What to do this weekend in Queens


By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com |

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In Queens this weekend there will be two St. Patrick's Day parades. One on Saturday in Rockaway Beach and another one on Sunday in Woodside/Sunnyside.

Saturday, March 2

Starting at 1 p.m., the 38th Annual Queens County St. Patrick’s Day Parade will kick off at Beach 129th and Newport in Rockaway Beach. Visit queenscountyparade.org for more information

At 8 p.m. and 10:30 p.m., comedian Jackie Martling will be holding a special performance at the Laughing Devil Comedy Club, located at 47-38 Vernon Boulevard in Long Island City. Martling is a longtime friend of radio personality Howard Stern and a professional standup comedian. Tickets are $20. For more information, call 347.913.3845 or visit laughingdevil.com

Starting at 5 p.m., a German wine tasting event will be offered at the Vander Ende-Onderdonk House, located at 18-20 Flushing Avenue in Ridgewood. Back by popular demand. Barbara and Bruce Goonan will host the event. Participants will receive a complimentary wine glass with Onderdonk logo inscribed. 21 and over only. Tickets are $40. Tickets are limited and won’t be sold at the door. For more information call 718-456-1776.

Sunday, March 3

The Sunnyside/Woodside St. Patrick’s Day celebration will take place starting at 12:30 p.m. The parade assembly will start on Skillman Avenue ending at Woodside Ave & 58th Street and will kick off at 2 p.m. The annual post-parade party will take place at Saints & Sinners on 60th Street and Roosevelt Avenue in Woodside. Those marching will include LGBT contingents, community groups, children’s bands, Irish organizations and religious and civic groups.

Starting at 11 a.m., take a tour of Flushing’s Chinatown. The tour will start near the New World Mall, located at 136-20 Roosevelt Avenue in Flushing. The event is being sponsored by One Flushing, a community development center that seeks to help individuals and small businesses. Fee for the tour is $15 and $10 for One Flushing participants. A traditional dim sum meal will be offered before the tour. For more information contact Jack Eichenbaum at 718-961-8406 or email jaconet@aol.com

Starting at 2:00 p.m., the Forest Hills Symphony Orchestra will continue its 49th season with a performance at the Forest Hills Jewish Center, located at 106-06 Queens Boulevard. The performance will feature pieces from such composers as Mendelssohn, Beethoven, Mozart and Delibes. Franklin Verbsky will be the musical director/composer. Tickets are $5. For more information call 718-374-1627 or visit fhso.org.

From 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. families can view and create art at the Noguchi Museum, located at 32-37 Vernon Boulevard in Long Island City. Educators will be present to give families a tour of the galleries and assist in art making afterward. Cost is $10 per family. For more information call 718-204-7088 or visit nouchi.org

Starting at 1 p.m., learn how to make Lunar New Year prints at Flushing Town Hall, located at 137-35 Northern Boulevard in Flushing. This traditional form of Chinese folk art is closely connected to the thoughts, emotions and everyday lives of ordinary people. In addition to learning how to create the art, participants will learn how to properly study and view the artwork. Maximum of 20 participants. Cost of admission is $8-$10.For more information call 718-463-7700 or visit flushingtownhall.org.

Ongoing thru March 13

Held where the iconic Bank of Manhattan once held business, the art group No Longer Empty will host its 14th exhibition of “How Much Do I Owe You? The artwork portrays the economic and social issues that can be seen in the work place and everyday life. Pieces will vary in different art mediums from films, participatory projects, sculptures and much more.

Ongoing thru March 17

Discover Tango’s African roots in the world premiere musical afroTANGO, with music arranged and directed by Latin Grammy winner Raul Jaurena. Show runs until Mar. 17 with performances on Fridays and Saturdays at 8 pm, and Sundays at 4 p.m.at the Thalia Spanish Theatre, located at 41-17 Greenpoint Avenue, Sunnyside.

Ongoing thru March 25

Starting at 10 a.m.,  SculptureCenter, located at 44-19 Purves Street, Long Island City, will be presenting Berlin-based artist Nairy Baghramian’s first exhibition in the U.S., “Retainer.” Her works examine political and social systems of power and encompass questions of context, production and reception within contemporary art. For more information, call 718-361-1750 or visit sculpture-center.org.

Ongoing 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.

Ongoing 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.