Inaugural York College Arts Festival
The York College Arts Festival’s inaugural year will include dance, music, art and theatre. It will feature two dance companies from the CUNY Dance Initiative (Johnnie Mercer/TheREDProjectNYC and the Matthew Westerby Dance Company), an art exhibit featuring student and local artists, the York College PFA Theatre Department’s production of HAIR, workshops and master classes for emerging independent artists and artisans, live outdoor concerts and much more. The event runs from May 11 to 12 from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. at York College’s Milton Bassin Performing Arts Center, located at 94-45 Guy R. Brewer Blvd. in Jamaica. The cost ranges from free to $40 for some events. For more information, call (718) 262-3750 or check https://ycartsfest.com/.
Rain Barrel Giveaway
State Sen. Leroy Comrie is joining forces with other local elected officials and the city’s Department of Environmental Protection to host a series of rain barrel giveaways to increase water conservation in Southeast Queens. Visitors can pick up a free rain barrel that connects to their gutter, so rain water will collect and be available to water the lawn, clean the car and much more. Reserved barrels can be picked up between 8:30 a.m. and 9 a.m. After 9 a.m., it is first come, first served. One rain barrel per household, all parties must be present for distribution and photo ID may be requested at pick-up. Expect more giveaway dates at a later time.
Call Comrie’s office at (718) 765-6359 to reserve a rain barrel for pick up. Pick up your rain barrel at Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Academy, located at 92-80 220th St. in Queens Village.
It’s My Park Community Clean Up: Daniel O’Connell Park
State Sen. Leroy Comrie, Assemblyman Clyde Vanel, City Councilman I. Daneek Miller and the city’s Parks Department will host an It’s My Park Community Clean-Up at Daniel O’Connell Playground. They are looking for support from local residents to breathe new life into a local park. They’ll be weeding, raking leaves, planting, spreading wood chips and beautifying the space and they need your help. Contact any of the organizers to signup. The clean-up will take place at Murdock Avenue and 195th Street in Hollis from noon to 3 p.m.
Bankra Caribbean Folk Festival
The annual Bankra Caribbean Folk Festival in Queens has evolved as a major event, attracting many communities from across Queens. It is the mission of the festival to raise the standard for the presentation of folk culture of the islands and work with other organizations in promoting this uniquely Caribbean cultural form, maintaining and protecting its authenticity globally. Bankra Caribbean Folk Festival features traditional folk forms and experiences from the different Caribbean territories. There are three major components to the festival: stalls and island baskets, cultural performances and a pop-up cultural exhibit.
“Bring It On! The Musical”
Tonya Pinkins, of the hit Broadway play Jelly’s Last Jam—in which she co-starred with Gregory Hines—directs Bring It On! The Musical. The show will be performed at the Black Spectrum Theatre Company, located at Baisley Boulevard at 177th Street in Jamaica’s Roy Wilkins Park.
For more information, call (718) 723-1800. The free show begins at 8 p.m.