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2/16/17 - Balé Folclórico Da Bahia: Bahia of All Colors - This 32-member dance company is the only professional folk dance company in Brazil and represents the culture, traditions, music, and movements of the people of Bahia. 8:00 pm, Proctor’s Theater, Schenectady, NY. Box Office (518) 346-6204 (from Proctor’s Theater)


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,

Starting 6/24/16- Les Cowboys -On a vast prairie, at a country and western gathering somewhere in the east of France, Alain (François Damiens) is a central figure in this community. He’s dancing with his 16-year-old daughter Kelly as his wife and their young son, Kid, watch from the sidelines. But on this day, Kelly disappears, and the family falls apart. Alain embarks on a relentless search for his daughter, even though it costs him everything and takes him to some far-off places. (Partially subtitled) (from Spectrum Theater) check theater site for run dates.

7/24/16 -  Ajkun Ballet Theatre – “Notre Dame” - An extraordinary Night Out in the midst of Paris’ Clandestines. On the note of his great success of the ballet Les Miserables, Leonard Ajkun premieres his new choreography based on the novel The Hunchback of Notre-Dame. Outcasted, the kind hearted gypsy, Esmeralda, and the monstrous Quasimodo’s (the bell-ringer of Notre Dame) tragedy unfolds by the renowned cathedral of Notre Dame [Paris].   7:30 pm, The Egg, Empire State Plaza, Albany, NY.  Tickets:  $29 (adult), $19 (child), The Egg Box Office at (518) 473-1845.  

Starting 7/27/16  -  La Favorita - A French opera in four acts written by Gaetano Donizetti, one of the greatest Italian composers, based on the story The Count of Comminges. The plot unfolds in Spain in the 14th century, at a time when power struggles between the Church and State were at a high, and their tumultuous existence produced fine operatic passages. John Osborn plays Fernand, a young novice in love with Leonora de Guzman (Veronica Simeoni), the “favorite” mistress of Alfonso XI, King of Castile. Sung in French and presented with English subtitles. (from Spectrum Theater) check theater site for run dates.



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.



Starting 8/10/16 - The Girl of the Golden West - With its sprawling hills and steep mountains, The Girl of the Golden West is the first “spaghetti western” in opera history. A revolver-wielding sheriff, a group of homesick Gold Rush miners, desperate bandits and a girl with a pure heart come together in one of Puccini’s greatest works for a production that is full of life. Sung in Italian and presented with English subtitles. (from Spectrum Theater) check theater site for run dates and times.

9/10/16 - 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:

10/23/16 - Spellbound Contemporary Ballet - Led by choreographer Mauro Astolfi, the physical splendor and technique of this Italian company has brought it accolades as one of the day’s most innovative contemporary dance ensembles. 8pm, The Egg, Empire State Plaza, Albany, NY.  Tickets are only available through The Egg Box Office at (518) 473-1845 or on-line.



8/7/16- DakhaBrakha - Accompanied by Indian, Arabic, African, Russian and Australian traditional instrumentation, the quartet’s astonishingly powerful and uncompromising vocal range creates a trans-national sound rooted in Eastern European culture. 7:00 pm on the Agnes McDonald Music Haven Stage, Central Park, Schenectady, NY.  Admissions: Free, Refreshment Concession provided by members of the New Russia Cultural Center. Concession service encompasses non-alcoholic beverages and Eastern-European snacks. For more information contact

9/10/16 - Russian Themed Fashion Show "Passion Runway"- The "Passion Runway" will be showcasing couture and luxury fashion with Russian flair, presenting dazzling runway fashion shows of three Russian designers and an eclectic array of live entertainment along with tours of the beautifully restored The Venue and a gala cocktail reception.  5pm at The Venue, 65 Congress St, Cohoes, NY. For more information contact

9/17/16 (7:00pm),   9/18/16 (2:00pm) - "Stories from a Siberian Village"- dramatic act based on Vasily Shukshin’s short stories.   . These stories are set in a remote Siberian village caught in transition between rural traditions and modern Soviet life. There Shukshin's peasants—survivors of revolution, collectivization, and war—seek their identity in a "brave new world."  In Russian and English. Schenectady Civic Players Theatre, 12 S Church, Schenectady NY. For more information contact

9/21/16 -  Le Sacre du Printemps for Two Pianos performed by RusCaPiano Duo.  Ilya Blinov from Susquehanna University and Christian Matijas-Mecca from the University of Michigan will perform Stravinsky’s original four-hand version along with other Russian works. 7pm, Performing Arts Center, UAlbany. Tickets: $8 for the general public and $4 for students, seniors & UAlbany faculty/staff. For further information, contact the Box Office at (518) 442-3997.



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

11/14/16 - Paco Peña Flamenco Dance Company - Award winning guitarist Paco Peña performs “Flamencura” with his hand-picked company of dancers, guitarists and singers which dramatically illustrates the razor-sharp precision and emotional spontaneity that comprise Flamenco dance. 8pm, The Egg, Empire State Plaza, Albany, NY.  Tickets are only available through The Egg Box Office at (518) 473-1845 or on-line.  




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