2015-02-04 / Front Page

It’s In Queens! (February 5 to February 11)

In a clear sign of the season, all upcoming events in Queens are indoors. However, they remain as diverse as always. Options include learning about Islam, South Africa, and animation; helping fight autism with Mr. Met; listening to live Irish music or jazz; and making jewelry, crayons, and rap music. Here’s the rundown.

Feb. 4, Batter Up for a Cause, 5 pm to 9 pm. Help support the nonprofit Autism Speaks while taking batting practice, a ballpark tour, and hanging out with Mr. Met. $99. Citi Field, 123-01 Roosevelt Ave., Flushing, www.autismspeaks.org.

Feb. 5, Opening: South African Art, 6 pm. Queens College explores South Africa over the next few months with art exhibits, dances, films, roundtable discussions, and lectures. Les Payne, a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist who covered Apartheid era uprisings in black townships, gives a gallery talk before displaying his collection on opening night. Godwin-Ternbach Museum at Queens College, 405 Klapper Hall, Flushing, www.southafrica.qc.cuny.edu.

Feb. 5, The Duet of Animation and Technology: An Evening with Glen Keane, 7 pm. The new short film Duet is the latest work by animator Glen Keane, who also worked on The Little Mermaid, Aladdin, Pocahontas, and Beauty and the Beast. Keane screens Duet and then demonstrates his creative process, giving a behind-the-scenes look at the technology used to create the film. $15. Museum of the Moving Image, 36-01 35th Ave., Kaufman Art District, www.movingimage.us.

Feb. 5, Jewelry Workshop & Mini Pop Up Sale, 7 pm. Design a gift, take advantage of discounts, and pay $5 for signature drinks all night. Manducatis Rustica, 46-35 Vernon Blvd., LIC, www.manducatisrustica.com.

Feb. 6, Opening Reception: Quilting Our Personal Expressions, 6 pm. Quilt-N-Queens is a group of female, African Americans who share a passion for quilt-making. Members share their creativity, viewpoints, and abilities in this showcase. Exhibit runs to Feb. 21. Free. Jamaica Performing Arts Center, 153-01 Jamaica Ave., Jamaica, www.jcal.org.

Feb. 6-8, Cinema Tropical Festival 2015, times vary. A celebration of the year’s best Latin American films, featuring the winners of the Cinema Tropical Awards. Schedule: The Militant, Feb. 6, 7 pm; Purgatorio: A Journey into the Heart of the Border, Feb. 7, 3 pm; Las Marthas, Feb. 7, 6 pm; The Quispe Girls, Feb. 8, 3 pm; The Face, Feb. 8, 6 pm. $6-$12. Museum of the Moving Image, 36-01 35th Ave., Kaufman Art District, www.movingimage.us.

Feb. 7, Opening and Forum on the Faces of Islam, 3 pm. The LaGuardia Performing Arts Center and LaGuardia Community College present an interactive theater demonstration and community forum related to the opening reception for the Faces of Islam exhibition. Utilizing theater to stimulate group-talk, the forum is focused on perceptions of Islamic identity in post 9/11 America. The exhibition features portraits of local New Yorkers, as captured by LAGCC students and faculty over two semesters. Queens Museum, NYC Building, Flushing Meadows Corona Park, www.queensmuseum.org.

Feb. 7, Bernadette Morris in Concert, 7:30 pm. Exciting Irish musical talent Morris breathes new life into traditional Irish folk songs and enthralls audiences with her modern versions of lilting Gaelic laments. $22/$17 for seniors, students, the unemployed. New York Irish Center, 10-40 Jackson Ave., LIC, www.newyorkirishcenter.org.

Feb. 7, Cabin Fever Day, 1 pm to 3 pm. The Log Cabin offers fun indoor activities — handcrafting, sewing, weaving, gift-making — that children can recreate at home. Recommended for ages 7-12. Must pre-register. $21. Alley Pond Environmental Center, 228-06 Northern Blvd., Douglaston, www.alleypond.org.

Feb. 7, Open Mic in the Round, 7 pm. The word. The rhyme. The reason. Free. Jamaica Performing Arts Center, 153-01 Jamaica Ave., Jamaica, www.jcal.org.

Feb. 7, Pre-Valentine’s Day Special, 2 pm. The cemetery hosts a violin and piano recital featuring two talented artists. Free. St. Michael’s Cemetery, 72-02 Astoria Blvd., East Elmhurst, www.stmichaelscemetery.com.

Feb. 7, Martin Luther King Jr. and India Republic Days, 3:30 pm. A special remembrance of King, Mahatma Gandhi, and Nelson Mandela. Free. Hindu Temple Society of North America, 143-09 Holly Ave., Flushing, www.nyganeshtemple.org.

Feb. 7, Kid’s Valentine’s Day Workshop, noon to 2 pm. $5 (adults free if accompanied by children). Bayside Historical Society, 208 Totten Ave., Fort Totten, Bayside, www.baysidehistorical.org.

Feb. 8, The Man Who Planted Trees, 2:15 pm. A multi-sensory adaptation of Jean Giono’s environmental classic about a shepherd who plants a forest, acorn by acorn, transforming a barren wasteland. This version by the Puppet State Theatre Company of Scotland demonstrates the difference one man (and his dog) can make in the world. Puppetry workshop at 1 pm. $4 to $13 (Use “ART20” for 20 percent discount). Flushing Town Hall, 137-35 Northern Blvd., Flushing, www.flushingtownhall.org.

Feb. 8, Charlotte’s Web, 1 pm and 3 pm. This Theatreworks production is based on EB White’s book about a pig named Wilbur and a gray spider named Charlotte. Featuring mad-cap and endearing farm animals, the tale explores bravery, selfless love, and the true meaning of friendship. $14, with Family Flex Pass of $100 for 10 tickets. Queens Theatre, 14 United Nations Ave. S., Flushing Meadows Corona Park, www.queenstheatre.org.

Feb. 8, Face the Music Concert, 2 pm and 4 pm. Face the Music is the country’s only youth ensemble that is dedicated to the creation and performance of classical music by living composers. The 200-plus group tackles Michael Gordon’s epic Trance. Rarely performed because of its size (22 players), length (52 minutes), and difficulty, Trance takes classical music to the edge of a heavy metal meltdown. Free. Queens Museum, NYC Building, Flushing Meadows Corona Park, www.queensmuseum.org.

Feb. 8, Art for Families: Exploring Clay in Japanese, 10:30 am. For families with children ages 5-11. Space is limited, and reservations are required. Free. Noguchi Museum, 9-01 33rd Rd., LIC, www.noguchi.org.

Feb. 8, Bath Time Crayons, 10:30 pm. Make colorful crayons to make bath time more fun. $5/$8 New York Hall of Science, 47-01 111th St., Corona, www.nysci.org.

Feb. 8, Passion & Piano: Jazz Brunch at the Castle, noon. Afternoon brunch while listening to a jazz trio. RSVP is required. $25. Bayside Historical Society, 208 Totten Ave., Fort Totten, Bayside, www.baysidehistorical.org.

Feb. 9, Emerging Choreographer Series II, 7:30 pm. Mare Nostrum Elements presents its second entry in this series. $5. LaGuardia Performing Arts Center, 31-10 Thomson Ave., LIC, www.laguardiaperformingarts.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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