It’s in Queens! (Sept. 23 to Sept. 29)


Some things get better with age. A playwright who drove a cab for 40 years, for example, and is now doing hilarious comedy. A musical from the 1830s. A dance festival heading into its teenage years. Come to think of it, Queens just keeps getting better with age too.

September 23, Off the Meter, On the Record, September 25. Middle Village native John McDonagh drove a cab for 40 years before getting into playwriting, comedy and political activism. In this one-man show, he combines jokes with social commentary and storytelling. Shows are Sept. 23 and 24 at 8 p.m. and Sept. 25 at 4:30 p.m. Greek Cultural Center, 26-80 30th St., Astoria.

September 23, Lenny White & Friends, 8 p.m. Grammy-winning jazz drummer Lenny White, who grew up in Jamaica, leads an evening of original compositions and a tribute to NEA Jazz Master Chick Corea, who won 23 Grammys. Flushing City Hall, 137-35 Northern Blvd.

September 23, Making Moves Dance Festival, September 24. Now in its 13th year, this two-day outdoor festival promotes new, emerging and underrepresented dance companies. 7:00 p.m. both evenings. Jamaica Center for the Performing Arts, 153-10 Jamaica Ave.

Sept. 23, The Blarney Star Traditional Music Series, 7 p.m. The Blarney Star make their triumphant return to the stage with a variety program featuring piper uilleann Ivan Goff, violinist Katie Linnane, singer Catherine O’Kelly and students from the Annmarie Acosta School of Irish Music and Dance . New York Irish Center, 10-40 Jackson Ave., Long Island City.

September 24, movie night: WALL-E, 7 p.m. Watch “WALL-E”, an animation about the last robot on earth, outdoors on the big screen. Queens Botanical Garden, 43-50 Main Street, Flushing.

September 24, Fifth Annual Pollinator Festival, 10 a.m. Learn from naturalists and experts about local pollinators, including monarch butterflies, moths, bees, and birds. Activities and crafts for the whole family. Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge Visitor Center, 175-10 Cross Bay Blvd., Wide channel.

September 24, Saturday at the Bay, noon. Guardians of Flushing Bay features a day of dining from Ridgewood-based Nha Minh, boating with Wall Street Dragons and Beast Dragon, kayaking with HarborLAB, public arts with DSNY Artist-in-Residence sTo Len and walking tours with artist Cody Herrmann, geographer Jack Eichenbaum and wetlands manager Jamie Ong. Canoe/Kayak Launch, One Marina Rd., Flushing Meadow Corona Park.

Sept. 25, Bell Blvd Sunday Stroll, noon. Free and fantastic activities, live music and outdoor dining. Some restaurants serve brunch, lunch, and drinks outside with specials. Along Bell Boulevard from 38th Avenue to 42nd Avenue.

September 25, Compost-Pa-Looza, 11 a.m. Participate in creative workshops, community networking tables, activity tables, compost demonstrations, interactive performances and tours. Queens Botanical Garden, 43-50 Main Street, Flushing.

September 25, Soylent Green, 3 p.m. Bill Nye (The Science Guy) presents a screening of this 1973 Charlton Heston sci-fi thriller. NYC is hot, thirsty, crowded and short on food. Thus begins one of the first eco-films to contemplate an environmental disaster. Museum of the Moving Image, 36-01 36th Ave., Kaufman Arts District of Astoria.

September 25, Woodhaven Street Fair, noon. Free entertainment, games, vendors and goodies from local businesses. Along Jamaica Avenue from 80th Street to Woodhaven Blvd.

Sept. 26, ESPN Radio Watch Party, 7 p.m. Join ESPN Radio 98.7FM and The Dan Graca Show as they watch the New York Giants play football against the Dallas Cowboys. Resorts World New York City’s Bar 360, 110-00 Rockaway Blvd., South Jamaica.

September 28, Understatements: Lost & Found in Asian America, 6 p.m. The opening ceremony of a multimedia exploration of the term “Asian American”. On until January 6, 2023, the exhibition features sculptures, paintings, videos and paper pieces by eight Asian-American artists. Godwin-Ternbach Museum, Queens College Campus, 405 Klapper, Flushing.

September 29, Ardal O’Hanlon returns to New York, October 1. One of the godfathers of Irish comedy, Ardal O’Hanlon, finally comes out of hiding for his first New York appearance in over 10 years. His deeply cathartic style of observation often makes him dive with open heart into the unknown (or at least the lesser known). The shows take place on September 29, 30 and 31 at 8 p.m. New York Irish Center, 10-40 Jackson Ave., Long Island City.

September 29, Carlos Galdós, 8 p.m. Peru’s most irreverent TV and radio personality explores bold commentary on the complexity of various issues, reflecting explosive views ranging from political events to romantic situations and everything in between. Queens Theatre, 14 United Nations Ave. S., Flushing Meadows Corona Park.

Sept. 29, Harvest Empire, 6 p.m. Juan Gonzalez discusses his new book on the Latin experience in the United States as part of the Queens Public Library’s Literary Thursdays program. It’s virtual. Register via WebEx or by phone at 1.408.418.9388 with passcode 2334.285.6255.

September 29, Oliver, October 8. The Secret Theater Academy presents this classic musical 10 times. When Oliver demands more food from the workhouse, he is sold to undertakers who treat him poorly. He runs away and gets involved with Artful Dodger and Fagin’s gang. Then things get really complicated. Shows on September 29, 30, October 1, 2, 5, 6, 7 and 8 with matinees on October 1 and 8. The Secret Theatre, 38-02 61st St., Woodside.


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