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Events In Queens - August 2008

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September Events - TBD

Art

August – PS1 is running four exhibitions which run into mid September. They are: 1) Arctic Hysteria: New Art From Finland, 2) Olafur Eliasson, 3) That Was Then … This Is Now and 4) an PF1 [Public Farm One]. PS1 is an extension of MOMA and any one of these exhibits is likely worth the visit. PS1 is located at 22-25 Jackson Avenue [@ 46th Avenue] and their website is www.ps1.org. 718.784.2084. There’s an admission fee, their hours are 12 – 6 pm, and they are closed Tuesday and Wednesday.

5 Pointz LIC

August 23, 25, 30, 31 – Painting season is here! From 12 noon – 7 pm. 5 Pointz is located on Jackson Avenue and Davis Streets [23rd Street] in LIC. Their website is www.5ptz.com.

Comedy

Tuesdays – Comedy Land which is a series of stand up comedy acts at 9 pm. Free. This event is held downstairs next to the dining room every Tuesday at the Bohemian Hall & Beer Garden which is located at 29-19 24th Avenue [at 33rd Street] and being co-sponsored by Pilsner Urquell and the Czech Center of NY. The Beer Garden website is www.bohemianhall.com.

Film / Movies

August 18 / Monday – Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix Movie starting at 8 pm [sundown] in Astoria Park Lawn which is off Shore Blvd between Hell Gate Bridge and the pool. Bring your own blanket or chair. This event is sponsored by Central Astoria Local Development Coalition and the parks department of nyc. Their websites are: www.nycgovparks.org [Note – it’s an ORG] and www.centralastoria.org.

August 20 / Wednesday – Outdoor Movie, Duck Season, starting at sundown which is around 8 pm. Refreshments stand open at 7 pm. Socrates Sculpture Park is located at Broadway and Vernon Blvd in LIC. Bring your own blanket or chair. The sponsors of this event are the Museum of the Moving Image and the Socrates Sculpture Park. The entrance is free and their websites are www.movingimage.us and www.socratessculpturepark.org.

August 24 / Sunday – Outdoor Movie starting at 7.30 pm. A Czech film with English subtitles entitled Mysterious Castle In The Carpathians. This event is being held at the Bohemian Hall & Beer Garden which is located at 29-19 24th Avenue [at 33rd Street] and being co-sponsored by Pilsner Urquell and the Czech Center of NY. Entrance is free and the Beer Garden website is www.bohemianhall.com.

August 31 – Outdoor Movie starting at 7.30 pm. This is a Czech film with English subtitles entitled Prague. It’s being held at the Bohemian Hall & Beer Garden. See their August 24th event for location and other key details.

Music

August 21 / Thursday – Concert by Gary US Bonds in Astoria Park Lawn which is off Shore Blvd between Hell Gate Bridge and the pool. Bring your own blanket or chair. This event is sponsored by Central Astoria Local Development Coalition and the parks department of nyc. Entrance is free and their websites are: www.nycgovparks.org [Note – it’s an ORG] and www.centralastoria.org.

August 21 – Jazz by Burr Johnson from 6 – 9 pm. Mr Johnson recently performed at the Montreaux, Switzerland and Manchester, England Jazz Festivals. This event is being held at the Bohemian Hall & Beer Garden which is located at 29-19 24th Avenue [at 33rd Street]. Their website is www.bohemianhall.com

August 23 – PS1 Warm Up from 3 pm – 9 pm. In conjunction with their new exhibit from Finland titled ‘Arctic Hysteria: New Art From Finland, a number of Finnish groups are performing including Jimi Tenor & Kabu Kabu,
Op:L Bastards,
DJ Poodlecannon,
Michael Evans' Swirling Lotus Blossom Bandits Band. PS1 is located at 22-25 Jackson Avenue [@ 46th Avenue] and their website is www.ps1.org. 718.784.2084. The cost is the price of admission which is $10.

August 28 – Jazz by Curtis McDonald from 6 – 9 pm. Unconfirmed, but reportedly good. This event is being held at the Bohemian Hall & Beer Garden which is located at 29-19 24th Avenue [at 33rd Street]. Entrance is free and their website is www.bohemianhall.com

August 30 – PS1 Warm Up between 3pm – 9 pm. Performances by Jonathan Kane's February,
James Chance and The Contortions, Matthew Dear & Ryan Elliott (Spectral Sound, USA), and
Hey Convict! (Golf Channel Recordings, Australia). PS1 is located at 22-25 Jackson Avenue [@ 46th Avenue] and their website is www.ps1.org. 718.784.2084. The cost is the price of admission which is $10.

August 31 - Irie Jamboree from 1 pm to 9 pm. This is a large Reggae Festival which draws crowds of up to 30,000, featuring many truly talented musicians. Food stands and more. This concert is held at Roy Wilkins Park which is at Baisley Blvd and Merrick Blvd in the South Jamaica section of Queens. For more info see www.iriejamboree.com.

Libraries

August – Voices In Cloth: Story Quilts is an exhibition at the Queens Library Gallery at 89-11 Merrick Boulevard in Jamaica. To find details visit their website is www.queenslibrary.org/gallery

Outdoor Markets

Greenmarkets – These outdoor markets are sponsored by the City of New York Department of Parks and Recreation and the Council on the Environment of NYC. Their website is www.cenyc.org.

Astoria on WEDNESDAYS on 14th Street just south of 31st Avenue between 8 am – 5 pm.

Jackson Heights on SUNDAYS on 34th Avenue just east of 77th Street between 8 am – 3 pm.

Long Island City on 48th Avenue just south of Vernon Blvd on Saturday between 8 am and 3 pm.

Sunnyside on Skillman Avenue just west of 43rd Street on Saturday between 8 am – 4 pm.

Atlas Park on Cooper Avenue and 80th Street on Saturday between 8 am – 4 pm.

Sporting Activities

August 19 – 22nd – U.S. Open Qualifying Tournaments at the USTA National Tennis Center in Flushing Meadows Corona Park. Gates open at 10 am and it’s free. The U.S. Open website is listed below, but this NYC website will provide directions on how to find the stadium http://www.nyc.gov/html/sports/html/usta-access.html.

August 25 – September 7 – U.S. Open at Arthur Ashe Stadium in Flushing Meadows Corona Park. Times vary. Check your tickets. The U.S. Open website is www.usopen.org.

Outdoor Swimming - Outdoor pools in Queens are sponsored by the New York City Department of Parks and Recreation. Entrance is free, but they have rules, the most notable of which is to bring a padlock for a locker as they have guidelines on what you can bring into the pool area. Their website is www.nycgovparks.org.

The Astoria pool is located at 19th Street and 23rd Drive. 718.626.8620.
The Fisher pool is located at 99th Street and 32nd Avenue. 718.779.8356.
The Liberty pool is located at 173rd Street and 106th Avenue. 718.657.4995.
The Fort Totten pool is located at 338 Story Avenue. 718.224.4031.

Street Fairs

August 17 – Astoria. Ditmars Summerfest. On Ditmars Boulevard near 31st street. From 10 am – 7 pm.

August 30 – Sunnyside. Greenpoint Avenue Festival on Greenpoint Avenue between 44th Street and Queens Blvd from 11 am – 6 pm. Over 230 vendors.

Theater

Info coming in our next update and will include Queens Theatre In The Park, Sunnyside specialty, Jamaica festival, Astoria companies.