2018-08-29 / Front Page

It’s In Queens! (Aug. 30 to Sept. 5)

It’s competitive week. First, all Queens cultural venues are competing with the US Open tennis tournament. Second, some culturals are offering programs that compete with each other. Finally, some venues are planning competing activities in the same place.

Aug. 31, Workers of the World: Immigrant Labor on Screen, Sept. 2. This series showcases great and cinematically adventurous films about labor and immigration. Schedule: “Matewan,” Aug. 31, 7 pm; “Mining Bisbee ’17,” Sept. 1, 3 pm; “La Commune (Paris 1871),” Sept. 1, 4:30 pm; “Salt of the Earth,” Sept. 2, 2 pm; and “Behemoth,” Sept. 2, 4 pm. Museum of the Moving Image, 36-01 35th St., Astoria’s Kaufman Arts District, http://bit.ly/2MxCStQ.

Aug. 31, Prototype, Sept. 9. A major storm hits Texas in 1900, and a mysterious device projects unknown images. Blake Williams’s experimental 3-D sci-fi film is a haunting, mind-bending mix of technology, cinema, and the future. Schedule: Aug. 31, 5:30 pm; Aug. 31, 7:30 p.m.; Sept. 1, 1 p.m.; Sept. 2, 1 pm; Sept. 5, 4 pm; Sept. 6, 4 pm; Sep. 8, 1:30 pm; Sept. 8, 5:30 pm; Sept. 9, 1:30 pm. Museum of the Moving Image, 36-01 35th St., Astoria’s Kaufman Arts District, http://bit.ly/2LwIQ8Q.

Sept. 1, Circus Amok, 3 pm. A funny, political, one-ring circus with jugglers, stilt dancers, acrobats, puppets, and paper mache lions. Free. Socrates Sculpture Park, 32-01 Vernon Blvd., LIC, http://bit.ly/2xHIEgN.

Sept. 1, Bee Weekend, Sept. 2. Two days dedicated to bees and other pollinators. Activities include storytime and crafts for youngsters, a garden tour, an activity table, and a workshop. Queens Botanical Garden, 43-50 Main St., Flushing, http://bit.ly/2oe416w.

Sept. 1, My Childhood in Bayside (vs. What’s There Now), 10:50 am. The official Queens historian Jack Eichenbaum leads a guided tour through Bayside, where he lived from 1943-1958. He discusses the history and recent changes and explores several NYC landmarks. $20. Meet in front of the Post Office on 42nd Avenue, just west of Bell Boulevard. Must register via jaconet@aol.com.

Sept. 1, Hands On History: 18th Century Music, 1 pm. Enjoy live 18th century music by Larry Moser (hammered dulcimer) and Mary Nagin (fiddle). Make a shaker instrument, decorate it, and dance and play along to tunes that Rufus King and his family probably listened to in their home. Free. King Manor Museum, Rufus King Park, vicinity of 153rd Street and Jamaica Avenue, Jamaica, http://bit.ly/2wrho6V.

Sept. 1, (C) Art Festival, 11 am to 5 pm. The Southeast Queens Artist Alliance hosts a day of creation and educational activities with professional artists and local residents. Consider sculpture, paper-making, painting, drawing, poetry, philosophy, open mic, etc. Free. Rufus King Park, vicinity of Jamaica Avenue and 153th Street, Jamaica, http://bit.ly/2PBX37X.

Sept. 1, Recycled Robots, 10:30 am. Transform recycled materials into toy robots during this hands-on, sensory-rich science workshop specially designed for young children with autism spectrum disorder. New York Hall of Science, 47-01 111th St., Flushing Meadows Corona Park, http://bit.ly/2Non6hr.

Sept. 1, Warm Up, noon to 9 pm. Dance to the best live and electronic music. Lineup includes Discwoman, Yaeji, Gang Gang Dance, Lizzo, AceMo, and Logan Takahashi. $18. MoMA PS1, 22-25 Jackson Ave., LIC, https://mo.ma/2PaN1cJ.

Sept. 2, Community Day, 11 am to 6 pm. Free admission all day and special programs, including a drop-in art workshop for families with children, a public tour, and Center of Attention, when visitors participate in an extended conversation on a single work of art: Isamu Noguchi’s “Brilliance” (1982). The Noguchi Museum, 9-01 33rd Rd., LIC, http://bit.ly/2wfXRHC.

Sept. 2, Blessing of the Backpacks, 10:30 am. All students -- including those in college -- are welcome to bring a backpack for a blessing. Free school supplies and backpacks available while supplies last. Trinity Lutheran Church, 31-18 37th St., Astoria/LIC,  http://bit.ly/2PIGzLd.

Sept. 2, Hunt for Spicebush Berries in Forest Park, 11:45 am. Urban forager Steve “Wildman” Brill leads a search for blackberries, hackberries, and herbs such as wood sorrel, lamb’s quarters, and Asiatic dayflower. $20/$10 for children under 12. Meet at Park Lane and Forest Park Drive at the base of the stone wall near the Overlook administration building, 80-40 Park Lane, Kew Gardens, http://bit.ly/2MSmXFS.

Sept. 2, Forest Park 10 Mile & 5 Mile, 9 am. A fun run that raises funds for Queens Community House’s programs that serve the homeless community. If there’s interest, a one-mile race for children will happen. Meet at Victory Field, 92-50 Myrtle Ave., http://bit.ly/2Lu5Zc8.

Sept. 5, Heidi Mastrogiovanni Chats with August McLaughlin about Her New Book, 7 pm. Mastrogiovanni discusses “Lala Pettinbone: Standing Room Only,” the sequel to “Lala Pettinbone’s Act Two!” The theme is “when life gives you lemons, run away to Paris.” The author chats with August McLaughlin, host and creator of Girl Boner® and Girl Boner Radio. Free. The Astoria Bookshop, 31-29 31st St., http://bit.ly/2Pd56XH.

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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