What to do this weekend in Queens

By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com |

Chaturang Kuchipudi-Mukthambar Fine Arts, Inc

Check out the traditional dances of India at the Kupferberg Center for the Arts in Flushing this weekend.

Saturday, February 16

From 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. come celebrate the 17th Annual Lunar New Year Celebration on Main Street in Flushing. This year is the Year of the Snake. The parade’s route will start at Union Street and 39th Avenue and usually ends at Main Street and 39th Avenue. Enjoy lion and dragon dances, steel drummers, cultural festivities, music, fireworks and much more. A New Year Festival at Queens Crossing Mall, located at 39th Avenue and Main Street, starts at 12:30 p.m. For more information call the Queens Library, located at 41-17 Main Street in Flushing, at 718- 661-1200.

From 7 p.m. – 9 p.m. come listen to the sounds of modern musician Alex Blake at the York College Performing Arts Center, located at 94-20 Guy R. Brewer Blvd in Jamaica. Blake has appeared in major festivals and concerts around the world and performs pieces in genres ranging from jazz, salsa and rock. Blake specializes in playing the bass and uses different techniques such as guitar-like strumming and staccatos to produce his sounds. Ticket prices range from $10-$20. For more information call 718-262-2281 or visit their York College Performing Arts Center website.

Saturday, February 16 thru Sunday, February 17

Queens Theatre, located at 14 United Nations Avenue South, Flushing Meadows-Corona Park, presents the fiery passion of Spanish dance company “Flamenco Vivo.” Shows start at 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. on Saturday and 3 p.m. on Sunday. To buy tickets and for more information, call 718-760-0064 or visit queenstheatre.org.

Sunday, February 17

At 10 a.m., Temple Tikvah, located at 3315 Hillside Avenue, New Hyde Park, presents its annual Rummage Sale. Highlights this year include costume jewelry, watches, purses, clothes, shoes, books and household items. At every turn find vintage fashion finds and great bargains. For more information, call the temple at 516-873-5330.

Starting at 3 p.m. come see the premiere of “Black Stars of the Great White Way” at the Queensborough Performing Arts Center, located at 222-05 56 Avenue in Bayside. Broadway performer Norm Lewis, a Tony Award nominee for “Porgy and Bess,” will headline the all-male cast alongside original cast members shows such as Eubie Blake’s “Eubie,” Duke Ellington’s “Sophisticated Ladies,’ Fats Waller’s “Ain’t Misbehavin,” Leiber and Stoller’s Grammy winner “Smokey Joe’s Cafe,” “Dreamgirls” and “Porgy and Bess.” The show will then move on to Carnegie Hall and a national tour. Tickets are $35.00. For more information call 718-631-6311 or visit qcc.cuny.edu.

Starting at 11 a.m., learn about the history of Queens Plaza during a tour of Astoria. Starting at the fare booth at 39th Avenue/31th Street Station for the N and Q trains and ending at the Clocktower in Long Island City, the tour will show participants historical sites of Queens, as well as how the structure and landscape has changed over the years. The cost of the tour is $15. For more information call Jack Eichenbaum at 718-961-8406 or email jaconet@aol.com.

From 3 p.m.- 4 p.m., the traditional dances of India will be on display at the Kupferberg Center for the Arts, located at 65-30 Kissena Boulevard in Flushing. Malini Shah and Nritya Kala Kendra will direct the program entitled “Chaturang: Traditional Dances of India.” Chaturang, a Hindi word for “four colors,” will show the audience four separate styles of traditional Indian dance. Tickets are $20 for adults and $12 for children ages 12 and under. For more information, call 718-793-8080 or visit kupferbergcenter.org.

Starting at 5 p.m., listen to the sounds of Jeff Fairbanks at Flushing Town Hall, located at 137-25 Northern Boulevard in Flushing. Fairbanks, the hall’s resident composer, will perform on the trombone and the piri (Korean oboe). Admission to the event is free. For more information call 718-463-7700 or visit flushingtownhall.org.

Ongoing thru 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.

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?erent 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

Discover Tango’s African roots in the world premiere musical afroTANGO, with music arranged and directed by Latin Grammy winner Raul Jaurena. Show runs until Mar. 17 with performances on Fridays and Saturdays at 8 pm, and Sundays at 4 p.m.at the Thalia Spanish Theatre, located at 41-17 Greenpoint Avenue, Sunnyside.

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 U.S., “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 at the Queens Botanical Garden’s Visitor & Administration Building Gallery, located at 43-50 Main St., Flushing, features 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. Runs until April 15 during the QBG’s regular hours. Visit queensbotanical.org for more information.

Ongoing thru 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 nysci.org.