It’s a photo op, historic tour and urban spelunking activity. It’s also a celebration of the exact 50th anniversary of the opening of the 1964 World’s Fair. On April 22nd, the New York State Pavilion (above and below) will open to the public for three hours. Individuals will be able to put on hard hats (which will be provided and required), enter this remnant of the 1964 World’s Fair, and take photos of the interior portion, where the Tent of Tomorrow once stood. The New York State Pavilion Paint Project Crew will be on site to answer questions and talk about the structure’s past, present and future. Later, the Queens Theatre will present When the World Came to Queens, an exhibit featuring rare photos with behind-the-scenes anecdotes written by Bill Cotter, who has the world’s largest private collection of World’s Fair images. Cotter, a frequent attendee during the 1964-65 run, has also written several books, which he will be selling and autographing.
Details: Open Gate Event, meet at north entrance to NYS Pavilion, near Queens Theatre in Flushing Meadows Corona Park, April 22nd, 11 am to 2 pm, free.
Bonus details: When the World Came to Queens, Queens Theatre, 14, United Nations Avenue South, Flushing Meadows Corona Park, April 22nd, 3 pm and 7 pm, free with $10 suggested donation.
Photos: People for the Pavilion FB
They’re basically balletic gauchos. And like a wild horde, these 13 male dancers (half man/half horse, basically) prance and gallop around the stage with an infectious rhythm, energy and spirit. They stomp their heeled boots or their bare feet to the cadences of a bombo, a drum made of wood and hide. They leap for joy. They hold and turn leather straps called “boleaderos.” And of course, they leave the audience astonished (and exhausted). On November 16th and 17th, the Argentinean dance troupe Che Malambo will perform at Queens Theatre. Originally, the Malambo was a zapateado, or a stomping duel between two macho men. But these guys transformed the genre into an awe-inspiring group performance.
There’s silver and gold in Queens. It’s the 25th anniversary of the Queens Theatre, and the 50th anniversary of The Graduate, a novel about Benjamin Braddock, an adrift twenty-something who has an affair with Mrs. Robinson, the bored wife of his father’s business partner, before dating her daughter. In 1967, the novel was made into a movie that launched Dustin Hoffman’s career and still enjoys cult-like popularity today. This Friday, the Queens Theatre launches its new season with five performances of The Graduate as adapted by L.A. Theatre Works, a drama company that delights audiences with its unique radio theater style. This version features minimal staging, live manual sound effects, high-energy characters and full-on facial expressions.
Details: The Graduate, Queens Theatre, 14 United Nations Avenue South, Flushing Meadows-Corona Park, October 25th to October 27th, click here for times and tickets, $42 on weekdays, $49 on weekends and $25 for rear seating.
Photo of Heidi Dippold and Brian Tichnell taken by Matt Petit
For more than 40 years, he’s entertained audiences with his comedy routines. He’s received Tony and Obie awards and a two nominations for a Grammy. He’s done nine one-man shows for HBO and made more than 100 appearances on The Tonight Show and the Late Show with David Letterman. Now he’s coming back to Queens. On one night and one afternoon, Robert Klein brings what he describes as his “Generically American” stand-up act — full of captivating anecdotes, wry wit and brutal honesty about everything from growing up in the Bronx in the 1950s to recent political scandals — to the Queens Theatre for a third time.
Details: Robert Klein, Queens Theatre, 14 United Nations Avenue South, September 28th at 8 pm and September 29th at 3 pm, $25-$35.
Photo via HBO
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Throw out the clichés because this zany, ingenious, melodramatic show truly has something for everybody. Human cannon? Check! Chainsaw juggling? Check! Mustache-clad villain/funny guy? Check! From Thursday, December 27, to Monday, December 31, the Queens Theatre presents the Handsome Little Devils in the aptly named Squirm Burpee Circus. Appropriate for the entire family, this fantastical adventure mixes classic slapstick comedy, high-skill circus acts and a plot straight out of American Melodrama.
14 United Nations Avenue South, Flushing Meadows-Corona Park