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#WeeklyColumn | It’s In Queens! | July 5 to July 11
It’s the time of year when the multi-week summer programs begin. Some are for children, while others are for live music lovers. Still more are for movie buffs. They all are absolutely fantastic, and they demonstrate that Queens is a great place to spend the summer.
July 5, The Mighty Sparrow and CASYM Steel Orchestra, 7 pm. SummerStage presents a night of the world-best Calypso. Springfield Park, Springfield Boulevard and 184th Street.
July 5, See It Big Weekend, July 7. Watch action movies on the big screen as part of an ongoing series. Here’s the schedule: “RoboCop,” July 5, 7 pm and July 7, 4:45 pm; “The Matrix,” July 6, 2:30 pm and July 7, 2 pm; “Terminator 2: Judgment Day,” July 7, 7 pm. Museum of the Moving Image, 36-01 35th Ave., Astoria’s Kaufman Arts District.
July 5, Center of Attention, 6:30 pm. Visitors are invited to engage in a conversation about Gabriel Orozco’s “Roto Shaku 26 (2015),” which is featured in the exhibition “Gabriel Orozco: Rotating Objects” (on view through Aug. 11). Event repeats on July 20 at 3:30 pm. Noguchi Museum, 09-01 33rd Rd. LIC.
July 6, Soul Jam, 6 pm. As part of the SummerStage series, Queens native Ralph McDaniels, the longtime host of Video Music Box, presents the Philly soul quintet Blue Magic and DJ Hollywood, whose call-and-response shtick pre-dated hip-hop music in the 1970s. Springfield Park, Springfield Boulevard and 184th Street.
July 6, The Addams Family, July 21. Maggie’s Little Theater presents this musical comedy. Schedule: July 6, 8 pm; July 7, 2:30 pm; July 13, 8 pm; July 14, 2:30 pm; July 19, 8 pm; July 21, 2:30 pm. St. Margaret Parish Hall, 66-05 79th Pl., Middle Village.
July 6, Hands on History: Etch Your Own Scrimshaw Art, 1 pm. Visit the exhibition “Treasures from the Attic: Who Tells Your Story?” and see objects that tell stories about the people who made and used them. Then create a scrimshaw, a popular etching artform among sailors. King Manor Museum, 150-03 Jamaica Ave., Jamaica.
July 7, Tabou Combo, 6 pm. SummerStage presents the ambassadors of Haitian dance music. Lakou Mizik, a multi-generational Port-au-Prince collective that celebrates the African, French, American, and Pan-Caribbean influences, also performs. Springfield Park, Springfield Boulevard and 184th Street.
July 7, Community Day, 11 am to 6 pm. Free admission, children’s art workshop, tours, and more. Noguchi Museum, 9-01 33rd Rd., LIC.
July 7, UFOs in Zacapa, 6:30 pm. This Guatemalan movie portrays extraterrestrial chaos while questioning the media’s role in distorting truth and how those with economic power can determine the faith of the masses. It’s part of the “Uchronias and Dystopian Futures: Latin American Science Fiction Cinema of the 21st Century” series. Museum of the Moving Image, 36-01 35th Ave., Astoria’s Kaufman Arts District.
July 8, Open Mic Series, 7 pm. Thunderbird American Indian Dancer of the Year Bobby Gonzalez performs a story. Then he encourages the audience to participate. This is the first of the Building Bridges through Storytelling program that will present these events every other Monday until Sept. 9. Remaining schedule: July 22; Aug. 5, 19, and 26; Sept. 9. Flushing Town Hall, 137-35 Northern Blvd.
July 9: Yacouba Sissoko, 7 pm. Malian musician Yacouba Sissoko is one of the finest kora players in the world. The kora is a 21-stringed lute common in music from Gambia, Senegal, Mali, and Niger. He performs as part of the Live at the Gantries series, which presents live acts every Thursday at 7 pm until Aug. 27. Remaining schedule: July 16, Claudia Valentina: Soulful Latin Folklore; July 23, Slavo Rican Assembly: World Music; Jazz, Balkan/Caribbean Blend; July 30, The Cold Club of Queens: Hot Jazz/Swing; Aug. 6, New Bojaira: Jazz/Flamenco; Aug. 13, Cumbia River Band: Colombian Cumbia; Aug. 20, Akoko Nante: African; Aug. 27, Andres 1,2,3: Music for kids in English and Spanish. Gantry Plaza State Park, 4-09 47th Rd., LIC.
July 10, Outdoor Cinema, 7 pm. A free screening of the French/Italian film “Purple Noon” as part of a Wednesday series that runs until Aug. 21. Live performances and French/Italian food are also scheduled. Socrates Sculpture Park, 32-01 Vernon Blvd., LIC.
July 10, Garden Creativi-Tea Drop-In Workshops, Aug. 7. Family-friendly workshops that combine nature and iced tea every Wednesday at 1 pm until Aug. 7. The theme on July 10 is Fairy Houses. Voelker Orth Museum, 149-19 38th Ave., Flushing.
July 10, The Science of Ink, 10 pm. Use real recipes and ingredients to mix the same ink used on the Declaration of Independence and the US Constitution. Then learn how to write with a quill pen as part of the Making History Workshops, which run every Wednesday until Aug. 14. The remaining schedule: July 17, Cheesemaking; July 24, Wool Yarn; July 31, Fabric Dyeing; Aug. 7, Tea; Aug. 14, Doughnuts. King Manor Museum, 150-03 Jamaica Ave., Jamaica.
July 11, Live at the Landing, 6 pm. Singer/songwriter Tom Shaner performs at part of an ongoing Tuesday night music series. Hunters Point South Park, 52-10 Center Blvd., LIC.
July 11, Latin Rock, 6 pm. SummerStage presents Aterciopelados and Diamante Eléctrico with DJ Dayansita. Queensbridge Park, vicinity of 41st Road and Vernon Boulevard, LIC.
Images: Queensboro Dance Festival