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#WeeklyColumn | May 18 – May 24 | It’s In Queens!
Dumpling contest! If that’s not enough to attract hordes of people to Queens this week, consider James Caan, Tahitian music, various festivals, art strolls, and live calligraphy.
May 19, James Caan Film Festival, May 28. Watch 12 movies starring the Sunnyside-raised Caan: Thief, May 19, 7 pm and May 27, 2 pm; El Dorado, May 20, 1:30 pm; The Rain People, May 20, 4:30 pm; Cinderella Liberty, May 20, 7 pm; Brian’s Song, May 21, 2 pm; The Killer Elite, May 21, 7 pm; Rollerball, May 26, 7 pm; Misery, May 27, 4:30 pm; The Yards, May 27, 7 pm; Slither, May 28, 2 pm; Honeymoon in Vegas, May 28, 4 pm; and Bottle Rocket, May 28, 6:30 pm. Museum of the Moving Image, 36-01 35th Ave., Astoria’s Kaufman Arts District.
May 19, RAM New Music Festival, May 21. This event promotes new music by Queens residents with the following schedule: piano duo and electric guitar duo, May 19, 7 pm; flute, violin, pianos, guitar orchestra, May 20, 3 pm; and loudbang and vocal works, May 21, 1 pm. The Secret Theatre, 44‐02 23rd St., LIC.
May 19, Global Mashup: Thailand Meets Tahiti, 8 pm. Deum Band presents traditional and contemporary dance music from Thailand. Josh Cho and Le Bandu Barracud play Tahitian music. Then the bands jam together. Dance lessons at 7 pm. Flushing Town Hall, 137-35 Northern Blvd.
May 20, LIC Art Stroll, 3:30 pm. Begin at SculptureCenter with a guided tour of three new solo exhibitions by women artists and continue to MoMA PS1 for a new group exhibition of six women artists. Meet at SculptureCenter, 49-19 Purves St., LIC.
May 20, Wildfest, noon. This mini-festival celebrates outdoor adventure, native folklore, and the natural world. Enjoy earthy art and awareness activities from Trees New York, SacredWaters, and Tommaso Lana, as well as compass work and orienteering with wilderness guide Sam Combs. Don’t forget flint-knapping, cordage, camouflage, and bowdrill making. Socrates Sculpture Park, 32-01 Vernon Blvd., LIC.
May 20, Tim Kubart & The Space Cadets, 2:15 pm. Kubart and special guests sing about new adventures, weaving childhood memories via textured pop tunes with lyrics that bridge the gap between innocence and wisdom in a way that listeners of all ages can appreciate and understand. Interactive arts workshop at 1 pm. Flushing Town Hall, 137-35 Northern Blvd.
May 20, Itinerant: Performance Art Festival, 2 pm. May 20. This year’s program, organized by interdisciplinary artist Hector Canonge, focuses on notions of human displacement, pilgrimage, physical dislocations, psychological migrations, and corporeal transformations. Queens Museum, NYC Building, Flushing Meadows Corona Park.
May 20, QueensWay Spring Tour, 11 am. This 2.2-mile walk tours the streets adjoining QueensWay, a public space around a former LIRR branch that people want to convert into a public park. See the “before” condition and learn about the project’s history. End in Forest Park, but begin at 107 Continental Ave., Forest Hills.
May 20, Wavelenghts, 6 pm. A poetry and prose reading by Queens Writers’ Lab that explores the interplay between secret and illuminated spaces and how the unseen is made manifest. Participants include Nancy Agabian, Catherine Fletcher, Jared Harel, Mary Lannon, Meera Nair, and Sokunthary Svay, who get inspiration from the Light Spectrum art installation by Antonia Perez. Lewis Howard Latimer House Museum, 34-41 137th St., Flushing.
May 20, Jazz Night, 7 pm. The Queens Symphony Orchestra plays selections from the Great American Songbook. The Center at Maple Grove, 127-15 Kew Gardens Rd., Kew Gardens.
May 20-21, Traditions Festival, noon to 4 pm. This second annual event showcases artists, artisans, and performers demonstrating crafts from cultures from the 19th century and modern times. See how New Yorkers made household goods 200 years ago with hands-on activities and fun for adults and children. King Manor Museum, 153rd Street and Jamaica Avenue, Jamaica.
May 21, Dumpling Tasting Contest, 3 pm. Teams eat dumplings and identify the ingredients in a three-round Quizzo format. Grand prize is a night of 1,000 dumplings. First prize is a Dumpling Galaxy book by Helen You and Max Falkowitz. Second prize is cash. $35. Dumpling Galaxy, 42-35 Main St., Flushing.
May 21, Oratorio Society of Queens: Celebrating 90th Anniversary, Sings Beethoven “Ode to Joy”, 4 pm. The first half of this anniversary program features Beethoven’s Chorale Finale of Symphony, No. 9, “Ode to Joy” along with Mozart and Copland. The second half features Americana and folk music paying homage to the U.S. Armed Forces. Expect “This Land is Your Land” and “Battle Hymn of the Republic.” Queensborough Performing Arts Center, 222-05 56th Ave., Bayside.
May 21, Ai and Sensui Calligraphy and Kyoto Culture, 1 pm. Ai Takaoka does a calligraphy performance. Sensui Oikawa plays the okoto. Emi Kikuchi presents kimonos and discusses the finer points of kimono wearing and fashion. Yael “Kat” Acher-Modiano plays shakuhachi-inspired music on the Western flute. Queens Museum, NYC Building, Flushing Meadows Corona Park.
May 21, Hart Island Requiem, 2 pm. EtM Con Edison/FTH Composer-in-Residence Tidtaya Sinutoke offers an experimental, immersive, and investigative theater piece that highlights stories of those who have died and are buried in Hart Island, a public cemetery located off the Bronx. Flushing Town Hall, 137-35 Northern Blvd.
May 21, Concert and Lawn Tea, 2 pm. The ensemble Eart’Acte performs various musical genres amid blooming spring flowers. Enjoy a selection of Victorian Era-inspired savory and sweet treats, and teas. $25. Voelker Orth Museum, 149-19 38th Ave., Flushing.
May 21, Steinway Street’s Spring Fling, 1 pm to 4 pm. Face-painting, collages, painting, hat making, balloon artistry, and the Steinway Deals Booklet, which includes promotions from businesses in the retail district. Municipal parking lot between Broadway and 31st Avenue, Astoria.
May 21, Flushing Walking Tour, 1 pm. The New York Landmarks Conservancy and the Queens Historical Society sponsor a tour of the Friends Meeting House, St. George’s Episcopal Church, Free Synagogue of Flushing, and Bowne Street Community Church. Begin at the Friends Meeting House, 137-16 Northern Blvd.
May 21, Steinway Piano Exhibit, 3 pm. Tour the Steinway & Sons factory with experts who have organized this trip for almost 20 years. Greater Astoria Historical Society, 35-20 Broadway, LIC.
May 21, Place, Home, Identity, 3 pm. A panel discussion in conjunction with a current exhibition moderated by curator Shlomit Dror with presentations by artists Keren Benbenisty, Claudia Joskowicz, and Esperanza Mayobre. Free. Dorsky Gallery, 11-03 45th Ave., LIC.
May 23, Taste of Sunnyside, 6:30 pm. Sample food and beverages from nearly 30 local restaurants and beverage purveyors with live entertainment by Underground Horns and the Afro-Latineers. $40/$70 for early entry VIP ticket. Event in a tent under the elevated 7 train at 46th Street and Queens Boulevard, Sunnyside.
May 24, Flushing’s Chinese Community, 6 pm. Official Queens historian Jack Eichenbaum leads a tour of this immigrant destination, which is Taiwanese rather than Cantonese at its core. Meet near the restrooms on the second floor of the New World Mall, straddling the southeast corner of Main Street and Roosevelt Avenue. Email interest to email@example.com.
Continuing from last week.
The Miracle Worker, through May 21. In this powerful play, dedicated teacher Annie Sullivan struggles to reach Helen Keller, but she must also confront Helen’s domineering father, a heartbroken mother, and a resentful brother. Shows are May 18, 2 pm; May 20, 2 pm & 8 pm; and May 21, 3 pm. Queens Theatre, 14 United Nations Ave. S., Flushing Meadows Corona Park.
Bird Walks with NYC Audubon, May 21, 9:30 am. Spot and identify creatures of flight with experts. Free. Queens Botanical Garden, 43-50 Main St., Flushing.
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Top image: Queens Museum; Bottom image: Michael Rapp