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Thursday, October 1, 2015
Sponsored by the New York Cultural Heritage Tourism Network
In conjunction with its Women’s Rights & Suffrage Committee
9:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.
See Program Outline
Holiday Inn — Waterloo/Seneca Falls, 2468 NYS Route 414, Waterloo, NY 13165
Contact: Info@NYCHTN.com or 315.521.3985 with questions
RSVP online
Cost per person: $50.00 for Network members; $60.00 for non-members Rate includes continental breakfast during registration, morning coffee break, luncheon, afternoon break, program as listed, and excellent take-home material from the program
Exhibitor tables are also available in and surrounding the main ballroom. Tables are eight feet in length, 2-1/2 feet wide and each exhibitor has 1/2 the table for their own use. Exhibitor tables are $40 for members and $50 for non-members. There are no electric hookups available at this time.

The Conference Goal is to provide awareness, stimulate interest and nurture partnerships in preparation for the Centennial Celebration of women’s right to vote in New York State and to explore cultural heritage tourism potential for 2017

Who should attend: Educators, historians, students, tourism leaders and businesses, politicians, community organizations, cultural heritage sites, and the general public.

Special Wednesday Program: The village of Seneca Falls with its myriad women’s suffrage attractions is inviting all those who arrive on Wednesday to an outstanding tour the evening preceding the conference. Included are special tours of the Women’s Rights National Historical Park, Elizabeth Cady Stanton’s home, National Women’s Hall of Fame, Seneca Falls Historical Society Museum plus r/t transportation from the Holiday Inn. Reservations are important and can be made at the same time your conference reservation is made.

None of this would be possible without the extensive support of conference partners – New York Council for the Humanities and Generations Bank of Seneca Falls.

World Music Institute (WMI) announces
Kassé Mady Diabaté featuring Ballaké Sissoko 7:30 p.m.
The Metropolitan Museum of Art (in The Grace Rainey Rogers Auditorium), 1000 5th Avenue at East 82nd St., New York, NY
Tickets: $35
Kassé Mady Diabaté, one of Mali’s most celebrated vocalists, makes his first ever solo tour in the United States, with only one performance in New York. Backed by a quartet of some of Africa’s finest musicians, including the world-renowned Ballaké Sissoko on kora, these performances highlight songs from his recent release of his Kirike, which was hailed by The Financial Times as “the perfect setting for Diabaté’s voice.” Over the past ten years Kassé Mady has been a star singer alongside fellow Malian kora player Toumani Diabaté, first with the Symmetric Orchestra, and subsequently with the Afrocubism recording project on World Circuit and in live performance.
This concert is a part of World Music Institute’s Masters of African Music Series. Presented in collaboration with The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

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Friday, October 2, 2015
Caffè Lena presents
The Howard Fishman Quintet: THE “BASEMENT TAPES” PROJECT: The Music of Bob Dylan & The Band, and “The Old, Weird America”
8:00 p.m.
Caffè Lena, 47 Phila St., Saratoga Springs, NY, 518-583-0022
Tickets: General $30
Seating assigned in advance by Caffe Lena. Call 518-583-0022 if you have a seating request.
Buy tickets online
Using Greil Marcus’ book THE OLD, WEIRD AMERICA as a touchstone, THE BASEMENT TAPES PROJECT explores the mysterious underground recordings made by Bob Dylan and The Band in 1967. The project has been programmed to wide acclaim at a major national venues, including Lincoln Center’s “American Songbook” series, the Steppenwolf Theatre’s “Traffic Jam”; and at The Flynn Center in Burlington, VT.
Critically-acclaimed NYC singer, guitarist, composer and bandleader Howard Fishman’s exuberant, spontaneous, and unvarnished music has made him a critically-acclaimed favorite of audiences worldwide. Fishman filters a deep passion for New Orleans jazz, Brooklyn soul, open-hearted country, blues and gospel music through a completely original, experimental aesthetic.
The New York Times has written that his music “transcends time and idiom.” A testament to his wide-ranging appeal, Fishman has appeared on bills with such diverse artists as: Andrew Bird, Odetta, Yo Yo Ma, Maceo Parker, Califone, Robyn Hitchcock, Madeleine Peyroux, Allen Holdsworth and Nellie McKay. Fishman is a frequent NPR guest, and has made feature-length appearances on “Fresh Air” with Terry Gross, “World Cafe” with David Dye, and “Soundcheck” with John Schaefer, among many others. In the spirit of collaboration and solidarity for downtown Saratoga arts and entertainment, Universal Preservation Hall (UPH) will partner with long established musical institution Caffè Lena for 2 of the performances in the UPH’s second annual LIVE! Music Series: the series opener in July with David Amram joined by the Dylan Perrillo Orchestra held at UPH, and the series close with The Howard Fishman Quintet performing the Basement Tapes Project, a two-night event held at Caffè Lena on October 2nd and 3rd, 2015.
Proceeds from the event will go towards the ongoing restoration and remodeling efforts for Universal Preservation Hall and Caffè Lena. Promotional support and production assistance for this series is being provided by PROCTORS. The LIVE! Music Series is a 2440 DESIGN STUDIO production.

Earlville Opera House presents
John Sebastian and David Grisman
8:00 p.m.
Earlville Opera House, East Main Street, Earlville, NY, 315/691-3550
Tickets: $50-$65 Order tickets online.
It all started in the West Village, circa 1963. John Sebastian and David Grisman crossed paths on the campus of New York University, and joined with other would-be luminaries (including Maria Muldaur) to form the Even Dozen Jug Band. They were only together for a short time before Grisman started making music with Peter Rowan, and Sebastian went off to form The Lovin’ Spoonful, but the seed was planted. In 2007, Sebastian and Grisman came together to release Satisfied, a stripped-down, one-take affair that sounds very much like two long-time collaborators and old pros sitting on a front porch trading licks. Don’t miss these masters bringing their craft to the EOH!

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Saturday, October 3, 2015
Caffè Lena presents
The Howard Fishman Quintet: THE “BASEMENT TAPES” PROJECT: The Music of Bob Dylan & The Band, and “The Old, Weird America”
8:00 p.m.
Caffè Lena, 47 Phila St., Saratoga Springs, NY, 518-583-0022
Tickets: General $30; Show + After Party $45 adv/$50 at the door
Seating assigned in advance by Caffe Lena. Call 518-583-0022 if you have a seating request.
Buy tickets online
A two-night event held at Caffè Lena on October 2nd and 3rd, 2015. See description above for October 2.

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Sunday, October 4, 2015
Story Sundays at the Glen Sanders Mansion
For the Love of Animals — A Benefit for Animal Protective Foundation
Christie Keegan
5-8 p.m.
Glen Sanders Mansion, 1 Glen Avenue, Scotia, NY
$36 per person (includes entertainment, 3 course dinner, coffee/tea, tax and tip)
Bring someone new and you each save $3 (only one discount/person during non-benefit dinners).
Pay at the door using cash or checks made out to “Story Circle”
Reservations Required: (518) 384-1700 or Kate@KateDudding.com. Please indicate how many of each entree is desired.
Christie Keegan’s love of animals began shortly after birth and grew as she did, whether a volunteer, rescuer, docent or storyteller in Massachusetts and New Mexico. Influenced by her mother’s mantra “there is no us and them, there’s only us – if you forget that we are all in trouble,” Christie works hard to share her knowledge about and her love of animals with everyone she meets.
Entrees: Chicken Parmesan; Saratoga Chip Encrusted Scrod; or Eggplant Parmesan.

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Thursday, October 8, 2015
The Folklife Center of Crandall Public Library presents
Live! Folklife Concert: The North & South Dakotas
7-9 p.m. (doors open at 6:30 p.m.)
Crandall Public Library, 251 Glen Street, Glens Falls, NY (downstairs off the Library’s Glen Street entrance in the Community Room)
For more information, call 518/792-6508 or email degarmo@crandalllibrary.org
Cost: Free
The Dakotas were created in 2011 when founding members Zack Hay, Mark Retajczyk, and Colin Hunt set out to craft a sound that paid homage to the spirit of old-time American music, mountain folk and singer-songwriter traditions. With the addition of drummer Mike Graves and utility man Nayt Patenaude, the band continued honing in on a sound containing elements of bluegrass, country, folk, honky-tonk, and rock & roll. The mixture of each members’ different musical background has culminated in a unique, harmony-rich, genre sweeping style determined to break up the monotony of the modern airwaves.

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Friday, October 9, 2015
The Folkus Project presents
Mouths of Babes
This tender tomboy and rough-and-tumble lady come together to melt hearts and shake souls
8:00 p.m.
May Memorial Unitarian Universalist Society, 3800 East Genesee St, Syracuse, NY
Cost: $15; Member price: $12
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
Mouths of Babes’ sound is equal parts celebration and blues, folk and soul — an invitation to love this life, to sing your sob story and end it with a smile. These two songwriters light up the stage — juggling harmonies, guitar, bass, foot percussion, cajon, banjo, harmonica, and ukulele from song to song, inviting the audience to join the choir, and engaging listeners with sentiments that range from heartfelt to hilarious.

The Towne Crier in Beacon presents
8:00 p.m.
Towne Crier, 379 Main Street, Beacon, NY, (845) 855-1300
Tickets: $65 advance/ $70 at door; Additional VIP Experience $125 (does NOT include show tickets)
Take a journey back to the greatest days of rock with Dave Mason’s sight and sound experience, Traffic Jam. Join Rock and Roll Hall of Famer and co-founder of the legendary band Traffic, Dave Mason for an evening of music history as he retraces the earliest days of his career with Traffic and the works that launched his successful solo career. Mason founded Traffic with Steve Winwood while both were still teenagers, and created music that would find its way into the hearts of generations of music lovers. He would go on to establish himself as a successful songwriter, guitarist and solo artist. Mason has penned dozens of hits, and his legendary guitar work has been linked with numerous other members of rock and roll elite, including Eric Clapton, Stevie Wonder, Michael Jackson, Fleetwood Mac, The Rolling Stones, Graham Nash, Stephen Stills, Rita Coolidge, Leon Russell, Ron Wood and Mama Cass Elliot. Two of his best known hits are Feelin’ Alright (with Traffic) and We Just Disagree. A limited number of VIP Experience tickets will be sold separately. The VIP Experience does not include tickets for the show, but does includes a meet & greet with Dave, photographs, admission to sound check, plus memorabilia. This will be an unforgettable, once-in-a-lifetime experience!

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Saturday, October 10, 2015
Ganondagan State Historic Site and Friends of Ganondagan announce
Traditional Hand Drum Making Workshop 9 a.m.-6 p.m.
Kanatsiohareke Craft Shop, 4934 New York 5, Fonda, NY 12068
Cost: $100 Tuition, includes breakfast, light lunch and materials
To register by 10/5: ionataiewas14@hotmail or call 518-584-9270
25 students maximum
Traditional Hand Drum Making Workshop taught by Jacking Labonte (Mohawk).

Café Veritas presents
Mouths of Babes
7:30 p.m. (doors open 7:00 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
This tender tomboy and rough-and-tumble lady come together to melt hearts and shake souls with undeniable chemistry and a truly unexpected heralding of wisdom. Mouths of Babes’ sound is equal parts celebration and blues, folk and soul, salve and anthem—an invitation to love this life, to sing your sob story and end it with a smile.

The Folkus Project of Central New York announces the Second Saturday concert series:
Alison and Zoë
8 p.m.
Westcott Community Center, 826 Euclid Avenue, Syracuse, NY
Admission: $10
These two Irish-born sisters are acoustic singer/songwriters who create enchanting harmonies and weave stories with their poetic original songs. The opening act will be Larry Hoyt & Joanne Basta – an acoustic duo with an entertaining, eclectic setlist of crowd-pleasing songs.

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Sunday, October 11, 2015
StoryCircle at Proctors Theater announces
Word Plays at the Cabaret: Coming Home
2 p.m.
Fort Salem Theater, 11 East Broadway, Salem, NY 12865
Admission: $10 at the door, cash or check
For more information, please call (518) 854-3998.
Thomas Wolfe wrote, “You can’t go home again.” Find out if he was right by listening to stories told by: Siri Allison, Fran Berger, Kelvin Keraga, Mary Murphy, Barbara Palumbo, Margaret Waterson.

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Tuesday, October 13, 2015
Save the Date! Museum at Eldridge Street announces its
Museum at Eldridge Street Gala
12-4 p.m.
Museum at Eldridge Street, 12 Eldridge Street, New York, NY 10002
To learn more about the Museum at Eldridge Street Gala, visit www.eldridgestreet.org/gala-2015/ or contact Eva Brune at ebrune@eldridgestreet.org or 212.219.0888 x 202
Our 2015 gala with a theme of L’Dor V’Dor, From Generation to Generation, will honor Dr. Ester Fuchs and the Fuchs-Victor Family, Letty, Robin and Abigail Pogrebin, The Russ Family of Russ & Daughters, Nancy and Kenneth L. Stein and the Stein Family, and The Streit Family-Streit’s Matzos. The theme of L'Dor V'Dor, from generation to generation, is particularly meaningful at the Museum at Eldridge Street, a center of Jewish life and legacy. Our honorees exemplify this concept. In their professional lives, through volunteer work, and within their families they have dedicated themselves to the preservation and sharing of Jewish culture and history.

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Thursday, October 15, 2015
The Folklife Center of Crandall Public Library presents
Live! Folklife Concert: Twangtown Paramours
7-9 p.m. (doors open at 6:30 p.m.)
Crandall Public Library, 251 Glen Street, Glens Falls, NY (downstairs off the Library’s Glen Street entrance in the Community Room)
For more information, call 518/792-6508 or email degarmo@crandalllibrary.org
Cost: Free
The music of the Twangtown Paramours has been called “Sophisticated Americana” and is a hybrid of the Nashville and Austin music scenes. This acoustic duo (MaryBeth Zamer and Mike T. Lewis) is known for their well-crafted and award-winning songs, top-notch lead singing, and fine harmonies. “The Twangtown Paramours bring a blend of thought provoking lyrics with angelic vocals combined ith well accomplished musicians. What more could you ask for?”—WDVX-FM, Knoxville, TN.

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October 16–17, 2015
Ganondagan State Historic Site and Friends of Ganondagan invite you to attend the
International Symposium on Eastern Woodland Native Material Culture and Art Friday, October 16, 5–9 p.m., and Saturday, October 17, 8 a.m.–5:30 p.m.
Seneca Art & Culture Center, 7100 County Road 41, Victor, NY
Symposium prices are $100/person; $90/early registration (by July 26), and $85/Friends of Ganondagan members
Full details and registration information are available online or by calling 585-742-1690
This international symposium is the first event to be held at our new Center, and features eight prominent guest speakers from the US, Canada, and Germany. Scholars, as well as those interested in Native art, ethnohistory, anthropology, archeology, and more will find the symposium appealing. With the majority of guest speakers Native American, the conference will synthesize classical study of material culture with the unique Native American perspectives on cultural meaning and value. The study of material culture—the clothing, housing, tools, art, and any objects a culture produces—helps bring humanity to life. Each piece tells a particular story in the challenging search to more fully to understand a culture and its people.
The opening reception and keynote address begin at 6 p.m. on Friday evening, October 16, with Rick Hill (Tuscarora) speaking on “A Sense of Beauty: Seneca Aesthetics.” Saturday, October 17 will be filled from 8 a.m.-5:30 p.m. with seven speakers discussing topics ranging from “Quill-decorated Trapezoidal Pouches” and “Anishinaabe Cosmology Woven into Art” to “Baby Carriers and Traditional Knowledge” and much more.

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Saturday, October 17, 2015
Golden Link Folk Singing Society presents
Cheryl Wheeler
7:30-10:30 p.m.
Rochester Christian Reformed Church, 2750 Atlantic Ave., Penfield, NY 14526
Tickets: $25.00; Golden Link Members $20.00, Students $10.00; Children 12 and under FREE
A gifted songwriter with a beautiful voice, Cheryl Wheeler is known for her brilliant, hysterically funny performances and well-crafted songs. Her songs have been covered by a wide range of artists, from Peter, Paul & Mary, Melanie, and Kenny Loggins to Bette Midler, Garth Brooks, and Holly Near. It sometimes seems as if there are in fact two Cheryl Wheelers. There is poet-Cheryl, writer of some of the prettiest, most alluring, and intelligent ballads on the modern folk scene. And there is her evil twin, comic-Cheryl, a militant trend defier and savagely funny social critic. The result is a delightful contrast between poet and comic, and an entertaining evening of music and stories.

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Sunday, October 18, 2015
Borderline Folk Music Club presents
Phil Ochs Song Afternoon
1-4 p.m.
Nanuet Library 149 Church Street, Nanuet NY 10954
Cost: $15 members, $20 non members, bring a potluck dish to share
Phil Ochs Song Afternoon, Hosted by Sonny Ochs, with Betty and the Baby Boomers, Fred Gillen Jr, Colleen Kattau, Magpie, and Mara Levine.

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Thursday, October 22, 2015
The Folklife Center of Crandall Public Library presents
Live! Folklife Concert: Low Lily
7-9 p.m. (doors open at 6:30 p.m.)
Crandall Public Library, 251 Glen Street, Glens Falls, NY (downstairs off the Library’s Glen Street entrance in the Community Room)
For more information, call 518/792-6508 or email degarmo@crandalllibrary.org
Cost: Free
The string and vocal trio Low Lily (formerly Annalivia) explores the roots and branches of American folk music with traditional influences and modern inspiration that weaves together a unique brand of acoustic music. Liz Simmons (vocals/guitar), Flynn Cohen (vocals/guitar/mandolin), and Lissa Schneckenburger (vocals/fiddle) are masterful players with deep relationships to traditional music styles ranging from bluegrass, to Irish, Scottish, New England, and Old Time Appalachian sounds. “A band definitely on the up. Sweet harmonies… tight arrangements… divine”Fatea (UK).

Irish Arts Center presents Rónán Ó Snodaigh 8:00 p.m.
The Donaghy Theater, Irish Arts Center, 553 West 51st Street, New York, NY 10019
Tickets available online
A founding member of the iconic band Kíla, Rónán Ó Snodaigh is a singer-songwriter, poet, vocalist, gaeilgeoir, and recognized by many as the best and most innovative bodhrán player in Ireland. As a solo artist, Rónán mixes a stunning collection of both Irish and English language folk songs, with bluesy grooves and wild percussion to create his unique sound. Don’t miss this rare chance to see this legendary Dublin-born musician’s first visit to Irish Arts Center for an evening of some of his finest traditional, folk-rock, and world music.

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Friday, October 23, 2015
The Folkus Project presents
Jay Ungar and Molly Mason
The heart and soul of American roots music with a well-loved repertoire of original tunes
8:00 p.m.
May Memorial Unitarian Universalist Society, 3800 East Genesee St, Syracuse, NY
Cost: $20; Member price: $17
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
A Jay Ungar and Molly Mason concert appeals to everyone. Their versatility and stylistic depth lets them move from bluegrass to blues, folk, and acoustic jazz with equal ease. There are timeless renditions of hard-driving Appalachian melodies, Cajun and Celtic fiddle tunes, stirring Civil War classics, sassy songs from the golden age of swing and country, stunning waltzes, and moving original works. With their comfortable sense of fun and their love of music, they make each concert a musical journey – sometimes spanning two continents and two centuries.

October 23–25, 2015
Anabella Lenzu’s DanceDrama announces
In Pursuit of Happiness
8 p.m.
The Alchemical Theatre Laboratory, 104 W 14th St., New York, NY 10011
General admission: $20
Limited seating. RSVP recommended: info@AnabellaLenzu.com Choreography: Anabella Lenzu
Direction: Daniel Pettrow
Dancers: Lauren Ohmer & Anabella Lenzu
Music Landscape: Todd Carroll
Photo Projections: Anabella Lenzu

What does it mean to disappear? In Pursuit is a work which explores the themes of death, memory, disappearance and hope. In Pursuit of Happiness is an ongoing daily memory trip to remember and honor Mrs. Lenzu’s father, Antonio, who served as her guide and scaffolding. From a vibrating silence emerges unexpected meaning, so profoundly personal that is anonymous and universally accessible.

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Saturday, October 24, 2015
Ganondagan State Historic Site and Friends of Ganondagan announce
A Public Gathering of Haudenosaunee Basket Makers
9 a.m.-5 p.m.
Seneca Art & Culture Center at Ganondagan 7100 County Road 41, Victor NY 14564
Cost: Free with Seneca Art & Culture Center admission
For more information call: 585-742-1690
Basket Market, Artist Forum, Basket Making Demo, Black Ash Log, Pounding Demo, Handles and Rims Carving Demo, Historic Basket Exhibit, Haudenosaunee Basket History Lecture, Kids Basket Activities, Informational Booths

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Sunday, October 25, 2015
StoryCircle at Proctors Theater announces
Word Plays: Coming Home
2 p.m.
Fenimore Gallery, Proctors Theatre, 432 State Street, Schenectady, NY
Cost: $12. Call box office at (518) 346-6204.
$2 of each ticket is donated to the Schenectady Inner City Ministry Summer Lunch program where they feed 850 children each day
Thomas Wolfe wrote, “You can’t go home again.” Find out if he was right by listening to stories told by: Fran Berger, Janet Carter, Eileen Egan Mack, Mary Murphy, Claire Nolan, Nancy Marie Payne..

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Thursday, October 29, 2015
13th Annual Building Block Party

You’re invited to join the Downtown Schenectady Improvement Corporation (DSIC) and hundreds of guests to enjoy one of downtown’s biggest annual parties, featuring fantastic food from dozens of restaurants, a super silent auction, wine pull and presentation of the 2015 Building Block Awards. Honorees for 2015 are: Centre Street Pub, New York Folklore Society, Schenectady County Public Library – Central Branch, Schenectady Rotary Club, and YMCA Schenectady.

The Folklife Center of Crandall Public Library presents
Live! Folklife Concert: Ramblin Jug Stompers with Jill Hughes
7-9 p.m. (doors open at 6:30 p.m.)
Crandall Public Library, 251 Glen Street, Glens Falls, NY (downstairs off the Library’s Glen Street entrance in the Community Room)
For more information, call 518/792-6508 or email degarmo@crandalllibrary.org
Cost: Free
Ramblin Jug Stompers’ ramblin style nods to the great tradition of American string band music while winking directly at the classic jug bands of the 60s folk scene. The band is Bowtie (banjo/vocals), Cousin Clyde (guitar/kazoo/vocals), Mr. Eck (mandolin/dobro/jug/vocals), and Wild Bill (washboard/harmonica/kazoo/vocals). The band will be joined by special guest, upstate NY jazz/blues vocalist, Jill Hughes. “Jill Hughes sings with earth shaking power and authority”—Andrzej Pilarczyk.

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The Arts Center of the Capital Region announces
Submit Your Work ♦ Apply for Grants

The Arts Center has expanded its support and outreach to artists in the Capital Region. Below is a list of opportunities available for artists in all disciplines. Submit to one or all of the programs that interest you. For more details on each opportunity, visit the website.
NUTS, BOLTS & BEYOND—An artist-focused entrepreneurial training program. Submission deadline: 9/18

PLAYMAKERS SPACE—A monthly script writing group. Submission deadline: 9/26

BRAVA!—A unique event benefiting women featuring memoir readings. Writing submission deadline: 10/1

GRANTS—Funding opportunities available for artists & arts organizations. Intent to apply: 10/23

ARTIST IN RESIDENCE—Three-month residency for artists in all disciplines. Application deadline: 10/26

Review guidelines and submit online.

Museum at Eldridge Street announces
Fiddler on the Roof Benefit Theater Party!
Thursday, December 10, 2015

8 p.m.
The Broadway Theatre, 1681 Broadway at 53rd Street, New York, NY
Tickets, which include a tax-deductible donation, are $175 each. Proceeds benefit the Museum’s many educational and cultural programs. To reserve your seats, please contact Eva Brune at ebrune@eldridgestreet.org
or call 212.219.0888, x202
The Museum at Eldridge Street has reserved a limited number of great front mezzanine seats for this fall’s blockbuster theater event — the return of Fiddler on the Roof to Broadway. Support the Museum and see this musical masterpiece. Savor the story of Jewish milkman Tevye, who strives to maintain “Tradition” as he sees his three daughters fall in love. Tony award winner Bartlett Sher (The King and I) will direct a production produced by Jeffrey Richards, Jerry Frankel and Jam Theatricals. Five-time Tony nominee Danny Burstein will play Tevye. Invite your family, friends and colleagues to this preview performance just a week before the show opens. Many performances are already sold out! Have a wonderful night at the theater and support the Museum at Eldridge Street. The perfect holiday gift!

Society for Applied Anthropology (SfAA) announces
The Society for Applied Anthropology (SfAA) invites abstracts (sessions, papers and posters) for the
Program of the 76th Annual Meeting
Vancouver, BC, March 29–April 2, 2016

The theme of the Program is “Intersections.”
One of the great strengths of anthropology and related applied social sciences is our commitment to strategic engagement with other domains of knowledge creation and applications. It is through such commitments that we appreciate the complexity of human problem solving. It is through the collaborations that inevitably result from the intersections of our work that we seek both insight and social justice. Intersecting is the quintessential process of applied and engaged social inquiry. As a theme for the 2016 annual meeting, the organizers envision an opportunity to acknowledge the intersections that arise from our interactions with people, places, issues, policies, and concepts. See more here about the theme here.

The Society is a multi-disciplinary association that focuses on problem definition and resolution. We welcome papers from all disciplines. We welcome papers from all disciplines.

Abstract Submission Deadline October 15, 2015

Please contact us with any questions:
Society for Applied Anthropology (SfAA)
P.O. Box 2436
Oklahoma City, OK 73101-2436
Phone: (405) 843-5113
Fax: (405) 843-8553
Email: info@sfaa.net

Staten Island Arts announces
Staten Island Arts Pop-up Markets

Staten Island Arts will be holding regular pop-up markets that will take place on Thursdays and Fridays, coinciding with exhibits and special holidays, beginning Summer 2015. JULY IS ALMOST FULL!

Artists and vendors interested in showcasing their work at these events can sign up here.

July 9 and 10, 2015 (Summer Market)
Oct. 8 and 9, 2015 (Fall Holiday Market)
Dec .10 and 11, 2015 (Holiday Market)
Feb. 11 and 12, 2016 (Winter Market)
Apr. 21 and 22, 2016 (Spring Market)

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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Stable Views: Life in the Backstretch of Thoroughbred Racetracks lorna-chavez-backstretch

Many North Country residents have enjoyed a day at the Saratoga racetrack, where the spectacle is the excitement of the race and the fancy dress of the spectators. Folklorist Ellen McHale has spent years behind the scenes at the Saratoga and Belmont racetracks, getting to know the workers who care for the horses, out of the public’s sight. What she found was a tight-knit community, whose love for the animals in their care is the basis for a rich occupational culture. That research is the subject of an exhibit now on display at The TAUNY Center. The exhibit consists of photos, quotes from the workers featured presented in English and Spanish, and artifacts from the backstretch.

The exhibit will remain on display July through early November. Curator and NYFS Director Ellen McHale will join TAUNY for a reception in early fall. Watch for details.

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

November 15, 2014 — March 6, 2016

City Lore presents
EXHIBITION: Priya’s Shakti

OPENING RECEPTION: Thursday, May 7, 7:30-9:30 p.m.
City Lore Gallery 56 East First Street, New York, NY 10003
Gallery Hours: Wed-Fri 2-6 p.m. and Sat-Sun 12-6 p.m.
Admission is free
RSVP online
n our newest exhibit, Priya’s Shakti, ancient mythologies and the newest technologies are brought together in an augmented reality comic book designed to change attitudes about gender-based violence in India and around the world. Priya’s Shakti arose in the aftermath of a highly-publicized gang rape on a bus in New Delhi in December 2012 that outraged India and the world. Drawing on Hindu mythological figures, the comic book storyline focuses on Priya, a woman and ardent devotee of the Goddess Parvati, who has experienced a brutal rape along with the resulting social stigma and isolation. The entire gallery is turned into an interactive comic book with video installations and stories from Indian folklore to tell her story. Each part of the exhibit offers an augmented reality experience. Visitors are invited to scan the artwork throughout the gallery with the popular augmented reality app, Blippar, to see the comic book come to life.

May 7, 2015 — November 30, 2015

The Museum of the City of New York presents
Folk City: New York and the Folk Music Revival at the Museum of the City of New York
Open daily 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Museum of the City of New York, 1220 Fifth Avenue, New York, NY 10029, 212.534.1672
Discover New York as the Center of the Folk Music Renaissance
Honorary co-chairs: Oscar Brand, Judy Collins, Steve Earle, Nora Guthrie, Noel Stookey and Peter Yarrow
The Museum of the City of New York presents Folk City: New York and the Folk Music Revival, a celebration of the City’s role as the center of the folk music revival from its beginnings in the 1930s and 1940s to its heyday in the 1950s and 1960s, as well as its continuing legacy. With a wide array of memorabilia, including photos, video and sound recordings, the exhibition documents the music and movement that helped transform Greenwich Village and spread as a major cultural phenomenon.
“New York, which has been the source of so much creativity throughout its history, was central to the folk music revival that swept the country and became one of the remarkable phenemona of the 20th Century,” said Susan Henshaw Jones, Ronay Menschel Director of the Museum of the City of New York. “Folk music spawned a whole culture, and the legacy continues today in New York and far beyond. This exhibition and our related public programs explore the revival and will let visitors experience it in a fascinating and joyous way.”
Folk City will feature listening stations where visitors can hear a range of folk songs along with videos showcasing historic footage that capture the bohemian spirit of Greenwich Village in the 1950s and the national hootenanny craze of the 1960s. The exhibition also includes showcases rare archival photographs, concert posters and original instruments, including:
*Lead Belly’s 12-string guitar Odetta’s iconic guitar “Baby” along with one of her colorful kaftan dresses
The original handwritten manuscript of Bob Dylan’s “Blowin’ in the Wind”
The napkin on which Eric Andersen wrote his “Thirsty Boots” lyrics
A trademark felt cap worn by Phil Ochs
Handwritten letters by Woody Guthrie and Peter Seeger, and more

Curated by Stephen Petrus, an Andrew W. Mellon post-doctoral fellow at the Museum, Folk City will look at the folk movement in four sections:
♦ The revival’s roots in the 1930s and 1940s, when singers—such as Woody Guthrie, Josh White, and Burl Ives—moved to New York, drawn by performance opportunities and the progressive political climate.
♦ The expansion of folk music culture in the 1950s, when the genre changed from an art form associated with leftist politics during the Red Scare—ensnaring many performers including Seeger—to a popular craze with mass appeal.
♦ The boom years in the late 1950s to the mid-1960s, when Greenwich Village was the focal point of the revival and culture due to the concentration of performance venues, including the exhibition’s eponymous Folk City.
♦ The legacy of the revival from 1965 to the present day, showing how the revival has continued and retained its relevancy through five decades. This includes the rise of ‘folk-rock’ and other folk trends after the ‘British Invasion’ and Dylan’s stunning turn to electric guitar in 1965. Folk City highlights visionary entrepreneurs who were committed to promoting folk music, including Mike Porco of Gerde’s Folk City, Izzy Young of the Folklore Center, and John Hammond of Columbia Records. The Greenwich Village performance spaces are shown as exciting venues and as incubators of a burgeoning counterculture. Artists from different backgrounds performed in Village clubs as well as in one of the city’s great communal gathering places, Washington Square Park, where they tried out both new music and new ideas that often challenged social conventions of the time. The Museum will offer a broad array of public programs in conjunction with the exhibition, including folk concerts and panel discussions. The Museum’s Frederick A.O. Schwarz Children’s Center has designed special programs for students and teachers, which have been made possible by a grant from the D’Addario Foundation.
The exhibition’s accompanying book, Folk City: New York and the American Folk Music Revival, by Stephen Petrus and historian Ronald D. Cohen, with a foreword by Peter Yarrow. Published by Oxford University Press, the book shows that folk music flowered in New York as a result of initiatives of musicians, record company producers and executives, radio show hosts, club owners, concert promoters, folklorists, managers, journalists, and audiences. Princeton University historian Sean Wilentz calls Folk City “the best history yet of the city’s influential folk music culture, packed with astonishing photos that finally see the light of day.”

June 17, 2015 — January 10, 2016

Samuel Dorsky Museum of Art presents the
Curated by Mary-Kay Lombino
Opening reception: Saturday,June 20, 2015, 5-7 p.m.
Artist talk: Saturday, September 26, 2 p.m.
Hours: Wednesday-Sunday: 11 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Alice and Horace Chandler and North Galleries, Samuel Dorsksy Museum of Art, State University of New York, 1 Hawk Drive, New Paltz, NY 12561, 845.257.3844
Suggested Donation: $5
The Hudson Valley has become known not only for its rich visual art but also for its strength in the literary arts. The region is steeped in its own narrative tales such as Washington Irving’s “Rip Van Winkle” and “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow,” T.C. Boyle’s novel World’s End, and factual accounts of Henry Hudson’s voyage. The Stories We Tell provides a rare opportunity to examine the ways in which art and literature are closely related—both reflecting artistic practices of today as well as the role of the narrative structure in contemporary art. For Hudson Valley Artists 2015, artists are invited to submit work that considers the following questions. What is the difference between illustration and art that is shaped by narrative structure? How much is narrative a conscious or unconscious factor in an artist’s practice? How do stories factor into abstract art in which the narrative might be known only by the artist? The Stories We Tell: Hudson Valley Artists 2015 focuses on the narrative form of contemporary art and examines how stories shape our experience and our understanding of the world. Instinctively, we are all storytellers merging fiction with non-fiction and conflating the real with the imagined. Included artists: Sean Bayliss, Allen Bryan, Dina Bursztyn, Maureen Cummins, Tasha Depp, Marcia Due, Richard Edelman, Ben Fishman, Kevin Frank, Derek James, Tana Kellner, Virginia Lavado, Deb Lucke, Kathleen MacKenzie, Nestor Madalengoitia, Norman Magnusson, Matthew Maley, Perry Meigs, Phyllis Gay Palmer, Michael Rose, Phil Sigunick, Ken Tannenbaum, Jean Tansey, Jerry Thompson, Karen Whitman, and Tona Wilson.

June 20, 2015 —November 8, 2015

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