What to do this weekend in Queens

By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com |

Photo courtesy Loren Wohl
Photo courtesy Loren Wohl

MoMA PS1 presents “Warm Up 2014” from June 28 to September 6 every Saturday from 3 to 9 p.m.

Saturday, June 28

Explore the borough’s richest collection of high Victorian homes and much more in a three-hour tour beginning at noon. The meet-up location is at Triangle Pharmacy at Jamaica Ave. and Lefferts Blvd., two blocks west of the 121st Street station on the J train. Admission is $15 for Greater Astoria Historical Society members and $20 to the public.

The 8th annual Rockstock and Barrels Festival will take place rain or shine at Beach 90’s boardwalk. The event starts at 10 a.m. and lasts all day. The nearest subway to the boardwalk is the A and S. the nearest bus is to take the Q22 or Q52 to Beach 92 or the Q53 to Beach 96. Playing on the main stage will be Matthew Kiss, The Wordy Burns, The King’s Heartbeat, Symptom, Ethoscope, Kilzone, Shipwrecks and more!

Come to the “Forest Park Rock Fest II” at the Forest Park Bandshell from 1 to 5 p.m. There will be featured performances from Small Craft Warning, VooDoo Daddy, Missing Maddox and The Boom Section. Admission is free. The Bandshell is just off Woodhaven Blvd.

The American Jewish World Service and The Reform Temple of Forest Hills present a free film screening and discussion featuring the award-winning film “Call Me Kuchu” and presentation by Ken* (a pseudonym for safety). Ken is a founding member and currently the coordinator of an LGBT organization American Jewish World Service works with in Kenya. Reservations are required. Contact Meital Rosenberg at mrosenberg@ajws.org or 212-792-2919 for more information.

MoMA PS1 presents “Warm Up 2014” from June 28 to September 6 every Saturday from 3 to 9 p.m. Doors open at noon and there will be outdoor music concerts by local and international experimental DJs. Tickets are $18 in advance and $20 the day of. The event takes place rain or shine and at the MoMA PS1 courtyard.

Sunday, June 29

Celebrate the 50th Anniversary of Louis Armstrong’s concert at the 1964 World’s Fair. The Kupferberg Center for the Arts/Queens College Present “The Louis Armstrong International Music Festival” from 1 to 7 p.m., rain or shine at Flushing Meadows Corona Park at the Unisphere. The admission is free. There will be live music, dancing and a food truck rally. Featured performances include Albita, Jon Faddis Quartet, Junoon featuring Salman Ahmad, David Ostwald’s Louis Armstrong Eternity Band and more!

There is a live concert with Grammy-winning vocalist Catherine Russell and the unveiling of rare 1964 World’s Fair photos of Louis “Satchmo” Armstrong from 4 to 6 p.m. at the Queens Museum. The exhibit is “Ambassador Satchmo at the World’s Fair – Celebrating 50 Years.” The Museum’s suggested admission is $8 for adults and children over 12, $4 for students and seniors, and children under 12 attend for free.

Explore old and new, site-specific art by local and internationally acclaimed artists, and celebrate Fort Tilden’s re-opening and the Rockaway recovery from noon to 8 p.m. At 8 p.m. the Rockaway Surf Beach Club after-party begins. There will be food trucks, children’s art activities, film screenings, camping, kayaking, pick-up baseball games and a Patti Smith concert. The location is at Fort Tilden, Gateway National Recreation Area, and the event is free.

Reggae’s hit machine Beres Hammond joins Australian soft pop duo Air Supply as headline acts in “Groovin’ in the Park” at noon. General tickets are $59.99 and VIP tickets are $149.99. VIP admission includes a separate entrance, front, center-stage seating, a cold beverage and snack, decorated lounge with monitors, and BBQ. The location is at Roy Wilkins Park, 177-01 Baisley Blvd. Buy tickets on www.groovininthepark.com/buy-tickets.

Learn everything from beer ingredients to brewing at “Beer & Home Brewing in 19th Century New York” at the King Manor Museum, 150-03 Jamaica Ave. The event starts at 3 p.m. The event is free but reservations are required. To RSVP contact programs@kingmanor.org or 718-206-0545 ext. 13.

What is fly-fishing and what kind of equipment and knots do you use to fly fish? Attend “Fly Fishing 101” from 10 a.m. to noon at Alley Pond Environmental Center at 228-06 Northern Blvd. to learn the secrets of fly-fishing. Please pre-register by calling 718-229-4000. The event is for adults and children ages 8 and up. Tickets are $16 for Alley Pond members, $21 for non-members and $7 for children.


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 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

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.