Tag Archives: Thalia Spanish Theatre

Pols announce $3.2M in funding for art groups in immigrant communities

| amatua@queenscourier.com

Photo courtesy of Twitter/NYCCouncil

Councilman Jimmy Van Bramer and City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito gathered on Thursday at the Thalia Spanish Theatre in Sunnyside to announce the allocation of $3.2 million to expand funding to art groups in immigrant communities across the five boroughs.

Van Bramer, who is also the chair of City Council’s Cultural Affairs Committee, founded this initiative last year to provide funding to 77 cultural groups that provide programming specifically focused on the cultural history and traditions of immigrant communities in New York City.

Three organizations in the councilman’s district will receive $15,625 each to continue offering their unique programming to the community. These include the Ayazamana Cultural Center in Long Island City, which aims to educate others about Ecuadorian culture through the arts, the Thalia Spanish Theatre in Sunnyside, the only bilingual Hispanic theatre in Queens and Topaz Arts in Woodside, a creative development center that offers affordable space, visual arts exhibitions and residency opportunities for artists.

“This year we have literally doubled down on the success of the Cultural Immigrant Initiative,” Van Bramer said. “By increasing funding streams to immigrant organizations and cultural groups that are often overlooked in the cultural funding process we are empowering more New Yorkers and increasing access to the arts in every neighborhood.”

Known as the “World’s Borough,” Queens has the largest foreign born population of all five boroughs with 35.5 percent, according to a 2011 report. Approximately 138 languages are spoken in Queens, with specific neighborhoods acting as enclaves for certain ethnicities.

Angel Gil Orrios, the artistic and executive director of Thalia Spanish Theatre, said this money has allowed his organization to program free performances in local parks and bilingual theatre and dance workshops for people of all ages.

“Since the economic crisis, small organizations like ours have been struggling with funding cuts from private corporations and foundations,” Gil Orrios said in a statement.  “That’s why for us the creation of the Cultural Immigrant Initiative by the City Council has been so important in order to be able to continue serving our community, specially the Hispanics in Queens, after 37 years.”


Queens’ Morning Roundup

| ctumola@queenscourier.com

morning roundup


Friday: Cloudy early with peeks of sunshine expected late. High around 40. Winds WSW at 5 to 10 mph. Friday night: Partly cloudy early followed by cloudy skies overnight. Low near 30. Winds WNW at 5 to 10 mph.

EVENT OF THE DAY: The Best of Tango 

Thalia Spanish Theatre presents the most popular tango and milongo classics in music, song and dance. Show starts on Friday, Jan. 31 lasts until March 23 with Friday and Saturday shows at 8 p.m. and Sunday performances at 4 pm. $30 to $35. 41-17 Greenpoint Ave., Sunnyside, www.thaliatheatre.org.

Convicted criminal who escaped from Queens psychiatric facility caught in Tennessee

A convicted killer who escaped from a Queens Village psychiatric facility by swapping clothes with a friend was captured in Memphis, Tenn. Thursday night. Read more: The Queens Courier

De Blasio to weigh in on ‘independent’ cop monitor

The investigator nominated by Mayor de Blasio to keep the city government in check revealed Thursday that Hizzoner will have a big say in appointing what’s meant to be an “independent” NYPD watchdog. Read more: New York Post 

Mayor Bill de Blasio won’t attend Super Bowl

New York City is co-hosting the Super Bowl this weekend but its mayor will not attend the nation’s biggest sporting event. Read more: AP

Food safety inspections in NY lagging, staffing below recommended levels: audit

New York’s food inspections have been lagging, allowing 5,000 manufacturers, supermarkets, wholesale bakeries and other businesses to operate last year without updated inspections, state auditors reported Thursday. Read more: NBC New York

Federal prosecutors to seek death penalty against Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev

Federal prosecutors on Thursday announced they will seek the death penalty against 20-year-old Dzhokhar Tsarnaev in the Boston Marathon bombing, instantly raising the stakes in what could be one of the most wrenching trials the city has ever seen. Read more: CBS New York/AP


Queens’ Morning Roundup

| ctumola@queenscourier.com


Friday: Overcast with a chance of a thunderstorm and rain showers, then rain showers in the afternoon. High of 70. Winds from the NW at 5 to 15 mph. Chance of rain 80% with rainfall amounts near 0.3 in. possible. Friday night: Overcast with rain. Low of 50. Breezy. Winds from the NNW at 10 to 20 mph. Chance of rain 70% with rainfall amounts near 0.4 in. possible.

EVENT OF THE DAY: Secret Weapons of FAT Destruction

Secret Weapons of FAT Destruction, an outrageous comedy premieres at the Thalia Spanish Theatre on Friday, May 24. An unconventional writer/director involves his audience in creating a new kind of theatre entertainment. Witness the complications of the flesh! Fridays at 8 p.m. and Saturdays at 3 p.m. Playing through June 23. Click here for more info or to submit an event of your own

16-year-old questioned in shooting death of Queens girl, 14, on bus: police

Police are questioning a 16-year-old boy in the shooting of a14-year-old girl on a Queens bus last weekend, Police Commissioner Ray Kelly said Thursday. Read more: NBC New York

Subway performers sought in train assault

Police are looking for a trio of subway dancers who allegedly assaulted a passenger aboard a train in Queens. Read more: The Queens Courier

Police investigating possible cyberbullying in suicide of Queens girl, 12

Police say a 12-year-old girl who was found hanged left a suicide note that spoke of being bullied online. Read more: CBS New York/AP

Anthony Weiner starts stumping in mayoral bid

Anthony Weiner set out to reintroduce himself to voters Thursday as he embarked on a mayoral bid after leaving Congress in a sexting scandal. Read more:APCity beaches prepare for crowds as holiday weekend approaches

With the holiday weekend fastapproaching, New Yorkers are getting ready to step off of the concrete and into the sand. Read more: CBS New YorkBoy Scouts approve plan to accept openly gay members 

After lengthy and wrenching debate, local leaders of the Boy Scouts of America have voted to open their ranks to openly gay boys for the first time, but heated reactions from the left and right made clear that the BSA’s controversies are far from over. Read more: AP

Valentine’s Day events in Queens

By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com

Photo www.dreamsandmemories.net

If you want to do more than just dinner on Valentine’s Day here are some romantic events happening in Queens on February 14.

Valentine’s Dinner Cruise, 7 p.m. Take the Skyline Princess for a four-hour, all-inclusive, romantic tour of NYC harbor with a three-course buffet dinner, premium open bar, free parking at the marina, and DJ entertainment. $88. World’s Fair Marina Pier 1, Flushing, www.skylinecruises.com.

afroTango (special Valentine’s Day performance), 8 p.m. A world premiere with music arranged and directed by Latin Grammy winner Raul Jaurena, followed by a wine and tapas reception with the stars of the show. $35. Thalia Spanish Theatre, 41-17 Greenpoint Ave., Sunnyside, www.thaliatheatre.org.

Much Ado About Nothing, 8 p.m. On opening night of a show that runs until March 2, patrons receive chocolates, a rose and two glasses of pink bubbly in a two-for-$30 deal. Tickets normally $18. The Secret Theatre, 44-02 23rd St., Long Island City, www.secrettheatre.com.

Romantic Evening of Dinner and Cabaret Performances with DeeAnne Goreman, 8 p.m.,  A rising talent on the jazz scene, Goreman is influenced by industry favorites including Ernestine Anderson, Ella Fitzgerald, Shirley Horn and Jimmy Scott. Focusing on her own interpretations of jazz standards, Goreman has profitted from the city’s wealth of musical treasures. In the recording studio, in addition to working with composers and DJs on various projects, Goreman’s own first demo of standards, which she arranged, co-edited, mixed and mastered, and her second recording of select favorites – given a special jazz/Latin/MidEast touch by her rhythm section – drew attention and praise, as well as airplay on Israeli radio. Onstage, her live performances have varied from blending her own poetry with jazz song, cabaret productions she co-wrote and in which she appeared, to regular jazz gigs at both private events and public venues. Tickets for this one of a kind event are $40 per person and reservations are required. To make reservations, email rarbarlic@gmail.com or call 718-729-9009. Rest-Au-Rant, 30-01 35th Avenue,  Long Island City, www.rarbarlic.com.

Valentine’s Weekend Spectacular, 8pm. On the ultimate date night, a fantastic lineup of headliners — Mark Riccadonna, Leighann Lord, Andy Hendrickson, Scott Sharp, Miguel Dalmau and Dina Hashem — debating the he-said/she-said hilarities of life. $30, includes two soft drinks, glasses of wine or two draft beers. Laughing Devil Comedy Club, 47-38 Vernon Blvd., Long Island City, www.laughingdevil.com.

-Events courtesy of the Queens Tourism Council / The Queens Courier 



Queens’ Morning Roundup

| ctumola@queenscourier.com


Friday: Overcast with a chance of snow in the afternoon. High of 25F with a windchill as low as 0. Winds from the WNW at 5 to 15 mph shifting to the SW in the afternoon. Chance of snow 40%. Friday night: Overcast with snow. Low of 19F with a windchill as low as 10. Winds from the WSW at 5 to 10 mph shifting to the NW after midnight. Chance of snow 60%.


Discover Tango’s African roots in this world premiere musical at the Thalia Spanish Theatre in Sunnyside. Music arranged and directed by Latin Grammy winner Raul Jaurena. Click here for more info or to submit an event of your own

Firefighters battle flames, cold in Glendale fire

One person was critically injured in a house fire in the Glendale section of Queens early Friday. Read more: ABC New York

Veteran city supervisor arrested on charges of child porn possession tells FBI he uses binoculars to spy on elementary school kids in Queens

A veteran city supervisor busted for possession of kiddie porn told FBI agents he uses binoculars to spy on kids leaving an elementary school across the street from his Queens apartment. Read more: New York Daily News

Senate sets Monday vote on $50.5B Sandy aid bill

The Senate is set to vote Monday on a $50.5 billion emergency relief bill to help victims of Superstorm Sandy. Read more: CBS New York

Cold weather breaking tracks along LIRR rails

The extreme cold is creating an unusual and potentially dangerous problem for the Long Island Rail Road Friday. Read more: ABC New York

Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg to host campaign fund-raiser for NJ Gov. Chris Christie
Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg is opening the double-wide doors at his $7 million Palo Alto, Calif., home for New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie. Read more: New York Post 

State Department pick Kerry draws praise, outlines policy at hearing
John Kerry urged Congress to fix the U.S. economy to ensure America’s role as a world leader and pledged to keep pressure on Iran at a Senate hearing on Thursday that left little doubt he will win easy confirmation as secretary of state. Read more: Reuters