09/01/15 6:47pm

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In the early 1970s, the Fiber Art Movement was in its heyday. Feminists, especially in the San Francisco Bay Area, were creating traditional crafts with natural or synthetic fiber, such as yarn, to celebrate women who worked with textiles in factories or the domestic sphere.

Gertrud Parker was in the center of the action, making sculptures of dyed “gutskin,” a fine, almost transparent material stretched over welded frames. The Vienna native also created paintings, prints, mixed media, and installation pieces and founded the now shuttered San Francisco Museum of Craft and Folk Art.

On September 8 at 6 pm, the Godwin-Ternbach Museum, a part of Queens College’s Kupferberg Center for the Visual and Performing Arts, will host an opening reception for a new exhibition honoring Parker. The nonagenarian will be present and participate in a conversation with museum director Amy Winter.

Set to run until September 27, this exhibition features mostly watercolors and prints, many of which juxtapose a light, translucent palette with dark themes of human existence. This is the first time Parker has been in a one-woman show and the first time she has exhibited in New York City. More information and another photo of a Parker piece are on the jump page.

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08/18/15 1:00pm

Flushing Town Hall Puppet Show

There is no dialogue, but the show leaves audiences speechless.

Le Théâtre de Deux Mains is dedicated to enriching and preserving the tradition of puppet theater through one-man shows based on popular, time-honored tales. This Friday and Saturday, the Montreal-based company will present The Swan at Flushing Town Hall. Based on The Ugly Duckling by Hans Christian Andersen, this show depicts a lost little bird looking for his parents.

First, a fisherman comes across a single egg in a pond. Then, two little feet pop out of the egg and begin waddling on shore. The newborn sees his reflection and discovers that he doesn’t look like any other members of his species. He’s certainly no chicken. He’s definitely no owl. He’s obviously no hawk. With changing colors and lighting inspired by Tiffany lamps, he follows clues to meet his true family. The story certainly inspires by itself, but it is enhanced by the puppeteer/actor who controls the puppets, set dressings, light, and sound entirely alone onstage.

More information and another photo on the jump page.

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08/17/15 1:00pm

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The festival is back by popular demand. The talent is popular and in demand.

Awkwafina is half-Chinese, half-Korean, and 100 percent hip hop. The Forest Hills native, who utilizes satire and screwball antics while busting her rhymes, is leading the charge in the up-and-coming Asian-American rap scene, which includes artists Dumbfoundead and Rekstizzy. Her first solo album, Yellow Ranger, contains tracks such as “Mayor Bloomberg (Giant Margarita)” and the title track, “Yellow Ranger.”

Awkwafina headlines the music portion of the summer’s second Flushing Night Out on August 21. (The first one took place on July 16.) Organized by the Greater Flushing Chamber of Commerce at Flushing Town Hall, this social event will feature local entrepreneurs offering delicious food, unique fashion, and amazing crafts in addition to the rapping.

More info, a photo from the July 16 Flushing Night Out, and a modified vendor list are on the jump page.

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08/14/15 1:00pm

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It was 1946, and diplomats from around the world were moving to Queens to work at the United Nations, which was operating in Flushing Meadows Corona Park. However, there was a problem: racial discrimination was everywhere in the United States and many of these newcomers were “people of color.”

The solution was Parkway Village, a 35-acre garden apartment complex in Kew Garden Hills which was completed in 1947 to house United Nations employees. Designed by Clarence Combs, the verdant landscaped grounds featured red brick buildings with white columns, lintels, and spatial apartments. African-American diplomat Ralph Bunch won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1950 while living there, while other notable residents included NAACP leader Roy Wilkins and Betty Friedan, the feminist activist and author.

As time passed, United Nations workers started cycling out, and the purely rental community became a co-op in 1983. Then, due to its remarkable past and architectural prominence, it was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 2012.

This Sunday, August 16, Parkway Village Historical Society President Judith Guttman will present a lecture on the history of the area at the Queens Historical Society in Flushing. Guttman, who describes herself as a proud “Villager,” was part of the landmark effort.

(More details and another photo are on the jump page.)

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08/12/15 2:00pm

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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.

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08/10/15 1:00pm

Born to former slaves in 1848, the self-educated Lewis H. Latimer was one of the 10 most prolific African-American inventors in United States history. His patents include a toilet system for railroad cars and a method for producing carbon filaments for light bulbs. He also drafted the patent drawings for Alexander Graham Bell’s telephone.

This National Inventors Hall of Fame inductee lived much his adult life in a wood frame, two-story house with Queen Anne architecture in Flushing. After his death in 1928, his descendants lived in this dwelling until 1963. Then under threat of demolition in 1988, it was moved to 34-41 137th Street, converted into a museum, and granted city landmark status.

Info on an upcoming event at the Latimer House and a photo of the namesake are on the jump page.

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08/05/15 12:00pm

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Pets gone wild! Activities this week include a doggie ice cream party, a dragon festival, an exhibit on how cats are taking over the internet, and a screening of the movie ET. There are also various outdoor activities, such as the annual Jamaica JAMS concert and street festival with more than 500 vendors. Here’s the rundown.

August 6, Passport Thursdays Outdoor International Dance, Music & Film Series, 7 pm. A screening of Mateo, a Colombian film about youngster who collects extortion money on behalf of his uncle to help out his poor mother. This action leads to some difficult choices. Free. Queens Museum, NYC Building, Flushing Meadows Corona Park.

August 6, Central Astoria Waterfront Concert Series, 7:30 pm. A live performance by Dance Machine, New York City’s only authentic 11-piece disco band. Bring a blanket or chair, but also bring bell bottoms, polyester shirts, and platform shoes. Free. Astoria Park Great Lawn, Shore Boulevard between the Hell Gate Bridge and Astoria Pool.

August 6, The Merchant of Venice, 7:30 pm. The Hip to Hip Theatre presents Shakespeare’s story about a Venetian gentleman who has to default on a loan from moneylender. Free. Children’s program at 7 pm. Crocheron Park, 35th Avenue and Cross Island Parkway, across from Golden Pond, Bayside.

August 6, Outdoor Concert, 7 pm. Orville Davis & the Wild Bunch perform country music — honky tonk with attitude — as part of a series sponsored by the Northern Woodside Coalition. Free. Sgt. Collins Triangle, Broadway and 58th Street, Woodside, 718-205-1030.

August 7, How Cats Took Over the Internet, through Jan. 31, 2016. This exhibition, which includes screenings and live events, looks at the phenomenon of cats online and how they have transfixed a generation of web users. Museum of the Moving Image, 36-01 35th Avenue, Kaufman Arts District.

August 7, JAMS Under the Stars, 5 pm to 10 pm. A mega concert with Toni Ann Semple, a powerful singer who blends the nuances of her African and Native American heritages into soul, funk, and jazz; DJ Jordan Knoxx, a mixologist from Hollis; and Dallas Forte, a Christian crooner from Guyana. Free. Rufus King Park, vicinity of 153rd Street and 89th Avenue, Jamaica, www.go2ccj.org.

August 7, Free First Friday, 10 am to 8 pm. Free admission, public tours in English and Japanese, and Center of Attention, an extended conversation about a single work of art. (Noguchi’s Cloud Mountain is the topic on Aug. 7 at 7 pm.) Noguchi Museum, 9-01 33rd Road, Long Island City.

August 7: ET, about 8:30 pm. Outdoor screening of a classic movie with Midtown Manhattan in the background. Free. Hunters Point South Park, Center Boulevard and 51st Avenue, Long Island City.

August 8, Hong Kong Dragon Boat Festival, through Aug. 9. More than 170 teams and 2,000 participants compete and celebrate the Year of the Rabbit. Expect racing, cultural performances, and great food. Free. Flushing Meadows Corona Park’s Meadow Lake near the boathouse.

August 8, Jamaica Arts & Music Summer Festival, 11 am to 7 pm. Expect 200,000 revelers enjoying live performances, fashion, art, and more than 500 vendors. Free. Jamaica Avenue from Parsons Boulevard to 170th Street, Jamaica.

Aug. 8, Chinese Theatre Works: Holding Up Half the Sky, 2 pm. This opera and puppet spectacle tells the story of four legendary women warriors, spanning 2,000 years of Chinese history. The piece was written and directed by Flushing Town Hall Space Grant recipients Kuang-Yu Fong and Stephen Kaplin. $8/$50 VIP package. Flushing Town Hall, 137-35 Northern Boulevard, Flushing.

August 8, Bix Beiderbecke Memorial Concert, 2 pm to 7 pm. An all-day event honoring a jazz legend who lived in the neighborhood. Free performances by Sunnyside Drum Corps, Street Beat Brass Band, Lindy Hoppers, Sunnyside Wolverines, Sunnyside Social Club, Sunnyside Arch at 46th Street.

August 8, 78th Street Play Street, dusk. The Queens World Film Festival collaborates with the Jackson Heights Green Alliance to present indie films under the stars. Free. Travers Park, 78th Street and 34th Avenue, Jackson Heights.

Aug. 8, Hindu Awareness and Swami Vivekanada Day, 3:30 pm. Entertainment program includes chanting, colorful dances, and meditation. The Hindu Temple Society of North America, 45-57 Bowne Street, Flushing.

August 8, Storytime & Craft, 2 pm. A relaxing afternoon with nature-inspired stories followed by a botanically-themed craft activity. Free with admission. Queens Botanical Garden, 43-50 Main Street, Flushing.

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07/29/15 1:00pm

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Five-time Grammy winner James Taylor comes to Queens to give a concert this week. He might want to arrive early and leave late so he can enjoy a huge foodie event, a ghost tour, outdoor movies, festivals and concerts, and even a chance to watch top-notch cricket. Here’s the rundown.

July 30, Doo Wop Concert, 7:30 pm. Golden Oldies from the 1950s and 1960s. Free. Astoria Park Great Lawn, Shore Boulevard between Hell Gate Bridge and Astoria Pool.

July 30, Haunting Histories and Legends of Astoria, 7:30 pm. This two-hour stroll visits some lesser-known historical sites and reveals tales of the neighborhood’s grim and ghostly past. Astoria is filled with tragic Hollywood film stars, voodoo, potters’ fields, grisly murders, poltergeists, hidden treasure, and deadly waters. $20/$25 at the door, location upon registration.

July 30, I Will Not Be Silent: A Comfort Woman’s Road to Activism, 6:30 pm. Yong Soo Lee, who was forced into prostitution by the Japanese during World War II, speaks. Special presentations by Holocaust survivors. Kupferberg Holocaust Resource Center, Queensborough Community College, 222-05 56th Avenue, Bayside. (more…)

07/28/15 1:00pm
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It’s kind of like Major League Baseball’s All-Star Game — which pits superstars from one league against their counterparts in the other circuit — except with this challenge, everybody wins.

On August 1, Flushing Town Hall will host The Catskills Comes to Queens, a premiere farm-to-table, food-and-wine tasting with more than 20 chefs, pitmasters, and culinary artisans. Attendees will be able to walk around the venue’s outside garden, theater, and exhibition space, sampling such delicacies as rabbit mortadella hot dogs, lamb tagine, Cuban-Chinese spit-roasted goat, whole hog BBQ, and crispy tripe with Sichuan peppercorn and jalapeño. (more…)

07/24/15 1:00pm

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Poet and novelist George Dawes Green founded The Moth, a nonprofit dedicated to the art of storytelling, in 1997. His aim was to revive a favorite childhood pastime: spinning yarns with his buddies on his Georgia porch during hot summer nights while moths zoomed in and out of sight.

He ended up creating a phenomenon, and that’s no fish tale.

Currently, Green and his fellow Moth raconteurs run storytelling programs in almost 20 cities. Plus, they have a weekly podcast, a national public radio show that won a 2010 Peabody Award, and a book.

On Monday, July 27, The Moth spearheads a friendly “StorySlam” at Flushing Town Hall. The night’s theme is “business,” and anyone with a true (well, mostly true), five-minute narrative about a professional dealing can apply to participate.

The format is straightforward. Potential contestants put their names in The Moth Hat. Contenders take the stage (no notes allowed) after their names are randomly picked from the pool. Judges selected from the audience then choose the StorySLAM winner.

Details: The Moth StorySLAM, Flushing Town Hall, 137-35 Northern Boulevard, Flushing. July 27, 7 pm, $10.

Photo by Flushing Town Hall