2015-12-16 / Front Page

It's In Queens! (December 17 to December 23)

The classic Charles Dickens play A Christmas Carol, holiday craft markets, and concerts featuring seasonal music are shining examples that Queens is ahead of the times. But there are also opportunities to consume mind-altering art, make a light saber, and contemplate the stars in the winter sky. Here’s the rundown.

Dec. 17, A Christmas Carol, through Dec. 20 (times vary). This classic Charles Dickens play is performed by the up-and-coming, completely local Titan Theatre Company. $18/$20, get $2 discount by purchasing tickets with the code “ITSINQUEENS16” here: https://www.artful.ly/store/events/6420. Queens Theatre, 14 United Nations Ave. S., Flushing Meadows Corona Park, www.titantheatrecompany.com.

Dec. 17, LIC Labor Lyceum, 6 pm. Tom Paino gives a short presentation on the Climate Change Row House, followed by a discussion and workshop on the challenges of climate change. Free. Greater Astoria Historical Society, Quinn Building, 35-20 Broadway, Fourth Floor, LIC, www.astorialic.org.

Dec. 17, Blond Ambition Opening Reception, 6 pm. This solo exhibition presents 12 new collage works produced during Juan Hinojosa’s four-month residency at Materials for the Arts. In this series, which runs through April 1, 2016, Hinojosa explores consumerism with vivid imagery created by discarded objects found in the MFTA. Free. MFTA Gallery, 33-00 Northern Blvd., 3rd Fl., LIC, www.materialsforthearts.org.

Dec. 18, The World of Anomalisa, through March 27, 2016. In conjunction with the release of the stop-motion animation film Anomalisa, this installation displays two sets and puppets used in the movie as part of Behind the Screen, an ongoing core exhibition exploring how movies are made, marketed, and shown. Museum of the Moving Image, 36-01 35th Ave., Kaufman Arts District, www.movingimage.us.

Dec. 18, On Dangerous Ground, 7 pm. Screened as part of a series on film noir in rural places, On Dangerous Ground is about a violent big city cop who assists in a rural manhunt. Amid the isolation, he has to deal with his emotional issues. Museum of the Moving Image, 36-01 35th Ave., Kaufman Arts District, www.movingimage.us.

Dec. 19, Dorian Baroque Orchestra: Beautiful Winter, 8 pm. The Astoria Music Society presents the Dorian Baroque Orchestra’s performance of Beautiful Winter, featuring music by some of the Baroque period’s most famous composers -- Antonio Vivaldi, Johann Sebastian Bach, and Georg Frederik Handel -- as well as Holland’s Pieter Hellendaal and 20th century British master Ralph Vaughan Williams. $25/$20 for students and seniors/free for children 12 years of age or under. Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church, 23-25 Newtown Ave., Astoria, www.astoriamusic.org.

Dec. 19, Winter Craft Market, 10 am to 7 pm. The Greater Jamaica Development Corporation partners with the Queens International Night Market to create an indoor holiday market showcasing locally made crafts and artisan food products. Jamaica Market, 159­15 Jamaica Ave., http://gjdc.org/economic-development/winter-craft-market/.

Dec. 19, Orion the Hunter, 7 pm. Astronomer Mark Freilich hosts a night of sky observation using a professional telescope. The Orion constellation is the highlight. $15. Alley Pond Environmental Center, 228-06 Northern Blvd., Douglaston, www.alleypond.com.

Dec. 19, Make Light Sabers, 1:30 pm to 5 pm. Prepare for the next Star Wars movie’s release by making light sabers. Learn how to combine tape casting with simple circuits to create a brilliantly glowing weapon to uphold peace and justice throughout the galaxy. $7 per adult/child pair. New York Hall of Science, 47-01 111th St., Corona, www.nysci.org.

Dec. 19, Center of Attention, 4 pm. Visitors are invited to engage with the collection through these hour-long conversations around single works of art. Noguchi Museum, 9-01 33rd Rd., LIC, www.noguchi.org.

Dec. 19, Double Indemnity, 1:30 pm; Chinatown, 4 pm. Double Indemnity is a definitive film noir. Chinatown stars Jack Nicholson as a man who uncovers a massive municipal conspiracy that gets him in serious trouble. Museum of the Moving Image, 36-01 35th Ave., Kaufman Arts District, www.movingimage.us.

Dec. 20, Oratorio Society of Queens: Annual Holiday Concert, 4 pm. Led by Maestro David Close, the society performs excerpts from Handel’s Messiah alongside soloists and the Orchestral Arts Ensemble of Queens, as well as traditional Christmas favorites and Chanukah songs. $35/$30 for seniors (62+) and students/$10 for children 12 and under. Queensborough Performing Arts Center, Queensborough Community College, 222-05 56th Ave., Bayside, www.queensoratorio.org.

Dec. 20, Queens Symphony Orchestra, 3 pm. The orchestra has assembled an intimate group to sing traditional holiday favorites. $5 suggested donation. Flushing Town Hall, 137-35 Northern Blvd., www.flushingtownhall.org.

Dec. 20, Snowflakes, 10:30 am to 12:30 pm. Discover what makes snowflakes so unique. Design and create a tiny winter wonderland inside a snow globe. $8 per family, plus admission. New York Hall of Science, 47-01 111th St., Corona, www.nysci.org.

Dec. 20, On Dangerous Ground, 2 pm; Nightfall, 4 pm; Psycho, 6:30 pm. Screened as part of a series on film noir in rural places, On Dangerous Ground is about a violent big city cop who assists in a rural manhunt. Nightfall depicts a man on the run who hides out amid the cocktail lounges and cheap rooming houses of Los Angeles. Eventually, he is tracked down by a pair of bickering killers hunting money. Psycho is the classic horror film. Museum of the Moving Image, 36-01 35th Ave., Kaufman Arts District, www.movingimage.us.

Dec. 22, Live Streaming Sunset Reception, 6 pm. These projected projects track the sunset across the globe, creating an ongoing, 24-hour setting sun. The piece captures sunsets in multiple time zones across the continental U.S. and beyond, tracking the sun in real time, switching zones right before it disappears from the sky. Local Project, 11-27 44th Rd., LIC, www.localproject.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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