#WeeklyColumn | It’s In Queens!
BY QEDC It's In Queens
African drumming, Indian folk, Jazz, Klezmer, Latin, Steel pan, and Swing. It’s a great week for music in Queens. Afghan sabzi, Bangladeshi goat biryani, Guyanese potato curry, Mexican mole poblano, Sri Lankan vegetable kottu, Thai papaya salad, and West African egusi. It’s a great week for food, too!
May 20, OYA, May 29. Baba David Wright’s new play is a spirited theatrical dance-drama that explores the traditions and rituals of the West African Yoruba culture. Black Spectrum Theatre, vicinity of 177th Street and Baisley Boulevard, Jamaica.
May 20, Encore Film Festival, 6 pm. Watch movies that won awards at the latest Underground Film Festival. Jamaica Performing Arts Center, 153-10 Jamaica Ave.
May 20, The Apothetae, May 21. Readings of plays about people with disabilities. A.A. Brenner’s “Blanche & Stella” is on May 20 at 8 pm. Nikki Brake-Silla’s “Say It Ain’t So” is on May 21 at 5 pm. Magda Romanska’s “The Life and Times of Stephen Hawking” is on May 22 at 5 pm. Queens Theatre, 14 United Nations Ave. S., Flushing Meadows Corona Park.
May 20, Crash The Party, 8 pm. This band features young, energetic, talented, and reliable musicians. Resorts World New York City, 110-00 Rockaway Blvd., South Jamaica.
May 21, Jimmy Heath Scholarship Fund Concert, 7 pm. Jimmy Heath (1926-2020) was a Jazz World giant as a bandleader, composer, and mentor. He was also a professor at Queens College’s Aaron Copland School of Music. QC Director of the Jazz Studies Program Antonio Hart, a talented saxophonist, and guests pay tribute to Heath with this concert. LeFrak Concert Hall, 153-49 Reeves Ave., Flushing.
May 21, The Spitfire Grill, May 22. The Phamaly Theatre Company, whose entire cast has disabilities, presents this musical about a young woman who starts a new life in a small town. She finds work at the Spitfire Grill, a rundown diner with a disenfranchised proprietor. Through determination, optimism, and love, she revitalizes the grill and the community. Queens Theatre, 14 United Nations Ave. S., Flushing Meadows Corona Park.
May 21, Victor Provost: Steel Pannist, 7 pm. Born and raised on the Virgin Islands, Victor Provost is widely regarded as one of the world’s leading steel pan players. He leads a musical cohort that weaves seamlessly between Caribbean Roots music, straight-ahead Jazz, and World Rhythms. Flushing Town Hall, 137-35 Northern Blvd.
May 21, Celebrate Our Community, 2 pm. A Bollywood and Indian folk fusion concert by Artiste Anjali mixes with Queensboro Dance Festival performances, DJ Nett, and various workshops and crafts activities. Charles Drew Park, vicinity of 116th Avenue and 140th Street, Jamaica.
May 21, Spring Migration Bird Walk, 9 am. A leisurely stroll through a forest with an experienced birder and naturalist who helps identify species. Alley Pond Environmental Center, 224-65 76th Ave., Oakland Gardens.
May 21, Changing Lanes, 8 pm. This up-and-coming New Jersey cover band plays hits from various decades. Resorts World New York City, 110-00 Rockaway Blvd., South Jamaica.
May 22, East River International Food Festival, noon. A walk-around sampling of such dishes as Afghan sabzi, Bangladeshi goat biryani, Guyanese potato curry and roti, Mexican mole poblano, Sri Lankan vegetable kottu, Thai papaya salad, Tuscan pasta al forno, and West African egusi. Sound River Studios, 4-40 44th Dr., Long Island City.
May 22, Stop ‘N’ Swap, noon. A free community reuse event. Bring and donate reusable items. Take available ones. Expect books, clothing, electronics, and toys. Commonpoint Queens Parking Lot, vicinity of 108th Street and 68th Avenue, Forest Hills.
May 22, Watercolor Workshop, 11 am. Artist Chemin Hsiao teaches the basic techniques of watercolor painting during this outdoor workshop. Draw inspiration from the vegetables, plants, and pollinator garden. Queens Botanical Garden, 43-50 Main St., Flushing.
May 22, Douglaston and Little Neck, 2:30 pm. Queens Historical Society Executive Director Jason Antos discusses his seventh Arcadia Publishing book on the history of Douglaston and Little Neck. Queens Historical Society, 143-35 37th Ave., Flushing.
May 22, Binary Calculations Workshop, 2 pm. A transmedia artist leads a conversation about the exclusionary nature of artificial intelligence (AI) and algorithms that undergird technologies as well as ways to create more equitable datasets. Queens Museum, NYC Building, Flushing Meadows Corona Park.
May 24, Quintet of the Americas, 7:30 pm. This group (bassoon, clarinet, contrabassoon, flute, horn, and oboe) presents Latin, Jazz, Klezmer, and Swing. All Saints Episcopal Church, 85-45 96th St., Woodhaven.
May 24, Pop-Up Gaeltacht, 6 pm. Irish-language speakers of various abilities meet and talk during an evening of discussion, music, and networking. New York Irish Center, 10-40 Jackson Ave., Long Island City.
May 24, Queens Classic Car Show, 5 pm. About 100 vintage autos are on display along with live music by the Lisa Polizzi Band and other forms of entertainment. The Bay Terrace Shopping Center, vicinity of Bell Boulevard and 26th Avenue, Bayside.