It’s In Queens! (Aug. 15 to Aug. 23)
Good things come in twos this week, as Queens offers a double dose of Irish culture, outside jazz, walking tours, cover bands and film festivals. There’s also the opportunity to watch a sneak preview of an upcoming blockbuster. Here’s the rundown.
Aug. 15, Ain’t Them Bodies Saints, 8 pm. Rooftop Films presents a sneak preview of Ain’t Them Bodies Saints, starring Rooney Mara and Casey Affleck. This feature film won the Cinematography Award at Sundance. The event will include live music, food and drink. $13. Queens County Farm Museum, 73-50 Little Neck Pkwy, Glen Oaks, www.rooftopfilms.com.
Aug. 15, Woodside Summer Concerts, 7 pm. The Beatles tribute band Yesterday & Today performs as part of this Thursday night series presented by the Northern Woodside Coalition and Goliard Concerts. Free. Sgt. Collins Park, 58th Street and Broadway, Woodside, 718-205-1030.
Aug. 15, Pop & Rock at Waterfront Concert Series, 7:30 p.m. The Lightyears perform pop and rock favorites as part of a weekly series sponsored by Central Astoria LDC. Astoria Park Lawn, Shore Boulevard between Hell Gate Bridge and the Pool. Free, www.centralastoria.org, 718-728-7820.
Aug. 15, SummerStage Kids Presents: Dirty Sock Funtime Band, 10:30 am. The Dirty Sock Funtime Band creates a wild, technicolor musical adventure where anything can happen. Free. Queensbridge Park, vicinity of 41st Road, 40th Avenue, the East River and Vernon Boulevard, LIC, www.cityparksfoundation.org.
Aug. 16, Irish Night featuring Andy Cooney, 7 pm. Enjoy live music with Andy Cooney and his world famous Irish band performing favorite Irish tunes. Free. Beach 108th Street and Boardwalk, Rockaway Beach.
Aug. 16, Irish Movie Night: 32A, 7:30 pm. This story is set when a girl is no longer a child yet not a woman. It opens with the heroine putting on her new snow white bra and stepping out into the world. The comedy short The Angelus screens too. New York Irish Center, 10-40 Jackson Ave., LIC, www.newyorkirishcenter.org, 718-482-0909.
Aug. 16, Casino Royale, 7:59 pm. A Better Jamaica screens this James Bond classic. His mission is Le Chiffre, banker to the world’s terrorists, and 007 needs to find all the aces in a high stakes poker game with the villain. Free. Rufus King Park, 153rd Street at Jamaica Avenue, Jamaica, www.abetterjamaica.org.
Aug. 17, Beach Flix, dusk. The Rockaway Civic Association and the Queens World Film Festival screen local and international short films. Free. Beach 86th Street, Rockaway Park, www.queensworldfilmfestival.com.
Aug. 17, Guided Walking Tour of Willets Point, 4 pm. East of Citi Field is a sewerless, hardscrabble area of auto junkyards and related businesses that has twice beaten back attempts at redevelopment. As it lies between the stadium and a booming Chinatown, public and private interests are again trying to transform Willets Point. Official Queens historian Jack Eichenbaum walks from central Flushing to understand its important setting, confront ecological issues and learn why Willets Point is a misnomer. $20. Go to www.mas.org/tours to register and get meet up info.
Aug. 17, Ballets with a Twist: Cocktail Hour, 2 pm & 4 pm. Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts is partnering with Queens Library to bring free music, dance and theater to libraries this summer. Cocktail Hour is a sassy suite of dances, each inspired by a well-known beverage. The show reinvents ballet and pays respect to the rich creativity of American cocktail culture. Performances include Q&A with the artists. Free. Queens Library at Flushing, 41-17 Main St., www.queenslibrary.org.
August 17, Hot Jazz/Cool Garden 2013 Concert Series, 2 pm. The Peter & Will Anderson Sextet play live in the garden area. Advance ticket purchase ($18) includes house tour pass. All tickets ($20 at door) include red beans-n-rice dish and sweet tea. Louis Armstrong House Museum, 34-56 107th St., Corona. www.satchmo.net.
Aug. 17, 13 Steps around Dutch Kills, 11 am. Join Newtown Creek Alliance historian Mitch Waxman for an intense exploration of Newtown Creek’s Dutch Kills tributary. In 13 steps over three hours, Mitch shows the ‘then’ and ‘now’ of the infamous tributary, considered to be the central artery of industrial LIC and ringed with enormous factories, rail yards and historic bridges. $20. Meet at Albert E. Short Triangle at Jackson Avenue and 23rd Street, LIC, www.newtowncreekalliance.org.
Aug. 17, Craftsmen Days, noon. Watch demonstrations of 19th century crafts, such as spinning, tinsmithing and broommaking. Enjoy traditional music performed on hammered dulcimer and fiddle. King Manor Museum, Rufus King Park, 153rd Street at Jamaica Avenue, Jamaica, www.kingmanor.org.
Aug. 17, Rosemary’s Baby, 2:30 pm; Little Murders, 5:30 pm. The Museum of the Moving Image hosts Fun City: New York in the Movies, 1967-75, which shows NYC-filmed flicks that tapped into the turmoil, chaos and social energies of the late 1960s and early 1970s. Rosemary’s Baby is Roman Polanski’s two-week location shoot, turning the stately Dakota into Manhattan’s most infamous apartment house. Street guy John Cassavetes plays an extremely sketchy Broadway actor with naïve Mia Farrow as his pregnant bride, and Oscar-winning Ruth Gordon as the hilariously sinister character next door. Little Murders is Alan Arkin’s adaptation of Village Voice cartoonist Jules Feiffer’s caustic play (a flop on Broadway, a hit in London and a smash off-Broadway revival). MMI, 36-01 35th Ave., Astoria, www.movingimage.us.
Aug. 18, Multicultural Flower Festival, 10 am. The celebration includes a parade, live entertainment from around the world, an arts fair, folklore dance performances and of course the beautifully colorful flower parade. Free. Children’s playground at 111th Street in Flushing Meadows-Corona Park, www.queensbotanical.org.
Aug. 18, The Landlord, 2 pm; The Angel Levin, 4:30 pm. The Museum of the Moving Image hosts Fun City: New York in the Movies, 1967-75, which shows NYC-filmed flicks that tapped into the turmoil, chaos and social energies of the late 1960s and early 1970s. The Landlord is about an indolent American princeling, who purchases a row house in a rough part of Brooklyn. The Angel Levine is a kindred fable of racial tension in an NYC tenement, where a divine hustler installs himself in the lives of a downtrodden, elderly Jewish couple. MMI, 36-01 35th Ave., Astoria, www.movingimage.us.
Aug. 18, My Blueberry Nights, 7 pm. The Museum of the Moving Image presents My Blueberry Nights as part of a retrospective on Wong Kar-wai, the influential Hong Kong Second Wave filmmaker. This dreamy, exhilarating road movie stars Norah Jones—in her film debut—as a heartbroken woman who leaves NYC and takes a soul-searching trip from Memphis to Las Vegas. Along the way she encounters a series of offbeat characters including a compulsive, desperate gambler and a melancholic cop drinking himself into oblivion. MMI, 36-01 35th Ave., Astoria, www.movingimage.us.
Aug. 19, Annie, 8:30 pm. The Central Astoria LDC presents Annie as part of its Monday night outdoor film series. Free. Astoria Park, www.centralastoria.org/events.
Aug. 20, Jazzmobile Block Party, 4 pm – 9 pm. This annual party shuts down 107th Street in front of the Louis Armstrong House Museum. On tap are a crafts workshop presented by the Queens Museum of Art; story time with Mick Carlon, who will read excerpts from his book Travels with Louis; and a hula hoop extravaganza. Live music at 7 pm with Willie Martinez & La Familia Sextet. Free. LAHM, 34-56 107th St., Corona. www.satchmo.net.
Aug. 21, Film Forum Festival, 7 pm. A drama by a German-born, Turkish-descended filmmaker, The Edge of Heaven, explores the lives of six characters, including a female Kurdish political activist wanted by the authorities and Lotte, a naïve student who becomes sexually entangled with her. Free. Socrates Sculpture Park, 32-01 Vernon Blvd., LIC, www.socratessculpturepark.org.
Aug. 21, U2 Tribute Band, 7:30 pm. The Joshua Tree covers U2 songs. Free. Maspeth Federal Parking Field, 56-18 69th St., Maspeth.
Aug. 21, Auditions for Queens College Choral Society, 6 pm. The all-inclusive Queens College Choral Society is seeking new members for its 2013-14 concert season. Free. Room 246 of the Music Building at Queens College, 65-30 Kissena Blvd., Flushing, www.qcchoralsociety.org.
Aug. 22, Jazz Thursdays, 7 pm. The Forest Hills Chamber of Commerce presents live jazz with Cheryl Pepsii Riley on 70th Road between Austin Street and Queens Boulevard. Free, www.foresthillschamber.org.
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.