2018-09-12 / Front Page

It’s In Queens! (Sept. 13 to Sept. 19)

After hosting a thrilling US Open for two weeks, Queens pumps up the entertainment this week. Mongolian dance, Spanish drama, Shakespearean twists, honey and food festivals, a rose celebration, Peruvian music, art openings are only part of the fun.

Sept. 12, Federico y el Público, Sept. 16. An adaptation of Federico García Lorca’s “El Público (The Audience),” which is based on true events of the life of the famous Spanish poet and playwright. In Spanish with English supertitles. Five performances: Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday 8 pm and Sunday at 4 pm. $35/$32 for students and seniors. Thalía Spanish Theatre, 41-17 Greenpoint Ave., Sunnyside, http://bit.ly/2MonhrO.

Sept. 13-14, Queensboro Dance Festival, 5 pm (both nights). At least six troupes perform each night. Free but $25 for VIP tickets. Hunter’s Point Park, 52-10 Center Blvd., LIC,   http://bit.ly/2O6d7xm.

Sept. 13, Hamlet: What Dreams May Come, Sept. 30. A four-person cast presents this fast-paced version of a Shakespeare classic. Prince Hamlet seeks to revenge his father’s murder, but he must sacrifice his love, his life, and perhaps his very mind to accomplish it. Shows at 7:30 pm and 3 pm. The Secret Theatre, 44-02 23rd St., LIC, http://bit.ly/2N31OtC.

Sept. 14, La Patronal, 8 pm. Rooted in the tradition of “fiestas patronales” or town fairs common in rural villages across Latin America, this unique brass band from Lima presents Peruvian heritage and traditions through music and dance. Their performances encourage audience participation and dancing with contagious percussion and vibrant brass and winds. Cocktail reception at 6 pm. Dance lesson at 7 pm. $16/$10 for students/Free for teens. Flushing Town Hall, 137-35 Northern Blvd., http://bit.ly/LaPatronalFTH.

Sept. 14, A Whole Different Ball Game, March 10, 2019. The world’s first video game, Tennis for Two, debuted at the Brookhaven National Laboratory in 1958. For some, this was the beginning of the end. For others, it was just the beginning. This exhibition features 30 games that simulate tennis, football, track and field, basketball, baseball, and soccer, and esports—multiplayer games that have developed their own professional leagues. Museum of the Moving Image, 36-01 35th Ave., Astoria’s Kaufman Arts District, http://bit.ly/2CFmbYR.

Sept. 14, Four by David Lowery, Sept. 19. The new movie “The Old Man and The Gun” has two stars who have been fixtures of American cinema since the 1960s: Robert Redford and Sissy Spacek. It also draws attention to its young director, David Lowery, and his style that stresses emotional intimacy and poetic realism. It’s also included in this lineup: “St. Nick (with Pioneer),” Sept. 14, 7:30 pm; “Pete’s Dragon,” Sept. 15, 1 pm; http://www.movingimage.us/visit/calendar/2018/09/16/detail/a-ghost-story A Ghost Story,” Sept. 16, 1 pm; “The Old Man and the Gun,” Sept. 19, 8 pm.  Museum of the Moving Image, 36-01 35th Ave., Astoria’s Kaufman Arts District, http://bit.ly/2Milww3.

Sept. 14, World Premiere: A Voice of the Voiceless, 7 pm. Queens Council on the Arts grant winner Landon Knoblock composed music incorporating the voices of homeless NYC youth. Queens Theatre, 14 United Nations Ave. S., Flushing Meadows Corona Park, http://bit.ly/2NywT7L.

Sept. 14, Bengali Cuisine, 7 pm. Make a traditional chicken curry, a lentil soup, and chai tea. $31. Alley Pond Environmental Center, 228-06 Northern Blvd., Douglaston, http://bit.ly/2BRCh15.

Sept. 15, Inner Mongolia Performing Arts Troupe, 1 pm. Celebrating the Inner Mongolian culture of the grasslands, these dancers and musicians bring their evocative and energetic performing arts to the stage. The sounds of long-tone and Mongolian throat singing join the music of horse-head fiddles and the vibrancy of dance to bring ethnic Mongolian culture to life. $10/Free for students and teens. Flushing Town Hall, 137-35 Northern Blvd., http://bit.ly/2MgHPCk.

Sept. 15, NYC Honey Festival, 11 am to 6 pm. This eighth-annual bonanza unites bees, beach, beers, and bites. Activities include a bee marketplace, a honey-tasting competition, a costume contest, a honey-extraction demonstration, and a chance to meet NYPD’s bee police officer. The 106th Street Boardwalk, Rockaway Beach, http://bit.ly/2x9cWMO.

Sept. 15, Viva La Comida Festival, noon to 7 pm. Food, art, and fun are everywhere in the vicinity of Roosevelt Avenue and 82nd Street, Jackson Heights, http://bit.ly/2vPe6ZN.

Sept. 15, Salsa Masala, 3:30 pm. Queens Council on the Arts grant winner Neil Padukone performs a mashup of Indian and Latin music. Free. Roosevelt Avenue and 82nd Street, Jackson Heights, http://bit.ly/2N33JOQ.

Sept. 15, Hidden History of Queens, 2:30 pm. Richard Panchyk, author of “The Hidden History of Queens,” discusses his book and shares amazing stories about the borough’s hidden and unexplored gems. $5. Queens Historical Society, 143-35 37th Ave., Flushing, http://bit.ly/2oXy82x.

Sept. 15, Center of Attention, 3:30 pm. Visitors are invited to engage in a conversation on Isamu Noguchi’s sculpture “Brilliance,” which is part of the permanent installation. Free with admission. Noguchi Museum, 9-01 33rd Rd., LIC, http://bit.ly/2Qk8txd.

Sept. 16, Autumn Rose Celebration, noon to 5:30 pm. Photo sessions, arts-and-crafts, walking tours, watercolor workshop, family-friendly activities, and a concert by highly respected Spanish singer/songwriter Marta Hernández (aka Mar Salá). Queens Botanical Garden, 43-50 Main St., Flushing, http://bit.ly/2MhOA6Q.

Sept. 16, Opening Reception for Before Projection: Video Sculpture 1974-1995, 5 pm. This exhibition explores the connections between the current moment and the point just before video art was transformed by the entry of large-scale cinematic installation into the gallery space. It runs Sept 17 to Dec. 17. SculptureCenter, 44-19 Purves St., LIC, http://bit.ly/2MklljK.

Sept. 17, Oratorio Society of Queens, 7 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. 19, Birdsong and Vocal Learning, 8 pm. Ofer Tchernichovski’s Laboratory of Vocal Learning at Hunter College studies animal behavior and the dynamics of vocal learning and sound production. The professor lectures about how some birds learn to sing. Free. Alley Pond Environmental Center, 228-06 Northern Blvd., Douglaston, http://bit.ly/2x0jwTK.

There’s a special section this week as the 2018 Queens Council on the Arts grant winners present their projects.

Sept. 15, Opening for Home Scar, 2 pm. A solo show presented by Heather Simon. RISE: Rockaway Institute for Sustainable Environment, 58-03 Rockaway Beach Blvd.

Sept. 15, New Music Horizons, 3 pm. Classical composer Yui Kitamura and jazz composer Mark Wade in concert. Flushing Town Hall, 137-35 Northern Blvd.

Sept. 16, Star Tracks and Collapsar, 2:30 pm. A modern dance performance fused with new media art presented by Yahui Lu. Queens Museum, NYC Building, Flushing Meadows Corona Park.

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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