2017-02-22 / Front Page

It’s In Queens! (Feb. 23 to March 1)

The prolific, world famous Grace Kelly is here, but she might bring a surprise. A few surprise operas are in town, too. But the week’s biggest surprises involve meat. Here are the details.

Feb. 23, Die Fledermaus, Feb. 26. The Aaron Copland School of Music and Queens College Opera sing Johann Strauss’s comic masterpiece in English. Alternating casts, guest artists, and a 22-piece orchestra tell this tale about a man’s belated retribution for his friend’s practical joke in Vienna in 1874. (Feb. 23-25, 7:30 pm; Feb. 26, 3 pm). $20. LeFrak Concert Hall, Queens College, 65-30 Kissena Blvd., Flushing, http://bit.ly/2kSkudb.

Feb. 24, Cinema Tropical, Feb. 26. Six feature films from Brazil, Dominican Republic, Mexico, and the United States. Tempestad with director Tatiana Huezo (2/24, 7 pm), Jacqueline (2/25, 2 pm), Plaza de la Soledad with director Maya Goded (2/25, 4:30 pm), Santa Teresa & Other Stories with director Nelson Carlo de los Santos (2/25, 7 pm), Bleak Street (2/26, 2:30 pm), Neon Bull (2/26, 5 pm). $15. Museum of the Moving Image, 36-01 35th Ave., Astoria’s Kaufman Arts District, http://bit.ly/2kHD7zV.

Feb. 24, Grace Kelly Quartet, 8 pm. She’s only 24, but this jazz phenomenon and vocalist has released 10 albums, headlined more than 700 shows in 30 countries, and recorded or performed with such musicians as Dave Brubeck, Wynton Marsalis, and Harry Connick Jr. $16/$10 for students. Flushing Town Hall, 137-35 Northern Blvd., http://bit.ly/2kSfq8M.

Feb. 24, Re-Stitched: Prints and Printmaking Workshop, 1 pm. Lucia Minervini gives a tour of her show Re-Stitched, which explores the hopes and aspirations of those who resided in the house before it became a museum. She also leads a workshop on transforming photo-images into works of art. $5. Voelker Orth Museum, 149-19 38th Ave., Flushing, http://bit.ly/2lfRJIs.

Feb. 25, Charcuterie Masters, 6 pm. A competition for amateur and professional makers of salami, bacon, pate, and other meats. Plus, dishes from pitmaster Josh Bowen (smoked pastrami reuben), chef Hugue Dufour (Quebecois blood sausage), and chef Will Horowitz (smoked alpaca stew). $60. Flushing Town Hall, 137-35 Northern Blvd., http://bit.ly/2kHD9Yf.

Feb. 25, Kite-Flying, 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 two kite-flying performances. Free. Socrates Sculpture Park, 32-01 Vernon Blvd., LIC, http://bit.ly/2jFsXQe.

Feb. 25, Winter Bird Walk for Beginners, 9:30 am. Stroll around Oakland Lake with Nancy Tognan of the Queens County Bird Club to look for ducks, coots, grebes, swans, geese and more. Oakland Lake never completely freezes due to all of the spring water that constantly feeds into it. Thus, it becomes a freshwater duck magnet when other ponds freeze. Free, but registration is required. Alley Pond Environmental Center, 228-06 Northern Blvd., Douglaston, http://bit.ly/2lk6U5E.

Feb. 26, La Traviata, 3 pm. Teatro Lirico D’Europa sings in Italian with English supertitles. Giuseppe Verdi’s opera is based on the true story of a high society affair. Violetta, a famous Parisian courtesan, must break up with her beloved Alfredo, a naïve nobleman, to save his family’s honor. $35-$42. Queensborough Performing Arts Center, 222-05 56th Ave., Bayside, http://bit.ly/2ls4zFA.

Feb. 26, LiVEART.US, 2 pm. Performances, dialogue panels, and tactical actions address authoritarianism, control, abuse of power, and belligerent decisions that affect a democratic process and people. Queens Museum, NYC Building, Flushing Meadows Corona Park, http://bit.ly/2lsOnEo.

Feb. 26, French Salon Music, 2 pm. Gregory Menillo offers French Salon music for piano and voice. The program features work by Satie, Poulenc, and Debussy. The songs include poetry by Apollinaire and Baudelaire. $12. Voelker Orth Museum, 149-19 38th Ave., Flushing, http://bit.ly/2cqLb4n.

Feb. 26, The Klariano Duo, 3 pm. Søren-Filip Hansen on clarinet and Karina Brix Anderson on piano do a recital of Danish and American music by Gade, Bentzon, Nielsen, Smaldone, and Bernstein. Flushing Town Hall, 137-35 Northern Blvd., http://bit.ly/2lWla2i.

Feb. 26, Artist Lecture & Book Signing, 1 pm. See the world through the lens of photographer Vikram Dogra as he discusses the inspiration and processes behind his exhibit, East of East River, on the landscape and people of Astoria and LIC. Books available for purchase. Free. Queens Botanical Garden, 43-50 Main St., Flushing, http://bit.ly/2ckMgPB.

Feb. 27,The Moth StorySLAM: Fame, 8 pm. Storyteller hopefuls put their names in The Moth Hat. A half hour later, names are picked, and storytellers take the stage. $10. Flushing Town Hall, 137-35 Northern Blvd., http://bit.ly/2m51QPI.

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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