2016-02-24 / Front Page

It's In Queens! (February 25 to March 2)

It’s Leap Year, and the joint is jumping. This high-flying week includes ballet, boxing, Mardi Gras-related fun, a meat festival, and a large portion of music and film. Here’s the rundown.

Feb. 25, Mask Making, 12:30 pm. Create a Mardi Gras mask. Free. Detective Keith Williams Field House, 106-16 173rd St., Jamaica, www.nycgovparks.org.

Feb. 26, Annie Chen Septet, 8 pm. Chen is a Chinese jazz vocalist and composer. Her septet incorporates different types of music into a modern jazz setting, with influences from gospel, classical, middle-eastern, and even alternative rock. $16. Flushing Town Hall, 137-35 Northern Blvd., www.flushingtownhall.org.

Feb. 26, Brown Rice Family, 7:30 pm. This high-energy, eight-member band combines reggae, hip-hop, Brazilian, Afrobeat, jazz, rock, Latin, and funk. Free. LaGuardia Performing Arts Center, 31-10 Thomson Ave., LIC, www.lpac.nyc.

Feb. 26, Queens History Book Signing, 7:30 pm. A presentation and signing by Michael Perlman, whose book, Legendary Locals of Forest Hills and Rego Park, has a foreword by Jerry Springer. Free. Leonard Center, 86-13 112th St., Richmond Hill, www.facebook.com/events/124918757894710.

Feb. 26, Mala Mala, 7 pm. Screened as part of the Cinema Tropical Festival, Mala Mala explores drag queens and others who defy typical gender identities in Puerto Rico. $12. Museum of the Moving Image, 36-01 35th Ave., Kaufman Arts District, www.movingimage.us.

Feb. 27, Charcuterie Masters, 6 pm. North America’s best makers of sausages, pâtés, hams, and salami compete for top honors at this first-of-its-kind event. Attendees can taste more than 60 kinds of charcuterie. $100. Flushing Town Hall, 137-35 Northern Blvd., www.flushingtownhall.org.

Feb. 27, Lend Me a Tenor, 8 pm (and Feb. 28 at 2:30 pm). Set in 1936, the Cleveland Grand Opera Company contracts a world-famous Italian tenor. Circumstances get out of hand with hilarious results from calamity, mistaken identity, and passion run amok. $18. Maggie’s Little Theater, 66-05 79th Pl., Middle Village, www.maggieslittletheater.org.

Feb. 27, 1900 House Part II, 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. 27, The Sounds of Charles Duke, 3 pm. Duke is a singer, songwriter, composer, and classically trained pianist. His work fuses jazz, soul, pop, and classical music with lyrical imagery. Free. Queens Library Central, 89-11 Merrick Blvd., Jamaica, www.queenslibrary.org.

Feb. 27, Wildcard Weekend: Neck Warmers, 1:30 pm. Learn how to sew a colorful fleece neck warmer that is cozy and warm. $7 plus admission. New York Hall of Science Maker Space, 47-01 111th St., Corona, www.nysci.org.

Feb. 27, Volunteer Open House, noon. Meet employees and seasoned volunteers and tour the venue. Free. Queens Botanical Garden, 43-50 Main St., Flushing, www.queensbotanical.org.

Feb. 27, Invasión, 12:30 pm; Ixcanul, 3 pm; El Incendio, 5 pm; Videofilia (y otros síndromes virales), 7 pm. Screened as part of the Cinema Tropical Festival, Invasión uses reenactments and interviews with Panamanians around the 1989 U.S. invasion to overthrow General Manuel Noriega. Ixcanul follows a young Mayan girl who lives in a coffee plantation in Guatemala. A snake bite forces her into the modern world, where her life is saved, but at a steep price. El Incendio is about a couple who withdraws $100,000 from their bank before buying a house. The seller can’t make it to the signing, and they head back to their old place. The next 24 hours unveil the true nature of their love. Videofilia depicts a teenage misfit in Lima who meets a weird slacker who is obsessed with conspiracy theories, Mayan prophecies, and underground porn. $12. Museum of the Moving Image, 36-01 35th Ave., Kaufman Arts District, www.movingimage.us.

Feb. 28, The Beauty of Ballet, 1 pm (and 3 pm). This presentation demonstrates how students develop into accomplished classical ballet dancers. School of American Ballet faculty member Katrina Killian and advanced students are featured. Free. Queens Theatre, 14 United Nations Ave. S., Flushing Meadows Corona Park, www.queenstheatre.org.

Feb. 28, Conversation with Zhang Hongtu and Robert Lee, 2 pm. A walkthrough and conversation with displaying artist Hongtu and an invited guest, Asian American Arts Centre Executive Director Robert Lee, followed by a Q&A with Luchia Meihua Lee from Taiwanese American Arts Council. Queens Museum, NYC Building, Flushing Meadows Corona Park, www.queensmuseum.org.

Feb. 28, 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. 28, Material/Gender/Labor, 1 pm. A panel discussion on the gender associations enmeshed within materials and craft practices, moderated by Sharon Stratton, chief curator of the Museum of Arts and Design. Event includes presentations by Crystal Gregory (sculpture), Michael Milano (artist and writer), and John Paul Morabito (an interdisciplinary artist working through the intersection of contemporary art and hand weaving). Free. Dorsky Gallery, 11-03 45th Ave., LIC, www.dorsky.org.

Feb. 28, Monkey Mask Craft & Dance Workshop, 1:30 pm. Children discover the beauty of Korean culture while crafting and dancing. After a brief introduction to Tal Chum (Korean traditional mask dance), children make their own Monkey Tal to celebrate the Year of the Monkey and learn Tal Chum moves. $10. Flushing Town Hall, 137-35 Northern Blvd., www.flushingtownhall.org.

Feb. 28, Jauja, 4:30 pm. Screened as part of the Cinema Tropical Festival, Jauja begins in Patagonia during the late 1800s. Captain Gunnar Dinesen arrives from abroad with his 15-year-old daughter to take a job with the Argentine army. When Ingeborg falls in love with a young soldier and runs away with him, Dinesen ventures into enemy territory, against his men’s wishes, to find the couple. $12. Museum of the Moving Image, 36-01 35th Ave., Kaufman Arts District, www.movingimage.us.

Feb. 28, Dhanak (Rainbow), 2 pm. Screened as part of the India’s New Wave series, Dhanak tells the story of two orphans, 10-year-old Pari and her eight-year-old blind brother Chotu. Inspired by a message she sees on a poster, Pari promises him he’ll get his vision before his next birthday. Pari then leads Chotu on a journey across the desert. Along the way, they encounter many colorful characters, leading to an exciting finale. $12. Museum of the Moving Image, 36-01 35th Ave., Kaufman Arts District, www.movingimage.us.

March 1, Daily News Golden Gloves, 7:30 pm. This annual boxing competition is open to non-professional boxers age 16 and over. $25. Jamaica Center for Performing Arts, 153-10 Jamaica Ave., www.facebook.com/NYDNGG/?fref=photo.

March 1, Opening Salvador Espinoza. With his We Will Be Here exhibit, photographer Espinoza documents rapidly changing Dutch Kills. Portraits portray surviving and former residents among a haunting landscape of scaffolding and high rise dig sites. Gallery hours: Monday and Wednesday, 2 pm to 5 pm, Saturday, noon to 4 pm. Free. Greater Astoria Historical Society, 35-20 Broadway, LIC, www.astorialic.org.

March 1, Forgotten NY Tours, times vary. Take tours of Steinway Village, Prospect Cemetery/King Manor, Richmond Hill, Woodhaven/Neir’s Tavern, Fort Totten/Bayside Historical, and Ravenswood. More information at www.astorialic.org and (718) 278-0700.

March 1, Juliana F. May: Adult Documentary, through March 12 (Tuesdays through Saturdays, 8 pm). In this art piece, five performers share their real and imagined histories. The distortion of text and body is about looking at the form of trauma or the trauma of form. $18. The Chocolate Factory, 5-49 49th Ave., LIC, www.chocolatefactorytheater.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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