A global family reunion will take place in Flushing Meadows Corona Park this Saturday — and everybody on the planet is invited. In the same place on the following day, a huge World’s Fair anniversary celebration will offer everything from classic cars to live music. Other activities include experimental dance, foreign films, a bike parade, racetrack art, tree-counting, and even scissor crafts. Here’s the rundown.
June 5, Global Mashup: Haiti Meets China, 8 pm. The Agoci band from Haiti serves up Kompa music, while FJ Music Fusion plays traditional Chinese music. Each group performs a set, and then both groups do an impromptu jam together. Dance lesson at 7 pm. Flushing Town Hall, 137-35 Northern Boulevard.
June 5, The Way Out, 7 pm. Screened as part of the Panorama Europe 2015 film festival,Way Out follows a Romany woman who perseveres in the face of anti-gypsy racism to find steady employment. Museum of the Moving Image, 36-01 35th Ave., Kaufman Arts District.
The Who will rock to town as a highlight of an incredibly musical week that includes a symphony, an international event, Ed Sheeran, jazz, and even a festival for people who play the saw. There are also opportunities to enjoy Latin dance, European films, walking tours, and fly fishing. Here’s the rundown.
Carol Burnett comes to Queens this weekend. Lucky her! She’ll find great opera, Cameroonian music, Brazilian film, Indian modernist art, Mexican dance, Canadian puppetry, a brand new musical, and even kite-flying. Here’s the rundown.
May 7, Operatic Classics, 7 pm. The Queens Symphony Orchestra presents classic selections with Metropolitan Opera tenor Chad Shelton and baritone David Adam Moore. Free. Electrical Industry Center Auditorium, 158-11 Harry Van Arsdale Jr. Avenue, Fresh Meadows.
May 8, Laughter and Reflection with Carol Burnett, 8 pm. This 90-minute interactive experience’s format harkens back to the openings of The Carol Burnett Show, when her studio audience had an unfiltered opportunity to engage the comedian with questions and receive spontaneous answers. $39-$85. Colden Auditorium, Queens College, 65-23 Kissena Boulevard, Flushing.
It’s an urban legend that allegedly took place in a rural area. Takako Konishi, an office worker from Tokyo, was found dead in a Minnesota field on November 15th, 2001. (That much is undisputed.) Her death was ruled a suicide, but an alternate theory has many believers: She died looking for money that was hidden in the 1996 movie Fargo, which she thought was based on a true story. This Thursday, independent filmmakers David and Nathan Zellner will be at the Museum of the Moving Image to participate in a preview screening and Q&A about their new feature film, Kumiko, the Treasure Hunter, which is based on this legend. More information and an additional photo are on the jump page.
It’s the most diverse county in the world and the best tourism destination in the United States, so it’s no surprise that Queens is overflowing with wonderful Valentine’s Day activities and bargains. In fact, local chances for romance and fun related to this international holiday are so numerous that they run for more than two weeks and include everything from live music to a “love run,” hotel getaways, and even a blood drive for the do-gooders. Another photo and many more details are on the jump page.
The Parks Department Natural Resources Group will hold a meeting this month to present recommendations for protecting the water and ecological resources of the Alley Creek Watershed. The NRG plans to address the current conditions of the watershed, assess the major threats to the area, and take input from community members and community groups on their priorities for the waterway. This meeting is part of a long-term control plan to better understand the impacts on water quality and related recreational uses within Alley Creek and Little Neck Bay. You can read a detailed PDF about the $142,000,000 plan here.
The meeting is scheduled for Thursday, January 30th, 6pm at the Alley Pond Environmental Center. Find directions here.
It’s scary how many Halloween-related festivals will take place in Queens over the next 10 days. On tap are everything from costume contests (for humans and dogs, of course), haunted houses, enchanted walks and Dia de los Muertos celebrations. Here is a list of some of the free or low-cost fun.
Oct. 25, See It Big!, 7 pm, Museum of the Moving Image, 36-01 35th Ave., Astoria. Despite the availability of movies on portable devices and small screens, there is only one way to really see a scary movie: BIG! Enjoy the 1978 Halloween classic starring Jamie Lee Curtis. Free with MMI admission ($6-$12).
Oct. 25, 26 & 27, Halloween Haunted House, 4 pm-7 pm, Queens County Farm Museum, 73-50 Little Neck Pkwy., Floral Park. Hayrides, mulled cider, pumpkins and apples. The haunted house is recommended for children ages 4–12. Adults will find it creepy too! $4 with purchasable items.
Oct. 25 & 26, Haunted Lantern Tour, 6:30-8:30 pm, Fort Totten, 212th Street and Bell Boulevard, Bayside. Urban Park Rangers will lead a nighttime tour of the Civil War-era bastion’s battery. Expect frights mixed in with a history lesson.
Oct. 26, Second Annual Woodside Halloween Pet Parade and Festival, 11 am-2 pm, Windmuller Park, 52nd Avenue and 39th Drive. An afternoon of surprises including a costume contest, training workshops, grooming demos and giveaways. Free.
Oct. 26, Canine Costumes Carnival in the Rockaways, noon-2 pm, Freeway Dog Park/Beach 84, 83-02 Beach Channel Dr., Rockaway. Indulge your desire to dress up your pooch as a caped avenger. This costume contest for canines has carnival games, a photo booth and pet-friendly services. Free.
After the jump, many more Halloween events taking place all over the borough…
No local stone will be left unturned next Friday, when Queens College hosts Quintessential Queens: Celebrating America’s Fourth Largest City, an all-day, eight-hour conference. As part of ongoing 75th anniversary celebrations, the Flushing university will bring together a hodgepodge of outstanding speakers, including academics, economists, preservationists and artists. City Council Member Jimmy Van Bramer will give a lecture about culture, while QC biology professor John Waldman will talk about the borough’s natural landscape. Wellington Chen from the Chinatown Partnership will discuss demographics in Flushing, while Jonathan Bowles from the Center for an Urban Future will imagine the borough in the year 2030. Paolo Javier, the borough’s poet laureate, will offer verse, the official Queens historian Jack Eichenbaum will discuss the county’s place in U.S. history and QC professor Nicole Cooley will look at how Queens fares in the literary world. Plus, local nonprofits, such as the Alley Pond Environmental Center, the Museum of the Moving Image, Flushing Town Hall and the Louis Armstrong House Museum, will staff informational booths.
Details: Quintessential Queens: Celebrating American’s Fourth Largest City, Queens College, LeFrak Concert Hall, 65-30 Kissena Boulevard, Flushing, October 4th, 9:30 am to 5:30 pm, $20 for all day plus lunch.
Photo by the Queens Tourism Council
For the past 25 years, National Estuaries Day has been celebrated on the final Saturday in September. With participation from various naturist and environmental organizations, the event promotes the importance of coastal bays, sounds and lagoons and the need to increase their protection and restoration efforts. The Alley Pond Environmental Center will mark the occasion with a celebration in Little Neck Bay, an estuary in Eastern Queens. The festival will feature free boat and canoe rides, educational exhibits and interactive booths from various organizations and neighborhood groups, as well as live entertainment, hands-on demonstrations, crafts and games. There will also be much exploration of the Douglaston venue’s nature trails, traverse ponds, salt marshes, forests and meadows as shore birds and migrating flocks pass through on the way south for the winter.
Details: National Estuaries Day Festival, Alley Pond Environmental Center, 228-06 Northern Boulevard, Douglaston, September 28th, 11 am to 3 pm, free.
The Alley Pond Environmental Center is getting a brand new $9,000,000 headquarters. Queens Chronicle reports that construction should begin next year on a 10,000-square-foot, one-story building that will house a lobby, kitchen, four early childhood classrooms, three large classrooms and an outdoor learning space. The exterior will feature brick, glass and steel. The building will also have green features like a rain garden, and is expected to be LEED silver certified. This new build will go up behind the existing headquarters at 228-06 Northern Boulevard and the old building will be demolished for parking. According to the Chronicle, the APEC expects to finalize the design by spring of next year and begin construction later in 2014. Work will last two years.