2016-12-14 / Front Page

It’s In Queens! (Dec. 15 to Dec. 21)

The word “holiday” helps describe upcoming plays, concerts, markets, screenings, and even solstice celebrations. Non-seasonal options include Paul Taylor, Jeff Timmons, Indonesian music, Mexican dance, and kite-flying. Here’s the rundown.

Dec. 15, Found and Funky Opening Reception, 6 pm. Michael Kelly Williams draws inspiration from objects in the Materials for the Arts warehouse. “Found” conveys the sense of affirmation in discovering new objects, while “Funky” pays homage to a jazz term that conveys praise. Free. MFTA, 33-00 Northern Blvd., LIC, http://bit.ly/2hmoJPN.

Dec. 15, It’s a Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Show, Dec. 18. A holiday classic in the style of a 1940s radio broadcast. Players perform the story as a Christmas Eve broadcast with music and sound effects. (Showtimes are 8 pm on first three nights and 2 pm on Dec. 18). $10. RWS Studios, 37-12 35th St., LIC, http://bit.ly/2gtv7QL.

Dec. 16, Gamelan Son of Lion, 7 pm. This repertory ensemble bridges two musical worlds: experimental contemporary America and Indonesian gongs. Some of the music is written by the composer-performers. Some is traditional music from Bali and Java. The instruments are from Indonesia with home-made additions. $13. Flushing Town Hall, 137-35 Northern Blvd., http://bit.ly/2gtH2yc.

Dec. 16, Jeff Timmons, 11 pm. A meet-and-greet with the founding member of pop band 98 Degrees, whose hits include “The Hardest Thing” and “Thank God I Found You.” $35. Resorts World Casino New York City, 110-00 Rockaway Blvd., South Jamaica, http://bit.ly/2hnzVc8.

Dec. 17, Paul Taylor Dance Company, 2 pm and 8 pm (Dec. 18, 3 pm). This world famous troupe presents three shows with cutting edge choreography. $25-$42. Queens Theatre, 14 United Nations Ave. S., Flushing Meadows Corona Park, http://bit.ly/2fz4XjR.

Dec. 17, Winter Solstice Star Celebration, 7 pm. Astronomer Mark Freilich leads a night sky-gazing party to celebrate the solstice. The sky has the brightest stars during winter. $18. Alley Pond Environmental Center, 228-06 Northern Blvd., Douglaston, http://bit.ly/2hmzdPb.

Dec. 17, Music for Yuletide, 7 pm. Queens Consort, the borough’s only Baroque orchestra, plays songs written for the season by Bach, Vivaldi, Manfredini, Antonacci, Heinichen, and Biber. $20. St. Mark´s Church, 33-50 82nd St., Jackson Heights, http://bit.ly/2gb4LYj.

Dec. 17, Holiday Affair, 1 pm. A screening of a black-and-white, 1949, light romantic comedy starring Robert Mitchum and Janet Leigh. A conversation follows. Free. Greater Astoria Historical Society, 35-20 Broadway, LIC, http://bit.ly/2gF0on2.

Dec. 17, Kite Score Flying Performance, 3 pm. Artist Dylan Gauthier hosts a monthly kite-flying performance as part of a project exploring the aesthetic, conceptual, and transcendent aspects of flight, invention, and collaboration. Free. Socrates Sculpture Park, 32-01 Vernon Blvd., LIC, http://bit.ly/2gSSy6U.

Dec. 18, Oratorio Society of Queens Offers Holiday Concert, 4 pm. The Oratorio Society of Queens, which has more than 125 members, performs selections from Handel’s “Messiah” during the first half. Then soloist Geraldine McMillian croons “Angels Carol,” and cantor Jerry Korobow leads a lively rendition of the Ladino Chanukah classic “Ocho Kandelikas.” The chorus and the audience crank out “Hark! The Herald Angels Sing.” $35. Queensborough Performing Arts Center, 222-05 56th Ave., Bayside, http://bit.ly/2hnp1mS.

Dec. 18, Warming Up Winter Holiday Market, 11 am to 4:30 pm. Queens Night Market, which is on break, returns for one afternoon to showcase more than 70 local vendors selling art, crafts, clothing, merchandise, and treats. Consider it a one-stop holiday shopping venue. Queens Museum, NYC Building, Flushing Meadows Corona Park, http://bit.ly/2hx2Hum.

Dec. 18, Festival of Lights, 2 pm. Celebrate the Winter Solstice with four poets, music, and a reception. $5. Voelker Orth Museum, 149-19 38th Ave., Flushing, http://bit.ly/2cqLb4n.

Dec. 18, Calpulli Community, 2 pm. A Queens-based Mexican dance troupe performs folk dances from across Mexico. $15. Flushing Town Hall, 137-35 Northern Blvd., http://bit.ly/2gSLfwg.

Continuing from last week:

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

Pushing the Envelope: A Decade of Documentary at the Cinema Eye Honors, through Dec. 23. This series screens impactful documentaries. October Country (Dec. 17, 4 pm) is a personal portrait of an American family struggling for stability while haunted by the ghosts of war, teen pregnancy, foster care, and child abuse. 45365 (Dec. 17, 6:30 pm) is named after the zip code of the filmmakers’ hometown of Sidney, Ohio. It offers a kaleidoscopic view of America’s heartland. Only the Young (Dec. 18, 4 pm) follows best friends Garrison and Kevin, skaters who spend their days exploring the underpasses and abandoned homes of Southern California. This all changes when Garrison discovers the opposite sex. Billy the Kid (Dec. 18, 6:30 pm) provides an intimate glimpse into the life of a Maine teen named Billy whose behavioral issues put him at the margins of his small-town school. $12. 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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