SPOTLIGHT OF THE WEEK:
Music For Life: Celebrating Photographer Larry Sherman (see below)
DROP-IN FAMILY WORKSHOP
The Queens Museum invites children 5-12 and their adult companions to explore different works on view each week through a variety of fun hands-on art making activities. Children with special needs welcome, adaptations available. No fee or advance registration required. Just show up and stay for as long as you like. This Spring Break workshop will focus on creating clay creations. Location: Unisphere Gallery (second floor) and/or various locations throughout the museum, please check at the admissions desk. Programming takes places from 1 to 4 p.m. The Queens Museum is located in Flushing Meadows Corona Park.
THE SEAGULL – OPHELIA GROUP
A successful actress visits her brothers isolated estate far from the city, throwing the frustrated residents unfulfilled ambitions into sharp relief. As her son attempts to impress with a self-penned play, putting much more than his pride at stake, others dream of fame, love and the ability to change their past. Premiere is 8 p.m. Also, Fridays and Saturdays through May 14 at 8 p.m. and Sundays May 1 and May 8 at 6 p.m. $18 Fridays and Saturday, Pay what you can on Sundays. Ophelia Theater, 21-12 30th Rd.
MUSIC FOR LIFE: CELEBRATING PHOTOGRAPHER LARRY SHERMAN
A multi-media event at Maple Grove honoring Larry Sherman. The lower lobby will have a photo exhibit of Larry’s stunning photos. The exhibit will open at 5 p.m. The concert in the Celebration Hall will start at 6 p.m. There will be an opening and closing sing a long with five musical vignettes to correspond with five sections from Larry’s autobiography. We are expecting eight musicians, seven pianists, and 12 singers. At the Center at Maple Grove Cemetery, 127-15 Kew Gardens Rd., Kew Gardens. Free parking on cemetery grounds. Handicapped accessible. Free admission.
LA FRONTERA: A LITERARY SALON
Mix and mingle at this salon-style house party, where Festival authors, moderators, and the audience discuss sociopolitical issues affecting the Mexico-U.S. border. How do crime, migration, and flawed policy disrupt the lives and cultures of the people who inhabit this region? Guests include: Fey Berman,Carmen Boullosa, Luis Felipe Fabre, Francisco Goldman,Claudio Lomnitz, Óscar Martínez,Rubén Martínez, Guadalupe Nettel, Guillermo Osorno, Veronica Gonzalez Peña, Juan Villoro. Free, museum entry by suggested admission. Seating on a first-come basis. Museum Cafe will be open for light refreshments. Co-presented with the PEN World Voices Festival | NYC through May 1. This event will take place at the Queens Museum in Flushing Meadows Corona Park.
QBG FARM & COMPOST SPRING SERIES: SPRING SOIL HEALTH
Spring is here and it’s time to prepare for the growing season! Join QBG Farm staff to learn how to grow healthy plants and care for your soil. Learn about soil testing, cover crops, compost application, and get planning tips. $5 per person. Event runs from 10 a.m. to noon at the Queens Botanical Garden, at 43-50 Main St. in Flushing.
QUEENS PARKS TRAILS CLUB – TRAIL MAINTENANCE 101
Be a part of the first Queens Parks Trails Club and help maintenance and restoration projects on select hiking trails in Queens Parks. 9 a.m. to noon at Alley Pond Park Environmental Center, 228-06 Northern Blvd. in Douglaston. Free.
QUEENS GREENHOUSE OPEN HOUSE
Take a tour of the Parks Department’s greenhouse at Forest Park, where some of the many flowers and plants you see in city parks, medians and squares are grown and cared for. Learn a bit about nature and the flora we see around the city. Free. 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Queens Greenhouse & Nursery – in Forest Park near the Carousel.
BIRDWATCHING AT THE RIDGEWOOD RESERVIOR
Start your day off with an early morning bird-watching walk around the Ridgewood Reservoir. 8 to 10:30 a.m. Free. Highland Boulevard and Vermont Place, Ridgewood.
BIRDING: OSPREYS AT FORT TOTTEN VISITOR’S CENTER
Our Urban Park Rangers will guide you to the best wildlife viewing spots in the urban jungle. 10 to 11:30 a.m. Free. Fort Totten Visitors Center, Fort Totten, Bay Terrace.
AUTHOR TALK: ‘GRANDFATHERS OF THE FLUSHING REMONSTRANCE’ WITH MAU VENDUREN
The Flushing Remonstrance and John Bowne’s fight for religious freedom stands as one of the fist acts towards free speech and is one of the predecessors to the Bill of Rights. Noon to 1:30 p.m. Free. Bowne House, 37-01 Bowne St, Flushing
A SYMPHONY OF CHIMES
There were only 10 spoons but 30 forks in his kitchen drawer – and so one of the first instruments EtM Con Edison/FCCA Composer- in-Residence Skip La Plantebuilt was a wind chime made from those extra forks. The next 100 he built include chimes made out of bedsprings, bicycle gears, broken lobster traps, belt buckles, obsolete house keys and other assorted objects. And now, in collaboration with choreographer Andrea Skurr, he presents this unique orchestra: A Symphony of Chimes. This event starts at 2 p.m. and will take place at Flushing Town Hall, 137-35 Northern Blvd., Flushing. Free with RSVP online.
ART IN THE GARDEN: CLOSING RECEPTION
Meet the artists Buddingh’ and Reid, and take on last look at their exhibit, “Portraits of Tall Friends.” This event will take place from 2 to 4 p.m. in the visitor and administration building at the Queens Botanical Garden at 43-50 Main St. in Flushing. Entrance is free with admission.
Calling all budding middle school scientists! Come explore the natural trails of alley pond with all the tools you need to discover the wonders of nature. This four week program allows young scientists to delve into the ecosystems that make our park so interesting and unique. Each day of the program is a self-contained lesson and exploration, therefore tween trekkers have a choice of how many program days they would like to attend. Trekkers will learn how to study and collect information in the field. Waders, hand lens, microscopes, petri dishes, kick nets and dichotomous keys are just a few of the equipment our trekkers will use to become true scientists in our park. Materials and backpack will be provided for the program. Program limited to 12 participants. This program for grades 6-8 will take place at APEC at 228-06 Northern Blvd. in Douglaston from 3:15 to 4:15 p.m. and is $30 per child.
ZUMBA AT HOCKEY RINK IN LITTLE BAY PARK
Get fit in the park with free Zumba, an aerobic exercise program that blends Latin and African dance movements. At the Little Bay Park hockey rink, Whitestone. Free. 6:30 p.m.
LECTURE: PAST PERSECUTIONS – CURRENT CONFRONTATION: ECHOES FROM THE TORAH TEXT
The Young Israel of Kew Gardens Hills is pleased to announce that Rabbi Shmuel Goldin will be the guest speaker at its Annual Yom Hashoa Observance which will take place on Thursday, May 5 at 7:30 p.m. at the synagogue, 150-05 70th Rd. in Kew Gardens. Rabbi Goldin recently published a five volume set of studies on the weekly parsha. “Unlocking the Torah Text” is based on his numerous years of lecturing in school and synagogue settings and has earned wide popular and critical acclaim in the broader Jewish community. The event is sponsored by Dr. & Mrs. Paul Hartstein and Dr. & Mrs. Jeffrey Weintraub.