2016-03-23 / Front Page

It’s In Queens! (March 24 to March 30)

Julius Caesar is coming to town for a two-week spell, but Brutus is waiting for him. Maybe the two historic figures can bury the hatchet and enjoy candle-making, Cuban music, top-notch cinema, and a Hindu spring festival with dancing, music, and food at two locations. If not, there’s boxing, too. Here’s the rundown.

March 25-April 10, Julius Caesar, times vary. Titan Theatre Company closes its season with a signature take on this timeless Shakespearean political drama. After waging war, Julius Caesar returns to Rome as a dictator. Brutus and his fellow senators resolve that his ambition must be curbed Roman style: the general must be assassinated. (March 25, March 26, March 31, April 1, April 2, April 6, April 7, and April 8 at 7:30 pm; March 27, April 3, and April 10 at 4 pm.) $18. Queens Theatre, 14 United Nations Ave. S., Flushing Meadows Corona Park, www.queenstheatre.org.

March 25, Aurora & Zon del Barrio, 8 pm. In tribute to Cuban trumpeter Alfredo “Chocolate” Armenteros, this hip-shaking, funk-based journey presents 100 years of Latin salsa, plena, and boogaloo music from the African Diaspora to the streets of New York City. The high-energy extravaganza celebrates Nuyorican tradition and culture led by bandleader, composer, and historian Aurora Flores with the 15-piece orchestra Zon Del Barrio and dancers. Pre-show hang out in members lounge at 7 pm. $16/$10 for students. Flushing Town Hall, 137-35 Northern Blvd., www.flushingtownhall.org.

March 25, Daily News Golden Gloves, 7:30 pm. This annual boxing competition is open to non-professional boxers ages 16 and over. $25. Electchester Union Hall, 158-11 Jewel Ave., Flushing.

March 25, The Thin Red Line, 7 pm. Screened as part of a retrospective on production designer Jack Fisk, this movie catches the horrific and chaotic Battle of Guadalcanal during World War II, meditating on the meaninglessness of war, the beauty of nature, and the mystery of human behavior. Museum of the Moving Image, 36-01 35th Ave., Kaufman Arts District, www.movingimage.us.

March 26, Phagwah Parade, 10 am. This annual Hindu event starts at 133rd Street in Richmond Hill and heads down Liberty Avenue and 125th Street before concluding at Phil Rizzuto Park with a food-and-music event. Expect colorful clothing, colorful talcum powder, and colorful floats. Free, www.phagwahparade.us.

March 26, Falu’s Bollywood Orchestra, 8 pm. This ethereal ensemble combines the timeless elegance of Bollywood’s musical golden age with an inventive modern style. Catch Falu’s highly acclaimed vocals backed by an orchestra of Eastern and Western instruments for a one-of-a-kind performance. (Pre-performance dance lesson at 7 pm.) $16. Flushing Town Hall, 137-35 Northern Blvd., www.flushingtownhall.org.

March 26, Movie Freak: A Day with Owen Gleiberman with Natural Born Killers, 2 pm, and Nashville, 6:30 pm. Long-time film critic Owen Gleiberman discusses his career and his obsessive search for pleasure and beauty along with a screening of Natural Born Killers, a radical fever-dream thriller. At 6:30 pm, Gleiberman introduces Nashville, a teeming, exhilarating, multi-character vision of life in the 1970s. Museum of the Moving Image, 36-01 35th Ave., Kaufman Arts District, www.movingimage.us.

March 26, Wildcard Weekend: Geometric Candles Casting, 1 pm to 5 pm. Learn how to create paper molds of complex geometric shapes and turn them into brightly colored candles using soy wax and crayons. Sessions at 1 pm, 2:30 pm, and 4 pm. $6 per child, plus admission. New York Hall of Science, 47-01 111st St., Corona, www.nysci.org.

March 26, Raggedy Man, 4:30 pm; Messiah of Evil and Darktown Strutters, 7 pm. Screened as part of a retrospective on production designer Jack Fisk, Raggedy Man, which is Fisk’s directorial debut, is a romantic drama set in the 940s about a divorced switchboard operator in Texas who falls in love with a young sailor on leave to the chagrin of her small-town neighbors; at the same time she and her two young sons are haunted by a mysterious, scarecrow-like figure. Shown as a double feature at 7 pm, Messiah of Evil is a 1970s horror movie, while Darktown Strutters is a 1970s blaxploitation-tinged film about a motorcycle gang leader who uncovers a racist plot to clone America’s black leaders for nefarious ends. $12. Museum of the Moving Image, 36-01 35th Ave., Kaufman Arts District, www.movingimage.us.

March 27, Holi Celebrations, 3 pm. The Hindu Temple Society of North America holds a combine Festival of Spring/Earth Day event. Expect colorful multicultural dances and music. Queens Museum, NYC Building, Flushing Meadows Corona Park, www.queensmuseum.org.

March 27, Carve and Combine: Working with Balsa Wood, 1 pm. Spend time as a group in the galleries discussing and investigating Isamu Noguchi’s artwork, and then learn basic woodworking techniques in the studio. This focus is on combining shape, form, and balance. $8 plus admission. Noguchi Museum, 9-01 33rd Rd., LIC, www.noguchi.org.

March 27, Movie Movie, 2 pm; The Straight Story, 4:30 pm; and The Tree of Life, 7 pm. Screened as part of a retrospective on production designer Jack Fisk, Movie Movie parodies fight pictures and backstage musicals. The Straight Story is about an old man who buys a John Deere tractor and drives from Iowa to Wisconsin to see his estranged, ailing brother. The Tree of Life depicts a young boy’s coming-of-age in the suburbs. $12. Museum of the Moving Image, 36-01 35th Ave., Kaufman Arts District, www.movingimage.us.

March 28, Lecture on Middle East, 1:30 pm. Queens College’s Mark Rosenblum talks about local leaders on all sides of the Israel/Palestine divide, many of them at the grassroots level, who continue to work courageously for peace, even amid violence, with innovative programs that cross divides and even borders. $8 suggested donation. Central Queens Y, 67-09 108th St., Forest Hills, www.cqy.org.

March 29, Daily News Golden Gloves, 7:30 pm. This annual boxing competition is open to non-professional boxers aged 16 and over. $25. Club Amazura, 91-12 144th Pl., Jamaica, www.amazura.com.

March 30, Confessions of a Nazi Spy, 12:10 pm. This movie deals with the wake of a trial that convicted four Nazi agents of spying against the United States. The story is a brisk, connect-the-dots tale that ties German-American Bund operatives to Berlin. Free. Kupferberg Resource Center, 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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