He can pretty much do it all: show tunes, country, blues, jazz, R&B, traditional pop, soul, disco, even Christmas music. And he pretty much has done it all. Since his first song, “Wonderful, Wonderful” in 1957,” Johnny Mathis has had at least one hit single in each following decade, while selling more than 350 million albums and receiving four Grammy nominations. This Sunday, he takes his act to the Colden Auditorium in Flushing for a night of romance, easy listening, and pop standards.
The Museum of the Moving Image is showing its bookish side. Next week, the Kaufman Arts District venue will host two events featuring prolific authors. On Sunday, Robert E. Kapsis, a professor of sociology and film studies at Queens College and the Graduate Center of the City University of New York, will speak before a screening of The Jerk, which stars Steve Martin (above). Kapsis, who has penned books on Alfred Hitchcock and Woody Allen, has just published Conversations with Steve Martin(University Press of Mississippi, 2014), a collection of interviews and profiles that focus on Martin as a writer, comedian, actor, artist, and original thinker. After the film, which is an expanded version of one of Martin’s comedy routines about a nitwit who grows up as “a poor black child” and decides to become white, Kapsis will sign copies of his book.
More information on this event and a discussion with a best-selling feminist author after the jump.
Andy Warhol is coming to Queens as part of an exhibition that examines the pop artist’s “photo-aesthetic,” including his use of silkscreens, Polaroid photographs, silver gelatin prints, and black-and-white print media. His pieces will appear with work by a famous Malaysian artist whom he greatly influenced. More information and photos after the jump.
There’s no place like hip-hop home. The rappers Havoc and Prodigy, who work together as the infamous Mobb Deep (above), will return to their native Queensbridge housing projects to give a free concert on July 17th as part of the NYC Parks SummerStage Presents series. The Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra, featuring 15 of the world’s finest soloists and ensemble players and led by Wynton Marsalis, is also scheduled to perform this month, as are Ismael Miranda, aka “El niño bonito de la Salsa,” and laid-back Washington, D.C.-based R&B vocalist J. Holiday. But the extravaganza offers more than music, as the Harambee Dance Company (below) will perform and Puppetmobile and Teatro SEA will appear as part of SummerStage Kids.
It was a very good day for Satchmo. On June 30, 1964, the World’s Fair organizers declared the date “Louis Armstrong Day,” and the legendary Corona resident and his All Stars performed at the Singer Bowl in Flushing Meadows Corona Park. In honor of this history — and to have another very good day — the inaugural Louis Armstrong International Music Festival will happen on June 29th in almost the same exact place, featuring live music, dancing, and a food truck rally. Multi Grammy Award-winning Cuban-American salsa singer Albita (above) headlines the show. Other scheduled performers are the Jon Faddis Quartet, led by trumpeter Jon Faddis (below); Junoon with Salman Ahmad; and David Ostwald’s Louis Armstrong Eternity Band.
Details: The Louis Armstrong International Music Festival, produced by Kupferberg Center for the Arts/Queens College, Parade Ground near the Unisphere at Flushing Meadows Corona Park, June 29th, 1 pm to 7 pm, rain or shine, free.
Basically, she arrived on Broadway in the 1950s and never left. After being the ingénue in Flahooley in 1951 and then starring in the original musicals Plain and Fancy (1955), Candide (1956) and The Music Man (1957), Barbara Cook has gone on to win two Grammys, one Tony, a Kennedy Center lifetime achievement award and countless other accolades, including White House performances in front of Presidents Carter, Reagan, Bush I and Clinton. A silvery soprano, Cook is known for her purity of tone and warm-but-strong stage presence. On Saturday night, this Atlanta native will perform selections from her newly developed repertoire of jazz and swing while also reprising her classics from Broadway and the great American songbook at the Kupferberg Center for the Arts.
Details: Broadway Legend Barbara Cook, Colden Auditorium, Queens College, Kissena Boulevard and Horace Harding Expressway, Flushing, May 10th, 8 pm, $45/$55/$69 (save 20% off four tickets by using code barbara20, www.kupferbergcenter.org/events/barbara-cook).
They call him the “Martin Luther King of Brazil.” Abdias Nascimento was an author, playwright, senator and artist who was also a founding force in his South American country’s Black Pride movement. On April 28th, Queens College’s Godwin-Ternbach Museum will open an exhibition of 40 large-scale, brilliantly colored digital prints of Nascimento’s art which are deeply influenced by the African-Brazilian religion Candomblé, its sister religion, Santería, that originated in the Caribbean, and Haitian Vodou. There will be an opening reception on April 30th that will include a roundtable discussion on “Abdias Nascimento and Candomblé, Santería and Afro-Latino Politics in Brazil and Cuba.” This program is part of Queens College’s Year of Brazil celebration, which encompasses everything student and faculty exchanges to student-sponsored activities on culture, sports, and daily life to exhibitions, film screenings, and performances.
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.