Flushing Town Hall to Present Exciting Lineup of Performances, Family Programs, and More During Summer 2017

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

WED, JUL 5 & AUG 2, 7-10 PM

$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!

 

Open Mic

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 ofCountry” 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

SUN, JUL 9 & AUG 6, 7-9 PM

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

SUN, JUL 9 & JUL 16

$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

SUN, JUL 23, 12 PM

$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)

$10

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!

 

Benefit Concert featuring New Asia Chamber Music Society and Friends

FRI, JUL 28, 7 PM

$10-$30; For sponsorship packages, please contact mliu@flushingtownhall.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

$13/$10 Members/$8 Children/$6 Member Children

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.

 

Salon Sunday

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. 

 

Opening this weekend: Taking it to the Streets: 1950s New York Through the Lens of Flushing Photographer Frank Oscar Larson

Flushing Town Hall presents Taking it to the Streets: 1950s New York Through the Lens of Flushing Photographer Frank Oscar Larson, in a curatorial partnership with the Queens Historical Society.

Frank Oscar Larson, an unassuming banker by day, honed his photography craft on weekends, capturing the vibrant and diverse streets of New York in the 1950s.  A first-generation Swedish immigrant who served in World War I, Larson was born in Greenpoint, Brooklyn and later lived with his family in Flushing. After serving in the War, he took a position with the Empire Trust Company, where he worked his way up to Vice President during his 40-year career at the bank.

Seeking reprieve from the 9 to 5 grind, Larson turned to his hobby of photography, capturing New Yorkers from the Bowery to Times Square to Central Park. It wasn’t until 45 years after his death that his family discovered a box of thousands of Frank’s negatives, revealing the extent of his talent and prolific work. According to his grandson, Soren Larson, “He wasn’t a mover and shaker; he was the kind of guy who worked at a bank. But he also was a frustrated artist; he needed an outlet to get away from all of that. He was an amateur violinist, he carved wood, but photography was something he was really good at.”

“When viewed over 60 years later, we still see ourselves in Larson’s work, even if New York has changed around us,” says Flushing Town Hall’s Director of Education and Public Programs, Gabrielle Hamilton, who curated the event with Richard Hourahan, Collections Manager for the Queens Historical Society. The opening lecture will be presented on Wednesday, June 28 at 6 PM by Soren Larson.

Soren is motivated to display his grandfather’s work because he wants the audience “to see how much he loved exploring New York and New Yorkers themselves. I want to show people that you can develop a love for something outside of your work, and it can become a defining aspect of your life.”

The opening reception is on Sunday, June 25 from 1 to 3 PM, and the exhibit is open on the weekends from Sunday, June 25 to Sunday, August 6. The exhibit is FREE, with a suggested donation of $5. Learn more at www.flushingtownhall.org or 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. The Queens Historical Society is located at 14335 37th Avenue, Flushing, NY 11354.

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 Previews Summer 2017 Season at News Conference on Monday, June 26

On Monday, June 26, Flushing Town Hall will kick off the Summer 2017 season with a news conference and preview performances providing a taste of the sizzling summer ahead. New York City Council Member Peter Koo will join the cultural venue to announce a summer packed with activities for all ages, including workshops, performances, artwork and a special benefit that celebrates global arts for a global community.

“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.”

At the news conference, attendees can experience a new exhibition, Taking it to the Streets: 1950s New York Through the Lens of Flushing Photographer Frank Oscar Larson, a curatorial partnership with the Queens Historical Society. The exhibition will be up from June 25 to August 6.

Flushing Town Hall’s summer music highlights include the Monthly Jazz Jam on July 5 and August 2; Full Moon Drumming Workshops (with African and Irish drumming) on July 9 and August 6; and a benefit concert featuring the New Asia Chamber Music Society on July 28.

Other highlights, from film to family programming, include: 1950s photography exhibit Taking it to the Streets starting Jun. 26; a walking food tour of Flushing on Jul. 29; the engaging family show Lollipops for Breakfast on Jul. 30; a film screening of Paula Madison’s Finding Samuel Lowe: From Harlem to China on Aug. 4; and Yoga in the Garden on Aug. 18.

 

More information is available at www.flushingtownhall.org.

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 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.

The July 28th benefit concert is made possible in part by generous support from WAC Lighting, the Glow Foundation, and Global Federation of Chinese Business Women of New York. The August 4th film event is supported by New York Hakka Conference and Hakka Association of New York. Funding for the August 26 RDRC Summertime concert is provided by NYCDOT’s OneNYC Plaza Equity Program.

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.

 

Pepe Santana is looking forward to summer!

Our Teaching Artist Pepe Santana is an Ecuadorian-born musician based in New York City. He has lived in the United States for 38 years spreading the musical traditions of the Andes Mountains, which is his lifelong passion. Pepe plays over two dozen Andean wind and string instruments.

In his commitment to sharing the vibrant traditions of the Andes, Pepe has performed in significant venues such as the Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, Alice Tully Hall, and Carnegie Hall among many others. His emphasis in age-old sounds and rhythms has defined him as a true spokesman of traditional Andean Music. Pepe has participated in major folk festivals in the United States and Canada. He frequently lectures at museums, music schools and folk societies throughout the country and abroad.

How do you plan to spend this summer?

I will be teaching and performing mostly in New Jersey. Parks , libraries, museums.

What makes Flushing Town Hall exciting to visit in the summer?

The variety of programs of various cultures.

What one thing do you do every summer that brings you joy and inspires your teaching throughout the year? 

A gathering of musicians, dancers, graphic artists, crafters during the Gathering of Friendship in my house.

For parents considering what to do with their children this summer, what advice about arts and cultural programming can you offer?

Contact Summer Camps or organizations, like Flushing Town Hall, and register their children in the various programs offered.

What are you looking forward to in the next school year? 

To apply new pedagogical methodologies in teaching Music and Andean Culture.

Our Teaching Artist Timothy Bellavia is looking forward to summer

Timothy Bellavia is an artist, educator and published author. He recently was awarded the “Outstanding Educator of the Year” at the Harvard Club of New York, is an Assistant Professor within the Graduate School of Education at Touro College and University System in New York City and a Flushing Town Hall Space Grant Awardee.

Timothy recently served as the emcee of our LGBTQ Voices Event in Jackson Heights, too! We asked him about his plans this summer.

How do you plan to spend this summer?

I plan to resume my rigorous studio work at Flushing Town Hall. I am very pleased with the production and overall reception of my doll workshops this spring season. By being at the studio I will start my shift to creating marionettes as well as more paper engineering, cookie making  along with the development of the Sage doll workshop which I am creating pets (They’re All The Same Inside). I will also continue my research but this summer I am not lecturing through the summer sessions. So more art and cookies.

What makes Flushing Town Hall exciting to visit in the summer?

Overall I like the staff and the openness of the restored facility. All my friends are so impressed and marvel at its beautiful stature and cultural impact in Queens.

What one thing do you do every summer that brings you joy and inspires your teaching throughout the year?

Reading. In the summer I love to sit up late at night and read unauthorized biographies. This always triggers inspiration for puppets. It’s so nice not reading research journals – for a few months anyway. I also plan to support  my special friend’s apartment restoration.

For parents considering what to do with their children this summer, what advice about arts and cultural programming can you offer?

I think the FREE access for teens is the best! I couldn’t get art lessons growing up to the region I live in and with this economy we can have students in their teens get a dose of painting or collages among other art type of activities that would be high in price and in demand at art cultural institutions.

What are you looking forward to in the next school year?

I am hoping to merge my doll workshop through Flushing Town Hall in 2018! And of course donate dolls, puppets for much needed fundraising.

Summer approaches, so here’s what Jack Eichenbaum will be up to

Our Teaching Artist Jack Eichenbaum–the official Queens Borough Historian–isn’t going to just r elax this summer – but show off our city. His agenda includes advising the Borough President, convening people and organizations concerned with Queens history, promoting Queens’ history-related attractions and changing cultures, and introducing the concept of “digital history.”

Jack is a Queens native who holds a Ph.D. in urban geography.  His career began as a data collector and evaluator in the Property Division of the NYC Department of Finance, where he honed his observation skills. His expertise lies particularly in historical urban geography, migration, ethnicity and technological change.  He continually updates his familiarity with NYC by walking and leading walking tours in all five boroughs. He also teaches Geography of NYC annually at Hunter College (CUNY). In 2010, he was appointed Queens Borough Historian, where his agenda includes: convening people and organizations concerned with Queens history, education, promoting Queens history-related attractions and changing cultures.

How do you plan to spend this summer?

Relaxing for two weeks in Massachusetts,  leading walking tours in New York City, some writing, some Flushing community activity.

What makes Flushing Town Hall exciting to visit in the summer? 

It is ALWAYS exciting. Great programs, galleries and great people who make it happen.

For parents considering what to do with their children this summer, what advice about arts and cultural programming can you offer?

They need to nurture this with their kids.”School” cannot be relied on for providing enough.

What are you looking forward to in the next school year

Education is not confined to the “school year.” Good educators are educating in all their interactions!

Below, you can check out more about the walks ahead:

Forest Hills to Corona    Weds.  June 14  6-8 PM                                                                              

Dominicans, Ecuadorians and Mexicans compete for commercial space in Corona! We end near a choice of latino cuisine . South Americans surround the venerable Little Italy in Corona Heights! Bukharan Jews succeed Russian Jews in Rego Park! Topography stratifies social class! This walk is high in fine-grained diversity. How did it all happen? Meet in front of Ridgewood Savings Bank (Queens Blvd/108 St) E,F,M,R to 71 Ave/Continental Ave.  Fee $20 payable at start of tour. Maximum of 30 participants. Please register/query at jaconet@aol.com

Use of Space  in Western Queens   Weds.  June 21  6-8 PM                                                                                

During the first third of the 20th century, Western Queens nurtured developments where traditional open space/building area relationships were altered to create new urban architecture. The Sunnyside Gardens and the Jackson Heights Historic Districts anchor the route which also includes Phipps Gardens, Matthews Flats, Metropolitan Life apartments, and early truck-oriented industrial buildings. Meet under the Sunnyside sign on 46 St south of the El. (46 St station on #7 local)  End in Jackson Heights where Mexican, South Asian, South American and Himalayan cuisines abound.  Fee $20 payable at start of tour. Maximum of 30 participants. Please register/query at jaconet@aol.com

Religion in North Flushing    Weds.  June 28  6-8 PM                                                                                      

Flushing is the site of North America’s first proclamation of religious freedom: the Flushing Remonstrance of 1657 and the oldest extant house of worship in New York State: the Quaker Meeting House of 1694. The area is now the site of many new churches, temples, and mosques due to both a surge in the needs of contemporary immigrants and the availability of sizable plots of land in once-elite residential areas. We’ll discuss the ecological and economic problems engendered by the new churches as well as the uncertain status of historic religious institutions(A similar tour in South Flushing is also offered periodically.)  Begins in front of St. George Episcopal Church (Main St/39 Ave)  #7 to Main St. and end in Flushing’s Asian food mecca where you can also join a potluck dinner/discussion at the Quaker Meeting House.  Fee $20 payable at start of tour. Maximum of 30 participants. Please register/query at jaconet@aol.com

Where Does Harlem Begin?  (Nieuw Haarlem)     Weds.  July 5  6-8 PM                                                                                                      

In what is a most remarkable transition from wealth to poverty, the grand apartments on the Upper East Side of Manhattan yield to the tenements and projects of East Harlem in just a few city blocks. The slope where this transition occurs actually stretches from the Hudson River to the East River and historically, has always marked a change in land use. The Dutch colonists in Nieuw Nederland began this process when they established the agricultural community of Nieuw Haarlem in the Harlem Valley in 1658.  Meet NE corner 86 St/Lexington Ave. (#4,5,6 to 86 St.) End near the Columbia University campus with a choice of moderately priced eats.

Crossing Newtown Creek:  LIC  to Greenpoint   Weds.   July 12  6-8 PM

Meet outside the east exit of  the E,  M  train station at  Court Square  (23 St/44 Dr.) in Long Island City.  (#7 and G trains connect here as well.) Walk through  a nexus of contemporary artists’ activity in converted industrial buildings.  Follow newly gentrified Jackson Ave. and and cross the Pulaski Bridge connecting Long Island City to Brooklyn. See remnants of the intense and largely unregulated industrial development that thrived along Newtown Creek during the late nineteenth century before the consolidation of  Greater NYC and infrastructure improvements rendered it obsolete.  View the striking NYC DEP Wastewater Improvement Plant (“Digester Eggs”) and visit its adjacent Nature Trail in Greenpoint. Meander through partially gentrified working class blocks and end in a concentration of Polish food (among other cuisines.)

Coming Attractions,  July -August:

The NEW Rockaway Beach,  Astoria,  South Richmond Hill, and MORE. Watch this website for scheduling or join my mailing list   http://www.geognyc.com/contact-mail-list/    to be among the first to know.

 

Our Teaching Artist, Tina Seligman, Is Excited about Summer

Mixed media visual artist, composer, curator and writer, Tina Seligman has been a teaching Artist-in-Residence at Flushing Council on Culture and the Arts since 2000.  Passionate about combining disciplines, her workshops for visiting classes and senior centers integrate hands-on projects with social studies, math, art history, and related music to offer a multi-sensory experience.

“The summer is filled with so many activities throughout the boroughs!” she tells us. “I look forward to visiting museums and galleries, and spending time in nature, including parks, Jamaica Bay Bird Sanctuary, and the Botanical Gardens.”

She adds, “Of course, one of my favorite cultural centers is Flushing Town Hall, which has wonderful summer programs for jazz, world music, dance, theatre, storytelling, puppetry, and visual art. Their garden is so lovely to sit and relax, and often they have workshops and performances there as well.”

Tina has developed and facilitated art programs for CASA, Parents as Art Partners, and NYSCA Artist-in-Residence Mentor grants, as well as for in-school residencies. In 2004, she was invited to serve as a panelist for the Arts in the Schools Grant Program through Queens Council on the Arts. Tina’s artwork resides in corporate and private collections, and in 2011, artist George Xiong used her September Etude music for his video Heaven – Earth – Circle – Square.  Tina’s short video collaboration with photographer Dan Rubin was included in the 2016 NY Independent Film Festival.  As an art journalist, she has written for Art of the Times magazine as well as essays for books, including Duoling Huang: The Cultural Landscape.  Tina’s poetry has been published in The Moon as Text, Cicada Haiku Quarterly, and on P.S. 1 Contemporary Museum website.

“My workshops combine visual art with music, social studies, art history, and sometimes use of natural materials, so all of these experiences inspire new ideas to develop for the next school year,” she says. “I also think about what I’ve learned from students through past class discussions and from professional development which often sparks new insights for existing lessons”

“This summer will be especially busy as I continue working towards a solo show at Flushing Town Hall scheduled for next year.  I am exploring and comparing solar and lunar patterns over different periods of time which I transcribe into music and mixed media visual art.  The exhibit will include free family workshops with art, music, storytelling, and poetry related to the sun and moon,” she adds.

She recommended several places for people to explore in New York City this summer. ” In Manhattan, Bryant Park has many free arts and educational programs, as well as the Metropolitan Museum and the Museum of Natural History.  The High Line, which has new art installations each year, is free–wonderful walking exercise and an exciting way to see the city from a new perspective.  If you bring paper with crayons, pencils, and/or markers, the whole family can draw.  On Saturdays, Socrates Sculpture Park in Long Island City has free art classes for children, and the Noguchi Museum is across the street.  Lincoln Center has free outdoor performances, sometimes with dance lessons,” she says. “I fell in love with the arts because my parents took me to such places when I was growing up.  It also heightened my curiosity about the world, so I encourage other families to explore and enjoy.”

 

 

 

 

Summer is almost here!

We’re excited about the warmer weather, though perhaps not the heat wave looming tomorrow. Wednesday, June 21 marks the first day of summer, so we asked some of our esteemed Teaching Artists what they look forward to most.

Starting tomorrow, we’ll introduce you to them – and on Monday, June 26th we will be holding a news conference to unveil all of our summer programs, including the return of our proposal drum circles under the moon (which you can see an example of from last year below). We hope you have a great season!

Queens Jazz Orchestra Presents Forever Sonny: A Musical Tribute to Sonny Rollins on June 9

On Friday, June 9, under the direction of National Endowment for the Arts Jazz Master Jimmy Heath, the Queens Jazz Orchestra will perform a loving musical tribute to Jazz icon and friend, Sonny Rollins.

SONNY ROLLINS
Photography by John Abbott
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The Queens Jazz Orchestra, led by Queens resident Jimmy Heath, will perform special arrangements of Sonny Rollin’s classic compositions, including “Oleo” and “St. Thomas” and selections from his albums “Tenor Madness” and “Saxophone Colossus.” Jimmy Heath will also provide a special commentary about Sonny at the end of the show. Making up the Queens Jazz Orchestra is Jimmy Heath as Leader/Tenor Sax; Antonio Hart and Mark Gross on Alto/Soprano Sax; Bobby LaVell and Sam Dillon on Tenor Sax; Gary Smulyan on Bari Sax; John Mosca, Steve Davis, and Jason Jackson on Trombone; Douglas Purveyance on Bass Trombone; Frank Greene, Michael Mossman, Greg Gisbert and Diego Urcola on Trumpet; Jeb Patton on Piano; David Wong on Bass; and Evan Sherman on Drums.

The two legends have been close friends since 1950, so it was an easy choice for Mr. Heath to dedicate a show to his dear friend. According to Mr. Heath, Sonny Rollins has an “unmatched ability to play extended solos and to play spontaneously.” Mr. Heath recalls Mr. Rollins developing a captive audience right away, and Mr. Heath believes he and John Coltrane were the greatest tenor saxophonists of their generation.

Mr. Heath fondly recalls Mr. Rollins sending him postcards from the road, describing the countries where he was performing and the different talents he performed with. The two continue to speak on a weekly basis, and Mr. Heath felt compelled to dedicate a show to his dear friend of so many years. Due to illness, Mr. Rollins is no longer able to perform like he once did, and “he is greatly missed in the Jazz world, so we wanted to share his music and his genius,” says Mr. Heath.

During his long career, Jimmy Heath has performed on more than 100 record albums including seven with The Heath Brothers and twelve as a leader. Jimmy has also written more than 125 compositions, many of which have become jazz standards and have been recorded by other artists including Art Farmer, Cannonball Adderley, Clark Terry, Chet Baker, Miles Davis, James Moody, Milt Jackson, Ahmad Jamal, Ray Charles, Dizzy Gillespie J.J Johnson and Dexter Gordon.  Jimmy has also composed extended works – seven suites and two string quartets – and he premiered his first symphonic work, “Three Ears,” in 1988.

An N.E.A. Jazz Master and legendary tenor saxophonist, Sonny Rollins has had a seventy-year career as one of the most vital saxophonists in Jazz. He is widely recognized as one of the most important and influential jazz musicians in the United States. He has recorded at least sixty albums as leader, and many of his compositions have become Jazz standards.

You will not want to miss this tribute to a Jazz legend, by a Jazz legend!

Admission is $42/$32 Members/$20 Students with Table Package options for $125/$100 Members (reserved table for two with wine and snacks) and the event is open to all ages. You can access details by visiting http://www.flushingtownhall.org/ or 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.