2017-12-13 / Front Page

It’s In Queens! (Dec. 14 to Dec. 20)

Santa is lucky he doesn’t have to check this list twice…it goes on forever! Options abound in Queens this week with concerts, theater, dance, and performance art. Enjoy taco-eating dragons, holiday music, classic films, candlelight tours, pomanders, and starry skies.

Dec. 14, Thursday Night Jazz: Camila Meza, 8 pm. Performing as part of a monthly series that runs through June 2018, Meza’s Latin American roots and profound connection to jazz combine with the fusions of contemporary and popular music. $10. Jamaica Center for Arts & Learning, 161-04 Jamaica Ave., http://bit.ly/2wtPQws.

Dec. 15, New Music Horizon, 8 pm. Guitarist Mike Baggetta and bassist Mark Wade each perform a set of original jazz and explain their writing process. Then, the audience talks informally with them. $10/free for students and seniors. Flushing Town Hall, 137-35 Northern Blvd., http://bit.ly/2nOOqNn.

Dec. 15, Songs of Peace and Light, 7:30 pm. The New York Sri Chinmoy Centre International Choir sings choral arrangements of the soul-stirring songs of Indian spiritual master and peace activist Sri Chinmoy. Free. The First Presbyterian Church of Forest Hills, 70-35 112th St., http://bit.ly/2Bnu186.

Dec. 16, Queer Urban Orchestra: We Are One, 5 pm. This citywide LGBTQ group plays Beethoven’s Symphony No. 3; the premiere of Ascension, a new composition by Brooklyn-based Jessica DiMari; and other seasonal selections, such as parts of Tchaikovsky’s The Nutcracker Suite. Free. Queens Museum, NYC Building, Flushing Meadows Corona Park, http://bit.ly/2jxsIfJ.

Dec. 16, Queens College Choral Society’s Winter Concert, 8 pm. Mozart’s Requiem and 1001 Voices, a powerful piece for chorus, orchestra, ethnic instruments, actors, and visual projections. $5-$20. Colden Auditorium at Queens College, 153-49 Reeves Ave., Flushing, http://bit.ly/2o2DURb.

Dec. 16, Music for Yuletide, 7 pm. The Queens Consort, the borough’s Baroque music ensemble, presents a candlelit concert of works celebrating the season by Sammartini, Biber, Lalande, Dandrieu, and others in an intimate setting. $15-$20. St. Mark’s Church, 33-50 82nd St., Jackson Heights, http://bit.ly/2yoHPuA.

Dec. 16, Candlelight Tours, 6 pm. Live music by Eden Lane, guided tours by candlelight, mulled cider, and sweets. Onderdonk House, 1820 Flushing Ave., Ridgewood, http://bit.ly/1bjQBaP.

Dec. 16, Book Talk: Playing Catch With Strangers, 2:30 pm. Longtime Forest Hills resident Bob Brody presents his newest book, Playing Catch With Strangers: A Family Guy (Reluctantly) Comes of Age, which touches on becoming a responsible adult. $5/$3 for students and seniors. Queens Historical Society, 143-35 37th Ave., Flushing, http://bit.ly/2yfKhBZ.

Dec. 16, Stargazing Wonders: Winter Solstice Star Celebration, 7 pm. Astronomer Mark Freilich leads an indoor Q&A, followed by an outdoor sky viewing with a telescope. The constellation Orion and the Great Orion Nebula are visible. $16. Alley Pond Environmental Center, 228-06 Northern Blvd., Douglaston, http://bit.ly/2nu4BQ1.

Dec. 16, Tinker Lab & Tree Lighting, 1 pm. Here’s the schedule: 1 pm, Lego Building & Sketch with AIA Queens; 2:40 pm, DIY LED Holiday Cards & E-Lantern Making; 4:30 pm, Christmas Tree Lighting, Hot Cocoa & Music. Free, but please RSVP. Lewis H. Latimer House Museum, 34-41 137th St., Flushing, http://bit.ly/2jN4H0Q.

Dec. 16, Pomanders Workshop, 1 pm. A hands-on class on a winter craft mentioned in literature as early as the 13th century. Pomanders were used to ward off infections and bad odors throughout the Middle Ages. They were particularly popular during the Victorian Era. $6/$10 per family. Voelker Orth Museum, 149-19 38th Ave., Flushing, http://bit.ly/2cqLb4n.

Dec. 16, The Princess Bride, 11 am & 3 pm (and Dec. 17 at 11 am & 3 pm). A screening of a classic film on its 30th anniversary. A quotable tale filled with royalty, pirates, heroes, villains, and true love. $15. Museum of the Moving Image, 36-01 35th Ave., Astoria’s Kaufman Arts District, http://bit.ly/2BbGVpa.

Dec. 16, Ayazamana Ecuadorian American Cultural Center, 2 pm. The children’s dance group Ñukanchik Sapi, the adult troupe Ayazamana, and musical director Bolivar Guachichulca accompanied by music from Inti Andino. Queens Museum, NYC Building, Flushing Meadows Corona Park, http://bit.ly/2z1Vry6.

Dec. 16, Movement Research 2017 Van Lier Fellows Fana Fraser + NIC Kay, 5 pm. Dancer Fana Fraser with Martell Ruffin and NIC Kay. $10 in advance/$15 at the door. Knockdown Center, 52-19 Flushing Ave., Maspeth, http://bit.ly/2AhJvHi.

Dec. 16, Dragons Love Tacos & Other Stories, 2 pm. To lure dragons, offer buckets of tacos. But if a dragon eats spicy salsa, red-hot trouble ensues. The award-winning team behind Those Darn Squirrels! offers a laugh-until-salsa-comes-out-of-your-nose tale of new friends and the perfect snack. $10/$5 for children. Jamaica Performing Arts Center, 153-10 Jamaica Ave., http://bit.ly/2ilD4yj.

Dec. 16, Camelot, 1 pm. A screening of a classic film on its 50th anniversary. Camelot depicts King Arthur’s marriage to Guinevere in England’s Age of Noble Chivalry. It also explores the dark side of humanity with Mordred’s plot to gain the throne and Guinevere’s growing attachment to Sir Lancelot. Free. Greater Astoria Historical Society, 35-20 Broadway, LIC, http://bit.ly/2C4hhAu.

Dec. 16, Music Salon II, 8 pm. Queens-based musicians Pat Irwin and Ernie Brooks jam. Free. Local Project, 11-27 44th Rd., LIC, http://bit.ly/2iQQ4Zv.

Dec. 17, Oratorio Society of Queens Holiday Concert, 4 pm. This 125-plus member chorus performs parts of Handel’s Messiah during the first half. The second half includes a suite of Christmas carols, “Gloria” by Randol Bass, “Ma’oz Tsur” by 18th century composer Benedetto Marcello, and “Al Hanissim.” $10-$35. Queensborough Performing Arts Center, 222-05 56th Ave., Bayside, http://bit.ly/2C5pPXy.

Dec. 17, The Gift of the Magi, 2 pm (and Dec. 18, 7:30 pm). Queens Opera Theatre offers its take on the O. Henry short story with music and lyrics. This version takes place in NYC on Christmas Eve 1905. A young woman sells her most prized possession to be able to buy her lover a gift and vice versa. $16/$10 for students. Flushing Town Hall, 137-35 Northern Blvd., http://bit.ly/2zBKhOj.

Dec. 17, Queens Symphony Orchestra, 3 pm. Maestro Martin Majkut leads this 64-year-old troupe in a holiday concert. Free but RSVP. LeFrak Concert Hall at Queens College, 63-50 Kissena Blvd., Flushing, http://bit.ly/2z1vrTn.

Dec. 17, Flushing Meadows Corona Park Community Advisory Board Open House, 2 pm. Park users and advocates offer suggestions to improve the iconic public space. Topics include beautification, public art, maintenance, sustainability, waste reduction, recycling, and habitat conservation. Free food donated by several Queens Night Market vendors, including Panda Cafe, Tropical Revival, and Mums Kitchens NYC. Free beer courtesy of SingleCut Beersmiths and wine courtesy of The Vine Collective. New York Hall of Science, 47-01 111th St., Corona, RSVP is required at http://bit.ly/2nRys56.

Dec. 17, El Paquete Download, 2 pm. American artist Julia Weist and Cuban artist Nestor Siré explore and intervene in El Paquete Semanal or “the weekly package,” a cultural and economic phenomenon that developed in Cuba in place of internet connectivity. A 1 terabyte digital media collection is aggregated weekly and circulated across the country via in-person file sharing. Queens Museum, NYC Building, Flushing Meadows Corona Park, http://bit.ly/2ALU8Cm.

Dec. 19, Humanities New York: Elizabeth Stanton, 6:30 pm. A discussion of Elizabeth Cady Stanton: An American Life, a biography by historian Lori Ginzberg on the women’s rights activist. Free. Greater Astoria Historical Society, 35-20 Broadway, LIC, http://bit.ly/2yfQwpi.

Ongoing from the previous week

A Christmas Carol: The Tradition Continues, through Dec. 22. Titan Theatre Company presents its award-winning take on the timeless Charles Dickens tale of Ebenezer Scrooge and his conversion from cold-hearted miser to warm-hearted humanitarian. $16. Times vary. Queens Theatre, 14 United Nations Ave. S., Flushing Meadows Corona Park, http://bit.ly/2khHPto.

Happy Henson Holidays, until Dec. 31. Watch holiday-themed Jim Henson TV specials, movies, and anniversary screenings. Remaining schedule: The Muppet Christmas Carol, Dec. 16 and 17 at 1 pm; Emmet Otter’s Jug-Band Christmas, Dec. 23 at 1 pm; Christmas Eve on Sesame Street, Dec. 24 at 1 pm; Bear in the Big Blue House, Dec. 30 at 1 pm; and The Christmas Toy, Dec. 31 at 1 pm. $15. Museum of the Moving Image, 36-01 35th Ave., Astoria’s Kaufman Arts District, http://bit.ly/2zGNaNQ.

GingerBread Lane, until Jan. 15, 2018. This annual smorgasbord of sweetness includes houses, trees, street signs, and other urban fixtures made with gingerbread dough, icing, and candy. Workshops are offered, and on Jan. 15, the museum dismantles the municipality and distributes free chunks of it to the public. New York Hall of Science, 47-01 111th St., Flushing Meadows Corona Park, http://bit.ly/2yLPtTm.

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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