2017-04-26 / Front Page

It's In Queens! (April 27 to May 3)

Beat Cabin Fever with cherry blossoms, an arbor fest, walking food tours, outdoor art, organized runs, and even Victorian flashbacks. Or stay indoors for live music, tap dancing, and a fascinating film on Turkish cats.

April 27, Queens Symphony Orchestra, 7 pm. A night of Jazz. Free. Our Lady of Perpetual Help School, 111-10 115th St., South Ozone Park, http://bit.ly/2ntggx8.

April 27, Weekly Open Run/Walks, June 29. New York Road Runners organizes group runs and walks in Flushing Meadows Corona Park. All levels. Free, but registration is required. Meet at 111th Street parking lot near 55th Avenue at 7 pm, http://on.nyc.gov/2pag9W1.

April 29+30, New Amsterdam Festival, 11 am to 9 pm (both days). Circus performances, beer tent, at least 15 local artisan vendors, lawn games, human foosball, interactive art, live painting, hula hoops, and more to celebrate to Dutch traditions – King’s Day and the Tulip Festival. Onderdonk House, 1820 Flushing Ave., Ridgewood, http://bit.ly/2oESyuF.

April 29, Kedi Cats, 2 pm & 4 pm (plus, April 30, 2 pm & 6:30 pm). For thousands of years, cats have roamed freely around the city of Istanbul. This documentary follows some of these felines and their journeys. $15. Museum of the Moving Image, 36-01 35th Ave., Astoria’s Kaufman Arts District, http://bit.ly/2pX8B8M.

April 29, Pablo Mayor’s Folklore Urbano Orchestra and Pajarillo Pinta’o, 8 pm. A band and a dance company join forces for a show exploring culture, immigration, tradition, and love. This high-energy production is based on Colombian rhythms, theatrical drama, arrangements, and compositions. Dance lessons at 7 pm. $16/$10 for students. Flushing Town Hall, 137-35 Northern Blvd., http://bit.ly/2oERBTQ.

April 29, Nari Ward: G.O.A.T., again, Sept. 4. Ward’s first solo exhibition in New York features six newly commissioned outdoor artworks. He recasts tropes of outdoor structures – the monument, the playground, lawn ornaments, architectural barriers, and the advertising sign – into surreal and playful creations. He examines how hubris creates misplaced expectations in American culture and politics. Socrates Sculpture Park, 32-01 Vernon Blvd., LIC, http://bit.ly/2paxXQM.

April 29, Victorian Novelties, noon. Lectures on Victorian funerary practices and literature; performances by Cyclone Jack and Natalia “The Saw Lady” Paruz; and an exhibition on Denny Daniels and his Museum of Interesting Things. Free. Maple Grove Cemetery, inside the gate at Lefferts Boulevard and Kew Gardens Road, Kew Gardens, http://bit.ly/2mNVqWQ.

April 30, Arbor Fest, 11 am to 5 pm. Music, tours, puppets, bubbles, arts, crafts, petting zoo, face-painting, vendors, art, demonstrations, beer tent, tree plantings. $10/$8 for children. Queens Botanical Garden, 42-50 Main St., Flushing, http://bit.ly/2ooTaJl.

April 30, Maurice Hines: Tappin’ Through Life, 3 pm. This Broadway legend taps through his career in this song-and-dance celebration. He pays tribute to his brother, Gregory, and the performers who inspired him – from Frank Sinatra to Lena Horne – with standards like “Luck Be A Lady.” The all-female Diva Jazz Orchestra shares the stage with his protégés, The Manzari Brothers. $35-$45. Queensborough Performing Arts Center, 222-05 56th Ave., Bayside, http://bit.ly/2psLQga.

April 30, Noshwalks Tour of Sunnyside, 1 pm. Tastes include Turkish, Colombian, Paraguayan, Peruvian, Middle Eastern, East European, and Irish cuisine as well as shopping. $57, includes food but not beverages. Meet at Parrot Coffee Market, 45-15 Queens Blvd., http://bit.ly/2pYikyy.

April 30, Queens Jazz OverGround, noon to 10 pm. This collective presents workshops and performances highlighting the borough’s musical talent. Performers include six professional ensembles -- Rose Ellis Quartet; Joey Johnson Quintet; Hashem Assadullahi’s Standard Deviation Trio, featuring drummer Matt Wilson; Rafal Sarnecki Sextet; Daisuke Abe Quartet; and The Brian Woodruff Sextet +1, featuring vocalist Vicki Burns -- student jazz combos, and middle and high school bands. Free. Flushing Town Hall, 137-35 Northern Blvd., http://bit.ly/2pYBy7j.

April 30, Annual Cherry Blossom Walk, 11 am. Roosevelt Island Historical Society President Judith Berdy leads this leisurely stroll. $15 suggested donation. The tour leaves from the Visitor Center Kiosk, Tram Plaza, Roosevelt Island. RSVP via 212-688-4836 or rooseveltislandhistory@gmail.com.

April 30, Joe Michael’s Mile Walk, 10 am. Hike along the Joe Michael’s Trail along the Cross Island Parkway and Little Neck Bay with founding APEC member Joe Varon. Then eat a light, environmentally friendly Share-A-Brunch. Free. Alley Pond Environmental Center, 228-06 Northern Blvd., Douglaston, http://bit.ly/2h4brrR.

April 30, Kabarett Weimar, 8 pm. The Queensborough Theatre Project presents an immersive theatrical experience that recreates the Weimar-era German cabaret. The Kit Kat Klub boasts a devious Emcee, stirring chanteuses, and bawdy burlesque performers. $5-$40. The LetLove Inn, 27-20 23rd Ave., Astoria, http://bit.ly/2p93UbQ.

May 1, Sam Anderson, Teresa Burga, and Charlotte Prodger, July 31. This is the first solo exhibition in a U.S. museum for each artist. Anderson’s The Park is a series of newly commissioned sculptures, including a sound piece and video work for the lower level galleries that isolate and abstract the idea of community. Burga’s Mano Mal Dibujada includes historical and recent works such as her Prismas sculptures from the 1960s and a new series of sculptures presented in their entirety for the first time. Prodger’s Subtotal uses narration, sound, and moving image to weave tales that imbed time and place through her subjectivity. SculptureCenter, 44-19 Purves St., LIC, http://bit.ly/2pt2k83.

May 1, An Elite Military Unit, 1:30 pm. Author Jason Gewirtz discusses his book, Israel’s Edge: The Story of The IDF’s Most Elite Unit – Talpiot. Members of Israel’s secretive military unit, Talpiot, are trained to think instead of to fight. $8 suggested donation. Central Queens Y, 67-09 108th St., Forest Hills, http://bit.ly/2oDFLZo.

May 1, LIC Forum: Transit Lecture, 7 pm. Transportation expert Andrew J. Sparberg, who wrote From a Nickel to a Token, discusses what happened between 1940 and 1968 that unified the subway and created the MTA. He will have books for sale. Free. Greater Astoria Historical Society, 35-20 Broadway, LIC, http://bit.ly/2psZqjz.

May 3, Spring Film Series: Indiscreet (1958), 2 pm. Watch this Ingrid Bergman-Cary Grant classic as part of an eight-week series with dramatic and comedic films exploring issues from national security to gender insecurity. Each movie has a post-screening discussion. Remaining schedule: May 10, To Be or Not To Be (1942); and May 17, Some Like it Hot (1959). Queens Museum, NYC Building, Flushing Meadows Corona Park, http://bit.ly/2nyqVYu.


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.

Return to top

Copyright 1999-2019 The Service Advertising Group, Inc. All rights reserved.