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#WeeklyColumn | Sept. 14 to Sept. 20 | It’s In Queens!
It’s a week of festivals: food, street, dance, motorcycle, apple-and-honey, and Huapango. It’s also a week of openings: hilarious plays, group shows, sculpture, photography, wax, glass, and bronze.
Sept. 14, Watchers of the Sky, 2 pm. This documentary explores the legacy of Raphael Lemkin, a Polish Jew who lost family in the Holocaust and coined the word “genocide.” Kupferberg Holocaust Center, Queensborough Community College, 222-05 56th Ave., Bayside.
Sept. 14, Queens Mystery Writers, 7 pm. Lyndsay Faye and Alex Segura explain how Queens has influenced their writing. Maple Grove Cemetery, 127-15 Kew Gardens Rd., Kew Gardens.
Sept. 15, Jimmy and Carolyn, Oct. 1. In this hysterical world premiere, a retired auto body repairman and his homemaker wife drive from Florida to Rhode Island to celebrate his birthday at the fancy beach house of their gay son and his life partner. Amid the laughter and great food, dark truths are exposed. Shows on Thursday-Sunday cycle. Queens Theatre, 14 United Nations Ave. S., Flushing Meadows Corona Park.
Sept. 15, Stillness in Queens, 8 pm. Musician/composer Jun Yi Chow and video artist Karen Y. Chan produced this experimental video and sound art performance that explores the beauty and quietude of everyday life in Queens. $16. Flushing Town Hall, 137-35 Northern Blvd.
Sept. 16, Viva La Comida, noon to 7 pm. This sixth annual food-and-music festival features some of NYC’s best street food vendors and local restaurants, plus a full slate of eclectic live music. Vicinity of 82nd Street and Roosevelt Avenue, Jackson Heights.
Sept. 16, Flushing BID Street Festival, 10 am to 5 pm. This fourth annual event features countless vendors. An estimated 19,000 people attended last year. Vicinity of 40th Road and Prince Street.
Sept. 16, Making Moves Dance Festival, 2 pm & 7 pm. A unique opportunity to see NYC-based emerging choreographers and dance companies. This year, seven selected troupes present their works in two bills: a free afternoon outdoor presentation which encourages public participation and a $10 evening stage show with commissioned work by choreographer Gabrielle Lamb. Jamaica Performing Arts Center, 153-10 Jamaica Ave.
Sept. 16, A Fuller Life, 1:30 pm. Samuel Fuller’s daughter directed this loving tribute to her father and his legacy. Friends, admirers, and peers read from his memoirs, while anecdotes are illustrated with archival footage and excerpts from his films. Introduced by Marsha Gordon and followed by a book signing. $15. Museum of the Moving Image, 36-01 35th Ave., Astoria’s Kaufman Arts District.
Sept. 16, Bird Walk with NYC Audubon, 9:30 am. Spot and identify creatures of flight and learn how QBG provides them with important resources, such as water, shelter, and insects to eat. Free with admission. Queens Botanical Garden, 43-50 Main St., Flushing.
Sept. 16, How to Succeed in Business without Really Trying, 1 pm. This 50-year-old musical follows young, ambitious J. Pierrepoint Finch, who rises from window washer to board chairman of the World Wide Wicket Company. Free. Greater Astoria Historical Society, 35-20 Broadway, LIC.
Sept. 17, The 35th Annual Antique Motorcycle Show, 11 am to 4 pm. A display of various makes and models of motorcycles that have been out of production for 10 years or more along with music, farmhouse tours, hayrides, and food. $7. Queens County Farm Museum, 73-50 Little Neck Pkwy., Glen Oaks.
Sept. 17, Apple and Honey Festival, 2 pm. Apples, honey, traditional Jewish music from Eastern Europe, bees, and fashion. Free. Queens Botanical Garden, 43-50 Main St., Flushing.
Sept. 17, The Huapango Festival, 3 pm. Ballet Folklórico Mexicano de Nueva York presents the debut of the Festival del Huapango, Mexico’s second most important music, song, and dance event after the Guelaguetza. Free. Socrates Sculpture Park, 32-01 Vernon Blvd., LIC.
Sept. 17, Opening Reception, 5 pm. This exhibition features Nicola L., who creates works that are thematically connected but take on different forms and formats, from performance to film to domestic objects, and Kelly Akashi, who works in sculpture and photography, often using materials like wax, glass, bronze, light, and air to emphasize time and ephemerality. On display until Dec. 18. SculptureCenter 44-19 Purves St., LIC.
Sept. 17, Myrtle Avenue Fall Street Festival, noon to 6 pm. Ramen contests, vintage buses, antique cars, live music. Free. Between Forest and Wyckoff avenues, Ridgewood.
Sept. 17, Brooklyn’s German Beer Breweries, 2 pm. Chris Heuberger provides an indoor tour/lecture on Bushwick breweries that thrived in the mid 19th century. $10. Voelker Orth Museum, 149-19 38th Ave., Flushing.
Sept. 17, First I Was Afraid, 2 pm. Opening reception for an exhibition featuring artists who focus on personal responses to a variety of public and private anxieties and fears. Show open until Nov. 19. Free. Dorsky Gallery, 11-03 45th Ave., LIC.
Sept. 18, Ellis Island, 7 pm. Watch a film on Ellis Island in celebration of its 125th anniversary. Free. Greater Astoria Historical Society, 35-20 Broadway, LIC.
Sept. 20, Queens County Bird Club, 8 pm. Javier Izquierdo, an assistant professor in Hofstra University’s Biology Department, presents “The American beachgrass microbiome: spying on private conversations underground.” He explains how microbes affect the success of beachgrass planting. Alley Pond Environmental Center, 228-06 Northern Blvd., Douglaston.
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Top image: Socrates Sculpture Park; bottom image: Queens Botanical Garden