2018-04-04 / Front Page

It’s In Queens! (April 5 to April 11)

The Shakespeare classic Much Ado About Nothing starts a two-week run on Friday, but Queens is ado about everything. Festivals celebrating fashion and LEGO bricks headline a week that includes sculpture, South Asian cuisine, modern dance, classical music, theater, and crazy quilts.

April 6, Fashion in Film Festival, April 22. The program features some of the most visually stunning and stylistically adventurous films ever made. Museum of the Moving Image, 36-01 35th Ave., Astoria’s Kaufman Arts District, http://bit.ly/2GqvgpS.

April 6, Much Ado About Nothing, April 22. Titan Theatre Company, an artist-in-residence, presents this Shakespeare comedy about love and victory in an Italian town that is about to be rocked by a scandal. Queens Theatre, 14 United Nations Ave. S., Flushing Meadows Corona Park, http://bit.ly/2GB6DE2.

April 6, Bengali Cuisine, 7 pm. Chef Biny teaches how to make chicken curry, daal, chai, and sweets. $20. Alley Pond Environmental Center, 228-06 Northern Blvd., Douglaston, http://bit.ly/2GzXNc3.

April 6, Sounds of Akari, 6:30 pm. To celebrate the exhibition Akari: Sculpture by Other Means, violist Anne Leilehua Lanzilotti, harpist Ashley Jackson, and flutist Alice Teyssier present a program featuring an original composition by Lanzilotti and works by Claude Debussy, Andrew Norman, and Toru Takemitsu. Noguchi Museum, 9-01 33rd Rd., LIC, http://bit.ly/2GsmROF.

April 6, Melinda Ring/Special Projects: cl o u d, April 14. Meant for an intimate audience, this performance takes place in an imagined room which is expanding, contracting, shifting directions, and refracted within the actual room. Morphing like clouds, performers and space share a swirling energy. Shows are Tuesdays through Saturdays at 8 pm. The Chocolate Factory, 5-49 49th Ave., LIC, http://bit.ly/2pZimEp.

April 7, LEGO Brick Fest, April 8. Get inspired, educated, and entertained with a ridiculous amount of LEGOs. Woody, a seven-foot-tall model of a Toy Story character made of LEGO bricks, will be there. Ditto for Neon City, Glow Gallery, Floorsaic, Big Brick Pit, Space Station, and Architecture Zone. New York Hall of Science, 47-01 111st St., Flushing Meadows Corona Park, http://bit.ly/2EdfdWJ.

April 7, Body Traffic, April 8. Tina Finkelman Berkett, who grew up in Whitestone, and Lillian Barbeito founded this dance troupe in 2007. The Joyce Theater Foundation recently called it “the company of the future.” $20-$42. Queens Theatre, 14 United Nations Ave. S., Flushing Meadows Corona Park, http://bit.ly/2q4c1IP.

April 7, Storytelling & Haiku Workshops, 1 pm. Tina Seligman offers a lively afternoon of storytelling from different cultures and traditions followed by a haiku workshop to write about the sun and moon and create stories through poetry. Free. Flushing Town Hall, 137-35 Northern Blvd., http://bit.ly/2EcDGvh.

April 7, Tide Mill Conference, 8:30 am to 4 pm. The Tide Mill Institute and the Greater Astoria Historical Society present a conference with the following program: The ABCs of Tide Mills; Tide Mills: The Bedrock of New York City; Tide Mills of NYC; and Tide Mills to Tidal Energy. $20, lunch included. GAHS, 35-20 Broadway, LIC, http://bit.ly/2ImDtrM.

April 7, Make Your Own Crazy Quilt Square, 1 pm. A popular pastime 200 years ago, crazy quilts were made from spare scraps of fabric and sewn with fancy stitches. Guest artist Risa Puno, whose work is currently displayed on the front lawn, leads the activity and talks about her work. Participants design crazy quilt squares to take home. King Manor Museum, Rufus King Park, vicinity of Jamaica Avenue and 150th Street, Jamaica, http://bit.ly/2EcZdE0.

April 8, Noshwalks: South Asian Jackson Heights, 1 pm. Visit markets and restaurants offering tastes of Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Nepal, and Tibet. $59. Meet at Dera Restaurant, 72-09 Broadway, http://bit.ly/2GPKNPK.

April 8, Mel Chin: All Over The Place, Aug. 12. This multi-location exhibition is on display in NYC at Queens Museum, Times Square, and the Broadway-Lafayette subway station. It spans nearly four decades of Chin’s art, highlighting his multi-disciplinary, collaborative teamwork to create community-based solutions to ecological and sociopolitical crises. Queens Museum, NYC Building, Flushing Meadows Corona Park, http://bit.ly/2pXVDZi.

April 8, Gemini Journey: Movie Music Magic, 2 pm. Violinist Diane Block and cellist Terry Batts explore the common American experience through musical soundtracks from iconic films such as Gentlemen Prefer Blondes, On the Waterfront, and A Hard Day’s Night. $12. Voelker Orth Museum, 149-19 38th Ave., Flushing, http://bit.ly/2GNbYug.

April 9, Holocaust Memorial Day, 1:30 pm. Northwestern University’s Peter Hayes addresses the most difficult questions about the Holocaust: Why were Jews the targets and Germans the aggressors? Why did violence escalate to mass murder? Why was such limited help given from the outside? $8 suggested donation. Central Queens Y, 67-09 108th St., Forest Hills, http://bit.ly/2GPJFeY.

April 9, Live Drawing with Models, 6 pm. Held on the second Monday every month, artists have the opportunity to practice while listening to music in a relaxing, non-judgmental environment. $16. Flushing Town Hall, 137-35 Northern Blvd., http://bit.ly/2Eed252.

April 10, Doug Wright, 7 pm. A conversation with playwright Doug Wright moderated by Time Out NY editor and chief theatre critic Adam Feldman. Wright earned a Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award for his play I am My Own Wife. Other stage works include Grey Gardens (Tony Nomination), The Little Mermaid, and War Paint. LeFrak Concert Hall, Queens College, vicinity of Horace Harding Expressway and Kissena Boulevard, Flushing, http://bit.ly/2szmAr0.

April 11, Hip and Knee Pain, 3 pm. A wellness lecture by orthopedic surgeon Rohit Hasija. Forest Hills Library, 108-19 71st Ave.

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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