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Posted: Thursday, August 1, 2019 10:30 am

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.

MUSIC
 

Jazz Jam All-Stars, with the high-caliber musicians who regularly perform at the host venue backed by Carol Sudhalter’s house band in concert, featuring the music of Louis Armstrong, and closing with a group jam. All local musicians are welcome. Sun., Aug. 4, 7:30 p.m. (reception at 6 p.m., followed by a group photo reminiscent of “A Great Day of Harlem”), Flushing Town Hall, 137-35 Northern Blvd. $20, $15 members, students, teens free. Info: flushingtown hall.org/event, (718) 463-7700.

Katz Concert Series, with Queens College graduate DJ Rehka spinning Basement Banghra for a dance party. Sun., Aug. 4, 5 p.m., Hunters Point South Park, Center Blvd., Long Island City. Free. Info: kupferbergcenter.org.

Afroskull Funk, with a group listing its influences as Funkadelic, Black Sabbath, Frank Zappa and jazz horns, part of the Summers in the Park Series. Sun., Aug. 4, 6 p.m., Travers Park, 77 St. and 34 Ave., Jackson Heights. Free. Info: afroskull.com.

Monthly Jazz Jam, with musicians celebrating the legacy of Louis Armstrong playing under the direction of saxophone legend Carol Sudhalter. Don’t play? Come and listen. Wed., Aug. 7, 7 p.m., Flushing Town Hall, 137-35 Northern Blvd. $10, Free for performers signing up to jam, members, students. Info: flushingtownhall.org/jazz-jam.

Summer Sings in Queens!, with The Forest Hills Choir, Oratorio Society of Queens, and Schola Sine Nomine performing Gabriel FaurÈ’s Requiem and “Cantique de Jean Racine,’ as well as Brahms’ “How Lovely,” from his Requiem. Thu., Aug. 8. 7:30 p.m., The Church-in-the-Gardens, 50 Ascan St., Forest Hills. $15. Info: fhchoir.org.

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. Free. Info: thenashvilleattitude.com/shows.

New Bojaira, an innovative group blending jazz improvisation with flamenco rhythms, dance and singing, part of the Live at the Gantries series. Tue., Aug. 6, 7 p.m., Gantry Plaza State Park, Center Blvd. and 47 Road, Long Island City. Free. Info: (718) 793-8080, kupferbergcenter.org./live-at-the-gantries.

FILM
 

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. Fri., Aug. 2 (opening night kickoff, 7 p.m.) through Sun., Aug. 11, Regal UA Midway, 108-22 Queens Blvd., Forest Hills. With free screenings, presentations and workshops at Forest Hills Library, Sat., Aug. 3-10, 108-19 71 Ave. Info and ticket prices: festivalofcinemanyc.com., queenlibrary.org.

“Paris Is Burning,” a brand-new documentary, seven years in the making, about the 1980s drag ball scene in NYC, exploring fierce fashion contests, homophobia, transphobia and AIDS. Four screenings: Sat., Aug. 3, 3:15 p.m., 6:45 p.m.; Sun., Aug. 4, 1:30 p.m., 5 p.m. Museum of the Moving Image, 36-01 35th St., Astoria. $15, $7 members, free for Silver Screen members. Info: (718) 777-6888, movingimage.us.

“Monuments & Flowers,” offering a selection of seminal video work culled from ArteEast’s archives, part of the Festival of Cinema NYC, with shorts drawing from the ebb and flow of destruction and construction, death and regeneration of cities, ideologies, nationalities, quotidian life and ecosystems. Sun., Aug. 4, 1-3 p.m., Queens Museum, NYC Building, Flushing Meadows Corona Park. Info and ticket prices: festivalofcinemanyc.com. RSVP: queens museum.org.

“Dark Toons,” an outdoor screening of European animated films with related live performances and food from the Old Traditional Polish Cuisine Food Truck, part of a free summer series. Wed., Aug. 7, 7 p.m., Socrates Sculpture Park, 32-01 Vernon Blvd., Long Island City. Free. Info: (718) 956-1819, socratessculpturepark.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. Wed.-Sun., Aug. 7.-11, 12 p.m., Museum of the Moving Image, 36-01 35th Ave., Astoria. $15, $11 seniors, students, $9 youth ages 3-17, free for kids age 3 and under. Info: (718) 777-6888, movingimage.us.

See It Big! 70mm, with seven films shown in the 70mm format, offering astonishing detail and vibrancy, including “2001: A Space Odyssey,” “Dunkirk,” “Hamlet” (1996), “Brainstorm,” “It’s a Mad Mad Mad Mad World,” “Roma” and “Ready Player One.” Thu., Aug. 1-Sun., Sept. 8, various times, multiple screenings of each film, Museum of the Moving Image, 36-01 35 Ave., Astoria. $15, $11 seniors & students (ages 18+ with ID), $9 (ages 3-17), members free. Info: (718) 777-6888, movingimage.us/programs.

“Apollo 11: First Steps Edition,” an exclusive version for science centers and museums of the 2019 documentary about the mission that landed men on the moon for the first time 50 years ago, with never-before-seen footage. Daily through Tue., Jan. 21, 2020, 3 p.m., New York Hall of Science, 47-01 111 St., Corona. $6; $5 kids, students, seniors, plus admission: $16; $13 seniors, kids, students with ID. Info: (718) 699-0005, nysci.org.

KIDS / FAMILIES
 

“The Selfish Giant,” using storytelling and puppetry to retell for children a 130-year-old Oscar Wilde story about a giant who builds a wall around his garden to keep out the town’s children, but his action plunges his garden into an endless winter. Sat., Aug. 3, 3 p.m., Thal’a Spanish Theatre, 41-17 Greenpoint Ave., Sunnyside. $10 adults, $7 kids. Info: (718) 729-3880, thaliatheatre.org.

Hand-on History: Play 19th Century Games, for kids ages 3 and up, and adults too, playing classic games that John King and his brothers would have played on their family’s property. Sat., Aug. 3, 1-4 p.m., King Manor Museum, 150-03 Jamaica Ave., Jamaica. Free. Info: (718) 206-0545, kingmanor.org.

SPECIAL EVENTS
 

Hong Kong Dragon Boat Festival, with more than 200 teams competing in this 29th annual competition, the country’s largest, oldest dragon racing event, featuring food, entertainment and games. Sat.-Sun., Aug. 3-4, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. each day. Meadow Lake, Flushing Meadows Corona Park. Free. Info: hkdbf-ny.org.

Noguchi Community Day, with special programs including an open studio, public tour and conversation about a work of art. Sun., Aug. 4, 11 a.m.-6 p.m., The Noguchi Museum, 9-1 33 Road, Long Island City. Free. Info: (718) 204-7088, noguchi.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. 5, 7 p.m. Flushing Town Hall, 137-35 Northern Blvd. $5 suggested donation; members, students, teens free. Info: (718) 463-7700, flushingtownhall.org.

Spirit of Caribbean, the second-annual cultural affair including music/dance performers representing diverse countries: Nanny Rootz (Jamaica), Empress Petra (South Africa), Ismaila Diarra (Burkina Faso), ZafemBand (Haiti) and Kevin Negus Adeyemi Miller, a poet (Barbados). Sat., Aug. 3, 12 p.m., Jamaica Performing Arts Center, 153-10 Jamaica Ave. Free. Info: (718) 618-6170, jamaicapac.org.

DANCE
 

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

TOURS
 

Exploring the Amazon Basin (in Queens), with official Queens historian Jack Eichenbaum leading a walking tour of the area where Amazon wanted to build a headquarters, still “prime” for artists and tech start-up investments. Tue., Aug. 6, 5:30-7:30 p.m., meet at the northeast corner of 21 St. and 44 Drive, Long Island City. $20 at start of tour. Registration required: jaconet@aol.com.

Rock-A-Way Ba-by for the Sun-Set, a tour of Rockaway, looking at history, demographics, nature and the Hurricane Sandy recovery, lead by Jack Eichenbaum, the “official Queens historian” as per Borough President Melinda Katz,. Thu., Aug. 8, 6-8 p.m., meet at Thai Rock, 375 Beach 92nd St. $20. Registration required: jaconet@aol.com

CLASSES / WORKSHOPS
 

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.

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.

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.

SUPPORT GROUPS

Monthly bereavement group, for anyone dealing with the loss of a loved one, with informative handouts and light refreshments provided. Each second Wed. of the month, 2:30-4 p.m., Maspeth Town Hall, 53-37 72 St. Free. Info: (718) 335-6049, maspethtownhall.org.

Free peer-led community mental health group, held by Recovery International. Each Mon., 6-7:45 p.m., Howard Beach Library, 92-06 156 Ave. Info: Certified Peer Specialist Holly Weiss, (347) 906-1260.

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

SENIOR / ACTIVITIES
 

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: joroosume@verizon.net.

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.

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.

Alcoholics Anonymous, daily meetings around Queens for those with a drinking problem. Info: (718) 520-5021, queensaa.org.

Co-Dependents Anonymous (women only) meetings every Fri., 10-11:45 a.m., Resurrection Ascension Pastoral Center, Father Freely Hall, 85-18 61 Road, Rego Park.

Welcome to the discussion.