2015-08-19 / Front Page

It's In Queens! (August 20 to August 26)

Inspiring, blooming Taiwanese orchids are a main draw this week. Ditto for the LIC Block Party and Flushing Night Out, which will feature a little bit of everything (food, music, art, spontaneous creativity). Other options are concerts, comedy, films, puppets, and walking tours. Here’s the rundown.

Aug. 20, British Dependency, 7 pm. Live Reggae music. Free. Elmhurst Park, vicinity of Grand Avenue and 57th Avenue, Elmhurst, www.nycparks.com.

Aug. 20, Dilemastronauta, 6:30 pm. Dilemastronauta performs original music inspired by the rhythms of Colombia and the Latin American song book with a modern twist. Free. Bliss Plaza, Queens Boulevard and 46th Street, Sunnyside, www.sunnysideshines.org.

Aug. 20, Jazz Thursdays, 7 pm. Richard Boulger’s After Hours Band performs. Free. Vicinity of 70th Road between Queens Boulevard and Austin Street, Forest Hills, www.foresthillschamber.org.

Aug. 20, Music & Movie Night, 6 pm. The night begins with the Blues by the Grammy-nominated Tony-O & His Band. The nightcap is a screening of the Disney anime film Big Hero 6. Free. Kissena Corridor Park, Main Street and Elder Avenue, Flushing, www.flushingchamber.nyc.

Aug. 20, When Harry Met Sally, around 8:30 pm. Outdoor screening with Midtown Manhattan in the background. Free. Hunters Point South Park, Center Boulevard and 51st Avenue, LIC, www.cinemalic.com.

Aug. 21-23, Taiwan: A World of Orchids, 9 am to 5 pm. A stunning floral display, including more than 250 pots containing exquisite Taiwanese orchids, accompanied by installations by more than 30 artists. Free with admission ($4/$3 for seniors/$2 for students). Queens Botanical Garden, 43-50 Main St., Flushing, www.queensbotanical.org.

Aug. 21, Flushing Night Out, 6 pm to 11 pm. The second such event of the summer includes a night market with local entrepreneurs serving delicious food, unique fashion, and amazing entertainment. Rapper Awkwafina headlines the talent. Free. Flushing Town Hall, 137-35 Northern Blvd., www.flushingtownhall.org.

Aug. 21, The Swan: Le Théâtre de Deux Mains from Montreal, 7 pm (and Aug. 22 at 1 pm). Based on The Ugly Duckling by Hans Christian Andersen, this puppet play is about a lost bird overcoming obstacles while looking for his parents. A meet-and-greet with the artist and coloring time follow the performance. $8. Flushing Town Hall, 137-35 Northern Blvd., www.flushingtownhall.org.

Aug. 21, Plaza Movie Night: Ghostbusters, 7:30 pm. Food vendors and an outdoor film screening. Free. Douglaston Station Plaza, 242-02 61st Ave., Douglaston, www.dougldc.org.

Aug. 22, Third Annual LIC Block Party, noon to 5 pm. Artist-led activities, live performances, an artist market showcasing affordable and functional art and objects, and food from local restaurants. Plus, Eli Keszler, an artist, composer, and percussionist who works within the intersections of architecture, performance, installation, notation, and composition, performs intermittently. Free. SculptureCenter, 44-19 Purves St., LIC, www.sculpture-center.org.

Aug. 22, The Legendary Finbar Furey, 7:30 pm. One of Ireland’s most beloved entertainers with opening acts Honor Molloy, Maeve Price, and Ben Keenan. $32. New York Irish Center, 10-40 Jackson Ave., LIC, www.nyirishcenter.org.

Aug. 22, Hoops, Sticks & Whirligigs, noon to 3 pm. Hear stories of old time fun and roll hoops, play a historic game of catch known as “graces,” and make toys. Free. King Manor Museum, 150-3 Jamaica Ave., Jamaica, www.kingmanor.org.

Aug. 22, Unlocked and Reimagined, 11 am to 1 pm. All are invited to organize and/or participate in weekly activities at an abandoned 17th century historical site. Free. Leverich Family Burial Ground, 71st Street and 35th Avenue, Jackson Heights, www.queenscouncilarts.org.

Aug. 22, Laughter Is The Best Medicine...Take 2, 6 pm. This comedy show and comedy auction starring Gilbert Gottfried is a fundraising effort for the Forest Hills Volunteer Ambulance Corps. $40-50. Queens Theatre, 14 United Nations Ave. S., Flushing Meadows Corona Park, www.queenstheatre.org.

Aug. 22, Retrospective on Filmmaker Alex Ross Perry, through Aug. 25. Perry is an accomplished and provocative independent filmmaker. The schedule is as follows: Impolex, Aug. 22 at 4:30 pm; The Color Wheel, Aug. 23 at 3 pm; Listen Up Philip, Aug. 23 at 5:30 pm; and special preview screening of Queens of Earth ($25), Aug. 25 at 7:30 pm. $12/$9 for senior citizens and students/$6 for children 6-12, Museum of the Moving Image, 36-01 35th Ave., Kaufman Arts District, www.movingimage.us.

Aug. 23, R&B Concert, 5 pm. Sessions The Band performs. Free. Springfield Park, Springfield Boulevard between 146th and 147th avenues, www.queensbp.org/katzconcerts.

Aug. 23, Kishan vs. Kanaiya Reloaded, 5:30 pm. A hilarious Hindi play featuring the Indian King of Comedy Paresh Rawal. $29-$99. Colden Auditorium at Kupferberg Center for the Arts, Reeves Avenue at Horace Harding Expressway, Flushing, www.kupferbergcenter.org.

Aug. 23, Long Island City Tour, 2:30 pm. This three-hour, small-group walking tour goes through LIC’s thriving arts and culinary 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 via www.bqetours.com.

Aug. 23, Corona Circuit with Jack Eichenbaum, 10 am. Urban geographer and official borough historian Jack Eichenbaum leads a tour spanning Corona between the Lemon Ice King and the Louis Armstrong House Museum. $20. Meeting location is provided after tickets are purchased, www.mas.org.

Aug. 23, Invasion 1897, 5 pm to 10 pm. Lancelot Oduwa Imasuen’s film Invasion 1897 tells the true story of a punitive expedition to retaliate for the murders of eight Englishmen who visited Benin Kingdom to seek control over its trade. $30/$20 for students and children/$45 at door. Queens Theatre, 14 United Nations Ave. S., Flushing Meadows Corona Park, www.queenstheatre.org.

Aug. 24, The Incredibles, 8:30 pm. Outdoor screening of an animated film about married superheroes Mr. Incredible and Elastigirl. Free. Astoria Park Great Lawn, Shore Boulevard between Hell Gate Bridge and Astoria Pool, www.centralastoria.nyc.

Aug. 25, The 2012 Richard Tucker Opera Gala, 8 pm. A video of this concert screens as part of a partnership with Queens Theatre and Lincoln Center Education to present outdoor screenings of some of the most impactful Lincoln Center performances of the past three years. Free. Flushing Meadows Corona Park’s Festival Lawn, www.queenstheatre.org.

Aug. 25, Jacob Teichroew, 7 pm. Teichroew is a saxophonist, woodwind player, composer, bandleader, and music educator. Free. Gantry Plaza State Park, vicinity of 48th Avenue and Vernon Boulevard, LIC, www.jacobteichroew.com.

Aug. 25, Movies Across Golden Pond: Guardians of the Galaxy, 8:30 pm. Free. Crocheron Park, 35th Avenue and Cross Island Parkway, Bayside, www.nycparks.com.

Aug. 26, Italian Nights 2015, 7 pm. Marty Hroncich presents passionate songs and music from the Istria Region. Free. Athens Square Park, 30th Street and 30th Avenue, Astoria, www.italianfederation.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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