Orchids bloom in Flushing, sculptures rise in Long Island City and poetry resonates in Astoria.
- Mozart Requiem — Aug. 16 at 7:30 p.m.
Local conductors lead a classical performance with the public and members of the Oratorio Society of Queens, the Forest Hills Choir and the Schola Sine Nomine.
Our Lady of Mercy Church, 70-01 Kessel St., Forest Hills.
- Summer Open Mic — Aug. 16 at 7 p.m.
All are invited to to share their art. The event welcomes poets, writers, singers, musicians, actors and comics.
Astoria Bookshop, 31-29 31st St.
- Taiwan: A World of Orchids — Aug. 17 to Aug. 19
A stunning exhibition of orchids evokes Taiwan’s landscape. Visit the Gold Orchid sculpture and view art by the North American Taiwanese Women’s Association-NY. The event features water colors, workshops, sale and dance.
Queens Botanical Garden, 43-50 Main St., Flushing.
- Chalaw Basiwali — Aug. 17 at 8 p.m.
Singer/songwriter Chalaw Basiwali is Amis, an Austronesian ethnic group native to Taiwan, and he performs with Kilema, a Malagasy roots musician who also has Austronesian roots. Their collaboration is a fusion of folk music with Bossa Nova rhythms.
Flushing Town Hall, 137-35 Northern Blvd.
- A Better World Festival — Aug. 18, 12 p.m. to 5 p.m.
Sing, dance, and be creative with local arts groups and nonprofit organizations.
Bliss Plaza, 46th Street and Queens Boulevard, Sunnyside.
- Clay Club — Aug. 18 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Observe sculptures by six artists and enjoy music, food and drinks by local vendors. Artist will also create projects using more than 2,000 pounds of clay.
SculptureCenter, 44-19 Purves St., LIC.
- The Pain of Others featuring director Penny Lane Aug. 18 — 4 p.m.
This horror film is entirely sourced from first-person YouTube videos. Penny Lane, an award-winning documentarian, goes down the online rabbit hole of people suffering from a mysterious skin illness that the mainstream medical community claims isn’t a real condition.
Museum of the Moving Image, 36-01 35th Ave., Astoria’s Kaufman Arts District.
- Dance at Socrates: Week 2 — Aug. 18, at 5:30 p.m.
Artist-in-residence troupe Norte Maar performs with Janice Rosario & Company.
Socrates Sculpture Park, 32-01 Vernon Blvd., LIC.
- Center of Attention — Aug. 18 at 3:30 p.m.
Visitors discuss the Akari Cloud installation, which is made up of 92 light sculptures inspired by the ideal of natural profusion that was explored by Isamu Noguchi.
Free with admission.
Noguchi Museum, 9-01 33rd Rd., LIC.
- ‘Take Me Out to the Ballgame’ — Aug. 18 at 1 p.m.
A screening of the classic film, which stars Gene Kelly and Frank Sinatra as 1900s vaudevillians who spend the winter cracking jokes onstage and the summer barnstorming as baseball players. It’s the last in a series of movies with stars who have Astoria roots.
Greater Astoria Historical Society, 35-20 Broadway, LIC.
- Ice Cream— Aug. 19 at 3 p.m.
Beat the heat with everyone’s favorite treat. Curator and food historian Kelsey Brow discusses the history of ice cream in United States. The discussion is followed by an ice cream sampling. Free.
King Manor Museum, Rufus King Park, 150th Street and Jamaica Avenue, Jamaica.
- Dr. K’s Motown Revue — Aug. 19 at 6 p.m.
The final concert in Borough President Melinda Katz’s summer concert series features fun, high-energy cover songs.
O’Donohue Park, Seagirt Boulevard between Beach 15th and Beach 17th streets, Far Rockaway.
- Saving Jamaica Bay — Aug. 19 at 8 p.m.
An outdoor screening of an award-winning documentary on the environmental, civic, and management issues related to the borough’s prized waterway.
The beach at 94th Street in Rockaway.