2017-07-19 / Front Page

It’s In Queens! (July 20 to July 26)

Queens has it covered this week. Celebrate China, Colombia, Ecuador, India, Indonesia, Italy, Korea, Mexico, Taiwan, and Vietnam. Then make merry with Alfred Hitchcock, Jim Henson, Audrey Hepburn, George Orwell, the Bee Gees, Biblical characters, and Broadway stars.

July 20, Queens Dinner Club, 7:30 pm. A traditional Indonesian feast by Awang Kitchen served on banana leaves. Dessert by Sugar Cube. $45. The Bamboo Lounge at the Astor Room, 35-11 35th Ave., Astoria’s Kaufman Arts District, http://bit.ly/2usmktp.

July 20, Ecuador Night, 7 pm. Live international dance, music by Chota Madre, and an Ecuadorian movie as part of the Passport Thursday series. Free. The Unisphere, Flushing Meadows Corona Park, http://bit.ly/2uwtXij.

July 20, Boulevard Film Festival, July 23. A total of 30 shorts from local and international filmmakers at four Sunnyside venues. More info at http://bit.ly/2uBy656.

July 20, Waterfront Concert Series, 7:30 pm. Check out the New York Bee Gees. Free. Astoria Park Great Lawn, 19 19th St., http://bit.ly/2usi6SD.

July 20, Woodside Summer Concert Series, 7 pm. Mood Swing does soft rock. Free. Christ Lutheran Church, 58th Street and Broadway, Woodside, 718.205.1030.

July 21, Broadway in the Boros, noon. Vignettes by stars from Broadway shows Anastasia and the Tony-winning Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812. Free. Socrates Sculpture Park, 32-01 Vernon Blvd., LIC, http://bit.ly/2vvyJcS.

July 21, Classic Hitchcock Film Fridays, dusk. Watch the 1963 thriller The Birds, about a northern California coastal town that experiences unexplained and chaotic attacks by ordinary birds. Free. Rufus King Park, Jamaica Avenue at 153rd Street, Jamaica, http://bit.ly/2uaIUHf.

July 22, The Jim Henson Exhibition. The opening of a permanent exhibition that explores Jim Henson’s work for film and television and his impact on popular culture. Check out almost 300 objects, including 47 puppets. The Muppet Show and Sesame Street are only part of the fun. Museum of the Moving Image, 36-01 35th Ave., Astoria’s Kaufman Arts District, http://bit.ly/2tyDlxq.

July 22, The Anderson Brothers, 2 pm. Identical twins Peter and Will Anderson are virtuosos on clarinet and saxophone. They are best known for their unique renditions of classic jazz and innovative original music. $20. Louis Armstrong House Museum, 34-56 107th St., Corona, http://bit.ly/2t9gglO.

July 22, International Music Fest, 4 pm to 10 pm. Food trucks, craft activities, and dancing to Brooklyn Raga Massive (India), Akoko Nante (Africa), and Radio Jarocho (Vera Cruz). Plus, deejay mixes from Transpacific Sound Paradise’s Rob Weisberg. Free. Sunnyside Gardens Park, 48-21 39th Ave., http://bit.ly/2u2i5DT.

July 22, Art Stroll, 2 pm. The Long Island City Cultural Alliance offers a tour of Materials for the Arts and its current exhibition by artist-in-residence Dianne Smith and the Flux Factory, where curators Christina Freeman and Emireth Herrera Valdes enlighten. End at Windmill Community Garden for snacks. $12/$7 for seniors. Meet at MFTA, 33-00 Northern Blvd., LIC, http://bit.ly/2u38aOt.

July 22, World’s Fair History Bike Ride, 11 am. Bring a helmet or borrow one from Bike NY. Meet outside the Aquatics Center, Flushing Meadows Corona Park, http://bit.ly/2tyMsym.

July 22, Summer of Women Film Series, 1 pm. A screening and discussion of the Audrey Hepburn classic Woman of the Year as part of a series commemorating the 100th anniversary of female suffrage in New York State. Free. Greater Astoria Historical Society, 35-20 Broadway, LIC, http://bit.ly/2ushlZI.

July 22, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, July 30. A community group takes on a classic. July 22 at 8 pm; July 23 at 2:30 pm; July 28 at 8 pm; July 29 at 8 pm; and July 30 at 2:30 pm. $20/$15 for seniors/$12 for children. Maggie’s Little Theater, St. Margaret Parish Hall, 66-05 79th Pl., Middle Village, http://bit.ly/2t9bzYY.

July 23, Grace Jamaican Jerk Festival, noon to 8 pm. Jerk cuisine, cooking contests, celebrities, cultural performances, reggae, soca, and dancehall. $35. Roy Wilkins Park, Merrick and Baisley boulevards, Jamaica, http://bit.ly/2t9lPR6.

July 23, Blissville: An Investigation, 2:30 pm. Filmmaker Hank Linhart screens his documentary on a little known Queens neighborhood. $5. Queens Historical Society, 143-35 37th Ave., Flushing, http://bit.ly/2efIfN0.

July 23, Savory Asian Pancakes, noon. Made from dough, not batter, Asian pancakes are typical street fare in China, Korea, Taiwan, Vietnam, and of course Flushing. Hsing-Lih Chou, a promoter of Taiwanese and Chinese culture, and a panel of chefs teach how to make this treat. Flushing Town Hall, 137-35 Northern Blvd., http://bit.ly/2vaGZzz.

July 23, Colombian Independence Day, noon. The FolkCOLOMBIA School of Dance and Music presents expressive traditions, such as Tambora and Torbellino. special guests include Osiris Barcenas and her kids dance troupe; the WHIN Music Project orchestra, conducted by Maestro José Iglesias; Johanna Castaneda’s Joropo Ensemble; Gaita master Martín Vejarano and the NYC Gaita Club. Free. Queens Museum, NYC Building, Flushing Meadows Corona Park, http://bit.ly/2t9rYg4.

July 23, Flushing Creek Bike Tour, 10 am. NYC H2O and the Guardians of Flushing Bay offer a 3.5-mile tour, which ends in a ride with the Empire Boat Dragon Team in Flushing Bay. Sergey Kadinsky, who wrote Hidden Waters of New York City, leads. $20,  http://bit.ly/2vhkQz0.

July 23, Dr. K’s Motown Revue, 6 pm. This group stays true to its Motown roots. Free. O’Donohue Park, Seagirt Boulevard and Beach 17th Street, Far Rockaway, http://bit.ly/2tGxYy1.

July 24,The Moth StorySLAM: Cravings, 7:30 pm. Storyteller hopefuls put their names in The Moth Hat. A half hour later, names are picked, and storytellers take the stage. Topic is cravings. $10. Flushing Town Hall, 137-35 Northern Blvd., http://bit.ly/2vvcSCq.

July 24, Finding Dory, sunset. The 2017 Movies on the Waterfront Series kicks off with Finding Dory. Free. Astoria Park Great Lawn, 19 19th St., http://bit.ly/2tjPDP1.

July 25, Conjunto Guantanamo, 7 pm. This group plays Afro-Cuban jazz as part of the Live at the Gantries series. Free. Gantry Plaza State Park, 4-09 47th Rd., LIC, http://bit.ly/2v4Knvi.

July 25, Italian Heritage Night, 7 pm. Enjoy Italian pop tenor Elio Scaccio as part of the Juniper Valley Park Summer Concert Series. Free. 80th Street and Juniper Boulevard North, Middle Village, http://bit.ly/2vbcA4e.

July 25, Summer Reading Series, 6:30 pm. Discuss George Orwell’s 1984 with historians. (Book not provided.) Free. Greater Astoria Historical Society, 35-20 Broadway, LIC, http://bit.ly/2tjH6vv.

July 26, Summer Banners, 1 pm. Educator Elaine Young introduces nature-based printing techniques to create summer banners. Use leaves, flowers, and other plant parts to explore plant pigments and create all kinds of designs by pounding the natural materials into strips of fluttering fabric. $5. Voelker Orth Museum, 149-19 38th Ave., Flushing, http://bit.ly/2cqLb4n.

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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