Saying Bye To May The Right Way.

That’s it! You made it. May is officially at its end. To some this means the beginning of Gemini season (some dread this, I love it). To others it means MEMORIAL DAY WEEKEND!! We finally get a three-day weekend filled with events, open beaches, and a few might even take a hike or leave the city all together. Either way, I am here for it all. Take a look at what’s in store for the next TWO weekends in our area.

May 23rd @ 6:30PM {Superchief Gallery}: Thomas Clark – Shadows in The Box. Check out this documentary film, produced and directed by Vaintino, about “a journey into the aesthetic of a photographer.”

May 24th @ 7PM {Superchief Gallery}: Twin Flames, Twin Buds & The Trippy Twins. No worries if you missed the opening night for Justin Aversano’s Twin Flames. Superchief is breaking night once again in honor of Aversano’s exhibition, along with some awesome performances by Twin Buds and The Trippy Twins. They will also provide an open bar, food and tattoos for all of those interested. Come for the art, stay for the music! Superchief Gallery is located @ 1628 Jefferson Avenue in Ridgewood, Queens.

May 24th @ 8:30PM {Randall’s Island Park}: The Incredibles 2. As part of the Outdoor Movie Night series on Randall’s Island, you are all formally invited to watch Disney Pixar’s The Incredibles 2 free of charge. For more information and to map your commute, Click Here.

May 24th @ 10PM {Knock Down Center}: Four Tet / Ben UFO / Anthony Naples / UMFANG. Join KDC and MeanRed Productions as they present an artist-packed show you won’t want to miss. Doors open at 10PM. For tickets and more information Click Here.

May 24th @ 10PM {Basement @ Knock Down Center}: Staub w/ Luke Slater // Irakli // Caleb Esc //Adrestia. “Berlin’s mysterious techno party comes to New York for the very first time. A monthly event that takes place the last Saturday of every month, STAUB is one of Berlin’s best parties. But it’s historically operated behind a shroud of anonymity; the lineups are never announced, the STAUB Records artists are never revealed and the promoters skirt the sidelines of the dance floors, never putting themselves in the limelight. Making its debut in New York, STAUB announces event line up for the first time, with Luke Slater, its residents Irakli and Caleb ESC, and Brooklyn’s Adrestia.” Click Here for tickets.

May 25th @ 10AM {Cunningham Park}: 2019 Trips for Kids’ Northwoods Family Trail Ride Day. “Join Trips for Kids Metro NY as we celebrate the 12 year anniversary of Cunningham Park’s North Woods Mountain Bike Trail! Fun All-Day Activities Include: Beginner Mountain Bike lessons (TFK), Guided Trail Rides ( Beginner and Internmediate), Bike Art (Recycle a Bicycle/ Bike NewYork), Pump Track – ( CLIF). Events are ongoing throughout the day, so you can participate in as many activities as you like. RSVP on the Eventbrite page so we know how many people to accommodate.” For more information and to RSVP Click Here.

May 25th @ 10PM {Basement @ Knock Down Center}: 999999999 // Fabrizio Lapiana. “999999999 – officially started in July 2016 and already affected the most important clubs and festivals all around Europe. They aroused much interest even outside the continent becoming one of the most requested live acts of the techno scene.” “Fabrizio Lapiana – a well-known fixture on the contemporary Italian techno scene, has honed and perfected his deejaying skills for over two decades, therefore being famous for his immaculate mixing technique.” Click Here for tickets.

May 26th @ 2PM {Knock Down Center}: Dope BBQ 2019 Ft. Trey Songz. “The General Public (TGP) presents Dopebbq featuring Trey Songz & Friends! Nothing says Memorial Day Weekend like a fun filled barbecue or cookout with family, friends, and the Dopebbq family. DOPEBBQ is the definition of a high-energy and high quality barbecue experience with delicious food, great music, and beautiful people. This is a one of a kind party in NYC and a guaranteed sell out event. Complimentary Food served for minimum time only and while supplies last. Food also available for sale by participating vendors.” Click Here for tickets and more information.

May 27th @ 10AM {Astoria, New York}: Astoria Memorial Day Fair; Live At The BBQ. Join the rest of Queens as we all celebrate Memorial Day at the Astoria Memorial Day Fair. Don’t miss performances by Gone Gr3y, The White TBP, Starda, DJ Stukwan, and lastly Jordan Barone (who is incredibly talented & you can check out on Apple Music, YouTube and Spotify) This event is set to last from 10AM to 6PM. YOU WON’T WANT TO MISS IT!!

May 31st @ 7PM {Knock Down Center}: Barn Dance. “Barn Dance with Caller Dave Harvey & The Remedies. Ticket includes: Dance, BBQ Buffet, Beer, Wine, Soda. Cash Bar Also Available. Attire: Dressy Denim Optional – Free hat with admission. Mechanical Bull & Raffles.” Click Here for more information.

May 31st @ 8:30PM {Paul Raimonda Play Ground}: E.T. The Extra Terrestrial. E.T. is one of my all-time favorite movies. It was also my go-to when I was just a kid. Most importantly, this movie night is FREE. Paul Raimonda Playground is located at 47th Street and 20th Avenue in Astoria. This is a first come first serve event, so make sure to get there a bit earlier for a good spot in front of the screen.

May 31st @ 10PM {Basement @ Knock Down Center}: Tommy Four Seven // Silent Servant // Katie Rex. “Tommy Four Seven – Berlin-based Tommy Four Seven has established himself as a leading name in today’s techno scene. The widespread reception of his DJ sets, a skill much refined during his early years as resident of London’s Fire club, has seen him play at some of the world’s leading venues.” “Silent Servant – his prolific output as a producer and artist has laid the groundwork for much of the most ambitious and forward thinking electronic music of today. While insincerity remains the safety of many, Silent Servant’s own productions are brutally honest and resolute, rendering irrelevant those mongering for light.” “Katie Rex – to New York City’s dance floors, the name Katie Rex, is a familiar mainstay. With roots beginning in the Philadelphia rave scene, her passion for the underground has crossed genre boundaries and culminated into an in-depth knowledge of music and cultural trends after dark.” Click Here for tickets.

June 1st & 2nd @ 2PM {Knock Down Center}: SOUQ NYC. “SOUQ Festival returns to NYC for a 2-day festival! Day 1 Doors/Show: 3:00PM
Day 2 Doors/Show: 2:00PM. Day 1: OASIS Stage: Feathered Sun (Live), O/Y (Live), Söra, Special Guest, SOUQ Stage: Viken Arman (Live), Iorie (Live), CHAIM, AKUMANDRA Stage: Spaniol, Mateo, Eli + Special Guest (live). Day 2: OASIS Stage: Baris K, Acid Arab, Viken Arman, Oceanvs Orientalis, MYSTERIES & HAPPENINGS: Fortune tellers & magical potions, Body Painting & Henna Tattoos, Art installation & Visual Mappings, Circus acts & performers seen all around, MARKETPLACE & VENDORS: TBA.” For tickets and more information CLICK HERE.

June 1st @ 10PM {Basement @ Knock Down Center}: Fjaak // Newa // Aurora Halal. “Fjaak [Live] – From a Spandau-Basement experiment to a now well established force in contemporary techno: The rise of the smoked out musicians that go by the name of FJAAK has been nothing short of spectacular so far.” “Newa- Newa is a classically trained musician from Tbilisi, on the forefront of the rapidly emerging Georgian electronic music scene.” “Aurora Halal – Aurora Halal is a producer, DJ and creator of Brooklyn’s Mutual Dreaming party series & the Sustain-Release festival. Shadowy and psychedelic, her hardware live & DJ sets have a hazy sensuality and metallic dance floor intensity that’s at turns playful, dark, acidic, hard, euphoric and emotionally vulnerable.” Click Here for tickets.

June 2nd @ 7PM {Knock Down Center}: Sunday Service: Shawné Michaelain Holloway Presents… Join KDC and Shawné Michaelain Holloway for this special edition of Sunday Service. “Shawné Michaelain Holloway is a new media artist using sound, video, and performance to shape the rhetorics of technology and sexuality into tools for exposing structures of power. She has spoken and exhibited work internationally in spaces like The New Museum (NYC, NY), Sorbus Galleria (Helsinki, Fi), The Kitchen (NYC, NY) Institute of Contemporary Arts (London, UK), Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago (Chicago, IL). Currently, Holloway teaches in the New Arts Journalism department at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.” Click Here to RSVP and for more information.

June 6th @ 4PM {Bliss Plaza – 46th Street}: Beats in Bliss Plaza with Dance Matters NYC. “Join us for a scintillating dance production courtesy of Dance Matters NYC! Games and crafts take place from 4-7 pm, with performance beginning at 5 pm.” Click Here for more information.

June 7th @ 4PM {Bliss Plaza – 46th Street}: Bliss in Bliss Plaza with the Afro-Latineers. “Come by Bliss Plaza on May 20th and enjoy the music of the Afro-Latineers. Fusing the beats of Latin & Jazz music, blending West African and Haitian rhythms, the Afro-Latin jazz band brings an energy unlike any other. Crafts and games start at 4 pm; performances begin at 5 pm.” For more information about this free event CLICK HERE.

June 7th @ 7PM {Noonan Playground}: Queens Filmmakers: A Night of Shorts. As part of the Sunnyside Outdoor Movie Nights series, Sunnyside Shines Business Improvement District brings us a compilation of film shorts by locals. Come and support our local film makers by joining the celebration. These films are also part of the Queens World Film Festival and Sunnyside Shorts Film Festival. Click Here for more information and to map your commute.

June 7th @ 8:15PM {Astoria Park Great Lawn}: Bohemian Rhapsody. APA is back with its annual Movies Under the Stars event. The first film of this season will be Bohemian Rhapsody (BO-RAP as I jokingly call it now). If you haven’t had the chance to watch this incredible film about Queen’s lead singer, Freddie Mercury, this is your chance. The film will be shown free of charge on the great lawn. Click Here for more information.

June 7th @ 10PM {Basement @ Knock Down Center}: Function // Steve Bicknell // Sophia Saze. “Function – One of techno’s true underground heroes, Function has been DJing and making music for over 25 years. Hailing from New York, He bears the distinction of being the only non-Birmingham artist to score a release on the legendary Downwards imprint, and in recent years helped establish the Sandwell District label with Regis and Silent Servant – The crew which put the music first at a moment when the genre was becoming more and more about celebrity.” “Steve Bicknell – Steve Bicknell has been at the forefront of the UK’s ever-growing electronic music scene since its infancy. His career, spanning over 25+ years, has seen Steve grow from his early beginnings as a young promoter and resident DJ to one of the UK’s most established, accomplished and respected techno artists credited by many as a true pioneer.” “Sophia Saze – Beginning her creative journey in her formative years with classical music and dance training, Sophia Saze later became engulfed by electronic dance music. Getting to know this artist, it is easy to understand that she comes from a solid and natural musical foundation. DJ-ing and producing for 8 years, Saze launched her record label Dusk & Haze in 2017, with the first installment coming in the form of her own ‘Solace’ EP , which included remixes from Benjamin Damage & Umwelt.” Click Here for tickets.

June 8th @ 8:30PM {Randall’s Island Park}: Mary Poppins Returns. As part of the Outdoor Movie Night series, Randall’s Island park brings us Mary Poppins Returns. This family-friendly film is completely free of charge. For more information CLICK HERE.

June 8th @ 10PM {Basement @ Knock Down Center}: Quo Vadis w/ Veronica Vasicka // L.Sangre // Orphx // O/H // Nihal Ramchandani. “Quo Vadis goes underground for a full evening showcase that moves through the gradient between live noise and electronics to late night, left-leaning mutant techno.” For more information and tickets, CLICK HERE.

June 9th @ 12PM {VFW Hall 31-35 41st Street}: Queens Craft Brigade. The Queens Craft Brigade is BACK!! This event is completely Free to attend, and is filled with food, crafts, drinks and much more! Check them out from 12-5PM.

June 9th @ 2PM {Knock Down Center}: Barbercon 2019. “Barbercon is the premier global festival of the barbering community. Launched in 2016 by Lee Resnick as the live networking event for Barbershopconnect, the first social site exclusively for barbers, Barbercon brings together thousands of high-profile and amateur barbers, cosmetologists, and brands from around the world. 2019 will be the biggest and most dynamic Barbercon to date, 2 days and growing to include 3 stages for live hair tutorials and product demonstrations, an even larger Barbercon Marketplace, two full days of intimate education classes and workshops, an outdoor festival area, the prestigious Barbercon Awards, and so much more.” Click Here for tickets.

Museum & Gallery Opening Exhibitions:

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

Socrates Sculpture Park: Chronos Cosmos: Deep Time, Open Space {On view until September 3rd}

New York Hall of ScienceMundos Alternos: Alien Toy by Rubén Ortiz Torres {On view until August 18th}

New York Hall of Science3D Theater; Backyard Wilderness 3D {On view until September 30th}

Knock Down CenterSoft Territories by Victoria Mangeniello, Simón Sepúlveda, Sarah Zapata {On view until June 23rd}

Sculpture Center: Ektor Garcia: Cadena Perpetua{On view until July 29th}

Sculpture Center: Matt Keegan: What was & What is{On view until August 18th}

Sculpture Center: Jean-Luc Moulène: More of Less Bone {On view until July 29th}

Noguchi Museum: Noguchi: Body-Space Devices by Brendan Fernandes{On view until May 3, 2020}

Museum & Gallery Closing Exhibitions:

Mrs. GalleryCaroline Wells Chandler- Tutti Frutti{Closing June 1st}