What to do this weekend in Queens


By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com |

Church of the Resurrection Kew Gardens ext

The New York Landmarks Conservancy is holding its fourth annual Sacred Sites Open House Weekend on May 17 and May 18. Culturally important religious institutions open their doors to the public and introduce people to remarkable art and architecture they would not normally have the opportunity to explore.

Saturday, May 17

There will be a job fair for people seeking work at retailers and restaurants in the Atlas Park mall on Saturday, May 17, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., adjacent to Payless Shoes.  There will be full-time, part-time and seasonal opportunities available. Great for teens. Please bring résumés. The Shops at Atlas Park are located at 80th Street and Cooper Avenue in Glendale.

The Bayside Historical Society hosts a children’s archeology workshop from noon to 2 p.m.  Become a Dirt Detective in the new “Digging Up the Past” archeology room, a hands-on, interactive space for the curious. Reservations required: 718-352-1548. Suggested ages: fourth-, fifth- and sixth-graders.  Admission: $8 (caregivers free when accompanying children).

There will be a bike-riding lesson for kids at the George U. Harvey Park Hockey Rink at 20th Avenue and the Whitestone Expressway from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.  The classes teach a safe, easy, effective method to learn to ride. “Balance first” teaches kids the basics: balancing, starting, stopping and steering.  Participants must bring their own bikes and helmets.  Pre-registration is required.  To register, please visit Bike New York’s webpage.

The Jacob A. Riis Neighborhood Settlement will be holding its Annual Spring Arts Festival on Saturday from noon to 4 p.m.  The festival, which is free and open to the public, celebrates the artistic talents of the youth in our community and includes children’s art displays, a gallery for local artists and family-friendly entertainment including face-painting, live music and performances, homemade food dishes and local vendors. The event will be held 10-25 41st Ave., LIC.

 Sunday, May 18

The Forest Park Classic Four-Mile Road and Trail Race, presented by Forest Park Runners Club, begins at 10 a.m. at the Victory Field track at Woodhaven Boulevard and Forest Park Drive. For further information go to www.forestparkrunners.org  or contact Frank Gallo at fgallo813@verizon.net or 718-296-4015.

The Rockwood Park Jewish Center announces a day trip to the Taj Mahal in Atlantic City, departing at 8:30 a.m. from 84th Street and 157th Avenue.  Donation $40, give back $30. Non-stop, reserved seating. For reservations, contact Phyllis at 718-848-5791.

Saturday, May 17 and Sunday, May 18

The New York Landmarks Conservancy is holding its fourth annual Sacred Sites Open House Weekend on May 17 and May 18. Culturally important religious institutions open their doors to the public and introduce people to remarkable art and architecture they would not normally have the opportunity to explore. The theme of this year’s open house is Sacred Sites and the Community: How Immigration and Migration Shape New York and will focus on the rich histories and extraordinary contributions of New York City’s diverse immigrant communities. Five Queens houses of worship are participating: Church of the Resurrection: 85-09 118th St., Kew Gardens, May 17, 11 a.m. – 3 p.m.; First Presbyterian Church of Newtown: 54-05 Seabury St., Elmhurst, May 17, 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. and May 18, 10:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.; Grace Episcopal Church: 155-15 Jamaica Ave., Jamaica, May 17, 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.; St. Joan of Arc Parish: 82-00 35th Ave., Jackson Heights, May 17, 4 – 5:45 p.m. and May 18, 4:30 – 5:45 p.m.; and St. Matthias Roman Catholic Church, 58-15 Catalpa Ave., Ridgewood, May 17, 3 – 5 p.m. and May 18, 1 – 4 p.m.

Saturdays 

The popular Long Island City flea market LIC Flea & Food  is opened on weekends at the outdoor lot by the waterfront at the corner of 5th Street and 46th Avenue from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Items for sale at the market include food and drinks, collectibles, antiques, arts and crafts, fashion and more.

Sundays

The LIC Flea and Kaufman Astoria Studios have partnered up to bring the city’s first-ever backlot market called Astoria Flea & Food at Kaufman Astoria Studios. The new market will launch Sunday, May 4, and bring the community the best in food vendors, antiques, collectibles, art, crafts, fashion and much more. The Astoria Flea will be located in the studio’s outdoor lot, the first of its kind in New York City, which opened up in December at 36th Street and 35th Avenue, and will operate every Sunday for eight consecutive weekends from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Through May 18

The Cirque Du Soleil is back at Citi Field. Emerge yourself in Amaluna, a mysterious island governed by goddesses, guided by the moons cycles, and enchanted by an emotional story of love put to the test.  Tickets go from $45- $145.  Citi Field is located at 123-01 Roosevelt Avenue, Flushing.

Through May 25

Noguchi’s Early Drawings bears out his confidence. Each of the drawings on view reveals a very different facet of his quest to form a unique artistic identity in the years following his apprenticeship with Brancusi.  The selection of drawings on view covers exercises from the life drawing classes he took at Academie Collarosi and L’Académie de la Grande Chaumière in Paris in 1927, as well as his distillations of signature strains of Modernism he encountered in Paris and New York.  The Noguchi Muesum is located at 9-01 33rd Road at Vernon Boulevard.  For more information call 718-204-7088.

Through June 15

The San-Francisco-based artist Jim Campbell, best known for his evocative low resolution works, is the subject of a major solo exhibition at the Museum of the Moving Image, spanning his 30-year career and featuring over 20 installations. The works range from early experimental film, interactive works, and low-resolution videos to large-scale sculptural installations. An innovator in the use of technology, Campbell integrates and manipulates computers and custom electronics into visually arresting artworks. The Museum of the Moving Image is located at 35-01 35th Avenue, Astoria. For more information, call 718-777-6888.

Through August 31 

The Noguchi Museum has an exhibition on view of Noguchi’s work from archaic times to modern times.  The only thing Noguchi loved more than the promise of the future was the sense of belonging to the Earth he derived from working with million and billion year old pieces of rock. Noguchi Archaic/ Noguchi Modern explores a stylistic wormhole that seems to link the ancient past and the distant future in his work.

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Saturdays 

The popular Long Island City flea market LIC Flea & Food  is opened on weekends at the outdoor lot by the waterfront at the corner of 5th Street and 46th Avenue from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Items for sale at the market include food and drinks, collectibles, antiques, arts and crafts, fashion and more.

Sundays

The LIC Flea and Kaufman Astoria Studios have partnered up to bring the city’s first-ever backlot market called Astoria Flea & Food at Kaufman Astoria Studios. The new market will launch Sunday, May 4, and bring the community the best in food vendors, antiques, collectibles, art, crafts, fashion and much more. The Astoria Flea will be located in the studio’s outdoor lot, the first of its kind in New York City, which opened up in December at 36th Street and 35th Avenue, and will operate every Sunday for eight consecutive weekends from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Through May 18

The Cirque Du Soleil is back at Citi Field. Emerge yourself in Amaluna, a mysterious island governed by goddesses, guided by the moons cycles, and enchanted by an emotional story of love put to the test.  Tickets go from $45- $145.  Citi Field is located at 123-01 Roosevelt Avenue, Flushing.

Through May 25

Noguchi’s Early Drawings bears out his confidence. Each of the drawings on view reveals a very different facet of his quest to form a unique artistic identity in the years following his apprenticeship with Brancusi.  The selection of drawings on view covers exercises from the life drawing classes he took at Academie Collarosi and L’Académie de la Grande Chaumière in Paris in 1927, as well as his distillations of signature strains of Modernism he encountered in Paris and New York.  The Noguchi Muesum is located at 9-01 33rd Road at Vernon Boulevard.  For more information call 718-204-7088.

Through June 15

The San-Francisco-based artist Jim Campbell, best known for his evocative low resolution works, is the subject of a major solo exhibition at the Museum of the Moving Image, spanning his 30-year career and featuring over 20 installations. The works range from early experimental film, interactive works, and low-resolution videos to large-scale sculptural installations. An innovator in the use of technology, Campbell integrates and manipulates computers and custom electronics into visually arresting artworks. The Museum of the Moving Image is located at 35-01 35th Avenue, Astoria. For more information, call 718-777-6888.

Through August 31 

The Noguchi Museum has an exhibition on view of Noguchi’s work from archaic times to modern times.  The only thing Noguchi loved more than the promise of the future was the sense of belonging to the Earth he derived from working with million and billion year old pieces of rock. Noguchi Archaic/ Noguchi Modern explores a stylistic wormhole that seems to link the ancient past and the distant future in his work.

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