2018-04-25 / Front Page

It’s In Queens! (April 26 to May 2)

Sounds good! Queens hosts opera, jazz, classical, woodwind, Latin, Bernstein, symphony, sitar, and even wedding music this week. Nature, painting, performance art, Shakespeare, Holi, Tai Chi, polar bears, and a celebration of World War I’s end are also in the world’s most diverse borough.

April 26, Marriage of Figaro, April 29. The Aaron Copland School of Music presents this classic Mozart opera. Times are April 26-28 at 7:30 pm and April 29 at 3 pm. Goldstein Theatre, Queens College, 65-30 Kissena Blvd, Flushing, http://kupferbergcenter.org.

April 27, Astoria Symphony Orchestra, 8 pm. The orchestra plays the glorious sounds of the classical period, Mozart and Hadyn, paired with American composer J. Scott McKenzie’s world premiere. $20-$30. Trinity Lutheran Church, 31-18 37th St., Astoria, http://bit.ly/2n186JV.

April 27, City Nature Challenge 2018, April 30. Download the free iNaturalist app and become a City Nature Challenge 2018 Citizen Scientist. Every time you see wildlife and plants in Flushing Meadows Corona Park, snap a photo with the app and it automatically gets logged into the competition by date, location, and species. The city with the most wildlife and wild plants properly identified wins. No pets, house plants or zoo animals, http://bit.ly/2HnQDVv.

April 27, Americans in Paris and Back Again, 1 pm. Quintet of the Americas, the borough’s renowned woodwind group, explores the influence of Nadia Boulanger, the famous French 20th century composition teacher. Free. Community Mediation Services, 89-64 163rd St., Jamaica, http://bit.ly/2K6wWDg.

April 27, The Wedding Singer, May 5. A musical comedy by a community-based troupe. Shows are on Friday and Saturday at 8 pm and Sunday at 3 pm. The Immaculate Conception Catholic Academy Auditorium, 179-14 Danly Rd., Jamaica Estates, http://bit.ly/2fnAUfr.

April 27, Queens Crossing Painting Night Out, 6:30 pm. Create a masterpiece on canvas with artist Jason Lee. Live DJ and free drinks. $20 (includes painting kits). The Food Court at Queens Crossing, 136-17 39th Ave., Flushing, http://bit.ly/2G9UfJV.

April 27, Melinda Ring/Special Projects and Renée Archibald: Shiny Angles In Angular Time, May 5. Back-to-back performance art premieres. $20. Shows are Tuesday through Saturday at 8 pm and April 28 and May 5 at 3 pm. The Chocolate Factory, 5-49 49th Ave., LIC, http://bit.ly/2HMjdU0.

April 28, Konnakol Jazz, 6 pm. A performance by Arun Luthra, a saxophonist and practitioner of konnakol, a vocalized form of South Indian classical music. Free. Flushing Town Hall, 137-35 Northern Blvd., http://bit.ly/2Hn09w8.

April 28, Latin Dance Fiesta, 8 pm. Four dance companies, four countries: Spanish Flamenco; Argentine Tango; Grupo Folclórico Batey with traditional dances from the Dominican Republic; and Brazilian Capoeira and Samba. $20-$30. Queens Theatre, 14 United Nations Ave. S., Flushing Meadows Corona Park, http://bit.ly/2HkWScr.

April 28, Wandering Woodhaven, noon. Noshwalks guide Myra Alperson leads a stroll that includes tastes of Central America, Guyana, Mexico, Poland, and Colombia. Meet at Woodhaven Post Office, 86-42 Forest Pkwy., http://bit.ly/2qT1n7h.

April 28, Holi, the Spring Festival of Colors, 2 pm. The Hindu Temple Society of North America hosts this annual religious celebration that includes vibrant colors, dance, music, and the triumph of good over evil. Queens Museum, NYC Building, Flushing Meadows Corona Park, http://bit.ly/2HlD3Ss.

April 28, Staged Reading of Shakespeare’s Henry IV, Part 2, 2 pm. Produced by the Woodside-based theater company Hip to Hip, this reading features an accomplished Broadway cast. Queens Museum, NYC Building, Flushing Meadows Corona Park, http://bit.ly/2HkWMG2.

April 28, NYC Tai Chi and Qigong Day, 9 am to noon. Celebrate this citywide day with films, demonstrations, and open practice in the courtyard. Expect Master Pingzhen Cheng of Sun Style Internal Martial Arts. Museum of the Moving Image, 36-01 35th Ave., Astoria’s Kaufman Arts District, http://bit.ly/2JmJ2am.

April 28, The Polar Bears Go Up, 2:15 pm. The Polar Bears are back for this children’s play. This time the two intrepid explorers go up in the world… in balloons. Workshop at 12:30 pm. $14//$8 for children. Flushing Town Hall, 137-35 Northern Blvd., http://bit.ly/2vDYNYj.

April 28, Autism Awareness Action Day, noon to 5 pm. Play4Autism offers crafts, vendors, live DJ, face-painting, and more. The Shops at Atlas Park, 80-00 Cooper Ave., Glendale, http://bit.ly/2vGTjfo.

April 28, The Apocalypse Plays, 8 pm. A reading of a piece by Alex Rubin. Life on Earth is nearing extinction, and survivors struggle in a world that can no longer support humanity. Queens Theatre, 14 United Nations Ave. S., Flushing Meadows Corona Park, http://bit.ly/2Hq9Mdy.

April 29, Arbor Fest, 11 am to 5 pm. This annual celebration of trees and the environment includes lawn games, botanical demos, puppet shows, a petting zoo, food vendors, a beer-and-wine garden, and crafts. Queens Botanical Garden, 43-50 Main St., Flushing, http://bit.ly/2HTdFEF.

April 29, 1918 WWI Cavalry, 10:30 am to 3:30 pm. Celebrate the 100th anniversary of World War I’s end. Meet living historians who talk and act the life of a Great War soldier. Horses, too. Free (donations accepted). Maple Grove Cemetery, 83-11 Kew Gardens Rd., Kew Gardens, http://bit.ly/2HSHZiC.

April 29, Masterworks Concert: Fancy-Free & Enigmatic, 3 pm. This Queens Symphony Orchestra show’s first half is a salute to Leonard Bernstein on his 100th birthday year with music from his first major Broadway hit, Fancy Free. The second half features Edward Elgar’s Enigma Variations, a colorful musical sketchbook of the composer’s friends. LeFrak Concert Hall, Queens College, vicinity of Reeves Avenue and Kissena Boulevard, Flushing, http://bit.ly/2HXFGeo.

April 29, Noguchi TalksSunday, 3 pm. Exhibiting artist Miya Ando and curator Dakin Hart discuss Miya Ando: Clouds, an installation of two site-specific sculptures that’s on view until Aug. 19. Free with admission. Noguchi Museum, 9-01 33rd Rd., LIC, http://bit.ly/2vDzTrR.

May 2, Celebrating Local Champions Reception, 6 pm. A night of networking and socializing over hors d’oeuvres, desserts, wine, and beer. Honorees are St. Luke’s Episcopal Church and Adolfo Steve Vazquez of Queenscapes.nyc. $100. West Side Tennis Club, One Tennis Place, Forest Hills, http://bit.ly/2Hl0iAe.

May 2, Monthly Jazz Jam, 7 pm. Held on the first Wednesday of every month, these sessions are a fun way for musicians to hone skills and jam with peers. The house band is led by saxophonist Carol Sudhalter. All are welcome. Don’t play? Come listen! $10. Flushing Town Hall, 137-35 Northern Blvd., http://bit.ly/2HljtcZ.

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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