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The beauty of the orchid will be celebrated this weekend at “Taiwan: A World of Orchids,” at the Queens Botanical Garden, with hundreds of flowers on display, an opening party, plant care demonstrations, art workshop and more. See Special Events.

EXHIBITS
 

“Escape: Celebrating the Great Outdoors,” with paintings created en plein air that represent the artists’ intimate communion with the landscape, including Emilie Lee’s “Indian Creek Canyon,” with a portion of proceeds going to The Nature Conservancy. Through Thu., Sept. 5, Eleventh Street Arts, 46-06 11 St., Long Island City. Free. Info: (718) 392-5164, eleventhstreetarts.com.

“Above and Beyond — The Ultimate Flight Experience,” with interactive components including flight simulation, augmented reality, design and skill challenges and more, examining innovations in aviation from the first powered flights to space. Through Sun., Sept. 8, New York Hall of Science, 47-01 111 St., Corona. $4 plus admission: $16; $13 seniors, kids, students with ID. Info: (718) 699-0005, nysci.org.

“Tiffany’s Iridescence: Glass in Rainbow Hues,” exploring the science and artistry behind Louis C. Tiffany’s groundbreaking achievements in iridescent art glass, with vivid colors, hypnotizing patterns and more. Through Sun., Oct. 6, Queens Museum, Flushing Meadows Corona Park. $8 suggested; $4 seniors; free students, children. Info: (718) 592-9700, queensmuseum.org.

MUSIC
 

Jazz Thursdays, with live outdoor performances honoring the late musicians William Brown and Lois Brown, hosted by the Forest Hills Chamber of Commerce. Thu., Aug. 15 (Richard Boulger’s After Hours Band) and Thu., Aug. 22 (Carl Bartlett Jr. and Charles Bartlett), 7-9:30 p.m., 70 Road between Queens Blvd. and Austin St., Forest Hills. Free. Info: (718) 268-6565, jazzthursdayslive.com.

Cumbia River Band, with both traditional and contemporary tropical sounds drawn from Colombia, featuring guitar, accordion, percussion, tuba and vocals; part of the Live at the Gantries music series. Tue., Aug. 13, 7 p.m., Gantry Plaza State Park, 4-09 47 Road, Long Island City. Free. Info: Info: (718) 544-2996, kupferbergcenter.org courtesy photo

Bertha Hope Quintet, with one of jazz’s living legends, pianist/composer Hope, who has toured with artists like Nat Adderley and Dizzy Gillespie, featuring selections from the songbook of her late husband Elmo Hope. Thu., Aug. 8, 6:30 p.m., Socrates Sculpture Park, 32-01 Vernon Blvd., Long Island City. Free. Info: (718) 956-1819, socratessculpturepark.org.

Nashville Attitude, with the energetic, crowd-pleasing group playing top country hits as well as blues and rock ‘n’ roll, part of the Woodside Summer Concert Series. Thu., Aug. 8, 7 p.m., Sgt. Collins Park Triangle, Broadway and 58 St., Woodside. Free. Info: thenashvilleattitude.com/shows.

Summer Sings in Queens, with attendees singing open, informal scratch performances of major classical works, held by the Forest Hills Choir, Oratorio Society of Queens and Schola Sine Nomine. Thu., Aug. 8 and 15, 7: 15 p.m., The Church-in-the-Gardens, 50 Ascan Ave., Forest Hills. $15 each. Info: fhchoir.org/summer-sings.html.

Songs in the Key of Peace, with jazz, folk and more and a reception, celebrating and fundraising for the Presbyterian Peace Fellowship in honor of its 75th birthday. Sun., Aug. 11, 4 p.m., First Presbyterian Church, 70-35 112 St., Forest Hills. $15 (pay-what-you-can tickets available). Info: (718) 268-4036, (817) 291-3952, presbypeacefellowship.org/concert.

Queensboro Symphony Wind Quintet “Summer Winds,” a performance of chamber music. Sun., Aug. 11, 7 p.m., Mary’s Nativity Church, 46-02 Parsons Blvd., Flushing. Free-will offering. Info: (718) 359-5996, qbsymphony@gmail.com, facebook.com/queensborosymphonyorchestra.

THEATRE
 

“Shrek The Musical,” the fairy tale about a beloved ogre with abandonment issues, his friend Donkey and their quest to save a princess, by the St. Gregory’s Theatre Group. Thu.-Sat., Aug. 8-10, Wed.-Sat., Aug. 14-17, 8 p.m.; Sun., Aug. 11 and 18, Sat., Aug. 17, 2 p.m., St. Gregory the Great Church, 242-20 88 Ave., Bellerose. $18; $15 seniors, students; $9 kids under 12. Info: (718) 989-2451, visitsgtg.org.

“Beauty and the Beast,” the fairy tale about a selfish prince transformed into an unsightly creature and the woman he has imprisoned and must learn to love. Sat., Aug. 10, 8 p.m.; Sun., Aug. 11, 3 p.m., Community United Methodist Church, 75-27 Metropolitan Ave., Middle Village. $20; $18 kids, seniors. Info: (917) 647-7526, jcplayers.com.

DANCE
 

“Ephemera,” the debut of “an Afrofuturist, site-specific, dance-media piece by the Renegade Performance Group. Sat., Aug. 10, 3 & 6 p.m. Socrates Sculpture Park, 32-01 Vernon Blvd., Long Island City. Free. Info: (718) 956-1819, socratessculpturepark.org.

Queensboro Dance Festival, with troupes from the borough performing as part of a tour running through Oct., activities and giveaways. Sat., Aug. 10, 2-3 p.m., George Seuffert Sr. Bandshell, Forest Park Drive, Forest Park. Free. Info: (929) 282-0620, queensborodancefestival.com.

FILM
 

“Jaws,” the 1975 Steven Spielberg thriller based on Peter Benchley’s book about a giant man-eating great white shark terrorizing a resort town, on a 30-foot screen. Thu., Aug. 8, 8 p.m., Hunter’s Point South Park, near 48 Ave. and Center Blvd., Long Island City. Free. Info: hunterspointparks.org. Universal Pictures

“Do the Right Thing,” the 1989 Spike Lee comedy-drama about racial tension in Bedford-Stuyvesant and one eventful, hot summer day. Fri.-Sun., Aug. 9-11, Museum of the Moving Image, 36-01 35 Ave., Astoria. $15; $11 seniors, students; $9 kids 3-17; includes museum admission. Info: (718) 777-6888, movingimage.us.

“The Dark Crystal,” the 1982 Jim Henson-Frank Oz animatronic fantasy adventure about an elf-like being on a quest to restore order to the world. Wed., Aug. 14, 12 p.m., Museum of the Moving Image, 36-01 35 Ave., Astoria. $15; $11 seniors, students; $9 kids 3-17; includes museum admission, including to Henson exhibit with material from the film. Info: (718) 777-6888, movingimage.us.

Festival of Cinema NYC, with more than 120 films from 40 countries in this third annual, 10-day event, including features, documentaries, shorts, animation and music videos. Through Sun., Aug. 11, Regal UA Midway, 108-22 Queens Blvd., Forest Hills. With free screenings at Forest Hills Library, Sat., Aug. 10, 1:30, 5:30 p.m. 108-19 71 Ave. Info and ticket prices: festivalofcinemanyc.com., queenlibrary.org.

“Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse,” with daily 3-D screenings of the 2018 animated film introducing Miles Morales, 13, who learns how to find the hero inside himself, for kids ages 9 and up. Through Sun., Aug. 11, 12 p.m., Museum of the Moving Image, 36-01 35 Ave., Astoria. $15, $11 seniors, students, $9 youth ages 3-17, free for kids age 3 and under. Info: (718) 777-6888, movingimage.us.

TOURS / HIKES
 

˝teinway Village, with participants walking through the piano family’s “utopian settlement,” including past the Steinway & Sons factory and the Steinway Mansion, above, led by Bob Singleton of the Greater Astoria Historical Society. Sun., Aug. 11, 11 a.m.-1 p.m., location delivered upon registration. $30. Info: (718) 278-0700, (212) 935–3960, astorialic.org, mas.org/events. Image courtesy GAHS / Harry Z. Steinway Papers

SPECIAL EVENTS
 

Jamaica Bay Shorebird Festival, with activities including hikes, lectures by experts, kids programs and more, all about shorebirds, in partnership with NYC Audubon and the American Littoral Society. Sat., Aug. 17, 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m., Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge Center, 175-10 Cross Bay Blvd., Broad Channel. Free. Info: (718) 474-0896, don@littoralsociety.org, nps.gov/gate/planyourvisit.

“Taiwan: A World of Orchids,” with more than 400 flowers on display, art workshop, plant care demonstrations and more. Fri.-Sat., Aug. 9-10, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sun., Aug. 11, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. (certain events at certain times; opening party with music food and drinks Thu., Aug. 8, 6-8 p.m.; flower sale Sun., 4:30-7 p.m.), Queens Botanical Garden, 43-50 Main St., Flushing. Free with admission: $6; $4 seniors; $4 students, $2 kids over 3 (workshop $20 more). Info: (718) 886-3800, queensbotanical.org.

Pizza party, to celebrate fifth anniversary of Therapeutic Cuts barbershop and thank the community for its support, with slices, soft drinks and more. Sun., Aug 18, 1-4 p.m., 63-53 Alderton St., Rego Park. Free. Info: (718) 210-7453, therapeuticcuts.com. Photo by Jason Lam / Flickr

Arbitration Rock Battle of the Boroughs, a festival focused on the boulder marking the Queens-Brooklyn border, with history, food, drinks, tug-of-war, pie-eating contest, trivia, baby crawl, arts and crafts and more. Sat., Aug. 17, 12-6 p.m., Onderdonk House (inside tour included), 1820 Flushing Ave., Ridgewood. $5; free under 19. Info: (718) 456-1776, onderdonkhouse.org.

Open Mic Series, with Thunderbird American Indian Dancer of the Year Bobby Gonzalez spinning a yarn and encouraging the audience to participate, part of the Building Bridges through Storytelling program presenting events every other Monday through Sept. 9. Mon., Aug. 19, 7 p.m. Flushing Town Hall, 137-35 Northern Blvd. $5 suggested donation; members, students, teens free. Info: (718) 463-7700, flushingtownhall.org.

CLASSES / WORKSHOPS
 

Live Drawing with Models, for those 20 and over, with nude models, music and refreshments available. Mon., Aug. 12, 6 p.m., Flushing Town Hall, 137-35 Northern Blvd. $16; $10 students. Info: (718) 463-7700, flushingtownhall.org.

Life drawing, with a live nude model, free drinks, music, no judgments, no skeptical eyes. Each Thu., 6:30 p.m., The Plaxall Gallery, 5-25 46 Ave., Long Island City. $10. Info: (347) 848-0030, licartists.org.

KIDS / FAMILIES
 

Bubble Play: A Sensory Playdate for Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder, with kids 4-7, their parents and siblings designing and making their own bubble-making tool from simple materials and observing the bubbles’ sizes, shapes, colors and more. Sat., Aug. 10, 10:30 a.m.-12 p.m., New York Hall of Science, 47-01 111 St., Corona. Free. Info/registration (required, by Aug. 9): (718) 699-0005, nysci.org, dmeza@nysci.org.

Making History Workshop: Doughnuts!, with kids 9-13 making fried doughnuts in a Dutch oven, 19th-century style. Wed., Aug. 14, 10 a.m.-12 p.m., King Manor Museum, 150-03 Jamaica Ave., Jamaica. Free. Info: (718) 206-0545, kingmanor.org.

MARKETS
 

St. Nicholas of Tolentine Church Flea Market, outdoors, with 160 vendors. Every Sat.-Sun. until Nov., 9 a.m.-3 p.m., Union Tpke. and Parsons Blvd.-150 St., Jamaica. Info: (718) 969-3226.

Richmond Hill, 117-09 Hillside Ave., every Sun., 8 a.m.-3 p.m. Largest flea market in Queens. Info: (347) 709-7661, richmondhillfleamarket.com.

CLUBS
 

Alley Eco-Club — a Citizen Science Club for Adults, a new group with participants making and recording their observations about the natural world and discussing them at meetings. Sun., Aug. 11 (and each 2nd and 4th Sun. of the month), 10 a.m., Alley Pond Environmental Center, 228-06 Northern Blvd., Douglaston. Free. Info: (718) 229-4000, alleypond.com, tom0153@hotmail.com.

SOCIAL EVENTS
 

Saturday night dance, with a live DJ playing classics, oldies, top 40 Italian and Latin music, food and more. Sat., Aug. 10 (and every other Saturday all year), 8 p.m.-12 a.m., Italian Charities of America, 83-20 Queens Blvd., Elmhurst. $12. Info: (718) 478-3100.

Yoga and tai chi, with participants enjoying classes in sun or shade. Yoga: each Sat., 9:30-10:30 a.m., 11 a.m.-12 p.m.; each Sun., 10-11 a.m.; tai chi: each Sun., 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.; both through Sept. 15, Socrates Sculpture Park, 32-01 Vernon Blvd., Long Island City. Free. Info: (718) 956-1819, socratessculpturepark.org.

SENIOR ACTIVITIES
 

Howard Beach Senior Center, with exercise classes every weekday except Thu., varying times; dances with a DJ and hot lunch every Tue., 12-3 p.m.; art classes every Thu., 9:30-11:30 a.m., 12:30-2:30 p.m.; intro to sign language every Fri., 10-11:30 a.m.; karaoke every Wed., 1-3 p.m.; monthly book club; and more, 155-55 Crossbay Blvd. Info: (718) 738-8100.

Knitting and crocheting class, to learn a new skill or share an idea for a craft project, by Jamaica Senior Program for Older Adults. Each Thu., 10:30-11:30 a.m., T. Jackson Adult Center, 92-47 165 St. Info: (718) 657-6500, jspoa.org.

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