2015-03-04 / Front Page

It's In Queens! (March 5 to March 11)

Two upcoming events are clear signs that the weather is about to get better: a St. Patrick’s Day parade and a workshop on vegetable gardening. Other options include a huge NYC trivia competition, a Turkish cooking class, Asian fan dancing, jazz, opera, and film. Here’s the rundown.

March 5, Preview Screening of Kumiko, the Treasure Hunter, 7 pm. Independent filmmakers David and Nathan Zellner are in person for a screening of their new film inspired by the urban legend of a young woman found dead in Minnesota in 2001. The tale is that she had been searching for a buried treasure. $15. Museum of the Moving Image, 36-01 35th Ave., Kaufman Arts District, www.movingimage.us.

March 5, Turkish Cooking Class, 6:30 pm. The Turkish Cultural Center Queens teaches how to prepare Turkish food. The menu features ali nazik (roasted eggplant dish), carrot yogurt salad, and a dessert. Free babysitting for children ages 5 and up. $20. Alley Pond Environmental Center, 228-06 Northern Blvd., Douglaston, www.alleypond.com.

March 6, Fred Hersch Trio, 7:30 pm. Six-time Grammy-nominated pianist Fred Hersch makes ballads sing sweetly and makes up-tempo tunes jump with pulse-quickening verve. Free. Flushing Town Hall, 137-35 Northern Blvd., Flushing, www.flushingtownhall.org.

March 6, Eighth Annual Panorama Challenge, 7 pm. Geographical geeks and NYC know-it-alls are encouraged to join the world’s only geographical trivia-based game night. $15. Queens Museum, NYC Building, Flushing Meadows Corona Park, www.queensmuseum.org.

March 6, Book Signing for Legendary Locals of Forest Hills and Rego Park, 7 pm. Local preservationist Michael H. Perlman presents, discusses, and signs his new book, which features unique stories of more than 200 Forest Hills and Rego Park notables. Free. Barnes & Noble, 70-00 Austin St., Forest Hills, 917-446-7775.

March 6, Business Forum Breakfast, 8 am. Deputy Mayor Alicia Glen, who is in charge of housing and economic development, is the guest speaker. $25 suggested donation. Queens College Student Union Ballroom, vicinity of 65-30 Kissena Blvd., Flushing, www.qc.cuny.edu.

March 7, Queens County St. Patrick’s Day Parade, 1 pm. The parade route for this free, 40th annual event starts at Beach 129th and Newport Avenue and ends at Beach 100th Street in Rockaway Beach, www.queenscountyparade.org.

March 7, Asian Fan Dance Workshop, 2 pm. Song Hee Lee, a Korean dancer, and Ling Tang, a Chinese dancer, teach fan routines from both traditions. Bring your own folding fan. $10/$8 for children. Flushing Town Hall, 137-35 Northern Blvd., Flushing, www.flushingtownhall.org.

March 7, Susan McKeown Live, 7:30 pm. A concert by a singer/songwriter who specializes in traditional Irish music. $25/ $17 for seniors, students and unemployed. New York Irish Center, 10-40 Jackson Ave., LIC, www.nyirish.org.

March 7, The Sound of Music, 8:30 pm (and March 8 at 3 pm). Rodgers & Hammerstein’s classic presented by special arrangement with R&H Theatricals. $22/$20 for seniors and children. The Community Theater Group of Bay Terrace Garden Jewish Center, 13-00 209th St., Bayside, www.TheatreByTheBayNY.com.

March 7, Das Audit, 4 pm. Formed in 2014, this New York-based instrumental ensemble -- Eve Essex (alto sax/flutes); Sean Keenan (bass); Craig Kalpakjian (guitar); and John Anderson (percussion) -- delights with new compositions. $5. SculptureCenter, 44-19 Purves St., LIC, www.sculpture-center.org.

March 7, Backyard Photography: Take Your Best Shot (Part 2 of 2), 9:30 am. Professional photographer Wayne “Fli” Summerlin teaches effective camera use and the importance of composition and lighting. Bring your own camera. $66. Alley Pond Environmental Center, 228-06 Northern Blvd., Douglaston, www.alleypond.com.

March 8, NYS Pavilion Lecture/Book Signing by Author Christian Kellberg, 2:30 pm. The NYS Pavilion is a legacy of the 1964 World’s Fair. Kellberg is part of a volunteer effort to paint its mezzanine. He has photographed many neighborhoods and their landmarks and is the photographer of much of the content in this book. Free. Queens Historical Society, 143-35 37th Ave., Flushing, www.queenshistoricalsociety.org.

March 8, Momenta Quartet: Tan Dun’s Ghost Opera, 2 pm. This five-movement work is for string quartet and pipa with water, metal, stone and paper. Inspired by childhood memories of the shamanistic ghost operas of Chinese peasant culture, it calls on the spirits of Bach, Shakespeare, ancient folk tradition, and nature. The Momenta Quartet is joined by virtuoso pipa player Zhou Yi. $15/$10 for students. Flushing Town Hall, 137-35 Northern Blvd., Flushing, www.flushingtownhall.org.

March 8, The Body: Disruptions of the Intimate, 2 pm. A conversation between artists Chris Freeman and Jeannie Simms, whose projects explore the body as a site of memories and desires. Freeman discusses how an awareness of the body and mortality affect his choice of art material and representations of wood scenes as metaphors for the obstacles that we construct in our lives. Simms discusses her collaborations with Indonesian lesbian domestic workers to create portraits and performances that speak of their personal lives and vulnerable economic situations. Free. Dorsky Gallery, 11-03 45th Ave., LIC, www.dorsky.org.

March 8, Start Summer Veggies Indoors, 1:30 pm. Expert Fred Gerber leads an introductory adult workshop on starting summer vegetables indoors. $6. Queens Botanical Garden, 43-50 Main St. Flushing, www.queensbotanical.org.

March 10-28, Aaron Landsman: Running Away From The One With The Knife, 8 pm. This play is about suicide and religious faith. It’s a memorial and an exorcism for a woman named Christina; it’s the story of her sister, and the monk who is their friend. The play is terse, allusive, and full of monologues, repeated short scenes, and hastily scrawled signs that comment on what’s happening. The Chocolate Factory Theater, 5-49 49th Ave., LIC, www.chocolatefactorytheater.org.

March 11, Robert Christgau: The Dean of American Rock Critics, 7 pm. This Queens native chronicled many of the key cultural shifts of the last half century and revolutionized the cultural status of the music critic in the process. He discusses his new memoir, Going Into the City: Portrait of a Critic as a Young Man alongside his wife, Carola Dibbell, who presents her new novel, The Only Ones. Dibbell is also a highly regarded rock critic. Free. The Astoria Bookshop, 31-29 31st St., Astoria, www.astoriabookshop.com.

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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