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#PickoftheWeek | A variety show with eye-popping variety and a knee-slapping show!
The reasons to love Queens never end.
PARADE, a public art nonprofit, will present a live variety show in Woodside’s Windmuller Park on Saturday, Aug. 31, at 6:30 pm.
The audience can expect big and colorful sets, pop culture references, and a near endless supply of whimsy. In other words, the entertainment will showcase the borough’s diversity along with its residents’ eclectic, fun nature. (Past performances include a Mount Rushmore staring contest, a spider orchestra, and Hip Hop Dracula.)
The event is free and open to the public.
To produce the show, PARADE collaborated with the artist collective Whoop Dee Doo, local teenagers, and community groups. They did it together — the dialogue, the props, the music, the insanity — with Windmuller Park as their inspiration.
Whoop Dee Doo founders Jaime Warren and Matt Roche will be the hosts. To set the tone, Warren will portray a high energy can of soda, while Roche will be a tired werewolf (typecast again!). They’ll introduce the talent and help explain the zaniness.
“I fully anticipate a show that puts forth the craziest version of Woodside we’ve ever seen,” said PARADE Cofounder Paddy Johnson, who lives near the host venue. “I don’t know what that means, exactly, but I imagine it will involve a lot of cardboard, paper mache, and laughter.”
Admission is free. Windmuller Park is in the vicinity of 39th Road and 52nd Street. Audience members are encouraged to bring chairs and blankets.
Participating local groups include Bula Arts & Culture, the Colombian Dance Company of New York, D.A. Sokol Gymnastics, Los Herederos, Queens Music Academy, the Tibetan Community Center of NY & NJ, and Woodside Dance Troupe.
Images: Whoop Dee Doo