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.