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Auditions/Rehearsals

Acting Seniors

Senior Theater Acting Repertory welcomes seniors interested in acting. Wed. & Fri. 718-347-2310 or Stan Guttman at 718-224-2729.

Barbershop Harmony

Barbershop Harmony Society Queens chapter seeks men who enjoy singing. Rehearsals Wed., 8 p.m. 74-15 175th St. 718-468-8416.

Bayside Glee Club

Join the club and prepare for its upcoming concerts. Rehearsals Tues. evenings, 7:45 p.m., All Saints Church, 214-33 40 Ave. Entrance on 215th St. For more information, call 718-424-5769.

Community Singers

The Community Singers of Queens rehearses Mon. 8-10 p.m. at Messiah Lutheran Church, 42-15 165th St. All voices welcome. Call 718-658-1021.

Forest Hills Symphony

Wed. nights 7:45-10 p.m. in the auditorium of the Forest Hills Center, 106-06 Queens Blvd. 718-591-3456.

Oratorio Society of Queens

OSQ, under the artistic direction of Maestro David Close, is rehearsing for the annual Spring Concert May 16 featuring Mendelssohn's "Elijah" and opera and Americana favorites. Rehearsals are at 7:45 p.m. every Monday at the North Presbyterian Church, 154th Street and 26th Avenue in Flushing. Newcomers are asked to arrive at 7:30 p.m. No choral experience is necessary. Prospective members must be able to carry a tune and undergo a simple "listening." For additional information on rehearsals and concerts, call 718-460-0726 or visit www.queensoratorio.org. Queens Symphonic Band

Announces openings: Percussionists, horn and piccolo. Meetings at Queensboro Community College Wed. nights at 7:45 p.m. Call the band secretary at 516-887-2730 evenings for more information.

Classes

Forest Hills Adult Center

Acting Workshop of Queens. Mon., 7-10 p.m. Forest Hills Adult Center at Forest Hills High School, 67-01 110th St. 718-263-8066.

Bayside Senior Center

Chinese painting, Fri., 1 p.m. 210-10 Union Turnpike. 718-479-6071.

Women's Studio Center

Life Drawing Sessions - Teaches drawing with a live model. Sat., 11 a.m.-1 p.m. 43-01 21st St. 718-361-5649.

Concerts

Alexander Kouguell

The world-famous cellist will play with Donald Pirone on piano at the Free Synagogue of Flushing April 17 at 8 p.m. Call 718-96100030.

Baroque and Beyond

The Queensborough Community College Orchestra will present a program of Baroque and contemporary pieces April 4 at 3 p.m. in the college's performing arts center. Cal 718-631-6311.

Beethoven Fest

The Astoria Symphony will perform Beethoven works April 17 at 8 p.m. at St. Joseph's Catholic Church, 43-19 35th Ave. Call 718-204-9034.

Doo-Wop Spectacular

Holy Cross high School will hold its sixth annual doo-wop spectacular April 3 at 7:30 p.m. at the school, 26-20 Francis Lewis Blvd. Call 718-279-0470.

Douglaston Concerts

Eri Yamamoto Trio will play live Jazz Sunday, April 4, at the Community Church of Douglaston, 39-50 Douglaston Pkwy. Call 718-229-2169.

Just Jazz

Colden Center at Queens College will feature the Latin Jazz All Stars Saturday, April 3, at 8 p.m. Call 718-793-8080.

Messiah Festival of the Arts

Pianist Armil Gill performing works by Chopin, Liszt and Prokofieff at 5 p.m. Saturday, April 3. Messiah Lutheran Church, 42-15 165th St. Call 718-949-8763.

Three Tenors

St. Thomas Apostle Church, Jamaica Ave. and 88th St., will host "An Evening With These Three Tenors" April 24 at 7:30 p.m. Call 718-850-5507.

Dancing

Ballroom dancing

Wed., 8:30 p.m.-12:30 a.m. Charisma Ballroom, 71-46 Main St. 718-268-2800.

Israeli Folk Dancing

Every Mon. at 7:30 p.m. at Hillcrest Jewish Center, 183-02 Union Tpke.. For more info: 718-380-4145.

Line Dance Lessons

Fri., 1 p.m. Community Education Resource Center, 51-60 Marathon Pkwy. 718-423-8174.

Line Dance Lessons

Every Thurs. 7:15 p.m. with advanced, intermediate and beginner levels. Samuel Field Y, 58-20 Little Neck Pkwy. Call 718-225-6750.

New Dance Program

Kew Gardens Community Center introduces a new dance program with Elaine Nester Fri. from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. at 80-02 Kew Gardens Rd., Suite 202. Call 718-268-5960.

Tango Tips

Basic instruction and skill improvement for advanced dancers Tues., Thurs. & Sat. at 6 p.m. Call 212-239-8561

Exhibits

Fashion 50

Illustrator Elizabeth Mabie Elcik will hold an exhibit celebrating 50 years as an illustrator at the Cedar House Gallery, 70-10 Grand Ave., through April. Call 718-478-9569.

Francachela

The Jamaica branch of the Queens Library will exhibit the art of Latin America through May 29.

Jackson Heights Artists

The Jackson Heights Art Club presents the 49th annual members' show April 3 and 4 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the Parish House of St. Mark's Church, 33-50 82nd St. There will be an opening reception April 2 from 7 to 9 p.m. Call 718-457-6381.

Forums

Writers Forum

Writers asked to bring one original work to share. Fourth Sat. of the month, 3 p.m. at Women's Studio Center, Suite 216, Wills Art Deco Building, 43-01 21st St. 718-361-5649.

Poetry

Open Mic Nights

Every First Tues. of the month at Flushing Library (Rooms A&B), 41-17 Main St. For further information, Call 718-661-1200.

Afrikan Poetry Theatre

An Open Mic is held every Friday at 176-03 Jamaica Ave. from 8 to 11 p.m. Call 718-523-3312.

Tours

Kingsland Homestead

Tours of Kingsland Homestead, 143-35 37th Ave., 2:30 - 4:30 p.m. Tues., Sat. & Sun. Presented by the Queens Historical Society. Call 718-939-0647 x 17.

Workshops

Painting Workshop

The Women's Studio Center presents an acrylic and watercolor painting workshop to be held from 6 to 9 p.m. Mon. with instructor Melissa Wolf. Call 718-361-5649.

QCA Grant Writing

Queens Council on the Arts will run a grant writing workshop for artists and arts organizations at the Free Synagogue of Flushing, 41-60 Kissena Blvd., from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 7. Call 718-647-3377, Ext. 17 to register.

Alliance of Queens Artists

99-10 Metropolitan Ave., Forest Hills

718-520-9842.

www.arts4u.org

Workshops

Drawing and painting - Thurs., 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., Wednesday and Friday, 7-10 p.m.; Kids' painting - Tues., 4-6 p.m., Sat. 10 a.m. to noon; Art for Teens - Mon. from 4:30-6:30 p.m.; Watercolor - Monday 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.

Exhibits

With Heart & Mind

March 3-27

Spring Into Art

April 3-24, reception April 10, 2-4 p.m.

Alley Pond Environmental Center

228-06 Northern Blvd., Douglaston

718-229-4000

www.alleypond.com

Toddler Time on the Weekend.

Saturday 10:30 a.m. - 11:45 a.m. April 3, 17, May 1, 15, 22, June 5, 19, 26

Ages 24 - 35 months (parental participation)

Toddlers love to explore new surroundings. Why not give your child a chance to explore the wonderful world of nature. Create nature crafts, read stories, take short nature walks, pet APEC's animals and begin to appreciate nature. Limited to 8 participants. No siblings allowed, except infants in infant seats.

Calling All Picassos

Sat., April 3, 10 a.m. -noon Ages 6-8

Walk around in the wild to see what there is to find. Birds above and worms below, we will learn about what lives outside. While inside we will discover what's crawling around APEC and see what jumps onto our canvas. Using what we have seen and learned, we will paint a scene of our own. A snack will be provided. Limited to 10 participants.

Egg-citing Animals

Sat., April 3, 1-3 p.m. Ages 3-4

Eggs come in many different shapes, sizes, and colors. Children learn about animal babies while investigating the diversity of eggs from which they hatch. Join us as we discover the wonders of hatching through story time, games, live animals, a nature walk and an array of unusual eggs. A snack is provided. Limited to 13 participants.

The Extraordinary Egg

Sat., April 10, 10 a.m. -noon, Sun.,, April 18, 10 a.m. -noon Ages 4-5

Join us for a comical storytelling of "An Extraordinary Egg," Leo Lionni's endearing children's book. Children learn about chicken eggs, alligator eggs, baby animals and more through activities based on the story including games, live animals, a craft and a nature walk. A snack is provided. Limited to 12 participants.

Pinch, Roll, Coil, Clay...

Sat., April 10, 10 a.m. -noon Ages 7-9

Elephants stomping across the table, birds flying from your hands or little hedgehogs scampering about. Watch balls of clay come to life as you sculpt the clay into creatures. A snack is provided. Limited to 10 participants.

Dream Catchers

Sat.,, April 17 1-2:30 p.m. Ages 9-12

This is the stuff that dreams are made of. Learn about the ancient Native American tradition of constructing dream catchers. Make one of your very own to hang over your bed for peaceful sleep and sweet dreams. Limited to 10 participants.

Crazy for Caterpillars

Ages 3 - 4 Sun.,, April 18, 10 a.m. -noon; Sat.,, May 1, 10 a.m. -noon

Ages 4 - 5 Sun.,, April 25, 10 a.m. -noon; Sat.,, May 15, 1-3 p.m.

Learn how caterpillars change into beautiful butterflies. Search the trails for munched leaves, creeping caterpillars and hanging chrysalises. Take home your very own caterpillar and watch it change into a painted lady butterfly. Snack included. Caterpillar care and housing instructions provided. Limited to 12 participants.

Frogs and Polliwogs

Ages 3-4: Sun., May 2, 1-3 p.m.; Ages 4-5 Sat., May 29, 10 a.m. -noon; Sun., June 6, 10-noon

What is a polliwog anyway? Children learn the answer to this question and many more while observing and handling real frogs. Participants discover how frogs eat and move and study their fascinating life cycle. Program includes games, a craft, a snack and hike in search of frog eggs and tadpoles. Limited to 12 participants. Rat Race

Sat., May 15, 10 a.m. -noon, Ages 9-12

It's just another day in the Rat Race. Literally. In this class we will race rats through mazes that we build in class and find out if cheese really does make the rats race faster. Learn all about rats and how smart they really are. Rat Racers will also get to handle some of APEC's intelligent and lovable rat tenants. All materials are included. Limited to 12 participants.

Butterfly Box: Create a Mini Habitat

Sun., May 23, 10 a.m. -noon, Ages 6-8

Children learn about the butterfly's amazing life cycle by watching their own live caterpillars change into graceful butterflies. Before taking the caterpillars home, a lesson is given on how to care for them throughout their life cycle and how to release the butterflies when the time is right. Join us for this class and turn a plain box into a beautiful butterfly home. Program includes all craft materials, caterpillars, a snack and a visit to APEC's own butterfly garden. Limited to 10 participants.

A Pouchful of Possums

Ages 3-4, Sat., May 29, 10 a.m. -noon; Sun., June 6, 10 a.m. -noon; Ages 4-5, Sun., June 13, 10 a.m. -noon; Ages 5-7 Sun., June 27, 1-3 p.m.

What is it like to grow up inside a pouch? Related to kangaroos and koalas, the opossum is North America's only marsupial. Children learn about the unusual lives of baby opossums through drama, role playing, games and a craft. A snack is included. Limited to 12 participants.

Natural Beauty

Register for one or both classes in the series.

Natural Facials: Ages 8-12, Sat., June 5 10 a.m. -noon

Sit back, relax and make your natural beauty shine with natural products we will make in class. With soothing music and sweet scented candles creating a relaxing atmosphere, we will use the power of nature to make our faces and hands smooth, soft and fantastically clean and bright. Remember to wear comfortable clothes. All materials included. Limited to 10 participants.

Soap Making: Ages 8-12, Sat., June 26 10 a.m. -noon

Get squeaky clean with your own natural soap. Using all natural products we will make soap that you can take home and use. Learn about how and why soap works and how you can make soap at home. All materials included. Limited to 10 participants.

Crawling Critters

Sat., June 19, 10 a.m. -noon; Sun., June 27, 1-3 p.m. Ages 3-4

Come to APEC for a close-up look at insects. Activities include an outdoor bug search, a craft, observation of bug-eating animals and a counting game that teaches children the difference between insects and other little critters. A snack is provided. Limited to 12 participants.

After school Programs

Nature Club

Monday 3:15 - 4:45 p.m. April 19-June 21

Wednesday 3:15 - 4:45 p.m. April 14-June 16

Pre-k (Age 4 by December 31, 2003)

Nature Club is designed to meet the needs of young science and nature buffs. This class uses animals, nature and cooperative learning to reinforce children's school readiness skills while providing extra enrichment in the sciences. Activities include free play, story time, games, crafts, live animals and a snack. 13 participants.

Junior Nature Kids

Wednesday 3:30 - 4:45 p.m. April 14-June 16

Grades K - 2nd

Get wild each Wednesday at Alley Pond. Junior Nature Kids explore their environment with all five senses through games, crafts, learning activities and nature walks. Help care for animals and better understand secrets such as camouflage. Investigate the mysteries of animals and plants up- close after school. Snack included. 13 participants.

Adult & Family Programs

An Evening With the Stars

Saturday, April 17, 7:30-9:30 p.m. Saturday, May 15, 7:30-9:30 p.m. (view Mysterious Objects) Saturday, June 19, 7:30-9:30 p.m. (see the Planetary Nebular)

Astronomy Programs with Mark Freilich Three separate but equally great sessions. Understand and appreciate the mystery and beauty of the universe with astronomer Mark Freilich. Learn about the Hercules Cluster, spring constellations, planets, deep space objects, the Northern Cross, and the Milky way. These programs comprise an indoor lecture on basic astronomy and outdoor viewing with a professional telescope. Participants are welcome to bring their own telescopes.

Experience different and exciting viewings at each event.

*To ensure the quality of all astronomy workshops we reserve the right to cancel programs if the weather forecast calls for rain.

Watercolor Flowers

Thursdays: April 22-June 24 1:30 - 4:30 p.m.

Come to a Watercolor Workshop and paint beautiful flowers of the spring season. If you have always wanted to paint in watercolor, this could be your time to learn with award-winning artist Diane Lieberman. Each workshop focuses on technique and composition, and includes a demonstration and critique. For the beginner and advanced painter. Attention will be paid to each student's development of individual style and expression. Limit is 14 participants. Ask for a supply list when registering.

Spring Peeper Walk

Wednesday, April 14, meet at APEC at 6:30 p.m. Looking for an unusual and rewarding way to celebrate springtime? Join Dr. Aline Euler, Director of Education, in listening to a chorus of spring peepers at Alley Pond Park. It may sound like a UFO landing, but these little frogs are just doing what comes naturally during this exciting time of year.

Sunset, Full Moonrise Walks

Monday, April 5, meet at APEC at 6:45 p.m. (featuring the Full Pink Moon) Tuesday, May 4, meet at APEC at 7:30 p.m. (featuring the Full Flower Moon) Join Dr. Aline Euler for a walk in Alley Pond Park in the twilight time of the day. Watch the sun set over the forest and the moon rise over the salt marsh. Learn the Native American legends of the full moon names. Listen and watch for crepuscular animals active at this time of day. Enjoy the gloaming.

Spring Arrivals

Saturday, April 17, meet at APEC at 8 a.m.

Bird walk hosted by Larry Plotnick Meander through the trails of Alley Pond Park in search of warblers and other migratory birds. Learn more about these fascinating creatures. Dress appropriately and bring binoculars.

Coastal Development in North East Queens: sustainable development or an environmental nightmare?

Thursday, April 22, 7 p.m.

Presenter James M Cervino, Marine Pathologist PhD Candidate University of South Carolina

This free slide presentation will focus on the significance & importance of our coastal Wetlands and the negative effects coastal building development is having on the future of these communities. This presentation will show images from the past and future of these valuable wetlands and the change due to un-sustainable development. We will also show how coastal pollution can lead to contaminated sediments and marine diseases and its links to human health problems.

Jamaica Bay Bird Walk

Ages 8 and up. Free. Saturday, May 1. Meet at APEC at 8 a.m. Enjoy the peace of the morning as you observe the diverse wildlife of Jamaica Bay. Larry Plotnick will guide us through many habitats in search of wild residents. Enhance your identification techniques in the company of a magnificent array of spring bird arrivals.

Spring Walk

Saturday, May 1, 11 a.m.-noon

Spring has Sprung in Alley Pond Park. Join Jessica Cimini, APEC educator, as we explore Alley Pond Park and it all of its flora and fauna awakening from their long winter naps and returning from their trips south. Be sure to wear sturdy, comfortable shoes and dress for weather.

Project Wild Workshops

Saturday, May 15, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Calling all Educators. APEC has teamed up with the NYS Department of Environmental Conservation and the Elementary School Science Association (ESSA) to bring you Project WILD and Aquatic Wild workshops. Upon completion of this program, participants will receive the Project WILD and Aquatic WILD guides with hands-on lesson plans for grades K-12. These activities span disciplines, typically covering aspects in Social Studies, Science, Language Arts, and Math. New teacher and new supervisor credit is available. Bring a bag lunch and dress for indoor and outdoor sessions.

Beach Cleanup

Sunday, May 16, 10 a.m.-noon

Wear old clothes, shoes or sneakers, roll up your sleeves and join us this afternoon for a beach bay cleanup. We will be picking up debris and litter which has accumulated during the winter along the Joe Michael's Memorial Trail adjacent to Little Neck Bay. Individuals, families, and youth groups welcome. Children under 12 must be accompanied by an adult or youth group leader. Don't forget to bring work gloves. Pre-registration is required.

Nesting Birds

Saturday, June 5, meet at APEC at 8 a.m. Bird walk at Marine Nature Study Center in Oceanside

Why do some birds nest in trees, some in bushes and others on the ground? Why do different bird species have different nesting behaviors? Join Larry Plotnick in a visit to the Marine Nature Study Center to learn about local birds and where they prefer to rest their nests. Dress appropriately and bring binoculars.

Horseshoe Crabs of Long Island Sound

Thursday, June 17, meet at APEC at 11:30 a.m. Join Dyan Freiberg, APEC Educator, for an afternoon hike during the full moon tide to observe the annual ritual of horseshoe crab mating. Stroll along the shoreline of Little Neck Bay and explore the various habitats, plants, and animals of the intertidal zone. Come meet the locals.

APEC Annual Welcome Summer BBQ

Thursday, June 3, 6 p.m.

We hope you will join us and even bring along a friend to our old-fashioned BBQ to start the summer off right. The yummy food, cooked by APEC board members, will include hot dogs, hamburgers and veggie burgers. Pre-payment is required.

Special Events

Arbor Day

Saturday, April 24, 10 a.m.

Come celebrate the Earth through ACTION. Help plant trees and shrubs in Alley Pond Park. With each tree planted we will improve air quality, provide homes and shelter for wildlife, conserve topsoil and help keep the atmosphere in balance. Planting trees allows us to give something back to the planet that gives us so much.

This event is open to all that would like to participate and is great for Scout Troops. Each participant is asked to bring a native shrub (that will provide food and ground cover for some of our native animals), work gloves, sturdy shoes and clothing that is weather appropriate. Trees will be provided. Tree planting will take place rain or shine. Call APEC to register.

Art & Treasures Auction

Saturday, April 24, viewing at 6 p.m. auction at 7 p.m. at APEC

A wonderful way to welcome in Spring is by attending APEC's second Art & Treasures Auction Evening. A little wine, a little cheese and a whole lot of fun. A wide array of exotic items will be offered for auction. The offerings will include memorable keepsakes as well as charming little baubles for all tastes and pocketbooks. The one thing we can assure those who attend is a lot of laughs and an opportunity to take home some wonderful treasures on what is to be sure, an enchanted, fun-filled night. Bid on dinners for two, baskets galore come to APEC and explore.

Early Childhood Weekday Programs

Wee Sprouts

Age 18 - 24 months

Thursday 9:30 - 10:30 a.m. April 1-June 17; Friday 9:30 - 10:30 a.m. April 2-June 18; Friday 11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. April 2-June 18

Open up the world of nature to your wee ones. Let your child's first learning experience be at APEC. Children will pet animals, enjoy free play with environmental toys, go on mini-nature walks and have a snack. 7 participants. No siblings allowed except for infants in infant seats.

Toddler Time

Ages 24 - 35 months (parental participation)

Tuesday 9:30 - 10:45 a.m. April 20- June 22; Wednesday 9:30 - 10:45 a.m. April 14-June 16; Wednesday 11:15 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. April 14-June 16 Thursday 11 a.m. - April 1-June 17; Friday 11 a.m. - 12:15 p.m. April 2-June 18; Saturday 10:30 - 11:45 a.m. April 3-June 26

Toddlers love to explore new surroundings. Why not give your child a chance to explore the wonderful world of nature. Create nature crafts, read stories, take short nature walks, pet APEC's animals and begin to appreciate nature. Eight participants. No siblings allowed except infants in infant seats.

Fledglings

Tuesday 11:15 a.m. - 12:45 p.m. April 20-June 22; Friday 9:30 - 11 a.m. April 2-June 18 Ages 3 - 4

Join us as we explore the wonders of nature at Alley Pond Park. We will take enchanting nature walks, hold discussions, create nature crafts, pet APEC's animals and much more. This is the ideal next step after Toddler Time. 13 participants/limited to 10 participants in the 11:15 a.m. class.

Ongoing

Birthday Parties

APEC is available for birthday parties Saturdays and Sundays 10 a.m. to noon; 1 to 3 p.m.; and 4 to 6 p.m. Call for details.

Flushing Town Hall

137-35 Northern Blvd., Flushing

718-463-7700

www.flushingtownhall.com

Performances

Marcy Rosen

On Sat., March 27, Rosen, a member of the Mendelssohn string quartet, will be joined by some of her students for an evening of string quartet and string transcriptions.

La Bohème

Sunday, May 16, 2 p.m.

Opera Interactive! Dialogue with soloists and accompaniment. Puccini's La Bohème with Maestro Vincent La Selva of the New York Grand Opera Co.

Piano in the Grand Manner

Sunday, April 18, 4 p.m.

Musica Reginae Accolade Concert Series presents Daniel Berman, a classical pianist who is known for his innovative programming, who will begin with Bach/Revutsky and then play Schumann's Carnaval, one of the best of the romantic piano works. He goes on to play Chopin's last, and perhaps, the ultimate Polonaise. Tausig's classic "Man Lebt Nur Einmal" will end the program. Maestro David Close will offer commentary that will enhance your listening experience. Call 718-279-4842.

Salute to Broadway

Monday, May 17, 7 p.m. On Broadway: A Musical Salute Featuring Broadway veterans Ken Prymus (from Cats, Ain't Misbehavin, The Wiz), Mary Stout (currently appearing in Beauty and the Beast), and the Frank Sinatra School of the Arts Chorus

Aida

Sunday, May 16, 2 p.m.

Opera Interactive! Dialogue with soloists and accompaniment. Verdi's Aida with Maestro Vincent La Selva of the New York Grand Opera Co.

Tap Your Troubles Away!

Sunday, July 4

With Ted Levy from Bring In Da Noise Bring In Da Funk!

An evening presenting the evolution of tap dancing from Broadway to Hollywood, including tributes to the tap dancing pioneers in both mediums. This swinging show will have you singing and dancing in the aisles.

Ongoing Events at Flushing Town Hall

Cabaret: A Series Saluting The Composers Of The Broadway & Hollywood Musicals

Friday, May 21, 8 p.m.

Beyond The Rainbow, Songs of Harold Arlen: Featuring KT Sullivan

100 Years Anniversary

Friday, June 11, 8 p.m.

Songs For My Father: The Music of Rogers and Hammerstein. Featuring Heather McRae

Friday, June 25, 8 p.m.

Sweet and Low Down: The Songs of George and Ira Gershwin. Featuring KT Sullivan and Mark Nadler

Friday, June 18, 8 p.m. and

Saturday, June 19, 8 p.m.

Let's Put On A Show!

A Celebration of Community Theatre in Queens. Community Theatre Groups present their most celebrated works.

Jazz Live!

The Jimmy Sabatar Power Sextet

Friday, April 23, 8 p.m.

Son Boricua has been one of the most popular Latin shows for years internationally. Featuring vocalist and Timbalero Jimmy Sabater who sang the international hit "To Be With You" and Musical Director Jose Mangual, Jr.

The Bucky Pizzarelli Trio

Friday, May 14, 8 p.m.

A former member of the NBC Tonight Show with Doc Severinson, Bucky Pizzarelli is a master of the seven string guitar and a dedicated conservator of the old guitar music. He has played and toured with Benny Goodman, Etta Jones, Lena Horne and the father of well-known John Pizzarelli. The trio is sweetened with Jay Leonhart on bass and John Bunch on piano.

Three Elegant Ladies-Triple Thrette

Friday, June 4, 8 p.m.

A tribute to the great ladies of the blues. Featuring Maxine Brown, Ella Garrett, Beverly Crosby. A fun filled humorous singing and dancing show with great show stopping blues numbers like "Let The Good Times Roll," "Kitchen Man" and others. They call themselves Triple Thrette because each of them sing, dance and act extremely well. This show was held over for eight weeks in Harlem.

Classic Hollywood Musicals

Wednesdays at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m.

A series of films brilliantly adapted from the stage. These films offer not only superior entertainment, but explorations into the prejudices from four different decades. Each screening is introduced by Mark Ethan, and followed by a discussion. Mark Ethan is a member of the Actors Studio who has been presenting film series at the Queens Museum of Art since 1998 and teaches at the 92nd Street Y's Makor Center and the Brooklyn Academy of Music.

May 19: Showboat

1936, Dir. James Whale, 113 mins. Starring Irene Dunne, Allan Jones, Helen Morgan and Paul Robeson. Music and lyrics by Jerome Kern and Oscar Hammerstein.

June 2: South Pacific

1958, Dir. Joshua Logan, 151 mins. Starring Mitzi Gaynor and Rossano Brazzi. Music and lyrics by Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein.

June 16: West Side Story

196l, Dir. Robert Wise and Jerome Robbins, 151 mins. Starring Natalie Wood, Richard Beymer, Rita Moreno. Music by Leonard Bernstein and Stephen Sondheim.

June 30: Cabaret

1972, Dir. Bob Fosse, 128 mins.

Starring Liza Minnelli, Michael York, Joel Grey. Music by John Kander and Fred Ebb.

Queens Jazz Trail

Visit the neighborhoods, clubs and museums of and about America's Jazz Legends. First Sat. of each month.

Jamaica Center for Arts and Learning

161-04 Jamaica Ave., Jamaica

718-658-7400

www.jcal.org

Exhibits

Executions

Works by Rajkamal Kahlon, the 22nd Workspace Artist, who will present the work she has created during her residency at JCAL. She modifies historical materials such as books and 19th Century colonial Indian photographs to deconstruct stereotypical images of South Asians within the Western imagination. Running through April 17.

Picturing Ecological Transformation of the Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge

Opening reception: May 8, 5-7 p.m.

Queens artist Brandon Ballengée surveys ecological conditions of our life and society. His art and science project embodies large-scale prints of microscopic organisms. The prints alert us to critical conditions of the environment today, yet are extremely aesthetic, uncovering the natural beauty normally hidden to our eyes.

May 8 through Aug. 15.

Museum of Modern Art

33rd Street at Queens Boulevard, Long Island City

212-708-9400

www.moma.org

Exhibits

Roth Time: A Dieter Roth Retrospective

March 12-June 7

Roth Time: A Dieter Roth Retrospective is the first comprehensive museum overview of the work of Swiss artist Dieter Roth (1930-1998), one of the most influential European artists of the postwar period. This full-scale retrospective includes nearly 350 works, showcasing five decades of work and the full range of Roth's creative activities - drawings, graphics, books, paintings, sculptural objects, installations, and film and video works. Roth Time, presented at both MoMA QNS and P.S.1 Contemporary Art Center, reflects the vast formal, conceptual, and poetic scope of Roth's oeuvre as well as his use of diverse media. The exhibition presents Roth's work as an innovative, inspired, chaotic, and lucid whole, mirroring both an individual and an epoch.

Fashioning Fiction in Photography since 1990

April 16-June 28

This exhibition examines two important influences on contemporary fashion photography - cinema and the seemingly casual snapshot - as seen in work by Philip-Lorca diCorcia, Nan Goldin, Cedric Buchet and Steven Meisel, among others.

Ongoing Events

A Closer Look for Kids

Saturdays, 10-11 a.m.

For children ages 5 to 10 and their adult companions. Families explore the artwork of the museum's permanent collection and temporary exhibitions through lively discussions and gallery activities. Each week a new theme is introduced. Drop in for one session or come for the whole season. Admission is $5 per family per session, members $3. No preregistration is required. Space is limited. Sign-in begins at 9:30 a.m. at the education services desk in the museum's main lobby. Programs take place on the following dates:

March 27 - Rainbow Connections: Exploring Color

April 3 - Shifting Shapes: The Art of Abstraction

April 10 - Don't Eat It! Food in Art

April 17 - Objects: Unusual and Everyday

April 24 - Strike a Pose! Fashion Photography

May 1 - 3-D: Discovering Sculpture

May 8 - In a Minute! Time in Art

Tours for Fours

Saturdays, 10-10:45 a.m.

For children age 4 and their adult companions. This program, specially designed for 4-year-olds and their parents, introduces families to painting, sculpture, photography, and works on paper through interactive gallery activities and discussions. In order that we may accommodate as many families as possible, please sign up for one session only. The program will be repeated. Admission is $5 per family, members $3. Preregistration is required .The program takes place on the following dates:

April 3, April 17

Art Mix

Saturdays, 10-11 a.m.

For children ages 11 to 14 and their adult companions. Come mix it up in this gallery talk series specially designed for families with 11- to 14-year-olds. Kids and adults engage in activities, share ideas, and exchange opinions about modern and contemporary art. Each week a new topic is introduced. Sign up for one session or come to all. Admission is $5 per family per session, members $3. Preregistration is required. Programs take place on the following dates:

March 27 - And Then What Happened? The Painted Story

Dieter Roth: Double Time

Saturdays, 1-3:30 p.m.

At MoMA QNS and P.S.1 Contemporary Art Center

22-25 Jackson Avenue at 46 Avenue, Long Island City

For children ages 7 to 10 and their adult companions. This special program at MoMA QNS and P.S.1 Contemporary Art Center explores the artwork of Dieter Roth. In the first hour, families will view the exhibition "Roth Time: A Dieter Roth Retrospective" at MoMA QNS. Then families will hop on the 7 train with a MoMA educator and travel two stops to P.S.1, where they will explore some of Roth's larger installations and sculptures. Admission is $25 per family, members $20. Subway fare is included.

Sign up for one session only. The program will be repeated. Preregistration is required .

April 3, April 10, April 17, April 24, May 1, May 8

National Art League

44-21 Douglaston Pkwy., Douglaston

718-428-1859

Musical Artistry

Exhibit running from March 1 - April 2. Gallery Hours: Mon. thru Thurs. and Sat. 1:30 to 2 pm.

Exploring Possibilities

The National Art League will hold a class "Exploring the Possibilities" that will discuss new, experimental techniques in all media. Includes demos and critiques. Wenesdays 1 to 4 p.m.

Portrait class

Tues., 7-10 p.m.

Planting Fields Arboretum

Oyster Bay, NY

516-922-9210

www.plantingfields.org

Coe Hall Historic House Museum season opening

Tour the first and second floors of the Tudor Revival mansion that was originally the country estate of insurance magnate W.R. Coe and his wife Mai Rogers, a Standard Oil heiress. Coe Hall contains many original pieces and furnishings once belonging to the family, including the completely restored Louis XVI Reception Room. The mostly Elizabethan style interior is a showcase of artistry and craftsmanship in its wood and stone carvings, ironwork, 13th-19th century stained glass windows and original commissioned murals by American artists Robert H. Chanler and Everett Shinn. Tour Season: April 1- September 30. Noon until 3:30 p.m. daily. There is a fee.

Yoga in the Great Hall

April 3 and 7 with Leslie Cohen Luft. Wear appropriate clothing, mats supplied or bring your own. Hatha yoga instruction-perfect for beginners. 9:30 a.m. - 10:45 a.m. Registration required.

Tails & Treats

April 8 - Children's story hour with craft activity and themed snack. Pre-schoolers and their caregivers can socialize and discover the world of reading. Held the second Thursday of every month. This session: Miss Spider's Tea Party. In the horticulture center. 10 a.m. - 11 a.m. Registration required!

Spring Walk in the Synoptic Garden

April 8 with Planting Fields Horticulturalist Bill Barash. The five-acre Synoptic Garden is home to shrubs, trees, plants and flowers that are ideally suited to Long Island's growing conditions. Join longtime Planting Fields horticulturalist and enthusiast Bill Barash for a two hour interpretative walk. Dress appropriately and bring your questions. 10 am - noon. Raindate: April 15, 10 a.m.- noon. There is a fee. Registration required.

Arbor Day Festival

April 24-25, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Annual event with Wildlife show with the Theodore Roosevelt Sanctuary and Audubon Center, Petting Zoo, Storytelling with Jonathan Kruk, free tours of the Arboretum and Coe Hall, children's nature crafts with Martin Viette Nurseries and Planting Fields Foundation, face painting by local Girl Scouts, Antiques and Collectibles sale in the Hay Barn, children's tree climbing sponsored by Wonderland Tree Care, special garden workshops for adults and much more. Not all events both days. Schedule of events can be found on Web site.

Fascinating Facts On Fungi

April 29 with Senior Scientist George Davis, Forest Laboratories. $10 members / $12 non members 7 p.m.- 9 p.m. To register (516) 922-8684. There is a fee. Registration required.

Sunday Watercolors with the LI Art League

May 2, 16 June 6, 13, 27 - Roberta Erlagen, instructor. Students will paint outdoors capturing the Rhododendron as they reach their spectacular seasonal peak. Learn about basic supplies, the importance of value, composition, and technique. This will be a step-by-step approach to painting. The wet on wet and dry brush technique will be taught in detail. Inclement weather classes will be held in the Horticulture Center or South Lounge. Register with the LI Art League 631-368-0018. 9:30 a.m.- noon. Call for class fee, art supply list.

9th Annual Golf & Tennis Outing

May 3 - Includes brunch, shotgun start at noon, cocktails and dinner at 6:30 p.m. with Raffle & Silent Auction. Hole-in-one prize is a two-year Porsche lease courtesy of Silver Star Motor Sports of Roslyn Heights, N.Y. Proceeds benefit Planting Fields. For details, fees and sponsorship opportunities call 516-922-8672.

Thursday Watercolors with the LI Art League

May 6, 13, 27, June 3, 17, 24 - Roberta Erlagen, instructor. Same as Sunday Watercolors with the LI Art League.

Gardening Basics

May 6, 13, 20 - Series with Synoptic Garden Curator Mary Jean Hunt. Acquire the knowledge to finally banish that black thumb. Students will work in the Carriage House and tour the Synoptic Garden. There is a fee. Registration required.

Polaroid Art: Demonstration and Lecture

May 8 - with Norma Hill. 10 a.m. - noon in the South Lounge. $10 members/$12 non members. There is a fee. Registration required.

Tails & Treats

May 13 - Children's story hour with craft activity and themed snack. Pre-schoolers and their caregivers can socialize and discover the world of reading. Held the second Thursday of every month. This session: Leaf Man and the Good Brave Bug. There is a fee. Registration required.

Ladies Kennel Association Dog Show

May 14-16, 10 am - 4 p.m. $6 per vehicle entrance fee. (516) 922-9200

Yoga in the Great Hall

May 15, 22 - Hatha yoga instruction-great for beginners, with Leslie Cohen Luft. 9:30-10:45 a.m. in the Great Hall inside Coe Hall. There is a fee. Registration required.

Stained Glass Walkthrough

May 15 - Tour Coe Hall's treasured collection of 13th and 15th century stained glass windows. David Fraser from the St. Ann' s Center for Restoration and the Arts will discuss the symbolism and history about the stained glass windows on the mansion's first floor. Call for time and fee.

Reverse Paintings on Glass Workshop

May 22 - Transfer pictures onto glass to create one-of-a-kind works of art. With instructor Harriet Hoolan, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Bring lunch. South Lounge. Call for materials fee and class fee.

American Rhododendron Society Flower Show

May 23, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m., $6 per vehicle entrance fee. Info at www.nyrhododendron.com.

Poppenhusen Institute

114-04 14th Rd., College Point

718-358-0067

www.poppenhuseninstitute.org

Drama/acting for kids

Ages 10-12, Mon., 6:30-7:30 p.m.; ages 13-17, Mon., 7:30-8:30 p.m.

Country Line Dancing Classes

Mon., 7:15 to 8:45 p.m. for beginners and intermediate.

Karate program

Mon., 4-5 p.m. for kids 8-11; Fri., 7-8 p.m. for kids 12-16.

MultiCultural Festival

Poppenhusen will host a free multicultural dance festival sponsored by the multicultural committee of the Flushing Jewish Community Council at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, March 27.

Queens Theatre in the Park

Flushing Meadows Corona Park

718-760-0064

www.queenstheatre.org

Exhibits

Long Island City Artists Members Exhibition

At Queens Theatre in the Park running through March 31.

Theater

A Murder is Announced

Through April 4

The local paper reports a murder - the time, 6:30 p.m. - the place, Miss Letitia Blacklock's manor, Little Paddocks. But something is amiss, for the murder has yet to take place. The inspector, neighbors and gossip-mongers all gather to watch the crime unfurl. This Agatha Christie romp features the ever-popular Miss Marple.

I Love My Wife

May 1 - May 9

In this swinging 1970's musical, set in Trenton, NJ, two longtime friends and their wives try to catch up to the sexual revolution. Featuring song titles like "Sexually Free" and "Married Couple Seeks Married Couple" this delightful musical explores just how far they're willing to go. And with Cy Coleman's (Sweet Charity, City of Angels, On the 20th Century, Barnum, Little Me) title song "I Love My Wife," can you guess where the story ends?

Greater Messapia

Through March 28

By Andy Bragen, directed by Jonathan Silverstein

In Elmhurst, Queens, the last remaining Messapian family seeks a special bride for their only son before he turns 18. Will he make it to the alter or must he face a ritual beheading?

Mamalah!

April 1 - April 4

From the living rooms of suburban New York to the beaches of Boca Raton, from the nostalgic Bronx of the '40sto a Catskill resort in its heyday, this tender, wisfful musical explores lifelong friendships of three generations of women.

Dance

American Ballet Theatre's Studio Company

April 17, 2 & 8 p.m., April 18, 3 p.m.

While the American Ballet Theatre Studio Company is firmly rooted in classical ballet, it often showcases premieres by new and established choreographers, reflecting the repertoire and traditions of the parent company.

Children's Events

The Little Mermaid

May 22, 11 a.m., 1 p.m.

This enchanting musical comedy features the mischievous Little Mermaid and her adventurous world under the sea. The beautiful heroine will swim deep into your heart in this telling of the classic Hans Christian Andersen fairy tale.

The Little Engine that Could

May 29, 11 a.m., 1 p.m.

"I think I can, I think I can" are words that joyfully resonate in the hearts of children everywhere. The musical tells the uplifting story of an ordinary train that performs an extraordinary feat of strength and courage.

Family Events

Sing-A-Long "Wizard of Oz"

April 10, 11 a.m., 3 p.m., 7 p.m.

Sing-A-Long "Wizard of Oz" invites audiences of all ages to celebrate the story of Dorothy and her fantastical journey through the land of Oz by joining in and singing along to the most beloved motion picture of all times. A spirited master-of-ceremonies leads the crowd through a comical interactive guidebook to audience participation of gestures and expressions, including singing along with Dorothy and hissing the Wicked Witch.

Celebrity Concert Series

Ann Hampton Callaway

May 22, 8 p.m. & May 23, 3 p.m.

One of the most widely acclaimed singer/songwriters working in pop/jazz today, Ann Hampton Callaway is a favorite performer of Queens Theatre audiences, and the writer of Barbra Steisand's "A Love Like Ours," "I've Dreamed of You," and "A Christmas Lullaby."

Special Events

The Belle of Amherst

April 17, 8 p.m. & April 18, 3 p.m.

Celebrate the life of Emily Dickinson, one of America'a most gifted and prolific poets. Established theater veteran Ginger Grace brings Emily to life in a portrayal that slowly reveals her secrets and passions, sharing her extraordinary poetry along the way.

Behind the Façade of Jackie O

April 24, 8 p.m. & April 25, 3 p.m.

Of course, we all know Jackie Kennedy Onassis. But do we really? Written from over a decade of research, Andrea Reese has constructed a play covering Jackie's childhood with a womanizing father and abusive mother, her struggles with her marriage to Jack Kennedy, her scandalous marriage to Aristotle Onassis, and her blossoming interests and loves during the last decade of her life.

Latino Cultural Series

Ruandi

April 10, 2 p.m.

A Spanish-Language play for children. A full-fledged celebration of Latin America culture set on a Cuban sugar plantation in the 1800's. Free/Gratis Reservations required.

Flores Argentinas

May 1, 2 p.m.

Inca Rose Duo World music vocalist and guitarist, Annelise Skovmand and Pablo Gonzalez Jazey perform Carlos Guastivino's Flores Argentinas (Argentinean Flowers) and traditional folk songs and tangos of Argentina. Free/Gratis Reservations required.

Women's Secrets

May 1, 8 p.m.

A delicious comedy about the lives of three women, as portrayed by three men: Franco Galencia, Emyliano Santa Cruz and Camilo Prada. Adapted and directed by Edison Carrera. Performed in Spanish.

Black Cultural Series

Black 2: Broadway

April 24, 2 p.m., 8 p.m. & April 25, 3 p.m.

A variety show spotlighting veteran Broadway performers of color. Black 2: Broadway highlights performers who have recently or are currently playing on Broadway. The ongoing series also includes a band, background vocalists, an MC, an opening act, and one new "up and coming" artist. Recent featured performers include Sheryl-Lee Ralph, Phoebe Snow, Lilias White, Shanice, Melba Moore, Freddy Jackson, and Phylicia Rashad.

Roberta Flack

April 24, 8 p.m.

at Colden Auditorium

Music lovers and critics the world over agree that when it comes to genuine sensitivity and pure emotion, Roberta Flack is one of a kind. Whether singing her mega hits "First time Ever I Saw Your Face," "Killing Me Softly With His Song," and "Tonight I Celebrate My Love" or great standards from R & B to jazz, from blues to pop, her genius lies in her ability to get inside a song and reach her listeners.

Queens College

Discomfiture of Presence: A Multiple Piece by Olga Alexander

At the Queens College Art Center, 6th Floor of the Rosenthal Library, running until April 1. Gallery Hours: Mon-Thurs. 9 am - 8 pm and Fri. 9 am- 5 pm. Call 718-997-3770 for further information.

KidsClassicsII

Meet the Orchestra March 28 at Queens College. Co-presentations by Goliard Concerts and Colden Center. Takes place at LeFrak Concert Hall. Call 718-793-8080.

Queens Museum of Art

Flushing Meadows Corona Park

718-592-9700

www.queensmuseum.org.

Exhibits

Monika Goetz: Indefinite Blue

Through March 28

The Queens Museum of Art presents "Indefinite Blue," an atmospheric site-specific installation by Monika Goetz, that transforms the museum's elevator into a mirrored cube that infinitely reflects and extends the elevator's interior.

Joan Jonas: Five Works

Through March 28

The first major exhibition of the American artist Joan Jonas's work in a New York museum. The exhibition includes a selection of the artist's most significant installations, a video room, and a survey of Jonas' drawings, photographs, and sketchbooks. The show brings together key works from Jonas's career including Organic Honey's Visual Telepathy (1972), The Juniper Tree (1976), Volcano Saga (1985), Revolted by the Thought of Known Places... (1992), and Woman in the Well (1996/2000). This exhibition also includes her portable My New Theater series (1997-1999) and Lines in the Sand (2002).

Crossing the BLVD: Strangers, Neighbors, Aliens in a New America

Through March 28

A multi-media project by documentary artists Warren Lehrer and Judith Sloan that portrays the lives of new immigrants and refugees who live in Queens, the most ethnically diverse locality in the United States today. The project began with storytelling workshops in libraries, high schools and community centers throughout Queens. Lehrer/Sloan's three-year journey around the world via their home borough included extended interviews in bodegas, family-owned restaurants, places of worship, public housing projects, apartments, and private homes. The result is documented in an extraordinary new book of photographs and stories (W.W. Norton), an audio CD, a series of public radio documentaries, a reading/performance tour, a website, and this premier exhibition at the Queens Museum of Art on view in the Unisphere Gallery.

Yung Shu Chao: Pondering Pond The Buddhism Project

Through March 28

Meditation is one of Buddhism's essential practices toward spiritual liberation. Pondering Pond by Yung Shu Chao challenges our social preconceptions by employing Zen koan (a paradox to be meditated upon as part of Zen practice) and origami. The installation combines these two viewer-participatory activities to promote a meditative experience for willing individuals. Both activities require concentration that quiets busy minds and encourages us to abandon our usual dependence on reason to gain freer access to our intuitive faculties.

Film

Alone in a Crowd: New York Movies

Every Mon. at 2 pm

March 29 - The Naked City - 1948

April 12 - The Apartment - 1960

April 19 - Moscow on the Hudson - 1984

April 26 - La Ciudad - 1998

May 3 - Manhattan - 1979

May 10 - West Side Story - 1960

Workshops

Free Art Making Workshops for Seniors

Painting: The Still Life - Wed. March 24, 31 and April 14 and 21

Printmaking - Thurs., May 6, 13, 20 and 27

Painting: The Landscape - Wed., June 2 and Thurs., June 10

Queensborough Community College

20th Century Genocide

New photo exhibit documenting genocide in the 20th Century at the Holocaust Resource Center and Archives. 56th Ave and Springfield Blvd. Call 718-281-5770.

The Laramie Project

The story of Matthew Shepard will be performed March 12-18. Call 718-631-6311 for showtimes and directions.

Thalia Spanish Theatre

41-17 Greenpoint Ave.

718-729-3880

Zarzuelas (Spanish Operettas)

Sunday April 11, 4 p.m.

The most beautiful arias and duets from the best-loved Spanish operettas with Soprano Ilya Martinez; baritone Rafael Lebron, tenor Francisco Fuertes, mezzo-soprano Anna Tonna, pianist Daniel Daroca

Flamenco/Latin/Jazz

Saturday April 17, 8 p.m.

A fusion of Flamenco with Latin Rhythms and Jazz with Musical Director and Guitarist Basilio Georges, singer/dancer Aurora Reyes, singer/percussionist Marta Topferova, guitarist Robert Jeferson, violinist LIsa Crowder, bassist Sean Kupisz and percussionist Mike Martiz.

Romantic Latin Songs

Sunday April, 18, 4 p.m.

Poetic Baladas and sultry Boleros: tales of love, lust, passion and betrayal. Warm your heart to the beat of hot Latin rhythms: what we call "Cortavenas" (Vein-Slashers) with singer/guitarist Miguel Angel Montiel (OTI Festival Winner), singer Sandra Rodriguez and musical director/bassist Gustavo Schartz with his trio.

Tilles Center at C.W. Post, LIU

Old Westbury, L.I.

516-229-3100

April 2: Seattle Symphony Orchestra

April 3: Wynton Marsalis

April 4: Long Island Philharmonic Classics

April 16: Miami City Ballet

April 17: Miami City Ballet

April 18: Venice Baroque Orchestra

April 24: David Benoit

April 30: The Mutter, Previn, Harrell Trio

May 1: Mark Nadler

May 1: Nassau Pops Symphony Orchestra

May 7: "Grease"

May 15: "Very Eric Carle"

May 15-16, 18-23: Big Apple Circus

May 22: Andrea Marcovicci

Topaz Arts, Inc.

55-03 39th Ave.

Woodside, NY 11377-0150

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