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.
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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.
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…)
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.
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.
Donald McClurkin has been praising God, singing gospel music, and dazzling audiences for his entire life. Born in Long Island in 1959, the ordained minister formed the McClurkin Singers as a teenager, before helping found the New York Restoration Choir. In 2001, he established Freeport’s Perfecting Faith Church, where he is now senior pastor. Over the years, he has won three Grammy awards, two BET awards, 10 Stellar awards, two Soul Train awards and one NAACP award, while penning platinum and gold CDs with classics like Stand and We Fall Down. On February 23, the tall, raspy tenor with the rich, powerful voice will perform at the Kupferberg Center for the Arts as part of the venue’s celebration of Black History Month.
An ancient art form mixes with modern theatricality and the result is too astounding to describe. The Peking Acrobats defy logic with trick-cycling, precision tumbling, somersaulting and gymnastics. They defy gravity with displays of contortion, flexibility and control, including daring maneuvers atop a precarious pagoda of chairs. They push the envelope with juggling and balancing feats, showcasing tremendous skill and ability. And when the perform at the Kupferberg Center for the Arts on February 22, their acts will be accompanied by live musicians playing traditional Chinese instruments and high-tech special effects.
Kupferberg Center for the Arts
65-30 Kissena Boulevard, Flushing
Friday, February 22
7pm – 9pm | $20-$30
Some people consider them the original boy band. The Vienna Boys Choir, which traces its roots back to 1498, consists of four divisions that give roughly 300 performances around the world every year. On Saturday, December 15, they’ll fill the seats and air at Queens College’s Colden Auditorium with their Christmas in Vienna concert. Expect an awe-inspiring fusion of extraordinary talent, singular training and master artistic direction.