It’s in Queens
#WeeklyColumn | April 20 to April 25 | It’s In Queens!
Earth Day is this weekend, and Queens celebrates with a cherry blossom fest, nature events, and cheesemaking. The borough also hosts a three-day tattoo expo, a dance-heavy battle of the bands, Cinderella, Tony Orlando, and evolving vignettes…If you prefer, click here to watch the It’s In Queens podcast.
April 20, United Ink No Limits Tattoo Expo, April 22. More than 250 tattoo artists from all over the world, entertainment, workshops, fun. Daily pass: $25; Weekend pass: $55. Resorts World Casino New York City, 110-00 Rockaway Blvd., South Jamaica.
April 20, Global Mashup: Latin Boogaloo meets Afrobeat, 8 pm. Two cultures on one stage with an open dance floor. Spanglish Fly, NYC’s only band dedicated to reviving and renewing Latin Boogaloo’s soul and R&B mix, goes with Chop and Quench, comprised of members of the cast and band of FELA! Each band plays a set, then they jam together. (Workshop at 7 pm.) $16. Flushing Town Hall, 137-35 Northern Blvd.
April 20, 24 Frames, April 22. In his final film, Iranian director Abbas Kiarostami selected 24 still images—most of them stark landscapes inhabited only by foraging birds and other wildlife—and digitally animated them into evolving vignettes, creating a series of poignant studies in movement, perception, and time. Shows: April 20 at 7:30 pm; April 21 at 3 pm; and April 22 at 3 pm and 6 pm. Museum of the Moving Image, 36-01 35th Ave., Astoria’s Kaufman Arts District.
April 20 + 21, Christopher Unpezverde Núñez and Samuel Hanson, 8 pm. Núñez presents a collage of memories based on childhood experiences that explore male stereotypical behavior and the obsolescence of imposed masculinity in children. Hanson offers a collaboration with writer/musician Alexander Ortega. Green Space Studio, 37-24 24th St., LIC.
April 21, Cherry Blossom Festival, 11 am. This annual celebration features live drum performances, a traditional Japanese chorus, Japanese folk dance, and a tea ceremony. Cherry Blossom Grove next to New York State Pavilion, Flushing Meadows Corona Park.
April 21, L’histoire du Soleil, 1:30 pm and 4 pm. A classical music concert with clarinet, bassoon, trumpet, oboe, trombone, horn, harp, violin, and bass. Inspired by Igor Stravinsky’s L’histoire du Soldat, the score depicts a European town where the sun has disappeared. A boy discovers that a factory has been bottling fresh air, making the sun very angry. With help and hindrance from some local characters, the boy figures out how to save his town and see the sun rise again. $10. The Church-in-the-Gardens, 50 Ascan Ave., Forest Hills.
April 21, Catch Me If You Can, 1 pm. Screening of a classic movie starring Christopher Walken as part of a series highlighting Astoria natives who made it big in Hollywood. Greater Astoria Historical Society, 35-20 Broadway, LIC.
April 21, Fiction and Personal Themes, 2:30 pm. Min Jin Lee, author Free Food for Millionaires and Pachinko, leads a workshop for writers. Lewis Latimer House Museum, 34-41 137th St., Flushing.
April 22, Tony Orlando, 3 pm. A Platinum performer known for his warmth on stage performs his hits of the seventies, classic Rock and Roll, fifties tunes, tributes to America, and even a couple of new songs. $40-$48. Queensborough Performing Arts Center, 222-05 56th Ave., Bayside.
April 22, Cinderella, 2:15 pm. Set in the 18th century and featuring lavishly costumed stars, this Tanglewood Marionettes production unfolds as the pages of a giant book, revealing each beautifully painted setting—i.e. the village square, the rustic kitchen, the magnificent ballroom. (Workshop at 1 pm.) Flushing Town Hall, 137-35 Northern Blvd.
April 22, Fertile Ground, 7 pm. This non-curated program includes five dance makers and a post-performance discussion with wine. Green Space Studio, 37-24 24th St., LIC.
April 22, Green Garden/Green Planet, 12:30 pm. An Earth Day-inspired afternoon of art, hands-on workshops, and info on recycling, composting, and other eco-friendly resources. $5. Voelker Orth Museum, 149-19 38th Ave., Flushing.
April 23, Kidnapped Journalist Speaks, 1:30 pm. Jere Van Dyk was kidnapped by the Taliban and held for ransom in Afghanistan and Pakistan in 2008. After 45 days in constant threat for his life, he was released. He discusses his new book on the ordeal, The Trade. $8 suggested donation. Central Queens Y, 67-09 108th St., Forest Hills.
April 24, Cheesemaking 101, 6 pm. This introductory, hands-on class informs on the rich history of curds and whey and teaches the science behind making the product. $50. Queens County Farm Museum, 73-50 Little Neck Pkwy., Glen Oaks.
April 25, Miya Ando: Clouds, Aug. 19. Check out two site-specific suspended plate-glass sculptures internally etched with images of clouds. They share Isamu Noguchi’s interest in sculpting ephemeral materials, and in using them to shape space. The Noguchi Museum, 9-01 33rd Rd., LIC.
April 25, Good Evening Mr. Wallenberg, 12:10 pm. Film on Swedish businessman Raoul Wallenberg whose life changed after he saw bodies being thrown on an Auschwitz-bound train. With the support of the Swedish Embassy, he moved to Budapest in late 1944 to help protect Jews from the death camps. By issuing passports and intimidating German officials, he helped hundreds of Jews flee from Budapest or get placed in protective housing. Kupferberg Holocaust Center, Queensborough Community College, 222-05 56th Ave., Bayside.
Continued from last week
Fashion in Film Festival, April 22. The program features some of the most visually stunning and stylistically adventurous films ever made. Museum of the Moving Image, 36-01 35th Ave., Astoria’s Kaufman Arts District.
Much Ado About Nothing, April 22. Titan Theatre Company, an artist-in-residence, presents this Shakespeare comedy about love and victory in an Italian town that is about to be rocked by a scandal. Queens Theatre, 14 United Nations Ave. S., Flushing Meadows Corona Park.
Images: Flushing Town Hall
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