It’s time for a change. Since last December, various community advisors have been meeting periodically to discuss improvements to Flushing Meadows Corona Park. Part of The World’s Park: Reconnecting a Regional Park with Its Neighbors project done in partnership with the NYC Parks Department, the Queens Museum, and Design Trust for Public Space, the focus is on the planning, design, and stewardship of the 1,225-acre public space. This Sunday, the public gets to provide input at the World’s Park Community Forum at Queens Museum. All are invited, plus there will be simultaneous Spanish and Mandarin translation and activities for non-speakers. More information on jump page.
There’s some confusion as to whether it’s the Year of the Goat, Sheep or Ram, but it’s perfectly clear that Flushing is “The Place” to celebrate Lunar New Year this weekend. The neighborhood will be radiant in the colors red and gold, and red-clothed individuals will be in the street, handing out money wrapped in red envelopes and oranges. The 19th annual parade will kick off in the vicinity of Union Street and 37th Avenue on February 21st at 11 am with an estimated 5,000 spectators, lanterns, fireworks, dancing lions, and large dragons. It will end near Main Street and 39th Avenue about an hour later. However, this is the prize at the end of the stretch; two unique, inspiring Lunar New Year events are set for this weekend.
Queens Theater is ready to host the nation’s first and oldest Latino dance group for three passion-filled performances this weekend. And the venerable venue is offering special Valentine’s Day discounts to all shows. More details and an additional photo are on the jump page. (more…)
Ah, that old Queens lament: So little time, so many unique, inspiring concerts to attend. On Friday, Bernadette Morris will perform at the New York Irish Center. A rising star on the Emerald Isle, this Belfast-based talent has spent 25 of her 32 years on stage and/or immersed in music. She offers a fresh take on traditional Irish folk songs, singing in English and Gaelic and playing a mean fiddle.
After the concert, attendees should go right to sleep so they are rested for two Sunday concerts by Face the Music, the country’s only youth ensemble that is dedicated to the creation and performance of classical music by living composers. Over the past decade, this group has grown from an after-school club of eight kids to a band with 135-plus people from all over the Tri-State Area who convene every week to write, rehearse, and perform together. On this date at the Queens Museum, they will tackle Michael Gordon’s Trance, which is rarely performed because of its size (22 players needed), length (52 minutes), and difficulty (it’s been described as “classic music on the way to a heavy metal meltdown”). More details and another photo are on the jump page.
The Puppet State Theatre Company of Scotland is heading to Flushing Town Hall to present The Man Who Planted Trees (also known as The Story of Elzéard Bouffier) on Sunday. This multi-sensory adaptation of Jean Giono’s classic French tale depicts a shepherd who plants acorn after acorn until transforming a barren section of the Alps into a forest. Often hilarious while at other times touching, this allegorical story demonstrates the difference one man (and his dog) can make in the world.
Meanwhile, Queens Theatre will present Charlotte’s Web, adapted from E.B. White’s book about the friendship between a pig named “Wilbur” and a spider named “Charlotte,” on Sunday. Amid a farm full of mad-cap animals, Charlotte uses her writing and web-spinning skills to help Wilbur avoid being butchered. Another photo, more details, and discount offers follow on the jump page.
The theater segment is designed to stimulate group-talk about Islam in New York City after the 9/11 terror attacks. After the conversations, the museum will unveil The Faces of Islam, an exhibition featuring photos of local politicians, community leaders, and LaGuardia students, staffers, and family members who are Muslim. The images, which were taken by students over two semesters, will be on display until March 1st.
It was so nice they did it twice. Flushing Meadows Corona Park hosted the 1939-1940 World’s Fair and the one that ran in 1964 and 1965. Both events – which took place over two, consecutive, six-month periods – had major impact on Queens and the rest of the world. Plus, both are currently celebrating major anniversaries (50th and 75th). This Sunday, a group of Urban Park Rangers will lead a tour through the park that will highlight the remnants and their roles in these historic fairs. More details after jump.
First, a definition: a “Bboy” is a breakdancer who performs for fun and/or money. (A “Bgirl” is a female who does the same.) Now, a second definition: a “Bboy battle” is a breakdancing competition with judges, a referee, sportscasters, ring models, and even a halftime show.
This Sunday, Queens Theatre will host the world’s first professional Bboy battle in breakdance history with the best in the business battling for bragging rights, a title, and $5,000 in cash prizes. The action-packed event will include floor routines, acrobatics, gymnastics, aerials, and even some martial arts with a live DJ spinning hip hop jams. Add to this a rap-dance show during the intermission and sportscasters engaging their online audience with play-by-play reports, replays, insight, and analysis. More details on the jump page.
Circus Amok is known for its one-ring spectacles that manage to be outrageous, hilarious, political, and even sexy. The performers display traditional skills, such as juggling, acrobatics and clowning, but they also like to dance, do improv and mix gender roles. On January 24th, this troupe will bring its act to the Queens Museum to add spice to the Spooktacular Winter Ball. Attendees are encouraged to dust off their Halloween costumes and bring some tricks up their sleeves, while Circus Amok will provide the sideshow thrills. The lineup includes a heart-stopping scavenger hunt with fearless feather balancing; hippodrome bingo with genuine fake hippos; a palindrome parade through the world-famous Panorama; a big top bar; a ring toss raffle; and even clown face painting.
Details: Boo! The Winter Spooktacular Ball, Queens Museum, NYC Building, Flushing Meadows Corona Park, January 24th, 2 pm to 5 pm. Price range: $75 contribution (this is a fundraiser) for up to six tickets, six raffle tickets, and family membership; $150 contribution for up to six tickets, 12 raffle tickets, family membership, one VIP parking spot for the event, and the opportunity for advance sign-up for Big Time Summer Art Thing for Kids Summer Camp (placement not guaranteed); and $20 for a ticket, which includes one complimentary raffle ticket.
On Sunday the eleventh, a repeat of my journey to the institution, housed in Flushing Meadows Corona Park, was enacted. This time, the Queens Museum was merely the place where a walking tour of the so called Iron Triangle at Willets Point was meeting up, an excursion led by the official Queens Borough Historian – Dr. Jack Eichenbaum. I’ve been lucky enough to know him for a while now, and I’m pretty sure that we met during the Queensboro Bridge Centennial celebrations back in 2009. When I heard that he would be doing this tour, inquiries whether or not I could come along were made and he graciously invited me (and you Q’Stoners) along.
Here’s what we saw along the way – with lots of photos after the jump.