2018-09-05 / Front Page

It’s In Queens! (Sept. 6 to Sept. 12)

There’s a special section this week as the 2018 Queens Council on the Arts grant winners kick off their project presentations. Thus, brand new short plays, a sound project, Indian music, and visual art by local talent adds spice to a calendar that includes dance, foraging, opera, tours, and banging on a can.

Sept. 7, Queensboro Dance Festival, 8 pm. A night of vibrant contemporary and cultural dance companies from Queens, followed by an audience talkback with the choreographers. Pre-show music at 7 pm. $16. Flushing Town Hall 137-35 Northern Blvd., http://bit.ly/2N9MlqR.

Sept. 8, En el Séptimo Día, Sept. 9. Two screenings a day (2 pm and 4:30 pm) of the latest feature from director Jim McKay (“Girls Town”). This film follows undocumented immigrants in Brooklyn over seven days. They work six days a week and spend Sundays on the soccer field. Deliveryman and team captain José takes his squad to the finals, but he’s suddenly called in for work. $15. Museum of the Moving Image, 36-01 35th Ave., Astoria’s Kaufman Arts District, http://bit.ly/2PutZyg.

Sept. 8, Bird Walks with the NYC Audubon, 9:30 am. Check out creatures of flight with ornithologists. Queens Botanical Garden, 43-50 Main St., Flushing, http://bit.ly/2N6J7EB.

Sept. 8, Wild Edibles, 10 am. Ethno botanist Leda Meredith leads an exploration of the grounds and teaches how to identify, harvest, and enjoy wild, seasonal ingredients. Queens County Farm Museum, 73-50 Little Neck Pkwy., Glen Oaks, http://bit.ly/2L2Z2hR.

Sept. 8, Victorian Walking Tour, 2 pm. An expert takes participants to the Victorian sections and discusses history, architecture, and interesting trivia. Maple Grove Cemetery, 83-15 Kew Gardens Rd., Kew Gardens, http://bit.ly/2wBZI8L.

Sept. 8, 170th Birthday Party, 5 pm. Celebrate the namesake’s birth with wine and beer tasting, art, poetry, a silent auction, and tours. Lewis H. Latimer House Museum, 34-41 137th St., Flushing, http://bit.ly/2NFdZc5.

Sept. 8, Queens United International Party, 3 pm. Music festival featuring local talent: The Not Club of NY (gypsy violin); Chota Madre (Ecuadorean/African ensemble); Drum and dance lesson from Maguette Camara from Senegal; and The Brown Rice Family (Reggae/Ska/Latin). Sunnyside Gardens Park, 48-21 39th Ave., http://bit.ly/2wD3bVo.

Sept. 8, A League of their Own, Sept. 9. Two screenings (11 am) of a film about an all-women baseball league during World War II. Madonna and Tom Hanks star. $15. Museum of the Moving Image, 36-01 35th Ave., Astoria’s Kaufman Arts District, http://bit.ly/2PqLRtU.

Sept. 9, Community Arts Day, 11 am to 5 pm. Painters, potters, photographers, glassmakers, jewelry artists, illustrators, and fiber artists. Austin Street and Lefferts Boulevard, Kew Gardens, http://bit.ly/2MGP4Ze.

Sept. 9, Silent Disco, 6 pm. Dancers shake their booties while listening to music by live deejays. DJ 1 (Green) plays Top 40 hits, while DJ2 (Red) spins throwbacks, and DJ 3 (Blue) rocks hip hop, R&B, funk, and maybe even some Motown. Dancers rent headphones. They can switch deejays by pushing the green, red, and blue buttons on their sets. $10-$25. LIC Landing, 52-10 Center Blvd., http://bit.ly/2wBRFsE.

Sept. 9, Yumi Kurosawa, 3 pm. The Bang on a Can series brings Koto visionary Kurosawa, who will offer a beautifully crafted program of original and classic Japanese music played on a traditional instrument. Noguchi Museum, 9-01 33rd Rd., LIC, http://bit.ly/2Pv8qNT.

Sept. 10, Oratorio Society of Queens, 7:30 pm. Open audition to join a diverse, high-quality music group with about 120 members. Temple Beth Sholom, 172nd Street and Northern Boulevard, Flushing, http://bit.ly/2LPO6EZ.

Sept. 11, Beats in Bliss Plaza, 4 pm. Christina Pecce (Soprano), Christopher Lau (Baritone), and Barbara Podgurski (Pianist) play selections from “La Boheme,” “Le Nozze di Figaro,” “The Magic Flute,” “The Baker’s Wife,” and “Carmen.” Free. Bliss Plaza, 46th Street and Queens Boulevard, Sunnyside, http://bit.ly/2Puxp44.

Queens Council on the Arts Grantees

Sept. 7, Walking on Sunshine, 2 pm. Short plays and songs by the Senior Theatre Acting Repertory.  Queens Village Library, 94-11 217th St.

Sept. 8, Seven, 2 pm. A site-specific sound project by Joseph Di Ponio. Sunnyside Municipal Parking Field, Queens Boulevard between 40th and 41st streets, under the 7 train.

Sept. 8, Opening for My White Dress, 6 pm. An exhibition inspired by the Bride’s March against Domestic Violence by Diana Behjarano. LIC-A at the Plaxall Gallery, 5-25 46th Ave.

Sept. 9, Morning Raga, 11:30 am. An Indian musical by Paromita Mumu. P.S. 69, 77-02 37th Ave., Jackson Heights.

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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