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Cultural Arts Programs

Aug
26
2:30PM

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4:30PM

Ebru Art Classes with Mustafa Yasar (In Turkish and English)

Location: Sunnyside
Registration: Registration is not yet open for this program. Please check back closer to the program date.

Learn the Turkish art of ebru. Paper marbling (ebru) is the art of creating colorful patterns by sprinkling and brushing color pigments on a pan of oily water and then transferring this pattern to paper. Individual sessions every Saturday, 6/24, 7/22, 8/26, 9/23, 10/28, 11/25 @ 2:30 p.m. Participants must register for each session starting two weeks ahead of the program date either in person at Sunnyside or by calling 718-784-3033. Limited to the first 10 applicants per session.

Additional Program Dates/Locations
This is a recurring program. If registration is required, you must register individually.

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Sep
7
6:00PM

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7:30PM

Celebrate Brazilian Independence Day with a Lecture: Jewish Spirits in Afro-Brazilian Religions

Location: Forest Hills
Registration: Not required

Dedicated to Brazilian Independence Day, this multi-media presentation will look at interaction of Jewish and Brazilian cultures through the lenses of Umbanda, the Afro-Brazilian spirit possession religion. The presentation will include excerpts from video footage of Umbanda spirit possession ceremonies and Brazilian films with Jewish themes.


Sep
10
2:00PM

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4:00PM

The Beauty of Guqin (in Chinese)

Location: Flushing
Registration: Not required

The Guqin, or "ancient stringed instrument,” is also called "the father of Chinese music." Members of the New York Guqin Association will introduce the audience to the history and repertoire of the instrument and perform some famous pieces. For more information in English and Chinese, call 718-990-8569.


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Sep
11
12:30PM

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2:00PM

Elementary Korean III

Location: Woodside
Registration: Online or by phone
Availability: 17 openings

This course is designed for those who have taken Elementary Korean I & II, or have some knowledge of Korean. Basic communication skills, vocaburary and grammar will be covered in this 10 weeks program.

Additional Program Dates/Locations
This is a recurring program. If registration is required, you must register individually.

Additional Dates


Sep
11
4:00PM

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5:30PM

Elementary Korean III

Location: Bayside
Registration: Online or by phone
Availability: 18 openings

This course is designed for those who have taken Elementary Korean I & II, or have some knowledge of Korean. Basic communication skills, vocabulary and grammar will be covered in this 10 week program.

Additional Program Dates/Locations
This is a recurring program. If registration is required, you must register individually.

Additional Dates


Sep
16
2:30PM

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4:30PM

A Hispanic Artistic and Literary Afternoon [in Spanish and English]

Location: Elmhurst
Registration: Not required

Get a preview of a new literary community mural designed by artists from LaGuardia Community College for the LIRR Elmhurst underpass coordinated by the Visuals Arts Program of Barco de Papel Cultural Center and sponsored by Citizen Committee of New York City. Enjoy a play reading in Spanish by Diego Rivelino and Eva Cristina Vasquez, local latino playwriters. Everyone is welcome!


Sep
18
4:00PM

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5:00PM

Book Presentation: Guaguas del Cielo (in Spanish)

Location: Astoria
Registration: Not required

Primavera Velásquez is a writer who comes from the middle of the world to tell us about the Ecuadorian tradition the Day of the Dead, through "Guaguas del Cielo", her first literary work for children. Her professional background as a teacher and a psychologist for children, as well as her experiences are put together in her touching writing.


Sep
18
6:00PM

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7:00PM

Love in the Springtime with Galina Gerkel

Location: Forest Hills
Registration: Not required

Vocalist Galina Gergel sings classic Russian songs dedicated to love and spring including operettas. She will also sing songs in other languages dedicated to the same theme. Galina will be accompanied on the violin by Eduard Nisimov.


Sep
28
4:00PM

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5:30PM

Yung Shing Le Shadow Puppet Theater Troupe Workshop: Shadow Puppets

Location: Elmhurst
Registration: Not required

The Yung Shing Le Shadow Puppet Theater Troupe Workshop will help you make shadow puppets that you get to keep. You will have a choice of the Monkey or Ox Devil King. Supplies are strictly limited. On a first-come, first-served basis to the first 30 guests.


Sep
28
5:30PM

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6:30PM

Music from Santo Domingo with Berto Reyes and his Band!

Location: South Jamaica
Registration: Not required

Berto Reyes and his Band will perform traditional music, known as perico ripiao, on the güira, drum and accordion. They will also play merengue típico, a traditional Dominican merengue, and merenhouse, a blend of merengue with American hip-hop and rap, with the added sounds of sax, bass and conga. Come to learn about and enjoy Dominican music.


Sep
30
3:00PM

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4:00PM

Flamenco and la Ida y Vuelta (Round Trip)

Location: Broadway
Registration: Not required

Flamenco Latino will present a program of dance and music called “Flamenco and La Ida y Vuelta (Round Trip),” which includes traditional styles from Andalucia such as Sevillanas, Alegrias and Bulerias. The “Ida y Vuelta” genre includes tangos, flamencos and rumba flamenca, significant components of contemporary flamenco. These styles brought syncopation and Caribbean melodies into flamenco.


Oct
5
4:30PM

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6:30PM

Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month: Workshop on Mexican Appetizers with Margarita Larios [en español]

Location: Astoria
Registration: Not required

Margarita Larios will instruct participants on the fine art of Mexican cuisine with a workshop on the preparation of Mexican appetizers. The chef will provide the instructions and the ingredients for you to prepare it in the library and boil it at home. Finished appetizers will be available for tasting!


Oct
7
3:00PM

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4:00PM

Guillermo and Gabriel Ariza Perform Rumba Flamenca and Other Latin Rhythms

Location: Jackson Heights
Registration: Not required

Guillermo and Gabriel Ariza where born in Cartagena, Colombia. As children, the gifted twins performed in local gigs and as they grew, so did their interest and passion for music. They moved to New York to pursue their dreams and have entertained audiences here in various venues, including Univision’s "Sabado gigante" and "El Show de Cristina."


Oct
19
7:00PM

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8:00PM

Celebrate Italian Cultural Heritage Month with the vibrant music of Sicily & Southern Italy

Location: Auburndale
Registration: Not required

Celebrate Italian Cultural Heritage Month with the vibrant music of Sicily & Southern Italy. Join Rosa Tatuata ( Michela Musolino; Phil Passantino; Charlie Rutan; & JP Panettieri ) for an afternoon concert of folk and roots music from Sicily and Southern Italy: songs to make your heart sing and your feet dance!


Welcome to Cultural Arts Programs

New Americans Program offers Cultural Arts programs celebrating the arts and literature of the diverse ethnic groups in Queens Communities. Programs are presented in the Central Library and in community libraries. Offerings include music, dance, drama performances, bilingual poetry, storytelling and crafts. Most cultural arts programs are bilingual in English and the language of the culture being showcased.

 

For further information, please contact:

Fred J. Gitner
Assistant Director of New Americans Program and International Relations
Queens Library
89-11 Merrick Blvd.
Jamaica, NY 11432

Tel: (718) 990-0892
Fax: (718) 990-8626
E-mail: fred.j.gitner@queenslibrary.org