Before Summer Ends (film) @ Museum of the Moving Image
May 11 @ 7:30 pm – 8:45 pm
Before Summer Ends (film) @ Museum of the Moving Image | New York | United States

France, Switzerland. Dir. Maryam Goormaghtigh. 2017, 80 mins. Digital projection. In French/Persian with English subtitles. Channeling the lo-fi deadpan of Jim Jarmusch, this winningly offbeat quasi-documentary follows three thirty-something Iranian friends on a road trip through the South of France. Immigrants who enjoy the freedoms of their adopted country while remaining nostalgic for their home, the trio camp out under the stars, knock back beers, hang out with a rock group girl duo, and all the while grapple with the question that hangs over everything: will they stay in France for the long haul or return eventually to Iran? Combining a minimalist formal precision with a knack for capturing the improvisatory interplay between her subjects, director Maryam Goormaghtigh produces an amiably loose-limbed, witty look at life in cultural limbo. The film is part of Young French Cinema, a program made possible with the support of Unifrance and the Cultural Services of the French Embassy.

This film is part of MoMI’s Panorama Europe Film Festival.

QBG Farm & Compost Open Hours @ Queens Botanical Garden
Jun 20 @ 3:30 pm – 5:00 pm
QBG Farm & Compost Open Hours @ Queens Botanical Garden | New York | United States

Drop in at QBG Farm & Compost to see what’s growing! Founded in 2013, our farm demonstrates the link between composting and sustainable farming in the heart of Queens. Our organically managed farm produces a diversity of herbs, fruits, vegetables, and other beneficial plants.

Free with Garden Admission

Rock-A-Way Ba-by for the Sun-Set @ The Geography of NYC, With Dr. Jack Eichenbaum
Aug 8 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Rock-A-Way Ba-by for the Sun-Set @ The Geography of NYC, With Dr. Jack Eichenbaum

This walk, on and off the Rockaway “boardwalk,” connects two restaurants which overlook the Jamaica Bay side of the peninsula. We’ll convene at Thai Rock, 375 Beach 92 St, and end at The Wharf at 116 St for sunset views and drinks and/or bar food. (Optionally, BYO, and enjoy the same view from adjacent Tribute Park!)

If you haven’t been to Rockaway Park recently, the scene is changing beautifully. Post-Sandy renovation has been completed. Surfers and young urbanites are patrons of all of this. Our walk will also include a bit of affluent Belle Harbor to the west and the evolving nature of Beach 116th St, the subway terminus. Come as early as you want and enjoy the sand and surf during the day. There are outdoor showers and you can change in the restrooms. Head to Thai Rock for Thai appetizers and/or drinks and views but be ready to depart at 6:00 PM for our walk. Getting to Thai Rock by A train/Broad Channel shuttle should take about 75 minutes from Times Square. The Q53 express bus begins at the LIRR station in Woodside and intersects many subway lines in Queens. It will get you there (exit first stop in Rockaway) in 30-60 minutes depending on where you board it. You can also drive. There are subway and bus connections between the restaurants although parking may be an issue. It is also possible to travel by ferry from/to Wall St.

See ferry schedule. The tour is limited to 30 participants. The fee is $20, payable at the start of the tour. Registration required at