Jules Allen spent five years traveling the country photographing African-American marching bands. What he saw through his lens was “a precision art form” as public spectacle and a culture that “breathes the soul and spirit of Africa within the modern world.” The result is the simply titled “Marching Bands.” It’s the fourth book by the long-time Queensborough Community College art and design professor, whose photographs are in the permanent collections of the Museum of Modern Art, the Smithsonian and the National Gallery.
Good news for everyone getting older: Aging doesn’t mean becoming debilitated, Mary Ann Rosa, a nurse and professor at Queensborough Community College tells an audience there at a talk on the future of health care. The baby boom generation that once caused the nation to build new schools is now older and impacting health care. One emerging trend, Rosa says: telehealth care. Patients and physicians will be spending more time communicating via devices, helping patients manage their medical conditions without hospitalization.
Legendary New York radio disc jockey Pete Fornatale, who spun records at the dawn of progressive rock, says the musical match of Paul Simon and Art Garfunkel as one of his biggest influences. The pair, with their blend of simple rhythms and meaningful lyrics, “single-handedly raised the IQ of music by 10 points,â€ says Mr. Fornatale, author of “Bookends” about the chart-topping Simon and Garfunkel album by that name. He teams with Long Island Music Hall of Fame archivist Tony Traguardo at Queensborough Community College to discuss the duo’s love-hate relationship and its impact on their music.