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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.

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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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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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.

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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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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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Friday, May 22, 2015
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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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

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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