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It’s In Queens!

News From The Queens Tourism Council

A massive sleepover at Citi Field and the Hong Kong Dragon Boat races in Flushing Meadows-Corona Park are certainly the biggest, most unique entertainment options for the upcoming week.

But true to the season, there are countless outdoor activities. Everything from live music to movies to carousel rides for a good cause.

Here’s the rundown.

Tonight (Thursday), Aug. 8, Waterfront Concert Series 2013, 7:30 p.m. The cover band Bon Journey will play Bon Jovi and Journey songs as part of a weekly series sponsored by Central Astoria LDC. Astoria Park Lawn, Shore Boulevard between Hell Gate Bridge and the Pool. Free, www.centralastoria.org, 1-718-728-7820.

Thursday, Aug. 8, SummerStage Kids, 10:30 a.m. A performance by Illstyle & Peace Productions, a multicultural dance company that creates works rooted in Hip-Hop blended with an eclectic mix of tap, DJing and beatboxing. Free. Queensbridge Park, vicinity of 41st Road, 40th Avenue, the East River and Vernon Boulevard, Long Island City, www.cityparksfoundation.org.

Thursday, Aug. 8, Movies Under the Stars: The Lorax, 8 p.m. Free. Main Park House, Cunningham Park, 196th Street and Union Turnpike, Fresh Meadows, www.nycgovparks.gov.

Thursday, Aug. 8, The Blind Side, 8:09 p.m. A Better Jamaica screens the true story of Michael Oher, a homeless African-American youngster who was taken in by a wealthy white family. He fulfilled his potential as a person and athlete, eventually winning an NFL Super Bowl. Free. St. Albans Park, Merrick Boulevard at Sayres Avenue, www.abetterjamaica.org.

Friday, Aug. 9, An Evening on the Forest Park Carousel to End Alzheimer’s, 6:30 p.m. Magic, snacks, face-painting, raffles and NY Carousel will donate all proceeds from rides to the Alzheimer’s Association’s NYC Chapter. $10 for unlimited rides and face-painting/$3 for an individual ride. Forest Park Carousel, enter Forest Park at Woodhaven Boulevard and Forest Park Drive, www.forestparkcarousel.com, 1-718-788-2676.

Friday, Aug. 9, Ireland in Song, 7:30 p.m. Join singer/songwriter Cathy Maguire and some of Ireland’s top musicians on a magical musical journey to the Emerald Isle. New York Irish Center, 10-40 Jackson Ave., Long Island City, www.newyorkirishcenter.org, 1-718-482-0909.

Friday, Aug. 9, Goldeneye, 8:08 p.m. A Better Jamaica screens the 17th James Bond film. Agent 007 has his hands full with international vil- lains set on destroying the free world. Free. Rufus King Park, 153rd Street at Jamaica Avenue, Jamaica, www.abetterjamaica.org.

Friday, Aug. 9, As Tears Go By, 7 p.m. Filled with characteristic themes of alienation and longing, this movie follows gangster and drifter Ah Wah as he tries to protect his friend from trouble with a large gang and falls in love with youthful and vibrant Ah-Ngor. The flick launches a retrospective on Hong Kong filmmaker Wong Kar-wai. Museum of the Moving Image, 36-01 35th Ave., Astoria, www.movingimage.us.

Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 10- 11, Hong Kong Dragon Boat Festival, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. This world-class, multi-cultural event features two exciting days of Dragon boat racing with over 170 teams and 2,000 participants from around the world, wonderful performances and an ethnic food court. Free. Meadow Lake in Flushing Meadows-Corona Park, www.hkdbf-ny.org.

Saturday, Aug. 10, Citi Field Sleepover, 5 p.m. until Aug. 11, 8 a.m. From the playing field, attendees will watch a live broadcast of the Mets road game against the Arizona Diamondbacks on the Citi Vision board in centerfield. They will also enjoy a ballpark fare dinner buffet in Fan- Fest, late night snack in the Modell’s Clubhouse and breakfast. Attendees will also have the opportunity meet Mr. and Ms. Met and will receive a ticket to the Sept. 28 Mets home game against the Milwaukee Brewers. Admission $200 for 1-3 tickets, $175 for 4-6 tickets, www.nymets.com.

Saturday, Aug. 10, You’re a Big Boy Now, 2 p.m; Cotton Comes to Harlem, 5 p.m. The Museum of the Moving Image (MMI) hosts Fun City: New York in the Movies, 1967- 75, which shows NYC-filmed flicks that tapped into the turmoil, chaos and social and cultural energies of the late 1960s and early 1970s. You’re a Big Boy Now is a manic youth comedy by 26-year-old former Queens resident Francis Ford Coppola. Cotton Comes to Harlem is adapted from Chester Himes’s 1965 novel and was shot in spring 1969 with extensive neighborhood participation and an almost entirely black cast. MMI, 36-01 35th Ave., Astoria, www.movingimage.us.

Saturday, Aug. 10, Hands-on History: What’s Buzzing at the Manor?, noon. Learn about bees and why they are so important on a farm. Make a beeswax candle. Free. King Manor Museum, Rufus King Park, 153rd Street at Jamaica Avenue, Jamaica, www.kingmanor.org.

Saturday, Aug. 10, The Grandmaster, 8 p.m. This kung fu film follows Ip Man, Bruce Lee’s mentor, through moments of major historical overturn in China, from the end of the Sino-Japanese War to the Imperial British rule over Hong Kong. It is part of a retrospective on Hong Kong filmmaker Wong Kar-wai, who will be present for a Q&A. Museum of the Moving Image, 36-01 35th Ave., Astoria, www.movingimage.us.

Saturday, Aug. 10, Irish Music & Dance 6:15 p.m. Fiddle virtuoso Tony DeMarco plays Irish/Celtic/Folk music with bouzouki player Eamon O’Leary and percussive dancer Siobhán Butler. Queens Botanical Garden, 43-50 Main St., Flushing, www.queensbotanical.org, 1-718-886-3800.

Sunday, Aug. 11, Norman Mailer vs. Fun City, 2 p.m; Bye Bye Braverman, 3:30 p.m; Serpico, 5:30 p.m. The Museum of the Moving Image hosts Fun City: New York in the Movies, 1967-75, which shows NYC-filmed flicks that tapped into the turmoil, chaos and social and cultural energies of the late 1960s and early 1970s. The documentary Norman Mailer vs. Fun City covers the writer’s 1969 run for mayor with journalist Jimmy Breslin as his sidekick, seeking the nomination for city council president. Bye Bye Braverman is a dark comedy adapted from Brooklyn novelist Wallace Markfield’s wise-guy satire of pop-culture obsessed Partisan Review intellectuals. In Serpico, Al Pacino is the whistle blowing, hippie detective Frank Serpico, real-life hero of the Knapp Commission hearings into police corruption which convulsed the city in late 1970 and precipitated the biggest shake-up in NYPD history. MMI, 36-01 35th Ave., Astoria, www.movingimage.us.

Sunday, Aug. 11, Music from Morocco, 2 p.m. Moroccan music with Layali El Andalous and bellydancing with Zeina al Qamar. Flushing Town Hall, 13735 Northern Blvd., Flushing, www.flushingtownhall.org, 1-718-463-7700.

Sunday, Aug. 11, DJ Kool Herc Celebrates Hip-Hop’s 40th Anniversary, 5 p.m. In the early stages of Hip-Hop, DJ Kool Herc brought his sound system to block parties in the Bronx to play the brief rhythmic sections of records which would become known as “breaks.” The rest is music history. DJ Kool Herc will perform at this celebration. Free. 5Pointz, 45-46 Davis St., LIC, www.5ptz.com.

Monday, Aug. 12, Mario the Magician, 6 p.m. Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts is partnering with Queens Library to bring free music, dance and theater to libraries this summer. Get ready for a one-of-akind, inventive and lively performance by Mario the Magician, whose talent, ingenuity and flawless showmanship are ridiculously silly and meticulously crafted. Mario is accompanied by his Sleight of Hand Band, a spirited jazz combo, featuring celebrated bassist Chris Donohue. Performance includes a Q&A with the artists. Free. Queens Library at Lefrak City, 98-30 57th Ave., www.queenslibrary.org.

Monday, Aug. 12, Saturday Night Fever, 8:30 p.m. The Central Astoria LDC presents Saturday Night Fever as part of its Monday night outdoor film series. Free. Astoria Park, www.centralastoria.org/events.

Tuesday, Aug. 13, Live at the Gantries: Gerardo Contino y Los Habaneros, 7 p.m. Gerardo Contino was the lead singer for NG La Banda, one of the most recognized salsa and jazz orchestras in Cuba. Since arriving in the US in 2009, he has led his own group. Free. 49th Avenue and Center Boulevard, Long Island City, www.liveatthegantries.com.

Wednesday, Aug. 14, Film Forum Festival, 7 p.m. Inspired in part by a Jean-François Millet painting, The Gleaners & I uses the subject of gleaning (gathering leftovers) to create a warm and witty discourse on the nature of consumerist society and the role of creativity in survival, among other things. This is part of an eight-week festival featuring international movies, cuisines and culture. Free. Socrates Sculpture Park, 32-01 Vernon Blvd., LIC, www.socratessculpturepark.org.

The “It’s In Queens” column is produced by the Queens Tourism Council with the hope that readers will enjoy the borough’s attractions.