11/24/15 1:00pm

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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.


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.


10/27/15 1:00pm

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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.


10/20/15 1:00pm

It's In Queens

Diversity strikes again! This time it’s in the form of a Halloween event for dogs and dog lovers. But there’s also British theater, French film, Korean marching music, Spanish theater, and an expert on U.S.-Israel relations. Another image and about 30 events are on the jump page.


10/05/15 1:00pm

Brian Wilson performs at the Kupferberg Center

His full name is Brian Douglas Wilson, and he’s a living legend. As a founding member of the Beach Boys, he has written (or co-written) more than 25 Top 40 hits, such as “Surfer Girl,” “I Get Around,” “Help Me Rhonda,” and “California Girls.” He’s also enjoyed a multi-faceted, six-decade career as an actor, band leader, musician, producer, singer, and voice-over actor.

This Friday, Wilson will launch his 2015 Fall Tour in Queens with his new band, which includes Al Jardine, another Beach Boys founder. More information and another photo of 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.


09/30/15 3:00pm

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Red-tailed hawks, peregrine falcons, and bald eagles will be in Flushing Meadows Corona Park this weekend for a Raptor Fest. Should they fly around, they will be able to enjoy opera, a trunk show, Irish music, professional wrestling, Spanish theater, and an Oktoberfest with German and Korean takes on pickled cabbage. Another photo and the entire rundown are on the jump page.


09/23/15 3:00pm

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The Maker Faire began in the San Francisco area in 2006 and quickly spread to various cities. This week, the biggest and best one takes places in — where else? — Queens. This international event is the flagship for a jam-packed week that includes a Jim Henson celebration, a restaurant crawl, a dance festival, a Broadway show tune extravaganza, opera, and poetry. Here’s the rundown.

September 24, Jamaica Restaurant Crawl, 5 pm to 8 pm. Participants include Dominican and Central American eateries. $20. Tickets and more information at 516.502.5936.

September 24, NED Talks, 7 pm. Bicycle world traveler Joe Cruz shares his tips for successful adventures. Cyclists can present Cruz with tough questions. Free. Nomad Cycle, 51-02 21st Street, Long Island City.

September 25, In My Father’s House, 7 pm. Set on Chicago’s south side, this documentary chronicles the year-long journey of Grammy-winning rapper Che “Rhymefest” Smith, from homelessness and alcoholism to self-discovery and redemption. He reunites with his homeless father in a quest to reclaim his neighborhood and discover his true self. Plus, post-screening discussion with Martha Diaz of the Hip-Hop Education Center and co-producer Jameka Autry. Museum of the Museum Image, 36-01 35th Avenue, Kaufman Arts District.

September 26-27, World Maker Faire 2015, 10 am to 6 pm. This is an all-ages gathering of tech enthusiasts, crafters, educators, tinkerers, hobbyists, engineers, science clubs, authors, artists, students, and commercial exhibitors. They unite to show what they have made and to share what they have learned. Prices vary. New York Hall of Science, 47-01 111th Street, Corona.

September 26, Fall Family Day: Jim Henson Celebration, 11:30 am to 4 pm. An afternoon of fun and educational puppet activities and live events in honor of Henson, the inventor of the Muppets would have turned 79 on September 24. Free admission for children 12 and under. Museum of the Moving Image, 36-01 35th Avenue, Kaufman Arts District.

September 26, TreesCount! 2015, 9 am to noon. This is a volunteer-powered campaign to map, count, and care for all of NYC’s street trees. To date, only 25 percent of Flushing’s street trees have been mapped. The data collected will further the Parks Department’s understanding, and ability to care for the city’s urban forest. Meet at PS 20, 142-30 Barclay Avenue, Flushing. More information: Jennifer Sun at jennifer9280@gmail.com.

September 26, Making Moves Dance Festival, 2 pm (free outdoor) and 7 pm (main stage). A performance by emerging NYC dance companies and choreographers in a two-part showcase of original works. $15/$12 for seniors and students. Jamaica Performing Arts Center, 161-04 Jamaica Avenue.

September 26, Oye Corona!, 3 pm. This monthly celebration features dance from Mexico and Bangladesh as well as live music, workout time, art-making workshops, dance performances, and stories. Free. 103rd Street and Roosevelt Avenue, Corona.

September 26, Harvest Moon Drumming, 7 pm. Begin with workshops led by Haitian master drummer, Öneza Lafontant, on the Rada and Petwo drums, then jam with the entire group. All are welcome from beginner to professional. $20. Flushing Town Hall, 137-35 Northern Boulevard, Flushing.

September 26, Inside the Vatican, 1 pm. A documentary on the secret archives and private chapels of the Vatican during the time of Pope John Paul II. Free. Greater Astoria Historical Society, Quinn Building, 35-20 Broadway, Long Island City.

September 26, Touch a Truck & Fall Family Festival, 11 am to 4 pm. A festival to give youngsters the opportunity to climb on, touch, and explore trucks and vehicles. Cross Island YMCA, 238-10 Hillside Avenue, Bellerose.

September 26, Smithsonian Museum Day Live, 2:30 pm to 4:30 pm. Hosted by Smithsonian Magazine, there is free admission for anybody who presents a Museum Day Live ticket. Queens Historical Society, Weeping Beach Park, 143-35 37th Avenue, Flushing.

September 26, Community Volunteer Day, 10 am to 1 pm. Staffers, individuals, and group volunteers participate in a variety of garden activities. Queens Botanical Garden, 43-50 Main Street, Flushing.

September 27, Vox A Cappella, 4 pm. A cappella group VOX won the Austrian Gold Award for Music in 2009. The singers are on a world tour right now. $25. Colden Auditorium at Kupferberg Center for the Arts, Queens College, 65-30 Kissena Boulevard, Flushing.

September 27, Stephen Schwartz and Friends, 3 pm. Grammy and Oscar winner Schwartz joins Debbie Gravitte, Scout Coulter, and Kelli Rabke to perform songs from his greatest hits, such as Wicked, Godspell, and Pocahontas. $39-$45. Queensborough Performing Arts Center, 222-05 56th Avenue, Bayside.

September 27, The Moment: Indigenous Voices From the East Coast of Taiwan, 2 pm. An improvisational indigenous Taiwanese contemporary performance and video. Queens Museum, NYC Building, Flushing Meadows Corona Park.

September 27, Third Annual Sunday Stroll, noon to 5 pm. Live music and performances, free games and rides, giveaways from local businesses. Bell Boulevard between 39th and 41st avenues, Bayside.

September 27, Kew Gardens Community Arts Day, 11 am to 5 pm. The entire neighborhood is an art experience, featuring demos, sidewalk chalk artworks, a music show, an art exhibit and giveaways. Free. Vicinity of Austin Street and Lefferts Boulevard, Kew Gardens.

September 27, Pay-What-You-Can Self Defense Class, 7 pm. Open to anybody 16 or older, this class covers five aspects of self defense: thinking, using the voice, physical self defense, escape, and after care. Free or pay what you can with a $20 suggested donation. M’Kekado School of Karate, 72-26 Roosevelt Avenue, Jackson Heights or elenaselfdefense@yahoo.com.

September 27, Long Island City Tour, 2:30 pm. This three-hour, small-group walking tour goes through Long Island City’s thriving arts and culinary scene. Meet interesting local artists, makers, and entrepreneurs, and enjoy additional stops for light bites and local microbrews with a grand finale at a rooftop lounge with incredible cityscape views and a glass of prosecco. $65, advance booking required.

September 28, Song From The Uproar, 4:30 pm. Beth Morrison Projects holds rehearsal of this opera as the troupe gets ready for performances at the Los Angeles Music Center. A panel discussion with the creators, director, and stars afterward. Free. Jamaica Performing Arts Center, 161-04 Jamaica Avenue.

September 28, Five Continents, One Borough: Art Treasures from the Homelands of Queens,through January 12, 2016. The Godwin-Ternbach Museum at Queens College displays 33 works from its collection that represent five of the homelands of Queens residents. It includes works ranging from pre-Colombian textiles to contemporary Chinese painting to Christian and Buddhist objects, as well as works by Rembrandt and the poet Rumi. Free. On view Monday to Friday, 9 am to 5 pm at the Citi DeFord Gallery, Lobby of One Court Square, Long Island City, (718) 997-4747 or gtmuseum@qc.cuny.edu.

September 30, Words With Wings, 7:30 pm to 11:30 pm. An all-poetry show with live art, mini open mic, fireworks. The Grind, 11-27 44th Road, Long Island City.

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Photos by Andrew Kelly

09/23/15 1:00pm

TreesCount! 2015 in Flushing

All hail trees! They provide habitat and food for birds, insects, and other living creatures. Plus, they absorb carbon dioxide and release oxygen. Finally, they add value to a home, provide shade on a sunny day, and block wind.

All help trees! The NYC Parks Department is in the process of counting and mapping street trees throughout the city. The data collected will further the agency’s understanding of — and ability to care for — the city’s urban forest. The Parks Department estimates that only 25 percent of Flushing’s street trees have been mapped. The neighborhood was a nursery in the 19th century, but currently the area is losing its canopy due to increasing development and population.

All hands on deck for trees! Trees Count! 2015 is a volunteer-powered campaign to map, count, and care for all of NYC’s street trees. Organizers are currently recruiting do-gooders to canvass Flushing on September 26 from 9 am to noon. Volunteers will be trained on how to identify and assess street trees, using simple site surveying tools and software to map them block by block. For more information, contact Jennifer Sun at jennifer9280@gmail.com and go to the jump page.