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It's In Queens! (January 22 To January 28)

Irish music, juggling, the circus, karaoke to the big screen, Thai art, 1920s cartoons, a breakdancing championship, and live music. There are plenty of ways to stay warm this upcoming week, regardless of the weather. Here’s the rundown.

Jan. 22, State of the Borough, 10 am. Borough President Melinda Katz discusses her first year in office and her plans for the future. Free with light fare afterward. Colden Auditorium, Queens College, vicinity of Reeves Avenue and 61st Road, Flushing, www.queensbp.org.

Jan. 23, Pride of New York, 7:30 pm. One of the finest Irish traditional music ensembles featuring Joanie Madden on flute and tin whistle, Brian Conway on fiddle, Billy Comiskey on accordion, and Brendan Dolan on piano. Doors open at 7:30 pm for pre-show hospitality in downstairs bar/library area. Free tea and coffee; beer and wine for sale. Showtime at 8:30 pm with open seating. $25/$22 for seniors, students, unemployed. New York Irish Center, 10-40 Jackson Ave., LIC, www.newyorkirishcenter.org.

Jan. 24, Juggling Extravaganza, 2:15 pm. The fun begins with Spherus, a nonverbal trio show that features international juggling champion and Cirque du Soleil star Greg Kennedy. At 3:30 pm, he leads an interactive workshop on juggling and creating beauty in motion. $13/$8 for children. Flushing Town Hall, 137-35 Northern Blvd., Flushing, www.flushingtownhall.org.

Jan. 24, Boo! Winter Spooktacular Ball, 2 pm. Events include fun with ringmaster Jenny Romaine and Circus Amok, a heart-stopping scavenger hunt and fearless feather balancing, hippodrome bingo (with genuine fake hippos and astounding prizes), a palindrome parade through the Panorama, Big Top Bar for adults, a ring toss raffle, and clown face painting. Prices vary. Queens Museum, NYC Building, Flushing Meadows Corona Park, www.queensmuseum.org.

Jan. 24, Karaoke at the Movies: Mary Poppins, 7:30 pm. Sing out loud and watch one of the most beloved movie musicals of all time as part of a one-of-a-kind, interactive, family-oriented film series. $5. Queensborough Performing Arts Center, 222-05 56th Ave., Bayside, www.visitQPAC.org.

Jan. 24, Martin Luther King Jr. Book Event, 1 pm. At this New York Council for the Humanities Community Conversations for Kids Workshop, Karyn Balan guides children and their family members through Doreen Rappaport’s book, Martin’s Big Words, followed by a discussion. Free. Queens Historical Society, 143-35 37th Ave., Flushing, www.queenshistoricalsociety.org.

Jan. 24, Opening for Ying Nung Ma’s Touch of New York, 2 pm. In this first solo exhibition, Ma’s photographs capture the excitement and energy of New York’s iconic sites and document its people and events. The show runs until March 22, but on this day, the public is invited to meet the artist during a reception including a musical interlude by Hsiao-Pei Ma, an accomplished flautist and the photographer’s daughter. Free. Voelker Orth Museum, Bird Sanctuary and Victorian Garden, 149-19 38th Ave., Flushing, www.vomuseum.org.

Jan. 24, Araya Rasdjarmrearnsook, runs through March 30. This exhibition showcases more than 20 pieces spanning two decades of the artist's career. It’s this Thai artist’s first major exhibition in the U.S. $3-$5. Sculpture Center, 44-19 Purves St., LIC, www.sculpture-center.org.

Jan. 24, International Children’s Film Festival, runs through Feb. 8. The nation’s largest film festival for children and teens. $6-$12. Museum of the Moving Image, 36-01 35th Ave., Kaufman Arts District, www.movingimage.us.

Jan. 25, Hip Hop Championship, 2 pm to 5 pm. The world's first professional B-boy sports competition in the history of breakdancing. $50 - $95. Queens Theatre, 14 United Nations Ave. S., Flushing Meadows Corona Park, www.queenstheatre.org.

Jan. 25, Winter Wearable Hacking, 10:30 am. Transform a winter wearable into dazzling gear to wear all winter long. $5-$8. New York Hall of Science, 47-01 111th St., Corona, www.nysci.org.

Jan. 25, Frozen Follies: Winter Classic Cartoons, 2 pm. Watch animated cartoons from the 1920s and 1930s projected on 16mm film. Local preservationist-animation historian Tom Stathes has a program of winter fun with a cast of human and animal characters enjoying the cold months. $5/free for children under age 3. The Voelker Orth Museum, Bird Sanctuary, and Victorian Garden, 149-19 38th Ave., Flushing, vomuseum.org.

Jan. 25, Ayurvedic Wellness Workshop, 4 pm to 6 pm. Shweta Parmar trained with Ayurvedic vaidyas and institutions in South India. She teaches the health benefits of proper food combination, digestion, and elimination. $35. Yumcha Yoga, 33-59 Farrington St., Flushing, www.yumchayoga.com.

Jan. 26, The Moth StorySLAM, 7 pm. Open to anyone with a true story to share on the night’s posted theme: state lines and personal boundaries. When the doors open, storyteller hopefuls put their names in The Moth Hat. A half hour later, names are picked, and storytellers take the stage. Each person has just five minutes. Ten featured stories are scored by teams of judges selected from the audience who pick the StorySLAM winner. $8. Flushing Town Hall, 137-35 Northern Blvd., Flushing, www.flushingtownhall.org.

Jan. 27, Live Music, 11 am. Mozart and James Cohn played by flutist J. Whiteman, Jean Case on clarinet, Christine Dore on piano, a trio by Mozart and Miriam Conti on piano and Barbara Oldham on French horn for a Cohn piece. Free with sandwich lunch. Douglaston Community Church, 39-15 Douglaston Parkway, Douglaston, 516-466-4034.

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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