2015-02-25 / Front Page

It’s In Queens! (February 26 to March 4)

Don’t fret if you missed last week’s innumerable Lunar New Year celebrations, as this week presents opportunities for Chinese, Japanese, and Korean dance, music, art, and calligraphy. There’s also plenty of live (indoor!) music, plus a kick-off to the Queens World Film Festival and the chance influence Flushing Meadows Corona Park’s future. Here’s the rundown.

Feb. 27, All The President’s Men, 7 pm. Screened as part of an homage to cinematographer Gordon Wills and part of the periodical See It Big! series, President’s Men is Alan Pakula’s political thriller about the Watergate scandal. Willis shines with an opening sequence filmed at the Library of Congress, elaborate deep-focus photography, and a blend of static and moving compositions. Museum of the Moving Image, 36-01 35th Ave., Kaufman Arts District, www.movingimage.us.

Feb. 28, Trailer Party, 7 pm to 10 pm. In anticipation of their upcoming, fifth-annual event, Queens World Film Festival organizers screen 10 trailers at a party with many movie makers. Free. Local NY, 13-02 44th Ave., LIC, www.queensworldfilmfestival.com.

Feb. 28, Lunar New Year at Queens Center, noon to 6 pm. Events include a martial arts demonstration with Kung Fu Master Long Fei Yang, Korean and Japanese drummers, tea tasting, classical Chinese dancers, and the Dragon Dance. The first 200 people who bring an Event Advertisement or an Event Social Media Post (like this one) receive a lucky red envelope with prizes. QC Food Court, 90-15 Queens Blvd., Elmhurst, www.shopqueenscenter.com.

Feb. 28, EastRiver Ensemble: Captivating Chinese Music and Dance, 2:15 pm. This ensemble presents traditional folk music, dance, and acrobatics with a focus on the Dongbei and Hebei regions of north China. Instruments include the yangqin (dulcimer), the pipa (lute), flutes, fiddles, and percussion. Workshop at 1 pm, $7/$4 for children. Performance costs $13/$8 for children. Flushing Town Hall, 137-35 Northern Blvd., Flushing, www.flushingtownhall.org.

Feb. 28, Four Hands. Two Musicians. One Piano. Great Music, 7:30 pm. Stephanie Ho and Saar Ahuvia perform Debussy’s Petite Suite, George Crumb’s Makrokosmos IV, Beethoven’s Quartet in C Major, and other classics. Plus, Adrienne Onofri, author of Walking Queens, signs her book. The Church-in-the-Gardens, 50 Ascan Ave., Forest Hills, www.musicareginae.org.

Feb. 28, The Struggle Continues, 7 pm (March 1 at 4 pm). The United African Dance Troupe performs as a way to connect to ancestors. $25/$10 for children. Jamaica Performing Arts Center, 153-01 Jamaica Ave., Jamaica, www.jcal.org.

Feb. 28, Backyard Photography: Take Your Best Shot (Part 1 of 2), 9:30 am. Join professional photographer, Wayne “Fli” Summerlin for this adult photography workshop. Learn camera use, composition, and lighting. Take pictures during a nature walk. $66. Alley Pond Environmental Center, 228-06 Northern Blvd., Douglaston, www.alleypond.com.

Feb. 28, Interiors, 2 pm; Broadway Danny Rose, 4:30 pm; Pennies from Heaven, 7 pm. Screened as part of an homage to cinematographer Gordon Wills and part of the periodical See It Big! series, Interiors is Woody Allen’s portrait of three sisters who are thrown into turmoil by their parents’ divorce. Willis enhances the film’s psychological intensity with a somber color palette and claustrophobic rendering of space. Broadway Danny Rose is about a theater agent with a hilariously talentless client roster. Working in cool black and white, Willis does photographic work in some very unlikely places. Captured in exquisite, Edward Hopper-esque images by Willis, Pennies from Heaven is an adaptation of Dennis Potter’s TV drama with Steve Martin as a sheet music salesman during the Great Depression. Museum of the Moving Image, 36-01 35th Ave., Kaufman Arts District, www.movingimage.us.

March 1, World’s Park Community Forum, 3 pm to 5:30 pm. The public can share ideas for the future of Flushing Meadows Corona Park with Design Trust for Public Space and NYC Parks Department. Free with suggested donation. Queens Museum, NYC Building, FMCP, www.queensmuseum.org.

March 1, Quintet of the Americas, 2 pm. This world-renowned woodwind group performs Latin American music with help from the Corona Youth Orchestra and composer Harold Gutierrez. Free. Flushing Library Auditorium, 41-17 Main St., Flushing, www.queenslibrary.org.

March 1, Calligraphy Workshops, 1 pm (Chinese) and 3 pm (Korean). Learn the basics of calligraphy, including how to write New Year’s wishes, at workshops led by Chinese calligraphers Chao-Lin Ting and James Shau and Korean calligrapher Dr. Yoo Sung Lee. $10/$8 for children (per workshop; materials included). Flushing Town Hall, 137-35 Northern Blvd., Flushing, www.flushingtownhall.org.

March 1, Zelig, 2 pm; Stardust Memories, 4 pm; Pennies from Heaven, 7 pm. Screened as part of an homage to cinematographer Gordon Wills and part of the periodical See It Big! series, Zelig is Woody Allen’s pseudo-documentary which blends actual 1920-30s newsreel footage with new photography to produce a technical achievement that earned Willis his first Oscar nomination. Allen stars as “human chameleon” Leonard Zelig with an uncanny ability to imitate anyone he meets. In Stardust Memories, Allen is a director whose recollections of his relationships with three women come flooding back during a retrospective of his work in this darkly comic riff on Fellini’s 8 1/2. Willis shot it expressively in luminous black and white. Captured in exquisite, Edward Hopper-esque images by Willis, Pennies from Heaven is an adaptation of Dennis Potter’s TV drama with Steve Martin as a sheet music salesman during the Great Depression. Museum of the Moving Image, 36-01 35th Ave., Kaufman Arts District, www.movingimage.us.

March 2, Eureka! The History of Invention, 7 pm. Denny Daniels from the Museum of Interesting Things informs on the Industrial Revolution with interactive demonstrations of such items as the steam engine, cylinder phonograph, windup toys, mechanical door bells, butter churns, and apple peelers. Greater Astoria Historical Society. Quinn Building, 35-20 Broadway, Fourth Floor, LIC, www.astorialic.org.

March 4, Random Access Music: Perceptions of Beauty, 8 pm. This event showcases music for combinations of clarinet, violin, viola, cello, and piano with five world premieres by RAM composers Guy Barash, David Fetherolf, Gilbert Galindo, Wang Jie, and Frances White. The show is also the second performance by the newly formed RAM Players. $10. The Little Secret Theatre, 44-02 23rd St., LIC, www.ram-nyc.org.

March 4, Monthly Jazz Clinic and Jam: Dizzy Gillespie and The Birth of Bebop, 7 pm to 10 pm. Clinic beforehand at 6 pm. 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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