Cesar Millan (aka the Dog Whisperer) comes to Queens this week. He’ll find a lot of fun things to do as the next few days feature Doo Wop and classical music concerts, Earth Day celebrations, comedy, and even a balsa wood workshop. Here’s the rundown:
April 16-19, Green Space Blooms, 8 pm (and April 18 at 1 pm). This is a dance-and-music festival with 27 choreographers and the resident company, Valerie Green/Dance Entropy. $16 pre-sale/$20 at door/$10 for matinee. 37-24 24th St., Ste. 301, LIC.
April 17, Vivaldi’s Four Seasons and Bach’s 5th Brandenburg Concerto, 7:30 pm. The Musica Reginae Baroque Orchestra presents two classic chamber pieces. The complimentary post-concert reception allows the audience to meet the musicians. Finback Brewery provides beverages. $20/$10 for students with ID/free for children under 12 when accompanied by a paying adult. $20 The Church-in-the-Gardens, 50 Ascan Ave., Forest Hills Gardens.
April 17, Queens Jazz Orchestra: A Tribute to Tony Bennett & Ella Fitzgerald, 8 pm. The Queens Jazz Orchestra, conducted by NEA Jazz Master Jimmy Heath, plays a tribute concert to one-time borough residents Tony Bennett and Ella Fitzgerald. $42/$20 for students/$125 for table for two, wine, and snacks. Flushing Town Hall, 137-35 Northern Blvd., Flushing.
April 17, Philomena, 7:30 pm. Based on the 2009 book by Martin Sixsmith, The Lost Child of Philomena Lee, this film is about a mother who gave up her son for adoption. After starting a family years later in England, Lee meets Sixsmith, a BBC reporter. $11/$8 for students, seniors, and the unemployed. New York Irish Center, 10-40 Jackson Ave., LIC.
April 17, In Situ: A Talk with the Artists, 7 pm. In celebration of Women’s History Month, the Jamaica Center for Arts and Learning presents In Situ, a visual arts exhibition featuring 10 women artists, which will be on display in the Miller Gallery through May 28. The featured artists talk about their work on April 17. JCAL, 161-04 Jamaica Ave., Jamaica.
April 17, From Gulf to Gulf to Gulf, 1:30 pm to 5:30 pm. This 83-minute movie about seafarers in India and Iran runs on a loop on Fridays until June 28. Queens Museum, NYC Building, Flushing Meadows Corona Park.
April 17, Rebels of the Neon God, 7 pm. Shown as part of an 18-movie retrospective on Tsai Ming-liang, the defining artist of Taiwan’s Second Wave of filmmakers, Rebels of the Neon God is about a listless student who drops out of school without telling his parents and follows a pack of hoodlums. Museum of the Moving Image, 36-01 35th Ave., Kaufman Arts District.
April 18, Doo Wop Spectacular, 7:30 pm. Presented by the Fathers’ Club and hosted by disc jockey Dennis “Dion” Nardone of WVOX-AM, the show features Jay Siegel’s Tokens, The Marcels, John Kuse and The Excellents, The Orions, and The Knockouts. $45. Holy Cross High School, 26-20 Francis Lewis Blvd., Auburndale.
April 18, My Mother’s Italian, My Father’s Jewish, and I’m STILL in Therapy!, 2 pm and 8 pm (April 19 at 3 pm). Steve Solomon returns with his comedy chaos that takes the audience through mixed marriages, ex-wives, strange pets, and endless dieting. $25-$35. Queens Theatre, 14 United Nations Ave. S., Flushing Meadows Corona Park.
April 18, Newton Creek Walking Tour, 11 am. Discover the history and current environmental issues affecting the creek and surrounding area, especially the LIC shoreline. Guide Richard Melnick co-wrote the first book on the waterway, Images of America: The East River, by Arcadia Press. $20. Meet at Hunters Point South Park, Center Boulevard and Borden Avenue. End at Greenpoint Avenue Bridge area.
April 18, Hands-on History: Roads & Rails, noon to 3 pm. Learn about transportation in the 19th century, hear a story about the history of trains, and create a toy horse to ride home. Families with children of all ages are welcome. Free. King Manor Museum, 150-3 Jamaica Ave., Jamaica.
April 18, Holi Festival and Earth Day Celebration, 3 pm. The Hindu Temple Society of North America spearheads an annual spring welcoming with colorful, multi-cultural dances and music. Queens Museum, NYC Building, Flushing Meadows Corona Park, (718) 460-8484 ext 112.
April 18, Center of Attention: Rain Mountain, 4 pm. Visitors are invited to engage with the collection through an hour-long discussion focused on a single work of art. The Noguchi Museum, 9-01 33rd Rd., LIC.
April 18&19, Make It: Custom Stickers, 1:30 pm to 5 pm. Make stickers using a simple computer program and nifty vinyl cutters. This workshop includes instruction on phrases, logos, and design. Recommended for ages 8 and older. $10 per adult/child pair, plus admission. New York Hall of Science’s Maker Space, 47-01 111th St., Corona.
April 18, The Best of Everything, 2 pm (and April 19 at 3:30 pm). Shown as part of Required Viewing: Mad Men’s Movie Influences, a series on film that influenced the TV show Mad Men, The Best of Everything stars Hope Lange, Stephen Boyd, Suzy Parker, and Joan Crawford. Museum of the Moving Image, 36-01 35th Ave., Kaufman Arts District.
April 18, Sleeping on Dark Waters, 4:30 pm; I Don’t Want to Sleep Alone, 7 pm. Shown as part of an 18-movie retrospective on Tsai Ming-liang, the defining artist of Taiwan’s Second Wave of filmmakers, Sleeping on Dark Waters is a documentary on the shooting of the 2006 film I Don’t Want to Sleep Alone in Tsai’s homeland of Malaysia. It combines personal history with a privileged glimpse into the notoriously camera-shy director’s working methodology. Museum of the Moving Image, 36-01 35th Ave., Kaufman Arts District.
April 19, Cesar Millan Live!, 3 pm. The “Dog Whisperer” offers advice and live demonstrations on improving human-pet relationships. $35-$69. Colden Auditorium,Queens College, 65-23 Kissena Blvd., Flushing.
April 19, The Doo Wop Project, 3 pm. Trace the evolution of Doo Wop from the classic sound of five guys harmonizing on the street corner to the biggest hits on the radio today. Hear the unforgettable songs by groups like the Crests, Belmonts and Flamingos, while discovering how their sound influenced generations of music including the sounds of Smokey Robinson, the Temptations, The Four Seasons, Michael Jackson and Amy Winehouse. This is a one-of-a-kind concert experience featuring current and former stars of Broadway’s smash hits, including Jersey Boys. $40. Queensborough Performing Arts Center, 222-05 56th Ave., Bayside.
April 19, Balsam Chamber Ensemble, 1 pm. Formed at Queens College’s Aaron Copland School of Music, the ensemble is a scholarship-receiving ensemble honoring Artur Balsam, a classical pedagogue. The group performs a wide range of repertoires from the Baroque period to the 20th century. $5/free for students. Flushing Town Hall, 137-35 Northern Blvd., Flushing.
April 19, Queens Symphony Orchestra: I Hate to Practice, 3 pm. A family series concert featuring an NYC premiere piece by Lawrence Dillion and a special opening by the FREE Players Jazz Ensemble. Free. LeFrak Hall, Queens College, vicinity of Reeves Avenue and Horace Harding Expressway, Flushing.
April 19, Carve and Combine: Working with Balsa Wood, 1 pm. This adult workshop focuses on shape, form, and balance, drawing inspiration from sculptures made by Isamu Noguchi in the late 1940s and 1950s. After looking at a select group of works and learning basic woodworking techniques in the studio, participants have the opportunity to create their own balsa sculpture. Previous experience is not necessary. Advance registration is required. To learn more or register, try firstname.lastname@example.org or (718) 204-7088, ext. 203. The Noguchi Museum, 9-01 33rd Rd., LIC.
April 19, QBG Craft Table, 2 pm. Queens Botanical Garden plots bulb planters as long as supplies last. Free. The Shops at Skyview Center, Level B, 40-24 College Point Blvd., Flushing.
April 19, Face, 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, Face is Tsai’s second film set in France, partially financed by the Louvre. The protagonist is a director who arrives in Paris to shoot his version of Salomé. Museum of the Moving Image, 36-01 35th Ave., Kaufman Arts District.
April 22, Green Garden/Green Planet, 1 pm to 4 pm. Celebrate Earth Day with urban gardening in an afternoon of art, hands-on workshops, and a spring garden tour with plant and backyard wild-life care tips. At 1 pm and 3 pm, participate in a workshop on starting flowers, herbs, and vegetables from seed. Learn about recycling, composting and earth-friendly resources in our community. $4/$3 for students and children/free for infants and toddlers. Voelker Orth Museum, 149-19 38th Ave., Flushing.
April 22, Earth Day Craft and Mini Garden Tour, 3:30 pm. Celebrate Earth Day by taking a stroll and making a botanically themed craft. Queens Botanical Garden, 43-50 Main St., Flushing, www.queensbotanical.org.
Photo by Curran Hatleberg