11/19/15 1:00pm

Holiday Historic House Tour

Now we know why Santa Claus is coming to town!

On Sunday, December 6, seven Queens landmarks will open their doors to the public during the 28th Annual Holiday Historic House Tour. Sponsored by the Queens Historical Society, merry participants will be able to walk at their own pace to the different venues and take a dedicated shuttle from Flushing to Corona from 12:30 pm to 5 pm.

The participating sites Bowne House; Flushing Town Hall; Friends Quaker Meeting; Kingsland Homestead; Lewis H. Latimer House Museum; Louis Armstrong House Museum; and Voelker Orth Museum Bird Sanctuary & Victorian Garden will be decorated as they were during Christmas celebrations of yore to present a glimpse into their pasts. They will also offer special, time-honored activities, craft fairs, and refreshments.

More images and descriptions of the venues and their tour plans are on the jump page.


09/24/15 1:00pm


Mazarte Dance Company is a nonprofit socio-cultural organization that promotes indigenous Mexican culture, especially dance and art, in New York City.

The Bangladesh Institute of Performing Arts is a nonprofit socio-cultural organization that promotes Bengali cultural, especially dance and language, in New York City.

On September 26, Mazarte and BIPA will headline Oye Corona!, a monthly, outdoor celebration organized by Queens Museum which features live music, crafts, workouts, and even storytelling.

To take place in Corona Plaza from 1 pm to about 6 pm, this month’s fun will feature a mobile library that provides books and games to youngsters, a screenprinting workshop, and a dance-based fitness class called “bailoterapia.”

Mazarte will perform at 3:30 pm, while BIPA will begin its one-hour show at 4:30 pm. More information and a photo of BIPA in action are on the jump page.


09/04/15 1:00pm

New York Hall of Science Presents October Waves 2013

She shoots seascapes by the seashore.

Sandra Gottlieb loves to take photos of the Atlantic Ocean while standing on the sands of Rockaway Beach. Depicting the sky, the water, and waves at different times of day and during different seasons, the images contrast light, texture, and form.

During the October 2013 hurricane season, the waves were bigger and more powerful than usual. So Gottlieb used a 300mm fixed lens to capture the crests of the waves and the hollow sections and the troughs between crests. She worked at sunset, when the light and atmosphere were most intense and the light’s reflection off the water created colors and textures within the waves.

From now until October 31, the New York Hall of Science is presenting October Waves: 2013, a display of 30 photos by Gottlieb with the central theme of changing light and shifting tides. The idea is to portray the timeless quality of being at the edge of the sea.

Another stunning photo and more information are on the jump page.


08/19/15 1:00pm

Jazzmobile Block Party

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.


08/12/15 2:00pm


A concert by Carlos Santana (above, right) is the week’s highlight, but Yo-Yo Ma and even the Beatles make appearances. These events are joined by countless outdoor activities, such as movies, music, water fun, 19th century crafts and a honey festival. The rundown is on the jump page.


08/07/15 1:00pm


She is single-handedly re-popularizing the four-string banjo in jazz and breaking all stereotypes about banjo players at the same type.

Cynthia Sayer is an award-winning instrumentalist, vocalist and bandleader who rose to prominence as a founding member of Woody Allen’s New Orleans Jazz Band. Known for eclectic, swing-based shows, her career includes performances in Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center and appearing with The New York Philharmonic.

On August 15, Sayer brings her Sparks Fly Quartet to the Louis Armstrong House Museum in Corona. The group’s classic jazz core pays tribute to Satchmo, while its eclectic repertoire embraces musical influences of the 1920s and 1930s.

Details: Cynthia Sayer & Her Sparks Fly Quartet, Louis Armstrong House Museum, 34-56 107th Street, Corona, August 15, 2 pm, $18 (advance tickets include red beans & rice and sweet tea plus a free historic house tour pass).

Photo: Cynthia Sayer

07/15/15 1:00pm


It’s another huge week for outdoor music with classical, funk, gospel, hip hop, jazz, a tribute to the Beatles, and two Italian nights. Other options include a new night market, sculpture, story-telling, an e-waste recycling event, an art conference, pie-crumbling, and poetry.

July 16, Queens Night Market, 6 pm to 11 pm. A social event and night market with food, crafts, live performances, and a deejay. Flushing Town Hall, 137-35 Northern Blvd.

July 16, SummerStage: Lyricist Lounge, 7 pm. Large Professor, a hip hop producer from Flushing, and Marley Marl, a hip hop producer from Queensbridge, perform. Free. Queensbridge Park, vicinity of 41st Road, 40th Avenue, Vernon Boulevard, and the East River, LIC.

July 16, Alí Bello & The Sweet Wire Band, 6:30 pm. Through the Third Thursdays in Bliss Plaza program, Alí Bello & The Sweet Wire Band present Latin jazz fusion invigorated by Afro-Caribbean musical styles. Free. Bliss Plaza, Queens Boulevard and 46th Street under the elevated 7 train station, Sunnyside. (more…)

07/08/15 12:00pm


George Clinton and Funkadelic highlight a series of free outdoor concerts this week. In addition to the live music, fun-seekers can choose a Colombia flower extravaganza (above), a noncompetitive bike race, a book festival, plenty of movies, and a night market. Here’s the rundown.

July 9, The Cab Calloway Orchestra, 7:30 pm. The Central Astoria LDC’s 2015 Waterfront Concert Series begins with a night of music from the Harlem Renaissance (1930s-1940s). Free. Astoria Park’s Great Lawn, Shore Boulevard between the Hell Gate Bridge and the pool.

July 9, Preview Screening of Boulevard with director Dito Montiel in person, 7 pm. The movie Boulevard premiered to warm praise at the Tribeca Film Festival, but its release was delayed after main actor Robin Williams’s death last summer. Now it premieres on July 10, but it screens at the Museum of the Moving Image the night before with Astoria-born director Montiel in attendance. $15. MMI, 36-01 35th Avenue, Kaufman Arts District.

July 9, Flushing Historical Diversity Tour, 6:30 pm. Official Queens historian Jack Eichenbaum walks and talks about the area’s past and present. $12/$6 for children. Flushing Town Hall, 137-35 Northern Boulevard. (more…)

07/03/15 1:00pm


On your mark. Get set. Go…but not too fast. On July 12, the eighth annual Tour de Queens will take participants on a roughly 20-mile loop that starts and ends in Astoria Park. Basically a rolling parade, the tour rides en masse at a family-friendly pace –about 10 mph — with NYPD escorts, volunteer safety marshals, and occasional stops at intersections to gather riders. This year’s route goes through Long Island City, Sunnyside, Rego Park, Forest Hills, and Corona with an optional rest stop with light snacks and water at Juniper Valley Park in Middle Village.

Proceeds go to Transportation Alternatives, a nonprofit that promotes bicycling, walking, and the use of public transit in New York City.

Details: Tour de Queens, meet in the Astoria Park parking lot off 19th Street and Hoyt Avenue North, Astoria, July 12, 8 am check in, $22.50.

Photo by Tour de Queens

07/02/15 1:00pm


It’s been an Independence Day tradition for many years.

The Louis Armstrong House Museum kicks off its ninth-annual, three-gig Hot Jazz/Cool Garden series on July 4 with sizzling live music, red beans and rice (Satchmo’s favorite), and sweet tea. The Ladybugs (above), a traditional jazz vocal group known for intricate harmonies, lead the way. With a repertoire that favors music from the 1920s-1940s, all band members sing while each one plays ukulele, guitar, trombone, bass or drums.

Jon-Erik Kellso & Friends will take to the outdoor stage in the museum’s garden on July 18. A trumpeter who started playing in a big band at age 11, Kellso has jammed all over the world with such greats as Wynton Marsalis and The EarRegulars. On Monday and Tuesday nights, he shares the stage with Vince Giordano’s Nighthawks at Iguana on West 54th Street in Manhattan.

The final concert stars Cynthia Sayer & Her Sparks Fly Quartet on August 15. Led by acclaimed banjoist/vocalist Sayer, this classic jazz core pays tribute to Louis Armstrong with an eclectic repertoire that also embraces other musical influences of the 1920s and 1930s.

Plus, the exhibit Red Beans & Ricely Yours: Louis Armstrong & Food will be on display at the house during these shows.

Details: Hot Jazz/Cool Garden 2015, Louis Armstrong House Museum, 34-56 107th Street, Corona, July 4, July 18 and August 15, 2 pm, $18/$45 for series subscription.

Photo by The Ladybugs