It’s In Queens! (April 11 through April 17)
Borough activities enter the sublime this week with a Spartan contest, a running race on a JFK airplane runway, an insect-inspired dance, a swap meet, a Christian comedy show and a talk on women’s rights in Afghanistan. However, there are other, more common endeavors, such as Irish pipes, a children’s carnival, a jazz tribute concert and a puppet show. Here’s the rundown.
- April 11, Milka Djordjevich in Kinetic Makeover, 8 pm (repeats every night until April 13). Milka Djordjevich’s Kinetic Makeover is a dance solo giving power and autonomy to one body. This body attempts to produce multiple images, ideas and content so that the viewer is not just watching a dance, but witnessing multiple transformations. $15. Chocolate Factory Theater, 5-49 49th Ave., LIC, www.chocolatefactorytheater.org, 718.482.7069.
- April 12, Tango Lovers, 4 pm (and April 13, 4 pm and 8 pm). An ensemble of acclaimed dancers, musicians and singers present a unique and extraordinary show conveying an array of emotions via tango. $48. Queens Theatre, Flushing Meadows-Corona Park, www.queenstheatre.org, 718.760.0064.
- April 12, Mieko Anekawa Solo Exhibition Opening, 7 pm. An evening featuring live painting by artist Mieko Anekawa, a performance by Hito+ and Water Brain and a collaborative art installation with Ikebana artist Akiyo Sano. Gallery show will run until May 2. Free. Resobox, 41-26 27th St., LIC, www.resobox.com, 718.784.3680.
- April 13, Spartan Race, 8 am – 4 pm. Forget trail races, mud runs and warrior dashes, it’s time for the brutal Spartan Race obstacle course. Waves of 200 athletes will be released every 15 minutes. The sound system will be pumping while the big video boards show live shots from the event. $135 registration fee. Citi Field, 123-01 Roosevelt Ave., Flushing/Corona, www.spartanrace.com.
- April 13, The Living Irish Legacy: Mickey Dunne and Oliver O’Connell with Guitarist John Coyne, 7:30 pm. Direct from Ireland are two musical treasures. Oliver O’Connell has written a book on the lives of traveling musicians and has recently written songs and music. Mickey Dunne’s piping embodies the free-flowing, traveler-piping style. New York Irish Center, 10-40 Jackson Ave., LIC, www.newyorkirishcenter.org, 718.482.0909.
- April 13, Children’s Carnival, 11 am – 6 pm (repeats every Saturday and Sunday until April 21). Join the only working historical farm in NYC for a carnival in the apple orchard. Rides, midway games and prizes, hayrides and children’s entertainment. $11. Queens County Farm Museum, 73-50 Little Neck Pkwy., Glen Oaks, www.queensfarm.org, 718.347.3276.
- April 13, Here’s to the Ladies who Bling and Swing!, 8 pm. A tribute concert with international recording artist Antoinette Montague and her quintet honoring Etta Jones, Ella Fitzgerald, Nina Simone, Judy Garland and others. $15. Flushing Town Hall, 137-35 Northern Blvd., Flushing, www.flushingtownhall.org, 718.463.7700.
- April 13, I Love the 90s Dance Concert, 8 pm. Expect the best of the 1990s with Amber, La Bouche, Jana, The Mad Stuntman, Veronica, Janice Robinson of Livin Joy, DJ Nicky G, Lucas Prata and Peter Gozzi. $25. Resorts World Casino New York City, 110-00 Rockaway Blvd., South Jamaica, www.rwnewyork.com, 888.888.8801.
- April 13, Hands-on History: Make Me a Portrait, noon – 3 pm. Learn about the people and meanings in the portraits at King Manor. Make your own special portrait. Free. King Manor Museum, Rufus King Park, 153rd Street at Jamaica Avenue, Jamaica, www.kingmanor.org, 718.206.0545.
- April 14, Insekta, 2:15 pm. Kinematik Dance Theater ventures into the world of beetles, spiders, ants and fireflies with Insekta, an exploration of the microorganisms that surround us through dance and motion-detection projections, Breakdance, House, Vogue and modern dance. $12 adults/$8 children. Flushing Town Hall, 137-35 Northern Blvd., Flushing, www.flushingtownhall.org, 718.463.7700.
- April 14, Run on the Runway of JFK Airport, 7 am (registration), 9 am (run). A very unique race as participants will actually cruise on JFK’s longest runway, which is almost 14,000 feet. Terminal 5 at JFK Airport, www.jfkrunwayrun.org, 917.945.8888.
- April 14, GrowNYC’s Second Annual Forest Hills Community Stop & Swap, 10:30 am – 1:30 pm. Participants can bring as much as desired and take as much as desired. Any clean, portable, reusable items can be donated. Typical items include clothes, children’s toys, costume jewelry, games, household items such as small appliances or dishes. No furniture, large items, electronic waste or broken items. Free. Central Queens Y, 67-09 108th St., Forest Hills, www.cqy.org, 718.268.5011.
- April 14, Australian Ensemble Viola Dana to Perform Folk/Jazz/Classic Score to Buster Keaton’s Movie The General, 4 pm. The acclaimed Australian musical ensemble Viola Dana will make a rare New York appearance to perform violist and composer Kathy Corecig’s fresh and delightful new score to Buster Keaton’s The General. $15. Museum of the Moving Image, 36-01 35th Ave., LIC, www.movingimage.us, 718.777.6888.
- April 14, The Billy-Club Puppets: a Bilingual Puppet Musical, 5 pm. Federico Garcia Lorca’s children’s comic tale, also known as “The Tragicomedy of Don Cristobal and Mistress Rosita,” comes to life as a folkloric Andalusian Punch & Judy style story in which the club-wielding Cristobal takes the sweet young Rosita as an unwilling bride. $15 adults/$12 children. Thalia Spanish Theatre, 41-17 Greenpoint Ave., Sunnyside, www.thaliatheatre.org, 718.729.3880.
- April 14, Queens of Queens LGBT Comedy Show, 8 pm. Headlining the show is funny, filthy Frank DeCaro, known for his long-running daily radio show on Sirius-XM OutQ as well as TV appearances on The Daily Show and Cougar Town. Frank Liotti (BearCity 2), Sheba Mason (The Artie Lange Show), up-and-comer Matteo Lane (OutLoud Chicago Queer Comedy) and token straight boy Eric Neumann (Sirius XM) will also perform and host-with-the-most Adam Sank (Last Comic Standing and Sirius-XM OutQ) will serve as ringleader. $15. Laughing Devil Comedy Club, 47-38 Vernon Blvd., LIC, www.laughingdevil.com, 347.913.3845.
- April 14, Book Signing and Lecture with L. Lloyd Stewart, 2 pm. Author, genealogist and researcher L. Lloyd Stewart will discuss his latest book, The Mysterious Black Migration 1800-1820, which focuses on the migration of thousands of free African Americans from various New York State counties and New England states to Washington County. Free. Afrikan Poetry Theatre, 176-03 Jamaica Ave., Jamaica, www.afrikanpoetrytheatre.org.
- April 14, Christian Comedian Jonathan Slocumb, 4 pm. The Merrick Park Baptist Church is pleased to present a Christian comedian as a part of its 85th anniversary celebration. $30/$15 children under 12. MPBC, 120-02 Marsden St., Jamaica, www.merrickparkbaptistchurch.org, 718.276.5039.
- April 15, Queens Human Rights Advocate Talks About Women in Afghanistan, 1:30 pm. Naheed Bahram, Queens chapter program director for NY Women for Afghan Women -- which supports literacy, job education and health care while respecting Afghan traditions and practices -- will discuss human rights in Afghanistan. Bahram’s family left Afghanistan after her mother died in a bomb explosion in Kabul. $6 suggested donation. Central Queens Y, 67-09 108th St., Forest Hills, www.cqy.org, 718.268.5011.
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.