What’s Up In Southeast Queens: April 21-27, 2017


April 21-23
Welcome To America: A Caribbean Musical
This play tells the story of an immigrant’s pursuit of the American Dream from the point of view of a newly arrived undocumented Caribbean immigrant. It employs both original and familiar songs inspired by the Caribbean diaspora. It tells the story of Sabrina Barnes, who takes a chance and leaves her island home in hopes of becoming a star, armed with talent and determination.

The play will be held in the York College Milton Bassin Performing Arts Center, located at 94-45 Guy R. Brewer Blvd. in Jamaica, and is being organized by Braata Productions. There are two show times on April 20th—12 p.m. and 8 p.m., then at 8 p.m. on April 21st and 22nd. On April 23rd, the show starts at 6 p.m. Tickets range between $10 and $20, go to www.york.cuny.edu/pac for more details.

April 25
Small Business Workshop
Queens Library’s Central Branch will host the second of two small business workshops from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. The workshop aims to teach how aspiring entrepreneurs can turn a business idea into a business plan. They will learn how to create a demand for a product or service, set goals and objectives, budget and schedule, identify resources and networks and get ready to open a business.

Preregister for the event at jobmap.queenslibrary.org. It is free to attend. For more information, call (718) 990-8625. Queens’ Central Library branch is located at 89-11 Merrick Boulevard.

Springfield Gardens Education Campus Community Outreach Night

The Springfield Gardens Education Campus is inviting southeast Queens residents to a Community Engagement Outreach Meeting on April 27 at 6 p.m.. The school is located at 143-10 Springfield Boulevard.

The purpose of this meeting is to discuss how the community can bridge the gap between students and the stakeholders of our community. The center is hoping to foster a partnership where residents can dedicate their time and commitment to involve students in community service, job opportunities, mentorships, internships and scholarship programs.

The campus believes that through this partnership, it can gain respect and trust between the community, students and their families— therefore, strengthening schools and the community relationship and enhancing the success and well-being of students now and in the future.

To attend, RSVP via email to swdorsett@schools.nyc.gov or by telephone at (718) 350-4467 on or before April 24.

April 27
Discussing Journalism in the Trump Era
As part of the York College Journalism Program’s annual Journalism Enrichment Seminar Series, join students and professors alike for a conversation about “fake news” and political reporting during Donald Trump’s presidency.
The dialogue will feature an all-star panel, including New York Times White House Correspondent Glenn Thrush, Ebony Magazine writer Sheryl Huggins Salomon and former CBS News Radio Executive Producer Charlie Kaye.
The seminar begins at 3 p.m. Thursday in the York College Faculty Dining Room, AC-2D01. Southeast Queens residents won’t want to miss this uniquely topical conversation. For more information, call 718-262-2470.

May 6
Career Day at Hollis Avenue Congregational Church
Drop by Hollis Avenue Congregational Church on May 6 at 10 a.m. for a head start on your child’s career. Hosted by Rev. Jerry Green, the event offers a number of services from which residents and their children can benefit.
These include meeting professionals from many different fields, helping identify career goals, gaining a better understanding of education and skills needed to reach career goals and developing a post-secondary career plan. Participants will also be able to register and be mentored and receive assistance with both academic and service portfolios as well as entrance applications and financial aid forms.
The church is located on 211-04 Hollis Avenue in Queens Village. For more information, call 718 468-1498 or e-mail HaccCareerEd@Gmail.com.

May 19
Wine & Cheese At JCAL
Bring friends and loved ones to a night of wine, cheese and a casual, guided painting project. The night is open for everyone, from beginners to experts, who are ages 16 and above. Anyone under age 16 must have knowledge of handling art materials and all materials will be provided. The proceeds will support JCAL’s 2nd Annual Queens Children’s Festival in June.
Tickets are $60 per person and $110 for two people. The event is from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. and will be held at the Jamaica Center for Arts and Learning, located at 161-04 Jamaica Ave. at the Jamaica Center.


Ongoing: April 19-May 7
UniverSoul Circus
A big top spectacle of global proportions, the 2017 production of UniverSoul Circus takes fans of all ages on an unforgettable journey of light, sound and soul. Get ready for electrifying, edge-of-your-seat performances, including extreme motorsports, back-flipping canines, twirling bicycles, disco-dancing pachyderms, free-flying aerial acts and much more.

As has become its trademark after 24 years, UniverSoul Circus will present a multicultural/multinational cast of rock-star performers in 2017. Only under the UniverSoul Circus one ring big top will visitors be able to witness Olate Dogs from Chile (winners of “America’s Got Talent”), Ethiopian Pole Act from Ethiopia, Aerial Duet from Colombia, Bicycle Tricks from China, Airborne Motorcycles from California, Caribbean Dance and Limbo from Trinidad and Tobago, Russian Bar from Cuba and dancing elephants. This year will also feature Councilman I. Daneek Miller as guest ringmaster.

The circus will perform at Roy Wilkins Park, located at Merrick and Baisley boulevards in Jamaica, from April 19 to May 7. Purchase tickets via TicketMaster today and use the code “WBLS.”

Until April 21
York College Fine Arts Faculty Show: Those Who Can, Do
Those who can, do…those who teach, also do. It’s the last chance to experience the talent of the faculty of the York College Fine Arts Department. The gallery will feature the works of the following professors: Sally Boon Matthew, Nina Buxenbaum, Zoe Chan, David Antonio Cruz, Andrea Deflice, Jennifer Formica, Nicholas Fraser, Maki Hajikano, Lisa Mackie, Daniel Phelps, Carlos Sandoval, Michael Smith and Maragaret Rose Vendryes.
Don’t miss what promises to be a fine show. The gallery is on display at 94-20 Guy R. Brewer Blvd. Gallery hours are from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

February – May 2017
The Genius of Geoffrey Holder
Born and raised in Trinidad, Geoffrey Holder revealed his genius in his long career in dance, theater, film, music and art. In this exhibition, he is honored for his career in dance and theater, Tony Award-winning work as director and costume designer for “The Wiz,” and contributions to the repertory of the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater and Dance Theatre of Harlem. The exhibit is free and will remain at the Jamaica Center for Arts and Learning, located at 161-04 Jamaica Ave., through May.

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