SPOTLIGHT OF THE WEEK
FRIDAY 9/28-SUNDAY 9/30
Queens Hip Hop Festival
An art exhibition, panel discussions, workshops, and screenings. Various venues, but mostly at LaGuardia Community College’s E Building, 31-10 Thomson Ave., Long Island City.
The Black Image and Popular Culture
A presentation by Racquel J. Gates, author of “In Double Negative: The Black Image and Popular Culture,” on how reality shows such as “Basketball Wives,” comedians like Katt Williams, and movies like “Coming to America” portray African-Americans. Starts at 7:30 pm. Museum of the Moving Image, 36-01 35th Ave., Astoria’s Kaufman Arts District.
The Bacon and Beer Classic
More than 50 NYC restaurants serve original bacon dishes and time-honored favorites with samples of more than 100 craft beers. Also, play giant Jenga, bob for bacon, pose with friends in a famous tennis court, and learn how to make beer. Starts at Noon. $69 to $135. USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center, Flushing Meadows Corona Park.
Nrityagram Dance Ensemble
Members of this all-female Indian dance ensemble share a daily life of intensive training and meditation to bring to the stage compelling performances that are sensual and lyrical. Times: Sept. 29 at 8 pm; and Sept. 30 at 3 pm. $20-$42. Queens Theatre, 14 United Nations Ave. S., Flushing Meadows Corona Park.
Oktoberfest Flushing Style: Sauerkraut & Kimchi
An evening of warm hospitality and lively entertainment, served up with home-cooked fare and tasty brew. An outdoor grill serves hearty German-American cuisine alongside Korean-American dishes, uniting two culinary traditions that feature pickled cabbage. Starts at 5:30pm. $35. Voelker Orth Museum, 149-19 38th Ave., Flushing.
Breast Cancer Awareness Lunch
Buffet, complimentary umbrella, races, and trackview seating at Belmont Park. First post at 12:30 pm. $50, funds support breast cancer research at the NYU Winthrop Hospital Breast Health Center. Belmont Park, 2150 Hempstead Turnpike, Elmont.
Jazz Icons Tour
The Corona-East Elmhurst Historic Preservation Society presents a tour of the former and current residences of the jazz icons who made their homes in Corona and East Elmhurst. Starts at 11 am. Queens Library’s Langston Hughes Branch, 100-01 Northern Blvd.
Sunnyside Post Mile
A one-mile friendly race that raises funds for Sunnyside Community Services. Ceremony at 9:30 am. Open race and kiddy race follow. $10. Begin at Lou Lodati Park, 43rd Street and Skillman Avenue.
Lonesome Traveler: The Roots of American Folk Music
Experience the enduring power and popularity of American folk music with the acclaimed musical that tells the story of an ever-changing America with special guest Noel Paul Stookey of Peter, Paul & Mary. Starts at 3pm. $42-$35. Queensborough Performing Arts Center, 222-05 56th Ave., Bayside.
It Can Happen Here: Episode One
A dramatic comedy with songs written and conceived by Queens Council on the Arts grantee Judith Sloan. Two hairdressers, one black, one white, embark on a new dream. They follow their passion for singing and nurturing a compassionate community amid a national political climate of chaos, hate, and autocracy. They reveal stories of their customers, family members, and neighbors, including a DACA recipient, immigration lawyer, and older man who lost everything in Hurricane Sandy. Starts at 7:30 pm. Free. Jamaica Performing Arts Center, 153-10 Jamaica Ave.
Body-Based Opening Reception for Complicated Territory
The show, which runs until Dec. 16, was curated by Bridget Donlon. It features pieces by Alex McQuilkin, Erin M. Riley, and Martha Tuttle and encompasses a variety of media, including painting, drawing, installation, and embroidery. Starts at 2 pm. Dorsky Gallery, 11-03 45th Ave
College Point/Poppenhusen Institute Walking Tour
A guided tour that looks at the legacy of rubber manufacturer Conrad Poppenhusen, the “father of modern College Point.” It includes artwork by sculptor Hermon MacNeil, large mansions on odd plots, and McNeil Park. Starts at noon. Meet at College Point Boulevard and 14th Road. $15-$20.
Long Live the Village Voice Film Section
A panel discussion featuring former Village Voice employees and other film experts. Starts at 7 pm. Museum of the Moving Image, 36-01 35th Ave., Astoria’s Kaufman Arts District.