11/23/15 1:00pm

Jamaica Holiday Market

The phrase “too much of a good thing” just doesn’t apply.

On Saturday, December 5, the Winter Craft Market will set up inside Jamaica Market, and vendors will peddle their locally made, artisanal merchandise, food, and beverages from 10 am to 7 pm. Because it’s the holiday season, the bazaar will run the following two Saturdays – December 12 and December 19 – at the same time as well.

The project is actually a version of the Queens International Night Market, which operated outdoors in a lot near the Jamaica bus terminal from September 5 until Halloween. The founder, John Wang, decided to revive the concept after talks with the Greater Jamaica Development Corporation. Said he: “Visitors will have the chance to pick up locally produced holiday gifts for friends and family, or just treat themselves to fun and unique items that support small artists and crafters.”

More information and another photo are on the jump page.


09/21/15 1:00pm

Jamaica Performing Arts Center

Figaro! Figaro! Free, so go!

On September 28 and October 1, Beth Morrison Projects, a nonprofit that produces and presents contemporary music, will offer two free rehearsals of the opera Song From The Uproar at the Jamaica Performing Arts Center. (The troupe is practicing for an upcoming run at the Los Angeles Music Center.)

After the September 28 event, Heidi Waleson, The Wall Street Journal’s opera critic, will moderate a panel discussion with Abigail Fisher, a mezzo-soprano who stars in the production; Gia Forakis, the director; Missy Mazzoli, who wrote the opera; the company’s leader Beth Morrison; and Royce Varek, who wrote the corresponding libretto.

After the October 1 rehearsal, the artists will remain on stage for a Q&A session. More information and another image are on the jump page.


09/07/15 1:00pm

Tina Fabrique presents at York Performing Arts Center

A) Ella Fitzgerald needs no introduction. “The First Lady of Song” was the world’s most popular female jazz singer of the 20th century, winning 13 Grammy awards and selling more than 40 million albums.

B) Tina Fabrique is lesser known, but the New York City native has enjoyed a very successful career as an actress and singer, participating in various Broadway shows and TV programs. She can do sweet jazz, sultry ballads, and improvisational scat just like the First Lady. She even won Florida’s Carbonell Theater and Arts Award for her performance as Ella Fitzgerald in Ella, a show she presents around the United States.

C) The Long Island City-based Healing Arts Initiative provides individuals with disabilities the opportunities to create and experience art and culture.

All of the Above) These three worlds come together on September 11, when Fabrique headlines A Tribute to Ella Fitzgerald at the York College Performing Arts Center in Jamaica. More details and another photo are on the jump page.


08/31/15 1:00pm

Queens International Night Market Moves to Jamaica

The Queens International Night Market opened with a bang – not to mention Chinese barbecued squid, Argentine grilled steak, and Japanese octopus balls — last April. Based lightly on outdoor markets that are popular throughout Asia, more than 20 food tents set up shop in the New York Hall of Science’s 100,000-square-foot parking lot and thousands of hungry and curious people attended.

The food and fun continued and even grew on the following Saturday nights with hand-pulled noodles, shaved ice, and live entertainment. But on August 15, the bazaar had to close down due to logistical, calendar issues.

Now the magic is back, but not in the same location.

On September 5, the Queens International Night Market will re-open in the vicinity of 168th Street and 90th Avenue, about one block from the bus terminal in Jamaica. More than 100 independent vendors are expected to join the spectacle, which will run from 6 pm to midnight. John Wang, the organizer, plans to run the market through October 31. More details and another mouth-watering photo are on the jump page.


08/28/15 1:00pm

Little Anthony and the Imperials at Resorts World

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.


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.


08/24/15 1:00pm

Jamaica Back to School Festival

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.


08/11/15 1:00pm


Walking westbound on Jamaica Avenue from 160th Street, pedestrians see a major transit hub, various fast food joints, commercial buildings, and other pedestrians with handheld devices and the ultimate in fashion and technology. But once they reach 153rd Street, they can take a right and trade the bustling modern city for an 18th century farm that now functions as a museum. King Manor takes its name from one-time owner Rufus King, a framer and signer of the Constitution, one of the first senators from New York State, the ambassador to Great Britain under four presidents, and an outspoken opponent of slavery.

Pedestrians who head to King Manor on August 14 or August 15 will meet artisans dressed in traditional garb and they’ll watch free demonstrations of crafts that were popular in the 1800s. They will also be able to enjoy traditional music on a hammered dulcimer and fiddle by the Triple-A String Band and tour the restored house to see rarely displayed objects from the collection.

One more photo, details on King Manor, and the schedule for Friday and Saturday’s program are on the jump page.


08/05/15 1:00pm


Put it this way: More than 200,000 participants and more than 500 vendors can’t be wrong.

It’s time for the 19th annual Jamaica Arts & Music Summer (JAMS) Festival. On Friday, a mega concert will take place in Rufus King Park from 5 pm to 10 pm. Toni Ann Semple, a Queens native who blends African and Native American rhythms into R&B and other genres, will headline the show. Ditto for Guyanese Christian singer Dallas Forte and DJ Jordan Knoxx, a locally bred “mixologist.”

On the following day, August 8, the Jamaica Avenue strip from 170th Street to Parsons Boulevard will be converted into a pedestrian-only zone. One section will host a classic car show, while another will offer a safe play area for children. More musicians will perform in another segment, and other areas will focus on food, health, and senior issues. More information and another photo are on the jump page.


07/31/15 1:00pm


He’s considered the best all-rounder (batsman and bowler) ever. Over his three-decade career, he played all over the world in international tournaments, professional leagues, exhibitions, and all star games. Now, he’s going to enjoy a Queens weekend.

Sir Garfield Sobers, a cricketer from Barbados who played for the West Indies squad between 1954 and 1974 and was knighted by Queens Elizabeth II in 1975, will participate in a Legends Weekend at Idlewild Park in Jamaica on Saturday and Sunday. The 79-year-old will join other phenomenons from the 1970s-1990s, such as Shivnarine Chanderpaul from Guyana, Gus Logie from Trinidad and Tobago, and fellow Barbados native Gordon Greenidge, in friendly matches against a New York City-based squad. More details on jump page.