2016-05-25 / Front Page

It’s In Queens! (May 26 to June 1)

Memorial Day Weekend is approaching, and the biggest commemorative parade in the entire United States will take place in Queens. The borough is bursting with other extraordinary events, such as rooftop music, park-wide dancing, free kayaking, comedy for a cause, and poetry that’s been converted into performance art. Here’s the rundown.

May 26, Rooftop Music Series: Live Blues, 6 pm. Solomon Hicks, a 20-year-old, Harlem-based prodigy, has been the lead guitarist with the All Stars Band since age 13. Also known as “King Solomon” and “Lil BB,” he has toured all over the world and is a mainstay on the NYC jazz scene. Free with a $20 minimum cover charge per table. Reservations are required. Melrose Ballroom, 36-08 33rd St., LIC, www.melroseballroom.com.

May 26, 50th Anniversary Dance Party, 6:30 pm to 9:30 pm. Queens Council on the Arts celebrates a half century with music by the Queens of Queens, Nona Hendryx, featuring Will Calhoun of Living Colour, Ronnie Drayton and Warren McCrae, plus DJ Rampage Global spinning classics from Queens. $125 for VIP guest tickets. LIC Landing, 52-10 Center Blvd., LIC, www.queenscouncilarts.org.

May 26, Reading and Book Signing, 6 pm. Taino Zen is a book of meditative verses urging people to reconnect to their cultural origins and cherish them. Author Bobby González is a nationally known multicultural motivational speaker, storyteller, and poet. The South Bronx native draws on his Native American and Latino roots to offer a unique repertoire of discourses, readings, and performances. Free. Flushing Town Hall, 137-35 Northern Blvd., www.flushingtownhall.org.

May 26, Comedy Slam for BronxWorks, 7:30 pm. Allison McKelvy plays host to jokesters Josh Gondelman, John Fugelsang, Alison Leiby, Leonard Ouzts, Tracey Carnazzo, and Rachel Bashover. All proceeds benefit the nonprofit BronxWorks. $20. The Standing Room, 47-38 Vernon Blvd., LIC, www.standingroomlic.com.

May 26-28, Testimonium, 8 pm. The New York premiere of recitation, movement, and music, composed in response to Testimony: The United States 1885 – 1915, the unfinished masterwork by the American Objectivist poet Charles Reznikoff. $20. Knockdown Center, 52-19 Flushing Ave., Maspeth, www.knockdown.center.

May 27-29, Afro Tango, (Friday and Saturday at 8 pm, Sunday 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 27, Movies Under the Stars: Norm of the North, dusk. Bring a chair or blanket and enjoy a screening of an animated film about an oddball polar bear who goes to NYC to fight a plan to build condos in his Arctic home. Free. Astoria Heights Playground, vicinity of 30th Road and 45th Streets, www.nycgovparks.org.

May 28, ¡Oye Corona! Celebration of Culture at Corona Plaza, 1 pm to 6:30 pm. Live music, workout time, art-making workshops, dance performances, and readings every last Saturday of the month. Free. Corona Plaza, 103rd Street and Roosevelt Avenue, www.queensmuseum.org.

May 28, Bachiana Brasileira, 7 pm. Brazilian pianist Vanesa Cunha plays Bach and Liszt with a Latin flare. Free will offering. Sunnyside Reformed Church, 48th Street and Skillman Avenue, (718) 426-5997.

May 29, Recording Session for Endangered Languages, noon to 5 pm. Speakers of endangered languages are invited to participate in a recording session intended to document these languages with a facilitator from the Endangered Language Alliance. RSVP (perlin@elalliance.org) is not required, but encouraged. Free. Queens Museum, NYC Building, Flushing Meadows Corona Park, www.queensmuseum.org.

May 29, Music of Knight, 3 pm. Accompanied by the Queens Symphony Orchestra, Broadway veterans celebrate the music of England’s most famous composers — Sir Andrew Lloyd Webber, Sir Paul McCartney, and Sir Elton John. $40. Queensborough Performing Arts Center, 222-05 56th Ave., Bayside, www.visitqpac.org.

May 29, Queensboro Symphony Orchestra, 7:30 pm. Listen to Mahler’s Symphony No.1 Titan, Bruch’s Romance for Viola and Orchestra featuring violist Misturu Kubo, and the world premiere of The Last Waltz by orchestra member Sharon Cha. Free will offering. Moakyang Presbyterian Church, 12-25 Clintonville St., Whitestone, www.facebook.com/QueensboroSymphonyOrchestra.

May 29, Exploring the Bay, 1 pm. The Alley Pond Environmental Center leads hands-on science programming in Little Bay Park on weekends in May and June. Grab a seining net and learn about creatures that live in the bay. No parent participation allowed and pre-registration is required. Free. More info at nyc.gov/parks.

May 29, Little Makers: Bugging Out, 10:30 pm. Explore the fascinating world of insect habitats. Use recycled materials to design and create homes for crawly creatures. $8 per family, plus museum admission. New York Hall of Science, 47-01 111th St., Corona, www.nysci.org.

May 30, Little Neck-Douglaston Memorial Day Parade, 10 am to 4 pm. Held since 1927 and recognized as the largest in the nation, the communities honor veterans and fallen heroes. Step off at Jayson Avenue and Northern Boulevard at 2 pm, www.lndmemorialday.org.

May 30, Memorial Day Paddle Monday 1 pm to 4 pm. Free kayaking and canoeing, departing from Socrates Sculpture Park Beach at Hallets Cove, LIC, www.licboathouse.org.

May 30, Catch, 3 pm to 9 pm. More than 20 music, dance, and performance artists entertain throughout the space, plus Grillmaster Cee’s barbecue cook-off and unlimited free hot dogs. Get tickets in advance or pay $25 at the door. Knockdown Center, 52-19 Flushing Ave., Maspeth, www.knockdown.center.

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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