What’s Up In Southeast Queens: March 10-16, 2017


Town Hall Against Hate
Join Southeast Queens elected officials at the Jamaica Muslim Center, located on 85-37 168th St., to help fight against discrimination and hate this Friday. State Sen. Leroy Comrie and other local officials will host a Town Hall Against Hate. With incidences of hate crimes on the rise, many Southeast Queens residents have expressed concern. Comrie’s purpose for hosting the town hall is to reassure community members of the rights and protections available to them under New York City law. The event will begin at 6 p.m.. For more information, call Comrie’s office at 718-765-6359.

Honoring “Unsung Heroines” for Women’s History Month
Councilman I. Daneek Miller will host “Unsung Heroines” for Women’s History Month, beginning at noon in the York College Faculty Dining Room at 94-20 Guy R. Brewer Blvd.
This year, five women will be recognized for their leadership, achievements and dedication to their communities. Honorees include Brittany Chambers, business strategist/talent and acquisition manager for Zen Masters Inc. & ZMI Foundation; Jacqueline Arrington Pinkard, Partner AEM & Associates Inc.; Dr. Marie-Carmel Durandisse Pressley, bilingual clinical-school psychologist for the East Ramapo Central School District; Regina Wilson, member of the FDNY and President of the Vulcan Society; Captain Rosalind Knox-Ritter, commanding officer, Recruitment Section of the NYPD.
For more information, call 718-776-3700

Join the Queens Library for this showcase of local New York City talent.
The open mic will be organized by Vijay R. Nathan, who is a supervising librarian in New York City, where he was born and raised. He recently published his debut poetry collection titled “Escape from Samsara.” His writing explores spirituality in the modern world, taking the reader on a trip through all the roadblocks that exist between here and enlightenment.
The Queens Library wants attendees to share their own stories. The event will take place at the Queens Library Central 89-11 Merrick Boulevard Jamaica. It will begin at 2 p.m. For more information, call (718) 990-0700.

State of the Nation Town Hall
All month, U.S. Rep. Gregory Meeks has been holding town halls throughout the 5th congressional district to discuss national current events and how they impact that Southeast Queens area. Meeks is scheduled to have one more town hall next Monday at the Rockaway YMCA, located on 207 Beach 73rd St. in Arverne. The focus will be on immigration and theAffordable Care Act. The town hall will begin at 6:30 p.m.

A Celebration of Women in Music with Motéma’s Jana Herzen and Friends
Producer, performer, and entrepreneur Jana Herzen is founder and president of Motéma Music, a Grammy-winning, art-first record label specializing in unique jazz, world and soul music. Under Herzen’s stewardship, Motéma’s artists and projects have been nominated in the NAACP awards, SoulTrain Awards and Latin Grammy awards. Drop by the Queens Library Central, located at 89-11 Merrick Blvd., for an exciting evening of music during Women’s History Month!
Tickets are free and can be obtained via eventbrite.com. The show will begin at 6:30 p.m. For more information, please call 718-990-0700.

The Airtrain Jazz Festival featuring Buyu Ambroise
The AirTrain Jazz Festival series continues when Buyu Ambroise takes the stage next Thursday. The festival is a co-production of A Better Jamaica and the Sutphin Boulevard Business Improvement District. 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, call (718) 657-2605 or e-mail greg.mays@abetterjamaica.org. The performance begins at 5 p.m. at 93-40 Sutphin Boulevard in Jamaica.

Jazzmeia Horn – Winner of the 2015 Thelonious Monk International Vocal Jazz Competition
Winner of the 2015 Thelonious Monk International Vocal Jazz Competition and 2013 Sarah Vaughan International Jazz Vocal Competition, singer Jazzmeia Horn has appeared at renowned jazz festivals and legendary jazz clubs, such as The Apollo, The Blue Note, Smalls Jazz Club and The New Jersey Performing Arts Center.
Visit the Queens Library Central, located at 89-11 Merrick Blvd., for an exciting evening of music this Women’s History Month.
Tickets are free and can be obtained via eventbrite.com. The show will begin at 2:30 p.m.. For more information, please call 718-990-0700.

Vissi Dance Theatre Presents: Disco Queen
The theater will perform a dance story by author, choreographer and PRESS of Southeast Queens Black History Month honoree Courtney Ffrench. See the evolution of Lizzy, a down and out street vendor as she rises from the streets to be crowned Disco Queen in New York City’s famous Studio 54. Before she gets the crown, she must face a series of challenges from her rival, Salty. Not only will Lizzy have to battle Salty for the disco crown, she’ll have to fight for the affection of Henry, her mentor and teacher. Put on that perfect disco outfit and get ready to dance in your seat.
The play will be hosted at the Milton G. Bassin Performing Arts Center at York College. Tickets are on sale now. Adults pay $20, students and senior pay $10. Buy tickets online at https://tickets.vendini.com/

The Devil in New York: The Witchcraft Trial of Goody Garlick
Scholar Tara Rider will introduce an oft-forgotten period of Long Island history, when the turmoil of everyday life in 17th century New York resulted in accusations of witchcraft. The show will be free with admission to the King Manor Museum, located on 153 Street and Jamaica Avenue. The play will start at 2 p.m.

Computer Classes for
Southeast Queens Seniors
The Thomas White Jr. Foundation Inc. and Basic International Presents Computer Classes for Seniors. Brought to you by Assemblywoman Vivian Cook and Councilman Ruben Wills, the 90-minute session will teach our seniors some of the basic skills needed to stay knowledgeable in today’s technological world. We’re teaching Microsoft Word and Excel, the basics of using e-mail and utilizing social media.
The classes will be located at 162-04 Tuskegee Airmen Way in Jamaica on Monday March 13 and Wednesday March 15. Classes begin at 10:30 a.m. Seating is limited so be sure to RSVP by calling (718) 658-4984.

The Genius of Geoffrey Holder
Born and raised in Trinidad, Geoffrey Holder revealed his genius in a long career in dance, theater, film, music and art. 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

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