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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,

2-26-16 - Dennis Stroughmatt et l’ Esprit Creole - "Fingers and bow flying, Dennis Stroughmatt takes listeners on a musical odyssey not so different from his own musical journeys into upper-Louisiana Creole culture. Taught by Creole fiddlers Roy Boyer and Charlie Pashia in the tradition of their fathers, Dennis gradually became an adopted son of the French Midwest Creoles living along the Mississippi River near St Louis." (from Old Songs Music) 7:30 pm, Old Songs Community Art Center, 37 South Main Street, Voorheesville, NY 12186, 518-765-2815.

4-7-16, 4-10-6 - La Damnation De Faust - "Faust is the protagonist of a classic German legend. He is a scholar who is highly successful yet dissatisfied with his life, which leads him to make a pact with the Devil, exchanging his soul for unlimited knowledge and worldly pleasures." (From Madison Theater) Sung in Italian.Tickets: $12 adults, $10 students and seniors. 7:00 pm, Madison Theater, Albany, NY.518-438-2094

4-23-16 - Yves Lambert Trio - "Yves Lambert figures among the most influential players in the roots Quebecer revival. He is known for his unique ability to translate anecdotal, poetic, or political texts into songs. His work as a songwriter and his capacity to create unique musical moods make him a key figure in folk music production." (from Old Songs Music) 7:30 pm, Old Songs Community Art Center, 37 South Main Street, Voorheesville, NY 12186, 518-765-2815.



7-17-16 - Old Time German Day Picnic - German food, drink, and live Ompah music at the Schuetzenpark Biergarten at the German-American Club of Albany. Schuetzenpark is the last remaining outdoor Biergarten in the Capital District. Live music from Gregory and the Brauhaus Band .1:00-7:00 pm, rain or shine, open to the public. Entry is $3 per adult, under 12 free! Tasty domestic and German food and drink available for purchase. Children’s activities include a parade. For further information: 518.482.5845.

8-13-16 - German Alps Festival - The good-time music is sure to get you up on your feet... or at the very least tapping your feet. Traditional German-American foods, Schuhplattler Dancers, plus some new entertainers, plenty of vendors, plus fun activities for the kids. Admission: $12 for adults: Age 12 & under are FREE **Dress in German Garb for FREE Entry** Gates open: Sat: 11:30am / Entertainment begins at 12pm; Sun: 10:30am / Entertainment begins at 11am. Hunter Mountain Resort Hunter Mountain
PO Box 295, Hunter, NY 12442, (800)-486-8376.



2-16-16 - Il Volo - "Il Volo, the critically acclaimed trio play...on the heels of the release of their fifth studio album "Grande Amore." Il Volo is comprised of members Piero Barone, Ignazio Boschetto and Gianluca Ginoble and have released four albums so far, starting in 2011: two studio albums, a live album, and a Christmas album. Recently, Il Volo won the "Big Artist" Award at the prestigious Sanremo Music Festival in Italy..." (from Palace Theater) 7:30 pm, Palace Theater, 19 Clinton Ave, Albany NY. (518) 465-3334

3-14-16, 3-17-16 - Tosca -"Puccini’s fifth opera, Tosca marks an important transition in Puccini’s work, returning to the purest tragedy, focusing on the violent and tragic downfall of three historic figures." (From Madison Theater) Sung in Italian.Tickets: $12 adults, $10 students and seniors. 7:00 pm, Madison Theater, Albany, NY. 518-438-2094

9-12-16 - Little Italy Street Festival - Over 120 artists will display paintings, photography, and sculpture on the streets surrounding the Lawrence statue at Front and North Ferry Streets in Schenectady. Italian food and all manner of Italian cultural exhibits all day long. 11:00 am to 5:00 pm. Contact:




2-6-16 - Rachmaninoff Music Competition This music competition is the integral part of the Russian Winter Festival, which features a series of Russian-themed events culminating with the actual festival on Saturday, February 27 at the Polish Community Center in Albany New York. The Russian Winter Festival is an event hosted by the Capital District area’s New Russia Cultural Center. Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception, Albany, NY. Piano competition 10:30 am; violin competition 1:00 pm; vocal competition at 2:00 pm. The music competition is open to contestants ages 6 through 21. The winners of all three divisions will perform Sunday, 2/7/16, 1:30 pm, Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception, Albany, NY.  Both music competitions and the Winners’ Concert are free and open to the public.For more information, visit

2-16-16 - Russian Winter Festival Finale, a full day of traditional food, music, costumes, exhibits, performances, crafts and competitions. 12:00-6:00 pm, Polish Community Center, 225 Washington Ave. Ext., Albany, NY. More information here.   



2-12-16 - Spanish Story Time -Señora Gloria of the Capital Region Language Center will present stories and songs in Spanish, plus a craft. No previous exposure to Spanish is needed--come and enjoy! For children ages 3 and up accompanied by an adult; no registration required. 10:00am, Halfmoon Public Library, 475 Moe Road, Clifton Park, NY 12065. 518-371-8622

10-1-16 - Il Divo , Amor & Pasion Tour. "In their career to date, Il Divo have already proven how the power of music transcends category and defies definition. And now their latest album appears certain to bring a whole new level of Latin fuego to the extraordinary Il Divo story, whilst showing how - after more than a decade topping charts around the world - they still ooze with their legendary passion. ... The flavours and sultry rhythms of Spain and Cuba, Argentina and Mexico give a nod to the quartet's beginnings, whilst marking an exciting new chapter in their career. "AMOR & PASION" - an album full of love and romance." (from Palace Theater) 7:30 pm, Palace Theater, 19 Clinton Ave, Albany NY. (518) 465-3334



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