It’s in Queens
#WeeklyColumn | June 14 to June 20 | It’s In Queens!
Father’s Day is nearing, and Queens is prepared! After all, what dad wouldn’t love to attend a free, outdoor Kool & the Gang concert with his family? Jazz, the premiere of one-woman play, a mashup, Vladimir Putin, fashion, utopia, and huge puppets are also in town.
June 14, Jazz in the Park, 6:30 pm. Renowned trombonist Clifton Anderson brings his quintet for a night of swinging originals, high energy calypso, funk, and American songbook standards. Free. Socrates Sculpture Park, 32-01 Vernon Blvd., LIC.
June 15, Putin’s Russia: A 21st-Century Film Mosaic, July 15. A series with more than 30 fiction and documentary films made since Vladimir Putin came to power in Russia in 1999. The movies range from crime thrillers to absurdist comedies, coming-of-age dramas to dystopic science fiction, and populist blockbusters to muckraking documentaries. Museum of the Moving Image, 36-01 35th Ave., Astoria’s Kaufman Arts District.
June 15, Jamaica Just My Style Fashion Event, 6 pm. The Jamaica Center Business Improvement District presents a night of trendsetting designer styles from popular local businesses. Jamaica Performing Arts Center, 153-10 Jamaica Ave.
June 15, Global Mashup #5: Texas meets Peru, 8 pm. Brian Clayton and The Green River Band, comprised of six of the country’s finest country musicians, performs. The Corina Bartra Afro Peruvian Band plays infectious Afro-Peruvian music. Then the bands jam together. Dance lessons at 7 pm. Flushing Town Hall, 137-35 Northern Blvd.
June 15, Flushing’s World Fair, June 17. This three-day expo includes a panel discussion, a showcase of local businesses and cultural venues, workshops, walking tours, food tours, and networking.
June 16, Kool & the Gang, 5 pm. This multiple Grammy-winning group helped shape funk and soul since its inception in 1969. Expect one of the most raucous and memorable shows possible. DJ Sylk and Roxanne Shante are in the mix. SummerStage, vicinity of 111th Street, College Point Boulevard, and Park Drive East, Flushing Meadows Corona Park.
June 16, Finding Uncle Alfio, 3 pm. Judge Gloria C. Coco, niece of Alfio Freddie Manninici, is the first Italian-American woman to become a judge in Chicago. For the first time ever, she presents a one-woman show on her multi-year search for her immigrant uncle’s grave with a Q&A session afterward. Maple Grove Cemetery, 127-15 Kew Gardens Rd., Kew Gardens.
June 16, Harlem Stage E-Moves on Tour, 7:30 pm. Contemporary African choreographers Omari Mizrahi (Senegal), Lacina Coulibaly (Burkina Faso), and Nora Chipaumire (Zimbabwe) — all of whom have affiliations with Harlem Stage-E Moves — present raw, thought-provoking pieces that tackle African identity and existence in the United States. Rufus King Park, vicinity of Jamaica Avenue and 153rd Street, Jamaica.
June 16, Open Mic: Writing on Race & Immigration, 2:30 pm. In the culminating event of this year’s Writing on Race & Immigration series, the instructors read their pieces and invite participants and the general public to an open mic to voice their stories related to race and immigration. Lewis H. Latimer House Museum, 34-41 137th St., Flushing.
June 16, Center of Attention, 3:30 pm. Participate in a conversation about Océane Delain’s “Belle de Jour (2018),” an Akari-inspired lighting series featured in the special exhibition “Akari Unfolded: A Collection by YMER&MALTA,” which is on view through Jan. 27, 2019. Noguchi Museum, 9-01 33rd Rd., LIC.
June 16-17, Children’s Festival, noon. Art, dance, performances, pirates, music, workshops, cats, magic, and science. Free. Jamaica Center for Arts & Learning, 153-10 Jamaica Ave.
June 16-17, Path Through History, 2:30 pm. The Queens Historical Society participates in a statewide effort to highlight sites of rich heritage. Take a tour, learn more. Kingsland Homestead, 143-35 37th Ave., Flushing.
June 17, A Thousand and One Nights, 3 pm. The Queens Symphony Orchestra presents this musical classic by Russian Romantic composer Rimsky-Korsakov. It recreates the legend of Sultan Schahriar and Sultana Scheherazade. LeFrak Hall, Queens College, 65-30 Kissena Blvd., Flushing.
June 17, The Pan Asian Repertory Theatre, 3 pm. A staged reading of an award-winning, family-friendly adaptation of Hans Christian Andersen’s “The Nightingale.” Set in 18th century China, the humorous story depicts the youthful exploits of the future Emperor Qianlong, who finds a magical bird to help him learn what he must do to be king. Flushing Town Hall, 137-35 Northern Blvd.
June 17, Global Wind Day Hike, 1 pm. Urban Park Rangers lead a trek through the Forever Wild site at Willow Lake with a special focus on wind power and sustainable energy. Meet in front of Mauro Playground, Flushing Meadows Corona Park.
June 17, Queens Must-Sees Book Talk, 3 pm. Joe DiStefano, the Queens Tourism Council’s official foodie, runs a culinary blog called “Chopsticks and Marrow.” He also recently wrote “111 Places in Queens That You Must Not Miss.” He discusses this book and the local culinary scene. King Manor Museum, vicinity of 150th Street and Jamaica Avenue, Jamaica.
June 17, Utopia in Movement, 1 pm. The LIC-based troupe Valerie Green/Dance Entropy explores the idea of the perfect place through the mediums of dance and visual art. The 60-minute performance precedes a Q&A moderated by creative director and choreographer Valerie Green. Queens Museum, NYC Building, Flushing Meadows Corona Park.
June 17, Father’s Day Film, 3 pm. A free screening of “Zootopia,” a 2016 Disney animation that entertains and offers a tool for parents to start the conversation with children about some serious issues related to racism. Lewis Latimer House Museum, 34-41 137th St., Flushing.
Banner and top images: Jamaica Center; bottom image: City Parks Foundation
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