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It's In Queens! (Nov. 12 to Nov. 18)

The famous GingerBread Lane returns to Queens again this week. Its 500 square feet of sweet goodness will be in good company with classic plays, noir film, performance art, poetry, and Himalayan dumplings. Here’s the rundown.

Nov. 12, Nature of the Muse, 7:30 pm. Local poet Audrey Dimola organizes a fireside reading/live writing contest. Five authors share their work and then write live according to random prompts from the audience. LIC Bar, 45-58 Vernon Blvd., LIC, www.licbar.com.

Nov. 12, Taste of Woodside, 6 pm to 9 pm. Neighborhood restaurants offer samples of their cuisine during this fourth annual event. $30. Gulshan Terrace, 59-15 37th Ave., Woodside, www.woodsideonthemove.org.

Nov. 13, To Kill a Mockingbird, through Nov. 22. A stage adaption of the classical novel about a lawyer defending a wrongly accused African American man of rape in an Alabama town run under prejudice. (Nov. 13 at 2 pm and 8 pm; Saturdays at 2 pm and 8 pm; Sundays at 3 pm) $42/$25 for rear side seating. Queens Theatre, 14 United Nations Ave., S., Flushing Meadows Corona Park, www.queenstheatre.org.

Nov. 13, LIC Partnership’s Annual Trade Show, 9 am to 2 pm. The premier business-to-business trade show in Western Queens, featuring more than 100 exhibitors and thousands of attendees. Lunch with Senator Charles Schumer as keynote speaker. Astoria World Manor, 25-22 Astoria Blvd., Astoria, www.licpartnership.org.

Nov. 13, Rubble Kings, 7 pm. This documentary covers New York City from1968 to 1975, when hip-hop culture was born. Shan Nicholson, filmmaker, DJ, music producer, and storyteller, chronicles life during this era. Nicholson and Martha Diaz of the Hip-Hop Education Center speak after the screening. $12/$9 for seniors and students/$6 for children 3-12. Museum of the Moving Image, 36-01 35th Ave., Kaufman Arts District, www.movingimage.us.

Nov. 13, New York Classical Players, 8 pm. Violinist Chee-Yun brings her flawless technique, dazzling tone and compelling artistry to a collaboration with the New York Classical Players in performances of Astor Piazzolla’s tango-inspired Four Seasons in Buenos Aires. NYCP also offers a more modern perspective on Latin music with Brazilian composer Ney Rosauro’s Marimba concerto, performed by Tomoya Aomori. Free. Flushing Town Hall, 137-35 Northern Blvd., www.flushingtownhall.org.

Nov. 13, Lonely Places: Out of the Past, 7:30 pm (and Nov. 15, 7 pm). Screened as part of a series on film noir in small towns, Out of the Past depicts a private eye who drifts from place to place, pursued by the consequences of his past mistakes. $12/$9 for seniors and students/$6 for children 3-12. Museum of the Moving Image, 36-01 35th Ave., Kaufman Arts District, www.movingimage.us.

Nov. 13 & 14, Take Root, 8 pm. Erica Lessner’s choreography is an athletic juxtaposition of fluidity and high impact movements. Her newest work deals with gas lighting: a form of mental abuse in which false information is presented with the intent of making victims doubt their memory, perception, and sanity. The Gwen Rakotovao Company explores the connection between cultures and human beings with a message of hope that one day this connection will allow the gaps between generations, genders, judgments, and individuals to heal. $15. Green Space, 37-24 24th St., LIC, www.greenspacestudio.org.

Nov. 14, GingerBread Lane, through Jan. 9, 2016. Homemade gingerbread houses made entirely of edible gingerbread, royal icing, and candy. The houses are drafted, designed, baked, planned, built, and decorated by chef Jon Lovitch over an entire year. GingerBread Lane covers 500 square feet and has more than 1,050 structures. $15. New York Hall of Science, 47-01 111th St., Corona, www.nysci.org.

Nov. 14, Momo Crawl, 2 pm. This fourth annual event showcases Himalayan cuisine through its staple, the momo, which is similar to a Chinese dumpling. Meet at Diversity Plaza, 37th Road and 73rd Street, Jackson Heights, www.momocrawl.com.

Nov. 14, Percussia, 7:30 pm. Musica Reginae presents a concert comprised entirely of works written by Queens-based composers. Instrumentation includes percussion, harp, flute, and viola, and Percussia’s repertoire is an eclectic mix of contemporary chamber music, world and popular-music styles, and original arrangements. $20 adults and seniors/$10 students with ID. Children under 12 are free when accompanied by a paying adult. The Church-in-the-Gardens, 50 Ascan Ave., Forest Hills Gardens, www.musicareginae.org.

Nov. 14, Hands on History: Family Traditions, noon to 3 pm. Attendees have a chance to learn about King Family traditions, create their own family tree mobiles and silhouette portraits of loved ones, and tour the residence to witness portraits of the Kings firsthand. Free. King Manor Museum, 150-03 Jamaica Ave, Jamaica, www.kingmanor.org.

Nov. 14, A Musical Extravaganza, 7 pm. Legendary Irish crooner Donie Carroll shares the stage with pipers, step dancers, balladeers, and storytellers in this fundraiser for Mercy Centre USA, a nonprofit which supports a charity in Thailand that serves the poor, especially abandoned, abused, and trafficked children. $70. New York Irish Center, 10-40 Jackson Ave., LIC, www.newyorkirishcenter.org.

Nov. 14, Composers Collective, 7:30 pm. This concert showcases original short works written by Composers Collective members for orchestra and conducted by David Stech. The collective is a diverse group of emerging composers. $5 suggested donation. Flushing Town Hall, 137-35 Northern Blvd., www.flushingtownhall.org.

Nov. 14, The Great Dictator, 1 pm. A screening of Charlie Chaplin’s first talking film on the 75th anniversary of its release. Free. Quinn Building, 35-20 Broadway, 4th Floor, LIC, www.astorialic.org.

Nov. 14, Leaf Crunch 2015, 10 am to 1 pm. Help the NYC Compost Project rake leaves that will be composted and donated to local greening projects. Free. Forest Park’s Buddy Monument, Park Lane South at Myrtle Avenue, Richmond Hill, www.queensbotanical.org.

Nov. 14, The Reckless Moment, 2 pm; Kiss Me Deadly, 4:30 pm. Screened as part of a series on film noir in small towns, The Reckless Moment is about a blackmailer threatening a respectable housewife whose daughter accidentally killed a man. Kiss Me Deadly follows a crass private detective on a case that leaves a trail of bodies in its wake. He moves through a frighteningly dehumanized Los Angeles where absurdity, violence, and myth collide. $12/$9 for seniors and students/$6 for children 3-12. Museum of the Moving Image, 36-01 35th Ave., Kaufman Arts District, www.movingimage.us.

Nov. 14 & 15, Itinerant Performance Art Festival, 2 pm to 5 pm. This event features works of local, national, and international artists. $8. Queens Museum, NYC Building, Flushing Meadows Corona Park, www.queensmuseum.org.

Nov. 15, The Doo Wop Project, 3 pm. Back by popular demand, Charl Brown, Dominic Nolfi, and their fellow Motown The Musical and Jersey Boys performers celebrate the songs of the great vocal groups of the 1950s. $40. Queensborough Performing Arts Center, 222-05 56th Ave., Bayside, www.visitqpac.org.

Nov. 15, Songs Unsung: Films by Xie Fei and Zheng Dasheng, 2 pm and 5 pm. Movies by two directors who were teacher and student at the legendary Beijing Film Academy. Their works, produced and released decades apart, share the same acute observation of Chinese society. $7. Flushing Town Hall, 137-35 Northern Blvd., www.flushingtownhall.org.

Nov. 15, Kristallnacht Service with Elizabeth Holtzman, 2 pm. Holtzman, a Brooklyn congresswoman for 42 years, presents the keynote address, “Bringing Nazi War Criminals in America to Justice,” at this annual event that includes a multicultural invocation and audiovisual and musical interludes. Queens College’s LeFrak Concert Hall, vicinity of Kissena Boulevard and Horace Harding Expressway, Flushing, www.qc.cuny.edu.

Nov. 15, An Afternoon with Harley Spiller, 2 pm. Spiller talks about his new book, Keep the Change: A Collector’s Tales of Lucky Pennies, Counterfeit C-Notes, and Other Curious Currency. $5. Voelker Orth Museum, 149-19 38th Ave., Flushing, www.vomuseum.org.

Nov. 15, Consider the Uncanny: A Panel Discussion, 3:30 pm. Related to the exhibition, the artists discuss the multifaceted concepts contained in the word “uncanny.” What does uncanny mean? How is it interpreted by the participating artists in their work? Why do these artists believe that figuration is the best way to convey the weirdness, the mystery, and the surreal of the “uncanny”? Free. Dorsky Gallery, 11-03 45th Ave., LIC, www.dorsky.org.

Nov. 15, Fertile Ground, 7 pm. This monthly new works showcase for emerging and established artists is in its tenth season. The non-curated performance features five or six choreographers and includes a post-performance discussion with wine and cheese, moderated by Artistic Director Valerie Green. $12. Green Space, 37-24 24th St., LIC, www.greenspacestudio.org.

Nov. 15, Nightmare Alley, 2 pm; The Amazing Mr. X, 4:30 pm. Screened as part of a series on film noir in small towns, Nightmare Alley traces the rise and fall of a crooked psychic. The Amazing Mr. X tells the story of a slick, fraudulent spiritualist who preys on a widow who yearns to re-connect with her husband, staging elaborate ghostly visitations. $12/$9 for seniors and students/$6 for children 3-12. Museum of the Moving Image, 36-01 35th Ave., Kaufman Arts District, www.movingimage.us.

Nov. 18, Multiple Girlhoods: Growing up in Bosnia Before and During the Civil War, 12:10 pm. Jasmina Dervisevic-Cesic, a Bosnian genocide survivor, discusses her book, The River Runs Salt, Runs Sweet, which documents her experience. During the genocide, she lost her husband, two brothers, uncle, grandmother, and countless friends, as well as her right arm. Professor Amy Traver offers commentary and context based on her studies on growing up during war. Queensborough Community College, Medical Arts Building, Room 136, 222-05 56th Ave., Bayside, www.qcc.cuny.edu/khrca.

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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