2017-08-16 / Front Page

It’s In Queens! (Aug. 17 to Aug. 23)

Please don’t shoot the messenger, but the summer is starting to wind down. This week’s calendar reflects this reality with orchids, honey, a block party extraordinaire, and outdoor performances mixing with indoor film festivals and a community sculpture day.

Aug. 17, Jazzmobile 2017, 4 pm to 8 pm. Attend a block party extraordinaire with Eric Kurimski and Moneco Cumbia Band, followed by Ray Mantilla High Voltage. Free. Louis Armstrong House Museum, 34-56 107th St., Corona,  http://bit.ly/2wJfv4S.

Aug. 17, NYsferatu: Symphony of a Century, 7 pm. More Art premieres a hand-animated silent film that combines music and community engagement to make a statement about the horrors of the unknown and the search for liberty. Andrea Mastrovito and his team of 12 artists created more than 35,000 original drawings to replicate the eerie flickering shutter effect of early cinema. Free. Queens Museum, NYC Building, Flushing Meadows Corona Park, http://bit.ly/2wJaJo6.

Aug. 18, Taiwan: A World of Orchids, Aug. 20. Check out Taiwanese orchids and participate in a weekend-long celebration of Taiwanese culture. Queens Botanical Garden, 43-50 Main St., Flushing, http://bit.ly/2fFpeoV.

Aug. 18-19, Flushing Night Out, 6 pm to 11 pm. An annual explosion of culture and fun. Live music, and food vendors include Dumpling Galaxy, Sam’s Fried Ice Cream, New Asian Foods, Cat Mint Wheel, Gi Hin Mama Food, and John B Cafe. $5. Flushing Meeting House, 137-16 Northern Blvd., http://bit.ly/2wJdW78.

Aug. 18, Interstellar, Aug. 20. The annual See It Big! Series screens this sci-fi epic set in a near future where environmental problems have made the Earth uninhabitable and scientists plan to transport people to a new planet via a wormhole. (Times: Aug. 18 at 7 pm; Aug. 19 at 3 pm; and Aug. 20 at 3 pm.) $15. Museum of the Moving Image, 36-01 35th Ave., Astoria’s Kaufman Arts District, http://bit.ly/2uVabcP.

Aug. 18, Finding Dory, dusk. Watch an outdoor movie with the Midtown Manhattan skyline in the background as part of the Cinema LIC series. Free. LIC Landing, Center Boulevard and 51st Avenue, http://bit.ly/2tGNv0M.

Aug. 18, Lady and the Vamps, 6 pm. This band plays jazz, Broadway hits, and pop music. Free. MacNeil Park, 19-01 Poppenhusen Ave., College Point, http://bit.ly/2stwyFE.

Aug. 19, Clay Club, 10 am to 2 pm. A community studio with group sculpture projects, music by Shyboi (Kunq/Discwoman), and food by Hendu’s Sandwiches, The Mill, and Hibino LIC. Free. SculptureCenter, 44-19 Purves St., LIC, http://bit.ly/2vUZM5h.

Aug. 19, Dance at Socrates, 4 pm. Norte Maar presents this multi-week, cross-disciplinary, collaborative project. This week it’s Nico Brown and Gleich Dances with Ursula Verduzco/Benjamin Briones. Free. Socrates Sculpture Park, 32-01 Vernon Blvd., LIC, http://bit.ly/2tXqf28.

Aug. 19, Pink Floyd: The Wall, Aug. 20. The annual See It Big! Series screens this cult film about a troubled rock star who descends into madness. (Times: Aug. 19 at 7 pm; Aug. 20 at 7 pm.) $15. Museum of the Moving Image, 36-01 35th Ave., Astoria’s Kaufman Arts District, http://bit.ly/2vVkv93.

Aug. 19, Summer Women Film Series: Silkwood, 1 pm. This film, starring Meryl Streep, is inspired by Karen Silkwood, a nuclear whistleblower and labor union activist who died in a suspicious car accident while investigating the plutonium facility where she worked. It screens as part of an ongoing 100th anniversary celebration of women getting the right to vote in New York State in 1917. Free. Greater Astoria Historical Society, 35-20 Broadway, LIC, http://bit.ly/2wITB1L.

Aug. 19, Beach Sessions Dance Series, 6 pm. The program features Jodi Melnick/Jon Kinzel and an anonymous performer. Free. On the sand at Beach 86th Street, Rockaway, http://bit.ly/2tQYmoi.

Aug. 20, Impermanent Landscape, 2 pm. The LIC-based Dance Entropy performs contemporary dance in the round. The piece features the geometry and architecture of overlapping bodies, inspired by ideas of perception, impermanence, and NYC’s shifting landscapes. Free with a suggested donation. Voelker Orth Museum, 149-19 38th Ave., Flushing, http://bit.ly/2cqLb4n.

Aug. 20, ECIPS Music Festival, 1 pm. Remy Ma, who calls herself “The Queen of Rap,” headlines an all-day concert with R&B, Hip Hop, Latin, Soca, and Reggae performers. $70. Roy Wilkins Park, Merrick and Baisley boulevards, Jamaica, http://bit.ly/2vxGxh9.

Aug. 22, Dan Martin Ensemble, 7 pm. This group plays jazz as part of the Live at the Gantries series. Free. Gantry Plaza State Park, 4-09 47th Rd., LIC,  http://bit.ly/2v4Knvi.

Aug. 22, Summer Reading: Sinclair Lewis, 6:30 pm. Read and discuss It Can’t Happen Here by Lewis. Written during the Great Depression when the country was largely oblivious to Hitler’s aggression, this book juxtaposes political satire with the realistic rise of a president who becomes a dictator to save the nation from welfare cheats, rampant promiscuity, crime, and a liberal press. Free. Greater Astoria Historical Society, 35-20 Broadway, LIC, http://bit.ly/2wJ6Rn7.

Aug. 23, Bee Smart Honey Harvest Festival, 1 pm. Tasty, fun, and informative activities for all ages. See how the in-house beekeeper harvests honey, make bee-inspired art, taste honey from different hives and regions, and learn what makes a bee-friendly garden. Enjoy house punch made with garden-grown grapes. $5. Voelker Orth Museum, 149-19 38th Ave., Flushing, http://bit.ly/2cqLb4n. 

Aug. 23, Outdoor Film Series, 7 pm. Food, entertainment, and a screening of Bad Hair, a comedy about a young boy who lives in a rough neighborhood in Caracas with a mother who suspects he is gay. Cachapas y Mas restaurant sells food. Free. Socrates Sculpture Park, 32-01 Vernon Blvd., LIC, http://bit.ly/2w6IUrR.

Aug. 23, Bee Gees Tribute Band, 7:30 pm. Tribute band Stayin’ Alive performs classics from the Brothers Gibb. Free. Maspeth Federal Savings Parking Lot, vicinity of 69th Street and Grand Avenue, http://bit.ly/2wJweFi.

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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