2018-01-24 / Front Page

It's In Queens! (January 25 to January 31)

Chinese philosopher Confucius is credited with saying: “Music produces a kind of pleasure which human nature cannot do without.” Well, music and pleasure are all over Queens this week with symphony orchestras, symphonic choirs, Korean fusion groups, and solo experts set to perform. Film, art, trivia, and robots are also in town.

Jan. 25, MoMA P.S. 1, 7 pm. Lorraine Passero lectures and signs her new history and coloring book, P.S.1 – A School for the Centuries, which informs on the history of MoMA PS1. Free. Greater Astoria Historical Society, 35-20 Broadway, LIC, http://bit.ly/2DuIG2E.

Jan. 26, Black String, 8 pm. This group embraces traditional Korean music and jazz. Expect an amplified geomungo (zither), daegeum (bamboo flutes), percussion, and a jazz guitar. $16. Flushing Town Hall, 137-35 Northern Blvd., http://bit.ly/2DysTiO.

Jan. 26, BPM (Beats Per Minute), Jan. 28. Five screenings of a film that takes place in Paris in the early 1990s, while activists battle for those with HIV/AIDS, taking on government agencies and pharmaceutical companies. A love story unfolds amid protests, debates, and ecstatic dance parties. Times: Jan. 26, 7 pm; Jan. 27, 3 pm; Jan. 27, 6 pm; Jan. 28, 3 pm; and Jan. 28, 6 pm. $15. Museum of the Moving Image, 36-01 35th Ave., Astoria’s Kaufman Arts District, http://bit.ly/2DtmfuK.

Jan. 26, Solo Exhibitions, 8 pm. Random Access Music’s Maya Bennardo (violin), Nadav Lev (guitar), and Tristan McKay (pianist) perform virtuosic and poignant solo works. Lev takes on Tristan Murail’s Tellur, Bennardo delivers Guy Barash’s Talkback II, and McKay tackles Frances White and Berio’s Sequenza IV. $20 general admission. Sage Music, 44-02 23rd St., LIC, http://bit.ly/2Bktwap.

Jan. 27, Films by Stan Brakhage, 1:30 pm. Brakhage created hundreds of animated films, mostly silent, and each an adventure in visual perception. Here’s the lineup: Western History (8 minutes); Creation (16 minutes); Visions in Meditation, Park 3: Plato’s Cave (19 minutes); First Hymn to the Night—Novalis (4 minutes); Chartres Series (9 minutes); and The Dante Quartet (8 minutes). $15. Museum of the Moving Image, 36-01 35th Ave., Astoria’s Kaufman Arts District, http://bit.ly/2BkcTeS.

Jan. 27, Recycled Robots, 10:30 am. Transform recycled materials into toy robots via hands-on science experiments and sensory-rich projects in workshops specially designed for young children with Autism Spectrum Disorder and their parents and siblings. Free with registration. New York Hall of Science, 47-01 111th St., Corona, http://bit.ly/2DwnucH.

Jan. 28, Anti Bodies, 2 pm to 6 pm. An afternoon of performance, readings, and installations organized with Topical Cream, a platform for female-identifying and gender non-conforming persons working at the intersection of contemporary art and technology. The experience is complemented by programming presented throughout the museum, including an ongoing performance by Michelle Young Lee that examines the labor of care, a video installation by Sara Hornbacher, and a recital situated within an environment created by Sarah Zapata with poetry and readings from Zapata, Maya Martinez, Rin Johnson, Sophia Le Fraga, and Natasha Stagg. $15. MoMA PS1, 22-25 Jackson Ave., LIC, http://mo.ma/2n3SWno.

Jan. 28, E-Waste Recycling, 10 am to 4 pm. Electronic waste is responsible for roughly 70 percent of the toxins in landfills, while making up only about 1 percent of their volume, according to the EPA. Plus, e-waste often contains lead, cadmium, mercury, phosphors, and flame-retardants. Dispose of unwanted e-waste free of charge in a way that keeps them out of the waste stream. Computers, printers, scanners, keyboards, TVs, DVD players, and phones are among the acceptable materials. Queens Botanical Garden, 43-50 Main St., Flushing, http://bit.ly/2rwjZ0b.

Jan. 28, Beethoven’s Choral Fantasy, 8 pm. The Queensboro Symphony Orchestra joins the Queensboro Symphonic Choir to present Beethoven’s Choral Fantasy for piano, chorus, and orchestra featuring pianist Noi Otomasu. The program includes J.S. Bach’s Violin Concerto in E featuring Chern Hwei Fung on violin. Maestro Dong-Hyun Kim leads the orchestra and choir. Free-will offering. Mary’s Nativity Church, 46-02 Parsons Blvd., Flushing, http://bit.ly/2DVwXqR.

Jan. 28, H2O System Trivia Contest, 2 pm. This competition is inspired by the Watershed Relief Map created for the 1939 World’s Fair. The model was put into storage and never made it to the Fair. As World War II was imminent, it is thought that the map was hidden to protect the city’s water system from spies. A city employee discovered the map in 1997 at a pumping station in the Bronx. In rough shape after 40 years of neglect, the map was restored to its former glory in 2006. The trivia contest, with questions about the water system’s history and engineering, follows a short presentation. Queens Museum, NYC Building, Flushing Meadows Corona Park, http://bit.ly/2DxWsBG.

Jan. 28, Two Exhibitions, 5 pm. Opening reception for two shows -- Carissa Rodriguez: The Maid and In Practice: Another Echo -- that will be on view until April 2. SculptureCenter, 44-19 Purves St., LIC, http://bit.ly/2n1Vt2g.

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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