SPOTLIGHT OF THE WEEK:
HARRY POTTER AND THE CURSED CHILD MIDNIGHT RELEASE PARTY (see below)
SHADOW PUPPET SLAM
A sampling of the ancient art form of shadow puppetry with multiple puppeteers exploring new and groundbreaking work, bringing together the luminous, the laughable, the shady, the digital, and the ancient. $10. Flushing Town Hall, 137-35 Northern Blvd., 7 p.m.
Queens Theatre shows a film of a Lincoln Center performance of Tschaikovsky’s iconic ballet, which transports audiences to a world of wonder where mischievous mice are foiled by toy soldiers and a blizzard of ballerinas reveals the enchanting Land of Sweets. Free. Festival Lawn, Flushing Meadows Corona Park, 8 p.m.
SUNNYSIDE COMMUNITY CONCERT SERIES
Following the recent attacks, the concert has a special focus on Turkey with performers Mustafa Demirci, Kanun, and Academician. Free. All Saints Episcopal Church, 43-12 46th St., Sunnyside, 7 p.m.
FLUSHING NIGHT OUT
Food, fashion, and music with a Beach Day theme. Free. Flushing High School, 35-01 Union St. This event is from 6 p.m. to 11 p.m.
AS YOU LIKE IT
Hip to Hip Theatre Company continues its tenth season, offering Shakespeare for the whole family. This comedy about love, family and identity is full of wit, music and gender-bending fun. Children’s pre-show starts at 6:30 pm. Free. Voelker Orth Museum, 149-19 38th Ave., Flushing. This event starts at 7:30 p.m.
As part of an outdoor music series presented by Kupferberg Center for the Arts and the Queens Parks Department, Orquesta Afinke plays Afro-Cuban and Latin jazz. Free. C.C. Moore Park, vicinity of Broadway, 82nd Street, and 45th Avenue, Elmhurst, 6 p.m.
A screening of a film starring Nick Nolte and Robert DeNiro as part of A Better Jamaica’s Classic Film Fridays. Nolte plays a lawyer who withholds evidence that would acquit a sex offender of rape charges. The convict, played by DeNiro, seeks revenge after his prison term. Free. Rufus King Park, vicinity of Jamaica Avenue and 153rd Street, Jamaica. This event starts at dusk.
‘2001: A SPACE ODYSSEY’
Stanley Kubrick’s epic about space exploration kicks off the See It Big! Series. Same movie shows on July 30 at 3 pm and July 31 at 3 pm and 7 pm. $15. Museum of the Moving Image, 36-01 35th Ave., Kaufman Arts District, 7 p.m.
HARRY POTTER AND THE CURSED CHILD MIDNIGHT RELEASE PARTY
Have fun while waiting the release of J.K. Rowling’s new script about a certain wizarding group.
Costume contest, tea leaves, trivia contest, butterbeer, etc. Astoria Bookshop, 31-29 31st St.,
Starts at 10 p.m.
SUMMERSTAGE: STEFANIE BATTEN BLAND
This choreographer performs along with jazz band Burnt Sugar the Arkestra Chamber. Plus, Karisma Jay, a dancer/actress/singer, teaches a master class. Free. Queensbridge Park, vicinity of Vernon Boulevard and 21st Street, LIC, 7 p.m.
JAMAICA DANCE FESTIVAL
This festival presents professional companies on five consecutive Saturdays. On this date, Sonali Skanden and Jiva Dance perform dynamic works based on Bharatanatyam, the classical dance form of South India. Free. Rufus King Park, vicinity of 150th Street and Jamaica Avenue, Jamaica, 7 p.m.
¡OYE CORONA! CORONA LOVES ARTE AND LIBROS
This free monthly celebration of art, music, and exercise includes performances starring local and global acts. This day features Uni Project, which provides pop-up reading rooms; art-making with Renzo Ortega; Dancetherapy; Ratas en Zelo, an all-female, accordion-based punk band; and Ñukanchik Llakta Wawakuna, an Andean folkloric group. Free. Corona Plaza, 103rd Street and Roosevelt Avenue, Corona, 1 to 7 p.m.
THE CAT CAME BACK: STORIES AND SONGS WITH A JAZZY TWIST
Teaching artist April Armstrong, Mario Sprouse (piano), and Napoleon Revels-Bey (drums) add a new spin to some favorite folktales and nursery rhymes, including Chicken Licken and Old Mother Hubbard’s Blues. $13. Flushing Town Hall, 137-35 Northern Blvd., 10:30 a.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.
SUMMERSTAGE: JAZZ-INFUSED FAMILY DAY
Post-Bop jazz pianist Marc Cary, award-winning actor, dancer, and poet Joseph Monroe Webb, and a special performance by the WBGO Kids Jazz featuring rising young singer Brianna Thomas and The Jazz Travelers. Free. Queensbridge Park, vicinity of Vernon Boulevard and 21st Street, LIC, 4 p.m.
BRING YOUR OWN BIKE WORLD’S FAIR HISTORY RIDE
Trained docents lead a leisurely ride to more than a dozen World’s Fair sites in the park. Free. The Unisphere, Flushing Meadows Corona Park, 11 a.m.
THANA ALEXA PROJECT
This jazz group performs 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.
The Katz Concert Series presents Motown. Free. O’Donohue Park, Seagirt Boulevard and Beach 17th Street, Far Rockaway, 5 p.m.
TRANSFORMER 5 MILER
This Queens Distance Runners race honors Peter Tran, an extremely giving QDR member. $25/$30 on race day. A two-loop, out-and-back that completely encompasses the Unisphere side of Flushing Meadows Corona Park, 9 a.m.
DIY NATURE JOURNALS
The Garden Creativi-TEA series offers workshops and iced tea on consecutive Tuesdays through Aug. 9. This date’s activity involves creating nature journals. $3/$6 per family. Voelker Orth Museum, 149-19 38th Ave., Flushing, 1 p.m.
This classic rock band jams as part of the 2016 Juniper Valley Park Summer Concert Series. A National Night Out Against Crime program starts at 5 pm. Free. Public space at 80th Street and Juniper Boulevard North, Middle Village, 7 p.m.
LIVE AT THE GANTRIES: TONY DEMARCO
Enjoy live Irish fiddle music and a spectacular view of Midtown Manhattan as part of a summer series. Free. Gantry Plaza State Park, between 49th and 50th avenues along the East River, LIC, 7 p.m.
An outdoor cinema series presents an Australian look into the depths of a teenage mind. Greta Driscoll’s bubble of wallflower-like lonerism is burst when her parents throw her a surprise 15th birthday party and invite the whole school. Plus, Aussie food from Thirsty Koala and music by The Hot Rutabagas. Free. Socrates Sculpture Park, 32-01 Vernon Blvd., LIC, 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.