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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.