A member of Gospel music’s royal family performs in Flushing this week. Maybe he’ll attend a new exhibit on the King of Jazz in Corona while in town. Then again, maybe he’ll participate in a ping pong/art project. Or he might check out a new documentary on Jackson Heights after listening to live music by Cuban rappers, an Irish folk legend, a jazz pianist, and the Iroquois. Here’s the rundown.
Despite the temperature, a great ice cream event is approaching. Plus, it’s time to get a free piece of the Guinness World Record-breaking GingerBread Lane. Other options include Mulchfest, a library art project, movies, music, animals, and the fashion of the 1980s. Another image and information on 19 events are on the jump page.
Even during a slow week when some venues are closed, Queens is buzzing with fun things to do. First of all, a two-time Grammy-winner will give a concert. Second, there are some great tours on the radar screen. And finally, movies, plays, and parties are all over the place. Another image and 11 events are on the jump page.
One man’s trash is another man’s prime material for art.
Juan Hinojosa makes collages from Metrocards, candy wrappers, and other bits and pieces he finds on New York City streets. By juxtaposing these items into vivid depictions, he explores consumerism, while his use of symmetry and color creates kaleidoscopic visuals that question the power of brand logos.
The Queens-based mixed-media artist has just finished a four-month residency at Materials for the Arts, a reuse center that the NYC Department of Cultural Affairs operates in Long Island City. (MFTA collects discarded items from businesses and individuals and redistributes them to arts groups and schools.)
The result of the residency is Blonde Ambition, a collection of 12 new decadent collages. Hinojosa took advantage of the diverse and unique objects available in MFTA’s 35,000-square-foot warehouse on this project, and the pieces offer an eclectic assortment of materials with serendipitous results. The exhibit goes live tomorrow at 6 pm. More information and another image are on the jump page.
A Christmas Carol, holiday craft markets, and concerts featuring seasonal music are shining examples that Queens is ahead of the times. But there are also opportunities to consume mind-altering art, make a light saber to use against other Star Wars enthusiasts (above), and contemplate the stars in the winter sky. Another image and information on 18 upcoming events are on the jump page.
The piano hides no secrets from Sarah Cahill. The California native has commissioned, premiered, and recorded numerous solo compositions, and she has researched and recorded pieces by various other composers, premiering some of them.
Cahill hides no secrets about her love of the piano. She has a weekly radio show. She’s on the faculty of the San Francisco Conservatory. And she’s going to curate a monthly new music series at the Berkeley Art Museum.
Yesterday, Noguchi Museum unveiled a secret about Cahill. For one week in February (24-28), she will take up residence in the Long Island City venue, performing post-minimalist composer Mamoru Fujieda’s Patterns of Plantsduring opening hours. A cycle of short pieces, this work is a fusion of nature and technology. To create it, Fujieda measured the electrical impulses on the leaves of plants, using Plantron, a device created by botanist/artist Yūji Dōgane. Fujieda then converted the data he obtained into sound via Max, a visual programming language used for music and multimedia. Another photo and more information on this project are on the jump page.
This American dream is celebrating its Platinum Jubilee (aka its 100th anniversary).
In 1915, Emanuele Ronzoni, an immigrant from Italy who had worked at a macaroni plant in Manhattan, founded his own company and opened a production facility at 35th Street and Northern Boulevard in Long Island City. The specialty was Genoa-style, fancy-cut noodles.
His children, aunts, uncles, and cousins joined him over the decades, and they opened a larger, more modern factory at 50th Street and Northern Boulevard — where a Home Depot stands today — as business boomed in 1950. Some grandchildren came on board in the 1970s before General Foods bought the Ronzoni Macaroni Company in 1984. The plant closed down a few years later.
Emanuele’s great-grandson, Al Ronzoni Jr., will present a lecture on his family’s carbohydrate-rich American tale at the Greater Astoria Historical Society on Monday, December 7. The chronicler, who was known as “Pasta Boy” in his youth, will discuss everything from conversations at his family dinner table on Sundays to the factory’s architecture and he’ll show some vintage photos. Another image and more information on the lecture, which is part of a larger celebration, are on the jump page.
Russian ballet, a historic house tour, craft markets, a Star Wars-themed road race, and an annual party with a lecture on Ronzoni. It’s definitely the holiday season in Queens! This week also features a cheese festival, a sci-fi expo with an actress from the original Star Trek, and an enchanting story in a labyrinth (above). Another image and 20 upcoming events are on the jump page.
The deuces are wild! Hansel and Gretel; Gilbert and Sullivan; and Orthodox comedians Tovah Silbermann and Liza Treyger are coming to Queens this week. Locals can also check out two Irish movies, a presentation by two Civil War expert groups, two Diwali-inspired festivals, two enormous dance works, and two walking tours with the borough’s official historian. Another image and descriptions of 18 events are on the jump page.
The famous GingerBread Lane returns to Queens this week. The 500 square feet of sweet goodness will be in great company with classic plays, noir films, performance art, poetry, and Himalayan dumplings. An image of the GingerBread marvel and 27 upcoming events are on the jump page.