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It’s In Queens! (Dec. 21 to Dec. 27)

Shopping, family, traveling…stress. Good thing Queens relaxes with some great movies, exhibitions, concerts, children’s activities, and opportunities to curl up by a fireplace on a farm this week.

Dec. 21, Queens Second Line Swing, 12:30 pm. Jazz vocalists Claudette Morgan and TC the 3rd, stars of the new musical SS Nirvana: A Story of Love and Jazz On the High Seas, lead a New Orleans-style swing parade through Kew Gardens. Accompanied by a three-piece brass ensemble and bass drum, they perform call-and-response standards by legends such as Ella Fitzgerald, Louis Armstrong, and Sarah Vaughn. Free. The Main Line at Maple Grove Park, Hoover Avenue between Queens Boulevard and 132nd Street, Kew Gardens, http://bit.ly/2nwKssA.

Dec. 21, A Charlie Brown Christmas, Jan. 6. This family-friendly musical begins when Charlie Brown complains about the holiday season’s materialism. Lucy suggests he direct the school Christmas pageant, and he accepts. Then, the adventure takes off. Schedule: Dec. 21, 22, 23, 27, 28, 29, and 30 at 7 pm; Jan. 3, 4, 5, and 6 at 7 pm; Dec. 23, 24, 30, and 31 at 3:30 pm; and Jan. 6 at 3:30 pm. $18, but $20 at door/$10 for children (17 and under), but $12.50 at door. The Secret Theatre, 44-02 23rd St., LIC, http://bit.ly/2wuszLW.

Dec. 22, Shannon, 11:30 pm. A concert by the singer who had hits with “Let the Music Play” and “Give Me Tonight.” Resorts World Casino New York City, 110-00 Rockaway Blvd., South Jamaica, http://bit.ly/2kELnCC.

Dec. 22, Four Films from Curators’ Choice 2017, Dec. 23. Four titles from a selection of the year’s best movies screen this week. Mudbound (Dec. 22, 7 pm) is based on a novel about two families—one black, one white—who confront different levels of racism in World War II Era Mississippi. The Human Surge (Dec. 23, 2 pm) is about a young man in Buenos Aires, a boy in Mozambique, a lad in a jungle, and a Filipina. Strong Island (Dec. 23, 4:30 pm) examines the violent death of the filmmaker’s brother and the judicial system that allowed his killer to go free. Get Out (Dec. 23, 7 pm) is comedian Jordan Peele’s story about a young black man’s weekend with his white girlfriend’s family. $15. Museum of the Moving Image, 36-01 35th Ave., Astoria’s Kaufman Arts Studio, http://bit.ly/2kKDnQm.

Dec. 23, Silhouette Cameo Cutter, Dec. 31. Learn how to use a desktop robotic cutting machine to craft intricately cut greeting cards. Workshops are Dec. 23, 24, and 31 from 1:30 pm to 3 pm & 3:30 pm to 5 pm. $3 per adult-child pair, plus museum admission. New York Hall of Science, 47-01 111th St., Corona, http://bit.ly/2D0c2Cr.

Dec. 23, Free Lunch with Santa, 11 am to 3 pm. The Ecuadorian-American Cultural Center offers free food, photos with Santa, children’s crafts, story-telling, and goodie bags. Anoroc Building, 45-23 47th St., Woodside, http://bit.ly/2yT0UUx.

Dec. 26, Holiday Open House, Dec. 28 (noon to 4 pm all days). Walk in a winter wonderland, hang out on a farm, and warm up by fireplaces in the decorated Adriance Farmhouse. Children’s crafts and hot mulled cider, too. Free. Queens County Farm Museum, 73-50 Little Neck Pkwy., Glen Oaks, http://bit.ly/2cScYMr.

Dec. 27, ReMake the Holidays, Dec. 30 (noon to 4 pm). Families bend, twist, light, sculpt, and animate a new version of the holiday season with workshops, demos, artist installations, and more. ReMake the Holidays is a response to increased consumption and waste during the holiday season. Each day focuses on different recyclable materials: Dec. 27, Textiles; Dec. 28, Paper; Dec. 29, Plastic; and Dec. 30, Wood. New York Hall of Science, 47-01 111th St., Corona, http://bit.ly/2CAqq3h.

It’s a great time for exhibitions:

The Socrates Annual. Walk around and admire 15 distinct outdoor art projects, including a failed Presidential amusement park, 18th century Chippendale and Queen Anne design motifs, and a mobile home landscape and architecture. On display until March 11, the pieces question political representation and mythology. Free. Socrates Sculpture Park, 32-01 Vernon Blvd., LIC, http://bit.ly/2fudINg.

World Amigurumi Exhibition: Dolls for Daily Life. Back for its fourth year, this show explores wider possibilities of amigurumi (Japanese crochet art) with unique shapes and innovative ideas. The items can be used in daily life and include hair brushes, wallets, scarves, and tissue box covers. Pieces from 120 artists from 40 countries are on display until March 31. Resobox, 41-26 27th Street, LIC, http://bit.ly/2ke2kV2.

Never Built New York. Many NYC construction ideas have been rejected over the centuries. This show, which runs until Feb. 18, invites visitors to discover the NYC that might have been through original prints, drawings, models, installations, and animations. See plans for a football stadium, a floating airport, and an apartment building that also serves as a bridge support. Queens Museum, NYC Building, Flushing Meadows Corona Park, http://bit.ly/2AUriPr

The Sport of Kings in Queens. The borough has been a major center for thoroughbred horse racing since 1667, when English King Charles II established the first race course in his North American Possessions in the borough. Up until June 30, this display details the history of this sport in Queens from 350 years ago to the present. It relates stories of horses, jockeys, trainers, and iconic races. The exhibition is co-located at Flushing Town Hall’s Greenroom and the Queens Historical Society. $5 suggested donation. QHS, 143-35 37th Ave., Flushing, http://bit.ly/2CX29Fz.

Ongoing from the previous week

Happy Henson Holidays, Dec. 31. Watch holiday-themed Jim Henson TV specials, movies, and anniversary screenings. Remaining schedule: 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.

GingerBread Lane, Jan. 15. 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 from 2 pm to 5 pm. New York Hall of Science, 47-01 111th St., Flushing Meadows Corona Park.

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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