by Michael Hsu, 01/01/2010
Photo: Dominick Totino
Flushing Town Hall
137-35 Northern Blvd., 718-463-7700
This stately 1862 building in the Romanesque Revival style—one of the few still standing in the area—is home to the Flushing Council on Culture and the Arts. Its 308-seat theater, art gallery and classroom host classical, jazz and world music concerts, theater and dance performances, art exhibitions and educational events throughout the year. Originally a civic building, it became a performance venue in the late 1800s (P.T. Barnum presented sideshows there; Tom Thumb was a star performer). Today, it is a strong supporter of local artists and offers extensive programs for children and families, including puppetry performances and music workshops. In the gallery, Antique Chinese Windows and Doors, an exhibition of hand-carved architectural elements, will be on display until the end of February.