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News From The Queens Tourism Council
Everybody knows that Queens is the most ethnically diverse county in the U.S. Well, upcoming borough events demonstrate tremendous diversity in musical genre, but little diversity in price as they are mostly free.
Consider French opera, a philharmonic orchestra, big band, Andean pan flutes, hip hop, percussion, classic rock and the Village People. There are also outdoor and indoor movie options, fishing lessons and gizmos.
Here’s the rundown.
• Tonight (Thursday), July 11, New York Philharmonic Concerts in the Park, 8 p.m. The New York Philharmonic and Music Director Alan Gilbert lead a free concert featuring Principal Cello Carter Brey. 193rd Street Field in Cunningham Park, Fresh Meadows, www.nyphil.org.
• Thursday, July 11, Waterfront Concert Series 2013, 7:30 p.m. The Swingtime Big Band performs as part of Central Astoria LDC’s free Wednesday entertainment during July and August. Astoria Park Lawn on Shore Boulevard between Hell Gate Bridge and the Pool, www.centralastoria.org, 1-718-728-7820, firstname.lastname@example.org.
• Thursday, July 11, Summer Concerts in Forest Park, 7:30 p.m. There are Thursday evening concerts this July and August at the George Seuf- fert Bandshell in Forest Park. Free, www.nycgovparks.org.
• Thursday, July 11, Summerbeat: Eat Meat, Drink Beer, 5:30 to 9:30 p.m. Five local chefs will spit-roast five meats on site, and Queens-based breweries will offers suds as part of this food extravaganza that Edible Queens is organizing. There will also be selected iced coffees and ice cream. Sunnyside Gardens Park, 48- 21 39th Ave., Sunnyside, www.ediblequeens.com, 1-718-672-1555.
• Thursday, July 11, Latin Dance Party with Frankie Negrón and DJ Johnnie C, 8 p.m. Famous Puerto Rican salsa singer/crooner/heartthrob Frankie Negrón returns to Resorts World Casino. Tickets are $15 in advance/ 1,000 Genting Rewards points/$25 at the door. Resorts World Casino, 110-00 Rockaway Blvd., South Jamaica, www.rwnewyork.com, 1-888-888-8801.
• Thursday, July 11, In the Face of Tyranny, I Will Not Be Silent: Comfort Women Survivors Speak, 7 p.m. The Kupferberg Holocaust Center and the Korean American Civic Empowerment host Korean Comfort Women Survivors Ok Sun Lee and Il Chul Kang. They will share their stories, while Holocaust survivors and interns from the Asian Social Justice Internship Program will present. Kupferberg Holocaust Resource Cen- ter, Queensborough Community College CUNY, 222-05 56th Ave., Bayside, 1-718-281-5770. Queensborough Community College, 222-05 56th Ave., Bayside, www.qcc.cuny.edu, 1-718-631-6262.
• Thursday, July 11, Colombia Celebration, 2 to 8 p.m. This annual celebration will include a fair from 2 to 5 p.m and a ceremony honoring outstanding community members from 5 to 8 p.m. Organized by City Council Member Julissa Ferreras, the Colombian Consulate and Afro- Colombia New York. Queens Theatre, 14 United Nations Ave. S., Flushing Meadows-Corona Park, www.queenstheatre.org, 1-718-760- 0064.
• Friday, July 12, Premiere Screening of Documentary on Radical Irish Group, 7:30 p.m. A film made by an all-women crew about the London Irish Women’s Centre, a radical organization in Stoke Newington, London, from 1983-2012. New York Irish Center, 10-40 Jackson Ave, LIC, www.nyirish.org, 1- 718-482-0909.
• Friday, July 12, 11th Annual St. Albans Jazz Festival: Day One, 6 to 10 p.m. Melba Moore leads the Friday night lineup. Free. Saint Albans Park, Merrick Boulevard at Sayres Avenue, 1-718-723-1800.
• Friday, July 12, Solshyne Band Concert, 7 p.m. Enjoy live music with a popular classic rock band from Rockaway, sponsored by City Council Member Eric Ulrich. Free. Beach 97th Street and Shore Front Parkway, Rockaway Beach, www.nycgovparks.org, 1-718-318-4000, antina. email@example.com.
• Saturday, July 13, Village People in Concert, 8 p.m. The Village People will perform all the big hits that made them an iconic part of the 1970s music scene: “Macho Man,” “In The Navy,” “YMCA” and other favorites. Tickets are $25 in advance/ 2,000 Genting Rewards points/$30 at the door. Resorts World Casino New York, 110-00 Rockaway Blvd., South Jamaica, www.rwnewyork.com, 888-888-8801
• Saturday, July 13, Ayazamana: Music and Dances from Ecuador, 7:45 p.m. With over 30 performers, Ayazamana will perform colorful dances from the different regions of Ecuador, while Andes Manta will accompany them with a wide array of traditional melodies. $15 general/$10 children. Frank Sinatra School of the Arts, 35-12 35th Ave., Astoria, www.EcuadorianTraditions.com.
• Saturday, July 13, Hands-On History: Fishing with Frederick, noon to 3 p.m. Rufus & Mary King’s youngest son Frederick loved to fish for pigs. Enjoy a day of fishing in a magnetic fishing pond instead of trying to catch a pig. Create your own fish or pig craft to take home. Free. King Manor Museum, Rufus King Park, 153rd Street at Jamaica Avenue, www.kingmanor.org.
• Saturday, July 13, 11th Annual St. Albans Jazz Festival: Day Two, 3 p.m to 10 p.m. Saturday’s lineup will feature a special tribute to Donald Blackman, Michael Lawson and Dave Jackson and will feature Ed Jackson, Mike Flythe’s Atomic Band, U4ouria and the Bill Jacobs Ensemble. Free. Saint Albans Park, Merrick Boulevard at Sayres Avenue, 1-718-723-1800.
• Saturday, July 13, Lincoln Center Local at Queens Library: Villalobos Brothers, 2 to 3 p.m; 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. Blending indigenous rhythms and melodies from Mexico’s Veracruz with the intricate harmonies of jazz and classical music, the Villalobos Brothers deliver an intoxicating brew of musical brilliance awakening the senses as it redefines the notions behind Latin music. Free. Queens Library at Jackson Heights, 35-51 81st St., www.queenslibrary.org.
• Saturday, July 13, Jamaica Jam Drum Circle, 2 p.m. Mike Veny is a drum circle aficionado known for his high-energy grooves and ferocious backbeat. Participants will receive basic instruction before playing in a drum circle. Pre-registration is required; space is limited. Queens Central Library, 89-11 Merrick Blvd., Jamaica. Free, www.queenslibrary.org.
• Sunday, July 14, Liberté, Egalité, et Fraternité, 3 p.m. The Little Opera Theatre of NY (LOTNY) presents an afternoon of French opera, including the work of Chevalier de Saint-George. LOTNY is a chamber opera company, whose goal is to strip the artifice away from opera and present it as an intimate experience, enabling the audience to reconnect with the music, the performers and the story. Free. Socrates Sculpture Park, 32-01 Vernon Blvd., LIC, 1- 718-956-1819; www.socratessculpturepark.org.
• Sunday, July 14, Let’s Do the Twist: Rock & Roll House Party, 1 p.m. The Karlus Trapp Band presents popular music of the 1960s. If you love Chubby Checker, The Beatles and the Beach Boys, take a trip down memory lane with this dance lesson and house party. Free. Flushing Town Hall, 137-35 Northern Blvd., Flushing, www.flushingtownhall.org, 1- 718-463-7700.
• Tuesday, July 16, SummerStage Kids Presents: The Gizmo Guys, 10:30 a.m. More than a comedy juggling act, The Gizmo Guys demonstrate world class skills presented in original routines that amuse as well as amaze. Free. Rufus King Park, Jamaica Avenue, Jamaica, www.nycgovparks.org.
• Tuesday, July 16, Concert with Meli’sa Morgan/Fonda Rae/Alicia Myers/Marley Marl/Hosted by Bob Lee in association with WBLS, 7 p.m. New York soul songstress Meli’sa Morgan’s debut single, a cover of Prince’s hit “Do Me Baby,” shot to the top of the charts and the album of the same name hit the top five. Fonda Rae burst onto the music scene with the song “Deputy of Love,” which climbed to the number one position on the Billboard dance charts. Vocalist Alicia Myers was a charter member of Al Hudson & the Soul Partners, which later became One Way, before she departed in the early 1980s for a solo career. She earned a top-10 hit with “You Get the Best From Me (Say, Say, Say)” in 1984, although her strongest record was the Gospel/Soul album, I Want to Thank You. One of hip-hop’s first super-producers, Marley Marl was an early innovator in the art of sampling. “Doctor” Bob Lee is one of the most recognized entertainment personalities in New York with a 30-year career in radio, music and television. Free. Queensbridge Park, vicinity of 41st Road, 40th Avenue, Vernon Boulevard and 21st Street, LIC, www.cityparksfoundation.org.
• Tuesday, July 16, Hip Pickles, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Enjoy an awesome interactive percussion band that teaches and allows the kids to try out the instruments, sponsored by City Council Member Eric Ulrich. Free. Beach 97th Street Island, Rockaway Beach, www.nycgovparks.org.
• Wednesday, July 17, Force MDs/Horace Brown/Jeff Redd/Marley Marl/hosted by Bob Lee in association with WBLS, 7 p.m. New York born and bred, Force MDs began by singing and dancing on Greenwich Village street corners and the Staten Island ferry. R&B sensation Horace Brown reached popular success in 1996 after the release of his debut, self-titled album, which featured a number of well known artists including Sean “Puffy” Combs and Faith Evans, and included the hit single “One for the Money.” Jeff Redd has had a long, successful musical career, winning Grammy, American Music, Soul Train and Billboard awards. Free. Queensbridge Park, vicinity of 41st Road, 40th Avenue, Vernon Boulevard and 21st Street, LIC, www.cityparksfoundation.org.
• Wednesday, July 17, Outdoor Cinema 2013: Alamar, 7 p.m. As part of an eight-week film festival, Socrates Sculpture Park will screen Alamar, a love story between father and son, man and nature, water and sky. Set in the turquoise waters of Banco Chinchorro in the Caribbean, home to thousands of species of fish. the film – somewhere between fiction and documentary – tells the story of a young boy whose unwed parents (Italian mother, Mexican father) make him a child of two worlds. A father transports his urban son to this natural paradise to teach him to dive for lobster and fish for barracuda, spending days on a tiny fishing boat and nights in a reed-roofed cabin that floats atop the water. (English subtitles.) The evening will feature regional cuisine from neighborhood restaurants and performances by local musicians and dancers that celebrate Mexican culture. Free. SSP, 32-01 Vernon Blvd., LIC, 1-718-956- 1819, www.socratessculpturepark.org.
• July 17-28, The Golden Dragon Acrobats, days and times vary. After an exciting extended run last summer, the Golden Dragon Acrobats return to Queens Theatre more thrilling and daring than ever before with up close, daring feats of balance, spinetingling contortionists and towers of jugglers. $32/$99 Family 4-Pack (enter coupon code FAM4). QT, 4 United Nations Ave. S., Flushing Meadows-Corona Park, www.queenstheatre.org, 1-718-760-0064.
The “It’s In Queens” column is produced by the Queens Tourism Council with the hope that readers will enjoy the borough’s attractions.