2016-05-18 / Front Page

It's In Queens! (May 19 Through May 25)

The hills will fill with music, thanks to the four-day, fifth annual Queens New Music Festival. But that’s only a small part this week, as locals can also enjoy Frank Zappa, Japanese Taiko drumming, Afro-tango, Broadway, choral societies, and even laundromat tunes. Other options are comedy, dance, film, puppetry, and various tea ceremonies. Here are the details.

May 19, The Ed Palermo Big Band, 6 pm. Since 1980, this group has played unique arrangements of Frank Zappa’s music. Free. Melrose Ballroom, 36-08 33rd St., LIC, www.melroseballroom.com.

May 19, Marimba Kick-off Concert, 8 pm. Marimbist Makoto Nakura and pianist Barbara Podgurski kick off the Queens New Music Festival. $22/$17 for students/free for children 12 and under. The Church-in-the-Gardens, 50 Ascan Ave., Forest Hills, www.queensnewmusicfestival.org.

May 20-29, Afro Tango, (Fridays and Saturdays at 8 pm, Sundays at 4 pm). Discover the African roots of tango with music, song, and dance. Latin Grammy winner Maestro Raul Jaurena is the composer, arranger, and director. $40/$37 for students and seniors. Thalía Spanish Theatre, 41-17 Greenpoint Ave., Sunnyside, www.thaliatheatre.org.

May 20, Percussia: Good Clean Fun II, 3:15 pm. Ingrid Gordon (percussion) and Margaret Lancaster (flute) perform at a laundromat. Free. JH Laundromat, 85-15 37th Ave., Jackson Heights, www.percussia.org.

May 20, Taikoza, 6 pm. This group has created a new sound using the thunderous rhythms of the ancestral Taiko drums and the magical sounds of the bamboo flutes. It draws from Japan’s rich tradition of music and performance to create a highly visual performance. Free. Lost Battalion Hall Recreation Center, 93-29 Queens Blvd., Rego Park, www.nyc.gov/parks.

May 20, Sojourns in Song, 8 pm. Random Access Music explores 21st century vocal works with guitar, soprano, mezzo-soprano, baritone, clarinet, and violin. $20/$15 for students and seniors/free for children 12 and under. Secret Theatre, 44-02 23rd St., LIC, www.queensnewmusicfestival.org.

May 20, Irish Movie Night: Older than Ireland, 7:30 pm. The Emerald Isle’s oldest residents fill the screen with warmth and wisdom in this new documentary about centenarians. A short film, Goodbye Darling, is included. $11 suggested donation/$8 for students, seniors, unemployed. New York Irish Center, 10-40 Jackson Ave., LIC, www.nyirish.org.

May 20, Neil Berg’s 100 Years of Broadway, 2 pm and 8 pm. This composer/lyricist does it all. $45. Queens Theatre, 14 United Nations Ave. S., Flushing Meadows Corona Park, www.queenstheatre.org.

May 20-21, Renee Gerardo/Dances and Inclined Dance Project, 8 pm. Gerardo/Dances investigates the nuanced negotiations in and out of relationships. Inclined Dance presents Heliocentris, an exploration derived from the mechanics and phenomenon of outer space. $15. Green Space, 37-24 24th St., LIC, www.greenspacestudio.org.

May 21, Richmond Hill Walking Tour, noon. Check out an outstanding architectural neighborhood associated with Jacob Riis and some presidents. Meet at Lefferts Boulevard and Jamaica Avenue in front of Triangle Pharmacy. $20, www.astorialic.org.

May 21, International Cultural Festival, 1:30 pm. Music and dance from around the world with Ballet Las Pampas, KUD Halarturko Organization, Croatian Franciscan Fathers Youth Club, Ayazamana Ecuadorian Culture Center, Cretan Association, NYC Bhangra Dance, McManus School of Irish Dance, The Braata Folk Singers, Korean Traditional Music and Dance Center. Free. Astoria Park Great Lawn, vicinity of Shore Boulevard and Astoria Park South, www.centralastoria.org.

May 21, Laff Lab, 7:30 pm. Enjoy the area’s best stand-up comedy. Free with RSVP. Flushing Town Hall, 137-35 Northern Blvd., www.flushingtownhall.org.

May 21, A Letter Home: Nepali and Tibetan Women Tell Their Stories, 7 pm. Autobiographical letters written in response to Nepal’s 2015 earthquake. $10. Queens Council on the Arts, 37-11 35th Ave., Astoria, www.queenscouncilarts.org.

May 21, 75th Annual Spring Concert, 8 pm. The Queens College Choral Society performs Verdi’s Requiem with the Queens College Choir and Orchestra. This forms a combined chorus of nearly 200 voices. $20. Colden Auditorium, Queens College, vicinity of Horace Harding Expressway and Kissena Boulevard, Flushing, www.kupferbergcenter.org.

May 21, The Deep Blue Sea, 2:30 pm (May 22 at 6:45 pm). Screened as part of a retrospective of British filmmaker Terence Davies, this adaptation of a Terence Rattigan play follows a woman who trades her passionless marriage to a wealthy barrister for a torrid affair with a troubled former Royal Air Force pilot. $12. Museum of the Moving Image, 36-01 35th St., Kaufman Arts District, www.movingimage.us.

May 21, Experimental Music, 3 pm. Pianist Sophia Vastek and pianist/composer Michael Harrison join forces with tabla player Nitin Mitta and violinist Mari Kimura. $20/$15 for students. Secret Theatre, 44-02 23rd St., LIC, www.queensnewmusicfestival.org.

May 21, Exceptet, 5 pm. This ensemble commissions today’s most compelling emerging composers. $20/$15 for students. Secret Theatre, 44-02 23rd St., LIC, www.queensnewmusicfestival.org.

May 21, Griffin-Beeferman Duo, 8 pm. Violist Stephanie Griffin and composer/pianist Gordon Beeferman do an eclectic duo recital of new music from Colombia, Mexico, and the United States. $20/$15 for students. Secret Theatre, 44-02 23rd St., LIC, www.queensnewmusicfestival.org.

May 21-22, Tea Ceremony with Johnny Fogg, noon and 3:30 pm. These intimate events are a component of the exhibition Tom Sachs: Tea Ceremony, on view through July 24. The Noguchi Museum, 9-01 33rd Rd., LIC, www.noguchi.org.

May 22, Oratorio Society of Queens Spring Concert, 4 pm. The group performs Gabriel Fauré’s Requiem, Cesar Franck’s 150th Psalm, the finale of Camille Saint-Saens’ Organ Symphony, and diverse selections of America’s choral musical heritage. $35/$30 for seniors and students/$10 for children 12 and under. Queensborough Performing Arts Center, 222-05 56th Ave., Bayside, www.queensoratorio.org.

May 22, Iktus+: Sonic Pairings and Explorations, 1 pm. Presenting a diverse range of young and established composers, the members of Iktus+ explore mixed ensemble pieces with piano, electric and classical guitar, saxophone, flute, and percussion. $20/$15 for students. Secret Theatre, 44-02 23rd St., LIC, www.queensnewmusicfestival.org.

May 22, Vox n Plux, 3 pm. This ensemble presents the world premiere of a piece written for them by David Claman, plus recent pieces by noted composers William Anderson, Laurie San Martin, Robert Pollock, and Harold Meltzer. $20/$15 for students. Secret Theatre, 44-02 23rd St., LIC, www.queensnewmusicfestival.org.

May 22, Fertile Ground, 7 pm. This monthly new works showcase for emerging and established artists is now in its tenth season. This night features 5th Element, Annie Heath, Juliana Garber, ModArts Dance Collective, Ryan McNally|Signatures, and Sara Mulry. $12. Green Space, 37-24 24th St., LIC, www.greenspacestudio.org.

May 22, I Wan Jan Puppetry, 1 pm. Master Taiwanese puppeteer Lee-Chiu Kuang leads a children’s workshop followed by a performance at 2:45 pm. $12. Flushing Town Hall, 137-35 Northern Blvd., www.flushingtownhall.org.

May 22, [Switch~ Ensemble], 5 pm. This Rochester-based ensemble brings a provocative program of electroacoustic and multi-media works, featuring the U.S. premieres of works by Alexander Schubert, Lisa Streich, and Santiago Diezfischer. $20/$15 for students. Secret Theatre, 44-02 23rd St., LIC, www.queensnewmusicfestival.org.

May 22, Les Ingènues, 3 pm. Ivy Adrian (piano) and Patti Ditzel (violin) perform heavenly music in a sacred place. Expect Debussy, Ravel, and Puccini. $15 suggested donation/$12 for seniors and students. St. Luke’s Church, 85 Greenway South, Forest Hills, www.stlukesforesthills.org.

May 22, Corona: The Early Years Book Talk, 2:30 pm. Jason D. Anthos discusses a new book he co-authored. Learn about Corona’s development in the mid-1800s, the history of the National Race Course, and the impact of the Tiffany Glass Company. $8. Queens Historical Society, 143-35 37th Ave., Flushing, www.queenshistoricalsociety.org.

May 22, Islam Explained, 1:30 pm. Imam Shamsi Ali from the Jamaica Muslim Center shares the basic teachings and practices of Islam with special emphasis on how this religion differs from -- and is similar to -- Judaism. $8 suggested donation. Central Queens Y, 67-09 108th St., Forest Hills, www.cqy.org.

May 22, Lawn Tea and Concert with Christine Smith and James Acampora, 2 pm. Enjoy music, spring flowers, and Victorian-inspired light tea. Christine Smith (piano) and James Acampora (cello) offer a touch of Latin, jazz, Bach, Boccherini, milango, and tango. $20. Voelker Orth Museum, 149-19 38th Ave., Flushing, www.vomuseum.org.

May 22, Artisan Market, 11 am to 5 pm. Expect more than 40 independent and local artisan vendors. Gottscheer Hall, 657 Fairview Ave., Ridgewood, www.ridgewoodmarket.com.

May 22, The House of Mirth, 4 pm. Screened as part of a retrospective of British filmmaker Terence Davies, House of Mirth is an adaptation of Edith Wharton’s tragic love story set in turn-of-the-century NYC. $12. Museum of the Moving Image, 36-01 35th St., Kaufman Arts District. www.movingimage.us.

May 22, Science in the Park, 1 pm. Hands-on science programming with the Alley Pond Environmental Center and the New York Hall of Science. Free. Meet at the playground inside the Alley Pond Park at Springfield Boulevard and 76th Avenue, www.nycgovparks.org.

May 24, Chamber Music, 6 pm. An evening of chamber music with period instruments, such as a 200-year-old piano. $25/$30 at the door. King Manor Museum, 150-03 Jamaica Ave., Jamaica, www.kingmanor.org.

May 25, From Ireland to Cuba, 6 pm. A walking tour of the 7 train line from Woodside to Corona with official borough historian Jack Eichenbaum. Check out Thai, Filipino, South Asian, Himalayan, South American, Mexican, Cuban, and Dominican influences. $15. Meet at The Cuckoo’s Nest, 61-04 Woodside Ave., Woodside. More information at jaconet@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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