2015-08-05 / Front Page

It's In Queens! (August 6 to August 12)

Pets gone wild! Activities this week include a doggie ice cream party, a dragon festival, an exhibit on how cats are taking over the internet, and a screening of the movie ET. There are also plenty of outdoor activities, such as the annual Jamaica JAMS concert and street festival with more than 500 vendors. Here’s the rundown.

Aug. 6, Passport Thursdays Outdoor International Dance, Music & Film Series, 7 pm. A screening of Mateo, a Colombian film about youngster who collects extortion money on behalf of his uncle to help out his poor mother. This action leads to some difficult choices. Free. Queens Museum, NYC Building, Flushing Meadows Corona Park, www.queensmuseum.org.

Aug. 6, Central Astoria Waterfront Concert Series, 7:30 pm. A live performance by Dance Machine, New York City’s only authentic 11-piece disco band. Bring a blanket or chair, but also bring bell bottoms, polyester shirts, and platform shoes. Free. Astoria Park Great Lawn, Shore Boulevard between the Hell Gate Bridge and Astoria Pool, www.centralastoria.nyc.

Aug. 6, The Merchant of Venice, 7:30 pm. The Hip to Hip Theatre presents Shakespeare’s story about a Venetian gentleman who has to default on a loan from moneylender. Free. Children’s program at 7 pm. Crocheron Park, 35th Avenue and Cross Island Parkway, across from Golden Pond, Bayside, www.hiptohip.org.

Aug. 6, Outdoor Concert, 7 pm. Orville Davis & the Wild Bunch perform country music -- honky tonk with attitude -- as part of a series sponsored by the Northern Woodside Coalition. Free. Sgt. Collins Triangle, Broadway and 58th Street, Woodside, 718-205-1030.

Aug. 7, How Cats Took Over the Internet, through Jan. 31, 2016. This exhibition, which includes screenings and live events, looks at the phenomenon of cats online and how they have transfixed a generation of web users. Museum of the Moving Image, 36-01 35th Ave., Kaufman Arts District, www.movingimage.us.

Aug. 7, JAMS Under the Stars, 5 pm to 10 pm. A mega concert with Toni Ann Semple, a powerful singer who blends the nuances of her African and Native American heritages into soul, funk, and jazz; DJ Jordan Knoxx, a mixologist from Hollis; and Dallas Forte, a Christian crooner from Guyana. Free. Rufus King Park, vicinity of 153rd Street and 89th Avenue, Jamaica, www.go2ccj.org.

Aug. 7, Free First Fridays, 10 am to 8 pm. Free admission, public tours in English and Japanese, and Center of Attention, an extended conversation about a single work of art. (Noguchi’s Cloud Mountain is the topic on Aug. 7 at 7 pm.) Noguchi Museum, 9-01 33rd Rd., LIC, www.noguchi.org.

Aug. 7: E.T., about 8:30 pm. Outdoor screening of a classic movie with Midtown Manhattan in the background. Free. Hunters Point South Park, Center Boulevard and 51st Avenue, LIC, www.cinemalic.com.

Aug. 8, Hong Kong Dragon Boat Festival, through Aug. 9. More than 170 teams and 2,000 participants compete and celebrate the Year of the Rabbit. Expect racing, cultural performances, and great food. Free. Flushing Meadows Corona Park’s Meadow Lake near the boathouse, www.hkdbf-ny.org.

Aug. 8, Jamaica Arts & Music Summer Festival, 11 am to 7 pm. Expect 200,000 revelers enjoying live performances, fashion, art, and more than 500 vendors. Free. Jamaica Avenue from Parsons Boulevard to 170th Street, Jamaica, www.go2ccj.org.

Aug. 8, Chinese Theatre Works: Holding Up Half the Sky, 2 pm. This opera and puppet spectacle tells the story of four legendary women warriors, spanning 2,000 years of Chinese history. The piece was written and directed by Flushing Town Hall Space Grant recipients Kuang-Yu Fong and Stephen Kaplin. $8/$50 VIP package. FTH, 137-35 Northern Blvd., Flushing, www.flushingtownhall.org.

Aug. 8, 78th Street Play Street, dusk. The Queens World Film Festival collaborates with the Jackson Heights Green Alliance to present indie films under the stars. Free. Travers Park, 78th Street and 34th Avenue, Jackson Heights, www.queensworldfilmfestival.com.

Aug. 8, Hindu Awareness and Swami Vivekanada Day, 3:30 pm. Entertainment program includes chanting, colorful dances, and meditation. The Hindu Temple Society of North America, 45-57 Bowne St., Flushing, www.nyganeshtemple.org.

Aug. 8, Storytime & Craft, 2 pm. A relaxing afternoon with nature-inspired stories followed by a botanically-themed craft activity. Free with admission. Queens Botanical Garden, 43-50 Main St., Flushing, www.queensbotanical.org.

Aug. 9, Canine Ice Cream, 11 am to 1 pm. Music, games, dog-friendly ice cream treats, and more. Giveaway bags for the first 25 people. Free with low-cost spay-neutering options (limited). Rockaway Freeway Dog Park, Beach Channel Drive at Beach 84th Street, Rockaway Freeway, www.nycparks.com.

Aug. 9, Queens Symphony Orchestra, 5 pm. Outdoor concert featuring the borough’s finest musicians. Free. Forest Park’s George Seuffert Bandshell, Woodhaven Boulevard and Forest Park Drive, Woodhaven, www.queensbp.org/katzconcerts.

Aug. 9, JG Thirlwell, 3 pm. This summer’s concert series continues with JG Thirlwell, a Brooklyn-based composer/producer/performer who presents works for string quartet, including a world premiere performance of a new piece. Free. Noguchi Museum, 9-01 33rd Rd., LIC, www.noguchi.org.

Aug. 9, Myrtle Avenue Street Festival, 11 am to 6 pm. Games, rides, vendors, live entertainment, and adoptions. Free. Myrtle Avenue from Fresh Pond Road to Forest Avenue, Ridgewood, 718-444-6028.

Aug. 10, How to Train Your Dragon, 8:30 pm. The Central Astoria LDC presents an outdoor screening of the animated film about a Norse teenager from the island of Berk, where fighting dragons is a way of life. Free. Astoria Park Great Lawn, Shore Boulevard between Hell Gate Bridge and Astoria Pool, www.centralastoria.nyc.

Aug. 11, The Villalobos Brothers, 8 pm. Lincoln Center screens concert video of one of today’s leading World Music and Contemporary Mexican ensembles as part of a month-long partnership with Queens Theatre. Free. Flushing Meadows Corona Park’s Festival Lawn (at Queens Theatre in case of rain), www.queenstheatre.org.

Aug. 11, Movies Across from Golden Pond: Big Hero 6, 8:30 pm. Free. Crocheron Park, 35th Avenue and Cross Island Parkway, Bayside, www.nycparks.com.

Aug. 11, Garden Creativi-Tea, 12:30 pm to 3:30 pm. Bring the entire family for a new afternoon of art making and refreshing iced tea in the garden. $3/$6 per family. Voelker Orth Museum, 149-19 38th Ave., Flushing, www.vomuseum.org.

Aug. 12, Wadja, dusk. The first film directed by a Saudi woman, Wadja depicts a 10-year-old girl who longs for a bicycle so she can race her best friend (a boy) and attain some measure of independence in a society whose restrictions on women begin early. Free. Socrates Sculpture Park, 32-01 Vernon Blvd., LIC, www.socratessculpturepark.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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