What’s Up In Southeast Queens: Nov. 18-24, 2016


This Saturday, beginning at 1:00 p.m., Councilman I. Daneek Miller will be hosting a street co-naming ceremony for the late Malik “Phife Dawg” Taylor of A Tribe Called Quest on 192nd Street and Linden Boulevard. A Tribe Called Quest is considered one of the most influential hip-hop groups of all time. Its members, Taylor, Kamaal Ibn John Fareed, Ali Shaheed Muhammad, and Jarobi White were raised in St. Albans. Nu-Clear Dry Cleaners, located on the block, was featured in one of the group’s videos “Check The Rhime.”  During the ceremony, Taylors family, fellow artists, and hip-hop historians will be speaking about Phife Dawg and his groups impact. The ceremony will begin at 1 p.m. at 192nd Street and Linden Boulevard in St. Albans (in front of Nu-Clear Cleaners). Please join in as we remember the life of hip-hop’s greatest contributors.

Nov. 18
Sharp Radway’s “Music of The Streets”
Sharp Radway is a pianist, composer, arranger and author who is a native of Hartford, Connecticut and currently resides in Brooklyn, New York. Sharp has worked with several jazz luminaries, including Yusef Lateef, Benny Golson, Red Holloway, and many more. He is also the music director, pianist, and arranger for The Celebration of Lionel Hampton Big Band and The New York City Ska Orchestra.

Radway will be performing at the Queens Library Central. The show will be free for all visitors. Show starts at 2:30 p.m. For more information visit queenslibrary.org/events or call (718) 990-0700.

Monthly Jazz Jam at Flushing Town Hall
Flushing Town Hall will be hosting a legendary night of jazz, bringing some of the greatest players in the genre’s history together on one stage for a one-night performance.

The players include saxophonist Jimmy Heath, pianist Barry Harris, trumpet player Jimmy Owens, saxophonist George Coleman and drummer Jimmy Cobb. All five of these musicians are recipients of the National Endowment for the Arts Jazz Master Award, the United States’ highest honor for jazz musicians. Together with bassist David Wong, these five NEA-certified jazz masters will put on a performance that jazz fans will not want to miss.

Tickets are $42 for nonmembers, $32 for members and $20 for students. For a table package, the prices are $125 for nonmembers and $100 for members. That package comes with a reserved table for two with wine and snacks.
The event begins at 8 p.m.

Nov. 19
Boro-Linc Queens: Jazz for Young People Series: Jazz and Civil Rights
Based on Wynton Marsalis and Sandra Day O’Connor’s conversations on jazz and democracy, this three-part concert series will illustrate the ideals of American democracy through the lens of America’s greatest and most democratic art form: jazz.

This event is the final installment of Jazz at Lincoln Center’s three-part Jazz for Young People series.

The event will take place at the Jamaica Performing Arts Center located on 153-10 Jamaica Avenue. From 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. a Community Artist Workshop will be conducted, followed by a performance at 3 p.m. to 4 p.m.

Families must arrive at least ten minutes in advance of the program to secure their seats. All reserved seats will become available to the wait list ten minutes before each performance on a first-come, first-served basis. Boro-Linc events are recommended for all ages and their family members. All children must be accompanied by an adult. Families are encouraged to arrive early in advance of the program to secure their seats.

Those interested are encouraged to go to Eventbrite.com to register and reserve a seat on this compelling workshop.

An Exhibit of Haitian Art in Queens
Join us for an Opening Reception for Festival an Koulè, an exhibit of the vibrant Haitian Art of Queens. Get a first look at the exhibit in 3 library locations and meet several of the exhibiting artists.

Haiti is a country of great beauty, a vibrant Caribbean culture, and a heroic history, populated by people with a natural gift for storytelling. Haitian art reveals the riches of Haiti’s spirit, rendered in vibrant colors and bold patterns.

This six-week art exhibit will spotlight a variety of established and emerging Haitian artists – many Queens locals – and the vibrant culture that is present in the communities of Cambria Heights, St. Albans, South Hollis and Rochdale Village.

Nov. 19 – Opening Reception Schedule
• 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.: South Hollis Community Library (204-01 Hollis Ave.)
• 2 – 4 p.m.: St. Albans Community Library (191-05 Linden Boulevard)
• 6 – 9 p.m.: Cambria Heights Community Library (218-13 Linden Blvd.)

The exhibit is completely free of charge.

Nov. 20
Football Game Fundraiser for Vets
Watch your elected officials play a game of touch football, and raise money to support local veterans’ homes at the same time! This Sunday, is the New York City vs. Long Island Elected Officials Touch Football Classic, which will be fundraising for the New York State Veterans’ Home at St. Albans and the New York State Veterans Home at Stony Brook. The game will be held at Msgr. McClancy Memorial High School at 71-06 31st Ave., East Elmhurst. The game starts at noon.

Those wishing to make a donation to either of the veterans’ homes can do so at the game, and should make checks out to SBF/Long Island State Veterans’ Home (Stony Brook) or Veterans Volunteer Alliance (St. Albans). Unfortunately, organizers will not be able to accept cash donations. 100 percent of proceeds from the game will be donated to these organizations.

If you have any further questions, please contact Assemblyman DenDekker’s office at (718) 457-0384.

GingerBread Lane in Corona
Over in Western Queens, one of the holiday’s most delectable treats gets turned into a sight to behold. A 500-square-foot mini-metropolis with more than 1,000 houses bridges, stores, trees, trains, and other structures made of gingerbread, royal icing, and candy will be on display once again this year. The annual exhibition always includes Candy Cane Place, Eggnog Bay, Gum Drop Row, Peppermint Central Park, and Toffee Boulevard.
The display will be at the New York Hall of Science located on 47-01 111th St. in Corona. It will be on display until Jan. 15.

Queens Museum-Art History Lecture Series
Stop by the Queens Library Queens Village branch for a series of Art History lectures presented by the Queens Museum by teleconference. Lectures will be taking place from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. First-time participants should contact Mail-a-Book at (718) 464-0084 for information about the lecture topic, and for access numbers. Topics include the Panorama, The World’s Fair and artists Hongtu/Vida and Gropper/Oliver.

The final session is currently scheduled for Dec. 9. No registration is required for any of these sessions.

Jamaica Farmers’ Market
Throughout the season, Community Markets, the market’s operator and Greater Jamaica Development Corporation host free promotional events at the Farmers’ Market including regular cooking demonstrations and nutrition classes using the fresh fruit and vegetables of the season.

The demonstrations are presented by Cornell University Cooperative Extension.

The Farmers’ Market accepts WIC Farmers’ Market coupons and EBT cards for the purchase of eligible Farmers’ Markets products. The market also offers a free parking coupon to shoppers. The coupon is available at the market manager’s tent and can be used at the Parsons garage. For additional information call (718) 297-4708
Farmers’ Market Jamaica will be open from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. every Friday and Saturday through Nov. 21.

Emmitt Wigglesworth Exhibition
Jamaica Center for Arts and Learning is proud to present a solo exhibition by Jamaica-based artist Emmett Wigglesworth. This retrospective includes paintings, silkscreens, oil pastels, and sculpture from his career as an artist, spanning over six decades. The exhibit begins Sept. 16 and runs until Nov. 25 at the Jamaica Performing Arts Center, located at 153-10 Jamaica Avenue.

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