News From The Queens Tourism Council
Every good thing must come to an end, including summer 2012. But not yet. There are plenty of free outdoor activities in Queens for those who want watch live music, take in a movie or enjoy a play before the temperature and sunlight dwindle.
The upcoming days will also feature chances to laugh, participate in experimental art and learn about bees.
Here’s the rundown:
• Tonight (Thursday), Aug. 23, 1 p.m. The Jazz Band And Jam will perform at Sutphin Boulevard BID’s Free Summer Afternoon Concert Series, Queens County Supreme Court Plaza, 88-11 Sutphin Blvd., Jamaica. (sutphinblvdbid.org).
• Thursday, Aug. 23, sundown (rain date Thursday, Aug. 30). The Rockaway Civic will screen the movie Cowboys & Aliens, which tells the story of a stranger with no memory who stumbles into a desert town in Arizona. Beach 73rd Street, Rockaway Beach. Free. (rockawaybeachflix.com)
• Thursday, Aug. 23, and Saturday, Aug. 25, 8 p.m. The Secret Theatre will host Winter Retreat, a competition involving more than 20 one-act plays. 44-02 23rd St., Long Island City, 1-718-392-0722. Admission charged. (secrettheatre.com)
• Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 25- 26. Flux Factory will spearhead the experimental art project “Long Walks on the Beach.” Randomly paired participants will take long walks on Rockaway Beach together, while a broadcast station will be available to share important conversational insights. To participate, call 1-917-300- 9521. (fluxfactory.org)
• Saturday, Aug. 25 through Tuesday, Sept. 4. The Museum of the Moving Image will present “Looking for Love: The Films of Ira Sachs.” This retrospective of Sachs’s work will include all his feature films and a selection of short films, each followed by a dialogue with Sachs in person. The series culminates on Sept. 4 with a preview screening of his latest feature Keep the Lights On. 36-01 35th Ave., Astoria, 1-718-777- 6888. Admission charged. (movingimage.us)
• Sunday, Aug. 26, 2 p.m. The Great Highland Bagpipes and Mor will play ancient Irish instruments with Gaelic song, folkloric dance and contemporary beats at Flushing Town Hall, 137-35 Northern Blvd., Flushing, 1-718-463-7700. Free. (flushingtownhall.org)
• Sunday, Aug. 26, 8 p.m. The Laughing Devil Comedy Club will host “She Devils, Women in Comedy,” a night of stand up routines from the world’s funniest people who happen to have no Y chromosomes. 47-38 Vernon Blvd., Long Island City, 1-347-913-3845. Admission charged. (laughingdevil.com)
• Sunday, Aug. 26, 6 p.m. Eart’Acte will play favorite songs from the 1940s to the 1990s at the Queens Botanical Garden, 43-50 Main St., Flushing, 1-718-886-3800. Free with garden admission. (queensbotanical.org)
• Sunday, Aug. 26, 2 p.m. The Theatre for New York City will perform 99% Reduced Fat or You Can Bank On Us at Travers Park, 78th Street between 34th Avenue and Northern Boulevard in Jackson Heights. Free.
• Sunday, Aug. 26, 5 p.m. The Dan Sheehan Conspiracy will perform original rock songs at Travers Park, 78th Street between 34th Avenue and Northern Boulevard in Jackson Heights. Free.
• Tuesday, Aug. 28, 10 to 11:30 a.m. The Alley Pond Environmental Center’s bee keeper will host an activity for children, ages 4-10. Make a bees wax candle, sample honey, plant bee friendly seeds and play bee games. Pre registration is required, and child must be accompanied by a parent. APEC, 228-06 Northern Blvd., Douglaston, 1-718-229-4000. Admission charged. (alleypond.com)
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The “It’s In Queens” column is produced by the Queens Tourism Council with the hope that readers will enjoy the borough’s attractions.