2016-04-13 / Front Page

It’s In Queens! (April 14 to April 20)

How about some live music? Seven Broadway performers are ready to join the upcoming fun, which includes Irish ballads, jazz, rock-and-roll, string quartets, soul, church bells, a few symphonies, and Son Jarocho. It’s all part of an action-packed week with film, performance art, theater, visual art, book releases, poetry, and a very moving Seder. Here’s the rundown.

April 14, Rebels, Romantics, and Revolutionaries: The Songs and Stories of the 1916 Easter Rising, 7:30 pm. This special event is part of the year-long remembrance of the 1916 Easter Rising in Ireland. Free. St. John’s University’s D’Angelo Center Ballroom, 80-00 Utopia Pkwy., Jamaica, www.stjohns.edu.

April 15, Short Films with Queens World Film Festival, 6:30 pm. LAB at Queens Council on the Arts presents the opportunity for filmmakers to screen excerpts of new works-in-progress. Plus, Don and Katha Cato from the Queens World Film Festival share insights on film production. $10. QCA, 37-11 35th Ave., Kaufman Arts District, www.queenscouncilarts.org.

April 15-16, Take Root, 8 pm. This monthly series lets choreographers share their projects. Janet Aisawa presents Them, which is based on interviews from Japanese Americans who were interned in camps in the United States during World War II. Plus, Kyle Marshall Choreography’s Roam looks into how cities physically and socially organize and affect people. $15. Green Space, 37-24 24th St., LIC, www.greenspacestudio.org.

April 16, Boz Scaggs with Special Guest Jeff LeBlanc, 8 pm. Long-time rocker Scaggs began with the Steve Miller Band in the 1960s. LeBlanc, an independent artist, has netted three Top 20 albums on iTunes. $35-$69. Colden Auditorium at Queens College, vicinity of Horace Harding Expressway and Kissena Boulevard, Flushing, www.kupferbergcenter.org.

April 16, Queens Jazz OverGround Spring Festival 2016, noon. This fourth annual fest features 10 hours of live music, everybody from jazz legends to up-and-coming artists, as well as master classes by local music educators and performances by middle and high school ensembles. Free. Flushing Town Hall, 137-35 Northern Blvd., www.flushingtownhall.org.

April 16, The Wind in the Willows, 2:30 pm and 7:30 pm (and April 17 at 2:30 pm). As part of an annual tradition that began in 1972, the Gingerbread Players present The Wind in the Willows, a play based on Kenneth Grahame’s story of Toad, Rat, Mole, and Badger and their adventures in Wild Wood. $15. St. Luke’s Church, 85 Greenway South, Forest Hills Gardens, www.gingerbreadplayers.org.

April 16, JamaicaFlux: Workspaces and Windows 2016, 2 pm to 8 pm. The opening of Jamaica Flux 2016, a large-scale exhibition of research-driven, site-specific visual art installed along Jamaica Avenue, includes performances, workshops, and a roundtable. Jamaica Center for Arts & Learning, 161-04 Jamaica Ave., www.jamaicaflux.info.

April 16, Musica Reginae, 7:30 pm. Two well-known string bands, Momenta Quartet and The Daedalus Quartet, perform Felix Mendelssohn’s Octet in E-flat major, Op.20 and George Enescu’s Octet, Op.7. Beverages provided by corporate sponsor Finback Brewery. The Church-in-the-Gardens, 50 Ascan Ave., Forest Hills Gardens, www.musicareginae.org.

April 16, Trinity Lutheran Church Extravaganza, 8 pm. A 125th anniversary concert with the Trinity Bell Ringers, the Astoria Choir, and the Greater Astoria Historical Society. Free. TLC, 31st Avenue at 37th Street, Astoria, www.astorialic.org.

April 16, Center of Attention, 4 pm. Visitors are invited to engage with the collection through an hour-long conversation around a single work of art. This month focuses on Tom Sachs’s Bonsai, which is made from more than 3,500 individual castings of tampons, Q-tips, toothbrushes, and enema nozzles. Noguchi Museum, 9-01 33rd Rd., LIC, www.noguchi.org.

April 16, Paris Blues, 1:30 pm; In the Heat of the Night, 4 pm. Screened as part of a retrospective on Sidney Poitier, Paris Blues stars the honoree and Paul Newman as musicians living amid the beatnik cool of Left Bank jazz clubs. They each find romance with American girls on holiday, but music is their real passion. In the Heat of the Night features the honoree as a brash Philadelphia detective and Rod Steiger as a racist Southern sheriff who solve a rural Mississippi murder. $12. Museum of the Moving Image, 36-01 35th Ave., Kaufman Arts District, www.movingimage.us.

April 17, Holocaust Freedom Seder, noon. To honor Holocaust survivors, this annual event recreates the same Seder held in a displaced persons camp in Munich in 1946, the first one after World War II. Rabbi Abraham Klausner, a chaplain with the U.S. Army, wrote The Survivor’s Haggadah for the event. $14. Student Union Building at Queensborough Community College, 222-05 56th Ave., Bayside, www.qcc.cuny.edu/khrca.

April 17, Queens Symphony Orchestra, 3 pm. The orchestra presents a tribute to its founder, David Katz, under the direction of guest maestro Elli Jaffe from the Jerusalem Symphony. Borough President Melinda Katz, David’s daughter, is a special guest. Free, but reservations are required. LeFrak Concert Hall at Queens College, vicinity of Horace Harding Expressway and Kissena Boulevard, Flushing, www.queenssymphony.org.

April 17, Sergey Kadinsky Book Signing, 3 pm. Kadinsky leads a lecture about his new book, Hidden Waters of New York City: A History and Guide to 101Forgotten Lakes, Ponds, Creeks, and Streams in the Five Boroughs. Using maps and visuals, he paints a vivid portrait of what was once the town of Jamaica and the borough’s most forgotten body of water, Beaver Pond, which was adjacent to King Manor. Free. King Manor Museum, 150-03 Jamaica Ave., Jamaica, www.kingmanor.org.

April 17, Marilyn McCoo and Billy Davis Jr., 3 pm. With classics like Aquarius/Let The Sunshine In and You Don’t Have To Be A Star (To Be In My Show), these lead singers of legendary soul-pop group The 5th Dimension have sold millions of records and won seven Grammys. The husband and wife are currently celebrating 40 years in the entertainment business with the hits of their careers. $45. Queensborough Performing Arts Center, 222-05 56th Ave., Bayside, www.visitqpac.org.

April 17, Broadway Comes to Woodside, 7:30 pm. Seven Broadway performers offer a concert in memory of local army veteran John H. Mark, who died unexpectedly last year. Proceeds go to a scholarship fund in Mark’s honor at Manhattan College. Scheduled artists include Matthew LaBanca from Young Frankenstein and White Christmas, Allie Coutoure from Billy Elliot, Nathan Scherich from Jersey Boys, and Jessica Tyler Wright from Sweeney Todd. $20. Corpus Christi Church, 31-30 61st St., Woodside, www.broadwaywoodside.brownpapertickets.com.

April 17, Face the Music, 2 pm. The Face the Music Symphony premieres Cosmic Collision by student composer Sasha Radosav among string quartets performing works by Conrad Tao, Pierre Jalbert, Elena Kats-Chernin, and Ryan Homsey, and a student ensemble performing Steve Reich’s early, hypnotic minimalist classic Eight Lines. Queens Museum, NYC Building, Flushing Meadows Corona Park, www.queensmuseum.org.

April 17, Queensboro Symphony Orchestra, 7 pm. This newly formed group performs classical music from the Romantic period, including Schubert, Brahms, and Haydn. Free will offering. Mary’s Nativity Church, 46-02 Parsons Blvd., Flushing, www.marynatstann.org.

April 17, Nature Poetry Reading, 2 pm. Celebrate National Poetry Month with nature-themed verses by Queens Poet Laureate Maria Lisella and other local wordsmiths. Free, but registration required. Queens Botanical Garden, 47-50 Main St., Flushing, www.queensbotanical.org.

April 17, Recruitment of Women in the Police Force, 2:30 pm. NYPD Assistant Chief Diana Pizzuti offers a lecture and Q&A on the challenges and importance of recruiting women into the police force. Free. Queens Historical Society, 143-35 37th Ave., Flushing, www.queenshistoricalsociety.org.

April 17, Fertile Ground, 7 pm. This monthly showcase features five or six choreographers and a post-performance discussion with wine and cheese. $12. Green Space, 37-24 24th St., LIC, www.greenspacestudio.org.

April 17, A Raisin in the Sun, 1:30 pm; Uptown Saturday Night, 4 pm; Let’s Do It Again, 6:30 pm. Screened as part of a retrospective on Sidney Poitier, A Raisin in the Sun is about an ambitious husband and father living in poverty on Chicago’s South Side. When his recently widowed mother inherits a $10,000 life insurance policy, he sees a chance to build a better life for himself, but his mother has other ideas. Uptown Saturday Night is a freewheeling, smash-hit comedy with Bill Cosby. They dive into a criminal underworld to retrieve a stolen, winning lottery ticket. Let’s Do It Again also stars the honoree and Cosby. They play a couple of fraternal lodge members who try to make a quick buck by fixing a fight in New Orleans, but get in over their heads when the mob gets involved. $12. Museum of the Moving Image, 36-01 35th Ave., Kaufman Arts District, www.movingimage.us.

April 19, Revelations: Peter Rabbit Tales, 10:30 am. Peter Rabbit, his sister Flopsy, and his cousin Benjamin, are all grown up. Flopsy and Benjamin are married with their own bunnies, which the nasty badger, Tommy Brock, decides to steal. Peter and Benjamin set off on an adventure to rescue them, and along the way, relive their childhood misadventures with Mr. McGregor and his cat. $8. Colden Auditorium at Queens College, vicinity of Horace Harding Expressway and Kissena Boulevard, Flushing, www.kupferbergcenter.org.

April 20, Radio Jarocho, 8 pm. This group plays son jarocho music fashioned after the towns, musicians, and swampy countryside that created it in Veracruz, Mexico. They also write their own songs inspired by this popular genre and tailor them with assorted influences, creating a contemporary repertoire that captures the spirit of the traditional style. North Shore Towers, 272-40 Grand Central Pkwy., Floral Park, www.radiojarocho.com.

April 20, The New KKK, 7 pm. A new CNN series, United Shades of America, follows comedian W. Kamau Bell as he starts conversations about race in various communities across the country. In a special preview, Bell introduces the series with a screening of the first episode, “The New KKK,” in which he visits a Ku Klux Klan chapter in Arkansas. Following the screening, Bell participates in a discussion with NY1 host Errol Louis and John Avlon, editor-in-chief of The Daily Beast. Free. Museum of the Moving Image, 36-01 35th Ave., Kaufman Arts District, www.movingimage.us.

April 20, Lyceum on Broadway: In Cold Blood, 7 pm. Participants have the opportunity to explore the New York Public Library’s Capote papers. This year marks the 50th anniversary of the publication of Truman Capote’s In Cold Blood, a pioneering work of new journalism and true crime writing. Books provided by the NY Council on the Humanities. Free. Greater Astoria Historical Society, 35-20 Broadway, LIC, www.astorialic.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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