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Auditions/­Rehearsals

Senior Theater Acting Repertory (STAR) always welcomes retired persons interested in acting. To arrange for an audition, call Stan Guttman at 224-2729.

The Great Neck Choral Society, in its 44th year, invites singers to share their musical experiences. Auditions for all voices will be held privately on Wed., Jan. 17, and 24 at 98 p.m. in the choral room at Great Neck South Middle School. 718-969-7221.

The Forest Hills Symphony Orchestra continues biweekly Wednesday evening rehearsals at the Forest Hills Jewish Center, 106-06 Queens Blvd. Rehearsals begin at 7:45 p.m. 718-591-3456.

The Oratorio Society of Queens, under the artistic direction of David Close, will shortly begin rehearsing for a May 20 performance of Mozart's "Requiem" at Bayside High School. About 80 voices comprise this community chorus, now in its 74th year and one of the oldest cultural organizations in Queens. Weekly rehearsals for Spring 2001 will begin at 8 p.m. on Mon., Jan. 15 at the Bulova Corporate Center, 75-20 Astoria Boulevard, Jackson Heights. 718-460-0726.

New Theatre Players will be conducting auditions for its spring production of Night Watch Lucille, (Sorry Wrong Number) Fletcher at Christ Evangelical Lutheran Church of New Hyde Park, 300 Hillside Drive South, New Hyde Park, on Tues., Jan. 30 and Feb. 1 from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. 718-229-6298.

Celebrations

Chinese New Year Celebration, A day-long festival of music, dance and arts and crafts for the entire family, celebrating the Year of the Snake will be Sat., Jan. 27 at 11:30 a.m. at the Flushing Branch Public Library, 41-17 Main St. 718-661-1200.

Classes

Medium Of Watercolor For Beginner Classes, Weekly workshops on Tuesdays through March 27, in conjunction with newly opened exhibit, The Art of Dos Passos, running from Jan. 24 through April 1. For beginners in watercolor technique; still life, portraiture, abstracts. Materials will be supplied. Preregister by calling Library Gallery at the Central Library, 89-11 Merrick Blvd., Jamaica. 718-990-8665

Queensborough Community College offers registration for the Continuing Education course, "Masterpieces of Asian Art at the Metropolitan Museum." Students will view highlights from the collections of Chinese, Japanese, and Indian art, and learn to look for Buddhist and Hindu themes in sculpture and paintings. Elliot Rabner, art lecturer. Course will be held Sat., Jan. 21 from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Meet at 1 p.m. at Tour Desk in the Main Lobby of the Metropolitan Museum of Art on Fifth Avenue and 82nd Street in Manhattan. Fee: $23. 718- 631-6343.

Art classes are offered at The Cultural Arts Department of the Central Queens YM&YMHA, 67-09 108 St., Forest Hills. 718-268-5011.

Clubs/Live Entertainment

Amazura, 91-12 14th Pl., Jamaica 718-298-6760 DJ Latin, salsa, merengue, Fridays and Saturdays.

Backdraft's, 73-11 Yellowstone Blvd., Forest Hills 718-263-4760 DJ Thursdays-Saturdays.

Bickles, 163-17 Archer Ave. (bet. Guy R. Brewer Boulevard and 165th Street) 718--658-1400. Open mic and jam session Thursday nights.

Calypso City, 121-08 Jamaica Ave. Richmond Hill 718-847-8900 Calypso music Fridays and Saturdays.

Castle Heights, 83-11 Northern Blvd. Jackson Heights 718-898-9584. Heavy metal music.

Charisma, 71-46 Main St., Flushing 718-268-2800. Singles night, DJ Thursdays. Ballroom dancing, Wednesdays.

Cheyenne Roadhouse, 71-46 Main St., Flushing 718-268-2800 Miles Ahead Ensemble, Mondays.

Club DNA, 25-22 34th Ave., Astoria 718-784-1822 DJ Chris "The Greek," Saturdays.

Club Illusions, 125-22 Merrick Blvd., Springfield Gardens 718-978- 0300. Miles Ahead Ensemble , Fridays Karaoke, 8 p.m. Tuesdays.

Club Pulse, 92-77 Queens Blvd., Rego Park 718-997-8661. House DJ, Thursdays DJ, salsa, merengue and Latin pop, upstairs, Spanish rock, downstairs Fridays. DJ, hip-hop, reggae, salsa, house and merengue, Saturdays.

Club X Press, 89-25 Merrick Blvd., Jamaica. 718-707-7037. DJ, hip hop, reggae, R&B, Latin, gay and lesbian party, Thursdays-Saturdays.

Cooper's Alehouse, 70-26 88th St., Glendale. 718-326-7435 Live bands, Fridays and Saturdays.

Crazy Moose Saloon, 40-07 Bell Blvd., Bayside. 718-224-0690. Live bands and DJs.

The Douglaston Manor, 63-20 Commonwealth Blvd., Douglaston 718-224-8787, DJ, Latin night, Wednesdays.

F. Scotts, 42-15 235th St., Douglaston 718-225-1866 Jazz Tones, Fridays.

Fuzzy's, 239-21 Braddock Ave., Bellerose 718-347-9843. Live bands.

Hollywood and Main Cafe, 57-33 Main St., Flushing 718-321-9670. DJ Fridays and Saturdays.

Ilusiones, 36-21 Steinway St., Astoria 718-729-6476. Live Latin music Wednesdays-Sundays.

Irish Rover, 37-18 28th Ave., Astoria 718-278-9372 Live music Saturdays, Irish music Sundays

Kilmegan, 60-19 Roosevelt Ave., Woodside 718-803-9206 Live bands.

Krash, 34-48 Steinway St., Astoria 718-937-2400 Alternative dance club, DJ, hard music.

La Kueva, 28-26 Steinway St., Astoria 718-267-9069 Live Spanish rock music.

Melange, 70-28 Austin St., Forest Hills, 718-268-4524 DJ, '70s to '90s tunes, Fridays and Saturdays, and Karaoke, Wednesdays.

Nite of Stars Cafe, 201-10 Linden Blvd., St. Albans 718-978-7001. Miles Ahead Ensemble Thursdays. The cafe also presents Jazz Live every Friday at 11 p.m. Fine soul food. Open Mic nights. Hostess Lady Jeanette, Starmaid Mary and Marie. All musicians are welcome to come and jam. 718-523-2102.

Outfield Inn, 79-56 Metropolitan Ave., Middle Village 718-326-7496 Live bands.

P.J. Currans, 217 Beach 116th St., Rockaway Beach 718-474-8921. Karaoke Thursdays and Sundays.

Ryan's, 50-02 Vernon Blvd., Long Island City 718-784-5557 Live music, Saturdays, Jam session with The Pick-Up Allstars, Sundays, Karaoke, Wednesdays

Soca Paradise, 205-20 Jamaica Ave., Jamaica, 718-464-3600. "Soul plus calypso equals soca," Fridays and Saturdays.

Starbucks, 41-02 Main St., Flushing, 718-358-9355. Open mike Thursdays.

Tropical Paradise Lounge, 103-02 Springfield Blvd., Queens Village 718-465-3535 Miles Ahead Ensemble, Sundays

Voodoo Lounge, 47-29 Bell Blvd., Bayside 718-224-7576 Live bands (sometimes, only New York appearances)

Yeats' Tavern, 42-24 Bell Blvd., Bayside 718-225-0652. Light music with a live band every other Wednesday night; Karaoke every Thursday, Irish music every Sunday.

Yer Man's Irish Pub, 119-11 Metropolitan Ave., Forest Hills 718-441-3939. Live bands, Fridays. Karaoke, Sundays and Tuesdays

Concerts

The Black American Heritage has announced that a Jan. 20 concert to be given at 1 p.m. at the Queens Central Library auditorium in Jamaica, 89-11 Merrick Blvd, Jamaica will honor jazz greats Milt Hinton and Britt Woodman. Free admission. 718-990-0781.

Jazz pianist Frank Ponzio will perform a solo concert at the Community Church of Douglaston on Sun., Jan. 21 at 4 p.m., playing selections from his recent solo CD, "Reflections of American Song" on the CAP record label. Honoring the great American standards, his signature interpretations takes the audience on a journey through this rich heritage, from George Gershwin and Duke Ellington to James Taylor and Stevie Wonder. Admission: $15, $12. 718-225-1676.

The Forest Hills Symphony Orchestra, The Queens Festival Orchestra Association will present the second concert of its 37th season on Sun., Feb. 11 at 2 p.m. at the Forest Hills Jewish Center, 106-06 Queens Blvd. Tickets: $5, $3. 516-785-2532.

The Center For Culture, The Afrikan Poetry Theatre, 176-03 Jamaica Ave., Jamaica presents The Faith Science Gospel Concert, lecture and sermon by Weldon Irvine on Sun., Jan. 21 from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Admission is free. 718-523-3312.

"Jamaican Tales:" Musician/s­toryteller Cecilia Smith tells a humorous folktale and performs Jamaican songs on Thurs., Jan. 18 at 4 p.m. at the Pomonok Branch Public Library, 158-21 Jewel Avenue, Flushing. For ages 6 to 12. Pre-registration is required. 718-591-4343.

A Tribute To America's Greatest Composers, Featuring Mike McClenan & The Jazz Elders. Enjoy an outstanding performance of ballads, show tunes and classic jazz from composers like Duke Ellington, Count Basie, Charlie Parker and others will be held on Sat., Jan. 27 at 2 p.m. at the Forest Hills Branch Public Library, 108-19 71st Ave., Forest Hills. 718-268-7934

Best of Sinatra will be Sat., Jan. 13 at 2 p.m. at the Elmhurst Branch Public Library, 86-01 Broadway, Elmhurst. 718-271-1020.

Westbury Music Fair kicks off the 2001 Country Concert Series with Alan Jackson preforming Sat., Feb. 24 at 8 p.m. and Sun., Feb. 25 at 7 p.m. Tickets: $60. 631-888-9000.

Dick Fox's Valentine's Doo-Wop extravaganza arrives at Westbury Music Fair at 7 p.m. and 10:30 p.m. Sat., Feb. 10. Selections include "The Locomotion," "The Closer You Are," and "Guardian Angel." Tickets: 212-307-7171.

Lou Rawls, the Grammy Award-winning artist whose chart-busting recordings include You'll Never Find (Another Love Like Mine), Groovy People, Natural Man and Wind Beneath My Wings, appears on Fri., Feb. 3 in Tilles Center for the Performing Arts' Reckson Jazz at Tilles series. The 8 p.m. concert is sponsored by Reckson Associates. Tickets: $48, $35, $25, $42, $32, $22. 516- 299-3100.

One of the world's oldest orchestras and one that is rich in tradition, the Dresden Staatskapelle will be led by its chief conductor Giuseppe Sinopoli at Tilles Center for the Performing Arts on Sat., Jan. 27. The all-Beethoven program for the 8 pm concert includes Symphony No. 7 and Symphony No. 8. 516-299-3100.

Broadway star and recording artist Linda Eder will appear at Westbury Music Fair on Fri., Feb. 23 at 8 p.m. Tickets: $35. 631-888-9000.

R&B greats The O'Jays and Gerald Levert will perform at Westbury Music Fair on Fri., Feb. 9 at 8 p.m. Tickets: $47.50. 631-888-9000.

The Queens Museum of Art highlights a range of compelling glass works in an exhibition titled "Heart of Glass," on display from Feb. 22 through May 27. The seven international artists included in this survey take a conceptual and poetic approach to the medium while demonstrating its versatility. A kaleidoscope of shape, texture, color and size is employed by each artist to evoke visceral reactions to their themes of nature, science, folk lore, myths, and history. Admission: $5, $2.50. 718-592-9700.

"Yesterday and Today" with the Charles Carrington Trio, will be presented on Sat., Jan 20 at 3 p.m. at the Steinway Branch Public Library, 21-45 31 St., Astoria. 718-728-1965.

Lyrical trumpeter Cliff Lee presents music of the masters Miles Davis, Blue Mitchell, Freddie Hubbard, Duke Ellington, and others- on Mon., Jan. 22 at 7 p.m. at the Forest Hills Branch Public Library, 108-19 71st Ave., Forest Hills. 718-268-7934.

This January, Colden Center will present a performance celebrating the Chinese New Year. In addition to the performance, there will be pre-concert activities highlighting some of the traditions of the New Year. The committee has been advising Colden Center about the marketing and publicity of this event. Tickets: $11. Orders may be placed by phone at 718-793-8080 or at the Colden Center Box Office.

Dancing

Ballroom Dancing is held Wednesdays at Charisma Ballroom, 71-46 Main St., Flushing from 8:30 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. 718-268-2800.

Poppenhusen Institute, 114-04 14th Rd., College Point, presents Country Line Dancing on Mondays for beginners from 6:45 p.m. to 7:45 p.m. Intermediates learn from 7:45 p.m. to 9:15 p.m. Admission: $5, $6. 718-358-0067.

Irish dancing lessons with All-Ireland dancing champion Niall O'Leary are offered at Yeats' Tavern, 42-24 Bell Blvd. in Bayside from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. every Saturday. 212-726-1602.

Community Education Resource Center, 51-60 Marathon Parkway, Little Neck, presents ballroom dancing every Friday at 2 p.m. Admission: $40. 718-423-8179.

Community Education Resource Center, 51-60 Marathon Parkway, Little Neck, presents free line dance lessons every Monday at 3 p.m. and every Friday at 1 p.m. 718-423-8179.

Line Dancing with Steve is held every Monday at Community Education Center, 51-60 Marathon Parkway, Little Neck. 718-423-8179.

Society Tempo Ballroom Dancers is offering lessons to the public in the latest crazes of Ballroom at their Forest Hills, Belie Harbor, Glendale, Bayside, Floral Park, Elmhurst, Maspeth, and Flushing locations, complimentary to the complete beginner. Learn how, with or without a partner, and enjoy socializing. Membership requires learning basics in the standard dances, but membership is not a requirement. 718-891-4209.

Events

The first Toy Soldier Show of the new year will be Jan. 14 at the Radisson Hotel, 135-30 140 St., featuring 50 tables of toy soldiers from top dealers. Admission: $7, under 12, free. 718-322-2300.

Tribute To Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Afternoon programs will celebrate the life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Featured will be a documentary film, theatrical performance, and a musical program on Sat., Jan. 13 at 1 p.m. at the Central Library, 89-11 Merrick Boulevard, Jamaica. 718-990-0767.

The Center For Culture, The Afrikan Poetry Theatre, Inc. 176-03 Jamaica Ave., Jamaica presents An Afrikan Marketplace featuring African cloth and garments, jewelry, leather products, Kente cloth, Black Soap, Shea Butter, video and audio tapes, cultural wall hangings, dolls, books, fine tailored Ashanti suits for the well dressed African man, on Sat., Jan. 20 from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. Free admission! Refreshments will be available. Space is very limited. 718-523-3312.

Exhibits

Botanica! Lotions, Potions, Orishas And Saints Gallery Exhibit - A slide lecture with Sophia Vackimes and Mexican Music featuring Luz Angelica Uribe, in the IRC Gallery

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