On Saturday Sept. 19, 2015, Sunnyside Gardens Park in Western Queens will open its doors at 5:30pm for its annual family movie night open to the public, Flicks & Jazz in the Garden. The event will feature live jazz music and vintage cartoons – appropriate for viewers of all ages – accompanied by live music scores performed to several of the cartoons.
Sunnyside Gardens Park is a three and a half acre park located at 48-21 39th Ave. in historic Sunnyside Gardens, Queens (subway: 7 to 46th St. – 15 min. from midtown). Admission is a suggested donation of $10 for non-park members and $5 for park members. All kids enter free of charge.
Each year, the event draws an estimated 350-400 people – including families with children and couples of all ages looking for something fun but unusual to do – as well as others looking for an activity that promotes the arts while taking advantage of the last warm days of summer before cooler fall weather begins.
The jazz lineup will feature Sunnyside musicians and will begin with Vin Scialla & Eric Schugren’s WakeUp!, hailed as “one of those surprises that jazz lovers live for” (according to the influential All About Jazz website). Following this act will be Street Beat Brass, whose lively New Orleans sound has been presented by the US Department of State on several international tours.
During the musical lineup, younger audience members can tap into their creativity to make music as well as cartoon-inspired arts and crafts at booths led by Park volunteers.
Near sunset (approx. 7:30pm), a 90-minute selection of vintage cartoons from the collection of renowned Queens-based early animation collector, curator, and historian, Tommy Jose Stathes, will begin. The Flushing Remonstrance musical duo will perform their original live scores to several of the cartoons. The line-up includes “The Automatic Moving Company” (1912), “Spring Antics” (1932), “A Colour Box” (1935), “Polar Pals” (1939), and “Me Musical Nephews” (1942).
Cinema-style treats and sweets, including pizza, popcorn, and finger foods, and well as beer, wine, soft drinks, and other beverages, will be available for purchase. Pizza will be provided courtesy of Sunnyside Pizza, a popular pizzeria located at 4001 Queens Blvd, Sunnyside, NY 11104.
Attendees are asked to bring a chair(s) or blanket for seating.
In case of rain, the event will be moved to Sunday, Sept. 20, 2015 from 5:30–9 pm.
Sunnyside Gardens Park was founded in 1926 and today is one of only two privately run parks in New York City (the other is Gramercy Park). Proceeds will go towards covering the costs of the event and the not-for-profit park’s other programming.
Event details: Saturday, September 19, 2015 from 5:30-9 pm (rain date: Sunday, September 20, 2015 from 5:30-9 pm) Sunnyside Gardens Park 48-21 39th Ave Queens, NY 11104 718-672-1555 (park office)
Bring a blanket or low chair www.flicksinthegarden.org
Arts and crafts program
Cinema-style treats and beverages available for purchase
Vin Scialla & Eric Schugren’s WakeUp! performs
Arts and crafts program
Street Beat Brass performs
7:30pm – 9pm
Vintage cartoons curated by Tommy Jose Stathes – several with live scores performed by The Flushing Remonstrance