2017-09-27 / Front Page

It's In Queens! (September 28 Through October 4)

Big Bird celebrates 45 years in business this week. What a lucky Muppet! This Queens-based, flightless fowl will able to stay local and enjoy a new play, a classic R&B singer, cheap eats in Sunnyside, Makey-Makey, and really big outdoor art.

Sept. 28, The Hand That Was Dealt, Oct. 1. In this play, a youngster needs to make a quick $20,000. It’s time for a scam, but this fast fortune comes with consequences. September shows at 8 pm; October show at 5 pm. The Secret Theatre, 44-02 23rd St., LIC, http://bit.ly/2huDZZ0.

Sept. 28, The Righteous Among the Nations Program, 4 pm. Mordecai Paldiel, a lecturer at Yeshiva University and Queens College, discusses how horrible episodes of genocide can also reveal instances of true compassion. Kupferberg Holocaust Center, 222-05 56th Ave., Bayside, http://bit.ly/2xw7C3C.

Sept. 29, 40th Anniversary of Close Encounters of the Third Kind, Oct. 2. Watch a new 4K digital restoration of this classic film about humans preparing to make contact with mysterious outer-space visitors. Shows are Sept. 29 at 7 pm; Sept. 30 at 2 pm; Oct. 1 at 3 pm; and 6 pm. $15. Museum of the Moving Image, 36-01 35th Ave., Astoria’s Kaufman Arts District, http://bit.ly/2fN4LeU.

Sept. 29, Bayo Fayemi Group, 6:30 pm. These talented young musicians play their own songs and others that originated in Queens. The set includes tunes by Milt “Judge” Hinton, Fats Waller, John Coltrane, Earl Bostic, and Ella Fitzgerald. $10-$15. King Manor Museum, 150-03 Jamaica Ave., http://bit.ly/2vJfjlw.

Sept. 29, Joyce Sims, 11:30 pm. R&B singer and songwriter Sims had her first hit single in 1987 with “You Are My All and All.” She had another hit with “What the World Needs Now Is Love” in 2006. Resorts World Casino New York City, 110-00 Rockaway Blvd., Jamaica, http://bit.ly/2x6wuya.

Sept. 29, Conference of the International Panorama Council: (RE)Thinking The Panorama, Oct. 1. The IPC is the international organization of panorama specialists. This 26th annual conference explores the criteria that contributed to the panorama’s original definition in an effort to understand how it has affected contemporary media art forms and visual culture. Queens Museum, NYC Building, Flushing Meadows Corona Park, http://bit.ly/2wg1yej.

Sept. 30+Oct. 1, I Am Big Bird, noon. For 45 years, Caroll Spinney has been Big Bird and Oscar the Grouch—and at age 80, he has no intention of stopping. This film follows the man in the yellow suit, featuring extraordinary footage of his earliest collaborations with Jim Henson. $15. Museum of the Moving Image, 36-01 35th Ave., Astoria’s Kaufman Arts District, http://bit.ly/2wS6J3D.

Oct. 1, Sunnyside Restaurant Week, Oct. 7. Almost 30 establishments are participating in this fifth annual promotion. The deal is a three-course dinner for $25 with many places offering lunch specials and a few offering the $25 dinner for two people. More info at http://bit.ly/2yBRRs0.

Oct. 1, The Socrates Annual, March 11, 2018. This outdoor show displays 15 artists who work in mosaic, cast concrete, glass, and painting. A failed Presidential amusement park, 18th century Chippendale and Queen Anne design motifs, mobile home landscape and architecture, and NYC’s urban soccer leagues are among the points of departure for these distinct projects. Socrates Sculpture Park, 32-01 Vernon Blvd., LIC, http://bit.ly/2fudINg.

Oct. 1, Benjamin Kimitch: Ko-bu, 9 am (sunrise performance) + 6:30 pm (sunset performance). This solo work was created for Kimitch’s collaborator, dancer Julie McMillan, and reimagined for the museum’s indoor-outdoor galleries. The dance is set to Charles Ives’ posthumously realized Orchestral Set No. 3, which serves as a poetic guide. Free. Noguchi Museum, 9-01 33rd Rd., LIC, http://bit.ly/2wPB7jL.

Oct. 1, New York Classical Players, 3 pm. Pianist Haesun Paik, the top prize winner at the Leeds, Queen Elisabeth, and Tchaikovsky competitions, joins Dongmin Kim (conductor) and Ken Hamao (violin) for Beethoven, Shostakovich, and other lyrical and thoughtful masterworks. Free. Flushing Town Hall, 137-35 Northern Blvd., http://bit.ly/2fumNG4.

Oct. 1, Beer In the Gardens, 1 pm. The second annual beer tasting benefits The Face To Face Project, which strives to break the cycle of poverty by building self-reliant communities. Enjoy products from Finback, SingleCut, Big aLICe, Rockaway, and some Brooklyn breweries. $25. The Community House, 15 Borage Pl., Forest Hills Gardens, http://bit.ly/2xFX2cy.

Oct. 1, Tinker Lab Fall 2017 Open House, 2 pm. Preview and experience the Electronic Instrument project, which teaches about circuitry, sketch, and design, while exploring different sounds, building unique instruments, programming with Scratch, and using Makey Makey, a micro-controller. Lewis H. Latimer House Museum, 34-41 137th St., Flushing, http://bit.ly/2ht6ciX.

Oct. 2, From a Holocaust Rescue to Contemporary Neo-Nazis, 1:30 pm. Three-time Emmy–winning writer, author, and producer Yvette Manessis Corporon discusses her new book on how her grandmother’s remote Greek island, Erikousa, hid a Jewish tailor from the Nazis and how Corporon reunited with the family in Israel years later. Then only days later, her cousin’s child was gunned down in a neo-Nazi attack in Kansas. An $8 voluntary donation is requested. Central Queens Y, 67-09 108th St., Forest Hills, http://bit.ly/2wS5rWf.

Oct. 4, Canta Libre Chamber Ensemble, 12:30 pm. Music for flute, strings, and harp, including Faure’s Pavane, Concert for Five by Joseph Jongen, Suite Breve by Ladislas Rohozinski, and Algues by Bernard Andres. Queensborough Performing Arts Center, 222-05 56th Ave., Bayside, http://bit.ly/2fu7Y6a.

Oct. 4, Monthly Jazz Jam, 7 pm. Held on the first Wednesday of every month, these sessions are a fun way for musicians to hone skills and jam with peers. The house band, led by saxophonist Carol Sudhalter, leads the fun. All are welcome. Don’t play? Come listen! $10. Flushing Town Hall, 137-35 Northern Blvd., http://bit.ly/2xrHc5F.

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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