It’s In Queens! (June 4 to June 10)
A global family reunion will take place in Flushing Meadows Corona Park this Saturday -- and everybody on the planet is invited. In the same place on the following day, a huge World’s Fair anniversary celebration will offer everything from classic cars to live music. Other activities include experimental dance, foreign films, a bike parade, racetrack art, tree-counting, and even scissor crafts. Here’s the rundown.
June 5, Global Mashup: Haiti Meets China, 8 pm. The Agoci band from Haiti serves up Kompa music, while FJ Music Fusion plays traditional Chinese music. Each group performs a set, and then both groups do an impromptu jam together. Dance lesson at 7 pm. Flushing Town Hall, 137-35 Northern Blvd., www.flushingtownhall.org.
June 5, The Way Out, 7 pm. Screened as part of the Panorama Europe 2015 film festival, Way Out follows a Romany woman who perseveres in the face of anti-gypsy racism to find steady employment. Museum of the Moving Image, 36-01 35th Ave., Kaufman Arts District, www.movingimage.us.
June 5-6, Take Root with Danaka Dance & Dances by Catherine Tharin, 8 pm. Danaka Dance investigates the visceral sensation of time and the importance of tangible memories. Dances by Catherine Tharin choreographs intimate, jewel-like dances that are compelling, wistful, and filled with possibility, hope, and poetic power. Green Space, 37-24 24th St., LIC, www.greenspacestudio.org.
June 6, Global Family Reunion, 11 am to 8:30 pm. Based on the premise that all humans are related, this is the biggest family reunion in history. Meet cousins you never knew you had and learn about building a family tree of the entire human race. Presentations by entertainers, authors, and scientists as well as music, food, interactive exhibits, comedy and games for kids. New York Hall of Science, 47-01 111th St., Corona, www.globalfamilyreunion.com.
June 6, LGBTQ Voices, 5 pm. As part of Queens Pride week, Flushing Town Hall presents established and up-and-coming LGBTQ performing artists in the heart of the LGBTQ community in Jackson Heights. Diversity Plaza, 37th Road at 74th Street.
June 6, Carol Sudhalter & the Astoria Big Band, 7 pm. Jazz the way it used to be with a multi-piece group. Sunnyside Reformed Church, 48-03 Skillman Ave., Sunnyside, (718) 426-5997.
June 6, Stable Views: Life in the Backstretch of the Thoroughbred Racetrack, until June 28. Photos and art work depicting the world of trainers, exercise riders, jockeys, saddle makers, and others. Gallery hours: Saturday and Sunday, noon to 5 pm. Flushing Town Hall, 137-35 Northern Blvd., www.flushingtownhall.org.
June 6, LIC Forum: The Beatles 1965, 1 pm. Local historian Dee Anne Gorman takes a trip back to the Shea Stadium concert that the Beatles gave in 1965. The movie Help! screens afterward. Greater Astoria Historical Society, 35-20 Broadway, Fourth Floor, LIC, www.astorialic.org.
June 6, National Trails Day, 9 am to 4 pm. A challenging, seven-mile walk from Union Turnpike to Fort Totten. Pre-registration is required. Alley Pond Environmental Center, 228-06 Northern Blvd., Douglaston, www.alleypond.com/trails.
June 6, LIC Bike Parade Workshop, 11 am to 5 pm. Prior to the parade, learn how to repair and decorate a bike. Plus, get free helmets and fittings. Socrates Sculpture Park, 32-01 Vernon Blvd., LIC, www.socratessculpturepark.org.
June 6, Mary Courtney & Morning Star, 7:30 pm. Courtney has a beautiful voice with depth and clarity of tone. John Redmond is a great Irish box player. Donie Ryan has a deft and lyrical touch on tenor banjo. New York Irish Center, 10-40 Jackson Ave., LIC, www.nyirish.org.
June 6, Tree Count Training, 10 am to 1 pm. This training is for people who want to survey trees in Ridgewood. First, register at www.nyc.gov/parks/treescount and then take the three-hour course at 1882 Woodbine St. For more info, contact Maryellen at (718) 381-3366.
June 6, Jamaican Cuisine, 4:30 pm. Learn to prepare authentic Jamaican food. Expect everything from fried cod fish fritters, rice and peas, brown stewed chicken breast (spicy) cooked with carrots, snow peas, broccoli and a calladoo vegetable dish. Registration required. Alley Pond Environmental Center, 228-06 Northern Blvd., Douglaston, www.alleypond.com.
June 6, Cowboys, 2 pm. Screened as part of the Panorama Europe 2015 film festival, the Wild West and Eastern Europe collide in Cowboys, a Croatian comedy about a theater director who mounts a bizarre cowboy musical in a bleak industrial town. Museum of the Moving Image, 36-01 35th Ave., Kaufman Arts District, www.movingimage.us.
June 7, World’s Fair Anniversary Festival, 1 pm to 9 pm. This commemoration includes classic cars, tours of historic sites, memorabilia exhibits, puppet shows, live music, and food trucks, including one that will sell Belgian waffles, which were introduced to the U.S. during the 1964 World’s Fair. Flushing Meadows Corona Park, www.nycparks.com.
June 7, Long Island City Tour, 2:30 pm. On this three-hour, small-group walking tour, participants are guided through the thriving arts scene with a walk that reveals LIC’s many layers of history and culture. Meet interesting local artists, makers, and entrepreneurs and enjoy light bites and samples from local microbrews. The grand finale is at a rooftop lounge with incredible cityscape views and prosecco. Advance booking required at www.bqetours.com.
June 7, Rockaway’s International Children’s Day, 10 am to 7 pm. A carnival with live music, entertainment, folk dance, beach games, rides, a petting zoo, and international foods. Free. Beach 116th Street, Rockaway, www.nycgovparks.org.
June 7, Design Your Own Racing Silks, 1 pm. Take a class with Antoinette Brocklebank, a silk maker for world-class jockeys. Flushing Town Hall, 137-35 Northern Blvd., www.flushingtownhall.org.
June 7, Drawing with Scissors, 1 pm. Guest artist Marna Chester teaches a variety of cutting techniques for making beautiful crafts. Voelker Orth Museum, 149-19 38th Ave., Flushing, www.vomuseum.org.
June 7, Refuge Denied: The St. Louis Passengers and the Holocaust, 1 pm. In 1939, more than 900 Jewish refugees boarded the St. Louis ship in Germany, hoping to escape escalating oppression by the Nazi government. Dr. Scott Miller presents a lecture on this ship. Kupferberg Holocaust Center, Queensborough Community College, 222-05 56th Ave., Bayside, www.qcc.cuny.edu/khrca.
June 7, Fertile Ground New Works Showcase, 7 pm. Fertile Ground is a monthly new works showcase for emerging and established artists. This show features Alexandra Pinel, Another River, Dawn Kinstle Dance Ensemble, Kitty Clark, Peggy Florin, and Tadashi Project. Green Space, 37-24 24th St., LIC, www.greenspacestudio.org.
June 7, Transcending Cultural & Aesthetic Boundaries, 2 pm. As part of an exhibition, Michelle Yun, senior curator of Modern and Contemporary Art at the Asia Society Museum, leads a discussion about cultural identity and aesthetic conventions. A panel explores imagery, symbolism and the unique use of materials in the artists’ practices. Seating is limited, contact firstname.lastname@example.org. Dorsky Gallery, 11-03 45th Ave., LIC, www.dorsky.org.
June 7, In the Crosswind, 2 pm; The Gambler, 4 pm; In the Basement, 7 pm. Screened as part of the Panorama Europe 2015 film festival, Crosswind recounts a woman’s true-life tale of survival amid Stalin’s ethnic cleansing of the Baltic region. Gambler is about a paramedic who starts taking bets on whether his patients live or die. Basement is a documentary that visits the basements of middle-class Austrians. Museum of the Moving Image, 36-01 35th Ave., Kaufman Arts District, www.movingimage.us.
June 8, Award-Winning Short Israeli Films, 12:30 pm. Film critic Matthew Weiss moderates an afternoon of shorts includes films from the Israeli Sam Spiegel Film School. Central Queens Y, 67-09 108th St., Forest Hills, www.cqy.org.
June 9, Things That Go Bang!,6 pm. The Little Orchestra Society presents the beloved LOS Lolli-Pops characters Bang the Lion and Buzz the Bee, who tap out symphonies with everyday kitchen items like pots, pans, and spoons to the tick-tock of the kitchen clock. IS 10 Horace Greeley Middle School, 45-11 31st Ave., Astoria, www.littleorchestra.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.