2015-10-14 / Front Page

It's In Queens (October 15 to 21)

With Open House New York coming up, the chances to explore Queens are many and varied. This is on top of an extremely busy week with everything from India film to Patti LaBelle to a cupcake race. Here’s the rundown.

Oct. 15, India’s New Wave: Bombay Velvet, 7 pm. Screened as part of a monthly series, Bombay Velvet is an ode to American gangster films in the form of Bollywood spectacle. Steeped in the glamour and dangers of 1960s Bombay nightlife, the story follows a small-time boxer-turned-club owner as he is lured into an underworld of organized crime while trying to win a jazz singer’s heart. $12/$9 for seniors and students. Museum of the Moving Image, 36-01 35th Ave., Kaufman Arts District, www.movingimage.us.

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, Along the Silk Roads—Lynn Gilbert: Photographs of Turkey and Uzbekistan; and Didier Vanderperre: Photographs of Xinjiang, China, through Dec. 15. Godwin-Ternbach Museum, Queens College, 65-30 Kissena Blvd., 405 Klapper Hall, Flushing, www.gtmuseum.org.

Oct. 15, The AirTrain Jazz Festival, afternoon rush hour. Local bands play jazz for commuters, thanks to the Sutphin Boulevard Business Improvement District, A Better Jamaica, and the Jamaica Arts Council. Free. AirTrain Jamaica Station, concourse level of the Port Authority of NY & NJ building, 93-40 Sutphin Blvd., Jamaica, www.abetterjamaica.org.

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.com.

Oct. 15, The Shape of Solidarity, 6 pm. An interactive workshop to develop strategies and activities to build solidarity at the grass roots level. 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.

Oct. 16, Noir at the Bar, 7 pm. Hosted by local Queens crime writer Alex Segura, the event features a killer lineup of the best and brightest crime authors reading dark, noir tales. Free. Astoria Coffee, 30-04 30th St., Astoria, www.astoriacoffeeny.com.

Oct. 16, Cowboys & Coasts: The Music of Colombia, 8 pm. A double headliner evening featuring Grupo Rebolu, with traditional Afro-Colombian folk music (Cumbia, Gaita, Tambora, Bullerengue); and Cimarrón performing the festive joropo in a program combining Andalusian, Indigenous Indian and African roots. $16/$10 for members and students. Flushing Town Hall, 137-35 Northern Blvd., www.flushingtownhall.org.

Oct. 16, Asian Tasting Week, through Oct. 20. Chou’s Shrimp Rolls Restaurant from Tainan City presents five mouth-watering days of iconic Taiwanese street snacks. Sheraton LaGuardia East Hotel, 135-20 39th Ave., Flushing, www.sheratonlaguardiaeast.com.

Oct. 16, Noble, 7:30 pm. Based on a true story, Christina Noble overcomes the harsh difficulties of her childhood in Ireland to discover her destiny helping the poor as a children’s rights activist in Vietnam and Mongolia. $11 suggested donation/$8 for students, seniors, and the unemployed. New York Irish Center, 10-40 Jackson Ave., LIC, www.newyorkirishcenter.org.

Oct. 16, Naked Childhood (L’enfance nue), 7 pm. Presented as part of a retrospective on Maurice Pialat, a French director known for emotionally raw, incisive films, Naked Childhood is about a troubled orphan being shunted between foster families until he begins to hope that he has discovered a home. $12/$9 for seniors and students. Museum of the Moving Image, 36-01 35th Ave., Kaufman Arts District, www.movingimage.us.

Oct. 16-17, Take Root, 8 pm. Take Root is a monthly curated, series that supports dance makers by providing an opportunity to present a paired evening of work. This presentation features an evening of dance by Cat Wagner/Collaborations and DanceAction. $15. Green Space, 37-24 24th St., LIC, www.GreenSpaceStudio.org.

Oct. 17, Entrepreneur Space Pop Up Artisanal Market, noon to 4 pm. For two days each October, Open House New York unlocks the doors to NYC’s most important buildings, offering an opportunity to experience the city and meet the people who design, build, and preserve it. Hundreds of sites across the five boroughs are open to visit, with tours, talks, performances and other special events. As such, the Entrepreneur Space, a food-and-business incubator, will host a mini pop-up artisanal market at its headquarters, 36-46 37th St., LIC, www.queensny.org.

Oct. 17, NYC Cupcake Run, 11 am. A friendly, five-kilometer race during which participants stop at three checkpoints to feast on cupcakes from local bake shop Sweets First. A portion of the $50 registration fee goes to New York Cares. Astoria Park, Ditmars Boulevard between 19th Street and Shore Boulevard, Astoria, www.nyccupcakerun.com.

Oct. 17 (2 pm and 8 pm), Jessica Lang Dance, Oct. 18 (3 pm). This celebrated, Bessie Award-winning dance company transforms the classical into the contemporary, creating a new, artfully crafted ballet language. $25-$42. Queens Theatre, 14 United Nations Ave., S., Flushing Meadows Corona Park, www.queenstheatre.org.

Oct. 17, Riyaaz Qawwali, 7 pm. With lively rhythmic cycles, gripping melodies, and inspirational poetry, Riyaaz Qawwali, an American-based ensemble from India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, and Afghanistan, returns to the roots of the ecstatic form of the 700-year-old music tradition of Qawwali. $16/$10 for members and students. Flushing Town Hall, 137-35 Northern Blvd., www.flushingtownhall.org.

Oct. 17, Frederick Wiseman Retrospective: Racetrack, 3 pm. Legendary documentary filmmaker Wiseman has made nine feature-length documentaries on NYC. Racetrack is a panoramic portrait of Belmont Park. Wiseman juxtaposes the everyday preparations of the horses (grooming, feeding, and shoeing) with the orchestrated spectacle of the race. $12/$9 for seniors and students. Museum of the Moving Image, 36-01 35th Ave., Kaufman Arts District, www.movingimage.us.

Oct. 17, Hands-On History: Fall Festival, noon to 4 pm. Welcome fall with a traditional hearth-cooking demonstration, butter churning, cider pressing, crafts, and more. Free. King Manor Museum, 150-3 Jamaica Ave., Jamaica, www.kingmanor.org.

Oct. 17, Jason Polan Turns Rocks to Stone, 11 am to 6 pm. Bring a favorite rock or borrow one from the garden, and through the magic of drawing, Polan, a freelance artist, will turn it to stone. $10/$5 for students and seniors. Noguchi Museum, 9-01 33rd Rd., LIC, www.noguchi.org.

Oct. 17, Turkish Shorts, 1:30 pm; Loulou, 3:30 pm. Presented as part of a retrospective on Maurice Pialat, a French director known for emotionally raw, incisive film, Turkish Shorts is a series of six lyrical shorts. Subjects included the poetry of Nazim Hikmet, the history of Istanbul, and the wrestling competition at Pehlivan. Loulou is a love story without a future. Nelly jilts her lover André, her match in intellect and social standing, and takes up with a leather-clad, blue-collar ruffian, Loulou, with whom she shares sexual chemistry and nothing else. $12/$9 for seniors and students. Museum of the Moving Image, 36-01 35th Ave., Kaufman Arts District, www.movingimage.us.

Oct. 17-18, Noguchi Talks, 1 pm. As part of the 13th Annual Open House New York weekend, the museum will offer curator-led tours of Museum of Stones, the first exhibition in the museum’s history to insert the work of contemporary artists into the original Noguchi installation. The exhibition will include approximately 50 works by more than 30 artists and 15 Chinese rock-related objects on loan from The Metropolitan Museum of Art. Noguchi Museum, 9-01 33rd Rd., LIC. Reservations are required for this program. For more information, visit www.ohny.org.

Oct. 18, Patti LaBelle, 7 pm. During a career that has spanned more than 50 years, LaBelle has topped the charts with such classics as “New Attitude,” “Lady Marmalade,” and “If You Asked Me To.” The singer has been inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame, the Hollywood Walk of Fame, the Apollo Hall of Fame, and the Songwriters' Hall of Fame. Prices vary. Colden Auditorium at Kupferberg Center for the Arts, Queens College, Flushing, www.kupferbergcenter.org.

Oct. 18, The National Dance Company of Siberia, 3 pm. Founded in 1960, this troupe brings popular Siberian folk dances to the stage, complete with 55 dancers and an array of gorgeous folk costumes. Stretching from the Arctic to the border of China, Siberia is a world of cultures—and this vibrant dance company brings influences from many of them to the stage—from leaping, twirling Cossack soldiers to brightly clad peasant dances drawn from centuries of tradition. $42-$39. Queensborough Performing Arts Center, 222-05 56th Ave., Bayside, www.visitqpac.org.

Oct. 18, Harvest Fest and Pumpkin Patch, 11 am to 6 pm. Live music, old-fashioned games, nature and garden walks, composting demonstrations, craft and food vendors, a petting zoo, pony rides, a beer tent, and pumpkins. Free with admission. Queens Botanical Garden, 43-50 Main St., Flushing, www.queensbotanical.org.

Oct. 18, Kew Gardens Flea Market, 9 am to 5 pm. Shop more than 30 vendors selling books, albums, household items, antiques, clothing, collectables, pottery and much more. All the vendor fees benefit the Jamaica Hospital Medical Center Pediatric Department. (Rain date: Oct. 25), LIRR North Parking Lot, 82-60 Austin Street in Kew Gardens.

Oct. 18, Police, 4 pm; Le garçu, 7 pm. Presented as part of a retrospective on Maurice Pialat, a French director known for emotionally raw, incisive film, Police is about an inspector who is working to crack a drug ring when he falls in with a dolorous moll and loses his head. Le garçu is Pialat’s final film, shot in the village of his birth, and a holiday retreat in Mauritius. He deals in fictional form with the death of his father and his new role as a father. $12/$9 for seniors and students. Museum of the Moving Image, 36-01 35th Ave., Kaufman Arts District, www.movingimage.us.

Oct. 18, Fertile Ground, 7 pm. Fertile Ground is a new works showcase for dancers and choreographers. This non-curated performance event features five or six choreographers each evening and includes post-performance discussions with wine and cheese. $12. Green Space, 37-24 24th St., LIC, www.GreenSpaceStudio.org.

Oct. 18, Rockaway Fall Festival, noon to 3 pm. This ninth annual festival includes a pumpkin patch, pony and hayrides, and entertainment. Free. Bayswater Park, Beach 32nd Street and Beach Channel Drive, Far Rockaway, www.nycparks.com.

Oct. 18, Queens Interfaith Unity Walk, 1:30 pm. This seventh annual event brings members of various local religious institutions together. Meet at Free Synagogue of Flushing, 136-23 Sanford Ave., Flushing, www.flushinginterfaithcouncil.wordpress.com.

Oct. 18, Uncanny/Figure, 3 pm. Curator Lilly Wei and artists Jenny Dubnau and Sarah Peters tour the exhibition Uncanny/Figure. They talk about the evolution and the rationale of showing this particular group of artists together. They will address the common theme of the disturbing and/or weird in the exhibition. Dorsky Gallery, 11-03 45th Ave., LIC, www.dorsky.org.

Oct. 18, Happy Landmark Birthday Kingsland, 2:30 pm. Celebrate the 50th anniversary of the NYC Landmarks Law and the Landmarks Preservation Commission’s decision to designate Kingsland Homestead as historic. Free. Queens Historical Society, Weeping Beech Park, 143-35 37th Ave., Flushing, www.queenshistoricalsociety.org.

Oct. 18, Tour of The Steinway Settlement, noon. After Steinway & Sons Piano left Manhattan in about 1870, the owners created the “Steinway Settlement” around their factory and the Steinway Mansion, the summer home of President William Steinway. Open to all, this was no company town, but a Utopian community that had model housing, one of the earliest kindergartens in the country and a library. They built a post office, fire house, schools, churches, stores, and North Beach, a summer resort. Led by Kevin Walsh of the Forgotten NY website. Meet up by reservation only at astorialic@gmail.com.

Oct. 18, Hatched! Tree House Shakers: Workshop & Performance, noon and 2 pm. Young audiences explore life on the farm through storytelling, creative movement, and drama. Participants also have the opportunity to make a simple puppet, connecting them to the performances they are about to experience. $7/$4 for children. Flushing Town Hall, 137-35 Northern Blvd., www.flushingtownhall.org.

Oct. 18, 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, www.mkdkarate.com or elenaselfdefense@yahoo.com.

Oct. 18, 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, www.bqetours.com.

Oct. 19, Albert Einstein: A Reluctant Leader, 1:30 pm. Steven Gimbel, who chairs the Department of Philosophy at Gettysburg College, speaks about his new biography of Albert Einstein. $8 suggested donation. Central Queens Y, 67-09 108th St., Forest Hills, www.cqy.org.

Oct. 21, Creative Nonfiction/Autobiographical Fiction Workshop, 7 pm. Writers share their fiction and memoirs to the public in a reading titled “True Stories of Social Change.” Free. The Astoria Bookshop, 31-29 31st St., www.astoriabookshop.com.

Oct. 21, Red Tape Commission, 8:30 am. This is a hearing for small business owners and entrepreneurs to chat with City Comptroller Scott Stringer about rules and regulations. He will use the information to write a report on small businesses to be issued this spring. Free. Flushing Town Hall, 137-35 Northern Blvd., www.comptroller.nyc.gov.

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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