In 1957, a group known as The Chesters formed in New York City. They had a distinct, soulful doo wop sound with harmonies, and the lead singer, Jerome Anthony Gourdine, liked to sing in a high-pitched falsetto voice. A year later, they changed their name to Little Anthony & the Imperials and released their first hit, “Tears on My Pillow.” Then came “Shimmy, Shimmy Ko Ko Bop,” and “Goin’ Out of My Head.” Members came and left, and the group broke up and reunited a few times, but their songs were always popular and they always attracted large audiences.
Now, after almost 60 years in the music business, a 2009 induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, and a completed farewell tour, Little Anthony & the Imperials are still going strong. On Sunday, August 30, they will perform at Resorts World Casino New York City in Jamaica. More details and another photo are on the jump page.
The home of the Metropolitan Opera and the New York Philharmonic Orchestra is organizing a huge event in Queens…but it won’t make any sound.
Lincoln Center Local will host the second annual Silent Disco party at Hunter’s Point South Park in Long Island City on September 3. With a 1980s theme, the fun will start around 6 pm with a massive dance lesson on the Hustle, salsa, and other smooth moves from the era. Then, attendees will don wireless headphones and listen to music by DJs Eric Silvey, Rimarkable, and Bill Coleman while shaking their groove things under the stars. (Individuals will be able turn up — or turn down — the volume as to their preferences.)
More information and another photo are on the jump page.
This 1,200-square-foot two-bedroom coop at 34-39 82nd Street in Jackson Heights features high ceilings, separate living and dining rooms and outdoor space.
The kitchen looks modern and has ample counter and cabinet space; it’s not an eat-in, but it’s adjacent to a sizable dining room currently also being used as a second living room. The living and dining rooms are separated by appealing French doors. (more…)
Children don’t usually enjoy anything that includes the words “back to school.” However, Jamaica hosts a back-to-school fashion show this week with young models and performers that people of all ages will love. Music is a big draw this week with African beats, the blues, choral auditions, doo wop, a drum circle, and jazz. Bike lessons and Jews in Iran are also part of the mix. The details and another photo are on the jump page.
The country and the religion are extremely intertwined. Biblical books such as Isaiah, Nehemiah and Ezra contain references to Jews in Persia (modern day Iran), and the Middle Eastern state is home to prominent religious shrines like the tombs of Esther and Daniel. With roots dating back to the sixth century BCE, the tight-knit Iranian Jewish community has retained its ethnic, linguistic, and cultural identity, while gathering fame for making gold jewelry and dealing antiques, carpets, and textiles.
On August 30, Bayside’s Kupferberg Holocaust Resource Center will unveil an exhibition on Jewish lives in Persia/Iran. Curated and researched by Rabbi Isidoro Aizenberg, who will talk at 1 pm on opening day, the show contains more than 40 historic, archival, and modern day images. The focus is on World War II, the period under the last Shah, the Islamic revolution, and recent struggles with anti-Semitism and Holocaust denial. (Iran’s Jewish population is the second largest in the Middle East, after Israel, but it has dropped from an estimated 100,000 in 1948 to around 9,000 today.)
This exhibition will be on display until December 14, and the Kupferberg Center will offer other enrichment programs on Iranian Jews this fall. More information and a photo are on the jump page.
This detached, single-family home at 69-07 Alderton Street in Rego Park has a sun porch, eat-in kitchen and a bright dining room. In addition to its three bedrooms and two full bathrooms, there’s an attic, large finished basement and plenty of closets.
Other pluses are the private driveway and garage, as well as the location. The house is a short walk from Trader Joe’s, banks and pharmacies, two movie theaters and shopping. There are several bus stops within a couple blocks and it’s a 20-minute walk to the E, M and R trains at 67th Avenue. (more…)
Percussion has the largest musical family. Instruments can be hit, scraped or shaken to create different pitches, notes, and sounds. Plus, they add rhythm and spice to everything from classical music to hip hop to jazz.
Two special upcoming Queens events are based on percussion. The first one is a harvest moon celebration at Flushing Town Hall on August 29. Grammy nominee Juan Gutiérrez, who directs the group Los Pleneros de la 21, will lead a workshop for all-comers followed by a group drumming circle. This San Juan native received the National Endowment for the Arts National Heritage Fellowship in 1996.
The other event involves African cadences. Details and a photo are on the jump page.
Nestled in the heart of Middle Village, Juniper Valley Park — which sits between Juniper Boulevards North and South, Lutheran Avenue and 71st Street on the west and Dry Harbor Road on the east — is almost intentionally situated far from the crowds and noise that the subway bring. It’s one of the youngest of Queens’ larger parks, having been created in the 1930s.
Middle Village lies between Maspeth and Forest Hills and was named in the 1830s after its position along Metropolitan Avenue, which was laid out as a toll road between Williamsburg and Jamaica in the 1810s. A roadhouse as well as several small dwellings and farms arrived in the area, which had come to be considered midway between Williamsburg and Jamaica, hence its name. Large cemeteries such as Lutheran/All-Faiths, Mt. Olivet and St. John’s arrived after 1850 or so, and attracted Sunday visitors; restaurants and saloons sprung up in the area to serve the crowds. In time, more streets were laid out and were lined by dwellings.
Notebooks? Check. Pencils! Check. Really fun event that helps ease the dread of the upcoming academic year? Check.
On Saturday, August 29, the 165th Street Mall will turn into a budding fashionista’s dream space with young models (ages 5 to 13) exhibiting the season’s new threads on a red carpet. Entitled “The JCKidz Back-to-School Fashion Show: Kidz w/Style and Confidence,” this power-packed event will showcase clothes by young designers Tyyann of Pinky Sez and Savanna of Savanna Banana, along with featured styles from children’s stores on Jamaica Avenue.
More information and another photo are on the jump page.
Alex Ross Perry defines the word “provocative.” The filmmaker’s work features dark humor and tremendous, emotionally transgressive acting. He can simultaneously invoke knee-jerk emotion and deep thought. From August 22-25, the Museum of the Moving Image will present four disparate feature films by Perry, including a special preview of his latest, Queen of Earth, with Perry and star actress Elisabeth Roth in attendance. The schedule is as follows: Impolex at 4:30 p.m. on August 22, The Color Wheel at 3 p.m. on August 23, Listen Up Philip at 5:30 p.m. on August 23, and Queens of Earth at 7:30 p.m. on August 25. Details on the movies and another photo are on the jump page. (more…)