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What to do this weekend in Queens


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OverGround

Saturday, April 27

Starting at 12 p.m., come participate in the Spring Jazz Festival at Flushing Town Hall, located at 137-35 Northern Boulevard in Flushing. Performances by Queens-based musicians and students, plus free workshops and clinics for jazz fans of all ages. The day is a collective of Queens-based musicians that stimulates a wider awareness of Queens as an important destination for live jazz, cultivates a diverse local audience, and enriches the cultural life of the borough. For more information, call 718-463-7700 or for a full list of events visit flushingtownhall.org.

Starting at 2 p.m., learn about the life of famed author Ray Bradbury at Flushing Library, located at 41-17 Main Street. Sam Weller, an associate professor at Columbia College in Chicago, was Ray Bradbury’s chosen biographer. Weller is the author of The Bradbury Chronicles: The Life of Ray Bradbury and other books about the famed writer. Learn about Bradbury’s contributions to popular culture and how he created Fahrenheit 451. For more information, visit 718-661-1212.

Starting at 2 p.m., come see Dora the Explorer live at the Queensborough Performing Arts Center, located at 222-05 56th Avenue in Bayside. The performers of Plaza Theatrical Productions, Inc. bring the popular cartoon character and her friends to life. All seats are $12. To purchase tickets or for more information, call 516-599-6870 or visit plazatheatrical.com.

From 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., take borough-wide tour of the No. 7 train and learn how it has affected the different neighborhoods of Queens. The tour will take place in Long Island City, Sunnyside, Flushing, Corona, Woodside and Jackson Heights. Lunch will take place in Flushing. Tour fee is $39. Pre-registration is necessary. To register, send a check to Jack Eichenbaum, 36-20 Bowne St. #6C, Flushing, NY 11354 (include your name, phone and email address) The full days program and other info is available by emailing jaconet@aol.com. Tour is limited to 25 people. For further information, visit geognyc.com.

Starting at 7 p.m., enjoy a night of food and laughter with “Latkes and Laughter” at Ben’s Kosher Delicatessen Restaurants & Caterers, located at 211-37 26th Avenue in Bayside. Enjoy dinner followed by a stand-up comedy show with Robyn Schall, Les Degen and Davin Rosenblatt. Dinner and show only $40 includes tax and tip. Drink specials will be available. For more information, call 718-229-2367. Reservations must be paid in advance.

Sunday, April 28

The School of American Ballet will be holding open auditions at the Frank Sinatra School of the Arts, located at 35-12 35th Avenue in Astoria: 10:30 am for 6 & 7 year olds and 11:30 am for 8 – 10 year olds. No previous ballet or dancing experience necessary. For more information, visit sab.org.

Starting at 9:30 a.m., the fun run will take place at Alley Pond Park, located at Winchester Boulevard and Union Turnpike. A five-mile race will also take place at 10 a.m. A portion of race proceeds will benefit local charities. For more information, visit apstriders.org.

Starting at 11 a.m., the 34th annual antique auto show will take place at the Queens County Farm Museum, located at 73-50 Little Neck Parkway in Floral Park. Members of the New York Antique Auto Club will exhibit their cars on the farmhouse grounds. Admission is $5 for adults and $2 for children ages 12 and under. Members of the farm get in for free. For more information, call 718-347-3276 or visit queensfarm.org/events.

Starting at 1 p.m., come see the interactive performance of Sonali Skandan And Jiva Dance And Akshara at Flushing Town Hall, located at 137-25 Northern Boulevard. Combining rhythmic footwork with beautiful hand and facial gestures, Sonali will present the music and stories that are timeless to Indian culture, including the dance of Ganesha, the battle between Krishna and the serpent demon Kalinga, and the grandeur of Lord Rama. Students will then participate by learning these hand and facial gestures and the basics steps which form the classical art of Bharatanatyam dance. Sonali will be accompanied by a live Indian classical orchestra who will also demonstrate the nuances of the music. For more information, call 718-463-7700 or visit flushingtownhall.org.

Starting at 3 p.m., Hal Linden and the Diva Jazz Orchestra with special guest Ross Bennett will perform at Queensborough Performing Arts Center, located at 222-05 56th Avenue in Bayside. Hal Linden is an American actor, singer and musician whose career has spanned more than 65 years with memorable roles on stage, television, in film and a cabaret-style variety show that he tours nationally. Ross Bennett, one of the most watchable and memorable performers on the comedy club circuit opens the show. Tickets are $40. For more information, call 718-631-6311 or visit qcc.cuny.edu/qpac.

Thru May 12

The popular acrobatic show Cirque du Soleil will perform their show Totem at Citi Field, located at 123-01 Roosevelt Avenue in Flushing. The show traces the fascinating journey of the human species from its original amphibian state to its ultimate desire to fly. Inspired in large part by myths, Totem by Cirque du Soleil illustrates, through visual and acrobatic language, the evolutionary progress of the species. Somewhere between science and legend “Totem” explores the ties that bind Man to other species, his dreams and his infinite potential. For more information and ticket costs, call 718-507-6387 or visit cirquedusoleil.com.

What to do this weekend in Queens


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Saturday, April 20 – Sunday, April 22

The Children’s Carnival will take place at the Queens County Farm Museum, located at 73-50 Little Neck Parkway in Floral Park. Enjoy the farm’s apple orchard, rides, carnival games, food vendors and hayrides. Cost of admission is $11 and allows access to all rides. For more information, visit queensfarm.org or call 718-347-3276.

Sunday, April 21

Starting at 3 p.m., view the film “Kaleb” at the Central Library, 89-11 Merrick Boulevard in Jamaica. Haitian-American director Kervan Barthelemy, in collaboration with Haiti Cultural Exchange, discusses his film about a young man accused of rape and the frictions in his strict Haitian family. There will be time for questions and answers (in English) after the film. For more information, contact 718-990-0778.

Starting at 11 a.m., the dedication ceremony for the Willow Lake Trail will take place at Flushing Meadows-Corona Park, at the Albert H. Mauro playground, located at Park Drive East and 73rd Terrace. The trail will be renamed the Pat Dolan Trail. A nature walk through the newly-named trail will take place after the ceremony. For any additional information, call 718- 544-7436.

Starting at 1 p.m., celebrate Earth Day at Flushing Town Hall, located at 137-25 Northern Boulevard in Flushing. Develop your green thumb, learn about bee-keeping, visit with the Baymen of Long Island, make jewelry and art out of recycled materials and much more. For more information, call 718-463-7700 or visit flushingtownhall.org.

Thru April 22

The New York Hall of Science, located at 47-01 111th Street in Corona, will be looking at the science of Tony Hawk and other professional skateboarders, in an series entitled “Tony Hawk: Rad Science.” Exhibits will look at how skateboarders bend the laws of physics to perform their daredevil stunts. Visitors will also get the chance to visit exhibits which will simulate several tricks. The series was created by Exhibit IQ, in conjunction with Tony Hawk and UC Berkley Physics professor Joel Fajan. Admission to the exhibits is free with admission. For more details call 718-699-0005 or visit nysci.org.

Thru May 12

The popular acrobatic show Cirque du Soleil will perform their show Totem at Citi Field, located at 123-01 Roosevelt Avenue in Flushing. The show traces the fascinating journey of the human species from its original amphibian state to its ultimate desire to fly. Inspired in large part by myths, Totem by Cirque du Soleil illustrates, through visual and acrobatic language, the evolutionary progress of the species. Somewhere between science and legend “Totem” explores the ties that bind Man to other species, his dreams and his infinite potential. For more information and ticket costs, call 718-507-6387 or visit cirquedusoleil.com.

What to do this weekend in Queens


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WomenofJazz

Saturday, April 13 

Starting at 2:30 p.m., the 1960 Broadway hit “Bye-Bye Birdie” will be performed at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church, located at 85 Greenway South in Forest Hills (between Ascan Avenue and Harrow Street) Suggested donation is $12 ($10 for groups of six or more). For reservations call 718-268-7772 or visit gingerbreadplayers.org.

Starting at 8 p.m, a tribute to the women of jazz will be held at Flushing Town Hall, located at 137-35 Northern Boulevard in Flushing. Featuring international recording artist and songstress Antoinette Montague and her quintet honoring iconic women in song: Etta Jones, Ella Fitzgerald, Nina Simone, Judy Garland and many more. Tickets are $15/$10 (members and students with ID.) For more information call 718-463-7700 ext. 222 or visit flushingtownhall.org.

Starting at 8 p.m., support local artist Amy Leo as she returns to the Waltz-Astoria, located at 23-14 Ditmars Boulevard (between 23rd and 24th) in Astoria. Enjoy sangria or a Nutella dessert while being entertained with live comedy acts, music, poetry and dance. For more information visit amyleo.com.

Sunday, April 14

At 1 and 3 p.m., Theatreworks USA will put on a performance of “Charlotte’s Web” at the Queens Theatre, located at 14 United Nations Avenue South in Flushing Meadows-Corona Park. Based off the novel by E.B. White, the play tells the story of Wilbur the pig who befriends Charlotte, a spider. Tickets are $14. For more information, visit 718-760-0064 or visit queenstheatre.org.

Starting at 2:15 p.m., Kinematik Dance Theater will explore the world of bugs through interpretive dance with a performance of INSEKTA at Flushing Town Hall, located at 137-35 Northern Boulevard in Flushing. Collaborating with technology artist Cheng-I-Wang, Kinematik investigates the diversity of insects through dance and motion detection projections; fusing technology with Breakdance, House, Vogue and modern dance. Tickets are $12. For more information or to order tickets, call 718-463-7700 ext. 222 or visit flushingtownhall.org. 

Thru April 15

Repetition in Design at the Queens Botanical Garden’s Visitor & Administration Building Gallery, located at 43-50 Main St., Flushing, features a series of oil paintings on canvas by QBG Supervising Museum Instructor Gennadyi Gurman. Some of these pieces are influenced by the way the 8-bit video games from the 1980s looked, also from cartoons; but all show a bright color contrast. Runs until April 15 during the QBG’s regular hours. Visit queensbotanical.org for more information.

Thru April 22

The New York Hall of Science, located at 47-01 111th Street in Corona, will be looking at the science of Tony Hawk and other professional skateboarders, in an series entitled “Tony Hawk: Rad Science.” Exhibits will look at how skateboarders bend the laws of physics to perform their daredevil stunts. Visitors will also get the chance to visit exhibits which will simulate several tricks. The series was created by Exhibit IQ, in conjunction with Tony Hawk and UC Berkley Physics professor Joel Fajan. Admission to the exhibits is free with admission. For more details call 718-699-0005 or visit nysci.org.

Thru May 12

The popular acrobatic show Cirque du Soleil will perform their show Totem at Citi Field, located at 123-01 Roosevelt Avenue in Flushing. The show traces the fascinating journey of the human species from its original amphibian state to its ultimate desire to fly. Inspired in large part by myths, Totem by Cirque du Soleil illustrates, through visual and acrobatic language, the evolutionary progress of the species. Somewhere between science and legend “Totem” explores the ties that bind Man to other species, his dreams and his infinite potential. For more information and ticket costs, call 718-507-6387 or visit cirquedusoleil.com.

 

What to do this weekend in Queens


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Carapace

Friday, April 9

Starting at 8 p.m., the Brazilian and Indian cultures will meet at the Flushing Town Hall, located at 137-35 Northern Boulevard in Flushing. The dance floor will be opened during this festive night, featuring two live bands. Velly Bahia features Axe music from Bahia, linking Brazil’s African roots with energetic drumming, dancing and homage to the deities – The Orishas. Veena player, Nivedita Shivraj, (former FCCA Composer-in-Residence; winner, Queens Battle of the Boroughs) performs music from India with lush melodies & a strong spiritual connections. Tickets are $15/$10 Members and Students with ID. For more information call 718 463-7700 ext. 222 or visit flushingtownhall.org.

Saturday, April 6

From 11 a.m- 4 p.m., The Queens Courier will hold the annual Queens Kids Expo at the New York Hall of Science, located at 47-01 111th Street in Flushing. Open to all moms-to-be, parents and kids. The Expo will showcase numerous resources for parents where they can interact with exhibitors and experts. Free with paid admission to the Hall of Science.

Starting at 2 p.m., Shabana Sharif will launch her new ebook series, “Ins and Outs of Queens” at SPACEWOMb, located at 22-48 Jackson Avenue in Long Island City. Each book explores a different part of Queens, exploring its multiculturalism. The event will include free food, live music, a silent auction (featuring local artists), raffles to win printed copies of Ins and Outs of Queens, face painting and more. For more information call 917-528-8885 or email InsandOutsofQueens@gmail.com.

Starting at 8 p.m., famous comedian Bill Cosby will perform at the Queens College Colden Auditorium, located at 65-30 Kissena Boulevard in Flushing. Tickets are $35-$65. For more information call 718-793-8080 kupferbergcenter.org.

Saturday, April 6 – Sunday, April 7

Come celebrate the opening weekend of the Queens Botanical Garden, located at 43-50 Main Street in Flushing. Garden tours will take place from 2- 3 p.m, crafts will take place from 1- 4 p.m. and meet Flora, the garden’s colorful mascot. Admission is free. For more information call 718-886-3800 ext. 200 or visit queensbotanical.org.

Sunday, April 7

The Forest Hills Greenmarket, located on the south side of Queens Boulevard at 70th Avenue, will reopen for the season. The market will be open from 8 a.m. – 3 p.m. all the way through December 29. Fresh, locally grown vegetables will be up for sale, as well as free cooking demonstrations and activities for kids. For more information and a calendar of events, visit grownyc.org.

Starting at 3 p.m., the sounds of Eastern European music will be performed at Queensborough Performing Arts Center at Queensborough Community College, located at 222-05 56th Avenue in Bayside. The Tamburitzans will dance, sing and perform live music in a two hour special event. Tickets are $35. For more information, call 718-631-6311 or visit qcc.cuny.edu/QPAC.

Thru April 15

Repetition in Design at the Queens Botanical Garden’s Visitor & Administration Building Gallery, located at 43-50 Main St., Flushing, features a series of oil paintings on canvas by QBG Supervising Museum Instructor Gennadyi Gurman. Some of these pieces are influenced by the way the 8-bit video games from the 1980s looked, also from cartoons; but all show a bright color contrast. Runs until April 15 during the QBG’s regular hours. Visit queensbotanical.org for more information.

Thru April 22

The New York Hall of Science, located at 47-01 111th Street in Corona, will be looking at the science of Tony Hawk and other professional skateboarders, in an series entitled “Tony Hawk: Rad Science.” Exhibits will look at how skateboarders bend the laws of physics to perform their daredevil stunts. Visitors will also get the chance to visit exhibits which will simulate several tricks. The series was created by Exhibit IQ, in conjunction with Tony Hawk and UC Berkley Physics professor Joel Fajan. Admission to the exhibits is free with admission. For more details call 718-699-0005 or visit nysci.org.

Thru May 12

The popular acrobatic show Cirque du Soleil will perform their show Totem at Citi Field, located at 123-01 Roosevelt Avenue in Flushing. The show traces the fascinating journey of the human species from its original amphibian state to its ultimate desire to fly. Inspired in large part by myths, Totem by Cirque du Soleil illustrates, through visual and acrobatic language, the evolutionary progress of the species. Somewhere between science and legend “Totem” explores the ties that bind Man to other species, his dreams and his infinite potential. For more information and ticket costs, call 718-507-6387 or visit cirquedusoleil.com.

 

What to do this weekend in Queens


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Hatched

Saturday, March 24

Starting at 8:30 a.m., the fourth annual “Allstate Life Insurance(SM) New York 13.1 Marathon” will take place at Flushing Meadows-Corona Park, located at 111-01 Corona Avenue in Flushing. Experienced and rookie runners can participate in the 5K run. After the race a party with free food and beverages will be held. For more information and registration, visit 131newyork.com.

From 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. (weather permitting) celebrate the spring equinox at the Queens Botanical Garden, located at 43-50 Main Street in Flushing. Prepare for the opening season by joining the garden for a day of volunteering and unity here, followed by a festive march to the Flushing Meadows-Corona Park Unisphere. Individuals and groups are welcome to volunteer. Advanced registration required; email rforlenza@queensbotanical.org for more information or call 718-886-3800 ext. 200.

Starting at 8 p.m., listen to the Astoria Symphony Orchestra at the Trinity Lutheran Church, located at 31-18 37th Street in Astoria. Vincent Perscihetti will compose a piece entitled “Flower Songs” and Morton Lauridsen will compose a piece entitled “Chansons des Roses.” Tickets are $20 for adults and $15 for seniors and students. For more information, call 917-460-4289.

Starting at 8 p.m, come see “The Hit Men” at the Queensborough Performing Arts Center, located at 222-05 56th Avenue in Bayside. The band consists of members that have performed and recorded with such stars as Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons, Tommy James & The Shondells, The Critters, Carly Simon, Jim Croce, Cat Stevens, Barry Manilow, Elton John & Kiki Dee and others. The show will be opened up by Comedy Central’s John Carfi. Tickets are $35. For more information, call 718-631-6311 or visit qcc.cuny.edu/qpac.

Sunday, March 25

Starting at 1 p.m., the Queens Botanical Garden, located at 43-50 Main Street in Flushing, will teach participants how to care for their lawn. Just in time for spring the “NYC Compost Project in Queens: Spring Lawn Care” event will have experts demonstrating the proper care for one’s lawn, without the use of artificial fertilizers of pesticides. The last hour of the workshop is a hands-on demonstration. Registration is required. For more information, call 718-539-5296 or email compost@queensbotanical.org.

At 1 and 3 p.m., come and see “Puppetry Theater: HATCHED! Life on the Farm,” at Flushing Town Hall, located at 137-35 Northern Boulevard in Flushing. Told through puppets, music, dance and more the show tells the story of a newborn chick on a farm. For kids up to age 6. Tickets are $12. For more information call 718 463-7700 or visit flushingtownhall.org

Starting at 2:30 p.m., the immigrant journey of Greeks to America will be told at the Queens Historical Society, located at 143-35 37th Avenue in Flushing. Christina Rozeas, author of the book “Images of America: Greeks in Queens” and  first generation Greek-American, will give the lecture on how some Greeks travelled out of Manhattan to call Queens their home. Tickets are $5 for members and $8 for non-members. For more information, call 718-939-0647 or visit queenshistoricalsociety.org.

Ongoing thru March 25

Starting at 10 a.m.,  SculptureCenter, located at 44-19 Purves Street, Long Island City, will be presenting Berlin-based artist Nairy Baghramian’s first exhibition in the U.S., “Retainer.” Her works examine political and social systems of power and encompass questions of context, production and reception within contemporary art. For more information, call 718-361-1750 or visit sculpture-center.org.

Ongoing thru March 31

Come see the new exhibition, “Wonder Cabinet” at the Flux Factory, located at 39-31 29th Street in Long Island City. Bringing together sculptors, costumers, video artists, holographers, and more, this exhibit is a partnership of story writing and wunderkammer (wonder room). The pieces are a product of a set of round-table discussions and the narrative behind the exhibition will be published by the museum’s resident writer, Irene Lee. The content of the pieces, including scenery, character and plot will be up to the artists themselves. The artists will create a “cabinet of wonders” for all visitors to see. For more information call 718-707-3362 or email Georgia@fluxfactory.org

Ongoing thru April 15

Repetition in Design at the Queens Botanical Garden’s Visitor & Administration Building Gallery, located at 43-50 Main St., Flushing, features a series of oil paintings on canvas by QBG Supervising Museum Instructor Gennadyi Gurman. Some of these pieces are influenced by the way the 8-bit video games from the 1980s looked, also from cartoons; but all show a bright color contrast. Runs until April 15 during the QBG’s regular hours. Visit queensbotanical.org for more information.

Ongoing thru April 22

The New York Hall of Science, located at 47-01 111th Street in Corona, will be looking at the science of Tony Hawk and other professional skateboarders, in an series entitled “Tony Hawk: Rad Science.” Exhibits will look at how skateboarders bend the laws of physics to perform their daredevil stunts. Visitors will also get the chance to visit exhibits which will simulate several tricks. The series was created by Exhibit IQ, in conjunction with Tony Hawk and UC Berkley Physics professor Joel Fajan. Admission to the exhibits is free with admission. For more details call 718-699-0005 or visit nysci.org.

What to do this weekend in Queens


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If you’re not out celebrating St. Patrick’s Day in Queens this weekend, here are some other events going on in the borough.

Saturday, March 16

Starting at 3 p.m., the Five Boroughs of Music Festival will make its stop in Queens with a performance by East of the River: Levantera at Flushing Town Hall, located at 137-35 Northern Boulevard in Flushing. In their festival debut, the group will explore the sounds of medieval music of the Mediterranean, Balkans and Middle East. Tickets range from $20-$25. For more information call 718 463-7700 or visit flushingtownhall.org.

Starting at 8 p.m., come see “RIOULT Dance NY” at LaGuardia Performing Arts Center, located at 31-10 Thomson Avenue in Long Island City. Choreographed by Pascal Rioult, this dance performance also features striking video projections. Tickets are $15 in advance and $20 at the door. For more information, call 718-482-5151 or visit lagcc.cuny.edu/lpac.

Sunday, March 17

There will be a giant indoor flea market at Nativity Church Hall at 101-41 91st Street and Rockaway Boulevard in Ozone Park from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Find bargains in men and women’s clothing, games, books, jewelry, toys, household items and more.

From 3- 5 p.m., come view photos by Louise Weinberg, Philip Press and Arnold Kanarvogel in an exhibit entitled “The Passion Observers,” at the Flushing Town Hall, located at 137-35 Northern Boulevard in Flushing. The photo exhibit captures life around New York through coloration and texture techniques. Suggested admission is $5. For more information call 718 463-7700 or visit flushingtownhall.org.

Starting at 3:00 p.m., come see the ballet performance “Giselle” at the Queensborough Performing Arts Center, located at 222-05 56th Avenue in Bayside. First performed in 1843 in Moscow, “Giselle” tells the story of a young maiden falling in love with a nobleman. Noted for its skill and technical perfection, the show is directed by Elena Radchenko of the Russian National Ballet Theatre. Ticket prices range from $39-$42. For more information, call 718-631-6311 or visit qcc.cuny.edu/qpac.

Ongoing thru March 17

Discover Tango’s African roots in the world premiere musical afroTANGO, with music arranged and directed by Latin Grammy winner Raul Jaurena. Show runs until Mar. 17 with performances on Fridays and Saturdays at 8 pm, and Sundays at 4 p.m.at the Thalia Spanish Theatre, located at 41-17 Greenpoint Avenue, Sunnyside.

Ongoing thru March 25

Starting at 10 a.m.,  SculptureCenter, located at 44-19 Purves Street, Long Island City, will be presenting Berlin-based artist Nairy Baghramian’s first exhibition in the U.S., “Retainer.” Her works examine political and social systems of power and encompass questions of context, production and reception within contemporary art. For more information, call 718-361-1750 or visit sculpture-center.org.

Ongoing thru March 31

Come see the new exhibition, “Wonder Cabinet” at the Flux Factory, located at 39-31 29th Street in Long Island City. Bringing together sculptors, costumers, video artists, holographers, and more, this exhibit is a partnership of story writing and wunderkammer (wonder room). The pieces are a product of a set of round-table discussions and the narrative behind the exhibition will be published by the museum’s resident writer, Irene Lee. The content of the pieces, including scenery, character and plot will be up to the artists themselves. The artists will create a “cabinet of wonders” for all visitors to see. For more information call 718-707-3362 or email Georgia@fluxfactory.org

Ongoing thru April 15

Repetition in Design at the Queens Botanical Garden’s Visitor & Administration Building Gallery, located at 43-50 Main St., Flushing, features a series of oil paintings on canvas by QBG Supervising Museum Instructor Gennadyi Gurman. Some of these pieces are influenced by the way the 8-bit video games from the 1980s looked, also from cartoons; but all show a bright color contrast. Runs until April 15 during the QBG’s regular hours. Visit queensbotanical.org for more information.

Ongoing thru April 22

The New York Hall of Science, located at 47-01 111th Street in Corona, will be looking at the science of Tony Hawk and other professional skateboarders, in an series entitled “Tony Hawk: Rad Science.” Exhibits will look at how skateboarders bend the laws of physics to perform their daredevil stunts. Visitors will also get the chance to visit exhibits which will simulate several tricks. The series was created by Exhibit IQ, in conjunction with Tony Hawk and UC Berkley Physics professor Joel Fajan. Admission to the exhibits is free with admission. For more details call 718-699-0005 or visit nysci.org.

What to do this weekend in Queens


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Photo courtesy of Queens World Film Festival

Friday March 8 – Sunday, March 10

The Third Annual Queens World Film Festival will take place in several venues in Queens. International short films from Italy, Belgium, Australia, Croatia and Queens itself will be shown throughout the six days. For a full list of films and locations visit queensworldfilmfestival.com.

Saturday March 9

Starting at 8 p.m., an open-mic night entitled SKY’S THE LIMIT at Sunnyside Reformed Church, located at 48-03 Skillman Avenue. Artists of all kind can display their works during the night. Cost of admission is $2. For more information call 718-426-5997.

From noon- 3 p.m. come tour the King Manor Museum, located at 150-03 Jamaica Avenue in Jamaica. These programs are designed for families with children to enjoy stories, crafts and other activities. Tours of the museum are free. For more information call 718-206-0545 or visit kingmanor.org.

Starting at 8 p.m., Randy Sandke will perform pieces by Louis Armstrong and Leon Bismark “Bix” Beiderbecke at the Flushing Town Hall, located at 137-35 Northern Boulevard in Flushing. Sandke is a scholar of both musicians, both of whom once called Queens their home, as well as a trumpeter and composer. Tickets are $15. For more information call 718-463-7700 or visit flushingtownhall.org.

Sunday, March 10

The Central Queens Y, located at 67-09 108th Street in Forest Hills, will hold the fifth annual Reel-Abilities Film Festival on March 10 and 11. The morning of March 10 will kick-off with Reel Encounters, a morning of award-winning international short documentaries about people with autism, Down syndrome, and Tourette syndrome. At 1 p.m. on March 11, a special Reelabilities event will be held. Singer Anita Hollander, who lost one leg to cancer, will perform at an event entitled Still Standing. Hollander has performed at the White House, Carnegie Hall and the Kennedy Center. For more information call 718-268-5011 or visit cqy.org.

Starting at 2:15 p.m., David Gonzalez will tell his take on the classic fairy tale “Sleeping Beauty” at Flushing Town Hall, located at 137-35 Northern Boulevard in Flushing. Gonzalez’s spin on the tale draws inspiration from Dr. Seuss and Bach Goldberg, including live music from pianist Daniel Kelly. Projected images will also be shown around the room to create a fantasy world. Tickets are $6-$12. For more information call 718-463-7700 or visit flushingtownhall.org.

From 1 – 4 p.m., the Queens Museum of Art, located in Flushing Meadows-Corona Park, will host the Second Sundays Family Art Workshop. Participants of all ages will engage in studio art, gallery tours and live music and dance performances, all inspired by the exhibits in the museum. For more information call 718-592-9700 or visit queensmuseum.org.

Starting at 3 p.m., come see an exclusive performance of the Academy of St. Martin in the Fields at the Kupferberg Center for the Arts, located 65-30 Kissena Boulevard in Flushing. Alisa Wellerstein will perform on the cello and Inon Barnatan will perform on the piano. The Academy is one of the most recorded chamber orchestras in the world, formed in 1958. Tickets are $32-54. For more information, call 718-793-8080 or visit KupferbergCenter.org.

Ongoing thru March 10

Flushing Town Hall, located at 137-25 Northern Boulevard in Flushing, will display traditional New Year prints in celebration of the Lunar New Year. The pieces are on loan from the Taipei Cultural Center and shows off winning works from Taiwan’s New Year Prints contest. Created from a variety of mediums including silk screen, woodblocks and digital printing, the art work represents the aspects of everyday lives of ordinary people. Suggested admission is $5. For more information call 718-463-7700 or visit flushingtownhall.org.

Ongoing thru March 13

Held where the iconic Bank of Manhattan once held business, the art group No Longer Empty will host its 14th exhibition of “How Much Do I Owe You? The artwork portrays the economic and social issues that can be seen in the work place and everyday life. Pieces will vary in different art mediums from films, participatory projects, sculptures and much more.

Ongoing thru March 17

Discover Tango’s African roots in the world premiere musical afroTANGO, with music arranged and directed by Latin Grammy winner Raul Jaurena. Show runs until Mar. 17 with performances on Fridays and Saturdays at 8 pm, and Sundays at 4 p.m.at the Thalia Spanish Theatre, located at 41-17 Greenpoint Avenue, Sunnyside.

Ongoing thru March 25

Starting at 10 a.m.,  SculptureCenter, located at 44-19 Purves Street, Long Island City, will be presenting Berlin-based artist Nairy Baghramian’s first exhibition in the U.S., “Retainer.” Her works examine political and social systems of power and encompass questions of context, production and reception within contemporary art. For more information, call 718-361-1750 or visit sculpture-center.org.

Ongoing thru April 15

Repetition in Design at the Queens Botanical Garden’s Visitor & Administration Building Gallery, located at 43-50 Main St., Flushing, features a series of oil paintings on canvas by QBG Supervising Museum Instructor Gennadyi Gurman. Some of these pieces are influenced by the way the 8-bit video games from the 1980s looked, also from cartoons; but all show a bright color contrast. Runs until April 15 during the QBG’s regular hours. Visit queensbotanical.org for more information.

Ongoing thru April 22

The New York Hall of Science, located at 47-01 111th Street in Corona, will be looking at the science of Tony Hawk and other professional skateboarders, in an series entitled “Tony Hawk: Rad Science.” Exhibits will look at how skateboarders bend the laws of physics to perform their daredevil stunts. Visitors will also get the chance to visit exhibits which will simulate several tricks. The series was created by Exhibit IQ, in conjunction with Tony Hawk and UC Berkley Physics professor Joel Fajan. Admission to the exhibits is free with admission. For more details call 718-699-0005 or visit nysci.org.

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Saturday, March 2

Starting at 1 p.m., the 38th Annual Queens County St. Patrick’s Day Parade will kick off at Beach 129th and Newport in Rockaway Beach. Visit queenscountyparade.org for more information

At 8 p.m. and 10:30 p.m., comedian Jackie Martling will be holding a special performance at the Laughing Devil Comedy Club, located at 47-38 Vernon Boulevard in Long Island City. Martling is a longtime friend of radio personality Howard Stern and a professional standup comedian. Tickets are $20. For more information, call 347.913.3845 or visit laughingdevil.com

Starting at 5 p.m., a German wine tasting event will be offered at the Vander Ende-Onderdonk House, located at 18-20 Flushing Avenue in Ridgewood. Back by popular demand. Barbara and Bruce Goonan will host the event. Participants will receive a complimentary wine glass with Onderdonk logo inscribed. 21 and over only. Tickets are $40. Tickets are limited and won’t be sold at the door. For more information call 718-456-1776.

Sunday, March 3

The Sunnyside/Woodside St. Patrick’s Day celebration will take place starting at 12:30 p.m. The parade assembly will start on Skillman Avenue ending at Woodside Ave & 58th Street and will kick off at 2 p.m. The annual post-parade party will take place at Saints & Sinners on 60th Street and Roosevelt Avenue in Woodside. Those marching will include LGBT contingents, community groups, children’s bands, Irish organizations and religious and civic groups.

Starting at 11 a.m., take a tour of Flushing’s Chinatown. The tour will start near the New World Mall, located at 136-20 Roosevelt Avenue in Flushing. The event is being sponsored by One Flushing, a community development center that seeks to help individuals and small businesses. Fee for the tour is $15 and $10 for One Flushing participants. A traditional dim sum meal will be offered before the tour. For more information contact Jack Eichenbaum at 718-961-8406 or email jaconet@aol.com

Starting at 2:00 p.m., the Forest Hills Symphony Orchestra will continue its 49th season with a performance at the Forest Hills Jewish Center, located at 106-06 Queens Boulevard. The performance will feature pieces from such composers as Mendelssohn, Beethoven, Mozart and Delibes. Franklin Verbsky will be the musical director/composer. Tickets are $5. For more information call 718-374-1627 or visit fhso.org.

From 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. families can view and create art at the Noguchi Museum, located at 32-37 Vernon Boulevard in Long Island City. Educators will be present to give families a tour of the galleries and assist in art making afterward. Cost is $10 per family. For more information call 718-204-7088 or visit nouchi.org

Starting at 1 p.m., learn how to make Lunar New Year prints at Flushing Town Hall, located at 137-35 Northern Boulevard in Flushing. This traditional form of Chinese folk art is closely connected to the thoughts, emotions and everyday lives of ordinary people. In addition to learning how to create the art, participants will learn how to properly study and view the artwork. Maximum of 20 participants. Cost of admission is $8-$10.For more information call 718-463-7700 or visit flushingtownhall.org.

Ongoing thru March 13

Held where the iconic Bank of Manhattan once held business, the art group No Longer Empty will host its 14th exhibition of “How Much Do I Owe You? The artwork portrays the economic and social issues that can be seen in the work place and everyday life. Pieces will vary in different art mediums from films, participatory projects, sculptures and much more.

Ongoing thru March 17

Discover Tango’s African roots in the world premiere musical afroTANGO, with music arranged and directed by Latin Grammy winner Raul Jaurena. Show runs until Mar. 17 with performances on Fridays and Saturdays at 8 pm, and Sundays at 4 p.m.at the Thalia Spanish Theatre, located at 41-17 Greenpoint Avenue, Sunnyside.

Ongoing thru March 25

Starting at 10 a.m.,  SculptureCenter, located at 44-19 Purves Street, Long Island City, will be presenting Berlin-based artist Nairy Baghramian’s first exhibition in the U.S., “Retainer.” Her works examine political and social systems of power and encompass questions of context, production and reception within contemporary art. For more information, call 718-361-1750 or visit sculpture-center.org.

Ongoing thru April 15

Repetition in Design at the Queens Botanical Garden’s Visitor & Administration Building Gallery, located at 43-50 Main St., Flushing, features a series of oil paintings on canvas by QBG Supervising Museum Instructor Gennadyi Gurman. Some of these pieces are influenced by the way the 8-bit video games from the 1980s looked, also from cartoons; but all show a bright color contrast. Runs until April 15 during the QBG’s regular hours. Visit queensbotanical.org for more information.

Ongoing thru April 22

The New York Hall of Science, located at 47-01 111th Street in Corona, will be looking at the science of Tony Hawk and other professional skateboarders, in an series entitled “Tony Hawk: Rad Science.” Exhibits will look at how skateboarders bend the laws of physics to perform their daredevil stunts. Visitors will also get the chance to visit exhibits which will simulate several tricks. The series was created by Exhibit IQ, in conjunction with Tony Hawk and UC Berkley Physics professor Joel Fajan. Admission to the exhibits is free with admission. For more details call 718-699-0005 or visit nysci.org.

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Saturday, February 23

Starting at 5 p.m. enjoy a candlelit Irish café night at the Historic Poppenhusen Institute, located at 114-04 14 Road in College Point. The event will be a fundraiser for the Poppenhusen Institute and will feature Irish step dancers as well as a traditional Irish meal of corned beef sandwiches, slaw & chips, pastries and hot and cold beverages. A 50/50 raffle will also be held. Tickets are $25 before the event and $30 at the door. For more information call 718-358-0067 or email poppenhusen@juno.com

From 10 a.m.- 5 p.m., celebrate the Year of the Snake at the Flushing Library, located at 41-17 Main Street. Take part in traditional Chinese and Korean activities with fun for people of all ages. 10-11:30 a.m. – Learn how to prepare kal guk soo, a simple Korean pasta dish; 11:30 a.m. -1p.m.- Anna Kao will provide instruction on floral arranging; 1:30 p.m. – The Orient Wind Ensemble will perform music of China; 3 p.m. – enjoy Korean dance and opera with Young Ok Hong and Ok Joo Moon. For more information contact 718-661-1200.

Saturday, February 23 – Sunday, February 24

Celebrate the 15th anniversary of the Valerie Green/Dance Entropy with the premiere of Skimming the Surface: Fragments of Collective Unconscious at Green Space, located at 37-24 24 Street Suites 301 & 302 in Long Island City. Inspired by the emotional struggles of four women, the show centers around a table and 24 knives showing the transformation of each woman through interpretive dance. Tickets are $15.00 – $20.00. For more information call 718-956-3037, email info@DanceEntropy.org or visit danceentropy.org.

At the Museum of the Moving Image, located at 36-01 35th Avenue in Astoria, come see how African-American culture affected Hollywood and created a new sub-genre of cinema. Entitled “L.A. Rebellion: Creating a New Black Cinema” 36 films, starting from the 1970s, will be surveyed. The exhibit is presented in conjunction with the UCLA Film & Television Archive and is partly supported by grants by the Getty Foundation and The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts Admission to the exhibit is free with admission into the museum. For a list of film screenings and times visit their website. For more information call 718-777-6888.

Sunday, February 24

The Queens County Market comes to Sac’s Place, located at 25-41 Broadway in Astoria. Vendors from all throughout Queens will be present to sell their food products from noon- 4 p.m. For more information email queenscountymarket.com

Ongoing thru February 28 

The Louis Armstrong House Museum, 34-56 107th Street in  Corona, will host 40 minute guided tours chronicling the life of famous African-American musician Louis Armstrong. Each visitor will receive a photograph of Armstrong performing at the Suburban Gardens in New Orleans in 1931 with a never-before-published excerpt from Armstrong’s manuscript. Armstrong is considered by many to be the father of jazz, performing across the globe and appearing in multiple films throughout his career. Admission is $10, $7 for seniors, students and children, and free to members of the center and children younger than 4. For more information, call 718-793-8080 or visit kupferbergcenter.org.

Ongoing thru March 13

Held where the iconic Bank of Manhattan once held business, the art group No Longer Empty will host its 14th exhibition of “How Much Do I Owe You? The artwork portrays the economic and social issues that can be seen in the work place and everyday life. Pieces will vary in different art mediums from films, participatory projects, sculptures and much more.

Ongoing thru March 17

Discover Tango’s African roots in the world premiere musical afroTANGO, with music arranged and directed by Latin Grammy winner Raul Jaurena. Show runs until Mar. 17 with performances on Fridays and Saturdays at 8 pm, and Sundays at 4 p.m.at the Thalia Spanish Theatre, located at 41-17 Greenpoint Avenue, Sunnyside.

Ongoing thru March 25

Starting at 10 a.m.,  SculptureCenter, located at 44-19 Purves Street, Long Island City, will be presenting Berlin-based artist Nairy Baghramian’s first exhibition in the U.S., “Retainer.” Her works examine political and social systems of power and encompass questions of context, production and reception within contemporary art. For more information, call 718-361-1750 or visit sculpture-center.org.

Ongoing thru April 15

Repetition in Design at the Queens Botanical Garden’s Visitor & Administration Building Gallery, located at 43-50 Main St., Flushing, features a series of oil paintings on canvas by QBG Supervising Museum Instructor Gennadyi Gurman. Some of these pieces are influenced by the way the 8-bit video games from the 1980s looked, also from cartoons; but all show a bright color contrast. Runs until April 15 during the QBG’s regular hours. Visit queensbotanical.org for more information.

Ongoing thru April 22

The New York Hall of Science, located at 47-01 111th Street in Corona, will be looking at the science of Tony Hawk and other professional skateboarders, in an series entitled “Tony Hawk: Rad Science.” Exhibits will look at how skateboarders bend the laws of physics to perform their daredevil stunts. Visitors will also get the chance to visit exhibits which will simulate several tricks. The series was created by Exhibit IQ, in conjunction with Tony Hawk and UC Berkley Physics professor Joel Fajan. Admission to the exhibits is free with admission. For more details call 718-699-0005 or visit nysci.org.

 

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Saturday, February 16

From 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. come celebrate the 17th Annual Lunar New Year Celebration on Main Street in Flushing. This year is the Year of the Snake. The parade’s route will start at Union Street and 39th Avenue and usually ends at Main Street and 39th Avenue. Enjoy lion and dragon dances, steel drummers, cultural festivities, music, fireworks and much more. A New Year Festival at Queens Crossing Mall, located at 39th Avenue and Main Street, starts at 12:30 p.m. For more information call the Queens Library, located at 41-17 Main Street in Flushing, at 718- 661-1200.

From 7 p.m. – 9 p.m. come listen to the sounds of modern musician Alex Blake at the York College Performing Arts Center, located at 94-20 Guy R. Brewer Blvd in Jamaica. Blake has appeared in major festivals and concerts around the world and performs pieces in genres ranging from jazz, salsa and rock. Blake specializes in playing the bass and uses different techniques such as guitar-like strumming and staccatos to produce his sounds. Ticket prices range from $10-$20. For more information call 718-262-2281 or visit their York College Performing Arts Center website.

Saturday, February 16 thru Sunday, February 17

Queens Theatre, located at 14 United Nations Avenue South, Flushing Meadows-Corona Park, presents the fiery passion of Spanish dance company “Flamenco Vivo.” Shows start at 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. on Saturday and 3 p.m. on Sunday. To buy tickets and for more information, call 718-760-0064 or visit queenstheatre.org.

Sunday, February 17

At 10 a.m., Temple Tikvah, located at 3315 Hillside Avenue, New Hyde Park, presents its annual Rummage Sale. Highlights this year include costume jewelry, watches, purses, clothes, shoes, books and household items. At every turn find vintage fashion finds and great bargains. For more information, call the temple at 516-873-5330.

Starting at 3 p.m. come see the premiere of “Black Stars of the Great White Way” at the Queensborough Performing Arts Center, located at 222-05 56 Avenue in Bayside. Broadway performer Norm Lewis, a Tony Award nominee for “Porgy and Bess,” will headline the all-male cast alongside original cast members shows such as Eubie Blake’s “Eubie,” Duke Ellington’s “Sophisticated Ladies,’ Fats Waller’s “Ain’t Misbehavin,” Leiber and Stoller’s Grammy winner “Smokey Joe’s Cafe,” “Dreamgirls” and “Porgy and Bess.” The show will then move on to Carnegie Hall and a national tour. Tickets are $35.00. For more information call 718-631-6311 or visit qcc.cuny.edu.

Starting at 11 a.m., learn about the history of Queens Plaza during a tour of Astoria. Starting at the fare booth at 39th Avenue/31th Street Station for the N and Q trains and ending at the Clocktower in Long Island City, the tour will show participants historical sites of Queens, as well as how the structure and landscape has changed over the years. The cost of the tour is $15. For more information call Jack Eichenbaum at 718-961-8406 or email jaconet@aol.com.

From 3 p.m.- 4 p.m., the traditional dances of India will be on display at the Kupferberg Center for the Arts, located at 65-30 Kissena Boulevard in Flushing. Malini Shah and Nritya Kala Kendra will direct the program entitled “Chaturang: Traditional Dances of India.” Chaturang, a Hindi word for “four colors,” will show the audience four separate styles of traditional Indian dance. Tickets are $20 for adults and $12 for children ages 12 and under. For more information, call 718-793-8080 or visit kupferbergcenter.org.

Starting at 5 p.m., listen to the sounds of Jeff Fairbanks at Flushing Town Hall, located at 137-25 Northern Boulevard in Flushing. Fairbanks, the hall’s resident composer, will perform on the trombone and the piri (Korean oboe). Admission to the event is free. For more information call 718-463-7700 or visit flushingtownhall.org.

Ongoing thru February 28 

The Kupferberg Center for the Arts, 65-30 Kissena Boulevard in Flushing, will host 40 minute guided tours chronicling the life of famous African-American musician Louis Armstrong. Each visitor will receive a photograph of Armstrong performing at the Suburban Gardens in New Orleans in 1931 with a never-before-published excerpt from Armstrong’s manuscript. Armstrong is considered by many to be the father of jazz, performing across the globe and appearing in multiple films throughout his career. Admission is $10, $7 for seniors, students and children, and free to members of the center and children younger than 4. For more information, call 718-793-8080 or visit kupferbergcenter.org.

Ongoing thru March 13
Held where the iconic Bank of Manhattan once held business, the art group No Longer Empty will host its 14th exhibition of “How Much Do I Owe You?erent countries will portray the economic and social issues that can be seen in the work place and everyday life. Pieces will vary in different art mediums from films, participatory projects, sculptures and much more.

Ongoing thru March 17

Discover Tango’s African roots in the world premiere musical afroTANGO, with music arranged and directed by Latin Grammy winner Raul Jaurena. Show runs until Mar. 17 with performances on Fridays and Saturdays at 8 pm, and Sundays at 4 p.m.at the Thalia Spanish Theatre, located at 41-17 Greenpoint Avenue, Sunnyside.

Ongoing thru March 25

Starting at 10 a.m.,  SculptureCenter, located at 44-19 Purves Street, Long Island City, will be presenting Berlin-based artist Nairy Baghramian’s first exhibition in the U.S., “Retainer.” Her works examine political and social systems of power and encompass questions of context, production and reception within contemporary art. For more information, call 718-361-1750 or visit sculpture-center.org.

Ongoing thru April 15

Repetition in Design at the Queens Botanical Garden’s Visitor & Administration Building Gallery, located at 43-50 Main St., Flushing, features a series of oil paintings on canvas by QBG Supervising Museum Instructor Gennadyi Gurman. Some of these pieces are influenced by the way the 8-bit video games from the 1980s looked, also from cartoons; but all show a bright color contrast. Runs until April 15 during the QBG’s regular hours. Visit queensbotanical.org for more information.

Ongoing thru April 22

The New York Hall of Science, located at 47-01 111th Street in Corona, will be looking at the science of Tony Hawk and other professional skateboarders, in an series entitled “Tony Hawk: Rad Science.” Exhibits will look at how skateboarders bend the laws of physics to perform their daredevil stunts. Visitors will also get the chance to visit exhibits which will simulate several tricks. The series was created by Exhibit IQ, in conjunction with Tony Hawk and UC Berkley Physics professor Joel Fajan. Admission to the exhibits is free with admission. For more details call 718-699-0005 or visit nysci.org.

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Friday February 1, – Thursday, February 28 

The Kupferberg Center for the Arts, 65-30 Kissena Boulevard in Flushing, will host 40 minute guided tours chronicling the life of famous African-American musician Louis Armstrong. Each visitor will receive a photograph of Armstrong performing at the Suburban Gardens in New Orleans in 1931 with a never-before-published excerpt from Armstrong’s manuscript. Armstrong is considered by many to be the father of jazz, performing across the globe and appearing in multiple films throughout his career. Admission is $10, $7 for seniors, students and children, and free to members of the center and children younger than 4. For more information, call 718-793-8080 or visit kupferbergcenter.org.

Saturday, February 2 – April 22

The New York Hall of Science, located at 47-01 111th Street in Corona, will be looking at the science of Tony Hawk and other professional skateboarders, in an series entitled “Tony Hawk: Rad Science.” Exhibits will look at how skateboarders bend the laws of physics to perform their daredevil stunts. Visitors will also get the chance to visit exhibits which will simulate several tricks. The series was created by Exhibit IQ, in conjunction with Tony Hawk and UC Berkley Physics professor Joel Fajan. Admission to the exhibits is free with admission. For more details call(718-699-0005 or visit their website nysci.org.

Sunday, February 3

At 2:30 p.m., Rego Park Jewish Center, located at 97-30 Queens Boulevard, Rego Park, presents a lecture titled “American Jewry & the Civil War” by historian and author Bud Livingston. Learn about the Jewish personalities, actions and culture of the Civil War period. Refreshments will be served after the lecture. Admission is $5. For more information, call 718-459-1000.

At 3 p.m., Flushing Town Hall, located at 137-55 Northern Boulevard, Flushing, presents the “Lunar New Year Celebration with the Momenta Quartet and Min Xiao-Fen.” The quartet’s extensive and versatile personal repertoire will play to welcome the Lunar New Year. Their work includes over 60 world premieres and countless works dedicated to them, and the Washington Post praised them for “an extraordinary musical experience.” General admission is $15, $10 for members/seniors/students with identification. For more information visit flushingtownhall.org.

Ongoing thru March 13
Held where the iconic Bank of Manhattan once held business, the art group “No Longer Empty” will host its 14th exhibition of “How Much Do I Owe You?” Long Island City’s Clock Tower will illuminate during the exhibition, which can be seen Thursday-Mondays from 1-7 p.m. Twenty-six artists from 15 different countries will portray the economic and social issues that can be seen in the work place and everyday life. Pieces will vary in different art mediums from films, participatory projects, sculptures and much more.

Ongoing thru March 17

afroTANGO, 8pm. Discover Tango’s African roots in this world premiere musical with music arranged and directed by Latin Grammy winner Raul Jaurena. Show runs until Mar. 17, Fri./Sat., 8 pm, and Sun., 4 pm. $35; $32 students/seniors. Thalia Spanish Theatre, 41-17 Greenpoint Ave., Sunnyside. 718-729-3880, www.thaliatheatre.org.

Ongoing thru March 25

Starting at 10 a.m., SculptureCenter, located at 44-19 Purves Street, Long Island City, will be presenting Berlin-based artist Nairy Baghramian’s first exhibition in the US, “Retainer.” Her works examine political and social systems of power and encompass questions of context, production and reception within contemporary art. For more information, call 718-361-1750 or visit sculpture-center.org.

Ongoing thru April 15

Repetition in Design, Queens Botanical Garden’s regular hours. On display is a series of oil paintings on canvas by QBG Supervising Museum Instructor Gennadyi Gurman. Some of these pieces are influenced by the way the 8-bit video games from the 1980s looked, also from cartoons; but all show a bright color contrast. Until April 15 and free with admission. QBG’s Visitor & Administration Building Gallery, 43-50 Main St., Flushing, www.queensbotanical.org.

 

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Saturday, January 26

World Music: Afro- Amerindian Journey, 6pm. Follow Latin music’s journey around the globe with extraordinary musicians and an open dance floor. The night pays homage to the blending of indigenous and African traditions in Mexico, Colombia and Peru. Empanadas and Peruvian Chicha for sale, thanks to Terraza 7 Café. 20/$15 members and students with ID. Flushing Town Hall, 137-35 Northern Blvd., 718-463-7700, http://www.flushingtownhall.org.

Urvashi, A Love Story, 6pm. The Natraj Center for the Performing Arts recalls and promotes Indian culture through classes and workshops in dance, drama and music. Expect this Natraj performance to include Bharatanatyam, Kuchipudi, Kathak, Odissi folk dances and modern Bollywood film and pop genres. $25/$15 children. York College Performing Arts Center, 94-45 Guy R. Brewer Blvd., Jamaica, 718-468-1604, www.york.cuny.edu.

Scientifically Speaking: Winter Snow Globes, 1pm. Engage in an afternoon of indoor science, crafts and fun. Workshops may include a nature hike (weather permitting) and live animal demonstration. Learn about the concepts of weights, floating and sinking and create a winter snow globe. While this is an adult program, children ages 9 and up are welcome to join as long as they are accompanied by a participating adult. Limited space. Please register first. $24/$18 members. Alley Pond Environmental Center, 228-06 Northern Blvd., Douglaston, 718-229-4000, http://www.alleypond.org.

Nineteenth Century Society: German Theater, 1pm. Germans were one of the largest American immigrant groups during the 19th century, second only to the Irish. In this presentation, author/ journalist/performer Trav S.D. will unearth some of the forgotten history, outlining the many ways Germans shaped (and were shaped by) American popular culture in the realms of music, theatre and comedy. Greater Astoria Historical Society, 35-20 Broadway, Long Island City, 718-278-0700, http://www.astorialic.org.

Close Embrace: Nimbus Dance Works, 2:30pm. Join the choreographer and dance artists for a sneak peak at the creative process behind Huang-Yi’s new work Close Embrace. Dancers rehearse and invent new sequences in this behind-the-scenes look at the new work. Talk-back to follow. $6/$4 children. Flushing Town Hall, 137-35 Northern Blvd., http://www.flushingtownhall.org.

Free Cooking Class for Children, 3pm. The class includes a chef-led lesson making the day’s recipe, a lesson in setting a restaurant-style table and a kitchen tour. Students will also have a chance to enjoy the dish they prepare with their family. For children ages 5-12. Class is free, but registration is required at http://www.allergictosalad.eventbrite.com. Vesta Trattoria & Wine Bar, 21-02 30th Ave., Astoria, allergictosalad@gmail.com.

Sunday, January 27

Tomorrow’s Artists Today Face the Music, 5:30pm. An “alt-classical” ensemble of more than 70 unusually talented teenagers from in and around NYC. $20/$15 seniors/$10 students. Church-in-the-Gardens, 50 Ascan Ave., Forest Hills, 718-894-2178, www.musicareginae.org.

Rob Schneider Live, 8pm. The Emmy-nominated actor and comedian most recently seen in Grown Ups brings his zany comedy to the borough. $40. Queensborough Performing Arts Center, 222-05 56th Ave., Bayside, 718-631-6311, www.qcc.cuny.edu/qpac.

Fireside Literary Event: Nature of the Muse, 6:30pm. A cozy, indoor, fireside literary event featuring local writers and their traditional/polished poetry and prose work, plus live writing. (Each writer will receive a random prompt and have to write from it on the spot, and present to the audience at the end.) No cover, but one-drink minimum. LIC Bar, 45-58 Vernon Blvd., Long Island City, 718-786-5400, http://www.longislandcitybar.com.

Saturday, January 26 and Sunday, January 27

Weekend Retrospective on Legendary Songwriter, Singer and Actor Paul Williams, 7pm. Tonight show favorite Paul Williams was a cultural icon in the 1970s and 1980s. He will be present for all screenings, including a new digital restoration of Ishtar, Brian De Palma’s Phantom of the Paradise, The Muppet Movie and the acclaimed new documentary Paul Williams: Still Alive. Museum of the Moving Image, 36-01 35th Ave., Astoria, 718-777-6888, http://www.movingimage.us.

Ongoing thru March 17

afroTANGO, 8pm. Discover Tango’s African roots in this world premiere musical with music arranged and directed by Latin Grammy winner Raul Jaurena. Show runs until Mar. 17, Fri./Sat., 8 pm, and Sun., 4 pm. $35; $32 students/seniors. Thalia Spanish Theatre, 41-17 Greenpoint Ave., Sunnyside. 718-729-3880, www.thaliatheatre.org.

Ongoing thru April 15

Repetition in Design, Queens Botanical Garden’s regular hours. On display is a series of oil paintings on canvas by QBG Supervising Museum Instructor Gennadyi Gurman. Some of these pieces are influenced by the way the 8-bit video games from the 1980s looked, also from cartoons; but all show a bright color contrast. Until April 15 and free with admission. QBG’s Visitor & Administration Building Gallery, 43-50 Main St., Flushing, www.queensbotanical.org.

 

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SATURDAY, JANUARY 5

Starting at 9 a.m., Church on the  Hill, located at 167-07 35th Avenue, Flushing, will be holding an auction. Items will include collectibles, artwork,  jewelry, antiques, furs, furniture, household items, linens, new and vintage items and more. Door prizes,  lunch, refreshments and take-out will  also be available. Admission is free. For more information, visit churchonthehill.org.

Starting at noon, Bayside Historical Society, located at 208 Totten Avenue, Fort Totten, Bayside, will be holding a Kids Walk-in Workshop. Families are invited to bring their children so that they can enjoy playing and crafting in the Step Back in Time Room, a space dedicated to the young and curious. Admission is $3 per child and free for parents and guardians accompanying children. For more information, call 718-352-1548 or visit baysidehistorical.org.

York College Performing Arts Center, located at 94-20 Guy R. Brewer Boulevard, Jamaica, presents “Black Wall Street,” a play set in 1921 about a small community in Tulsa, Oklahoma inhabited by African Americans, Native Americans and Jews, all fleeing oppression and living and doing business with each other harmoniously. The play begins when the more influential members of the community gather to celebrate the 20-year anniversary of their success, when outside forces threaten to tear down everything they’ve built. Shows start at 3 p.m. and 7 p.m. Tickets are $20 for adults and $10 for students and seniors. For more information, contact Matthew Katz at 718-262-3750 or mkatz@york.cuny.edu, or visit http://www.yorkpac.com.

At 6 p.m., Holy Cross Elementary School, located at 12-01 150th Street, Whitestone, will be holding its 2012 Frenz for a Cause Zumbathon. Zumba instructor Cryss Fitness, along with others, will be leading a 90-minute Zumba class to raise money for the Thoracic Research Fund at Sloane Kettering. For more information, contact Crystal Varellas at 718-629-7762 or cryss.fitness@me.com.

SUNDAY, JANUARY 6

At 9:30 a.m., Temple Tikvah, located at 3315 Hillside Avenue, New Hyde Park, will be holding a blood drive for the new year, sponsored by the Sisterhood of Temple Tikvah. For more information, call 516-746-1120.

At 1 p.m., St. Josaphat’s Church, located at 210th Street and 35th Avenue, Bayside, presents Music
for the Christmas Season. The performance will feature Angelus Choir and guest soloists and is directed by Izabela Grajner-Partyka. All are welcome. Free will contribution. For more information, call 718-229-1663 or visit stjosaphatbayside.org.

ONGOING THRU SUNDAY, JANUARY 6

Beginning at noon, Queens Museum of Art, located in Flushing Meadows-Corona Park, presents “Caribbean: Crossroads of the World,” a show that features more than 400 works, including painting, sculpture, prints, books, photography, film, videos and historic artifacts from various Caribbean nations, Europe, and the United States. “Caribbean: Crossroads of the World” examines the exchange of people, goods, ideas and information between the Caribbean basin, Europe and North America, and explores the impact of these relationships on the Caribbean and how it is imagined. Admission is $5 adults, $2.50 students and senior citizens, and free for children under seven.

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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 events for Labor Day Weekend


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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.