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.
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.
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.
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.
With Open House New York coming up, the chances to explore Queens are many and varied. This is on top of an extremely busy week with everything from Indian film to Patti LaBelle to a cupcake race. Another photo and roughly 40 events are on the jump page.
Cheland Smith has had a tremendous decade in the hip hop business. Under the stage name “Rhymefest,” he co-wrote Kanye West’s song “Jesus Walks,” which won the Grammy Award for Best Rap Song in 2005. He also co-wrote “Glory” for the movie Selma‘s soundtrack, winning the 2015 Golden Globe Award for Best Original Song.
At the same time, his father was slipping deeper and deeper into homelessness and alcoholism in a rough-and-tumble neighborhood on Chicago’s South Side. Rhymefest actually lost contact with his dad and presumed he was dead.
The new documentary In My Father’s House chronicles a year in Rhymefest’s life as he buys his father’s childhood home, learns that he is alive, and tracks him down. It’s a story of self-discovery and redemption, but the son quickly realizes that his father is not ready to take on the responsibilities of dealing with his issues.
On September 25, the Museum of the Moving Image will screen In My Father’s House and present a post-screening discussion with Martha Diaz of the Hip-Hop Education Center and the documentary’s co-producer Jameka Autry. More information and another image are on the jump page.
Alex Ross Perry defines the word “provocative.” The filmmaker’s work features dark humor and tremendous, emotionally transgressive acting. He can simultaneously invoke knee-jerk emotion and deep thought. From August 22-25, the Museum of the Moving Image will present four disparate feature films by Perry, including a special preview of his latest, Queen of Earth, with Perry and star actress Elisabeth Roth in attendance. The schedule is as follows: Impolex at 4:30 p.m. on August 22, The Color Wheel at 3 p.m. on August 23, Listen Up Philip at 5:30 p.m. on August 23, and Queens of Earth at 7:30 p.m. on August 25. Details on the movies and another photo are on the jump page. (more…)
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.
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.
There’s no denying it: felines rule cyberspace. With viral sensations such as Caturday, lolcats, and Lil Bub, these purring pets are serious click bait.
On Friday, the Museum of the Moving Image will open an exhibition, How Cats Took Over the Internet, that takes a look at why web surfers are so transfixed by these finicky fur balls. To be on display in the amphitheater gallery through January 31, 2016, the expo will feature videos, GIFs, and images demonstrating these creatures’ undeniable cuteness. Plus, a multimedia timeline will demonstrate significant cat moments online, and interactive stations will allow visitors to share their own photos, GIFs, and videos.
More information and another adorable photo are on the jump page.