2017-01-18 / Front Page

It’s In Queens! (January 19 to January 25)

Queens native Martin Scorsese figures prominently in this week’s calendar of events. He competes with Felix the Cat, kite-flying art, winter photography, dance, history, and even vegetables. Here’s the rundown.

Jan. 19, The King of Greenpoint, 7 pm. Geoffrey Cobb discusses his new book, The King of Greenpoint, which tells the story of Peter J. McGuinness, a one-time boxer and longshoreman who also served as an alderman, commissioner, sheriff, and register over a 30-year span, despite lacking a high school degree. Free with suggested donation. New York Irish Center, 10-40 Jackson Ave., LIC, http://bit.ly/2jgElVy.

Jan. 19, Winter Birding Photography 11 am. Wildlife photography docent Ryan Loo leads a walk and gives tips for capturing the beauty of the park. Free, but space is limited. Meadow Lake, Flushing Meadows Corona Park, register with vickie.karp@parks.nyc.gov.

Jan. 20-21, Take Root with Kaley Pruit Dance and Urban/Tribe, 8 pm. This monthly new work showcase features Kaley Pruitt Dance in a piece that takes a journey from reality into a fantasized comic book adventure and back. Plus, Urban/Tribe rebels against oppressive perspectives commonly seen in society (particularly the male perspective). $15. Green Space, 37-24 24th St., LIC, http://bit.ly/2d3hNSz.

Jan. 20, Martin Scorsese Retrospective, Jan. 29. Mean Streets (Jan. 20, 7 pm and Jan. 22, 5 pm); Who’s that Knocking at My Door? (Jan. 21, 2:30 pm and Jan. 22, 2:30 pm); Taxi Driver (Jan. 27, 7 pm and Feb. 5, 7 pm); New York, New York (Jan. 28, 2 pm and Jan. 29, 2 pm); Raging Bull (Jan. 28, 6 pm and Jan. 29, 5 pm). Museum of the Moving Image, 36-01 35th Ave., Astoria’s Kaufman Arts District, http://bit.ly/2jg0HqP.

Jan. 21, Inside the White House, 1 pm. A screening of a documentary on the People’s House narrated by Morgan Freeman. Free. Greater Astoria Historical Society, 35-20 Broadway, LIC, http://bit.ly/2jfXrLT.

Jan. 21, Show + Meet and Greet with Kevin Lyttle, 10:30 pm. Hailing from St. Vincent and the Grenadines, this Soca star has a hit with “Turn Me On.” $35. Resorts World Casino New York City, 110-00 Rockaway Blvd., South Jamaica, http://bit.ly/2jsrQ73.

Jan. 21, Gustavo Casenave Quartet, 7:30 pm. Casenave – a multiple Grammy nominee, ACE awardee, pianist, and composer -- presents his eclectic quartet featuring legendary jazz bassist John Patitucci, cellist Sachi Patitucci, and violinist Nick Danielson. They play original chamber jazz, tango, and classical works. $29. Flushing Town Hall, 137-35 Northern Blvd., http://bit.ly/2jsootb.

Jan. 21, Family Festival: Meet the Veggies, 11 am to 2 pm. Create veggie art, plant seeds, sort and count veggies, hear veggie tales, and explore veggie science. Expect educational workshops with five activity stations: Veggie Prints, uses vegetables as stamps to make artwork; Storytelling, books throughout the day; Planting, children will be offered seeds, pots and soil to plant a vegetable to take home; Using vegetables in baked goods; and Veggie count. Free. Queens Public Library’s Discovery Center, 89-11 Merrick Blvd., Jamaica, http://bit.ly/2jFutBE.

Jan. 21, Kite-Flying Performance, 3 pm. Dylan Gauthier’s project explores the aesthetic, conceptual, and transcendent aspects of flight, invention, and collaboration. The artist pairs a sculpture based on the triangular-trussed kites built by Alexander Graham Bell with a monthly publication of kite patterns for visitors to take away, assemble, and fly. On this day, he hosts a kite-flying performance. Socrates Sculpture Park, 32-01 Vernon Blvd., LIC, http://bit.ly/2jFsXQe.

Jan. 22, Felix the Cat & Other Vintage Toon Characters, 2 pm. Historian Tom Stathes, who owns Cartoons on Film, presents an afternoon of 1920s and 1930s cartoons. Experience vintage animation, projected on 16mm film as it often was during much of the 20th century. $5. Voelker Orth Museum, 149-19 38th Avenue, Flushing, http://bit.ly/2cqLb4n.

Jan. 22, Fertile Ground, 7 pm.

This monthly showcase is for emerging and established dancers with new pieces. $12. Green Space, 37-24 24th St., LIC, http://bit.ly/2cLWk1d.

Jan. 22, NYC Watershed Talk and Trivia Contest, 12:30 pm. NYC H20 experts share the story behind the massive 1939 model of NYC’s watershed. Plus, Q&A and trivia contest for teams of up to four players and prizes for the top three teams. Free with a suggested $5 donation. Queens Museum, NYC Building, Flushing Meadows Corona Park, http://bit.ly/2jg87KJ.

Jan. 25, History and Commerce in the Old and the New Netherlands, 7 pm. Jack Eichenbaum, the official Queens historian, presents a lecture derived from historical and geographical research and his 2016 visit to historic Vlissingen (Flushing’s namesake), Holland, and Antwerp, Belgium. $5 suggested donation. Queens Historical Society, 143-35 37th Ave., Flushing, http://on.nyc.gov/2jNcs8F.

Continuing from last week:

Act One: One Act, Jan. 28. A festival of almost 30 one-act pieces by playwrights from across the country. Each world-premiering work shows six times. $15/$18 at the door. The Secret Theatre, 44-02 23rd St., LIC, http://bit.ly/2i6in8w.

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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