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Image Source: Priscilla Stadler

Have you done a favor, witnessed a favor or benefited from a favor this month? If so, this is a project for you. Long Island City-based multi-faceted artist Priscilla Stadler has received a Queens Council on the Arts grant to track and celebrate FAVORS in her borough. As such, she is looking for some local favors. In fact, she challenges Queens residents to defy the stereotype of cut-throat, egotist New Yorkers by doing favors for friends, family and strangers during April. All submitted favors will become part of a large-scale installation featuring a borough map indicating where the favors occurred. Participate in the fun by informing Stadler the WHO, WHERE, WHAT and WHEN of the favor via the following:

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In 2009, Afghanistan passed a law giving Shia men the right to deny their wives food if the women don’t obey their sexual demands. (Shia is a version of Islam.) This legislation also required women to get permission from their husbands if they wanted to work and granted legal guardianship of children to the fathers and even grandfathers, instead of mothers. However, in 2010, advocates were successful in passing the Elimination of Violence Against Women Act, which strengthens sanctions against various forms of violence against women, including making rape a crime for the first time under Afghan law. On April 15, Naheed Bahram will discuss women’s rights in this war-torn country during a special presentation at the Central Queens Y. Bahram, Queens chapter program director for NY Women for Afghan Women — which supports literacy, job education and health care while respecting Afghan traditions and practices — left Afghanistan after the loss of her mother in a bomb explosion in Kabul. Her family migrated to Pakistan, where she graduated from high school and taught English at refugee camps. In 2004, Bahram moved to the U.S., and started working for NY WAW as an intern and volunteer in 2007. She graduated from Queens College in 2011 and currently works full time for NY WAW.
Central Queens Y
67-09 108th Street, Forest Hills
Monday, April 15
1:30pm – 3pm  | $6 suggested donation

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Image Source: The Dance Enthusiast

Featuring more than 100 million species, insects represent over 90 percent of multicellular life on earth. On April 14 at Flushing Town HallKINEMATIK Dance Theater brings the bustling world of bugs, bees, ants, spiders and flies to the stage with the premiere of INSEKTA. This dazzling array of the intricate and complex microorganisms that surround us depicts the diversity and the metamorphic cycles of insects through dance, live projections and the unusual use of props. Fusing technology with the movement vocabulary of Breakdance, House, Hip Hop and Contemporary modern dance, KINEMATIK creates an imaginative, unique and visually stimulating performance experience. Wear comfortable clothes and get ready to dance like a bug.

INSEKTA
Flushing Town Hall
137-35 Northern Boulevard, Flushing
Sunday, April 14
1pm for workshop | $6/$4 children (includes tickets to show)
2:15pm – 3:30pm | $12/$8 children

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Image Source: Last FM

Perhaps you remember The Mad Stuntman and his “I Like To Move It” hit. Or maybe you have fond memories of La Bouche and their techno-pop sensation “Be My Lover.” Then again, you might identify more with Amber’s “This Is Your Night.” Well, all three 1990s sensations will perform on April 13 at the I Love the 90’s Dance Concert at Resorts World Casino New York City. Jana, Veronica, Janice Robinson of Livin Joy, Dj Nicky G, Lucas Prata and Glendale’s greatest, Peter Gozzi, will also be on hand to get the crowd moving.

Resorts World Casino New York City
110-00 Rockaway Boulevard, South Jamaica
Saturday, April 13th, 2013
8pm – 10:30pm | $25

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Images Source: Fred Cantor

Brooklyn might have the “hip” factor, but Queens now has the “Qool” factor. Fresh Meadows native Fred Cantor is selling black baseball caps that read “Queens = Qool” on the front. The retired lawyer wants to make some profit, of course, but he is also hoping to improve the borough’s image and help a venerable local institution. He donates $2 from every $21.90 cap sale to the Queens Library Foundation. This entrepreneur might be familiar to some Queens enthusiasts because he co-wrote Arcadia Publishing’s Images of America: Fresh Meadows book in 2011. Check out the merchandise here.

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Image Source: Entre Mujeres

In Argentina, she’s known as La Reina del Tango, and in 2011, more than 200,000 people watched her perform in Buenos Aires. She’s a dancer, director, producer and choreographer who has travelled the world, dazzling audiences with her classically trained tango skills. And for three shows on April 12 & 13, Mora Godoy will ignite the stage at Queens Theatre, but she won’t be alone. An ensemble of acclaimed dancers, musicians and singers will join her to present Tango Lovers, a unique and extraordinary show conveying an array of emotions through their dance to music by celebrated composers such as Gerardo Matos Rodriguez and Angel Villoldo.

Queens Theatre
Flushing Meadows-Corona Park
Friday, April 12, at 4pm
Saturday, April 13, at 4pm & 8pm
Single Tickets | $48

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Image Source: Vicesome
Combining storytelling, history and the arts, the Five Boro Story Project seeks to strengthen community connections, preserve local history, and boost pride in NYC neighborhoods. The nonprofit’s newest series, I’m Tawkin Here: Storytelling with a New Yawk Accent, kicks off on April 10 at the New York Irish Center before traveling through the five boroughs on five consecutive Wednesdays until May 8. The show features Broad Channel native Tara Clancy, a fifth-generation New Yorker and the Moth GrandSLAM storytelling champion whose solo show “Channel Rat” was featured in the NY Fringe Festival. LIC’s Kambri Crews, a storyteller, public speaker and author of Burn Down the Ground, is scheduled to perform, as are Rockaway’s Ed Shevlin, an Irish speaker, Fulbright Commission for Summer Language Study winner and part of the heroic sanitation team that that cleaned up the Rockaways after Hurricane Sandy, and Howard Beach representative Angel Yau, a comedienne extraordinaire with Upright Citizen’s Brigade and Mortified! storytelling. Jamaica’s SoSoon of Mi-6, an emcee, songwriter and the self-proclaimed “Spike Lee of hip hop” is in charge of the music.

I’m Tawkin Here: Storytelling with a New Yawk Accent
New York Irish Center
10-40 Jackson Avenue, LIC
Wednesday, April 10
7:30pm – 9pm | Free

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ARGO Film Screening
Tue., Apr. 9 3 p.m.

More mature audiences are invited to watch the 2012 film ‘Argo‘,  winner of three Academy Awards and directed by Ben Affleck. This historical drama thriller is based on true events and revolves around the fear and anticipation of the 1979 Iran hostage crisis.

Middle Village Queens Library, 7231 Metropolitan Ave., Middle Village (GMAP).

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Image Source: Quintet of the Americas

The borough’s past and present will sound so beautiful. On April 9, Jamaica’s Center for Mediation Services will host Queens-based musicians who will play songs celebrating composers who once lived in the world’s most diverse county. The program will feature “Wind Quintet” by Beata Moon (Forest Hills), “Quintet No. 2 for Winds” by James Cohn (Douglaston), “The Stuff of Comets” by Dylan Glatthorn (Astoria) and “Sincerita” by Christopher Caliendo (Jackson Heights). But the beat goes on. The concert will include music by past residents, including jazz by Louis Armstrong (Corona), the classical music of Soong Fu-Yuan (Briarwood), rags by Scott Joplin (buried in East Elmhurst), “Pavanne” by Morton Gould (Richmond Hill) and music from the Harry Potter films by John Williams (Flushing).

Center for Mediation Services
89-64 163rd Street, Jamaica
Tuesday, April 9
1pm – 2pm  |  Free

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Image Source: Marione Ingram/Facebook

The term “rough childhood” is an understatement. Marione Ingram was born in Nazi Germany in 1935. During World War II, neighbors told the Gestapo that her mother was Jewish. Soon thereafter, her father was beaten and pressured to divorce his mother before being coerced into working for the Luftwaffe in Belgium.

It only got worse. Ingram, age 8 at the time, and her mother escaped death camps because their city, Hamburg, was firebombed and after being denied access to air raid shelters, they were presumed dead. They survived about 18 months in hiding, dealing with constant fear and hunger. In 1952, Ingram immigrated to New York City and observed discrimination against African Americans. Impelled by her own experiences, she became a civil rights activist and jumped back into dangerous living.

During the 1960s, she worked on voter registration in the South and opened a Freedom School in Mississippi. Harassment and threats ensued, and the school was eventually torched by the Klu Klux Klan. Today she is a writer who has been published in Best American Essays and a fiber artist who has exhibited in Europe and the United States. On April 8 at the Central Queens Y, Ingram will discuss her life and memoir, The Hands of War, in an informal setting with light refreshments.

Talk by Holocaust Survivor who Risked her Life Post-World War II as a Civil Rights Activist
Central Queens Y
67-09 108th Street, Forest Hills
Monday, April 8
1:30pm – 3pm  | $6 suggested donation