Photo courtesey of Sam Suddaby / Museum of the Moving Image
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 the 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.
Photo courtesy of York College Performing Arts Center
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.
Saturday, February 11
At 1:00 p.m., The Greater Astoria Historical Society, located at 35-20 Broadway, 4th Floor, Long Island City, presents a reading and discussion about documents in American history. This series explores the foundation documents of our government and teaches attendees what these documents mean to us as modern day Americans. This month, they will discuss the historical background to Franklin Roosevelt‘s Four Freedoms and its relationship to the New Deal. This is a free event.
At 2 and 8 p.m. Andes Manta
Listen to the vibrant and exotic sounds of the pan pipe, Andean flute and quena as the Andes Manta performs traditional Andean music. The cultural collective will play over 35 native instruments at the Queens Theatre as part of its Latino Cultural Series. Tickets are $35.
At 8 p.m. Pilgrims Musa & Sheri in the New World. Hear the hilarious tale of an Egyptian cab driver’s love plight with an American waitress. This fresh and original comedy is part of the Queens Theatre’s Free Reading Series. Reservations are required and there is a $10 donation suggested.
Sunday, February 12
At 1 p.m., Flushing Town Hall, located at 137-35 Northern Boulevard, will present a festival of herbal tonic soup with Dr. Hsing Lih Chou. Dr. Chou leads a panel of traditional healers from the Chinese and Korean communities to discuss and demonstrate the traditional remedy that he uses to purify the body and provide a tasting sample of each herbal tonic soup. For more information, call 718-463-7700 ext. 222.
At 1 p.m., Flushing Town Hall, located at 137-35 Northern Boulevard, will present a fun, challenging class to introduce children and adults to various dance styles such as B-Boying/B-Girling, hip-hop, modern, jazz, African, and more for basic movements and techniques, and develop the movements into combinations. For more information, call 718-463-7700 ext. 222.
At 2:15 p.m., Flushing Town Hall, located at 137-35 Northern Boulevard, will present Illstyle & Peace Productions (I&PP), which will perform contemporary and old school hip-hop 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. For more information, call 718-463-7700 ext. 222.
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.
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, please call 718-262-3750.
Friday, February 17 and Saturday, February 18
At 7:30 p.m. on Friday and 2 and 8 p.m. on Saturday, Broadway Rox! Fans of Broadway will rejoice at this Queens Theatre musical event which combines hits from beloved shows, including “Wicked,” “Jersey Boys,” “Rent,” “Mamma Mia” and “Jesus Christ Superstar.” Tickets are $35.
Saturday, February 18
At 1:00 p.m., The Greater Astoria Historical Society, located at 35-20 Broadway, 4th Floor, Long Island City, presents a history roundtable and screening of a documentary called “A Question of Habit.” This film takes a look at the representation of nuns in popular culture, more particularly their form of dress. A question and answer period will follow the screening. This event is free to GAHS members and $5 for non-members.
At 2 p.m., Flushing Town Hall, located at 137-35 Northern Boulevard, presents their composer-in-residence Demetrius Spaneas, an award-winning musician trained in classical, jazz and traditional styles. He has previously toured throughout the United States, Eastern Europe and Asia.
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, who were recently awarded their own star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, 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 Perfoming Arts Center at Queensborough Community College, located at 222-05 56th Avenue, will present 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.
Sunday, February 19
At 2 p.m., Flushing Town Hall, located at 137-35 Northern Boulevard, lets the Korean Traditional Music and Dance Institute of New York introduce you to a variety of traditional dance styles and drum rhythms. Admission to this event is $5 for non members and free for members.
Monday, February 20
At 1:00 p.m., The Greater Astoria Historical Society, located at 35-20 Broadway, 4th Floor, Long Island City, presents a screening of “National Treasure” for their President’s Day Family Event. This family-friendly feature film depicts a hunt for treasure left by the Founding Fathers after the Revolutionary War. Popcorn and hot chocolate will be served to attendees. This is a free event.
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.
Saturday, February 25
At 2 p.m., Flushing Town Hall, located at 137-35 Northern Boulevard, presents their composer-in-residence, Paul Yeon Lee, as he performs his new piece called “Scattered Wind.” The concert will feature performances of the traditional Korean transverse flute daegeum, western instrument flute and piano. This performance is free to the public.
Friday, March 2
At 8p.m., Flushing Town Hall, located at 137-35 Northern Boulevard, presents Daniel Bernard Roumain and The Mission, artists known for fusing classical music with a variety of sounds. They will be performing a piece called Civil Rights Reader, a musical story of figures from the civil rights movement. Tickets are $25 for non-members, $20 for members and $10 for students.
Friday, March 9
At 8p.m. Flushing Town Hall, located at 137-35 Northern Boulevard, is hosting The Queens College Orchestra. Lead by music director Maurice Peress, the classical music group will feature solos from violinist Alicia Bisha as well as music by Beethoven, Mozart and Wagner. This event has a suggested donation of $20 for non members and $10 for members.
Friday, March 9 through Sunday, April 29
Flushing Town Hall
, located at 137-35 Northern Boulevard, invites you to experience nomadic life in Turkey through a display of handmade carpets and textiles from this exotic region. Beautifully crafted pieces of functional art will be on display, including two recreated dwellings. The textiles will also be joined by ancient ceramics, glassware and metal objects. Suggested admission for this event is $5.
Saturday, March 10
At 2:15p.m. Flushing Town Hall, located at 137-35 Northern Boulevard, invites you to enjoy Goldilocks and the Three Bears, a bilingual show presented in both English and Spanish. This family-friendly performance features the award-winning SEA Teatro, a group that has performed in New York, Florida and Puerto Rico for over 25 years. Tickets are $12 for non members and $10 for members, $8 for non member children and $6 for member children.
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., the 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.
During Helen Marshall’s annual address on the state of Queens, the borough president exalted the borough’s successful projects — past, present and future.
“I am so glad that we have gathered here today to celebrate our progress and set the course for the year ahead,” said Marshall to open her 11th State of the Borough address.
Marshall was introduced to the hundreds of elected officials, community leaders and residents on-hand at Queens College’s Colden Center by Council Speaker Christine Quinn.
“We are so incredibly lucky to have Helen as our Queens borough president,” Quinn said. “This is a woman who dedicated her life to this city, life to this borough and we are all better for it.”
Since entering office, Marshall has allocated over half a billion dollars to improving the borough more than 2.2 million New Yorkers call home.
“I have worked hard to put our borough on a firm footing for future generations,” Marshall said during the speech at her alma mater.
Among the successfully completed projects the borough president touched on were the Aqueduct Racino — which received some of the loudest cheers during the 90-minute speech — new and renovated parks in Jamaica, Middle Village, Sunnyside and Elmhurst, four new schools opening and preventing Peninsula Hospital from closing.
When mentioning the planned largest convention center in America on the site of Aqueduct, Marshall made clear that it was in complement to the Willets Point center, not in place of it.
Though Marshall extolled the positives throughout the borough, she recognized there are still battles to be fought.
As the most ethnically diverse county in the nation — “As I always say, visit Queens and see the world,” she said — thousands of new residents from around the globe are making the borough home each year.
“Queens is a victim of its own success,” she said. “Our county attracts new residents and immigrants every year — but not the federal aid needed to build local schools and hospitals to care for them. And then to add insult to injury, we will lose existing aid and representation in Washington because we were undercounted in the census.”
The influx of new residents also leads to overcrowded schools, something the borough president is continuing to work on.
Marshall, who is in her third year of her third term, extolled the burgeoning borough’s plenitude of projects that have broken ground in the past year or are shovel ready, including: Willets Point, Hunters Point, Hallets Point, the new JetBlue headquarters in Long Island City, an expansion of Mount Sinai Queens, and the Cornell applied sciences campus on Roosevelt Island.
“We want to learn from yesterday, have hope for today and build a better future for our children,” Marshall said to conclude her address.
Some other highlights of the speech included:
• Saving senior centers from closure, along with the opening of new centers.
• The continued development of L.I.C, downtown Flushing and downtown Jamaica.
• Securing the continued funding of the State Foreclosure Prevention Services Program
• The renovation and planned renovation of the Jamaica, Elmhurst, Hunters Point and Kew Gardens libraries.
• Preserving historical Queens with money allocated to restore the Poppenhusen Institute, Kingland Homestead, Rufus King Manor, Latimer House, Louis Armstrong House and Bowne House.