Events in Queens for August 15-21


Drake VS. Lil Wayne perfoming on
Tuesday 8/19 at the Forest Hills
Stadium starting at 7 p.m.
(see below).


3rd Space, a project of Queens Council on the Arts, presents a poetry workshop with performance poet and musician Ngoma Hill. Running from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., the workshop will focus on delivery and stage presence through the use of drama techniques. Admission is $30. Each participating poet should bring one memorized piece to the workshop. For more information, call (347) 505-3010.


Choban Elektrik is a Brooklyn-based electric dance band whose repertoire draws from the folk music of Albania, Macedonia, Greece, Bulgaria and the Romany people. In this multilingual program at Ridgewood Library, the band incorporates the psychedelic sounds of the 1960s and 70s with its vintage keyboards and creates a high-energy dance party with its powerful rhythm section. Traditional line dancing will be demonstrated and encouraged amongst the audience. For more information on Choban Elektrik, call (718) 821-4770.

The Ebony Hillbillies, NYC’s only African-American string band, will play at the Queens Botanical Garden for its Music in the Garden series. This inventive ensemble pays homage to the traditional and includes a mix of tasty originals. Pack a picnic snack to enjoy on the Oak Allee and enjoy this exhilarating band. The concert runs from 6:15 p.m. to 7:45 p.m. and is free with garden admission. Call (718) 886-3800 for more information. Queens Botanical Garden is located at 43-50 Main St.

The magical Georgie Porgie will appear at the Forest Park Carousel. The magician is scheduled to perform at 2 p.m. The show is free but there is a small fee to ride the carousel. The merry-go-round is located in Forest Park, just off of Woodhaven Boulevard.

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The Louis Armstrong House Museum will present its final summer concert with Gordon Au & the Grand Street Stompers, starting at 2 p.m. Satchmo’s garden will swell with the sweet sounds of Louis Armstrong favorites, New Orleans classics and the Stompers’ exciting originals, covers of famous classical themes and their own joyous adaptation of pop music. Tickets cost $18 in advance and include red beans and rice, sweet tea and a complimentary museum pass. Tickets can be purchased at


Explore the science behind nest making and transform recycled materials into a nest of your own at the New York Hall of Science’s Little Makers program. There is an $8 materials fee per family, in addition to general admission. The workshop runs from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. For more information, visit or call (718) 699-0005.

Enjoy traditional Colombian rhythms in Travers Park with the Jackson Heights Beautification Group. At 3:30 p.m., Los Colombian Roots will bring the music of the northern Colombian coast to Queens. Free admission. For more information, visit


The Central Queens Y in Forest Hills is organizing a trip to the Mets game. Enjoy a nice summer day and cheer on your beloved Mets. Transportation is available between CQY and Citi Field. The game starts at noon. For information, call the Central Queens Y at (718) 268-5011, ext. 160.


Rappers Drake and Lil Wayne will bring their co-headlining tour to the Forest Hills Stadium. Starting at 7 p.m., the concert features the biggest hits from two of the biggest names in hip hop. Listen to Drake rap and sing selections from his smash albums, “Take Care” and “Nothing Was the Same.” Lil Wayne’s set will include songs from hit records like “Tha Carter III,” “I Am Not A Human Being” and “Tha Carter IV.” Fans can also expect the two artists to collaborate throughout the show.
Tickets costs between $69 and $400. To buy tickets, visit

The Kew Gardens Community Center will present the classic 1964 musical, “My Fair Lady.” The film stars Audrey Hepburn as a poor Cockney flower seller who learns “proper” English from an arrogant professor played by Rex Harrison. The free screening will start at 1 p.m. The community center is located at 80-02 Kew Gardens Road, Suite 202.

The Douglaston Library will present a free screening of the 2014 film, “Pompeii,” starting at 2 p.m. In this PG-13 movie, a slave-turned-gladiator finds himself in a race against time to save his true love, betrothed to a corrupt Roman senator, as Mount Vesuvius erupts and the city of Pompeii crumbles around them. To learn more, call (718) 225-8414.


Head to the Voelker Orth Museum for its honey harvest festival, running from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. See how the museum’s beekeeper harvests honey. Learn why bees dance. Make some bee-inspired art. Enjoy a honey-tasting table and some house punch made with garden grapes. Admission costs $6 for adults, $5 for members and $3 for children. Toddlers and infants get free entry. For more information, call (718) 359-6227.

Zambian-born guitarist Robert Mwamba and friends illustrate different jazz styles, from bebop to cool jazz, hard bop, modern and more, at the Glen Oaks Library from 2 p.m. to 3:15 p.m. The concert is free. For information, call (718) 831-8636.


Next Thursday marks the Astoria Bookshop’s first birthday, and they want to celebrate with you. Come by your neighborhood bookstore for baked goods, special discounts and happy hour. For information, call (718) 278-2665.

The Queens Museum will take part in the display of the Monument Quilt, a crowd-sourced collection of thousands of stories of survivors of rape and abuse, alongside messages of love and support from allies in the movement to upset rape culture. The section of the quilt that is coming to Queens includes squares made in a workshop with women from Immigrant Movement International as well as workshops at a sister organization, La Casa Mandarina, an itinerant and independent agency devoted to building a culture of peace by empowering people. The event runs from 3 p.m. to 8 p.m. Call (718) 592-9700 for information.

Head out to Flushing Meadows Corona Park near the Unisphere for this free, weekly presentation of live music, dance and film, hosted by the Queens Museum. For this week, celebrate the sights and sounds of Korea, with a performance by the Song Hee Lee Dance Company and a screening of the film, “Approved for Adoption.” The event runs from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m.

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