2015-10-07 / Front Page

It's In Queens (October 8 to 15)

Brian Wilson created a distinctly California sound during his decades with the Beach Boys. But now he’s crossing the country to perform in Queens this week. He’ll compete with some extraordinarily talented musicians in the borough who can croon and perform Doo Wop, Jazz, Latin Fusion, 1800s pop music, and Tango. Other options are dance, documentaries, harvesting, and a Turkish cooking class. Here’s the rundown.

Oct. 9, Monk Tango, 8 pm. The music of Thelonious Monk, arranged, played, and danced Tango style. $16/$10 for students. Flushing Town Hall, 137-35 Northern Blvd., Flushing, www.flushingtownhall.org.

Oct. 9, Brian Wilson, 8 pm. Former Beach Boy Wilson co-wrote such classics as “Surfer Girl,” “Help Me Rhonda,” and “California Girls,” just to name a few of more than two dozen Top 40 hits. $39-$89. Kupferberg Center for the Arts, Queens College, 65-30 Kissena Blvd., Flushing, www.kupferbergcenter.org.

Oct. 9, Crooner Music Fest 2015, 8 pm. Concert featuring Damian Escobar and Ginuwine to benefit the Jamaica YMCA. $25-$150. Resorts World Casino New York, 110-00 Rockaway Blvd., Jamaica, www.rwnewyork.com.

Oct. 9, Five Corners with John Turturro, 7:30 pm. Turturro, one of the stars of Five Corners, playwright John Patrick Shanley, and actor Kevin Corrigan appear in person with a rare revival screening of this film that was shot in Astoria. The post-film discussion will be recorded for Corrigan’s podcast The Kevin Corrigan Show. $12/$9 for seniors and students. Museum of the Moving Image, 36-01 35th Ave., Kaufman Arts District, www.movingimage.us.

Oct. 9, Frederick Wiseman Retrospective: Ballet, 7 pm. Legendary documentary filmmaker Wiseman has made nine feature-length documentaries in NYC. Ballet is an intimate portrait of the American Ballet Theatre. $12/$9 for seniors and students. Museum of the Moving Image, 36-01 35th Ave., Kaufman Arts District, www.movingimage.us.

Oct. 9, An Evening at Home with our Founding Fathers, 6 pm. This special program transports audiences back to about 1800 New York. Dongsok Shin and Leah Gale Nelson perform music published in London during Rufus King’s tenure as ambassador to Great Britain (1796-1803) on period instruments. Dancers in full period costumes and historical readings enhance the evening. $35, reservations required. King Manor Museum, 150-3 Jamaica Ave., Jamaica, www.kingmanor.org.

Oct. 10, Cinema: Judgment at Nuremberg, 1 pm. In 1948, an American court tried Nazis for war crimes. The film explores conscience, guilt, and behavior during immoral times. Free. Greater Astoria Historical Society, Quinn Building, 35-20 Broadway, LIC, www.astorialic.org.

Oct. 10, Frederick Wiseman Retrospective: Hospital, 3 pm. Legendary documentary filmmaker Wiseman has made nine feature-length documentaries in NYC. Hospital depicts the daily activities of Metropolitan Hospital, which for more than 125 years has served a diverse, mostly poor, African-American, and immigrant population. $12/$9 for seniors and students. Museum of the Moving Image, 36-01 35th Ave., Kaufman Arts District, www.movingimage.us.

Oct. 11, Under The Streetlamp, 3 pm. Hot off the success of their two PBS specials, the members of Under The Streetlamp deliver an electrifying show of classic hits from the American Radio Songbook, bringing their unique blend of tight harmonies and slick dance moves to Doo-Wop, Motown and old time Rock ‘n’ Roll. $35-$42. Queensborough Performing Arts Center, 222-05 56th Ave., Bayside, www.visitqpac.org.

Oct. 11, Harvest Festival, noon to 4 pm. Nolick the Wizard, free pumpkins for the first 500 children, live music, entertainment, games, crafts, apple cider making, candle making, and admission to current exhibition. $5/free for children. Onderdonk House, 1820 Onderdonk Ave., Ridgewood, www.onderdonkhouse.org.

Oct. 11, Madeline and the Bad Hat, 1 pm and 3 pm. Told with gentle humor and a beautiful musical score, this enemies-become-friends tale charms all ages. $14. Queens Theatre, 14 United States Ave. S., Flushing Meadows Corona Park, www.queenstheatre.org.

Oct. 11, The Moment: A Moving Sound, 3 pm. Sheng Dong (A Moving Sound in English) is a performance company based in Taiwan that has created a new musical expression that fuses Taiwanese, Chinese, and neighboring Asian musical ideas in inspired and engaging modern song compositions. Songs are performed on Chinese instruments such as the vertically held and bowed erhu and the Chinese guitar known as zhong ruan, as well as Western instruments. Queens Museum, NYC Building, Flushing Meadows Corona Park, www.queensmuseum.org.

Oct. 11, Frederick Wiseman Retrospective: Welfare, 3:15 pm. Legendary documentary filmmaker Wiseman has made nine feature-length documentaries in NYC. Welfare shows the nature and complexity of the welfare system in sequences illustrating the diversity of problems such as housing, unemployment, divorce, medical and psychiatric problems, abandoned and abused children, and the elderly. $12/$9 for seniors and students. Museum of the Moving Image, 36-01 35th Ave., Kaufman Arts District, www.movingimage.us.

Oct. 11, Long Island City Tour, 2:30 pm. This three-hour, small-group walking tour goes through LIC’s thriving arts and culinary scene. Meet interesting local artists, makers, and entrepreneurs, and enjoy additional stops for light bites and local microbrews with a grand finale at a rooftop lounge with incredible cityscape views and a glass of prosecco. $65, advance booking required.

Oct. 11, Pay-What-You-Can Self Defense Class, 7:30 pm. Open to anybody 16 or older, this class covers five aspects of self defense: thinking, using the voice, physical self defense, escape, and after care. Free or pay what you can with a $20 suggested donation. M’Kekado School of Karate, 72-26 Roosevelt Ave., Jackson Heights, elenaselfdefense@yahoo.com.

Oct. 12, Queensboro Dance Festival, through Oct. 18. Twenty-three Queens-based choreographers are involved. Many of the works are borough premieres, ranging from bellydance to tap to modern to flamenco. Performances are Tuesday-Saturday, 8 pm, and Sunday 7 pm. $15 advance/$18 at door. The Secret Theatre, 44-02 23rd St., LIC, www.queensborodancefestival.com.

Oct. 12, American Journalist Discusses Yitzhak Rabin’s Assassination, 1:30 pm. Dan Ephron, who was Newsweek’s Jerusalem Bureau Chief, talks about his new book, Killing a King: The Assassination of Yitzhak Rabin & the Remaking of Israel. The book is based on Ephron’s eyewitness experiences and interviews with key players, including members of the murderer’s family. $8 suggested donation. Central Queens Y, 67-09 108th St., Forest Hills, www.cqy.org.

Oct. 14, Silas Riener: Blue Name, through Oct. 28. This performance art piece is made for an intimate space and an intimate audience. It is an investigation into the language of dance, and the pure communicative power of movement. Shows are Wednesdays through Saturdays at 8 pm with additional performances Oct. 26-28, Monday through Wednesday at 8 pm. $18. The Chocolate Factory, 5-49 49th Ave., LIC, www.chocolatefactorytheater.org.

Oct. 15, Role of Iranian Jews in Persian Music, 6:30 pm. Scholar Houman Sarshar discusses his research on the role of Iranian Jews in classical and popular Persian music. Free. Kupferberg Holocaust Resource Center and Archives, Queensborough Community College, 222-05 56th Ave., Bayside, www.qcc.cuny.edu/khrca.

Oct. 15, Turkish Cooking Class, 6:30 pm. Lessons by Sila Asa from the Turkish Cultural Center Queens. Take home recipes and some samplings. $20. Alley Pond Environmental Center, 228-06 Northern Blvd., Douglaston, www.alleypond.org.

Oct. 15, The Shape of Solidarity, 6 pm. An interactive workshop to develop strategies and activities to build solidarity from the ground up. Free. Greater Astoria Historical Society, Quinn Building, 35-20 Broadway, LIC, www.astorialic.org.

Oct. 15, Afro-Latineers, 6:30 pm. Through the Third Thursdays in Bliss Plaza program, the Afro-Latineers present innovative fusion of Afrobeat, Latin Jazz, Jazz Standards and Salsa. Free. Bliss Plaza, Queens Boulevard and 46th Street under the elevated 7 train station, Sunnyside, www.sunnysideshines.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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