After 2 weeks of inspired events all across the borough of Queens, the young community driven Queens Art Express festival pulls into its final weekend. Hits from this Saturday, June 13th: the Jackson Heights Historic Garden tour, A capella and Carribean music at Langston Hughes Library, International Family Day–a sub-festival directly under the train at 103rd St in Corona, Q& A with artists and curator at the Y Gallery, performances at Topaz in Woodside. It is a solid Saturday. We could go on-and-on. But we have to get to Sunday at some point.
Meet up with the kids of Safari 7 who are doing a run from Grand Central to Main Street on Sunday afternoon. Safari 7 provides downloadable podcasts describing the environment under the tracks. At 3pm, the Noguchi Museum in L.I.C hosts singer-songwriter, Taylor Brow, for a afternoon in the dazzling Noguchi “stone” garden, while across the street a only-in-New York “State Fair” is featured at Socrates Sculpture Park. And then the parties begin, Dean Project is hosting pre-Creek post-concert drinks and appetizers at 7 followed by debut of 2009 Live at the Gantries summer performing series at the East River oasis, Gantry State Park. The “final” Art Express Closing party featuring VJ Pixalot caps off the entire festival in Creek style (9-12pm). A lot to digest. All of the event information is on the Calendar page; here is a breakdown of how this last Art Express weekend looks under the 7.
Saturday, June 13th, 2009
10:45-2:00pm(82nd Street-Roosevelt) Historic Jackson Heights Garden Tour
The Jackson Heights Beautification Group in celebrating Jackson Heights, the first planned garden and cooperative apartment community in America- and a City, State, and Federal Historic District.
The “Historic” Weekend begins at begins at the Community United Methodist Church at 81-10 35th Avenue with an exhibition of vintage photographs and memorabilia of Jackson Heights followed by a tour in the early afternoon. Slide lectures at 10:45am and 12:15pm at the Community Church, 81-10 35th Avenue. Rain or Shine . Garden Tour from 12 noon to 4:00pm (Raindate: June 14th).
2-5pm(103rd Street) Langston Hughes Library, 2-5pm
“Men of Distinction,” A capella group -gospel, soul and doo-wop,”Quake USA” a Caribbean folk choir
Saturday June 13, 2009 2pm to 5pm. See post below.
1-6pm(52nd Street or 63rd st) Truth… is Topaz Arts
An open rehearsal with John Jasperse Company, Contemporary Artistic Process/ Explored & Revealed
Schema CorpoReal a solo exhibition by new-media artist Hector Canonge
Opening Reception: Sat, June 13, 3-6pm
1:30-6pm (103rd Street) INTERNATIONAL FAMILY DAY: Corona Plaza: a sub-festival of Queens Art Express directly under the train at 103.
Join the Queens Museum of Art and Corona Action Network for an afternoon of music and folkloric dance that showcases the diversity of the neighborhood. Featured performers include, Blue Pipa Trio, and Charlie Cajeres Salsa Ensemble. Plus grab a complimentary copy of the Healthy Taste of Corona cookbook featuring recipes from neighborhood restaurants and organizations, and then take advantage of special discounts at local ethnic eateries.
1:30 to 2:00: pm Mariachi America 2000
2:00 to 3:00: pm Balet Nueva Juvantud- Mexican Dance, Modelamos Talent Agency, Talent Performers from Bolivia, Columbia, Ecuador & more!
3:00 to 3:40 pm: Blue Pipa Trio
Chinese Vocals, Guitar & Bass
4:00 to 6:00 pm: Queens Museum performers including
Charlie Cajaras, el Abogado de la Salsa
5-8pm (82nd street/Roosevelt) Y Gallery, MILAGROS DE LA TORRE, BULLETPROOF, Opening reception, 6-8pm, Panel Discussion with artist and curator (Cecilia Jurado), 5 pm
Y Gallery is pleased to present BULLETPROOF, the first New York solo exhibition of artist Milagros de la Torre, curated by Cecilia Jurado. Throughout her career Milagros de la Torre has investigated the censored and the forgotten along with the fearful, the painful, and the fragile. She captures and probes thoroughly as would the most demanding detective while releasing the resulting product to our eyes without judgment. In De la Torre’s work, the human presence seems to disappear easily leaving the objective evidence behind as narrator.
(great Q& A with artists at the Y Gallery, performance at Topaz arts. It is a rock solid Saturday.
SUNDAY , June 14th
1pm-3pm (Grand Central and Flushing Main) Safari 7 – a tour of urban animal life along the 7 line.
Safari 7 is a self-guided tour of urban animal life along New York City’s No. 7 subway line. Safari 7 circulates an ongoing series of podcasts and maps that explore the complexity, biodiversity, conflicts, and potentials of New York City’s ecosystems. Safari 7 imagines train cars as eco-urban classrooms, and invites travelers to act as park rangers in their city. Safari 7 plans to engage the broadest range of New Yorkers, from commuters and school children to urban explorers and designers, in active research and exploration of their own environment.
1. Download the Safari 7 podcasts at http://www.safari7.org and load them on your mp3 players.
2. Meet at the front of the No. 7 platform at Flushing Main Street at 2:00pm. We will ride the subway from Flushing to Times Square.
Join Safari 7 at the front of Grand Central platform (Manhattan-bound train) at 1pm for voyage across queens and return trip leaves from Flushing Main platform at 2pm.
3-5pm (Vernon Blvd/ Jackson) Second Sunday – Music in the Garden series 2009–Taylor Brow, Singer/Songwriter. Performance begins at 3:00pm and is free with Museum admission.
For more information, please visit www.noguchi.org
4pm (Vernon Blvd/ Jackson) Socrates Sculpture Park, Spring exhibit entitled “State Fair”www.socratessculpturepark.org
6-7pm (Vernon Blvd/ Jackson) FREE STYLE ARTS-StringSculpture, Gantry State Park.
As part of Queens Art Express, people walking through Gantry State Park, people will suddenly find themselves building a giant assemblage sculpture attached to human pedestals. Free Style Arts Association, will be setting up a large participation-based String Sculpture in LIC in order to create an art piece that truly engages and reflects the people in the community they were created within.
7-8pm (Court House Square) Dean Project will be hosting post-concert pre-Creek drinks at the Dean Project. So, stop by the gallery for one before heading over to the party.
Open bar and appetizers from 7-9pm on Sunday June 14th – lead-up event to Live at the Gantries and the 2nd closing party at the Creek: Featuring a new exhibition on view – “Miradas Divergentes” our annual summer invited guest curator Juan-Ramón Barbancho, Spain, opening June 13th.
7-10pm (Vernon Blvd/ Jackson) Live at the Gantries: Hungry March Band, Presented by Queens Theatre in the Park
Fresh off a tour of France, NYC’s legendary street brass band marches back to Queens in style. Put on your dancing shoes and break out the fancy threads because they’ve got a party going on – a blazing parade of flesh, blood, steel, brass and wood. They are the music of the people!
The first show of Live at the Gantries will also be the final performance of the Queens Art Express festival produced by the Queens Council on the Arts. Hoong Yee Lee Krakauer, executive director of QCA said, “It is great to gather at the gantries for another hot summer of cool performances in Long Island City.
9- 12pm (Vernon Blvd/ Jackson) Art Express Closing Party: The Creek
Happy hour between 11-12p, $2.00 off drinks. Live Vinyl DJ and VJ loops Set from the festival.
VJ Pixalot: Pixalot’s live music/vj/dj performances have taken him to Canada, USA, Czech Republic, Germany, Indonesia, Brazil and Korea, playing everything from raves, small clubs and festivals to concert halls and international art festivals along side artists such as, Afrikaa Bambaata, DJ Goldie, DJ Spooky, DJ Markie and DJ Hype amongst others.