Friday, February 17
Chamber ensemble to perform
Photo courtesy of York College Performing Arts Center
At 7 p.m., York College Performing Arts Center, located at 94-45 Guy R. Brewer Boulevard in Jamaica, presents the Avalon String Quartet, one of the country’s leading Chamber ensembles. Formed in 1995 at the Norfolk Chamber Music Festival, the Quartet gained fame after participating in The Isaac Stern Chamber Music Workshop at Carnegie Hall. In 1997, the Avalon String Quartet performed at The Chamber Music Encounters in Jerusalem. This event has a suggested donation of $10. For more information, call 718-262-3750.
Friday, February 10
At 3:00 p.m., South Jamaica Library, located at 108-41 Guy R. Brewer Boulevard, presents an afternoon of African-American songs and stories, in celebration of Black History Month, with storyteller Joe Kelly.
Saturday, February 11
At 2 and 8 p.m., Queens Theatre, located at 14 United Nations Avenue South in Flushing Meadows-Corona Park, will present Andes Manta. Andes Manta performs the vibrant music of the Andes on more than 35 traditional instruments, from the lyrical sound of the quena, or Andean Flute, to the haunting tones of the six-foot long pan-pipes. For more information, call 718-760-0064.
At 8 p.m., Queens Theatre, located at 14 United Nations Avenue South in Flushing Meadows-Corona Park, will present a part of the Immigrant Voices Project Readings Series named Pilgrims Musa and Sheri in the New World with Yusset El Guindi. The Pilgrims Musa and Sheri in the New World was directed by Marcy Arlin. It is a story about an Egyptian cab driver’s life which veers off in bizarre directions after falling for an American waitress with attitude in this sexy, hip comedy. For more information, call 718-760-0064.
At 3:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m., York College Performing Arts Center, located at 94-45 Guy R. Brewer Boulevard in Jamaica, presents “ZORA returns to Harlem.” This one-woman show tells the story of Zora Neale Hurston, who in 1925 moved to Harlem and became the first black woman to study at Barnard College and attend Columbia University. She was a writer and a pioneer of the Harlem Renaissance literary movement before earning a Guggenheim Fellowship Award to study in Haiti, Jamaica and the Gulf Coast. Ultimately, Zora became one of the world’s greatest literary figures. Admission is $20 for adults and $10 for students and seniors.
Monday, February 13 and Tuesday, February 14
At 10 and 11:45 a.m., Flushing Town Hall, located at 137-35 Northern Boulevard, will present school performances with Illstyle & Peace Productions (I&PP). It is rooted in contemporary and old school hip-hop and blended with an eclectic mix of dance and performance disciplines including tap, ballet, DJing and beatboxing. I&PP has toured to critical acclaim both nationally and internationally and is committed to delivering a positive message to audiences young and old through dance. For more information, call 718-463-7700 Ext. 222.
Tuesday, February 14
At 1p.m., The Howard Beach Senior Center, located at156-45 85th Street in Howard Beach, presents their Valentine’s Day celebration. Enjoy dancing with DJ Joel all afternoon. Guests are asked to wear a heart so they can win prizes. For more information, please call 718-738-8100.
Thursday, February 16
At 3:00 p.m., St. Albans Library, located at 191-05 Linden Boulevard, invites you to come and learn about African American history through a presentation of stamps, collected throughout the years.
At 7:00 p.m., J.H.S. 157 Auditorium, located at 63-55 102nd Street, and NYC C.H.A.M.P.S Dance Program present Halsey’s Best Dance Crew, a performance of some of the area’s biggest dance talents. Hosted by MTV’s Nick Brown from The Real World Hollywood and Spring Break, the evening will showcase the moves of Ant “Boogie” Rue, The Halsey Ballroom Dance Club and Daniel Bentley. Admission is $5.
Friday, February 17
At 7:30 p.m., Colden Center, located at 65-30 Kissena Boulevard, will present four concerts by the talented, young musicians from the Queens College Orchestra, under the musical direction of Maestro and QC Professor Maurice Peress. The repertoire will feature soloists from the orchestra and singers from the Aaron Copland School of Music’s vocal divisions. For more information, call 718-793-8080.
Friday, February 17 and Saturday, February 18
On Friday at 7:30 p.m. and Saturday at 2 and 8 p.m., Queens Theatre, located at 14 United Nations Avenue South in Flushing Meadows-Corona Park, will present a live concert event that celebrates the rock and pop hits of Broadway, including Wicked, Jersey Boys, Rent, The Who’s Tommy, Mamma Mia, Smokey Joe’s Café, Hair, Rock of Ages, Jesus Christ Superstar and many more! For more information, call 718-760-0064.
Saturday, February 18
At 8 p.m., Colden Center, located at 65-30 Kissena Boulevard, will present Bebe & Cece Winans. R&B Gospel icons, both as a duo and as solo artists, Bebe & Cece Winans were recently awarded their own star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame and will be making their only scheduled performance together in 2012 at the Colden Center. For more information, call 718-793-8080.
At 8 p.m., Queensborough Performing Arts Center at Queensborough Community College, located at 222-05 56th Avenue, will present a Las Vegas Motown tribute concert. The concert returns to QPAC, featuring the music of The Temptations, The Supremes and The Four Tops — three of the most successful American vocal groups that helped define the Motown sound. For more information, call 718-631-6311.
Tuesday, February 21
At 2:00 p.m., St. Albans Library, located at 191-05 Linden Boulevard, presents the incredible story of Mae C. Jamison, the first African American woman to travel into space.
Thursday, February 23 through Sunday, March 4
Wednesday through Friday at 7:30p.m. and Saturdays at 8p.m., Queens Theatre, located at 14 United Nations Avenue South in Flushing Meadows-Corona Park, presents the life of extraordinary superstar Ella Fitzgerald. Listen to the music of the “First Lady of Song,” and her experiences performing with Louis Armstrong. Tickets are $42.
Monday, February 27
1:30 p.m., South Jamaica Library, located at 108-41 Guy R. Brewer Boulevard, presents Introduction to Chair Yoga, taught by certified yoga instructor Irene Failenbogen. Follow along as she instructs how to complete basic moves and positions for people of all ages and abilities. Gain flexibility, balance and well being.
Wednesday, February 29
At 2:00 p.m., Howard Beach Library, located at 92-06 156th Avenue, will help you get into the spirit of Valentine’s Day with this presentation of love songs. Duo D’Amour invokes the spirit of the holiday with music from a variety of French composers including Poulenc, Devienne and Bozza.
Ongoing from now through March 4
The Museum of the Moving Image, located at 36-01 35 Avenue in Astoria, has extended the exhibit “Jim Henson’s Fantastic World,” Take a look inside the world of famed puppeteer, filmmaker and TV innovator with more than 120 pieces of work from his career. Hours are Tuesday through Thursday 10:30a.m.to 5p.m., Friday to 8p.m. and weekends to 7p.m. Admission is $12 for adults, $9 for students and seniors and $6 for children under 18.
Wednesday, March 21 through Monday, March 26
The Nassau Veteran’s Memorial Coliseum located at 1255 Hempstead Turnpike in Uniondale, invites you to experience the magic of the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus. This once-in-a-lifetime event, called DRAGONS, celebrates the Year of the Dragon through astonishing feats and acts of bravery. Tickets range from $20 to $150. For more information or to purchase tickets, please visit www.Ringling.com or www.ticketmaster.com.
Friday, March 23
7 p.m., York College Performing Arts Center, located at 94-45 Guy R. Brewer Boulevard in Jamaica, presents James Spaulding, a jazz saxophonist and flutist who has established himself as a masterful soloist for ensemble performances. Originally from the Indianapolis, Indiana area, Spaulding is a modernist with solid roots in classical jazz. This performance has a suggested donation of $10.
Saturday, March 31
At 2p.m. and 8p.m., Queens Theatre, located at 14 United Nations Avenue South in Flushing Meadows-Corona Park invites you to take a musical trip to South America with Tlen-Huicani, masters of the art of traditional folk music. This event is part of the Queens Theatre’s Latino Cultural Series. Tickets for this show are $35.