It’s in Queens
#WeeklyColumn | It’s In Queens! | July 12 to July 18
There’s Jazz in the air…Bomba, Fandango, Flamenco, Hip Hop, Jarana, Marimba, R&B, Rock en Español, Salsa, and San Juanito, too. Others might opt for Taiwanese puppetry, outdoor films, cheesemaking, Ecuadorian dance, and tussie mussies. Here’s the skinny.
July 12, Jamaica Downtown Jazz Festival, July 14. This weekend-long celebration includes free and ticketed concerts, a JazzWalk tour, exhibitions, and a film about Aretha Franklin. Jamaica Center for Arts & Learning, 161-04 Jamaica Ave., and Jamaica Performing Arts Center, 153-10 Jamaica Ave.
July 12, Flamenco, 7 pm. A Palo Seco dances the night away as part of the SummerStage series. Named after a Flamenco style often sung a capella or with percussion alone, this NY-based group combines traditional techniques with a modern, metropolitan flair. Queensbridge Park, vicinity of 41st Road and Vernon Boulevard, LIC.
July 12, Grupo Niche, 10 pm. Up close and personal with the world-famous Colombian Salsa band. La Boom, 56-15 Northern Blvd., Woodside.
July 13, Viva Ecuador, 7:45 pm. The Ayazamana Dance Group, accompanied by live music by Andes Manta, presents elaborate choreographies to rhythms such as Fandango, Bomba, Marimba, San Juanito, and Amorfinos. Frank Sinatra School of the Arts, 35-12 35th Ave., Astoria’s Kaufman Arts District.
July 13, Ralph McDaniels Hip Hop in the Park, 3 pm. The Queens native, who founded and hosted “Video Music Box,” celebrates urban culture. (McDaniels is also the Hip Hop Coordinator at the Queens Library.) Socrates Sculpture Park, 32-01 Vernon Blvd., LIC.
July 13, Rock en Español, 5 pm. Argentine music headlined by the socially conscious singer Leon Gieco, who is sometimes called the “Bob Dylan of Argentina.” Queensbridge Park, vicinity of 41st Road and Vernon Boulevard, LIC.
July 13, The Silence of the Lambs, 6 pm. Production designer Krista Zea participates in a gallery talk, screening, and discussion on this classic film as part of the new series Behind the Screenings. Museum of the Moving Image, 36-01 35th Ave., Astoria’s Kaufman Arts District.
July 13, Jackson Heights Jazz Festival, July 14. Here’s the remaining schedule: Kim Clarke on upright acoustic bass, July 13, 6 pm, Espresso 77, 35-57 77th St.; Vanessa Ruben on vocals, July 14, 6 pm, Travers Park, 34th Avenue and 77th Street; and Ed Fuqua Trio, July 14, 8 pm, The Queensboro, 80-02 Northern Blvd.
July 14, Avery*Sunshine, 6 pm. Denise Nicole White (aka Avery*Sunshine) performs as part of the SummerStage series. The former church pianist is an immense vocal talent with the number 1 Billboard single “Call My Name.” Queensbridge Park, vicinity of 41st Road and Vernon Boulevard, LIC.
July 14, I Wan Jan: Puppetry from Taiwan, 3:30 pm. These fourth-generation master puppeteers reveal a tale through action rather than words. The show emphasizes exciting martial arts scenes and performance techniques. Workshop at 4:30 pm. Flushing Town Hall, 137-35 Northern Blvd.
July 14, Sweet 16 Lawn Tea Party, 1 pm. Celebrate a birthday with Victorian-inspired lawn tea, music, tussie mussies, and boutonnieres. (The house is 128 years old.) Voelker Orth Museum, 149-19 38th Ave., Flushing.
July 14, Book Talk, 3 pm. Richard Panchyk discusses and signs “Hidden History of Queens,” a 2018 book on fun facts. King Manor Museum, 150-03 Jamaica Ave., Jamaica.
July 14, Two Curators Tour, 1 pm. Senior Curator Dakin Hart and Research Curator Matthew Kirsch lead a tour on the final day of the “Changing and Unchanging Things: Noguchi and Hasegawa in Postwar Japan” exhibition. The Noguchi Museum, 9-1 33rd Rd., LIC.
July 14, Bang on a Can, 3 pm. 75 Dollar Bill — plywood-crate percussionist Rick Brown and guitarist Che Chen — makes electric, richly patterned music that can shape-shift from joyful dance tunes to slowly changing trance minimalism. They perform as part of the Bang on a Can series. The Noguchi Museum, 9-1 33rd Rd., LIC.
July 14, On Memorials: Alternatives & Futures, 2:30 pm. An afternoon of gallery and studio talks, performance, and conversation focused on the work of Jerome Foundation Emerging Artist Fellow Alexandria Smith, Studio Program artist Lachell Workman, composer Liz Gré, and musician Maurisa Mansaray. Queens Museum, NYC Building, Flushing Meadows Corona Park.
July 16, Full Moon Afro-Brazilian Drum Circle, 7 pm. Learn to play timbal, caixa, surdo, repique, xequere, tamborim, pandeiro, and more with a former member of Timbalada! Flushing Town Hall, 137-35 Northern Blvd.
July 16, Claudia Valentine, 7 pm. This singer-dancer-jaranera does an array of soulful Latin folklore that spans regions of Mexico and the United States as part of the Live at the Gantries series, which runs on Tuesdays until Aug. 27. Gantry Plaza State Park, 4-9 47th Rd., LIC.
July 16, Artist in Residence: Pasqualina Azzarello, July 18. Watch a new mural take form during Azzarello’s week-long residency. She teams up with participants of the Junior Naturalists program. Meet the artist on July 18 at 6 pm. Queens Botanical Garden, 43-50 Main St., Flushing.
July 17, Outdoor Cinema, 7 pm. The Ethiopian-Italian movie “Anbessa” screens as part of the free Outdoor Cinema series, which offers free movies with related live performances and food until Aug. 21. Socrates Sculpture Park, 32-01 Vernon Blvd., LIC.
July 17, Puppets, 1 pm. Create puppets as part of the family-friendly Garden Creativi-Tea Drop-In Workshops series that continues until Aug. 7. (The theme on July 24 is Tote Bags.) Voelker Orth Museum, 149-19 38th Ave., Flushing.
July 17, Cheesemaking, 10 am. Use real recipes and ingredients to make cheese as part of the Making History Workshops, which run on Wednesdays until Aug. 14. (The theme on July 24 is Wool Yarn.) King Manor Museum, 150-3 Jamaica Ave., Jamaica.
July 18, Dirty Dancing, 8 pm. Watch this film outdoors on a large screen with the Manhattan Midtown in the background as part of the ongoing CinemaLIC series. Hunters Point South Park, vicinity of Center Boulevard and 50th Avenue.
The Addams Family, until July 21. Maggie’s Little Theater presents this musical comedy with the remaining schedule: July 13, 8 pm; July 14, 2:30 pm; July 19, 8 pm; and July 21, 2:30 pm. St. Margaret Parish Hall, 66-05 79th Pl., Middle Village.
Images: SummerStage (above); Flushing Town Hall (below)