What’s Up In Southeast Queens: Dec. 2-8, 2016

spotlightDec. 2

Undissed and Very Able: An Exhibition in Photography
The Jamaica Center for Arts and Learning (JCAL) is proud to present Undissed and Very Able, a photography exhibition created by the members of the Progressive Visions Photo Club. Established in 1997 and based in Woodside, Queens, the Progressive Visions Photo Club is made up of a group of photographers with disabilities who enjoy exploring the neighborhoods of New York City in order to capture their world through photography.

The exhibition will display the work of over twenty contributing photographers from the club, each with their own styles and characteristics. A wide variety of cameras and photography methods are utilized by these photographers, from DSLR cameras, cameras with specialized shutters and mounting systems, and the usage of image editing software. Using these tools, the photographers have created over 40 photographs and digital collages which will be on display at the exhibit.

The gallery’s opening reception will take place Friday at 7 p.m. It will remain on display from Dec. 2 to Jan. 14.

Female Adapter – Art Gallery
Jamaica Center for Arts and Learning (JCAL) is proud to present a solo exhibition by multimedia artist Faith Holland as the culmination of her yearlong New York Foundation for the Arts (NYFA) Studio Residency Program in partnership with JCAL. Holland will debut new sculptures and videos in the Community Gallery of Jamaica Center for Arts and Learning. In the two projects presented, the boundary between technologies and bodies is confused and corrupted. There will be a 13-foot site-specific installation of one of the Queer Connections sculptures.

The gallery will take place at the Jamaica Center for Arts and Learning, located on 161-04 Jamaica Avenue. For more information, call (718) 658-7400.

Dec. 3

Festival an Koulè (Haitian Art Festival)
Queens Library is proud to present “Festival an Koulè” 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).

Dec. 3

Wintercon 2016
Missed New York Comic Con this year? No fear! Queens has your back! At the Resorts World Casino New York City, located at 110-00 Rockaway Blvd. in South Jamaica, the largest comic and sci-fi expo in New York City returns! It will feature costume contests, trailer screenings, and special live performances and a number of special guests. Tickets cost between $19 and $58. Through Dec. 4.
For more information, check out our preview of the convention on page 21!

Dec. 7

Monthly Jazz Jam at Flushing Town Hall
Flushing Town Hall will be hosting a legendary night of jazz on November 18, bringing some of the greatest players in the genre’s history together on one stage for a one-night performance.
The players include saxophonist Jimmy Heath, pianist Barry Harris, trumpet player Jimmy Owens, saxophonist George Coleman and drummer Jimmy Cobb. All five of these musicians are recipients of the National Endowment for the Arts Jazz Master Award, the United States’ highest honor for jazz musicians. Together with bassist David Wong, these five NEA-certified jazz masters will put on a performance that jazz fans will not want to miss.

Tickets are $42 for nonmembers, $32 for members and $20 for students. For a table package, the prices are $125 for nonmembers and $100 for members. That package comes with a reserved table for two with wine and snacks

Dec. 8

Thursday Night Jazz at JCAL: Kanoa Mendenhall
Kanoa Mendenhall grew up listening to jazz, and was highly influenced by her father, jazz pianist Eddie Mendenhall. By age 13, she was playing regularly in the Monterey and San Francisco Bay areas and has recorded and/or performed with musicians such as Lew Soloff, Allison Miller, the SFJAZZ Collective, Mark Sherman, Bruce Forman, Pheeroan akLaff and Antonio Hart. She is currently studying at Columbia University in New York City and is enrolled in the Columbia-Juilliard Exchange.

The Jamaica Center for Arts and Learning (JCAL) hosts live jazz performances on every second Thursday featuring emerging and established jazz musicians and their friends. Guest Curator Pheeroan akLaff states, “musicians build bridges with creative improvisation, in this series, I want to plant a seed for community dialogue – style and trend are insignificant, stage and audience are not divided. There is nothing like being in the jazz mix at JCAL.”

The show will take place at the Jamaica Center for Arts and Learning, located on 161-04 Jamaica Avenue. It is suggested that those who attend donate $10 towards the show. For more information, call (718) 658-7400.


Saturday Dance Workshops w/ Dance Theatre of Harlem at JCAL
JCAL partners with Dance Theatre of Harlem Dancing Through Barriers’ Arts Education Program to provide dance workshops for Saturdays this fall for students ages 9 years old and up. Intermediate to advance levels will be offered. Advanced beginner level students are welcome to join! At least two years of training is required.

Three classes are available at JCAL, located at 161-04 Jamaica Ave.:
Jazz: 2 – 3 p.m.
Ballet: 3:15 – 4:15 p.m.
Modern: 4:30 – 5:30 p.m.

Register for one class for $200 (6 weeks)
Register for two classes for $380 (6 weeks)
Register for all three classes for $560 (6 weeks)
Space is limited, so sign up today! For more information, call (718) 658-7400, or visit jcal.org.

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.

Queens Museum-Art History Lecture Series
Stop by the Queens Library Queens Village branch for a series of Art History lectures presented by the Queens Museum by teleconference. Lectures will be taking place from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. First-time participants should contact Mail-a-Book at (718) 464-0084 for information about the lecture topic, and for access numbers. Topics include the Panorama, The World’s Fair and artists Hongtu/Vida and Gropper/Oliver.

The final session is currently scheduled for Dec. 9. No registration is required for any of these sessions.

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