Louis Armstrong, Chazz Palminteri, and renowned Korean folk artist Jae Choon Kim headline another busy week in Queens. Other options include Mexican dance, sheep-shearing, Yiddish music, Bollywood films, walking tours, sex education, and nature photography. Here’s the rundown.
Sometimes Queens is so diverse it’s scary. Upcoming Halloween events include everything from senior events to youth events; cemetery fun to casino fun; and food-making to mask-making. And let’s not even begin to discuss all the great neighborhoods for trick-or-treating. To aid decision-making, the Queens Tourism Council suggests the following activities because they combine enjoyment with safety, enrichment, and even some sweet treats. They appear on the jump page.
Question: What do Louis Armstrong, Billie Holiday, Ella Fitzgerald, John Coltrane, Charlie Mingus and Lena Horne have in common? Obvious answer: They lived in Queens. Actually, they are just a few of the dozens of jazz greats who made their home in the music-rich borough. On May 25, the 17-piece Queens Jazz Orchestra will celebrate the genius of some other local legends — Count Basie, Duke Ellington, Illinois Jacquet and Nat “Cannonball” Adderly — by performing Fiesta Mojo, a rare composition written by Dizzy Gillespie, who is buried in Flushing Cemetery, and arranged by QJO Director Jimmy Heath (conducting above). Fiesta Mojo features Brazilian-inflected melodies and grooves that fascinated Gillespie when he toured South America as a cultural ambassador for the U.S. government. Details: Fiesta Mojo, 8 pm, Flushing Town Hall, $20-$40.