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Friday, April 29–Sunday, May 1, 2016
Robert Browning Associates presents
A World in Trance Festival — 2nd Edition!
Artists TBA
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.

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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!

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.

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Wednesday, May 4, 2016
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!

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Friday, May 6, 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.

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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.

Irish Arts Center presents Open the Door for Three
8:00 p.m.
Donaghy Theatre, Irish Arts Center, 553 West 51st Street (between 10th and 11th Avenues), New York, NY 10019
Tickets: $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.

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Sunday, May 8, 2016
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.

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Wednesday, May 11, 2016
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.

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.

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Friday, May 13, 2016
Eighth Step at Proctors presents
JOHN GORKA & CHERYL WHEELER
7:30 p.m.
Proctors, 432 State St. Schenectady NY 12305
Order Tickets through the 8th Step Ticket Line: 518-434-1703
Save the Date! More details to come.

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

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Saturday, May 14, 2016
Golden Link Folk Singing Society presents
Roberts & 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!

Robert Browning Associates presents
Songs of Amami Island, Japan: Anna Sato & Shogo Yoshii with special guest Shingo Maeyama
8:00 p.m.
Roulette, 509 Atlantic Avenue (at 3rd Ave), Downtown Brooklyn, NY
Tickets: $25, students and seniors $21
Anna Sato and Shogo Yoshii, 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 and became a member of Cirque du Soleil, and Mr. Yoshii (taiko drums, fue-bamboo flute, kokyu-violin), a former member of Kodo, are joined by guest artist Shingo Maeyama (vocals, sanshin-plucked lute), an Amami Folk Song Award winner. Whether calling upon the power of the ancient taiko drum, or 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.

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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Thursday, May 19, 2016
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.

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Friday, May 20, 2016
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.

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.

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Saturday, May 21, 2016
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.”

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Sunday, May 22, 2016
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.

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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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Wednesday, May 25, 2016
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
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.

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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.

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       ANNOUNCEMENTS

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.


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.


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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ONGOING EXHIBITIONS AND PRODUCTIONS
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
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
Separation & Sacrifice in the Lives of North Country Latino Immigrants. 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.
January 23, 2016 —August 31, 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

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