What’s Up In Southeast Queens: Dec. 16-22, 2016

whats-up-spotlightUndissed and Very Able
The Jamaica Center for Arts and Learning (JCAL) will be presenting Undissed and Very Able, a photography exhibition created by the members of the Progressive Visions Photo Club. Based in Woodside, Queens, the Progressive Visions Photo Club is made up of a group of photographers with disabilities, and the exhibition will display the work of over twenty contributing photographers from the club.
The exhibit is being held at the Jamaica Center for Arts and Learning, located at 161-04 Jamaica Avenue. For more information, call (718) 658-7400.

December 16

JCAL Holiday House Party
Jamaica Center for Arts and Learning would like to celebrate this holiday together with a group of people we love the most – friends! Come meet with our talented artists, generous supporters, advisors, funders, and community leaders – come mix and connect and enjoy the music, food, and games. The party is set to take place Friday, from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. at the JCAL, located on 161-04 along Jamaica Ave. JCAL’s entire staff and board of directors are looking forward to seeing you!

December 17

Holiday Music Extravaganza with Norman Edwards, Jr
Norman Paul Edwards Jr., born on March 15, 1985 right here in Queens, is a two-time Grammy nominated artist. SpinKick is his original band showcasing his composition skills. Norman has shared the stage with the likes of George Benson, John Scofield and Stevie Wonder, among others.
His performance at Library Central will feature special guest, TiA. TiA has performed at the world-famous Apollo Theater, Carnegie Hall, SOBs, Cafe Wha?, Silvana, the Prudential Center, and Newark Symphony Hall, to name a few.
The show is set to start at 2:30 p.m. at Library Central, located on 89-11 Merrick Blvd in Jamaica

Jacqueline Woodson’s novel “Another Brooklyn” will be the topic of discussion at Library Central’s book club this month.

Jacqueline Woodson’s novel “Another Brooklyn” will be the topic of discussion at Library Central’s book club this month.

December 21

Library Central Book Club
Jacqueline Woodson’s novel “Another Brooklyn” is the story of the Brooklyn-born woman August, whose meeting with a long-ago friend sets memories from the 1970s in motion, transporting her to a time and a place where friendship was everything—until it wasn’t. Pick up a copy of the book at the Central Library’s reference desk and come to share your thoughts!
The book club will take place from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m..

December 30

Afrikan Poetry Theatre Presents Their Annual Kwanzaa Celebration At JPAC
The Center for Culture – the Afrikan Poetry Theatre will present its Annual Kwanzaa Celebration at JPAC. This event features Jamaica, Queens’ finest performers and introduces community residents to the Nguzo Saba – the Seven Principles of Kwanzaa developed by Dr. Maulena Karenga. The theme of this year’s event is Nia (Purpose) – “To make our collective vocation the building and developing of our community in order to restore our people to their traditional greatness.”

An array of afro-centric vendors, a candle lighting ceremony and fruit distribution are some of the many highlights of the annual event. Among the roster of performers and speakers are Dr. Leonard & Rosalind Jeffries, The Last Poets, ESOTA (Edge School of the Arts), The Elite Marching Band, KEYA Dance, The Urban Poets and more. The event begins at 4 p.m. and lasts well into the night.

Tickets are $5 – $10 and are available at http://bit.ly/APTKwanzaa. Special reduced price ($8.00) for Adult family members of Youth Performers. Web ticket purchases are strongly suggested! Tickets can also be purchased at the door if space limits. For vending opportunities, e-mail both: thecenterforculture@gmail.com and branchmediagroup@gmail.com.

On Going Events

Festival an Koulé (Haitian Art Festival)
Queens Library is proud to present “Festival an Koulé” a six-week exhibit of artists who represent the rich culture of Haiti in their art.

Twenty established and emerging Haitian artists—many of them Queens locals—will display their works at Cambria Heights, Rochdale Village, St. Albans, and South Hollis—the four libraries that serve the large and vibrant Haitian community of Southeast Queens.

Haiti is a country of great beauty, a vibrant Caribbean culture, and a heroic history, populated by people with a natural gift for storytelling. Haitian art reveals the riches of Haiti’s spirit, rendered in vibrant colors and bold patterns.
This six-week art exhibit will spotlight a variety of established and emerging Haitian artists – many Queens locals – and the vibrant culture that is present in the communities of Cambria Heights (218-13 Linden Boulevard), Rochdale Village (169-09 137 Avenue), South Hollis (204-01 Hollis Avenue) and St. Albans (191-05 Linden Boulevard).


GingerBread Lane in Corona
Over in Western Queens, one of the holiday’s most delectable treats gets turned into a sight to behold. A 500-square-foot mini-metropolis with more than 1,000 houses, bridges, stores, trees, trains, and other structures made of gingerbread, royal icing, and candy will be on display once again this year. The annual exhibition always includes Candy Cane Place, Eggnog Bay, Gum Drop Row, Peppermint Central Park, and Toffee Boulevard.

The display will be at the New York Hall of Science located on 47-01 111th St. in Corona. It will be on display until Jan. 15.

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