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Beach Boy Brian Wilson to perform at Queens College

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Photo courtesy Kupferberg Center for the Arts

There will be good vibrations at Queens College this October.

The Beach Boys co-founder Brian Wilson will be performing a selection of classic hits and material from his new solo album at the Flushing college located at 65-30 Kissena Blvd. on Oct. 9.

Wilson’s solo album, “No Pier Pressure,” was released in April, and the show will also feature The Beach Boys founding member Al Jardine.

The performance is slated to begin at 8 p.m. at the Kupferberg Center for the Arts in the Colden Auditorium. Tickets run from $39 to $89 and are on sale now.

Brian Wilson is one of pop music’s most deeply revered figures, the main creative force behind some of the most cherished recordings in rock history and co-founder of The Beach Boys.

He played an active part in creating the band’s distinctive sound, co-writing, arranging, producing and performing in more than two dozen The Beach Boys Top 40 hits.

Wilson was only 20 years old when the group released their first album, Surfin’ Safari, in 1962. The group went on to have nine consecutive “gold” albums including classics like “Surfer Girl,” “I Get Around,” “Fun, Fun, Fun,” “Help Me Rhonda” and “California Girls.”

For more information or to purchase tickets, visit kupferbergcenter.org.


Singer Patti LaBelle to perform at Queens College

By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com

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After a successful run on “Dancing with the Stars,” legendary singer Patti LaBelle will be performing at the Kupferberg Center for the Arts at Queens College on Sunday, Oct. 18, at 7 p.m.

With chart-topping hits such as “New Attitude,” “Lady Marmalade,” “If Only You Knew” and “If You Asked Me To,” LaBelle has made herself a household name during a career that has lasted more than 50 years.

The singer has been inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame, the Hollywood Walk of Fame, the Apollo Hall of Fame and the Songwriters’ Hall of Fame, and has sold more than 50 million records worldwide.

Her Oct. 18 performance at Queens College is her only performance in the borough this year. Tickets will range from $40 to $115.

For tickets and more information, click here.


The Jacksons’ 50th anniversary tour coming to Queens

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Photo courtesy of Kupferberg Center for the Arts

One of the most famous families in music history is stopping in Flushing later this summer to celebrate its 50th anniversary.

The Jacksons, known for hits with younger brother Michael, such as “ABC,” “I Want You Back” and “I’ll Be There,” are coming to the Kupferberg Center for the Arts for one night only, kicking off the venue’s 2015-16 season.

The show, on Sunday, August 30, is just one day after the anniversary of Michael Jackson’s birthday, when the late pop star would have turned 57, and will feature video footage that chronicles the evolution of the Jacksons.

This concert, which is the group’s only New York City-area stop, also promises to be full of energy with their famous dance moves and costumes.

Tickets are now on sale for the 7 p.m. performance at the Kupferberg Center’s Colden Auditorium and range in price from $35 to $79. For more information and to purchase tickets, click here.


Queens College to stage Bernstein’s ‘Mass’

By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com

Photo courtesy of Edward Smaldone

Queens College is hosting a full staging of “Mass,” an awe-inspiring musical about the crisis of faith, composed by the legendary musician Leonard Bernstein. More than 200 artists will take to the stage for two performances on Nov. 1 and 2 at the Kupferberg Center for the Arts.

Renowned conductor Maurice Peress, who was at the helm of the musical’s premiere performance in 1971, will conduct this performance too.

Due to the large number of performers required for a full staging, “Mass” is more often performed as a concert piece. It is rare to see a full staging. This performance features Queens College students from the Aaron Copland School of Music, and members of the Queens College Opera Studio, Choir, Women’s Choir, Children’s Choir, Jazz Ensemble, and Orchestra. Victor Starsky, tenor and student at Aaron Copland, has been cast as the Celebrant, the central character in this musical.

Bernstein’s “Mass” was commissioned by Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis for the 1971 inauguration of the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C. “Mass” begins by showing performers from different genres being in harmony. However, soon discord sets in and as the crisis of faith hits its peak, the Celebrant sings a solo about losing his faith.
“Mass” was composed in honor of John F. Kennedy. Peress, who was assistant conductor of the New York Philharmonic under Bernstein, writes about it in his new memoir “Maverick Maestro,” slated to release in March. In the book, Peress calls “Mass” a “compelling dramatic story” in which “the loss of a beloved leader who gave us hope is honored by a formal Latin Mass, at the same time a young street community asks tough questions as they search for faith.”

He also says that as he studies the familiar piece again, “fresh and deeper insights surface.” He regrets that the message is still timely. “In 1971, the quicksand of Vietnam dominated the news, now it is the Middle East,” he wrote.

Something else has changed in the 43 years since Peress first conducted “Mass.” The stage director then was Gordon Davidsonbut for these two performances, Peress’ daughter Lorca will be the stage director. Lorca is the founder and artistic director of MultiStages, a multicultural, multidisciplinary theater based in New York that has won quite a few awards since its inception in 1997.

Harry Feiner, a Broadway professional and professor of drama at Queens College, is in charge of set and lighting.

Leonard Bernstein’s “Mass” will be performed on Saturday, Nov. 1, at 8 p.m. and Sunday, Nov. 2, at 3 p.m. at the Colden Auditorium at Kupferberg Center for the Arts, Queens College. Tickets cost from $15 to $25 and can be purchased online at www.kupferbergcenter.org or by calling 718-570-0923 or at the box office in Colden Auditorium. Additional fees may apply.



What to do in Queens when it’s cold outside

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Photo credit (From top left, clockwise): Photo courtesy of MoMA PS1/Elk Studios, 2012; Photo courtesy of the World Ice Arena; Photo by Dominick Totino; Photo courtesy of the New York Hall of Science

When the temperatures dip, our desire to stay at home can rise. But even during wintry weather there are plenty of indoor places to explore around the borough.


Queens is full of museums for art lovers as well as science, history and jazz enthusiasts.

King Manor Museum
King Park, on Jamaica Avenue
between 150th and 153rd streets, Jamaica
Hours: Guided tours of King Manor Museum are offered February – December (closed during January); Thursdays & Fridays, 12 – 2 pm, every 1/2 hour (last tour 1:30); Saturdays & Sundays, 1 – 5 pm, every 1/2 hour (last tour 4:30).
Suggested Admission: Adults $5; Seniors and Students $3; Children 16 and under Free; King Manor Members Free; Free tours are offered on “Hands-on History” weekends each month.
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Louis Armstrong House Museum
34-56 107th Street, Corona
Hours: Tuesday – Friday: 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.; Saturday – Sunday: 12 p.m. – 5 p.m.
Admission: Adults: $10; Seniors (65 and older), students, and children: $7; Group rate: $6; Children under 4: Free; Members: Free.
(Photo courtesy of the Louis Armstrong House Museum)

22-25 Jackson Avenue, Long Island City
Hours: 12–6 p.m., Thursday through Monday, closed on Tuesdays and Wednesdays.
Admission: Adults $10; Students + Seniors $5; Children under 16 Free; Suggested donation admission applies Monday all day, and Saturday and Sunday Noon—1:00 p.m.
(Photo courtesy of MoMA PS1/Elk Studios, 2012) 

Museum of the Moving Image
36-01 35 Avenue, Astoria
Hours: Wednesdays–Thursdays: 10:30 a.m.–5:00 p.m.; Fridays: 10:30 a.m.–8:00 p.m. (free admission: 4:00 p.m.–8:00 p.m.); Saturdays and Sundays: 11:30 a.m.–7:00 p.m.
Admission: $12 adults (18+); $9 senior citizens (65+); $9 students with valid ID; $6 children (3-12); Free for Museum members and children under 3.
(Photo Courtesy of the Museum of the Moving Image) 

New York Hall of Science
47-01 111th Street, Flushing Meadows=Corona Park
Hours: September 1 – March 31: Monday Closed (Except Open Monday February 17, 9:30 a.m. – 5 p.m.); Tuesday – Friday 9:30 a.m. – 5 p.m.; Saturday & Sunday 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
General Admission: Adults (ages 18 & older): $11; Children (ages 2 – 17): $8 Children under age 18 must be accompanied by an adult; Students (with college ID): $8; Senior Citizens (age 62 & older): $8; Members: Free.
(Photo courtesy of the New York Hall of Science) 

Queens Museum
New York City Building, Flushing Meadows-Corona Park
Hours: Wednesday through Sunday, 12-6 p.m.
Suggested Admission: $8 for adults and children over 12; $4 for students and seniors; Children under 12 attend for free.
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The Noguchi Museum
9-01 33rd Road, Long Island City
Hours: Wednesday, Thursday, Friday: 10:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.; Saturday & Sunday: 11:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m.; Monday & Tuesday: Closed.
Admission: General admission: $10; Senior Citizens: $5 ; Students with a valid ID: $5; NYC public high school students with a valid ID: Free; Children under 12: Free; Members: Free; On the first Friday of every month year-round, Museum admission is pay-what-you-wish.
(Photo courtesy of the Noguchi Museum) 


From a classical concert to a dramatic play, the local arts are alive at the borough’s concert halls and theatres. Here are some places to catch a local performance.

Flushing Town Hall
137-35 Northern Boulevard, Flushing
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Kupferberg Center for the Arts
65-30 Kissena Boulevard, Flushing
Box Office: 718-793-8080

Queensborough Performing Arts Center
Box Office: Library, 1st Floor
222-05 56th Avenue, Bayside
M-F, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
(Photo courtesy of Queensborough Performing Arts Center)


Queens Theatre
14 United Nations Avenue South, Flushing Meadows-Corona Park
Box Office: 718-760-0064
(Photo by Dominick Totino)

The Secret Theatre
44-02 23rd Street, Long Island City
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Though you will still need a scarf and gloves, the temperatures will be warmer and there definitely will not be any snow at the borough’s indoor skating rinks.

City Ice Pavilion
47-32 32nd Place, Long Island City
Visit www.calendar.cityicepavilion.com for the public ice skating schedule.
Pricing: $5 Monday through Friday; $8 Saturday & Sunday; $8 Holidays including all school vacation weeks; $5 Skate rental per person. (Must wear socks); $2 Helmets rental per person; Coin operated lockers available for $.75.

World Ice Arena at Flushing Meadows-Corona Park
Avery Avenue and 131st Street, Flushing
Hours: Monday through Friday the rink is open from 9 a.m. until 5:15 p.m. On weekends it is open: 7 p.m. until 9 p.m. Friday nights; noon until 4:45 p.m. and 8 p.m. until 9:50 p.m. Saturdays and noon until 4:45 on Sundays.
Admission: $5 for all ages on weekdays and $8 on weekends and holidays. To rent skates be sure to bring socks and an additional $5.
(Photo courtesy of the World Ice Arena)