What to do this weekend in Queens

By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com |

Photo courtesy of Norte Maar
Photo courtesy of Norte Maar

“Dance at Socrates" at Socrates Sculpture Park

Saturday, August 17

Socrates Sculpture Park partners with Norte Maar to deliver a truly extraordinary hybrid of artistic passion in “Dance at Socrates.” The show combines New York-based choreography and large-scale sculpture characteristic of Socrates Park to create a collaboration of artistic movement and contemporary architecture. Esida Weeks of Delirious Dances will perform on sight, in full view of the public who will have the chance to observe the working process of choreography. A separate stage has been assembled for the series. Dancing begins at 3 p.m. Admission is free. For more information, call 718-956-1819.

The New York Hall of Science invites all to “Designing for Flight,” a day of experimentation and demonstration that explores the science of flight. Those who partake can bring their own kites, use the Brooklyn Aerodome glider, or create their own origami flying machines. This event is free with NYSCI admission. For more information, visit www.nysci.org.

Forest Park’s scavenger hunt aims to connect children with nature to encourage exploration, social development, and imagination. Guiding the event are urban park rangers who provide exemplary leadership and support. The scavenger hunt starts at 1 p.m. and is a free event. For more information, call 718-846-2731.

The Queens Botanical Garden presents Festival de las Flores, a celebration of Colombian culture. Located in the arboretum of the garden, the festival will feature Colombian artisans who will be creating floral displays. Cost is free with QBG admission. For more information, call 718-886-3800.

Sunday, August 18

The Queens Botanical Garden will feature an Invasive Pigments Art Exhibit Workshop, a program aimed at identifying and classifying plants. Participants are recommended to bring plants from their neighborhoods, which will be examined to determine if the plants are native to the area and beneficial or invasive to the urban ecosystem.  Free with garden admission. Workshop begins at 2 p.m. For more information, visit www.queensbotanical.org.

Flushing Town Hall invites artists and spectators alike to Salon Sunday, a collaborative experience that allows artists to share their work. Artists are encouraged to bring in slides, samples of their work, and will be allotted a tie to speak and share their creative processes. Presentations start at 2 p.m. For more information, call 718-463-7700.

Through Saturday, 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 includes “ “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 Saturday, 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.

From 11 a.m. to 8 p.m., Saint Jude’s Children’s Hospital will be home to the Hair Cut A-Thon. Haircuts are $35 and include “wash ‘n’ styles” and will take place at 36-17 30th Avenue at Redken Saloon Salon. All funds will go to Saint Jude’s Children’s Hospital. For reservations and more information, call 718-956-3366.

Every Saturday in August

P.S 1, 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.

Saturdays and Sundays this summer 

From 10 a.m.-6 p.m., every weekend this summer, Long Island City is home to the newest flea and food market in New York, LIC Flea & Food. Enjoy some great eats, find a hidden treasure in the market, discover new artists and great local vendors all while taking in breathtaking views of the Manhattan skyline. Just blocks from the 7, E, M and G trains as well as the East River Ferry and parking across the street. Bring your friends and family to kick off the start of a perfect weekend. For more information, visit, www.licflea.com.

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 www.nysci.org.

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.

The New York Hall of Science explores the physics of airplane engineering in the 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.

The Noguchi Museum hosts “Highlights of the Collection: Reworked,” an exhibition that explores artist Isamu Noguchi returning to a piece of work to develop it further. The first example is his work that was inspired by his mentor Constantin Brancusi. The second area of work on display is Noguchi’s interlocking stone structures of the 1940s, which includes some wood structures. The third example on display is Noguchi’s work from the 1960s and 1980s that utilized chisel to carve raw marble. The last area of focus is Noguchi’s set designs made for Martha Graham, most notably sculptures that were intended for practical use. For more information, call 718-204-7088.

The Museum of Moving Image presents “Fun City: New York in the Movies 1967-1975,” an exhibit organized by curator J. Hoberman. Fun City explores how New York City became the setting for motion picture films in the late 1960s.  In conjunction with Mayor John V. Linday’s executive order that allowed filming on the city’s streets, Hollywood producers captured the feel of urban life in the form of tough cop films, dark urban stories, and dismal comedies. For more information, visit www.movingimage.us.

Through September 15

The Museum of Moving Image features “Cut Up,” an exhibition that explores the art of re-editing media in order to construct new work. “Cut Up” focuses on self-taught editors who provide supplementary content to media using contemporary tools and methods of distribution. The exhibition examines films, music videos, television series, and news broadcasts to explore the themes, techniques, and genres that have come about over the last decade. For more information, call 718-777-6888.

Through September 21

The New York Hall of Science explores how videogame design, music production, roller coaster architecture, and other creative professions use math and science to help them create their designs in “Design Zone.” The exhibit is constituted of numerous minor hands-on projects including “Drum Machine,” “Music Mix,” “Turn Tables,” “Sound Graph,” “Whack-a-Phone,” “Slide-a-Phone,” “Digital Strings,” “Laster Light DJ” and “Light Show DJ.” Among the applied concepts that are explored in “Design Zone” are length, pitch, ratios, rhythm, scale, pattern, and slope. Cost is free with NYSCI admission. For more information, call 718-699-0005.

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.