Queensboro Dance Festival Opening
Meet members of the 26 participating companies and watch a 30-minute preview performance and a season overview video. The event kicks-off the 2018 tour that includes a vibrant array of genres including flamenco, hip-hop, tap, modern, cumbia, ballet, tango, jazz and Chinese lion dance in borough parks, streets and plazas. $5 suggested donation. 5 p.m. Queens Theatre, 14 United Nations Ave. S., Flushing Meadows Corona Park, http://bit.ly/2whM26c.
York College Arts Festival
This inaugural year features dance, music, art and theater. The festival runs through May 12. York College Performing Arts Center, 94-45 Guy R. Brewer Blvd., Jamaica, http://bit.ly/2K3a9aO.
Thursday Night Jazz Mix Series
Native Texan Sam Harris tickles the ivories. $10. 8 p.m. Jamaica Center for Arts & Learning, 161-04 Jamaica Ave., http://bit.ly/2FSmHPz.
“Bring It On: The Musical”
Tonya Pinkins, who co-starred with Gregory Hines in the Broadway play Jelly’s Last Jam, directs this musical. May 10 and 17 at 11:30 a.m., May 11 and 18 at 11:30 a.m. and 8 p.m., May 12 and 19 at 8 p.m. $25. Black Spectrum Theatre, Roy Wilkins Park, 177th Street and Baisley Boulevard, Jamaica, http://bit.ly/2oGkPUC.
The Caan Film Festival 2018
This annual series screens films by the Sunnyside-raised James Caan. Show times include The Godfather at 7 p.m. on May 11, Freebie and the Bean at 2 p.m. on May 12, Harry and Walter Go to New York at 4:30 p.m. on May 12, Funny Lady at 7 p.m. on May 12, Red Line 7000 at 3 p.m. on May 13, The Godfather at 6 p.m. on May 13, Thief at 7 p.m. on May 18 and 2 p.m. on May 20, Hide in Plain Sight at 4:30 p.m. on May 20 and 4:30 pm and Red Line 7000 at 6:30 p.m. on May 20. Museum of the Moving Image, 36-01 35th Ave., Astoria’s Kaufman Arts District, http://bit.ly/2jDQTFl.
World Premiere Tango-Flamenco Fusion
Music by Latin Grammy-winning bandoneón master Raul Jaurena and flamenco prodigy Diego Amador from Seville, Spain. Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m. and Sundays at 4 p.m. through July 1. Thalía Spanish Theatre, 41-17 Greenpoint Ave., Sunnyside, http://bit.ly/2KiHQGc.
Song Of The Trouvères
The early music ensemble Tenet plays lively tunes by French trouvères from the 12th and 13th centuries. Expect songs of courtly love with cheeky tales and eloquent odes. $15. 6:30 p.m. King Manor Music, 153-03 Jamaica Ave., Jamaica, http://bit.ly/2Ku6DHr.
It’s haircut time. This annual celebration includes sheep shearing demonstrations and fiber artists, who exhibit how wool is spun, woven, needle felted and dyed. Plus, crafts, plant sale, live music by country western band Savannah Sky, farmer tours, hayrides, colonial cooking demos and food trucks. $5. 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Queens County Farm Museum, 73-50 Little Neck Pkwy., Glen Oaks, http://bit.ly/2cScYMr.
Cemetery Walking Tour
Learn about the interesting and influential permanent residents. Walk through the Monument Park area and find out the meaning of the Victorian funerary symbols and monument styles. $15. 2 p.m. The Center at Maple Grove, 127-15 Kew Gardens Rd., Kew Gardens, http://bit.ly/2rlP8B9.
Spring Bird Walk For Beginners
Walk around marsh with Nancy Tognan, of the Queens County Bird Club, to look for ducks, coots, grebes, swans, geese and more. Free. 9:30 a.m. Alley Pond Environmental Center, 228-06 Northern Blvd., Douglaston, http://bit.ly/2wmWEAJ.
Jewish Music Through The Ages
Live music to celebrate the 70th anniversary of Israel’s founding and honor the many Jewish permanent residents. 4 p.m. Free with RSVP, $5 for walk-ins. The Center at Maple Grove, 127-15 Kew Gardens Rd., Kew Gardens, http://bit.ly/2rq0yDL.
Tomorrow’s Artists Today Showcase
Young prodigies on track for professional music careers play Liszt, Brahms, Mendelssohn and Sarasate. Musica Reginae’s Barbara Podgurski jams with the string players. 7:30 p.m. $20 or $10 for students. The Church-in-the-Gardens, 50 Ascan Ave., Forest Hills, http://bit.ly/2H3jgLr.
A talk about the founder of the Catholic Worker movement by writer and artist Geoffrey B. Gneuhs. In the late 1970s, he was the movement’s chaplain and gave the eulogy at Day’s funeral. He will talk about her life and important events that led to her conversion to Catholicism. $5. 1 p.m. Greater Astoria Historical Society, 35-20 Broadway, Long Island City, http://bit.ly/2wqOMhI.
“Opening for El Dorado/The New 49ers”
This installation celebrates the 49 percent of New York households that speak a language other than English. It consists of 100 colored infant sculptures, 49 of them painted gold. The show runs until Oct. 14. 5 p.m. Lewis H. Latimer House Museum, 34-41 137th St., Flushing, http://bit.ly/2ht6ciX.
Mexican Marimba Music
A fun and light-hearted program of traditional Mexican marimba music by Percussia. Watch three people play one marimba at the same time. 2 p.m. Queens Ozone Park Library, 92-24 Rockaway Blvd., http://bit.ly/2jHfBou.
Mostly Mozart Mother’s Day & Mo’ Concert
The Queensboro Symphony Orchestra celebrates Mother’s Day with Mozart’s “Jupiter Symphony (#41)” and his third “Horn Concerto.” The program includes the world premier of Paul Joseph’s “The Vanished Princess.” Admission is a free-will offering. 7:30 p.m. Mary’s Nativity Church, 46-02 Parsons Blvd., Flushing, http://bit.ly/2I3ArsS.
Taking inspiration from the exhibition “Miya Ando: Clouds,” which is on view through Aug. 19, participants in this drawing workshop investigate natural surfaces and forms. $20. 1 p.m. The Noguchi Museum, 9-01 33rd Rd., Long Island City, http://bit.ly/2HTGmV8.
Jackson Heights Orchestra
Sibelius, Beethoven and Haydn. 7:30 p.m. $10 suggested donation. St. Joseph Church, 43-19 30th Ave., Astoria, http://bit.ly/2FsrbQU.
Selected via an open call, the performers are poet Davidson Garrett, dancer Xiang Xu and soul musician Alfa Anderson. Free. 5:30 p.m. Queens Center, 90-15 Queens Blvd., Elmhurst, http://bit.ly/2wl1Rci.
Live Drawing With Models
Held on the second Monday of every month, artists practice with a series of quick and long poses while listening to music in a relaxing, non-judgmental environment. 6 p.m. Admission is $16 or $10 for students. Flushing Town Hall 137-35 Northern Blvd., http://bit.ly/2HVUZY5.
Blue Pipa: From Harlem To Shanghai And Back
Min Xiao-Fen’s compositions are inspired by Chinese folk, regional operas and Taoist music. The pipa master from Nanjing and her trio perform her new project “From Harlem to Shanghai and Back,” which reinterprets the work of legendary jazz trumpeter and composer Buck Clayton, Chinese composer Li Jinhui, Count Basie and Duke Ellington. 2 p.m. Queens Fresh Meadows Library, 193-20 Horace Harding Expressway, http://bit.ly/2wrt3Wy.
LIC Arts Open
Throughout the week, Astoria and Long Island City venues of varying size fill halls with every conceivable form of art work. On the final two days, from noon to 6 p.m., artists open the doors to their studios and welcome the public for a glimpse into their often private worlds. Free, http://bit.ly/2K0Ubhn.