01/13/16 1:00pm

MLK Day

Civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr.’s impact on the United States was so profound that there are countless ways to honor his legacy. The third Monday of January is a national holiday in his remembrance, and people will attend church services, do volunteer work, and display images and quotes from the man out of respect.

The Museum of the Moving Image will commemorate King’s legacy by screening two films about the 1965 Alabama voting rights marches from Selma to Montgomery that the reverend organized during the height of the civil rights movement.

A roughly 90-minute segment from Eyes on the Prize: Bridge to Freedom about the marches will screen at 1 pm. Narrated by Julian Bond, a co-founder of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee and one-time chairman of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, this segment is part of a 14-hour documentary series on the 1960s civil rights movement. With free admission, tickets will be distributed on a first-come, first-served basis on January 20.

The 2014 historic drama Selma will screen at 3 pm. This feature film by director Ava DuVernay swings effortlessly between intimate drama and historical epic to dramatize King’s leadership of the marches. Tickets are $12 or $9 for seniors and students, $6 for children 3–12.

MLK Day

Photos courtesy of Museum of the Moving Image

01/12/16 1:00pm

It's in Queens.

A member of Gospel music’s royal family performs in Flushing this week. Maybe he’ll attend a new exhibit on the King of Jazz in Corona while in town. Then again, maybe he’ll participate in a ping pong/art project. Or he might check out a new documentary on Jackson Heights after listening to live music by Cuban rappers, an Irish folk legend, a jazz pianist, and the Iroquois. Here’s the rundown.

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01/05/16 1:00pm

It's In Queens

Despite the temperature, a great ice cream event is approaching. Plus, it’s time to get a free piece of the Guinness World Record-breaking GingerBread Lane. Other options include Mulchfest, a library art project, movies, music, animals, and the fashion of the 1980s. Another image and information on 19 events are on the jump page.

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12/29/15 1:00pm

It's In Queens!

Even during a slow week when some venues are closed, Queens is buzzing with fun things to do. First of all, a two-time Grammy-winner will give a concert. Second, there are some great tours on the radar screen. And finally, movies, plays, and parties are all over the place. Another image and 11 events are on the jump page.

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12/16/15 1:00pm

Juan Hinojosa in Long Island City

One man’s trash is another man’s prime material for art.

Juan Hinojosa makes collages from Metrocards, candy wrappers, and other bits and pieces he finds on New York City streets. By juxtaposing these items into vivid depictions, he explores consumerism, while his use of symmetry and color creates kaleidoscopic visuals that question the power of brand logos.

The Queens-based mixed-media artist has just finished a four-month residency at Materials for the Arts, a reuse center that the NYC Department of Cultural Affairs operates in Long Island City. (MFTA collects discarded items from businesses and individuals and redistributes them to arts groups and schools.)

The result of the residency is Blonde Ambition, a collection of 12 new decadent collages. Hinojosa took advantage of the diverse and unique objects available in MFTA’s 35,000-square-foot warehouse on this project, and the pieces offer an eclectic assortment of materials with serendipitous results. The exhibit goes live tomorrow at 6 pm. More information and another image are on the jump page.

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12/15/15 1:00pm

It's In Queens

A Christmas Carol, holiday craft markets, and concerts featuring seasonal music are shining examples that Queens is ahead of the times. But there are also opportunities to consume mind-altering art, make a light saber to use against other Star Wars enthusiasts (above), and contemplate the stars in the winter sky. Another image and information on 18 upcoming events are on the jump page.

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12/14/15 1:00pm

BeBe Winans at Kupferberg Center for the Arts

He’s a third-generation member of the First Family of Gospel. He has various Grammy awards in his trophy room. And now, he’s preparing for a special Martin Luther King Jr. Day concert in Flushing, and the host venue is offering discounts on ticket prices.

BeBe Winans, who is is known for “vocals that soar, harmonies that chime, and lyrics that touch the heart and soul,” will perform at the Kupferberg Center for the Arts on January 17 as part of a program that includes a keynote address from Reverend Floyd H. Flake, Senior Pastor of the Greater Allen AME Cathedral of New York, and a ceremony honoring Andrew Jackson, Executive Director of the Langston Hughes Community Library in Corona.

Tickets are $35, but readers of this blog can get 20 percent discounts by using the code “MLKKCA” before January 15, 2016. More information on the concert and another image are on the jump page.

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12/11/15 1:00pm

Sarah Cahill at Noguchi Museum

The piano hides no secrets from Sarah Cahill. The California native has commissioned, premiered, and recorded numerous solo compositions, and she has researched and recorded pieces by various other composers, premiering some of them.

Cahill hides no secrets about her love of the piano. She has a weekly radio show. She’s on the faculty of the San Francisco Conservatory. And she’s going to curate a monthly new music series at the Berkeley Art Museum.

Yesterday, Noguchi Museum unveiled a secret about Cahill. For one week in February (24-28), she will take up residence in the Long Island City venue, performing post-minimalist composer Mamoru Fujieda’s Patterns of Plants during opening hours. A cycle of short pieces, this work is a fusion of nature and technology. To create it, Fujieda measured the electrical impulses on the leaves of plants, using Plantron, a device created by botanist/artist Yūji Dōgane. Fujieda then converted the data he obtained into sound via Max, a visual programming language used for music and multimedia. Another photo and more information on this project are on the jump page.

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Ronald K. Brown at Queens Theatre

Ronald K. Brown’s Evidence Dance Company use physical movement and the spoken word to unite two concepts: portraying unseen spirituality and expressing the endurance, suffering, and triumph of the African diaspora. The troupe mixes everything from modern urban choreography to ballet to sabar, a flirtatious, celebratory West African dance that involves arm swinging, hip twisting, jumping, and knee lifting.

Based in Brooklyn, Brown has won various prestigious awards, including a Guggenheim Fellowship and a Bessie, and he has taught at Harvard College. His troupe, which was founded in 1986, travels the world, performing, teaching, organizing workshops, and establishing cultural connections.

This weekend, Brown and Evidence will hold three performances at Queens Theatre. Another image and more information are on the jump page.

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