What’s Up In Southeast Queens: June 1-7, 2018


A Cell Phone Videography Workshop, June 2 (see below)

June 1
“A Raisin In The Sun”
Walter and Ruth Younger and their son Travis—along with Walter’s mother Lena (Mama) and Walter’s sister Beneatha—live in poverty in a dilapidated one-bedroom apartment on Chicago’s south side. Walter is barely making a living as a limousine driver. Although Ruth is content with their lot, Walter is not and desperately wishes to become wealthy. His plan is to invest in a liquor store in partnership with Willy and Bobo, street-smart acquaintances of Walter’s. The play is performed by the Caribbean American Repertory Theatre. For more information, call (718) 974-6487. The free play will be performed at 7:30 p.m. at the Presbyterian Church of St. Albans, located at 190-04 119th Ave.

June 2
A Cell Phone Videography Workshop
In the age of connectivity, make sure that your posts, pictures, and videos are telling the right story and getting you the results you want. Under the guidance of professional filmmakers, directors and producers from Queens World Film Festival, you will learn how to incorporate your community, your process, and your life into videos that work for you. This workshop on Saturday is free and open to the public. It runs from noon to 3 p.m. at the Hall of Fame Studio, located at 89-37 164th St. in Jamaica. For more information, call (347) 505-3015.

Community Clean Up
State Se. Leroy Comrie and Assemblyman Clyde Vanel invite residents from their districts to a community clean up. To volunteer, call (718) 479-2333 or e-mail ambrose@nyassembly.gov. Locations include 99th Avenue between Francis Lewis Boulevard and 211th Street, the Cross Island Parkway—at 107th Avenue and Linden Boulevard— and the Delphin Greene Playground.

Artist Market on Linden
On the first month of every month, Innovations Creative Arts presents “The Artist Market on Linden”. More than 15 vendors will present original items, from baked goods and handbags to paintings. For additional information, call (917) 387-8311 or email TheArtistMarketOnLinden@gmail.com. Innovations Creative Arts is located at 198-20 Linden Blvd. in St. Albans. The market is open from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.

June 2
Seniors: The Rhythm Is Gonna Get You
Calling all seniors—join in on dancing, singing, exercising and healing techniques to assist with managing diabetes, arthritis, blood pressure and stress, and enable yourself to move more freely. The event will stimulate memory by recalling lyrics to the music from the 1940s to current tunes, including Latin, rock, folk, jazz, Motown and requests. The event will be held at the Queens Library’s Central Branch, located at 89-11 Merrick Blvd. in Jamaica, at 11 a.m.

Jamaica Dance Festival: Sonali Skandan & Jiva Dance
The legacy of dance in Jamaica is rich, but only somewhat storied. The Jamaica Dance Festival celebrates Jamaica’s rich dance legacy—and its dynamic future—and does so in grand fashion. Sonali Skandan & Jiva Dance is a dance company that focuses on the Indian classical form of Bharatanatyam. It is the professional dance company of Jiva Performing Arts, an organization based in New York City that seeks to educate and present the classical music and dance of India. The company has performed in venues throughout the United States to audience and critical acclaim. The company is under the artistic direction of Sonali Skandan, who is one of the prominent up and coming dancers of Bharatanatyam. The performance will be held at Rufus King Park, which is located at Jamaica Avenue at 153rd Street in Jamaica. The free event begins at 7:30 p.m.  

June 3
Sunday Concerts @ Central: LA Blacksmith And Jazz Plus
Gifted saxophone and vocal artist LA Blacksmith and his ensemble Jazz Plus perform classics from Motown, reggae, Earth Wind & Fire, blues, and then some. The show runs from 3 p.m. to 4:30 pm. For more information, call (718) 990-0700. The Queens Library’s Central Branch is located at 89-11 Merrick Blvd. in Jamaica.

NCNW’s 31st Annual Black And White Awards Banquet
The Queens County section of the National Council of Negro Women will present its 31st Annual Black and White Awards Banquet. Join them as they present awards to the following honorees: Rev. Rasheed Anwar Baird, Miko Branch (Miss Jessie), Indira Goodwine, Dr. Lisa T. Kirkland, Lynette Shelborne-Barfield, Nora Blackman-Richards, Dr. Sophine Charles, Kristel A. Johnson, Wanda Griffis Manley and Rev. Kevin T. Taylor. For tickets, contact Lizzie Gregory at (718) 528-5134 or Octavia Hill at (646) 220-6391. It will be held at Antun’s, located at 96-43 Springfield Blvd. in Queens Village.

June 4
Miele’s Respite Open House
On the first Wednesday of each month, Miele’s Respite—a mental health crises respite center—opens its doors to those want to come learn about the site’s services and take a tour of its programs. The open house will run from noon to 2 p.m. For more information, call (718) 464-0375. It will be held at 80-45 Winchester Blvd., Building 20, in Queens Village.

June 5
Tuesday Afternoon Movies @ Central—“My Beautiful Laundrette”
An ambitious Pakistani Briton and his white boyfriend strive for success and hope when they open a glamorous Laundromat in this acclaimed 1980s movie by Stephen Frears that stars Daniel Day Lewis. The screening begins at 2 p.m. For more information, call (718) 990-0700. The Queens Library’s Central Branch is located at 89-11 Merrick Blvd. in Jamaica.  

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