Staged Realities, paintings and diorama by Astoria artist Kim Babcock. Through Aug. 12. Art O Mat, 46 46 Vernon Blvd., Long Island City. www.licweb.com/artomat.
Inner Visions, group exhibit explores spirituality and culture. Opening reception Saturday, Aug. 12, 6:30 p.m. On view through Aug. 26. Local Project, 21 36 44th Rd., Long Island City. (718) 578 9299, www.localproject.org.
Interstate: The American Road Trip, this exhibition explores the visual vocabulary and vernacular culture that line the roadway of a classic cross country trip stretching from a rural southwestern desert to the largest city on the east coast. Last weekend; exhibit ends Sunday, Aug. 13. Socrates Sculpture Park, 32 01 Vernon Blvd., Long Island City. (718) 956 1819, www.socratessculpturepark.org.
Landscape: Expanded Engagement, Extended Space, artist in residence Xaviera Vincenta Simmons’ portraits made through collaboration with her subjects. Through Aug. 19. Free. Jamaica Center for Arts & Learning, 161 04 Jamaica Ave. (718) 658 7400, www.jcal.org.
Cultural Drift: Understanding Movement and the Immigrant Experience, photographs and drawings examine immigrant mobility. Through Aug. 20. Free. Queens Central Library, 89 11 Merrick Blvd., Jamaica. (718) 990 0706.
Beyond Reason, works by visual artists of the Flushing Council on Culture and the Arts. Through Aug. 27. Also, special gallery talks with member artists whose works are on display, Aug. 13 at 2 p.m. Admission $5; FCCA members free. Flushing Town Hall, 137 35 Northern Blvd. (718) 463 7700, ext. 222, www.flushingtownhall.org.
Drawings and Paintings, by Queens artist Mary Didoardo. Through Sept. 30. LaGuardia Galleries of Fine Arts, 31 10 Thompson Ave., Long Island City. (718) 482 7200, www.lagcc.cuny.edu.
John Lurie: Works on Paper, combines text and images in surprising ways. Extended through Sept. 4. P.S.1, 22 25 Jackson Ave. at 46th Street, Long Island City. (718) 784 2084, www.ps1.org.
Puppet Theater Show and Workshop, featuring “The Princess, The Emperor and The Duck” presented by the puppeteers of the Swedish Cottage Marionette Theater. Sunday, Aug. 13, noon. Free. Weeping Beech Park, Bowne Street and 37th Avenue, Flushing. (718) 939 0647, ext. 17, www.cityparksfoundation.org.
Hands On History, back to school notebook and bookmark making. Every Saturday in August, 1 4 p.m. $1 per participant. King Manor Museum, King Park, Jamaica Avenue at 153rd Street, Jamaica. (718) 206 0545.
Independence World Cinema Showcase, runs through Sept. 1. “Voices of BAM,” 2005 Tribeca Film Festival prize winner from Netherlands/Iran. Friday, Aug. 11, 7:30 p.m. Museum of the Moving Image, 35th Avenue at 36th Street, Astoria. (718) 784 0077, www.movingimage.us.
Frank Borzage, Hollywood Romantic Film Retrospective, film classics from the Oscar winning director. Saturday, Aug. 12: “Secrets” at 2 p.m. and “Bad Girl” at 4:30 p.m.; Sunday, Aug. 13: “Disputed Passage” at 2 p.m. and “Strange Cargo” at 4:30 p.m. Paid admission includes film screenings. Museum of the Moving Image, 35th Avenue at 36th Street, Astoria. (718) 784 0077, www.movingimage.us.
“Kikujiro,” Japanese film directed by Takeshi Kitano. Wednesday, Aug. 16, 7 p.m. Free. Pre screening performances begin at 7 p.m., film begins at sunset. Socrates Sculpture Park, 32 01 Vernon Blvd., Long Island City. (718) 956 1819, www.socratessculpturepark.org.
”Children of Eden,” a staged performance loosely based on the first nine books of Genesis. Aug. 10, 11 and 12 at 8 p.m. and Aug. 13 at 2 p.m. Tickets: adults $15, seniors and children $14. Gregorian Hall, 244 44 87th Ave., Bellerose. (212) 257 4991, www.SGTG.org.
”Grease,” a Broadway Blocksbuster production. Aug. 11, 12, 18, 19 at 8 p.m. and Aug. 13, 20 at 3 p.m. Tickets: $20, general admission seating. The Mary Louis Academy Theater, 176 21 Wexford Terrace, Jamaica Estates. (516) 775 7934.
Tenor Jonathan Long and the David Shenton Quintet, part of Forest Hills Jazz Thursdays. Aug. 10, 5:30 9 p.m. 70th Road near Austin Street. Street will be closed to traffic on 70th Road between Austin Street and Queens Boulevard from 1 10 p.m. (718) 268 6565.
Waterfront Concert Series in Astoria Park, featuring pop rock by the GetAway Drive. Thursday, Aug. 10, 7:30 p.m. Free. Bring blankets and lawn chairs. Astoria Park between Shore Boulevard & 19th Street and the Hell Gate Bridge and Astoria Pool. (718) 728 7820, www.centralastoria.org.
Live Bands at Bayview, Friday, Aug. 11, Wine With Sue, Rockaway Beach cover band; Saturday, Aug. 12, Full House, a Top 40s cover band; Saturday, Aug. 19, Wax R Back presents local ‘50s and ‘60s doo wop. All shows start between 9:30 10 p.m. Cover $5 $10. Bayview Restaurant, 25 Van Brunt Rd., Broad Channel. (718) 634 4555, www.bcbayview.com.
P.S.1 Summer Warm Up Series, music and dance party Saturdays through Sept. 2, 3 9 p.m. Aug. 12, Rub N Tug and Escort; Aug. 19, Mathew Johnson live, Beppe Loda, Lee Douglas, Jeremy Campbell. $10 includes admission to all exhibitions and shows. Free for L.i.C. residents. P.S.1, 22 25 Jackson Ave. at 46th Street, Long Island City. (718) 784 2084, www.ps1.org.
Tim Collins, performs original piece for vibraphone and percussions, “Hell Gate Suite,” accompanied by string section. Two sets: Wednesday, Aug. 16, 9 and 10 p.m. Hell Gate Social, 12 21 Astoria Blvd., Astoria, www.hellgatesocial.com.
Music In The Garden, this final installment features music by the American Contemporary Music Ensemble. Sunday, Aug. 13, 3 p.m. Tickets: $10 adults, $5 seniors and students, children under 12 free. Noguchi Museum, 9 01 33rd Rd. at Vernon Boulevard, Long Island City. (718) 204 7088, www.noguchi.org.
LIC Bar’s Rock & Roll BBQ, performances Sundays at 4 p.m. Aug. 13, Wicked Messengers honkey tonk; Aug. 20, Coppersonic Southern rock. Free. Back patio of LIC Bar, 45 58 Vernon Blvd. (718) 786 5400, www.LICBAR.com.
Passport Fridays, a celebration of music, dance and culture every Friday, 6:30 10 p.m. Aug. 11, Dance: D Underbelly, enmeshing Afro post mod movement and stark visuals with neo hip compositions; Music: Ballet International Africans featuring West African dancers and drummers; Film: “The Golden Ball/Le Ballon d’Or,” in French with English subtitles, about a young boy who is granted his wish to become a professsional soccer player. Queens Museum of Art, New York City Building, Flushing Meadows Park. www.queensmuseum.org.
The Jubilee Cluster Players, presents the musical “Once Upon a Mattress.” Friday, Aug. 11, 8 p.m.: United Methodist Church of Glendale, 66 14 Central Ave.; Sunday, Aug. 13, 3 p.m.: Community United Methodist Church, 75 27 Metropolitan Ave., Middle Village. Tickets: adults $12, children $6. www.jcplayers.com, (718) 894 8654 or (718) 416 0975.
Open Mic at Munch, for poets and musicians, on the first and third Sunday of every month (Aug. 20) from 3 5 p.m.; For singers, songwriters and musicians, first and third Saturday of every month (Aug. 19). $3 donation requested. Munch Cafe & Grill, 71 60 Yellowstone Blvd., Forest Hills. (718) 544 0075.
Armstrong and Africa, explores Louis Armstrong’s travels through his personal collection of photographs, scrapbooks, instruments, postcards and itineraries. Through Dec. 3. Tickets $8; $6 seniors, students, children; members free. Louis Armstrong House Museum, 34 56 107th St., Corona. (718) 478 8274, www.louisarmstronghouse.org.
NYC Department of Parks and Recreation’s Urban Park Rangers, Aug. 13: Canoeing at Fort Totten, meet at Fort entrance, 10 a.m.; Seashore ecology, Rockaway Beach, Beach 52nd Street and boardwalk, 10 a.m.; Fishing, Kissena Park, meet at Rose and Oak avenues, 11 a.m.; History of Fort Totten/Fort Totten, meet at Fort entrance, 1 p.m. Free. 311, www.nyc.gov/parks.