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Queens Morning Roundup


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TODAY’S FORECAST

Thursday: Sunny, with a high near 80. Calm wind becoming south 5 to 9 mph in the afternoon.  Thursday night: Patchy fog after 4am. Otherwise, mostly clear, with a low around 64. South wind 5 to 7 mph becoming calm after midnight.

JFK workers busted in mini liquor theft ring

Eighteen former and current JFK workers were arrested in connection with the theft of more than 100,000 mini liquor bottles at the airport over the last five months, the Queens District Attorney’s Office announced Wednesday. They airport employees also stole duty-free items, such as cigarette cartons, perfume and larger bottles of booze. Read more: Queens Courier

U.S. warships headed to Libyan coast as Obama says ‘justice will be done’

The ruthless attack that killed four American diplomats in Libya appears to be a carefully-planned terror strike rather than an uprising of a mob angry over a film that lampooned the Prophet Muhammed. President Obama vowed on Wednesday to bring those responsible to justice – and moved swiftly to hunt down the killers. Read more: Daily News

Police: Elderly woman sexually attacked in Central Park

It was a vicious and shocking attack in the middle of the day, in Central Park. Police say a woman in her 70s, out bird watching, was sexually assaulted, beaten and robbed. Police say they want to speak with a suspect, whom they have a surveillance photo of, about the attack. Read more: NY1

Another protest turns violent outside U.S. Embassy in Cairo

Riot police fired warning shots and tear gas Thursday outside the U.S. Embassy in Cairo to keep hundreds of protesters away from the building’s perimeter, witnesses said. Six police officers suffered minor injuries during the clashes, said Alla Mahmoud, a spokesman for the Egyptian Interior Ministry. Read more: CNN

PCBs leak in second NYC school

NY1 has learned there has been a second incident of the toxic compound leaking out of a light, this time in Queens. NY1 has learned that on Monday, liquid containing toxic compounds known as PCBs dripped out of a light ballast at IS 204 in Queens during the school day. Read more: NY1

Cops pack Queens courtroom to watch alleged cop shooter John Thomas’ arraignment

Police officers packed a Queens courtroom this morning to watch the arraignment of an accused trigger-happy cop shooter. John F. Thomas was remanded by a Queens judge for shooting Sgt. Craig Bier four times in the legs and in a separate incident where he shot Troy Cox 17 times in the buttocks and legs. Read more: NY Post

Flushing Town Hall exhibit explores 150 years of history

One hundred and fifty years ago, a time capsule filled with newspapers of the day, business cards from local merchants and a history of the once-agricultural community was buried in a cornerstone of Flushing Town Hall. Now, the contents of the capsule are on display in the exhibit “Celebrating Historic Flushing Town Hall 150th Anniversary. Read more: Daily News

What to do this weekend in Queens


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Friday September 7

5:30 p.m. – 8 p.m., The Noguchi Museum continues its summer practice of extending hours and offering free admission on the first Friday of the month. Visitors can explore the galleries and enjoy a cash bar in the outdoor sculpture garden. This Friday will feature Center of Attention, an extended conversation around a single work in the collection at 6 pm, followed at 7 pm by the film My Playground, a documentary about movement, tricking, freerunning, and parkour –a sport in which participants go from one city to another as quickly and efficiently as possible.

6 p.m. – 9 p.m., This exhibit/live occurrence mixes artworks at the Flux Factory gallery and actions in public spaces and institutions throughout New York City, including re-enactments of protests staged by artists groups since the 1930s through the present; a mobile pacifist library making the rounds at NYC libraries; recommended reading lists curated by incarcerated New Yorkers; physical audits of the dirt inside banks; and a pamphlet using the Hayden Planetarium Sphere to describe the space junk in Earth’s orbit. The exhibition intends to get audiences to experience something unexpected at a familiar cultural cornerstone and explore and/or interrogate the assumptions that institutions make about their relevance to daily life. Public Trust is on display/in action from Sept. 7 to Sept. 30.

 

Saturday, September 8

12 p.m. – 5 p.m., This first-ever LIC Block Party will feature artist-led activity tents, a stage with live music, interactive performances and a community-built, large-scale temporary sculpture. Guests will also find the Artist Market with a selection of the best affordable and functional art and objects and a family-friendly food court with goodies from local restaurants. Activity tents include Tarot readings, pom-pom making, Cubist face painting, carnival games, “discover your inner child,” balloon activities, ask a lawyer, neighborhood walks, wondrous disguises and costumes

12 p.m. – 5 p.m., The Jamaica Center for Arts & Learning will celebrate its 40th anniversary with workshop previews, face painting, a DJ, arts and crafts, on-site workshop registration and one-day-only discounts.

7 p.m. – 9 p.m., KC and the Sunshine Band is going to perform at Resorts World Casino New York City.

 

Sunday September 9

10 a.m. – 6 p.m., The Richmond Hill Block Association will be hosting its 39th Annual Park Fair on at the Buddy Monument in Forest Park. There will be food, crafts, live entertainment, raffles for prizes, a pet adoption event and much more.

11 a.m. – 4 p.m., At the 32nd Annual Antique Motorcycle Show check out motorcycles that have been out of production for years. Music, farmhouse tours, hayrides and food provide fun for the entire family. Queens County Farm Museum, 73-50 Little Neck Pkwy., Glen Oaks, 718.347.3276, www.queensfarmmuseum.org.

1 p.m. – 5 p.m., During the Civil War in 1862, Flushing Town Hall‘s cornerstone was laid and a time capsule was created. FTH will exhibit the capsule’s historic items, such a coins and a copy of The New York Times, as well as historic Flushing photographs, postcards, and clothing from the Victorian age. Archivist Angelo Vigorito will give a lecture on FTH’s history at 1 p.m. and a family workshop will include decorative fans and dance cards from the Civil War ballroom from 1 pm to 5 pm. Suggested admission: $5 (free for members).

3 p.m., Papo Ortega’s CubanoSon mixes the music genres of Punto Cubano and Son Montuño. The group combines traditional Cuban music with New York City-style Salsa. Free.

3 p.m., A trained classical guitarist and composer from Northern California, Gyan Riley performs classical and electric guitar throughout New York City and Europe. Free.

3 p.m. – 9 p.m. (doors open at 2 p.m.), Experience the excitement as various local bands compete for a $5,000 prize at the Resorts World Casino New York City’s Battle of the Bands.

4 p.m. – 7 p.m, Queens Fashion Week concludes with the Queens Fashion Week Gala Runway Presentation. In addition to a runway show, it also features a trunk show, vibrant entertainment and a designer meet and greet. All attendees will receive a special Queens Fashion Week Gift Bag at the event.

 

 

What to do this weekend


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Friday, August 10 

5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m., Come for an evening of music at Grover Cleveland Playground. There will also be face painting for children, a raffle drawing and Latin dance instruction under the stars. All ages are welcome to participate. Seniors will receive a free gift while supplies last.

7:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m., Come enjoy Shakespeare’s classic , “The Comedy of Errors,” on the lawn in Sunnyside Gardens Park, presented by Queens-based Hip to Hip Theatre Company. The performance is free and open to all.

8 p.m. – 10 p.m., “Pretty Woman” at Rufus King Park: When millionaire wheeler-dealer Edward enters into a business contract with Hollywood hooker Vivian, he loses his heart in the bargain in this charming romantic comedy. Can the poor prostitute and the rich capitalist live happily ever after? Written by J.F. Lawton. Directed by Garry Marshall.

8 p.m. – 10 p.m., The iconic Kool and the Gang will be at Resorts World Casino and the enjoyment will cost you nothing, but a Resorts World Casino player’s card. Head to Resorts World Casino for your complimentary Genting Rewards card and enjoy Kool and the Gang.

8 p.m. – 10 p.m., Flushing Town Hall presents the amazing Dandy Wellington and His Band. Dandy has quite the following in NYC and it’s a real treat to have him perform at Town Hall. Inspired by the Big Band Era of Jazz, Dandy takes the sounds of the 1930s and 40s and brings them to the present with a ton of style and fun.

8 p.m. – 10 p.m., Officials will join members of the Sikh community for a memorial ceremony for those who lost their lives at the recent shooting inside a Sikh Temple in Wisconsin. The terrible tragedy, claimed the lives of seven victims and left the entire Sikh community devastated. The vigil aims to raise awareness of this violent incident and promote tolerance and understanding within the community.

8:30 p.m., This outdoor movie series at Hudson River Park features family-oriented PG movies suitable for all ages. Tonight’s film will be “Rango.” Free popcorn will be provided.

Saturday, August 11

Noon, Forgotten NY walking tour: See the Dyckman Farmhouse, the Seaman Estate Arch, and historic Inwood Hill Park and its rich Native American and colonial history in this tour through Inwood and Inwood Hill Park. Within the park is a secret Revolutionary War relic which is little-known to the general public.

1 p.m. – 5 p.m., Hallets Cove free walk-up paddling: Head to Vernon Blvd and 31st Avenue for free kayaking or canoeing. No reservation, no experience needed. All ages are welcome, but under 18 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.

1 p.m. – 4 p.m.Bucket of Junk at NY Hall of Science: Design and build anything your imagination can think of by combining interesting objects you’ll find in our Bucket of Junk. Free with NYSCI admission.

7:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m., Come enjoy a summer night with the Bard. Queens-based Hip to Hip Theatre Company presents a free performance of Shakespeare’s classic “Hamlet” on the northern lawn of Gantry Plaza State Park in Long Island City.

8 p.m., Join Amy Leo in her final show of the year before she begins working on the new album. She will be doing a nice blend of originals (some old and some that have never been heard before!) and covers. In true Amy Leo fashion, there will also be some surprise guests.

Sunday, August 12

12:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m., The Myrtle Avenue Festival, sponsored by the Kiwanis Club of Glendale Queens and located on Myrtle Avenue between Fresh Pond Road and Forest Avenue, features food vendors, craft vendors, games, rides, Brooklyn Nets “Experience”, North Shore Animal League mobile pet adoption, FDNY Smoke House fire safety exhibition and more fun for the whole family.

1 p.m. – 7 p.m., Astoria Park Shore Fest: A Car-free celebration on Shore Boulevard adjacent to Astoria Park. It will include educational activities, live music, fitness programs and food-tastings with various neighborhood restaurants.

1 p.m. – 5 p.m., The Argentine Tango never ceases to amaze! Enjoy a live Tango concert at 2 p.m. and take a free lesson for beginners at 1 p.m. Also, dancer Mayte Vicens will do a special demonstration before the concert. Free.

6 p.m. – 10 p.m., The Muppets“: Outdoor movie for the family to enjoy at Rockaway Beach. Bring a chair or blanket.

Queens weekend events


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Saturday, July 28

Noon – 2 p.m.34th Annual Thunderbird American Indian Mid-Summer Pow Wow: New York City’s oldest and largest pow wow will feature three days of intertribal Native American dance competitions to which the public is invited. Over 40 Indian nations are represented at this spectacular event held in the apple orchard on the farm grounds. A large selection of quality Native American art, crafts, jewelry and foods are available.

6 p.m. – 8:30 p.m., Vertigo at the Museum of the Moving Image: Considered by many cinephiles the greatest of all films, Hitchcock’s peerless psychological thriller follows a San Francisco private detective who comes out of retirement to trail an old schoolmate’s beautiful wife, who appears to be haunted by a figure from her ancestral past.

7 p.m. – 8:30 p.m., Come enjoy a summer night with the Bard. Queens-based Hip to Hip Theatre Company presents a free performance of Shakespeare’s classic, “The Comedy of Errors” on the bathhouse plaza at Jacob Riis Park.

8 p.m. – 10 p.m., The Wild Party at Secret Theatre: Secret Theatre Musicals is pleased to announce their production of Andrew Lippa’s THE WILD PARTY. With a book, music and lyrics by Andrew Lippa (You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown, John and Jen, The Addam’s Family), this exciting production is directed by Taryn Turney and will play a 3-week limited engagement.

1 p.m. – 4 p.m., Bucket of Junk at NY Hall of Science: Design and build anything your imagination can think of by combining interesting objects you’ll find in our Bucket of Junk. Free with NYSCI admission.

Sunday, July 29

11 a.m.World’s Fair Marina, located at Pier 1 in Flushing Meadows-Corona Park, invites you to master your fishing skills while connecting with nature. Experienced rangers teach the ecology of the waterways as well as the principles of fishing. This event is free.

Noon – 2 p.m.Rockaway Beach Sandcastle Contest: Build sandcastles at this 17th annual contest with Urban Park Ranger activities and prizes for several age categories. Bring buckets and tools. No experience necessary.

1 p.m. – 5 p.m., Sung in French Haitian Creole to a background of African Rhythms, “Compa Music” is undeniably infectious, high energy and fun to dance to at Flushing Town Hall. Dousing FTH with the flavor of this rich and varied music is The Agoci Band led by Rolhans Innocent. The Agoci Band is a group of Haitian musicians that combine fresh Hip-Hop, Roots, and Calypso flavors.

4 p.m. – 7 p.m., SummerStage Kids Queens Family Day: An exciting event to inspire and engage children of all ages and their families, featuring Randolph Matthews, LuckyBob and Little Club Heads. Families will also have the opportunity to participate in face painting, craft workshops, free sports lessons including golf workshops, and a fun and exciting hip-hop dance class!

7 p.m. – 8:30 p.m., Come enjoy a summer night with the Bard. Queens-based Hip to Hip Theatre Company presents a free performance of “Hamlet” on the stage at O’Donohue Park.

 

Courier Happenings


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EDITOR’S PICKS

SATURDAY, MARCH 24

Civil War New York Walking Tour

At 1 p.m., visit Fort Totten, located at 212th Street and Cross Island Parkway, for a Civil War New York Walking Tour led by the Urban Park Rangers. Get an up-close view of historical landmarks and learn about the unique role Queens played in shaping our nation. The tour group will meet at the front gate of Fort Totten. Admission is free.

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QPAC presents ‘Cinderella’

SUNDAY, MARCH 25

At 3 p.m. the Queensborough Performing Arts Center, located at 222-05 56th Avenue in Bayside, presents the Moscow Festival Ballet performing “Cinderella.” See the classic fairy tale vividly brought to life on stage under the direction of Sergei Radchenko, former principal dancer of the world renowned Bolshoi Ballet. Tickets are $39 to $42.

WEDNESDAY, MAY 16 THROUGH WEDNESDAY, MAY 30

At 12 p.m., Flushing Town Hall, located at 137-35 Northern Boulevard, presents “Art As Language,” an exhibition of work from the students at J.H.S. 189. Enjoy works of art, including drawings, manuscripts, paintings and quilts, created by some of the boroughs most promising young talents. This event has a suggested donation price of $5.

WEDNESDAY, MARCH 21 THRU 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.

THURSDAY, MARCH 22

At 7 p.m., celebrate Irish Culture at the Bayside Historical Society, located at 208 Totten Avenue in Bayside. Watch a performance of traditional Irish dance by students of the Petri School of Irish Dance, enjoy a dance lesson from an instructor, and sample traditional Irish food. Suggested donation is $10, or $5 for members of the Bayside Historical Society.

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.

At 2 p.m. and 8 p.m., the Queens Theatre, located at 14 United Nations Avenue South in Flushing Meadows-Corona Park, presents Tom Wopat, the next installment in the theatre’s Celebrity Series. Wopat, a seasoned stage star whose credits include “Annie Get Your Gun” and “Guys and Dolls,” and television credits include “Dukes of Hazzard” and “Cybill,” will perform a concert of Broadway hits and standards from the 40s and 50s. Regular tickets for this show are $44 and Producer’s Circle tickets are $60.

Photo courtesy of the Queens Theatre

At 7 p.m., Community House, located at 15 Borage Place, presents its annual Casino Night. All funds raised at this event will help finance the upkeep of Community House’s facilities. Companies interested in participating in this event should call 718-268-7710 or visit www.thecommunityhouse.net.

SUNDAY, MARCH 25 THRU FRIDAY, APRIL 13

Visit the Museum of Moving Image, located at 36-01 35th Avenue in Astoria, to see the Three Stooges Matinee film series. Legends of slapstick comedy, the Three Stooges have inspired generations of comedians with films like “False Alarms,” “Gents Without Cents” and “Grips, Grunts, Groans.” Screenings are free with museum admission, which is $12 for adults, $9 for senior citizens and college students (with ID) and $6 for children (ages 3-17).

THURSDAY, MARCH 29 AND FRIDAY, MARCH 30

At 7 p.m., Flushing Town Hall, located at 137-35 Northern Boulevard, presents J.H.S. 189’s production of Guys and Dolls JR. Watch as a talented cast of young actors, singers and dancers performs this Broadway classic. Set in New York City, the show tells the story of gamblers and missionaries, love and adventure. This show is free to the public.

SATURDAY, MARCH 31

From 2 to 5 p.m., Flushing Town Hall, located at 137-35 Northern Boulevard, presents Celebrate Spring, an interactive arts workshop open for all ages. Make Mexican paper art with skilled artisan, Aurelia Fernandez, who will teach children and adults alike how to create animal hats from paper and found objects. Learn about instruments from Ecuador, Peru and Bolivia and get a chance to build your very own pentatonic panpipe, called a palla. Juan “Pepe” Santana, a skilled musician, will teach attendees how to play simple Andean melodies on their newly crafted instruments. No previous musical training is necessary.

SATURDAY, MARCH 31 THRU SUNDAY, APRIL 1

From 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., join the Queens Botanical Garden for its opening weekend event. Tour the beautiful gardens and enjoy special activities from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. each day. Also meet the Garden mascot, Flora. Admission is free.

SUNDAY, APRIL 1

At 2 P.M., Flushing Town Hall, located at 137-35 Northern Boulevard, presents mirror of another world, textiles and costume traditions in early Central Asian photography. Look through scholar Andrew Hale’s archives, the largest private collection of 19th and early 20th century Central Asian images in the United States. Hale will discuss how these photographs document Central Asian costume and textile trends. This event has a suggested donation of $5 for members and is free for students.

SATURDAY, APRIL 7

From 12 to 4 p.m., Queens County Farm Museum, located at 73-50 Little Neck Parkway in Floral Park, will host its annual BarnYard Easter Egg Hunt. Join Whiskers the Bunny for an afternoon of family fun with egg tossing, hayrides and more. Admission is $5.

SUNDAY, APRIL 15

From 2 to 5 p.m., Flushing Town Hall, located at 137-35 Northern Boulevard, presents Celebrate Spring, an interactive arts workshop open for all ages. Felipe Rengel will lead a fascinating workshop on the Puerto Rican tradition of Vejidante, a celebration using masks. Attendees will be allowed to create their very own masks as well as learn about the history behind them. There will also be a demonstration on colorful Mexican flowers and paper banners, typically used in weddings, holidays and other celebrations. This event is $10 for non-members and free for members.

MONDAY, APRIL 16

From 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., visit St. Sebastian School, located at 39-76 58th Street in Woodside to shop at the first annual Spring Craft Fair. Buy jewelry, clothes, gifts and more with all proceeds benefitting the St. Sebastian School. Visit ssscraftfair.blogspot.com for more information or to apply to be a vendor.

WEDNESDAY, APRIL 18

At 7:30 p.m., The Zucker Hillside Hospital’s Sloman Auditorium, located at 266th Street and 76th Avenue in Glen Oaks, presents “Planning for Exceptional Families,” in conjunction with the National Alliance on Mental Illness of Queens/Nassau. This program will teach attendees about how to care for a loved one who has special needs, touching on the sensitive subject of a family member’s care after you pass. This forum will help put those facing these challenges at ease and provide them with the necessary information to make good choices now for the future. Ellen Victor, an attorney specializing in elder law and estate planning, will be in attendance to provide advice and support. The National Alliance on Mental Illness of Queens/Nassau is a non-profit organization that provides support, education and advocacy for families of residents suffering from mental illness. For more information, call 718-347-7284.

FRIDAY, APRIL 20

At 7 p.m., York College Performing Arts Center, located at 94-45 Guy R. Brewer Boulevard in Jamaica, presents Dr. April Lynn James, a mezzo-soprano wonder hailed by the New York Times as a “flash of beauty and inspiration” with a PhD in Music from Harvard University. James specialized in music from the 18th century and she has earned several awards, such as the Urban Artists Initiative/NYC Fellowship and a Queens Council on the Arts Individual Artist Grant.

At 2 p.m. and 8 p.m., the Queens Theatre, located at 14 United Nations Avenue South in Flushing Meadows-Corona Park, presents Janis Ian, the next installment in the theatre’s Celebrity Series. Ian is a Grammy Award-winning folk music legend and the genius behind “At Seventeen,” “Society’s Child,” “Stars” and “Jesse.” She will perform several of her greatest hits as well as a bevy of other classic tunes. Regular tickets for this show are $44 and Producer’s Circle tickets are $60.

Photo courtesy of Peter Cunningham

At 6 p.m., the Alley Pond Environmental Center (APEC), located at 22806 Northern Boulevard in Flushing, presents the Friend of the Environment Earth Day Reception. This celebration will honor Central Veterinary Associates who have provided care for all of APEC’s animals for over 15 years. Admission for this event is $25 per person.

At 8 p.m., the Alley Pond Environmental Center (APEC), located at 22806 Northern Boulevard in Flushing, presents the John Flynn Earth Day Concert – Folk Music For the Earth. Listen to the music of legendary folk singer John Flynn, performing his hits as well as country and love songs. Admission for this event is $25 per person.

SUNDAY, APRIL 22

At 10 a.m., the Alley Pond Environmental Center (APEC), located at 22806 Northern Boulevard in Flushing, will host their Earth Day Walk for APEC. Join APEC on a fun, leisurely walk along Little Neck Bay and help raise funds for its cause. Trainers from Bayside’s Bell Plaza Sports Club will be on site to lead stretches and warm-ups just before the walk. This activity has a fee of $10 per person.

FRIDAY APRIL 27 THROUGH SUNDAY MAY 6

Friday at 7:30, Saturday at 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. and Sunday at 3 p.m., the Queens Theatre, located at 14 United Nations Avenue South in Flushing Meadows-Corona Park, presents SPENT. Straight from the Edinburgh Fringe Festival comes the U.S. premier of this hilarious, witty and quick political satire about the greed and corruption that started the worldwide financial crisis. The show features two actors playing 20 different characters, each from different parts of the world. SPENT won Toronto’s Dora Award for Best Performance. Tickets for this show are $25.

SATURDAY, APRIL 28

At 7 p.m., York College Performing Arts Center, located at 94-45 Guy R. Brewer Boulevard in Jamaica, presents the Clifton Anderson Quintet. Anderson, who began playing the trombone at age seven, attended the prestigious Fiorello LaGuardia High School of Music and Art, studied with Simon Karasick and Dave Schechter at Stony Brook University, and graduated from the Manhattan School of Music in 1978. He has performed with a diverse group of musical talents, including Stevie Wonder, Dizzy Gillespie, Paul Simon, Muhal Richard Abrams, WyClef Jean, and Dionne Warwick. Anderson racked up several Broadway credits during his career, including “Dreamgirls” and “Nine.” Tickets for this show are $20 for adults and $10 for students and seniors.

SUNDAY, APRIL 29

At 3 p.m. visit the Queensborough Performing Arts Center, located at 222-05 56th Avenue in Bayside to see Wayne Newton. For more than 20 years, the singing legend has entertained Las Vegas audiences, and now he brings his storied act right here to the heart of Queens. Stop by and say “Danke Schoen” to Mr. Las Vegas. Tickets are $55 and can be purchased online at www.qcc.cuny.edu/qpac or by phone at 718-631-6311.

THURSDAY, MAY 3 THROUGH SUNDAY MAY 20

At 2 p.m. on Wednesdays and Saturdays, 3 p.m. on Sundays, the Queens Theatre, located at 14 United Nations Avenue South in Flushing Meadows-Corona Park, presents The Jack Cole Project, a dance spectacular and tribute to the father of theatrical jazz dance, Jack Cole. Cole’s work became well known through various Broadway sensations, most famously, “Fosse.” See the incredible dance stylings of this legend come to life, on stage at the world premier of this event at the Queens Theatre. Tickets for this show are $49.

MAY 7 THRU SEPTEMBER 25

On Saturdays and Sundays, at the Socrates Sculpture Park, located at 32-01 Vernon Boulevard in Long Island City, join the summer fitness classes. Learn yoga, capoeira, pilates and tai chi all while enjoying the summer sun. Classes are open to novices and experts alike. Wear comfortable workout attire and bring a mat or towel for yoga. For full class schedule, visit www.socratessculpturepark.org. All classes are free.

What to do in Queens this Weekend


By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com

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Friday, March 2

At 8 p.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.

Saturday, March 3

At 1 p.m., Fort Totten Park, located at 212th Street and Cross Island Parkway, will be hosting a Historic New York Walking Tour of Fort Totten. Urban Park Rangers will take participants through a historic journey into the rich past of New York, explaining the mark left by our past and how it went on to shape our modern world. The Fort Totten tour is ideal for any military history buff and admission is free. For more information call 718-352-1769.

Ongoing from now thru March 4

The Museum of the Moving Image, located at 36-01 35 Avenue in Astoria, has extended their 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 10:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., Friday to 8 p.m. and weekends to 7 p.m. Admission is $12 for adults, $9 for students and seniors and $6 for children under 18.

Thursday, Feb. 23 thru Sunday, March 4

Wednesday through Friday at 7:30 p.m. and Saturdays at 8 p.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 learn about her experiences performing with Louis Armstrong. Tickets are $42.

Tuesday, March 6

At 8:30 a.m., The Community Business Partnership Council of the Samuel Field Y/ Central Queens Y invites you to their annual breakfast, held at Douglaston Manor, located at 63-20 Douglaston Parkway in Douglaston. Honorees at this event include Dave Kerpen, Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Likeable Media, Carrie Kerpen, Chief Operating Officer of Likeable Media and Deniz Gurcan owner of SJS Construction. Tickets for this event are $100. For more info call 718-225-6750.

Friday, March 9

At 8 p.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 thru 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 2:15 p.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, $10 for members, $8 for non member children and $6 for member children.

At 6:15 p.m., St. Josaphat’s Church, located at 210 Street & 35 Avenue in Bayside, will host an organ recital by David Crean of Manhattan’s renowned Juilliard School. Crean will entertain the crowd with music by Bach, Brahms, Strayhorn, Gabrieli, Boellmann and Widor. For more information, call 718-229-1663. All are welcome to attend and admission is free.

At 8 p.m., The LaGuardia Performing Arts Center’s Mainstage Theater, located at 31-10 Thomson Avenue in Long Island City, presents two acclaimed Asian music and dance groups – the Ahn Trio and the Nai-Ni Chen Dance Company – in a cross-cultural program. The artists will perform “Temptation of the Muses,” an imaginative piece that draws from poetry, drama, music and dance and brings an artful fusion of Eastern splendor and Western dynamism. The Nai-Ni Chen Dance Company fuses the freedom of American modern dance with the grace of Asian art. The three sisters who make up the trio – violinist, Angella, cellist, Maria and pianist Lucia – are known for performing a diverse set of genres, ranging from classical to popular music.

Wednesday, March 21

At 7:30 p.m., The Zucker Hillside Hospital’s Sloman Auditorium, located at 266th Street and 76th Avenue in Glen Oaks, presents “How to Work and Still Keep Your Benefits,” in conjunction with the National Alliance on Mental Illness of Queens/Nassau. This program will teach attendees about how to hold a job while maintaining their benefits from a field expert, well versed in work incentives. The National Alliance on Mental Illness of Queens/Nassau is a non-profit organization that provides support, education and advocacy for families of residents suffering from mental illness. For more info, call 718-347-7284.

Wednesday, March 21 thru 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 24

At 2 p.m. and 8 p.m., the Queens Theatre, located at 14 United Nations Avenue South in Flushing Meadows-Corona Park, presents Tom Wopat, the next installment in the theatre’s Celebrity Series. Wopat, a seasoned stage star whose credits include “Annie Get Your Gun” and “Guys and Dolls” and television credits include “Dukes of Hazzard” and “Cybill,” will perform a concert of Broadway hits and standards from the 40s and 50s. Regular tickets for this show are $44 and Producer’s Circle tickets are $60.

Thursday, March 29 and Friday, March 30

At 7 p.m., Flushing Town Hall, located at 137-35 Northern Boulevard, presents J.H.S. 189’s production of “Guys and Dolls JR.” Watch as a talented cast of young actors, singers and dancers performs this Broadway classic. Set in New York City, the show tells the story of gamblers and missionaries, love and adventure. This show is free to the public.

Saturday, March 31

From 2 to 5 p.m., Flushing Town Hall, located at 137-35 Northern Boulevard, presents Celebrate Spring, an interactive arts workshop open for all ages. Make Mexican paper art with skilled artisan, Aurelia Fernandez, who will teach children and adults alike how to create animal hats from paper and found objects. Learn about instruments from Ecuador, Peru and Bolivia and get a chance to build your very own pentatonic panpipe, called a palla. Juan “Pepe” Santana, a skilled musician, will teach attendees how to play simple Andean melodies on their newly crafted instruments. No previous musical training is necessary!

Sunday, April 1

At 2 P.M., Flushing Town Hall, located at 137-35 Northern Boulevard, presents mirror of another world, textiles and costume traditions in early Central Asian photography. Look through scholar Andrew Hale’s archives, the largest private collection of 19th and early 20th century central Asian images in the united states. Hale will discuss how these photographs document Central Asian costume and textile trends. This event has a suggested donation of $5 for members and is free for students.

Sunday, April 15

From 2 to 5 p.m., Flushing Town Hall, located at 137-35 Northern Boulevard, presents Celebrate Spring, an interactive arts workshop open for all ages. Felipe Rengel will lead a fascinating workshop on the Puerto Rican tradition of Vejidante, a celebration using masks. Attendees will be allowed to create their very own masks as well as learn about the history behind them. There will also be a demonstration on colorful Mexican flowers and paper banners, typically used in weddings, holidays and other celebrations. This event is $10 for non-members and free for members.

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‘Temptation of the Muses’

SATURDAY, MARCH 10

At 8 p.m., The LaGuardia Performing Arts Center’s Mainstage Theater, located at 31-10 Thomson Avenue in Long Island City, presents two acclaimed Asian music and dance groups — the Ahn Trio and the Nai-Ni Chen Dance Company — in a cross-cultural program. The artists will perform “Temptation of the Muses,” an imaginative piece that draws from poetry, drama, music and dance and brings an artful fusion of Eastern splendor and Western dynamism. The Nai-Ni Chen Dance Company fuses the freedom of American modern dance with the grace of Asian art. The three sisters who make up the trio — violinist Angella, cellist Maria and pianist Lucia — are known for performing a diverse set of genres, ranging from classical to popular music.

Photo courtesy of The LaGuardia Performing Arts Center

FRIDAY APRIL 27 THROUGH SUNDAY MAY 6

SPENT

Friday at 7:30, Saturday at 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. and Sunday at 3 p.m., Queens Theatre, located at 14 United Nations Avenue South in Flushing Meadows-Corona Park, presents SPENT. Straight from the Edinburgh Fringe Festival comes the U.S. premier of this hilarious, witty and quick political satire about the greed and corruption that started the worldwide financial crisis. The show features two actors playing 20 different characters, each from different parts of the world. SPENT won Toronto’s Dora Award for Best Performance. Tickets for this show are $25.

Photo courtesy of the Queens Theatre

Friday, March 9

At 8 p.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 thru 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 2:15 p.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.

At 6:15 p.m., St. Josaphat’s Church, located at 210 Street & 35 Avenue in Bayside, will host an organ recital by David Crean of Manhattan’s renowned Juilliard School. Crean will entertain the crowd with music by Bach, Brahms, Strayhorn, Gabrieli, Boellmann and Widor . For more information, call 718-229-1663. All are welcome to attend and admission is free.

WEDNESDAY, MARCH 21

At 7:30 p.m., The Zucker Hillside Hospital’s Sloman Auditorium, located at 266th Street and 76th Avenue in Glen Oaks, presents “How to Work and Still Keep Your Benefits,” in conjunction with the National Alliance on Mental Illness of Queens/Nassau. This program will teach attendees about how to hold a job while maintaining their benefits from a field expert, well versed in work incentives. The National Alliance on Mental Illness of Queens/Nassau is a non-profit organization that provides support, education and advocacy for families of residents suffering from mental illness. For more information, call 718-347-7284.

Wednesday, March 21 thru 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 24

At 2 p.m. and 8 p.m., Queens Theatre, located at 14 United Nations Avenue South in Flushing Meadows-Corona Park, presents Tom Wopat, the next installment in the theatre’s Celebrity Series. Wopat, a seasoned stage star whose credits include “Annie Get Your Gun” and “Guys and Dolls” and television credits include “Dukes of Hazzard” and “Cybill,” will perform a concert of Broadway hits and standards from the 40s and 50s. Regular tickets for this show are $44 and Producer’s Circle tickets are $60.

Photo courtesy of the Queens Theatre

At 7 p.m., Community House, located at 15 Borage Place, presents its annual Casino Night. All funds raised at this event will help finance the upkeep of Community House’s facilities. Companies interested in participating in this event should call 718-268-7710 or visit www.thecommunityhouse.net.

THURSDAY, MARCH 29 AND FRIDAY, MARCH 30

At 7 p.m., Flushing Town Hall, located at 137-35 Northern Boulevard, presents J.H.S. 189’s production of Guys and Dolls JR. Watch as a talented cast of young actors, singers and dancers performs this Broadway classic. Set in New York City, the show tells the story of gamblers and missionaries, love and adventure. This show is free to the public.

SATURDAY, MARCH 31

From 2 to 5 p.m., Flushing Town Hall, located at 137-35 Northern Boulevard, presents Celebrate Spring, an interactive arts workshop open for all ages. Make Mexican paper art with skilled artisan, Aurelia Fernandez, who will teach children and adults alike how to create animal hats from paper and found objects. Learn about instruments from Ecuador, Peru and Bolivia and get a chance to build your very own pentatonic panpipe, called a palla. Juan “Pepe” Santana, a skilled musician, will teach attendees how to play simple Andean melodies on their newly crafted instruments. No previous musical training is necessary.

SUNDAY, APRIL 1

At 2 P.M., Flushing Town Hall, located at 137-35 Northern Boulevard, presents mirror of another world, textiles and costume traditions in early Central Asian photography. Look through scholar Andrew Hale’s archives, the largest private collection of 19th and early 20th century central Asian images in the United States. Hale will discuss how these photographs document Central Asian costume and textile trends. This event has a suggested donation of $5 for members and is free for students.

SUNDAY, APRIL 15

From 2 to 5 p.m., Flushing Town Hall, located at 137-35 Northern Boulevard, presents Celebrate Spring, an interactive arts workshop open for all ages. Felipe Rengel will lead a fascinating workshop on the Puerto Rican tradition of Vejidante, a celebration using masks. Attendees will be allowed to create their very own masks as well as learn about the history behind them. There will also be a demonstration on colorful Mexican flowers and paper banners, typically used in weddings, holidays and other celebrations. This event is $10 for non-members and free for members.

WEDNESDAY, APRIL 18

At 7:30 p.m., The Zucker Hillside Hospital’s Sloman Auditorium, located at 266th Street and 76th Avenue in Glen Oaks, presents “Planning for Exceptional Families,” in conjunction with the National Alliance on Mental Illness of Queens/Nassau. This program will teach attendees about how to care for a loved one who has special needs, touching on the sensitive subject of a family member’s care after you pass. This forum will help put those facing these challenges at ease and provide them with the necessary information to make good choices now for the future. Ellen Victor, an attorney specializing in elder law and estate planning will be in attendance to provide advice and support. The National Alliance on Mental Illness of Queens/Nassau is a non-profit organization that provides support, education and advocacy for families of residents suffering from mental illness. For more information, call 718-347-7284.

SATURDAY, APRIL 21

At 2 p.m. and 8 p.m., Queens Theatre, located at 14 United Nations Avenue South in Flushing Meadows-Corona Park, presents Janis Ian, the next installment in the theatre’s Celebrity Series. Ian is a Grammy Award-winning folk music legend and the genius behind “At Seventeen,” “Society’s Child,” “Stars” and “Jesse.” She will perform several of her greatest hits as well as a bevy of other classic tunes. Regular tickets for this show are $44 and Producer’s Circle tickets are $60.

Photo courtesy of Peter Cunningham

At 6 p.m., the Alley Pond Environmental Center (APEC), located at 228-06 Northern Boulevard in Flushing, presents the Friend of the Environment Earth Day Reception. This celebration will honor Central Veterinary Associates who have provided care for all of APEC’s animals for over 15 years. Admission for this event is $25 per person.

At 8 p.m., the Alley Pond Environmental Center (APEC), located at 228-06 Northern Boulevard in Flushing, presents the John Flynn Earth Day Concert – Folk Music For the Earth. Listen to the music of legendary folk singer John Flynn, performing his hits as well as country and love songs. Admission for this event is $25 per person.

SUNDAY, APRIL 22

At 10 a.m., the Alley Pond Environmental Center (APEC), located at 228-06 Northern Boulevard in Flushing, will host their Earth Day Walk for APEC. Join APEC on a fun, leisurely walk along Little Neck Bay and help raise funds for APEC. Trainers from Bayside’s Bell Plaza Sports Club will be on site to lead stretches and warm-ups just before the walk. This activity has a fee of $10 per person.

SATURDAY, APRIL 28

At 7 p.m., York College Performing Arts Center, located at 94-45 Guy R. Brewer Boulevard in Jamaica, presents the Clifton Anderson Quintet. Anderson, who began playing the trombone at age seven, attended the prestigious Fiorello LaGuardia High School of Music and Art, studied with Simon Karasick and Dave Schechter at Stony Brook University, and graduated from the Manhattan School of Music in 1978. He has performed with a diverse group of musical talents, including Stevie Wonder, Dizzy Gillespie, Paul Simon, Muhal Richard Abrams, WyClef Jean, and Dionne Warwick. Anderson racked up several Broadway credits during his career, including Dreamgirls and Nine. Tickets for this show are $20 for adults and $10 for students and seniors.

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 ‘Jim Henson’s Fantastic World’

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.

 

One-woman show

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.

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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.

 

NORTH SHORE TOWERS FEBRUARY EVENTS LISTING


By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com

Queens Museum of Art

Flushing Meadows-Corona Park

Queens, N.Y. 11368

www.queensmuseum.org

 

            ArtAccess presents Masala Bhangra Workout for Families Affected by Autism on Saturday, February 18 from 3 to 4 p.m. at an offsite location at 89-11 Merrick Boulevard in Jamaica.  With this workout, the entire family can enjoy the traditional Indian dance Bhangra and experience the exhilaration of the Bollywood culture. This class will be enhanced with visual images and the participation of an ArtAccess instructor to help engage children who suffer from autism. Registration is limited to six families. For more information, contact Jamaica Library’s Discover Center at 718-990-5113

 

            On Saturday, February 18, bring the family to explore the Queens Museum of Art from 11 a.m. to noonThe Museums Explorer’s Club for Families Affected by Autism will teach different ways to view the art and will show various exhibitions the museum has to offer.  Families will also have a chance to create their own artwork inspired by the pieces they were exposed to throughout the day. Groups will include up to six families affected by autism. Feel free to include grandparents, parents and siblings while registering for this free event. For more information, contact Jenn at 718-592-9700 Ext. 130 or email autisminitiatives@queensmuseum.org

 

            Starting on Saturday, February 4 from 6 to 10 p.m., take a walk through history with Frank Oscar Larson: 1950’s New York Street Stories. Through this event, participants can learn about New York history through stories and photography. This body of work is having its debut at the Queens Museum of Art and will continue on select Saturdays through May 20. 

 

            Fifteen Islands of Robert Moses is a site-specific art infiltration into the Panorama of the city of New York. Artist and theorist Greg Sholette made and placed new islands about the Panorama’s waterways, where they exist as silent, post September 11 observers of the city’s past, present and future.  The opening party for this event is Saturday, February 4 from 6 to 10 p.m. It continues on select Saturdays through May 20. 

            Be a part of the Queens Internation 2012: Three Points Make a Triangle’s opening party on Saturday, February 4 from 6 to 10 p.m. This event is the fifth edition of the Queens Museum of Art’s biennial of artists living and working in Queens. Participants will be exposed to new and erotic artwork while they support individuals from their neighborhoods. This event will continue on select Saturdays through May 20. 

 

 

Nassau County Museum of Art

One Museum Drive

Roslyn Harbor, N.Y. 11576

www.nassaumuseum.org

 

            Families Making Art Together is an event that occurs from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. from February 22 through February 24. The event features hands on art-making for children of all ages and their adult companions. There is a fee of the museum admission plus $5 per family materials and supplies. No reservations are required.

 

            On Saturday, March 3, participants can learn about Louis C. Tiffany’s Career as a Colorist at 3 p.m.  Tiffany’s use of color was celebrated during her lifetime and continues to be acknowledged today. Admission for this event is $5 for museum members and $15 for non museum members. The fee includes museum admission. 

 

Flushing Town Hall

127-35 Northern Boulevard

www.flushingtownhall.org

 

            Presented by Dr. Lih Chou of N.Y. Institute of Culture and the Arts, Flushing Town Hall hosts Lunar New Years Dance Sampler on Saturday, February 4 at 2 p.m. The sampler includes a variety of dance performances from China, Korea, India, Thailand, Taiwan and the Pacific Islands.

             Families can come together on Sunday, February 12 and enjoy Hip Hop with Illstyle at 1 p.m. Originating from class and contemporary hip hop and blended with an electric mix of dance and performance disciplines including tap and ballet, this event proves to be something the entire family can find interest in. This event is committed to delivering a positive message to all audiences.

Holiday Card Making Workshop at Flushing Town Hall


By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com

Flushing Town Hall will be hosting a holiday card making workshop on Saturday, December 10 at 2 p.m. The workshop will take place in the Louis Armstrong Collage Exhibition, located within the hall, at 137-35 Northern Boulevard.
Materials will be provided during the workshop, and participants may feel free to bring a flat memento to incorporate into their design.
Tickets are $5 and free for members. To purchase tickets, call 718-463-7700 Extension 222.

Recent hate crimes spur return to old ideals


| mchan@queenscourier.com

THE COURIER/Photo by Melissa Chan

The document itself may be over 300 years old, but the message it conveys is timeless.

Public officials united to breathe life back into the Flushing Remonstrance — a historic petition dated back to 1657 when Peter Stuyvesant and a group of citizens protested prohibitions against religious freedom — in light of recent anti-Semitic vandalisms that have rocked the borough.

On November 3, six swastikas were spray painted in four locations across East Elmhurst and Jackson Heights, including the Jackson Heights and East Elmhurst branches of the Queens Library, the doors of the Congregation Tifereth Israel and St. Joan of Arc Church in Jackson Heights.

“Hate crimes — whether they be motivated by sexual orientation, gender, religion or ethnicity — will not be tolerated,” said District Attorney Richard A. Brown. “When they do regrettably occur, they will be condemned in the strongest possible terms and those responsible will be brought to justice to answer for their actions.”

Franco Rodriguez, a 40-year-old Hispanic male, was arrested on November 11 and charged with four counts of criminal mischief as a hate crime in connection with the vandalisms, according to police.

“Acts like these cannot go unremarked and must be condemned,” said Councilmember Peter Koo. “Nobody should think they can get away with hateful actions like these. These venomous people succeed only when our communities stay silent.”

Dozens of elected officials and religious leaders gathered at Flushing Town Hall on November 23 to speak out and remind the borough’s diverse residents of the Remonstrance’s ideals of tolerance and acceptance.

Mirroring their early colonial predecessors, they each signed the renewed, modernized document, titled “A Pledge for Tolerance and Understanding,” vowed to stand together against those who threaten the ideals of acceptance, and hoped the multiethnic community would soon follow.

Queens Courier publisher Victoria Schneps-Yunis said that The Courier was instrumental in bringing the original Remonstrance home to Queens in the late 90s.

“I have so much confidence in the human spirit,” said Borough President Helen Marshall. “Yes, there are some bad eggs out there, but everybody’s not bad. We have a great borough. We have space in our hearts and minds to care for our brothers and sisters, no matter who they are.”

Among those in attendance were Assemblymembers Grace Meng, Ed Braunstein, Michael DenDekker, Michael Simanowitz and Rory Lancman, Senator Jose Peralta, Councilmembers Leroy Comrie and Peter Koo and Reverend Floyd Flake.