Queens Gazette

It’s In Queens! (Aug. 18 to Aug. 24)

The diversity in Queens never ceases to amaze! Shakespeare, Chinese opera, Colombian Vallenato, forest bathing, Indian dance, archeology camp, handsome crooners, spoken word, Narcotics Anonymous, in-development theater, and even a honey festival are on tap for this week.

Aug. 18, The Modern Gentlemen, 8 pm. These four singers toured with Frankie Valli for the last decade. Individually, Landon Beard, Todd Fournier and siblings Brian and Brandon Brigham have extensive Broadway, television, and film credits. Queensborough Performing Arts Center, 222-05 56th Ave., Bayside.

Aug. 18, An Afternoon of Chinese Theater, 1 pm. The Chinese American Arts Council helps present opera plays, each one with a unique storyline, music, vocals, mime, and dance. Flushing Town Hall, 137-35 Northern Blvd.

Aug. 18, Warm Up 2023, 5 pm. This world famous outdoor electronic dance party continues with DJ Sliink, Johanna Constantine, Jasmine Infiniti, and nudo. MoMA PS1, 22-25 Jackson Ave., Long Island City.

Aug. 18, At Midnight, Aug. 20. This one-act play by Chanel Andrews takes place at the end of a makeshift NA meeting in a friend’s house under the guise of band practice. The stories range from the biblical to the fleeting to the insignificant. Q&A with the creator and actors. Daily shows at 7:30 pm. Culture Lab LIC, 5-25 46th Ave., Long Island City.

Aug. 19, Global Mashup: Ghana Meets New Orleans, 7 pm. Kotoko Brass provides classic African and Caribbean styles of Highlife, Afrobeat, and Reggae. Mona’s Hot Five with Queen Esther brings Swing and Jazz. Then, they jam together. Dance workshop at 7 pm. Concert at 8 pm. Flushing Town Hall, 137-35 Northern Blvd.

Aug. 19, Queensboro Dance Festival, 6 pm. This multi-month show heads to a borough landmark with such troupes as Cole Collective, Jiva Dance, Mala’s Odissi, Sheep Meadow Dance Theatre, and Umami Playground Dance Company. The Unisphere, Flushing Meadows Corona Park.

Aug. 19, Shakespeare in the Park, 7:30 pm. The Woodside-based Hip to Hip Theatre Company presents the Shakespearean comedy The Comedy of Errors outdoors with Midtown Manhattan’s skyline as the backdrop. Gantry Plaza State Park, 4-09 47th Rd., Long Island City.

Aug. 19, Salsa Night, 8 pm. The group Swing Sabroso and a disc jockey play Salsa, of course. Resorts World New York City, 110-00 Rockaway Blvd., South Jamaica.

Aug. 19, Rockaway Market, 10 am. Farmers, vendors, live music this Saturday and all the following ones until Oct. 28. Under the elevated A train at Beach 60th Street, Far Rockaway.

Aug. 20, Hip Hop 50th Anniversary, 2 pm. Celebrate Hip Hop’s Golden Jubilee with a DJ set, break dance youth battle, dance lesson, and talk from SherwinTheArtist. Queens Botanical Garden, 43-50 Main St., Flushing.

Aug 20, Los Alegres de Colombia, 6 pm. Enjoy Cumbia and Vallenato with Colombian style accordion and percussion. Corona Plaza, vicinity of National Street, Roosevelt Avenue, and 104th Street.

Aug. 20, Shakespeare in the Park, 7:30 pm. The Woodside-based Hip to Hip Theatre Company presents the Shakespearean tragedy Richard II outdoors. Socrates Sculpture Park, 32-01 Vernon Blvd., Long Island City.

Aug. 20, Festetation, 6 pm. This creative band plays eclectic music as part of the final concert in the Summer Sundays series. Travers Park, vicinity of 78th Street and 34th Avenue, Jackson Heights.

Aug. 21, Summer Enrichment Program: Archeology, Come and Dig It, Aug. 25. Bayside Historical Society invites those entering grades 4-6 to an enrichment archeology adventure. Hands-on experiences include scavenger hunts, craft making, site digging, fact recording, drawing, map making, storytelling, game playing, and a special tour of the Fort Totten battery. Bayside Historical Society, 208 Totten Ave.

Aug. 22, Honey Harvest Festival, 1 pm. See how beekeepers harvest honey, make bee-inspired art, sample different types of honey, and learn how to make a bee-friendly garden. Voelker Orth Museum, 149-19 38th Ave., Flushing.

Aug. 22, Choral Society Auditions, 6:30 pm. Try out for the Queens College Choral Society, which consists of current students, alums, and borough residents. Queens College, Music Building, 65-30 Kissena Blvd., Flushing.

Aug. 22, Radio Daze, 7 pm. This band specializes in music from the 1980s. The Shops at Atlas Park, 80-00 Cooper Ave., Glendale.

Aug. 24, Jamaica Mic Drop, 8 pm. A night of spoken word with Shanelle Gabriel, a poet, singer, lupus warrior, and educator who is widely known thanks to HBO’s Def Poetry Jam. Jamaica Performing Arts Center, 153-10 Jamaica Ave.

Aug. 24, Evening Forest Bathing Walk, 6 pm. Certified forest-bathing expert Linda Lombardo leads an evening of nature connection that includes walking, relating to wildlife, a tea ceremony, and maybe even some music. Alley Pond Environmental Center, 224-65 76th Ave.,
Oakland Gardens.

Aug. 24, Outside, Aug. 27. This play, which is in an early-development phase, follows June Ashbury’s surreal return to Paradise following a wildfire. Guided by a lone wolf, June must confront the loss and memory of her sister, Catherine J. Ashbury, and the remains of a place she once called home. Shows: Aug. 24 at 7:30 pm; Aug. 25 at 7:30 pm; Aug. 26 at 3 pm and 7:30 pm; and Aug. 27 at 3 pm and 7:30 pm. Culture Lab LIC, 5-25 46th Ave., Long Island City.

Aug. 24, Moderated Talk and Book Signing, 6 pm. Sculptor Colin Radcliffe discusses To Feel These Things, a hybrid between a traditional artist book and an autobiographical memoir spanning eight years of his life, followed by a Q&A and book signing. BrickHouse Ceramic Art Center, 10-34 44th Dr., Long Island City.

Aug. 24, Literary Thursdays, 6 pm. Alvin Hall talks about Driving the Green Book: A Road Trip Through the Living History of Black Resistance as part of Queens Public Library’s virtual Literary Thursdays program. Using The Negro Motorist Green-Book as a guide, the award-winning broadcaster and his friend, Janée Woods Weber, drove from New York to Detroit to New Orleans, visiting motels, restaurants, shops, and stores. By phone: 1.408.418.9388 with the access code 2345.982.6132.

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