2015-02-11 / Front Page

It's In Queens! (February 12 To February 18)

Romance anyone? Actually, romance everyone! As usual, Queens is bursting at the seams with great Valentine’s Day bargains and activities. But this upcoming week also includes an international video game festival, some great Lunar New Year options, theater, ballet, concerts, and a Black History Month tribute. Here’s the rundown.

Feb. 13-15, IndieCade East 2015, times vary. The nation’s premier independent video game festival happens over a lively weekend celebrating creators and fans. The program includes a professional conference featuring panels and discussions headlined by the industry’s most prominent gamemakers, academics, artists, marketers, and journalists. Plus, the popular eSports showcase and Night Games East, an evening of physically interactive and party-style gameplay. Museum of the Moving Image, 36-01 35th Ave., Kaufman Arts District, www.movingimage.us.

Feb. 13, Composers Collective Winter 2015, 8 pm. This concert showcases new works written for Folie à Deux, a charismatic viola duo. Free. Flushing Town Hall, 137-35 Northern Blvd., Flushing, www.flushingtownhall.org.

Feb. 13, Carefully Taught, 7 pm. A reading of a new play about an African American and a white school teacher whose friendship and lives are affected when a racial issue arises at their school. $10. Queens Council on the Arts, 37-11 35th Ave., Kaufman Arts District, www.queenscouncilarts.org.

Feb. 14, Lunar New Year Bazaar, 11 am to 3:30 pm. For centuries, Chinese people have celebrated Lunar New Year at local temple fairs. Flushing Town Hall highlights this tradition with a celebratory bazaar that begins with a lion dance and includes dazzling performances, music, dance, magic, and martial art. Attendees can participate in crafts workshops and bring handmade Chinese art home. Free. FTH, 137-35 Northern Blvd., Flushing, www.flushingtownhall.org.

Feb. 14, The Red Ball: World Peace in the Key of Jazz, 8 pm. “Singertainer” Antoinette Montague invites all guests to wear a splash of red — symbolizing the need for world peace — during her jazzy, bluesy performance of romantic hits. $22/$10 for students. Flushing Town Hall, 137-35 Northern Blvd., Flushing, www.flushingtownhall.org.

Feb. 14, Great Backyard Bird Count, 11 am. Take part in an 18th annual, national bird-counting event. $4. Queens Botanical Garden, 43-50 Main St., Flushing, www.queensbotanical.org.

Feb. 14, Hands-on History: Be My Valentine, noon to 3 pm. Decorate a picture frame and create 19th century-inspired Valentines to give to your sweetheart. Free. King Manor Museum, 150-3 Jamaica Ave., Jamaica, www.kingmanor.org.

Feb. 14, Storybook Discovery: Spread the Love, 11 am. This monthly reading activity focuses on Valentine’s Day tales, and participants can make valentines to take home. $5 suggested donation. The Voelker Orth Museum, Bird Sanctuary, and Victorian Garden, 149-19 38th Ave., Flushing, www.vomuseum.org.

Feb. 14, Community Conversations for Kids: Democracy, 1 pm. Participants read and discuss the book Pearl Moscowitz’s Last Stand by Arthur A. Levine. In this story, Pearl takes a radical stand when the city threatens to cut down the last tree on her block. Free. Queens Historical Society, Weeping Beech Park, 143-35 37th Ave., Flushing, www.queenshistoricalsociety.org.

Feb. 14, Author in Focus: Kerri Ann Gill, 7 pm. A special Valentine’s Day dinner theater with Romantic Comedy Tenant Romance. $55 per person or $100 per couple. Jamaica Performing Arts Center, 153-01 Jamaica Ave., Jamaica, www.jcal.org.

Feb. 14, The Story of the Mitten, 1:30 pm. A reading and performance of a book about eight forest animals that end up inside a mitten. $21. Alley Pond Environmental Center, 228-06 Northern Blvd., Douglaston, www.alleypond.com.

Feb. 14-15, Ballet Hispánico, Saturday at 2 pm and 8 pm, Sunday at 3 pm. A Latin dance with classical and contemporary techniques in which theatricality and passion propel every move. $25-$42. Queens Theatre, 14 United Nations Ave. S., Flushing Meadows Corona Park, www.queenstheatre.org.

Feb. 15, Lunar New Year Bash with the New York Chinese Cultural Center, 1:30 pm to 4:30 pm. Celebrate this popular Chinese holiday with costumed folk dances, Lion Dance, and traditional arts & crafts. This event features a one-hour program with professional artists and students of NYCCC’s School of the Arts as well as a one-hour visual arts demonstration. Queens Museum, NYC Building, Flushing Meadows Corona Park, www.queensmuseum.org.

Feb. 15, Forest Hills Symphony Orchestra, 2 pm. Live music by Strauss, Haydn, Bizet, and Tchaikovsky. Forest Hills Jewish Center, 106-06 Queens Blvd., Forest Hills, www.fhso.org.

Feb. 15, Film Chinois, 4 pm. The Pan Asian Repertory Theatre presents an atmospheric noir mystery set in 1940s China. Free. Flushing Town Hall, 137-35 Northern Blvd., Flushing, www.flushingtownhall.org.

Feb. 15-21, Swim-Cation, times vary. The Holiday Inn LaGuardia is offering a special package which includes free parking, a free swim class for one person, and an overnight double-bedded room for $109 (value is over $205). Hotel is at 37-10 114th St., Corona, 718.651.2100.

Feb. 15, The Instability of Perception, 2 pm. A panel discussion related to the current exhibition, An Aesthetics of Slowness. Two showing artists and a researcher of aesthetics and neuroscience discuss perception. Free. Dorsky Gallery, 11-03 45th Ave., LIC, www.dorsky.org.

Feb. 16, The Red Balloon, 1 pm. French with English subtitles, this film depicts a young boy who finds a stray balloon. The two soon become inseparable as the boy follows the balloon through the streets of Paris. Museum of the Moving Image, 36-01 35th Ave., Kaufman Arts District, www.movingimage.us.

Feb. 17 & 18, Magdalen, 8 pm. This one-woman play is set in Dublin, where unwed mothers, prostitutes, orphans, and flirts are told they can wash away their sins in commercial laundries run by nuns. $17/$12 for seniors, students, the unemployed. New York Irish Center, 10-40 Jackson Ave., LIC, www.newyorkirishcenter.org.

Feb. 18, Love, Always, 7 pm. A reading of a new musical that charts the course of love over 100 years. Starting in the current day, each scene moves back 10 years in time with the actors playing several roles. $10. Queens Council on the Arts, 37-11 35th Ave., Kaufman Arts District, www.queenscouncilarts.org.

Black History Month at Louis Armstrong House Museum. Explore how Satchmo influenced world music and the Civil Rights movement. While supplies last, February visitors receive a free, limited edition, unique print of a photo of Armstrong by his personal photographer, Jack Bradley. The collectible includes a touching story by actor Ossie Davis from the making of the film A Man Called Adam in which the younger actor came to terms with racial strife. LAHM, 34-56 107th St., Corona, www.louisarmstronghouse.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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