2016-07-27 / Front Page

It's In Queens! (July 28 to August 3)

There’s a “series of series” this week, as Queens venues host multi-day concerts, dance competitions, Shakespeare plays, outdoor movies, cocktail workshops, basketball games, and even dancetherapy. Add singular offerings of Seinfeld, Harry Potter, and a guided bicycle tour. Here’s the rundown.

July 28, SummerStage Lyfe Jennings, 7 pm. This R&B and soul star is expected to sing hits from his sixth album, Tree of Lyfe. Free. Queensbridge Park, vicinity of Vernon Boulevard and 21st Street, LIC, http://bit.ly/19nxNvy.

July 28, Seinfeld Night, 6:30 pm. The Hunters Point Parks Conservancy and Hulu present three Seinfeld episodes and the theatrical premiere of the documentary They’re Real & They’re Spectacular: Seinfeld Super Fans and the Summer of George. Plus, giveaways, show-themed food options, and interactive social activations. Free. Hunters Point South Park, vicinity of Vernon Boulevard and Borden Avenue, LIC, http://bit.ly/2a9hara.

July 28, Spanish Visions, dusk. An outdoor screening of nine shorts from Spain, Cuba, USA, and Brazil, 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/2a6FvRl.

July 29, SummerStage: Nuyorican Poets Cafe, 7 pm. Former Queens Poet Laureate Paulo Javier and current title-holder Maria Lisella recite poetry. Free. Queensbridge Park, vicinity of Vernon Boulevard and 21st Street, LIC, http://bit.ly/19nxNvy.

July 29-31, Artest Foundation Summer Classic, times vary. The Variety Boys & Girls Club of Queens, The Artest Foundation, and CM3 Elite organize a top tier AAU basketball tournament with four divisions: Boys 17u, Boys 16u, Boys 14u, and Girls 17u. Variety Boys & Girls Club of Queens, 21-12 30th Rd., LIC, http://bit.ly/29Vhag7.

July 29, Shadow Puppet Slam, 7 pm. A sampling of the ancient art form of shadow puppetry with multiple puppeteers exploring new and groundbreaking work, bringing together the luminous, the laughable, the shady, the digital, and the ancient. $10. Flushing Town Hall, 137-35 Northern Blvd., http://bit.ly/29amqu7.

July 29, The Nutcracker, 8 pm. Queens Theatre shows a film of a Lincoln Center performance of Tschaikovsky’s iconic ballet, which transports audiences to a world of wonder where mischievous mice are foiled by toy soldiers and a blizzard of ballerinas reveals the enchanting Land of Sweets. Free. Festival Lawn, Flushing Meadows Corona Park, http://bit.ly/2anWTzi.

July 29-31, Thunderbird American Indian Mid-Summer Powwow, times vary. NYC’s oldest and largest powwow features three days of intertribal Native American dance competitions and a large selection of art, crafts, jewelry, and food. $11 per day/$16 per weekend (children 12 and under pay less). Queens County Farm Museum, 73-50 Little Neck Pkwy., Floral Park, http://bit.ly/2aqQJfT.

July 29, Sunnyside Community Concert Series, 7 pm. Following the recent attacks, the concert has a special focus on Turkey with performers Mustafa Demirci, Kanun, and Academician. Free. All Saints Episcopal Church, 43-12 46th St., Sunnyside, http://bit.ly/2a9jf6r.

July 29, Flushing Night Out, 6 pm to 11 pm. Food, fashion, and music with a Beach Day theme. Free. Flushing High School, 35-01 Union St., http://bit.ly/29lKmgi.

July 29-31, In-Sight Dance Company’s Suite Summer Festival, times vary. This seventh annual festival offers two distinct programs over three days. The site-specific performances invite the audiences to rove around the park and participate in an immersive dance experience. Socrates Sculpture Park, 32-01 Vernon Blvd., LIC http://bit.ly/29ZIVQa.

July 29, As You Like It, 7:30 pm. Hip to Hip Theatre Company continues its tenth season, offering Shakespeare for the whole family. This comedy about love, family and identity is full of wit, music and gender-bending fun. Children’s pre-show starts at 6:30 pm. Free. Voelker Orth Museum, 149-19 38th Ave., Flushing, http://bit.ly/2ao8SNb.

July 29, Orquesta Afinke, 6 pm. As part of an outdoor music series presented by Kupferberg Center for the Arts and the Queens Parks Department, Orquesta Afinke plays Afro-Cuban and Latin jazz. Free. C.C. Moore Park, vicinity of Broadway, 82nd Street, and 45th Avenue, Elmhurst, http://bit.ly/29Vco1W.

July 29, Cape Fear, dusk. A screening of a film starring Nick Nolte and Robert DeNiro as part of A Better Jamaica’s Classic Film Fridays. Nolte plays a lawyer who withholds evidence that would acquit a sex offender of rape charges. The convict, played by DeNiro, seeks revenge after his prison term. Free. Rufus King Park, vicinity of Jamaica Avenue and 153rd Street, Jamaica, http://bit.ly/29Kxcav.

July 29, 2001: A Space Odyssey, 7 pm. Stanley Kubrick’s epic about space exploration kicks off the See It Big! Series. Same movie shows on July 30 at 3 pm and July 31 at 3 pm and 7 pm. $15. Museum of the Moving Image, 36-01 35th Ave., Kaufman Arts District, http://bit.ly/2achrtS.

July 30, SummerStage: Stefanie Batten Bland, 7 pm. This choreographer performs along with jazz band Burnt Sugar the Arkestra Chamber. Plus, Karisma Jay, a dancer/actress/singer, teaches a master class. Free. Queensbridge Park, vicinity of Vernon Boulevard and 21st Street, LIC, http://bit.ly/19nxNvy.

July 30, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child Midnight Release Party, 10 pm. Have fun while waiting the release of J.K. Rowling’s new script about a certain wizarding group. Costume contest, tea leaves, trivia contest, butterbeer, etc. Astoria Bookshop, 31-29 31st St., http://bit.ly/2aFTaKU.

July 30, Jamaica Dance Festival, 7 pm. This festival presents professional companies on five consecutive Saturdays. On this date, Sonali Skanden and Jiva Dance perform dynamic works based on Bharatanatyam, the classical dance form of South India. Free. Rufus King Park, vicinity of 150th Street and Jamaica Avenue, Jamaica, http://bit.ly/2abhm73.

July 30, ¡Oye Corona! Corona Loves Arte and Libros, 1 pm to 7 pm. This free monthly celebration of art, music, and exercise includes performances starring local and global acts. This day features Uni Project, which provides pop-up reading rooms; art-making with Renzo Ortega; Dancetherapy; Ratas en Zelo, an all-female, accordion-based punk band; and Ñukanchik Llakta Wawakuna, an Andean folkloric group. Free. Corona Plaza, 103rd Street and Roosevelt Avenue, Corona, http://bit.ly/2a4T2oG.

July 30, The Cat Came Back: Stories and Songs with A Jazzy Twist, 10:30 am. Teaching artist April Armstrong, Mario Sprouse (piano), and Napoleon Revels-Bey (drums) add a new spin to some favorite folktales and nursery rhymes, including Chicken Licken and Old Mother Hubbard’s Blues. $13. Flushing Town Hall, 137-35 Northern Blvd., http://bit.ly/2aed2HK.

July 30, Botanical Cocktail Making, 4 pm. Learn simple cocktail recipes that are tasty and packed with healthy, local ingredients. $25/$65 for series. Queens Botanical Garden, 43-50 Main St., Flushing, http://bit.ly/1rXYBdY.

July 31, SummerStage: Jazz-infused Family Day, 4 pm. Post-Bop jazz pianist Marc Cary, award-winning actor, dancer, and poet Joseph Monroe Webb, and a special performance by the WBGO Kids Jazz featuring rising young singer Brianna Thomas and The Jazz Travelers. Free. Queensbridge Park, vicinity of Vernon Boulevard and 21st Street, LIC, http://bit.ly/19nxNvy.

July 31, Bring Your Own Bike World’s Fair History Ride, 11 am. Trained docents lead a leisurely ride to more than a dozen World’s Fair sites in the park. Free. The Unisphere, Flushing Meadows Corona Park, http://on.nyc.gov/2a9NPew.

July 31, Thana Alexa Project, 4 pm. This jazz group performs 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 31, The Moonlighters, 5 pm. The Katz Concert Series presents Motown. Free. O’Donohue Park, Seagirt Boulevard and Beach 17th Street, Far Rockaway, http://bit.ly/2a0XiEB.

July 31, Transformer 5 Miler, 9 am. This Queens Distance Runners race honors Peter Tran, an extremely giving QDR member. $25/$30 on race day. A two-loop, out-and-back that completely encompasses the Unisphere side of Flushing Meadows Corona Park, http://bit.ly/2a9b9uO.

Aug. 2, DIY Nature Journals, 1 pm. The Garden Creativi-TEA series offers workshops and iced tea on consecutive Tuesdays through Aug. 9. This date’s activity involves creating nature journals. $3/$6 per family. Voelker Orth Museum, 149-19 38th Ave., Flushing, http://bit.ly/29wsKwS.

Aug. 2, Generations, 7 pm. This classic rock band jams as part of the 2016 Juniper Valley Park Summer Concert Series. A National Night Out Against Crime program starts at 5 pm. Free. Public space at 80th Street and Juniper Boulevard North, Middle Village, http://bit.ly/29oNBSX.

Aug. 2, Live at the Gantries: Tony Demarco, 7 pm. Enjoy live Irish fiddle music and a spectacular view of Midtown Manhattan as part of a summer series. Free. Gantry Plaza State Park, between 49th and 50th avenues along the East River, LIC, http://bit.ly/2alb5aZ.

Aug. 3, Girl Asleep, 7 pm. An outdoor cinema series presents an Australian look into the depths of a teenage mind. Greta Driscoll’s bubble of wallflower-like lonerism is burst when her parents throw her a surprise 15th birthday party and invite the whole school. Plus, Aussie food from Thirsty Koala and music by The Hot Rutabagas. Free. Socrates Sculpture Park, 32-01 Vernon Blvd., LIC, http://bit.ly/2ap3qev.

Aug. 3, UP, 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/2apCmfq.

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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