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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,

Beginning 6-26-15 - A Little Chaos, Alan Rickman directs and Kate Winslet stars in this romantic drama about Sabine, a strong-willed and talented landscape designer, who is chosen to build one of the main gardens at King Louis XIV’s (Rickman) new palace at Versailles. In her new position of power, Sabine challenges gender and class barriers while also becoming professionally romantically entangled with the court’s renowned landscape artist, André Le Notre (Matthias Schoenaerts). (from Spectrum 8), (518) 449-8995.



10/17/15- Portuguese FADO with Ana Laíns and Pedro Galveias, Fado ("destiny") is a music genre which can be traced to the 1820s in Portugal. 4:00-6:00 pm, Woodland Hill Montesori School, 100 Montesorri Place East Greenbush, NY 12144 Tickets: $15 per adult (accompanied kids under 12 free). Organized by Portuguese/American Cultural Exchange, Inc. (PACE), a Massachusetts not-for-profit whose mission is to bridge US and Portuguese cultures through the fado. More information on PACE is at



11-7-15 - Albany Symphony Orchestra, Tchaikovsky's Winter Dreams
SIBELIUS: Violin Concerto and TCHAIKOVSKY: Symphony No. 1, "Winter Dream" (from Palace Theater), 7:30 pm, (518) 465-3334.

12-10-15 - Moscow Ballet's Great Russian Nutcracker, Moscow Ballet's company of almost 40 dancers is the only internationally touring ballet group to perform to critical acclaim in over 75 North American cities annually. The renowned, award-winning principal dancers and corps de ballet thrill audiences with their expertise, dramatic expression and stunning leaps, drops and turns. The production is known for its dedication to world peace placing Act II in the "Land of Peace and Harmony," featuring a cannon that shoots roses and a stunning 2-dancer "Dove of Peace" with a 20' wingspan. All ages feel the spirit of the season at Great Russian Nutcracker performances through the beauty of romantic hand-sewn costumes, 9 shimmering backdrops with authentic splashes of Russian history and fanciful effects such as; life-sized Matrushka (Nesting) Dolls; a 3-headed Rat King and a Troika Sleigh ride through the magical Snow Forest (with falling snow) escorted by Father Christmas and Snow Maiden. (from Palace Theater), 7:00 pm, (518) 465-3334.

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.   


9-12-15 - Hispanic Heritage Celebration, Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month with this this tribute to Latin culture. Rich in tradition, the Hispanic community comes together in the Empire State Plaza Convention Center for a colorful pageantry of live music, dance, food, and family friendly activities. Alex Matos is known as the Dominican who came to put the world in Salsa. A performer of Salsa and pop ballads, he won the Casandra Award of the Dominican Republic in 2014 as "Salsero of the Year." Empire State Plaza, 5:00 - 10:00 pm.

9-18-15 - El Norte, Directed by Gregory Nava (United States, 1984, 141 minutes, color, in Spanish, Maya, and English) Starring Zaide Silvia Gutiérrez, David Villalpando, Ernesto Gómez Cruz In this epic story about the hardships of undocumented workers, a brother and sister escape political violence in Guatemala and make their way north in hope of finding a better life in the United States. Roger Ebert said “From the very first moments of EL NORTE, we know that we are in the hands of a great movie.” 7:30 pm UAlbany Page Hall, 135 Western Avenue, Downtown Campus.



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