Attend a screening at the Museum of the Moving Image, experience opera in a new way, celebrate Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day and do more at these events in Queens.
SATURDAY, JAN. 17
The QNS Collective is hosting “We Will Be Here,” an exhibition of photographs by Salvador Espinoza. The images take a look at how the rapid development of Dutch Kills is changing the neighborhood. 7 to 10 p.m. Free. 36-27 36th St., 2nd Floor. For more details, email firstname.lastname@example.org
As part of their First Look Festival, the Museum of the Moving Image is screening “I for Iran (I Comme Iran).” The film tells the story of post-revolution Iran through the eyes of a Belgian filmmaker of Iranian descent, as she learns to read and write in Persian. Director Sanaz Irani will be present at the screening. Tickets: $12/free for members at Film Lover Level and above. Book your tickets online at www.movingimage.us. 4:30 p.m. 36-01 35th Ave.
Forget the cold weather for one night and take a trip outdoors. This time of the year is perfect to go stargazing. Look up and you may just be able to see the Winter Triangle, Sirius, Orion, the Big Dipper and the North Star. Astronomer Mark Freilich will guide you at the Alley Pond Environmental Center from 7 to 9 p.m. $15. 228-06 Northern Blvd. Call 718-229-4000 for more details.
SUNDAY, JAN. 18
An exhibition about urban renewal plans adopted in New York City is ongoing at the Queens Museum. These plans transformed the city and affected millions of New Yorkers. 596 Acres, an organization that works for community land access, will present three panel discussions on urban renewal at the museum from noon to 6 p.m. They will cover topics such as the law of eminent domain, affordable housing and the struggle for Cooper Square. RSVP is required; visit the Events page at queensmuseum.org to register. Call the museum at 718-592-9700 for more information. New York City Building at Flushing Meadows Corona Park.
On the eve of MLK Day, children between the ages of 5 and 12 can learn book making and honor change makers with the Polit-Sheer-Form-Office exhibit at the Queens Museum’s Drop-In Family Workshop. Children with special needs are welcome. Free. Registration not required. 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. Call the museum at 718-592-9700 for more information. New York City Building in Flushing Meadows Corona Park.
Ever wondered what an opera would be like if it is sung in English but the lyrics are set to music by the Japanese string instrument, the koto? Visit the Flushing Town Hall to experience this fusion magic with Beloved Prey, an opera about a mother antelope whose baby has been adopted by a lioness and how she has to fight to get it back. Besides the opera, the concert also features Moon Princess song Cycle, a performance about a moon princess who has to leave her adoptive parents on Earth behind when the people of the moon come to take her back. Free. 2 p.m. 137-35 Northern Blvd.
Take some time to stand and stare. The exhibition “An Aesthetics of Slowness” opens at the Dorsky Gallery from 2 to 5 p.m. It features art around the theme of “uncertainty of physical experiences and perceptions,” according to the gallery. Pencil drawings, photograms, photographs, paintings and installations convey the point. Free. 11-03 45th Ave. Call 718-937-6317 for more details.
The Kupferberg Center for the Arts is hosting the Dance Theatre of Harlem for its inaugural Martin Luther King Celebration at the Colden Auditorium. The 44-year-old theatre comprises dancers from diverse racial backgrounds who take classical and neoclassical ballet and give it a contemporary twist. Rev. Floyd Flake will give the keynote address. Tickets: $35. 4 to 5:30 p.m. 65-30 Kissena Blvd. Call the box office at 718-793-8080.
The Queens World Film Festival 2015 will run from March 17 to 22 this year. It’s kicking off with a party at Monika’s Cafe Bar in Astoria from 6 p.m. There will be networking and happy hour all night. Meet the team behind the festival. 3290 36th St.
MONDAY, JAN. 19
It’s Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day. Honor the memory of this change maker by volunteering at Roy Wilkins Recreation Center. The NYC Parks and Partnership for Parks are organizing projects to spruce up the center. Projects include painting and other indoor activities. Preregistration is required due to limited space. Visit http://www.nycgovparks.org/reg/mlk-day-of-service/544 to register. Volunteers have to be more than 14 years old. 177th St. and Baisley Blvd. 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Free. Call 718-276-8686 for more details.
Volunteers are invited to join Natural Areas Volunteers (NAV) at Idlewild Park in removing floatable debris left behind by Hurricane Sandy. You’ll learn about cleanup techniques while helping to protect the wetlands of the park. Remember to wear sturdy boots or shoes and dress warmly in clothing you wouldn’t mind getting dirty. This event is meant for adults and teenagers of high school age and above. Space is limited so preregistration is required. Call 212-360-3318 or email email@example.com to register. 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Free. 230th Place and 149th Ave.
The Oratorio Society of Queens is holding auditions for its spring performance of Hadyn’s “Missa in Angustiis,” also known as Lord Nelson Mass. Auditions begin at 7 p.m. at the FSG Hall at Temple Beth Sholom and will be conducted under the direction of Maestro David Close. Those who pass the audition will start rehearsals immediately, from 7:45 p.m. The OSQ rehearses every Monday from 7:45 to 10 p.m. at the same venue. Call 718-279-3006 to reserve your spot in the auditions.
TUESDAY, JAN. 20
The Queens Botanical Garden’s Art in the Garden series will now showcase the works of Paul Lin. The artist combines natural materials with traditional craft techniques to create beautiful landscapes and portraits. 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Free with garden admission: $4 adults/$3 seniors/$2 students with ID and children over 3 years old. Call 718-886-3800 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for more details.
Photographer Jack Bradley’s longtime friendship with Louis Armstrong gave him access that made it possible for him to create beautiful images of the legendary musician’s private life. Those images are now on display for the public at the Louis Armstrong House Museum’s new exhibit, “To Jack Bradley, the ‘Greatest’ Photo Taker.” Also on display are some of the artifacts associated with Armstrong that Bradley collected over the years. Visitors can see a Giardineli trumpet mouthpiece that Armstrong gifted Bradley, a rare recording Armstrong autographed and photos of the musician on the road and at home. Museum hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tickets: $10 adults/$7 seniors (65 years and older), children above the age of 4 and students. 34-56 107th St.
WEDNESDAY, JAN. 21
If your New Year’s resolution is to give back to your community, then visit the Voelker Orth Museum and attend their Volunteer Open House. This nonprofit organization has several opportunities for volunteers to use their talents in gardening, research, event management and marketing, among others. Learn about these opportunities while sipping a cup of tea in a house that’s more than 100 years old. To RSVP, call 718-359-6227 or email email@example.com. 11 a.m. 149-19 38th Ave.
Anne Hathaway will attend a screening of her movie, “Song One,” at the Museum of the Moving Image, with director Kate Barker-Froyland. “Song One” is a romantic drama that tells the story of Franny (Hathaway) and her musical journey against the backdrop of Brooklyn’s indie music culture. The film premiered at the 2014 Sundance Film Festival. 7 p.m. Tickets: $25/$15 members at Film Lover, Dual and Family levels/free for Silver Screen members and above. Visit www.movingimage.us to order tickets. 36-01 35th Ave.
THURSDAY, JAN. 22
When a picture speaks a thousand words, what better way to tell a story than with photos? Get introduced to cameras and learn the basics about still photography. Participants will be taught about apertures, shutter speeds and other settings that can be used to create interesting images. Queens Library at Lefrak City. 4 to 5 p.m. Preregistration required; register by calling 718-592-7677 or visiting 98-30 57th Avenue.
Learn more about the life of civil rights leader Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. at the Queens Library’s branch in Baisley Park. Urban Stages is presenting “The Gates of Equality,” a drama that ties MLK’s speeches and press conferences with a fictional narrative. 5 to 6 p.m. Registration not required. 117-11 Sutphin Blvd.
The Queens Library in Laurelton is hosting a screening of the documentary “Muhammed Ali: When We Were Kings” (1996; rated PG) from 6 to 7:45 p.m. The documentary looks at Ali’s match with George Foreman in 1974 in Zaire, and includes commentary by legends such as B.B. King and Spike Lee. Registration not required. 134-26 225 St.