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A time to celebrate loves won and lost

The kaleidoscopic colors of a broken heart and the prospect of new beginnings are at the center of Queens Library’s 2nd annual Broken Heart Week. We will be hosting curated book displays, author talks, meditation classes, craft programs, poetry and short story workshops, open mics and much more. Plus, enjoy live performances by acclaimed art groups and stars of the stage.

Upcoming Feature Programs

Sunday, February 11

Othello

In this special staged reading by Titan Theatre Company, Othello, General of the Venetian army and “the Moor of Venice,” is widely revered and deeply loved - particularly by innocent Desdemona, whom he has married in secret.  Yet not all hold the Moorish leader in high regard.  Iago, a Venetian soldier, consumed by hate and dark envy, sets a plan in motion to take down the Moor in history’s most famous tale of jealousy, betrayal, and the violent power of love.

2:00pm
Kew Garden Hills 72-33 Vleigh Place, Flushing

Monday, February 12

Finding Your Life's Passion and Purpose

Now is the perfect time to focus on you.  What makes you happy?  What inspires you?  What steps do you need to take to help your dreams come true?  Come learn from experts and enjoy a Care Cafe, presented by Wurzweiler School of Social Work at Yeshiva University.  Light refreshments will be served. 

6:00pm
Forest Hills 108-19 71 Avenue

Broken Heart: The Words We Say, The Pictures We See

Artists UNO and Cheon Pyo Lee will create an interactive yet personal project of remembrance and artistic expression that can derive from the experience of a broken heart. Adult and Older Adult customers will be invited to describe and draw their story of heartbreak while exploring how memories are shaped in words and can be transferred through physical gesture and art. The program is open to adults and older adults. Registration is required.

6:00pm
Fresh Meadows  193-20 Horace Harding Expressway

Venus and Adonis

In this one-woman show, Misha Bouvion presents the story of Venus and Adonis, using only Shakespeare’s text from his little-known poem about what happens when Venus, the goddess of love, faces rejection.

6:00pm
Hollis 202-05 Hillside Avenue

Broken Heart: It's Just An Illusion!

Three magicians invite you to ponder on the elusive essence of love! Treat yourselves to a little bit of magic, as part of the 2nd Annual Broken Heart Week at Queens Library. Either by making your paper-broken heart disappear, or by crowning you the real Queen of Hearts,  this team of amazing magicians is sure to make your broken heart feel a bit lighter, or –dare we say?- a bit more magical! For free tickets, visit brokenheartillusion.eventbrite.com.

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6:30pm
Flushing 41-17 Main Street

Tuesday, February 13

Seasonal Affective Disorder

This time of year may have you feeling unlike yourself. Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) affects approximately 3 million Americans each year. Join us for this health program which discusses SAD, its symptoms, impact and more. A de-stress activity will be included.

3:30pm
Lefferts 103-34 Lefferts Boulevard, Richmond Hill

Wednesday, February 14

Two Sides of Love: "An Art Project"

Join teaching artist Karen Fitzgerald in a multimedia art project celebrating your memories of love.

12:00pm
Glen Oaks 256-04 Union Turnpike

Seasonal Affective Disorder

This time of year may have you feeling unlike yourself. Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) affects approximately 3 million Americans each year. Join us for this health program which discusses SAD, its symptoms, impact and more. A de-stress activity will be included.

1:00pm
Cambria Heights 218-13 Linden Boulevard

How Do I Love You

A teleconferenced program for older adults and the home bound. How Do I Love You?  Memories of Love for Broken Heart Week at Queens Library.  First time callers please contact Mail a Book for access numbers 718-464-0084.  

2:00pm
Queens Village 94-11 217 Street

Thursday, February 15

Venus and Adonis

In this one-woman show, Misha Bouvion presents the story of Venus and Adonis, using only Shakespeare’s text from his little-known poem about what happens when Venus, the goddess of love, faces rejection.  

3:00pm
McGoldrick 155-06 Roosevelt Avenue, Flushing

Campfire Heartbreak: Country Music and More!

If you need to nurse your heartache, we're prescribing a heavy dose of Country Music and More! With a mix of new songs and classic tearjerkers as well as some seriously empowering songs, this country music performance by Alicia Krakauer and Chase Crandle is the cathartic medicine you need right now. So come over to the campfire, start feeling better, vent your feelings by singing along in this unexpected concert that brings you the quintessential music of heartbreak and resilience! For free tickets, visit campfireheartbreak.eventbrite.com. 

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5:00pm
Central Library 89-11 Merrick Boulevard, Jamaica

Broken Heart: The Words We Say, The Pictures We See

As part of Queens Memory Project, artists UNO and Cheon Pyo Lee will create an interactive yet personal project of remembrance and artistic expression that can derive from the experience of a broken heart. Adult and Older Adult customers will be invited to describe and draw their story of heartbreak while exploring how memories are shaped in words and can be transferred through physical gesture and art. The program is open to adults and older adults. Registration is required.  

5:00pm
Fresh Meadows 193-20 Horace Harding Expressway

Healing a Broken Heart

Join us for a unique expressive movement class for adults who are overcoming recent or buried emotional wounds and/or loss. Valerie Green is the artistic director of Dance Entropy, a professional not-for-profit modern dance company based in Queens. She will guide participants in their own personal journey within a nurturing and safe group environment.    

5:30pm
Broadway 40-20 Broadway, Long Island City

Saturday, February 17

Broken Hearts Comedy

Husband and wife comedians Michelle Slonim and Ben Rosenfeld and friends present Broken Heart Week Comedy, an afternoon of clean standup comedy geared to those who have been in love, want love, or hate love.    

12:30pm
Steinway 21-45 31 Street, Long Island City

Theater of War Presents “Medea”

Theater of War (TOW, theaterofwar.com) presents the quintessential story of heartbreak in Euripides’s "Medea". Featuring dramatic readings of scenes and guided conversation with the participation of experts, attendees will delve into under-discussed issues facing our society today, touching upon healthy relationships and mental health issues. For free tickets, visit towmedea.eventbrite.com.    

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1:00pm
Cambria Heights 218-13 Linden Boulevard

Venus and Adonis

In this one-woman show, Misha Bouvion presents the story of Venus and Adonis, using only Shakespeare’s text from his little-known poem about what happens when Venus, the goddess of love, faces rejection.    

2:30pm
Bayside 214-20 Northern Boulevard

The Science of a Broken Heart

If you’ve ever had your heart broken, then you know heartbreak is very real.  Come learn from a doctor on what is happening when you’re going through a powerfully emotional experience like a heartbreak.      

2:30pm
Corona 38-23 104 Street

Tragic Love Stories in Operas

Tenor Arthur Lai and Friends present a concert of beloved arias and duets from "Traviata", "Rigoletto and Aida" by Verdi, "La Boheme" by Puccini, a medley from "Carmen" by Bizet and "Romeo and Juliette" by Prokofiev, including some popular music selections.        

2:30pm
Forest Hills 108-19 71 Avenue

Frida Kahlo - A Broken/Feisty Heart

Claudia Norman, Producer and Executive Director of the Celebrate Mexico Now Festival, will offer a multi-media presentation of Frida Kahlo’s passionate and, often, devastating love life that inspired some of her most famous and celebrated works. Fragments of love letters, diary entries, music and, of course, art will bring the feisty artist to life in celebration of her uncompromised spirit in art and love. For free tickets, visit fridakahlo2018.eventbrite.com.    

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3:00pm
Jackson Heights 35-51 81 Street

Pain and Tears: Why & How Relationships End?

One of our basic human needs is to be loved. In this discussion led by Marisa Cohen, an Associate Professor of Psychology and author of the book "From First Kiss to Forever: A Scientific Approach to Love", we will explore the life cycle of love and the end of relationships.      

3:00pm
Ridgewood 20-12 Madison Street

Broken Heart Week is made possible (in part) by the Queens Council on the Arts with public funds
from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council.