2016-03-09 / Front Page

It's In Queens! (March 10 to March 16)

The Mama’s Expo competes with Irish comedy, Chinese dance, South Asian cuisine, and Baadasssss films this week. Other upcoming treats are beer, boxing, Busta Rhymes, and a balmy plunge (possibly) off the Rockaways. Here’s the rundown.

March 10, Sinatra Style, 7 pm. Jesse Posa and Queens Symphony Orchestra musicians perform. Free. St. Helen’s Father Dooley Hall, 83-09 157th Ave., Howard Beach, www.queenssymphony.org.

March 10, Sushi Rolling Class, 6:30 pm. Chef Andy from Mizumi Restaurant leads a sushi rolling class with California Roll, Tekka Maki, and Masago Gunkan. $20. Alley Pond Environmental Center, 228-06 Northern Blvd., Douglaston, www.alleypond.com.

March 11, Celebrating Queens Women Artists, 6:30 pm. Twelve performers share their work (art, poetry, music, etc.) and collaborate on the spot. The audience is invited to share thoughts. Free. Queens Council on the Arts, 37-11 35th Ave., Kaufman Arts District, www.joanbechtwillette.com.

March 11, The New World, 7 pm. Screened as part of a retrospective on production designer Jack Fisk, The New World reworks the story of John Smith and Pocahontas. Fisk recreates the Jamestown settlement as a lumber-and-mud outpost that can be seen as a gateway to paradise and cesspool of hell. $12. Museum of the Moving Image, 36-01 35th Ave., Kaufman Arts District, www.movingimage.us.

March 11, 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.

March 12, Busta Rhymes and Jadakiss, 9 pm. Two star rappers share the stage. $25. Resorts World Casino New York City, 110-00 Rockaway Blvd., South Jamaica, www.rwnewyork.com.

March 12-13, Mamas Expo 2016, 10 am to 3 pm. Now in its sixth year, this two-day parenting extravaganza connects parents to local resources, information and samples, and allows kids to explore fun and participate in hands-on activities. More than 3,000 attendees visited the Mamas Expo in 2015. $15. New York Hall of Science, 47-01 111th St., Corona, www.themamasexpo.com.

March 12, Lend Me a Tenor, 8 pm (and March 13 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 due to calamity, mistaken identity, and passion run amok. $18/$15 for seniors. Maggie’s Little Theater, 66-05 79th Pl., Middle Village, www.maggieslittletheater.org.

March 12, ReelAbilities, 3 pm (and March 13 at 2:30 pm). This festival features films written, directed and/or about people living with disabilities. The Voice of the Voiceless shows on March 12, followed by a discussion with director Maximum Monihan. A Blind Hero: The Love of Otto Weidt screens on March 13 at 2:30 pm, followed by a discussion with director Kai Christensen. Kingsland Homestead, Weeping Beech Park, 143-35 37th Ave., Flushing, www.queenshistoricalsociety.org.

March 12, Astoria Symphony Orchestra: Legacies, 8 pm. Ten conductors lead an overture to Julius Caesar, Slavonic dances, Hungarian dances, and Fingal’s Cave. $25. Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church, 23-25 Newtown Ave., Astoria, www.astoriamusic.org.

March 12, Rockaways Polar Plunge, 10 am. Take a dip, make a mad dash, or endure a slow crawl into the icy Atlantic Ocean. This friendly competition raises funds for the Special Olympics. Every participant who raises $125 receives an official Plunge sweatshirt. Jacob Riis Park, Rockaway, www.polarplungeny.org.

March 12, Children’s Garden Open House, 1 pm. An annual event with planting activities and garden crafts. Free. Queens Botanical Garden, 43-50 Main St., Flushing, www.queensbotanical.org.

March 12, Commercial Brewing in 18th and 19th Century New York, 4 pm. Author and researcher Terry Foster explains the process of brewing beer in England during the 18th and 19th centuries. Expect several myths about English beers to be debunked. Free. King Manor Museum, 150-03 Jamaica Ave., Jamaica, www.kingmanor.org.

March 12, To the Wonder, 2 pm; Carrie, 4:30 pm, Mulholland Drive, 7 pm. Screened as part of a retrospective on production designer Jack Fisk, To the Wonder follows a runaway romance in Paris. Afterward, an American man and an Eastern European mother and her daughter return to his native Oklahoma so they can start a new life together. Carrie is adapted from a Stephen King novel about a mercilessly teased high schooler who exacts revenge on her peers at the prom. Mulholland Drive depicts a Pollyanna who arrives in Los Angeles hoping to become an actress. She ends up in a hypersexual tale of revenge, lust, and shifting identities. $12. Museum of the Moving Image, 36-01 35th Ave., Kaufman Arts District, www.movingimage.us.

March 13, Nick Cannon Presents Wild ‘N Out Live, 7 pm. This competition brings visceral, hip hop-edged comedy where the next funny people want to prove that they can hold their own with the all-stars. $30-$45. Colden Auditorium, Queens College, 65-30 Kissena Blvd., Flushing, www.kupferbergcenter.org.

March 13, The Irish Comedy Tour, 8 pm. Billed as a beer-swilling night of politically incorrect fun, this five-man show combines stereotype-shredding stand-up with Celtic tunes for an evening of humor. $40. Queensborough Performing Arts Center, 222-05 56th Ave., Bayside, www.visitqpac.org.

March 13, The Classical Clown: A Comedy Concerto, 3 pm. A classical concert goes horribly wrong when an annoying mime battles a conductor for control of the Queens Symphony Orchestra. By the time it’s over, the mime conducts and the conductor and the whole orchestra mime. Free. LeFrak Concert Hall at Queens College, 153-49 Reeves Ave., Flushing, www.kupferbergcenter.org.

March 13, Nai-Ni Chen Dance Company, 2 pm. Internationally renowned choreographer Nai-Ni Chen presents her latest collaborative program, featuring renowned composer Huang Ruo and the all Julliard-graduate New Asia Chamber Music Society. $16. Flushing Town Hall, 137-35 Northern Blvd., www.flushingtownhall.org.

March 13, ReelAbilities Film Festival, 2 pm (and March 14 at noon). Watch movies by and about people with disabilities and their families. Some directors participate in Q&A sessions. Free will donation. Central Queens Y, 67-09 108th St., Forest Hills, www.cqy.org.

March 13, Noshwalks: South Asian Jackson Heights, 12:30 pm. This tour includes tastes of South Asia and the Himalayas, plus an Afghan appetizer and some food truck specialties. $57. Meet at Dera Restaurant, 72-09 Broadway, Jackson Heights, www.noshwalks.com.

March 13, Destruction: Objects & Materials, 3 pm. A panel discussion presented in conjunction with the current exhibition, Devotion/Destruction: Craft Inheritance. The curator, Rebecca Pristoop, moderates. Free. Dorsky Gallery, 11-03 45th Ave., LIC, www.dorsky.org.

March 13, Start Your Summer Veggies, 1 pm. An introductory workshop. Participants can take home a starter garden. $10 (materials fee). Queens Botanical Garden, 43-50 Main St., Flushing, www.queensbotanical.org.

March 13, Queensboro Symphony Orchestra, 7 pm. Led by acclaimed maestro Dong-hyun Kim, the orchestra performs music from the Late Romantic period. Free will offering. Mary’s Nativity Church, 46-02 Parsons Blvd., Flushing, qbsymphony@gmail.com.

March 13, Badlands, 3 pm; Days of Heaven, 5 pm; There Will Be Blood, 7 pm. Screened as part of a retrospective on production designer Jack Fisk, Badlands is an interpretation of a real-life 1950s cross-country killing spree by two young lovers. Days of Heaven portrays a tragic love triangle between a migrant worker, his girlfriend, and an aristocratic landowner. There Will Be Blood follows the fortunes and travails of a prospector who strikes oil in turn-of-the-century California. $12. Museum of the Moving Image, 36-01 35th Ave., Kaufman Arts District, www.movingimage.us.

March 13, 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.

March 14, Living Memory: The Culture and Heritage of Chinese New Yorkers, 6 pm. This program features an interview with Zhang Hongtu, a contemporary artist based in Queens, followed by a panel discussion with City Council Member Peter Koo and other prominent Asians. Free. Queens Flushing Library, 41-17 Main St., www.livingmemory.eventbrite.com.

March 16, Lyceum on Broadway: In Cold Blood, 7 pm. Take a guided tour of the New York Public Library’s Truman Capote papers. This year marks the 50th anniversary of the publication of Capote’s In Cold Blood, a pioneering work of true crime writing. Free. Greater Astoria Historical Society, Quinn Building, 35-20 Broadway, LIC, www.astorialic.org.

March 16, Sweet Sweetback’s Baadasssss Song, 7 pm. Director Melvin Van Peebles is in person for the screening of this bombshell movie on 1970s America. He stars as the eponymous sex show performer who strikes back against white oppression and embarks on a wild, surreal flight through South Central Los Angeles. $15. Museum of the Moving Image, 36-01 35th Ave., Kaufman Arts District, www.movingimage.us.

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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