FREE & CHEAP NYC - Week starting August 16, 2013
- New York City 08/14/2013 by Angela Church & Maayan Schneider (WBAI)

The Queen County Farm Museum is located in Glen Oaks, Queens - and entrance is free!

Come on a weekend to look at chickens, goats, sheep, cows, pigs, and ALPACAs and take a tour of the historic farm house and herb garden, which includes historic herbs such as Costmary (which is a relaxing herb), Wormwood (which can be put in tea to give you lucid dreams, as an insect repellent, and is used to make Absinthe), Tansy (a good meat preservative - which they discovered by mistake - a gentleman was buried with some Tansy, and when for some reason they had to exhume the body, they found that both the Tansy and the flesh it touched were very well-preserved) .

They also have a Farm Stand - where they sell local farm products: heirloom tomatoes, kale, chard, and more!

Bring a picnic lunch and make a day of it! Insider tip: have your picnic on one of the lawns around the farm, instead of the more crowded picnic area.

Aug. 16: FREE All Levels Open Dance Master Class by: Cecilia Marta 7:00 – 9:30 pm, East River State Park, Brooklyn

Francesca Harper blends original choreography, dance, music and film to create groundbreaking works that are category-defying.  Harper has performed in several Broadway productions including: Fosse, The Producers, The Frogs, and The Color Purple.  She has choreographed works for the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, Ailey II, Tanz Graz, and her own company, The Francesca Harper Project, which aspires to create a unique style – classical dance forms, deconstructed and fused with cutting-edge text, music, and film. Conceived, choreographed and directed by Francesca Harper, Modo Fusion: Art Prototype is an hour-long exploration through the world of beauty pageants, using a surreal blend of original dance, music, film and narration.

Master Class:  Come join Cecilia Marta in discovering the richness of World Jazz and embody its instinctual rhythms and sensual organic flow.
7:00 PM – All Levels Open Dance Master Class by: Cecilia Marta
8:00 PM – Performances

August 16: 7 pm – Irish Night featuring Andy Cooney and his world-famous Irish band, performing favorite Irish tunes and much more.   At Beach 108th Street (in Rockaway Beach & Boardwalk), Queens
August 20: 7 pm BOBBY McFERRIN AT CENTRAL PARK SUMMERSTAGE!! Free!!!  That is all.


Aug. 17:  Events at 10am & 1pm; Wow Hoop Circus performance for infants & families

For Reservations, call Silvana’s, 300 W. 116th St., between Frederick Douglass Blvd. & Manhattan Ave. at

Baby circus director Mette Ylikorva based the development of the performance on the needs of infant families. The performance has toured child health centers, cultural centers, festivals and children’s events since 2008. It has been seen by 1105 infants and adults. Audiences have expressed both gratitude and surprise: “We didn’t know what to expect when we came, but thankfully we did. Our baby followed the performance and now we can continue at home with our own circus.”
The circus has awoken curiosity and joy, which has encouraged families to attend the performance with their infants. The show begins gradually and softly. Babies who are meeting other babies for the first time can also participate.
As the audience arrives, performers get acquainted with each infant before moving to the performance space. There is no visible differentiation between the stage and the audience; the infants’ parents are also included. Infants are gently allowed to become familiar with the stage props, which are both safe and bite-resistant. The now familiar performer introduces circus characters and acts, which captivate the attention of the infants and entertain parents.
The performance lasts for 30 minutes and the workshop lasts 15-30 minutes. Performances can include up to 14 infants per session.


Aug. 17: Queens World Film Festival – on the sand at Beach 86th St. Short films from Spain, IRAN, Belgium, Italy and QUEENS!! 


Last week, we spoke about the Theatrical Walking Tour: The Great Struggle for Cheap Meat - a musical in the streets based on the 1902 Kosher Meat Boycott lead by Lower East Side housewives.  At the start of the show, you get an MP3, everyone presses PLAY at the same time, and then you follow the talented performing teenagers around the streets of the East Village while they tell the story of…..
The next performance is at:
11:00 am: Saturday Aug. 17th
FREE: Reservations required due to limited audio equipment RSVP:

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The Queens County Farm Museum