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

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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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It’s In Queens! (May 17 to May 23)

There’s a great mix of classic and modern in the borough this week. Louis Armstrong, Tony Bennett, Leonard Bernstein, Dorothy and Toto are around. Ditto for completely new music, dance, poetry mashups, theater, and sculpture.

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It’s In Queens! (May 17 to May 23)

 

There’s a great mix of classic and modern in the borough this week. Louis Armstrong, Tony Bennett, Leonard Bernstein, Dorothy and Toto are around. Ditto for completely new music, dance, poetry mashups, theater, and sculpture.

 

May 18, Global Mashup 3: Mexico meets Guinea, 8 pm. Banda de los Muertos plays the boisterous Mexican brass/contemporary music known as “banda.” Mandingo Ambassadors does music from the golden age of Guinean dance bands. Then the two groups jam together. Dance lessons at 7 pm. $16. Flushing Town Hall, 137-35 Northern Blvd., http://bit.ly/2IhubxK.

 

May 18, The Wizard of Oz, 7 pm. CinemaLIC kicks off its fifth season screening outdoor movies on a 30-foot inflatable screen with this classic. Free. Hunter’s Point South Park, vicinity of Center Boulevard and 48th Avenue, LIC, http://bit.ly/2IkVrvd.

 

May 18, The Life and Times of Louis Armstrong, 1 pm. Experts and archivists from the Louis Armstrong House Museum offer an insider’s view of Satchmo with rarely seen archival material, pictures, film, and recordings. Queens Library Glen Oaks, 256-04 Union Turnpike, http://bit.ly/2rI3lHL.

 

May 18-19, Take Root, 8 pm. New dances which introduce ideas of entropy and disorder with Brush/McGrath and Brynne Billingsley & Artists. $15 in advance. Green Space, 37-24 24th St., LIC, http://bit.ly/2qAdUME.

 

May 19, The Tragedy of Carmen, 7:30 pm (and May 20 at 2 pm). Queens Opera Theatre presents a modern adaptation of Bizet’s “Carmen,” a tale of doomed love and violent passion. $16. Flushing Town Hall, 137-35 Northern Blvd., http://bit.ly/2Gd6CUJ.

 

May 19-20, Traditions Festival, noon to 4 pm. This third annual festival brings together neighborhood traditions, past and present, with music, food, dance, art, crafts, and more. Free. King Manor Museum, 153-01 Jamaica Ave., Jamaica, http://bit.ly/2HLqfsE.

 

May 19, A Tribute to Scott Joplin, 2 pm. This annual concert honors the King of Ragtime near his gravesite. Dan Levinson and his Canary Cottage Dance Orchestra, back for their fourth appearance, perform Joplin’s music with vocals by the Victorian Vaudeville Barbershop Quartet. Free. St. Michael Cemetery, 72-02 Astoria Blvd. S., East Elmhurst, http://bit.ly/2Ine0Pg.

 

May 19, War Requiem, A Plea for Peace, 8 pm. The Queens College Choral Society performs Benjamin Britten’s “War Requiem,” which combines the traditional Latin Requiem text with the poems of Wilfred Owen, who died in World War I. $20. Colden Auditorium, vicinity of Horace Harding Expressway and Kissena Boulevard, Flushing, http://bit.ly/2KnJvti.

 

May 19, Percussia, 3 pm. This Queens-based ensemble presents voice, harp, and percussion. Free. Queens Library Woodhaven, 85-41 Forest Pkwy., http://bit.ly/2jHfBou.

 

May 19, Annual Spring History and Community Festival, 11 am to 4 pm. Learn about Flushing’s unique heritage via demonstrations, educational programs, and hands-on activities. Weeping Beech Park, Bowne Street and 37th Avenue, Flushing, 718-359-0528 or Bownehouse@verizon.net.

 

May 19, Queens Symphony Orchestra, 5 pm. Patriotic music by the borough’s oldest arts organization. Free. Colony Theater Center, 2 Reid Ave., Breezy Point, http://bit.ly/2Gfvprn.

 

May 19, The Oscar, 1 pm. Screened as part of a series on Hollywood films starring local actors, “The Oscar” is Tony Bennett’s first movie. Hear about his early days in Astoria and then watch him on the big screen. Free. Greater Astoria Historical Society, 35-20 Broadway, LIC, http://bit.ly/2jX9rAC.

 

May 19, Strategic Desire: The Story Poems Tell, 2:30 pm. This interactive workshop asks participants to craft poems that tell a story and act as witness. Allia Abdullah-Matta, an Associate Professor at CUNY LaGuardia Community College, leads. Lewis H. Latimer House Museum, 34-41 137th St., Flushing, http://bit.ly/2Ild9i0.

 

May 19, Dear Penelope, 8 pm. A reading of a developing comedic play about four women who fall from grace at a news corporation and are banished to the basement to write an advice column. They have one chance to get their old jobs back. All they have to do is hijack the most spectacular story of the year. Queens Theatre, 14 United Nations Ave. S., Flushing Meadows Corona Park, http://bit.ly/2Hq9Mdy.

 

May 20, Oratorio Society of Queens, 4 pm. A 125-plus-member chorus sings Leonard Bernstein’s “Chichester Psalms,” selections from “West Side Story,” and Americana favorites. Queensborough Performing Arts Center, 222-05 56th Ave., Bayside, http://bit.ly/2wD7uTb.

 

May 20, Quintet of the Americas, 4 pm. The borough’s renowned woodwind quintet presents “Americans in Paris and Back Again,” a program that explores teacher Nadia Boulanger’s influence on 20th century American composers. Queens Botanical Garden, 43-50 Main St., Flushing, http://bit.ly/2rHgf9Y.

 

May 20, Fertile Ground, 7 pm. A showcase for new and evolving work plus a post-performance discussion with wine. Green Space, 37-24 24th St., LIC, http://bit.ly/2qAdUME.

 

May 21, Queens Symphony Orchestra, 7 pm. Broadway show tunes by the borough’s oldest arts organization. Free. Nativity of the Blessed Virgin May, 101-41 91st St., Ozone Park, http://bit.ly/2Gfvprn.

 

May 22, Australian Classical Guitar, 7:30 pm. As part of the East River Guitar Series, Rupert Boyd makes a solo stop on his world tour. $20 cash only. Annable Basin Sailing, 4-40 44th Dr., LIC, http://bit.ly/2rGIIvO.

 

May 23, Xaviera Simmons: Convene, Aug. 19. This sculpture features aluminum canoes painted with designs that evoke national flags symbolic of the diverse historical and contemporary demographic makeup of Astoria and Long Island City. It is temporarily on land along the East River in Hunter’s Point South Park, vicinity of Center Boulevard and 51st Avenue, LIC, http://bit.ly/2IH6ySs.

 

Continuing programs

 

Queens New Music Festival, until May 20. This seventh annual festival features Queens College New Music Group, RAM Players, Bowers-Fader Duo, Blagoeva-Massicotte Duo, The New Music for Strings Festival, and The Resurgam Quartet. Secret Theatre, 44-02 23rd St., LIC, http://bit.ly/2IlfZ6M.

 

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, http://bit.ly/2raFG2p.

 

LIC Arts Open, until May 20. Throughout the week, Astoria and LIC venues of varying sizes fill halls with every conceivable form of art work. On the final two days, from noon to 6 pm, artists open the doors to their studios and welcome the public. Free, http://bit.ly/2K0Ubhn.

 

Bring It On The Musical, until May 19. Tonya Pinkins, who co-starred with Gregory Hines in the Broadway play “Jelly’s Last Jam,” directs this musical. May 17 at 11:30 am; May 18 at 11:30 am and 8 pm; May 19 at 8 pm. $25. Black Spectrum Theatre, Roy Wilkins Park, 177th Street and Baisley Boulevard, Jamaica, http://bit.ly/2oGkPUC.

 

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, http://bit.ly/2wEcve9.

 

The “It’s In Queens” column is produced by the Queens Tourism Council with the hope that readers will enjoy the borough’s wonderful attractions. More info at www.itsinqueens.com.

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LOUIS ARMSTRONG’S “WHAT A WONDERFUL WORLD

hree Queens-based organizations collaborate to bring the legacy and music of Armstrong into all 62 branches of the Queens Library System

April 23, 2017: Queens Library has joined forces with Louis Armstrong House Museum and theKupferberg Center for the Arts @ Queens College to launch a systemwide celebration of the 50th Anniversary of Armstrong’s “What a Wonderful World” in all 62 branches of the library with free workshops, concerts, lectures, video, and surprise events between now and June 30th.

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LOUIS ARMSTRONG’S “WHAT A WONDERFUL WORLD”
50TH ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATED IN BOROUGH-WIDE INITIATIVE

Three Queens-based organizations collaborate to bring the legacy and music of Armstrong into all 62 branches of the Queens Library System

April 23, 2017: Queens Library has joined forces with Louis Armstrong House Museum and theKupferberg Center for the Arts @ Queens College to launch a systemwide celebration of the 50th Anniversary of Armstrong’s “What a Wonderful World” in all 62 branches of the library with free workshops, concerts, lectures, video, and surprise events between now and June 30th.

“There’s so much in ‘Wonderful World’ that brings me back to my neighborhood where I live in Corona, New York,” Armstrong said in 1968. “Lucille and I, ever since we’re married, we’ve been right there in that block. And everybody keeps their little homes up like we do and it’s just like one big family. I saw three generations come up on that block. And they’re all with their children, grandchildren, they come back to see Uncle Satchmo and Aunt Lucille. That’s why I can say, ‘I hear babies cry/ I watch them grow/ they’ll learn much more/ then I’ll never know.’ And I can look at all them kids’ faces. And I got pictures of them when they was five, six and seven years old. So when they hand me this ‘Wonderful World,’ I didn’t look no further, that was it.”

With a grant from the NYC Department of Cultural Affairs, Queens Library, the Louis Armstrong House Museum and Kupferberg Center for the Arts @ Queens College have curated a program comprised of multiple opportunities to celebrate Louis Armstrong’s music, history, and belief in “listening to all kinds of music.” Performances include lectures by staff and LAHM (include Spanish) and 12 performances by world-class musicians who reflect the diversity of cultures and communities who make up the fabric of Queens. Special arts activities include collage making and other opportunities for participants to share what “makes their world wonderful,” and what makes Queens a wonderful world. A video about the song’s history and its relationship with the political and social upheaval of the 1960s will be shown in select branches. In addition, programming includes pop-up concerts in all branches.

“While the song reflects Louis Armstrong’s feelings about the neighborhood of Corona and borough of Queens, it also applies to the way many of our customers experience our libraries,” said Queens Library President and CEO Dennis M. Walcott. “It speaks to the joy of discovery and the satisfaction of learning that occurs each time people come to us for information that helps them succeed in their lives. Our partnership with Kupferberg Center for the Arts @ Queens College and the Louis Armstrong House Museum offers a great opportunity for everyone who visits our library locations to absorb Satchmo’s optimism and reinforce his sense of wonder about the world.”

“We are thrilled to be working with the Queens Library to bring ‘What a Wonderful World’ programming to all 63 library branches in the borough and in turn make the arts more accessible to everyone in Queens,” says Queens College President Félix V. Matos Rodríguez. “What better way to communicate our College’s mission to serve the students and families of our borough than through a celebration of one of America’s (and Queens’!) most-beloved cultural icons?”

“The Louis Armstrong House Museum is thrilled to be sharing the legacy of the GREAT Louis Armstrong throughout the borough of Queens and beyond the neighborhood of Corona he loved so much where the museum is based,” says David Ostwald, Chairman of the LAHM Board and Leader of the Louis Armstrong Eternity Band.

This year’s celebration features a selection of exciting musical artists, each drawing inspiration from Louis Armstrong and underlining his influence worldwide. Highlights include David Ostwald’s Grammy-nominated, traditional New Orleans-style group, Louis Armstrong Eternity Band; Min Xiao-Fen’s reinterpretations of jazz classics in “Blue Pipa: From Harlem to Shanghai and Back;” Indian-inspired jazz from composer and guitarist Prasanna; pan-African percussion/vocal groupAkoko Nante Ensemble; folk band Radio Jarocho mixing the sounds of the Mexican countryside with New York City jazz; and, a series of lectures from experts and archivists from Louis Armstrong House Museum (in both English and Spanish) across Queens.

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