What’s Up In Southeast Queens: Feb. 24-March 2, 2017


Feb. 23
Classic Movie Night: “Splendor In The Grass”
Come check out Queens Library’s final classic movie night in February. Jamaica’s Central Library will be hosting a screening of the 1961 classic “Splendor In The Grass,” which follows the story of teenager Deanie Loomis and her journey through love, sexuality and heartbreak. The film was written by William Inge and stars Natalie Wood and Warren Beatty.

The event is free and begins at 2 p.m. at 89-11 Merrick Blvd. in Jamaica.

Solutions Lifting Communities
State Sen. Leroy Comrie will be hosting a forum designed to enhance communications between the NYPD and residents of the 14th Senate District. The forum will encourage community discussion with the 102nd, 103rd, 105th, 107th and 113th precincts and focus on maintaining a positive community-police relationship.

The forum is free to attend and will be held from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at the First Presbyterian Church of Jamaica at 89-60 164th St. in Jamaica.

Feb. 25
Saving Obamacare Rally In Jamaica
State Sen. Leroy Comrie’s office is partnering with Assembly members Alicia Hyndman, Clyde Vanel, David Weprin and Councilmembers Barry Grodenchik, I. Daneek Miller, Rory Lancman, Donovan Richards and Ruben Wills to take part in the U.S. Senate Democrats’ call for a national day of action to protect the Affordable Care Act from the nation’s current leadership. Elected officials will be joined by local residents and healthcare providers who will provide testimonies of how the ACA has helped them and what can be done to fight threats against it.

The rally will take place at the New Greater Bethel Ministries located at 215-32 Jamaica Avenue this Saturday. The rally begins at 11 a.m. and will conclude at 1 p.m..

For more information, contact Comrie’s District office at the number 718-765-6359.

Military Black History Month Celebration
Join state Sen. Leroy Comrie, the Veterans Advisory Committee and Veterans of Women’s Auxiliary for a Black History Month celebration. The event will celebrate and reflect on the contributions of African American and Caribbean American soldiers who served the United States. Light refreshments will be available.

The event is free to attend and will go from 12 p.m. and 3 p.m. at the American Legion Post 483 Rosedale at 240-08 135th Ave. For more information call the office of Senator Comrie at (718) 454-0162.

The United African Dance Troupe
See The United African Dance Troupe perform at JPAC, with their signature libations, drumming, and dance performances — honoring the ancestors of the African diaspora. The show is sure to be one for the ages that will be especially memorable in time for Black History Month. Tickets will be on sale for $15 to $25. The show will begin at 7:30 p.m. at the Jamaica Performing Arts Center located at 153-10 Jamaica Ave. For more information, visit jcal.org or jamaicapac.org.

Kevin Element Livingston Presents “Love and Leftovers”
Kevin Element Livingston is pleased to invite one and all to “Love & Leftovers.” Join him and the folks at Make Me Over Beauty Bar for an evening of sophistication, and expression of words, with free Mani & Pedi, Raffle Giveaways and Refreshments.

The event is set to take place at the Make Me Over Beauty Bar, located on 166-11 Jamaica Ave. and will start at 8 p.m. The event is free of charge.

Feb. 27
Santeria Through Music and Dance
Come for an exciting performance by Kali Rodriguez-Peña and Carlos dos Santos, Jr. Rodriguez-Peña is an up-and-coming trumpeter, composer, bandleader and educator while dos Santos, Jr. is a recognized dancer, choreographer and teacher. The dance, “The Power of Changó,” is inspired by the Santeria religion, in which Changó is the owner of fire, lightening, thunder and war—but also the patron of music, drumming and dance.

The free event begins at 6:30 p.m. at Central Library in Jamaica at 89-11 Merrick Blvd.

Fun With Watercolors
Come to Central Library in Jamaica to enjoy a lesson in basic watercolor techniques from artist Karl Lorenzen. All participants will take home a painting of their very own creation at the end of the session. No experience is necessary and all materials will be provided.

The event will run from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. and is free. Queens Central Library is located at 89-11 Merrick Blvd. in Jamaica.

Feb. 28
Honoring Ambassadors For Change
The Press of Southeast Queens and its sister paper the Queens Tribune newspapers are pleased to present their annual Black History Month Awards Ceremony and Breakfast. Join the Press and Tribune as they honor outstanding members of the community: Marcia Keizs, Michelle Stoddart, Kristel Johnson, Courtney Ffrench, Phil Andrews, Patrick B. Jenkins and Colby Christina.

Special guest speakers include New York City Police Commisioner James O’Neill and Queens Borough President Melinda Katz.

The event will be held at the Greater Allen AME Church of New York located on 110-31 Merrick Blvd. in Jamaica. Refreshments will be served. To RSVP, contact Shanie Persaud at spersaud@queenstribune.com or call (718) 357-7400, ext 133. Doors open at 9 a.m.

Feb.–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. As a choreographer, designer, director and actor, Holder is well represented in all of the research and circulating collections of The New York Public Library for the Performing Arts. 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.

Feb. 1-28
Hip Hop Pioneers Honored for Black History Month
Queens Central Library will host the “Queens Hip Hop Pioneers” photo exhibit, curated by Queens Library’s hip hop coordinator, Ralph Mc Daniels, with photos by MFidel Photography.

The exhibit, set to run all month long, shines a light on the historic role Queens DJs, MCs, artists and historians played in the nurturing of the iconic genre. From its early days to the cultural phenomenon it is today, the gallery features the likes of Run DMC, the Disco Twins, DJ LadyLove, Fred Buggs and DJ Devine. Folks young and old will not want to miss this exclusive one-of-a-kind look at the original pioneers of Queens hip hop.

The exhibit is accessible during library hours. The library is located on 89-11 Merrick Blvd. in Jamaica. For more information, call (718) 990-0700.

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