Posts Tagged ‘Queens’

Bringing Indonesians together

Sunday, October 21st, 2012

I’m interested in how groups (ethnic or otherwise) find their center, a place to congregate—what is the magic ingredient? For Indonesians in New York, it’s Upi Jaya restaurant in Elmhurst, Queens, at least according to Doug Clark in the New York Times. According to this, “What draws everyone is the cooking of Upi Yuliastuti, 57, the owner of the restaurant, as well as its only cook.”

Folk artists share performances in Queens garden

Thursday, August 23rd, 2012

The Gift of Wisdom, part of the Locating the Sacred Festival, is a collaboration among immigrant artists who are masters of their respective traditions. Artists from the New York Foundation for the Arts Folk Artist Development Program will perform from 2 to 4:30 pm Saturday, Sept. 15, at the Queens Botanical Garden in Flushing. This sounds like a wonderful opportunity to learn about the spirit of these traditions, in a beautiful place to boot.

Performances, according to the website, include “a devotional Odissi dance (classical dance form of India) by Mala Desai, a Hindustani classical composition on sitar by Ikhlaq Hussain, powerful songs of praise for elders on the kora (African harp-lute) by Alhaji Papa Susso, and a seasonal improvisation on the kayagum (Korean zither) by Yoon Soon Park.” RSVPs are requested but not required.

The Locating the Sacred Festival, which involves more than 300 artists, is a 12-day, 25-event arts festival coordinated by the Asian American Arts Alliance.

Happy Year of the Ox

Monday, January 26th, 2009

The Lunar New Year starts today, but festivities continue through the week. The Queens Library in Flushing will host a free day of events on Saturday, Jan. 31.

From 10:30 am to 12:30 pm: Learn how to prepare Japche, a delicious noodle dish from Korea, or miniature spring rolls from China; learn how to make Chinese red envelope lanterns (first-come, first-served basis, supplies limited!). (I’m not sure whether these events will be conducted in Korean, Chinese, English, or a mixture.)

At 1 pm,there will be traditional Korean drum and dance with Vongku Pak; at 2:30 pm, a ribbon dance and song from China; and at 3:30 pm, the Chinese Lion Dance.

The library is located at 41-17 Main St, Flushing. The event is funded by The National Endowment for the Humanities.

Queens International

Tuesday, January 20th, 2009
Outside the QMA

Outside the QMA

A new exhibit opens Saturday, Jan. 24, at the Queens Museum of Art in Flushing Meadows–Corona Park. The QMA says, “Queens International 4, the fourth installment of this biennial, is a survey of new and on-going projects by 42 emerging and established artists, artist collaborations and artist collectives from 18 countries that now live and/or work within Queens.”

The opening reception, which includes music, will be from 6 pm to midnight on Jan. 24, and the exhibit runs through April 26.

Adult admission to the museum is $5; seniors & children $2.50.

I love Queens

Sunday, January 4th, 2009


Why should I be shy about admitting it?

The Times has a terrific slideshow of color photos titled Queens in Color by Queens native Joel Sternfeld, which focuses on the immigrant influences in Queens. For a very different view, check out Queens in Black and White by Frank Gohlke.

(The photo above is my own, and not at all representative of the quality of their work.)