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!

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