2016-09-21 / Front Page

It’s In Queens! (September 22 to September 28)

Russell Simmons returns to his native borough this week. He has a special event in the Kaufman Arts District, but let’s hope he has time for the art, boogaloo, stomps, dance therapy, pig races, theater, tours, and lectures. Here’s the rundown.

Sept. 22, Russell Simmons and Cristina Alesci, 7 pm. CNN correspondent Cristina Alesci and Russell Simmons chat before the screening of a episode of The American Dream: New York, a new multi-part interview series that examines how living in NYC during the first half of the 20th century shaped residents’ ambition. Must RSVP. Museum of the Moving Image, 36-01 35th Ave., Kaufman Arts District, http://bit.ly/2dbUcQ0.

Sept. 22, LIC Gallery Nights, 6 pm. Local galleries and art spaces open late and offer specials on the third Thursday of the month. Various spots. More info: http://bit.ly/2d6CiSW.

Sept. 23, Queens Hip Hop Festival, through Sept. 25. This weekend-long blow out includes opening and closing parties, a graffiti walking tour, an art exhibit, a Hip Hop concert, and a screening of Belly, a crime drama starring Nas and DMX. Astoria, Long Island City, and Jackson Heights. More info: http://bit.ly/2deNg7N.

Sept. 23, Oktoberfest at Citi Field, 5:10 pm. Watch the Mets face the Phillies and enjoy a pre-game party with Oktoberfest music and limited edition beer steins. $55. More info: http://bit.ly/2cD3DZQ.

Sept. 23, Spanglish Fly: New York Boogaloo, 8 pm. Spanglish Fly is dedicated to reviving and renewing the music known as “bugalú” or “boogaloo,” the sound that ruled the streets in 1960s Spanish Harlem. Dance workshop at 7 pm. $16. Flushing Town Hall, 137-35 Northern Blvd., http://bit.ly/2cpS7kT.

Sept. 23, Aoife Scott Band, 7:30 pm. Dublin singer-songwriter Aoife Scott is a force on the Irish folk scene. $22. New York Irish Center, 10-40 Jackson Ave., LIC, http://bit.ly/2ckMzJX.

Sept. 23, Apartment for Sale, through Oct. 23. A comedy about human relations, living space, and quality time. English and Spanish versions. $25. Thalía Spanish Theatre, 41-17 Greenpoint Ave., Sunnyside, http://bit.ly/2cpV70G.

Sept. 23, Expression, 6:30 pm. Italian visual artist Luca Mazzara’s work highlights how facial expressions communicate feelings. He shares his photo series Foot on Face and engages the audience in an experiment that provokes actions and reactions. $10. Queens Council on the Arts, 37-11 35th Ave., Kaufman Arts District, http://bit.ly/2d3gHqd.

Sept. 23, Heath and Wellness Fair, 1 pm to 4 pm. Transitional Services for New York hosts a an education center, doctor’s corner, wellness shops, fitness zone, food truck, farmer’s market, health screenings, flu shots, and wellness raffles. Free. Queens Botanical Garden, 43-50 Main St., Flushing, http://bit.ly/2ckMgPB.

Sept. 23-24, Take Root, 8 pm. Regina Nejman & Company explores ideas of beauty, ranging from the late Renaissance period to contemporary times. Chris Ferris & Dancers presents Rampaging Light, a performance that alters one’s perception of a single room. $15. Green Space, 37-24 24th St., LIC, http://bit.ly/2d3hNSz.

Sept. 24, GraffitiStomp, 4 pm. Local artist Louie “KR. One” Gasparro and guide Connie Murray lead a graffiti-themed tour through Astoria. Includes a history lesson on 1970s street art. Meet near 30th Avenue N/Q station, Astoria, http://bit.ly/2ckMBBN.

Sept. 24-25, Queens County Fair, 11 am to 6 pm. Blue Ribbon competitions, pie eating/corn husking contests, carnival rides, pig races, and entertainment. Free. $10. Queens County Farm Museum, 73-50 Little Neck Pkwy, Glen Oaks, http://bit.ly/2cScYMr.

Sept. 24, Queens Symphony Orchestra, 7 pm. A musical celebration of the neighborhood’s 200th anniversary. Free. Juniper Valley Park, 80th Street and Juniper Boulevard South, Middle Village, http://bit.ly/2cUkIA3.

Sept. 24, Actors and Actresses, 3 pm. Licensed guide Jo-Anne Raskin leads an educational tour. $5. Maple Grove Cemetery, 83-15 Kew Gardens Rd., Kew Gardens, http://bit.ly/2civv2w.

Sept. 24, The Fannie Lou Hammer Story, 3 pm. A one-woman play about a Civil Rights leader who fought to register African Americans to vote. $25. Greater Allen AME Cathedral Banquet Hall, 110-31 Merrick Blvd., Jamaica, http://allencathedral.org.

Sept. 24, Making Moves Dance Festival, 2 pm and 7 pm. This seventh annual event features seven original innovative and contemporary pieces by emerging and established NYC-based dance companies and choreographers. An outdoor family dance workshop is at 4 pm. Free. Jamaica Performing Arts Center, 153-10 Jamaica Ave., http://bit.ly/2cLoR8Q.

Sept. 24, ¡Oye Corona! 1 pm to 7 pm. Art-making with Ray Ferreira, dance therapy, and live music by accordion-based punk band Ratas En Zelo and Andean group Ñukanchik Llakta Wawakuna. Free. Corona Plaza, 103rd Street and Roosevelt Avenue, Corona, http://bit.ly/2cOok2B.

Sept. 24, Roosevelt Island Tour, noon. The Greater Astoria Historical Society hosts a Forgotten New York tour of Four Freedoms Park, Smallpox Hospital, and Blackwell Mansion. $20. Meet at the tram entrance at Second Avenue and East 60th Street in Manhattan, http://bit.ly/2ckPCC5.

Sept. 25, Illustrated Children’s Book Reading, 3 pm. Greg McGoon reads and signs his new book, The Tanglelows, which is written in a poetic, spoken word style. Free. Lewis H. Latimer House Museum, 34-41 137th St., Flushing, http://bit.ly/2cM1quC.

Sept. 25, Leah Raintree, 2 pm. Join exhibiting artist Leah Raintree on an hour-long walk through the museum and her current exhibition, Another Land: After Noguchi. Free with admission. Noguchi Museum, 9-01 33rd Rd., LIC, http://bit.ly/2cXGotg.

Sept. 25, Fertile Ground, 7 pm. This monthly new works showcase features five or six choreographers and includes a post-performance discussion with wine and cheese. $12. Green Space, 37-24 24th St., LIC, http://bit.ly/2cLWk1d.

Sept. 25, Kew Gardens Community Arts Day, 11 am to 5 pm. Expect 26 artists. Lefferts Boulevard and Austin Street, Kew Gardens, more info at kewgardensarts@gmail.com.

Sept. 26, A Zionist State in Siberia, 1:30 pm. Russian-American journalist Masha Gessen discusses his new book, Where the Jews Aren’t, which details an autonomous region set up in 1929 in Brobidzhan as a homeland for Jews. $8 voluntary donation. Central Queens Y, 67-09 108th St., Forest Hills, http://bit.ly/2dbZcnL.

Sept. 26, Codes of Honor, 8 pm. The reading of the tale about Texas socialite turned Marine who returns from a tour in Afghanistan determined to make a difference in the lives of women. She agrees to fund a shelter for battered women in Lebanon founded by a charismatic Arab feminist and widow. Free. LaGuardia Performing Arts Center, 31-10 Thomson Ave., Rm. E-241, LIC, http://bit.ly/2cpXRLl.

Sept. 26, A Reading by Alvin Eng, 5:30 pm. The Queens College MFA Program in Creative Writing & Literary Translation presents a reading from this year’s visiting professor, playwright Alvin Eng. His work explores parallels between drama, portraiture and history. Godwin-Ternbach Museum, 65-30 Kissena Blvd., Flushing, http://bit.ly/2cUpoWD.

Sept. 27, Hevesi and Green, 1 pm. Former political rivals Alan Hevesi and Mark Green discuss the current election and the rise of progressive politics. Green was NYC Public Advocate. Hevesi was State and City Comptroller. After pleading guilty to corruption charges, he was incarcerated for 20 months. $8 suggested donation. Central Queens Y, 67-09 108th St., Forest Hills, http://bit.ly/2cyXGeC.

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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