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It’s In Queens!

News From The Queens Tourism Council

This is the last week for many free summer entertainment series. So before asking the question “Where did the summer go?,” enjoy some outdoor music, movies and even a puppet show.

Meanwhile, the New York Hall of Science is offering free admission, and the Queens Botanical Garden is hosting floral artisans from Colombia who are publically preparing intricate floral designs for a parade in Manhattan.

There’s also the opportunity to participate in an historical reenactment that involves cooking Revolutionary War rations over an open flame.

Here’s the rundown.

Today (Thursday) through Saturday, Aug. 22-24, Festival de las Flores Preparation, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Come see Colombian floral artisans as they assemble their unique creations. They will be at the Queens Botanical Garden preparing their pieces for an Aug. 25 parade at Central Park West and 106th Street. QBG, 43-50 Main St., Flushing, www.queensbotanical.org.

Thursday, Aug. 22, Jazz Thursdays, 7 to 9:30 p.m. The Forest Hills Chamber of Commerce presents live jazz with Cheryl Pepsii Riley on 70th Road between Austin Street and Queens Boulevard. Free, www.foresthillschamber.org.

Thursday, Aug. 22, Movies Under the Stars: Les Miserables, 8 p.m. Free. Main Park House, Cunningham Park, 196th Street and Union Turnpike, Fresh Meadows, www.nycgovparks.org.

Friday, Aug. 23, In the Mood for Love, 7 p.m. The Museum of the Moving Image (MMI) presents In the Mood for Love as part of a retrospective on Wong Kar-wai, the influential Hong Kong Second Wave filmmaker. This movie chronicles the intense friendship and sublimated desires between two mutually cuckolded neighbors in a tale of passion tragically thwarted. MMI, 36-01 35th Ave., Astoria, www.movingimage.us.

Saturday, Aug. 24, Cook Like a Soldier: A Battle of Brooklyn 1776 Event, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Carolina Capehart, a culinary historian, will prepare a Revolutionary War soldier’s rations over an open fire. Plus tours of the Onderdonk House’s Colonial Kitchen. $10/$3 children. Onderdonk House, 1820 Flushing Ave., Ridgewood, www.onderdonkhouse.org.

Saturday, Aug. 24, Teri Dale Hansen: Fairy Tales of Broadway, 3 p.m. Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts is partnering with Queens Library to bring free music, dance and theater to libraries this summer. This week, acclaimed Broadway actress Teri Dale Hansen brings the fairy tales of Broadway to Queens for some family fun. Children and parents participate and sing along to cherished songs, create a five-minute fairy tale, and move to the music in this fairy tale exploration. Performance includes a Q&A with the artists. Free. Queens Library at Long Island City, 37-44 21st St., www.queenslibrary.org.

Saturday, Aug. 24, 2046, 7 p.m. The Museum of the Moving Image presents 2046 as part of a retrospective onWong Kar-wai, the influential Hong Kong Second Wave filmmaker. The film’s title refers to the hotel room where Chow Mo-wan and Li Su-zhen nearly consummate their affair, the futuristic dystopia that Chow creates in a series of pulp novels and the fateful year when the “One Country, Two Systems” regime will expire in Hong Kong following the Mainland handover. MMI, 36-01 35th Ave., Astoria, www.movingimage.us.

Saturday, Aug. 24, through Monday, Sept. 9, Free general admission and exhibition on Arthur Ashe. The New York Hall of Science (NYSCI) will present an interactive exhibition in collaboration with the Arthur Ashe Learning Center. Thanks to the generosity of AALC, the general admission fees to NYSCI are waived during the two-week period, so visitors can experience not only the Arthur Ashe Inspirational Tour exhibition, but all of NYSCI's more than 450 hands-on exhibits and demonstrations. New York Hall of Science, 47-01 111th St., Flushing Meadows- Corona Park, www.nysci.org.

Saturday, Aug. 24, The French Connection, 2 p.m.; Across 110th Street, 4:30 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 energies of the late 1960s and early 1970s. The French Connection’s justly celebrated car and elevated subway chase through Bensonhurst required an actual Transit Authority motorman on set and five weeks to complete. Across 110th Street is the least glamorous and most violent of Blaxploitation films with corrupt cops, ghetto hustlers and downtown mobsters. MMI, 36-01 35th Ave., Astoria, www.movingimage.us.

Sunday, Aug. 25, Coogan’s Bluff, 2 p.m; Midnight Cowboy, 5 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 energies of the late 1960s and early 1970s. In Coogan’s Bluff, an Arizona deputy (Clint Eastwood) comes to town to extradite a suspect and finds himself cheated by cabbies, insulted by hookers, dissed by cops, and even attacked by his prey’s strident, vaguely Jewish mother. In Midnight Cowboy, John Voigt’s wannabe gigolo leaves Texas and winds up hustling on 42nd Street, bonded with the blighted block’s genius loci, Dustin Hoffman’s tubercular petty thief. MMI, 36-01 35th Ave., Astoria, www.movingimage.us.

Monday, Aug. 26, Finding Nemo, 8:30 p.m. The Central Astoria LDC presents Finding Nemo as part of its Monday night outdoor film series. Free. Astoria Park, www.centralastoria.org.

Monday, Aug. 26, Borough President Candidates Forum, 6:30 p.m. Everly Brown, Melinda Katz and City Council Member Peter Vallone will give their views about neighborhood preservation, including neighborhood improvement, community revitalization and historic preservation. Flushing Town Hall, 137-35 Northern Blvd., info@queenshistoricalsociety.org, 1-718-939-0647 ext. 17.

Monday, Aug. 26, CityParks PuppetMobile Presents Little Red’s Hood, 10:30 a.m. Little Red’s Hood is a fresh retelling of the classic Little Red Riding Hood tale updated with a modern sensibility that appeals to youngsters. Free. Roy Wilkins Recreation Center, Merrick Boulevard between 115th Avenue and Baisley Boulevard, Jamaica.

• Tuesday, Aug. 27, Summer Sounds: Dahdoo Ensemble Plays Middle Eastern Music, 7 p.m. A night of Jazz and Klezmer music. Free. Thomas P. Noonan Jr. Playground, Greenpoint Avenue between 42nd and 43rd streets, Sunnyside.

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