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Something for everyone? An inundation of fun? A summer climax? Whatever you want to call it, the upcoming week is jam-packed with entertainment.

In fact, some venues will hold two events on the same day, and one theater will hold two events at the same time. And as to be expected at this time of year, there are various outdoor events, including free concerts and a puppet show.

But this diverse array of activities also includes a debate, a modern-day scavenger hunt, a lecture, a carousel ride for a cause and a chance to donate blood and receive Mets tickets.

Here’s the rundown:

Tonight (Thursday, Aug. 16), 6 p.m., Museum of the Moving Image Hunt. Berlin-based artist Aram Bartholl will attend a reception to launch his installation “DVD Drop Dead.” Attendees will be able to look for a hidden slot-loading DVD burner on the side of MMI’s building. Those who find the slot and insert a blank DVD-R there will receive a digital art exhibition, a media collection and other featured content that Bartholl and other artists will curate on a monthly cycle. Museum of the Moving Image, 36-01 35th Ave., Astoria, 1-718-784-0077, Free admission. (www.movingimage.us)

Tonight (Aug. 16), 7 p.m., Sutphin Boulevard Business Improvement

District’s Summer Afternoon Concert Series. The all-female band Sage will perform mostly Jazz, but expect some Blues and contemporary music. Queens County Supreme Court Plaza, 88-11 Sutphin Blvd., Jamaica. Free. (sutphinblvdbid.org)

Thursday through Saturday, Aug. 16-18, 8 p.m., Broadway Blockbuster Company. Some of NYC’s finest talent will perform song-anddance numbers. Proceeds will benefit The Josephine Foundation, which provides opportunities in the arts and sports for all people. Flushing Town Hall, 137-35 Northern Blvd., 1-516- 334-1536, $25 admission. 1-718- 463-7700.(www.flushingtownhall.org)

Tonight, Aug. 16, 7 p.m., Live Latin Jazz. Mexican-born pianist, composer, educator and winner of the Latin Jazz USA Outstanding Achievement Award for 2003, Arturo O’Farrill, will perform at the Armstrong House’s annual outdoor block party sponsored by Jazzmobile. Louis Armstrong House Museum, 34-56 107th St., Corona, 1-718-478- 8274, Free. (www.satchmo.net)

Tonight (Aug. 16), 7:30 p.m., Tango Y Vida II. In a seductive performance with a live orchestra, these international artists embody the heat, the energy, and the controlled abandon that is the Argentine Tango to launch the 2012 Latino Cultural Fest. Queens Theatre’s Mainstage, 14 United Nations Ave. S., Flushing Meadows-Corona Park, admission charged. (www.queenstheatre.org)

Friday, Aug. 17, 8 p.m., 2012 Latino Cultural Fest. Superstars of the Dominican music genre Bachata-Andy Andy, Henry Santos and 24 Horas-will unite for a special performance as part of the 2012 Latino Cultural Fest. 14 United Nations Ave. S., Flushing Meadows- Corona Park, 1-718-760-0064, admission charged. (www.queenstheatre.org)

Friday, Aug. 17, 8 p.m., 2012 Latino Cultural Fest. Musical group AfroMantra incorporates a variety of Jazz elements, while balancing original compositions drawing from the Cuban, American and South American traditions and influences as part of 2012 Latino Cultural Fest. Queens Theatre Studio Theatre, 14 United Nations Ave. S., Flushing Meadows- Corona Park, 1-718-760-0064, admission charged. (www.queenstheatre.org)

Friday, Aug. 17, 6:30 p.m., An Evening Ride on the Forest Park Carousel to End Alzheimer’s. Whirling lights, flashing colors, piping organ music, giggling children, galloping horses and a chance to raise money for programs and services for those who have Alzheimer’s. Woodhaven Boulevard and Forest Park Drive, Woodhaven, 1-718-788-2672, $3-10 charge. (www.alznyc.org/ carousel)

Friday, Aug. 17, 7:52 p.m., A Better Jamaica’s Classic Film Friday Series. Outdoor screening of Knocked Up, the romantic comedy about a career woman who gets pregnant by a slacker. Rufus King Park, Jamaica Avenue at 153rd Street, Jamaica. 1-718-657-2605, free. (www.abetterjamaica.org)

Friday through Saturday, Aug. 17-18, noon – 4 p.m., Crafts from the 1800s. Craft demonstrations on Aug. 17 will include quilting, decoy carving, tooled leather and spinning. Craft demonstrations on Aug. 18 will include tinsmithing, woodturning and broommaking. Listen to folk music on fiddle and hammered dulcimer. In King Park, near Jamaica Avenue between 150th and 153rd streets, Jamaica, 1-718-206-0545. Free. (www.kingmanor.org)

Saturday, Aug. 18, 9 a.m. till 5 p.m., Give Blood, Get Mets Tickets. Donors get two tickets to the Sept. 17 Mets game and a chance to win any of the following: A home theater system, including flat screen TV, surround sound system and Blu Ray player donated by Best Buy; a Sept. 22 package including two Mets tickets, overnight accommodations at the Holiday Inn Express Flushing and dinner for two at The Pine Restaurant; and five family packs of four tickets each to the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown. Caesars Club at Citi Field, park in Lot G and enter through the Hodges VIP Entrance. (www.redcrossblood.org, sponsor code 16064nyp)

Saturday, Aug. 18, 2 p.m., Hot Jazz/Cool Garden Concert. The Lucky Dogs will perform. Louis Armstrong House Museum, 34-56 107th St., Corona, 1-718-478-8274. Free. (www.stachmo.net)

Saturday, Aug. 18, 1 p.m., 1962. A lecture will describe a time when gas was 28 cents per gallon, rent was $110 a month, the Cold War was raging and the Vietnam War was brewing. Greater Astoria Historical Society, 35-20 Bway., Long Island City, 1-718-278-0700, admission fee for guests, free for members. (www.astorialic.org)

Sunday, Aug. 19, 2 p.m., Summer

Sundays at Travers Park. The Swedish Cottage Marionette Theater, a longstanding, well-respected puppet troupe, will perform Bessie’s Big Shot. 78th Street between 34th Avenue and Northern Boulevard, Jackson Heights, free. (www.jhbg.org)

Sunday, Aug. 19, 5 p.m., Summer Sundays in Travers Park. Musical bands AC Haley, Bethany Wild and Jia-Ye He will perform classic rock, Broadway, American standards and harmonica virtuoso tunes. 78th Street between 34th Avenue and Northern Boulevard, Jackson Heights. free. (www.jhbg.org)

– Tuesday, Aug. 21, 7 p.m., Juniper Valley Park 2012 Summer Concert Series. Native son Lenny Musso returns to play classic rock with the group Generations. 80th Street and Juniper Boulevard North, Middle Village, 1-718-651-5865, Free. (www.junipercivic.com)

– Wednesday, Aug. 22, 7:30 pm, Maspeth Summer Concerts 2012. The band Big Shot, which claims to offer “New York’s World Class Billy Joel Experience,” will perform. Maspeth Federal Savings Parking Field, 69th Street and Grand Avenue, Maspeth, 1-718-335-1300, Free. (www.maspethfederal.com)

Wednesday, Aug. 22, 8 p.m., Flux Death Match: Is Small Big Enough? (Planning and Intervening in Public Space). Four highly opinionated experts will argue in a rapidfire, presidential-style. Spontaneous responses, frustrated rebuttals and “smack downs” are in store, along with active audience participation. The losers must serve as interns for the winner for one day. 39-31 29th St., Long Island City. (www.fluxfactory.org)

The “It’s In Queens” column is produced by the Queens Tourism Council with the hope that readers will enjoy the borough’s attractions.

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