QUEENS — Renowned musicians, dancers and other performers will take the spotlight in Queens this month — at the local library.
Lincoln Center Local will return to the Queens Library starting July 12, when the Manhattan performing arts center kicks off a series of free one-hour shows and question-and-answer sessions by world-class artists at library branches throughout the borough.
The series will run through Sept. 20 and features a lineup of performers — picked by more than 10,000 library patrons who voted online and at local branches — which includes flamenco dancers, a zydeco band and a trio of Italian musicians, to name a few.
"Queens Library's partnership with Lincoln Center Local makes high-end performing arts accessible to everyone, which is what we do here at Queens Library — make everything the world has to offer accessible to anyone who visits us in person or online," Bridget Quinn Carey, Queens Library's chief operating officer, said in a statement.
The first show will take place Saturday, July 12, at 3 p.m. at the Central Branch in Jamaica and will feature the Flamenco Vivo Carlota Santana dance company, whose flamenco dancers use shawls, fans, canes, hats, and capes in their performance.
On Aug. 9, the Forest Hills branch will feature a show by O Sole Trio, a Italian ensemble whose shows include beloved opera arias as well as jazz and pop songs made popular by singers like Dean Martin and Frank Sinatra, according to their website.
Performers in the series include the Villalobos Brothers, a musical group from Veracruz, Mexico, who won the top prize in the 2013 Battle of Boroughs competition at WNYC's The Greene Space. They are slated to perform at the Broadway branch in Astoria on Aug. 23.
Other shows will take place at Queens Library branches in Cambria Heights, Flushing, Ridgewood, Jackson Heights, and the Langston Hughes branch in Corona.
For a full schedule of Lincoln Center Local performances, visit the Queens Library's website.