BeBe Winans, who is is known for “vocals that soar, harmonies that chime, and lyrics that touch the heart and soul,” will perform at the Kupferberg Center for the Arts on January 17 as part of a program that includes a keynote address from Reverend Floyd H. Flake, Senior Pastor of the Greater Allen AME Cathedral of New York, and a ceremony honoring Andrew Jackson, Executive Director of the Langston Hughes Community Library in Corona.
Tickets are $35, but readers of this blog can get 20 percent discounts by using the code “MLKKCA” before January 15, 2016. More information on the concert and another image are on the jump page.
On Saturday, December 5, the State Ballet Theatre of Russia will present highlights from The Nutcracker, Swan Lake, and Sleeping Beauty during its well-traveled Tchaikovsky Spectacular at the Kupferberg Performing Arts Center’s Colden Auditorium in Flushing.
Attendees can expect a glittering production with spectacular athletic feats, ornate costumes, live classical music, and lavish sets. Some might also expect a sit-down dinner and/or the chance to meet Elsa from Disney’s Frozen. More information on these unique offers and two more images of the production are on the jump page.
His full name is Brian Douglas Wilson, and he’s a living legend. As a founding member of the Beach Boys, he has written (or co-written) more than 25 Top 40 hits, such as “Surfer Girl,” “I Get Around,” “Help Me Rhonda,” and “California Girls.” He’s also enjoyed a multi-faceted, six-decade career as an actor, band leader, musician, producer, singer, and voice-over actor.
This Friday, Wilson will launch his 2015 Fall Tour in Queens with his new band, which includes Al Jardine, another Beach Boys founder. More information and another photo of are on the jump page.
Golda Meir was elected prime minister of Israel in 1969 after stints as the country’s Labor Minister and Foreign Minister. Strong-willed and straight-talking, she was the fourth female in history to lead a country and she presided over an extremely tumultuous time that included the Yom Kippur War.
But Meir’s life before getting into politics was just as inspiring. Born in Kiev in modern-day Ukraine, she fled anti-Semitic violence and ended up in Milwaukee, where she went to high school and teachers college before moving to a kibbutz in Palestine in the 1920s. She then held various political and civic positions before, during, and after the creation of Israel in 1948. (more…)
His bark is better than his bite. Among other things, César Millán has a TV show, three best-selling books, a magazine, a foundation, and two canine psychology centers. “The Dog Whisperer” helps nurture healthy, happy relationships between humans and their pooches, preaching that owners should be pack leaders with “calm-assertive” energy. On April 19th, the self-taught superstar will present at the Colden Auditorium at Queens College. More information and a cuddly photo are on the jump page.
The word “taiko” can refer generally to a genre of Japanese percussion, but it can also refer to a specific wadaiko drum. Found in Japanese folklore dating back to the sixth century, taiko can be part of everything from a theatrical performance to a religious ceremony to a form of communication. This Sunday, one of the world’s foremost taiko ensembles will perform in Queens, and the host is offering tickets for only $6 each. More information and another photo on the jump page.
In many ways, he’s the Louis Armstrong of South Africa. And just like Satchmo, he makes beautiful music in Queens. Hugh Masekela is a world-renowned trumpeter, bandleader, composer and singer who was also very involved in defying Apartheid in his home country. His career has spanned five decades during which he has released more than 40 albums.
Vusi Mahlasela is known as ‘The Voice” in South Africa. With poetic, optimistic lyrics, his songs of hope connect the Apartheid-scarred past with a promise for a better future. He even performed at Nelson Mandela’s presidential inauguration in 1994.
Masekela and Mahlasela are now touring together for the first time ever, and they will make a stop in Queens next week. More details and a photo follow.
The Kupferberg Center for the Arts begins its 2015 season and honors the legacy of Martin Luther King Jr. with an inspiring performance and a moving program this Sunday. The Dance Theatre of Harlem kicks things off with diverse pieces featuring movement to compositions ranging from classical works by Johann Sebastian Bach and Igor Stravinsky to modern soul ditties by James Brown and Aretha Franklin. With titles such as New Bach, In the Mirror of Her Mind, and Return, these numbers relay messages of self-reliance, artistic relevance, and individual responsibility. Another photo and details on the event’s other activities are on the jump page.
Basically, they’ve been the best in the business for last 516 years. In 1498, Holy Roman Emperor Maximilian I moved his court to Vienna in what is now Austria. He decreed that six singing boys join his official musicians and ordered the court to find the best young talent from around his realm, which included present day Germany, Holland, and Italy. Since then, what is now called the “Vienna Boys’ Choir” has been astounding the world with an angelical sound, enthralling harmonies, and expansive repertoire. This weekend, choir members will perform in Queens, thanks to the Kupferberg Center for the Arts.
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.”