Queens shows its literary side with readings, spoken word events, poetry slams and serious comedy. Ballet, Jazz, outdoor film, Mariachis, and a good reason to hit a can are also on the program.
July 15, Nai-Ni Chen dance performance, 7 p.m. Capital One CityParks SummerStage presents a free live performance by Taiwanese-American troupe Nai-Ni Chen with Les Ballet Afrik and a dance workshop at 6 p.m. The Unisphere, Flushing Meadows Corona Park.
July 15, 1 World, 2:30 p.m. The Joffrey Ballet School and Shake the Ground: The Ultimate Dance Competition present this show from the students of the New York City Hip Hop Intensive. Queens Theatre, 14 United Nations Ave. S., Flushing Meadows Corona Park.
July 15, Fleetwood Macked, 8 p.m. This cover band brings the passion, depth, heart and musicality that Fleetwood Mac’s music needs. Their performance consists of hits from the 1970s to today. Resorts World New York, 110-00 Rockaway Blvd., South Jamaica.
July 16, Fela! The Concert, 8 p.m. Beloved late Nigerian superstar Fela Kuti made the AfroBeat genre world famous. This tribute features many of the same performers from the recent Broadway musical about his life. Queens Theatre, 14 United Nations Ave. S., Flushing Meadows Corona Park.
July 16, St. Albans Jazz and R&B Festival, 4 p.m. Phyllis Yvonne “Queen of Conscious Comedy” Stickney is the emcee of the twelfth annual event which includes performances from festival headline band Leon & The Peoples, jazz guitarist Norman Brown and Grammy winner Regina Belle . Mayor Eric Adams and Council Speaker Adrienne Adams present a Key to the City of New York to Roberta Flack. St. Albans Park, near Merrick Boulevard and Sayres Avenue.
July 16, Jazz Jam All-Stars Concert, 7:30 p.m. House band frontman Carol Sudhalter invited 10 musicians to monthly jam sessions to pay tribute to Louis Armstrong. One of the guests is 15-year-old Ezra Kessler, a drummer who’s been on the jams since he was 12. Flushing Town Hall, 137-35 Northern Blvd.
July 16, July 14 concert, 4 p.m. Flutist/glass artist Naomi Rabinowitz plays French classics by Debussy and others. Maple Grove Cemetery, 127-15 Kew Gardens Rd.
July 16, ChocQuibTown, 6 p.m. A free live celebration of Afro-Caribbean music with Colombian band ChocQuibTown as part of Capital One CityParks SummerStage. The Unisphere, Flushing Meadows Corona Park.
July 16, Movie nights: Grease, 7:30 p.m. This classic 1970s film centers on high schoolers Sandy (Olivia Newton-John) and Danny (John Travolta), who have a summertime romance despite belonging to different cliques. Will their love last the school year? The film is associated with a craft activity for children. Queens Botanical Garden, 43-50 Main Street, Flushing.
July 16, Guilty Pleasures, 8 p.m. This 1980s cover band is made up of six seasoned musicians who take audiences back in time with high energy and flawless showmanship. Resorts World New York, 110-00 Rockaway Blvd., South Jamaica.
July 17, Bang on a Can, 4 p.m. Now in its twelfth year, this popular series features live music and dancing once a month in the garden and galleries. On July 17, eddy kwon merges composition, improvisation and transmutation to tell the story of a young boy who learns that he is going to become a mother. In addition, Iva Casian-Lakos performs the works of Joan La Barbara “A Trail of Indeterminate Light” and “ad astra”. The Noguchi Museum, 09-01 33rd Rd., Long Island City.
July 17, Jackknife Comedy, 7 p.m. This monthly stand-up (third Sunday) features Sam Evans (Just for Laughs), Kristin Manna (The New Yorker), Elsa Eli Waithe (This American Life), Lizzy Cassidy (Keith and The Girl), Alon Elian (Heads Will Roll), Ja-Ron Young (New York Comedy Club) and Cathy Humes (True Detective Pikachu) on July 17. QED Astoria, 27-16 23rd Ave., Astoria.
July 17, Mamma Mia!, 8:30 p.m. The Hellenic Film Society and NYC Parks are offering a free screening of this 2008 ABBA-inspired musical starring Amanda Seyfried, Meryl Streep, Pierce Brosnan and Colin Firth. Athens Square Park, 30th Avenue and 30th Street, Astoria.
July 17, BIM, 6 p.m. Brothers in Madness group with Fariyah Premaa do Bangla Rock as part of an ongoing weekly music series. Chinese yo-yo session too. Travers Park, 35th Avenue and 78th Street, Jackson Heights.
July 17, Long Island City: The Cradle of Creativity, 11 a.m. Greater Astoria Historical Society President Bob Singleton leads a virtual tour of the neighborhood with images from his brand new book “Historical Tales of Long Island City.”
July 18, Torpedoes and machetes, 6:30 p.m. Ignacio Gatica and Alan Martín Segal animate an evening of readings of texts and poems by the interlocutors who shaped the projects developed and presented in the related exhibition on site. SculptureCenter, 44-19 Purves St., Long Island City.
July 19, Mariachi Real de Mexico, 7 p.m. This mariachi group, founded in 1991 by Ramon Ponce Sr. and his son, Ramon Jr., performs as part of Live at the Gantries 2022. Gantry Plaza State Park, 4-09 47th Rd., Long Island City.
July 19, All Colors, 1 p.m. Amy Cheng leads a collage workshop. The creations will be exhibited at the museum. Voelker Orth Museum, 149-19 38th Ave., Flushing.
July 19, The Risk of Discovery Reading Series, 6:30 p.m. This monthly open-mic event consists of three-minute slots in which wordsmiths present their verses to those in attendance. Workshops, special presentations and discussions are frequent. Fabula Cafe, 39-67 61st Street, Woodside.
July 21, Pioneering Women in Australian Cinema, August 14. Curated by guest curator Michelle Carey, this series of 20 films spotlights visionary independent artists who have helped define a new era in Australian cinema. Museum of the Moving Image, 36-01 35th Ave., Kaufman Arts District of Astoria.