Celebrating the Lunar New Year with the community, Flushing Town Hall presents “A Good Beginning, Here” a cross-cultural exhibition that illuminates 8 diaspora artists who can trace their roots back in China, Korea, Japan, and Taiwan. Their works embody unique life stories and ideas rooted in the East and evolved in the West.
JAN 17 – FEB 16 | 12-5 PM | EXHIBITION
Opening Reception: FRI, JAN 17, 6-8 PM
Gallery Dates: FRI, JAN 17 – SUN, FEB 16
Gallery Hours: SAT & SUN, 12-5 PM; weekdays by appointment
$5 Suggested Donation/FREE for Members, Students & Teens
Flickering lights, a family’s grief, and two strangers on a bridge. In this tightly woven story, a pair of sisters and their father grapple with loss while an unexpected friendship blooms between two people who realize they have more in common than they thought. Paula Vogel Prize Winner Charly Evon Simpson’s bold new play makes its New York premiere and shines light on how we process traumatic experiences to ultimately find peace.
Performances Friday 8pm, Saturday 3pm and 8pm, and Sunday 3pm, now through February 23rd. Located at our new pop-up theater on Steinway St.
Museum visitors can engage in a week of engineering activities and challenges, including:
The Circus Lab
February 15 – 23, 2020; noon – 3:30 pm (15-minute audition performed every half hour)
The Circus Lab auditions a 17-year-old robot arm for a chance to perform with their troupe.
Civil Engineering Day
February 17, 2020; 11 am – 4 pm
Museum visitors learn about civil engineering through interactive games, construction challenges and hands-on activities. Presented by the Metropolitan Section of the American Society of Civil Engineers, activities include building a dome using gumdrops and toothpicks, designing a boat out of aluminum foil and seeing how many pennies it can hold without sinking, building a paper tower that can withstand a weight placed on top, and more.
Build with Rigamajigs
February 15 – 23, 2020; noon – 4 pm
Visitors collaborate, design and build large simple machine structures with Rigamajigs, a large scale building kit consisting of wooden planks, wheels, pulleys, nuts, bolts and rope in the museum’s Design Lab area.
February 15 – 23, 2020; noon – 4 pm
Visitors design and build an entire micro-city out of cardboard.
Design Time Demonstration
February 15 – 23, 2020; 1 pm
Museum visitors repurpose household items to build an imaginative mechanism to meet a challenge.
Build With Dowels
February 15 – 16 & February 18 – 23, 2020; noon – 4 pm
Visitors design and build sculptures and structures using dowels, rubber bands and embellishments.
Museum visitors can experience the thrill of adventure, gain an appreciation for the wonders of nature, and prepare for the unexpected in Survival: The Exhibition, an exciting temporary exhibition that challenges visitors to become the ultimate survival expert. Survival: The Exhibition features a zipline, ropes course and museum displays that simulate extreme scenarios in an interactive and safe place for visitors of all ages to learn and test essential survival skills. Topics explored include first aid, water safety, navigation, fire and preparedness. $7 per person, plus NYSCI admission. (Members: free)
Looking for a way to celebrate Valentine’s Day with the whole family? Look no further! We have the perfect event for you. We’ll occupy the kids with an awesome silent disco dance party, while you enjoy a boozy brunch with your special someone!
Your kids will have a blast dancing and singing to our 3 live DJ’s as they lead them in fun line dances and games. We’ll also have a craft table for making your own Valentine cards! Meanwhile, parents can enjoy a delicious brunch including a complimentary glass of champagne for each adult with the purchase of a brunch entrée.
So show the love this Valentine’s Day, and get your tickets today!
Your 3 Live DJ’s are spinning kid friendly hits all afternoon:
DJ 1 (Green): Top 40 Dance Hits
DJ 2 (Red): 80’s, 90’s & 2K Throwbacks
DJ 3 (Blue): Hip Hop/R&B
Your experience includes:
• A pair of Quiet Events headphones
• Glow in the Dark gear
• 3 live DJ’s battling for your attention
• Valentine craft table
• 1 complimentary glass of champagne with purchase of brunch entrée (21+ only)
• All ages welcomed
• Rain or shine
• Dress Code: Red or pink encouraged!
What to bring:
• Valid ID
• You MUST have a credit or debit card for the check-in process. If the headphones are NOT returned, there will be a $100 charge to your credit or debit card after the event.
• No need to print your ticket, just show the code on your phone or they will have your name at the door.
How it works:
With your pair of Quiet Events headphones you can adjust the volume and choose between our three DJ’s with the flick of a switch. Each headset has a color LED that shows which channel you’re listening to. You can dance along with those tuning into the same DJ as you; it’s super social. There’s no loud music to talk over and there’s no ringing in your ears when you leave!
Attention Queens parents, teachers, and kids: free creative writing classes available again at Queens Library!
Newtown Literary Alliance, a nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting the writing of prose and poetry in Queens, in partnership with Queens Public Library, is offering free creative writing classes for kids and teens.
The next class is Saturday, February 15th from 1:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. at Queens Public Library in Briarwood, located at 85-12 Main St, for kids ages 8 through 12:
“The Character Workshop”
If you don’t have a character then you don’t have a story. Character is the core of storytelling, so it’s important to make sure to create one that keeps readers glued to the page. In this workshop, students will learn tips and tools that they can use to create unique and compelling characters. Students will learn how to use techniques such as description, dialogue, backstory, action, and more to assist them in the development process. Creating characters can be intimidating, but it can also be fun and exciting too!
Rayna White is a fiction writer living in Queens. She’s been published in Newtown Literary, The Other Stories, Liar’s League, and elsewhere. She was recently nominated for the Pushcart Prize.
This program is made possible, in part, with funds from the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature, as well as with public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council.
For more information, visit newtownliterary.org/writingclassesforkids.
The Central Astoria LDC proudly presents our “Multicultural Celebration” event on Sunday, February 16th, 2020 from 12:30 – 4:30 pm at RIOULT Dance Center on 34-01 Steinway Street in Astoria, Queens. This free event is open to the general public and will feature carnevale and traditional dance performances from Italy, Russia, Peru, Bangladesh, Mexico, Ireland, and a group representing the countries of the Caribbean.
Come join us as we come together to celebrate different cultures from around the world. We look forward to seeing you there!
This event is made possible, in part, with public funds and support of NYC Council Member Jimmy Van Bramer, New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, and RIOULT Dance Center
Valerie Green/Dance Entropy “Home”
SAT | FEBRUARY 16, 1PM
Call (718) 463-7700 x224 for details
Flushing Town Hall presents the third phase of “HOME,” an international collaboration between Valerie Green/Dance Entropy and choreographers from diverse countries. Welcoming its new 2020 season, featuring a global choreographer collaboration between Valerie Green of Dance Entropy and Ashley Lobo, the spearhead of international dance in India, live in performance on Sunday, February 16.
“Home” is an international collaboration with choreographers from Sweden, India, Uganda, Columbia and Lebanon. Each examines the concept of home from their unique perspective, drawing upon the significance of this concept in their home country, as well as factors including culture, upbringing, economics, politics, and personal identity. Each choreographer creates a section of this work that will later be mixed together by Artistic Director Valerie Green, and integrated into one cohesive evening-length dance that will also reflect her own community and dancers’ perspectives on home. Each collaboration phase will have the opportunity to show progression before the final performance.
For Ashley, the third phase of “HOME” is the idea of going back to the self, “if you are one with you,” he says, “then you are at home wherever you are.” This idea that one must find home first and foremost in oneself before finding it anywhere else, that wherever one goes, they are ultimately home.
Audiences members will not only get a glimpse of “Home” but will see short works: Titanic.Sl and Right Now by VG/DE.
Founded in 1998, Valerie Green/Dance Entropy believes in humanizing movement, both in Ms. Green’s critically acclaimed choreographic work and the company’s mission to plant creative seeds in communities across the world. Intersecting mortal and transcendent, sensual and sophisticated, visceral and self-aware, VG/DE invites the artist, the audience—the human—into a compelling, physical experience. Wrapping up his residency at Flushing Town Hall, Indian choreographer Ashley Lobo is the Founder and Artistic Director of The Danceworx Academy and Navdhara India Dance Theatre. His career in performing arts comprises of over 32 years of performing, choreographing, and teaching—both in Indian and internationally. Ashley has developed Prana Paint™, a unique sensitizing approach that explores movement through yoga, breath, connectivity, and touch.
Flushing Town Hall is known for our engaging, global arts programming, and on February 16, this performance will be a beautiful glimpse of the collaboration of global diversity and unity. Valerie Green/Dance Entropy’s performance is free to the public. There will be a Q&A discussion following the performance, between artists and the audience.
HOME is supported, in part, by the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Counsel.
For questions, please visit www.flushingtownhall.org or call (718) 463-7700 x222.
“‘People who believe a problem can be solved tend to get busy solving it,’ William Raspberry wrote in the Washington Post in July 1994. ‘Hugh B. Price is a believer.’
This comment on Price’s inaugural keynote address as head of the National Urban League Proved prescient. Over his tenure, Price launched the League’s Campaign for African-American Achievement, spearheaded pressure on the federal government to combat police brutality and racial profiling, and helped repair frayed relations between the black and jewish communities.
Yet his role with the League was just one among many for this impressive man. In This Africcan-American Life, Price traces his forbears, among them Nero Hawley, who fought under George Washington; George and Rebecca Latimer, who escaped slavery by stowing away on a boat and traveling north as master and slave; and Lewis Latimer, who worked with Alexander Graham Bell and Thomas Edison and played a pivotal role in perfecting the light bulb…”
Join author Hugh Price for a book talk that chronicles an outstanding African American life.