2015-04-22 / Front Page

It's In Queens! (April 23 To April 29)

It appears that this week’s activities are sponsored by the letter “F.” Fun-seekers can choose between Flamenco, funny girls, foreign films, flea markets, festivals, a farm, a fling, a fair housing workshop, and a Flushing Bay cleanup. Here’s the rundown.

April 23, The Armenian Genocide 100 Years Later, 6:30 pm. This panel discussion is on genocides and how they’re remembered through survivors, descendants, and archival materials. Participants include Freddy Mutanguha, a survivor of the Rwandan Genocide, and Molly Sullivan of the Near East Relief Historical Society. Kupferberg Holocaust Resource Center, 222-05 56th Ave., Bayside, www.qcc.cuny.edu/khrca.

April 23, Jamaica Revealed, 9 am to 12:30 pm. This event brings together property owners, business operators, and brokers with others who share an interest in Downtown Jamaica to receive exclusive information about investment opportunities and market potential. Free. Jamaica Performing Arts Center, 153-10 Jamaica Ave., www.jamaicacenter.org.

April 23, A Southern Queens Salon Series Concert, 7 pm. The Queens Symphony Orchestra presents a jazz ensemble. Free. Richmond Hill Library, 118-14 Hillside Ave., Richmond Hill, www.queenssymphony.org.

April 23, Feet, Hooves, and Rails: Transportation in Nineteenth Century America, 5 pm. NYU’s J. Ward Regan lectures on the development of transportation from the pre-industrial period to the introduction of the combustion engine in the early twentieth century. St. John’s University, 8000 Utopia Pkwy., D’Angelo Center, Room 206, Jamaica, www.kingmanor.org.

April 24, Danza España, until May 10. This new Flamenco production has inspiring music, enticing rhythms, exciting choreography, and guest singer Curro Cueto from Sevilla, Spain. Fridays and Saturdays at 8 pm; Sundays at 4 pm. $40/$37 for students and seniors. Thalía Spanish Theatre, 41-17 Greenpoint Ave., Sunnyside, www.thaliatheatre.org.

April 24, Global Mashup: Scotland Meets New Orleans, 7 pm. MacTalla Mor, a Scottish band that won The Celtic Roots Traditional Music Award, and Ayo Maak’s Jazz Pack, an ensemble that honors the history of New Orleans music, mash-up two cultures on one stage. Each group performs a set and then plays an impromptu jam together for the final act. $15/$10 for students. Flushing Town Hall, 137-35 Northern Blvd., Flushing, www.flushingtownhall.org.

April 24, Housing Stories From Hell, 8:30 pm. Listen to hilarious tales of “NYC Housing Hell” with raconteurs Lori Baird (Talk Therapy Stories), Gail A Thomas ( New Filmmakers), JD Cerna (GLAAD-Media Award Nominee), James Judd (featured on NPR), and Mark L. Abbot (WBAI Radio) and musical guest Matt Loguidice. $5. The Broom Tree Theatre, Astoria First Presbyterian, 23-35 Broadway, Astoria.

April 24, What Time Is It There?, 7 pm. Shown as part of an 18-movie retrospective on Tsai Ming-liang, the defining artist of Taiwan’s Second Wave of filmmakers, What Time Is It There? is about a street wristwatch salesman who has a brief encounter with a young woman about to leave for France. The film details their parallel stories, as she wanders a strange city alone, while he begins to set Taipei clocks to Paris time. Museum of the Moving Image, 36-01 35th Ave., Kaufman Arts District, www.movingimage.us.

April 24-25, Take Root: The Resonance Collective and Kristin Hatleberg, 8 pm. Now in its sixth season, Take Root aids the development of new dance by providing choreographers with the opportunity to be produced in a full-length or paired work. $15. Green Space, 37-24 24th St., LIC, www.greenspacestudio.org.

April 25, Jessica Lang Dance, 2 pm and 8 pm (April 26 at 3 pm). This troupe transforms classical ballet language into artfully crafted contemporary works, weaving mysterious music and striking design elements to create fearless, deeply emotional work. $25-$42. Queens Theater, 14 United Nations Ave. S., Flushing Meadows Corona Park, www.queenstheatre.org.

April 25, Queens Jazz OverGround: Spring Jazz Festival 2015, noon to 10 pm. Ten hours of free jazz awaits audiences at this third annual fest. Free. Flushing Town Hall, 137-35 Northern Blvd., Flushing, www.flushingtownhall.org.

April 25, Kew Gardens Flea Market, 8 am to 5 pm. Expect more than 30 vendors selling books, albums, household items, antiques, clothing, collectables, pottery and much more. Heavenly Angels Animal Rescue will be there from noon to 4 pm with dogs and cats for adoption. All vendor fees benefit Jamaica Hospital Medical Center’s Pediatric Department. LIRR North Parking Lot, 82-60 Austin St., Kew Gardens, cbarros588@aol.com.

April 25, Spring Fling for Earth Day, noon to 4 pm. Tours of the house and gardens, plus crafts, games, music and entertainment. Light refreshments. $5. Onderdonk House, 1820 Flushing Ave., Ridgewood, www.onderdonkhouse.org.

April 25, Noguchi Talks: Iconic Display with Senior Curator Dakin Hart, 1 pm. The collection Iconic Display (on view through Sept. 13) re-creates vignettes from historic installations of Isamu Noguchi’s work that—for better or worse—proved crucial to the critical interpretation and public perception of his practice. Leading a tour of the exhibition, Hart discusses the contexts in which humans view art, and how they are inextricably entwined with understanding of the work and the overall shape of an artist’s career. The Noguchi Museum, 9-01 33rd Rd., LIC, www.noguchi.org.

April 25, Composting in the City, 1 pm. The NYC Compost Project teaches how to reduce waste and create “black gold” for gardens by composting leaves, kitchen scraps, garden trimmings, and weeds. Registration required via compost@queensbotanical.org or (718) 539-5296. $5. Queens Botanical Garden, 43-50 Main St., Flushing, www.queensbotanical.org.

April 25, Queens Arts Connection, 2 pm to 7 pm. This professional development event is for artists to learn more about NYC arts services organizations and the business of art. Free. Queens Museum, NYC Building, Flushing Meadows Corona Park, www.queenscouncilarts.org.

April 25, Let’s Talk About Pollution, 3 pm. Find out how to help clean up Flushing Bay and Creek. Learn more, share stories, brainstorm solutions. Flushing YMCA, 138-46 Northern Blvd., Flushing, www.ymcanyc.org/flushing.

April 25, QueensStomp: BarLIC, 1:30 pm to 8 pm. This inaugural bar crawl hits Hunters Point. $20, www.fuelgrannie.wix.com/queensstomp.

April 25, Journey to the West, 4:45 pm; Stray Dogs, 7 pm. Shown as part of an 18-movie retrospective on Tsai Ming-liang, the defining artist of Taiwan’s Second Wave of filmmakers, Journey to the West is a study in serenity amid chaos. In the daytime hustle-bustle of Marseille, Lee Kang-sheng, dressed in the orange robes of a Buddhist monk, inches his way along the street at a snail’s pace to the puzzlement of passers-by. Stray Dogs stars Lee Kang-sheng as a father caring for two young children, all living in a shipping container while he works as a human signpost to advertise luxury real estate. Museum of the Moving Image, 36-01 35th Ave., Kaufman Arts District, www.movingimage.us.

April 25, The Americanization of Emily, 2 pm (and April 26 at 1 pm). Shown as part of Required Viewing: Mad Men’s Movie Influences, a series on film that influenced the TV show, The Americanization of Emily stars James Garner and Julie Andrews. Museum of the Moving Image, 36-01 35th Ave., Kaufman Arts District, www.movingimage.us.

April 26, Arbor Festival, 11 am to 6 pm. A family-friendly celebration of the season with food and craft vendors, a beer tent, a petting zoo, pony rides, face-painting, and composting workshops. Queens Botanical Garden, 43-50 Main St., Flushing, www.queensbotanical.org.

April 26, To Be Alive!; To The Fair!; and Unisphere: The Biggest World on Earth, 2:30 pm. Watch three short films about the 1964 World’s Fair. Free. Queens Historical Society, Weeping Beech Park, 143-35 37th Ave., Flushing, www.queenshistoricalsociety.org.

April 26, Funny Girls: TV Boomer Babes Tell All, 3 pm. Three writers from top TV shows -- Marilyn Suzanne Miller (Saturday Night Live), Sybil Adelman (The Mary Tyler Moore Show), and Carol Leifer (Seinfeld-- gather to discuss what really happened-behind-the scenes and answer some questions. What were the stars of those shows like? What was the writing process like? And what else went on? $24-$35. LeFrak Concert Hall, Queens College, 65-23 Kissena Blvd., Flushing, www.kupferbergcenter.org.

April 26, Fertile Ground New Works Showcase, 7 pm. Various artists display new work in this monthly showcase for emerging and established artists. $10. Green Space, 37-24 24th St., LIC, www.greenspacestudio.org.

April 26, Queensboro Symphony Orchestra, 7 pm. The borough’s newest orchestra performs its second concert. Maestro Dong-hyun Kim leads as the group plays Beethoven’s Egmont Overture, Handel’s Royal Fireworks Music, Haydn’s Trumpet Concerto, and a world premier by Paul Joseph. Free. Mary’s Nativity Church, 46-02 Parsons Blvd., Flushing, www.pauljoseph.com.

April 26, The American Jewish Symphony with Special Guest Mike Burstyn, 3 pm. Produced by Jewish Life Television, the American Jewish Symphony is a 50-piece ensemble dedicated to orchestral works that explore Jewish heritage. The Eastern European program features selections of music from Klezmer and folk traditions, to music of the American Yiddish Theater, which became a powerful influence on Broadway. Guest artist Burstyn is one of the world’s most popular Jewish entertainers. $48. Queensborough Performing Arts Center, 222-05 56th Ave., Bayside, www.visitqpac.org.

April 26, Walking Tour of College Point, noon. The academy that gave College Point its name is long gone, but there are plenty of other sites to see in this former company town built in large part by entrepreneur and railroader Conrad Poppenhusen. Meet with Forgotten NY blogger Kevin Walsh at Poppenhusen Institute, 14th Road and 114th Street. $20. Greater Astoria Historical Society, www.astorialic.org.

April 26, Vesna’s Fall, 2 pm. Each dancer wears a 14-foot movable curtained room that isolates her, extends her body, amplifies her movement, and blocks her view. Unable to see one another, the dancers attempt to coordinate the work in ways they are able, starting with their voices. Workshop at 2 pm; show at 4 pm. Queens Museum, NYC Building, Flushing Meadows Corona Park, www.queensmuseum.org.

April 26, Sports and Health Festival, noon to 5 pm. With presentations by the Cosmos and the USTA, this event offers much needed outdoor activity that was missing during the cold and snowy winter. Free. Bell Boulevard between 42nd to 43rd avenues, Bayside, www.baysidevillage.net.

April 26, Past Present, 3:30 pm; Goodbye Dragon Inn, 6:30 pm. Shown as part of an 18-movie retrospective on Tsai Ming-liang, the defining artist of Taiwan’s Second Wave of filmmakers, Past Present is a biographical documentary. Tsai tells his story from the very beginning: the city of Kuching, where he was raised, and the cinemas where he religiously consumed kung-fu movies with his grandparents, before they followed him to Taiwan. Goodbye, Dragon Inn depicts the last night for a crumbling Fu-Ho movie theater in Taipei. The kinetic soundtrack contrasts the theater’s melancholy, slow-moving denizens, including a female box-office attendant with a limp and a cruising Japanese tourist. Museum of the Moving Image, 36-01 35th Ave., Kaufman Arts District, www.movingimage.us.

April 27, Zephyr Teachout: Corruption in America, 1:30 pm. This law professor surprised political experts with her remarkable challenge of Gov. Andrew Cuomo in last September’s Democratic primary, as she got 35 percent of the vote despite having very little money. The subject of her talk is “Can American democracy survive corruption?” $8 suggested donation. Central Queens Y, 67-09 108th St., Forest Hills, www.cqy.org.

April 28, Tuesday Morning Music Club of Douglaston, 11 am. This concert stars Ilsa Greenwald, cello; Hiroko Miyake-Dutton, piano; Gerene Weitman, flute; Gene Keyes, clarinet; and Christene Dore, piano. Free. Douglaston Community Church, 39-50 Douglaston Pkwy., Douglaston.

April 28, National Fair Housing Month Event, 7 pm. Learn about the Federal Fair Housing Act, state and city protections, and complaint filing. Free. Allen Community Senior Citizen Center, 166-01 Linden Blvd., Jamaica.

April 28, Community Writing Workshops, 7 pm. Ten Tuesday sessions on writing with Nancy Agabian, an adjunct assistant professor at Queens College and-part time teacher at NYU’s Gallatin School of Individualized Study. $380 and $425, address given to enrollees, www.nancyagabian.com and nancyagabian@yahoo.com.

April 29, Documentary Film: Alive Inside, 6 pm. This documentary is an uplifting exploration of music’s power to awaken the mind in people diagnosed with Alzheimer’s. Interviews with friends and family reveal specific pieces of music with the power to unlock memories in ways that prescription medication fails. Free. Flushing Town Hall, 137-35 Northern Blvd., Flushing, www.flushingtownhall.org.

April 29, Beyond Sacred, May 9. This is an interview-based theatre production that explores the Muslim experience in NYC. The five participants vary in many ways, but they all came of age in a post-9/11 NYC. Show times vary. $15-$20. LaGuardia Performing Arts Center, 31-10 Thomson Ave., LIC, www.lpac.nyc.

April 29, Farmy Flicks: Family Movies in the Barn, 4 pm. Watch A Bug’s Life in the barn and visit farm animals before the show. Free. Queens County Farm Museum, 73-50 Little Neck Pkwy., Floral Park, www.queensfarm.org.

April 29, Community Writing Workshops, 7 pm. Ten Wednesday sessions on writing with Nancy Agabian, an adjunct assistant professor at Queens College, and part-time teacher at NYU’s Gallatin School of Individualized Study. $380 and $425, address given to enrollees, www.nancyagabian.com and nancyagabian@yahoo.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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