What to do this weekend in Queens

By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com |

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Check out East of the River: Levantera at Flushing Town Hall this Saturday.

If you’re not out celebrating St. Patrick’s Day in Queens this weekend, here are some other events going on in the borough.

Saturday, March 16

Starting at 3 p.m., the Five Boroughs of Music Festival will make its stop in Queens with a performance by East of the River: Levantera at Flushing Town Hall, located at 137-35 Northern Boulevard in Flushing. In their festival debut, the group will explore the sounds of medieval music of the Mediterranean, Balkans and Middle East. Tickets range from $20-$25. For more information call 718 463-7700 or visit flushingtownhall.org.

Starting at 8 p.m., come see “RIOULT Dance NY” at LaGuardia Performing Arts Center, located at 31-10 Thomson Avenue in Long Island City. Choreographed by Pascal Rioult, this dance performance also features striking video projections. Tickets are $15 in advance and $20 at the door. For more information, call 718-482-5151 or visit lagcc.cuny.edu/lpac.

Sunday, March 17

There will be a giant indoor flea market at Nativity Church Hall at 101-41 91st Street and Rockaway Boulevard in Ozone Park from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Find bargains in men and women’s clothing, games, books, jewelry, toys, household items and more.

From 3- 5 p.m., come view photos by Louise Weinberg, Philip Press and Arnold Kanarvogel in an exhibit entitled “The Passion Observers,” at the Flushing Town Hall, located at 137-35 Northern Boulevard in Flushing. The photo exhibit captures life around New York through coloration and texture techniques. Suggested admission is $5. For more information call 718 463-7700 or visit flushingtownhall.org.

Starting at 3:00 p.m., come see the ballet performance “Giselle” at the Queensborough Performing Arts Center, located at 222-05 56th Avenue in Bayside. First performed in 1843 in Moscow, “Giselle” tells the story of a young maiden falling in love with a nobleman. Noted for its skill and technical perfection, the show is directed by Elena Radchenko of the Russian National Ballet Theatre. Ticket prices range from $39-$42. For more information, call 718-631-6311 or visit qcc.cuny.edu/qpac.

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 March 31

Come see the new exhibition, “Wonder Cabinet” at the Flux Factory, located at 39-31 29th Street in Long Island City. Bringing together sculptors, costumers, video artists, holographers, and more, this exhibit is a partnership of story writing and wunderkammer (wonder room). The pieces are a product of a set of round-table discussions and the narrative behind the exhibition will be published by the museum’s resident writer, Irene Lee. The content of the pieces, including scenery, character and plot will be up to the artists themselves. The artists will create a “cabinet of wonders” for all visitors to see. For more information call 718-707-3362 or email Georgia@fluxfactory.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.