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It's In Queens! (February 11 to February 17)

With Valentine’s Day and Lunar New Year, Queens is hopping with bargains, romantic events, and creativity this week. Listen to music. Check out art. Watch movies. Eat chocolate. Count birds. Here’s the rundown.

Feb. 11, Laff Lab Comedy Club, 7 pm. See local standup performers. Free with RSVP. Flushing Town Hall, 137-35 Northern Blvd., www.flushingtownhall.org.

Feb. 11, Courtyard Cares: Cupid’s Gift, 5:30 pm. This new monthly event series features live music by romantic Italian crooner Marty Hroncich with happy hour and food specials. The event raises money and builds awareness for the American Diabetes Association. Courtyard LaGuardia, 90-10 Ditmars Blvd., East Elmhurst, www.courtyardlagaurdia.com.

Feb. 11, Make Your Mark, 1 pm. Led by artist Georgie Flores, this workshop teaches illustration. Free with materials provided. Roy Wilkins Recreation Center, 177-01 Baisley Blvd., Jamaica, RSVP to cultureartsfun@parks.nyc.gov.

Feb. 12, Bamboo Meets Jazz: Starlight Forest, 8 pm. Celebrate Lunar New Year with the sound of bamboo flute, performed by renowned artist Han Chung Eun and his band Forest. Well known for his genre-crossing performances from jazz to classical music to K-pop, Han celebrates Flushing’s colorful and rich cultural heritage through the fusion of sound and rhythm with Korean, Nordic, Celtic, and American roots. $16. Flushing Town Hall, 137-35 Northern Blvd., www.flushingtownhall.org.

Feb. 12, Winter’s Night Paint Workshop, 6 pm. A fun evening of socializing and painting. Free with materials provided. ARROW Field House, 35-30 35th St., Astoria, RSVP to Kashfia.Tasmi@parks.nyc.gov.

Feb. 12, The Last Waltz, 7 pm. Screened as part of the See It Big! Documentary series, The Last Waltz documents The Band’s final performance on Thanksgiving Day, 1976. A pantheon of rock and blues legends joins them, from Joni Mitchell to Muddy Waters, captured by a dream team of cinematographers, including Michael Chapman (Taxi Driver), László Kovács (Easy Rider), and Vilmos Zsigmond (Close Encounters of the Third Kind). $12. Museum of the Moving Image, 36-01 35th Ave., Kaufman Arts District, www.movingimage.us.

Feb. 13, Great Backyard Bird Count, 11 am. Participate in the 19th annual bird-counting event. Results will be added to those submitted from around the world to the Audubon Society. Queens Botanical Garden, 43-50 Main St., Flushing, Free, but registration required at www.qbgbirdcount.eventbrite.com.

Feb. 13, Jerry Rivera and Tito Rojas, 9 pm. A romantic night of Salsa with Jerry Rivera, who broke records with his hit “Amores Como El Nuestro,” and Tito Rojas (aka El Gallo de la Salsa). Resorts World Casino New York City, 110-00 Rockaway Blvd., Jamaica, www.rwnewyork.com.

Feb. 13, Jamesons Revenge, 7:30 pm. This world-famous traditional Irish music band includes fiddling and uileann piping. $22. New York Irish Center, 10-40 Jackson Ave., LIC, www.newyorkirishcenter.org.

Feb. 13, Essence of Queens: Photography by Carlos Esguerra, through May 8. This exhibition grew out of the artist’s response to the 2015 article in Fodor's Travel magazine, “Why Queens Is the NYC Borough You Can No Longer Ignore.” Esguerra creates images of Queens landmarks and enclaves of cultural diversity. Voelker Orth Museum, 149-19 38th Ave., Flushing, www.vomuseum.org.

Feb. 13, Man with a Movie Camera, 2:30; Salesman, 4:30 pm; Gimme Shelter, 7 pm. Screened as part of the See It Big! Documentary series, Man with a Movie Camera shows a day of music in Russia. (The event includes live music.) Salesman is about traveling Bible salesmen. Gimme Shelter depicts the Rolling Stone’s Altamont concert in December 1969, when a man was fatally stabbed. $12. Museum of the Moving Image, 36-01 35th Ave., Kaufman Arts District, www.movingimage.us.

Feb. 13, Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company, 2 pm and 8 pm (Feb. 14 at 3 pm). This dance company came out of an 11-year collaboration between Bill T. Jones and Arnie Zane. During this time, they redefined the duet form and foreshadowed issues of identity, form, and social commentary. $25-$42. Queens Theatre, 14 United Nations Ave. S., Flushing Meadows Corona Park, www.queenstheatre.org.

Feb. 13, LIC Forum: Lions in Winter, 1 pm. Lecture, slideshow, and book signing with photographer Deborah Fairchild, who documented the whimsical lion statutes that guard the entrances of homes all over Astoria and compiled them into a delightful little book. Free. Greater Astoria Historical Society, 35-20 Broadway, LIC, www.astorialic.org.

Feb. 14, Lil Kim, 5 pm. Rapper Lil Kim performs in a show featuring Kid Capri, Bell Biv Devoe, and others. Resorts World Casino New York City, 110-00 Rockaway Blvd., Jamaica, www.rwnewyork.com.

Feb. 14, Con Brio Ensemble, 4:30 pm. This ensemble presents works for violin, cello, piano, and baritone by Schubert, Schumann, and Dvorak. $12. The Church in the Gardens, 50 Ascan Ave., Forest Hills, www.conbrioensemble.com.

Feb. 14, Lunar New Year Dance Sampler, noon. Curated by Dr. Hsing-Lih Chou, this year’s sampler includes dance from China, Korea, Taiwan, and India. Free tickets, first-come, first-served, starting two hours prior to the performance. Flushing Town Hall, 137-35 Northern Blvd., www.flushingtownhall.org.

Feb. 14, Women’s Self Defense Class, 6:30 pm. This training covers the five aspects of self defense: thinking, using the voice, physical self defense, escape, and after care. $20 suggested donation with sliding scale. MKD Karate, 72-26 Roosevelt Ave., Jackson Heights, RSVP to elenaselfdefense@yahoo.com or text to 917-886-8236.

Feb. 14, Fast, Cheap & Out of Control, 2:30 pm; Burden of Dreams, 4:30 pm; Lessons of Darkness, 7 pm. Screened as part of the See It Big! Documentary series, FCOC interweaves portraits of four obsessed individuals: a lion tamer, a topiary artist, a robot engineer, and a photographer with a love for rodents. Burden of Dreams reveals the obsessive inner character of one of cinema’s most rigorous artists. Lessons of Darkness delves into the burning oil fields after the first Iraq War. La Soufrière, a short made on a Caribbean island that has been evacuated because of an impending volcano explosion, also screens. $12. Museum of the Moving Image, 36-01 35th Ave., Kaufman Arts District, www.movingimage.us.

Feb. 14, Music, Chocolates and Cordials, 2 pm. Andrea Wolper, a singer, songwriter, and arranger, performs an eclectic list with a very spirited sense of adventure. $12. Voelker Orth Museum, 149-19 38th Ave., Flushing, www.vomuseum.org.

Feb. 14, Valentine’s Day Jazz at the Castle, noon. Enjoy a lovely brunch while listening to a jazz trio. $25. Bayside Historical Society, more info at 718.352.1548.

Feb. 14, Lucky in Love: Traditional Asian Wedding Dress Exhibition, through Feb. 28. Curated by Dr. Hsing-Lih Chou of New York Institute of Culture and the Arts, this expo features women’s and men’s traditional Asian wedding dresses. $5 suggested donation. Gallery hours are weekends from noon to 5 pm. Flushing Town Hall, 137-35 Northern Blvd., www.flushingtownhall.org.

Feb. 15-19, Design Your World Camp, 9 am to 3 pm. A weeklong camp for children (grades 1 through 4) to explore electricity and create houses powered by LED lights. $375. New York Hall of Science. 47-01 111th St., Corona, www.nysci.org.

Feb. 15, Family Day, 1 pm. A screening of the 1946 Abbott and Costello classic The Time of Their Lives with popcorn and hot chocolate. In this cleverly executed ghost story, Bud and Lou barely even speak to each other. Free. Greater Astoria Historical Society, 35-20 Broadway, LIC, www.astorialic.org.

Feb. 16, NYBQE Bridal and Quince Expo, 5 pm. This second annual expo is for modern brides and quinceañeras. Expect live fashion shows and entertainment, food and drinks, and 75+ exhibitors in all categories of the wedding and special events industry. Citi Field’s Caesars Club, 123-01 Roosevelt Ave., Flushing, www.nybqe.com.

Feb. 16, George Washington Carver Workshop, 1 pm. Called the “Wizard of Tuskegee,” Carver made significant contributions to the field of botany. Following in his footsteps, attendees (ages 5 to 12) use plants to paint and create a healing lotion. Queens Botanical Garden, 43-50 Main St., Flushing, www.queensbotanical.org.

Feb. 16, Jazz Concert at York, 6 pm. Original compositions performed by the Sean Juan Project and the GMT_Express, featuring a surprise guest artist. Free. Milton G. Bassin Performing Arts Center, 94-95 Guy R Brewer Blvd., Jamaica, www.york.cuny.edu.

Feb. 17, Gendercide: Inclusivity in the Study of Gender, Mass Violence, and Genocide, 12:10 pm. Adam Jones, a political science professor at the University of British Columbia, introduces the concept of gendercide, which refers to gender-selective mass killings. Free. Queensborough Community College’s Kupferberg Holocaust Resource Center, 222-05 56th Ave., Bayside, www.qcc.cuny.edu/khrca.

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.

It’s In Queens! (Feb. 11 to Feb. 17)

With Valentine’s Day and Lunar New Year, Queens is hopping with bargains, romantic events, and creativity this week. Listen to music. Check out art. Watch movies. Eat chocolate. Count birds. Here’s the rundown.

Feb. 11, Laff Lab Comedy Club, 7 pm. See local standup performers. Free with RSVP. Flushing Town Hall, 137-35 Northern Blvd., www.flushingtownhall.org.

Feb. 11, Courtyard Cares: Cupid’s Gift, 5:30 pm. This new monthly event series features live music by romantic Italian crooner Marty Hroncich with happy hour and food specials. The event raises money and builds awareness for the American Diabetes Association. Courtyard LaGuardia, 90-10 Ditmars Blvd., East Elmhurst, www.courtyardlagaurdia.com.

Feb. 11, Make Your Mark, 1 pm. Led by artist Georgie Flores, this workshop teaches illustration. Free with materials provided. Roy Wilkins Recreation Center, 177-01 Baisley Blvd., Jamaica, RSVP to cultureartsfun@parks.nyc.gov.

Feb. 12, Bamboo Meets Jazz: Starlight Forest, 8 pm. Celebrate Lunar New Year with the sound of bamboo flute, performed by renowned artist Han Chung Eun and his band Forest. Well known for his genre-crossing performances from jazz to classical music to K-pop, Han celebrates Flushing’s colorful and rich cultural heritage through the fusion of sound and rhythm with Korean, Nordic, Celtic, and American roots. $16. Flushing Town Hall, 137-35 Northern Blvd., www.flushingtownhall.org.

Feb. 12, Winter’s Night Paint Workshop, 6 pm. A fun evening of socializing and painting. Free with materials provided. ARROW Field House, 35-30 35th St., Astoria, RSVP to Kashfia.Tasmi@parks.nyc.gov.

Feb. 12, The Last Waltz, 7 pm. Screened as part of the See It Big! Documentary series, The Last Waltz documents The Band’s final performance on Thanksgiving Day, 1976. A pantheon of rock and blues legends joins them, from Joni Mitchell to Muddy Waters, captured by a dream team of cinematographers, including Michael Chapman (Taxi Driver), László Kovács (Easy Rider), and Vilmos Zsigmond (Close Encounters of the Third Kind). $12. Museum of the Moving Image, 36-01 35th Ave., Kaufman Arts District, www.movingimage.us.

Feb. 13, Great Backyard Bird Count, 11 am. Participate in the 19th annual bird-counting event. Results will be added to those submitted from around the world to the Audubon Society. Queens Botanical Garden, 43-50 Main St., Flushing, Free, but registration required at www.qbgbirdcount.eventbrite.com.

Feb. 13, Jerry Rivera and Tito Rojas, 9 pm. A romantic night of Salsa with Jerry Rivera, who broke records with his hit “Amores Como El Nuestro,” and Tito Rojas (aka El Gallo de la Salsa). Resorts World Casino New York City, 110-00 Rockaway Blvd., Jamaica, www.rwnewyork.com.

Feb. 13, Jamesons Revenge, 7:30 pm. This world-famous traditional Irish music band includes fiddling and uileann piping. $22. New York Irish Center, 10-40 Jackson Ave., LIC, www.newyorkirishcenter.org.

Feb. 13, Essence of Queens: Photography by Carlos Esguerra, through May 8. This exhibition grew out of the artist’s response to the 2015 article in Fodor's Travel magazine, “Why Queens Is the NYC Borough You Can No Longer Ignore.” Esguerra creates images of Queens landmarks and enclaves of cultural diversity. Voelker Orth Museum, 149-19 38th Ave., Flushing, www.vomuseum.org.

Feb. 13, Man with a Movie Camera, 2:30; Salesman, 4:30 pm; Gimme Shelter, 7 pm. Screened as part of the See It Big! Documentary series, Man with a Movie Camera shows a day of music in Russia. (The event includes live music.) Salesman is about traveling Bible salesmen. Gimme Shelter depicts the Rolling Stone’s Altamont concert in December 1969, when a man was fatally stabbed. $12. Museum of the Moving Image, 36-01 35th Ave., Kaufman Arts District, www.movingimage.us.

Feb. 13, Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company, 2 pm and 8 pm (Feb. 14 at 3 pm). This dance company came out of an 11-year collaboration between Bill T. Jones and Arnie Zane. During this time, they redefined the duet form and foreshadowed issues of identity, form, and social commentary. $25-$42. Queens Theatre, 14 United Nations Ave. S., Flushing Meadows Corona Park, www.queenstheatre.org.

Feb. 13, LIC Forum: Lions in Winter, 1 pm. Lecture, slideshow, and book signing with photographer Deborah Fairchild, who documented the whimsical lion statutes that guard the entrances of homes all over Astoria and compiled them into a delightful little book. Free. Greater Astoria Historical Society, 35-20 Broadway, LIC, www.astorialic.org.

Feb. 14, Lil Kim, 5 pm. Rapper Lil Kim performs in a show featuring Kid Capri, Bell Biv Devoe, and others. Resorts World Casino New York City, 110-00 Rockaway Blvd., Jamaica, www.rwnewyork.com.

Feb. 14, Con Brio Ensemble, 4:30 pm. This ensemble presents works for violin, cello, piano, and baritone by Schubert, Schumann, and Dvorak. $12. The Church in the Gardens, 50 Ascan Ave., Forest Hills, www.conbrioensemble.com.

Feb. 14, Lunar New Year Dance Sampler, noon. Curated by Dr. Hsing-Lih Chou, this year’s sampler includes dance from China, Korea, Taiwan, and India. Free tickets, first-come, first-served, starting two hours prior to the performance. Flushing Town Hall, 137-35 Northern Blvd., www.flushingtownhall.org.

Feb. 14, Women’s Self Defense Class, 6:30 pm. This training covers the five aspects of self defense: thinking, using the voice, physical self defense, escape, and after care. $20 suggested donation with sliding scale. MKD Karate, 72-26 Roosevelt Ave., Jackson Heights, RSVP to elenaselfdefense@yahoo.com or text to 917-886-8236.

Feb. 14, Fast, Cheap & Out of Control, 2:30 pm; Burden of Dreams, 4:30 pm; Lessons of Darkness, 7 pm. Screened as part of the See It Big! Documentary series, FCOC interweaves portraits of four obsessed individuals: a lion tamer, a topiary artist, a robot engineer, and a photographer with a love for rodents. Burden of Dreams reveals the obsessive inner character of one of cinema’s most rigorous artists. Lessons of Darkness delves into the burning oil fields after the first Iraq War. La Soufrière, a short made on a Caribbean island that has been evacuated because of an impending volcano explosion, also screens. $12. Museum of the Moving Image, 36-01 35th Ave., Kaufman Arts District, www.movingimage.us.

Feb. 14, Music, Chocolates and Cordials, 2 pm. Andrea Wolper, a singer, songwriter, and arranger, performs an eclectic list with a very spirited sense of adventure. $12. Voelker Orth Museum, 149-19 38th Ave., Flushing, www.vomuseum.org.

Feb. 14, Valentine’s Day Jazz at the Castle, noon. Enjoy a lovely brunch while listening to a jazz trio. $25. Bayside Historical Society, more info at 718.352.1548.

Feb. 14, Lucky in Love: Traditional Asian Wedding Dress Exhibition, through Feb. 28. Curated by Dr. Hsing-Lih Chou of New York Institute of Culture and the Arts, this expo features women’s and men’s traditional Asian wedding dresses. $5 suggested donation. Gallery hours are weekends from noon to 5 pm. Flushing Town Hall, 137-35 Northern Blvd., www.flushingtownhall.org.

Feb. 15-19, Design Your World Camp, 9 am to 3 pm. A weeklong camp for children (grades 1 through 4) to explore electricity and create houses powered by LED lights. $375. New York Hall of Science. 47-01 111th St., Corona, www.nysci.org.

Feb. 15, Family Day, 1 pm. A screening of the 1946 Abbott and Costello classic The Time of Their Lives with popcorn and hot chocolate. In this cleverly executed ghost story, Bud and Lou barely even speak to each other. Free. Greater Astoria Historical Society, 35-20 Broadway, LIC, www.astorialic.org.

Feb. 16, NYBQE Bridal and Quince Expo, 5 pm. This second annual expo is for modern brides and quinceañeras. Expect live fashion shows and entertainment, food and drinks, and 75+ exhibitors in all categories of the wedding and special events industry. Citi Field’s Caesars Club, 123-01 Roosevelt Ave., Flushing, www.nybqe.com.

Feb. 16, George Washington Carver Workshop, 1 pm. Called the “Wizard of Tuskegee,” Carver made significant contributions to the field of botany. Following in his footsteps, attendees (ages 5 to 12) use plants to paint and create a healing lotion. Queens Botanical Garden, 43-50 Main St., Flushing, www.queensbotanical.org.

Feb. 16, Jazz Concert at York, 6 pm. Original compositions performed by the Sean Juan Project and the GMT_Express, featuring a surprise guest artist. Free. Milton G. Bassin Performing Arts Center, 94-95 Guy R Brewer Blvd., Jamaica, www.york.cuny.edu.

Feb. 17, Gendercide: Inclusivity in the Study of Gender, Mass Violence, and Genocide, 12:10 pm. Adam Jones, a political science professor at the University of British Columbia, introduces the concept of gendercide, which refers to gender-selective mass killings. Free. Queensborough Community College’s Kupferberg Holocaust Resource Center, 222-05 56th Ave., Bayside, www.qcc.cuny.edu/khrca.

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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