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What to do this weekend in Queens


By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com

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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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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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Saturday, February 23

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

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

Saturday, February 23 – Sunday, February 24

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

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

Sunday, February 24

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

Ongoing thru February 28 

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

Ongoing thru March 13

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

Ongoing thru March 17

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

Ongoing thru March 25

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

Ongoing thru April 15

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

Ongoing thru April 22

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

 

What to do this weekend in Queens


By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com

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Saturday, February 16

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

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

Saturday, February 16 thru Sunday, February 17

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

Sunday, February 17

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

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

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

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

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

Ongoing thru February 28 

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

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

Ongoing thru March 17

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

Ongoing thru March 25

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

Ongoing thru April 15

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

Ongoing thru April 22

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

What to do this weekend in Queens


By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com

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Friday February 1, – Thursday, February 28 

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

Saturday, February 2 – April 22

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

Sunday, February 3

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

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

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

Ongoing thru March 17

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

Ongoing thru March 25

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

Ongoing thru April 15

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

 

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Saturday, January 26

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

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

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

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

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

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

Sunday, January 27

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

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

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

Saturday, January 26 and Sunday, January 27

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

Ongoing thru March 17

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

Ongoing thru April 15

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

 

-Event listings courtesy of the Queens Economic Development Corporation

 

What to do in Queens this weekend


By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com

FRIDAY, JANUARY 18

At 8 p.m., Resorts World Casino, located at 110-00 Rockaway Boulevard, South Jamaica, presents “Disco Inferno,” a live concert featuring The Trammps, France Joli, Carol Douglas, Disco Unlimited and DJ Nicky G. Tickets are $20 and can be purchased at the door and at rwnewyork.com. For more information, contact Angela Gozzi at 718-214-2943 or angela.gozzi@rwnewyork.com.

SATURDAY, JANUARY 19

At 12:30 p.m., Rego Park Jewish Center, located at 97-30 Queens Boulevard, Rego Park, will be having its monthly Parashat & Haftarat Club with Rabbi Samuel Waidenbaum, Rabbi Romiel Daniel and Charles Lehat. No charge and all are welcome. A light bite will be served. For more information, call 718-459-1000.

At 12:30 p.m., Rego Park Jewish Center, located at 97-30 Queens Boulevard, Rego Park, will be having its monthly Parashat & Haftarat Club with Rabbi Samuel Waidenbaum, Rabbi Romiel Daniel and Charles Lehat. No charge and all are welcome. A light bite will be served. For more information, call 718-459-1000.

ONGOING THRU SATURDAY, JANUARY 26

The Secret Theatre, located at 4402 23rd Street, Long Island City, presents “Urinetown, the Musical,” a Tony-Award-winning production set in a dystopian city where a water shortage has forced private toilets to be outlawed. Out of the residents who are furious over the fact that they have to share public facilities, a hero rises to lead them through a comedic, music-infused revolution. Evening shows Thursday through Saturday are at 8 p.m. and Sundays at 7 p.m., with a special matinee performance on January 26 at 3 p.m. For more information, contact Alyssa Van Gorder at 718-392-0722 or pr@secrettheatre.com.

ONGOING THRU SUNDAY, MARCH 17

Thalia Spnish Theatre, located at 41-17 Greenpoint Avenue, Sunnyside, presents “afroTango,” a tango musical
with music arranged and directed by Latin Grammy winner Raul Jaurena that explores the African roots of Tango in music and dance. The show starts at 8 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays and at 4 p.m. on Sundays. On Fridays, tickets are $30. All other dates, tickets are $35 for students and $32 for senior citizens. For more information, contact Kathy Giaimo at 718-729-3880 or kgiaimo@thaliatheatre.org or visit thaliatheatre.org.

ONGOING THRU MONDAY, MARCH 25

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

ONGOING THRU WEDNESDAY, MAY 1

The Louis Armstrong House Museum, located at 34-56 107th Street, Corona, presents its Louis Armstrong at Freedomland exhibit. The exhibit, curated by Louis Armstrong House Museum Archivist Ricky Riccardi, paints an intimate portrait of Armstrong on stage and off during the turbulent years of 1961 to 1964, spreading joy to fans young and old with his integrated band of all stars. Major funding for the exhibit is made possible by the Louis Armstrong Educational Foundation. Followed by a brief discussion on debt consolidation by local accountant Harry Mendlebaum. The museum is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Friday, 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday through Sunday and closed on Mondays. Admission is $10 for adults; $7 for seniors 65 and older, students and children and free for members and children under four. A $6 group rate is available for groups of at least eight, in which case it is asked that an appointment be made. For more information, call 718-478-8274 or visit louisarmstronghouse.org.

 

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SATURDAY, JANUARY 12

At 10:30 a.m., Alley Pond Environmental Center, located at 22806 Northern Boulevard, Flushing, will be holding an event titled “Young Chefs,” which invites kids to prepare homemade grilled cheese sandwiches and fresh banana split milkshakes. All materials will be included. Space is limited to eight participants and registration is required. Recommended for ages 7-12. Admission is $24 for non-members and $18 for members. For more information, call 718-229-4000, email contact@alleypond.com or visit alleypond.com.

At 2 p.m., Flushing Library, located at 41-17 Main Street, Flushing, presents the first part of the three-part Twilight Concert series, where Members of the Con Brio Ensemble will perform works by Brahms, Poulenc, Handel and others. The Ensemble is made up of critically acclaimed musicians, including violinist Alexander Meshibovsky, pianist Diana Mittler, oboist Alan Hollander and vocalist Barbara Ann Martin. Admission is $12 and $10 for students and senior citizens. TDF vouchers will be accepted. For more information, call 718-661-1200.

At 6 p.m., Dance Fusion, at 40-04 Junction Boulevard in Jackson Heights invites you to party your way into fi tness and the New Year with Zumba! Join us for an exciting and fun class taught by a licensed and experienced instructor. Even those who have never experienced this exciting new way to work out will love it! Classes are $10 per session.

With shows beginning at 6 p.m. and 8 p.m., The Chocolate Factory, located at 5-49 49th Avenue, Long Island City, presents “There There,” an unpredictable and moving play about being the  wrong person in the wrong place at the wrong time doing all the wrong things. For tickets and for more information, visit chocolatefactorytheater.org or call 212-352-3101.

SUNDAY, JANUARY 13

At 10 a.m., Queens Botanical Garden, located at 43-50 Main Street, Flushing, will be holding an electronic waste recycling event. Bring your unwanted or broken electronics such as old phones, chargers, handheld toys, TVs, cameras, holiday lights and more and they will be disposed free of charge. All participants will also have a chance to enter a free raffle to win a new 21-inch iMac and will also receive a “Green Karma” coupon worth anywhere from $5 to $500, redeemable at the Tekserve store. For more information, contact Darcy Hector at 718-886-3800 or dhector@queensbotanical.org.

At 2 p.m., Bayside Historical Society, located at 208 Totten Avenue, Fort Totten, Bayside, will be holding its Annual Art Show 2013. The event will also include a performance by Lindsay Megiddo. Those interested in submitting original works are encouraged to view an information packet and complete a registration form, both of which can be accessed at baysidehistorical.org on the Events page. For more information, call 718-352-1548 or visit baysidehistorical.org.

At 2:15 p.m., Flushing Town Hall presents New York City’s preeminent ambassadors of Afro-Puerto Rican Bomba and Plena music and dance. Lead by National Heritage winner Juan Gutirrez, this unique troupe of Puerto Rican master traditional artists and seasoned New York musicians are leaders in the resurgence of the Island’s traditional music in NY. Tickets are $12/$10 members/$8 children/$6 member children. Flushing Town Hall is located at 137-35 Northern Boulevard. To learn more, call 718- 463-7700.

At 4:30 p.m., Church-In-the-Gardens, located at 50 Ascan Avenue, Forest Hills, presents the second part of the three-part Twilight Concert series, where Members of the Con Brio Ensemble will perform works by Brahms, Poulenc, Handel and others. The Ensemble is made up of critically acclaimed musicians, including violinist Alexander Meshibovsky, pianist Diana Mittler, oboist Alan Hollander and vocalist Barbara Ann Martin. Admission is $12 and $10 for students and senior citizens. TDF vouchers will be accepted. For more information, call 718-268-6704.

ONGOING THRU SATURDAY, JANUARY 26

The Secret Theatre, located at 4402 23rd Street, Long Island City, presents “Urinetown, the Musical,” a Tony-Award-winning production set in a dystopian city where a water shortage has forced private toilets to be outlawed. Out of the residents who are furious over the fact that they have to share public facilities, a hero rises to lead them through a comedic, music-infused revolution. Evening shows Thursday through Saturday are at 8 p.m. and Sundays at 7 p.m., with a special matinee performance on January 26 at 3 p.m. For more information, contact Alyssa Van Gorder at 718-392-0722 or pr@secrettheatre.com.

ONGOING THRU WEDNESDAY, MAY 1

The Louis Armstrong House Museum, located at 34-56 107th Street, Corona, presents its Louis Armstrong at Freedomland exhibit. The exhibit, curated by Louis Armstrong House Museum Archivist Ricky Riccardi, paints an intimate portrait of Armstrong on stage and off during the turbulent years of 1961 to 1964, spreading joy to fans young and old with his integrated band of all stars. Major funding for the exhibit is made possible by the Louis Armstrong Educational Foundation. The museum is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Friday, 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday through Sunday and closed on Mondays. Admission is $10 for adults; $7 for seniors 65 and older, students and children and free for members and children under four. A $6 group rate is available for groups of at least eight, in which case it is asked that an appointment be made. For more information, call 718-478-8274 or visit louisarmstronghouse.org.

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SATURDAY, JANUARY 5

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

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

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

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

SUNDAY, JANUARY 6

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

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

ONGOING THRU SUNDAY, JANUARY 6

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

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