It’s in Queens! (April 30 to May 6)


    Louis Armstrong, Chazz Palminteri, and renowned Korean folk artist Jae Choon Kim headline another busy week in Queens. Other options include Mexican dance, sheep-shearing, Yiddish music, Bollywood films, walking tours, sex education, and nature photography. Here’s the rundown.

    April 30, Merrily We Roll Along, runs through May 23, times vary. This Stephen Sondheim musical starts at the end and ends at the start. Viewers see snapshots of 20 years in the lives of Franklin Shepard and his close friends, going backward. $18/$12 for students and seniors. Good Shepherd United Methodist Church, 30-44 Crescent St., Astoria.

    April 30, Louis Armstrong in East Berlin 1965, 6:30 pm. Shown in honor of International Jazz Day 2015, this exclusive screening depicts Satchmo’s first tour behind the Iron Curtain. The concert features “Mack the Knife,” “Blueberry Hill,” and “Hello, Dolly!” Event includes rice-and-beans reception and introduction by archivist Ricky Riccardi. $15. Museum of Moving Image, 36-01 35th Ave., Kaufman Arts District.

    April 30, Sex Education Workshop: Got Teens?, 7 pm. Jennifer Wider, a physician and author, discusses topics such as body development, emotional changes, bullying, social media, and substance abuse — giving parents the confidence to handle their children with authority and compassion. Free with $8 suggested donation. Central Queens Y, 67-09 108th St., Forest Hills.

    April 30, Underwater Dreams, 5:30 pm. A screening of a documentary about four Mexican boys — illegal immigrants attending a public high school in Phoeni — who built an underwater device out of Home Depot parts and won first prize in a national robotics competition hosted by NASA in 2004. Two of the young men will be present for an audience Q&A. Free. New York Hall of Science, 47-01 111th St., Corona.

    May 1, Free First Fridays, 10 am to 8 pm. This is the first of a weekly activity during spring and summer. Free admission, cash bar, public tours in English and Japanese at 2 pm, and Center of Attention (an extended conversation around a single work of art). This week’s subject is Rain Mountain at 7 pm. Noguchi Museum, 9-01 33rd Rd., LIC.

    May 1, TriBeCaStan: Global Dance Party, 8 pm. Radically multicultural and poly-stylistic, TriBeCaStan is one of contemporary music’s most vibrantly eclectic ensembles, using diverse instruments from around the globe to create an eclectic array of melodies. $17/$10 for students. Flushing Town Hall, 137-35 Northern Blvd., Flushing.

    May 1, In Situ: A Talk with the Artists, 6 pm. In celebration of Women’s History Month, the Jamaica Center for Arts and Learning presents In Situ, a visual arts exhibition featuring 10 female artists which will be on display through May 28. On this night, featured artists André St. Clair, Anh Nguyen, Alexandria Smith, Kimberly Mayhorn, and Nicole Awai will talk about their work. JCAL, 153-10 Jamaica Ave, Jamaica.

    May 1, Opening Reception: The Royal Blossom, 6 pm. Renowned Korean folk artist Jae Choon Kim presents for the first time in America. Focusing on natural elements, such as flowers, insects, and birds, this exhibition offers a great opportunity for the public to experience art influenced by exquisite royal palace paintings of the Chosun Dynasty. Show runs until May 31 (Gallery hours: Saturday and Sunday, noon to 5 pm). $5 suggested admission. Flushing Town Hall, 137-35 Northern Blvd., Flushing.

    May 2, Calpulli Mexican Dance Company, 2:15 pm. Celebrate Mexico’s diverse cultural history with the vibrant music and dance of NYC’s own Calpulli Mexican Dance Company. Prior to the performance, join the dancers for a workshop and then show off your moves during the show. Workshop: $7/$4 for children; Performance: $13/$8 for children. Flushing Town Hall, 137-35 Northern Blvd., Flushing.

    May 2, Flushing Cemetery Walking Tour, 2 pm. Join historian Jim Driscoll and horticultural specialists Fred Gerber and Chuck Wade for a look at the cemetery’s history and gardens, as well as the notable people of Queens who are buried there. $10. Tickets must be bought in advance. Flushing Cemetery, 163-06 46th Ave., Flushing. Meet at the chapel door near the main entrance around 1:45 pm.

    May 2, Indie Bookstore Day, 1 pm and 6 pm. As part of a national event, Astoria Bookshop hosts graphic novelists Raina Telgemeier (Sisters) and Dave Roman (Astronaut Academy), who will lead a team game of Pictionary for kids. Participating children get to take home Raina & Dave’s drawings from the game. Then at 6 pm, Trivia NYC hosts a panel game show called “Wait, Wait…I’ve Heard That!,” a literary trivia contest. Astoria Bookshop, 31-29 31st St.

    May 2, Astoria: A Once and Future Village, 11 am. As part of a citywide Jane’s Walks program, historian Richard Melnick and Ryan Donaldson of the Durst Organization lead a trek through Astoria. Meet at the southwest corner of Astoria Park.

    May 2, The Sound of Music, 5:30 pm. Celebrate the 50th anniversary of this classic movie by watching the new 70mm print from Academy Film Archive & 20th Century Fox. $15. Museum of the Moving Image, 36-01 35th Ave., Kaufman Arts District.

    May 2, Dying for Beauty: American Women’s Quest for Acceptance, 3 pm. Harriet Davis-Kram from Queens College gives a lecture on women’s fashions in the Victorian era. Consumption (or tuberculosis) was a frequent plague on people of all classes, and its victims often appeared pale and sickly. This look became fashionable and healthy women used easily accessible substances such as vinegar, arsenic or belladonna with rather unexpected and unwelcome results. Free. King Manor Museum, 150-3 Jamaica Ave., Jamaica.

    May 3, Chazz Palminteri: A Bronx Tale, 3 pm. Direct from Broadway, Palminteri performs his one-man stage version of the hit movie A Bronx Tale. Based on his childhood memories of working men and gangsters in the Italian-American neighborhood where he grew up, Palminteri originally wrote the script for the stage and performed it in Los Angeles. $45. Queensborough Performing Arts Center, 222-05 56th Ave., Bayside.

    May 3, Spring Sheep Shearing, 11 am to 4 pm. This annual event includes sheep shearing and wool spinning demos. Celebrate spring’s arrival and pick up flower and vegetable seedlings. Enjoy live music, hayrides, and delicious food on the farm. $5. Queens County Farm Museum, 73-50 Little Neck Pkwy., Floral Park.

    May 3, Queens Park Greenway: A Transparency of Time, 11 am. Part of a citywide Jane’s Walks program, historian Kevin Walsh and special guests Ray and Rita Normandeau of Queensbridge Houses lead a tour of the Queens Park Greenway, which links Dutch Kills Green with the East River. Meet at Dutch Kills Green, Queens Plaza and Queensboro Bridge Greenway,

    May 3, Experience Minhwa: Korean Traditional Folk Art, 1 pm. In this hands-on workshop, the adult group (ages 12+) makes Da Po, a handkerchief used to teach drinking, while the youth group (ages 5-12) learns how to paint one of the most well-known types of Minhwa, Tiger and Bird, which were believed to ward off evil spirits. $10/$8 for children. Flushing Town Hall, 137-35 Northern Blvd., Flushing.

    May 3, Art in the Garden, 2 pm. Artist reception for new exhibit, Nature and Science in Dialogue: Collage and Installation, featuring recent collages and installation by Emily Barnett. Free with admission; the exhibit is open Tuesdays through Sundays from 8 am to 5 pm. Queens Botanical Garden, 43-50 Main St., Flushing.

    May 3, Falu’s Bollywood Concert, 3 pm. Falu takes inspiration from Northern Indian classical music and contemporary pop and jazz. Her group performs songs set to Bollywood film clips from the 1960s and 1970s. Free. Jamaica Performing Arts Center, 153-10 Jamaica Ave., Jamaica.

    May 3, Opening for Three Exhibits, end times vary. Erika Verzutti is a Brazilian artist who creates hybrid objects and situations that interrogate relationships between forms and bodies. Magali Reus, who hails from Holland, explores the physical and psychic space of the street curb. Michael E. Smith presents sculptures and videos as part of an investigation into the complex existence of things. SculptureCenter, 44-19 Purves St., LIC.

    May 3, Nature Photography Workshop, noon. Learn how to take better nature photos with a beautiful garden as a backdrop. Photographer H. David Stein offers a slide show and offers pointers on light and composition. Workshop includes outdoor photography time. Advance registration and payment required. $15. Queens Botanical Garden, 43-50 Main St., Flushing.

    May 4, Celebration of Yiddish Song, 1:30 pm. A talk and performance by Lorin Sklamberg, lead vocalist of the popular klezmer group the Klezmatics. Sklamberg discusses the remarkable renaissance of the music of the Jews of Eastern Europe and plays historic recordings, including the only known recording of Sholem Aleichem, one of the most popular Jewish writers of all time. $8 donation requested. Central Queens Y, 67-09 108th St., Forest Hills.

    May 4, LIC Forum: St. Mary RC Church, 7 pm. Historian Debbie Van Cura presents a lecture on St. Mary Church, which was organized on Aug. 26, 1865. Back then, the congregation was very large, mostly Irish and contained the overwhelming majority of the workers in the factories and plants in Hunter’s Point. Father John Crimmins, the newly appointed pastor, soon became a power in local politics and a prime mover in the campaign for the creation of Long Island City in 1870. $5. Greater Astoria Historical Society, Quinn Building, 35-20 Broadway, Fourth Floor.

    May 4, Sounds of Josef Brodsky, 7 pm. FCCA Composer-in Residence Nina Siniakova immerses spectators into the spirit (i.e. emotional atmosphere) of Joseph Brodsky’s poems through a unique method of morphing sounds, symbolic ideas, images, art, and theater. Free. Flushing Town Hall, 137-35 Northern Blvd., Flushing.

    May 6, Monthly Jazz Clinic & Jam: Count Basie, The Art of the Riff, 7 pm to 10 pm. Clinic at 6 pm. Flushing Town Hall, 137-35 Northern Blvd., Flushing.

    Photo: Calpulli Mexican Dance Company

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