It appears that this week’s activities are sponsored by the letter “F.” Fun-seekers can frolic with Flamenco, funny girls, foreign films, flea markets, festivals, a farm, a fling, a fair housing workshop, and a Flushing Bay cleanup. Here are the facts.
Cesar Millan (aka the Dog Whisperer) comes to Queens this week. He’ll find a lot of fun things to do as the next few days feature Doo Wop and classical music concerts, Earth Day celebrations, comedy, and even a balsa wood workshop. Here’s the rundown:
There’s a youth movement in Queens. On Sunday, the Queens Theatre will host two performances of Alexander and The Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day. Based on the popular children’s book of the same name, this musical gets the audience laughing and singing along with the main character who gets up on the wrong side of bed…literally.
He wakes up with gum in his hair then proceeds to trip on his skateboard and drop his sweater in the sink. Then things really go downhill. Details on the other great children’s event and another image are on the jump page.
Some enrichment options head outdoors with such events as a carnival, a gardening extravaganza, and a guided walk. But with “April Showers” in mind, the borough also hosts indoor fun, such as comedy, live music, film, theater, photography, and some 3-D magic. Here’s the rundown.
Youngsters love to build things. They also enjoy vacations from school. Enter Bricks 4 Kidz spring break camp! To take place at Flushing Town Hall next week, specially trained teachers will guide children (ages 4 to 14) in serious, creative, and fun play with such Lego Technic pieces as gears, axles, electric motors. Beginners will participate in Junior Robotics, while the advanced campers will plan, script, stage, shoot, and produce their own mini-movie using Stop Motion Animation with Lego components. More information and another enterprising photo are on the jump page.
After becoming a professional dancer and choreographer in 1954, Paul Taylor has enjoyed a long and influential career, shaping a distinctly U.S. style of modern dance. In 1993, he established Taylor 2, a modern dance unhindered by technical limitations and spanning a broad spectrum of his original work, including his sunny Aureole, and his serious The Uncommitted. This Saturday, Flushing Town Hall hosts a performance of Taylor 2 with a pre-show, interactive workshop for those who want to learn how to move like Taylor.
Photo: Flushing Town Hall
Bonus details: Storybook Discovery: The Luck of the Irish at the Voelker Orth Museum, Bird Sanctuary, and Victorian Garden, 149-19 38th Avenue, Flushing, March 14th, 11 am, free with $5 suggested donation. This venue hosts a monthly reading for children. This Saturday’s event focuses on tales of leprechauns and shamrocks.
Wonderful sounds of Asia, Europe, and Latin America will fill the Queens air this weekend during three different concerts. The fun starts on Saturday afternoon, when the EastRiver Ensemble presents a workshop on Chinese music at 1 pm, followed by a concert at 2:15 pm. This group presents traditional folk music, dance, and acrobatics with a focus on the Dongbei and Hebei regions of north China. Instruments include the yangqin (dulcimer), the pipa (lute), flutes, fiddles, and percussion. More photos and information are on the jump page.
At first glance, calligraphy is a visual art. But upon further investigation, its characters and images also express philosophy, culture, and inspiration. Chao-Lin Ting (above) has been engaging in this practice for roughly nine decades. The Chiangsu Province native is world renowned for his seal and semi-cursive scripts. This Sunday, the 102-year-old will co-present an afternoon dedicated to calligraphy at Flushing Town Hall. At 1 pm, Ting and James Shau will teach the basics of the Chinese genre, while Seoul native Yoo Sung Lee, a professional with over 30 years of practice who wrote a chapter in the World Encyclopedia of Calligraphy will inform on the Korean styles at 3 pm. Plus, the town hall’s walls are currently covered with Ting and Lee’s work as part of the Dynamic Writing: A Century of Calligraphy exhibit, which runs until March 22nd. (Gallery hours are Saturdays and Sundays, noon to 5 pm.)
More details, another photo, and bonus details on jump page.
There’s some confusion as to whether it’s the Year of the Goat, Sheep or Ram, but it’s perfectly clear that Flushing is “The Place” to celebrate Lunar New Year this weekend. The neighborhood will be radiant in the colors red and gold, and red-clothed individuals will be in the street, handing out money wrapped in red envelopes and oranges. The 19th annual parade will kick off in the vicinity of Union Street and 37th Avenue on February 21st at 11 am with an estimated 5,000 spectators, lanterns, fireworks, dancing lions, and large dragons. It will end near Main Street and 39th Avenue about an hour later. However, this is the prize at the end of the stretch; two unique, inspiring Lunar New Year events are set for this weekend.
The Puppet State Theatre Company of Scotland is heading to Flushing Town Hall to present The Man Who Planted Trees (also known as The Story of Elzéard Bouffier) on Sunday. This multi-sensory adaptation of Jean Giono’s classic French tale depicts a shepherd who plants acorn after acorn until transforming a barren section of the Alps into a forest. Often hilarious while at other times touching, this allegorical story demonstrates the difference one man (and his dog) can make in the world.
Meanwhile, Queens Theatre will present Charlotte’s Web, adapted from E.B. White’s book about the friendship between a pig named “Wilbur” and a spider named “Charlotte,” on Sunday. Amid a farm full of mad-cap animals, Charlotte uses her writing and web-spinning skills to help Wilbur avoid being butchered. Another photo, more details, and discount offers follow on the jump page.