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Female Forward Festival at Royal Family presents Revolutionary New Works by Female Playwrights Blackbirding — Queen Esther’s new solo show February 7th at 1pm February 8th at 6:30pm February 10th at 7:30pm 145 W. 46th St. 212 837 1756 The Plays:  Queen Esther: Blackbirding After the transatlantic African slave trade was banned in 1807, blackbirding – capturing free African-Americans and fugitive slaves above the Mason-Dixon Line and selling them into slavery – was all the rage. Blackbirding uses sound, vision, and storytelling to recontextualize the concept, bringing it into the present. What happened in the 19th century (The State of Missouri vs. Celia) is juxtaposed against what’s happening now (Kalief Browder) until a wider net is revealed, drawing parallels to the Missing and Murdered Children in Atlanta and the murder of Martin Luther King, Jr. to show that blackbirding never really ended, and that – then as now – black folk are criminalized and dehumanized for the color of their skin. ​ Rosa Arredondo: Journeys Why would someone leave everything they know, to start again, with nothing?  Journeys is an intimate look at the personal experiences of six immigrants, in their pursuit of happiness.  Why they came, what they left behind and how their lives were changed, for better or worse.  From the perspective of young and old, male and female, Journeys takes us on a voyage that is both, heartwarming, and heartbreaking.   ​ Iman Schuk: This Open Earth This Open Earth is a 75-minute play that encourages us to discover the rich texture of […]

SWEETHEART SOIREE 2020 FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 15TH, 2020 DOORS AT 9PM LIVE ENTERTAINMENT FROM 9:30PM – 1AM EARLY BIRD ADMISSION: $75 GENERAL ADMISSION: $85 ALL GUESTS MUST BE 21 AND OVER FORMAL EVENING ATTIRE IS ENCOURAGED CELEBRATING A DECADE OF ROMANCE SWEETHEART SOIREE 2020 Our 10th Anniversary! Even though it’s been 10 years, we assure you the thrill is still brand new.  And again, our hearts are a-flutter to host at the only rendezvous befitting: NORWOOD – “A home for the curious”. This landmarked 1847 Victorian mansion is a private club. Enjoy a rare opportunity to experience this bohemian hideaway as our guest.  Whether with an amour, wedded to one you adore, or there’s someone you’re looking for, this promises to be an evening of enchantment and intrigue.  Plush seating, room for dancing, decadent cocktails and sweets assure a most divine affair. A passionate programme of entertainment will be featured over three floors of this lavish manse:  MICHAEL ARENELLA and sextet, your devoted host and beloved bandleader. Jazz royalty, QUEEN ESTHER and trio. Enjoy a dance lesson for both singles and doubles at 9:30pm with ever-dapper and adorable RODDY CARAVELLA. Capture a complimentary portrait in our SWEETHEART KISSING BOOTH. Cupid-approved cocktails, wine and beer are available for purchase at two unique bars.              Complimentary sweet treats and canapes will be served throughout the evening. Tickets to this event are quite limited and available only in advance at sweetheartsoiree2020.eventbrite.com

Le Poisson Rouge presents Filthy Gorgeous Burlesque Valentines Spectacular! Queen Esther Shelly “The Singing Siren” Watson Tiger Bay Calamity Chang Puss n’ Boots Topher Buesquet Samson Night Minnie Tonka Qualms Galore Minimum Age: 18+ Doors Open: 6:30PM Show Time: 7:30PM Advance: $20 GA | $35 SEATED GA | $55 VIP | $70 FILTHY GORGEOUS VIP | Day of Show: $25 GA | $40 SEATED GA | $65 VIP | $80 FILTHY GOREGOUS VIP | Join Hostess Shelly the Singing Siren Watson and a bevy of burlesque beauties,  Thursday February 14th at Le Poisson Rouge for the Filthy Gorgeous Burlesque Valentines Spectacular! Live jazz music with Queen Esther, and steamy burlesque & circus performances by Miss Coney Island 2017, Tiger Bay, the cat who comes when you call Puss N Boots,  the bendiest boy in burlesque, Topher Bousquet, the Asian Sexsation, Calamity Chang, The Chocolate Charmer of Burlesque, Samson Night, the one woman riot, Minnie Tonka, The problem you wish you had, Qualms Galore! TABLE SEATING POLICY  Table seating for all seated shows is reserved exclusively for ticket holders who purchase “Table Seating” tickets. By purchasing a “Table Seating” ticket you agree to also purchase a minimum of two food and/or beverage items per person. Table seating is first come, first seated. Please arrive early for the best choice of available seats. Seating begins when doors open. Tables are communal so you may be seated with other patrons. We do not take table reservations. A standing room area is available by the bar for all guests who purchase “Standing Room” tickets. Food and beverage can be purchased at the bar but there is no minimum purchase required in this area. All ticket sales […]

December 25, 2019

Wave Hill presents The Armor Hall Concerts Queen Esther February 8th, 2pm Queen Esther, guitar + vocal Jeff McLaughlin, guitar Ben Rubin, double bass Imported from Charleston, SC, and Atlanta respectively, vocalist, songwriter, musician and producer Queen Esther delves into her Lowcountry childhood and harmelodic tendencies to forge a sonic path that melds roots rock, country gospel and twang, creating original songs and reigniting obscure tunes. Concerts begin at 2PM and last approximately one hour with no intermission. Ticket prices (including admission to the grounds): Adults: $30 at the door/$14 at the door for children ages 8-18. Purchase your tickets in advance and save $2 per ticket. Wave Hill Members save 10%. Order tickets online or onsite at the Perkins Visitor Center. Mission Wave Hill is a 28-acre public garden and cultural center in the Bronx overlooking the Hudson River and Palisades. Its mission is to celebrate the artistry and legacy of its gardens and landscapes, to preserve its magnificent views, and to explore human connections to the natural world through programs in horticulture, education and the arts. Since its founding in 1965, Wave Hill has evolved as a unique urban oasis, world-class garden and vital resource. Located in the northwest Bronx overlooking the Hudson River and Palisades and owned by the City of New York, Wave Hill is a must-see for garden enthusiasts and anyone seeking a serene, beautiful place to relax. Wave Hill House, listed on the National Register of Historic Places, dates back to the mid-19th century. Through our thoughtfully stewarded landscape, […]

The Soho Grand presents Queen Esther Sings Jazz January 8th Two sets — 6:30pm and 8pm The Club Room at The Soho Grand 310 W. Broadway 212 965 3588 NO COVER Enjoy an evening of cocktails and dancing at Soho Grand Hotel’s Club Room, which embodies downtown style and old New York nightlife.  Accompanied by pianist Sharp Radway, vocalist and performer Queen Esther relaxes on the axis of the wheel of life to sing standards, hot jazz and lost classics for your listening pleasure. From Paper magazine: “The Club Room acts as a semi-secret clubhouse for New York’s vibrant young creative set, as well as the after-party venue of choice for DJs and musicians on the up-and-up. The mood is upscale but warm, and you can pretty much guarantee that everybody you meet at the bar will have at least one slash in their job titles. “