Music, TV, and dance events in Astoria and Flushing


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Open Mic at Rapture Lounge – Tonight, head to Rapture Lounge for their weekly Open Mic. Signup starts at 7pm and the open mic goes from 8-10pm. Musicians, poets, writers, singers-songwriters, comedians, and performance artists are all welcome. Bonus: no cover charge or drink minimum (but their drinks are worth a try). Stop by and see great local talent while imbibing one of their classic cocktails, like the Rapture’Rita (made with pineapple infused tequila!).


An Evening with Don Francisco, Celebrating 50 Years of Sabado Gigante – On Tuesday evening, celebrate National Hispanic Heritage Month with Don Francisco (AKA Mario Kreutzberger). He hosted Sabado Gigante –  the longest-running variety show in television history – and will be here in NYC to participate in an intimate discussion with a special guest moderator at MOMI. He’ll also show a selection of clips from his Saturday night show- he was there from the beginning and hosted more than 2,600 episodes. Tickets are $25, $15, free for Silver Screen members.


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Bella Vista Dance Performance – This dance piece performed on Wednesday night commemorates the 10th anniversary of the massacre in Bella Vista, Bojaya (it’s located on Colombias Pacific Coast – GMAP). The performance tells the story of this tragic event, where during a 2002 battle between the guerillas (FARC) and the paramilitary forces (AUC), the entire town was displaced. Both the deaths are mourned and the strength of the survivors are celebrated. The piece was conceived and choreographed by Daniel Fetecua Soto, founding Director of NYC-based dance company Pajarillo Pinta’o; original music is by Colombian composer and musician Sebastian Cruz; and acclaimed singer Lucia Pulido lends her voice to the performance. $5 admission, free for Flushing Town Hall members.