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Spring 2018 TED Residency! New York City March 12th – June 15th On March 12, TED welcomed its latest class to the TED Residency program, an in-house incubator for breakthrough ideas. These 19 Residents will spend 14 weeks in the New York headquarters working and thinking together; the class includes exceptional people from all over the map, including Brazil, the Netherlands and Korea.  This will culminate in a six minute TED Talk in the amphitheater of their New York City conference headquarters in Soho. The new Residents include: An entrepreneur with an ingenious financial solution to slowing deforestation A musician uncovering the deep roots of country music’s twang A social worker striving to remove bias from foster-care evaluation systems A choreographer designing reassuring movement for robots Aside from refining her public speaking skills and giving a TED Talk, Queen Esther will complete a rough draft of a memoir about her Lowcountry childhood. TED is a nonprofit devoted to spreading ideas, usually in the form of short, powerful talks (18 minutes or less) under the slogan “ideas worth spreading”. TED began in 1984 as a conference where Technology, Entertainment and Design converged, and today covers almost all topics — from science to business to global issues — in more than 100 languages. Meanwhile, independently run TEDx events help share ideas in communities around the world. By November 2012, TED Talks had been watched over one billion times worldwide. For more information on all of the residents, click here.

INTREPID: Battle of the Big Bands Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum Pier 86, W 46th Street and 12th Av, NYC Saturday, May 26, 2018 8:00pm – 1:00pm 21+ w/ID FOR TICKETS, CLICK HERE Check-in at the box office starts at 7:15pm for General Admission and at 7:00pm for VIP. The ship opens at 8:00pm. EARLY CHECK-IN & BOARDING Arrive between 7:00pm and 8:00pm for early checkin and enjoy live music by the Madhattan Quartet on the pier, explore the new exhibition “A View from the Deep: The Submarine Growler & the Cold War,” and get complimentary non-alcoholic refreshments (while supplies last) before boarding the ship! Then at 8pm the Intrepid opens, and you can quickly board the ship from the pier! The Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum and Prohibition Productions proudly present our third annual epic battle of the big bands and swing dance on the flight deck of the historic aircraft carrier Intrepid. May 26th is also International Lindy Hop Day – Frankie Manning’s birthday!! This highly anticipated one-night-only annual special event is also an official part of Fleet Week 2018 and sells out every year! We celebrate the music, dancing, and style of the Swing Era featuring three of NYC’s best big bands playing on the flightdeck on a giant fifty foot stage; plus a barbershop quartet, 1940’s-style photo booth, a vintage fashion contest, swing dance performances, dance contests, free beginner swing dance lessons, our lovely pinup gals, vendors on the front of the flight deck, and you’ll find even more live […]

THE 13TH ANNUAL JAZZ AGE LAWN PARTY ON GOVERNOR’S ISLAND! JUNE 16TH AND 17TH AUGUST 25TH AND 26TH PLEASE NOTE: Queen Esther & The Hot Five perform on Saturday, June 16th and Saturday August 25th! ACTIVITIES: *DANCE LESSONS teach you the hottest dance steps of the time: CHARLESTON and PEABODY DANCE CONTESTS (Saturday is Charleston, Sunday is Peabody) see who’s the Bee’s Knees in this lighthearted dance-off *VINTAGE PORTRAITS – You Ought To Be In Pictures, perched upon one of our Paper Moons *BATHING BEAUTIES AND BEAUS PROMENADE (Sundays only, June 17th and August 26th) – pull that itchy wool number out of the mothballs and parade it for all to admire (For entry email: voon@icloud.com) *1920s MOTORCAR EXHIBITION get up close and personal with flivvers and Tin Lizzies *CROQUET, free and open to all. JAZZ AGE LAWN PARTY CROQUET TOURNAMENT on Sundays, June 17th and August 26th Announcing! *THE HIGH COURT OF PIE CONTEST (Sunday, August 26th Only) This year, the pie’s the limit at JALP. Announcing celebrity judges: RAIZA COSTA, host of Brazil’s Food Network sensation “Dulce Delight” http://www.delightdulce.com and ALICIA WALTER, founder of the world famous ONCE UPON A TART bakery in SoHo, NYC. http://onceuponatart.com This year’s categories are: “The Bee’s Knee’s” – for exciting and imaginative interpretation! & “Zoozled” – alcohol infused! Both winning bakers will be featured on an episode of “Dulce Delight”! Contestants must pre-register for contest and specify category at jalpevents@gmail.com. Pie must be submitted to the High Court Of Pie table by 12:30pm on Sunday. Winners will be announce from Main Stage at 3:45pm. Note: Pie Baking Contest happens on Sunday, August 27th ONLY! *KIDLAND carnival games and prizes for junior gents and Flapperettes *TWO EXPANSIVE, JUMBO-SIZED WOODEN DANCE FLOORS set up […]

Queen Esther Sings Billie Holiday: The Rare Sides Saturday, April 7th — TWO SETS 7:30pm & 9:30pm Minton’s Harlem 206 W. 118th St. 212 243 2222 Musicians: Hilliard Greene, double bass Patience Higgins, tenor sax Dan Rosengard, piano Warren Smith, drums Queen Esther pays tribute to Lady Day on her 1o3rd birthday with a suite of rare sides, reimagined performances, stories and soundbites to offer her take on what most critics consider to the greatest jazz vocalist of the 20th century. A versatile and charismatic performer with a four octave range, not to mention the Grand Prize winner of the 2008 Jazzmobile Vocal Competition, Queen Esther continues to perform internationally with her mentor harmelodic guitarist James “Blood” Ulmer in various projects, including his iconic free jazz group Odyssey, as she forges her own sonic path with her jazz collective and her Black Americana outfit The Blue Crowns. Released in 2015, her critically acclaimed album The Other Side – “…the most exciting Afro-Americana album of the year.” (Paste) – is garnering airplay worldwide. Recent performance highlights include: Under The Cherry Parade in a Day (You Sexy MF):Burnt Sugar Arkestra Freaks Prince’s Post Purple Rain Songbook at The David Rubenstein Atrium/Lincoln Center; Hot Jazz Age: From the First Jazz Recording to the Dawn of Swing at Dizzy’s/Lincoln Center; the afterparty for Jason and Alicia Hall Moran’s Forever Gershwin at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, DC; and the 12th bi-annual Jazz Age Lawn Party on Governor’s Island.

 The 4th Annual GANYC Awards Monday, March 12th at 8pm Queen Esther will represent The Jazz Age community when she co-presents the award for Outstanding Achievement In Support of New York City at the 4th annual GANYC Apple Awards on Monday, March 12th — hosted by Brian Stokes Mitchell.  For tickets, click here. The Guides’ Association of New York City (GANYC) is an association of independent, professional tour guides based in New York City.  Each member is licensed by the New York City Department of Consumer Affairs. GANYC was founded in 1974 by licensed tour guides for licensed tour guides. We are one of the oldest and most active tour guides associations in America.   We provide a number of services for the visiting public as well as for our members including tour guide education, familiarization tours (FAM Tours), professional advice