#WeeklyColumn | June 15 – June 21 | It’s In Queens!
BY QEDC It's In Queens
Buy stock in sneaker companies! Queens hosts so much outdoor fun this week – e.g. walking tours, dancing, Civil War re-enactments, marching bands, mini-golf, etc. – that shoe store owners must be salivating. Plus, Kevin Spacey, New York Philharmonic, Ella Fitzgerald, and star-gazing.
June 15, Kevin Spacey, June 16. The two-time Academy Award-winning actor presents a one-man play about Clarence Darrow, the attorney who represented Tennessee high school teacher John Scopes in the 1925 Scopes Monkey Trial. Both shows are at 8 pm. $59 and up. Arthur Ashe Stadium, USTA Grounds, Flushing Meadows Corona Park.
June 15, New York Philharmonic, 6:30 pm. The orchestra performs Antonín Dvořák, Leonard Bernstein, and George Gershwin. The Queens Cartoonists, who perform music from classic and modern cartoons, and Slum Suit, a newly formed group mixing modern rhythms and Celtic melodies, are beforehand. Fireworks light the sky afterward. Free. Cunningham Park, 193rd Street and Union Turnpike, Fresh Meadows.
June 15, Hammers and Keys, 7:30 pm. The Jackson Heights-based ensemble Percussia and Musica Reginae pianist Barbara Podgurski play composers with Queens connections, including “Cambiando Paisajes” by Charles Griffin; the shimmering “Not the Light, But the Fire That Burns” by Gilbert Galindo; the post-minimalist “Tight Sweater” by Mark Mellits; “Invocations to Vahakn” by Alan Hovhaness; and “Prisoners of the Image Factory” by Bob Becker. $20/$10 for students. The Church-in-the-Gardens, 50 Ascan Ave., Forest Hills.
June 16, Ella Fitzgerald Celebration, 2 pm. Quintet of the Americas marks the 100th anniversary of the legendary singer’s birth with woodwind music by Duke Ellington, Louis Armstrong, George Gershwin, Charlie Parker, and others. Free. Elm-Cor Senior Center, 98-19 Astoria Blvd., East Elmhurst.
June 17, LIC Art Stroll, 2 pm. The Long Island City Cultural Alliance organizes a tour of Socrates Sculpture Park and The Noguchi Museum. $12/$7 for seniors and students. Meet at the main entrance to Socrates, 32-01 Vernon Blvd., LIC.
June 17, QueensWay Spring Tour, 11 am. This 2.2-mile guided walk tours the streets adjoining QueensWay, a public space around a former LIRR branch that people want to convert into a public park. See the “before” condition and learn about the project’s history. Free. Meet in Forest Hills. End in Forest Park.
June 17, Stargazing Wonders, 7 pm. Seasoned professor/astronomer Mark Freilich explains the night sky using a telescope. In June, the red supergiant star Antares in the Scorpio constellation and the bright-ringed planet Saturn are visible. $10. Alley Pond Environmental Center, 228-06 Northern Blvd., Douglaston.
June 17, Civil War Re-enactment, 11 am to 4 pm. The 67th Long Island NY Historical Association’s Company K and the Friends of Maple Grove Cemetery organize lectures on Civil War life, military drills, diet, medical treatment, and other topics. Free. Maple Grove’s Victorian Administration Building, Kew Gardens Road Entrance, Kew Gardens.
June 17, Mid Astoria Tour, noon. A guided stroll through Astoria Village, the company town founded by Stephen Alling Halsey, and then along a Revolutionary Era pathway toward the heart of Astoria with a finish at the Greater Astoria Historical Society. $20. Meet in front of the Flatiron Building, where 27th Avenue, Astoria Boulevard, and 21st Street intersect.
June 17, How a House Became a Museum, 2 pm. Executive Director Nadezhda Williams explains how a group of pioneering women saved Rufus King’s home from destruction at the turn of the last century. See rare photographs of the museum’s early days. Free. King Manor Museum, King Park at 153rd Street and Jamaica Avenue, Jamaica.
June 17, Making History in NYC: Research, Archaeology, Material Culture Studies, 1:30 pm. A fascinating lecture in an NYC landmark. $5. Bowne House Museum, 37-01 Bowne St., Flushing, firstname.lastname@example.org.
June 17, Road to Freedom Paper Quilting, noon. The Queens Historical Society offers a workshop on the Underground Railroad that informs about secret messages that were encoded through patchwork quilts to guide slaves to freedom. Participants create paper quilts using authentic symbols and messages. Free. Socrates Sculpture Park, 32-01 Vernon Blvd., LIC, http://bit.ly/2sfIpd9.
June 17, International Children’s Festival, June 18. Mini golf, face painting, marching band, magic show, mariachis, student groups, workshops, music, gaming. Noon to 5 pm on both days. $5. Jamaica Performing Arts Center, 153-10 Jamaica Ave.
June 18, Father’s Day Virtual Reality Bike Ride with E.T., 10:30 am & 3 pm. A big-screen showing of the Steven Spielberg classic film with a workshop combining hands-on art-making with virtual reality. Families use clay and drawing materials to create 3D space creatures. Museum of the Moving Image, 36-01 35th Ave., Astoria’s Kaufman Arts District.
June 18, Environmental Concert, 2 pm. Quintet of the Americas plays new works commissioned in response to Hurricane Sandy and the concerns of the people living in the Rockaways. Free with admission. Queens Botanical Garden, 43-50 Main St., Flushing.
June 18, Lost in Shanghai, 4 pm. The Pan Asian Repertory Theatre offers a love story about a young man trying to make his fortune during war time in Shanghai in the 1940s. Original songs with a blend of classical music, contemporary sounds, and East Asian aesthetics. $10. Flushing Town Hall, 137-35 Northern Blvd.
June 18, Queens Pride 25 Anniversary Celebration, 11:30 am. Sparked by a hate crime committed in Jackson Heights in 1990, LGBT people launched a gay-pride parade. The group celebrates its anniversary with a pop-up exhibit, the screening of a documentary on Julio Rivera, whose murder sparked the effort, and a panel discussion. Queens Museum, NYC Building, Flushing Meadows Corona Park.
June 18, Kabarett Weimar, 8 pm. The Queensborough Theatre Project recreates Weimar Era German cabaret, featuring songs from the musicals Cabaret and The Threepenny Opera. $45 and less. The Letlove Inn, 27-20 23rd Ave., Astoria.
June 21, Queens Symphony Orchestra, 7 pm. The wind ensemble performs. Free. Kew Gardens Community Center, 80-02 Kew Gardens Rd., Ste. 202.
June 21, Use of Space in Western Queens, 6 pm. Official Queens historian Jack Eichenbaun leads a tour of the historic districts in Sunnyside Gardens and Jackson Heights, plus Phipps Gardens, Matthews Flats, and Metropolitan Life apartments and industrial buildings. Meet under the Sunnyside arch on 46th Street off Queens Boulevard. $20. More info at email@example.com.
June 21, Salsa Warriors Dance Party, 7 pm. Groove to the Salsa Warriors. Enjoy a picnic on the surrounding lawns as the sun sets and the stars come out. Free. The Unisphere, Flushing Meadows Corona Park.
June 21, Better Birding Tips, Tools & Concepts, 8 pm. The Queens County Bird Club and professional wildlife guide George L. Armistead offer bird-identification strategies. Free. Alley Pond Environmental Center, 228-06 Northern Blvd., Douglaston.
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Top image: New York Philharmonic; Bottom image: Socrates Sculpture Park