The Sport of Kings in Queens @ Flushing
Oct 8 2017 @ 12:00 am – Jun 30 2018 @ 11:45 pm
The Sport of Kings in Queens @ Flushing | New York | United States

Queens has been a major center of thoroughbred horse racing since 1667 when King Charles II of England established here the first race course in his North American Possessions. This exhibition details the history of this amazing sport in Queens from those early days 350 years ago to the present and its concomitant cultural, social and economic dimensions and impact. It relates stories of the sport’s legends–horses, jockeys, trainers, and iconic races.

The exhibition is co-located at Flushing Town Hall’s Greenroom and the Queens Historical Society.

When: Ongoing through June 30, 2018

Where: Queens Historical Society, 143-35 37th Avenue &  Flushing Town Hall, 137-35 Northern Blvd. Both in Flushing

Admission: $5 suggested donation

Queens Spring Fair @ New York Hall of Science (NYSCI)
May 10 – May 20 all-day
Queens Spring Fair @ New York Hall of Science (NYSCI) | New York | United States

This family-fun event features midway games and rides for all ages, favorite fair food and World of Wonders old-time sideshow acts under the big top, from sword swallowers and fire eaters to escape artists and other exciting acts.

There is no charge for fair admission and the World of Wonders Amazement Show. Ride tickets onsite are $1.50 each, $25/20 tickets, $50/50 tickets plus 1 free ride, or $50 online for the BOGO Deal (100 ride tickets plus 2 free rides) until 5 pm May 10. (Rides take 2 or more tickets each.)

Fair hours are 4 to 11 pm Monday – Friday and noon to 11 pm Saturday – Sunday in the event field adjacent to NYSCI, at the west entrance to Flushing Meadows Corona Park. On May 12 and 19, the fair will coincide with the Queens International Night Market held Saturday nights in the park.

Milka Djordjevich – ANTHEM @ The Chocolate Factory Theater
May 16 @ 8:00 pm – May 26 @ 8:00 pm
Milka Djordjevich - ANTHEM @ The Chocolate Factory Theater | New York | United States

Co-Commissioned with Los Angeles Performance Practice.

Questioning contemporary dance’s predisposition towards neutrality, authenticity and the de-sexualization of the female body, ANTHEM embraces theatricality, virtuosity and sass. The work weaves together existing and imagined vernacular dance styles to explore labor, play, and feminine-posturing. Four women execute a repetitive yet complex movement vocabulary that evolves as they rotate hypnotically within the confines of a square. Over time, the meditative rigor of their steps dissolves into a tangle of commotion, blurring the distinction between the mundane and the glamorous.

ANTHEM premiered October 2017 at the Los Angeles Exchange (LAX) Festival and is commissioned by the Chocolate Factory Theater and Los Angeles Performance Practice. ANTHEM was made possible in part by the Lewis Center for the Arts at Princeton University, a Pennington Dance Group SPACE GRANT @ ARC Pasadena and the Z. Clark Branson Foundation.

Choreographer: Milka Djordjevich. Composer: Chris Peck. Lighting Designer: Madeline Best. Costume Designer: Naomi Luppescu. Performers: Laurel Atwell, Jessica Cook, Dorothy Dubrule, Devika Wickremesinghe.

Bike New York: Learn to Ride—Adults @ Flushing YMCA
May 19 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Bike New York: Learn to Ride—Adults @ Flushing YMCA | New York | United States

Bike Skills 101: Learn to Ride—Adults is a free class for adults and mature teens who are ready to ride. Doesn’t matter if you’re 18 or 80, we’ll get you rolling in no time. With our safe, easy, effective method, Learn to Ride students learn how to balance, pedal, start, stop, and steer a bike, as well as adjust a helmet for proper fit. Most people learn to ride in one session, but even if they don’t, they’ll leave equipped with an easy, low-stress way to teach themselves—or, they can join us for another free class! Questions? Email us at classes@bike.nyc.

Class Duration: 2 hours

Class Location: Traffic-free Community Bicycle Education Center

Class Size: 20-25 adults and mature teens

Equipment: Bicycles and helmets provided to those who register online for the class*.

Registration policy: Advance registration is preferred; walk-up students are accepted as space allows.

*Anyone who chooses to bring their own bicycle must ensure that the bicycle fits and is in good working order (i.e., wheels spin freely, brakes function).

Spring Fling Family Fun Day @ St. Albans Park
May 19 @ 12:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Spring Fling Family Fun Day @ St. Albans Park | New York | United States

Flowers are in bloom and the sun is shining bright. Spring is in the air and it is time for Affinity’s Annual Spring Fling Family Fun Day. Come out and enjoy a fun day in the park at St. Albans Park in Jamaica. Spring Fling is fun for all ages, offering live entertainment, music, giveaways, a Kidz Fun Zone with bouncy castles, arts and crafts, and face painting. In addition to the festivities, attendees can visit the health pavilion for free health screenings that include blood pressure, glucose, cholesterol and body mass index screenings.

Traditions Festival @ King Manor Museum
May 19 @ 12:00 pm – May 20 @ 4:00 pm
Traditions Festival @ King Manor Museum | New York | United States

Join King Manor for their third annual Traditions Festival. It’s a weekend full of food, music, art, and crafts from Jamaica in 18th century to modern times, with all the wonderful different cultures in our community! Fun for adults and children with hands-on activities, demonstrations, and tastings. Come experience the past and present, for free!

A Tribute to Scott Joplin 2018 @ St. Michaels's Cemetery
May 19 @ 2:00 pm
A Tribute to Scott Joplin 2018 @ St. Michaels's Cemetery | New York | United States

Scott Joplin, the king of Ragtime, died in 1917 and was interred in St. Michael’s Cemetery. His grave remained unmarked until 1974 when ASCAP- the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers- responding to the immense popularity of Joplin’s music due to its use in the award-winning film The Sting, installed a plaque.

St. Michael’s Cemetery has been honoring this great composer every May for many years with free, outdoor ragtime concerts on its grounds. Dan Levinson’s Canary Cottage Dance Orchestra, an ensemble that recreates the style of the late ragtime years. The concert will include a barbershop quartet. The Victorian Vaudeville Quartet will sing a special number at Scott Joplin’s grave.

A Free BBQ will be offered to the public.

Maltese Shorts: The Maltese Fighter (film) @ Museum of the Moving Image
May 19 @ 2:00 pm
Maltese Shorts: The Maltese Fighter (film) @ Museum of the Moving Image | New York | United States

The Maltese Fighter. New York premiere. Malta/Canada. Dir. Arev Manoukian. 2015, 19 mins. With Malcolm Ellul, Nico Fenech. In Maltese with English subtitles. In a time when Malta’s political violence was at its peak, Carmelo, a single father and boxer from Valletta, is forced to join a corrupt underworld as he struggles to provide for his only son Giuseppi. Bajtra tax-Xewk (Prickly Pear). U.S. premiere. Malta. Dir. Alex Camilleri. 2016, 12 mins. With Andrew Mallia, Iskander Zul Qarnen. In Maltese and English with English subtitles. Feeling guilty that he told his sister she could eat the prickly pears that were meant for his grandmother’s birthday, a boy embarks on a mission to secure replacement fruit. But finding the fruit during the offseason turns into a quest to right his wrong. Arcadia. New York premiere. Dir. Jamie Vella. 2017, 25 mins. With Malcolm Ellul, Nathan Ellul. In Maltese with English subtitles. Father and son finally achieve their dream of moving out and living in the idyllic Maltese countryside. Yet this dream of peace and simplicity turns into a nightmare as the booming and unforgiving construction industry of the country quickly sets its sights on their land. Lejliet (Eve). U.S. premiere. Malta.Dir. Matthew James Ellul. 2016, 13 mins. With Manuel Cauchi, Jamie Cardona. In Maltese with English subtitles. Gaetano, a sexton at the local parish, is alone on the church rooftop on Christmas Eve. To his surprise he encounters Marco, a teenager from the village who has also sneaked upstairs. Although neither is happy to see the other, a reluctant conversation is struck up between the two. As the interaction turns hostile, the reason for their presence on the rooftop emerges as both men reveal their hidden intentions, unexpectedly finding common ground.

This film is part of MoMI’s Panorama Europe Film Festival.

The Steel Mill Caffé (film) @ Museum of the Moving Image
May 19 @ 4:00 pm
The Steel Mill Caffé (film) @ Museum of the Moving Image | New York | United States

Croatia. Dir. Goran Devic, 2017, 61 mins. Digital projection. In Croatian with English subtitles. New York premiere. Business is slow at the bus stop bar owned by Erna and Dzevad in the city of Sisak, Croatia, near the entrance to what was once one of the largest ironworks in Eastern Europe. Now, times are hard, the pub sees barely a trickle of customers, and the couple have decided to close down for good. With his unobtrusive, fly-on-the-wall camera, director Goran Devic documents the bar’s last week, eavesdropping on the conversations between the few regulars and the stray passers-by who wander in. The topics they discuss—the scarcity of work, the influx of migrants, the promise of a better life in Germany—offer revealing insight into the state of a country struggling to pull itself out of recession.

This film is part of MoMI’s Panorama Europe Film Festival.

Britten’s “War Requiem” in Performance @ Queens college
May 19 @ 8:00 pm
Britten's "War Requiem" in Performance @ Queens college | New York | United States

The Queens College Choral Society, joined by the QC orchestra and QC choir, will perform Benjamin Britten’s War Requiem in concert at Colden Auditorium, Kupferberg Center for the Arts. War Requiem combines the traditional Latin Requiem text with the poems of Wilfred Owen, a “war poet” who died in World War I. Britten’s work is one of the most extraordinary calls for peace ever put into musical form, and its performance this year, on the centenary of the World War I armistice, is especially appropriate.