There are many dress codes for this event. On Saturday, the Celebrate Astoria International Cultural Fest will fill Astoria Park with colorful costumes, beautiful music, and dazzling dances. The five-hour happening will perfectly demonstrate that Queens is a kaleidoscope, with performers from 11 different countries.
Scheduled entertainers — almost all of whom are local — include American Bolero Company, Ayazamana Ecuadorian Dance (above), Banatal Romanian Folklore, Bangladeshi Institute for Performing Arts, Calpulli Mexican Dance Company, Dahdoo Music of North Africa/Middle East, Filippo and the Songs of Italy, Issa Cabrera and her Brazilian folklore, Minbuza Japanese Folk Dance (below), Niall O’Leary School of Irish Dance, and Pontion Society Komninoi Dancers.
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.
T’is the season to be amazed. On April 25th, the Calpulli Mexican Dance Company will open a four-weekend run of México en Primavera at the Thalía Spanish Theatre in Sunnyside. Twelve dancers and various musicians will pay tribute to the joys and soul of Mexico with a program capturing Spring’s color, vivaciousness, and feeling of newness. Authentic costumes, passionate live music, and larger than life surprises are in store, including the debut of Flores Chiapanecas (Flowers from Chiapas) with live marimba accompaniment. Founded in 2003 in NYC, Calpulli celebrates regional dance traditions of Mexico’s diverse cultural history, interpreted through its charismatic and unique artistic vision. The company has gained worldwide recognition, following a 2013 performance in the Kingdom of Bahrain in the Middle East.
Details: México en Primavera, Thalía Spanish Theatre, 41-17 Greenpoint Avenue, Sunnyside, four weekends from April 25th through May 18th, Friday and Saturdays at 8 pm and Sundays at 4 pm, $35; $32 students and seniors, $30 on Fridays.
¡Qué Viva México! The Calpulli Dance Company was founded in 2003 with the mission of teaching and producing live music and theater promoting the rich diversity of Mexican culture. Success came almost immediately, and the Jackson Heights-based group has taken its fast-paced, emotive performances — not to mention the infectious music, mesmerizing movement and colorful costumes — to audiences around the world. This weekend, Calpulli returns to Queens Theatre for a ninth season to debut several brand new, original pieces over two shows.
Details: Calpulli Mexican Dance Company, Queens Theatre, 14 United Nations Avenue South, Flushing Meadows-Corona Park, October 19th at 8 pm and October 20th at 4 pm, $25-$35.