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:
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.
It’s time for a change. Since last December, various community advisors have been meeting periodically to discuss improvements to Flushing Meadows Corona Park. Part of The World’s Park: Reconnecting a Regional Park with Its Neighbors project done in partnership with the NYC Parks Department, the Queens Museum, and Design Trust for Public Space, the focus is on the planning, design, and stewardship of the 1,225-acre public space. This Sunday, the public gets to provide input at the World’s Park Community Forum at Queens Museum. All are invited, plus there will be simultaneous Spanish and Mandarin translation and activities for non-speakers. More information 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.
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.
Queens Museum is getting religion. On Saturday, the renovated venue will host a special event during which the LaGuardia Performing Arts Center and LaGuardia Community College will present an interactive theater demonstration and community forum, followed by an opening reception for a gallery show.
The theater segment is designed to stimulate group-talk about Islam in New York City after the 9/11 terror attacks. After the conversations, the museum will unveil The Faces of Islam, an exhibition featuring photos of local politicians, community leaders, and LaGuardia students, staffers, and family members who are Muslim. The images, which were taken by students over two semesters, will be on display until March 1st.
Details: The Faces of Islam: Theater Demonstration, Community Forum and Exhibition Opening, Queens Museum, Flushing Meadows Corona Park, February 7th, 3 pm to 6 pm, suggested donation.
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