2015-07-15 / Front Page

It's In Queens! (July 16 to July 22)

It’s another big week for outdoor music with classical, funk, gospel, hip hop, jazz, Latin jazz, a tribute to the Beatles, and two Italian nights. Other fun options include a new night market, sculpture, story-telling, an e-waste recycling event, an art conference, a pie-crumbling contest, and poetry.

July 16, Queens Night Market, 6 pm to 11 pm. A social event and night market with food, crafts, live performances, and a deejay. A second market is set for Aug. 21. Free. Flushing Town Hall, 137-35 Northern Blvd., www.flushingtownhall.org.

July 16, SummerStage: Lyricist Lounge, 7 pm. Large Professor, a hip hop producer from Flushing, and Marley Marl, a hip hop producer from Queensbridge, perform. Free. Queensbridge Park, vicinity of 41st Road, 40th Avenue, Vernon Boulevard, and the East River, LIC, www.summerstage.org.

July 16, Alí Bello & The Sweet Wire Band, 6:30 pm. Through the Third Thursdays in Bliss Plaza program, Alí Bello & The Sweet Wire Band present Latin jazz fusion invigorated by Caribbean music. Free. Bliss Plaza, Queens Boulevard and 46th Street under the elevated 7 train station, Sunnyside, www.sunnysideshines.com.

July 16, The Fountain of Prosperity: Michael Stevenson, through Aug. 3. New Zealand sculptor Stevenson created this piece after researching the Phillips Machine, a hydro-mechanical computer invented in 1949 by Bill Phillips to represent fiscal and monetary flows in a national economy. The piece is inspired by market shift and stems largely from archival and field research in Guatemala, where the Central Bank purchased a Phillips Machine in 1952. SculptureCenter, 44-19 Purves St., LIC, www.sculpture-center.org.

July 17, SummerStage: Soul Inscribed and Jennifer Cendaña Armas, 7 pm. Soul Inscribed plays a mix of hip hop, dub, funk, and soul. Armas, a first-generation Filipino-American, is an interdisciplinary artist dedicated to telling stories of diasporas. Free. Queensbridge Park, vicinity of 41st Road, 40th Avenue, Vernon Boulevard and the East River, LIC, www.summerstage.org.

July 17, Album Release Concert, 7 pm. Gospel singer Karen Clark Sheard launches her new album, Destined to Win, in a concert with John P. Kee and Faith Evans. $25. Greater Allen AME Cathedral of New York, 110-31 Merrick Blvd., Jamaica, www.allencathedral.org.

July 17, The Searchers, 7 pm. Screened as part of The Essential John Ford, a series on the consummate American filmmaker, The Searchers tells the story of an outsider’s quest to find his abducted niece and the Comanche chief who kidnapped her. Museum of the Moving Image, 36-01 35th Ave., Kaufman Arts District, www.movingimage.us.

July 17, United States Society for Education through Art Regional Conference, until July 19. Educators, curators, and artists from across the globe convene at this event, themed “An Inclusive World: Bridging Communities.” $45-$85. Queens Museum, NYC Building, Flushing Meadows Corona Park, www.queensmuseum.org.

July 17, Destination Rockaway: Passport International Film Series, 9 pm. The Rockaway Waterfront Alliance screens Pan! Our Music Odyssey, which tells the story of the Pan drum, the national instrument of Trinidad and Tobago. Free. Rockaway Community Garden, 58-03 Rockaway Beach Blvd., www.rwalliance.org.

July 18, Hot Jazz/Cool Garden Series, 2 pm. Jon-Erik Kellso & Friends provide music. The hosts provide red beans, rice, sweet tea, and tours. $18. Louis Armstrong House Museum, 34-56 107th St., Corona, www.louisarmstronghouse.org.

July 18, SummerStage: Rashida Bumbray and Jamel Gaines, 7 pm. Bumbray’s choreography draws from traditional African-American vernacular and folk forms. Gaines merges rigorous classical and modern technique with African-American soul and spirit. Free. Queensbridge Park, vicinity of 41st Road, 40th Avenue, Vernon Boulevard, and the East River, LIC, www.summerstage.org.

July 18, Grabbers, 7:30 pm. A screening of the 2012 Irish movie about a charming but heavy-drinking police officer who is tasked with greeting a straight-laced female officer who has just arrived at a small fishing village. There’s not much crime, but then a fishing boat crew disappears, dead whales appear on the shore, and a lobsterman catches a strange tentacled creature. $11 suggested donation/$8 for students, seniors, unemployed. New York Irish Center, 10-40 Jackson Ave., LIC, www.nyirish.org.

July 18, Hands-On History: America the Beautiful, noon to 3 pm. Celebrate the nation’s birthday during this craft program for children of all ages. Make paper American flags and hear stories of the country’s founding. Free. King Manor Museum, 150-03 Jamaica Ave., Jamaica, www.kingmanor.org.

July 18, Summer Berry/Pie Crumble Contest, all day. Market outside Jamaica Center on 160th Street in vicinity of Jamaica Avenue, Jamaica, www.gjdc.org.

July 18, The Long Gray Line, 1:30 pm; The Searchers, 4:30 pm; The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance, 7 pm. Shown as part of The Essential John Ford, a tribute to the consummate American filmmaker, The Long Gray Line surveys 50 years at West Point. The Searchers is about an outsider’s quest to find his abducted niece and the Comanche chief who kidnapped her. John Wayne stars in Liberty Valance. Museum of the Moving Image, 36-01 35th Ave., Kaufman Arts District, www.movingimage.us.

July 19, Queensboro Symphony Orchestra, 7 pm. A summer chamber music concert with Bach, Vivaldi, Mozart, and Beethoven. Free. St. Ann’s Church, 58-02 146th St., Flushing.

July 19, Summer Electronic Waste Recycling Event, 10 am to 4 pm. Drop off unwanted electronics that will be recycled. Then, attend a children’s event and make crafts out of recycled and repurposed items. Free. Queens Botanical Garden Parking Lot, 42-80 Crommelin St., Flushing, www.queensbotanical.org.

July 19, SummerStage: Family-Friendly Program, 4 pm to 7 pm. Performers include award-winning jazz trombonist Wycliffe Gordon, B-Love’s Hip Hop Jazzy Groove, and Karisma Jay and AbunDance. The festival closes with a performance by hip-hop artist Pete Rock and a screening of Time Is Illmatic, a documentary on the making of Queensbridge rapper Nas’ 1994 debut album Illmatic and his development as an artist. Free. Queensbridge Park, vicinity of 41st Road, 40th Avenue, Vernon Boulevard, and the East River, LIC, www.summerstage.com.

July 19, Walking Tour of Jackson Heights, noon. Adrienne Onofri, who wrote Walking Queens, partners with Kornblit Tours to take participants through a bustling neighborhood with culture, architecture, history and many ethnic food tasting stops. $59. Meet at Diversity Plaza, Broadway between 73rd and 74th streets off Roosevelt Avenue, www.kornblittours.com/package/queens-tour.

July 19, Like Sea Glass: A Hand Full of Light, 2:30 pm. A discussion with artist-in-residence M.J. Levy Dickson about her installation that is currently on view. $8/$5 for students and seniors. Queens Historical Society, 143-35 37th Ave., Flushing, www.queenshistoricalsociety.org.

July 19, Yesterday and Today, 5 pm. A Beatles tribute band performs as part of the Katz Concert Series. Free. Crocheron Park, 35th Avenue between Corbett Road and Cross Island Parkway, Bayside, www.queensbp.org/katzconcerts.

July 19, The Quiet Man, 4 pm; Sergeant Rutledge, 7 pm. Shown as part of The Essential John Ford, a tribute to the consummate American filmmaker, The Quiet Man is about an ex-heavyweight from Pittsburgh who visits his ancestral Irish home and gets the fight of his life from a strong-willed local girl. Sergeant Rutledge is about a black cavalry sergeant who defends himself against accusations of rape and murder. Museum of the Moving Image, 36-01 35th Ave., Kaufman Arts District, www.movingimage.us.

July 21, Italian Night, 7 pm. Elio Scaccio and the Tony Valente Trio give an outdoor concert. Free. Juniper Valley Park, 80th Street and Juniper Boulevard North, Middle Village, www.junipercivic.com.

July 21, Birds; Myth; Memory: Poetic Visions from the Soul, 2 pm. A solstice program organized by spoken word-poet Bernard Block with Concetta Abbate, Doreen Spungin, and Janet Restino. Set in the garden, it’s an afternoon for reflection and laughter with a multifaceted group of poets. $6/$5 for students. Volker Orth Museum, 149-19 38th Ave., Flushing, www.vomuseum.org.

July 22, Iron Crows, dusk. The Film Forum, Rooftop Films, and Socrates Sculpture Park present the 17th annual, eight-week Outdoor Cinema Festival. Activities include open-air cinema, music, dance, and food. The documentary Iron Crows was shot in Chittagong, Bangladesh, the world’s center for ship-breaking. It depicts huge megaton behemoths that are broken apart by men and boys who earn $2 a day. Free. SSP, 32-01 Vernon Blvd., LIC, www.socratessculpturepark.org.

July 22, Italian Nights 2015, 7:30 pm. Andrea & Friends sing popular Italian songs from the 1950s, 1960s, and 1970s presented by the Federation of Italian American Organizations of Queens. Free. Athens Square Park, 30th Street and 30th Avenue, Astoria, www.italianfederation.com.

July 22, Teatro SEA, 11 am. This is a comical children’s play about famous offbeat characters from Puerto Rican and Dominican folklore who discover their self-esteem and friendship. Juan Bobo and Pedro Animal give a live circus-style performance in Spanish and English. Free. 111th Street Lawn, near Queens Zoo, Flushing Meadows Corona Park, www.nycparks.com.

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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