What’s Up In Southeast Queens: Dec. 26, 2016 – Jan. 6, 2017


Holiday Jazz Trumpet Pop-up Concert with Shareef Clayton

A native of Miami, Florida, Shareef’s vast repertoire includes jazz, R&B, AfroCuban, and funk/soul. He performs regularly with Macy Gray, Melody Gardot, Bobby Sanabria, and the Duke Ellington Orchestra, and has studied with some of today’s leading voices in jazz, such as Arturo Sandoval, Laurie Frink and Melton Mustafa. Shareef Clayton leads his own band “Shareef Clayton Band,” and you can listen to his sound on his latest album entitled “North & South.”

The concert will take place at the Queens Central Library in Jamaica located on 89-11 Merrick Blvd. at 2:30 p.m. For more information, contact the library at (718) 990-0778. For find out more about Shareef Clayton, visit shareefclayton.com.

Dec. 26
York College Computer Programming Academy
With the ever growing importance of tech in the workplace, it’s never been a better time to earn the necessary skills that’ll make your resume stand out.

Through the York College’s Computer Programming Academy, you can be trained to become a certified web developer. The training program is geared towards 18 to 24 year olds living in South Queens who have a high school or equivalency diploma and are not currently in school or working full time. The York College Computer Programming Academy will run from February to May 2017, Monday to Fridays, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Enrollment into the program requires an assessment test and an in-person interview. Students can expect to graduate from this certification program with website and application programming and development skills, a portfolio of projects, and a paid part-time internship with a tech startup lasting 4 weeks. The deadline to submit your application is Friday, Jan. 13, 2017. For additional information and to receive an application, email conted@york.cuny.edu.

Dec. 29
The Airtrain Jazz Festival Featuring Michelle Marie
The AirTrain Jazz Festival series continues when New York City’s own Michelle Marie takes the stage.

Born and raised in New York City, her father is from Irish decent and her mother is from Puerto Plata, Dominican Republic. She fell in love with music as a young girl. Self-taught and one of the few female Jazz guitar players on the scene today, Michelle Marie’s original compositions and arrangements create an incredible, impressionistic atmosphere. Soft-spoken, Michelle transcends her voice into beautiful vocals that add to the ambiance. Combined with her presence and artistic desire, Michelle Marie will definitely attract your attention.

You won’t want to miss this one. The AirTrain Jazz Festival is a co-production of A Better Jamaica and the Sutphin Boulevard Business Improvement District with the marketing support of the Jamaica Arts Council. The effort is funded by New York Council Members Rory Lancman and I. Daneek Miller, and the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs. For more information about Michelle Marie, visit http://www.michellemarieguitar.com.

Dec. 30
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) for adult family members of youth performers. Web tickets purchases are strongly suggested! Tickets can also be purchased at door if space limits. For vending opportunities, e-mail both: thecenterforculture@gmail.com and branchmediagroup@gmail.com.

Jan. 6
First Fridays at JCAL
The Jamaica Center for Arts and Learning’s “First Friday Residency Series” aims to provide an inviting and nurturing environment for artists in need of a platform to exhibit their work. Musicians, poets and writers, performers, and visual artists are welcome to submit concepts of unfinished work to be refined at JCAL. Selected artists will present on the First Friday of every month. January will feature the works of: Carlos Casado Project, Thalys Peterson, Damali Abrams the Glitter Priestess and Dennis RedMoon Darkeem. There will then be a closing reception by Faith Holland featuring her gallery, Female Adapter.

These events will occur from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. For more information, call the JCAL at (718) 658-7400 or info@jcal.com

13-Whats-Up-Dissed-and-AbleOnGoing Events
Undissed 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 Ave. For information, call (718) 658-7400.

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 Blvd.), Rochdale Village (169-09 137 Ave.), South Hollis (204-01 Hollis Ave.) and St. Albans (191-05 Linden Blvd.).

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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