BY JAMES FARRELL
Flushing Town Hall, the historic performing arts center on Northern Boulevard, announced its Winter and Spring lineups on Thursday, Jan. 5. The announcement laid out Flushing Town Hall’s calendar from now until May, and featured a wide range of acts, including musical performances, galleries, plays and workshops.
The lineup also features acts representing styles and customs from all across the world, in line with Flushing Town Hall’s usual emphasis on multicultural acts.
“This season, we will have something for everyone, from the littlest toddlers to longtime jazz aficionados, from lovers of world music to audiences who crave classic blues, and from film buffs to novice artists,” said Flushing Town Hall Excutive and Artisitc Director Ellen Kodadek.
The season officially starts on Jan. 14, with Michael Lauzière’s Science of Sound. Lauzière uses science to play bizarre and original musical instruments to the effect of a funny and interactive show. His show is educational too, as he transforms noise into music and explains how sound travels and is amplified. The family show starts at 2:15 p.m., with an interactive arts workshop beforehand at 1 p.m.. Tickets to the workshop are $7 for non-member children and $4 for member children, and free to anyone who bought tickets to the show. Tickets to the show are $13 for non-member adults, $8 for non-member children, $10 for member adults and $6 for member children. You can find more information and buy tickets at www.flushingtownhall.org.
In addition to Michael Lauzière, there are a number of musical acts on the lineup. On March 4, for instance, the Sierra Leone Refugee All Stars will sample the musical stylings of Sierra Leone, accompanied with demonstrations of unique styles and a conversation on the role of music in Sierra Leone’s society. On Feb. 24, the Grace Kelly Quartet, led by jazz saxophone phenom Grace Kelly, will take the stage to showcase some high-level jazz performance. Or head over on March 31 for piano masters Toshkio Akiyoshi and Barry Harris.
Flushing Town Hall will also revive its Global Mashup Series, which features two musical performances from different locales around the world. The two performers then meet on stage to perform a unique musical hybrid, shaped by both styles. Music from Spain and Garifuna, for example, will be meeting on March 24.
Beyond music, Flushing Town Hall will offer a number of workshops and other performances. On March 18, for instance, the Treehouse Shakers will present the family story of “Olive & Pearl: A Magical Story of Home,” about young Olive being raised by her grandmother Pearl. The performance puts the audience inside Olive and Pearl’s home and is geared toward children. Beforehand, children are invited to join Mara McEwin from Treehouse Shakers for a puppet-making workshop.
And on Feb. 27, Apr. 24 and June 26, Flushing Town Hall will once again play host to the Moth StorySLAM, a story telling event in which hopeful storytellers spin yarns on stage with the hope of being selected as winners by a team of judges—certain stories may be featured on National Public Radio.
“At Flushing Town Hall, there is always something to discover, something to enjoy and something to amaze,” said Kodadek. “And this season, we also will present global arts for global kids: a robust array of performances and workshops for families and youngsters alike.”
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