2016-12-07 / Front Page

It’s In Queens! (Dec. 8 to Dec. 14)

Can Ebenezer Scrooge be at two local theaters at the same time? Find out this week while also enjoying great food, countless holiday concerts, a historic house tour, James Baldwin, W.C. Fields, and Martin Scorsese. Here’s the rundown.

Dec. 8, India Kaleidoscope Film Festival, Dec. 11. Seven Indian movies that are making their U.S. or North American premieres and one special presentation of a classic Indian motion picture. Directors are in person for most screenings. Museum of the Moving Image, 36-01 35th Ave., Astoria’s Kaufman Arts District, http://bit.ly/2gUztln.

Dec. 8, Kanoa Mendenhall Trio, 8 pm. Born in Japan and raised in California, Mendenhall has been playing regular jazz gigs in San Francisco since she was age 13. She’s currently enrolled in the Columbia-Julliard Exchange. Free ($10 suggested donation). Jamaica Center for Arts and Learning, 161-04 Jamaica Ave., http://bit.ly/2g3gzad.

Dec. 9, A Christmas Carol, Dec. 22. Titan Theatre Company takes the audience to Victorian England, where Ebenezer Scrooge is visited by spirits from the past, present, and future. $18 (but get discount with code ITSINQUEENS16). Queens Theatre, 14 United Nations Ave. S., Flushing Meadows Corona Park, http://bit.ly/2h6ZBc4.

Dec. 9, Holiday Jubilee, 6 pm. Hear holiday carols and works by 18th century composers performed by Filigree Baroque, an all-female group with flute, cello, and harpsichord. Free. $25 online/$30 at the door. King Manor, 153rd Street and Jamaica Avenue, Jamaica, http://bit.ly/2gYxsoU.

Dec. 9, Using Social Media to Engage in STEM, 5:30 pm. Explore how to communicate science, technology, engineering, and math in innovative ways. Free for high school and college students. New York Hall of Science, 47-01 111th St., Corona, http://bit.ly/2g36mwA.

Dec. 9, A Christmas Carol, 7 pm. The North Country Center for the Arts National Touring Company presents the classic Charles Dickens tale of Ebenezer Scrooge. $35-$40. Queensborough Performing Arts Center, 222-05 56th Ave., Bayside, http://bit.ly/2h6MbNk.

Dec. 9-10, Take Root with Borne Dance Company, 8 pm. This dance experience explores the differences and similarities between humans and why specific groups are targeted for their differences. $15. Green Space, 37-24 24th St., LIC, http://bit.ly/2d3hNSz.

Dec. 10, Great Northeast Cheese Fest, 6 pm. More than 75 artisanal cheeses from around the region along with dishes from top NYC chefs, including local stars Hugue Dufour (M. Wells Steakhouse) and Alfonso Zhicay (Casa del Chef Bistro). Plus, Queens-based cheese expert Tia Keenan, who wrote The Art of The Cheese Plate: Pairings, Recipes, Style, Attitude. $60. Flushing Town Hall, 137-35 Northern Blvd., http://bit.ly/2gHOVDZ.

Dec. 10, Let It Snow, 3 pm. The Astoria Symphony Orchestra takes the audience on a holiday ride with music, ballet dancers, singers, storytellers, and a high-profile guest. LaGuardia Performing Arts Center, 31-10 Thomson Ave., LIC, http://bit.ly/2guaiWe.

Dec. 10, 76th Annual Queens College Winter Concert, 8 pm. Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony and works by Brahms. $20. Colden Auditorium, Queens College, 65-30 Kissena Blvd., Flushing, http://bit.ly/2h7kTX3.

Dec. 10, Concert of Light, 3 pm. An annual concert with holiday music by the Corona Children’s Orchestra and the Corona Youth Orchestra, as well as a special side-by-side performance of Antonin Dvořák’s New World Symphony. Queens Museum, NYC Building, Flushing Meadows Corona Park, http://bit.ly/2gZP0Dp.

Dec. 10, W.C. Fields Fest, 1:30 pm. From 1924 through 1928, Fields appeared in 10 features filmed at Paramount’s Astoria facility. In this illustrated talk, author and lecturer Trav S.D. informs on this lesser known stretch of his career and shows how his silent work presaged his better known talkies. $5. Greater Astoria Historical Society, 35-20 Broadway, LIC, http://bit.ly/2h7Cle9.

Dec. 10, Winter Wildlife Viewing, 9 am. A walking tour of Willow Lake with an Urban Park Ranger. Free. Meet at Albert Mauro Playground, Park Drive East and 73rd Avenue Terrace, Flushing Meadows Corona Park, http://on.nyc.gov/2gR1tWj.

Dec. 11, Twenty-Ninth Annual Holiday Historic House Tour, 1 pm. Walk or take a shuttle to Louis Armstrong House Museum; Bowne House; Flushing Town Hall; Friends Quaker Meeting; Kingsland Homestead; Lewis H. Latimer House Museum; and Voelker Orth House. All seven landmarks will be decorated as they were during their first holiday seasons. Flushing and Corona, http://bit.ly/2g0HOqW.

Dec. 11, Martin Scorsese, through April 23, 2017. This exhibition includes material from Scorsese’s key films, such as costumes, props, storyboards, set photographs, and screenplays. Plus, objects from his childhood and projections of scenes from his work. $15. Museum of the Moving Image, 36-01 35th Ave., Astoria’s Kaufman Arts District, http://bit.ly/2gZckkD.

Dec. 11, Q100, 6:30 pm. Opening night for Salvador Espinosa’s photo exhibit on the bus route that takes prisoners to Rikers Island. His work explores mass incarceration and its effects. Poet Miles Hodges does a special performance. Free. QNS Collective, 36-27 36th St., LIC, http://bit.ly/2gIOuJx.

Dec. 11, Impermanent Landscape, 3 pm. A dance performance in the round by Valerie Green/Dance Entropy that draws inspiration from the ideas of cubism, perspective, perception, and impermanence. Free. Dorsky Gallery, 11-03 45th Ave., LIC, http://bit.ly/2guQZMm.

Dec. 11, Forest Hills Christmas Concert, 4 pm. The Sacred Music Society of Our Lady Queen of Martyrs Church joins the Oratorio Society of Queens for this annual gig. The first half includes highlights from the Christmas portion of Handel’s Messiah. The second half boasts seasonal songs such as “Sleigh Ride.” $30/$10 for children 12 and under. OLQM Church, 110-06 Queens Blvd., Forest Hills, http://bit.ly/2hb4kO3.

Dec. 11, Fertile Ground, 7 pm. This monthly new works showcase features five or six choreographers and a post-performance discussion with wine and cheese. $12. Green Space, 37-24 24th St., LIC, http://bit.ly/2cLWk1d.

Dec. 12, Queens Dinner Club, 7:30 pm. Open to all, this club meets once a month at different restaurants around the borough to enjoy multi-course meals at discounted prices. The next outing goes for the hearty, spicy flavors of Tibet with Chef Chime Tendha. $45. Phayul, 89-17 Northern Blvd., 2nd Fl., Jackson Heights, http://bit.ly/2gIsRJj.

Dec. 13, Community Conversation on James Baldwin, 7 pm. This new reading series organizes conversations about race in the United States through Baldwin’s writings. Free. Greater Astoria Historical Society, 35-20 Broadway, LIC, http://bit.ly/2gvgfCq.

Dec. 14, Meet Beethoven, 7:30 pm. The Queens College Chamber Orchestra performs portions of Beethoven’s Fifth and Sixth Symphonies. Beethoven premiered both during the same Vienna concert on Dec. 22, 1808. LeFrak Concert Hall, Queens College, 65-30 Kissena Blvd., Flushing, http://bit.ly/2g1jllp.

Continuing from last week:

Green Holiday Sale, through Dec. 11. Great deals on such items as books, toys, jewelry, and accessories. Some items are up to 50 percent off. Queens Botanical Garden, 43-50 Main St., Flushing, http://bit.ly/2ckMgPB.

Pushing the Envelope: A Decade of Documentary at the Cinema Eye Honors, through Dec. 23. This series screens impactful documentaries. Leviathan (Dec. 10, 4 pm) is set aboard a fishing vessel that navigates the waves off New England—the very waters that inspired Herman Melville to write Moby Dick. It captures the harsh, unforgiving world of the fishermen. The Autobiography of Nicolae Ceausescu (Dec. 10, 6:30 pm) was edited from thousands of hours of footage on the rise and fall of the socialist Romanian leader and the traumatized nation he left after his execution in 1989. The Act of Killing (Dec. 11, 3 pm) exposes a contemporary Indonesian society formed from a brutal, harrowing, and still unexamined civil war. It’s a country where death squad leaders are celebrated as heroes. The Look of Silence (Dec. 11, 6:30 pm) shows the killing fields of the 1965 Indonesian genocide and informs on the legacy of survivors. Museum of the Moving Image, 36-01 35th Ave., Astoria’s Kaufman Arts District, http://bit.ly/2eN1BrV.

Festival An Koulè, 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, 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.

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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