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It’s that time of year when outdoor concerts mix with indoor concerts and bicycle parades compete with theater. This jam-packed upcoming week features Warhol, Haydn, Taiwanese film, Irish comedy, lessons on composting, and even the chance to knit for charity while watching the Mets. Here’s the rundown.

Today (Thursday), Sept. 11, Andy Warhol’s Photo-Aesthetic and Beyond, gallery hours. With recent gifts from the Andy Warhol Foundation and loans from other collections, the Godwin-Ternbach Museum exhibits Warhol’s use of photo silkscreen, Polaroid, silver gelatin prints, and black-and-white print media to create a “photoaesthetic,” a hallmark style in the genre of Pop Art. The silkscreens include Muhammad Ali and Sitting Bull; Brooklyn Bridge and Cologne Cathedral; and Ladies and Gentlemen, an image from a series of portraits of NYC transvestites created by Warhol in 1975. Runs until Nov. 1; gallery hours are Monday through Thursday, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m, and Saturday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Godwin- Ternbach Museum at Queens College, 405 Klapper Hall, 65-30 Kissena Blvd., Flushing, www.qc.cuny.edu.

Friday and Saturday, Sept. 12- 13, Colm O’Regan Live, 8 p.m. This Irish comedian does his stand-up show Ireland’s Got Mammies. O’Regan brings the Irish mother to life in a unique and dotey way, exploring topics ranging from tea towel hierarchy to the importance of a safe place for things. $25. New York Irish Center, 10-40 Jackson Ave., LIC, www.newyorkirishcenter.com.

Friday, Sept. 12, New York Classical Quartet: Music of Haydn, 6 p.m. The New York Classical Quartet’s mission is to share the riches of the string quartets of Joseph Haydn, the first master of the form in the 18th century. $25/$30 at the door. King Manor Museum, King Park, Jamaica Avenue between 150th and 153rd streets, Jamaica, www.kingmanor.org.

Friday, Sept. 12, Flowers of Shanghai, 7 p.m. The Museum of the Moving Image (MMI) presents a series on Hou Hsiao-hsien, the leading figure of the Taiwanese New Cinema movement. This drama follows the fates of four “flower girls,” who work in a brothel in the British section of Shanghai in 1884. MMI, 36-01 35th Ave., Kaufman Arts District, www.movingimage.us.

Friday, Sept. 12, Talk Radio, dates and times vary. Eric Bogosian’s Pulitzer Prize-nominated play, inspired by the 1984 murder of controversial shock jock Alan Berg, runs at The Chain Theatre until Sept. 27. Talk Radio is set in Cleveland over the course of Barry Champlain’s two-hour broadcast as he’s being scrutinized by producers fixated on taking the show national, and fueled as always by coffee, cocaine, and Jack Daniel’s. Barry’s jousts with his unseen callers—ranging from a white supremacist to a woman obsessed with her garbage disposal—are interspersed with confrontations by his ex-deejay pal and his sometime girlfriend/producer. The Chain Theatre, 21-28 45th Rd., LIC, www.VariationsTheatreGroup.com.

Friday, Sept. 12, Murder at the Family Reunion, 8 p.m. A comedy murder mystery dinner show. $45 per person. Riccardo’s, 21-01 24th Ave., Astoria, 1-718-721-7777.

Friday and Saturday, Sept. 12- 13, Take Root: Amy Cova Dance, 8 p.m. Cova’s work explores sustainability of body, environment, and creative process. Through a movement vocabulary that constantly punctuates the highly physical with a quiet gestural sense, the dancers shape a world of turmoil, confusion, hope, and happiness into a single theatrical experience. $15. Green Space, 37-24 24th St., LIC, www.GreenSpaceStudio.org.

Saturday, Sept. 13, Circus Amok, 1 to 3 p.m. and 4 to 6 p.m. Circus Amok blends traditional circus skills—tight rope walking, juggling, acrobatics, stilt walking, clowning— with experimental dance, puppetry, music, gender-bending performance art, and improvisational techniques. Free. Socrates Sculpture Park, 32-01 Vernon Blvd., LIC, www.socratessculpturepark.org.

Saturday, Sept. 13, Fourth Annual Rockaway Bike Parade, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Stroll, dance, and bike along the Rockaway boardwalk. This year’s theme is West Indian Carnival, so wear flamboyant, colorful costumes, bring a steel pan, and get ready for a fashion contest. Free, but advance registration required. Depart from Firehouse 59 at Beach 59th Street, Rockaway, www.arvernebythesea.com.

Saturday, Sept. 13, Fiesta Flamenca, 2 p.m. The dancers and musicians of Flamenco Vivo Carlota Santana, in full flamenco costume, present a variety of dances revealing pride, passion, honor, love, and sorrow. The audience learns about castañuelas, taconeo, and even assists with palmas. Suggested for ages 5 and up. Free. Queens Library at Langston Hughes, 100-01 Northern Blvd., Corona, www.flamencovivo.org.

Saturday, Sept. 13, Calypso Steel Band Concert, 1 to 4 p.m. A festive day off the beach with The Diamond Blade Caribbean Steel Drum Band hosted by Rockaway Waterfront Alliance. Free. O’Donohue Park, Beach 17th Street Outdoor Amphitheatre, Far Rockaway, www.rwalliance.org.

Saturday, Sept. 13, Forgotten NY: Little Neck and Douglaston, noon. Take a guided tour of some of the borough’s nicest blocks with great vistas and beautiful, historic architecture. $20. Meet at LIRR Little Neck station, www.astorialic.org.

Saturday, Sept. 13, Artists at Noguchi: Tour with Sculptor Rona Pondick, 1 p.m. Pondick lends her unique perspective to the Noguchi Museum experience. This NYC native and long-time museum visitor is among a select band of contemporary artists with the eye, hands and imagination to practice what Michelangelo called disegno (total design). She is able to make what she envisions. Noguchi Museum, 9-01 33rd Rd., LIC, www.noguchi.org.

Saturday, Sept. 13, Cute Girl, 2:30 p.m.; HHH: A Portrait of Hou Hsiao-hsien, 4:30 p.m; The Puppetmaster, 7 p.m. TheMuseum of the Moving Image presents a series on Hou Hsiao-hsien, the leading figure of the Taiwanese New Cinema movement. Cute Girl co-stars two pop singers then at the height of their fame. Bee, a surveyor preparing rural Taiwan for development, meets Feng, a city girl visiting family in the countryside, and the encounter disrupts her marriage plans. HHH is a portrait of Hou by French director Assayas for a French TV series. It includes scenes from his childhood. The Puppetmaster depicts the childhood and early adulthood of Li Tien-lu, an 84-year-old Taiwanese puppeteer, using a combination of documentary technique and elegant dramatization. MMI, 36-01 35th Ave., Kaufman Arts District, www.movingimage.us.

Saturday, Sept. 13, ArtSplash 2014, runs through Oct. 19. This is the RockawayArtistsAlliance’s 14th annual multi-media arts exposition. Gallery hours are noon to 4 p.m on Saturday and Sunday. Opening reception on Sept. 14, noon to 4 p.m. Free. Studio 7 Gallery, Fort Tilden, Gateway National Recreation Area, Rockaway, www.rockawayartistsalliance.org.

Saturday, Sept. 13, Community Conversations for Kids, 1 p.m. Queens Historical Society literature expert Karyn Balan guides children and their family members through Jeanette Winter’s book, September Roses, followed by a discussion and activity. Free. QHS, Weeping Beech Park, 143-35 37th Ave., Flushing, www.queenshistoricalsociety.org.

Saturday, Sept. 13, NYC Compost Project: Fall Lawn Care, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Autumn is a critical time for lawn care. QBG expert Patty Kleinberg teaches how to maintain a healthy lawn without artificial fertilizers and pesticide. The workshop’s last hour is a hands-on demonstration. $5, registration required at (718) 539-5296. Queens Botanical Garden, 43-50 Main St., Flushing, www.queensbotanical.org.

Saturday, Sept. 13, What’s the Buzz About Bees? noon to 1:30 p.m. Tour Queens Botanical Garden’s Bee Garden and participate in a familyfriendly workshop. Sample local honey and make a beeswax candle to take home. $5, registration required at www.eventbrite.com/e/whats-thebuzz about-bees-tickets-1247535111 1. Queens Botanical Garden, 43-50 Main St., Flushing, www.queensbotanical.org.

Sunday, Sept. 14, The Divine Waters of Jamaica Bay, 3 to 6 p.m. Sadhana: Coalition of Progressive Hindus and Jamaica Bay Lives host a panel discussion and special screening of the short film The Divine Waters of Jamaica Bay. The event helps open Sacred Waters: A Collection of Hindu Offerings from Jamaica Bay, an exhibition hosted as part of Queens Museum’s Community Partnership Exhibition Program. The items on display were discovered through Project Prithvi, Sadhana’s green initiative which aims to promote environmental justice while preserving the Hindu tradition of Ganga puja (worship to the waters) at Jamaica Bay. The exhibition runs through Sept. 28. Free. Queens Museum, NYC Building, FlushingMeadows-Corona Park. For more information, try jamaicabaylives@gmail.com or 1- 917-207-8715.

Sunday, Sept. 14, Bang on a Can Music Series with Caleb Burhans, 3 p.m. Aperformance by composer and singer Burhans, who also plays violin, viola, electric guitar, electric bass, banjo, mandolin, and piano. Noguchi Museum, 9-01 33rd Rd., LIC, www.noguchi.org.

Sunday, Sept. 14, Patti LuPone, 3 p.m. Tony Award winner Patti LuPone performs Coulda, Woulda, Shoulda … Played That Part, which includes songs from musicals which she could’ve played, should’ve played, played, and will play. The list of shows includes Hair, Bye, Bye Birdie, Funny Girl, West Side Story, Peter Pan and, of course, her Tonywinning performances in Evita and Gypsy. $65-$55. Queensborough PerformingArts Center, 222-05 56th Ave., Bayside, www.visitqpac.org.

Sunday, Sept. 14, Eighth Annual Stitch N Pitch, 1:10 p.m. Attendees to theMets game enjoy discounted seats in the Left Field Landing and an opportunity to stitch 7×9-inch squares to benefit Warm Up America!, a nonprofit that provides blankets to needy individuals. $30. Citi Field, 123-01 Roosevelt Ave., Flushing, www.nymets.com.

Sunday, Sept. 14, Annual Victorian Tea Party, 2 p.m. Bring your favorite tea cup and saucer, neighbor, sister, godchild, mother, niece, grandchild, aunt, co-worker or friend to experience a treat for the taste buds and the mind. Ladies only. New York Irish Center, 10-40 Jackson Ave., LIC, www.newyorkirishcenter.org.

Sunday, Sept. 14, Fertile Ground, 7 p.m. This monthly new works showcase for emerging and established artists is now in its ninth season, producing the work of more than 50 choreographers each year. This non-curated performance features five or six choreographers each evening and includes a postperformance discussion with wine and cheese. $10. Green Space, 37-24 24th St., LIC, www.GreenSpaceStudio.org.

Sunday, Sept. 14, Kids and Family Day, 3 p.m. Andy Jobe and Neeley Bridges perform children’s music. Free. Gantry Plaza State Park, vicinity of 4-09 47th Rd., LIC, www.licconcerts.com.

Sunday, Sept. 14, A Summer at Grandpa’s, 2:30 p.m.; Cheerful Wind, 4:30 p.m.; Three Times, 7 p.m. The Museum of the Moving Image presents a series on Hou Hsiao-hsien, the leading figure of the Taiwanese New Cinema movement. Grandpa’s depicts four-year-old Ting-Ting and 11-year-old Tung-Tung, who spend the summer with their grandfather, a country doctor, after their mother falls ill. Cheerful Wind is about a photographer who travels with her TV producer boyfriend and his film crew to shoot a detergent commercial in a seaside village. There she strikes up a relationship with a former medic blinded in an ambulance crash. Three Times consists of three love stories, set respectively in 1966, 1911, and 2005. The 1966 segment has a soldier falling for a pool hall girl. The 1911 segment is set in a brothel. The 2005 segment features a bisexual female pop singer and a photographer. MMI, 36-01 35th Ave., Kaufman Arts District, www.movingimage.us.

Sunday, Sept. 14, Smile on Maspeth Day, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Games, petting zoo, live entertainment and more. Free. Maspeth Federal Savings Parking Lot, 69th Street and Grand Avenue, Maspeth.

Monday, Sept. 15, Oratorio Society of Queens Auditions, 7 p.m. The society is seeking singers as it prepares for its annual holiday concert on Dec. 21 and other gigs. Reservations are required. Temple Beth Sholom FSG Hall, 172nd Street and Northern Boulevard, Flushing. For more information, contact casaclose@gmail.com.

Tuesday, Sept. 16, Compost Workshop, 4 to 6 p.m. Kitchen scraps, leaves, yard trimmings, even weeds can be like gold. Learn about indoor and outdoor composting as well as starting, maintaining, and benefitting from composting with experts from the Queens Botanical Garden. Free, but registration required at 1-718- 225-8414. Douglaston Library Branch, 249-01 Northern Blvd., Douglaston, www.queensbotanical.org.

Wednesday through Saturday, Sept. 17-20, Marissa Perel: More Than Just A Piece of Sky, 8 p.m. Presented as part of the Queer New York International Arts Festival, this performance art piece mines personal and cultural exile as a site for the exploration of gender and sexuality, knowledge and power, and ability and disability. $15. Chocolate Factory Theatre, 5-49 49thAve., LIC, www.chocolatefactorytheater.org.

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.

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