SPOTLIGHT OF THE WEEK: HONG KONG DRAGON BOAT FESTIVAL (see below)
LINCOLN CENTER’S ‘SHOW BOAT’
Queens Theatre is showing films of classic performances at Lincoln Center. This week, it’s “Show Boat,” a musical about the lives of performers, stagehands, and dock workers on a Mississippi River show boat. Free. Festival Lawn, Flushing Meadows Corona Park, 8 p.m.
FREE FIRST FRIDAYS
Held on the first Friday of each month, this activity includes a wine-and-beer cash bar, tours in Japanese and English, and “Center of Attention,” an extended conversation about a single work of art. Refreshments are free. Noguchi Museum, 9-01 33rd Rd., LIC, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Screened as part of the See It Big! Series, this Stanley Kubrick film is the legendary tale of an enslaved gladiator who becomes the beloved leader of a triumphant Roman slave revolt. $15. Museum of the Moving Image, 36-01 35th Ave., Kaufman Arts District. On Friday, it will start at 7 p.m., on Saturday, it will start at 6 p.m., and on Sunday, it will start at 3 p.m.
JCAL FIRST FRIDAYS
6:30 to 8:30 p.m. The JCAL First Friday Residency Series aims to provide an inviting and nurturing environment for artists in need of a platform to exhibit their work. Artists of all disciplines are welcomed to submit concepts of unfinished work to be refined at JCAL. Selected artists will receive a one-month free rehearsal or workspace and an opportunity to present on the first Friday of every month.
Join us this Friday for the following scheduled performances and presentations:
– 6:30 p.m.: Event Opening featuring jazz by Iris Ornig Jazz Band
– 7:15 p.m.: Okechukwu Okegrass Ofiaeli, visual artist-in-residence
– 7:30 p.m.: Performance by singer and songwriter KitaP
– 8 p.m.: Hilma Krla, visual artist-in-residence.
HONG KONG DRAGON BOAT FESTIVAL
More than 180 dragon boat teams compete in the water with traditional Chinese foods, music, dance, and martial arts on the shore.
The program on the Main Stage showcases the best regional multicultural artists and traditional music/dance from across the globe.
The ever popular Shaolin Monks return for performances on both days. The New York Daily News brings back the CASYM Steel Orchestra. Master Storyteller Jonathan Kruk joins us for the first time.
In addition, they have demonstrations of traditional Asian folk arts and crafts, booths staffed by sponsors and many community-based organizations. Enhanced food court offers several different ethnic cuisines. The sampling area has several new vendors this year.
Free. Meadow Lake in Flushing Meadows Corona Park, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Check out the world’s only state-of-the-art microscope facility housed in a solar-powered bus. Free with museum admission. New York Hall of Science, 47-01 111th St., Corona, noon to 4 p.m.
Screened as part of the See It Big! Series, this Charlton Heston flick follows an Egyptian army, commanded by British officers, that is destroyed in a battle in the 1880s. General Charles “Chinese” Gordon helms the effort to evacuate soldiers and defends the city of Khartoum against a rebel Arab leader (played by Laurence Olivier) and his army of zealots. $15. Museum of the Moving Image, 36-01 35th Ave., Kaufman Arts District. On Saturday, it will start at 3 p.m., and on Sunday, it will start a 7 p.m.
JAMAICA DANCE FESTIVAL
This festival presents professional companies on five consecutive Saturdays. On Aug. 6, the Abakua Afro-Latin Dance Company performs. Free. Rufus King Park, vicinity of 150th Street and Jamaica Avenue, Jamaica, 7 p.m.
BIX BEIDERBECKE MEMORIAL JAZZ CONCERT
This 16th annual remembrance includes music from the Sunnyside Wolverines, just half a block from where Bix lived and died 85 years ago. Free. Bliss Plaza, 46th Street and Queens Boulevard, Sunnyside, 6 p.m.
RHYTHM REVUE’S ROSELAND REUNION
Great classical soul music. Attendees must wear whites. $27/$52 for VIP. Resorts World Casino New York City, 110-00 Rockaway Blvd., South Jamaica, 9 p.m.
DANCE AT SOCRATES
A performance with Elisa Monte Dance and Gabrielle Lamb with Douglas Dunn & Dancers on an outdoor stage in a grove of trees. Free. Socrates Sculpture Park, 32-01 Vernon Blvd., LIC, 4 p.m.
HANDS ON HISTORY: FAN-TASTIC FUN
Make and decorate fans inspired by the dress and grooming of the 19th Century. Free. King Manor Museum, vicinity of 150th Street and Jamaica Avenue, Jamaica, 1 p.m.
BOTANTICAL COCKTAIL MAKING
Learn simple cocktail recipes that are tasty and packed with healthy, local ingredients. $25/$65 for series. Queens Botanical Garden, 43-50 Main St., Flushing, 4 p.m.
QUEENS BOOK FESTIVAL 2016
Books, authors, exhibitions, readings. Children, young adult, culinary, travel, poetry. Free and open to the public, this literary festival will fill the backlot of Kaufman Astoria Studios with talks from over 100 authors as well as hundreds of exhibits. Kaufman Astoria Studios, 34-12 36th St., Kaufman Arts District, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.
FORGOTTEN NY TOUR: RAVENSWOOD
A guided tour of a Western Queens area that has been a working waterfront, a fashionable suburb, a blue-collar community, and the target for luxury condos. $20. Meet at Socrates Sculpture Park, 32-01 Vernon Blvd., LIC, noon.
KIM CLARK TRIO WITH ANASTASIA RANE
Jazz and R&B as part of the Summer Sundays in the Park series. Free. Travers Park, 78th Street between 34th Avenue and Northern Boulevard, Jackson Heights, 4 p.m.
BILINGUAL FLUSHING TOUR
The Queens Historical Society offers its famous Flushing Freedom Mile tour simultaneously in Spanish and English. $25/$10 for children under age 12. Depart from Kingsland Homestead, 143-35 37th Ave., 2 p.m.
DIY NATURE JOURNALS
Create hanging mobiles and drink iced tea in a beautiful garden. $3/$6 per family. Voelker Orth Museum, 149-19 38th Ave., Flushing, 1 p.m.
ITALIAN MUSIC NIGHT
Elio Scaccio and the Tony Valente Trio bring the sounds of Italy as part of the 2016 Juniper Valley Park Summer Concert Series. Free. Public space at 80th Street and Juniper Boulevard North, Middle Village, 7 p.m.
A screening from the Movies on the Green series. Free. The Shops at Atlas Park, 80-00 Cooper Ave., Glendale, 7 p.m.