Celebrate Queens Farm, Queens County
Farm Museum, Sunday, 5/4 (see below).
The Aaron Copeland School of Music will present a concert highlighting the chamber music of Edward Smaldone. Taking place at 7:30 p.m. in LeFrak Concert Hall at Queens College, the free show will feature “A Certain Slant of Light,” “Duke/Monk” and other selections from Smaldone’s 40 years at the school. There will be a reception in the atrium after the concert.
CINCO DE MAYO FESTIVAL
Flushing Town Hall will celebrate Cinco de Mayo with a festival starting at 12:30 p.m. There will be a piñata-making workshop with Aurelia Fernandez, a Mexican music and dance workshop with Ramon Ponce Jr. and Mariachi Real, and much more. Tickets are $15 for general admission, $12 for children and $10 for member children. Flushing Town Hall is located at 137-35 Northern Blvd.
COMPOSTING IN THE CITY
Join the Queens Botanical Garden to learn the essentials of outdoor composting in city yards. Leaves, kitchen scraps, garden trimmings and weeds can all become garden gold through composting. Registration is required. Email firstname.lastname@example.org or call (718) 539-5296. The workshop fee is $5 per person. It runs from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.
American stand-up comedian, writer and actor Mario Cantone brings his celebrity impersonations and hilarious musical impressions to the Queensborough Performing Arts Center at 8 p.m. Best known as Anthony Marantino in the HBO series, “Sex and the City,” Cantone’s fast-paced and energetic style will have the audience in stitches. Tickets are $40. For more information, call the box office at (718) 631-6311.
The beauty, passion and sensuality of tango will take center stage at Flushing Library with Argentine dancers El Polaco and Malena and the melodic guitar and vocals of Horacio Laguna. The event runs from 1:30 p.m. to 2:45 p.m. The library is located at 41-17 Main St.
FREE COMIC BOOK DAY
Local comic book shops throughout Queens will host events for Free Comic Book Day, with comic book publishers producing more than 50 free books to hand out to kids of all ages. To find a participating location, visit www.freecomicbookday.com/storelocator.
LABOR OF LOVE
The performance “Labor of Love,” created specifically for the Noguchi Museum by performance artist Ernesto Pujol and sculptor Lesley Dill, is a celebration of all creation in the spirit of Japanese sculptor Isamu Noguchi. Pujol and Dill, facing each other on identical tables in the Museum gallery, will draw on long Japanese paper scrolls, switching places every half hour. The performance will be ongoing throughout the day, from 11:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. No registration required. For more information, call (718) 204-7088.
CELEBRATE QUEENS FARM
Enjoy the springtime season with a celebration of the Queens County Farm Museum, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Watch sheep shearing and spinning demos, take a hayride, go on a farmer-led tour, check out the community compost program and pick up vegetable and flower seedlings at the spring plant sale. Enjoy live music by Savannah Sky. Admission is $5 per person.
ELENA MOON PARK
Korean-American mandolinist, violinist and ace trumpeter Elena Moon Park will perform a free concert at Flushing Town Hall at 1 p.m. Park mixes Asian languages with English in Japanese sea shanties, Tibetan jump-rope rhymes, Korean harvest sing-alongs and Taiwanese train songs. For more information, call (718) 463-7700.
MOTHER’S DAY LUNCHEON
Queen of Angels will hold a Mother’s Day luncheon in the auditorium, 44-04 Skillman Ave., Sunnyside. The event will include a hot buffet lunch, along with raffles and door prizes. Tickets for adults cost $15 and tickets for children under 12 years old cost $5. Tickets are available at the rectory office. No tickets will be available the day of the event.
THE NAZI OFFICER’S WIFE
The Kupferberg Holocaust Resource Center at Queensborough Community College is screening “The Nazi Officer’s Wife: How One Jewish Women Survived the Holocaust” at 1 p.m. Based on the memoir by Edith Hahn-Beer, it tells the story of a Viennese law student, a “Christmas–tree Jew,” with a gentile boyfriend. In 1942, to avoid deportation to a concentration camp, she was living under a friend’s Christian name in Munich and later met and married Werner Vetter, a Nazi party member drafted into the Wehrmacht. The center is located at 222-05 56th Ave., Bayside.
Central Queens Y will present a workshop on fundamental photography techniques to get you started with manual settings on a digital camera. The course runs from 1:30-2:30 p.m. and is free for CQY members, $3 for non-members. To register, call (718) 268-5011, Ext. 160 or visit www.cqy.org/registration.
ART TO FIGHT SEXISM
Starting May 2 at Radiator Arts in Long Island City, the all-female artist group Eyesplice Collective will be exhibiting “Practical Feminism,” a collection of performance art that demonstrates how individuals deal with feminism, cope with sexism, or inverts sexist tropes. For more information, call (347) 677-3418.
FIT Theatre Ensemble will present Naomi Iizuka’s “Polaroid Stories” at the Secret Theater this weekend. The 1997 play blends classical mythology with interviews of real life street kids, creating a dynamic, multi-dimensional illustration of urban life on the edge. Tickets are $10. For more information, call (718) 392-0722.
MAKING A STAGE FROM THE STREETS OF LIC
Starting May 1, five dancers from the French group les gens d’Uterpan will perform “Topologie,” dancing in the streets and public space of Long Island City. Anonymous and without costume, they will interact with their surroundings repeatedly for 10 straight days. Free and open to the public. For more information, call the Chocolate Factory, (718) 482-7069.
THE WORLD COMES TO QUEENS
This summer, the Museum of the Moving Image will remember the Queens World’s Fairs of 1939 and 1964 – their optimism, patriotism and commercialism. “The World Comes to Queens: Films from the 1939 and 1964 World’s Fairs” is screening from April 30 to August 31. Tickets are $12 for general admission, $9 for senior citizens and students and $6 for kids. For more information, call (718) 784-0077.