2015-11-04 / Front Page

It’s In Queens! (Nov. 5 to Nov. 11)

The baseball action inside Citi Field has settled in for a long winter’s nap, but the rest of the borough is alive and kicking with a wide array of fun things to do, including brand new theater, Korean film, live music, Kristallnacht-related discussions, smashing pumpkins, and a Diwali motorcade. Here’s the rundown.

Nov. 5, World Premiere of Carefully Taught, through Nov. 21. This modern-day drama centers on the friendship of two schoolteachers–one black and one white. Their bond is shaken when one loses her job, and questions of loyalty and unspoken prejudice rise to the surface. Showtimes are Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays at 8 pm with 2 pm Saturday matinees. $18. Astoria Performing Arts Center at Good Shepherd United Methodist Church, 30-44 Crescent St., Astoria, www.apacny.org.

Nov. 5, Dalton Trumbo, 8 pm. The charismatic, strong-willed screenwriter Dalton Trumbo won two Academy Awards while he was blacklisted: one under a pseudonym and one using a front. The decision to give him proper screen credit on Spartacus finally broke the Hollywood blacklist. The new feature film Trumbo dramatizes his story. $30. Museum of the Moving Image, 36-01 35th Ave., Kaufman Arts District, www.movingimage.us.

Nov. 6, New York Korean Film Festival, through Nov. 11. This 13th annual festival showcases the Asian nation’s cinema doing what it does best: the crime thriller, the romantic fantasy, and feverish erotica. At varying times, nine moves will screen. $20 opening night/$12 afterward. Museum of the Moving Image, 36-01 35th Ave., Kaufman Arts District, www.movingimage.us.

Nov. 6, NEA Jazz Masters Concert, 8 pm. Featuring Jimmy Heath and Barry Harris joined by Michael Mossman (trumpet), Steve Davis (trombone) and Bob Cranshaw (bass), this concert presents music from the catalogues of jazz icons Miles Davis and Cannonball Adderley as well as other jazz standards. $42. Flushing Town Hall, 137-35 Northern Blvd., www.flushingtownhall.org.

Nov. 6, Pajama Party with Virgil the Turkey, 6:30 pm. Wear pajamas, learn about turkeys, meet a live turkey, and hear turkey tales from a professional interactive storyteller. $16, registration is required. Alley Pond Environmental Center, 228-06 Northern Blvd., Douglaston, www.alleypond.com.

Nov. 7, Diwali Motorcade, 4 pm. Celebrate the Hindu Festival of Lights with chanting, dancing, music, food, and a motorcade. Free. Liberty Avenue and 133rd Street, Richmond Hill, www.diwalimotorcade.com.

Nov. 7, Dark Bargain Talk, 3 pm. Lawrence Goldstone discusses his book, Dark Bargain: Slavery, Profits and the Struggle for the Constitution, which highlights the events leading up to the Constitutional Convention as well as the pivotal role of slavery in the forging of this important document. Readers are able to visualize Rufus King’s outspoken nature regarding the proportion of representatives in northern free states versus southern slave states. Free. King Manor Museum, 150-03 Jamaica Ave., Jamaica, www.kingmanor.org.

Nov. 7, NYC Compost Project: Pumpkin Smash 2015, 10 am to 2 pm. Bring your own pumpkins, Jack-O-Lanterns and gourds…and smash them. The NYC compost project will convert them into compost for city parks and green spaces. Free. Lou Lodati Playground, Skillman Avenue and 43rd Street, Sunnyside, www.queensbotanical.org/programs/events.

Nov. 7, Another Land, 1 pm. Artist Leah Raintree discusses her photographic series Another Land, a body of work that takes as its point of departure a 1968 sculpture of the same name by Isamu Noguchi. She considers the evolution of space-imaging technology alongside increased understanding of human impact on the earth and how these lines of inquiry influence artistic production. The talk is followed by a viewing of Another Land at Socrates Sculpture Park. Noguchi Museum, 9-01 33rd Road, LIC, www.noguchi.org.

Nov. 7, Rhythm Meets Gospel: Conjunto Kathari, 2:30 pm. A collaborative effort of African-Latino rhythms from the Caribbean joined with Gospel to create a musical extravaganza. Free. Highland Avenue Church, 160-20 Highland Ave., Jamaica, www.queenscouncilarts.org.

Nov. 7, RAM Presents: Groundings & Imaginings, 8 pm. Event showcases enduring trios and duos for winds, strings, piano, and electronics by RAM composers Guy Barash, David Fetherolf, Gilbert Galindo, David Schober, and B. Allen Schulz and musical performances by Edward Schocker and Asha Srinivasan. Other performers are Laura Falzon on flute, Thomas Piercy on clarinet, Kate Dillingham on cello, and Amir Khosrowpour on piano with special guest violinist Sabina Torosjan. $15. Broom Tree Theatre, 23-35 Broadway, Astoria, www.ram-nyc.org.

Nov. 7, Frederick Wiseman Retrospective: High School II, 3 pm. Legendary documentary filmmaker Wiseman has made nine feature-length documentaries on NYC. High School II offers an optimistic view on the future of public education. Focusing on Central Park East Secondary School—a successful, racially diverse alternative high school in Spanish Harlem, where 85-95% of graduates go on to four-year colleges—the film highlights the school’s administration and approach to learning, which places emphasis on intellectual curiosity, speculation, interdisciplinary study, and open discussions of race, class, and gender inequalities. $12. Museum of the Moving Image, 36-01 35th Ave., Kaufman Arts District, www.movingimage.us.

Nov. 7-8, Wildlife Weekends, 11 am to 4 pm. Admission includes birds-of-prey show, frogs, bugs, hayrides, pony rides, and animal feeding. $9. Queens County Farm Museum, 73-50 Little Neck Pkwy., Floral Park, www.queensfarm.org.

Nov. 8, Walking Tour of Forest Hills, 1 pm. A guided tour of one of NYC’s most desirable residential neighborhoods with Adrienne Onofri, a travel writer, licensed sightseeing guide and author of a book about exploring Queens. $20. Get info at www.walkingtourforesthills.eventbrite.com.

Nov. 8, Be Kind Rewind, 4:30 pm. Introduced by Pierre Bismuth and followed by a conversation with Bismuth and Robert M. Rubin, Be Kind Rewind is about a man who accidentally creates a magnetic field that erases a store’s videotapes. He and a friend set out to re-create the most popular titles in the store’s inventory. $12. Museum of Moving Image, 36-01 35th Ave., Kaufman Arts District, www.movingimage.us.

Nov. 8, Face the Music Concert Series, 1 pm. Face the Music, the borough’s only youth ensemble committed to creating and performing music by living composers, debuts its first of a four-concert series. $8. Queens Museum, NYC Building, Flushing Meadows Corona Park, www.queensmuseum.org.

Nov. 8, Concert and Comedian, 2:30 pm to 5:30 pm. Original Jewish folk music and jazz rock followed by a Jewish stand-up show. $20. Rego Park Jewish Center, 97-30 Queens Blvd., Rego Park, 718-459-1000.

Nov. 9, Kristallnacht Talk on Hitler’s Children, 1 pm. Kristallnacht, which is considered to be the opening event of the Holocaust, took place in November 1938. It is marked by a screening of Hitler’s Children, followed by a talk by German literature professor Roland Dollinger. This award-winning documentary tells the stories of the descendants of the most powerful Nazi leaders and their dealings with guilt. $8 suggested donation. Central Queens Y, 67-09 108th St., Forest Hills, www.cqy.org.

Nov. 10, Kristallnacht Commemoration, 6:30 pm. Survivors of various genocides – Hanne Liebmann, Holocaust; Jacqueline Murekatete, Rwanda; Adisada Dudic, Bosnia -- participate in a panel discussion to mark Kristallnacht, the violent anti-Jewish pogroms that took place in November 1938. Free, but RSVP requested. Kupferberg Holocaust Resource Center, 222-05 56th Ave., Bayside, www.qcc.cuny.edu/khrca.

Nov. 11, Senior Film Series: The Other Son, 2 pm to 6 pm. Screened as part of a nine-week series that expands on the themes of freedom, construction of narratives and collision of cultures, The Other Son tells the story of two young men, one Israeli and one Palestinian, who discover they were accidentally switched at birth. $8. Queens Museum, NYC Building, Flushing Meadows Corona Park, www.queensmuseum.org.

Nov. 11, Interfaith Dialogue with Muslim, Jewish and Catholic Leaders, 5:45 pm. A panel discussion on climate change with Queens College professor Stephen Pekar, Sister Carol DeAngelo, Daisy Khan, and Rabbi Lawrence Troster, followed by short workshops leading to action in the community. $5 requested donation. Queens College Rathaus Black Box Theatre, 65-30 Kissena Blvd., Flushing, www.cqy.org/climate.

Nov. 11 – 14, Michelle Ellsworth: Clytigation: State of Exception, 8 pm. This multi-media performance/installation incorporates a box, a bike, a typewriter, and a coin-operated choreography generator. With a body double, an ancient text, and some modern technology, the performance investigates the impact of wars on bodies and legal protocols. Chocolate Factory, 5-49 49th Ave., LIC, www.chocolatefactorytheater.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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