2017-09-20 / Front Page

It’s In Queens! (Sept. 21 to Sept. 27)

It’s another week of festivals – hip hop, honey, Oktober, food, maker, and farm – in the borough. But Muppets, divas, Latin music, interpretive dance, and Chance the Rapper are also in the mix.

Sept. 22, Jose Conde Electric & Ola Fresca, 7 pm. Tropical Latin dance music with Cuban rhythms that explore the crosscurrents of son, salsa, timba, funk, rock, afrobeat, and Haitian compass. $16. Flushing Town Hall, 137-35 Northern Blvd., http://bit.ly/2jrr1iX.

Sept. 22, An Evening with Frank Oz, 7 pm. Oz, who joined the Muppets at age 19 in 1963, was Jim Henson’s main creative partner. He is currently completing a documentary, Muppet Guys Talking, which takes a warm inside look at the phenomenon. In this rare personal appearance, Oz talks about his collaboration with Henson and shows clips. $50. Museum of the Moving Image, 36-01 35th Ave., Astoria’s Kaufman Arts District, http://bit.ly/2ykLidj.

Sept. 22, Queens Hip Hop Festival 2017, Sept. 24. Celebrate hip hop music, art, and film with concerts, art exhibitions, yoga, tours, and films at various venues, http://bit.ly/2wvz0kp.

Sept. 22, Divas de España, Oct. 8. An evening of laughter, music, and dance in celebration of Spanish divas. Performed in English with Spanish songs. Shows are Friday and Saturday at 8 pm and Sunday at 4 pm. $35. Thalía Spanish Theatre, 41-17 Greenpoint Ave., Sunnyside, http://bit.ly/2tz84MF.

Sept. 22-23, Take Root, 8 pm. Multidisciplinary dance that underscores the effects of light pollution on the ecosystem and human condition. Plus, Muliebris Dance Theatre’s collaboration with sound designer Asha Tamirisa. $20 ($15 in advance). Green Space, 37-24 24th St., LIC, http://bit.ly/2d3hNSz.

Sept. 23, NYC Honey Fest, 11 am to 6 pm. Seventh annual event includes bee marketplace, honey-tasting competition, costume contest, honey-extraction demo, NYC Bee Cop Darren Mays, and plenty of food. Vicinity of Beach 106th Street, Rockaway, http://bit.ly/2x9cWMO.

Sept. 23, Oktoberfest, Flushing Style: Sauerkraut & Kimchi, 5:30 pm. This event unites German cabbage with Korean cabbage. Plus, Norman Curtis plays keyboard. Free. Voelker Orth Museum, 149-19 38th Ave., Flushing, http://bit.ly/2h70RBr.

Sept. 23, Interpol, 6:30 pm. Celebrating its 15th anniversary, this rock group plays its debut album, Turn on the Bright Lights, in its entirety with Deerhunter and Battles. One Tennis Place, Forest Hills Gardens, http://bit.ly/2tnYZFz.

Sept. 23, Spirits Alive: Diversity Through Time, 2 pm. A self guided walking tour with more than 20 actors in period costumes playing the roles of the cemetery’s most historical figures, recounting tales of their lives through memories and speeches. Free. Meet at Maple Grove Cemetery’s pedestrian entrance at Kew Gardens Road and Lefferts Boulevard, Kew Gardens, http://bit.ly/2mNVqWQ.

Sept. 23, Amazing Maize Maze, Oct. 29. The three-acre corn maze, sponsored by Con Edison, has an Alice in Wonderland theme this year and features the Cheshire Cat. The adventure begins with a Stalk Talk to prepare participants for finding clues, solving puzzles, and getting out of the maze. Queens County Farm Museum, 73-50 Little Neck Pkwy., Glen Oaks, http://bit.ly/2wclXok.

 Sept. 23, Noshwalk: Jamaica, 1 pm. A tour with tastes of Salvadoran, Guatemalan, Guyanese, and Bangladeshi cuisine. Includes pauses for Filipino ice cream and ginger beer, plus a stop at a historic graveyard and church and King Manor Museum. $57, includes tastes but not personal beverages. Meet in front of Capital One Bank, 146-21 Jamaica Ave., http://bit.ly/2hdCH4j.

Sept. 23, Rock-A-Block Boulevard, noon to 5 pm. A first-ever festival with live music, theater, a magic show, face-painting, balloon art, pizza- and pie eating contests, yoga/meditation, a skate-rink, and a bouncy house. Rockaway Beach Boulevard between B94th and B90th streets, Rockaway, http://bit.ly/2x8aFRQ.

Sept. 23, Florence Price: Classical Music Revolutionary, 3 pm. The Orchestra of St. Luke’s presents a chamber concert focusing on Florence Price, the first female African American composer to have a work premiered by a major orchestra. Her story is brought to life with dramatic monologues performed alongside her music. Bring a contribution of canned goods for a local food drive. Free. Flushing Town Hall, 137-35 Northern Blvd., http://bit.ly/2xBiiB9.

Sept. 23-24, World Maker Faire 2017, 10 am to 6 pm. More than 750 makers — including tech enthusiasts, crafters, tinkerers, hobbyists, engineers, science clubbers, and artists — introduce their latest inventions. Plus, a speaker roster including authors, innovators, and leading thinkers in the Maker movement, as well as arts and crafts, food, woodworking, and live music. New York Hall of Science, 47-01 111th St., Flushing Meadows Corona Park, http://bit.ly/2f9yL7S.

Sept. 23-24, 35th Annual Queens County Fair, 11 am to 6 pm. A traditional county fair with blue ribbon competitions in livestock, produce, home crafts, pie-eating and corn-husking contests, and pig races, as well as hayrides, carnival rides, and a Bavarian beer garden. $10. Queens County Farm Museum, 73-50 Little Neck Pkwy., Glen Oaks, http://bit.ly/2x2CJ6E.

Sept. 24, Bell Blvd. Sunday Stroll, noon to 5 pm. Bayside Village BID’s annual Sunday Stroll features free music, performances, games, a bouncy house, giant bubbles, and interactive activities. Plus, outdoor seating, tastings, special menus from corridor restaurants, and discount offers from some local businesses. Bell Boulevard between 39th and 41st avenues, Bayside, http://bit.ly/2h57uAg.

Sept. 24, Great Men of Maple Grove, 1 pm. A walking tour full of stories about great permanent residents led by certified guide Jo-Anne Raskin. $5. Meet at Maple Grove Cemetery’s Victorian Building inside the gate at Kew Gardens Road and Lefferts Boulevard, Kew Gardens, http://bit.ly/2mNVqWQ.

Sept. 24, The Daniela Gioseffi Story, 4 pm. A documentary by Anton Evangelista about Daniela Gioseffi, a writer and social justice warrior. Evangelista and Gioseffi are on hand for a Q&A session. $20. D’Angelo Center, Room 416, St. John’s University, 80-00 Utopia Pkwy., Jamaica, http://bit.ly/2f904PJ.

Sept. 24, Fertile Ground, 7 pm. This non-curated program features five dance makers and includes a post-performance discussion with wine. $13. Green Space, 37-24 24th St., LIC, http://bit.ly/2cLWk1d.

Sept. 25, From Pakistani Muslim to American Muslim, 1:30 pm. Author Sabeeha Rehman discusses her memoir and personal journey -- from her arranged marriage in Pakistan to life in the U.S. as a Muslim, raising a family and advocating for interfaith understanding. $8 suggested donation. Central Queens Y, 67-09 108th St., Forest Hills, http://bit.ly/2f5ukqR.

Sept. 25, LIC Forum: BQX, 6:30 pm. Friends of the Brooklyn-Queens Connector present on the possible streetcar route on a 14-mile route along the waterfront. Free. Greater Astoria Historical Society, 35-20 Broadway, LIC, http://bit.ly/2xLKwcp.

Sept. 25, The Moth StorySLAM, 7 pm. Storyteller hopefuls put their names in The Moth Hat. A half hour later, names are picked, and storytellers take the stage to compete. $10. Flushing Town Hall, 137-35 Northern Blvd., http://bit.ly/2f6fXT7.

Sept. 27, Chance The Rapper, 7 pm. His Sept. 26 show sold out almost immediately, so the hip hop star added another for the next day. One Tennis Place, Forest Hills Gardens, http://bit.ly/2tnYZFz.

Sept. 27, Journey to the Bay of Bengal, 7 pm. The Queens Dinner Club tries Burmese, Indian, and Bangladeshi cuisine by local restaurants and desserts by Peter Zaharatos of Sugarcube. $45. Bamboo Lounge beneath the Astor Room, 35-11 35th Ave., Astoria’s Kaufman Arts District, http://bit.ly/2wBFzO7.

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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