05/20/15 9:45am

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A three-day model train show headlines this week of activities, followed closely by Brazilian, Irish, and Japanese cinema, plus a documentary on the New York State Pavilion. There’s also a “color run” and Greek, Mexican, classical, and doo-wop concerts. Here’s the rundown.

May 20, North Beach, 7 pm. The Greater Astoria Historical Society hosts a lecture/slide presentation on North Beach, a summer resort where LaGuardia Airport is now. $10. QED Astoria, 27-16 23rd Ave., Astoria.

May 20-23, Rebecca Patek, 8 pm. This NYC-based choreographer and performance artist synthesizes dance, theater, and comedy. This performance is loosely based on “The Crime of the Century” — the 1924 murder of Bobby Franks by Nathan Leopold and Richard Loeb. $15. The Chocolate Factory, 5-49 49th Ave., Long Island City. (more…)

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It was one of the most memorable venues of the 1964 World’s Fair. Designed by legendary architect Philip Johnson, the New York State Pavilion featured the elliptical Tent of Tomorrow, whose 16 100-foot-high reinforced concrete piers suspended a 50,000-square-foot roof of multi-colored panels. The main floor featured a ground map of New York State with 567 terrazzo mosaic panels.

Meanwhile, the Theaterama, located adjacent to the pavilion, displayed art by Andy Warhol and Roy Lichtenstein, and the three nearby observation towers boasted elevators leading to high-altitude platforms.

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Many Indians consider 1947 to be the separation year. It’s when the largely Hindu southeast Asian country gained independence from England and when Muslims began to move northwest and east to build nations in what is now Pakistan and Bangladesh.

That year also marked the emergence of Indian modern art, led by the Bombay Progressive Artists’ Group and its contemporaries who made requisite visits to Europe and experimented with such genres as post-Impressionism, Cubism and Expressionism. (more…)

05/07/15 9:45am

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Carol Burnett comes to Queens this weekend. Lucky her! She’ll find great opera, Cameroonian music, Brazilian film, Indian modernist art, Mexican dance, Canadian puppetry, a brand new musical, and even kite-flying. Here’s the rundown.

May 7, Operatic Classics, 7 pm. The Queens Symphony Orchestra presents classic selections with Metropolitan Opera tenor Chad Shelton and baritone David Adam Moore. Free. Electrical Industry Center Auditorium, 158-11 Harry Van Arsdale Jr. Avenue, Fresh Meadows.

May 8, Laughter and Reflection with Carol Burnett, 8 pm. This 90-minute interactive experience’s format harkens back to the openings of The Carol Burnett Show, when her studio audience had an unfiltered opportunity to engage the comedian with questions and receive spontaneous answers. $39-$85. Colden Auditorium, Queens College, 65-23 Kissena Boulevard, Flushing. (more…)

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They’re tough. They’re talented. And they’re from the ’hood. In The Queens Bees, three local high school girls become overnight sensations as a singing group in the 1960s. However, after they hit stardom, they encounter a new set of issues, partly because they discover that they all want very different things in life. (more…)

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Outdoor, nighttime marketplaces are very popular throughout the Asian world, so it only makes sense that one is about to open in Flushing Meadows Corona Park this Saturday. The Queens International Night Market will launch in the New York Hall of Science’s parking lot (above) at 6 pm with special music and dance performances. Vendors will sell a diverse array of culturally authentic street food (arepas, crepes, dumplings), art, and merchandise. This is the grand opening, but the founder, John Wang, plans to operate the bazaar on Saturdays throughout the spring and summer.

Photo: Queens International Night Market

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Choreographer and performer Jessica Lang was described as “a master of visual composition” by Dance Magazine. Her company has been credited with transforming classical ballet into a contemporary genre that emphasizes harmony between movement and music. Lang constantly integrates new technology and sound with innovative lighting, costumes, set design, and video art, such as a cinematic backdrop of roving ink blots. This weekend, the troupe makes its Queens Theatre debut with two Saturday shows and a Sunday matinee.

Details: Jessica Lang Dance, Queens Theatre, 14 United Nations Avenue South, Flushing Meadows Corona Park, April 25 at 2 pm and 8 pm, April 26 at 3 pm, $25-$42.

Photo: Jessica Lang Dance

04/22/15 9:45am

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It appears that this week’s activities are sponsored by the letter “F.” Fun-seekers can frolic with Flamenco, funny girls, foreign films, flea markets, festivals, a farm, a fling, a fair housing workshop, and a Flushing Bay cleanup. Here are the facts. (more…)

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He’s back and he’s still wacky! Almost exactly a year ago, Steve Solomon performed his signature comedy show, My Mother’s Italian, My Father’s Jewish, and I’m in Therapy, at Queens Theatre. A native of Brooklyn’s Sheepshead Bay, this former physics teacher cranked out the voices and accents of about 30 hilarious characters in different, distinctly outer-borough situations. Well, this Saturday, the jokester returns to the Flushing Meadows Corona Park venue with three performances of something a little different: My Mother’s Italian, My Father’s Jewish, and I’m STILL in Therapy. Again, Solomon takes the audience back to his wacky childhood, but then he brings them through his mixed marriages, ex-wives, strange pets, and endless dieting. (Editor’s Note: Solomon has another show entitled My Mother’s Italian, My Father’s Jewish, and I’m Home for the Holidays.)

Details: My Mother’s Italian, My Father’s Jewish, and I’m STILL in Therapy!, Queens Theatre, 14 United Nations Avenue South, Flushing Meadows Corona Park, April 18th, 2 pm and 8 pm, April 19th at 3 pm, $25-$35.

Photo: Steve Solomon Comedy

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It’s an ancient Hindu celebration of love and the triumph of good over evil, and it’s also one of the most colorful festivals in the world. Holi doesn’t have a set date, but it usually takes place when winter is turning into spring.

Observers usually light a bonfire on the eve of Holi. The next day, they throw colorful powder and liquid at each other in the streets in a ritual that wakes up the body, mind, and spirit after the cold weather. Meanwhile, International Mother Earth Day began in 1970 and is marked annually on April 22.

Worldwide in scope but with a San Francisco origin, the ritual often includes cleanups, rallies, and other grassroots action to protect the environment. On April 18, Queens Museum and the Flushing-based Hindu Temple Society of North America will host a combined Holi/Earth Day celebration with colorful — and multi-cultural — dances and music. (more…)