Dance At Socrates (see below)
Bix Beiderbecke Tribute
This annual event is a 1920s-themed celebration of an influential local cornet-player. The tribute features live jazz, Astoria Swing Dance, an ice cream giveaway and a procession to Bix’s former apartment on 46th Street. Free, 3 p.m., Bliss Plaza at 46th Street and Queens, Sunnyside, http://bit.ly/2ucqxxk.
Passport Thursdays: West Africa
This weekly international dance, music and film series will explore West Africa with Seewe African Dance Company and the Nigerien movie “Rain the Color Blue With a Little Red In It.” Free, 7 p.m., Queens Museum, NYC Building, Flushing Meadows Corona Park, http://bit.ly/2f26mQB.
Shorts exploring Flushing Meadows Corona Park make world premieres during this festival. Topics include romance, alien invasion, dragon boats and dreams. Shows are Aug. 3 at 7:30 p.m.; Aug. 4 at 8 p.m.; Aug. 5 at 2 p.m. and 8 p.m.; and Aug. 6 at 3 p.m. $18 general admission, $15 for students and seniors. Queens Theatre, 14 United Nations Ave., S., Flushing Meadows Corona Park, http://bit.ly/2uQTSS3.
Louis Armstrong Tribute
Dynamic trumpeter Joey Morant presents an encore of last year’s thrilling Satchmo tribute. He electrifies audiences with his dazzling horn technique, skillful scat singing and humorous asides. Free, 5:30 p.m., Socrates Sculpture Park, 32-01 Vernon Blvd., Long Island City, http://bit.ly/2weHuZc
“2001: A Space Odyssey”
Stanley Kubrick’s epic science fiction masterpiece—“the ultimate trip”—is about the beauty and banality of civilization, blending cool satire, an elaborate vision of the future and avant-garde cinematic inventiveness. The film will be screened as part of the Museum of the Moving Image’s ongoing See It Big! Series on Aug. 3 at 7 p.m.; Aug. 4 at 7 p.m.; Aug. 5 at 2 p.m.; and Aug. 6 at 3 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. $15. Museum of the Moving Image, 36-01 35th Ave., Astoria’s Kaufman Arts District, http://bit.ly/2vfHrzg.
Groovy Goes Global
The Child Center of NY, 101st Police Precinct and Groovy Projects present a talent showcase featuring Broadway/TV stars and special appearances by Alex Newell (“Glee”) and Luke Hawkins (“Xanadu,” “Broadway 4D,” “Cirque Du Soleil”). Plus, Taranasha Wallace from MTV’s “Love and Hip Hop” signs copies of her book, “The Goddess Potential.” Free, 1 p.m., O’Donohue Park, in the vicinity of Beach 17th Street and Seagirt Boulevard, Far Rockaway, http://bit.ly/2ucDLKh.
Jazz and Swing
Fleur Seule performs favorites from the 1930s and 1940s at Astoria Park. Free, 7:30 p.m., Astoria Park Great Lawn, http://bit.ly/2uOmlHG.
Kew Gardens Festival of Cinema
The inaugural film festival will screen more than 100 short- and feature-length works from all genres with filmmaker Q&A sessions and industry panels. The festival runs through Aug. 13. The main venue is Kew Gardens Cinemas, 81-05 Lefferts Blvd. More info: http://bit.ly/2udi1hs.
This 21st annual event, which runs through Aug. 5, attracts approximately 200,000 revelers to live performances, fashion, arts and more than 500 vendors. Friday night’s fun includes a concert at Rufus King Park (153rd Street and 89th Avenue). On Saturday, 10 blocks of Jamaica Avenue (Parsons Boulevard to 170th Street) are closed for the main party. More info: http://bit.ly/2weauAc.
“Finding Samuel Lowe: From Harlem to China”
This documentary follows three African American siblings who search for their long-lost Chinese grandfather. Along with 16 family members, they travel to two Chinese cities, finding lineage information that dates back 3,000 years to 1006 BC. $5, 6:30 p.m., Flushing Town Hall, 137-35 Northern Blvd., http://bit.ly/2tXkGjX.
The Community United Methodist Church will host this musical, which is based on the signing of the Declaration of Independence. $20 general admission, $15 for children and seniors. Two venues: Glendale-Maspeth United Methodist Church, 66-14 Central Ave. (Aug. 4 at 8 p.m. and Aug. 5 at 8 p.m.) and Community United Methodist Church, 81-10 35th Ave., Jackson Heights (Aug. 6 at 3 p.m., Aug. 12 at 8 p.m. and Aug. 13 at 3 p.m.). More info: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Watch this Dustin Hoffman classic on a 24-foot inflatable screen adjacent to the East River with a spectacular view of Manhattan. Free, Dusk, Hunters Point South Park, Center Boulevard and 51st Avenue, Long Island City, http://bit.ly/2tGNv0M.
Dance At Socrates
Norte Maar presents this multi-week, cross-disciplinary, collaborative project. Brandon Collwes and XAOC Contemporary Ballet with Tiffany Mills Company and Kathryn Alter present on this day. Free, 4 p.m., Socrates Sculpture Park, 32-01 Vernon Blvd., Long Island City, http://bit.ly/2tXqf28.
The Woodhaven Cultural and Historical Society leads a walk around the perimeter of the old Union Course Racetrack. Free, Noon, Meet at Neir’s Tavern, 87-48 78th St., Woodhaven, http://bit.ly/2vY7CHD.
Summer of Women Film Series
Watch and discuss “Dolley Madison,” a movie about the President James Madison’s wife, as part of a series honoring the 100th anniversary of women suffrage in New York State. Free, 1 p.m., Greater Astoria Historical Society, 35-20 Broadway, Astoria, http://bit.ly/2ucNkZG.
Make a seed planting kit to take home and watch grow. Rufus King and his son, John Alsop King, were nature-lovers who turned their land into a flourishing farm. Free, 1 p.m., King Manor Museum, King Park, vicinity of Jamaica Avenue and 153rd Street, Jamaica, http://bit.ly/2vfGozi.
Full Moon Drumming Workshops
Celebrate the full moon with a drum circle and lessons on Irish drumming by Niall O’Leary. $25, 7 p.m., Flushing Town Hall, 137-35 Northern Blvd., http://bit.ly/2tRDSM5.
“School of Rock”
The 2017 Movies on the Waterfront Series presents this Richard Linklater comedy, which stars Jack Black. Free, 8:30 p.m., Astoria Park Great Lawn, http://bit.ly/2u557lu.
Tie Dye Tuesday
Solshyne Band plays classic rock during this concert in Middle Village. Free, 7 p.m., 80th Street and Juniper Boulevard North, Middle Village, http://bit.ly/2vbcA4e.
Sonia De Los Santos
This event features original songs, Latin American party tunes and bilingual versions of American classics. Free, 11 a.m., 111th Street Lawn, Flushing Meadows Corona Park, http://bit.ly/2tNiUBO.
Modern dance adapted for family audiences and a concrete stage as part of the Live at the Gantries series. Free, 7 p.m., Gantry Plaza State Park, 4-09 47th Rd., Long Island City, http://bit.ly/2v4Knvi.