What to do this weekend in Queens

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Cirque du Soleil will perform their show Totem at Citi Field thru May 12.
Cirque du Soleil will perform their show Totem at Citi Field thru May 12.

Friday, April 9

Starting at 8 p.m., the Brazilian and Indian cultures will meet at the Flushing Town Hall, located at 137-35 Northern Boulevard in Flushing. The dance floor will be opened during this festive night, featuring two live bands. Velly Bahia features Axe music from Bahia, linking Brazil’s African roots with energetic drumming, dancing and homage to the deities – The Orishas. Veena player, Nivedita Shivraj, (former FCCA Composer-in-Residence; winner, Queens Battle of the Boroughs) performs music from India with lush melodies & a strong spiritual connections. Tickets are $15/$10 Members and Students with ID. For more information call 718 463-7700 ext. 222 or visit flushingtownhall.org.

Saturday, April 6

From 11 a.m- 4 p.m., The Queens Courier will hold the annual Queens Kids Expo at the New York Hall of Science, located at 47-01 111th Street in Flushing. Open to all moms-to-be, parents and kids. The Expo will showcase numerous resources for parents where they can interact with exhibitors and experts. Free with paid admission to the Hall of Science.

Starting at 2 p.m., Shabana Sharif will launch her new ebook series, “Ins and Outs of Queens” at SPACEWOMb, located at 22-48 Jackson Avenue in Long Island City. Each book explores a different part of Queens, exploring its multiculturalism. The event will include free food, live music, a silent auction (featuring local artists), raffles to win printed copies of Ins and Outs of Queens, face painting and more. For more information call 917-528-8885 or email InsandOutsofQueens@gmail.com.

Starting at 8 p.m., famous comedian Bill Cosby will perform at the Queens College Colden Auditorium, located at 65-30 Kissena Boulevard in Flushing. Tickets are $35-$65. For more information call 718-793-8080 kupferbergcenter.org.

Saturday, April 6 – Sunday, April 7

Come celebrate the opening weekend of the Queens Botanical Garden, located at 43-50 Main Street in Flushing. Garden tours will take place from 2- 3 p.m, crafts will take place from 1- 4 p.m. and meet Flora, the garden’s colorful mascot. Admission is free. For more information call 718-886-3800 ext. 200 or visit queensbotanical.org.

Sunday, April 7

The Forest Hills Greenmarket, located on the south side of Queens Boulevard at 70th Avenue, will reopen for the season. The market will be open from 8 a.m. – 3 p.m. all the way through December 29. Fresh, locally grown vegetables will be up for sale, as well as free cooking demonstrations and activities for kids. For more information and a calendar of events, visit grownyc.org.

Starting at 3 p.m., the sounds of Eastern European music will be performed at Queensborough Performing Arts Center at Queensborough Community College, located at 222-05 56th Avenue in Bayside. The Tamburitzans will dance, sing and perform live music in a two hour special event. Tickets are $35. For more information, call 718-631-6311 or visit qcc.cuny.edu/QPAC.

Thru April 15

Repetition in Design at the Queens Botanical Garden’s Visitor & Administration Building Gallery, located at 43-50 Main St., Flushing, features a series of oil paintings on canvas by QBG Supervising Museum Instructor Gennadyi Gurman. Some of these pieces are influenced by the way the 8-bit video games from the 1980s looked, also from cartoons; but all show a bright color contrast. Runs until April 15 during the QBG’s regular hours. Visit queensbotanical.org for more information.

Thru April 22

The New York Hall of Science, located at 47-01 111th Street in Corona, will be looking at the science of Tony Hawk and other professional skateboarders, in an series entitled “Tony Hawk: Rad Science.” Exhibits will look at how skateboarders bend the laws of physics to perform their daredevil stunts. Visitors will also get the chance to visit exhibits which will simulate several tricks. The series was created by Exhibit IQ, in conjunction with Tony Hawk and UC Berkley Physics professor Joel Fajan. Admission to the exhibits is free with admission. For more details call 718-699-0005 or visit nysci.org.

Thru May 12

The popular acrobatic show Cirque du Soleil will perform their show Totem at Citi Field, located at 123-01 Roosevelt Avenue in Flushing. The show traces the fascinating journey of the human species from its original amphibian state to its ultimate desire to fly. Inspired in large part by myths, Totem by Cirque du Soleil illustrates, through visual and acrobatic language, the evolutionary progress of the species. Somewhere between science and legend “Totem” explores the ties that bind Man to other species, his dreams and his infinite potential. For more information and ticket costs, call 718-507-6387 or visit cirquedusoleil.com.