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It’s In Queens! May 24 through May 30



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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 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.


It’s in Queens July 12 to July 18




Spiders, graft, funky dawgz, and salad allergies are about to descend on Queens this week. But don’t worry, they’re friendly – and they’ll mix with plenty of outdoor concerts, a few film festivals, dance, and an annual walking tour.

July 12, Jazz in the Park, 6:30 pm. Saxophonist Eric Wyatt, a seasoned performer, brings his commanding tone for a night of smooth jazz as part of an ongoing series. Free. Socrates Sculpture Park, 32-01 Vernon Blvd., LIC.

July 12, Very Be Careful, 7 pm. This SummerStage celebration of Latin American music and culture features an all-Colombian lineup. Very Be Careful plays vallenato. There’s also the dance music collective Systema Solar with an opening DJ set from El Freaky. Free. Queensbridge Park, 41st Avenue and Vernon Boulevard, LIC.

July 13, Boulevard Film Festival, July 15. This third annual event screens 25 films, each one followed by a Q&A session. Comedies, shorts, documentaries, dramas, and a closing party. Five sessions over three days at Thalía Spanish Theatre, 41-17 Greenpoint Ave., and Sanger Hall, 48-20 Skillman Ave., Sunnyside.

July 13, The Other Side of Everything, July 22. The U.S. theatrical premiere of the Serbian film that won Best Documentary at the International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam. Showtimes are July 13, 7:30 pm; July 14, 4 pm and 6:30 pm, July 15, 4 pm and 6:30 pm; July 18, 3 pm; July 19 at 3 pm; July 20 at 5 pm; July 21 at 4 pm; and July 22 at 4 pm. Museum of the Moving Image, 36-01 35th Ave., Astoria’s Kaufman Arts District.

July 14, The Colors of Frida, 10 am & noon. This bilingual, one-woman show combines storytelling, music, visual arts, puppets, and audience participation for young audiences to tell the story of a famous Mexican artist. $14/$8 for children. Flushing Town Hall, 137-35 Northern Blvd.

July 14, Hot Jazz/Cool Garden: Byron Stripling, 2 pm. This highly acclaimed and versatile musician earned his stripes as lead trumpeter with the Count Basie Orchestra. $20 with red beans-and-rice dish and sweet tea. Louis Armstrong House Museum, 34-56 107th St., Corona.

July 14, The New World of the Number 7 Train, 10 am to 5:30 pm. Official Queens historian Jack Eichenbaum leads a series of six walks and connecting rides along the 7 train, focusing on its affect on surrounding neighborhoods since beginning service in 1914. Route includes Hudson Yards, LIC, Woodside, Jackson Heights, Corona, and Flushing. $49 and register via

July 14, Spend the Day Dancing, noon. The internationally famous troupe Jessica Lang Dance is now based in Queens. Enjoy a free Creative Moment class and a game of Freeze Dance intended to open children’s imaginations through engagement with music and creative movement exploration. Queens Theatre, 14 United Nations Ave. S., Flushing Meadows Corona Park.

July 14, Ayazamana, 7:45 pm. More than 30 artists take the audience on an imaginary trip through Ecuador via traditional dances and celebrations, accompanied by live music. Frank Sinatra School of the Arts Theatre, 35-12 35th Ave., Astoria.

July 14, Queensboro Dance Festival, 2 pm. Outdoor performances as part of an ongoing, series. On this day, it’s Dugal Dance Projects, The Kingdom Dance Company, Mala and Dancers, DIPR…the company, Dancing Fish, and Vissi Dance Theater. Free. The Unisphere, Flushing Meadows Corona Park.

July 14, Allergic to Salad, 11 am. Hands-on cooking with farm-fresh ingredients. This class is designed for families, and all ages are welcome. $20. Queens County Farm Museum, 73-50 Little Neck Pkwy., Glen Oaks.

July 14, Graft, 7 pm. A local rock-n-roll band plays two sets of covers and original songs. Free. Sunnyside Reformed Church, 48th Street and Skillman Avenue, Sunnyside.

July 14, Cinema Saturdays: Street Games, 1 pm. As people from all over the globe settled in NYC in the early 1900s, one thread the children could share was the games they played in the streets. This film looks back at when things were a bit simpler and creativity was a prerequisite to play. Free. Greater Astoria Historical Society, 35-20 Broadway, LIC.

July 15, Queens Craft Brigade Market, noon to 5 pm. Artwork, fashion, food, jewelry, crafts, and more. All vendors are from Queens and curated to maintain a diverse atmosphere. Rocco Moretto VFW Hall, 31-35 31st St., Astoria.

July 15, Sundays on the Lawn: Las Llamadas with Favela Candombe Ensemble, 1:30 pm. This new outdoor program presents internationally renowned bands and musicians at 3 pm, after free art-making classes and lawn games at 1:30 pm. Las Llamadas plays Uruguayan-African music. Queens Museum, NYC Building, Flushing Meadows Corona Park.

July 15, Funky Dawgz Brass Band, 3:30 pm. This band engulfs the spirit and traditions of New Orleans with R&B, original music, hip hop, funk, and today’s top hits with a brass twist. Queens Botanical Gardens, 43-50 Main St., Flushing.

July 17, Lindsay Lou, 7 pm. A fantastic Americana/Folk/Bluegrass ensemble performs as part of the two-month Live at the Gantries series. Free. Gantry Plaza State Park, Center Boulevard and 48th Avenue, LIC.

July 18, Irish Heritage Night, 6 pm. McManus Irish Dance and the Hunters Point Parks Conservancy present bagpipes, dance, traditional music and song, and Gaelic sport demos. Free. LIC Landing by Coffeed, 52-10 Center Blvd., LIC.

July 18, It’s All About Spiders, 1 pm. The second weekly Garden Creativi-Tea workshop involves making imaginary, fuzzy spiders and building a giant, colorful web. Workshops continue on Wednesdays until Aug. 8. $4. Voelker Orth Museum, 149-19 38th Ave., Flushing.

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Experience the wonderful world of Queens in your own backyard at Long Island City’s Live at the Gantries, a summer concert series hosted by Kupferberg Center for the Arts at Queens College. Live at the Gantries aims to highlight local and diverse talents that represent the communities and cultures in Queens.



Live at the Gantries 2018


Experience the wonderful world of Queens in your own backyard at Long Island City’s Live at the Gantries, a summer concert series hosted by Kupferberg Center for the Arts at Queens College. Live at the Gantries aims to highlight local and diverse talents that represent the communities and cultures in Queens.


In past years, Live at the Gantries typically featured only seven acts, but due to increased attendance, Kupferberg Center has extended this year’s line-up to include eight acts. This summer’s program includes acclaimed performers from a variety of musical backgrounds, including jazz, rock, hip-hop, folk, and pop.


On July 10, Lady and the Vamps will cover a range of genres from jazz standards like “Cheek to Cheek” to chart topping hits like “All About That Bass.” Based in Manhattan, Lady and the Vamps has performed at venues like the iconic Rainbow Room, NIOS Restaurant, Winnie’s Jazz Bar, the New York Hilton. The group prides themselves on their technical abilities, improvisational skills, and musical versatility.


Influenced by the Michigan music scene and jazz singers of the 50s and 60s, Lindsay Lou will deliver a soulful performance on July 17. She has performed in globally renowned concerts such as Stagecoach Music Festival in California, Colorodo’s Telluride Bluegrass Festival, and Strawberry Music Festival in California among others. Lindsay Lou was named one of NPR Music’s 12 best live performance sessions of 2015 by Mountain Stage with Larry Groce, which has featured acts like Joan Baez, Regina Spektor, Norah Jones and PHISH.


FDR Drive’s extensive repertoire knows no boundaries. On July 24, the group will play a medley of genres that includes current dance hits, Motown, R&B, 70s, 80’s, 90’s, rock, pop hits, and swing.


Founded in 1998 by artistic director Valerie Green, Dance Entropy is a professional not-for-profit modern dance company. On July 31, the eight-member dance troupe will explore themes such as traditions of culture and notions of self. The company creates, performs, and teaches dance to Dance Entropy to use creation, performance, and teaching to bridge communities. Dance Entropy has engaged with at-risk youth, adolescents, the chronically ill, trauma survivors, immigrants, senior citizens, and aspiring/professional dancers.


Indian musician Maestro Khan is committed to reaching broad audiences. On August 7, the multi-instrumentalist masterfully blends Indian classical and folk music, flamenco, and jazz with the sitar, keyboard, and guitar among other instruments. He has performed alongside Ray Charles in Germany and with Stevie Wonder at the Bonaroo Music and Arts Festival.


On August 14, The Bartlett Band with The Next Generation Sound will perform “From Bebop to Hip-Hop,” featuring the music of Frank Sinatra to Justin Timberlake, from Madonna to Lady Gaga, from Earth Wind & Fire to Bruno Mars, and more.


On August 21, the Chuck Braman Quintet draws inspiration from the compositions of trumpeter Kenny Dorham, saxophonist Joe Henderson and others featured on classic Blue Note recordings of the 1960s. Drummer-bandleader Chuck Braman has performed at jazz clubs like Birdland, The Cornelia Street Cafe, and the 55 Bar, and for virtually every summer concert organization in New York City, including Heart of Brooklyn (Brooklyn Botanical Gardens), Sunset On The Hudson, and Summer in the Square


On August 28, Grammy-nominated percussionist Felipe Fournier will pay tribute to the late, great New Yorker Tito Puente, a giant of Latin jazz percussion. Tito Puente rose to fame with his early mambo recordings and is best known for his groundbreaking work with the shallow drums known as timbales.


For more information about Live at the Gantries, visit or call the box office at 718-793-8080.


About Kupferberg Center for the Arts

Sponsored by New York Community Bank, The Kupferberg Presents 2018-2019 season features a vibrant lineup of world-class cultural events, concerts, and family programs at Colden Auditorium, Lefrak Concert Hall, Goldstein Theatre, and select off-campus locations for the 2.2 million residents of New York City’s most diverse borough. Since 1961, Kupferberg Center for the Arts has provided accessible and affordable world-class cultural entertainment to the NYC region. From classical and pop performances, to concerts and school residences, to a wide range of family events, over 350,000 individuals attend events at Kupferberg Center for the Arts each year. For tickets and information, visit or call the box office at (718) 793-8080. The box office hours are Tuesday through Friday from 12 p.m. to 6 p.m., Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., and up to one hour prior to all performances.

Event Directions


Subway: 7 train to Vernon/Jackson (first stop in Queens). Walk west toward the river on 50th Avenue.

Ferry: East River Ferry to Hunters’ Point. Walk north on 2nd Street.



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NewsFlash | Bell Blvd Food & Music Fest is on June 3



How about 30 restaurants for $25?

The Bell Blvd Food and Music Fest will take place in Bayside on Sunday, June 3, from 2 pm to 6 pm.

Participants will be able to stroll up Bell Boulevard between 38th and 43rd avenues and sample from eateries that specialize in American, Cajun, Chinese, French, Greek, Indian, Irish, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Paraguayan, and Spanish cuisine. New dishes and traditional favorites will mix, and some of the establishments will offer a signature cocktail or a special beer.

The fest will include live music and activities such as salsa lessons, story time for the youngsters, volleyball, and a pop-up park.

Here are the participating eateries: Aperitif Bistro, Avli Kafe, Avli Little Greek Taverna, Bayside Dumpling, Bourbon Street, ChiMac, Crown Room, Donovan’s, Dorawa, Fiamma 41, Fishscale, Hatfields, Krave It, Kung Fu Tea, Local Bar and Grill, Maria’s Mediterranean, Masala Box, Monahan & Fitzgerald, Nippon Cha, OSP, Papazzio, Pizzeria Uno, Pour House, Press 195, Red Mango, Sabor Guarani, Sangarita’s, Taverna Kyclades, Uncle Jack’s Steakhouse, VIPizza, and New Golden Wine & Liquor.

Tickets are $25 for adults and $10 for children under 12 years old. To purchase tickets, click here or go in person to Avli Kafe or Bell Bay Florist. Same day tickets are $35 for adults and $15 for children under 12 years old.


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