2015-06-10 / Front Page

It’s In Queens! (June 11 to June 17)

The Rocky Horror Picture Show is celebrating its 40th anniversary in Queens (where else?) this week. Other fun activities include a strawberry festival, a hot dog-eating contest, a theater festival, a mama’s expo, and plenty of live, outdoor music. Here’s the rundown.

June 12, The Rocky Horror Picture Show Experience, 7:30 pm. This is a screening and live reenactment by the New York City Shadow Cast of the 1970s cult movie which is now celebrating its 40th anniversary. Attendees are encouraged to come dressed as their favorite characters. $15. Museum of the Moving Image, 36-01 35th Ave., Kaufman Arts District, www.movingimage.us.

June 12, Unchained Theatre Festival, until June 28. This third annual extravaganza features 16 pieces, ranging from 10-minute shorts to full-length plays, performed three times in the course of three weeks. Voting by audiences and judges determines the top pieces, which receive an additional performance during the finale on June 28. $15/$18 for final round/closing ceremony. The Chain Theatre, 21-28 45th Rd., LIC, www.variationstheatregroup.com.

June 12, Queens Art Intervention, 6:30 pm. This is a launch event to discuss project ideas for this year and encourage artists from all over NYC to apply to be a part of QAI weekend. Free. Queens Council on the Arts, 37-11 35th Ave., Kaufman Arts District, www.queenscouncilarts.org.

June 12, Movie Night: Frozen, 8:30 pm. After the kingdom is cast into eternal winter by the powerful snow queen, her sister teams up with a rough-hewn mountaineer and his trusty reindeer to break the icy spell. Free. MacNeil Park, Poppenhusen Avenue and College Place, College Point, www.nycparks.com.

June 13-14, The Mamas Expo, 10 am to 3 pm. Part baby expo, part county fair, and part something entirely different, the Mamas Expo is a two-day, family-friendly gathering that brings together local resources, businesses, brands, educators, caretakers, parents, grandparents, performers, artists, and kids. $29. New York Hall of Science, 47-01 111th St., Corona, www.themamasexpo.com.

June 13-14, Historic Jackson Heights Weekend. The Jackson Heights Beautification Group sponsors this 25th annual weekend extravaganza. Activities include slide lectures, guided tours, and a vintage photo exhibition. For more info, call (718) 565-5344.

June 13, Family Strawberry Festival, noon to 4 pm. Try the best strawberry shortcake in NYC, celebrate Flag Day, participate in a pie-eating contest, and enjoy live entertainment and tours. $1-$5. Onderdonk House, 1820 Flushing Ave., Ridgewood, www.onderdonkhouse.org.

June 13, Kew Gardens Flea Market, 9 am to 5 pm (rain date: June 20). Albums, books, clothing, collectibles, household items, jewelry, pottery, and much more. The vendor fees benefit the Jamaica Hospital Medical Center’s Pediatric Department. LIRR North Parking Lot, 82-60 Austin St., Kew Gardens. More info at KGFleamarket@aol.com.

June 13, Long Island City Scavenger Hunt, 2:30 pm (registration at 2 pm). Follow a series of clues around LIC to get prizes and giveaways. All ages welcome. Pick up team registration at 2 pm. $10 per person, up to four per team. New York Irish Center, 10-40 Jackson Ave., LIC, www.nyirishcenter.org.

June 13, The World of the 7 Train, 10 am to 5:30 pm. Join official Queens historian Jack Eichenbaum on a series of six walks and connecting rides along the 7 train. He discusses the line and its impact on LIC, Sunnyside, Flushing, Corona, Woodside, Jackson Heights, and Flushing (for lunch). More info at jaconet@aol.com.

June 13, Opening of Welling Court Mural Project, noon to 8 pm. Artists come together to transform the neighborhood into a creative celebration and unique public art experience. 11-98 Welling Ct., Astoria, www.adhocart.org.

June 13, Friends of Fort Totten Park Family Fun Day, noon to 3 pm. Crafts, rides, giveaways, and more. Free. Fort Totten Park Parade Grounds, 422 Weaver Ave., Bayside, www.nycparks.com.

June 13, Queens The Way It Was, 1 pm. A film looking back at Queens from the 1930s to the 1960s, when it became the center of the world. Free. Greater Astoria Historical Society, 35-20 Broadway, 4th Fl., LIC, www.astorialic.org.

June 13, A Night at the Movies, 7 pm. The Queens Symphony Orchestra’s southern Queens salon series concert. Free. BCAC Fields, 125 Crossbay Boulevard, Broad Channel, www.queenssymphony.org.

June 13, Go Fly a Kite, 11 am. Attendees work together to make paper kits that they test out in the garden. Children can listen to stories about high-flying adventures. Free. Voelker Orth Museum, 149-19 38th Ave., Flushing, www.vomuseum.org.

June 13, Breathe, 2 pm; The Unexpected Life, 4 pm. Screened as part of the Panorama Europe 2015 film festival, Breathe is about the destruction of a perfect friendship between two teenage girls. The Unexpected Life is a bittersweet comedy about an actor and Spanish ex-pat living in Manhattan who bonds with his more conventional cousin. $12/$9 for seniors and students. Museum of the Moving Image, 36-01 35th Ave., Kaufman Arts District, www.movingimage.us.

June 14, Hot Dog Eating Contest, 11 am. This is the regional qualifier for the Nathan’s Famous Fourth of July International Hot Dog Eating Contest at Coney Island. Winners will face last year’s male champion, Joey Chestnut, and female champion, Miki Sudo. Jackie Robinson Rotunda, Citi Field, Flushing, www.majorleagueeating.com.

June 14, Long Island City Tour, 2:30 pm. This three-hour, small-group walking tour goes through LIC’s thriving arts scene. 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 a rooftop lounge with incredible cityscape views and a glass of prosecco. $65, advance booking required, www.bqetours.com.

June 14, Woodhaven Tour with Kevin Walsh of Forgotten NY, 1 pm. A guided walking tour of Woodhaven, home of NYC’s oldest tavern and the remnants of enamelware factories and historic carousels. Meet at the NE corner of Woodhaven and Rockaway boulevards. $20. Greater Astoria Historical Society, 35-20 Broadway, LIC, www.astorialic.org.

June 14, Catch the Cool Family Festival, noon to 4 pm. Art workshops, musical performances, tours, games, outdoor activities, and much more. Free. Queens Museum, Flushing Meadows Corona Park, Corona, www.queensmuseum.org.

June 14, Music in the Garden, 2:30 pm. The acclaimed Quintet of the Americas offers the premiere of “Variable Winds” by Flushing’s Daniel Ott and works by other local composers. $2-$4 Queens Botanical Garden, 43-50 Main St., Flushing, www.queensbotanical.org.

June 14, Queens Center for Progress Runs, 8:30 am. A 10-kilometer race and a one-mile children’s race to raise money for the Queens Center of Progress, which provides services to people with developmental disabilities. $30/$35 on race day. Unisphere, Flushing Meadows Corona Park, www.nycruns.com/races.

June 14, Bang on a Can Music Series, 3 pm. TIGUE returns with monthly performances in the indoor galleries, delivering rhythmic hooks and patterned drones via process and improvisation. $5-$10. Noguchi Museum, 9-01 33rd Road, LIC, www.noguchi.org.

June 14, Magical Girl, noon; Age of Cannibals, 3 pm; and Violet, 7 pm. Screened as part of the Panorama Europe 2015 film festival, Magical Girl is a neo-noir tale of a father desperate to fulfill his dying daughter’s last wish: to own an expensive dress from her favorite Japanese anime. Age of Cannibals makes fun of capitalism as two slimy international business consultants head for a breakdown of epic proportions after not getting promotions. Violet evokes the disorientation of grief as a troubled teen deals with the emotional fallout of witnessing his friend’s murder. Preceded by live music by the Flemish band St. Grandson in the courtyard. $12/$9 for seniors and students. Museum of the Moving Image, 36-01 35th Ave., Kaufman Arts District, www.movingimage.us.

June 15, Talk about French Resistance Leader on 70th Anniversary of World War II’s End, 1:30 pm. Charles Kaiser discusses his new book, The Cost of Courage: The True Story of One Family in the French Resistance, about Andre Boulloche, who coordinated the Resistance in northern France until he was betrayed by one of his comrades and arrested by the Gestapo. His sisters carried on the fight without him until the end of the war. Boulloche and one sister survived concentration camps, but the Gestapo killed their parents and an older brother. After the war, Boulloche became a prominent French politician. $8 suggested donation. Central Queens Y, 67-09 108th St., Forest Hills, www.cqy.org.

June 16, Matchup, 6 pm. This is the ultimate networking mixer—real time, real world, personalized socializing on the fly. Attend this event with a smartphone and download the herematch app. Then meet people with similar interests, backgrounds, etc. Free with complimentary finger food and cash bar. Z Hotel, 11-01 43rd Ave., LIC, conta.cc/1KehrSN.

June 17, Learn How to Enter Film Festivals, 6:30 pm. Queens World Film Festival Co-Directors Don and Katha Cato share tips on how to choose appropriate film festivals. The conversation covers what festival directors are looking for, how to maximize the festival-attending experience, and what to do if you don’t get into the festival of your choice. Attendees have the chance to ask Katha questions specific to their film projects. $10. Queens Council on the Arts, 37-11 35th Ave., Kaufman Arts District, www.queenscouncilarts.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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