Week #3: Are you ready?

It is now week three of Spring and that means only one thing: more activities! I’m truly excited to present a few local events that not only am I personally looking forward to, but I’m hoping you all can enjoy these too. Get your pen and paper ready!!

April 12th @ 7:30PM {Museum of Moving Image}: “Babylon.” The MOMI is bringing this 1980’s Cannes Film Festival hit to the big screen. Babylon was never formally released in the U.S. because of its controversial nature. For more information and for tickets to the film CLICK HERE.

April 13th @ 4PM {MOMA PS1}: The Cases Behind the Prints with Alec Karakatsanis of Civil Rights Corps. Alec Karakatsanis expands on the cases of the individuals featured in the “Redaction” exhibition prints. If you haven’t visited the latest exhibit at MOMA PS1, this is the perfect opportunity to get an in-depth analysis by an industry professional. CLICK HERE in order to register for this free event.

(UPDATE!!!! This event has moved to BK Bazaar and tickets are being honored). April 13th @ 10PM {The Knock Down Center}: Foals Official After Party (DJ SET).

April 14th {Museum of Moving Image}: As part of The Havana Film Festival, MOMI brings us two films. “Inocencia” (a film about Cuban medical students who are wrongfully convicted, and have to prove their innocence) will be showing at 2 P.M., and “Los Silencios“(a film about a mother who finds refuge on a secluded Brazilian island, while running from Colombia’s political conflict) comes on at 4:30 P.M. You won’t want to miss these films as they bring The Havana Film Festival to a close.

April 14th @ 3PM {MOMA PS1}: Klein. Don’t miss this sound-based performance that ranges from mythology to the sounds of Pavarotti. “Klein uses collagist techniques to assemble recordings of her own vocals and instrumentation.” For tickets to this presentation CLICK HERE.

April 14th @ 7PM {The Knock Down Center}: Sunday Service by Ray Ferreira. I have heard amazing things about the KDC’s Sunday Service, and I am so excited to be attending this months edition. Sunday Service “brings together a multiplicity of views around a singular prompt, such as a question, theme, or formal structure.” Taking place the first Sunday of every month, the event is coordinated by a guest curator who is invited to pretty much blow our minds away with different manifestations of art. You won’t want to miss it. Simple RSVP HERE in order to attend this free event.

April 15th @ 4PM {MOMA PS1}: Poetry Reading with Nicole Sealey and John Murrillo. “In conjunction with the exhibition Redaction: A Project by Titus Kaphar and Reginald Dwayne Betts, New York-based poets Nicole Sealey and John Murrillo present a reading of their poetry followed by a Q&A with the audience about the exhibition, its themes, and their respective practices.” If you haven’t paid PS1 a visit, this is the perfect opportunity to get a behind the scenes look at Kaphar and Bett’s “Redaction” exhibit. Entrance to this reading is free with museum admission.

(NEW) April 16th @ 7PM {Museum of Moving Image}: Free Preview Screening of HULU original series: RAMY. The MOMI just announced this incredible opportunity to catch the first three episodes of RAMY, a new HULU original series set to air April 19th. “In his new Hulu original series, Egyptian-American comedian and actor Ramy Youssef stars as Ramy Hassan, a first generation Egyptian-American who is on a spiritual journey in his politically divided New Jersey neighborhood.” To RSVP and for more information simply CLICK HERE. Also, CLICK HERE for the series trailer.

April 19th @ 8PM {The Knock Down Center}: Trap Karaoke. If you’re a pro at Karaoke and also have a few bars to spit, this is your event. You are so very welcome! Trap Karaoke “is about personal empowerment, cultural participation, cherished moments, community, and creating a safe space for human connection.” There are slots still open, so if you’re interested in participating GO FOR IT! For tickets to this event CLICK HERE.

April 20th @ 11AM {Queens County Farm Museum}: Barnyard Egg Hunt. As a kid I loved to egg hunt on Easter. It was particularly due to the AMAZING choice of candy I would find in the eggs (My family always had the good stuff. No peeps or jelly beans here!). Also, the Queens County Farm Museum has a petting zoo and pony rides on site at an extra cost. However, everything is CASH ONLY, so make sure you take a trip to the bank before heading over as there are no ATM’s on site. For tickets to this event CLICK HERE.

April 20th @ 5PM {Flushing Meadows Corona Park}: Queens International Night Market. It’s BACK!! Well, temporarily at least. The Queens International Night Market is back on April 20th and 27th for a sneak peak of what’s to come this season. Tickets are on sale HERE for this limited time event. No worries if you can’t make it to these preview nights. The night market is officially back for the season on May 4th, and will resume free of charge for everyone to enjoy. CATCH ME @ THE 4/20 PREVIEW NIGHT!

April 20th @ 10PM {The Knock Down Center}: Nina Kravis & James Murphy. “Knockdown Center welcomes back techno-queen Nina Kraviz and LCD Soundsystem’s James Murphy for a supercharged night of techno and dance music with support from Justin Cudmore.”For tickets to this event CLICK HERE.

April 21st @ 3PM {MOMA PS1}: Jonathan González, Lucifer Landing I. “A contemplative space to consider what González terms ‘the entanglements between the state of dispossessed non-being that is Black life with the non-human and the architectural‘.” For tickets and more information on this immersive performance CLICK HERE.

April 25th @ 4PM {MOMA PS1}: Poetry Reading with Rachel Eliza Griffiths and Safiya Sinclair. Join these two award winning writers for an afternoon of poetry and conversation. This event is free with a valid museum admission. For more information CLICK HERE.

April 27th @ 12:30PM {Belmont Park Racetrack}: Spring Craft Beer Festival. Sample over 100 beers (and for the very first time a small selection of wines), while watching and betting on the live horse racing. You’ll be able to sample both local and national craft beers. This is a “pay-one-price ticket,” so you get to enjoy the best of both worlds with the purchase of just one ticket. CLICK HERE for tickets and more information.

April 28th @ 6PM {The Knock Down Center}: Closing Reception for A Continuous Stream of Occurrence with Roarke Menzies. If you haven’t paid this exhibit a visit, this will be your last opportunity. A Continuous Stream of Occurrence is coming to an end and artist Roarke Menzies will be engaging Luba Drozd’s installation with his sound intervention. This event is completely free. For more information, check out my personal review of the exhibition by clicking HERE.

Museum & Gallery Closing Exhibitions:

The Noguchi Museum: Akari Sculpture by Other Means; Akari Unfolded: A Collection by Ymer & Malta {Closing April 14th}

The Knock Down Center: A Continuous Stream Of Occurrence {Closing April 14th}

Museum & Gallery Opening Exhibitions:

The Queens Museum: Alexandria Smith: Monuments to an Effigy; Mundos Alternos: Art and Science Fiction in the Americas {April 7th to August 18th}

Mrs. Gallery: Caroline Wells Chandler- Tutti Frutti {April 6th to June 1st}

Superchief Gallery NY: Sarah Sitkins: Bodysuits {April 6th to April 27th}

Queens Botanical Garden: Art In The Garden: In Full Bloom {March 29 to August 25}