One venue, six days, seven gigs … and as to be expected in Queens, countless cultures.

Flushing Town Hall is about to overflow with music, theater, art, dance, and even the “body-based creative process.”

Banda Magda, a dynamic world music ensemble led by Greek-born composer, arranger, singer, and accordionist Magda Giannikou, gets the party started on Friday, Sept. 21. (Tickets are $16, but get 20 percent discounts with the code “QTC20” online.)

Founded in 2010, this group likes to mash it up. Members move easily from Greek folk tunes to Colombian Cumbia and Afro-Peruvian Lando rhythms at one moment, and then groove from Brazilian Samba to chansons, poem-based songs that date to Medieval France, another. (They actually sing chansons in six languages.) They also mix cinematic arrangements with audience participation. The concert is set to begin at 8 p.m. with an a cappella singing workshop at 7 p.m.

The beat goes on the next day, Saturday, Sept. 22, with a free panel discussion on “Flushing Bound” at 2 p.m.

“Flushing Bound” has exhibited in Flushing Town Hall’s gallery since the Sept. 7 opening reception. It consists of figurative and abstract paintings, photography, works on paper, and mixed media assemblages done by members of Long Island City Artists, a nonprofit also known as “LIC-A.” Some of the displaying artists will meet with the public during the two-hour panel discussion. (The show closes on Saturday, Sept. 29.)

Then, playwright Richard Chang offers a staged reading of his new work, “Citizen Wong,” on Sunday, Sept. 23, at 2 p.m. (General admission is $10.)

A former journalist, opera singer, and puppeteer, Chang likes to blend genres and tell stories about unsung historic figures. His new play is inspired by Wong Chin Foo, a 19th-century activist who is known as the “Chinese Martin Luther King Jr.” Born in Shandong Province in 1847, Wong came to the United States thanks to a missionary couple and was possibly the first China native to become a naturalized U.S. citizen in 1873. He went on to establish the Chinese Equal Right League, found the first Chinese-language newspaper, and get into various political battles, such as opposing the Chinese Exclusion Act, while also having an affair with a society lady whose father was running for president.

At the same time on the same day but in a different part of Flushing Town Hall, the Roxy Coss Quintet, the first-ever winner of the Local 802 Musicians’ Union Emerging Artists Project Grant, will take a stage. Featuring saxophonist/composer Roxy Coss with guitarist Alex Wintz, pianist Miki Yamanaka, bassist Rick Rosato, and drummer Jimmy Macbride, this ensemble recently released “The Future is Fe-male,” which “Downbeat Magazine” gave 4.5 stars.

Huiwang Zhang, a Beijing Dance Academy alum and current Flushing Town Hall space grantee, leads a movement workshop, Body-Based Creative Process, on Monday, Sept. 24, at 6 p.m. (Attendance is free, but online RSVP is required.)

Zhang, who is interested in how identities and interpersonal relationships are expressed through body language, will ask participants to delve into creative and choreographic processes through body-based games and verbal communication.

Two more. Pianist Niklas Sivelöv offers works by Bach, Beethoven, Skryabin, and Bartok in conjunction with Queens College’s Aaron Copland School of Music on Wednesday, Sept. 26, at 7:30 p.m. (Again, attendance is free, but online RSVP is required.) Though Swedish, Sivelöv was recently knighted by the Queen of Denmark for his contributions to the Royal Danish Music Academy, where he is a piano professor.

Flute virtuoso Jasmine Choi, an artist-in-residence with New York Classical Players, closes the series on Thursday, Sept. 27, at 8 p.m. (One more time, attendance is free, but online RSVP is required.) Choi, whom The Korea Times described as the “goddess of the flute,” will premiere a concerto by prolific American composer Clint Needham and do works by Mercadante, Rossini, and David Diamond.

Flushing Town Hall, which is located at 137-35 Northern Blvd., is currently promoting its Teen Access Program. Thus, all youths between ages 13 and 19 can attend the above events for free.

Images: Flushing Town Hall


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