2015-08-26 / Front Page

It’s In Queens! (Aug. 27 to Sept. 2)

Children don’t usually enjoy anything that includes the words “back to school.” However, Jamaica will host a huge back-to-school fashion show this week with young models and performers that people of all ages will love. Music is actually a big draw this week with African beats, the blues, choral auditions, doo wop, a drumming circle, and jazz. Bike lessons and Jews in Iran are also part of the mix. Here’s the rundown.

Aug. 27, Fresh Dressed, 7 pm. Screening of a documentary on hip hop, urban fashion, and general urban hustle. Kanye West, Pharrell Williams, Sean “Puffy” Combs, Big Daddy Kane, and Russell Simmons are among the interviewees. Free. Jacob A. Riis Neighborhood Settlement House, 10-25 41st Ave., LIC, www.movingimage.us.

Aug. 27, Flicks in the Park, dusk. The Queens World Film Festival presents Bengali animation, Spanish love stories, Asian documentaries, and other examples of independent foreign cinema. Free. Diversity Plaza, vicinity of 74th Street/Jackson Heights subway stop, www.queensworldfilmfestival.com.

Aug. 27, An American Blues Concert, 6:30 pm. Ddendyl from season six of NBC’s The Voice performs. Free. Tribute Park, Beach 116th Street at Beach Channel Drive, Rockaway Park, www.queensbp.org/katzconcerts.

Aug. 29, JCKidz Back-to-School Fashion Show: Kidz w/Style and Confidence, 3 pm to 5 pm. A power-packed event showcasing trendsetting designs. Young models (ages 5-13) walk the red carpet with DJ Dr. Bob Lee of WBLS and DJ Martian from Hot 97. Free. The 165th Street Mall (rain location: Jamaica Performing Arts Center, 150-13 Jamaica Ave.), Jamaica, www.jamaicacenter.org.

Aug. 29, Queens Jazz: A Living Tradition, 2 pm. Dennis Lichtman and his Queensboro Six perform original compositions and music associated with famous jazz pioneers who resided in Queens. Free. Louis Armstrong House Museum, 34-56 107th St., Corona, www.louisarmstronghouse.org.

Aug. 29, Moon Drumming Workshop, 7 pm. Celebrate the Harvest Moon with master drummers from Puerto Rico. The evening begins with workshops led by Grammy-nominated Juan Gutiérrez and follows with an all-group jam. No prior experience necessary. $20 (space is limited; drums provided). Flushing Town Hall, 137-35 Northern Blvd., Flushing, www.flushingtownhall.org.

Aug. 29, Onipa Abusia: Dinizule and His African Dancers, Drummers and Singer, 7 pm. Onipa Abusia is an Akan religious organization that was established in 1997 to promote African religious and cultural practices. $10. Jamaica Center for Arts & Learning, 161-04 Jamaica Ave., Jamaica, www.queenscouncilarts.org.

Aug. 29, Magic Water Rides with Free Style Arts Association, noon to 3 pm. Artists John Cloud Kaiser and Greg VandeHey help participants build their own boats and water-runners from sticks, feathers, and other materials. Socrates Sculpture Park, 32-01 Vernon Blvd., LIC, www.socratessculpturepark.org.

Aug. 29, Farm Tour, 2 pm. A guided tour of the three-quarter-acre farm. Free with admission. Registration required at www.qbgfarmtour.eventbrite.com. Queens Botanical Garden, 43-50 Main St., Flushing, www.queensbotanical.org.

Aug. 30, Little Anthony and the Imperials, 9 pm. A concert by doo wop legends. $10-$50. Resorts World Casino New York City, 110-00 Rockaway Blvd., Jamaica, www.rwnewyork.com.

Aug. 30, Bike Path Ride for Adults, 10 am. A chance for novice adult (18 and older) cyclists to sharpen their skills. Bring a bicycle and helmet. Walk-ins welcome. Free. Corona Park Aquatic Center, 131-40 Fowler Ave., Flushing Meadows Corona Park, www.nycparks.com.

Aug. 30, Motown Concert, 5 pm. Motor City Revue performs. Free. Great Lawn, 19th Street between Astoria Park South and Ditmars Boulevard, Astoria, www.queensbp.org/katzconcerts.

Aug. 30, Jews in Persia, 1 pm. The opening of an exhibition on the Jews of Persia/Iran. The focus is on World War II, the period under the last Shah, the Islamic revolution, and recent struggles of Jews with anti-Semitism and Holocaust denial. Curated and researched by Rabbi Isidoro Aizenberg, the show contains more than 40 historic, archival, and modern day images. Free. Kupferberg Holocaust Resource Center, Queensborough Community College, 222-05 56th Ave., Bayside, www.kupferbergcenter.org.

Aug. 30, Anti-Nationalism Day, 3 pm. The Asian American Writers’ Workshop is organizing an unusual event: Anti-Nationalism Day, a fake holiday humorously rebutting India’s Independence Day. This event features poets and writers reading new pieces. Queens Museum, NYC Building, Flushing Meadows Corona Park, www.queensmuseum.org.

Aug. 31, Lagaan, 7:30 pm. Outdoor screening of a classic Indian movie. Free. Cunningham Park Main Park House, 196th Street and Union Turnpike, Oakland Gardens, more information at (718) 217-6452 and marcahaken@yahoo.com.

Sept. 2, Monthly Jazz Jam, 7 pm to 10 pm. These nights are a fun way to hone skills and jam with peers. Don’t play? Come listen! $10/free for students and jamming musicians. Flushing Town Hall, 137-35 Northern Blvd., Flushing, www.flushingtownhall.org.

Sept. 2, Queens Choral Society Auditions, 6 pm. The group seeks members for its fall concert, which will feature Vivaldi’s Gloria, Bach’s Magnificat, and Verdi’s Requiem. Auditions consist of basic singing skills; no preparation is necessary. Queens College Music Building, Room 246, Flushing, contact James John at (718) 997-3818 or jmsjhn@aol.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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