09/09/14 1:00pm

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Andy Warhol is coming to Queens as part of an exhibition that examines the pop artist’s “photo-aesthetic,” including his use of silkscreens, Polaroid photographs, silver gelatin prints, and black-and-white print media. His pieces will appear with work by a famous Malaysian artist whom he greatly influenced. More information and photos after the jump.

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05/05/14 1:00pm

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Basically, she arrived on Broadway in the 1950s and never left. After being the ingénue in Flahooley in 1951 and then starring in the original musicals Plain and Fancy (1955), Candide (1956) and The Music Man (1957), Barbara Cook has gone on to win two Grammys, one Tony, a Kennedy Center lifetime achievement award and countless other accolades, including White House performances in front of Presidents Carter, Reagan, Bush I and Clinton. A silvery soprano, Cook is known for her purity of tone and warm-but-strong stage presence. On Saturday night, this Atlanta native will perform selections from her newly developed repertoire of jazz and swing while also reprising her classics from Broadway and the great American songbook at the Kupferberg Center for the Arts.

Details: Broadway Legend Barbara Cook, Colden Auditorium, Queens College, Kissena Boulevard and Horace Harding Expressway, Flushing, May 10th, 8 pm, $45/$55/$69 (save 20% off four tickets by using code barbara20,  www.kupferbergcenter.org/events/barbara-cook).

Photo: Kupferberg Center for the Arts

04/25/14 1:00pm

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They call him the “Martin Luther King of Brazil.” Abdias Nascimento was an author, playwright, senator and artist who was also a founding force in his South American country’s Black Pride movement. On April 28th, Queens College’s Godwin-Ternbach Museum will open an exhibition of 40 large-scale, brilliantly colored digital prints of Nascimento’s art which are deeply influenced by the African-Brazilian religion Candomblé, its sister religion, Santería, that originated in the Caribbean, and Haitian Vodou. There will be an opening reception on April 30th that will include a roundtable discussion on “Abdias Nascimento and Candomblé, Santería and Afro-Latino Politics in Brazil and Cuba.” This program is part of Queens College’s Year of Brazil celebration, which encompasses everything student and faculty exchanges to student-sponsored activities on culture, sports, and daily life to exhibitions, film screenings, and performances. 

Details: Artwork of Legendary Brazilian Activist, Artists and Author, Queens College’s Godwin-Ternbach Museum, 405 Klapper Hall, 65-30 Kissena Boulevard, Flushing, April 28th through June 21st, free, museum is open Monday through Thursday from 11 am to 7 pm and Saturday from 11 am to 5 pm. 

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Top photo: Abdias Nascimento; bottom photo: Godwin Ternbach

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.

Photo by Vinicius Lima