2018-05-23 / Front Page

It’s In Queens! (May 24 to May 30)

Memorial Day Weekend is the beginning of summer and the barbecue season, but in Queens, it also means parades -- including the country’s biggest in Little Neck/Douglaston -- the opening of Rockaway Beach, and the launch of outdoor movie programs. Star-gazing, guided tours, film, music, and holograms are also on tap.


May 24, NYSCI After Dark Field Trip: Game Night, 7 pm. The New York Hall of Science organizes an adult trip to try VR and analog games with designers-in-residence Jaehyun Kim and Killer Snails. Free. Bierocracy, 12-23 Jackson Ave., LIC, http://bit.ly/2IDoquk.


May 25, Personal Problems, May 27. This drama is about the struggles of a working class African-American couple in NYC. The film was made for public television in 1980, but it went unseen for many years. Schedule: May 25, 7:30 pm; May 26, 1 pm; and May 27, 1 pm. Museum of the Moving Image, 36-01 35th Ave., Astoria’s Kaufman Arts District, http://bit.ly/2wZRj2s.


May 25, CineVardaUtopia: The Films of Agnès Varda Part II, June 10. Watch nine feature films and documentaries by a prolific Belgian-born French director who explores realism, feminist issues, and social commentary with an experimental style. Museum of the Moving Image, 36-01 35th Ave., Astoria’s Kaufman Arts District, http://bit.ly/2wYY7gS.


May 25, Movies Under the Stars: Coco, 8 pm. Bring a blanket and watch a film about a boy who journeys into the Land of the Dead to seek forgiveness from his ancestors and lift a curse. Free. Frank D. O’Connor Playground, vicinity of Broadway and 77 Street, Elmhurst, https://on.nyc.gov/2LlkvnF.


May 26, Public Beaches Open, 10 am. This includes the Rockaways from Beach 9th Street to Beach 149th Street on the Atlantic Ocean, https://on.nyc.gov/2ICnCtG.


May 26, Beat the Drum for Haiti, 6 pm. Music, theater, dance, food, arts and crafts. $40/$15 for children. I.S. 192, 109-89 204th St., St. Albans, http://bit.ly/2rZ5uzT.


May 26, Sculpting Holograms, noon. Celebrate the International Day of Light by creating a sculpture and then capturing it as a hologram in 3D with laser light with Martina Mrongovius from the Center for the Holographic Arts. Socrates Sculpture Park, 32-01 Vernon Blvd., LIC, http://bit.ly/2rTcxtZ.


May 26, Concert by Schola Sine Nomine, 7 pm. An evening of classical choral pieces by an Ozone Park-based chorus. Program includes Palestrina, Schubert, Bruckner, Gounod, and the world premiere of “Ave Maria” by chorus member Shawn Chang. $5 for walk-ins, but free with RSVP to info@friendsofmaplegrove.org or 347.878.6614. Maple Grove Cemetery, 127-15 Kew Gardens Rd., Kew Gardens.


May 26, Stargazing Wonders: Astronomy Night, 7:30 pm. Experienced professor/astronomer Mark Freilich leads an indoor Q&A, followed by outdoor sky-viewing. Expect to see Big Dipper, Arcturus, Bootes, and Spica. Alley Pond Environmental Center, 228-06 Northern Blvd., Douglaston, http://bit.ly/2kd2XxR.


May 26, Birding: Hawk Watch, 10 am. Urban Park Rangers take participants to the best wildlife viewing spots in the urban jungle. Meet in Astoria Park Parking Lot, 19th Street and Hoyt Avenue, https://on.nyc.gov/2IBPWZ3.


May 26, Weedy Nomad: A Performative Field Study, 2 pm. Artists Thomas Choinacky and Christopher Kennedy lead an interactive workshop and ecological field study. Learn strategies for bioremediation, wild plant mapping, soil quality testing, and assessing the health of urban landscapes. Free-will donation. Windmill Community Garden, 39-22 29th St., LIC, https://on.nyc.gov/2IBJ2TG.


May 27 Memorial Day Parades: Forest Hills, 11 am, Metropolitan Avenue; and College Point, 2 pm, 28th Avenue.


May 27, Noshwalks: Elmhurst, 1 pm. A foodie tour through Elmhurst that includes Thai, Colombian, Mexican, and possibly Indonesian tastes and visits to a Buddhist temple and some markets. $59 (includes food but not personal beverages). Meet at NY Supermarket (aka Pacific Market), 75-01 Broadway, http://bit.ly/2rYlfaf.


May 27, Bird Walk with NYC Audubon, 9:30 am. Spot and identify creatures of flight with experts. Free with admission. Queens Botanical Garden, 43-50 Main St., Flushing, http://bit.ly/2rYJHrj.


May 27, Movies Under the Stars: Captain Underpants, 8 pm. Bring a blanket and watch a family-friendly comedy about two pranksters who hypnotize their principal into thinking he’s a superhero named “Captain Underpants.” Free. The Painter’s Playground, vicinity of Alderton Street and Dieterle Crescent, Rego Park, https://on.nyc.gov/2KJHWFY.


May 28, Memorial Day Parades: Little Neck-Douglaston, 2 pm, Northern Boulevard; Maspeth, 1 pm, Grand Avenue; Laurelton, 9 am, Merrick Boulevard; Glendale/Ridgewood, 11 am, Myrtle Avenue; Howard Beach, 11 am, Coleman Square; and Rosedale, 11:30 am, 243rd Street.


May 30, Walking Tour of Old Astoria, 6 pm. Jack Eichenbaum, the borough’s official historian, leads a stroll from the Ferry Landing, 3-10 Astoria Blvd., that includes Socrates Sculpture Park, the Welling Court murals, antebellum residences, churches, and Astoria Park before ending at Bohemian Hall. $20 fee collected at the start of the walk, http://bit.ly/2rYSkSJ.


Continuing programs


Panorama Europe, until May 31. Screenings of fiction and documentary works that present a portrait of contemporary Europe. Museum of the Moving Image, 36-01 35th Ave., Astoria’s Kaufman Arts District, http://bit.ly/2raFG2p.


Milka Djordjevich ANTHEM, until May 26. This piece questions contemporary dance’s predisposition towards neutrality, authenticity and the de-sexualization of the female body. It weaves together existing and imagined vernacular dance styles to explore labor, play, and feminine-posturing. Wednesdays through Saturdays at 8 pm. $20. The Chocolate Factory, 5-49 49th Ave., LIC, http://bit.ly/2wEcve9.


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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