2016-02-17 / Front Page

It’s In Queens! (Feb. 18 to Feb. 24)

The borough is a veritable Ground Zero for Year of the Monkey celebrations this week. But beyond the Lunar New Year calligraphy, dance, martial arts, and great food, there are some other tremendous entertainment options, including electroluminescence, film, Golden Gloves boxing, science, and theater. Here’s the rundown.

Feb. 18-21, Fences, times vary. This drama won the 1987 Pulitzer Prize for Drama and Tony Award for Best Play. Set in the 1950s, the work explores the evolving African-American experience, among other themes. $15. Jamaica Performing Arts Center, 153-10 Jamaica Ave., www.jcal.org.

Feb. 18, NYC Compost Project: I Heart Worms, 1 pm. A hands-on workshop that introduces children (ages 5 and up) to indoor composting. $5, required registration. Queens Botanical Garden, 43-50 Main St., Flushing, www.queensbotanical.org.

Feb. 19, One Million Dubliners, 7:30 pm. This 2014 documentary is about the living and the dead of Glasnevin Cemetery whose star, historian and tour guide Shane Mac Thomáis, died before its release. $11/$8 for the unemployed. New York Irish Center, 10-40 Jackson Ave., LIC, www.newyorkirishcenter.org.

Feb. 19, Ghosts of Amistad, In the Footsteps of the Rebels, 6:30 pm. A screening of a documentary on the Amistad slave ship rebellion, based on Marcus Rediker’s book. The film depicts the author’s 2013 journey to Sierra Leone to recover historical accounts from the villages of those Africans who were forced onboard the Amistad vessel and his encounter with the ruins of the slave trading factory, Lomboko. Free, but demand is overwhelming. Reserve a seat via emailprograms@kingmanor.org or (718) 206-0545 x 13. Jamaica Center for Arts and Learning’s Black Box Theatre, 161-04 Jamaica Ave.

Feb. 19-27, Astoria Stories, times vary. The Astoria Performing Arts Center presents this festival of short plays and musicals paying homage to its home neighborhood. Each iconic location -- Astoria Park, the Bohemian Beer Garden, Socrates Sculpture Park -- tells a story. $10. The Feb. 22 performance is at Museum of the Moving Image, but the others are at Good Shepherd United Methodist Church, 30-44 Crescent St., Astoria, www.apacny.org.

Feb. 19, Introducing Enescu, 8 pm. The New York Classical Players presents a program with Schubert’s Quartettsatz which requires razor-sharp precision, superlative ensemble, and a heightened sense of drama. Free, but RSVP online. Flushing Town Hall, 137-35 Northern Blvd., www.flushingtownhall.org.

Feb. 19-20, Take Root Performance Art, 8 pm. First, the five-member LatticeWorks Dance Collective blends mythology into the contemporary, exploring themes of antiquity, jealously, and the intricacy and trust of female relationships. Second, Katharine Pettit tells the story of three sisters and their struggle with addiction. $15. Green Space, 37-24 24th St., LIC, www.greenspacestudio.org.

Feb. 19, Daily News Golden Gloves, 7:30 pm. This annual boxing competition is open to non-professional boxers age 16 and over. $25. Holy Cross High School, 26-20 Francis Lewis Blvd., Auburndale, www.holycrosshs.org.

Feb. 19, The Eco-Expo Science Fair, 6 pm. Participate in a nature-themed science fair with a chance to win cash awards and fabulous prizes. $10. Alley Pond Environmental Center, 228-06 Northern Blvd., Douglaston. More details via vhall@alleypond.com or (718) 229-4000, ext. 205.

Feb. 19, Pina, 7 pm. Screened as part of the See It Big! Documentary series, Pina is a 3-D portrait of German choreographer Pina Bausch. Watch her sensuous moves, realized by a troupe of stunningly talented performers. $12. Museum of the Moving Image, 36-01 35th Ave., Kaufman Arts District, www.movingimage.us.

Feb. 20, Year of the Monkey Extravaganza, noon to 5 pm. A festive Lunar New Year celebration including music, dance, demonstrations, tea-tasting, and special offers from select stores and restaurants. Plus, 200 attendees receive free Lucky Red Envelopes with prizes and surprises inside. Queens Center Food Court, 90-15 Queens Blvd., Elmhurst, www.shopqueenscenter.com.

Feb. 20, Chinese New Year Temple Bazaar, 11 am and 2 pm. Performances, martial arts, crafts and food to celebrate the Year of the Monkey in a temple bazaar. Due to last year’s sold-out crowd, this year’s bazaar is offered in two sessions. $5/$3 for children. Flushing Town Hall, 137-35 Northern Blvd., www.flushingtownhall.org.

Feb. 20, 1900 House, 1 pm. A screening and conversation about a British movie. In 1999, a family volunteered to spend three months in a restored Victorian house in an effort to recreate middle class life in 1900. The family wore period clothes and didn’t use any conveniences that were not available then. Free. Greater Astoria Historical Society, 35-20 Broadway, LIC, www.astorialic.org.

Feb. 20, Center of Attention, 4 pm. During this monthly program, attendees view and learn about a piece from the collection through an hour-long conversation. This day’s focus is on Figure. $10. Noguchi Museum, 9-01 33rd Rd., LIC, www.noguchi.org.

Feb. 20, Lunar New Year Celebration, 1 pm. Holiday-themed stories and crafts with a tea-blending workshop. Free while supplies last. Queens Botanical Garden, 43-50 Main St., Flushing, www.queensbotanical.org.

Feb. 20, Rhythm Revue Winter Party, 9 pm to 2 am. Dance the night away. $25-$75. Resorts World Casino New York City, 110-00 Rockaway Blvd., Jamaica, www.rwnewyork.com.

Feb. 20, Graft, 7 pm. A local rock band performs time-honored classics. Expect everything from Elvis to Frank Zappa to the Grateful Dead. $10 suggested donation. Sunnyside Reformed Church, 48th Street and Skillman Avenue, Sunnyside, www.sunnysidenyc.rcachurches.org.

Feb. 20, Manufactured Landscapes, 2 pm; Forest of Bliss, 4:30 pm; Leviathan, 7 pm. Screened as part of the See It Big! Documentary series, Manufactured Landscapes depicts the effects of China’s industrial revolution. Forest of Bliss shows Varanasi, India, where the banks of the Ganges River host a steady influx of ceremonial cremations. Leviathan is set aboard a hulking fishing vessel that navigates the treacherous waves off the New England coast. $12. Museum of the Moving Image, 36-01 35th Ave., Kaufman Arts District, www.movingiumage.us.

Feb. 21, Calligraphy on Silk Fan, 1:30 pm. Welcome the Year of the Monkey with a calligraphy workshop led by Asian arts specialist Hsing-Lih Chou. $10/$8 for children (materials included). Flushing Town Hall, 137-35 Northern Blvd., www.flushingtownhall.org.

Feb. 21, Fertile Ground, 7 pm. This monthly new works showcase for emerging and established artists is now in its tenth season. It features five or six choreographers, followed by a post-performance discussion with wine and cheese. $12. Green Space, 37-24 24th St., LIC, www.greenspacestudio.org.

Feb. 21, Stations of the Elevated and Antonio Gaudi, 4 pm; Vivan Las Antipodas!, 7 pm. Screened as part of the See It Big! Documentary series, Antonio Gaudi is on architecture inspired by the man who designed many buildings in Barcelona. Stations of the Elevated is a poetic study of the visual language of subway graffiti, backed by a pulsating Charles Mingus score. Vivan Las Antipodas! is surrealistic nonfiction that shows life on earth to be simultaneously interconnected and alien, austere and exuberant. $12. Museum of the Moving Image, 36-01 35th Ave., Kaufman Arts District, www.movingiumage.us.

Feb. 21, Moon Mouse: A Space Odyssey, 1 pm and 3 pm. Marvin is an electroluminescent mouse that wants to be popular. Constantly bullied and picked on by the “cool” electroluminescent rats, he is labeled a loser and a geek. To get away from the continuous badgering, he retreats into his science books and a world of fantasy. Join Marvin on a trip to the moon on his homemade rocket. $14. Queens Theatre, 14 United Nations Ave. S., Flushing Meadows Corona Park, www.queenstheatre.org.

Feb. 21, Il Carnevale Concierto, 4 pm. Well-respected singer Elio Scaccio takes the audience on a romantic music trip from Broadway to Hollywood and to Italy. Multi-talented Jessica Carvo also performs. Reception at 3 pm. $35. St. John’s University, D’Angelo Center, 80-00 Union Tpke., Jamaica. More into at (718) 990-5892.

Feb. 22-23, Emerging Choreographer Series, 7 pm. This participatory mentoring program provides new or aspiring choreographers with tools to create, develop, and premiere work. LaGuardia Performing Arts Center, 31-10 Thomson Ave., LIC, www.mnelements.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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