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It’s In Queens! (Nov. 17 to Nov. 23)

The Muppet Show celebrates its 40th anniversary this week in -- where else? – its Queens home. Lucky Miss Piggy and Kermit the Frog, they can hang out with jazz masters, Black Panthers, Texas tenors, murder suspects, and gingerbread people. Here’s the rundown.

Nov. 18, NEA Jazz Masters, 8 pm. Five NEA Jazz Masters (recipients of the nation’s highest honor in jazz) -- Jimmy Heath (saxophones), Barry Harris (piano), Jimmy Owens (trumpet), George Coleman (saxophones), and Jimmy Cobb (percussion) -- jam with bassist David Wong. $42. Flushing Town Hall, 137-35 Northern Blvd., http://bit.ly/2gaU5J1.

Nov. 18, Book Trivia Night, 7 pm. Newtown Literary hosts this fundraiser to pay for printing the group’s next issue. $10/$12 at the door. Break Bar & Billiards, 32-04 Broadway, Astoria, http://bit.ly/2fNYT40.

Nov. 18, Ne Me Quitte Pas, Nov. 27. This is the U.S. theatrical premiere of a Belgian documentary about two best friends who live on the fringes of society. Emotional Marcel is recently single and separated from his kids, while stoic Bob is a more established bachelor whose family struggles loom in the background. They form a strangely endearing comedic team. (Nov. 18, 7:30 pm; Nov. 19, 2 pm and 4:15 pm; Nov. 20, 2 pm and 6:30 pm; Nov. 26, 2 pm and 6:30 pm; Nov. 27, 2 pm.) $12. Museum of the Moving Image, 36-01 35th Ave., Astoria’s Kaufman Arts District, http://bit.ly/2fT5vi9.

Nov. 19, KC and the Sunshine Band, 8 pm. This group has produced seven No. 1 singles and three triple-platinum albums while also winning three Grammys. Expect to groove to “That’s The Way I Like It,” “Boogie Shoes,” and “Shake Your Booty.” $55-$65. Queensborough Performing Arts Center, 222-05 56th Ave., Bayside, http://bit.ly/2g8yce0.

Nov. 19, The Dresden/Venice Connection, 7 pm. The Queens Consort, a professional baroque ensemble, offers music by the German baroque violinist and composer Johann Georg Pisendel and his circle of musicians in Germany and Austria. Expect pieces by Heinichen, Veracini, Vivaldi, and Zelenka. $15/20 at the door. St. Mark’s Church, 33-50 82nd St., Jackson Heights, http://bit.ly/2gb4LYj.

Nov. 19, Murder Mystery Dinner Theater, 7 pm. An evening of food, music, and the play Dead Heat: Murder at the Race Track. $35. Maple Grove Cemetery, 127-15 Kew Gardens Rd., Kew Gardens, http://bit.ly/2fT727y.

Nov. 19, Unfinished Business, 2 pm. A panel discussion in conjunction with the exhibition The Black Panthers: Portraits from an Unfinished Revolution. Local Black Panthers discuss their group’s legacy on its 50th anniversary. Queens Museum, NYC Building, Flushing Meadows Corona Park, http://bit.ly/2frK7BX.

Nov. 19, Kids Fall Festival, 11 am to 4 pm. This Ridgewood Kids event features Angelica Harris, founder of the Excalibur Reading Program. Dressed as her Crusader Comic Book Character Lady Excalibur, the Glendale resident tells holiday stories that she wrote for the occasion. Plus, pumpkins, DJ, magic show, arts and crafts, face-painting, etc. Free. P.S. 290, 55-20 Metropolitan Ave., Middle Village, http://bit.ly/2fSU1v1.

Nov. 19, Treasures in the Attic, 3 pm. Curator Kelsey Brow discusses the history of the Beebe range stove, a Mary Schenck mug, and other treasures. Plus, sample a drink inspired by a popular beverage during founding father Rufus King’s era. Free. King Manor, 153rd Street and Jamaica Avenue, Jamaica, http://bit.ly/2fzyiai.

Nov. 20, The Muppetational Celebrational, 1 pm. Commemorate The Muppet Show’s 40th anniversary with music, comedy, guest stars, frogs, pigs, chickens, and all kinds of rare clips. $12. Museum of the Moving Image, 36-01 35th Ave., Astoria’s Kaufman Arts District, http://bit.ly/2f9X1la.

Nov. 20, The Texas Tenors, 3 pm. Since its whirlwind debut six years ago on NBC’s America’s Got Talent, this trio has performed more than 1,000 concerts around the world, treating audiences to a blend of country, classical, Broadway, and pop. $42-$48. Queensborough Performing Arts Center, 222-05 56th Ave., Bayside, http://bit.ly/2fzKNTd.

Nov. 20, Forest Hills Symphony Orchestra, 2 pm. Beethoven, Mozart, Bizet, and Reznicek. Forest Hills Jewish Center, 106-06 Queens Blvd., www.fhso.org.

Nov. 20, Queens Activism Now, 2 pm. A reading and panel discussion about social change with artists, activists, and academics. Queens Museum, NYC Building, Flushing Meadows Corona Park, http://bit.ly/2fS2gte.

Nov. 20, The Door Was Open, 2 pm. This Messenger Theatre Co. play is surreal like Alice in Wonderland. Mae walks out of her school and into a house where the walls talk and move, people roll around on wheels or fly through the air, and the whole place could collapse at any moment (ages 8 and up). Free. Flushing Town Hall, 137-35 Northern Blvd., http://bit.ly/2fS67X5.

Continuing from last week:

GingerBread Lane, until Jan. 15, 2017. A 500-square-foot mini-metropolis with more than 1,000 houses bridges, stores, trees, trains, and other structures made of gingerbread, royal icing, and candy. The annual exhibition always includes Candy Cane Place, Eggnog Bay, Gum Drop Row, Peppermint Central Park, and Toffee Boulevard. New York Hall of Science, 47-01 111th St., Corona, http://bit.ly/2eFMEra.

Nov. 16-19, Fear in Porcelain, 8 pm. Sam Kim premieres this solo dance that incorporates fierce sexual restraint to obliterate the ego and eradicate the self. The Chocolate Factory, 5-49 49th Ave., LIC, http://bit.ly/2dVz7gI.

Nov. 17, In the Car with Blossom and Len, Nov. 20. Two-time Emmy winner Martha Byrne (As The World Turns) stars in this comedy about siblings Holly and Fern, their wacky parents, and the complexities of aging. (Nov. 17, 2 pm; Nov. 19, at 2 pm and 8 pm; Nov. 20, 3 pm.) $25-$42. Queens Theatre, 14 United Nations Ave. S., Flushing Meadows Corona Park, http://bit.ly/2fLSjPb.

Nov. 17, Evensong, Nov. 19. The Astoria Performing Arts Center presents a play about a gay Mexican-American man who is homeless in NYC. The Texas transplant works as a bank teller, goes on online dates, and tries to navigate the shelter system. (Thursday and Friday at 8 pm, Saturday at 2 pm and 8 pm.) Good Shepherd United Methodist Church, 30-44 Crescent St., Astoria, http://bit.ly/2eeJlY3.

Nov. 19, The Order of Myths, 6:30 pm. Filmmaker Margaret Brown is in person to discuss and screen this documentary on the difference in how African-American and white residents celebrate Mardi Gras in Mobile, Alabama. $12. Museum of the Moving Image, 36-01 35th Ave., Astoria’s Kaufman Arts District, http://bit.ly/2eyUwfI.

Nov. 20, How to Survive a Plague, 4:15 pm. Filmmaker David France is in person to discuss and screen this documentary that follows the paths of two coalitions—ACT UP and TAG (Treatment Action Group)—whose activism and innovation turned AIDS from a death sentence into a manageable condition. $12. Museum of the Moving Image, 36-01 35th Ave., Astoria’s Kaufman Arts District, http://bit.ly/2gb9AAw.

Nov. 20, My Fair Lady, 2 pm and 7 pm. This timeless story of a low class flower vendor who is transformed into an elegant lady includes such classic songs as “With a Little Bit of Luck,” “Get Me to the Church on Time,” and “I’ve Grown Accustomed to Her Face.” Theatre by the Bay, 13-00 209th St., Bayside, http://bit.ly/2dIpqC8.

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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