What’s happening this week

By Queens Courier Staff |


AFRICAN ART EXHIBITAfrican Art from the James and Marjorie L. Wilson Collection; modern Amazonian dress and weaponry; a Service Learning project featuring art therapy; and selected work from advanced Queensborough Community College art students – all will be exhibited at the special opening at the QCC Art Gallery; visit www.qccartgallery.org, e-mail QCCArtGallery@qcc.cuny.edu or call 718-631-6396 for more information.

Thursday, May 19 from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Queensborough Community College Art Gallery: Through the Eyes of Our Ancestors:


May 12-21, Thursday – Saturday at 8 p.m., Saturday at 2 p.m. Astoria Performing Arts Center: The Human Comedy; the coming-of-age tale focuses on young Homer Macauley, a telegram messenger who is exposed to the sorrows and joys experienced by his family and the residents of his small California town during World War II; call 866-811-4111 or visit www.apacny.org.

Saturday, May 14, 2011 at 8 p.m. Colden Auditorium/Queens College: 70th Annual Spring Concert; featuring Beethoven’s Missa Solemnis; presented by the Queens College Choral Society; tickets are available at www.kupferbergcenterarts.org or by calling 718-793-8080.

Saturday, May 14, 2011 from 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m. American Martyrs Church of Bayside: Defensive Driving Course; learn safe driving techniques; participants will receive a mandatory insurance premium reduction and their violation point total will be reduced; to register call 631-360-9720.

FRIDAY, MAY 13 the band that made Rumba Flamenca famous makes a stop on their world tour in Westbury; call 800-745-3000 or visit livenation.com for ticket information.

8 p.m. NYCB Theatre at Westbury: Gipsy Kings live;

SATURDAY, MAY 14featuring the pit bull of comedy Bobby Slayton, Richie Minervini, Mitch Walter and Peter Mazzeo; call 800-745-3000 or visit livenation.com for ticket information.

8 p.m. NYCB Theatre at Westbury: 9th Annual LI Comedy Fest;

2 p.m. Flushing Library: The Allegro Singers; The Allegro Singers featuring Ruth Ann Cunningham, soprano; Antonio Calef, tenor; and Inna Leytush, pianist, present scenes and arias from such operas as Verdi’s Othello and Macbeth, Gounod’s Romeo and Juliette, and more; call 718-661-1200.

2:30 p.m. Peninsula Library: Music of the Big Band Singers with Peter J. LaRosa; Enjoy music made great by Frank Sinatra, Tony Bennett, Nat King Cole, and Perry Como, among others, in this nostalgic return to the Big Band era; call 718-634-1110.

3 p.m. Bayside Library: Arnie Gruber; A jazzy tribute of the greatest hits popularized by Frank Sinatra, Barry Manilow, Neil Sedaka and others; call 718-229-1834.

3 p.m. Central Library: Horacio Laguna Ensemble; Enjoy folk music from South America and experience the passion, beauty and intensity of the Argentine tango with Horacio Laguna, guitar and vocals, Juan Carlos Arias, bandoneon, and Christian Passarelli, baritone vocals; call 718-990-0700.

3 p.m. Rochdale Village Library: Cody Childs; Pop/jazz vocalist Cody Childs performs memorable hits such as Cooke’s You Send Me, Wonderful World, and Gaye’s Mercy Mercy Me, How Sweet It Is To Be Loved By You and more; call 718-723-4440.

SUNDAY, MAY 15 performed by St. Mary’s Drama Guild, a community-based youth group comprised of kids and young adults from all sections of Western Queens; call 718-672-4848 for more information and additional show times.

2 p.m. St. Mary’s Winfield Auditorium: Roger’s & Hammerstein’s The King and I;

2 p.m. Central Library: Open Mic For Poets on Sunday at Central; featuring Stefanie Lipsey, a 2010 graduate of the MFA program in Creative Writing and Literary Translation; she has been published in several journals and is a featured reader and workshop leader in libraries and bookstores throughout New York City and Long Island; call 718-990-0700.


New Hope Lutheran Church of Jamaica: Walkers for Wellness Club; under the guidance of a walking leader, you will walk two to three times each week at a comfortable pace with others along routes in Southeast Queens; the club is open to walkers of all ages and abilities; the walking schedule is Mondays and Wednesdays at 7 p.m. and Saturdays at 8 a.m. beginning May 16. Call 917-553-1089.

2:30 p.m. Auburndale Library: Bass Baritone Gunter Stern; Bass baritone Gunter Stern belts out show-stoppers from Carousel, Babes in Arms, Pal Joey, The Phantom of the Opera and more; call 718-352-2027.

6 p.m. Ridgewood Library: Van Parrish; Singer/comedian/impressionist Van Parrish presents a tribute to Frank Sinatra; call 718-821-4770.

6:30 p.m. Rosedale Library: Naomi Zeitlin; pop standards that were covered by Garland, Streisand, Minnelli, Midler, Fitzgerald, Vaughan, and by more modern/international artists – Linda Eder, Pat Benatar, Linda Ronstadt, Celia Cruz, Gloria Estefan, La India, and Olga Tañon; call 718-528-8490.

4:30 p.m. Arverne Library: Jazmin Mooney; have you ever wondered how some people can be so very organized, when you’re struggling on a daily basis to cope with your clutter and to-do list? Join Jazmin Mooney of The Organized Lady as she shares the ‘7 Habits of Very Organized People’ with you; call 718-634-4784.

6 p.m. Jackson Heights Library: Library Services of Interest to Seniors in Bengali and English; learn about getting a library card; programs and services for older adults; books and other materials in Bengali; health and wellness info; large-print books and computer classes; call 718-899-2500.


1:30 p.m. North Hills Library: Arnie Gruber; a jazzy tribute of the greatest hits popularized by Frank Sinatra, Barry Manilow, Neil Sedaka and others; call 718-225-3550.

2 p.m. McGoldrick Library: Laguna; classic love songs, ballads, and blues from around the world with guitarist/composer/vocalist Horacio Laguna, a Buenos Aires, Argentina native who now lives in Queens; call 718-461-1616.

2:30 p.m. Maspeth Library: Eddie Lee Isaacs & The Rockin’ Side of the Blues; live performance of music made great by Little Richard, Fats Domino, Elvis, Jerry Lee Lewis and others; call 718-639-5228.

6:30 p.m. Central Library: Healthcare for You and Your Family in Bengali; topics include what everyone should know about health care; what Medicaid is and who can get it; what Medicare is; what an HMO is; how best to use your health insurance and much more; call 718-990-0700.


7 p.m. Vallone & Vallone LLP: The Clinton Democratic Club Meeting; Queens Borough Park Commissioner Dorothy Lewandowski will speak; call 718-428-7285 for more information.

THURSDAY, MAY 19on-going fitness class for cancer survivors led by nurse, Zumba instructor and cancer fitness specialist Beth Levine; call 516-987-7524 or visit www.fitnesspcancer.com for additional weekday dates.

7 p.m. Samuel Field Y: Dance, Zumba and Fitness Class for Cancer Survivors;

7 p.m. Lexington School for the Deaf: United Community Civic Association presents “Gasland”; all residents are invited to view this environmental documentary free of charge regarding the health concerns and dangers of hydraulic fracturing; call 718-932-5415.


Saturday, May 21 from 2-4 p.m. Central Library, Jamaica: MillionTreesNYC Street Three Care Workshop; to learn how you can help water and care for one of the over 400,000 new trees that have been planted across NYC with MillionTreesNYC; To register, please email milliontreesnyc@queensbotanical.org or call 718-886-3800, x. 236.

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