What to do this weekend in Queens

By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com |

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The Noguchi Museum has an exhibition on view of Noguchi’s work from archaic times to modern times through August 31.

Saturday, March 29

With only weeks left before the federal deadline on March 31st, Community Healthcare Network is holding events to sign up New Yorkers – many who are still uninsured – for health insurance under the Affordable Care Act. Most New Yorkers must enroll in a qualified health plan this year or could face a penalty. The event aims to help those individuals who need more information on health insurance and get hands-on help with enrolling online. The event is free; and it is advised that anyone who wants to sign up for insurance bring New York State photo identification, social security card, and four recent pay stubs. Individuals who are non-residents or were recently granted residency or a legally present status within the US should bring their green card, work visa, or resident card. The event will take place at Long Island City Health Center located at 36-11 21st street, LIC, from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Among the famous graffiti artists from New York City’s 1970s subway era was an unassuming talent from the unassuming borough of Queens.  Join Louie Gasparro, author of, Don 1, the King from Queens: The Life and Photos of a NYC Transit Graffiti Master, at the Astoria Bookshop for a book signing and get to know more about the book and Gasparro himself. The event is free and starts at 6 p.m. The Astoria Bookshop is located at 31-29 31st street, Astoria. For more information call 718-278-2665.

The Astoria Homeowners, Tenants & Business Civic Association is sponsoring a defensive driving course at 9:30 a.m. The course will be at The New Orsogna Athletic Club located at 45-09 Ditmars Boulevard, Astoria.  With this course you can reduce 10% off your insurance rates and remove up to 4 points off of your driving record. The event will go from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. The cost is $40 with pizza and soda included.  For more information and to reserve your spot call 917-992-4085.

State Senator Joseph P Addabbo, Jr. and the Integrated Medical Foundation are hosting a free prostate cancer screening for men over 40 who have not previously been treated for the disease. The screening, which includes a PSA blood test, will be at Addabbo’s Howard Beach office, 159-53 102nd Street from 12 p.m. to 2 p.m. Appointments are recommended, but walk-ins are welcome as well, regardless of insurance. Patients must bring a photo ID (e.g. driver’s license) and their physician’s name and address on a separate paper, and will be notified of exam results by bringing a stamped, self-addressed envelope. Call 718-738-1111 to make an appointment or for additional information.

 Sunday, March 30

Hillcrest Jewish Center a landmark Egalitarian, Conservative Synagogue, is hosting a open house in honor of their 75th Anniversary. The open house will go from 11-1:30 p.m.  This event is being held to give neighbors the chance to visit the synagogue, speak with Rabbi Manes Kogan, meet members and discuss what it’s like to be part of a loving and compassionate Jewish community!  The event is FREE. A light lunch with a “make your own sundae” dessert bar will be offered. RSVP needed for lunch at 718-380-4145 or info@hillcrestjc.org.

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 18

The Cirque Du Soleil is back at Citi Field. Emerge yourself in Amaluna, a mysterious island governed by goddesses, guided by the moons cycles, and enchanted by an emotional story of love put to the test.  Tickets go from $45- $145.  Citi Field is located at 123-01 Roosevelt Avenue, Flushing.

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.

Through June 15

The San-Francisco-based artist Jim Campbell, best known for his evocative low resolution works, is the subject of a major solo exhibition at the Museum of the Moving Image, spanning his 30-year career and featuring over 20 installations. The works range from early experimental film, interactive works, and low-resolution videos to large-scale sculptural installations. An innovator in the use of technology, Campbell integrates and manipulates computers and custom electronics into visually arresting artworks. The Museum of the Moving Image is located at 35-01 35th Avenue, Astoria. For more information, call 718-777-6888.

Through August 31 

The Noguchi Museum has an exhibition on view of Noguchi’s work from archaic times to modern times.  The only thing Noguchi loved more than the promise of the future was the sense of belonging to the Earth he derived from working with million and billion year old pieces of rock. Noguchi Archaic/ Noguchi Modern explores a stylistic wormhole that seems to link the ancient past and the distant future in his work.