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It’s In Queens!

News From The Queens Tourism Council

The fun is getting out of control. The “It’s in Queens” column is celebrating its first birthday with its longest list of activities to date ... and most are free.

Here’s the rundown.

Today (Thursday), Aug 1, First Annual UNFringed Festival, times vary, until Aug. 24. UNFringed offers the stage to daring new works from passionate artists who aren’t afraid to push the boundaries. All kinds of works are accepted, as long as they’re unhinged. Secret Theatre, 44-02 23rd St., LIC, www.secrettheatre.com.

Thursday, Aug. 1, The Metropolitan Opera, 7 p.m. An evening of arias and duets by Met artists Ying Fang (soprano), Mario Chang (tenor) and Brandon Cedel (bass-baritone), accompanied by pianist Bradley Moore. Free. Socrates Sculpture Park, 32-01 Vernon Blvd., LIC, www.socratessculpturepark.org, 1-718-956-1819.

Thursday, Aug. 1, The Minnitts of Anabeg, 7:30 p.m. This movie tells the story of Joshua Minnitt, an English Justice of the Peace disinherited by his father after marrying a Catholic girl. This premiere screening in the U.S. includes a Q&A with writer/director Alan Brown. New York Irish Center, 10-40 Jackson Ave., LIC, please RSVP to chris@newyorkirishcenter.org or 1-718-482-0909.

Thursday, Aug. 1, Movies Under the Stars: The Music Man, 8 p.m. A movie for music lovers. Free. Main Park House, Cunningham Park, 196th Street and Union Turnpike, Fresh Meadows.

Thursday, Aug. 1, Waterfront Concert Series 2013, 7:30 p.m. The bubble gum pop band 1910 Fruitgum Company performs an 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, Aug. 1, Glory, 8:17 p.m. A Better Jamaica screens Glory, a dramatic account of the Civil War’s first all-black regiment, led by idealistic, northern white commander Colonel Robert Gould Shaw. This stunning drama is based on Shaw’s letters. Free. St. Albans Park, Merrick Boulevard at Sayres Avenue, www.abetterjamaica.org.

Friday, Aug. 2, JAMS Festival Day One, 6 to 10 p.m. An outdoor concert featuring talented, up-and-coming local artists. Free. Rufus King Park, Jamaica Avenue at 153rd Street, Jamaica.

Friday, Aug. 2, Ninth Rural Route Film Festival, 7 p.m, runs until Sunday, Aug. 4. Whether a modern-day western set in Chile, a documentary about Chinese women thrust into an economic downturn or a drama about a forced marriage in Senegal, this festival screens work about people and cultures normally overlooked by the mainstream media. This year features screenings of 28 films from 13 countries, including a program devoted to the late documentarian Les Blank. Museum of the Moving Image, 36-01 35th Ave., Astoria/LIC, www.movingimage.us, 1-718-777-6888.

Friday, Aug. 2, Arrival from Sweden: the Music of ABBA, 3:30 p.m. The ultimate ABBA tribute band, Arrival from Sweden. $20 in advance/1,500 Genting Rewards points/$25 at the door. Resorts World Casino New York City, 110-00 Rockaway Blvd., Jamaica, www.rwnewyork.com, 1-718-215-2984.

Friday, Aug. 2, A Morning of Music, 10:30 a.m. Darlene Graham entertains children of all ages with her interactive and exciting performance. Free. Alley Pond Park, 76th Avenue and Springfield Boulevard, Douglaston, 1-718-352-4793, michael.agnello@ parks.nyc.gov.

Saturday, Aug. 3, LIC Block Party, noon. Expect artist-led activity tents, live music, interactive performances, a market with affordable and functional art and a family-friendly food court. Free. Sculpture Center, 44-19 Purves St., LIC, www.sculpture-center.org, 1-718-361-1750.

Saturday, Aug. 3, Bix Beiderbecke Sunnyside Memorial Concert 12 - 7pm. Outdoor jazz concert featuring many bands. Free. 46th Street and Queens Blvd., Sunnyside.

Saturday, Aug. 3, Flic Nic in the Street, dusk. The Queens World Film Festival returns with a combination of local and international indie films. Bring a chair, blanket, a picnic and a beverage or just pull up a piece of curb and enjoy films from around the world and around the corner. Free. Travers Park, 34th Avenue and 78th Street, Jackson Heights, www.queensworldfilmfestival.com.

Saturday, Aug. 3, Yaji for Traditional Chinese Painting and Calligraphy, 2 p.m. Chinese calligraphers and painters create art work and illustrate their motivations. There will be a Q&A and hands-on guidance. Free. Flushing Town Hall, 137-35 Northern Blvd., www.flushingtownhall.org.

Saturday, Aug. 3, Zikrayat: Arabic Music and Dance, 2:30 p.m. Zikrayat, Arabic for “memories,” performs music and dance from the Greater Arab World. Free. Queens Library at Ridgewood, 20-12 Madison St., www.queenslibrary.org.

Saturday, Aug. 3, Arrival from Sweden: the Music of ABBA, 8 p.m. The ultimate ABBA tribute band, Arrival from Sweden, gives a second show. $20 in advance/1,500 Genting Rewards points/$25 at the door. Resorts World Casino New York City, 110-00 Rockaway Blvd. Jamaica, www.rwnewyork.com, 1-718-215- 2984

Saturday, Aug. 3, JAMS Festival Day Two, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. A day of multi-cultural family fun, shopping, community resources and entertainment. Free. Jamaica Avenue in vicinity of Parsons Boulevard and 169th Street, Jamaica.

Sunday, Aug. 4, Verdi & Friends, 5 p.m. The Queens Symphony Orchestra celebrates the bicentennial of Italian composer Giuseppe Verdi’s nativity and the group’s own 60th anniversary with a show featuring selections from such classical Verdi operas as Aida, Falstaff, La Traviata and Rigoletto. Free. George Seuffert Bandshell, vicinity of Forest Park Drive and Woodhaven Boulevard in Forest Park, www.queenssymphony.org.

Sunday, Aug. 4, York College Jazz Concert, 2 p.m. The York College Summer Jazz Program’s big band sound at this annual concert showcasing outstanding high school musicians. Free. Louis Armstrong House Museum, 34- 56 107th St., Corona, www.satchmo.net.

Sunday, Aug. 4, Days of Being Wild, 5:30 p.m. This retrospective on film director Wong Kar-wai shows Days of Being Wild. This first in Wong’s triptych of unrequited love stories chronicles the relationships between heartbreaker Yuddy and his romantic victims Lulu and Li Su Zhen. Museum of the Moving Image, 36-01 35th Ave., Astoria/LIC, www.movingimage.us.

Monday, Aug. 5, Sherlock Holmes, 8:13 p.m. A Better Jamaica screens Sherlock Holmes, a new portrayal of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s famous character, who battles to bring down a nemesis and unravel a deadly plot that could destroy the country. Free. Cabbell Park, Francis Lewis Boulevard at 120th Avenue, Cambria Heights, www.abetterjamaica.org.

Tuesday, Aug. 6, Italian Music at Summer Concert Series, 7 p.m. Italian music night with Chris Macchio and Tony Valenti. Free. Juniper Valley Park, 80th Street and Juniper Boulevard North, Middle Village, www.junipercivic.com, 1-718-651-5865.

Tuesday, Aug. 6, Nature Nick’s Animal Adventure, 10 a.m. See exotic animals and learn about them. Alley Pond Park at 76th Avenue, off Springfield Boulevard, Douglaston.

Tuesday, Aug. 6, Sherlock Holmes, 8:12 p.m. A Better Jamaica screens Sherlock Holmes, a new portrayal of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s famous character, who battles to bring down a nemesis and unravel a deadly plot that could destroy the country. Free. Brookville Park, Brookville Boulevard at 143rd Avenue, Rosedale, www.abetterjamaica.org.

Wednesday, Aug. 7, Film Forum Festival: Sugar, 7 p.m. Miguel, a pitcher from a small town in the Dominican Republic, trains at a pro baseball academy, awaiting his chance to play in the U.S. and pull his family out of poverty. At 19, he gets his break, but then his game falters. Free. Socrates Sculpture Park, 32-01 Vernon Blvd., LIC, www.socratessculpturepark.org.

Wednesday, Aug. 7, Eagles Tribute Band at Summer Concert Series, 7:30 p.m. Tribute band Desert Highway sounds just like the Eagles. Maspeth Federal Savings, 56-18 69th St., Maspeth, www.junipercivic.org, 1-718- 335-1300.

Wednesday, Aug. 7, The Blind Side, 8:10 p.m. A Better Jamaica screens The Blind Side, which tells the true story of Michael Oher, a homeless African-American youngster who is taken in by a wealthy white family. Free. Baisley Pond Park, Foch Boulevard at Long Street, St. Albans, www.abetterjamaica.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.