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It's In Queens (May 28 To June 3)

It’s In Queens! (May 28 to June 3)

The Who will rock to town as a highlight to an incredibly musical week that includes a symphony, an international, multi-culture event, Ed Sheeran, jazz, and even a festival for people who play the saw (yes, the saw). There are also opportunities to enjoy Latin dance, European films, walking tours, and fly-fishing. Here’s the rundown.

May 28 & 29, Ed Sheeran, 7 pm. Blending soulful vocals with organic folk introspection and hip-hop hooks, Sheeran is a global phenomenon. The 23-year old British singer/songwriter has had international hit singles like “The A Team” and “Lego House.” $65.50-$85.50. One Tennis Pl., Forest Hills Gardens, www.foresthillsstadium.com.

May 29, Superhero 5K Relief for Nepal, 6 pm. This is a superhero-themed costume run. Proceeds will go to relief in earthquake-affected Nepal. $25/$30 on race day. The Unisphere, Flushing Meadows Corona Park, www.nycruns.com/races.

May 29, Gods, 7 pm. Screened as part of the Panorama Europe 2015 film festival, Gods is biopic about Zbigniew Religa, the Polish surgeon who defied the Communist bureaucracy of the 1980s to perform the country’s first heart transplant. $12/$9 for seniors and students. Museum of the Moving Image, 36-01 35th Ave., Kaufman Arts District, www.movingimage.us.

May 29, Abuse, 8 pm (and May 30 at 3 pm). English version of Spanish play about sexual abuse in the Catholic Church. $35/$32 for students and seniors. Runs until June 28. Thalía Spanish Theatre, 41-17 Greenpoint Ave., Sunnyside, www.thaliatheatre.org.

May 30, The Who Hits 50, 7:30 pm. One of rock-and-roll’s most legendary groups is touring the U.S. on its 50th anniversary. The band performs with Joan Jett & the Blackhearts in this concert. $49-$799. One Tennis Pl., Forest Hills Gardens, www.foresthillsstadium.com.

May 30, NYC Musical Saw Festival, 2 pm. The world’s largest gathering of people making music with handsaws, plus an art gallery. $10. Trinity Lutheran Church, 31-18 37th St., Astoria, www.musicalsawfestival.org.

May 30, Astoria International Cultural Fest, noon to 5 pm. Music and dance from Bangladesh, Brazil, Ecuador, Greece, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Mexico, Morocco, Romania, and Spain. Free. Astoria Park Pool Terrace, 19th Street and 23rd Avenue, Astoria, www.centralastoria.nyc.

May 30, Oye Corona, 2 pm to 5 pm. This is a free monthly cultural celebration with live music concerts of local and global talent. This day’s lineup features Danza Azteca, Mujeres en Movimiento, The Underground Drum and Dance Ensemble, and an art-making workshop. Corona Plaza, Roosevelt Avenue and 104th Street, Corona, www.queensmuseum.org.

May 30, Astoria Symphony Orchestra, 8 pm. The orchestra presents music for brass and percussion, featuring Joan Tower’s “Fanfare for the Uncommon Woman” and Wagner’s “Ride of the Valkyrie.” $25/$20 seniors and students/$5 discount for tickets purchased online. Mt. Carmel Church, 23-25 Newtown Ave., Astoria, www.astoriamusic.org.

May 30, What's New (and Old) in Long Island City? Part 2, 11 am. A guided walking tour with official Queens historian Jack Eichenbaum of Dutch Kills and Queens Plaza. $20. Meet at fare booth 39th Avenue station for the N train, LIC. Register at www.mas.org.

May 30, The Tree, 4 pm. Screened as part of the Panorama Europe 2015 film festival, The Tree is about a mother and her two sons who live as prisoners in their own home due to their fear of the outside world. $12/$9 for seniors and students. Museum of the Moving Image, 36-01 35th Ave., Kaufman Arts District, www.movingimage.us.

May 30, LIC Forum: Celebrate the Girl Scouts, 1 pm. Celebrate 100 years of Girl Scouts with presentations by local troops on the history of scouting and their activities in the community. Free. Greater Astoria Historical Society, Quinn Building, 35-20 Broadway, LIC, www.astorialic.org.

May 30, Abuse, 8 pm (and May 31 at 4 pm). Spanish-language version of Spanish play about sexual abuse in the Catholic Church. $35/$32 for students and seniors. Runs until June 28. Thalía Spanish Theatre, 41-17 Greenpoint Ave., Sunnyside, www.thaliatheatre.org.

May 30, The Basics of Composting for the Urban Gardener, 2:30 pm. Jeremy Teperman of the NYC Compost project presents a two-hour workshop on the basics of composting. Urban gardeners of all levels are welcome. Free, reservations recommended. King Manor Museum, 150-3 Jamaica Ave., Jamaica, www.kingmanor.org.

May 31, Long Island City Tour, 2:30 pm. Check out a rapidly changing neighborhood of soaring new towers and budding cultural centers, set amid the bones of NYC’s industrial past. This three-hour, small-group walking tour goes through through the thriving arts scene with a walk that reveals its many layers of history and culture. Meet interesting local artists, makers, and entrepreneurs and enjoy additional stops for light bites and to sample local microbrews, as well as a grand finale at the Z Hotel’s rooftop lounge with incredible cityscape views and a glass of prosecco. $65, advance booking required, www.bqetours.com.

May 31, Click, Clack, Moo, 1 pm and 3 pm. Based on a children’s book, Jenny visits her grandfather, Farmer Brown, who declares the farm a “tech-free zone.” The cows go on strike and the chickens join them in solidarity. $14 with Family Flex Pass of $100 for 10 tickets. Queens Theatre, 14 United Nations Ave. S., Flushing Meadows Corona Park, www.queenstheatre.org.

May 31, Fly Fishing, 10 am. Learn the techniques of fly fishing from a seasoned veteran, including equipment, casting, knots, and rigging. $10, must register. Alley Pond Environmental Center, 228-06 Northern Blvd., Douglaston, www.alleypond.com.

May 31, I Can Quit Whenever I Want, 2 pm; Xenia, 4 pm; The World, 7 pm. Screened as part of the Panorama Europe 2015 film festival, I Can Quit tells the story of group of underemployed academics who hope to earn quick cash by entering the drug racket. But when their new designer drug turns out to be all the rage, can they handle the success? Xenia is about a gay teen and his older brother who journey across Greece in search of their estranged father. The World shows the intersecting lives of three people working at an offbeat café in a small village in Albania. $12/$9 for seniors and students. Museum of the Moving Image, 36-01 35th Ave., Kaufman Arts District, www.movingimage.us.

June 1, LIC Forum: Hallet to Halsey, 7 pm. This is a lecture on Astoria, starting with the first Dutch settler in the 1600s and ending with the consolidation of outer boroughs into New York City in 1898. $5. Greater Astoria Historical Society, Quinn Building, 35-20 Broadway, LIC, www.astorialic.org.

June 2, Taste of LIC, 6:30 pm. The Chocolate Factory presents this tenth annual event, which celebrates Long Island City with the participation of 50 restaurants and 100 local businesses. $65–$400. Gantry Plaza State Park
49th Avenue at the East River, LIC, www.chocolatefactorytheater.org.

June 3, Monthly Jazz Clinic & Jam: Ella Fitzgerald, Playing the Great American Songbook, 7 pm to 10 pm. Clinic at 6 pm. Flushing Town Hall, 137-35 Northern Blvd., Flushing, www.flushingtownhall.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. More info at www.itsinqueens.com.

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