2017-12-27 / Front Page

It’s In Queens! (Dec. 28 to Jan. 3)

So much work for the holidays...workshops, that is. Vacationing youngsters can work with robots, make lanterns, design superhero masks, and watch films in Queens this week. Those looking for entertainment can watch outdoor hockey, celebrate Kwanzaa, groove to some jazz, and meet a screenwriter. Plus, we list some local New Year’s Eve party suggestions.

Dec. 28, The LEGO Batman Movie + Superhero Workshops, Jan. 1 (always at 11 am). Enjoy family time with daily matinees of The LEGO Batman Movie and drop-in art-making and animation projects inspired by the film, including designing superhero costumes and masks. Series actually starts on Dec. 23. $15. Museum of the Moving Image, 36-01 35th Ave., Astoria’s Kaufman Arts District, http://bit.ly/2CYrlL5.

Dec. 28, The AirTrain Jazz Festival: Alon Nechushtan Trio, 5 pm. Enjoy live jazz and public transportation. Free. AirTrain Jamaica Station, http://bit.ly/2BlVQdp.

Dec. 28, Winter Vacation Workshops, Dec. 29, (1:30 pm). These workshops are drop-in. No fee or advance registration required. Schedule: Dec. 27, Collage Selfies (starts on Dec. 27); Dec. 28, Holiday Lanterns; Dec. 29, Holiday Calendars. Plus, related storytelling sessions run for 15 minutes and begin at 1:30 pm, 2:30 pm, and 3:30 pm. Queens Museum, NYC Building, Flushing Meadows Corona Park, http://bit.ly/2DzzvdJ.

Dec. 29, Metropolitan with Whit Stillman in Person, 7 pm. Watch this 1990 independent holiday classic, which takes a comic look at Manhattan’s debutante scene via the rise and decline of some Park Avenue socialites who gather nightly to discuss love, honor, and the impending demise of their class. The screenwriter, Whit Stillman, will be on hand. $15. Museum of the Moving Image, 36-01 35th Ave., Astoria’s Kaufman Arts District, http://bit.ly/2kGzsou.

Dec. 30, 40th Kwanzaa Festival, noon to 8 pm. Continuous live music, dance, spoken word, and more along with craft vendors, giveaways, face-painting, a candle-lighting ceremony, and a celebrity guest. $8-$15. The Afrikan Poetry Theatre, Amazura Concert Hall, 91-12 144th Pl., Jamaica, http://bit.ly/2CZxxmw.

Dec. 30, Happy Henson Holidays, Dec. 31. Watch the Jim Henson classic Bear in the Big Blue House on Dec. 30 at 1 pm and The Christmas Toy on Dec. 31 at 1 pm. $15. Museum of the Moving Image, 36-01 35th Ave., Astoria’s Kaufman Arts District, http://bit.ly/2zGNaNQ.

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

Dec. 31, Make Some Noise Workshop, 10:30 am. Ring in the New Year with the physics of sound by designing and making noisemakers. Recommended for children ages 18 months and older. $6. New York Hall of Science, 47-01 111th St., Corona, http://bit.ly/2BluzaJ.

Jan. 1, Winter Classic, 1 pm. Two National Hockey League teams – the Buffalo Sabers and the New York Rangers – play a sanctioned game in an outdoor rink with the Goo Goo Dolls performing during the first intermission. Citi Field, 123-01 Roosevelt Ave., Flushing, http://atmlb.com/2CYIlAO.

New Year’s Eve Options:

The Local offers four hours of unlimited draft beer and wine, hors d’oeuvres, dessert, and a champagne toast at midnight for $50. The fun starts at 9 pm at 13-02 44th Ave. in Long Island City, http://bit.ly/2BnPfTK.

Z NYC Hotel hosts the second annual I’m Too Old For a Club New Year’s Eve Celebration from 9 pm until 3 am the following morning. For $95, revelers can enjoy a buffet dinner and deluxe open bar (9 pm to 11 pm), dueling piano performances (10 pm to 2 am), a complimentary midnight toast, party favors, and confetti poppers with a ball-drop showing at 11-01 43rd Ave. in LIC, http://bit.ly/2oZfeev.

Thai Rock is going with Thai food (naturally), an awesome band — Leaders of the Shift — which does psychedelic cosmic Rock ‘N Roll, the locally famous balloon drop, champagne, hats, noisemakers, dancing, and a surprise for $55. The fun starts at 10 pm with no prediction as to the end time at 375 Beach 92nd St. in Rockaway, http://bit.ly/2BytgJM.

Resorts World Casino New York City has three options. (1) An all-day celebration will begin on Dec. 31 at 12:30 pm at Bar 360 with the showing of an NFL game on the largest HDTV in Queens. Former NFL player Sean Landeta and WFAN’s Mark Malusis will add live commentary and interact with guests. From 4 pm to 8 pm, there will be live entertainment throughout the casino. (2) At 8 pm, all guests must have a ticket to enter Bar 360 for the NYE 2017 party. The festivities will begin at 9 pm with a live performance by the Front & Center Band and TKA K7. The $35 tickets bring party favors, one drink ticket, and a champagne toast at midnight. For table reservations, email events@rwnewyork.com. (3) The Central Park section will host the New Year’s Eve Black & White Ball from 11 pm to 4 am. Chef Garfield, DeeJay Roy, and Caribbean artist Freddie McGregor will add their spices to the mix. Tickets can be purchased online or at the door, http://bit.ly/2x6wuya.

Terrace on the Park parties on two levels in its Flushing Meadows Corona Park tower. (1) The Grand Ballroom Celebration costs $150 apiece for breathtaking views, cocktail hour, dinner, dancing, dessert, and champagne, 9 pm to 2 am. No tickets sold at the door. Call 718.592.5000. (2) The Penthouse Celebration…Polish Style with DJ KACPER has a $175 price tag for breathtaking views, cocktail hour, dinner, dancing, dessert, and champagne, 8 pm to 2 am. Again, no tickets sold at the door. Call 718.592.5000, http://bit.ly/2zimGkU.

The Knockdown Center hosts Bronx-bred rapper Cardi B, starting at 9 pm, with more music by DJ Prostyle, Shelby Sells, DJ Be Be, and DJ Venus X. Cardi B starred in VH1’s reality TV show Live & Hip Hop: New York in 2015. Her song “Bodak Yellow” peaked at number one on the Billboard Hot 100 chart in September 2017. Tickets include hors d’oeuvres and a champagne toast at midnight. VIP ticket holders get express entry, a champagne open bar from 9 pm to midnight, and a special marked-off section. Early bird tickets cost $60. General admission tickets cost $75, and once they sell out, last minute tickets will cost $100. VIP tickets are $150 and the table service package, which includes VIP entry for four and three bottles and mixers, has a $187.50 price tag. Located at 52-19 Flushing Ave. in Maspeth, Knockdown Center was a door factory, before it was turned into an art-and-performance space in 2011, http://bit.ly/2pfVJhS.

Ongoing from the previous week:

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.

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, 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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