With the temperature set to push the 100-degree mark for most of the weekend, sitting on the sofa with the AC cranked up to high might seem like the most attractive option, but there are still a variety of outdoor activities that will give those hardy souls who are willing to brave the heat a reward for their efforts.
For ravers, rockers and those who are just fans of Forest Hills, the Queens Museum is offering up a chance to experience a piece of the borough’s musical history with a tour on Saturday that charts the course of one of its greatest contributions to rock music—The Ramones. See the band’s birthplace and explore the neighborhood that started it all. Starting with a tour of the “Hey! Ho! Let’s Go!: Ramones and the Birth of Punk” exhibition at the museum, the tour will culminate in a concert at the Low Tide Bar at the Beach 97th Street concession in Rockaway Beach with the bands Sick Feeling and Unstoppable Death Machines. Things get underway at 2 pm Saturday, and go until 9 pm. The cost of the tour is $10. For more information, call (718) 592-9700 or visit www.queen
Take the A Train
Another facet of the borough’s musical past can be heard Saturday afternoon at “Hot Jazz / Cool Garden” at The Louis Armstrong House Museum, at 34-57 107th St. in Corona. David Ostwald will lead the Louis Armstrong Eternity Band in a tribute to the great trumpeter. And if listening to the swinging sounds works up your appetite, red beans and rice, along with sweet tea, will be available to accompany the vintage sounds. Things get hopping at 2 pm. The cost is $18 in advance / $20 day of show. To find out more, call (718) 478-8274 or go to www.louis
And if your idea of a fun excursion runs more toward big-screen entertainment, that’s on the menu as well. As part of the city’s “Movies Under the Stars” program, there will be a screening of “The Avengers” in Wayanda Park (Robard Lane between Hollis Avenue and Montery Street, Floral Park). The film tells the story of a team of superheroes that includes “Iron Man,” “Captain America” and “Thor” as they team up to pull the world back from the brink of disaster. Showtime is 8:30 pm Saturday night and there is no charge. For more information, call (718) 393-7370 or visit www1.nyc.gov/