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The 15-member global music group People of Earth will bring their explosive blend of the sounds of Cuba, Puerto Rico, Brazil and beyond to the Queens Botanical Garden Sunday. See Music.


“40 Objects,” with historical photographs, artwork, correspondence and other ephemera about the Flushing Council on Culture and the Arts, to celebrate its 40th anniversary. Through Fri., Aug. 30, Flushing Town Hall, 137-35 Northern Blvd. Free. Info: (718) 463-7700,

“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,

“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,

“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,

“Community: You never really know your own language until you study another,” with colorful sculptures representing protest posters and made using images of people’s palms and a 3-D printer. Through April 2020, Rufus King Park, Jamaica Ave. between 150 and 153 Sts., Jamaica. Free. Info: (347) 505-3018,


Beer Garden Silent Disco Party, withattendees hearing one of three DJs through headphones and doing their thing on the floor. Fri., Aug. 16, 10 p.m.-2 a.m., Bohemian Hall & Beer Garden, 29-19 24 Ave., Astoria. $20. Info: (718) 274-4925, 1 (800) 833-9281,, Photo courtesy Quiet Events

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,

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. 15, 7: 15 p.m., The Church-in-the-Gardens, 50 Ascan Ave., Forest Hills. $15 each. Info:

Music in the Garden: People of Earth, a world music ensemble that seeks to blur the lines between genres of different regions, with members representing at least eight nationalities and hoping to facilitate dialogue, create cultural connections and spread joy. Sun., Aug. 18, 4-5:30 p.m., Queens Botanical Garden, 43-50 Main St., Flushing. Free with admission: $6; $4 seniors; $4 students, $2 children over 3. Info: (718) 886-3800,

Violinist Albert Mulad, the renowned performer in concert with refreshments served afterward. Sun., Aug. 18, 2 p.m., Flushing-Fresh Meadows Jewish Center, 193-10 Peck Ave. $5. Info: (718) 3357-5100.

The Bartlett Contemporaries, a group performing R&B, pop, hip-hop and jazz, as part of the Katz Concert Series. Sun., Aug. 18, 5 p.m., Cambria Heights Playground, Francis Lewis Blvd., 121 Ave. and 219 St. Free. Info: (718) 544-2996,

Akoko Nante Ensemble, a Pan-African percussion and vocals group based in Queens and evoking the sounds of Ghana, old Haiti, Cuba and more, as part of the Live at the Gantries series. Tue., Aug. 20, 7 p.m., Gantry Plaza State Park, 4-09 47 Road, Long Island City. Info: (718) 544-2996,

“Colors of Us” listening party, with electronic music artist and technologist Claire Marie Lim (aka dolltr!ck) previewing “Colors of Us,” her new album created with female-identifying youth of Asian descent in Queens. Sat., Aug 24, 5-6:30 p.m., Lewis Latimer House Museum, 34-41 137 St., Flushing. RSVP required. Info/RSVP:


“Romeo and Juliet,” Shakespeare’s timeless tragedy about two young, star-crossed lovers whose families despise one another, by the Rude Grooms theater troupe, starring Rachel Schmeling and Dhruv Iyengar, above. Daily except Mon.-Tue., Aug. 19-20, 6:30 p.m. (also 1:30 p.m. Sun., Aug. 18 and 25), through Sun., Aug. 25, various locations in Long Island City and Astoria. Free. Info: (646) 725-8539, Photo by Montgomery Sutton

Shakespeare in the Parks, with “A Midsummer Night’s Dream,” the comedy about young lovers, fairies and a theater troupe in a magical forest, and “Richard III,” the historical drama about the bloody rise and fall of an English king. Alternating days, Thu.-Sat., Aug. 15-17; Wed.-Thu., Aug. 21-22, 7:30 p.m. (7 p.m. kids’ workshop), various Queens locations; elsewhere Sun., Aug. 18 (6 p.m.; 5:30 workshop); Fri.-Sat., Aug. 23-24. Free. Info: (718) 729-8567,

“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. 15-17, 8 p.m.; Sat.-Sun., Aug. 17-18, 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,


“Hamlet,” the 1996 star-studded epic, unabridged version of Shakespeare’s classic tragedy, widely considered among the greatest plays ever written, with Kenneth Branagh in the title role. Sun., Aug. 18 and Sat., Aug. 24, 4:30 p.m.; Sun., Aug. 25, 2 p.m., 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,

“The Godfather,” the 1972 star-studded epic about a fictional Mafia family, widely considered among the greatest films ever made, with Marlon Brando in the title role and Al Pacino as one of his sons (not Fredo) and his successor. Mon., Aug. 19, 8:15 p.m., Astoria Park Great Lawn. Free. Info: (718) 728-7820,


“High School Musical 2,” the 2007 musical Disney Channel film about teens on summer vacation; viewership of its premiere broke records for the network and all of basic cable; with pizza, snacks, popcorn and drinks. Tue., Aug. 20, 7 p.m., All Saints Episcopal Church Woodhaven, 85-45 96 St. Free. Info: (718) 849-2352;,


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,,

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,

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,

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,

Honey Harvest Festival, an “annual celebration of all things honeybees,” with honey harvesting, samples, activities for all ages, garden info and more. Wed., Aug. 21, 1-3:30 p.m., Voelker Orth Museum, 149-19 38 Ave., Flushing. $5; $12 a family; kids under 3 free. Info: (718) 359-6227,


Beach Sessions Dance Series, an expo with lessons in various genres taught by experienced artists including Bell Biba, above left. Mon.-Wed., Aug. 19-21, 11 a.m. and 12:30 p.m.; Thu., Aug. 22, 11 a.m. (certain artists at certain times), Low TIde Bar, Beach 97 St. on the boardwalk. Pay what you wish. Info: courtesy Photo

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,


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. 25 (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,,

Knit & Crochet Club, with participants meeting up to share techniques and patterns and bringing their own supplies. Each Fri., 10:30 a.m., Howard Beach Library, 92-06 156 Ave. Free. Info: (718) 641-7086,


Saturday night dance, with a live DJ playing classics, oldies, top 40 Italian and Latin music, food and more. Sat., Aug. 24 (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,


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.


Middle Village Adult Center, 69-10 75 St., offers daily fitness classes for seniors:aerobics to music, lower-body toning, chair yoga, sit and be fit, Zumba, qi gong and tai chi; multimedia and watercolor painting, every Thu. & Fri.; friendly book, movie and poetry club, Wed., 1-2 p.m. monthly. Center open Mon.-Fri., 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Call: (718) 894-3441.

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,

Queens AARP Chorus, which sings at nursing homes and AARP events, seeks retired people to join. Meets each Fri., 11 a.m. (new people asked to come 10 a.m.), Clearview Selfhelp Center, 208-11 26 Ave., Bayside. Info:

Gold Senior Center, cultural, educational and recreational programs; socialization, interaction and meeting new friends, weekly yoga class, hot, kosher nutritious meals, stimulating programs, games, trips, current events, speakers, entertainment, singalongs and “Zumba for Seniors.” $3 suggested contribution. Every Wed., 10:30 a.m.-2 p.m. Hillcrest Jewish Center, 183-02 Union Tpke., Flushing, nfo: (718) 380-4145.


PTSD for veterans and service members: Reach out to a anonymous support group in your area. Info: 1 (800) 273-8255.

Gam-Anon is a 12-step program for families of someone with a gambling problem. Call hot line (212) 606-8177.

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