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News From The Queens Tourism Council
It’s almost all outdoors this week with concerts of all kinds, a BBQ/campout, dance, film, opera, a walking tour, a running race and even the chance to sample authentic Jamaican cuisine.
Here’s the rundown.
• Tonight (Thursday), July 18, Waterfront Concert Series 2013, 7:30 p.m. Beatlemania Stage Show plays the best of the Fab Four as part of Central Astoria LDC’s free Thursday entertainment during July and August. Astoria Park Lawn on Shore Boulevard, www.centralastoria.org, 1-1-718-728-7820.
• Thursday, July 18, Hip Hop with Das EFX and Special Ed, 7 p.m. Das EFX gained critical and commercial fame with their debut album Dead Serious, which highlighted their unusual rapping style they nicknamed “sewage.” Special Ed is known for his ability to throw out line after line of flowing lyrics with a rapid-fire delivery. Rappers Black Sheep and Chubb Rock, sampling innovator Marley Marl and WBLS radio personality “Doctor” Bob Lee will also be on hand. Queensbridge Park, Vernon Boulevard and 41st Avenue, LIC.
• Thursday, July 18, Mitch Kahn Celebrates the American Songbook, 7:30 p.m. Bring a blanket or chair for a wonderful evening of music. Main Park House in Cunningham Park, 196th Street and Union Turnpike, Fresh Meadows. Free, www.friendsofcunninghampark.org.
• Friday, July 19, Mets Game and Nas Concert, 7:10 p.m. Queensbridge native and 10-time Grammynominated rapper Nas, a lifelong Mets fan, will perform after the Amazins play the Philadelphia Phillies. Citi Field, 123-01 Roosevelt Ave., Flushing, www.nymets.com, 1-1-718-507-6387.
• Friday, July 19, BBQ and Campout, 6 p.m to 10 a.m. next morning. An outdoor feast with all-you-can-eat Queens County Farm Museum veggies, BBQ by Dickson’s Farmstand Meats and Brooklyn Brewery beer. Eat, drink, dance to a live DJ, make s’mores by the fire, and then sleep under the stars in the apple orchard. Coffee will be served bright and early. Tickets are limited and must be purchased in advance at Eventbrite.com. Minimum age: 21. Queens County Farm Museum, 73-50 Little Neck Pkwy., Floral Park, www.queensfarm.org.
• Friday, July 19, Rennie Harris Collective, 7 p.m. (class), 8 p.m. (performance). Rennie Harris Collective and some of NYC’s best Hip-Hop choreographers and dancers debut three new works. Queensbridge Park, Vernon Boulevard and 41st Avenue, LIC.
• Friday, July 19, Classic Film Fridays, 8:29 p.m. A Better Jamaica presents The Spy Who Loved Me. James Bond joins forces with dan-
-CONTINUED FROM PG. 20- gerous and sexy Russian agent Major Anya Amasova to battle villainous Jaws, a mad genius who plans to destroy the earth with a nuclear holocaust and rebuild it underwater. Free. Rufus King Park, Jamaica Avenue at 153rd Street, Jamaica.
• Friday, July 19, Social Media and Networking, 6:15 to 8:15 p.m. Enjoy a relaxing evening with social media tips, lots of networking and organic coffee and cake at the new Center for Automotive Education & Training, 15-30 Petracca Pl., Whitestone, 1-1-718-640-2000 or 1-646- 420-9990.
• Saturday, July 20, Hot Jazz/Cool Garden Concerts, 2 p.m. This series continues with Jon-Erik Kellso and The EarRegulars (trumpet, guitar, trombone and bass). Concert includes complimentary red-beans-n-rice (Satchmo’s favorite recipe) and sweet tea. $18 in advance (purchase online)/$ 45 for series subscription and reserved VIP seats/$20 at the door. Louis Armstrong House Museum, 34-56 107th St., Corona, www.satchmo.net, 1-718-478-8274.
• Saturday, July 20, Jazz Concert, 7:30 p.m. Acclaimed jazz artist Barbara Rosene performs her 1920s/1930s vocal stylings of “New Orleans and Jazzy Things.” $15-$25, reservations required. Celebration Hall at the Center at Maple Grove, 127-15 Kew Gardens Rd., Kew Gardens, 1-718-544-3600 and 1-347- 878-6614.
• Saturday, July 20, Flic Nic in the Street, dusk. The Queens World Film Festival returns with local and international indie films. Bring a chair, blanket, picnic and beverage or just pull up a piece of curb. Free. Travers Park, 34th Avenue at 77th Street, Jackson Heights.
• Saturday, July 20, La Piccola Opera’s Carmen (abridged), 2 to 3 p.m and 4 to 5 p.m. Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts partners with Queens Library to bring free music, dance and theater to select libraries this summer. Free. Queens Library at Forest Hills, 108-19 71st Ave., www.queenslibrary.org.
• Saturday, July 20, Dance Iquail!, 7 p.m. (class), 8 p.m. (performance). Now celebrating its fifth anniversary, Dance Iquail uses movement to confront racism, violence, substance abuse and poverty, while promoting the importance of family and unity. Queensbridge Park, Vernon Boulevard and 41st Avenue, LIC.
• Saturday, July 20, Flushing’s Chinatown, 4 p.m. Take a guided walking tour with official Queens historian Jack Eichenbaum of this immigrant destination and commercial center which is larger than its Manhattan antecedent. Taiwanese rather than Cantonese at its core, Flushing’s Chinatown plays host to a variety of overseas Chinese groups. Rezoning and greater land availability support unusual real estate developments, including office buildings, hotels, residential condos, specialty shops, cultural institutions and malls. www.geognyc.com.
• Sunday, July 21, Jamaican Jerk Festival New York, noon to 8 p.m. Enjoy a Jamaican sauce that has conquered the world with host Leon Robinson and plenty of live Caribbean musical acts, such as Shaggy. $25. Roy Wilkins Park, Merrick Boulevard at Baisley Boulevard, Jamaica, www.jerkfestivalny.com, 1-718-425-1177.
• Sunday, July 21, New York Road Runners Queens 10K Run, 8 a.m. Volunteers and runners are welcome. The third race in the 2013 New York Road Runners 5-Borough Series will be a draw for those kicking off training for the ING New York City Marathon. Flushing Meadows- Corona Park, contact Nancy Lipsey at firstname.lastname@example.org.
• Sunday, July 21, Summertime E-Waste Recycling, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Bring unwanted or broken electronics to the Queens Botanical Garden, which will dispose of them for free. According to the EPA, electronic waste contributes 70 percent of the toxins found in landfills, while only making up 1 percent of the volume. Free. Queens Botanical Garden, 43-50 Main St., Flushing, www.queensbotanical.org, 1-718-886-3800.
• Monday, July 22, Family Movies in the Park, 8:27 p.m. A Better Jamaica screens Sister Act. After witnessing a mob murder, Reno lounge singer Deloris Van Cartier trades her sequins and feathers for a rosary and a habit to go incognito as Sister Mary Clarence. She then transforms a horrible church choir into a performing dynamo and saves a parish from being demolished. Free. Cabbell Park, Francis Lewis Boulevard at 120th Avenue, Cambria Heights.
• Tuesday, July 23, Family Movies in the Park, 8:26 p.m. A Better Jamaica screens Sister Act. After witnessing a mob murder, Reno lounge singer Deloris Van Cartier trades her sequins and feathers for a rosary and a habit to go incognito as Sister Mary Clarence. She then transforms a horrible church choir into a performing dynamo and saves a parish from being demolished. Free. Brookville Park, Brookville Boulevard at 143rd Avenue, Rosedale.
• Wednesday, July 24, Outdoor Cinema 2013, 7 p.m. As part of an eight-week film festival, Socrates Sculpture Park screens In Another Country. French actress Isabelle Huppert stars in this triptych set in a Korean seaside town. Huppert plays three different Annes in three breezy tales of love, lust and misunderstandings. Free. Socrates Sculpture Park, 32-01 Vernon Blvd., LIC,
• Wednesday, July 24, Shakespeare in the Park, 7:30 p.m. Hip to Hip Theatre Company presents The Tempest near Flushing Meadows- Corona Park’s Unisphere. Free, www.hiptohip.org.
• Wednesday, July 24, Family Movies in the Park, 8:25 p.m. A Better Jamaica screens Rocky, starring Sylvester Stallone. A two-bit boxer gets a second chance by being offered an impossible shot at the heavyweight title. Free. Baisley Pond Park, Foch Boulevard at Long Street, St. Albans.
The “It’s In Queens” column is produced by the Queens Tourism Council with the hope that readers will enjoy the borough’s attractions.