04/26/13 9:00am

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It all adds up. Jazz is the USA’s greatest contribution to music. Louis Armstrong is the greatest contributor to the genre. And Queens is the best place in the world for a jazz celebration. On April 30, the Louis Armstrong House Museum and the Jazz Journalists Association will hold a free, fun, food-filled festivity feting International Jazz Day at the Langston Hughes Community Library & Cultural Center in Corona. The program — presented by official Armstrong archivist Ricky Riccardi and Dan Morgenstern, director of the Institute of Jazz Studies at Rutgers University — will include the public premier of a newly discovered recording by Armstrong at Freedomland, a fabled Bronx amusement park in 1961. Then, the Jazz Journalists Association will toast Satchmo at a soul food reception. Some might attend for the music. Others might attend for the food. But all will enjoy themselves.

International Jazz Day Celebration
Langston Hughes Library
100-01 Northern Boulevard, Corona
Tuesday, April 30th, 2013
2pm – 5pm | Free

04/25/13 9:00am

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They were discovered by Michael Jackson’s choreographer while freestyling at a Southern California club. Then they skyrocketed to dance fame. Brothers Rich and Tone Talauega have since danced with Madonna, Usher, Jennifer Lopez, Christina Aguilera, The Backstreet Boys, Gwen Stafani and Black Eyed Peas, among others. They are probably most famous for rocking Madonna’s Super Bowl XLVI halftime show at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis in 2012. On April 26, the Taluegas will present highlights and give a live demonstration of their choreography at the Museum of the Moving Image. Their performance is part of Spectacle: The Music Video, an exhibition celebrating the art and history of the music video.

Museum of the Moving Image
36-01 35th Avenue, Astoria/LIC
Friday, April 26
7pm – 9pm | Free, but first come, first served
04/21/13 9:00am

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He’s an equal opportunity offender. Rich Little, a master mimic of more than 200 voices, is famous for making fun of politicians. Over the decades, he has skewered JFK, Nixon, Ford, Carter, Clinton, both Bushes and Obama. The so called “Man of a Thousand Voices” even performed at both Regan inaugurations. Not bad for a Canadian. On April 21, Little will bring the fun to Queensborough Performing Arts Center. But he won’t be alone. The Four Freshmen, a vocal group from the 1950s that keeps reinventing itself, will fill the air with harmony-based songs.

Queensborough Performing Arts Center
222-05 56th Avenue, Bayside
Sunday, April 21
3pm – 5pm | $45
04/20/13 9:00am

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They aren’t a little country, nor are they a little bit rock ‘n’ roll. But they are Spanish, Indian, Persian, Middle Eastern and Jewish. On April 21, Gypsy Soul (Espiritu Gitano) brings its rich, diverse music and dance to the Thalia Spanish Theatre. The bandleader, guitarist Arturo Martinez, has been a fixture on New York City’s flamenco/gypsy music scene since the 1980s. He will be accompanied by other outstanding artists, including dancers Maya De Silva and Elena Lentini and musicians Tom Chess and Sean Kupisz.

Roots of Flamenco: Gypsy Soul

Thalia Spanish Theatre
41-17 Greenpoint Avenue, Sunnyside
Sunday, April 21
4pm – 6pm | $35

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There once was a place called “Queens.” In the early 2000s, this borough became home to a growing — and growing — community of choreographers and dancers. By April 2007, it was a hotspot, and Green Space Blooms, a festival celebrating local dance and music talent, was born in LIC. Just like the borough, the festival grew and grew, and this year, the seventh annual Green Space Blooms features 40 diverse choreographers. On April 20 and 21, the festivities will include such talent as LatticeWorks Dance Collective, Ballet International Africans and ArtBark International. Plus, Green Space‘s founder, Valerie Green, and its resident company, Dance Entropy, will participate. Each evening will end with a post-performance party with sounds curated by Open Music Education.

Saturday, April 20, and Sunday, April 21
1pm – 3pm | $10
04/18/13 9:00am

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First Brazil battled India. Soon Jamaica will take on Spain before Africa goes up against Peru. But right now, all eyes — and ears — are trained on the Korea-Greece competition at Flushing Town Hall on April 19. Vong Pak’s Korean Drum and Dance Troupe will rock the house with Korean music and dance while dressed in traditional regalia followed by Yianni Papastefanou and his orchestra with their traditional music and dance from the Greek Isles. Part of the ongoing Cultural Crossroads-polooza, the venerable Northern Boulevard performance space is mixing it up with two cultures, one stage and an open dance floor.

Korea Meets Greece
Flushing Town Hall
137-35 Northern Boulevard, Flushing
Friday, April 19
8pm – 10pm | $15

04/16/13 3:00pm

 

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If there is a playlist for raking in millions in investment capital, the guys at Songza probably have it queued.

Based in Long Island City, Songza is a free music streaming service which offers playlists organized by mood or occasion. So if you’re feeling cocky, you can play the “Eye of The Tiger: Confidence Mix“. The site recommends “Take it Sleazy” if you’re in the mood for stoking loose morals.

According to their April 4 SEC filing they got 27 investors to front them $3.8 million.

TechCrunch reports:

While Amazon has long been an “unconfirmed” investor listed on AngelList, it parlayed its investment in the earlier Aime St vehicle into Songza. In late 2011 the startup closed what was reportedly a ‘seven-figure’ round of financing led by investors, including Deep Fork Capital, as well as an “undisclosed strategic investor.” Also participating in the round was Geoff Judge, co-founder of 24/7 Real Media.

Songza [AngelList]
Songza secures $3.8M to keep music fans connected to killer playlists [VentureBeat]
Free music streaming service Songza raises $3.82m in funding [SlashGear]
Songza reached the 1 million member mark in Canada [QNYC]
Songza may be your new best streaming music friend [QNYC]

 

 

04/14/13 9:00am

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Featuring more than 100 million species, insects represent over 90 percent of multicellular life on earth. On April 14 at Flushing Town HallKINEMATIK Dance Theater brings the bustling world of bugs, bees, ants, spiders and flies to the stage with the premiere of INSEKTA. This dazzling array of the intricate and complex microorganisms that surround us depicts the diversity and the metamorphic cycles of insects through dance, live projections and the unusual use of props. Fusing technology with the movement vocabulary of Breakdance, House, Hip Hop and Contemporary modern dance, KINEMATIK creates an imaginative, unique and visually stimulating performance experience. Wear comfortable clothes and get ready to dance like a bug.

INSEKTA
Flushing Town Hall
137-35 Northern Boulevard, Flushing
Sunday, April 14
1pm for workshop | $6/$4 children (includes tickets to show)
2:15pm – 3:30pm | $12/$8 children

04/12/13 9:00am

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Perhaps you remember The Mad Stuntman and his “I Like To Move It” hit. Or maybe you have fond memories of La Bouche and their techno-pop sensation “Be My Lover.” Then again, you might identify more with Amber’s “This Is Your Night.” Well, all three 1990s sensations will perform on April 13 at the I Love the 90′s Dance Concert at Resorts World Casino New York City. Jana, Veronica, Janice Robinson of Livin Joy, Dj Nicky G, Lucas Prata and Glendale’s greatest, Peter Gozzi, will also be on hand to get the crowd moving.

Resorts World Casino New York City
110-00 Rockaway Boulevard, South Jamaica
Saturday, April 13th, 2013
8pm – 10:30pm | $25