What’s Up In Southeast Queens: March 17-23, 2017


March 17
NYC Summer Youth Employment Program Deadline

If you are a New York City youth between the ages of 14 and 24 years who is looking for valuable work experience and earning money this summer, complete the Summer Youth Employment Program application and take the first step to landing your dream summer job. The New York City Summer Youth Employment Program has a variety of different positions to ensure that your summer is both productive and financially stable. But apply quickly, the deadline is this Friday.

To fill out an application, visit application.nycsyep.com/Default.aspx. For information on other programs the city is running to keep the city’s youths working and productive, visit www.nyc.gov/html/dycd.

March 18
Jazzmeia Horn – Winner of the 2015 Thelonious Monk International Vocal Jazz Competition
Winner of the 2015 Thelonious Monk International Vocal Jazz Competition and the 2013 Sarah Vaughan International Jazz Vocal Competition, singer Jazzmeia Horn has a name that speaks for itself. Jazzmeia 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. Drop by the Queens Library Central located on 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, call (718) 990-0700.

Vissi Dance Theatre Presents: “Disco Queen”
This dance story was created 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. “Disco Queen” is here!

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 tickets.vendini.com.

Women’s Health Empowerment Symposium
State Sen. Leroy Comrie has teamed up with 1199 SEIU, Healthfirst, Elizabeth Madison Nutrition and the York College Women’s Center to host the community at a Women’s Health Empowerment Symposium at the York College Faculty Dining Room, located on 94-20 Guy R Brewer Blvd. in Jamaica. Attendees can drop by for free and important health and wellness demonstrations and information. All are welcome to attend. The session begins at 10 a.m. To RSVP, call Lois Menyweather at (718) 765-6359.

Lincoln Center’s Boro-Linc at JCAL: Community Workshop
The Jamaica Center for Arts and Learning and Lincoln Center Boro-Linc presents community workshops with Jamaica’s own Emmett Wigglesworth.

Join master artist Wigglesworth in his JCAL Studio for the first of a diverse series of workshops that will include drawing, painting, paper mache, found objects, construction, design and architecture.

Each Saturday in March will focus on decorative rugs. These community-engaged projects will be displayed in the JCAL Community Gallery at the end of the season. For ages 5 years and above.

Workshops begin on 12 p.m. and are completely free. For more information, call (718) 658-7400. RSVP on eventbrite.com.

The Devil in New York: The Witchcraft Trial of Goody Garlick
Scholar Tara Rider will introduce an often-forgotten period of Long Island history, when the turmoil of everyday life in 17th century New York resulted in a hysteria of accusations of witchcraft.

The show will be free with admission to the King Manor Museum, located on 153rd Street and Jamaica Avenue. The play will start at 2 p.m.


March 23
An Evening With Brandon Bain
Brandon Bain is a Brooklyn born vocalist, activist and songwriter already known for his = warm, easy-going delivery of the greatest of traditional pop and jazz standards— and he’s coming to Queens Library Central.

The show begins at 6:30 p.m. and will be completely free. The Queens Library Central is
located at 89-11 Merrick Blvd. in Jamaica. For more information, call (718) 990 0700.

March 26
York College Performing and Fine Arts Dept. Presents: “The Water Carriers”
The future and past mystically weave together for a diverse group of refugees fleeing Africa.
“The Water Carriers” tells the story of African legends Sunjata and The Tree of Life as seen through the turbulent eyes of six strangers stowed away in a shipping container bound for who-knows-where. The future and past mystically weave together.
“The Water Carriers” will be performed at the Milton G. Bassin Performing Arts Center on the following dates: March 24 at 4 p.m., March 25 at 7 p.m., March 26 at 3 p.m. and March 28 at 12 p.m.
Tickets are $7 to $10. For more information, call the box office at (718) 262-2840.

February – 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. 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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