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What to do this weekend in Queens


By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com

Saturday, December 7

Bay Terrace Jewish Center presents, “Cabaret Night.” Cabaret Night features Theatre by the Bay’s leading lady, Jean Ann Kump, and singing impressionist Barry Feterman. It will be an evening of music, comedy and dancing in an intimate, seated cabaret setting. Guests are encouraged to bring their own bottle of wine. Tickets are $22 per person in advance and $25 at the door. For those who reserve a table of eight to 10, tickets cost $20 per person. This event begins at 8 p.m. at the Bay Terrace Jewish Center at 13-00 209th Street in Bayside. For reservations and more information, call 718-428-6363.

The Queens Museum of Art presents “Poets in the Galleries: Charles Bernstein and Susan Bee Explore Queens International 2013.” The Poets in the Galleries series is a program geared towards exploration and discussion. Join the poets for interactive readings and take the opportunity to learn from the poets’ presentation. The Queens Museum is located in the NYC Building in Flushing Meadows-Corona Park. For more information, call 718-592-9700.

Temple Beth Sholom, located at 171-39 Northern Boulevard in Flushing, is having its highly anticipated annual bazaar. There will be antiques, more than 40,000 used books, records, paintings and new merchandise of all kinds, including holiday shop, toys, housewares, clothing, yarn, jewelry and cosmetics. Food court and snack bar available. Saturday December 7, 5:30 p.m. to 10 p.m., Sunday, December 8, 11 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. and “sell-out day,” Monday, December 9 from 4:30 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Queens International 2013: Queens World Film Festival joins the Queens Museum’s program with films from Taiwan, Italy, Wales and Iran, along with some from local filmmakers. $4-$8. At the Queens Museum, New York City Building, Flushing Meadows-Corona Park. For more information, call 718-592-9700.

Saturday, December 7 and Sunday, December 8

Make a beautiful wreath at the Queens County Farm Museum’s wreath making workshop. All materials will be provided; participants need only bring a garden shear. The workshops will be held at 10 a.m., 12 p.m. and 2 p.m. Advance payment is required. To register and to pay the $20 fee call 718-347-3276 ext 301. The Queens County Farm Museum is located at 73-50 Little Neck Parkway, Glen Oaks.

Sunday, December 8

The Kupferberg Center for the Arts presents “Holiday Pops” with the Boston Pops Esplanade Orchestra and conductor Keith Lockhart. The Holiday Pops concert captures the magic of the Christmas season and the winter charm of New England. Don’t miss new arrangements of seasonal favorites. Santa Claus himself will make a guest appearance. Kick off the holiday season with song and cheer! Tickets are $50-$120. Order online or call the box office, 718-793-8080 for tickets. The Colden Auditorium is located at Reeves Avenue and the Horace Harding Service Road in Flushing.

The Waltz Astoria presents a bright, up-and-coming singer from Northern California, “Nicole!” She will cover the popular music of today and the classic tunes from yester-year. The performance will be held from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. There is an $8 cover charge and a one drink minimum. The Waltz Astoria is located at 23-14 Ditmars Boulevard in Astoria. For more information, call 718-956-8742.

The Queens Botanical Garden invites you to an afternoon of family fun, crafts, live music and holiday magic from 12:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.! Santa Claus will be dropping by.The photograph fee starts at $10. Individuals must be on line by 4 p.m. From 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. take a tour of the winter garden. To put a splendid close to the holiday festivities, the tree lighting ceremony and sing-along will be held from 4:30 p.m. to 5 p.m. Garden admission is free. The Queens Botanical Garden is located at 43-50 Main Street in Flushing. For more information, call 718-886-3800.

Holiday Pops with The Boston Pops Esplanade Orchestra: America’s beloved orchestra will perform its signature” Sleigh Ride,” holiday classics and new arrangements of seasonal favorites. At 7:30 pm. At the Kupferberg Center for the Arts, 65-30 Kissena Boulevard, Flushing.

Saturdays and Sundays through December 22

The holiday season is upon us and  LIC Flea & Food Holiday Market has all of your gift-giving needs under one roof. The new holiday market will begin on Saturday, December 7 and will be held every Saturday and Sunday until Sunday, December 22 from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., located inside the warehouse attached to the LIC Flea lot at 5-25 46th Avenue.

Through Dec.22

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

Through January 24 

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

Through January 25

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

Through March 31

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

Ongoing

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

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What to do this weekend in Queens


By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com

Photo courtesy of Flushing Town Hall

Saturday, November 30

NYC Urban Park Rangers is organizing a vigorous hike through Alley Pond Park’s forested trails. Comfortable shoes or boots, a bottle of water and a light snack is recommended for all participants to bring. Meet up will take place at 11 a.m. at the Alley Pond Park Adventure Center, between the Grand Central Parkway and Winchester Boulevard. This event is free. For more information, call 718-846-2713.

Sunday, December 1

Join Brooklyn All-Star Center Brook Lopez for a morning of basketball instruction and fun at the “2013 Citi Brook Lopez Basketball Pro Camp.” This event begins at 9 a.m. at Queens College’s Fitzgerald Gymnasium, located at 65-30 Kissena Boulevard in Flushing. For more information, call 718-997-4710.

Urban Park Rangers is hosting “Nature Photography: Winter Landscapes” at Rockaway Beach and Boardwalk. This photography program is for digital cameras and you must provide your own camera. DSLR cameras are preferred, though all cameras are welcome. Participants are asked to meet up at Beach 67 Street and the Boardwalk at 11 a.m. This event is free. For more information, call 718-846-2731.

Come and light the menorah at Flushing Town Hall. Celebrate Hanukkah with award-wining storyteller Robin Bady, as she shares her favorite stories and songs. Bady will be accompanied by violinist Deni Bonet. It will be a day of miracles, menorahs, dreidels and dancing! There are two opportunities to join the festivities at 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. Tickets are $10 for the general public and $5 for members and children. Flushing Town Hall is located at 137-35 Northern Boulevard, at the corner of Linden Place, in Flushing. For more information, call 718-463-7700.

The New York Hall of Science presents, “Make it! Block Printing.” Make small, block printed pillows, holiday cards and envelopes. Participants are also welcome to bring their own t-shirts and fabric to print on. This event is recommended for age 5 and up. Tickets are $ 5 per parent/child pair ($3 for members), plus admissions to the museum. Register on the day of the event at the NYSCI admissions area. This drop-in workshop takes place at 1:30 p.m. to 3 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. to 5 p.m. For more information, email rbingham@nysci.org. The New York Hall of Science is located at 47-01 111th Street in Corona.

Through January 24 

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

Through January 25

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

Through March 31

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

Ongoing

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

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What to do this weekend in Queens


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Saturday, November 23

The Shops at Atlas Park, located at 80-00 Cooper Avenue in Glendale, will have its annual tree lighting ceremony from 5 to 8 p.m. The event will include a live DJ, stilt walkers, carolers, giveaways and Santa Claus arrives around 5:50 pm. Free. For more information visit www.shopatlaspark.com/events.

Sunday, November 24

KH & H Liquors presents, “Free wine and Spirit tasting- Santa Marina, Romanoff and Crop Organic vodka.” The wine and spirit tasting will be held from noon until 3 p.m. at KH & H Liquors, located at 32-50 Vernon Boulevard Long Island City. This event is free, so bring friends! For more information call 718-267-2992.

Through January 24 

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

Through January 25

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

Through March 31

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

Ongoing

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

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What to do this weekend in Queens


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Saturday, November 2 – Sunday, November 3

Bring the family to “Wildlife Weekends” at the Queens County Farm. This pay-one-price event features birds of prey and bug exhibits, animal shows and feeding as well as hayrides. Admission is $ 9 for the general public and FREE for farm members. The event begins at 11 a.m. and ends at 4 p.m. The Queens County Farm is located at 73-50 Little Neck Parkway. For more information call 718-347-3276.

Through November 10 

Howard Hawks (1896–1977) was the flawless Hollywood director whose distinct personal style can be seen in classics such as “Scarface,” “To Have and Have Not,” “His Girl Friday,” “Twentieth Century” and “Rio Bravo.” The film series presents a 39-film retrospective of the great American director who made films in almost every conceivable genre, while maintaining a style that was direct, energetic, and lucid. Series highlights include new, rarely seen, and/or restored archival 35mm prints of “Ball of Fire”(1942); “I Was a Male War Bride” (1949); “Scarface “(1932); “The Dawn Patrol “(1930); “Only Angels Have Wings”(1939); as well as the silent feature “Fig Leaves” (1927) and much more. All films shown are directed by Howard Hawks, unless otherwise noted and all titles will be shown on film. At the Museum of the Moving Image

Through  November 30

The Eclipses Group Theater, in collaboration with The Federation of Hellenic Societies of Greater NY, presents “Raus! Get Outta Here!” a play by M. Reppas and T. Papathanasiou. The play satirizes the current social milieu and financial problems currently affecting Greece.  Six different characters from all walks of contemporary Greek society all conspire in getting a grant from the European Union by establishing a fake cultural organization. Trouble and some big laughs ensue when a German commissioner suddenly shows up to check on their organization’s legitimacy. The play is directed by Ioanna Katsarou, the director of last year’s sold-out success “The In-Laws for Tirana.” Performances are at 8 p.m. on Friday and Saturday and at 3 p.m. on Sundays. Tickets for adults are $20 and $ 15 for students and seniors. To purchase tickets, call 347-357-3195; all major credit cards accepted. The play’s venue is Stathakeion Cultural Center, 22-51 29th Street Astoria. NOTE: The play will be performed in Greek with English subtitles.

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What to do this weekend in Queens


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James Darren

Saturday, October 19

On Saturday, October 19 at 8 p.m., former teen idol and television sensation James Darren teams up with funnyman Sal Richards for an evening of music and laughter at Queensborough Performing Arts Center (QPAC). “QPAC is the only place you can see James Darren share the stage with Sal Richards.  Every time you come to QPAC, you’re seeing something you can’t see any place else,” said Susan Agin, Executive Director. For more information, contact the QPAC Box Office at 718-631-6311. Tickets are available online at Visit Box Office and don’t forget to visit them on Facebook!

The Secret Children’s Theater presents “Princess Particular,” a children’s musical by Richard Mazda. The performance begins promptly at 2 p.m. Admission is $10 children/$15 adults/ $40 four person family pack. 44-02 23rd Street (between 44th Road and 44th Avenue) Long Island City

Through Sunday, October 20

Explore the life and legacy of a scientific icon in the new exhibition “Tesla’s Wonderful World of Electricity” at the New York Hall of Science. Scientist and inventor Nikola Tesla held nearly 300 patents in 26 countries. His contributions range from the alternating current (AC) motor to X-rays, remote controls and fluorescent lighting. Tesla’s Wonderful World of Electricity presents working models of his inventions, models of his laboratories and plants, photographic reproductions, and a narrative about Tesla’s life and work. Free with NYSCI admission. Tesla’s Wonderful World of Electricity is presented in collaboration with the Nikola Tesla Museum of Belgrade, Serbia. The Hall of Science is located at 47-01 111 Street, Corona. For more info, call 718-699-0005

Saturdays and Sundays through October 27

Long Island City is home to the newest flea and food market in New York, LIC Flea & Food, every weekend, from 10 a.m.-6 p.m., through October 27. Enjoy some great eats, find a hidden treasure in the market, discover new artists and great local vendors all while taking in breathtaking views of the Manhattan skyline. Located at 5-25 46th Avenue, LIC Flea is just blocks  from the 7, E, M and G trains as well as the East River Ferry and parking across the street. Bring your friends and family to kick off the start of a perfect weekend. For more information, visit, www.licflea.com.

Through October 27

Celebrate fall and get lost in the three-acre Amazing Maize Maze at the Queens County Farm Museum. The adventure will begin with the “stalk talk,” a group interactive that prepares you for the challenges of finding your way through the maze, recognizing clues and solving puzzles. Maze will be open from 11 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. but if you are feeling up to the challenge, be sure to be a part of Maze by the Moonlight on Saturdays, October 5 and 12 when the maze will be open until 9 p.m. admission is $9. For more information, call 718-347-3276.

Through November 10 

Howard Hawks (1896–1977) was the flawless Hollywood director whose distinct personal style can be seen in classics such as “Scarface,” “To Have and Have Not,” “His Girl Friday,” “Twentieth Century” and “Rio Bravo.” The film series presents a 39-film retrospective of the great American director who made films in almost every conceivable genre, while maintaining a style that was direct, energetic, and lucid. Series highlights include new, rarely seen, and/or restored archival 35mm prints of “Ball of Fire”(1942); “I Was a Male War Bride” (1949); “Scarface “(1932); “The Dawn Patrol “(1930); “Only Angels Have Wings”(1939); as well as the silent feature “Fig Leaves” (1927) and much more. All films shown are directed by Howard Hawks, unless otherwise noted and all titles will be shown on film. At the Museum of the Moving Image

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What to do this weekend in Queens


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Photo courtesy of Norte Maar

Saturday, August 17

Socrates Sculpture Park partners with Norte Maar to deliver a truly extraordinary hybrid of artistic passion in “Dance at Socrates.” The show combines New York-based choreography and large-scale sculpture characteristic of Socrates Park to create a collaboration of artistic movement and contemporary architecture. Esida Weeks of Delirious Dances will perform on sight, in full view of the public who will have the chance to observe the working process of choreography. A separate stage has been assembled for the series. Dancing begins at 3 p.m. Admission is free. For more information, call 718-956-1819.

The New York Hall of Science invites all to “Designing for Flight,” a day of experimentation and demonstration that explores the science of flight. Those who partake can bring their own kites, use the Brooklyn Aerodome glider, or create their own origami flying machines. This event is free with NYSCI admission. For more information, visit www.nysci.org.

Forest Park’s scavenger hunt aims to connect children with nature to encourage exploration, social development, and imagination. Guiding the event are urban park rangers who provide exemplary leadership and support. The scavenger hunt starts at 1 p.m. and is a free event. For more information, call 718-846-2731.

The Queens Botanical Garden presents Festival de las Flores, a celebration of Colombian culture. Located in the arboretum of the garden, the festival will feature Colombian artisans who will be creating floral displays. Cost is free with QBG admission. For more information, call 718-886-3800.

Sunday, August 18

The Queens Botanical Garden will feature an Invasive Pigments Art Exhibit Workshop, a program aimed at identifying and classifying plants. Participants are recommended to bring plants from their neighborhoods, which will be examined to determine if the plants are native to the area and beneficial or invasive to the urban ecosystem.  Free with garden admission. Workshop begins at 2 p.m. For more information, visit www.queensbotanical.org.

Flushing Town Hall invites artists and spectators alike to Salon Sunday, a collaborative experience that allows artists to share their work. Artists are encouraged to bring in slides, samples of their work, and will be allotted a tie to speak and share their creative processes. Presentations start at 2 p.m. For more information, call 718-463-7700.

Through Saturday, August 24

The Museum of Moving Image features a series that examines acclaimed director Wong Kar-wai. Kar-wai rose to prominence with his science fiction epic “2046,” which stars Tony Leung and Zhang Ziyi and explores the themes of time and love. His new movie “The Grandmaster” reunites Leung and Ziyi while revolutionizing the martial arts genre. The series will feature Kar-wai’s most celebrated works, which includes “ “My Blueberry Nights” on August 18, “In The Mood For Love” on August 23 and “2046” on August 24.  An online symposium on “Reverse Shot” will supplement the series. For more information, visit www.movingimage.us.

Through Saturday, August 31

The Queens Botanical Garden hosts the EcoHouse exhibit, part of the Community Environmental EcoHouse. The EcoHouse offers a progressive, advanced, hands-on opportunity for people of all ages to see behind walls and underneath the floors of a modern home and the structures necessary to maintain homes. The EcoHouse teaches how to salvage energy by saving money and preserving natural ecosystems. Exhibit is free with admission to the garden. For more information, visit www.queensbotanical.org.

From 11 a.m. to 8 p.m., Saint Jude’s Children’s Hospital will be home to the Hair Cut A-Thon. Haircuts are $35 and include “wash ‘n’ styles” and will take place at 36-17 30th Avenue at Redken Saloon Salon. All funds will go to Saint Jude’s Children’s Hospital. For reservations and more information, call 718-956-3366.

Every Saturday in August

P.S 1, located in Long Island City, is the home of the Warm Up Party, a celebration of architecture that combines music and art. Every year a new architect installs a new design for courtyard grandeur. The Warm Up Party is free for all MoMA members and people with proof of residency in Long Island City. Tickets are $15 in advance and $18 at the door. For more information, call 718-784-2084.

Saturdays and Sundays this summer 

From 10 a.m.-6 p.m., every weekend this summer, Long Island City is home to the newest flea and food market in New York, LIC Flea & Food. Enjoy some great eats, find a hidden treasure in the market, discover new artists and great local vendors all while taking in breathtaking views of the Manhattan skyline. Just blocks from the 7, E, M and G trains as well as the East River Ferry and parking across the street. Bring your friends and family to kick off the start of a perfect weekend. For more information, visit, www.licflea.com.

Saturdays and Sundays through August and September

Socrates Sculpture Park presents Parting, an innovative installation in Long Island City, which combines green initiatives, artistry, and architecture. The design incorporates elevated thresholds and slopes, nets, chain links, and hybrid framing structures to create a state-of-the-art design. Appropriately located in one of the city’s fastest growing neighborhoods, which is also home to an expanding art scene, Parting encompasses elements of modernism and curiosity.  Parting is located on 43-29 Crescent Street, in a converted asphalt parking lot adjacent to M. Wells Steakhouse. The lot will be open to the public from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. every Saturday and Sunday through to 2014. Parting is the first art design project located in the lot and the first project of Socrates Sculpture Park outside of its park in northern Long Island City. The development is supported by Rockrose Development Corporation and engineered by native New York architects Jerome W. Haferd and K. Brandt Knapp. For further information, visit www.socratessculpturepark.org.

The New York Hall of Science’s 3D theater is showing “The Last Reef,” an underwater journey that explores the unrivaled biodiversity of coral reefs. “The Last Reef” draws parallels between coral reefs, underwater centers vital to marine life, and cities, which bustle with human exchange. While this 3-dimensional feature is an entertaining experience, it also communicates the disturbing reality that coral reefs, which have been perhaps the most enduring and essential life forms in Earth’s history, are being threatened with extinction as a result of human pollution. Screening times are Monday through Friday 11:30 a.m. and 2:15 p.m., and Saturday and Sunday 11:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. Recommended for ages 6 and older. For more information, visit www.nysci.org.

Through August and September

The Museum of Moving Image will screen “Single Stream” by Powel Wojtasik, Toby Lee, and Ernst Karel. Focused on the themes of excess, waste, and the consequences of a high-consuming culture, “Single Stream” offers a reflection of American society by exploring a recovery facility in Charlestown, Massachusetts, which sorts out refuse that is processed daily for recycling. The audience discovers the systems upon which the plant is run and captures the intricate processes contrived to treat the immense amount of waste Americans produce on a daily basis. For more information, visit www.movingimage.us.

Through September 1

The New York Hall of Science presents “Space Junk: 3D,” which examines the science behind collisions that occur around Earth’s orbit. This theater presentation takes the audience over 20,000 miles from Earth’s surface in examining the danger of excess debris in space and the possible methods to preserve Earth’s orbits. “Space Junk” employs visually enthralling effects with pragmatic themes to creative an educational and entertaining experience. Admission is $6 for adults, $5 for children and seniors, plus NYSCI admission. Showings are daily. For more information, visit www.nysci.org.

The New York Hall of Science explores the physics of airplane engineering in the 3D Theater Presentation: “Legends of Flight.” Included is the first public flight of the revolutionary Airbus A380 and 787. In addition to NYSCI admission, cost is $6 for adults, $5 for children and senior citizens.  Daily screening time is 1:30 p.m. For further information, visit www.nysci.org.

The Noguchi Museum hosts “Highlights of the Collection: Reworked,” an exhibition that explores artist Isamu Noguchi returning to a piece of work to develop it further. The first example is his work that was inspired by his mentor Constantin Brancusi. The second area of work on display is Noguchi’s interlocking stone structures of the 1940s, which includes some wood structures. The third example on display is Noguchi’s work from the 1960s and 1980s that utilized chisel to carve raw marble. The last area of focus is Noguchi’s set designs made for Martha Graham, most notably sculptures that were intended for practical use. For more information, call 718-204-7088.

The Museum of Moving Image presents “Fun City: New York in the Movies 1967-1975,” an exhibit organized by curator J. Hoberman. Fun City explores how New York City became the setting for motion picture films in the late 1960s.  In conjunction with Mayor John V. Linday’s executive order that allowed filming on the city’s streets, Hollywood producers captured the feel of urban life in the form of tough cop films, dark urban stories, and dismal comedies. For more information, visit www.movingimage.us.

Through September 15

The Museum of Moving Image features “Cut Up,” an exhibition that explores the art of re-editing media in order to construct new work. “Cut Up” focuses on self-taught editors who provide supplementary content to media using contemporary tools and methods of distribution. The exhibition examines films, music videos, television series, and news broadcasts to explore the themes, techniques, and genres that have come about over the last decade. For more information, call 718-777-6888.

Through September 21

The New York Hall of Science explores how videogame design, music production, roller coaster architecture, and other creative professions use math and science to help them create their designs in “Design Zone.” The exhibit is constituted of numerous minor hands-on projects including “Drum Machine,” “Music Mix,” “Turn Tables,” “Sound Graph,” “Whack-a-Phone,” “Slide-a-Phone,” “Digital Strings,” “Laster Light DJ” and “Light Show DJ.” Among the applied concepts that are explored in “Design Zone” are length, pitch, ratios, rhythm, scale, pattern, and slope. Cost is free with NYSCI admission. For more information, call 718-699-0005.

Through Sunday, October 27

The Museum of Moving Image presents “From Mr. Chips to Scarface: Walter White’s Transformation in ‘Breaking Bad”, as part of its main exhibition “Behind the Screen”. “Breaking Bad” follows the life of high school chemistry teacher Walter White who is diagnosed with terminal lung cancer and turns to cooking meth to ensure his family is financially stable. “From Mr. Chips to Scarface” explores how the filmmakers signify Walter’s metamorphosis though the use of props, costumes, and color schemes. Among the props on display are Walter’s yellow oxford shirt and khaki pants as well as HAZMAT suit, gas mask, apron and boots. For more information, visit www.movingimage.us.

 

What to do this weekend in Queens


By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com

Photo courtesy of Nate Dorr

Saturday, August 10

From noon to 4p.m., the New York Hall of Science offers “Summer of Stars: Astronomy.” Participants can make constellations on sun print paper, learn about rockets and even explore the sun using solar telescopes, according to the event site. For more information, visit www.nysci.org/visit/events.

The Queens Botanical Garden presents “Music in the Garden: Irish/Celtic/Folk Fiddler, Tony DeMarco.” Brooklyn native Tony DeMarco combines elements of Celtic with American folk on the fiddle to deliver a rare experience exclusive to New York in “Music in the Garden.” Listeners are invited to bring snacks and the event is free with garden admission. Performance will be played from 6:15 to 7:45 p.m. For more information, visit www.queensbotanical.org/programs/events

Every Saturday in August 

MoMA PS1 , located in Long Island City, is the home of the Warm Up Party, a celebration of architecture that combines music and art. Every year a new architect installs a new design for courtyard grandeur. The Warm Up Party is free for all MoMA members and people with proof of residency in Long Island City. Tickets are $15 in advance and $18 at the door. For more information, call 718-784-2084.

Saturday, August 10 and Sunday, August 11

Flushing Meadows-Corona Park will host the Hong Kong Dragon Boat Festival. The multi-cultural event includes two days of Dragon Boat Racing, a variety of performances, and a multi-ethnic food court. The event is free and races will be held on Meadow Lake within the park rain-or-shine. Bring the entire family and have a blast as over 170 teams and more than 2,000 participants compete with each other and celebrate the “Year of the Rabbit.” From 9a.m. until 5p.m. both days.

Saturdays and Sundays through August and September

Socrates Sculpture Park presents Parting, an innovative installation in Long Island City, which combines green initiatives, artistry, and architecture. The design incorporates elevated thresholds and slopes, nets, chain links, and hybrid framing structures to create a state-of-the-art design. Appropriately located in one of the city’s fastest growing neighborhoods, which is also home to an expanding art scene, Parting encompasses elements of modernism and curiosity.  Parting is located on 43-29 Crescent Street, in a converted asphalt parking lot adjacent to M. Wells Steakhouse. The lot will be open to the public from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. every Saturday and Sunday through to 2014. Parting is the first art design project located in the lot and the first project of Socrates Sculpture Park outside of its park in northern Long Island City. The development is supported by Rockrose Development Corporation and engineered by native New York architects Jerome W. Haferd and K. Brandt Knapp. For further information, visit www.socratessculpturepark.org

The New York Hall of Science’s 3D theater is showing “The Last Reef,” an underwater journey that explores the unrivaled biodiversity of coral reefs. “The Last Reef” draws parallels between coral reefs, underwater centers vital to marine life, and cities, which bustle with human exchange. While this 3-dimensional feature is an entertaining experience, it also communicates the disturbing reality that coral reefs, which have been perhaps the most enduring and essential life forms in Earth’s history, are being threatened with extinction as a result of human pollution. Screening times are Monday through Friday 11:30 a.m. and 2:15 p.m., and Saturday and Sunday 11:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. Recommended for ages 6 and older. For more information, visit nysci.org/visit/events/event/3dlastreef

Sunday, August 11

From 2 to 4 p.m., families with younger children are invited to experience “Little Makers: Ice Cream, You Scream…” a program that allows families to create their own flavors of ice cream. Part of the “Little Makers” project, which captures the creativity of young children with structured collaborative design, “Ice Cream, You Scream” is a fun and effective engagement. Cost is $8 per family in addition to NYSCI admission.

The Noguchi Museum will host “Music in the Garden,” a public program which delivers innovative, contemporary music every second Sunday of the summer. From 3 to 5 p.m., Canadian pianist Vicky Chow, member of Bang on Can Music, will perform in the Noguchi Museum’s sculpture garden. Chow’s diverse range of accomplishments includes working as a classical and contemporary soloist, chamber musician, and company musician. For more information, visit www.noguchi.org/programs/public.

Flushing Town Hall introduces Music from Morocco, part of the Town Hall’s free concert series. Moroccan band Layali El Andalous will use instruments characteristic of Moroccan music such as the “oud,” “bendir” and “dumbek” to offer a glimpse of authentic North African music. No reservation or tickets required, and attendance is on a first-come, first-served basis. For more information, visit www.flushingtownhall.org.

Through August 24 

The Museum of Moving Image features a series that examines acclaimed director Wong Kar-wai. Kar-wai rose to prominence with his science fiction epic “2046,” which stars Tony Leung and Zhang Ziyi and explores the themes of time and love. His new movie “The Grandmaster” reunites Leung and Ziyi while revolutionizing the martial arts genre. The series will feature Kar-wai’s most celebrated works, which include “Days of Being Wild” on August 4, “As Tears Go By” on August 9, “The Grandmaster” on August 10, “My Blueberry Nights” on August 18, “In The Mood For Love” on August 23, and “2046” on August 24. An online symposium on “Reverse Shot” will supplement the series. For more information, visit www.movingimage.us.

Through August 31

The Queens Botanical Garden hosts the EcoHouse exhibit, part of the Community Environmental EcoHouse. The EcoHouse offers a progressive, advanced, hands-on opportunity for people of all ages to see behind walls and underneath the floors of a modern home and the structures necessary to maintain homes. The EcoHouse teaches how to salvage energy by saving money, and preserving natural ecosystems. Exhibit is free with admission to the garden. For more information, visit www.queensbotanical.org/programs/events.

Through August and September 

The Museum of Moving Image will screen “Single Stream” by Powel Wojtasik, Toby Lee, and Ernst Karel. Focused on the themes of excess, waste, and the consequences of a high-consuming culture, “Single Stream” offers a reflection of American society by exploring a recovery facility in Charlestown, Massachusetts, which sorts out refuse that is processed daily for recycling. The audience discovers the systems upon which the plant is run and captures the intricate processes contrived to treat the immense amount of waste Americans produce on a daily basis. For more information, visit www.movingimage.us.

Through September 1 

The New York Hall of Science presents “Space Junk: 3D,” which examines the science behind collisions that occur around Earth’s orbit. This theater presentation takes the audience over 20,000 miles from Earth’s surface in examining the danger of excess debris in space and the possible methods to preserve Earth’s orbits. “Space Junk” employs visually enthralling effects with pragmatic themes to creative an educational and entertaining experience. Admission is $6 for adults, $5 for children and seniors, plus NYSCI admission. Showings are daily. For more information, visit www.nysci.org/visit/events.

The New York Hall of Science explores the physics of airplane engineering in “3D Theater Presentation: Legends of Flight.” Included is the first public flight of the revolutionary Airbus A380 and 787. In addition to NYSCI admission, cost is $6 for adults, $5 for children and senior citizens. Daily screening time is 1:30 p.m. For further information, visit www.nysci.org/visit/events.

Through Sunday, October 27

The Museum of Moving Image presents “From Mr. Chips to Scarface: Walter White’s Transformation in ‘Breaking Bad”, as part of its main exhibition “Behind the Screen”. “Breaking Bad” follows the life of high school chemistry teacher Walter White who is diagnosed with terminal lung cancer and turns to cooking meth to ensure his family is financially stable. “From Mr. Chips to Scarface” explores how the filmmakers signify Walter’s metamorphosis though the use of props, costumes, and color schemes. Among the props on display are Walter’s yellow oxford shirt and khaki pants as well as HAZMAT suit, gas mask, apron and boots. For more information, visit www.movingimage.us.

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Saturday, August 3

Foodies and shoppers alike will find something unique at the JAMS Jamaica Street Festival. On Jamaica Avenue between Parsons Boulevard and 169th Street, merchants, artists, and food carts will gather to fill the summer air with the sounds and smells of a traditional New York City street fair. Starts at 11 a.m.

From 2 to 5 p.m. Flushing Town Hall will host a yaji, an ancient Chinese custom where famous musician, painters and calligraphers gather for an elegant garden party. This event will provide an opportunity for those in attendance to watch beautiful calligraphy and painting be created before their eyes. Come 15 minutes early to enjoy a bit of traditional Taiwanese puppet theater: “Monkey King vs. Bull King,” which will feature magic and martial arts. This show is comprised of students of the Chinese Association of Long Island and Chinese School for Performing Arts Club and is performed in English. For further information, visit www.flushingtownhall.org.

The Ridgewood Library is hosting Zikrayat: Arabic music and Dance around the Mediterranean. The program will mix music and dance from Egypt, Syria, Greece, Turkey, Tunisia and beyond. Alternating vocal and instrumental numbers with solo and group dance members, Zikrayat’s mission is to highlight the diversity of Arab culture for mainstream western audiences in an authentic, yet entertaining contemporary representation. The performance includes a Q&A with the artists. Suggested for ages 7 and up, it takes place from 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. at the Ridgewood Library. For more information, call 718-821-4770.

Every Saturday in July and August

MoMA P.S. 1, located in Long Island City, is the home of the Warm Up Party, a celebration of architecture that combines music and art. Every year a new architect installs a new design for courtyard grandeur. The Warm Up Party is free for all MoMA members and people with proof of residency in Long Island City. Tickets are $15 in advance and $18 at the door. For more information, call 718-784-2084.

Sunday, August 3

The Louis Armstrong House Museum proudly welcomes back the York College Summer Jazz Program and the big band sound to Louis’s garden. This free annual concert showcases outstanding high school musicians from all five boroughs, and celebrates Louis Armstrong’s birthday. The concert starts at 2 p.m., and is part of the museum’s Summer With Satchmo program schedule. The museum will also feature the Peter & Will Anderson Sextet on Saturday, August 17 at 2 p.m.; tickets are $18. The museum’s Jazzmobile Block Party is the grand finale of the summer season, and shuts down 107th Street in front of the museum on Tuesday, August 20 beginning at 4 p.m. The great Willie Martinez & La Familia Sextet will perform at this free event, and there will be craft workshops for kids and their grown-ups beginning at 4 p.m. Complete details can be found at LouisArmstrongHouse.org.

If you have not had enough of street fairs this summer, head down to the Junction Boulevard Festival, taking place from 11 a.m. to 5p.m. on Junction Boulevard between Roosevelt Avenue and 35th Avenue in Corona.

Thru Sunday, July 28

Come and marvel at the breathtaking performance given by the Golden Dragon Acrobats at a special pre-season event. Feats of balance along with contortionists and jugglers put on by some of China’s most talented performers are part of the magic that will be seen at the show. The shows will be at 1 p.m. and 7 p.m. at Queens Theater in Flushing Meadows-Corona Park. Tickets are $32 and family four packs are available for $99. For details and more information call 718-760-0064 or visit www.queenstheater.org.

Thru Sunday, October 27

The Museum of Moving Image presents “From Mr. Chips to Scarface: Walter White’s Transformation in ‘Breaking Bad”, as part of its main exhibition “Behind the Screen”. “Breaking Bad” follows the life of high school chemistry teacher Walter White who is diagnosed with terminal lung cancer and turns to cooking meth to ensure his family is financially stable. “From Mr. Chips to Scarface” explores how the filmmakers signify Walter’s metamorphosis though the use of props, costumes, and color schemes. Among the props on display are Walter’s yellow oxford shirt and khaki pants as well as HAZMAT suit, gas mask, apron and boots.

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Friday, July 26-Sunday, July 28

The Queens County Farm Museum will be hosting the 35th annual Thunderbird American Indian Mid-Summer Pow Wow. New Yorkers are invited to experience intertribal Native American dances that include 40 distinct tribes in addition to Native American cuisine, art, jewelry and craft. Gates open at 6 p.m. Friday and 10 a.m. Saturday and Sunday. Admission for adults is $15 for an all-weekend pass and $5 for children ages 12 and younger.

Saturday, July 27

From 2 to 5 p.m. the Queens Museum of Art will feature “inToAsia: Time-based Art Festival 2013-MicroCities Film & Anime Art Screenings”. The presentation, organized by Chen Wei-Ching, and Lai Lih-Huei of Incube Arts is comprised of numerous Asian short films that explore the culture of the Far East as well as the complex dynamic between Western and Asian societies. The exhibition is open through Sunday, July 28.

The Grove Hill Learning Garden invites all to experience the tradition of companion planting. Starting at 1 p.m. Learning Garden will host a workshop that involves gardening with species of plant native to New York City. Moreover, the workshop will display the importance of having a diverse range of plants in order to improve the health, taste, and durability of crops. This event is recommended for people of all ages. Cost is $10 per person.

Every Saturday in July and August

MoMA P.S. 1, located in Long Island City, is the home of the Warm Up Party, a celebration of architecture that combines music and art. Every year a new architect installs a new design for courtyard grandeur. The Warm Up Party is free for all MoMA members and people with proof of residency in Long Island City. Tickets are $15 in advance and $18 at the door. For more information, call 718-784-2084.

Sunday, July 28

Astoria’s Museum of the Moving Image will screen “The Night of the Hunter” as part of its summer-long series “See it Big! The American Epic.” “The Night of the Hunter” blends themes from horror and fairy tales to create a captivating example of cinematic expression. Admittance is free with a ticket to the museum. If you are a member and wish to reserve a ticket or are not a member and wish to become one, call 718- 777-6800 or visit www.movingimage.us.

From 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., The New York Hall of Science is hosting a workshop that explores the way fireflies light up summer nights in this lesson on bioluminescence.Cost is $8 per family plus NYSCI admission.

Flushing Town Hall is hosting a dance exhibition in its newly renovated garden featuring the Young Dancemakers Company (YDC) and directed by Alice Teirstein. The performance incorporates live music and dance for an energetic spectacle that also featuring percussionist and YDC Music Director William Catanazaro and excerpts from the work of choreographer Doug Elkins. The event is free and spectators will see a mix of hip-hop, martial arts and many other dance styles performed. The concert will start at 2 p.m., but a free dance lesson will be given one hour before. In case of rain, the concert will be held in the theater at Flushing Town Hall. For more information visit www.flushingtownhall.org.

Vendors, performers and arts and crafts booths will line the streets of Astoria for the Broadway Summerfest. Come and beat the heat with some of the borough’s best craft foods and artists. From 11 a.m. until 5 p.m. on Broadway between Steinway and 47th Street.

Baisley Pond Park will host Gospel Day, featuring some of the most prominent singers and songwriters of today. Byron Cage, Deon Kipping, Latice Crawford, Michael Pugh, Lenny Smith, Greater Allen and Cathedral Choir will constitute the set list of groups and artists performing from 3-7 p.m. Admission is free. For more information, visit www.cityparksfoundation.org

Thru Sunday, July 28

Come and marvel at the breathtaking performance given by the Golden Dragon Acrobats at a special pre-season event. Feats of balance along with contortionists and jugglers put on by some of China’s most talented performers are part of the magic that will be seen at the show. The shows will be at 1 p.m. and 7 p.m. at Queens Theater in Flushing Meadows-Corona Park. Tickets are $32 and family four packs are available for $99. For details and more information call 718-760-0064 or visit www.queenstheater.org.

Thru Sunday, October 27

The Museum of Moving Image will unveil “From Mr. Chips to Scarface: Walter White’s Transformation in ‘Breaking Bad”, as part of its main exhibition “Behind the Screen”. “Breaking Bad” follows the life of high school chemistry teacher Walter White who is diagnosed with terminal lung cancer and turns to cooking meth to ensure his family is financially stable. “From Mr. Chips to Scarface” explores how the filmmakers signify Walter’s metamorphosis though the use of props, costumes, and color schemes. Among the props on display are Walter’s yellow oxford shirt and khaki pants as well as HAZMAT suit, gas mask, apron and boots.

 

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Friday, July 5

The Noguchi Museum offers extended evening hours on the first Friday of each month from 5 to 8 p.m. First Friday programming includes “Center of Attention,” an extended conversation around a single work of art at 6 p.m., followed by a film presented in collaboration with the Architecture and Design Film Festival, at 7 p.m. First Fridays also feature pay-what-you-wish admission and a cash bar with wine and beer. Call 718-204-7088 or visit www.noguchi.org for more information.

Saturday, July 6

Families and children are welcome to join local artists in Socrates Sculpture Park for a summer series of sculpture workshops. Each week’s workshop will have a theme and teach a certain skill. The workshop on July 6is Upcycled Art, where kids will make a collaborative piece of art while recycling plastic materials. They will learn sculpture techniques that will let them transform plastics bottles and containers into beautiful urban art. Workshops run each Saturday all summer long and start at 3 p.m. For a full listing of the workshops visit www.socratessculpturepark.org.

Nothing says summer in New York like a street festival. Come and stroll through lanes of vendors selling all sorts of delicious foods, crafts, and much more at the Woodside Festival. Going on from 11 a.m. until 5 p.m. the festival will take place on Woodside Avenue from 63rd Street to Roosevelt Avenue, Woodside. Call 646-230-0489 for details.

Sunday, July 7

The Urban Park Rangers are holding a saltwater fishing workshop in Flushing Meadows-Corona Park. The experienced rangers teach not only the skills and ethics of fishing, but also the ecology of New York’s waterways. Takes place at the World’s Fair Marina Pier 1 at 1 p.m. Call 718- 846-2731 for more details.

Thru September 7

Every Saturday of the summer through September 7, MoMA PS1 presents its highly anticipated outdoor music series Warm Up. Warm Up is celebrating its 16th year and is keeping its tradition of introducing audiences to an array of musical styles, such as experimental live music, DJs both local and international, and emerging artists. The event is planned by a curatorial committee, selected by the museum to represent a wide spectrum of experiences in music, sound and the performing arts. Warm Up will feature a variety of musical performances, art/stage installations and a temporary urban landscape called “Party Wall.” Tickets are $15 in advance or $18 at the door for each Saturday. For more information call 718-784-2084 or visit www.momaps1.org/warmup

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Saturday, June 29

Get outdoors and discover nature with the Urban Rangers this summer. Families and children eight and older are invited to participate in a catch-and-release freshwater fishing program held in Kissena Park. Starting at 11 a.m., interested families will meet at the entrance located on Rose and Oak Avenues. All equipment will be provided by the Urban Rangers and will be supplied on a first-come, first-serve basis.

The Long Island City Artists (LICA) is hosting a family sun-printing workshop at 2 p.m. at Flushing Town Hall. Creative minded families are encouraged to bring items such as leaves, lace, or feathers to use in the art of sunprinting. Items are placed on piece of paper and a silhouette image is transferred onto it. Visit www.flushingtownhall.org/events or call 718-463-7700 for details.

Sunday, June 30

Join the Bayside Historical Society in Crocheron Park for the Annual Lawn Concert. Starting at 6 p.m. the free concert will feature a country music performance by Savannah Sky followed by some good old fashioned rock and roll played by Rear View Mirror. Bring some lawn chairs, a picnic, and the whole family and enjoy some summer tunes. For more information visit www.baysidehistorical.org or call 718-352-148

The Urban Park Rangers will host a historical walking tour of Fort Totten Park starting at 1 p.m. The Urban Park Rangers specialize in interpretations of historic turning points of New York City. Anyone wishing to attend can meet up at the Fort Totten Park Visitor’s Center, visit nyc.gov/parks for more information

Saturday, June 29 thru Saturday, September 7

Starting June 29 and continuing every Saturday of the summer through September 7, MoMA PS1 presents its highly anticipated outdoor music series Warm Up. Warm Up is celebrating its 16th year and is keeping its tradition of introducing audiences to an array of musical styles, such as experimental live music, DJs both local and international, and emerging artists. The event is planned by a curatorial committee, selected by the museum to represent a wide spectrum of experiences in music, sound and the performing arts. Warm Up will feature a variety of musical performances, art/stage installations and a temporary urban landscape called “Party Wall.” Tickets are $15 in advance or $18 at the door for each Saturday. For more information call 718-784-2084 or visit www.momaps1.org/warmup

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Saturday, June 15

Come get your hands dirty at the MillionTreesNYC Tree Care Workshop and Care Day and learn about the stewardship and care it takes to keep our city green. The workshop focuses on caring for and watering the 80,000 newly planted street trees around NYC and meets at the intersection of Putnam and Forest Avenues at 10 a.m. and runs until noon. Children are welcome but must be accompanied. Visit www.milliontreesnyc.org to register or call 212-360-1342.

The Noguchi Museum is inviting families to come and participate in a series of hands-on workshops. The program is from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and costs $10 per family. Families of up to four with children from 5-11 can pre-register by calling 718-204-7088 ext. 203 or e-mail education@noguchi.org.

The Voelker Orth Museum is hosting its monthly Storybook Discovery Saturday from 11 a.m. to noon. The museum hosts a storybook-themed activity day for children 6 and under to celebrate the love of books. Each session includes an art or nature activity. There is a suggested contribution of $2. For more information, visit the museum’s website at www.vomuseum.org or call 718-359-6227.

From now through the end of August, The Louis Armstrong House Museum will be hosting an exclusive exhibit: Swingin’ with the AllStars: Louis Armstrong and Baseball. Located at 34-56 107th Street in Corona, the museum is offering free entrance to the exhibit with the price of admission, which is $10, or $7 for seniors, students, and children. The exhibit focuses on Armstrong’s fascination with baseball and features several photos and artifacts sequencing the jazz legend’s involvement with the New York’s top players during the height of his fame. The museum is open 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Tuesday-Friday and from noon – 5 p.m. on weekends. For more information or to book a group tour visit www.LouisArmstrongHouse.org or call 718-478-8274.

Sunday, June 16

Nothing says summer like experiencing the open water in NYC. Join the Urban Park Rangers for their intermediate canoeing workshop at Bayswater Park. For ages eight and up, participants will meet at Bay 35th Street and Beach Channel Drive. Some experience is preferred, but not required. The Urban Rangers will take you on the waters of lakes, bays, and rivers. For details call 718-846-2731 or visit www.nycgovparks.org.

From 11 a.m. -1 p.m. and from 3-5 p.m., the Big Apple Circus will be dazzling audiences with its array of old-fashioned circus acts. From jugglers, clowns, and bicycle tricks to contortionists, horses, and men flying on the trapeze, the show is sure to please, as it has for years. The circus will take place in the Big Top at Cunningham Park located at 196-22 Union Turnpike. Tickets are starting at $20. More information is available at 888-541-3750 or by visiting the event’s page at www.nycgovparks.org.

Come and enjoy the sounds of your favorite soul and R&B classic at an outdoor performance in Forest Park.  Starting at 5 p.m., the Magic of Motown will be hosted in the George Seuffert Bandshell at Forest Park. Visit www.nycgovparks.org for more details

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Saturday, June 1

Starting at 8 a.m., the Socrates Sculpture Park Greenmarket will take place at Socrates Sculpture Park, located at 36-01 Vernon Boulevard in Long Island City.  This market will serve the Long Island City and Astoria communities with farm-fresh fruits and vegetables and family-friendly activities. EBT/food Stamps, debit/credit, and WIC & senior FMNP checks accepted. For more information, visit grownyc.org.

Starting at 2 p.m., the  NYC Musical Saw Festival will take place at 2 p.m. at the Trinity Lutheran Church, located at 31-18 37th Street in Astoria. The annual event features new compositions for the musical saw, a musical saw art exhibit, paintings, musical saw poetry, musical saw workshops and performances by musical saw players from all over the world. For more information, visit www.MusicalSawFestival.org.

Starting at 6 p.m., the Jamaica Collection fashion show will take place at Jamaica Performing Arts Center, located at 153-10 Jamaica Avenue. Jamaica Center BID, NYC’s largest urban fashion district, hosts a red carpet evening of trendsetting fashion. Admission is free. Visit www.jamaicacenterfashion.com to RSVP

Sunday, June 2

Starting at 5 p.m., the Astoria Symphony Orchestra & Choir will perform “Ruins of Athens” at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church, located at 43-19 30th Avenue in Astoria. Tickets are $20. For more information, call 917-460-4289 or visit AstoriaMusic.org.

A screening of the 1985 Japanese comedy “Tampopo” will start at 2 p.m. at the Steinway Library, 21-45 31st Street. The film, which has received positive reviews and remained a classic for decades, will be in Japanese with English subtitles. Call 718-728-1965 or visit www.queenslibrary.org for details.

Thru 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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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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What to do this weekend in Queens


By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com

Saturday May 4

Starting at 11 a.m., the 34th annual Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Festival will take place at the Flushing Mall, located at 133-31 39th Avenue. Enjoy free food, dancing and other traditional activities all day. Will take place rain or shine. For more information, contact Carson Tang at 347-470-4006 or executivedirector@capaonline.org.

Starting at 8 p.m., Grammy and Emmy-nominated multi-platinum artist Michael Feinstein will perform at Colden Auditorium at Queens College, located at 65-30 Kissena Boulevard in Flushing. Feinstein will perform his original music along with his critically acclaimed interpretations of legends such as Irving Berlin, Jerome Kern, Johnny Mercer, Duke Ellington and Harry Warren. Tickets are $30-$50. For more information, call 718-793-8080 or visit kupferbergcenter.org.

Starting at 8 p.m., an original multi-media musical paying tribute to the borough of Queens will take place at Free Synagogue of Flushing, located at 41-60 Kissena Boulevard. “Let’s Hear it for Queens” will be directed by Paul L. Johnson, with Amanda Montoni providing the choreography. The show tells the story of the borough’s evolution from the early 1600s through the present, with highlights including a salute to some of the world-famous entertainers with roots in Queens, a series of monologues that bring to life memories of several individuals who remember what Queens was like way back when, and a special tribute to the Free Synagogue of Flushing Community Theatre Group, celebrating its own 40th anniversary this season. Tickets are $17. Additional performances scheduled for May 5, 11 and 12. For more information, call 718-428 8681.

Sunday, May 5

Starting at noon, the pets and pals party will take place at Alley Pond Park, located at Springfield Boulevard and 76th Avenue in Little Neck. Come enjoy rides, games, arts & crafts, pet adoption, animal demonstrations, giveaways, and more. A microchip clinic will be given by Central Veterinary Associates Bayside Animal Clinic & Boulevard Animal Clinic (a $25 donation is requested). For more information, call 718-352-4793 ext. 16 or visit nyc.gov/parks.

Saturday May 4 – Sunday, May 5

Come hear the love songs of Broadway in a performance entitled “Broadway Romance” at the Queens Theatre, located at 14 United Nations Avenue South in Flushing Meadows-Corona Park. The performance, made up of a cast of experienced Broadway actors, is being debuted at the Queens Theatre before embarking on a cross-county tour. Tickets are $42 on weekdays and $49 on weekends. Performances take place Wednesday – Friday at 7:30 p.m. and Saturday at 8p.m. Matinees take place Wednesday & Saturday at 2 p.m. and Sunday at 2 p.m. & 5 p.m. For more information, call 718-760-0064 or visit queenstheatre.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.

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