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Image Source: Queensborough Performing Arts Center

It’s the country’s longest-running, multicultural song-and-dance company. The Duquesne University Tamburitzans form a unique ensemble of young folk artists dedicated to the performance and preservation of the music, songs and dances of Eastern Europe. On April 7, this 36-performer troupe will take the audience at Queensborough Performing Arts Center on a cultural tour through the towns, back roads and villages of such countries as Bulgaria, Croatia, Serbia, Slovakia, Greece and Russia with fresh, live music performed on authentic instruments with hundreds of colorful costumes.

Queensborough Performing Arts Center
222-05 56th Avenue, Bayside
Sunday, April 7
3pm – 5pm | $35

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Image Source: Ebony Hillbillies

Commuters often do a double-take when passing by these frequent subway performers, as do attendees of music festivals. Dressed ready for a day on the farm, the Ebony Hillbillies are one of the country’s last African-American string bands. Specializing in Old-Time music, these performers keep an important legacy alive with their rootsy, homegrown style that at times sounds like Jazz, Blues, Bluegrass, Rockabilly and Country. On April 6, they will inspire heart-string tugs and toe-taps at Flushing Town Hall with such instruments as a mountain dulcimer, banjo, washboard and fiddle. Expect an upbeat — maybe even giddy — atmosphere as the band always creates an untamed and joyful vibe with a repertoire that pays homage to tradition while also looking towards the future.

Ebony Hillbillies
Flushing Town Hall
137-35 Northern Boulevard, Flushing
Saturday, April 6
8pm – 10pm | $15

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Image Source: Federico Castelluccio

Much of the world knows him as Furio on the HBO series The Sopranos. But Federico Castelluccio is also a renowned realist painter, art collector and connoisseur of the baroque genre who received a full scholarship to the School of the Visual Arts. Tonight, April 4, the Naples native takes his act to LIC’s Diego Salazar Art Gallery, where the month-long Diverse Visions of Reality exhibit opens. Presented in conference with another respected artist, Nelson Shanks, the show features two works each from 11 painters — co-curators Shanks and Castelluccio, plus Humberto Aquino, Christopher Pugliese, Steven Assael, Mario Robinson, David Brega, Scott Nickerson, Patricia Watwood, Katie O’Hagan and Will Wilson. There is yet another reason to party hearty at this opening as this show also marks the Salazar Gallery’s one-year anniversary.

Diego Salazar Art Gallery
21-25 44th Avenue, LIC
Mon.-Fri. (11am-6pm), Sat. (noon-5pm) until May 4 | Free

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Image Source: How Stuff Works
Breaking into the comedy scene is funny, but it’s not all fun and games. Up-and-coming jokesters need perseverance, focus, creativity and energy. But now they have some good news: The Big Thing at the Laughing Devil Comedy Club. Starting April 3 and repeating every Wednesday until May 8, the LIC venue will host talented performers who will compete to be the next Big Thing. Bringing their A-Games to show off for the audience and the club bookers, these performers have been vetted by the club. Those who bring down the house earn the coveted position of club regular. The show also features some special guest headliners.
Laughing Devil Comedy Club
47-38 Vernon Boulevard, LIC
Wednesday, April 3 (repeats every Wednesday until May 8)
8pm – 10pm  |  $10

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Image Source: SculptureCenter

When it comes to expansions, this group breaks the mold. On April 2, the SculptureCenter announced a renovation of its LIC facility that aims to improve the quality of the exhibition spaces and the visitor flow. The undertaking will create a 2,000-sq-ft. addition to the existing Purves Street facility, and the renovated facility will comply with all current building codes, including the Americans with Disabilities Act.

SculptureCenter will remain open during construction with some modification to its exhibition schedule and public hours. With an expected completion in fall 2014, the rehab includes the following:

  • 6,500 square feet of flexible interior exhibition space that will accommodate work of diverse
    forms and scale;
  • a 2,000 sq.-ft., one-story entrance lobby with bookshop, coatroom, seating area,
    and restrooms;
  • an elevator and stairway to the lower level galleries;
  • a 1,500-sq.-ft. enclosed courtyard for outdoor exhibitions and events;
  • upgrades to electrical and mechanical systems; and
  • office and storage space improvements.

Seen at the groundbreaking ceremony are (from left) Queens Borough President Helen M. Marshall, City Council Member Jimmy Van Bramer, SC Executive Director and Chief Curator Mary Ceruti, SC Board Chair Sascha S. Bauer and NYC Dept. of Cultural Affairs Commissioner Kate D. Levin.

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Image Source: Elena Music

Video killed the radio star! Get all the details at the Museum of the Moving Image.  On April 3, the world famous Astoria/LIC cultural venue will launch Spectacle: The Music Video, an exhibition featuring more than 300 videos, presented alongside artifacts and interactive experiences, in the 4,000-sq.-ft. changing exhibitions gallery, amphitheater gallery and other on-site spaces. Patrons will get behind the scenes via a mixture of interactive installations, projections, video, objects and immersive environments. Of course, Madonna (above in “Express Yourself” mode) will be there in spirit. Ditto David Bowie, the Beastie Boys, Nine Inch Nails and even Lady Gaga. As part of the fun, there will be SONOS PLAYGROUND, an immersive music visualizer, as well as a series of special events with invited artists, including music video releases and conversations, in the Fox Amphitheater.

Museum of the Moving Image
36-01 35th Avenue, Astoria/LIC
April 3 to June 16
Times vary (regular museum hours) | $12 (regular museum admission)

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Image Source: All That Is Interesting

It’s Jazz Appreciation Month, and the living is easy! Schools, music societies, radio stations and enthusiasts around the country will celebrate this U.S.-born musical genre throughout April. In Corona, the Louis Armstrong House Museum will commemorate with tours featuring an ultra rare recording of Satchmo performing one of his all-time masterpieces, West End Blues, at Freedomland in 1961. This recording, which was recently donated to the Armstrong House by the son of Freedomland sound engineer Peter Denis, ties into the exhibit Louis Armstrong at Freedomland that runs all month. In addition, three rare, remastered CDs from the late Gösta Hägglöf‘s Ambassador Records label of Sweden — Because of You, 1950-1953; Heavenly Music, 1949-1957; and Moments to Remember, 1952-1956 — will be on sale in the gift shop. The month will end with International Jazz Day on April 30, and Armstrong House archivist Ricky Riccardi will lead a listening session and lecture starting at 2 pm.

Jazz Appreciation Month
April 2 to April 30
Louis Armstrong House Museum
34-56 107th Street, Corona
Tues.-Fri., 10am-5pm; Sat.-Sun., noon-5pm| $10

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The Latin American Cultural Center of Queens and the Latin American Women’s Council have joined forces to celebrate Women’s History Month with classical guitarist Francisco Roldan, soprano Olfary Gutierrez and percussionist Danny Mallon. There will also be a special presentation of “Centina Awards” to four exceptional women: Sandra Munoz, immediate past president of the Latino Lawyers Association of Queens County; Lina Puerta, a dynamic visual artist; Natalia Bernal, a celebrated singer and musician; and Sandra Llano Mejia, another forceful visual artist. The award is named after educator and poet Rita Cetina Gutierrez. Born in Mexico’s Yucatan in 1846, Cetina  founded the Siempreviva School, a scientific and literary society and a magazine. She dedicated her entire life to advancing women’s education and their right to become professionals.
John F. Kennedy Jr. School
57-12 94th Street, Elmhurst
Sunday, March 31
3pm – 5pm | Free

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Image Source: Four Muddy Paws

Please allow us one pun: The oval hunting prospects in Queens this weekend are absolutely eggs-traordinary. Let’s begin with the Queens Botanical Garden at 11 am this Saturday. The Flushing venue will celebrate spring with its first-ever Egg Hunt in the crabapple orchard and arboretum. The fun continues with seasonal crafts, old-fashioned games, seed plantings, face painting and a special visit from Flora, QBG’s mascot! At the same time (and again on Sunday at 11 am), the Queens Zoo will host its Egg Hunt with the chance to meet the Easter Bunny and some real life Flemish giant rabbits and partake in some spring-themed activities, including mask-making. Starting at noon on Saturday, the Queens County Farm Museum will hold continuous Egg Hunts throughout the day in the orchard. Whiskers the bunny will be hopping around the farm to greet children and pose for pictures, and participants will be able to dance the Bunny Hop, and play egg toss and rolling games on the farmhouse lawn. Then there’s the chance to visit farm animals and take a hayride.

43-50 Main Street, Flushing
53-51 111th Street, Flushing Meadows-Corona Park
73-50 Little Neck Parkway, Glen Oaks

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Image Source: Ann Dandridge

Get ready for a great time on Good Friday! Due to the extremely positive feedback after January’s Disco Inferno concert, Resorts World Casino is ready to host Disco Inferno II on March 29. The Tavares Brothers (above), who made the world dance in 1976 with “Heaven Must Be Missing an Angel,” will headline this boogie down memory lane. Other performers inspired by the era of big afros, polyester bell-bottoms and platform shoes include Bonnie Pointer, who used to sing with The Pointer Sisters; Cory Daye of “Pow Wow” and “Cherchez La Femme” fame; and the always fun Disco Unlimited.

Resorts World Casino New York City
110-00 Rockaway Boulevard, South Jamaica
Friday, March 29
8pm – 11:45pm | $30