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.
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.
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.
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…)
“The Comedian’s Comedian” is coming to Queens. A stand-up performer since age 15, Gilbert Gottfried hit the big time in 1980, when he became a cast member on Saturday Night Live. Known for his lack of political correctness and inability to obey boundaries, Gottfried also did a series of improvised promos for MTV, appeared regularly on Late Night with David Letterman, and had parts in Beverly Hills Cop II, Problem Child, and even as a parrot in the Disney animated film Aladdin.
On Saturday, August 22, Gottfried will perform at Queens Theatre as part of a fund-raiser for the Forest Hills Volunteer Ambulance Corps, which serves Forest Hills and Rego Park with two New York State-certified ambulances and a first responder truck.
Gottfried is the main star, but there will be various opening acts by quality comedians and some other activities. More information and another photo are on the jump page.
Inspiring, blooming Taiwanese orchids are a main draw this week. Ditto for the LIC Block Party and Flushing Night Out, which will feature a little bit of everything (food, music, art, spontaneous creativity). Other options are concerts, comedy, films, puppets, and walking tours. Another photo and all the information are on the jump page.
He’s a one-stop shop for Jazz and Latin music. Bobby Sanabria, a seven-time Grammy nominee, is probably best known for his drumming and percussion, but he’s also an activist, arranger, composer, conductor, educator, ensemble leader, filmmaker, producer, and recording artist. Over a five-decade career, this South Bronx native with Puerto Rican roots has played with such diverse stars as Dizzy Gillespie, Tito Puente, and Mongo Santamaria.
On Thursday, August 20, Sanabria and his quartet will headline the festivities at the annual Jazzmobile Block Party in front of the Louis Armstrong House Museum in Corona. Information on the other planned activities and another photo are on the jump page.