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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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Theatre’s Celebrity Series

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

MONDAY, MARCH 19

At 4 p.m., the South Jamaica Library, located at 108-41 Guy R. Brewer Boulevard in Jamaica, will host the Willing Hearts, Helpful Hands Workshop. This event hopes to provide relief for family caregivers. Volunteers trained by the Parker Jewish Institute for Health Care & Rehabilitation are available to help provide your loved one with the care and supervision he/she needs and allow you the precious respite time you need for self-care and other family obligations. This service is free for the public.

At 6 p.m., The South Ozone Park Library, located at 128-16 Rockaway Boulevard in South Ozone Park, presents Chicago Soul: A Musical Tribute to Curtis Mayfield and Sam Cooke. Listen as Pop/Jazz Vocalist Cody Childs takes you through the great music of Curtis Mayfield and Sam Cooke with the songs they made great: from Mayfield’s “People Get Ready” and “I’m So Proud” to Cooke’s Bring It On Home To Me,” “Having a Party,” and many more.

At 6 p.m., The Rosedale Library, located at 144-20 243 Street in Rosedale, is hosting Beading 101: A Jewelry-Making Workshop for Adults. Learn beading techniques and create beautiful jewelry designs that you can wear for any occasion. Preregistration is required and space is limited. All materials will be provided.

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 info or to purchase tickets, please visit www.Ringling.com or www.ticketmaster.com.

THURSDAY, MARCH 22

At 6 p.m., The Laurelton Library, located at 134-26 225 Street in Laurelton, is hosting a genealogy research workshop. Explore your family history and get to know where you came from! Joysetta and Julius Pearse from The African Atlantic Genealogical Society Inc. will teach participants how to get started researching their family history, covering basic techniques derived from documents and oral history.

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.

MONDAY, MARCH 26

At 4 p.m., The Rosedale Library, located at 144-20 243 Street in Rosedale, is hosting Crochet for Beginners.

Come learn the art of crochet from a skilled artisan. Beginners and pros are welcome alike. Please bring a size “H” hook and one skein of yarn. Children and adults will learn the basics of crochet to complete personal projects and group projects.

SATURDAY, MARCH 31

At 2 p.m. and 8 p.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.

Ongoing from now through Sept. 1

10:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m., The Maria Rose International Doll Museum & Cultural Center, located at 187-11 Linden Boulevard in St. Albans, is hosting a knitting club every Thursday. Join in on a quilting class and create beautiful, hand-crafted pieces. Admission is $45 for four sessions. For more information please call 718-276-3454.

SUNDAY, APRIL 1

At 3 p.m., York College Performing Arts Center, located at 94-45 Guy R. Brewer Boulevard in Jamaica, will host an Easter celebration called I Know That My Redeemer Liveth. Join the York College Gospel Chorus in this holiday celebration, as they sing selected songs about the resurrection story as well as excerpts from Handel’s Messiah.

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.

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.

FRIDAY APRIL 27 THRU SUNDAY MAY 6

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.

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.

 

New year, new direction at Queens Theatre


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Photos courtesy of Carol Rosegg

Visionary Ray Cullom, the recently-instated executive director of Queens Theatre, is preparing his new domain for a metamorphosis. Astounded by the 21-year-old theatre’s immense potential, Cullom plans to turn what previously acted solely as a performance space into a full-fledged, talent-nurturing enterprise.

“[Queens Theatre] is a unique showplace unlike anything I’ve worked in before,” said Cullom. “It’s Queens’ best-kept secret.”

Well-versed in the art of conducting both for-profit and non-profit theatres, Cullom most recently performed as the managing director at the New Haven Long Wharf Theatre in New Haven, Connecticut. Sporting a background in archaeology and history, Cullom previously regarded theatre as merely a hobby rather than a profession. Over time, his passions traded places, and theatre took center stage.

Over Cullom’s first eight months as executive director of Queens Theatre, the institution has undergone a moniker alteration. Previously regarded as the Queens Theatre in the Park, Cullom hopes the simplified name promotes recognition among the public, as well as informs people of the company’s year-round productions.

“My goal is to have the theatre buzzing with life 365 days a year,” said Cullom.

Cullom has also devised plans on how to cultivate productions from within the venue, a previously foreign concept at Queens Theatre.

Cullom’s premier event, “CHIX 6,” centers on a young artist whose drawings of super heroes come to life and assist her along her journey to self-empowerment. “CHIX 6” ran for five weeks, accumulating the highest attendance of any show in the theatre’s history. In 2012, the production plans to move to a larger venue, on Broadway.

During the production stage of “CHIX 6,” Cullom feared the show’s indie-rock filled soundtrack and ground-breaking ideals might alienate the audience. A more traditional Gershwin production trailed “CHIX 6.”

But according to Cullom, the audience asked for more.

“Our audience wants to be challenged,” said Cullom. “They want to come along for a ride with us.”

In the wake of “CHIX 6’s” success, Cullom claims the theatre is now undergoing a period of testing, rethinking previous assumptions about its audience.

According to Cullom, Queens Theatre’s upcoming season promises to hold an innovative blend of original shows, collaborative works and previously-produced pieces.

“Ella,” debuting in February, illustrates the life of “The First Lady of Song,” Ella Fitzgerald. “The Jack Cole Project,” a tribute to one of the most influential choreographers and a Queens Theatre original production, opens in May.

Win 4 tickets to the Golden Dragon Acrobats at Queens Theatre


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The holidays are in full swing and in keeping with the spirit of the season of giving The Queens Courier is handing out free prizes daily.

Today, four tickets to the Golden Dragon Acrobats at Queens Theatre will be raffled off.  All you need to enter is an email address and your zip code.

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Check back daily as new prizes will be offered each day.  Good luck.