SPOTLIGHT OF THE WEEK:
Join St. Gregory the Great Church for their 37th annual Gregorian summer festival. (see below)
QCA’s Wordfeast presents Panagiota Lilikaki
QCA’s WordFeast program presents a reading of a short story-in-progress by Greek writer Panagiota Lilikaki. Panagiota will be reading from her long term work in progress: Mourning baba: A Translation in Mourning in Greek. The diary entries, of over 25 years, revisit the sorrow of losing the writer’s father, baba, the seeking of happiness after the loss and the power of love. 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. The event is located at 37-11 35th Ave.
Flamenco LIC – Flamenco and Spanish classes in the heart of LIC
American Bolero Dance Company (ABDC) celebrates its 20th Anniversary with the premiere of FlamencoLIC, a new signature production, directed and choreographed by ABDC’s Artistic Director Gabriela Granados, that showcases popular flamenco and rarely performed classical Spanish dance styles, along with arias and duets from Spanish operetta (or Zarzuela), within an intimate black box theatrical setting that lends the audience an up close and personal show-going experience. Two concerts will take place on June 11th and 12th at The Secret Theatre, located near the Company’s base in the heart of Long Island City’s artists’ quarters. Ticket Prices: Adults – $35; Seniors & Students (with ID) – $30; Children (17 & under) – $20. Seating is limited!
Ticket Orders: FlamencoLIC.brownpapertickets.com or (800) 838-3006 (available 24/7).
Info/Inquiries in Spanish: (718) 392-8888.
Bayside High School Reunion
Join Bayside High School for their 80th Anniversary and Reunion Celebration from 4 to 8 p.m. in Gym 3. This celebration calls back graduates of all classes for a weekend celebration as the Reunion of All Reunions! We will recognize and honor Alice Hartley (Asst. Principal), Stephen Piorkowski (Phys Ed Teacher), New York Senator Tony Avella and NYC Councilman Paul Vallone. Food has graciously been donated by Brian Dempsey’s to support the growth of the new Friends of Bayside High School Community & Alumni association. Music will be provided by the Bayside High School Music Production Career Technical Education students as they take you through the music of your life. It is not to be missed. The Community and Alumni are asked to join us the day before on Friday, June 10 for student guide tours of the school, yearbook viewings, Art Show and this year’s spectacular SINGproduction.Tickets must be purchased in advance as none will be sold at the door as seating is limited and food ordered in advance. For more information please see our Friends of Bayside High School website friendsofbaysidehighschool.org or call the Alumni Office at the school (718) 229-7600 ext. 3531.
Languages Lost and Found: A Roundtable
Writers, translators, linguists and practitioners discuss language endangerment, revitalization and multilingualism in both the local context of New York, and the global context of ongoing struggles to maintain linguistic diversity in the face of increasing cultural homogenization. Topics will include: language and identity, migration and loss, translatability, the value of multilingualism, the fight for bilingual education in the NYC school system, and the roles that can be played by art, poetry and music in keeping languages alive. This event will take place at the Queens Museum, located in Flushing Meadows Corona Park, from 2 to 4 p.m.
Tea Ceremonies with Johnny Fogg
Enjoy libation with Fogg as part of the exhibition Tom Sachs: Tea Ceremony. Noon Noguchi Museum, 9-01 33rd Rd., LIC, noguchi.org.
Story time & Crafts
Bring your little nature lovers to the Queens Botanical Garden for a relaxing afternoon featuring nature-inspired stories, followed by a botanically themed craft activity. The QBG is located at 43-50 Main St. in Flushing. Event is free with admission.
Pet Adoption Fair
Buddy Monument Plaza, Forest Park, Park Lane South and Myrtle Avenue, (718) 849-3759. 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Children ages 8 and up learn and improve their knowledge of Chess. This event takes place from 2 to 4 p.m. at the Queens Library Flushing Branch, 41-17 Main St.
Queens College Professor Jim Moore talks about the borough’s archaeology. Moore has done archaeological surveys at the historic Moore-Jackson Cemetery in Woodside, and plans to do excavations there in the months ahead. 2:30 p.m. $5/$3 for students and seniors. Queens Historical Society, 143-35 37th Ave., Flushing, queenshistoricalsociety.org.
Music Tradition from Syria and Egypt
Join the Queens Museum’s New New Yorkers Program for the final presentation and panel in a series of events on the music of Syria and Egypt. The class will survey some of the great musicians of the last century, styles and musical genres, as well as offering some cultural and historical context. Participants will learn to sing both folk and classical songs, as well as get a taste of improvisation. Students of any level and musical ability are welcome, as Sami guides students in an easy-to-follow call-and-response format. The event will take place at the Queens Museum, in Flushing Meadows Corona Park, from 1 to 4 p.m. Registration is required. To register, contact Guido Garaycochea firstname.lastname@example.org.
STAND-UPS IMPROVISE TED TALKS
It’s ‘Whose Line is it Anyway’ meets that TED Talk on ‘Leadership’ at Q.E.D from 9 to 10:30 p.m. Watch as comics explore such questions as: ‘If McDonalds can serve breakfast all day, then shouldn’t I be able to own a gun in this city?’; ‘Do iPhones fool the elderly into thinking they’re living in the future?’ You owe it to yourself to see, and learn, from this show.
Tickets are $5 in advance / $7 day of.
ANNUAL GREGORIAN FESTIVAL
Join St. Gregory the Great Church for their 37th annual Gregorian summer festival. The festival runs through June 26 and will feature rides, games, prizes, merchandise, games of chance, gourmet foods, live entertainment and international nights. All foods are prepared in the church’s kitchen by parishioner volunteers using only the finest ingredients.
There is no admission charge. The festival grounds are located at 88th Avenue on the Northbound service road of the Cross Island Parkway. The northbound exit is 27 and the Southbound exit is 27 West, between Jericho Turnpike and Hillside Avenue.
The hours of operation are 7 to 11 p.m. each night.
Join Liza Lopez, certified yoga bean children’s yoga instructor, with your toddler for an animal adventure through movement. Each class will feature movements of various animals (aka yoga poses) ending with a relaxing story time. Bring a towel and water, the mats and fun will be provided! Limited to eight toddler/grown up pairs. This program for ages 2-4 will take place at APEC at 228-06 Northern Blvd. in Douglaston from 3 to 4 p.m. and is $16 per session.