2016-09-28 / Front Page

It's In Queens! (September 29 to October 5)

The Maker Faire, Kanye West, and Oktoberfest are part of another great week in Queens that includes the Last Mambo King, a Bessie-winning dancer, Pete the Cat, and the Saw Lady. Here’s the rundown.

Sept. 29, Caleb Teicher & Company: Variations, 7:30 pm. World premiere of Bessie-winning performer Caleb Teicher’s full-length Variations set to Glenn Gould’s iconic 1955 recording of Bach’s Goldberg Variations. $15. Kupferberg Center for the Arts, 65-30 Kissena Blvd., Flushing, http://bit.ly/2cXZn7B.

Sept. 30, The Last Mambo King, 8 pm. Orladon Marin is the only orchestra leader from New York’s Golden Mambo Era who still performs regularly. Dance workshop at 7 pm. $16. Flushing Town Hall, 137-35 Northern Blvd., http://bit.ly/2denNas.

Sept. 30, Gospel Celebration, 8 pm. Gospel superstar Kurt Carr performs with the house choir as Reverends Floyd and Elaine Flake mark 40 years of combined ministry. $20. Greater Allen AME Cathedral, 110-31 Merrick Blvd., Jamaica, http://bit.ly/2d4GoXX.

Sept. 30, Philip Seymour Hoffman Retrospective, Oct. 2. Films to be screened are Magnolia (Sept. 30, 7 pm), Before the Devil Knows You’re Dead (Oct. 1, 2:30 pm), 25th Hour (Oct. 1, 6 pm), Charlie Wilson’s War (Oct. 2, 2 pm), The Talented Mr. Ripley (Oct. 2, 4 pm), and A Most Wanted Man (Oct. 2, 7 pm). $12. Museum of the Moving Image, 36-01 35th Ave., Kaufman Arts District, http://bit.ly/2dn10dA.

Oct. 1-2, World Maker Faire 2016, 10 am to 6 pm. This annual extravaganza celebrates imagination, ingenuity, inspiration, and inventiveness. More than 500 craftspeople, engineers, hackers, performers, and tinkerers from around the world present their latest contraptions to more than 50,000 enthusiasts. $25-$80. New York Hall of Science, 47-01 111th St., Corona, http://bit.ly/2d4rFOA.

Oct. 1, The Havana Cuba All-Stars, 8 pm. This group creates an authentic Cuban experience with infectious melodies, rhythmic drums and castanets, wailing trumpets, guitars, and vocals. $35-$45. Queensborough Performing Arts Center, 222-05 56th Ave., Bayside, http://bit.ly/2cY0Qe7.

Oct. 1, Oktoberfest Flushing Style, 5:30 pm. This party features an outdoor grill firing up German (sauerkraut) and Korean (kimchee) specialties. Plus, local musician Norman Curtis plays German ditties on his keyboard. $30. Voelker Orth Museum, 149-19 38th Ave., Flushing, http://bit.ly/2cqLb4n.

Oct. 1, Astoria Symphony Orchestra: Wind Serenades, 7:30 pm. Music by Charles Gounod, W. A. Mozart, Richard Strauss, and Sergei Prokofiev with a chance to meet the maestro. $10-$25. Church-in-the-Gardens, 50 Ascan Ave., Forest Hills, http://bit.ly/2cGjNlJ.

Oct. 1, Artist Talk & Demonstration with Emmett Wigglesworth, 2 pm. This Queens-based artist discusses his six-decade career and shows paintings, silkscreens, oil pastels, and sculpture. Free. Jamaica Center for Arts & Learning, 161-04 Jamaica Ave., http://bit.ly/2cGk8Fa.

Oct. 1, Spirits Alive, 2 pm. Take a self-guided walking tour in a cemetery with actors performing as notable residents, plus music by Natalia “The Saw Lady” Paruz.” Free will donation. Maple Grove Cemetery, 83-15 Kew Gardens Rd., Kew Gardens, http://bit.ly/2dm9Wnh.

Oct. 1, Chronic, 2 pm (and Oct. 2, 4 pm and 6 pm). In this film, David is an in-home nurse who works with terminally ill patients, developing strong, intimate relationships. Outside of work, he is awkward and reserved—effects of his chronic depression—and he needs each patient as much as they need him. $12. Museum of the Moving Image, 36-01 35th Ave., Kaufman Arts District, http://bit.ly/2cGlLT5.

Oct. 2, Nonstop Metropolis: A New York City Atlas Book Launch, 2 pm. Rebecca Solnit and Joshua Jelly-Schapiro launch their culminating volume in a trilogy of atlases, which conveys innumerable unbound NYC experiences through 26 imaginative maps and informative essays. Bringing together the insights of dozens of experts—from linguists to music historians, ethnographers, urbanists, and environmental journalists—amplified by cartographers, artists, and photographers, it explores the five boroughs and parts of nearby New Jersey. Queens Museum, NYC Building, Flushing Meadows Corona Park, http://bit.ly/2dbCtZZ.

Oct. 2, The Songs of Music: Voices from Taiwan, 1:30 pm. The Hai Tien Chorus joins forces with the seasoned Taipei Harmonic Chorus to demonstrate compelling vocal techniques and collaborative efforts. $10. Flushing Town Hall, 137-35 Northern Blvd., http://bit.ly/2denhtb.

Oct. 2, Pete the Cat, 1 pm and 3 pm. A family-friendly play about a rock-and-roll feline who ends up traveling to Paris to help a youngster in his second grade art class. $14. Queens Theatre, 14 United Nations Ave. S., Flushing Meadows Corona Park, http://bit.ly/2dm4S2s.

Oct. 2, Open Studio, 11 am to 1 pm. Families explore the galleries and make art in response to their experiences during this drop-in program, which is offered the first Sunday of every month. Noguchi Museum, 9-01 33rd Rd., LIC, http://bit.ly/2cx66Cm.

Oct. 3, Building Hell Gate Bridge, 6:30 pm. Dave “Bridge Man” Frieder talks about this Astoria bridge’s construction as part of a year-long celebration of Hell Gate’s 100 birthday. Special guest is Allan Renz, grandson of bridge builder Gustav Lindenthal. $5. Greater Astoria Historical Society. 35-20 Broadway, LIC, http://bit.ly/2d4DjXW.

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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