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What to do this weekend in Queens


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Friday, May 17 – Saturday, May 18

The Electric Daisy Carnival will take place at Citi Field, located at 126-01 Roosevelt Avenue in Flushing. With its spectacular display of special effects, state-of-the-art lighting and sound as well as hundreds of theatrical performers, interactive art installations and pyrotechnics, EDC New York will create an unforgettable experience unlike any other show in the tri-state area. Two-day general admission tickets will initially be priced at $159 with VIP tickets selling at $299 before service fees. A layaway pricing option will be available. A limited number of single-day tickets will be available for this two-day experience at a later date. Minimum age for VIP is 21 and older, everyone else must be 18+. For more information, visit electricdaisycarnival.com/NewYork.

Come enjoy “The Carolyn Dorfman Dance Company”  (CDCC) at LaGuardia Performing Arts Center, located at 31-10 Thomson Avenue in Long Island City. With bold athleticism and dramatic nuance, Dorfman creates worlds into which the audience can enter. Giving new meaning to “all the world’s a stage,” CDDC brings the NY premiere of “Interior Designs,” a full company work featuring live and electronic music by cutting edge composer, Sarajevo native, Svjetlana Bukvich and video design by Kate Freer and David Tennent of Imaginary Media. CDDC also presents Dorfman’s sensuous duet, “Keystoen,” riveting “Hour Glass” and Doug Elkins’ hip hop and vogueing, “Narcoleptic Lovers.” Tickets are $15. For more information, call 718-482-5151 or visit lagcc.cuny.edu.

Saturday, May 18

Starting at noon, Janelle Iglesias will lead a workshop on how to create Art Mobiles at Socrates Sculpture Park, located at 32-01 Vernon Boulevard in Long Island City. Mobiles are hanging kinetic sculptures that rely on balance. Challenge your imagination and learn some tricks to create your own mobile by re-purposing simple household and recycled materials. For more information, call 718-956-1819 or visit socratessculpturepark.org.

Starting at 2:15 p.m., the Puppet Theatre will perform “The Queen of Colors” at Flushing Town Hall, located at 137-35 Northern Boulevard. Full of kaleidoscopic wonder & vivid imagination, The Queen of Colors is an award-winning story about unleashing creativity and choosing not to “color within the lines.” Based on the children’s book by German author Jutta Bauer and accompanied by a “Court Musician,” this performance offers ingenious puppetry and live illustrations by the Company Les Voisins that literally jump off the page. Tickets are $12 and $8 for children. For more information, call 718-463-7700 ext. 222 or visit flushingtownhall.org.

The sixth annual “Institute of Horror, Fantasy and Science” will take place at the Flushing Library, located at 41-17 Main Street. Blood Moon Rising Horror Magazine and Spooktacular Enterprises present author readings; film screenings; make-up demos; lectures on witchcraft, the paranormal and Japanese monsters; psychic readings and an art gallery featuring classic toy and creature displays. For more information, call 718-661-1200 or visit www.queenslibrary.org.

Sunday, May 19

Starting at 3 p.m., the Liao Wen Ho Puppet Theatre will take place at Goldstein Theatre at Queens College, located at 65-30 Kissena Boulevard in Flushing. On a colorful high platform stage, glove puppets in ornate and detailed traditional Chinese costumes swirl around amid smoke and fire, brandishing swords and casting magic spells to accompany epic stories from Chinese folklore. Master puppeteer, Liao Wen Ho and his award-winning company have toured all over the world, bringing this vibrant art form to audiences of all ages. Tickets are $12 – $20. For more information, call 718-793-8080 or visit kupferbergcenter.org.

Starting at 4 p.m., the Oratorio Society of Queens will perform at Queensborough Performing Arts Center, located at 222-05 56th Avenue in Bayside. Come and hear the brilliant mass for chorus and orchestra, “Messa di Gloria,” that Puccini wrote as a young man. Also featured are opera highlights and the best of America’s musical heritage – reflecting a wide range of music that is the American choral experience – with Maestro David Close and The Orchestral Arts Ensemble of Queens. Tickets are $30. For more information, call 718-279-3006 or visit www.queensoratorio.org.

Sunday, May 19 – Sunday, June 16

The Big Apple Circus comes to Queens at Cunningham Park, located at 196-22 Union Turnpike, just west of Francis Lewis Boulevard, in Fresh Meadows. Experience the nostalgic thrills of bygone big tops and get a first–hand view of beauties, daredevils and clowns from another era. Performers from around the world create joyful memories under the artistic direction of Guillaume Dufresnoy. More than 40 performances will take place. Tickets start at $20 and are available at bigapplecircus.org or by calling 888-541-3750.

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Donations give Woodside families hope


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Residents of Woodside united and delivered for their neighbors in need, who were devastated by a deadly fire that destroyed their homes.

Councilmember Jimmy Van Bramer recently delivered a donation of over 3,000 items to victims of the fatal fire that claimed one life, injured five others and ravaged three homes on 61st Street in Woodside on November 18.

The contributions, which were made by residents of the surrounding community, included diapers, food, cleaning products, clothing and toys. The items were distributed to the three families forced from their homes by the fire on December 22 at the councilmember’s district office. Local Pastor Daniel Gilland and representatives from the Red Cross were also on hand to aid with the donation.

“In the wake of this tragic event, it is heartwarming to see the community’s response to support their neighbors,” said Van Bramer. “The response was more than we could have ever hoped for and I sincerely thank everyone for their tremendous efforts. During this holiday season, these donations will give a little hope back to the families who lost so much in the fire.”