Soft Territories

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}