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.
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.) (more…)
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.
The Super Bowl is coming to Queens! Well, some of the pre-game hype is. On January 27th, J. Cole (above and below) will open the six-concert VH1′s Super Bowl Blitzat the Kupferberg Center for the Arts at Queens College. One of the genre’s most respected lyricists, this German-born hip-hop sensation’s first album hit number one on the Billboard 200 in 2011 and scored a Grammy nomination for Best New Artist. On the following nights through February 1st, other VH1 Super Bowl Blitz shows will include Janelle Monáe in the Bronx, Fall Out Boy in Brooklyn, TLC in Manhattan, Goo Goo Dolls in Staten Island and Gavin DeGraw in New Jersey. The concerts will be streamed live in the VH1 App and made available on-demand in the app and at SuperBowl.VH1.com the day after each live concert.
Details: J. Cole, Kupferberg Center for the Arts, Vicinity of Horace Harding Expressway and Kiseena Boulevard, Flushing, January 27th, 9:30 pm, buy tickets here.
They’re not actors. They’re politicians playing actors. This Saturday, elected officials from around the borough will star in Legislative Acts, a show which will let them display their musical, acting, singing, dancing and comedic talents for two good causes. Basically a series of parodies of classical movies, well-known TV series, Broadway shows and songs, the performance will benefit two Queens College initiatives: Big Buddy, which pairs homeless children with college-student mentors; and Women and Work, a job-training and life-skills program. So far, more than 30 legislators have agreed to participate. They include everybody from City Council Member Mark Weprin (above) to Congress Member Grace Meng to Borough President-elect Melinda Katz. Plus, Queens College drama and music students are involved in the production, which is directed by actor, playwright and teaching artist Kevin R. Free.
Hangeul, the Korean writing system (or alphabet), was invented in the 15th century. It is somewhat unique because the script was created from scratch, rather than evolving from pictographs or other written languages. Masterworks of traditional and modern hangeul by Yoo Sung Lee, a distinguished calligrapher who goes by the pen name “Aram,” will adorn walls at the Godwin-Ternbach Museum from today until November 23rd. Aram’s traditional pieces include the woodblock printing style, the transcript style, the palace style and the commoner style. His contemporary pieces exhibit a re-interpretation and transformation of written script into a fine art form. (A larger show, The Art of Ink in America 2013/2014, will run in the same museum from November 21th to December 30th.)
Does Neil Berg live for theater or does theater live thanks to Neil Berg? The owner of Leftfield Productions has produced more than 1,000 Broadway-level shows. He has composed music and written lyrics for countless others, and then there’s his prolific professional piano playing. This Saturday, Berg will be at the Colden Auditorium at Kupferberg Center doing something that comes very naturally to him, presenting 101 Years of Broadway. This roughly two-hour show recreates the biggest moments from the finest shows of the century and features the actual stars of such hits as The Phantom of the Opera, Les Miserables, Evita, Cats and Fiddler on the Roof.
Details: Neil Berg’s 101 Years of Broadway Presented by JES Entertainment, Queens College, Colden Center, Vicinity of Kissena Boulevard and Reeves Avenue, November 16th, 8 pm, $30-$50. (more…)
No local stone will be left unturned next Friday, when Queens College hosts Quintessential Queens: Celebrating America’s Fourth Largest City, an all-day, eight-hour conference. As part of ongoing 75th anniversary celebrations, the Flushing university will bring together a hodgepodge of outstanding speakers, including academics, economists, preservationists and artists. City Council Member Jimmy Van Bramer will give a lecture about culture, while QC biology professor John Waldman will talk about the borough’s natural landscape. Wellington Chen from the Chinatown Partnership will discuss demographics in Flushing, while Jonathan Bowles from the Center for an Urban Future will imagine the borough in the year 2030. Paolo Javier, the borough’s poet laureate, will offer verse, the official Queens historian Jack Eichenbaum will discuss the county’s place in U.S. history and QC professor Nicole Cooley will look at how Queens fares in the literary world. Plus, local nonprofits, such as the Alley Pond Environmental Center, the Museum of the Moving Image, Flushing Town Hall and the Louis Armstrong House Museum, will staff informational booths.
Details: Quintessential Queens: Celebrating American’s Fourth Largest City, Queens College, LeFrak Concert Hall, 65-30 Kissena Boulevard, Flushing, October 4th, 9:30 am to 5:30 pm, $20 for all day plus lunch.
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.
It’s a chance to make history, star in a movie and live on in perpetuity. Dan Hendrick, who is currently working on the documentaryJamaica Bay Lives, and the Queens Memory Project are looking for people to share their stories, photos, mementos and thoughts on the neighborhoods stretching from Howard Beach through the Rockaways to Breezy Point. On April 24, Hendrick and QMP partners Queens College and Queens Library will be interviewing past and current area residents during Jamaica Bay Community History Night at the Broad Channel Branch Library. Hendrick noted that this is the chance to preserve local history before it becomes a fuzzy memory. He added that Hurricane Sandy has added a whole new chapter to this project.