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Five things to do in Queens this weekend! April 20-22

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Posted: Friday, April 20, 2018 12:33 pm

You may not be all that happy with Mother Nature these days, given the disappointing, cold spring we’ve had so far. But try to get over it — Sunday is Earth Day, and you don’t want to be mad at Gaia on her special day, do you? 

Besides, the mercury is creeping up, and rumor has it we may top 60 degrees on Sunday, and even have a clear view of that glowing orb in the sky you may remember seeing in days past. Plus, here’s a list of five things to do in Queens this weekend, no charge and no strings attached!

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Saturday is opening day for The Gingerbread Players’ original adaptation of “Little Women,” a musical version of Louisa May Alcott’s novel about the March sisters, Meg, Jo, Beth and Amy. Featuring authentic 19th-century music, it was adapted by Dolly Guinther and Beatrice Grant. Performances are Sat., April 21, at 2:30 and 7:30 p.m.; Sun., April 22 and 29 and Sat., April 28, at 2:30 p.m.; and Fri., April 27, at 7:30 p.m. The venue is St. Luke’s Church, 85 Greenway S., Forest Hills. Tickets are $15; $12 each in groups of six or more. Info: (718) 268-7772, gingerbreadplayers.org.

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This is the weekend for the Green Space dance studio’s monthly shows. First is Take Root, with performances by Christopher Unpezverde Nunez and guests, and Samuel Hanson with Alexander Ortega. It will be performed Fri.-Sat., April 20-21, at 8 p.m. Tickets are $15 advance; $20 cash at door; $22 credit card. Next is Fertile Ground, featuring multiple dance troupes and a post-performance discussion with wine, moderated by Valerie Green. That show will be performed Sun., April 22, at 7 p.m. Tickets are $13 advance; $13 cash at door; $15 credit card. Both are part of monthly series at Green Space, 37-24 24 St., Long Island City. Info: (718) 956-3037, greenspacestudio.org

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You can catch a free screening Saturday of “Catch Me If You Can,” the 2002 biographical crime film about a con artist, starring Leonardo DiCaprio and Tom Hanks. Astoria native Christopher Walken plays a supporting role, and the movie is being shown as part of a series highlighting western Queens people who went to Hollywood. The screening is set for Sat., April 21, 1 p.m., at the Greater Astoria Historical Society, 35-20 Broadway, Long Island City. It’s free. Info: (718) 278-0700, astorialic.org.

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Like to go dancing? Every other Saturday, including April 21, you can do it in Elmhurst with a live DJ playing classics, oldies, Italian and Spanish music, while enjoying food and drinks too. The floor is open from 8 p.m.-12 a.m., at Italian Charities of America, 83-20 Queens Blvd., Elmhurst. Admission is $12. Info: (718) 478-3100.

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There are several Earth Day events around the borough, but just one we know of that doesn’t involve being outdoors but instead talking about the outdoors. It’s a lecture entitled The Last Time It Got This Hot On Earth, to be delivered by climate scientist, Queens College professor and Antarctic explorer Stephen Pekar. He’ll discuss what the climate was like when carbon dioxide was as prevalent as many predict it will be later this century. The event is Sun., April 22, 3 p.m., at the Central Queens YM & YWHA, 67-09 108 St., Forest Hills. It’s free; but donations are welcome. Info: (718) 268-5011, cqy.org.  

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Now, what do we say every week in our five things post? Remember that you can always find plenty more here and here.

— compiled by Peter C. Mastrosimone

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