Celebrate an international event at a local hotspot with music, dance, poetry, storytelling, and a doll-making workshop.
June is LGBTQ Pride Month around the world, and Queens will host an NYC kick-off event in Diversity Plaza, which is located at 37th Road and 74th Street in Jackson Heights, on Saturday, June 4, at 5 p.m.
Presented by the Flushing Council on Culture and the Arts, the free outdoor event will showcase up-and-coming performers who identify as LGBTQ. Here are descriptions of a few of the scheduled entertainers, who were selected through an open call process.
- The SALGA Dance Team represents a 25-year-old nonprofit that serves the South Asian LGBTQ community. Members include Lal Batti, a talented and hilarious drag queen, and DJ DynAMITe, a deejay who spins Bhangra beats and other South Asian musical genres.
- GypjaQ is a recording artist who will perform with his collective, aNvKai (pronounced A-new-k-eye), which incorporates music and dance into a “cyber circus” of hip-hop, vogue and house music.
- Davidson Garrett is better known as “King Lear of the Taxi.” He has driven a yellow cab for more than 35 years, but he has also spent almost the same number of years reciting his verses at such venues as The Cathedral of St. John the Divine and CUNY Graduate School. He has written three poetry books.
- Timothy Bellavia won a 2016 FCCA Space Grant and is currently a teaching artist at Flushing Town Hall. He will lead a Sage doll-making workshop called “We Are All The Same Inside.” Some dolls will honor notable members of New York City’s LGBTQ community, and participants will be able to create their own dolls with fabric and craft materials.
- Kiyan “Kiki” Williams is a multimedia performance-maker who has a few inner personalities. They use body, installation, storytelling and movement to explore themes like culture, history, memory and identity. The stories are rituals of remembering and healing.
- The Jackson Heights Community Chorus will sing show tunes from such hits as “Fiddler on the Roof,” “West Side Story,” “The Sound of Music” and “Cabaret.” Argentine countertenor Juan Valencia founded this group two years ago.
- Bed-Stuy poet Foxy Squire will demonstrate the physical prowess of spoken word.