Over the last dozen years of Louis Armstrong’s life, the jazz legend liked to joke that Jack Bradley was his “white son.” The famous composer/singer/trumpeter didn’t have any biological children, and he was black. But he and Bradley, a professional photographer and avid sailor, became extremely close after meeting through a mutual friend in 1959. As such, Bradley had almost unlimited access to Satchmo, and he took countless photos of the star while collecting more than 2,500 sound recordings, fan mail, set lists, diet charts, handwritten notes, laundry receipts, rare books, and figurines. Bradley is still alive today, but the Louis Armstrong House Museum acquired his collection in 2005. It took years to relocate all the treasures and then arrange, preserve, and catalog them, but the Corona museum unveiled the collection last week. Visitors can check out rare recordings from the 1920s; a Giardinelli trumpet mouthpiece; unique photos of Pops on the road; and photos of Armstrong at home shortly before his death on July 6th, 1971.
Details: The Jack Bradley Collection, Louis Armstrong House Museum, 34-56 107th Street, Corona, open Tuesday through Friday, 10 am to 5 pm, and Saturday/Sunday, noon to 5 pm, $10/$7 for seniors, students, and children.
National Chemistry Week runs from October 19th to October 25th this year, and organizations across the country are promoting this discipline’s finer points. The 2014 theme is The Sweet Side of Chemistry – Candy, and scientists are tasked with explaining how ingredients undergo chemical transformations to become such beloved comestibles as chocolate, taffy, and gum. On October 26th, the New York Hall of Science will team up with the American Chemistry Society’s New York division to offer five hours of fun in Flushing Meadows Corona Park. Hundreds of volunteers, including enthusiasts from prestigious universities and companies, will facilitate demonstrations with hundreds of youngsters. Plus, children (K-12) will be able to participate in a national illustrated poem contest. In keeping with the theme, participants are encouraged to explore topics such as the physical properties of candy, the difference between sugar and alternative sweeteners, and the process of candy making.
Details: National Chemistry Day, New York Hall of Science, 47-01 111th Street, Corona/Flushing Meadows Corona Park, October 26th, 11 am to 4 pm, free with admission.
Hitler was the self-declared führer of Germany, Babe Ruth was playing his last professional games, and Bonnie & Clyde were on the run in 1934, when Rudy’s Bakery and Café opened on Seneca Avenue in Ridgewood. The neighborhood was largely German back then, and the eatery was known for its bienenstich and strudel. The owners, patrons, and menu have changed a bit over the years, but Rudy’s remains a traditional bakery and community anchor. This Saturday, the establishment will celebrate its 80th birthday with some sweet deals as baked goods — Black Forest cake, doughnuts, linzertorte and the time-tested strudel – will cost 80 cents a piece.
Take me out to the Fall Fest. Take me out to Paint Nite. Don’t expect peanuts and crackerjack, but Citi Field is ready to rock during two upcoming events. On October 26th, the Mets home stadium’s field level concourse will host four hours of trick-or-treating, photo opportunities with Mr. and Mrs. Met, costume contests, pumpkin-carving, apple-dipping, and a mini Oktoberfest. Plus, the Mets and City Harvest will organize a food drive, and those who donate at least 10 items of nonperishable food will get a voucher for a pair of tickets to a game in April 2015. (Donors get 15 percent discounts on select, on-site merchandise too.)
On November 6th, the Flushing Nine and Metropolitan Hospitality will host the first ever Paint Nite at the ballpark. Each participant will take an art class and paint Citi Field on a 16” x 20” canvas to take home. More information on jump page.
Be scared. Be really, really scared. The Museum of the Moving Image doubles down on dismay with See It Big!Horror and the Korean Horror Picture Show on its oversize screens. Six Hollywood classics – The Exorcist;Nosferatu;The Phantom of the Opera;The Bride of Frankenstein;Night of the Living Dead; and Poltergeist – screen in late October. Meanwhile, the recent resurgence of the Korean horror genre will be on display with Killer Toon,I Saw the Devil, Lady Vengeance,Epitaph, Sympathy for Mr. Vengeance, and A Tale of Two Sisters. A full schedule and descriptions of the movies are on the jump page.
He can pretty much do it all: show tunes, country, blues, jazz, R&B, traditional pop, soul, disco, even Christmas music. And he pretty much has done it all. Since his first song, “Wonderful, Wonderful” in 1957,” Johnny Mathis has had at least one hit single in each following decade, while selling more than 350 million albums and receiving four Grammy nominations. This Sunday, he takes his act to the Colden Auditorium in Flushing for a night of romance, easy listening, and pop standards.
It’s always a bumper crop in these parts. This Sunday, the Queens Botanical Garden hosts its fourth annual Harvest Fest & Pumpkin Patch, a day-long, family-friendly bash with great food, live entertainment, craft vendors, children’s activities, a bird-and-nature walk, the famous beer tent, and gourds galore.
Diwali is a Hindu tradition also known as “The Festival of Lights.” This annual celebration of good over evil is a national holiday in countries with large Hindu populations, such as India, Nepal, Guyana, and Trinidad and Tobago. In the “Little Guyana” section of Richmond Hill, the activities include an enthusiastic mix of decorated floats, colorful clothes, oil lamps, chanting, drumming … and a tremendous motorcade.
This past May 18th, Flushing Meadows Corona Park hosted a 50th anniversary celebration of the 1964 World’s Fair opening with a full day of activities, including tours, rides, food, various concerts, and a fireworks show. This Sunday, New York City’s fourth largest park will commemorate the closing of the World’s Fair with another full day of fun, including a massive scavenger hunt. More info after jump.
It’s huge. With about 18,000 acres of wetland estuary, it’s larger than Central Park, Prospect Park and Van Cortland Park combined. It’s beautiful. Numerous islands and a labyrinth of waterways, meadowlands and freshwater ponds host more than 330 species of birds, 60 species of butterflies, and one of the largest horseshoe crab populations in the Northeast. It’s historic. Over the past two centuries, the area has been used for fish-oil and horse-rendering factories, landfills, sewage treatment plants, harvesting oysters, and of course, various forms of recreation.