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It’s In Queens! (May 17 to May 23)

There’s a great mix of classic and modern in the borough this week. Louis Armstrong, Tony Bennett, Leonard Bernstein, Dorothy and Toto are around. Ditto for completely new music, dance, poetry mashups, theater, and sculpture.



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It’s In Queens! (May 17 to May 23)


There’s a great mix of classic and modern in the borough this week. Louis Armstrong, Tony Bennett, Leonard Bernstein, Dorothy and Toto are around. Ditto for completely new music, dance, poetry mashups, theater, and sculpture.


May 18, Global Mashup 3: Mexico meets Guinea, 8 pm. Banda de los Muertos plays the boisterous Mexican brass/contemporary music known as “banda.” Mandingo Ambassadors does music from the golden age of Guinean dance bands. Then the two groups jam together. Dance lessons at 7 pm. $16. Flushing Town Hall, 137-35 Northern Blvd.,


May 18, The Wizard of Oz, 7 pm. CinemaLIC kicks off its fifth season screening outdoor movies on a 30-foot inflatable screen with this classic. Free. Hunter’s Point South Park, vicinity of Center Boulevard and 48th Avenue, LIC,


May 18, The Life and Times of Louis Armstrong, 1 pm. Experts and archivists from the Louis Armstrong House Museum offer an insider’s view of Satchmo with rarely seen archival material, pictures, film, and recordings. Queens Library Glen Oaks, 256-04 Union Turnpike,


May 18-19, Take Root, 8 pm. New dances which introduce ideas of entropy and disorder with Brush/McGrath and Brynne Billingsley & Artists. $15 in advance. Green Space, 37-24 24th St., LIC,


May 19, The Tragedy of Carmen, 7:30 pm (and May 20 at 2 pm). Queens Opera Theatre presents a modern adaptation of Bizet’s “Carmen,” a tale of doomed love and violent passion. $16. Flushing Town Hall, 137-35 Northern Blvd.,


May 19-20, Traditions Festival, noon to 4 pm. This third annual festival brings together neighborhood traditions, past and present, with music, food, dance, art, crafts, and more. Free. King Manor Museum, 153-01 Jamaica Ave., Jamaica,


May 19, A Tribute to Scott Joplin, 2 pm. This annual concert honors the King of Ragtime near his gravesite. Dan Levinson and his Canary Cottage Dance Orchestra, back for their fourth appearance, perform Joplin’s music with vocals by the Victorian Vaudeville Barbershop Quartet. Free. St. Michael Cemetery, 72-02 Astoria Blvd. S., East Elmhurst,


May 19, War Requiem, A Plea for Peace, 8 pm. The Queens College Choral Society performs Benjamin Britten’s “War Requiem,” which combines the traditional Latin Requiem text with the poems of Wilfred Owen, who died in World War I. $20. Colden Auditorium, vicinity of Horace Harding Expressway and Kissena Boulevard, Flushing,


May 19, Percussia, 3 pm. This Queens-based ensemble presents voice, harp, and percussion. Free. Queens Library Woodhaven, 85-41 Forest Pkwy.,


May 19, Annual Spring History and Community Festival, 11 am to 4 pm. Learn about Flushing’s unique heritage via demonstrations, educational programs, and hands-on activities. Weeping Beech Park, Bowne Street and 37th Avenue, Flushing, 718-359-0528 or


May 19, Queens Symphony Orchestra, 5 pm. Patriotic music by the borough’s oldest arts organization. Free. Colony Theater Center, 2 Reid Ave., Breezy Point,


May 19, The Oscar, 1 pm. Screened as part of a series on Hollywood films starring local actors, “The Oscar” is Tony Bennett’s first movie. Hear about his early days in Astoria and then watch him on the big screen. Free. Greater Astoria Historical Society, 35-20 Broadway, LIC,


May 19, Strategic Desire: The Story Poems Tell, 2:30 pm. This interactive workshop asks participants to craft poems that tell a story and act as witness. Allia Abdullah-Matta, an Associate Professor at CUNY LaGuardia Community College, leads. Lewis H. Latimer House Museum, 34-41 137th St., Flushing,


May 19, Dear Penelope, 8 pm. A reading of a developing comedic play about four women who fall from grace at a news corporation and are banished to the basement to write an advice column. They have one chance to get their old jobs back. All they have to do is hijack the most spectacular story of the year. Queens Theatre, 14 United Nations Ave. S., Flushing Meadows Corona Park,


May 20, Oratorio Society of Queens, 4 pm. A 125-plus-member chorus sings Leonard Bernstein’s “Chichester Psalms,” selections from “West Side Story,” and Americana favorites. Queensborough Performing Arts Center, 222-05 56th Ave., Bayside,


May 20, Quintet of the Americas, 4 pm. The borough’s renowned woodwind quintet presents “Americans in Paris and Back Again,” a program that explores teacher Nadia Boulanger’s influence on 20th century American composers. Queens Botanical Garden, 43-50 Main St., Flushing,


May 20, Fertile Ground, 7 pm. A showcase for new and evolving work plus a post-performance discussion with wine. Green Space, 37-24 24th St., LIC,


May 21, Queens Symphony Orchestra, 7 pm. Broadway show tunes by the borough’s oldest arts organization. Free. Nativity of the Blessed Virgin May, 101-41 91st St., Ozone Park,


May 22, Australian Classical Guitar, 7:30 pm. As part of the East River Guitar Series, Rupert Boyd makes a solo stop on his world tour. $20 cash only. Annable Basin Sailing, 4-40 44th Dr., LIC,


May 23, Xaviera Simmons: Convene, Aug. 19. This sculpture features aluminum canoes painted with designs that evoke national flags symbolic of the diverse historical and contemporary demographic makeup of Astoria and Long Island City. It is temporarily on land along the East River in Hunter’s Point South Park, vicinity of Center Boulevard and 51st Avenue, LIC,


Continuing programs


Queens New Music Festival, until May 20. This seventh annual festival features Queens College New Music Group, RAM Players, Bowers-Fader Duo, Blagoeva-Massicotte Duo, The New Music for Strings Festival, and The Resurgam Quartet. Secret Theatre, 44-02 23rd St., LIC,


Panorama Europe, until May 31. Screenings of fiction and documentary works that present a portrait of contemporary Europe. Museum of the Moving Image, 36-01 35th Ave., Astoria’s Kaufman Arts District,


LIC Arts Open, until May 20. Throughout the week, Astoria and LIC venues of varying sizes fill halls with every conceivable form of art work. On the final two days, from noon to 6 pm, artists open the doors to their studios and welcome the public. Free,


Bring It On The Musical, until May 19. Tonya Pinkins, who co-starred with Gregory Hines in the Broadway play “Jelly’s Last Jam,” directs this musical. May 17 at 11:30 am; May 18 at 11:30 am and 8 pm; May 19 at 8 pm. $25. Black Spectrum Theatre, Roy Wilkins Park, 177th Street and Baisley Boulevard, Jamaica,


Milka Djordjevich ANTHEM, until May 26. This piece questions contemporary dance’s predisposition towards neutrality, authenticity and the de-sexualization of the female body. It weaves together existing and imagined vernacular dance styles to explore labor, play, and feminine-posturing. Wednesdays through Saturdays at 8 pm. $20. The Chocolate Factory, 5-49 49th Ave., LIC,


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It’s in Queens July 12 to July 18




Spiders, graft, funky dawgz, and salad allergies are about to descend on Queens this week. But don’t worry, they’re friendly – and they’ll mix with plenty of outdoor concerts, a few film festivals, dance, and an annual walking tour.

July 12, Jazz in the Park, 6:30 pm. Saxophonist Eric Wyatt, a seasoned performer, brings his commanding tone for a night of smooth jazz as part of an ongoing series. Free. Socrates Sculpture Park, 32-01 Vernon Blvd., LIC.

July 12, Very Be Careful, 7 pm. This SummerStage celebration of Latin American music and culture features an all-Colombian lineup. Very Be Careful plays vallenato. There’s also the dance music collective Systema Solar with an opening DJ set from El Freaky. Free. Queensbridge Park, 41st Avenue and Vernon Boulevard, LIC.

July 13, Boulevard Film Festival, July 15. This third annual event screens 25 films, each one followed by a Q&A session. Comedies, shorts, documentaries, dramas, and a closing party. Five sessions over three days at Thalía Spanish Theatre, 41-17 Greenpoint Ave., and Sanger Hall, 48-20 Skillman Ave., Sunnyside.

July 13, The Other Side of Everything, July 22. The U.S. theatrical premiere of the Serbian film that won Best Documentary at the International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam. Showtimes are July 13, 7:30 pm; July 14, 4 pm and 6:30 pm, July 15, 4 pm and 6:30 pm; July 18, 3 pm; July 19 at 3 pm; July 20 at 5 pm; July 21 at 4 pm; and July 22 at 4 pm. Museum of the Moving Image, 36-01 35th Ave., Astoria’s Kaufman Arts District.

July 14, The Colors of Frida, 10 am & noon. This bilingual, one-woman show combines storytelling, music, visual arts, puppets, and audience participation for young audiences to tell the story of a famous Mexican artist. $14/$8 for children. Flushing Town Hall, 137-35 Northern Blvd.

July 14, Hot Jazz/Cool Garden: Byron Stripling, 2 pm. This highly acclaimed and versatile musician earned his stripes as lead trumpeter with the Count Basie Orchestra. $20 with red beans-and-rice dish and sweet tea. Louis Armstrong House Museum, 34-56 107th St., Corona.

July 14, The New World of the Number 7 Train, 10 am to 5:30 pm. Official Queens historian Jack Eichenbaum leads a series of six walks and connecting rides along the 7 train, focusing on its affect on surrounding neighborhoods since beginning service in 1914. Route includes Hudson Yards, LIC, Woodside, Jackson Heights, Corona, and Flushing. $49 and register via

July 14, Spend the Day Dancing, noon. The internationally famous troupe Jessica Lang Dance is now based in Queens. Enjoy a free Creative Moment class and a game of Freeze Dance intended to open children’s imaginations through engagement with music and creative movement exploration. Queens Theatre, 14 United Nations Ave. S., Flushing Meadows Corona Park.

July 14, Ayazamana, 7:45 pm. More than 30 artists take the audience on an imaginary trip through Ecuador via traditional dances and celebrations, accompanied by live music. Frank Sinatra School of the Arts Theatre, 35-12 35th Ave., Astoria.

July 14, Queensboro Dance Festival, 2 pm. Outdoor performances as part of an ongoing, series. On this day, it’s Dugal Dance Projects, The Kingdom Dance Company, Mala and Dancers, DIPR…the company, Dancing Fish, and Vissi Dance Theater. Free. The Unisphere, Flushing Meadows Corona Park.

July 14, Allergic to Salad, 11 am. Hands-on cooking with farm-fresh ingredients. This class is designed for families, and all ages are welcome. $20. Queens County Farm Museum, 73-50 Little Neck Pkwy., Glen Oaks.

July 14, Graft, 7 pm. A local rock-n-roll band plays two sets of covers and original songs. Free. Sunnyside Reformed Church, 48th Street and Skillman Avenue, Sunnyside.

July 14, Cinema Saturdays: Street Games, 1 pm. As people from all over the globe settled in NYC in the early 1900s, one thread the children could share was the games they played in the streets. This film looks back at when things were a bit simpler and creativity was a prerequisite to play. Free. Greater Astoria Historical Society, 35-20 Broadway, LIC.

July 15, Queens Craft Brigade Market, noon to 5 pm. Artwork, fashion, food, jewelry, crafts, and more. All vendors are from Queens and curated to maintain a diverse atmosphere. Rocco Moretto VFW Hall, 31-35 31st St., Astoria.

July 15, Sundays on the Lawn: Las Llamadas with Favela Candombe Ensemble, 1:30 pm. This new outdoor program presents internationally renowned bands and musicians at 3 pm, after free art-making classes and lawn games at 1:30 pm. Las Llamadas plays Uruguayan-African music. Queens Museum, NYC Building, Flushing Meadows Corona Park.

July 15, Funky Dawgz Brass Band, 3:30 pm. This band engulfs the spirit and traditions of New Orleans with R&B, original music, hip hop, funk, and today’s top hits with a brass twist. Queens Botanical Gardens, 43-50 Main St., Flushing.

July 17, Lindsay Lou, 7 pm. A fantastic Americana/Folk/Bluegrass ensemble performs as part of the two-month Live at the Gantries series. Free. Gantry Plaza State Park, Center Boulevard and 48th Avenue, LIC.

July 18, Irish Heritage Night, 6 pm. McManus Irish Dance and the Hunters Point Parks Conservancy present bagpipes, dance, traditional music and song, and Gaelic sport demos. Free. LIC Landing by Coffeed, 52-10 Center Blvd., LIC.

July 18, It’s All About Spiders, 1 pm. The second weekly Garden Creativi-Tea workshop involves making imaginary, fuzzy spiders and building a giant, colorful web. Workshops continue on Wednesdays until Aug. 8. $4. Voelker Orth Museum, 149-19 38th Ave., Flushing.

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Experience the wonderful world of Queens in your own backyard at Long Island City’s Live at the Gantries, a summer concert series hosted by Kupferberg Center for the Arts at Queens College. Live at the Gantries aims to highlight local and diverse talents that represent the communities and cultures in Queens.



Live at the Gantries 2018


Experience the wonderful world of Queens in your own backyard at Long Island City’s Live at the Gantries, a summer concert series hosted by Kupferberg Center for the Arts at Queens College. Live at the Gantries aims to highlight local and diverse talents that represent the communities and cultures in Queens.


In past years, Live at the Gantries typically featured only seven acts, but due to increased attendance, Kupferberg Center has extended this year’s line-up to include eight acts. This summer’s program includes acclaimed performers from a variety of musical backgrounds, including jazz, rock, hip-hop, folk, and pop.


On July 10, Lady and the Vamps will cover a range of genres from jazz standards like “Cheek to Cheek” to chart topping hits like “All About That Bass.” Based in Manhattan, Lady and the Vamps has performed at venues like the iconic Rainbow Room, NIOS Restaurant, Winnie’s Jazz Bar, the New York Hilton. The group prides themselves on their technical abilities, improvisational skills, and musical versatility.


Influenced by the Michigan music scene and jazz singers of the 50s and 60s, Lindsay Lou will deliver a soulful performance on July 17. She has performed in globally renowned concerts such as Stagecoach Music Festival in California, Colorodo’s Telluride Bluegrass Festival, and Strawberry Music Festival in California among others. Lindsay Lou was named one of NPR Music’s 12 best live performance sessions of 2015 by Mountain Stage with Larry Groce, which has featured acts like Joan Baez, Regina Spektor, Norah Jones and PHISH.


FDR Drive’s extensive repertoire knows no boundaries. On July 24, the group will play a medley of genres that includes current dance hits, Motown, R&B, 70s, 80’s, 90’s, rock, pop hits, and swing.


Founded in 1998 by artistic director Valerie Green, Dance Entropy is a professional not-for-profit modern dance company. On July 31, the eight-member dance troupe will explore themes such as traditions of culture and notions of self. The company creates, performs, and teaches dance to Dance Entropy to use creation, performance, and teaching to bridge communities. Dance Entropy has engaged with at-risk youth, adolescents, the chronically ill, trauma survivors, immigrants, senior citizens, and aspiring/professional dancers.


Indian musician Maestro Khan is committed to reaching broad audiences. On August 7, the multi-instrumentalist masterfully blends Indian classical and folk music, flamenco, and jazz with the sitar, keyboard, and guitar among other instruments. He has performed alongside Ray Charles in Germany and with Stevie Wonder at the Bonaroo Music and Arts Festival.


On August 14, The Bartlett Band with The Next Generation Sound will perform “From Bebop to Hip-Hop,” featuring the music of Frank Sinatra to Justin Timberlake, from Madonna to Lady Gaga, from Earth Wind & Fire to Bruno Mars, and more.


On August 21, the Chuck Braman Quintet draws inspiration from the compositions of trumpeter Kenny Dorham, saxophonist Joe Henderson and others featured on classic Blue Note recordings of the 1960s. Drummer-bandleader Chuck Braman has performed at jazz clubs like Birdland, The Cornelia Street Cafe, and the 55 Bar, and for virtually every summer concert organization in New York City, including Heart of Brooklyn (Brooklyn Botanical Gardens), Sunset On The Hudson, and Summer in the Square


On August 28, Grammy-nominated percussionist Felipe Fournier will pay tribute to the late, great New Yorker Tito Puente, a giant of Latin jazz percussion. Tito Puente rose to fame with his early mambo recordings and is best known for his groundbreaking work with the shallow drums known as timbales.


For more information about Live at the Gantries, visit or call the box office at 718-793-8080.


About Kupferberg Center for the Arts

Sponsored by New York Community Bank, The Kupferberg Presents 2018-2019 season features a vibrant lineup of world-class cultural events, concerts, and family programs at Colden Auditorium, Lefrak Concert Hall, Goldstein Theatre, and select off-campus locations for the 2.2 million residents of New York City’s most diverse borough. Since 1961, Kupferberg Center for the Arts has provided accessible and affordable world-class cultural entertainment to the NYC region. From classical and pop performances, to concerts and school residences, to a wide range of family events, over 350,000 individuals attend events at Kupferberg Center for the Arts each year. For tickets and information, visit or call the box office at (718) 793-8080. The box office hours are Tuesday through Friday from 12 p.m. to 6 p.m., Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., and up to one hour prior to all performances.

Event Directions


Subway: 7 train to Vernon/Jackson (first stop in Queens). Walk west toward the river on 50th Avenue.

Ferry: East River Ferry to Hunters’ Point. Walk north on 2nd Street.



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NewsFlash | Bell Blvd Food & Music Fest is on June 3



How about 30 restaurants for $25?

The Bell Blvd Food and Music Fest will take place in Bayside on Sunday, June 3, from 2 pm to 6 pm.

Participants will be able to stroll up Bell Boulevard between 38th and 43rd avenues and sample from eateries that specialize in American, Cajun, Chinese, French, Greek, Indian, Irish, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Paraguayan, and Spanish cuisine. New dishes and traditional favorites will mix, and some of the establishments will offer a signature cocktail or a special beer.

The fest will include live music and activities such as salsa lessons, story time for the youngsters, volleyball, and a pop-up park.

Here are the participating eateries: Aperitif Bistro, Avli Kafe, Avli Little Greek Taverna, Bayside Dumpling, Bourbon Street, ChiMac, Crown Room, Donovan’s, Dorawa, Fiamma 41, Fishscale, Hatfields, Krave It, Kung Fu Tea, Local Bar and Grill, Maria’s Mediterranean, Masala Box, Monahan & Fitzgerald, Nippon Cha, OSP, Papazzio, Pizzeria Uno, Pour House, Press 195, Red Mango, Sabor Guarani, Sangarita’s, Taverna Kyclades, Uncle Jack’s Steakhouse, VIPizza, and New Golden Wine & Liquor.

Tickets are $25 for adults and $10 for children under 12 years old. To purchase tickets, click here or go in person to Avli Kafe or Bell Bay Florist. Same day tickets are $35 for adults and $15 for children under 12 years old.


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