2016-03-16 / Front Page

It's In Queens! (March 17 to March 23)

Queens gets ready for a week of music and dance, and with St. Patrick’s Day in the mix, this includes a performance by a former member of The Irish Tenors. Other notable options include Qawwali music, punk rock, and Japanese drumming, as well as ballet and performance art in the round. (Consider the hot compost workshop, too!) Here’s the rundown.

March 17, Saving Jamaica Bay, 8 pm. This documentary is part of the Queens World Film Festival. Jamaica Bay is the largest open space in NYC. Saving Jamaica Bay tells the stories of this unique natural resource and the unlikely urban environmentalists struggling to save it and their way of life. Director David Sigal and producer Daniel Hendrick in person. $15. Museum of the Moving Image, 36-01 35th Ave., Kaufman Arts District, www.movingimage.us.

March 17-19, Valerie Green/Dance Entropy: In Impermanent Landscape, 8 pm (and March 20 at 5 pm). In celebration of Green Space’s 10-year anniversary, Valerie Green/Dance Entropy presents an evening length performance in the round inspired by the ideas of cubism, perspective, perception, and impermanence. $20/$25 at the door. Green Space, 37-24 24th St., LIC, www.greenspacestudio.org.

March 18, Karl Scully in Concert, 7:30 pm. A former member of The Irish Tenors, Scully has performed in Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, and hundreds of other venues internationally. He sings The Journey, An Irish Tale. $28/$30 at the door. New York Irish Center, 10-40 Jackson Ave., LIC, www.newyorkirishcenter.org.

March 18, The Heavens Declare, 8 pm. The Random Access Music Players String Quartet touches on themes of heavenly bodies, nature, consciousness, and existence while offering an expert display of contemporary sounds ranging from the lyrical and romantic to the complex and visceral. $15. Broom Tree Theatre, 23-35 Broadway; Astoria, www.ram-nyc.org.

March 19, Musical Elements of Qawwali, 11 am. Join the artistic director of Riyaaz Qawwali in this fun and informative workshop to discover how clapping, call-and-answer, lyrics, and rhythms shape Qawwali, a 700-year-old tradition of ecstatic music. Free. Flushing Town Hall, 137-35 Northern Blvd., www.flushingtownhall.org.

March 19, Smithereens, 7 pm. Part of the Queens World Film Festival, this dissection of fame and failure in the early 1980s Lower East Side punk underground is a time capsule of the era’s music, fashion, and attitude. An ambitious Jersey girl elbows her way into the downtown scene. Director Susan Seidelman in person. $15. Museum of the Moving Image, 36-01 35th Ave., Kaufman Arts District, www.movingimage.us

March 19, Noshwalks: Astoria, 1 pm. Tour and discuss the neighborhood and sample Brazilian, Venezuelan, Balkan, North African, and Chilean specialties. $57. Meet in front of Rio Market, 32-15 36th Ave., Astoria, www.noshwalks.com.

March 19, Jimmy’s Hall, 7:30 pm. This movie takes place in 1921, when Jimmy Gralton’s sin was to build a dance hall on a rural crossroads in Ireland on the brink of Civil War. As Pearse-Connolly Hall grew in popularity, its free-spirited reputation brought it to the attention of the church and politicians. The screening includes an animated short to commemorate the 1916 Easter Rising. $11 suggested donation/$8 for seniors, students, and the unemployed. New York Irish Center, 10-40 Jackson Ave., LIC, www.newyorkirishcenter.org.

March 19, TALKaCTIVE: Performance & Feminisms, 2 pm. The first monthly program dedicated to the discussion and exploration of performance art honors Women’s History Month with Performance & Feminisms. The conversation series fosters dialogue and exchange among practitioners. Free. Queens Museum, NYC Building, Flushing Meadows Corona Park, www.queensmuseum.org.

March 19, Neighborhood Concert: Soh Daiko, 3 pm. The beat of taiko drumming has resounded throughout Japanese culture for centuries, but New York-based drumming collective Soh Daiko takes that sound into the 21st century. LaGuardia Performing Arts Center, 31-10 Thomson Avenue, Room E-241, LIC, www.lpac.nyc.

March 19, Hot Compost, 10 am. Learn to make and manage a “thermophilic” batch of compost, a pile that heats up to kill weed, seeds, and pathogens. $5. Queens Botanical Garden, 43-50 Main St., Flushing, register at www.hotcompost.eventbrite.com.

March 19, Center of Attention, 4 pm. Visitors are invited to engage with the collection through these hour-long conversations around single works of art. This month’s Center of Attention focuses on Black and Blue, 1958-59. Noguchi Museum, 9-01 33rd Rd., LIC, www.noguchi.org.

March 20, Moscow Festival Ballet: Giselle, 3 pm. A village girl dies of a broken heart after being deceived by the love of her life. Transformed into a spirit, she battles to save her lover in the woods, haunted by the ghosts of jilted women. $42-$39. Queensborough Performing Arts Center, 222-05 56th Ave., Bayside, www.visitqpac.org.

March 20, Queens College Chamber Orchestra, 1 pm. The orchestra is an ensemble of 26 to 35 players which focuses on in-depth study of classical and contemporary repertoire. It also ventures into romantic repertoire such as Brahms 4th Symphony. $5/free for students. Flushing Town Hall, 137-35 Northern Blvd., www.flushingtownhall.org.

March 20, Phantom of the Paradise, 7 pm. Screened as part of a retrospective on production designer Jack Fisk, this musical merges The Phantom of the Opera and Faust in a glam rock world where a songwriter seeks revenge on a malicious music mogul. $12. Museum of the Moving Image, 36-01 35th Ave., Kaufman Arts District, www.movingimage.us.

March 20, Book Signing, 2 pm. Celebrate the launch of The Hidden Waters of New York City with author Sergey Kadinsky. This guide to the forgotten waterways hidden throughout the five boroughs goes beneath the asphalt streets of Manhattan where creeks and streams once flowed freely. Free. Greater Astoria Historical Society, 35-20 Broadway, Fourth Floor, LIC, www.astorialic.org.

March 20, Long Island City Tour, 2:30 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, www.bqetours.com.

March 21, Muslims and Jews, 1:30 pm. Ethan Katz discusses his new book, The Burdens of Brotherhood, about Muslim/Jewish relations in France and North Africa. The assistant history professor at the University of Cincinnati tackles controversial subjects like Muslim collaboration and resistance during World War II and the Holocaust, Jewish participation in French colonialism, the international impact of the Israeli–Arab conflict, and contemporary Muslim anti-Semitism in France. $8 suggested donation. Central Queens Y, 67-09 108th St., Forest Hills, www.cqy.org.

March 22, Film and the Holocaust, 7:30 pm. Annette Insdorf, an internationally renowned educator and author, offers this lecture. Free. Queensborough Community College, 222-05 56th Ave., Bayside, www.qcc.cuny.edu/khrca.

March 23, Daily News Golden Gloves, 7:30 pm. This annual boxing competition is open to non-professional boxers age 16 and over. $25. East River Kiwanis Club, 44-01 Broadway, Astoria, more info at eastriverkiwanis@gmail.com.

March 23, And The Beat Goes On: The Buddy Holly Story, 2 pm. Part of a nine-week series highlighting the evolution of musical performers, this movie explores the bespectacled rock n’ roll singer’s meteoric rise to stardom. Free. Queens Museum, NYC Building, Flushing Meadows Corona Park, www.queensmuseum.org.

March 23, Spanish Women and Fascism Under the Francoist Dictatorship, 12:10 am. Soledad Luque Delgado, Aránzazu Borracheroz, and Aurora G. Morcillo present their research on women’s experiences during the 36-year Francoist dictatorship in Spain. Delgado speaks from her experience as president of Todos los niños robados son también mis niños (All The Stolen Children Are Also My Children) about the disappearance of an estimated 300,000 babies under the dictatorship. Borracheroz shares findings from her web-based oral history project on Spanish women who became adults and mothers during the dictatorship. Morcillo argues that women were powerful agents of change in the modernization of Spain. Queensborough Community College, 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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