The borough’s got talent!

Flushing Town Hall hosts a celebration of local art, music and dance on Friday, Sept. 7.

The fun kicks off with “Flushing Bound,” a gallery show curated by Long Island City Artists (aka LIC-A) at 5 p.m. The exhibition features about 30 diverse pieces that include figurative and abstract paintings, photography, works on paper and mixed-media assemblages.

Then the Cambria Heights-based band Since When? plays jazz before the Queensboro Dance Festival takes over at 8 p.m. with dazzling performances by contemporary and cultural troupes, followed by an audience talkback with the choreographers.

The night’s special guest is Calpulli Mexican Dance Company, an East Elmhurst-based group that is celebrating its 15th anniversary in 2018.

The other performers are listed in bullet form.

  • NY Hung Sing Kwoon Lion Dance, a Flushing nonprofit that specializes in Choy Lee Fut Kung Fu, a martial art, and Lion Dancing;
  • SUNPROJECT, an all-female, Korea-inspired new works group based in Astoria;
  • Dugal Dance Project, a Woodside-based outfit whose works explore self, the human race and inner workings of the mind;
  • Sheep Meadow Dance Theatre, a Long Island City company that uses costumes, props and makeup on stage. Always political, characters range from a British queen to a homeless hustler to a secret society;
  • Barbara Mahler’s Dance, a Jackson Heights crew founded by a body worker and major contributor to the Klein Technique™;
  • Sector Dance, an Astoria bunch; and
  • NSquared Dance, a contemporary Astoria company that creates narrative-driven works with a wide range of movement.

“You can really get a feel of the local art and performance scene here in Queens in one evening,” said Queensboro Dance Festival Director Karesia Batan. “Flushing Town Hall is such a cultural gem of the borough’s history — it is absolutely worth a visit!”

The opening for “Flushing Bound,” which is on display until Sept. 29, is free, but entry to the performances, which begin at 7 p.m., costs $20. Teenagers can attend for free as part of a long-standing policy that seeks to attract youngsters to Flushing Town Hall, which is located at 137-35 Northern Blvd.

The Queensboro Dance Festival has been hosting shows by 26 distinct dance companies in local libraries, parks, plazas, streets and theaters since May. After Friday’s event, the festival continues its run until the finale at Queens Theatre on Oct. 14.

Top image: Flushing Town Hall; Gallery images: Queensboro Dance Festival


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