It’s in Queens
#WeeklyColumn | Aug. 31 to Sept. 6 | It’s In Queens!
The world’s best tennis is only part of the fun this week. The borough serves many aces with live music, urban foraging, circus zaniness, birds, tinkering, art, and a tribute to a comedian with a big heart.
Sept. 2, Circus Amok, 3 pm. Using traditional circus skills, post-modern dance, and improvisational techniques, this troupe provides public art addressing issues of social justice to audiences of all ages. Free. Socrates Sculpture Park, 32-01 Vernon Blvd., LIC.
Sept. 2, Jerry Lewis Tribute, Sept. 3. Lewis, who died recently, was a talented comedian whose career included work as a nightclub performer, television star, feature film actor, and director. He also hosted a live Labor Day weekend broadcast that raised money for the Muscular Dystrophy Association for 44 years. Watch The Ladies Man on Sept. 2 at 1 pm and The Nutty Professor on Sept. 3 at 1 pm. Museum of the Moving Image, 36-01 35th Ave., Astoria’s Kaufman Arts District.
Sept. 2, Bird Walk with New York City Audubon, 9:30 am. Spot and identify creatures of flight with experts. Free. Queens Botanical Garden, 43-50 Main St., Flushing.
Sept. 2, Hands-On History: Children’s Concert, 1 pm. An indoor folk concert starring Larry Moser and Mary Nagin. Learn about early music and hear the sounds of the fiddle and hammered dulcimer. Free. King Manor Museum, vicinity of 153rd Street and Jamaica Avenue, Jamaica.
Sept. 2, Tinkering Weekend, Sept. 3. A drop-in workshop where children and adults can build, explore, and create together. Sessions run 1:30 pm to 3 pm and 3:30 pm to 5 pm on both days. Free with admission. New York Hall of Science, 47-01 111th St., Flushing Meadows Corona Park.
Sept. 3, Tour with “Wildman” Steve Brill, 10 am. A two-hour walk of the QueensWay and adjacent Forest Park with NYC’s premiere urban forager. Hike wild, wooded trails running through a mature forest and examine thickets and cultivated areas loaded with wild plants. This is the start of the butternut season. Meet at the northeast corner of Woodhaven Boulevard and Forest Park Drive in front of Victory Field, Woodhaven.
Sept. 3, Birthday Celebration for Soca Superstar Rupee, 9 pm. West Indian music featuring Bunji Garlin, Kes, Fayann Lyons, Kerwin Dubois, MX Prime, Skinny Fabulous, Orlando Octave, GBM Neutron, Peter Ram, King Bubba, Biggie Irie, Rayzor, Leonce, and a major surprise act. Resorts World Casino New York City, 110-00 Rockaway Blvd., South Jamaica.
Sept. 3, Community Day with Guest Artist Lynne Yamamoto, 11 am. The event begins with an open studio drop-in program on printmaking. Yamamoto leads a gallery tour at 2 pm. At 4 pm, attendees participate in an organized, extended conversation on Isamu Noguchi’s Yellow Landscape. Free. Noguchi Museum, 9-01 33rd Rd., LIC.
Sept. 6, Monthly Jazz Jam, 7 pm. Held on the first Wednesday of every month, Jazz Jams are a fun way for musicians to hone skills and jam with peers. The house band, led by saxophonist Carol Sudhalter, is there too. Vocalists and those who don’t play instruments are welcome. $10. Flushing Town Hall, 137-35 Northern Blvd.
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Top image: Circus Amok; bottom image: “Wildman Steve Brill