11/19/15 1:00pm

Holiday Historic House Tour

Now we know why Santa Claus is coming to town!

On Sunday, December 6, seven Queens landmarks will open their doors to the public during the 28th Annual Holiday Historic House Tour. Sponsored by the Queens Historical Society, merry participants will be able to walk at their own pace to the different venues and take a dedicated shuttle from Flushing to Corona from 12:30 pm to 5 pm.

The participating sites Bowne House; Flushing Town Hall; Friends Quaker Meeting; Kingsland Homestead; Lewis H. Latimer House Museum; Louis Armstrong House Museum; and Voelker Orth Museum Bird Sanctuary & Victorian Garden will be decorated as they were during Christmas celebrations of yore to present a glimpse into their pasts. They will also offer special, time-honored activities, craft fairs, and refreshments.

More images and descriptions of the venues and their tour plans are on the jump page.


11/10/15 1:00pm

It's In Queens!

The famous GingerBread Lane returns to Queens this week. The 500 square feet of sweet goodness will be in great company with classic plays, noir films, performance art, poetry, and Himalayan dumplings. An image of the GingerBread marvel and 27 upcoming events are on the jump page.


10/01/15 1:00pm

The Yves Léveillé Quartet at Flushing Town Hall

Modern day patrons of Flushing Town Hall are used to hearing great live jazz. They are also used to hearing many different accents, especially coming from natives of China, Korea, India, and Latin America. Well, this weekend will be a bit different. The jazz will still be great, but the accents will be French Canadian.

On Friday, the Alain Bédard Auguste Quintet will perform modern jazz, original compositions, and “catalytic improvisations” or jam sessions which are the brainchild Bédard, a pianist who founded the label Effendi Records.

Then on Saturday, the Yves Léveillé Quartet will play tunes inspired by jazz as well as classical and world music. A composer and pianist, Léveillé (above) is known for refined, melodious harmonies. He recently won the 2015 Opus award for best jazz concert in Quebec. A discount offer, more information, and a photo of Bédard are on the jump page.


09/02/15 2:00pm

It's In Queens

The week’s big news is the re-opening of the Queens International Night Market in Jamaica. Other items include a silent disco, a photo exhibit on Rockaway, outdoor dance, and some end-of-summer staples, such as the Fresh Pond Road Festival. Here’s the rundown.

September 3, Silent Disco, 6 pm. Put on earphones, listen to a deejay, and dance under the stars. Headphones are free, but a credit card or ID must be used as collateral to borrow them. Hunters Point South Park, Center Boulevard between 50th and 54th avenues, Long Island City.

September 3, Fresh Pond Road Festival, until September 6. Countless shopping, eating, and entertainment opportunities on four consecutive nights on a five-block stretch of Fresh Pond Road between Menahan and Woodbine streets in Ridgewood.

Open through October 31, October Waves: 2013, 9:30 am. An exhibition of photographs taken at sunset during the October 2013 hurricane season at Rockaway Beach. $15. New York Hall of Science, 47-01 111th Street, Corona.

September 4, Suite Summer Festival, through September 6. These site-specific performances invite the audience to rove around the park and participate in an immersive dance experience. (Friday, 6 pm to 7 pm; Saturday, 5 pm to 6 pm; Sunday, 3 pm to 4 pm and 5 pm to 6 pm.) Free. Socrates Sculpture Park, 32-01 Vernon Boulevard, Long Island City.

September 4, Free First Fridays, 10 am to 8 pm. Wine-and-beer cash bar, public tours in English and Japanese at 2 pm, and Center of Attention, an extended conversation about a single work of art—Noguchi’s Infant is the topic on this night. Noguchi Museum, 9-01 33rd Road, Long Island City.

September 5, Queens International Night Market, 6 pm to midnight. More than 100 independent vendors selling food from around the world. 90-02 168th Street, Jamaica.

September 5, Paint Party: Workshop for Autistic Children, 10:30 am to noon. Hands-on science experiments and sensory-rich art projects specially designed for children (ages 3–5) with autism spectrum disorder. Free. New York Hall of Science, 47-01 111th Street, Corona.

September 5, Back to School Festival, noon to 3 pm. Beat the stress of returning to school with an afternoon of activities including games, rides, craft projects, and giveaways. Free. Alley Pond Park, 76th Avenue and Springfield Boulevard, Bayside.

September 6, Salon Sunday, 1 pm. Artists are welcome to present their work for a 10-minute discussion, and network over cookies and coffee. Open to anyone curious about art and artists. Flushing Town Hall, 137-35 Northern Boulevard.

September 6, Omar’s Summer Send-Off, 2 pm to 6 pm. A party hosted by magician Omar Olusion with live deejay music, dance contests, games, and magic shows. Free. Fantasy Forest Amusement Park, Flushing Meadows Carousel.

September 8, Gertrud Parker Exhibit, through September 27. Parker founded the San Francisco Museum of Craft and Folk Art. This is the first one-woman display of her watercolors and prints, which combine whimsy with gravity. The Godwin-Ternbach Museum at Queens College, 405 Klapper Hall, Flushing.

September 9, Jeanine Durning: To Being (Premiere) + inging (Reprise), through Sept. 26, Wednesday through Saturday at 8 pm. Part spoken word performance, part reverie, part dance, part oral biography, part meditation and psychotherapy, inging is a choreography of the mind. $18. The Chocolate Factory, 5-49 49th Avenue, Long Island City.


08/26/15 2:00pm

It's In Queens

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.


08/25/15 1:00pm


Percussion has the largest musical family. Instruments can be hit, scraped or shaken to create different pitches, notes, and sounds. Plus, they add rhythm and spice to everything from classical music to hip hop to jazz.

Two special upcoming Queens events are based on percussion. The first one is a harvest moon celebration at Flushing Town Hall on August 29. Grammy nominee Juan Gutiérrez, who directs the group Los Pleneros de la 21, will lead a workshop for all-comers followed by a group drumming circle. This San Juan native received the National Endowment for the Arts National Heritage Fellowship in 1996.

The other event involves African cadences. Details and a photo are on the jump page.


08/19/15 2:00pm

It's In Queens

Inspiring, blooming Taiwanese orchids are a main draw this week. Ditto for the LIC Block Party and Flushing Night Out, which will feature a little bit of everything (food, music, art, spontaneous creativity). Other options are concerts, comedy, films, puppets, and walking tours. Another photo and all the information are on the jump page.


08/18/15 1:00pm

Flushing Town Hall Puppet Show

There is no dialogue, but the show leaves audiences speechless.

Le Théâtre de Deux Mains is dedicated to enriching and preserving the tradition of puppet theater through one-man shows based on popular, time-honored tales. This Friday and Saturday, the Montreal-based company will present The Swan at Flushing Town Hall. Based on The Ugly Duckling by Hans Christian Andersen, this show depicts a lost little bird looking for his parents.

First, a fisherman comes across a single egg in a pond. Then, two little feet pop out of the egg and begin waddling on shore. The newborn sees his reflection and discovers that he doesn’t look like any other members of his species. He’s certainly no chicken. He’s definitely no owl. He’s obviously no hawk. With changing colors and lighting inspired by Tiffany lamps, he follows clues to meet his true family. The story certainly inspires by itself, but it is enhanced by the puppeteer/actor who controls the puppets, set dressings, light, and sound entirely alone onstage.

More information and another photo on the jump page.


08/17/15 1:00pm


The festival is back by popular demand. The talent is popular and in demand.

Awkwafina is half-Chinese, half-Korean, and 100 percent hip hop. The Forest Hills native, who utilizes satire and screwball antics while busting her rhymes, is leading the charge in the up-and-coming Asian-American rap scene, which includes artists Dumbfoundead and Rekstizzy. Her first solo album, Yellow Ranger, contains tracks such as “Mayor Bloomberg (Giant Margarita)” and the title track, “Yellow Ranger.”

Awkwafina headlines the music portion of the summer’s second Flushing Night Out on August 21. (The first one took place on July 16.) Organized by the Greater Flushing Chamber of Commerce at Flushing Town Hall, this social event will feature local entrepreneurs offering delicious food, unique fashion, and amazing crafts in addition to the rapping.

More info, a photo from the July 16 Flushing Night Out, and a modified vendor list are on the jump page.


08/05/15 12:00pm


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, Passport Thursdays Outdoor International Dance, Music & Film Series, 7 pm. A screening of Mateo, a Colombian film about youngster who collects extortion money on behalf of his uncle to help out his poor mother. This action leads to some difficult choices. Free. Queens Museum, NYC Building, Flushing Meadows Corona Park.

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, How Cats Took Over the Internet, through Jan. 31, 2016. This exhibition, which includes screenings and live events, looks at the phenomenon of cats online and how they have transfixed a generation of web users. Museum of the Moving Image, 36-01 35th Avenue, Kaufman Arts District.

August 7, JAMS Under the Stars, 5 pm to 10 pm. A mega concert with Toni Ann Semple, a powerful singer who blends the nuances of her African and Native American heritages into soul, funk, and jazz; DJ Jordan Knoxx, a mixologist from Hollis; and Dallas Forte, a Christian crooner from Guyana. Free. Rufus King Park, vicinity of 153rd Street and 89th Avenue, Jamaica, www.go2ccj.org.

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.

August 8, Hong Kong Dragon Boat Festival, through Aug. 9. More than 170 teams and 2,000 participants compete and celebrate the Year of the Rabbit. Expect racing, cultural performances, and great food. Free. Flushing Meadows Corona Park’s Meadow Lake near the boathouse.

August 8, Jamaica Arts & Music Summer Festival, 11 am to 7 pm. Expect 200,000 revelers enjoying live performances, fashion, art, and more than 500 vendors. Free. Jamaica Avenue from Parsons Boulevard to 170th Street, Jamaica.

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.

Aug. 8, Hindu Awareness and Swami Vivekanada Day, 3:30 pm. Entertainment program includes chanting, colorful dances, and meditation. The Hindu Temple Society of North America, 45-57 Bowne Street, Flushing.

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.