Rural Route Film Festival
The festival will kick off on Friday at Brooklyn Grange and this year’s theme is “Singer-Songwriters (…in Suspense).” Each movie contains live performances of original and traditional songs with some element of suspense. The opening night features Arabic music by Shelley Thomas, 10 shorts and a party. 8 p.m., Brooklyn Grange, 37-18 Northern Blvd., Long Island City, http://bit.ly/2sXsgup.
Classic Hitchcock Film Fridays
Watch the 1954 classic “Rear Window” at Rufus King Park. A wheelchair-bound photographer obsessively watches his neighbors across the courtyard. The show begins at dusk. Free. Rufus King Park, Jamaica Avenue at 153rd Street, Jamaica, http://bit.ly/2uaIUHf.
Mr. Cheeks and Large Professor
Two hip hop icons will perform as part of the SummerStage series. Free. Queensbridge Park, vicinity of the East River and 41st Road, Long Island City, http://bit.ly/2sIrP3b.
Rural Route Day II
The world premiere of Astoria resident Sean Hartofilis’s Irish folk-infused thriller “Covandonga” follows a performance and Q&A with Hartofilis. At 4 p.m., Robert Altman’s classic “Nashville” follows 24 stories of musicians, songwriters, managers, third party politicians, fans and wannabes over five days in Music City, USA. 1:30 p.m., Museum of the Moving Image, 36-01 35th Ave., Astoria’s Kaufman Arts Studio, http://bit.ly/2tA1dE7.
This SummerStage performance will feature Motown hits. Free. Roy Wilkins Park, Merrick Boulevard and 115th Avenue, Jamaica, http://bit.ly/2stwyFE.
“Esta Noche Se Improvisa”
Written by Nobel Literature Prize winner Luigi Pirandello, this work is a “play within a play.” The cast is told to improvise, but everything is planned. Or is it? (In Spanish), 7:30 p.m., Thalía Spanish Theatre, 41-17 Greenpoint Ave., Sunnyside, http://bit.ly/2syPnr1.
Soulful songs after a workshop with Scratch Academy as part of the SummerStage series. Free, 4 p.m., Queensbridge Park, vicinity of East River and 41st Road, Long Island City, http://bit.ly/2uJLnW2.
Dr. K’s Motown Revue
This performance will include some of the great sounds of the 1970s and 1980s as part of the Queens borough president’s Katz Concert Series. Free, 6 p.m., Springfield Park, vicinity of Springfield Boulevard and 146th Avenue, Springfield Gardens, http://bit.ly/2tGxYy1.
Rural Route Day III
Australian singer-songwriter Desmond White offers a sneak preview of his upcoming album. Then, “Olancho,” a film about a farmer who makes a song for the region’s drug cartel, screens. The ditty angers a rival gang, and he has to flee to the United States. A Q&A with the director follows. At 4 p.m., “Barracuda,” a Texas thriller about a mysterious woman who hitchhikes to Austin to meet her half-sister, will be shown. 1:30 p.m., Museum of the Moving Image, 36-01 35th Ave., Astoria’s Kaufman Arts Studio, http://bit.ly/2tA1dE7.
NYC Ska Orchestra
This 18-piece big band performs reggae and jazz arrangements as part of the Music in the Garden series. $6, 4 p.m., Queens Botanical Garden, 43-50 Main St., Flushing, http://bit.ly/2tVuHOf.
Electronic Waste Recycling Event
Drop off unwanted gadgets to be discarded in an environmentally friendly way. Free, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Queens Botanical Garden, 43-50 Main St., Flushing, http://bit.ly/2u63PdQ.
Framed Jewelry Workshop
Make a masterpiece with old, broken or odd pieces of jewelry. $25 includes frames lined with velvet, jewelry pieces and glue. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Maple Grove Cemetery Victorian Building, inside the gate at Lefferts Boulevard and Kew Gardens Road, Kew Gardens, http://bit.ly/2fT727y.
Alex Cummings Ensemble
This group will perform jazz as part of the Live at the Gantries series. Free. Gantry Plaza State Park, 4-09 47th Rd., Long Island City, http://bit.ly/2v4Knvi.
Check out the White Wedding Band as part of the Juniper Valley Park Summer Concert Series. Free, 7 p.m., Juniper Valley Park, 80th Street and Juniper Boulevard North, Middle Village, http://bit.ly/2tHbCfX.
This event will include food, music and a movie about Slovenian cult band Laibach, the first rock group to perform in North Korea. Free, 7 p.m., Socrates Sculpture Park, 32-01 Vernon Blvd., Long Island City, http://bit.ly/2ubddOc.
Dina Denis and her modern company, Dance Into Light, provide an interactive movement exploration that is shared between the artists and audience. $5, 1 p.m., Voelker Orth Museum, 149-19 38th Ave., Flushing, http://bit.ly/2cqLb4n.
Queensboro Dance Festival
Twenty-seven cultural and contemporary groups—representing 12 borough neighborhoods—perform. The second half is in October. The festival will be held at 7 p.m. on July 19 and 20. $12. Crabhouse, 2-03 Borden Ave., Long Island City, http://bit.ly/2edEMLZ.
The annual See It Big! Series kicks off with “Dunkirk,” a thriller that begins with thousands of British and Allied troops surrounded by enemy forces. Trapped on the beach with their backs to the sea, they face an impossible situation as the enemy closes in. 7:30 p.m., Museum of the Moving Image, 36-01 35th Ave., Astoria’s Kaufman Arts District, http://bit.ly/2sIR2dO.