2016-08-24 / Front Page

It’s In Queens! (August 25 to August 31)

The borough’s image as a haven for diversity grows this week with a Bangladeshi version of the Oscars and various multi-ethnic performances. And for those who prefer American culture, R. Kelly comes to town. Here’s the rundown.

Aug. 25, Jazzmobile Block Party, 4 pm to 8:30 pm. Satchmo’s last party of the summer features music by merengue band Fulanito, Latin Jazz percussionist Steve Kroon, and plenty of art and hula hooping. Free. Louis Armstrong House Museum, 34-56 107th St., Corona, http://bit.ly/2buPdsh.

Aug. 25, Saving Jamaica Bay, dusk. The Queens World Film Festival screens an award-winning documentary on Jamaica Bay directed by Sunnyside resident Dan Hendrick. A short documentary on a charming horticulturalist, Christopher’s Garden, also shows. Free. Kissena Corridor Park, Main Street and Elder Avenue, Flushing, http://bit.ly/2a6FvRl.

Aug. 26, R. Kelly, 9 pm. The Grammy-, Billboard-, and AMA-winner R. Kelly hosts a night for the ages with Will Traxx, Superstar Jay, and Kid Capri. $65. Resorts World Casino New York City, 110-00 Rockaway Blvd., South Jamaica, http://bit.ly/2bPrHd7.

Aug. 26, The Tee Tones, 5 pm. This band performs a cappella, R&B, and Motown as part of an outdoor music series presented by Kupferberg Center for the Arts and the Queens Parks Department. Free. Brookville Park, vicinity of 149th Avenue and 232nd Street, Rosedale, http://bit.ly/29Vco1W.

Aug. 26-28, See It Big!, times vary. The experience is more powerful when watching these films on a huge screen. Let’s Spend the Night Together (Aug. 26, 7 pm; Aug. 28, 4 pm) follows the Rolling Stones on their 1981 North American tour. Star! (Aug. 27, 3 pm; Aug. 28, 7 pm) is a biopic on Gertrude Lawrence, a celebrated English performer who rose up from music halls to become a famed fixture on the West End and Broadway. $15. Museum of the Moving Image, 36-01 35th Ave., Kaufman Arts District, http://bit.ly/2achrtS.

Aug. 27, ¡Oye Corona!, 3 pm to 7 pm. This monthly cultural celebration includes exercise classes, art workshops, and live performances. Free. Corona Plaza, 103rd Street and Roosevelt Avenue, http://bit.ly/2bxbqdE.

Aug. 27, Colonial Craft Corner, 10 am. Make Cornhusk dolls and learn a little about their history during this educational event for students with special needs. $15 for one student and an accompanying guardian. Queens Historical Society, 143-35 37th Ave., Flushing, http://bit.ly/2bZvqGt.

Aug. 27, Kartemquin Documentary Retrospective, times vary. Watch films that explore social justice and American lives: Sports Action Pro-Files (Aug. 27, 1 pm; Aug. 28, 1 pm) looks at the country’s most talented athletes; A Good Man (Aug. 27, 2:30 pm) follows Tony Award-winning dance choreographer Bill T. Jones; The Trials of Muhammad Ali (Aug. 27, 4:30 pm) looks at the boxer’s life outside the ring; Golub: Late Works Are the Catastrophes (Aug. 28, 2:30 pm) chronicles artist Leon Golub, who is known for his violent paintings depicting scenes of torture and physical trauma; Almost There (Aug. 28, 4:30 pm) explores troubled artist Peter Anton and his dilapidated house; and Raising Bertie (Aug. 28, 7 pm), which is about education in rural communities. $15. Museum of the Moving Image, 36-01 35th Ave., Kaufman Arts District, http://bit.ly/2bxvMU9.

Aug. 27, Woody + Pete’s Honky Tonk, 7 pm. An open mic in collaboration with LaGuardia Community College’s English Department. Suggested six-minute time slots for readings, more for acoustic performances. Free. Hydroponic Garden Centers, 146-47 Horace Harding Expressway, Flushing, http://bit.ly/2bJ54EE.

Aug. 28, Farewell Landmark, 4 pm. The closing ceremony for the Landmark installation includes HawtPlates performing House or Home, a series of vocal meditations on ownership and the American dream, inspired by Toni Morrison’s novel Home and the experimental writing of French author Georges Perec. Free. Socrates Sculpture Park, 32-01 Vernon Blvd., LIC, http://bit.ly/2buRDqO.

Aug. 28, ¡Retumba!, 3:30 pm. A multi-ethnic, all-female music and dance ensemble interweaves African, European, American, and Caribbean sounds. Free. Queens Botanical Garden, 43-50 Main St., Flushing, http://bit.ly/2bcAMId.

Aug. 28, Benefit Brunch: Flushing Art & Antiques Auction, 11 am to 4 pm. An afternoon of food, drink, art, jewelry, antiques, and memorabilia to benefit the host. Abstract expressionist paintings and prints by renowned Astoria artist William Clark Wallis and dolls by Japanese artisan Hisumi Tokuhata are included. New York Epicurean Events hosts a grand buffet and Bloody Mary bar. $45. Flushing Town Hall, 137-35 Northern Blvd., http://bit.ly/2bPgadQ.

Aug. 28, Bangla Cine Awards, 8 pm. This ceremony features some of the biggest names in Bangladeshi movies as 18 films compete in 25 categories for the coveted Bangla Cine Award. $35-$100. Colden Auditorium, Queens College, 63-50 Kissena Blvd., Flushing, http://bit.ly/2bZzQNJ.

Aug. 28, A Nonstop Metropolis Walking Tour with Garnette Cadogan, 3:50 pm. Cadogan, editor-at-large for Nonstop Metropolis: A New York City Atlas, explores Flushing. Free, but RSVP to preddy@queensmuseum.org. Meet at St. George’s Church, 135-32 38th Ave., Flushing, http://bit.ly/2bZxqyv.

Aug. 28, Puss and Boots, 2:30 pm and 4 pm. Theater for New York City and City Parks present puppet shows. Free. Travers Park, 78th Street between 34th Avenue and Northern Boulevard, Jackson Heights, http://bit.ly/29JcS7O.

Aug. 28, Women at the Frontline of Mass Violence Worldwide, 1 pm. An opening for a exhibit featuring 19 photographs and video testimonies of female victims of genocide and mass violence throughout the world and a panel discussion with Patrice Bensimon, director of Yahad-In Unum Research Center; Rochelle Saidel, founder and executive director of Remember the Women Institute; and Amy Traver, associate sociology professor at Queensborough Community College. Free. Kupferberg Holocaust Research Center, 222-05 56th Ave., Bayside, http://bit.ly/YIUQBC.

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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