03/06/14 1:00pm

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Remember: In Strawberry Fields, nothing is real. The Fab Faux, a world-renown Beatles tribute band whose members include Will Lee of Late Night with David Letterman and Jimmy Vivino from Conan O’Brien’s show, will perform at Flushing’s Colden Center on Saturday night. Famous for painstaking attention to detail and an unwavering respect for their idols, The Faux impeccably recreate the harmony, notes, sound and general experience of a Beatles concert, but with extra vocalists to achieve a double-tracked effect. For this show, the group will celebrate the 50th anniversary of The Beatles on the Ed Sullivan Show with a mixed set of favorites. They will be joined by the Creme Tangerine Strings and the Hogshead Horn.

Details: The Fab Faux, presented by JES Entertainment, Colden Center at Queens College, Kissena Boulevard and Horace Harding Expressway, Flushing, March 8th, 8 pm, $65/$55/$45.

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02/11/14 1:00pm

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It’s extremely romantic, and thanks to a special discount, it’s a cheap date. Put simply, Christine Andreas and Martin Silvestri are the masters of the amorous ballad. This husband-and-wife team makes audiences laugh, smile and cry (sometimes at the same time) with brilliant lyrics and melodies mixed with stage antics, humor and human chemistry. Andreas (above), who once starred in Broadway revivals of My Fair Lady and Oklahoma, likes to combine her soprano voice with wheeling vibrato and the emotionality that springs from her acting past as she sings traditional pop, cabaret and theater tunes. Silvestri tickles the ivories with skill and grace. On Valentine’s Day, these lovebirds will perform at LeFrak Concert Hall, and the host (Kupferberg Center for the Arts) has decided to offer a $5 discount to Queens Brownstoner readers.

Details: Love Is Good, LeFrak Concert Hall at Queens College, vicinity of Horace Harding Expressway and Kissena Boulevard, Flushing, February 14th, 8 pm, $38-$59 (Use code “valentine” for $5 off tickets.)
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02/06/14 1:00pm
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These fables are timeless, ageless and great with musical accompaniment. On Sunday at LeFrak Concert Hall, the Queens Symphony Orchestra will present Peter and the Wolf, the classic Russian tale of a young lad and his refusal to obey his grandfather’s demands. Composed by Sergei Prokofiev in 1936, this legend is frequently performed to introduce children to the symphonic form. QSO will also present The Frog Prince, a musical retelling of a beloved fairy tale with a new score by composer and conductor Victoria Bond. Plus, the free afternoon will begin with a “Meet the Instruments” gathering at 2 pm, when concert-goers can speak with orchestra members and learn about their instruments.

Details: The Frog Prince & Peter and the Wolf, LeFrak Concert Hall at Queens College, vicinity of Horace Harding Expressway and Kissena Boulevard, Flushing, February 9th, 3 pm, with chance to meet the instruments at 2 pm, free. Tickets are available on a first-come, first-served basis. RSVP through the Kupferberg Center Box Office at 718-793-8080 is suggested.

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01/06/14 1:00pm

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They’re really nice. They’re going to do it twice. And the price is bound to entice. Ballet Hispánico will bring its unique fusion of classical, Latin and contemporary dance — with extra helpings of passion and theatricality, not to mention a repertoire of more than 100 diverse works — to Flushing on February 8th and February 9th. To add to the fun, the Kupferberg Center for the Arts, the event organizer, is offering $5 ticket discounts.

Details: Ballet Hispánico, Goldstein Theatre at Kupferberg Center for the Arts, vicinity of Kissena Boulevard and Horace Harding Parkway, Flushing, February 8th at 8 pm and February 9th at 3 pm, $49 and $29, click here for tickets, to save $5, use the code “ballet.” (Must mention promo code at checkout. Offer may not be combined. Not valid on previously purchased tickets. While tickets last. Limit 8 per order. Additional fees may apply. Offer expires on February 7th.)

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12/10/13 1:00pm

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‘Tis the season to attend concerts… many, many concerts. Various top-notch Queens ensembles are set fill local venues with holiday spirit in the upcoming days. Each gig is unique, and each one offers a slightly different take on Christmas, the new year and winter. On Friday, Grammy-nominated jazz guitarist and composer Amanda Monaco brings her quartet, Formula One, to Flushing Town Hall. The first part of the show will feature original compositions inspired by car racing, while the second half will consist of seasonal favorites. On Sunday, there are three fantastic choices. At 3 pm at LeFrak Concert Hall, the Queens Symphony Orchestra (above) will take the audience on a world tour through music emblematic of various cultural traditions, all bound by the common theme of joy, unity and winter. At 4 pm, Our Lady Queen of Martyrs Church’s Sacred Music Society will host the Orchestral Arts Ensemble of Queens. At 5 pm at St. Joseph Church, the Astoria Symphony will celebrate with music by two great French masters: the Bach-inspired Oratorio de Noël by Camille Saint-Saëns and Francis Poulenc’s Gloria. Exactly a week later, the Orchestral Arts Ensemble of Queens will do another show with the Oratorio Society of Queens at the Queensborough Performing Arts Center. Expect Handel’s “Messiah,” Christmas carols and Hanukkah favorites.

December 13th details: Carols and Car Races, Flushing Town Hall, 137-35 Northern Boulevard, Flushing, 8 pm, $15.

December 15th details: Holidays Around the World, LeFrak Concert Hall, Kissena Boulevard and Horace Harding Expressway, Flushing, 3 pm, $20/$10 children under 13 and adults over 64; A Christmas Concert, Our Lady Queen of Martyrs Church, 110-06 Queens Boulevard, Forest Hills, 4 pm, $25/$10 for children 12 and under; Noël!, St. Joseph Church, 43-19 30th Avenue, Astoria, 5 pm, $20/$15 seniors and children.

December 22nd details: Annual Holiday Concert 2013, QPAC, 222-05 56th Avenue, Bayside, 4 pm, $30/$25 seniors and students with ID/$10 children 12 and under.

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10/17/13 1:00pm

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It’s the queen of all homecomings! Cynthia Ann Stephanie “Cyndi” Lauper, who grew up in Ozone Park, will return to the borough this Sunday for a concert at the Colden Auditorium as part of her three-continent She’s So Unusual 30th Anniversary Tour. The one-time Richmond Hill High School student with a four-octave voice range will perform songs from her breakout 1983 album, She’s So Unusual, such as “Girls Just Want to Have Fun,” “Time After Time” and “She Bop.” She’ll also share intimate, never-before-told anecdotes of her personal life while wooing the crowd with her sui generis fashion sense.

Details: Cyndi Lauper’s She’s So Unusual 30th Anniversary Tour, Kupferberg Center for the Arts, Colden Auditorium, 65-30 Kissena Boulevard, Flushing, October 20th, 7 pm, $35-$125.

Editor’s Note: The Queens Tourism Council is offering a special discount to Queens Brownstoner readers: Save $15* on $75 and $55 orchestra seats with code: ppcyndi (please note that code is case sensitive so entire copy must be lowercase). Purchase tickets here. (more…)

10/08/13 1:00pm
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THIS EVENT HAS BEEN CANCELLED.

Bahia was the center of the Trans-Atlantic slave trade in Brazil for centuries, and many African customs, practices and creeds are still very alive in the state. These include the Yoruba-derived religious system of Candomblé, the martial art capoeira, the music genre samba and the Balé Folclórico da Bahia, the South American country’s only professional folk dance company. Exploding with color, movement, music, mystery and drama, the troupe features dozens of dancers, musicians and singers that bring an infectious energy to every performance. On October 18th, Balé Folclórico da Bahia will fill the Colden Auditorium with its thrilling choreography, joyous rhythms and generally feisty, flirtatious exuberance.

Details: Balé Folclórico da Bahia, Colden Auditorium at Kupferberg Center for the Arts, 65-30 Kissena Boulevard, Flushing, October 18th, 8 pm, $29-$59.

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10/04/13 1:00pm

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This town will find out if it’s big enough for two ensembles on October 6th. At 2 pm, the Queens Symphony Orchestra will kick off its Who Stole the Mona Lisa? show at LeFrak Concert Hall. After a meet-the-instruments session, the band will play Igor Stravinsky’s Firebird Suite as accompaniment to the screening of Micah Chamber-Goldberg‘s animated film about a cast of zany characters romping through 1911 Paris, trying to catch whomever allegedly purloined the Mona Lisa from the Louvre Museum. At 5 pm, the Astoria Symphony Orchestra will launch its 11th season with Walamboltz! at St. Joseph Church. This performance will begin with brand new work by Astoria composer B. Allen Schulz, followed by a solo by Astoria violinist Marina Fragoulis and Pyotr Tchaikovsky’s epic Fifth Symphony.

Details: Who Stole the Mona Lisa? LeFrak Concert Hall, 65-30 Kissena Boulevard, Flushing, October 6th, 2 pm, $10-$20; and Walamboltz!, St. Joseph Church, 43-19 30th Avenue, Astoria, October 6th, 5 pm, $15-$20. (more…)

10/02/13 1:00pm

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She’s won two Grammy Awards and a record-tying five Tony Awards. Plus, she just enjoyed a four-season acting gig as Dr. Naomi Bennett on the hit ABC-TV medical drama Private Practice. Now she’s coming to Queens. This Saturday, the Kupferberg Center for the Arts kicks off its 2013-2014 season with a concert featuring Audra McDonald accompanied by a jazz ensemble. The Broadway legend and luminous soprano will perform a variety of show tunes and selections from her new, intensely personal album, Go Back Home, her first solo disc in seven years.

Details: Audra McDonald Live, Kupferberg Center for the Arts, Colden Auditorium, 65-30 Kissena Boulevard, Flushing, October 5th, 8 pm, prices vary.

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08/29/13 2:00pm

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Polish-born painter Janice Biala (1903-2000) was known for her intimate interiors, powerful landscapes and personal portraits of famous artists she befriended, such as Willem de Kooning. Living in New York City and Paris, she was part of the abstract expressionism and modernism movements that transformed 20th century art. On September 12th, the Godwin-Ternbach Museum will open Biala: Vision and Memory, the first comprehensive survey of the artist’s seven-decade career. The exhibit will feature 50 paintings, collages and drawings as well as books by English author Ford Madox Ford for which Biala provided illustrations and photographs. Plus, a biographical documentary, which was filmed in Biala’s studio in 1994, will continuously screen. On opening night, guest curator Diane Kelder, a professor emerita of art history at CUNY Graduate Center, will lead a walk-through. Then, Kelder, art critic Mary Maxwell, Biala’s estate curator Jason Andrew and Godwin-Ternbach Director Amy Winter will lecture on Biala and related topics before the exhibit closes on October 27th.

Details: Biala: Vision and Memory, Godwin-Ternbach Museum, Queens College’s Klapper Hall, Room 405, 65-30 Kissena Boulevard, Flushing, September 12th through October 27th, 11 am to 7 pm (Monday through Thursday) and 11 am to 5 pm (Saturday), free. Click here then scroll down for information on lecture dates and times.

Photo courtesy of Godwin-Ternbach Museum