“World Fair,” Queens Museum, Sunday, 6/22 (see below).
Pianist, vocalist and actor Kenny Brawner will bring the music and story of Ray Charles to life at Flushing Town Hall. In “Kenny Brawner as Ray Charles,” Brawner will portray the legendary musician, leading a 12-piece orchestra and three vocalists. The songs are interwoven with tales from Charles’ life, including American social history, his battle with drugs and his triumphant return home to Georgia. The performance starts at 7 p.m. and costs $20. Tickets are $15 for members and $10 for students.
LGBTQ IMMIGRANT VOICES
Flushing Town Hall and Terraza 7 Cafe co-present a LGBTQ-themed concert meant to celebrate Pride Month and showcase the strength of the immigrant communities of Queens. Among the performances will be a headlining set by Mahina Movement, a trinity of women based in New York City. The concert kicks off at 7 p.m. Tickets are $10 for members and students, $15 for everyone else.
UNCLE YAO’S CHORUS
The Flushing Library will present a performance by Uncle Yao’s Chorus. Led by renowned Maestro Xue-Yan Yao and director Pei-ping Wang, this Queens-based choral group will offer the audience breezy, refreshing vocal pieces, both familiar and unfamiliar, from feature films from around the world. The free concert starts at 1:30 p.m. in the auditorium. Call (718) 661-1200 for more information.
SUMMER SOLSTICE CELEBRATION
New York Hall of Science will celebrate the start of summer with a family event for young children with autism. Between 1 p.m. and 4 p.m. in Rocket Park, autistic kids between the ages of 3 and 8 will explore classic summer activities with a science twist, create designs with sidewalk chalk paint, build a fort, plant a summer garden and much more. Tickets are $15 per family, including general admission and parking. For more information, call (718) 699-0005.
Queens Council on the Arts is opening up the newly designated Kaufman Arts District for its block party this Saturday. From 4 p.m. to 10 p.m., QCA will showcase artists including Sol Aramendi, Make Music New York and Audrey Dimola. Tickets are $35 and include all day access to artist activities and local eateries, admission to the Best of Queens Film Festivals screening, a signature festival cup and more. For more information, visit queenscouncilarts.org/qcablockparty.
From 5 p.m. to 8 p.m., channel your mystic energy and be creative in Solstice art-making workshops at Socrates Sculpture Park in partnership with Free Style Arts Association, Materials for the Arts, The Noguchi Museum and Queens Museum. The free workshop is offered in the park’s education area on a drop-in basis. For more information, call (718) 956-1819.
The Knockdown Center will host a car show starting at 10 a.m. The facility describes the event as a “full-spectrum look at the automobile as our nation’s long standing symbol of manifest destiny and superfluous ingenuity.” It will feature high-end custom and collectable cars. The center is located at 52-19 Flushing Ave. in Maspeth.
The Friends of Diversity Plaza / 37th Road Pedestrian Plaza will host Arts Festival 2014: Summer Solstice Celebration from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. at the plaza, located between 73rd Street and 74th Street in Jackson Heights. This event will feature free art workshops, music and outdoor art exhibitions to celebrate the Diversity Plaza, the local art scene and the arrival of summer.
Queens Museum will air “World Fair,” a short documentary that explores memory and amateur films through the 1939 New York World’s Fair. The film weaves together the memories of former fairgoers with vibrant archival footage and a textured original score, transporting viewers to the futuristic and hopeful realm of the fair. The screening starts at 3 p.m.
SENSATIONAL SAND PLAY
The Little Makers program at the New York Hall of Science will hold a workshop on sand play. Mix simple household ingredients to make a batch of moldable sand. The program runs from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and costs $8 per family, with paid general admission. Visit nysci.org/little-makers for more information.
CROCHERON PARK CONCERT
The Bayside Historical Society will hold a free, outdoor concert at Crocheron Park, on the sledding hill, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. The band, Something In Between, will play hits from the 1960s through today. Attendees are welcome to bring lawn chairs, blankets, and picnics.
UNMAPPING THE WORLD
The Queens Museum invites families to participate in this workshop led by Brazilian artist Clarissa Tossin. The “Unmapping The World” workshop is a physically dynamic and intellectually stimulating hands-on art making experience that collectively makes a new world map by charting individual or shared territories on a giant ball “planet” made of room–size clumped paper. The event is free and runs from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. To RSVP, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Aristan market in Ridgewood will feature more than 40 local vendors, food, alcohol, brunch and much more. There will also be live music at Gottscheer Hall’s stage. On this day, The Three-eyed Horseman and Feral Foster will perform during the festival. The festival will run from 11 a.m. until 5 p.m. Gottscheer Hall is located at 657 Fairview Ave. in Ridgewood.
CALLING ALL PINBALL WIZARDS
This Sunday, Creek & Cave holds its first annual pinball tournament. Games start at 12:30 p.m. and first through fourth places win cash prizes. Tickets are $10 during pre-sale and $15 day-of. For more information, call (718) 706-8783.
FILM FOR ALL
Tribeca Film Festival, AT&T and Rooftop Films will present “When Harry Met Sally” at 8:30 p.m. at Socrates Sculpture Garden as part of this year’s Film For All campaign. The movie, selected by voters in the campaign, will be screened at outdoor locations in all five boroughs.
The Woodhaven Cultural & Historical Society will hold their annual Penny Social Fundraiser at 1 p.m. at Emanuel United Church in Woodhaven. People who attend buy a sheet of tickets and bid on items by placing the tickets in the container next to the items they like. The event aims to raise money for the cultural and historical society.