Her music reflects the country’s history. She mixes Appalachian folk, Piedmont blues, soul, R&B, and traditional Native American rhythms. It also reflects her Cherokee, Choctaw, African and European DNA. Her 2012 multifaceted work, The Garden of Love, fuses William Blake’s 18th century poetry to music that draws from rural influences of Appalachia. But Martha Redbone is also known for her support of causes reflecting her heritage. She annually holds a traditional music workshop within the United Houma Nation’s Cultural Enrichment Summer Camp program, and regularly gives talks on subjects ranging from indigenous rights to the role of arts in politics. This weekend, Redbone will offer a concert on Friday and then lead a workshop the next day at Flushing Town Hall. Her husband Aaron Whitby will join her on stage, playing keys and melodica, while Alan Burroughs will handle the guitar and vocals, Fred Cash will play bass, and Tony Mason will rock the drums. On Saturday, the interactive, family-friendly music workshop will introduce participants to Native American rhythms and sounds.
Concert details: Flushing Town Hall, 137-35 Northern Boulevard, Flushing, November 21st, 7:30 pm, $15/$10 for students. This event has a special “tweetseat” offer. People who are active on social media can attend for free if they tweet at least five times before, during and after the concert.
Remember: Whatever happens under the mistletoe, stays under the mistletoe. As part of the 27th Annual Holiday Historic House Tour, seven local landmarks will offer seasonal refreshments, organize time-honored activities, and provide glimpses of Christmas celebrations from as far back as the 17th century on Sunday, December 7th. Visitors will be able to check out any (or all) of the venues — Kingsland Homestead; Voelker Orth Museum; Lewis H. Latimer House Museum; Friends Meeting House; Flushing Town Hall; Bowne House; and Louis Armstrong House Museum — and a van will continuously run between sites from 1 pm to 5 pm.
After the jump, more information on each participating venue and its tour plans… (more…)
More than 5,000 years of Chinese history and culture are coming to Queens College. The exhibit, Highlights of The Daghlian Collection of Chinese Art, will be on view at the Godwin-Ternbach Museum from November 19th, 2014, through January 17th, 2015. Selected from a larger donation by William Daghlian, a former adjunct professor at Queens College’s Aaron Copland School of Music, the show will feature 60 items, including ceramics, jade, pottery, and wood objects dating from the Stone Age (ca. 6,000–2,500 BCE) to the Ming Dynasty (ca. 1,368–1,644 AD). More details and photos are on the jump page.
The Queens hills are alive with the sound of music…high quality and diverse music. This weekend there’s something for just about every ear as bands are ready to play jazz, symphony, folk, classical, Irish, and bee bop. There’s even an autism-friendly trombone concert. Details on seven performances are after the jump.
This weekend, a culture lover could trek to Korea, then Cuba, then China or simply hang out at Flushing Town Hall and experience the greatness of all these countries. On Friday, the Northern Boulevard landmark will host Juris Kuns (bottom), a group that mixes the time-honored and cutting edge with an acoustic guitar, bass guitar, percussion and janggu, a Korean drum with an hourglass-shaped body and two heads that produce different pitches and timbres, representing the harmony of man and woman when played together.
On Saturday night, two-time Grammy nominee Dafnis Prieto (middle), who won a MacArthur Foundation “genius grant” in 2011, will honor his African-Cuban heritage with congas, timbales and the layered rhythms of rhumba and son. Then on Sunday afternoon, beautiful music and motion mix in CrossCurrent, when Luxembourg International Composition prize-winner Huang Ruo and the New Asia Chamber Music Society share the stage with members of the Nai-Ni Chen Dance Company (above).
They call her “The Empress of Soul,” and her empire includes seven Grammys, a spot in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, countless film and TV credits, and number one hits in the Pop, R&B, and Adult Contemporary categories. This Sunday, Gladys Knight conquers Queens with a concert sponsored by the Kupferberg Center for the Arts. Though she’s been performing for more than 50 years, a recent Seattle Times review described her as “a bundle of energy offering soaring versions of songs” such as “Midnight Train to Georgia,” “That’s What Friends Are For,” and “Best Thing to Ever Happen to Me.”
It’s probably the best production house you’ve never heard of…with prices you’ve never seen. The Free Synagogue of Flushing Community Theatre Group has staged large musicals every May and November for the past 35 years with the goal of providing high-quality, low-cost entertainment, especially for children, nursing home residents, and the disabled. For five days this November, these mensches will produce Thoroughly Modern Millie with Music Theatre International, which works directly with composers, lyricists, and writers and grants groups the rights to perform Broadway musicals. Thoroughly Modern tells the story of Millie Dillmount, who moves to NYC from Kansas in 1922 with the singular goal of getting a job as the secretary for a rich man and then marrying him. Of course her plan goes awry, but Millie gets really into the Jazz Age with her flapper attire and bobbed hair. Then she realizes that the owner of dingy hotel where she lives is a white slave trafficker who sells young ladies to Asian lords. Hilarity and tap dancing ensue.
Details: Thoroughly Modern Millie, Free Synagogue of Flushing, enter at 41-60 Kissena Boulevard, Flushing, November 8th and 15th at 8 pm, November 2nd, 9th, and 16th at 3 pm, $18/$15 seniors over 64 and children under 13.
Sometimes Queens is so diverse it’s scary. Upcoming Halloween events include everything from senior events to youth events; cemetery fun to casino fun; and food-making to mask-making. And let’s not even begin to discuss all the great neighborhoods for trick-or-treating. To aid decision-making, the Queens Tourism Council suggests the following activities because they combine enjoyment with safety, enrichment, and even some sweet treats. They appear on the jump page.
He can pretty much do it all: show tunes, country, blues, jazz, R&B, traditional pop, soul, disco, even Christmas music. And he pretty much has done it all. Since his first song, “Wonderful, Wonderful” in 1957,” Johnny Mathis has had at least one hit single in each following decade, while selling more than 350 million albums and receiving four Grammy nominations. This Sunday, he takes his act to the Colden Auditorium in Flushing for a night of romance, easy listening, and pop standards.
It’s always a bumper crop in these parts. This Sunday, the Queens Botanical Garden hosts its fourth annual Harvest Fest & Pumpkin Patch, a day-long, family-friendly bash with great food, live entertainment, craft vendors, children’s activities, a bird-and-nature walk, the famous beer tent, and gourds galore.