2017-10-25 / Front Page

It’s In Queens! (Oct. 26 to Nov. 1)

It’s getting repetitious. Queens is the best place to celebrate Halloween again this year! The borough hosts murder mysteries, Irish ghost stories, a haunted walking tour, a special effects workshop, and other seasonal treats. Plus, there are competing Diwali celebrations, Shakespeare discounts, folk music, Latin dance, and Day of the Dead fun.

Oct. 26, Richard III, Oct. 29. Titan Theatre Company presents a classic Shakespeare tragedy. $18, but get a $2 discount with code ITSINQUEENS16. Shows are Thursday through Sunday, times vary. Queens Theatre, 14 United Nations Ave. S., Flushing Meadows Corona Park, http://bit.ly/2fXPk7a.

Oct. 26, An Evening of Irish Ghost Stories, 7:15 pm. The Golden Footprints Drama Group takes the stage once again with a hand-picked selection of spine-tingling tales from the Emerald Isle and beyond. $10/$12 at the door. New York Irish Center, 10-40 Jackson Ave., LIC, http://bit.ly/2yMzmnd.

Oct. 27, Dances of the World, Nov. 26. Cali Salsa Pal’ Mundo presents a cultural voyage featuring music and dance from around the globe. Expect Salsa, Merengue, Tango, Rumba, Cumbia, Mambo, Samba, Currulao, and Belly Dance. Showtimes are Fridays and Saturdays at 8 pm, and Sundays at 4 pm. $40 in advance/$45 at door. Thalía Spanish Theatre, 41-17 Greenpoint Ave., Sunnyside, http://bit.ly/2cpV70G.

Oct. 27, Murder at the Halloween Ball, 7:59 pm. A shot in the dark. Laughter from the rafters. Romance, humor, and guilt, but whodunit? Find out with a cast of professional actors and a sit-down dinner. $45. Riccardo’s by the Bridge, 21-01 24th Ave., Astoria, http://bit.ly/2yJRf47.

Oct. 27, Noche Flamenca, 12:15 pm. A top-notch Flamenco company transforms Rumi’s poem of the converging of Jewish, Christian, and Muslim cultures that exist within this dance form. Kupferberg Center for the Arts, Colden Auditorium, 153-49 Reeves Ave., Flushing, http://bit.ly/2gwBpl7.

Oct. 27, Reinventing Hollywood: How 1940s Filmmakers Changed Movie Storytelling, Oct. 29. In the 1940s, filmmakers started consolidating flashbacks, first-person narration, direct audience address, and plunges into dreams and fantasies. This series samples the era’s storytelling through the following works: Oct. 27, Laura, 7 pm; Oct. 28, A Letter to Three Wives, 3 pm; Oct. 28, Unfaithfully Yours, 6:30 pm; Oct. 29, Our Town, 4 pm; and Oct. 29, Portrait of Jennie, 6 pm. Museum of the Moving Image, Astoria’s Kaufman Arts District, http://bit.ly/2yMqjCX.

Oct. 28, An Evening with Peter Yarrow, 8 pm. With Peter, Paul, and Mary, Yarrow had hits with “Puff the Magic Dragon” and versions of “If I Had a Hammer” and “Blowin’ in the Wind.” LeFrak Concert Hall, 65-30 Kissena Blvd., Flushing, http://bit.ly/2nmaCKy.

Oct. 28, Dead or Alive: Special Effects, 3 pm. An afternoon of hands-on activities and demos. Here’s the lineup: maniac pumpkin carvers; costume creations; slime bar; DIY prosthetic wounds; fake blood; dowels and cobwebs; cardboard haunted house; spooky sounds; pumpkin chucking; and phases-of-matter demonstrations. New York Hall of Science, 37-01 111th St., Flushing Meadows Corona Park, http://bit.ly/2gDac3V.

Oct. 28, Flushing Meadows Corona Park Walking Tour, 1 pm. Licensed tour guide and former AIA Queens Chapter President Bill Gati explains the Unisphere, NYS Pavilion, Tent of Tomorrow, Queens Museum, Queens Theatre, New York Hall of Science, Queens Zoo, and USTA tennis center. Meet at Queens Museum’s information desk, http://bit.ly/2y0baP2.

Oct. 28, World’s Fair Bike Tour, 11 am. Bike New York partners with Flushing Meadows Corona Park to offer a beginner-friendly tour of the World’s Fair historic sites. Explore a dozen iconic and surprising structures and monuments. Register to borrow a bike, if you like. Meet at Flushing Meadows Aquatic Center, 131-04 Meridian Rd., http://bit.ly/2hZkb0d.

Oct. 28, Hell Gate Halloween, noon. Licensed guide Richard Melnick leads a tour of mayhem and mystery along the Astoria waterfront. $20/$10 for people in costume. Meet at Hell Gate Bridge, Shore and Ditmars boulevards, Astoria, http://bit.ly/2l86dh8.

Oct. 28, Halloween Harvest Festival, 11 am. A performance/procession by Ballet Folklórico Mexicano, pet blessing with urban shaman Mama Donna, a doggie costume contest, food, art, and spooky costume-making. Free. Socrates Sculpture Park, 32-01 Vernon Blvd., LIC, http://bit.ly/2eCUmAB.

Oct. 28, Oye Corona! Celebrating the Day of the Dead, noon to 6 pm. The fun includes food, dancing, singing, education, and rituals to celebrate an altar that commemorates the lives of those who have fought against the racial violence. Free. Park of the Americas, 103-08 42nd Ave., Corona, http://bit.ly/2y0Ie4J.

Oct. 28, Halloween Family Night: Folklore and Fun, 5 pm. Spooky storytelling, crafts, and games celebrating immigrant traditions and folklore. $4/$10 per family. Voelker Orth Museum, 149-19 38th Ave., Flushing, http://bit.ly/2cqLb4n.

Oct. 29, Día de los Muertos, 7:30 pm. The Queens-based Calpulli Mexican Dance Company takes the audience on a voyage from a festive town in Mexico to Mictlán, the Aztec mythology underworld where La Catrina is the mesmerizing Queen. $20-$30. Queens Theatre, 14 United Nations Ave. S., Flushing Meadows Corona Park, http://bit.ly/2gyVpU2

Oct. 29, Inti-Illimani: Celebrating 50 Years of Music, Education and Activism, 3 pm. Inti-Illimani has transcended the idea of the musical ensemble and has become a cultural location, a liturgy expressing the essence of the Latin American ethno-musical experience. LeFrak Concert Hall, 65-30 Kissena Blvd., Flushing, http://bit.ly/2nmaCKy.

Oct. 29, Diwali Festival: Kathak, Bhangra & Beyond, 1 pm. Celebrate the Hindu Festival of Lights with an all-ages party featuring Kathak classical dancer Abha Roy and the Basement Bhangra’s DJ Rekha. Fun includes dance lessons, cooking workshops, henna painting with Indian handicrafts, and Indian foods for sale. $20/$10 for students and children. Flushing Town Hall, 137-35 Northern Blvd., http://bit.ly/2irZopH.

Oct. 29, Halloween in the Garden, noon to 4 pm. Costume dance party, crafts, magic show, face-painting, and trick-or-treat trail. Queens Botanical Garden, 43-50 Main St., Flushing, http://bit.ly/2i0KDGw.

Oct. 29, Diwali Celebration, 1 pm to 4:30 pm. An annual event honoring the Hindu goddess of light, Lakshmee, organized with the Hindu Temple Society of North America. Here’s the lineup: Temple youth Diwali art exhibition; hands-on clay lamp-painting workshop for children; a drop-in workshop for children ages 5-12; a cultural show with folk dances; and the lighting of 3,000 candles. Queens Museum, NYC Building, Flushing Meadows Corona Park, http://bit.ly/2zKxqtB.

Oct. 29, Behind-the-Scenes Tour, 4 pm. Executive Director Nadezhda Allen leads a tour of this landmark, telling the stories behind the family and the property’s construction. $25. King Manor Museum, Rufus King Park, vicinity of 153rd Street and Jamaica Avenue, Jamaica, http://bit.ly/2z1FFUZ.

Oct. 29, Shocktoberfest, noon to 3 pm. Music, games, rides, crafts, treats, and a pumpkin patch where youngsters can pick their own gourds. Free. Playground for All Children, 111-01 Corona Ave., Corona, http://bit.ly/2zmRwt1.

Nov. 1, 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/2gCkEZp.

Nov. 1, Sophia Cleary + Neal Medlyn: Miracle, Nov. 4. A full-length performance with live deejaying by Gillian Walsh. Extreme vocal techniques mix with treacly visual imagery, babies, flowers, microphones, punk rock, and angular, upsetting movement. $20. The Chocolate Factory, 5-49 49th Ave., LIC, http://bit.ly/2xhqBhm.

Nov. 1, Call Me Crazy, 6 pm. A screening and panel discussion on the stigma of mental illness. Free. Jamaica Performing Arts Center, 153-10 Jamaica Ave., http://bit.ly/2xB8rM5.


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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