2016-01-27 / Front Page

It’s In Queens! (Jan. 28 to Feb. 3)

Don’t tell any dogs, but a celebrity cat will give a special presentation in Queens this week. Other entertainment options include butter-churning, gnocchi-making, and comedy, as well as displays of Korean, royal, and disruptive art. Here’s the rundown.

Jan. 27, A Portrait of The Noguchi Museum, through Jan. 8, 2017. On its 30th birthday, Noguchi commissioned photographers Tina Barney and Stephen Shore to explore the museum and the visitor experience. Plus, a concurrent expo displays ceramics (plates, bowls, trays, etc.) with other pieces that play with the relationship between use and value until July 24. Noguchi, 9-01 33rd Rd., LIC, www.noguchi.org.

Jan. 28, Laff Lab Comedy Club, 7 pm. Stand-up comedy with local performers. Free with RSVP. Flushing Town Hall, 137-35 Northern Blvd., www.flushingtownhall.org.

Jan. 29, Koyaanisqatsi, 7 pm. Screened as part of the See It Big! Documentary series, Koyaanisqatsi depicts how humanity has grown apart from nature. $12. Museum of the Moving Image, 36-01 35th Ave., Kaufman Arts District, www.movingimage.us.

Jan. 30, A Walk Through Queens, 1 pm. Award-winning documentarian David Hartman and historian Barry Lewis host this fascinating video walking tour. Watch as they explore the unique history, characters, areas, and structures that define the world’s most diverse borough. Free. Greater Astoria Historical Society, Quinn Building, 35-20 Broadway, LIC, www.astorialic.org.

Jan. 30, Celebrity Cat Lil Bub, 2 pm. The cat that rules the web with her big eyes, dangling tongue, and perma-kitten features appears in conjunction with the exhibition How Cats Took Over the Internet and a screening of The Story of Lil BUB, which depicts the famous feline and her owner, followed by a Q&A session. $25. (Plus, the ASPCA hosts a cat-adoption van near the main entrance.) Museum of the Moving Image, 36-01 35th Ave., Kaufman Arts District, www.movingimage.us.

Jan. 30, Boo! Spooktacular Enchanted Forest, 2 pm. Wear a costume and have a hoot in a winter woodland created by Circus Amok. This annual fundraiser offers the following: Apple Pickers Jamboree with the Circus Amok Band; Stump to Stump Highwire and Ring Toss Tree; Forest Canopy Stilt Walkers and Merry Maids Painting Faces; and Enchanted Beer Garden for Adults, Spellbound Snacks for Kids. Prices vary. Queens Museum, NYC Building, Flushing Meadows Corona Park, www.queensmuseum.org.

Jan. 30, Louisiana Story, 4 pm; Powaqqatsi, 7 pm. Screened as part of the See It Big! Documentary series, Louisiana Story is actually docu-fiction about disruption and change after an oil rig brings industry to a place previously untouched by modernization. Powaqqatsi explores the intersection of primitive cultures and the industrial world, chronicling people in impoverished countries. $12. Museum of the Moving Image, 36-01 35th Ave., Kaufman Arts District, www.movingimage.us.

Jan. 30-31, In Jackson Heights, times vary (four shows). 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. 31, Medardo, 4:30 pm. Screening of a film (Spanish with English subtitles) on Ecuadorian poet Medardo Ángel Silva, who was known for his attraction to death, love, struggle with hypocritical society, and mysterious suicide. Many of the actors and producers will be on hand. $10. Queens Theatre, 14 United Nations Ave. S., Flushing Meadows Corona Park, www.queenstheatre.org.

Jan. 31, Disruption in Disruption/Destruction, 3 pm. An interactive performance (Disruption) by Alexandra Ben-Abba followed by a curator/artist tour of the exhibit Disruption/Destruction. The artists will address the use of craft materials in each piece. Free. Dorsky Gallery, 11-03 45th Ave., LIC, www.dorsky.org.

Jan. 31, Naqoyqatsi, 7 pm. Screened as part of the See It Big! Documentary series, Naqoyqatsi shows the shift from a world organized by the principles of nature to one dominated by technology. $12. Museum of the Moving Image, 36-01 35th Ave., Kaufman Arts District, www.movingimage.us.

Jan. 31, Little Makers: Butter Up, 10:30 am. A family activity to discover exciting ingredients and invent new flavors while shaking up homemade butter. $8 per family, plus admission. New York Hall of Science, 47-01 111th St., Corona, www.nysci.org.

Jan. 31, 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.

Feb. 1, Hoyeon Art Show, March 12. Paintings by 15 members of the Hoyeon Art Association of New York, which was founded by Joo Sang Kim Lee (professionally known as “Hoyeon”), who died in December 2015. The paintings are in a variety of Korean themes and styles—from monochrome calligraphy to colorful representations of flowers, fauna, figures, and landscape. Plus, a portrait of Hoyeon and dozens of her works will be displayed with a guest book so visitors can share memories and express condolences. Opening reception on Feb. 6, 3 pm; Gallery hours: Monday to Thursday, 11 am to 7 pm; Saturday, 11 am to 5 pm. Godwin-Ternbach Museum, Klapper Hall 405, Queens College, 65-30 Kissena Blvd., Flushing, www.gtmuseum.org.

Feb. 1, Black Royals, through March 31. This exhibition displays images of Queen Sophia Charlotte of Mecklenburg-Strelitz, also known as the “grandmother of European royalty,” and Queen Philippa of Hainault, who was mother of the warrior knight, Edward the Black. Jamaica Center for Arts and Learning, 161-04 Jamaica Ave., www.jcal.org.

Feb. 1, LIC Forum: Ravenswood, 7 pm. A lecture and exhibition on a forgotten neighborhood. In 1830, Ravenswood featured fine mansions. Later industry moved in, and the area’s population became heavily Italian. Today, it stands again in the cusp of change, with a wall of high rise buildings that will once again control public access to the waterfront. $5. Greater Astoria Historical Society, Quinn Building, 35-20 Broadway, LIC, www.astorialic.org.

Feb. 3, Italian Cooking with Michelle Capobianco, 6:30 pm. Capobianco, founder of Majella Home Cooking, teaches how to make gnocchi. The chef also demonstrates and shares recipes for two seasonal vegetable sauces that pair well with gnocchi. $20. Alley Pond Environmental Center, 228-06 Northern Blvd, Douglaston, www.alleypond.com.

Feb. 3, Auditions for the Queens College Choral Society, 6 pm. Now celebrating its 75th anniversary, this society is seeking new members. Though based at a college, the society welcomes people of all ages and backgrounds. Free. Queens College Music Building, Room 246, Flushing. For more information, contact James John at 718-997-3818 or jmsjhn@aol.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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