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#WeeklyColumn | June 7 to June 11 | It’s In Queens!
Punjabi music, Jamaican dance, Ecuadorian culture, Chinese art, Polish film, and English tea. The diversity continues to amaze in Queens. Other upcoming events include a star-studded youth music festival, a film that goes behind the scenes of the World Cup, a celebration of Jackson Heights, Big Band, and stop-motion animation.
June 7, The Workers Cup, June 17. The 2018 World Cup begins in Russia on June 14, but construction is already underway for the 2022 edition in Qatar. Roughly 1.6 million migrants are working and living in the shadows of the soccer stadiums and office buildings to be used during Qatar 2022. By day, they labor in tough, hot conditions. By night, they compete in a soccer tournament, playing in the same stadiums that will one day host the world’s greatest players. This Adam Sobel documentary follows one team of men from Nepal, India, Ghana, and Kenya. Museum of the Moving Image, 36-01 35th Ave., Astoria’s Kaufman Arts District.
June 8, Carnegie Hall’s Neighborhood Concerts: Red Baraat, 8 pm. This group combines rock, jazz, and funk with scorching bhangra (Punjabi dance and music) for a pulse-quickening show. Free, but RSVP online. Flushing Town Hall, 137-35 Northern Blvd.
June 9, Queens Youth Music Festival, noon to 5 pm. Casey Simpson, a singer and star of the Nickelodeon show “Nicky, Ricky, Dicky and Dawn,” headlines this third annual extravaganza. Other scheduled stars include Lil Keys, a rapper being mentored by music producer Jermaine Dupri on the reality show “The Rap Game,” and Sawyer Fredericks, last year’s winner of NBC’s “The Voice.” St. John’s University, 80-00 Utopia Pkwy., Jamaica.
June 9, Celebrate Historic Jackson Heights, June 10. The Jackson Heights Beautification Group presents a weekend of tours, an exhibition, a slide show, and a lecture. Purchase tickets at Espresso 77, 35-57 77th St., or Beaudoin Realty Group, 78-27 37th Ave., on weekdays from 11 am to 5 pm.
June 9, Astoria Big Band, 7 pm. Carol Sudhalter’s 16-piece band does “Women Composers of Popular Music” with vocalist Marti Mabin. Sunnyside Reformed Church, 48-03 Skillman Ave., Sunnyside.
June 9, Broadway, Contemporary Pop and Jazz, 4 pm. A concert dedicated to singers and permanent residents Jimmy Rushing, LaVern Baker, and Kyle Jean Baptiste. RSVP for free admission or $5 at the door. Maple Grove Cemetery, 127-15 Kew Gardens Rd., Kew Gardens.
June 9, Vissi Dance Theater, 7:30 pm. Vissi combines drama and dance in scintillating ways, while exploring social issues in an urban contemporary style. Rufus King Park, vicinity of Jamaica Avenue and 153rd Street, Jamaica.
June 9, Sculpture in Motion, noon. Use stop-motion animation to explore the possibilities of moving sculptures. Create a small sculpture and bring it to life, Teaching artists from The Little Animation Studio are the guides. Socrates Sculpture Park, 32-01 Vernon Blvd., LIC.
June 9, Bird Walk with NYC Audubon, 9:30 am. Spot and identify creatures of flight with experts. Free with admission. Queens Botanical Garden, 43-50 Main St., Flushing.
June 10, Ñukanchik Sapi, 2 pm. The Ecuadorian-American Cultural Center presents music, dance, and high spirits with participants from its children’s program Ñukanchik Sapi. Live music by Inti Andino. Queens Museum, NYC Building, Flushing Meadows Corona Park.
June 10, Lawn Tea & Talk, 1:30 pm. Learn about how the world’s most popular beverage was prepared, used, and marketed in the 19th century. Kelsey Brow, a curator, offers samplings of historic teas. Voelker Orth Museum, 149-19 38th Ave., Flushing.
June 10, Bang on a Can, 3 pm. This summer’s concert series opens with Black Phebe Trio, comprising NYC-based cellist and composer Erik Friedlander with pianist and accordionist Shoko Nagai and percussionist Satoshi Takeishi. Free with admission. Noguchi Museum, 9-01 33rd Rd., LIC.
June 10, World’s Fair History Walking Tour, 11 am. Hear the stories behind the Unisphere, NYS Pavilion, New York Hall of Science, Queens Zoo Aviary, the second-oldest outdoor antiquity in NYC, and more. First come, first served. Meet at the Unisphere.
June 10, Agnieszka Holland’s “Spoor,” 6 pm. As part of the ongoing Science on Screen series, this is a special screening of Holland’s new film “Spoor,” accompanied by a conversation about the relationship of humans to animals with environmental scientist Eyal Frank and film critic Amy Taubin. Museum of the Moving Image, 36-01 35th Ave., Astoria’s Kaufman Arts District.
June 10, Art-Making Workshop, 3 pm. As part of the exhibition “El Dorado,” artist Cecile Chong leads this workshop to celebrate participants’ cultural identities. The installation pays tribute to the 49 percent of NYC households that speak a language other than English. On view till Oct. 14, it consists of 100 colored “guagua (infant)” sculptures, 49 of them painted gold, presented as a contemporary archeological site. Lewis H. Latimer House Museum, 34-41 137th St., Flushing.
June 11, Live Drawing with Models, 6 pm. Held on the second Monday every month, each artist has the opportunity to practice with a series of quick and long poses while listening to music in a relaxing, non-judgmental environment. $16. Flushing Town Hall, 137-35 Northern Blvd.
Banner and top images: Ecuadorian American Cultural Center; bottom image: Red Baarat
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