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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 July 12 to July 18

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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 jaconet@aol.com.

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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KUPFERBERG CENTER’S LIVE AT THE GANTRIES

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.

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KUPFERBERG CENTER’S LIVE AT THE GANTRIES AND KICKS OFF IN JULY WITH LINE-UP OF LOCAL AND DIVERSE PERFORMERS

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 kupferbergcenter.org/live-at-the-gantries/ 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 www.kupferbergcenter.org 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

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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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