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Things To Do in Queens This Weekend

Friday the 13th, Holi Hai Parade, Queens Jazz OverGround Spring Fest, Rough Draft Fest Continues, Tax Day, Americans in Paris & Back Again

queens things to do* April 13, 2018 / Things To Do Queens / Queens Neighborhoods / Queens Buzz NYC.

* Mixed Weather . The Temperature highs will be around 80 Friday, descending to the mid 70's Saturday and mid 40's on Sunday. The temperature lows will be around 60 Friday, descending to about 40 for the rest of the weekend. There's an inch of Rain in the forecast on Sunday, with a 40% chance of showers during the day, rising quickly to about 80% around 6 or 7 pm. Winds will be about 15 mph Friday and Saturday, rising to a blustery 20 mph on Sunday. And the Humidity will be about 40% on Friday, 60% on Saturday and 70% on Sunday. Click for Queens Weather.

* MTA / Public Transit. The #7 Subway has some station work going on at the Vernon Blvd, Hunters Point and Court Square Stations in LIC, so you have to board at those stations using an alternate platform. The R trains have some work going on in Brooklyn. There is also an ongoing disruption is the N & W Subways in Astoria at 30th through 36th Avenue stops which are closed for renovation [there are buses]. The N train also has some work going on in Brooklyn. Both the Jamaica and Manhattan bound E Subways run local between Queens Plaza to 71st Avenue. The F trains have work going on in both Manhattan and Brooklyn, past the 5th Avenue at 59th stop. The G Subway has no construction / maintenance issues this weekend.

* The photo above right shows the sunset as seen from the LaGuardia Performing Arts Center in LIC at sundown last weekend. The Rough Draft Festival continues this weekend - see details below.

 

Friday - Friday the 13th, Rough Draft Fest in LIC Continues

queens things to do* The photo at right shows the pedestrian traffic at Queens Plaza in LIC on Thursday, April 12th. The neighborhood remains under construction and has been evolving rather quickly in terms of changing landscape and changing demographics.

* The Rough Draft Theater Festival continues at the LaGuardia Performing Arts Center at 31-10 Thomson Avenue. Friday and Saturday they're presenting Gonzo [April 13 - 14 in the Little Theater at 7 pm] and a theatrical reading of How We Create & How We Cope [April 15 in the Little Theater at 5 pm] [$8 / $10 for Gonzo / free for How We Create & ... Cope but rsvp at http://www.lpac.nyc].

* The Noguchi Museum at 9-01 33rd Road at Vernon Boulevard in LIC / Astoria [art / free].

 

Saturday - Holi Hai Parade, Queens Jazz OverGround Free Concert, Rough Draft Festival continues at LPACqueens things to do

* The photo at right shows a modified excerpt from an art work on display at LaGuardia College in Long Island City. The college has increasingly become an arts diversity center.

* There's a Phagwah Holi Hai Parade that begins at 11 am and includes an after party / celebration at Phil "Scooter" Rizzuto Park at 95th Avenue at 125th Street in Richmond Hills in Queens. The parade begins at Liberty & 133rd Street and heads west on Liberty and north on 125th Street [free / kids / parades]. Holi Hai is the Indian / Hindu festival of colors where people wear and share colorful wash off powder.

* The Queens Jazz OverGround Spring Festival begins at 12 noon and runs until 10 pm at the Flushing Town Hall at 137-35 Northern Blvd [free / music].

* The Rough Draft Theater Festival continues at the LaGuardia Performing Arts Center at 31-10 Thomson Avenue. Friday and Saturday they're presenting Gonzo [April 13 - 14 in the Little Theater at 7 pm] and a theatrical reading of How We Create & How We Cope [April 15 in the Little Theater at 5 pm] [$8 / $10 for Gonzo / free for How We Create & ... Cope but rsvp at http://www.lpac.nyc].

 

Sunday - Americans in Paris & Back Again, Rough Draft Festival

st pats for all parade sunnyside queens* The photo at right shows a performance at the Rough Draft Festival at the LaGuardia Performing Arts Center at 31-10 Thomson Avenue in LIC. The Rough Draft Festival continues this weekend - see details above or below.

* The Quintet of the Americas presents Americans in Paris and Back Again, a program that explores the influence on American composers of Nadia Boulanger, the famous 20th century composition teacher who influenced the work of many great American Composers. The free concert begins at 2 pm at the Queens Library in Flushing [free / music / Queens Events Member Calendar].

* The Rough Draft Theater Festival continues at the LaGuardia Performing Arts Center at 31-10 Thomson Avenue. Friday and Saturday they're presenting Gonzo [April 13 - 14 in the Little Theater at 7 pm] and a theatrical reading of How We Create & How We Cope [April 15 in the Little Theater at 5 pm] [$8 / $10 for Gonzo / free for How We Create & ... Cope but rsvp at http://www.lpac.nyc].

 

 

WORK IN PROGRESS. ASTERISKED EVENTS HAVE BEEN UPDATED.

The Sculpture Center at 44-19 Purves Street in LIC is hosting an exhibit entitled Carissa Rodriguez: The Maid and an In Practice series exhibit entitled Another Echo [art / free but $5 / $3 donation appreciated - thru 4/2/18].

PS1 MoMA at 22-25 Jackson Avenue in LIC has two programs running this weekend. On Saturday Jenny Hval is sold out, while on Sunday at 1 pm and 3 pm there will be screenings of Leilah Weinraub's feature film, Shakedown, which is "a dreamlike depiction of Los Angeles’s urban lesbian strip club scene in the early 2000s and the culture that surrounded it", and at 6 pm there's a performance of Hair Wars which "began as an informal stage show in Detroit nightclubs, used as a quirky marketing tool for hair stylists in the mid 1980s" [art / $15 / $13].

The Flux Factory at 39-31 29th St Long Island City is exhibiting Flux City 6, which is a cycle of city creation and destruction, rebirth and cataclysm, a phoenix-rising-from-the-ashes, Godzilla-traipsing-in-from-the-sea-in-fire-and-chaos. The program begins each Saturday [March 3, 10 & 17] at 10 am with some sort of Creationist Effort and continues into the evening when it ends with a Destructionist Effort. They end the event at midnight - except on March 10 when it ends at 10 pm [art / free / donations welcome].

The Greater Astoria Historical Society at 35-20 Broadway at 35th Street in Astoria is hosting the film, TBD, from its series Astoria Relations beginning at x pm [history / film / free].

There's a performance of TBD at the Secret Theatre at 44-02 23rd Street in Long Island City beginning at x pm [theater / $18 online or $20 at door]. The story is about Gypsie Lee Rose who was a famous stripper.

Q Museum.

Also see art exhibits and film above in the Friday & Weekend section.

 

Next Week 4.16.18 - Rough Draft Theater Festival

NEEDS UPDATING _ Resuming Tuesdsay and running into the weekend, the Rough Draft Theater Festival continues by presenting several plays in the process of development including On Loss and Mice and Monsters and Love [April 3 & 4 in the Little Theater] and Salesman [April 5 - 7 in the Black Box Theater] and How We Hear [April 6 & 7 in the Little Theater at 7 pm and 5.30 pm respectively] at the LaGuardia Performing Arts Center at 31-10 Thomson Avenue [$8 / $10 / theater / rsvp at http://www.lpac.nyc].

 

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Things To Do in Queens This Weekend

No #7 to Manhattan, Greek Orthodox Good Friday Processions, Rough Draft Fest Continues, Passover ends, Greek Orthodox Easter Sunday & more coming

queens things to doApril 6, 2018 / Things To Do Queens / Queens Neighborhoods / Queens Buzz NYC.

Spring Weather Continues . The Temperature highs will be in the mid 50's Friday, falling to the high 40's on Saturday and Sunday. The temperature lows will be around 40 Friday, falling to the low 30's for the rest of the weekend. There's No Rain in the forecast. Winds will be about 15 mph throughout the weekend. And the Humidity will be about 50% on Friday, descending to about 30% through the rest of the weekend. Click for Queens Weather.

MTA / Public Transit. The #7 Subway has some signal work going on and therefore will not be operating between Queens Plaza and Hudson Yards. The #N & #W will not between stopping at the 30th and 36th Avenue stations due to renovations at those stations. The R trains skip 5th Avenue /59th Street & Lexington Avenue /59th Street and Queens Plaza in both directions. There is also an ongoing disruption is the N & W Subways in Astoria at 30th through 36th Avenue stops which are closed for renovation [there are buses]. The Manhattan bound E & F Subways will not stop at Briarwood or 75th Avenue, and the F will also skip Sutphin Blvd. The G Subway has no construction / maintenance issues this weekend.

The photo above right shows the Epitafios being carried in Astoria in a prior year. The religious and cultural procession returns this evening at many of the Greek Orthodox Churches in Astoria [free / culture / history]. See details below.

 

Friday - Greek Orthodox Good Friday Processions Astoria, Rough Draft Fest in LIC Continues

queens things to doThe photo at right shows the Holy Friday Procession by the Greek Orthodox Church, St. Demetrios in Astoria, commemorating the death of Christ on the cross. The religious and cultural procession returns this evening [free / culture / history].

On Friday, April 6th there are Greek Orthodox Good Friday Services in Astoria, which are generally followed by a religious / cultural reenactment of Christ carrying the cross through the streets. The NYPD cordones off nearby streets around the churches to enable the well attended religious / cultural events [free / cultural]. The churches of St Demetrios Cathedral, St Markella, St Catherine & St George and St Irene Chrysovalantou all hold processions following Friday evening services. The St Demetrios procession is expected to begin at 9pm, which is likely about the same time as the other churches.

The Rough Draft Theater Festival continues by presenting several plays in the process of development including Salesman [April 5 - 7 in the Black Box Theater] and How We Hear [April 6 & 7 in the Little Theater at 7 pm and 5.30 pm respectively] at the LaGuardia Performing Arts Center at 31-10 Thomson Avenue [$8 / $10 / theater / rsvp at http://www.lpac.nyc].

The Noguchi Museum at 9-01 33rd Road at Vernon Boulevard in LIC / Astoria [art / free].

 

Saturday - Rough Draft Festival continues at LPAC, Passover ends, #7 Subway work continuesqueens things to do

The photo at right shows a sign for the Rough Draft Festival at the LaGuardia Performing Arts Center [aka LPAC] in Long Island City in Queens. LPAC has been evolving into a contemporary cosmopolitan cultural center for the performing arts in western Queens, and the Rough Draft Festival has become an interesting venue for showcasing some of the new works contributing to their evolution. See details on performances above or below.

On Saturday, April 7th Passover ends [holidays].

The Rough Draft Theater Festival continues by presenting several plays in the process of development including Salesman [April 5 - 7 in the Black Box Theater] and How We Hear [April 6 & 7 in the Little Theater at 7 pm and 5.30 pm respectively] at the LaGuardia Performing Arts Center at 31-10 Thomson Avenue [$8 / $10 / theater / rsvp at http://www.lpac.nyc].

 

Sunday - Greek Orthodox Easter

st pats for all parade sunnyside queensThe photo at right shows construction work being done on the #7 subway line at the Woodside station in Queens in early March. The work at the stations in Woodside was expected to be completed in 2017, but wasn't completed until March. In what seems a never-ending saga, this weekend, the #7 subway line is on hiatus between Queens Plaza and 34th Street / Hudson Yards.

Today is Easter Sunday when Greek Orthodox Christians celebrate Jesus Christ's Resurrection from the dead. The Western European Christians celebrated the same event last weekend.

 

 

MOSTLY DONE. ASTERISKED EVENTS HAVE NOT BEEN UPDATED.

* The Sculpture Center at 44-19 Purves Street in LIC is hosting an exhibit entitled Carissa Rodriguez: The Maid and an In Practice series exhibit entitled Another Echo [art / free but $5 / $3 donation appreciated - thru 4/2/18].

* PS1 MoMA at 22-25 Jackson Avenue in LIC has two programs running this weekend. On Saturday Jenny Hval is sold out, while on Sunday at 1 pm and 3 pm there will be screenings of Leilah Weinraub's feature film, Shakedown, which is "a dreamlike depiction of Los Angeles’s urban lesbian strip club scene in the early 2000s and the culture that surrounded it", and at 6 pm there's a performance of Hair Wars which "began as an informal stage show in Detroit nightclubs, used as a quirky marketing tool for hair stylists in the mid 1980s" [art / $15 / $13].

* The Flux Factory at 39-31 29th St Long Island City is exhibiting Flux City 6, which is a cycle of city creation and destruction, rebirth and cataclysm, a phoenix-rising-from-the-ashes, Godzilla-traipsing-in-from-the-sea-in-fire-and-chaos. The program begins each Saturday [March 3, 10 & 17] at 10 am with some sort of Creationist Effort and continues into the evening when it ends with a Destructionist Effort. They end the event at midnight - except on March 10 when it ends at 10 pm [art / free / donations welcome].

* The Greater Astoria Historical Society at 35-20 Broadway at 35th Street in Astoria is hosting the film, TBD, from its series Astoria Relations beginning at x pm [history / film / free].

* There's a performance of TBD at the Secret Theatre at 44-02 23rd Street in Long Island City beginning at x pm [theater / $18 online or $20 at door]. The story is about Gypsie Lee Rose who was a famous stripper.

Q Museum.

Also see art exhibits and film above in the Friday & Weekend section.

 

Next Week 4.9.18 - Real Estate Breakfast & Rough Draft Theater Festival

On Thursday the LIC Partnership hosts its annual Real Estate Breakfast beginning at 7.30 am at the Ravel Hotel in LIC. See their website at http://longislandcityqueens.com for tickets and details.

* NEEDS UPDATING _ Resuming Tuesdsay and running into the weekend, the Rough Draft Theater Festival continues by presenting several plays in the process of development including On Loss and Mice and Monsters and Love [April 3 & 4 in the Little Theater] and Salesman [April 5 - 7 in the Black Box Theater] and How We Hear [April 6 & 7 in the Little Theater at 7 pm and 5.30 pm respectively] at the LaGuardia Performing Arts Center at 31-10 Thomson Avenue [$8 / $10 / theater / rsvp at http://www.lpac.nyc].

 

 

Farmers Mkts, Street Fairs & Member Events Calendar

Click here for reports about Queens farmers markets, Queens street fairs & some shopping venues in Queens.

Also see Friday & Weekend Events above and / or click to Queens Events Member Calendar to view a number of additional weekend events. And click here for free summer concerts in Queens, free summer movies in Queens and free things to do and free summer theater in Queens & things to do.

* BOOK REVIEW NEXT WEEK: Under the Mets Grandstands by Seymour Butz.


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