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#WeeklyColumn | It’s In Queens! Aug. 9 to Aug. 15
Get ready for a jam-packed week with dragon boat races, a field day battle with Brooklyn, Greek octopus stew, comedy, free corn, a monkey king, a raga-massive, and oh-so-much live jazz.
Aug. 9, The Princess and the Frog, Aug. 12. A modern version of Grimm fairy tale with the first-ever African-American Disney princess. $15. Daily at 11 am. (Editor’s note: First screening is on Aug. 8.) Museum of the Moving Image, 36-01 35th Ave., Astoria’s Kaufman Arts District.
Aug. 9, Jazz in the Park, 6:30 pm. Joey “Hot Lips” Morant electrifies audiences with his dazzling trumpet technique, skillful scat singing, and humorous asides. Free. Socrates Sculpture Park, 32-01 Vernon Blvd., LIC.
Aug. 9, Afro-Cuban Jazz with Román Filiú, 6 pm. This New York-based saxophonist, bandleader, and composer was born and raised in Santiago de Cuba. Free. Queens Central Library, 89-11 Merrick Blvd., Jamaica.
Aug. 9, 42nd Street, Aug. 12. A classic musical starring talented young people from local communities. Shows: Aug. 9, 7 pm; Aug. 10, 8 pm; Aug. 11, 8 pm; Aug. 12, 3 pm. $12/$10 for seniors and children under age 12. HCJ Msgr. Murray Auditorium, 111-02 86th Ave., Richmond Hill.
Aug. 11, Hong Kong Dragon Boat Festival, Aug. 12. This 28th annual event celebrates the Year of the Dog with boat races (more than 200 teams), entertainment, folk art, and a food court. 9 am to 5 pm both days. Free. Meadow Lake, Flushing Meadows Corona Park.
Aug. 11, Hot Jazz/Cool Garden: Bria Skonberg, 2 pm. A highly acclaimed and versatile singer, trumpeter, and songwriter. $20 with red beans-and-rice dish and sweet tea. Louis Armstrong House Museum, 34-56 107th St., Corona.
Aug. 11, Arbitration Rock: Battle of the Boroughs, noon. A family-friendly Brooklyn-v.-Queens field day with sack races, trivia knockout, pie-eating contest, and dance off, culminating in an epic tug-of-war. The winning borough takes home the coveted Arbitration Rock Trophy. $5 suggested donation. Onderdonk House, 1820 Flushing Ave., Ridgewood.
Aug. 11, Cooking with Granny, 2 pm. Greek octopus stew is on the menu for this live cooking and storytelling session with Granny Barbara and Caroline Shin. So are tales of Greek immigration and Astoria. COFFEED, 37-18 Northern Blvd., LIC.
Aug. 11, Victorian Walking Tour, 2 pm. Board member Jo-Anne Raskin leads a trek through the Victorian section of Maple Grove Cemetery. Visit gravesites of notable permanent residents and learn about Victorian funerary symbols and styles. $15. Meet inside the gate at Kew Gardens Road and Lefferts Boulevard, Kew Gardens.
Aug. 11, Queensboro Dance Project, 2 pm. Performances by NY Hung Sing Kwoon Lion Dance, Dugal Dance Projects, Rogue Dancers, Sector Dance, Vissi Dance Theater, and The Kingdom Dance Company. Free. Fort Totten, Totten Avenue and 15th Road, Bayside.
Aug. 11, Corona Mile, 8:30 am. Thousands are expected to run this one-loop course that starts and ends near the Unisphere. Various gender, age, and talent divisions. Meet at the Unisphere, Flushing Meadows Corona Park.
Aug. 11, Comedy Under the Stars, 8 pm. Alessio “The Sicilian Guy” Terrana headlines a night of laughter. Resorts World Casino New York City, 110-00 Rockaway Blvd., Jamaica.
Aug. 11, Norte Maar’s Dance, 5:30 pm. Artists-in-residence offer a sixth annual performance on a main stage by the East River waterfront. Free. Socrates Sculpture Park, 32-01 Vernon Blvd., LIC.
Aug. 12, Sundays on the Lawn: Ani Cordero, 1:30 pm. This outdoor program presents internationally renowned bands and musicians after free art-making classes and lawn games. Cordero is a singer, songwriter, drummer, guitarist, and Latin American music researcher. Queens Museum, NYC Building, Flushing Meadows Corona Park.
Aug. 12, The Monkey King, 2 pm. This new work by Common Man Musicals tackles an ancient Chinese legend with a modern American point of view. What happens when a new king is born, but he turns out to be a she? Free. Queens Museum 14 United Nations Ave. S., Flushing Meadows Corona Park.
Aug. 12, Global Mashup for Kids: Elena Moon Park & Sonia de los Santos, 1 pm. A fun-filled afternoon featuring Park and de los Santos in a celebration of music from Latin America and East Asia. Sing and dance to folk and children’s songs in English, Spanish, Korean, Mandarin, Japanese, Tibetan, and Taiwanese. $14/$8 for children. Flushing Town Hall, 137-35 Northern Blvd.
Aug. 12, Music in the Garden: Women’s Raga Massive, 4 pm. Improvised pieces, original works, and raga-inspired tributes to female heroes. Queens Botanical Garden, 43-50 Main St., Flushing.
Aug. 12, Kabarett Weimar, 4 pm and 8 pm. This play takes the audience to the divine decadence of a Weimar-era German cabaret, Kit Kat Club. A devious master of ceremonies, desperate dancers, stirring chanteuses, and bawdy bumps and grinds lurk at every turn. Let Love Inn, 27-20 23rd Ave., Astoria.
Aug. 12, Free Corn Roast, 10 am. A free ear of corn roasted over a coal fire. Cunningham Park Farmers Market, northeast corner of parking lot, vicinity of Union Turnpike, Fresh Meadows.
Aug. 14, The Bartlett Band with The Next Generation Sound, 7 pm. Hits from Bebop to Hip Hop as part of the two-month Live at the Gantries series. Free. Gantry Plaza State Park, Center Boulevard and 48th Avenue, LIC.
Images: Hong Kong Dragon Boat Festival in New York
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