It’s Thanksgiving time, and Queens is ready for Black Friday and Small Business Saturday. But the borough is also geared up for a reggae extravaganza, a Moth SLAM, theater, film, children’s activities, and tree/wreath/poinsettia sales. Another image and 13 upcoming events are on the jump page.
Hector Canonge is ready to implement an art intervention on Queens residents.
The Jackson Heights-based interdisciplinary artist — who recently returned from gigs in Athens, Berlin, Buenos Aires, Rome, Venice, and other cities — is currently organizing the Itinerant Performance Art Festival NYC at locations throughout the five boroughs.
This weekend (2 pm to 5 pm on both days), Queens Museum will join the fun, hosting local, national, and international performance artists who will present pieces that explore the themes “Race and Corporal Embodiments,” “Queering Gender & Identity,” and “Migratory Patterns.”
The Flushing Meadows Corona Park landmark will dedicate a special indoor space to the itinerant effort, and participants will interact with each other on a “live canvas.” For example, Diane Dwyer plans to place a painting on the floor, stand on it, and note who joins her. In another section, Thomas Albrecht will stand motionless with a suitcase in his hand, staring in the same direction for three hours to coax observers into dealing with boredom, tedium, and anxiety.
Another image and descriptions of other contributing artists are on the jump page.
The baseball action inside Citi Field has settled in for a long winter’s nap, but the rest of the borough is alive and kicking with a wide array of fun things to do, including brand new theater, Korean film, live music, Kristallnacht-related discussions, smashing pumpkins, and a Diwali motorcade. Another image and info on 23 events are on the jump page.
It’s time for two days of pumpkin-chucking! Other non-traditional Halloween celebrations include a haunted hike through a forest, a tour of murder and mayhem, kimchee-eating, and a multi-disciplinary Day of the Dead event. Also on the To Do list are a Russian play, an Irish crooner, a Jewish comedian, a French filmmaker, and a Panamanian expo. Another image and the full rundown are on the jump page.
Red-tailed hawks, peregrine falcons, and bald eagles are going to soar in Flushing Meadows Corona Park this Saturday, and humans are encouraged to check them out.
From noon to 3 pm, the 18th annual Raptor Fest will take place in the vicinity of the Unisphere. Urban Park Rangers will display predatory birds in a viewing area, where there will also be live demonstrations featuring amazing aerial feats, education/activity tables, and static animal displays by Wildlife in Need of Rescue and Rehabilitation. More information and an image of a large owl with another Park Ranger are on the jump page.
Children don’t usually enjoy anything that includes the words “back to school.” However, Jamaica hosts a back-to-school fashion show this week with young models and performers that people of all ages will love. Music is a big draw this week with African beats, the blues, choral auditions, doo wop, a drum circle, and jazz. Bike lessons and Jews in Iran are also part of the mix. The details and another photo are on the jump page.
A concert by Carlos Santana (above, right) is the week’s highlight, but Yo-Yo Ma and even the Beatles make appearances. These events are joined by countless outdoor activities, such as movies, music, water fun, 19th century crafts and a honey festival. The rundown is on the jump page.
Pets gone wild! Activities this week include a doggie ice cream party, a dragon festival, an exhibit on how cats are taking over the internet, and a screening of the movie ET. There are also various outdoor activities, such as the annual Jamaica JAMS concert and street festival with more than 500 vendors. Here’s the rundown.
August 6, Central Astoria Waterfront Concert Series, 7:30 pm. A live performance by Dance Machine, New York City’s only authentic 11-piece disco band. Bring a blanket or chair, but also bring bell bottoms, polyester shirts, and platform shoes. Free. Astoria Park Great Lawn, Shore Boulevard between the Hell Gate Bridge and Astoria Pool.
August 6, The Merchant of Venice, 7:30 pm. The Hip to Hip Theatre presents Shakespeare’s story about a Venetian gentleman who has to default on a loan from moneylender. Free. Children’s program at 7 pm. Crocheron Park, 35th Avenue and Cross Island Parkway, across from Golden Pond, Bayside.
August 6, Outdoor Concert, 7 pm. Orville Davis & the Wild Bunch perform country music — honky tonk with attitude — as part of a series sponsored by the Northern Woodside Coalition. Free. Sgt. Collins Triangle, Broadway and 58th Street, Woodside, 718-205-1030.
August 7, Free First Friday, 10 am to 8 pm. Free admission, public tours in English and Japanese, and Center of Attention, an extended conversation about a single work of art. (Noguchi’s Cloud Mountain is the topic on Aug. 7 at 7 pm.) Noguchi Museum, 9-01 33rd Road, Long Island City.
August 7: ET, about 8:30 pm. Outdoor screening of a classic movie with Midtown Manhattan in the background. Free. Hunters Point South Park, Center Boulevard and 51st Avenue, Long Island City.
Aug. 8, Chinese Theatre Works: Holding Up Half the Sky, 2 pm. This opera and puppet spectacle tells the story of four legendary women warriors, spanning 2,000 years of Chinese history. The piece was written and directed by Flushing Town Hall Space Grant recipients Kuang-Yu Fong and Stephen Kaplin. $8/$50 VIP package. Flushing Town Hall, 137-35 Northern Boulevard, Flushing.
August 8, Bix Beiderbecke Memorial Concert, 2 pm to 7 pm. An all-day event honoring a jazz legend who lived in the neighborhood. Free performances by Sunnyside Drum Corps, Street Beat Brass Band, Lindy Hoppers, Sunnyside Wolverines, Sunnyside Social Club, Sunnyside Arch at 46th Street.
August 8, 78th Street Play Street, dusk. The Queens World Film Festival collaborates with the Jackson Heights Green Alliance to present indie films under the stars. Free. Travers Park, 78th Street and 34th Avenue, Jackson Heights.
August 8, Storytime & Craft, 2 pm. A relaxing afternoon with nature-inspired stories followed by a botanically-themed craft activity. Free with admission. Queens Botanical Garden, 43-50 Main Street, Flushing.
With more than 200 teams, it’s the largest multi-cultural contest in the Tri-State Area and the biggest festival of its kind in the United States. It’s also celebrating its 25th anniversary with special dances and live performances this year. Plus, the food is tremendous.
The Hong Kong Dragon Boat Festival will take place at Flushing Meadows Corona Park’s Meadow Lake on Saturday and Sunday. More than 2,500 competitors will jump into colorful, custom-made teak boats (18 paddlers, a drummer, and a steerer per vessel) and row for cash and prizes, such as round-trip tickets to Hong Kong. The event will also celebrate the Year of the Ram, so attendees will be able to check out martial arts shows, the traditional Dragon dance, Asian music, and demonstrations of folk arts and crafts. A food court with booths staffed by sponsors will be erected near the lake, and many booths will give away promotional items.
Dragon boat racing dates back to Qu Yuan‘s death in the third century B.C. One day, this poet and reformer started to drown while protesting his emperor’s policies, prompting locals to race their boats in an attempt to rescue him. To prevent fish and water dragons from eating his body, the locals beat their drums and splashed their paddles. (More information and another photo are on the jump page.)
Five-time Grammy winner James Taylor comes to Queens to give a concert this week. He might want to arrive early and leave late so he can enjoy a huge foodie event, a ghost tour, outdoor movies, festivals and concerts, and even a chance to watch top-notch cricket. Here’s the rundown.
July 30, Haunting Histories and Legends of Astoria, 7:30 pm. This two-hour stroll visits some lesser-known historical sites and reveals tales of the neighborhood’s grim and ghostly past. Astoria is filled with tragic Hollywood film stars, voodoo, potters’ fields, grisly murders, poltergeists, hidden treasure, and deadly waters. $20/$25 at the door, location upon registration.