Events In Queens: July 7-13, 2017



This hip hop storyteller with a signature eye patch is the most-sampled rapper of all time as his words and beats appear in more than 600 tracks by other artists. Grand Wizard Theodore, a Bronx-born DJ who claims to have invented scratching, provides the beat. Free, 7 p.m., Springfield Park, 184th Street and 146th Terrace, Springfield Gardens,

A Mexican Affair
This event at the Paper Factory Hotel will include an evening of food, music, candid stories and spicy romance, created and performed by Rafa Reyes with arrangements by musical director Felipe Fournier. $25, 9:30 p.m., The Paper Factory Hotel, 37-06 36th St., Long Island City

Louis Armstrong’s Wonderful World 2017
Renowned bandleader Jon Batiste curated the lineup for this fourth annual bash. The eclectic mix features Vince Giordano and the Nighthawks with members of The Dap Kings and Batiste’s band, Stay Human. The daylong event pays tribute to Satchmo’s legacy, concluding with a “love riot street parade,” a Batiste specialty. Free, 1 p.m., Flushing Meadows Corona Park.

Sharon Cuneta
This Filipina megastar is an actress, TV host and singer who has recorded 40 albums. She brings her talent to Queens for one night at the Colden Auditorium. Tickets range from $79 to $149, 8 p.m., Colden Auditorium, 153-49 Reeves Ave., Flushing.

The Jimmy Heath Big Band
This iconic jazz saxophonist, composer and Queens resident brings the big-band sound home. Free, 5 p.m., Springfield Park, 184th Street and 146th Terrace, Springfield Gardens.

Patriotic Picnic
This event hosted by the Queens Historical Society will include food, beverages and performances by Honey and the Hound and Italian Art Music. Attendees should wear red, white and blue. $20 at door (this is a fundraiser for the host), 1 p.m., Queens Historical Society, 143-35 37th Ave., Flushing.

Insitu Site-Specific Dance Festival
A total of 24 New York City-based dance companies will twirl around benches, swing through playgrounds, bounce on sidewalks and breakdance in tight spaces. The event runs through July 9. Free, noon to 7 p.m. on both days. Hunters Point South Park, Gantry Plaza State Park, Queensbridge Park and Socrates Sculpture Park, Long Island City.

QueensWay Ride
This fourth annual tour goes along the streets adjoining the QueensWay site with a series of stops and hikes. 11 a.m. The ride begins at Shalimar Diner, 63-68 Austin St., Rego Park, and ends in South Ozone Park.

Queens Craft Brigade
A group of local artisans and eateries will debut this new market. Expect fashion, jewelry, crafts, food, art and more. Noon to 5 p.m., 31-35 41st St., Astoria.

Ohio Players
These R&B Hall of Famers—known for the hits “Love Rollercoaster” and “Funky Worm”— blend funk, soul, blues and disco. Free, 5 p.m., Springfield Park, 184th Street and 146th Terrace, Springfield Gardens.

Full Moon African Drumming Workshop
Celebrate the full moon with a drum circle. Begin with a workshop led by Vado Diomande; then jam with the entire group under the full moon. Drums provided. $25, 7 p.m., Flushing Town Hall, 137-35 Northern Blvd.

Taking it to the Streets Photography Tour and Lesson
Photographer Dan Rubin leads a tour through the Frank Larson exhibit, comparing his work in the 1950s to modern street camera work. He then takes participants on a neighborhood walk to spot the best images. The walk is followed by a discussion. $13, 2 p.m., Flushing Town Hall, 137-35 Northern Blvd.

World’s Fair History Tours
Learn about two historical events with an experienced guide in Flushing Meadows Corona Park. Free, 11 a.m., Meet at the Unisphere, Flushing Meadows Corona Park.

Canoe Rides
Paddle with Urban Park Rangers at Flushing Meadows Corona Park. Free, 11 a.m., Willow Lake, Flushing Meadows Corona Park.

Alive and Kicking
This cover band plays hits from the 1960s to today. The event kicks off the summerlong Katz Concert Series. Free, 6 p.m., Beach 94th Street and Shore Front Parkway, Rockaway.

Polka in the Park
Attendees at this Juniper Valley Park concert will be able to listen to the sounds of the Polka Brothers. Free, 7 p.m., Juniper Valley Park, 80th Street and Juniper Boulevard North, Middle Village.

Screened as part of the Movies on the Lawn series, this film takes place in a city of anthropomorphic animals. A rookie bunny cop and a cynical con artist must work together. Free, 8 p.m., 111th Street Lawn, Flushing Meadows Corona Park.

Food Tasting
This second annual event presents cuisines from around the world with a heavy emphasis on the Caribbean. Music by Team Black Jack. $20 in advance, 6 p.m., The Nest, 125-17 101st Ave., Richmond Hill.

Crossing Newtown Creek: Long Island City to Greenpoint
Official Queens historian Jack Eichenbaum leads a tour through art activity in converted industrial buildings. See remnants of the largely unregulated industrial development that thrived along Newtown Creek during the late 19th century. View the New York City Department of Environmental Protection’s Wastewater Improvement Plant and visit its adjacent nature trail in Greenpoint. 6 p.m., meet outside the east exit of the E and M station at 23rd Street and 44th Drive, Long Island City.

Growing Art Workshop
Horticulturalist Urte Schaedle shares creative planting techniques as part of the first weekly workshop in a summer series. $5, 1 p.m., Voelker Orth Museum, 149-19 38th Ave., Flushing.

Ladies of Hip Hop with Special Guest Amirah Sackett
This event in Queensborough Park features a workshop, dance performance and choreographer. It promises to be an unforgettable night. Free, 7 p.m., Queensborough Park, vicinity of 41st Road, Vernon Boulevard and the East River, Long Island City.


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