Shakespeare makes his triumphant return to Queens this week. And like most people, he stays outside. After all, this is where the bard can enjoy forest bathing, tea parties, movies, performance art, and a ridiculous amount of live music. Pirate Pete is coming back too! He is inside, as are other movies and concerts as well as plays and butterflies.
July 22, Drinks and Drams: Summer Soup, July 24. Exquisite Corpse Company dazzles with a reading series that brings five pieces created through the troupe’s residency at Culture Lab LIC to life. Schedule: July 22 to 7:30 p.m., “At least I made a good impression” by Cayenne Douglass; July 23 at 6 p.m.Angel’s Blood” by Brandon Rumaker and at 7:30 p.m., “bog friends » by Jose Sebastian Alberdi; and July 24 at 6 p.m., “Pinball” by Molly Bicks and at 7:30 p.m., “Jeff has to come” by Amitai Landau-Pope. Culture Lab LIC at Plaxall Gallery, 5-25 46th Ave.
July 22, Slumdog Millionaire, 8:20 p.m. An outdoor screening of a blockbuster film about a Mumbai teenager who reflects on his life after being accused of cheating on an Indian game show. Rufus King Park, near Jamaica Avenue and 153rd Street, Jamaica.
July 22, Grease, 7:30 p.m. This classic 1970s film follows 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? This is a postponement due to last week’s rain. Queens Botanical Garden, 43-50 Main Street, Flushing.
July 23, After the fire, 2 p.m. PS1 unveils the new After the Fire public mural during a program that includes food, drink, an ‘abolitionist tea’ led by artist Jackie Sumell and other festivities. Court PS1, 22-25 Jackson Ave., Long Island City.
July 23, Kombilesa Mí, 2 p.m. Based on the musical heritage of San Basilio de Palenque in Colombia (the first free black city in the Americas), the group Kombilesa Mí fuses traditional African sounds with urban pop. The members rap in Spanish and Palenquero, a fusion of Bantu, Portuguese, French and English. Flushing City Hall, 137-35 Northern Blvd.
July 23, Bathing Walk in the Forest, 10:30 a.m. Certified guide Linda Lombardo leads a meditative forest walk in the Japanese tradition of Shinrin-Yoku bathing. The aim is to inspire conscious connections with the natural elements of the woods for a range of healthy benefits. Alley Pond Environmental Center, 224-65 76th Ave., Oakland Gardens.
July 23, Queens Teens Gen Z Summit, noon. Participants watch Suzanne Lacy’s documentary The roof is on fire then participate in youth-led small group discussions and networks with other teens. They have the opportunity to learn more about applying to the Queens Teens Institute for Art and Social Justice’s inaugural leadership cohort. Queens Museum, NYC Building, Flushing Meadows Corona Park.
July 23, Pirate Pete’s Parrot, 2:30 p.m. In this play, Pirate Pete is a lovable rogue on a mission to find his beloved runaway parrot, Polly, who prefers pancakes to boring old birdseed. He also wants to find his buried treasure and pay rent to Baron Big-Butt. The Secret Theater, 38-02 61st Street, Woodside.
July 23, The Story of César Chávez, 2 p.m. With this play, Teatro SEA celebrates the life and legacy of a world-renowned Mexican-American labor activist. Learn about his activism in the National Farm Workers Association and his influence on nonviolent civil rights work. Lewis Latimer House Museum, 34-41 137th St., Flushing.
July 23, Jurassic Park, 7:30 p.m. Craft dinosaur artifacts out of clay and watch Steven Spielberg’s most successful film, Jurassic Park. Paleontologists Alan Grant and Ellie Sattler travel to an island theme park populated by dinosaurs created from prehistoric DNA. Ferocious predators break free and go hunting. Queens Botanical Garden, 43-50 Main Street, Flushing.
July 23, Big Bang Baby, 8 p.m. The members of this group play 19 instruments and take turns on lead vocals for an unparalleled sound. Resorts World New York, 110-00 Rockaway Blvd., South Jamaica.
July 24, Gospel Meets Ivory Coast, 1 p.m. Jewish Gospel singer Joshua Nelson performs. The Ivorian traditional dance and drum master Vado Diomande follows next. Then to end on a high note, they jam together. Flushing City Hall, 137-35 Northern Blvd.
July 24, Southeast Queens Jam Fest, 4 p.m. Some of the area’s top talent comes together for a free day of live music and entertainment. Lineup includes Riffz, Steven Kroon and True Tribute AllStars. Jamaica Center for the Performing Arts, 153-10 Jamaica Ave.
July 24, Lorenz Dance Studio, 4 p.m. This show is made up of great dancers moving to tropical rhythms (Salsa, Bachata, Merengue) from the Caribbean and South America. It is part of the Queens Theatre’s weekly Al Fresco programme. Corona Plaza, near Roosevelt Avenue and 104th Street.
July 24, Teej & The Sidepocket Hip Hop/Neo Soul, 6 p.m. A multi-genre performance as part of an ongoing weekly music series. Travers Park, 35th Avenue and 78th Street, Jackson Heights.
July 25, The Mitchells vs. the Machines, 8:20 p.m. An outdoor screening of a home movie about Katie Mitchell, who gets accepted to her dream college. Her father decides that the whole family will drive her to school and go on an adventure. However, their plans are ruined when technology stages a revolution against humanity. Cabbell Park, 120-03 Francis Lewis Blvd., Cambria Heights.
July 26, Live at the Portiques, 7 p.m. Zikrayat, an ensemble dedicated to the classical music and dance traditions of the Arab world, performs as part of an ongoing series from the Kupferberg Center for the Arts. Gantry Plaza State Park, 4-09 47th Rd., Long Island City.
July 26, Long Island City from the pages of the Long Island Star, 7 p.m. The Greater Astoria Historical Society hosts this online lecture on The History of Long Island City by J.M. Kelsey, an 1896 book about the last days of LIC municipality before Queens consolidated into New York City in 1898.
July 26, Ode to butterflies, 1 p.m. Butterflies and other flying pollinators inspire wearable art at this family-friendly workshop. Voelker Orth Museum, 149-19 38th Ave., Flushing.
July 26, Boss Baby 2: Family Business, 8:20 p.m. Outdoor projection of this animation on the Templeton brothers, who are trying to start a family business. What could go wrong? Springfield Park, Springfield Boulevard to 147th Avenue, Springfield Gardens.
July 27, Free Outdoor Shakespeare, August 21. The Woodside-based Hip to Hip Theater Company performs The Adventures of Pericles and Much Ado About Nothing 12 times in public spaces such as Unisphere, Cunningham Park, Voelker Orth Museum and Sunnyside Gardens.
July 28, Great Lawn Summer Concert, 7 p.m. This 22nd annual concert features jazz accents and classical masterpieces performed by the Queens Symphony Orchestra. The two main plays are “An American in Paris” by George Gershwin and “Four Pictures from New York” by Roberto Molinelli. The orchestra also performs “Prayer for Ukraine” by Ukrainian composer Valentin Silvestrov. Great Lawn of St. John’s University, enter through Gate 1 at 80-00 Utopia Pkwy., Jamaica Estates.
July 28, Taken by Artificial Surprise, July 31. A series of performances and installations by Jeanette Andrews that explores the relationships between magic, machine learning and surprise. Culture Lab LIC at Plaxall Gallery, 5-25 46th Ave.
July 28, Hidden History of African Americans, 6:30 p.m. The Lewis Latimer House Museum and historical archaeologist Meredith Linn give this virtual presentation on Seneca Village, a 19th-century majority African-American community that New York City moved to build Central Park in 1857. The city used an estate prominent to claim the land which contained more than 50 houses, three churches and a school.