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News From The Queens Tourism Council

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, an 18th Century poet and playwright, is credited with saying: “There is magic in beginnings.”

Trying to capitalize on that phrase, the Queens Tourism Council launches a new weekly column dedicated to spreading the word about upcoming activities in the borough. With roughly 2.2 million people, 45,000 businesses and countless cultural attractions, Queens is always teeming with fun things to do, great places to eat and fantastic venues to appreciate art.

As to be expected in late July, this week’s suggestions mostly involve outdoor activities. Here’s the rundown:

Friday through Sunday, July 27- 29: The 34th Annual Thunderbird American Indian Mid-Summer Pow Wow will take place at the Queens County Farm Museum, 73-50 Little Neck Pkwy., Glen Oaks. New York City’s oldest and largest pow wow will feature three days of intertribal dance competitions. To take place in an apple orchard, more than 40 nations will participate. Plus, a large selection of Native American art, crafts, jewelry and foods will be available. Admission charged.

Saturday, July 28, 7 p.m.: The Comedy of Errors at the Jacob Riis Park Bathhouse in the Rockaways: A live performance by the always entertaining, Queens-based Hip to Hip Theatre Company. Free.

Sunday, July 29, 2 p.m.: Haitian Beats at Flushing Town Hall, 137-35 Northern Blvd. Sung in Haitian Creole to a background of African rhythms, Compa music is undeniably infectious, and nobody does it better than the Agoci Band. These Haitian musicians combine fresh Hip-Hop, Roots, and Calypso flavors to the genre. Free.

Tuesday, July 31, 7 p.m.: Blue Pipa Trio performs as part of Live at the Gantries at the Long Island City Waterfront. Blue Pipa Trio performances combine Chinese folk music, regional opera and Taoist music with American jazz standards and bluegrass. Free.

Wednesday, Aug. 1, 7 p.m.: Jazz Jams at Flushing Town Hall, 137-35 Northern Blvd. Musicians share stage time, network and jam with others. If you bring an instrument, you get to play for free. Others can listen and enjoy the music for a fee.

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