What to do this weekend in Queens


By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com |

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In an effort to help find homes for hundreds of loving pets, the Queens no-kill adoption center, Bobbi & the Strays, in partnership with Maddie’s® Pet Adoption Days, will participate in the biggest free adoption event in the country this Saturday.

Saturday, May 31

Book lovers will enjoy a free Book Extravaganza hosted by the Greater Astoria Historical Society. A large selection of new and used books of various genres will be on display, as well as DVDs and T-shirts. The event will last from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at 35-20 Broadway in Long Island City.

A Defensive Driving Course for insurance benefits and point reductions will be given at the American Martyrs Church of Bayside, 79-43 Bell Blvd. in Bayside from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. For information and registration call 631-360-9720. The cost is $45.

In an effort to help find homes for hundreds of loving pets, the Queens no-kill adoption center, Bobbi & the Strays, in partnership with Maddie’s® Pet Adoption Days, will participate in the biggest free adoption event in the country. Bobbi & the Strays Queens Adoption Center located at Atlas Mall 80-36 Cooper Ave., Glendale, is a 100 percent no-kill animal rescue organization. The event will last from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. To learn more call 718-326-6070 or visit www.bobbiandthestrays.org.

Sneaker lovers should venture to the Sole Insanity Sneaker Event to buy, sell and trade sneakers. DJ Bobby Trends from Hot 97 will be blasting jams throughout the day, and over 150 vendors are expected to barter. Admission will be $25, and $100 to set up a table for trading. The event will occur from noon to 6 p.m.

Broadway aficionados should come out to Trinity Lutheran Church as the Astoria Symphonic Choir performs a melody of classics from Broadway plays such as “My Fair Lady,” “Guys and Dolls,” “The Sound of Music,” “Fiddler on the Roof,” “Damn Yankees,” “Anything Goes” and “West Side Story.” Tickets can be purchased in advance for $15-20 or $20-25 at the door. The church is located at 31-18 37th St., and the event begins at 8 p.m.

Those who enjoy Turkish food will enjoy the Second Annual Turkish Food Fair and Contest. The Turkish Cultural Center of Queens will bring a variety of Turkish food, drink and hospitality. First prize will be awarded $250 and second place $150. Admission is $25; $10 for children 7 to 15. The event will be held from 1 to 4 p.m. at the Sunnyside Community Services Center, located at 43-31 39th St. in Sunnyside.

The American Bolero Dance Company presents “Gabriela Granados: Retroperspectiva,” a spectacular showcase of Spanish culture. It details the flamenco dance, Spanish classics and zarzuelas. General admission is $28, $20 for seniors and $12 for members/students. The event will be held at 8 p.m. at the Frank Sinatra School of the Arts, located at 35-12 35th Ave. in Astoria.

Sunday, June 1 

The critically acclaimed Pan Asian Repertory Theatre, in partnership with Flushing Town Hall, presents a staged reading of “A DREAM OF RED PAVILIONS,” a world premiere adapted by Jeremy Tiang from the classic Chinese novel by Cao Xueqin, co-directed by Tisa Chang and Lu Yu. The cost is $10, and $5 for members and students. The event will take place at 4 p.m. at the Flushing Town Hall, located at 137-35 Northern Blvd. in Flushing. For more information, visit www.flushingtownhall.org or call 718-463-7700 x222.

St. Raphael’s Church will host an outdoor flea market from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. You can reserve a ten-foot space to sell personal goods for $30. The church is located at 35-20 Greenpoint Ave. in Long Island City. For more information call 718-729-8957.

At 3 p.m., the Caribbean American Repertory Theatre honors South Africa with an award-winning play depicting the inhumanity of the apartheid system, “Sizwe Bansi is Dead.” The play costs $20 and takes place at the L. Charles Gray Theater, located at the Presbyterian Church of St. Albans, 190-04 119th Ave., St. Albans. For more information, call 718-454-4234.

The Queens Theater’s rendition of “Peter Pan” explores the journey of children in turn-of-the-century London who use their imaginations to reenact the story of Peter Pan. The cost of the play is $14, or purchase a Family Series Flex Pass for $100 (10 tickets to use however you want). The curtains will open at 1 p.m. and 3 p.m., and the theater is located at 14 United Nations Ave. S. in Flushing Meadows.

Celebrate Polish culture, art and food at Poland’s International Children’s Day. The event will feature more than 30 vendors and stalls, live music and entertainment, folk dance and song performances, face-painting, crafts, rides and a petting zoo. The event is free and will take place from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. at the beach on 116th St. in Rockaway Beach.

The Museum of the Moving Image is honoring Kenji Mizoguchi (1898–1956), who produced 85 films that spanned the silent and sound eras in Japan, by showing three of her movies.“The Crucified Lovers” (2 p.m.) is about an apprentice scrollmaker who attempts to help his master’s wife out of a delicate financial situation, and as a result the two end up on the lam together. “Victory of Women” (4:30 p.m.) depicts a female lawyer who takes up the case of a recently widowed woman who killed her baby rather than raise it amid poverty and plundering. “My Love Burns” (7 p.m.) illustrates the feminist adage that “the personal is political.” Trailing a friend who has been sold into slavery, Eiko relocates to Tokyo, where she works with the progressive party and falls in love with its leader. She suffers untold brutality for the cause, but when the progressives come into power, the issue of women’s rights has been forgotten. The Museum is located at 36-01 35th Ave., Astoria. Cost is free upon admission to the museum.

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 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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