2018-02-21 / Front Page

It's In Queens! (March 1 to March 7)

The borough’s diversity is on display again with Puerto Rican music, Italian and French dance, Uruguayan sculpture, and Mexican literature. Diversity of activities is also obvious with other options including classical films, NYC trivia, art openings, candlelight tours, wacky performances, and even a concert by a hearing-impaired piano player.

March 2, Panorama Challenge, 6 pm. This 11th annual trivia night features master of ceremonies Matt Apter reading questions prepared by world-renown quizmaster Jonathan Turer. Teams of 10 use the clues and musical hints to determine the correct answers and win prizes and glory. Plus, the all-female samba reggae percussion band Batala New York performs while judges tally the scores. $15 online/$20 at the door. Queens Museum, NYC Building, Flushing Meadows Corona Park, http://bit.ly/2sY06A2.

March 2, El Gran Combo de Puerto Rico, 9 pm. This legendary salsa orchestra, which has been performing since 1962, always gets the crowd dancing. $39-$89. Colden Auditorium at Queens College, vicinity of Kissena Boulevard and Reeves Avenue, Flushing, http://bit.ly/2Co7pF1.

March 2, Southern Italian Folk Music and Dance, 8 pm. Newpoli takes the stage with a repertoire of upbeat, danceable taranta that merges influences from Africa, the Middle East, and Greece. Dance lessons at 7 pm. $16. Flushing Town Hall, 137-35 Northern Blvd., http://bit.ly/2BTS7XH.

See It Big!, until March 11. This year’s program presents classic films that won Academy Awards for cinematography in the years when separate honors were given for black-and-white and color. The remaining schedule includes Great Expectations (March 4, 4 pm), Black Narcissus (March 2, 7 pm and March 4, 6:30 pm), The Thief of Bagdad (March 3, 4:30 pm), Rebecca (March 3, 7 pm), A Place in the Sun (March 10, 7 pm), An American in Paris (March 9, 7 pm and March 10, 4 pm), The Bad and the Beautiful (March 11, 7 pm), and The Quiet Man (March 11, 4 pm). Museum of the Moving Image, 36-01 35th Ave., Astoria’s Kaufman Arts District, http://bit.ly/2ocmIXI.

March 2, Noguchi Talks: The Sculpture of Gonzalo Fonseca, 2 pm. Senior Curator Dakin Hart leads a tour of the Fonseca exhibition, which is on view through March 11. Free. Noguchi Museum, 9-01 33rd Rd., LIC, http://bit.ly/2GKJ4r8.

March 3, Rioult Dance NY, March 4. This eclectic program includes Te Deum, one of Pascal Rioult’s earliest works; Wien, an image of a decaying society, and Dream Suite, inspired by the surreal world of Marc Chagall. Shows on March 3 at 2 pm and 8 pm and March 4 at 3 pm. Queens Theatre, 14 United Nations Ave. S., Flushing Meadows Corona Park, http://bit.ly/2GOmCgz.

March 3, Candlelight Tours, 6 pm. Live music by The MackSings Band, guided tours by candlelight, mulled cider, and sweets. $5 suggested donation. Onderdonk House, 1820 Flushing Ave., Ridgewood, http://bit.ly/1bjQBaP.

March 3, David Holzman Piano Concert and Talk, 4 pm. An afternoon of romantic classical and modern music by a Grammy-nominated master pianist and modern music specialist who will also speak about his career as a hearing-impaired musician. Free admission with RSVP to info@friendsofmaplegrove.org or $5 for walk ins. The Center at Maple Grove Cemetery, 127-15 Kew Gardens Rd., Kew Gardens, http://bit.ly/2oCNqt4.

March 3, Compost Mania, noon to 4 pm. See decomposers under the microscope, meet red wiggler worms, mix potting soil, sow some seeds, roll wildflower seed balls, and take home what you make. Queens Botanical Garden, 43-50 Main St., Flushing, http://bit.ly/2HNSkvT.

March 3, Opening for Material Witness Witness Material, 6 pm. This exhibition brings together seven artists who embrace experimental and rigorous ways of considering how violence and resistance are inscribed on -- and internalized in -- the body. On display until April 15, the show considers the idea of a “material witness,” a legal term referring to an individual with information that might influence a criminal trial’s outcome. Knockdown Center, 52-19 Flushing Ave., Maspeth, http://bit.ly/2F7dmXT.

March 3, Hands-On-History: Make Your Own Bandbox, 1 pm. Make your own decorative box for keepsakes and other trinkets with scraps of fabric and wallpaper just like 19th century people did for containers to hold hats and other accessories. Free. King Manor Museum, vicinity of Jamaica Avenue and 153rd Street, Jamaica, http://bit.ly/2EVvW6d.

March 4, 111 Places in Queens That You Must Not Miss: Stories and Book Signing, 5 pm. The World’s Borough has a new guidebook. Meet author Joe DiStefano and photographer Clay Williams in an event hosted by their editor Karen Seiger. Enjoy their stories and adventures in finding the places for their book. Queens Museum, NYC Building, Flushing Meadows Corona Park, http://bit.ly/2BRrylL.

March 4, Literary Sundays Reading Series, 1 pm. Two Queens residents -- non-fiction writer Kelly Jean Fitzsimmons and fiction writer Vaughn Watson -- read from their latest work. Free, but RSVP to maplegroveliterarysundays@gmail.com. Victorian Administration Building at Maple Grove Cemetery, 83-15 Kew Gardens Rd., Kew Gardens, http://bit.ly/2oCNqt4.

March 4, Sunday Service, 7 pm. A knock-your-socks-off performance series with Trinity Dawn Bobo, Taylor Crichton, DJ JCLEF, Amanda Krische, and Evelyn Sanchez. Free. Knockdown Center, 52-19 Flushing Ave., Maspeth, http://bit.ly/2BT6Ge3.

March 5, Holding Space, July 5. Featuring recent acquisitions, this exhibit shows the breadth of folk art, from the 18th through 21st centuries, and how self-taught artists share challenges, subjects, questions, and beauty. The Self-Taught Genius Gallery at the American Folk Art Museum, 47-29 32nd Pl., LIC, http://bit.ly/2ozeqcV.

March 5, Great War, 7 pm. Licensed tour guide and author Kevin C. Fitzpatrick discusses NYC’s ties to World War I, highlighting LIC, Astoria, and other borough neighborhoods. $5. Greater Astoria Historical Society, 35-20 Broadway, LIC, http://bit.ly/2ozdN2M.

March 6, Queens College Evening Reading Series, 7 pm. Mexican author Valeria Luiselli, a finalist for the National Book Critics’ Circle Award in Criticism, reads from her book Tell Me How It Ends with commentary about how she came to write it and how it relates to current immigration issues. Kupferberg Center for the Arts, 65-30 Kissena Blvd., Flushing, http://bit.ly/2orW1j0.

March 7, Art-Makers Group, 6 pm. Artists, professionals, and novices work in various media in a supportive group. Bring materials and a snack. $10. Flushing Town Hall, 137-35 Northern Blvd., http://bit.ly/2ozhHIY.

March 7, Monthly Jazz Jam, 7 pm. Held on the first Wednesday of every month, these sessions are a fun way for musicians to hone skills and jam with peers. The house band is led by saxophonist Carol Sudhalter. All are welcome. Don’t play? Come listen! $10. Flushing Town Hall, 137-35 Northern Blvd., http://bit.ly/2ovbGOc.

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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