What’s Up In Southeast Queens: May 5-11, 2017

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May 6
Historic Walking Tour of Jamaica
Jamaica Resident Roy Fox will take interested individuals on a walking tour of the Jamaica neighborhood. Learn about Jamaica’s history, from colonial times to the present, and see how the sites that we see today are connected to historic figures, such as Rufus King and his family. The event is organized by the King Manor Museum.
The tour is free to attend and will last from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. For more information, call (718) 206-0545 x 13, or visit www.kingmanor.org. The location is 150-03 Jamaica Ave. (Rufus King Park).

Illegal Signage Cleanup Day
Join Councilmember Donovan Richards, State Senator Leroy Comrie and Assemblywoman Alicia Hyndman for a day of volunteering, removing illegal signs in the areas of Laurelton, Rosedale and Springfield Gardens. The event begins at 9 a.m. at 234-26 Merrick Blvd. To volunteer, reach out to Jordan Bishop at (718) 527-4356 or via email at jbishop@council.nyc.gov.

The Delightful Festival: African (Ghanian) Delights
A Better Jamaica is hosting a series of evenings to celebrate Jamaica’s vibrant immigrant community. This latest installment will celebrate the Ghanian and African community. Come down to the Jamaica Center for Arts & Learning at 161-04 Jamaica Ave. for free food from the Africana Restaurant, being served from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Beginning at 7 p.m., there will be music from the afro-punk band Osekre & The Lucky Bastards—led by the gifted Ghanian artist Osekre. And from 8 p.m. to 10 p.m., there will be a showing of the African movie, “No Time To Die,” a comedy film that plays on the significant role of death and funeral traditions in African culture.
The event is free to attend.

Prom Angel 2017
The 113th Precinct will host a prom dress and suit giveaway for junior high school and high school seniors. Come by to find the perfect outfit for your student’s special day.

The event will be located at the Eddie Byrne PAL at 116-25 Guy R. Brewer Blvd. from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. For more information, call the 113th precinct’s Community Affairs at (718) 712-1627 or Domestic Violence (718) 712-6073.

May 7
Real Brave Concert Series
The Real Brave Concert Series is a yearly event that showcases children who are immersed in music. It’s a family friendly two-hour show that’s fun, energetic and inspiring. There are four shows—10:30 a.m., 12:30 p.m., 2:30 p.m. and 4:30 p.m. Each show features different songs, bands and instruments.
The show will be held at St. John’s University Little Theater, located at 80-00 Utopia Pkwy., and is free to attend. For more information, call (718) 454-0100 or email dan@realbraveaudio.com.

May 19
Wine and Cheese At JCAL
Bring friends and loved ones to a night of wine, cheese and a casual, guided painting project. The night is open to beginners and experts, ages 16 and older. Anyone under 16 years of age must have knowledge of handling art materials, and all materials will be provided. The proceeds will support JCAL’s 2nd Annual Queens Children’s Festival in June.
Tickets are $60 per person and $110 for two people. The event is from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. and will be held at 161-04 Jamaica Ave. in the Jamaica Center for Arts and Learning.

Ongoing Events: April 19-May 7
UniverSoul Circus
A big top spectacle of global proportions, the 2017 production of UniverSoul Circus takes fans of all ages on an unforgettable journey of light, sound and soul. Get ready for electrifying, edge-of-your-seat performances, including extreme motorsports, back-flipping canines, twirling bicycles, disco-dancing pachyderms, free-flying aerial acts and much more. Hailed as the most interactive circus in the world, UniverSoul Circus opens in the Bronx, Brooklyn, Newark and Queens.

As has become its trademark after 24 years, UniverSoul Circus will present a multicultural/multinational cast of rock-star performers in 2017. Only under the UniverSoul Circus one ring big top will visitors be able to witness Olate Dogs from Chile (winners of America’s Got Talent), Ethiopian Pole Act from Ethiopia, Aerial Duet from Colombia, Bicycle Tricks from China, Airborne Motorcycles from California, Caribbean Dance and Limbo from Trinidad and Tobago, Russian Bar from Cuba and dancing elephants. Councilman I. Daneek Miller will be the circus’ guest ringmaster.

The circus will perform at Roy Wilkins Park, located at Merrick and Baisley boulevards in Jamaica, from April 19 to May 7. Get your tickets via TicketMaster today and use the code “WBLS.”

The musical “Five Guys Named Moe” will be performed at York College this weekend.

The musical “Five Guys Named Moe” will be performed at York College this weekend.

“Five Guys Named Moe” at York College
Tony Award Winner Ben Harney brings the classic musical “Five Guys Named Moe” to life at York College for six dates. This performance is set to blues pioneer and alto saxophonist Louis Jordan’s iconic rhythm and blues/jazz score. It’s an exhilarating theatrical experience that will have visitors dancing in the aisles.

The May 5 performance starts at 8 p.m. Tickets cost between $10 and $20. For more information, call (718) 262-3750 or visit york.cuny.edu/pac. The York College Milton Bassin Performing Arts Center is located at 94-45 Guy R. Brewer Blvd. in Jamaica.

An exhibition  demonstrating the  work of  Trinidadian artist Geoffrey Holder will be at the Jamaica Center for Arts and Learning through May.

An exhibition
demonstrating the
work of Trinidadian artist Geoffrey Holder will be at the Jamaica Center for Arts and Learning through May.

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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