What to do this weekend in Queens

By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com |

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Train enthusiasts should head over to the Queens Botanical Gardens this weekend for a World's Fair Train Show. Among plenty of displays, a fully working “G” scale model train will be meandering throughout the Garden.

Saturday, May 24

An evening of South American voices featuring smooth Latin jazz and a first look at Afro-Peruvian music will be held 7 p.m. at the New York Hall of Science (47-01 111th St., Corona). The cost of the event is $15.

In Flushing, there will be two ensembles performing Latin jazz, with a dance floor for those looking to bust a move. The event will begin at 7 p.m.FlushingTown Hall, located at137-35 Northern Blvd.The cost is $15, or $10 for members and students.

For children ages 5 and 6 interested in insects and caterpillars, the Alley Pond Environmental Center is hosting an event called “Crazy For Caterpillars.” Youngsters will search the trail for munched leaves, creeping caterpillars and hanging chrysalises. Children will also have the chance to take home their very own caterpillar and watch it turn into a beautiful butterfly. Since there are only 12 spots for the event, pre-registration is required, and can be done by calling 718-229-4000. The cost is $24 per child. The event will last from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m., and the address of the Center is 228-06 Northern Blvd. in Douglaston.

The Alley Pond Environmental Center will also host a program for children ages 6 to 11 called “Safari.” The program will include a wildlife walk outside, and will take place rain or shine, so dress accordingly and wear comfortable shoes. Participants are strongly encouraged to use bug spray as well. Pre-registration is required since only eight slots are open, so call 718-229-4000 to reserve a space. The cost is $12 per child. The event will last from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m., and will take place at 228-06 Northern Blvd. in Douglaston.

Hear some traditional and groundbreaking jazz as Carol Sudhalter and the Astoria Big Band perform from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Sunnyside Reformed Church, located at 48-03 Skillman Ave.in Sunnyside. Admission is free.

Sunday, May 25

The Latin American Cultural Center of Queens and the Sunday to Remember program will collaborate to present their Mother’s Day Concert with “An Afternoon of Tangos.” The Quintet of America will perform its newly rehearsed dance, “Tango for a Cold Wintry Day,” by Lev Zhurbin. The woodwind quintet will also perform works by tango masters Astor Piazzolla, Paquito D’Rivera, Matos Rodríguez, Mariano Mores and Sebastian Piana. Space is expected to be limited, so call 718-261-7664 or email LACCQ@aol.com to reserve a spot. The event will begin at 2:30 p.m. at El Paraiso, 102-11 42nd Ave., Corona. The groups would greatly appreciate a $5 donation at the door.

Councilman Eric Ulrich and America Works of New York will sponsor a Veterans’ Job Fair for all veterans of the United States military. Veterans will have the opportunity to interview with employers on the spot and should bring their résumés. The job fair will take place from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. at Russo’s on the Bay, located at 162-45 Cross Bay Blvd. in Howard Beach.

Saturday, May 24 – Monday, 26

Train enthusiasts should head over to the Queens Botanical Gardens this weekend for a World’s Fair Train Show. Among plenty of displays, a fully working “G” scale model train will be meandering throughout the Garden. While the event will last the entire three-day weekend from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., there will be face-painting, games, train rides, vendors, and a musical performance by John Yao and his 17-piece band only on Saturday, May 24. The Garden is located at 45-50 Main Street in Flushing.


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 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.