2017-01-04 / Front Page

It’s In Queens! (Jan. 5 to Jan. 11)

The new year begins with new art, film, virtual reality experiences, video games, and a Korean rock concert. Plus, annual traditions such as MulchFest and candlelight tours return. Here’s the rundown.

Jan. 6, SsingSsing: Korean Folk Songs meet Rock, 8 pm. Six Korean musicians join creative forces to meld two totally disparate genres, while including elements from ballads, pop music, and shamanist rituals. $16. Flushing Town Hall, 137-35 Northern Blvd., http://bit.ly/2hAg37C.

Jan. 6, First Look Festival, Jan. 16. This annual showcase features new art, a video game, and virtual reality experiences. Movies include After the Storm (Jan. 6, 7 pm); Sincerely (Jan. 7, 2 pm); Out There (Jan. 7, 4 pm); Fear Itself (Jan. 7, 5:30 pm); UFE (Jan. 7, 7:30 pm); Territory (Jan. 8, 2 pm); Boone (Jan. 8, 7 pm); John Wilsons New York (Jan. 13, 7 pm); Short Films Program (Jan. 13, 7:30 pm); Reichstag 9/11 and other films by Ken Jacobs (Jan. 14, 2 pm); Havarie (Jan. 14, 4 pm); Helmut Berger, Actor (Jan. 14, 4:30 pm); Depth Two (Jan. 14, 6:30 pm); Silencio (Jan. 15, 2 pm); Between the Fences (Jan. 15, 4 pm); How Heavy This Hammer (Jan. 15, 4:30 pm); How I Fell in Love with Eva Ras (Jan. 15, 6:30 pm) Shorts Program I (Jan. 16, 2 pm); and Shorts Program II (Jan. 16, 3:30 pm). Museum of the Moving Image, 36-01 35th Ave., Astoria’s Kaufman Arts District, http://bit.ly/2iq3qxr.

Jan. 7-8, MulchFest, 10 am to 2 pm. Drop off old holiday trees for the NYC Sanitation Department’s “tree-cycling” program. Locations include Astoria Park (19th Street and Hoyt Avenue); Captain Mario Fajardo Playground (Kissena Boulevard at Booth Memorial Avenue, Flushing); Cunningham Park (196th Place and Union Turnpike, Fresh Meadows); Forest Park (Forest Park Drive and Woodhaven Boulevard); Hunters Point South Park (51st Avenue and Center Boulevard, LIC); and Juniper Valley Park (80th Street near Juniper Boulevard North, Middle Village), http://on.nyc.gov/2hUjrrS.

Jan. 7, Candlelight Tours, 5 pm to 8 pm. Live music by the Nick Russo Trio, tours, mulled cider, and treats at a historic house with federal, state, and city landmark status. $5 suggested donation. Onderdonk House, 1820 Onderdonk Ave., Ridgewood, http://bit.ly/1bjQBaP.

Jan. 7, Journey to Infinity, 3 pm. Opening ceremony for Peruvian-American artist Renzo Ortega’s paintings on canvas that represent emotions and feelings he experienced as an immigrant artist in New York. Ortega leads a workshop on drawing and painting on Jan. 8 at 2 pm. $5/free for students. Flushing Town Hall, 137-35 Northern Blvd., http://bit.ly/2hAkzTy.

Jan. 8, Twilight Concert, 4:30 pm. Con Brio Ensemble members (oboe, piano, soprano, violin) perform works by Strauss, Dvorak, and others. $12. The Church-in-the-Gardens, 50 Ascan Ave., Forest Hills, http://bit.ly/2ilHhhg.

Jan. 8, Tinker Lab Open House, 1 pm to 5 pm. Learn about an eight-week course on making electro light instruments. The first Sunday-only class is on Jan. 22. Lewis H. Latimer House Museum, 34-41 137th St., Flushing, http://bit.ly/2iq96aD.

Jan. 8, Fun in the Snow, 10 am. Winter stories, songs, matching snowflake games, animal friends, crafts, and an outdoor walk, even if there’s no white stuff on the ground. $21. Alley Pond Environmental Center, 228-06 Northern Blvd., Douglaston, http://bit.ly/2hmzdPb.

Jan. 8, Three Kings Celebration, 2:30 pm. A reenactment of the visit by Melchior, Gaspar, and Balthazar, who followed a star to a Bethlehem manger to see Baby Jesus as part of a celebration of Latin American culture with live music, dancing, and toys. Free. El Paraiso Tropical, 102-11 42nd Ave., Corona, 718-261-7664 or LACCQ@aol.com.

Jan. 9, The Politics of the Constitution, 1:30 pm. Alan Hevesi, a former NYS Comptroller and Assemblyman, discusses the Constitution and how this 18th century document applies to modern circumstances. $8 suggested donation. Central Queens Y, 67-09 108th St., Forest Hills, http://bit.ly/2hwXrSV.

Jan. 8, Music Together, 9:30 am and 10:30 am. Babies, toddlers, and pre-schoolers sing, dance, and play with adults. Queens Botanical Garden, 43-50 Main St., Flushing, http://bit.ly/2hCMuEe.

Continuing from last week:

Curators’ Choice 10 Best Films, until Jan. 8. This annual series screens the best and most adventurous films released in the past year, as per Chief Curator David Schwartz and Associate Film Curator Eric Hynes. Here’s the remaining schedule: Made in America (Jan. 8, 1 pm); and Cameraperson (Jan. 8, 4:30 pm). $15. Museum of the Moving Image, 36-01 35th Ave., Astoria’s Kaufman Arts District, http://bit.ly/2hzsLkJ.

GingerBread Lane, until Jan. 15. More than 1,000 houses and other structures made of gingerbread, royal icing, and candy. New York Hall of Science, 47-01 111th St., Flushing Meadows Corona Park, http://bit.ly/2fVlyis.

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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