2018-03-07 / Front Page

It’s In Queens! (March 8 to March 14)

The weather seems confused, but the borough heats up with innovative theater, Punjabi-electronic music, films about people with disabilities, historic actors, gang girls, and biker boys this week. Don’t forget the Chinese paper-cutting.

March 10, The Mountaintop, March 11. With dialogue, music, and sound effects, LA Theatre Works presents an imagined meeting between Martin Luther King Jr. and a maid at a Memphis hotel hours before the civil rights leader’s assassination. Three shows on March 10 at 2 pm and 8 pm and March 11at 3 pm. $20-$40. Queens Theatre, 14 United Nations Ave. S., Flushing Meadows Corona Park,  http://bit.ly/2HPLCpj.

March 10, Beau Jest, March 18. Theatre By The Bay presents a play about Sarah, a nice Jewish girl with a WASP boyfriend. She tells her parents that she’s dating a Jewish doctor, and they insist on meeting him. So, Sarah plans a dinner that results in surprises for everyone. Four remaining shows on March 10 and 17 at 8:30 pm and March 11 and 18 at 3 pm. Bay Terrace Garden Jewish Center, 13-00 209th St., Bayside,   http://bit.ly/2F31I0T.

March 10, Artist as Global Citizen, 2 pm. Sunnyside’s Judith Sloan hosts a storytelling-and-dialogue event as she develops her theatrical performance It Can Happen Here.” She is gathering stories of anguish and defiance in the face of xenophobia and repression. Jamaica Performing Arts Center, http://bit.ly/2HNaqyh.

March 10, Punjab Tronix, 8 pm. British-Indian electronic music producer DJ Swami collaborates with traditional Punjabi folk musicians, all synchronized with live mixed digital projections by John Minton. Flushing Town Hall, 137-35 Northern Blvd., http://bit.ly/2I41OmX.

March 10, 1914 Afternoon Tea, 5 pm. Period music by The Undertones and a talk about the history of high tea. Prize for best period costume. The Center at Maple Grove Cemetery, 127-15 Kew Gardens Rd., Kew Gardens,  http://bit.ly/2oCNqt4.

March 10, Early American Music and Art, 1 pm. The group Ministers of Apollo performs 18th century music with demonstrations and hands on activities. $5 suggested donation. Onderdonk House, 1820 Flushing Ave., Ridgewood, http://bit.ly/1bjQBaP.

March 10, Frances Wright, 1 pm. Wright was a Scottish-born American social reformer whose revolutionary views on religion, education, marriage, birth control, and other matters made her a popular author and lecturer and a target of vilification in the early 1800s. Meet her, thanks to historic actress Sally Ann Drucker. $5. Greater Astoria Historical Society, 35-20 Broadway, LIC,  http://bit.ly/2D0Dui9.

March 10, The Art of Chinese Paper Cutting, 2 pm. Artist Emily Mock teaches paper cuts related to leaves, plants, and flowers. Queens Botanical Garden, 43-50 Main St., Flushing, http://bit.ly/2H6Me8K.

March 11, Reelabilities Film Festival, March 12. This tenth annual, citywide extravaganza screens movies about people with disabilities. Perfectly Normal for Me, a documentary about a Queens school that has a dance program for children with physical and developmental challenges, shows on March 11 at 10 am. Shorts on mental illness and other issues screen on March 11 at 1 pm. Scaffolding, an Israeli feature film about a young man with learning disabilities and his troubled relationship with his father, shows on March 12 at noon. Central Queens Y, 67-09 108th St., Forest Hills, http://bit.ly/2oNkjnB.

March 11, Con Brio Ensemble, 2 pm. A spirited afternoon of chamber music with piano, violin, oboe, and soprano. The program includes Mozart, Schumann, Dvorak, and Rachmaninoff. Voelker Orth Museum, 149-19 38th Ave., Flushing, http://bit.ly/2cqLb4n.

March 11, Night Hike, 7 pm. Urban Park Rangers lead a nocturnal walk through Flushing Meadows Corona Park’s Forever Wild site at Willow Lake. Meet at Albert Mauro Playground, Park Drive East and 73rd Terrace, Kew Garden Hills,  http://on.nyc.gov/2GUp7hz.

March 11, 1857: Gotham versus Empire, 3 pm. A lecture on New York City in 1857, when Tammany Hall ruled the roost and pre-Civil War tension was palpable. The speaker is New York Public Library’s Andy McCarthy, a former TV news researcher and double-decker bus tour guide. Free. King Manor Museum, vicinity of 153rd Street and Jamaica Avenue, Jamaica, http://bit.ly/2FfvAHo.

March 11, Girl Gangs, 2 pm. Molly Grattan signs copies of Girl Gangs, Biker Boys, and Real Cool Cats: Pulp Fiction and Youth Culture, 1950 to 1980. $3 suggested donation. Onderdonk House, 1820 Flushing Ave., Ridgewood, http://bit.ly/1bjQBaP.

March 12, Live Drawing with Models, 6 pm. Held on the second Monday every month, artists practice with a series of quick and long poses while listening to music in a relaxing, non-judgmental environment. Flushing Town Hall, 137-35 Northern Blvd., http://bit.ly/2FWgtjc.

March 12, The Underpants Godot, March 14. A hilarious meta-theatrical play about the limits of adaptation and interpretation written and directed by Duncan Pflaster. Three days in a row always at 7:30 pm. $18/$20 at the door. The Secret Theatre, 44-02 23rd St., LIC, http://bit.ly/2oR7d81.

March 13, Queens College Evening Reading Series, 7 pm. Panel discussion on women in American theatre with playwrights Lisa Kron (Tony for Fun Home), Kia Corthron (Windham-Campbell Literature Prize for Drama), Patricia Ione Lloyd (New Professional Theatre’s Emerging Playwright Award), and Monet Hurst-Mendoza (2017 Emerging Writers Group at The Public Theater and a 2016-2018 Van Lier Fellow at New Dramatists). Former Newsday theater critic Linda Winer moderates. Kupferberg Center for the Arts,  65-30 Kissena Blvd., Flushing, http://bit.ly/2tjZMLZ.

March 14, Jackson Heights Orchestra, 7:30 pm. Live music by Sibelius, Beethoven, and Haydn. Free. St. Joseph Church, 43-19 30th Ave., Astoria, http://bit.ly/2FsrbQU.
Continued from last week

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 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.

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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