Happenings


By Queens Courier Staff |

DANCING MAN

On Sunday, April 25 at 3 p.m. Queensborough Performing Arts Center, on the campus of Queensborough Community College, 222-05 56th Avenue in Bayside presents Tommy Tune: Steps in Time featuring The Manhattan Rhythm Kings. The nine-time Tony Award winner headlines a Broadway biography in song and dance in a casual retrospective of his stage-struck life and work; the Manhattan Rhythm Kings are known for their close harmony singing, virtuosic instrumental work, and spectacular tap dancing; all seats $45 from the box office at 718-631-6311 or at www.visitqpac.org.

WONDERFUL WEEKEND EVENTS

On Friday and Saturday, April 23 and 24 at 8 p.m. and Sunday, April 25 at 2 p.m., the Andrean Players: Cinderella appears in Andrean Hall, St. Andrew Avellino Church, 158th Street and Northern Boulevard in Flushing; Also Friday, April 30 through Sunday, May 2; call Christine at 718-460-3072 or visit www.andreanplayers.com.

Through Sunday, April 25 at 8 p.m. the Big Secret Theatre, 44-02 23rd Street in Long Island City, presents The Queens Players in the last and greatest play of Shakespeare: The Tempest; warring siblings, forbidden love, vengeance, and forgiveness, all for $10 per ticket at the door or online at www.secrettheatre.com. Also April 25 at 3:30 p.m.; April 28-30 at 8 p.m.; call 718-392-0722.

LAST THREE PERFORMANCES: Friday-Saturday, April 23-24 at 8 p.m. and Sunday, April 25 at 7 p.m. the Greek Cultural Center presents a new comedy “Dangerous Game” by Manoli Korres with English supertitles at their new location, 26-80 30th Street in Astoria; tickets are $20, $15 senior/students/children; email reservations@greekculturalcenter.org or call 718-726-7329.

Tonight and Friday, April 23 at 8 p.m. and Saturday, April 24 at 4, 8 and 11 p.m. the Big Secret Theatre, 44-02 23rd Street in Long Island City, revives Charles Busch’s campy kitsch classic Vampire Lesbians of Sodom with Sleeping Beauty or Coma; general admission $15 at the door or online at www.secrettheatre.com.

Friday-Sunday, April 23 at 8 p.m., April 24 at 2 and 8 p.m. and April 25 at 3 p.m. Queens Theatre in the Park and Bristol Riverside Theatre present original cast members Sally Mayes and Lynne Wintersteller in a 20th anniversary new production of Closer Than Ever, the award-winning musical revue; tickets $32-38 at www.queenstheatre.org (surcharge may apply), the box office or at 718-760-0064.

Saturday, April 24 at 8 p.m. and Sunday, April 25 at 3 p.m. the Minstrel Players Theatre Company of Northport Village performs Noel Coward’s classic comedy, “Blithe Spirit.” at Houghton Hall of Trinity Episcopal Church, 130 Main Street, Northport Village. Tickets are $15 for adults; $12 for seniors and children under 12; call 631-732-2926 or visit www.minstrelplayers.org.

Noon to 5 p.m. weekends until Sunday, May 9, a new exhibition at Flushing Town Hall: The Flushing Remonstrance: Who Shall Plead for Us? Penned in 1657, the bold petition protested religious intolerance. Exhibit includes historical images, documents, narrative panels and artwork produced by J.H.S. 189 art students at 137-35 Northern Boulevard; suggested donation: $5/members free; call 718-463-7700, Ext. 222.

On Saturday and Sunday, April 17-18 at 1 p.m. explore the “Hidden World” of Fort Totten; experience the dark chambers and cave crickets the Main Magazine and Endicott Batteries; meet at the Visitors Center, Building 502 (Ordinance and Lee Roads); call 718-352-1769.

FRIDAY, APRIL 23

At 1:30 p.m., Forest Hills Library, 108-19 71st Avenue, hosts A.H.E.A.D. (Association for Home Educators Advancing Dreams); for parents who home school their children; call 718-268-7934.

At 2:30 p.m., Baisley Park Library, 117-11 Sutphin Boulevard, hosts Learn About Lupus, an informational workshop; know the signs and symptoms and learn about available community resources; call 718-529-1590.

SATURDAY, APRIL 24

From 11 a.m. to noon Storybook Discovery Saturday at Voelker Orth Museum Bird Sanctuary and Victorian Garden; storybook and discovery activity for young children

(6 and under) with Ambar Ramirez and Dr. Marge Hendler; suggested contribution of $1 for children, at 149-19 38th Avenue in Flushing; call 718-359-6227 or visit www.vomuseum.org.

From 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. enjoy the 6th Annual Sakura Matsuri Japanese cultural celebration at Pavilion & Astral Fountain in the grove of cherry blossom trees west of the New York State Pavilion in Flushing Meadows-Corona Park, hosted by the Japanese American Association of New York.

At 1 p.m., Peninsula Library, 92-25 Rockaway Beach Boulevard, hosts vocalist Alva Anderson performing the music of Ella Fitzgerald; call 718-634-1110.

At 2 p.m., Flushing Library, 41-17 Main Street, presents Rob Crowe Situation, an acoustic mix of folk rock, country and jazz; unique blending of the spoken word and song; call 718-661-1200.

At 2 p.m., Forest Hills Library, 108-19 71st Avenue, hosts International Love Songs by Galina Gergel and Alex Malayv; from Russia, Ukraine, Uzbekistan, Tajikistan, Moldavia, Italy, Spain, France, Germany, Israel and the United States, with love; call 718-268-7934.

From 2-3:30 p.m. Queens Botanical Garden: Afternoon of Poetry at 43-50 Main Street in Flushing; Fresh Meadows poets: Barbara Hantman, Janet Lieberman, George H. Northrup, Juanita Torrence-Thompson and Muriel Harris Weinstein read on the terrace; in the auditorium if it rains; call 718-886-3800 or visit www.freshmeadowspoets.org.

At 6:30 p.m., Flushing Library, 41-17 Main Street, hosts An Evening with Fischels Beast. The band plays cuts from their new CD, “Commencement,” and some brand new songs; call 718-661-1200.

At 7:30 p.m. conjuring clergyman Father Jerry Jecewiz, “PRIESTO!” Magic Show at Our Lady of Angels Church Auditorium, 44-04 Skillman Avenue in Sunnyside; family magic, illusions, comedy, appearing/disappearing livestock; tickets $10; call 718-392-0011.

At 8 p.m. Queens Theatre in the Park and Kupferberg Center Performances present at Colden Auditorium at Queens College, 65-30 Kissena Boulevard in Flushing, 3 Mo’ Divas. Mezzo-soprano Laurice Lanier and sopranos Jamet Pittman and Nova Y. Payton sing opera to Tina Turner with class and style; 10 styles spanning 200 years of music; tickets are $40, $38 by phone at 718-793-8080; visit www.queenstheatre.org.

At 11 p.m. The Secret Theatre: Secret Burlesque; host Dapper Dan presents another killer bill including new-to-the-Secret Lefty Lucy, Leta Le Noir and pole dancer Gabrielle plus favorites magician Nelson Lugo and Fifi Dupree; adults only; all in good fun; $3 beers; $3 BBQ; tickets $10 at 44-02 23rd Street in Long Island City or online at www.secrettheatre.com; call 718-392-0722.

SUNDAY, APRIL 25

At 11 a.m. Alley Pond Park Adventure Center: Ho, Ho, Ho, Green Giant; learn about the “Alley Giant,” the largest tulip tree on Long Island; enter from Winchester Boulevard, under the Grand Central Parkway; call 718-846-2731.

From 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Socrates Sculpture Park & Noguchi Museum: DIY & FLY is the 7th Annual Kite Making Workshop; children of all ages build and decorate a kite out of recycled materials, and then fly it in the park; free; all materials and supplies provided; no advance registration; space is limited; come early; all materials and supplies provided at 32-01 Vernon Boulevard in Long Island City; call 718-956-1819 or visit www.socratessculpturepark.org.

From 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. 31st Annual Antique Auto Show at the Queens Farm Museum, 73-50 Little Neck Parkway in Floral Park. New York Antique Auto Club members will exhibit their cars on the farmhouse grounds. Automobile memorabilia, historic house tours, hayrides, and food available; admission $5/adults, $2/children ages 4 and under; call 718-347-3276 or visit www.queensfarm.org.

From 11:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. the Annual Steinway Street Fair happens between 28th and 34th Avenues in Astoria with a full program of entertainment at 31-35 Steinway Street (between 31st Avenue and Broadway) features magic, music and dance as varied as the neighborhood; Afro-Cuban, Irish, Greek; from bluegrass to jazz; Astoria’s own all-girl rock band The Jamies; call 718-728-7820 or visit www.centralastoria.org.

At 1 p.m. Fort Totten Visitor’s Center: Kids Conservation 101; ages 6+ learn how to be friendlier to our environment and how to protect all it has to offer; enter Fort Totten Park from 212th Street north of the Cross Island Parkway; call 718-352-1769.

At 2 and 3:30 p.m. Queens Botanical Garden: MuSE (Multicultural Sonic Evolution) Concerts; music that melds science and art through children, flowers, space and the mysteries of the solar system, at 43-50 Main Street in Flushing; tickets are $5 for a concert; call 718-734-7144 or email muse.reserve@gmail.com to reserve; visit www.musefriends.org.

At 3 p.m., Central Library, 89-11 Merrick Boulevard, hosts vocalist Alva Anderson performing the music of Ella Fitzgerald; call 718-990-0700.

At 6 p.m. Church of St. James the Less, 107-61 166 Street (off Merrick Avenue) Youth Night Revival Service features F.A.I.T.H. Dancers & Highlight Vibes Band; call 718-262-0535.

MONDAY, APRIL 26

At 3:30 p.m., Woodside Library, 54-22 Skillman Avenue, hosts Autism Workshop; what you need to know about signs & symptoms; information on community resources; call 718-429-4700.

At 6 p.m., Corona Library, 38-23 104th Street, hosts Corona Cancer Action Council; talk about working with the community and organizations on addressing the cancer health needs of Corona; improving access, educating the community developing action plans; bring your questions and ideas; call 718-426-2844.

At 6 p.m., Flushing Library, 41-17 Main Street, hosts Marketing for Growth; call 718-661-1200.

At 6 p.m., Flushing Library, 41-17 Main Street, hosts What You Need to Know About Hearing Loss Workshop; learn about hearing loss, how to protect your hearing, and community resources; call 718-661-1200.

At 6:30 p.m., Queens Village Library, 94-11 217th Street, hosts Physical Activity and Arthritis. Physical therapist Natalie Peters discusses how exercise can help manage your arthritis; call 718-776-6800.

At 7 p.m., Central Library, 89-11 Merrick Boulevard, hosts Job Information Center Orientation, an interactive orientation about its services, which include career resources including workshops in English and Spanish and assistance with your job searching; call 718-990-0700.

TUESDAY, APRIL 27

From 7:15-8:15 p.m. Sage Exclusive Fitness: Zumba at 7-05 152nd Street in Whitestone; Also Thursday 7-8 p.m., Saturday 9-10 a.m.; call 718-767-2659 or visit www.sagefit.com.

At 3 p.m., Briarwood Library, 85-12 Main Street, hosts New York Cares Volunteer Orientation. Learn about volunteer opportunities in the city; call 718-658-1680.

At 4 p.m., LeFrak City Library, 98-30 57th Avenue, hosts Cancer Action Council Meeting. This group works to address their neighbors’ health needs and make plans for action; call 718-990-5197.

At 6 p.m., Middle Village Library, 72-31 Metropolitan Avenue, hosts a Job Information Workshop: researching information on the Internet; preparation and email of resumes and cover letters; interviewing skills; Pre-registration required; call 718-326-1390.

At 6 p.m. The Bayview Bridge Club, a not-for-profit organization of bridge players, meets at Church of the Resurrection, 100-17 32nd Avenue in East Elmhurst; call club president Ted Harvin at 516-209-7864.

From 7 to 8:30 p.m., a Woman’s Group meets in Forest Hills to talk, and in the process improve their relationships. Members will give and receive support and practice direct communication. The group will be led by a licensed clinical social worker; call Heidi Elias at 718-371-8916.

At 7:30 p.m., The Free Synagogue of Flushing, 41-60 Kissena Boulevard (between Sanford Avenue and Main Street) in Flushing, is offering a Mindfulness Meditation class, led by Rabbi Michael Weisser. Open to all; appropriate for beginners or experienced in meditation. Free for members; $5 suggested donation from non-members; free on-site parking available. Call 718-961-0030 or visit www.freesynagogue.org.

WEDNESDAY, APRIL 28

At 10 a.m. Kew Gardens Community Center and York College Health Services team up for a Wellness Festival from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; transportation provided from 80-02 Kew Gardens Road; sign up in front office; call 718-268-5960.

At 10:30 a.m., Flushing Library, 41-17 Main Street, hosts Job Assistance Workshops; help with web sites for job searching; making an appointment for a resume review; registering for the career exploration inventory; using library resources; call 718-661-1200.

At 2 p.m., Forest Hills Library, 108-19 71st Avenue, hosts Art Workshop: Rita Tabb; instruction in drawing realistic and lifelike portraits; adults will take turns modeling and sketching portraits of each other; 718-268-7934.

From 6:30-8 p.m. at Maspeth Town Hall Community Center, 53-37 72nd Street, a free MillionTreesNYC Tree Stewardship Workshop co-sponsored by Queens Botanical Garden; call 718-539-5296 or email compost@queensbotanical.org.

At 7:30 p.m. the Flushing Camera Club meets in the auditorium of Flushing Hospital;

enter at 45th Avenue and Burling Street; call 718-441-6210 or visit www.flushingcameraclub.org.

THURSDAY, APRIL 29

From 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. ESL Class at Queens Community House Kew Gardens, 80-02 Kew Gardens Road, Suite 202; also 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Computer Lab (instruction 10 a.m.-noon); 11 a.m. Tai Chi/Chi Kung; 12:30 p.m. movie; 1 p.m. ESL Conversation with Carol; Meditation; Oil Painting Class; 2:30 p.m. Casual French Conversation; suggested contribution is $1 per class; call 718-268-5960, fax 718-268-0295 or email jkeibel@queenscommunityhouse.org.

At 11 a.m. Queens Community House Kew Gardens, 80-02 Kew Gardens Road, Suite 202, has Meditation with Instructor Ronnie. Call 718-268-5960 or email jkeibel@queenscommunityhouse.org.

From 6 to 7:30 p.m., The Center for the Women of New York’s Women’s Support Group meets in Room 325 at Queensborough Hall, 120-55 Queens Boulevard in Kew Gardens. For information or an interview appointment, call 718-793-0672.