Louis Armstrong Legacy Virtual Jazz Jam @ Flushing Town Hall at Home
Jan 13 @ 7:00 pm – Jun 9 @ 9:00 pm
Louis Armstrong Legacy Virtual Jazz Jam @ Flushing Town Hall at Home | New York | United States

Led by Carol Sudhalter and our wonderful house band, the jam welcomes musicians including our jazz jammers from Queens/Long Island, as well as newcomers from around the world, to share their music, lift our spirits and honor those we have lost.

If you’d like to watch this session LIVE, simply tune in to our Facebook page or ZOOM.
For more information on how to participate and monthly themes, visit: http://www.flushingtownhall.org/virtual-jazz-jam

2nd Wednesday each month 7PM EDT

Environmental Peacebuilding: Israel & the Middle East @ virtual
Jan 25 @ 12:00 pm
Environmental Peacebuilding: Israel & the Middle East @ virtual

In celebration of Tu B’Shevat, the Jewish holiday recognizing ecology and trees, we will hear from David Lehrer, the executive director of Israel’s Arava Institute for Environmental Studies, about the environmental cooperation between Israel and its neighbors in the Middle East.

This event is FREE and sponsored by the Jewish National Fund. Please register at https://www.commonpointqueens.org/event/environmental-peacebuilding-israel-the-middle-east/.

For a full list of our Winter Virtual Cultural Arts Speakers and Events, click here. For more information, please email kstrauss@commonpointqueens.org.

Culinary Training Virtual Information Session @ virtual
Jan 25 @ 6:00 pm
Culinary Training Virtual Information Session @ virtual

Learn more about our new Culinary Training and Job Placement Program at a virtual information session Monday, January 25 at 6 pm.

This is a twelve-week free program held in-person at our Hub in Elmhurst (77-17 Queens Boulevard). The information session will be held over Zoom.

This program is for students who are:

18 years or older
Have a high school diploma or HSE
Able to attend all the classes. The schedule is Monday – Friday (Weeks 1-6: Monday –Thursday, 12:30pm – 5:00pm, Friday: 9:30am – 2:00pm; Weeks 7-12: Monday-Thursday, 8:00am -12:30pm, Friday 9:30am – 2:00pm)
Looking for employment in the food industry
Eligible to work in the United States
Able to read and write in English
Able to stand for 4 hours at a time for a hands-on cooking

For more information and to register, please email employmentservices@commonpointqueens.org.

Fertile Ground New Works Showcase January 2021 @ ONLINE/Green Space
Jan 26 all-day
Fertile Ground New Works Showcase January 2021 @ ONLINE/Green Space | New York | United States

FERTILE GROUND has supported emerging and established artists for 15 seasons, featuring the work of six different choreographers in Jan-June 2021, presenting a total of 42 artists across seven showings. The non-curated program features six dance makers per performance and profits diverse levels of experience, backgrounds, age of artists, and dance aesthetics.

Fertile Ground January Artists

Maija Rutkovska
Olivia Passarelli
Kristina Hay & Jamie Robinson
Aya Jane Saotome / Who Knows The Show
Alison Cook Beatty Dance
Catherine Gallant/DANCE

Available January 26th on a donation-made basis. For more information and donation links, please visit https://www.greenspacestudio.org/fertile-ground

Blood Drive @ Sunnyside Community Services
Jan 28 @ 9:00 am – 3:00 pm
Blood Drive @ Sunnyside Community Services | New York | United States

Help save lives by donating blood at a community-based blood drive in Sunnyside, Queens. New York Blood Center is holding the drive from 9 am – 3 pm at Sunnyside Community Services. Due to Covid-19 restrictions, appointments are strongly recommended. Walk-ins will be accepted if space allows. Make an appointment by calling 1-800-933-2566.

Gift in the Wound⁣ @ Flux Factory
Jan 29 @ 1:00 pm – Feb 7 @ 6:00 pm
Gift in the Wound⁣ @ Flux Factory | New York | United States

Gift in the Wound⁣. Curated by Noah Phillips⁣. “Without the weight given by a wound consciously realized, [one] will lead a provisional life.” — Robert Bly⁣

The Gift In The Wound highlights the work of artists who have confronted their fears, traumas, and shadows, and emerged on the other side with unexpected insights, treasures, and talents to share with and enrich their communities. The wounds explored vary from the physical to the emotional to the spiritual, and the media from paint, fabric, glass, and beyond. Each work celebrates an enduring process of transformation reflected in nature, in myth, and in our bodies.⁣

The Gift in the Wound is Noah Phillips‘ curatorial debut. Before beginning his residency at Flux Factory, where his work has focused on the intersections of folk ritual and innovative understandings of psychological “plurality,” Noah was working as a Peer Specialist in the New York City’s public mental health system. He is also a Licensed Master of Social Work and an organizer with the Institute for the Development of Human Arts, a training institute for transformative models of mental health.⁣

*The exhibition will take place at Flux Factory’s Garage Bay Gallery. In response to COVID-19, all visitors are required to wear a face mask and follow social distancing guidelines. We are committed to maintaining a safe and healthy environment.⁣*

Gallery Hours: 1-6 PM EST on Saturday, January 30 & February 6⁣
Or by appointment, email maya@fluxfactory.org⁣

Artist Talk and virtual exhibition⁣
Friday, January 29 @ 7pm EST⁣
REGISTER AT: https://withfriends.co/event/8602348/gift_in_the_wound_opening_and_artist_talk

About the image:⁣

Image by Megan Bent, titled “Quarantine Day 121″, 2020⁣
Chlorophyll print on a hosta leaf⁣
10 x 10” framed⁣

Image Description: A self-portrait of Megan wearing a face mask is printed into the green chlorophyll of a hosta leaf. Her face takes up the whole leaf and only one eye is visible through her overgrown sweeping hair. The face mask is decorated with vine and leaf patterns.⁣

Virtual Watercolor House Plants – ON LINE @ Alley Pond Environmental Center
Jan 30 @ 11:00 am – 1:00 pm
Virtual Watercolor House Plants - ON LINE @ Alley Pond Environmental Center | New York | United States

We love house plants because they allow us to bring the beauty of nature indoors. But what about house plants serving as inspiration for art-making? Join Diana Kuan for this beginner-friendly watercolor class, where you will experiment with a range of watercolor techniques to bring your favorite house plants to life. You will use techniques such as flat wash, wet-on-dry, wet-on-wet, and dry brush for simple exercises. No worries if your paint colors are limited; we’ll also go over how to blend various colors to get your ideal shades for leaves, soil, and planters.

For the simple exercises, Diana will be demoing techniques for a few different plants including Monstera deliciosa and eucalyptus. For the longer project, choose a plant that you can easily paint from during class, or have a photo of your ideal houseplant. (anyone brand new to watercolors is encouraged to choose a plant with simple shapes.) Zoom invitation will be emailed upon registration.

Various supplies needed:
– Pencil with eraser
– Watercolor paints. You don’t need to purchase expensive paints; even a basic watercolor set with primary colors will be great for this class.
– Watercolor brushes. I will use both larger and smaller round brushes in this class (Sizes 0 to 8), and, but you’re welcome to use what you have!
– Watercolor or mixed media paper. (If you need a recommendation, we love Canson XL paper or Strathmore 400 series.
– Palette, disposable plate, or take-out container lid for mixing colors
– Water cup and paper towels
– 1 or 2 of your favorite houseplants, either whole plants or cuttings

Virtual Sundays: Percussia @ Facebook Live
Jan 31 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Virtual Sundays: Percussia @ Facebook Live | New York | United States

Percussia’s signature sound is created through the marriage of lyrical melodic instruments (flute, viola, and harp) with a variety of percussion instruments.
Percussia is based in New York City’s vibrant, culturally diverse neighborhood of Jackson Heights, Queens. Percussia’s members seek to honor and reflect this cultural richness through the music they play.
While rooted in the modern classical tradition, Percussia’s style incorporates a wide variety of influences, from world music to elements of pop culture. Their one-of-a-kind body of work includes numerous world-premiere commissions, as well as original arrangements by the group’s members. Percussia’s repertoire is sophisticated enough to delight seasoned chamber-music lovers, yet accessible enough to appeal to nontraditional audiences.
Percussia has performed in community-based settings–libraries, churches, museums, and laundromats–and at more traditional chamber-music settings, such as the DiMenna Center for Classical Music, Drew University, and St. John’s University.
Percussia’s members are Ingrid Gordon (artistic director and percussion), Susan Jolles (harp), Margaret Lancaster (flute), Lev “Ljova” Zhurbin (viola), and Frank Cassara (percussion).
Percussia occasionally collaborates with guest musicians to expand their sound. Past guest artists include Nurit Pacht (violin), Barbara Podgurski (piano), James Myers (piano), Pascal Archer (clarinet), Anna Urrey (flute), Karen Ritscher (viola), Melissa Fogarty (soprano), and percussionists Bill Ruyle, Mike Lunoe, and John Ostrowski.
© Copyright 2019 – Percussia / Site by OMRadio

Bayside Historical Society’s 20th Annual Winter Art Show Goes Virtual! @ Bayside Historical Society
Feb 1 – Feb 28 all-day
Bayside Historical Society's 20th Annual Winter Art Show Goes Virtual! @ Bayside Historical Society | New York | United States

Because it will not be possible to hold an in-person event, Bayside Historical Society’s annual winter art show will move online for 2021. Our 20th Annual Winter Art Show will take place in virtual “galleries” on the BHS website during the month of February 2021. The show is open to artists working in all media who are age 18 and older and live, work or attend school in Queens.

The deadline for submissions is January 10, 2021. For complete details, requirements, and registration materials, visit https://www.baysidehistorical.org/bhs-winter-art-show or call our office at 718-352-1548.

Know Your Rights: Child Support and Custody Issues @ virtual
Feb 2 @ 12:00 pm
Know Your Rights: Child Support and Custody Issues @ virtual

On February 2, join us virtually for our Know Your Rights series to discuss Child Support and Custody Issues including understanding your rights, navigating the process, when to seek out an attorney, and mediation. You can also join us for our Financial Literacy for Women workshops!

Workshop schedule (all workshops at 12 pm):

February 2 – Know Your Rights: Child Support and Custody Issues
February 9 – Financial Literacy for Women: Saving & Budgeting, Bank Statements, Credit & Debt
February 23 – Financial Literacy for Women: Cars, Homes, Taxes, and Saving for College
March 2 – Financial Literacy for Women: Financial Planning and Investing for Beginners

These virtual workshops will be presented via Zoom. February 2 workshop is presented by Jackie Harounian, Partner of Wisselman, Harounian & Associates, P.C. and a recognized leader in the field of matrimonial and family law. The remaining workshops will be given by Aviva Pinto, Managing Director, Wealthspire Advisors.

Please register below. For more information, please email lkraut@commonpointqueens.org or call 718-225-6750 ext. 248.