2017-02-08 / Front Page

It’s In Queens! (February 9 to February 15)

As to be expected, the borough gets a bit romantic during the upcoming days. But there’s still time for alligators in sewers, Puerto Rican music, Italian movies, French jazz, Spanish dance, Dominican food, African birds, and Dutch living. Here are the details.

Feb. 9, Alligators in the Sewer, 7 pm. Learn more about this urban legend and others with Manhattan borough historian Michael Miscione. Expect to hear about the East Harlem storm sewer in 1935. $5. Greater Astoria Historical Society, 35-20 Broadway, LIC, http://bit.ly/2keqsER.

Feb. 10, Valentine’s Day Pop Up, Feb. 14. This store sells Queens-made products such as jewelry, chocolate, pottery, cards, flowers, and hot sauce. Operation hours: Feb. 10, 4 pm to 8 pm; Feb. 11, 11 am to 3 pm; Feb. 12, 11 am to 3 pm; Feb. 13, 4 pm to 8 pm; and Feb. 14, 11 am to 3 pm. MadeinQueens, at 27-24 Queens Plaza South, LIC, http://bit.ly/2lhP9Bk.

Feb. 10, Victor Manuelle, 8 pm. This Salsa music super star presents a danceable Valentine’s Day party. $54.46. Resorts World Casino New York City, 110-00 Rockaway Blvd., South Jamaica, http://bit.ly/2kkstlp.

Feb. 10, How We Create & How We Cope, 6:30 pm. Poet/curator Audrey Dimola hosts a panel discussion about mental illness and the creative experience. Local artists present stories, poetry, visual art, and more. $5. Queens Council on the Arts, 37-11 35th Ave., Astoria’s Kaufman Arts District, http://bit.ly/2kFEK4W.

 Feb. 10, Blaxplotalian, 5:30 pm. Fred Kuwornu screens and discusses BlaxploItalian: 100 Years of Blackness in Italian Cinema, his documentary about African-American and African actors in Italian cinema. $15. Museum of the Moving Image, 36-01 35th Ave., Astoria’s Kaufman Arts District, http://bit.ly/2kG8bUJ.

Feb. 10, Dominican Desserts and Drinks, 7 pm. Chef Carolina Mourelle facilitates hot chocolate with Dominican rum shot (optional) paired with Jalao (coconut and honey truffles) and complimented by a classic Tres Leches. $24. Alley Pond Environmental Center, 228-06 Northern Blvd., Douglaston, www.alleypond.com.

Feb. 11, Flamenco Vivo Carlota Santana, 2 pm and 8 pm (and Feb. 12 at 3 pm). One of the nation’s premier Flamenco and Spanish dance companies offers three shows. Free wine tastings after both matinee performances with Spanish wines and the dancers. $25. Queens Theatre, 14 United Nations Ave. S., Flushing Meadows Corona Park, http://bit.ly/2lcFgYU.

Feb. 11, Percussia, 2 pm. This local ensemble performs modern, eclectic chamber music, including two world premieres by Queens composers — Immigrant Dream by Carlo Nicolau and International Express by Quentin Chiappetta. Suggested admission is $8/$4 for seniors/free for children. Queens Museum, NYC Building, Flushing Meadows Corona Park, http://bit.ly/2lhDAKo.

Feb. 11, The Wiz, 4 pm. New York Black Arts does this one-time special presentation of the Broadway smash hit musical. $15. Jamaica Performing Arts Center, 153-10 Jamaica Ave., http://bit.ly/2jVrULx.

Feb. 11, Gavroche Jazz Band, 7:30 pm. Featuring Valentine Biollay’s expressive voice, this group presents a romantic evening of French jazz that includes premieres of classical art arrangements from Bizet, Debussy, Ravel and Satie. $20/$10 for students/free for those under 13 if accompanied by a paying adult. The Church-in-the-Gardens, 50 Ascan Ave., Forest Hills, http://bit.ly/2kKSUkV.

Feb. 11, Temporary Walls, 3 pm. Working at the intersection of sculpture, drawing, and dance, Lauren Bakst & Yuri Masnyj present Temporary Walls, a new installation and performance piece made specifically for the venue’s basement. SculptureCenter, 44-19 Purves St., LIC, http://bit.ly/2jVip3Y.

Feb 11, Live Music, Candlelight Tours, 5 pm to 8 pm. Explore the oldest Dutch farmhouse in NYC with live entertainment by Eden Lane and mulled cider. $5. Onderdonk House, 1820 Flushing Ave., Ridgewood, http://bit.ly/1bjQBaP.

Feb. 12, Five Borough Songbook, Volume II, 3 pm. The Five Boroughs Music Festival presents the Queens premiere of this new collection of songs and stories by 20 composers. A discussion with several of the creators is at 2 pm. $25. Flushing Town Hall, 137-35 Northern Blvd., http://bit.ly/2kLsqQb.

Feb. 12, Artists, Activists and Scientists Build Coalitions to Resist Climate Change, 2 pm to 5 pm. As part of an ongoing exhibition, people gather around a Peace Table to discuss current events and topics. This final convening brings the perspectives of eco-artists, activists, and experts on climate change to address environmental justice. Queens Museum, NYC Building, Flushing Meadows Corona Park, http://bit.ly/2lhrl0m.

Feb. 12, Treasures in the Attic, 3:30 pm. Curator Kelsey Brow discusses objects in the museum’s collection that aren’t on display to the public. Sip drinks from the 1800s and view such objects as an 18th-century mug. End the day by sampling a beverage that Founding Father Rufus King might have imbibed. Free. King Manor Museum, 153rd Street and Jamaica Avenue, http://bit.ly/2kf0mlt.

Feb. 15, South Africa Safari, from Capetown to Kruger to Wakkerstroom, 8 pm. In conjunction with the Queens County Bird Club, Donna Schulman shares the habitats and animals she encountered in South Africa. Photographs and videos. Alley Pond Environmental Center, 228-06 Northern Blvd., Douglaston, http://bit.ly/2lgYyJr.

Feb. 15, A Year With Frog and Toad, 10:30 am. This whimsical musical follows two great friends -- the cheerful, popular Frog and the curmudgeonly Toad. $8. Colden Auditorium, Queens College 65-30 Kissena Blvd., Flushing, http://bit.ly/2jVjGrI.

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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