2016-08-10 / Front Page

It’s In Queens! (August 11 to August 17)

Taiwanese orchids, Australian female surfers, Chinese mythology, German-Peruvian film, and local fashion are ready to rock in Queens this week. Other options are boundary-pushing theater, outdoor entertainment, wind chimes, and tea parties. Here’s the rundown.

Aug. 11-21, 2016 UNfringed Festival, many shows. This annual festival presents daring new works from passionate artists who aren’t afraid to push boundaries. This year’s works explore such topics as racial violence, disability, and queer romance. $18. The Secret Theatre, 44-02 23rd St., LIC, http://bit.ly/2aPADLL.

Aug. 11, H.O.M.E., dusk. The Queens World Film Festival screens H.O.M.E., a movie that was shot entirely in Queens that weaves together stories inspired by true events: A young boy is rescued from the subway while an Ecuadorian livery driver helps a Chinese woman desperate to get to her sick child. Free. Kissena Corridor Park, Main Street and Elder Avenue, Flushing, http://bit.ly/2a6FvRl.

Aug. 12-14, Taiwan: A World of Orchids, 10 am to 5 pm. A stunning display of orchids with live music and gardening tips. Queens Botanical Garden, 43-50 Main St., Flushing, http://bit.ly/2ausTPt.

Aug. 12-13, NYC Women’s Surf Film Festival, 7 pm to late. This fourth annual festival celebrates women who love to surf and the filmmakers who capture their feats on camera. Event includes full-length and short films, Q&A sessions, and a photography show. Rockaway Beach Surf Club, 302 Beach87th St., Rockaway, www.lavagirlsurf.com.

Aug. 12, Yuhan Su Jazz Quintet: Mythology, 8 pm. Taiwanese vibraphonist Yuhan Su has written a new series of compositions inspired by Chinese Mythology. $16. Flushing Town Hall, 137-35 Northern Blvd., http://bit.ly/2b1x3kT.

Aug. 12, Lincoln Center’s Opera, 8 pm. Queens Theatre is showing films of classic Lincoln Center performances. This week, it’s the Richard Tucker Opera’s 2015 Concert. Renée Fleming, Andrea Bocelli, Lawrence Brownlee, and other superstars join forces for one of the perennial highlights of the opera season. Free. Festival Lawn, Flushing Meadows Corona Park, http://bit.ly/2a80jT1.

Aug. 12, Flushing Summer Movie Extravaganza, 7 pm. While the animated film Minions shows, the audience samples such snacks as Korean fried chicken, Taiwanese pastry, Japanese don katsu, and real ginger ale from Bruce Coat. The first 200 guests receive free Hershey’s Ice Cream. Free. One Fulton Square Outdoor Plaza, 39-16 Prince St., Flushing, http://bit.ly/2aAr9TW.

Aug. 12, Ska Orchestra, 5 pm. This band performs Caribbean-influenced tunes as part of an outdoor music series presented by Kupferberg Center for the Arts and the Queens Parks Department. Free. Windmuller Park, vicinity of 39th Road and 52nd Street, Woodside, http://bit.ly/29Vco1W.

Aug. 12, Flushing Night Out, 6 pm to 11 pm. Food, fashion, and music with a (718) Love theme. Free. Flushing High School, 35-01 Union St., http://bit.ly/29lKmgi.

Aug. 12, The Shining, 8 pm. A screening of the iconic Jack Nicholson film as part of Classic “Psycho” Film Fridays. Free. Rufus King Park, vicinity of Jamaica Avenue and 153rd Street, Jamaica, http://bit.ly/29Kxcav.

Aug. 12, The Hateful Eight, 7 pm (Aug. 14, 7 pm). Shown as part of the See It Big! Series, this Quentin Tarantino western is about bounty hunter and his fugitive captive who encounter an infamous bounty hunter and a supposed sheriff, before being stranded by a blizzard in Minnie’s Haberdashery, which harbors four more suspicious—and quite possibly murderous—characters. $15. Museum of the Moving Image, 36-01 35th Ave., Kaufman Arts District, http://bit.ly/2achrtS.

Aug. 13, MAMI Market, noon-7 pm. Local designers and artists take residence at the Knockdown Center for a day-long market place, along with DJ sets, performances, workshops, and more. Free. Knockdown Center, 52-19 Flushing Ave., Maspeth, http://bit.ly/2b3Jaiw.

Aug. 13, Hot Jazz Cool Garden, 2 pm. Jane Monheit presents the Louis and Ella Verve Record Anniversary Tribute. The jazz is served with Satchmo’s favorite dish: red beans 'n' rice and sweet tea. $18. Louis Armstrong House Museum, 34-56 107th St., Corona, http://bit.ly/2b1tdIo.

Aug. 13, 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.

Aug. 13, Jamaica Dance Festival, 7 pm. On this final date of a five-week festival, the Alpha Omega Theatrical Dance Company performs eclectic works. Free. Rufus King Park, vicinity of 150th Street and Jamaica Avenue, Jamaica, http://bit.ly/29JOPXN.

Aug. 13, Dance at Socrates, 4 pm. A performance with Gleich Dances and Greyzone with Kyle Marshall and Rebecca Kelly Ballet on an outdoor stage in a grove of trees. Free. Socrates Sculpture Park, 32-01 Vernon Blvd., LIC, http://bit.ly/2aqJl5h.

Aug. 13, Community Conversations for Kids, 10 am. The New York Council for the Humanities invites all upper elementary and middle school students to join a guided conversation on Democracy. Free. Queens Historical Society, 143-35 37th Ave., Flushing, http://bit.ly/2auDY6D.

Aug. 13, The Wild Bunch, 2 pm (Aug. 14, 3:30 pm). Screened as part of the See It Big! Series, this western follows a cadre of aging outlaws, fleeing the authorities, who attempt to make a final score for a Mexican general. Things go awry, and the gang finds itself in a wild and bloody shoot-out. $15. Museum of the Moving Image, 36-01 35th Ave., Kaufman Arts District, http://bit.ly/2achrtS.

Aug. 14, Tea Party–Slow Flow Performance and workshop with Lin Ceramics Studio, 1:30 pm. A performance entitled “Temperature” which captures the essence of Taiwan’s tea culture. It opens with the tea master making a fire, preparing to welcome a friend with tea. As the warmth diffuses in the space, the tea master performs the classic tea ceremony. The first 30 participants receive a special gift from Lin Ceramics Studio. Free. Queens Museum, NYC Building, Flushing Meadows Corona Park, http://bit.ly/2b9k4OE.

Aug. 14, JCKidz Back-to-School Fashion Show, 3 pm. A budding fashionista’s paradise with young models on a red carpet, showcasing styles by local designer Tyyan Williams. Plus, live entertainment. Free. Jamaica Coliseum Mall, 89-02 165th St., Jamaica, http://bit.ly/2aAmxgB.

Aug. 14, World’s Fair History Walking Tour, 11 am to 2 pm. Offered continually, this one-hour walking tour explores sites from the 1964 World’s Fair. Free. Meet at the Unisphere, Flushing Meadows Corona Park, http://on.nyc.gov/2aGhnRX.

Aug. 14, Make Your Own Wind Chime, 2 pm and 4 pm. Create musical wind chimes from found objects with Exploring the Metropolis Con Edison/Flushing Council on Culture and the Arts Composer-in-Residence and Wind Chime artist Skip LaPlante. $10. Flushing Town Hall, 137-35 Northern Blvd., http://bit.ly/2aV5PuX.

Aug. 14, American Contemporary Music Ensemble, 3 pm. As part of the Bang on a Can series, this ensemble plays Philip Glass’s luminous String Quartet No. 5 from 1991 and Meredith Monk’s only string quartet Stringsongs from 2005. Free. Noguchi Museum, 09-01 33rd St., LIC, http://bit.ly/2ahrLlw.

Aug. 14, Red September, 1 pm. A book signing and Q&A with Marita Berry, author of Red September, a coming-of-age novel set in the Caribbean. Free. Lewis H. Latimer House Museum, 34-41 137th St., Flushing, www.latimernow.org.

Aug. 14, Contemporary and American Songbook, 4 pm. Wishing On Stars and Bethany Wild perform 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.

Aug. 17, Aguirre, The Wrath of God, sundown. An outdoor cinema series presents a German-Peruvian dreamlike evocation of the real-life quest for the lost city of gold, El Dorado. Plus Peruvian delights from Inti Sumaq and music by Andes Fusion. Free. Socrates Sculpture Park, 32-01 Vernon Blvd., LIC, http://bit.ly/2aMUwpg.

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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