This summer, Flushing Town Hall stays true to its mission to provide global arts for a global community by bringing the world to Queens with an amazing lineup of jazz, family programs, exhibitions, yoga, and workshops. On Monday, the popular venue unveiled the Summer 2017 season with a news conference featuring preview performances, remarks from New York City Council Member Peter Koo, and representatives from the offices of Queens Borough President Melinda Katz, Congressmember Grace Meng, New York State Assemblyman Ron Kim, and New York State Governor Andrew Cuomo.
“This summer, we will have something for everyone, from the littlest toddlers to longtime jazz aficionados, from foodies to yogis, and from film buffs to novice artists,” says Flushing Town Hall Executive and Artistic Director Ellen Kodadek. “At Flushing Town Hall, there is always something new to discover, something to enjoy, and something to amaze. And, this season, we will continue our Teen Access Program, which grants free entry to performances for 13 to 19 year-olds. This program encourages young people to engage with the magnificent arts opportunities in our community.”
Tickets can be purchased at www.flushingtownhall.org or by calling (718) 463-7700 x222.
Flushing Town Hall’s summer music highlights include the Ricardo “Panman” Steel Panband at the RDRC Summertime at The Plaza Concert & Event Series on June 24; Monthly Jazz Jam on Jul. 5 and Aug. 2; Full Moon Drumming Workshops (with African and Irish drumming) on Jul. 9 and Aug. 6; and a benefit concert for Flushing Town Hall featuring New Asia Chamber Music Society on Jul. 28.
Other highlights, from film to family programming, include 1950s photography exhibit Taking it to the Streets starting June 26; Asian pancake making workshop on Jul. 23; a walking food tour of Flushing on Jul. 29; the engaging family show Lollipops for Breakfast on Jul. 30; a film screening of Finding Samuel Lowe: From Harlem to China on Aug. 4; and Yoga in the Garden on Aug. 18.
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.
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 –
Monthly Jazz Jam
$10/FREE for Members, Students, & Jamming Musicians
Held on the first Wednesday of every month, 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!
THUR, JUL 6 & AUG 3, 6-9 PM
FREE (No RSVP Required)
Hosted by poet and storyteller Bobby González, Open Mic is for poets, storytellers, free style rappers, and emerging artists of all ages. The themes of “Country” on 7/6 and “Dog Days of Summer” on 8/3 are suggested to inspire, but poems and stories performed need not follow the suggested theme.
Full Moon Drumming Workshops
7/9: African Drumming with Vado Diomande
8/6: Irish Drumming with Niall O’Leary
$25/$20 Members (per workshop)
Celebrate the Full Moon with a drum circle in Flushing Town Hall’s garden. Begin with workshops led by master drummers, then jam with the entire group under the full moon. All are welcome from beginner to professional, just bring your enthusiasm and participate! Space is limited to 20 participants. Drums provided. Please call to reserve your drum.
Taking it to the Streets Photography Tour & Lesson
$13/$10 Members & Students
Photographer Dan Rubin will guide you through the Frank Larson exhibition comparing his work in the 1950s to modern street photography. Afterwards, Dan takes participants on a neighborhood walk to spot the best images. Participants return to Flushing Town Hall for a brief discussion, and all are invited to return on July 16 with their prints for a talk-back. This program is a partnership with the Queens Historical Society.
Figure Drawing with Live Models
MON, JUL 10 & AUG 14, 6-9 PM
$15/$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-judgemental environment. Refreshments and snacks are available to get your creative juices flowing. Age Requirement: 20 and over.
Savory Asian Pancakes Workshop
$15/$10 Members & Students
You don’t have to be a master chef to create traditional pancakes from Asia. Made from dough, not batter, Asian pancakes are a typical street food in China, Taiwan, Korea, Vietnam, and of course Flushing. Join Dr. Hsing-Lih Chou and a panel of chefs to learn how to make this savory treat and all its regional varieties. Drop-in and bring your appetite!
The Moth StorySLAM: Cravings
MON, JUL 24, 7 PM (DOORS OPEN) & 7:30 PM (STORYSLAM)
Open to anyone with a true story to share on the night’s posted theme. When the doors open, storyteller hopefuls put their names in The Moth Hat. A half hour later, names are picked, and storytellers take the stage. Ten featured stories are scored by teams of judges selected from the audience who pick the StorySLAM winner. Your story may be heard on NPR. Sign up or just enjoy the show!
FRI, JUL 28, 7 PM
$10-$30; For sponsorship packages, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Artists and community members gather in solidarity with the power of culture and the arts to support Flushing Town Hall! Led by New Asia Chamber Music Society, this benefit concert will immerse the audience with the joy of music-making. This event is made possible in part by the generous support from WAC Lighting, the Glow Foundation, and Global Federation of Chinese Business Women of New York.
Gourmet Food Circle: Flushing Food Tour
SAT, JUL 29, 11 AM & 2 PM
$55/$45 Flushing Town Hall & China Institute Members (food and drinks included)
Flushing Town Hall will join China Institute to host a walking food tour of Flushing, Queens. Participants will learn more about the area’s dynamic history, as they sample neighborhood favorites from local cafes, restaurants, and shops. The tour will start on Main Street and end at Flushing Town Hall, where participants can view the gallery exhibition. Tickets available at http://www.chinainstitute.org.
Lollipops for Breakfast
SUN, JUL 30, 11 AM & 2 PM
You can’t have lollipops for breakfast! But today, Sylvie decides she’s going to break that rule, even if it means she has to make her own amazingly perfect lollipop from scratch. Come along as she and her trusty pet bird search for missing ingredients, wrestle with giant candy machines, and get lost in a magical pop-up cookbook. Join us for the show that New England Theatre Geek calls “captivating and enchanting.” Puppetry performance by Bonnie Duncan, and live music by The Gottabees.
Finding Samuel Lowe: From Harlem to China
FRI, AUG 4, 6:30 (RECEPTION) & 7:30 PM (FILM SCREENING)
$5/FREE for Members and New York Hakka Conference participants
Three successful Black siblings from Harlem discover their heritage by searching for their long-lost Chinese grandfather. The siblings and 16 of their family members travel to two Chinese cities, finding documented lineage that dates their family back 3,000 years to 1006 BC. This is a story about familial love and devotion that transcends love, space and time. This event is supported by New York Hakka Conference and Hakka Association of New York.
Asian American International Film Festival 2017
FRI & SAT, AUG 11 & 12, 8 PM
FREE (No RSVP required)
Join us as the 40th Annual Asian American International Film Festival returns to Flushing for two nights with the best, most recent achievements in Asian/Asian American cinema. Check our website for event details.
Annual Members Exhibition: Going Places
Opening Reception: SUN, AUG 13, 3-5 PM
Gallery Dates: SUN, AUG 13 – SUN, SEPT 10
Gallery Hours: SAT & SUN, 12-5 PM
$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 programs and local artists.
Yoga in the Garden
FRI, AUG 18, 6:30-8:30 PM
$5 Suggested Donation/FREE for Members
Practice yoga in the warm fresh air, under the trees and the beautiful evening sun in Flushing Town Hall’s garden. Yoga practice will be led by teachers from Yumcha Yoga, Flushing’s most interesting yoga studio. Bring your mats and pack your dinner for post-yoga picnic.
SUN, AUG 20, 1-3 PM
FREE (No RSVP required)
Artists in any discipline are invited to share examples of their work in this fun and informal networking session. Come and meet our local artists! Facilitated by FTH Teaching Artist Stephanie Lee.
Papo Vázquez Pirates Troubadors, RDRC Summertime at The Plaza Concert & Event Series 2017
SAT, AUG 26, 4 PM
FREE (No RSVP required)
Join us for a live concert at the Beach 20th Street Pedestrian Plaza (1033 Beach 20th St., Far Rockaway, NY). NEA Latino Master Papo Vázquez leads the Pirates Troubadors through a wide range of jazz, Latin and Afro-Caribbean music. The trombonist, composer, and arranger has a distinct sound that Latin Jazz Network calls “magical, utterly charming and superbly sensitive.” This series was created by Rockaway Development & Revitalization Corporation in 2016 in response to the Far Rockaway community’s desire for live entertainment and activities at the Plaza. Funding for this concert is provided by NYCDOT’s OneNYC Plaza Equity Program.
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 Members Ron Kim, Ed Braunstein and Nily Rozic; New York City Council, Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito, the Queens Delegation, and Council Members Costa Constantinides, Daniel Dromm, Julissa Ferreras-Copeland, Peter Koo, Karen Koslowitz, and Paul A. Vallone; Howard Gilman Foundation, Fan Fox and Leslie R. Samuels Foundation, and Lily Auchincloss Foundation.
Support is also provided by Astoria Bank, Cathay Bank, Celestial Love Foundation, Michael Cheng, FTH’s Chinese Cultural Committee, Chinese Radio Network, Dr. Hsing-Lih Chou / New York Institute of Culture and the Arts, Con Edison, Crossings TV, Epos Development, Farrell Fritz, Flushing Bank, Barbara Garii, Gerson Properties, Simon Gerson, the Glow Foundation, Howard Graf & Kathy Donovan, Graf & Lewent Architects, Heather & Scott Harrison, Raymond D. Jasen, Nelson Lee, James S. Liao, the Louis Armstrong Educational Foundation, Materials for the Arts, William McClure, Metro Plus Health Plan, New York Community Bank, New York Hakka Conference, New York Shandong Association, the NYC & Company Foundation, Queens College, Georgiana Reese-Benatti, Mike Sperendi & Jan Schneider, St. Joseph’s College, Taipei Cultural Center of TECO in New York, Veronica Tsang, and Tony & Tai Wang/WAC Lighting.