10/01/15 1:00pm

The Yves Léveillé Quartet at Flushing Town Hall

Modern day patrons of Flushing Town Hall are used to hearing great live jazz. They are also used to hearing many different accents, especially coming from natives of China, Korea, India, and Latin America. Well, this weekend will be a bit different. The jazz will still be great, but the accents will be French Canadian.

On Friday, the Alain Bédard Auguste Quintet will perform modern jazz, original compositions, and “catalytic improvisations” or jam sessions which are the brainchild Bédard, a pianist who founded the label Effendi Records.

Then on Saturday, the Yves Léveillé Quartet will play tunes inspired by jazz as well as classical and world music. A composer and pianist, Léveillé (above) is known for refined, melodious harmonies. He recently won the 2015 Opus award for best jazz concert in Quebec. A discount offer, more information, and a photo of Bédard are on the jump page.


09/23/15 1:00pm

TreesCount! 2015 in Flushing

All hail trees! They provide habitat and food for birds, insects, and other living creatures. Plus, they absorb carbon dioxide and release oxygen. Finally, they add value to a home, provide shade on a sunny day, and block wind.

All help trees! The NYC Parks Department is in the process of counting and mapping street trees throughout the city. The data collected will further the agency’s understanding of — and ability to care for — the city’s urban forest. The Parks Department estimates that only 25 percent of Flushing’s street trees have been mapped. The neighborhood was a nursery in the 19th century, but currently the area is losing its canopy due to increasing development and population.

All hands on deck for trees! Trees Count! 2015 is a volunteer-powered campaign to map, count, and care for all of NYC’s street trees. Organizers are currently recruiting do-gooders to canvass Flushing on September 26 from 9 am to noon. Volunteers will be trained on how to identify and assess street trees, using simple site surveying tools and software to map them block by block. For more information, contact Jennifer Sun at jennifer9280@gmail.com and go to the jump page.



View of Citifield from the Passerelle Boardwalk over Corona Yard

With the recent completion of the United States Open tennis tournament at Arthur Ashe Stadium and the now-expected ascension of the New York Mets into the National League baseball playoffs for the first time since 2006, Flushing Meadows-Corona Park finds itself at the center of New York City’s professional sports life as summer 2015 draws to a close. Let’s take a look at some of these venues as well as the park itself.

09/18/15 1:00pm


There’s a lot of mystery surrounding “A Midsummer Night’s Dream.” Nobody knows the exact date that Shakespeare wrote this comedy. Plus some scholars argue that it was penned for an aristocratic wedding in England, while others opine that the Bard created it to celebrate the feast day of St. John. And then there are those fairies that pop in and out.

On September 19 and 20, the Queens Botanical Garden will add mysticism to the mysterious play, which portrays the adventures of four young Athenian lovers in a forest. The four plots will mix and match in the Flushing green space’s wooded area under the direction of Alex Schirling, a singer, producer, director, and stage manager who has worked for the Broadhollow Theatre Company and the Queens College Theatre Guild, where he also served as musical director. More information and another photo are on the jump page.


09/14/15 1:00pm


New York Fashion Week ends on September 17…and then the real styles hit the city.

On September 18, Mango, a international clothing company based in Barcelona, will host the F/W Runway Show at its Queens Crossing branch in Flushing. With the theme “70’s Revival,” the fun will feature various models showcasing a collection which is inspired by music icons from the 1970s. Leather coats, bell-bottom trousers, drainpipe trousers, and flowing blouses are a few of the garments on tap, while the designs glorify glam with low necklines and shiny details, imitating rockers such as Janis Joplin, Grace Slick, Patti Smith, and Blondie.

After the runway show, there will be a complimentary open bar. More details, the chance to register for free, and another photo are on the jump page.


09/11/15 1:00pm

The Real Helen Keller at Queens Historical Society

Helen Keller (1880-1968) is best known for her triumphs over adversity. The “miracle worker” was the first deafblind person to graduate from Radcliffe College, and despite her lack of communication skills, she wrote 12 books and founded a large nonprofit to help people with disabilities.

But Keller actually battled her popular image. She was a proud activist and suffragette who was once under FBI surveillance due to her Marxist political views. She regularly contributed columns to the Socialist Party press and gave lectures on Communism across the United States.

She also lived in Forest Hills from 1917 to 1936.

On Sunday, the Queens Historical Society will screen The Real Helen Keller, a documentary that examines the flesh-and-blood woman behind the myth. The film is produced in spoken English and British Sign Language. Another photo of Keller and more information on the event are on the jump page.


09/08/15 9:30am

Guide to Main Street Flushing

RKO Keith’s, Northern Boulevard and Main Street

Since the mid 1600s, the heart of Flushing (named by early Dutch cartographers Vlissingen, later bowdlerized to Flushing by the settling Brits) has been the T-shaped intersection of the present Main Street and Northern Boulevard. In its early years Flushing was a hotbed of religious conflict, as the New Netherland colony Director-General Peter Stuyvesant was intolerant of any other religion but the Dutch Reformed Church; the colonists’ burgeoning religious independence led to the creation of the Flushing Remonstrance, a display concerning which can be found at Flushing Library; and the travails of John Bowne, whose early-1660s home still stands on Bowne Street. (more…)

09/01/15 6:47pm


In the early 1970s, the Fiber Art Movement was in its heyday. Feminists, especially in the San Francisco Bay Area, were creating traditional crafts with natural or synthetic fiber, such as yarn, to celebrate women who worked with textiles in factories or the domestic sphere.

Gertrud Parker was in the center of the action, making sculptures of dyed “gutskin,” a fine, almost transparent material stretched over welded frames. The Vienna native also created paintings, prints, mixed media, and installation pieces and founded the now shuttered San Francisco Museum of Craft and Folk Art.

On September 8 at 6 pm, the Godwin-Ternbach Museum, a part of Queens College’s Kupferberg Center for the Visual and Performing Arts, will host an opening reception for a new exhibition honoring Parker. The nonagenarian will be present and participate in a conversation with museum director Amy Winter.

Set to run until September 27, this exhibition features mostly watercolors and prints, many of which juxtapose a light, translucent palette with dark themes of human existence. This is the first time Parker has been in a one-woman show and the first time she has exhibited in New York City. More information and another photo of a Parker piece are on the jump page.


08/25/15 1:00pm


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.


08/18/15 1:00pm

Flushing Town Hall Puppet Show

There is no dialogue, but the show leaves audiences speechless.

Le Théâtre de Deux Mains is dedicated to enriching and preserving the tradition of puppet theater through one-man shows based on popular, time-honored tales. This Friday and Saturday, the Montreal-based company will present The Swan at Flushing Town Hall. Based on The Ugly Duckling by Hans Christian Andersen, this show depicts a lost little bird looking for his parents.

First, a fisherman comes across a single egg in a pond. Then, two little feet pop out of the egg and begin waddling on shore. The newborn sees his reflection and discovers that he doesn’t look like any other members of his species. He’s certainly no chicken. He’s definitely no owl. He’s obviously no hawk. With changing colors and lighting inspired by Tiffany lamps, he follows clues to meet his true family. The story certainly inspires by itself, but it is enhanced by the puppeteer/actor who controls the puppets, set dressings, light, and sound entirely alone onstage.

More information and another photo on the jump page.