The US Open, the biggest pro tennis event in the United States (and one of the four Grand Slam tournaments that are the sport’s most prestigious), returns to Flushing Meadows Corona Park August 29th through September 11th. Opening night traditionally brings a lot of star power to the BJKNTC to entertain the crowds, but the line-up for the 2016 season is still under wraps. Stay tuned for details.
There have been some pretty major changes made to the Billie Jean King National Tennis Center during the year. For openers, the long-awaited retractable roof has been completed. This means no more weather-related cancellations . . . a bonus for the players and ticket holders alike.
Actually, most of the grounds have been renovated. The changes don’t stop at the roof. The USTA says they’ve upgraded 85 percent of the Billie Jean King National Tennis Center—renovating almost all of the side courts and adding seating which will increase total capacity on those courts by more than a third. They’ve also expanded walkways and added more concessions throughout the grounds. Options include Ben & Jerry’s ice cream, the upscale Aces wine and sushi bar, a glatt kosher cart and even a Carnegie Deli outpost. Bargain seekers can hit the street vendors near the grounds, too, though security won’t let you enter with outside snacks.
There’s also a brand-new 8,000-seat grandstand stadium, to replace the old one slated for demolition after this year’s tournament. In the years to come, the USTA plans for a new Louis Armstrong Stadium, with a retractable roof like the one on Arthur Ashe Stadium.
Though this is tennis at its highest level, you can still pay as little as $35.00 (before fees) for an opening-night or early evening session ticket. Admission for Arthur Ashe Kids’ Day on August 27th is only $10.00. This year’s iteration of Arthur Ashe Kids’ Day is scheduled to include music from Flo Rida, Zara Larsson, Forever in Your Mind and others. There will also be interactive and entertaining tennis-related fun, including appearances by Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal.
You can also attend—for free—the qualifying tournament (August 23–26), in which ambitious players battle for a berth in the main tournament, and practice day, August 28, when the stars hone their game in preparation for their moment in the spotlight.
Some helpful hints;
Use public transit. Parking is tough, and a spot will set you back $23.
If you are outside for a day session wear a hat and sunglasses, and apply plenty of sunscreen. Don’t forget to hydrate. Seriously!
Like other big events, the US Open has a lengthy list of what is and is not allowed. Do yourself a favor and read up to prevent that awkward moment when you’re stopped at the gate because you can’t bring your doggy in to sit with you.
You don’t need a courtside ticket to get a great view—you just need to know where to look. If you buy a grounds pass, you’ll be able to see the pros at very close range on the numerous side courts, at a fraction of the cost of a courtside seat in one of Stadiums.
Tickets for the event, and for Arthur Ashe Kids’ Day, can be purchased at usopen.org, by calling Ticketmaster at 1-866-OPEN-TIX, at all Ticketmaster outlets or at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center box office.
US Open Tennis Championships
USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center
Flushing Meadows Corona Park
Flushing, New York 11368
Queens’s youngsters interested in coding will be able to learn from the best when Google begins teaching free coding classes this fall at twenty-six Queens Library locations. This is the first time Google has partnered with a library to offer these free classes.
“Computer science skills are critical to for the success of our youth and our country,” said William Floyd, Google’s head of public affairs for New York. “ By 2020, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts there will be 1 million more computer science jobs than graduating students who qualify to fill them. Google is proud to work with the Queens Library to educate and empower this next generation through CS education.”
The CS First clubs were created for students ages 9 to 14 and offer about 10 hours’ worth of coding lessons and activities. Students will be exposed to a curriculum following seven different themes including art, music and sound and game design to apply coding in a real-world context, according to a press release.
Children participating in the CS First club will be instructed in a vast variety of topics;
High Seas – High Seas is an introductory activity designed for use in a classroom setting or at a conference, hackathon, or other event. It is a one-time, standalone activity and not part of a regular CS First theme or club, so it does not use/provide printed materials, usernames, or passwords.
Storytelling – Students use computer science to tell fun and interactive stories. Storytelling emphasizes creativity by encouraging club members to tell a unique story each day.
Friends – Students are encouraged to sign up with a friend or make a new friend in the club. Friends emphasizes teamwork by allowing club members to tell the story of how their friendship started and imagine a company together.
Fashion & Design- Students learn how computer science and technology are used in the fashion industry while building fashion-themed programs, like a fashion walk, a stylist tool, and a pattern maker.
Art -Students create animations, interactive artwork, photograph filters, and other exciting, artistic projects.
Social Media – Students create fun social media style applications and games while learning about the computer science concepts that enable these programs to work.
Sports – Students use computer science to simulate extreme sports, make their own fitness gadget commercial, and create commentary for a big sporting event.
Music & Sound – Students use the computer to play musical notes, create a music video, and build an interactive music display while learning how programming is used to create music.
Game Design – Students learn basic video game coding concepts by making different types of games, including racing, platform, launching, and more!
Animation – BETA Advanced is an advanced curriculum, which means it teaches new concepts that are recommended for students who have already participated in at least two other CS First themes. – Students create fun and complex animated projects.
Twenty high school students will be recruited to become apprentices and will receive high school credit through an ExpandEd program.
“Offering children computer science activities in a relaxed, informal setting will stimulate their natural curiosity and help develop skills that will be useful to them throughout their academic and professional lives,” said Dennis M. Walcott, president and CEO of Queens Library. “The public library is the perfect place for exploring. Queens Library appreciates Google’s partnership in bringing digital literacy to library users, young and old.”
Queens Library hopes to sign up more than 300 kids. Children must pre-register and will be chosen randomly. Check the Rego Park Library for more information, including start-up date.
Whether you’re 8 years old, or 80 years young, we’ve all asked the question, “How do airplanes fly?” Or maybe, “What keeps a boat afloat so it doesn’t sink?” Different modes of transportation, and its’ technology, are the theme of the on going ‘Going Places’ exhibit at the New York Hall of Science.
Through hands-on exploration travelers will experience the thrill of piloting a plane without leaving the ground in an airplane-shaped flight simulator. They will float across the floor riding a mini hover disk while learning how the cushion of air allows hovercrafts to travel across roads, sand, water and more. They will challenge themselves to guide a blimp through sky hoops. So, it really doesn’t matter if you’re 8 or 80, everyone will have fun while learning how Earth’s size and natural processes like gravity, wind, currents, waves, friction and changing landscapes are overcome by the ingenious designs of travel technology.
Other Going Places exhibits include;
Land Yacht – Sail a tabletop land yacht against perilous winds.
Transport Footprint – Take the carbon challenge to find out what impact your travel is having on the planet and how you can reduce your carbon footprint.
Big Engine – See how air and fuel are used to create thrust, and why the modern engine is one of the cheapest and most efficient energy providers on the planet.
Aeroplane Mobile – Try and get the giant aeroplane mobile to spin.
Virtual Traffic Controller – Work cooperatively with other visitors to keep the traffic flow in this virtual city moving smoothly.
Design Your Ride – Design the next big transportation innovation at this brainstorming idea table.
Load the Car – Attempt to fit all the bags and gear into a typical car trunk.
Shifting Steel – See if you can shift a heavy weight on nothing but air.
Virtual Earth – Rotate the virtual Earth, while considering the amazing technology that enables us to explore the globe.
Luggage Loader – Test your sorting and packing skills in this high-tech game.
Sit Down – See, feel and sit in a range of different seats from sporty to luxurious, and learn how science has helped us design seats to make our journeys more comfortable.
Vehicle Jigsaw – In this digital game, choose from aerodynamic profiles, engine and wheel types, and then find out how far your car can go on a tank of fuel.
Recumbent Racer – Race a friend to find out which type of bicycle travels fastest – a recumbent or racer.
Admission to this fascinating exhibit is free with NYSCI membership; non-member tickets available for sale at box-office or http://nysci.org/event/going-places-the-technology-of-transport/
New York Hall of Science
47-01 111th Street
Corona, New York
Through September 18, 2016
If it’s summer time in Queens, then the borough’s magnificent parks are once again filled with free Shakespeare, courtesy of Hip-to-Hip Theatre Co.
Now in its eighth season, the Woodside-based theater group — founded by husband-and-wife acting team Jason and Joy Marr — kicks things off July 23 at Flushing Meadows Corona Park with “Cymbeline.” One of the bard’s later works, “Cymbeline” may not have the name recognition of a “King Lear” or “Macbeth,” but it fits nicely into Hip to Hip’s mission of balancing a silly comedy with something more dramatic.
This year’s silliness comes by way of “Two Gentlemen of Verona,” which tells the story of the foolish way people in love usually act. Hip to Hip plans on staging the comedy in the classic Commedia dell’arte style, including the use of stock characters in masques.
The ever popular pre-curtain children’s program returns. Offered 30 minutes prior to each performance, the workshops include games and word play to help the younger audience members get a better grasp of the language and storyline. Lots of parents attend as well, using the workshops as an opportunity to brush up on their Shakespeare.
Coming to a park near you . . .
July 23 – 7 :00p.m. Flushing Meadows Corona Park
July 26 – 7:00 p.m. St. Albans Park
July 30 – 7:00 p.m. Voelker Orth Museum
August 1- 7:00 p.m. Sunnyside Gardens Park
August 3 – 4:30 p.m. Socrates Sculpture Park
August 7 – 7 :00p.m. Crocheron Park
August 9 – 7:00 p.m. Gantry Plaza State Park
August 14 – 7:30 p.m Cunningham Park
“Two Gentlemen of Verona”
July 24 – 7 :00 p.m. Crocheron Park
July 25 – 7:00 p.m. Lost Battalion Rec Center
July 31- 7:30 p.m. Cunningham Park
August 2 – 7:00 p.m. Gantry Plaza State Park
August 6 – 7 :00 p.m. Flushing Meadows Corona Park
August 8 – 7 :00 p.m. Sunnyside Gardens Park
August 10 – 4:30 p.m. Socrates Sculpture Park
August 13 -7:00 p.m. Voelker Orth Museum
Many of these parks are approximately a 15-20 minute distance from The Alexander at Rego Center. The Lost Battalion Recreation Center, scene of Two Gentlemen of Verona on July 25th, is located in Rego Park at 93-29 Queens Boulevard.
The 2nd Annual Battle of the Bands is heating up. This year the competition is fiercer than ever, and bands of every musical genre will rock out at the 2,100-seat Colden Auditorium at the Kupferberg Center for the Arts to win the Best Band in Queens title.
THE 2ND ANNUAL BATTLE OF THE BANDS CONTESTANTS
- Chiv Culture
- Global Warming
- Noise on 93rd
- Noni Rene and The Village
- Psychonaut Underground
- Roslyn School of Rock House Band
- Summer Haze
Ralph McDaniels from Video Music Box will be the official MC for this free event.
Queens Library programs are a free to the public; however tickets are limited to 4 per individual. Free parking is available at the parking lot adjacent to Colden Auditorium. Parking is first come, first served.
Thursday, July 14, 2016
6:00 pm – 8:00pm
Colden Auditorium at Kupferberg Center for the Arts
65-30 Kissena Boulevard
Flushing, NY 11367
Ten years ago the inaugural Korean Theatre Festival arrived in New York with founder Du-Yee Chang performing an original one-man show based on one of Franz Kafka’s novels. Chang, along with 16 other performers from various Seoul theater companies, descend on The Secret Theatre in Long Island City from June 29th through July 3rd to stage three plays as part of the fourth edition of the festival dedicated to Korean theater.
Chang sees the event as a sort of cultural exchange to introduce American audiences to traditional Korean theater. “When we do a Shakespeare play, we are not doing it in an Elizabethan style,” Chang said. “We transform it so Korean audiences can feel familiar with it. It is sort of like how in America, ‘Romeo & Juliet’ became ‘West Side Story.’”
No large-scale musicals are on tap for this year’s festival, but Chang said the three plays scheduled show the variety of what is happening in Korean theater.
“Counselor,” written and directed by Hyun Suk Cha, revolves around the owner of a coffee shop, who offers advice to emotionally and mentally wounded patrons, but who has no memory of his own past. “This is a very modern Korean play,” Chang said. “It is really an interesting psychological drama — like a Harold Pinter play.”
In “The Genius Magician, Young-Sil Chang,” a young magician is the reincarnation of a genius inventor from the 15th-century Chosun Dynasty. Living in a beautiful fictional world, the young magician uses his powers to fight those set on destroying nature.
Both plays will be performed with subtitles displaying English translations of the dialogue.
Although “Same Story, Different Day,” a piece written to mark the 65th Anniversary of the Korean War, will be performed without titles, Chang believes the story will be understood by English-speaking audience members with its use of movement and pantomime.
Although Korean ex-patriots are most likely to attend the festival, Chang hopes to reach plenty of American theatergoers as well.
“We are aiming for both,” he said. “For New Yorkers, these are good plays for theater performances. Korean theater can introduce a different dimension or style.”
June 29 through July 3
Korean Theatre Festival in New York
44-02 23rd St., Long Island City
Cost: $10/general, $7/seniors and students
If you want to get lost in the magic of street art, spend a day exploring Welling Court, and the nooks and crannies of its neighboring streets.
Graffiti, once considered acts of vandalism, has become a popular art form. Public acceptance brought respectability to the artists and their creations, and ultimately led to legitimizing this art form as street art.
Street artists are wildly talented and creative, with most using street art as a means to make a statement. One such artist was Keith Haring whose works consisted of themes related to anti-Apartheid, AIDS awareness, and the crack cocaine epidemic. Later, he branched out to commercialism and created pop art pieces for major companies, then on to images of famous personalities.
Banksy is known throughout the world for his satirical renderings relating to political and social commentary. His forte of blending dark humor with graffiti has become the easily recognizable street art belonging to this talented stencil artist.
Check out the 7th Annual Welling Court Mural Project and see the creativity of some of our local street artists before they become as famous as Haring and Banksy. It’s a treasure trove of talent waiting to be discovered.
With the participating artists spanning over 5 decades of public work, the Welling Court Mural Project is by far one of the best collections of contemporary street culture on the planet, all within this hidden gem of NYC! Always free and open to the public 24/7/365. Don’t forget to wear your comfy kicks.
Welling Court Mural Project
11-98 Welling Court (30th Avenue)
Astoria, New York 11102
Cross streets include Astoria Boulevard, 21st Street, and Vernon Boulevard.
On this Memorial Day we, at The Alexander at Rego Center, honor our heroes who sacrificed their lives to defend our liberties, and salute those who continue to fight for our freedom.
Have a safe and wonderful holiday week-end.
We have been announcing add-ons to the summer schedule of live entertainment at the Forest Hills Stadium as soon as that information is made available to us. Tickets for concerts held here sell out almost immediately and we don’t want you to miss out. Today we received word that The New York Pops, the iconic and influential organization that embodies the spirit of New York, is returning with a performance starring Tony and Emmy nominee Matthew Morrison.
Last summer The New York Pops played to a sold-out audience at this open-air venue, and the rumor around town is that this year’s concert will be no different. The New York Pop’s educational effort, Kids in the Balcony program, allowing for free admission for 1,000 children to have an opportunity to attend and learn about live music, also returns. If you were fortunate to have been in the audience at the 2015 concert you will certainly remember the positive energy from those well-behaved youngsters in attendance.
Music Director Steven Reineke is as excited to be in Forest Hills, as Rego Park and Forest Hills residents are to have The New York Pops in their back yard “I am beyond thrilled to return to the stadium – we had such a blast last summer, and I know that the orchestra and Matthew are going to knock it out of the park in July! Matthew’s performances with us in December 2014 were absolutely electric. We played two sold-out nights at Carnegie Hall. I am glad he will bring his larger-than-life talent to join our full orchestra in this incredible venue. And in case you’re not excited enough, keep your eyes peeled for the announcement of our other special guest!”
A mystery guest, hmm. Anyone care to venture a guess? Our hope would be Idina Menzel, the voice of Elsa in Disney’s Frozen or Linda Eder of Jekyll & Hyde fame. Either would be a fabulous pairing with Broadway’s Matthew Morrison, although we’re certain whoever the guest is won’t disappoint.
Forest Hills Stadium events have been made possible through a partnership with the local community, with an emphasis on making concerts a rewarding experience for all. As members of this community, residents of the luxury rental building, The Alexander at Rego Center agree these live, top-performer concerts are representative of an unmatched neighborhood quality.
The latest rumor is Van Morrison will be performing sometime in October, and we’ll keep you posted on that.
Tickets are on sale at www.foresthillsstadium.com; prices range from $15.00 to $95.00. Remember, children are admitted free.
Another reminder, The New York Pops annual subscription series at Carnegie Hall opens October 14, 2016 with “The Musical World of Lerner and Loewe.”
The New York Pops at Forest Hills Stadium starring Matthew Morrison.
July 7, 2016
Forest Hills Stadium
One Tennis Place
Forest Hills, New York 11375
David Villa, World Cup champion and top goal scorer for the Spanish National Soccer Team, and captain of the New York City Football Club, is developing youth academies in the United States to pass on his skills to children involved in the sport. The first DV7 Soccer Academy opened last January in Bayamón, Puerto Rico. This summer, Mr. Villa is bringing his DV7 Soccer Academy Spanish soccer methods to Queens College, as part of their Summer Camp happenings.
Announcing his association with the college, Mr. Villa elaborated, “In this camp I want to teach the children the concepts and the values that I have learned throughout my soccer career. It is an unparalleled and special opportunity to be able to begin this project in such a diverse and soccer-passionate community as Queens.”
Josep Gombau Balaguer, a professional soccer coach and director of Villa’s DV7 Academy, will direct the sessions. Villa personally participates in a training session with each group; evaluating their play and giving them feedback on technique.
If you have a youngster who loves the game, imagine how exciting it would be for them to be on the same playing field with David Villa. If you’re interested in offering your child the absolute best in soccer instruction, this might just be what you are looking for. And, if it’s convenience you’re looking for, Queens College is a quick fifteen-minute ride from the Alexander at Rego Center. That sounds like a hat trick to us!
- Camp sessions run from July 25th through the 29th from 9:00am to 4:00pm daily, and August 1st though the 5th, with the same full day schedule. The program cost $695 per week.
Each participant receives two full DV7 Soccer Academy kits, including jerseys, shorts and socks; an Adidas mini soccer ball signed by David Villa; and a certificate of completion for David Villa’s DV7 Soccer Academy at Queens College Summer Camp 2016.
To register online, log on to www.queensknights.com/DV7
While your child is getting his/her goal on, no need for you to call a time out, you might want to consider staying on campus to enjoy a lecture, go for a swim, or attend one the college’s many day activities available to Queens residents. Why not check out their community site to see what’s on hand?
David Villa’s DV7 Soccer Academy
65-30 Kissena Blvd.
Flushing, New York 11367