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It’s In Queens! | April 12 to April 18

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Not all boroughs are created equally — obviously as Queens is so outstanding. But not all weeks are created equally either. And this upcoming one is overflowing with tremendous events. A small sampling includes celebrity chefs, artistic debuts, a Grammy winner, rising stars, cherry blossoms, banned films, a two-day conference, and the “finest males voices from London’s West End.”

April 12, Babylon, April 21. Because of its controversial nature, this film was never released in the U.S. It follows a young dancehall deejay in South London who battles fiercely against racism and xenophobia. Six shows are April 12, 7:30 pm; April 13, 3 pm and 7 pm; April 20, 3 pm; April 21, 1 pm and 5 pm. Museum of the Moving Image, 36-01 35th Ave., Astoria’s Kaufman Arts District.

April 12, Harlem Nights in Jamaica, 7 pm. New music and dance by Broadway star Omar Edwards and K360 club. It’s a journey from jazz to reggae and back. Jamaica Performing Arts Center, 153-10 Jamaica Ave.

April 12, Theorizing the Web Conference, April 13. Scholars, journalists, artists, activists, and technology practitioners attend and offer discussions and lectures. Museum of the Moving Image, 36-01 35th Ave., Astoria’s Kaufman Arts District.

April 13, Cinco de Mayo, April 14. The borough-based Calpulli Mexican Dance Company debuts “Puebla: The Story of Cinco de Mayo,” which commemorates the Mexican victory over the French on May 5, 1862. Two shows on April 13 at 8 pm and April 14 at 2 pm. Queens Theatre, 14 United Nations Ave. S., Flushing Meadows Corona Park.

April 13, Peter Yarrow, 8 pm. Yarrow was part of the 1960s trio Peter, Paul and Mary, which sang at Vietnam War protests and participated in Civil Rights marches. (They also won five Grammys.) Expect “If I Had a Hammer,” “Blowin’ in the Wind,” and “Leaving on a Jet Plane.” Queens College’s LeFrak Concert Hall, vicinity of Kissena Boulevard and Horace Harding Expressway, Flushing.

April 13, Rising Stars and Young Composers, 7 pm. Four young prodigies from The Juilliard School Pre-College and the NY Philharmonic program — all between the ages of 11 and 16 — perform classical music. The Church-in-the-Gardens, 50 Ascan Ave., Forest Hills.

April 13, Joya Powell & Movement of the People Dance Company, 1:30 pm. Learn how to create styles, share stories with headwraps, hair ties and scarves, create short works of choreograph, and learn others. Jamaica Performing Arts Center, 153-10 Jamaica Ave.

April 14, The Barricade Boys, 3 pm. Making their NY debut, the “finest male voices from London’s West End” do show tunes, ballads, arias and some of the best pop, rock, and swing. St. John’s University’s Marillac Hall, 80-00 Utopia Pkwy., Jamaica.

April 14, Dining for Justice, 5 pm. Pop-up food hall with all-star chefs serving small plates. Event raises awareness and money for Immigrant Families Together. Chefs and restaurants include Hugue Dufour from M Wells, John Brown Smokehouse’s Josh Bowen, and pitt master John Zervoulakos of Stuey’s Smokehouse. Sound River Studios, 4-40 44th Dr., LIC.

April 14, Windchimes For Sale and Play, 5 pm. Last day of Skip LaPlante’s exhibition of windchimes made from “stuff nobody else wanted.” Meet Skip, who will perform music he composed for a windchimes orchestra. Items for sale. Flushing Town Hall, 137-35 Northern Blvd.

April 14, Flushing Cherry Blossom, April 21. Free admission to a garden of cherry trees during regular hours, noon to 5 pm. Lewis H. Latimer House Museum, 34-41 137th St., Flushing.

April 14, Something Old, Something New, Something Borrowed, Something Blue, 3 pm. The Quintet of the Americas plays an eclectic mix of woodwind music covering Gershwin, blues, pop, folk, and minimalism. Queens Botanical Garden, 43-50 Main St., Flushing.

April 14, Annual Holocaust Freedom Seder, noon. A recreation of the 1946 Passover Seder that Holocaust survivors held in Munich, Germany. Queensborough Community College, Student Union Building, 222-05 56th Ave., Bayside.

April 14, Found In Translation: Home and Away in Ancient and Contemporary Chinese Poetry, 3 pm. Eleanor Goodman and Chloe Garcia Roberts discuss translated Chinese traditional and contemporary poems in connection to the themes of Home and Migration. Lewis H. Latimer House Museum, 34-41 137th St., Flushing.

April 14, Gemini Journey: Movie Music Magic!, 2 pm. Violinist Diane Block and cellist Terry Batts explore the common American experience through soundtracks from iconic films such as “On the Waterfront” and “A Hard Day’s Night.” Voelker Orth Museum, 149-19 38th Ave., Flushing.

April 14, Anna Webber on Saxophone: A Solo Performance, 1 pm. EtM ConEdison Composer-in-Residence Anna Webber offers short compositions she developed over the last 12 months. Queens Museum, NYC Building, Flushing Meadows Corona Park.

April 14, World’s Fair Walking Tour, 11 am. Free guided tour of iconic and surprising structures and monuments, including the NYS Pavilion and the Unisphere. Walks are on every second Sunday of the month during spring and summer.

April 14, Center of Attention, 3:30 pm. Open discussion on Isamu Noguchi’s 1970 masterpiece “Magic Ring.” The Noguchi Museum, 09-01 33rd Rd., LIC.

April 14, Family Concert: Heroes’ Adventures, 3 pm. Queens Symphony Orchestra does works by Bernstein, Beethoven, and Kodály. Queens College’s LeFrak Concert Hall, vicinity of Kissena Boulevard and Horace Harding Expressway, Flushing.

April 14, Bird Walk with NYC Audubon, 9:30 pm. In this special monthly series, NYC Audubon members help others spot and identify creatures of flight. Queens Botanical Garden, 43-50 Main St., Flushing.

April 17, Birding the Hudson Valley, 8 pm. Kathryn Schneider, a past president of the New York State Ornithological Association, discusses her recent book, which contains explicit directions to more than 80 Hudson Valley locations to see birds. Alley Pond Environmental Center, 228-06 Northern Blvd., Douglaston.

April 17, Gabriel Orozco: Rotating Objects, Aug. 11. An exhibition of 10 Orozco works—seven Roto Shaku and three Obi Scrolls. The Roto Shaku are made from a standard length of lumber that the artist has wrapped in a range of colored tapes with decorative patterning, practical mark making, and the theories of signs, symbols, and structures that underlie much of modern Western painting. The Obi Scrolls were fashioned by incising, rotating, and reversing sections of fragments of antique kimono sashes. The results were then mounted on scrolls as paintings. The Noguchi Museum, 09-01 33rd Rd., LIC.

April 18, And Then There Were None, April 28. Watch Agatha Christie’s classic whodunit unfold and unravel. Shows are at 7:30 pm on April 18-21, 24-27 and at 3 pm on April 20 and 28. The Secret Theatre, 44-02 23rd St., LIC.

April 18, Mariana Valencia: Bouquet, April 27. This performance piece contemplates authorship within the premise of transmission, relation, alliance, and ensemble. Valencia uses her body as the main archive as she quotes dances by legends. Thursdays through Saturdays at 8 pm. The Chocolate Factory Theater, 5-49 49th Ave., LIC.

Continued from the previous week

Havana Film Fest, through April 14. Queens is part of the 20th annual Havana Film Festival New York. Remaining schedule: “Inocencia,” a thriller about a group of medical students imprisoned for a crime they didn’t commit, April 14, 2 pm; and “Los Silencios,” the tale of a displaced Colombian mother who finds refuge in a ghostly island off Brazil’s coast, April 14, 4:30 pm. Museum of the Moving Image, 36-01 35th Ave., Astoria’s Kaufman Arts District.

Bionic Me, through May 5. With hands-on displays and full-body experiences, this exhibition explores the medical and industrial breakthroughs that enhance the human experience. Visitors can move a ball with their minds, manipulate a robot arm, race against a Paralympian, use night vision to see in the dark, and make a human invisible. New York Hall of Science, 47-01 111th St., Corona.

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Where to begin this week? Get covered in colored talcum powder at the Phagwah Parade or swim in bubbles at a circus. Build wonderful creations at Brick Fest or fall in love at a romantic concert. Rock out at a jam or explore a 19th century Civil War fortress. Express yourself through painting or treat yourself to a hilarious one-man show. Where to end?

March 29, B: The Underwater Bubble Show, 8 pm. Straight from Latvia, B is a musical fairy tale that transports audiences to an underwater world inspired by Cirque du Soleil. Expect laser technology, snow cannons, optical illusions, and some surprises. Queens College’s Colden Auditorium, 153-49 Reeves Ave., Flushing.

March 29, Joe Kye: Migrants, 8 pm. Kye brings his unique blend of violin looping, electronics, singing, and storytelling, with a special guest, Chinese-American hip-hop artist Jason Chu. Workshop at 7 pm. Flushing Town Hall, 137-35 Northern Blvd.

March 29, Live Jazz, 6:30 pm. The Bayo Fayemi Group creates a sonic landscape that explores the band namesake’s self identify through the lens of his predecessors’ homeland, Africa, and his Queens neighborhood. $15. King Manor Museum, 153rd Street and Jamaica Avenue, Jamaica.

March 29, Welcome to La Misa, Baby!, March 31. In response to attacks on the LGBTQ community, performer and activist Migguel Anggelo presents his new one-man show. Using music, dance, and a kaleidoscope of personalities, he pays homage to one of the most sacred spaces in gay culture: the disco. Shows are March 29 and 30 at 7 pm and March 31 at 2:30 pm. LaGuardia Performing Arts Center Little Theatre, 31-10 Thomson Ave., M Building, LIC.

March 30, Brick Fest Live, March 31. The ultimate LEGO fan experience with sculptures, collaborative building projects, hands-on activities, a glow gallery, a wall, and more. Open 10 am to 6 pm on both days. New York Hall of Science, 47-01 111th St., Flushing Meadows Corona Park.

March 30, Mike Leigh’s Period Pictures, April 3. On the occasion of Leigh’s ambitious new film “Peterloo,” he attends screenings of his historical dramas. Schedule: “Topsy-Turvy,” March 30, 1:30 pm; “Mr. Turner,” March 30, 4:30 pm; “Vera Drake,” March 31, 7 pm; and an advance screening of “Peterloo,” April 3, 7 pm. Museum of the Moving Image, 36-01 35th Ave., Astoria’s Kaufman Arts District.

March 30, The Romantic Heart, 7:30 pm. The Queens Symphony Orchestra presents the first concert in its Masterworks Series. Expect romance with Wagner, Mendelssohn, and Beethoven. Free with online RSVP. Flushing Town Hall, 137-35 Northern Blvd.

March 30, Book Event, 2 pm. Art Shamsky and Erik Sherman discuss their forthcoming book “After the Miracle: The Lasting Brotherhood of the ’69 Mets.” Shamsky was on this team, and the book is an inside account of the consistently last-place team that turned it around for one season. Book Culture LIC, 26-09 Jackson Ave., LIC.

March 30, Footsteps for Progress Fun Run, 8 am. A five-kilometer walk/run to raise funds for Queens Center for Progress, a service provider for people with developmental disabilities. Meet at 81-15 164th St., Jamaica.

March 31, Phagwah Parade, noon. For the 39th year, floats filled with colorfully clad revelers kick off from 133rd Street and Liberty Avenue and roll to Phil Rizutto Park (formerly Smokey Oval Park) in Richmond Hill for food, music, dancing, chanting, and plenty of incense.

March 31, The Platters with Special Guest Bradd Marquis, 3 pm. One of the most successful vocal groups of all time with 40 Billboard Hot 100 singles, The Platters burst onto the world stage 50 years ago. Special guest Bradd Marquis presents a tribute to Sam Cooke with such songs as “You Send Me” and “Twistin’ The Night Away.” Our Lady of the Blessed Sacrament, 34-24 203rd St., Bayside.

March 31, Queens Jazz OverGround Spring Fest, noon. A free, daylong series of jazz workshops and performances by student combos, master classes, and school bands. The evening lineup has six Queens-based ensembles. Free with online RSVP. Flushing Town Hall, 137-35 Northern Blvd.

March 31, From W.C. Fields to Goodfellas, 2:30 pm. Jason Antos, the author of six books on the borough, lectures on the motion picture industry in Queens. Since 1900, the borough has hosted various movie studios. Some of Hollywood’s earliest superstars lived here before the days of Beverly Hills and Malibu. Queens Historical Society, 143-35 37th Ave., Flushing.

March 31, Behind-the-Scenes Fort Totten, noon. Explore a 19th century Civil War fortress with the New York Adventure Club and an Urban Park Ranger. $29-$32. Meet at the Fort Totten Visitor Center, Lee Road, Bayside.

March 31, Holi, the Spring Festival of Colors, 2:30 pm. Colorful dances and music in celebration of the Hindu holiday Holi, which marks regeneration. The Hindu Temple Society of North America co-sponsors. Queens Museum, NYC Building, Flushing Meadows Corona Park.

April 2, Wine and Watercolors, 6 pm. Paint an original watercolor with professional artist Lisa Zilker and sample some classic French wines perfect for spring. Each participant goes home with artwork, a bottle of one of the wines, and a gift bag. $40. RSVP to Lisa Zilker at lmzilker@gmail.com. SquareWine & Spirits, 24-20 Jackson Ave., LIC.

April 2, Something Old, Something New, Something Borrowed, Something Blue, 12:30 pm. Quintet of the Americas, the borough’s renowned woodwind quintet, presents jazz, blues, minimalism, Latin, Middle Eastern, and Pop. The guest artists are Renee Manning on vocals, Earl McIntyre on tuba, and Carlos Maldonado on percussion. Free. York College CUNY, 94-20 Guy R. Brewer Blvd., Jamaica.

April 3, Monthly Jazz Jam, 7 pm. Musicians gather and play under the direction of saxophone legend Carol Sudhalter. Don’t play? Come and listen. The theme is Louis Armstrong. Flushing Town Hall, 137-35 Northern Blvd.

April 3, Lauren Bakst: More Problems with Form, April 6. Video and dance unfold via a three-act structure. The work includes many multiples of Bakst, sometimes played by herself and sometimes by others in videos featuring her fellow group therapy members, lover, and mother. Every night at 8 pm. $20. The Chocolate Factory Theatre, 5-49 49th Ave., LIC.

Continued from the previous week

Queens World Film Festival, until March 31. This ninth annual extravaganza screens more than 200 movies from 31 nations. The lineup includes 16 world premieres, 79 films by women, 14 with LGBTQ themes, 15 by Asian filmmakers, and six by children at two locations in Astoria’s Kaufman Arts District: Museum of the Moving Image, 36-01 35th Ave.; and Zukor Theatre, 35th Street between 34th and 35th avenues.

Bringing Steel to Life: An Exhibition of Sculpture, until April 26. See works by LIC-based artist Jack Howard-Potter spanning the last 16 years of his career. LIC Arts Open Raw Gallery at The Factory, 30-30 47th Ave., LIC.

The Tempest, until March 31. The Secret Theatre offers a classic Shakespeare comedy in an 8,000-square-foot space with dance, projections, and moving scenes. All shows are at 7:30 pm. $25 at the door. Plaxall Gallery, 5-25 46th Ave., LIC.

Flamenco with Danza España, until March 31. A Latin music-and-dance adaptation of “The Bacchae” by Euripides. $42-$45. Friday and Saturday at 8 pm, and Sunday at 4 pm. Thalía Spanish Theatre, 41-17 Greenpoint Ave., Sunnyside.

Noises Off with Samuel French Inc., until March 31. Remaining performances are March 29 at 8 pm and March 31 at 2:30 pm. $20. Maggie’s Little Theater, St. Margaret Parish Hall, 66-05 79th Pl., Middle Village.

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“It’s In Queens!” column covering March 1 through March 7

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The month kicks off with an annual, massive NYC trivia contest at the Panorama. Then, things heat up with Korean shamanic chants, the Purple One, and a spirit world interpreter, followed by Salsa brunch, West African rhythms, 19th century waffles, and an all-inclusive St. Patrick’s Day parade.

March 1, 12th Annual Panorama Challenge, 6 pm. A massive trivia contest on all things NYC. Players in teams of 10 (or so) use clues to determine correct answers. Quizmaster Jonathan Turer returns for his eighth year with a batch of challenging questions. $15/$20 at the door. Queens Museum, NYC Building, Flushing Meadows Corona Park.

March 1, Noreum Machi, 8 pm. The group specializes in Korean percussion known as “Samul-nori.” The colorful program includes percussion dialogues, haunting shamanic chants, and entrancing acrobatic dances. Flushing Town Hall, 137-35 Northern Blvd.

March 1, Ben Hecht: Fighting Words, Moving Pictures, March 3. Six films by a prolific, early 20th century director, journalist, novelist, playwright, producer, and screenwriter. Schedule: “Notorious (1946),” March 1, 7 pm; “Underworld (1927),” March 2, 2 pm; the Astoria films “Crime Without Passion (1934)” and “The Scoundrel (1935),” March 2, 5 pm; “Twentieth Century (1934),” March 3, 2 pm; and “Where the Sidewalk Ends (1950),” March 3, 4:30 pm. Program coincides with release of a new biography on Hecht. Museum of the Moving Image, 36-01 35th Ave., Astoria’s Kaufman Arts District.

March 2, The Purple Xperience, 8 pm. This five-piece group hails from Prince’s birthplace, Minneapolis. They have been touring the country since 2011, bringing an authentic production of Prince to audiences of all generations. $20-$39. Queens College’s Colden Auditorium, vicinity of Horace Harding Expressway and Kissena Boulevard, Flushing.

March 2, Kim Russo: The Happy Medium, 8 pm. Russo has been able to see the spirit world since age nine. Growing up, she often saw random spirits in her bedroom and sometimes felt their presence when walking home from school. On this evening, Russo shares special messages from family and friends in spirit. $48. The Showroom at QPAC, 222-05 56th Ave., Bayside.

March 2, Ballet Nepantla, 8 pm. This proudly Mexican-American troupe presents “Sin Fronteras,” a synergistic celebration crossing geographic, historic, and artistic borders. The show brings together traditional Mexican Folkórico, Contemporary and Classical Ballet, and West African Dance. $20. Queens Theatre, 14 United Nations Ave. S., Flushing Meadows Corona Park.

March 2, Mwenso & The Shakes, 7 pm (workshop) and 8 pm (concert). This unique band merges a jazz and blues expression through African and African-American music. Flushing Town Hall, 137-35 Northern Blvd.

March 2, Lost in Yonkers, March 17. A local theater company does a classic by Brooklyn native playwright Neil Simon. Bella is 35, mentally challenged, and living with her mother. Financially strapped ne’er-do-well son Eddie deposits his two young sons on the old lady’s doorstep before taking to the road as a salesman. The boys then contend with grandma, Bella and her secret romance, and a small-time hoodlum. Saturdays at 8:30 pm and Sundays at 3 pm. Theatre By The Bay, 13-00 209th St., Bayside.

March 2, Hands on History: Waffles, 1 pm. Learn about these breakfast items (and other foods eaten at King Manor), then make 19th century style waffles. King Manor Museum, 150-03 Jamaica Ave., Jamaica.

March 3, Salsa Brunch, noon. Five hours of great food and drinks, large portions, reasonable prices, and a deejay who specializes in salsa dancing. Juquila Kitchen and Bar, 39-05 29th St., Long Island City.

March 3, Inside Chamber Music with Bruce Adolphe, 2 pm. Distinguished composer and radio personality Bruce Adolphe explores Borodin’s “Quartet No. 2 in D major for Strings.” Presented by the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, this lecture is supported by excerpts from the featured piece, performed live by the award-winning Calidore String Quartet. Flushing Town Hall, 137-35 Northern Blvd.

March 3, St. Pat’s for All, noon. An LGBTI-friendly parade up Skillman Avenue, starting on 43rd Street in Sunnyside, and ending at 58th Street and Woodside Avenue in Woodside.

March 3, West African Rhythms: Free Drop-in Family Workshop, 1:30 pm. A children’s workshop on rhythms and steps of West African dance with masks and storytelling. Queens Theatre, NYC Building, Flushing Meadows Corona Park.

March 6, Monthly Jazz Jam: Celebrating the Legacy of Louis Armstrong, 7 pm. Musicians gather and play under the direction of saxophone legend Carol Sudhalter. Don’t play? Come and listen. Flushing Town Hall, 137-35 Northern Blvd.

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Latinx Homages, until March 10. Tremendous dance and music by Latino singers and composers. Salsa, Cumbia, Tex-Mex, Cha-cha-cha, and Mambo. Fridays and Saturdays at 8 pm, Sundays at 4 pm. Thalía Spanish Theatre, 41-17 Greenpoint Ave., Sunnyside.

In Practice: Other Objects, until March 25. This exhibition displays new pieces by 11 artists and artist teams that probe the slippages and interplay between objecthood and personhood. SculptureCenter, 44-19 Purves St., LIC.

Bionic Me, until May 5. With hands-on displays and full-body experiences, this exhibition explores the medical and industrial breakthroughs that have enhanced the human experience. Visitors can move a ball with their mind, manipulate a robot arm, race against a Paralympian, use night vision to see in the dark, and explore how technology can provide camouflage and make a human invisible. New York Hall of Science, 47-01 111th St., Corona.

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“It’s In Queens!” column covering Feb. 8 through 14

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With Lunar New Year and Black History Month as main themes, Queens is full of parades, dragons, jazz and MLK-inspired events. But diversity rules in this borough, and French comedy, British film, Latin dance, and even bionic humans are also on tap.

Feb. 8, Cyrano, Cyrano, Feb. 17. Four actors play more than 100 characters in this 70-minute play full of romance, sword fighting, and quick changes. The first two shows are sold out. The remaining schedule is Feb. 10 at 4 pm; Feb. 14-16 at 7: 30 pm, and Feb. 17 at 4 pm. Queens Theatre, 14 United Nations Ave. S., Flushing Meadows Corona Park.

Feb. 8, Poets of Pandaemonium: The Cinema of Derek Jarman and Humphrey Jennings, Feb. 17. This retrospective juxtaposes two 20th century English filmmakers. Jennings was a documentarian, while Jarman addressed queer life. Schedule: “Blue + Listen to Britain,” Feb. 8, 7 pm; “Angelic Conversation + Words for Battle,” Feb. 9, 4:30 pm; “The Last of England + The Dim Little Island,” Feb. 9, 6:30 pm; “In The Shadow of the Sun + The Birth of the Robot,” Feb. 10, 7 pm; “Sebastiane + The Silent Village,” Feb. 15, 7 pm; “War Requiem + The True Story of Lili Marlene,” Feb. 16, 7 pm; and “Jubilee + Fires Were Started,” Feb. 17, 6 pm. Museum of the Moving Image, 36-01 35th Ave., Astoria’s Kaufman Arts District.

Feb. 8, Latinx Homages, March 10. Tremendous dance and music by Latino singers and composers. Salsa, Cumbia, Tex-Mex, Cha-cha-cha, and Mambo. Fridays and Saturdays at 8 pm, Sundays at 4 pm. Thalía Spanish Theatre, 41-17 Greenpoint Ave., Sunnyside.

Feb. 8, Black History Month Celebration Part II, 7:30 pm. A conversation with actress-filmmaker Karyn Parsons and a screening of “The Bessie Coleman Story,” a short animated film about the first African American female aviator. Museum of the Moving Image, 36-01 35th Ave., Astoria’s Kaufman Arts District.

Feb. 8, Rumination & Hope, In & Out of Time, 8 pm. Saxophonist-composer Tyrone Birkett presents autobiographical accounts of his perspective on how a Black man of a certain age bridges the struggles between relevance and retirement, memory and regret, promise and revival. He uses saxophone with effects, drums, voice, and dance to juxtapose 1970s soul themes with postmodern sonic textures. Flushing Town Hall, 137-35 Northern Blvd.

Feb. 9, Lunar New Year Parade, 11 am. After kicking off from the 109th Precinct, the Flushing parade winds its way from Union Street and 37th Avenue to Main Street and 39th Avenue. Expect everything from dragons to K-pop musicians to fencing.

Feb. 9, Viva Momix, Feb. 10. Iconic pieces from a dance-illusionist company. Magic, invention, and physical artistry. Schedule: Feb. 9 at 2 pm (talkback) and 8 pm; Feb. 10 at 3 pm (Audio Description available). Queens Theatre, 14 United Nations Ave. S., Flushing Meadows Corona Park.

Feb. 9, Lunar New Year Celebration, noon. Year of the Pig-themed crafts, performances, workshops, and activities for the whole family. Queens Botanical Garden, 43-50 Main St., Flushing.

Feb. 9, Lunar New Year Tinker Festival, 2:30 pm. Participants create a personalized, light-up LED lantern influenced by the Year of the Pig. Free, but reservations are required. Lewis H. Latimer House Museum, 34-41 137th St., Flushing.

Feb. 10, Queens Symphony Orchestra, 2:30 pm. The orchestra celebrates Black History Month with the New York premiere of “Make Gentle the Life of this World” by Raymond Horton, a piece that features the speech by Senator Robert Kennedy on the night of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s assassination. Performance includes works by two African-American composers. Free, but reservations are recommended. LeFrak Concert Hall, Queens College, 65-30 Kissena Blvd., Flushing.

Feb. 10, Queens International, 1 pm. Panel discussions, talks, screenings, and other events that examine the poetics of perception, technology, and scientific inquiry. Schedule: 1 pm, Breakfast at Tiffany’s performance by artists Emmy Catedral and ray ferreira; 1:30 pm, Performance by artist Emilio Martinez Poppe; 2 pm, Screening of “Milford Graves Full Mantis” and Q+A with artists Milford Graves, Jake Meginsky, and Christoph Cox; 3 pm, The People’s Guide to the Queens International Writing Workshop; 4:30 pm, Capitalist Casualties: Gender, Technology, and the Virtual Body with speakers Silvia Federici, Shaka McGlotten, and artist Haley Bueschlen. Sarah Leonard modifies. Queens Museum, NYC Building, Flushing Meadows Corona Park.

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