It’s in Queens
#WeeklyColumn | It’s In Queens! | May 24 to May 30
Memorial Day is coming up, and Queens hosts the biggest memorial parade in the United States. In fact, the borough is so patriotic that it hosts more than 10 solemn events over the three days. More information on these events is below, along with details on “Mission Impossible Weekend,” ballet, film, and comedy.
May 24, Mission: Impossible Weekend, May 26. From 1966 to 1973, it was a television series with spies and cool chase scenes. Then it became a film series starring Tom Cruise. Watch the movies with this schedule: “Mission: Impossible (1996),” May 24, 7 pm; “Mission: Impossible 2 (2000),” May 25, 2 pm; “Mission: Impossible 3 (2006),” May 25, 4:30 pm; “Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol (2011),” May 25, 7 pm; “Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation (2015),” May 26, 3 pm; and “Mission: Impossible – Fallout (2018),” May 26, 6 pm. Museum of the Moving Image, 36-01 35th Ave., Astoria’s Kaufman Arts District.
May 25, Memorial Day Fair, noon to 5 pm. Performances by local dance troupes and musical acts, rides, bouncy houses, arts, crafts, face-painting, BBQ. (Rain date is May 26.) Sunnyside Gardens Park, 39-21 48th St.
May 25, Freedom by Ninja Ballet, 7:30 pm. Live music, the debut of three new Ninja Ballet company dances, martial arts choreography, and sound bath meditation. The Secret Theatre, 44-02 23rd St., LIC.
May 25, Queens Community Interfaith Dinner, 6 pm. The Flushing Interfaith Council and Amnesty International (Queens Chapter) present an Interfaith Iftar as part of the United States of Love Over Hate Campaign. Break the fast with a potluck dinner and share spiritual reflections. St. George’s Church, 135-32 38th Ave., Flushing.
May 26, Abacus: Small Enough to Jail, 3 pm. This 2016 documentary tells the saga of the owners of Abacus Federal Savings of Chinatown, the only company criminally indicted in the wake of the 2008 mortgage crisis. Lewis Latimer House Museum, 34-41 137th St., Flushing.
May 27, Niall Jones: Fantasies in Low Fade, June 1. The premiere of a new performance piece. Shows are Monday through Saturday at 8 pm. The Chocolate Factory Theater, 5-49 49th Ave., LIC.
May 29, The Storrs Objection, 9 pm. Comedians try to stay focused while being cross-examined and fact-checked during their sets. Adjudicator Matt Storrs disrupts their sets, while bailiff Tristan Miller maintains order. Comedians are Myq Kaplan (Conan); Dan Amaro (Comedy Off Main Street); Amanda Hurley (Beast Village Comedy Festival); and Veronica Garza (New York Comedy Club). QED, 27-16 23rd Ave., Astoria.
May 30, Compost Give Back, 2 pm & 3 pm. Part of its new Make Compost, Not Trash campaign, the NYC Department of Sanitation gives away compost. Those who register are eligible to take up to three 40-pound bags of free, high-quality compost made from food scraps and yard waste. Queens County Farm Museum, 73-50 Little Neck Pkwy., Glen Oaks.
Memorial Day Parade Schedule
Maple Grove Cemetery (May 25, 2 pm). Color guard, reflections, and music dedicated to permanent cemetery residents who died in service to the United States. Flag planting at noon, 127-15 Kew Gardens Rd., Kew Gardens.
Bayside (May 25, 9:30 am). Ceremony at Bell Boulevard and 53rd Avenue.
Forest Hills (May 26, 11 am). Line up at American Legion Continental Post 1424 on Metropolitan Avenue near Ascan Avenue and proceed to Trotting Course Lane.
Maspeth (May 26, 1 pm). Start at Walter Garlinge Memorial Park, Grand Avenue and 72nd Street. Service at Maspeth Memorial Park, 69th Street and Grand Avenue, at 2 pm.
College Point (May 26, 2 pm). March from 26th Avenue and College Point Boulevard to Hermon A. MacNeil Park.
Laurelton (May 27, 9 am). Start on Merrick Boulevard and Francis Lewis Boulevard, and end at Veterans Memorial Triangle at 225th Street and North Conduit Avenue.
Rosedale (May 27, 11:15 am). Begin at 234th Street and Mayda Road, end with memorial service at Veterans & Vietnam Memorial Squares, Sunrise Highway and Francis Lewis Boulevard.
Whitestone (May 27, noon). Start at Whitestone Memorial Park, 149th Street and 15th Drive.
Ridgewood/Glendale (May 27, 11 am). Step off from Glendale Memorial Triangle at Myrtle and Cooper avenues and end at Ridgewood Veterans Triangle at Myrtle and Cypress avenues.
Howard Beach (May 27, 11 am). Circuitous route begins and ends at Coleman Square, 159th Avenue and 103rd Street.
Little Neck/Douglaston (May 27, 2 pm). Walk along Northern Boulevard from Jayson Avenue to 245th Street.
Bayside Memorial Wreath Ceremony (May 30, 7:30 pm). The Bayside Historical Society lays a wreath in honor of Captain William C. Dermody and all those who bravely fought in the Civil War at Captain Dermody Triangle, 216-12 48th Ave. (He was an outspoken abolitionist who lost his life at the Battle of Spotsylvania, Virginia, in May 1864.)
Caroline, or Change. This musical combines spirituals, blues, Motown, classical music, klezmer and folk. Set in Louisiana in 1963, it explores social change via a friendship between a Jewish boy and his family’s African-American maid. Final four shows are May 23 at 8 pm; May 24 at 8 pm; and May 25 at 2 pm and 8 pm. The Broccoli Theater at the Variety Boys & Girls Club of Queens, 21-12 30th Rd., Astoria.
Relic, or, I Was Bubbie’s Favorite. This comedy explores celebrity, religion, and idolatry. An out-of-work actor finds one of the world’s greatest relics in his grandmother’s attic, giving him fame and fortune. He quickly discovers it’s not all fun and games. Final three shows are May 25, 2 pm and 8 pm; and May 26 at 2:30 pm. Queens Theatre, 14 United Nations Ave. S., Flushing Meadows Corona Park.
Images: Queensboro Dance Festival (top); Queens Farm (bottom)