Events In Queens: May 19-25, 2017

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FRIDAY 5/19
James Caan Film Festival
Watch 12 movies starring Sunnyside-raised actor James Caan during this festival. Screenings include “Thief” at 7 p.m. on May 19 and 2 p.m. on May 27; El Dorado at 1:30 p.m. on May 20; “The Rain People” at 4:30 p.m. on May 20; “Cinderella Liberty” at 7 p.m. on May 20; “Brian’s Song” at 2 p.m. on May 21; “The Killer Elite” at 7 p.m. on May 21; “Rollerball” at 7 p.m. on May 26; “Misery” at 4:30 p.m. on May 27; “The Yards” at 7 p.m. on May 27; “Slither” at 2 p.m. on May 28; “Honeymoon in Vegas” at 4 p.m. on May 28; and “Bottle Rocket” at 6:30 p.m. on May 28. Museum of the Moving Image, 36-01 35th Ave., Astoria’s Kaufman Arts District, http://bit.ly/2pYhVMO.

RAM New Music Festival
This event promotes new music by Queens residents. The performance schedule includes a piano duo and electric guitar duo at 7 p.m. on May 19; flute, violin, pianos and guitar orchestra at 3 p.m. on May 20; and loud-bang and vocal works at 1 p.m. on May 21. The Secret Theatre, 44-02 23rd St., Long Island City, http://bit.ly/2qTwl0W.

Global Mashup: Thailand Meets Tahiti
Deum Band presents traditional and contemporary dance music from Thailand. Josh Cho and Le Bandu Barracud will play Tahitian music. Then, the bands jam together. Dance lessons at 7 pm, performance begins at 8 p.m., Flushing Town Hall, 137-35 Northern Blvd., http://bit.ly/2p4I9Mf.

SATURDAY 5/20
LIC Art Stroll
Begin at SculptureCenter with a guided tour of three new solo exhibitions by women artists and continue to MoMA PS1 for a new group exhibition of six women artists. 3:30 p.m., meet at SculptureCenter, 49-19 Purves St., Long Island City, http://bit.ly/2qnM9Xi.

Wildfest
This mini-festival celebrates outdoor adventure, native folklore and the natural world. Enjoy earthy art and awareness activities from Trees New York, SacredWaters, and Tommaso Lana as well as compass work and orienteering with wilderness guide Sam Combs. Don’t forget flint-knapping, cordage, camouflage and bow drill making. Noon, Socrates Sculpture Park, 32-01 Vernon Blvd., Long Island City, http://bit.ly/2r8YelQ.

Tim Kubart and The Space Cadets
Kubart and special guests sing about new adventures, weaving childhood memories via textured pop tunes with lyrics that bridge the gap between innocence and wisdom in a way that listeners of all ages can appreciate and understand. Interactive arts workshop at 1 pm, program begins at 2:15 p.m. Flushing Town Hall, 137-35 Northern Blvd., http://bit.ly/2qJLu5s.

Itinerant: Performance Art Festival
This year’s program, organized by interdisciplinary artist Hector Canonge, focuses on notions of human displacement, pilgrimage, physical dislocations, psychological migrations and corporeal transformations. 2 p.m., Queens Museum, NYC Building, Flushing Meadows Corona Park, http://bit.ly/2qk1n1u.

QueensWay Spring Tour
This 2.2-mile walk tours the streets adjoining the QueensWay, a public space around a former LIRR branch that people want to convert into a public park. See the “before” condition and learn about the project’s history. 11 a.m., ends in Forest Park, but begins at 107 Continental Ave., Forest Hills, http://bit.ly/2mtIOXE.

Wavelengths
This poetry and prose reading by Queens Writers’ Lab explores the interplay between secret and illuminated spaces and how the unseen is made manifest. Participants include Nancy Agabian, Catherine Fletcher, Jared Harel, Mary Lannon, Meera Nair and Sokunthary Svay, who take inspiration from the Light Spectrum art installation by Antonia Perez. 6 p.m., Lewis Howard Latimer House Museum, 34-41 137th St., Flushing, http://bit.ly/2qohRDK.

Jazz Night
The Queens Symphony Orchestra plays selections from the Great American Songbook. 7 p.m., The Center at Maple Grove, 127-15 Kew Gardens Rd., Kew Gardens, http://bit.ly/1Ff8OVE.

Traditions Festival
This second annual event showcases artists, artisans and performers demonstrating crafts from cultures of the 19th through 21st centuries. See how New Yorkers made household goods 200 years ago with hands-on activities and fun for adults and children. Noon to 4 p.m., King Manor Museum, 153rd Street and Jamaica Avenue, Jamaica, http://bit.ly/2qopjP1.

SUNDAY 5/21
Ai and Sensui Calligraphy and Kyoto Culture
Ai Takaoka will hold a calligraphy performance. Sensui Oikawa plays the okoto. Emi Kikuchi presents kimonos and discusses the finer points of kimono wearing and fashion. Yael “Kat” Acher-Modiano plays shakuhachi-inspired music on the western flute. 1 p.m., Queens Museum, NYC Building, Flushing Meadows Corona Park, http://bit.ly/2qk64YZ.

Dumpling Tasting Contest
Teams eat dumplings and identify the ingredients in a three-round Quizzo format. The grand prize is a night of 1,000 dumplings. First prize is a Dumpling Galaxy book by Helen You and Max Falkowitz. Second prize is cash. 3 p.m., $35. Dumpling Galaxy, 42-35 Main St., Flushing, http://bit.ly/2rj9tFI.

Oratorio Society of Queens: The Redeemed
The first half of this 90th anniversary program features Mozart, Copland and Beethoven. The second half features Americana and folk music paying homage to the U.S. Armed Forces. Expect “This Land is Your Land” and “Battle Hymn of the Republic.” 4 p.m., Queensborough Performing Arts Center, 222-05 56th Ave., Bayside, http://bit.ly/2pPi6FX.

Hart Island Requiem
Flushing Town Hall composer-in-residence Tidtaya Sinutoke offers an experimental, immersive and investigative theater piece that highlights stories of those who have died and are buried in Hart Island, a public cemetery located near the Bronx. 2 p.m., Flushing Town Hall, 137-35 Northern Blvd., http://bit.ly/2q8mSCM.

Concert and Lawn Tea
The ensemble Eart’Acte performs various musical genres amid blooming spring flowers. Enjoy a selection of Victorian Era-inspired savory and sweet treats and teas. 2 p.m., $25. Voelker Orth Museum, 149-19 38th Ave., Flushing, http://bit.ly/2qK15lt.

Steinway Street’s Spring Fling
Face-painting, collages, painting, hat making, balloon artistry and the Steinway Deals Booklet, which includes promotions from businesses in the retail district. 1 p.m. to 4 p.m., municipal parking lot between Broadway and 31st Avenue, Astoria, http://bit.ly/2pPu7v7.

Flushing Walking Tour
The New York Landmarks Conservancy and the Queens Historical Society sponsor a tour of the Friends Meeting House, St. George’s Episcopal Church, Free Synagogue of Flushing and Bowne Street Community Church. 1 p.m., begins at the Friends Meeting House, 137-16 Northern Blvd., http://bit.ly/2q3HxqJ.

Steinway Piano Exhibit
Tour the Steinway & Sons factory with experts who have organized this trip for nearly 20 years. 3 p.m., Greater Astoria Historical Society, 35-20 Broadway, Long Island City, http://bit.ly/2r9kJqA.

Place, Home, Identity
This panel discussion is held in conjunction with a current exhibition moderated by curator Shlomit Dror with presentations by artists Keren Benbenisty, Claudia Joskowicz and Esperanza Mayobre. Free, 3 p.m., Dorsky Gallery, 11-03 45th Ave., Long Island City, http://bit.ly/2qJOmz5.

TUESDAY 5/23
Taste of Sunnyside
Sample food and beverages from nearly 30 local restaurants and beverage purveyors with live entertainment by Underground Horns and the Afro-Latineers. $40 general admission and $70 for early entry VIP ticket, 6:30 p.m., Event in a tent under the elevated 7 train at 46th Street and Queens Boulevard, Sunnyside, http://bit.ly/SxtDcT.

 

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