2015-09-16 / Front Page

It’s In Queens! (September 17 to September 23)

A change in season must be taking place, as fun Queens events are heading indoors. A runway show, theater, cooking, classical music, film, and history are coming up, while outdoor events include Shakespeare and a Poseidon parade. Here’s the rundown.

Sept. 17, Brew & Chew, 4 pm to 7 pm. Restaurant vendors from Downtown Jamaica fill the street with samples of their cuisine. Food tasting only, $5; unlimited beer samples, $20; food tasting and unlimited beer samples, $25. Jamaica Market, 160th Street between Jamaica and 90th avenues, www.gjdc.org.

Sept. 17, McManus Irish Dance, 6:30 pm. Through the Third Thursdays in Bliss Plaza program, this Sunnyside-based dance company presents traditional Irish music and dance, featuring young students and local artists. Free. Bliss Plaza, Queens Boulevard and 46th Street under the elevated 7 train station, Sunnyside, www.sunnysideshines.org.

Sept. 17, Turkish Cooking Class, 6:30 pm. Sila Asa from the Turkish Cultural Center Queens leads an interactive lesson with lentil patties and shredded phyllo dough with pudding and walnut dessert. $20. Alley Pond Environmental Center, 228-06 Northern Blvd., Douglaston, www.alleypond.com.

Sept. 18, F/W Runway Show, 7 pm. Models showcase a collection inspired by the styles of 1970s music icons, followed by an in-store party with complimentary open bar. Mango Store at Queens Crossing, 136-17 39th Ave., Flushing, RSVP at www.queenscrossing.com.

Sept. 18, The Pillowman, through Oct. 3, Wednesdays-Saturdays at 8 pm with 2 pm matinees on Saturdays and Sundays. This play centers on a writer in an unnamed totalitarian state who is being interrogated about the gruesome content of his short stories and their similarities to a series of child murders. $18/$20 at door. Variations Theatre Group at The Chain Theatre, 21-28 45th Rd, LIC, www.variationstheatregroup.com.

Sept. 18, The First Annual New York Annual Festival of Irish Theater, 7:30 pm. $13. New York Irish Center, 10-40 Jackson Ave., LIC, www.nyirishcenter.org.

Sept. 18, Tocho Swing Beats, 8 pm. Considered one of Japan’s top orchestras, this big band consists primarily of workers at the Tokyo Metropolitan Government Office and other Tokyo-based government organizations. $16. Flushing Town Hall, 137-35 Northern Blvd., www.flushingtownhall.org.

Sept. 18-19, Laboration Art Company, 8 pm. As part of the Take Root program, this company presents a multi-disciplinary performance work-in-process. $17. Green Space Studio, 37-24 24th St., LIC, www.greenspacestudio.org.

Sept. 19, Viva La Comida 2015, noon to 7 pm. Diverse vendors and street performers. Free. Vicinity of 82nd Street and Roosevelt Avenue, Jackson Heights, www.vivalacomida.com.

Sept. 19, Alabama Shakes with Drive-By Truckers, 7 pm. Grammy-winning soulful blues and rock. $39.60-$69.50. Forest Hills Stadium, One Tennis Place, www.foresthillsstadium.com.

Sept. 19, Poseidon’s Parade, 11 am. A distinctively Queens version of the Mermaid Parade. $5 for marchers; $10 for floats. Boardwalk at Beach 106th Street with a children’s art festival at Beach 95th Street, Rockaway, www.poseidonsparade.com.

Sept. 19, Meet Daniel Simone, 4 pm to 11 pm. Simone co-wrote The Lufthansa Heist, a book about a $6 million armed robbery at John F. Kennedy Airport. Books available for purchase and signing. Free. Neir’s Tavern, 87-48 78th St., Woodhaven, www.neirstavern.com.

Sept. 19 and 20, Shakespeare in the Garden, 5 pm. Alex Schirling presents Shakespeare’s Midsummer Night’s Dream. Free with admission. Queens Botanical Garden, 43-50 Main St., Flushing, www.queensbotanical.org.

Sept. 19, SHAKTI II, 6 pm. This dance drama chronicles the triumphs and battles of Adi Shakti Durga Devi with two hours of singing, dancing, and drumming with a talented cast of 35+ members. $25, York College Performing Arts Center, 120-20 Guy R. Brewer Blvd., Jamaica, www.york.cuny.edu.

Sept. 19, History of Beer Gardens, 2 pm. Learn about the history of beer gardens with the Greater Astoria Historical Society. QED Astoria, 27-16 23rd Ave., www.astorialic.org.

Sept. 19, The Amazing Maize Maze, through Oct. 25, 11 am to 4:30 pm. Children find their way out of a three-acre corn labyrinth. $9/$5 for children (ages 4-11)/free children under age 3. Queens County Farm Museum, 73-50 Little Neck Pkwy, Floral Park, www.queensfarm.org.

Sept. 19, Hunter’s Point Film Series, sunset. Outdoor screening of Annie Hall. Free. Hunter’s Point South Park, Center Boulevard and 51st Avenue, LIC, www.cinemalic.com.

Sept. 19, Opening Reception for Anthea Hamilton and Gabriel Sierra, 6 pm. The launch of Hamilton’s Lichen! Libido! Chastity! and Sierra’s Numbers in a Room. Each artist is presenting a new work in a first solo museum show in New York City. Free. SculptureCenter, 44-19, Purves St., LIC, www.sculpture-center.org.

Sept. 19, Center of Attention, 4 pm. Visitors are invited to engage with the collection through an hour-long discussion focused on a single work of art. This day’s topic is Infant. Free. Noguchi Museum, 9-01 33rd Rd., LIC, www.noguchi.org.

Sept. 19, PulpMobile, 1 pm to 4 pm. Rejin Leys, a Haitian-American teaching artist specializing in works on paper, teaches all passers-by with her traveling art program, PulpMobile. Free. King Manor Museum, King Park, Jamaica, www.kingmanor.org.

Sept. 19-20, 33rd Annual Queens County Fair, 11 am to 6 pm. A traditional county fair with blue ribbon competitions in livestock, produce, and home crafts, plus pie eating, corn husking, pig races, and hayrides $9/$5 for children 12 and under. Queens County Farm Museum, 73-50 Little Neck Pkwy, Floral Park, www.queensfarm.org.

Sept. 20, 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 local microbrews with a grand finale at a rooftop lounge with incredible cityscape views and a glass of prosecco. $65, advance booking required via www.bqetours.com.

Sept. 20, East Meets West: A Recital, 2 pm. Pianist Hannah Hsu Wang returns to Queens with violinist Raymond Malone. Their performance brings together western classical and Asian traditional music featuring Bach, Brahms and the Taiwanese composer, Tyzen Hsiao. $12. Voelker Orth Museum, 149-19 38th Ave., Flushing, www.vomuseum.org.

Sept. 20, Fertile Ground, 7 pm. This monthly new works showcase for emerging and established artists is now in its tenth season. This non-curated performance event features choreographers East Rock Dance Theater, Johnnie Cruise Mercer and TheREDProject, Kelley Donovan, Mook Dance Company, Rhythmic Synergy, and Sapphire Squirrel Productions, followed by a discussion with wine and cheese, moderated by Artistic Director Valerie Green. $12. Green Space Studio, 37-24 24th St., LIC, www.greenspacestudio.org.

Sept. 20, Con Brio Ensemble presents Twilight Concert, 4:30 pm. Violinist Anton Miller, violist, Rita Porfiris, cellist Hamilton Berry, oboist Alan Hollander, and pianist Diana Mittler-Battipaglia perform Schumann, Reinecke, Fuchs, and Toch. $12. The Church-in-the-Gardens, 50 Ascan Ave., Forest Hills, www.queenscouncilarts.org.

Sept. 20, Opening for Uncanny/Figure, 2 pm to 5 pm. On view through Dec. 13, this show displays distortions, where nothing is quite fixed or what we expected. Gallery hours: Thursday-Monday, 11 am to 6 pm. Free. Dorsky Gallery, 11-03 45th Ave., LIC, www.dorsky.org.

Sept. 21, Steinway Mansion, 7 pm. During the summer, interns from the Greater Astoria Historical Society uncovered the Steinway Settlement, a 19th century community started by the Steinway family. Enjoy a lecture and discussion on the Steinway Conservatory. GAHS, Quinn Building, 35-20 Broadway, Fourth Floor, LIC, www.astorialic.org.

Sept.21, Oratorio Society of Queens Rehearsal, 7 pm. Reservations are required. If you pass the audition, you go directly into rehearsals. Temple Beth Sholom, 172nd Street and Northern Boulevard, Flushing, www.queensoratoriosociety.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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