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Been to any good concerts lately? How about plays? Well, the options are endless. Check out everything from Motown to Irish flute to Verdi to Shakespeare. And don’t forget about the three-day dance competition featuring roughly 40 American Indian nations.
Here’s the rundown.
• Tonight (Thursday), July 25, Waterfront Concert Series 2013, 7:30 p.m. The band Motor City Revue will perform a tribute to Motown at this outdoor concert sponsored by Central Astoria Local Development Coalition. Astoria Park Lawn, Shore Boulevard between Hell Gate Bridge and the Pool. Free. www.centralastoria.org, 1-718-728-7820.
• Thursday, July 25, Woodside Summer Concerts, 7 p.m. The alternative rock group Shades of Another will play as part of this Thursday night series presented by the Northern Woodside Coalition and Goliard Concerts. Free. Sgt. Collins Park, 58th Street and Broadway, Woodside, 1-718-205-1030.
• Thursday, July 25, Family Movies in the Park: Rocky, 8:24 p.m. A Better Jamaica screens Rocky. A two-bit boxer gets a second chance when offered an impossible shot at the heavyweight title. Free. St. Albans Park, Merrick Boulevard at Sayres Avenue, St. Albans, www.abetterjamaica.org.
• Thursday, July 25, Meet the Borough President Candidates, 1:30 p.m. Moderated by NY1 anchor Rocco Vertuccio, senior issues will be the main topics. Confirmed candidates include Tony Arcabascio, NYS Senator Tony Avella, Everly Brown, Melinda Katz and City Council Member Peter Vallone Jr. Sunnyside Community Services, 43-31 39th St., Sunnyside, www.scsny.org.
• Friday through Sunday, July 26- 28, 35th Annual Thunderbird American Indian Mid-Summer Pow Wow. NYC’s oldest and largest pow wow will feature three days of intertribal dance competitions. Over 40 Indian nations are represented at this event in an apple orchard. A large selection of quality Native American art, crafts, jewelry and foods will be available. $10 adults (all weekend pass $15)/$5 children 12 and under, (all weekend pass $7). Queens County Farm Museum, 73-50 Little Neck Pkwy., Floral Park, www.queensfarm.org.
• Friday, July 26, Family Movies in the Park: For Your Eyes Only, 8:23 p.m. A Better Jamaica screens For Your Eyes Only. James Bond must locate a top secret British naval device that is sunk off the coast of Greece. Along the way, he meets a beautiful woman who will stop at nothing to avenge her parents’ murder. Together they face the mysterious Columbo, who might be involved in more than just his international smuggling ring. Free. Rufus King Park, Jamaica Avenue at 153rd Street, Jamaica, www.abetterjamaica.org.
• Saturday, July 27, Lincoln Center Local at Queens Library: Mario the Magician, 3 p.m. Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts is partnering with Queens Library to bring free music, dance and theater to select community libraries this summer. Mario the Magician will exhibit his magic and music. Queens Library at Cambria Heights, 218-13 Linden Blvd., www.queenslibrary.org.
• Saturday, July 27, Hip to Hip Shakespeare Company presents The Tempest, 7 p.m. These familyfriendly productions are for Shakespeare lovers and those experiencing the Bard of Avon for the first time. Bring blankets or low chairs. Seating is first come, first served. Free. O’Donohue Park, Beach 17th Street performance space, Far Rockaway, www.hiptohip.org.
• Saturday, July 27, Fun in the Sand, 1:30 p.m. Children ages 5-7 can play in a sand table, create beautiful pictures using colored sand, meet sand-dwelling animals, and enjoy a snack. Limited to 12 participants. $18 per child. Alley Pond Environmental Center, 228-06 Northern Blvd., Douglaston, www.alleypond.com, 1-718-229-4000.
• Saturday, July 27, The Best of Pop, 3 p.m. The Terence Culpepper Ensemble performs a little bit of jazz, a little bit of R&B and a little bit of everything else—just the right mix for an afternoon of rich, mellow sounds and familiar favorites by Jobim, George Benson, Roberta Flack and others. Free. Queens Library at Jackson Heights, 35-51 81 St., www.queenslibrary.org.
• Saturday, July 27, Author Talk Featuring Shabana Sharif, 1 p.m. Shabana Sharif will read from Ins and Outs of Queens, her five-book series on Astoria, Flushing, Jackson Heights, Jamaica and Richmond Hill. Each book is a photo-journal neighborhood tour of a local community and park with images of the community and its people along with relevant vocabulary. Free. Children’s Library Discovery Center, 89-11 Merrick Blvd., Jamaica, www.queenslibrary.org.
• Sunday, July 28, Hip to Hip Shakespeare Company presents The Tempest, 8 p.m. These familyfriendly productions are for Shakespeare lovers and those experiencing the Bard of Avon for the first time. Bring blankets or low chairs. Seating is first come, first served. Free. Cunningham Park, Vicinity of LIE, 73rd Avenue, Union Turnpike, Francis Lewis Boulevard, Hollis Hills Terrace and 210st Street., Fresh Meadows, www.hiptohip.org.
• Sunday, July 28, Sunday Movie at Queens Library, 2 p.m. The library will screen Rise of the Planet of the Apes about a chimp exposed to a drug designed to cure Alzheimer’s. It develops super-intelligence and leads a captive-ape revolt that upends the destinies of humans and primates. Free. Queens Library Central Branch, 89-11 Merrick Blvd., Jamaica, www.queenslibrary.org.
• Monday, July 29, SummerStage Kids Presents: New York Chinese Cultural Center, 10:30 a.m. The spectacular dance program features traditional folk dances performed by NYCCC students. Audiences will be treated to a variety of regional and folk dances, such as the Mongolian, Uygur, Tibetan and Tai dances that showcase the rich diversity of China’s different regions. Free. Guy R. Brewer Boulevard and 137th Avenue, Rochdale, www.summerstage.org.
• Monday, July 29, Family Movies in the Park: Love and Basketball, 8:20 p.m. A Better Jamaica screens Love and Basketball. Monica moves next door to Quincy. They’re 11 and want to play in the NBA, just like Quincy’s dad. As high school ends, they become a couple, but within a year, with both of them playing basketball at USC, Quincy’s relationship with his father takes an ugly turn, and it leads to a breakup with Monica. Some years later, their pro careers at a crossroads, they meet again. Free. Cabbell Park, Francis Lewis Boulevard at 120th Avenue, Cambria Heights, www.abetterjamaica.org.
• Tuesday, July 30, Live at the Gantries: Irish Music and Dance, 7 p.m. Christel Rice brings a sensational and unique style to traditional Irish flute playing. Tony DeMarco has been performing and teaching Irish fiddle music for more than 30 years, and is now one of leading living exponents of the New York/Sligo fiddle style. Siobhan Butler is an internationally recognized percussive dancer. Free. 49th Avenue and Center Boulevard, Long Island City, www.liveatthegantries.com.
• Tuesday, July 30, Queens Symphony Orchestra: Viva Verdi & Friends, 7 p.m. The borough’s only professional orchestra and its largest and oldest arts institution will perform Viva Verdi & Friends, celebrating the bicentennial of Giuseppe Verdi’s birth. The show will include selections from La Traviata, Falstaff, Aida, Rigoletto and more. Free. St. John’s University’s Great Lawn, 80- 00 Utopia Pkwy., Jamaica (Rain location: Marillac Auditorium), www.queenssymphony.org.
• Tuesday, July 30, Juniper Valley Park 2013 Summer Concert Series, 7 p.m. Classic rock with the band Generations. Free. Juniper Valley Park, 80th Street and Juniper Boulevard North, Middle Village, www.junipercivic.com, 1-718-651-5865.
• Tuesday, July 30, Jack & the Beanstalk presented by Pattycake Theatre, 11 a.m. Jack the giant slayer is looking for adventure, but he gets more than he bargained for. Event sponsored by City Council Member Eric Ulrich. Free. Beach 97th Street Island, Rockaway.
• Tuesday, July 30, Arts in the Parks, 10:30 a.m. Arts in the Parks is an enthusiastic and educational performance series designed so grade school children see professional performances and meet others in their community. Free. Rufus King Park, Jamaica Avenue at 153rd Street, Jamaica, www.kingmanor.org, contact Tyra Emerson at 1-718-526-8700 or 1-718-926-7630.
• Tuesday, July 30, Family Movies in the Park: Love and Basketball, 8:19 p.m. A Better Jamaica screens Love and Basketball. Monica moves next door to Quincy. They’re 11 and want to play in the NBA, just like Quincy’s dad. As high school ends, they come together as a couple, but within a year, with both of them playing basketball at USC, Quincy’s relationship with his father takes an ugly turn, and it leads to a breakup with Monica. Some years later, their pro careers at a crossroads, they meet again. Free. Brookville Park, Brookville Boulevard at 143rd Avenue, Rosedale, www.abetterjamaica.org.
• Wednesday, July 31, Hip to Hip Shakespeare Company presents Love’s Labor Lost, noon. These family friendly productions are for Shakespeare lovers and those experiencing the Bard of Avon for the first time. Bring blankets or low chairs. Seating is first come, first served. Free. St. Albans Park, vicinity of Merrick Boulevard, 173rd Place and Sayers Avenue, www.hiptohip.org.
• Wednesday, July 31, Family Movies in the Park: Glory, 8:18 p.m. A Better Jamaica screens Glory, a dramatic account of the Civil War’s first all-black regiment, led by northern white commander Colonel Robert Gould Shaw. This movie is based on the idealistic, privileged Shaw’s Civil War letters. Free. Baisley Pond Park, Foch Boulevard at Long Street, St. Albans, www.abetterjamaica.org.
• Wednesday, July 31, Rooftop Films 2013 Summer Series, prescreening performance at 7 p.m; film at sunset. The nonprofit Rooftop Films presents Domestic, a bittersweet Romanian comedy about animals that love people unconditionally, and people who eat the animals they love. Free. Socrates Sculpture Park, 32-01 Vernon Blvd., Astoria/LIC, www.rooftopfilms.com.
The “It’s In Queens” column is produced by the Queens Tourism Council with the hope that readers will enjoy the borough’s attractions.