World’s Fair Anniversary Festival, Flushing Meadows
Corona Park, Sunday, 5/18 (see below).
QUEENS JAZZ ORCHESTRA
At Flushing Town Hall at 7:30 p.m., the Queens Jazz Orchestra will pay tribute to legendary musicians, Charlie “Bird” Parker and Dizzy Gillespie. There is going to be a pre-show discussion with the orchestra’s musical director, Jimmy Heath. The concert is dedicated to the memory of longtime FTH supporter, Paul Ash. Tickets are $40 for general admission, $32 for members and $20 for students. Call (718) 463-7700 for more information.
St. Mary Gate of Heaven School will present “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat” at 7:30 p.m. (also May 17) in the school gym, 101-20 105th St., Ozone Park. The show has a cast of 100 students from grades 1-8 and a support team of parents and alumni. Tickets cost $10.
105TH SALUTE TO MAGIC
The Society of American Musicians will come to Queens Theatre for their 105th annual salute to magic. Featuring Jay Scott Berry, Kamarr, Joe and Bronwyn Devlin and more, this magical performance cannot be missed. Tickets are $45 and the show starts at 8 p.m. Call (708) 760-0064 for more information.
CHILDREN’S ARCHAEOLOGY WORKSHOP
The Bayside Historical Society will hold a children’s archeology workshop from noon to 2 p.m. Attendees will get a chance to become a dirt detective in the new “Digging Up the Past” Archeology Room. The suggested age group is 4th through 6th grade. Admission is $8. Reservations are required. Call (718) 352-1548 to save your spot.
The Queens College Choral Society will hold a performance of Felix Mendelssohn’s “Elijah” from 7:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. in Colden Auditorium. The work is a musical portrayal of the life of this Old Testament prophet and miracle worker. The Queens College Choral Society, Queens College Choir, Women’s Choir and Orchestra will join forces in a performance that will include nearly 300 musicians. Tickets are $20. Student tickets are available for $5.
MAIFEST IN THE GARDEN
The Voelker Orth Museum will host its annual Maifest in the Garden from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. to celebrate the arrival of Spring. The evening will include music by Norman Curtis, food, drink and artwork. Admission for the evening is $30 and $25 for members. Voelker Museum is located at 149-19 38th Ave., Flushing. Call (718) 359-6227 for more information.
Maple Grove Cemetery will host a Victorian style wedding in honor of Jacob and Elisabeth Riis, who are buried at the same cemetery. Upon the arrival of the bride, the wedding ceremony will begin. The Bride and Groom will then lead attendees to a Wedding Reception at the Center. Tables will be resplendent with Victorian type food and refreshments for all to enjoy. It is scheduled to begin at 2 p.m.
WORLD’S FAIR ANNIVERSARY FESTIVAL
NYC Parks, in collaboration with Borough President Melinda Katz and Assemblywoman Margaret Markey, invite everyone to celebrate the 75th and 50th World’s Fair anniversaries getting underway at 1 p.m. at Flushing Meadows Corona Park. There will be tours of historic sites, displays of memorabilia, 50-cent rides on the carousel, food from around the world and international music and dance performances. The evening will be topped off by a fireworks performance.
ARTHUR SZYK, SOLDIER IN ART
Polish–Jewish Artist and activist Arthur Szyk was a well-known political illustrator whose anti-Nazi caricatures were widely published in U.S. during World War II. Dr. Steve Luckert, curator at the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum, will host a lecture on Szyk at the Holocaust Resource Center and Archives at Queensborough Community College. The free event begins at 1 p.m.
Flushing Town Hall will present “Ologunde,” a celebration of the Afro-Brazilian culture of Salvador, Bahia, through a diverse repertoire of music, dance and martial arts. Featuring Brazilians living in the U.S. and Brazil, the show starts at 2:15 p.m. Tickets for general admission are $12, $10 for members and $8 for children.
JUNIE B. JONES
TheatreworksUSA is bringing a new musical to Queens Theater, based on Junie B. Jones from the famous children’s book series. Kids will get a chance to see Jones go through many different experiences in first grade. The show takes place at 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. Tickets are $14. Call (708) 760-0064 for more information.
MASS IN F MINOR
The Oratorio Society of Queens will present its annual spring concert, featuring a performance of Anton Bruckner’s “Mass in F Minor” at 4 p.m. in the Queensborough Performing Arts Center in Bayside. This Queens institution will perform with its 125-plus member chorus under the direction of Maestro David Close with featured soloists Geraldine McMillian, soprano, Patricia Stevens, mezzo-soprano, Bruce Reed, tenor, Vaughn Fritts, bass-baritone, Guest Artist Jerry Korobow and with OSQ’s orchestra, the Orchestral Arts Ensemble of Queens. For more information, visit www.queensoratorio.org.
TASTE OF SUNNYSIDE
Dinner is served – along with much more, Tuesday evening in Sunnyside. Sunnyside Shines and Edible Queens present Taste of Sunnyside, a festival featuring the best of food and drink in Sunnyside. Items available for tasting include lobster mac & cheese, smoked meatballs, vegan mole poblano, and much more. Tickets are $30 for general admission, $60 for early entrance. For more information, call (718) 606-1800.
PS 101 in Forest Hills will celebrate its 100th anniversary. The School in the Gardens, PS 101Q is celebrating their momentous 100th birthday with events that gather school children, alumni, top educators and politicians together for a once-in-a lifetime trip to May 20,1914 – the day the school first opened its doors as a NYC Public School. It will begin at 8:30 a.m.
A group of writers from a Queens College creative writing class will host a reading series of original works written and edited in class from 7-8:30 p.m. at Astoria Bookshop, 31-29 31st St., Astoria. The event is free and is open to the public. For more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
ONCE ON THIS ISLAND
Students from JHS 189 in Flushing have put together a musical performance called “Once on this Island” for Flushing Town Hall at 6 p.m. Set in the Caribbean, this is the story of a peasant girl who brings together the people of her island through love and forgiveness. The free performance repeats on Thursday at the same time.
BEATLES TRIBUTE BAND
Liverpool Shuffle, a Beatles tribute band, will play at Resorts World Casino. They will play classics such as “Blackbird,” “I Wanna Hold Your Hand” and “Come Together.” The show is scheduled to start at 8 p.m.