SPOTLIGHT OF THE WEEK – HAUNTED HOUSE, FRIDAY 10/16 (see below)
Cowboys & Coasts: The Music of Colombia
A double headliner evening featuring Grupo Rebolu, with traditional Afro-Colombian folk music that is rich in energy, history and danceability: Cumbia, Gaita, Tambora, Bullerengue, and more, and Cimarron performing the festive joropo, in a breathtaking program combining Andalusian, Indigenous Indian and AFrican roots, with harp, bandola, cuatro, bass, cajon, maracas and high-pitched voices. $16 /$10 members and students. Pre show members lounge at 7 p.m., show starts at 8 p.m. Flushing Town Hall, 137-35 Northern Blvd.
The Repressions Big Mental Fun Show
The Repressions (Astoria’s own art-therapy-funk-rock-vaudeville band) is playing a free show at The Quays Pub from 9 to 11:30 p.m. Special guest Ben Absurdo (philosophy-punk) opens the show. The Repressions will be playing their entire upcoming album plus at least one cartoon theme song. Audience members will get prizes, stickers, and serious love.
Noon to 3 p.m. at Victory Field in Forest Park, Myrtle Avenue and Woodhaven Boulevard. Arts & Crafts, Concerts, Dance, Festivals, Games, Kids, Theater, Seniors Free.
NYC Cupcake Run
The NYC Cupcake Run is a challenge in which participants aim to complete a 5k (3.1 mile) run while stopping to eat three cupcakes at checkpoints throughout the course. Registration includes an official race bib, an NYC Cupcake Run T-shirt, three cupcakes to be consumed during the race, a cupcake gift bag to be distributed following the race, and a free drink & BBQ lunch at Rocky McBrides after the race. The event will take place at Astoria Park from 11 a.m. to noon. Save $10 with discount code: FROSTING
COMMUNITY RECYCLING DAY
Sponsored by Councilwoman Elizabeth Crowley and Maspeth Federal Savings Bank. Electronic recycling, VIN-etching, paper shredding and more. Also, rain barrels will be given away on first-come, first-serve basis. 1 to 4 p.m., Maspeth Federal Savings Bank parking lot, 69th Street and Grand Avenue, Maspeth.
Pumpkin Etching Class
Come join us for a one of a kind Pumpkin carving workshop from noon to 3 p.m., at the Q.E.D. This hands on class will focus on the “etching” style of pumpkin carving. Master carver Adam Bierton will teach techniques used to create one of a kind designs that will send shivers down your spine. Learn tricks and treats to take your pumpkin carving skills to a whole new level. Each person enrolled will receive a pumpkin from one of our local farms to carve during class along with all the tools needed. You get to take your creation home with you. Cost includes materials (pumpkin to etch & take home plus the etching tools to use). Tickets are sold per person or per pair, if you and a friend want to share the tools and pumpkin. All skill levels welcome, beginner to advanced.Space extremely limited. Advance sign up mandatory. No walkups permitted.
Lord of the Bowies Trivia Battle & Book Party
Astoria hotspot Q.E.D. presents LORD OF THE BOWIES: Trivia Battle & Book Party in celebration of the man known as Ziggy Stardust a/k/a David Bowie. The event will be co-hosted by comedian Christian Finnegan (Chappelle’s Show, Best Week Ever) and Chris O’Leary, author of REBEL REBEL (Zero Books, 2015) the definitive Bowie travel atlas. Combining comedy, music and good ol’ fashioned pub trivia, LORD OF THE BOWIES will crown NYC’s biggest Bowie fan. From pansexual spaceman to blue-eyed soul man to elder statesman, all phases of Bowie’s career will be covered. Time to bone up on your Tin Machine!
In addition to the trivia bloodbath, LORD OF THE BOWIES will feature a short audio/visual presentation by O’Leary and some Bowie-related silliness from Finnegan. Space is extremely limited! Tickets are $10 and seating is general admission on a first come first served basis (like going to the movie theater). Tickets can be purchased online or in person at Q.E.D. 9:30 to 11 p.m.
Debut Novelists Tanwi Nandini Islam and Angela Flournoy in Conversation
Join debut novelists Tanwi Nandini Islam (Bright Lines) and Angela Flournoy (The Turner House) as they discuss notions of family, home, displacement, loss, and belonging to multiple geographies. The conversation will cover the ways in which the authors are navigating these themes through their literature. The discussion will take place at the Queens Museum, Flushing Meadows Corona Park, from 2 to 3:30 p.m.
FERTILE GROUND NEW WORKS SHOWCASE
Fertile Ground is a new works showcase for emerging and established artists now in its 10th season, producing the work of over 50 choreographers each year. This non-curated performance event features five or six choreographers each evening and includes a post-performance discussion with wine and cheese, with Guest Moderator Lise Brenner. The event will take place at the Green Space from 7 to 9 p.m. Featuring: Catherine Gallant/DANCE; Laura Neese/Lana Stafford; Nicolosi and Dancers River Valley Dance Project; Shiloh Hodges/Visceral Cartography; V.S. Kemanis with 96b, $12, 37-24 24th St., #301, Long Island City (718) 956-3037. Tickets are available at the door or online atgreenspacestudio.org/FertileGround.html
Repeater: A Little Show About Big Songs
Repeater is a talk show hosted by comedian and writer Evan Forde Barden where a special guest is invited to discuss that one song they’ll never forget. Co-hosted by Patrick Cartelli, each show features an interview with the guest, comedic segments, and a live performance of the guest’s song. Think “You Made It Weird” meets “VH1 Storytellers.” The event takes place at the Q.E.D from 7:30 to 9 p.m. Featuring special guests: Eliot Glazer (eliotglazer.com) and musical guest Mikki Hommel(mikkihommel.com). Lineups subject to change.
Senior Film Series: The Searchers
The Queens Museum presents The Searchers (1956), directed by John Ford, 119 min. Classic Western that follows John Wayne in his obsessive quest to recover his niece who was abducted as a child in an Indian raid. Also starring Jeffrey Hunter and Natalie Wood. A special invitation to seniors for this film series, which runs from 2 to 5 p.m. on Wednesdays at the Queens Museum’s second floor theater, Flushing Meadows Corona Park.