2016-04-27 / Front Page

It's In Queens! (April 28 to May 4)

It’s In Queens! (April 28 to May 4)

Blob fish, elephant shrews, and Chinese salamanders are coming to town! Good thing there’s a wide variety of activities for them. If they like exercise, they can enjoy a literary crawl, guided walk, fun run or marathon. If they like music, they can check out opera, recycled chimes, and Bernadette Peters. Or maybe they’ll head to IndieCade or a unique market. The world is their oyster. Here’s the rundown.

April 28, Q-Boro Literary Crawl in Forest Hills, 7 pm to 1 am. Live poetry and victuals at local bars along and just off Austin Street. $9.99. More information at www.queenslitcrawl.nyc.

April 28, Daymond John, 6 pm. This television personality, author, and hip-hop personality discusses his latest book, The Power of Broke, on his experiences growing up in Queens and his work as President Barack Obama’s Global Ambassador of Entrepreneurship. Free, but RSVP. Milton G. Bassin Performing Arts Center at York College, Archer Avenue and Guy R. Brewer Boulevard, Jamaica, www.daymondjohninterview.eventbrite.com.

April 28, Songs for Unusual Creatures, noon to 3 pm (April 29, 1 pm and 3 pm). Odd animals like blob fish, elephant shrews, and Chinese giant salamanders slither, hop, swim, and jump in projected images and videos while being portrayed in music by author and composer Michael Hearst. Free with admission. New York Hall of Science, 47-01 111th St., Corona, www.nysci.org.

April 29, IndieCade East, through May 1. This independent video game festival includes workshops, panels, and talks headlined by the industry’s most prominent makers, academics, artists, marketers, and journalists. There are also opportunities to play new games and compete in the eSports tournament. $125 for full-festival pass. Museum of the Moving Image, 36-01 35th Ave., Kaufman Arts District, www.movingimage.us.

April 29, Opera For Two: Black Marble, 6 pm. Enjoy 18th century violin music by the duo Black Marble. $25/$30 at the door. Reservations can be made via programs@kingmanor.org or (718) 206-0545, ext. 13. King Manor Museum, 150-03 Jamaica Ave., Jamaica, www.kingmanor.org.

April 30, The Inaugural Queens Marathon, 8 am. This 26.1-mile run, organized by Queens Distance Runners, is a qualifier for the Boston Marathon. Spaces still available. Start and finish in vicinity of Unisphere in Flushing Meadows Corona Park, www.qdrunners.org.

April 30, Queens Consort: Flora Gave Me Fairest Flowers, 7 pm. A concert of English Baroque music on period instruments to celebrate spring. Queens Consort consists of Caire Smith Bermingham, baroque violin; Dan McCarthy, baroque violin; Margrét Hjaltested, baroque viola; Anneke Schaul-Yoder, baroque cello; Aya Hamada, harpsichord; and guest Amanda Sidebottom, soprano. $15/$10 at the door. St. Mark’s Church, 33-50 82nd St., Jackson Heights, www.queensconsort.com.

April 30, Independent Bookstore Day, 11 am to 7 pm. Books and gifts on sale. Pictionary with local illustrators Tim Miller and Isabel Roxas. Food giveaways. Scavenger hunt to win a gift certificate. Astoria Bookshop, 31-29 31st St., Astoria, www.astoriabookshop.com.

April 30, The Right-of-Way of the Flushing Central Rail Road, 10:30 am. A rail road ran from Flushing to Hempstead for a few years in the 1870s, and its right-of-way lives on in parks and streets that don’t conform to the Queens grid. Take a guided tour of the phantom rails through parkland and residential neighborhoods. $20, this tour is a fundraiser for the Queens Historical Society. Tour begins at the Queens Botanical Garden entrance at 43-50 Main St. in Flushing and ends in the Fresh Meadows Shopping Center, www.flushingrailroadwalkingtour.eventbrite.com.

April 30, Discover Prospect Cemetery, 2 pm. Tour the oldest family burial ground in Queens, dating from at least 1668, with architect Daniel Allen. Free. RSVP to programs@kingmanor.org or (718) 206-0545, ext. 13. King Manor Museum, 150-03 Jamaica Ave., Jamaica, www.kingmanor.org.

April 30, Make Something for Mom, 10:30 am and 1 pm. Choose a workshop and make something for mom. At 10:30am, the idea is to imagine, design, and create a clay teacup or bowl using the pinch pot method with ceramic artist Marcela Carvalho. At 1 pm, the focus is Korean Minhwa folk paintings with Minhwa expert Stephanie Lee. $10. Flushing Town Hall, 137-35 Northern Blvd., www.flushingtownhall.org.

April 30, Music for Life: Celebrating Larry Sherman, 5 pm. A multi-media event honoring a beloved artist. Expect an exhibit of Sherman’s photographs in the lower lobby, and a sing-a-long (8 musicians, 7 pianists, 12 singers) with five musical vignettes to correspond with five sections from his autobiography. Free admission, limited seating. The Center at Maple Grove Cemetery, 127-15 Kew Gardens Road, Kew Gardens, www.friendsofmaplegrove.org.

April 30, La Frontera: A Literary Salon, 1 pm. Mix and mingle at this salon-style house party, where PEN World Voices Festival authors, moderators, and the audience discuss sociopolitical issues affecting the Mexico-U.S. border. How do crime, migration, and policy disrupt the lives and cultures of the people who inhabit this region? Free-will admission. Queens Museum, NYC Building, Flushing Meadows Corona Park, www.queensmuseum.org.

April 30, Spring Flea Market, 9 am to 5 pm. All vendor fees benefit Jamaica Hospital Medical Center’s Pediatric Department. (Rain date: May 7). LIRR North Parking Lot, 82-60 Austin St., Kew Gardens.

May 1, Bernadette Peters, 3 pm. This winner of three Tony awards has starred on Broadway, television, and movies. She’ll do ditties from her career during this glittering afternoon. $70-$55. Queensborough Performing Arts Center, 222-05 56th Ave., Bayside, www.visitqpac.org.

May 1, 5K Ocean Run/Walk, 10 am (kids run at 9:30 am). All skill levels are welcome to participate in this 38th annual event, sponsored by the Rotary Club of Rockaway. The route goes along Short Front Parkway, from Beach 108th Street to Beach 72nd Street and back. Check-in at Dalton’s Seaside Grill at 108-02 Rockaway Beach Blvd. at 9 am. $25 in advance/$30 on day of race, www.rockawayrotary.com.

May 1, Mother’s Day Tiny Market, 1 pm to 6 pm. Wine, jewelry, artisanal chocolate, greeting cards, cookies, and cat-inspired items are among the items on sale at this periodical, local, and high-quality craft bazaar. Crescent Wines & Spirit, 20-40 30th Ave., Astoria, www.widycat.com.

May 1, A Symphony of Chimes, 2 pm. A unique wind chime made from forks, bed springs, bicycle gears, broken lobster traps, belt buckles, obsolete house keys, and more. Played in collaboration with choreographer Andrea Skurr. Free, but RSVP online. Flushing Town Hall, 137-35 Northern Blvd., www.flushingtownhall.org.

May 1, Collective Stance, through Aug. 1. This exhibition features new and recent work by artist Leslie Hewitt. It includes two video installations, inspired by an archive of civil rights-era photographs, along with recent sculpture and lithographs. SculptureCenter, 44-19 Purves St., LIC, www.sculpture-center.org.

May 1, Yom HaShoah with Peter Grose, 1 pm. Grose discusses his recent publication, A Good Place to Hide: How One French Village Saved Thousands of Lives During World War II. He shares the story of an isolated community in the upper reaches of France’s Loire Valley that worked together to save the lives of 3,500 Jews. Kupferberg Holocaust Resource Center, Queensborough Community College, 222-05 56th Ave., Bayside, www.qcc.cuny.edu/khrca.

May 2, After the Flushing Remonstrance, 7 pm. The Remonstrance was the first step in establishing religious freedom in the US. There are also the Newtown Remonstrance, the Bill of Rights, and the UN Charter of Liberties. Noted historian Bob Singleton discusses these documents and their impact on the country. $5. Greater Astoria Historical Society, 35-20 Broadway, LIC, www.astorialic.org.

May 4, Pierrot le Fou with Anna Karina in Person, 7 pm. It’s the 50th anniversary of this freewheeling movie about a bored Parisian man who leaves his job and wife to run off with the babysitter, played by Karina. It’s considered the pinnacle of the French New Wave. Karina chats with Molly Haskell as part of this event. $25. Museum of the Moving Image, 36-01 35th Ave., Kaufman Arts District, www.movingimage.us.

May 4, Gender, Genocide, and Justice in Rwanda, 12:10 pm. Three college professors apply a gender lens to the events of the Rwandan genocide and issues of reparations and political representation in post-genocide Rwanda. Kupferberg Holocaust Resource Center, Queensborough Community College, 222-05 56th Ave., Bayside, www.qcc.cuny.edu/khrca.

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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