2018-06-27 / Front Page

It’s In Queens! (June 28 to July 4)

Please keep it quiet so the crowds don’t get overwhelming, but Queens has the best spots to watch fireworks over Independence Day Weekend. However, it’s hardly worth mentioning because the borough has even more firework-worthy events this week, including opera, Broadway, bugs, Shakespeare, hot jazz, and cool movies.

June 28, A Night at the Opera, 7:30 pm. The Queens Symphony Orchestra performs arias and songs by Puccini, Verdi, Mozart, and others. Free. Russo’s on the Bay, 162-45 Cross Bay Blvd., Howard Beach, http://bit.ly/2LMK4gR.

June 28, Dare to Be Black: The Jack Johnson Story, 7 pm. A free reading of a play on the first African American heavyweight boxer to become world champion. Free. Queens Theatre, 14 United Nations Ave. S., Flushing Meadows Corona Park, http://bit.ly/2K8tvzB.

June 29, Queens Jazz Orchestra, 8 pm. National Endowment for the Arts Master Jimmy Heath’s band celebrates him and its tenth anniversary. Flushing Town Hall, 137-35 Northern Blvd., http://bit.ly/2yhYl34.

June 29, The Metropolitan Opera, 7 pm. The Met’s Summer Recital Series returns for its eighth season, featuring three talented young singers performing arias and duets from a variety of masterpieces. Socrates Sculpture Park, 32-01 Vernon Blvd., LIC, http://bit.ly/2yCEWuc.

June 29, Broadway in the Boros, noon. A free lunchtime concert with cast members and musicians from “Once on the Island” and “Beautiful.” Kaufman Astoria Studios Backlot, 35th Avenue and 36th Street, https://on.nyc.gov/2yQ0xiX.

June 29, Not Black Enough, 7:30 pm. Director Tracey Anarella watches and discusses her 2017 work, “Not Black Enough,” which explores class warfare in the African-American community with humor and honesty. The film features actress Vanessa Williams, Harvard professor Henry Louis Gates Jr., rapper Petey Pablo, Grammy winner Florence LaRue, and non-public figures. Museum of the Moving Image, 36-01 35th Ave., Astoria’s Kaufman Arts District, http://bit.ly/2lyYUN5.

June 30, Bug Day, noon to 4 pm. Organized with the American Museum of Natural History, activities involve bees, grasshoppers, worms, edible insects, and carnivorous plants. Free. New York Hall of Science, 47-01 111th St., Corona, http://bit.ly/2IqroBE.

June 30, Two Women, One Passion, 8 pm. Watch pianist Teresita Gómez and soprano Delcy Yanet Estrada perform symphonic music from Antioquia, Colombia. Plus, there’s a pre-show book-signing at 6 pm with Reinaldo Spitaletta and his latest work, “The Ballad of an Old Teenager,” that portrays the reality and fiction of life in late 20th century Medellín. Flushing Town Hall, 137-35 Northern Blvd., http://bit.ly/2lyUrdf.

June 30, Shakespeare-aoke, 7:30 pm. A Shakespearean open mic night during which anybody can recite, read, act, and sing. Refreshments with an Elizabethan Era theme. $10 to perform/$5 to attend. St. Luke’s Church, 85 Greenway South, Forest Hills, http://bit.ly/2MmKA5H.

June 30, Reverse Shot: Zama, July 1. This movie takes place in a remote South American colony in the late 18th century. Officer Zama of the Spanish crown waits in vain for a transfer to a more prestigious location. He suffers humiliations and petty politicking as he succumbs to lust and paranoia, losing hope and his mind. The remaining show times are June 30 at 1:30 pm and July 1 at 1:30 pm and 4:30 pm. Museum of the Moving Image, 36-01 35th Ave., Astoria’s Kaufman Arts District, http://bit.ly/2MYqRuf.

June 30, Queensboro Dance Festival, 6 pm. Outdoor performances and activities right off the boardwalk. Lineup includes NSquared Dance, Flamenco Latino, DIPR...the company, Mala and Dancers, and The Kingdom Dance Company. Free. Stage at Beach 17th Street and Seagirt Boulevard, Far Rockaway, http://bit.ly/2K6YhZG.

June 30, Author Talk, 2 pm. Rosalind Kilkenny McLymont is editor-in-chief of “The Network Journal,” a business magazine for African American professionals and entrepreneurs. She discusses her most recent book, “The Guyana Contract,” which portrays high-powered executives, including a strong female protagonist, and their influence on a small South American country. Queens Central Library, 89-11 Merrick Blvd., Jamaica, http://bit.ly/2MXyFMt.

July 1, Jackson Heights Orchestra, 4 pm. Music for everyone, including audience participation and improv with the composer Lev “Ljova” Zhurbin. Free. Rory Staunton Field, vicinity of Northern Boulevard and 78th Street (Rain venue is the Methodist Church at 35th Avenue and 82nd Street), http://bit.ly/2KmdJ3e.

July 1, Festival de las Flores Presents SADEP & Polichinela, noon to 5 pm. This performance is a new partnership with Colombian circus and theatre groups SADEP and Polichinela. Plus, attendees make beautiful flower arrangements with flower artists from Colombia. Free with online RSVP. Flushing Town Hall, 137-35 Northern Blvd., http://bit.ly/2yGehg5.

July 1, Black Belt Demonstration and Ceremony, 2 pm. The Elmhurst-based Laughing River school presents a jujitsu and tai chi demonstration as part of a right-of-passage ceremony. The goal is to challenge the students and teach the deeper meaning, health benefits, and poetics within the disciplines. Queens Museum, NYC Building, Flushing Meadows Corona Park, http://bit.ly/2tAptVy.

July 4, Hot Jazz/Cool Garden: Terell Stafford, 2 pm. This highly acclaimed and versatile trumpeter combines a deep love of melody with his unique, adventurous lyricism. $20 with red beans-and-rice and sweet tea, plus a complimentary tour pass good for six months. Louis Armstrong House Museum, 34-56 107th St., Corona, http://bit.ly/2yGi111.

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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