2016-03-30 / Front Page

It's In Queens! (March 31 to April 6)

Julius Caesar and Sherlock Holmes go head to head for a few days this week. Hopefully, everything will go well, and they will have time to enjoy the Muppets, a tattoo festival, doo wop, a few interesting lectures, soap making, and performance art that creates a dreamscape. Here’s the rundown.

March 31-April 10, Julius Caesar, times vary. Titan Theatre Company does a unique, muscular version of this timeless Shakespearean drama. After winning a big battle, Julius Caesar returns to Rome as a power-drunk dictator. Brutus and his fellow senators resolve that the ambitious general must be assassinated. (March 31, April 1, April 2, April 6, April 7, and April 8 at 7:30 pm; April 3 and April 10 at 4 pm.) $18. Queens Theatre, 14 United Nations Ave. S., Flushing Meadows Corona Park, www.queenstheatre.org.

March 31, Jeong Ga Ak Hoe, 7 pm. This world music ensemble presents a contemporary interpretation of folk music from the western province of North Korea. Free. Flushing Town Hall, 137-35 Northern Blvd., www.flushingtownhall.org.

April 1-3, Sherlock Holmes, times vary. The legendary detective takes the stage in this witty, fast paced production by the acclaimed Aquila Theatre. (April 1, 2 pm; April 2, 2 pm and 8 pm; and April 3, 3 pm.) $42-$25. Queens Theatre, 14 United Nations Avenue South, Flushing Meadows Corona Park, www.queenstheatre.org.

April 1-3, No Limits Tattoo Festival, times vary. Tattoo parlors and body piercers display their talents and products along with artists, reality TV stars, collectors, and models. (April 1, 2 pm to midnight; April 2, noon to midnight; and April 3, noon to 8 pm.) $25/$60 for weekend pass. Resorts World Casino New York City, 110-00 Rockaway Blvd., Jamaica, www.newyorktattooshow.com.

April 1-3, De Novo Dance’s shut.eye, times vary. Inspired by sleep, dreams, and the subconscious, this troupe creates an immersive, multi-media dreamscape through movement, music, and interactive technologies. Accompanied by live and electro-acoustic music, the performance features dancers, musicians, and sleep experts and combines belly dance, butoh, performance art, and musical robots. (April 1, 7:30 pm; April 2, 7:30 pm; April 3, 2:30 pm.) $20. The Secret Theatre, 44-02 23rd St., LIC, www.secrettheatre.com.

April 1, Knight of Cups, 7 pm. Screened as part of a retrospective on production designer Jack Fisk, Knight of Cups follows a writer through the playgrounds of Los Angeles and Las Vegas as he searches for love, enlightenment, and peace with his past. He moves through mansions, resorts, beaches, and clubs, grappling with complicated relationships with his brother, father, and six alluring women. $12. Museum of the Moving Image, 36-01 35th Ave., Kaufman Arts District, www.movingimage.us.

April 2-3, Euphoria, 3 pm and 8 pm (both days). Flushing Town Hall Space Grant Recipient Cynthia Vazquez presents her world-premiere play in Spanish and English about the decriminalization of drugs. $5. FTH, 137-35 Northern Blvd., www.flushingtownhall.org.

April 2, Ian Kay: A Musical Journey From Doo Wop to Jazz, 8 pm. Kay and the OKs, the New York Belles, Low Key Acappella, and Leon Petruzzi with the NY Little Big Band take a musical journey through the 20th century. Representing various periods of Kay’s life, this performance features selections from the Swing 40s, Doo Wop 50s, Motown 60s, Disco 70s, and Jazz Fusion 80s. $35-$40. LeFrak Concert Hall, Queens College, 65-30 Kissena Blvd., Flushing, www.kupferbergcenter.org.

April 2, Library Partnership Family Day, noon. View artworks in a pop-up exhibition with gallery activities. In a six-week series at Queens Central Library, parent/guardians and their children explored all-inclusive, sensory-based activities. Families created multimedia art projects inspired by artist Zhang Hongtu and permanent collections exhibits. Free. Queens Museum, NYC Building, Flushing Meadows Corona Park, www.queensmuseum.org.

April 2, Hands on History: For the Birds, 1 pm to 4 pm. Rufus King planted hundreds of trees, many of which still exist today and house birds. At 1 pm, listen to stories about birds during a read-aloud session by Literacy INC. At 1:30 pm, make bird feeders out of oranges to place in King Park. Free. King Manor Museum, 150-03 Jamaica Ave., Jamaica, www.kingmanor.org.

April 2, Forest Hills Choir, 3 pm. Try out for this group and perform in a concert featuring Maurice Duruflé’s Requiem. All ability levels welcome. Practice is on Tuesday evenings at 7:30 pm. The Church-in-the-Gardens, 50 Ascan Ave., Forest Hills, contact jtyilllian@gmail.com.

April 2, Death Becomes Her: Fashionable Mourning from 1815 to 1915, 4 pm. Jessica Glasscock from the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Costume Institute discusses the evolution of American and European mourning attire from the 19th to the early 20th century. Glasscock highlights how mourning attire, a signifier of aristocratic identity, transformed as it became readily available during the industrial age. The program is in conjunction with a temporary display of mourning items honoring the anniversary of Rufus King’s death. Free, but RSVP to programs@kingmanor.org. King Manor, 150-03 Jamaica Ave., Jamaica, www.kingmanor.org.

April 2, Ed Sullivan Presents The Muppets, 1 pm. Some of the most memorable early characters and sketches of the Muppets were seen Sullivan’s long-running CBS variety show. The museum marks the 50th anniversary of the first Muppet appearance on The Ed Sullivan Show with a compilation of Jim Henson’s finest moments. $12. Museum of the Moving Image, 36-01 35th Ave., Kaufman Arts District. www.movingimage.us.

April 3, Walking Tour of Elmhurst, 1 pm. Adrienne Onofri, who wrote Walking Queens: 30 Tours for Discovering the Diverse Communities, Historic Places, and Natural Treasures of New York City’s Largest Borough, leads a trek through one of the borough’s oldest neighborhoods. Learn about Elmhurst’s prized horticultural product, its connection to a popular Christmas story, how and why its name changed over the years, and what happened to those famous gas tanks. $22.09. Meet outside the Georgia Diner on the north side of Queens Boulevard at 55th Avenue. Sponsored by Queens Historical Society, but purchase tickets at www.elmhurstwalkingtour.eventbrite.com.

April 3, Lainie Kazan and Dick Capri, 3 pm. Kazan became famous as a sexy cabaret singer. She performed on The Dean Martin Show a record 26 times and eventually got her own variety show. Her popularity led to roles on Boston Legal, King of Queens, Modern Family, Desperate Housewives, My Favorite Year, and Beaches. Meanwhile, Capri got his start in the Catskills, and has since taken the comedy world by storm. His punch lines come fast and furious with a style based in the Borsht Belt. $48-$42. Queensborough Performing Arts Center, 222-05 56th Ave., Bayside, www.visitqpac.org.

April 3, Gemini Journey: A Magical, Musical Tour around the World, 2 pm. Violinist Diane Block and cellist Terry Batts met while studying at the Manhattan School of Music. Their collaboration has continued for more than 40 years. They plan to take a journey through diverse musical genres, such as Tango and Klezmer. $12. Voelker Orth Museum, 149-19 38th Ave., Flushing, www.vomuseum.org.

April 3, Little Makers: Super Soap, 10:30 am. Mix and mold household ingredients to create a scented soap to take home. $8 per family, plus admission. New York Hall of Science, 47-01 111th St., Corona, www.nysci.org.

April 3, Guy Maddin Day: Careful, 2 pm; Blackmail, 4:30 pm; and Dracula, 7 pm. With Maddin present, this series shows films by the famed director, who draws inspiration from early cinema. Careful takes place in the Alps, where any sudden movement or loud noise can trigger an avalanche. The residents, who speak only in whispers, restrain themselves to the point of absurdity. Blackmail features a blonde heroine who kills her attacker during an attempted rape and then becomes the victim of blackmail. Dracula is notable for its moody and sensual atmosphere and its minimal use of dialogue. $12. Museum of the Moving Image, 36-01 35th Ave., Kaufman Arts District, www.movingimage.us.

April 4, Underground Railroad in Queens, 7 pm. Richard Hourahan from the Queens Historical Society shares research on Flushing’s historic Bowne House, which was a spot on the Underground Railroad. $5. Greater Astoria Historical Society, 35-20 Broadway, 4th Floor, LIC, www.astorialic.org.

April 4, Lighter As We Go: Virtues, Character Strengths, and Aging, 1:30 pm. Psychologist Mindy Greenstein discusses her new book on the aging process through the lens of positive psychology concepts. $8 suggested donation. Central Queens Y, 67-09 108th St., Forest Hills, www.cqy.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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