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Cultural Arts Programs

May
31
4:00PM

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5:30PM

Jewish American Heritage Month

Location: Forest Hills
Registration: Not required

Celebrate Jewish American Culture with a monthlong festival of outstanding performers and acclaimed authors: Diane Cypkin's celebration of Yiddish Theater, 5/6; Miryem-Khaye Seigel in Concert, 5/9; Hy Wolf Sings Yiddish Songs, 5/16; Allen L. Rickman's "Mikhoels Presentation," 5/13; Shane Baker as Mitzi Manna, 5/20; and Armando Lucas Correa, "The Daughter's Tale" [novel], 5/31


Jun
2
2:00PM

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3:00PM

Bring Your Story: Four Treasures ( Chinese Opera, Dance, and Folk Music)

Location: Flushing
Registration: Not required

Join us for Peking and Kun Opera, which includes exciting segments from well-known traditional opera pieces such as "The Monkey King”, “Peony Pavilion,” and operatic spectacles including the ribbon and sword dance. Our instrumental musical programs feature some of the most talented Chinese classical and folk musicians in the U.S. featuring gems performed on the shen, guzheng, pipa, and other traditional Chinese instruments.


Jun
2
2:00PM

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4:30PM

Chinese Author Talk Series #37: Deep Breath, Poetry Breathing

Location: Flushing
Registration: Not required

Deep Breath, Poetry Breathing by Mi Jialu is a Chinese–English bilingual collection of poems written during his past thirty-seven years (1981-2018) which was published by Showwe Press in Taiwan.


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Jun
3
5:30PM

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7:00PM

Korean for Beginners II

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

This class offers additional daily conversational skills and more vocabulary. This class also covers Korean grammar and sentence patterns with a solid foundation of four aspects of language: listening, speaking, reading, and writing. Completion of Korean for Beginners I is not required.

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This is a recurring program. If registration is required, you must register individually.

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Jun
6
3:00PM

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5:00PM

Bring Your Story: Celebrate Russian Culture with Food and Music

Location: Forest Hills
Registration: Not required

Celebrate Russian culture with food and music. Master of the Guild of Jewish Artists Yevgeniya Rozentsvit invites you to a celebration of Russian cooking. Participants will have a chance to taste pancakes prepared by Ms. Rozentsvit and take a serving of dough to cook at home.
Bon appétit and have fun! June 6th @ 3:00-5:00 p.m.
Allegro Singers Presents a celebration of great Russian composer P. Tchaikovsky. June 13 @ 6:00 p.m.

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

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Jun
7
5:00PM

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6:00PM

Welcoming Summer with Chinese Folk Dance

Location: Flushing
Registration: Not required

To welcome a beautiful summer season, the members of Ginger’s Dance Studio will perform a variety of Chinese folk dances.


Jun
8
12:00PM

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4:00PM

Bring Your Story: Eid Mubarak [A Celebration with Performances and Sweets]

Location: Hollis
Registration: Not required

Members of the Bangladesh Institute of Performing Arts will entertain the audience with cheerful songs and dances. On this joyous occasion, they will offer samples of traditional Bangladeshi sweets and demonstrations of henna hand painting. Food and supplies are limited; first-come, first-served.


Jun
8
2:00PM

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4:00PM

Bring Your Story: Celebrate EID [Henna Hand Painting Workshop with Anowara Ahmed]

Location: Glen Oaks
Registration: Not required

Henna is a product that is 100% natural. Made from a powder derived from the leave of the henna plant, it is mixed with lemon juice and lavender or tea tree oil. Anowara Ahmed is a henna hand painting artist with years of experience. Please join us for this workshop.


Jun
8
2:00PM

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4:30PM

Chinese Author Talk Series #38: Huang Xiang

Location: Flushing
Registration: Not required

Huang Xiang completed the four-volume "Poetry Essay of Oriental Poetry." Please join us for an author discussion.


Jun
10
6:00PM

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7:45PM

Let's Make Some Noise: Celebrate LGBTQ Pride with Queer Film Screening: "Front Cover"

Location: Flushing
Registration: Not required

Ryan is a handsome fashion stylist who rejects his traditional Asian upbringing in favor of enjoying his life as openly gay. However, that all changes when Ryan is assigned to style Ning, a famous Chinese actor, for an important photo shoot for his firm. Despite a rocky start, an unlikely romance develops between the two, leading Ryan to reexamine his roots and consider an enticing new path for his career. "Front Cover" is a tender, entertaining look at clashing cultures and love.


Jun
13
6:00PM

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7:00PM

Let's Make Some Noise: Celebrate LGBTQ Pride Month with Chanel International

Location: Broadway
Registration: Not required

Transgender performer Chanel International, born and raised in Spanish Harlem, has performed as a female impersonator and dazzled audiences in gay clubs around the country. Join her and some of her friends for a performance and discussion about their transgender lifestyle. A question and answer session will follow the show.


Jun
15
12:00PM

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2:00PM

Bring Your Story: Celebrate Philippine Independence Day with Music, Crafts, and Food

Location: Jackson Heights
Registration: Not required

Celebrate Philippine Independence Day with a flag making workshop at 12-1:30 p.m., and food tasting [a delicious Filipino sweet: guinataan, made of tubers, coconut, and tapioca] from 1:30-2:00. Our finale will be a brief lecture on Filipino history followed by a traditional musical performance from 2:30-3:00 p.m. Food and supplies are limited and available on a first-come, first-served basis. Queens Library is not responsible for any illnesses or adverse reactions from tasting food.

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This is a recurring program. If registration is required, you must register individually.

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Jun
15
1:00PM

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3:00PM

Bring Your Story: Celebrate EID and Make Rasgulla (Traditional dessert) In English and Bengali

Location: Woodside
Registration: Not required

Rasgulla is a special sweet in Bangladesh that people eat during Eid or other special holidays. It is made from ball-shaped dumplings of “chhena” (cottage cheese) and semolina dough cooked in light syrup made of sugar. Learn how to make this delicious treat, which is also famous in other South Asian countries. This program is in English and Bengali.


Jun
18
3:30PM

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5:30PM

Arts and Crafts for Adults

Location: Woodside
Registration: Not required

Join us for arts and crafts for adults in Spanish with Marco Laria.

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

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Jun
19
6:00PM

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8:00PM

Face Painting with Akbar Chowdhury

Location: Woodside
Registration: Not required

Please join us for a face painting workshop for the entire family with artist Akbar Chowhury. Supplies are limited and available on a first-come, first-served basis.


Jun
29
3:00PM

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5:00PM

Create Beaded Animals with Sharen Lin

Location: Woodside
Registration: Not required

Our artist will help you create beautiful beaded animals representing the Chinese horoscope. This is the Year of the Pig. We will create pigs and other whimsical animals. Come join us on a first-come, first-served basis. Supplies are limited.


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