Some enrichment options head outdoors with such events as a carnival, a gardening extravaganza, and a guided walk. But with “April Showers” in mind, the borough also hosts indoor fun, such as comedy, live music, film, theater, photography, and some 3-D magic. Here’s the rundown.
April 9, Center City Comedy, 8 pm. Hailing from the hot Philadelphia scene, this group tells jokes, makes videos, drinks beer, and strikes out with women. $10. The Laughing Devil, 47-38 Vernon Blvd., LIC.
April 10, Global Mashup #1: Cuba Meets Hawaii, 8 pm. Rumba meets the Hula when the Cuban group Cocomama and the Hawaiian music of the Josh Kekoa Cho Trio mash up two cultures on one stage with an open dance floor. Each side performs a set, and then both play an impromptu jam for the final act. Dance lessons at 7 pm. $15/$10 for students. Flushing Town Hall, 137-35 Northern Blvd., Flushing.
April 10, One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest, runs until April 25. Variations Theatre Group presents this classic play about a mental ward and its totalitarian rule by Nurse Ratched. Performances run Wednesday-Saturday evenings at 8 pm with 2 pm matinees on Saturdays and Sundays. $18. The Chain Theatre, 21-28 45th Rd., LIC.
April 10, Anima: A Cabinet of Wonders, 6 pm. This group specializes in music for small ensembles and voice from the Baroque and late Renaissance eras, played on period instruments. This program features pieces from the Netherlands, England, Spain, and Italy. $25 advance/$30 door. King Manor Museum, 150-3 Jamaica Ave., Jamaica.
April 10, Vive L’Amour, 7 pm. Shown as part of an 18-movie retrospective on Tsai Ming-liang, the defining artist of Taiwan’s Second Wave of filmmakers, Vive L’Amour depicts a protagonist who works in the funeral urn business and is unsurprisingly death-obsessed. When he goes to attempt suicide in a mostly vacant building, he is distracted by the sounds of a steamy affair between a real-estate agent and a street vendor. As he shadows them, a strange love triangle emerges, with tension building until the emotional outburst in the famous final shot. Museum of the Moving Image, 36-01 35th Ave., Kaufman Arts District.
April 11, Lady Cantrese, 7 pm. A live concert featuring a jazz and R&B singer extraordinaire. Free. Sunnyside Reformed Church, Skillman Avenue and 48th Street, Sunnyside, (718) 426-5997.
April 11, Woodside Avenue Walk, 11 am. A guided tour with official Queens historian Jack Eichenbaum. Learn about the link between the defunct Astoria ferry and the center of Elmhurst and check out everything from a 19th century cityscape near the LIRR to unusual houses of worship and an old farmhouse. $20.
April 11, Forgotten Ellis Island, 1 pm. This film is about the immigrant hospital on Ellis Island. Opened in 1902, it grew to 22 medical buildings and was the country’s first line of defense against contagious diseases. An estimated 350 babies were born there, and many were named after the doctors and nurses that delivered them. Ten times that many immigrants died on Ellis Island; 3,500 were buried in paupers’ graves around NYC. Free. Greater Astoria Historical Society, Quinn Building, 35-20 Broadway, Fourth Floor, Astoria/LIC.
April 11, A Southern Queens Salon Series Concert, 7 pm. The Queens Symphony Orchestra plays a Night at the Movies. Free. P.S. 316, 90-07 101st Ave., Ozone Park.
April 11, Boys, 2 pm; The River, 3:30 pm; and The Hole, 6:30 pm. Shown as part of an 18-movie retrospective on Tsai Ming-liang, the defining artist of Taiwan’s Second Wave of filmmakers, Boys is about a junior-high student who bullies and blackmails a younger boy, then receives the same treatment at the hands of some older students. The River tells the story of a man who agrees to lie face-down in the polluted Tamsui River. Shortly thereafter he develops a mysterious neck pain. The lingering effects create tension in the apartment that he shares with his parents, concluding with a startling eruption of repressed desire. The Hole is part-musical, part-apocalyptic fable. Taipei is in the grip of a mysterious epidemic and, lagging behind the evacuation, the protagonist meets his downstairs neighbor when a plumber accidentally creates a hole connecting their apartments. Museum of the Moving Image, 36-01 35th Ave., Kaufman Arts District.
April 11, Growing Gardens, 11 am. In celebration of National Garden Month, attendees share children’s stories about gardens. After story time, participants explore the backyard garden and learn to plant their very own seedlings to take home. Suggested donation. Voelker Orth Museum, 149-19 38th Ave., Flushing.
April 11, The Bachelor Party, 4 pm. Shown as part of the Required Viewing: Mad Men’s Movie Influences series, The Bachelor Party stars Don Murray, E.G. Marshall, and Jack Warden. Museum of the Moving Image, 36-01 35th Ave., Kaufman Arts District.
April 11-12, Children’s Carnival, 11 am to 6 pm. A carnival in the apple orchard with rides, midway games, prizes, hayrides, and entertainment. $12, includes unlimited rides. Queens County Farm Museum, 73-50 Little Neck Pkwy., Floral Park.
April 12, Alexander and The Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very, Bad Day, 1 pm and 3 pm. Laugh and sing along with Alexander’s misadventures in this musical based on the best-selling book. Discover along with Alexander that everyone has a bad day. $14, with Family Flex Pass of $100 for 10 tickets. Queens Theatre, 14 United Nations Ave. S., Flushing Meadows Corona Park.
April 12, The Very Hungry Caterpillar, 2:15 pm. Beloved stories by Eric Carle, retold on stage through fanciful puppets. The triple-bill includes the story of a starving caterpillar’s metamorphosis into a beautiful butterfly; the fanciful account of Little Cloud’s travels through the sky, and The MixedUp Chameleon’s discovery of his own unique nature. At 1 pm, join the master puppeteers of Mermaid Theatre of Nova Scotia for an interactive puppetry workshop. Workshop: $7/$4 for children; Performance: $13/$8 for children. Flushing Town Hall, 137-35 Northern Blvd., Flushing.
April 12, The New York World’s Fairs in 3-D: A Stereoscopic Projection Show, 2:30 pm. Robert Munn and Sandra Cook of the Depthography Group present more than 28 full color, View-Master stereo images of the 1939 World’s Fair and more than 128 views of the 1964 World’s Fair, including images of the ruins and aftermath of the events. $10, 3-D glasses provided. Queens Historical Society, 143-35 37th Ave., Flushing.
April 12, 2 and 20 Troubles, 5:30 pm. The exclusive preview of a moving documentary featuring actors with disabilities putting on a play. Free. The Secret Theatre, 44-02 23rd St., LIC.
April 12, Kenny Brawner is Ray Charles, 3 pm. This brand new hybrid concert/theater work brings the music and story of the great Ray Charles to vivid life. Master pianist/vocalist Kenny Brawner leads his 12-piece orchestra and three sultry vocalists. $40. Queensborough Performing Arts Center, 222-05 56th Ave., Bayside.
April 12, You Are Here, 2 pm (through May 3). This exhibition illustrates the current connectivity challenges and highlights creative opportunities for Flushing Meadows Corona Park’s future. A group of Community Advisors, residents of neighboring areas who have volunteered to be part of a four-month long “community design school,” present their design concepts, including creative information kiosks, art installations for park entrances, wayfinding landmarks, and sensory play areas for children with special needs. $8/$4 for students and seniors/free for children. Queens Museum, NYC Building, Flushing Meadows Corona Park.
April 12, The Wayward Clown, 6:30 pm. Shown as part of an 18-movie retrospective on Tsai Ming-liang, the defining artist of Taiwan’s Second Wave of filmmakers, The Wayward Cloud is about a man who works in Taipei’s porn industry. Museum of the Moving Image, 36-01 35th Ave., Kaufman Arts District.
April 12, The House of Hate: World Premiere of New Digital Restoration, 3 pm. A live screen event on what has long been considered a lost movie that hasn’t been seen in the U.S. for almost a century. $12/$9 for students and seniors/$6 for children. Museum of the Moving Image, 36-01 35th Ave., Astoria.
April 13, Holocaust Memorial Day, 1:30 pm. Historian Dan McMillan discusses his new book, How Could This Happen: Explaining the Holocaust. In this work, he analyzes the perfect storm of immediate and deeper causes that led to the Holocaust. Then he asks, could this happen again? $8 suggested donation. Central Queens Y, 67-09 108th St., Forest Hills.
April 13, Photography Exhibit, runs through June 6. Pieces by 26 American and European photographers from the Matthew R. Bergey Collection. Opening reception on April 23 at 6 pm. The Godwin-Ternbach Museum, Flushing.
April 15, GAHS at QED Astoria, 7 pm. A special presentation of Making Movie Magic: Great Gatsby, the winner of 2014 Academy Award for Set Design. QED, 27-16 23rd Ave., Astoria.
Photo: Kris Seto