2017-06-21 / Front Page

It’s In Queens! (June 22 to June 28)

They’ll be dancing in the streets…and eating diverse cuisines in restaurants. Huge food events compete with equally large outdoor performances in Queens this week. The Met Opera, Willie Wonka, and The Panman are in town.

June 22, Queens Dinner Club, 7:30 pm. Munch on Thai favorites such as tom yum haeng, moo ping, boat noodles, monkey roti, and plenty of sticky rice with an informal group of people who love to visit different restaurants. $40. The Astor Room, 35-11 35th Ave., Astoria’s Kaufman Arts District.

June 22, Jamaica’s Third International Restaurant Crawl, 5 pm to 8 pm. Start at Puerto Plata (Dominican), 149-17 Jamaica Ave. Then head to Sangria (Portuguese), 95-41 Sutphin Blvd., and end at O’Lavrador (Portuguese), 138-40 101st Ave. $30/$25 in advance.

June 23, bwoy, July 2. This is the exclusive NYC engagement of bwoy, which stars Anthony Rapp as a suburban man who becomes entangled in a chaotic, passionate online affair with Yenny, a young Jamaican man. Times vary. Museum of the Moving Image, 36-01 35th Ave., Astoria’s Kaufman Arts District.

June 23, Willie Wonka and the Chocolate Factory, sunset. This movie kicks off the fourth annual CinemaLIC program, which will periodically screen free outdoor movies until Sept. 15. Free. LIC Landing, Center Boulevard and 51st Avenue, LIC.

June 24, Backlot Arts Festival, June 25. A neighborhood-wide extravaganza with more than 30 events, including films, exhibits, performances, music, a fashion show, and cocktail-making at various venues. Free except for events at the Museum of the Moving Image, which will offer two-for-one admission. Kaufman Arts District, a 24-block area within 31st Street, 34th Avenue, Steinway Street, and 37th Avenue.

June 24, Met Opera Summer Recital Series, 7 pm. Experience Met stars and discover rising soprano So Young Park, tenor Petr Nekoranec, and baritone Hyung Yun. Dan Saunders plays the piano. Socrates Sculpture Park, 32-01 Vernon Blvd., LIC.

June 24, Latin American Cuisine, 1 pm. Taste foods of Argentina, Colombia, Ecuador, Peru, and Uruguay on a guided tour by Myra Alperson of Noshwalks. Event includes a stop at a large market offering produce and packaged goods from Central and South America. Meet in front of Capital One Bank, 37-02 82nd St, Jackson Heights.

June 24, LIC & Astoria Love Letter, 1 pm to 4 pm. An afternoon of storytelling, music, interactive art, and an open mic celebrating the people and culture along the Western Queens waterfront. Socrates Sculpture Park, 32-01 Vernon Blvd., LIC.

June 24, Ricardo “Panman” Steel Panband, 4 pm. Live Caribbean music. Free. Beach 20th Street Pedestrian Plaza, Far Rockaway.

June 24, Wild Kingdom, 1 pm. Dance Entropy presents a performance that includes Wild Kingdom, an exploration of the playful antics of animals, and Dandia, a modern take on the traditional Indian stick dance. Free. Selfhelp Maspeth Senior Center, 69-61 Grand Ave.

June 24, Summer Festival, noon to 4 pm. Family fun with historic games, crafts, and bubbles. Free. King Manor Museum, inside King Park at 153rd Street and Jamaica Avenue, Jamaica.

June 25, Hablas y Te Salvas, 2 pm. Christopher Moncayo-Torres tells the story of Alexis, Ecuadorian-American amateur live storyteller. As she experiments with her first work-in-progress in the only venue she can afford -- her apartment near the 7 train -- memory and identity intermingle to help her to reconstruct her family history. Free. Tacuba Restaurant, 35-01 36th St., Astoria’s Kaufman Arts District.

June 25, Newtown Literary Issue Reading, 4 pm. The staff and contributors of Newtown Literary celebrate their fifth anniversary and the publication of their landmark tenth issue. The journal publishes Queens writers and poets, several of whom will read their work. Free. Socrates Sculpture Park, 32-01 Vernon Blvd., LIC.

June 27, Reception for Words Like Love: Alphaville, First Scenes, 6 pm. Celebrate Alejandro Cesarco’s exhibition, which is on view on a billboard at Jackson Avenue and Queens Plaza until July 2. SculptureCenter, 44-19 Purves St., LIC.

June 28, Taking It to the Streets: 1950s NY through the Lens of Flushing Photographer Frank Oscar Larson, 6 pm. This exhibition opens on June 25, but the related lecture is June 28. Flushing resident Larson captures the humble, the mundane, and the ordinary. $5 suggested donation. Queens Historical Society, 143-35 37th Ave., Flushing.

June 28, Impermanent Landscape, 7 pm. Dance Entropy does an outdoor performance set against the backdrop of the Manhattan skyline. The piece is inspired by the ideas of cubism, perspective, perception, and impermanence. Free. LIC Landing, 52 Center Blvd., LIC.

June 28, Religion in North Flushing, 6 pm. Official Queens historian Jack Eichenbaum leads a walking tour of Flushing’s religious institutions. Meet in front of St. George Episcopal Church, Main Street and 39th Avenue.

June 28, Rogue One, 8 pm. An outdoor screening with the Rebel Alliance trying to steal the plans for the Death Star. Free. The Unisphere, Flushing Meadows Corona Park.

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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