It’s In Queens! (Dec. 6 through Dec. 12)
History buffs, architecture lovers and trainspotters might enjoy the 25th annual trolley tour of six NYC Landmarked houses in the Flushing area this Sunday. But those who don’t fall into those categories will be happy, too, as the upcoming Queens days offer such diverse entertainment options as sci-fi ballet, opera, Latin soul, children musicals, Kwanzaa and Hanukah celebrations, Christian theater, walking tours and two movies from an annual African Diaspora film festival . Here’s the rundown.
- Dec. 6, The Guiding Light, 8 pm (plus Dec. 7 & 8). A sci-fi ballet explores religiosity in the balletic body, the desire to believe in something and the complex relationship of the individual within the group. $15. Chocolate Factory Theater, 5-49 49th Ave., Long Island City, 718.482.7069, www.chocolatefactorytheater.org.
- Dec. 7, Free First Fridays, 5:30 pm – 8 pm. After a tremendous recovery effort, Noguchi gets back to its regular programming. A museum educator talks about works in the collection, followed by a film series. Free with a cash bar. The Noguchi Museum, 9-01 33 Rd., Long Island City, www.noguchi.org.
- Dec. 8, O Sole Trio, 7 pm – 9 pm. David Shenton is an English pianist, violinist, composer and arranger. Giuseppe Spoletini has performed throughout Canada and the U.S. in the operatic and recital world. Erin Shields has performed leading roles for many reputable music festivals and opera companies. Shenton, Spoletini and Shields form O Sole Trio, which has a residency at the prestigious Metropolitan Room. Shenton will play piano while Shields and Spoletini will sing. Free with light refreshments at intermission. Donations gratefully accepted. Sunnyside Reformed Church, 48-03 Skillman Ave. Sunnyside, firstname.lastname@example.org, 718.426.5997.
- Dec. 8, Joe Bataan: King of Latin Soul, 8 pm – 9 pm. No Latin recording artist has more street credentials than Joe Bataan, who is considered the originator of New York Latin Soul, merging Latin music with R&B. $40/$32 members/$10 students with I.D. Flushing Town Hall, 137-35 Northern Blvd., Flushing, www.flushingtownhall.org.
- Dec. 8, 28th Annual Langston Hughes Kwanzaa Celebration, 10 am – 4 pm. Join a festive day of film, African percussion, folktales, storytelling, crafts, music, dance and more. Free. Langston Hughes Library, 100-01 Northern Blvd., Corona, 718.651.1100, www.queenslibrary.org.
- Dec. 8, Dotty Dot, 2 pm. This children’s musical depicts a very bossy little girl, Dotty, and her gang of quirky friends as they adventure to put on a play (which Dotty will OBVIOUSLY direct)! However, when Dotty gets too bossy, her mother forces her to come inside. Will the neighborhood kids be able to work together to save the show? $10 for children/$15 for adults/ $40 for family package of 4. Secret Theatre, 44-02 23rd St., Long Island City, email@example.com, 718.392.0722, www.secrettheatre.com.
- Dec. 8, La Puce a l’Orielle (A Flea in Her Ear), 2 pm and 7:30 pm. When Victor Chandebise’s beautiful wife suspects him of having an affair, she enlists her dearest friend’s help to entrap him, but their elaborate scheme spectacularly misfires and chaos ensues. Set in post-WWI Paris and enlivened by the rhythms of ragtime jazz, Georges Feydeau’s quintessential play promises to be an exhilarating evening of mistaken identities and comic disaster. The show features York College students and community members. York College Performing Arts Center, 94-45 Guy R. Brewer Blvd., Jamaica, 718-262-3705.
- Dec. 8, Holiday Family Fun Day, noon – 2 pm. Now celebrating 40 years, the Jamaica Center for Arts & Learning invites parents and children (ages 4-10) to an afternoon of holiday arts & crafts, musical entertainment and live performances. Free. JCAL, 161-04 Jamaica Ave., Jamaica, 718.658.7400, www.jcal.org.
- Dec. 8, The Art of the Gift, noon – 2 pm. This is the first in a series of activity-based family programs led by contemporary artists. In time for the holidays, this unique event will focus on the spirit of gift-exchange. Artist Gina Beavers will direct workshops in which youths (or the young-at-heart!) create a variety of sculptural gifts, artist Kim Holleman will instruct participants on how to create miniature worlds inside glass-jar terrariums, artist Leah Wolff will lead a ceramics workshop, and other guest artists will host a sprawling handmade wrapping-paper station. Cookies and hot chocolate will be provided courtesy of Sage General Store. All are welcome; but recommended for ages 4-12. Parents and caregivers are required to stay. Space is limited. Admission is for children only and includes materials. $15 per child for non-members/ $10 per child for members. SculptureCenter, 44-19 Purves St., Long Island City, 718.361.1750, www.sculpture-center.org.
- Dec. 8, Little India, noon. Aseem Chhabra, a journalist who has lived and worked in Jackson Heights for over seven years, leads a walking tour of the area which morphs into a mini-shopping spree and concludes with a traditional Indian lunch at Jackson Diner. http://sdtr.co/Kjr0SB.
- Dec. 8, Bahamian Film Screening: Rain, 3 pm. Rain has lived her entire life with her grandmother on a tiny rural island in the Bahamas. When her grandmother dies, Rain must look within for strength and discovers she has a gift for running. Rain receives guidance from her school’s track coach, but her living situation threatens to spoil her dream. Free. Queens Library Central Branch, 89-11 Merrick Blvd., Jamaica, www.queenslibrary.org.
- Dec. 8, Book Extravaganza Fundraiser, 10 am – 4 pm. Choose from a large selection of new and used books on such topics as history, children’s, non-fiction, fiction, sports, cookbooks and biographies. Free. 35-20 Broadway, Long Island City, firstname.lastname@example.org, 718.278.0700, www.astorialic.org.
- Dec. 9, 25th Annual Historic Holiday House Tour, 1 pm – 5 pm. Take a constantly looping trolley and learn about six NYC Landmark houses: Kingsland Homestead, Voelker Orth House, Lewis H. Latimer House Museum, Friends Meeting House, Flushing Town Hall and the Bowne House. Special activities, refreshments and a glimpse at what life was once like. $10 presale tickets/$12 at the door/Free for children 12 and under. 718.939.0647, ext. 14, or email@example.com.
- Dec. 9, The Hedge, 6 pm. Experience a dramatic, contemporary adaptation of the tumultuous life of Job, where demons and angels battle for the life of a man who would not curse God. Not recommended for children under age six. $25/$20 in advance). York College Performing Arts Center, 94-45 Guy R. Brewer Blvd., Jamaica, 718.262.8240.
- Dec. 9, Shtreiml, 2 pm, free dance lesson at 1 pm. A new look at some centuries old folk music, delivered by a high-octane mix of not-so-traditional Eastern-European Jewish and Turkish players. Thirty percent of the total box office will support the restoration of the historic Free Synagogue of Flushing. $16/$12 members/$12 children/$10 member children ($2 discount for Holiday House Tour ticket holders). Flushing Town Hall, 137-35 Northern Blvd., 718.463.7700, www.flushingtownhall.org.
- Dec. 9, Free Pics with Santa, noon – 5 pm (repeats on Dec. 15 & 16). In order to attend Santa’s Pic Stop and receive a free picture with Santa, consumer must buy a ticket from a participating Sunnyside Shines member. Sunnyside Shines, 45-56 43rd St., Sunnyside, 718.606.1800, www.sunnysideshines.org.
- Dec. 9, Chanukah Celebration, 1 pm. The dreidels will spin along with holiday crafts, sing-alongs, a book fair, a menorah lighting, inflatables, face painting, a DJ and giveaways. $5 children/$15 max per family/adults free. Central Queens Y, 67-09 108 St., Forest Hills, 718-268-5011, www.cqy.org.
- Dec. 11, 20th Annual African Diaspora International Film Festival, 6 pm & 10:30 pm. In the first movie, A Mother’s Love, a strong black woman’s taste for the good life does not include her husband or daughter Monica. It takes another’s love and prayers to get the mother down to earth. The second flick, Between Friends, is set in Trinidad and Tobago. Middle class youngsters go to nightclubs and share moments at the beach, but filmmaker gradually exposes the different layers of their interaction. $12 each. Black Spectrum Theatre Company, 177th Street & Baisley Boulevard, Jamaica, 718.723.1800, www.blackspectrum.com.
- Dec. 12, The Story Book Lady, 1 pm – 2:30 pm. A reading enrichment program aimed at children. $7.50 per session. The Maria Rose International Doll Museum & Cultural Center, 187-11 Linden Blvd., Jamaica, 718.276.3454, firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Dec. 12, Registration for New Art Club, noon – 10 pm. Joseph Gagliano will display his art and offer light refreshments while gauging interest for forming of an art club that would hold discussions, organize exhibits, facilitate adult education classes and take trips to museums. Free. Gear, 61-08 Myrtle Ave., Glendale, 718.386.2812.
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.