It’s In Queens!
It’s double the fun on Thursday, as two art shows hold openings and the Laughing Devil Comedy Club hosts a pair of laugh fests. On following days, Queens fun-seekers can ride vintage subways, make gingerbread cakes, watch a movie on the history of caroling, enjoy live music, mark the 50th anniversary of video games and party with local politicians. Here’s the rundown.
- Dec 13, Long Island City Winter Show, opening night, 6 pm – 9 pm. Reception for a show featuring painters who find inspiration in Long Island City’s industry. Many works are images of an LIC that no longer exists -- the power plant at 5th Street and 51st Avenue, which is now a luxury apartment building; and the old Gantries before they were polished to adorn a waterside park. Free. Diego Salazar Art Studios & Gallery, 21-25 44th Ave., Long Island City, 718.937.9077, www.facebook.com/DiegoSalazarArtGallery.
- Dec. 13, A Showcase of Artists You Should Know, opening night, 6 pm – 10 pm. More than a dozen New York artists showcase their unique styles. Free admission, and proceeds from cash bar will go to the United Way of New York’s Hurricane Sandy relief efforts. The Aurora Gallery, 35-18 37th St., Long Island City, RSVP@TheAuroraGallery.com, 347-288-6870, www.theauroragallery.com.
- Dec. 13, Queens of Queens, 8 pm – 9:30 pm. LGBT comedians get their Christmukkah on. Making the yuletide exceptionally gay will be headliner Exiene Lofgren (Ricki Lake Show, Pawn Stars, headliner for Starwood Resorts), Adam Sank (Last Comic Standing) and Leah Bonnema, who was recently listed among the Huffington Post’s 50 Funniest Females. $15. Laughing Devil Comedy Club, 47-38 Vernon Blvd., Long Island City, email@example.com, 347.913.3845, www.laughingdevil.com.
- Dec. 13, King Kong vs. Godzilla, 10:30 pm – 11:45 pm. Part of the Devil Science Theater 3000 series, the audience plays drinking games and makes fun of terrible movies projected on a big screen while professional comedians in the crowd egg them on. $5 with no drink minimum. Laughing Devil Comedy Club, 47-38 Vernon Blvd., Long Island City, DevilScience@gmail.com, 347.913.3845, www.dst3k.com.
- Dec. 14, Carols ‘n’ Cookies ‘n’ Cocoa ‘n’ Cheer, 7 pm. Celebrate the season with warm wishes, delicious treats and the renowned choral group Voices That Blend. There will also be an Aquinas Honor Society video presentation of Jacob’s Gift, the story of how Jacob Riis brought Christmas caroling to the U.S. in 1911. Free admission and free parking on the grounds. The Center at Maple Grove, 127-15 Kew Gardens Rd., Kew Gardens, 718-523-1876, www.maplegrove.biz.
- Dec. 14, Blaze Craze, 7 pm. Rapper Ja-Man Bayete leads an evening featuring poets and rappers who step up to the mic with a five-minute time limit. $10. Afrikan Poetry Theatre, 176-03 Jamaica Ave., Jamaica, firstname.lastname@example.org, 646-571-5589 or 347-570-6558, www.afrikanpoetrytheatre.org.
- Dec. 15, The Nutcracker, 3 pm. Clara travels with the help of music, dance and imagination. Her godfather, mystical clock maker Herr Drosselmeyer, is responsible for sending her on an exotic trip across time with the Nutcracker Prince. Each child receives a special gift from Santa. $15/$20 at the door. LaGuardia Performing Arts Center, 31-10 Thomson Ave., Rm. E-24, Long Island City, 718.482-5151.
- Dec. 15, Tidings of Comfort and Joy Concert, 7 pm. Karl Jackson & Eminence perform the eclectic sounds of classical, funk, jazz and soul-infused gospel to wow and woo your soul. Anthony Ponder & Ministry’s Desire accompany Eminence. $20-$25. Jamaica Performing Arts Center, 153-10 Jamaica Ave., Jamaica, 718.618.6170, www.jamaica-performingartscenter.org.
- Dec. 15, Make Your Own Gingerbread House, 10:30 am. Children, ages seven to 12, design, build and decorate graham cracker gingerbread houses. Join the fun and take home a completed masterpiece. All materials included. Limited to eight participants; pre-register at 718.229.4000. Alley Pond Environmental Center, 228-06 Northern Blvd., Douglaston, www.alleypond.org.
- Dec. 15 & 16, Secret Theatre Santaland, noon – 6 pm. Santa welcomes youngsters to his winter workshop for a photo op, free gift and lots of candy. Plus, the children’s musical The Pig That Cried Wolf goes on at 11 am both mornings. $15 adults/$10 kids/$40 for four tickets. Secret Theatre, 44-02 23rd St., Long Island City, email@example.com, 718-392-0722, www.secrettheatre.com.
- Dec. 15, Spacewar! The First Digital Video War and Its 50-Year Legacy, opening 11 am. The year 2012 marks the 50th anniversary of the first digital video game Spacewar! To celebrate this milestone and the game’s enduring legacy, the Museum of the Moving Image presents a highly interactive exhibition and series of accompanying programs from Dec. 15, 2012, through Sunday, March 3, 2013. The exhibition looks at the first 50 years of video games. MMI, 36-01 35th Ave., Long Island City/Astoria, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.movingimage.us.
- Dec. 16, Astoria Symphony & Choir Holiday Jubilee, 5 pm. A multi-talented and multi-piece symphony performs Bizet, Tchaikovsky, Handel and more. St. Joseph’s Roman Catholic Church, 43-19 30th Ave., Long Island City, email@example.com, 718.278.1611, 917.460.4289, www.astoriamusic.org.
- Dec. 16, Interfaith Mediation and Prayer, 2 pm. An interfaith service aiming to unite Flushing’s different religious and social communities. Snacks will be served. Hindu Temple Society of North America, 45-57 Bowne St., Flushing, 718.460.8484.
- Dec. 16, Ride a Vintage Subway. Take a trip back in time using a MetroCard by catching a classic R1/9 subway car departing from Queens Plaza at 10:44 am, 12:14 pm, 1:43 pm, 3:14 pm, and 4:44 pm. $2.25.
- Dec. 18, Jose Conde Salsa, 8 pm. With influences from South Africa to Brazil to Peru, Jose Conde’s music incorporates rootsy rhythms and undeniably and soulfully Cuban sense of humor. Resorts World Casino New York City, 110-00 Rockaway Blvd., Jamaica, www.rwnewyork.com.
- Dec. 18, Elected Officials Co-Host Holiday Party, 5 pm – 7 pm. State Senator Joe Addabbo, Assemblyman Mike Miller and City Council Member Elizabeth Crowley host a free party with food, holiday music and surprises. Next to Assemblyman Miller’s office off corner at Park Lane South, 83-91 Woodhaven Blvd., Woodhaven, 718-738-1111, 718-366-3900.
- Dec. 19, Queens Young Professionals Holiday Party, 6 pm. Recently, the Queens Young Professionals group formed to provide resources and networking opportunities to cultivate the borough’s future business leaders and encourage the next generation to become invested in boroughwide issues. QYP, which is free to join, hosts its first ever holiday party with an unlimited buffet and specially priced drinks plus the chance to network. $10. Bud’s Ale House, 34-02 Steinway St., Long Island City, 718.472.1122, www.budsalehouse.com.
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.