2016-05-11 / Front Page

It’s In Queens! (May 12 to May 18)

The circus is coming to town, but don’t worry, local children won’t run away with it. There’s too much fun in the borough right now, including street festivals, war reenactments, food tours, Argentine dancing, comedy, film, music, performance art, and even a genealogy workshop. Here’s the rundown.

May 13, The House of Mirth, 7 pm. Screened as part of a retrospective of British filmmaker Terence Davies, House of Mirth is an adaptation of Edith Wharton’s tragic love story set against a backdrop of wealth and social hypocrisy in turn-of-the-century New York. $12. Museum of the Moving Image, 36-01 35th St., Kaufman Arts District, www.movingimage.us.

May 14, LIC Springs, noon to 5 pm. A huge community festival with art, dance, theater, fitness, food, shopping, sports, and music. Vernon Boulevard between 50th and 46th avenues, LIC, www.licpartnership.org.

May 14, Revolutionary War Encampment, 10 am to 4 pm with a concert at 4:30 pm. Experience what life was like for soldiers during the Revolutionary War with a replica of an encampment with costumed soldiers and historical artifacts. The day ends with a concert featuring war music from colonial times. Free. Maple Grove Cemetery, 127-15 Kew Gardens Rd., Kew Gardens, www.maplegrove.biz.

May 14, Vegetarian Delights of Jackson Heights, 2 pm. Howard Walfish, creator of the website Lost Vegetarian, and Queens-based food writer and culinary tour guide Joe DiStefano lead a walking tour that explores vegetarian delicacies from South Asia to South America. Meet at Diversity Plaza, 37th Road between 73rd and 74th streets, Jackson Heights, http://bit.ly/1XhpCql.

May 14, Ché Malambo, 2 pm and 8 pm (May 15, 3 pm). This Argentine dance company excites audiences through precise footwork and rhythmic stomping, drumming, singing, and whirling boleadoras (lassos with stones on the end). The all-male company of 14 gauchos is directed by French choreographer and former ballet dancer Gilles Brinas. $25-$42. Queens Theatre, 14 United Nations Ave. S., Flushing Meadows Corona Park, www.queenstheatre.org.

May 14, Colleen Raney, 7:30 pm. This gifted traditional Irish music singer performs live. $22. New York Irish Center, 10-40 Jackson Ave., LIC, www.newyorkirishcenter.org.

May 14, Becoming New Objects, 7 pm. This concert is presented by Chillin Island, a collective of local musicians and artists who host a weekly program on Know-Wave radio. Queens rapper Heems (Himanshu Suri) headlines with Despot, the legend from 108th Street. Noise-rock supergroup Spanish Broads reunites for the first time in six years, followed by a cohort of New York rappers: Flushing-bred Bangladeshi Big Baby Gandhi, Uptown’s own Lakutis, and Brooklyn’s Your Old Droog. Closing out the night is a DJ set from Total Freedom with additional music provided by King Solomon. $12. Queens Museum, NYC Building, Flushing Meadows Corona Park, www.queensmuseum.org.

May 14, Ba Ban Chinese Music Society: Along the Yangtze River, 7 pm. Throughout Chinese civilization, a rich musical culture flourished along the southern banks of the Yangtze River. Beginning in the Tang dynasty, the pipa traveled along the Silk Road from northwest China. When the pipa reached the Jiangnan region, its unique timbre blended with melodious southern music. Pipa virtuoso Zhou Yi guides the audience through the music of southern China. $16. Flushing Town Hall, 137-35 Northern Blvd., www.flushingtownhall.org.

May 14, SkowheganPerforms, 2 pm to 6 pm. This troupe activates the entire park for an afternoon of performance and art. Performances are one moment or ongoing, take place at specific locations or throughout the entire park, and necessitate various levels of participation from audience members and existing sculptures. Free. Socrates Sculpture Park, 32-01 Vernon Blvd., LIC, www.socratessculpturepark.org.

May 14, Center of Attention, 4 pm. Visitors engage in an hour-long conversation around Tom Sachs’s bronze sculpture, Stupa (2013), from the current exhibition Tom Sachs: Tea Ceremony. Free with admission. Noguchi Museum, 9-01 33rd Rd., LIC, www.noguchi.org.

May 14, Distant Voices, Still Lives, 12:30 pm, The Neon Bible, 2:30 pm, Of Time and the City, 4:30 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 which takes place before and after the death of an abusive patriarch. Neon Bible is about a young man growing up in a small Southern Bible Belt town in the 1940s. Time and the City is a documentary on Liverpool. $12. Museum of the Moving Image, 36-01 35th St., Kaufman Arts District, www.movingimage.us.

May 15, Big Apple Circus, through June 12 (times vary). This world famous troupe presents The Grand Tour, an extravaganza set in the 1920s featuring ships, trains, automobiles, airplanes, a seven-piece band, clowns, jugglers, acrobats, and aerialists under a big tent. Prices vary. Cunningham Park, vicinity of Grand Central Parkway, Oakland Gardens, www.bigapplecircus.org.

May 15, Jackie Mason: Ready to Rumble 5 pm. This prototypical borscht belt comedian deftly blends self-deprecating humility with abrasive arrogance. Mason has been in the business for more than 50 years, thanks to excellent timing and a sharp comedy mind. $25-$75. Colden Auditorium, Queens College, vicinity of Horace Harding Expressway and Kissena Boulevard, Flushing, www.kupferbergcenter.org.

May 15, A Night To Remember, 3 pm. Music legends Carl Perkins, Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis, and Elvis Presley coincidentally met at the same place and had a memorable jam session on Dec. 4, 1956. Impersonators perform a fun-filled tribute concert to bring the audience back to one unforgettable night. $35. Queensborough Performing Arts Center, 222-05 56th Ave., Bayside, www.visitqpac.org.

May 15, Genealogy Workshop, 2:30 pm. Genealogist Wilhelmina Kelly and Cate Ludlum, a Regent of the New York Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution, teach attendees how to research their family trees. $8. Queens Historical Society, 143-35 37th Ave., Flushing, www.queenshistoricalsociety.org.

May 15, LIC Art Stroll, 2 pm. The Long Island City Cultural Alliance leads a tour of street art and graffiti with help from the Welling Court Mural Project and Noguchi Museum. $30 advance tickets required. Meet at Broadway Station, outside Parisi Bakery, 30-17 Broadway, Astoria, www.licca.org.

May 15, Quintet of the Americas, 2 pm. This highly acclaimed group presents a celebration of nature with music by Duke Ellington, George Gershwin, and Villa-Lobos, as well as short pieces from Brazil, Colombia, Ecuador, and Mexico. Free with admission. Queens Botanical Garden, 43-50 Main St., Flushing, www.queensbotanical.org.

May 15, The Terence Davies Trilogy, noon; The Long Day Closes, 2:30 pm; The Neon Bible, 4:45 pm; Of Time and the City, 7 pm. Screened as part of a retrospective on British filmmaker Terence Davies, Trilogy—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. As an adult, he struggles with homosexuality. Long Day takes the perspective of a quiet, lonely boy in Liverpool in the 1950s. After his brutal father dies, the 11-year-old enjoys long summer days with his family and countless trips to the cinema. Neon Bible is about a young man growing up in a small Southern Bible Belt town in the 1940s. Time and the City is a documentary on Liverpool. $12. Museum of the Moving Image, 36-01 35th St., Kaufman Arts District, www.movingimage.us.

May 16, Earth Day Lecture, 1:30 pm. Rabbi Lawrence Troster, one of the leaders of the Jewish environmental movement, speaks about climate change. He is creator and director of GreenFaith’s Fellowship program. Suggested donation. Central Queens Y, 67-09 108th St., Forest Hills, www.cqy.org.

May 18, Beth Gill: Catacomb, through May 28 (Wednesday through Saturday, 8 pm with an additional performance on May 24 at 8 pm). Bessie Award-winning choreographer Gill, with long-time design collaborators Thomas Dunn and Jon Moniaci, presents a site-specific performance inspired by the imagination and subconscious inhabiting a dreamlike, sensory-rich world that draws the audience into an immersive act of witnessing. $18. The Chocolate Factory, 5-49 49th Ave., LIC, www.chocolatefactorytheater.org.

May 18, Lyceum on Broadway: In Cold Blood, 7 pm. Participants receive a guided tour of the New York Public Library’s Truman Capote papers. This year marks the 50th anniversary of the publication of Capote’s In Cold Blood, a pioneering work of new journalism and true crime writing. 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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