Van Morrison, Ms. Lauryn Hill, Met Opera stars, and the Muppets are the world famous celebrities providing entertainment and enrichment in the borough this week. Other possibilities are a LEGO fest, comedy, seniors singing Broadway, a Summer Solstice event, and an International Yoga Day gala. Here’s the rundown.
June 18, Music Under the 7 Train, 6:30 pm. The Street Beat Brass Band presents a multicultural program of brass-based and street-based music from various parts of the world. Free. Bliss Plaza, Queens Boulevard and 46th Street under the 7 train station, Sunnyside.
June 18, Big Band Music, 6:30 pm. New York City Swing plays big band favorites by Glenn Miller, Benny Goodman, and Duke Ellington. Free. Queens Library’s Howard Beach Branch, 92-06 156th Avenue, Howard Beach.
This two-bedroom rental in Flushing is part of a newer building built in 2005. The apartment looks recently renovated. The kitchen is small, but there is a peninsula for more counter space, and the living room can fit an eating nook. One of the bedrooms looks smaller than the other, but the size is still manageable. Two big pluses: there is a washer and dryer in the unit, and there is a balcony off the living room. The rent comes in at an even $2,000 per month.
The Main Street 7 train and Q13, Q16, Q17, Q28, Q48, Q65 buses are all less than a ten-minute walk from the building. There are tons of shops, dining options, and parks within walking distance. The Queens Historical Society is down the street too. Click through for more photos.
On Monday, we posted about the Historic Jackson Heights Weekend, which features two days of walking tours around the neighborhood. This was accurate as far as it goes, but it deserves an amplification, as there are guided treks all around the borough this weekend.
On Saturday, official Queens historian Jack Eichenbaum gives his signature expedition, The World of the 7 Train. It’s actually a series of six walks along with subway rides. He discusses the history and impact of the 7 line, while stopping in Long Island City, Sunnyside, Woodside, Jackson Heights, Corona, and Flushing, where the event ends with lunch, probably at a Chinese restaurant.
The Rocky Horror Picture Show is celebrating its 40th anniversary in Queens — where else? — this week. Other fun activities include a strawberry festival, a hot dog-eating contest, a theater festival, a mama’s expo, and plenty of live outdoor music. Here’s the rundown.
June 12, The Rocky Horror Picture Show Experience, 7:30 pm. This is a screening and live reenactment by the New York City Shadow Cast of the 1970s cult movie, which is now celebrating its 40th anniversary. Attendees are encouraged to come dressed as their favorite character. $15. Museum of the Moving Image, 36-01 35th Ave., Kaufman Arts District.
June 12, Unchained Theatre Festival, until June 28. This third annual extravaganza features 16 pieces, ranging from 10-minute shorts to full-length plays, performed three times in the course of three weeks. Voting by audiences and judges determines the top pieces, which receive an additional performance during the finale on June 28. $15/$18 for final round/closing ceremony. The Chain Theatre, 21-28 45th Rd., LIC.
This three-bedroom 2.5 bath rental in Flushing is part of a two-story Colonial home built in 1925. The beautiful kitchen has tons of counter space and cabinets. There’s a nice peninsula eat-in area and stainless steel appliances. There’s a fireplace in the home, an outdoor barbecue fire pit, a finished basement, a private driveway, and a balcony. The monthly rent is $3,500.
The Q12, Q13, Q76, and QM3 buses are all within walking distance, and the Auburndale LIRR stop is nearby. The n20, n21, and n20L buses are also down the block. There are grills, lounges, and shops very close by, and there are small playgrounds in the area. Click through for more photos.
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.
Contestants will not be able to set personal records, but they might have the time of their lives. On Saturday, Citi Field hosts The Color Run, a five-kilometer race during which thousands of participants get doused with different dyes at each kilometer.
The runners are not timed, and there is only one real rule: wear white at the starting line.
This three-bedroom rental is on the second floor of a two-story home in Flushing. The bedrooms and living room are spacious, and there are two full bathrooms. The open kitchen is set up nicely with lots of counter space, and there is a balcony terrace off the living room. The monthly rent is $2,350.
Kissena Corridor Park and Soccer Field are two blocks away, there are grocery stores and dining options nearby, and the Queens Botanical Garden is a ten-minute walk away. The Q20A, Q20B, Q44, and Q88 are all within walking distance, and the 7 train is about a 20-minute walk (or 10-minute drive) away. Click through for more photos.
A three-day model train show headlines this week of activities, followed closely by Brazilian, Irish, and Japanese cinema, plus a documentary on the New York State Pavilion. There’s also a “color run” and Greek, Mexican, classical, and doo-wop concerts. Here’s the rundown.
May 20, North Beach, 7 pm. The Greater Astoria Historical Society hosts a lecture/slide presentation on North Beach, a summer resort where LaGuardia Airport is now. $10. QED Astoria, 27-16 23rd Ave., Astoria.
May 20-23, Rebecca Patek, 8 pm. This NYC-based choreographer and performance artist synthesizes dance, theater, and comedy. This performance is loosely based on “The Crime of the Century” — the 1924 murder of Bobby Franks by Nathan Leopold and Richard Loeb. $15. The Chocolate Factory, 5-49 49th Ave., Long Island City.