2015-11-18 / Front Page

It’s In Queens! (Nov. 19 to Nov. 25)

The deuces are wild! Hansel and Gretel; Gilbert and Sullivan; and Orthodox comedians Tovah Silbermann and Liza Treyger are coming to Queens this week. Locals can also check out two Irish movies, a presentation by two Civil War expert groups, two Diwali-inspired festivals, two enormous dance works, and two walking tours with the borough’s official historian. Here’s the rundown.

Nov. 19, Shabbat Dinner with Comedy, 7:30 pm. Jokesters such as Tovah Silbermann (Empire Biscuit Comedy Festival) and Liza Treyger (Comedy Central Presents) talk about their Orthodox Jewish upbringings in a way that is informative and funny. Between each act, there is a “Jew and A” during which audience members ask questions about the insular world of Orthodoxy. $5. QED, 27-16 23rd Ave., Astoria, www.qedastoria.com.

Nov. 19, LIC Labor Lyceum: Economics for Working People, 6 pm. This educational event teaches how banks make money, how entities outside of banks can create money, and other intriguing aspects of banks. Free. Greater Astoria Historical Society, Quinn Building, 35-20 Broadway, 4th Floor, LIC, www.astorialic.org.

Nov. 20, Double Bill on Emigration, 7:30 pm. The Irish movie In America and the NYC premiere of A Hearth of Our Own, plus a Skype conversation with its director, Gabrielle Ewing. $11/$8 for seniors, students, and the unemployed. New York Irish Center, 10-40 Jackson Ave., LIC, www.newyorkirishcenter.org.

Nov. 21, What Border Have You Crossed?, noon to 5 pm. Opening of a six-week exhibition exploring political and metaphorical borders. Using a blackboard, an interactive map, post-its, and digital technology, Bordr, a Swedish nonprofit, invites visitors to share their personal border experiences. As inspiration, 16 7-foot tall portraits of Bordr project participants in Queens, Sweden, Jordan, Malawi, and Mozambique, and the borders they each have crossed, will cover the main wall of the Community Partnership Gallery. Queens Museum, NYC Building, Flushing Meadows Corona Park, www.queensmuseum.org.

Nov. 21, Diwali Festival, 1 pm. Celebrate the Hindu Festival of Lights with dance workshops, stellar musical performances, an Indian fashion show, henna painting and more. Traditional Indian food and handmade jewelry for sale. $20/$15 for members/$10 for students and children. Flushing Town Hall, 137-35 Northern Blvd., www.flushingtownhall.org.

Nov. 21, Center of Attention, 4 pm. View and learn about a piece from the collection through an hour-long conversation. This day’s focus is Janine Antoni’s And, which is on loan from the Art Institute of Chicago. $10. Noguchi Museum, 9-01 33rd Rd., LIC, www.noguchi.org.

Nov. 21, DanceWorks, 5:15 pm and 8:30 pm. More than 100 dancers from around the city perform two shows with 24 original pieces each in ballet, jazz, hip-hop, and tap. $28/$18 for children 12 and under. Frank Sinatra School of the Arts, 35-12 35th Ave, Kaufman Arts District, www.danceworksnewyorkcity.com.

Nov. 21, Walking Tour: Transformation of Waterfront and Daylight Factory Buildings, 11 am. Learn about the borough’s transition from industry on the waterfront to parks and condos with official Queens historian Jack Eichenbaum. $25. Meet at Queensborough Plaza, more info at 718-961-8406 or www.geognyc.com.

Nov. 21, History Roundtable, 1 pm. On the 150th anniversary of the Civil War, the Greater Astoria Historical Society and the Civil War Roundtable of New York City discuss the events that pitted the once divided states against other divided states. $5. GAHS, Quinn Building, 35-20 Broadway, 4th Floor, LIC, www.astorialic.org.

Nov. 21, Family Style Opera: Hansel and Gretel, 7 pm. The nonprofit Opera Pomme Rouge presents an interactive version of Hansel and Gretel. Free-will admission. Moak Yang Presbyterian Church, 12-25 Clintonville St., Whitestone, www.operapommerouge.wix.com/home.

Nov. 22, Gilbert and Sullivan’s HMS Pinafore, 3 pm. This satirical musical revolves around lowly sailor Ralph Rackstraw who falls in love with the captain’s daughter. Her heart beats only for Ralph, but she’s been promised to the haughty, high class Sir Joseph Porter. Enter Little Buttercup, who argues that Ralph was really born to the captain’s parents. $42, $39, $35. Queensborough Performing Arts Center, 222-05 56th Ave., Bayside, www.visitqpac.org.

Nov. 22, The Crow’s Egg, 5 pm. The screening of a film that follows slum kids on their journey to eat their first slice after a pizza parlor opens on the site of their old playground in Chennai. $12. Museum of the Moving Image, 36-01 35th Ave., Kaufman Arts District, www.movingimage.us.

Nov. 22, Forest Hills Symphony Orchestra, 2 pm. Expect Schubert Symphony #4, Prokoffiev Overture, Russlan & Ludmilla Overture. 400 free tickets per concert. Forest Hills Jewish Center, 106-06 Queens Blvd., www.fhso.org.

Nov. 22, Walking Tour: Immigrants in NYC -- From Ghettos to an Interwoven Fabric, 11 am. Learn about immigration to the borough with official Queens historian Jack Eichenbaum. $25. Meet at the 69th Street 7 Train Station, Woodside, more info at 718-961-8406 or www.geognyc.com.

Nov. 22, Floral Design Workshop, 1 pm. Tips and techniques for creating a holiday centerpiece with flowers. $20 materials fee. Queens Botanical Garden, 43-50 Main St., Flushing, www.queensbotanical.org.

Nov. 22, Lantern Making, 10:30 am. In honor of the last day of Diwali, the Hindu Festival of Lights, children make their own lanterns using LEDs and tissue paper. $8. New York Hall of Science, 47-01 111th St., Corona, www.nysci.org.

Nov. 22, Leave Her to Heaven, 4 pm; Desert Fury, 6:30 pm. Screened as part of a series on film noir in small towns, Leave Her to Heaven is the chilling story of a beautiful woman whose possessive boyfriend drives her to kill somebody. Desert Fury is a half Western/half gangster melodrama about a Nevada casino owner’s daughter who gets romantically involved with a big time thug, despite major efforts to thwart them. $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.

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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