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Memorial Day Weekend is the beginning of summer and the barbecue season, but in Queens, it also means parades — including the country’s biggest in Little Neck/Douglaston — the opening of Rockaway Beach, and the launch of outdoor movie programs. Star-gazing, guided tours, film, music, and holograms are also on tap.

May 24, NYSCI After Dark Field Trip: Game Night, 7 pm. The New York Hall of Science organizes an adult trip to try VR and analog games with designers-in-residence Jaehyun Kim and Killer Snails. Free. Bierocracy, 12-23 Jackson Ave., LIC.

May 25, Personal Problems, May 27. This drama is about the struggles of a working class African-American couple in NYC. The film was made for public television in 1980, but it went unseen for many years. Schedule: May 25, 7:30 pm; May 26, 1 pm; and May 27, 1 pm. Museum of the Moving Image, 36-01 35th Ave., Astoria’s Kaufman Arts District.

May 25, CineVardaUtopia: The Films of Agnès Varda Part II, June 10. Watch nine feature films and documentaries by a prolific Belgian-born French director who explores realism, feminist issues, and social commentary with an experimental style. Museum of the Moving Image, 36-01 35th Ave., Astoria’s Kaufman Arts District.

May 25, Movies Under the Stars: Coco, 8 pm. Bring a blanket and watch a film about a boy who journeys into the Land of the Dead to seek forgiveness from his ancestors and lift a curse. Free. Frank D. O’Connor Playground, vicinity of Broadway and 77 Street, Elmhurst.

May 26, Public Beaches Open, 10 am. This includes the Rockaways from Beach 9th Street to Beach 149th Street on the Atlantic Ocean.

May 26, Beat the Drum for Haiti, 6 pm. Music, theater, dance, food, arts and crafts. $40/$15 for children. I.S. 192, 109-89 204th St., St. Albans.

May 26, Sculpting Holograms, noon. Celebrate the International Day of Light by creating a sculpture and then capturing it as a hologram in 3D with laser light with Martina Mrongovius from the Center for the Holographic Arts. Socrates Sculpture Park, 32-01 Vernon Blvd., LIC.

May 26, Concert by Schola Sine Nomine, 7 pm. An evening of classical choral pieces by an Ozone Park-based chorus. Program includes Palestrina, Schubert, Bruckner, Gounod, and the world premiere of “Ave Maria” by chorus member Shawn Chang. $5 for walk-ins, but free with RSVP to info@friendsofmaplegrove.org or 347.878.6614. Maple Grove Cemetery, 127-15 Kew Gardens Rd., Kew Gardens.

May 26, Stargazing Wonders: Astronomy Night, 7:30 pm. Experienced professor/astronomer Mark Freilich leads an indoor Q&A, followed by outdoor sky-viewing. Expect to see Big Dipper, Arcturus, Bootes, and Spica. Alley Pond Environmental Center, 228-06 Northern Blvd., Douglaston.

May 26, Birding: Hawk Watch, 10 am. Urban Park Rangers take participants to the best wildlife viewing spots in the urban jungle. Meet in Astoria Park Parking Lot, 19th Street and Hoyt Avenue.

May 26, Weedy Nomad: A Performative Field Study, 2 pm. Artists Thomas Choinacky and Christopher Kennedy lead an interactive workshop and ecological field study. Learn strategies for bioremediation, wild plant mapping, soil quality testing, and assessing the health of urban landscapes. Free-will donation. Windmill Community Garden, 39-22 29th St., LIC.

May 27 Memorial Day Parades: Forest Hills, 11 am, Metropolitan Avenue; Maspeth, 1 pm, Grand Avenue; and College Point, 2 pm, 28th Avenue.

May 27, Noshwalks: Elmhurst, 1 pm. A foodie tour through Elmhurst that includes Thai, Colombian, Mexican, and possibly Indonesian tastes and visits to a Buddhist temple and some markets. $59 (includes food but not personal beverages). Meet at NY Supermarket (aka Pacific Market), 75-01 Broadway.

May 27, Bird Walk with NYC Audubon, 9:30 am. Spot and identify creatures of flight with experts. Free with admission. Queens Botanical Garden, 43-50 Main St., Flushing.

May 27, Movies Under the Stars: Captain Underpants, 8 pm. Bring a blanket and watch a family-friendly comedy about two pranksters who hypnotize their principal into thinking he’s a superhero named “Captain Underpants.” Free. The Painter’s Playground, vicinity of Alderton Street and Dieterle Crescent, Rego Park.

May 28, Memorial Day Parades: Little Neck-Douglaston, 2 pm, Northern Boulevard; Laurelton, 9 am, Merrick Boulevard; Glendale/Ridgewood, 11 am, Myrtle Avenue; Howard Beach, 11 am, Coleman Square; and Rosedale, 11:30 am, 243rd Street.

May 30, Walking Tour of Old Astoria, 6 pm. Jack Eichenbaum, the borough’s official historian, leads a stroll from the Ferry Landing, 3-10 Astoria Blvd., that includes Socrates Sculpture Park, the Welling Court murals, antebellum residences, churches, and Astoria Park before ending at Bohemian Hall. $20 fee collected at the start of the walk.

Continuing programs

Panorama Europe, until May 31. Screenings of fiction and documentary works that present a portrait of contemporary Europe. Museum of the Moving Image, 36-01 35th Ave., Astoria’s Kaufman Arts District.

Milka Djordjevich ANTHEM, until May 26. This piece questions contemporary dance’s predisposition towards neutrality, authenticity and the de-sexualization of the female body. It weaves together existing and imagined vernacular dance styles to explore labor, play, and feminine-posturing. Wednesdays through Saturdays at 8 pm. $20. The Chocolate Factory, 5-49 49th Ave., LIC.

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It’s In Queens! Jan. 17 to Jan. 23

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Jan. 18, Preparing Your Garden for Spring, 12:30 pm. A Queens Botanical Garden expert leads a workshop on soil testing, cover crops, compost application, and planning. Alley Pond Environmental Center, 228-06 Northern Blvd., Douglaston.

Jan. 18, The Widening Circle, 7 pm. An eclectic mix of local performers offering spoken word/poetry, music, and comedy with opportunities for sharing. Communitea, 11-18 46th Rd., LIC.

Jan. 19, Crick Crack, 2 pm. The spice and allure of the Caribbean with master storyteller Michael Manswell and the Something Positive cast. The crowd participates in this spectacle of song and dance steeped in folklore, suspense, and excitement. Jamaica Performing Arts Center, 153-10 Jamaica Ave.

Jan. 19, An Afternoon of Chamber Music, 2 pm. Musica Reginae presents an exploration of 21st century Romanticism with lyrical, soaring melodies, technical virtuosity, and beautiful sonorities. The Church-in-the-Gardens, 50 Ascan Ave., Forest Hills.

Jan. 19, Community Concert for Kids, 11 am. A free, interactive workshop that explores how composers incorporate different instruments into their work with a lesson on the history of the composing. The Church-in-the-Gardens, 50 Ascan Ave., Forest Hills.

Jan. 19, Syrian Film Program, 3 pm. An animated short about a woman in the Syrian revolution and a film with interviews of Syrian female artists which alternate with a variety of impressions: landscape, art, family, and an interview with painter and icon restorer Elias Zayyat. Queens Museum, NYC Building, Flushing Meadows Corona Park.

Jan. 19, Hawk Watch with the Urban Park Rangers, 11 am. A free, guided hawk watch with birding experts. Meet at the Unisphere, Flushing Meadows Corona Park.

Jan. 19, Winter Birds, 1:30 pm. Museum educator Anne-Marie Starkey offers tips on using binoculars and observing birds in the wild. Voelker Orth Museum, 149-19 38th Ave., Flushing.

Jan. 19, Hands On Noguchi, 1 pm. When Isamu Noguchi worked with colors, he chose vibrant and playful shades. Spend time discussing the colorful suns and abstract imagery found in his screen-printed “Akari” series. Then, attend a workshop to make stencils and learn basic screen-printing techniques. The Noguchi Museum, 09-01 33rd Rd., LIC.

Jan. 20, Dance Theatre of Harlem, 4 pm. This world-renowned ballet troupe performs as part of a celebration of the life and legacy of Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. Queens College’s Colden Auditorium, 153-49 Reeves Ave., Flushing.

Jan. 20, Open House, noon to 8 pm. Free classes for children and adults along with pop-up shops, performances, and activities. Rioult Dance Center, 34-01 Steinway St., Astoria.

Jan. 21, GingerBread Lane Giveaway, 2 pm. GingerBread Lane is a multi-ton construction consisting of buildings made of ginger bread (naturally), icing, and candy. Unveiled on Nov. 10, 2018, it will be broken down, and the public will be able to take home chunks on Jan. 21. New York Hall of Science, 47-01 111th St., Flushing Meadows Corona Park.

Jan. 23, This is NOT Hamlet, 7 pm (again on Jan. 24). Bulgarian director Boyan Kracholov presents a mad rollercoaster ride excavating some of the world’s most famous playwrights, including Shakespeare, Beckett, Moliere, and Cervantes. LaGuardia Performing Arts Center, 31-10 Thomson Ave., LIC.

Jan. 23, Jen Rosenblit: Im gonna need another one, Jan. 27. In the proximity of 12 green foam blocks, Rosenblit is “Performer, Herself” and other characters which speak to problems for the preparation for future strategies and ways of organizing how we come to know where and who we are. Shows are Wednesday through Saturday at 8 pm and Sunday at 3 pm. The Chocolate Factory, 5-49 49th Ave., LIC.

Continued from last week

First Look, until Jan. 21. This eighth annual program screens 40 new films. The lineup includes features, shorts, documentaries, and narratives from China, France, Israel, Pakistan, Mexico, and other countries. Some are making world, U.S., or New York premieres. Museum of the Moving Image, 36-01 35th Ave., Astoria’s Kaufman Arts District.

18th Annual Winter Art Show, until Jan. 27. Queens-based artists share works in styles such as representational and abstract painting, drawing, mixed media, and photography. Gallery hours are Thursdays and Fridays, 10 am to 4 pm, and Saturdays and Sundays, noon to 4 pm. Bayside Historical Society, 208 Totten Ave.

In Practice: Other Objects, until March 25. This exhibition presents new work by 11 artists and artist teams that probes the slippages and interplay between objecthood and personhood. SculptureCenter, 44-19 Purves St., LIC.

How Many Zombies Are Too Many Zombies? until Feb. 15. With 20-minute games that can have as many as 25 players, participants take on the role of scientists, helping the “Center for Calamity Control” simulate a zombie outbreak. Via mathematical modeling, players simulate, analyze, and make predictions about this complex, real-world phenomenon. New York Hall of Science, 47-01 111th St., Flushing Meadows Corona Park.

Red Envelope Show, until Jan. 27. This show honors the Year of the Pig with pieces by professional visual artists. It’s an homage to the red celebration envelopes the Chinese community distributes during Lunar New Year. Artwork is for sale. Many envelopes include a special gift for only the buyers. On display noon to 5 pm on weekends and weekdays by appointment. Flushing Town Hall, 137-35 Northern Blvd.

Wall Floor Positions, until Feb. 23. As part of the exhibition “Bruce Nauman: Disappearing Acts,” artists make themselves into minimalist prop sculptures, moving through various poses in relation to the floor and wall. Live performances every hour from 1 pm to 5 pm on Fridays and Saturdays. MoMA PS1, 22-25 Jackson Ave.

Miguel Gutierrez: This Bridge Called My A**, until Jan. 19. Six Latinos map an elusive choreography of obsessive and perverse action within an unstable terrain of bodies, materials, and sound. Clichéd Latin-American songs and the telenovela’s form are exploited to show how familiar structures contain absurdity that reveal and celebrate difference. Shows are Wednesdays through Saturdays at 8 pm. The Chocolate Factory, 5-49 49th Ave., LIC.

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It’s In Queens! Jan. 2 to Jan. 9

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The borough welcomes the new year with comedy, chanting, colorful envelopes, kung fu, carving, ecology, and of course, zombies. Countless zombies.

Jan. 2, How Many Zombies Are Too Many Zombies? Feb. 15. With 20-minute games that can have as many as 25 players, participants take on the role of scientists, helping the “Center for Calamity Control” simulate a zombie outbreak. Via mathematical modeling, players simulate, analyze, and make predictions about this complex, real-world phenomenon. New York Hall of Science, 47-01 111th St., Flushing Meadows Corona Park.

Jan. 4, My Asian Auntie Season 2: Yes, Auntie, 9:30 pm. This action–packed, nine-episode, kung fu web series is filled with fight scenes, comedic characters, and feel good vibes. The screening is followed by a discussion with filmmakers and cast members. Red carpet arrivals begin at 8:30 pm. Museum of the Moving Image, 36-01 35th Ave., Astoria’s Kaufman Arts District.

Jan. 4, Silk Road: An Exploration of the Jaap or Bajan Tradition, 7:30 pm. Gangadai shares the musical traditions of East Indians from the Caribbean and South America. The group’s new project, “Silk Road,” documents the dying art of the mantra or “Jaap” Bajan songs. Jamaica Center for Arts & Learning, 161-04 Jamaica Ave.

Jan. 5, Red Envelope Show, Jan. 27. This show honors the Year of the Pig with pieces by professional visual artists. It’s an homage to the red celebration envelopes the Chinese community distributes during Lunar New Year. All artwork is for sale. Many envelopes include a special gift for only the buyers to see. On display noon to 5 pm on weekends and weekdays by appointment. Flushing Town Hall, 137-35 Northern Blvd.

Jan. 5, NYC Shadow Puppet Slam, 7:30 pm. This fourth annual slam returns with shadow performances by local puppet illuminati. Chinese Theater Works’ Kuang-Yu Fong and Stephen Kaplin curate short works ranging across the full spectrum of traditional and cutting edge shadow theater, animation, video, and film. (Ages 21 and up). Flushing Town Hall, 137-35 Northern Blvd.

Jan. 5, Jackknife Comedy, 8 pm. This radical monthly stand up show is hosted by two Iowa natives, Gideon Hambright and Patrick Hastie. Each show, they pick a bunch of their favorite comedians to do sets, be cool, and have a blast. The Creek & The Cave, 10-93 Jackson Ave., Long Island City.

Jan. 5, Stone Carving Studio, 1 pm. Adults (18 and older) explore stone carving techniques in the museum’s studio, which is equipped with basic tools such as chisels, hammers, rasps, and sandpaper. Noguchi Museum, 9-01 33rd Rd., Long Island City.

Jan. 5, Candlelight Tours, 6 pm. Music by the Christian Apuzzo Band, St. Nicholas exhibition, mulled cider, and tours. Onderdonk House, 1820 Flushing Ave., Ridgewood.

Jan. 6, Willow Lake Scavenger Hunt, 1 pm. A nature-inspired scavenger hunt led by the FMCP Stewardship Team and Urban Park Rangers. The activity tests knowledge of ecology along the Pat Dolan Trail, which is “Forever Wild.” Meet at Mauro Playground, 73-02 Park Dr. E., Flushing Meadows Corona Park.

Jan. 8, Tyrannosaurus, 9 pm. This free weekly show features a wide range of comedic styles, but each show is unique. RaR Bar, 30-01 35th Ave., Long Island City.

Jan. 9, Bridge to Freedom: 1965, 7 pm. Over two series and 14 episodes, a film team depicted the 1965 Civil Rights march and related fight to end discrimination and segregation in the United States. This documentary is the sixth and final episode of the first season. Following the screening, writer-director-producers Orlando Bagwell, Callie Crossley, and Sam Pollard, series producer Jon Else, and writer/director/senior producer Judith Vecchione participate in a discussion/Q&A session. Museum of the Moving Image, 36-01 35th Ave., Astoria’s Kaufman Arts District.

Jan. 9, Monthly Jazz Jam, 7 pm. Held on the first Wednesday of every month, musicians hone skills and jam with peers. The house band is led by saxophonist Carol Sudhalter. All are welcome. Don’t play? Listen! Flushing Town Hall, 137-35 Northern Blvd.

Jan. 9, Miguel Gutierrez: This Bridge Called My A**, Jan. 19. Six Latinos map an elusive choreography of obsessive and perverse action within an unstable terrain of bodies, materials, and sound. Cliché Latin-American songs and the telenovela’s form are exploited to show how familiar structures contain absurdity that reveal and celebrate difference. Shows are Wednesdays through Saturdays at 8 pm. The Chocolate Factory, 5-49 49th Ave., Long Island City.

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It’s In Queens! (Oct. 25 to Oct. 31)

With Halloween approaching, Queens is getting ready to host various scary, tricky, and treaty events involving vintage cartoons, haunting music, and ghosts. But two multiple-Grammy winners are heading to local stages, and the borough hosts the citywide pickleball tournament. Play Ball!

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With Halloween approaching, Queens is getting ready to host various scary, tricky, and treaty events involving vintage cartoons, haunting music, and ghosts. But two multiple-Grammy winners are heading to local stages, and the borough hosts the citywide pickleball tournament. Play Ball!

Oct. 25, Free Poetry Reading and Presentation, 2 pm. Award-winning poet Vincent J. Tomeo weaves words in a slide presentation celebrating nature and life. Alley Pond Environmental Center, 228-06 Northern Blvd., Douglaston.

Oct. 26, The Music of Billy Strayhorn by Paquito D’Rivera and the John di Martino Trio, 8 pm. Watch 14-time Grammy-winning Cuban legend D’Rivera and “shape-shifter” pianist di Martino and his trio play Strayhorn’s music. Flushing Town Hall, 137-35 Northern Blvd.

Oct. 26, Five Horror Films by John Carpenter, Oct. 28. Each movie finds a new and unnerving way to ask a question that Carpenter’s post-Halloween chillers pose: What does Evil look like and how do you survive it? Schedule: “The Thing,” Oct. 26, 7 pm; “Christine,” Oct. 27, 4:30 pm; “Prince of Darkness,” Oct. 27, 7 pm; “The Thing,” Oct. 28, 2 pm; “Body Bags,” Oct. 28, 4:30 pm; and “In the Mouth of Madness,” Oct. 28, 7 pm.Museum of the Moving Image, 36-01 35th Ave., Astoria’s Kaufman Arts District.

Oct. 26, Musique Macabre, 6:30 pm. Solo violin of songs with titles like “The Sultry Dance of Death” set a haunting mood. Composers include Jean-Marie Leclair, Georg Philipp Telemann, and Johann Sebastian Bach. King Manor Museum, 150-03 Jamaica Ave., Jamaica.

Oct. 27, Gilberto Santa Rosa, 8 pm. This six-time Grammy winner from Puerto Rico is known as “El Caballero de la Salsa.” Queens College, Colden Auditorium, 153-49 Reeves Ave., Flushing.

Oct. 27, Halloween Haunted Waters, noon. An annual walking tour of history and mystery along the Long Island City/Astoria waterfront with Greater Astoria Historical Society member Richard Melnick. Learn about the lives lost among the churning whirlpools and electric eels. Discount for costumed walkers. Meet under the Hell Gate Bridge at Shore and Ditmars boulevards.

Oct 27, Steel Magnolias, Oct. 28. The play takes place within the walls of Truvy’s beauty shop in Louisiana’s Bayou. Six strong women absorb the passing seasons as their lives increasingly hinge on the existence of one another. Schedule: Oct. 27 at 2 pm and 8 pm; and Oct. 28 at 3 pm. Queens Theatre, 14 United Nations Ave. S., Flushing Meadows Corona Park.

Oct. 27, Citywide Pickleball Tournament, 8 am to 5 pm. Everyone is invited to participate or compete. Pickleball is a variation of tennis with a lighter ball. It’s played with a paddle, and the court has smaller dimensions. Al Oerter Recreation Center, 131-40 Fowler Ave., Flushing Meadows Corona Park.

Oct. 27, Halloween Harvest Fest, noon to 4 pm. This year’s festival is inspired by Fet Gede, the Haitian Festival of the Ancestors. As always, the fun includes a doggie costume contest, costume-making, fantastical face-painting with Agostino Arts, and Urban Shaman Mama Donna’s Blessing of the Animals, now including a Pet Memorial Altar (part of Reimagine NYC). Haitian food by Kombit Restaurant with sweet treats from Val’s Cookie Canvas. Socrates Sculpture Park, 32-01 Vernon Blvd., LIC.

Oct. 27, ¡Corónate!, 1 pm to 6 pm. An afternoon of live music by the Guinea-influenced Mandingo Ambassadors, dance, art-making workshops, and an opportunity to learn about inspirational causes, followed by a night market. Corona Plaza, 40-04 National St.

Oct. 27, Trunk or Treat, 2 pm to 4: 30 pm. A safe alternative to Halloween. Volunteers park decorated cars in a secured area. They pass out candy from their trunks to trick-or-treaters who also admire their vehicles. Maple Grove Cemetery, 127-15 Kew Gardens Rd., Kew Gardens.

Oct., 27, Plan for Paradise, 2 pm. A five-piece band creates a fusion of upbeat and universal messages wrapped in an even dose of smooth-grooving Hip Hop, Jazz, Funk, Soul, and Afrobeat. Jamaica Performing Arts Center, 153-10 Jamaica Ave.

Oct. 27, An Afternoon With The New York Botanical Gardens, 1 pm. Conservation Outreach Director Daniel Atha talks about the New York Botanical Garden’s EcoFlora project, an effort to document all NYC plant species and the threats that they face. Alley Pond Environmental Center, 228-06 Northern Blvd., Douglaston.

Oct. 27, Bike With A Doctor, 11 am. Elmhurst Hospital doctors provide bike safety tips. Free helmets and protective bike gear, blood pressure screenings, healthy snacks, and tabling by NYPD and other organizations. For more info, call 718-334-1259.

Oct. 28, Tlen Huicani, 3 pm. This Mexican folk ensemble’s music is centered on the “harpa jarocha” or the typical harp from Veracruz, Mexico. Their sound includes lush vocal and instrumental harmonies. Queens College’s LeFrak Concert Hall, 153-49 Reeves Ave., Flushing.

Oct. 28, Dead or Alive: Science of Creepy, 1 pm. Make a fake vial of blood, become a zombie while learning about biological simulations, and create a real habitat for a fake creature. New York Hall of Science, 47-01 111th St., Flushing Meadows Corona Park.

Oct. 28, Halloween Tinker Festival, 3 pm. Activities combine art and science to make drawings that come alive in the dark. Participants make secret messages and paint with lasers while learning about phosphorescence, UV, infrared light, and what causes things to glow in the dark. Lewis H. Latimer House Museum, 34-41 137th St., Flushing.

Oct. 28, Noguchi Talks: Jorge Palacios and Dakin Hart, 3 pm. The artist and the senior curator lead a walkthrough of the special exhibition “Jorge Palacios at The Noguchi Museum and then take a bus to see Palacios’s public sculpture “Link at Flatiron Plaza North in Manhattan. The Noguchi Museum, 9-01 33rd Rd., LIC.

Oct. 28, Halloween Cartoon Magic & Fun, 3:30 pm. Animation historian Tommy Jose Stathes screens spooky cartoons from the 1920s and 1930s at 5 pm, following mask-making, flip books, and refreshments. Voelker Orth Museum, 149-19 38th Ave., Flushing.

Oct. 31, Spooktacular Celebration, 12:30 pm. Come in costume to play games, make a not-so-spooky craft, and pick a pumpkin from the mini-pumpkin patch. Stop by the “Exploration Station” to observe live turtles and touch a Madagascar Hissing Cockroach. Alley Pond Environmental Center, 228-06 Northern Blvd., Douglaston.

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