"April showers bring May flowers, but what do May flowers bring?" "Pilgrims!" Yes, but May brings fun as well - concerts, meetings, adventures - to Astoria!
Sunday Night Cinema Summer of Sequels Kickoff
Sunday, May 1 at 3 p.m. - May 2, 4 a.m.
Hell Gate Social, in the garden. 12-21 Astoria Blvd, Astoria
Hell Gate Social kicks off its Sunday Night Cinema series for Summer 2011 with a screening of Wayne's World. Before the show, enjoy an all you can eat BBQ (burgers, hot dogs, BBQ chicken, corn, and condiments). $15 for all you can eat BBQ, movie is free.
Astoria Market's Pre-Mother's Day Gift Event
Sunday, May 1, 2011, noon-5 p.m.
main hall of Bohemian Hall, 29-19 24th Ave, Astoria
Stop by the Astoria Market to purchase a selection of artisan wares, including handmade greeting cards, natural bath and body care, handmade jewelry, and more. Free chair massages will also be available.
For Momma - an Evening of Music and Shopping for a Cause
Friday, May 6, 5-10 p.m.
Aurora Gallery, 35-18 37th St, 2nd fl, Long Island City
Music, fashion, and charity converge for a terrific evening at the Aurora Gallery. $10 raffle tickets will be available, all proceeds going towards the work of E.P.I.C. (Everyday People Initiating Change), which focuses on bringing clean drinking water to people who need it. Vintage clothes, jewelry, hats, scarves, chinaware, and more will be available for purchase, too.
NY Anti-Crime Tree Giveaway
Saturday, May 7, 11 a.m.-1 p.m.
Astoria Park parking lot, 19th St & Hoyt Ave North, Astoria
175 trees will be given away to NYC residents on a first come, first-served basis. Limit one tree per household. Sponsored by New York Anti-Crime, New York Queens CERT 1, MillionTreesNYC, New York Restoration Project and the New York City Department of Parks & Recreation. Free.
Build It Green!'s Bi-Annual Block Party
Saturday, May 7, 12-3 p.m.
Build It Green!, 3-17 26th Ave, Astoria
Build it Green! has a stellar event planned with plenty of fun and activities, from a planter-making workshop (using pallet wood), to a compost tumbler building workshop and a plant sale by Two Coves Community Garden. Free music and BBQ will be available, too. Free.
May Queens Green Drinks
Saturday, May 7, 2-4 p.m.
Build It Green!, 3-17 26th Ave, Astoria
While you're at Build It Green! stay and connect with like minded people concerned with the environment and community around them, while enjoying a refreshing beverage.
LIC Boathouse Hallets Cove Volunteer Orientation Day
Sunday, May 8, 10-4 p.m.
LIC Boathouse, 46-01 5th St, Long Island City
If you want to volunteer with LICB at Hallets Cove this season, you'll need to attend an orientation session. You'll learn how to set up equipment at the Boathouse, review safety procedures, learn how to launch canoes and kayaks, and more. Free.
Sunday, May 8, 7-9 p.m.
St Joseph's Roman Catholic Church, 30th Ave and 43rd St, Astoria
The Astoria Symphonic Choir teams up with the Astoria Symphony for an evening of great music making in Astoria. Enjoy classical masterpieces by Franz Josef Haydn including his Organ Concerto No. 2, Little Organ Mass, and the popular Lord Nelson Mass. Tickets are $20 general, $15 students/FSSA students/seniors.
East and West: Between Past and Future
Sunday, May 10, 3 p.m.
Noguchi Museum, 9-01 33rd Road, Astoria
Phong Bui, writer, art critic, and Brooklyn Rail publisher, will moderate this panel discussion focusing on the context and form of Asian American art in the 21st century. Panelists include art critic Robert C. Morgan and artists Tomie Arai and Yun-Fei Ji. They'll provide unique perspectives on the future of Asian American art. Free with admission to the museum.
Rock, Paper, Scissors with McKendree Key
Saturday, May 14, 12-3 p.m.
Socrates Sculpture Park, 32-01 Vernon Blvd
Take advantage of this workshop to give your kids an opportunity to learn to make handmade paper. Free.
Electric Ayres: Songs for Voices and Electronic Devices
Friday, May 20, 8 p.m.
eGarage, 44-02 23rd St, Long Island City
NYC-based Random Access Music presents six world premieres, from modernistic to classical-rock fusion, performed by the chamber ensemble URSULA. These world premieres are by composers B. Allen Schulz, Andrew Lee, Manly Romero, David Fetherolf, Stefan Weisman, and URSULA guitarist David Nadal. Tickets are $20 adults, $15 seniors/students.
Green Shores Monthly Meeting
Thursday, May 26, 6:30-8 p.m.
Greater Astoria Historical Society, 35-20 Broadway, 4th Floor
Meet with fellow community members interested in the health of the Western Queens waterfront parks. Free.
Red Carpet Makeup Workshop
Thursday, May 26, 6-8 p.m.
Creator's Coop, 26-16 23rd Ave, Astoria
Creator's Coop member Gaetano will teach you how to do makeup for photo shoots, weddings and other special occasions. Bring with you all the makeup supplies you want to use, especially foundation. If you have a dress you'd like to wear to complete the look, bring a photo of it. 8 people maximum for this workshop, $30.00 fee. RSVP at firstname.lastname@example.org.