Traveling is fun, but with Bolo and Claus it’s also funny. On May 26, these bilingual clowns will take two Queens Theatre audiences around the universe in search of the Green Dragon. Extremely shy and rumored to hang out inside an egg, the Green Dragon allegedly has a treasure trove of candy, chocolate, ice cream, lollipops and cookies that he’d like to share. To find him, Bolo and Claus perform hilarious hijinks as they traverse the planet, sail the oceans and cross the continents before landing on a mysterious island inhabited by elves, monsters, fairies and a witch. They finally find the egg, but they have to tell the tale of the Moon and the Stars, pass some tests, and follow some trails before everybody gets a treat. Bolo and Claus, who are made possible by Pedro Serka and Christian Hartwig, perform predominantly in Chile and Spain. This U.S. show was arranged due to popular demand in Queens. Details: Bolo and Claus, 1 pm for English, 3 pm for Spanish, Queens Theatre, $14.
The Yankees and Manchester City, co-owners of the new New York soccer team, may already be backing away from their attempts to build a new stadium in Corona Park, according to the Times Ledger. The paper found documents that suggest that the teams are seeking to avoid turmoil and community opposition at the site, although a spokeswoman said Corona Park was still on the table. Other sites examined by Major League Soccer for a stadium include locations in the Aqueduct Racino in South Ozone Park, the Jamaica Long Island Rail Road station, Hallets Cove in Astoria, and Forest Hills, as well as three spots in Flushing Meadows.
Amreeka tells the story of a Palestinian mother who wins a Green Card in a lottery and relocates the family from the West Bank to a Chicago suburb. This funny-but-poignant independent movie debuted at the 2009 Sundance Film Festival before National Geographic Entertainment bought its rights. On April 18, Amreeka will kick off Cinema of Immigration at the Queens Museum of Art. This 10-week series explores the immigrant experience in the U.S. through films that reflect ethnic and cultural diversity. Mark Ethan, an Actors Studio member who has been presenting films at QMA since 1998, will introduce each screening and lead discussions afterward. After opening night, the following films will screen: American, American, April 25; In America, May 2; Anna, May 9; A Better Life, May 16; I Remember Mama, May 23; and The Wedding Banquet, May 30.
The cicadas are coming! The cicadas are coming! Sometimes mistakenly referred to as “locusts,” these three-eyed insects have spent the past 17 years undergr0und, and they are ready for some fresh air. When the temperature reaches a steady F 64 degrees, baby cicadas (or nymphs) will emerge, and soon the region will be filled with their distinctive singing. The New York Hall of Science is ready for the onslaught, offering patrons the chance to build “cicada detectors” that measure the temperature of the soil. Not only can participants monitor the ground temperature, they can share their findings on the WNYC Cicada Tracker.
New York Hall of Science
Flushing Meadows-Corona Park
Sunday, April 14
12 pm, 1 pm 2 pm | Free with admission (preregistration is required)
In Argentina, she’s known as La Reina del Tango, and in 2011, more than 200,000 people watched her perform in Buenos Aires. She’s a dancer, director, producer and choreographer who has travelled the world, dazzling audiences with her classically trained tango skills. And for three shows on April 12 & 13, Mora Godoy will ignite the stage at Queens Theatre, but she won’t be alone. An ensemble of acclaimed dancers, musicians and singers will join her to present Tango Lovers, a unique and extraordinary show conveying an array of emotions through their dance to music by celebrated composers such as Gerardo Matos Rodriguez and Angel Villoldo.
Please allow us one pun: The oval hunting prospects in Queens this weekend are absolutely eggs-traordinary. Let’s begin with the Queens Botanical Garden at 11 am this Saturday. The Flushing venue will celebrate spring with its first-ever Egg Hunt in the crabapple orchard and arboretum. The fun continues with seasonal crafts, old-fashioned games, seed plantings, face painting and a special visit from Flora, QBG’s mascot! At the same time (and again on Sunday at 11 am), the Queens Zoo will host its Egg Hunt with the chance to meet the Easter Bunny and some real life Flemish giant rabbits and partake in some spring-themed activities, including mask-making. Starting at noon on Saturday, the Queens County Farm Museum will hold continuous Egg Hunts throughout the day in the orchard. Whiskers the bunny will be hopping around the farm to greet children and pose for pictures, and participants will be able to dance the Bunny Hop, and play egg toss and rolling games on the farmhouse lawn. Then there’s the chance to visit farm animals and take a hayride.
The Queens Tourism Council‘s slogan is “It’s in Queens!” But lately it seems like “Everything is in Queens!” Consider Cirque du Soleil, the world-renown, extremely respected traveling troupe known for breath-taking circus acts, eye-popping costumes, creative storylines and top-notch live music. Until May 12, TOTEM by Cirque du Soleil will run almost every night in a big tent by Citi Field. Inspired by creation myths, TOTEM traces the journey of the human species from its original amphibian state to its ultimate desire to fly. Through visual and acrobatic language, more than 50 performers from roughly 20 countries evolve on a stage evoking a giant turtle, the symbol of origin for many ancient civilizations. Somewhere between science and legend, this extravaganza explores the ties that bind humans to other species. Queens has Major League Baseball, Grand Slam Tennis, the most diverse population in the world…and now it has Cirque du Soleil.
Totem by Cirque du Soleil
126-01 Roosevelt Avenue, Flushing
Through Sunday, May 12
Times and Days Vary | $45 and up
Bubbles have been very good to Casey Carle. After graduating from the Ringling Brothers Clown College with a Bachelor in Fun Arts (not kidding), this upstate New York native popped onto the scene as a bubble-ologist and developed hilarious, mind-boggling and educational shows from soap and water. He now has a traveling troupe that has dazzled everywhere from Lincoln Center to Japan to the Discovery Channel. Plus, he is the consultant for bubble-based routines and scenes for Cirque de Soleil. On March 25, Casey will begin a six-day run at the New York Hall of Science, which has provided one warning: Come prepared to be wowed! Tickets will be sold on a first-come, first-served basis on the day of each show.
Now celebrating a decade of dazzling audiences around the world, KEIGWIN + COMPANY presents an electrifying — even provocative — style of contemporary dance. Shows invigorate audiences with physical feats overflowing with wit, style and heart. On March 23 and 24, the Manhattan-based troupe will offer three performances at Queens Theatre that will burst with kinetic energy, music, ballet, pop culture references and even everyday gestures.
We saw this on Gothamist and then took a look at the source article on Soccer by Ives, and we were intrigued by what’s being discussed – Major League Soccer (MLS) has developed a wandering eye in the direction of Florida. We really thought the Flushing Meadows Corona Park location was a done deal, but apparently it isn’t in stone – and MLS is getting twitchy.