What to do this weekend in Queens

By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com |


Check out “Puppetry Theater: HATCHED! Life on the Farm” at Flushing Town Hall this Sunday.

Saturday, March 24

Starting at 8:30 a.m., the fourth annual “Allstate Life Insurance(SM) New York 13.1 Marathon” will take place at Flushing Meadows-Corona Park, located at 111-01 Corona Avenue in Flushing. Experienced and rookie runners can participate in the 5K run. After the race a party with free food and beverages will be held. For more information and registration, visit 131newyork.com.

From 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. (weather permitting) celebrate the spring equinox at the Queens Botanical Garden, located at 43-50 Main Street in Flushing. Prepare for the opening season by joining the garden for a day of volunteering and unity here, followed by a festive march to the Flushing Meadows-Corona Park Unisphere. Individuals and groups are welcome to volunteer. Advanced registration required; email rforlenza@queensbotanical.org for more information or call 718-886-3800 ext. 200.

Starting at 8 p.m., listen to the Astoria Symphony Orchestra at the Trinity Lutheran Church, located at 31-18 37th Street in Astoria. Vincent Perscihetti will compose a piece entitled “Flower Songs” and Morton Lauridsen will compose a piece entitled “Chansons des Roses.” Tickets are $20 for adults and $15 for seniors and students. For more information, call 917-460-4289.

Starting at 8 p.m, come see “The Hit Men” at the Queensborough Performing Arts Center, located at 222-05 56th Avenue in Bayside. The band consists of members that have performed and recorded with such stars as Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons, Tommy James & The Shondells, The Critters, Carly Simon, Jim Croce, Cat Stevens, Barry Manilow, Elton John & Kiki Dee and others. The show will be opened up by Comedy Central’s John Carfi. Tickets are $35. For more information, call 718-631-6311 or visit qcc.cuny.edu/qpac.

Sunday, March 25

Starting at 1 p.m., the Queens Botanical Garden, located at 43-50 Main Street in Flushing, will teach participants how to care for their lawn. Just in time for spring the “NYC Compost Project in Queens: Spring Lawn Care” event will have experts demonstrating the proper care for one’s lawn, without the use of artificial fertilizers of pesticides. The last hour of the workshop is a hands-on demonstration. Registration is required. For more information, call 718-539-5296 or email compost@queensbotanical.org.

At 1 and 3 p.m., come and see “Puppetry Theater: HATCHED! Life on the Farm,” at Flushing Town Hall, located at 137-35 Northern Boulevard in Flushing. Told through puppets, music, dance and more the show tells the story of a newborn chick on a farm. For kids up to age 6. Tickets are $12. For more information call 718 463-7700 or visit flushingtownhall.org

Starting at 2:30 p.m., the immigrant journey of Greeks to America will be told at the Queens Historical Society, located at 143-35 37th Avenue in Flushing. Christina Rozeas, author of the book “Images of America: Greeks in Queens” and  first generation Greek-American, will give the lecture on how some Greeks travelled out of Manhattan to call Queens their home. Tickets are $5 for members and $8 for non-members. For more information, call 718-939-0647 or visit queenshistoricalsociety.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 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.