What’s Up In Southeast Queens: June 8-14, 2018


Jamaica Dance Festival: Vissi Dance (see below)

June 9
Jamaica Dance Festival: Vissi 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. Founded in 1997 by Jamaican dancer/choreographer Courtney Ffrench, the Vissi Dance Theater is comprised of dancers from around the world who bring with them their cultural diversity and unique perspectives on movement and the performing arts. Vissi combines drama and dance in scintillating ways, while exploring social issues. The dance company’s style has been described as urban contemporary. The company has performed across the United States, Italy and Japan over the past decade. In September 2017, the company performed in its home town of Kingston. The performance begins at 7:30 p.m. at Rufus King Park, located at Jamaica Avenue and 153rd Street.

Seniors: The Rhythm Is Gonna Get You
Calling all seniors. Take part in dancing, singing, exercising and healing techniques to assist with managing diabetes, arthritis, blood pressure, and stress, helping participants to move more freely. Stimulate memories by recalling lyrics to the music from the 1940s to the present, including Latin, rock, folk, cultural, jazz, Motown and requests. The class begins at 11 a.m. at the Queens Library Central Branch, located at 89-11 Merrick Blvd. in Jamaica.

Art Center Workshop Annual Student Showcase
It’s that time of year. The Art Center Workshops will host the Spring 2018 Student Showcase. Come out to support students who have worked hard on their artistic endeavors. The showcase will be held at the Jamaica Performing Arts Center, located at 153-10 Jamaica Ave. For more information, call (718) 618-6170. It starts at 4 p.m. and admission is $10.

June 12
Tuesday Afternoon Movies At Central: “Kill Your Darlings”
In Kill Your Darlings, a murder in 1944 draws together the great poets of the beat generation: Allen Ginsberg, Jack Kerouac and William Burroughs. The free screening will be held at 2 p.m. at the Queens Library’s Central Branch, located at 89-11 Merrick Blvd. in Jamaica.

Art Site Information Session
Furthering its commitment to the Queens art community, the Queens Council On The Arts will offer eight Queens-based artists the opportunity to create temporary public artworks in Jamaica and Jackson Heights.
The new program, ArtSite, will award eight artists with a commission of $4,500 each to create temporary public art in these communities and include everything from murals to performances that illuminate the different ways that art can transform a community. The program seeks to create a self sustaining supportive art culture in these communities. The application deadline is June 20 at 11:59 p.m. Join the folks from the Queens Council on the Arts for an information session on the artist program at 6:30 pm to 7:30 pm at the Queens Library’s Central Branch, located at 89-11 Merrick Blvd. in Jamaica. For more information, call (347) 505-3015.


June 13
Creative Jazz Organization
The Creative Jazz Organization will present Live Jazz Wednesday Nights at the American Legion Hall. Admission is $10 to $15. The event will run from 8 p.m. to 11 p.m. at the Rosedale/Laurelton American Legion Hall (Post 483), located at 240-02 135th Ave. in Rosedale. For more information, call (917) 825-4362.

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