2016-07-20 / Front Page

It's In Queens! (July 21 to July 27)

No need to choose between the elements and air conditioning this week, as Queens hosts all kinds of outdoor and indoor fun, such as dance, film, music, poetry, tours, painting, and planting. Here’s the rundown.

July 21, Liz Simons Open Mic, 6:30 pm. An up-and-coming comedian hosts an open mic for comedians, story tellers, musicians, and poets. The first 15 performers to sign up are guaranteed a six-minute spot. MiQ, 27-24 Queens Plaza South, LIC, http://bit.ly/29Pzrwj.

July 21, Reunification, dusk. An outdoor screening of an Alvin Tsang film that examines his family’s immigration to Los Angeles from Hong Kong, as per the Queens World Film Festival and Queensboro Hill Flushing Civic Association. Free. Kissena Corridor Park, Main Street and Elder Avenue, Flushing, http://bit.ly/29HJRNu.

July 22, Samita Sinha and Brian Chase: Copy This Space, 2 pm. Vocal artist Sinha and drummer Chase respond to the sounds of the museum, sculpting a space for listening within the cavernous skylight atrium. Queens Museum, NYC Building, Flushing Meadows Corona Park, http://bit.ly/2abniBn.

July 22, Ulysses’ Gaze, 7 pm. Screened as part of a retrospective on Greek director Theo Angelopoulos, Ulysses’ Gaze follows a controversial, Greek-born American filmmaker who hunts for reels of undeveloped film shot in 1905 by Macedonian photographers who made the first motion pictures in the Balkans. $15. Museum of the Moving Image, 36-01 35th Ave., Kaufman Arts District, http://bit.ly/28YCBY9.

July 22, Silence of the Lambs, 8:20 pm. A screening of Jodie Foster’s film as part of A Better Jamaica’s Classic Film Fridays. Free. Rufus King Park, vicinity of Jamaica Avenue and 153rd Street, Jamaica, http://bit.ly/29Kxcav.

July 23, From “Forest Hills: Birthplace of Punk” to “Rock Rock Rockaway Beach,” 2 pm to 9 pm. Take a tour of the land of musicians, degenerates, and dentists, otherwise known as Forest Hills. See the birthplace of the Ramones. Hear firsthand accounts of the group’s upbringing and years on the road from Ramones accomplice and tour manager Monte Melnick. The tour then hits a bus to a Punk Rock concert at the Low Tide Bar at the Beach 97th concession in Rockaway Beach. It begins at the Ramones exhibition at Queens Museum, NYC Building, Flushing Meadows Corona Park. Join tour at the Queens Museum, grab a ticket for the bus, or meet at the beach, http://bit.ly/29VWXp7.

July 23, Jamaica Dance Festival, 7 pm. This festival presents professional dance companies on five consecutive Saturdays. On this date, Nai Ni Chen fuses the dynamic freedom of American modern dance with the grace and splendor of Asian art. Free. Rufus King Park, vicinity of 150th Street and Jamaica Avenue, Jamaica, http://bit.ly/29JOPXN.

July 23, Gotham Fish Tales, 1 pm. This documentary focuses on people who fish in New York City. Free. Greater Astoria Historical Society, 35-20 Broadway, LIC, http://bit.ly/2a4eZVn.

July 23, Opening of Inside and Out Show, through Oct. 9. Dora Sofia Caputo showcases floral photographs of dahlias and sunflowers in the gallery as these real flowers bloom in the garden. Voelker Orth Museum, 149-19 38th Ave., Flushing, http://bit.ly/2a4bONK.

July 23, Colonial Craft Corner, 10 am. This is an educational day of Colonial arts and crafts for students with special needs. Make Cornhusk dolls and learn about their history in the lives of children from the past. $15. Queens Historical Society, 143-35 37th Ave., Flushing, http://bit.ly/29QFJJy.

July 23, Elastic Engineering, 1:30 pm and 3:30 pm. Learn how to harness a rubber band’s elasticity to create a propeller-powered car. $5 per adult/child pair, plus museum admission. New York Hall of Science, 47-01 111th St., Corona, http://bit.ly/29HyF3c.

July 23, Voyage to Cythera, 3 pm; The Weeping Meadow, 6:30 pm. Screened as part of a retrospective on Greek director Theo Angelopoulos, Voyage to Cythera follows a successful middle-aged filmmaker who looks on as his father returns from exile in the Soviet Union to find his village being expropriated by capitalists who want to turn it into a ski resort. The Weeping Meadow takes place in 1919, after the newly formed Soviet Union has exiled Greeks from Odessa. $15. Museum of the Moving Image, 36-01 35th Ave., Kaufman Arts District, http://bit.ly/28YCBY9.

July 24, Capulli Dance Company, 4 pm. This group performs Mexican folk dances as part of the Summer Sundays in the Park series. Free. Travers Park, 78th Street between 34th Avenue and Northern Boulevard, Jackson Heights, http://bit.ly/29JcS7O.

July 24, Alive N’ Kickin’, 5 pm. Watch a cover band play hits from the 1960s to today as part of the Katz Concert Series. Free. Fort Totten, Cross Island Parkway and Totten Avenue, Bayside, http://bit.ly/29QDZQk.

July 24, High and Mighty Brass, 3:30 pm. This group combines New Orleans funk and R&B with Hip Hop and Afro-Beat. Queens Botanical Garden, 43-50 Main St., Flushing, http://bit.ly/2a4cPFr.

July 24, Reactionary: A Exploration of Poetry and Place, 2:30 pm. A workshop and reading that explores history, motion, and place, using the museum as inspiration. Participants draw from Latimer’s life and career as well as from articles inside his home, the home’s architecture, and the encompassing neighborhood. Lewis H. Latimer House Museum, 34-41 137th St., Flushing, http://bit.ly/29PyMLu.

July 24, Eternity and a Day, 3 pm; The Dust of Time, 6:30 pm. Screened as part of a retrospective on Greek director Theo Angelopoulos, Eternity and a Day is about a terminally ill widower whose daughter is married to a feckless yuppie. The Dust of Time follows a filmmaker who must make a movie for the international marketplace rather than for art houses. $15. Museum of the Moving Image, 36-01 35th Ave., Kaufman Arts District, http://bit.ly/28YCBY9.

July 25, The Moth StorySLAM, 8 pm. All are invited to this competitive storytelling event whose theme is “neighborhood.” $10. Flushing Town Hall, 137-35 Northern Blvd., http://bit.ly/1SnRvNh.

July 26, SummerStage: Black Moon and Smif-N-Wessun, 7 pm. These Hip-Hop groups perform hits from their debut albums Enta Da Stage and Dah Shinin, respectively. Free. Queensbridge Park, vicinity of Vernon Boulevard and 21st Street, LIC, http://bit.ly/19nxNvy.

July 26-28, 39th Asian American International Film Festival, 6 pm. Screenings of acclaimed Asian and Asian American films. Free. Flushing Town Hall, 137-35 Northern Blvd., http://aaiff.org/2016.

July 26, 1950s Doo Wop, 7 pm. The New York Exceptions Band does Doo Wop as part of the 2016 Juniper Valley Park Summer Concert Series. Free. Public space at 80th Street and Juniper Boulevard North, Middle Village, http://bit.ly/29oNBSX.

July 26, Ska Orchestra, 7 pm. A Reggae/Ska band performs as part of the Live at the Gantries series. Free. Gantry Plaza State Park, between 49th and 50th avenues along the East River, LIC, http://bit.ly/29KcYLr.

July 26, Painting and Planting, 1 pm. The Garden Creativi-TEA series offers workshops and delicious iced tea on consecutive Tuesdays through Aug. 9. This date’s activity involves painting and planting. $3/$6 per family. Voelker Orth Museum, 149-19 38th Ave., Flushing, http://bit.ly/29wsKwS.

July 27, SummerStage: Dianne Reeves, 7 pm. This Grammy-winning jazz vocalist shares the stage with DJ Greg Caz, who has been spinning since the 1990s. Free. Queensbridge Park, vicinity of Vernon Boulevard and 21st Street, LIC, http://bit.ly/19nxNvy.

July 27, Rivers and Tides, 7 pm. A film about British earthworks artist Andy Goldsworthy, who uses twigs, grass, mud, ice, water, leaves, stones to fashion delicate labyrinthine objects that transform over a period of hours or days, or self-destruct within moments of reaching their pinnacle of perfection. Plus, food from Max Bratwurst und Bier and music from Emily Wolf. Free. Socrates Sculpture Park, 32-01 Vernon Blvd., LIC, http://bit.ly/29U65LU.

July 27, Walk Woodside Avenue, 6 pm. Take a guided tour with official Queens historian Jack Eichenbaum. Check out Woodside Avenue, which traverses a 19th century cityscape near the LIRR, spans Roosevelt Avenue’s diversity, and ends in the Asian neighborhood in Elmhurst. Expect a recycled trolley terminal structure, a five-story Thai Buddhist temple, Romanian and Burmese churches, a hidden railroad, and an antebellum farmhouse. $15. Meet on the south side of the Northern Boulevard subway stop for the M and R trains. More information at jaconet@aol.com.

July 27, Inside Out, 7 pm. A screening from the Movies on the Green series. Free. The Shops at Atlas Park, 80-00 Cooper Ave., Glendale, http://bit.ly/29R90pw.

July 27, What’s New in Public Art Queens, 6:30 pm. Kendal Henry from the Department of Cultural Affairs discusses public art and how it is used as a tool for social engagement and civic pride. He also highlights upcoming opportunities that artists can apply for, particularly ones in Queens. Free. Queens Council on the Arts, 37-11 35th Ave, Kaufman Arts District, http://bit.ly/29DEfm9.

July 27, 18th Annual Great Lawn Summer Concert, 7 pm. Maestro Martin Majkut from the Rogue Valley Symphony leads the Queens Symphony Orchestra in selections from Argentina, Central Europe, Japan, Korea, South Africa, and even Graceland. Free. St. John’s University, 80-00 Utopia Parkway, Jamaica, http://bit.ly/1Ff8OVE.

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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