2015-09-23 / Front Page

It's In Queens! (September 24 to September 30)

The Maker Faire began in the San Francisco area in 2006 and quickly spread to various cities. This week, the biggest and best one takes places in – where else? -- Queens. This international event is the flagship for a jam-packed week that includes a Jim Henson celebration, a restaurant crawl, a dance festival, a Broadway showtune extravaganza, opera, and poetry. Here’s the rundown.

Sept. 24, Jamaica Restaurant Crawl, 5 pm to 8 pm. Participants include Dominican and Central American eateries. $20. Tickets and more information at 516.502.5936.

Sept. 24, NED Talks, 7 pm. Bicycle world traveler Joe Cruz shares his tips for successful adventures. Cyclists can present Cruz with tough questions. Free. Nomad Cycle, 51-02 21 St., LIC, www.nomadcycle.com.

Sept. 25, In My Father’s House, 7 pm. Set on Chicago’s south side, this documentary chronicles the year-long journey of Grammy-winning rapper Che “Rhymefest” Smith, from homelessness and alcoholism to self-discovery and redemption, as he reunites with his homeless father in a quest to reclaim his neighborhood and discover his true self as a father and son. Plus, post-screening discussion with Martha Diaz of the Hip-Hop Education Center and co-producer Jameka Autry. Museum of the Museum Image, 36-01 35th Ave., Kaufman Arts District, www.movingimage.us.

Sept. 26-27, World Maker Faire 2015, 10 am to 6 pm. This is an all-ages gathering of tech enthusiasts, crafters, educators, tinkerers, hobbyists, engineers, science clubs, authors, artists, students, and commercial exhibitors. They unite to show what they have made and to share what they have learned. Prices vary. New York Hall of Science, 47-01 111th St., Corona, www.nysci.org.

Sept. 26, Fall Family Day: Jim Henson Celebration, 11:30 am to 4 pm. An afternoon of fun and educational puppet activities and live events in honor of Henson, the inventor of the Muppets would have turned 79 on Sept. 24. Free admission for children 12 and under. Museum of the Moving Image, 36-01 35th Ave., Kaufman Arts District, www.movingimage.us.

Sept. 26, TreesCount! 2015, 9 am to noon. This is a volunteer-powered campaign to map, count, and care for all of NYC’s street trees. To date, only 25 percent of Flushing’s street trees have been mapped. The data collected will further the Parks Department’s understanding, and ability to care for the city’s urban forest. Meet at PS 20, 142-30 Barclay Ave., Flushing. More information: Jennifer Sun at jennifer9280@gmail.com.

Sept. 26 Making Moves Dance Festival, 2 pm (free outdoor) and 7 pm (main stage). A performance by emerging NYC dance companies and choreographers in a two-part showcase of original works from around the globe. $15/$12 for seniors and students. Jamaica Performing Arts Center, 161-04 Jamaica Ave., Jamaica, www.jcal.org.

Sept. 26, Oye Corona!, 3 pm. This monthly celebration features dance from Mexico and Bangladesh as well as live music, workout time, art-making workshops, dance performances, and stories. Free. 103rd Street and Roosevelt Avenue, Corona, www.queensmuseum.org.

Sept. 26, Harvest Moon Drumming, 7 pm. Begin with workshops led by Haitian master drummer, Öneza Lafontant, on the Rada and Petwo drums, then jam with the entire group. All are welcome from beginner to professional. $20. Flushing Town Hall, 137-35 Northern Blvd., Flushing, www.flushingtownhall.org.

Sept. 26, Inside the Vatican, 1 pm. A documentary that takes a glimpse into the secret archives and private chapels of the Vatican during the time of Pope John Paul II. Free. Greater Astoria Historical Society, Quinn Building, 35-20 Broadway, LIC, www.astorialic.org.

Sept. 26, Touch a Truck & Fall Family Festival, 11 am to 4 pm. A festival to give youngsters the opportunity to climb on, touch, and explore trucks and vehicles. Cross Island YMCA, 238-10 Hillside Ave, Bellerose.

Sept. 26, Smithsonian Museum Day Live, 2:30 pm to 4:30 pm. Hosted by Smithsonian Magazine, there is free admission for anybody who presents a Museum Day Live ticket. Queens Historical Society, Weeping Beach Park, 143-35 37th Ave., Flushing, www.queenshistoricalsociety.org.

Sept. 26, Community Volunteer Day, 10 am to 1 pm. Staffers, individuals, and group volunteers participate in a variety of garden activities. Queens Botanical Garden, 43-50 Main St., Flushing, www.queensbotanical.org.

Sept. 27, Vox A Cappella, 4 pm. A cappella group VOX won the Austrian Gold Award for Music in 2009. The singers are on a world tour right now. $25. Colden Auditorium at Kupferberg Center for the Arts, Queens College, 65-30 Kissena Blvd., Flushing, www.kupferbergcenter.org.

Sept. 27, Stephen Schwartz and Friends, 3 pm. Grammy and Oscar winner Schwartz joins Debbie Gravitte, Scout Coulter, and Kelli Rabke to perform songs from his greatest hits, such as Wicked, Godspell, and Pocahontas. $39-$45. Queensborough Performing Arts Center, 222-05 56th Ave., Bayside, www.visitqpac.org.

Sept. 27, The Moment: Indigenous Voices From the East Coast of Taiwan, 2 pm. An improvisational indigenous Taiwanese contemporary performance and video. Queens Museum, NYC Building, Flushing Meadows Corona Park, www.queensmuseum.org.

Sept. 27, Third Annual Sunday Stroll, noon to 5 pm. Live music and performances, free games and rides, giveaways from local businesses. Bell Boulevard between 39th and 41st avenues, Bayside, www.baysidevillagebid.com.

Sept. 27, Kew Gardens Community Arts Day, 11 am to 5 pm. The entire neighborhood is an art experience, featuring demos, sidewalk chalk artworks, a music show, an art exhibit and giveaways. Free. Vicinity of Austin Street and Lefferts Boulevard, Kew Gardens.

Sept. 27, Pay-What-You-Can Self Defense Class, 7 pm. Open to anybody 16 or older, this class covers five aspects of self defense: thinking, using the voice, physical self defense, escape, and after care. Free or pay what you can with a $20 suggested donation. M’Kekado School of Karate, 72-26 Roosevelt Ave., Jackson Heights, www.mkdkarate.com or elenaselfdefense@yahoo.com.

Sept. 27, 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.

Sept. 28, Song From The Uproar, 4:30 pm. Beth Morrison Projects holds rehearsal of this opera as the troupe gets ready for performances at the Los Angeles Music Center. A panel discussion with the creators, director, and stars afterward. Free. Jamaica Performing Arts Center, 161-04 Jamaica Ave., www.jcal.org.

Sept. 28, Five Continents, One Borough: Art Treasures from the Homelands of Queens, through Jan. 12, 2016. The Godwin-Ternbach Museum at Queens College displays 33 works from its collection that represent five of the homelands of Queens residents. It includes works ranging from pre-Columbian textiles to contemporary Chinese painting to Christian and Buddhist objects, as well as works by Rembrandt and the poet Rumi. Free. On view Monday to Friday, 9 am to 5 pm at the Citi DeFord Gallery, Lobby of One Court Square, LIC, (718) 997-4747 or gtmuseum@qc.cuny.edu.

Sept. 30, Words With Wings, 7:30 pm to 11:30 pm. An all-poetry show with live art, mini open mic, fireworks. The Grind, 11-27 44th Rd., LIC, www.thenycgrind.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.

Return to top

Copyright 1999-2018 The Service Advertising Group, Inc. All rights reserved.