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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! Jan. 17 to Jan. 23

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Jan. 18, Preparing Your Garden for Spring, 12:30 pm. A Queens Botanical Garden expert leads a workshop on soil testing, cover crops, compost application, and planning. Alley Pond Environmental Center, 228-06 Northern Blvd., Douglaston.

Jan. 18, The Widening Circle, 7 pm. An eclectic mix of local performers offering spoken word/poetry, music, and comedy with opportunities for sharing. Communitea, 11-18 46th Rd., LIC.

Jan. 19, Crick Crack, 2 pm. The spice and allure of the Caribbean with master storyteller Michael Manswell and the Something Positive cast. The crowd participates in this spectacle of song and dance steeped in folklore, suspense, and excitement. Jamaica Performing Arts Center, 153-10 Jamaica Ave.

Jan. 19, An Afternoon of Chamber Music, 2 pm. Musica Reginae presents an exploration of 21st century Romanticism with lyrical, soaring melodies, technical virtuosity, and beautiful sonorities. The Church-in-the-Gardens, 50 Ascan Ave., Forest Hills.

Jan. 19, Community Concert for Kids, 11 am. A free, interactive workshop that explores how composers incorporate different instruments into their work with a lesson on the history of the composing. The Church-in-the-Gardens, 50 Ascan Ave., Forest Hills.

Jan. 19, Syrian Film Program, 3 pm. An animated short about a woman in the Syrian revolution and a film with interviews of Syrian female artists which alternate with a variety of impressions: landscape, art, family, and an interview with painter and icon restorer Elias Zayyat. Queens Museum, NYC Building, Flushing Meadows Corona Park.

Jan. 19, Hawk Watch with the Urban Park Rangers, 11 am. A free, guided hawk watch with birding experts. Meet at the Unisphere, Flushing Meadows Corona Park.

Jan. 19, Winter Birds, 1:30 pm. Museum educator Anne-Marie Starkey offers tips on using binoculars and observing birds in the wild. Voelker Orth Museum, 149-19 38th Ave., Flushing.

Jan. 19, Hands On Noguchi, 1 pm. When Isamu Noguchi worked with colors, he chose vibrant and playful shades. Spend time discussing the colorful suns and abstract imagery found in his screen-printed “Akari” series. Then, attend a workshop to make stencils and learn basic screen-printing techniques. The Noguchi Museum, 09-01 33rd Rd., LIC.

Jan. 20, Dance Theatre of Harlem, 4 pm. This world-renowned ballet troupe performs as part of a celebration of the life and legacy of Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. Queens College’s Colden Auditorium, 153-49 Reeves Ave., Flushing.

Jan. 20, Open House, noon to 8 pm. Free classes for children and adults along with pop-up shops, performances, and activities. Rioult Dance Center, 34-01 Steinway St., Astoria.

Jan. 21, GingerBread Lane Giveaway, 2 pm. GingerBread Lane is a multi-ton construction consisting of buildings made of ginger bread (naturally), icing, and candy. Unveiled on Nov. 10, 2018, it will be broken down, and the public will be able to take home chunks on Jan. 21. New York Hall of Science, 47-01 111th St., Flushing Meadows Corona Park.

Jan. 23, This is NOT Hamlet, 7 pm (again on Jan. 24). Bulgarian director Boyan Kracholov presents a mad rollercoaster ride excavating some of the world’s most famous playwrights, including Shakespeare, Beckett, Moliere, and Cervantes. LaGuardia Performing Arts Center, 31-10 Thomson Ave., LIC.

Jan. 23, Jen Rosenblit: Im gonna need another one, Jan. 27. In the proximity of 12 green foam blocks, Rosenblit is “Performer, Herself” and other characters which speak to problems for the preparation for future strategies and ways of organizing how we come to know where and who we are. Shows are Wednesday through Saturday at 8 pm and Sunday at 3 pm. The Chocolate Factory, 5-49 49th Ave., LIC.

Continued from last week

First Look, until Jan. 21. This eighth annual program screens 40 new films. The lineup includes features, shorts, documentaries, and narratives from China, France, Israel, Pakistan, Mexico, and other countries. Some are making world, U.S., or New York premieres. Museum of the Moving Image, 36-01 35th Ave., Astoria’s Kaufman Arts District.

18th Annual Winter Art Show, until Jan. 27. Queens-based artists share works in styles such as representational and abstract painting, drawing, mixed media, and photography. Gallery hours are Thursdays and Fridays, 10 am to 4 pm, and Saturdays and Sundays, noon to 4 pm. Bayside Historical Society, 208 Totten Ave.

In Practice: Other Objects, until March 25. This exhibition presents new work by 11 artists and artist teams that probes the slippages and interplay between objecthood and personhood. SculptureCenter, 44-19 Purves St., LIC.

How Many Zombies Are Too Many Zombies? until Feb. 15. With 20-minute games that can have as many as 25 players, participants take on the role of scientists, helping the “Center for Calamity Control” simulate a zombie outbreak. Via mathematical modeling, players simulate, analyze, and make predictions about this complex, real-world phenomenon. New York Hall of Science, 47-01 111th St., Flushing Meadows Corona Park.

Red Envelope Show, until Jan. 27. This show honors the Year of the Pig with pieces by professional visual artists. It’s an homage to the red celebration envelopes the Chinese community distributes during Lunar New Year. Artwork is for sale. Many envelopes include a special gift for only the buyers. On display noon to 5 pm on weekends and weekdays by appointment. Flushing Town Hall, 137-35 Northern Blvd.

Wall Floor Positions, until Feb. 23. As part of the exhibition “Bruce Nauman: Disappearing Acts,” artists make themselves into minimalist prop sculptures, moving through various poses in relation to the floor and wall. Live performances every hour from 1 pm to 5 pm on Fridays and Saturdays. MoMA PS1, 22-25 Jackson Ave.

Miguel Gutierrez: This Bridge Called My A**, until Jan. 19. Six Latinos map an elusive choreography of obsessive and perverse action within an unstable terrain of bodies, materials, and sound. Clichéd Latin-American songs and the telenovela’s form are exploited to show how familiar structures contain absurdity that reveal and celebrate difference. Shows are Wednesdays through Saturdays at 8 pm. The Chocolate Factory, 5-49 49th Ave., LIC.

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The borough welcomes the new year with comedy, chanting, colorful envelopes, kung fu, carving, ecology, and of course, zombies. Countless zombies.

Jan. 2, How Many Zombies Are Too Many Zombies? Feb. 15. With 20-minute games that can have as many as 25 players, participants take on the role of scientists, helping the “Center for Calamity Control” simulate a zombie outbreak. Via mathematical modeling, players simulate, analyze, and make predictions about this complex, real-world phenomenon. New York Hall of Science, 47-01 111th St., Flushing Meadows Corona Park.

Jan. 4, My Asian Auntie Season 2: Yes, Auntie, 9:30 pm. This action–packed, nine-episode, kung fu web series is filled with fight scenes, comedic characters, and feel good vibes. The screening is followed by a discussion with filmmakers and cast members. Red carpet arrivals begin at 8:30 pm. Museum of the Moving Image, 36-01 35th Ave., Astoria’s Kaufman Arts District.

Jan. 4, Silk Road: An Exploration of the Jaap or Bajan Tradition, 7:30 pm. Gangadai shares the musical traditions of East Indians from the Caribbean and South America. The group’s new project, “Silk Road,” documents the dying art of the mantra or “Jaap” Bajan songs. Jamaica Center for Arts & Learning, 161-04 Jamaica Ave.

Jan. 5, Red Envelope Show, Jan. 27. This show honors the Year of the Pig with pieces by professional visual artists. It’s an homage to the red celebration envelopes the Chinese community distributes during Lunar New Year. All artwork is for sale. Many envelopes include a special gift for only the buyers to see. On display noon to 5 pm on weekends and weekdays by appointment. Flushing Town Hall, 137-35 Northern Blvd.

Jan. 5, NYC Shadow Puppet Slam, 7:30 pm. This fourth annual slam returns with shadow performances by local puppet illuminati. Chinese Theater Works’ Kuang-Yu Fong and Stephen Kaplin curate short works ranging across the full spectrum of traditional and cutting edge shadow theater, animation, video, and film. (Ages 21 and up). Flushing Town Hall, 137-35 Northern Blvd.

Jan. 5, Jackknife Comedy, 8 pm. This radical monthly stand up show is hosted by two Iowa natives, Gideon Hambright and Patrick Hastie. Each show, they pick a bunch of their favorite comedians to do sets, be cool, and have a blast. The Creek & The Cave, 10-93 Jackson Ave., Long Island City.

Jan. 5, Stone Carving Studio, 1 pm. Adults (18 and older) explore stone carving techniques in the museum’s studio, which is equipped with basic tools such as chisels, hammers, rasps, and sandpaper. Noguchi Museum, 9-01 33rd Rd., Long Island City.

Jan. 5, Candlelight Tours, 6 pm. Music by the Christian Apuzzo Band, St. Nicholas exhibition, mulled cider, and tours. Onderdonk House, 1820 Flushing Ave., Ridgewood.

Jan. 6, Willow Lake Scavenger Hunt, 1 pm. A nature-inspired scavenger hunt led by the FMCP Stewardship Team and Urban Park Rangers. The activity tests knowledge of ecology along the Pat Dolan Trail, which is “Forever Wild.” Meet at Mauro Playground, 73-02 Park Dr. E., Flushing Meadows Corona Park.

Jan. 8, Tyrannosaurus, 9 pm. This free weekly show features a wide range of comedic styles, but each show is unique. RaR Bar, 30-01 35th Ave., Long Island City.

Jan. 9, Bridge to Freedom: 1965, 7 pm. Over two series and 14 episodes, a film team depicted the 1965 Civil Rights march and related fight to end discrimination and segregation in the United States. This documentary is the sixth and final episode of the first season. Following the screening, writer-director-producers Orlando Bagwell, Callie Crossley, and Sam Pollard, series producer Jon Else, and writer/director/senior producer Judith Vecchione participate in a discussion/Q&A session. Museum of the Moving Image, 36-01 35th Ave., Astoria’s Kaufman Arts District.

Jan. 9, Monthly Jazz Jam, 7 pm. Held on the first Wednesday of every month, musicians hone skills and jam with peers. The house band is led by saxophonist Carol Sudhalter. All are welcome. Don’t play? Listen! Flushing Town Hall, 137-35 Northern Blvd.

Jan. 9, Miguel Gutierrez: This Bridge Called My A**, Jan. 19. Six Latinos map an elusive choreography of obsessive and perverse action within an unstable terrain of bodies, materials, and sound. Cliché Latin-American songs and the telenovela’s form are exploited to show how familiar structures contain absurdity that reveal and celebrate difference. Shows are Wednesdays through Saturdays at 8 pm. The Chocolate Factory, 5-49 49th Ave., Long Island City.

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It’s In Queens! (Oct. 25 to Oct. 31)

With Halloween approaching, Queens is getting ready to host various scary, tricky, and treaty events involving vintage cartoons, haunting music, and ghosts. But two multiple-Grammy winners are heading to local stages, and the borough hosts the citywide pickleball tournament. Play Ball!

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With Halloween approaching, Queens is getting ready to host various scary, tricky, and treaty events involving vintage cartoons, haunting music, and ghosts. But two multiple-Grammy winners are heading to local stages, and the borough hosts the citywide pickleball tournament. Play Ball!

Oct. 25, Free Poetry Reading and Presentation, 2 pm. Award-winning poet Vincent J. Tomeo weaves words in a slide presentation celebrating nature and life. Alley Pond Environmental Center, 228-06 Northern Blvd., Douglaston.

Oct. 26, The Music of Billy Strayhorn by Paquito D’Rivera and the John di Martino Trio, 8 pm. Watch 14-time Grammy-winning Cuban legend D’Rivera and “shape-shifter” pianist di Martino and his trio play Strayhorn’s music. Flushing Town Hall, 137-35 Northern Blvd.

Oct. 26, Five Horror Films by John Carpenter, Oct. 28. Each movie finds a new and unnerving way to ask a question that Carpenter’s post-Halloween chillers pose: What does Evil look like and how do you survive it? Schedule: “The Thing,” Oct. 26, 7 pm; “Christine,” Oct. 27, 4:30 pm; “Prince of Darkness,” Oct. 27, 7 pm; “The Thing,” Oct. 28, 2 pm; “Body Bags,” Oct. 28, 4:30 pm; and “In the Mouth of Madness,” Oct. 28, 7 pm.Museum of the Moving Image, 36-01 35th Ave., Astoria’s Kaufman Arts District.

Oct. 26, Musique Macabre, 6:30 pm. Solo violin of songs with titles like “The Sultry Dance of Death” set a haunting mood. Composers include Jean-Marie Leclair, Georg Philipp Telemann, and Johann Sebastian Bach. King Manor Museum, 150-03 Jamaica Ave., Jamaica.

Oct. 27, Gilberto Santa Rosa, 8 pm. This six-time Grammy winner from Puerto Rico is known as “El Caballero de la Salsa.” Queens College, Colden Auditorium, 153-49 Reeves Ave., Flushing.

Oct. 27, Halloween Haunted Waters, noon. An annual walking tour of history and mystery along the Long Island City/Astoria waterfront with Greater Astoria Historical Society member Richard Melnick. Learn about the lives lost among the churning whirlpools and electric eels. Discount for costumed walkers. Meet under the Hell Gate Bridge at Shore and Ditmars boulevards.

Oct 27, Steel Magnolias, Oct. 28. The play takes place within the walls of Truvy’s beauty shop in Louisiana’s Bayou. Six strong women absorb the passing seasons as their lives increasingly hinge on the existence of one another. Schedule: Oct. 27 at 2 pm and 8 pm; and Oct. 28 at 3 pm. Queens Theatre, 14 United Nations Ave. S., Flushing Meadows Corona Park.

Oct. 27, Citywide Pickleball Tournament, 8 am to 5 pm. Everyone is invited to participate or compete. Pickleball is a variation of tennis with a lighter ball. It’s played with a paddle, and the court has smaller dimensions. Al Oerter Recreation Center, 131-40 Fowler Ave., Flushing Meadows Corona Park.

Oct. 27, Halloween Harvest Fest, noon to 4 pm. This year’s festival is inspired by Fet Gede, the Haitian Festival of the Ancestors. As always, the fun includes a doggie costume contest, costume-making, fantastical face-painting with Agostino Arts, and Urban Shaman Mama Donna’s Blessing of the Animals, now including a Pet Memorial Altar (part of Reimagine NYC). Haitian food by Kombit Restaurant with sweet treats from Val’s Cookie Canvas. Socrates Sculpture Park, 32-01 Vernon Blvd., LIC.

Oct. 27, ¡Corónate!, 1 pm to 6 pm. An afternoon of live music by the Guinea-influenced Mandingo Ambassadors, dance, art-making workshops, and an opportunity to learn about inspirational causes, followed by a night market. Corona Plaza, 40-04 National St.

Oct. 27, Trunk or Treat, 2 pm to 4: 30 pm. A safe alternative to Halloween. Volunteers park decorated cars in a secured area. They pass out candy from their trunks to trick-or-treaters who also admire their vehicles. Maple Grove Cemetery, 127-15 Kew Gardens Rd., Kew Gardens.

Oct., 27, Plan for Paradise, 2 pm. A five-piece band creates a fusion of upbeat and universal messages wrapped in an even dose of smooth-grooving Hip Hop, Jazz, Funk, Soul, and Afrobeat. Jamaica Performing Arts Center, 153-10 Jamaica Ave.

Oct. 27, An Afternoon With The New York Botanical Gardens, 1 pm. Conservation Outreach Director Daniel Atha talks about the New York Botanical Garden’s EcoFlora project, an effort to document all NYC plant species and the threats that they face. Alley Pond Environmental Center, 228-06 Northern Blvd., Douglaston.

Oct. 27, Bike With A Doctor, 11 am. Elmhurst Hospital doctors provide bike safety tips. Free helmets and protective bike gear, blood pressure screenings, healthy snacks, and tabling by NYPD and other organizations. For more info, call 718-334-1259.

Oct. 28, Tlen Huicani, 3 pm. This Mexican folk ensemble’s music is centered on the “harpa jarocha” or the typical harp from Veracruz, Mexico. Their sound includes lush vocal and instrumental harmonies. Queens College’s LeFrak Concert Hall, 153-49 Reeves Ave., Flushing.

Oct. 28, Dead or Alive: Science of Creepy, 1 pm. Make a fake vial of blood, become a zombie while learning about biological simulations, and create a real habitat for a fake creature. New York Hall of Science, 47-01 111th St., Flushing Meadows Corona Park.

Oct. 28, Halloween Tinker Festival, 3 pm. Activities combine art and science to make drawings that come alive in the dark. Participants make secret messages and paint with lasers while learning about phosphorescence, UV, infrared light, and what causes things to glow in the dark. Lewis H. Latimer House Museum, 34-41 137th St., Flushing.

Oct. 28, Noguchi Talks: Jorge Palacios and Dakin Hart, 3 pm. The artist and the senior curator lead a walkthrough of the special exhibition “Jorge Palacios at The Noguchi Museum and then take a bus to see Palacios’s public sculpture “Link at Flatiron Plaza North in Manhattan. The Noguchi Museum, 9-01 33rd Rd., LIC.

Oct. 28, Halloween Cartoon Magic & Fun, 3:30 pm. Animation historian Tommy Jose Stathes screens spooky cartoons from the 1920s and 1930s at 5 pm, following mask-making, flip books, and refreshments. Voelker Orth Museum, 149-19 38th Ave., Flushing.

Oct. 31, Spooktacular Celebration, 12:30 pm. Come in costume to play games, make a not-so-spooky craft, and pick a pumpkin from the mini-pumpkin patch. Stop by the “Exploration Station” to observe live turtles and touch a Madagascar Hissing Cockroach. Alley Pond Environmental Center, 228-06 Northern Blvd., Douglaston.

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