2019-01-09 / Features

Flushing Town Hall Celebrates Lunar New Year

The venue will commemorate the Year of the Pig with programming including Four Seasons on January 12, a Red Envelope Workshop on January 13, and its annual Chinese New Year Temple Bazaar on February 17.

Flushing Town Hall is partnering with curator Bert Chau of the Grumpy Bert gallery for the Red Envelope Show in honor of the 2019 Lunar New Year and Flushing Town Hall’s 40th anniversary. Chau has curated the inventive Red Envelope Show in the past in Brooklyn, and now the global arts institution has solicited submissions from local artists, students, and community groups to participate in the exhibition.

The Red Envelope Show is an homage to the red celebration envelopes the Chinese community distributes during the Lunar New Year. Traditionally, money is included in the envelopes, but many artists include a special “mystery” gift or prize.

Submissions by local visual artists are being displayed in Flushing Town Hall’s gallery. All visual artists work will be for sale – with 25% of the proceeds going towards Flushing Town Hall’s visual arts programming. Pieces by community and school groups will be displayed throughout the building for all visitors to enjoy.

The show marks the beginning of celebrations to commemorate the Year of the Pig. Other Lunar New Year events included the Fourth Annual NYC Shadow Slam on January 5, featuring a brilliant selection of shadow performances by local puppet illuminati, Chinese Theater Works’ Kuang- Yu Fong and Stephen Kaplin; and coming up, the family-friendly Four Seasons show on January 12, a fusion of classical and traditional Chinese aesthetic genres with contemporary shadow theater technique; and a Red Envelope Show Workshop by Flushing Town Hall teaching artist Tina Seligman on January 13. Festivities culminate with the venue’s annual Chinese New Year Temple Bazaar on February 17.

Once again, Flushing Town Hall is opening its doors to teenagers – for free. Under the “Teen Access Program,” all 13- to 19-year-old boys and girls (whether a member or not) will be welcomed to attend any performance for free. The program is designed to appeal to students and help foster a greater love in the arts and culture.

The Red Envelope Show will continue through January 27, and there will be a closing party on Sunday, January 27, from 3-5 pm. The gallery is open on Saturdays and Sundays, from noon until 5 pm; weekdays by appointment. There is a $5 suggested donation/FREE for members, students & teens.

A Red Envelope Show Drop-in Workshop, led by FTH teaching/visual artist Tina Seligman, will be held on Sunday, January 13, from 1-3 pm. The workshop is free, no RSVP required. Create your original artwork on a red envelope and hang it on FTH’s celebration clotheslines. Materials and red envelopes provided, maximum two per participant.

Four Seasons is a fusion of classical and traditional Chinese aesthetic genres (poetry, music, dance, opera, and puppetry) with contemporary shadow theater technique. Conceived and created by the award-winning ensemble, Chinese Theatre Works, it is a vivid, living animation that transcends language and cultural barriers and celebrates the universal cycles of seasons and life passages. Four Seasons will take place on Saturday, January 12, at 2 pm ($14/$10 Members, Children $8/$6 Members, FREE for Teens 13-19).

The Chinese New Year Temple Bazaar will be held on Sunday, February 17, at 11 am and 2 pm ($5/$3 Members). For centuries, people in China have celebrated the Lunar New Year in temple fairs. Bring your family to enjoy performances, art making, lantern making, and food to celebrate the Year of the Pig! The Temple Bazaar is offered in two sessions. Your ticket admits you to the timed session of your choice. Get your tickets before it’s too late! Join the dragon parade at Flushing Library at 9:30 am.

You can access details by visiting www.flushingtownhall.org/ or by calling (718) 463-7700 x222.

Flushing Town Hall is located at 137-35 Northern Blvd., in Flushing. Access for wheelchair users and individuals with limited mobility is available.

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