Five-time Grammy winner James Taylor comes to Queens to give a concert this week. He might want to arrive early and leave late so he can enjoy a huge foodie event, a ghost tour, outdoor movies, festivals and concerts, and even a chance to watch top-notch cricket. Here’s the rundown.

July 30, Doo Wop Concert, 7:30 pm. Golden Oldies from the 1950s and 1960s. Free. Astoria Park Great Lawn, Shore Boulevard between Hell Gate Bridge and Astoria Pool.

July 30, Haunting Histories and Legends of Astoria, 7:30 pm. This two-hour stroll visits some lesser-known historical sites and reveals tales of the neighborhood’s grim and ghostly past. Astoria is filled with tragic Hollywood film stars, voodoo, potters’ fields, grisly murders, poltergeists, hidden treasure, and deadly waters. $20/$25 at the door, location upon registration.

July 30, I Will Not Be Silent: A Comfort Woman’s Road to Activism, 6:30 pm. Yong Soo Lee, who was forced into prostitution by the Japanese during World War II, speaks. Special presentations by Holocaust survivors. Kupferberg Holocaust Resource Center, Queensborough Community College, 222-05 56th Avenue, Bayside.


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.


Founded in 1927, the Oratorio Society of Queens is the borough’s oldest performing cultural organization. This year, David Close, the artistic director and conductor, is celebrating 40 years with the community-based chorus. In other words, it’s time to sing. This Sunday, the society will offer its spring concert with Maestro Close conducting more than 125 people through everything from solo recitals to orchestral performances. Anton Bruckner’s Mass in F Minor will be the centerpiece, but attendees will also get to hear opera highlights and the best of the country’s musical heritage, reflecting a wide range of music that is the American choral experience.

Details: Oratorio Society of Queens Annual Spring Concert, Queensborough Performing Arts Center, 222-05 56th Avenue, Bayside, May 18th, 4 pm. $30/$25 seniors and students with ID/$10 children (12 and under).


For the past 25 years, Venture House has helped people with diagnosed psychiatric disorders lead happy, meaningful lives. The Jamaica-based nonprofit provides everything from job opportunities to secure housing to access to medical care. On May 1st, Venture House will open A Colorful Expression of Mind, a mixed-media art show featuring paintings, sculptures, graphic art and multimedia pieces created by its community members. The exhibition will be on display through June 29th at the QCC Art Gallery in Bayside.

Details: A Colorful Expression of Mind, Queensborough Community College Art Gallery at 222-05 56th Avenue, Bayside, opening on May 1st at 5 pm, free. Shows runs through June 29th.

Top photo: Connie Schwartz; bottom photo: Ching Chin


The posters bore messages such as “Don’t buy in Jewish stores,” “The inhabitants of this village want nothing to do with Jews” and “Jews not welcome.” Starting in 1933, the Nazi regime started segregating and curtailing the Jewish community throughout Germany and its occupied lands. To aide this oppressive effort, the government posted countless signs that degraded, harassed, offended and threatened the Jews. On April 23, the Kupferberg Holocaust Resource Center at Bayside’s Queensborough Community College will launch a 2.5-month exhibition featuring photos of these signs. Curator Rabbi Isodoro Aizenberg, Kupferberg’s scholar-in-residence, adds another dimension by including testimonies of people who were directly affected by the laws and signs.

Details: Unwelcomed Words: Nazi Anti-Jewish Street Signs, Harriet and Kenneth Kupferberg Holocaust Resource Center, Queensborough Community College, 222-05 56th Avenue, Bayside, opening on April 23rd, 7 pm, center is open weekdays from 10 am to 4 pm, free.


In a 1991 radio interview, author and 1986 Nobel Peace Prize winner Elie Wiesel discussed his rescue from the Buchenwald concentration camp in 1945. “I will always remember with love a big black soldier. He was crying like a child–tears of all the pain in the world and all the rage. Everyone who was there that day will forever feel a sentiment of gratitude to the American soldiers who liberated us.” This Sunday, The Harriet and Kenneth Kupferberg Holocaust Resource Center and Archives will unveil a new photo exhibit on the soldiers — mostly aged 19 to 25 — who saved Jews and others from the Holocaust. The opening event will feature speeches from Irving Roth, who survived Dachau, and Rick Carrier, who helped liberate Buchenwald.

Details: Their Brother’s Keepers: American Liberators of the Nazi Death Camps, The Harriet and Kenneth Kupferberg Holocaust Resource Center and Archives, Queensborough Community College, 222-05 56th Avenue, Bayside, unveiling on October 13th, 1 pm, free. Exhibit will run indefinitely.

 Photo by the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum


Image source: Times Ledger

The Times Ledger reports that NYC is giving CUNY $71 million for much-needed repairs to colleges in the system. This big chunk of change is part of NYC’s 2013 fiscal year budget. New York State is also giving them $71 million, so the city’s college system is the recipient of a total of $142 million between the two entities. The money will be distributed throughout the system over the next four years.