What to do this weekend in Queens

By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com |


Check out the Spring Jazz Festival, a free, daylong series of jazz workshops and performances, at Flushing Town Hall on Saturday, April 27 from 12 to 10:30 p.m.

Saturday, April 27

Starting at 12 p.m., come participate in the Spring Jazz Festival at Flushing Town Hall, located at 137-35 Northern Boulevard in Flushing. Performances by Queens-based musicians and students, plus free workshops and clinics for jazz fans of all ages. The day is a collective of Queens-based musicians that stimulates a wider awareness of Queens as an important destination for live jazz, cultivates a diverse local audience, and enriches the cultural life of the borough. For more information, call 718-463-7700 or for a full list of events visit flushingtownhall.org.

Starting at 2 p.m., learn about the life of famed author Ray Bradbury at Flushing Library, located at 41-17 Main Street. Sam Weller, an associate professor at Columbia College in Chicago, was Ray Bradbury’s chosen biographer. Weller is the author of The Bradbury Chronicles: The Life of Ray Bradbury and other books about the famed writer. Learn about Bradbury’s contributions to popular culture and how he created Fahrenheit 451. For more information, visit 718-661-1212.

Starting at 2 p.m., come see Dora the Explorer live at the Queensborough Performing Arts Center, located at 222-05 56th Avenue in Bayside. The performers of Plaza Theatrical Productions, Inc. bring the popular cartoon character and her friends to life. All seats are $12. To purchase tickets or for more information, call 516-599-6870 or visit plazatheatrical.com.

From 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., take borough-wide tour of the No. 7 train and learn how it has affected the different neighborhoods of Queens. The tour will take place in Long Island City, Sunnyside, Flushing, Corona, Woodside and Jackson Heights. Lunch will take place in Flushing. Tour fee is $39. Pre-registration is necessary. To register, send a check to Jack Eichenbaum, 36-20 Bowne St. #6C, Flushing, NY 11354 (include your name, phone and email address) The full days program and other info is available by emailing jaconet@aol.com. Tour is limited to 25 people. For further information, visit geognyc.com.

Starting at 7 p.m., enjoy a night of food and laughter with “Latkes and Laughter” at Ben’s Kosher Delicatessen Restaurants & Caterers, located at 211-37 26th Avenue in Bayside. Enjoy dinner followed by a stand-up comedy show with Robyn Schall, Les Degen and Davin Rosenblatt. Dinner and show only $40 includes tax and tip. Drink specials will be available. For more information, call 718-229-2367. Reservations must be paid in advance.

Sunday, April 28

The School of American Ballet will be holding open auditions at the Frank Sinatra School of the Arts, located at 35-12 35th Avenue in Astoria: 10:30 am for 6 & 7 year olds and 11:30 am for 8 – 10 year olds. No previous ballet or dancing experience necessary. For more information, visit sab.org.

Starting at 9:30 a.m., the fun run will take place at Alley Pond Park, located at Winchester Boulevard and Union Turnpike. A five-mile race will also take place at 10 a.m. A portion of race proceeds will benefit local charities. For more information, visit apstriders.org.

Starting at 11 a.m., the 34th annual antique auto show will take place at the Queens County Farm Museum, located at 73-50 Little Neck Parkway in Floral Park. Members of the New York Antique Auto Club will exhibit their cars on the farmhouse grounds. Admission is $5 for adults and $2 for children ages 12 and under. Members of the farm get in for free. For more information, call 718-347-3276 or visit queensfarm.org/events.

Starting at 1 p.m., come see the interactive performance of Sonali Skandan And Jiva Dance And Akshara at Flushing Town Hall, located at 137-25 Northern Boulevard. Combining rhythmic footwork with beautiful hand and facial gestures, Sonali will present the music and stories that are timeless to Indian culture, including the dance of Ganesha, the battle between Krishna and the serpent demon Kalinga, and the grandeur of Lord Rama. Students will then participate by learning these hand and facial gestures and the basics steps which form the classical art of Bharatanatyam dance. Sonali will be accompanied by a live Indian classical orchestra who will also demonstrate the nuances of the music. For more information, call 718-463-7700 or visit flushingtownhall.org.

Starting at 3 p.m., Hal Linden and the Diva Jazz Orchestra with special guest Ross Bennett will perform at Queensborough Performing Arts Center, located at 222-05 56th Avenue in Bayside. Hal Linden is an American actor, singer and musician whose career has spanned more than 65 years with memorable roles on stage, television, in film and a cabaret-style variety show that he tours nationally. Ross Bennett, one of the most watchable and memorable performers on the comedy club circuit opens the show. Tickets are $40. For more information, call 718-631-6311 or visit qcc.cuny.edu/qpac.

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.