2015-03-11 / Front Page

It’s In Queens! (March 12 to March 18)

The diversity marches on! This week, Queens hosts one film festival dedicated to people with disabilities and a second festival dedicated to movies that influenced the creator of Mad Men. Other entertainment options include plenty of live music and The Sound of Music, as well as a farewell dance performance and some chances to enjoy nature. Here’s the rundown.

March 12, The Finishers, noon. The ReelAbilities: NY Disabilities Film Festival presents award-winning movies by -- and about -- people with disabilities. The Finishers is a moving portrait of a father’s love for his 17-year-old son who has cerebral palsy. Central Queens Y, 67-09 108th St., Forest Hills, www.cqy.org.

March 13-14, Succession: A One-Woman Retrospective Odyssey, 8 pm (and March 15 at 5 pm). This full-evening work channels Valerie Green’s nearly two decades in NYC’s dance community. The artistic director and choreographer for Dance Entropy, Green also runs Green Space. She’s retiring from dancing, and this is her last show. $17/$20 at the door. GS, 37-24 24th St., Ste. 301, LIC, www.greenspacestudio.org.

March 13, Rape of Lucretia, 8 pm (and March 15 at 3 pm). Queens College Opera Studio. $15. LeFrak Concert Hall, Queens College, 65-23 Kissena Blvd., Flushing, www.kupferbergcenter.org.

March 14, Jazz in the Sanctuary, 7 pm. Saxophonist David Schnitter and singer Marti Mabin return to the same place where the offered a dazzling concert last year. Free. Sunnyside Reformed Church, 48-03 Skillman Ave., Sunnyside, 718.426.5997.

March 14, The Sound of Music, 8:30 pm (and March 15 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 14, Storybook Discovery: The Luck of the Irish, 11 am. This monthly reading focuses on tales of leprechauns and shamrocks, and participants can explore the garden and craft a rainbow with a pot of gold. $5 suggested donation. The Voelker Orth Museum, Bird Sanctuary, and Victorian Garden, 149-19 38th Ave., Flushing, www.vomuseum.org.

March 14, Taylor 2, 2:15 pm. Established in 1993 by Paul Taylor to ensure his works would be seen worldwide, Taylor 2 is modern dance unhindered by technical limitations. This repertoire includes dances that span the broad spectrum of his original work. At 1 pm, join Taylor 2 members for an interactive dance workshop. (Workshop: $7/$4 for children/free for members with tickets to 2:15 pm show; Performance: $13/$8 for children.) Flushing Town Hall, 137-35 Northern Blvd., Flushing, www.flushingtownhall.org.

March 14, Opening of Matthew Weiner’s Mad Men, runs until June 14. This exhibition features large-scale sets including the protagonist Don Draper’s office and kitchen, more than 25 iconic costumes, hundreds of props, advertising art, video clips, personal notes and research material from Weiner. Museum of the Moving Image, 36-01 35th Ave., Kaufman Arts District, www.movingimage.us.

March 14, You’ve Got Mail: Quill and Ink, noon to 3 pm. Write a letter with a quill and ink, and hear a true story about a dog that helped postal workers in the 19th century. Take a museum tour and see a mailbox used in Jamaica 200 years ago. Free. King Manor Museum, 150-03 Jamaica Ave., Jamaica, www.kingmanor.org.

March 14, Yoga in the Elements, 9:15 am. Listen to the calls of local birds and participate in yoga under the sun. Certified master instructor Mike Mancini creates a multi-level adaptable approach suitable for beginners to experienced students. $16. Alley Pond Environmental Center, 228-06 Northern Blvd., Douglaston, www.alleypond.com.

March 14, The Birth of a Nation, 1 pm. A screening of this controversial, explicitly racist, but landmark 1915 film by D.W. Griffith. Though silent, it contains many cinematic innovations, technical effects, and artistic advancements, including a color sequence at the end. It is being shown in conjunction with lectures commemorating the 150th Anniversary of the Civil War and a look at the Reconstruction Period. Free. Greater Astoria Historical Society, Quinn Building, 35-20 Broadway, Fourth Floor, Astoria, www.astorialic.org.

March 14, North by Northwest, 5:30 pm (and March 15 at 5:30 pm). Shown as part of Required Viewing: Mad Men’s Movie Influences, a series on film that influenced the TV show Mad Men, North by Northwest is an Alfred Hitchcock classic. Museum of the Moving Image, 36-01 35th Ave., Kaufman Arts District, www.movingimage.us.

March 15, Autistic Like Me: A Father’s Perspective, 10 am. The ReelAbilities: NY Disabilities Film Festival presents award-winning movies by -- and about -- people with disabilities. Autistic Like Me is a candid portrait of the fathers and male caregivers of children with autism. Central Queens Y, 67-09 108th St., Forest Hills, www.cqy.org.

March 15, Brahms: Symphony No. 4, 5 pm. The Astoria Symphony Orchestra presents Brahms’ valedictory Symphony No. 4, along with Barber’s wistful, reflective work for soprano and orchestra Knoxville, Summer of 1915, and Mozart’s Overture to Die Zauberflöte. $25/$20 for students and seniors. Reserve tickets online for $5 discount. Long Island City High School, 14-30 Broadway, LIC, www.astoriamusic.org.

March 15, Nature Exploration Hike, 11 am. An Urban Park ranger leads participants to the hidden gems of the borough’s biggest park. Free. Meet at Albert H. Mauro Playground (Park Drive East and 73rd Avenue Terrace), Flushing Meadows Corona Park, www.nycparks.com.

March 15, An Afternoon of Short Films, 2 pm. The ReelAbilities: NY Disabilities Film Festival presents award-winning movies by -- and about -- people with disabilities. Schedule is as follows: “Q,” a man enters a pool area, gets out of his wheelchair, and goes for a swim; Midfield, an ordinary workday in the life of a stevedore, who executes his job with surprising grace and simplicity; Hear This!, a 10-year-old lives with his deaf parents and younger sister in a small Dutch town; On Beauty, photographer Rick Guidotti left the fashion world and refocused his lens on those with disabilities. Central Queens Y, 67-09 108th St., Forest Hills, www.cqy.org.

March 15, Cinemarosa, 3 pm. This monthly film series returns with a special presentation of Genderings, featuring the works of filmmakers who focus on the lives and experiences of transgender and gender-non-confirming people. A Q&A session with the filmmakers and Cinemarosa’s Hector Canonge will also take place. Queens Museum, NYC Building, Flushing Meadows Corona Park, www.queensmuseum.org.

March 16, Mima and Dona and Guest Room, noon. The ReelAbilities: NY Disabilities Film Festival presents award-winning movies by -- and about -- people with disabilities. Mimi, 92, who has cared for Dona, her daughter who has an intellectual disability, for 64 years, faces the inevitable: she will not outlive her and must find her a home. In Guest Room, a young woman with Down syndrome (Lauren Potter of television’s Glee) grapples with an unplanned pregnancy. Central Queens Y, 67-09 108th St., Forest Hills, www.cqy.org.

March 18, A Southern Queens Salon Series Concert, 7 pm. The Queens Symphony Orchestra plays the sounds of Broadway. Free. West End Temple, 147-02 Newport Ave., Neponsit, 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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