatherings intended to foster community participation in music making. Come and join in the fun!

Open Mic 7:30-10:30 p.m., 1st Wednesday of the Month
Strut your stuff and share your talent! Walk in and sign up to play (15 minutes). Local performer Kate Blain will host. $3 cover charge.

Pickin’ & Singin’ Gatherin’ 1:00-4:00 p.m., 2nd Sunday of the Month (October–May)
A sing-around for the whole family.

Contra Dance Tunes 7:00-9:00 p.m., 2nd Wednesday of the Month (September–May)
Playing for dancing with rhythm and style. Build your skills and dance tune repertoire. All instruments and skill levels welcome. Leader: Terri Lukačko. $3 donation.

African Drum Class 7:00-8:30 p.m., 3rd Monday of the Month (September–May)
Study African drumming. Participants will learn authentic drumming from many countries in West Africa. Emphasis will be on traditional rhythms and drumming techniques on djembes, dunduns and other hand drums. Please join us for this fun filled class. All levels are welcomed. Some drums may be available to borrow on a first come, first served basis. Instructor John Dickson. Email oldsongs@oldsongs.org or call 518-765-2815 for more info. Class fee: $15.
*November’s African Drum Class will meet on the 3rd Tuesday, Nov 17.

Traditional Irish Slow Session 7:30-9:00 p.m., 3rd Wednesday of the Month (October–May)
This is a friendly, repertoire-building opportunity to play your new tunes slowly and work on your old tunes at a reasonable tempo. We will focus specifically on traditional Irish music, and all Irish-appropriate instruments are welcome (i.e., wooden flute, tin whistle, concertina, button or piano accordion, guitar, bouzouki, mandolin, fiddle, harp). We encourage tape recorders, and focus on learning tunes by ear. Music stands and continuous use of sheet music discouraged. Bring snacks to share. Small donation requested to cover building expenses. Questions? Contact Hilary Schrauf at 518-424-8701. $4 donation.

Sunday Four Poetry 3:00 p.m., 4th Sunday of the Month (September–June)
Open Mic with featured poets. “Dedicated to the convivial understanding and practice of poesy’s gift to human joy” Hosted by Dennis Sullivan, Edie Abrams and Michael Burke. Contact: 518-469-0202. Donation.

Aussie Bush Band Jam 7:00-9:00 p.m., 4th Wednesday of the Month (September–May)
Come and learn some tunes from Tasmania, New South Wales, and Victoria. Join in with acoustic instruments. Squeezeboxes and lagerphones encouraged. We might even sing a song. Some sheet music will be provided, but the tunes are also very accessible for playing by ear. All skill levels are welcome and listeners, too. Leader: Terri Lukačko. $3 donation.


Erie Canalway National Heritage Corridor announces
Canal Stories, Artifacts, and Images Wanted

The New York State Museum is preparing for a new exhibit on the Erie Canal to open in 2017. New York’s Erie Canal: Gateway to the Nation will highlight those visionaries, engineers, financiers, and laborers who built the canal and people from every walk of life who came in its wake. The exhibition will culminate in an exploration of the people who live near, work by, and enjoy the canal as a unique heritage corridor today.

To submit a story, object, or photograph for consideration, please contact Brad Utter, Senior Historian and Curator by July 1, 2016 at (518) 474-0028 or brad.utter@nysed.gov.


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Erie Canal National Heritage Corridor announces
2016 Photo Contest Kicks Off! Share Your Best Photos Taken Within the Erie Canalway National Heritage Corridor


Share your best photos taken within the Erie Canalway National Heritage Corridor and take a chance at winning a spot in the 2017 Erie Canalway Calendar. Judges will select winning images in four contest categories:
On the Water
Along the Trail
Canal Communities Classic Canal


Please note that images must be horizontal format to fit the calendar.

This year’s first place winners will receive $100 thanks to a generous anonymous donor. Second and third place winners will receive non-monetary prizes.

Winning Tips
Look for scenes that say “Erie Canalway” and views that could be taken only here.

Avoid enhancing the color of your photos. Our judges are looking for real views over special effects.

Consider new vantage points for familiar scenes.


Deadline for submissions: August 26, 2016. Download rules and entry forms.




ONGOING EXHIBITIONS AND PROGRAMS
City Lore presents
Boardwalk Renaissance: How the Arts Saved Coney Island
Opening Reception, November 5, 7-9 p.m., free and open to the public
Gallery Hours: Wed-Fri 2-6 p.m., Sat-Sun 12 p.m.-6 p.m.
City Lore Gallery 56 E. 1st St, NYC, NY 10003
Honky Tonk meets the avant garde in Boardwalk Renaissance. Take a trip down the Coney Island boardwalk of the ’80s when a group of passionate young artists descended on Coney with the dream that their art might return this legendary neighborhood to its glory days. The vision of these artists—brought to life in artifacts, footage from the first Mermaid parade, and art inspired by the House under the Roller Coaster—lit a creative spark that saw Coney through desperate times and set the stage for the honky tonk neighborhood’s rebirth. November 5, 2015 —May 8, 2016

Albany Institute of History & Art presents
Masterworks: 225 Years of Collecting
Wednesday: 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Thursday: 10 a.m.-8 p.m., Friday: 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Saturday: 10 a.m.-5 p.m., and Sunday: Noon–5 p.m.
Albany Institute of History & Art, 125 Washington Avenue, Albany, NY 12210
In 2016, the Albany Institute of History & Art will celebrate its 225th birthday. Few organization have such distinguished histories or can claim they were founded when George Washington was president. Coincidentally, the Albany Institute (known in 1791 as the Society for the Promotion of Arts, Agriculture, and Manufactures) established it first headquarters in New York City’s Federal Hall, the same building where President George Washington too the oath of office less than two years earlier. After moving to Albany with the State government in 1797, the Institute began a long process of collecting, originally natural history specimens and minerals, but eventually historical objects and works of fine and decorative arts, all created, owned, or used in the Upper Hudson Valley of New York. Today, the holdings of the Albany Institute stand out as the finest collection of art and historical materials from the region. To commemorate this significant anniversary, the Albany Institute is developing the exhibition Masterworks: 225 Years of Collecting, which will highlight works from its diverse collections, including paintings, furniture, silver, ceramics, sculpture, prints, and much more.

November 21, 2015 —September 4, 2016

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

January 23, 2016 —August 31, 2016

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

ArtsWestchester announces
SHE: Deconstructing Female Identity
Opening reception: Sunday, March 13, 3-5 p.m.
Gallery Hours: Tues-Sat., 12-5 p.m., Sat. 12-6 p.m.
ArtsWestchester, 31 Mamaroneck Avenue, White Plains, New York
SHE: Deconstructing Female Identity explores what it means to be a woman in contemporary America. In an age that so heavily emphasizes identity, women of all ages struggle with the trappings of being female and with their own self-perception. SHE explores the concept that femininity, and gender generally, is a grand performance piece — a constant play between societal “norms” and self-definition. The 11 exhibiting artists work across media and engage with themes of the body, self-presentation, a woman’s “proper” space, gender roles, and feminine personas. Many of the works draw on accessories and accoutrement that are identified with traditional notions of femininity (handbags, bras, doilies, nail polish), transforming these items into vehicles for witty reflections on modern womanhood. SHE will debut several new works as well as commissions specifically for the exhibition.
Artists: NICOLE AWAI (Brooklyn, NY); VALERIE PIRIANO (Brooklyn, NY); LAUREL GARCIA COLVIN (Chappaqua, NY); MARI OGIHARA (White Plains, NY); NANCY DAVIDSON (New York, NY); KATHY RUTTENBERG (New York, NY); MARCY B. FREEDMAN (Croton-on-Hudson, NY); BARBARA SEGAL (Yonkers, NY); DEBBIE HAN (New York, NY); TRICIA WRIGHT (Kingston, NY) and REBECCA MUSHTARE (Oswego, NY). Curated by: Kathleen Reckling

March 15, 2016 —June 25, 2016

Iroquois Indian Museum presents
35 Years of Iroquois Art: A Retrospective
Gallery open Tues-Sat 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Sun 12-5 p.m.
Iroquois Indian Museum, 324 Caverns Road, Howes Cave, NY 12092
Cost: $8 adults/$6.50 elders and students/$5 youth 5–12 years/under 5 years free
Contact: 518-296-8949
Celebrating the Iroquois Museum’s 35th year of honoring and presenting contemporary Iroquois arts and creative expression. Highlights from our early years of collecting, Excellence in Iroquois Arts recipients, IndianInk, Native Americans in the Performing Arts, and other exhibits. Featured artists Stan Hill, Sr; Peter B. Jones; Mary Adams; Julius Cook, Peter Jemison, and others.

April 1, 2016—September 30, 2016

Fenimore Art Museum at Cooperstown announces
Traditions of Celebration and Ritual: The Thaw Collection of American Indian Art
April 1–May 9: Open Tuesday-Sunday 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
May 10–October 10 (Columbus Day): Open Daily 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
October 11–December 31 Open Tuesday-Sunday 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
Fenimore Art Museum, 5798 State Route 80, Cooperstown, New York
For more information, call 607 547 1450
Since ancient times, Native American peoples have celebrated their beliefs and practices through daily, seasonal, and special occasion rituals, affirming their life and identity. Both art and ritual are powerful expressions that honor mythological beings, spirit beings, and ancestors – conveying the spiritual power of the natural world. In this exhibit, see over 50 art objects from the Thaw Collection created by Native American men and women for specific rituals and ceremonies. Discover the arts associated with fundamental aspects of Native American life – the hunt and harvest, feasting, warfare, adornment, and shamanism.

April 1, 2016 —December 31, 2016

Taller Boricua presents
WORDS, FORM, & EMOTION
Curated by Wilfredo Correa featuring the works of Nuyorican Poets Sandra Maria Esteves, Diana Gitesha Hernandez and Clare Ultimo
Artist Talk: Saturday, April 16, 3-6 p.m.
Gallery Hours: Wednesdays and Fridays 12-6 p.m.; Thursdays 1-7 p.m.; Saturdays 12-6 p.m.
Taller Boricua Gallery, At the Julia de Burgos Latino Arts Center, 1680 Lexington Avenue at E 106th Street, in the heart of East Harlem, NYC
In observance of National Poetry Month, the Taller Boricua presents the visual work of three Nuyorican Poets. Their words transposed into the realms of art, reflect the emotional and universal themes of wonder, love and understanding. Their activism in the Nuyorican cultural movement gave roots to their creative interpretations of personal identity and self-expression. The exhibit covers a wide timeline of styles and mediums that have always been concurrent with their poetic voices.

April 2, 2016 —May 11, 2016

South Bronx Culture Trail Fusion Fest 2016: Lookin’ Up in the Boogie Down
Casita Maria Center for Arts & Education, Dancing in the Streets, and City Lore in partnership with Lincoln Center’s Boro-Linc, Bronx Music Heritage Center, BAAD! and New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA) are proud to present The South Bronx Culture Trail Fusion Fest 2016 Lookin’ Up in the Boogie Down, a live, funk, fusion, afro-latin jazz, african music-dance-art celebration for all ages from April 16 – May 22, 2016.

South Bronx Culture Trail (SBCT) Fusion Fest Launch:

Bobby Sanabria Multiverse Big Band
Saturday, April 16th 5 p.m.
Rooftop of 1301 Southern Blvd.
Bronx, NY 10459
(Across the street from the Bronx Music Heritage Center.)

Lookin’ Up in the Boogie Down presents an eclectic mix of legendary and visionary Bronx artists who will perform on rooftops, stoops and public nooks such as parks and community organizations throughout the South Bronx. The Bronx has extensive history of trailblazing artists who continuously looked beyond the accepted norms or status quo. Lookin’ Up in the Boogie Down celebrates the legends and emerging jazz fusion inspired performers, composers, writers and poets who continue to make the borough a paradigm of innovation and creative vision. Join SBCT and us for Lookin’ Up in the Boogie Down! View calendar of events and full performers list.


April 16, 2016—May 22, 2016

Long Island Traditions announces
From Shore to Shore: Boat Builders & Boat Yards of Long Island
Opening reception: April 28, 6:00 p.m., with Nancy Solomon, Curator
Curator's talk with Nancy Solomon, May 15, 2:00 p.m.
Oyster Bay Historical Society, Angela Koenig Center, 20 Summit Street, Oyster Bay, NY, 516-922-5032
Hours: Tuesday-Friday 10 a.m-2 p.m., Saturday 11 a.m. - 3 p.m., Sunday 1 p.m.-4 p.m.
“From Shore to Shore: Boat Builders and Boatyards of Long Island” 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 exhibition also provides featured coverage of the Ida May Project’s replication of the 1925 oyster harvesting boat that worked Oyster Bay’s waters until 2009.

April 29, 2016 —September 4, 2016

City Lore announces
Opening Reception for Mad Hatters: New York Hats and Hatmakers
Opening reception: 7-9 p.m.
City Lore Gallery, 56 E. 1st Street, New York, NY 10003
Hours: 2-6 p.m. Wednesday & Friday; 12-6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday
Free and open to the public
In New York City, every hat has something to say. New Yorkers wear many hats—literally. Many of us get dressed from the hat down. Whether we are going to Baptist church to the mosque or the orthodox synagogue, to the rumble or the dance, to the Easter Parade or the West Indian Carnival; whether we’re wearing a Hijab or a yarmulke, a Fedora or a Hamburg, a pork pie or a Leopard skin pillbox hat; whether you’re running for president or going to a Mets game, hats matter—and tell the rest of us who we are.

“Cock your hat, angles are attitude,” said Frank Sinatra, a New Yorker at heart. Hats were so important during his time, that Mr. Sinatra had his signature fedoras, specially designed with shorter brims than the average ones in order to appear taller to the untrained eye. Sinatra never left his hat at home and neither did the rest of the city during his time. Hats were a necessity, not only for fashion, but for blocking the sun as well. In the 1950s, however, the mass production of sunglasses and the prevalence of automobiles, not to mention James Dean’s coveted quaff, ushered in a new era where the everyday hat was no longer needed. But New Yorkers have never left behind their love of hats. In a city of astonishing diversity and traditions, there are still a lot of mad hatters running around the streets of New York.

Mad Hatters showcases the identities that New Yorkers carve out for themselves by donning a simple piece of headware in a crowded city. With special attention to the City’s defining grassroots folk cultures, the exhibit pays tribute to NYC’s master milliners while also documenting and celebrating the men and women who proudly wear hats to express their cultural traditions or simply for the hell of it. The show features a series of special hats made for the show by the New York Milliners Guild, illustrating “New York hat-itude.”


May 19, 2016 —July 31, 2016

Adirondack Museum presents
Weaving a Legacy: Mohawk Basketry Traditions
Hours: 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Adirondack Museum, 9097 NY-30, Blue Mountain Lake, NY 12812
Cost: Free
Contact: 518.352.7311
Created in the region over the past 150 years, the extraordinary baskets on display are works of art, whether made for practical, commercial, or decorative purposes — or to mark important moments in the life of an individual or a community. From sturdy yet elegant utility baskets to more fanciful creations, all reflect the creativity and skill of their makers as well as the baskets’ deep cultural roots. During July and August, the exhibition will also host a series of basketmakers-in-residence, including Carrie Hill, Robin Lazore, Ann Mitchell, Natasha Smoke Santiago, and Sheila Ransom. The exhibition and related programs will reveal the significance of baskets in the Mohawk community and beyond; the materials, tools, and techniques used in their creation; how traditions are passed among generations; and how the community is working to preserve both the craft and the natural resources on which basketmaking depends. This new exhibition will feature artifacts on loan from the Akwesasne Cultural Center in Hogansburg and objects from the museum's collection.

May 20, 2016—October 10, 2016




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