2015-01-14 / Front Page

It's In Queens! (January 15 to January 21)

A performance by the Dance Theatre of Harlem, an anti-bullying event, live music, and a lecture by a Freedom Rider are among the Martin Luther King Day celebrations in the borough. Other options include traditional Korean music and dance, Japanese opera, 3D workshops, astronomy, and an art gallery opening. Here’s the rundown.

Jan. 15, The First World War: A Brief History with Documents, 1 pm. Moderator Al Ronzoni examines novels, poetry, short stories, documents, and first-person accounts of World War I. Free, but registration is required. Greater Astoria Historical Society, 35-20 Broadway, LIC, www.astorialic.org.

Jan. 15-16, Anti-Bullying Exhibition, noon to 4 pm. Queens Museum, Queens Library, and Assemblyman William Scarborough present an event with resources for those facing bullying and violence and the presentation of a book, Dear Diary, by Delicia B. Davis, with methods to aid these groups in problem solving. Queens Museum, NYC Building, Flushing Meadows Corona Park, www.deliciadavis.com.

Jan. 16, Norian Maro-Ledo Paradise Lost, 8 pm. This Korean world music group has 12 members who specialize in an innovative style of traditional performing arts with dance, music, singing, percussion, theater and multi-media. There are haunting chants, pulsing movements, and imaginary narratives. Free. 137-35 Northern Blvd., Flushing, www.flushingtownhall.org.

Jan. 16, I Touched All Your Stuff, 7 pm. This NYC premiere is part of the First Look 2015 film festival. An affable-but-gullible American man in a Brazilian jail for drug trafficking recounts his romance with a Japanese-Colombian woman. Museum of the Moving Image, 36-01 35th Ave., Kaufman Arts District, www.movingimage.us.

Jan. 17, Exploring the Night Sky, 7 pm. Seasoned astronomer Mark Freilich leads programs on astronomy. This time of year is good for observing the Winter Triangle, Sirius, Orion, the Big Dipper, and the North Star. $15. Alley Pond Environmental Center, 228-06 Northern Blvd., Douglaston, www.alleypond.com.

Jan. 17-18, 3D Design Workshop, 1:30 pm and 3:30 pm. Learn how to use TinkerCAD, the free, web-based, 3D modeling program. $5 per adult-child pair, plus admission. New York Hall of Science, 47-01 111th St., Corona, www.nysci.org.

Jan. 17, Bx46, 2 pm; I for Iran, 4:30 pm; Our Terrible Country, 7 pm. Part of the First Look festival, which showcases inventive international cinema, BX 46 is a cinematic tour through Hunts Point in the Bronx, including the legendary Fulton Fish Market, a waste management plant, and a correctional center barge near Riker’s Island. In I for Iran, a Belgian filmmaker learns how to read and write Persian using a textbook dating from the Islamic revolution. Our Terrible Country depicts the Free Syrian Army. Museum of the Moving Image, 36-01 35th Ave., Kaufman Arts District, www.movingimage.us.

Jan. 18, Dance Theatre of Harlem, 4 pm. After an address by Rev. Dr. Floyd Flake, senior pastor of Jamaica’s Greater Allen AME Cathedral of New York, the dance program showcases musical compositions ranging from classical works by Johann Sebastian Bach to hits by James Brown. $35. Kupferberg Center for the Arts, Queens College, 65-30 Kissena Blvd., Flushing, www.kupferbergcenter.org.

Jan. 18, Beloved Prey and Moon Princess Song Cycle, 2 pm. This is a preview of Kento Iwasaki’s opera about a lioness that adopts a baby antelope and a mother antelope who musters the courage to rescue her child. Also on the program is “Moon Princess Song Cycle,” a song cycle dramatizing a Japanese folk tale. Free. Flushing Town Hall, 137-35 Northern Blvd., Flushing, www.flushingtownhall.org.

Jan. 18, An Aesthetics of Slowness, 2 pm to 5 pm. The opening for an exhibition (paintings, drawings, photographs, and sculpture) that contemplates the uncertainty of physical experiences and perceptions, inviting the viewers to look, wait, and look again. Show runs until March 29. Dorsky Gallery, 11-03 45th Ave., LIC, www.dorsky.org.

Jan. 18, MLK Day Celebration, 3 pm. This annual celebration includes Yusef Ramadan and the Willow Women’s Interfaith Choir. Free Synagogue of Flushing, 41-60 Kissena Blvd., Flushing, www.freesynagogue.org.

Jan. 18, Suitcase of Love and Shame, 1 pm; Coming to Terms, 2 pm; Audience, 3 pm; August Winds, 5 pm; Films by Robert Todd, 5:30 pm; Films by Alexandre Barry, 7:30 pm. Part of the First Look festival, which showcases inventive international cinema, the first film is about a suitcase, purchased on eBay for $100, which has a treasure trove of cassettes sent between a Midwestern woman and her lover in the 1960s. Coming to Terms is about a dying Montana patriarch who gathers his dysfunctional family for a final request. Audience is an unabridged film of the audience watching Suitcase of Love a week earlier in the same venue. August Winds is about two young lovers—a man who dives for seafood and a woman who dreams of being a tattoo artist—in a remote coastal village. The tranquility ends when a corpse washes on shore during a tropical storm. Prolific filmmaker Robert Todd, who crafted the atmospheric sound design for Suitcase of Love, keeps alive the tradition of 16mm and 35mm film in his work. Alexandre Barry captures 76-year-old poet/actor Axel Bogousslavsky making music, drawing, dreaming, eating, breathing fresh air, warming up by the fireplace, and walking at night. Museum of the Moving Image, 36-01 35th Ave., Kaufman Arts District, www.movingimage.us.

Jan. 19, Forest Hills Freedom Rider Recalls Historic Journey, 1:30 pm. In 1961, Freedom Riders traveled to the South to challenge local segregation laws. More than half the white Freedom Riders were Jewish, including 19-year-old Forest Hills resident Lew Zuchman, who discusses his life’s journey. $8 suggested donation. Central Queens Y, 67-09 108th St., Forest Hills, www.cqy.org.

Jan. 19, Auditions for the Oratorio Society of Queens, 6:50 pm. OSQ has more than 125 members, including altos, sopranos, tenors, and bass singers. This diverse group has differing levels of singing ability—from sight-readers to those who learn by ear. OSQ rehearses every Monday at 7:45 pm at Temple Beth Sholom, 172nd Street and Northern Boulevard, Flushing, www.queensoratorio.org.

Jan. 21, Community Environment Training, 6:30 pm. Riverkeeper and the Empire Dragon Boat Team present information on Flushing Bay’s water pollution issues and training so attendees can take action to clean it up. Free. Flushing Town Hall, 137-35 Northern Blvd., Flushing, www.flushingtownhall.org.

Jan. 21, Queens Boulevard Safety Workshop, 7 pm. The NYC Department of Transportation hosts its first ever workshop on safety changes along Queens Boulevard. Free. PS 11-Kathryn Phelan School, 54-25 Skillman Ave., Woodside.

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. More info at www.itsinqueens.com.

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