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What to do in Queens this weekend


By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com

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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.

 

-Event listings courtesy of the Queens Economic Development Corporation

 

What to do this weekend in Queens


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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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Queens events this weekend


By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com

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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


By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com

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.

Around NYC

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. 

Weekend events in Queens


By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com

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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.