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Saturday, April 1, 2017
World Music Institute (WMI) and (Le) Poisson Rouge present
Salif Keita
8 p.m.
Pre-performance Q&A with the artist 7 p.m., moderated by Banning Eyre of Afropop Worldwide
The Town Hall | 123 W 43rd St, Manhattan
Tickets: $40/$50/$55/$65
Salif Keita, known as the “Golden Voice of Africa,” is undoubtedly one of the most influential and important artists in African music. Born an albino, Keita was cast out by his family and ostracized by his community as his albinism was considered a sign of bad luck in Mandinka culture. He overcame these obstacles to become one of Africa’s most celebrated singers. In 1973, Keita joined the group Les Ambassadeurs, later called Les Ambassadeurs Internationaux, and rose to international fame in the 1970s. In the early 1980s Salif began a solo career and has gone on to become a superstar in Afropop music. Keita’s music blends together the traditional griot music of his Malian childhood with other West African influences from Guinea, the Ivory Coast, and Senegal, along with influences from Cuba, Spain, and Portugal. His latest album Talé immerses us in the digital fountain of youth, with a sound that references Remain in Light by Brian Eno and Talking Heads, artists who pioneered their own future with their quest for the sounds of West Africa.
This concert is presented as part of WMI’s Masters of African Music Series.

April 2–4, 2017
Save the Date! Museum Association of New York Annual Conference
Saratoga Springs, NY
Registration to open on or before January 30th. www.manyonline.org/events/register
Two days of learning and two nights of fun await in Saratoga Springs. Sessions and events will be held at The National Museum of Dance and historic Gideon Putnam in Saratoga Spa State Park.

Wednesday, April 5, 2017
Caribbean Cultural Center/African Diasporan Institute announces
Save the Date: 2nd Annual Spring Gala
6-10 p.m.
The Loeb Boathouse Central Park, East 72nd Street & Park Drive North 10021 New York, NY 10021
Mark your calendars for CCCADI’s 2nd Annual Spring Gala! Join us for a carnival-themed evening in celebration of CCCADI’s 40th year and grand opening of state of the art building in El Barrio. Our Gala will take place at the elegant Loeb Central Park Boathouse. Stay tuned for the formal invitation and more details!

Flushing Town Hall presents
Monthly Jazz Jam
7:00-
Flushing Town Hall, 137-35 Northern Boulevard, (at the corner of Linden Place), Flushing, NY 11354
Tickets: $10; FREE for Members, Students and Jamming Musicians

Held on the first Wednesday of every month, Jazz Jams are a fun way to hone your skills and jam with your peers. House band led by saxophonist Carol Sudhalter (Carol Sudhalter, tenor sax/flute; Joe Vincent Tranchina, piano; Eric Lemon, bass; Sylvia Cuenca, drums). All are welcome, regardless of instrument (vocalists, too!). Don’t play? Come listen!

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Friday, April 7, 2017
The Folkus Project presents
Diana Jones
8 p.m.
May Memorial Unitarian Universalist Society, 3800 East Genesee St, Syracuse, NY
Tickets range from $15 to $20. More info is available at www.folkus.org. Advance sale tickets are available via PayPal and other methods; advance ticket holders receive preferential seating.
In the last decade, singer/songwriter Diana Jones has brought her unique and original style of Appalachian singing and songwriting to devoted audiences on concert stages from Nashville to Amsterdam. Her songs have a spiritual home in the Appalachians, combining traditional mountain music with a literate, character-driven brand of storytelling.

World Music Institute (WMI) and (Le) Poisson Rouge present
Alam Khan — Maestro Ali Akbar Khan Birthday Celebration
Opening act: Om Gam Ensemble
8 p.m.
(Le) Poisson Rouge, 158 Bleecker Street, Manhattan
General admission unreserved seating with additional standing room tickets available: $30 advance/$35 day of show – seated tickets (tables); $25 advance/$30 day of show – standing room
Co-presented with Brooklyn Raga Massive
Son of the legendary sarod maestro Ali Akbar Khan, Alam Khan has been touching the hearts of audiences worldwide for over a decade. For this special concert celebrating what would have been his father’s 95th birthday, he will be joined by Nitin Mitta on tabla. Alam was blessed to learn and live in the traditional style of Guru and student. Ali Akbar Khan’s careful crafting and guidance show in each note as well as in Alam’s imaginative way of expressing ancient ragas. He has toured worldwide and established himself as Ali Akbar Khan’s true heir and the face of a new generation of sarod players. Ali Akbar Khan was a legendary Hindustani classical musician and sarod virtuoso. Along with fellow artists such as Ravi Shankar, Khan was instrumental in popularizing Indian classical music in the West, both as a performer and as a teacher. He established a music school in Calcutta in 1956, and the Ali Akbar College of Music in California in 1967 at which Alam is now the teacher of advanced instrumental classes.
Nitin Mitta is one of the most sought after tabla players of his generation. Apart from being a dymanic soloist, he is a sought after accompanist who has performed with some of India’s most celebrated Hindustani classical musicians including Pandit Jasraji, Amjad Ali Khan, and Nishat Khan.
Opening this concert will be the Om Gam Ensemble, led by bassist and composer Michael Gam. A sought after and versatile musician, Michael has performed with luminary musicians from a variety of traditions including world-class jazz musicians trumpeter Ambrose Akinmusire, pianist Tigran Hamasyan, and guitarist Rez Abassi, classical violin virtuoso Hillary Hahn, Afro-Cuban master percussionist Roman Diaz, and Indian classical maestros sitarist Pt. Krishna Bhatt and ghatam/konnakol artist Sri Subash Chandran. Michael initiated his ongoing study of Indian classical music in 2009 at the Ali Akbar College of Music and is also a core member of the Brooklyn Raga Massive.
This concert is presented as part of WMI’s Masters of Indian Music Series.

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Saturday, April 8, 2017
Robert Browning Associates presents
VISHWA MOHAN BHATT with SUBHEN CHATTERJEE
Indian Music for Mohan Veena (Slide Guitar) & Tabla

8:00 p.m.
Roulette, 509 Atlantic Avenue (at 3rd Ave), Downtown Brooklyn
Tickets: $30; seniors, students $26
Vishwa Mohan Bhatt has been acclaimed throughout the world for his electrifying performances on the mohan veena, a slide guitar that he modified in shape and design and on which he assimilated techniques from the sitar, sarod and veena lutes. A top disciple of Ravi Shankar, he has received many honors including the prestigious Padma Shri, the Sangeet Natak Academy Award, and a Grammy® for Best World Music Album for his collaboration with Ry Cooder. He is joined by the brilliant tabla player Subhen Chatterjee, a disciple of Swapan Chaudhuri, who has performed with many of India®s major artists, including Bhimsen Joshi, Girija Devi, V. G. Jog and Pandit Jasraj. He also created the fusion bands Karma and Friends of Drums (with Sivamani).

World Music Institute (WMI) presents
Baraji
9 p.m.
BAM Café, 30 Lafayette Ave, Brooklyn
Presented in conjunction with Korean Cultural Center NY and BAM Café
Free. Limited unreserved seating and standing room
Baraji, while preserving the folkloric forms of both Korean music and dance, is known for the exceptional improvisation and spontaneity of their performances. In traditional Korean music, Sinawi, the word Baraji is often used to describe improvised singing in harmony. Baraji’s performances derive from a Korean shamanic tradition known as Jindo Ssitgim Gut. This rite is used to cleanse the spirit of a deceased person. Since ancient times, there is a Korean belief that when somebody dies, their body cannot enter the world of the dead because of the impurity of their spirit. The Ssitgim Gut washes away this impurity.
This concert is presented as part of WMI’s Origins Series.

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Sunday, April 9, 2017
Story Sundays at the Glen Sanders Mansion
Stories and Traditions From the Iroquois Longhouse
Kay Olan and Tom Porter
5-8 p.m.
Glen Sanders Mansion, 1 Glen Avenue, Scotia, NY
$37 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.
Tom Sakokwenionkwas Porter, National Treasure of the Mohawk Nation, Spiritual Leader of Kanatsiohareke, author and lover of stories always fills the hearts of his listeners with compassion, smiles and inspiration. Kay Ionataie:was Olan, Mohawk Storyteller, retired teacher and former director of Kanatsiohareke shares old and new stories from the oral tradition of the Rotinonshionni (Iroquois Confederacy.)
Entrees: Chicken Marsala, Sole Florentine with Spinach and Bread Stuffing and Lemon Veloute, or Mushroom Ravioli.

Eighth Step at Proctors presents
Sonny Ochs: 80th Birthday Concert!

Proctors, 432 State Street, Schenectady, NY
Call Eighth Step TicketLine: 518-434-1703

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Saturday, April 15, 2017
Eighth Step at Proctors announces
SAVE THE DATE! Adirondack Folk Night

Proctors, 432 State Street, Schenectady, NY
Call Eighth Step TicketLine: 518-434-1703

April 15 and 16, 2017
World Music Institute (WMI) presents
Tinariwen
Opening Act: Dengue Fever
8 p.m.
Brooklyn Bowl | 61 Wythe Ave, Brooklyn
Tickets:: $25 advance/$30 door Standing Room Only, 21+
For Saharan blues band Tinariwen, the desert is their home, and their hypnotic and electrifying guitar rock reflects complex realities of their home base in Northwest Africa. They are Tuareg, descended from nomadic people who have wandered the dunes for millennia. The music of Tinariwen travels too, reverberating far from the dusty plains of Mali. Their 2011 album Tassili, recorded in the Algerian Desert — in a tent and under the stars with an esteemed cadre of musicians including Nels Cline and TV On The Radio’s Tunde Adebimpe and Kyp Malone — won a Grammy Award for Best World Music Album. Now, their latest record Emmaar returns to their roots, delivering stripped-down dirges, effervescent anthems, and above all, simplicity and honesty.
Opening for Tinariwen will be Dengue Fever, an American-based band that is widely recognized for their trademark blend of 60s Cambodian pop and psychedelic rock, Dengue Fever’s latest release expands their musical palette to include Khmer rap, Latin grooves, Afro percussion, layered Stax-like horns and more.
This concert is presented as part of WMI’s Desert Blues Series.

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Tuesday, April 18, 2017
The Arts Center of the Capital Region presents
Social Media April: Cake Decorating & Cake Batter Martinis
5:30-7:30 p.m.
The Arts of the Capital Region, 265 River Street, Troy, NY 12180
Cost: $35; Sign up online
Make your Food Network dreams a reality and learn basic cake decorating skills while enjoying cake batter martinis! Even if your dreams become nightmares, you can have your cake and eat it too!

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Thursday, April 20, 2017
Cooperstown Graduate Program presents
2017 Bruce Buckley Lecture: Robert Baron
“Contemporary Resonances of Mid Century Cooperstown Public Folklore and Public History”

7:30 p.m.
Fenimore Art Museum Auditorium, 5798 State Route 80, Cooperstown, NY
Free and open to the public
In the mid-twentieth century Cooperstown was the nexus of a pioneering, broad based movement in New York State that brought together popular involvement with folklore and history with academic scholarship. The ideas and practices of Louis Jones, Bruce Buckley, and others anticipated later developments in public history and public folklore that emphasize the sharing of representational and interpretive authority, dialogic engagement with communities and an imperative to enable communities to represent their history and traditions on their own terms. Robert Baron will discuss the significance of this Cooperstown legacy and relate it to contemporary public history and public folklore practices that he will illustrate in his talk.
Robert Baron is the founding director of the Folk Arts Program of the New York State Council on the Arts (NYSCA) and teaches in the Master’s Program in Cultural Sustainability at Goucher College. Prior to working at NYSCA, Baron was a museum educator at the Brooklyn Museum, where he developed interpretive programming and produced a festival of New York Haitian traditions for a Haitian art exhibition. He has been a Fulbright Senior Specialist in Finland, the Philippines and Slovenia, a Smithsonian Museum Practice Fellow and Non-Resident Fellow of the W.E.B. Du Bois Institute for African-American Research at Harvard University. Baron is a Fellow of the American Folklore Society and received its Benjamin A. Botkin award for significant lifetime achievement in public folklore. His research interests include public folklore, cultural policy, creolization and museum studies. His publications include
Public Folklore, edited with Nick Spitzer; Creolization as Cultural Creativity, edited with Ana Cara; and articles in Curator, International Journal of Heritage Studies, Journal of American Folklore, Western Folklore, and the Journal of Folklore Research. Baron holds a PhD in Folklore and Folklife from the University of Pennsylvania.

Eighth Step at Proctors presents
Open Mic Theme: Water Ways
Sign-up starts at 6:45 p.m.
Fenimore Gallery, Proctors, 432 State Street, Schenectady, NY
Performers do individual sets onstage until about 8:30 p.m. We then join each other for a song circle and jam, backing each other up, joining in on harmonies or trying out new tunes. The jam is popular! If you are too shy to perform up in front, or if you want to try out something in a more casual way, the jam part of the night is perfect. And it’s a fine time to just sing or play along. It’s an early night for Open Mic, closing up by 9:30 p.m.
Each month has a “theme” or topic for the month. Suggested—NOT REQUIRED. It is a nudge to bring something you wouldn’t otherwise bring, either for the time on stage or for the round robin afterward. We post the themes ahead of time to give us all a chance to write, think of or collect something interesting to bring. Feel free to stretch the idea of the topic in any direction, or ignore it. Poetry and Storytelling are also welcome! At each Open Mic, participants are eligible for a free drawing for upcoming Eighth Step shows!

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Friday, April 21, 2017
A Place for Folk presents
Ryanhood
Opener: OG Kush Hang the Alien (Steven Metivier).
Concerts start at 7:30 p.m., Doors open at 7:00 p.m.
Unitarian Universalist Society of Schenectady, 1221 Wendell Avenue, Schenectady, NY 12308
Tickets: $20 per adult (Family rate, $5 per child 6+ years with paying parent) Students, $10
Reservations appreciated
Named “Best Group/Duo” in the 2014 International Acoustic Music Awards, acoustic duo Ryanhood got their first break more than a decade ago as street-performers at Boston’s Quincy Market. It was there that they were spotted by a college booking agent and thrust into the college touring scene, where Campus Activities Magazine would name them “one of the most requested acts by college buyers all across the country.”
OG Kush the Alien, real name, S.M. Metivier, has been a drummer and percussionist since the age of 5. Having studied with the great percussionist and teacher, Larry Levine, OGKush the Alien began his career playing along side trumpet player, Peter Ferguson (nephew of one the greatest trumpet players to date, the great Maynard Ferguson), started teaching at a summer music camp at the age of 13, and was head percussionist at Northeastern University. He has played percussion for just about every genre of music including rock, jazz, R&B, Reggae, folk, blue grass, as well as Orchestra and Concert band.

The Folkus Project presents
David Wilcox
8 p.m.
May Memorial Unitarian Universalist Society, 3800 East Genesee St, Syracuse, NY
Tickets range from $15 to $20. More info is available at www.folkus.org. Advance sale tickets are available via PayPal and other methods; advance ticket holders receive preferential seating.
Considered a ‘songwriter's songwriter,” his songs have been covered by artists such as k.d. lang and many others. In addition to his writing prowess, his skills as a performer and storyteller are unmatched. He holds audiences rapt with nothing more than a single guitar, thoroughly written songs, a fearless ability to mine the depths of human emotions of joy, sorrow and everything in between, and all tempered by a quick and wry wit.

World Music Institute (WMI) presents
Tongues in Trees
9 p.m.
BAM Café, 30 Lafayette Ave, Brooklyn
Tickets: Limited unreserved seating and standing room
New York City’s psychedelic experimental art rock, Indian-folk group, Tongues in Trees, is comprised of Samita Sinha, Sunny Jain, and Grey McMurray who met as a trio in spring of 2013. The band draws from North Indian classical and folk music, sonic texturing, propulsive beats and multiple languages to create a musical vocabulary of their own. After many months of improvising, composing, developing, rehearsing and performing shows in New York City, Tongues in Trees recorded their debut album, Parallel, in February 2014 in Brooklyn at Valleau Studios. Parallel is a testament to the chemistry and eclectic sound of this band of three.
This concert is presented as part of WMI’s Global/Local Series.

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Saturday, April 22, 2017
Golden Link Folk Singing Society presents: Joe Crookston
7:30 p.m.
Rochester Christian Reformed Church, 2750 Atlantic Ave., Penfield, NY 14526
Advance $20 ($15 for Golden Link members); at the door $22 ($17 for Golden Link members); $10 for students; free to children 12 and under.
“Joe Crookston is decidedly one of today’s standout troubadours … he sings the heart pure, he sings the soul holy, he sings the mind unshackled.”—Roots Music Examiner

Robert Browning Associates presents
LAKOU MIZIK
Haitian Roots & Grooves

8:00 p.m.
Roulette, 509 Atlantic Avenue (at 3rd Ave), Downtown Brooklyn
Tickets: $25; seniors, students $21
Lakou Mizik (“Music from the Homeland”) is a powerhouse collective of Haitian musicians who blend troubadou, vodou, rara carnival music, and urban soul. With such legends as master drummer Sanba Zao, and rising stars Steeve Valcourt and Jonas Attis, the group performs an exhilarating mix of traditional and modern roots music which blends the soulful spirit of a church revival, the social engagement of a political rally, and the trance-inducing intoxication of a vodou ritual. Formed in the aftermath of the devastating 2010 earthquake, Lakou Mizik communicates a message of pride, strength and hope.

World Music Institute (WMI) presents
DANCING THE GODS: Neena Prasad
8 p.m.
Co-curated by Rajika Puri
7 p.m. Pre-Show Lec-Dem by Rajika Puri “The Cultural Contexts of Mohiniyattam, & Kathak” Chat and chai with the artists after the performance
Symphony Space, 2537 Broadway at 95th Street, Manhattan
Tickets: $35/$40
Dr. Neena Prasad is considered one of the leading representatives of the Mohiniyattam dance form, performing at the most prestigious dance festivals in India and abroad. Dr. Prasad is a rare blend of successful academic and superb performing artist. She has been at the forefront of change in Mohiniyattam, with her innovative techniques and stylistic approach. Her performances have won enthusiastic acclaim in India’s artistic circuits and she has also been the recipient of distinguished awards from the Kerala Sangeeth Academy and Madras Music Academy.

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Sunday, April 23, 2017
World Music Institute (WMI) presents
DANCING THE GODS: Sanjukta Sinha
7 p.m.
Co-curated by Rajika Puri
6 p.m. Pre-Show Lec-Dem by Rajika Puri “The Cultural Contexts of Mohiniyattam, & Kathak” Chat and chai with the artists after the performance
Symphony Space, 2537 Broadway at 95th Street, Manhattan
Tickets: $35/$40
One of India’s leading Kathak artists of her generation, Sanjukta Sinha is known for her technical expertise and immense artistry. Rooted yet modern, Sanjukta aims to create a new idiom of Kathak as a performing art, one that is an arresting blend of the traditional and contemporary. She will be performing Angika, Journeys in Love which is a manifestation of the tukra, a celestial pirouette encompassing the four seasons of love — hope, longing, anguish and joy.

Friday, April 28, 2017
Robert Browning Associates presents

CHARTWELL DUTIRO
Voices of the Ancestors: Mbira Music of Zimbabwe
Part of A World in Trance Festival
8:00 p.m.
Roulette, 509 Atlantic Avenue (at 3rd Ave), Downtown Brooklyn
Tickets: $25; seniors, students $21
For centuries the Shona people of Zimbabwe have connected with the spirits of ancestors. These spirits are summoned by spirit mediums at biras, all-night ritual ceremonies where mystical mbira (metal-pronged thumb piano) music is played and people participate through dancing, singing, ululating, and sometimes whistling. The collective energy created evokes a trance atmosphere that summons the spirits of ancestors to come and give daily guidance and healing. The internationally renowned traditional mbira master Chartwell Dutiro (mbira, lead vocal, dance), who played mbira in bira ceremonies in his native Zimbabwe from the age of four and is best known for his eight-year stint with Zimbabwe’s famed Thomas Mapfumo & the Blacks Unlimited, is joined by his son Shorai Dutiro (mbira, vocal), David Holmes (mbira, vocal), Nora Balaban (mbira, vocal) and Bill Ruyle (hosho – gourds, tabla – tuned drums, percussion).

Eighth Step at Proctors presents
TOM RUSH

Proctors, 432 State Street, Schenectady, NY
Call Eighth Step TicketLine: 518-434-1703

World Music Institute (WMI) presents
House of Waters
9 p.m.
BAM Café, 30 Lafayette Ave, Brooklyn
Tickets: Limited unreserved seating and standing room.
Comprised of Max ZT on hammered dulcimer, Moto Fukushima on six-string bass, and percussionist Ignacio Rivas Bixio, the trio House of Waters incorporates elements of West-African, jazz, psychedelic, indie rock, classical and world music into their astonishingly unique sound. Their newest self-titled album House of Waters marks the band’s first record for GroundUP, the artist-friendly label started by Snarky Puppy’s Michael League. With musical and cultural influences that stretch from India and Senegal through Ireland and the heart of New York City, they are, as one critic noted, “the most original band on the planet.”
This concert is presented as part of WMI’s Global/Local Series.

April 28–April 30, 2017
The Jalopy Theatre and School of Music presents
The 9th Annual Brooklyn Folk Festival
View schedule online
St. Ann’s Church, 157 Montague Street, Brooklyn, NY (between Clinton and Henry)
...More information coming.

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Saturday, April 29, 2017
Flushing Town Hall presents
Herencia de Timbiqui: Afro-Colombian Music of the Pacific Coast
8:00 p.m. (dance lessons 7:00 p.m.)
Flushing Town Hall, 137-35 Northern Boulevard, (at the corner of Linden Place), Flushing, NY 11354
Tickets $16/$10 Members & Students
Free for Teens Age 13–19 with ID.
Herencia de Timbiqui preserves the traditional currulao music of enslaved Africans brought to Colombia, while infusing it with jazz and funk. Currulao music uses call and response, and audiences are encouraged to sing along with the group as they explore Afro-Colombian culture.

Robert Browning Associates presents
NIYAZ featuring AZAM ALI
Part of A World in Trance Festival – 3rd edition

8:00 p.m.
Roulette, 509 Atlantic Avenue (at 3rd Ave), Downtown Brooklyn
Tickets: $30; seniors, students $26
Niyaz has created a 21st century global trance tradition by seamlessly blending Sufi poetry and folk songs from its native Iran and surrounding countries with rich acoustic instrumentation and modern electronics. Formed in California in 2004 and based in Montreal, Niyaz has a far-reaching repertoire that tears down cultural boundaries and bridges the gap between East and West. The group was founded by the spellbinding vocalist/composer Azam Ali, whose Iranian heritage and Indian upbringing have deeply influenced her music, and multi-instrumentalist/ composer Ramin Loga Torkian (oud & kamaan lutes). They are joined by Didem Basar (kanun-zither), Garbriel Ethier (keyboards, programming) and Vaneet Vyas (tabla-drums).

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       ANNOUNCEMENTS

Cricket Media seeks folktales, fiction, non-fiction, and poetry submissions for its literary magazines for children and teens

Cricket Media seeks folktales, fiction, non-fiction, and poetry submissions for its literary magazines for children and teens: Babybug (ages 0–3), Ladybug (ages 3–6), Spide (ages 6–9), Cricket (ages 9–14), and Cicada (ages 14 and up). Especially welcome: works by LGBTQIA+ writers/artists, writers/artists with disabilities, and writers/artists of color. We are sensitive to issues of cultural appropriation and misrepresentation.

Visit us at cricketmag.submittable.com/submit for more details.

Call for Submissions: Journeys
Deadline: March 24, 2017

Ladybug and Babybug, magazines for children age 6 and under, seek fiction, nonfiction, and poetry about journeys. For a young child, a journey might be a walk to the corner store, a long trip by boat or train, or a game of make believe. Stories should have childlike points of view and simple yet strong plots; they need to be short, too (under 800 words). When reading submissions, we look for playfulness, humor, and a sense of wonder. Most of our readers live in the United States, and sensitive explorations of different cultures are welcome.

Call for Submissions: Contemporary Fiction
Deadline: March 27, 2017

Cricket (for ages 9–14) seeks contemporary middle-grade fiction of 1,200 to 1,800 words. Strong submissions will feature a protagonist who is actively engaged in the challenge and adventure of being a kid—taking on new responsibilities, discovering hidden talents, overcoming fears, or meeting new and surprising people. The tone may be lighthearted or serious—exploring with friends or facing problems at home or school. Stories should have an authentic voice, revealing character primarily through action and dialogue, and reach a satisfying resolution. Stories set within city environments, or in non-American settings, and featuring characters from underrepresented groups are especially welcome.

Call for Submissions: Folktales, Myths, and Legends
Deadline: April 27, 2017

Cricket (for ages 9–14) and Spider (ages 6–9) are looking for retellings of folktales, myths, and legends from around the world. We seek tales of humorous tricksters, of adventurous heroes on epic quests, of clever and strong women, lovable fools, and formidable demons, as well as traditional wisdom tales and creation myths. Retellings should be lively and dramatic, with an authentic voice that engages the imaginations of our young readers. They must also be well researched, accurately reflecting the meanings and traditions of the story’s cultural background. Please include a list of sources and your credentials with your submission.

Call for Submissions: Hauntings
Deadline: March 27, 2017

Cicada YA/teen lit magazine seeks fiction, poetry, comics, and essays on the theme of Hauntings. A haunting is a remnant of something that never really left and refuses to be completely forgotten. A house might be haunted by the spirit of a previous owner, or a person might be constantly shadowed by past events. Maybe someone is always on your mind, or maybe you are constantly dwelling on what could have been. Show us what's rattling chains in your dark corners.

Call for Submissions: Aliens
Deadline: April 27, 2017

Cicada YA/teen lit magazine seeks fiction, poetry, comics, and essays on the theme of Aliens. Tell us a story of a stranger in a strange land, whether they be a three-headed visitor from the Andromeda Galaxy or just someone trying to navigate an unfamiliar place. Of course, feeling like an alien does not always have to do with physical location—sometimes you might feel like an alien in familiar spaces. We love works about extraterrestrials and outer space, but we also encourage authentic and diverse works about immigration, gentrification, and feelings of otherness and dissociation. Not welcome: cultural appropriation.

Call for Submissions: Puppets and Dolls
Deadline: May 27, 2017

Cicada YA/teen lit magazine seeks fiction, poetry, comics, and essays on the theme of Puppets and Dolls. Around the world, puppets and dolls serve many purposes—children’s toys, storytelling props, decoration, conduits for the supernatural. How do we pull one another’s strings to get what we want? How do we project our feelings onto one another? How can this harm a relationship? Respectful works exploring manipulation/toxic relationships: great. Exploitative, explicit, or abusive works: nope. Also encouraged: works about totally non-metaphorical dolls and magnificent puppetry performances.

Call for Submissions: Flash Fiction
Deadline: rolling deadline Wanted: your flash fic.




ONGOING EXHIBITIONS AND PRODUCTIONS
Samuel Dorsky Museum of Art presents the
TEXT/URES OF IRAQ: CONTEMPORARY ART FROM THE COLLECTION OF ODED HALAHMY
Curated by Murtaza Vali
Hours: Wednesday-Sunday: 11 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Howard Greenberg Family Gallery, Samuel Dorsksy Museum of Art, State University of New York, 1 Hawk Drive, New Paltz, NY 12561, 845.257.3844
Suggested Donation: $5
The exhibition also includes examples of modern Arabic and Hebrew calligraphy, illustrating texts from both Western and Islamic philosophical traditions, as well as works that evoke hurufiyah, an influential modern Arab variant of Lettrism, which used the swoops and curves of the Arabic alphabet as painterly gestures. From abstract collages constructed out of the remains of destroyed books to the Hebrew calligraphy seen in Halahmy’s art, these works demonstrate the importance of the literary in Iraqi society, culture and visual arts, both past and present.

This exhibition, drawn from the personal collection of New York-based sculptor Oded Halahmy, a Jewish native of Baghdad, presents his work alongside that of eight contemporary artists from Iraq. Literary culture—letters, words and books—has been a mainstay of Iraqi culture for many millennia. The ancient civilizations that inhabited the territory constituting modern day Iraq were responsible for the development of cuneiform, one of the earliest systems of writing, and ancient texts like the Epic of Gilgamesh and the Code of Hammurabi. In the centuries following the advent of Islam, Baghdad was the most important center of knowledge and learning, home to the dar al hikma or House of Wisdom, the largest and most famous library in the world at the time of its destruction in the thirteenth century by invading Mongol armies.

Text and texture have a shared origin: texere, or Latin for “to weave.” The exhibition uses this shared word root to enmesh the idea of text with that of texture. While the layered and abraded surfaces of some of the works in this exhibition reference the region’s ancient past and/or its violent present, the picturesqueness of others captures the powerful affective textures of nostalgia and exile. Celebrating their country as a pastoral idyll, where people of different beliefs, cultures, and ethnicities peacefully coexisted for centuries, these works also mourn the eventual fraying of the once rich fabric of Iraqi culture.

Participating Artists: Hayder Ali, Amal Alwan, Mohmammed al Hamadany, Oded Halahmy, Ismail Khayat, Hanaa Malallah, Hassan Massoudy, Naziha Rashid, and Qasim Sabti


February 4, 2017 —May 21, 2017

Irish Arts Center presents Marie Connole
As Above, So Below

Join us for an artist talk and reception on Tuesday, February 23 at 6:30 p.m.
Donaghy Theatre, Irish Arts Center, 553 West 51st, New York, NY 10019
Gallery hours by appointment Monday – Friday | 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Admission to the artist talk and reception is free, but reservations are encouraged.
Working in watercolor and pencil with sacred iconography and archetypal symbols, visual artist Marie Connole re-imagines the folklore and customs of the west coast of Ireland through the lens of memory, personal narrative, and history.

January 25, 2017 — April 3, 2017

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