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Five things to do in Queens this weekend! March 16-18

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Posted: Friday, March 16, 2018 10:48 am

Welcome to Friday — and the Chronicle’s weekly five things to do in Queens this weekend post. Enjoy!

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The eighth annual Queens World Film Festival just got underway, with 188 independent movies of all kinds, from shorts to features, by filmmakers from Queens and around the world. It runs through Sunday, March 25, with screenings at various times, at both the Museum of the Moving Image, at 36-01 35 Ave. Astoria, and Kaufman Astoria Studios, at 34-12 36 St. Tickets are $15; or $100 for a 10-ticket package; or $200 for 20. Info: (718) 429-2579, queensworldfilmfestival.com

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The monthly dance shows at Green Space in Long Island City happen this weekend. First up is Take Root, with performances of works by Zehnder Dance and Lauren Beirne Dance Works. It’ll be held both tonight, Friday, and Saturday at 8 p.m. Admission is $15 in advance; or $20 cash at the door; or $22 by credit card. The other show is Fertile Ground, which features multiple dance troupes and a post-performance discussion with wine, moderated by Valerie Green. That performance starts at 7 p.m. Sunday, and costs $13 in advance; or $13 cash at the door; or $15 by credit card. Green Space is located at 37-24 24 St. Info: (718) 956-3037, greenspacestudio.org.

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The next installment of Musica Reginae’s interactive piano concerts geared toward getting children interested in music will be held Saturday. The show’s theme is Music & Dance of the Sun King, and it will have Beata Moon and Barbara Podgurski of Musica Reginae teaching kids of all ages how royalty danced long ago, how dance and music are intertwined and more. The show starts at 11 a.m. at The Church-in-the-Gardens, located at 50 Ascan Ave. in Forest Hills. Attendance is free. Info: (718) 894-2178, musicareginae.org.

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Also for the young’uns is “The Lightning Thief,” a live musical based on the popular 2005 young adult book about a boy’s adventures with the gods of ancient Greek myth. Presented by Theatreworks USA, it’s said to be best for kids 6 to 10. It’ll show twice on Sunday, at 1 and 3 p.m., at Queens Theatre, sitting at 14 United Nations Ave. South in Flushing Meadows Corona Park. Tickets are $14. Info: (718) 760-0064, queenstheatre.org.

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If you’re into the music of the swing era, check out In The Mood, a big band music revue celebrating the sounds of the 1940s with singers, dancers and the String of Pearls orchestra. The show is set for 3 p.m. Sunday at the Queensborough Performing Arts Center, located at 222-05 56 Ave. in Bayside. Tickets run from $30 to $48. Info: (718) 631-6311, visitqpac.org

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Want more ideas for things to do? Check out What’s Happening — our Community Calendar and our reader-generated Online Calendar.

— compiled by Peter C. Mastrosimone

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