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What to do in Queens this weekend and beyond


By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com

Photo: Thomas Bresson

Stargaze without leaving the borough, celebrate Earth Day with a garden stroll, sample the flavors of Ridgewood and do more at these events in Queens.

SATURDAY, APRIL 18

“An Exhibition of New Narrative Experiences” consists of virtual reality experiences, interactive films, participatory installations, and speculative interfaces and offers insights into a possible future where stories engage more of our bodies than just our eyes and ears. Runs through Sunday, July 26. $12 adults, $9 students, seniors, $6 children. Museum of the Moving Image. 35th Ave and 37th St. For more information, visit movingimage.us.

Breathe in deep and relax. Certified master yoga instructor Mike Mancini creates a multilevel adaptable approach suitable for beginners and experienced students. Bring your own mat, towel and water bottle. Limited to 10 participants. 9:15 to 10:15 p.m. $16. Alley Pond Environmental Center. 228-06 Northern Blvd. For more information, visit alleypond.com.

Visit the Alley Pond Environmental Center for story time. First published in 1941, “Make Way for Ducklings” tells the story of a pair of mallards who decide to raise their family on an island in the lagoon in Boston Public Garden. This class will include a story, time with our animals, a snack, a craft and a nature walk. Limited to 8 participants. This program is for ages 5 to 6. 1:30 to 3 p.m. $18 per child. 228-06 Northern Blvd. To pre-register, call 718-229-4000.

Join the New York Park Rangers to learn the various forms of composting techniques and make your own take-home worm bin. Free. 1 p.m. Fort Totten Park. 422 Weaver Ave. Please pre-register at nyc.gov/parks/rangers/register.

Come create some Fizzy Fun Eruptions. From hypothesis to conclusion children will get hands-on experience to collectively create an innovative science fair project that is sure to impress any science teacher. Limited to 8 participants. This program is for ages 7 to 8. 1:30 to 3 p.m. $24. Alley Pond Environmental Center. 228-06 Northern Blvd. To pre-register, call 718-229-4000.

Discover the history of and current environmental issues affecting Newtown Creek and the surrounding shoreline. Guide Richard Melnick is considered the foremost tour guide on the East River and has co-written the first book on the waterway “Images of America: The East River.” 11 a.m. $15 GAHS members, $20 for non-members. For more information, visit astorialic.org.

Learn about transportation in the 19th century, hear a story about the history of trains and create your own toy horse to ride home. 12 to 3 p.m. $5 adults, $3 students. King Manor Museum. 150-03 Jamaica Ave. For more information, visit kingmanor.org.

Join Mark Freilich, professor and astronomer for an exciting evening of stargazing. See the moon up close, learn about and view the Orion Nebula, the Andromeda Galaxy, the Big Dipper, Jupiter and the brightest star – Sirius. This program will feature an indoor interactive question and answer session on basic astronomy. Saturday, April 18, 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. $15 per person. Alley Pond Environmental Center, 228-06 Northern Blvd. To pre-register, call 718-229-4000.

LIC Flea & Food is located at an outdoor lot by the waterfront at the corner of Fifth Street and 46th Avenue, and offers items for sale including food and drinks, collectibles, antiques, arts and crafts, handcrafted jewelry and fashion, and much more. Along with over 80 vendors each day, the market also has a beer garden, exclusively serving beers brewed in Queens from local breweries including Rockaway Brewery, Queens Brewery, Finback Brewery and SingleCut Beersmiths. The LIC Flea is the only location to carry beer from all six breweries. The bar will also offer a great selection of wines. LIC Flea & Food will run every Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., through the end of October. For updates on the LIC Flea & Food market, follow on Facebook.com/LICFlea,Instagram.com/LICFlea and @LICFlea on Twitter.

SUNDAY, APRIL 19

Bayside Historical Society is marking the 50th anniversary of the New York City Landmarks Preservation Law, which was enacted April 19, 1965, with a guided tour of the Lawrence Cemetery. Paul DeBenedetto, president of the BHS board of trustees, will discuss the importance of the Lawrence family as well as the NYC landmark law. Free. 11 a.m. The Lawrence Cemetery, 216th Street and 42nd Avenue. For more information, visit baysidehistorical.org.

The U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary “About Boating Safety” class will be taught by qualified Coast Guard Auxiliary instructors. This one-day, eight-hour boat safety course is designed to be an introductory course to meet the moating education needs of recreational boaters and personal water craft operators. 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. $65. Fort Totten. 611 Little Bay Road. Call 347-336-5866 for more details.

Maspeth Federal Savings Bank will host the 17th annual “Dust Off Car Show & Blood Drive” to benefit St. Mary’s Healthcare System for Children. The car show will take place from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. and the blood drive will take place from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Goody bags and raffles will be passed out. $20 for car show entry. 69th Street off Grand Avenue. For more information, visit eccatoysfortots.org.

Formed at the Aaron Copland School of Music, Queens College, The Balsam Chamber Ensemble is a scholarship-receiving ensemble, honoring Artur Balsam who was a classical pedagogue. The ensemble will perform a wide range of repertoires from the Baroque period to 20th century, and provides a first-class chamber music experience. 1 p.m. $5. Flushing Town Hall. 137-35 Flushing Blvd. For more information, visit flushingtownhall.org.

Spring is here and so are the blooms. This walking tour will offer a closer look at some flora and their fauna friends that help them flourish. Learn about the important role pollinators play in the life-cycle of plants. 11 a.m. Free. Forest Park Visitor Center. Enter the park from Woodhaven Boulevard and Forest Park Drive. Call 718-352-1769 for more details.

MONDAY, APRIL 20

“Masters of American Photography,” a traveling exhibition of photographs on loan from the Reading Public Museum in Pennsylvania, elegantly represents the history of photography in the 20th century. Iconic images by Alfred Stieglitz, Ansel Adams, Walker Evans, Edward Weston, Dorothea Lange, Margaret Bourke White and others will be on display. The exhibit opened last week and runs through Saturday, June 20. Free. Godwin-Ternbach Museum at Queens College. 65-30 Kissena Blvd. Call 718-997-4747 for more details.

TUESDAY, APRIL 21

Meet the heroes, gods and monsters of Greek mythology. Using a combination of poetry, masks, mime and skillful audience participation, Chariot of the Sun brings these classic tales to life. Included are the myth of Phaethon and his chariot, Pandora and her mysterious box, and the thrilling tale of Odysseus and Cyclops. 11 a.m. Ticket prices vary. Jamaica Performing Arts Center, 153-03 Jamaica Ave. For more information, visit jcal.org.

WEDNESDAY, APRIL 22

Join the Queens Botanical Garden after school to celebrate Earth Day. Take a garden stroll and make a botanically-themed craft. 3:30 to 5 p.m. Free with garden admission. Limited to the first 30 children. 43-50 Main St. For more information, visit queensbotanical.org.

THURSDAY, APRIL 23

Dr. Regan’s lecture, “Feet, Hooves, and Rails: Transportation in Nineteenth Century America,” follows the development of transportation from the pre-industrial period to the introduction of the combustion engine in the early 20th century. He will discuss the technological innovations and ideological shifts that changed transportation and transformed the United States into a world power. He will also address the central role New York City played in this process. 5 to 6:30 p.m. Free. St. John’s University, 800 Utopia Parkway, D’Angelo Center, Room 206. Please pre-register by calling 718-206-0545 ext. 13.

With over 20 eateries representing the diversity of Queens, the Taste of Ridgewood will raise money to ensure that no child or family is ever turned away from life-enhancing YMCA programs because of the inability to pay. Converse, listen to live music provided by Miracles of Modern Science, and enjoy the simple pleasure of fine cuisine all for a wonderful cause. 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Prices vary. Ridgewood YMCA. 69-02 64th St. For more information, visit ymcanyc.org.

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What to do in Queens this weekend and beyond


By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com

Photo: Robert Munn

Experience the World’s Fair in 3D, learn a skill that will last you a lifetime, celebrate cultural diversity through music and do more at these events in Queens.

SATURDAY, APRIL 11

New York Park Rangers will guide you to the best wildlife viewing spots in the urban jungle. Birding programs are appropriate for all skill levels and beginners are welcome. Bring a pair of binoculars or ask a ranger to borrow a pair. Free. 9 a.m. Alley Pond Park Adventure Center. 67th Ave.

Eggs come in many different shapes, sizes and colors. Learn about animal babies while investigating the diversity of eggs from which they hatch. Discover the wonders of hatching through story time, games, live animals, a nature walk and an array of unusual eggs. A snack is provided. This program is for ages 3 to 4. 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. $21 per child. Alley Pond Environmental Center. 228-06 Northern Blvd. Call 718-229-4000 to pre-register.

Do you have what it takes to survive in the wild? Animals do some amazing things to survive. Defenses come in all forms, from squirting blood out their eyes, to rolling over and playing dead or simply stinking up the place. Come learn about these defenses and experiment with creating your own animal defense. Limited to 8 participants. Snack is included. This program is for ages 8 to 12. $24 per child. Alley Pond Environmental Center, 228-06 Northern Blvd. Call 718-229-4000 to pre-register.

Join the Bayside Historical Society and explore what was once the favorite vacation area for many silent movie-era stars such as Mary Pickford, where estates lined the waterfront, including those of industrialist Harvey Firestone an entertainment impresario Arthur Hammerstein. Historian Jason D. Santos will be guiding this tour. 2 to 5 p.m. $5 for BHS members, $10 for non-members. Powells Cove Boulevard and 154th Street. For more information, visit baysidehistorical.org.

LIC Flea & Food, located at an outdoor lot by the waterfront at the corner of Fifth Street and 46th Avenue, will kick off its third season on Saturday, April 11, with a ribbon cutting ceremony at 11 a.m. Along with over 80 vendors each day, the market will also have a beer garden, exclusively serving beers brewed in Queens from local breweries including Rockaway Brewery, Queens Brewery, Finback and SingleCut. The bar will also offer a great selection of wines. LIC Flea & Food will run every Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., through the end of October. For updates on the LIC Flea & Food market, follow on Facebook.com/LICFlea,Instagram.com/LICFlea and @LICFlea on twitter.

SUNDAY, APRIL 12

This event will help explore the pet rabbit myths and misconceptions and uncover the joys of the human and rabbit relationship while detailing proper rabbit housing, diet, bunny-proofing your home, handling, rabbit adoption vs. purchasing a rabbit, medical concerns and children and rabbits. Suggested reading materials in the form of books and excellent websites will be presented. 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. Free. Alley Pond Environmental Center. 228-06 Northern Blvd. Please pre-register by visiting alleypond.com.

Learn how to use your digital camera effectively, improving your shots by understanding aspects, composition and lighting. In participating in this class you will learn how to achieve the best photographs with the camera that you own. During the second class on Sunday, April 19, the instructor will evaluate your pictures and participants will create a frame for their favorite picture. All participants are required to bring their own digital camera, charged battery for your camera, as well as a memory card. Printing the photographs will be the responsibility of the parent. Limited to 10 participants. 10:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. $62 per child. Alley Pond Environmental Center. 228-06 Northern Blvd. Please pre-register by visiting alleypond.com.

Hiking is the ultimate way to enjoy the outdoors and reduce stress. Regardless of the intensity level, it is a great way to burn calories and stay fit. Urban Park Rangers will lead participants from Cunningham Park to Alley Pond Park on a historic section of the Queens Greenway that at one time was part of private road built by the Vanderbilt family in 1908. 11 a.m. Free. Cunningham Park. 73rd Ave and Hollis Hills Terrace. Call 718-352-1769 for more details.

Celebrate National Poetry Month at Queens Botanical Garden. Using haiku as a point of departure, enjoy a garden stroll to get your creative juices flowing, and then take part in a poetry writing workshop. 1 to 3 p.m. Free with garden admission. 43-50 Main St. For more information, visit queensbotanical.org.

Beloved stories by Eric Carle will be retold on stage through fanciful puppets that teach as well as entertain. The triple-bill includes the wonderful story of The Very Hungry Caterpillar’s metamorphosis into a beautiful butterfly, the fanciful account of Little Cloud’s travels through the sky, and the Mixed Up Chameleon’s discovery of his own unique nature. 2:15 p.m. Ticket prices vary. Flushing Town Hall. 137-35 Northern Blvd. For more information, visit flushingtownhall.org.

“Queens Museum for You Are Here,” a community forum and exhibition opening featuring community-driven design concepts to improve the connectivity of Flushing Meadows Corona Park will take place at the Queens Museum. The exhibition illustrates the current connectivity challenges and highlights creative opportunities for the Park’s future. A group of community advisers, residents of the neighboring communities who have volunteered to be part of a four-month-long ‘community design school,’ will present their design concepts, including creative information kiosks, art installations for park entrances, wayfinding landmarks, sensory play areas for children with special needs, and more. Free. 2 to 5 p.m. Flushing Meadows Corona Park. For more information, visit queensmuseum.org.

Robert Munn and Sara Cook of the Depthography Group will be presenting their “World’s Fairs in 3D” Stereoscopic Projection Show.  The show consists of over 28 full-color View-Master stereo views of the 1939-40 Fair and over 128 views of the 1964-65 Fair, including images of the ruins and aftermath of the events. From 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. $10. Kingsland Homestead. 143-35 37th Ave. Call 718-939-0647 for more details.

MONDAY, APRIL 13

Lucky Draw—a one-of-a-kind art raffle—guarantees that each and every ticket holder walks home with a work of art! This fast-paced, one-night event offers first-time and seasoned collectors access to artworks by top emerging and established talent. All proceeds benefit SculptureCenter. The order of selection is determined by random drawing and the draw commences with a live auction. 6p.m. Ticket prices vary. Sculpture Center. 44-19 Purves St. For more information, visit sculpture-center.org.

TUESDAY, APRIL 14

Enjoy this bilingual production of “The Brave Calf,” a story about a young calf who decides to explore the world and befriends a rabbit and a buzzard. They meet a selfish bull who refuses to share water from the only lake in the region. The calf and his new friends peacefully prevent the bill from hoarding all the natural resources, leading the bull to reflect on the importance of friendship, teamwork and caring for the environment. 4 p.m. Free. Queens Library at Corona. 38-23 104th St. Call 718-426-2844 for more details.

WEDNESDAY, APRIL 15

Alley Pond Environmental Center invites you to take the “first step.” Learn a skill that will last you a lifetime. Move with grace while learning the basics of ballroom and Latin dances. Annakarina Marinos, award-winning, certified ballroom dancer and APEC educator, will lead participants at beginner and intermediate levels. Bring a partner or meet one here. Dress comfortably (sneakers not recommended). This event will take place on Wednesdays through June 24. $24 per person. 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. 28-06 Northern Blvd. For more information, visit alleypond.com.

Joseph Tirella, Queens College alumnus and English major will read from “Tomorrow-Land: The 1964-65 World’s Fair and the Transformation of America.” Tomorrow-Land examines how the World’s Fair was a ‘60s flashpoint in politics, pop culture, technology, urban planning, civil rights and violent crime. Free. 12:15 p.m. President’s Conference Room #2, Rosenthal Library. Call 718-997-3700 for more details.

THURSDAY, APRIL 16

Celebrate cultural diversity through music in this multimedia musical performance, based on Emmy-winning author/composer Philip Pelletier’s musical storybook, “One Night in Frogtown.” Tad, a saxophone-playing frog, sets out to discover the sources of the faraway music that only he can hear. Along the way, Tad meets blues, classical and rap frogs. After several musical misadventures, Tad discovers his inner strength and brings the other frogs together despite their musical differences for a spirited jam session. 10 a.m. Ticket prices vary. LaGuardia Performing Arts Center. 31-10 Thompson Ave. Call 718-482-5150 for more details.

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What to do in Queens this weekend and beyond


By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com

Photo courtesy of secrettheatre.com

Get to know a local park, explore the borough’s cultural scene, dabble in the martial arts and do more at these events in Queens.

SATURDAY, APRIL 4

Local Air Force veteran and senior mortgage banker H. Roy Bhiro will be hosting a free homebuyer seminar in collaboration with the Queens Chamber of Commerce and Neighborhood Housing Services of Jamaica. The main focus of this seminar will be to educate first-time would-be home buyers. NHS representatives will be on hand to determine grant eligibility and a VA expert will be available to help veterans determine VA eligibility and applying for a VA Certificate of Eligibility. Free. 1 to 4:30 p.m. York College, Room 3D01. 94-20 Guy Brewer Blvd. Call 631-391-6457 for more information or visit firsthome.ticketleap.com/fthb to register.

Join the Queens Botanical Garden for a Spring Egg-stravaganza. Children can take part in an egg scavenger hunt and old-fashioned games. Flora, Queens Botanical Garden’s mascot, will be making appearances, so don’t forget the camera. Advanced registration is required. Noon to 2 p.m. Event parking rate of $10 will be in effect. 43-50 Main St. For more information, visit nycgovparks.org.

Join the Urban Park Rangers for a tour of Fort Totten by candlelight. A pristine stretch surrounding a preserved Civil War fortress, Fort Totten Park provides a fascinating glimpse into New York’s past. Free. 8 p.m. 422 Weaver Ave. To register, visit nyc.gov/parks/rangers/register.

Quintet of the Americas presents the “In Pursuit of Freedom Concert,” featuring music related to the exhibition “In Pursuit of Freedom” at the Brooklyn Historical Society. It is part of the library’s day-long America is a Dream – A Tribute to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. event. Quintet of the Americas, Queens’ renowned woodwind quintet, will present a concert featuring two works by Carl MaultsBy – The Journey and Kum-Ba-Ya. Free. 2 p.m. Langston Hughes Library and Cultural Center. 100-01 Northern Blvd. For more information, visit quintet.org.

In this two-hour accent workshop, you’ll get the chance to play with accents like never before. Practice new sounds, and learn what makes an accent unique, from phonetics to rhythm and pitch. Accents covered in this workshop include British RP, Cockney, the New York accent, and the General Southern accent. 4 p.m. $30 if you purchase by March 31, $40 if you purchase after. Q.E.D. 27-16 23rd Ave. For more information, visit qedastoria.com.

Visit the Secret Theatre for the “Flying Solo Festival” through Sunday, April 5. The theatre supplies all the basic production elements needed to support a new work whether finished or still in development – a stage, a small crew, box office and lobby staff. Confirmed shows include Tjasa Ferme’s “Wild Child in the City.” 8 p.m. $18. 44-02 23rd St. For more information, visit secrettheatre.com.

SUNDAY, APRIL 5

Get to know the park by hunting for some common and uncommon objects and artifacts with Urban Park Rangers. This event is fun for all ages and a great way to learn more about Kissena Park. Free. 11 a.m. Enter the park on Kissena Boulevard and Booth Memorial Avenue. For more information, visit nycgovparks.org.

MONDAY, APRIL 6

The kids are out of school; now get them out of the house. Head to the park and join Urban Park Rangers free “Kids Week” programs. Immerse your kids and yourself in the natural world. Appropriate for ages 12 and under. As part of Kids Week Queens, kids will learn about bird watching. Whether you are a beginner or an experienced birdwatcher, spring migration is an exciting time to be out in the park. Bring your own binoculars or ask a ranger to borrow a pair. Free. 1 p.m. Alley Pond Park Adventure Center. 67th Avenue. For more information, visit nycgovparks.org.

After conquering the world of music and ascending the pinnacle of New York’s cultural scene with America’s premier entertainment and lecture space, Steinway Hall, the Steinway family turned their interests toward transportation. Join the Greater Astoria Historical Society for a lecture on the Steinway family’s influence on Long Island City and the rest of New York’s transportation system at 7 p.m. Free for GAHS members, $5 for non-members. Greater Queens Historical Society. 35-20 Broadway. For more information, visit astorialic.org.

Dino Blanche, an avid practitioner of martial arts for more than 38 years and founder of martial arts studio The Laughing River, offers a sampling of jujitsu and other self-defense techniques for young people ages 8 to 18. The signature of a parent or guardian is required for participants under age 18. Free. 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. Queens Library at Langston Hughes, 10001 Northern Blvd. Call 718-651-1100 for more details.

TUESDAY, APRIL 7

As part of Kids Week Queens, join Urban Park Rangers to hone your five senses and enjoy testing your skills playing Native American games. Free. 1 p.m. Kissena Park. Kissena Boulevard and Booth Memorial Avenue. For more information, visit nycgovparks.org.

Bring your little gardeners and nature lovers to Queens Botanical Garden for a relaxing afternoon featuring nature-inspired stories, followed by a botanically-themed craft activity. Limited to first 30 children; while supplies last. Free with garden admission. 2 to 3:30 p.m. 43-50 Main St. For more information, visit nycgovparks.org.

WEDNESDAY, APRIL 8

Join Urban Park Rangers and learn outdoor skills with your kids. Do you know about proper hiking gear? Do you want to learn how to use a compass? How can I collect drinking water? These are just examples of the type of skills you may learn to accomplish during this program. Free. 1 p.m. Forest Park Visitor Center. Enter the park on Woodhaven Boulevard and Forest Park Drive. For more information, visit nycgovparks.org.

Spring has sprung at the Alley Pond Environmental Center. Children will be exploring the ecosystems and finding out what happened to plants and animals over the long winter. Story time, a snack and time with APEC’s indoor animals will be included in this spring adventure. Limited to 12 participants. This program is for children ages 3 to 6. 10 a.m. to noon. $21 per child. 228-06 Northern Blvd. For more information, visit alleypond.com

Your kids will become animal care trainees for one day at Alley Pond Environmental Center. Children will have hands-on experience in feeding, brushing, cleaning and learning all about the needs of APEC’s animals. Snack and animal care trainee certificates are included. Limited to 8 participants for children ages 8 to 12. 10 a.m. to noon. $21 per child. 228-06 Northern Blvd. For more information, visit alleypond.com

THURSDAY, APRIL 9

It’s easy to construct a simple raised bed for your community garden and a double bed provides an easier gardening experience for senior members. GreenThumb will share ideas on design and discuss ways to plan your garden plot for maximum production. Free. 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. 107-27 Inwood St. Call 212-788-8070 for more details.

Justin Williams and Akash Bhasin drink, banter and host a showcase titled “Death Comedy Jam” featuring the best young comics from NYC and beyond. The free Tecate for the audience flows like the laughter that earned Death Comedy Jam the 2013 Creek Award for Best Stand-Up Show. Free. 10 p.m. The Creek and the Cave, 10-93 Jackson Ave. For more information, visit creeklic.com.

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What to do in Queens this weekend and beyond


By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com

Photo: Joanne O’Connor

Explore the borough’s artistic side, take a historic walk in Flushing Meadows Corona Park, learn how to prepare typical Greek dishes and do more at these events in Queens.

Saturday, March 28

The Alley Pond Environmental Center will teach children ages 5 to 6 about where their favorite animals live and what materials they use to construct their homes. This program includes live animals, crafts, snacks and a hike in search of nests, burrows and tree holes. Limited to 12 participants. 228-06 Northern Blvd. 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. $21 per child. For more information, visit alleypond.com.

Join artist Paul Lin as he shares the time-honored tradition of pressed flower botanical art. This hands-on workshop will introduce participants of all levels to the therapeutic technique of art making, exploration of natural materials, and the importance of composition and design. 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Alley Pond Environmental Center. $15. Advanced registration is required. For more information, visit nycgovparks.org.

Amos Poe’s “Empire II” will be screened at the Museum of the Moving Image. Rather than running the camera continuously over the course of one evening, Poe uses time-lapse photography, filming the Empire State Building from the window of his West Village apartment over the course of a year. With its bright colors and pixilated energy, the film becomes a dynamic city symphony, with its rapid-fire imagery accompanied by the poems and songs of Patti Smith, Lucinda Williams, Debbie Harry, Peggy Lee, B.B. King, and more. Runs through March 29. The film will screen continuously in the Video Screening Amphitheater. For more information, visit movingimage.us.

Presented by EtM Con Edison/FCCA composer-in-residence Nina Siniakova, “Spring Mix” is a tangy medley of classical hits and contemporary compositions peppered with some beloved jazzy tunes. Performed by three established New York musicians, this concert will make you ready for spring. Free. 1 p.m. Flushing Town Hall. For more information, visit flushingtownhall.org.

Sunday, March 29

A Sunday Walk in Flushing Meadows Corona Park from Flushing to Corona honors the 75th and 50th anniversaries of the World’s Fairs in New York City. This walk will focus on the history of Flushing Meadows Corona Park as well as sites associated with the World’s Fairs. The walking tour is a fundraiser for the Queens Historical Society. 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. 43-50 Main Street. To register, email jaconet@aol.com.

Stop by the GreenThumb Compound’s annual spring supply giveaway to pick up tools, gloves and other materials for working with kids in the garden. A vehicle or several garden members will be necessary to transport these materials, which will be supplied first-come, first-served to schools registered with Grow to Learn. 10:30 to 12:30 p.m. For more information, visit nycgovparks.org.

Join Forgotten NY’s Kevin Walsh and GAHS’ Rich Melnick in exploring the remnants of two World’s Fairs, 1939-1940 and 1964-1965. Flushing Meadows-Corona Park. 12 p.m. to 3 p.m. $15 for members of Greater Astoria Historical Society, $20 for non- members. For more information, visit astorialic.org.

Based on the books by Barbara Park, this musical tells the story of a first-grader named Junie B. Jones. Hear about Junie’s experiences as a first-grader, like joining a kickball team, stubbing her toe and meetings new friends, all told through original music and dance! 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. $14. 111-01 Corona Ave. For more information, visit queenstheatre.org.

“Illegal Motion,” performances by Madeline and Alexandra Lerman, explores the ways physical movements and body language negotiate their limits in the everyday systems of technology, intellectual property law and sport. Their focus on the formation of new body languages generated by the evolution of interface design, ergonomics, and mediated daily rituals is juxtaposed with an exploration of two of the most traditional forms of art—clay and dance. 3 and 4 p.m. Sculpture Center. For more information, visit sculpture-center.org.

Monday, March 30

Rabbi Sokolov will be at the Kew Gardens Community Center to explain the Haggadah, the Jewish text that is read during Passover dinner, and items on the sedar plate. He will also discuss the significance of Passover. 80-02 Kew Gardens Road, Suite 202. Call 718-268-5960 for more details.

Learn how to prepare typical Greek dishes with Ms. Julie Douveas, a first generation Greek-American. Enjoy tasty samplings of tzatziki, orzo pasta salad, saganaki and nut ball dessert. Limited to 15 adult participants. Free babysitting for children ages 5 and up. 228-06 Northern Blvd. 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. $20 per person. Register at alleypond.com.

Queens Library is preparing its operating budget for Fiscal Year 2016. The public is invited to find out what the library’s funding priorities are, and to give the library their input. 41-17 Main Street. 6 p.m. The library will also be taking public comments at queenslibrary.org/budgetfeedback from April 1 to April 30.

Presented by Indo-American Arts Council, the Erasing Borders Exhibition features work by artists whose origins can be traced to the Indian subcontinent. This group of multinational artists reflects a broad range of life experiences and aesthetic values. The artists interpret diverse subject matter – figurative, abstract and conceptual – in a variety of media. Runs through April 19. Suggested donation of $5, Free for members. Flushing Town Hall. For more information, visit flushingtownhall.org.

StorySLAM is open to anyone with a true story to share on the night’s posted theme: state lines and personal boundaries. When the doors open, storyteller hopefuls put their names in The Moth Hat. A half hour later, names are picked, and storytellers take the stage. Each person has just five minutes. Ten featured stories are scored by teams of judges selected from the audience who pick the StorySLAM winner. 7 p.m. $8. Flushing Town Hall. For more information, visit flushingtownhall.org.

Presented by Indo-American Arts Council, the Erasing Borders Exhibition features work by artists whose origins can be traced to the Indian subcontinent. This group of multinational artists reflects a broad range of life experiences and aesthetic values. The artists interpret diverse subject matter – figurative, abstract and conceptual – in a variety of media. Starts March 30 and runs through April 19. Suggested donation of $5, Free for members. Flushing Town Hall. For more information, visit flushingtownhall.org.

Tuesday, March 31

Marking the second year of its Studio Program, the Queens Museum presents an exhibition featuring the works of 12 artists, who, working singly and in partnerships, have occupied studios at Queens Museum from 2013 to 2015. The exhibition will take place in the new wing of the Queens Museum. Runs through June 28. New York City Building, Flushing Meadows Corona Park. For more information, visit queensmuseum.org.

Wednesday, April 1

If you’re interested in learning more about jazz and playing alongside other musicians, join the Queens Jazz OverGround for their monthly Jazz Clinic. Stick around for the Monthly Jazz Jam immediately after the clinic. Free. 6 p.m. Flushing Town Hall. For more information, visit flushingtownhall.org.

Thursday, April 2

Two of your favorite stories, Caps for Sale and The Three Billy Goats Gruff, come to life onstage with all kinds of puppets, some of them larger-than-life! Help the peddler find his caps, and help big Billy Goat Gruff find his brothers. Watch the characters sing and dance their way out of trouble and into a world of happy endings. 10:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. $8. Call 718-793-8080 for more details.

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What to do in Queens this weekend and beyond


By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com

Photo courtesy of sohdaiko.org

Watch one of the most exciting taiko groups in the world, check out an internationally renowned spiritual medium, try a multi-player game before it’s available to the public and do more at these events in Queens.

Saturday, March 21

Celebrate the Equinox by making botanically themed crafts with your kids. The Queens Botanical Garden will host a March equinox craft for kids so you can get creative while exploring the gardens. While supplies last; limited to first 30 children. Free. 1 to 3 p.m. Contact 718-886-3800 for more details.

The Queens Museum’s Open A.I.R. Artist Services Program with award-winning artists Mark Strandquist and Queens-based photographer and educator Sol Aramendi will help participants develop and utilize challenging methods for creating personal, political, and socially powerful photographs. Work alongside a diverse group of youth from Queens and collaboratively create a series of images. 2 to 4:30 p.m. For more information, visit queensmuseum.org.

The Bayside Historical Society is hosting a Queens Sewing Social where you can quilt and sew using a number of different textiles. Learn more about the craft from enthusiasts and spend an afternoon creating and socializing. $8 BHS members, $10 non-BHS members. 208 Totten Avenue.

Hard-driving rhythms drummed with athleticism make Soh Daiko one of the most exciting taiko groups in the world. Soh Daiko honors the ancient Japanese drumming tradition in every performance by playing drums constructed by group members from oak wine barrels and ox hides. Come watch a performance at 3 p.m. Free. LaGuardia Performing Arts Center. For more information, visit laguardiaperformingarts.org.

Internationally renowned No. 1 New York Times best-selling author, clairvoyant, spiritual medium, producer and television personality James Van Praagh is considered a pioneer in the mediumship movement throughout the world, and has been recognized as one of the most accurate spiritual mediums working today. Visit the Queensborough Performing Arts Center for a talk and Q&A. Prices vary. 8 p.m. For more information, visit qcc.cuny.edu.

Sunday, March 22

Join the Queens Botanical Garden and other community groups in celebrating the vernal equinox (historical Earth Day) with a day of volunteering and unity. End the day with a festive march to the Flushing Meadows-Corona Park Unisphere. Free. 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. For more information, visit queensbotanical.org.

The World of Tomorrow is a feature documentary that looks at the great 1939 New York World’s Fair. Five years in the making, this critically acclaimed film uses home movies, newsreels, industrial and promotional films, cartoons, still photographs and other vintage graphics to study the Art Deco extravaganza that was the World’s Fair. 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. $8 general admission, $5 QHS members, students and seniors. Call 718-939-0647 for more details.

The Luxembourg International Composition Prize-winning composer Huang Ruo and classical music superstar New Asia Chamber Music Society will join the internationally renowned Nai-Ni Chen Dance Company for an interactive dance and music demonstration. $15, $10 members and students. 3 p.m. Flushing Town Hall. For more information, visit flushingtownhall.org.

Monday, March 23

Visit the Museum of Moving Image to try a multi-player game before it’s available to the public. “Push Me Pull You” by House House (Melbourne, Australia) is a cooperative, physics-based sumo-soccer game. Working together, players pilot sports monsters: stretching, contracting, pushing and shoving to keep a ball on their side of the court. “Push Me Pull You” was created amid a renewed interest in local multiplayer games, and like many of these titles, it borrows the formal qualities of sports without simulating any particular sport. Runs through March 27. For more information, visit movingimage.us.

The second year of the CUNY Dance Initiative is under way, awarding residencies to 26 New York City dance companies and choreographers at 11 CUNY colleges in 2015. Join Dance/NYC as Wendy Perron, author of “Through the Eyes of a Dancer” and former editor-in-chief of Dance Magazine, hosts a discussion with five awarded artists at the LaGuardia Performing Arts Center in Long Island City. Free. 31-10 Thomson Ave. To RSVP, visit dancenyc.nyc.

Tuesday, March 24

Are you an aspiring actor or actress? Are you curious about what it’s like to perform on stage? Have you ever dreamed of becoming a movie star? This 10-week program will give you a chance to learn about theater, explore the art of acting and perform in a final showcase. Participation in the showcase is voluntary. Help put on the show or be in the show yourself. 5 to 6 p.m. 89-11 Merrick Blvd. Free. Runs through March 31. For more information, visit queenslibrary.org.

Wednesday, March 25

Castorina and Rose perform favorite musical selections from the Broadway stage, including “I Could Have Danced All Night” and “Hello, Dolly!” and memorable American standards such as “New York, New York,” “Send in the Clowns” and more. Free. 3 to 4 p.m. 72-31 Metropolitan Avenue. For more information, visit queenslibrary.org.

Thursday, March 26

This art exhibit brings together 20 visualizations representing networks in topics as diverse as refugee migration flows, Chinese political connections and subway and bike sharing systems. The authors are representative of top visualization groups around the world who are producing some of the most innovative work in this field. In addition to the compelling graphical visualizations, visitors will be able to manipulate the data in selected projects through a technology interface. New York Hall of Science. Free with admission.

Sign language and participatory re-enactments engage students while they learn the story of Annie Sullivan Macy and her work with Helen Keller. Experience the story of a heroic young woman who enters the world of a handicapped child and revolutionizes the field of teaching forever. $5 JCAL members, $7 non-members. 153-10 Jamaica Ave. Call 718-618-6170 for more details.

March 27

Celebrate World Theatre Day with Roberta Levitow, teacher and director of over 50 productions in Los Angeles, New York City and nationally. She will discuss her experience as a director and Fulbright Ambassador Emerita where she received grants to teach in Hong Kong, Bucharest and Kampala. 6 p.m. For more information, visit laguardiaperformingarts.org. 31-10 Thompson Ave.

“Red Wednesday,” a production inspired by the controversial story of Sadegh Ghotbzadeh, Iran’s foreign minister during the 1979 hostage crisis, will take place on March 27. Written by his great-niece, the production pays special attention to those left to clean up the mess when we blow each other up. Prices vary. 8 p.m. Runs through March 29. For more information, visit laguardiaperformingarts.org. 31-10 Thompson Ave.

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What to do in Queens this weekend and beyond


By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com

Photo courtesy of Rob MacKay/Queens Economic Development Corp.

Get your dancing shoes on, browse memorabilia from the World’s Fairs, celebrate Pi Day and do more at these events in Queens.

Saturday, March 14

Saxophonist David Schnitter and singer Marti Mabin return to the Sunnyside Reform Church to offer another dazzling concert, “Jazz in the Sanctuary.” 48-03 Skillman Ave. Free. Starts at 7 p.m.

Visit the King Manor Museum in Jamaica and write a letter with a quill and ink, and hear a true story about a dog that helped postal workers in the 19th century. Also, take a museum tour and see a mailbox used in Jamaica 200 years ago. 150-03 Jamaica Ave. Free. 12 p.m. to 3 p.m.

Rodgers and Hammerstein’s classic “The Sound of Music” is being presented by special arrangement at the Community Theater Group of Bay Terrace Garden Jewish Center, 13-00 209th St. $22, $20 for seniors and children. Starts at 8:30 p.m.

This month’s reading at the Voelker Orth Museum focuses on tales of leprechauns and shamrock in “Storybook Discovery: The Luck of the Irish.” Participants can explore the garden and craft a rainbow with a pot of gold. 149-19 38th Ave. $5 suggested donation. Starts at 11 a.m.

Get a taste of the children’s garden program and plant seeds while learning about gardening and the environment on Children’s Garden Family Day. The Children’s Garden is a hands-on program for children ages 5 to 12 that teaches them about plants, gardens and nature. Register early for the spring session, which starts on April 11. Queens Botanical Garden. Free. 2 to 4 p.m.

Participate in Yoga in the Elements with instructor Mike Mancini, who creates a multi-level adaptable approach suitable for beginners to experienced students. Practice finding total peace in a serene surrounding. The Alley Pond Environmental Center, 228-06 Northern Blvd. $16. 9:15 a.m.

Artistic director and choreographer for Dance Entropy, Valerie Green, channels her two decades in New York’s dance community in her last show, “Succession: A One-Woman Retrospective Odyssey.” Green Space, 37-24 24th St. $20 at the door. Stars at 5 p.m.

Get your dancing shoes on and join members of the renowned Taylor 2 on Saturday, March 14, for an interactive dance workshop. This class, for ages 10 and up, will incorporate the athleticism, humor and emotion found in Paul Taylor’s work. After the workshop, the Taylor 2 dance company will put on a performance. Ticket prices vary. For more information, visit flushingtownhall.org. Workshop starts at 1 p.m. and performance begins at 2:15 p.m.

The Museum of Moving Image is hosting the Teen Digital Media Lab. Teens can spend their Friday afternoons trying out different media-making activities. These design jams are a chance to experiment with game design, programming, animation and more. Participants will use various tools and technologies, collaborate on design challenges and get exclusive access to the museum. Ages 14 and up. Free. Museum of Moving Image, 36-01 35th Ave. 4 pm. For more information, visit movingimage.us.

Adults of all ages will gain lifesaving skills from demonstrations on fire safety. 1 p.m. at Queens Library Forest Hills, 108-19 71st Ave.

Sunday, March 15

Browse memorabilia from the 1949-40 and 1964-65 World’s Fairs drawn from the collections of people who attended and fondly recall the World’s Fairs. All items on display in the exhibition have either been donated or loaned to the Queens Historical Society by residents of Queens who attended the World’s Fairs. 143-35 37th Ave. 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. For more information, visit queenshistoricalsociety.org.

Urban Park Ranger hiking guides will introduce you to the hidden gems of New York City. On these hikes, you may explore nature, discover our city’s urban forests, or just unplug from the world to clear your head. Hiking programs feature intensity levels ranging from light (a leisurely stroll on mostly paved paths), to moderate, to vigorous. This will be a light hike. Park Drive East and 73rd Avenue Terrace. Free. 11 a.m. For more information, visit nycgovparks.org.

Shown as part of the Museum of Moving Image’s Required Viewing series, “North by Northwest” is an Alfred Hitchcock classic that influenced the making of TV’s “Mad Men.” 36-01 35th Ave. Starts at 5:30 p.m.

The Con Brio ensemble will perform works by Bach, Beethoven and Schumann, and a special selection of pieces by Dvoark, Kreisler, Dukas and Sarasate that were influenced by Hungarian Gypsy music. 2:30 p.m. at Queens Library Forest Hills, 108-19 71st Ave.

The controversial, explicitly racist, but landmark 1915 film “The Birth of a Nation” by D.W. Griffith will be screened at the Greater Astoria Historical Society’s Quinn Building. Though silent, it contains many cinematic innovations, technical effects and artistic advancements, including a color sequence at the end. It is being shown in conjunction with lectures commemorating the 150th anniversary of the Civil War and a look at the Reconstruction period. 35-20 Broadway, fourth floor. Screening starts at 1 p.m.

Established in 1993 by Paul Taylor, “Taylor 2” is a modern dance unhindered by technical limitations. The repertoire includes dances that span the broad spectrum of his original work. You may also join “Taylor 2” members for an interactive dance workshop. Flushing Town Hall, 137-35 Northern Blvd. The workshop is $7, the performance is $13 and $8 for children. Workshop starts at 1 p.m., performance starts at 2:15 p.m.

Join the New York Hall of Science for a celebration of Pi Day with a special workshop with Sibel Deren Guler. Visitors will spend the afternoon observing, designing, and testing the way people act with the exhibition and speculate into the future to re-envision how to make Mathematica more interactive and playful. Visitors will sketch out their ideas through design thinking exercises and build them out of simple craft materials. RVSP required at nysci.org. 47-01 11th Street. Noon to 2 p.m.

The Astoria Symphony Orchestra presents Brahm’s valedictory “Symphony No. 4,” along with Barber’s wistful, reflective work for soprano and orchestra “Knoxville, Summer of 1915,” as well as Mozart’s “Overture to Die Zauberflote.” Long Island City High School, 14-30 Broadway. $25. 5 p.m.

The monthly film series at the Queens Museum returns with a special presentation of “Genderings,” featuring the works of filmmakers who focus on the lives and experiences of transgender and gender-non-conforming people. A Q&A session with the filmmakers will also take place. NYC Building in Flushing Meadows Corona Park. 3 p.m.

Come celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with our veterans. You’ll get a family-style dinner—corned beef and cabbage, mashed potatoes and all the trimmings. Beer, wine, soda, coffee and dessert. Plus, dancing with DJ Richie. $30 per person. All proceeds go toward American Legion Post 118. Call Jennifer 718-296-3923 or Loretta 718-843-1292 to order tickets. 1 to 5 p.m. at the American Legion Hall at 89-02 91st St.

TheReelAbilities: NY Disabilities Film Festival presents award-winning movies by and about people with disabilities. “Autistic Like Me” is a candid portrait of the fathers and male caregivers of children with autism. Central Queens Y, 67-09 108th St. 10 a.m.

Monday, March 16

Join instructor Tanya Gonzalez-Jorge for a night of Zumba. This fusion of Latin, international and popular dance music themes creates a dynamic, exciting and effective fitness workout. The class runs through June 29. 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. 214-20 Northern Blvd.

Tuesday, March 17

The 5th Annual Queens World Film Festival will screen 116 films in locations all throughout Queens beginning with the Museum of the Moving Image. The festival includes an annual multi-day, multi-venue festival, youth-oriented educational initiatives and year-round screening opportunities for QWFF filmmakers past and present. The festival screens challenging films representative of quality independent cinema from around the world and around the corner. Runs through March 22. Tickets are $12, $9 for seniors and students. For more information, visit queensworldfilmfestival.com.

As part of the Sculpture Center’s Conversation series, there will be a discussion of Ecofeminism and the work of Araya Rasdjarmreaernsook. Her subjects are often muted in “othered” social positions in her video works. She uses poetry to engage thoughts of ignored established hierarchies between animals, women, the poor, the sick and the dead. 44-19 Purves Street. 7 p.m.

Wednesday, March 18

The Hearing Loss Association of America is presenting a documentary called “Silent NO MORE” by No Limits Theatre for Deaf Children, an organization that produces original plays specifically for deaf and hard-of-hearing children. The film will highlight the struggles and successes of people who grow up with hearing loss. LIJ Hearing & Speech Center, 270-05 76th Ave. 7:00 p.m. Call 718-264-3017 for more information.

The Queens Symphony Orchestra is hosting a free concert, “The Sounds of Broadway.” Reservations are required. Call 718-570-0909 to make reservations. Southern Queens Salon Series are co-produced with NYC Council Member Eric Ulrich. 7 p.m. at West End Temple, 147-02 Newport Ave.

Enjoy a hands-on workshop designed for artists who wish to better communicate about their work with the program “Best Practice for Writing Letters of Inquiry and Artist Statements.” Participants will learn not only how to writer clearer, more concise letters and statements, but also tips and tricks to think more clearly about the process. Part two is on Wednesday, March 25. Queens Council on the Arts, 37-11 35th Ave. RSVP at queenscouncilarts.org. $10. 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Thursday, March 19

The Threepenny Opera written by poet-playwright Bertolt Brecht premiered in 1928 in Berlin and changed musical theater forever. Set in Victorian London, the provocative tale of a displeased father and his mission to destroy his daughter’s marriage offers a socialist critique on capitalist norms. The modern musical comedy score by Kurt Weill mocks traditional opera and is largely influenced by jazz. At the Kupferberg Center for the Arts. 8 p.m. $16, $10 for seniors and those with a Queens College ID. For more information, visit kupferbergcenter.org.

Guitarist Francisco Roldán performs music from Columbia, the Dominican Republic, Spain, Venezuela and the United States. 6 p.m. at Queens Library Woodhaven, 85-41 Forest Parkway.

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What to do in Queens this weekend and beyond


By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com

Photo courtesy of Janus Films

Learn how to fan dance, question a film’s sense of space, instill a love of science in your child and do more at these events in Queens.

Saturday, March 7

Explore what you can build with just a 3-inch block of wood and a few simple hand tools at the New York Hall of Science’s One Block Challenge. On Saturday, test the limits of your creativity using the wood and a small saw and hot glue. On Sunday, discover your inner Michelangelo by using a rasp and a file. 47-01 111th St. 1:30 to 5 p.m. $3 per adult/child pair, plus NYSCI admission.

An exhibition at the Queens Museum called “Open Sessions: Drawings in Context/Field” focuses on the notion of field/context as a political, historical, spatial and technological construct. Encompassing practices in video, sound, photography, drawing, performance and sculpture, the works herein negotiate with spaces both ambiguous and direct. Video screenings will precede a reception and gallery. New York City Building in Flushing Meadows Corona Park. 1 to 7 p.m. For more information, visit queensmuseum.org.

The opening reception of “After Midnight: Indian Modernism to Contemporary India” follows India’s 1947 independence led by the Progressive Artist Group. In 1997, a new phase with a sudden globalized visibility to the art world took place. This exhibition presents the juxtaposition of these two historical periods, including the shifting zeitgeists in India’s cultural production. An interactive performance by Minthu Sen will also take place. Queens Museum at the New York City Building in Flushing Meadows Corona Park. 5 to 7 p.m. For more information, visit queensmuseum.org.

An Asian Fan Dance Workshop will be taught by Song Hee Lee, a Korean dancer, and Ling Tang, a Chinese dancer. Simple fan dance routines from both Korean and Chinese traditions will be the focus. No dance experience necessary. All levels welcome. Flushing Town Hall, 137-35 Northern Blvd. 2 p.m. $10, $8 for members and children. For tickets, visit flushingtownhall.org.

Das Audit, a New York-based instrumental ensemble, will perform a selection of organic compositions and devise compact improvisational structures motivated by classical, folk and traditional music. The performance will be followed by a reception. SculptureCenter, 44-19 Purves St. 4 to 5 p.m. For more information, call 718-361-1750 or visit sculpture-center.org.

The Museum of the Moving Image presents the “See it Big! High and Wide” series until Thursday, March 12. This new symposium asks what a film’s “sense of space” really means. What does each frame’s literal height and width communicate? The dimensions of a movie can suggest broader questions for cinema as a whole. 36-01 35 Ave., Astoria. Starts at 7 p.m. $12, $9 for senior citizens and students, may reserve by emailing reservations@movingimage.us.

Sunday, March 8

The legacy of the 1964-65 New York World’s Fair, the New York State Pavilion at Flushing Meadow Corona Park, is hosting a lecture and book signing with author Christian Kellberg. Kellberg was part of the volunteer effort to paint the pavilion over the last three years and has photographed many neighborhoods and their landmarks. From 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. For more information, visit queenshistoricalsociety.org.

Mix everyday household ingredients to make polymers like silly putty and oobleck at the New York Hall of Science’s Little Makers: Ooey Gooey program. Children 18 months and older can find out for themselves — is it a solid or a liquid? 47-01 111th St. 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. $8 per family, plus NYSCI admission.

The Queens Botanical Garden is hosting an indoor gardening workshop on how to start growing your summer veggies indoors. It is an introductory workshop that should be of interest for both the novice and experienced gardener. 43-50 Main St. 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. $6. Registration and payment required online at nycgovparks.org.

Tan Dun’s Ghost Opera is a five-movement work for string quartet and pipa, with water, metal, stone and paper. Inspired by childhood memories of the shamanistic “ghost operas” of Chinese peasant culture, it calls on the spirits of Bach, Shakespeare, ancient folk tradition and nature. Flushing Town Hall, 137-35 Northern Blvd. 2 p.m. $15, $10 for members and students. For tickets, visit flushingtownhall.org.

“Face The Music” returns to the Queens Museum to present three diverse ensembles: the Face The Music Symphony, the Sound Bite Orchestra and Fearless Voices. The New York Times has called Face The Music “a force in the New York new-music world.” New York City Building in Flushing Meadows Corona Park. 2 to 4 p.m. Free, no RSVP needed.

Monday, March 9

The Far Rockaway Branch of the Queens Public Library is offering a guided meditation session to help calm your mind and relax your body. People who meditate regularly report feeling less stress and a greater sense of peace and well-being. 16-37 Central Ave. 5 to 6 p.m. For more information, call 718-327-2549 or visit queenslibrary.org.

Wednesday, March 11

From the kitchen to the playground, science is all around us. Enjoy stories, songs, fingerplays and science activities with your preschooler ages 18 months to 5 years, and instill a love of science in your child! Laurelton branch of the Queens Library, 134-26 225 St. 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. Preregistration is required. Call 718-528-2822.

Thursday, March 12

Learn about the most common health problems and how to manage them as well as which annual health exams are required to prevent many diseases. The event, at the Sunnyside branch of the Queens Public Library, is called “The Doctors You Need to See Every Year, Even if You’re Perfectly Healthy.” 43-06 Greenpoint Ave. 12 to 1:30 p.m. For more information, call 718-784-3033 or visit queenslibrary.org.

The LaGuardia Performing Arts Center at LaGuardia Community College presents a two-day film festival beginning Thursday celebrating the Berber and Tuareg cultures. Berbers, also known as the Imazighen, are the native people of North Africa. Films in Berber languages depicting Berber cultures were banned in North Africa until the 1990s, yet a vibrant video and film production has begun to emerge. Most films will be followed by a Q&A with the filmmakers. To RSVP call the box office at 718-482-5151 or email rsvp-lpac@lagcc.cuny.edu. The center is at 31-10 Thomson Ave. E-241, Long Island City.

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What to do in Queens this weekend and beyond


By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com

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Contribute to the future of Flushing Meadows, take an introductory sign language class, listen to the sounds of a local band and do more at these events in Queens.

SATURDAY, FEB. 28

Step into Fort Totten and step back in time to the 19th century. Urban Park Rangers are organizing a walking tour of the tunnels of Fort Totten. The tour will also include facts about the history of the fort and how it played an important part in the city’s defense. Participants will get to visit the Endicott Batteries and Main Magazine areas of the fort. The group will meet at the visitor’s center at 1 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 28. Free. Visit www.nycgovparks.org for rules about car parking or call 718-352-1769 for more information. Cross Island Parkway between Totten Avenue and 15th Road. Enter the park at 212th Street and Cross Island Parkway.

EastRiver Ensemble is holding a workshop on Chinese music and dance at Flushing Town Hall. The musicians will take participants through the history of instruments such as the erhu (fiddle), yangqin (dulcimer), pipa (lute) and percussion, integral parts of Chinese music. The workshop begins at 1 p.m. It will followed by a performance by the ensemble in which they’ll showcase folk dance, acrobatic stunts and folk music from Dongbei and Hebei regions of north China. 2:15 p.m. Tickets for the workshop: $7/$4 children/free for members with tickets to the performance. Tickets for the performance: $13/$10 members/$8 children/$6 member children. Visit www.flushingtownhall.org to book tickets or call the box office at 718-463-7700 ext. 222. 137-35 Northern Blvd.

Children can learn to make propeller-powered cars using a simple rubber band at this workshop at the New York Hall of Science. The workshop will also teach children how small changes in their design can make the difference in the car being built for speed, distance or style. For ages 7 and older. Preregistration is required as space is limited to 12 participants per session. Go to nysci.org to book. There are two sessions: 1:30 to 3 p.m. and 3:30 to 5 p.m. Fee: $5 per adult/child pair, plus NYSCI admission/$3 per adult/child pair for members. Call 718-699-0005 for more information. 47-01 111th St.

If you are one of those fascinated by the mayor’s sign language interpreter, then this is the event for you. The Central Library in Jamaica is hosting an introductory workshop to the American Sign Language. You’ll learn fingerspelling, numbers, conversation starters and etiquette. Space is limited. 2 to 3 p.m. Call 718-990-0700 for more information. 89-11 Merrick Blvd.

SUNDAY, MARCH 1

Children can learn to make propeller-powered cars using a simple rubber band at this workshop at the New York Hall of Science. The workshop will also teach children how small changes in their design can make the difference in the car being built for speed, distance or style. For ages 7 and older. Preregistration is required as space is limited to 12 participants per session. Go to nysci.org to book. There are two sessions: 1:30 to 3 p.m. and 3:30 to 5 p.m. Fee: $5 per adult/child pair, plus NYSCI admission/ $3 per adult/child pair for members. Call 718-699-0005 for more information. 47-01 111th St.

Quintet of the Americas will perform Latin American music at the Queens Library in Flushing. The woodwind quintet will be joined by Corona Youth Orchestra students and together, they will play a new work by Harold Gutierrez, the award-winning composer. Gutierrez will also premiere his multi-media work that includes his piano-wind sextet and Latin American dances such as the tango. The performance will take place in the auditorium on the lower level of the library. 2 to 3:30 p.m. Registration not required. 41-17 Main St. Call 718-661-1200 for more information.

A group of community advisors working toward improving Flushing Meadows Corona Park is hosting a forum on the subject at the Queens Museum from 3 to 5 p.m. The World’s Park Community Forum, co-hosted with the Design Trust for Public Space and the NYC Parks Department, includes presentations and activities for everyone to interact with and contribute their ideas for improving access and connectivity to the park. Simultaneous Spanish and Mandarin interpretation will be available. The event is free but you can RSVP on Eventbrite via the link at www.queensmuseum.org/events/worlds-park-community-forum. New York City Building, Flushing Meadows Corona Park. Call 718-592-9700 for more details.

MONDAY, MARCH 2

The Museum of Interesting Things, a traveling exhibition of antiques and inventions, is coming to the Greater Astoria Historical Society. The exhibition explores the industrial revolution with exhibits such as the Thomas Edison cylinder phonograph, the steam engine and windup toys. Many of the displays are interactive and children will find them interesting. 7 p.m. Quinn Building, 35-20 Broadway, 4th Floor. Call 718-278-0700 for more details.

If you are a fan of Alfred Hitchcock’s “Psycho,” then you must watch the films he made before he became a part of Hollywood. The Queens Library at Sunnyside is screening five such films over five weeks, starting today with “The Lady Vanishes” (1938). It follows a young girl on a train traveling through Europe, who is the first to realize that her fellow passenger, an elderly lady, has disappeared. 3 to 4:45 p.m. Call 718-784-3033 for more information. 43-06 Greenpoint Ave.

Scared of speaking in public? Fear not! Robin Richie is here to help. Richie, who is an independent cable television producer and on-air host, will give you the tools you need to transform into an effective and engaging public speaker. Age is no bar – the workshop is open to high school seniors, college students and professionals. Everyone will gain confidence to make their next oral presentation. 6 to 8 p.m. Central Library (Jamaica) at 89-11 Merrick Blvd. Call 718-990-0700 for more details.

TUESDAY, MARCH 3

The Civil War ended 150 years ago. Among the brave soldiers on both sides were New York’s 26th Regiment United States Colored Troops. This was the regiment that was recruited from African Americans in the state and who fought South Carolina during the Civil War. Learn more about them at the program that CHE Nautical and Enviro Edutainment has organized at the Queens Library in Langston Hughes. The program will feature actors in period costume and a model of the landscape during Civil War. 10:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Registration not required. Call 718-651-1100 for more information. 100-01 Northern Blvd.

Local band Single Girl Married Girl is performing at the Queens Kickshaw in Astoria. Members include Chelsey Coy (vocals), Charlie Rauh (guitar), Dan Morosi (drums) and John Gray (upright bass). The band is a pop/folk/country outfit and is working on new material that they hope will be appreciated by fans of Lucinda Williams and Sharon Von Etten. 9 to 11:30 p.m. 40-17 Broadway.

WEDNESDAY, MARCH 4

The Queens JazzOverGround’s monthly Jazz Clinic will take place at the Flushing Town Hall from 6 p.m. This month, the clinic will focus on Dizzy Gillespie and the birth of bebop. The workshop is open for high school students and older participants. Free. The workshop is followed by the Monthly Jazz Jam at 7 p.m. where students, jazz musicians and music educators can join the band and play together. You don’t have to play to attend. The workshop is open for listeners too. Tickets: $10/free for performers, members and students. Call 718-463-7700 for more information. 137-35 Northern Blvd.

Applications for the NYC municipal card are open, but if you are wondering how to go about applying, then this is your chance to get some assistance. The Astoria Blue Feather group and the Queens Library are hosting a workshop that will take participants through the application process. The ID card comes with many benefits, including discount coupons to cultural institutions across the city, and it can be used as a library card. Registration not required. 10 a.m. to noon. Call 718-278-2220 for more details. 14-01 Astoria Blvd.

THURSDAY, MARCH 5

An exhibition of photographer Isamu Noguchi’s images of the Jantar Mantars of Northern India is ongoing at The Noguchi Museum. The Jantar Mantars are open-air astronomical instruments that measure solar time and the paths of celestial objects. These instruments date back to 1724. Noguchi took the photos of these observatories in Delhi and Jaipur between 1949 and 1960. They offer an insight into man’s quest for knowledge that led to these scientific achievements, and the way people interact with the space in modern times. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. 9-01 33rd Rd. (at Vernon Boulevard), LIC. Call 718-204-7088 for more details.

Have you applied for the NYCID card yet? The Astoria Blue Feather Group is hosting a workshop to help New Yorkers apply for the municipal ID card at the Queens Library in Astoria. The official ID card can be used as a library card and comes with numerous discount coupons to various cultural institutions and other benefits. 6 to 8 p.m. Call 718-278-2220 for more details. 14-01 Astoria Blvd.

If the recently released “Fifty Shades of Grey” movie left you yawning, then this play is right up your alley. “Spank! The Fifty Shades Parody” is playing at the Colden Auditorium of the Kupferberg Center for the Arts. As the name indicates, the comedy is a parody of the “Fifty Shades of Grey” book series. The performance has original musical numbers and hilarious surprises. Tickets: $25-$45; book them online at kupferbergcenter.org or by calling the box office at 718-793-8080. 8 to 9:30 p.m. 65-30 Kissena Blvd.

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Ring in the Year of the Sheep with samples of dances from countries across the globe. This "sampler" event will include dances from China, Korea, Taiwan, India, Mexico and the U.S. on Sunday, Feb. 22 at Flushing Town Hall.

Ring in the Year of the Sheep, calm the mind and body, experience some good ol’ magic and do more at these events in Queens.

SATURDAY, FEB. 21

Yogurt Couture at Bay Terrace Shopping Center is reopening with a two-day fundraiser benefiting St. Mary’s Healthcare System for Children. Twenty-five percent of the proceeds raised today and tomorrow will be donated to St. Mary’s. All customers will also receive a 25 percent discount card that can be used against a purchase on a later date. Noon to 9 p.m. today and noon to 7 p.m. tomorrow. Call 718-819-8054 for more information. 212-67A 26th Ave.

Abracadabra! Magician Bill Blagg will perform his best acts at the Queens Theatre, leaving you spellbound. No tricks, just good ol’ magic will leave you blinking in disbelief. Recommended for children above the age of 6 and adults. 2 and 8 p.m. Tickets: $30/$27 for members/$25 rear seating/$99 for four tickets. Visit queenstheatre.org to buy tickets. 14 United Nations Ave. South, Flushing Meadows Corona Park. Call the box office at 718-760-0064.

Explore the universe from Fort Totten. Urban Park Rangers will guide participants through the gems of the night sky that are visible to the naked eye. The rangers will also discuss the science, history, myths and legends of the universe. The group will meet at the visitor’s center at 6 p.m. Free. Call 718-352-1769 for more details. Cross Island Pkwy., between Totten Ave and 15th Rd.

SUNDAY, FEB. 22

The Mamas Summer Countdown, which celebrates summer, is taking place at the New York Hall of Science. It is being organized by Queens Mamas, Long Island Mamas and the Mamas Expo. The event brings together all resources for children to utilize in the summer, such as camps and classes, vacation destinations, and places where parents and children can enjoy a day out together. Free with NYSCI admission. 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. 57-01 111th St.

Explore some of the best work in the art of calligraphy at Flushing Town Hall’s exhibition “Dynamic Writing: A Century of Calligraphy.” The exhibition will focus on how two traditions of calligraphy – the Chinese Hsu-Fa and the Korean Hanguel scripts – are essentially in harmony. It will include works by calligraphy masters Chao-Lin Ting and Dr. Yoo Sung Lee. Opening reception is at 3 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 22. The exhibition will run every weekend, noon to 5 p.m., through Mar. 22. $5 suggested admission/free for members and students. 137-35 Northern Blvd. Call 718-463-7700 for more information.

Ring in the Year of the Sheep with samples of dances from countries across the globe. This “sampler” event will include dances from China, Korea, Taiwan, India, Mexico and the U.S. Event begins at 2 p.m. and is free, but tickets will be distributed at the box office from noon on a first-come, first-served basis and are limited to two per person. Flushing Town Hall, 137-35 Northern Blvd. Call 718-463-7700 for more information.

Learn handy skills that will help you in the great outdoors. Urban Park Rangers will teach participants the different types of knots, hitches and lashings that are vital to know when hiking or camping outdoors. The program is family friendly but it is advised that children be above the age of 8. The group will meet at the visitor center at Forest Park at 1 p.m. Free. Call 718-352-1769 for more information. Woodhaven Boulevard and Forest Park Drive.

The Bayside Historical Society is organizing a meeting with the BHS board of trustee class of 2017. Attendees can get to know the candidates better and then stay on to play board games such as Mystery Date, Sorry and Masterpiece. Free. 2 to 4 p.m. 208 Totten Ave. Call 718-352-1548 for more information.

Pianist Diana Mittler-Battipaglia and other members of the Con Brio Ensemble will perform Mozart and Beethoven’s compositions at a twilight concert at the Church in the Gardens in Forest Hills. Pieces planned for the night include Mozart’s Violin Sonata in B flat Major K 454 and Beethoven’s song cycle “An die Ferne Geliebte.” Performers include Paul Roczek (violin), Hamilton Berry (cello) and baritone Darian Worrell. Tickets: $12/$10 for students and seniors. 4:30 p.m. 50 Ascan Avenue.

Madeline Hollander and Alexandra Lerman of Illegal Motion focus on the ways we test the limits of physical movements in everyday systems of technology and how new body languages are formed. Hollander explores this concept through performance while Lerman does it through sculpture. Their collaborative piece at the Sculpture Center includes terra-cotta tablets and dance performances. Hollander will perform at 3 and 5 p.m. 44-19 Purves St. The center is open from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Call 718-361-1750 for more details.

MONDAY, FEB. 23

The Queens Library at Glendale is screening “The Maltese Falcon” starring Humphrey Bogart. The 1941 film is based on the eponymous novel by Dashiell Hammett. Bogart plays private detective Sam Spade, based in San Francisco, while Mary Astor is his client. The film follows Spade as he deals with three competitors trying to obtain the same statuette of a falcon. Free. Registration not required. 12:30 to 2:15 p.m. 78-60 73rd Place. Call 718-821-4980 for more details.

Calm the mind and relax the body with some guided meditation. It is a very good way to de-stress. Regular meditation is known to give you a greater sense of peace. Jill Ackiron Moses will instruct participants on how to make the best of meditation at the Queens Library in Far Rockaway. 5 to 6 p.m. 1637 Central Ave. Call 718-327-2549 for more details.

TUESDAY, FEB. 24

The Queens Library at Briarwood is hosting A Tribute to the Divas: Adele, Beyonce, Shania Twain and More. Attendees can enjoy music that these great female artists have created over the years. Other artists who will be featured include Alicia Keys, Reba McEntire and Jennifer Hudson. 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. Free, registration not required. 85-12 Main St. Call 718-658-1680 for more details.

WEDNESDAY, FEB. 25

Two-time Academy Award-winner from India, A. R. Rahman, will attend the screening of “Jai Ho,” a documentary on his life, at the Museum of the Moving Image. The music composer, known internationally for his work in Slumdog Millionaire, will also participate in a live discussion of his work and life after the screening with Scott Foundas. Tickets are free with museum admission and free for members. Space is limited so reserve your ticket and purchase museum admission in advance. Admission: $12 adults/$9 senior citizens (65+), students with valid ID/$6 for children between the ages of 3 and 12/free for members and children under 3. Visit www.movingimage.us to reserve tickets; call 718-777-6888 for more details. 36-01 35th Ave.

The Queens Symphony Orchestra will perform Bach and Debussy compositions at the All Saints Episcopal Church in Woodhaven as part of their Southern Queens Salon Series Concert. The event is free but RSVP is required. Visit www.queenssymphony.org to reserve your ticket or call 718-570-0909 for more information. 85-45 96th St. 7 p.m.

Laugh away the winter blues with this live comedy event, headlined by Regina DeCiccio, at the Dog and Duck Gastropub in Sunnyside. Other comics performing this evening include TJ, Teresa DeGaetano and Phil Stamato. The restaurant will give away two $25 gift certificates as prizes during the evening. Free. 9 p.m. 45-20 Skillman Ave. Call 718-406-9048 for more details.

THURSDAY, FEB. 26

Calling all brides and grooms! The Great Bridal Extravaganza is coming to Glendale! The luxury bridal showcase will feature some of the best professionals of the wedding industry. Experts in floral work, photography, invitations, wedding favors, make-up and hair dressing, and travel arrangements will guide you through the nitty gritties that make your big day the best. Wedding planners and honeymoon planners will also be present. There will be giveaways, including an 8-day vacation. Admission: $10. 5:30 to 9:30 p.m. The Shops at Atlas Park, 80-00 Cooper Ave. Call 631-667-3976 for more details.

Queens Council on the Arts is kicking of its 50th birthday celebrations with a Havana-themed party at the Paper Factory Hotel. There will be live music, a casino night, salsa performances and cuisine from countries across the globe. Tickets: $150/$1,350 for 10 tickets /$675 for five tickets. Visit queenscouncilarts.org/casino-caliente to buy tickets. 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. 37-06 36th St.

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Photo courtesy of Metis Concert Series

Celebrate Valentine’s Day, enjoy the Lunar New Year, mark Black History Month and do more at these events in Queens.

SATURDAY, FEB. 14

This Valentine’s Day, spread some love for the amazing birds that call the city their home in the winter. Urban Park Rangers will guide participants to some of the best spots to view birds in this birding program. All skill levels, including beginners, are welcome to participate. Free. 11 a.m. Ridgewood Reservoir, 58-2 Vermont Place. The park entrance is located opposite the parking lot of Vermont Place.

If you prefer to count birds for a global tally rather than just watch them, head to the Queens Botanical Garden in Flushing for their 18th annual bird counting event. The tally will be added to the numbers sent in from around the world. The event is free but preregistration is required; email sromar@queensbotanical.org. The group will meet in the lobby of the Visitor & Administration building. 11 a.m. Call 718-886-3800 for more details. 43-50 Main St.

Flushing Town Hall is going traditional this Lunar New Year by hosting a bazaar, which they promise will offer an authentic cultural experience for everyone – whether you are of Chinese descent or not. Lion dance, opera hits, folk music, magic and martial arts performances, and traditional Chinese food will all be available at the bazaar. Free. 11 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. 137-35 Northern Blvd.

The King Manor Museum in Jamaica is hosting a workshop for making Valentine’s Day gifts. Attendees can decorate picture frames and make other gifts inspired by the 19th century for their loved ones. Noon to 3 p.m. Free.Rufus King Park, Jamaica Ave., 89 Ave., between 150th and 153rd streets. Call 718-206-0545 ext. 13 for more information.

Children can learn about democracy in the upcoming edition of the New York Council for the Humanities’ Conversations with Kids program. The discussion will focus on the book “Pearl Moscowitz’s Last Stand” by Arthur A. Levine. The book tells the story of Moscowitz, who protests the city’s decision to cut down the last tree on her block. The program is open to children and their adult companions. Free. 1 to 2 p.m. Kingsland Homestead, 143-35 37th Ave. Call 718-939-0647 for more information.

The Queens Kickshaw is taking a different approach to Valentine’s Day by hosting a fundraiser for V-Day, an organization that works to end violence against women and girls through the arts. All the profits of the evening will be donated to V-Day. The chef of this restaurant in Astoria has planned a special menu that will be available a la carte in addition to the regular menu. 6:30 p.m. 40-17 Broadway. Call 718-777-0913 for more details.

Come together for world peace at The Red Ball: World Peace in the Key of Jazz concert at the Flushing Town Hall. Singer Antoinette Montague and her band consisting of Danny Mixon (piano), Paul Beadry (bass), Chip White (drums), Solomon Hicks (guitar), Christopher McBride (sax) and Jay Hoggard will play jazz and blues hits. All attendees are encouraged to wear red to symbolize the need for world peace. 8 p.m. (Pre-show Members Lounge starts at 7 p.m.) Tickets: $22/$15 members/$10 students. 137-35 Northern Blvd.

SUNDAY, FEB. 15

The New York Chinese Cultural Center has arranged a cultural event at the Queens Museum to celebrate Lunar New Year. It includes one hour of performances by professional artists and school students, another hour of a visual arts demonstration, a workshop where participants can make their own Chinese zodiac animals, and another workshop on the art of Chinese paper cutting. Visit www.queensmuseum.org or call 718-592-9700 for the full schedule. 1 to 4:30 p.m. New York City Building, Flushing Meadows Corona Park.

The Queens Botanical Garden is organizing a craft table at The Shops at Skyview Center in Flushing. Participants will get a chance to make red envelopes and decorate them as part of QBG’s Lunar New Year celebrations. From 2 p.m. till supplies run out. Call QBG at 718-886-3800 for more information. 40-24 College Point Blvd.

Pan Asian Repertory Theatre is performing “Film Chinois,” an award-winning play about spies set in 1940s China. Free. 4 p.m. Flushing Town Hall. 137-35 Northern Blvd.

Warm up your heart with music! On Feb. 15 at 3 p.m., cellist Jia Kim and pianist TaisiyaPushkar present a program “On Love And Other Troubles,” performing music by Beethoven, Schumann, Brahms and Piazzolla. This concert is a part of Metis Concert Series, presenting musicians from around the world featuring classical, early music and jazz at Community Church Little Neck, 46-16 Little Neck Parkway. Tickets are $25/$15 sold at the door or online at eventbrite.com/on-love-and-other-troubles.

MONDAY, FEB. 16

The New York Hall of Science is hosting Engineering Week till Feb. 20. Every day will focus on a different aspect of the field of engineering. It starts today with Civil Engineering Day. Children can learn about civil engineering through games and other hands-on activities—such as building a bridge out of paper and building the tallest possible tower of blocks without the tower falling over—arranged by NYSCI Explainers in conjunction with the Metropolitan Section of the American Society of Civil Engineers. 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. 47-01 111th St. Call 718-699-0005 for more details.

TUESDAY, FEB. 17

Observe Black History Month by learning about the contributions that Dr. George Washington Carver made to botany, agriculture, industrial engineering and even medicine. This workshop encourages participants to paint with plants and even plant a peanut to take home for further observation. Organized by the Queens Botanical Garden. $5 per child. Advance registration and payment required. Visit the “Programs & Events” page on www.queensbotanical.org for registration and payment details. Call QBG at 718-886-3800 for more information. 43-50 Main St.

The New York Irish Center is hosting two performances of “Magdalen,” a one-woman play about the Magdalene Laundries that existed in Ireland between the 18th and 20th centuries. These were “laundries” allegedly run by Catholic nuns in which the “misfits” of society such as orphans, the disabled and unwed mothers were forced to work without pay as atonement for their sins. The play “Magdalen,” written by and starring Erin Layton, tells the story of these victims. Freshly baked pancakes will be served at the performance to celebrate Pancake Tuesday. “Magdalen” opens at 8 p.m. Tickets: $17/$12 for students, seniors and unemployed. 1040 Jackson Ave. Call 718-482-0909 for more details.

WEDNESDAY, FEB. 18

The New York Hall of Science is hosting Engineering Week till Feb. 20. Every day will focus on a different aspect of the field of engineering. On the third day, the focus will be on nano engineering. Children can learn about nano engineering and how it impacts our day-to-daylives through games and other hands-on activities with NYSCI Explainers. 1:30 to 4 p.m. 47-01 111th St. Call 718-699-0005 for more details.

Two of South Africa’s famous musical icons are coming together at the Kupferberg Center for the Arts to observe the 20th anniversary of the end of apartheid and start of democracy in the African nation. Hugh Masekela and VusiMahlasela will perform South Africa’s Freedom Songs and some of their own songs at the 20 Years of Freedom concert at the Center’s LeFrak Concert Hall. 7:30 to 9 p.m. Tickets: $35 to $55/$20 with Queens College ID at the box office window only. Visit the Events page at kupferbergcenter.org to buy tickets. 65-30 Kissena Blvd.

The New York Irish Center is hosting its closing performance of “Magdalen,” a one-woman play about the Magdalene Laundries that existed in Ireland between the 18th and 20th centuries. These were “laundries” allegedly run by Catholic nuns in which the “misfits” of society such as orphans, the disabled and unwed mothers were forced to work without pay as atonement for their sins. The play “Magdalen,” written by and starring Erin Layton, tells the story of these victims. 8 p.m. Tickets: $17/$12 for students, seniors and unemployed. 1040 Jackson Ave. Call 718-482-0909 for more details.

THURSDAY, FEB. 19

Children get up close with bugs at a workshop led by professional entomologists at the Alley Pond Environmental Center. The presentation will be followed by a game show, called “Who’s Bugging You?” There will be crafts, snacks and giveaways, all around the theme of bugs. Recommended for children between the ages of 7 and 14. 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Cost: $12. Limited space so preregistration is required.For more information, visit www.alleypond.com or call 718-229-4000 or email contact@alleypond.com.

The New York Hall of Science is hosting Engineering Week till Feb. 20. Every day will focus on a different aspect of the field of engineering. On the fourth day, the focus will be on wearable engineering and the future of the merger between tech and textiles. Children can learn about wearable engineering through games and other hands-on activities with SibelDerenGuler, the creator of Invent-abling sets. Children can sketch out ideas and build basic prototypes. 1 to 4 p.m. 47-01 111th St. Call 718-699-0005 for more details.

The Queens Botanical Garden is hosting an NYC Compost Project for families and it’s called “I Heart Worms.” The workshop is for children ages 5 and up, and their adult companions. It will introduce participants to the red wiggler worms that make indoor composting possible. Children will also be encouraged to make heart-shaped cookies for their plants. The workshop is very hands-on. Registration required; email compost@queensbotanical.org. Cost: $5 per child. 2 to 4 p.m. 43-50 Main St.

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By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com

Photo courtesy of LaGuardia Community College

Explore a local museum, spend a lazy morning birdwatching, listen to the sounds of music from Guinea and do more at these events in Queens.

SATURDAY, FEB. 7

NYC Audubon, a nonprofit organization that works to protect birds in the city, is organizing a walk for birdwatchers at the Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge. Don Riepe, a naturalist, will guide participants on a walk where they’ll look for birds and other wildlife. The walk will be preceded by a presentation. Call 718-474-0896 or email donriepe@gmail.com for more details. 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. The refuge is located in Broad Channel.

The New York Irish Center is hosting a concert featuring Bernadette Morris on Saturday, Feb. 7. The violinist and singer was born in County Tyrone, Ireland, and she reimagines traditional Irish folk songs, giving them a modern twist. Her debut album called “All the Ways You Wander” was released in 2013. The pre-show hospitality hour begins at 7:30 p.m. with free tea and coffee, and beer and wine on sale. The show begins at 8:30 p.m. Open seating. Tickets: $22/$17 for seniors, students and unemployed. 10-40 Jackson Ave., LIC. Call 718-482-0909 for more details.

Explore the beauties of nature at Forest Park. Experienced urban park rangers will guide participants on a moderate hike through the terrain of the park and point out hidden gems and special features of the park. The group will meet at the visitor center at Woodhaven Boulevard and Forest Park Drive. Free. 11 a.m. Call 718-352-1769 for more information.

With just a week to go for Valentine’s Day, the Bayside Historical Society is organizing a workshop for children to make gifts. Adults can attend the two-hour workshop if they are accompanied by a child. 12 p.m. Cost: $5. 208 Totten Ave., Fort Totten. Call 718-352-1548 for more details.

St. Michael’s Cemetery in East Elmhurst is hosting a special violin and piano recital to observe Valentine’s Day. The two artists performing at the recital are Olga Turkina at the violin and Philipp Petkov at the piano. The recital is free but attendees are encouraged to bring donations of canned food that the organizers will collect and donate to the needy. 2 p.m. Call 718-278-3240 for more information. 7202 Astoria Blvd.

On Jan. 26, India celebrated its 66th Republic Day. The Hindu Temple Society of North America in Flushing is celebrating the occasion with a cultural program and talks on the leaders of nonviolent movements: Mahatma Gandhi (India), Nelson Mandela (South Africa) and Martin Luther King Jr. (U.S.). The event will be held at the temple auditorium from 3:30 p.m. Call 718-460-8484 for more information. 143-09 Holly Ave., corner of Holly Avenue and Smart Street.

The Museum of the Moving Image is hosting Cinema Tropical Festival 2015, a three-day festival of the best Latin American films. It’s the second day today and two films will be screened. “Purgatorio: A Journey into the Heart of the Border” reimagines the U.S./Mexico border as Dante’s Purgatory. The film is in Spanish with English subtitles. 3 p.m. “Las Marthas” follows two Mexican-American girls who are trying to follow the traditions of being debutantes at a ball while battling economic uncertainty. Director Cristina Ibarra will attend the screening. In Spanish and English with English subtitles. 6 p.m. Tickets for both films are included with paid museum admission on a first-come, first-served basis. Call 718-777-6888 for more information. For the full schedule of the festival, visit www.movingimage.us. 36-01 35 Ave.

As part of their Beyond Sacred series, which explores Muslim identity after 9/11, LaGuardia Community College is bringing their exhibit Faces of Islam to the Queens Museum. The photography exhibition showcases works by students of the college. All the photos represent various Muslims in the community and urges people to see them as individuals and not as stereotypes. The aim of the Beyond Sacred series is to foster understanding between Muslim and non-Muslim communities in the city. The opening reception is at 4:30 p.m. It will be preceded by a theatrical demonstration called Identity Sacred at 3 p.m. New York City Building at Flushing Meadows Corona Park.

SUNDAY, FEB. 8

Spend a lazy Sunday morning by birdwatching at the Unisphere. Forget the cold weather—this is the best time to spot wild birds such as the Red-Tail Hawks, Bald Eagles and Owls. Experienced Urban Park Rangers will show you the best spots from where you can catch sight of these great birds. Free. 11 a.m. Call 718-352-1769 for more information.

Valentine’s Day is around the corner and the Bayside Historical Society at Fort Totten is going all out to offer you a chance to get romantic with an afternoon brunch. You can enjoy some jazz played live by the society’s jazz trio of musicians. 12 to 2 p.m. Cost: $25/$20 for members. R.S.V.P. is required: call 718-352-1548. 208 Totten Ave.

The Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge is hosting a visit and discussion about the terrapins that call the bay their home. Volunteers will educate participants about the terrapin’s nesting ecology, diet and hatchlings in an hour-long event. 1 p.m. Call 718-318-4340 for additional information. The wildlife refuge is located in Broad Channel.

The Museum of the Moving Image is hosting Cinema Tropical Festival 2015, a three-day festival of the best Latin American films. The festival concludes today with the screening of two films. The first is “The Quispe Girls.” The film is set in the mountains cape of Chile and follows three goat herding sisters whose livelihood is threatened when the new government bans herding. The film is in Spanish with English subtitles. 3 p.m. The second film being is screened is “The Face” (El rostra). It is shot in black and white and its narrative blends the past, present and future. This is the film’s New York premiere. In Spanish with English subtitles. 6 p.m. Tickets for both films are included with paid museum admission on a first-come, first-served basis. Call 718-777-6888 for more information. For the full schedule of the festival, visit www.movingimage.us. 36-01 35 Ave.

MONDAY, FEB. 9

The Godwin-Ternbach Museum is hosting an exhibition titled Year of South Africa: Collection of Violet and Les Payne. Les Payne was a reporter in Johannesburg, South Africa, in the late ‘70s and early ‘80s who reported the 1976 Soweto Uprising. The works in the Payne collection are paintings by artists from Soweto, a black township. These works represent everyday life in the town and the sense of hope in times of turmoil. The collection includes works by well-known artists such as David Mbele, Winston Saoli and Hargreaves Ntukwana. 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Free. Call 718-997-4747 for more information. 405 Klapper Hall, 65-30 Kissena Blvd.

Mare Nostrum Elements is a performance group dedicated to expressing human emotions through dance and other performance arts. In the second part of its Emerging Choreographer Series, it showcases works by a range of young artists including Sara Ahn, Darlene Arrington, Caroline Brethenoux, Henry Holmes, Daniel Holt, Edward Lathan, Elena Light, Jessica Myers and Kris Seto. Guest performances by Graham 2 and Valerie Green/Dance Entropy. 7:30 p.m. $5. LaGuardia Performing Arts Center, 31-10 Thomson Ave.

TUESDAY, FEB. 10

The end of apartheid and the first democratic elections in 1994 brought about a lot of changes in South Africa. For the young generation that came of age after that time, it was a time of great change both in the political and social structures of the country. It gave rise to a generation of South African artists who have catalogued this change through photography. The Godwin-Ternbach Museum is showcasing about 25 photographs by emerging South African artists at its second floor gallery through March 21. 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Free. Call 718-997-4747 for more information. 405 Klapper Hall, 65-30 Kissena Blvd.

Get introduced to the rhythms and sounds of music from Guinea, with Ibrahima Kolipe Camara, a drummer. Camara, a former member of Les Merveilles de Guinea and Les Ballets Africaines, will head this hands-on workshop on the sounds and movements of West African dance and music at the Queens Library at Lefrak City. Free. Registration not required. 4 to 5 p.m. 98-30 57 Ave.

WEDNESDAY, FEB. 11

“Freedom Bound” is a play about America before the Civil War. It tells the story of Addison White, who escaped slavery thanks to residents of a small town in Ohio, and the Underground Railroad. The play will be performed at the Colden Auditorium at Kupferberg Center for the Arts. Appropriate for ages 5 to 18. Tickets: $8. To purchase tickets or for more information, call the Arts Box Office at 718-793-8080. 10:30 a.m. to noon. 65-30 Kissena Blvd.

It’s tax season but there is no need to stress about it. Counselors trained by the IRS will help you file your income tax returns at the Queens Library at Laurelton. Just bring a copy of all your pertinent documents. Free. Registration not required. 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Call 718-528-2822 for more details. 134-26 225 St.

Valentine’s Day is coming up! The Queens Library at Seaside is hosting a workshop for making V-Day gifts, cards and decorations. Participants can create gifts their friends and family will surely love! Free. Registration not required. 4 to 5 p.m. Call 718-634-1876 for more details. 116-15 Rockaway Beach Blvd.

THURSDAY, FEB. 12

Tango Buenos Aires, a troupe from Argentina, will perform at the Queensborough Performing Arts Center. They are known for retaining the authenticity of tango in their performances and are a recognized name in Europe and the Far East. Their show is called Song for Eva Peron, and is based on the life of the former first lady of Argentina. 8 p.m. Tickets: $42/$39/$35. Visit www.qcc.cuny.edu/qpac or call 718-631-6311 to book tickets. 222-05 56th Ave.

Beecher’s Fault, a band based in Astoria, is performing at Rest-au-Rant as part of the venue’s Live Music Thursdays series. There’s no cover and no minimum purchase required to attend the performance. The band consists of four members: Ken Lamken, Ben Taylor, Max Maples (drums) and Serge Ruccolo (bass). Their third album will release later this year. 9 p.m. 30-01 35th Ave.

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Photo courtesy of Michael Palma

Experience tango like never before, take a tour of classic storefront signs, share your talents at an open mic night and do more at these events in Queens.

Rare winter birds are coming to Jamaica Bay, and this is your chance to observe them in their natural setting. An NYC Audubon guide will take participants on a tour through Floyd Bennett Field, Fort Tilden and Breezy Point for an opportunity to see birds such as snow buntings, grebes, loons and horned hawks. Space is limited; reserve your spot by calling 212-691-7483 or emailing dklein@nycaudubon.org. Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge, Crossbay Boulevard, Broad Channel.

Children and their adult companions can learn how to create wooden Lego Minifig heads at the Toy Hacks workshop at the New York Hall of Science. If you are not a fan of Lego, that’s fine too as the workshop will show other options such as Pencil Pets. The workshop is basically a way to introduce children ages 6 and older to woodworking with hand tools. There are two sessions: 1:30 to 3 p.m and 3:30 to 5 p.m. Fee: $3 per adult/child pair, plus NYSCI admission/$1 per pair for members. 47-01 111th St. Call 718-699-0005 for more details. The workshop will take place again on Feb. 1.

Children and young teens can use their imagination to visualize a world in which all objects come alive at night. The Mysterious Lake: Give a Voice to Discarded Objects Workshop aims to do exactly what its name suggests and showcase the stories these objects would have to tell. Attendees are urged to bring their own objects and make them come alive. The workshop will have two sessions: 2 to 4 p.m. for ages 3 to 7 and 4 to 6 p.m. for ages 8 to 15. Free. Flushing Town Hall, 137-35 Northern Blvd.

It’s the time to salsa! And cha-cha. And merengue. And swing and hustle! The Flushing Town Hall is hosting La Danza del Corazon, a Latin dance social to raise funds for its programming. The event is spread over two floors — one devoted to salsa and bachata, and the other to hustle, cha-cha, merengue and west coast swing. There will also be performances on stage and three dance classes in salsa, bachata and hustle. Tickets: $15 advance/$20 at the door. 6 p.m. Call 718-463-7700 for more details. 137-35 Northern Blvd.

Thalia Spanish Theatre is premiering its new show, “Tango 5 Senses,” on Jan. 30 at 8 p.m. It promises to be tango like you’ve never experienced before. Four pairs of dancers will take you on an experience of a lifetime. Latin Grammy winner Raul Jaurena has composed the music while Angel Gil Orrios directs the production. The show will run for eight weeks, till March 22. Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m., Sundays at 4 p.m. Tickets: $40 /$37 for seniors and students. To book tickets, visit www.thaliatheatre.org or call 718-729-3880. 41-17 Greenpoint Ave.

SUNDAY, FEB. 1

The World’s Fairs of ’39 and ’64 were two historic turning points for Queens, with the eyes of the entire world on the borough. Visitors from all over the world came to Queens and left with a lifetime of memories. Urban Park Rangers are organizing a tour of the World’s Fairs site in Flushing Meadows Corona Park. They’ll highlight the importance of the site and the various landmarks in and around it. Free. 1 p.m. Call 718-352-1769 for more information.

Children and their adult companions can learn how to create wooden Lego Minifig heads at the Toy Hacks workshop at the New York Hall of Science. If you are not a fan of Lego, that’s fine too as the workshop will show other options such as Pencil Pets. The workshop is basically a way to introduce children ages 6 and older to woodworking with hand tools. There are two sessions: 1:30 to 3 p.m and 3:30 to 5 p.m. Fee: $3 per adult/child pair, plus NYSCI admission/$1 per pair for members. 47-01 111th St. Call 718-699-0005 for more details.

Learn about the history of Jamaica Bay from Dan Hendrick, a filmmaker and a historian of the bay. He will give a pictorial overview of the bay from his book, “Jamaica Bay,” at the visitor’s center at Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge. 2 p.m. Crossbay Boulevard, Broad Channel. Call 718-318-4340 for additional information.

Adrienne Onofri, a Queens resident and author of the book “Walking Queens,” will moderate a discussion on the future of Astoria and Long Island City, titled “Where Do We Go From Here? Behind the Hype about Astoria and LIC.” Noted names in the restaurant, arts and real estate businesses, as well as political and community leaders, will be a part of the roundtable discussion at the Greater Astoria Historical Society. Free. 1 p.m. Quinn Building, 35-20 Broadway, 4th Floor. Call 718-278-0700 for more details.

MONDAY, FEB. 2

Give your body a workout at this total body conditioning workshop for adults. The hour-long session will include low impact exercises, cardio sculpt exercises and stretches with dance moves to help you get fit. Attendees are advised to wear loose comfortable clothing and sneakers and to bring a bottle of water. Space is limited but preregistration is not required. Participation is on a first-come, first-served basis. 10 a.m. 40-20 Broadway. Call 718-721-2462 for more details.

It’s tax season and if filing those tax forms is giving you a headache, simply head to the Queens Library at Briarwood. Counselors, trained by the Internal Revenue Service, will help you file your tax returns. Just bring all the necessary documents. 12:30 to 3:30 p.m. 85-12 Main St. Call 718-658-1680 for additional information.

Kevin Walsh of Forgotten NY is hosting a tour of classic storefront signs that have a lot of history behind them, but are on their way to being discarded. Walsh will explain the significance of many of the storefront signs. Tickets: $5/free for members of the Greater Astoria Historical Society. 7 p.m. Quinn Building, 35-20 Broadway, 4th Floor. Call 718-278-0700 for more details.

TUESDAY, FEB. 3

February is Black History Month and children between the ages of 6 and 12 can celebrate the occasion with a workshop by Linda Humes. The workshop will feature music and songs from Africa, the Caribbean and the U.S. It will also discuss a variety of topics such as the environment and cultural appreciation. 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. 204-01 Hollis Ave. Call the Queens Library at South Hollis at 718-465-6779 for more details.

If you’ve ever wanted to learn to make an enclosed moss terrarium, this is your chance. Luludi Living Art is organizing a class in making such terrariums. The class is small, with just 3 to12 participants. Everyone will be given a container, a plant and other materials, and get guidance from an instructor. Cost: $55 per person plus $10 for snacks and wine (optional). 6 to 7 p.m. 23-07 24th Ave. Visit www.luludi.net to book a class.

WEDNESDAY, FEB. 4

The Noguchi Museum is presenting a series of installations titled Iconic Display. The installations on display are works by Isamu Noguchi and other artists such as Arata Isozaki. The aim is to explore how the context in which we experience art changes the way we perceive it. This display opens today and will be showcased till Sept. 13. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tickets: $10/$5 senior citizens and students with valid ID/free for members, children under 12 and NYC public high school students with a valid ID. Call 718-204-7088 for more details. 9-01 33rd Rd. (at Vernon Boulevard).

Here’s your chance to have some fun and help a good cause. Citi Field is hosting an event to benefit Autism Speaks, an organization that advocates for the autistic. Attendees can practice batting at the Visitors’ Clubhouse, enjoy light refreshments, meet Mr. Met and get an exclusive tour of the ballpark. There will be four one-hour sessions between 5 and 9 p.m. Tickets: $99. Visit mets.com/BatterUp or call 718-507-TIXX to buy tickets.

The Queens Jazz OverGround’s monthly Jazz Clinic will focus on John Coltrane and his dedication to practice. Participation is open to high school students and older attendees and is free. 6 p.m. The clinic will be followed by the Monthly Jazz Jam, in which jazz musicians, students and teachers can come play with the band. If you don’t play, you are welcome to listen. Tickets: $10/ free for performers, members and students. Visit www.flushingtownhall.org to buy tickets. Call 718-463-7700 for more details. 137-35 Northern Blvd.

THURSDAY, FEB. 5

This winter, bring a bit of spring into your life. Work with flowers and learn how to arrange them into simple and complex designs that will brighten up your home. Instructor Anna Kao will guide participants through the various steps. Materials will be provided but they are limited. Preregistration is not required but participation is on a first-come, first-served basis. The Queens Library at Queensboro Hill is hosting the workshop as part of its Lunar New Year celebrations. 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. 60-05 Main St. Call 718-359-8332 for more details.

It’s Open Mic Night at the Queens Library in Flushing. Share your talents in poetry, comedy, music, and the written and spoken word. All participants will be given five minutes to showcase their talents. The Open Mic Night will take place in the IRC Conference Room on the third floor. 41-17 Main St. Call 718-661-1200 for more details.

The Queens Library at Queens Village is organizing an After Hours discussion about Valentine’s Day. In this teleconferenced discussion, Karen Quinones of Patriot Tours will explain the history behind Valentine’s Day. First-time callers can get access numbers from Mail-a-Book at 718-464-0084. 8 to 9 p.m.

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What to do in Queens this weekend and beyond


By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com

Photo courtesy Araya Rasdjarmrearnsook and Tyler Rollins Fine Art

Enjoy the borough’s many artistic offerings, learn to juggle with an international champion, stay fit during the winter months and do more at these events in Queens.

SATURDAY, JAN. 24

The Kingsland Homestead is hosting a book reading of Doreen Rappaport’s work, “Martin’s Big Words.” The classic children’s book helps youngsters get introduced to the concepts of Dr. King’s legacy. The reading is part of the New York Council for the Humanities’ Community Conversations for Kids program. The reading will be followed by a discussion on Dr. King’s importance America’s history. Free for children and their adult companions. 1 to 2 p.m. 143-35 37th Ave.

Ying Nung Ma recently immigrated to the city from Taiwan and her photographs of New York reflect her unique perspective of the city. She is having her first solo exhibition of her photographs at the Voelker Orth Museum. The exhibition opens with a reception from 2 to 4 p.m. The reception includes a musical performance by Ying Nung Ma’s daughter Iris, a flautist. The exhibition will be open on Wednesdays, Saturdays and Sundays from 1 to 4 p.m. till March 22. For more details, call 718-359-6227. 149-19 38th Ave.

Learn to juggle with international juggling champion Greg Kennedy at the Flushing Town Hall. This interactive workshop, which begins at 1 p.m., is for anyone above the age of 6. The workshop will be followed by a juggling show at 2:15 p.m. in which Kennedy, a veteran of Cirque du Soleil, will be joined by two aerial acrobats to create dazzling artistry. The fee for the workshop is $7/ $4 children/free for members with tickets to the show. The show tickets cost $13/ $10 members/ $8 children/ $6 member children. Visit www.flushingtownhall.org to book tickets or call 718-463-7700 for more information.

You don’t have to wait till Halloween to get spooky! The Winter Spooktacular Ball will take place at the Queens Museum from 2 to 5 p.m. The theme is a spooky circus and it will include events such as a scavenger hunt, clown face painting, ring toss raffle and a Palindrome Parade. Individual tickets cost $20 but there are options for group tickets and other benefits with contributions of $75 and $150. Visit www.queensmuseum.org to book tickets or call 718-592-9700 for more details.

SUNDAY, JAN. 25

It’s going to be an all-star lineup at O’Neills in Maspeth. Some of today’s biggest sports stars are coming together for a charity fundraiser in aid of St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. Stanley Cup champions Brian Leetch, Adam Graves and Mike Richter, championship fighters Mark Breland, Iran Barkley, Junior Jones and Danny Jacobs, two-time Super Bowl champion Sean Landeta, and boxing promoter Lou DiBella will be at the event, raising awareness about the various diseases children in the hospital are battling and raising funds to carry out research that will help them. There will be live music and a magic show, as well as an all-day gourmet buffet and open bar. 1 p.m. Tickets: $100/$50 for guests aged 12 and under. Buy tickets at eventbrite.com (the event name is NY Champions for St. Jude) or by calling Eagel Sports Promotions at 914-332-4772. 64-21 53rd Dr.

This week’s Drop-In Family Workshop at the Queens Museum will focus on clay figures. Children between the ages of 5 and 12 and their adult companions can make clay figures of characters from the bookmaking workshop the previous week or any other character they wish. Attendance at the bookmaking workshop is not a prerequisite for this workshop. Children with special needs are welcome. Free. Registration not required. 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. Call 718-592-9700 for more details.

The advances in the field of animation are helping us enter magical worlds, but there is something quaint about the magic of vintage animation that makes it hard to resist. Laugh at some of the best vintage cartoons from the 1920s and ’30s at the Voelker Orth Museum where curator Tom Stathes has put together a collection of winter classic cartoons from his own personal archive. The cartoons will be projected on 16mm film — just the way it was done when they were originally made. The event is suitable for both children and adults. 2 p.m. Ticket: $5/free for children under the age of 3. For more details, call 718-359-6227. 149-19 38th Ave.

The Sculpture Center is showcasing the work of prominent artist Araya Rasdjarmrearnsook. The Thai artist works with several mediums, and some of her best work in video, sculpture and photography will be among those on display. She is skilled in creating complex narratives around the marginalized, and has exhibited her work in several countries, including Australia, South Africa, Italy and Turkey. She is creating sculptures specially for this exhibition, which officially opens on Sunday, Jan. 25. The opening reception is on the day before, Saturday, Jan. 24, from 5 to 7 p.m. The exhibition runs until March 30. Open Thursdays to Mondays, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. $5 suggested donation/$3 students. 44-19 Purves St. Call 718-361-1750 or visit www.sculpture-center.org for more details.

The Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge is conducting a series of lectures about the bay at its visitor center. The lecture focuses on the geography of the bay and how it has changed over time due to loss of salt marsh, the evolution of the shore line and the effects of restoration. 2 p.m. Call 718-318-4340 for more details. Crossbay Boulevard at Jamaica Bay in Broad Channel.

The Secret Theatre – Big is hosting a limited two-week run of the classic musical “Hair.” Several of the songs of this musical became anthems when it was first staged, and the topics remain relevant even today. 2 and 7 p.m. Dates and times for other shows vary. Production closes on Feb. 1. Tickets: $20. 4402 23rd St. Call 718-392-0722 for additional information.

MONDAY, JAN. 26

The Queens Library in Glendale is screening the classic movie “The Thin Man.” It stars William Powell and Myrna Loy as the detective duo Nick and Nora Charles. Nick has to find out whether his client Dorothy Wynant’s father Clyde is guilty of killing Dorothy’s stepmother Julia Wolf. He does that by inviting all the suspects to dinner. The screening is free. 12:30 to 2 p.m. 78-60 73 Place. Call 718-821-4980 for more details.

With all the myths and controversies surrounding breastfeeding, do you want to know if it is right for you and your baby? Attend the workshop covering breastfeeding basics at the Queens Central Library in Jamaica. The workshop is open to everyone—mothers, future mothers, their friends and family members—and will explain the basics of breastfeeding and help attendees with problems regarding breastfeeding an infant. 1 to 3 p.m. Registration not required. 89-11 Merrick Blvd. Call 718-990-0700 for more details.

Anti-bullying advocate Dori Crescas will lead a workshop about the effects of bullying on youngsters and how they can tackle it. The workshop is for children and teens between the ages of 5 and 18 years. 4 to 6 p.m. 108-41 Guy R. Brewer Blvd.

It’s The Moth StorySLAM night at the Flushing Town Hall. The theme for this night’s stories is Borders. Participants have to prepare a 5-minute story about crossing—or not crossing—either state or personal boundaries into new territory. They have to be true stories—no fiction please. Funny stories are welcome, but stand-up comedy is not. Those who wish to participate can drop their names into the Moth Hat from when the doors open at 7 p.m. till 7:30 p.m. These storytellers are then scored to decide a winner. You don’t have to tell a story; you can just sit back and listen, too. Storytelling begins at 8 p.m. Tickets: $8. For more details about the contest and to book tickets, visit www.flushingtownhall.org or call 718-463-7700.

TUESDAY, JAN. 27

Watch Liam Neeson as private investigator Matthew Scudder in “A Walk Among the Tombstones.” The Queens Library is screening the movie at its Douglaston/Little Neck branch at 3 p.m. The film follows Scudder as he is hired by a drug lord (Dan Stevens) to find out who abducted and then killed his wife. When the criminals abduct another young woman, Scudder races against time to find the culprits. 3 p.m. Rated R. 249-01 Northern Blvd. Call 718-225-8414 for more details.

You’ve seen it in your favorite TV shows; now it’s time to learn how to do it. Cardio-pulmonary resuscitation, better known as CPR, is a life-saving practice and knowing it can help you save your loved ones when the need arises. The FDNY’s Mobile CPR Training Unit will teach the core skills of CPR at a workshop at the Queens Library’s Maspeth branch from 3 to 4 p.m. Space is limited so preregistration is required. Log in to http://www.queenslibrary.org/event/help-save-a-life-on-site-cpr-training to register or call the library at 718-639-5228. 69-70 Grand Ave.

WEDNESDAY, JAN. 28

This winter, if the temptation to warm up with hot chocolate is making it tough for you to stay fit, worry not. Cardio Challenge is a total body workout that combines low-impact aerobics and boot camp into easy-to-follow routines that will burn those calories while making your body more toned and your heart fitter. Instructor Bona Bhatia Khullar will take participants through the exercises in this weekly, hour-long class, starting at 4 p.m. 118-14 Hillside Avenue. Call 718-849-7150 for more details.

This year marks the 175th birth anniversary of Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky, the legendary Russian composer known for classics such as “The Nutcracker,” “Swan Lake,” “Romeo and Juliet” and “1812 Overture.” Soprano Svetlana Gaskova and friends will pay tribute to Tchaikovsky with a concert of vocal music of his best works. They’ll also perform works by composers Nikolai Andreyevich Rimsky-Korsakov and Sergei Vasilievich Rachmaninoff. 5 to 6 p.m. Queens Library in Forest Hills. 108-19 71 Ave.

THURSDAY, JAN. 29

It’s Harry Potter Day at the Queens Library at South Jamaica. Children and teenagers can get their fill of the wizard by getting together to play an interactive Harry Potter video game. Open for youngsters above the age of 10. 4:30 to 5 p.m. Preregistration not required. 108-41 Guy R. Brewer Blvd.

Go beyond the Grimm brothers in this workshop about fairy tales from around the world. Fairy tales exist in every culture, which each one carrying values and influences specific to that culture while conveying a universal thought. This workshop will introduce children to may such stories from other cultures and meet characters other than Rapunzel and Cinderella. 6 to 7 p.m. Preregistration not required. Queens Library at South Jamaica. 108-41 Guy R. Brewer Blvd.

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What to do in Queens this weekend and beyond


By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com

Photo courtesy of NYSCI

Even with the cold weather, there is no excuse to stay at home this weekend. These Queens events are guaranteed to entertain and most will also keep you warm.

SATURDAY, JAN. 10

Martin Luther School invites you to join them for “Talking Baseball” with New York Mets fan favorite Mookie Wilson. Take a walk down Mets Memory Lane with Mookie as he shares stories from his playing days and takes questions from the audience. He will also sign autographs and pose for pictures. The event starts at 9 a.m. in the school cafeteria at 60-02 Maspeth Ave. Tickets are $25 each and $15 for kids under 12. A table of eight is $180. Call 718-894-4000 ext. 133 to place your order.

See “A Bronx Tale” at the Greater Astoria Historical Society at 1 p.m. Please be cautious: the movie has strong language. The society is located on the fourth floor in the Quinn Building at 35-20 Broadway. Contact info@astorialic.org or 718-278-0700 for more information.

Come to Citi Field’s McFadden today to see and hear from Mookie Wilson, Wally Backman, Ed Charles, Josh Lewin, Mr. Met and several themed panel discussions. The midwinter gathering of baseball fans is a combination of “Fan Fest” meets “Comic Con.” “Queens Baseball Convention 2015” is from 11:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. and is located at 123-01 Roosevelt Ave.

Meet veteran New York rock radio personality Ken Dashow, who worked at WNEW-FM for 17 years and then joined Q-104, where his television drive-time show is rated No. 1 in NYC. He also hosts Q-104’s popular Sunday morning show “Breakfast with the Beatles,” where he plays requests, shares stories about the Fab Four and has interviewed everyone from Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr to Yoko Ono and May Pang. The talk will be from 2 to 3:30 p.m. at the Central Library in Jamaica at 89-11 Merrick Blvd.

Come in out of the cold and breathe in deep and relax at Alley Pond Environmental Center. A heated log cabin offers the perfect rustic setting for a serene yoga session. Certified master yoga instructor Mike Mancini creates a multi-level adaptable approach suitable for beginners to experienced students. Bring your own mat, towel and water bottle. Limited to 10 adult participants. Yoga is from 9:15 to 10:15 a.m. and the fee is $10 for members and $16 for non-members. 22806 Northern Blvd.

MillionTreesNYC is looking for volunteers to help spread the mulch generated during this event around young street tree beds to help insulate these trees from the cold weather, retain moisture and provide a decorative addition to neighborhood blocks. You can also pick up bags of mulch to take home with you. Register here. The event is from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. and located at 34th Avenue between 77th and 78th streets in Travers Park.

Hike to hidden gems of New York City, explore nature and discover urban forests in “Light Hike: Winter Tree ID.” Enjoy exploring the trees of Kissena Park. Admission is free. The event starts at 11 a.m. and is located at Rose Avenue and Oak Avenue. Contact 718-352-1769 for more information.

SUNDAY, JAN. 11

After dropping off items at the E-Waste event, join Queens Botanical Garden in the Education Building, where we’ll be making children’s crafts out of recycled and repurposed items. Admission is free. For more information, please contact 718-886-3800 or education@queensbotanical.org. The garden is located at 43-50 Main St. and the event is from 1 to 3 p.m.

New York Hall of Science’s GingerBread Lane has come to a close. Take a piece of GingerBread Lane home with you! Houses will be given away on a first-come, first-served basis until every piece of GingerBread Lane is gone. Limit one house per person, while supplies last. The line opens at noon and the giveaway starts at 1 p.m. Admission to GingerBread Lane is free with a NYSCI admission. The NYSCI is located at 47-01 111th St.

Join Alley Pond Environmental Center in “APEC Adventure Hour – H is for Home.” This event is good for children who are of 18 to 36 months of age. Parental participation is required. This class will offer toddlers an opportunity to learn about nature in a relaxed environment. Monthly theme-related activities include live animals, art projects, outdoor play, trail walks and music. Pre-registration is required. Limited to eight parent and child pairs. Fee is $10 for members and $16 for non-members. The event is from 1:30 to 2:45 p.m. and APEC is located at 22806 Northern Blvd.

It’s the last day of the holiday decorations at the Voelker Orth Museum. The house is decorated every year for the holidays, to recreate the way the Voelker and Orth families welcomed the season. The house is also displaying a collection of folk nativities, depicting nativity scenes. 1 to 4 p.m. 149-19 38th Ave.

MONDAY, JAN. 12

Visit the Queens Botanical Garden to see artist Elaine Hajian’s work. Admission is free with a garden admission ticket ($4 for adults, $3 for seniors and $2 for students with ID and children 3 to 12). The event is from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Contact 718-886-3800 or dhector@queensbotanical.org for more information. The garden is located at 43-50 Main St.

Children age 6 to 12 compete to see who can spell the most words in the spelling bee event at the Queens Library branch at Cambria Heights. The competition is from 3 to 4 p.m. and the library is located at 218-13 Linden Blvd. Please call 718-528-3535 for more information.

Alacia Stubbs will show how to create a “cathedral window design” block that can be embellished with embroidery or found objects like buttons, lace or even a photo. Preregistration is required and materials will be provided. This event is intended for adults and is from 4 to 6 p.m. Log in to QueensLibrary.org or call 718-278-2220 to preregister. The event is located at the Queens Library at Astoria at 14-01 Astoria Blvd.

There will be a film screening and discussion at the Queens Library at Fresh Meadows today from 2 to 5 p.m. In the award-winning “Salvo,” in Italian with English subtitles, directed by Fabio Grassadonia and Antonio Piazza, a solitary, cold and ruthless Sicilian Mafia hitman on assignment sneaks into a house and discovers Rita, an innocent young blind girl. The library is located at 193-20 Horace Harding Expressway.

TUESDAY, JAN. 13

Singer and pianist Mitch Kahn celebrates the legacies of Jerome Kern, Irving Berlin, the Gershwins, Johnny Mercer and others in “Mitch Kahn Sings Academy Award-Winning Songs” at the Queens Library at the East Flushing branch. The event is from 2:30 to 3:45 p.m. and is for adults only. Registration is not required. The library is located at 196-36 Northern Blvd.

Are you living with cancer? Share your experiences, concerns and hopes with other members of the Latino community in the same situation. For more information or to RSVP, call 212-647-9700 ext. 245. Meetings will take place at Queens Cancer Center of Queens Hospital Center at 82-68 164 St. The event is from 10:30 a.m. to noon.

Brooklyn Nets Wheelchair Basketball Open Gym is similar to regular basketball but is played in a wheelchair. Participants must be physically disabled and able to play in a sports wheelchair. There are available sportschairs for use at the recreation center. The event is for adults and seniors. Admission is free but NYC Parks Membership is required. The center is located at 131-40 Fowler Ave. Contact 718-353-7853 for more information. The event is from 8 to 9:30 p.m.

WEDNESDAY, JAN. 14

“You Be the Judge” is a Queens Library at Queens Village branch program. This teleconferenced program is for older adults and the homebound. We will discuss real court cases and verdicts. First-time participants must call 718-464-0084 for access numbers. The teleconference will be from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

The Committee for Latin American and Caribbean Studies offers free GED and Adult Literacy classes offered at St. John’s University in Marillac Building room 433A. If you came illegally as a child, this program for those who qualify can help you become a legal United States citizen. Subjects covered include English, mathematics, social studies, science, computer technology and other educational workshops. The university is located at 8000 Utopia Parkway. The event is from 6 to 9 p.m.

Are you ready to apply for jobs? Does your resume stand out from the crowd? Make your resume the best it can be at “Resume Workshop” at the Queens Library branch at South Jamaica. Participants will learn how to get started, about types of resumes, what to include and not include and tips for making a resume stronger. To preregister, visit www.jobmap.queenslibrary.org or call 718-990-8625 for more information. The class code is JR130. The event is from 9 to 10:30 a.m. and is held at 108-41 Guy R. Brewer Blvd.

Come to the Queens Library at the South Ozone Park branch today from 2:30 to 4 p.m. to learn how to use wire sculpting to design chic necklaces and bracelets. Materials will be provided and preregistration is required. Please call 718-529-1660 to register and for more information. This event is for adults only and will be conducted in English. The South Ozone Park branch is located at 128-16 Rockaway Blvd.

“Defensive Driving” is an AARP defensive-driving refresher course especially designed for drivers age 50 and older. The class will be held at the Queens Library at Auburndale from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Please call the library at 718-352-2027 for preregistration information. The Auburndale branch is located at 25-55 Francis Lewis Blvd.

THURSDAY, JAN. 15

Resobox Gallery in Long Island City will be exhibiting 4,000 amigurumi contributed by over 140 artists from 32 different countries. The concept, amigurumi, is a culture that began in Japan, but is now cherished by crocheters and knitters all over the world. Admission is free and the event is from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. The gallery is located at 41-26 27th St. For more information please contact 718-784-3680.

It takes practice to perfect your interviewing skills. One-on-one mock interviews at Queens Central Library will teach you how to prepare for your interview. The interview will take place at the Job Readiness table from noon to 1 p.m. To preregister, please visit www.jobmap.queenslibrary.org. For more information, visit the Job Information Center or call 718-990-8625. Class code is JR180. The library is located at 89-11 Merrick Blvd.

Open up the world of nature to your little ones. Children will pet animals, enjoy free play with environmental toys, go on mini-nature walks and have a snack. Seven participants only. The event is from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. There are eleven classes and the fee is $154 for Alley Pond Environmental Center members and $198 for non-members. The classes are from January to March. APEC is located at 22806 Northern Blvd.

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What to do in Queens this weekend and beyond


By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com

THE COURIER/File photo

Take a look back at the World’s Fair, learn how to build a chair out of cardboard, participate in a jazz jam and do more at these events in Queens.

SATURDAY, JAN. 3

What happens when people come together at the epicenter of American media culture? Polit-Sheer-Form-Office (PSFO), a China-based art group, decided to find out by bringing together more than 150 people to scrub the plaza at Times Square in November. A video documenting the results will be screened at the main galleries of the Queens Museum from noon to 1 p.m. At other times of the day, the video will play on a smaller monitor next to the screening of its sister video, which documents the results of a similar experiment conducted in Guangzhou, China. New York City Building, Flushing Meadows Corona Park. Call 718-592-9700 for more details.

The Museum of the Moving Image is screening “Manakamana,” followed by a discussion with one of its two directors, Pacho Velez. The film is a documentary about how pilgrims and tourists visit a temple in Nepal by traveling on a cable car through a jungle. It leaves you wondering about the people and what their ‘manakamana’ or ‘heart’s desire’ is. Velez will discuss the movie with film critic Eric Hynes. 3 p.m. Tickets are included with paid museum admission on a first-come, first-served basis. 36-01 35th Ave. Call 718-777-6888 for more information.

With one week left to go for the GingerBread Lane House Giveaway, now is the time to take one last look at the edible masterpiece installed at the New York Hall of Science. All the houses were specially designed and baked for this GingerBread Lane by chef Jon Lovitch over the past year. 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Free with NYSCI admission; ticket prices vary. 47-01 111th St. Call 718-699-0005 for additional information.

SUNDAY, JAN. 4

It’s time for the annual Quadrantids meteor shower, and what better way to watch it than with Urban Park Rangers at Cunningham Park? The rangers will teach visitors about the solar system, and explain the science and myths related to the universe. Telescopes may be available. Free. 6 p.m. Union Turnpike and 197th Street. The group will meet in the park’s parking lot. For more information, call 718-352-1769.

Venus Williams is not just a tennis star; she is also an athlete fighting to ensure that female tennis players win the same amount of prize money as male tennis players do. “Venus Vs.” (2013) is a documentary that discusses this fight and should not be missed by anyone interested in gender equality and sports. Two short films, “The Door” and “Say Yes” will be screened before “Venus Vs.” at the Museum of the Moving Image. 5:30 p.m. Tickets are included with paid museum admission on a first-come, first-served basis. 36-01 35th Ave. Call 718-777-6888 for more information.

With Queens being named the best tourist destination in the U.S. recently, Sunday, Jan. 4, is the perfect time to revisit the borough’s two moments of glory – the 1939 and 1964 World’s Fairs. An exhibition commemorating these two events is currently ongoing at Kingsland Homestead and displays memorabilia from personal collections of the World’s Fairs’ attendees. 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. 143-35 37th Ave. $3 to $5. Call 718-939-0647 or email kmooney@queenshistoricalsociety.org for more details.

This is a must-watch film, if for no other reason than the fact that “Boyhood” was filmed over 12 years so the actors age with their characters. Ever seen that before? Director Richard Linklater broke new ground when he decided to film his movie in this way and it was no surprise when he won the Silver Bear for Best Director at the 64th Berlin International Film Festival. Boyhood is the coming-of-age story of a young boy Mason (Ellar Coltrane), who lives with his older sister Samantha (Lorelei Linklater) and their mother Olivia (Patricia Arquette). The film also stars Ethan Hawke as Mason’s father. Sunday, Jan. 4, 6 p.m. Tickets are included with paid admission to the Museum of the Moving Image on a first-come, first-served basis. 36-01 35th Ave. Call 718-777-6888 for more information.

If you’ve ever wished that you can have a ringside view of how Christmas is celebrated in Rome, well, here’s your chance. The QL International Resource Center is presenting a photo lecture on how beautiful Rome becomes from December to early January’s Epiphany. The lecture will bring to you visuals of ceremonies at the Vatican and of the new Pope. Free. Preregistration not required. 2 p.m. 41-17 Main St.

MONDAY, JAN. 5

Start your new year right with a visit to Socrates Sculpture Park. The park’s ongoing Emerging Artist Fellowship Exhibition is an interesting set of art work by visual artists about engaging with the larger narrative of public space. The exhibition features 15 artists and focuses on the state of sculpture today. Open from 10 a.m. to sunset. Free admission. 32-01 Vernon Blvd.

You don’t need wood to build your own chair. This workshop will teach you how to design and structure a chair out of cardboard in such a way that it will actually hold your weight easily. Free. 3:30 p.m. Registration not required. 89-11 Merrick Blvd. Call 718-990-0700 for more details.

Forget the samba and the rumba, it’s time to dance the soca! Davin McLeod will teach you how to step to this “soul of Calypso” dance at this free workshop. Preregistration is required for each session, but prior dance experience is not required. 5:30 p.m. 191-05 Linden Blvd.

TUESDAY, JAN. 6

Center for Independence of the Disabled is hosting an information session at 2 p.m. at the Queens Library in Sunnyside. The session is aimed at making attendees aware of the ways in which people with disabilities can be fully integrated into society with equal opportunities and independence. Free. Registration not required. 43-06 Greenpoint Ave. The sessions will be conducted in other locations throughout the month.

If a picture is worth a thousand words, then what is the value of a short video? Harness the power of visual storytelling with this workshop on making video segments. The workshop will focus on writing, producing, directing and performing in short videos. Free. 6 p.m. 2002 Cornaga Ave.

After the feasting and fun, it is now time to get fit again. What better way than doing the Zumba? Dance to Latin, international and pop music in this Zumba class in Woodhaven. Free. 6 p.m. Preregistration is not required but space is limited and will be filled on a first-come, first-served basis. 85-41 Forest Pkwy.

WEDNESDAY, JAN. 7

The holidays are behind you and you are done with the gifting. Now it’s time to treat yourself with a little something. Why not some jewelry made with cowrie shells? Pamela Isaac will teach you how to make bracelets and earrings from cowrie shells in this hands-on workshop. Materials will be provided. The workshop is free, but you have to register via www.queenslibrary.org or by calling 718-776-6800 as space is limited. 4 p.m. 94-11 217 St.

If you are interested in launching an arts business startup, then don’t miss this information session about New York Foundation on the Arts’ program called Arts Business Incubator. Being a part of the program will mean the foundation will support your startup with expert training and business planning assistance for three years. This information session will give more details about the program and offer tips about the application process. Free. Queens Council on the Arts at 37-11 35th Ave. (Entrance on 37th St.) 6 to 7:30 p.m. Preregistration at http://queenscouncilarts.org is required.

The musicians of the Queens Jazz OverGround are hosting their monthly jazz clinic at Flushing Town Hall from 6 p.m. This month’s clinic will focus on Charles Mingus’ music. As usual, the clinic will be followed by a jazz jam. The clinic is free to attendees who are high school students or older. The jam, starting at 7 p.m., is open to all but tickets are $10 if you wish to watch/free for performers, members and students. 137-35 Northern Blvd.

THURSDAY, JAN. 8

There are less than two weeks left to go before the exhibition What’s Up, Doc? The Animation Art of Chuck Jones closes at the Museum of the Moving Image. The exhibition showcases the work of this legendary artist who was behind some of the most enduring cartoon characters of all time, such as Daffy Duck, Bugs Bunny and Wile E. Coyote. His animated films and original sketches are on display at the exhibition. Museum hours are 10:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. 36-01 35th Ave. Call 718-777-6888 for more information.

There is a free screening of the classic movie “Mr. Blandings Builds His Dream House” (1948) at the Central Library in Jamaica. The film tells the story of Jim Blandings (Cary Grant) who purchases a dilapidated house in the country and tries to fix it with the help of his wife Muriel (Myrna Loy) and their two daughters while trying to save his job at an advertising agency. 2 p.m. 89-11 Merrick Blvd.

Let there be music! Take a trip down musical memory lane with accomplished vocalist Tom Smith. He will perform a retrospective of some of the best musical icons of 20th-century New York, including Louis Armstrong and Sophie Tucker. Free. Preregistration not required. 2:30 p.m. 31-32 Union St.

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