2016-05-04 / Front Page

It’s In Queens! (May 5 to May 11)

Mother’s Day is approaching, and mom would love to spend some time in the borough. She could go to a poetry workshop on maternal love or a concert inspired by her grace. She could also enjoy Salsa music, astronomy, living sculptures, musical comedy, walking tours, and even Curious George. Here’s the rundown.

May 5, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, through May 28. The Astoria Performing Arts Center presents this comedic musical about an eclectic group of middle schoolers who vie for top honors at a spelling bee. (Thursdays and Fridays at 8 pm, Saturdays at 2 pm and 8 pm.) $18. Good Shepherd United Methodist Church, 30-44 Crescent St., Astoria, www.apacny.org.

May 6, Victor Manuelle, 8 pm. This Salsa superstar combines complex, personal lyrics with sing-along choruses and tremendous rhythm. $39-$79. Colden Auditorium, Queens College, vicinity of Kissena Boulevard and Horace Harding Expressway, Flushing, www.kupferbergcenter.org.

May 6, Villalobos Brothers, 8 pm. Ernesto, Alberto, and Luis Villalobos blend jazz, rock, classical, and Mexican folk to deliver a powerful message of love, hope, brotherhood, and social justice. Dance lessons at 7 pm. $16. Flushing Town Hall, 137-35 Northern Blvd., www.flushingtownhall.org.

May 6, Center of Attention, 7 pm. Visitors are invited to engage with the collection through an hour-long conversation around a single work of art. The focus of this month’s conversation is Tom Sachs’s bronze sculpture, Stupa, 2013, from the current exhibition Tom Sachs: Tea Ceremony. Noguchi Museum, 9-01 33rd Rd., LIC, www.noguchi.org.

May 6, After Dark: Astronomy, 7 pm. Meet local astronomers, learn about current research, and view the night sky through a variety of telescopes with members of the Amateur Astronomers Association. $15. New York Hall of Science, 47-01 111th St., Corona, www.nysci.org.

May 7, Bowne Street, My Street, 10 am. The borough’s official historian Jack Eichenbaum leads a walk along multiethnic Bowne Street in Flushing, where he has lived for 38 years. There are several historical landmarks, such as the Bowne House (1661), some exceptional houses of worship, such as the Hindu Temple Society of North America, and unusual horticultural sites. Free. Meet at northwest corner of Main Street and 39th Avenue, near St. George’s Episcopal Church, www.janeswalk.org.

May 7, The Colonials: The Trout Variations, 3 pm. This exciting mixed-period ensemble does six variations on Schubert’s famous theme, interwoven into the fourth movement of his Piano Quintet in A Major. $25. Flushing Town Hall, 137-35 Northern Blvd., www.flushingtownhall.org.

May 7, Felicitas, 7 pm. Actress Libby Skala presents a one-woman play based on the true story of her aunt, a tough-love, Jewish Austrian nurse who escaped Hitler’s regime to take care of children in the United States. Skala’s husband, Steve May, plays the mandolin as accompaniment. Free will offering. Sunnyside Reformed Church, 48th Street and Skillman Avenue, Sunnyside, (718) 426-5997.

May 7, The Once and Future Village of Astoria, 11 am. Learn about the neighborhood, the Greater Astoria Historical Society, and the Durst Organization during a roughly 1.5-mile walk. Free. Meet at the southwest corner of Astoria Park South and Shore Road, www.janeswalk.org.

May 7, Hands on History: Musical Instruments, 1 pm to 5 pm. Show off musical skills and create an instrument out of recycled materials. Listen to a reading of Play Mozart Play by Peter Sis. Tour the house and see the 200 year-old piano. Families with children are welcome. Free. King Manor Museum, 150-03 Jamaica Ave., Jamaica, www.kingmanor.org.

May 7, The Triborough Bridge to Bohemian Hall, 11 am. A roughly three-mile guided walk with Greater Astoria Historical Society Trustee Richard Melnick and President Bob Singleton. Free. Meet at the southeast corner of 125th Street and 2nd Avenue in Manhattan, www.janeswalk.org.

May 7, The Terence Davies Trilogy, 3 pm (and May 8, 4:15 pm). Screened as part of a retrospective on British filmmaker Terence Davis, these three movies -- Children, Madonna and Child, Death and Transfiguration -- chart the life of Robert Tucker, brought up, like Davies, in a Catholic working-class home in Liverpool. Tucker is bullied at school and has a violent father who dies while the boy is young. He grows up alone with his mother. As an adult, he struggles with homosexuality and feelings of guilt and shame. $12. Museum of the Moving Image, 36-01 36th Ave., Kaufman Arts District, www.movingimage.us.

May 8, Landmark, through Aug. 28. The exhibition features eight living artist projects. For example, Concave Room for Bees is a sculptural installation comprising more than 300 cubic yards of fertile soil and planted with flowers, herbs, and shrubs. Visitors are confronted with botanical aromas, insect hums, dewy air, and colored flora. On Aug. 28, the soil will be dispersed across the landscape, addressing the park’s need for nutrient-rich topsoil. Free. Socrates Sculpture Park, Vernon Boulevard and 31st Drive, LIC, www.socratessculpturepark.org.

May 8, Curious George: The Golden Meatball, 1 pm and 3 pm. Join the inquisitive, lovable monkey, who has been waiting all month for Meatball Day during which he helps Chef Pisghetti cook meatballs and serve them to a hungry crowd. But this year, the crowd has vanished. Curious George soon discovers that something pretty big is keeping people away. $14. Queens Theatre, 14 United Nations Ave., S., Flushing Meadows Corona Park, www.queenstheatre.org.

May 8, Mothers of Music: A Celebration of Female Composers, 1:30 pm. The Dream Unfinished is a diverse collective of classical musicians and activists who promote NYC-based civil rights and community organizations through concerts and presentations. This Mothers’ Day, the group celebrates strong and creative women with a performance of chamber music written by female composers. Queens Museum, NYC Building, Flushing Meadows Corona Park, www.queensmuseum.org.

May 8, Different Roads Same Destination, through July 10. Using an array of found objects and common materials, artists Arthur Simms and Randy Wray make highly tactile constructions. Their improvisational works incorporate the byproducts of our consumer culture, thrown-away furniture, tossed bottles, worn-out clothing, scrap metal, the discarded waste paper of junk mail, etc. (Opening reception on May 8, 2 pm to 5 pm.) Free. 11-03 45th Ave., Dorsky Gallery, LIC, www.dorsky.org.

May 8, Ode to My Mom, 3 pm. Maya Pindyck, a multi-disciplinary artist and poet, leads a workshop during which participants read poems to their mothers, share poetic lines about them, make their own poem collages, and reflect on their feelings about being a mom. Two hours of rhythm and memories. Lewis H. Latimer House Museum, 34-41 137th St., Flushing, www.LatimerNOW.org.

May 8, Distant Voices, Still Lives, 2:30 pm (May 14, 12:30 pm). Screened as part of a retrospective on British filmmaker Terence Davies, Distant Voices is an autobiographical story of a working-class family in 1950s Liverpool. $12. Museum of the Moving Image, 36-01 35th Ave., Kaufman Arts District, www.movingimage.us.

May 8, The Long Day Closes with Terence Davies in Person, 7 pm (without Davies on May 15, 2:30 pm). Screened as part of a retrospective on British filmmaker Terence Davies, The Long Day Closes is a semi-autobiographical tale of a lonely boy growing up in Liverpool in the 1950s. After the death of his brutal father, the 11-year-old enjoys long summer days with his family and countless trips to the cinema. $15 on May 8, $12 on May 15. $12. Museum of the Moving Image, 36-01 35th Ave., Kaufman Arts District, www.movingimage.us.

May 9, Is Mr. Smith Dead?, 1:30 pm. Jami Floyd, the local host of WNYC’s All Things Considered, examines leadership through the lens of politics, popular culture, and history, from ancient Rome to the present. Free. Central Queens Y, 67-09 108th St., Forest Hills, www.cqy.org.

May 10, Sunset Song with Terence Davies and Agyness Deyn in Person, 7 pm. Screened as part of a retrospective on British filmmaker Terence Davies, Sunset Song is an adaptation of Lewis Grassic Gibbon’s classic 1932 Scottish novel about the Guthrie family and its brooding patriarch. $20. Museum of the Moving Image, 36-01 35th Ave., Kaufman Arts District, www.movingimage.us.

May 11, The Great Dictator, 12:10 pm. A screening of Charlie Chaplin’s first talkie. One of his characters is a Jewish barber facing the constant threat of storm troopers and religious persecution. The other is the great dictator, Hynkel, a lampoon of Adolph Hitler. In the final scene, Chaplin steps out of character and addresses the camera with an eloquent plea for the triumph of reason and humanity over militarism. Kupferberg Holocaust Center, Queensborough Community College, 222-05 56th Ave., Bayside, www.qcc.cuny.edu/khrca.

May 12, Sharing Culture and Work in Progress, 6:30 pm. Choreographer Eun Sung Lee and composer Kento Iwasaki present two dance-music collaborations exploring Korean mythologies with a mask dance and dance drama. Includes audience participation and short dance movement with masks. Free. Jamaica Center for Arts and Learning, 161-04 Jamaica Ave, Studio A, www.jcal.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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