2015-02-18 / Front Page

It’s In Queens! (February 19 to February 25)

Lunar New Year is coming up, and Queens is offering some great events to complement Miss Piggy, literature, dance, film, performance art, magic, comedy, live music, and the annual Mama’s Summer Countdown. Here’s the rundown.

Feb. 19, Queens Literary, 7 pm. Authors Atticus Lish and Akhihl Sharma discuss their novels, which are set in Queens. Free. Sunnyside Community Services, 43-31 39th St., Sunnyside, www.scsny.org.

Feb. 19, Networking Night, 5:30 pm. Meet people and enjoy a complimentary glass of hot wine and a signature dish. $25. Mundo Restaurant at The Paper Factory, 37-06 36th St., LIC, www.licpmundo.eventbrite.com.

Feb. 19, Job Fair, 11 am to 3 pm. Open to all experience levels. Participants should bring copies of their resumes. St. Nicholas of Tolentine Church, 150-75 Goethals Ave., Jamaica, 646-852-7758.

Feb. 20, Dancing Wind, 8 pm. DW is a cross-cultural project that explores traditional and contemporary choreography of Asian dance from Korean and Chinese traditions. The piece is accompanied by live music and performed by Korean dancer and choreographer Song Hee Lee and Chinese dancer and educator Ling Tang. $15/$10 for students. Flushing Town Hall, 137-35 Northern Blvd., Flushing, www.flushingtownhall.org.

Feb. 20, Irish Movie and Gaelic Short, 7:30 pm. Run & Jump is about a headstrong Irish housewife whose life transforms in ways she never thought possible after her husband has a stroke and an American doctor arrives to chronicle the family’s recovery. Plus, the short comedy Na Fiorghael. $11/$8 for students, seniors, and unemployed. New York Irish Center, 10-40 Jackson Ave., LIC, www.nyirish.org.

Feb. 20, Four Little Girls Danceology, 7 pm. A look at a tragedy of the Civil Right movement as performed by Esota. $15 orchestra/$10 balcony. Jamaica Performing Arts Center, 153-01 Jamaica Ave., Jamaica, www.jcal.org.

Feb. 20, Manhattan, 7 pm. Screened as part of an homage to cinematographer Gordon Wills and part of the See It Big! series, Woody Allen’s urban romance has unforgettable black-and-white imagery, accompanied by George Gershwin’s music. Museum of the Moving Image, 36-01 35th Ave., Kaufman Arts District, www.movingimage.us.

Feb. 21, Lunar New Year Parade, 11 am. Floats, giant dragons, lion dancers, marching bands, and the color red are everywhere for this free, 19th annual event, which kicks off at Union Street and 37th Avenue and winds to Main Street and 39th Avenue in Flushing.

Feb. 21, The Magic of Bill Blagg, 2 pm and 8 pm. Even skeptical audiences have to think twice about believing what they see. Queens Theater, 14 United Nations Ave. S., Flushing Meadow Corona Park, www.queenstheatre.org.

Feb. 21, Performeando 2015: Home, 3 pm to 6 pm. This is the first performance art project/program featuring artists who identify as Latino. Fifteen-minute works treat notions pertaining to questions such as What is home? Where is home? Is home where the heart is or where the money is made? Queens Museum, NYC Building, Flushing Meadows Corona Park, www.performeandousa.blogspot.com.

Feb. 20-21, Marcos Duran Performance Group and Barbara Mahler’s Dances, 8 pm. MDPG presents Around The Fortress. Seven performers, including Duran, embark on a 40-minute journey through isolation, imagination, and revelry. Inspired at the beginning of new love, this work confronts the difficulties of breaking down a lifetime of emotional and psychological walls. BM presents a trio and two solos that create intricate tapestries with the environment, relying on the language of movement and music/sound alone. $15. Green Space, 37-24 24th St., LIC, www.greenspacestudio.org.

Feb. 21, Yoga in the Elements, 9:15 am. Serene yoga in a heated log cabin with certified master yoga instructor Mike Mancini. Limited to 10 participants. $16. Alley Pond Environmental Center, 228-06 Northern Blvd., Douglaston, www.alleypond.com.

Feb. 21, Exploring the Night Sky, 7 pm. Seasoned professor/astronomer Mark Freilich leads an interactive astronomy program. Observe Sirius, Gemini, Big Dipper, and North Star. $15. Alley Pond Environmental Center, 228-06 Northern Blvd., Douglaston, www.alleypond.com.

Feb. 21, The Landlord, 2 pm; Loving, 4:30 pm; and Little Murders, 7 pm. Screened as part of an homage to cinematographer Gordon Wills and part of the See It Big! series, The Landlord features Willis’s subtly experimental cinematography which sharpens the culture-clash satire: high-key lighting for the realm of WASP-y privilege, and subdued shadows for urban settings. Loving stars George Segal as a New York advertising artist headed for a breakdown of epic proportions as he buckles under the pressures of juggling a career, family, and an extramarital affair. Little Murders is Alan Arkin’s adaptation of Village Voice cartoonist Jules Feiffer’s caustic play. Museum of the Moving Image, 36-01 35th Ave., Kaufman Arts District, www.movingimage.us.

Feb. 22, The Mamas Summer Countdown, 10 am to 2 pm. This fun day offers opportunities for parents to learn about camps, vacation destinations, schools, innovative products, and retail stores. Exhibitors include Usdan Center, Oasis Camps, Queens Botanical Gardens, and Samuel Field Y. $15/$12 for children (2-17), students, and seniors (62+)/free for children under age 2. New York Hall of Science, 47-01 111th St., Corona, www.nysci.org.

Feb. 22, Miss Piggy: A Sow is Born, 1 pm. This program highlights Miss Piggy’s evolution from chorus pig to superstar, her memorable performances with show business legends, and her enduring relationship with Kermit the Frog. The program includes clips from The Muppet Show, films, television specials, and rare guest appearances. Museum of the Moving Image, 36-01 35th Ave., Kaufman Arts District, www.movingimage.us.

Feb. 22, Mozart and Beethoven, 4:30 pm. The Con Brio Ensemble presents Magic Flute, Archduke Trio, and other master works. The Church-in-the-Gardens, 50 Ascan Ave., Forest Hills Gardens, www.thecitg.org.

Feb. 22, Fertile Ground, 7 pm. This non-curated performance event features five or six choreographers each evening and includes a post-performance discussion with wine and cheese. $10. Green Space, 37-24 24th St., LIC, www.greenspacestudio.org.

Feb. 22, Lunar New Year Dance Sampler, 2 pm. This year’s sampler includes dance from China, Korea, Taiwan, India, and Mexico. Free. Flushing Town Hall, 137-35 Northern Blvd., Flushing, www.flushingtownhall.org.

Feb. 22, The Purple Rose of Cairo, 3 pm; Klute, 5 pm; and The Parallax View, 7:30 pm. Screened as part of an homage to cinematographer Gordon Wills and part of the See It Big! series, Purple Rose is Woody Allen’s comedy starring Mia Farrow as a 1930s movie fan whose screen idol walks out of a film and into her life. The conventions of film noir mingle with sexual-revolution candor in Klute, an archetypal example of 1970s “paranoia cinema.” Willis employs dim lighting and disorienting camera angles to amplify the atmosphere of unrelenting dread. The Parallax View is a paranoid thriller about a reporter who commits himself to the madhouse of politics to solve the assassination of an RFK-like presidential candidate. The nervy camerawork by Willis uses off-kilter framing to convey a creeping sense of unseen, sinister forces at work. Museum of the Moving Image, 36-01 35th Ave., Kaufman Arts District, www.movingimage.us.

Feb 22, Illegal Motion, 3 pm and 5 pm. This collaborative piece activates the exhibition space by capturing and displacing the body through sculpture, floor demarcations, and eight performances. SculptureCenter, 44-19 Purves St., LIC, www.sculpture-center.org.

Feb. 22, Sunday to Remember, 1:30 pm to 5 pm. The Latin American Cultural Center of Queens presents classical music by Quintet of the Americas and Latin music by Francisco Cantilo. Free, but donations accepted. El Paraiso Tropical, 102-11 42nd Ave., Corona, 718-261-7664 or LACCQ@aol.com.

Feb. 25, A.R. Rahman in World Premiere, 7 pm. This Indian musician and composer wrote the Academy Award-, Golden Globe-, and Grammy-winning score for Slumdog Millionaire. He appears in person for the world premiere of Jai Ho, a new documentary about his career, which features spectacular concert footage. 36-01 35th Ave., Kaufman Arts District, www.movingimage.us.

Feb. 25, A Southern Queens Salon Series Concert, 7 pm. The Queens Symphony Orchestra plays Bach and Debussy. Free. All Saints Episcopal Church, 85-45 96th St., Woodhaven, www.queenssymphony.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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