2017-11-01 / Front Page

It’s In Queens! (Nov. 2 to Nov. 8)

It’s streak week. Many long-time Queens events begin over the next few days, including plays, film festivals, dances, and a billboard exhibition. But there are also one-time activities such as improv, Jewish humor, Philharmonic and Wizard of Oz music, and feasts with cheese, craft beer, charcuterie, and momos.

Nov. 2, Veil’d, Nov. 18. The Astoria Performing Arts Center presents this play about a 16-year-old girl with a rare skin condition who gets by with the support of her family and some secret friends — a poet and a talking nurse shark. Shows are Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays at 8 pm, and Saturdays at 2 pm. $18/$12 for students and seniors. Good Shepherd United Methodist Church, 30-44 Crescent St., Astoria, http://bit.ly/2yYvy0m.

Nov. 3, New York Korean Film Festival, Nov. 5. This 15th annual undertaking screens action, comedy, romance, documentary, social drama, melodrama, and madcap science fiction: Nov. 3, Fabricated City, 7 pm; Nov. 4, A Quiet Dream, 3 pm; Nov. 4, Yourself and Yours, 5 pm; Nov. 4, Bamseom Pirates Seoul Inferno, 7 pm; Nov. 5, Come, Together, 4 pm; and Nov. 5, Okja, 7 pm. Museum of the Moving Image, 36-01 35th Ave., Astoria’s Kaufman Arts District, http://bit.ly/2yXSPQ9.

Nov. 3, Dancing on the Head of a Pin: An Improvised Experience, 8:30 pm. Queens World Film Festival Co-Founder Katha Cato presents an improvised performance. Audience suggestions create the show. Queens Council on the Arts, 37-11 35th Ave., Astoria’s Kaufman Arts District, http://bit.ly/2zCC6Rt.

Nov. 3, Talk About the Passion: Stephen Cone’s First Act, Nov. 12. Chicago-based writer-director Stephen Cone explodes the borders between comedy and drama, community and self, faith and sexuality, and sincerity and performance. Scheduled films include Princess Cyd, The Wise Kids, In Memoriam, This Afternoon, Black Box, and Henry Gamble’s Birthday Party; go to website for times. The museum presents a retrospective on Cone. Museum of the Moving Image, 36-01 35th Ave., Astoria’s Kaufman Arts District, http://bit.ly/2igh3wU.

Nov. 3, Celebrating 100 Years of Dizzy and Monk, 8 pm. A concert celebrating Dizzy Gillespie and Thelonious Monk and their contributions to the jazz vernacular with NEA Jazz Masters Kenny Barron on piano, Jimmy Owens on trumpet, Jimmy Cobb on drum, Lew Tabackin on saxophone, Rufus Reid on bass, and Antonio Hart on saxophone. $42/$20 for students. Flushing Town Hall, 135-37 Northern Blvd., http://bit.ly/2xvwcRv.

Nov. 3, Young Frankenstein, Nov. 11. Royal Star Theatre presents this lighthearted Mel Brooks musical comedy. Fridays and Saturdays at 8 pm, Sunday at 3 pm. $18/$15 for children and seniors. Immaculate Conception Auditorium, 179-14 Danly Rd., Jamaica Estates, http://bit.ly/2fnAUfr.

Nov. 3, Queens Then & Now Through the Local Lens, 5 pm. Author Jennifer Baker, writer/tour guide Jason Antos, and representatives from the Queens Historical Society discuss trends in the borough. Free. Queens Central Branch Library, 89-11 Merrick Blvd., Jamaica, http://bit.ly/2xzrmCI.

Oct. 4, OctoberFeast, 7:30 pm. Enjoy cheese, craft beer, and charcuterie. $65. Bamboo Lounge beneath the Astor Room, 35-11 35th Ave., Astoria’s Kaufman Arts District, http://bit.ly/2xAH28Y.

Nov. 4-5, Paula Wilson and TIPDI: Warm Welcome Dance Weekend, 10 am to 8 pm. The International Partner Dance Intensive offers half hour dance lessons to adult beginners in Ballet, Argentine Tango, Modern, West Coast Swing, Afro-Haitian, and Forró. Joffrey Dance Center, 47-10 Austell Pl., LIC, http://bit.ly/2yY8cKC.

Nov. 4, Pilobolus, Nov. 5. This troupe breaks down barriers between disciplines and challenges the way dance is perceived. $20. Queens Theatre, 14 United Nations Ave. S., Flushing Meadows Corona Park, http://bit.ly/2gXqfdb.

Nov. 4, 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. 4, Hands-On History: Braids and Buttons, 1 pm. Create jewelry inspired by styles from the Colonial and Victorian eras. Free. King Manor Museum, King Park, vicinity of 153rd Street and Jamaica Avenue, Jamaica, http://bit.ly/2zYtQvX.

Nov. 5, New York Philharmonic Ensembles, 3 pm. As many as 16 performers, on everything from cello to bassoon to clarinet to horn, play Octet for Winds, one of Beethoven’s early works, and two pieces composed during World War II -- Dmitri Shostakovich’s Piano Quintet and Gideon Klein’s String Trio, which Klein composed in the Terezin Concentration Camp. $25-$40. LeFrak Concert Hall, Queens College, 153-49 Reeves Ave., Flushing, http://bit.ly/2nmaCKy.

Nov. 5, Momo Crawl, 2 pm. This sixth-annual tour involves sampling Himalayan dumplings at local restaurants and carts. A wooden, vintage-style trolley escorts participants who don’t want to walk. Plus, there is a festival with music and dance from various Tibetan and Nepalese artists. Proceeds go to Students for a Free Tibet. Meet at Diversity Plaza, 37th Road between 73rd and 74th streets, Jackson Heights, http://bit.ly/2yXxeqO.

Nov. 5, The Wonderful Wizard of Song, 3 pm. This jukebox musical features classic songs by iconic Oz composer Harold Arlen. The show goes through the Cotton Club era to his Hollywood years, culminating with his time on Broadway. $40. Queensborough Performing Arts Center, 222-05 56th Ave., Bayside, http://bit.ly/2yWKhLD.

Nov. 5, A Cultural History of Jewish Humor, 2 pm. Columbia University Yiddish Language, Literature, and Culture Professor Jeremy Dauber discusses his new book, Jewish Humor: A Serious History. A minimum $18 donation is requested in advance and $23 at the door. Forest Hills Jewish Center, 106-06 Queens Blvd., http://bit.ly/2zRe4SJ.

Nov. 5, Book Discussion: WWI New York, 2:30 pm. The subject is Kevin C. Fitzpatrick’s World War I New York: A Guide to the City’s Enduring Ties to the Great War, which covers locations of monuments and memorials, as well as places in the city where the war was active. $5/$3 for students and seniors. Queens Historical Society, 143-35 37th Ave., Flushing, http://bit.ly/2z4U1TN.

Nov. 5, LIC Social Media, 7 pm. An evening of images from a Facebook group dedicated to all things Astoria. $5. Greater Astoria Historical Society, 35-20 Broadway, LIC, http://bit.ly/2lqupvk.

Nov. 5, Literary Sunday, 1 pm. Poet/playwright Catherine Fletcher and poet Jared Harel read. Free. Maple Grove Cemetery, Victorian Administration Building, 83-15 Kew Gardens Rd., Kew Gardens, http://bit.ly/2yWL1xP.

Nov. 6, A Daring Rescue in Nazi Paris, 1:30 pm. Anne Nelson, who teaches at the Columbia University School of International and Public Affairs, discusses her new book, Suzanne’s Children, which tells the story of Suzanne Spaak, a Belgian Catholic who helped save hundreds of Jewish children during World War II. She was caught and executed. $8 suggested donation. Central Queens Y, 67-09 108th St., Forest Hills, http://bit.ly/2zRe4SJ.

Nov. 7, Broadway Billboard, March 11, 2018. Artist Amy Khoshbin and poet Anne Carson collaborated to create Word on the Street: Love Not Hatred. This billboard captures the handcrafted feel and texture of DIY protest signs, highlighting the intersection of craft and resistance movements. Its text features Carson’s translation of a line in the Sophocles tragedy Antigone, which explores rule of law, familial duty, and civil disobedience. Socrates Sculpture Park, 32-01 Vernon Blvd., LIC, http://bit.ly/2zYuxp3.

Nov. 7, Meet the Author Story Time: The Green Umbrella, 2 pm. Jackie Azúa Kramer discusses, acts, and signs her children’s book, The Green Umbrella. $5. Alley Pond Environmental Center, 228-06 Northern Blvd., Douglaston, http://bit.ly/2yZZc7Y.

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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