For the first time in Queens, Great Small Works presents an evening of developing puppetry as part of its long-running Spaghetti Dinner series that showcases new work that responds to current trends. Featuring puppets, music, and pasta, the Spaghetti Dinner will feed you with food, with art, and with ideas.For adult audiences only.
Happy Collision: Queens and Dreams
"Trumppuppetry" Overhead projector shadows for dark times by CHINESE THEATRE WORKS
"Song from a Nomad Flute," excerpt from new work with original music by PHYLLIS CHEN and shadow landscapes by STEPHEN KAPLIN
Storytelling and Performance by Jackson Heights' own CECILIA GENTILI beloved mentor and Translatina Network advocate for trans rights in New York City
"The Holey Land" A crankie (paper scroll picture performance) by VALESKA POPULOH with CHARLES GRAHAM, created as part of the Campaign for Fair Development in Baltimore. The tale of a community and the land they call home.
Duet by composer/vocalist JUDITH BERKSON and choreographer/dancer ABIGAIL LEVINE.
A historically amazing and relevant Happening from SOMETHING POSITIVE PERFORMING ARTS COMPANY, Old Carnival Mas specialists and preservers of the arts and culture of the African Diaspora and its cross-cultural influences.
Aftselokhis Spectacle Committee "6 positions for engagement with the autocrat"
Founded by veterans of Vermont’s Bread & Puppet Theater in 1978, the Spaghetti Dinners began in a storefront on East Ninth Street as informal evenings for neighborhood residents and members of the downtown theater community, combining puppet theater, New Orleans brass band music, and healthy portions of spaghetti with fresh garlic. Today, the Spaghetti Dinner still works with the same formula – home-made vegetarian pasta, new performances in theater, puppetry, dance, film, spoken word and live music. It is a venue for both emerging and veteran performing artists to show excerpts of developing work, and for Great Small Works, its audience, and friends to celebrate the political and ritual calendars of New York City. These one-time-only events feed both participants and audiences with spaghetti, with art and with ideas.
Great Small Works Spaghetti Dinner is supported in part by a grant from the Puppet Slam Network www.puppetslam.com, and by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council.
Flushing Town Hall is a not-for-profit organization which receives major support from the National Endowment for the Arts; New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature; New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, Mayor Bill de Blasio; Queens Borough President Melinda Katz; New York State Assembly Members Ron Kim, Ed Braunstein and Nily Rozic; New York City Council, Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito, the Queens Delegation, and Council Members Costa Constantinides, Daniel Dromm, Julissa Ferreras-Copeland, Peter Koo, Karen Koslowitz, and Paul A. Vallone; Howard Gilman Foundation, the Fan Fox and Leslie R. Samuels Foundation, and the Lily Auchincloss Foundation.
Support is also provided by Astoria Bank, the Chinese-American Arts Council, FTH’s Chinese Cultural Committee, Chinese Radio Network, Dr. Hsing-Lih Chou/ New York Institute of Culture and the Arts, Con Edison, Crossings TV, Exploring the Metropolis, Farrell Fritz, Flushing Bank, Barbara Garii, Gerson Family Foundation, Gerson Properties, Simon Gerson, the Glow Foundation, Howard Graf & Kathy Donovan, Graf & Lewent Architects, LLP, Heather Harrison, Raymond D. Jasen, Ellen Kodadek, the Laura B. Vogler Foundation, Nelson Lee, James S. Liao, Steven Lii, the Louis Armstrong Educational Foundation, Materials for the Arts, William McClure, Metro Plus Health Plan, New York Community Bank, New York Community Bank Foundation, New York State Presenters Network, the Ong Family Foundation, Queens College, Georgiana Reese-Benatti, JoAnn She, Mike Sperendi & Jan Schneider, St. Joseph’s College, Veronica Tsang, Tony & Tai Wang/WAC Lighting, and Constance Wingate.