Concert for Nepal planned for May 31 in Flushing

The Queensboro Symphony Orchestra holds a fund-raiser to aid Nepal this weekend.  Photo courtesy Queensboro Symphony Orchestra

The Queensboro Symphony Orchestra holds a fund-raiser to aid Nepal this weekend. Photo courtesy Queensboro Symphony Orchestra

For its season finale, the Queensboro Symphony Orchestra presents the NY Concert for Nepal this Sunday, May 31, at Mary’s Nativity Church in Flushing.

The concert will include performances of Tchaikovsky’s “Fifth Symphony,” Mozart’s “Horn Concerto No. 3″ and the Nepali national anthem.

There is no cost, but money given as part of a free-will offering will be donated to areas of Nepal affected by the recent earthquake.

Mary’s Nativity Church is located at 46-02 Parson Blvd. in Flushing. The May 31 concert begins at 7 pm.

Making an impact through Shakespeare

Jason and Joy Marr at the Queens Impact Award ceremony held Thursday night in Douglaston.

Jason and Joy Marr at the Queens Impact Award ceremony held Thursday night in Douglaston.

Last night the TimesLedger Newspapers presented its second Queens Impact Awards to 26 residents who are making a difference in the borough.

Woodside’s own Jason and Joy Marr, who cofounded the Hip to Hip Theatre Co., received one of the honors.

Hip to Hip, which begins its ninth season in July, presents free performances of Shakespeare comedies and dramas in parks across Queens.

Double dose of art in LIC

Vernon Boulevard will again be shut down for the LIC Springs! street fair on Saturday, May 9.

Vernon Boulevard will again be shut down for the LIC Springs! street fair on Saturday, May 9.

The art scene heats up in Long Island City with two big events this week.

On Saturday, the second annual LIC Springs! will shut down Vernon Boulevard for a street fair, including live music, art making and family activities.

Don’t miss the spaghetti and gelato eating contest that organizers hope will one day rival Coney Island’s Hot Dog Eating Contest.

Then on Wednesday, the fifth annual LIC Arts Open kicks off with five days of open art studios and exhibits at locations all over the neighborhood.

Check out works at the Falchi Building, The Factory LIC, Alobar, Manducatis Rustica and more.

LIC Springs! runs May 9, from noon to 5 p.m.

LIC Arts Open begins May 13 and runs through May 17.

Both events are free.

APAC’s ‘Merrily We Roll Along’ opens tonight

LilyAnn Carlson (in front) leads cast members Matt Welsh, Joanna Carpenter, Kevin Ray Johnson, Alex Akin, Jason Pintar and Audrey Hefferman Meyer in a musical number in APAC's production of

LilyAnn Carlson (in front) leads cast members Matt Welsh, Joanna Carpenter, Kevin Ray Johnson, Alex Akin, Jason Pintar and Audrey Hefferman Meyer in a musical number in APAC’s production of “Merrily We Roll Along.” Photo courtesy Michael R. Dekker

For the first show she has shepherded from top to bottom as Astoria Performing Arts Center’s artistic director, Dev Bondarin decided to dust off a legendary Broadway flop.

Stephen Sondheim, George Furth and Hal Prince created “Merrily We Roll Along,” which opened at the Alvin Theater Nov. 16, 1981 and closed 12 days later.

But of course, that’s when its mythology took off.

Told in reverse order — the show’s first scene takes place in 1976, its last in 1957 — Bondarin believes the show’s theme about defining moments, both tragic and beautiful, making us the people we are today is universal.

The show runs through May 23, at APAC.

A woman’s place is in the gallery

Visitors check out the Jamaica Center for Art & Learning's exhibit,

Visitors check out the Jamaica Center for Art & Learning’s exhibit, “In Situ: Women Artists in Place.” Photo courtesy JCAL

The Jamaica Center for Arts & Learning’s new exhibition, “In Situ: Women Artists in Place,” lets women artist decide where they fit into society through their works.

In situ is Latin for “in its original place.”

The show features pieces created by women artists in a variety of mediums.

On May 1, artists Andre St. Clair, Anh Nguyen, Alexandria Smith, Kimberly Mayhorn and Nicole Awai will be on hand to discuss their creations and their inspirations.

The talk is at 7 p.m., JCAL is located at 161-04 Jamaica Ave.

“In Situ: Women Artists in Place” runs through May 28.

Off-off Broadway rules in Queens

Leigh Anne West plays Nurse Ratched in Variations Theatre Group's production of "One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest." Photo courtesy Matt Wells

Leigh Anne West plays Nurse Ratched in Variations Theatre Group’s production of “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest.” Photo courtesy Matt Wells

Leah Dutchin (c.), as Othello, and Laura Frye, as Iago, speak as Alex Spieth, as the messenger, looks on during a scene in Titan Theatre Co.'s "Othello." Photo courtesy Lloyd Mulvey

Leah Dutchin (c.), as Othello, and Laura Frye, as Iago, speak as Alex Spieth, as the messenger, looks on during a scene in Titan Theatre Co.’s “Othello.” Photo courtesy Lloyd Mulvey

Two shows currently running in the borough are definitely worth checking out.

The Variations Theatre Co. soars with its production of “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest” at the Chain Theatre in LIC.

Over at the Queens Theatre in Flushing Meadows Corona Park, the theater geniuses at Titan Theatre Co., deliver a brilliant “Othello” performed by an all-women cast.

And the 2015 Queens Kudos goes to….

The 2015 Queens Kudos Award winners: Laura Frye (top, l. to r.), Terry Layman, Jacklyn Collier, Tristan Colton, Alberto Bonilla, and "A Christmas Carol."

The 2015 Queens Kudos Award winners: Laura Frye (top, l. to r.), Terry Layman, Jacklyn Collier, Tristan Colton, Alberto Bonilla, and “A Christmas Carol.”

TimesLedger Newspapers is pleased to announce the winners of its 2015 Queens Kudos Award for excellence in theater:

Outstanding Production: “A Christmas Carol”

Outstanding Director: Alberto Bonilla, “Richard III”

Outstanding Actor in a Lead Role: Terry Layman, “King Lear”

Outstanding Actress in a Lead Role: Laura Frye, “A Christmas Carol”

Outstanding Actor in a Supporting Role: Tristan Colton, “This Prison Where I Live”

Oustanding Actress in a Supporting Role: Jacklyn Collier, “Hurlyburly”

See the whole story here.