News From The Queens Tourism Council
It’s time for the block party to end all block parties, the community fun day to end all community fun days, the fundraiser concert to end all fundraiser concerts, and the film series to end all film series.
Other activities include beach movies, a US Open preview, and history lessons on the Revolutionary War.
Here’s the rundown.
– Tonight (Thursday), Aug. 21, Passport Thursdays: Korea, 7 to 10 p.m. The Song Hee Lee Dance Company, which combines modern and Korean dance forms, presents. The night includes a screening of Approved for Adoption, an animated documentary that traces the unconventional upbringing of the filmmaker Jung Henin, one of thousands of Korean children adopted by European families after the Korean War. Free. Queens Museum, NYC Building, Flushing Meadows-Corona Park, www.queensmuseum.org.
– Thursday, Aug. 21, Jazzmobile Block Party, 4 to 8:30 p.m. The Louis Armstrong House Museum presents its annual end-of-summer blowout featuring the Ray Mantilla Septet, which specializes in Afro- Cuban jazz. The event shuts down 107th Street in front of the museum. The party begins at 4 p.m with a children’s art workshop presented by the Queens Museum and hulahoop fun. The concert begins at 7 p.m. Free. Louis Armstrong House Museum, 34-56 107th St., Corona, www.satchmo.net.
– Thursday, Aug. 21, The LEGO Movie, 6 p.m. The North Queens Community Programs Committee hosts The LEGO Movie, followed by a live music performance from Tony-O and his band. Free. Kissena Corridor Park, Main Street and Elder Avenue, Flushing.
– Thursday, Aug. 21, End of Community Fun Day, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. The STARS Youth Center & Reach For The STARS Day Care Center sponsors a day with a bouncy super slide, magic, cotton candy, face-painting, arts and crafts, music, and giveaways. Free. P.S./M.S. 146 Playground, 98th Street and 159th Avenue, Howard Beach, www.StarsYouthCenter.com.
– Friday, Aug. 22, Biggest Fundraiser of the Summer Dance Party, 8 p.m. WBLS’s DJ Marley Marl, Ray DeJon, Ralph Mc Daniels, and DJ Vernon provide the music. $25 and all the proceeds go the Jamaica YMCA and the Boys & Girls Club of Metro Queens, Resorts World Casino New York City, 110- 00 Rockaway Blvd., Jamaica, www.rwnewyork.com.
– Friday, Aug. 22, An Evening Ride on the Forest Park Carousel to End Alzheimer’s, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Forest Park Carousel hosts this third annual fundraiser for the Alzheimer’s Association, New York City Chapter, donating 100 percent of proceeds from carousel rides. For $10, visitors have unlimited carousel rides, Cido the Clown, and face-painting or individual rides for $3. Forest Park, Woodhaven Boulevard and Forest Park Drive, Woodhaven, www.forestparkcarousel.com.
– Friday, Aug. 22, Beach Flix, sundown. Bring a blanket or beach chair and watch the movie Cats & Dogs: Revenge of Kitty Galore outdoors on the sand. Free. Beach 126th Street, Rockaway, www.RockawayCivic.com.
– Saturday, Aug. 23, Arthur Ashe Kids’ Day, 9 a.m. to about 5 p.m. Children can participate in fun workshops, watch professional tennis players practice, and enjoy a free concert with The Bomb Digz, Kalin and Myles, Hollywood Ending, and Karina Rae. Free. United States Tennis Association, Flushing Meadows-Corona Park, www.arthurashekidsday.com.
– Saturday, Aug. 23, General Nathaniel Woodhull and the Battle of Brooklyn, 1 p.m. To commemorate this historical battle, the Onderdonk House installs an exhibit on Woodhull, the first American militia general killed in the Revolutionary War; re-installs an exhibit on the Daughters of the American Revolution; and conducts tours of its colonial kitchen. Onderdonk House, 1820 Flushing Ave., Ridgewood, www.onderdonkhouse.org.
– Saturday, Aug. 23, GAHS Movies: Goodbye Mr. Chips, 1 p.m. This 1939 British romantic drama is based on the eponymous 1934 novel about an aged school teacher and former headmaster of a boarding school who recalls his career and personal life over the decades. Free. Greater Astoria Historical Society, Quinn Building, 35-20 Broadway, Fourth Floor, www.astorialic.org.
– Saturday, Aug. 23, Yesterday, Today, Tomorrow, 2 p.m.; The Window, 4 p.m. The Museum of the Moving Image (MMI) is presenting a nine-film series featuring rare titles from Hong Kong. Yesterday depicts a fast-spreading virus that induces panic when the government is slow to react. The Window is about a relationship between a career criminal and a blind girl. $15. MMI, 36-01 35th Ave., Astoria, www.movingimage.us.
– Saturday, Aug. 23, Lena & the Happy Clam Band, 1 p.m. Great live music for youngsters as part of Rego Center’s Children’s Summer Entertainment Series. Free. RC’s Galleria, 61-35 Junction Blvd., Rego Park, www.regocenter.com.
– Saturday, Aug. 23, Villalobos Brothers, 3 p.m. This group blends the indigenous rhythms and melodies of its native Xalapa in Mexico’s Veracruz with the intricate harmonies of jazz and classical music in a bilingual program. Suggested for ages five and up. Free. Queens Library at Broadway, 40-20 Broadway, LIC, www.villalobosbrothers.com.
– Sunday, Aug. 24, The Afri- Garifuna Jazz Ensemble, 2 p.m. Flushing Town Hall’s free summer concerts series presents this highenergy group that mixes African, Latin, and Jazz music with indigenous rhythms from Saint Vincent and the Grenadines. FTH, 137-35 Northern Blvd., Flushing, www.flushingtownhall.org.
– Sunday, Aug. 24, Pei Shih, 3 p.m.; Mitra, 6 p.m. The Museum of the Moving Image is presenting “Yesterday, Today, Tomorrow: The Cinema of Patrick Lung Kong,” a nine-film series featuring rare titles from Hong Kong. Pei Shih is a tale of heartbreak and doomed romance between two solipsistic characters. Mitra is a love story set upon the expansive desert backdrops of the Middle East. $15. MMI, 36-01 35th Ave., Astoria, www.movingimage.us.
– Sunday, Aug. 24, LIC Concerts: Sol Liebeskind, 5 p.m. With the Midtown Manhattan skyline as a backdrop, enjoy Argentine crooner Sol Liebeskind’s jazz and hip-hop band Lux DeVille. Free. Gantry Plaza State Park, 4-09 47th Rd., LIC, www.licconcerts.com.
– Sunday, Aug. 24, A Taste of Ireland, 2:30 p.m. Enjoy the music, food, and culture of the Emerald Isle and the chance to view the exhibition Remembering Yesterday: Queens and Its World’s Fairs, which takes a look at the two World’s Fairs in Queens (1939 and 1964). $15/$20 at the door. Queens Historical Society, Kingsland Homestead, 143- 35 37th Ave., Flushing, www.queenshistoricalsociety.org.
– Sunday, Aug. 24, Walking Tour of Whitestone, 2 p.m. Join historian Jason D. Antos for a tour of the old Whitestone LIRR line, Beechhurst, and old Whitestone Village. $10. Meet at Waldbaum’s Shopping Center, Bayside.
– Monday, Aug. 25, Finding Nemo, 8:30 p.m. Outdoor screening as part of Central Astoria LDC’s 2014 Movies on the Waterfront series. Free. Astoria Park Great Lawn, Shore Boulevard between the Hell Gate Bridge and Astoria Pool, www.centralastoria.org.
– Monday, Aug. 25, Frozen, 8 p.m. (rain date: Tuesday, Aug. 26). An outdoor movie on a giant screen sponsored by City Council Member Mark S. Weprin and Friends of Cunningham Park. Free. Cunningham Park, vicinity of bocce courts, Union Turnpike and 196th Place, Fresh Meadows, 718-468- 0137.
– Monday through Wednesday, Aug. 25-27, Astoria Fine Arts Dance’s Modern and Choreography, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Designed for the pre-professional dancer, this class is three full days of ballet, modern, and choreography. Dancers have the opportunity to learn repertory from the Reject Dance Theatre and Rachel Pritzlaff/Time Based Art. There is an in-studio showing of the repertory at the end. $50 per day/$125 for all three days. Astoria Fine Arts Dance, 38-01 23rd Ave., Astoria, www.afadance.com.
– Wednesday, Aug. 27, Legends of Hip Hop, 9 p.m. Rob Base, Coolio, Fat Joe, Fatman Scoop, and others. $30-$125. Resorts World Casino New York City, 110-00 Rockaway Blvd., Jamaica, www.rwnewyork.com.
– Wednesday, Aug. 27, Italian Nights: Extasy’s Marty Hronchich, 7 p.m. The Federation of Italian Organizations of Queens presents a night of songs and music from Istria, presented by Istria Sport Club and D & F Development Group, LLC. Free. St. Joseph Church, 43rd Street between 30th and 28th avenues, Astoria.
The “It’s In Queens” column is produced by the Queens Tourism Council with the hope that readers will enjoy the borough’s many attractions. More info available online at www.itsinqueens.com.