Flushing Town Hall illustrates its mission to provide global arts for a global community this season by bringing the world to Queens with Global Mashups, Jazz Jams, world music and dance, family performances, and robust programming for visual artists. In 2018, there is something for everyone at Flushing Town Hall.
“We are proud to serve one of the most diverse communities in the world, and are committed to representing that diversity every season through a wide-range of programming,” says Flushing Town Hall Executive and Artistic Director Ellen Kodadek. “At Flushing Town Hall, there is always something to discover and something to inspire, and this new season is no exception. We are looking forward to bringing back the popular Global Mashups series and introducing new opportunities to engage with the Queens arts community.”
Tickets are on sale now at www.flushingtownhall.org.
Flushing Town Hall’s carefully curated, quality family programming will captivate young audiences this season, starting with The Gruffalo Live on Stage by Tall Stories, U.K. on Feb. 17 and 18; The Dragon King by the award-winning Tanglewood Marionettes on Mar. 10; Paper: A Wordless Tale of Life by a Stockholm-based puppet-theatre company on Apr. 22; The Polar Bears Go Up by Unicorn Theatre, U.K. on Apr. 28; and Cambalache: Chicano-Jarocho Music of Mexico on May 5.
As always, Flushing Town Hall offers no shortage of global music and jazz shows, including: Black String from Korea on Jan. 26; Romantic Rococo & Beatles Baroque from the Queens Symphony Orchestra on Feb. 2; Newpoli from Italy on Mar. 2; Punjabtronix on Mar. 10; the QJOG Spring Jazz Fest on Apr. 14; Konnakol Jazz by Arun Luthra on Apr. 28; Queens Jazz Orchestra: 10th Year Anniversary! On Jun. 29. The popular Global Mashups series returns in 2018 with Latin Boogaloo meets Afrobeat on Apr. 20; Egypt meets Haiti on May 4; Mexico meets Guinea on May 18; and Texas meets Peru on Jun. 15.
In 2018, Flushing Town Hall brings a wide range of unique experiences to Queens, including monthly jazz jams, exhibitions, dance, and more. Flushing Town Hall is excited to introduce Art-Makers Group and Arts Community Dialogues for community members to come together around the arts.
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.
Here’s a taste of what starts the season in January. Visit www.flushingtownhall.org for the full schedule.
Live Drawing with Models
MON, JAN 8, 6-9 PM
$16/$10 for Members & Students
Held on the second Monday every month, each artist will have the opportunity to practice with a series of quick and long poses while listening to music in a relaxing, non-judgemental environment.
Monthly Jazz Jam
WED, JAN 10, 7-10 PM
$10/FREE for Members, Students, & Jamming Musicians
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!
NEW! Art-Makers Group
WED, JAN 10, 6-9 PM
$10/$5 for Members & Students
Held every two weeks on Wednesdays. Get your creative juices flowing with our supportive Art-Makers group; bring sketchbooks, small projects or part of a work-in-progress, materials (easily cleaned w/ water), and a snack to share. Artists, professional and novice, working in all medium are welcome. Check our website for all dates.
Savoy! Dancing through the Swing Era
SUN, JAN 14, 2 PM
$10/FREE for Members, Seniors, & Children under 12
Join FTH Space Grantee Project Connect, on a journey through the swing era. Dance to 1920’s-40’s jazz music by big band greats such as Duke Ellington and Benny Goodman.
Dreams of Sand
SAT, JAN 20, 1 PM & 2:15 PM
INTERACTIVE ARTS WORKSHOP AT 1 PM
$8/$5 Children/FREE for members with tickets to 2:15 pm show
Stimulate your imagination and creativity, and precision, while learning the basic technique of sand art. Join sand artist Borja González, as he instructs you in working with sand, first on paper, then on a small-scale light table.
FAMILY PERFORMANCE AT 2:15 PM
$14/$10 Members/$8 Children/$6 Member Children
Borja González tells us, with only a little bit of sand and his hands, the story of two people throughout their lives, from the dreams that start building up during their childhood, through the experiences of their adult life. This nonverbal story carries audiences to moments filled with emotions. This show is accompanied by beautiful live music. School performances available. Call (718) 463-7700 x241 for details.
FRI, JAN 26, 8 PM
$16/$10 Members & Students
Presenting new sounds from the ancient instruments of Korea, Black String creates a unique musical language drawing on Korean traditional music, jazz and free improvisation. Geomungo (Korean zither) virtuoso, Yoon-Jeong Heo joins forces with electric jazz guitarist Jean Oh, daegeum (bamboo flute) player, Aram Lee and janggu player Min Wang Hwang, creating dynamic, harmonic collisions of modes and rhythms at the intersection of East and West.