Astoria Bookshop is turning FIVE YEARS OLD!
To celebrate, the bookshop is having an all-day carnival-themed party. Come join this special birthday storytime in the morning, balloon twisting in the afternoon, snacks and happy hour in the evening, plus games, prizes, and activities throughout the day.
Enjoy free live music in the Gantry Plaza State Park featuring The Chuck Braman Quintet, which draws inspiration from the brilliantly inventive compositions of trumpeter Kenny Dorham, saxophonist Joe Henderson and others featured on classic Blue Note recordings of the 1960s.
Bee Smart! Don’t miss the annual celebration of all things honeybees!
The bees are busy in the summer and honey harvest time arrives in August. Join us for tasty, fun, and informative activities for all ages. See how the Voelker Orth Museum’s beekeeper harvests honey. Make bee-inspired art. Sample different types of honey from different regions. Learn what it takes to make a bee friendly garden.
Enjoy Betty’s Zip Punch (the house punch made from Voelker Orth garden grapes) and honey-flavored treats.
Admission $4 and $10 for a family. Children under 3 admitted free.
Meet outside the east exit of the E, M train station at Court Square (23 St/44 Dr.) in Long Island City. (#7 and G trains connect here as well.) Walk through a nexus of contemporary artists’ activity in converted industrial buildings. Follow newly gentrified Jackson Ave. and cross the Pulaski Bridge connecting Long Island City to Brooklyn. See remnants of the intense and largely unregulated industrial development that thrived along Newtown Creek during the late nineteenth century before the consolidation of Greater NYC and infrastructure improvements rendered it obsolete. View the striking NYC DEP Wastewater Improvement Plant (“Digester Eggs”) and visit its adjacent Nature Trail in Greenpoint. Meander through partially gentrified working class blocks and end in a concentration of Polish food (among other cuisines.) Fee $20 payable at start of tour. Maximum of 30 participants. Please register/query at email@example.com
Join us on Thursday, August 23rd with New York Times bestselling author Naomi Novik as she discusses her new book, Spinning Silver! A fresh and imaginative retelling of the Rumpelstiltskin fairy tale from the bestselling author of Uprooted, which was hailed as “a very enjoyable fantasy with the air of a modern classic” by The New York Times Book Review.
Spinning Silver follows Miryem, the daughter and granddaughter of moneylenders–but her father is not a very good one. Free to lend and reluctant to collect, he has left his family on the edge of poverty–until Miryem intercedes. Hardening her heart, she sets out to retrieve what is owed, and soon gains a reputation for being able to turn silver into gold. But when an ill-advised boast brings her to the attention of the Staryk, the cold creatures who haunt the wood, nothing will be the same again. For words have power, and the fate of a kingdom will be forever altered by the challenge she is issued.
Channeling the heart of the classic fairy tale, Novik deftly interweaves six distinct narrative voices–each learning valuable lessons about sacrifice, power and love–into a rich, multilayered fantasy that readers will want to return to again and again.
“A book as cool and mysterious as a winter’s night, with two marvelous heroines at its heart. Spinning Silver pits the cold of endless winter against the fires of duty, love, and sacrifice. I couldn’t put it down.”—Katherine Arden, New York Times bestselling author of The Bear and the Nightingale
“Naomi Novik knows how to weave words into magic, and Spinning Silverenchants the reader from the first page. This magnificent tale of three courageous young women who find the power to change their fates will catch you in its spell and linger long after the last chapter is read.”—Christina Henry, nationally bestselling author of The Mermaid
NAOMI NOVIK received the John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer at the 2007 World Science Fiction Convention. In 2016 she won the Nebula Award for best novel for Uprooted. An avid reader of fantasy literature, Novik is also a history buff with a particular interest in the Napoleonic era and a fondness for the work of Patrick O’Brian and Jane Austen. In 2011 she published her first graphic novel, Will Supervillains Be on the Final? She lives in New York City with her family and six computers.
Join HPPC and CinemaLIC for another free movie in the park presented by Nest Seekers. Film begins at dusk.
The true story of fast-draws and wild rides, battles with posses, train and bank robberies, a torrid love affair and a new lease on outlaw life in far away Bolivia. It is also a character study of a remarkable friendship between Butch – possibly the most likeable outlaw in frontier history – and his closest associate, the fabled, ever-dangerous Sundance Kid.
Everyone is welcome to take part in fun, open performances of the Requiems of Mozart and Brahms.
Our Lady of Mercy Church in Forest Hills will host two Summer Sings this August, inaugurating an exciting new tradition in our borough. On Thursday August 16, David Close and Ben Arendsen will conduct the Mozart “Requiem,” and on Thursday August 23 Ronnie Oliver Jr. will conduct the Brahms “Requiem.” Musical scores will be provided. Admission payable at the door.
Summer Sings are open performances of major choral works. They are a chance for anyone who enjoys singing to join a rousing community event. Leading local conductors guide an impromptu choir through some of the most iconic works of choral literature.
Our Lady of Mercy Church (www.mercyhills.org) enjoys abundant free street parking, elevator access for the less mobile, and excellent air conditioning, as well as being convenient to mass transit (E or F subway, Forest Hills LIRR and the Q23 bus). It is close to highways, and convenient for all of Queens, as well as Nassau county and other NYC boroughs.
The Forest Hills Choir (www.fhchoir.org), a local community choir, sponsors Summer Sings in Queens, in partnership with The Oratorio Society of Queens (www.queensoratorio.org) and Schola Sine Nomine. Go to sponsor’s websites, or contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Every 4th Thursday of the month, you can catch host Zoe Yellen with three of her most daring friends completing outlandish tasks and answering trivia questions. In between rounds, you’ll find some of New York City’s best stand ups and sketch comedy groups showing their stuff. Audience involvement and alcohol consumption are both highly encouraged in this one of a kind comedy escapade.