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Mar 06, 2020

What To Do This Weekend! March 6-8

From a killer sci-fi film festival to pre-St. Patrick’s Day festivities, here are all the fun things to do in Astoria this weekend. And we’re unofficially welcoming spring! *ALL WEEKEND! (…)

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From a killer sci-fi film festival to pre-St. Patrick’s Day festivities, here are all the fun things to do in Astoria this weekend. And we’re unofficially welcoming spring!

Majic / Museum of the Moving Image

*ALL WEEKEND! The Philip K. Dick Film Festival: This week at the Museum of the Movie Image is the eighth annual Philip K. Dick Science Fiction Film Festival, featuring various features and short films. 36-01 35th Ave. March 4-8. More info here.

  • Friday, March 6, 5 p.m., Horror-Sci-Fi and Supernatural Shorts Program followed by a Q&A with directors and producers, Bartos Screening Room
  • Saturday, March 7, 2 p.m., A Brief History of Time Travel with director Gisella Bustillos and theoretical physicist Dr. Ronald Mallet in person, Bartos Screening Room
  • Saturday, March 7, 4 p.m., Best of Philip K. Dick Shorts followed by a Q&A with directors and producers, Bartos Screening Room
  • Sunday, March 8, 2 p.m., International Sci-Fi Shorts with followed by a Q&A with filmmakers, Bartos Screening Room
  • Sunday, March 8, 4:30 p.m., ANYA, with directors and development biologist Yelena Bernadskaya in person, Bartos Screening Room
  • Sunday, March 8, 6:30 p.m., m.a.j.i.c. with director Erin Berry, lead actress Paula Brancati, and co-writer/producer David Pluscauskas in person, Bartos Screening Room

Friday, March 6

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  • Do you LARP? (Live action role play): Join, also at the Museum of the Moving Image, The Dark Crystal’s Age of Resistance role-play game that will explore “the fantastical and sometimes terrifying stories of the planet Thra.” For visitors 16 and up, led by game designer Sharang Biswas and experimental theater artist Nick O’Leary. 36-01 35th Ave. 7pm. $25. More info.
  • Check out Lot-Less: A Lot-Less store, which replaced the Duane Reade at Broadway x Steinway, officially opened this week. People were lined out the door to get deals at this closeout-bargain specialist, so maybe you’ll beat the first-day rush this weekend!
  • And don’t miss this new delicious-looking LIC pop-up! 

Saturday, March 7

  • Pre-game for St. Paddy’s Day: Shillelagh Tavern is hosting their hilarious third annual “St. Practice Day” event, to help you practice for the rest of the raucous activities all month. Things will kick off at 7:30am for the Liverpool vs Bournemouth match, and then continue with green beer, jello shots, and green boozy marshmallows. $40 will get you a t-shirt and refillable cup to use all day, plus free buffet, drink specials and more! 47-22 30th Ave. 7:30am-?. More info.
  • Get your last winter cocktail in: The Highwater will be switching out their fall/winter cocktail menu so be sure to try their “Queens Apple Turnover” drink while there’s still a slight chill in the air. Including Apple brandy, scotch, apple cider, spiced orgeat, lemon and chili bitters. 34-20 Broadway. More info.

Sunday, March 8

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  • Or try a new spring one! Meanwhile at Oliver’s, spring cocktails have already made their debut! There’s the “Forbidden Fruit,” with strawberry, basil, fresh lime, gin, and soda; the “Derby Special” with fresh muddled mint, yuzu, Markers Mark 46, and fresh lime; and the “Hall Pass” with pineapple, jalapeno, campari, tequila and vida mezcal. 37-19 Broadway. More info.
  • Work on your writing with a group at Astoria Bookshop’s monthly Creative Writing Workshop: Award-winning essayist, playwright, and teacher Kelly Jean Fitzsimmons will help you work on “worldbuilding” in this week’s session. 31-29 31st St, Astoria, 5pm, $10 suggested donation (bring paper/pen). More info.
  • Watch the “funniest movie ever” with dinner and/or drinks: The Astorian is playing “Airplane” this weekend with trivia from Sauced Cinemas. They’ll be playing drinking games like Eye Spy while the passengers and crew choose between chicken or fish, and those who are costumed or bring memorabilia might get an extra prize! 28-50 31st St. Door 6pm, show 6:30pm. No admission fee. More info. 

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