What to do this weekend in Queens

By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com |

Photo courtesy of Nate Dorr
Photo courtesy of Nate Dorr

Socrates Sculpture Park presents Parting, an innovative installation in Long Island City, which combines green initiatives, artistry, and architecture through September.

Saturday, August 10

From noon to 4p.m., the New York Hall of Science offers “Summer of Stars: Astronomy.” Participants can make constellations on sun print paper, learn about rockets and even explore the sun using solar telescopes, according to the event site. For more information, visit www.nysci.org/visit/events.

The Queens Botanical Garden presents “Music in the Garden: Irish/Celtic/Folk Fiddler, Tony DeMarco.” Brooklyn native Tony DeMarco combines elements of Celtic with American folk on the fiddle to deliver a rare experience exclusive to New York in “Music in the Garden.” Listeners are invited to bring snacks and the event is free with garden admission. Performance will be played from 6:15 to 7:45 p.m. For more information, visit www.queensbotanical.org/programs/events

Every Saturday in August 

MoMA PS1 , located in Long Island City, is the home of the Warm Up Party, a celebration of architecture that combines music and art. Every year a new architect installs a new design for courtyard grandeur. The Warm Up Party is free for all MoMA members and people with proof of residency in Long Island City. Tickets are $15 in advance and $18 at the door. For more information, call 718-784-2084.

Saturday, August 10 and Sunday, August 11

Flushing Meadows-Corona Park will host the Hong Kong Dragon Boat Festival. The multi-cultural event includes two days of Dragon Boat Racing, a variety of performances, and a multi-ethnic food court. The event is free and races will be held on Meadow Lake within the park rain-or-shine. Bring the entire family and have a blast as over 170 teams and more than 2,000 participants compete with each other and celebrate the “Year of the Rabbit.” From 9a.m. until 5p.m. both days.

Saturdays and Sundays through August and September

Socrates Sculpture Park presents Parting, an innovative installation in Long Island City, which combines green initiatives, artistry, and architecture. The design incorporates elevated thresholds and slopes, nets, chain links, and hybrid framing structures to create a state-of-the-art design. Appropriately located in one of the city’s fastest growing neighborhoods, which is also home to an expanding art scene, Parting encompasses elements of modernism and curiosity.  Parting is located on 43-29 Crescent Street, in a converted asphalt parking lot adjacent to M. Wells Steakhouse. The lot will be open to the public from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. every Saturday and Sunday through to 2014. Parting is the first art design project located in the lot and the first project of Socrates Sculpture Park outside of its park in northern Long Island City. The development is supported by Rockrose Development Corporation and engineered by native New York architects Jerome W. Haferd and K. Brandt Knapp. For further information, visit www.socratessculpturepark.org

The New York Hall of Science’s 3D theater is showing “The Last Reef,” an underwater journey that explores the unrivaled biodiversity of coral reefs. “The Last Reef” draws parallels between coral reefs, underwater centers vital to marine life, and cities, which bustle with human exchange. While this 3-dimensional feature is an entertaining experience, it also communicates the disturbing reality that coral reefs, which have been perhaps the most enduring and essential life forms in Earth’s history, are being threatened with extinction as a result of human pollution. Screening times are Monday through Friday 11:30 a.m. and 2:15 p.m., and Saturday and Sunday 11:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. Recommended for ages 6 and older. For more information, visit nysci.org/visit/events/event/3dlastreef

Sunday, August 11

From 2 to 4 p.m., families with younger children are invited to experience “Little Makers: Ice Cream, You Scream…” a program that allows families to create their own flavors of ice cream. Part of the “Little Makers” project, which captures the creativity of young children with structured collaborative design, “Ice Cream, You Scream” is a fun and effective engagement. Cost is $8 per family in addition to NYSCI admission.

The Noguchi Museum will host “Music in the Garden,” a public program which delivers innovative, contemporary music every second Sunday of the summer. From 3 to 5 p.m., Canadian pianist Vicky Chow, member of Bang on Can Music, will perform in the Noguchi Museum’s sculpture garden. Chow’s diverse range of accomplishments includes working as a classical and contemporary soloist, chamber musician, and company musician. For more information, visit www.noguchi.org/programs/public.

Flushing Town Hall introduces Music from Morocco, part of the Town Hall’s free concert series. Moroccan band Layali El Andalous will use instruments characteristic of Moroccan music such as the “oud,” “bendir” and “dumbek” to offer a glimpse of authentic North African music. No reservation or tickets required, and attendance is on a first-come, first-served basis. For more information, visit www.flushingtownhall.org.

Through August 24 

The Museum of Moving Image features a series that examines acclaimed director Wong Kar-wai. Kar-wai rose to prominence with his science fiction epic “2046,” which stars Tony Leung and Zhang Ziyi and explores the themes of time and love. His new movie “The Grandmaster” reunites Leung and Ziyi while revolutionizing the martial arts genre. The series will feature Kar-wai’s most celebrated works, which include “Days of Being Wild” on August 4, “As Tears Go By” on August 9, “The Grandmaster” on August 10, “My Blueberry Nights” on August 18, “In The Mood For Love” on August 23, and “2046” on August 24. An online symposium on “Reverse Shot” will supplement the series. For more information, visit www.movingimage.us.

Through August 31

The Queens Botanical Garden hosts the EcoHouse exhibit, part of the Community Environmental EcoHouse. The EcoHouse offers a progressive, advanced, hands-on opportunity for people of all ages to see behind walls and underneath the floors of a modern home and the structures necessary to maintain homes. The EcoHouse teaches how to salvage energy by saving money, and preserving natural ecosystems. Exhibit is free with admission to the garden. For more information, visit www.queensbotanical.org/programs/events.

Through August and September 

The Museum of Moving Image will screen “Single Stream” by Powel Wojtasik, Toby Lee, and Ernst Karel. Focused on the themes of excess, waste, and the consequences of a high-consuming culture, “Single Stream” offers a reflection of American society by exploring a recovery facility in Charlestown, Massachusetts, which sorts out refuse that is processed daily for recycling. The audience discovers the systems upon which the plant is run and captures the intricate processes contrived to treat the immense amount of waste Americans produce on a daily basis. For more information, visit www.movingimage.us.

Through September 1 

The New York Hall of Science presents “Space Junk: 3D,” which examines the science behind collisions that occur around Earth’s orbit. This theater presentation takes the audience over 20,000 miles from Earth’s surface in examining the danger of excess debris in space and the possible methods to preserve Earth’s orbits. “Space Junk” employs visually enthralling effects with pragmatic themes to creative an educational and entertaining experience. Admission is $6 for adults, $5 for children and seniors, plus NYSCI admission. Showings are daily. For more information, visit www.nysci.org/visit/events.

The New York Hall of Science explores the physics of airplane engineering in “3D Theater Presentation: Legends of Flight.” Included is the first public flight of the revolutionary Airbus A380 and 787. In addition to NYSCI admission, cost is $6 for adults, $5 for children and senior citizens. Daily screening time is 1:30 p.m. For further information, visit www.nysci.org/visit/events.

Through Sunday, October 27

The Museum of Moving Image presents “From Mr. Chips to Scarface: Walter White’s Transformation in ‘Breaking Bad”, as part of its main exhibition “Behind the Screen”. “Breaking Bad” follows the life of high school chemistry teacher Walter White who is diagnosed with terminal lung cancer and turns to cooking meth to ensure his family is financially stable. “From Mr. Chips to Scarface” explores how the filmmakers signify Walter’s metamorphosis though the use of props, costumes, and color schemes. Among the props on display are Walter’s yellow oxford shirt and khaki pants as well as HAZMAT suit, gas mask, apron and boots. For more information, visit www.movingimage.us.