2015-03-25 / Front Page

It's In Queens! (March 26 To April 1)

Self-improvement is everywhere this upcoming week, as there are chances to learn about the Civil War, beekeeping, Koreans in Queens, the World’s Fair, botanical art, Greek cuisine, robots, and event Andean fashion. But there are also opportunities to laugh, dance, sing, and tell stories. Here’s the rundown.

March 27, The First Time I Ever…, 7 pm. Professional story tellers share their first-time experiences in everything from love to crime to humiliation. $5. The Broom Tree Theatre, Astoria First Presbyterian, 23-35 Broadway, Astoria, 917-597-0659.

March 27, Funny By Nature, 7:30 pm. The newly formed Sunnyside Comedy company presents an all-star lineup of jokesters, including rising star Ted Alexandro, to raise money and awareness for the Smiling Hogshead Ranch, Long Island City’s budding urban farm. $20 online/$25 at the door. Flux Factory, 39-21 29th St., LIC, www.sunnysidecomedy.nyc.

March 27, Les Bonnes Femmes, 7 pm. Shown as part of Required Viewing: Mad Men’s Movie Influences, a series on film that influenced the TV show, Les Bonnes Femmes stars Bernadette Lafont, Clotilde Joano, and Stéphane Audran. Museum of the Moving Image, 36-01 35th Ave., Kaufman Arts District, www.movingimage.us.

March 28, May Sumak!: Quichwa Film Showcase, 1 pm. Two screenings of movies in Quichwa with Spanish subtitles and a celebratory concert with Inkarayku. Queens Museum, NYC Building, Flushing Meadows Corona Park, www.queensmuseum.org.

March 28, Civil War’s 150th Anniversary, 1 pm. Various presentations on the final stages of the Civil War, which ended in April 1865. $5/free for current and past Armed Forces personnel. Greater Astoria Historical Society, Quinn Building, 35-20 Broadway, Fourth Floor, LIC, www.astorialic.org.

March 28, Downtown New York Film: The 1970s and 1980s, runs through March 29. Two days of screenings of rare movies about the NYC social scene in the late 1970s and early 1980s, when punk music ruled. Amos Poe’s Unmade Beds and short films by Jack Goldstein, Cindy Sherman, and Erica Beckman show on March 28 at 3 pm with films by Vivienne Dick and Eric Mitchell’s Red Italy at 6 pm. Films by James Nares and Beth and Scott B show on March 29 at 3 pm with Kathryn Bigelow’s The Loveless, John Lurie’s Men in Orbit, and music videos by Robert Longo at 6 pm. Museum of the Moving Image, 36-01 35th Ave., Kaufman Arts District, www.movingimage.us.

March 28, Patricia Kenny Dance Collection, 2 pm and 8 pm. The 2015 Spring Collection features work that explores emotions as they relate to human interaction and experiences with the divine. Kenny and guest choreographers Charlotte Griffin and Katarzyna Skarpetowska employ various styles of dance reveling in line, design, fearless athleticism, and grace to realize the themes of birth, loss, unity, and serendipity. $30/$25 for rear seating/$99 for four tickets (use code FAM4 at checkout). Queens Theatre, 14 United Nations Ave. S., Flushing Meadows Corona Park, www.queenstheatre.org.

March 28, Spring Mix, 1 pm. Composer-in-residence Nina Siniakova presents classical hits and contemporary compositions peppered with some jazzy tunes. Free. Flushing Town Hall, 137-35 Northern Blvd., Flushing, www.flushingtownhall.org.

March 28, World’s Fair Tour, noon. Kevin Walsh, a historian who operates the Forgotten NY blog, leads a roughly three-hour walk through the relics of the 1964 and 1939 World’s Fairs. $20. Meet on boardwalk leading to Flushing Meadows Corona Park just south of 7 Train’s Willets Point station, www.astorialic.org.

March 28, Queens Documented: The Fight for Social Justice in Queens, 6 pm. John Choe (Flushing Chamber of Commerce), Mark Levy (Queens College), Tania Mattos (Queens Neighborhoods United), Monica Montgomery (Museum Hue and LatimerNOW), and Pauline Park (Queens Pride House) share tales of their struggles to create a more just and inclusive world, followed by an open mic. Latimer House Museum, 34-41 137th St., Flushing, www.fiveborostoryproject.org.

March 28, Korean Flushing, 11 am. A walking tour with official Queens historian Jack Eichenbaum. Koreans are the premiere small businessmen and church builders of contemporary immigration. Their center of gravity has migrated from Central Flushing and is now sprawling east along Northern Boulevard and to “Korean Villages” at LIRR stations. Eats include “BBQ” and “KFC.” $20. More information at www.mas.org.

March 28, Pressed Flower Botanical Art, 1 pm. Artist Paul Lin leads a hands-on, introductory workshop on all levels of this therapeutic technique of art making, exploration of natural materials, and the importance of composition and design. $15. Queens Botanical Garden, 43-50 Main St., Flushing, www.queensbotanical.org.

March 28, Buzz Bots, ends March 29. Two maker sessions (1:30 pm and 3:30 pm on both days) to create a Buzz Bot, a robot that uses vibration to skitter, spin, and dance around. Recommended for ages 6 and older. $5 per adult/child pair, plus admission. New York Hall of Science, 47-01 111th St., Corona, www.nysci.org.

March 28, Erasing Borders: Exhibition of Contemporary Indian Art of the Diaspora, through April 19. Presented by Indo-American Arts Council, this show features work by artists whose origins can be traced to the Indian subcontinent. This group reflects a broad range of life experiences and aesthetic values. Opening reception on March 28 at 3 pm; Gallery hours are Saturdays and Sunday, noon to 5 pm. Flushing Town Hall, 137-35 Northern Blvd., Flushing, www.flushingtownhall.org.

March 29, Andean Fashion Show, 1 pm. Three designers residing in NYC -- Justo Santos, Leonor Torres, and Natalia Rivera -- showcase bridal, formal, and casual wear with more than 20 models on a walkway. Queens Museum, NYC Building, Flushing Meadows Corona Park, www.queensmuseum.org.

March 29, Russian National Ballet: Sleeping Beauty, 3 pm. A baby princess, condemned at her christening by an evil fairy to prick her finger and die on her 16th birthday, is saved by a good fairy, who declares the princess will only sleep until awakened by the kiss of a prince. $42-$39. Queensborough Performing Arts Center, 222-05 56th Ave., Bayside, www.visitqpac.org.

March 29, San Jose Taiko 2015 Rhythm Journey Tour, 3 pm. This group thrills audiences with the powerful, spellbinding, and propulsive sounds of its Taiko drums. Inspired by traditional Japanese drumming and founded in 1973, San Jose Taiko is one of the first American Taiko ensembles invited to tour Japan. $12/$8 for children under age 12. LeFrak Concert Hall, Queens College, vicinity of Reeves Avenue and Horace Harding Expressway, Flushing, www.kupferbergcenter.org.

March 29, Junie B. Jones, 1 pm and 3 pm. Based on the books by Barbara Park, this musical tells the story of a first grader and her experiences. Laugh along as Junie joins a kickball team, stubs her toe, and meets new friends, all told through original music and dance. $14, with Family Flex Pass of $100 for 10 tickets. Queens Theatre, 14 United Nations Ave. S., Flushing Meadows Corona Park, www.queenstheatre.org.

March 29, Sunday in the Park, 11 am. A guided walking tour with official Queens historian Jack Eichenbaum. The focus is on the park’s history as well as sites associated with the two World’s Fairs that took place there. Meet at the entrance to the Queens Botanical Garden. This is a fundraiser for the Queens Historical Society. $20, jaconet@aol.com.

March 29, The Annual Holocaust Freedom Seder, noon. To honor local Holocaust survivors, this event recreates the same Passover Seder held in 1946, the first one after World War II. Abraham Klausner, a chaplain in the US 3rd Army, wrote The Survivors’ Haggadah, which trumpets the resiliency of humanity against evil. $12. The Student Union Building, Kupferberg Holocaust Resource Center and Archives, 222-05 56th Ave., Bayside, www.qcc.cuny.edu/khrca.

March 29, Place-Based: Drawing, 1 pm. This workshop for adults encourages participants to explore their own creativity while actively making connections between works on view and the materials and processes of studio art. Previous experience is not necessary. Space is limited and advance registration is required. Noguchi Museum, 9-01 33rd Rd., LIC, www.noguchi.org.

March 30, Interfaith Dialogue, 1:30 pm. Professor Mark Rosenblum, director of the Ibrahim Queens College Student Scholar Leadership and Dialogue Middle East Program, moderates a panel discussion on Muslim-Jewish relations. $8. Central Queens Y, 67-09 108th St., Forest Hills, www.cqy.org.

March 30, Open Mic Storytelling, 7 pm. This competition is open for anyone with a five-minute story to tell on the night’s theme: State Lines & Personal Boundaries. $8. Flushing Town Hall, 137-35 Northern Blvd., Flushing, www.flushingtownhall.org.

March 30, Greek Cooking Class, 6:30 pm. Learn how to prepare typical Greek dishes with Julie Douveas, first generation Greek-American. Enjoy tasty samplings of tzatziki, orzo pasta salad, saganaki and nut ball dessert. Limited to 15 adult participants. Free babysitting for children ages 5 and up. $20. Alley Pond Environmental Center, 228-06 Northern Blvd., Douglaston, www.alleypond.com.

March 31, Beekeeping Basics, 7 pm. With a follow-up on April 14, this two-session introductory course is taught by master beekeeper Wally Blohm, who provides an overview of honey bee biology and the practical and technical aspects of beekeeping. $20 for both or $12 per session. The Voelker Orth Museum, Bird Sanctuary and Victorian Garden, 149-19 38th Ave., Flushing, www.vomuseum.org.

April 1, Monthly Jazz Clinic & Jam: Johnny Hodges and the Music of Duke Ellington, How to Play a Melody, 7 pm to 10 pm. Clinic beforehand at 6 pm. Free. 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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