BRICK FEST LIVE (see below)
National Poetry Month Celebration
Learn about Poetry Month’s history, enjoy a featured reading by official Queens Poet Laureate Maria Lisella and participate in an open mic event. $4 suggested donation, 6:30 p.m., Greater Astoria Historical Society, 35-20 Broadway, Astoria, http://bit.ly/2nTkC0g.
Taking great use of poetic license, this version shows King Lear with Alzheimer’s disease. He divides his empire among his feuding children and wrestles with his mortality. The show runs through April 9.
Nightly show times are 7:30 p.m. with an extra matinee on April 9 at 2:30 p.m. $18 in advance and $20 at the door. The Secret Theatre, 44-02 23rd St., Long Island City, http://bit.ly/2mIPlJz.
Open Mic: Poetry and Jazz
This event is for poets, storytellers, freestyle rappers and emerging artists. The theme of the event focuses on poetry and jazz. Free, 6 p.m., Flushing Town Hall, 137-35 Northern Blvd., http://bit.ly/2nPtty8.
Horticulture Volunteer Day
Participants can help clean up the Queens Botanical Garden and learn gardening basics while working hands-on with the garden’s plants. Registration is required and participants must be at least 16 years old. Free, 1 p.m. Queens Botanical Garden, 43-50 Main St., Flushing, https://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2017/04/06/horticulture-volunteer-days
Global Mashup: Japan Meets Puerto Rico
Annette A. Aguilar and StringBeans presents a night of Puerto Rican jazz. Masayo Ishigure and the Miyabi Koto Shamisen Ensemble will perform traditional Japanese music with a jazz and classical twist. Each band plays a set, then the two meet and jam. $16 general admission, $10 for students and free for teens. The show begins at 8 p.m. Flushing Town Hall, 137-35 Northern Blvd., http://bit.ly/2nx0AVU.
Titan Theatre Company, an artist-in-residence, presents this Shakespearean comedy. A shipwreck leaves Viola with fears that her twin brother is dead. She ends up in a love triangle after masquerading as a man in her brother’s clothes in order to procure a job. The show runs through April 9. Performances include April 7 at 7:30 p.m., April 8 at 7:30 p.m. and April 9 at 4 p.m.) $18. Queens Theatre, 14 United Nations Ave. S., Flushing Meadows Corona Park, http://bit.ly/2n1AyLw.
BRICK FEST LIVE
The total LEGO experience with a derby, glow zone, architecture, pit and much more. Brick Fest Live runs through April 9. Free with admission to New York Hall of Science, located at 47-01 111th St., Corona, http://bit.ly/2o2SoQV.
The Spinners With Little Anthony and The Imperials
This up-tempo R&B group ruled the 1970s with “The Rubber Band Man” and performances with precision choreography. Little Anthony shows off his Doo Wop talent. Tickets range from $35 to $69, 8 p.m., Colden Auditorium, Queens College, 65-30 Kissena Blvd., Flushing, http://bit.ly/2o2DURb.
“In The Mood”
This musical is a celebration of the 1940s Swing Era. “In The Mood” features singers, dancers and the big band orchestra String Of Pearls. Tickets range from $35 to $40, 3 p.m., Queensborough Performing Arts Center, 222-05 56th Ave., Bayside, http://bit.ly/2nPHxrA.
A Poetic Celebration of Womanhood and Sisterhood
The poems of Muriel Yvonne Nickens will be accompanied by vocalist Linda Jones-Prince, pianist Jonathan Archer and dancer/choreographer Tina Atterbury. Free, 3 p.m., Douglaston/Little Neck Branch Library, 249-01 Northern Blvd., http://bit.ly/2nwVIjp.
LiVEART.US: International Transmedia Performances
This month’s program is an exploration in performance art through diverse manifestation of sound, spoken word and visual narratives. Participants are Polina Riabova (a Russian poet), Julia Santoli (an Italian multi-media and music artist), Joshi Radin (an American whose work includes video and photography), and Maryam Taghavi (an artist from Iran/Canada whose work includes photography, installation and video). 2 p.m., Queens Museum, NYC Building, Flushing Meadows Corona Park, http://bit.ly/2ou9sR8.
It’s My Park At Rosemary Playground
Drop by Ridgewood’s Rosemary Playground and help spruce it up. The event will also include craft activities. Participants should meet near the equipment area on the Woodward Avenue side of the park.
Free, 8 a.m., https://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2017/04/08/its-my-park-at-rosemarys-playground
NYRR Open Run: Astoria Park
This community-based volunteer-led event brings weekly runs to local neighborhood parks. The courses vary, but are typically between 2.5 and three miles long. Participants should arrive 15 minutes before the start of the run and leave their valuables at home. Open to all ages, experience levels, walkers, strollers and dogs. Free, 9 a.m., Astoria Park Track at Astoria Park, https://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2017/04/08/nyrr-open-run-astoria-park
“Chuck Berry: Hail! Hail! Rock ‘n’ Roll”
The Museum of the Moving Image will hold a tribute screening of a documentary that chronicles the 60th birthday party of the late Chuck Berry. It includes performances, interviews and backstage scenes. $15, 7 p.m., Museum of the Moving Image, 36-01 35th Ave., Astoria’s Kaufman Arts District, http://bit.ly/2o2J5Rc.
South Asian Food Walk
This event will include a guided tour to explore the food, spices and tastes of Tibet, Nepal, Bhutan, India, Bangladesh, Afghanistan and Pakistan. $57 (includes food but not beverages), 1 p.m. Meet at Dera Restaurant, 72-09 Broadway, Jackson Heights, http://bit.ly/2nwOsUF.
Spring Exhibitions Opening
The Queens Museum will host a performance by Marinella Senatore titled “Protest Forms: Memory and Celebration Part II,” which includes the debut of a Queens anthem and the participation of a variety of artists, including spoken word poets and a symphony orchestra. Attendees will be able to meet the creators behind the exhibitions, including the artists-in-residence. 3 p.m., Queens Museum, NYC Building, Flushing Meadows Corona Park, http://bit.ly/2ou9sR8.
Spring Film Series: “5 Fingers”
The Queens Museum’s eight-week series features dramatic and comedic films exploring issues such as national security and gender insecurity. Each movie has a post-screening discussion. Joseph L. Mankiewicz’s “5 Fingers” tells the story of the valet to the British ambassador to Ankara who sells British secrets to the Germans while attempting to woo a Polish countess during World War II. The remaining schedule includes Alfred Hitchcock’s “Notorious” on April 19, “Indiscreet” (1958) on May 3, “To Be or Not To Be” (1942) on May 10 and Billy Wilder’s “Some Like It Hot” (1959) on May 17. The screening begins at 2 p.m., Queens Museum, NYC Building, Flushing Meadows Corona Park, http://bit.ly/2nTg1eu.