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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

A World’s Fair brought the nations of the globe together for a celebration of culture, technology and commerce. Like the Olympics, cities and countries would lobby and fight for the opportunity to host this international event. Architects and visionaries dreamed up buildings and spaces that would reflect the best that modern civilization could be.

Scientists and inventors, innovators and merchants looked forward to introducing new wonders, even new foods and entertainments. A World’s Fair could be a glorious event. Especially in a time of economic disaster, with the threat of war hanging over the globe. That was the setting for the New York World’s Fair of 1939-1940.

There have been many great World’s Fairs. One of the greatest was the Chicago World’s Exhibition of 1893, which introduced the world to the wonders and power of electricity. It also ushered in the White Cities and City Beautiful Movements, which brought classical architecture to cities and towns across the nation, and gave New York City such structures as the Brooklyn Museum and Grand Army Plaza, Penn Station, the Municipal Building, the Met, and approach to the Manhattan Bridge.

In 1935, in the middle of the Great Depression, a group of Manhattan businessmen decided to form a committee and lobby for a World’s Fair in New York City. They thought that a grand international exhibition could help lift the economy of the city, and perhaps even the country, out of depression.

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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.

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There’s a youth movement in Queens. On Sunday, the Queens Theatre will host two performances of Alexander and The Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day. Based on the popular children’s book of the same name, this musical gets the audience laughing and singing along with the main character who gets up on the wrong side of bed…literally.

He wakes up with gum in his hair then proceeds to trip on his skateboard and drop his sweater in the sink. Then things really go downhill. Details on the other great children’s event and another image are on the jump page.

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The ongoing battle over which borough has the best restaurants will have a friendly skirmish during Queens Taste 2015 in Corona on May 12. More than 50 restaurants, dessert makers, and beverage providers are getting ready to provide samples of their products to an expected 800 attendees at this annual celebration, which will take place at the New York Hall of Science this year. More information and more foodie photos are on the jump page.

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He holds a Bachelor of Fun Arts (no kidding) from Ringling Brothers Clown College, and he describes himself as a physical comedian, scientist and, most important, a bubble entertainer for anybody between the ages of 5 and 95. Next week, Casey Carle will do a three-day gig at the New York Hall of Science in Flushing Meadows Corona Park. More information and another effervescent photo are on the jump page.