The Queen of hip-hop herself takes the stage at Wingate Field Monday night as part of the 29th Annual Martin Luther King Jr. concert series. Queen Latifah will perform with special guest Mary Mary.
(Today, 7:30 p.m., FREE, Wingate Field, Brooklyn Ave. btwn Rutland Road and Winthrop St., 718-222-0600, brooklynconcerts.com/mlk.html)
Barilla’s Summer of Italy
Get a taste of Italy in NYC this summer — literally. Barilla will be giving away FREE “Spaghettata-to-go” dinner kits this week along with two FREE passes per kit to Casa Barilla in Central Park (a four-day food fest starting Sept. 13) and a limited number of tix to the FREE Andrea Bocelli concert in Central Park on Sept. 15.
(Today, Union Square; Tomorrow, Seventh Ave. btwn W 31st and 32nd Sts.; Wed., E. 59th St. btwn Lex and Third Ave.; Thurs., Broadway btwn W. 58th St. and Columbus Circle, FREE, starting at 4 p.m., sharethetable.com/summerofitaly)
Second Annual Korea Day
The best of Korean food and culture will be on display in Central Park Tuesday for the Second Annual Korea Day at Naumburg Bandshell. Munch on delicious kimchi and other Korean staples, try on traditional Korean garb and learn how to make your own dduk — Korean rice cakes. Then watch fellow NYers compete in the first-ever K-POP contest.
(Tomorrow, 11 a.m.-7 p.m., FREE, Naumburg Bandshell, Central Park, Fifth Ave. at 72nd St., koreanculture.org)
“To Be Heard” Power Writing workshop, poetry slam and film screening
Sign your kids (12+) up for this FREE youth Power Writing workshop on the High Line sponsored by Rooftop Films, then stick around for a poetry slam with DJ Dooga and a screening of the documentary “To Be Heard” followed by a Q&A with the filmmaker.
(Tuesday, 4 p.m. workshop, FREE, High Line at 14th St., 7 p.m. poetry slam, 8:15 p.m. film, The Lot, 30th St. btwn 10th and 11th Aves., rooftopfilms.com/2011/schedule/to-be-heard-chelsea)
Shandana A. Durrani
You don’t have to travel far to get to the book signing of “Day Trips from New York City: Getaway Ideas for the Local Traveler.” Sip wine at the Carlton hotel, meet author and travel writer Shandana A. Durrani, and Tweet yourself to a complimentary one-night stay at the hotel and two signed copies of the guidebook by using the hashtag #carltonny from the event.
(Tuesday, 6:30-8:30 p.m., FREE, Carlton hotel lobby, 88 Madison Ave., 212-532-4100)
Bottlerocket Wine & Spirit’s GET SOME
You’ll have to buy your own dinner, but Bottlerocket Wine & Spirit will provide you with something yummy to wash it down with for FREE every Thursday this August! Grab some grub from a nearby food truck (Bongo Brothers Cuban food will be around this week) and head to Bottlerocket for a Tanteo Tequila pairing.
(Thursday, 6-8 p.m., FREE, Bottlerocket Wine & Spirit, 5 W 19th St., bottlerocket.com, 212-929-2323)
Cheap Trick and The Rattlers
They want you to want them. And you so know you do! Cheap Trick is performing with The Rattlers this Thursday in Coney Island as part of the 33rd Annual Seaside Summer Concert Series. Be there.
(Thursday, 7:30 p.m., FREE, W. 21st St. and Surf Ave., 718-222-0600, brooklynconcerts.com/seaside.html)