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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 email@example.com. The center is at 31-10 Thomson Ave. E-241, Long Island City.