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We are entering the last two weeks of May, and things are really just beginning to heat up (LITERALLY). We are starting to see more outdoor activities for both adults and kids. Museums are bringing in new exhibits, and events are sprawling everywhere in our area. Here are some of the latest finds I’ve been wanting to share with you all. And remember, if there is any local event you want me to cover, or if you know of any local artists who have upcoming shows, please do not hesitate to reach out to me on my Twitter or Instagram. I always want to hear from my readers.


The lineup is out for the MOMA PS1 WARM UP 2019. Click here for more information and to purchase tickets.

May 16th @ 8PM {The Arc}: DMNDR presents NABRHOOD featuring FLAMINGOSIS, A NYC Warehouse Party Series. “A NYC warehouse party experience with live music, artisanal cuisine and immersive projections featuring Flamingosis + French Horn Rebellion.” For tickets and more information CLICK HERE.

May 17th @ 7PM {Museum of Moving Image}: Baikonur, Earth (Bajkonur, Terra). The MOMI brings us Baikonur, Earth in the films U.S. Premier. “Andrea Sorini’s gently surreal documentary study of the home of the Baikonur Cosmodrome—the world’s first space launch facility—achieves the feat of making life on Earth look as alien as any destination in the universe. Built for the launch of Sputnik in the 1950s, the Cosmodrome, located in a desert region of Kazakhstan, is still in use, for sending rockets to the International Space Station.” This film is also a part of the Panorama Europe 2019 Film Festival. For tickets and more information CLICK HERE.

May 17th @ 7:30PM {Museum of Moving Image}: One Day (Egy Nap). This film joins the Panorama Europe 2019 Film Festival, which is being partially celebrated at MOMI. In its New York Premiere, One Day is based on “a young mother who barely manages to do the impossible each day—corral her three demanding children, feeding them and getting them to school and to lessons, while dealing with household problems and financial stress, and a husband who may be having an affair.” Click Here for more information.

May 17th @ 8PM {MOMA PS1}: Second Annual Springtoberfest. “Celebrate the season with an evening outdoors at our second annual Springtoberfest with a one-night-only beer garden featuring some of our favorite Queens-based breweries and food vendors. Enjoy a live DJ set by JADALAREIGN, outdoor screenings, and after-hours access to the galleries.” For tickets and a list of breweries CLICK HERE.

May 17th @ 8PM {The Arc}: There Goes The NBRHOOD!. “For the last night of our NABRHOOD series we’re going back to our roots with live music and inspired jam sessions. This super hang is made for the DMNDR family of musicians and friends of The Arc (ARCitects).Click Here for tickets and more information.

May 17th @ 9PM {Knock Down Center}: Innervisions New York. KDC brings us Innervisions New York, in its “first US event of the year in none other than the city that never sleeps, New York. Dixon and Âme will be joined by some of the most exciting names in underground dance music: critically-acclaimed DJ Koze, fast-rising star Trikk and French talent, Jennifer Cardini.” For tickets CLICK HERE.

May 17th @ 10PM {Bohemian Hall & Beer Garden}: Beer Garden Silent Disco Party. Join one of the largest Beer Garden’s in Queens for this silent disco, and dance the night away to the sounds of three live DJ’s on three different channels. Click Here for tickets and more information.

May 18th @ 11AM {Katch Astoria}: Kids Silent Disco Party and Parents Bottomless Brunch Party. Get your 90 mins of bottomless brunch while your kids dance the morning and afternoon away to three live DJ sets on three different channels. Click Here for tickets and information.

May 18th @ 12PM {Citifield Queens}: The World’s Fare 2019 @ Citifield. With over 100 local food vendors from all five boroughs, and over 50 craft brewers, Citifield brings us a festival worth attending. There are plans to set up a Bazaar-style market with global food and handmade crafts from around the globe. Also, don’t miss the music and art for your entertainment. Click Here for tickets and more information.

May 18th @ 2PM {Museum of Moving Image}: Filmmaker Memorial for John Singleton. “Black Film Critics Circle president, Michael Sargent, and his fellow film critics will present and discuss scenes from their favorite John Singleton film Boyz in the Hood (1991) with attendees. This will be followed by a panel discussion with these critics and audience members who wish to share their thoughts about Singleton’s contributions as a filmmaker.” Admission is free with RSVP. If you do not RSVP by May 17th, admission will still be granted with a museum ticket purchase. CLICK HERE TO RSVP.

May 18th @ 7PM {Superchief Gallery}: Twin Flames by Justin Aversano. Join Superchief Gallery as they embark on a new journey through the eyes of Justin Aversano. Aversano took 100 sets of twins and photographed them to “create a body of work focused on the existence of multiple births and phenomena of twindom through an immersive portrait survey.” The exhibit is completely FREE.

May 18th @ 10PM {Knock Down Center}: Wrecked w/ Ron Like Hell // Ryan Smith. “Wrecked is back with their new home at BASEMENT NY the new club underneath Knockdown Center. Yes, that’s right, all those early, hazy basement memories from our humble beginnings well we’re eager to get back underground.” For tickets and more information CLICK HERE.

May 19th @ 10AM {Ditmars Blvd}: Astoria Spring Festival 2019. Join the rest of the neighborhood as they enjoy a day filled with local food vendors and tons of activities for the family. The festival will be set up on Ditmars Blvd between 31st and Street and 21st Avenue. This event is free for all!

May 19th @ 12PM {Museum of Moving Image}: Alamar. MOMI brings us this film as part of the Family Matinees series. “Five-year-old Natan goes with his father Jorge on an expedition to Banco Chinchorro, the largest coral reef in Mexico. There he experiences life in harmony with nature, staying in a house on stilts above the water, catching barracuda and other fish on baited lines thrown from a boat, observing as his father and “grandfather” (Jorge’s older mentor) go spearfishing and lobster catching. He also encounters crocodiles—but is not afraid—and makes friends with a feisty wild egret, a migratory bird, that he names Blanquita. With just a few weeks before Natan goes back to Italy to live with his mother, Jorge is intent on teaching his son about their Mayan heritage, and the rhythms of a fisherman’s life.” This film is appropriate for children. For tickets and more information CLICK HERE.

May 19th @ 2PM {Museum of Moving Image}: Dog City. In its 30th anniversary screening, and as part of “Jim Henson’s World (2019),” MOMI brings us a film for the entire family to enjoy. “Inspired by the classic paintings of dogs playing poker, the canine gangster comedy Dog City made its debut in 1989 as an episode of “The Jim Henson Hour.” Jim Henson won an Emmy for directing the show, which inspired the 1992-1995 animated/puppetry series “Jim Henson’s Dog City.” Henson effects experts Fred Buchholz and Tom Newby will be on hand to discuss the behind the scenes wizardry used in Dog City and other Henson productions.” Click Here for tickets and more information.

May 19th @ 2PM {Knock Down Center}: Dystōpia New York City. Join KDC and Be Svendsen, Davi, Magit Cacoon, Nico Stojan & Nour for a night of music madness. Click Here for tickets.

May 19th @ 4:30PM {Museum of Moving Image}: Phil Solomon Memorial Screening. In memory of Phil Solomon, MOMI brings us a day filled with Solomon’s most popular films and a discussion session right after. Some of the films that are going to be shown include The Secret Garden (1988, 23mins) [one of my all-time favorite films as a kid], The Exquisite Hour (1989, 14mins), Remains to be Seen (1989, 17mins), Seasons (2002, 15mins. Silent). For more information, and for tickets CLICK HERE.

May 19th @ 6:30PM {Museum of Moving Image}: Several Conversations About a Very Tall Girl (Cateva Conversatii Despre o Fata Foarte Inalta). In its U.S. Premiere for the Panorama Europe 2019 Film Festival, this film is paving the way for an open conversation about sexuality, as it’s the first Romanian film focused on a Lesbian love story. “Two women who share a former lover begin a series of Skype conversations in Bogdan Olteanu’s deceptively relaxed and emotionally incisive love story. The women are polar opposites; in a remarkable screen debut, Silvana Mihai plays a vulnerable character tentatively coming to terms with her sexuality. Her shyness is contrasted by the brashness of Florentina Nastase’s much more experienced bohemian.” 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 Science: Mundos Alternos: Alien Toy by Rubén Ortiz Torres {On view until August 18th}

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

Knock Down Center: Soft 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}