What to do in Queens this Weekend

By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com |

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Tom Wopat, a seasoned stage star whose credits include “Annie Get Your Gun” and “Guys and Dolls” and television credits include “Dukes of Hazzard” and “Cybill,” will perform a concert of Broadway hits and standards from the 40s and 50s on March 24 at Queens Theatre.

Friday, March 2

At 8 p.m., Flushing Town Hall, located at 137-35 Northern Boulevard, presents Daniel Bernard Roumain and The Mission, artists known for fusing classical music with a variety of sounds. They will be performing a piece called Civil Rights Reader, a musical story of figures from the civil rights movement. Tickets are $25 for non-members, $20 for members and $10 for students.

Saturday, March 3

At 1 p.m., Fort Totten Park, located at 212th Street and Cross Island Parkway, will be hosting a Historic New York Walking Tour of Fort Totten. Urban Park Rangers will take participants through a historic journey into the rich past of New York, explaining the mark left by our past and how it went on to shape our modern world. The Fort Totten tour is ideal for any military history buff and admission is free. For more information call 718-352-1769.

Ongoing from now thru March 4

The Museum of the Moving Image, located at 36-01 35 Avenue in Astoria, has extended their exhibit “Jim Henson’s Fantastic World,” Take a look inside the world of the famed puppeteer, filmmaker and TV innovator with more than 120 pieces of work from his career. Hours are Tuesday through Thursday 10:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., Friday to 8 p.m. and weekends to 7 p.m. Admission is $12 for adults, $9 for students and seniors and $6 for children under 18.

Thursday, Feb. 23 thru Sunday, March 4

Wednesday through Friday at 7:30 p.m. and Saturdays at 8 p.m., Queens Theatre, located at 14 United Nations Avenue South in Flushing Meadows-Corona Park, presents the life of extraordinary superstar Ella Fitzgerald. Listen to the music of the “First Lady of Song,” and learn about her experiences performing with Louis Armstrong. Tickets are $42.

Tuesday, March 6

At 8:30 a.m., The Community Business Partnership Council of the Samuel Field Y/ Central Queens Y invites you to their annual breakfast, held at Douglaston Manor, located at 63-20 Douglaston Parkway in Douglaston. Honorees at this event include Dave Kerpen, Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Likeable Media, Carrie Kerpen, Chief Operating Officer of Likeable Media and Deniz Gurcan owner of SJS Construction. Tickets for this event are $100. For more info call 718-225-6750.

Friday, March 9

At 8 p.m. Flushing Town Hall, located at 137-35 Northern Boulevard, is hosting The Queens College Orchestra. Lead by music director Maurice Peress, the classical music group will feature solos from violinist Alicia Bisha as well as music by Beethoven, Mozart and Wagner. This event has a suggested donation of $20 for non members and $10 for members.

Friday, March 9 thru Sunday, April 29

Flushing Town Hall, located at 137-35 Northern Boulevard, invites you to experience nomadic life in Turkey through a display of handmade carpets and textiles from this exotic region. Beautifully crafted pieces of functional art will be on display, including two recreated dwellings. The textiles will also be joined by ancient ceramics, glassware and metal objects. Suggested admission for this event is $5.

Saturday, March 10

At 2:15 p.m. Flushing Town Hall, located at 137-35 Northern Boulevard, invites you to enjoy “Goldilocks and the Three Bears,” a bilingual show presented in both English and Spanish. This family-friendly performance features the award-winning SEA Teatro, a group that has performed in New York, Florida and Puerto Rico for over 25 years. Tickets are $12 for non members, $10 for members, $8 for non member children and $6 for member children.

At 6:15 p.m., St. Josaphat’s Church, located at 210 Street & 35 Avenue in Bayside, will host an organ recital by David Crean of Manhattan’s renowned Juilliard School. Crean will entertain the crowd with music by Bach, Brahms, Strayhorn, Gabrieli, Boellmann and Widor. For more information, call 718-229-1663. All are welcome to attend and admission is free.

At 8 p.m., The LaGuardia Performing Arts Center’s Mainstage Theater, located at 31-10 Thomson Avenue in Long Island City, presents two acclaimed Asian music and dance groups – the Ahn Trio and the Nai-Ni Chen Dance Company – in a cross-cultural program. The artists will perform “Temptation of the Muses,” an imaginative piece that draws from poetry, drama, music and dance and brings an artful fusion of Eastern splendor and Western dynamism. The Nai-Ni Chen Dance Company fuses the freedom of American modern dance with the grace of Asian art. The three sisters who make up the trio – violinist, Angella, cellist, Maria and pianist Lucia – are known for performing a diverse set of genres, ranging from classical to popular music.

Wednesday, March 21

At 7:30 p.m., The Zucker Hillside Hospital’s Sloman Auditorium, located at 266th Street and 76th Avenue in Glen Oaks, presents “How to Work and Still Keep Your Benefits,” in conjunction with the National Alliance on Mental Illness of Queens/Nassau. This program will teach attendees about how to hold a job while maintaining their benefits from a field expert, well versed in work incentives. The National Alliance on Mental Illness of Queens/Nassau is a non-profit organization that provides support, education and advocacy for families of residents suffering from mental illness. For more info, call 718-347-7284.

Wednesday, March 21 thru Monday, MarCH 26

The Nassau Veteran’s Memorial Coliseum located at 1255 Hempstead Turnpike in Uniondale, invites you to experience the magic of the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus. This once in a lifetime event, called DRAGONS, celebrates the Year of the Dragon through astonishing feats and acts of bravery. Tickets range from $20 to $150. For more information or to purchase tickets, please visit www.Ringling.com or www.ticketmaster.com.

Friday, March 23

7 p.m., York College Performing Arts Center, located at 94-45 Guy R. Brewer Boulevard in Jamaica, presents James Spaulding, a jazz saxophonist and flutist who has established himself as a masterful soloist for ensemble performances. Originally from the Indianapolis, Indiana area, Spaulding is a modernist with solid roots in classical jazz. This performance has a suggested donation of $10.

Saturday March 24

At 2 p.m. and 8 p.m., the Queens Theatre, located at 14 United Nations Avenue South in Flushing Meadows-Corona Park, presents Tom Wopat, the next installment in the theatre’s Celebrity Series. Wopat, a seasoned stage star whose credits include “Annie Get Your Gun” and “Guys and Dolls” and television credits include “Dukes of Hazzard” and “Cybill,” will perform a concert of Broadway hits and standards from the 40s and 50s. Regular tickets for this show are $44 and Producer’s Circle tickets are $60.

Thursday, March 29 and Friday, March 30

At 7 p.m., Flushing Town Hall, located at 137-35 Northern Boulevard, presents J.H.S. 189’s production of “Guys and Dolls JR.” Watch as a talented cast of young actors, singers and dancers performs this Broadway classic. Set in New York City, the show tells the story of gamblers and missionaries, love and adventure. This show is free to the public.

Saturday, March 31

From 2 to 5 p.m., Flushing Town Hall, located at 137-35 Northern Boulevard, presents Celebrate Spring, an interactive arts workshop open for all ages. Make Mexican paper art with skilled artisan, Aurelia Fernandez, who will teach children and adults alike how to create animal hats from paper and found objects. Learn about instruments from Ecuador, Peru and Bolivia and get a chance to build your very own pentatonic panpipe, called a palla. Juan “Pepe” Santana, a skilled musician, will teach attendees how to play simple Andean melodies on their newly crafted instruments. No previous musical training is necessary!

Sunday, April 1

At 2 P.M., Flushing Town Hall, located at 137-35 Northern Boulevard, presents mirror of another world, textiles and costume traditions in early Central Asian photography. Look through scholar Andrew Hale’s archives, the largest private collection of 19th and early 20th century central Asian images in the united states. Hale will discuss how these photographs document Central Asian costume and textile trends. This event has a suggested donation of $5 for members and is free for students.

Sunday, April 15

From 2 to 5 p.m., Flushing Town Hall, located at 137-35 Northern Boulevard, presents Celebrate Spring, an interactive arts workshop open for all ages. Felipe Rengel will lead a fascinating workshop on the Puerto Rican tradition of Vejidante, a celebration using masks. Attendees will be allowed to create their very own masks as well as learn about the history behind them. There will also be a demonstration on colorful Mexican flowers and paper banners, typically used in weddings, holidays and other celebrations. This event is $10 for non-members and free for members.