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TODAY'S FAMILY & KIDS ACTIVITIES IN QUEENS-MAY 16

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by Directories Editor May 16, 2014

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Daily activities for kids and the family are abound in Queens! Whether you want to spend the day with your children at a zoo, a museum, or just outdoors, we've got it all here. Making plans for next weekend for your family? Take a glance at the NY Metro Parents' calendar!

Book Buddies - Bayside Library
May 16, 2014 - Bayside

In this reading program, teen buddies share books with younger children in grades K-3, and listen while the younger children practice their reading skills. Preregistration is required.

Allegro: Presented by The Astoria Performing Arts Center - Good Shepherd United Methodist Church
May 16, 2014 - Astoria

Life ? a set of circumstances, a series of choices, leading to this moment in time. Are you where you thought you'd be? Are you proud of the decisions you've made? Maybe going forward is easier than standing still. In this production from the Astoria Performing Arts Center, follow the journey of Joseph Taylor, Jr., the son of a small-town doctor, from birth to age 35 ? from the tranquility of his small Midwestern hometown to the hectic din of big city life. When he loses sight of his goals, he struggles to avoid compromising his principles in this rarely seen musical from the legendary Rodgers and Hammerstein.

LIGHTSCAPES - Van Cortlandt Manor
May 16, 2014 - Croton-on-Hudson

The creators of the Great Jack O'Lantern Blaze present an exciting, new experience: An immersive journey into a springtime garden fantasy featuring colorful creatures and fantastic flowers. Van Cortlandt Manor springs to life during this incredible nighttime display of sculpture, light, sound, and special effects. Walk through a rainbow and emerge from a bubbly haze into a dreamland of curiosities spread throughout this historic landscape as far as the eye can see. Reclaimed elements serve as eco-friendly building blocks for intergalactic flora and friendly woodland creatures. Otherworldly mushrooms, floating fairies, and beautiful butterflies are among the thousands of treasures you'll find. State-of-the-art illumination will highlight these incredible works of art and showcase Van Cortlandt Manor's natural landscape and specimen trees. Featuring all-original sculpture designed and handmade on site by the team that brings you the Great Jack O'Lantern Blaze, LIGHTSCAPES is an elegantly enchanting evening event that brightens Van Cortlandt Manor like never before. Appropriate for all ages. All admissions are by timed ticket only, which must be purchased in advance. Buy tickets online at hudsonvalley.org before April 10 for substantial discounts or call 914-631-8200. May 2-3, 9-10, 16-17, 23-25, and 30-31.

Upcycled Plastics Pendant Necklace Workshop - Broadway Library
May 16, 2014 - Long Island City

Artist Stephanie Huffaker will demonstrate techniques for making beautiful pendant necklaces from plastic lids and bags. Kids will leave this workshop with one necklace they created themselves and some new skills for making more fun things out of upcycled plastics.

Queens Theatre Reading: 'Junie B. Jones' - Langston Hughes Library
May 16, 2014 - Corona

Children ages 5-9 will enjoy a reading of "Junie B. Jones" by the Queens Theatre and participate in theater games and other activities.

The Elephant Letters - Long Island Children's Museum
May 16, 2014 - Garden City

Imagine if elephants wrote letters as people do. "The Elephant Letters" tells the story of two elephants in two different parts of the world; one in the wild and one in captivity. They share with each other reflections of their daily lives through their letters to each other. This live action, multimedia experiences is a first-of-its-kind.

Queens New Music Festival-Teen New Music Riot! - The Secret Theatre Main Stage
May 16, 2014 - Long Island City

Face the Music is the only teen ensemble in the U.S. dedicated to the creation and performance of music by living composers. In residence at Kaufman Music Center, Face the Music has taken its place as a full-fledged player in New York City's vibrant contemporary classical scene, rapidly becoming what Allan Kozinn of the New York Times has called "a force in the New York new-music world."

Noguchi's Early Drawings: 1927-1932 - Noguchi Museum
Through May 25, 2014 - Long Island City

Reflecting in 1973 on his formative years as an artist, Noguchi remarked "I seem to have lost my facility but I was facile at drawing. I could do anything. It was easy for me." Noguchi's Early Drawings bears out this confidence. Each of the drawings on view reveals a very different facet of his quest to form a unique artistic identity in the years following his apprenticeship with Brancusi. His search for style is brought into sharp focus by being restricted to the subject he returned to most often: the female nude. The selection of drawings on view covers exercises from the life drawing classes he took at Academie Collarosi and L'Acad?mie de la Grande Chaumi?re in Paris in 1927, as well as his distillations of signature strains of Modernism he encountered in Paris and New York, including traces of artists as diverse as Picasso, Tsuguharu Foujita, Elie Nadelman, Matisse, Egon Schiele, and Arstide Maillol. Throughout this period, Noguchi relied on drawing to keep his eye sharp for the portrait bust commissions by which he made a living, even as he used it as a tool for learning about abstraction. Like the busts, these drawings show his preternatural adaptability to sitter and circumstance. The ability to effortlessley mimic the styles of established artists has cut short as many careers as lack of talent. Facile technique does not at artist make. In these amazing drawings, so diverse and assured they could be the work of fourteen different artists, we see Noguchi at the critical moment when he could have gone either way.

Playland Pre-Season - Rye Playland
Through May 31, 2014 - Rye

Get ready to zoom, spin, splash, swing, and soar your way through acres of amusement park rides from the cooling log flume, to the famous Dragon Coaster, and all your other favorites, as Playland Amusement Park in Rye hosts its opening day, Saturday, May 10. Special opening day admission is $15, which is good for unlimited rides until the park closes at 7pm. Admission Prices (May 11-23): - $15 Pre-Season Weekends: May 10, 11, 17, 18, and 23: $15 unlimited rides; $15 Junior (under 48"). - Starting Saturday, May 24: $30 unlimited rides; $20 Junior (under 48"); Spectator admission (no rides) is free for Westchester County residents and $10 for non-residents. Season Passes: - $95 for unlimited rides all season, with a $15 discount for Westchester residents. - $35 for spectator admission all season (no rides), for non-residents of Westchester County. Acceptable proof of Westchester residency is a Westchester County Park Pass; New York State driver's license or non-driver ID; or a photo ID or report card from a Westchester County school. Playland's pre-season schedule is 12-7pm, Saturdays and Sundays until Memorial Day weekend, after which the spring schedule begins. For the season schedule go to ryeplayland.org or call the park at 914-813-7000. Use the website link to join the Playland E-Club and receive valuable discounts all season long. Note: In a piece of great news, the boardwalk, which suffered major damage during Hurricane Sandy, is open again. Construction continues on the Ice Casino. A scheduled reopening date for the Ice Casino has not been announced.

Astoria Flea & Food - Studio Backlot At Kauffman Astoria Studios
Through June 22, 2014 - Astoria

NYC now has an exciting new weekend hotspot in the heart of Astoria. Featuring Queens' best in food vendors, antiques, collectibles, arts, and more at the world famous motion picture and television studios. Visitors can enter the outdoor lot through the Studios' main gate at 35th Avenue and 36th Street. It is in walking distance of the M, R, N and Q trains. Food vendors at the market include Butcher Bar, Oconomi, Ice & Vice, Sweet Leaf, Bills Balls and Jam Jar. Flea vendors selling crafts, apparel, Leggo art, organic beauty products and more include Cork Buds, Paradox Thrift, Queens 88, C3Brix, Jewel Dripped, Taproot Organics and Noctua-Diem. Astoria Flea & Food has also partnered with the Museum of the Moving Image to offer Buy 1 Ticket Get 1 Ticket Free to the museum. Visitors to the market can take advantage of this fantastic offer by going to the Museum of the Moving Image's table at the Flea. ASTORIA FLEA & FOOD will allow visitors to experience the best of the Flea-including food vendors, antiques, collectibles, art, crafts, fashion and more--within the unique setting of New York City's most historic film and television studio, currently home to the hit series "Orange is the New Black," "Nurse Jackie," "Alpha House" and "Sesame Street." "This past month was a successful start of our second season in Long Island City and we are excited to launch our market in Astoria on Sundays starting May 4," said Astoria Flea President Joshua Schneps. "Besides being in a historic location, Astoria is a vibrant community that we look forward to serving. Being in the heart of the new Kaufman Arts District is also a great way to showcase the surrounding arts and cultural destinations as well as some of the best shopping and dining in New York City. I look forward to a fruitful season boosting visibility of local businesses and community amenities." "The Kaufman Astoria Studios neighborhood has grown into a wonderfully vibrant center for art, food and culture," said Studio President Hal Rosenbluth. "Astoria Flea is a terrific addition to our community. We look forward to making our new backlot home to eight great Sundays filled with food, art and fashion." As a weekend destination, the market can also be expected to be a source of economic growth for surrounding businesses benefitting from the foot traffic and visitors to the market. To kick off opening day, a ribbon-cutting ceremony will be held at the entrance of the market under the Kaufman Astoria Studios gate at 35th Avenue and 36th Street at 11am. All press, elected officials and community leaders are invited to join. For updates on ASTORIA FLEA & FOOD visit www.licflea.com or follow us at Facebook.com/AstoriaFlea and @AstoriaFlea on Twitter. Kaufman Astoria Studios is New York's premiere full-service film, television and music production center, with some of the largest and most sophisticated sound stages on the East Coast. It recently opened New York's only outdoor backlot for exterior shooting, featuring 34,800 square feet of space and an entry gate designed by David Rockwell. The 500,000 square foot studio space includes seven sound stages ranging from 3,260 to 26,040 square feet in Stage E (the largest stage outside of California), a music recording facility and offices for creative staff. Recent and current productions at Kaufman Astoria Studios include "Orange is the New Black," "Nurse Jackie," "Sesame Street," "Alpha House," "Men in Black 3," and "The Secret Life of Walter Mitty." First built in 1920, the studios include the oldest sound stages still in use today. Over 100 films were produced at Kaufman Astoria Studios when it served as the original home of Paramount Picture during the silent era. Actors and directors who have worked at the studio include Rudolph Valentino, W.C. Fields, the Marx Brothers, Sydney Lumet, Francis Ford Coppola, Jonathan Demme, Paul Greengrass, Woody Allen, Martin Scorsese and many others. CONTACT: Josh Schneps, info@licflea.com, 718-224-5863 ext206, www.licflea.com

'Bessie's Big Shot' - Swedish Cottage Marionette Theatre
Through June 29, 2014 - Upper West Side

It's a bird... it's a plane... no... it's Bessie the cow!

City Parks Foundation is proud to announce the launch of Bessie's Big Shot. Based on the famed PuppetMobile show of the same name.

Bessie's Big Shot follows Bessie the cow as she chases her dream of joining the circus. Can she lift more than Ziegfried, the strongest man in the world? Fly on a trapeze high above the crowd? Train Munson the Monkey? This variety show cheers Bessie on as she attempts the impossible and searches for her special talents.

Directed by Bruce Cannon, co-written by Douglas Strich, Alexander Bartenieff, and Bruce Cannon and making its Swedish Cottage Marionette Theatre debut on Jan. 14, this version of Bessie's Big Shot features several new puppets as well as new and extended scenes.

Show Times & Reservations
Show times for Bessies's Big Shot, beginning January 14, 2014 are:
Tuesday through Friday at 10:30am and 12:00pm
Saturday and Sunday at 1:00pm

Winter Recess schedule
February 18-21 at 11:00am and 1:00pm

Spring Recess schedule
April 15-18 at 11:00am and 1:00pm

The production will run through June 29, 2014.

**Note: Schedule subject to change, please check cityparksfoundation.org/arts for most current schedule.

Lights, Camera, Astoria - Museum of the Moving Image
Through August 31, 2014 - Astoria

This exhibition traces the fascinating history of the Astoria Studio complex, which has been at the heart of filmmaking in New York City since 1920. The studio site was the east-coast home of Paramount Pictures in the silent and early talking-picture eras, a center for independent filmmaking in the 1930s, and the U.S. Army Pictorial Center from World War II into the Cold War era. After falling into disrepair in the early 1970s, the site has become a thriving cultural hub that includes Kaufman Astoria Studios and Museum of the Moving Image. Using film stills, behind-the-scenes photographs, oral histories, film clips, and posters, the exhibition explores the rich legacy and renaissance of the studio complex. With material from silent-era films featuring Rudolph Valentino, early talking films starring the Marx Brothers, World War II training and propaganda films, such modern classics as The Age of Innocence, and television shows like Sesame Street, The Cosby Show, and Nurse Jackie, the exhibition reveals the significant role that the Astoria studio continues to play in energizing its surrounding community and making moving image history.

Highlights from the Collection: Noguchi Archaic/Noguchi Modern - Noguchi Museum
Through August 31, 2014 - Long Island City

The only thing Noguchi loved more than the promise of the future was the sense of belonging to the Earth he derived from working with million and billion year old pieces of rock. Noguchi Archaic/ Noguchi Modern explores a stylistic wormhole that seems to link the ancient past and the distant future in his work.

Behind the Screen - Museum of the Moving Image
Through August 31, 2014 - Astoria

The core exhibition of the Museum, a one-of-a-kind experience that immerses visitors in the creative and technical process of producing, promoting, and presenting films, television shows, and digital entertainment. Occupying 15,000 square feet of the Museum's second and third floors, the exhibition reveals the skills, material resources, and artistic decisions that go into making moving images. Behind the Screen also introduces visitors to the history of the moving image, from nineteenth-century optical toys to the present-day impact of digital tools on film editing and post-production. Children under the age of fourteen must be accompanied by an adult of eighteen years or older. Artifacts: The exhibition incorporates approximately 1,400 artifacts from the Museum's collection of the material culture of the moving image. These include historic film and television cameras, projectors, television sets, sound recording equipment, costumes, set design sketches and models, make-up, fan magazines, posters, and an outstanding collection of licensed merchandise?dolls, toys, board games, lunch boxes, and more. The Museum has also been a pioneer in collecting video arcade and console games, which are on exhibit and available for play by visitors. Recently acquired objects on view include makeup used on the stars of Sex in the City, a mechanical prop designed by Mike Marino for a climactic scene in Black Swan, and molds and prototypes produced during the creation of a King Kong action figure. Computer-based interactive experiences: Visitors may record their own movements as a sequence of still photographs that can be printed out and made into a flipbook; create their own stop-motion animations, which they can save and email; record their voices over dialogue from a film, following the same procedure that actors use when dubbing their lines in post-production; choose sound effects to add to the images of well-known movies and television shows; add music to scenes from movies, and to experience how music affects mood and tone. Audio-visual material: Behind the Screen includes nearly four hours of audio-visual material that ranges from film clips related to the artifacts on display; projections of the earliest kinetoscope films, The Great Train Robbery, and selections from The Jazz Singer and Nanook of the North, all of which bring key moments in film history vividly to life; special videos, including The First Movies about Etienne Jules Marey and Chuck Workman's Precious Images; and a simulation of a live TV control room, taking visitors inside the room where director Bill Webb called the shots for the broadcast of a game between the New York Mets and San Diego Padres. Commissioned artworks: Artworks created especially for incorporation into Behind the Screen are Tut's Fever by Red Grooms and Lysiane Luong, a real movie theater equipped for video that seats thirty-five; TV Lounge by Jim Isermann, an environment resembling a 1960s living room; and Feral Fount by Gregory Barsamian, a stroboscopic zoetrope using 97 sculptures rotating on an armature to create a short animation.

The World Comes to Queens: Films from the World's Fairs - Museum of the Moving Image
Through August 31, 2014 - Astoria

Nearly 100 million people came to Queens for two World�s Fairs that opened 25 years apart, in 1939 and 1964. On the eve of World War II, the 1939�1940 fair looked to the future, with the optimistic slogan �the Dawn of a New Day.� The 1964�1965 fair, organized by Robert Moses, was largely a celebration of mid-century American industry, symbolized by the twelve-story-high stainless steel Unisphere built by U.S. Steel. Sponsored films made for the fairs capture the excitement and ingenuity behind the fairs while also revealing the goals of the companies behind them. Films to be shown continuously in the Video Screening Amphitheater, in excerpts or their entirety, include The Middleton Family at the New York World�s Fair and To New Horizons from 1939, and Sinclair at the World�s Fair, World�s Fair Report with Lowell Thomas, To The Fair, and Unisphere: The Biggest World on Earth from 1964.

LIC Art Bus - Socrates Sculpture Park
Through September 14, 2014 - Long Island City

Socrates Sculpture Park has launched a new summer shuttle bus service to promote and connect Long Island City's cultural institutions, while linking the Western Queens waterfront to a major transit hub at Court Square. The bus, which will stop at the entrances of Socrates Sculpture Park, The Noguchi Museum, SculptureCenter, and MoMA PS1. (see website schedule ). The bus holds twenty-five passengers, seated on a first come, first served basis. Each Museum is open until 6PM, Socrates Sculpture Park closes at sunset. SculptureCenter will be closed on the following dates: 5/17?18, 5/24?25, 5/31, 8/3, 8/9?10, 8/16?17, 8/23?24, 8/30?31, 9/6?7, 9/13?14. *The 5:30 bus returns to Socrates for the final stop. This free service is made possible by generous support from Shelley and Donald Rubin, and is a partnership between Socrates, The Noguchi Museum, SculptureCenter, and MoMA PS1.

Art in the Garden: Harvesting our History NY World's Fairs - Queens Botanical Garden
Through September 28, 2014 - Flushing

Get a sense of QBG's past and how both the 1939 and 1964 New York World's Fairs influenced the Garden's development. This exhibit in the Visitor & Administration Building is created largely from the Garden's archives with images that illustrate these important events in New York City's history.

Art in the Garden: Harvesting our History NY World's Fairs - Queens Botanical Garden
Through September 28, 2014 - Flushing

Get a sense of QBG's past and how both the 1939 and 1964 New York World's Fairs influenced the Garden's development. This exhibit in the Visitor & Administration Building is created largely from the Garden's archives with images that illustrate these important events in New York City's history.

Forest Park Carousel Celebrate Spring Break! - Forest Park Carousel
Through September 30, 2014 - Forest Park

If you're looking for some family-friendly fun for the kids this Spring Break then the Forest Park Carousel is the place to be! This historic, antique carousel, this regarded as the No. 2Most Magical Carousel in America!

Fantasy Forest Amusement Park Open for the Season - Fantasy Forest Amusement Park at the Flushing Meadows Carousel
Through September 30, 2014 - Flushing Meadows Corona Park

Fantasy Forest offers the historic Flushing Meadows Carousel (from the 1964-1965 NY World's Fair) as well as several other attractions, including the Fantasy Frog Hopper and Queens' only roller coaster, the Corona Cobra Coaster.

Fantasy Forest Amusement Park at the Flushing Meadows Carousel Open Full-Time - Fantasy Forest Amusement Park at the Flushing Meadows Carousel
Through October 31, 2014 - Queens

The Fantasy Forest Amusement Park at the Flushing Meadows Carousel (in Flushing Meadows Corona Park, Queens) kicks off its full-season schedule! Come by for great thrills, fun, and adventure! Fantasy Forest has several great amusement rides, including the Fantasy Frog Hopper, the Corona Choo Choo, and Queens' only roller coaster, the Corona Cobra Coaster! The amusement park and carousel are located right next to the Queens Zoo! Come celebrate Spring with us and enjoy the exciting rides of Fantasy Forest! Tickets, pricing, and hours are available on our website at www.fantasyforestnyc.com! We also are home to the most thrilling birthday parties in Queens!

Dinosaur Safari: Mysteries Revealed - Bronx Zoo
Through November 02, 2014 - Bronx

Dinos are back at the Zoo, bigger and badder! The attraction includes a ride through the Cretaceous and Jurassic periods with more than two-dozen animatronic dinosaurs up to 40 feet long which move, snarl, roar, and spit. Board a paleontologist's wagon for a trip back in time. Dig for fossils at a field site and explore artifacts. Take a tour through the pre-historic world at Erth's Dinosaur Zoo. Dinosaur Safari: Mysteries Revealed includes a ride through a two-acre area of the zoo, and highlights the physical or behavioral adaptations many share with species that are alive today. This limited engagement runs through November 2, and will be included in the Total Experience Ticket. Special events will take place all spring and summer. Tickets can be purchased in advance at bronxzoo.com.

Bundith Phunsombatlert's Wayfinding - Queens Museum
Through November 14, 2014 - Flushing

100 NYC Public Sculptures at Queens Museum is a site-specific project that guides viewers without the need for travel or motion, and questions how a journey within a specific geographic sphere can be a work of art in itself. The installation is composed of 100 directional signs, each with a drawing of a public sculpture in NYC and the distance (mapped with GPS coordinates) between the source- sculpture and the sign. Viewers participate in this project by experiencing each sculpture, whether through the original works or their representational drawn counterparts, calling attention to the very specific, transformative space between object and audience. (Architectural historian John Kriskiewics will offer a walk through the Public Sculptures in Flushing Meadows Corona Park on June 8.)

Forest Hills Greenmarket - Forest Hills (outside Post Office)
Through December 31, 2014 - Forest Hills

Features fresh, locally-grown vegetables, orchard fruit, nuts, coffee, berries, potted plants, flowers, honey, fresh seafood, breads, pastries, and more. This market is now open Sundays year-around.

Jackson Heights Greenmarket - Travers Park
Through December 31, 2014 - Jackson Heights

Located in one of the most diverse neighborhoods in the city, the recently expanded Jackson Heights Greenmarket is the largest and busiest Greenmarket in Queens. Wrapping around the edge of Travers Park, this bustling Sunday market draws a large crowd of families, long-time residents and young couples who come out to shop, enjoy the lively scene, and meet and greet their neighbors. The Friends of Travers Park designated 78th a "playstreet" where they host family-friendly events each Sunday adjacent to the market. Reflecting the culinary diversity of the neighborhood, the Jackson Heights market offers a broad selection of vegetables, fruit, eggs, fish, honey, chicken and specialty Mexican produce.


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