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"Documented Italians" Film and Video Series at the Calandra Institute 0 S. Larson This spring, the John D. Calandra Italian Amerian Institute, Queens College, City University of New York (CUNY), will host the following film and video series. Monday, February 22, 2016, 6pmScreening of Il Ballo dei Giganti di Nola (2015), 90 min.Antonio Iorio, dir.For centuries the Feast of the Gigli has been celebrated in Nola, near Naples, every June in honor of Saint Paulinus. The feast features the "dancing" of the multistoried gigli towers, which represent lilies and are lifted and carried by "crews" of local men. Each year hundreds of Nolani migrants and their families return for the occasion. Antonio Iorio's film (in Italian with English subtitles) accompanies the Fraulillo family who visit from Northern Italy, where they live, to take part in the beloved feast. Their story is the framework for the film's exploration of the self-discovery echoed in long-held sentiments by the participants of the annual giglio feast in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. Post-screening discussion with the director led by Joseph Sciorra, Calandra Institute, Queens College, CUNY. Thursday, March 31, 2016, 6pmScreening of Fighting Paisanos (2013), 52 min.Marco Curti, dir.During World War II, while some Italian Americans were deemed "enemy aliens," more than 500,000 Italian Americans served in the U.S. military. The documentary Fighting Paisanos takes its title from journalist Ernie Pyle's story about an Italian-born soldier who later served in the U.S. Army. The film tells the stories of Italian American soldiers, focusing on four individuals: the U.S.-born Frank Monteleone and Fred Baldino, and Italians Gene Giannobile and Al Soria, who immigrated in 1938 and 1940, respectively. Archival footage accompanies their recollections of being part of the U.S. forces that helped liberate Italy from Fascism and Nazi occupation. Post-screening discussion with the director led by Fraser Ottanelli, University of South Florida.All events are free, open to the public, and held at the Calandra Institute.RSVP by calling (212) 642-2094. John D. Calandra Italian American InstituteQueens College, CUNY25 West 43rd Street, 17th floorNew York, NY 10036212-642-2094
by S. Larson
Wednesday, January 20, 2016
VFC/Fiddlehead Brewing Company's "Frog Run Sap Beer Festival" 0 R. Vanscoyoc The 3rd Annual Vermont Folklife Center/Fiddlehead Brewing Company's "Frog Run Sap Beer Festival" is scheduled for June 21, 2014 from 12:00pm-6:00pm at the Fiddlehead Brewing Company in Shelburne, VT. What is sap beer? Let Edgar Dodge fill you in! year, brewer Matt Cohen is barrel-aging the beer in bourbon barrels and doing a limited edition, hand bottled run.Music this year is presented in partnership with the Northeast Heritage Music Camp and features Stéphanie Lépine ( and NicholasWilliams ( from Quebec, as well as Vermont's own Pete Sutherland and his Astounding Protege, Oliver Scanlon. Starting at 4:00 pm, there will be an open Quebecois jam session, so bring your instruments! The Frog Run Sap Beer Festival is a fund raising event for the Vermont Folklife Center.Details on the event are available here: on Facebook: Brewing Company: Sponsors: Main Street Landing Performing Arts Center, Farmhouse Tap and Grill, City Market, Vermont Tent Company
by R. Vanscoyoc
Monday, June 02, 2014
Vermont Folklife Center Offering Two Interview/Recording Workshops 0 R. Vanscoyoc The Vermont Folklife Center announces two upcoming workshops as a part of its annual Cultural Sustainability Institute.Oral History: Community Memory and Passionate ListeningDate: May 9, 2014 Fee: $85.00This class provides insight into the role of oral history in cultural sustainability, the theories underpinning oral history research, and hands-on training in oral history interview techniques. The class begins with a demonstration interview followed by group discussion of the ethnographic interview process. Attendees will then work as teams to conduct interviews with invited guests using provided digital audio recording equipment. The day concludes with reflection on interviewing and a discussion of project ideas. Recording Audio for Ethnography and Oral HistoryDate: June 13, 2014 Fee: $85.00Attendees will receive a thorough introduction to the fundamentals of digital audio, types of common field-recording microphones, and the use of flash-memory based audio recorders. The workshop includes hands-on exercises with equipment in an actual interview setting. We will use the TASCAM DR-40 and Marantz PMD660 for these exercises, but the fundamental skills demonstrated will be applicable to most currently available digital audio recorders. In addition to the use of this equipment, we will also cover the selection and purchase of professional digital audio recording gear. For registration and additional information please call the Vermont FolklifeCenter at (802) 388-4964 or visit us online at
by R. Vanscoyoc
Monday, April 14, 2014
Two Free Classic Banjo Concerts in 2014 0 R. Vanscoyoc May 24, 2014, 7:45 PMThe Allenberry ResortMeadow Lodge, ground level1559 Boiling Springs Rd.Boiling Springs, PA 17007 October 25, 2014, 7:45 PMThe Hotel Utica102 Lafayette St.Utica, NY 13502 Players from the American Banjo Fraternity will be doing this presentation. Please check our website for updates and further information:  
by R. Vanscoyoc
Thursday, December 12, 2013
An Introduction to Audio Editing: Vermont Folklife Center, 11/15–11/16 0 R. Vanscoyoc An Introduction to Audio EditingFriday November 15 & Saturday November 16, 2013, 10:00am–4:00pm.   $165.00Instructor: Erica Heilman, Radio ProducerAudio stories have the capacity to open a window into another world, andthey can be shared in a number of ways. They can be broadcast on the radio,streamed online, combined with images to create audio slide shows, or usedto transform a standing exhibit. Recording audio is increasingly easy in thedigital world, and digital audio editing tools make it easy for individualsand communities to create rich and provocative sound stories.This two-day workshop offers participants an introduction to the techniquesof digital audio editing. On the first day, participants will receive aquick course in recording technique and then hit the streets of Middleburyto conduct short interviews. Back in the classroom, these recordings will beused as raw material to edit together short audio pieces. By the end of twodays, attendees will have the skills to begin working on their own soundstories at home.This workshop is intended for students, community members, staff members ofnon-profit cultural, community, and social-service agencies, as well asprofessional researchers interested in learning more about digital audioediting. No editing experience is required, but participants should beconfident computer users. The workshop is taught on Macintosh computers,using a digital editing program called Soundtrack Pro. The fundamentalskills developed will be transferable to any audio editing platform. To register visit Vermont Folklife Center's Cultural SustainabilityInstitute Workshops page: additional information call us at (802) 388-4964.
by R. Vanscoyoc
Tuesday, November 12, 2013
Creating Identity: Yiddish Across a Spectrum of Jewish Communities Today 0 R. Vanscoyoc Creating Identity: Yiddish Across a Spectrum of Jewish Communities Today
by R. Vanscoyoc
Friday, October 11, 2013
Lecture on Italian-American 78 rpm Recordings @ Calandra Institute, NYC 0 R. Vanscoyoc JOHN D. CALANDRA ITALIAN AMERICAN INSTITUTEQueens College/CUNYTHE PHILIP V. CANNISTRARO SEMINAR SERIES IN ITALIAN AMERICAN STUDIESThursday, October 10, 2013, 6 pmPaese Mio Bello: An Exploration of Early Italian-American Music Todd Cambio, Fraulini Guitar Company  In the early twentieth century, U.S. recording companies began producing records of music from the traditions of various recent immigrant groups. These recordings included folk music, topical songs rendered by popular singers, as well as instrumental pieces and audio from live theater performances. Paese Mio Bello is a collection of these early 78-rpm recordings from 1911 to 1939, a sampling of the rich diversity of musics of the Italian diaspora. Producer Todd Cambio, a luthier, musician, and a collector of 78-rpm records, will play selections from his compilation and discuss the music and its performers and composers. Free & Open to the Public John D. Calandra Italian American Institute25 West 43rd Street, 17th floorNew York, New York 10036(Between 5th and 6th Avenues; B, D, F, M to 42nd St./Bryant Park, or 7 to 5th Ave./Bryant Park)  RSVP encouraged but not required, (212) 642-2094. Please note that seating is limited and we cannot reserve seats. For further information see Rosangela Briscese, 212-642-2043,
by R. Vanscoyoc
Monday, September 16, 2013
Introduction to Audio Editing Workshop at the Vermont Folklife Center 0 R. Vanscoyoc On Friday September 20 and Saturday September 21, radio producer Erica Heilman will offer a two-day introduction to digital audio editing at the Vermont Folklife Center in Middlebury, VT. Audio stories have the capacity to open a window into another world, and they can be shared in a number of ways. They can be broadcast on the radio, streamed online, combined with images to create audio slide shows, or used to transform a standing exhibit. Recording audio is increasingly easy in the digital world, and digital audio editing tools make it easy for individuals and communities to create rich and provocative sound stories. This two-day workshop offers participants an introduction to the techniques of digital audio editing. On the first day, participants will receive a quick course in recording technique and then hit the streets of Middlebury to conduct short interviews. Back in the classroom, these recordings will be used as raw material to edit together short audio pieces. By the end of two days, attendees will have the skills to begin working on their own sound stories at home. This workshop is intended for students, community members, staff members of non-profit cultural, community, and social-service agencies, as well as professional researchers interested in learning more about digital audio editing. No editing experience is required, but participants should be confident computer users. Attendees are invited to bring their own laptop computers, or we will provide Apple computers for use during the workshop. The workshop will be taught using Hindenburg audio editing software. Instructor Erica Heilman is an award-winning radio producer. Her work has aired on NPR's Day to Day, Hearing Voices, KQED San Francisco, WGBH Boston, VPR, and other public radio affiliates nationwide. Erica also offers deep experience incorporating audio editing and production within an educational setting, having worked with high school students as a part of Vermont Folklife Center's Youth Radio Vermont program. This and other workshops in the Vermont Folklife Center's cultural sustainability series draw on the organization's 25-year experience with ethnographic field research and documentary production. Enrollment is limited to 12 participants and the registration deadline is September 19.   The cost of this workshop is $120.00. Registration forms and tuition information are available on line at or by calling (802) 388-4964. All workshops are held in the Vermont Folklife Center headquarters at 88 Main Street in downtown Middlebury.
by R. Vanscoyoc
Tuesday, September 10, 2013
Tenth Annual Working Waterfront Festival: 9/28–9/29 in New Bedford, MA 0 R. Vanscoyoc New Bedford, MA—The tenth annual Working Waterfront Festival will take place in New Bedford, America’s largest commercial fishing port, on Saturday and Sunday, September 28th and 29th. This free, family-friendly event opens the waterfront to the public with a rare look into commercial fishing, America’s oldest industry.  The 2013 Festival marks the ten-year anniversary and provides us with an opportunity to consider how commercial fishing and coastal communities have changed over the past ten years and what lies ahead.  Festival programming will offer a retrospective look at the themes explored over the past decade: Sustainability; Safety at Sea; the Future of the Industry; Women in the Industry; Preservation of Ports; Fishermen & Farmers; the Cultural Mosaic of New England’s Working Ports; Tradition & Innovation; and Narrative Tradition.  The Working Waterfront Festival is a project of the Community Economic Development Center of Southeastern MA, a non-profit organization. The FREE festival, a family friendly, educational celebration of New England's commercial fishing industry, features live maritime and ethnic music, fishermen's contests, fresh seafood, vessel tours, author readings, cooking demonstrations, kid's activities and more.  It all takes place in New Bedford, MA, America's #1 fishing port, on the last full weekend of September. Navigate to us at
by R. Vanscoyoc
Monday, September 09, 2013
NYC: Center for Traditional Music and Dance offers performances & workshops 0 L. Cashman Center for Traditional Music and Dance in New York City works to preserve and present the performing arts traditions of New York’s immigrant communities through research-based educational programming, public performance and community partnerships.See for a calendar of upcoming events, as well as archives and other projects.
by L. Cashman
Tuesday, February 26, 2013
Passion & Prohibition: A New Look at Old Tales From Oedipus to Cinderella 0 R. Vanscoyoc To learn more about this half-day symposium featuring Professor Maria Tatar, please go to
by R. Vanscoyoc
Tuesday, February 19, 2013
Dabkeh Events in New York 0 R. Vanscoyoc Start the fall off with a stomp! Alwan for the Arts, presents *So* *You Think You Can Dabkeh*, a festival exploring the traditional and popular line dances of the Levant region of the Middle East. Through participatory and performance events in Manhattan and Brooklyn from September 8 - October 13, 2012, Alwan celebrates one of the most publicly performed and beloved traditional dances of Arab Americans. The events are open to the public and funded in part by NYSCA.For more information go to Alwan for the Arts, 16 Beaver Street, #4, NY, NY 10004Upcoming Events:Thursday, Oct 11 | 6:30 pmWomen and Dabkeh: Panel and PartyThis dabkeh party is preceded by a discussion led by Riham Barghouti and features women dabkeh experts addressing issues of gender in social and concert performance. Come ready to dance their signature steps and styles, ranging from social Lebanese dabkeh, Palestinian troupe combinations, and new improvised steps like the "jump rope” and "hip hop”. Participants include Denise Abou-Chrouch of Our Lady of Lebanon Cathedral, Sheren and Hannan Attal of Yallah Youth, Danyah Jaber of Hunter's SJP, and Rema Bader, Bouchra Tabit and Dalia Zeinab of Nijmat Falasteen.$5 at the door / FREE for Alwan members<>Saturday Oct 13 | 3:30-9 pmDabkeh-Off: Dabkeh Workshop, Lecture, Showcase and Concert.3:30pm/ $10- Workshop/demo by local dabkeh experts Jad Lebbos (Lebanon) and Mohammad Shaolodi (Palestine), teaches variations from homeland villages to Brooklyn. Learn dabkeh that remains a dynamic andvital part of everyday life. ($10)5:00pm / $5-"Staging Dabkeh: The Emergence of a Levantine Folk Art," presentation by ethnomusicologist Shayna Silverstein with discussant Christopher Stone, author of Popular Culture and Nationalism in Lebanon:The Fairouz and Rahbani Nation.Shayna Silverstein addresses the emergence of dabkeh as a folk art throughout the Levant. From the formation of state folk dance troupes in the 1950s and 1960s to dance theater (raqs misrah) in the new millennium, she will look at how dabkeh has been staged for domestic and international audiences over the past fifty years. Folkloric dabkeh celebrates the cultural diversity of the Levant at the same time that it preserves the traditions and customs considered common to village life.7:00pm / $15-Dabkeh-Off and Concert with Anas Tabash: a citywide showcase features troupes such as Shabab Al Hurreyya, Al Nujoom, and Nijmat Falsteen.  The evening concludes with a concert by Palestinian singer, AnasTabash, known for his folk style mawwawil and popular dabkeh tunes, with Jad Lebbos on tabl and Zafer Tawil on oud and nay.$20 for a day pass / $15 for Alwan membersGroup DISCOUNTS / info: /646.462.5691
by R. Vanscoyoc
Monday, October 08, 2012
9/22/12 Brooklyn: Woody Guthrie Centennial Celebration Conference & Concert 0 L. Cashman The Hitchcock Institute for Studies in American Music at Brooklyn College presents: A Woody Guthrie Centennial Celebration ConferenceSaturday, 22 September, 2012, 10am-5pmBrooklyn College Student Union Building, Campus RoadFree to Public The Guthrie/Dylan Connection – Keynote by Sean WilentzWoody in New York with Nora Guthrie, Michael Denning,Elijah Wald, and Dave MarshWoody the Radical Songster with Will Kaufman, Robbie & Ernie Lieberman, and Jorge Arévalo MateusArtist Roundtable with Arlo Guthrie, Judy Collins, Billy Bragg, and Lorin Sklamberg For further concert information visit:   This Land Is Your Land Concert with Arlo Guthrie, Judy Collins, Bill Bragg, Steve Earle, The Klezmatics, John Cohen and the Dust Brothers, Mike & Ruthie and the Unger Family, and The Tony Trishka Band Saturday, 22 September, 2012, 7:30pmWhitman Hall, Brooklyn College For further concert ticket information visit:
by L. Cashman
Thursday, August 16, 2012
7/10/12 NYC: Alan Lomax: Biographer John Szwed with Steve Zeitlin 0 L. Cashman From City Lore:Alan Lomax: The Man Who Recorded the World with John Szwed in conversation with Steve Zeitlin • City Lore’s Director, Steve Zeitlin interviews John Szwed about his new biography of Alan Lomax at the Tenement Museum on Tuesday, July 10th at 6:30pm. John Szwed’s book leads us rethink Lomax’s sometimes controversial legacy. Includes clips of Lomax’s Land Where the Blues Began.When: Tuesday, July 10th, Talk begins at 6:30pmWhere: The Museum Shop of The Lower East Side Tenement Museum, 103 Orchard St. New York, NY 10002Admission: FREE!For more information: Please visit museum’s website at or call 212-431-0233 ext 212.
by L. Cashman
Friday, July 06, 2012
7/12/12 NYC: Fiddlers on the Roof (Class and Performance) 0 L. Cashman From City Lore:If you’re itching for a klezmer fest, as we at City Lore sometimes are, then you wouldn't want to miss an amazing night of rooftop fiddling presented by the JCC in Manhattan and the Center for Traditional Music and Dance. The night begins with a master class for those violinists and fiddlers who want to learn the klezmer style, a Jewish musical tradition with its roots in Eastern Europe, then ends with a performance led by klezmer violinist Alicia Svigals and her protégés from the master class.When: Thursday, July 12th, 7pm for the master class and 8pm for the show Where: JCC in Manhattan, 334 Amsterdam Ave at 76th St. New York, NY 10023 For more information, registration, and ticketing: Please visit the JCC’s website at or call 646-505-5708.
by L. Cashman
Friday, July 06, 2012
7/28/12 NYC: Activist New York (Family Program and Exhibition) 0 L. Cashman From City Lore:The City Museum of New York, have created a wonderful and exciting exhibition called, Activist New York, which deals with the many avenues and areas of activism throughout New York City’s history. As part of this exhibition, they are hosting a program which brings families together to discuss the changes they would like to see within the city and what to do about them. The night will conclude with designing and creating your own activist button.When: Saturday, July 28th, 1:00pm – 3:00pm Where: Museum of the City of New York, 1220 Fifth Ave. New York, NY 10029Admission: FREE. Reservations required For more information: Please visit museum’s website at or call 917-492-3395.
by L. Cashman
Friday, July 06, 2012
7/14/12 NYC: Rasin Ginen: The African Roots (Performance and Exhibition) 0 L. Cashman Rasin Ginen: The African Roots • El Museo del Barrio, in conjunction with their "Caribbean: Crossroads of the World" exhibition (June 12-January 6th) presents a showcase of New York’s finest Haitian traditional dance groups, coming together to water the ancestral roots of Haitian traditional dance, with a special tribute to Haitian dance educator and elder, Jean Leon Destiné.When: Saturday, July 14th, 7:00pm – 9:00pmWhere: El Museo del Barrio, 1230 Fifth Ave at 104th St. New York, NY 10029Admission: Suggested donation of $9For more information: Please visit museum’s website at or call 212-431-0233 ext 212.
by L. Cashman
Friday, July 06, 2012
6/29-31/12 New York: Beasts of the Southern Wild 0 L. Cashman From City Lore:Beasts of the Southern Wild, directed by Benh Zeitlin, opens this weekend. As many of you know, he is City Lore’s Steve Zeitlin and Amanda Dargan’s son, and coeditor of the documentary, From Mambo to Hip Hop. You may also know by now that his film won the Grand Jury Prize at Sundance and the Camera D’Or Prize at the Cannes Film Festival. It opens at the Sunshine Cinema and Lincoln Plaza this week. Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, June 29, 30, and 31 are particularly important because ticket sales determine how widely the film will seen in other theaters and cities. We hope you’ll take a chance this weekend to see this wonderful feature film which Manohla Dargis in The New York Times called one of the best films to premiere at Sundance in two decades. A few days ago, Jonathan Caouette, also in the Times, described it as "fresh, passionate and disarmingly sincere contribution to postmodern Americana… a fantastical essay on the notion of place."
by L. Cashman
Monday, June 25, 2012
6/27/12 New York: Yiddish Poets: Mayn heym, New York 0 L. Cashman Wednesday, June 27, 2012, 8:30pmEldridge Street Synagogue (12 Eldridge St.) City Lore and Bowery Arts + Science welcome you to a night of poetry in Yiddish and English, recited and projected onto the beautiful facade of the historic Eldridge Street Synagogue on the Lower East Side. Among the Yiddish poets participating are NEA National Heritage Fellowship winner – Beyle Schaechter-Gottesman; columnist at the Yiddish Forward newspaper – Yoel Matveyeev; writer, translator Mindl Rinkewich; and Gitl Schachter-Viswanath, poet and editor of the English-Yiddish dictionary. The event will open with Yiddish music performed by Lisa Mayer and Sruli Dresdner. The POEMobile will project poems in both Yiddish and English simultaneously. The POEMobile experience has been described as "sublime" and as "Cinema Paradiso come to town." For more information visit this event listing on our calendar.
by L. Cashman
Wednesday, June 20, 2012
I'd Still Be Puerto Rican Even if Born on the Moon 0 R. Vanscoyoc I'd Still be Puerto Rican Even if Born on the Moon(Yo sería borincano, aunque naciera en la luna*) Puerto Rican Migration through the Arts This new exhibit, curated by City Lore’s own Elena Martínez tells the story of the Puerto Rican diaspora to New York City during the 20th century and into the 21st through the lens of expressive culture. Nuyoricans may celebrate Three Kings’ Day differently and wear vejigante masks for the Puerto Rican Parade instead of Carnival, but they are still Puerto Rican—and would be—"even if born on the moon." This exhibit features the work of both traditional and contemporary Puerto Rican artists, many of whom are long-time City Lore collaborators. Opening with a reception on June 21st.When: Thursday, June 21st - Wednesday, July 25thOpening Reception: Thursday, June 21st, 6:30pm - 9:30pm For more information: Please visit this event listing on our calendar!This program is supported by an award from the National Endowment for the Arts; by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council; and by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.
by R. Vanscoyoc
Thursday, June 14, 2012

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