The British are coming! The British are coming! But don’t worry, they’re bringing their musical instruments this time. Formed in London in 1958, the Academy of St. Martin in the Fields is arguably the finest chamber orchestra in the world. Known for its polished, refined sound and stellar musicianship, the Academy performs around 100 concerts a year. On March 10 as part of a 16-city tour, the group will present at the 487-seat Samuel J. and Ethel LeFrak Concert Hall, which has perfect acoustics. Featuring virtuoso cellist (and MacArthur Foundation Fellow) Alisa Weilerstein and virtuoso pianist (and Avery Fisher Career Grant winner) Inon Barnatan, the program includes Britten, Variations on a Theme of Frank Bridge, Op.10; Haydn, Cello Concerto No. 1 in C Major; J.S. Bach, Piano Concerto No. 1 in D minor, BWV 1052; and Haydn, Symphony No.45 in F-sharp minor Farewell.
Academy of St. Martin in the Fields
Samuel J. and Ethel LeFrak Concert Hall
Reeves Avenue, Flushing
Sunday, March 10
3pm – 5pm | $32


A riding school and boarding stable is the kind of business that can successfully exist quietly through word-of-mouth – local parents tell other local parents, classes are booked, birthdays parties are scheduled, and those with horses to board probably know their options. That’s why you might not have heard of Lynne’s Riding School, the 66-year-old stable located not far from the shopping district of Metropolitan Avenue on 70th Road in Forest Hills.


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Known for ethnic diversity and tolerance ever since its days as a Dutch colony in the 17th century, Flushing has become a center of Chinese immigration over the past few decades. More Taiwanese than Cantonese at its core, this bustling Queens hamlet is home to a wide array of authentically Chinese restaurants, businesses and cultural groups. Plus, rezoning, land availability and immigrant initiative have brought unique real estate developments, including office buildings, hotels, residential condos, specialty shops and the largest Asian-influenced mall in NYC. On March 3, Jack Eichenbaum, the official historian of Queens, will lead a walking tour of the neighborhood. Eichenbaum, who has a Ph.D. in urban geography from the University of Michigan, loves to discuss history, urban affairs and food. As such, he will organize a pre-walk dim sum group at a local Chinese restaurant, if there is interest.

Meet Near Restrooms on Second Floor of New World Mall
136-20 Roosevelt Avenue, Flushing
Sunday, March 3
11am – 1pm | $15/$10 for One Flushing participants
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Installation view of Evolution of Chinese Ceramics and Their Global Influence. Photograph by Paul H. Lachenauer

Anne Shisler-Hughes passed on information about Queens-based artist Sin-ying Ho speaking at the Met museum this coming Sunday. She is associate professor in the Department of Art – Studio Art/Art History at Queens College, CUNY in Flushing.


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Thousands of spectators will marvel at ornate floats, spry dragon dancers, colorful costumes and countless snake replicas during the 17th annual Chinese Lunar New Year parade in Flushing on February 16. The neighborhood, home to more Asians than Manhattan’s Chinatown, will be festive, crowded and bursting with activity. But the Main Street march isn’t the only big draw to Flushing on this day. The Queens Botanical Garden will welcome visitors to the Great Backyard Bird Count, a census conducted every year by bird-lovers across the country. The gathered data will help naturalists study how snowfall and temperature affect bird populations, migration and diversity in various regions. Afterward, QBG will host a festive afternoon workshop on creating and decorating traditional Chinese paper lanterns.

Chinese Lunar New Year Parade
Main Street and 37th Avenue, Flushing
Saturday, February 16
11am – 1pm | Free
Great Backyard Bird Count
Queens Botanical Garden
43-50 Main Street, Flushing
Saturday, February 16
10:30am – 12pm | Free

Lunar Year Lantern-Making Workshop
Queens Botanical Garden
43-50 Main Street, Flushing
Saturday, February 16
1pm – 3pm | $2


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Tony Bennett might have left his heart in San Francisco and Virginia might be for lovers, but Queens is romantic royalty. On Valentine’s Day, the borough will overflow with enchanting places to stay, eat, giggle, listen or dance the night away. In fact, there are so many options that QNYC can only report a few of them and parts of their offers.



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The timing is right to spend an afternoon and night in Jamaica and enjoy three live music performances and a play. On February 16, the Black Spectrum Theatre will start off the entertainment at 2pm with the St. Albans Baptist Church’s version of It’s Time To Take A Stand, a play about a time when segregation, determination, demonstration, integration, aggravation, humiliation and devastation were sweeping the nation. (There is a second show at 6 pm.) Meanwhile at 3:30 pm over at the Queens Central Library, the Eddie Allen Quintet pays tribute to such legendary trumpeters as Dizzy Gillespie, Freddie Hubbard, Miles Davis and Lee Morgan. There’s no time for a break in the action as Alex Blake brings his fusion of salsa, jazz, rock and roll, R&B, funk and soul to the York College Performing Arts Center at 7 pm. At 8 pm, die hards can head over to the Afrikan Poetry Theatre for Southside, a band that honors the tradition of Earth Wind & Fire, Parliament/Punkadelic, Chicago and U2. For those wanting to get a head start, on February 15, the Creative Outlet Dance Theatre of Brooklyn offers Stories of the African American Experience, a multi-media presentation exploring historical accounts of the middle passage, slavery, emancipation and history at the Jamaica Performing Arts Center at 7:30 pm.

Afrika Poetry Theatre
176-03 Jamaica Avenue, Jamaica
Saturday, February 16
8pm – 11:30pm | $15

Alex Blake
York College Performing Arts Center
94-20 Guy R. Brewer Blvd., Jamaica
Saturday, February 16
7pm – 9pm | $10/$20


The contemporary art venue, P.S.1, the cooler wing of the Museum of Modern Art, is housed in an enormous old public school building in Long Island City that is seemingly custom made for the presentation of art. There are endless classrooms, wide hallways, soaring ceilings, and unconventional spaces – like the boiler room, where you can see the work of Saul Melman, who covered the now defunct boiler in gold leaf, or a fenced-in stairwell, featuring trudging William Kentridge silhouettes.

The venue delivers a unique, nostalgic institutional atmosphere and a feeling that the structure organically grew out of the once intensely industrial area. Even aside from the successful summer Warm Up sessions, Young Architects Program installations and buzzing new M. Wells Dinette, it’s always an adventure to go to P.S.1 to explore its nooks and crannies, and to experience a strong curatorial program of art.


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Shredders, poppers and Ollies help explain the laws of physics as Tony Hawk | Rad Science makes its East Coast debut at the New York Hall of Science on February 2. Co-produced by skateboarding legend Tony Hawk, this almost-three-month exhibit showcases the science behind ramp tricks, kickflips and McTwists. Expect to fly high with workshops, demonstrations, videos and fun lessons on gravity, force, velocity, balance and skateboard history. The Loop of Death — where participants learn centripetal force while trying to move a plastic ball around a pipe — is among more than 25 interactive displays, including Bodacious Board Balance, 900 Vert Theatre, Board Drop, Weight vs. Mass, Radical Trick Breakdown, Create-a-Skate, Energy Skate Shop, History Bowl, Video Game Physics, Newton’s Pool, Loop of Centripetal Force, Friction Hills, Momentum Machine, Wipeaout Ambulance, Forces Ramp and Tech Deck Mini Skate Park.

Tony Hawk | Rad Science
New York Hall Of Science
47-01 111th Street, Flushing Meadows-Corona Park
Saturday, February 2, until April 22
9:30am – 5pm | Free with NYSCI admission ($8 children/$11 adults)