What to do this weekend in Queens


By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com |

WomenofJazz

International recording artist and songstress Antoinette Montague and her quintet will honor iconic women in song: Etta Jones, Ella Fitzgerald, Nina Simone, Judy Garland and many more at Flushing Town Hall this Saturday.

Saturday, April 13 

Starting at 2:30 p.m., the 1960 Broadway hit “Bye-Bye Birdie” will be performed at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church, located at 85 Greenway South in Forest Hills (between Ascan Avenue and Harrow Street) Suggested donation is $12 ($10 for groups of six or more). For reservations call 718-268-7772 or visit gingerbreadplayers.org.

Starting at 8 p.m, a tribute to the women of jazz will be held at Flushing Town Hall, located at 137-35 Northern Boulevard in Flushing. Featuring international recording artist and songstress Antoinette Montague and her quintet honoring iconic women in song: Etta Jones, Ella Fitzgerald, Nina Simone, Judy Garland and many more. Tickets are $15/$10 (members and students with ID.) For more information call 718-463-7700 ext. 222 or visit flushingtownhall.org.

Starting at 8 p.m., support local artist Amy Leo as she returns to the Waltz-Astoria, located at 23-14 Ditmars Boulevard (between 23rd and 24th) in Astoria. Enjoy sangria or a Nutella dessert while being entertained with live comedy acts, music, poetry and dance. For more information visit amyleo.com.

Sunday, April 14

At 1 and 3 p.m., Theatreworks USA will put on a performance of “Charlotte’s Web” at the Queens Theatre, located at 14 United Nations Avenue South in Flushing Meadows-Corona Park. Based off the novel by E.B. White, the play tells the story of Wilbur the pig who befriends Charlotte, a spider. Tickets are $14. For more information, visit 718-760-0064 or visit queenstheatre.org.

Starting at 2:15 p.m., Kinematik Dance Theater will explore the world of bugs through interpretive dance with a performance of INSEKTA at Flushing Town Hall, located at 137-35 Northern Boulevard in Flushing. Collaborating with technology artist Cheng-I-Wang, Kinematik investigates the diversity of insects through dance and motion detection projections; fusing technology with Breakdance, House, Vogue and modern dance. Tickets are $12. For more information or to order tickets, call 718-463-7700 ext. 222 or visit flushingtownhall.org. 

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.