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Forest Hills

The self-serve frozen yogurt shop Vanilla Sky opened its second location on Restaurant Row on 70th Street in Forest Hills. In addition to frozen yogurt, the shop will also sell coffee drinks, sandwiches and smoothies.

Forest Hills Station House opened at 106-11 71st Avenue near the LIRR station in Forest Hills. The pub serves classic pub food with a twist as well as 16 craft beers on tap.

Astoria

Although the Astoria Bar Katch opened last month at 31-19 Newtown Ave, its backyard “kourtyard” opened June 14. The bar will open at 4 pm and the kitchen at 5 pm.

Pizzeria Milkflower turned on its wood-fired pizza oven at 34-12 31st Ave to serve innovative pizzas that include local ingredients.

Gastropub Snowdonia opened over the weekend with a pop-up restaurant. The restaurant, located at 34-22 32nd St, will serve locally sourced food that is paired with craft beers.

Sunnyside

Burger joint Williamsburger has moved from its original location in, well, Williamsburg to the corner of Greenpoint Avenue and 36th Street in Sunnyside. The restaurant serves burgers, milkshakes and a few burger variations. It is currently waiting on its liquor license and is cash only.

Long Island City

Big Alice Brewery opened at 808 43rd Road. The nanobrewery will sell two-thirds of its production through seasonal beer shares and the remaining bottles on Friday nights at the brewery. The summer shares have already sold out, but the brewery is accepting applications for the fall.

Did we miss something? Let us know in the comments what opened (or closed) in your neighborhood!

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It all adds up. Jazz is the USA’s greatest contribution to music. Louis Armstrong is the greatest contributor to the genre. And Queens is the best place in the world for a jazz celebration. On April 30, the Louis Armstrong House Museum and the Jazz Journalists Association will hold a free, fun, food-filled festivity feting International Jazz Day at the Langston Hughes Community Library & Cultural Center in Corona. The program — presented by official Armstrong archivist Ricky Riccardi and Dan Morgenstern, director of the Institute of Jazz Studies at Rutgers University — will include the public premier of a newly discovered recording by Armstrong at Freedomland, a fabled Bronx amusement park in 1961. Then, the Jazz Journalists Association will toast Satchmo at a soul food reception. Some might attend for the music. Others might attend for the food. But all will enjoy themselves.

International Jazz Day Celebration
Langston Hughes Library
100-01 Northern Boulevard, Corona
Tuesday, April 30th, 2013
2pm – 5pm | Free

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It’s a chance to make history, star in a movie and live on in perpetuity. Dan Hendrick, who is currently working on the documentary Jamaica Bay Lives, and the Queens Memory Project are looking for people to share their stories, photos, mementos and thoughts on the neighborhoods stretching from Howard Beach through the Rockaways to Breezy Point. On April 24, Hendrick and QMP partners Queens College and Queens Library will be interviewing past and current area residents during Jamaica Bay Community History Night at the Broad Channel Branch Library. Hendrick noted that this is the chance to preserve local history before it becomes a fuzzy memory. He added that Hurricane Sandy has added a whole new chapter to this project.

Jamaica Bay Community History Night
Broad Channel Branch Library
16-26 Crossbay Boulevard, Broad Channel
Wednesday, April 24
4pm – 7pm | Free

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What is the meaning of human life? This phrase, of course, is the essence of many existential conversations, but it is also the name of a book by Raymond A. Belliotti. The Distinguished Teaching Professor of Philosophy at SUNY Fredonia has also written the thought-provoking tomes Happiness is Overrated, Roman Philosophy and the Good Life, Stalking Nietzche and Good Sex. On April 22, Belliotti will discuss the meaning of life at the Central Queens Y. Part of the human condition, this Harvard Law School grad with a Ph.D. from the University of Miami argues, is that the questions most important to us evade answers and instead underscore the limitations of human reason. Seriously confronting such questions threatens our mundane lives. Belliotti purports that the meaning of life is best understood through two metaphors: telescopes and slinky toys. Find out what he means on Monday.

Central Queens Y
67-09 108th Street, Forest Hills
Monday, April 22
1:30pm – 3pm | $6 suggested donation

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He’s an equal opportunity offender. Rich Little, a master mimic of more than 200 voices, is famous for making fun of politicians. Over the decades, he has skewered JFK, Nixon, Ford, Carter, Clinton, both Bushes and Obama. The so called “Man of a Thousand Voices” even performed at both Regan inaugurations. Not bad for a Canadian. On April 21, Little will bring the fun to Queensborough Performing Arts Center. But he won’t be alone. The Four Freshmen, a vocal group from the 1950s that keeps reinventing itself, will fill the air with harmony-based songs.

Queensborough Performing Arts Center
222-05 56th Avenue, Bayside
Sunday, April 21
3pm – 5pm | $45

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They aren’t a little country, nor are they a little bit rock ‘n’ roll. But they are Spanish, Indian, Persian, Middle Eastern and Jewish. On April 21, Gypsy Soul (Espiritu Gitano) brings its rich, diverse music and dance to the Thalia Spanish Theatre. The bandleader, guitarist Arturo Martinez, has been a fixture on New York City’s flamenco/gypsy music scene since the 1980s. He will be accompanied by other outstanding artists, including dancers Maya De Silva and Elena Lentini and musicians Tom Chess and Sean Kupisz.

Roots of Flamenco: Gypsy Soul

Thalia Spanish Theatre
41-17 Greenpoint Avenue, Sunnyside
Sunday, April 21
4pm – 6pm | $35

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Ah, the apple orchard…the sheep…the planting fields…the proximity to the Grand Central Parkway. On April 20 and 21, New York City’s only working historical farm, the Queens County Farm Museum, will host a blow-out spring festival. This 47-acre parcel in Glen Oaks — which dates back to 1697 — will fill with carnival rides, midway games, hayrides and live children’s entertainment. As always, there will be opportunities to check out the herb garden, pet the livestock, explore the greenhouse complex, and generally enjoy the city’s largest remaining tract of undisturbed farmland.

Children’s Carnival
Queens County Farm Museum
73-50 Little Neck Parkway, Glen Oaks
Saturday, April 20, and Sunday, April 21
11am – 6pm | $11

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There once was a place called “Queens.” In the early 2000s, this borough became home to a growing — and growing — community of choreographers and dancers. By April 2007, it was a hotspot, and Green Space Blooms, a festival celebrating local dance and music talent, was born in LIC. Just like the borough, the festival grew and grew, and this year, the seventh annual Green Space Blooms features 40 diverse choreographers. On April 20 and 21, the festivities will include such talent as LatticeWorks Dance Collective, Ballet International Africans and ArtBark International. Plus, Green Space‘s founder, Valerie Green, and its resident company, Dance Entropy, will participate. Each evening will end with a post-performance party with sounds curated by Open Music Education.

Saturday, April 20, and Sunday, April 21
1pm – 3pm | $10

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First Brazil battled India. Soon Jamaica will take on Spain before Africa goes up against Peru. But right now, all eyes — and ears — are trained on the Korea-Greece competition at Flushing Town Hall on April 19. Vong Pak’s Korean Drum and Dance Troupe will rock the house with Korean music and dance while dressed in traditional regalia followed by Yianni Papastefanou and his orchestra with their traditional music and dance from the Greek Isles. Part of the ongoing Cultural Crossroads-polooza, the venerable Northern Boulevard performance space is mixing it up with two cultures, one stage and an open dance floor.

Korea Meets Greece
Flushing Town Hall
137-35 Northern Boulevard, Flushing
Friday, April 19
8pm – 10pm | $15

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Amreeka tells the story of a Palestinian mother who wins a Green Card in a lottery and relocates the family from the West Bank to a Chicago suburb. This funny-but-poignant independent movie debuted at the 2009 Sundance Film Festival before National Geographic Entertainment bought its rights. On April 18, Amreeka will kick off Cinema of Immigration at the Queens Museum of Art. This 10-week series explores the immigrant experience in the U.S. through films that reflect ethnic and cultural diversity. Mark Ethan, an Actors Studio member who has been presenting films at QMA since 1998, will introduce each screening and lead discussions afterward. After opening night, the following films will screen: American, American, April 25; In America, May 2; Anna, May 9; A Better Life, May 16; I Remember Mama, May 23; and The Wedding Banquet, May 30.

Cinema of Immigration Film Series
Queens Museum of Art
Flushing Meadows-Corona Park
Thursday, April 18, and every following Thursday until May 30
2pm – 5pm | Free