Where to begin this week? Get covered in colored talcum powder at the Phagwah Parade or swim in bubbles at a circus. Build wonderful creations at Brick Fest or fall in love at a romantic concert. Rock out at a jam or explore a 19th century Civil War fortress. Express yourself through painting or treat yourself to a hilarious one-man show. Where to end?
March 29, B: The Underwater Bubble Show, 8 pm. Straight from Latvia, B is a musical fairy tale that transports audiences to an underwater world inspired by Cirque du Soleil. Expect laser technology, snow cannons, optical illusions, and some surprises. Queens College’s Colden Auditorium, 153-49 Reeves Ave., Flushing.
March 29, Joe Kye: Migrants, 8 pm. Kye brings his unique blend of violin looping, electronics, singing, and storytelling, with a special guest, Chinese-American hip-hop artist Jason Chu. Workshop at 7 pm. Flushing Town Hall, 137-35 Northern Blvd.
March 29, Live Jazz, 6:30 pm. The Bayo Fayemi Group creates a sonic landscape that explores the band namesake’s self identify through the lens of his predecessors’ homeland, Africa, and his Queens neighborhood. $15. King Manor Museum, 153rd Street and Jamaica Avenue, Jamaica.
March 29, Welcome to La Misa, Baby!, March 31. In response to attacks on the LGBTQ community, performer and activist Migguel Anggelo presents his new one-man show. Using music, dance, and a kaleidoscope of personalities, he pays homage to one of the most sacred spaces in gay culture: the disco. Shows are March 29 and 30 at 7 pm and March 31 at 2:30 pm. LaGuardia Performing Arts Center Little Theatre, 31-10 Thomson Ave., M Building, LIC.
March 30, Brick Fest Live, March 31. The ultimate LEGO fan experience with sculptures, collaborative building projects, hands-on activities, a glow gallery, a wall, and more. Open 10 am to 6 pm on both days. New York Hall of Science, 47-01 111th St., Flushing Meadows Corona Park.
March 30, Mike Leigh’s Period Pictures, April 3. On the occasion of Leigh’s ambitious new film “Peterloo,” he attends screenings of his historical dramas. Schedule: “Topsy-Turvy,” March 30, 1:30 pm; “Mr. Turner,” March 30, 4:30 pm; “Vera Drake,” March 31, 7 pm; and an advance screening of “Peterloo,” April 3, 7 pm. Museum of the Moving Image, 36-01 35th Ave., Astoria’s Kaufman Arts District.
March 30, The Romantic Heart, 7:30 pm. The Queens Symphony Orchestra presents the first concert in its Masterworks Series. Expect romance with Wagner, Mendelssohn, and Beethoven. Free with online RSVP. Flushing Town Hall, 137-35 Northern Blvd.
March 30, Book Event, 2 pm. Art Shamsky and Erik Sherman discuss their forthcoming book “After the Miracle: The Lasting Brotherhood of the ’69 Mets.” Shamsky was on this team, and the book is an inside account of the consistently last-place team that turned it around for one season. Book Culture LIC, 26-09 Jackson Ave., LIC.
March 30, Footsteps for Progress Fun Run, 8 am. A five-kilometer walk/run to raise funds for Queens Center for Progress, a service provider for people with developmental disabilities. Meet at 81-15 164th St., Jamaica.
March 31, Phagwah Parade, noon. For the 39th year, floats filled with colorfully clad revelers kick off from 133rd Street and Liberty Avenue and roll to Phil Rizutto Park (formerly Smokey Oval Park) in Richmond Hill for food, music, dancing, chanting, and plenty of incense.
March 31, The Platters with Special Guest Bradd Marquis, 3 pm. One of the most successful vocal groups of all time with 40 Billboard Hot 100 singles, The Platters burst onto the world stage 50 years ago. Special guest Bradd Marquis presents a tribute to Sam Cooke with such songs as “You Send Me” and “Twistin’ The Night Away.” Our Lady of the Blessed Sacrament, 34-24 203rd St., Bayside.
March 31, Queens Jazz OverGround Spring Fest, noon. A free, daylong series of jazz workshops and performances by student combos, master classes, and school bands. The evening lineup has six Queens-based ensembles. Free with online RSVP. Flushing Town Hall, 137-35 Northern Blvd.
March 31, From W.C. Fields to Goodfellas, 2:30 pm. Jason Antos, the author of six books on the borough, lectures on the motion picture industry in Queens. Since 1900, the borough has hosted various movie studios. Some of Hollywood’s earliest superstars lived here before the days of Beverly Hills and Malibu. Queens Historical Society, 143-35 37th Ave., Flushing.
March 31, Behind-the-Scenes Fort Totten, noon. Explore a 19th century Civil War fortress with the New York Adventure Club and an Urban Park Ranger. $29-$32. Meet at the Fort Totten Visitor Center, Lee Road, Bayside.
March 31, Holi, the Spring Festival of Colors, 2:30 pm. Colorful dances and music in celebration of the Hindu holiday Holi, which marks regeneration. The Hindu Temple Society of North America co-sponsors. Queens Museum, NYC Building, Flushing Meadows Corona Park.
April 2, Wine and Watercolors, 6 pm. Paint an original watercolor with professional artist Lisa Zilker and sample some classic French wines perfect for spring. Each participant goes home with artwork, a bottle of one of the wines, and a gift bag. $40. RSVP to Lisa Zilker at firstname.lastname@example.org. SquareWine & Spirits, 24-20 Jackson Ave., LIC.
April 2, Something Old, Something New, Something Borrowed, Something Blue, 12:30 pm. Quintet of the Americas, the borough’s renowned woodwind quintet, presents jazz, blues, minimalism, Latin, Middle Eastern, and Pop. The guest artists are Renee Manning on vocals, Earl McIntyre on tuba, and Carlos Maldonado on percussion. Free. York College CUNY, 94-20 Guy R. Brewer Blvd., Jamaica.
April 3, Monthly Jazz Jam, 7 pm. Musicians gather and play under the direction of saxophone legend Carol Sudhalter. Don’t play? Come and listen. The theme is Louis Armstrong. Flushing Town Hall, 137-35 Northern Blvd.
April 3, Lauren Bakst: More Problems with Form, April 6. Video and dance unfold via a three-act structure. The work includes many multiples of Bakst, sometimes played by herself and sometimes by others in videos featuring her fellow group therapy members, lover, and mother. Every night at 8 pm. $20. The Chocolate Factory Theatre, 5-49 49th Ave., LIC.
Continued from the previous week
Queens World Film Festival, until March 31. This ninth annual extravaganza screens more than 200 movies from 31 nations. The lineup includes 16 world premieres, 79 films by women, 14 with LGBTQ themes, 15 by Asian filmmakers, and six by children at two locations in Astoria’s Kaufman Arts District: Museum of the Moving Image, 36-01 35th Ave.; and Zukor Theatre, 35th Street between 34th and 35th avenues.
Bringing Steel to Life: An Exhibition of Sculpture, until April 26. See works by LIC-based artist Jack Howard-Potter spanning the last 16 years of his career. LIC Arts Open Raw Gallery at The Factory, 30-30 47th Ave., LIC.
The Tempest, until March 31. The Secret Theatre offers a classic Shakespeare comedy in an 8,000-square-foot space with dance, projections, and moving scenes. All shows are at 7:30 pm. $25 at the door. Plaxall Gallery, 5-25 46th Ave., LIC.
Flamenco with Danza España, until March 31. A Latin music-and-dance adaptation of “The Bacchae” by Euripides. $42-$45. Friday and Saturday at 8 pm, and Sunday at 4 pm. Thalía Spanish Theatre, 41-17 Greenpoint Ave., Sunnyside.
Noises Off with Samuel French Inc., until March 31. Remaining performances are March 29 at 8 pm and March 31 at 2:30 pm. $20. Maggie’s Little Theater, St. Margaret Parish Hall, 66-05 79th Pl., Middle Village.
JAMAICA CENTER BID BRINGS FAMILY FUN TO BACK TO JAMAICA AVENUE THIS SUMMER
Jamaica, Queens, August 13, 2019 – The Jamaica Center BID will host their second Weekend Walks event of the summer, “Family Fun on the Ave”, this Saturday, August 17 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Jamaica Avenue between Parsons Boulevard and 162nd Street.
Weekend Walks, a NYC Department of Transportation initiative, are multi-block, multi-day events on commercial corridors that promote the use of streets as public space and highlight local cultural institutions, businesses, and neighborhood resources. Community organizations are invited to apply for Weekend Walks funding.
On Saturday, all vehicle traffic will be diverted off of Jamaica Avenue from Parsons Boulevard to 162nd Street allowing the street to be transformed into a unique playground with plenty to do for all ages. The day’s entertainment will include a musical performance by the Afro-Latineers, a dance performance by Omar Edwards and a musical educational performance by Miss Keila’s Jukebox. The Jamaica Center for Arts & Learning will provide art workshops throughout the day in the event footprint.
Jamaica Center BID’s Family Fun on the Ave will also include free face-painting, a variety of games ranging from giant Jenga to huge checkers, the schoolyard favorite: double dutch jump-roping, and a coloring area where adults and children alike can enjoy the relaxing activity of coloring using a selection of quirky and cute coloring books. The Uni Project will be in attendance providing children of all ages an interactive learning experience.
“We are excited to bring Family Fun on the Avenue back to Jamaica this weekend,” said Jennifer Furioli, Executive Director of the Jamaica Center BID. “July’s event was a hit and we are grateful to NYC DOT for the Weekend Walks Grant funding, which allows for this unique placemaking experience bringing neighbors together to create summer memories while attracting additional foot traffic to local business.”
The Jamaica Center BID decided to coordinate “Family Fun on the Avenue” after merchants, shoppers, and residents revealed in a recent market study that they would like more family-friendly community events in Jamaica. In addition to the event this Saturday, the Ave will also have Sidewalk Sales Days at various stores for shoppers that will be out.
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About the Jamaica Center Business Improvement District (BID)
Founded as the Jamaica District Management Association in 1979, the Jamaica Center BID is central to one of New York City’s fastest growing communities. Jamaica Center BID is the proud home to national and regional retailers, several major cultural and educational institutions as well as City, State and Federal Offices, and more than 400 businesses. The Jamaica Center BID seeks to maintain Jamaica Center as a thriving business hub and premier destination to shop, work, live and play. For more info visit www.Jamaica.nyc.
Our World Hour of Power with Special Guest – Brendez Wineglass (Social Broker)
A native New Yorker and Howard University graduate, Wineglass is a dedicated and proven leader with 10 years of professional experience in the healthcare, tech, and events industries. Upon graduation, Wineglass elected to expand her horizons launching a
diverse career excelling in the areas she was most passionate; community advocacy, social engagement, and event production.
After earning her Sports Medicine degree at Howard, Wineglass began her professional career climbing the ranks in the healthcare field. She rose from volunteer to Manager of Patient Transportation at the Kingsbrook Jewish Medical Center in an impressive four-year timespan in which she was the youngest person in a management role at the hospital. Brendez was trusted by the Center’s Senior Executive and Executive teams to revise hospital policies, implementing effective healthcare practices to improve the overall quality of the hospital. Wineglass’ drive to expand her career brought her to Black Enterprise, holding a pivotal role as Events Producer independently coordinating events and working with top brands like Nationwide, State Farm, AT&T, Morgan Stanley, FedEx, and PepsiCo. She also worked with celebrities and important community leaders including the Rev. Jesse Jackson, Judith Smith, Don Thompson, Susan Taylor, Charlayne Hunter-Gault, Audrey Smaltz, Don Thompson, Michael Lee-Chin, Steve Harvey and Mellody Hobson to name a few. These successful experiences strengthened her capacity to build relationships and connect leaders, companies, and consumers through life-changing events across the nation. Since 2017, Wineglass has held the impressive position of Project Manager at the Greater Jamaica Development Corporation, leading the community of Jamaica in New York to one of strength and stability through several impressive initiatives. She has secured several hundreds of thousands of dollars in grants and donations from some of the nation’s top companies – Goldman Sachs and Con Edison respectively – and has leveraged those funds into large scale small business improvement projects and neighborhood revitalization programs.
Wineglass serves on several boards including the executive board of the Howard University Alumni Club of Greater New York , Community Mediation Services of NYC, Is a 2018 Art Commissioning Producer with the Queens Council, a 2018 Innovative
Cultural Fellow, and a member of influential organizations such as For (bes) The Culture, Google Partners, BWOI (Black Women of Influence), ColorComm, Silicon Harlem, and Black Tech Women. She has been a thought leader and advocates in the areas of
community engagement, arts & culture, fiscal equity, entrepreneurship, leadership & development, and technology. Wineglass continues to build her legacy of giving back to younger generations and contributes to improving the world around her.