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LOUIS ARMSTRONG’S “WHAT A WONDERFUL WORLD

hree Queens-based organizations collaborate to bring the legacy and music of Armstrong into all 62 branches of the Queens Library System

April 23, 2017: Queens Library has joined forces with Louis Armstrong House Museum and theKupferberg Center for the Arts @ Queens College to launch a systemwide celebration of the 50th Anniversary of Armstrong’s “What a Wonderful World” in all 62 branches of the library with free workshops, concerts, lectures, video, and surprise events between now and June 30th.

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LOUIS ARMSTRONG’S “WHAT A WONDERFUL WORLD”
50TH ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATED IN BOROUGH-WIDE INITIATIVE

Three Queens-based organizations collaborate to bring the legacy and music of Armstrong into all 62 branches of the Queens Library System

April 23, 2017: Queens Library has joined forces with Louis Armstrong House Museum and theKupferberg Center for the Arts @ Queens College to launch a systemwide celebration of the 50th Anniversary of Armstrong’s “What a Wonderful World” in all 62 branches of the library with free workshops, concerts, lectures, video, and surprise events between now and June 30th.

“There’s so much in ‘Wonderful World’ that brings me back to my neighborhood where I live in Corona, New York,” Armstrong said in 1968. “Lucille and I, ever since we’re married, we’ve been right there in that block. And everybody keeps their little homes up like we do and it’s just like one big family. I saw three generations come up on that block. And they’re all with their children, grandchildren, they come back to see Uncle Satchmo and Aunt Lucille. That’s why I can say, ‘I hear babies cry/ I watch them grow/ they’ll learn much more/ then I’ll never know.’ And I can look at all them kids’ faces. And I got pictures of them when they was five, six and seven years old. So when they hand me this ‘Wonderful World,’ I didn’t look no further, that was it.”

With a grant from the NYC Department of Cultural Affairs, Queens Library, the Louis Armstrong House Museum and Kupferberg Center for the Arts @ Queens College have curated a program comprised of multiple opportunities to celebrate Louis Armstrong’s music, history, and belief in “listening to all kinds of music.” Performances include lectures by staff and LAHM (include Spanish) and 12 performances by world-class musicians who reflect the diversity of cultures and communities who make up the fabric of Queens. Special arts activities include collage making and other opportunities for participants to share what “makes their world wonderful,” and what makes Queens a wonderful world. A video about the song’s history and its relationship with the political and social upheaval of the 1960s will be shown in select branches. In addition, programming includes pop-up concerts in all branches.

“While the song reflects Louis Armstrong’s feelings about the neighborhood of Corona and borough of Queens, it also applies to the way many of our customers experience our libraries,” said Queens Library President and CEO Dennis M. Walcott. “It speaks to the joy of discovery and the satisfaction of learning that occurs each time people come to us for information that helps them succeed in their lives. Our partnership with Kupferberg Center for the Arts @ Queens College and the Louis Armstrong House Museum offers a great opportunity for everyone who visits our library locations to absorb Satchmo’s optimism and reinforce his sense of wonder about the world.”

“We are thrilled to be working with the Queens Library to bring ‘What a Wonderful World’ programming to all 63 library branches in the borough and in turn make the arts more accessible to everyone in Queens,” says Queens College President Félix V. Matos Rodríguez. “What better way to communicate our College’s mission to serve the students and families of our borough than through a celebration of one of America’s (and Queens’!) most-beloved cultural icons?”

“The Louis Armstrong House Museum is thrilled to be sharing the legacy of the GREAT Louis Armstrong throughout the borough of Queens and beyond the neighborhood of Corona he loved so much where the museum is based,” says David Ostwald, Chairman of the LAHM Board and Leader of the Louis Armstrong Eternity Band.

This year’s celebration features a selection of exciting musical artists, each drawing inspiration from Louis Armstrong and underlining his influence worldwide. Highlights include David Ostwald’s Grammy-nominated, traditional New Orleans-style group, Louis Armstrong Eternity Band; Min Xiao-Fen’s reinterpretations of jazz classics in “Blue Pipa: From Harlem to Shanghai and Back;” Indian-inspired jazz from composer and guitarist Prasanna; pan-African percussion/vocal groupAkoko Nante Ensemble; folk band Radio Jarocho mixing the sounds of the Mexican countryside with New York City jazz; and, a series of lectures from experts and archivists from Louis Armstrong House Museum (in both English and Spanish) across Queens.

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It’s In Queens! (Sept. 20 to Sept. 26

Queens overflows with fun during this tremendous week. Paul Simon offers the final concert of his farewell tour. The world’s best Maker Faire unfolds a few yards away. A county fair hosts pig races. Flushing Town Hall explodes with seven events. Sunnyside hosts a restaurant week. And if that’s not enough, a famous Israeli band rocks in the Jewish New Year. (That’s about half of it all.)

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Queens overflows with fun during this tremendous week. Paul Simon offers the final concert of his farewell tour. The world’s best Maker Faire unfolds a few yards away. A county fair hosts pig races. Flushing Town Hall explodes with seven events. Sunnyside hosts a restaurant week. And if that’s not enough, a famous Israeli band rocks in the Jewish New Year. (That’s about half of it all.)

 

Sept. 20, Daylight Loft Buildings in Long Island City, 10:30 am. Official Queens historian Jack Eichenbaum leads a walking tour through LIC. Meet at the northeast corner of 21st Street and 44th Drive, http://bit.ly/2rYSkSJ.

 

Sept. 21, Banda Magda, 7 pm. Led by Greek-born composer, arranger, singer, and accordionist Magda Giannikou, this group combines South American rhythms with jazz improvisation, cinematic arranging, audience participation, mid-century classics, and world “chansons” sung in six languages. (A capella workshop at 7; concert at 8 pm.) $16/$10 for students/free for teenagers. Flushing Town Hall, 137-35 Northern Blvd., http://bit.ly/bandamagdaatFTH.

 

Sept. 21, Part II of Indie by Design: The Films of Production Designer Thérèse DePrez, Sept. 28. Respected production designer Thérèse DePrez died of cancer at age 52 last December. Here is the second part of a retrospective on her career: Sept. 21, “Hedwig and the Angry Inch,” 7 pm; Sept. 22, “Black Swan,” 3 pm; Sept. 22, “Happiness,” 3 pm; Sept. 23, “Black Swan,” 3 pm; Sept. 23, “Stoker,” 6 pm; and Sept. 28, “Summer of Sam,” 7 pm. Museum of the Moving Image, 36-01 35th Ave., Astoria’s Kaufman Arts District, http://bit.ly/2QD4IDe.

 

Sept. 21, ¡Corónate Con Salsa!, 10 am. A multi-faceted event with the following schedule: 10 am to noon, Bordeando: crochet and embroidery workshops; noon to 2 pm, Community radio and video studio from the 111 Collective and Queens Museum; 3:30 pm to 4 pm, Open salsa class; and 4 pm to 6 pm, Mujeres en movimiento, Bailoterapia. Free. Corona Plaza, 40-04 National St., Corona, http://bit.ly/2xhtq4g.

 

Sept. 21, Nicole Colbert Dance/Theatre & Logos Dance Collective, Sept. 22. Back-to-back performances at 8 pm. $15/$20 at the door. Green Space, 37-24 24th St., LIC, http://bit.ly/2phiJdw.

 

Sept. 22, World Maker Faire New York, Sept. 23. The East Coast’s largest celebration of invention, creativity, and curiosity showcases the best of the global Maker Movement. Marvel at hundreds of projects and multiple stages focused on making for social good, health, technology, electronics, 3D printing/fabrication, food, robotics, and art. New York Hall of Science, 47-01 111th St., Flushing Meadows Corona Park, http://bit.ly/2xqk4SN.

 

Sept. 22, Paul Simon, 7 pm. This Kew Garden Hills native, who is one of the greatest singer-songwriters of all time, returns to his hometown for the final concert of his farewell tour. Flushing Meadows Corona Park, http://bit.ly/2xlK42B.

 

Sept. 22, Queens Country Fair, Sept. 23. This 36th annual event features pie-eating and corn-husking contests, hayrides, carnival rides, pig races, and children’s entertainment by jugglers and acrobats. Then there are Blue Ribbon competitions in produce and livestock and a Beer Garden with the Shannon Breeze Irish Band (Saturday) and Spitzbuam German Band (Sunday). 11 am to 6 pm. Queens County Farm Museum, 73-50 Little Neck Pkwy., Glen Oaks, http://bit.ly/2uRxYhc.

 

Sept. 22, The Art Bus Project, noon to 5 pm. This drop-in event is part of Art in the Garden Day, which includes an Activity Table from noon to 4 pm and a Flower Press Workshop from 2 pm to 4 pm. Queens Botanical Garden, 43-50 Main St., Flushing, http://bit.ly/2PLpkbq.

 

Sept. 22, Mariel Pacific, 6 pm. This band plays Broadway, Contemporary, and Standard songs. Maple Grove Cemetery, 127-15 Kew Gardens Rd., Kew Gardens, http://bit.ly/2xkpZJZ.

 

Sept. 23, Sunnyside Restaurant Week, Sept. 29. This sixth-annual promotion features 45 restaurants and food purveyors. The price is a three-course dinner menu for $25 with many establishments adding additional lunch specials and a few offering the $25 dinner menu for two. More info at http://bit.ly/2jXmYbz.

 

Sept. 23, Kol Esperanza: A New Year Celebration, 2 pm. To ring in the Jewish New Year, this Israel-based group does American standards, Jewish classics, Israeli favorites, and Broadway showstoppers. Five world-class vocalists backed by a live band. $40-$50. Queensborough Performing Arts Center, 222-05 56th Ave., Bayside, http://bit.ly/1c7kM7W.

 

Sept. 23, The Bell Blvd Sunday Stroll, noon to 5 pm. An afternoon of crafts, games, giant bubbles, a pizza-eating contest, a cooking demonstration, live dance and music, volleyball, facepainting and more. Restaurants serve outside. Bell Boulevard between 38th and 41st avenues, Bayside, http://bit.ly/2ME1UCF.

 

Sept. 23, Fertile Ground New Works Showcase, 7 pm. Watch five or six dance makers with a post-performance discussion moderated by Artistic Director Valerie Green. $15. Green Space, 37-24 24th St., LIC, http://bit.ly/2NRTe04.

 

Sept. 23, Guardians of Flushing Bay Fall Festival, 1 pm. An afternoon of activities, including bike instruction, community paddling, and oyster monitoring. Adventurer and environmentalist Dhruv Boruah rides his floating, trash-collecting bicycle to help raise awareness of the importance of keeping our waterways clean. Flushing Bay Promenade Boat Launch, http://bit.ly/2MEQoqM.

 

Sept. 25, World’s Fair History Weekday Walk, 10:30 am. Take a leisurely, in-depth walk and learn about the park’s two World’s Fairs. Free. No registration needed. Meet at green tent by the Unisphere, Flushing Meadows Corona Park, https://on.nyc.gov/2D6EFlk.

 

Special Series at Flushing Town Hall (137-35 Northern Blvd.)

 

Sept. 22, Conversation with LIC Artists, 2 pm. A panel discussion with artists from the “Flushing Bound” exhibition. Free, http://bit.ly/2D3yZZp.

 

Sept. 23, Citizen Wong, 2 pm. Staged reading of “Citizen Wong” by playwright Richard Chang. The piece is inspired by Wong Chin Foo, the late 19th-century celebrity speaker-writer known as the first Chinese American. His affair with a rich suffragette whose father ran for president captured the essence of an era marked by desire for an “anti-Chinese wall” and the Chinese Exclusion Act that Wong fought tirelessly. $10/Free for students and teens, http://bit.ly/2PHkaNq.

 

Sept. 23, Roxy Coss Quintet, 2 pm. Led by saxophonist/composer Roxy Coss with guitarist Alex Wintz, pianist Miki Yamanaka, bassist Rick Rosato, and drummer Jimmy Macbride, this quintet plays music from the album “The Future is Fe-male (Posi-Tone),” which “Downbeat Magazine” gave 4.5 stars. $5/Free for students and teens, http://bit.ly/2xk7o0H.

 

Sept. 24, Body-Based Creative Process, 6 pm. A movement workshop informed by the latest work of FTH Space Grantee Huiwang Zhang in which he addresses issues related to how our identities and interpersonal relationships are expressed through body language. The participant is invited to delve into creative and choreographic processes through body-based games and verbal communication. Free with online RSVP, http://bit.ly/2MHMZY7.

 

Sept. 26, Niklas Sivelöv, 7:30 pm. In conjunction with Queens College’s Aaron Copland School of Music, this recital presents music by Bach, Beethoven, Skryabin, and Bartok performed by Niklas Sivelöv, a professor of piano at the Royal Danish Academy of Music who was knighted by the Queen of Denmark. Free with online RSVP, http://bit.ly/2D5cLWW.

 

Sept. 27, New York Classical Players: Jasmine Plays Needham, 8 pm. Superstar flutist Jasmine Choi collaborates with NYCP as its Artist-in-Residence to premiere Clint Needham’s flute concerto as well as audience favorite Mercadante’s flute concerto. The program includes works by Rossini and David Diamond. Free with online RSVP, http://bit.ly/2NmDjaM.

 

The “It’s In Queens” column is produced by the Queens Tourism Council with the hope that readers will enjoy the borough’s wonderful attractions. More info at www.itsinqueens.com.

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THE BACON AND BEER CLASSIC WILL TAKE OVER THE USTA NATIONAL TENNIS CENTER ON SEPTEMBER 29

New York, NY (June 25, 2018) – Cannonball Productions is bringing its highly acclaimed, nationally touring Bacon and Beer Classic back to the Big Apple on Saturday, September 29.The Classic is known for taking over entire professional sports stadiums, and this year, they’re bringing the festival to USTA National Tennis Center in Queens. The Bacon and Beer Classic offers attendees a uniquely all-inclusive experience at a truly epic tasting event. Play giant Jenga, bob for bacon, and pose with friends on the court, all while indulging in unlimited suds and grub.

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THE BACON AND BEER CLASSIC WILL TAKE OVER THE USTA NATIONAL TENNIS CENTER ON SEPTEMBER 29

 

Game, Set, Unmatched – This Bacon and Beer Classic Will Be the Biggest to Date

 

New York, NY (June 25, 2018) – Cannonball Productions is bringing its highly acclaimed, nationally touring Bacon and Beer Classic back to the Big Apple on Saturday, September 29.The Classic is known for taking over entire professional sports stadiums, and this year, they’re bringing the festival to USTA National Tennis Center in Queens. The Bacon and Beer Classic offers attendees a uniquely all-inclusive experience at a truly epic tasting event. Play giant Jenga, bob for bacon, and pose with friends on the court, all while indulging in unlimited suds and grub.

 

From savory to spicy to sweet, ticket holders will experience bacon like never before. More than 50 NYC restaurants including–BarBacon, Queens Bully, American Cut, In Good Company Hospitality and Sweet Chili– will serve up their most original bacon dishes. Past dishes have included Green Chile Pimento Grilled Cheese with Bacon and Jalapeño Slaw, Mesquite Chicken and Bacon Fajitas, and Bacon Cinnamon Rolls with Stout Icing. Wash down that tasty grub with samples of more than 100 craft beers from local and regional breweries including Wartega, Avery, Port Jeff and Downeast Cider House. And learn how to make your own beer at home with a Home Brewing Demo!

 

This Bacon and Beer Classic will be the largest one yet, offering attendees a slew of new games and activations in addition to old favorites. In between bites and sips, guests will be able to let loose and dance to live music, party in a biergarten, and of course compete in the Hormel® bacon eating contest for the chance to win a year of free Black Label® bacon.

 

As always, tickets are all-inclusive, which means guests can sample bacon and beer throughout the center without ever taking out their wallets. Choose from three ticket types: General Admission, Power Hour, or VIP. General Admission tickets begin at $69 and span to $135 for the Afternoon VIP session. Limited Pre-Sale tickets will range in price from $59 for GA to $125 for VIP. There will be two sessions, afternoon from 1 pm – 4 pm and evening from 7 pm – 10 pm. VIP and Power Hour ticket holders will get to enter the USTA National Tennis Center an hour early through an expedited line. VIPs also enjoy access to a Premium Show Court and Arthur Ashe Stadium for courtside photo ops, three exclusive dishes not featured anywhere else, limited-edition craft beer, stadium seating, a donut wall, a pork belly tasting and more. All tickets include a commemorative tasting glass you’ll never want to toss and access to the Bacon and Beer Classic mobile app for vendor information, a stadium map, and more.

 

For tickets and more information visit www.baconandbeerclassic.com

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About Cannonball Productions:

Cannonball Productions was started by 31-year-old, Kate Levenstien, when she was 26. Cannonball is known for producing perennially popular culinary stadium events like the Bacon and Beer Classic, which has become one of the most popular food and drink fests in the country. It consistently sells out in over 10 cities including New York, Chicago, Seattle, Santa Clara, Denver and Minneapolis. Additionally, the newest event series from Cannonball, The Taco Takeover is expanding to 5 markets this year. The fest pairs refreshing cocktails with original Mexican dishes from each city’s best local chefs. The agency arm of Cannonball focuses on marketing and producing partner events. Clients have included Thrillist, Time Out Media Group, Greenhouse and Etsy. http://www.cannonballproductions.com/

 

About The USTA:

The USTA is the national governing body for the sport of tennis in the U.S. and the leader in promoting and developing the growth of tennis at every level — from local communities to the highest level of the professional game. A not-for-profit organization with more than 655,000 members, it invests 100 percent of its proceeds in growing the game. It owns and operates the US Open, one of the highest-attended annual sporting events in the world, and launched the US Open Series, linking seven summer WTA and ATP World Tour tournaments to the US Open. In addition, it owns approximately 90 Pro Circuit events throughout the U.S. and selects the teams for the Davis Cup, Fed Cup, Olympic and Paralympic Games. The USTA’s philanthropic entity, the USTA Foundation, provides grants and scholarships in addition to supporting tennis and education programs nationwide to benefit under-resourced youth through the National Junior Tennis & Learning network. For more information about the USTA, go to USTA.com or follow the official accounts on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and Snapchat.

 

For more information and to cover this year’s event, contact Marie Assante, Assante Public Relations, 917-837-0755, marie@assantepr.com

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Free Tours of Flushing During U.S. Open

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Explore Amazing History, Shopping and Foodie Hotspots Aug. 27 to Sept. 7

 

(Aug. 17, 2018) ─ Today, the Greater Flushing Chamber of Commerce launched Discover Flushing, a free walking tour program open to the public during the U.S. Open Tennis Championships (Aug. 27 to Sept. 7). City Council Member Peter Koo, Queens Borough Historian Jack Eichenbaum, and community partners Rob MacKay of the Queens Tourism Council, Harvey Paul Davidson of the Guides Association of New York City, Joe DiStefano of the foodie blog Chopsticks & Marrow, Shweta Parmar of Gutsier Living, and Helena Kincaid and Daniel Nalladurai of Sixty First Productions joined the announcement.

 

“Too many tennis fans come to the U.S. Open and never discover the world-class restaurants, shopping or history right next door,” stated Greater Flushing Executive Director John Choe. The chamber designed this pilot program so “tennis fans can get back in time for the evening games, enjoy the some of the best food in New York, or kick back with a craft cocktail at one of our rooftop lounges,” he added.

 

The one-hour Discover Flushing tours will meet at historic St. George’s Church and focus on the commercial corridors on Main Street, Roosevelt Avenue, Union Street, and Northern Boulevard. They will take place daily from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m. from Monday to Friday, except for extended tours starting at 4 pm on Fridays that highlight Flushing’s vibrant food culture.

 

Jack Eichenbaum, the official Queens Borough Historian, designed the route and stops for the walk: “I’m a Flushing native and am excited to have the opportunity to tell visitors to Flushing about the remarkable changes I’ve seen over the last 70 years.”

“Everybody knows that the U.S. Open is the country’s biggest and best tennis tournament, but it’s also a great contributor to tourism in Queens,” said Rob MacKay of the Queens Tourism Council. “Thousands of people from all over the world come to our borough to enjoy top-notch sports drama, but they also enjoy our equally top-notch hotels, restaurants, and cultural venues. This year, they will be able to take top-notch tours of Flushing, too, with — if I can use the word again – “top-notch” guides. Thanks to Flushing Fantastic for spearheading this campaign, and please take advantage of this wonderful opportunity.”

Space is limited and advance registration is required at flushingfantastic.nyc/tours.

“The U.S. Open brings visitors from across the world right next door to the wide variety of attractions in downtown Flushing. This walking tour will help build the bridge between the Open and our community so that we can both share in the economic prosperity of this world renown sporting event,” stated Council Member Peter Koo. “Thank you to the Greater Flushing Chamber of Commerce for working to ensure the Flushing community is not overlooked.”

 

Flushing is a foodie destination and on Fridays (Aug. 31 and Sept. 7), food guide and author of “111 Places in Queens That You Must Not Miss,” Joe DiStefano, will offer special two-hour walks with food stops that begin at 4 p.m. and end at 6 p.m.

 

“The U.S. Open draws thousands of sports fans and tourists from all over the world to Flushing Meadows Corona Park every summer to enjoy world-class tennis. Unfortunately, many of them never set foot in downtown Flushing and miss out on the hidden gems — historic, cultural, and culinary — of this vibrant neighborhood, which is why I’m so very pleased to participate in this year’s Discover Flushing pilot program,” DiStefano said.

 

Filmmakers Helena Kincaid and Daniel Nalladurai are always searching for interesting stories and places. As creative directors of Sixty First Productions, they have created a documentary series called “First Stop on the 7” that tells the stories of immigrant entrepreneurs in Flushing. Both are looking forward to telling these stories as tour guides.

 

“In Flushing we don’t have to search far. Living and working in Flushing we see a diversity of cultures and encourage people to visit Flushing to experience the real New York,” they stated.

 

“The Flushing Chamber works tirelessly to bring visitors to the delights of Flushing. With these new walking tours, visitors can now explore Flushing in a genuine way, with the people who know it best. The students at LaGuardia Community College are so excited to be included in this program, and for the opportunity to learn about the tourism industry and give back to our community,” said Professor Leslie G. Scamacca, Director of the Travel, Tourism, and Hospitality Management program at LaGuardia Community College.

Discover Flushing is part of the chamber’s Flushing Fantastic marketing campaign to promote the local business community and connect visitors to unique attractions and authentic experiences.

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