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 firstname.lastname@example.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.