2016-04-06 / Front Page

It’s In Queens! (April 7 to April 13)

The Ramones are back! Check them out along with Appalachian dancing, Japanese tango, opera, Art Deco architecture, a literary crawl, and the launch of a new book on the Broadway hit Hamilton. Here’s the rundown.

April 7, Q-Boro Literary Crawl, 6:30 pm to 2 am. Poetry, performance art, comedy, and music with food-and-drink specials at 13 establishments in celebration of National Poetry Month. $20. Meet at Vernon Boulevard between 46th and 50th avenues, LIC, www.queenslitcrawl.nyc.

April 7, Tango, Soul & Passion: Piano Music from Japan & the Americas, 7 pm. Japan-born Junko Ueno Garrett captivates audiences with her colorful tone, poetry, expressiveness, dynamic technique, and wide repertoire. Free. Flushing Town Hall, 137-35 Northern Blvd., www.flushingtownhall.org.

April 7-9, Così fan tutte, 7:30 pm (April 10 at 3 pm). This adaptation of Mozart’s comedic opera takes place in Coney Island in the 1920s. Friends Ferrando and Guglielmo are challenged by cynical Don Alfonso to test the faithfulness of their fiancées, sisters Dorabella and Fiordiligi. $10-$20. Queens College’s Goldstein Theatre, vicinity of Horace Harding Expressway and Kissena Boulevard, Flushing, www.kupferbergcenter.org.

April 8, Voices Beyond Bondage Poetry Slam, 6:30 pm. Local editors Erika DeSimone and Fidel Lewis present their new book, Voices Beyond Bondage: An Anthology of Verse by African Americans of the 19th Century, which contains 150 poems. Q&A and book-signing as well. Free. Lewis H. Latimer House Museum, 34-41 137th St., Flushing, www.latimernow.org.

April 9, Latin Dance Fiesta, 8 pm. Four countries represented. Enjoy Calpulli Mexican Dance Company, Fuákata Cuban Salsa New York, Estudiantina Bolivia, and Mestizo Dance Company (Colombia). $20. Queens Theatre, 14 United Nations Avenue South, Flushing Meadows Corona Park, www.queenstheatre.org.

April 9, The Murphy Beds in Concert, 7:30 pm. Jefferson Hamer & Eamon O’Leary present traditional and original Irish folk songs with close harmonies and deft instrumental arrangements on bouzouki, guitar, and mandolin. $22 in advance/$25 at the door. New York Irish Center, 10-40 Jackson Ave., LIC, www.newyorkirishcenter.org.

April 9, Crooked Road, 7 pm. An intro to flatfooting, a percussive style of Appalachian dancing that accompanies fiddle. Celebrate Southwest Virginia’s rich heritage with three award-winning artists showcasing soulful old time stringband sounds, to percussive flatfoot dance, to the plaintive strains of mountain ballads. Whitetop Mountain Band (old time stringband), Julie Shepherd-Powell (clawhammer banjo/flatfoot dancer), and Sandy Shortridge (Appalachian singer/songwriter). $16. Flushing Town Hall, 137-35 Northern Blvd., www.flushingtownhall.org.

April 9, Cinema GAHS: A Guide to Recognizing Your Saints, 1 pm. A Guide to Recognizing Your Saints is a 2006 American drama film based on a 2001 memoir of the same name by author, director, and musician Dito Montiel. It describes his youth in Astoria during the 1980s. Montiel wrote and directed the film adaptation which stars Robert Downey Jr. and Shia LaBeouf. Free. Greater Astoria Historical Society, 35-20 Broadway, Fourth Floor, LIC, www.astorialic.org.

April 9, No Way Out, 2 pm; Buck and the Preacher, 4:30 pm. Screened as part of a retrospective on Sidney Poitier, No Way Out is about an idealistic doctor who is terrorized by a racist psychopath when a white criminal dies at his hospital. Buck and the Preacher is a revisionist western. An African American wagon master and a shiftless preacher join forces to protect a band of freed slaves from white bounty hunters. $12. Museum of the Moving Image, 36-01 35th Ave., Kaufman Arts District, www.movingimage.us.

April 10, Hey! Ho! Let’s Go: Ramones and the Birth of Punk, through July 31. This retrospective exhibition examines the Ramones rock group’s influence on music and art. Expect 350 objects, including concert t-shirts, album covers, and merchandise. Queens Museum, NYC Building, Flushing Meadows Corona Park, www.queensmuseum.org.

April 10, The Sinatra Century with Billy Stritch, Jim Caruso, and the Diva Jazz Orchestra, 3 pm. Enjoy an afternoon of world-class singing, dancing, and comedy with such hits as “The Best Is Yet To Come” and “Witchcraft.” $40. Queensborough Performing Arts Center, 222-05 56th Ave., Bayside, www.visitqpac.org.

April 10, The New World of the Number 7 Train, 10 am to 5:30 pm. This series of six walks and connecting rides along a major transportation corridor focuses on what the 7 train has done to -- and for -- surrounding neighborhoods since it began service in 1914. With official Queens historian Jack Eichenbaum, the tours take place in the Hudson Yards, the Long Island City shoreline, Flushing West, the Iron Triangle, North Corona, and Woodside-Jackson Heights. $45 and preregistration is necessary. More information at jaconet@aol.com.

April 10, Art Deco Architecture in Queens, 2:30 pm. Charles Hovanic from Columbia University’s Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation offers a lecture and leads a Q&A on the history of Art Deco architecture in the borough. Free. Queens Historical Society, Kingsland Homestead, 143-35 37th Ave., Flushing, www.queenshistoricalsociety.org.

April 10, Henry & Mudge, 1 pm and 3 pm. In this family-oriented play, Henry can’t find a playmate in his new neighborhood. Luckily, he has Mudge, a 182-pound pet dog. When Henry’s cousin Annie comes for a visit, Mudge is so charmed by her that Henry thinks Mudge must love Annie more than him. Very upset, Henry runs away into the cold dark woods to find adventures on his own. $14. Queens Theatre, 14 United Nations Avenue South, Flushing Meadows Corona Park, www.queenstheatre.org.

April 10, Storytime and Craft, 2 pm. A relaxing afternoon of nature-inspired stories followed by a botanically-themed craft activity. Free. Queens Botanical Garden, 43-50 Main St., Flushing, www.queensbotanical.org.

April 10, Decasia, 3 pm; Los Angeles Plays Itself, 5:30 pm. Decasia is a collage of decomposing found movie footage set to music. Los Angeles Plays Itself is an essay film using clips to look at the different ways that Los Angeles is depicted in such movies as Kiss Me Deadly, To Live and Die in L.A., Killer of Sheep. $12. Museum of the Moving Image, 36-01 35th Ave., Kaufman Arts District, www.movingimage.us.

April 10, Edge of the City, 2 pm; The Defiant Ones, 4 pm. Screened as part of a retrospective on Sidney Poitier, Edge of the City takes place on the New York City waterfront. A drifter takes a job in the dockyards and his friendship with an African-American coworker makes them a target for a racist supervisor. The Defiant Ones depicts a pair of escaped convicts—shackled together and none too happy about it—who must work together to survive as they flee across hostile Southern terrain. $12. Museum of the Moving Image, 36-01 35th Ave., Kaufman Arts District, www.movingimage.us.

April 12, Hamilton Book Release/Trivia Night, 7 pm. The brand new book Hamilton: The Revolution, co-written by Lin-Manuel Miranda and Jeremy McCarter, highlights the hit musical’s development through interviews, pages from the creators notebook, and emails. Miranda also includes more than 200 footnotes and photographs. On this night, TriviaNYC, the city’s longest running trivia company, tests participants’ knowledge of this musical. To reserve a seat, pre-order a book for $40 online or at the bookstore. Seating is limited. Astoria Bookshop, 31-29 31st St., Astoria, www.astoriabookshop.com.

April 12, Childbirth in 19th Century America, 6:30 pm. Professor Jane Brickman from the U. S. Merchant Marine Academy lectures on Charity Hospital, which operated on Roosevelt Island until 1957. The caregivers there were recognized as leaders/pioneers in making childbirth a safe experience. Free. New York Public Library, 524 Main St., Roosevelt Island. www.rihs.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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