George Clinton and Funkadelic highlight a series of free outdoor concerts this week. In addition to the live music, fun-seekers can choose a Colombia flower extravaganza (above), a noncompetitive bike race, a book festival, plenty of movies, and a night market. Here’s the rundown.
July 9, The Cab Calloway Orchestra, 7:30 pm. The Central Astoria LDC’s 2015 Waterfront Concert Series begins with a night of music from the Harlem Renaissance (1930s-1940s). Free. Astoria Park’s Great Lawn, Shore Boulevard between the Hell Gate Bridge and the pool.
July 9, Preview Screening of Boulevard with director Dito Montiel in person, 7 pm. The movie Boulevard premiered to warm praise at the Tribeca Film Festival, but its release was delayed after main actor Robin Williams’s death last summer. Now it premieres on July 10, but it screens at the Museum of the Moving Image the night before with Astoria-born director Montiel in attendance. $15. MMI, 36-01 35th Avenue, Kaufman Arts District.
July 9, Flushing Historical Diversity Tour, 6:30 pm. Official Queens historian Jack Eichenbaum walks and talks about the area’s past and present. $12/$6 for children. Flushing Town Hall, 137-35 Northern Boulevard.
July 10, My Darling Clementine, 7 pm. Screened as part of The Essential John Ford, a series on the consummate American filmmaker, My Darling Clementine depicts the real-life story of reluctant lawman Wyatt Earp and the legendary shootout at the OK Corral. Museum of the Moving Image, 36-01 35th Avenue, Kaufman Arts District.
July 11, Festival de las Flores, 11 am to 6 pm. Floral displays and art demonstrations as part of a Colombian tradition. Son Chande, a Colombian coastal band, performs throughout the afternoon. Queens Botanical Garden, 43-50 Main Street, Flushing.
July 11, King Kong, 1 pm. Watch this classic Japanese film among enthusiasts. It’s the first of a King Kong series. Free. Greater Astoria Historical Society, Quinn Building, 35-20 Broadway, Long Island City.
July 11, Children’s Book Celebration, noon to 4 pm. Readings and art making presented by local award-winning children’s book authors and illustrators in partnership with the Queens Library Summer Reading Program. Meet children’s book authors and illustrators. Enjoy story time in English, Spanish, Korean, Bengali, and Mandarin. Free and the first 200 attendees get a free poster. Queens Museum, NYC Building, Flushing Meadows Corona Park.
July 11, How Green Was My Valley, 2 pm; My Darling Clementine, 5 pm. Screened as part of The Essential John Ford, a series on the consummate American filmmaker, How Green Was My Valleyis about a Welsh coal-mining family during the rise of the labor movement. My Darling Clementinedepicts the real-life story of reluctant lawman Wyatt Earp and the legendary shootout at the OK Corral. Museum of the Moving Image, 36-01 35th Avenue, Kaufman Arts District.
July 12, Tour de Queens, 8 am (check in). This year’s route starts and ends in Astoria Park. It covers approximately 20 miles through Long Island City, Sunnyside, Rego Park, Forest Hills, and Corona with a rest stop at Juniper Valley Park in Middle Village, $22.50.
July 12, Flower Festival Parade, 10 am. A procession featuring Colombian flower artists down 37th Avenue, from 69th Street to 86th Street. After the parade, the public is invited to the Queens Botanical Garden for song and culture with visiting musicians and artists, food and craft vendors, and a ticketed comedy show. For more information, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
July 12, Peruvian Culture Celebration, 1:30 pm. Celebrate the Andean nation with hands-on art-making workshops, theater, and interactive dance performances. Free. Queens Museum, NYC Building, Flushing Meadows Corona Park.
July 12, Live Polish Music, 2 pm. The Glukh Polka Band plays polkas, waltzes, and polonaises. Dance lesson at 1 pm. Free. Flushing Town Hall, 137-35 Northern Boulevard.
July 12, Bang on a Can, 3 pm. This music series presents Florent Ghys, a bassist who plays intimate pop-laced tunes from his new album Télévision, a foray into classical forms, musique concrète, samples, and sci-fi. Noguchi Museum, 9-01 33rd Road, Long Island City.
July 12, Pilgrimage, 2:30 pm; She Wore a Yellow Ribbon, 4:30 pm; Wagon Master, 7 pm. Screened as part of The Essential John Ford, a series on the consummate American filmmaker, Pilgrimage is about a mother who sends her son to war to prevent his marriage to a woman she doesn’t like. She Wore a Yellow Ribbon tells the tale of a grizzled old cavalry captain who has one last mission—to prevent a new Native American war—before his impending retirement. Wagon Master is a comedic western about a Mormon wagon expedition across Utah that joins up with a traveling medicine show and a group of outlaws. Museum of the Moving Image, 36-01 35th Avenue, Kaufman Arts District.
July 14, SummerStage: Chi-Lites, 7 pm. The group originated from the 1970s Chicago R&B scene. In 2000, it was inducted into the Rhythm & Blues Hall of Fame. Free. Queensbridge Park, Vernon Boulevard adjacent to the Queensboro Bridge, Long Island City.
June 14, Con Brio Ensemble, 2 pm. This ensemble presents chamber music with works by Bach, Schubert, Schumann, and others. Light refreshments after concert. $12/$10 for students. Voelker Orth Museum, 149-19 38th Avenue, Flushing.
July 15, SummerStage: George Clinton and Parliament Funkadelic, 7 pm. With wild costumes and classic funk grooves, this band was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1997. Free. Queensbridge Park, Vernon Boulevard adjacent to the Queensboro Bridge, Long Island City.
July 15, Gainsbourg: A Heroic Life, dusk. The Film Forum, Rooftop Films, and Socrates Sculpture Park present the 17th annual, eight-week Outdoor Cinema Festival. The life and loves of French pop star Serge Gainsbourg are reimagined by comic book artist Joann Sfar in Gainsbourg, beginning with his childhood in Nazi-occupied Paris, through his wild and crazy years in the 1950s and 1960s, when he was a lover of some of the world’s most glamorous women. Free. SSP, 32-01 Vernon Boulevard, Long Island City.
July 15, Yesterday and Today, 7 pm. This Beatles tribute band offers an outdoor concert. Free. Unisphere, Flushing Meadows Corona Park.
July 15, My Reptile Guys, 10:30 am. An original and educational show featuring some exotic animals. Free. Crocheron Park’s Buz O’Rourke Playground, Bayside.
Photo by Queens Botanical Garden