What to do this weekend in Queens

By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com |

Photo courtesy Vessio
Photo courtesy Vessio

Teen rock duo VESSIO will be performing at Queens Theatre in the Park from 7 to 10 p.m. on Saturday, July 19, in support of their upcoming self-titled debut album.

Saturday, July 19  

Listen to Dr. Zsa’s Powdered Zydeco Band at the Queens Library at Cambria Heights at 1p.m. Dr. Zsa’s Powdered Zydeco Band’s repertoire includes Cajun folk, zydeco, New Orleans funk, swamp pop, and the band’s own unique take on pop covers and adaptations of Appalachian folk music. It’s Mardi Gras all the time when Dr. Zsa plays. The audience learns the zydeco and Cajun moves during a quick dance lesson at the start. For more information about the band, visit doctorzsa.com. The event is suggested for ages 7 and up. The library is located at 218-13 Linden Blvd.

Kaplan Test Prep and the Teen Space at Central Library will administer a practice Specialized High School Aptitude Test so students can get a taste of what the actual exam will entail at the Central Library at Jamaica from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Registration through Kaplan is required. Go to Kaptest.com/SHSATPractice, click on the “register” link, enter your home ZIP code, find the test offered at Central Library and register from there.

Between noon and 7 p.m., come raise a glass and celebrate the 50th and 75th anniversaries of the New York World’s Fairs at the Queens Botanical Garden’s (QBG) inaugural Botanical Brew Fest, where there will be a large selection of international and local craft beers available for tasting. Enjoy a selection of 50+ craft beer from 20 local and international breweries as well as food, garden tours and music. QBG’s Brew Fest will be held over two sessions; the first one from noon to 3 p.m. and the other from 4 to 7 p.m. Tickets are required for admission and are $45 if purchased before July 18 and $50 at the door. Only those aged 21 and over are permitted to attend. Tickets are available on Eventbrite here.

The Alzheimer’s Association, New York City Chapter, offers a monthly support group in Mandarin Chinese for people caring for a person with Alzheimer’s or any of the other dementias. The support group is a secure and safe place to share your experiences. The event is located at the Flushing Library at 41-17 Main St. from 3 to 5 p.m.

Starting July 19, Assemblywoman Catherine Nolan’s office will hold Saturday office hours from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. to help residents apply for the Senior Citizen Rent Increase Exemption (SCRIE) Program. On July 1, 2014, the household income for the SCRIE Program will rise from $29,000 to $50,000. To qualify for the program you must be at least 62 years old, rent an apartment that is rent controlled, rent stabilized or hotel stabilized, have a combined household income that is $50,000 or less and rent an apartment that costs more than one-third of your household income. Contact Diane Ballek in the Sunnyside District office at 718-784-3194 to make an appointment. The office is located at 41-02 Queens Blvd., Suite 2B.

Teen rock duo VESSIO will be performing at Queens Theatre in the Park from 7 to 10 p.m.  in support of their upcoming self-titled debut album. This has been a long journey for siblings Misia and Dante Vessio. Dante, 15, has held his dual role as front man and guitarist for the powerhouse band and since he was 9. Misia, 18, the drumming force behind VESSIO, has been featured on the show “You Play Like a Girl,” hosted by rocker Samantha Maloney. VESSIO recently competed on “Next Great Family Band,” finishing second at the end of the season. The brother and sister duo promises to put on a performance that won’t disappoint as they bring their dynamic energy and power to a killer set and introduce VESSIO to the world.

Watch a live stream of the Mets as they play against the Padres, eat a specially prepared dinner, sleep at Citi Field Stadium under the stars and eat a buffet breakfast the next morning! The “Citi Field Sleepover” starts at 4 p.m. and is $200. Go on newyork.mets.mlb.com or call 718-507-6387 for more information. The stadium is located at 123-01 Roosevelt Ave.

At 2 p.m., listen to Bria Skonberg Quartet, a powerhouse combination of emerging talent in the New York jazz scene. Bria has created a style rooted in hot jazz, world percussion, soul and modern effects for her album “Into Your Own.” She brings with her bassist Sean Cronin, a free-spirited musical mastermind. Come hear them at the Louis Armstrong House Museum at 24-57 107th St.

Listen to Robert Hood, Objekt, Rrose, Vatican Shadow (live), Container (live) and Young Male at MoMA PS1 at 22-25 Jackson Ave. The techno concert starts at 3 p.m. and is $20 ($18 in advance). Contact 718-784-2084 or momaps1.org for more information. You can take the G train to 21st Street or the 7 train to Hunters Point Ave.

Sunday, July 20

Attend an evening of cultural spirituality with music, dance and pooja at the Mahalakshmi Temple at 121-14 101st Ave. The event is called the “Bhakti Sangama – An Interfaith Collective” and starts at 3 p.m.

Visual artist members of Flushing Council on Culture and the Arts show their work in “Annual Members Exhibition: A Perfect Celebration – Artists Commemorate Flushing Council’s 35th Anniversary” from noon to 5 p.m. every Saturday and Sunday from July 13 to August 17. Suggested admission is $4 and members and students are free. The event is located at Flushing Town Hall, 137-35 Northern Blvd.

SummerStage Kids presented by Disney presents Queens Family Day, a day dedicated to introducing children to the Louis Armstrong songbook and the world of jazz music with performances from two critically acclaimed organizations including dance performances from celebrated tap dancer and choreographer Rashida Bumbray. Families will also have the opportunity to participate in interactive music and dance workshops, face painting and more! The event is from 4 to 7 p.m. and is located at the Queensbridge Park at 21st Street.

“Music at Mary’s Nativity” presents “The Magic of the Baroque!” Spend a magical afternoon listening to heavenly masterpieces by some of the greatest composers ever including Handel, Bach and others. The acclaimed Revelations Quintet featuring soprano Candace Lynn Matthews will bring their musical mastery to the exquisite setting of Mary’s Nativity Church at 4 p.m. The acclaimed Revelations Quintet is rapidly emerging as one of the most exciting ensembles in the classical music world. This inspiring young ensemble, founded by their visionary music director and harpsichordist/organist John Wolfe, regularly performs the masterworks of the Baroque repertoire. Tickets event are $10 in advance and $15 at the door. For more information call 718-359-5996 or go on www.johnwolfemusic.com. The church is located at 46-02 Parsons Blvd.


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.

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.


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.