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.
“It’s In Queens!” column covering March 1 through March 7
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.
Continued from the previous week
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.
It’s In Queens!” column covering Feb. 1 through Feb. 7.
It’s In Queens! (Feb. 1 to Feb. 7)
Queens demonstrates that its indoors are as great as its outdoors this week. Stay warm and enjoy swing dance, tropical film, Lunar New Year celebrations, a plant sale, a book debut, the wine-chocolate-cheese triumvirate, flour dough workshops, and improvised jazz. And be thankful you don’t live in Chicago.
Feb. 1, Cinema Tropical, Feb. 3. This festival screens the winners of the annual Cinema Tropical Awards, which honors excellence in contemporary Latin American film. The times are “The Sentence” on Feb. 1 at 7 pm; “Baronesa,” Feb. 2 at 4:30 pm; “306 Hollywood” on Feb. 2 at 6:30 pm; “Zama” on Feb. 3 at 2 pm; and “Good Manners (As Boas Maneiras)” on Feb. 3 at 4:30 pm. The Museum of the Moving Image, 36-01 35th Ave., Astoria’s Kaufman Arts District, http://bit.ly/2HDHe0t.
Feb. 1, Swing Dance Party, 8 pm. Vince Giordano & The Nighthawks present hot jazz and party music from the 1920s and 1930s, while dancers swing and sway. Flushing Town Hall, 137-35 Northern Blvd., http://bit.ly/2FR4E0R.
Feb. 1, Black History Month Celebration, 7:30 pm. Movies every February Friday to celebrate Black History Month. The first one is “Body Games: Capoeira and Ancestry,” a documentary on a Brazilian Capoeira master’s search for the martial art’s African roots. The Museum of the Moving Image, 36-01 35th Ave., Astoria’s Kaufman Arts District, http://bit.ly/2HJFWkO.
Feb. 2, Lunar Year Plant Sale, Feb. 9. Everything from jades to peace lilies. Hours are 10 am to 4 pm. Queens Botanical Garden, 43-50 Main St., Flushing, http://bit.ly/2RVB28E.
Feb. 2 See It Big! Costumes by Edith Head, March 10. Head, an in-demand costume designer who won eight Academy Awards, did the wardrobes for many of Hollywood’s greatest stars, including Grace Kelly, Bette Davis, and Audrey Hepburn. Here’s the schedule: “The Uninvited,” Feb. 2 at 2 pm; “Double Indemnity,” Feb. 2 at 4:30 pm; “The Lady Eve,” Feb. 2 at 7 pm and Feb. 3 at 3 pm; “Double Indemnity,” Feb. 9 at 2 pm; “To Each His Own,” Feb. 10 at 2 pm; “The Heiress,” Feb. 10 at 4:30 pm; “Roman Holiday,” Feb. 10 at 6:30 pm and Feb. 16 at 2 pm; “Sunset Boulevard,” Feb 16 at 4:30 pm and Feb. 17 at 2 pm; “I Married a Witch,” Feb. 22 at 7 pm; “Funny Face,” Feb. 23 at 4 pm; “Sweet Charity,” Feb. 23 at 6:30 pm; “I Married a Witch,” Feb. 24 at 3 pm; “Funny Face,” Feb. 24 at 6:30 pm; “To Catch a Thief,” March 8 at 7 pm; “The Birds,” March 9 at 3 pm; “Marnie,” March 9 at 6 pm; “The Birds,” March 10 at 3 pm; and “Marnie,” March 10 at 6 pm. The Museum of the Moving Image, 36-01 35th Ave., Astoria’s Kaufman Arts District, http://bit.ly/2CL3fVi.
Feb. 3, Year of the Pig Performance, 2 pm. Traditional dance, music, martial arts, line dancing, belly dancing, and new Chinese cultural performances. Queens Theatre, 14 United Nations Ave. S., Flushing Meadows Corona Park, http://bit.ly/2G3dFD0.
Feb. 3, Flour Dough Sculpture Making, 1 pm & 3 pm. Master flour dough artist Xun Ye leads a workshop in traditional Chinese flour dough sculpture. Learn basic techniques and create animal or flower sculptures. Flushing Town Hall, 137-35 Northern Blvd., http://bit.ly/2TnGPRq.
Feb. 3, Annual Lunar New Year Celebration for Families, 1 pm. For the fifth year in a row, the New York Chinese Cultural Center celebrates the Year of the Pig with folk dances, a Kung fu demonstration, songs played on traditional Chinese instruments, red ribbon dance, and ink brush painting workshop; and a lantern-making workshop. Queens Museum, NYC Building, Flushing Meadows Corona Park, http://bit.ly/2S7tJKF.
Feb. 5, Local Author’s Book Launch, 7 pm. Mary Adkins discusses her debut novel “When You Read This!” This romantic comedy is told via a series of e-mails, blog posts, online therapy submissions, text messages, legal correspondence, home-rental bookings, and other snippets from virtual life. The Astoria Bookshop, 31-29 31st St., http://bit.ly/2SgMJpQ.
Feb. 6, Monthly Jazz Jam, 7 pm. Held on the first Wednesday of every month, these sessions are a fun way for musicians to hone skills and jam with peers. The house band is led by saxophonist Carol Sudhalter, and the night’s theme is Louis Armstrong. All are welcome. Don’t play? Come listen! Flushing Town Hall, 137-35 Northern Blvd., http://bit.ly/2Sfx4Hi.
Feb. 7, A Heart’s Desire Wine Tasting, 7 pm. The magazine Edible Queens pairs five rare Italian wines with chocolate and cheese from Astoria’s Forever Cheese. The Wine Room of Forest Hills, 96-09 69th Ave., https://bit.ly/2SZdhZw.
Feb. 7, Filming Survivancer, 5 pm. Osage/Cherokee filmmaker Diane Fraher screens clips from two films – “The Reawakening” and “The Heart Stays” — and discusses her career, Hollywood’s depictions of Native Americans, and Native Americans in the film industry. Kupferberg Holocaust Center, Queensborough Community College, 222-05 56th Ave., Bayside, http://bit.ly/2G57s9H.
Continued from the previous week
Queen, until Feb. 16. The Astoria Performing Arts Center presents this play about two female scientists who have spent seven years researching vanishing bee populations. Just as they’re about to publish a career-defining paper, one finds an error that could damage their reputations, careers, and friendship. Shows are Thursdays and Fridays at 8 pm and Saturdays at 2 pm and 8 pm. The Black Box at the Variety Boys & Girls Club of Queens, 21-12 30th Rd. Astoria, http://bit.ly/2QZ1rgw.
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, http://bit.ly/2D3alG3.
How Many Zombies Are Too Many Zombies? until Feb. 15. With 20-minute games that can have as many as 25 players, participants take on the role of scientists, helping the “Center for Calamity Control” simulate a zombie outbreak. Via mathematical modeling, players simulate, analyze, and make predictions about this complex, real-world phenomenon. New York Hall of Science, 47-01 111th St., Flushing Meadows Corona Park, http://bit.ly/2QgeVEo
Wall Floor Positions, until Feb. 23. As part of the exhibition “Bruce Nauman: Disappearing Acts,” artists make themselves into minimalist prop sculptures, moving through various poses in relation to the floor and wall. Live performances every hour from 1 pm to 5 pm on Fridays and Saturdays. MoMA PS1, 22-25 Jackson Ave., LIC, http://bit.ly/2T10FRQ.
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It’s In Queens! Jan. 17 to Jan. 23
Jan. 18, Preparing Your Garden for Spring, 12:30 pm. A Queens Botanical Garden expert leads a workshop on soil testing, cover crops, compost application, and planning. Alley Pond Environmental Center, 228-06 Northern Blvd., Douglaston.
Jan. 18, The Widening Circle, 7 pm. An eclectic mix of local performers offering spoken word/poetry, music, and comedy with opportunities for sharing. Communitea, 11-18 46th Rd., LIC.
Jan. 19, Crick Crack, 2 pm. The spice and allure of the Caribbean with master storyteller Michael Manswell and the Something Positive cast. The crowd participates in this spectacle of song and dance steeped in folklore, suspense, and excitement. Jamaica Performing Arts Center, 153-10 Jamaica Ave.
Jan. 19, An Afternoon of Chamber Music, 2 pm. Musica Reginae presents an exploration of 21st century Romanticism with lyrical, soaring melodies, technical virtuosity, and beautiful sonorities. The Church-in-the-Gardens, 50 Ascan Ave., Forest Hills.
Jan. 19, Community Concert for Kids, 11 am. A free, interactive workshop that explores how composers incorporate different instruments into their work with a lesson on the history of the composing. The Church-in-the-Gardens, 50 Ascan Ave., Forest Hills.
Jan. 19, Syrian Film Program, 3 pm. An animated short about a woman in the Syrian revolution and a film with interviews of Syrian female artists which alternate with a variety of impressions: landscape, art, family, and an interview with painter and icon restorer Elias Zayyat. Queens Museum, NYC Building, Flushing Meadows Corona Park.
Jan. 19, Hawk Watch with the Urban Park Rangers, 11 am. A free, guided hawk watch with birding experts. Meet at the Unisphere, Flushing Meadows Corona Park.
Jan. 19, Winter Birds, 1:30 pm. Museum educator Anne-Marie Starkey offers tips on using binoculars and observing birds in the wild. Voelker Orth Museum, 149-19 38th Ave., Flushing.
Jan. 19, Hands On Noguchi, 1 pm. When Isamu Noguchi worked with colors, he chose vibrant and playful shades. Spend time discussing the colorful suns and abstract imagery found in his screen-printed “Akari” series. Then, attend a workshop to make stencils and learn basic screen-printing techniques. The Noguchi Museum, 09-01 33rd Rd., LIC.
Jan. 20, Dance Theatre of Harlem, 4 pm. This world-renowned ballet troupe performs as part of a celebration of the life and legacy of Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. Queens College’s Colden Auditorium, 153-49 Reeves Ave., Flushing.
Jan. 20, Open House, noon to 8 pm. Free classes for children and adults along with pop-up shops, performances, and activities. Rioult Dance Center, 34-01 Steinway St., Astoria.
Jan. 21, GingerBread Lane Giveaway, 2 pm. GingerBread Lane is a multi-ton construction consisting of buildings made of ginger bread (naturally), icing, and candy. Unveiled on Nov. 10, 2018, it will be broken down, and the public will be able to take home chunks on Jan. 21. New York Hall of Science, 47-01 111th St., Flushing Meadows Corona Park.
Jan. 23, This is NOT Hamlet, 7 pm (again on Jan. 24). Bulgarian director Boyan Kracholov presents a mad rollercoaster ride excavating some of the world’s most famous playwrights, including Shakespeare, Beckett, Moliere, and Cervantes. LaGuardia Performing Arts Center, 31-10 Thomson Ave., LIC.
Jan. 23, Jen Rosenblit: Im gonna need another one, Jan. 27. In the proximity of 12 green foam blocks, Rosenblit is “Performer, Herself” and other characters which speak to problems for the preparation for future strategies and ways of organizing how we come to know where and who we are. Shows are Wednesday through Saturday at 8 pm and Sunday at 3 pm. The Chocolate Factory, 5-49 49th Ave., LIC.
Continued from last week
First Look, until Jan. 21. This eighth annual program screens 40 new films. The lineup includes features, shorts, documentaries, and narratives from China, France, Israel, Pakistan, Mexico, and other countries. Some are making world, U.S., or New York premieres. Museum of the Moving Image, 36-01 35th Ave., Astoria’s Kaufman Arts District.
18th Annual Winter Art Show, until Jan. 27. Queens-based artists share works in styles such as representational and abstract painting, drawing, mixed media, and photography. Gallery hours are Thursdays and Fridays, 10 am to 4 pm, and Saturdays and Sundays, noon to 4 pm. Bayside Historical Society, 208 Totten Ave.
In Practice: Other Objects, until March 25. This exhibition presents new work by 11 artists and artist teams that probes the slippages and interplay between objecthood and personhood. SculptureCenter, 44-19 Purves St., LIC.
How Many Zombies Are Too Many Zombies? until Feb. 15. With 20-minute games that can have as many as 25 players, participants take on the role of scientists, helping the “Center for Calamity Control” simulate a zombie outbreak. Via mathematical modeling, players simulate, analyze, and make predictions about this complex, real-world phenomenon. New York Hall of Science, 47-01 111th St., Flushing Meadows Corona Park.
Red Envelope Show, until Jan. 27. This show honors the Year of the Pig with pieces by professional visual artists. It’s an homage to the red celebration envelopes the Chinese community distributes during Lunar New Year. Artwork is for sale. Many envelopes include a special gift for only the buyers. On display noon to 5 pm on weekends and weekdays by appointment. Flushing Town Hall, 137-35 Northern Blvd.
Wall Floor Positions, until Feb. 23. As part of the exhibition “Bruce Nauman: Disappearing Acts,” artists make themselves into minimalist prop sculptures, moving through various poses in relation to the floor and wall. Live performances every hour from 1 pm to 5 pm on Fridays and Saturdays. MoMA PS1, 22-25 Jackson Ave.
Miguel Gutierrez: This Bridge Called My A**, until Jan. 19. Six Latinos map an elusive choreography of obsessive and perverse action within an unstable terrain of bodies, materials, and sound. Clichéd Latin-American songs and the telenovela’s form are exploited to show how familiar structures contain absurdity that reveal and celebrate difference. Shows are Wednesdays through Saturdays at 8 pm. The Chocolate Factory, 5-49 49th Ave., LIC.