Retrospectiva, Frank Sinatra School of the Arts, Tony
Bennett Concert Hall, Saturday, 5/31 (see below).
The Bayside Historical Society is going to hold a book signing of “Forgotten Queens” by Kevin Walsh. The Greater Astoria Historical Society will be on hand as well for this session and presentation that starts at 7 p.m. Wine and cheese will be available. The event costs $5 for BHS members and $8 for non-members.
Vocalist Diane Templeton will appear at the Glen Oaks Library for a nostalgic trip back to the great music of the 1920s to the 1960s, with such familiar tunes as “Shaking the Blues Away,” “Till I Waltz Again with You,” “The Best Is Yet to Come” and much, much more. The concert is free and runs from 2 p.m. to 3:15 p.m. The Glen Oaks branch is located at 256-04 Union Turnpike.
INTRODUCTION TO THE ENTERTAINMENT INDUSTRY
Join music legend and Video Music Box pioneer “Uncle” Ralph McDaniels in a conversation about his legendary career as an entrepreneur in radio, television, film and fashion. In collaboration with BulLion Entertainment. Queens Library for Teens, 2002 Cornaga Ave., Far Rockaway. 4 p.m.
Gabriela Granados presents “Retrospectiva,” a gala performance of Flamenco and classical Spanish dance with special guest dancers and musicians, 8 p.m. at the Frank Sinatra School of the Arts, Tony Bennett Concert Hall, 35-12 35th Ave., Astoria. Tickets cost $28, seniors $20 and $12 for students and children. For tickets and information, call (800) 838-3006 or visit www.retrospectiva.brownpapertickets.com.
The Pomonok Houses Resident Green Committee is holding RGC Palooza, a wellness fair, on the baseball field at PS 201 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The NYPD, Queens Botanical Garden, Queens College, Green City Force and more will be participating. PS 201 is located at 65-11 155th St., Flushing.
POP UP COFFEE SHOP
Weekends this summer, Lockwood’s backyard is transformed into the Secret Garden pop up coffee shop. Enjoy coffee, tea and pastries while perusing a special selection of plants and garden supplies, or just sit and relax on the comfy furniture. The shop will be open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more information, call (718) 626-6030.
Enjoy a cultural showcase at the Ayazamana Ecuadorian Cultural Center Children’s Program Spring Recital at Queens Museum. Students in the children’s dance and music programs will perform the various dances and songs they have prepared over the last four months. The free event will run from 3 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Call (718) 592-9700 for more information.
The Greater Astoria Historical Society will host a Book Extravaganza fundraiser from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at 35-20 Broadway, fourth floor, Long Island City. Hundreds of fiction and non-fiction books will be available, along with music, T-shirts and more. For information, visit www.astorialic.org.
VISUAL HISTORY OF HIP HOP
“Uncle” Ralph McDaniels, followed by performances by DIOS Music/BulLion Entertainment recording artist rapper Stereo H, aka @Hashim BING and up-and-coming hip hop artist Juanito Jones. Queens Library at Langston Hughes Library, 100-01 Northern Blvd., Corona, 2 p.m.
Join Legendary DJ Chuck Chillout and Award-Winning Turntablist GrandMixer DXT in a demonstration and discussion of the arts of sampling, DJ’ing, and turntablism. Queens Library at Langston Hughes Library, 100-01 Northern Blvd., Corona, 4 p.m.
The Poppenhusen Institute will hold a free concert to celebrate the 50th anniversary of The Beatles Invasion. Performed by the band Sessions, this show will take place in Mac Neil Park at 5 p.m. The rain site is the Poppenhusen Institute. Call (718) 358-0067 for more information.
Queens Theatre will present an adaptation of J.M. Barrie’s classic tale at 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. “Peter Pan” explores the journey of a group of children in turn-of-the-century London who use their imaginations to reenact the story of Peter Pan. This story empowers children to create their own world of make-believe. As the children fly to Neverland and escape the evil Captain Hook and Mr. Smee, they recognize the importance of friendship as well as the value of being part of a family. Tickets are $14. For more information, call (718) 760-0064.
FREE SUNDAY ARTS PERFORMANCES
This Sunday kicks off three weekends of free art at Salvatore LaRussa Dance Theater’s The Academy, showcasing six emerging New York City choreographers. The Academy is an education center with the mission of bringing arts instruction to the diverse income area. All performances begin at 5 p.m. and are free and open to the general public.
Pan Asian Repertory Theatre will present a staged reading of “A Dream of Red Pavilions” at Flushing Town Hall at 4 p.m.. The show is a world premiere adapted by Jeremy Tiang from the classic Chinese novel by Cao Xueqin and co-directed by Lu Yu and Tisa Chang. The story is set in 18th-Century China, where two beings from the heavenly kingdom are reborn on Earth as cousins Bao Yu and Dai Yu. They fall in love, but their union is forbidden by their elders, who favor a more suitable union. Tickets cost $10 for the general audience and $5 for members and students.
The Gingerbread Players of St. Luke’s Church will present the Broken Reed Saxophone Quartet, 3 p.m. in the St. Luke’s Sactuary, 85 Greenway South, Forest Hills. The group will be making its second appearance at St. Luke’s in a jazzy program of clever and fun music by Broken Reed founder Charley Gerard and Mike Mower. Gerard describes the group’s sound as “devious, witty, swinging tunefulness.” Suggested donation is $12, students and seniors $10. For information or to make a reservation, call (718) 268-7772 or visit www.gingerbreadplayers.org.
‘WE WOMEN DO IT BETTER!’
Back by popular demand, Thalia Spanish Theatre presents the hit comedy by Puerto Rican Playright Roberto Ramos-Perea. English performances take place for five weeks Fridays starting May 30 at 8 p.m. and Saturdays at 3 p.m. Spanish performances take place Saturdays at 8 p.m. and Sundays at 4 p.m. Thalia Spanish Theatre is located at 41-17 Greenpoint Ave., Sunnyside. Tickets cost $27, students and seniors $25. For tickets and more information, call (718) 729-3880 or visit www.thaliatheatre.org.