2017-04-05 / Front Page

It’s In Queens! (April 6 to April 12)

National Poetry Month is on and many schools are off this week. The borough responds with various open mics, a brick festival, a double dose of Shakespeare, food, film, art openings, and of course, Rubber Band Man.

April 6, National Poetry Month Celebration, 6:30 pm. Learn about Poetry Month’s history, enjoy a featured reading by official Queens Poet Laureate Maria Lisella, participate in an open mic. $4 suggested donation. Greater Astoria Historical Society, 35-20 Broadway, Astoria, http://bit.ly/2nTkC0g.

April 6, King Lear, April 9. Using plenty of poetic license, this version shows King Lear with Alzheimer’s disease. He divides his empire among his feuding children and wrestles with his mortality. Nightly show times are 7:30 pm with an extra matinee on April 9 at 2:30 pm. $18 in advance/$20 at the door. The Secret Theatre, 44-02 23rd St., LIC, http://bit.ly/2mIPlJz.

April 6, Open Mic: Poetry and Jazz, 6 pm. This event is for poets, storytellers, freestyle rappers, and emerging artists. The theme is Poetry and Jazz. Free. Flushing Town Hall, 137-35 Northern Blvd., http://bit.ly/2nPtty8.

April 7, Global Mashup: Japan Meets Puerto Rico, 8 pm. Annette A. Aguilar n StringBeans presents Puerto Rican jazz. Masayo Ishigure and the Miyabi Koto Shamisen Ensemble do traditional Japanese music with a jazz and classical twist. Each band plays a set, then the two meet and jam. $16/$10 for students/free for teens. Flushing Town Hall, 137-35 Northern Blvd., http://bit.ly/2nx0AVU.

April 7, Twelfth Night, April 9. Titan Theatre Company, an artist-in-residence, presents this Shakespearean comedy. A shipwreck leaves Viola with fears that her twin brother is dead. She ends up in a love triangle after masquerading as a man (in her brother’s clothes) in order to procure a job. (April 7, 7:30 pm; April 8, 7:30 pm; April 9, 4 pm.) $18. Queens Theatre, 14 United Nations Ave. S., Flushing Meadows Corona Park, http://bit.ly/2n1AyLw.

April 8, Brick Fest Live, April 9. The total LEGO experience with a derby, glow zone, architecture, pit, and much more. Free with admission. New York Hall of Science, 47-01 111th St., Corona, http://bit.ly/2o2SoQV.

April 8, The Spinners plus Little Anthony & The Imperials, 8 pm. This up-tempo R&B group ruled the 1970s with “Rubber Band Man” and performances with precision choreography. Little Anthony still has the Doo Wop talent. $35-$69. Colden Auditorium, Queens College, 65-30 Kissena Blvd., Flushing, http://bit.ly/2o2DURb.

April 8, In The Mood, 3 pm. This musical is a celebration of the 1940s Swing Era with In The Mood singers and dancers and the big band orchestra String Of Pearls. $35-$40. Queensborough Performing Arts Center, 222-05 56th Ave., Bayside, http://bit.ly/2nPHxrA.

April 8, LiVEART.US: International Transmedia Performances, 2 pm. This month’s program is an exploration in performance art through diverse manifestation of sound, spoken word, and visual narratives. Participants are Polina Riabova (Russia, poetry), Julia Santoli (Italy, multi-media, music), Joshi Radin (United States, video, photography), and Maryam Taghavi (Iran/Canada, photography, installation, video). Queens Museum, NYC Building, Flushing Meadows Corona Park, http://bit.ly/2ou9sR8.

April 8, A Poetic Celebration of Womanhood and Sisterhood, 3 pm. Poems of Muriel Yvonne Nickens with vocalist Linda Jones-Prince, pianist Jonathan Archer, and dancer/choreographer Tina Atterbury. Free. Douglaston/Little Neck Branch Library, 249-01 Northern Blvd., http://bit.ly/2nwVIjp.

April 9, Chuck Berry: Hail! Hail! Rock ‘n’ Roll, 7 pm. A tribute screening of a film of recently deceased Chuck Berry’s 60th birthday party with performances, interviews, and backstage scenes. $15. Museum of the Moving Image, 36-01 35th Ave., Astoria’s Kaufman Arts District, http://bit.ly/2o2J5Rc.

April 9, Spring Exhibitions Opening, 3 pm. A performance by Marinella Senatore, Protest Forms: Memory and Celebration Part II, which kicks off at 4 pm and includes the debut of a Queens Anthem and the participation artists from spoken word poets to a symphony orchestra. Meet the creators behind the exhibitions, including the artists-in-residence. Queens Museum, NYC Building, Flushing Meadows Corona Park, http://bit.ly/2ou9sR8.

April 9, South Asian Food Walk, 1 pm. A guided tour to explore the food, spices, and tastes of Tibet, Nepal, Bhutan, India, Bangladesh, Afghanistan, and Pakistan. $57 (includes food but not beverages). Meet at Dera Restaurant, 72-09 Broadway, Jackson Heights, http://bit.ly/2nwOsUF.

April 12, Spring Film Series: Five Fingers (1952), 2 pm. An eight-week series with dramatic and comedic films exploring issues from national security to gender insecurity. Each movie has a post-screening discussion. Remaining schedule follows: April 12, Five Fingers (1952); April 19, Notorious; May 3, Indiscreet (1958); May 10, To Be or Not To Be (1942); and May 17, Some Like it Hot (1959). Queens Museum, NYC Building, Flushing Meadows Corona Park, http://bit.ly/2nTg1eu.

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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