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#WeeklyColumn | It’s In Queens! | Sept. 6 to Sept. 12
Summer is almost over, but the borough is still hot. This week brings a two-day Korean festival, sailing lessons, a grape harvest, “slick” music, and the chance to fly some creative kites.
Sept. 6, Balún, 6 pm. This ensemble turns Caribbean rhythms, old school dembow, glitchy IDM, and dreamy dance pop into slick, modern tunes rooted in traditional Puerto Rican sounds. The Noguchi Museum, 9-01 33rd Rd., LIC.
Sept. 6, Book Signing: The 1939-1940 New York World’s Fair, 7:30 pm. World’s Fair authority Bill Cotter discusses and signs his work amid memorabilia and souvenirs. Bayside Historical Society, 208 Totten Ave.
Sept. 7, Chuseok Korean Moon Festival, Sept. 8. This 37th annual celebration features South Korean food, activities, vendors, and K-pop. Schedule is Sept. 7 from 10 am to 7 pm and Sept. 8 from 10 am to 6 pm. Queens Botanical Garden, 43-50 Main St., Flushing.
Sept. 7, Learn to Sail, 9 am to 4 pm. The American Small Craft Association offers lectures and on-the-water classes on three consecutive Saturdays. (Participants must attend all three days.) Books and materials are included. Meadow Lake Boathouse, Flushing Meadows Corona Park.
Sept. 7, Kite Making Workshop, 3 pm. Inspired by an experimental class taught by Joseph Albers at the Bauhaus, this workshop rethinks the kite as a structure for display by adding text and graphics. A total of 100 kites will fly as a group to create a banner/image/floating graphic. Socrates Sculpture Park, 32-01 Vernon Blvd., LIC.
Sept. 7, Mary Poppins Returns, 7 pm. Watch CinemaLIC’s final outdoor screening of the season on a 30-foot inflatable screen with enhanced video projection equipment and the Manhattan skyline as the backdrop. Hunters Point South Park, vicinity of Center Boulevard and 50th Avenue.
Sept. 8, Jewish Life in Queens, 2:30 pm. Jack Eichenbaum, who is the official Queens historian as per Borough President Melinda Katz’s designation, lectures on the local Jewish population’s past, present, and future. Kingsland Homestead, 143-35 37th Ave., Flushing.
Sept. 8, World’s Fair History Walks, 11 am. Free, guided, one-hour walks with stops at World’s Fair sites, structures, and monuments. Meet at the green tent near the Unisphere, Flushing Meadows Corona Park.
Sept. 9, Live Drawing with Models, 6 pm. Adults draw from a live nude model in a relaxing, non-judgmental environment. Flushing Town Hall, 137-35 Northern Blvd.
Sept. 11, Brendan Fernandes: Contract and Release, March 8, 2020. The current installation “Noguchi: Body-Space Devices” is reconfigured as a set for “Contract and Release,” a performance-based collaboration with Brendan Fernandes, who works at the intersection of dance and the visual arts. Developed with architecture and design collaborative Norman Kelley, the installation features six “training devices” inspired by the rocking chairs that Noguchi produced for Martha Graham’s “Appalachian Spring (1944).” These chairs create an endurance test for dancers who have to sit on them and remain balanced while working through a version of Graham’s “contract and release” exercise. The Noguchi Museum, 9-01 33rd Rd., LIC.
Sept. 12, Who Takes Care of New York?, 6 pm. Opening reception for a show on the Big Apple’s scientists, artists, stewardship groups, and community partners. Exhibition runs until Sept. 29. Queens Museum, NYC Building, Flushing Meadows Corona Park.
Sept. 9, Open Mic Series, 7 pm. Thunderbird American Indian Dancer of the Year Bobby Gonzalez performs a story. Then he encourages the audience to participate as part of the the Building Bridges through Storytelling’s final session. Flushing Town Hall, 137-35 Northern Blvd.
Sept. 6, See It Big! 70mm, Sept. 8. Because wide screens make wide-eyed audiences, seven films have shown in the 70mm format, which offers astonishing detail and vibrancy, over the past few months. Here’s the remaining schedule: “Brainstorm,” Sept. 6, 7 pm; “It’s a Mad Mad Mad Mad World,” Sept. 7, 2 pm and Sept. 8, 5 pm; “Ready Player One,” Sept. 7, 6:30 pm and Sept. 8, 2 pm. Museum of the Moving Image, 36-01 35th Ave., Astoria’s Kaufman Arts District.
Images: The American Small Craft Association (top); Queens Botanical Garden (bottom0