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Jamaica Performing Arts Center

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153-10 Jamaica Avenue
Jamaica, 11432
(718) 618-6170 http://www.jamaicapac.org

June 2017

JCAL International Music Festival

June 3, 2017 @ 1:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Jamaica Performing Arts Center, 153-10 Jamaica Avenue
Jamaica, 11432
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$20

The Jamaica Center for Arts & Learning is pleased to present the inaugural JCAL International Music Festival. Join them as they present a day of activities that will include an early afternoon of free outdoor concerts, a Q&A session with…

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Jamaica Just My Style Fashion Event

June 9, 2017 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Jamaica Performing Arts Center, 153-10 Jamaica Avenue
Jamaica, 11432
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The Jamaica Center BIDs signature event Jamaica..."Just My Style" Fashion Event returns in its 6th year, with an amazing lineup of trendsetting designer fashions, entertainment, food and wine tasting. This year the BID's special guest host will be Ralph McDaniels,…

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JCAL Art Center Workshops Spring 2017 Student Showcase

June 10, 2017 @ 4:00 pm
Jamaica Performing Arts Center, 153-10 Jamaica Avenue
Jamaica, 11432
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$10

Every Saturday, students of all ages converge at JCAL to attend its Arts Center Workshop (ACW) classes. Our ACW classes help students pursue creative expression, passionate learning and artistic development.Our teaching artists provide exposure to a wide variety of art…

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Queens International Children’s Festival

June 17, 2017 @ 12:00 pm - 5:00 pm
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An event every day that begins at 12:00 pm, repeating until June 18, 2017

Jamaica Performing Arts Center, 153-10 Jamaica Avenue
Jamaica, 11432
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Free

Welcome to JCAL's 2nd International Children's Festival, a free two-day fun-filled family event that brings high-quality arts performances (music, dance, and theater) to the Downtown Jamaica area and residents of Queens. Each day is filled with hands-on activities to inspire…

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Housing Resource Fair

June 29, 2017 @ 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Jamaica Performing Arts Center, 153-10 Jamaica Avenue
Jamaica, 11432
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Free

Neighborhood Housing Services of Jamaica and New York City Councilman I. Daneek Miller are pleased to present a Housing Resource Fair. Renting? Buying a home? Refinancing? Renovating? Interested in obtaining a grant? This is your opportunity to be part of…

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July 2017

Vissi Dance Theater: Requiem

July 1, 2017 @ 7:00 pm
Jamaica Performing Arts Center, 153-10 Jamaica Avenue
Jamaica, 11432
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$25

Vissi Dance Theater returns with "Requiem" and guest artist Impact Movement Collective.

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August 2017

Words and Voices: An Evening In Creativity

August 17, 2017 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Jamaica Performing Arts Center, 153-10 Jamaica Avenue
Jamaica, 11432
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Free

Enjoy a free evening of words and pure imagination at the Jamaica Performing Arts Center on Thursday, August 17th with Three-Legged Elephant Publishing's newest talent, poet Sherese Francis and author Malcolm Boyd as they share from their respective literary works,…

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Downtown Jamaica’s Art Fair

August 26, 2017 @ 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Jamaica Performing Arts Center, 153-10 Jamaica Avenue
Jamaica, 11432
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Free

One and all are invited to participate in Downtown Jamaica's Art Fair -- sponsored by the Jamaica Center for Arts & Learning. Don't miss the opportunity to see what Jamaica's finest artisans have to offer.

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Jamaica Community Health & Arts Fair

August 27, 2017 @ 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Jamaica Performing Arts Center, 153-10 Jamaica Avenue
Jamaica, 11432
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Lenae's Village is pleased to present a Jamica Community Health & Arts Fair. Come on out for an afternoon that will focus on wellness, spirituality and wellbeing. The day will feature mental health experts, medical health specialists, opportunities to learn…

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September 2017

100 Suits for 100 Men’s 2nd Annual Black Tie Gala

September 9, 2017 @ 6:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Jamaica Performing Arts Center, 153-10 Jamaica Avenue
Jamaica, 11432
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$85

100 Suits for 100 Men's Black Tie Gala honors civic and community leaders that exemplify what it means to serve the people. Their selfless acts have been and continue to be a bright star in the sky. It is our…

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The 8th Making Moves Dance Festival – Free Afternoon Show

September 16, 2017 @ 2:00 pm
Jamaica Performing Arts Center, 153-10 Jamaica Avenue
Jamaica, 11432
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Free

Making Moves Dance Festival is a unique annual opportunity for New York based emerging choreographers and dance companies to showcase their original works that span the globe and dance genres. The participating artists will not only receive a monetary award,…

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The 8th Making Moves Dance Festival – Evening Show

September 16, 2017 @ 7:00 pm
Jamaica Performing Arts Center, 153-10 Jamaica Avenue
Jamaica, 11432
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$10

Making Moves Dance Festival is a unique annual opportunity for New York based emerging choreographers and dance companies to showcase their original works that span the globe and dance genres. The participating artists will not only receive a monetary award,…

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Dinizulu Tribute Performance 2017

September 23, 2017 @ 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Jamaica Performing Arts Center, 153-10 Jamaica Avenue
Jamaica, 11432
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$20

The Dinizulu Legacy continues with a tribute performance to Dinizulu & His African Dancers, Drummers & Singers.

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October 2017

Jamaica Center for Arts and Learning Annual Benefit 2017

October 26, 2017
Jamaica Performing Arts Center, 153-10 Jamaica Avenue
Jamaica, 11432
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Call For Price

The 2017 Jamaica Center for Arts and Learning 2017 Annual Benefit will honor: Gregory Meeks, U. S. Congressman; Constance M. Orlando, Senior Vice President of Specials, Music, and News for Black Entertainment Television (BET); and Leon & The People, a…

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JCAL Benefit: Celebrating A Creative Jamaica

October 26, 2017 @ 7:00 pm
Jamaica Performing Arts Center, 153-10 Jamaica Avenue
Jamaica, 11432
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$125 – $250

Join the Board of Directors of the Jamaica Center for Arts and Learning for a spectacular evening filled with live performances and specials guests. Featuring a special performance by Leon & The Peoples. This year's honorees include: Congressman Gregory W.…

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November 2017

Call Me Crazy: Fighting the Stigma of Mental Illness

November 1, 2017 @ 6:00 pm
Jamaica Performing Arts Center, 153-10 Jamaica Avenue
Jamaica, 11432
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Free

The New York City Department of Veterans Affairs and Thrive NYC are pleased to present a free film screening and panel discussion. Reception: 6:00 pm to 6:45 pm Screening Begins: 7:00 pm

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December 2017

JCAL Saturday Family Matinee Series: Dragons Love Tacos & Other Stories

December 16, 2017 @ 2:00 pm
Jamaica Performing Arts Center, 153-10 Jamaica Avenue
Jamaica, 11432
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$5 – $10

Just in case you didn't know, Dragons Love Tacos. They love chicken tacos, beef tacos, great big tacos, and teeny tiny tacos. Buckets and buckets of tacos. If you want to learn more, and hear other stories, then visit the…

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Holiday Social & Toy Giveaway

December 17, 2017 @ 4:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Jamaica Performing Arts Center, 153-10 Jamaica Avenue
Jamaica, 11432
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Free

Showing Hearts Coalition Kids in coalition with New York State Senator Leroy Comrie, Councilman I. Daneek Miller, Councilman Donovan Richards, and Councilwoman Adrienne Adams are pleased to present a Holiday Social & Toy Giveaway! Enjoy an afternoon filled with free…

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January 2018

Council Member I. Daneek Miller’s Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Celebration

January 15, 2018 @ 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Jamaica Performing Arts Center, 153-10 Jamaica Avenue
Jamaica, 11432
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New York City Council Member I. Daneek Miller, Aetna Better Care, and a slew of other electeds and non-profits, invite one and all to celebrate the legacy of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King. Join Mistress of Ceremonies Valerie Oliver Durrah…

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JFK Airport Redevelopment Town Hall Meeting

January 20, 2018 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Jamaica Performing Arts Center, 153-10 Jamaica Avenue
Jamaica, 11432
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The Queens Connection Team is pleased to present a town hall meeting to discuss the proposed JFK International Airport Redevelopment. Can this opportunity empower southeast Queens to thrive and grow? To RSVP contact Community hBoard 12, (718) 658-3308 or [email protected]

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February 2018

Saturday Family Matinee: Henry Box Brown

February 10, 2018 @ 2:00 pm
Jamaica Performing Arts Center, 153-10 Jamaica Avenue
Jamaica, 11432
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$5 – $10

Gospel, R&B, blue grass and original Negro spirituals with an infusion of American folk music - weave together to tell this true story of an 1850’s Virginia Slave who shipped himself to freedom in a box! It is the American…

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Ask Your Mama: Twelve Moods for Jazz

February 17, 2018 @ 7:30 pm
Jamaica Performing Arts Center, 153-10 Jamaica Avenue
Jamaica, 11432
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$10 – $20

The Jamaica Center for Arts & Learning and the Jamaica Performing Arts Center invite one and all to The Langston Hughes Project - "Ask Your Mama: Twelve Moods for Jazz". The Langston Hughes Project is a multimedia concert performance of…

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United African Dance Troupe

February 24, 2018 @ 7:30 pm
Jamaica Performing Arts Center, 153-10 Jamaica Avenue
Jamaica, 11432
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$15 – $25

Directed by Patricia Ghizamboule Robinson, the United African Dance Troupe returns to the Jamaica Performing(JPAC) with their signature libation, drumming and dance performance honoring the ancestors of the African Diaspora.  Presented in partnership with the United African Dance Troupe, for ticket…

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March 2018

Judith Sloan Community Dialogue

March 10, 2018 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Jamaica Performing Arts Center, 153-10 Jamaica Avenue
Jamaica, 11432
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Queens Council on the Arts’ Artist Commissioning Program Awardee Judith Sloan will host the second community storytelling and dialogue event in the development process of her artist commission entitled “It Can Happen Here”. This community event is a follow up…

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Roxanne Roxanne: The True Story of Roxanne Shanté

March 20, 2018 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Jamaica Performing Arts Center, 153-10 Jamaica Avenue
Jamaica, 11432
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As a Jamaica311 subscriber, you're invited to a special screening of the new Netflix movie "Roxanne, Roxanne: The True Story of Roxanne Shanté". She grew up in a tough New York neighborhood in the 80’s and made history with “Roxanne’s Revenge.” Don’t…

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May 2018

The Jamaica Ball 2018: The 7th Annual Party With a Purpose

May 19, 2018 @ 8:00 pm - May 20, 2018 @ 1:00 am
Jamaica Performing Arts Center, 153-10 Jamaica Avenue
Jamaica, 11432
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$60

As Morris Day and The Time once asked: What time is it? It’s time for The Jamaica Ball 2018: The 7th Annual Party With a Purpose! And you are invited! That’s right, you are once again invited to join in…

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June 2018

Art Center Workshop Annual Student Showcase

June 9, 2018 @ 4:00 pm
Jamaica Performing Arts Center, 153-10 Jamaica Avenue
Jamaica, 11432
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$10

It's that time of year! It's time for the Art Center Workshops Spring 2018 Student Showcase. Come on out to support the students who have worked so hard on their artistic endeavors.

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Jamaica Just My Style

June 15, 2018 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Jamaica Performing Arts Center, 153-10 Jamaica Avenue
Jamaica, 11432
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After six years of success, The Jamaica Center BID's One of a KIND "Jamaica Just My Style" Fashion Event returns for a 7th year, showcasing trendsetting designer styles from popular businesses in the BID district, Michi Knit Wear designs by…

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Queens International Children’s Festival

June 16, 2018 @ 12:00 pm - 5:00 pm
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An event every day that begins at 12:00 pm, repeating until June 17, 2018

Jamaica Performing Arts Center, 153-10 Jamaica Avenue
Jamaica, 11432
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Free

Welcome to JCAL’s 3rd Annual International Children’s Festival, a FREE two-day fun-filled family event that brings high-quality arts performances and craft activities to Downtown Jamaica area. Each day is filled with hands-on activities to inspire young people and families to…

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Queens International Children’s Festival

June 17, 2018 @ 12:00 pm - 5:00 pm
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An event every day that begins at 12:00 pm, repeating until June 17, 2018

Jamaica Performing Arts Center, 153-10 Jamaica Avenue
Jamaica, 11432
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Free

Welcome to JCAL’s 3rd Annual International Children’s Festival, a FREE two-day fun-filled family event that brings high-quality arts performances and craft activities to Downtown Jamaica area. Each day is filled with hands-on activities to inspire young people and families to…

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Braata Productions Double Feature

June 22, 2018 @ 8:00 pm
Jamaica Performing Arts Center, 153-10 Jamaica Avenue
Jamaica, 11432
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$25

Braata Productions is proud to present two plays: "The Growing/Dying Tree" and "Take Me Baby Or Leave Me" Marcella Murray is a recent Theatre MFA graduate of Sarah Lawrence College. A playwright, performer, and puppeteer who is currently most focused…

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July 2018

Randy Weston’s African Rhythms

July 7, 2018 @ 7:00 pm
Jamaica Performing Arts Center, 153-10 Jamaica Avenue
Jamaica, 11432
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$15 – $20

Randy Weston's African Rhythms features: Randy Weston, piano; T K Blue, woodwinds; Alex Blake, bass; and Neil Clarke, African Percussions. When Randy Weston plays a combination of strength and gentleness, virility and velvet, emerges from the keys in an ebb and…

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August 2018

Spirit of the Caribbean

August 4, 2018 @ 12:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Jamaica Performing Arts Center, 153-10 Jamaica Avenue
Jamaica, 11432
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Come celebrate Caribbean culture with Andy Bassford, Majid Khaliq, Brown Rice Family, Devore Dance Center, Jahlani, and the TTO All-Stars Band. Food delights will be provide by: The Door Restaurant, Caribbean Food Delights, and Tower Isles Patties.

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September 2018

The Jamaican Music Experience (J.A.M.E) 2018

September 15, 2018 @ 7:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Jamaica Performing Arts Center, 153-10 Jamaica Avenue
Jamaica, 11432
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$50 – $75

The Jamaican Music Experience 2018 will feature Lester "SKA" Sterling, Carl McDonald, Charlie "Organaire" Cameron, Sultan Ali, Erick Monty Morris, Alphanso Castro, Majid, Khalilah Rose, Kyle Julian, LeRoy Graham, Andy Bassford, and more.

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Making Moves Dance Festival – Day 1 Outdoor

September 21, 2018 @ 6:00 pm
Jamaica Performing Arts Center, 153-10 Jamaica Avenue
Jamaica, 11432
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Free

Entering its 9th year, the expanded 2-day multi-stage/multi-site Making Moves Dance Festival presents emerging and established choreographers and dance companies performing original works and offering master workshops, showcases and discussion session. Ballet Inc Barkha Dance Company Kofago Dance Ensemble

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Making Moves Dance Festival – Day 1 Main Stage

September 21, 2018 @ 7:30 pm
Jamaica Performing Arts Center, 153-10 Jamaica Avenue
Jamaica, 11432
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$10

Entering its 9th year, the expanded 2-day multi-stage/multi-site Making Moves Dance Festival presents emerging and established choreographers and dance companies performing original works and offering master workshops, showcases and discussion session. Laura Peterson Choreography Quicksilverdance JKing Dance Company

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Making Moves Dance Festival – Day 2 Outdoor

September 22, 2018 @ 6:00 pm
Jamaica Performing Arts Center, 153-10 Jamaica Avenue
Jamaica, 11432
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Free

Entering its 9th year, the expanded 2-day multi-stage/multi-site Making Moves Dance Festival presents emerging and established choreographers and dance companies performing original works and offering master workshops, showcases and discussion session. Alison Cook Beatty Dance Schoen Movement Company Kandake Dance…

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Making Moves Dance Festival – Day 2 Main Stage

September 22, 2018 @ 7:30 pm
Jamaica Performing Arts Center, 153-10 Jamaica Avenue
Jamaica, 11432
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$10

Entering its 9th year, the expanded 2-day multi-stage/multi-site Making Moves Dance Festival presents emerging and established choreographers and dance companies performing original works and offering master workshops, showcases and discussion session. Laura Peterson Choreography Nai-Ni Chen Dance Company Mari Meade…

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It Can Happen Here

September 30, 2018 @ 7:30 pm
Jamaica Performing Arts Center, 153-10 Jamaica Avenue
Jamaica, 11432
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On Sunday September 30, playwright/actress/audio artist Judith Sloan will premiere “It Can Happen Here,” a new original dramatic comedy commissioned by the Queens Council on the Arts’ (QCA) inaugural Artist Commissioning Program (ACP). “It Can Happen Here” the culminating event…

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October 2018

We Lead: Empowering Our Girls Conference

October 13, 2018 @ 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Jamaica Performing Arts Center, 153-10 Jamaica Avenue
Jamaica, 11432
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Malik Melodies Sisterhood is pleased to present "We Lead: Empowering Our Girls Conference". Reserve your spot today for a fun filled day with music, raffles, food, performances, motivating messages, inspirational speakers, award presentations and so much more! Register online!

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Vissi Dance Theater

October 20, 2018 @ 7:00 pm
Jamaica Performing Arts Center, 153-10 Jamaica Avenue
Jamaica, 11432
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$25 – $30

Choreographer and Artistic Director Courtney Ffrench returns with the Vissi Dance Theater to The Jamaica Performing Arts Center with premiers set to the music of Mutabaruka, Gregory Porter and Bob Marley. The concert also features dances to Nina Simone, Gil…

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Plan for Paradise

October 27, 2018 @ 2:00 pm
Jamaica Performing Arts Center, 153-10 Jamaica Avenue
Jamaica, 11432
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$5 – $10

Innovative. Afro. Futuristic. Griots. Soul Science Lab is a Brooklyn-based music and multimedia duo that translates stories into soul stirring sounds and dynamic visuals.

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November 2018

JCAL Benefit: Celebrating a Creative Jamaica

November 1, 2018 @ 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Jamaica Performing Arts Center, 153-10 Jamaica Avenue
Jamaica, 11432
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$125 – $250

Save the date for the Jamaica Center for Arts & Learnings' annual benefit!

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Celestin Brothers Empowerment Conference: A Tale of Two Brothers

November 3, 2018 @ 10:00 am - 2:30 pm
Jamaica Performing Arts Center, 153-10 Jamaica Avenue
Jamaica, 11432
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Steven and Richard Celestin both grew up in Queens Village, attending Public School 33 and Intermediate School 109 in District 29. Although the foundation was the same for both, the paths that each took to achieve their dreams was very…

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Earth Music

November 17, 2018 @ 2:00 pm
Jamaica Performing Arts Center, 153-10 Jamaica Avenue
Jamaica, 11432
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$5 – $10

Enchanting rhythms and folklore enhance this richly entertaining performance with music ranging from Pre-Columbian instrumentation to Hispanic Nueva Cancion and World Fusion.

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December 2018

New Stories of the Shell-Shocked Nut

December 15, 2018 @ 2:00 pm
Jamaica Performing Arts Center, 153-10 Jamaica Avenue
Jamaica, 11432
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$5 – $10

The East Village Dance Project works with local Jamaica students to present New Stories of the Shell-Shocked Nut, a new performance that upends the classic structure of E. T. Hoffman's Nutcracker taking a war veteran and a wondering child on…

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Love Note from Monty Alexander

December 15, 2018 @ 7:00 pm
Jamaica Performing Arts Center, 153-10 Jamaica Avenue
Jamaica, 11432
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$15 – $20

Monty Alexandar has a love note that he'd like to give you. He'd prefer that you accept it in person on Saturday, December 15th at the Jamaica Performing Arts Center.

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January 2019

Crick! Crack!

January 19, 2019 @ 2:00 pm
Jamaica Performing Arts Center, 153-10 Jamaica Avenue
Jamaica, 11432
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$5 – $10

Folk tales of the African diaspora - Caribbean stories that sing, dance & shout! Our storytelling series brings together the spice and the allure of the African-Caribbean culture, with master storyteller, Michael Manswell, and the cast of Something Positive, Inc.

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Council Member I. Daneek Miller’s MLK Jr. Day Celebration

January 21, 2019 @ 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Jamaica Performing Arts Center, 153-10 Jamaica Avenue
Jamaica, 11432
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Save the date for Council Member I. Daneek Miller's MLK Jr. Day Celebration. Simone Marie Meeks will serve as the Mistress of Ceremonies. For tickets, call Margaret Denson at (718) 776-3700.

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February 2019

New York City Comptroller Scott M. Stringer’s Trailblazers Program & Award Ceremony

February 6, 2019 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Jamaica Performing Arts Center, 153-10 Jamaica Avenue
Jamaica, 11432
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New York City Comptroller Scott M. Stringer invites one and all to join him as he honors four folks for at his Trailblazer Program & Award Ceremony. Honorees Include: "Uncle" Ralph McDaniels - Hip-Hp Pioneer & Music Video Pioneer Reverend…

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Words and Voices

February 9, 2019 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Jamaica Performing Arts Center, 153-10 Jamaica Avenue
Jamaica, 11432
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The Jamaica Performing Arts Center and Three-Legged Elephant Publishing are to pleased to present "Words and Voices". Come out and enjoy the new voices of the literary scene including Malcolm Boyd, Julie Shaw, and Sherese Francis. From hard-hitting fiction to…

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Black Angels Over Tuskegee

February 16, 2019 @ 2:00 pm
Jamaica Performing Arts Center, 153-10 Jamaica Avenue
Jamaica, 11432
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$5 – $10

Layon Gray's Black Angels Over Tuskegee chronicles the stories of the Tuskegee Airmen, the first African American fighter pilots in U. S. military history.

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She Never Sleeps

February 23, 2019 @ 7:30 pm
Jamaica Performing Arts Center, 153-10 Jamaica Avenue
Jamaica, 11432
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$25 – $30

Fanike! African Dance Troupe is pleased to present a Black History Month Cultural Gala Weekend -- Saturday, February 23rd and Sunday February 24th. She Never Sleeps will take place on night 1. Join Fanike! African Dance Troupe as they present…

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Akwaawbaa Dance Film and Master Dance Class w/ Shola Jones

February 24, 2019 @ 3:00 pm
Jamaica Performing Arts Center, 153-10 Jamaica Avenue
Jamaica, 11432
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$10 – $15

Fanike! African Dance Troupe is pleased to present a Black History Month Cultural Gala Weekend -- Saturday, February 23rd and Sunday February 24th. Sunday -- Day 2 -- will feature the film Akwaawbaa Dance by Olubayo Jackson. A cultural workshop…

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March 2019

Second Saturdays: Words and Voices

March 9, 2019 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Jamaica Performing Arts Center, 153-10 Jamaica Avenue
Jamaica, 11432
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The Jamaica Performing Arts Center and Three-Legged Elephant Publishing are pleased to present Second Saturdays: Words and Voices. Come on out to celebrate a diversity of women, making their voices heard! This month's featured authors include: Amira Ford; Jody-Ann Buckle;…

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Gesel Mason & Guests

March 22, 2019 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Jamaica Performing Arts Center, 153-10 Jamaica Avenue
Jamaica, 11432
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$15

Be there when Gesel Mason & Guests present No Boundaries and No Less Black. GMPP is a project based dance company that seeks to create meaningful, relevant, and compelling art events as a way to encourage compassion and inquiry.

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Vissi Dance Theater – “We The People II: From Chaos to Community”

March 23, 2019 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Jamaica Performing Arts Center, 153-10 Jamaica Avenue
Jamaica, 11432
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$25 – $30

The Vissi Dance Theater is pleased to present "We The People II: From Chaos to Community". In addition to a fantastic performance, the evening will take to the opportunity to honor the following folks: Petula Beckles Kerri Edge Tajuana Hamm…

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Standing Ovation: African Diva Project

March 25, 2019
Jamaica Performing Arts Center, 153-10 Jamaica Avenue
Jamaica, 11432
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The outdoor art installation Standing Ovation: African Diva Project in Queens celebrates some of the biggest black female singers in entertainment. Standing Ovation is part of the artist Margaret Rose Vendrye’s larger ongoing series, The African Diva Project, created to…

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April 2019

Family Bash!

April 13, 2019 @ 2:00 pm
Jamaica Performing Arts Center, 153-10 Jamaica Avenue
Jamaica, 11432
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$5 – $10

Fast, funny, and full of crazy instruments made from recycled and reused stuff. Packed with amazing science demos and fun music, this show inspires you and your family to explore the creative connections between art and science!

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May 2019

Queens District Attorney Candidates Debate

May 15, 2019 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Jamaica Performing Arts Center, 153-10 Jamaica Avenue
Jamaica, 11432
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Nicole Paultre Bell moderates what promises to be a spirited debate between the many candidates vying to be the next Queens District Attorney.

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Paper Rooms: Folding/Unfolding

May 17, 2019 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Jamaica Performing Arts Center, 153-10 Jamaica Avenue
Jamaica, 11432
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$5 – $10

JCAL’s Making Moves Dance Festival 2018 Commissioned Artist Laura Peterson returns to Jamaica Center Arts and Learning (JCAL) with some special guests to offer us intimate conversations into her choreographic process of Paper Room: Folding/Unfolding. Paper Room is based around…

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Queensboro Dance Festival

May 17, 2019 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Jamaica Performing Arts Center, 153-10 Jamaica Avenue
Jamaica, 11432
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$5 – $10

JCAL is thrilled to partner with the 2019 Queensboro Dance Festival tour, which features performances throughout Queens by Queens-based dance companies of all cultures and styles.

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The Jamaica Ball 2019: The 8th Annual Party With A Purpose

May 25, 2019 @ 8:00 pm - May 26, 2019 @ 1:00 am
Jamaica Performing Arts Center, 153-10 Jamaica Avenue
Jamaica, 11432
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$60

It’s time for The Jamaica Ball 2019: The 8th Annual Party With a Purpose! You're invited! That’s right, you are once again invited to join in on the celebration of the non-profits who work on behalf of the people of…

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Screening: The Grass is Greener

May 28, 2019 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Jamaica Performing Arts Center, 153-10 Jamaica Avenue
Jamaica, 11432
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State Senator Leroy Comrie and State Assembly Members Alicia Hyndman invite one and all to a special screening of "The Grass Is Greener" a discussion about the proposed legalization of marijuana in New York State.

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June 2019

Queens International Children’s Festival

June 22, 2019 @ 12:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Jamaica Performing Arts Center, 153-10 Jamaica Avenue
Jamaica, 11432
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Free

A two-day fun-filled family event that brings high-quality arts, performances, and arts & crafts to downtown Jamaica Queens. Each day is filled with hands-on activities to inspire young people and families to enjoy the arts together. Noon - Soul Science…

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Queens International Children’s Festival

June 23, 2019 @ 12:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Jamaica Performing Arts Center, 153-10 Jamaica Avenue
Jamaica, 11432
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Free

A two-day fun-filled family event that brings high-quality arts, performances, and arts & crafts to downtown Jamaica Queens. Each day is filled with hands-on activities to inspire young people and families to enjoy the arts together. 12:00 pm - Elite…

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July 2019

Amazing Grace

July 13, 2019 @ 12:00 pm
Jamaica Performing Arts Center, 153-10 Jamaica Avenue
Jamaica, 11432
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$10

The Jamaica Downtown Jazz Festival aims to celebrate the rich jazz heritage rooted in Southeast Queens and promotes generations of talents who hail from diverse cultures residing in this community today. This weekend-long music marathon will pay tribute to a…

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Secret Mall

July 13, 2019 @ 3:00 pm
Jamaica Performing Arts Center, 153-10 Jamaica Avenue
Jamaica, 11432
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The Jamaica Downtown Jazz Festival aims to celebrate the rich jazz heritage rooted in Southeast Queens and promotes generations of talents who hail from diverse cultures residing in this community today. This weekend-long music marathon will pay tribute to a…

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Kendra Shank

July 13, 2019 @ 5:00 pm
Jamaica Performing Arts Center, 153-10 Jamaica Avenue
Jamaica, 11432
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The Jamaica Downtown Jazz Festival aims to celebrate the rich jazz heritage rooted in Southeast Queens and promotes generations of talents who hail from diverse cultures residing in this community today. This weekend-long music marathon will pay tribute to a…

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Milford Graves, Don Byron and Alchemy Sound Project

July 13, 2019 @ 7:00 pm
Jamaica Performing Arts Center, 153-10 Jamaica Avenue
Jamaica, 11432
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$30

The Jamaica Downtown Jazz Festival aims to celebrate the rich jazz heritage rooted in Southeast Queens and promotes generations of talents who hail from diverse cultures residing in this community today. This weekend-long music marathon will pay tribute to a…

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August 2019

Spirit of the Caribbean

August 3, 2019 @ 12:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Jamaica Performing Arts Center, 153-10 Jamaica Avenue
Jamaica, 11432
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Jamaica Center for Arts and Learning and VP Records invite one and all to Spirit of the Caribbean, a free community cultural affair, bringing cultural representation from following countries via Consulate and /or organizations from the Bahamas, Barbados, Grenada, Guyana,…

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September 2019

Making Moves Dance Festival (Day 1): The Illustrious Blacks

September 19, 2019 @ 7:00 pm
Jamaica Performing Arts Center, 153-10 Jamaica Avenue
Jamaica, 11432
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The 10th edition of the annual Making Move Dance Festival promises to be an even wider representation of diversity in the world of dance. The festival has been expanded into a three-day program featuring eleven up and coming, underrepresented and…

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Making Moves Dance Festival (Day 2) Outdoor Stage

September 20, 2019 @ 6:00 pm
Jamaica Performing Arts Center, 153-10 Jamaica Avenue
Jamaica, 11432
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The 10th edition of the annual Making Move Dance Festival promises to be an even wider representation of diversity in the world of dance. The festival has been expanded into a three-day program featuring eleven up and coming, underrepresented and…

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Making Moves Dance Festival (Day 2) Indoor Stage

September 20, 2019 @ 7:30 pm
Jamaica Performing Arts Center, 153-10 Jamaica Avenue
Jamaica, 11432
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$5 – $13

The 10th edition of the annual Making Move Dance Festival promises to be an even wider representation of diversity in the world of dance. The festival has been expanded into a three-day program featuring eleven up and coming, underrepresented and…

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Making Moves Dance Festival (Day 3) Outdoor Stage

September 21, 2019 @ 6:00 pm
Jamaica Performing Arts Center, 153-10 Jamaica Avenue
Jamaica, 11432
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The 10th edition of the annual Making Move Dance Festival promises to be an even wider representation of diversity in the world of dance. The festival has been expanded into a three-day program featuring eleven up and coming, underrepresented and…

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Making Moves Dance Festival (Day 3) Indoor Stage

September 21, 2019 @ 7:30 pm
Jamaica Performing Arts Center, 153-10 Jamaica Avenue
Jamaica, 11432
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$5 – $13

The 10th edition of the annual Making Move Dance Festival promises to be an even wider representation of diversity in the world of dance. The festival has been expanded into a three-day program featuring eleven up and coming, underrepresented and…

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October 2019

Harlem Fine Arts Show & Sale — Jamaica Edition

October 5, 2019 @ 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
Jamaica Performing Arts Center, 153-10 Jamaica Avenue
Jamaica, 11432
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$10 – $15

All are welcome to attend the Harlem Fine Arts Show & Sale -- Jamaica Edition. Works by Otto Neals, Emmett Wigglesworth, and Frank Frazier will be available for purchase. For additional information, call (800) 376-2860.

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Harlem Fine Arts Show Salute to Jamaica Queens Icons Evening Spectacular

October 5, 2019 @ 7:00 pm - 11:59 pm
Jamaica Performing Arts Center, 153-10 Jamaica Avenue
Jamaica, 11432
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$50

All are welcome to attend the Harlem Fine Arts Show Salute to Jamaica Queens Icons. Join them for this Evening Spectacular tribute to Danny Simmons, Emmett Wigglesworth, Frank Frazier, Brent Bailer, Steven Kroon, Fred "Bugsy" Buggs, Bill Jacobs, and The…

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Girl Force Tea Party

October 13, 2019 @ 3:00 pm - 5:30 pm
Jamaica Performing Arts Center, 153-10 Jamaica Avenue
Jamaica, 11432
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$5

The International Day of the Girl is a United Nations Women-sanctioned annual event, celebrating the power and potential of young women around the world! This year's theme, “With Her: A Skilled Girl Force”, celebrates girls everywhere as they inspire, innovate…

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November 2019

Music with a Latin Beat with Surcari

November 7, 2019 @ 10:30 am
Jamaica Performing Arts Center, 153-10 Jamaica Avenue
Jamaica, 11432
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$5 – $7

Students learn games and songs in Spanish based on the musical styles and traditions of the Andes, the Spanish Caribbean, Central and South America, Spain and Mexico. Students will also play an extensive collection of authentic percussion instruments and dance…

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Owen and Mzee the Musical – Saturday Family Matinee

November 9, 2019 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Jamaica Performing Arts Center, 153-10 Jamaica Avenue
Jamaica, 11432
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$5

When Owen was stranded after a tsunami, villagers in Kenya worked tirelessly to rescue him. Then, to everyone's amazement, the orphan hippo and the elderly tortoise adopted each other. Now they are inseparable, swimming, eating, and playing together. Adorable photos…

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December 2019

The Nutcracker w/ Sylvan Winds Quintet and Scottie Davis

December 12, 2019 @ 10:30 am
Jamaica Performing Arts Center, 153-10 Jamaica Avenue
Jamaica, 11432
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$5 – $7

Meet the characters of E.T.A. Hoffman’s original story of The Nutcracker, as our dynamic storyteller dramatizes the tale to the sounds of Tchaikovsky’s Nutcracker Suite, played by a woodwind quintet. The program explores the magic of music by using the…

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The Nutcracker – Saturday Family Matinee

December 21, 2019 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Jamaica Performing Arts Center, 153-10 Jamaica Avenue
Jamaica, 11432
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$5

She is the favorite godchild of Herr Drosselmeyer, a mysterious clockmaker, who helps to transport Clara and her Nutcracker Prince to a special realm. Ballet for Young Audiences is dedicated to reaching youngsters of all ages and backgrounds to stimulate…

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January 2020

Steam Lab! w/ Page Turner

January 16 @ 10:30 am
Jamaica Performing Arts Center, 153-10 Jamaica Avenue
Jamaica, 11432
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$5 – $7

When mad scientist Dr. Loboto tries to take over the world, the kids in the audience must put their knowledge of S.T.E.A.M. (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math) to the test! Everyone participates in the most outrageous multi-media game show…

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Jesus Hopped The A Train

January 17 @ 8:00 pm
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Jamaica Performing Arts Center, 153-10 Jamaica Avenue
Jamaica, 11432
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$10

It's Peace Week. Don't miss this Peace Week presentation of Jesus Hopped The A Train. This play covers everything from prison reform, incarceration, race, and the entire criminal justice system in general. It's is very provocative and speaks from the…

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Jesus Hopped The A Train

January 18 @ 6:00 pm
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One event on January 18, 2020 at 6:00 pm

One event on January 19, 2020 at 4:00 pm

Jamaica Performing Arts Center, 153-10 Jamaica Avenue
Jamaica, 11432
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$10

It's Peace Week. Don't miss this Peace Week presentation of Jesus Hopped The A Train. This play covers everything from prison reform, incarceration, race, and the entire criminal justice system in general. It's is very provocative and speaks from the…

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Jesus Hopped The A Train

January 19 @ 4:00 pm
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One event on January 18, 2020 at 6:00 pm

One event on January 19, 2020 at 4:00 pm

Jamaica Performing Arts Center, 153-10 Jamaica Avenue
Jamaica, 11432
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$10

It's Peace Week. Don't miss this Peace Week presentation of Jesus Hopped The A Train. This play covers everything from prison reform, incarceration, race, and the entire criminal justice system in general. It's is very provocative and speaks from the…

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Celebrate the Legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

January 20 @ 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Jamaica Performing Arts Center, 153-10 Jamaica Avenue
Jamaica, 11432
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New York City Council Member I. Daneek Miller and BRP Companies invite you to celebrate the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Join them as they welcome Keynote Speaker Rev. Carlton E. Mobley Ebenezer Baptist Church. The Mistress of…

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February 2020

The Meeting

February 1 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Jamaica Performing Arts Center, 153-10 Jamaica Avenue
Jamaica, 11432
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$5

Following the bombing of Malcolm X’s home Malcolm and Martin meet in a room inside the historic Theresa Hotel. This riveting play deals with issues that are still relevant today: war, poverty, racism, and the need for Black self-empowerment. They…

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The Meeting

February 1 @ 2:00 pm
Jamaica Performing Arts Center, 153-10 Jamaica Avenue
Jamaica, 11432
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$5

The Jamaica Center for Arts & Learning is pleased to present "The Meeting". The Meeting is an engaging and intelligent play that depicts a fictional account of a secret meeting between Malcolm X and Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Following…

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The New York Philharmonic’s Very Young People’s Concerts: Strings

February 8 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Jamaica Performing Arts Center, 153-10 Jamaica Avenue
Jamaica, 11432
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Families come in all shapes and sizes. Join Philippe the Penguin and Musicians from the New York Philharmonic to discover different families of instruments that live within an orchestra through games, storytelling, and hands-on music-making in one fun-filled hour and…

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Immigration Stories: Mari Meade Dance Collective

February 8 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Jamaica Performing Arts Center, 153-10 Jamaica Avenue
Jamaica, 11432
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$10 – $15

Mari Meade creates intricate, fully-formed worlds with epic, abstract narratives. Her company is driven by choreographic inspiration but is shaped by interactions with, and contributions from, other art forms. She created immigration stories based on recorded interviews conducted with immigrants,…

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Civil Rights Movements

February 12 @ 10:30 am
Jamaica Performing Arts Center, 153-10 Jamaica Avenue
Jamaica, 11432
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$5 – $7

This groundbreaking assembly focuses on student involvement in the American Civil Rights movement through dance, audience participation, and a variety of interactive activities. They tackle racism, segregation, and the struggle for freedom in a safe, family friendly atmosphere of Hip…

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Classical Crossover

February 15 @ 7:00 pm
Jamaica Performing Arts Center, 153-10 Jamaica Avenue
Jamaica, 11432
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$15 – $20

The Jamaica Center for Arts and Learning celebration of African Americans in classical music -- with a special tribute to the late operatic superstar, Jessye Norman. Featuring piano virtuoso the Altino Brothers, with special guests -- the soprano twins, Cherisse & Cherissia Williams;…

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Black History Month International Film Festival

February 22 @ 5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Jamaica Performing Arts Center, 153-10 Jamaica Avenue
Jamaica, 11432
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$10 – $15

QueensUnderground718 is proud to present the first ever Black History Month International Film Festival. Join them for this momentous occasion. If you have a movie short or movie video that you'd like to submit, you may do so by visiting:

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March 2020

Chivalrous Creativity

March 10 @ 10:30 am
Jamaica Performing Arts Center, 153-10 Jamaica Avenue
Jamaica, 11432
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$5 – $7

Celebrate creativity!  In a world that seems dark and scary find the light and how to use it!  Through puppetry the students will explore how their own unique creativity is a force that can change the world one person at…

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April 2020

Wild Kingdom w/ Dance Entropy

April 1 @ 10:30 am
Jamaica Performing Arts Center, 153-10 Jamaica Avenue
Jamaica, 11432
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$5 – $7

VG/DE creates interactive dances that encourage creativity, discovery and inquiry among young audience members, engaging them in arts & culture programs in their own neighborhoods and schools. "Wild Kingdom" is a nonsense amalgamation of movement, animal behaviors, facial expressions, and…

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Monstah Black: Crescent Moon Performance, Featuring Cotton and an Intimate Conversation (Postponed Indefinitely)

April 4 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Jamaica Performing Arts Center, 153-10 Jamaica Avenue
Jamaica, 11432
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$5 – $10

World-acclaimed multidisciplinary performing and recording artist, Monstah Black, expertly defies genre and gender, producing fun-drenched creations that fuse his love of dance, music, fashion and the visual arts. As part of his year-long JCAL “Peak Moments” residency, his Crescent Moon…

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May 2020

Caribbean Carnival w/ Carnival Trio (Postponed)

May 21 @ 10:30 am
Jamaica Performing Arts Center, 153-10 Jamaica Avenue
Jamaica, 11432
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$5 – $7

Join the Carnival Trio in this highly interactive program. Swing and sway to the music of the islands. Learn about the culture of the Caribbean, the origins of steel drum music, and how the steel drums are constructed from recycled…

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