2016-01-13 / Front Page

It’s In Queens! (Jan. 14 to Jan. 20)

A member of Gospel music’s royal family performs in Flushing this week. Maybe he’ll attend a new exhibit on the King of Jazz in Corona while in town. Then again, maybe he’ll participate in a ping pong/art project. Or he might check out a new documentary on Jackson Heights after listening to live music by Cuban rappers, an Irish folk legend, a jazz pianist, and the Iroquois. Here’s the rundown.

Jan. 15, John Chin Quintet, 7:30 pm. Jazz pianist Chin’s music ranges from intimate, with subtly shaded pianism and intoxicating melodies, to exuberant, with dazzling keyboard pyrotechnics and propulsive rhythms. Free with RSVP. Flushing Town Hall, 137-35 Northern Blvd., www.flushingtownhall.org.

Jan. 15, Irish Movie Night: Forget the Multiplex, 7:30 pm. A collection of 19 performances by Luke Kelly, one of the Emerald Isle’s most influential folk singers, with contributions from groups like Ralph McTell & The Dubliners. $11 suggested donation/$8 for seniors, students, and the unemployed. New York Irish Center, 10-40 Jackson Ave., LIC, www.newyorkirishcenter.org.

Jan. 15, This Is What It Is, 7 pm. Screened as part of the fifth annual First Look festival, this documentary informs on Cuba’s leading hip-hop band, Los Aldeaños. It goes beyond enthralling performances to take a close, candid look at the realities of daily life on the Communist island. The filmmaker will be in attendance. $12. Museum of the Moving Image, 36-01 35th Ave., Kaufman Arts District, www.movingimage.us.

Jan. 15-18, In Jackson Heights, times vary (more screenings next week). This documentary offers a kaleidoscopic, novelistic view of one of the world’s most ethnically diverse neighborhoods. The film shows the daily life—businesses, community centers, religions, and political, cultural, and social issues. $12. Museum of the Moving Image, 36-01 35th Ave., Kaufman Arts District, www.movingimage.us.

Jan. 16, Thunderbird American Indian Dancers, 1 pm. First, these dancers offer a workshop on the Robin Dance from the Iroquois Nation ($7/$4 for children). Then they put on a show with the traditional movements, clothing, and instruments of the Iroquois, Northeast Woodlands and Southwest tribes, and the Great Plains people. $13/$8 for children. Flushing Town Hall, 137-35 Northern Blvd., www.flushingtownhall.org.

Jan. 16, Center of Attention, 4 pm. Visitors engage with the collection through an hour-long conversation around a single work of art during this monthly program. This month’s focus is on Heart of Darkness. $10. Noguchi Museum, 9-01 33rd Rd., LIC, www.noguchi.org.

Jan. 16, Standard Gauge, 1:30 pm. Screened as part of the fifth annual First Look festival, Standard Gauge presents -- in a single continuous close-up -- a succession of pieces of 35mm film that the filmmaker collected for a few years starting in the late 1960s. He will be in attendance. $12. Museum of the Moving Image, 36-01 35th Ave., Kaufman Arts District, www.movingimage.us.

Jan. 16, Animal Care Training, 10 am. This program gives children hands-on experience in feeding, brushing, cleaning, and learning about the needs of animals. $23. Alley Pond Environmental Center, 228-06 Northern Blvd., Douglaston, www.alleypond.com.

Jan. 17, BeBe Williams, 4 pm. This multiple Grammy winner sings gospel music as part of a Martin Luther King Day tribute including a ceremony honoring Andrew Jackson, executive director of Corona’s Langston Hughes Community Library. $35, but readers of this item can get 20 percent discounts by using the code “MLKKCA” before Jan. 15. Kupferberg Center for the Arts, Queens College, 65-30 Kissena Blvd., Flushing, www.kupferbergcenter.org.

Jan. 17, Ping Pong Mao Tournament, noon to 5 pm. Queens-based artist Zhang Hongtu is known for his Material Mao series, which presents Mao as a negative form. One piece is a ping pong table with negative images of the dictator on each side. Non-professional players are invited to participate in a one-day tournament on this table. The grand prize is a $100 gift card and custom award certificate. Queens Museum, NYC Building, Flushing Meadows Corona Park, www.queensmuseum.org.

Jan. 17, NYFOS @ Juilliard: Harry, Hoagy & Harold, 3 pm. The Five Boroughs Music Festival joins forces with New York Festival of Song to present the greatest hits and rarities by mid-century American songwriting heroes Harry “I Only Have Eyes for You” Warren, Hoagy “Stardust” Carmichael, and Harold “Stormy Weather” Arlen. $25/$15 for seniors and students. Flushing Town Hall, 137-35 Northern Blvd., www.flushingtownhall.org.

Jan. 17, Toponymy, 7 pm. In 1974, shortly after Juan Peron’s return to power, Operation Independence created rigidly designed villages in northern Argentina to thwart guerilla resistance. In this film, Jonathan Perel demonstrates the sinister politics behind this plan with no narration or dialogue. Perel will be in attendance. $12. Museum of the Moving Image, 36-01 35th Ave., Kaufman Arts District, www.movingimage.us.

Jan. 17, Opening of Devotion/Destruction: Craft Inheritance, 2 pm to 5 pm. On view through March 27, this exhibit features artwork created as a result of formal investigations into the materials and methods historically affiliated with craft. Including glass, wood, clay, paper, yarn, cloth, thread, metal, and mirror, the works transcend the form and function of their craft pedigree through a devotion to, and destruction of, inherited techniques. Dorsky Gallery, 11-03 5th Ave., LIC, www.dorsky.org.

Jan. 17, Long Island City Tour, 1:30 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. $65, advance booking required, www.bqetours.com.

Jan. 18, Greensboro: Closer to the Truth, 1 pm. Adam Zucker presents his documentary on an infamous trial related to the murder of five union organizers in North Carolina in 1979. Despite extensive television footage, no one was convicted. Twenty five years later, a Truth and Reconciliation Commission was established to uncover what happened and to foster community healing. $8 suggested donation. Central Queens Y, 67-09 108th St., Forest Hills, www.cqy.org.

Jan. 19, Dinner without an Agenda with Chloë Bass, 6 pm. The Queens Museum’s Open AIR Artist Services Program presents a meal and informal Q&A with Bass, a conceptual artist working in performance, situation, publication, and installation. Free appetizers, but individual pay for entrées and drinks. Dong Yi Feng Good Kitchen Seafood Restaurant, 135-29 37th Ave., Flushing, www.queensmuseum.org.

Jan. 20, Reading Workshop, 4 pm. Literacy Inc. hosts a workshop with craft activity. Free with snacks provided. King Manor Museum, 150-03 Jamaica Ave, Jamaica. More info at 718-206-0545 x 13.

New Exhibit -- Hotter Than That: 90 Years of Louis Armstrong and His Hot Five, through Oct. 16. This show explores Satchmo’s Hot Five recordings. Though Hot Five had a major impact on the course of jazz, the sessions took place on only 17 scattered days over the course of three years. Original Hot Five recordings are on display, including the 78-rpm record of “Gut Bucket Blues.” Various advertisements, articles, and other contemporary coverage of Armstrong and the Hot Five have been reproduced from Louis and his wife’s scrapbooks. $10. Louis Armstrong House Museum, 34-56 107th St., Corona, www.louisarmstronghouse.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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