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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Café Veritas presents
Guy Davis
7:30 p.m.
Café Veritas, First Unitarian Church, 220 Winton Road South, Rochester, New York 14610
Ticket prices: $18 general admission, $10 students with ID, and children under 12 are free.
For tickets and more information, visit www.cafeveritas.org
Guy Davis is a musician, composer, actor, director, and writer. But most importantly, Guy Davis is a bluesman. The blues permeates every corner of Davis’ creativity.

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Sunday, May 3, 2015
Flushing Town Hall presents
Experience Minhwa: Korean Traditional Folk Art Workshop
1 p.m.
Flushing Town Hall, 137-35 Northern Boulevard, (at the corner of Linden Place), Flushing, NY 11354
Tickets: $10/$8 Members & Children (materials included)
In this hands-on workshop, adult group (ages 12 and up) will make Da Po, a handkerchief used to teach drinking, while youth group (ages 5–12) learns how to paint one of the most well-known types of Minhwa, Tiger, and Bird, which were believed to ward off evil spirits.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Friday, May 8, 2015
Flushing Town Hall presents
Global Mashup #3 ANTIGUA MEETS FRANCE
7:00 p.m.
Flushing Town Hall, 137-35 Northern Boulevard, (at the corner of Linden Place), Flushing, NY 11354
Tickets: $15/$10 Members & Students
We’re mashing up 2 cultures on 1 stage with an open dance floor! Steel Pan Musician Cheko and The Diamond Band from Antigua meet the French Band La Vie En Rose led by vocalist Violette de Bartillat in a delightful cultural cocktail of music and culture. They’ll blend together with an impromptu jam in the last set.

The Smith Club Series presents
Red Molly
8:00 p.m.
Smith Club Series Club 86, 86 Avenue E, Geneva, NY 14456
Tickets: $18, General Admission
Americana powerhouse vocal trio Red Molly is known for their gorgeous harmonies, crisp musicianship, infectious songwriting, and warm, engaging stage presence. Laurie MacAllister (bass), Abbie Gardner (Dobro), and Molly Venter (guitar) weave together the threads of American music—from folk roots to bluegrass, from heartbreaking ballads to barn-burning honky tonk—as effortlessly as they blend their caramel voices into their signature soaring, crystalline three-part harmonies. Organic musicianship, a respect for the traditions of American music, and an obvious love of crafting music together lend a joyous atmosphere to their legendary live performances, and a natural balance to their studio recordings. Their latest CD, The Red Album realized on May 27, 2014, was featured in USA Today and CMT Edge. It debuted at #1 on the Folk DJ radio chart and is currently at #10 on the Americana Radio chart, and climbing.

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Saturday, May 9, 2015
Flushing Town Hall presents
Ondin PERFORMANCE
2:15 p.m.
Flushing Town Hall, 137-35 Northern Boulevard, (at the corner of Linden Place), Flushing, NY 11354
Tickets: $13/$10 Members/$8 Children/$6 Member Children
An aquatic tale that moves between ancient myths and our modern era. This show takes toddlers from the wide open shores down to the very deepest part of the sea, where Ondin, a young fisherman, turns into a strange marine creature and discovers a fascinating world. Pre-show Members Lounge at 1:45 p.m.

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

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Friday, May 15, 2015
The Smith Club Series presents
Amy LaVere
8:00 p.m.
The Cracker Factory, 35 Lehigh Street, Geneva, NY
Tickets: $15, General Admission
Amy LaVere is an American singer, songwriter, upright bass player. and actress. Based in Memphis, TN, LaVere’s music is usually classified as Americana, combining a blend of classic country, gypsy jazz, and southern soul. She has released three albums on Memphis label Archer Records, and has multiple acting credits in major motion pictures.

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Saturday, May 16, 2015
World Music Institute (WMI) presents
HAITI TO BROOKLYN! BOUKMAN EKSPERYANS
8 p.m.
Roulette, 509 Atlantic Ave., Brooklyn, NY
Tickets: $25 / WMI Friends $20 / Bring a Kid! $5
Open cocktail hour 7-8 p.m.; Dance lessons 7:30 p.m.; Show 8:00 p.m.; party until midnight.
Dance floor / standing room on main level; limited seating available in balcony with reservations.
Haitian supergroup Boukman Eksperyans has been sharing its rebellion with the world since 1987 via the musical movement Mizik Rasin (Roots Music). Dedicated to communicating Haiti’s history and struggles through song and dance, the group wraps social messages about political freedom, nationalism and current events into their intoxicating signature blend of vodou rhythms with rock ’n’ roll. Add to that dashes of rara, blues, reggae, soukous and funk, and one can see why Boukman Eksperyans is still rocking crowds—9 albums and 27 years later!

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

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

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

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

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Friday, May 22, 2015
SAVE THE DATE! Announcing a Benefit for New York Folklore Society

TICKETS GO ON SALE APRIL 1, 2015.

Adirondack Attic Music History Tour featuring Dan Berggren and Andy Flynn

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

GE Theater, PROCTORS
432 State Street
Schenectady, NY

Tickets: $20
On sale
April 1
Andy Flynn

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

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

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

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

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

May 22-May 25, 2015
Ashokan Music & Dance Camps presents
Uke Fest
The Ashokan Center | Ashokan Music & Dance Camps | 477 Beaverkill Road | Olivebridge | NY | 12461
See website for schedule and staff information.
EARLY BIRD PRICES are good through Dec. 1, 2014.
Adults $435 / Early Bird $420
Youth (ages 13-25): $355 / Early Bird $340
Children (ages 5-12) $310 / Early Bird $295
Parent/Guardian (Meals, dance and concert, no classes) $295
Under 5 Free

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

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Sunday, May 23, 2015
Ashokan Music & Dance Camps presents
Uke Fest Concert
8p.m.
The Ashokan Center | Ashokan Music & Dance Camps | 477 Beaverkill Road | Olivebridge | NY | 12461
Tickets: Tickets are $15 advanced purchase online, $25 on the day of the show.
A fabulous concert featuring these ukulele greats – Joel Eckhaus, Heidi Swedberg, Marcy Marxer, Ruthy Ungar, Ben Hassenger, Paul Hemmings and Gerald Ross! Join us for the concert only or for the entire Uke Fest camp, May 22-25, 2015 (see above).

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

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ANNOUNCEMENTS

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

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

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

November 15, 2014 — March 6, 2016

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



February 7, 2015 — July 26, 2015

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


March 2015 — July 2015

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

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

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

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


March 12, 2015 —June 30, 2015

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

March 17, 2015 — May 2, 2015

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

May 2, 2015 — May 31, 2015

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