Presenting Southern Italian Folk Music & Dance from Newpoli on March 2

On Friday, March 2, Flushing Town Hall presents an evening of southern Italian music and dance when Newpoli takes the stage with a repertoire of upbeat, danceable folk music that merges influences from Africa, the Middle East, and Greece.

The award-winning Newpoli has a unique and powerful sound, with a modern take on traditional music, and is an inspiring interpreter of southern Italy’s taranta, drawing deeply from this lesser-known music genre. The group stirs up a mesmerizing meld of traditional Italian folk music, Greek, and Turkish grooves, Mediterranean and Spanish colors, and a contemporary sensibility they call Mediterranean Pulse – Ritmi della Terra.

You can see highlights from Newpoli performances here. The group is fronted by singers Carmen Marsico and Angela Rossi, a pair that PopMatters called “visual and musical cynosures with their contrasting looks and twining vocal lines.” The tamburello, played by virtuoso Fabio Pirozzolo, pounds out the heartbeat of Newpoli’s music, and the singers launch into a frenetic dance destined to bring audience members to their feet. Newpoli’s latest album is Nun te vutà, which won the 2016 Independent Music Award for “Best World Traditional Album.”

Tickets – which you can purchase here – are $16/$10 Members and Students. For more information, visit or call (718) 463-7700 x222. This winter and Spring, Flushing Town Hall will continue to open its doors to teenagers – for free. Under the “Teen Access Program”, which is designed to appeal to students and help foster a greater love in the arts and culture, all 13- to 19-year-olds (whether a member or not) are welcome to attend any performance for free.

Flushing Town Hall is accessible by car, bus, train and foot – located a short distance from the 7 train – at 137-35 Northern Blvd., in Flushing, Queens.Access for wheelchair users and individuals with limited mobility is available.


Enjoy the Third Annual Charcuterie Masters at Flushing Town Hall on February 24

The meatiest night in New York comes back to Queens next month as the wildly popular Charcuterie Masters returns for its third year.

Professional and amateur makers of artisanal charcuterie will vie for the crown and top New York City chefs, including Hugue Dufour (M. Wells Steakhouse), Alfonso Zhicay (Casa del Chef Bistro), and Josh Bowen (John Brown Smokehouse) will create exquisite dishes featuring smoked heritage pork and cured meats at New York City’s premiere charcuterie event, which takes place February 24th from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. at historic Flushing Town Hall.

In addition to great food and drinks for everybody, Charcuterie Masters 2018 is the first ever competition of its kind, presented in conjunction with Brooklyn Kitchen. The tournament  brings together a who’s who of professional and amateur makers of artisanal charcuterie from the U.S. and Canada, including Evan Brady (Nduja Artisans Salumeria, Chicago); Rodrigo Duarte (Caseiro E Bom, Newark, N.J.); Chad Nelan (Elevation Charcuterie & Artisan Meats, Denver); Chef Will Horowitz (Harry & Ida’s Meat and Supply Co.); and Giuseppe Viterale (Ornella Trattoria, Astoria, N.Y.).

The judging panel for Charcuterie Masters 2018 will be led by Chef Brian Polcyn, renowned charcuterie expert and co-author of “Charcuterie: The Craft of Salting, Smoking, and Curing.” “Events like Charcuterie Masters keep charcuterie in the forefront of modern American cooking, where it belongs. I’m proud to serve as lead judge in this crucial and industry collaborative event. My advice for everybody: Eat more pork, smoke more meat, eat a lot of sausage.”

Other judges for Charcuterie Masters 2018 include Josh Bowen (Pitmaster, John Brown Smokehouse), Chef Cesare Casella (Dean of Italian Studies, International Culinary Center), Cristiano Creminelli (founder, Creminelli Fine Meats), Aurelien Dufour (Dufour Gourmet), Rino Mini (CEO, Galvanina), Michael Pardus (professor of culinary arts, Culinary Institute of America), Harry Rosenblum (The Brooklyn Kitchen), Francine Segan (author and Italian food expert),  and Jeremy Stanton (founder The Meat Market).

Attendees will enjoy unlimited tasting of more than 60 kinds of charcuterie, including exquisite prosciutto from Cesare Casella and sumptuous Portuguese Alentejano ham from Rodrigo Duarte who will also be doing a butchery demonstration of this forerunner to the pig that produces Spain’s famed jamon de pata negra.

They will also have chance to learn from the makers as well participate in a people’s choice vote of the ‘best-of-the-evening’ charcuterie. Pairings will include top-rated wines, craft beers, and farmstead ciders. Guests will also have the opportunity to purchase charcuterie directly at the event.

A $65 general admission to Charcuterie Masters 2018 entitles guests to explore unlimited tasting and sampling of all food and beverages. Additionally, there will be $125 VIP tickets sold, which will allow access to a special hour from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m. enabling VIP guests to enjoy early access to the entire festival as well as admission to the VIP tasting room, featuring a luxurious spread of cured meats, including chicken liver mousse and pâté en croute personally prepared by NYEE president, Chef David Noeth, as well as exclusive charcuterie selections from Queens’ very own Muncan Food.


New York Epicurean Events is a Catskill Mountains-based producer of premiere farm-to- table food and wine festivals and educational programs that pair the agricultural bounty—including grass-fed beef, organic produce, artisanal cheeses, smoked fish, and craft beverages—from the region’s lush mountain valleys and fresh water streams—with New York City’s most innovative chefs and culinary artisans. Our goals include creating jobs, driving economic development by assisting family farmers and local artisans, and fostering culinary and agricultural tourism in the Catskill-Delaware NYC Watershed while exposing everyone from chefs and other culinary professionals to foodies and gourmets to delicious, fresh, sustainable, and healthful foods.




Get Ready for the US Debut of PunjabTronix on March 10

On Saturday, March 10, technology will meet tradition as cutting-edge live electronica and digital technologies combine with the traditional sounds of Punjab when Flushing Town Hall presents PunjabTronix.

Mercury-nominated electronic music producer DJ Swami joins forces with Punjabi folk musicians (Vijay Yamla, Naresh Kukki, Dheera Singh, Gurtej Singh) to create an innovative musical and visual experience, combining dynamic electronic beats with the raw energetic DNA of Punjab.

“We are delighted to be presenting PunjabTronix, a brand new, exciting contemporary music project where technology meets raw Punjabi folk music,” said Jaswinder Singh, Project Producer and Director of Asian Arts Agency. “This international collaboration between the exceptionally talented British and Indian artists is receiving global attention from audiences and promoters. I am looking forward to our US debut at Flushing Town Hall, and expect that audiences will have a great time enjoying this new music performance.”

You can get a taste of Punjabtronix in this video.

Mixing live electronic dance music with Punjabi dhol drums, vocals, stringed instruments and the hypnotic sounding double flute algoza, the powerful distinct rhythms and traditional melodies of the Punjab will interact creatively with live electronic drum machines, synthesiser arpeggios and basslines. And, completing the unique musical and visual event will be visual projections of original digital animations and cinematic Punjabi imagery, produced by filmmaker John Minton.

Tickets to the concert – which begins at 8:00 PM – are $16, and $10 for members and students. You can purchase tickets here.

PunjabTronix is a new project produced and commissioned by Asian Arts Agency to respond to Reimagine India 2017, a cultural exchange program designed to develop creative collaborations between artists from England and India. PunjabTronix, which is funded by Reimagine India and is part of UK/India Year of Culture 2017 and the 70th anniversary celebrations of the Independence of India, is supported by Arts Council England and British Council.

The event features a collaboration between:

  • DJ Swami: Mercury-nominated DJ Swami, from production and co-writing the journey of Swami (So Who AM I?), has always been to explore the hybrid diaspora identity, finding synergy and pushing the boundaries of British and Indian contemporary music to create exciting new musical milestones; the Swami sound has been built on pioneering British Indian influenced popular music over the past 20 years. Swami’s unique creative perspective and interpretations of fusing western popular/contemporary and Indian music has been honored worldwide, with Ivor Novello (1993), Mercury Music Prize (1993) and Grammy (2004) nominations to winning Best Producer at the UK Asian Music Awards (2005 and 2008).
  • Vijay Yamla: The grandson of celebrated Punjabi folk singer, Yamla Jatt, Vijay is an extremely talented multi-instrumentalist who will bring his vast musical experience to the project, playing traditional Punjabi instruments such as Tumbi, Tumba, Algoza and Bugchu.
  • John Minton: Bristol-based UK filmmaker, John Minton is known for his experimental, lo-fi, and hallucinatory style. Characterized by grainy super-8 textures, a palette of iridescent, glowing hues, and mesmerizingly evocative imagery. Minton’s distinctive visual flair has lent itself to music videos for Noel Gallagher, Portishead, and Savages amongst others. The vast majority of John’s work exists in the Live circuit as seen this year on Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Bird’s world tour and with Portishead where John has performed Live Tour Visuals since 2007. Highlights of which include Glastonbury’s Other Stage in 2013 and Coachella Headline in 2008. Aside from the music world, John also edited the BAFTA winning Short ‘September’ (Dir: Esther May Campbell 2009).

Flushing Town Hall is accessible by car, bus, train and foot – located a short distance from the 7 train – at 137-35 Northern Blvd., in Flushing, Queens. Access for wheelchair users and individuals with limited mobility is available.

This season, Flushing Town Hall is opening its doors to teenagers – for FREE. Under the “Teen Access Program”, all 13- to 19-year-old boys and girls (whether a member or not) will be welcomed to attend any performance for free. The program is designed to appeal to students and help foster a greater love in the arts and culture. Tickets are on sale now at

The Gruffalo Live on Stage Comes to Flushing this Month

Join Mouse on a daring adventure through the deep, dark wood in Tall Stories’ magical, musical adaptation of the classic picture book by Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler when The Gruffalo Live on Stage by Tall Stories comes to Flushing Town Hall.

Searching for hazelnuts, Mouse meets the cunning Fox, the eccentric old Owl and the party-mad Snake. Will the story of the terrifying Gruffalo save Mouse from ending up as dinner for these hungry woodland creatures?

The event – which takes place on Saturday and Sunday, February 17 and 19, will also be paired with interactive arts workshops, a fast-moving, enjoyable introduction to storytelling in theatre using games, freeze frames, and well-known tales. You can purchase tickets here.

We spoke with Director Olivia Jacobs about what audiences can expect.

Can you tell us how your role has changed since the first production of The Gruffalo back in 2001?

When we first started working on The Gruffalo, we had no idea that the book would become the huge phenomenon that it is today. We worked on it in a rehearsal room with some fabulous performers trying to find the best way to create the fox, the owl and the snake and of course the Gruffalo himself. After rehearsals we built bits of the set, helped sew bits of costume together and tried to write Edinburgh Festival press releases – all at the same time. We didn’t have a stage manager (one of the cast was always offstage whenever a song started to press play on what was then a mini disk player…) and the set was small enough to fit in the back of a small car. Over the years the show has been really well received and as grown and developed organically. Now we have a fabulous designer (we have just recreated the set and costumes for the show) as well as a lighting designer, stage manager, and understudy (a huge luxury) working alongside our Tall Stories office staff, our wonderful general management team and a press office, etc.

With more people to work alongside Toby (my co-director and co-founder of the company) and me, my role has grown and changed– these days I’m more involved with the strategy and planning and the overview of the company – determining our next productions, new directions and national and international plans than I am with the actual detail of touring.

Within the rehearsal room however, my role remains as it was then – to try to bring together a room full of talented performers and creatives and to facilitate finding the best way to tell whichever story we have set our hearts on.

The Gruffalo has achieved great success since its early beginnings when the original tour involved just three actors in a car touring to schools and small venues. Why do you think the show has been so successful?

We started with a great story. Julia’s words with Axel’s glorious illustrations have become a timeless classic. The basis of the tale, that brains and not brain can win through – and that the little guy can come out on top – is a message that is appealing to any child and to parents too and adds a great deal to the appeal of both the book and the show.

We worked hard to ensure that while we remained true to the spirit of the book we could develop it further – developing the characters of the fox, the snake and the owl and providing them with songs linked to their characteristics. So seeing the show becomes quite a different experience to reading the book.

We also bear in mind that the majority of our ticket buyers are grown-ups – and we try to make sure that the show is just as enjoyable for grown-ups as it is for children. Sometimes I watch three generations of a family all watching the show and laughing together and I know exactly why I love my job. In a world of screens where we move ever further into virtual reality and away from community, it’s fabulous to see the whole family being able to laugh together. Sometimes we grown-ups forget how brilliant it really is to be told a good story well.

How did you get the idea to adapt the story into a show?

My co-director Toby was working at the publishers when The Gruffalo was first published. He showed the book to me and I was, like him, immediately taken with it. It’s such a clear and simple story, but so imaginative too. It gave us space to fill out the characters but a clear structure to work to – it was an instant hit with us.

Did you ask for Julia Donaldson permission? How did Julia Donaldson respond? Did she see the play/the show?

We did of course ask Julia and Axel’s permission and formally acquired the rights to adapt the book into a play. We met Julia and discussed our ideas with her and she was happy with our plans. When she first came to see the show we sat nervously in the wings. Thankfully she enjoyed the show tremendously – and has been back to see it many times as it has developed and grown.

The wonderful illustrations are an integral part of the book. How did you transfer it to the stage?

The show has actually been through many different incarnations in terms of set. Initially it was very abstract – and small enough to fit into a van. Nowadays the set is most definitely closer to the book, but it still retains the sense of magic and play that pervades the entire show.

Do you think it is important for children to be introduced to theatre at a young age?

In an ideal world going to the theatre would be just as natural and normal as reading a book or watching a film. If we introduce children to theatre at an early age then they can grow up with a sense that theatre is for everyone, and we also have the potential of stimulating the imaginations of the next generation of theatre makers, artists, designers and musicians. Theatre helps you to understand the stories and lives of others and the importance of shared experiences that bring us together.

Why should everyone get along to see The Gruffalo?

Seeing live theatre as a family is a very special experience – we live in a generation of televisions and Xboxes and iPads, but when you go to the theatre and experience something with a whole group of other people of all ages, and it’s live, attention spans change and there is a unique connection between audience members and between the actors and the audience – a connection that you can’t make in film or television. This show is also great fun; there are lots of songs, silly characters, jokes, slightly scary bits and opportunities to join in – something for everyone! See you there!

The Dragon King by Tanglewood Marionettes comes to Flushing on March 10

On Saturday, March 10, the award-winning, 25-year-old Tanglewood Marionettes present The Dragon King, an underwater fantasy based on Chinese folklore, at Flushing Town Hall. This tale is filled with colorful sea creatures, exciting adventure, and the gorgeous puppets of the Tanglewood Marionettes. This family show and interactive arts workshop are sure to inspire a love for puppetry in children and adults alike.

The Dragon King is a heart-warming tale based on elements from Chinese folklore, and stars an intrepid grandmother who journeys to the bottom of the sea to save the world from a terrible drought,” Anne Schaefer, Business Manager and Artistic Director, tells us. “All the puppets were hand-crafted by Tanglewood Marionettes, and are performed by master puppeteers who have spent many years perfecting their art.  Recipient of a 2009 UNIMA awardThe Dragon King is one of our most popular productions, and is sure to thrill young and old alike.

The Dragon King will captivate audiences of all ages with a story that transports viewers to a land overtaken by a terrible drought, where everything has turned brown and lifeless. An intrepid grandmother journeys to the bottom of the sea in search of the elusive Dragon King, ruler over all things water, to find out why he has not brought the life-giving rains. You can see highlights from the show in this video.

Founded in 1993, Tanglewood Marionettes is a nationally touring marionette theater based in New England. Large, beautifully hand-crafted marionettes, colorful sets, and integrated lighting and sound create a fully immersive theatrical experience. Its highly skilled puppeteers have spent many years perfecting their art and delighting audiences of all ages as they bring a repertoire of classic tales to life. Tanglewood Marionettes is the recipient of two UNIMA awards, puppetry’s highest honor, for The Dragon King and An Arabian Adventure.

The puppeteers at the Flushing Town Hall shows will be Peter Schaefer and Jenn Hofmeister.  ‘Each of us came to puppetry by different routes, some more circuitous than others!” Schaefer says. “Peter, Jenn and I all grew up in Massachusetts, although Peter was born in Iowa and I was born in New York (I was born in Manhattan during the Blackout of 1965!). My family moved around quite a bit when I was young, and we lived in Europe (first Switzerland, then England) until the mid-1970s, after which we made our way back to the states and settled permanently in Massachusetts.”

Prior to the show, the Tanglewood Marionettes will demonstrate the basics of marionette puppet manipulation through an interactive arts workshop. Participants will be provided with handcrafted marionettes and learn simple movement techniques to express emotion. The marionettes are unpainted to showcase the construction and joining techniques.

Tickets to the interactive arts workshop are $8/$5 Children and free for members with tickets to 2:15 pm show. Space is limited to 25 participants and the workshop is strongly recommended for ages 8 and up. Younger participants should be accompanied by an adult. Tickets to family performance – which you can purchase here –  are $14/$10 Members/$8 Children/$6 Member Children. For more information, visit or call (718) 463-7700 x222.

“This will be our first time performing at Flushing Town Hall, and we are very much looking forward to our visit!” Schaefer says. “We hope [audience members] are impressed with our puppetry and our stagecraft, and that they perhaps learn something new about marionettes.  We hope that we are able to transport them for just a little while to a happily-ever-after world where kindness prevails. But mostly we just hope that they love the show, and that they come away from the experience thinking that that was an hour well-spent.”

This winter and Spring, Flushing Town Hall will continue to open its doors to teenagers – for free. Under the “Teen Access Program”, which is designed to appeal to students and help foster a greater love in the arts and culture, all 13- to 19-year-olds (whether a member or not) are welcome to attend any performance for free.

Flushing Town Hall is accessible by car, bus, train and foot – located a short distance from the 7 train – at 137-35 Northern Blvd., in Flushing, Queens. Access for wheelchair users and individuals with limited mobility is available.

Presenting Queens Symphony Orchestra’s Romantic Rococo & Beatles Baroque this Friday

Enjoy a delightful evening of music featuring beloved classic, including Villa-Lobos: Bachianas Brasileiras No. 9, and Tchaikovsky: Variations on a Rococo Theme, and music by the Beatles in the Baroque styles of Handel, Bach, Vivaldi, and more, by Peter Breiner, this Friday, February 2.

Presented by The Queens Symphony Orchestra, led by Martin Majkut, Music Director and Conductor, the event promises to be an enthralling and inspiring occasion. The event is free, and starts at 7:30 PM.

And, on Friday, March 23, audiences can enjoy a musical journey evoking the essence of the cultural landscape of Italy in all its splendor, presented by the Queens Symphony Orchestra. The repertoire will include Schubert: Overture in the Italian Style D. 590; Stravinsky: Pulcinella (whose story is based on the character from Italy’s Commedia Dell’Arte) and the ever-popular Vivaldi Four Seasons.

Martin Majkut, Music Director of the Queens Symphony Orchestra in Queens, New York and the Rogue Valley Symphony in Ashland, Oregon, was named a 2016 Emerging Artist by the League of American Orchestras. Born in Bratislava, Czechoslovakia (now Slovakia), Martin graduated from the State Conservatory and served as Assistant Conductor of the Slovak Philharmonic while earning his Ph.D. in conducting at the Academy of Performing Arts. He worked with the Slovak Philharmonic, Slovak Radio Symphony Orchestra, Slovak State Philharmonic and Slovak Sinfonietta, among others.

Martin came to the U.S. as a Fulbright scholar in 2003 and earned a D.M.A., his second doctorate, in 2008, at the University of Arizona. He served as Resident Conductor of the Southern Arizona Symphony Orchestra and the Arizona Opera Studio Artist in Conducting. He also studied with Gianluigi Gelmetti at the Accademia Musicale Chigiana in Siena, Italy and Salvador Mas Conde at the Wiener Meisterkurse in Vienna, Austria.

Martin has served as Music Director of the Rogue Valley Symphony (RVS) in Ashland, Oregon since 2010. The RVS has experienced a remarkable growth under his leadership and is enjoying an unprecedented level of support and enthusiasm in the community. The orchestra’s budget has more than doubled during his tenure while remaining balanced every year.

Starting with the 2017/18 season, Martin assumes the music directorship of the Queens Symphony Orchestra in New York. He is excited to be performing music for the most ethnically diverse community in the world. Martin’s ability to inspire the orchestra and deliver exciting, polished and powerful performances results in enthused audiences and many sold out concerts. He has been called “amazing, supremely gifted” and “an incomparable, unique and perhaps irreplaceable asset” by the press.

Scott Ballantyne’s New York debut, before a sold-out house at Lincoln Center’s Alice Tully Hall, was described by critic Robert Lenz as “one of the most impressive events I have seen in over 30 years of concert going.” France’s Le Figaro described him as “… a consummate artist who brings a rare poetry to our concert season.” Born in California in 1960, he joined the Utah Symphony at the age of 15, and often appeared with them as soloist. Leonard Rose heard him play a year later, and invited him to attend the Juilliard School of Music. Ballantyne joined the Juilliard faculty upon graduation, and his own students are now members of the world’s leading orchestras and chamber ensembles and well-known teachers in their own right. Too busy now to teach, he enjoys a growing international reputation as soloist and recitalist, playing over 30 concerts in 10 countries this season with orchestra’s in Europe, Asia and the U.S.

No stranger to New York audiences, he has appeared at Lincoln Center’s Mostly Mozart Festival, gave the first New York performance of the cello concertos of Frank Levy and Ernst Levy with George Maull and the Philharmonic Orchestra of New Jersey, gave the first New York Performances of works for solo cello and choir by John Tavener on the Metropolitan Museums “Music from the Temple of Dendir” series with Dino Anagnost, performed “The Map” for cello solo by Tan Dun at the Asia society under the direction of the composer, as well as Tan Dun’s “Crouching Tiger Concerto” for cello in Alice Tully Hall. Most recently, he appeared with the Japanese pianist Hiroko Sasaki on the Abby Whiteside Foundation’s series at Carnegie’s Weill Recital Hall.

Under exclusive contract to record for Naxos, his catalog includes recordings with the Poland National Radio Orchestra and Ireland’s Philharmonic Orchestra. His most recent recording (released April 2014) are the the 5 Sonatas for cello and piano of Frank Ezra Levy with Hiroko Sasaki, piano. His cello, originally made for Leonard Rose by David Wiebe, is
considered one of the finest instruments made by this contemporary master.

Flushing Town Hall is accessible by car, bus, train and foot – located a short distance from the 7 train – at 137-35 Northern Blvd., in Flushing, Queens. Access for wheelchair users and individuals with limited mobility is available.

This season, Flushing Town Hall is opening its doors to teenagers – for FREE. Under the “Teen Access Program”, all 13- to 19-year-old boys and girls (whether a member or not) will be welcomed to attend any performance for free. The program is designed to appeal to students and help foster a greater love in the arts and culture.

Flushing Town Hall presents The Campbell Brothers on February 9

On Friday, February 9, The Campbell Brothers will bring a compelling variety of material from the African-American Holiness-Pentecostal repertoire to Flushing. The Campbell Brothers’ unique style, which incorporates steel guitar and rich vocals, appeals to audiences of all backgrounds.

Pedal steel guitarist Chuck Campbell and his lap steel-playing brother Darick are two of the finest in this tradition. The band, which has been playingtogether for nearly two decades, includes a high-energy rhythm section featuring brother Phil Campbell on electric guitar and his son Carlton on drums. Katie Jackson’s classic, gutsy gospel vocals bring the ensemble to a level of energy and expression that defies description.

Chuck Campbell, an NEA National Heritage Fellow, started playing his steel guitar at the age of 12, and soon become a virtuoso on the steel guitar. He is famous for his innovative approach to the instrument both technically and musically. Chuck’s brother, Darick Campbell, started his music career as a drummer, and was the premier drummer at the National Convocation of the House of God Church in Nashville for several years. He now plays the lap steel and is considered the most emotional player of The Campbell Brothers.

Phillip Campbell began life as a drummer but quickly adopted to the instrument which is arguably his most accomplished, the bass guitar. As the fourth member of the group, drummer Carlton Campbell is the heartbeat of The Campbell Brothers. Joining the brothers for this performance is Katie Jackson, who provides her classic, gutsy gospel vocals.

The Campbell Brothers’ music and performances have been featured in the Sacred Steel exhibit at the Smithsonian National Museum of African American Heritage and Culture. The group has performed for audiences across the country, including at the Hollywood Bowl, the Kennedy Center, Lincoln Center, SF Jazz, North Seat Jazz, Brooklyn Academy of Music and Symphony Space.

The performance is on Friday, February 9 at 8 PM. Tickets – which you can purchase here – are $16 for the general public/$10 for members, and free for teens age 13-19. Prior to the show, at 7PM, the Campbell Brothers invite you to join them for a vocal lesson so you can sing along in tune to their performance. For more information, visit or call (718) 463-7700 x222.

This winter and spring, Flushing Town Hall will continue to open its doors to teenagers – for free. Under the “Teen Access Program”, which is designed to appeal to students and help foster a greater love in the arts and culture, all 13- to 19-year-olds (whether a member or not) are welcome to attend any performance for free.

Flushing Town Hall is accessible by car, bus, train and foot – located a short distance from the 7 train – at 137-35 Northern Blvd., in Flushing, Queens. Access for wheelchair users and individuals with limited mobility is available.

Flushing Town Hall to Present 2018 Chinese New Year Temple Bazaar Over 2 Days in February

Flushing Town Hall has announced the fourth annual Chinese New Year Temple Bazaar, which is being expanded next month because of  overwhelming popularity. The event, which illustrates Flushing Town Hall’s mission to present multi-disciplinary global arts that engage and educate the global communities in New York, celebrates one of the most significant traditional holidays in Chinese culture with the Chinese American community during the Lunar New Year.

Flushing Town Hall held a news conference on Tuesday, January 16 to unveil details. Attending and speaking – among others – were: Ellen Kodadek, Executive and Artistic Director, Flushing Town Hall; Ya Yun Teng, Community Outreach Chinese Project Director, Flushing Town Hall; Minwen Yang, Honorary Chair, Chinese Cultural Committee, Flushing Town Hall; Tai Wang, Member, Chinese Cultural Committee, Flushing Town Hall; Mei Chan, Chairwomen, Council of Chinese- American Associations; Jingru Shen, Paper-cutting artist; Yianqiu Zhang, Lantern-making artist; Jingquan Lin, Calligrapher; Kongyuan Wang, Calligrapher; and, Qiang Yun, Calligrapher.

Flushing Town Hall is co-presenting the Temple Bazaar with the Council of Chinese-American Associations (CCAA) for a greater lineup of cultural programs, bringing performers from the Anhui province to New York City and presenting classic episodes and arias from Hui opera and Huangmei opera, the popular regional opera originated from Anhui province. The CCAA has extensive experience collaborating with artists from China, bringing them to the U.S. to present at various folk art festivals.

Due to popular demand, Flushing Town Hall is extending the Chinese New Year Temple Bazaar from one to two days on Saturday, February 10 and Sunday, February 11. On February 10, Flushing Town Hall will kick off the Temple Bazaar with a New Year’s parade at 9:30 AM. The march will start in front of the Flushing Queens Library, walking along Main street and making a turn on Northern Boulevard to Flushing Town Hall.

That day’s programming will then showcase a variety of performances, including Chinese traditional music, Chinese circus performances, and lion dance. Renowned calligraphers will write New Year couplet onsite for guests to bring home for a good year. The Bazaar also will feature craft stations such as paper-cutting and lantern-making, and food vendors representing various Chinese regional cuisine.

Then on Sunday, February 11, the Anhui Performing Arts Group will perform traditional Hui and Huangmei opera and Anhui folk songs during as three-hour event. To accommodate the special presentation on February 11, there will not be any craft stations or food vendors that day.

Visit throughout the month for updates on the schedule of activities and performances.

Flushing Town Hall encouraged people to purchase tickets early, due to sellout crowds over the last few years. For tickets and more information, visit; (718) 463-7700 x222.

The Chinese New Year Temple Bazaar (中國新年廟會) is co-presented by Council of Chinese-American Associations (CCAA; 美國紐約華人社團聯席會), and sponsored by New York Shandong Association(紐約山東同鄉會), and WAC Lighting/Glow Foundation. We thank Northern Food I/E (北方食品公司), Inc. for sponsoring CCAA to support The Chinese New Year Temple Bazaar.

 Flushing Council on Culture and the Arts dba Flushing Town Hall is a not for profit organization which receives major support from the National Endowment for the Arts; New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature; New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, Mayor Bill de Blasio; Queens Borough President Melinda Katz; New York State Assembly Member Ron Kim; Council Members Costa Constantinides, Daniel Dromm, Julissa Ferreras-Copeland, Barry Grodenchik, Peter Koo, Karen Koslowitz, and Paul A. Vallone; and the Howard Gilman Foundation, the Fan Fox and Leslie R. Samuels Foundation, and the Lily Auchincloss Foundation.

Support is also provided by 888 Realty USA, William & Joan Cai, Cathay Bank, Chang Jiang Supermarket, Michael Cheng / Epos Development, Dr. Hsing-Lih Chou / New York Institute of Culture and the Arts, Con Edison, Crossings TV, Culture Center of TECO in New York, Decorama Building & Plumbing Supplies, Exploring the Metropolis, Firstrade Securities, Kuang-Yu Fong / Chinese Theatre Works, Barbara Garii, Howard Graf & Kathy Donovan, Heather Harrison / Farrell Fritz, the Glow Foundation, David M. Hunter, Raymond D. Jasen, the Jim Henson Foundation, Nelson Lee / Flushing Bank, James S. Liao, Steven Lii / New United NY Corp, Linden Arts Fund for Children, Lucy Liou, the Louis Armstrong Educational Foundation, Materials for the Arts, the NYC & Company Foundation, William McClure / Queens College, New York Community Trust, Georgiana Reese-Benatti / New York Community Bank & New York Community Bank Foundation, RuDance / Asian American Dance Sport Corp., Sterling National Bank, Mike Sperendi & Jan Schneider, Veronica Tsang, WAC Lighting, Tony & Tai Wang, George Xu / Century Development Group, Minwen Yang, Hank Yeh, and Sandy Yeh.

*Contributions for FY18 at the $500 level and above, and received as of December 1, 2017 are listed.

About Flushing Town Hall

Flushing Town Hall (FTH) presents multi-disciplinary global arts that engage and educate the global communities of Queens and New York City, in order to foster mutual appreciation.  As advocates of arts equity since 1979, we support local, immigrant, national, and international artists, developing partnerships and collaborations that enhance our efforts.  As a member of New York City’s Cultural Institutions Group (CIG), we serve to restore, manage and program the historic 1862 landmark on behalf of the City of New York. FTH celebrates the history of Queens as the home of Jazz, by presenting the finest in Jazz performance.  We are committed to arts education and hands-on learning, for the arts-curious, arts enthusiasts, and professional artists.  We serve one of the most diverse communities in the world, and strive to uphold the legacy of inclusiveness that has defined our community since the Flushing Remonstrance of 1657.