Celebrate the life of Frida Kahlo this Saturday with The Colors of Frida

Paola Poucel is an actress, singer, and voiceover artist and a graduate of the American Musical and Dramatic Academy in New York City. This weekend, she will present two performances of The Colors of Frida (Los Colores de Frida) by  at Flushing Town Hall.

This is a bilingual, one-woman family performance about the great Mexican painter Frida Kahlo, which combines storytelling, music, visual arts, puppets and audience participation. This performance – at 10 AM and Noon – takes audiences through her trials, tribulations and successes, which propelled her to be considered one of the most important artists of the 20th century. It’s perfect for children age 6 years old and up.

We asked Paola about the show and what people can expect!

What can an audience expect to experience at your event?

They’ll see Frida Kahlo telling her story with the help of music, finger puppets and Caimito her pet monkey.

Tell us about you – how you started as a performer? 

Truly, I started as a performer singing Disney songs with my sisters and doing small shows for my parents… LOL! Professionally I started performing in my hometown of Puebla, Mexico with the Musical Theater group of my college. Then I was part of the State Theater Company and Teatrofilia a wonderful independent theater group. However, I decided to pursue musical theater here to New York and I graduated from the American Musical and Dramatic Academy (AMDA). After graduation I started working with Teatro SEA and as a voice over artist with Nickelodeon in shows like Dora the Explorer and Dora and Friends. I’ve been also the official voice of various brands for the Hispanic Market.

Where did you grow up / where do you live?

I grew up in Puebla, Mexico where I also met my husband. We moved to New York in 2005, me to study Musical Theatre while my husband got an MFA in Filmmaking from Columbia University. We got married here and now we are the proud parents of a little New Yorker. We’ve been living in Harlem for the past 7 years.

What do you hope audiences discover at your event?

As a Mexican a feel deeply honored to be able to tell Frida’ story. I hope kids can discover Frida Kahlo as a revolutionary, a strong woman and artist who overcome every situation life threw at her. It was her art what basically saved her. Her life story and genius will live forever through her paintings.

What does Flushing Town Hall mean to you?

Paola Poucel is pictured with Ellen Kodadek, Executive and Artistic Director at Flushing Town Hall

This is my second show in Flushing Town Hall. A couple of years ago we presented Goldilocks and the 3 Bears and I can never forget the beautiful space and the wonderful multicultural audience. I feel very fortunate to comeback and being able to bring Frida to this amazing audience.

What is on the horizon for you? 

I’ll keep touring with SEA and its various productions. We have a show of The 3 Lil Pigscoming up and the 1st International Fringe Puppet Festival from August 8th to August 12th! A week celebrating diversity, puppetry and a cultural exchange of international theater arts. For more information, please go to puppetfringenyc.com. I also have a couple of productions coming up in the Fall and recordings for audiobooks. For more information please go to my facebook page and/or my website.

What else do you want us to know about you!?

I sing all day! My kid and I love to make up songs and randomly sing them in the subway, hehehe! I love doing children’s theater because I truly believe in art as an essential part for a well rounded education. Even if a kid doesn’t consider himself creative, I know art can help him to stop all anxieties and discover his true-self in a safe environment.

I also think art is a catalyst for change and I’ve been honored to collaborate with a wonderful theater company called “Houses on the Moon” whose motto is “the unheard voice… amplified”. The work they do is simply amazing. They believe in the power of theater to transform lives and instill empathy. I was part of a wonderful documentary play called “De Novo” about the real deportation case of an undocumented Guatemalan kid. For more information, go to housesonthemoon.org.

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Enjoy the Young Dancemakers Company on July 29

Young Dancemakers Company is a unique, free summer dance ensemble of NYC teens dedicated to creating their own original choreography and performing it in free touring concerts city-wide, for audiences of up to 2000 young people and adults each season. Company members, selected annually by audition, are drawn from throughout the NYC public high schools.

Directed by Alice Teirstein, 17 young dancers of the Young Dancemakers Company will present a concert of new, lively, and original choreography on Sunday, July 29.

The company will present a concert of their own choreography, based on meaningful personal and social themes, and perform an excerpt by renowned choreographer Jane Comfort. The concert, with both live percussion and taped music, will be immediately followed by a free audience interactive workshop in on-the-spot dance-making, led by the company.

The event is free with an online RSVP here.

“Dancenow/NYC has become the dance equivalent of New York’s International Fringe Festival…..But its affectionate communal spirit has persisted…” said Jennifer Dunning in The New York Times.

The Young Dancemakers Company, now entering its 23rd season, draws students are drawn from New York City’s public high schools city-wide and selected by audition. Throughout July, urban youth will create a concert of their own choreography in daily intensive training and rehearsal sessions.

This year, the Young Dancemakers Company is launching a Choreographer/Composer Project, which will pair nine professional composers with nine emerging choreographers to create original scores for each piece. You can learn more about them in this BronxNet segment.

And if you are interested in becoming part of the Young Dancemakers Company, you can visit the website here to learn more.

Young Dancemakers Company, tuition-free, offering motivated urban youth an opportunity not otherwise available to them, is made possible through generous foundation funding, individual contributions and the Fieldston School. The company is selected by city-wide auditions, to which they are referred by their high school teachers.

The Company members represent diverse social, economic, and ethnic backgrounds with one goal, to create and perform their own work Young Dancemakers Company is a completely free summer ensemble open to students in current grades 9-12, from public high schools throughout New York City, brought together by their love of dance and desire to create their own choreography and perform city-wide.

Full Moon Drumming Returns with Hector Morales on July 27

Celebrate the Full Moon with a drum circle in Flushing Town Hall’s garden with master drummers from Perú, led by percussionist Hector Morales on July 27.

Through this interactive workshop, Peruvian percussionist and author of the published book/DVD “The Afro-Peruvian Percussion Ensemble: From The Cajon To The Drum Set”, Morales, will introduce the audience to the fascinating world of Afro-Peruvian music. He will describe and perform some of the most typical styles of Afro-Peruvian musical including the festejo, lando, and zamacueca.

You can reserve your spot here. Tickets are $25 for non-members and $20 for members – but hurry because there are only 20 spots for the 7:00 pm event (and don’t worry, Morales provides the drums!)

Participants will learn about the history and see/hear demonstrations on the typical percussion instruments used in this music including the cajon (box drum), cajita (small/collection box) and quijada (donkey jaw bone).

Participants will be able to use some of these instruments and learn to play traditional rhythms. Although the focus of the workshop will be the typical percussion instruments of this music, participants also will use other percussion instruments of Afro-Caribbean origin, such as the bongos, congas and cowbells, which are also commonly used in contemporary Afro-Peruvian music.

What can an audience expect to see/experience at your event?

The audience can expect to experience Afro-Peruvian music in a very interactive way. I will introduce the audience to the main styles and percussion instruments of this fascinating musical tradition. Besides listening and learning about this unique style of music all attendees will be able to play some typical instruments as part of a percussion ensemble and learn to sing some the most famous songs/refrains of this genera. This interactive event will allow you to be part of the music making which is a characteristic of this tradition!

Tell us about you!

I started playing music one day that a musician forgot a cajon at my uncle’s house after a family party. I was still a kid but when I saw that instrument I felt immediately attracted to it. I sat on it and started to play it by ear following the beats of the Creole music the adults were listening in the radio. That day I realized I could play music! Later on, as a teenager, I met a friend that had a drum set and I fell in love with this instrument too, my friend Lucho, started to show me how to play this instrument. When I graduated from school I decided I was going to become a professional musician, I enter the National Conservatory of Music in Lima-Peru and took lessons with drummers and cajon players like Alex Sarrin and Juan Medrano Cotito. I performed all kinds of music in Lima including rock, funk, fusion, jazz and Afro-Peruvian jazz. I had the opportunity to perform with great musicians like Julio “Chocolate” Algendones (who was the first bongo player for “Peru Negro”), Jose Luis Madueño, Andres Prado, the first fusion band of Andean and Rock music from the 60’s called “El Polen” and many others.

Where did you grow up?

I was born in Lima Peru in the year 1975. My early years I lived in the house of my grandparents in Pueblo Libre and then we moved to San Borja where I lived most of my life. In the year 1999, I moved to New Jersey to study Jazz at William Paterson University Jazz Program. I currently live in the town of Leonia in New Jersey.

What do you hope audiences learn/discover/feel at your event?

I hope the audience will discover the magic of the rhythms and percussion instruments of Afro-Peruvian music. I also want the audience to play and experience these instruments first hand. I think that when you have the opportunity to play an instrument, in a way, the instrument speaks to you directly. The experience of playing an instrument I think is very unique and powerful and allows you to experience music in a much more personal and deeper way.

What does Flushing Town Hall mean to you?

Flushing Town Hall is a very special place for me. I have had the opportunity to perform and also lead workshops at this wonderful place before and always had incredible experiences. It is a place where the community can really experience the great cultural diversity of Queens.

What is on the horizon for you?

At the moment I am working on several projects one of them is called “What We Bring: Stories Of Migration”. This is a multimedia theater piece, which traces 5 true stories of 5 immigrant artist (including mine). This is a very exiting project because it portrays immigration from a very intimate and personal perspective, very different from the way it is currently portrait in the media by the current administration. I am also working in the recording of the first CD of Puerto Rican singer Jessica Medina which features great musicians like multi-Grammy Awarded bass player John Benitez.

What else do you want us to know about you!?

Besides being a performer, I have a great passion for education and for learning music from all cultures of the world so please feel free to bring any percussion instrument you may have from any part of the planet, I would love to have a final jam in which all instruments could be incorporated!

Here’s just a taste of what’s in store!

A one-woman show about the great Mexican painter Frida Kahlo

This Saturday, July 14, enjoy The Colors of Frida / Los Colores de Frida, a bilingual, one-woman show about the great Mexican painter Frida Kahlo. The event combines storytelling, music, visual arts, puppets and audience participation.

It’s perfect for children age six years old and up!
Tickets – which are available here – are $14 for non-members and $10 members, $8 for non-member children and $6 for member children.
The show features Paola Poucel (SAG-AFTRA), an actress, singer, and voiceover artist and a  graduate of the American Musical and Dramatic Academy in New York City. Her career began in Mexico in theater acting in classical theater, musicals, and new works. She had also performed overseas in Argentina, El Salvador and Spain.
After moving to New York she kept working in theater and started her film career in numerous short films.  Her feature debut Ilegales premiered at the 2010 HBO Latino Film Festival to great reviews and it’s available for purchase on digital platforms. Her most recent short film Text Amy (in which she starred and produced) had a successful run in the festival circuit and is part of the rotation of the “Emerging Latino Filmmakers” at FUSE TV.

She has developed a distinctive voiceover career working for brands such as Aveeno, Kmart, JCPenney, TD Bank, Nickelodeon’s Dora the Explorer, Payless, Neutrogena, Nintendo, Subway, DSW, and Microsoft. In 2017 she was nominated for a Voice Arts Award as Best Voiceover in a Spanish Commercial for her work in the Aveeno Baby campaign. Paola has been a proud Teatro SEA member for 10 years.

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 HallCelebrates Hispanic Culture – from Colombia to Mexico to Peru – this Summer!

From the floral to the festive, Flushing Town Hall will be the place to be to celebrate Hispanic culture this summer. The popular Queens venue –which provides global arts to a global community– will present programs highlighting culture and art from Colombia, Mexico, and Peru.

Highlights include: Two Women, One Passion (June 30); Flower Festival Int’lPresents SADEP (July 1); a Silleta Flower-Making Workshop (July 7); The Colors of Frida by Teatro SEA (July 14); the first-ever Global Mashups for Kids featuring Elena Moon Park and Sonia de los Santos (Aug. 12); and Full Moon Drumming from Peru (July 27) and Mexico (Aug. 24).

“This summer, we will have something for people of all ages and backgrounds to enjoy” says Flushing Town Hall Executive and Artistic Director Ellen Kodadek. “At Flushing Town Hall, we continue to share global arts with a global community by presenting a diverse selection of programming this season. Keep the summer doldrums at bay by discovering music, art, and dance at Flushing Town Hall!”

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 summer, 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 can be purchased at www.flushingtownhall.orgor by calling (718) 463-7700 x222.

Two Women, One Passion

SAT, JUNE 30, 8 PM

$16/$10 Members & Students

In partnership with Flower Festival Int’l, two outstanding performers of the symphonic music of the Antioquia Region in Colombia, pianist Teresita Gómez and soprano Delcy Yanet Estrada, present a special repertoire, for the intercultural community of New York as part of the Flower Festival.

PRE-SHOW BOOK SIGNING AT 6 PM: Reinaldo Spitaletta, journalist, writer and professor presents his latest book “The Ballad of an Old Teenager” that portrays the reality and fiction of the culture and society of the late twentieth century in Medellín.

 

Flower Festival Int’lPresents: SADEP

SUN, JULY 1, 12-5 PM

FREE (with online RSVP)

A new partnership with the Flower Festival Int’l, with Circus Arts, Theater, and Music featuring Colombian group SADEP. Working with “Silleteros” artists from Colombia, all ages will enjoy hands-on Silleta making and Colombian flower displays. Flowers and materials provided.

 

Silleta Flower-Making Workshop

SAT, JULY 7, 1-5 PM

FREE (with online RSVP)

Silleteros from Antioquia, Colombia will hold a workshop for people of all ages. These floral artisans will teach participants how to create smaller replicas of artistic floral Silletas, which the artisans carry on their backs during the Festival of Flowers Parade in Jackson Heights on Sunday, July 8.

 

The Colors of Frida by Teatro SEA

SAT, JULY 14, 10 AM & 12 PM

$14/$10 Members/$8 Children/$6 Member Children

The Colors of Frida / Los Colores de Frida is a bilingual, one-woman show about the great Mexican painter Frida Kahlo, which combines storytelling, music, visual arts, puppets and audience participation. Ages 6 and up.

 

Full Moon Drumming: Perú

FRI, JULY 27, 7-9 PM

$25/$20 Members (Space is limited to 20 participants; Drums provided)

Celebrate the Full Moon with a drum circle in Flushing Town Hall’s garden with master drummers from Perú. Begin with a workshop led by percussionist Hector Morales who will demonstrate various Afro-Peruvian rhythms on cajon (box drum), cajita and quijade, then jam with the entire group under the full moon. All are welcome from beginner to professional, just bring your enthusiasm!

 

Global Mashup for Kids: Elena Moon Park & Sonia de los Santos

SUN, AUG 12, 1 PM

$14/$10 Members/$8 Children/$6 Member Children

Our first-ever Global Mashup for Kids! Our very popular series returns for a fun-filled afternoon featuring Elena Moon Park and Sonia de los Santos in a mash-up celebration of music from Latin America and East Asia. Come sing and dance along to folk and children’s songs in English, Spanish, Korean, Mandarin, Japanese, Tibetan, and Taiwanese, exploring the stories behind the songs and celebrating the common joys that tie us all together.

 

Full Moon Drumming: Mexico

FRI, AUG 24, 7-9 PM

$25/$20 Members (Space is limited to 20 participants; Drums provided)

Celebrate the Full Moon with percussive rhythms and drumming styles of Mexican music in Flushing Town Hall’s garden. Begin with a workshop led by George Saenz, Music Director with Calpulli who will demonstrate various Mexican rhythms on huehuetl drums, ayoyote shakers, and bombo, redoblante and pandero, then jam with the entire group under the full moon. All are welcome from beginner to professional, just bring your enthusiasm!

 

Honoring the First People of Queens: A Conversation on History and Cultural Protocols on July 26

On Thursday, July 26, Flushing Town Hall presents,Honoring the First People of Queens, a free event featuring a panel with members of the Matinecock tribe of Queens and Long Island. The Matinecock are Algonquin People who speak both Munsee and Costal Algonquin. Their North Shore lands stretched from what is today College Point to their hunting and fishing grounds of Smithtown, Long Island.

Members of the tribe were the first inhabitants of Flushing and the surrounding area, and they built their wigwams throughout the land before the Dutch and English settled there in the 1640s and 1650s. In 1656, English Colonist Thomas Hisks and his armed men seized the last Matinecock settlement, a fishing village in Little Neck. There are Matinecocks who continue to live on their ancestral land in Little Neck and other parts of Queens and Long Island. Matinecocks are a resilient People, and although they no longer live in wigwams, they are still alive and practice their traditions.

The panelist for this event are the direct descendants of the Matinecocks of the North Shore. Panelists will explore the tribe’s history, culture, and customs, focusing on best practices in acknowledging Matinecock tribal territories and tools to help the tribe in building relationships with local organizations and government.

“This event will be particularly illuminating to individuals and organizations based in Queens or Long Island, or those who simply have an interest in Native American history and customs,” said Gabrielle M. Hamilton, Flushing Town Hall’s Director of Education & Public Programs who will moderate the panel.

The evening’s panelists are:

Tecumseh Ceaser, a Native American jewelry artist and cultural consultant. He is of Matinecock Turkey clan, Wamponowag Pokanaoket band, Montauket, and Blackfoot descent. Tecumseh is currently the North American Focal Point for the Global Indigenous Youth Caucus at the United Nations, where he advocates for indigenous Americans’ rights to member states, NGOs, and other indigenous nations. He has also provided cultural education to universities, museums, and institutions including the Queens Public Library, Socrates Sculpture Park, the Poppenhusen Institute, and Alfred University.

Harry B. Wallace, Chief of the Unkechaug Indian Nation since 1994. He is a licensed attorney in New York State. The Unkechaug people reside on the Poospatuck Reservation on Long Island, New York. Harry is also a New York representative of Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act (NAGPRA) and has many leadership roles advocating for natives’ rights, language, and sovereignty.

Donna Gentle Spirit Barron, a Matinecock/Montaukett Indian who is a published author of five books about the life of her Matinecock Ancestors of Little Neck, and a leader in the four-year fight to save their ancestral burial ground from being removed for the widening of Northern Blvd. Donna has lectured at the local historical societies of Flushing, Bayside, Little Neck, Douglaston, and Floral Park, and the Little Neck Library and the Central Library in Jamaica. She presented a talk in Boston with special guests from the Lowell Indian tribe. She also shares beading and storytelling events with children at Bayside’s Fort Totten and the Alley Pond Environmental Center in Little Neck. Donna is the family historian of her people who continues the fight for the truth to be told, and to keep her family’s heritage alive.

Chief Reggie Dances With Medicine Ceaser,Sagamore of the Matinnecock Turkey Clan, descendent of the Waters Hegeman family. His great uncle is Walter Robert Deer Foot Hegeman, Sagamore, of the Matinnecock Turkey clan. He also is a descended of Chief John Standing Waters and Chief James Wild Pildjen, who were Chiefs of both the Matinecock and Montaukett. Chief Reggie has lectured at Universities and historical organizations and is a well-respected member of his Community.

Learn more at www.flushingtownhall.orgor by calling (718) 463-7700 x222.

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 Honors Howard Graf of Graf & Lewent Architects, Queens College President Felix V. Matos Rodriguez, and 9P Community Volunteers at 39th Anniversary Gala

Flushing Town Hall held its 39th Anniversary Gala on Thursday, June 7th, honoring Howard Graf, Graf & Lewent Architects, LLP, 1st annual Creative Design and Architecture Award; President Felix V. Matos Rodriguez, Queens College, CUNY; and, 9P Community Volunteers.

The annual benefit supports Flushing Town Hall’s annual arts and cultural programs that serve over 56,000 people annually, city-wide, of which over 18,000 are students, families, and seniors. The festive celebration began with cocktails and hors d’oeuvres in Flushing Town Hall’s outdoor garden, as guests were greeted by the Shinbone Alley Stilt Band.

Among the attendees were former Queens Borough President Claire Shulman, New York State Assembly Member Ron Kim, New York City Council Member Peter Koo, New York City Cultural Affairs Commissioner Tom Finkelpearl, and representatives for Congressmember Grace Meng, Governor Andrew Cuomo, Mayor Bill de Blasio, New York City Comptroller Scott Stringer, and New York City Public Advocate Letitia James.

In welcome the audience at the start of the indoor program, Ellen Kodadek, Executive and Artistic Director at Flushing Town Hall, described the historic venue’s deep commitment to providing global arts to a global community. “Cultures from all over the globe are welcome here on equal footing,” Ms. Kodadek said, adding “Celebrating diverse cultures is not just important but also fun.”

Presenting Flushing Town Hall’s first-ever Creative Design and Architecture Award to Howard Graf, a Flushing Town Hall Board Member and former Board President, former Queens Borough President Claire Shulman noted Mr. Graf’s staunch commitment to restoring Flushing Town Hall. “Look at this gorgeous building. It is a landmark and it is worthy of all the people that supported it and all the programs that happen in this building,” she said. “There are people like Howard in this borough, and that’s the reason we have so many wonderful things we have in Queens. Howard was really a superstar!”

Graf, in accepting the award, said,“Exposing the Queens community to the arts is what the Flushing Council does every year, every month, every day. Please continue to help them any way you can.”

A second award was presented by Flushing Town Hall Board Vice President Veronica Y. Tsang to 9P Community Volunteers, under the leadership of Tai Wang, WAC Lighting. In accepting the award, DouglasLeesaid, “Volunteering comes with no fame. Why do we do it? 9P is a family and we feel good working with each other serving the community, and that is the 9P spirit.”

The third award of the evening was presented by Flushing Town Hall Board President James S. J. Liao to Felix V. Matos Rodriguez, President of Queens College, CUNY. Said President Matos, “This is really an honor that goes to Queens College, that goes to the partnership we’ve had with Flushing Town Hall… for us, it’s a phenomenal partnership.”

Flushing Town Hall also presented a surprise award to GeorgianaReese-Benatti for her longstanding support of the institution. The evening’s joyful atmosphere was illustrated by performances throughout the evening, including the Queens College Jazz Combo and Spanglish Fly (which recently returned to Flushing Town Hall to participate in two of the season’s five, popular Global Mashup presentations).

Flushing Town Hall Unveils a Sizzling Summer of Programs!

At a press conference yesterday, Flushing Town Hall unveiled a summer season of fun and engaging cultural and arts events – promising to continue to bring the world to Queens with an amazing lineup of world music, family programs, exhibitions, jazz and workshops.

“This summer, we will have something for people of all ages and backgrounds to enjoy” says Flushing Town Hall Executive and Artistic Director Ellen Kodadek. “At Flushing Town Hall, we continue to share global arts with a global community by presenting a diverse selection of programming this season. Keep the summer doldrums at bay by discovering music, art, and dance at Flushing Town Hall!”

Tickets can be purchased at www.flushingtownhall.orgor by calling (718) 463-7700 x222.

Flushing Town Hall’s summer music highlights include monthly Jazz Jams (July 11, Aug 1), Global Mashups for Kids (Aug 12), and Chalaw Basiwali (Aug 17). Other highlights include Festival de las Flores Presents: SADEP (July 1) and Silleta Flower Making Workshop (July 7), The Colors of Frida by Teatro SEA (July 14), Honoring the First People of Queens (July 26), and Full Moon Drumming (July 27, Aug 24).

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.

Summer Programming

Festival de las Flores Presents: SADEP

SUN, JULY 1, 12-5 PM

FREE (with online RSVP)

A new partnership with the Festival de las Flores, with Circus Arts, Theater, and Music featuring Colombian group SADEP. Working with “Silleteros” artists from Colombia, all ages will enjoy hands-on Silleta making and Colombian flower displays. Flowers and materials provided.

 

Silleta Flower Making Workshop

SAT, JULY 7, 1-5 PM

FREE (with online RSVP)

Silleteros from Antioquia, Colombia will hold a workshop for people of all ages. These floral artisans will teach participants how to create smaller replicas of artistic floral Silletas, which the artisans carry on their backs during the Festival of Flowers Parade in Jackson Heights on Sunday, July 8.

 

Live Drawing with Models

MON, JULY 9, 6-9 PM

$16/$10 Members & Students (per workshop)

Draw from a live nude model. Bring your sketch pad with your favorite drawing medium. Each artist will have the opportunity to hone their skills with a series of quick and long poses while listening to music in a relaxing non-judgmental environment. Refreshments and snacks are available to get your creative juices flowing. Ages 20 and up.

 

Monthly Jazz Jam

WED, JULY 11, 7-10 PM

$10/FREE for Members, Students, & Jamming Musicians

Celebrating the legacy of Louis Armstrong! Monthly Jazz Jams are a fun way to hone your skills and jam with your peers. The house band is led by saxophonist Carol Sudhalter. All are welcome, regardless of instrument (vocalists, too!). Don’t play? Come listen!

 

The Colors of Frida by Teatro SEA

SAT, JULY 14, 10 AM & 12 PM

$14/$10 Members/$8 Children/$6 Member Children

The Colors of Frida / Los Colores de Frida is a bilingual, one-woman show about the great Mexican painter Frida Kahlo, which combines storytelling, music, visual arts, puppets and audience participation. Ages 6 and up.

 

Honoring the First People of Queens: A Conversation on History and Cultural Protocols

THUR, JULY 26, 6-8 PM

Free (No RSVP required)

This insightful panel featuring members of the Matinecock tribe of Queens and Long Island will explore the tribe’s history, culture, and customs. Topics discussed will include: best practices in acknowledging Matinecock tribal territories and tools to help the tribe in building relationships with local organizations and government. Moderated by Gabrielle Hamilton, Director of Education & Public Programs at FTH.

 

Full Moon Drumming: Perú

FRI, JULY 27, 7-9 PM

$25/$20 Members (Space is limited to 20 participants; Drums provided)

Celebrate the Full Moon with a drum circle in Flushing Town Hall’s garden with master drummers from Perú. Begin with a workshop led by percussionist Hector Morales who will demonstrate various Afro-Peruvian rhythms on cajon (box drum), cajita and quijade, then jam with the entire group under the full moon. All are welcome from beginner to professional, just bring your enthusiasm!

 

Young Dancemakers Company

SUN, JULY 29, 2 PM

Free (with online RSVP)

Directed by Alice Teirstein, 17 young dancers of the Young Dancemakers Company will present a concert of new, lively, and original choreography, based on meaningful personal and social themes, and perform an excerpt by renowned choreographer Jane Comfort. The concert, with both live percussion and taped music, will be immediately followed by a free audience interactive workshop in on-the-spot dance-making.

 

Monthly Jazz Jam

WED, AUG 1, 7-10 PM

$10/FREE for Members, Students, & Jamming Musicians

Celebrating the legacy of Louis Armstrong! Monthly Jazz Jams are a fun way to hone your skills and jam with your peers. The house band is led by saxophonist Carol Sudhalter. All are welcome, regardless of instrument (vocalists, too!). Don’t play? Come listen!

 

Annual Members’ Exhibition

FRI, AUG 3, 5 PM

OPENING RECEPTION: FRI, AUG 3, 5-7 PM

CLOSING PARTY: WED, AUG 22, 5-7 PM

Gallery Dates: SAT, AUG 3 – WED, AUG 22

Gallery Hours: SAT & SUN, 12-5 PM; weekdays by appointment

$5 Suggested Donation/FREE for Members & Students

Visual artist members of Flushing Town Hall show their work in this exhibition, which is a yearly tradition. Most artworks are for sale; proceeds support our Visual Arts program and local artists.

 

Global Mashup for Kids: Elena Moon Park & Sonia de los Santos

SUN, AUG 12, 1 PM

$14/$10 Members/$8 Children/$6 Member Children

Our first-ever Global Mashup for Kids! Our very popular series returns for a fun-filled afternoon featuring Elena Moon Park and Sonia de los Santos in a mash-up celebration of music from Latin America and East Asia. Come sing and dance along to folk and children’s songs in English, Spanish, Korean, Mandarin, Japanese, Tibetan, and Taiwanese, exploring the stories behind the songs and celebrating the common joys that tie us all together.

 

Live Drawing with Models

MON, AUG 13, 6-9 PM

$16/$10 Members & Students

Draw from a live nude model. Bring your sketch pad with your favorite drawing medium. Each artist will have the opportunity to hone their skills with a series of quick and long poses while listening to music in a relaxing non-judgmental environment. Refreshments and snacks are available to get your creative juices flowing. Ages 20 and up.

 

Chalaw Basiwali

FRI, AUG 17, 8 PM

$16/$10 Members & Students

A collaboration between Chalaw Basiwali, a Native Taiwanese singer/songwriter, and Kilema, a Malagasy roots music master. The two musicians share their indigenous Austronesian roots, and the collaboration is a fusion of folk music with Bossa Nova rhythms. The clean sound of the acoustic guitar and driving percussion traverse an emotional spectrum from intense, deep expression and light-hearted joy.

 

Egg Roll Making Workshop

TUE, AUG 21, 6 PM

$20/$15 Members

Make authentic egg rolls with chefs from Taiwan! Dr. Hsing-Lih Chou and chefs will demonstrate how to make Cantonese style, Taiwanese style, and Vietnamese style egg rolls. No matter whether you are a meat-eater or a vegetarian, all are welcome to join us to cook these simple yet delicious treats that have a long tradition in Asia.

 

Full Moon Drumming: Mexico

FRI, AUG 24, 7-9 PM

$25/$20 Members (Space is limited to 20 participants; Drums provided)

Celebrate the Full Moon with percussive rhythms and drumming styles of Mexican music in Flushing Town Hall’s garden. Begin with a workshop led by George Saenz, Music Director with Calpulli who will demonstrate various Mexican rhythms on huehuetl drums, ayoyote shakers, and bombo, redoblante and pandero, then jam with the entire group under the full moon. All are welcome from beginner to professional, just bring your enthusiasm!

A celebration of Colombian culture!

For one week this summer, Flushing Town Hall will offer a vibrant array of Colombian programming, including music, a flower festival, and workshops. On Saturday, June 30, two outstanding performers, pianist Teresita Gómez and soprano Delcy Yanet Estrada, will present Two Women, One Passion, a special repertoire of the symphonic music of the Antioquia Region in Colombia. This performance is in partnership with Flower Festival Int’l.

Teresita Gómez began her piano training at the age of four at the Institute of Fine Arts of Medellín, and she gave her first solo concert when she was only 10 years old. In 2017, she was presented with the Juan del Corral Award for her contributions to Colombian music over 60 years as a professional pianist. Delcy Yanet Estrada is a lyrical singer and soloist of opera, symphonic works, and recitals. She stands out as a great performer of Colombian Andean, romantic, traditional Latin American and bolero music.

Reinaldo Spitaletta, journalist, writer, and professor will present and sign his latest book, The Ballad of an Old Teenager, at 6 PM before the show. The book portrays the reality and fiction of the culture and society of the late twentieth century in Medellín.​

The celebration of Colombian culture continues on Sunday, July 1. Flushing Town Hall will partner with Flower Festival Int’lto present the Colombian circus arts, theater, and music group SADEP.Attendees of all ages will enjoy working with floral artisans, or silleteros,from Colombia to learn hands-onsilleta-making and Colombian flower displays at this free event. Flowers and materials will be provided.

Rounding out the weeklong celebration of Colombian culture is the Silleta Flower-Making Workshopon Saturday, July 7. Silleterosfrom Antioquia, Colombia will hold a free workshop for people of all ages. These floral artisans will teach participants how to create smaller replicas of artistic floral silletas, which the artisans carry on their backs during the Festival of Flowers Parade in Jackson Heights on Sunday, July 8.

You can access details about each event, purchase tickets, or RSVP to the free events at www.flushingtownhall.orgor by calling (718) 463-7700 x222.

This season, Flushing Town Hall is opening its doors to teenagers – for free. Under the new “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 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.