Van Morrison, Bette Midler, Doug E. Fresh, and Biz Markie are coming. So are ravens, owls, and an underpants-stealing squirrel. Good thing there’s plenty of pumpkin giveaways, cider-making events, and free admission at a great museum. Here’s the rundown.
Oct. 6, Equal Means Equal, 7 pm. A documentary exploring the status of women in the U.S. featuring interviews with Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney and Gloria Steinem. Then, a panel discussion with Kamala Lopez, women’s rights activist, filmmaker, actress, and director of Equal Means Equal; Darnell Martin, screenwriter and director of TV and films; Victoria Pannell, teen activist; and moderator Maya Wiley, chair of the Civilian Complaint Review Board. Free, but RSVP encouraged. Museum of the Moving Image, 36-01 35th Ave., Kaufman Arts District, http://bit.ly/2dLT2iq.
Oct. 7, Free First Friday, 10 am to 5 pm. Free admission and tours. Noguchi Museum, 9-01 33rd Rd., LIC, http://bit.ly/2dEK3jk.
Oct. 7, Retrospective on Polish Director Krzysztof Kieslowski, Nov. 6. With his emphasis on liberty, equality, and fraternity, Krzysztof Kieslowski was one of the most important European filmmakers of the 1990s. This series presents his features, shorts, early documentaries, and four posthumous works based on unproduced screenplays. $12. Museum of the Moving Image, 36-01 35th Ave., Kaufman Arts District, http://bit.ly/2dnoK3B.
Oct. 7, What Difference Does Poetry Make?, 6:30 pm. A reading and discussion on poetry’s impact in the efforts to curb violence against women. $10. Queens Council on the Arts, 37-11 35th Ave., Kaufman Arts District, http://bit.ly/2dnDf6B.
Oct. 7, A Fanatic Heart, 7:30 pm. Bob Geldof’s film traces W.B. Yeat’s life, from his earliest family trips to his Nobel Prize and role as senator in the new Free Irish State. Plus a short film entitled “Mr. Yeats & The Beastly Coins.” $11/$8 for seniors, students, unemployed. New York Irish Center, 10-40 Jackson Ave., LIC, http://newyorkirishcenter.org.
Oct. 8, Freak Out Let’s Dance, 5 pm. Bette Midler shares the stage with CHIC featuring Nile Rodgers, Earth, Wind & Fire, Alex Newell, DJ Cassidy, Village People, DJ Nicky and Siano of Studio 54. Prices vary. Forest Hills Stadium, One Tennis Pl., Forest Hills Gardens, http://bit.ly/2dm9Xc3.
Oct. 8, Raptor Fest 2016, noon to 3 pm. Urban Park Rangers provide ravens, hawks, owls, and falcons, along with live demonstrations by Skyhunters in Flight, a raptor-viewing area, displays by Wildlife in Need of Rescue and Rehabilitation, and activity booths. Free. The Unisphere, Flushing Meadows Corona Park, http://on.nyc.gov/2cYjv9W.
Oct. 8, Legends of the 80s, 8 pm. Doug E. Fresh, Biz Markie, Atlantic Star, Sisqo, and others. $25-$75. Resorts World Casino New York City, 110-00 Rockaway Blvd., South Jamaica, http://bit.ly/2dz9EbM.
Oct. 8, Karisma’s Charity Showcase, 8 pm. Founded in 2011, this multi-genre event promotes South Asian culture and raises money for children around the world battling pediatric cancer and other life-threatening diseases and education initiatives in the Himalayan region. $15/$12. Colden Auditorium at Kupferberg Center for the Arts, 65-30 Kissena Blvd., Flushing, http://bit.ly/2dLU7H4.
Oct.8, Cinema GAHS: The Searchers, 12:30 pm. On its 60th anniversary, watch a classic John Wayne Western and participate in roundtable with film historians. Free. Greater Astoria Historical Society, 35-20 Broadway, LIC, http://bit.ly/2cNFO3G.
Oct. 8, Vet Tech 201, 9:30 am. Learn animal care and science from a licensed veterinarian technician. From testing heart rates to examining animal X-rays and bones, from using stethoscopes to viewing slides. $23. Alley Pond Environmental Center, 228-06 Northern Blvd., Douglaston, http://alleypond.com.
Oct. 9, Van Morrison, 7:30 pm. “Brown Eyed Girl” and “Moondance” gave this singer/songwriter fame and fortune, but his career actually began at age 13, when the Belfast native first joined a traveling band. In this concert, he performs with his daughter, Shana Morrison. Forest Hills Stadium, One Tennis Pl., Forest Hills Gardens, http://bit.ly/2dnD8bs.
Oct. 9, World’s Fair History Walking Tours, 11 am. Check out a dozen World’s Fair sites with docents. Tours at 11 am, noon, and 1 pm. Free. Meet at the Unisphere, Flushing Meadows Corona Park, http://on.nyc.gov/2cYkMxL.
Oct. 9, The Duquesne University Tamburitzans, 3 pm. The Tamburitzans present a wonderful two-hour journey through the towns, back roads and villages of Old Eastern Europe. Expect 36 performers with hundreds of colorful costumes, and live music performed on authentic instruments. $35. Queensborough Performing Arts Center, 222-05 56th Ave., Bayside, http://bit.ly/2cOksOA.
Oct. 9, Harvest Festival, noon to 5 pm. This annual event includes a costume parade, a pumpkin giveaway, cider- and candle-making, and various crafts. $5/free for children. Onderdonk House, 1820 Flushing Ave., Ridgewood, http://bit.ly/1bjQBaP.
Oct. 9, Squirrel Stole My Underpants, 11 am and 2 pm. This show combines puppetry, mime, dance, and original music. Sylvie is hanging up laundry in the backyard. She turns her back, and a squirrel steals her favorite piece of clothing. When Sylvie gives chase, an entire world emerges from her laundry basket. $6-$13. Flushing Town Hall, 137-35 Northern Blvd., http://bit.ly/2dmcVNq.
Oct. 12, In Arts We Trust: Chinese Opera in New York City, 7 pm. Presented in partnership with Chinese Theatre Works, this animated discussion features leading performers and producers of New York’s Chinese Opera community. $5 suggested donation. Flushing Town Hall, 137-35 Northern Blvd., http://bit.ly/2drjE4F.
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