The lecture “Jews of Iran” will be given at the Flushing Library at 2 p.m. on Sunday, May 3. It will be delivered by Marcia Haddad Ikonomopoulos, the President of the Association of Friends of Greek Jewry and Director of Kehila Kedosha Janina Museum. It will provide “a look at the 2,700 years of Jews in Iran: their history, traditions and struggles to survive.” The Flushing Library is located at 41-17 Main Street and can be reached by calling 718-661-1200.
Holocaust survivor Eddie Weinstein will give a presentation at the Kew Gardens Hills Library on Monday, May 4 at 1:30 p.m. Weinstein, the author of “Quenched Steel: The Story of an Escape from Treblinka,” will share his story. The Kew Gardens Hills Library is located at 72-33 Vleigh Place in Flushing and can be reached at 718-261-6654.
On Saturday, May 9 at 2 p.m., “An Afternoon of Classical Music with Kahori Takahashi” will take place at the Forest Hills Library. The performance will feature the music of Scarlatti, Schubert, Schumann, Debussy, Ravel and Gottschalk. The Forest Hills Library is located at 108-19 71st Street. For more information, call 718-268-7934.
The First Annual Book Fair at the Langston Hughes Library will begin at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, May 16. The event will include author presentations, panel discussions, book sales and book signings. The Langston Hughes Library is located at 100-01 Northern Boulevard in Corona. Its phone number is (718) 651-1100.
The Carnegie Hall Neighborhood Series featuring Kala Ramnath will take place at the Flushing Library at 2 p.m. on Saturday, May 16. A violinist, “Ramnath is among the most outstanding instrumental musicians of North India.”
On Saturday, May 16 at 2:30 p.m., a concert of big band sounds will take place at the Douglaston/Little Neck Library. The performance will feature clarinetist/saxophonist/vocalist Stan Auld, keyboardist/vocalist Harvey Lane and drummer Dick Bennett. The Douglaston/Little Neck Library is located at 249-01 Northern Boulevard in Little Neck. For more information, call 718-225-8414.
Dixieland Jazz with Linda Ipanema and the Dixie Cats will be held at 1 p.m. on Thursday, May 18 at the North Hills Library. It will be “a foot-stomping, finger-snapping revue with Dixieland tunes, blue-sy ballads, polkas and songs from the Big Band era.” The North Hills Library is located at 57-04 Marathon Parkway in Little Neck and can be reached at 718-225-3550.
“Metropolitan Museum of Art: From the Taj Mahal to Mount Fuji – Treasures of Asia” will be held at 5:30 p.m. on Saturday, May 30 at the Fresh Meadows Library. The presentation will be conducted by museum lecturer Ellen Goldschmidt. It will explore “the different artistic traditions of China, Korea, India and Japan and discusses such topics as brush painting, calligraphy and ceramics.” The Fresh Meadows Library is located at 193-20 Horace Harding Expressway. Its phone number is 718-454-7272.
Flushing Town Hall
137-35 Northern Boulevard
718-463-7700 * www.flushingtownhall.org
Jazz and cabaret performer Rosemary Loar will hold a concert at 2 p.m. on Sunday, May 3. Among the Broadway shows that she has appeared in are “Cats,” “42nd Street,” and “Sunset Boulevard.” During her concerts she “provides a witty afternoon of entertainment as she performs great American jazz and Broadway repertoire.”
At 8 p.m. on Friday, May 29, the Queens Jazz Orchestra will perform. The orchestra is directed by NEA Jazz Master Jimmy Heath. They will be performing music by Benny Goodman, Louis Armstrong, Clark Terry, and Nat Adderly. In addition, the concert will feature the world premiere of “Cyberswing – Jazz in the Digital Age,” a work by Wycliffe Gordon that was commissioned by Flushing Council on Culture and the Arts. Tickets are $40 or $32 for members.
Kupferberg Center for the Arts at Queens College
65-30 Kissena Boulevard, Flushing
718-793-8080 * www.kupferbergcenter.org
Pianist Awadagin Pratt and cellist Zuill Bailey will be performing in the LeFrak Concert Hall at 2 p.m. on Sunday, May 17. Pratt won the Naumburg International Piano Competition in 1992 and “is acclaimed for his musical insight and intensely involving performances.” Bailey “is a multi-faceted musician whose consummate virtuosity has made him one of today’s most sought-after cellists.” Tickets are $36 or $34 for seniors, students, and Queens College alumni and staff.
Queens County Farm Museum
718-347-3276 * www.queensfarm.org
73-50 Little Neck Parkway, Floral Park
The 31st Annual Antique Auto Show will be held from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday, May 3. There will be an exhibition of cars by New York Antique Auto Club members. In addition, there will be memorabilia, historic house tours and hayrides. Admission is $5 or $2 for children four and under.
Farm Fest will be held from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday, May 17. There will be sheep shearing demonstrations, Dutch crafts and cultural exhibits, a spring plant sale, a country western band, hayrides, historic house and greenhouse tours, food, pony rides and a petting zoo. Admission is $3 per person.