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Wednesday, March 1, 2017
Flushing Town Hall presents
Monthly Jazz Jam
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!

The Troy Savings Bank Music Hall presents
Tommy Emmanuel
Acoustic Guitar Phenomenon
7:30 p.m.
Troy Savings Bank Music Hall, 30 2nd St, Troy, NY 12180
Tickets: $39, $29
Tickets are available now via phone, (518) 273-0038, in person, or online at www.troymusichall.org. Tickets are available at the Troy Savings Bank Music Hall Box Office, 30 Second Street, Troy, Monday through Friday 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
We are bringing back two-time GRAMMY nominee Tommy Emmanuel, whose five decade career has garnered hundreds of thousands of fans worldwide. This one night only engagement is in support of Emmanuel’s upcoming album, It’s Never Too Late, which will be released on September 21, 2016, on Thirty Tigers. The album is 14 tracks of all original music with no vocals or guests. Emmanuel has been voted Favorite Acoustic Guitarist in both Guitar Player Magazine and Acoustic Guitar Magazine’ reader polls. A household name in his native Australia, Tommy has garnered hundreds of thousands of loyal fans worldwide. Tommy’s unique style — he calls it simply “finger style” — is akin to playing guitar the way a pianist plays piano, using all ten fingers. Rather than using a whole band for melody, rhythm, bass, and drum parts, Tommy plays all that — and more — on one guitar. Tommy Emmanuel is an honorary Kentucky Colonel, a CGP (Certified Guitar Player, a title given by Chet Atkins to only 5 guitarists in the world), an Order of Australia Medalist (AM), and the holder of both an honorary Master’s Degree (MA) and more recently an honorary Doctor of Arts (DR) from Charles Sturt University in Australia in recognition of his commitment to rural Australia and his contribution to music education.

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Friday, March 3, 2017
The Folkus Project presents
Aztec Two Step
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.
Rex Fowler and Neal Shulman have spent a lifetime of making music together as the folk/rock duo, Aztec Two-Step. After taking their name from a poem by beat poet Lawrence Ferlinghetti, and with four plus decades as staples of progressive FM radio, major record deals and non-stop touring, Rex and Neal continue to impress audiences with intelligent songwriting, dazzling acoustic lead guitar and soaring two-part harmonies.

World Music Institute (WMI) presents
Ballaké Sissoko & Vincent Ségal
8:00 p.m.
Pre-performance Q&A with the artists (7 p.m.) moderated by music writer and producer Banning Eyre of Afropop Worldwide
French Institute Alliance Française, Florence Gould Hall, 55 E 59th Street, NYC
Tickets $35
When Ballaké Sissoko and Vincent Ségal released their first collaborative album, Chamber Music, they caught the music world by surprise. Everything about this duo was unexpected: the Malian master of the kora; the French cellist with the unlikely background in trip-hop; and the elegant, soulful music they made together. Sissoko and Ségal have created their own cross-cultural hybrid tradition, one that draws on the ancient well of West African troubadour songs, the rich heritage of Baroque music, and an elusive but somehow clearly modern sensibility. In 2015, these two masters returned with Musique de Nuit (“Night Music”)—an album even more spellbinding than its predecessor.
Co-presented with French Institute Alliance Française (FIAF). This concert is presented as part of World Music Institute’s Collaborations series.

Carnegie Hall in partnership with Robert Browning Associates presents
8:30 p.m.
Zankel Hall at Carnegie Hall, 57th Street & 7th Avenue, NYC
Tickets: $39, $46
Lúnasa’s novel arrangements and unique musical approaches create a singular sound that has propelled Irish acoustic music into exciting new territory. For this concert, the group is joined by Karan Casey, one of the most innovative and provocative voices in Irish folk music. Since its founding 20 years ago, Lúnasa has become one of the most popular bands on the international Celtic music scene. Its novel arrangements and distinctive musical approaches have created a singular sound that has propelled Irish acoustic music into exciting new territory. Performing on fiddle, flute, whistles, uillean pipes, double bass, and guitar, the group is joined by special guest Karan Casey, one of the most innovative and provocative voices in Irish folk music. In addition to her work as lead singer with Solas and her successful solo career, she has performed with James Taylor, Liam Clancy, Peggy Seeger, and Mick Moloney, among others. This concert is part of Carnegie Hall’s World Views.

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Saturday, March 4, 2017
Flushing Town Hall presents
Sierra Leone Refugee All Stars: Inspired West African Music – INTERACTIVE WORKSHOP
1:00 p.m.
Flushing Town Hall, 137-35 Northern Boulevard, (at the corner of Linden Place), Flushing, NY 11354
Tickets $7/$4 Children/FREE for members with tickets to 2:15 pm show (Members call Box Office for Tickets)
Free for Teens Age 13–19 with ID.
The ‘All Stars’ will introduce you to the music of Sierra Leone, with an overview of different genres and a demonstration of each style (gumbe, highlife, palmwine, etc) and a broader discussion of African rhythms and the role of music in Sierra Leone’s society.

Flushing Town Hall presents
Sierra Leone Refugee All Stars: Inspired West African Music – FAMILY SHOW
2:15 p.m.
Flushing Town Hall, 137-35 Northern Boulevard, (at the corner of Linden Place), Flushing, NY 11354
Tickets $13/$10 Members/$8 Children/$6 Member Children
Free for Teens Age 13–19 with ID.
Sierra Leone’s Refugee All Stars bring the spirit of Freetown to Flushing! The band formed in a refugee camp during their homeland’s civil war which ended in 2002. They have gone on to build a global following with the enduring power of hope that is at the heart of their music, with infectious songs tinged with reggae, gumbe, and more.

Eighth Step at Proctors presents
Dar Williams
7:30 p.m.
GE Theatre, Proctors, 432 State Street, Schenectady, NY
Tickets: Gold Circle $40, Advance $26
Call Eighth Step TicketLine: 518-434-1703
Dar Williams became a major force on the New England folk scene as an idiosyncratic songwriter who wrote folk songs from a unique, often insightful perspective. She took pains to avoid the coy and the quirky; her songwriting and performing style have been compared to those of Joni Mitchell and Joan Baez, but with a few acidic and at times hilarious twists. Every new album from Dar Williams represents her thoughts and feelings about both her own life and larger forces in the world. But her ninth studio record, Emerald (2015), marked a particularly dramatic confluence between her experiences and broader contemporary culture-and what it means to be a songwriter at this moment in history. We welcome back one of contemporary music’s very finest singer-songwriters!

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Thursday, March 9, 2017
Golden Link Folk Singing Society presents: Si Kahn, Joe Jencks & Maria Dunn Sing Songs to Celebrate Working People
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.
This special concert brings together three acclaimed singer/songwriters known for writing songs about working people and social justice.

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Friday, March 10, 2017
The Troy Savings Bank Music Hall presents
An Acoustic Evening with Trey Anastasio
7:30 p.m.
Troy Savings Bank Music Hall, 30 2nd St, Troy, NY 12180
Tickets: $75, $70, $65
Tickets are available now via phone, (518) 273-0038, in person, or online at www.troymusichall.org. Tickets are available at the Troy Savings Bank Music Hall Box Office, 30 Second Street, Troy, Monday through Friday 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Over the past three decades, composer/guitarist/vocalist Trey Anastasio has forged a multi-faceted career, winning acclaim in rock, classical and theatrical circles. He is a founding member of Phish, one of today’s most successful and innovative rock bands. Known for uncompromising musicianship and spectacular live performances, Phish released their 15th studio album Big Boat in October 2016 and finished the year with another sold out four-night run at Madison Square Garden. Anastasio also tours regularly with Trey Anastasio Band, which also released a new studio album, Paper Wheels, October 2015. He has received GRAMMY nominations for his recordings with Phish and for his solo work. He co-wrote the music for the Broadway musical Hands on a Hardbody, which received a Tony nomination for “Best Original Score” in 2013. In the summer of 2015, Anastasio joined the surviving four members of the Grateful Dead for five stadium shows, which celebrated the band’s 50th anniversary and served as the band’s farewell shows. Anastasio has performed his original compositions with numerous symphonies. The New York Times hailed his Carnegie Hall performance with the New York Philharmonic as “that rarest of rarities, a classical-rock hybrid that might please partisans from both constituencies.” In 2014, he debuted a new piece for guitar and orchestra, entitled Petrichor, on a West Coast orchestral tour that concluded with a performance at the Hollywood Bowl, marking his second performance with the Los Angeles Philharmonic.

Flushing Town Hall presents
Jeffery Broussard & the Creole Cowboys
8:00 p.m. (7:00 p.m. dance lessons)
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.
Mardi Gras is never over with one of the most influential accordionists and vocalists in modern zydeco music, Jeffery Broussard! He began his career with traditional Creole zydeco music playing drums in his father’s band, moved on to develop the nouveau zydeco sound in Zydeco Force, then returned to the more traditional zydeco sound with his own band. Pre-concert zydeco dance lessons will include the two-step and the waltz, and will get you ready to move!

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Saturday, March 11, 2017
Eighth Step at Proctors presents
Cosy Sheridan & Sloan Wainwright
7:30 p.m.
Underground, Proctors, 432 State Street, Schenectady, NY
Tickets: Gold Circle $35, Advance $24
Call Eighth Step TicketLine: 518-434-1703
An exciting evening with two richly talented singer-songwriters, who often intersect at master songwriting and performance camps. COSY SHERIDAN writes about wide-ranging subjects like the stock market crash of 2008 and fall-out from uranium mining in the American southwest. And then there are her funny parodies on aging and women; all-in-all, she writes love songs for adults and practical philosophy for a very complicated world. SLOAN WAINWRIGHT boasts a striking contralto and a unique songwriting ability. Her easy command of a variety of American musical styles—pop, folk, jazz and blues—binds together the melodiously sultry tones of her rich contralto. Seven solo CDs to her credit, she has appeared with such luminaries as Tom Paxton, Ani DiFranco, Shawn Colvin, Rufus Wainwright, and Martin Sexton. Recent performances include NYC’s The Bottom Line and the massive “Gathering of the Vibes.” She has received ASCAP’s Special Award every year consecutively since 1996.

7:30 p.m.
Walton Theatre, 30 Gardiner Place, Walton , NY 13856. (607) 865-6688
Tickets: $15
GIRSA (Gaelic for “young girls”) is a traditional Irish music band made up of eight women. What is clearly evident is that they have a passion for their music and use their instruments and talent to share this time-honored Irish musical heritage.They share enthusiastic performances of traditional Irish song and dance with a creative and powerful mix of fiddle, accordion, banjo, tin whistle, bodhran, guitar and keyboard.

World Music Institute (WMI), in partnership with The Apollo Theater, presents
Africa Now!
8 p.m.
The Apollo Theater | 253 W 125th Street, NYC
Tickets: $20-$60
Now in its fifth season, this annual concert at the Apollo celebrates the best of today’s African music scene showcasing emerging and established artists who have drawn from their roots for inspiration. This season’s concert takes us on a musical trip across the continent from the Congo’s new generation of musicians who embody the concept of change with Mbongwana Star, to exploring the rich culture of the island of Cape Verde through the vibrant music of Lura, to Mali’s Songhoy Blues blending traditional and modern, and lastly DJ Nenim who hails from Nigeria.

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Sunday, March 12, 2017
New York Folklore Society announces
A Dance Showcase: “No Experience Necessary: Social Dancing in the Southern Tier
A program of the
NYSCA Upstate Folklife Survey and Program Development – A Partnership with the New York Folklore Society

1:00-4:00 p.m.
Jamestown Community College
Project folklorist, Hannah Davis, presents a showcase of participatory dance traditions drawn from Allegany, Cattaraugus, and Chautauqua Counties. Davis will also speak about her survey of folk and traditional arts in this region. Organized in collaboration with the Cattaraugus County Arts Council. Swedish, contra, and Seneca dancers will share participatory dance traditions.

Story Sundays at the Glen Sanders Mansion
Our Roots Are Showing: Tales and Songs from Our Anglo-Gaelic-Jewish Heritages
The Storycrafters: Barry Marshall and Jeri Burns, PhD
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.
Internationally renowned, award-winning musical storytelling duo Barry Marshall and Jeri Burns PhD, will share a lively and thoughtful evening of material drawn from their heritages. Barry’s roots lie in ALL of the British Isles (England, Ireland, Scotland, Wales), while Jeri's heritage extends from Eastern European Jewish culture (Poland, Russia). Join The Storycrafters as they explore stories, lore, and history from the lands upon which their ancestors stood.
Entrees: Corned Beef and Cabbage; Potato Crusted Salmon with Caper Beurre Blanc; or Vegetarian Stuffed Cabbage Rolls.

World Music Institute (WMI) presents
Glass @ 80: A Collection of Collaborative Work — Philip Glass & Foday Musa Suso
With special guests Asher Delerme and Jeffrey Zeigler
7 p.m.
National Sawdust, 80 N 6th St, Brooklyn, NY
General admission, unreserved seating $50 advance | $60 door
Philip Glass and Foday Musa Suso famously collaborated on the album The Screens composed as music for a production of the play by Jean Genet, the score for the film Powaqqatsi, and on the concert work Orion. As part of a celebration of Philip Glass’ 80th birthday year, the two artists will come together again for an intimate and collaborative performance. Philip Glass is one of America’s most celebrated composers and one of the original American minimalists. In the past 25 years, Glass has composed many operas, symphonies, and concertos as well as dozens of soundtracks for films. Over the years, his work has been inspired by the music of Africa, India, and the Himalayas.
Known for his hypnotic performances of traditional Kora music, as well as his cutting edge musical collaborations, virtuoso Foday Musa Suso is a direct descendent of Jalimadi Wulen Suso, the inventor of the Kora. He is a Mandingo Griot from Gambia who in the 1970s became the first Kora player to establish himself in the US. He has written many original compositions and collaborated, toured and recorded with artists such as Bill Laswell, Herbie Hancock, Pharaoh Sanders, Paul Simon, the Kronos Quartet, Don Cherry and many others to fuse West African music with classical minimalism, free jazz, funk, and avant-garde.
This concert is presented as part of WMI’s Collaborations Series.

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Wednesday, March 15, 2017
New York Cultural Heritage Tourism Network (NYCHTN) announces
AT Colgate University, Hamilton, NY 13346
The Sustainability Conference is focused on providing relevant information to participants that will allow them a better understanding of how to work outside the prescribed silos of their organizations by:
* Becoming active participants in their communities and regional economic development using applicable statistics.
* Using best practices to leverage their organization’s assets for continued relevance and sustainability.
* Taking preservation to the next level in their community.
* Working collaboratively with public and private entities to encourage local and regional partnerships in their perspective fields.

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Thursday, March 16, 2017
Eighth Step at Proctors presents
Open Mic Theme: Ridin’ the Rails – Tunes of Trains
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, March 17, 2017
A Place for Folk presents
Kyle Carey
Opener: Stories Told (Alice Jenkins & Gary Moon)
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
The ingredients of Kyle Carey’s music include the songs of the American Folk Anthology, the traditional music of Cape Breton, Ireland and Scotland, and the Appalachian poetry of Louise McNeill. A fluent Scottish Gaelic speaker, Kyle has released two albums—both critically acclaimed, and both a direct and compelling expression of her unique Gaelic Americana sound.
Stories Told is the acoustic folk duo of award-winning songwriter Gary Moon and Alice Jenkins. Stories Told originated in the Saratoga Springs arts scene in upstate New York. “Gary Moon and Alice Jenkins offer their original songs and covers with passion and creativity and their tight harmonies and sensitive instrumentation give such a full and playful (and perfect!) performance.”—Scott Carrino, Round House Bakery Cafe, Cambridge, NY.

The Folkus Project presents
The Slambovian Circus of Dreams
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.
Called everything from ‘hillbilly-Pink Floyd’ to ‘folk-pop’ to ‘surreal Americana’, The Slambovian Circus of Dreams is a riveting, mesmerizing, crazy, amazing machine of music. Known for their electrifying live performances the band has toured nationally and abroad, playing a moody but uplifting americana with an extensive instrumental arsenal (accordion, cello, mandolin, theremin).

World Music Institute (WMI) presents
Susana Baca
8 p.m. (doors open at 7 p.m.)
Pioneer Works, 159 Pioneer St, Brooklyn, NY
General admission, unreserved seating $30 advance | $35 door
Susana Baca is a singer-songwriter, ethnomusicologist, folklorist, teacher, and winner of two Latin Grammy Awards. With a splendid voice and equally impressive interpretive gifts, Susana Baca is a primary exponent of the Afro-Peruvian musical tradition. Baca was an important figure in the revival of Afro-Peruvian music which, like the culture that provided it, had previously been little recognized, but is now regarded as an important part of Peruvian culture. Baca contributed greatly to its international popularity when, in her later years, she came to worldwide attention in 1995, with her rendition of “Maria Lando,“ a heartbreaking ballad of Third World worker oppression. It was included on David Byrne’s The Soul of Black Peru compilation that was released on the Luaka Bop record label. Since then, she has toured the United States several times and released numerous albums. With her husband, she founded the Instituto Negrocontinuo (Black Continuum) in Lima, which is dedicated to preserving Afro-Peruvian culture.
This concert is presented as part of WMI’s Origins Series.

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Saturday, March 18, 2017
World Music Institute (WMI) presents
Carlos Núñez
7:30 p.m.
Merkin Concert Hall at Kaufman Music Center | 129 W 67th St, NYC
Tickets start at $25
Few artists pack as much energy, virtuosity, imagination, daring, and charisma into their concerts as Galician multi-instrumentalist Carlos Núñez. He is the world’s most famous player of the gaita, the bagpipes of Galicia, Spain’s northwest region, which is rich in vibrant Celtic traditional music. Núñez respects and seeks to safeguard Galicia’s musical legacy while skillfully exploring fresh, fascinating realms of new possibilities for it. He has collaborated with a wide variety of artists including Jackson Browne, Ry Cooder, Laurie Anderson and of course The Chieftains, who first introduced Núñez to larger, international audiences. Núñez’s music draws on influences that range from ancient Celtic music (with a unique Spanish touch) to Medieval and Baroque, and also incorporates sounds and styles of the places where Galicians have settled, including Cuba, Brazil, Argentina, even the United States. Special guests Banda de Gaitias “Terra Nosa” from Casa Galicia New York.
This concert is presented as part of WMI’s Origins Series.

The Troy Savings Bank Music Hall presents
8:00 p.m.
Troy Savings Bank Music Hall, 30 2nd St, Troy, NY 12180
Tickets: $34
Tickets are available now via phone, (518) 273-0038, in person, or online at www.troymusichall.org. Tickets are available at the Troy Savings Bank Music Hall Box Office, 30 Second Street, Troy, Monday through Friday 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Lúnasa is composed of Kevin Crawford (flutes, low whistles and tin whistles), Trevor Hutchinson (double bass), Ed Boyd (guitar), Seán Smyth (fiddle and low whistle) and Cillian Vallely (uilleann pipes and low whistles). Lúnasa have sold more than quarter of a million albums in the course of the band’s career and boast an impressive back catalogue of 7 highly acclaimed and award-winning studio albums. The band is internationally acknowledged as being the finest traditional Irish instrumental outfit of recent times. They are renowned for their stunning shows honed by superb musicianship and a constant touring cycle. Their inventive arrangements and bass driven grooves have steered Irish acoustic music into surprising new territory. Their recordings have been hailed as some of the best and most important world music albums anywhere, while their blend of intelligence, innovation, virtuosity, and passion has brought them to the forefront of Celtic music. Of the band, legendary Irish fiddler Kevin Burke says, “Maintaining the unique, intimate qualities of a musical tradition while at the same time meeting and fulfilling the demands of the contemporary music world is a difficult juxtaposition to achieve, yet Lúnasa have managed to accomplish exactly that.”

The Smith Center for the Arts presents
Special Guests: The Probables!
8:00 p.m.
The Smith Center for the Arts, 82 Seneca Street, Geneva, NY 14456, 315-781-5483
The Town Pants started 20 years ago playing small pubs which lead to performing at music venues in over 500 cities in 15 countries and eventually to headlining Celtic, Roots and World Music festivals internationally. For those who have partied with The Town Pants at The Smith on ST PAT’S weekend, you already know that it doesn’t get any better than this! And yes . . . of course there is Dancing! Wear green and spread the word!

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Sunday, March 19, 2017
NorthWest Family YMCA presents
Acoustic Music Jam
2-4 p.m.
NorthWest Family YMCA, 8040 River Road, Baldwinsville NY 13027
For more information, contact the Arts Director at 315-303-5966 ext. 225.
Cost: Free to members and non-members (no registration needed).
Folk, Traditional, Country, Bluegrass, Rock and Pop music is welcome. The Jam is open to all ages and skill levels, members and non-members alike. No registration is required. Bring your musical instruments (guitar, voice, banjo, mandolin, flute, etc.) and a music stand. Come join in the fun or just to listen. The Jam is hosted by Steve and Karen Pfanenstiel.

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Tuesday, March 21, 2017
The Arts Center of the Capital Region presents
Social Media March: Brewing Night
5:30-7:30 p.m.
The Arts of the Capital Region, 265 River Street, Troy, NY 12180
Cost: $35; Sign up online
Take a break from the brackets and learn about the history of beer! Craig Gravina, author of Upper Hudson Valley Beer, will be guiding you through the many different styles of beer there are. Come ready to sample!

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Saturday, March 25, 2017
Chemung County Library District and Corning Community College announce
Twin Tiers Mini Maker Faire
10 a.m.-3 p.m.
Arnot Mall, Horseheads, NY
Maker Faire is a gathering of fascinating, curious people who enjoy learning and who love sharing what they can do. From engineers to artists to scientists to crafters, Maker Faire is a venue to for these “makers” to show hobbies, experiments, projects.

Robert Browning Associates presents
LURRIE BELL: Chicago Blues!
8:00 p.m.
Roulette, 509 Atlantic Avenue (at 3rd Ave), Downtown Brooklyn
Tickets: $25; seniors, students $21
Lurrie Bell’s intense guitar playing and passionate vocals have made him a favorite at clubs and festivals around the world and have earned him a reputation as one of the “leading lights” in the future of the blues. He has appeared on over 50 recordings either as leader or featured sideman and received numerous awards and honors, including Male Blues Artist of the Year (2008, 2012) in Living Blues magazine. Son of famed blues harmonica player Carey Bell, he picked up his father’s guitar at the age of five and grew up surrounded by many Chicago blues legends. By 17, he was playing on stage with Willie Dixon. In 1977, he was a founding member of The Sons of Blues with Freddie Dixon and Billy Branch and a year later joined Koko Taylor’s band. With his father he toured and made recordings, including the 2004 Alligator release Second Nature, which was nominated for a W.C. Handy Award. In this program he will be joined by his band and include selections from his acclaimed Delmark album Blues in My Soul.

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Sunday, March 26, 2017
StoryCircle at Proctors Theater announces
Word Plays: With A Little Bit of Luck
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
Sometimes, a little bit of good luck is all you need. Then again, a little bit of bad luck is usually NOT good... Come hear how these stories turn out. Storytellers: Claire Beetlestone, Fran Berger, Alden (Joe) Doolittle, Mary Murphy, Merideth Nieves, Claire Nolan, Sandy Schuman.

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Friday, March 31, 2017
Flushing Town Hall presents
Piano Masters: Toshiko Akiyoshi and Barry Harris
8:00 p.m. (7:00 p.m. dance lessons)
Flushing Town Hall, 137-35 Northern Boulevard, (at the corner of Linden Place), Flushing, NY 11354
Tickets $42/$32 Members/$20 Students; Table Package: $125/$100 Members (Reserved Table for 2, Wine & Snacks)
Two NEA Jazz Master pianists Toshiko Akiyoshi and Barry Harris perform together in a piano duo of classic jazz standards and original arrangements riffing, complementing, and answering each other in melodic and harmonious responses. Both pianists are considered the leading proponents of bebop and this concert will be a truly once-in-a-lifetime experience.

March 31–April 1, 2017
Biannual Conference of the Middle Atlantic Folklife Association (MAFA)
In partnership with the Eastern American Studies Association (EASA) and Society of Americanists (SOA)
Theme: “Milestones, Markers, and Moments: Turning Points in American Experience and Tradition”
Harrisburg Hilton, Harrisburg, Pennsylvania
In the upcoming year, Americans might reflect on several critical moments of the nation’s past and anticipate markers of the future that will define its experience and tradition. This year, MAFA, in partnership with the Eastern American Studies Association and the incipient Society of Americanists, a coalition of persons and organizations devoted to the study of American culture, invites proposals for papers, panels, forums, and workshops related to the broad theme of turning points in American history, folklife, education, cultural conservation, heritage, and society. More information to follow. CALL FOR PROPOSALS due no later than January 16, 2017 (see January’s calendar page announcements section for this Call).


Erie Canalway National Heritage Corridor announces
World Canals Conference 2017: Call for Presentations
Syracuse, September 24 to 28, 2017

Do you have experience to share, lessons learned, or innovative ideas on the topic of Canals as Agents of Transformation? Share it with the world at the 2017 World Canals Conference in Syracuse, September 24 to 28, 2017. The Call for Presentations is now open. We're looking for engaging sessions on innovative development and successes in leveraging historic, cultural and natural assets to drive transformation. Consider these potential topics:
*Innovation in attracting new users to inland waterways and retaining the ones we have
*Transformative development/reinvestment projects
*Recognizing and celebrating waterways through art and public events
*Inspiring and energizing future generations of canallers
*Design, construction, repair and operation of canal structures
*Water quality, environmental remediation and control of invasive species

Visit www.wcc2017syracuse.com for details and to submit a proposal. Proposals must be submitted by March 1, 2017.

About WCC2017: Each year, the WCC brings hundreds of canal enthusiasts, professionals, and scholars from around the world together to discuss canals and inland waterways as a means to promote tourism, spur economic and community development, improve environmental quality, and exchange best practices on protection strategies for historic sites. This will be the first time WCC is to be held in North America since 2010. WCC2017 is co-hosted by the New York State Canal Corporation, Erie Canalway National Heritage Corridor, and Visit Syracuse. It will be held at Marriott Downtown Syracuse and is sponsored by I Love NY and National Grid, along with many other businesses and foundations.

Chemung County Library District and Corning Community College announce
Call for Makers
Twin Tiers Mini Maker Faire
Saturday, March 25, 2017
Arnot Mall, Horseheads, NY, 10:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.

Maker Faire is a gathering of fascinating, curious people who enjoy learning and who love sharing what they can do. From engineers to artists to scientists to crafters, Maker Faire is a venue to for these “makers” to show hobbies, experiments, projects.

We are currently looking for Makers. This year you can apply by simply filling out the “Call for Makers” form online at twintiers.makerfaire.com/call-for-makers/application.

For more information, email us at twintiersmakerfaire@gmail.com

Please submit application by Friday, March 3, 2017. If you are interested in participating, please fill out the application as soon as possible, as space is limited.

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.

Erie Canalway National Heritage Corridor announces
GRANT OPPORTUNITY: Preserve New York and Technical Assistance Grants

Preserve New York and Technical Assistance Grants
Applications are now available to eligible municipalities and not-for-profit organizations to compete for 2017 Preserve New York and Technical Assistance Grants (TAG), signature grant programs of the New York State Council on the Arts (NYSCA) and Preservation League of New York State. Grants of up to $3,000 are available, with a required $500 match from each applicant. The Preservation League of NYS will offer a series of workshops on these grant programs. The Erie Canalway has provided support for the TAG program in the National Heritage Corridor and is co-sponsoring the workshop series. Workshops will be held on 1/31/17 in Buffalo, 2/1/17 in Seneca Falls, and 2/2/17 in Syracuse. Please contact the Preservation League at 518-462-5658 x12 for additional details and to register for a workshop.
Deadline: March 27, 2017. Details: www.preservenys.org/tag---technical-assistance-grants.html

Caribbean Cultural Center| African Diaspora Institute presents
Opening: October 15: 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.
October 16: 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
120 East 125th Street, between Lexington and Park Avenues, New York, NY
Admission: Free
The 3-part exhibition explores HOME in the age of gentrification, dislocation, migration, exile, belonging, health and unaffordable housing. The exhibition will feature work from 20 artists of various mediums, including augmented reality. Renowned curator, Lowery Stokes Sims joins Yasmin Ramirez, Marta Moreno Vega and Regina Bultrón Bengoa in curating HOME, MEMORY, AND FUTURE.
Will be installed on the street level of the new building, and will feature the work of pioneering photographers who have chronicled the people, places, and events in East and West Harlem from the 1970s to the present, demonstrating the rich interaction between these two distinctive sections within this historic neighborhood. It will feature the work of three renowned photographers, Hiram Maristany, Dawoud Bey, and Chester Higgins.
Will be installed on the second floor, and will feature work by painters, sculptors and installation artist that demonstrates how the concept of “home” represents a universal and universally experienced concept for artists of color from diverse origins. The selected work will demonstrate how memory can be relied upon to recreate, imagine and reconstruct cultural traditions in varied efforts to establish “home” in distant environments. It will feature the work of artists, Antonio Martorell, Abigail DeVille, Pepon Osorio, Whitfield Lovell, Dr. Amalia Mesa-Bains, Adrian “Viajero” Roman, Scherazade Garcia, Nicole Awai.
The ‘virtual’ exhibition, Mi Querido Barrio (My Beloved Community), which will be mounted outdoors and in ‘cyberspace’ using augmented reality technology, will feature site-specific pieces by local artists focusing on physical locations of importance within the social history of El Barrio. It will feature the work of artists, Tamiko Thiel, Yasmin Hernandez, Adrian “Viajero” Roman, Edgardo Miranda Rodriguez, Alejandro Epifanio, Oliver Rios, Andrew Padilla, Edwin Pagan, Bianca DeJesus, Mariona Lloreta, Kearra Amaya Gopee, and Michael Cordero.

October 15, 2016 — March 2017

Museum at Eldridge Street presents
The Jewish Ghetto in Postcards: From Eastern Europe to the Lower East Side
Presented in partnership with the Blavatnik Archive
Museum at Eldridge Street, 12 Eldridge Street, New York, NY 10002, 212.219.088
Hours: Sunday – Thursday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Friday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
RSVP: $30 in advance; $45 at the door.
From 1880 to 1924, one-third of the Jewish population left the shtetls and cities of Eastern Europe for the United States, fleeing persecution and seeking economic opportunity. On these shores and on the Lower East Side, immigrants found themselves in a new kind of densely populated urban neighborhood. Still, echoes of the old country could be found in the cries of the marketplace, the plaintive tunes of the synagogue, and most of all in the shared Yiddish language of neighbors. The Jewish Ghetto in Postcards presents rarely seen images of shtetl life in Europe and the “Ghetto” of the old Jewish Lower East Side. In captivating color and stark black and white, these vintage postcards provide snapshots of vanished places that are at the heart of the early 20th-century Jewish experience.

Look for these events on the calendar associated with this exhibition:

Hot Cider Walking Tour of the Jewish Lower East Side
Monday, December 26 and Wednesday, December 28 at 1 p.m.

After Hours: Candlelight Tour and Soiree
Tuesday, December 27 from 7 to 9 p.m.

Talk: Clairvoyant Housewives, Cookbook Mavens and Advice Givers
Sunday, February 5 at 2 p.m.

For Families: Pushcarts and Postcards — Hot Cider Walking Tour
Sunday, February 12 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Talk & Music: Tenement Songs - Popular Music of Jewish Immigrants
Sunday, February 12 from 3 to 5 p.m.

After Hours: Secrets of the Synagogue
Thursday, February 23 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.

December 15, 2016 — March 8, 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

The Metropolitan Opera presents

Metropolitan Opera, Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, 30 Lincoln Center Plaza, New York, NY 10023
Tickets: From $27
Kristine Opolais stars in the role that helped launch her international career, the mythical Rusalka, who sings the haunting “Song to the Moon.” Mary Zimmerman brings her wondrous theatrical imagination to Dvořák’s fairytale of love and longing, rejection and redemption. Brandon Jovanovich, Jamie Barton, Katarina Dalayman, and Eric Owens complete the all-star cast, and Mark Elder conducts. Sung in Czech. Titles in English, German, Spanish
The only one of Dvořák’s operas to gain an international following (so far), Rusalka is in many ways a definitive example of late Romanticism—containing folklore, evocations of the natural and the supernatural worlds, and even a poignant interpretation of the idea of a love-death. The story has a strong national flavor as well as universal appeal, infused by the Romantic supernaturalism of Friedrich de la Motte Fouqué’s novella
Undine (previously set as an opera by E.T.A. Hoffmann, Tchaikovsky, and others) and Hans Christian Andersen’s The Little Mermaid.

February 2, 2017 — March 2, 2017

Samuel Dorsky Museum of Art presents the
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

Albany Institute of History & Art presents
In Motion: The African-American Migration Experience
Wednesday: 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Thursday: 10 a.m.-8 p.m., Friday: 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Saturday: 10 a.m.-5 p.m., and Sunday: Noon–5 p.m.
Albany Institute of History & Art, 125 Washington Avenue, Albany, NY 12210
This exhibition will be located in the atrium of the Albany Institute. There is no admission fee to see it.
The Albany Institute of History & Art is partnering with the African American Cultural Center of the Capital Region, Inc. to host a traveling exhibition organized by the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture at The New York Public Library. Other partners include the Capital District Black Chamber of Commerce and the JAFJR Community Foundation.
According to the Schomburg Center: “African Americans, perhaps more than any other population in the Americas, have been shaped by migrations. Their culture and history are the products of black peoples' various movements, coerced and voluntary, that started in the Western Hemisphere 500 years ago. Everywhere their thirst for freedom, education, and opportunities brought them, African Americans have recreated themselves and transformed the land, the cities, the culture, and ultimately the nation. With 75 framed photographs, panel text introducing each of the thirteen migrations, documents and artifacts, and a companion online exhibition and website, In Motion: The African-American Migration Experience examines how African Americans, constantly in motion, have formed and transformed themselves and their landscape through migration.”

February 11, 2017 —March 26, 2017

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