Smokey Bear’s 70th Birthday on Saturday, 8/9 at
Alley Pond Park from 12-3 p.m (see below).
RURAL ROUTE FILM FESTIVAL
This weekend at the Museum of the Moving Image, the Rural Route Film Festival showcases international films on the unique people and places found far outside urban areas. Film screenings will be accompanied by live world/folk music, and by food from guest chefs. Tickets are $10 for the public and free for museum members. For more information, call (718) 777-6888.
Dean Scala and DJ Soul Sonic will perform at Resorts World Casino as part of their weekly weekend kickoff series. The live band plays between 7 p.m. and 10 p.m., the DJ and dancers then come on at 11 p.m. and finish at 2 a.m. Resorts World Casino is located at 110 Rockaway Blvd. in South Ozone Park.
Grace Episcopal Church in Whitestone will present an art show featuring local artists, including Adam Hardy, Blanche Isabella, Ann McLoughlin and Dasha Bazanova from 7-10 p.m. at the church, 14-15 Clintonville St. The free event will include refreshments and live music.
St. Gregory’s Theatre Group will present “Godspell, 2012 Broadway Revival” as part of the theater’s 35th year. Showtimes include Aug. 8-9, 13-16 at 8 p.m. and Aug. 10 and 17 at 2 p.m. at the St. Gregory’s Gregorian Hall, Cross Island Parkway and 87th Avenue in Bellerose. Tickets cost $18 for adults, $15 for seniors and $7 for children. For information, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call (718) 989-2451.
‘BYE BYE BIRDIE’
The JC Players will present “Bye Bye Birdie” with an opening show at 8 p.m. at the Glendale-Maspeth United Methodist Church, 66-14 Central Ave., Glendale. A second show will take place at 8 p.m., Aug. 9. The show will then move to the Community United Methodist Church, 75-27 Metropolitan Ave., Middle Village for shows at 3 p.m., Aug. 10, 8 p.m., Aug. 16 and 3 p.m., Aug. 17. Tickets cost $18 or $15 for children and seniors (Sunday matinees only). For information, call (718) 894-8654.
Celebrate the 50th anniversary of the 1964-65 World’s Fair at the New York Hall of Science. Learn about the different technologies and advancements made in the past 50 years in the water. Ocean cartoons, building rafts and an ocean exploration table will be part of the fun during this event from noon to 4 p.m. Free with NYSCI admission. To learn more, call (718) 699-0005.
The New York Arm Wrestling Association will present the 37th annual Queensboro Arm Wrestling Championships at Cheap Shots Sports Bar, 149-05 Union Tpke., Flushing, beginning at 1 p.m. For information, call (718) 544-4592 or visit www.nycarms.com.
Come see an evening concert at Trans Pecos in Ridgewood. The following four bands will be performing: Starchild, Lord Raja, Heathered Pearls and Tallesen. The show is scheduled to begin at 8 p.m. Trans Pecos is located at 915 Wyckoff Ave. in Ridgewood.
ONE-ACT PLAYS FESTIVAL
Theatre By The Bay, the community theatre group of Bay Terrace Garden Jewish Center, will hold a series of public readings of original plays by emerging playwrights. Starting at 1 p.m., the performance will feature six different readings from comedies, mysteries, dramas and more. The event costs $10. Bay Terrace Garden Jewish Center is located at 13-00 209th St., Bayside. Call (718) 428-6363.
Brian Clayton and The Green River Band will play a free concert at Flushing Town Hall at 2 p.m. Influenced by Tim McGraw, Keith Urban, John Mellencamp and Creedence Clearwater Revival, the band blends modern contemporary country music with today’s commercial pop rock sound. Flushing Town Hall is located at 137-35 Northern Blvd.
FULL MOON DRUMMING
Join Flushing Town Hall for a drum circle in its garden with master drummer, Babloe Shankar. The workshop begins on Indian tabla drums and other percussive instruments, followed by a jam with the entire group. Drums are provided. All are welcome, from beginner to professional. The event begins at 7 p.m. Tickets are $25 for general admission and $20 for members. Call (718) 463-7700 for more information.
LIVE MUSIC AND FUNDRAISER
LIC Bar on Vernon Boulevard is putting on a show for a good cause. A fundraiser for animal rescue with live music kicks off at 7 p.m. Rocking the bar will be Red Handed Jill, the Wendy Hackett Group, the Elsa Nilsson Quintet and Stephen Badcock. For more information, call (718) 786-5400.
Atlas Park hosts its weekly kids show and concert on the lawn outside the shopping center. The kids show runs from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m., then the concert will begin after that. Zongo Junction will be the group performing. Atlas Park Mall is located at 80-00 Cooper Ave. in Glendale.
Dynamic female vocalist JayCee will perform songs from some of the country’s most popular divas. She will cover Barbra Streisand, Bette Midler, Celine Dion and others at two branches of the Queens Library. You can catch her at the Briarwood Library from 2 p.m. to 3:15 p.m. on Tuesday. On Thursday, Aug. 14, she will sing at the Mitchell-Linden Library from 2:30 p.m. to 3:45 p.m.
COME TO THE CABARET
Take a trip down memory lane at the Whitestone Library with singer Diana Templeton, who performs all-time favorites from her 27 years in cabaret, including “Hold Me, Thrill Me, Kiss Me,” “Teach Me Tonight” and more. The performance will run from 3 p.m. to 4 p.m. Call (718) 767-8010 for more information.
Bon Journey, a Bon Jovi Tribute band, will play Resorts World Casino beginning at 8 p.m. The band is playing the casino as part of its Wednesday tributes series it hosts every Wednesday.
Head out to Flushing Meadows Corona Park near the Unisphere for this free, weekly presentation of live music, dance and film, hosted by the Queens Museum. For this week’s show, celebrate the sights and sounds of Cuba, with a performance by The Cimarron Project and a screening of the film, “Habanastation.” The event runs from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. For more information, call (718) 592-9700.
Come see a performance at this Ridgewood-based bar while enjoying a cold beer. The show will run from 9 p.m. until 11 p.m. Queen’s Tavern is located at 6869 Fresh Pond Road in Ridgewood.