What to do this weekend in Queens

By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com |

Photo courtesy of Queens World Film Festival
Photo courtesy of Queens World Film Festival

Catch a flick during the 3rd Annual Queens World Film Festival this weekend.

Friday March 8 – Sunday, March 10

The Third Annual Queens World Film Festival will take place in several venues in Queens. International short films from Italy, Belgium, Australia, Croatia and Queens itself will be shown throughout the six days. For a full list of films and locations visit queensworldfilmfestival.com.

Saturday March 9

Starting at 8 p.m., an open-mic night entitled SKY’S THE LIMIT at Sunnyside Reformed Church, located at 48-03 Skillman Avenue. Artists of all kind can display their works during the night. Cost of admission is $2. For more information call 718-426-5997.

From noon- 3 p.m. come tour the King Manor Museum, located at 150-03 Jamaica Avenue in Jamaica. These programs are designed for families with children to enjoy stories, crafts and other activities. Tours of the museum are free. For more information call 718-206-0545 or visit kingmanor.org.

Starting at 8 p.m., Randy Sandke will perform pieces by Louis Armstrong and Leon Bismark “Bix” Beiderbecke at the Flushing Town Hall, located at 137-35 Northern Boulevard in Flushing. Sandke is a scholar of both musicians, both of whom once called Queens their home, as well as a trumpeter and composer. Tickets are $15. For more information call 718-463-7700 or visit flushingtownhall.org.

Sunday, March 10

The Central Queens Y, located at 67-09 108th Street in Forest Hills, will hold the fifth annual Reel-Abilities Film Festival on March 10 and 11. The morning of March 10 will kick-off with Reel Encounters, a morning of award-winning international short documentaries about people with autism, Down syndrome, and Tourette syndrome. At 1 p.m. on March 11, a special Reelabilities event will be held. Singer Anita Hollander, who lost one leg to cancer, will perform at an event entitled Still Standing. Hollander has performed at the White House, Carnegie Hall and the Kennedy Center. For more information call 718-268-5011 or visit cqy.org.

Starting at 2:15 p.m., David Gonzalez will tell his take on the classic fairy tale “Sleeping Beauty” at Flushing Town Hall, located at 137-35 Northern Boulevard in Flushing. Gonzalez’s spin on the tale draws inspiration from Dr. Seuss and Bach Goldberg, including live music from pianist Daniel Kelly. Projected images will also be shown around the room to create a fantasy world. Tickets are $6-$12. For more information call 718-463-7700 or visit flushingtownhall.org.

From 1 – 4 p.m., the Queens Museum of Art, located in Flushing Meadows-Corona Park, will host the Second Sundays Family Art Workshop. Participants of all ages will engage in studio art, gallery tours and live music and dance performances, all inspired by the exhibits in the museum. For more information call 718-592-9700 or visit queensmuseum.org.

Starting at 3 p.m., come see an exclusive performance of the Academy of St. Martin in the Fields at the Kupferberg Center for the Arts, located 65-30 Kissena Boulevard in Flushing. Alisa Wellerstein will perform on the cello and Inon Barnatan will perform on the piano. The Academy is one of the most recorded chamber orchestras in the world, formed in 1958. Tickets are $32-54. For more information, call 718-793-8080 or visit KupferbergCenter.org.

Ongoing thru March 10

Flushing Town Hall, located at 137-25 Northern Boulevard in Flushing, will display traditional New Year prints in celebration of the Lunar New Year. The pieces are on loan from the Taipei Cultural Center and shows off winning works from Taiwan’s New Year Prints contest. Created from a variety of mediums including silk screen, woodblocks and digital printing, the art work represents the aspects of everyday lives of ordinary people. Suggested admission is $5. For more information call 718-463-7700 or visit flushingtownhall.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.