What’s Up In Southeast Queens: Sept. 23-29, 2016

SEPT. 23
My Baby and Me
We invite you to join us for stories, music, movement and fun! Babies accompanied by a grown-up can enjoy story time, finger puppeteers, music, movement and social interaction. Families will have the opportunity to connect with each other for support and resources as well. Babies as young as 6 months and as old as 21 months are more than welcome to stop by. No registration is required.

At the Queens Library, Cambria Heights branch. Session begins at 11:30 a.m.

In September, the King Manor Museum in Jamaica will be holding a number of educational events.

In September, the King Manor Museum in Jamaica will be holding a number of educational events.

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. through Dec. 9. 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.

If you can’t make it to this week’s lectures, be sure to stop by at any of our other dates. There are sessions currently scheduled for Oct. 14, Oct. 28, Nov. 18, Dec. 9. No registration is required for any of these sessions.

SEPT. 24
New Cuban Masters: The Kalí Rodríguez-Peña Jazz Quintet
Trumpet player and composer Kali Rodriguez-Peña will be performing at the Queens Library Central in Jamaica Saturday afternoon.

Born in Havana and residing in New York City, Rodriguez-Peña is a graduate of the prestigious Amadeo Roldan Conservatory in Cuba. He is currently studying at Manhattan School of Music, where he was awarded a full scholarship for jazz performance. He has played with renowned Cuban and international musicians such as Wynton Marsalis, Arturo O’Farrill, Paquito D’Rivera, Chucho Valdés, Anat Cohen, Rudresh Mahanthappa, Miguel Zenón, Bobby Sanabria, Cándido Camero, Bobby Carcasses, among others. Kali arranged and produced his own album, Gente de Colores, in 2011.

Rodriguez-Peña’s style blends traditional Cuban sounds with influences from Miles Davis, Freddie Hubbard, and Wayne Shorter. Those interested can get their free tickets at newcubanmasters.eventbrite.com.
The performance starts at 1 p.m. in the Library Central auditorium located at 89-11 Merrick Boulevard in Jamaica.

Making Moves Dance Festival 2016
Entering its 7th year at the Jamaica Performing Arts Center, Making Moves Dance Festival presents NYC’s emerging dance companies for a two-part showcase featuring diverse and original works that span the globe and dance genres. The evening showcase features the commissioned work of Yoshito Sakuraba, choreographer of Abarukas, and Nsquared Dance, Johnnie Cruise Mercer/TheREDprojectNYC, Rovaco Dance Co., Patrick Coper, Movement of the People and Synthesis Dance.
There will be a free performance at 2 p.m. outside of the theater followed by an evening showcase at 7 p.m. Tickets are on sale at jcal.org, $15 general admission, $12 for seniors and students and $10 for members of JCAL. The theater is located at 153-10 Jamaica Ave. For more information call (718) 658-7400.

Exhibit: The Wildlife of  Baisley Pond
As the summer comes to a close and we ponder upon the coming fall, we’re anticipating a lot of new school children touring King Manor, the changing leaves at King Park as well as upcoming programs. Learn what’s going on this September at Jamaica’s own historical house located in King Park, 150-03 Jamaica Ave.

King Manor Museum is pleased to host an exhibit of photographs by local artist Marvenia Knight exploring the abundance of wildlife of Baisley Pond in Jamaica, Queens. Ms. Knight was born in Sunbury, North Carolina, a small rural town surrounded by nature which inspired her dedication to capturing natural aesthetics and calm in her work. She studied graphic design and photography at Parson New School and Empire State College both in New York City. Stop by to meet the artist and view her work. 1 p.m. Free. Through Sept. 25.

SEPT. 28
Wellness Wednesdays at York College
Join the Counseling Center staff for Wellness Wednesdays – interactive events aimed at increasing awareness of issues related to self-improvement and well-being.

For this week’s Wellness Wednesday “The Happiness Factor,” we’re discussing the importance of happiness and what we can do to increase our levels of happiness and meaning. To help us feel even more happy, Oliver the therapy dog from The Good Dog Foundation will be joining us.

The event is scheduled to take place from noon to 1 p.m. in the school cafeteria. For more information, reach out to Fanny Gamboa at the number (718) 262-2272.
We hope to see you there!

The Inaugural Gala With The Dance Theatre of Harlem
Join the folks at the Milton B. Bassin Performing Arts Center, located at 94-45 Guy R. Brewer Blvd., for the first Gala celebrating the 50th Anniversary of York College. The centerpiece of the celebration will be a performance by the Dance Theatre of Harlem. Forty-seven years ago, Arthur Mitchell and his mentor Karel Shook founded the Dance Theatre of Harlem as a beacon of hope for the youth in the underprivileged neighborhood where Mitchell grew up. In a few short years, DTH became a leading dance institution of global acclaim.

Now, the organization’s mission is served through the DTH Company which tours internationally with an eclectic ballet repertoire; the DTH School, which trains more than 500 students per year in ballet and other dance disciplines; and Dancing Through Barriers, an arts education and community engagement program that uses the arts to inspire and transform lives. Through these activities Dance Theatre of Harlem has reached millions and plays a key role in the national cultural dialogue.

This year, the Milton G. Bassin Performing Arts Center honors former Director, Matthew Katz, and Executive Director of Arts in Christian Theatre, Beverly Morrison Caesar. The event will take place at 8 p.m.

Free Prenatal Classes at Central Library
Having a baby is joyful, but can be overwhelming. Luckily, we have free prenatal classes available for expectant mothers. Learn about important topics, like bonding with your baby, how to take care of yourself while you’re pregnant, your baby’s development, getting ready for labor and delivery, and more!

Classes are free and there will be giveaways at each class, including clothes, blankets, toys, and other surprises! All expectant mothers are welcome. The prenatal series will end with a baby shower, complete with raffle prizes!

Wednesdays, from Sept. 14 to Oct. 19    4:30 p.m.
Central Library
89-11 Merrick Blvd, Jamaica
To register or for more information, call or text Tamara at (917) 702-4295, or simply email tmichel@queenslibrary.org.
Space is limited to the first 30 people.

Emmitt Wigglesworth Exhibition
A resident of Jamaica Queens for more than 20 years, Jamaica Center for Arts and Learning is proud to present a solo exhibition by artist Emmett Wigglesworth. This retrospective includes paintings, silkscreens, oil pastels and sculpture from his career as an artist, spanning over six decades. Exhibit begins Sept. 16 and runs until Nov. 25 at the Jamaica Performing Arts Center, located at 153-10 Jamaica Avenue.

OCT. 20
Celebrating the Life and Music of Prince
Led by Professor Jonathan Quash, the York College Gospel Chorus is dedicating a night of music from the one and only Prince! Don’t miss this one-of-a-kind event at which we celebrate the music of the legendary Pop icon, Prince! All are invited!

The event will take place at 6 p.m. at the Milton G. Bassin Performing Arts Center. For more information, reach out to the York College Men’s Center at (718) 262-3772.

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