SPOTLIGHT OF THE WEEK
A Whole Different Ball Game
The world’s first video game, Tennis for Two, debuted at the Brookhaven National Laboratory in 1958. For some, this was the beginning of the end. For others, it was just the beginning. This exhibition features 30 games that simulate tennis, football, track and field, basketball, baseball, and soccer and esports—multiplayer games that have developed their own professional leagues. The exhibit will run through March 10. Museum of the Moving Image, 36-01 35th Ave., Astoria’s Kaufman Arts District.
Federico y el Público
An adaptation of Federico García Lorca’s El Público (The Audience), which is based on true events of the life of the famous Spanish poet and playwright. In Spanish with English supertitles. Performances include Thursday, Friday and Saturday at 8 p.m. and Sunday at 4 p.m. Admission is $35 or $32 for students and seniors. Thalía Spanish Theatre, 41-17 Greenpoint Ave., Sunnyside.
Queensboro Dance Festival
At least six troupes perform on Thursday and Friday nights. The performance begins at 5 p.m. on both days Free, but $25 for VIP tickets. Hunter’s Point Park, 52-10 Center Blvd., Long Island City.
“Hamlet: What Dreams May Come”
A four-person cast presents this fast-paced version of a Shakespeare classic. Prince Hamlet seeks to revenge his father’s murder, but he must sacrifice his love, his life and, perhaps, his very mind to accomplish it. The show will perform through Sept. 30. Shows at 7:30 pm and 3 pm. The Secret Theatre, 44-02 23rd St., Long Island City.
World Premiere: A Voice Of The Voiceless
Queens Council on the Arts grant winner Landon Knoblock composed music incorporating the voices of homeless New York City youth. 7 p.m. Queens Theatre, 14 United Nations Ave. S., Flushing Meadows Corona Park.
Rooted in the tradition of “fiestas patronales” or town fairs common in rural villages across Latin America, this unique brass band from Lima presents Peruvian heritage and traditions through music and dance. Their performances encourage audience participation and dancing with contagious percussion and vibrant brass and winds. Cocktail reception at 6 p.m. Dance lesson at 7 p.m. The show begins at 8 p.m. Admission is $16 or $10 for students. Free for teens. Flushing Town Hall, 137-35 Northern Blvd
Four By David Lowery
The new movie The Old Man and The Gun features two stars who have been fixtures of American cinema for nearly 50 years: Robert Redford and Sissy Spacek. It also draws attention to its young director, David Lowery, and his style that stresses emotional intimacy and poetic realism. Lowery’s films that will be screened at the Museum of the Moving Image include St. Nick (with Pioneer) at 7:30 p.m. on Sept. 14, Pete’s Dragon at 1 p.m. on Sept. 15, A Ghost Story at 1 p.m. on Sept. 16 and The Old Man and the Gun at 8 p.m.
on Sept. 19. Museum of the Moving Image, 36-01 35th Ave., Astoria’s Kaufman Arts District.
Make a traditional chicken curry, a lentil soup and chai tea at Alley Pond Environmental Center. $31. 7 p.m. Alley Pond Environmental Center, 228-06 Northern Blvd., Douglaston.
Inner Mongolia Performing Arts Troupe
Celebrating the Inner Mongolian culture of the grasslands, these dancers and musicians bring their evocative and energetic performing arts to the stage. The sounds of long tone and Mongolian throat singing join the music of horse-head fiddles and the vibrancy of dance to bring ethnic Mongolian culture to life. Admission is $10, but free for students and teens. 1 p.m. Flushing Town Hall, 137-35 Northern Blvd.
NYC Honey Festival
This eighth-annual bonanza unites bees, beach, beers and bites. Activities include a bee marketplace, a honey-tasting competition, a costume contest, a honey-extraction demonstration and a chance to meet NYPD’s bee police officer. 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. The 106th Street Boardwalk, Rockaway Beach.
Viva La Comida Festival
Food, art and fun are everywhere in the vicinity of Roosevelt Avenue and 82nd Street in Jackson Heights. Noon to 7 p.m.
Queens Council on the Arts grant winner Neil Padukone performs a mashup of Indian and Latin music. 3:30 p.m. Free. Roosevelt Avenue and 82nd Street, Jackson Heights.
Hidden History Of Queens
Richard Panchyk, author of The Hidden History of Queens, discusses his book and shares amazing stories about the borough’s hidden and unexplored gems. 2:30 p.m. $5. Queens Historical Society, 143-35 37th Ave., Flushing.
Center Of Attention
Visitors are invited to engage in a conversation on Isamu Noguchi’s sculpture Brilliance, which is part of the permanent installation. 3:30 p.m. Free with admission. Noguchi Museum, 9-01 33rd Rd., Long Island City.
“Opening For Home Scar”
This solo show will be presented by Heather Simon, who is a Queens Council on the Arts grant winner. 2 p.m. RISE: Rockaway Institute for Sustainable Environment, 58-03 Rockaway Beach Blvd.
New Music Horizons
Classical composer Yui Kitamura and jazz composer Mark Wade, both of whom are Queens Council on the Arts grant winners, will hold a concert. 3 p.m. Flushing Town Hall, 137-35 Northern Blvd.
Autumn Rose Celebration
Photo sessions, arts-and-crafts, walking tours, watercolor workshop, family-friendly activities and a concert by highly respected Spanish singer/songwriter Marta Hernández (aka Mar Salá). Noon to 5:30 p.m. Queens Botanical Garden, 43-50 Main St., Flushing.
Opening Reception For Before Projection: Video Sculpture 1974-1995
This exhibition explores the connections between the current moment and the point just before video art was transformed by the entry of large-scale cinematic installation into the gallery space. The exhibition runs from Sept 17 to Dec. 17. 5 p.m. SculptureCenter, 44-19 Purves St., Long Island City.
“Star Tracks And Collapsar”
A modern dance performance fused with new media art will be presented by Yahui Lu, who is a Queens Council on the Arts grant winner. 2:30 p.m. Queens Museum, NYC Building, Flushing Meadows Corona Park.
Suicide Prevention Panel
TSINY hosts a suicide prevention panel discussion and provides resources. 10 a.m. at Queens Central Library, 89-11 Merrick Boulevard, Jamaica.
Birdsong And Vocal Learning
Ofer Tchernichovski’s Laboratory of Vocal Learning at Hunter College studies animal behavior and the dynamics of vocal learning and sound production. The professor will lecture at Alley Pond Environmental Center on how some birds learn to sing. 8 p.m. Free. Alley Pond Environmental Center, 228-06 Northern Blvd., Douglaston.