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.
It’s time for some warm thoughts. This Sunday, the New York Hall of Science will host the Mamas Summer Countdown, a two-generation, information-and-fun extravaganza with opportunities for parents to start planning for June, July and August with local day and sleepaway camps, summer classes, vacation possibilities and more. Exhibitors include GoGo Squeez, New York Cosmos, Queens Zoo, Oasis Camps, Samuel Field Y, The American Camp Association, The Kiddie Academy of Whitestone/Flushing, and Usdan Center. On the other hand, children will be able to make puppets, get their faces painted, do crafts and enjoy other activities. More than 1,500 people attended last year’s event, and organizers are expecting even more this Sunday.
Details: The Mamas Summer Countdown, New York Hall of Science, 47-01 111th Street, Corona, February 22nd, 10 am to 2 pm, free with museum admission — $15/$12 for children (2-17), students, and seniors (62+)/free for children under age 2.
Bonus details: Mozart and Beethoven, The Con Brio Ensemble presents Magic Flute, Archduke Trio, and other master works, The Church-in-the-Gardens, 50 Ascan Avenue, Forest Hills Gardens, February 22nd, 4:30 pm, $12.
Photo by the New York Hall of Science
Call it a duet. This Saturday, Musica Reginae Productions will present the VENTI Wind Quartet at the Church-in-the-Gardens. This group will explore combinations of wind instruments with accompaniment by well-regarded pianist Barbara Podgurski. The focus will be on 20th century chamber music, especially compositions inspired by the French Renaissance and Romanian folklore. The next day at the same Forest Hills Gardens house of worship, the Con Brio Ensemble will present a twilight concert. Violinist Alexander Meshibovsky and pianist Diana Mittler will play Beethoven’s Sonata in D Major and other selections. Oboist Alan Hollander will present Bach, Schumann, and others. And baritone Darian Worrell will perform Dvorak.
Details: VENTI Wind Quartet with Pianist Barbara Podgurski, The Church-in-the-Gardens, 50 Ascan Avenue, Forest Hills Gardens, January 10th, 7:30 pm, $12-$22.
Bonus details: Con Brio Ensemble, The Church-in-the-Gardens, January 11th, 4:30 pm, $12.
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Queens will be filled with beautiful music this Sunday. At 3 pm at Flushing Town Hall, Trio Cavatina will play classical and romantic music featuring works by Beethoven and Brahms. It will be the NYC premiere for Douglas Boyce, who writes chamber music that bridges the medieval and the modern, the visceral and the cerebral. This chamber ensemble, consisting of pianist Ieva Jokubaviciute, violinist Harumi Rhodes and cellist Priscilla Lee, won the 2009 Naumburg International Chamber Music Competition. Meanwhile at 4:30 pm, the Con Brio Ensemble will perform a twilight concert at the Church-in-the-Gardens in Forest Hills. World famous violinist Alexander Meshibovsky and pianist Diana Mittler will perform Respighi-Violin Sonata, Bloch-Baal Shem Suite and Sarasate-Introduction and Tarantella. Plus, Alan Hollander will play works for oboe and piano by Telemann, Ravel and Saint-Saens, and baritone Darian Worrell will sing the Four Serious Songs by Brahms. And if these concerts inspire their audiences, the Oratorio Society of Queens will hold auditions for those who enjoy choral singing at Flushing’s Temple Beth Sholom on Monday, January 13th, at 7:45 pm.
Details: Trio Cavatina, Flushing Town Hall, 137-35 Northern Boulevard, January 12th, 3 pm, $25/$20 for Queens residents/$15 for students.
Bonus details: Con Brio Ensemble, The Chuch-in-the-Gardens, 50 Ascan Avenue, Forest Hills, January 12th, 4:30 pm, $12/$10.
Final details: January 13th, Oratorio Society of Queens Auditions, Temple Beth Sholom, 171-39 Northern Boulevard, Flushing, January 13th, 7:45 pm, free but make reservations at 718.279.3006.
The weekend comes with plenty of dancing and music all over Queens. Head on over for a lunchtime dance party in Long Island City, a huge block party in Elmhurst, a dance festival in Jamaica, and a classical orchestra in Forest Hills.
Image source: Lunch Beat LIC
Lunch Beat at Secret Theatre – At noon, head down to LIC’s Secret Theatre for this lunchtime dance party. For $12, you can get your choice of any two tacos or sliders from Mike-n-Willie’s gourmet truck parked right outside, and then head inside to rock out to the inspired and energetic jams of DJ Joro Boro.