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Tomorrow is the first day of summer, and although this weather hasn’t been very giving, I’m still excited for all of these summer events. Take a look at what our first weekend/week of summer has to offer.

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June 21st @ 8AM {Queens Botanical Garden}: Grown Up Flowers. Don’t miss out on the latest exhibition at the Botanical Garden; Grown Up Flowers. On view until September 2nd, and created by Play Lab, Inc. “Grown Up Flowers imagines flowers inflated many times their normal size, giving visitors a new perspective on these iconic and playful representations of beauty.” For more information CLICK HERE.

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June 21st @ 5PM {Riis Park Beach Bazaar}: Friday Night Sunset Lobster Jam (Bay 9).

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June 21st @ 6PM {Sunnyside}: Summer Solstice Celebration at Lou Lodati Playground. “Help us kick off summer in grand fashion! We’ll party until the sun goes down on this longest day of the year, and then keep going! Activities will include Silent Disco, performances from Queensboro Dance Festival and much, much more!” Lou Lodati Playground is located at 43rd Street & Skillman Avenue, Sunnyside. This event is FREE!

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June 21st @ 7PM {Museum of Moving Image}: Flaming Creatures and two films by George Kuchar. As part of the Grit and Glitter: Before and After Stonewall series, MOMI brings us Flaming Creatures and two films by George Kuchar. “If avant-garde cinema and pulp pictures had drugged-out sex, Flaming Creatures would be their wicked offspring. It remains Jack Smith’s most potent, intuitive, and visually provocatively response to the deadening forces of what he called ‘our rented world.'”—Donal Mosher. For tickets and more information CLICK HERE.  

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June 21st @ 8PM {Flushing Town Hall}: Queens Jazz Orchestra: It Ain’t Over Yet. “This concert is the title of QJO’s Music Director Jimmy Heath’s latest big band album “It Aint Over Yet”, a testimony to his life and long legacy of great music.” For more information Click Here.

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June 22nd @ 9:30AM {Rockaway Brew Co.}: Brew Cruiser. Don’t miss the Brew Cruiser this summer, a shuttle bus leaving from Rockaway Brew Co. located in LIC to Rockaway beach every Saturday this summer. The shuttle starts at 9:30AM and leaves its post every 2 hours after. If you purchase six tickets, you get a free six pack of your choice. For tickets and more information CLICK HERE.

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June 22nd @ 11AM {Queens Botanical Garden}: Pick and Prep: Farm Fresh Foods. Come to the farm at Queens Botanical Garden to harvest fruits and veggies and prepare a light lunch together. Click here for ticket information.

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June 22nd @ 12PM {Riis Park Beach Bazaar}: Reggay Lords + DJ Alexander Orange Drink of So So Glos. Free entry for the public.

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June 22nd @ 12PM {Riis Park Beach Bazaar}: Roland and Brother Rich at Riis Bazaar (Bathhouse). Free entry for the public.

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June 22nd @ 2PM {Museum of Moving Image}: A Taste of Honey. As part of the Grit and Glitter: Before and After Stonewall series, MOMI brings us this “play, and eventual film, that addressed gender, sexuality, race, class, and family relations with a uniquely luminous mix of tenderness and weary honesty.” For more information CLICK HERE

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June 22nd @ 2PM {Museum of Moving Image}: The Muppet Movie 40th Anniversary Celebration. As part of Jim Henson’s World (2019) & The Muppet Movie 40th Anniversary Celebration, MOMI brings us a live event with special guests Ed Christie (puppet designer/builder), Calista Hendrickson (Muppet costume designer), and puppeteer John Lovelady. For more information CLICK HERE.

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June 22nd @ 2PM {Museum of Moving Image}: Three The Hard Way. As part of the See It Big! Action series, MOMI brings us this “action extravaganza, uniting three of the best black tough-guy actors in the business around one absolutely wild premise, having them race against time to prevent a white fascist group from dropping a toxic agent harmful only to black people into the water supplies of Washington D.C., Detroit, and Los Angeles.” Click Here for more information.

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June 22nd @ 4:30PM {Museum of Moving Image}: An Actor’s Revenge. As part of the Grit and Glitter: Before and After Stonewall series. “In a seventeenth-century Japan created entirely on stage sets, a female-impersonating Kabuki actor carries out a morally complicated revenge, all the while inciting desire and breaking the hearts of men and women with his perfect feminine beauty. Reprising his original 1935 film role Kazuo Hasegawa gives an astounding double performance as both the tragic hero/heroine and the do-gooding thief who falls under the actor’s androgynous spell. Combining social satire, Kabuki tragedy, and martial arts choreography, An Actors Revenge is a dazzling homage to theatricality and ‘realness.'”—Donal Mosher. Click Here for more information.

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June 22nd @ 6:30PM {Museum of Moving Image}: Set It Off. As part of See It Big! Action series, MOMI brings us this classic film about “Four women take the law into their own hands and try to get some payback by robbing a bank. Emboldened after pulling off the heist, they continue their crime spree by taking on bigger banks, and with higher and higher stakes.” Click Here for more information.

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June 22nd @ 7PM {Museum of Moving Image}: The Gospel of Eureka. As part of the New Adventures in Nonfiction (2019), Momi brings us this film about how “Love, faith and civil rights collide in a southern town as evangelical Christians and drag queens step into the spotlight to dismantle stereotypes. The Gospel of Eureka takes a personal, and often comical look at negotiating differences between religion and belief through performance, political action, and partnership. with Gospel drag shows and passion plays setting the stage for one hell of a show.” Click Here for more information.

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June 23rd @ 5PM {Knock Down Center}: Soft Territories: Closing Reception. Join KDC as the Soft Territories exhibit comes to a close. There will be a live jazz performance by The Rodrigo Recabarren Trio. This event is free to the public. For more information CLICK HERE.

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June 23rd @ 12PM {Riis Park Beach Bazaar}: DeFalco Presents: Locobeach at Riis Park Beach Bazaar (Bay 9). Free entry for the public.

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June 23rd @ 12PM {Riis Park Beach Bazaar}: DJ Lefty Hernandez Summer Beach Parties! at Riis (Bathhouse). Free entry for the public.

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June 23rd @ 4:30PM {Museum of Moving Image}: Portrait of Jason. As part of the Grit and Glitter: Before and After Stonewall, MOMI brings us Portrait of Jason, where “indie trailblazer Shirley Clarke invites us to spend one drunken night with Jason, a flamboyant hipster, a self-proclaimed ‘stone whore,’ and a linguistic dynamo.” For more information CLICK HERE.

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June 24th @ 7PM {Bohemian Hall Beer Garden}: The Paint Place. Bohemian Hall Beer Garden is hosting a 21+ paint and sip night. For RSVP information, CLICK HERE.

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June 27th @ 6PM {Queens Botanical Garden}: Flower Power Party: Lavender. Celebrate PRIDE at Queens Botanical Garden with performances by ¡Retumba!–and–join in the making of flower crowns along with other botanical art activities. Don’t miss this colorful event. For more information CLICK HERE.

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June 27th @ 7:30PM {Astoria Park}: Astoria Park Fireworks. “The Astoria Park fireworks show is one of the most special summer evening nights in Queens, NYC. 2019 marks 35 years of magic! Presented by Central Astoria, LDC., the fireworks ceremonies start at 7:30 pm while the Fireworks show will begin at sundown around 9:00 pm. The 2018 Independence Celebration will feature a special performance by the Queens Symphony Orchestra followed by a spectacular fireworks display. ” This event is FREE!

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June 27th @ 9PM {Superchief Gallery}: XXXtreme Drag Wrestling. Choke Hole in collaboration with Superchief Gallery bring us a World Pride Edition event. This event will be hosted by Hugo Gyrl and Laveau Contraire, with performances by Charlene, Hara Juku, Serena Tea and many more. For tickets and more information, Click Here.

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Museum & Gallery Opening Exhibitions:

Mrs. GalleryDoldrums by Oona Brangam, Mike Goodlett, Emily Ludwig {On view June 22nd to August 2nd}

MOMA PS1: MOOD: Studio Museum Artists in Residence 2018-19 {On view until September 8th}

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}

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:

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

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}

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.

Are You Ready for SPRING?!

Spring is only a day away! Literally. Like tomorrow. So I thought it would be a nice gesture of appreciation to gift all of you loyal readers with a One-Stop-Shop for all Spring related activities right here in Queens. There is A LOT happening here in our own backyard. And I definitely did not forget to include events for the parents out there, or those that are big kids at heart like ME. And for all of you penny pinching, I have a ton of FREE events as well, because who doesn’t love FREE EVERYTHING. So I suggest you get those calendar apps ready because you’re going to want to save most, if not all of these events.

March 21-31st {Museum of Moving Image & Others}: Queens World Film Festival. As part of the 9th annual QWFF the Museum of Moving Image will be showing two films, starting with Thousand Pieces of Gold on Tuesday, March 26th @ 7PM. For a list of future film screenings and tickets, CLICK HERE. Don’t miss this incredible opportunity. There are films for all ages and tastes. Also, for my LGBT community, check out “IT GETS BETTER” on Friday, March 22nd; A series of films that encompass a message of hope for the LGBTQ community and its youth.

March 21st @ 7:30PM {Flushing Town Hall}: “LADY GOT CHOPS: Women’s History Month Festival.” A night filled with female jazz musicians from all cultural backgrounds. Click Here for tickets and more information on this incredible event. I highly recommend this event for all of those who are in love, or slowly falling in love with Jazz. Perfect for a date night or for my ladies on girls night!

March 23rd @ 12PM {Museum of Moving Image}: “Family Program: Oscar Nominated Shorts 2019.” Did you watch the Oscars this year? Well I did and the short films that were nominated really caught my attention. I actually watched “Period. End of Sentence,” by Rayka Zehtabchi, which won the Oscar for best short film this year, and I can’t recommend it enough. Now there were a few other shorts that didn’t win, but they’re all really as incredible. Make sure you purchase tickets to this very special screening at the Museum of Moving Image ASAP before tickets run out. CLICK HERE!

March 23rd @ 2PM {Flushing Town Hall}: Music In Color: Gabriela Lena Frank. Join this free musical event by American composer, Gabriela Lena Frank. The multi-ethnic composer will be performing along side Kirya Traber. Make sure to sign up for your FREE tickets HERE.

March 23rd from 1-4PM {Queens Botanical Garden}: Children’s Garden Open House. This event is for the kids! The Queens Botanical Garden has set up planting activities and garden crafts for kids ages 2 to 14. “See how worms wiggle, touch and discover the QBG plant collection, create your own tasty and healthy trail mix, plant your own seedling in the Children’s Garden, or do a garden-wide scavenger hunt.” This event is completely FREE with RSVP so CLICK HERE to register your kids and yourself.

March 23rd & 24th {MOMA PS1}: Come Together: Music Festival and Label Market. Attention all music aficionados: MOMA PS1 in collaboration with Iconic Record Shop are holding their third annual music and label market festival. There will be live performances, workshops, films and panels. They will also have over 75 record labels represented. So you do not want to miss this opportunity. Tickets are still on sale CLICK HERE. The events hours have been extended on Saturday from 12-6PM, and if you buy a Festival Package you’ll be granted admission until 9PM. Check out the full activities schedule HERE.

March 24th from 10AM – 5PM {Queens College}: The Queens Chocolate Fest. Are you a chocolate feen like I am? Look no further! Queens College is hosting this mouth watering event, and tickets are very affordable. For more information on this event CLICK HERE

March 24th @ 2:15PM {Flushing Town Hall}: “Underneath a Magical Moon: A Reimagining of Peter Pan.” This play is for ages 3 and up, so if your kids are at that age where they can sit still, TAKE THEM!! I can’t stress the importance of introducing the arts to children. One of my all-time favorite things to do is to go see a Broadway play or live theater. Remember Hook fans, Peter Pan is for the kids and the big kid still living within all of us. For tickets 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 HERE for 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.

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.