Happenings this week

By Queens Courier Staff |


ZZ Top live
Sunday, August 28 at 8 p.m. NYCB Theatre at Westbury: ZZ Top live; the world-famous, bearded, blues-rock band makes a stop at Westbury for a special live performance; call 800-745-3000 or visit www.livenation.com for ticket information.

Friday, September 2 at 7 p.m. Park Restaurant (1132 Hempstead Turnpike, Franklin Square) Ambitious Brew – The Story of American Beer; when a wave of German immigrants arrived in the middle of the nineteenth century, they re-created the pleasures of the “Biergarten” they had left behind, and invented a new American-style lager beer; this event includes a lecture, food and a tasting of three beers; call 631-586-8640

Indie rocker’s musical
September 27-October 30 Queens Theatre in the Park: Chix 6; the pre-Broadway tryout of an exciting original musical by indie rock sensation and Queens native Lourds Lane; the story of a comic book artist whose super heroine characters leap off the page to teach her how to love herself; call 718-760-0064 or visit www.queenstheatre.org for ticket information.


Saturday and Sunday, August 27 and 28 at 6 p.m. Greek Cultural Center (Astoria): Annual Film Festival, “Panic in the Streets” and “Baby Doll” film screenings of Greek American actor/director/writer and two-time Academy Award winner, Elia Kazan; call 718-726-7329 or visit www.greekculturalcenter.org.

Through September 11 Flushing Town Hall: 2011 Member Exhibition, Revealing the Source; members of the Flushing Council on Culture and the Arts (FCCA) showcase their work that typifies their signature style; many works for sale and a portion of the proceeds benefits FCCA’s Visual Arts Programs; visit www.flushingtownhall.org or call 718-463-7700.


10:30 a.m. Fresh Meadows Library: Knitting/Crocheting Club; if you are looking for a place to share your “purls” of wisdom and experience, you found it; bring your own materials; call 718-454-7272,

11 a.m. Auburndale Library: Basic Computer Lessons; come for one-on-one, half-hour tutoring sessions for adult beginners; limit three sessions per day, by appointment only; sign up for either 11 a.m., 11:30 a.m. or 12 p.m. classes; call 718-352-2027.

2:30 p.m. Bay Terrace Library: Game day; join game day for chess, checkers and other board games; the admission to this event is free and open to the public; call 718-423-7004.


Saturday, August 27 to September 5 Lincoln Center Plaza: Summer HD Festival; more than 40,000 people attended last year for feature screenings of acclaimed productions from the Met’s award-winning Live in HD series on ten consecutive nights. This summer’s lineup features three new productions from the 2010-11 season; 300 seats available nightly with no tickets; for a schedule of film screenings, visit www.metopera.org.

6:45 p.m. Queens Botanical Garden: Chinese “Music in the Garden” Summer Concert; various artist play traditional Chinese instruments; dancers from the NY Chinese Cultural Center and an interactive lesson for children; food available, bring a lawn chair or blanket; visit www.queensbotanical.org or call 718-886-3800


6:00 p.m. Bayside Library: Teen Chess Club; play a friendly game of chess after a long day of school and homework; our volunteer chess instructor can help teach beginners as well as tutor intermediate chess players; all children and teens are welcome to attend; call 718-229-1834.


10:15 a.m. Bayside Library: Mother Goose; this interactive program features nursery rhymes, finger plays, songs and playtime; For babies 18 months to 2 1/2 years and accompanied by a caregiver; call 718-229-1834.

10:30 a.m. Auburndale Library: Computer Class for Chinese Speakers; get one-on-one, basic computer classes for Chinese speakers. Must call 718-352-2027 to register.


6 p.m. Samuel Field Y: Dance, Zumba and Fitness Class for Cancer Survivors; on-going fitness class for cancer survivors led by nurse, Zumba instructor and cancer fitness specialist Beth Levine; call 516-987-7524 or visit www.fitnesspcancer.com for additional weekday dates.


Great Neck Arts Center: Adult Classes; Zumba Fitness, Drawing 101, Salsa and Photography classes have started their summer sessions. To enroll in these programs or for more information about additional programs, call 516-829-2570 or visit www.greatneckarts.org.

Sunday, September 4, 11 a.m. Fort Totten Park, Advanced Canoeing; trained Urban Park Rangers will lead you on canoe adventures that range from the gentle waters of protected lakes, to the challenging open waters of rivers and bays. On an Urban Park Ranger canoe program, you can go from novice to expert in one just one summer; call 718-352-1769.

September 5, 12, 19, 26 at 11 a.m. Barnes and Noble, Bay Terrace: Monday Morning Story time; an exciting adventure at every turn of the page at weekly story time; call 718-224-1083.

Tuesday, September 13 from 6-8 p.m. 23-18 Broadway, Astoria: Better Speech Now; games, prizes and refreshments; learn about accent reduction; To register, e-mail betterspeechnyc@gmail.com or call 917-609-5890.

Saturday, September 24 from 12-6 p.m. C & B Books Distribution at Jamaica Harvest Room (90-40 160th Street, Jamaica): Queens Book & Health Fair; the admission to this event is free and open to the public; for further information, call 718-591-4525.

September 17-November 12 Voelker Orth Museum: The Allure of Red; an eclectic mix of photographs taken by Greta M. Jaklitsch over a number of years; all photos are limited editions taken with 35mm film, not enhanced or altered; call 718-359-6227 or visit www.vomuseum.org.

September 17-November 27 Nassau County Museum of Art: Francisco Goya, Los Caprichos; this exhibition features an early first edition of Los Caprichos, a set of 80 etchings by Spanish artist Francisco de Goya y Lucientes that were published in 1799; the museum is offering several programs that will serve to enhance the viewer’s appreciation of the exhibition; call 516-484-9337 or visit www.nassaumuseum.org for exhibit information.

Sunday, September 25 Nickerson Beach (880 Lido Boulevard, Lido Beach): Ninth Annual March of Dimes Bikers for Babies; individual riders, as well as motorcycle clubs, will hit the road to support March of Dimes and help moms have full-term pregnancies and babies begin healthy lives; to pre-register and create your personalized webpage, please go to www.bikersforbabies.org, click on ‘event locations’ and scroll down to ‘Dee Snider’s 9th Annual Bikers for Babies’ at the ‘Nickersons Beach’ location.

Saturday, September 3 at 7 p.m. Walk Street Tavern, New Hyde Park: The New York Connection; reservations are required to this entertaining dinner show; call 516-384-0832