What to do this weekend in Queens


By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com |

Photo courtesy of The Jim Henson Company.
Photo courtesy of The Jim Henson Company.

Beginning December 21, the Museum of the Moving Image will screen “Emmet Otter’s Jug-Band Christmas.”

Saturday, December 21

“Historical Roundtable: The FBI” at the Greater Astoria Historical Society, starts at 1 p.m. in the Quinn Building at 35-20 Broadway (4th floor) in Long Island City. For more information call 718-278-0700.

“Queer in the Cave” starts at 10 p.m. at The Creek and the Cave at 10-93 Jackson Avenue in Long Island City. For more information call 718-706-8783.

Families are welcome to join Flushing Town Hall’s free Christmas Workshop at 1 p.m. Participants in the Season of Giving Workshop will create beautiful Christmas wreaths using up-cycled fabrics, beads and ribbons. The wreaths will be donated to various local senior centers in Queens. Flushing Town Hall is located at 137-35 Northern Blvd. in Flushing. Call 718-463-7700 for more information.

Sunday, December 22

The Oratorio Society of Queens performs portions of Handel’s “Messiah,” as well as traditional Christmas favorites and Chanukah songs at 4 p.m. in the Queensborough Performing Arts Center (QPAC). Holiday highlights include “Light One Candle,” made famous by Peter, Paul and Mary in a rousing arrangement by Robert DeCormier, plus “Ocho Kandelikas” a Ladino favorite celebrating the eight candles of Chanukah and its story of hope and redemption, and a brand new song by noted Long Island composer Linda Tsuruoka, “The lamp kept burnin’ on.” Cantor Jerry Korobow leads with his guitar. Queensborough Performing Arts Center is located in Queensborough Community College at 222-05 56th Avenue, Bayside. Parking is free. Ticket prices at the box office are $30 general admission, $25 seniors and students with ID; children, 12 and under, accompanied by an adult, $10.

Saturday December 21 and Sunday, December 22

The holiday season is upon us and  LIC Flea & Food Holiday Market has all of your gift-giving needs under one roof. The holiday market’s last week will be held this Saturday and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., located inside the warehouse attached to the LIC Flea lot at 5-25 46th Avenue.

December 21-23 & December 26- January 1
This holiday season, the imaginative, playful, and creative film and television work of Jim Henson will be celebrated by the Museum of the Moving Image in the screening series “Jim Henson’s World.” Beginning Dec. 21 the museum will screen “Emmet Otter’s Jug-Band Christmas.” This television special tells the story of Ma Otter and her son Emmet, who both secretly enter a talent contest to win money for Christmas presents for each other. These screenings also include Kermit the Frog’s segments, as well as outtakes and behind-the-scenes footage. Museum of the Moving Image is located at 36-01 35th Avenue, Astoria, New York. For more information call 718-777-6888.

Through Dec.22

Oliver! The Musical”: A refreshed version of this theater classic, presented in a contemporary Steampunk style with echoes of the darker Charles Dickens original and all the twists at The Secret Theatre, 44-02 23rd Street, Long Island City.

Through January 24 

On Saturdays and Sundays or Wednesday through Friday take the opportunity to watch “Jungle Girl” in Tut’s Fever Movie Palace. “Jungle Girl” is a classic movie serial starring Frances Gifford and Tom Neal. This 15 episode serial is filled with stunts, lion-wrestling, battles with quicksand and villainy! It was one of the earliest films to star a female protagonist. Screenings are 1 p.m., 2 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays and 2 p.m. Wednesdays-Fridays at the Museum of Moving Image at 36-01 35th Avenue, Astoria. For more information call 718-777-6888.

Through January 25

Art in the Garden: Deconstructed Flowers at the Queens Botanical Garden Visitor and Administration Building. Gallery Photographer H. David Stein’s intricate photographs give flowers a particularly layered, multi-dimensional presence, See flowers angles you thought impossible! The Queens Botanical Garden is located at 43-50 Main Street Flushing. For more information call 718-463-0263.

Through March 31

Legacy: Photographs Emily Fisher Landau’s Gift to the Whitney Museum of American Art at the Fisher Landau Center for Arts. The collection includes 419 works, namely installations, sculptures, drawings, photographs, etc. by numerous key figures in contemporary American Art. FREE. Exhibition hours are Thursday through Monday, noon to 5 p.m. The Fisher Landau Center for Arts is located at 38-27 30th Street Long Island City. For more information call 718-937-0727.

Ongoing

Bring your friends, bring a scarf and gloves and remember to lace up tight! Ice skating season has begun at World Ice Arena at Flushing Meadows-Corona Park! Admission is $5 for all ages on weekdays and $8 on weekends and holidays. To rent skates be sure to bring socks and an additional $5. Monday through Friday the rink is open from 9 a.m. until 5:15 p.m. On weekends it is open: 7 p.m. until 9 p.m. Friday nights; noon. until 4:45 p.m. and 8 p.m. until 9:50 p.m. Saturdays and noon  until 4:45 on Sundays. Information is subject to change, to inquire about any changes call 718-760-9001. World Ice Arena is located at Avery Avenue and 131st Street Flushing.

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