Long Island City Partnership’s signature community celebration returns for its 8th annual year—but with a twist! This year LIC Springs to Summer! will be a series of events, promotions, and performances throughout Long Island City from your favorite LIC businesses, organizations, and cultural institutions beginning Monday, June 14th and going through Sunday, June 20th.
As a part of the event, we are creating an LIC Passport to showcase everything LIC has to offer, not just today, but every day of the year. These passports will include all the events and promotions in the neighborhood that can be redeemed during the week-long program, ranging from intimate concerts to exclusive dinner deals! We will distribute the passports leading up to and during the week of the event through multiple pick-up locations in the neighborhood.
LIC Partnership is thankful to Council Member Jimmy Van Bramer for his support.
QUEENS, N.Y.—Caribbean Folk Group the Braata Folk Singers will be expanding their repertoire in their first live production since the pandemic began. The New York-based group will include inspirational and reggae songs at their June 20, 2021 concert.
The Braata Folk Singers, under the creative direction of Jamaican born actor, singer, and producer Andrew Clarke, and the musical direction of Joel Edwards, will present “Rebirth” on Sunday, June 20, 2021, at the Jamaica Performing Arts Center at 6 p.m. A contribution of $20 is recommended per ticket. Tickets can be reserved at braataproductions.org/bfs2021. The Center is located at153-10 Jamaica Avenue, Jamaica, New York, near the Parsons/Archer subway stop.
Braata Productions is dedicated to giving Caribbean and Caribbean-American artists a platform to showcase their work and talents. Their mission is to transform lives through cultural awareness and the arts and bring Caribbean folk culture, artists, music, stories, movement, and theater into more prominent spaces while providing an opportunity for Caribbean artists to receive greater recognition. The Braata Folk Singers are proud ambassadors of Caribbean folk music. Queens County is home to one of the world’s largest communities of Caribbean expatriates in the world.
The title of the show is a metaphor for the world emerging from the pandemic. Clarke stated the program is inspired by people coming out of their cocoons of homes, apartments, and lofts to a different world than people who lived in pre-covid.
“It is a rebirth of sorts. A rebirth of ways people interact with each other and share space. It is a rebirth in the way we greet strangers and friends. It is a rebirth because we now have a new way of doing things,” Clarke explained. “As COVID winds down, the big query is not how are you doing, but have you been vaccinated?”
Clarke said this is an opportunity for a rebirth for the group as well. “After ten years, we considered discontinuing performances in 2019 before the pandemic hit due to a general lack of support from the community that would allow the group to continue to operate profitably.” The group was largely being offered stipends for performances, which was not a sustainable model. It was then decided that instead of discontinuing performances, they would broaden their musical focus and allow the group to experience a rebirth in the hopes of acquiring more lucrative bookings in the future.
Advanced ticket purchases are encouraged to minimize in-person purchasing and to observe Covid protocols. For those unable to attend the concert, donations are encouraged towards the Braata Folk Singer’s continued existence.
The program is supported in part by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council and Council Member Alicka Amry-Samuel.
For more information, to purchase tickets, or to donate to the Braata Folk Singers, visit https://www.braataproductions.org/bfs2021.
Giving blood is not only quick and easy, it’s life-saving. With the New York Blood Center recently declaring a blood emergency, your donation at our Queens Borough Hall Blood Drive on Tuesday can make a world of difference.
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On June 24 from 5:30 pm to 7:30 pm, the NYC Regional Cancer Collaborative will present a celebration of the LGBTQIA+ community, where we will discuss inner and outer beauty and health. Subjects include:
Cancer health inequities in the LGBTQIA+ community
How to lower your risk of developing cancer
Important cancer screenings
HPV vaccination and screening
Screening recommendations for transgender populations
Makeup demonstration and toxic free beauty
The event is co-sponsored by Queens Borough President Donovan Richards Jr.
Register for this online event at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/pride-celebrating-the-inner-and-outer-beauty-of-lgbtq-tickets-156581091259?ref=eios
The Midori & Friends Signature Series Concerts is a virtual event series for kids and their families featuring our Signature Series ensembles. Each hour long concert is free to the public and suitable for all ages. These concerts will be available for viewing on-demand on our website. RSVP for future concerts here.
Music Connects, Flutango: The Music of Astor Piazzolla, March 25, 7pm
Brian Barrentine & FunikiJam, City of Hope, April 15, 7pm
Brian Barrentine & FunikiJam, Spring Celebration, April 22, 7pm
Argus Quartet, Honoring Memorial Day, May 6th and May 13, 7pm
Riza Printup, Summer Soirée, June 3 and June 10, 7pm
The Klezmatics, Fourth of July Celebration, June 24, 7pm
Midori & Friends provides high-quality sequential music education to students in Grades PreK-12 in over 70 New York City schools who have little or no access to the arts. What began in 1992 as world-renowned violinist Midori’s singular vision to bring great music to NYC students has become a music education leader embraced by a community of thousands. Midori & Friends has reached over 250,000 young people in our history, and yet the impact of our story lies with each individual child.
Following last year’s wildly successful inaugural series of free film screenings at the Queens Drive-In sponsored by the Queens Borough President’s Office, Queens Borough President Donovan Richards Jr. announced today that “Free Movie Nights at the Queens Drive-In” will return to the grounds of the New York Hall of Science for a second consecutive year.
“We’re not out of the woods when it comes to COVID-19 just yet, but that doesn’t mean we can’t safely enjoy evenings in Flushing Meadows Corona Park with our family, friends and neighbors. To that end, it is our honor to bring ‘Free Movie Nights at the Queens Drive-In’ back for a second year,” said Borough President RICHARDS. “From kids flicks to cinematic classics, there is something for every family to enjoy on the big screen this spring.”
Borough President Richards’ series of six free screenings begins with a special showing of “Star Wars” on Tuesday, May 4 — Star Wars Day 2021— also known as “May the Fourth Be With You” to fans worldwide. The first installment of the legendary sci-fi franchise was originally released in 1977 and stars Mark Hamill, Harrison Ford and the late Carrie Fisher as their iconic characters of Luke Skywalker, Han Solo and Princess Leia, respectively.
In addition to “Star Wars,” the full “Free Movie Nights at the Queens Drive-In” series includes a dynamic slate of dramas, comedies and kid-friendly animated films — including an Academy Award winner for Best Picture — for all borough families to enjoy. The series is presented in proud partnership with Rooftop Films, the New York Hall of Science (NYSCI), Museum of the Moving Image, the Queens Night Market, NYC Parks and the New York City Comptroller.
Social distancing will be strictly enforced, and neither guests arriving on foot nor those who have not pre-registered will be admitted. Space is limited with a capacity of approximately 200 vehicles. Pre-registration is required for each screening and opens up two weeks prior to each showing via www.queensdrivein.com. Upon registration, guests will receive a confirmation, which must be presented via printed copy or mobile device upon arrival.
The full “Free Movie Nights at the Queens Drive-In” series is as follows. Dates are subject to change:
· Tuesday, May 4: “Star Wars” (1977)
· Wednesday, May 19: “Inside Out” (2015)
· Wednesday, May 26: “Moonlight” (2016)*
· Wednesday, June 16: “Coming to America” (1988)*
· Thursday, June 24: “Monsoon Wedding” (2001)*
· Date TBA: “Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse” (2018)
*Film includes sexual content and/or violence
The June 24 screening of “Monsoon Wedding” will be hosted in partnership with Capital One City Parks Foundation SummerStage and feature a live musical performance by acclaimed Indian-born, Grammy-nominated singer-songwriter Falu.
Part of a larger, ongoing film festival at the Queens Drive-In, the first three dates of the free film series — featuring a 62-foot screen constructed in the NYSCI parking lot — will open to pre-registered attendees at 7:30PM, one hour before the film screenings begin at 8:30PM. For the showings of “Coming to America” and “Monsoon Wedding,” gates will open at 8PM with the film beginning at 9PM. Exact timing is subject to change, and the film screenings are held rain or shine, except in the event of severe weather.
Food and beverages will be available for contactless purchase through featured vendors that have previously participated in the seasonal Queens Night Market, normally held annually at the NYSCI parking lot in Flushing Meadows Corona Park. Concessions can be purchased via contactless ordering during pre-show programming or via stadium-style vendors walking the premises before the main feature.
Providing financial support for “Free Wednesday Movie Nights at the Queens Drive-In” is the non-profit Flushing Meadows Corona Park Improvement Fund, which is jointly overseen by Borough President Richards, NYC Parks and the New York City Comptroller.
Enjoy holiday weekend fun for the whole family with exciting LED-enhanced rides for all ages, midway games, deep-fried treats, sweets and other carnival eats.
Event admission is free. Ride tickets are $1.50 each, $30/20 tickets, or $60/50 tickets plus 1 free ride. (Rides take 2 or more tickets each.)
Carnival hours are 4-10 pm Wednesday – Friday and noon-10 pm Saturday – Sunday.
Please follow COVID safety guidelines and utilize the hand sanitizers and hand-washing stations located throughout the midway.
No unaccompanied minors. Parent/guardian supervision is required for guests ages 17 and younger.
Event details are subject to change. Please check the website for updates before attending.
For more information, call 866-666-3247.
Queens Borough President Donovan Richards will hold a regular Public Hearing on Land Use on Thursday, July 1 2021 at 9:30 a.m.
This meeting will be conducted virtually. The meeting will also be live-streamed to the public on the Borough President’s website at https://queensbp.org
Queens Borough President Donovan Richards Jr. will host a joint meeting of the Queens Borough Board and Queens Borough Cabinet on Tuesday, July 13, 2021 at 5:30 PM
This meeting will be conducted virtually, with members participating via videoconference. The meeting will also be live-streamed to the public on the Borough President’s website at www.queensbp.org
The Queens International Night Market is a large, family-friendly open-air night market in Queens, featuring up to 100 independent vendors selling merchandise, art, and food and featuring small-scale cultural performances, all celebrating the rich cultural diversity and heritage of NYC and Queens.
Apply today to be a vendor or chef at the Queens Night Market. Email [email protected] for info.