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#WeeklyColumn | It’s In Queens! | Sept. 12 to Sept. 19
Expect the unexpected this week. Grapes, momos, and bagpipes are big. Really big! Antique motorcycles, a Mexican matriarch, and international dances are also huge.
Sept. 12, Midsommar, Sept. 15. Six screenings of a new movie about a young American couple whose relationship is falling apart. After a family tragedy keeps them together, a grieving Dani invites herself on a trip with Christian and his friends to a midsummer festival in remote Sweden. Schedule: Sept. 12 at 7 pm; Sept. 13 at 7 pm; Sept. 14 at 3 pm and 6:30 pm; and Sept. 15 at 3 pm and 6 pm. Museum of the Moving Image, 36-01 35th St., Astoria’s Kaufman Arts Studios.
Sept. 13, América, Sept. 22. Twelve screenings of a documentary on three Mexican brothers and their 93-year-old grandmother, América. Diego returns home from the circus to reunite with his brothers after América falls from her bed. He’s a dreamer who sees poetry and purpose in this tragedy, but his dream of familial cohesion fades as the brothers clash over money, communication, and the challenge of caring for América. Museum of the Moving Image, 36-01 35th Ave., Astoria’s Kaufman Arts District.
Sept. 14, Grape Harvest, 9:45 am. No stomping! Participants clean and prep the homegrown fruit for juicing. The local libation is a main ingredient in the punch served at special events. Voelker Orth Museum, 149-19 38th Ave., Flushing.
Sept. 14, World’s Fair Tour, 2 pm. Lloyd Trufelman leads this Municipal Arts Society walk through the grounds of the 1939 and 1964 World’s Fairs. Sights include Queens Museum, NY State Pavilion, the Unisphere, Port Authority Heliport, Westinghouse Time Capsule, and the New York Hall of Science. Learn meeting space on registration.
Sept. 14, Queensboro Dance Festival, 2 pm. Free outdoor performances by local troupes. Please bring a blanket or low chair. Weather permitting. The Unisphere, Flushing Meadows Corona Park.
Sept. 14, Nature Walk, 9:30 am. Spot and identify birds with experts from NYC Audubon. Queens Botanical Garden, 43-50 Main St., Flushing.
Sept. 14, Irish Heritage Night, 3 pm. Irish music, dance, song, sport, bagpipes, accents, and more. LIC Landing, 52-10 Center Blvd.
Sept. 14, Urban Planning and the Steinway Community, 2 pm. Queens College Assistant History Professor Kara Schlichting discusses her book “New York Recentered: Building the Metropolis from the Shore,” which presents a new model for understanding the invention of metropolitan New York during the city’s unprecedented expansion between 1840 and 1940. Greater Astoria Historical Society, 44-02 23rd St., Ste. 219, LIC.
Sept. 14, Happy Birthday Lewis, 5:30 pm. Celebrate the namesake’s nativity with live music, wine-and-beer tasting, tours, silent auction, and three honorees: Congresswoman Grace Meng, Queens Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, and Andrew Jackson from the Langston Hughes Community Library. Lewis Latimer House Museum, 34-41 137th St. Flushing.
Sept. 15, Antique Motorcycle Show, 11 am. This 39th annual blowout features a judged show of more than 100 antique bikes, live music, food vendors, and bikes for sale. Queens County Farm Museum, 73-50 Little Neck Pkwy., Glen Oaks.
Sept. 15, Opening for Two Exhibitions, 6 pm. A reception for two shows. “Searching the Sky for Rain” brings together artists who disregard how the art industry regulates, classifies, compartmentalizes, and essentializes difference. “École du soir” is Christian Nyampeta’s ongoing investigation into how to live together. It consists of a scriptorium, an exhibition, and public programs concerned with “thinking Africa.” SculptureCenter, 44-19 Purves St., LIC.
Sept. 15, 2019 Momo Crawl, 1 pm. Sample dumplings from 24 Tibetan, Nepalese, and Indian restaurants as part of this eighth annual event. Fun includes performances of Himalayan music and dance. Diversity Plaza, vicinity of 37th Road and 74th Street, Jackson Heights.
Sept. 18, Birds of a Restored Grassland Project, 8 pm. Biologist Stephane Perreault presents bird data from a grassland restoration project on a private 400-acre estate in Nassau County. Alley Pond Environmental Center, 228-06 Northern Blvd., Douglaston.
Sept. 19, Making Moves Dance Festival, Sept. 21. This three-day, tenth-annual event features 11 up-and-coming choreographers and dance companies. Jamaica Performing Arts Center, 153-10 Jamaica Ave.
Images: The Momo Crawl (top); Jamaica Center for Arts & Learning (bottom)