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“Chronos Cosmos: Deep Time, Open Space” @ Socrates Sculpture Park.

Socrates has one of the best curatorial teams, hands down. Each season, and even every exhibit, showcases these magnificent variations of art and sculpture that I’ve rarely been able to experience on such a large scale. The sheer size of each exhibition, the coordinating themes, the interactivity of each piece and the environment. These are just some of the reasons I keep coming back. Each visit allows me to form a new sense of understanding with each individual piece that is on view.

Their latest exhibit, Chronos Cosmos: Deep Time, Open Space, is no different. It felt like I waited a lifetime to see this up close and personal. I’m not the most patient person, so I did visit the park during the construction of Chronos Cosmos, but nothing compares to seeing the finished product. I want to start off with Miya Ando’s piece, 銀河 Ginga (Silver River). It was like walking under an unobstructed starry nights sky. I walked the entire distance, following the bright stars printed on the navy fabric, as if looking at a clear nights sky on the outskirts of the city. It felt peaceful, and transported me somewhere far, away from the city’s commotion.

Vessel III, by Radcliffe Bailey also transports you beyond the bunker-like sculpture he created. As soon as you enter this steel structure, your attention is automatically drawn upward due to sounds being emitted from a hanging conch shell. You then realize there is a large opening at the top of the structure, allowing you to look straight out at the blue skies. The conch, along with the cylinder shape the steel frame forms, both heighten the sounds coming from the speakers placed within the conch shell by Bailey. Bailey’s Vessel III is definitely a great place to stand still and take in the elements of sound and nature.

I was genuinely taken aback by Heidi Neilson’s Moon Arrow. Neilson’s piece has a mechanism that allows it to move with and point at the moon. It also uses the movement of the moon to mark time. This occurs whether the moon is visible or not. A time lapse of the project is also available if you Click Here. If you stand very still and focus your eyes, you can literally see the arrow moving with the moon. These are very small movements, so focus is definitely necessary, but it puts so much into perspective. I think we all forget that Earth is constantly rotating. Neilson’s Moon Arrow reminded me just how perfect our planet and its functions can be.

I truly recommend everyone pay a visit to Socrates Sculpture Park. Also, keep an eye out for their Roots Saturday’s and Yoga/Tai Chi in the Park this upcoming weekend. Admission to the park, as well as all of their events, are free of charge. For more information Click Here.

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}

We are another month closer to summer, and things are heating up in Queens. Also, it’s Cinco De Cuatro, May The 4th Be With You and Cinco De Mayo WEEKEND!! So make sure you have your calendar apps ready because I have just what you need to stay your butts in Queens and have the time of your lives all weekend long.

May 3rd @ 7PM {Museum of Moving Image}: Mademoiselle Paradis (Licht). Come watch the U.S. Premiere of this incredible film about a Viennese pianist who works to regain her vision, but soon learns it comes at a steep price. Actress Maria Dragus will be greeting guests in person. The film will also be followed by a reception. For tickets and more information CLICK HERE.

May 3rd @ 7:30PM {Museum of Moving Image}: Her Smell. The MOMI will be showing this new release starring Elisabeth Moth of Handmaids Tale, where she plays a 90’s rockstar forced to cope with her past shortly after a failed tour. The film will also be showing at MOMI on May 4th at 3PM and on May 5th at both 3PM and 6PM. For tickets and more CLICK HERE.

May 3rd @ 9PM {The Knock Down Center}: Boiler Room x Places + Faces. “Boiler Room touches down in NYC for the first of a string of shows across the USA, with cultural institution Places + Faces.” The event will be featuring performances by none other than two New York City–HIP HOP–legends, Cam’ron and Jim Jones. Also, Brooklyn rappers Jay Critch and Jungle Pussy will grace the stage, along with Valee, Sahbabii, Take a Daytrip, Gonnie Garko, Odalys, Sounds and other special guests. General Admission tickets are still on sale! Click Here for more information.

May 3rd @ 11:30PM {Q.E.D.- A Place to Show & Tell}: Soft Core Presents The Star Wars Holiday Special! Star Wars fans rejoice! There is an event right here in our backyard just for YOU. “With Star Wars Day (May the Fourth) technically beginning halfway through this month’s show, they’ve decided to screen the legendary Star Wars Holiday Special, along with excerpts from Star Wars XXX: A Porn Parody!” This event is bound to be both hilarious and out of this world. Click Here for more information and tickets. Q.E.D. is located at 27-16 23rd Avenue in Astoria.

May 4th @ 12PM {Museum of Moving Image}: Selena. The MOMI brings us a classic this Saturday, with a film we’ve all learned to love. Selena is a film about grammy–award–winning Tejano singer Selena Quintanilla, played by Jennifer Lopez. The film will also be shown on May 5th at 12PM. Don’t miss this tearjerker. Get your tickets today HERE.

May 4th @ 12PM {Socrates Sculpture Park}: Healthy Living: Roots Saturdays. “Every Saturday at the Park, join Hellgate Farm and a rotation of local partners like The Connected Chef, Big Reuse, Smiling Hogshead Ranch, Queens Action Council (QuAC), and the Queens Beekeepers Guild for drop-in workshops, food demos, and activities for kids and families. Hellgate Farm will also be selling their micro-local fresh cut produce and small batch products like signature hot sauce, honey, and dried herbs.” This Saturday is the first of many Roots Saturdays, so gather the family and head on over to this free event.

May 4th @ 12PM {Citi Field}: 2nd Annual NY Beer Fest. Enjoy samples from dozens of craft breweries that will feature spring seasonal beers, plus games, DJs, and more throughout the park. General Admission gets you access to unlimited tastings, and there is even a VIP options that grants access to the dugout (Mets fans might want to grab this one). Tickets are still on sale so CLICK HERE.

May 4th @ 12:30PM {Flushing Town Hall}: Flushing Town Hall Hot Club: The Music of Benny Goodman. “Come and listen to Jazz recordings on the original 78 RPM format, and enjoy the convivial atmosphere of those who share a passion for this great music heard at its best!” No need to RSVP for this one. The event is FREE for all.

May 4th @ 2PM {Museum of Moving Image}: Our Struggles (Nos Batailles). As part of the Panorama Europe Film Festival, “Our Struggles dramatizes the struggles of a factory manager and labor activist whose wife unexpectedly leaves him, forcing him to care for their two children. Romain Duris, one of Europe’s most magnetic actors (The Beat That My Heart Skipped, All The Money in the World), is compelling as a decent but overwhelmed man dealing with the challenges the contemporary world throws him.” Tickets are still available HERE.

May 4th @ 3PM {Belmont Park Race Track}: Bourbon At Belmont. “Celebrating one of the world’s finest spirits, the Bourbon Festival returns to Belmont Park Racetrack! This special event will feature more than thirty bourbons for tasting, a selection of craft beers that have been bourbon barrel-aged, a live simulcast transmission of the Kentucky Derby race, grandstand viewing of the track to enjoy live event day racing, and convenient betting windows.” For tickets and more information Click Here.

May 4th @ 6:30PM {The Knock Down Center}: Soft Territories. Join KDC on the opening night of Soft Territories, their latest exhibit featuring works by Victoria Manganiello, Símon Sepúlveda and Sarah Zapata. Guest will have the option of taking a formal tour of the exhibition along side the curator at 6:30PM. This event is open to the public and it is completely Free!! CLICK HERE for more information.

May 4th @ 6:30PM {Museum of Moving Image}: Distances/Les Distáncias/Las Distancias. This Panorama Europe Film Festival favorite is about “a surprise visit by a group of Spanish friends to celebrate the 35th birthday of their friend Comas, who is living in Berlin, is a reunion film in a decidedly minor key that is suffused with the texture of life as it is really lived. None of the friends are exactly where they want to be, and secrets, regrets, and resentments simmer just below the surface. As downbeat as it is, the film always feels refreshingly vital, due to Trapé’s attention to nuance and atmosphere, and to the raw and realistic performances by a great ensemble cast that give this finely wrought fiction the feeling of documentary.” Click Here for tickets.

May 4th @ 10PM {The Knock Down Center}: Disco Knights x Vyvn. Come dance the night away at this party hosted by KDC, featuring a slew of performances. In the words of KDC, “Come get Stimulated.” Click Here for tickets.

May 5th From 9AM to Sundown {Socrates Sculpture Park}: Chronos Cosmos: Deep Time, Open Space. “Experience the galactic exhibition Chronos Cosmos: Deep Time, Open Space on opening day! Chronos Cosmos transforms Socrates into a gateway to the universe, showcasing artworks that consider space, time, and matter in relationship to celestial entities and earth-bound processes.” Please join me in experiencing this long-awaited exhibition. Also, this event is free for all.

May 5th @ 9AM {Melrose Ballroom}: The9amBanger | El Bangero. “We’re back again. Time for you to wake up at 7am with more energy and more enthusiasm than ever before, to attend a party like no other, The 9AM Banger!!” Tickets are still on sale, Click Here.

May 5th @ 11AM {Sek End Sun}: Cinco De Mayo @ Sek End Sun. Let us celebrate with our Mexican brothers and sisters with a few shots of tequila, or even a few chelas while we’re at it. Sek End Sun is offering an array of specials all day long, including $5 tequila shots and $7 margaritas. Sek End Sun is located at 32-11 Broadway in Astoria.

May 5th @ 12PM {VFW Hall}: Queens Craft Brigade. Ladies and Gentlemen get your wallets ready because this event is bound to be worth the wait. “The Queens Craft Brigade brings together the best makers from the borough to create highly curated events featuring artwork, food, jewelry, fashion, crafts, and more.” Mother’s Day is also right around the corner (Next Sunday to be exact), so this is the perfect opportunity for some last-minute shopping. For a list of vendors and more information about this free event CLICK HERE. QCB is located at 31-35 41st Street in Astoria.

May 5th @ 12PM {Queens Beerhouse}: Cindo De Brunch. This new local beer house is serving up brunch with a side of drink specials for Cinco De Mayo. For more information CLICK HERE.

May 5th @ 2PM {Museum of Moving Image}: Limestone Cowboy. As part of the Panorama Europe Film Festival, “Abigail Mallia’s boisterous and well-crafted film is brought to life by the convincing and delightful performances of its gifted lead actors, Paul Portelli as the eponymous cowboy and Davide Tucci as his son, who is struggling to save what is left of his family’s respectability.” Get your tickets today by CLICKING HERE.

May 5th @ 2PM {Fusion Lounge NY}: Tequila fiesta cinco de mayo EXTRAVAGANZA. Check out Fusion Lounge in Astoria for a Cinco De Mayo party with drink and food specials until 7PM. How can you say no to $2 tequila shots and half off tacos and quesadillas?! Click Here for more information.

May 5th @ 5PM {The Knock Down Center}: Devotional with Sarah Zapata. “In conjunction with the exhibition Soft Territories, Sarah Zapata will perform a reading of recent texts that explore the limits and porousness of the body, and the interrelation between feet and femininity. Acting as a sort of guided meditation, Devotional will be a performance that engages the mind and body.” This is event is free to the public. Click Here for more information.

May 5th @ 7PM {The Knock Down Center}: Yanira Castro Presents: Sunday Service. “Join us for Sunday Service curated by Yanira Castro, who brings together Martita Abril, Rosana Cabán, Cori Olinghouse, Alexis Ruiseco-Lombera, Tara Sheena to explore communing, commingling, and being together in performance.” This event occurs the first Sunday of every month, with a different curator and direction each time. For more information about this free event CLICK HERE.

May 5th @ 7PM {Flushing Town Hall}: Global Mashup 5: Balkan Punk Meets West Africa. “We’re mashing up 2 cultures on 1 stage with an open dance floor! Starting with dance lessons, each band plays a set, then the two meet and jam. Lemon Bucket Orkestra, Toronto’s multiaward winning, world-touring, groundbreaking guerrilla-folk party-punk Balkan-brass band, meets NYC’s Kakande, with lush vocals, sinewy koras, flutes, cellos and the balafon (xylophone) of a master griot from Guinea. Come ready to dance!” For tickets CLICK HERE.

Museum & Gallery Closing Exhibitions:

Superchief Gallery NY: Sarah Sitkins: Bodysuits {Closing May 5th}

As the month of April quickly comes to an end, I wanted to thank EACH AND EVERY ONE OF YOU for taking the time to support Queens Chic. It’s come a long way from when I first started back in November of 2018. Each one of you has given me exciting content. Some of you have even shared your incredible musical milestones with me. But the biggest highlight has been the trust you’ve all had in me. I have been able to bring you versatile content on a regular basis, and you have all been extremely open minded. I couldn’t ask for a better support system. (YOU GUYS ROCK!)

Here is my curated list of what’s popping off in Queens this last weekend of April.

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 25th @ 6:30PM {Queens Central Library}: Lived Experience. The Queens Central Library is hosting an artist reception for their latest exhibition Lived Experience. This “special art exhibition features the work of artists with mental health issues in partnership with the organization Community Access.” The artists work will be exhibited at the Queens Central Library branch in Jamaica until May 5th. The Queens Central Library is located at 89-11 Merrick Blvd in Jamaica.

April 27th @ 11AM {Lockwood Jackson Heights}: Lockwood third annual kids rule Jackson Heights Party. Lockwood boutique is throwing a party for the kids, but ladies can benefit from the experience too! They are set to have activities for the kids, as well as story time and face painting to name a few. Ladies, you all get 15% off and no items are excluded from this deal. It really doesn’t get much better than that. Mothers day is also right around the corner, so this is actually a great opportunity for my gentlemen as well. Get your mother, wife, girlfriend, sister, any special lady in your life something nice to show your appreciation. Lockwood is located at 77-13 37th Avenue in Jackson Heights.

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 27th @ 5PM {Flushing Meadows Corona Park}: Queens International Night Market. The second preview day is almost here. The Queens International Night Market was AMAZING this past Saturday. I ate until I literally ripped open my pants (this actually happened). With a wide selection of food vendors and jewelry stands, among other neat finds, you are bound to find an attraction for even the pickiest of critiques. Tickets are on sale HERE for this limited time event. No worries if you miss this preview night. The night market is officially back for the season on May 4th, and will resume free of charge for everyone to enjoy.

April 27th @ 7PM {Lawrence Virgilio Playground in Windmuller Park}: Free sneak preview of Netflix’s documentary Knock Down the House. The Museum of Moving Image, in collaboration with Rooftop Films, bring us a sneak preview screening of the Netflix original documentary, Knock Down The House (Click Here for Trailer). The film will be screened, free of charge, at Lawrence Virgilio Playground in Windmuller Park located in Sunnyside. Doors open to the public at 7PM and the movie is set to show at 8:15PM. This is a first-come, first-serve event, so make sure to arrive early for good seating. There is an option to RSVP for this event, although it is not necessary. For more information about the film and for directions to the event, CLICK HERE.

April 28th {Gotham Barbershop}: Grand opening party for Gotham Barbershop. Get ready to stuff your face while getting a touch up, or simply catching up with old friends or new ones. Gotham Barbershop is opening for business and they’re throwing a party to celebrate this incredible accomplishment. This is an open invitation, so come one–come all! For more information, and for pricing CLICK HERE. Gotham Barbershop is located at 171-65 46th Avenue in Flushing.

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:

Superchief Gallery NY: Sarah Sitkins: Bodysuits {Closing May 5th}

Museum & Gallery Opening Exhibitions:

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

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

A lot is happening in Queens this week when it comes to the world of art and music. We have performances by some very talented people, and we also have new exhibitions in the borough. Spring is here and I am ready to provide you with all the events you’ll need in order to fill your weekends.

NEW – March 28th @ 7PM {The Astoria Bookshop}: Night Music by Jenn Marie Thorne. Astoria Bookshop will be celebrating the launch of Jenn Marie Thorne’s latest book “Night Music.” Click Here for more information.

NEW – March 29th from 8AM to 4PM {Queens Botanical Garden}: Art in The Garden: In Full Bloom. Three artists, Darya Warner, Amber Vittoria, and Jamie Pesavento, will be exhibiting their works, inspired by “the shape and the form of flowers and bodies in nature.” This exhibition will be shown in the venues visitor & administration building Art Gallery until September 1st. For more information, CLICK HERE.

March 30th @ 7PM {The Knock Down Center}: Kuldeep Singh: THROUGH THE KĀLI-EROS. This installation based performance merges Indian classical dance, visual art and theater. This is a live performance piece and is completely FREE for all. Simply RSVP HEREfor your tickets.

March 30th @ 7:30PM {Flushing Town Hall}: The Queens Symphony Orchestra Master Works Concert Series: The Romantic Heart. I am a huge fan of classical music. Growing up it was the only way I could find focus while working on schoolwork, or muting the chaos of work as an adult. If you’re like me, then you’ll probably love this performance by The Queens Symphony Orchestra. This event is free of charge with a simple RSVP. You do not want to miss this magical performance.

NEW – March 31st from 12-6PM {MOMA PS1}: Spring Open House. MOMA PS1 will be celebrating the opening of a new season of exhibitions. There will be poetry readings, performances and discussions starting at 1PM in the VW Dome. The museum will also be exhibiting works by:Simone Fattal: “Works and Days.” On exhibit until 9/2/19; Gina Beavers: “The Life I Deserve.” On exhibit until 9/2/19; Nancy Spero: “Paper Mirror.” On exhibit until 6/23/19; Hock E Aye Vi Edgar Heap of Birds: “Surviving Active Shooter Custer.” On exhibit until 9/8/19; Zheng Guogu: “Visionary Trasformation.” On exhibit until 6/23/19; Redaction: A Project by Titus Kaphar and Reginald Dwayne Betts. On exhibit until 5/5/19; Karrabing film collective. On exhibit until 5/27/19; Elena Lopez Riera: “Those who Desire.” On exhibit until 5/27/19. Make sure to RSVP HERE for free admission to the museum and the surrounding events.

March 31st from 12-10PM {Flushing Town Hall}: Queens Jazz OverGround 2019 Spring Jazz Fest. I know a lot of you are constantly trying to find affordable Jazz events since these usually break the bank. This jazz event hosted by Flushing Town Hall includes performances from Queens based jazz talent and is free of charge for all. Simply RSVP HERE to get your free tickets and enjoy a day filled with fine tunes.

April 1st from 3-4:30PM {MOMA PS1}: Reading by Kiese Laymon and Mitchell S. Jackson. Join these two nonfiction writers as they present a reading of their works. Both authors will be reading their most recent works: Heavy: An American Memoir, by Laymon and The Residue Years, by Jackson. Attendance to these readings is free with museum admission. Click Here for more information.

April 3rd from 7-10PM {Paper Box NYC}: Legit Easy – LIVE HIP HOP PERFORMANCE. Join Queens rapper, Legit Easy, as he takes center stage to debut three new singles before they’re released to the general public on his Sound Cloud. There will also be seven other performances by local artists. Come show some love to this Queens artist and have your mind blown by his incredible talent. Click Here to message Legit Easy directly for advanced tickets. Please note, tickets are $20 at the venue, so get your advanced tickets today. The Paper Box is located at 17 Meadow St. Brooklyn, NY 11206.

*I recommend everyone Clicks Here to hear my favorite track by Legit Easy. It is straight FIRE!!

April 4th @ 7PM {The Astoria Bookshop}: Story Telling Show. For all of you story telling vets, newbies are welcomed as well, join this story telling session. Have your 5 minute personal story ready to share as names will be drawn at random for participation. For more information on this fun activity CLICK HERE.

Flor De Toloache

April 5th @ 8PM {Flushing Town Hall}: Flor De Toloache. “Latin Grammy Award-winning all-female mariachi group Flor de Toloache is pushing genre boundaries with their fresh, versatile take on traditional Mexican music with explosive vocal harmonies and searing solos rounded out by soaring violin, nimble vihuela, bright trumpets, and propulsive guitarron.” I actually had the privilege of seeing Flor De Toloache at House of Yes for a live performance a few years back, and they are INCREDIBLE! There was definitely a standing ovation at the end of their performance. I definitely recommend purchasing your tickets to this event ASAP before the sell out.

Socrates Sculpture Park

Wow! Just WOW! I can’t even begin to tell you how magical Socrates Sculpture Park is. It is hands down one of my favorite parks in Queens. It could be due to my childhood infatuation with the park. My dad would always drive past it on our way to Costco. I would ask if we could take a peak inside, but my parents were always on a mission to get the groceries and get home. I would see these huge steel sculptures peaking out from behind the parks bushes. Sometimes I would even stick my head out the window, hoping to get a better look at the sheer magnitude of these pieces. They were MASSIVE! I was also barely a teenager, and still a tiny human being who felt this city was this scary and larger-than-life place.

However, Socrates never ceases to amaze me, and that’s hard to do for a strict critic like myself. They really BROUGHT-IT with their current exhibitions. From artist Amy Brener’s “Fort-dress” (a translucent hot-pink partial shelter that encompasses the female body and form) to Nathaniel Cummings-Lambert’s “Corral,” (a labyrinth made up of wood fencing and gating, inspired by animal pens found in rural areas) there is art for every taste. I actually got lost for a bit and almost lost my sanity while attempting to get through Corral. It’s hard to admit, but I’m really not the brightest when it comes to paying attention to directions, very much like my driving. Although it was both fun and annoying to lose myself in a labyrinth, nothing beats Sherwin Banfield’s “A Cypher in Queens.” For a girl from Queens there is literally nothing cooler than seeing your childhood hero’s propped up like gods in gold. Sherwin has created three statues, one for each of Queen’s fallen hip-hop soldiers (Jam Master Jay, Phife Dawg, and Prodigy) and he was somehow able to incorporate speakers, so as you’re looking up at your hip-hop gods you’re also listen to their greatest hits. How sick is that?!

I suggest that everyone, and I mean EVERYONE go and check out Socrates Sculpture Park in the next fews days. Rumor has it we’re in for some warm weather, so what better excuse to take in the sun while enjoying some awesome art. Also, if any of these pieces caught your attention, I suggest you pay the park a visit on or BEFORE March 24th, as this will be the last day they will be exhibited thanks to a recent extension by park administration. Admission to the park is completely FREE!

In the meantime, here are some of my favorite flicks from my visit.