What to do this weekend in Queens

By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com |

Photo courtesy of Marxfest
Photo courtesy of Marxfest

Writer/performer Trav S.D. wll give a talk at the Greater Astoria Historical Society at 1:30 p.m. on Saturday, May 10, called "Anarchy in Astoria: The Making of the Marx Brothers' First Two Movies" as a part of the citywide Marx Brothers festival, Marxfest.

 Saturday, May 10

There will be bike-riding lesson for kids at the 108th Street Hockey Rink in Rockaway Beach from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.  The classes teach a safe, easy, effective method to learn to ride.  “Balance first” teaches kids the basics: balancing, starting, stopping and steering.  Participants must bring their own bikes and helmets.  Pre-registration is required.  To register, please visit Bike New York’s webpage.

Kissena Park Civic Association (KPCA) is organizing an art competition under Kissena Park’s canopy of trees and plants. The competition is divided into three age groups: under 12, 12 to 18, and 18 and above.  The time allocation for creating art work is an hour and half. The topic will be given on the day of the event. Registration starts at 8:30 a.m. To avoid long lines, we encourage all participants to pre-register. Call KPCA at 917-488-3386 or email at hc16846@yahoo.com. A3 paper size (11×17) will be supplied by KPCA.  All other supplies and materials such as easels/boards, colors, pencils, paintbrushes, etc. and seating arrangements (blanket/chair) are participants’ responsibility.  Please use the park entrance on 164th Street and Oak Avenue. Rain Date is Saturday, May 17.

Writer/performer Trav S.D. wll give a talk at the Greater Astoria Historical Society at 1:30 p.m. called “Anarchy in Astoria: The Making of the Marx Brothers’ First Two Movies” as a part of the citywide Marx Brothers festival, Marxfest. Tickets: $10 ($5 for GAHS members). Details on the talk are on the Marxfest website.  Quinn Building, 35-20 Broadway, 4th Floor, LIC.

Sunday, May 11

Get a free tree at a MillionTreesNYC tree giveaway event hosted by GreenStar Hub and the New York Restoration Project. The giveaway will be held in Forest Hills at 108th and Jewel avenues from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. Trees should be planted on residential and commercial properties where they can be well-maintained and watered.


The popular Long Island City flea market LIC Flea & Food  is opened on weekends at the outdoor lot by the waterfront at the corner of 5th Street and 46th Avenue from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Items for sale at the market include food and drinks, collectibles, antiques, arts and crafts, fashion and more.


The LIC Flea and Kaufman Astoria Studios have partnered up to bring the city’s first-ever backlot market called Astoria Flea & Food at Kaufman Astoria Studios. The new market will launch Sunday, May 4, and bring the community the best in food vendors, antiques, collectibles, art, crafts, fashion and much more. The Astoria Flea will be located in the studio’s outdoor lot, the first of its kind in New York City, which opened up in December at 36th Street and 35th Avenue, and will operate every Sunday for eight consecutive weekends from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

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.