2015-12-30 / Front Page

It’s In Queens! (Dec. 31 to Jan. 6)

Even during a slow week when some venues are closed, Queens is buzzing with fun things to do. First of all, a two-time Grammy-winner will give a concert in the borough. Second, there are some great tours on the radar screen. And finally, movies, plays, and parties are all over the place. Here’s the rundown.

Dec. 31, New Year’s Eve Party, 9 pm to 2 am. Ring in the new year with two-time Grammy-winning rapper Nelly, a dance performance by Silento, a champagne toast, party favors, a complimentary photo, and a balloon drop when the clock strikes midnight. $25. Resorts World Casino New York City, 110-00 Rockaway Blvd., Jamaica, www.rwnewyork.com.

Dec.31 to Jan. 3, Twelfth Night, times vary. The Swiftly Tilting Theatre Project produces William Shakespeare’s comedy with original music. In this version, the characters inhabit a modern jazz club, drinking, partying, singing, and playing pranks in their quests to find love. $12. The Secret Theatre, 44-02 23rd St., LIC, www.secrettheatre.com.

Jan. 1, Annual New Year’s Day Walk, 11 am. Meet American Littoral Society Chapter naturalists Don Riepe and Mickey Maxwell Cohen at Fort Tilden for a brisk hike along the beach and dunes. For more information, try (718) 474-0896 or donriepe@gmail.com.

Jan. 1, The Assassin, 7 pm. Screened as part of the Curators’ Choice Best in 2015 series, The Assassin is about an unrivaled martial arts master who is sent to kill her cousin, a military leader and noble during the declining years of the ninth century Tang Dynasty. $12 ($9 seniors and students). Museum of the Moving Image, 36-01 35th Ave., Kaufman Arts District, www.movingimage.us.

Jan. 2 and 3, Saturday Family Workshop, 1:30 pm to 4:30 pm. Children (ages 5-12) and their adult companions explore different works on view each week through hands-on art making activities. Children with special needs are welcome. Queens Museum, NYC Building, Flushing Meadows Corona Park, www.queensmuseum.org.

Jan. 2, Timbuktu, 2 pm; The Mend, 4 pm; Heart of a Dog, 7 pm. Screened as part of the Curators’ Choice Best in 2015 series, Timbuktu depicts Mali villagers whose lives are disrupted by Jihadists who ban music, cigarettes, laughter, and even soccer. The Mend follows mismatched brothers -- loose cannon Mat and put-upon Alan -- as they stagger dimly towards some understanding of love, women, masculinity, and brotherhood. Heart of a Dog is Laurie Anderson’s deeply personal, free-flowing essay film, inspired by the death of her beloved dog and her husband Lou Reed. $12 ($9 seniors and students). Museum of the Moving Image, 36-01 35th Ave., Kaufman Arts District, www.movingimage.us.

Jan. 3, Candlelight Tour, 6 pm. A night of live music, good cheer, and candlelight tours of a historic Dutch house. $10. Onderdonk House, 1820 Flushing Ave., Ridgewood, www.onderdonkhouse.org.

Jan. 3, Open Studio: Working with Color, 11 am to 1 pm. This program encourages families to explore the galleries and make art in response to their experiences. No registration is required for this drop-in program, offered the first Sunday of every month. Noguchi Museum, 9-01 33rd Rd., LIC, www.noguchi.org.

Jan. 3, 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 cityscape views and a glass of prosecco. $65, advance booking required, www.bqetours.com.

Jan. 3, Clouds of Sils Maria, 2 pm; Office, 4:30 pm; Listen to Me Marlon, 7 pm. Screened as part of the Curators’ Choice Best in 2015 series, Clouds is about a middle-aged actress who must come to terms with her youth-obsessed industry. She retreats into the mountains with her personal assistant and confronts her personal demons. Office is a lush, stylized, and energetic 3-D musical based on a comic play about the 2008 economic crisis. Listen to Me is culled from hundreds of hours of private, never-before-heard audio recordings, and paired with film clips and archival footage on Marlon Brando. $12 ($9 seniors and students). Museum of the Moving Image, 36-01 35th Ave., Kaufman Arts District, www.movingimage.us.

Jan. 5, The Dreamstalks’ Party Spectacular, 7 pm. These performers and their off-kilter friends create a heartwarming celebration with their inappropriate brand of children’s entertainment. $10. QED: A Place to Show and Tell, 27-16 23rd Ave., Astoria, www.qedastoria.com.

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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