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Image source: yivo.org – Jonathan Brent is on the far left

Lecture on East European Jewry – The Central Queens Y will host a special lecture on a disappearing part of Jewish history on Monday, Oct. 29. Jonathan Brent, executive director of the YIVO Institute for Jewish Research, will discuss his agency’s work in recovering the lost world of East European Jews. YIVO was founded in Poland in 1925 by a group of Jewish intellectuals, including Albert Einstein and Sigmund Freud. The event begins at 1:30pm with a suggested donation of $6. The Central Queens Y will provide refreshments and light snacks.

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Image Source: Elle C. on Flickr

Catch the Harvest Fest and Pumpkin Patch at the Queens Botanical Garden today! This event is bursting with fun activities for kids and adults alike. Some of the activities for the kids include face painting and origami pumpkin demonstrations while the adults enjoy the cider press demonstrations and the Harvest Fest Beer Tent. Dig into the seasonal treats available at the QBG Marketplace and learn how to compost with the NYC Compost Project. Come one, come all!

Harvest Fest and Pumpkin Patch
Queens Botanical Garden
Sunday, October 14, 2012
11am-5pm | $4 Admission + Additional charges for some activities.

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This week, we start off with Queens Restaurant Week, a photo exhibit, and spirited Irish music, all in Queens. Check out our events calendar for even more things to do around the borough.

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Queens Restaurant Week starts today! Eat your way through the most ethnically diverse for the five boroughs. Enjoy three course prix fixe meals for $25 at participating restaurants. Restaurant Week runs from October 8-11 and October 15-18.! Click here for complete list of participating restaurants. 

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Image source: Peter Freiman on Wikimedia Commons

This Sunday, celebrate the Autumn Moon Festival in Flushing, where events will be happening throughout the day. Take your kids to Kissena Corridor Park (GMAP) to fly kites from 2-6pm. From 4-6pm, the Queens Botanical Garden will have arts and crafts activities for the kids as well, and then later there will be a music and dance performance by the New York Chinese Cultural Center. The big parade down Main Street (40th Road to Elder Ave) starts at 5pm, and fireworks are at 8pm. And don’t forget to try a mooncake!

Autumn Moon Festival
Sunday, September 30th, 2012
Flushing, mostly downtown
2-9pm | FREE!

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The weekend comes with plenty of music and seasonal festivities. There’s a brand new musical and outdoor festival in Flushing, an orchestra show in Jamaica, and an autumn fair in Bayside.

Image source: Queens Theatre

Ella: A Swingin New Musical about the First Lady of Song – This musical about the life of the legendary Ella Fitzgerald debuts today at the Queens Theatre in Flushing. Starring Tina Fabrique, a Tony-nominated veteran of Broadway, the play is set in 1966 and focuses on an older Ella looking back at her life and singing all her famous hits. The Queens Theatre will also hold a reception on Friday 9/28 from 6-10pm with dinner, cocktails, and a meet-and-greet with the cast. Tickets cost between $25 and $49; the reception is $85.

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Old Hock and Bach – Take part in this very “classical” event at the King Manor as the Queens College Baroque Ensemble performs the music of Johann Sebastian Bach. Accompanying the music will be a variety of German white wines, the modern version of “Old Hock” listed in Rufus King’s 1822 wine cellar inventory. Cocktails are at 6pm, followed by the concert at 6:30pm. Tickets are $25; RSVP here.

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National Estuaries Day Festival – This free annual festival at the Alley Pond Environmental Center celebrates the environmental importance of Little Neck Bay, the local estuary. There will be scenic hikes, live music and activities for children, as well as educational booths and exhibits from neighborhood organizations. Head over for games, hands-on demonstrations, as well as boat and canoe rides.

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Autumn Moon Festival – The Queens Botanical Garden is holding this celebration of the traditional Chinese and Vietnamese holiday reflecting on the summer harvest. Bring a picnic blanket and settle in for moon cakes, arts and crafts, and cultural performances.

If by any chance we missed your favorite regular or upcoming event, please let us know!

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The weekend comes with outdoor fairs and activities – there’s music in LIC, a farmer’s market in Flushing, and fairs and festivals in Floral Park and Ridgewood.

Image source: The Chocolate Factory Theater

Hot Box (Premiere) – This show from Brian Rogers, the musical director of LIC’s Chocolate Factory Theater, premieres tonight. Rogers and production manager Madeline Best combine images, lights, and live performance to deliver an intense piece for the senses. At the center of their set is the question regarding how deeply video can connect with live performance; Rogers and Best’s attempt at an answer has a good chance of being chaotic yet exhilarating.