2016-06-08 / Front Page

It’s In Queens! (June 9 to June 15)

Queens is the most diverse county in the United States, with more than half of its residents hailing from a foreign country. So this upcoming week of events is typical. Consider the following: British deejays, Greek short stories, Korean and Indian film, Syrian and Egyptian music, Celtic folk, Japanese tea, and Turkish/Jewish dinner. Here’s the rundown.

June 9,  Modern Ruin: The New York State Pavilion, 8 pm. An outdoor screening of a documentary on the NYS Pavilion, chronicling its use in the 1964 World’s Fair, and then as a concert venue in the 1960s and a roller rink in the 1970s. Free. Festival Lawn behind Queens Theatre, Flushing Meadows Corona Park, http://bit.ly/1UmVdSi.

June 9, Interfaith Ramadan Dinner, 7:30 pm. This Iftar includes talks by Turkish and Jewish leaders, the call to prayer, and a Kosher/Halal Middle Eastern dinner. Community leaders speak about fasts in both religions. $15. Central Queens Y, 67-09 108th St., Forest Hills, www.cqy.org.

June 9, Laff Lab, 7 pm. Local comedians show off their stand-up talent. Free, but RSVP is required. Flushing Town Hall, 137-35 Northern Blvd.,

June 9, D.B. Rielly, 9 pm to midnight. Award-winning Roots musician D.B. Rielly and his band perform a wide-ranging collection of Americana music, spanning such genres as Zydeco, Blues, and Alt-Country. Rielly promises an “instantaneous cure for all afflictions.” Rèst-âü-Ránt, 30-01 35th Ave., LIC,  www.rarbarlic.com.

June 9, Rooftop Music Series: Nikki Pope, 6 pm. British singer/actress Nikki Pope performs big band swing. Free with a $20 minimum cover charge per table. Reservations are required. Melrose Ballroom, 36-08 33rd St., LIC, http://bit.ly/1TSomFb.

June 9, Family Skating Day, noon to 4 pm. A day of skating, face painting, handball, basketball, and more. Free. Daniel O’Connell Park, 196th Street and Murdoch Avenue, St. Albans, http://on.nyc.gov/1raffHW.

June 10, Queens Jazz Orchestra: Dizzy Revisited, 7 pm. Conducted by NEA Jazz Master Jimmy Heath, this concert is a tribute to former Corona resident and musical legend Dizzy Gillespie. $42/$20 for students. Flushing Town Hall, 137-35 Northern Blvd.

June 10,  Wordfeast, 6:30 pm. A reading with a short story-in-progress by Greek writer Panagiota Lilikaki and her diary entries of more than 25 years. She revisits the sorrow of losing her dad, the seeking of happiness after the loss, and the power of love. Traditional Greek cuisine and a Q&A follow the reading. Queens Council on the Arts, location TBA. More info at http://bit.ly/286itOl.

June 10, Woman on the Beach, 7 pm. Screened as part of a series on Korean director Hong Sang-soo, Woman on the Beach depicts a gradually unfolding love triangle with a film director as the main character. $12. Museum of the Moving Image, 36-01 35th Ave., Kaufman Arts District, http://bit.ly/1U2Dqnm.

June 10, Movie Night: Inside Out, dusk. A free screening of a Pixar adventure. Crocheron Park, vicinity of 214th Place and Cross Island Parkway, Bayside, http://on.nyc.gov/1X7yCPQ.

June 11, Welling Court Mural Project, noon to 8 pm. Opening of what is now one of the major areas for street art in Queens with sophisticated, thought-provoking, and gorgeous art. Check out more than 130 murals this year. Free. 11-90 Welling Ct., Astoria, http://bit.ly/1UuSm9J.

June 11, Warm Up Launch, doors open at noon. This famous summer series introduces attendees to a wide variety of experimental music, sound, and DJs. This day’s lineup includes Flava D/Butterz and BEARCAT/Discoman. $22/$25 day of. MoMA PS1, 22-25 Jackson Ave., LIC.

June 11, Mika Tajima: Meridan (Gold), 11 am. Unveiling of a public art project by Mika Tajima which will be on view from June 9 through Sept. 25. Meridian (Gold) is an illuminated plume of water vapor whose color shifts between magenta and pale cyan. Free. Hunter’s Point South Park, enter at Center Boulevard and Borden Avenue, LIC, http://bit.ly/1X7NJbM.

June 11,  LIC Bike Parade, 11 am to 4 pm. A spectacle of decorated bicycles and human-powered floats made from recycled materials. Partake in a free mobile bike repair, a kiddie bike swap, bike-decorating workshops, and a post-event celebration at Queensbridge Park. Free, no RSVP required. Socrates Sculpture Park, 32-01 Vernon Blvd., LIC, http://bit.ly/1hrdsCh.

June 11, Languages Lost and Found: A Roundtable, 2 pm. Writers, translators, linguists, and practitioners discuss language endangerment, revitalization and multilingualism. Topics include: language and identity, migration and loss, translatability, the value of multilingualism, the fight for bilingual education in the NYC school system, and the roles that can be played by art, poetry and music in keeping languages alive. Queens Museum, NYC Building, Flushing Meadows Corona Park, http://bit.ly/1YbDItV.

June 11, Tara O’Grady & the Black Velvet Band, 7:30 pm. O’Grady combines Celtic, folk, blues, and jazz in a unique style. New York Irish Center, 10-40 Jackson Ave., LIC,  www.newyorkirishcenter.org.

June 11-12, Traditions Festival, noon to 5 pm. Traditional cooking, live music, and crafts such as broom-making, blacksmithing, spinning, basket weaving, doll making, calligraphy, sculpture, Bengali doll fabrication, Mexican dress-making, Chinese calligraphy, and African sculpture. Free. King Manor Museum, vicinity of Jamaica Avenue on 150th Street, Jamaica,  www.kingmanor.org.

June 11, Holding Space, 5 pm to 8:30 pm. Artists and musicians from the cutting edge -- 75 Dollar Bill; Daisy Press/Bernhard Lang; Diamond Terrifier/M.Beharie/VHVL/Don Devore; and Dutch E Germ (DJSet) -- jam in the courtyard. This event takes place on three consecutive Saturdays in June. $10. SculptureCenter, 44-19 Purves St., LIC.

June 11, Pet Adoption Fair, 11 am to 4 pm. Buddy Monument Plaza, Forest Park, Park Lane South and Myrtle Avenue, (718) 849-3759.

June 11, Tea Ceremonies with Johnny Fogg, noon. Enjoy libation with Fogg as part of the exhibition Tom Sachs: Tea Ceremony. Noguchi Museum, 9-01 33rd Rd., LIC, www.noguchi.org.

June 11,  HYPERLINK "http://www.rwnewyork.com/entertainment/special-events" \t "_blank" The Rhythm Revue Roseland Reunion, 9 pm to 2 am. A dance party presented by renowned DJ/producer Felix Hernandez. These fiestas are NYC’s biggest and longest-running classic soul dances. $25 in advance; Price increases over time to $35 day of event. Resorts World Casino NYC, 110-00 Rockaway Blvd., Jamaica,  HYPERLINK "http://www.classicsoul.com" http://www.classicsoul.com.

June 11, Family Day, 1 pm to 4 pm. An afternoon of sports, games, inflatables, music, giveaways and more. Free. Rufus King Park, vicinity of Jamaica Avenue and 153rd Street, Jamaica, http://on.nyc.gov/1U4p7xs.

June 11, Like You Know It All, 1 pm; The Day He Arrives, 3:30 pm; and Night and Day, 6:30 pm. Screened as part of a series on Korean director Hong Sang-soo, Like You Know portrays the insecurities and indiscretions of an acclaimed art house director through his interactions with friends, potential lovers, and successful ex-students. The Day is about a former film director who runs into an actress he used to know, shares a drink with some film students, and against his judgment, heads to his ex-girlfriend’s house. Night and Day depicts a middle-aged painter who flees South Korea and finds himself in a Parisian hostel. $12. Museum of the Moving Image, 36-01 35th Ave., Kaufman Arts District, http://bit.ly/1U2Dqnm.

June 12, World’s Fair History Walking Tour, 11 am to 2 pm. One-hour tours of a dozen World’s Fair remnants leave every hour, starting at 11 am. Event repeats on the second Sunday of each month through October. Free. Meet at Unishpere, Flushing Meadows Corona Park, http://on.nyc.gov/1X7M8CX.

June 12, Queens Archaeology, 2:30 pm. Queens College Professor Jim Moore talks about the borough’s archaeology. Moore has done archaeological surveys at the historic Moore-Jackson Cemetery in Woodside, and plans to do excavations there in the months ahead. $5/$3 for students and seniors. Queens Historical Society, 143-35 37th Ave., Flushing, www.queenshistoricalsociety.org.

June 12, Music Tradition from Syria and Egypt: Interactive Workshop with Sami Abu Shumays, 1 pm. After seven weeks of classes, this is the final presentation and panel. Queens Museum, NYC Building, Flushing Meadows Corona Park, http://bit.ly/28gcc2G.

June 12, Killa, 4:30 pm. Screened as part of a series on Indian New Wave film, Killa follows an 11-year-old boy and his recently widowed mother as they adjust to a new life in a tropical village. $12. Museum of the Moving Image, 36-01 35th Ave., Kaufman Arts District, http://bit.ly/1Y4ixta.

June 12, Little Makers: Circular Painting, 10:30 pm. Investigate circular shapes while learning about science, math, and art. Create a spirograph-inspired painting using different tools to make colorful circular patterns. $8 per family, plus admission. New York Hall of Science, 47-01 111th St., Corona, www.nysci.org.

June 12, The Day He Arrives, 4 pm; Oki’s Movie, 7 pm. Screened as part of a series on Korean director Hong Sang-soo, The Day is about a former film director who runs into an actress he used to know, shares a drink with some film students, and against his judgment, heads to his ex-girlfriend’s house. Oki’s Movie is about a bittersweet romance, set against the backdrop of a Korean university’s film department. $12. Museum of the Moving Image, 36-01 35th Ave., Kaufman Arts District.

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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