2015-01-28 / Front Page

It’s In Queens! (January 29 to February 4)

Let’s dance, or better yet, vamos a bailar. The borough hosts upcoming chances to experience or learn tango, salsa, merengue, bachata, and cha cha cha. There are also some interesting panel discussions on everything from the history of storefront signs to media depictions of African Americans as well as live music and inspiring art activities. Here’s the rundown.

Jan. 30, Tango 5 Senses, runs until March 22. Tango performances on Fridays and Saturdays at 8 pm and Sundays at 4 pm, $40, $37 for special group discounts. Special “Tango Lovers” performance on Feb. 14 with wine-and-tapas reception with the stars after the show, $90. Workshops on Saturdays, Feb. 7 to March 21, 5 pm to 6 pm, $140 for seven classes or $25 per class. Thalía Spanish Theatre, 41-17 Greenpoint Ave., Sunnyside, www.thaliatheatre.org.

Jan. 31, Discussion on Hot Neighborhoods and Book Signing, 1 pm. A roundtable discussion on the borough’s western neighborhoods moderated by Adrienne Onofri, who will also sell and sign copies of her new book, Walking Queens. Free. Quinn Building, 35-20 Broadway, Fourth Floor, LIC, www.astorialic.org.

Jan. 31, Mysterious Lake, 2 pm. What if objects had souls, and they became living creatures at night when the world sleeps? They’d have plenty of stories to tell. In this special event, creative people give voices to discarded objects and their souls. Free. Flushing Town Hall, 137-35 Northern Blvd., Flushing, www.flushingtownhall.org.

Jan. 31, La Danza del Corazón, 6 pm. This is a special Latin dance social. Admission includes three dance classes. One floor is for Salsa and Bachata; the other floor incorporates Hustle, Cha Cha Cha, Merengue, and West Coast Swing. $15 in advance/$20 at the door. Flushing Town Hall, 137-35 Northern Blvd., Flushing, www.flushingtownhall.org.

Feb. 1, Queens Symphony Orchestra, 3 pm. The orchestra plays Peter and the Vegetable Garden, featuring Mozart’s Magic Flute Overture, Prokofiev’s Peter and the Wolf, and Beethoven’s Symphony No. 4. LeFrak Concert Hall, 65-30 Kissena Blvd., Flushing, www.queenssymphony.org.

Feb. 1, Endangered by the Moving Image: The Criminalization of Black and Brown Bodies, 2 pm to 5 pm. Leading African American cultural commentators, including Jelani Cobb, Mia Mask, and Greg Tate, discuss how African Americans are represented in film and television, beginning with D.W. Griffith’s The Birth of a Nation and continuing through contemporary movies and TV programs. $12/$9 for seniors and students. Museum of the Moving Image, 36-01 35th Ave., Kaufman Arts District, www.movingimage.us.

Feb. 1, Open Studio: Inspiration, 11 am to 1 pm. This is a drop-in educational program to learn more about the museum and art. Free. Noguchi Museum, 9-01 33rd Rd., LIC, www.noguchi.org.

Feb. 2, StoreFronts, 7 pm. Kevin Walsh, an historian who runs the Forgotten NY blog, displays classic NYC storefront signs and discusses their history and lore. Some are still around, some are gone, but they’re rapidly disappearing. $5. Quinn Building, 35-20 Broadway, Fourth Floor, LIC, www.astorialic.org.

Feb. 3, Reception for Isamu Noguchi, Patent Holder: Designing the World of Tomorrow, 5 pm to 9 pm. This exhibition surveys the symbiotic relationship between sculpture and design in LIC-based artist Isamu Noguchi’s work in the years leading up to the 1939 World’s Fair and his extensive design work beyond this period up to 1985. Free and on exhibit through March 19 at the Dr. M. T. Geoffrey Yeh Art Gallery, St. Johns University, Sun Yat Sen Hall, 8000 Utopia Pkwy., Jamaica, www.stjohns.edu/yehgallery.

Feb. 3-4, Creative Writing Workshops, 10-week course. Nancy Agabian, an adjunct assistant professor at Queens College and part-time teacher at the Gallatin School of Individualized Study at NYU, teaches a series of creative writing workshops to help participants find their voice or work on long-term projects, such as a memoir or novel. One session starts on Feb. 3; the other begins on Feb. 4. Address provided upon registration. $450 for 10 classes, www.nancyagabian.com.

Feb. 4, Queens College Choral Society Tryouts, 6 pm to 7:15 pm. The Queens College Choral Society holds auditions for new members for its Spring 2015 season, which will feature Faure’s Requiem and Poulenc’s Gloria. The society welcomes people of all ages and backgrounds with prior singing experience. Free. Room 246 of the Music Building at Queens College. To schedule an audition, contact James John, music director, at 718-997-3818 or jmsjhn@aol.com.

Feb. 4, Monthly Jazz Clinic and Jam: John Coltrane and his Dedication to Practice, 6 pm and 7 pm. The Queens Jazz OverGround holds its monthly open clinic, followed by a jam session. Musicians are encouraged to play; others are encouraged to enjoy. Free. Flushing Town Hall, 137-35 Northern Blvd., Flushing, www.flushingtownhall.org.

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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