The youngsters are home with no school this week. Luckily, there are plenty of workshops and other activities all around the borough to provide the little darlings with entertainment, education, and enrichment. Plus, a rap legend comes to town. Here’s the rundown.
Ronald K. Brown’s Evidence Dance Company use physical movement and the spoken word to unite two concepts: portraying unseen spirituality and expressing the endurance, suffering, and triumph of the African diaspora. The troupe mixes everything from modern urban choreography to ballet to sabar, a flirtatious, celebratory West African dance that involves arm swinging, hip twisting, jumping, and knee lifting.
Based in Brooklyn, Brown has won various prestigious awards, including a Guggenheim Fellowship and a Bessie, and he has taught at Harvard College. His troupe, which was founded in 1986, travels the world, performing, teaching, organizing workshops, and establishing cultural connections.
Korean music and dance. African music and dance. Mexican music and dance. Chinese flower-themed music. Then, jazz, Baroque masters, a youth orchestra, protest songs, and Christmas and Chanukah ditties. There’s magic in the Queens air this week. Here’s the rundown.
Russian ballet, a historic house tour, craft markets, a Star Wars-themed road race, and an annual party with a lecture on Ronzoni. It’s definitely the holiday season in Queens! This week also features a cheese festival, a sci-fi expo with an actress from the original Star Trek, and an enchanting story in a labyrinth (above). Another image and 20 upcoming events are on the jump page.
It’s Thanksgiving time, and Queens is ready for Black Friday and Small Business Saturday. But the borough is also geared up for a reggae extravaganza, a Moth SLAM, theater, film, children’s activities, and tree/wreath/poinsettia sales. Another image and 13 upcoming events are on the jump page.
Hector Canonge is ready to implement an art intervention on Queens residents.
The Jackson Heights-based interdisciplinary artist — who recently returned from gigs in Athens, Berlin, Buenos Aires, Rome, Venice, and other cities — is currently organizing the Itinerant Performance Art Festival NYC at locations throughout the five boroughs.
This weekend (2 pm to 5 pm on both days), Queens Museum will join the fun, hosting local, national, and international performance artists who will present pieces that explore the themes “Race and Corporal Embodiments,” “Queering Gender & Identity,” and “Migratory Patterns.”
The Flushing Meadows Corona Park landmark will dedicate a special indoor space to the itinerant effort, and participants will interact with each other on a “live canvas.” For example, Diane Dwyer plans to place a painting on the floor, stand on it, and note who joins her. In another section, Thomas Albrecht will stand motionless with a suitcase in his hand, staring in the same direction for three hours to coax observers into dealing with boredom, tedium, and anxiety.
Another image and descriptions of other contributing artists are on the jump page.
The baseball action inside Citi Field has settled in for a long winter’s nap, but the rest of the borough is alive and kicking with a wide array of fun things to do, including brand new theater, Korean film, live music, Kristallnacht-related discussions, smashing pumpkins, and a Diwali motorcade. Another image and info on 23 events are on the jump page.
It’s time for two days of pumpkin-chucking! Other non-traditional Halloween celebrations include a haunted hike through a forest, a tour of murder and mayhem, kimchee-eating, and a multi-disciplinary Day of the Dead event. Also on the To Do list are a Russian play, an Irish crooner, a Jewish comedian, a French filmmaker, and a Panamanian expo. Another image and the full rundown are on the jump page.
Red-tailed hawks, peregrine falcons, and bald eagles are going to soar in Flushing Meadows Corona Park this Saturday, and humans are encouraged to check them out.
From noon to 3 pm, the 18th annual Raptor Fest will take place in the vicinity of the Unisphere. Urban Park Rangers will display predatory birds in a viewing area, where there will also be live demonstrations featuring amazing aerial feats, education/activity tables, and static animal displays by Wildlife in Need of Rescue and Rehabilitation. More information and an image of a large owl with another Park Ranger are on the jump page.
Children don’t usually enjoy anything that includes the words “back to school.” However, Jamaica hosts a back-to-school fashion show this week with young models and performers that people of all ages will love. Music is a big draw this week with African beats, the blues, choral auditions, doo wop, a drum circle, and jazz. Bike lessons and Jews in Iran are also part of the mix. The details and another photo are on the jump page.