SPOTLIGHT OF THE WEEK – HAUNTING HISTORIES & LEGENDS OF ASTORIA: THE LIFE and AFTERLIFE OF RUDOLPH VALENTINO, SUNDAY 10/25 (see below)
“BROADWAY AROUND THE WORLD”
Newly created community theater group Royal Star Theatre presents “Broadway Around the World.” Performances will take place at the immaculate Conception School Auditorium, 179-14 Dalny Rd., Jamaica Estates. Parking is available. Friday and Saturday night shows start at 8 p.m., Sundays they start at 2 p.m. There is a $15 suggested donation. For more information call (718) 428-8681, email email@example.com or visit royalstartheatre.org
MONSTER – OPHELIA THEATRE GROUP
A new play, set in 1816, the year without summer, at the home of Lord Byron, where the poet is joined by an intimate circle consisting of Mary Godwin, Percy Shelley, Mary’s half-sister Claire, and Byron’s personal doctor, John Polidori. During their confinement in this Swiss mansion, the characters’ massive emotions and intellects collide to produce legendary poetry, literature, conflict, catharsis, and discovery. The event is located at Ophelia Theatre. 21-12 30th Rd., Astoria. 8 p.m. Runs Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays: through Nov. 9.
NYC Parks is committed to serving athletes of all abilities. The Citywide Wheelchair Flag Football League takes place across the city every fall. The league welcomes all persons with disabilities who use wheelchairs to take part in instructional drills, strategy, and game play. 4 to 7 p.m., Victory Field, Forest Park, Myrtle Avenue and Woodhaven Boulevard.
THE IMPORTANCE OF BEING EARNEST
Titan will open its third full season with Oscar Wilde’s comedic masterpiece “The Importance of Being Earnest.” Two bachelor friends, the adorable dandy Algernon Moncrieff and the utterly reliable John Worthing, lead double lives to court the attentions of the exquisitely desirable Gwendolen Fairfax and Cecily Cardew. The gallants must then grapple with the riotous consequences of their deceptions, and with the formidable Lady Bracknell. Saturday at 7 p.m. and Sunday at 4 p.m. at the Queens Theatre, 14 United Nations Ave. in Flushing Meadows Corona Park. To make a reservation visit queenstheatre.org.
Bring your friends and family to Socrates’ annual Halloween Harvest Festival. Make your own costume with Socrates artists; listen to live music; enjoy a special art-making workshop with Free Style Arts Association; get your face painted by Agostino Arts; try harvest foods from local restaurants; and enter your dog in our ever popular, Annual Juried Canine Costume Contest! Free Admission. No Rsvp Required at the Socrates Sculpture Park from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Senator Addabbo and STARS Youth Center will sponsor the Pillowcase Project, in partnership with the American Red Cross. The event will teach children how to prepare for emergencies, such as a house fire, or natural disasters, such as a weather phenomenon. 3 p.m. at STARS, 8 Coleman Square, Howard Beach.
HAUNTING HISTORIES & LEGENDS
OF ASTORIA: THE LIFE AND
AFTERLIFE OF RUDOLPH VALENTINO
Rudolph Valentino was the first “Latin Lover” of the silent movies in the 1920s. He filmed many iconic pictures of the time including “The Sheik,” “Beyond the Rocks,” “Blood and Sand,” and “Monsieur Beaucaire,” which was filmed here in Astoria.
He stirred up controversy in his life and his after-life. His sudden death at the tender of 31 in Manhattan was a huge shock for his fans, many who lined the streets of New York to view his body at Frank Campbell’s Funeral Home. Many claimed to see his ghost, even here in Astoria.
Learn all about the life and afterlife of this complex and fascinating film star at this illustrated lecture from tour guide, writer and Astoria resident, Marie Carter.
Tickets are $10 and it will take place at the Q.E.D from 1:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.
ART IN THE GARDEN: CLOSING RECEPTION
Meet the artist Ross Barbera and enjoy one last look at his Landscape & Flower Paintings exhibit at the Queens Botanical Garden. The closing reception, from 2 to 4 p.m., is free with admission. For more information visit
14TH ANNUAL TOTTEN TROT AND FUN RUN
The Bayside Historical Society invites you to the 14th annual Totten Trot 5k Halloween Hustle Foot race and Fun Run, benefiting the educational programs, events, lectures and workshops fo the Baysisde Historical Society which reach children and adults from all areas of Queens and beyond. Particpating in the Totten Trot is a great way to support this NYC Landmark Officer’s Club, known as the «Castlle,» and it’s programs. Get in the spirit and run in costume! Check in starts at 7:30 a.m., race starts at 9 a.m. The cost is $35. To register visit nycruns.org or register on race day. Race begins at 208 Totten Ave., Bayside.
DVORAK’S NEW WORLD SYMPHONY
The Queensboro Symphony Orchestra, led by acclaimed maestro Dong-hyun Kim, returns to Flushing’s exquisite Mary’s Nativity Church. Classics to be performed are Dvorak’s famous New World Symphony, Suppe’s Light Calvalry Overture and a Trumpet Concerto by Hummel featuring soloist Ji Woong Kim. The performance is at 7 p.m. at St. Mary’s Nativity Church, 46-02 Parson’s Blvd., Flushing. Admission is free with a free-will offering.
SENIOR FILM SERIES: THE GOOD LIE
“The Good Lie” (2014), directed by Philippe Falardeau, 110 min. A group of young Sudanese refugees receive asylum in the US and seek help from Reese Witherspoon as an employment agency counselor. The film is part of a nine week series, which elaborates on themes including the pursuit of freedom, construction of narratives, and collision of cultures. Each movie is introduced by Mark Ethan Toporek, who also leads a post-screening discussion. The screening will be held at 2 p.m. in the second-floor theater of the Queens Museum in Flushing Meadows Corona Park and is free with suggested admission and open to the public (with a special invitation to seniors).
REPUBLICAN DEBATE WATCH PARTY
Join us for what is sure to be a hilarious viewing of the Republican Debate here at QED from 7:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. We will be screening the event “Mystery Science Theater 3000” style as comedians/ political commentators add their two cents over a microphone during the debate. Featuring pre-show comedyand debate commentary by: Frank Conniff (Mystery Science Theater 3000) John Fugelsang (Sirius XM, America’s Funniest Videos) & Myka Fox (Senior editor @distractify & freelance contributor for SNL Weekend Update)
MAKE ART AFTER DARK
Join Alley Pond Envrionmental Center for our first Make Art After Dark party. Evening includes artistic fun as you create a moon lit sky painting in 2 hours! Your artistic entertainer, Masa Katani from Creative Scene, will take you step by step through the process. This is not art school, it’s an art party! Make some memories and take home your creations. All supplies included. Refreshments compliments of Liza Lopez, chef at Tastee Vegan. Limited to 20 participants. The class goes from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. and the cost is $27 for members and $33 for non-members. APEC is located at 228-06 Northern Blvd., Douglaston (for GPS you may need to use Little Neck). To register visit alleypond.com.