2017-05-10 / Front Page

It's In Queens! (May 11 to May 17)

It’s well-known that Queens has the best moms. It also has the best Mother’s Day activities. Consider nature facials, Korean seaweed tonics, crime scenes, walking tours, miracles, orchestras, Marilyn Monroe, and a Pakistani megastar.

May 12, The Miracle Worker, May 21. In this powerful play, dedicated teacher Annie Sullivan struggles to reach Helen Keller, but she must also confront a domineering father, a heartbroken mother, and a resentful brother. Shows are May 12, 8 pm; May 13 & 20, 2 pm & 8 pm; May 14 & 21, 3 pm; and May 18, 2 pm. Queens Theatre, 14 United Nations Ave. S., Flushing Meadows Corona Park, http://bit.ly/2o5ChQP.

May 12, 5 Boroughs Music Festival, 7 pm (May 13 at 7:30 pm). As part of a festival that brings affordable chamber music to all corners of the city, Quicksilver offers Off The Beaten Track: Chamber Works from Moravia, the Netherlands, Sweden, Poland and Beyond. $10-$15. King Manor Museum, 150-03 Jamaica Ave., Jamaica, http://bit.ly/2pyA2WG.

May 12, Crime Scenes: Donald Westlake on Film, May 14. Westlake wrote almost 100 novels with the most influential being the Parker series. More than 30 films have been made of his books. This series shows a few of them: Point Blank, May 12, 7 pm; The Stepfather, May 13, 2 pm; The Grifters, May 13, 4 pm; Cops and Robbers, May 14, 2 pm; Made in U.S.A., May 14, 4 pm; The Hot Rock and The Outfit, May 14, 6 pm. $15. Museum of the Moving Image, 36-01 35th Ave., Astoria’s Kaufman Arts District, http://bit.ly/2q5Jkcw.

May 12-13, Take Root, 8 pm. KaNu Dance Theater and Johnnie Cruise Mercer/TheREDProjectNYC perform at this monthly dance showcase. 15. Green Space, 37-24 24th St., LIC, http://bit.ly/2p5fpoc.

May 13, Mother’s Day Nature Facials, 9:30 am. Spend quality time with mom and liberate your skin with mint, honey, cucumbers, bananas, crushed oats, egg whites, tranquil music, and scented candles. $42 per pair. Alley Pond Environmental Center, 228-06 Northern Blvd., Douglaston, http://bit.ly/2p6xbCv.

May 13, From My Mother’s Mother, 7:30 pm. In Korean tradition, mothers prepare seaweed soup for their post-natal daughters to assist in recovery. This chamber opera deals with love and reconciliation as a mother’s broth is rejected. (English with English and Korean subtitles.) $10, but free for all mothers. Flushing Town Hall, 137-35 Northern Blvd., http://bit.ly/2plXXuE.

May 13, Catch the Cool: City Through My Senses, 2 pm. A drop-in festival with bilingual story time, cool family photo booth, Panorama Gallery hunt, live performances, plus I am Yoga, Storytime, and Yoga Movement with author and yoga teacher Susan Verde. Queens Museum, NYC Building, Flushing Meadows Corona Park, http://bit.ly/2pJwdzz.

May 13, Bird Walks with NYC Audubon, 9:30 am. Spot and identify creatures of flight with experts. Free. Queens Botanical Garden, 43-50 Main St., Flushing, http://bit.ly/2qJpKmZ.

May 13, Mugworts Beware Volunteer Day, 10 am. Learn how to identify and remove invasive mugwort from the Meadow Lake shoreline. All tools provided. Free, but space is limited and registration is required. Meet at Meadow Lake Boathouse, Flushing Meadows Corona Park, http://on.nyc.gov/2q3JuV1.

May 14, Ustad Rahat Fateh Ali Khan, 7 pm. This Pakistani megastar of Qawwali, a devotional music of the Muslim Sufis, does a sit-down performance with saxophone, guitar, tabla, keyboard, drums, and base guitar. $39-$259. Colden Auditorium at Queens College, 153-49 Reeves Ave., Flushing, http://bit.ly/2qJh143.

May 14, The Dream Unfinished Activist Orchestra Chamber Concert: Black Excellence, 4 pm. This ensemble uses classical music as a platform to engage audiences with issues related to racial and social justice. Free. Queens Museum, NYC Building, Flushing Meadows Corona Park, http://bit.ly/2pOXIbN.

May 14, Mother’s Day World’s Fair Walking Tours with Roses, 11 am & 1 pm. Every mom gets a chocolate rose on this tour of the Unisphere, NYS Pavilion, NY Hall of Science, Time Capsules, Underground Home, and more. Free. Meet at the Unisphere, Flushing Meadows Corona Park, http://on.nyc.gov/2paKcei

May 14, Queens Symphony Orchestra, 3 pm. This local ensemble performs Peter and the Wolf, Mozart’s “Overture” from The Marriage of Figaro, and Rossini’s “Overture” from The Thieving Magpie. Free. Kupferberg Center for the Arts at Queens College, 65-30 Kissena Blvd., Flushing, http://bit.ly/2phDmo6.

May 14, Fertile Ground, 7 pm. This monthly new works showcase features five or six choreographers and a post-performance discussion with wine. $12. Green Space, 37-24 24th St., LIC, http://bit.ly/2p5fpoc.

May 15, Trump, Israel, and the Middle East, 1:30 pm. Professor Mark Rosenblum, who directs Queens College’s Ibrahim Student Leadership and Dialogue Middle East Program, discusses President Trump’s policies for Israel and its neighbors. $8 suggested donation. Central Queens Y, 67-09 108th St., Forest Hills, http://bit.ly/2qMkYnU.

May 15, Queens Symphony Orchestra, 7 pm. A night at the opera with Verdi, Puccini, and Rossini. Free. Russo’s On The Bay, 162-45 Cross Bay Blvd., Howard Beach, http://bit.ly/2ntggx8.

May 15, Opening for Hike to Hell Gate Exhibit, 7 pm. Check out 30 images from a March tour that went from Socrates Sculpture Park to the Hell Gate Bridge. Free. Greater Astoria Historical Society, 35-20 Broadway, LIC, http://bit.ly/2q7RLYi.

May 17, Some Like it Hot, 2 pm. In this classic 1959 comedy, Jack Lemmon and Tony Curtis witness a mob hit, then elude their pursuers disguised as women in an all-girl band which includes Marilyn Monroe. Stay for a post-screening discussion. Queens Museum, NYC Building, Flushing Meadows Corona Park, http://bit.ly/2pejBxb.

 May 17, Have a Happy (two) Hours walking from Ireland to Cuba, 6 pm. Official Queens historian Jack Eichenbaum leads a tour of Thai, Filipino, South Asian, Himalayan, South American, Mexican, Cuban, and Dominican influences. $20. Meet at The Cuckoo’s Nest, 61-04 Woodside Ave., Woodside, email interest to jaconet@aol.com.

May 17, Queens County Bird Club, 8 pm. Kathleen Lynch, Ph.D., lectures on avian brood parasites. Free. Alley Pond Environmental Center, 228-06 Northern Blvd., Douglaston, http://bit.ly/2pJq4ni.

May 17, Michelle Boulé: The Monomyth, May 27. This solo piece illuminates the emotional and choreographic transformation of the feminine/feminist hero. Shows are Wednesdays through Saturdays at 8 pm. $20. The Chocolate Factory, 5-49 49th Ave., LIC, http://bit.ly/2peeXPG.

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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