New York Philharmonic
The New York Philharmonic will perform Antonín Dvořák, Leonard Bernstein and George Gershwin. The Queens Cartoonists, who perform music from classic and modern cartoons, and Slum Suit, a newly formed group mixing modern rhythms and Celtic melodies, will open the show. Fireworks light the sky afterward. Free, 6:30 p.m., Cunningham Park, 193rd Street and Union Turnpike, Fresh Meadows, http://bit.ly/2rTrAV2.
The two-time Academy Award-winning actor presents a one-man play about Clarence Darrow, the attorney who represented Tennessee high school teacher John Scopes in the 1925 Scopes Monkey Trial. The show performs on June 15 and 16 at 8 p.m. $59 and up. Arthur Ashe Stadium, USTA Grounds, Flushing Meadows Corona Park, http://bit.ly/2r5Za6x.
Hammers and Keys
The Jackson Heights-based Percussia and Musica Reginae’s pianist Barbara Podgurski plays composers with Queens connections, including “Cambiando Paisajes” by Charles Griffin; the shimmering “Not the Light, But the Fire That Burns” by Gilbert Galindo; the post-minimalist “Tight Sweater” by Mark Mellits; “Invocations to Vahakn” by Alan Hovhaness; and “Prisoners of the Image Factory” by Bob Becker. $20 general admission, $10 for students, 7:30 p.m., The Church-in-the-Gardens, 50 Ascan Ave., Forest Hills, http://bit.ly/2rbG3bY.
Ella Fitzgerald Celebration
Quintet of the Americas marks the 100th anniversary of the legendary singer’s birth with woodwind music by Duke Ellington, Louis Armstrong, George Gershwin, Charlie Parker and others. Free, 2 p.m., Elm-Cor Senior Center, 98-19 Astoria Blvd., East Elmhurst, http://bit.ly/1KIquhs.
LIC Art Stroll
The Long Island City Cultural Alliance organizes a tour of Socrates Sculpture Park and The Noguchi Museum. $12 general admission, $7 for seniors and students, 2 p.m., Meet at the main entrance to Socrates, 32-01 Vernon Blvd., Long Island City, http://bit.ly/2suwNn0.
QueensWay Spring Tour
This 2.2-mile guided walk tours the streets adjoining QueensWay, a public space around a former Long Island Rail Road branch that some members of the community want to convert into a public park. See the “before” condition and learn about the project’s history. Free, 11 a.m., Meet in Forest Hills. End in Forest Park, http://bit.ly/2s3kziL.
Seasoned professor/astronomer Mark Freilich explains the night sky using a telescope. In June, the red supergiant star Antares in the Scorpio constellation and the bright-ringed planet Saturn are visible. $10, 7 p.m., Alley Pond Environmental Center, 228-06 Northern Blvd., Douglaston, http://bit.ly/2s3urJi.
Civil War Re-enactment
The 67th New York, 1st Long Island Volunteers’ Company K and the Friends of Maple Grove Cemetery organize lectures on Civil War life, military drills, diet, medical treatment and other topics. Free, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., Maple Grove’s Victorian Administration Building, Kew Gardens Road Entrance, Kew Gardens, http://bit.ly/2tei2ld.
Mid Astoria Tour
A guided stroll through Astoria Village, the company town founded by Stephen Alling Halsey, and then along a Revolutionary Era pathway toward the heart of Astoria with a finish at the Greater Astoria Historical Society. $20, Noon, Meet in front of the Flatiron Building, where 27th Avenue, Astoria Boulevard and 21st Street intersect, http://bit.ly/2rb0PIF.
How a House Became a Museum
King Manor Museum Executive Director Nadezhda Williams explains how a group of pioneering women saved Rufus King’s home from destruction at the turn of the last century. See rare photographs of the museum’s early days. Free, 2 p.m., King Manor Museum, King Park at 153rd Street and Jamaica Avenue, Jamaica, http://bit.ly/2tdZphf.
Making History in NYC: Research, Archaeology, Material Culture Studies
The Bowne House Museum will present a fascinating lecture in an NYC landmark. $5, 1:30 p.m., Bowne House Museum, 37-01 Bowne St., Flushing, email@example.com.
Road to Freedom Paper Quilting
The Queens Historical Society offers a workshop on the Underground Railroad that informs attendees about secret messages that were encoded through patchwork quilts to guide slaves to freedom. Participants create paper quilts using authentic symbols and messages. Free, Noon, Socrates Sculpture Park, 32-01 Vernon Blvd., Long Island City, http://bit.ly/2sfIpd9.
International Children’s Festival
This Jamaica festival will offer mini golf, face painting, marching band, magic show, mariachis, student groups, workshops, music and gaming. The festival will be held on June 17 and 18 and runs from noon to 5 p.m. on both days. $5. Jamaica Performing Arts Center, 153-10 Jamaica Ave., http://bit.ly/2sV81tQ.
Father’s Day Virtual Reality Bike Ride with E.T.
The Museum of the Moving Image will host a screening of Steven Spielberg’s classic film with a workshop combining hands-on art-making with virtual reality. Families use clay and drawing materials to create 3D space creatures. 10:30 a.m. and 3 p.m., Museum of the Moving Image, 36-01 35th Ave., Astoria’s Kaufman Arts District, http://bit.ly/2te3r9x.
Quintet of the Americas plays new works commissioned in response to Hurricane Sandy and the concerns of the people living in the Rockaways. Free with admission, 2 p.m., Queens Botanical Garden, 43-50 Main St., Flushing, http://bit.ly/1KIquhs.
Lost in Shanghai
The Pan Asian Repertory Theatre offers a love story about a young man trying to make his fortune during war time in Shanghai in the 1940s. $10, 4 p.m., Flushing Town Hall, 137-35 Northern Blvd., http://bit.ly/2suECJJ.
Queens Pride 25th Anniversary Celebration
Sparked by a hate crime committed in Jackson Heights in 1990, Queens’ LGBT community launched a gay pride parade. The group celebrates its anniversary with a pop-up exhibit, the screening of a documentary on Julio Rivera, whose murder sparked the effort, and a panel discussion. 11:30 a.m., Queens Museum, NYC Building, Flushing Meadows Corona Park.
The Queensborough Theatre Project recreates a Weimar Era German cabaret, featuring songs from the musicals “Cabaret” and “The Threepenny Opera.” $45, 8 p.m.,The Letlove Inn, 27-20 23rd Ave., Astoria, http://bit.ly/2rjV1AV.
Queens Symphony Orchestra
The wind ensemble performs at the Kew Gardens Community Center. Free, 7 p.m. Kew Gardens Community Center, 80-02 Kew Gardens Rd., Ste. 202, http://bit.ly/1Ff8OVE.
Use of Space in Western Queens
Official Queens historian Jack Eichenbaum leads a tour of the historic districts in Sunnyside Gardens and Jackson Heights, plus Phipps Gardens, Matthews Flats and Metropolitan Life apartments and industrial buildings. Meet under the Sunnyside arch on 46th Street off Queens Boulevard. $20, 6 p.m., More info at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Salsa Warriors Dance Party
Groove to the Salsa Warriors. Enjoy a picnic on the surrounding lawns as the sun sets and the stars come out. Free, 7 p.m., The Unisphere, Flushing Meadows Corona Park, http://on.nyc.gov/2rnZbCI.
Better Birding Tips, Tools and Concepts
The Queens County Bird Club and professional wildlife guide George L. Armistead offer bird-identification strategies. Free, 8 p.m. Alley Pond Environmental Center, 228-06 Northern Blvd., Douglaston, www.qcbirdclub.org.