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Flushing Town Hall presents lineup of cultural festivals and workshops for November

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The Story of Song Jiang and Yan Poxi and Farewell My Concubine, will be presented by Flushing Town Hall this weekend. (Photo by Shawn Choi)

With the start of a new month, comes new programming at Flushing Town Hall. This November, the arts and entertainment venue has various events for everyone from the Queens World Festival to a Diwali celebration, Jazz concerts and workshops. 

12th Annual Queens World Film Festival – HIDEOUT

Thursday, Nov. 3, 7 p.m.

The 12th Annual Queens World Film Festival proudly screens exciting films from around the world and around the corner. Flushing Town Hall is presenting two screening events, the first is on Thursday with HIDEOUT, a feature film from Taiwan and on Nov. 4, Friday night at 7 p.m., ‘Voices of India’ which brings two remarkable films together that speak to our hearts. Click here for more information about the Queens World Film Festival.

All Queens World Film Festival Screenings are followed by Q+A. In-person Tickets for the event are $15/$12 for FTH members, seniors and students with ID.  

SCHOOL PERFORMANCE: Diwali Dance Party

Friday, Nov. 4, 10:30 a.m. 

Celebrate Diwali with an Indian dance party, featuring Kathak classical dancer Abha Roy and her Srijan Dance Company, and IMGE Dance featuring Bharatanatyam dancer Ishita Mili! Students will enjoy dance performances that showcase the story of Diwali, introduce them to Sanskrit poetry, and invite them to try Bollywood, and Kathak dance moves infused with Indian classical, hip-hop and contemporary dance. 

Tickets are $10 per person. One classroom teacher per class group comes for FREE. Additional adults (including paraprofessionals, coordinators, parents, guardians, chaperones, teaching assistants, or others) will need to pay for their tickets. 

Diwali Festival

Saturday, Nov. 5, 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. 

Celebrate Diwali with this all-ages festival and dance party featuring Kathak classical dancer Abha Roy and Bharatanatyam dancer Ishita Mili! Learn folk, Bollywood, and Kathak dance moves infused with hip-hop and contemporary dance with Abha and Ishita, explore rangoli design with Anju Gupta, taste Indian foods with Queens Curry Kitchen, discover ayurvedic treatments with Shweta Parmar, and more. 

Flushing Town Hall will present the artwork of the winners of its rangoli design competition. Rangoli is an age-old art form from India. Derived from the Sanskrit word “Rangavalli”, it means rows of colors and is used to celebrate Hindu festivals such as Diwali. Rangoli is usually drawn in homes or courtyards, in the hope of inviting blessings of the Gods. 

In-person Tickets are $15/12 for members; virtual Tickets: $7/$5 for members. 

Arts Grants in Queens – Information Sessions 

Tuesday, Nov. 8, 6 p.m.

Join Flushing Town Hall’s Arts Services Department at an info session to learn about the Arts Grants for Queens. There will be review guidelines, grant cycle schedules, and best application practices. All sessions listed below will be held in-person and in English unless otherwise noted. RSVPs are required.

Please note: First-time applicants are required to attend an information session before applying. Any one member of an organization or artist group may attend an info session on behalf of their group. Artists and organizations who applied in 2022 are not required to attend, although FTH suggests joining to learn more about the program and to have questions answered. Any questions, email Dan Bamba, director of Arts Services: [email protected].

FREE

Louis Armstrong Legacy Monthly Jazz Jam (NOV 2022)

Wednesday, Nov. 9, 7 p.m.

Monthly Jazz Jams return live at Flushing Town Hall the second Wednesday of every month! Open to professional jazz musicians, graduate students studying jazz, music educators and serious hobbyists, Louis Armstrong Legacy Monthly Jazz Jams invites musicians to perform at Flushing Town Hall. All are welcome, regardless of instrument (vocalists, too!). Steinway baby grand and drum kit are available at each Jam. Health and safety protocols will be in place, so bring a mask, and feel free to bring your own microphone. House Band and Jam Sessions are led by Carol Sudhalter, with Joe Vincent Tranchina, Scott Neumann, and Eric Lemon. Don’t play, but love Jazz? Come listen!

This program is supported in part by a grant from The Louis Armstrong Educational Foundation, Inc.

In-person Tickets: $10/FREE for members, students and Jamming musicians 

Arts Grants in Queens – Information Sessions

Thursday, Nov. 10, 6 p.m.

Join Flushing Town Hall’s Arts Services Department at an info session to learn about the Arts Grants for Queens. We will review guidelines, grant cycle schedules, and best application practices. All sessions listed below will be held in-person and in English unless otherwise noted. RSVPs are required.

Please note: First-time applicants are required to attend an information session before applying. Any one member of an organization or artist group may attend an info session on behalf of their group. Artists and organizations who applied in 2022 are not required to attend, although FTH suggests joining to learn more about the program and to have your questions answered. Any questions, email Dan Bamba, director of Arts Services: [email protected].

FREE

Lioness: Women in Jazz Concert Series Part ⅔)

Thursday, Nov. 10, 7:30 p.m.

Join Flushing Town Hall for Lioness: Women in Jazz Concert Series, a 3-part partnership series happening at Flushing Town Hall during the Fall 2022 season. Each of these 3 concerts will be 60 minutes long and include a Q&A after each performance. This concert features Lauren Sevian’s LSQ. 

The purpose of each concert is not only to share the music of women composers with the community, but also to share the artistic process and methods practiced by these composers. It’s also a forum through which the audience can have a meaningful dialogue with the musicians and hopefully feel more of a connection with the music and the artistic process moving forward. 

In-Person Tickets: $5/FREE for members, seniors & students with ID 

NEA Jazz Masters: The Blues Feeling

Saturday, Nov. 12, 8 p.m.

Flushing Town Hall will host the 16th annual NEA Jazz Masters concert “The Blues Feeling,” led by the acclaimed American jazz virtuoso Jimmy Owens.

Band leader and NEA Jazz Master Jimmy Owens (trumpet) will be joined by five distinguished musicians who have played and traveled the world with the best: NEA Jazz Master Terri Lyne Carrington (drums), the talented Camille Thurman (saxophone), trombonist of the yearWycliffe Gordon (trombone), veteran pianist Danny Mixon (piano), and American musician Kenny Davis (bass).

In-Person Tickets: $40 General Admission/ $32 members, seniors, & students with ID; Virtual Tickets: $20

Table Packages: $130/$110 for members (includes refreshments/drinks)  

Son Jarocho Workshops: Jarana, Leona, y Zapateado

Monday-Wednesday, Nov. 14-16, 7 p.m.

Flushing Town Hall and the NY Son Jarocho Collective present a series of Son Jarocho workshops with artists from the Mexico-based ensemble, Caña Dulce Caña Brava. Join Flushing Town Hall to learn the jarana (Son Jarocho rhythm guitar), leona (Son Jarocho bass guitar), and zapateado (Son Jarocho percussive dance). Workshops are free and open to the public. Prior knowledge of Son Jarocho is recommended but not required.

These workshops will be led by Raquel Palacios Vega (jarana), Anna Arismediz (leona), and Violeta Romero (zapateado), from the Mexico-based ensemble Caña Dulce Caña Brava. These three teachers have years of experience performing and teaching in community settings as well as national and international stages.

These workshops are sponsored in part by the National Endowment for the Arts.

FREE with online RSVP

Son Jarocho Festival: Panel Discussion

Thursday, Nov. 17, 7 p.m.

In this Spanish panel discussion, a group of son jarocho performers and luthiers will present and discuss three different musical instruments that are also part of the son jarocho tradition: the harp, the violin, and the marimbol. They will discuss their history, the challenges each instrument present and their role in different communities. This event is part of the 11th NY Son Jarocho Festival, presented by the Son Jarocho NY Collective and sponsored by the CUNY Mexican Studies Institute. This program is sponsored by CUNY Mexican Studies Institute.

FREE

SCHOOL PERFORMANCE: Caña Dulce y Caña Brava Mexican Son Jarocho Music 

Friday, Nov. 18, 10:30 a.m. 

Mexico-based ensemble Caña Dulce y Caña Brava highlights feminine poetry and voices, taking the audience on a voyage through multiple rhythms, accompanied by traditional string instruments such as the harp and the jarana, the zapateado (the percussive dance done on a wooden platform that accompanies the music and is considered the “heartbeat” of Son Jarocho), and poetic improvisation in rhyme. 

Offering an assortment of colors, textures and images to diverse and multi-generational audiences, the ensemble is defined by an original aesthetic that unites the traditional with the vanguard in a contemporary stage proposal. Since its formation in 2007, the group has carried the seal of feminine strength and beauty within the traditionally masculine world of Mexican Son. 

Tickets are $10 per person. One classroom teacher per class group comes for FREE. Additional adults (including paraprofessionals, coordinators, parents, guardians, chaperones, teaching assistants, or others) will need to pay for their tickets.

Caña Dulce y Caña Brava: Celebrating the 12th Annual NY Son Jarocho Festival

Saturday, Nov. 19, 1 p.m.

The Annual NY Son Jarocho Festival concludes a week-long celebration of son jarocho, the music, dance, and culture of Veracruz, Mexico. A full day of performances, the 12th Annual NY Son Jarocho Festival will feature East Coast Son Jarocho groups and will be headlined by Mexico-based ensemble Caña Dulce Caña Brava. The Festival is a co-presentation by Flushing Town Hall and the Son Jarocho NY Collective. This partnership event is sponsored in part by the National Endowment for the Arts. 

In-Person Tickets: $15 General Admission/$12 members, seniors, & Students. 

Mini-Global Mashup: USA Roots Meets Japan

Sunday, Nov. 20, 1 p.m.

Join Flushing Town Hall on Sunday, Nov. 20, as they welcome Rachelle Garniez (USA Roots) and Masayo Ishigure (Japan)  for the next mashup performance. This program is generously sponsored by the Center for Cultural Vibrancy. 

In-Person Tickets: $15/$12 members, seniors, & students with ID; Virtual Tickets: $5 for a livestream on Flushing Town Hall’s YouTube channel

An Afternoon of Chinese Theater

Saturday, Nov. 26, 3 p.m.

Join Flushing Town Hall on Saturday, Nov. 26, for An Afternoon of Chinese Theater, jointly presented by the Chinese American Arts Council and Flushing Town Hall. 

This program will feature Peking Opera, The Story of Song Jiang and Yan Poxi, as well as a special performance by Tong Xiao Ling Chinese Opera Ensemble: Peking Opera, Farewell My Concubine. 

This event begins at 3 p.m. and will be approximately 2 hours in length. 

FREE

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