What to do this weekend in Queens

By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com |

Saturday, March 15

King Manor Museum partners with Five Boroughs Music Festival to present “Les Delices,” a Cleveland-based, critically-acclaimed ensemble performing French Baroque music on period instruments. The program will feature works by Philidor, Guillemain, Leclair and Rameau. There will be wine and light refreshments at 6 p.m. and the concert will start at 6:30 p.m. Advance tickets are $25, and $30 at the door. Tickets are also available at $15 for students.  King Manor Museum is located at 150-3 Jamaica Avenue.

Celebrate Purim at the Rego Park Jewish Center by hearing the reading of the Megillah at 8 p.m. in the sanctuary with Rabbi Samuel Waidenbaum. Then enjoy the music and sing along with Ari Leshans in the Crystal Ballroom at 9:15.  Delicious hamantashen and soda will be served.  The Rego Park Jewish Center is located at 97-30 Queens Boulevard between 64th and 65th Road.  For more information, please call 718-459-1000.

Get a taste of the HSBC Children’s Garden program as they plant seeds while learning about gardening and the environment from 2 – 4 p.m.  Plus, have a chance to register early for the spring session starting April 5.  The event will take place at the Queens Botanical Garden, located at 43-50 Main Street, Flushing. For more information, call 718-886-3800.

Sunday, March 16

The Irish Festival will continue to celebrate the Irish gifts of music, food and culture to America. There will be a number of music and dance performances throughout the day, as well as a variety of vendors and authentic Irish food.  All net proceeds benefit the Hofstra University Scholarship Fund. Returning this year is The Tommy Mulvihill Band, The Black Velvet Band, Katie’s Puppets, Hirten Family Irish Dancers and MC Tony Jackson fromWRHU, 88.7 FM. For general information about the Irish festival, call 516-463-6582. Admission is $7 for adults, $5 for senior citizens, and children under 12 are admitted for free.

Ever wonder where your food comes from, when it was picked, what is in it, or if it is safe and nutritious? Community members have partnered with local farmers to make sure they know what is put on the table. By eating smarter, we also help New York’s small farmers. The goal of the Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) is to allow Flushing and nearby residents to have direct access to high-quality, organic, super-fresh food grown locally by regional farmers. When you become a CSA member, you’re purchasing a “share” of vegetables from an organic farmer only 70 miles away. They pay the farmer in the spring and the investment brings 26 weeks of just-picked fruits and vegetables – delivered to the neighborhood every Thursday, from May to November.  If you are interested come and meet the farmers to learn more about this exciting opportunity. For more information, contact Flushing CSA at FlushingCSA@gmail.com, call 646-801-4021 or visit flushingcsa.com.

Join Dorothy, the Scarecrow, the Tinman, and the Cowardly Lion at the Queensborough Performing Arts Center (QPAC) as they come to life in an adaptation featuring the music of the MGM movie “The Wizard of Oz.” The performance runs for one hour and is followed by a meet and greet with the cast. The show starts at 2 p.m. and tickets are $12. QPAC is located at 222-05 56th Avenue.  For more information, call 718-631-6311.

Through March 23 

The Jeffrey Leder Gallery presents an expansive exhibit that will occupy two floors of the gallery. International Painting NYC III features work from over 20 painters from 10 countries. The Jeffrey Leder Gallery is located at 21-37 45th Road, LIC.  For more information call 917-767-1734.

Through March 30

Flushing Town Hall is holding a Korean Folk Painting exhibit. Korean folk painting, also called Minhwa, expresses the life and thoughts of Koreans truthfully, with great wit. It is also used as a symbol of good fortune for the New Year. This exhibition will showcase 60 artworks from Baraem Art Research Institute in Korea and will give visitors a chance to experience the beauty of Korean folk paintings. There is a suggested admission of $5 for members and students. The opening reception is February 8 at 6 p.m.

Through March 30

Flushing Town Hall (FTH) will kick off Lunar New Year 2014: The Year of the Horse, beginning January 31. FTH’s Lunar New Year line-up encourages audience members of all ages to come out and celebrate Chinese New Year annual traditions, which date back many centuries to when people would gather to honor their ancestors. For a complete list of all spring events, including family programs, Lunar New Year events, and many others, visit www.flushingtownhall.org or call 718-463-7700.  FTH is located at 137-35 Northern Boulevard in Flushing.

Through March 31

Legacy: Photographs Emily Fisher Landau’s Gift to the Whitney Museum of American Art at the Fisher Landau Center for Arts. The collection includes 419 works, namely installations, sculptures, drawings, photographs, etc. by numerous key figures in contemporary American Art. FREE. Exhibition hours are Thursday through Monday, noon to 5 p.m. The Fisher Landau Center for Arts is located at 38-27 30th Street Long Island City. For more information call 718-937-0727.

Through April 6

Thaw, an exhibition at the Dorsky Gallery, features work of Janet Biggs, Micheal Brody, Blane De St. Croix, Vicki DaSilva, Elise Engler, Phyllis Ewen, Andrea Galvani, Elizabeth Jordan, Itty Neuhaus, Alexis Rockman and Scott Walden. The exhibition of the works of more than 30 artists from the WAVE tour depicts the diversity of the show. The show features ceramics, watercolor and oil paintings, glasswork, pencil and ink drawings, photography, wood carving, collage, fibre work, quilting, and jewelry. The Gallery is located at 11-03 45th Avenue in LIC. For more info, call 718-937-6317.

Through April 11 

Join millions of real butterflies on an amazing journey to a remote and secret hideaway at the New York Hall of Science (NYSCI), Tuesday to Friday, at 11 a.m., noon and 2 p.m., and Saturday and Sunday at noon, 1, 2 and 3 p.m. Follow the monarchs’ journey to the remote mountain peaks of Mexico in a 3D film. For the first time ever, witness the transformation from caterpillar to butterfly inside a chrysalis, thanks to advanced MRI and micro CT scans. The award-winning production team, including Oscar-winner Peter Parks, followed the year-long migration cycle of the butterflies. Admission is $6 adults; $5 children, students & seniors, plus NYSCI admission. NYSCI is located at 47-01 111th Street in Corona. For more information call 718-699-0005.

Through May 4

In the interactive exhibit Human Plus: Real Lives + Real Engineering at the New York Hall of Science, visitors can create and explore a range of high and low tech tools that extend human abilities. The exhibit features a simulated downhill mono-ski course; a DJ station built out of a wheelchair and controlled by the wheels; a touch panel that translates music into vibrations; a hands-free computer mouse, controlled through slight movements of the head, that allows the guest to type messages, edit photos or watch videos; and a neuroprosthetic limb that can be controlled by a person’s thoughts. Free with museum admission. The New York Hall of Science is located at 47-01 111th Street, Corona. For more information call 718-699-0005.

Through May 25

Noguchi’s Early Drawings bears out his confidence. Each of the drawings on view reveals a very different facet of his quest to form a unique artistic identity in the years following his apprenticeship with Brancusi.   The selection of drawings on view covers exercises from the life drawing classes he took at Academie Collarosi and L’Académie de la Grande Chaumière in Paris in 1927, as well as his distillations of signature strains of Modernism he encountered in Paris and New York.  The Noguchi Muesum is located at 9-01 33rd Road at Vernon Boulevard.  For more information call 718-204-7088.


Bring your friends, bring a scarf and gloves and remember to lace up tight! Ice skating season has begun at World Ice Arena at Flushing Meadows-Corona Park! Admission is $5 for all ages on weekdays and $8 on weekends and holidays. To rent skates be sure to bring socks and an additional $5. Monday through Friday the rink is open from 9 a.m. until 5:15 p.m. On weekends it is open: 7 p.m. until 9 p.m. Friday nights; noon. until 4:45 p.m. and 8 p.m. until 9:50 p.m. Saturdays and noon  until 4:45 on Sundays. Information is subject to change, to inquire about any changes call 718-760-9001. World Ice Arena is located at Avery Avenue and 131st Street Flushing.