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 […]
The Jazz Age Lawn Party on Governor’s Island June 15th and 16th 12pm – 6pm 2019 marks our official “COUNTDOWN TO THE TWENTIES”! Join us as we close in on the 100th anniversary of The Jazz Age. For tickets, click here. PLEASE NOTE: On Saturday, June 15th, Queen Esther and The Hot Five will perform two sets on the mainstage. THE LINEUP: Queen Esther, vocals Patience Higgins, clarinet + tenor sax Noah Jackson, double bass Ronnie Magri, drums Corey Wallace, trombone Jazz Age Lawn Party, now celebrating its 14th year, is the world’s original, largest and most authentic Prohibition Era inspired gathering. The event started in 2005 as a small gathering on NYC’s Governors Island. It has since grown into one of the world’s most beloved events. This historically sold out event attracts thousands of time travelers each year, who come together to discover the music and zeitgeist of the 1920s. Consistently selected by the New York Times as one of the year’s most memorable events, Jazz Age Lawn Party offers a unique, interactive opportunity to relive one of the most colorful and formative epochs in American history.
2019 Gotham Jazz Festival Sunday, April 28th The Players Club 16 Gramercy Park South (btw Park Ave and Irving Place on 20th Street) 12pm – 1am Join us for our 3rd annual festival for 13 hours of dancing, lounging, n’ listening to over a dozen of NYC’s best hot jazz, swing, & blues bands (over 100 musicians) at the stunning & exclusive private club from the Gilded Age, The Players! Following last year’s sold-out festival, Prohibition Productions and New York Hot Jazz Camp have teamed up again. The Festival is 13hrs long and divided into two halves. You may purchase tickets for each half separately or get a day pass. DRESS CODE – Proper attire requested – Retro Chic, Vintage, Suits, cocktail attire, or biz casual… think Boardwalk Empire, Gatsby, Mad Men. No shorts, t-shirts, torn/tattered jeans, workout or warm-up attire, fitness/athletic shoes, and ball/casual caps. SCHEDULE FIRST HALF (12:00 to 5:30pm) THE BALLROOM * 12:30 to 2:30 – NYHJC Ensembles * 2:55 to 3:55pm – Queen Esther – vaudeville blues from Alberta Hunter * 4:15 to 5:30pm – NYHJC Faculty All Stars – with Rebecca Kilgore, Evan Christopher, Nicki Parrott, Jon-Erik Kellso, Dion Tucker, Dalton Ridenhour, Justin Poindexter, Rob Garcia, Bria Skonberg, and Molly Ryan. THE LIBRARY * 12:30 to 1:30pm – The Hot Toddies – w/special guests Gordon Webster & Hannah Gill * 2:15 to 3:30pm – The Anderson Twins * 4:00 to 5:15pm – Ben Paterson Trio (Winner of the Ellis Marsalis Piano Competition) KINSTLER ROOM * 12:00 to 12:40 – Jesse Gelber * 2:30 to 3:30 – NYHJC Vocalists * 3:45 to […]
FRESH: Live! presents In With The New! Tuesday, June 5th 9:30am – 5pm App Nexus 28 W. 23rd St. 4th fl. New York City PLEASE NOTE: Queen Esther opens this event with original Black Americana. For this inaugural event, FRESH will gather our speakers and special guests for a day of cutting-edge conversation about “the new” that we are seeing emerge today—from science to fashion, gender equality to afrofuturism, policy to protesting youth. FRESH: Live manifests the mission of FRESH Speakers onto the main stage—centered around the belief that learning from a wider variety of humans makes for a smarter, more equitable world. Our goal is not only to create catalytic conversation between some of the most talented leaders we know, but also model what it looks like to convene and host gatherings that embody the principles of inclusion and belonging—not just tick diversity boxes, or preach to the usual choir. We invite you to explore just beyond the horizon line with us. The future is now.
PLATFORM: Creative Musings On Mass Transit The New York Transit Museum (Corner of Boerum & Schermerhorn)Brooklyn, New York Tuesday, October 17th 6pm – 8:30pm $15/$10 for Museum Members Accompanied by guitarist Jeff McLaughlin, Queen Esther performs songs of every genre about life in Manhattan. Inspired by the engineering, intricate choreography, and impromptu interactions of your daily commute? Wish there was an open mic night for historians and urbanists? A show-and-tell for your creative musings on mass transit? Us, too. The Transit Museum presents PLATFORM, an exciting series of cross-disciplinary programs created by the public for the public. Have an idea? We’ll give you a platform. Join us at the Transit Museum in Downtown Brooklyn on Tuesday, October 17th at 6:00pm for an evening of site-specific theater, photography, dance, musical saws, and more — all set against the backdrop of our 1936 subway station home. For more information, click here.