2018-01-17 / Front Page

It’s In Queens! (Jan. 18 to Jan. 25)

Let’s stay inside this week. After bitter cold and heavy rains, the borough offers poetry, film, art, dance, sand stories, Muppet music, essential oils, cooking lessons, and wacky performances in climate-controlled venues this week. One event starts within four walls, but then ventures outside.

Jan. 18, Open Mic Tribute to Martin Luther King Jr., 6 pm. A special MLK celebration with the poetry of Charles “Smooth” Williams Jr., Harriet White, and anyone else who wishes to join them. Queens Library Douglaston/Little Neck Branch, 249-01 Northern Blvd., http://bit.ly/2mop8S9.

Jan. 19, Lady Bird, Jan. 21. Four screenings of Greta Gerwig’s semi-autobiographical directorial debut that portrays the humor and pathos in the turbulent bond between a mother and her teenage daughter. Schedule: Jan. 19, 7 pm; Jan. 20, 3 pm; Jan. 21, 3 pm; and Jan. 21, 6 pm. $15. Museum of the Moving Image, 36-01 35th Ave., Astoria’s Kaufman Arts District, http://bit.ly/2Fv5yfQ.

Jan. 19, Exposure, Feb. 16. The LIC Arts Open presents a show with more than 20 photographers. Opening reception is on Jan. 19, 6 pm. Gallery hours: 9 am to 9 pm daily. The Factory LIC, 30-30 47th Ave., LIC. More info at tessa@licartsopen.org.

Jan. 19, Essential Oils Exploration Workshop, 7 pm. Learn simple ways to bring essential oils into everyday life with Yuko Kudo, a Certified Chakra Yoga Teacher and Certified AromaTouch Practitioner. $12. Alley Pond Environmental Center, 228-06 Northern Blvd., Douglaston, http://bit.ly/2qYt5CV.

Jan. 19, Dance at Green Space, Jan. 21. Julian Barnett presents Subject to Change twice (Jan. 19-20, 8 pm). Part opera, part confessional, the performance acts as an ontological study of connection, commitment, and resilience. Fertile Ground (Jan. 21, 7 pm) presents new works by emerging artists. Green Space Studios, 37-24 24th St., LIC, http://bit.ly/2kuPDrC.

Jan. 20, Dreams of Sand, 2:15 pm. With a little bit of sand and his hands, Spanish artist Borja González tells the story of two people’s lives. This nonverbal tale is accompanied by live music. Workshop at 1 pm. Flushing Town Hall, 137-35 Northern Blvd., http://bit.ly/2D7yYSY.

Jan. 20, Muppet Music Moments, 11 am (same time on Jan. 21). Music was always an integral part of The Muppet Show. This compilation features a wide range of musical genres, including performances by Harry Belafonte, Elton John, and Linda Ronstadt. $15. Museum of the Moving Image, 36-01 35th St., Astoria’s Kaufman Arts District, http://bit.ly/2mp0Wzh.

Jan. 20, Stories through Music & Song, 11 am. An interactive concert for children and their families with teaching artist pianists Beata Moon and Barbara Podgurski and special guest singer Ashley Renee Watkins. Free. The Church-in-the-Gardens, 50 Ascan Ave., Forest Hills, http://bit.ly/2EBfQtA.

Jan. 20, Jack Hogan: Possession, 7 pm. Opening reception and performance by Jack Hogan, an Irish artist and lapsed architect based in New York. Everything takes place somewhere between the Petrified Forest in Arizona, a graveyard, a land-mined boot camp, and a childhood living room where the floor is lava. Possession is about the everyday sadism, masochism, and barely perceptible codes and aggressions that turn boys into adolescents for life. Free. Flux Factory, 39-31 29th St., LIC, http://bit.ly/2FvoP0G.

Jan. 20, Stargazing Wonders, 7 pm. Professor/astronomer Mark Freilich offers an indoor Q&A on basic astronomy, followed by outdoor gazing with a professional telescope. The constellation Orion rules the January night skies with the giant stars Betelgeuse and Rigel. $16. Alley Pond Environmental Center, 228-06 Northern Blvd., Douglaston, http://bit.ly/2mpO1gu.

Jan. 20, State of the Union, 1 pm. A screening of the 1948 Frank Capra movie starring Spencer Tracy, Katharine Hepburn, and Angela Lansbury. A tycoon is goaded into running for president by his politically ambitious girlfriend. His campaign manager makes him reunite with his long-estranged wife for the sake of appearances. Hilarity ensues. Free. Greater Astoria Historical Society, 35-20 Broadway, LIC, http://bit.ly/2qZ2jdx.

Jan. 21, Great Sushi & Chinese Cookout, 5:30 pm. Meyer Wakneen, a former executive chef at the Essex House Hotel in Manhattan, offers a short demonstration on knife skills and a hands-on lesson on making kosher California rolls and Chinese chicken. Women only. $10. MJO Shaar HaShamayim Synagogue, 112-21 72nd Ave., Forest Hills. To reserve a seat, call 718.263.8102.

Jan. 21, 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/2mnE2s6.

Jan. 21, Resisting Paradise, 4 pm. Director Barbara Hammer is on hand to watch and discuss her movie which examines Henri Matisse and Pierre Bonnard’s artistic work in the south of France during World War II, while also examining Matisse’s family and others in the French Resistance Movement. The piece includes interviews with former Resistance workers and Matisse’s grandchildren. $15. Museum of the Moving Image, 36-01 35th Ave., Astoria’s Kaufman Arts District, http://bit.ly/2AVXrFC.

Jan. 21, Molding/Mark-Making: Ceramic Artists and Their Drawings, March 25. Opening reception is Jan. 21, 2 pm. Free. Dorsky Gallery, 11-03 45th Ave., LIC, http://bit.ly/2CX2JTa.

Jan. 24, Lao Cuisine with Chef Penn Hongthong, 7 pm. Learn how to make vegetable soup with pork neck bones, fish soup with lemongrass and tomatoes, and Asian squash soup. Penn is the author of Simple Laotian Cooking and Healthy Lao Cuisine. $24. Alley Pond Environmental Center, 228-06 Northern Blvd., Douglaston, http://bit.ly/2D5v1ON.

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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