Distinctively individual in approach and perspective, those featured in the Mrs. gallery’s commemorative compilation, “Anniversary,” are, in capturing and reflecting history, also making it. The process of alchemizing individual and collectiv…

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Several families were disappointed last weekend as they arrived at Roy Wilkins Park in St. Albans expecting popcorn and thrills at the UniverSoul Circus’ big top.Instead of the wonderment of aerialists and the slapstick humor of clowns, those…

It seems only fitting that an upcoming fundraising concert at Alley Pond Environmental Center, a nonprofit group that advocates for sustainable environmental policies and practices, should spotlight a band with a song list featuring elements …

Patrick Coker, an Alvin Ailey dancer, will have a full-circle moment at the Making Moves Dance Festival, which will be on an outdoor stage at the Jamaica Performing Arts Center in Downtown Jamaica on Sept. 17 and 18.“Three years ago ... I got…

After taking a pandemic-induced sabbatical last year, the annual County Fair will be back at the Queens County Farm Museum next weekend.And to celebrate its return, the Queens Farm is adding an extra day to the celebration. The fair, modeled …

Fall is in the air at the Queens Botanical Garden as it gears up for the season of crunching leaves and crisper weather with programming appropriate for the whole family, from bird walks with NYC Audubon to the new Woodland Adventures series …

Give the folks at the Queens Museum credit — as they prepared for their July reopening to the public, they were not afraid to re-examine their most popular collection in a new light.“Ambitious Slogans and Colorful Promises: The 1964-65 World’…

Until you’ve gotten lost in the countless pages that make up the Louis Armstrong House Museum’s “That’s My Home” collection of virtual exhibits, it’s hard to imagine how extensive they are.Imagining the number of leaves on one of those “trees…

An unassuming storage pod at Marina 59 in Arverne is home to Paul Surf, where owner Paul Schmidt spends his days building surfboards from scratch, starting in the shaping bay with hand-cut foam and ending with the glassing process to laminate…

Though “Drink n’ Draw” events combining a potpourri of alcohol and art — typically figure drawing — have become a common way to flex the creative muscle and relax, few have veered as avant garde as the series run by Queens’ Flux Factory.The m…

“Photographs open doors into the past, but they also allow a look into the future,” American photographer Sally Mann once said.The current exhibit at the Queens Historical Society, “Capturing Queens: Percy Loomis Sperr and Frederick J. Weber,…

In a case of old world meeting new, The Woodside Players of Queens will be presenting — for one time only — a free live virtual event on Aug. 20: “Short American Plays from 1870 to Today.”According to Johnny Culver, the artistic force behind …

“Saturday in the park, I think it was the Fourth of July. People dancing, people laughing. A man selling ice cream. Singing Italian songs.”Unlike the popular Chicago song, it’s Sundays in the park in Jackson Heights, where people are dancing …

More orchids than ever, 750 to be exact, will be part of the eighth annual “Taiwan: A World of Orchids” exhibit and flower sale at the Queens Botanical Garden in Flushing. The exhibit will run from Friday, Aug. 13, through Sunday, Aug. 15, in…

Jason Marr, artistic director of Hip to Hip Theatre Co., a Queens-based nonprofit troupe dedicated to developing interest in theater arts in underserved communities, admits he would not feel comfortable putting on shows indoors just yet.Lucki…

The beauty of folk art is that it showcases artists who are not formally trained but instead create solely based on personal life experiences. At the American Folk Art Museum, exhibits and programming make this art attainable for all, from hi…

At Socrates Sculpture Park in Long Island City, new workshops being offered this summer are blending art, environmental exploration and mindfulness for a truly unique experience of the park, for newcomers and returning guests alike.Beginning …

Virtual or in-person, the poets of Queens are just happy to be sharing their work with each other once again.After more than a year, Kew & Willow Books brought back its monthly Poetry Open Mic in June. Its second installment is scheduled …

New York City is famous for its food. Tourists trek from all over the world to indulge in the delectable and diverse meals.Some are even willing to swim hundreds or thousands of miles to get a taste of Queens.

There’s a tentative, quietly joyful excitement you can feel in the air walking the four blocks from the 7 train’s 111 St. station to the Queens Night Market. Since it reopened on June 19 after a 20-month shutdown due to Covid-19 restrictions,…

Whether you call it educational, fun, entertaining or amazing, the New York Hall of Science deals in happiness.Opening to the public today, July 8, for the first time in more than 16 months, the exhibit “The Happiness Experiment” offers scien…

The Jamaica Center for Arts & Learning’s School of the Arts is returning July 17 and to officially kick off the new summer session, the arts center will hold a reception on July 13 with an open house for potential students to meet the ins…

On Saturday and Sunday mornings at the Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge, it’s not dealer’s choice but Ranger’s Choice when it comes to the type of nature walk you get. A tour can focus on osprey birds, diamondback terrapin turtles, horseshoe crabs…

Are you hosting a Fourth of July picnic and want to augment your amazing barbecue offerings? Or have you been invited to one and want to bring a side dish that will both feed and wow a lot of your fellow guests without spending much time or m…

When Angel Gil Orrios first learned they could reopen for performances at Thalia Spanish Theatre back in May, the executive director knew they must honor Maestro Raúl Jaurena, who had passed in January from Covid-19 complications.Jaurena, a U…

Visionary artist, sculptor, architect, landscaper Isamu Noguchi (1904-1988) believed sculpture had spiritual power beyond its architectural function. It could connect people to nature instead of detaching them from it. “If sculpture is in the…

Queens couple Katha and Don Cato are at it again with the 11th Annual Queens World Film Festival but for the first time, will be hosting the 11-day event in-person and virtually.“We’re doing everything we can to keep the festival going and me…

A new book on Queens’ immigrant populations captures the borough at a crossroads of academic scholarship in addition to the challenges facing its dynamic multi-racial populace.“Immigrant Crossroads,” a new volume of essays from Temple Univers…

One quilter’s scraps are another artist’s treasure.When her friend, a quiltmaker, gave her some fabric scraps, New York-based textile artist Ann Cofta transformed them into cityscapes, portraying skylines, buildings, smokestacks and water tow…

If you’re looking for inner peace in an increasingly chaotic city this summer, you could hardly do better than the woodlands of Alley Pond Park. Surrounding yourself with the dappled sunlight coming in through the canopy may be just what you …

The South Queens Women’s March may have been knocked down by Covid-19, but it was not knocked out as the nonprofit went on to successfully launch its inaugural “Made in Queens” art exhibit May 15 at King Manor Museum in Jamaica.Inspired by th…

Some spent the last year in sweatpants and watching TV to escape the tough reality of the pandemic. But some artists used the pain and isolation to create intense and beautiful bodies of work.The CrossCurrent Contemporary Dance Virtual Festiv…

Along with the parades and remembrances, Memorial Day weekend also has traditionally brought people together for the unofficial start of summer.This year, as the nation is emerging from a pandemic, something as common as a simple barbecue may…

Carolyn Salas’ exhibit “Buried Alive in the Blues,” the artist’s first solo exhibition at Mrs. gallery in Maspeth, is named for the song Janis Joplin was set to record the day she died. As a tribute to Janis, the band recorded the track as an…

Self-taught artist and sculptor Niki de Saint Phalle’s gifts extended into a vast expanse of arenas. Born in October of 1930 in Paris, she was a visionary painter, writer, filmmaker, theater set designer, and outdoor sculpture and architectur…

In late 2018, two rappers from the World’s Borough collided at an underground hip-hop event, and nearly three years later they have a 14-track album and a mixtape with original music, spoken word interludes and lyrics over classic rap beats.“…

Irish is the total package: tall, dark and handsome, and great with kids.The beautiful mare is a fan favorite at GallopNYC’s Sunrise Stables location in Lindenwood. She’s clocked in years as a therapeutic horse for both disabled and inexperie…

When Rob MacKay decided to write the book “Historic Houses of Queens,” he knew he’d be learning plenty about history and architecture. But as he delved more into what he said became a “quest” and “passion project,” he found that he was learni…

When the Jamaica Center for Arts and Learning decided the time was right to welcome fans back for live jazz performances, the group decided to go big.Ravi Coltrane, saxophonist, band leader and son of jazz legend John Coltrane, will headline …

Like most performance artists who have been cordoned off from their passions and livelihoods for the past year, dancers in Queens have had a really trying experience during the pandemic.That’s where the role of dancer communities has come in …

Before the age of email and TikTok, the essence of throwaway communications was a something so cheap they were called penny postcards.Millions of them were produced every year — sent home by lazy letter writers or stuck in drawers after class…

The pandemic has left lots of us in need of haircuts — including sheep.The Queens County Farm Museum is hosting its annual Sheep Shearing Special Admission Day on May 8, where visitors are invited to witness the Little Neck farm’s six sheep a…

With limitations still in place for its spring exhibit, the Godwin-Ternbach Museum is delving into its priceless collection of photography holdings by world-renowned artists.The virtual exhibition, available at gtmuseum.org, showcases eight i…

Sure, everyone loves good movies, and while some are eager to get back out to theatrical showings, others still many want to watch them at home for a while.Either way, the Queens Underground Black and Brown Film Festival, beginning at 4 p.m. …

The honeymoon phase of most relationships is usually filled with movie and restaurant dates, meeting each other’s friends and maybe a quick trip away together. Mine was spent quarantining in a 300-square-foot apartment with my girlfriend and …

For most people, the recent surge in anti-Asian-American sentiment that has been sweeping much of the country is no laughing matter.Not so for Otter Lee and some of the other performers in “Crazy Talented Asians & Friends, an Evening of C…

Queens was at the forefront of aviation in its formative years after the Wright Brothers’ flier took off at Kitty Hawk.And in the coming days, the Queens Historical Society will offer a pair of free online talks that take guests from the gold…