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New Woodhaven party store set to celebrate with community


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THE COURIER/Photo by Eric Jankiewicz

ERIC JANKIEWICZ

A new store in Woodhaven has something to celebrate.

Khloe’s Party Zone, located on 87-18 Jamaica Ave., caters to celebrations, selling must-have party items such as ribbons and party hats.

“We’ve wanted to open a business for a while now and there are many things we have to offer to the community,” said Ixaida Erskine, who runs the business with her husband Michael.

While the store provides for all kinds of parties, there is a focus on children’s events.

Ixaida explained that the duo had originally wanted to open their business in Brooklyn, which is only a few blocks away, but the rent forced them to find a place in Queens, where prices are lower.

“But we’re happy we moved here. The experience with the community so far has been great,” Ixaida said.

There will be an official grand opening party on Saturday, April 19, when the couple will offer free face painting for children.

 

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Officials announce events to mark World’s Fair anniversary


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The “world’s borough” is ready for its six-month-long anniversary party.

Officials unveiled a long lineup of Queens events and cultural exhibits Friday to celebrate the 50th and 75th anniversaries of the 1964 and 1939 World’s Fairs held in Flushing Meadows-Corona Park.

Festivities begin in April and include 50-cent rides on the historic carousel and a rare tour of the iconic New York State Pavilion.

“Both [fairs] were seminal events that had wide impacts locally, nationally and internationally,” Queens Borough President Melinda Katz said. “As borough president, there isn’t anybody I speak to about the World’s Fair that doesn’t have a story about it.”

An official opening ceremony will take place at the Pavilion April 22. Visitors will be given a rare chance to slap on hard hats and tour the fair icon.

Revelers in the borough can also visit the park, near the Unisphere, May 18 for a full day of festivities and the Queens Museum for a peek into Andy Warhol’s controversial project, which was painted over before the 1964 fair’s opening day.

“With these anniversary events, we will take a look back at the fairs and a look forward to the future of Flushing Meadows – the world’s park and Queens’ backyard,” said Liam Kavanagh, the Parks Department’s first deputy commissioner.

For a full list of borough-wide events, click here.

 

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What to do this weekend in Queens


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Saturday, January 25

Join the Queens Museum for a Winter Spooktacular Ball for families on Saturday, Jan. 25 from 2 to 5 p.m. Wear your saved Halloween costume or your best black carpet look for puppet-themed chills and thrills inspired by our inaugural exhibition Peter Schumann: The Shatterer. There will be a wiggle dance marathon featuring swinging from the chandelier singers, puppet show in the VIP lounge,  shredded ball gown and tattered tuxedo bowling, shadow puppet making,  shivering storytelling, Jeckyll and Hyde and seek scavenger hunt, dripping candle piano bar for adults and frozen candy corn for kids, raffle prizes and much more.

The Queensborough Performing Arts Center is holding “Blue Suede Birthday, The Elvis Bash.” Master performers Scot Bruce & Mike Albert deliver an Elvis experience that is so realistic it will send you back to the 1950s. Scot opens the show, performing his interpretations of the early hits. It is 60 minutes of all Elvis, the hair, the clothes and of course the voice! Rock around the clock, on January 25 at 8 p.m. Tickets start at $40 and are available now. The Queensborough Performing Arts Center is located at 222-05 56th Avenue in Bayside. For more information call 718-631-6311.

Through January 25

Art in the Garden: Deconstructed Flowers at the Queens Botanical Garden Visitor and Administration Building. Gallery Photographer H. David Stein’s intricate photographs give flowers a particularly layered, multi-dimensional presence, See flowers angles you thought impossible! The Queens Botanical Garden is located at 43-50 Main Street Flushing. For more information call 718-463-0263.

Through January 26

“Space Choreographed: Noguchi and Ruth Page” is an exhibit of the Noguchi drawings of avant-garde American dancer and choreographer Ruth Page. This series includes ink wash paintings that abstract the human form. The Noguchi Museum is located at 9-01 33rd Road in LIC. For more information call 718-204-7088.

Through February 23 

Check out the winners of the 2013 annual Nikon Small World Photomicrography Competition at the New York Hall of Science. The annual competition recognizes excellence in photomicrography for images of things visible under a microscope, and this year included more than 100 winners from around the world. Free with museum admission. The New York Hall of Science is located at 47-01 111th Street, Corona. For more information call 718-699-0005.

Through February 23

Madden NFL: 25 Years and Running, at the Museum of the Moving Image examines the groundbreaking video game franchise Madden NFL. The exhibit takes a look at how the game has evolved and its place in culture, and features five playable games, from the original to the latest release. The Museum of the Moving Image is located at 36-01 35 Avenue in Astoria. For more information call 718-777-6888.

Through March 31

Legacy: Photographs Emily Fisher Landau’s Gift to the Whitney Museum of American Art at the Fisher Landau Center for Arts. The collection includes 419 works, namely installations, sculptures, drawings, photographs, etc. by numerous key figures in contemporary American Art. FREE. Exhibition hours are Thursday through Monday, noon to 5 p.m. The Fisher Landau Center for Arts is located at 38-27 30th Street Long Island City. For more information call 718-937-0727.

Through April 11 

Join millions of real butterflies on an amazing journey to a remote and secret hideaway at the New York Hall of Science (NYSCI), Tuesday to Friday, at 11 a.m., noon and 2 p.m., and Saturday and Sunday at noon, 1, 2 and 3 p.m. Follow the monarchs’ journey to the remote mountain peaks of Mexico in a 3D film. For the first time ever, witness the transformation from caterpillar to butterfly inside a chrysalis, thanks to advanced MRI and micro CT scans. The award-winning production team, including Oscar-winner Peter Parks, followed the year-long migration cycle of the butterflies. Admission is $6 adults; $5 children, students & seniors, plus NYSCI admission. NYSCI is located at 47-01 111th Street in Corona. For more information call 718-699-0005.

Through May 4

In the interactive exhibit Human Plus: Real Lives + Real Engineering at the New York Hall of Science, visitors can create and explore a range of high and low tech tools that extend human abilities. The exhibit features a simulated downhill mono-ski course; a DJ station built out of a wheelchair and controlled by the wheels; a touch panel that translates music into vibrations; a hands-free computer mouse, controlled through slight movements of the head, that allows the guest to type messages, edit photos or watch videos; and a neuroprosthetic limb that can be controlled by a person’s thoughts. Free with museum admission. The New York Hall of Science is located at 47-01 111th Street, Corona. For more information call 718-699-0005.

Ongoing

Bring your friends, bring a scarf and gloves and remember to lace up tight! Ice skating season has begun at World Ice Arena at Flushing Meadows-Corona Park! Admission is $5 for all ages on weekdays and $8 on weekends and holidays. To rent skates be sure to bring socks and an additional $5. Monday through Friday the rink is open from 9 a.m. until 5:15 p.m. On weekends it is open: 7 p.m. until 9 p.m. Friday nights; noon. until 4:45 p.m. and 8 p.m. until 9:50 p.m. Saturdays and noon  until 4:45 on Sundays. Information is subject to change, to inquire about any changes call 718-760-9001. World Ice Arena is located at Avery Avenue and 131st Street Flushing.

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What to do this weekend in Queens


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Saturday, December 21

“Historical Roundtable: The FBI” at the Greater Astoria Historical Society, starts at 1 p.m. in the Quinn Building at 35-20 Broadway (4th floor) in Long Island City. For more information call 718-278-0700.

“Queer in the Cave” starts at 10 p.m. at The Creek and the Cave at 10-93 Jackson Avenue in Long Island City. For more information call 718-706-8783.

Families are welcome to join Flushing Town Hall’s free Christmas Workshop at 1 p.m. Participants in the Season of Giving Workshop will create beautiful Christmas wreaths using up-cycled fabrics, beads and ribbons. The wreaths will be donated to various local senior centers in Queens. Flushing Town Hall is located at 137-35 Northern Blvd. in Flushing. Call 718-463-7700 for more information.

Sunday, December 22

The Oratorio Society of Queens performs portions of Handel’s “Messiah,” as well as traditional Christmas favorites and Chanukah songs at 4 p.m. in the Queensborough Performing Arts Center (QPAC). Holiday highlights include “Light One Candle,” made famous by Peter, Paul and Mary in a rousing arrangement by Robert DeCormier, plus “Ocho Kandelikas” a Ladino favorite celebrating the eight candles of Chanukah and its story of hope and redemption, and a brand new song by noted Long Island composer Linda Tsuruoka, “The lamp kept burnin’ on.” Cantor Jerry Korobow leads with his guitar. Queensborough Performing Arts Center is located in Queensborough Community College at 222-05 56th Avenue, Bayside. Parking is free. Ticket prices at the box office are $30 general admission, $25 seniors and students with ID; children, 12 and under, accompanied by an adult, $10.

Saturday December 21 and Sunday, December 22

The holiday season is upon us and  LIC Flea & Food Holiday Market has all of your gift-giving needs under one roof. The holiday market’s last week will be held this Saturday and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., located inside the warehouse attached to the LIC Flea lot at 5-25 46th Avenue.

December 21-23 & December 26- January 1
This holiday season, the imaginative, playful, and creative film and television work of Jim Henson will be celebrated by the Museum of the Moving Image in the screening series “Jim Henson’s World.” Beginning Dec. 21 the museum will screen “Emmet Otter’s Jug-Band Christmas.” This television special tells the story of Ma Otter and her son Emmet, who both secretly enter a talent contest to win money for Christmas presents for each other. These screenings also include Kermit the Frog’s segments, as well as outtakes and behind-the-scenes footage. Museum of the Moving Image is located at 36-01 35th Avenue, Astoria, New York. For more information call 718-777-6888.

Through Dec.22

Oliver! The Musical”: A refreshed version of this theater classic, presented in a contemporary Steampunk style with echoes of the darker Charles Dickens original and all the twists at The Secret Theatre, 44-02 23rd Street, Long Island City.

Through January 24 

On Saturdays and Sundays or Wednesday through Friday take the opportunity to watch “Jungle Girl” in Tut’s Fever Movie Palace. “Jungle Girl” is a classic movie serial starring Frances Gifford and Tom Neal. This 15 episode serial is filled with stunts, lion-wrestling, battles with quicksand and villainy! It was one of the earliest films to star a female protagonist. Screenings are 1 p.m., 2 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays and 2 p.m. Wednesdays-Fridays at the Museum of Moving Image at 36-01 35th Avenue, Astoria. For more information call 718-777-6888.

Through January 25

Art in the Garden: Deconstructed Flowers at the Queens Botanical Garden Visitor and Administration Building. Gallery Photographer H. David Stein’s intricate photographs give flowers a particularly layered, multi-dimensional presence, See flowers angles you thought impossible! The Queens Botanical Garden is located at 43-50 Main Street Flushing. For more information call 718-463-0263.

Through March 31

Legacy: Photographs Emily Fisher Landau’s Gift to the Whitney Museum of American Art at the Fisher Landau Center for Arts. The collection includes 419 works, namely installations, sculptures, drawings, photographs, etc. by numerous key figures in contemporary American Art. FREE. Exhibition hours are Thursday through Monday, noon to 5 p.m. The Fisher Landau Center for Arts is located at 38-27 30th Street Long Island City. For more information call 718-937-0727.

Ongoing

Bring your friends, bring a scarf and gloves and remember to lace up tight! Ice skating season has begun at World Ice Arena at Flushing Meadows-Corona Park! Admission is $5 for all ages on weekdays and $8 on weekends and holidays. To rent skates be sure to bring socks and an additional $5. Monday through Friday the rink is open from 9 a.m. until 5:15 p.m. On weekends it is open: 7 p.m. until 9 p.m. Friday nights; noon. until 4:45 p.m. and 8 p.m. until 9:50 p.m. Saturdays and noon  until 4:45 on Sundays. Information is subject to change, to inquire about any changes call 718-760-9001. World Ice Arena is located at Avery Avenue and 131st Street Flushing.

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Celebrate the season at the Hall of Science


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The New York Hall of Science (NYSCI) in Corona is kicking off the holiday season with dozens of displays and events, offering a different way to celebrate the season.

“It’s a really fun way of imaging the holidays during this particularly festive and busy time,” said Liz Slagus of NYSCI.

From December 27 through December 29, “ReMake the Holidays” will include workshops, demos and art installations that will cover everything from light, to sound, to water. All displays are open to the public and free with admission, although some require pre-registration.

Through one of the more notable displays, NYSCI attendees can witness artist Bill Bywater create a sculpture out of ice, partake in a discussion, and even get a tutorial from Bywater himself.

Other workshops allow the public to make their very own giant “lite brite” to ring in the New Year, or turn recycled material into a musical instrument.

“They’re fun family events, it’s something for everyone,” said Slagus. “They ask people to reimagine how we celebrate.”

For more information and to register for upcoming events, visit the NYSCI website at www.nysci.org.

Queens events this week


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Saturday, November 10

2 p.m., “Garden Book Talk” at Queens Botanical Garden. 43-50 Main Street, Flushing. 718-886-3800.

Author Barbara Paul Robinson will discuss world-known gardener, Rosemary Verey, who has advised nobles and celebrities like Prince Charles and Elton John.

3 p.m.- 8 p.m. “Grand Diwali Motorcade and Cultural Show” at Arya Spirtal Center Grounds. 104-20 133rd Street, Richmond Hill.

A program full of religious ceremonies, motorcades and various cultural performances are being held n celebration of the Hindu holiday, Diwali also known as “The Festival of Lights.”

7 p.m., “From Morocco to Veracruz” at Flushing Town Hall. 137-35 Northern Boulevard, Flushing. 718-463-7700.

Performances by Moroccan, Arab, Spanish and Mexico’s African and Amerindian traditions will show the migration of Latin Music.

Saturday, November 10 through Sunday, November 11

11 a.m.- 4 p.m., “Wildlife Weekends” at Queens County Farm Museum, 73-50 Little Neck Parkway, Floral Park. 718-347-3276.

Queens only working historical farm’s event will include animal shows, birds-of-prey, hayrides, pony rides and animal feedings. The farm’s little market allows you to buy their own wine, eggs, honey and wool. Farm admission tickets are $9.

Sunday, November 11

1 p.m., “Family Sundays” at Queens Museum of Art, Flushing Meadows-Corona Park. 718-592-9700.

The museum’s new and permanent exhibitions inspire the day full of studio art, gallery tours and live music and dance performances.

Sunday, November 11 through Monday, November 12

“Artist in Residence Weekend” at The Nogouchi Museum. 9-01 33rd Road, Long Island City. 718-204-7088.

Paul Discoe, Japanese builder, will demonstrate artist Noguchi’s art process and tools on Saturday while on Sunday he will host a discussion.

Wednesday, November 14

7 p.m., “Surreal Machines” at Sculpture Center, 44-19 Purves Street, Long Island City. 718-361-1750.

Center’s curator Ruba Katrib will moderate a panel discussion about the impact of technology in the historical avant-garde and contemporary parallels.

Saturday, November 17

1 p.m. “Civil War Roundtable” at Greater Astoria Historical Society, 35-20 Broadway, Long Island City. 718-278-0700.

A panel discussion on the bloodiest war in U.S. history will be lead by former and current presidents of the Civil War Round Table of New York. Tickets are $5.

Queens events this weekend


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Saturday, October 6

10 a.m. – 11 a.m., Blessing of the animals in honor of St. Francis at Grace Episcopal Church in Whitestone. All pets are welcome to attend with their families.

10 a.m. – 4 p.m., St. Paul’s International Lutheran Church will be holding its sixth annual International Fall Fair in Floral Park. There will be a free blessing of the pets, free entertainment, free games and a moonbounce for the kids. Flu shots, vendors, pumpkin painting, a Verizon Fios booth and food will be available as well.

11 a.m. – 4 p.m.,  Pony rides, pumpkin decorating, face-painting, balloon animals and more at the Fall Family Flea Market Festival at the Bay Terrace Country Club.

11 a.m. – 2 p.m., The 34th Annual Queens Columbus Day Parade in Astoria will begin at Kaufman Astoria Studios and end at Astoria Boulevard and 31st Street.  NYPD Chief Diana Pizzuti will serve as grand marshal.

Noon – 7 p.m., Oktoberfest in Sunnyside Gardens Park will include face-painting, live music, arts & crafts, jewelry, homemade food and merchandise and pumpkins, pumpkins, pumpkins.

Noon – 3 p.m., Learn to prepare a Puerto Rican pastelon (Shepherd’s Pie) and enjoy the sounds of Argentine tango  and Spanish “cuadro flamenco” at the free Hispanic Heritage Festival in Corona.

1 p.m. – 3 p.m., Enjoy crafts, stories and learn about the history of tea at Tea Time at King Manor. Bring your favorite stuffed animal or doll for this fun afternoon.

Sunday, October 7

11 a.m. – 5 p.m., Walk Now for Autism Speaks is a fun-filled, family friendly event and is our single most powerful force to fund vital research that will lead us to the answers we need.

11 a.m. – noon, Chef Alex Privilegi of Il Toscano Restaurant returns for a cooking demonstration featuring locally grown ingredients from the Douglaston Greenmarket.

Noon – 3 p.m., The Dominican Day Parade will march down Northern Boulevard from 69th Street through 86th Street.

1 p.m. – 3 p.m., Stop by Hallets Cove for your last chance to kayak/canoe. Free and no experience necessary and all ages are welcome (under 18 must be accompanied by parent) Wear clothing and shoes ready to get wet.

2 p.m. – 5 p.m., Resorts World Casino New York City’s Oktoberfest is an abbreviated visit to Munich. Complete with an oompah band and specialty fare including Jagar Schnitzel with braised red cabbage, warm German potato salad and Kringle. Enjoy the essence of Germany.

3 p.m. – 5 p.m., You don’t meet Pat Cooper, you experience him. Whether sharing his views on kids, politics or popular celebrities, his no-holds-barred discussion on his life (and everyone else’s), will have you rolling in the aisles.

Queens Morning Roundup


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TODAY’S FORECAST

Thursday: A slight chance of showers before 11am. Partly sunny, with a high near 75. Southwest wind 5 to 9 mph becoming north in the afternoon. Chance of precipitation is 20%. Thursday night: A chance of showers, mainly after 11pm. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 59. East wind 7 to 10 mph. Chance of precipitation is 40%.

EVENT of the DAY: Ella Fitzgerald

A musical that reflects on the life and songs of the legendary jazz/pop vocalist Ella Fitzgerald at Queens Theatre. Click here for more info or to submit an event of your own

Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad ramps down the hate, but still slams ‘Zionists’ in UN speech

Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad shelved most of his usual hate speech and invoked Jesus Christ in a mellow farewell address Wednesday at the United Nations. The rambling 35-minute address on the Jewish high holy day of Yom Kippur included shots at the U.S. for the killing of Al Qaeda leader Osama Bin Laden and “uncivilized Zionists.” Read more: Daily News

Bronx super finds woman’s body in plastic bin

Police are investigating after the body of a woman was discovered earlier today in the Mount Eden section of the Bronx. Details are limited but police confirm the body was found inside a plastic container at 1460 Macombs Road. The gruesome discovery was made by a building superintendent. Read more: NY1

Hair’s one way to catch a ‘coke smuggler’

They just couldn’t keep a lid on it. Two women stashed nearly 2 kilos of cocaine beneath their hairpieces and weaves in a bid to smuggle the drugs through Kennedy Airport — but were busted after wigging out at Customs, officials said yesterday. Read more: NY Post

MTA auctioning off items from lost and found

It’s not surprising that straphangers leave items such as cell phones and handbags on subways and buses, but even bikes make it to the MTA New York City Transit’s lost and found. Eventually unclaimed items are auctioned off by the agency, making about $30,000 to $50,000 a year for its operation budget. Read more: Queens Courier

Thug repellent: Fights off gat burglars

A fearless Queens resident went toe-to-toe with two home-invading thugs who cocked a loaded gun against his wife’s head — by wrestling away the weapon and leaving one suspect shot in the leg, cops said. Ghulam Khanlodhy, 42, of South Richmond Hill, later displayed a battle scar from the 3 a.m. life-or-death struggle — a perfect set of teeth marks in his right bicep where one of the masked men gnawed into his flesh. Read more: NY Post

NOAA awards $1.3M grant to Queens College

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, also known as NOAA, awarded Queens College with a $1.3 million grant, which will be used to help train grade-school teachers across the city how to use a hands-on approach in the classroom. Read more: NY1

It’s In Queens! Events around the borough


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“Visit Queens, see the world,” is one of Borough President Helen M. Marshall’s favorite sayings. Well, upcoming events will give the local visitor (and/or resident) the chance to experience aspects of various world cultures and enjoy shows by performers whose fame stretches around the globe. Here’s the rundown:

  • Sept. 27, afternoon and evening, Ella: A Swingin’ New Musical about the First Lady of Song. This new theatrical production, which opens on Sept. 27 and runs until Oct. 7, puts Ella Fitzgerald’s life into…what else?…music. Expect more than a dozen of her most famous hits. $25-$49. Queens Theatre, 14 United Nations Ave. S., Flushing Meadows-Corona Park, 718.760.0064, www.queenstheatre.org.
  • Sept. 27, 7:30 pm, The Best of the Fest at the Top of the Z. The Queens World Film Festival 2012 will screen its winners: Queen by Adam Rose (Best of Festival); Easy Street by Russell Greene (Best Narrative Short); and Andrew, Story of a Closet Monster by Elliot Lobell (Emerging Filmmaker Award). $1 off wine/beer. Z Hotel 11-01 43rd Ave., Long Island City, 212-319-7000, www.queensworldfilmfestival.com.
  • Sept. 28, 6 pm, Old Hock & Bach. The Queens College Baroque Ensemble will perform J.S. Bach with Baroque Era bows. A variety of German white wines, the modern equivalent of the “Old Hock” that was listed on the 1822 inventory of Rufus King’s wine cellar, will be served. Reservations only. King Manor in King Park, near Jamaica Avenue between 150th Street and 153rd Street, Jamaica, 718.206.0545, www.kingmanor.org.
  • Sept. 29, 10 am – 7 pm; and Sept. 30, 10 am – 6 pm, Maker Faire. Deemed “The Greatest Show and Tell on Earth,” this annual event will feature more than 500 maker exhibits, the world’s most diverse showcase of creativity and innovation in technology, craft, science, fashion, art, food and more. Expect outrageous attractions such as the Life-Sized Mousetrap, Coke Zero and Mentos Show, Power Racing Series, iconic Cupcake Cars and other spectacular surprises, such as workshops on soldering, lock picking and Arduino. New York Hall of Science, 47-01 111th St., Corona, 718-699-0005, www.nysci.org.
  • Sept. 29, 11 am – 3 pm, National Estuaries Day Festival. This festival commemorates Little Neck Bay, the local estuary. Meet people from health service, recreational and civic associations, school groups and government organizations. Hike along Alley Pond Environmental Center’s unique and beautiful estuary trails, listen to live music, visit educational booths and exhibits from neighborhood organizations and participate in children’s activities and crafts. Free entertainment, hands-on demonstrations, fun games, boat and canoe rides. Please pre-register. APEC, 228-06 Northern Blvd., Douglaston, 718.229.4000, www.alleypond.org.
  • Sept. 29, 2:30 pm – 4:30 pm, Viewing party for Latin Beat. Watch the encore dance performance of Latin Beat, streamed live from Lincoln Center’s David Rubenstein Atrium. Join viewing parties at the Cambria Heights, Central, Flushing, Fresh Meadows, Langston Hughes, Lefferts, Ridgewood, Rochdale Village and Sunnyside branches of Queens Library. Free. 718.990.0704, www.queenslibrary.org.
  • Sept. 30, 3 pm, Dionne Warwick in Concert. Singer Dionne Warwick received her first Grammy Award in 1968 for “Do You Know the Way to San Jose” and her second for “I’ll Never Fall In Love Again.” Watch her live in Queens. Queensborough Performing Arts Center, 222-05 56th Ave., Bayside, 718.631.6311, www.qcc.cuny.edu/qpac.
  • Sept. 30, 4 pm – 6 pm, Autumn Moon Festival. An afternoon of moon cakes, arts & crafts and cultural performances celebrating an ancient holiday that reflects on the summer harvest, the fullness of the moon and the myth of the immortal moon goddess. Bring picnic blankets and summer chairs. Free with admission. Queens Botanical Garden, 43-50 Main St., Flushing, 718.886.3800, www.queensbotanical.org.
  • Sept. 30, 6 pm, Royal Drummers and Dancers of Burundi. One of the greatest percussion ensembles in the world, the Royal Drummers and Dancers of Burundi, have performed in the same way for centuries, passing down traditions and techniques from father to son. Their performances were traditionally a part of particular ceremonies, such as births, funerals and the enthronement of kings. In Burundi, drums are sacred and represent, along with the king, the powers of fertility and regeneration. York College Performing Arts Center, 94-45 Guy R. Brewer Blvd. (between Liberty Avenue and Archer Avenue), 718.527.4357, www.york.cuny.edu/centers-institutes/performing-arts.
  • Sept. 30, 2 pm, Seventh Book Fair at Queens Museum of Art. A selected group of Caribbean authors will discuss their production and success in the publishing world at QMA’s auditorium. Following the round table, the public will have the opportunity to meet and greet the authors and enjoy the largest book party in the city at the Unisphere Gallery. Free. QMA, Flushing Meadows Corona Park, 917.238.3155, www.queensmuseum.org.
  • Sept. 30, noon – 6 pm, Forest Hills Street Festival. A family fair on seven blocks with about 150 vendors, promotions, kiddie rides and crafts. Plus, Austin Street stores will be open. Rain or shine. On Austin Street from 69th Road to 72nd Road, www.foresthillschamber.org.
  • Sept. 30, 2 pm – 5 pm, 2012 Latin Pride Concert. As part of National Hispanic Heritage Month, the Latin American Cultural Center of Queens will present several performances including concerts by Francisco Cantilo and Nelson Cuevas. Free but space is limited. El Paraiso Tropical, 102-11 42nd Ave., Corona. RSVP via 718.261.7664 or laccq@aol.com.
  • Oct. 2, 7 pm, An Evening with Don Francisco, Celebrating 50 Years of Sábado Gigante. Celebrate National Hispanic Heritage Month with Don Francisco —a.k.a. Mario Kreutzberger. In a rare New York appearance, the variety show host will participate in an intimate discussion with a special guest moderator and show a selection of unforgettable clips from his Saturday night show’s 50-year history presented by Univisión. Sábado Gigante is the longest-running variety show in television history, entertaining audiences around the world since it went on the air in 1962 with a mix of live entertainment, contests and human-interest stories. Don Francisco has been there from the beginning, hosting more than 2,600 episodes. $25, $15, free for Silver Screen members. Museum of the Moving Image 36-01 35th Ave., Astoria, 718.777.6888, www.movingimage.us.
  • Oct. 3, 7 pm, Lecture on Contemporary Colombia. Ana María Ochoa, an ethnomusicologist and music professor at Columbia University, will lecture on the culture of the African-Colombian population of Colombia’s Pacific Coast. The lecture will include special guests from Bella Vista and the National University of Colombia in Bogotá. Ochoa will also talk about the 2002 massacre in Bella Vista, Bojaya. Free with performance tickets, please see following event. Flushing Town Hall, 137-35 Northern Blvd., Flushing, 718.463.7700, www.flushingtownhall.org.
  • Oct. 3, 8 pm, Bella Vista Dance Performance. Bella Vista is a dance commemorating the 10th anniversary of the massacre in Bella Vista, Bojaya, on Colombia’s Pacific Coast. The massacre took place in 2002 during a battle between the guerillas and the paramilitary forces. The entire town was displaced, and many were killed. By incorporating traditional dances and rhythms from Colombia’s Pacific Coast with Modern & Contemporary Dance, the performance tells this story while celebrating the strength of the survivors. $5, free for members. Flushing Town Hall, 137-35 Northern Blvd., Flushing, 718.463.7700, www.flushingtownhall.org.

The “It’s In Queens” column is produced by the Queens Tourism Council with the hope that readers will enjoy the borough’s wonderful attractions.

Queens events for Labor Day Weekend


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Queens

Friday, August 31

7 p.m. – 10 p.m., Take in the 1965 classic, “Doctor Zhivago,” at the Museum of the Moving Image. Based on Boris Pasternak’s novel, this tale of a love triangle set against the Bolshevik Revolution is an astonishing feat, as emotionally involving as it is visually spectacular. Highlights include Freddie Young’s Oscar-winning cinematography and Maurice Jarre’s iconic score.

7 p.m. – 9 p.m., Get on your dancing shoes for a night of music and dancing under the stars with the Friends of Queensbridge Park Committee.

8 p.m., Head to the Secret Theatre for a series of one-act plays featuring actors, playwrights and directors banding together and competing to win cash prizes in an epic theatrical showdown.

Saturday, September 1

11:00 a.m., Trained Rangers at Fort Totten Park will give free archery lessons, demonstrating the safe and proper way to draw a bow and shoot an arrow. Families and children ages 8 years and older are welcome to participate.

11 a.m. – noon, Children can learn to cook with free classes from Allergic to Salad for ages 2 to 12 at Socrates Sculpture Park.

12:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m., Come to the Back to School Festival at St. Albans Park and end the summer with an afternoon of crafts, games, inflatables, music and more.

Sunday, September 2

1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m., This is the last day for the Sunday Children’s Activity Table at the Queens Botanical Garden where they can make special crafts.

Monday, September 3

Noon – 6 p.m., Enjoy a plethora of booths selling food and goodies at the 30th Avenue Astoria Festival.

6 p.m. – 10 p.m., Enjoy live music, DJs, performances, guest bartenders and chefs at the Rockaway concessions.

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Friday, August 31 to Sunday, September 2

This weekend see Disney’s Alice in Wonderland Junior at the CM Performing Arts Center in Oakdale, Long Island. Show times are 11 a.m. on Friday and 2 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday.

Saturday, September 1

11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m., Bring your children to storytelling hour at the Statue of Hans Christian Andersen in Central Park.

Sunday, September 2

10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m., Visit one of New York City’s richest bird habitats with New York City Audubon guides. Learn how to spot and identify birds in their natural habitat on a tour through the North Woods. Ages 5 and up.

2 p.m. – 10 p.m., Head to a free Tiki Disco, held in the backyard of Bushwick pizza palace Roberta’s.

Monday, September 3

Celebrate West Indian–American Day at the mammoth parade, the high point of a 5-day Caribbean Carnival Festival that today is the largest outdoor summer event in North America.

See Governors Island on two wheels, with Bike and Roll’s free program.

You can also take the kids on one of these many day trips in and around Queens this Labor Day weekend. 

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Friday, August 24

12:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m., Take a whale and dolphin watching cruise, leaving from Riis Landing in Rockaway. Reservations required.

5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m., Come to an evening of dancing under the stars at Gorman Playground. There will be music, face painting for children, and a raffle drawing.

Saturday, August 25

11 a.m., Children between the ages of 6 and 11 at Central Library’s Science Lab will execute awesome experiments, learn something new, and enjoy an hour of educational fun at this wonderful weekly lab.

11 a.m. – 2 p.m., Children explore innovative art mediums and a variety of subject matter at Socrates Sculpture Park’s free Kids Sculpture Workshop, including paper making, bike decoration, mask making, and more.

Noon – 4 p.m., Children of all ages can participate in a free afternoon of crafts, games, music, inflatables, pony rides and more at Family Day at St. Albans Park.

4 p.m. – Midnight, Help renowned visiting Canadian artists Thomas+Guinevere transform Socrates Sculpture Park into a field of freestanding, larger-than-life, glowing, sculptural scarecrows.

Sunday, August 26

10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m., Engage with your children in discussions about art in The Noguchi Museum’s galleries, and work together or individually to make your own works of art. This program is for families with children ages 5-11.

Saturday, August 25 & Sunday, August 26

11 a.m. – 4 p.m., At the last New York Hall of Science’s Maker Weekend of the summer visitors can build a fort using cardboard, PVC pipes, fabric while collaborating with other museum-goers. Free with museum admission.

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Friday, August 24 – Sunday, August 26

Sited on Madison Square Park’s expansive Oval Lawn, Pet Sounds will introduce a snaking network of vibrantly colored pipe railings creating new paths as they wind across the urban oasis. As these railings converge around a common seating area, each railing begins to grow into a unique fantastic form.

Saturday, August 25

Noon, Tykes will have a ball watching a slew of kiddie musicians at this J&R sponsored Kids Music Fest. Among the day’s featured performers are Bari Koral, Karen K and the Jitterbugs and Hot Peas ‘N Butter. Once they’ve gotten their musical fill, kids can participate in free activities from MoonSoup and the Craft Studio. Free. All ages.

4 p.m., Enjoy Key Wilde and Mr. Clarke at a free kids concert in Carroll Park.

Sunday, August 26

10 a.m. – 5 p.m., The three stages at the Brighton Beach Jubilee feature Russian entertainment, rock and roll music and dads competing in an arm wrestling competition for the title of the “strongest arm in Brooklyn.” Sandy the Seagull, the Brooklyn Cyclones’ mascot, will make an appearance, and children can take a spin on kiddie rides and get their faces painted. Free. All ages.

12:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m., Kiddie Cruise: A Princess and Pirate Adventure is an all inclusive fun-filled family event that sails for two hours on the Hudson River. Guests enjoy a puppet show, magician, face painting, arts and crafts, live music while soaking in the sights. All guests receive a healthy bagged lunch and unlimited juice and soda. Kids are encouraged to dress up as their favorite Princess or Pirate. The boat leaves from Pier #40 West Side Highway in Manhattan.

2:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m., Families are invited to the historic Brooklyn farmhouse to rewind time—and get their hearts pumping—with such fun throwback activities as potato sack races and spoon races. Free. Ages 5 and up.

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Friday, August 17

6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m., Both children and adults are invited to a fundraising event at the Forest Park Carousel to raise money for programs and services for those who have Alzheimer’s.

7 p.m. – 10 p.m., “Taxi Driver” at the Museum of the Moving Image: Martin Scorsese’s dark, dyspeptic view of New York, made all the more menacing by a brassy Bernard Herrmann score, is also a great visual love letter to the Big Apple.

7: 30 p.m. – 10:30 p.m., Irish Movie Night at the New York Irish Center: “Eat the Peach,” Two young out-of-work Irish men are watching an old Elvis Presley movie in which a carnival cyclist performs an act called the Wall of Death. Transfixed, they decide to put together their own “Wall of Death.” The film is based on the true story of two brothers-in-law, frustrated by life in a small border town.

8 p.m. – 10:30 p.m., Rufus King Park movie series presents “Knocked Up,” a Judd Apatow film about a one-night stand that results in an unexpected pregnancy for entertainment reporter Alison (Katherine Heigl), who vows to be a good mom and keep her career on track by trying to make things work with the slacker (Seth Rogen) who knocked her up.

8 p.m. – midnight, The Laughing Devil presents a showcase of the best comics that New York City has to offer, featuring a rotating cast with a healthy mix of celebrities and the next-big-thing.  Tonight’s show features Steve Hofstetter.

8:30 p.m., This outdoor movie series at Hudson River Park features family-oriented PG movies suitable for all ages. Tonight’s film will be “Back to the Future.” Free popcorn will be provided.

Saturday, August 18

7:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m., Saturday is the last day of the fifth annual Summer Streets. About seven miles of New York City’s streets will be opened up for running, biking, walking and playing from the Brooklyn Bridge to Central Park, along Park Avenue and connecting streets. There will also be activities and giveaways, including rock climbing and free bike helmets.

11 a.m. – 3 p.m., FlyNYC 2012: Come fly a kite at FlyNYC 2012, a kite festival in Riverside Park. There will also be kite making, live entertainment and other activities.

11 a.m. – 5 p.m., South Queens Park Association presents its second annual collectible car show at Roy Wilkins Park.

5 p.m. – 10 p.m., First Annual Rockaway Beach Club Crawl: Get to know your boardwalk concessions at Rockaway Beach.

8:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m., At the Alley Pond Environmental Center astronomer Mark Freilich will teach you all about the stars and the features of the moon with an outside viewing using a professional telescope.

10:30 p.m. – midnight, Playing with Reality’s Late-Night Sandbox Series: Three unplanned stories. three audience volunteers. one unforgettable show each month. Here’s your chance to step on stage with highly skilled inter-actors and become the star and co-creator of an entirely unscripted journey. Or, just sit back and enjoy. This one-of-a-kind sandbox is waiting for you. Fill your pail with enthusiasm, jump in and play.

Sunday, August 19

9 a.m. – 4 p.m., The 3rd Summer Craze Car Show & Blood Drive will have trophies, dash plaques, goody bags  and raffles.  All Donations will go directly to St. Mary’s Hospital for Children in Bayside.

1 p.m. – 7 p.m.Astoria Park Shore Fest: A Car-free celebration on Shore Boulevard adjacent to Astoria Park. It will include educational activities, live music, fitness programs and food-tastings with various neighborhood restaurants.

6 p.m. – midnight, Long Island City: Art, Graffiti, Infrastructure, and Sunset, One subway stop away from midtown Manhattan, Long Island City is undergoing its second makeover as its industrial landscape gives way to artists’ venues, the reuse of its daylight factory buildings, new condos and shorefront parks.

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Friday, August 10 

5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m., Come for an evening of music at Grover Cleveland Playground. There will also be face painting for children, a raffle drawing and Latin dance instruction under the stars. All ages are welcome to participate. Seniors will receive a free gift while supplies last.

7:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m., Come enjoy Shakespeare’s classic , “The Comedy of Errors,” on the lawn in Sunnyside Gardens Park, presented by Queens-based Hip to Hip Theatre Company. The performance is free and open to all.

8 p.m. – 10 p.m., “Pretty Woman” at Rufus King Park: When millionaire wheeler-dealer Edward enters into a business contract with Hollywood hooker Vivian, he loses his heart in the bargain in this charming romantic comedy. Can the poor prostitute and the rich capitalist live happily ever after? Written by J.F. Lawton. Directed by Garry Marshall.

8 p.m. – 10 p.m., The iconic Kool and the Gang will be at Resorts World Casino and the enjoyment will cost you nothing, but a Resorts World Casino player’s card. Head to Resorts World Casino for your complimentary Genting Rewards card and enjoy Kool and the Gang.

8 p.m. – 10 p.m., Flushing Town Hall presents the amazing Dandy Wellington and His Band. Dandy has quite the following in NYC and it’s a real treat to have him perform at Town Hall. Inspired by the Big Band Era of Jazz, Dandy takes the sounds of the 1930s and 40s and brings them to the present with a ton of style and fun.

8 p.m. – 10 p.m., Officials will join members of the Sikh community for a memorial ceremony for those who lost their lives at the recent shooting inside a Sikh Temple in Wisconsin. The terrible tragedy, claimed the lives of seven victims and left the entire Sikh community devastated. The vigil aims to raise awareness of this violent incident and promote tolerance and understanding within the community.

8:30 p.m., This outdoor movie series at Hudson River Park features family-oriented PG movies suitable for all ages. Tonight’s film will be “Rango.” Free popcorn will be provided.

Saturday, August 11

Noon, Forgotten NY walking tour: See the Dyckman Farmhouse, the Seaman Estate Arch, and historic Inwood Hill Park and its rich Native American and colonial history in this tour through Inwood and Inwood Hill Park. Within the park is a secret Revolutionary War relic which is little-known to the general public.

1 p.m. – 5 p.m., Hallets Cove free walk-up paddling: Head to Vernon Blvd and 31st Avenue for free kayaking or canoeing. No reservation, no experience needed. All ages are welcome, but under 18 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.

1 p.m. – 4 p.m.Bucket of Junk at NY Hall of Science: Design and build anything your imagination can think of by combining interesting objects you’ll find in our Bucket of Junk. Free with NYSCI admission.

7:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m., Come enjoy a summer night with the Bard. Queens-based Hip to Hip Theatre Company presents a free performance of Shakespeare’s classic “Hamlet” on the northern lawn of Gantry Plaza State Park in Long Island City.

8 p.m., Join Amy Leo in her final show of the year before she begins working on the new album. She will be doing a nice blend of originals (some old and some that have never been heard before!) and covers. In true Amy Leo fashion, there will also be some surprise guests.

Sunday, August 12

12:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m., The Myrtle Avenue Festival, sponsored by the Kiwanis Club of Glendale Queens and located on Myrtle Avenue between Fresh Pond Road and Forest Avenue, features food vendors, craft vendors, games, rides, Brooklyn Nets “Experience”, North Shore Animal League mobile pet adoption, FDNY Smoke House fire safety exhibition and more fun for the whole family.

1 p.m. – 7 p.m., Astoria Park Shore Fest: A Car-free celebration on Shore Boulevard adjacent to Astoria Park. It will include educational activities, live music, fitness programs and food-tastings with various neighborhood restaurants.

1 p.m. – 5 p.m., The Argentine Tango never ceases to amaze! Enjoy a live Tango concert at 2 p.m. and take a free lesson for beginners at 1 p.m. Also, dancer Mayte Vicens will do a special demonstration before the concert. Free.

6 p.m. – 10 p.m., The Muppets“: Outdoor movie for the family to enjoy at Rockaway Beach. Bring a chair or blanket.

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Saturday, July 28

Noon – 2 p.m.34th Annual Thunderbird American Indian Mid-Summer Pow Wow: New York City’s oldest and largest pow wow will feature three days of intertribal Native American dance competitions to which the public is invited. Over 40 Indian nations are represented at this spectacular event held in the apple orchard on the farm grounds. A large selection of quality Native American art, crafts, jewelry and foods are available.

6 p.m. – 8:30 p.m., Vertigo at the Museum of the Moving Image: Considered by many cinephiles the greatest of all films, Hitchcock’s peerless psychological thriller follows a San Francisco private detective who comes out of retirement to trail an old schoolmate’s beautiful wife, who appears to be haunted by a figure from her ancestral past.

7 p.m. – 8:30 p.m., Come enjoy a summer night with the Bard. Queens-based Hip to Hip Theatre Company presents a free performance of Shakespeare’s classic, “The Comedy of Errors” on the bathhouse plaza at Jacob Riis Park.

8 p.m. – 10 p.m., The Wild Party at Secret Theatre: Secret Theatre Musicals is pleased to announce their production of Andrew Lippa’s THE WILD PARTY. With a book, music and lyrics by Andrew Lippa (You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown, John and Jen, The Addam’s Family), this exciting production is directed by Taryn Turney and will play a 3-week limited engagement.

1 p.m. – 4 p.m., Bucket of Junk at NY Hall of Science: Design and build anything your imagination can think of by combining interesting objects you’ll find in our Bucket of Junk. Free with NYSCI admission.

Sunday, July 29

11 a.m.World’s Fair Marina, located at Pier 1 in Flushing Meadows-Corona Park, invites you to master your fishing skills while connecting with nature. Experienced rangers teach the ecology of the waterways as well as the principles of fishing. This event is free.

Noon – 2 p.m.Rockaway Beach Sandcastle Contest: Build sandcastles at this 17th annual contest with Urban Park Ranger activities and prizes for several age categories. Bring buckets and tools. No experience necessary.

1 p.m. – 5 p.m., Sung in French Haitian Creole to a background of African Rhythms, “Compa Music” is undeniably infectious, high energy and fun to dance to at Flushing Town Hall. Dousing FTH with the flavor of this rich and varied music is The Agoci Band led by Rolhans Innocent. The Agoci Band is a group of Haitian musicians that combine fresh Hip-Hop, Roots, and Calypso flavors.

4 p.m. – 7 p.m., SummerStage Kids Queens Family Day: An exciting event to inspire and engage children of all ages and their families, featuring Randolph Matthews, LuckyBob and Little Club Heads. Families will also have the opportunity to participate in face painting, craft workshops, free sports lessons including golf workshops, and a fun and exciting hip-hop dance class!

7 p.m. – 8:30 p.m., Come enjoy a summer night with the Bard. Queens-based Hip to Hip Theatre Company presents a free performance of “Hamlet” on the stage at O’Donohue Park.

 

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SATURDAY, JULY 14 – SUNDAY, JULY 15

Eduardo Anievas Cortines is having his Open Studio Series where attendees can view 100 of his paintings in an informal setting at his studio, located at 47-33 5th Street in Long Island City. On Saturday, the hours will be 1 to 9 p.m. and on Sunday, the hours will be 1 to 7 p.m. The Sixto Quartet will be playing live Latin music on Saturday from 4 to 7 p. m. Home-made sangria and tapas will be served. Invitation is up on www.eduaran.com.

SATURDAY, JULY 14

4 p.m. – 9 p.m., there will be Bandfest at Astoria Park, located at 21 Hoyt Avenue North in Astoria. Come and watch and listen to live music and performances by local musicians.

8 a.m.- 3 p.m., Set on a shady, tree-lined avenue near Lou Lodati Park, the Sunnyside Greenmarket is a thriving community center drawing an ethnically diverse mix of young couples, families, and elderly residents from the surrounding neighborhood. On hand are a fantastic selection of vegetables grown in the Black Dirt of Orange County, specialty Mexican produce and herbs, eggs, seasonal fruit, cider, baked goods and fresh-caught fish. Cheese, pickled vegetables, grass fed beef, and wine pressed from locally grown grapes entice shoppers with culinary possibilities.

6 p.m. – 7:30 p.m., Music in the Garden Series: Radio Jarocho: This versatile ensemble specializes in “son jarocho,” traditional music and dance from southern Vera Cruz, Mexico, a style rooted in Spanish music and a mixture of Afro-Caribbean and Mexican sounds. The five-member ensemble will perform “son jarocho” along with original compositions based on this style and influenced by a range of sources, creating a contemporary repertory that captures the spirit of the traditional style. The program will include works from Radio Jarocho’s just-released CD, Café Café!

7 p.m. – 10 p.m., Ice Theatre of New York (ITNY), the nation’s premier ice dancing ensemble, will help cool things down with free, Saturday evening performances beginning July 14 for three consecutive Saturday’s at the World Ice Arena in Queens. The family-friendly Series will include performances by the Ice Theatre of New York ensemble, guest artists from the competitive skating world as well as young, up-and coming ice artists.

SUNDAY, JULY 15

1 p.m. – 11 p.m., there will be a Cask Ale Festival at Alewife Queens, located at 5-14 51st Avenue in Long Island City. The centerpiece of the festival will be the Cask Bar, which will showcase 50 and more cask ales from the nation’s great breweries both foreign and domestic. Get Early Bird Tickets for a low price here: www.ny-offers.timeout.com/deals/cask-ale-fest. Tickets will also be available at www.alewifecask.eventbrite.com and sales end on Friday, July 13.

4 p.m. – 6 p.m., Black Henna Productions presents William Shakespeare’s comedy “Twelfth Night” at the Forest Park Bandshell. The perils of Viola and Sebastian unfold among the comic mayhem of the staff of the fictional modern day Camp Illyria.

5 p.m. – 9 p.m., The Red Eye Media Group will be holding its first fashion show, Color Me Teal, at the Loft LIC, located at 45-02 23rd Street in Long Island City. Clothes presented will be from famous designers and there will be guest speakers who will talk about their relationship with ovarian cancer. Tickets are $20 online and at the door. All donations go towards the Ovarian Cancer Research Fund.