2016-11-30 / Front Page

It’s In Queens! (Dec. 1 to Dec. 7)

Holiday parties and gift-shopping take a back seat to comic book heroes, Rockaway food love, Russian Cinderella, wreath-making, Vietnam commemorations, various dance troupes, and a “red” violin. Here’s the rundown.

Dec. 2, Five Boroughs Music Festival, 7:30 pm. Brooklyn Rider, a genre-defying string quartet, combines an eclectic repertoire with a gripping performance style that is attracting fans and drawing acclaim from classical, world, and rock critics. $25/$10 students. Flushing Town Hall, 137-35 Northern Blvd., http://bit.ly/2gpz621

Dec. 2, The Piano Guys, 8 pm. These four dads from Utah became Internet sensations due to their series of self-made music videos. They’ve made more than 50 since early 2011, including an innovative version of One Direction’s “What Makes You Beautiful” and a reinvention of “Let It Go” from Disney’s Frozen. $39.50-$169.50. Colden Auditorium, Queens College, 65-30 Kissena Blvd., Flushing, http://bit.ly/2gD0FFH

Dec. 2, Random Number One, 8 pm. New and recent compositions for clarinet, cello, and piano including two world premieres by Random Access Music composers David Fetherolf and Gilbert Galindo. Broom Tree Theatre, 23-35 Broadway, Astoria, http://bit.ly/2fYtOd2

Dec. 3, Wintercon, 10:30 am to 8 pm (Dec. 4, 10:30 am to 5 pm). The largest comic and sci-fi expo in NYC features costume contests, trailer screenings, and special live performances. $19-$58. Resorts World Casino New York City, 110-00 Rockaway Blvd., South Jamaica, http://bit.ly/2gzFnLn

Dec. 3, The Taste of Rockaway Beach, noon to 6 pm. Seventeen restaurants within a 12-block area provide samples to participants. $15/$20 day-of. http://bit.ly/2fJUAIt

Dec. 3, Cinderella, 7:30 pm. The State Ballet Theatre of Russia dances to music by Prokofiev. The choreographer is Vladimir Vasiliev, a former principal dancer with the Bolshoi Theater Ballet. $23-$39. Colden Auditorium, Queens College, 65-30 Kissena Blvd., Flushing, http://bit.ly/2fussed

Dec. 3-4, Contemporary Dance, 12:30 pm and 3 pm. Two new pieces organized by the dancer and choreographer Kensaku Shinohara. Plus, guest artist Gabrielle Revlock answers questions about the show from 1 pm to 2:45 pm. Free. Queens Museum, NYC Building, Flushing Meadows Corona Park, http://bit.ly/2gzCbj6

Dec. 3, The Red Violin and Its Legacy, 7:30 pm. Elizabeth Pitcairn plays her “Red Mendelssohn” Stradivarius, made famous by the movie The Red Violin. She and pianist Barbara Podgurski showcase Mozart, Mendelssohn, and César Franck. Beforehand, they present students from the Luzerne Music Center, where Pitcairn is president, CEO, and artistic director. $20/$10 for students/Free for children under 13. The Church-in-the-Gardens, 50 Ascan Ave., Forest Hills, http://bit.ly/2fYsIhs

Dec. 3, Visuality, 8 pm. Live classical music from composers such as Claude Debussy and Sebastian Currier meets technology and the visual arts. Each musical piece is developed around commissioned new creations from painters, sculptors, choreographers, writers, and other visual artists. $25. Queens Theatre, 14 United Nations Ave. S., Flushing Meadows Corona Park, http://bit.ly/2fuplmw

Dec. 3, 50th Anniversary of Vietnam, 1 pm. Former 1st Lieutenant Don Fedynak, past president of the Vietnam Veterans of America Queens Chapter #32 and a U.S. Army Signal Corps photo officer, shows his documentary footage. The event coincides with the opening of LIC at War, an exhibition on servicemen and the community during conflicts. Greater Astoria Historical Society, 35-20 Broadway, LIC, http://bit.ly/2gBbGpN

Dec. 3, Wreath Decorating Workshop, 1 pm to 4 pm. Professional gardener Jay Jones teaches the art of wreath-making. Participants create a wreath to take home. Free. Voelker Orth Museum, 149-19 38th Ave., Flushing, http://bit.ly/2cqLb4n

Dec. 3, Hands on History: Namesake Bookplate, 1 pm. Attendees learn what made Rufus King’s bookplate special and create some. Free. King Manor Museum, 150-03 Jamaica Ave., http://bit.ly/2gCTFIG

Dec. 3, Karinne Keithley Syers: A Tunnel Year, Dec. 11. A three-part book with a play at its center, built from interrupted thoughts crammed into one-line scenes voiced by animals. One form is a book-bridging poem, play, and essay. The book is installed, performed as live radio play, and remaindered as ephemera. The entire piece can be experienced privately or in a group. Everyone leaves with something in hand. Performances on Dec. 3 at 7 pm and 9 pm. Installation on view: Dec. 3 at 6 pm to 10 pm, and Dec. 4, 8 and 11, noon to 5 pm. $20. The Chocolate Factory, 5-49 49th Ave., LIC, http://bit.ly/2gzDUom

Dec. 3, BALAM Dance Theatre, 2 pm and 8 pm (Dec. 4 at 3 pm). The premiere of The Fountain of Pleasure, a new Baroque-inspired choreography created by artistic director Carlos Fittante. $16/$10 for students. M11 Studio Theatre, Rathaus Hall, Queens College, 65-30 Kissena Blvd., Flushing, http://bit.ly/2gBhOOG

Dec. 4, Christmas in the Garden + Tree Lighting, 1 pm to 5:30 pm. Winter garden tour, photos with Santa, ornament making, live music by The Rough Dozen a cappella group, and bargains at gift shop. Free. Queens Botanical Garden, 43-50 Main St., Flushing, http://bit.ly/2gBdZJ9

Dec. 4, A Christmas Carol, 3 pm. A radio show fundraiser based on the classic Charles Dickens play. All proceeds go to arts programs. $10-$15. Immaculate Conception Parish Hall, 85-45 Edgerton Blvd., Jamaica Estates, www.royalstartheatre.org

Dec. 7, LIC Forum: Mickey Mouse, 7 pm. Learn about Walt Disney, who died 50 years ago this month. He was an entrepreneur, animator and voice actor. Plus, he holds the record for most Academy Awards, having won 22 Oscars, two Golden Globe Special Achievement Awards and an Emmy. Plus, Natalia “Saw Lady” Paruz does a stirring reading of the Visit by St. Nick. Free. Greater Astoria Historical Society, 35-20 Broadway, LIC, http://bit.ly/2gPKlo0

Dec. 7, Newtown Literary Launch Reading, 7 pm. Contributors to this community literary journal read excerpts. Free. Terraza 7, 4019 Gleane St., Elmhurst. More info: managingeditor@newtownliterary.org.

Continuing from last week:

Festival An Koulè (Festival of Colors), until Dec. 31. Twenty established and emerging Haitian artists — many of them Queens locals — display their works at the Cambria Heights, Rochdale Village, St. Albans, and South Hollis libraries for six weeks, http://bit.ly/2fWtiwC

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. New York Hall of Science, 47-01 111th St., Corona, http://bit.ly/2eFMEra

Documentary Films, through Dec. 23. This series screens 25 acclaimed documentaries from the past decade with many filmmakers in person. On Dec. 3, Bombay Beach (4 pm) follows three residents of Salton Sea in California, a rusting relic of a failed 1950s development boom. Marwencol (6:30 pm) follows Mark Hogancamp’s recovery after being beating by five people in a bar. He builds a 1/6-scale model World War II-era town in his backyard and populates it with dolls representing his friends and family as well as photographs depicting fictionalized dramas in the town he calls “Marwencol.” On Dec. 4, Man on Wire (4:30 pm) recounts Frenchman Philippe Petit’s walk on a cable strung between the Twin Towers in 1974. Iraq in Fragments (6:30 pm) is structured in three parts to reflect the religious and ideological fracturing of Iraq in the months following the U.S. invasion. Museum of the Moving Image, 36-01 35th Ave., Astoria’s Kaufman Arts District, http://bit.ly/2eN1BrV

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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