What to do this weekend in Queens

By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com |


Take a guided tour chronicling the life of musician Louis Armstrong at the Kupferberg Center for the Arts this weekend.

Friday February 1, – Thursday, February 28 

The Kupferberg Center for the Arts, 65-30 Kissena Boulevard in Flushing, will host 40 minute guided tours chronicling the life of famous African-American musician Louis Armstrong. Each visitor will receive a photograph of Armstrong performing at the Suburban Gardens in New Orleans in 1931 with a never-before-published excerpt from Armstrong’s manuscript. Armstrong is considered by many to be the father of jazz, performing across the globe and appearing in multiple films throughout his career. Admission is $10, $7 for seniors, students and children, and free to members of the center and children younger than 4. For more information, call 718-793-8080 or visit kupferbergcenter.org.

Saturday, February 2 – 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 their website nysci.org.

Sunday, February 3

At 2:30 p.m., Rego Park Jewish Center, located at 97-30 Queens Boulevard, Rego Park, presents a lecture titled “American Jewry & the Civil War” by historian and author Bud Livingston. Learn about the Jewish personalities, actions and culture of the Civil War period. Refreshments will be served after the lecture. Admission is $5. For more information, call 718-459-1000.

At 3 p.m., Flushing Town Hall, located at 137-55 Northern Boulevard, Flushing, presents the “Lunar New Year Celebration with the Momenta Quartet and Min Xiao-Fen.” The quartet’s extensive and versatile personal repertoire will play to welcome the Lunar New Year. Their work includes over 60 world premieres and countless works dedicated to them, and the Washington Post praised them for “an extraordinary musical experience.” General admission is $15, $10 for members/seniors/students with identification. For more information visit flushingtownhall.org.

Ongoing thru March 13
Held where the iconic Bank of Manhattan once held business, the art group “No Longer Empty” will host its 14th exhibition of “How Much Do I Owe You?” Long Island City’s Clock Tower will illuminate during the exhibition, which can be seen Thursday-Mondays from 1-7 p.m. Twenty-six artists from 15 different countries will portray the economic and social issues that can be seen in the work place and everyday life. Pieces will vary in different art mediums from films, participatory projects, sculptures and much more.

Ongoing thru March 17

afroTANGO, 8pm. Discover Tango’s African roots in this world premiere musical with music arranged and directed by Latin Grammy winner Raul Jaurena. Show runs until Mar. 17, Fri./Sat., 8 pm, and Sun., 4 pm. $35; $32 students/seniors. Thalia Spanish Theatre, 41-17 Greenpoint Ave., Sunnyside. 718-729-3880, www.thaliatheatre.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 US, “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 April 15

Repetition in Design, Queens Botanical Garden’s regular hours. On display is 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. Until April 15 and free with admission. QBG’s Visitor & Administration Building Gallery, 43-50 Main St., Flushing, www.queensbotanical.org.