It’s In Queens! (Nov. 22 through Nov. 28)
He has arrived. Santa Claus will be available for photos and visits to his winter wonderland house on Level 3 of the Queens Center Mall (90-15 Queens Blvd. in Elmhurst) from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. every day until Dec. 24. But those who don’t believe in St. Nick -- or simply don’t want to travel to see him – have many other upcoming entertainment options in Queens. A legendary singer from Hong Kong is in town, and there is live music in Astoria and comedy galore in Forest Hills and Jamaica, as well as a tribute to a man who is credited with saving 100,000 lives. Here’s the rundown.
- Nov. 22, Genting Thanksgiving Concert, 3 pm. Since early childhood, bilingual Hong Kong singer and actress Rosanne Lui has been delighting crowds around the world with her voice and stage presence. Now she’ll be in Queens. $10. Resorts World Casino New York City, 110-00 Rockaway Blvd., South Jamaica, 718.215.3388, www.rwnewyork.com.
- Nov. 23, The Funktastic 4, 9 pm. Astoria-based jazz musician Sean Nowell returns to groove out at The Queens Kickshaw, 40-17 Broadway, Long Island City, 718.777.0913, www.thequeenskickshaw.com.
- Nov. 23 & 24, Moon Over Buffalo, 8 pm (Nov. 25 at 2 pm with other shows). The Parkside Players present Ken Ludwig’s Broadway hit comedy about George and Charlotte Hay, fading stars of the 1950’s. On the brink of a disastrous split-up caused by George’s dalliance with a young lass, the Hays receive word that they might have one last shot at stardom: Frank Capra is coming to town to see their matinee, and if likes what he sees, he might cast them in his movie remake of The Scarlet Pimpernel. $14/$12 seniors. Grace Lutheran Church, 103-15 Union Turnpike, Forest Hills, 718.353.7388, www.parksideplayers.com.
- Nov. 24, A Night of Comedy with Phyllis Yvonne Stickney, 8 pm. Storyteller and comedian Phyllis Yvonne Stickney and some special guests take the stage for Are You Kidding Me? Black Spectrum Theatre, 177 Baisley Blvd., Jamaica. 718.723.1800, www.blackspectrum.com.
- Nov. 25, Think Like A Man, 2 pm. A funny movie based on Steve Harvey’s best-selling book Think Like a Man, this movie follows four interconnected and diverse men whose love lives are shaken up after the ladies they are pursing read Harvey’s book and start taking his advice to heart. Queens Library Central Branch, 89-11 Merrick Blvd., Jamaica. 718.990.0700, www.queenslibrary.org.
- Nov. 25, Honoring Raoul Wallenberg, 2 pm. The Queens Jewish Community Council, The Young Israel of Hillcrest, and The Raoul Wallenberg Centennial Committee will host a special recognition and appreciation event honoring Wallenberg on the occasion of his centennial birthday. Wallenberg led one of the most extensive and successful rescue efforts during the Holocaust and is credited with saving the lives of 100,000 Hungarian Jews during World War II. Free. Young Israel of Hillcrest, 169-07 Jewel Ave., Hillcrest. 718.969.2990, www.yihillcrest.org.
- Nov. 25, LACCQ Thanksgiving Celebration, 2:30 pm. The Latin American Cultural Center of Queens and Sunday to Remember invite all to celebrate Thanksgiving with an afternoon of dance and music featuring the artistic presentation of Francisco Cantilo. Space is limited, please reserve early via 718.261.7664 or firstname.lastname@example.org. El Paraiso Tropical, 102-11 42nd Ave., Corona, www.facebook.com/LACCQ.
- Nov. 27, Holiday Tree Lighting in Sunnyside/Woodside, 6 pm. A true community celebration with local elected officials, a presentation by the Sunnyside Drum Corps, caroling with local schools and holiday cheer. Borough President Helen M. Marshall will light the tree and Father Brian Dowd from Queen of Angels RC Church will lead a Christmas prayer. Candy canes for the children. Sabba Park, 50th Street and Queens Boulevard, Woodside. 718.784.8437.
The “It’s In Queens” column is produced by the Queens Tourism Council with the hope that readers will enjoy the borough’s wonderful attractions.