What’s Up In Southeast Queens: March 3-9, 2017


March 4
Hands-On History: Scented Sachets
The King Manor Museum will have a hands-on seminar on the use of potpourri. Potpourri was a method to invite sweet smelling fragrances in the home with the help of flowers and herbs. Families with children are invited to create their own scented sachet to take home.
King Manor Museum is located at 150-03 Jamaica Ave. The session will start at 1 p.m. and will be free of charge.

For more information, call (718) 206-0545 Ext. 13 or visit kingmanor.org.

March 5
SQPA’s 15th Annual Art Exhibition
The Southern Queens Park Association is holding their 15th annual Art exhibition this Sunday at the Roy Wilkins Park Family Center located at 177-01 Baisley Boulevard, Jamaica
Come by and see art done by locals right here in Southeast Queens. Exhibition hours will run Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., and on Saturdays 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. The exhibit is free, but donations would be appreciated.

For more information, call (718) 276-4630 or visit sqpa.org. You won’t want to miss this!

Sunday Concerts at Central: Bertha Hope
This Sunday the Queens Library is hosting none other than Jazz piano great Bertha Hope. Along with guest vocalist Antoinette Montague, Hope will perform bebop classics by song of jazz’s legends.

The performance will include hits from Horace Silver, Duke Ellington, Herbie Hancock and the great, under-appreciated composer-pianist Elmo Hope, Bertha’s late husband. Stop by and take a trip through the rich history of Jazz. You may even learn something along the way.

The concert will begin at 3 p.m. and will run until 4:15 p.m. at the Queens Library Central in Jamaica located on 89-11 Merrick Blvd. The concert is free of charge.
For more information, call (718) 990-0700.

March 9
Currently residing in Jackson Heights, Colombian pianist and composer Ricardo Gallo has written for improvisational ensembles, short films, and multimedia stage productions. He earned his PhD in composition at Stony Brook University, and has received commissions from the Colombia Symphony Orchestra and Big Band of Bogotá. Gallo additionally performs with the band Los Aliens. Los Aliens is a new electric collective of artists based in New York City. They are known to be spontaneous creators, improvising on their instruments in order to take the minds of their listeners to the vast unknown.

The performance will take place at the Jamaica Center for Arts and Learning located on 161-04 Jamaica Ave. Tickets are $10.

For additional information, contact Joyce Chan at joyce@jcal.org

The AirTrain Jazz Festival: The Urban Rebellion
The AirTrain Jazz Festival series continues when The Urban Rebellion takes the stage. Don’t miss out! The AirTrain Jazz Festival is a co-production of A Better Jamaica and the Sutphin Boulevard Business Improvement District with the marketing support of the Jamaica Arts Council. The effort is funded by New York City Council Members Rory Lancman and I. Daneek Miller, and the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs.

The performance will take place at 93-40 Sutphin Blvd. from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. For more information, call (718) 657-2605, or send an e-mail to greg.mays@abetterjamaica.org.

March 18
Vissi Dance Theatre Presents: Disco Queen
Love and Dance Forever, is 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. Disco Queen is here!

The play will be hosted at the Milton G. Bassin Performance Arts Center at York College.

Tickets are on sale now. Adults pay $20, students and seniors pay $10. Buy tickets online at tickets.vendini.com

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. 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

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