Bacon…beer…baseball…be there! After taking rookie-of-the-year honors in 2014, the second annual Bacon and Beer Classic returns to Citi Field on April 25. Part of a traveling show hosted at Major League stadiums across the country (when the home team is away, of course), this Flushing feast will feature bacon-infused products from about 50 local restaurants and suds from local breweries, along with interactive games, cooking demos, and music. More details and a photo demonstrating the beauty of beer are on the jump page.
The word “taiko” can refer generally to a genre of Japanese percussion, but it can also refer to a specific wadaiko drum. Found in Japanese folklore dating back to the sixth century, taiko can be part of everything from a theatrical performance to a religious ceremony to a form of communication. This Sunday, one of the world’s foremost taiko ensembles will perform in Queens, and the host is offering tickets for only $6 each. More information and another photo on the jump page.
About 40 years ago, New York City was covered in graffiti, teeming with crime, and on the edge of bankruptcy. But the punk scene was thriving. Some of the lesser known films from the era reflect a city with deserted streets, bohemian fashion, rebellion in the air, but most importantly, music everywhere. This weekend, the Museum of the Moving Image will present Downtown New York Film: The 1970s and 1980s. More information on this two-day festival and another photo are on the jump page.
Running through seven countries from Argentina to Venezuela, the Andes is the longest mountain range in the world. This weekend, the South American strip will seemingly stretch even higher to Flushing Meadows Corona Park, where films, dance, music, and even fashion will celebrate the region. More information and an additional photo on the jump page.
Why did the chicken cross the road? Well, it was probably to attend a Queens comedy spectacular hosted at a community art space in honor of an urban farm. This Friday, Sunnyside Comedy will present Funny By Nature, a jokefest with an all-star lineup, at Flux Factory, an artist collective/performance venue in Long Island City. The event’s goal is to raise money and awareness for the Smiling Hogshead Ranch (above), a budding, volunteer-led farm near LaGuardia Community College. More details on the jump page.
On February 26th, 1971, then Secretary-General U Thant signed a proclamation decreeing that the United Nations would celebrate Earth Day on the vernal equinox. This Sunday at Queens Museum, the United Nations Association’s Queens chapter will mark the 44th anniversary of this international festival with dancing, poetry, bell ringing, multimedia art, solar power, and as to be expected at a UN-influenced event, speeches. More details and another photo are on the jump page.
Call it a “sustainable musical.” Sempreverde, Evergreen, Siempreverde, Sempervirent will play at Queens Theatre this Saturday. Written and directed by singer, actress and educator Simona Rodano, the multi-lingual, multi-cultural drama is dedicated to the environment and recycling. And thanks to Rodano, who also performs as “The Italian Fairy,” the stage will be filled with wonderful artistry, stylish costumes, and props made by plastic, paper, metal, and special effects (i.e. 3D mapping). There will also be an interactive element during which no attendee is safe.
He ain’t afraid of no ghost. James Van Praagh is one of the world’s most celebrated spiritual teachers. Known as a “survival evidence medium,” the Bayside native writes books, gives speeches, and generally teaches about communication with the dead. He has appeared on TV shows such as Oprah, Larry King Live, and 20/20, but he got his big break with the CBS mini-series Living with the Dead, which featured Ten Danson playing Van Praagh. He also worked on The Dead Will Tell with Eva Longoria and Ghost Whisperer starring Jennifer Love Hewitt. Currently, Van Praagh has a streaming show, Spirit Talk, and a radio program, Talking to Spirit. On Saturday night, he returns to Bayside. More information on the jump page.
Tattoos date back an estimated 3,000 years, however there has never been an ink convention like the three-day festival scheduled to begin this Friday. The United Ink No Limits Tattoo Show will bring the diverse aspects of ink culture — including exhibits by the world’s greatest artists, live piercing, and even a unique beauty pageant — under one roof at Resorts World Casino New York City. There will also be magicians, suspension shows, games, contests, and seminars. Confirmed artists include Gypsy Rose Ink, Remember Orellana, and Cubo.
Details:No Limits Tattoo Festival, Resorts World Casino New York City, 110-00 Rockaway Boulevard, South Jamaica, March 20th, 2 pm to 11 pm, March 21st, noon to 11 pm, March 22nd, noon to 7 pm, $25.
It’s known as the “beggars’ opera,” but it’s more of a boisterous musical. It was written in Berlin in the 1920s, but it takes place in Victorian England. It offers a socialist critique, but is defined by capitalist norms. And it features acid harmonies that mock traditional opera, but its opening number is one of the most recognizable, most sweet-sounding songs of all time, “Mac the Knife.” More information on jump page.