It’s In Queens This Week(end)

The Sheep Shearing Festival returns to Queens County Farm Museum on Saturday. Photo courtesy of QEDC.

The Sheep Shearing Festival returns to Queens County Farm Museum on Saturday. Photo courtesy of QEDC.

Rob MacKay

Special to the Eagle

The beat goes on…and on…and on! Sweet sounds are everywhere this week with the Queens New Music Festival’s return, a symphonic concert, an LGBTQ orchestra, bird song, and something described as “solar sound.” Greek cinema, Jewish comedy, modern dance, and Marionette puppets are also in town.

New York Greek Film Expo 2019

Thursday and Saturday

This series shares Greek films, promotes Greek filmmakers, and helps preserve the country’s film heritage. Here’s the Queens schedule: May 9, “Her Job,” 7 pm; May 11, “Refuge II: The Ice Path,” 2 pm; May 11, “Holy Boom,” 4:30 pm; May 11, “Last Song to Xenitia,” 7 pm.

Museum of the Moving Image, 36-01 35th Ave., Astoria’s Kaufman Arts District

Relic, or, I Was Bubbie’s Favorite by Joel Feinman (as told to Lojo Simon)


Nine performances of a comedy that explores celebrity, religion, and idolatry. An out-of-work actor finds one of the world’s greatest relics in his grandmother’s attic, giving him fame and fortune. He quickly discovers it’s not all fun and games.

Queens Theatre, 14 United Nations Ave. S., Flushing Meadows Corona Park.

Sheep Shearing Festival

Saturday 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

A day in the country with haircuts and wool spinning demos, live music, crafts, hayrides, and food.

Queens County Farm Museum, 73-50 Little Neck Pkwy., Glen Oaks

“Beauty and the Beast”

Saturday at 1 p.m. (workshop) & 2:15 p.m. (performance)

The award-winning National Marionette Theatre offers a close look at their exquisitely crafted marionettes and then shares its version of a classic play.

Flushing Town Hall, 137-35 Northern Blvd.

Daniel Fishkin: Part I

Saturday at 8 p.m.

EtM Con Edison’s 18-19 composer-in-residence is a sound artist and instrument builder. He presents music developed during his residency. Possibilities include solar sound, pre-synthesizer electronic music, radical lutherie, and wood that is attached or unattached to the ground.

Flushing Town Hall, 137-35 Northern Blvd.

Istanbul to Kathmandu

Saturday at 7 p.m.

Ethnomusicologist Ozan Aksoy does traditional and modern music from the Middle East and Mediterranean with this new jazz fusion project.

The Church-in-the-Gardens, 50 Ascan Ave., Forest Hills

Noguchi Talks,

Saturday at 3 p.m.

Landscape architect Marc Keane and garden scholar Matthew Kirsch talk about Japanese Gardens.

Noguchi Museum, 9-01 33rd Rd., LIC

Double Billing of New Work: Everything & “Real Love”

Saturday at 8 p.m.

Dance Entropy and the Polish Zawirowania Dance Theatre present new works.

Green Space, 37-24 24th St., LIC

Kids Cultural Exchange

Saturday at 4 pm.

What does traditional Persian music sound like? Travel around the world to hear sounds made from instruments originating hundreds of years ago during this interactive workshop.

The Church-in-the-Gardens, 50 Ascan Ave., Forest Hills

LIC Springs!,

Saturday at noon to 5 p.m.

Celebrate LIC with music, dance, and theater as well as interactive lessons, art, sculpture-making, fitness classes, outdoor dining, pop-up activities, and more. A small sample of participants includes American Folk Art Museum, Art Strong, Earth & Sky Healing Arts, Flux Factory, INSITU Site-Specific Dance Festival, and The Blue Bus Project.

Vernon Boulevard between 50th and 46th avenues, LIC.

Queer Urban Orchestra: New Season, Fresh Sounds,

Sunday at 3:30 pm.

NYC’s premier LGBTQ orchestra plays everything from marimba music to Mendelssohn’s “Symphony No. 5.”

Queens Museum, NYC Building, Flushing Meadows Corona Park

Queens Symphony Orchestra

Sunday at 3 p.m.

A masterworks concert with Verdi, Liszt, and Tchaikovsky.

LeFrak Concert Hall, vicinity of Kissena Boulevard and Horace Harding Expressway, Flushing.

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