It’s in Queens
#WeeklyColumn | It’s In Queens! | Aug. 30 to Sept. 5
The U.S. Open is right now, and Queens is the center of the tennis world. But those who want to take a break from the intense baseline rallies and punishing overhead smashes can stay local and enjoy poetry, jazz, sculpture, dance, adorable dogs, paddle boats, and maybe even an alien invasion.
Aug. 30, Los Reyes, Sept. 8. A park in Chile, Los Reyes, brings together skaters from different backgrounds. It’s also home for two charismatic dogs, Chola and Football. This endearing documentary on the two canines screens 13 times: Aug. 30 at 5 pm; Aug. 31 at 2:30 pm + 4:30 pm; Sept. 1 at 2:30 pm, 4:30 pm + 6:30 pm; Sept. 4 at 3 pm; Sept. 5 at 3 pm; Sept. 6 at 5 pm; Sept. 7 at 3 pm + 5 pm; Sept. 8 at 1:30 pm + 3:30 pm. Museum of the Moving Image, 36-01 35th Ave., Astoria’s Kaufman Arts District.
Aug. 31, Whoop Dee Doo, 6:30 pm. Queens-based Parade presents a variety show directed by the Whoop Dee Doo collective with local groups such as Queens Music Academy and Woodside Dance Troupe. Expect big and colorful sets, pop culture references, and constant whimsy. Past performances include a Mount Rushmore staring contest and a rapping Dracula. Windmuller Park, vicinity of 39th Road and 52nd Street, Woodside.
Aug. 31, LIC with an Expert, 11 am. Greater Astoria Historical Society Executive Director Bob Singleton leads a walking tour of Long Island City. He’ll discuss history, industry, architecture, demographics, and more. Learn meet-up location upon registration.
Aug. 31, Attack the Block, 7 pm. This movie is about an unlucky woman and a gang of inner-city kids who join forces to defend their South London apartment complex from an alien invasion. It’s part of Disreputable Cinema, a series on cult films. Museum of the Moving Image, 36-01 35th Ave., Astoria’s Kaufman Arts District.
Sept. 1, One-Way Paddle from Anable Basin to Hallets Cove, 10:15 am. A roughly 90-minute group trip on the East River for adults of all paddling skills and experience. LIC Community Boathouse, 46-01 5th St., LIC.
Sept. 1, Forest Park 10, 5 & 1 Mile, 8 am. The nonprofit Queens Distance Runners group organizes three separate races in the same place with the center of operations at Forest Park Drive and Woodhaven Boulevard.
Sept. 1, Community Day, 11 am. Admission is free with a children’s workshop on charcoal drawing, a tour, and a conversation on Isamu Noguchi’s “Play Sculpture.” The Noguchi Museum, 9-01 33rd Rd., LIC.
Sept. 1, Sunset Sunday Salsa Dancing, 6 pm. A waterfront party with the Martinez Dance Studio. LIC Landing, 52-10 Vernon Blvd.
Sept. 3, Poetry and Verse, 6:30 pm. Peter Marra’s writings explore alienation, addiction, the misuse of love, the curse of secrets, the pain of victimization, and the impact of obsessions. He has had more than 300 poems published in print or online in more than 25 journals. He reads after an open mic session. Espresso 77, 35-57 77th St., Jackson Heights.
Sept. 4, Monthly Jazz Jam: Celebrating the Legacy of Louis Armstrong, 7 pm. Musicians gather and play under the direction of saxophone legend Carol Sudhalter. Don’t play? Sing and/or and listen. Flushing Town Hall, 137-35 Northern Blvd.
Sept. 5, Queensboro Dance Festival, Sept. 6. A variety of troupes perform at 6 pm on both nights. Hunters Point Park South, Center Boulevard near 50th Avenue, LIC.
Images: Queensboro Dance Festival