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.
Running through seven countries from Argentina to Venezuela, the Andes is the longest mountain range in the world. This weekend, the South American strip will seemingly stretch even higher to Flushing Meadows Corona Park, where films, dance, music, and even fashion will celebrate the region. More information and an additional photo on the jump page.
On February 26th, 1971, then Secretary-General U Thant signed a proclamation decreeing that the United Nations would celebrate Earth Day on the vernal equinox. This Sunday at Queens Museum, the United Nations Association’s Queens chapter will mark the 44th anniversary of this international festival with dancing, poetry, bell ringing, multimedia art, solar power, and as to be expected at a UN-influenced event, speeches. More details and another photo are on the jump page.
Cinemarosa is a monthly, independent series that promotes LGBTQ-oriented videos by local, national, and international filmmakers. Interdisciplinary artist and founder Hector Canonge strives to show the LGBTQ community’s diverse experiences and lives. This Sunday, Cinemarosa returns to the Queens Museum to present Genderings, a movie lineup with an emphasis on transgender and gender-non-confirming individuals. Canonge will also participate in a Q&A session. Details on the scheduled films are on the jump page.
You don’t have to be a geek to participate in the Panorama Challenge this Friday…but it sure helps! The world’s only geographical trivia-based game that involves the world’s largest architectural model is now in its eighth year at the Queens Museum. The contest will consist of audio clues and laser-pointers highlighting assorted NYC landmarks, bridges, neighborhoods, parks, etc. Each location will be pinpointed by a laser-wielding tour guide from Levys’ Unique New York. Teams of 10 contestants (more or less) will then try to identify each site. More information on following 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.
Ah, that old Queens lament: So little time, so many unique, inspiring concerts to attend. On Friday, Bernadette Morris will perform at the New York Irish Center. A rising star on the Emerald Isle, this Belfast-based talent has spent 25 of her 32 years on stage and/or immersed in music. She offers a fresh take on traditional Irish folk songs, singing in English and Gaelic and playing a mean fiddle.
After the concert, attendees should go right to sleep so they are rested for two Sunday concerts by Face the Music, the country’s only youth ensemble that is dedicated to the creation and performance of classical music by living composers. Over the past decade, this group has grown from an after-school club of eight kids to a band with 135-plus people from all over the Tri-State Area who convene every week to write, rehearse, and perform together. On this date at the Queens Museum, they will tackle Michael Gordon’s Trance, which is rarely performed because of its size (22 players needed), length (52 minutes), and difficulty (it’s been described as “classic music on the way to a heavy metal meltdown”). More details and another photo are on the jump page.
Circus Amok is known for its one-ring spectacles that manage to be outrageous, hilarious, political, and even sexy. The performers display traditional skills, such as juggling, acrobatics and clowning, but they also like to dance, do improv and mix gender roles. On January 24th, this troupe will bring its act to the Queens Museum to add spice to the Spooktacular Winter Ball. Attendees are encouraged to dust off their Halloween costumes and bring some tricks up their sleeves, while Circus Amok will provide the sideshow thrills. The lineup includes a heart-stopping scavenger hunt with fearless feather balancing; hippodrome bingo with genuine fake hippos; a palindrome parade through the world-famous Panorama; a big top bar; a ring toss raffle; and even clown face painting.
Details: Boo! The Winter Spooktacular Ball, Queens Museum, NYC Building, Flushing Meadows Corona Park, January 24th, 2 pm to 5 pm. Price range: $75 contribution (this is a fundraiser) for up to six tickets, six raffle tickets, and family membership; $150 contribution for up to six tickets, 12 raffle tickets, family membership, one VIP parking spot for the event, and the opportunity for advance sign-up for Big Time Summer Art Thing for Kids Summer Camp (placement not guaranteed); and $20 for a ticket, which includes one complimentary raffle ticket.
Photos: David Shankbone
Martin Luther King Weekend is coming up, and the Queens Museum will honor this transformative civil rights leader by holding its first-ever anti-bullying exhibition on Thursday and Friday. The event’s goal is to enlighten and educate those who face the social and emotional challenges related to this form of harassment via group readings, moderated discussions, and sponsors giving away resources. One highlight will be a book presentation by Southeast Queens resident Delicia B. Davis. Her Dear Diary series tells the story of Patricia Thomas, who lives with a violent mother and no father figure. The teenager documents her struggle in a diary which inspires and presents methods for overcoming bullying.
Details: Anti-Bullying Exhibition, Queens Museum, NYC Building, Flushing Meadows Corona Park, January 15th and January 16th, noon to 4 pm both days, free. (To participate in events with Delicia Davis and other special guests, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.)
Photo: Anti-Bullying Page
It was the greatest monument that nobody saw. The Cartographic Survey Force, a branch of the Works Progress Administration, constructed a 3D relief map of the New York City water system for the 1939 World’s Fair in Flushing Meadows Corona Park. Tapping mountain springs as far as 100 miles away, the water system was an engineering marvel at time, and the 32-feet-by-20-feet, wood-and-plaster replica was just as impressive. Plus, it had a $100,000 price tag — about $1.5 million today — during the Depression Era. Nevertheless, it went straight to storage. (Find out more on jump page.)