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.
On Saturday, April 6th, the great Bill Cosby drew over 2,000 patrons to the Colden Auditorium at Queens College from all over the NY metro area. The audience laughed with Mr. Cosby as he spun stories and tales on parenting and relationships in his signature style.
The awards is public and you can submit your own nominees. There are six categories – Green Businesses (sustainability), Tech Sector, Community Involvement, Minority-Owned, Women-Owned, General Innovation – and you can submit nominees for all six! Nominations must be received by April 8, 2013 and winners will be announced at the breakfast.
NY1 reported on Queens Borough President Helen Marshall’s final State of the Borough speech, which happened this past Tuesday at Queens College. Her term – the last of three she has served – is set to end this year and she will not run again (term limits). In her speech, she did not take much time to say goodbye but rather to talk about what she has accomplished over the years as Borough President, and what projects she plans to launch during her last months in office.
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.