What to do this weekend in Queens

By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com |

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.