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10-28-14 -Najla Said, memoirist, actress, and playwright - Seminar, 4:15 pm, Standish Room, Science Library; Reading — 8:00 pm, Recital Hall, Performing Arts Center- "Najla Said is the author of the new memoir Looking for Palestine: Growing Up Confused in an Arab-American Family (2013). The daughter of major Palestinian-American intellectual and political activist Edward Said, Najla spent her formative years in the largely Jewish milieu of Manhattan’s Upper West Side. A witty exploration of post-modern, hyphenated American identity, the book opens with the playful statement, “I am a Palestinian-Lebanese-American Christian woman, but I grew up as a Jew in New York City.” Kirkus Reviews called it, “an enlightening, warm, timely coming-of-age story.” Said also wrote and starred in the hit Off-Broadway play, Palestine (2009)." (from NYS Writiers Institute)



Entre Amis - To find out more about this French discussion group based in Niskayuna, please contact Machteld Depoortere at They typically meet the first Wednesday of the month from September to June,7:00-9:00pm. (no summer meetings). Participants must be able to carry on a discussion in French.

Le Groupe litteraire - Fourth Wednesday of every month at 6:30 pm meet to discuss selected works of French literature at the Colonie Town Library,  629 Albany Shaker Rd, Loudonville, NY 12211-1196, (518) 458-9274 For details contact Hannelore Wilfert,

10-26-14 - Art Song Festival - " performances at 1:00pm & 4:30pm, Jointly sponsored by the Department of Music and Theater and ENY/NATS, this festival champions the study and performance of the classical art song repertoire with a particular focus on French art song." (from PAC) in the UAlbany Performing Arts Center.

2-13-15 - Cyrille Aimée - "French jazz singer, Cyrille Aimée winner of the Montreaux Jazz Festival and Sarah Vaughn Vocal Competitions, performs an evening of classic and contemporary standards for an unforgettably romantic Valentine’s Day eve concert. (from The Egg) 8:00 pm at The Egg, Center for the Performing Arts Empire State Plaza, Albany.


10-26-14 - Festival of Nations - "Attractions: Parade of Nations, Crowning of Miss Festival of Nations, Native Dance and Music, Ethnic Foods, Unique Crafts, and much more." 11:30-5:00pm at the Empire State Plaza Convention Center. (from Festival of Nations)

2-27-15 through 3-7-15 - Eurydice, "The classic story is electrifyingly updated for modern audiences by famed contemporary playwright Sarah Ruhl. In this immersive theatrical production, a young girl is ripped from her world on her wedding day and sent down a raining elevator to the underworld where she must fight for the love in her heart." (from PAC) 2-27-15 at 7:00 pm, 2-28-15 at 2:00 pm, 3-4-15 through 3-6-15 at 7:00 pm, 3-7-15 at 2:00 pm in the UAlbany Performing Arts Center.


11-22-14 - The Touré-Raichel Collective- "features Malian guitar virtuoso Vieux Farka Touré and Israeli superstar pianist Idan Raichel who have created an inspirational collaboration and artistic kinship that defies all borders with intercultural free-form acoustic masterpieces.The ensemble’s natural spontaneity and free-form creativity results in the invention of sublime and transcendent music that crosses boundaries of country, culture and tradition." (from The Egg) 8:00 pm at The Egg, Center for the Performing Arts Empire State Plaza, Albany.


9-12-14- The Trip To Italy- "Two of Britain’s best-loved comic actors, Steve Coogan (Philomena) and Rob Brydon (Tristram Shandy: A Cock And Bull Story), unite on a road trip across Italy, as they ponder life and jibe each other in this semi-fictional improvised film from director Michael Winterbottom. In the long awaited follow-up to the smash hit comedy The Trip, Steve Coogan and Rob Brydon embark on a new culinary road trip around Italy in the summer, where they enjoy mouth watering meals in the gorgeous surroundings of Liguria, Tuscany, Rome, Amalfi and Capri. They riff on subjects as varied as Batman’s vocal register, Pompeii, the artistic merits of “Jagged Little Pill”, and, of course, compete on who can do the best Michael Caine impersonation." (from Spectrum 8 Theatre) 290 Delaware Ave. Albany.

2-13-14 - Channeling Puccini
- "Hubbard Hall Opera Theatre offers an evening of romance, drama and passion celebrating the sumptuous music of Giacomo Puccini including works from Madame Butterfly, La Bohème, Tosca, Turandot and other masterpieces as well as lesser known songs that never made it into an opera score." (from PAC) 7:30 pm in the UAlbany Performing Arts Center.


10-22-14 - Sung Poetry - The Latham-based Russian cultural organization SPUTNIK announces a concert of sung Russian poetry in a cozy home studio setting by composer and singer Elmira Galeyeva, accompanied on the acoustic bass by her husband, Oleg Kovalyov. The couple will present a program of mostly twentieth-century Russian poetry that they call “Предчувствие” (“Presentiment” or “Premonition”). 7:00 pm at 61 Mill Rd., Latham, NY, 12110. Tickets are $20 at the door, $15 for students and retirees. Questions, call Yan and Marina Babichenko at 518-785-5990.

11-1-14 - Heritage Dinner - New Russia Cultural Center is sponsoring a dinner to celebrate and pay homage to those who have enriched the community and established a legacy in the Russian-speaking community. Mohawk Golf Club,1850 Union St., Schenectady NY. Cocktails begin at 6:00pm. Guest speaker: Neil Golub. For more information go here.

11-13-14 - Moscow Symphony Orchestra - "For over 70 years the Moscow State Symphony Orchestra has been acclaimed as one of the world’s finest musical ensembles.From its home base at the Great Hall of the Moscow Conservatory to the music centers of Vienna, Munich, Rome, Helsinki, Hong Kong and beyond, the MSSO has brought the grand Russian style to enthusiastic audiences all over the globe." 8:00 pm (from Procor's Theater) Schenectady NY, Box Office - (518) 346-6204.

11-29-14 - Moscow Ballet's "Great Russian Nutcracker" - "40 star-studded Russian dancers perform Olympic-worthy leaps and lunges, astonishing lifts and magnificent partnering throughout Moscow Ballet's Great Russian Nutcracker. Performed to Tchaikovsky's timeless score for over twenty years in the U.S., the Great Russian Nutcracker tells the traditional story of a young girl meeting her Prince and includes a tribute to world peace and harmony. The Stahlbaum's Christmas party is lively and includes magical toys from the family's beloved Uncle Drosselmeyer. Masha is enchanted with her strange Nutcracker Doll and enters a dream world with him...a "Dove of Peace" escorts Masha and her Nutcracker Prince to the "Land of Peace and Harmony" (in contrast to the traditional "Land of Sweets"). In Act II dancers from the world's ethnic heritages; Hispanic, African, Slavic-Russian, Asian and European, entertain the young couple bestowing symbolic gifts in the form of playful, 10-foot tall silk puppets." 3:00pm (from Palace Theater) 19 Clinton Ave., Albany NY 12207 - (518) 465-3334.

12-6-14 to 12-7-14 - Northeast Ballet's Annual Nutcracker - "Join the Sugarplum Fairy, the heroic Nutcracker Prince and the evil Rat King in the Capital Region’s premier celebration of the season. Starring Lauren Lovette and Gonzalo Garcia of New York City Ballet fame." (from Proctor's Theater) Schenectady NY, Box Office - (518) 346-6204.


9-13-14 -Hannaford Hispanic Heritage Celebration At The Plaza - "...celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month at the Hannaford Hispanic Heritage Celebration on September 13th, 2014. This exciting family-friendly, Latin festival, held in the Empire State Plaza will have performances by local dance troupes, musical entertainment, Latin arts and crafts and food vendors." (from 5:00-10:00pm, Convention Center, Empire State Plaza, Albany, NY.

9-19-14 - I, THE WORST OF ALL [YO, LA PEOR DE TODAS] Film screening- "Directed by María Luisa Bemberg, Argentina, 1990, 105 minutes, color, Starring Assumpta Serna, Dominique Sanda, Héctor Alterio Based on a biography by Nobel laureate Octavio Paz, this film tells the story of the embattled 17th century nun, Sor Juana, who would come to be regarded as the mother of Mexican literature. Screened in conjunction with an appearance by translator Edith Grossman (9-23-14)" in Spanish with English subtitles (from NYS Writiers Institute)7:30 pm, Page Hall, 135 Western Avenue, Downtown Campus.

9-23-14- Edith Grossman, celebrated translator of Spanish literature Seminar on translation, 4:15 pm., Assembly Hall, Campus Center Reading, 8:00 pm., Assembly Hall, Campus Center:"Edith Grossman is one of the world’s most celebrated translators of Spanish literature into English. Her newest work is Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz (2014), a collection of poems by 17th century nun, poet, and feminist, Sister Juana, known to posterity as the “Phoenix of Mexico” and the “Tenth Muse.” Grossman’s acclaimed translations include several novels by Latin American Nobel Prize winners, Gabriel García Márquez and Mario Vargas Llosa. Her 2003 translation of Don Quixote is widely hailed as a masterpiece." (from NYS Writiers Intsitute) Co-sponsored by UAlbany’s Department of Languages, Literatures, and Cultures

10-17-14- Habana Sax- "Featuring four saxophones and a percussionist, Habana Sax synthesizes Afro-Cuban, Salsa, Latin and American jazz, venturing from mystical chant to rhythmic dance music to improvisational jazz." (from The Egg) 7:30 pm at The Egg, Center for the Performing Arts Empire State Plaza, Albany.

11-10-14- Latin America in Song- "Cuban-American soprano Susana Diaz joins UAlbany pianist Max Lifchitz for a recital featuring art songs from the Caribbean and the Americas including works by Ernesto Lecuona, Aurelio de la Vega, Manuel M. Ponce and Heitor Villa-Lobos.  $8 general public / $4 students, seniors and UAlbany faculty-staff." (from PAC) 7:00 pm in the UAlbany Performing Arts Center

12-12-14 to 12-21-14 - The Gringo Who Stole Christmas - "Hispanic take on the classic Dickens tale A Christmas Carol. Kevin, aka, Diego, has determined that the only way for immigrants to “make it” in America is to completely assimilate, beginning by losing their accents. In the process, though, he has lost more than just his accent. Three fantasmas visit Kevin and show him the value of embracing who he really is, appreciating his heritage and living in the now." (from Proctor's Theater) Schenectady NY, Box Office - (518) 346-6204.




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