Jazz 101 @ Flushing Town Hall at Home
Apr 6 @ 7:00 pm – May 25 @ 9:00 pm
Jazz 101 @ Flushing Town Hall at Home | New York | United States

Taught by jazz researcher and educator Ben Young, Jazz 101 is a survey of the history of Jazz music, held over eight two-hour sessions—one per week. The course is designed for listeners at all experience levels: Using historic Jazz recordings we illustrate where the music came from, how it works, and how the styles have evolved. We will also explore Jazz in the socio-historical context of 20th Century America. The essential part of course is great music and the rich stories of the figures who shaped the music. It’s a lecture format, but no question is too basic. No papers, no tests, no entrance requirements, no one will call on you in class. Just check-in and dig the sounds.
Week 1 (4/6/2021, 7 PM ET): Introduction & Back Story – Overview of the course, and the prehistory of Jazz (Music by Louis Armstrong, Jelly Roll Morton, and others)
Week 2 (4/13/2021, 7 PM ET): Jazz in New Orleans – The mechanics of the New Orleans Polyphony in context of New Orleans culture (music by King Oliver, The Original Dixieland Jazz Band, and others)
Week 3 (4/20/2021, 7 PM ET): The Jazz Age – Hot Dance bands and small groups on records in the 1920s. (Music of Fletcher Henderson, Louis Armstrong, and others)
Week 4 (4/27/2021, 7 PM ET): The Swing Era – Big bands ruled the earth, the charts, and the airwaves (Music by Benny Goodman and Billie Holiday)
Week 5 (5/4/2021, 7 PM ET): Bebop – The intense new groove of the 1940s (Music by Charlie Parker and Dizzy Gillespie)
Week 6 (5/11/2021, 7 PM ET): Expansion – The new variants and ideas of the 1950s (Music by Miles Davis, Ornette Coleman, and others)
Week 7 (5/18/2021, 7 PM ET): Fusions – The blending of Jazz with Rock, Latin music, and Classical (Music by Machito, John Lewis, and others)
Week 8 (5/25/2021, 7 PM ET): Jazz Today – Jazz up to now (Music of Quincy Jones, Cassandra Wilson, and others)

Neighborhood Stories: Information Session @ Online
Apr 7 all-day
Neighborhood Stories: Information Session @ Online

The Neighborhood Stories project is back for a third year – now in a virtual format! Join us to learn how to share and preserve your New York memories at the New York City Municipal Archives.

About the Project: Neighborhood Stories is a citywide project helping people tell their stories and amplify their community voice through a collection of oral history interviews. This project was created by the New York City Department of Records and Information Services (DORIS) to reflect New York’s unique identity, history, and culture in the Municipal Archives. For more information, please visit The Neighborhood Stories Project.


Elena Abou Mrad is the Project Coordinator for Neighborhood Stories. She is a MA student in Digital Humanities at CUNY Graduate Center, and she has been working in archives in Italy and New York City since 2013.
Madeline Bank is the Volunteer and Outreach Coordinator for the Department of Records and Information Services. She manages volunteers working on the Neighborhood Stories Project and works closely with community partnerships with the agency.
Raul Flores is the Public Programming and Development Officer at The NYC Department of Records and Information Services.

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The project endeavors to “put the community in the archive” by empowering local residents to provide their own rich historical narrative, and to encourage them to reflect on how the past connects to their lives, their families, and their future.

A Talk with Seymour Kaplan: Dachau Liberator @ virtual
Apr 8 @ 3:00 pm
A Talk with Seymour Kaplan: Dachau Liberator @ virtual

Join us as we commemorate Yom HaShoah (Holocaust Remembrance Day) with a virtual talk with Seymour Kaplan Thursday, April 8.

At 17-years old, Seymour Kaplan enlisted in the American Army and left Brooklyn to fight against Nazi Germany. He became a machine gunner with the 692nd Tank Destroyer Battalion attached to the 42nd Infantry Division.

He was one of the first American soldiers to enter the Dachau concentration camp in April 1945. As a Yiddish speaker, Mr. Kaplan served as a translator for the camp Survivors. The shock of what he witnessed traumatized him for the rest of his life. When he returned home to New York, he established a garment manufacturing company, eventually retired, and then began a second career as a teacher. He is a mental health advocate and has been honored by the National Alliance on Mental Illness.

This event will be broadcast via Zoom and Facebook live. Please register below.

For more information, please call 718-225-6750 ext. 345 or email jvladimir@commonpointqueens.org.

Ross Medical Education Virtual Open House @ Ross Medical Education Center
Apr 9 all-day
Ross Medical Education Virtual Open House @ Ross Medical Education Center | New York | United States

Come chat virtually with an advisor. Get all the information you need to jump-start your new career.
Fully online degrees available from wherever you are! Enroll now to start your exciting new career in fields such as medical or dental assisting, nursing, veterinary technician, and many more.
See our website for details and instructions.

Take Root: Zullo/RawMovement (Virtual) @ ONLINE/Green Space
Apr 9 all-day
Take Root: Zullo/RawMovement (Virtual) @ ONLINE/Green Space | New York | United States

TAKE ROOT, now in its 12th season, nurtures dance artists at established stages in their careers, pairing them in a split bill or full evening-length program. This monthly series supports dance makers’ experimentation and growth with support to present their work to the public. Take Root will present 12 aesthetically diverse artists among seven performances Jan-June 2021.

Available April 9. Select the April designation under Apply My Donation To in the Registration URL.

About the Work:

“The Architecture of Proximity” is movement, architecture, sound, light, and video. This immersive performance experience explores the relationship between physical spaces and the psychological, emotional, and physical effects space can have on the body. Collaborators David Engelhard composed an original sound score, Megan Marvin created set decor, Kryssy Wright lighting design and Kat Sullivan created a new media video installation.

Lissy Gonzalez “Take Only What You Need” and Judyta Grudzien “We Love You” Exhibit Opening @ AlterWork Studios
Apr 9 @ 6:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Lissy Gonzalez "Take Only What You Need" and Judyta Grudzien "We Love You" Exhibit Opening @ AlterWork Studios | New York | United States

Last year Back to the Lab had the honor of partnering up with AlterWork Studios to grant two artist residencies in AlterWork’s community darkroom. We were pleased and excited to have Lissy Gonzalez and Judyta Grudzien on board as our first-ever darkroom residents. During the residency, they were given access to AlterWork’s darkroom for two weeks to work on their projects and produce prints for an upcoming exhibit. We are now excited for the public to enjoy on location at AlterWork Studios and online starting April 9th.

THREADS @ Flux Factory
Apr 10 @ 1:00 pm – 8:00 pm
THREADS @ Flux Factory | New York | United States

Flux Factory is happy to be hosting THREADS, an exhibition curated by an international collective of arts organizations from Bogotá, NYC, Manila, and Chicago: Bliss on Bliss Arts Projects, Maleza Proyectos, Nodo 51 Area Cultural, Poets of Queens, and Yara Arts Group.

The THREADS Project and its expanding global network help artists and audiences establish a dialogue between images and poetry to find greater connections and understanding in these difficult times. This exhibition at Flux Factory is an introduction to a THREADS future and an opportunity to stand in solidarity against the violence being enacted upon our Asian family members and communities.

THREADS is curated by Virlana Tkacz, founding director of Yara Arts Group, a resident company at La MaMa Experimental Theatre in New York since 1990. Olena Jennings, the curator, and founder of Poets of Queens, acts as a poetry

Threads clothe us, threads expose us, threads bring us together.

Participating Artists:
Catalina Bolivar, Juliana Canal, Waldemart Klyuzko, Cayla Lockwood, Isabella Lopez, Ged Merino, Nadenka Art Group, Aze Ong, and Jevijoe Vitug.

Participating Poets:
Pichchenda Bao, Rosebud Ben-Oni, Olena Jennnings, and Wanda Phipps.

One of the homes for THREADS is Bliss on Bliss Art Projects founded by Ged Merino. Bliss on Bliss Art Projects has been bringing arts and culture to the Sunnyside neighborhood in Queens since 2011. It provides a venue for new and established artists. The shows at Bliss on Bliss Art Projects have consistently led to cross-cultural collaboration.

Other core participants of THREADS include Nadenka Art Group made up of members from Omsk, Novosibirsk, Moscow, and St. Petersburg. They were formed in 2014 in Omsk. The group includes Anastasia Makarenko, Masha Alexandrova, Maria Rybka, Nadezhda Valetskaya, and Alena Isakhanyan. Videos of their textile book projects will be shown at Flux Factory. The poets will address awareness of anti-Asian sentiment and acts. Artists Cayla Lockwood and Jevijoe Vitug will unveil a banner to encourage action against Asian hate.

Finally, videos by Waldemart Klyuzko, Aze Ong, and Nadenka Art Group will be shown, bringing another aspect of textile art to life. In his video, Waldemart Klyuzko weaves the words of Serhiy Zhadan’s poem “Home” in tape. Aze Ong performs to Wanda Phipps reading an excerpt from her poem “Womb Dreams.” Nadenka presents textile books that allow us to experience the pages along with them.

Carve a Wooden Spoon @ Online
Apr 11 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm
Carve a Wooden Spoon @ Online

Have you ever carved your own spoon? It’s ridiculously easy. Learn this woodworkers’ basic with Lesley Loo, a designer, and former woodshop manager. We’ll hand-carve a unique wooden spoon out of wood stock with hand-held tools, in the comfort of your home. It’s the perfect introduction to woodworking for those who have never done it before! Invite your friends, family, or partner to make it a woodworking party.

This class is BYOT (bring your own tools)—check out the Eventbrite link for the full list.

Side note: Feel free to watch the demo without following along.