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Saturday, November 1, 2014
Calpulli Mexican Dance invites you to its
Dia De Los Muertos PERFORMANCE
2:00 and 7:00 p.m.
Aaron Davis Hall at City College Center for the Arts, 160 Convent Ave., New York, NY 10031
Information and tickets: www.adhatccny.org, 212-650-6900
Admission: $50, $35, $25
Get the Calpulli Fiesta Ticket and join the party beginning at 5:30 p.m. on November 1st. The celebration includes wine and light appetizers. The $50 ticket also includes an orchestra seat at one of the performances.
Calpulli Mexican Dance Company makes its debut at the Aaron Davis Hall in West Harlem with an emotive program themed and named Dia de los muertos (the Day of the Dead), evoking the unending relationship between the living and the departed with music and dance that transcend. Passionate live music, comical characters, amazing dance, and larger-than-life surprises for all ages. The Company of 16 dancers and core of musicians will mesmerize audiences with a story of joy and eternal love.

Caffè Lena presents
Bob Warren Band
4:30 p.m. and 8:00 p.m.
Caffè Lena, 47 Phila St., Saratoga Springs, NY, 518-583-0022
Tickets: $18, Member $16, Child and Student $9
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Singer-songwriter Bob Warren has a special genius for assembling crowd-pleasing bands and keeping them busy with a steady supply of immediately appealing, 1960s-influenced original songs. His melodic, uplifting soft rock and soul music has made him a perennial favorite in the Capital District. Bob on guitar and lead vocals, Don Warren electric guitar, Tony Markellis bass, Danny drums, and Mitch keyboards.

Café Veritas presents
Aztec Two Step
7:30 p.m.
Café Veritas, First Unitarian Church, 220 Winton Road South, Rochester, New York 14610
Ticket prices: $18 general admission, $10 students with ID, and children under 12 are free.
For tickets and more information, visit www.cafeveritas.org
Aztec Two Step helped to usher the music of the 1960s into the ‘70s and beyond. Rex Fowler and Neal Shulman have spent a lifetime making music together as the folk-rock duo that takes its name from a poem by beat poet Lawrence Ferlinghetti.

Flushing Town Hall presents
Kesivan and the Lights
7:30 p.m.
Flushing Town Hall, 137-35 Northern Boulevard, (at the corner of Linden Place), Flushing, NY 11354
Tickets: Free with RSVP Online
Kesivan Naidoo is a drummer, composer and leader of an exciting new generation of Cape jazz performers. Naidoo and his fiery quintet shine in every jazz style whether they are playing a soulful ballad, an innovative new composition, or covering a quirky Ornette Coleman tune. In celebration of Queens College Year of South Africa.

The Towne Crier in Beacon presents
STEVE FORBERT Band
8:30 p.m.
Towne Crier, 379 Main Street, Beacon, NY, (845) 855-1300
Tickets: $35 advance/$40 at the door
When Steve Forbert’s “Romeo’s Tune” hit the top 20 in the ’70s, critics compared him to Dylan and Springsteen. With a Grammy nomination in 2004, Forbert continues to capture his audiences with what Rolling Stone calls his “palpable rapport.”

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Sunday, November 2, 2014
Caffè Lena presents
Pierce Pettis with opener Billy Eli
7:00 p.m.
Caffè Lena, 47 Phila St., Saratoga Springs, NY, 518-583-0022
Tickets: $18, Member $16, Child and Student $9
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Long-established as one of the most insightful songwriters on today’s contemporary folk circuit, Pierce Pettis continues to build his craft with each passing year. He seamlessly weaves the personal, political, and spiritual elements of life in songs that range from delicate folk to hard-driving blues. In addition to his national touring schedule Pierce has been a songwriter for Muscle Shoals, Polygram and Universal in Nashville and wrote a #1 hit for Garth Brooks called You Move Me. Opener Billy Eli packs an enormous emotional punch with image-filled Americana. Riding the fulcrum where rock and country converge, Eli addresses the range of human experience from sin to salvation.

The Towne Crier in Beacon presents
TOMMY CASTRO & The Painkillers
7:30 p.m.
Towne Crier, 379 Main Street, Beacon, NY, (845) 855-1300
Tickets: $35 advance/$30 at the door
“Phenomenal and funky...soulful vocals and inspired blues-rock guitar.” —Washington Post

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Tuesday, November 4, 2014
The Folk Music Society of N.Y., Inc/ N.Y. Pinewoods Folk Music Club presents
Guitar Master Class, with Andy Cohen
7:30 p.m.
Upper West Side Manhattan location
For information and location, or to register (advance registration required), please e-mail Steve Suffet at steve(at)stevesuffet.com or call him at 718-786-1533
For intermediate and advanced students only. Limit of 15 students. Tuition: $12 for general public; $10 for FMSNY members.
Here is a rare opportunity to take a two-hour class with 2011 Eisteddfod Award recipient Andy Cohen, a true master of finger-style blues, ragtime, jug band, and old-time guitar. Learn from someone who actually toured with Rev. Gary Davis, and who hung out with Elizabeth Cotten, Etta Baker, and more.

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Wednesday, November 5, 2014
Caffè Lena presents
Poetry Open Mic featuring Richard Levine and Mary Kathryn Jablonski
7:00 p.m.
Caffè Lena, 47 Phila St., Saratoga Springs, NY, 518-583-0022
No advanced ticket sales. Tickets may be purchased at the door.
Richard Levine is the author of Snapshots from a Battle (2001), A Language Full of Wars and Songs (2004), That Country’s Soul (2010), A Tide of a Hundred Mountains (2012) and The Cadence of Mercy (2014). His poem “Believe This” was featured in former Poet Laureate Ted Kooser’s column, “American Life in Poetry.” In 2010, Levine’s poem “Picket Fences” was a runner-up for Rosebud magazine’s William Stafford Award for Poetry. A retired teacher, he is learning to steward a forest. He lives in Brooklyn.
Visual artist and poet Mary Kathryn Jablonski is the author of
To the Husband I Have Not Yet Met, a chapbook of epistolary poems woven with threads of humor. In this search for self, she explores memory, longing, and the struggle to embrace imperfection. Her poems have appeared in numerous literary journals including Beloit Poetry Journal, Blueline, Home Planet News, Salmagundi, and Slipstream, among others. Her poetry was also published in Germany by painter/publisher Christoph Ruckhäber.
Doors open and sign-up begins at 7. Readings begin at 7:30. Please plan to share one long poem or two short poems, altogether lasting no more than three to five minutes. All ages and styles welcome.

The Folk Music Society of N.Y., Inc/ N.Y. Pinewoods Folk Music Club presents
Folk Open Sing
7-10 p.m.
Info: Frank, 212-533-2139
Ethical Culture Society, 53 Prospect Park West, Brooklyn (near 2nd St.)
Join us on the first Wednesday of each month for an open sing. Bring your voice, instruments, friends, neighbors, and children. Drop by for a couple of songs or the whole evening.

Thursday, November 6, 2014
Gotham Center for NYC History presents a Fall 2014 Forum:
Anna May Wong: From Laundryman’s Daughter to Hollywood Legend
6:30-8:00 p.m.
Skylight Room, CUNY, 365 Fifth Avenue at 34th Street, New York, NY
FREE and open to the public, reservations not required! First come, first served!
Anna May Wong remains the ultimate Asian-American film star, having appeared in over fifty films with such legends as Douglas Fairbanks, Sr. Ramon Navarro, Joan Crawford, Lon Chaney, Marlene Dietrich, Sessue Hayakawa, Werner Oland, and many others. Despite being forced to play degrading roles, Wong’s global fame crystallized the image of the Asian woman in the first half of the twentieth century. Join Graham Russell Gao Hodges for a brief introduction to her life, focusing on her stage and vaudeville career, and her innumerable friendships among New York’s intellectual and artistic communities.

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Friday, November 7, 2014
Flushing Town Hall presents
Juri's Kuns - Passage
8 p.m.
Flushing Town Hall, 137-35 Northern Boulevard, (at the corner of Linden Place), Flushing, NY 11354
Tickets: Free with RSVP Online
Questions: 718-463-7700 x222
Korean World music group Juri’s Kuns, led by Haegeum (Korean traditional string instrument) player Juri Kim, comprises acoustic guitar, bass guitar, percussion and Janggu (Korean Drum). Their music presents a precise musical language that stands on the border between tradition and modernity.

The Folkus Project presents
The Boxcar Lilies
The darlings of last year’s Falcon Ridge new-talent showcase make their Folkus debut.
8 p.m.
May Memorial Unitarian Universalist Society, 3800 East Genesee St, Syracuse, NY
Cost: $15 (members $12)
Advance sale tickets are available online at www.folkus.org
The Boxcar Lilies have quickly made a name for themselves with their signature mix of folk, country, and bluegrass-tinged Americana music featuring spine-tingling, innovative harmonies and top-notch songwriting. Accompanying themselves on guitar, clawhammer banjo, ukulele, electric bass, and washboard, they have brought their uniquely warm sound and energetic stage presence to venues up and down the Eastern seaboard. Based in Western Massachusetts, The Boxcar Lilies are Jenny Goodspeed, Stephanie Marshall, and Katie Clarke — three singer-songwriters that met through a local musicians’ cooperative and discovered a shared passion for three-part harmony. They joined forces and in 2011 released their debut CD Heartwood, recorded with producer Dave Chalfant (Erin McKeown, The Nields). In 2013 they released their second studio album Sugar Shack, which they recorded with producer Lorne Entress (Lori McKenna, Catie Curtis). The album debuted on the Folk DJ Charts at #2 this May and it was highlighted by both CMJ.com and eMusic.com in their roundup of exciting new releases.

Caffè Lena presents
PossumHaw
7:00 p.m.
Caffè Lena, 47 Phila St., Saratoga Springs, NY, 518-583-0022
Tickets: $16, Member $14, Child and Student $8
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Now celebrating their 10-year anniversary, this award-winning Vermont band has evolved into a well-oiled machine with stunning vocal harmonies and stellar acoustic instrumentation. Jazz and blues influences weave through a repertoire of original bluegrass and country-folk led by Vermont’s Vocalist of the Year, Colby Crehan (familiar to Caffe audiences as lead singer for Bluegrass Gospel Project). Crehan on guitar, piano and lead vocals is joined by four band members on mandolin, banjo, bass, harmonica and delicious harmony vocals.

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Saturday, November 8, 2014
Flushing Town Hall presents
Dafnis Prieto Si o Si Quartet
7:30 p.m.
Flushing Town Hall, 137-35 Northern Boulevard, (at the corner of Linden Place), Flushing, NY 11354
Tickets: $15/$12 Members/$10 Students
Two-time Grammy nominee Dafnis Prieto, recipient of a 2011 MacArthur Fellowship (the “genius grant”), transposes elements from his Afro-Cuban musical heritage onto a jazz drum kit, with congas, timbales, and the layered patterns of rumba and son. The quartet features Peter Apfelbaum on tenor and soprano sax, Manuel Valera on piano, and Johannes Weidenmueller on bass, among the most in-demand players in NY’s vibrant jazz and Latin jazz scenes.

Caffè Lena presents
WEQXposure Showcase with DJ Kim
8:00 p.m.
Caffè Lena, 47 Phila St., Saratoga Springs, NY, 518-583-0022
Tickets: $16, Member $14, Child and Student $8
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DJ KIM, the taste-maker behind WEQX 102.7 FM’s popular Sunday evening show EQXposure, hosts our 4th DJ Showcase. She’s presenting three regional musicians who deserve your attention. A brief Q & A will lead each set so you can get to know the artist behind the songs. Kim has selected for us:
MATT DURFEE — a familiar presence in the Capital Region’s roots music scene, Durfee performs with aching honesty. Ballads and breath-taking instrumentals alternate with suprising covers and moments of lightness and laughter.
CARL DANIELS — He’s been called “a folk rock ray of sunshine on a bitter, gloomy winter day.” (SwordPaw Music) With a weathered voice reminiscent of Elliott Smith and a torrent of lyrics a la Neutral Milk Hotel, Daniels blends indie folk and blues, delivering insights about the daily trials and challenges that bind us all together.
HENRY’S RIFLE — Voted #3 solo artist in Metroland Readers Poll a couple years ago, Henry’s Rifle is a one-man-band hammering out “Gothic Americana gone wild” (David Malachowski) on harmonica, guitar, runaway freight train banjo and heaps of foot-stompin’.

The Towne Crier in Beacon presents
SUZANNE VEGA
8:30 p.m.
Towne Crier, 379 Main Street, Beacon, NY, (845) 855-1300
Tickets: $50 advance/$55 at the door
Suzanne Vega emerged as a leading figure of the folk-music revival of the early 1980s, when she sang what has been labeled “contemporary folk” or “neo-folk” in Greenwich Village clubs. Rolling Stone included her critically acclaimed 1985 debut album in their “100 Greatest Recordings of the 1980s.” Vega’s platinum follow-up album elevated her to star status (partly on the strength of her song, Luka) hitting #2 in the UK; #11 in the States; and was nominated for three Grammys including Record Of The Year. The respect for Suzanne”s utterly distinct, creative work—thoughtful and musical, sung in her plaintive but disarmingly powerful voice—is evidenced by Vega’s sold-out concerts in many of the world’s best-known halls.

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Sunday, November 9, 2014
Caffè Lena presents
Harvest Moon Harmonies with Jane Rothfield, Allan Carr & Magpie
7:00 p.m.
Caffè Lena, 47 Phila St., Saratoga Springs, NY, 518-583-0022
Tickets: $16, Member $14, Child and Student $8
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BRING NON-PERISHABLES FOR THE FRANKLIN COMMUNITY CENTER FOOD PANTRY & WE’LL REWARD YOU WITH A BOTTOMLESS CUP OF COFFEE, ON THE HOUSE! We welcome the cozy time of year with two acclaimed duos. Jane Rothfield (fiddle, banjo, vocal) and Allan Carr (guitar,vocals) have been playing traditional and original Celtic and Appalachian music for over 30 years. Originally from Aberdeen, Carr was raised with the rich traditional music of his native land and is an especially fine singer. Jane is an award winning fiddler, clawhammer banjo player, and tune composer with deep roots in the traditions of New England, Scotland and the American South. Great singing, hot instrumentals, and a big heap of Allan#8217;s humor makes for a lot of fun!
Greg Artzner and Terry Leonino’s Magpie represents the activist end of the folk music spectrum. Their music doesn’t just sound good, it does good. For more than forty years they’ve raised consciousness, hopes and spirits with songs about the earth and its people. And because they are musicians as well as activists, they mix their topical songs up with a rainbow of classics that draw on Terry’s skills as a jazz and blues singer, and Greg’s rollicking fingerstyle guitar.

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Tuesday, November 11, 2014
Flushing Town Hall presents
Veterans History Workshop
1:00 p.m.
Flushing Town Hall, 137-35 Northern Boulevard, (at the corner of Linden Place), Flushing, NY 11354
Tickets: Free with RSVP Online.
Celebrate Veteran’s Day with a workshop that will teach you how to preserve the story of the Veterans in your family. You will learn how to conduct interviews, collect stories and transfer your story to the Library of Congress’ Veterans History Project. Veterans and their families, as well as students looking for a Service Learning Project are encouraged to attend. Reserve your seat online; we may be able to pair you with a Vet.

World Music Institute (WMI) presents
TOURÉ – RAICHEL COLLECTIVE
7:30 p.m.
Peter Norton Symphony Space, 2537 Broadway at 95th St., New York, NY
Tickets: $45, $55 / WMI Friends $40, $50, VIP $95 includes reception with the artists
For more information, call (212) 545-7536
Tickets available online.
A chance encounter at an airport between Israeli superstar Idan Raichel and Malian guitar virtuoso Vieux Farka Touré led to an unscripted recording session that ultimately yielded the critically acclaimed album The Tel Aviv Session. A creative partnership was born as the duo, joined by Israeli bassist Yossi Fine and Malian calabash player Souleymane Kane, improvised a masterful selection of songs. The group’s live concerts capture the same creativity and inspired collaboration, delivering music that transcends the boundaries of country, culture and tradition. This concert kicks off the release of the much-anticipated second Touré-Raichel Collective album, The Paris Session.

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Wednesday, November 12, 2014
Caffè Lena presents
Storytelling Open Mic featuring Marni Gillard
7:00 p.m.
Caffè Lena, 47 Phila St., Saratoga Springs, NY, 518-583-0022
No advanced ticket sales. Tickets may be purchased at the door.
“Through stories we see ourselves as if in a mirror,” says Marni Gillard, who discovered storytelling while teaching middle school English in Niskayuna. After almost 20 years of teaching, Marni left the classroom to tell stories full time. She performs for all ages at schools and universities, libraries, museums, prison facilities, houses of worship, family gatherings, and festivals. She reminds us all that we have a storyteller alive within.
Open Mic participants have a 10-minute limit unless prior arrangements have been made with the hosts, Margaret French, Christie Keegan and Jeannine Laverty. Tellers are reminded that storytelling is narration without the use of written text—telling, not reading.

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Thursday, November 13, 2014
Caffè Lena presents
Jim Kweskin & Happy Traum
7:00 p.m.
Caffè Lena, 47 Phila St., Saratoga Springs, NY, 518-583-0022
Tickets: $22, Member $20, Child and Student $11
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They’ve championed American folk and blues for half a century and inspired countless guitarists around the world with their impeccable technique. Once best known as a singer and bandleader (Jim Kweskin Jug Band), Kweskin also created one of the bedrock guitar styles of the folk revival, adapting ragtime-blues fingerpicking to the complex chords of pop and jazz. His lifelong devotion to American folk styles continues to produce stellar recordings and live shows, both solo and in collaboration with various artists. Tonight he teams with folklorist, performer, writer, and teacher Happy Traum. Traum learned directly from the master bluesmen as youngster, and has played and recorded with Bob Dylan, Chris Smither, Maria Muldaur, Eric Andersen, Rory Block, Jerry Jeff Walker, Allen Ginsberg, Levon Helm, Rick Danko, Richard Manuel and innumerable others. As founder of Homespun Tapes, he is the author of more than a dozen best-selling guitar instruction books, has written for numerous national publications, and continues to add to his vast repertoire of traditional folk, blues and country songs.

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Friday, November 14, 2014
World Music Institute (WMI) presents
KAUSHIKI CHAKRABORTY
7:00 p.m.
The Grace Rainey Rodgers, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1000 5th Avenue, New York, NY
Tickets start at $40
For more information, call (212) 545-7536

In a rare New York appearance, virtuoso Indian vocalist Kaushiki Chakraborty displays her stunning mastery of South and North Indian vocal traditions. Her gorgeously lyrical sounds have won international praise; today she stands “among the front-ranking new-generation vocalists, with her impeccable technique and musicality” (The Hindu).

Caffè Lena presents
Maria Zemantauski’s Alegria Quartet
8:00 p.m.
Caffè Lena, 47 Phila St., Saratoga Springs, NY, 518-583-0022
Tickets: $18, Member $16, Child and Student $9
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Albany artist Maria Zemantauski has achieved international stature as a Flamenco guitarist. Her passionate, engaging performances have filled the Caffè numerous times. Tonight she is stretching out with a new project: a global music ensemble that includes cellist Monica Wilson-Roach, guitarist Jose Miralles, and percussionist Brian Melick. Maria’s Spanish and Flamenco-influenced originals are interspersed with pieces by the late Paco de Lucio and Strunz and Farah. Called “elegantly understated” by reviewers, the group’s repertoire and musical chemistry is genuinely fun, and the intensely complex arrangements will have you on the edge of your seat!

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Saturday, November 15, 2014
The New York Metro American Studies Association (NYMASA) announces its:
New York American Vernaculars Conference>
9 a.m.-6 p.m.
Stella and Charles Guttman Community College, 50 W 40th Street, New York, NY
Abstracts Due: July 15, 2014. Send to: vernaculars2014@gmail.com
For more details, visit http://www.nymasa.org/conference.html
Responding to tensions between official and emerging forms/formats/modes within and beyond academia, the New York Metro American Studies Association has chosen the theme of “American Vernaculars” for our annual conference. Rooted in the ordinary, vernaculars are languages, movements, objects, spaces, technologies, practices, and beliefs people use in their everyday lives. Through these and other vernaculars, we seek to explore questions such as: How does the vernacular relate to the academy? How do vernaculars create, define, protect and sustain communities? How do vernaculars interact with, confront, resist, and/or subvert elite and exclusionary discourses? How do vernaculars change over time and how do they produce change across geographic and social terrains? How do vernaculars create, define, protect, and sustain communities, especially marginalized and racialized communities?

Flushing Town Hall presents
Tin Throat Ensemble
2:00 p.m.
Flushing Town Hall, 137-35 Northern Boulevard, (at the corner of Linden Place), Flushing, NY 11354
Tickets: Free (no tickets or RSVP required)
Evocative and provocative, this band reaches into the reservoir of folk and improvisational traditions, setting them aflame and distilling an intoxicating rhythm, catchy melodies and outright fury. Led by guitarist and composer Alejandro Florez together with saxophonist Dan Blake, world-class drummer Satoshi Takeishi, virtuoso sound artist Andrew Drury, and award-winning tuba player Ben Stapp.

Caffè Lena presents
R-P-R of Tanglefoot
8:00 p.m.
Caffè Lena, 47 Phila St., Saratoga Springs, NY, 518-583-0022
Tickets: $20, Member $18, Child and Student $10
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They rocked the folk-roots music scene as the core of Tanglefoot, a ballad-singing, foot-stomping, rampantly energetic Canadian quintet with a non-stop tour schedule and a passionate following throughout English-speaking world. Fans have never stopped hungering for Tanglefoot ever since they disbanded a few years back, and now we’ve got Great News! Rob Ritchie (keyboard and vocals for Tanglefoot), Al Parrish (bass and vocals), and Steve Ritchie (guitar and vocals) have reconnected as RPR. Along with dynamic percussionist Beaker Granger, the new configuration affords the four veteran performers the opportunity to stretch their wings, indulging in musical whims and creating a memorable experience of arresting music, stories, laughter and reminiscence. It’s irreverant and poignant, gentle as a whisper and explosively energetic. And whether it’s an original country song of Al’s, Steve’s recollection of a Robert Plant version of an old Dylan tune, or Rob’s incisive musical humour, all the trademark harmony, the chemistry, the impact are all there.

Robert Browning Associates presents
ESPIRITU GITANO
Felah-Menguz (Fugitive Peasant)
8 p.m.
Roulette, 509 Atlantic Ave (at 3rd Ave), Downtown Brooklyn
Tickets: $25/ Students & Seniors $20
Directed by guitarist-composer Arturo Martinez who has been a noted figure in the New York flamenco scene since the 1980s, the 10-member Espiritu Gitano ensemble of musicians, singers and dancers reveals the beauty and boldness of flamenco. The show takes its title, Felah Menguz, from the origin of the word “flamenco,” which translates as “fugitive peasant.” In defiance of ethnic conflicts, Espiritu Gitano reflects the essence of flamenco by bringing together many influences, ranging from traditions of India and the Middle East, to those of the Moors, Jews and Gypsies of Andalusia. Featured are Arturo Martinez (guitar), Barbara Martinez (vocals, dance), Maya de Silva (dance), Elena Dalai (Persian vocals), Najmah Ayashah (Indian Gypsy dance), Elisabet Torras (dance), Elena Lintini (Middle Eastern dance), Alfonso Cid (vocal), Sean Kupiz (bass, percussion) and Tom Chess (oud - lute, nay – flute).

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Sunday, November 16, 2014
Albany Institute of History & Art announces
Women and Power in the Ancient World
Author Kara Cooney
2:00 p.m.
Albany Institute of History & Art, 125 Washington Avenue, Albany, NY 12210
Free with museum admission
In conjunction with the publication of her new book The Woman Who Would Be King: Hatshepsut’s Rise to Power in Ancient Egypt, Cooney will draw from the latest field research to fill the gaps in what we know about Hatshepsut — the longest reigning female pharaoh — and the obstacles that faced women who sought power and prestige in a society that equated authority with masculinity. Cooney will be available to sign copies of the book that will be available for purchase.

Caffè Lena presents
Deb Cavanaugh
7:00 p.m.
Caffè Lena, 47 Phila St., Saratoga Springs, NY, 518-583-0022
Tickets: $14, Member $12, Child and Student $9
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A lifetime dedicated to playing, teaching and composing music comes together in Deb Cavanaugh’s new CD, Musical Memoirs. With this innovative 10-song project, Deb recounts key moments in her life with a song and a written story. Raising children, busking on urban street corners, political activism, surviving a volcano, thumbing around America—her life has been lived with boldness and spirit, and music has been her constant companion. She is a classically trained vocalist and is adept on numerous instruments, including mandolin, mountain dulcimer, guitar and limber jack. With spoken word and beautiful folk music, Deb Cavanaugh will take us along on her journey for an evening.

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Monday, November 17, 2014
Museum at Eldridge Street presents
Memoir Writing Workshop With folklorist Dr. Hanna Griff-Sleven
11-12:30 a.m., for 4 Mondays, beginning November 17
Museum at Eldridge Street, 12 Eldridge Street, New York, NY 10002
Tickets: $15 for one class; $50 for all 4 classes
Have you been meaning to get your family story down on paper? Are there photographs and ephemera whose stories you want to record and pass down to the next generation? In this supportive classroom environment, share your family objects and anecdotes and be prompted to write about them in class. Each week you’ll focus on a different family object or event, and the end result will be the beginning of a valuable family document.

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Wednesday, November 19, 2014
Gotham Center for NYC History presents a Fall 2014 Forum:
“A Vast and Fiendish Plot” : The Confederate Attack on New York City
6:30-8:00 p.m.
Martin E. Segal Theater, CUNY, 365 Fifth Avenue at 34th Street, New York, NY
FREE and open to the public, reservations not required! First come, first served!
One hundred and fifty years ago, Manhattan was almost wiped from the map in what could have been the worst terrorist attack in world history when eight Confederate officers failed miserably to burn down the city on November 25, 1864. Had they scouted better targets, or made better use of the chemical weapons they carried, firefighters would have been overwhelmed and hundreds of thousands would have burned to death. Come hear the true story of how New York ignored clear warnings from the federal government about the impending attack, and how local, state, and national politicians may have aided the Confederates in the attack.

Caffè Lena presents
Stray Birds CD Release Concert with opener Jordie Lane
7:00 p.m.
Caffè Lena, 47 Phila St., Saratoga Springs, NY, 518-583-0022
Tickets: $18, Member $16, Child and Student $9
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Formed in Lancaster, PA in 2010, The Stray Birds, whose “playing is gorgeous, the harmonies exquisite” (WXPN), consists of Maya de Vitry (vocals, guitar, banjo, fiddle, piano), Oliver Craven (vocals, guitar, resonator, fiddle), and Charles Muench (vocals, bass, banjo). All classically trained and roots-music-raised, the trio has attracted attention with their blend of foot-stomping bluegrass, heartbreaking country, timeless gospel, and tender poetic ballads, all sung with soaring, transcendent vocal harmony. Following the band’s 2012 highly praised self-titled release, which NPR Music named Top 10 Folk/Americana album, and 2013’s Echo Sessions, they come to us tonight with a brand new album, Best Medicine, releasing this fall on the Yep Roc label.
Jordie Lane, a gem of a songwriter, entertainer and collaborator, is joining the band for the full tour.

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Friday, November 21, 2014
Flushing Town Hall presents
Martha Redbone
7:30 p.m.
Flushing Town Hall, 137-35 Northern Boulevard, (at the corner of Linden Place), Flushing, NY 11354
Tickets: $15/$12 Members/$10 Students
Powerful singer songwriter, Martha Redbone, fuses 18th century poetry with her Native American and African- American roots to create The Garden of Love — a gorgeous collision of cultures. She is joined by her husband, Aaron Whitby, on keys and melodica, Alan Burroughs on guitar and vocals, and Fred Cash on bass, among others. NEW! Pre-show Members Lounge at 6:30 p.m.

Caffè Lena presents
The Kennedys
8:00 p.m.
Caffè Lena, 47 Phila St., Saratoga Springs, NY, 518-583-0022
Tickets: $16, Member $14, Child and Student $8
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In a career spanning two decades, New York duo Pete and Maura Kennedy have traversed a broad musical landscape, surveying power pop, acoustic songwriting, organic rock rooted in their early days in Austin, and a Byrds-inspired jangle that drew the attention of Roger McGuinn, Steve Earle, and most notably Nanci Griffith. The duo co-produced Nanci’s latest CD. On their own recent release, Closer Than You Know, the songs have a quality, inherent in Maura’s voice, that is both soothing and urgent. As writers and producers, the Kennedys continue to mature, from their early style-conscious pop to today’s burnished sheen. Always tuned to their own muse, Pete and Maura have once again come up with a unique sound that is as uplifting as it is unique.

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Saturday, November 22, 2014
Flushing Town Hall presents
Family Workshop: Martha Redbone
1:00 p.m.
Flushing Town Hall, 137-35 Northern Boulevard, (at the corner of Linden Place), Flushing, NY 11354
Tickets: $6/$4 Members & Children Order online or Phone: (718) 463-7700 x222
Traditional music workshop with Martha Redbone (Cherokee & Choctaw). Martha will introduce you to Native American rhythms and sounds in this interactive family-friendly workshop.

Valley Folk presents
Annie and the Hedonists
7:30 p.m.
Drake House Studio Theater, 171 Cedar Arts Center, 155 Cedar Street, Corning, NY
$17.50 at-the-door
Half price for disabled folks and full time students (high school, college) with valid ID.
Children 14 and under free with adult.
A band with a great lead singer and tight harmonies, covering an eclectic mix of acoustic blues, vintage jazz and swing, and folk roots Americana. “Annie struts right to the heart of each sassy, nostalgic song and gives us a piece of her mind in a voice that sits comfortably alongside the greats of the American jazz tradition.” —Sarah Craig, Manager, Caffè Lena.

World Music Institute (WMI) presents
AURELIO MARTÍNEZ
8:00 p.m.
Peter Norton Symphony Space, 2537 Broadway at 95th St., New York, NY
Tickets: $35, $45 / WMI Friends $30, $40 / Bring a Kid! $5
For more information, call (212) 545-7536
Tickets available online.
Torch-bearer of the Garifuna tradition and the first black member of Honduras’s National Congress, the soulful singer, guitarist and percussionist Aurelio Martínez has come a long way from the tiny fishing village in which he was born. He assumed the lead in preserving the culture’s unique language and extraordinary sound after the passing of its first musical ambassador, Andy Palácio. He’s been casting the warm glow of the Caribbean upon audiences ever since, enchanting all with his bittersweet vocal style, guitar-accompanied paranda ballads and hypnotic percussion. This concert celebrates the release of Aureláo’s new album, Landini, which is the Garifuna term for a canoe’s landing spot on shore.

Caffè Lena presents
Judy Wyle CD Release Concert
8:00 p.m.
Caffè Lena, 47 Phila St., Saratoga Springs, NY, 518-583-0022
Tickets: $16, Member $14, Child and Student $8
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Saratoga singer-songwriter Judy Wyle is celebrating the release of a new CD, Girl In the Silver Leaves. In the studio and on stage, Judy weaves a soulful tapestry of words and melody set in grooving, jazzy R&B arrangements delivered with passion and joy. Azzaam Hameed on piano leads the cast of all-stars: Carl West - bass, Rich Johnson - guitar, Scott Apicelli - drums, and Brian Melick - percussion. The band will be joined by local luminaries Jonathan Green - clarinet, Doug Johnson - harmonica, Perley and Rain Rousseau Smith and Jeanne O’Connor on back-up vocals, with special guest, young Apollo gospel star, Jayda Chance.

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Sunday, November 23, 2014
Museum at Eldridge Street presents
Klezmer Jewels with 12th Night Klezmer
3-4:30 p.m.
Museum at Eldridge Street, 12 Eldridge Street, New York, NY 10002
Tickets: $20 General Admission, $15 members, seniors, students

Enjoy a world of klezmer music from its origins in the shtetls of Eastern Europe through its musical journey to the Big Apple with 12th Night Klezmer. This all-Israeli ensemble reclaims authentic rhythm and colors from their original sources and brings back the unique expression of joy and sorrow that made klezmer music so approachable and popular.

Caffè Lena presents
Sultans of String
7:00 p.m.
Caffè Lena, 47 Phila St., Saratoga Springs, NY, 518-583-0022
Tickets: $18, Member $16, Child and Student $9
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Chris McKhool (violin) and Kevin Laliberté (guitar) blend violin and flamenco guitar with electronic wizardry to create soundscapes that seem impossible to be coming from just two people. Larger than the sum of its parts, this virtuosic duo takes you on a journey to hear the horses of Sable Island, underwater to hear the calls of Luna the Whale, and on the silk road through Spain and the Middle East, through the Gypsy-jazz cafés of Eastern Europe, and then to their native Canada for a trip to the majestic Arctic. “An organic mix of rumba, Gypsy, jazz, Middle Eastern and Spanish flavours – they all mix together beautifully...brilliantly executed!”—Errol Nazareth, CBC Radio One

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Tuesday, November 25, 2014
The Arts Center of the Capital Region presents
NUTS AND BOLTS Workshop: MARKETING FOR ARTISTS
> 7:00-8:30 p.m.
The Arts of the Capital Region, 265 River Street, Troy, NY 12180, (518) 273-0552
Cost: Free
Enrollment Max: 20. Call to register ahead.
Marketing is a challenge for any artist or small business. Liz Friedman gives an introduction to the ins and outs of marketing as an artist. Liz holds an MBA and operates her own company Green Room. She will provide an introduction to marketing mechanics and strategies for getting better at marketing.

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Wednesday, November 26, 2014
Caffè Lena presents
Acoustic Blues Jam with host Sonny Speed
7 p.m.
Caffè Lena, 47 Phila St., Saratoga Springs, NY, 518-583-0022
Admission is $5 No advanced ticket sales. Tickets may be purchased at the door.
If you have the Blues, play the blues, or love the Blues we got you covered! Caffè Lena, The Saratoga Acoustic Blues Society and the Capital Region Blues Network have teamed up to present a monthly acoustic blues open mic. We’re looking for acoustic Blues players of all ages, styles, and playing levels to present Blues originals and covers on the famed Caffè Lena stage. Get connected with members of SABS and the CRBN as well as other Blues fans and become a part of what’s happening in the Blues scene. Bring your acoustic guitar, harps, slides, mandolin, bass or whatever (Lena’s has the piano) and sign up for a slot to play solo, as a duo, ensemble or even have players in the room join you on stage. The event will be held on the 4th Wednesday of the month and hosted by SABS & CRBN member Sonny Speed. Sign up is 7 p.m. Names are pulled out of a lottery at 7:30 p.m. A monthly featured act opens up with a short set. The open mic follows.

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Friday, November 28, 2014
Caffè Lena presents
Brooks Williams
8:00 p.m.
Caffè Lena, 47 Phila St., Saratoga Springs, NY, 518-583-0022
Tickets: $18, Member $16, Child and Student $9
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Ranked one of the Top 100 Acoustic Guitarists, singer-songwriter Brooks Williams writes grooving songs and delivers them with an easy-going vocal style and monstrous guitar chops. Walking the line between blues and Americana, Williams has worked stages worldwide for over 25 years, amassing a staggering catalogue of songs, recordings and tales. With nearly 20 CDs to his name – and more on the way – this Statesboro, Georgia native is “impossible not to like.” (americanaUK)

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Saturday, November 29, 2014
Caffè Lena presents
Annie and the Hedonists
8:00 p.m.
Caffè Lena, 47 Phila St., Saratoga Springs, NY, 518-583-0022
Tickets: $18, Member $16, Child and Student $9
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This breezy, fun-loving band led by Annie and Jonny Rosen offers a wide-ranging repertoire. From the gospel-rock of Sister Rosetta Tharpe to the high-lonesome bluegrass of Claire Lynch and the irresistible swing of Fats Waller, the torchy, honey voice of Annie Rosen takes center stage, with super-tight, expert backing provided by husband Jonny Rosen on guitar, multi-instrumentalist Peter Davis on clarinet, tenor guitar, piano, and vocals, and Don Young on bass. This show always packs the house so get your tickets early!

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Sunday, November 30, 2014
Albany Institute of History & Art announces
Delicious December: How the Dutch Brought Us Santa, Presents, and Treats
Author Peter Rose
2:00 p.m.
Albany Institute of History & Art, 125 Washington Avenue, Albany, NY 12210
Free admission
As part of the museum’s Thanksgiving weekend celebration, Home for the Holidays, renowned food historian Peter Rose will share stories and recipes from her newest book, Delicious December. Join her for a delightful exploration of the Dutch roots of many of our favorite holiday traditions as she tempts us with more than a hundred treasured recipes adapted for contemporary entertaining. Treats will be available to sample and purchase.

Caffè Lena presents
Hot Club of Saratoga
7:00 p.m.
Caffè Lena, 47 Phila St., Saratoga Springs, NY, 518-583-0022
Tickets: $18, Member $16, Child and Student $9
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Saratoga’s popular gypsy jazz quintet, The Hot Club of Saratoga, has developed a hugely fun repertoire reflects the spirit and style of The Quintet of The Hot Club of France, featuring Django Reinhardt and Stephane Grappelli, most prominent in the 1930s and kept alive through a line of gypsy jazz artists ever since. This ensemble features five superb gypsy jazz enthusiasts: Chad Tallman, guitar; Tucker Callander, violin; Chuck Kish, guitar and accordion; Dylan Perrillo, string bass; and Jonathan Greene on clarinet and sax.

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ANNOUNCEMENTS

Staten Island arts announces
“My Staten Island” Quilt Project


When: Thursdays August 20 – November 20; 12-1 p.m.
Where: 2nd floor CLLD Rotunda, JCC, 1466 Manor Rd, SI, NY


The Center for Life Long Development (CLLD) Quilt Class invites you to participate in the “My Staten Island”; Quilt Project. Make your mark on a map of Staten Island that will become part of a CLLD class sewing project.

What area of Staten Island has special meaning to you? The restaurant where you were proposed to, a marsh where you watch green herons, the school where you play sports or the ferry on which you commute or commuted before you retired? Work together on a group project and mark a representational symbol into a map of Staten Island. Take the opportunity to share your experiences, journey through past and present, log in and leave comments.

If you are not able to make your mark in person, you can email mysiquilt@yahoo.com. One of the class participants will place your mark and your story will be added to the quilt log.

The sale proceeds of the “My Staten Island” quilt will be donated to the CLLD Program.


Museum at Eldridge Street presents
Lifelong Learning Classes beginning in October

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

This fall our lifelong learning classes offer fascinating opportunities for Bible study, learning about immigrant history on the Lower East Side and starting a family memoir.

Modernity and the Bible with Dr. Regina Stein
8 sessions: Tuesdays, 11:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., beginning October 21
Who wrote the Bible? Did the events it presents happen as the Bible describes them? Is the text of the Torah scroll accurate? Medieval rabbinic commentators had clear answers to these questions. But modern scientific discoveries, archaeology and literary theories radically challenged many traditional notions. How should we read the Bible in the 21st century? To answer this complex question, we will explore some of the personalities, ideas and debates from the classical rabbinic period to the Middle Ages, and from the Enlightenment to today. $15 per class; $110 for all eight classes.

The Many Faces of the Torah with Dr. Regina Stein
8 sessions: Thursdays, 11:00 a.m.-12:30 p.m., beginning October 23
The Five Books of the Torah have always been interpreted in many different ways. Using the weekly Torah portion as our jumping off point, we will delve into Biblical texts, commentaries, and the questions they raise. From the 1st century allegory of Philo in Alexandria to the critical commentaries of contemporary American and Israeli scholars, we will discuss and debate insights from a variety of disciplines as we continue the Jewish tradition of Torah study. $15 per class; $110 for all eight classes.

Immigrant Communities on the Lower East Side with Barry Feldman
5 Wednesdays, starting October 22 from 11:00 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
Waves of Irish, German, Eastern European Jews, Slavs, Italians, Hispanics and Asians transformed sparse farmlands into thriving ethnic enclaves on the Lower East Side in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. Explore the social, cultural and religious patterns that enriched these communities and their relationships with each other. Three classroom discussion sessions will be enhanced by two walking tours exploring the diverse immigrant history of the Lower East Side. $15 per class; $65 for all five classes.

Memoir Writing Workshop with with folklorist Dr. Hanna Griff-Sleven
4 Mondays, starting November 17 from 11:00 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
Have you been meaning to get your family story down on paper? Are there photographs and ephemera whose stories you want to record and pass down to the next generation? In this supportive classroom environment, share your family objects and anecdotes and be prompted to write about them in class. Each week you’ll focus on a different family object or event, and the end result will be the beginning of a valuable family document. $15 per class; $50 for all four classes.


Middle Atlantic Folklife Association (MAFA) announces a
CALL FOR PAPERS for its Biennial Conference of the Middle Atlantic Folklife Association

Theme: Land and Sea – Geography, Economy, and Culture in the American Experience

Date: March 27–28, 2015
Location: Rowan University, Glassboro, NJ
Partner Organization: Eastern American Studies Association (EASA)

This year, MAFA will be partnering with the Eastern American Studies Association to hold a joint conference. The location of this year’s meeting – Rowan University in New Jersey – provides a vantage from which to view diverse features of the Eastern United States. Looking to the east is the Atlantic Ocean and the famous “Jersey Shore.” Although many people know the “Shore” for its popular entertainments, beauty contests, and gambling, it also has a longstanding maritime folk culture, including the craft of the renowned Jersey Skiff, in addition to the east of the “Pine Barrens” that attracted studies of its residents known as “Pineys” by the American Folklife Center. To the west is the Delaware River and the Philadelphia metropolitan area. Glassboro, the home of Rowan University, is historically connected to early American manufacturing – the renowned “Glass Works in the Woods” that has led some scholars to view the Delaware Valley as the cradle of American industrialism. Yet southern New Jersey is also known for being a leading producer of fresh fruits and vegetables, including cranberries, blueberries, tomatoes, and escarole/endive. The varied landscape facilitates identities often by occupational and recreational communities. Evidence of its crossroads reputation is the Glassboro Summit in 1967 between President Lyndon Johnson and Soviet Premier Alexei Kosygin, with the Glassboro site chosen because it is equidistant between New York and Washington, DC

Against the backdrop of this geographic crossroads, the program committee invites papers, forums, and sessions that explore the connections of geography, economy, and culture in the American experience. The committee is interested not only in historical and cultural analyses of social adaptation to the landscape but also in organizational efforts to interpret, conserve, and enhance community identities, public heritage, and folk traditions. These studies need not be limited to New Jersey – they can include the Atlantic World. In sum, this conference will explore the local, regional, and global patterns and exchanges that contribute to the distinctive eastern American mix of land and sea. As always, MAFA is open to papers and panels on any topic of American folklore and folklife, including those which do not fit under the conference theme. Both university and public folklorists are strongly encouraged to attend.


Submission Guidelines: Individual Papers: Send a short abstract (no more than 500 words) and a brief CV or resume of no more than two pages.

Full Panels: Send a cover sheet with the title of the panel, the names of each participant, and the titles of their presentations. Include a short abstract of each paper (no more than 500 words) as well as a CV or resume of no longer than two pages for each panel participant.

All materials should be sent to Christie Briley at czb5178@psu.edu before January 9, 2015.

Graduate students whose proposals are accepted will be encouraged to submit their final papers electronically several weeks prior to the conference if they wish to be considered for the Simon J. Bronner Award for the outstanding graduate paper in American Studies.


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ONGOING EXHIBITIONS AND PRODUCTIONS
Iroquois Indian Museum announces
Standing in Two Worlds: Iroquois in 2014
May 3: Opening Reception, 1 to 3 p.m.
Iroquois Indian Museum, 324 Caverns Road, Howes Cave, NY
For more information contact: info@iroquoismuseum.org, or 518-296-8949
Open April 1 through November 30* Tuesday-Saturday 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Sundays 12 p.m.-5 p.m.
*closing each day at 4 p.m. during the months of April and November
Admission: Adults - $8.00; Group(7+) $6.40, Seniors - $6.50; Group $5.20, Students (12 to 17) - $6.50; Group $5.20, Children 5 to 12 - $5.00; Group $4.00, Children under 5 - free
What contemporary concerns warrant our attention and creative comment?Works exploring boundaries and borders, environment, hydro-fracking, economy, gaming, the digital/disposable age, sports mascots, the impact of national/international events and decisions, the role of tradition and community, and the state of the Arts will be featured.

April 1, 2014 —November 30, 2014

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

June 26, 2014 —May 31, 2015
The Japan Culture Center of Western New York, in partnership with The Castellani Art Museum of Niagara University present
Between Two Worlds: Poured Paperworks by Sarah Brayer
Castellani Art Museum of Niagara University, 5795 Lewiston Road, Niagara University, New York 14109, 716-286-8200
Hours: Tuesday-Saturday: 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.; Sunday: 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
For more information, please contact Carrie Hertz, PhD, Curator of Folk Arts at 716-286-8290
The Japan Culture Center of Western New York, in partnership with the Castellani Art Museum of Niagara University (CAM), is proud to announce a new exhibition showcasing the work of Sarah Brayer, a Rochester-born artist living in Kyoto. Since the 1980s, Sarah has been making large-scale, handmade paperworks as the only Westerner working in the 800-year old papermaking village of Echizen. The wall panels, screens, and scrolls that she produces by strategically pouring paper pulp evoke themes common to traditional Japanese arts—abstracted visions of landscape, ocean, and celestial scenes. Lately, Sarah has incorporated photo-luminescent pigments that glow in fading light. By combining her training in both Eastern and Western artistic styles, Sarah says her “task is to find new ways of expression in an age old tradition” known in Japan as “washi.” With your support, Between Two Worlds: Poured Paperworks by Sarah Brayer, will be on view July 20 – December 21, 2014, at the Castellani Art Museum of Niagara University. Split between two galleries—mirror images of each other, the exhibition will explore Sarah’s geographic and artistic journey between two cultural worlds. One gallery, the “daylight” gallery, will introduce visitors to Sarah’s personal style and its relationship to Japanese aesthetic and technical traditions, while the other—the “night” gallery—will invite visitors to enter a meditative space enhanced by music and lighting that transitions slowly from bright to dark. As the light fades and rises again, luminous pigments within the artworks will reveal new dimensions before visitors’ eyes. As part of a week-long celebration of cultural connections between Japan and Western New York in October, Sarah will make a special visit to Buffalo. A reception at the Castellani Art Museum will give visitors a chance to meet her in person and listen to her talk about her work.

July 20, 2014 —December 21, 2014

The Folklife Center at Crandall Public Library presents
Photo of Juan Bon Bom Galbez demonstrating the Chilean art of braiding manes
Photo of Juan Bon Bom Galbez demonstrating the Chilean art
of braiding manes

STABLE VIEWS: Voices and Stories from the Thoroughbred Racetrack
Opening: Tuesday, Aug. 5, 2014, 5:00-7:00 p.m.
The Folklife Center of Crandall Public Library, 251 Glen Street, Glens Falls, New York 12801, 518.792.6508
Cost: Free Admission
Based upon research by NYFS Executive Director, Ellen McHale, through an Archie Green Fellowship in Occupational Folklore from the Library of Congress, this exhibition portrays the workers in the “backstretch” of the thoroughbred racetracks. Through photographs and their reflections of work in their own words, it portrays the work and workers behind the scenes within thoroughbred racing.The exhibition features the paintings of Sarah Camele Arnold, handmade objects by riders and trainers, and video. Read more...
August 5, 2014 —December 2014
Samuel Dorsky Museum of Art presents the
Race, Love, and Labor: New Work from The Center for Photography at Woodstock’s Artist-in-Residency Program
Curated by Sarah Lewis
Opening reception: Saturday, September 6, 2014, 5-7 p.m.
Hours: Wednesday-Sunday: 11 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Sara Bedrick Gallery, Samuel Dorsksy Museum of Art, State University of New York, 1 Hawk Drive, New Paltz, NY 12561, 845.257.3844

Suggested Donation: $5
It is impossible to separate the history of photography from the history of labor, love, and race in America. This exhibition, culled from the collection of the Center for Photography at Woodstock’s Artist-in-Residency program, displays images by artists who understand the needs of labor in the fullest sense of the word: a means through which we birth ourselves anew. These artists are participants in a 15-year-old tradition at the Center for Photography at Woodstock (CPW), which offers artists of color one of the requirements for a sterling creative practice—embryonic time to probe deeply, unfettered by distractions. At the 20th anniversary of CPW’s partnership with the Samuel Dorsky Museum of Art, it is a moment to honor this residency and examine the themes that have emerged from the resulting, irreplaceable pictures. The 20 artists whose work is featured in the exhibition are: Endia Beal, William Cordova, Isaac Diggs, Caleb Ferguson, LaToya Ruby Frazier, Nikita Gale, Gerard H. Gaskin, Eyakem Gulilat, Tommy Kha, Kathya Maria Landeros, Deana Lawson, Alma Leiva, Yijun Pixy Liao, Gina Osterloh, Dawit L. Petros, Tim Portlock, Paul Mpagi Sepuya, Xaviera Simmons, Joanna Tam, and Preston Wadley.

August 27, 2014 —December 14, 2014

ArtsWestchester announces
New NY Bridge Art Show
Rockland Art Opening
Friday, September 5th, 6-8 p.m.
142 Main Street, Nyack, NY

Westchester Art Opening
Friday, September 12th, 6-8 p.m.
2 North Broadway, Tarrytown, NY
Hours: Monday – Friday, 11 a.m.– 7 p.m., Saturday and Sunday 11 a.m.– 4 p.m.
Free and open to the public
For more information, please contact Andrew O’Rourke (518.941.6945) or Dan Marcy (845.641.6293) For artists on both sides of the Hudson River, the Tappan Zee Bridge has been a familiar sight in the Hudson Valley landscape and an inspiration throughout the years. We ask you to join us in honoring the combined talent and vision of the local artists who submitted to the inaugural Bridge Art Show. With 87 submissions from over 60 artists, there is something for everyone. To celebrate the twin span bridge project, the New NY Bridge Art Show will have two opening nights in Rockland and Westchester counties. We will be unveiling the best of show and two runners up in both counties. The 2014 Bridge Art Show is presented in collaboration with ArtsWestchester, Rockland Center for the Arts, Rivertown Artists Workshop, and Nyack Art Collective.

September 5, 2014 — November 1, 2014

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

September 6, 2014 —August 29, 2015
Taller Boricua presents the exhibition
A FEATHER IN EACH HAND
OPENING RECEPTION: Friday, September 19, 6-9 p.m.
Tues., Wed., Fri., Sat. 12-6 p.m., Thurs. 1-7 p.m. | Sun. and Mon. Closed
Taller Boricua Gallery at the Julia de Burgos Latino Cultural Center | The Puerto Rican Workshop, Inc.,1680 Lexington Avenue, New York, NY 10029 | 212.831.4333
Admission: Free
For additional information about Esperanza Cortés or Michael Pribich contact TALLER BORICUA:212.831.4333 / marcos_cuba@hotmail.com
Taller Boricua Galleries is pleased to present this year’s inaugural exhibition “Feather in Each Hand” featuring a selection of work including various installations, sculptures and assemblages by these New York City artists.
ESPERANZA CORTÉS: Esperanza Cortés is a Colombian born contemporary New York artist who has exhibited in the United States in galleries and museums: “My interest in the folk art traditions, art rituals, music and dance of Latin America, The Caribbean and Africa and their continuous and evolving changes are at the core of my sculpture, installations and interventions. I use a wide variety of materials and sculptural methods often in combinations with reworked found objects that are impregnated with cultural symbols that act as sites of memory.”
MICHAEL PRIBICH: Michael Pribich grew up in Northern California and has lived in New York City since 1990. His art work is informed by social justice issues: “The importance of dreams, and desire is emphasized in overcoming obstacles that make every day life seem insurmountable.”


September 19, 2014 — November 1, 2014

...and beyond
John Michael Kohler Arts Center announces
This Must Be The Place
Opening Celebration: Friday, October 3, 6-9 p.m.
John Michael Kohler Arts Center, 608 New York Ave., Sheboygan, WI 53081-4507, 920.458.6144
Admission FREE to Arts Center members. (Join today!) General Public: $10 (Buy tickets) Tickets also available at the door.
Enjoy a musical performance by Painted Caves, hors d’oeuvres, and a cash bar. Get your tickets online. 7:30 p.m.—Tour the galleries with curator of the series, Karen Patterson, and six exhibiting artists.
Original installations, sculpture, photography, film, and work by vernacular environment builders reveal powerful places of influence in twelve artists’ lives. This series of five exhibitions invites consideration of “place” as far more than a particular point on a map. Rather, it brings to light the humanity, meaning, and identity that can be drawn from and invested in a place when the experience of it transcends materiality.
Kim Morgan: Range Light, Borden-Carleton, PEI, 2010
September 14, 2014–January 4, 2015
Martin Prekop: House
September 14, 2014–January 4, 2015
Kevin Blythe Sampson: Ironbound
September 14, 2014–February 1, 2015
Building Stories: Including works by Heather Benning, Beverly Buchanan, Scott Carter, Sanford Darling, Frank Albert Jones (1900–1969), Alexandre Larose, and Sebura & Gartelmann
October 3, 2014–February 15, 2015
Brent Green: Gravity Was Everywhere Back Then
October 3, 2014–February 1, 2015


Houston Arts Alliance announces
Stories of a Workforce
Opening Reception: Tuesday, September 23, 2014 5-7:30 p.m., 5:30 p.m. Remarks, RSVP
Exhibition Hours: Mon., Tues., and- Thurs., 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.; Wed., 10 a.m. - 8 p.m., Sat. 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Houston Public Library, Julia Ideson Building, 500 McKinney St., Houston, TX 77002
Free and open to the public
In conjunction with Transported + Renewed, Houston Arts Alliance’s Folklife + Traditional Arts program in partnership with the Houston Public Library will present the major exhibition Stories of a Workforce: Celebrating the Centennial of the Houston Ship Channel. The exhibition explores the diverse culture, heritage, and lore of work associated with the Port of Houston and the Houston Ship Channel.

September 23, 2014 —January 31, 2015

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