SPOTLIGHT OF THE WEEK: QUEENS HIP HOP FESTIVAL
Russell Simmons and Cristina Alesci
CNN correspondent Cristina Alesci and Russell Simmons chat before the screening of an episode of “The American Dream: New York,” a new multi-part interview series that examines how living in NYC during the first half of the 20th century shaped residents’ ambition. Must RSVP. 7 p.m. Museum of the Moving Image, 36-01 35th Ave., Kaufman Arts District, http://bit.ly/2dbUcQ0.
LIC Gallery Nights
Local galleries and art spaces open late and offer specials on the third Thursday of the month. Various spots. 6 p.m. More info: http://bit.ly/2d6CiSW.
Queens Hip Hop Festival
This weekend-long blow out includes opening and closing parties, a graffiti walking tour, an art exhibit, a Hip Hop concert, and a screening of “Belly,” a crime drama starring Nas and DMX. Astoria, Long Island City, and Jackson Heights.
More info: http://bit.ly/2deNg7N.
Oktoberfest at Citi Field
Watch the Mets face the Phillies and enjoy a pre-game party with Oktoberfest music and limited edition beer steins. $55. 5:10 p.m. More info: http://bit.ly/2cD3DZQ.
Aoife Scott Band
Dublin singer-songwriter Aoife Scott is a force on the Irish folk scene. $22. 7:30 p.m. New York Irish Center, 10-40 Jackson Ave., LIC, http://bit.ly/2ckMzJX.
Spanglish Fly: New York Boogaloo
Spanglish Fly is dedicated to reviving and renewing the music known as “bugalú” or “boogaloo,” the sound that ruled the streets in 1960s Spanish Harlem. Dance workshop at 7 p.m. 8 p.m. $16. Flushing Town Hall, 137-35 Northern Blvd., http://bit.ly/2cpS7kT.
“Apartment for Sale”
A comedy about human relations, living space, and quality time. English and Spanish versions. $25. Through Oct. 23. Thalía Spanish Theatre, 41-17 Greenpoint Ave., Sunnyside, http://bit.ly/2cpV70G.
Italian visual artist Luca Mazzara’s work highlights how facial expressions communicate feelings. He shares his photo series Foot on Face and engages the audience in an experiment that provokes actions and reactions. $10. 6:30 p.m. Queens Council on the Arts, 37-11 35th Ave., Kaufman Arts District, http://bit.ly/2d3gHqd.
Heath and Wellness Fair
Transitional Services for New York hosts an education center, doctor’s corner, wellness shops, fitness zone, food truck, farmer’s market, health screenings, flu shots, and wellness raffles. Free. 1 to 4 p.m. Queens Botanical Garden, 43-50 Main St., Flushing, http://bit.ly/2ckMgPB.
Regina Nejman & Company explores ideas of beauty, ranging from the late Renaissance period to contemporary times. Chris Ferris & Dancers presents Rampaging Light, a performance that alters one’s perception of a single room. $15. 8 p.m. Through Sept. 24, Green Space, 37-24 24th St., LIC, http://bit.ly/2d3hNSz.
Actors and Actresses
Licensed guide Jo-Anne Raskin leads an educational tour. $5. 3 p.m. Maple Grove Cemetery, 83-15 Kew Gardens Rd., Kew Gardens, http://bit.ly/2civv2w.
Queens County Fair
Blue Ribbon competitions, pie eating/corn husking contests, carnival rides, pig races, and entertainment. $10. 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Through Sept. 25, Queens County Farm Museum, 73-50 Little Neck Pkwy, Glen Oaks, http://bit.ly/2cScYMr.
Local artist Louie “KR. One” Gasparro and guide Connie Murray lead a graffiti-themed tour through Astoria. Includes a history lesson on 1970s street art. 4 p.m. Meet near 30th Avenue N/Q station, Astoria, http://bit.ly/2ckMBBN.
Queens Symphony Orchestra
A musical celebration of the neighborhood’s 200th anniversary. Free. 7 p.m. Juniper Valley Park, 80th Street and Juniper Boulevard South, Middle Village, http://bit.ly/2cUkIA3.
“The Fannie Lou Hammer Story”
A one-woman play about a Civil Rights leader who fought to register African Americans to vote. $25. 3 p.m. Greater Allen AME Cathedral Banquet Hall, 110-31 Merrick Blvd., Jamaica, allencathedral.org.
Making Moves Dance Festival
This seventh annual event features seven original innovative and contemporary pieces by emerging and established NYC-based dance companies and choreographers. An outdoor family dance workshop is at 4 p.m. Free. 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. Jamaica Performing Arts Center, 153-10 Jamaica Ave., http://bit.ly/2cLoR8Q.
Art-making with Ray Ferreira, dance therapy, and live music by accordion-based punk band Ratas En Zelo and Andean group Ñukanchik Llakta Wawakuna. Free. 1 to 7 p.m. Corona Plaza, 103rd Street and Roosevelt Avenue, Corona, http://bit.ly/2cOok2B.
Roosevelt Island Tour
The Greater Astoria Historical Society hosts a Forgotten New York tour of Four Freedoms Park, Smallpox Hospital, and Blackwell Mansion. $20. Noon. Meet at the tram entrance at Second Avenue and East 60th Street in Manhattan, http://bit.ly/2ckPCC5.
Illustrated Children’s Book Reading
Greg McGoon reads and signs his new book, “The Tanglelows,” which is written in a poetic, spoken word style. Free. 3 p.m. Lewis H. Latimer House Museum, 34-41 137th St., Flushing, http://bit.ly/2cM1quC.
Join exhibiting artist Leah Raintree on an hour-long walk through the museum and her current exhibition, Another Land: After Noguchi. Free with admission. 2 p.m. Noguchi Museum, 9-01 33rd Rd., LIC, http://bit.ly/2cXGotg.
This monthly new works showcase features five or six choreographers and includes a post-performance discussion with wine and cheese. $12. 7 p.m. Green Space, 37-24 24th St., LIC, http://bit.ly/2cLWk1d.
Kew Gardens Community Arts Day
Expect 26 artists. Lefferts Boulevard and Austin Street, Kew Gardens. 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. More info at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Bring your kids to meet Alley Pond’s live animals, listen to a story, do a craft, and a fun matching game. There will also be a nature walk in Alley Pond. Pre-registration required, $21 per child, 1:30 to 3 p.m., ages five to six, at the Alley Pond Environmental Center 228-06 Northern Blvd.
A Zionist State in Siberia
Russian-American journalist Masha Gessen discusses his new book, “Where the Jews Aren’t,” which details an autonomous region set up in 1929 in Brobidzhan as a homeland for Jews. $8 voluntary donation. 1:30 p.m. Central Queens Y, 67-09 108th St., Forest Hills, http://bit.ly/2dbZcnL.
“Codes of Honor”
The reading of the tale about Texas socialite turned Marine who returns from a tour in Afghanistan determined to make a difference in the lives of women. She agrees to fund a shelter for battered women in Lebanon founded by a charismatic Arab feminist and widow. Free. 8 p.m. LaGuardia Performing Arts Center, 31-10 Thomson Ave., Rm. E-241, LIC, http://bit.ly/2cpXRLl.
A Reading by Alvin Eng
The Queens College MFA Program in Creative Writing & Literary Translation presents a reading from this year’s visiting professor, playwright Alvin Eng. His work explores parallels between drama, portraiture and history. 5:30 p.m. Godwin-Ternbach Museum, 65-30 Kissena Blvd., Flushing, http://bit.ly/2cUpoWD.