2017-03-29 / Front Page

It’s In Queens! (March 30 to April 5)

The week is overflowing with multi-day theme events, such as a tattoo festival, Latin American film series, 27-choreographer dance celebration, and three-show hip hop extravaganza. Oh, and Paul Simon returns to his home borough to offer an intimate concert.

March 30, Green Space Blooms, April 2. This tenth anniversary event features 27 choreographers and resident company Valerie Green/Dance Entropy. Each evening ends with a live music party, sharing sounds from a different ethnic tradition each night, curated by Open Music Ensemble. All shows are set for 8 pm except Spring Blooms, A Family Performance on March 31 at 11 am. $15 in advance/$20 at door. Green Space Studio, 37-24 24th St., LIC, http://bit.ly/2na2fR7.

March 30, Starz and On the Lig, 7 pm. A screening of two Irish comedies. Starz depicts the challenges faced by actors in Belfast. On the Lig is about struggling Irish artists in NYC who mooch their way through high-society parties, receptions, and black-tie events. $15 in advance/$20 at the door. New York Irish Center, 10-40 Jackson Ave., LIC, http://bit.ly/2iX7i9Y.

March 30, Interfaith Passover Seder, 7 pm. People of all faiths share the Passover Seder, which recalls the Jews’ exodus from Egypt as per a Biblical story that all Abrahamic faiths honor. Led by a rabbi who will explain the shared history of freedom, this meal is kosher, halal, and vegetarian. $20. Central Queens Y, 67-09 108th St., Forest Hills, http://bit.ly/2na0Utv.

March 31, Havana Film Festival, April 2. This 18th annual series shows features, documentaries, and shorts from Latin America. It takes place at various venues, but the Queens schedule is as follows: Man Facing Southeast, March 31, 7 pm; El Amparo, April 1, 2:15 pm; Fatima, April 1, 4:30 pm; Last Days in Havana, April 1, 7 pm; and Jeffrey, April 2, 2 pm. Museum of the Moving Image, 36-01 35th Ave., Astoria’s Kaufman Arts District,  HYPERLINK "http://bit.ly/2o9Tnwt" http://bit.ly/2o9Tnwt.

March 31, Tattoo Convention, April 2. At least 250 international artists along with vendors, collectors, models, and live entertainment. $24.32/$53.60 for weekend pass. Resorts World Casino New York City, 110-00 Rockaway Blvd., South Jamaica, http://bit.ly/2nFlMww.

March 31, Piano Masters, 8 pm. NEA Jazz Masters Toshiko Akiyoshi and Barry Harris perform classic jazz standards and original arrangements riffing, complementing, and answering each other in melodic and harmonious responses. $20-$42. Flushing Town Hall, 137-35 Northern Blvd., http://bit.ly/2o2AHlo.

March 31, Indo-Caribbean Women’s Empowerment Summit, 6 pm. Networking, cultural performances, and a panel discussion with artists, activists, and academics. Queens Museum, NYC Building, Flushing Meadows Corona Park, http://bit.ly/2nFnxtE.

March 31, Queens College Trio, 10 am. Daniel Phillips (violin), Marcy Rosen (cello), and Morey Ritt (piano) perform Brahms and Ravel as part of an ongoing series presenting world-renowned artists of all generations. $25. LeFrak Concert Hall, Queens College, 63-50 Kissena Blvd., Flushing, http://bit.ly/2nFtE0U.

April 1, Rennie Harris Puremovement, 2 pm and 8 pm (and April 2 at 3 pm). The first and longest-running touring hip hop company offers three shows. $25 + $42. Queens Theatre, 14 United Nations Ave. S., Flushing Meadows Corona Park, http://bit.ly/2nFdPr0.

April 1, Thomas Sauer, 7:30 pm. This internationally acclaimed concert pianist and chamber musician performs Bach, Beethoven, Chopin, Chang and others. Reception to follow. $20. The Church in the Gardens, 50 Ascan Ave., Forest Hills, http://bit.ly/2nt3spM.

April 1, Night Bird Song: The Incandescent Life of Thomas Chapin, 7 pm. Screening of an award-winning documentary on sax and flute master Chapin, a Jackson Heights resident who died as his career was taking off. Q&A with filmmaker Stephanie J. Castillo and her co-producer/co-writer Noel M. Izon. Free. Flushing Town Hall, 137-35 Northern Blvd., http://bit.ly/2no1cyC.

April 1, Queens Memory & Handkerchief Maker, 1 pm to 4 pm. The Queens Memory project encourages people to bring images of their family in Queens to be added to a database and preserved. Plus, a workshop to create a handkerchief like women of Rufus King’s time owned by using simple embroidery techniques to embellish a cotton square. Free. King Manor Museum, King Park, 153rd Street and Jamaica Avenue, http://bit.ly/2nFij0Y.

April 2, The Company Men, 3 pm. This four-man vocal group interweaves re-imagined classics of the last six decades, especially songs by The Four Tops, Michael Jackson, Billy Joel, Michael Bublé, and The Temptations. $39-$42. Queensborough Performing Arts Center, 222-05 56th Ave., Bayside, http://bit.ly/2naJ4Yb.

April 4, Queens Symphony Orchestra, 7 pm. Music reflecting the Heart of America, especially Copeland and Bernstein. Free. West End Temple, 147-02 Newport Ave., Neponsit, http://bit.ly/2ntggx8.

April 5, An Evening with Paul Simon, 7 pm. The Kew Gardens native offers an intimate concert to benefit the Materials for the Arts, an LIC nonprofit that fosters art education. $500. MFTA, 33-00 Northern Blvd., LIC, http://bit.ly/2oa9QR9.

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  HYPERLINK "http://www.itsinqueens.com" www.itsinqueens.com.


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