What to do this weekend in Queens


By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com |

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Celebrate the Lunar New Year at the Queens Botanical Garden on Saturday.

Saturday, February 8

Celebrate the Year of the Horse with the Queens Botanical Garden (QBG). The public is invited to join them for a celebration of the Lunar New Year from 1-4 p.m. Come for an afternoon of festivities, including craft activities and performances by the New York Chinese Chorus. Admission is free, but seating is limited. Additional fees apply for selected craft activities. The QBG is located at 43-50 Main Street in Flushing. For more information call 718-886-3800.

Saturday, February 8 through March 30

Flushing Town Hall is holding a Korean Folk Painting exhibit. Korean folk painting, also called Minhwa, expresses the life and thoughts of Koreans truthfully, with great wit. It is also used as a symbol of good fortune for the New Year. This exhibition will showcase 60 artworks from Baraem Art Research Institute in Korea and will give visitors a chance to experience the beauty of Korean folk paintings. There is a suggested admission of $5 for members and students. The opening reception is February 8 at 6 p.m.

Sunday, Feb. 9

Flushing Town Hall is holding a “Make a Wish on Hanji” workshop at 1 p.m. Korean folk paintings are drawn on Hanji (Korean traditional Mulberry paper) and this incredibly versatile paper is also used to make a vast array of arts and crafts. Write your wishes for the New Year on Hanji and create a one-of-a-kind art piece to take home. Admission is $10 for members and $8 for students (materials included).

Through February 23 

Check out the winners of the 2013 annual Nikon Small World Photomicrography Competition at the New York Hall of Science. The annual competition recognizes excellence in photomicrography for images of things visible under a microscope, and this year included more than 100 winners from around the world. Free with museum admission. The New York Hall of Science is located at 47-01 111th Street, Corona. For more information call 718-699-0005.

Through February 23

Madden NFL: 25 Years and Running, at the Museum of the Moving Image examines the groundbreaking video game franchise Madden NFL. The exhibit takes a look at how the game has evolved and its place in culture, and features five playable games, from the original to the latest release. The Museum of the Moving Image is located at 36-01 35 Avenue in Astoria. For more information call 718-777-6888.

Through February 23

The Secret Theatre is pleased to announce a three week limited engagement of Kari Bentley-Quinn’s production of “The Unlikely Ascent of Sybil Stevens,” directed by New Voices Co-Director Christopher Diercksen. Main character Sybil Stevens is a Chicago-based flight attendant who finds her life completely changed when she is the sole survivor of a devastating plane crash, and has to deal with the unexpected aftereffects of both the crash and her newfound fame. The Secret Theater is located at 44-02 23rd Street in LIC. Shows on Thursday, Friday and Saturday start at 8 p.m. and Sundays at 3 p.m. Tickets are $18.

Through March 10

The Powerful Arts of Cameroon: the Collection of Amadou Njoya is a display of artifacts of the African Tribal Arts Kingdom at the QCC Art Gallery. The potent beauty of celebratory festivals, initiations and other traditional rituals will be conveyed through masterful objects made of wood, metal and terra cotta in the exhibit.  Amadou Njoya is a fourth generation Cameroonian born into a family of distinguished artisans and advisors for the royal family of the Kingdom of Bamum.  Visit the exhibition at the QCC Art Gallery at 222-05 56th Ave. in Oakland Gardens. Open Monday through Sunday. Click here or call 718-631-6396 for hours.

Through March 30

Flushing Town Hall (FTH) will kick off Lunar New Year 2014: The Year of the Horse, beginning January 31. FTH’s Lunar New Year line-up encourages audience members of all ages to come out and celebrate Chinese New Year annual traditions, which date back many centuries to when people would gather to honor their ancestors. For a complete list of all spring events, including family programs, Lunar New Year events, and many others, visit www.flushingtownhall.org or call 718-463-7700.  FTH is located at 137-35 Northern Boulevard in Flushing.

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.

Through April 11 

Join millions of real butterflies on an amazing journey to a remote and secret hideaway at the New York Hall of Science (NYSCI), Tuesday to Friday, at 11 a.m., noon and 2 p.m., and Saturday and Sunday at noon, 1, 2 and 3 p.m. Follow the monarchs’ journey to the remote mountain peaks of Mexico in a 3D film. For the first time ever, witness the transformation from caterpillar to butterfly inside a chrysalis, thanks to advanced MRI and micro CT scans. The award-winning production team, including Oscar-winner Peter Parks, followed the year-long migration cycle of the butterflies. Admission is $6 adults; $5 children, students & seniors, plus NYSCI admission. NYSCI is located at 47-01 111th Street in Corona. For more information call 718-699-0005.

Through May 4

In the interactive exhibit Human Plus: Real Lives + Real Engineering at the New York Hall of Science, visitors can create and explore a range of high and low tech tools that extend human abilities. The exhibit features a simulated downhill mono-ski course; a DJ station built out of a wheelchair and controlled by the wheels; a touch panel that translates music into vibrations; a hands-free computer mouse, controlled through slight movements of the head, that allows the guest to type messages, edit photos or watch videos; and a neuroprosthetic limb that can be controlled by a person’s thoughts. Free with museum admission. The New York Hall of Science is located at 47-01 111th Street, Corona. For more information call 718-699-0005.

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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