Saturday, May 12
Mother’s Day Concert
Join us for an evening of old school Salsa and Soul concert and dance featuring Black Ivory, The Intruders and Zon del Barrio with MC Bob Love of WBLS 107.5 FM at The Louis Armstrong Center, 33-16 108 St., Corona, Queens. Doors open 7:30 p.m. Showtime 8:00 p.m. For information and tickets, call (718) 651-0096 ext. 217 or (718) 565-2170. Parking available. Contributions are tax deductible and benefit Elmcor’s After School and Youth Programs.
Bronx Botanical celebrates Mother’s Day with a Bronx Arts Ensemble Family Concert, an interactive performance of Beauty and the Beast as well as a Garden Party featuring lawn games, kite flying and hands-on activities for kids, 12 noon – 5:00 p.m. Bring your picnic basket and enjoy the grounds of the New York Botanical Garden, 2900 South Southern Blvd., Bronx. Get tickets and more information on all Mother’s Day weekend activities at www.nybg.org.
The Apollo Theater, 253 West 125 St., Harlem, presents a spectacular, modern-day jazz variety show featuring Wycliffe Gordon’s Jazz A La Carte with Savion Glover, Maurice Hines, the Juilliard Jazz Orchestra and the Apollo Hot Steppers jazz dance troupe, 3:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m. Tickets can be purchased in person at the Box Office, by phone at Ticketmaster, (800) 745-3000 or online at Ticketmaster.com. For information, call (212) 531-5300.
FSF Community Theatre Group presents “Gypsy” on Saturdays, May 12 and 19 at 8:00 p.m., with a Mother’s Day special on Sunday, May 13 at 3:00 p.m. at the Free Synagogue of Flushing, 41-60 Kissena Blvd., Flushing, Queens. All seats reserved. For information and tickets, call (718) 229-8547.
The Riverside Theatre presents Daniel Beaty in his latest solo play, “Mr. Joy” featuring audiences’ favorite characters as well as many new characters, playing now thru June 2, at The Riverside Theatre, 91 Claremont Ave, between 120 and 122 streets, Morningside Heights. For information on performance dates, times and tickets, visit www.theriversidetheatre.org or call (212) 870-6784 or visit the Teater Box Office, Thursday-Saturday, 4:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. or Sunday, noon-4:00 p.m.
The Waterfront Museum and Showboat Barge, present “Pirate School!,” a swashbuckling one-man family vaudeville show where children learn how to be good pirates with lessons on how to stand, talk, sing and laugh like buccaneers where cannons boom, skulls talk, and pets run amok, 1:00 p.m. and 4:00 p.m. at the Waterfront Museum at Hudson River Park Pier 25, Manhattan. For information and tickets, call (877) 238-5596.
Mother’s Day Weekend
Jammins Entertainment and Shell Cartel welcomes Jamaican reggae singer Luciano (aka The Messenger) back to N.Y. for two big shows on Mother’s Day Weekend on Saturday, May 12 at Pulse 48 (formerly CPAC), 1020 East 48 St., corner of Farragut Rd., Brooklyn. Doors open 10:00 p.m.; Showtime 12:30 a.m. and Sunday, May 13, at Garage Night Club, 2250 Tillotson Ave., Bronx. Doors open 7:00 p.m. For tickets and information, call (718) 282-8041, (646) 434-5390 and (646) 533-9300.
Monday, May 14
Chhaya CDC and Queens Library present a free workshop on the Basics of Homeownership featuring myths and truths about homeownership, understanding equity, resources and more, 5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. at Queens Library, Astoria, 14-01 Astoria Blvd., LIC, N.Y. RSVP to [email protected].
The Queens Library, New Americans Program presents An Afternoon of Haitian Folktales for Boys and Girls, 4:00 p.m. at Queens Village, 94-11 217 Street, Queens. Admission free. For information, call (718) 990-0891 for English or (718) 990-0892 for French.
Jazzy Mondays presents Miles Griffith and his band along with the Taurean birthday party at For My Sweet, 1103 Fulton St. at Claver Place, Brooklyn. For information, show time and to RSVP, call (718) 857-1427 or (917) 757-0170.
Tuesday, May 15
Forever Families Through Adoption, Inc. presents Adoption: Everything You Need to Know featuring information on the adoption process, 6:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. at the Greenburgh Town Hall, 177 Hillside Ave., Greenburgh, N.Y. Free-No registration necessary. For questions and information, call Vanessa at (914) 939-1180.
Thursday, May 17
Celebrate Brooklyn! presents the 2012 Brooklyn Bridge free Brazilian Dance Party with Nation Beat, Maracatu New York with DJ Greg Caz fusing Brazilian and Gulf Coast musical traditions with a hip-shaking dance lesson from Cumbe: Center for African and Diaspora Dance kicking off the party, 7:00 p.m., Under the Brooklyn Bridge, Pier 1, 2 Old Fulton St., Brooklyn.
Friday, May 18
Movies in the Park
The City of N.Y. Parks and Recreation and Council Member James Gennaro present Movies in the Park at Captain Tilly Park, Highland Ave. and 164 St., Jamaica Estates, Queens, featuring “Puss in Boots,” 7:00 p.m. – 11:00 p.m. Arts and crafts and free popcorn. Bring a chair or blanket. For information, call (718) 520-5919.
Haitian Flag Ceremony
Caribbean Images TV and FCVM present its 2nd Annual Haitian Flag Ceremony featuring health fair, job fair and business seminar with community and political leaders and live performance by Haitian dancers with music by DJ Max, 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m., at the Flatbush Caton Vendors Market Mall, corner Flatbush and Caton, Brooklyn. Free. For information visit event website at www.caribbeanimagestv.com.
Saturday, May 19
Artists Studio Tour
The 2012 Flatbush Artists Studio Tour will take place on Saturday and Sunday, May 19 and 20, noon to 6:00 p.m. in Ditmas Park, and will feature artists welcoming visitors into their homes and studios showcasing their works ranging from acrylic and oil paintings, carved sculpture, drawings, mixed media, collages, and more. Victorian Flatbush is located a few blocks south of Prospect Park. For information, visit www.flatbushartists.org.
Thursday, May 24
The New York State Office of Mental Health is offering a free training session on SSI and SSDI Benefits – Myths, Tips, Tricks and How to Make It Work, Thursday and Friday, 5/24 & 5/25, 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. (lunch on your own each day), at Kings County Hospital Center, 451 Clarkson Ave., T-Bldg. Auditorium, between New York Ave. and East 34th St., Brooklyn. Registration required; space limited. Register before 5/18 via email to [email protected]
CCCADI and MoCADA present “Haunted,” an exhibition in response to the murder of Trayvon Martin and the historic stereotyping and criminalization of Black men, Tuesdays thru Fridays, 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m., on view thru May 18, at the Caribbean Cultural Center African Diaspora Institute, 408 West 58 St., Manhattan. For information, call (212) 307-7420.
Arts and Culture Fest
The Creative Side presents an arts and culture festival featuring artists, crafters, designers and vendors with fashion items, jewelry, paintings, sculpture, home decor, ceramics, photography and crafts, Saturdays thru Oct. 20, 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. at Parkside Plaza, intersection of Ocean and Parkside avenues, Brooklyn. For information, visit www.artsculturefest.com or call (347) 224-4295.
Mount Carmel Worship & Outreach Center is holding adult and children computer training programs, 10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. or 1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. on Saturdays. Call (917) 609-0909 for registration details.
Food Stamp Outreach
Find out if you are eligible to receive Food Stamp benefits! A representative from the NYC Human Resources Administration will be available to assist you with eligibility pre-screening and to answer any questions every Tuesday and Wednesday, 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. at Community Board 12, 4101 White Plains Road at 229 St., Bronx. For more information, call (718) 881-4455.
Stop. Breath. Relax. Join Tai Chi Easy, a wellness practice combining Tai-chi, Qigong, meditation & Chinese healing, taught by Daniel Weicher, certified teacher in Integral Qigong and Tai Chi, every Sunday, 9:30 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. at the Moore Street Market, 110 Moore St., entrance on Humbolt St., Brooklyn. Donations are appreciated. Call (914) 673-6016 for information.
Compiled by Ida Eisenstein