2017-01-25 / Front Page

It's In Queens! (January 25 to February 1)

Queens gets a head start on the Year of the Rooster with dance, a banquet, and a bazaar. The borough also hosts ballet, Congolese plantation art, a haunted house extraordinaire, a peace table discussion, and lectures on stone-carving and how to raise a transgender child. Here’s the rundown.

Jan. 26, Raising a Gender-Creative Child, 7 pm. Julie Tarney discusses her book, My Son Wears Heels: One Mom’s Journey from Clueless to Raising a Gender Creative Child. At age two, her son told her that he identified as a girl. Tarney raised her progeny with unconditional support and love. Now, she is an educator, speaker, writer, and advocate for LGBTQ youth. $5 advance/$8 at door. Central Queens Y, 67-09 108th St., Forest Hills, http://bit.ly /2kkotTw.

Jan. 28, Chinese New Year Temple Bazaar, 11 am and 2 pm. This third annual temple fair includes performances, martial arts, crafts, and food to celebrate the Year of the Rooster. It is offered in two sessions. $5/$3 for children. Flushing Town Hall, 137-35 Northern Blvd., http://bit.ly/2jUoVXT.

Jan. 28, Ballet Inc. Presents The Series, Volume II, 8 pm. As many as 25 emerging choreographers and artists perform contemporary dances. $25/$20 for students. Queens Theatre, 14 United Nations Ave. S., Flushing Meadows Corona Park, http://bit.ly/2kkU2bz.

Jan. 28, Spooktacular: BOO! York City, 2 pm. Come in costume and enjoy the museum transformed into a supernatural scene with a Bewitched Brooklyn Ball Toss, Ghosts and Godzillas Scavenger Hunt, and more ghoulish fun. $20. Queens Museum, NYC Building, Flushing Meadow Corona Park, http://bit.ly/2kkCUGQ.

Jan. 28, Congolese Plantation Workers Exhibit Opening Night, 6 pm. Plantation workers in Congo create sculptures with cacao as a primary material. They mold from clay, then 3D print, and cast in chocolate. The exhibition includes existing and new sculptures and drawings, and it’s on display until March 27. SculptureCenter, 44-19 Purves St., LIC, http://bit.ly/2jpB0AE.

Jan. 28, Carving Stone with Artist Charlie Kaplan, 1 pm to 5 pm. Kaplan has decades of experience as a stone carver. Participants join him in the galleries, discussing Noguchi’s materials and processes, and then learn introductory hand-carving techniques. $20. Noguchi Museum, 9-01 33rd Rd., LIC, http://bit.ly/2jRJFzd.

Jan. 29, Electronic Waste Recycling Event, 10 am to 4 pm. The public can dispose of unwanted gadgets in a manner that limits damage to the environment. Queens Botanical Garden, 43-50 Main St., Flushing, http://bit.ly/2ckMgPB.

Jan. 29, Protecting Our Nature and Our Sacred Land at Oak Flat, 3:30 pm. The Peace Table hosts an open conversation on the land, protection, and culture surrounding Oak Flat in Arizona. This land is in a part of Tonto National Forest that has been protected since 1955. It is sacred to the San Carlos Apache and contains more than 2,400 acres of wildlife, petroglyphs, sacred spaces, water resources, and a copper deposit thought to be the largest in the hemisphere. Queens Museum, NYC Building, Flushing Meadows Corona Park, http://bit.ly/2jj6nzp.

Jan. 30, Chinese New Year Banquet, 7:30 pm. The Queens Dinner Club hosts a Year of the Rooster banquet with everything from steamed spinach dumplings to pig tongue with sea moss to dried seafood soup to stir fried steak with mango. $70. Asian Jewels, 133-30 39th Ave., Flushing, http://bit.ly/2k9NYmR.

Feb. 1-2, Revelations: Chinese New Year, 10:30 am 12:30 pm. Nai-Ni Chen Dance Company ushers in the Year of the Rooster with two shows featuring acrobatic dancers with colorful costumes and musicians playing ancient melodies. $8. Colden Auditorium, Queens College, 65-30 Kissena Blvd., Flushing, http://bit.ly/2jROTee.

Feb. 1, St. Brigid’s Day Cross-Making, 2 pm. Prepare for the Feast of St. Brigid – the female patron counterpart of St. Patrick -- as per longstanding Irish tradition by making special crosses with tea, Irish snacks, and traditional music. $5 suggested donation. New York Irish Center, 10-40 Jackson Ave., LIC, http://bit.ly/2iX7i9Y.

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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