Queens Gazette | July 20, 2022
Shakespeare makes his triumphant return to Queens this week. And just like most people, he’s staying outside. After all, that’s where the Bard can enjoy forest bathing, a tea party, films, performance art, and a ridiculous amount of live music. Pirate Pete returns, too! He’s indoors, just like other movies and concerts as well as some plays and butterflies.
Drinks and Drams: Summer Soup, July 24. Exquisite Corpse Company dazzles with a reading series that brings to life five plays created via the troupe’s residency at Culture Lab LIC. Schedule: July 22 at 7:30 pm, “At Least I Made An Impression” by Cayenne Douglass; July 23 at 6 pm, “Angel’s Blood” by Brandon Rumaker and at 7:30 pm, “bogfriends” by Jose Sebastian Alberdi; and July 24 at 6 pm, “Flipper” by Molly Bicks and at 7:30 pm, “Jeff Has to Come” by Amitai Landau-Pope. Culture Lab LIC at The Plaxall Gallery, 5-25 46th Ave.
Slumdog Millionaire, 8:20 pm. An outdoor screening of a blockbuster film about a Mumbai teenager who reflects on his life after being accused of cheating on an Indian game show. Rufus King Park, vicinity of Jamaica Avenue and 153rd Street, Jamaica.
Grease, 7:30 pm. This classic 1970s film follows high school seniors Sandy (Olivia Newton-John) and Danny (John Travolta), who have a summer romance despite being from different cliques. Will their love last the school year? This is a rescheduling due to rain last week. Queens Botanical Garden, 43-50 Main St., Flushing.
After the Fire, 2 pm. PS1 unveils the new public mural After the Fire during a program that includes food, drinks, an “abolitionist tea party” led by artist jackie sumell, and other festivities. PS1 Courtyard, 22-25 Jackson Ave., Long Island City.
Kombilesa Mí, 2 pm. Based on the musical heritage of Colombia’s San Basilio de Palenque (the first free Black town in the Americas), the group Kombilesa Mí fuses traditional African sounds with urban pop. Members rap in Spanish and Palenquero, a fusion of Bantu, Portuguese, French and English. Flushing Town Hall, 137-35 Northern Blvd.
Forest Bathing Walk, 10:30 am. Certified guide Linda Lombardo leads a meditative forest walk as per the Japanese Shinrin-Yoku bathing tradition. The goal is to inspire mindful connections with the natural elements of the woods for a range of healthful benefits. Alley Pond Environmental Center, 224-65 76th Ave., Oakland Gardens.
Qeens Teens Gen Z Summit, noon. Attendees watch Suzanne Lacy’s documentary The Roof Is On Fire and then participate in youth-led breakout discussions and networking with other teens. They have the opportunity to learn more about applying to the inaugural leadership cohort of the Queens Teens Institute for Art and Social Justice. Queens Museum, NYC Building, Flushing Meadows Corona Park.
Pirate Pete’s Parrot, 2:30 pm. In this play, Pirate Pete is a lovable rogue on a mission to find his beloved runaway parrot, Polly, who prefers pancakes to boring old birdseed. He also wants to find his buried treasure and pay rent to Baron Big-Butt. The Secret Theatre, 38-02 61st St., Woodside.
The César Chávez Story, 2 pm. With this play, Teatro SEA celebrates the life and legacy of a world renown Mexican-American labor activist. Learn about his activism with the National Farm Workers Association and his influence on nonviolent civil rights work. Lewis Latimer House Museum, 34-41 137th St., Flushing.
Jurassic Park, 7:30 pm. Make clay dinosaur artifacts and watch the Steven Spielberg’s most successful movie, Jurassic Park. Paleontologists Alan Grant and Ellie Sattler head to an island theme park populated by dinosaurs created from prehistoric DNA. Ferocious predators break free and go on the hunt. Queens Botanical Garden, 43-50 Main St., Flushing.
Big Bang Baby, 8 pm. Members of this band play 19 instruments and take turns on lead vocals for a sound that cannot be matched. Resorts World New York City, 110-00 Rockaway Blvd., South Jamaica.
Gospel Meets Côte d’Ivoire, 1 pm. Jewish Gospel singer Joshua Nelson performs. Ivory Coast traditional dance and drum master Vado Diomande goes next. Then to finish on the right note, they jam together. Flushing Town Hall, 137-35 Northern Blvd.
Southeast Queens Jam Fest, 4 pm. Some of the area’s best talent gets together for a free day of live music and entertainment. The lineup includes Riffz, Steven Kroon, and True Tribute AllStars. Jamaica Performing Arts Center, 153-10 Jamaica Ave.
Lorenz Dance Studio, 4 pm. This show consists of great dancers moving to tropical rhythms (Salsa, Bachata, Merengue) from the Caribbean, and South America. It’s part of Queens Theatre’s ongoing weekly Al Fresco program. Corona Plaza, vicinity of Roosevelt Avenue and 104th Street.
Teej & The Sidepocket Hip Hop/Neo Soul, 6 pm. A multi-genre performance as part of an ongoing weekly music series. Travers Park, 35th Avenue and 78th Street, Jackson Heights.
The Mitchells vs. the Machines, 8:20 pm. An outdoor screening of a family-friendly movie about Katie Mitchell, who is accepted to the university of her dreams. Her father decides that the whole family will drive her to school and have an adventure. However, their plans are ruined when technology stages a revolution against humanity. Cabbell Park, 120-03 Francis Lewis Blvd., Cambria Heights.
Live at the Gantries, 7 pm. Zikrayat, an ensemble dedicated to the Arab world’s classical music and dance traditions, performs as part of an ongoing Kupferberg Center for the Arts series. Gantry Plaza State Park, 4-09 47th Rd., Long Island City.
Long Island City from the Pages of the Long Island Star, 7 pm. The Greater Astoria Historical Society hosts this online lecture on J.M. Kelsey’s The History of Long Island City, an 1896 book on the final days of the LIC municipality before Queens consolidated into New York City in 1898.
Ode to Butterflies, 1 pm. Butterflies and other flying pollinators inspire wearable artistic creations during this family workshop. Voelker Orth Museum, 149-19 38th Ave., Flushing.
Boss Baby 2: Family Business, 8:20 pm. An outdoor screening of this animation about the Templeton brothers, who attempt the launch a family business. What could go wrong? Springfield Park, Springfield Boulevard at 147th Avenue, Springfield Gardens.
Free Outdoor Shakespeare, Aug. 21. The Woodside-based Hip to Hip Theatre Company offers The Adventures of Pericles and Much Ado About Nothing 12 times in such public spaces as the Unisphere, Cunningham Park, Voelker Orth Museum, and Sunnyside Gardens.
Great Lawn Summer Concert, 7 pm. This 22nd annual concert features Jazz overtones and Classical masterpieces performed by the Queens Symphony Orchestra. The two main pieces are George Gershwin’s “An American in Paris” and Roberto Molinelli’s “Four Pictures from New York.” The orchestra also does “Prayer for Ukraine” by Ukrainian composer Valentin Silvestrov. St. John’s University’s Great Lawn, enter via Gate 1 at 80-00 Utopia Pkwy., Jamaica Estates.
Taken by Artificial Surprise, July 31. A performance-and-installation series by Jeanette Andrews that explores the relationships between magic, machine learning, and surprise. Culture Lab LIC at The Plaxall Gallery, 5-25 46th Ave.
Hidden African American History, 6:30 pm. The Lewis Latimer House Museum and historical archeologist Meredith Linn give this virtual presentation on Seneca Village, a 19 century majority African American community that New York City displaced to build Central Park in 1857. The city used eminent domain to claim the land that contained more than 50 houses, three churches, and a school.