It’s in Queens
#WeeklyColumn | It’s In Queens! | June 7 to June 13
The Spanish-American War ended in 1898, but a fantastic re-enactment of the hostilities leads a great week of fun in Queens. As expected at this time of year, it’s an indoor/outdoor list with many live concerts, film, sculpture, yachting, and even the chance to turn honey into wine. (Well, a wine-like beverage.)
June 7, Keith Hernandez Book Signing, 1 pm. The former Mets first baseman signs and sells his new memoir, “I’m Keith Hernandez.” Book Culture LIC, 26-09 Jackson Ave., LIC.
June 7, Kaia Kater, 8 pm. Kater’s original influences are her parents’ Canadian folk music and the years she studied Appalachian music in West Virginia. Her songs are fueled by tenor vocals, jazz-influenced instrumentation, and understated banjo. An introduction to Hambone and Body Percussion at 7 pm. Flushing Town Hall, 137-35 Northern Blvd.
June 7, Home Brewing with Honey, 7 pm. Astor Apiaries teaches the process of turning honey into mead. Alley Pond Environmental Center, 228-06 Northern Blvd., Douglaston.
June 7, A Night of Shorts, 7 pm. Watch Queens filmmakers pulled from the Queens World Film Festival and the Sunnyside Shorts Film Festival. Lou Lodati Playground, Skillman Avenue and 42nd Street, Sunnyside.
June 8, Bankra Caribbean Folk Festival, 1 pm. Music, dance, drum circle, story-telling, art, food. St. Albans Park, 167th Street and Merrick Boulevard.
June 8, Celebrate Historic Jackson Heights, June 9. A weekend of events, tours, exhibitions, vintage items, and slide shows. Community United Methodist Church, 82nd Street and 35th Avenue, Jackson Heights. More info at 347.766.9129.
June 8, Go For Baroque, 7:30 pm. The Queens Consort, a four piece ensemble playing period instruments, and the Forest Hills Choir present Bach, Vivaldi, and Telemann. Our Lady of Mercy Church, 70-01 Kessel St., Forest Hills.
June 8, Films by Carlos Reygadas, June 13. This Mexico native makes movies that deal with tensions and imbalances between social classes and friction between fiction and reality. Schedule: June 8, “Japón,” 1:30 pm; June 8, “Battle in Heaven,” 4:30 pm; June 8, “Battle in Heaven,” 6:45 pm; June 9, “Silent Light,” 1:30 pm; June 9, “Silent Light,” 4:15 pm; June 9, “Post Tenebras Lux,” 7 pm; and June 13, “Our Time,” 7 pm. Museum of the Moving Image, 36-01 35th Ave., Astoria’s Kaufman Arts District.
June 8, Gardening Weekend, June 9. Volunteer to build the Ethnobotany Project NYC’s first teaching garden (9 am to 3 pm). Activities include cutting lumber, leveling the garden area, building raised beds, and spreading wood chips. King Manor Museum, 150-03 Jamaica Ave., Jamaica.
June 9, Webber/Morris Big Band, 3 pm. Nineteen musicians from the New York improvised community play music by conductor-composer-tenor saxophonists Angela Morris and Anna Webber, the 2019 EtM ConEdison Composer in Residence. Queens Museum, NYC Building, Flushing Meadows Corona Park.
June 9, Curators Tour, 1 pm. Co-curators Mark Dean Johnson, Dakin Hart, and Matthew Kirsch lead a tour of the current exhibit “Changing and Unchanging Things: Noguchi and Hasegawa in Postwar Japan.” The Noguchi Museum, 9-01 33rd Rd., LIC.
June 9, Bang on a Can, 3 pm. Miles Okazaki opens this series by playing “Work: the compositions of Thelonious Monk” for solo guitar. The Noguchi Museum, 9-01 33rd St., LIC.
June 9, Spanish American War Re-enactment, 10:30 am. Watch versions of Teddy Roosevelt and the Rough Riders. Maple Grove Cemetery, Lefferts Boulevard and Kew Gardens Road, Kew Gardens.
June 9, Eclectic Dreams, 3 pm. A night of homegrown poetry and prose. Lewis Latimer House Museum, 34-41 137th St., Flushing.
June 10, Queens Symphony Orchestra, 7 pm. A festival of winds. Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary, 101-41 91st St., Ozone Park.
June 10, Live Drawing with Models, 6 pm. Paint nudes in a relaxed, encouraging environment. Flushing Town Hall, 137-35 Northern Blvd.
June 12, Monthly Jazz Jam, 7 pm. Musicians gather and play under the direction of saxophone legend Carol Sudhalter. Don’t play? Come and listen. Flushing Town Hall, 137-35 Northern Blvd.
June 13, The History of Sports in Queens, 6:30 pm. Jeffrey Kroessler, an associate professor in John Jay College of Criminal Justice’s Lloyd Sealy Library, lectures on the borough’s sports landscape, touching on everything from baseball to football to boxing to horseracing. Queens Historical Society, 143-35 37th Ave., Flushing.
June 13, Thursday Night Jazz Series, 8 pm. Kalia Vandever, a trombonist, composer, and educator, performs the last show of the Thursday Night Jazz Series program. She recently graduated from The Juilliard School. Jamaica Center for Arts & Learning, 161-04 Jamaica Ave.
June 13, Changing and Unchanging Sound, 6:30 pm. This performance features the premiere of a work by Anne Leilehua Lanzilotti, pieces by Kaija Saariaho and Juri Seo, and improvisations based on paintings by Saburo Hasegawa. Violist Lanzilotti is joined by Johanna Lundy on french horn and the Argus Quartet. The Noguchi Museum, 9-01 33rd St., LIC.
June 13, Bayside Yacht Club, 7 pm. The Bayside Historical Society opens a new exhibition that showcases the history of the Bayside Yacht Club and its activities throughout the 20th Century. Bayside Historical Society, 208 Totten Ave.
Cirque du Soleil: Luzia, until June 9. A surreal circus journey through an imaginary Mexico with grand visual surprises, breathtaking acrobatics, and serious water theme. Tent near Citi Field, 123-01 Roosevelt Ave.
Images: Queens Museum (top); Queens County Farm Museum (bottom)