Watch one of the most exciting taiko groups in the world, check out an internationally renowned spiritual medium, try a multi-player game before it’s available to the public and do more at these events in Queens.
Saturday, March 21
Celebrate the Equinox by making botanically themed crafts with your kids. The Queens Botanical Garden will host a March equinox craft for kids so you can get creative while exploring the gardens. While supplies last; limited to first 30 children. Free. 1 to 3 p.m. Contact 718-886-3800 for more details.
The Queens Museum’s Open A.I.R. Artist Services Program with award-winning artists Mark Strandquist and Queens-based photographer and educator Sol Aramendi will help participants develop and utilize challenging methods for creating personal, political, and socially powerful photographs. Work alongside a diverse group of youth from Queens and collaboratively create a series of images. 2 to 4:30 p.m. For more information, visit queensmuseum.org.
The Bayside Historical Society is hosting a Queens Sewing Social where you can quilt and sew using a number of different textiles. Learn more about the craft from enthusiasts and spend an afternoon creating and socializing. $8 BHS members, $10 non-BHS members. 208 Totten Avenue.
Hard-driving rhythms drummed with athleticism make Soh Daiko one of the most exciting taiko groups in the world. Soh Daiko honors the ancient Japanese drumming tradition in every performance by playing drums constructed by group members from oak wine barrels and ox hides. Come watch a performance at 3 p.m. Free. LaGuardia Performing Arts Center. For more information, visit laguardiaperformingarts.org.
Internationally renowned No. 1 New York Times best-selling author, clairvoyant, spiritual medium, producer and television personality James Van Praagh is considered a pioneer in the mediumship movement throughout the world, and has been recognized as one of the most accurate spiritual mediums working today. Visit the Queensborough Performing Arts Center for a talk and Q&A. Prices vary. 8 p.m. For more information, visit qcc.cuny.edu.
Sunday, March 22
Join the Queens Botanical Garden and other community groups in celebrating the vernal equinox (historical Earth Day) with a day of volunteering and unity. End the day with a festive march to the Flushing Meadows-Corona Park Unisphere. Free. 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. For more information, visit queensbotanical.org.
The World of Tomorrow is a feature documentary that looks at the great 1939 New York World’s Fair. Five years in the making, this critically acclaimed film uses home movies, newsreels, industrial and promotional films, cartoons, still photographs and other vintage graphics to study the Art Deco extravaganza that was the World’s Fair. 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. $8 general admission, $5 QHS members, students and seniors. Call 718-939-0647 for more details.
The Luxembourg International Composition Prize-winning composer Huang Ruo and classical music superstar New Asia Chamber Music Society will join the internationally renowned Nai-Ni Chen Dance Company for an interactive dance and music demonstration. $15, $10 members and students. 3 p.m. Flushing Town Hall. For more information, visit flushingtownhall.org.
Monday, March 23
Visit the Museum of Moving Image to try a multi-player game before it’s available to the public. “Push Me Pull You” by House House (Melbourne, Australia) is a cooperative, physics-based sumo-soccer game. Working together, players pilot sports monsters: stretching, contracting, pushing and shoving to keep a ball on their side of the court. “Push Me Pull You” was created amid a renewed interest in local multiplayer games, and like many of these titles, it borrows the formal qualities of sports without simulating any particular sport. Runs through March 27. For more information, visit movingimage.us.
The second year of the CUNY Dance Initiative is under way, awarding residencies to 26 New York City dance companies and choreographers at 11 CUNY colleges in 2015. Join Dance/NYC as Wendy Perron, author of “Through the Eyes of a Dancer” and former editor-in-chief of Dance Magazine, hosts a discussion with five awarded artists at the LaGuardia Performing Arts Center in Long Island City. Free. 31-10 Thomson Ave. To RSVP, visit dancenyc.nyc.
Tuesday, March 24
Are you an aspiring actor or actress? Are you curious about what it’s like to perform on stage? Have you ever dreamed of becoming a movie star? This 10-week program will give you a chance to learn about theater, explore the art of acting and perform in a final showcase. Participation in the showcase is voluntary. Help put on the show or be in the show yourself. 5 to 6 p.m. 89-11 Merrick Blvd. Free. Runs through March 31. For more information, visit queenslibrary.org.
Wednesday, March 25
Castorina and Rose perform favorite musical selections from the Broadway stage, including “I Could Have Danced All Night” and “Hello, Dolly!” and memorable American standards such as “New York, New York,” “Send in the Clowns” and more. Free. 3 to 4 p.m. 72-31 Metropolitan Avenue. For more information, visit queenslibrary.org.
Thursday, March 26
This art exhibit brings together 20 visualizations representing networks in topics as diverse as refugee migration flows, Chinese political connections and subway and bike sharing systems. The authors are representative of top visualization groups around the world who are producing some of the most innovative work in this field. In addition to the compelling graphical visualizations, visitors will be able to manipulate the data in selected projects through a technology interface. New York Hall of Science. Free with admission.
Sign language and participatory re-enactments engage students while they learn the story of Annie Sullivan Macy and her work with Helen Keller. Experience the story of a heroic young woman who enters the world of a handicapped child and revolutionizes the field of teaching forever. $5 JCAL members, $7 non-members. 153-10 Jamaica Ave. Call 718-618-6170 for more details.
Celebrate World Theatre Day with Roberta Levitow, teacher and director of over 50 productions in Los Angeles, New York City and nationally. She will discuss her experience as a director and Fulbright Ambassador Emerita where she received grants to teach in Hong Kong, Bucharest and Kampala. 6 p.m. For more information, visit laguardiaperformingarts.org. 31-10 Thompson Ave.
“Red Wednesday,” a production inspired by the controversial story of Sadegh Ghotbzadeh, Iran’s foreign minister during the 1979 hostage crisis, will take place on March 27. Written by his great-niece, the production pays special attention to those left to clean up the mess when we blow each other up. Prices vary. 8 p.m. Runs through March 29. For more information, visit laguardiaperformingarts.org. 31-10 Thompson Ave.