What to do this weekend in Queens

By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com |

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Check out “L.A. Rebellion: Creating a New Black Cinema” at the Museum of the Moving Image this weekend.

Saturday, February 23

Starting at 5 p.m. enjoy a candlelit Irish café night at the Historic Poppenhusen Institute, located at 114-04 14 Road in College Point. The event will be a fundraiser for the Poppenhusen Institute and will feature Irish step dancers as well as a traditional Irish meal of corned beef sandwiches, slaw & chips, pastries and hot and cold beverages. A 50/50 raffle will also be held. Tickets are $25 before the event and $30 at the door. For more information call 718-358-0067 or email poppenhusen@juno.com

From 10 a.m.- 5 p.m., celebrate the Year of the Snake at the Flushing Library, located at 41-17 Main Street. Take part in traditional Chinese and Korean activities with fun for people of all ages. 10-11:30 a.m. – Learn how to prepare kal guk soo, a simple Korean pasta dish; 11:30 a.m. -1p.m.- Anna Kao will provide instruction on floral arranging; 1:30 p.m. – The Orient Wind Ensemble will perform music of China; 3 p.m. – enjoy Korean dance and opera with Young Ok Hong and Ok Joo Moon. For more information contact 718-661-1200.

Saturday, February 23 – Sunday, February 24

Celebrate the 15th anniversary of the Valerie Green/Dance Entropy with the premiere of Skimming the Surface: Fragments of Collective Unconscious at Green Space, located at 37-24 24 Street Suites 301 & 302 in Long Island City. Inspired by the emotional struggles of four women, the show centers around a table and 24 knives showing the transformation of each woman through interpretive dance. Tickets are $15.00 – $20.00. For more information call 718-956-3037, email info@DanceEntropy.org or visit danceentropy.org.

At the Museum of the Moving Image, located at 36-01 35th Avenue in Astoria, come see how African-American culture affected Hollywood and created a new sub-genre of cinema. Entitled “L.A. Rebellion: Creating a New Black Cinema” 36 films, starting from the 1970s, will be surveyed. The exhibit is presented in conjunction with the UCLA Film & Television Archive and is partly supported by grants by the Getty Foundation and The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts Admission to the exhibit is free with admission into the museum. For a list of film screenings and times visit their website. For more information call 718-777-6888.

Sunday, February 24

The Queens County Market comes to Sac’s Place, located at 25-41 Broadway in Astoria. Vendors from all throughout Queens will be present to sell their food products from noon- 4 p.m. For more information email queenscountymarket.com

Ongoing thru February 28 

The Louis Armstrong House Museum, 34-56 107th Street in  Corona, 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? The artwork portrays 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.