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It's In Queens! (March 19 To March 25)

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

This is the biggest Saturday on record with 16 entertainment options, including everything from a half marathon to kite-flying to Japanese drumming. The other days offer opera, a tattoo festival, film, and dance. Here’s the rundown.

March 19, Forgotten Queens, 7 pm. Historian and blogger Kevin Walsh discusses and shows images of Queens between 1920 and 1950. $10. QED Astoria, 27-16 23rd Ave., Astoria, www.qedastoria.com.

March 19-29, Threepenny Opera, times vary. A Queens College production. March 19, 20, 26, and 27 at 7 pm; March 21 and 28 at 8 pm; and March 22 and 29, at 3 pm. $16/$10 for seniors. Goldstein Theatre, vicinity of 65-23 Kissena Blvd., Flushing, www.kupferbergcenter.org.

March 20, No Limits Tattoo Festival, ends on March 22. This festival brings the diverse tattoo lifestyles under one roof and includes live stage shows. $25. Resorts World Casino New York City, 110-00 Rockaway Blvd., Jamaica, www.newyorktattooshow.com.

March 20, Irish Movie Night, 7:30 pm. Dublin in Pieces is an anthology of short stories cut together. Films range from the exciting to the mundane, from happiness to sadness, and from hate to love. The 2009 comedy short Mr. Foley also screens. $11/$8 for seniors, students, and the unemployed. New York Irish Center, 10-40 Jackson Ave., LIC, www.nyirish.org.

March 20, The Apartment, 9:15 pm. Shown as part of Required Viewing: Mad Men’s Movie Influences, a series on films that influenced the TV show Mad Men, The Apartment has dynamic writing. $15. Museum of the Moving Image, 36-01 35th Ave., Kaufman Arts District, www.movingimage.us.

March 20-21, Ella Rosewood Dance and EstadoFlotante, 8 pm. Ella Rosewood’s self-revelatory and surrealistic charades shed light on perceived uniqueness and skill. EstadoFlotante is a dance work that explores different human connections through the concept of energy transformation. $15. Green Space, 37-24 24th St., LIC, www.greenspacestudio.org.

March 21, Michelob ULTRA Queens 13.1, 9 am. This half marathon takes runners through the park before the finish at the Unisphere. $65-$75. 111-01 Corona Ave., Flushing Meadows Corona Park, 212-691-2200.

March 21, Sempreverde, Evergreen, Siempreverde, Sempervirent, 1 pm and 3 pm. Written and directed by renowned singer, actress, and educator Simona Rodano, this musical is dedicated to the environment and recycling. Expect wonderful artistry, stylish costumes, props made from plastic, paper and metal, special effects (3D mapping), and pop rock music in an interactive and unforgettable performance. $25/$80 for four tickets. Queens Theatre, 14 United Nations Ave. S., Flushing Meadows Corona Park, www.queenstheatre.org.

March 21, Soh Daiko, 3 pm. Soh Daiko honors the ancient Japanese drumming tradition of taiko in every performance by playing drums constructed by group members from oak wine barrels and ox hides. The group also plays the bamboo flute, brass bells, conch shells, gongs, the African gourd shekere, and Tahitian toere (wooden slit drum). LaGuardia Performing Arts Center, 31-10 Thomson Ave., LIC, www.laguardiaperformingarts.org.

March 21, James Van Praagh: An Evening of Spirit, 8 pm. Internationally renowned author, clairvoyant, spiritual medium, producer and television personality James Van Praagh is considered a pioneer in the mediumship movement. He is recognized as one of today’s most accurate spiritual mediums, and his messages bring solace, peace, and spiritual insights. $65, $55, $40. Queensborough Performing Arts Center, 222-05 56th Ave., Bayside, www.visitqpac.org.

March 21, Minimalist Songwriter, 7 pm. Kris Wettstein writes and performs spare pop songs that draw on his background in classical piano, Christian hymnody, gospel, and West African music. He performs with drummer Alex Lambert and violinist Adrianna Matteo, followed by Universal Thump. $10. Art House Astoria, 23-35 Broadway, Astoria, www.amicroscope.com.

March 21, The Birth of a Nation, 1 pm. A screening of this controversial, racist, but landmark 1915 film. Though silent, it contains many cinematic innovations, technical effects, and artistic advancements, including a color sequence at the end. It is 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 21, What’s New (and Old) in Long Island City? Part 1, 2 pm. Official Queens historian Jack Eichenbaum leads a walking tour of Long Island City. Part 1 explores the oldest part of LIC from Court Square to the East River. $20. Meet at northwest corner 23rd Street and 44th Drive, www.mas.org/tours.

March 21, Exploring the Night Sky, 7:30 pm. Seasoned professor Mark Freilich leads an interactive astronomy program. Check out Gemini, the Constellation Cancer, the Orion constellation and the seven sisters called “The Pleiades.” $15. Alley Pond Environmental Center, 228-06 Northern Blvd., Douglaston, www.alleypond.com.

March 21, Noguchi as Photographer, 1 pm. Associate Curator Matthew Kirsch, organizer of Noguchi as Photographer: The Jantar Mantars of Northern India (on view through May 31), discusses the artist’s 1949–1950 travels through Europe and Asia with a series of the artist’s photographs. Noguchi Museum, 9-01 33rd Rd., LIC, www.noguchi.org.

March 21, Katz ‘N’ Dogz, noon. A hilarious tale very loosely based on Romeo and Juliet...but with cats, dogs, and a pig. $10-$15. The Secret Theatre, 44-02 23rd St., LIC, www.secrettheatre.com.

March 21, Go Fly A Kite, 1 pm. Bring a kite or purchase a kite-making kit. $5/free for children. Onderdonk House, 18-20 Flushing Ave., Ridgewood, www.onderdonkhouse.org.

March 21, Monument to Heroes, 4 pm. Visitors are invited to engage with the museum’s collection through an hour-long discussion focused on a single work of art. Noguchi Museum, 9-01 33rd Rd., LIC, www.noguchi.org.

March 21, Vertigo, 1:30 pm (and March 22, 4 pm.) Shown as part of Required Viewing: Mad Men’s Movie Influences, a series on film that influenced the TV show Mad Man, Alfred Hitchcock’s Vertigo stars James Stewart and Kim Novak. Museum of the Moving Image, 36-01 35th Ave., Kaufman Arts District, www.movingimage.us.

March 21, Blue Velvet, 4 pm (and March 22 at 7 pm). Shown as part of Required Viewing: Mad Men’s Movie Influences, a series on film that influenced the TV show Mad Men, Blue Velvet stars Isabella Rossellini, Kyle MacLachlan, and Dennis Hopper. Museum of the Moving Image, 36-01 35th Ave., Kaufman Arts District, www.movingimage.us.

March 22, CrossCurrent II, 3 pm. Internationally renowned Nai-Ni Chen Dance Company returns with two musical superstars: Luxembourg International Composition prize-winning composer Huang Ruo; and the New Asia Chamber Music Society. $15/$10 for students. Flushing Town Hall, 137-35 Northern Blvd., Flushing, www.flushingtownhall.org.

March 22, March for the Earth, 10 am. Celebrate the vernal equinox and Earth Day by joining other community groups for a day of volunteering and unity. Individuals and groups are welcome to volunteer. Free. Queens Botanical Garden, 43-50 Main St., Flushing, www.queensbotanical.org.

March 22, Paul Joseph, Beethoven and Mendelssohn, 7 pm. The borough’s newest orchestra, the Queensboro Symphony Orchestra, makes its debut with Beethoven’s 5th Symphony, Mendelssohn’s Violin Concerto featuring virtuoso Jie Hyue Kim, and music by Paul Joseph with “First Tears of Spring” and “Cry of a Butterfly.” Free. St. Mary’s Nativity Church, 46-02 Parsons Blvd. Flushing, www.pauljoseph.com.

March 22, Film Screening: The World of Tomorrow, 2:30 pm. This documentary looks at the 1939 World’s Fair. Five years in the making, this film uses home movies, newsreels, industrial and promotional films, cartoons, still photographs and other vintage graphics to study the Art Deco architecture that characterized the fair. Queens Historical Society, Weeping Beech Park, 143-35 37th Ave., Flushing, www.queenshistoricalsociety.org.

March 22, Earth Day, 1 pm. Join the Queens chapter of the United Nations Association in celebrating Earth Day. The event includes speeches, a performance by the Polish Folkloric Dancers, a multimedia presentation by Raquel de Anda, and a presentation of a solar battery charger by Thomas A. Edison High School students. Queens Museum, NYC Building, Flushing Meadows Corona Park, www.queensmuseum.org.

March 22, Kenjiro Okazaki: Noguchi’s Memorial to the Dead of Hiroshima, 1 pm. Japanese artist Kenjiro Okazaki discuss his extensive research into Noguchi’s 1952 proposal for a cenotaph at the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park in Japan. Noguchi’s design, created at the behest of architect Kenzo Tange, was rejected by public officials at the time and remains unrealized. Noguchi Museum, 9-01 33rd Rd., LIC, www.noguchi.org.

March 22, Fertile Ground New Works Showcase, 7 pm. This monthly showcase for emerging and established artists is now in its 9th season, producing the work of over 50 choreographers each year. 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 Studio, 37-24 24th St., Ste. 301, LIC, www.greenspacestudio.org.

March 23, Connecting Local Dancemakers with CUNY Colleges, 6:30 pm. The second year of the CUNY Dance Initiative awards 26 NYC dance companies/choreographers residencies at 11 CUNY colleges. Join Dance/NYC as Wendy Perron, author of Through the Eyes of a Dancer and former editor-in-chief of Dance Magazine, hosts a discussion with five awarded artists. Free. LaGuardia Performing Arts Center, 31-10 Thomson Ave., LIC, http://bit.ly/1E0uMfz.

March 25, A Southern Queens Salon Series Concert, 7 pm. The Queens Symphony Orchestra featuring jazz great Spencer Day plays Sinatra-style music. Free St. Helen’s Fr. Dooley Hall, 83-09 157th Ave., Howard Beach, 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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