Five-time Grammy winner James Taylor comes to Queens to give a concert this week. He might want to arrive early and leave late so he can enjoy a huge foodie event, a ghost tour, outdoor movies, festivals and concerts, and even a chance to watch top-notch cricket. Here’s the rundown.
July 30, Doo Wop Concert, 7:30 pm. Golden Oldies from the 1950s and 1960s. Free. Astoria Park Great Lawn, Shore Boulevard between Hell Gate Bridge and Astoria Pool.
July 30, Haunting Histories and Legends of Astoria, 7:30 pm. This two-hour stroll visits some lesser-known historical sites and reveals tales of the neighborhood’s grim and ghostly past. Astoria is filled with tragic Hollywood film stars, voodoo, potters’ fields, grisly murders, poltergeists, hidden treasure, and deadly waters. $20/$25 at the door, location upon registration.
July 30, I Will Not Be Silent: A Comfort Woman’s Road to Activism, 6:30 pm. Yong Soo Lee, who was forced into prostitution by the Japanese during World War II, speaks. Special presentations by Holocaust survivors. Kupferberg Holocaust Resource Center, Queensborough Community College, 222-05 56th Avenue, Bayside.
July 30, Free Outdoor Concert, 7 pm. Laughing Boy performs rhythm and blues as part of a series sponsored by the Northern Woodside Coalition. Sgt. Collins Triangle, Broadway and 58th Street, Woodside, 718-205-1030.
July 30, Outdoor Movies, dusk. The Queens World Film Festival presents Bengali animation, Spanish love stories, Asian documentaries, and other exquisite examples of independent foreign cinema. Free. Diversity Plaza, vicinity of 74th Street/Jackson Heights subway stop.
July 31, Tribute to Indian Filmmaker Mani Ratnam, through August 2. Movies that follow lovers against the backdrop of Indian politics—Roja (July 31, 7 pm); Bombay (Aug. 1, 4 pm); and Dil Se (Aug. 2, 4 pm)—screen. Ratnam participates in conversations after each film. $15. Museum of the Moving Image, 36-01 35th Avenue, Kaufman Arts District.
July 31, Destination Rockaway: Passport International Film Series, 9 pm. An outdoor screening of Felix, a South African movie about a 14-year-old who dreams of becoming a saxophonist like his late father. When he leaves his township with a scholarship at an elitist private school, he defies his mother and turns to two aging members of his father’s band to help him prepare for the school jazz concert. Free. Rockaway Community Garden, 58-03 Rockaway Beach Boulevard.
July 31, Frances Black, 7:30 pm. A performance by a member of one of Ireland’s most beloved musical families. $32/$35 at the door. New York Irish Center, 10-40 Jackson Avenue, Long Island City.
August 1, The Catskills Comes to Queens, 6 pm. Twenty chefs from the city’s top restaurants put their culinary spin on the agricultural bounty of the Catskills, including grass-fed beef and heritage pork. Catskill brewers, vintners, and cider makers pour their products. $95. Flushing Town Hall, 137-35 Northern Boulevard.
August 1 and 2, West Indies Cricket Legends Weekend 2015, 10 am. Matches between Caribbean legends and local players. $40. Idlewild Park, 223rd Street and 148th Avenue, Jamaica, 347-755-4050.
August 1 and 2, Queens Literary Fest, 11 am to 5 pm. Poetry, prose, and the spoken word. Free, but attendees must be at least 21. LIC Bar, 45-58 Vernon Boulevard, Long Island City.
August 1, Stagecoach, 2 pm. Shown as part of The Essential John Ford, a tribute to the consummate American filmmaker, Stagecoach is a western starring John Wayne about a drunk, a prostitute, an outlaw, a gambler, and a respectable couple who make their way across Apache country in a stagecoach. Museum of the Moving Image, 36-01 35th Avenue, Kaufman Arts District.
August 1, Flushing BID 2015 Street Festival, 11 am to 5 pm. More than 80 businesses offer products and services. Free. 40th Road and Prince Street, Flushing.
August 2, Arleen Mercorella Book Talk and Signing, 2:30 pm. Mercorella’s A Matter of Survival: The Story of Frances is a testament to the ability to overcome life’s challenges. Born to Italian immigrants in 1917; Frances’ father resented her for being a girl, and her mother resented her for being born at all. When a family rift left the girl and her mother alone and penniless, she was taken away to an orphanage. Free. Queens Historical Society, Weeping Beech Park, 143-35 37th Avenue, Flushing.
August 2, Community Day, 11 am to 6 pm. Free admission and special activities, such as a drop-in studio, tour and conversation. Noguchi Museum, 9-01 33rd Road, Long Island City.
August 2, The Sun Shines Bright, 2 pm. Shown as part of The Essential John Ford, a tribute to the consummate American filmmaker, The Sun Shines Bright is about an alcoholic judge who fights prejudice in post-Reconstruction America. Museum of the Moving Image, 36-01 35th Avenue, Kaufman Arts District.
August 3, Frozen, 8:30 pm. Outdoor screening of 3D computer-animated musical fantasy-comedy. Free. Astoria Park Great Lawn, Shore Boulevard between Hell Gate Bridge and Astoria Pool.
August 4, James Taylor and His All-Star Band, 7 pm. A night with a five-time Grammy winner and Rock and Rock Hall of Fame inductee. $60-$140. Forest Hills Stadium, One Tennis Place.
August 4, Sweeney Todd, 8 pm. Queens Theatre and Lincoln Center Education present free outdoor screenings of some of the most impactful Lincoln Center performances of the past three years. The screenings take place every Tuesday in August. Sweeney Todd is up this week. Free. Flushing Meadows Corona Park’s Festival Lawn, right behind Queens Theatre (in the theatre in case of rain).
August 4, Classic Rock Night, 7 pm. The Generations band plays classic rock. Free. Juniper Valley Park, 80th Street and Juniper Boulevard North, Middle Village.
August 4, My Reptile Guys, 10:30 am. This original and educational show features the display of some exotic animals. Free. Alley Pond Park, 76th Avenue and Springfield Boulevard, Douglaston.
August 4, Back to the Future 2, 8 pm. Outdoor screening. Free. O’Donohue Park, Beach 17th Street and Seagirt Boulevard, Far Rockaway.
August 5, Swedish Short Films, 7 pm. Screened as part of the 17th annual, eight-week Outdoor Cinema Festival, these Swedish shorts depict various clashes and the intense relationships that trigger them. Free. Socrates Sculpture Park, 32-01 Vernon Boulevard, Long Island City.
August 5, Monthly Jazz Jam, 7 pm. Join the Queens Jazz OverGround as they lead the house band in a jam session on the first Wednesday of every month. The jams are a fun way to hone skills and jam with peers. Don’t play? Come listen! $10. Flushing Town Hall, 137-35 Northern Boulevard.
August 5, The Lions Whiskers, 11 am. Catskill Puppet Theater presents a musical tale with audience participation. Free. Beach 97th Street and Shore Front Parkway, Rockaway.
August 5, Donkey Jote, 6 pm. Free outdoor screening of the Don Quixote story told from the eyes of a donkey dreaming to become a noble knight. Highland Park, Lower Highland Playground, Jamaica Avenue and Elton Street, Jamaica.
Photo: Socrates Sculpture Park