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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