2016-04-20 / Front Page

It’s In Queens! (April 21 to April 27)

It’s quantity and quality this week, as the borough hosts top-notch entertainment, including Sudanese music, an arbor fest, a gangster tour, yarn-spinning, and the opening of a world famous night market. Here’s the rundown.

April 21-23, Beer + Bacon Classic, times vary. All food samples include bacon. Expect 150 vendors. (April 21, 8 pm, April 22, 1 pm, April 23, 7 pm.) $69. Citi Field, 123-01 Roosevelt Ave., Flushing, www.baconandbeerclassic.com.

April 22, Best of the Fest, 8 pm. The Queens World Film Festival presents eight award-winning shorts from this year’s extravaganza. Free. Resorts World Casino New York City, 110-00 Rockaway Blvd., Jamaica, www.queensworldfilmfestival.com.

April 22, The Wind in the Willows, 7:30 pm (and April 23-24 at 2:30 pm). The Gingerbread Players presents this play, which is based on Kenneth Grahame’s story of Toad, Rat, Mole, and Badger and their adventures in Wild Wood. $15. St. Luke’s Church, 85 Greenway South, Forest Hills Gardens, www.gingerbreadplayers.org.

April 22, 1916: The Irish Rebellion, 7:30 pm. Narrated by Liam Neeson, this documentary reports on the Irish uprising against the British forces during Easter Week 1916. Evening includes a Q&A with the film’s creator, writer, and producer, and a short, My Life for Ireland, specially commissioned by the Irish Film Board to commemorate this event. Suggested donation is $11/$8 for students, seniors, unemployed. New York Irish Center, 10-40 Jackson Ave., LIC, www.newyorkirishcenter.org.

April 23, Queens Night Market Opening, 6 pm. More than 50 new and/or returning food vendors representing the borough’s diversity. New York Hall of Science parking lot, 47-01 111th St., Corona, www.queensnightmarket.com.

April 23, Alsarah & The Nubatones, 8 pm. Sudan-born and Yemen-raised Alsarah is a singer, songwriter, and ethnomusicologist who gives voice to a narrative of displacement that encompasses her Sudanese musical canon. The Nubatones blends a selection of Nubian “songs of return” with original material and traditional music of central Sudan. $16. Flushing Town Hall, 137-35 Northern Blvd., www.flushingtownhall.org.

April 23, Inside Out Tour, 1:30 pm and 3 pm. Check out this historic house and landscape. Bowne House, 37-01 Bowne St., Flushing, www.bownehouse.org.

April 23, Prospect Cemetery/King Manor Tour, noon. See the borough’s oldest cemetery with Prospect Cemetery Association Curator and President Cate Ludlam, followed by a tour of a historic house in Jamaica. $20. Meet at the southwest corner of Jamaica Avenue and Parsons Boulevard at the end of the E and J trains, www.astorialic.org.

April 23, Taikoza, 2 pm. A special concert featuring Taikoza, who has created a new sound using the thunderous rhythms of the ancestral Japanese Taiko drums and bamboo flutes. Free. Al Oerter Recreation Center, 131-40 Fowler Ave., Flushing, www.nyc.gov/parks.

April 24, Arbor Fest, 11 am to 6 pm. Activities for all ages, including a petting zoo, arts and crafts, live music, face-painting, tours, vendors, compost demonstrations, and a beer tent. $10. Queens Botanical Garden, 43-50 Main St., Flushing, www.queensbotanical.org.

April 24, Miracles of Miracles, 3 pm. Performer Danny Gurwin explores the links between American songwriting and Jewish culture, focusing on vaudeville, musical comedy, and contemporary theatre. $35. Queensborough Performing Arts Center, 222-05 56th Ave., Bayside, www.visitqpac.org.

April 24, Gangster, Crime and Hollywood Tour, 11 am. Metro NYC Tours leads a walk through Woodhaven, paying extra attention to the area’s gangster and Hollywood history. $45, includes lunch at historic Neir’s Tavern. More info: www.metronyctours.com/gangster-crime-hollywood-tour-lunch-combo-queens.

April 24, Poetry Talk with Queens Laureate Maria Lisella, 2:30. Lisella is the author of Thieves in the Family, Amore on Hope Street, and Two Naked Feet. Hear her verses and learn the wonders of poetry in everyday life. Free. Queens Historical Society, 143-35 37th Ave., Flushing, www.queenshistoricalsociety.org.

April 24, Short Stories by Teatro Hugo & Ines (Peru), 2:15 pm. This dynamic duo transforms the ordinary into the extraordinary. Combining mime, dance, and puppetry, they create characters composed of knees, feet, hands, elbows, and a handful of props. $13. Flushing Town Hall, 137-35 Northern Blvd., www.flushingtownhall.org.

April 25, The Moth StorySLAM, 7:30 pm. When the doors open, storytellers put their names in The Moth Hat. A half hour later, names are picked, and storytellers take the stage. Each person has five minutes. Ten featured stories are scored by judges selected from the audience, who pick the winner. This competition’s theme is BACKWARDS. Prepare a five-minute story about regression. Going back in time. Rebounds and backslides. $10. Flushing Town Hall, 137-35 Northern Blvd., www.flushingtownhall.org.

April 26, Green Garden, Green Planet, 12:30 pm. Celebrate Earth Day with an afternoon of environmentally conscious art and science with hands-on workshops and take-away information. Learn about recycling, composting, and other earth-friendly resources. $4. Voelker Orth Museum, 149-19 38th Ave., Flushing, www.vomuseum.org.

April 27, Radio Jarocho, 8 pm. This group plays Son Jarocho, a genre fashioned after the towns, musicians, and swampy countryside of Veracruz, Mexico, where it was born. North Shore Towers, 272-40 Grand Central Pkwy., Floral Park, www.kupferbergcenter.org.

April 27-30, Heather Kravas: play, thing, 8 pm. Modern performance art, play, thing is a considered landscape of ridiculous labors, private rituals, and delicate dances. $18. The Chocolate Factory, 5-49 49th Ave., LIC, www.chocolatefactorytheater.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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