Opening for GIF Elevator
A panel discussion kicks off this six-artist exhibition, which will run for a year. In the exhibit, four-screen moving-image installations will include work by Mr. Div (Matt DiVito), Dain Fagerholm, Render Fruit (Clara Luzian), Lorna Mills, Paul Robertson, and Rafia Santana. 7 p.m., Museum of the Moving Image, 36-01 35th Ave., Astoria’s Kaufman Arts District, http://bit.ly/2rpl5tS.
René McLean Quintet
Enjoy an outdoor concert led by a world-renowned saxophonist, composer, band leader, educator and producer. Free, 6:30 p.m., Socrates Sculpture Park, 32-01 Vernon Blvd., Long Island City, http://bit.ly/2rHDNwA.
Porphyra: A Grecian Rock Opera
Vladimir—of Russia—and Byzantium’s Anna Porphyrogenita are in love. The Greater Flushing Chamber of Commerce presents this three-show extravaganza by the Dena Stevens Dance Project. Performances will be held on June 2 at 7 p.m. and June 3 at 4 p.m. and 8 p.m. Tickets are $25 or $20 in advance. Flushing Town Hall, 137-35 Northern Blvd., http://bit.ly/2s0FIZO.
A Mexican Affair
An evening of food, music, candid stories and spicy romance, created and performed by Rafa Reyes with arrangements by musical director Felipe Fournier. $25, 9:30 p.m., The Paper Factory Hotel, 37-06 36th St., Long Island City, http://bit.ly/2qoaQli.
International Music Festival
This festival will include outdoor shows, chats with the performers and a main concert at 9 p.m. The festival begins at 1 p.m. Jamaica Performing Arts Center, 153-10 Jamaica Ave., http://bit.ly/2r56K2Q.
The Arrogant Swine provides Carolina-style barbecue for this pig roast. Attendees can snack on pulled pork with all the fixin’s for hours and hours. Noon, Nowadays, 56-06 Cooper Ave., Ridgewood, http://bit.ly/2rZkYCw.
LIC Post Waterfront 5K
More than 1,000 harriers are expected for this fun run, which raises funds for the Hunters Point Parks Conservancy. A children’s dash takes place right after the 5K. 8:30 a.m., Starting line is Center Boulevard and Borden Avenue, Long Island City, http://bit.ly/2nD6Sat.
Concert for the Environment
Gathering Time is a head-turning, folk-rock harmony band akin to a high-energy Peter, Paul and Mary or a co-ed Crosby, Stills and Nash. $20, 7:30 p.m., Alley Pond Environmental Center, 228-06 Northern Blvd., Douglaston, http://bit.ly/2pFH10b.
Catch up-and-coming artists who identify as LGBTQ. They were selected via an open call for all disciplines, including music, dance, poetry, theater and performance art. Free, 5 p.m., 78th Street Plaza, adjacent to Travers Park on Northern Boulevard, Jackson Heights, http://bit.ly/2qKNCtf.
Horseshoe Crabs of Long Island Sound
Alley Pond Environmental Center board member Bill Nieter leads a morning hike during the new moon tide to observe the annual ritual of horseshoe crab mating. Stroll along the shoreline to observe these prehistoric creatures, while exploring intertidal zone habitats. Free, 10 a.m., Alley Pond Environmental Center, 228-06 Northern Blvd., Douglaston, http://bit.ly/2s4EgFI.
Mariel Pacific Concert
Enjoy forgotten musical treasures and light refreshments during this concert at Maple Grove Cemetery. Free, 5 p.m., Maple Grove Cemetery, 125-15 Kew Gardens Rd., Kew Gardens, http://bit.ly/2rpK5Bi.
Watch a 1942 romantic war drama based on an eponymous 1940 novel. The film shows how World War II touches the life of an unassuming housewife in rural England. Discussion afterward. Free, 1 p.m., Greater Astoria Historical Society, 32-20 Broadway, LIC, http://bit.ly/2qkpPRo.
Soundtrack of War: The Last Poets, Rebel Diaz, and HaStyle
These headliners share their perspectives through music and conversation. Stay after the concert for Flamenco, music and peace/protest workshops. 1 p.m., Queens Museum, NYC Building, Flushing Meadows Corona Park, http://bit.ly/2qXhe5Y.
This South Africa native mixes djembe drums, percussion, acoustic guitar, bass, vocal clicks, call-and-response and dance for a family-friendly performance. 2 p.m., New York Hall of Science, 47-01 111th St., Corona, http://bit.ly/2qXbJEh.
We Run For Hope 5K and 10K Run/Walk
Compete, build awareness for cancer and raise money for SHARE, a nonprofit that fights the disease and supports those who suffer from it. 9 a.m., starting line is at the north end of Meadow Lake in Flushing Meadows Corona Park, http://bit.ly/1W7AkRq.
Attendees will find thousands of books across most genres. Many items cost $1 or less. 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., The Towers, 34th Avenue between 80th and 81st streets, Jackson Heights.
“The Gambler” With James Toback In Person
The culminating event in the James Caan series is a special screening of “The Gambler” with screenwriter James Toback in person. 7 p.m., Museum of the Moving Image, 36-01 35th Ave., Astoria’s Kaufman Arts District, http://bit.ly/2qs2Rmp.
Cookbook Talk, Swap And Exhibition
This event is on the last weekend of the exhibition “Feeding the Family: 20th Century Cookbooks.” Historian and curator Kelsey Brow discusses cookbooks produced by companies from 1900 through the 1930s, exploring the gendered history of how these tomes were made and used. $5 suggested donation, 1 p.m., Voelker Orth Museum, 149-19 38th Ave., Flushing, http://bit.ly/2qK15lt.
Almost Home: Between Staying And Leaving A Phantom Land
This tour will be led by Dorsky Gallery curator Shlomit Drorand and artists Daniel Greenfield-Campoverde, Ayesha Kamal Khan, Dana Levy and Karina Aguilera Skvirsky. Free, 3 p.m., Dorsky Gallery, 11-03 45th Ave., Long Island City, http://bit.ly/2r6nl8p.
Rikers Island Lecture
Thomas McCarthy, a retired city Corrections Department director and former spokesman for the Queens district attorney’s office, presents the island’s history from the New Amsterdam era to modern times. He gives a perspective on the current campaign to close the jail complex. Afterward, Executive Director Bob Singleton leads an open forum on the island’s future. $5, 7 p.m., Greater Astoria Historical Society, 32-20 Broadway, Long Island City, http://bit.ly/2r6o3m9.
Astoria Park Carnival
Queens families will find food, entertainment, rides and thrills at this Astoria carnival, which will run through June 11. Astoria Park, 100 Hoyt Ave., http://bit.ly/2rHFpq0.
Open Mic: Fathers
Held the first Thursday of each month and hosted by poet and storyteller Bobby González, Open Mic is for poets, storytellers, free style rappers and emerging artists of all ages. Speakers need not follow each month’s suggested theme. Free, 6 p.m., Flushing Town Hall, 137-35 Northern Blvd., http://bit.ly/2rLGsl8.
This event is part of an ongoing weekly program of games, crafts and activities. This Thursday features salsa lessons and performances by Thalía Spanish Theatre. Free, 3 p.m., Bliss Plaza, 46th Street and Queens Boulevard, Sunnyside, bit.ly/2pCVbT4.
Bird Walks with NYC Audubon
On June 3, attendees can spot and identify creatures of flight with experts. This is the final in a five-week series. Free with admission, 9:30 a.m., Queens Botanical Garden, 43-50 Main St., Flushing, http://bit.ly/2qJpKmZ.