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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
8 p.m.
Caffè Lena, 47 Phila St., Saratoga Springs, NY, 518-583-0022
Weekend Pass $100; Weekend Student & Child Pass $50; Friday 6 p.m.-midnight $35, $17.50; Single show tickets $10
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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!
The full weekend schedule will be posted shortly, but in the meantime, get ready to hear—all in one spectacular weekend—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
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!

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.

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.”

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Monday, May 2, 2016
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
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, 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.

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!

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.

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.

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 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
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.

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: $10
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.

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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.

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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.

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.

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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.

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

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.

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Saturday, May 14, 2016
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
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
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.

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
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!

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.

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!

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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.

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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.

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
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.

The Folkus Project presents
Susan Werner
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.

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.

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Saturday, May 21, 2016
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.

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
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
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.
In this joyous concert, violinist Yale Strom’s Hot Pstromi and the EastRiver Ensemble explore the connections between the Russian Jews and Chinese who lived together in Harbin, China from the turn of the 20th century through World War II.

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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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!

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!

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Saturday, May 28, 2016
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

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
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.

       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.


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


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.


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 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

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

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

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