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What to do this weekend in Queens

By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com

Photo courtesy of The Jim Henson Company.

Saturday, December 21

“Historical Roundtable: The FBI” at the Greater Astoria Historical Society, starts at 1 p.m. in the Quinn Building at 35-20 Broadway (4th floor) in Long Island City. For more information call 718-278-0700.

“Queer in the Cave” starts at 10 p.m. at The Creek and the Cave at 10-93 Jackson Avenue in Long Island City. For more information call 718-706-8783.

Families are welcome to join Flushing Town Hall’s free Christmas Workshop at 1 p.m. Participants in the Season of Giving Workshop will create beautiful Christmas wreaths using up-cycled fabrics, beads and ribbons. The wreaths will be donated to various local senior centers in Queens. Flushing Town Hall is located at 137-35 Northern Blvd. in Flushing. Call 718-463-7700 for more information.

Sunday, December 22

The Oratorio Society of Queens performs portions of Handel’s “Messiah,” as well as traditional Christmas favorites and Chanukah songs at 4 p.m. in the Queensborough Performing Arts Center (QPAC). Holiday highlights include “Light One Candle,” made famous by Peter, Paul and Mary in a rousing arrangement by Robert DeCormier, plus “Ocho Kandelikas” a Ladino favorite celebrating the eight candles of Chanukah and its story of hope and redemption, and a brand new song by noted Long Island composer Linda Tsuruoka, “The lamp kept burnin’ on.” Cantor Jerry Korobow leads with his guitar. Queensborough Performing Arts Center is located in Queensborough Community College at 222-05 56th Avenue, Bayside. Parking is free. Ticket prices at the box office are $30 general admission, $25 seniors and students with ID; children, 12 and under, accompanied by an adult, $10.

Saturday December 21 and Sunday, December 22

The holiday season is upon us and  LIC Flea & Food Holiday Market has all of your gift-giving needs under one roof. The holiday market’s last week will be held this Saturday and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., located inside the warehouse attached to the LIC Flea lot at 5-25 46th Avenue.

December 21-23 & December 26- January 1
This holiday season, the imaginative, playful, and creative film and television work of Jim Henson will be celebrated by the Museum of the Moving Image in the screening series “Jim Henson’s World.” Beginning Dec. 21 the museum will screen “Emmet Otter’s Jug-Band Christmas.” This television special tells the story of Ma Otter and her son Emmet, who both secretly enter a talent contest to win money for Christmas presents for each other. These screenings also include Kermit the Frog’s segments, as well as outtakes and behind-the-scenes footage. Museum of the Moving Image is located at 36-01 35th Avenue, Astoria, New York. For more information call 718-777-6888.

Through Dec.22

Oliver! The Musical”: A refreshed version of this theater classic, presented in a contemporary Steampunk style with echoes of the darker Charles Dickens original and all the twists at The Secret Theatre, 44-02 23rd Street, Long Island City.

Through January 24 

On Saturdays and Sundays or Wednesday through Friday take the opportunity to watch “Jungle Girl” in Tut’s Fever Movie Palace. “Jungle Girl” is a classic movie serial starring Frances Gifford and Tom Neal. This 15 episode serial is filled with stunts, lion-wrestling, battles with quicksand and villainy! It was one of the earliest films to star a female protagonist. Screenings are 1 p.m., 2 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays and 2 p.m. Wednesdays-Fridays at the Museum of Moving Image at 36-01 35th Avenue, Astoria. For more information call 718-777-6888.

Through January 25

Art in the Garden: Deconstructed Flowers at the Queens Botanical Garden Visitor and Administration Building. Gallery Photographer H. David Stein’s intricate photographs give flowers a particularly layered, multi-dimensional presence, See flowers angles you thought impossible! The Queens Botanical Garden is located at 43-50 Main Street Flushing. For more information call 718-463-0263.

Through March 31

Legacy: Photographs Emily Fisher Landau’s Gift to the Whitney Museum of American Art at the Fisher Landau Center for Arts. The collection includes 419 works, namely installations, sculptures, drawings, photographs, etc. by numerous key figures in contemporary American Art. FREE. Exhibition hours are Thursday through Monday, noon to 5 p.m. The Fisher Landau Center for Arts is located at 38-27 30th Street Long Island City. For more information call 718-937-0727.


Bring your friends, bring a scarf and gloves and remember to lace up tight! Ice skating season has begun at World Ice Arena at Flushing Meadows-Corona Park! Admission is $5 for all ages on weekdays and $8 on weekends and holidays. To rent skates be sure to bring socks and an additional $5. Monday through Friday the rink is open from 9 a.m. until 5:15 p.m. On weekends it is open: 7 p.m. until 9 p.m. Friday nights; noon. until 4:45 p.m. and 8 p.m. until 9:50 p.m. Saturdays and noon  until 4:45 on Sundays. Information is subject to change, to inquire about any changes call 718-760-9001. World Ice Arena is located at Avery Avenue and 131st Street Flushing.


What’s Happening This Weekend

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Friday, October 14 from 5:30-7:30 p.m. Flushing Town Hall: The Collage Aesthetic of Louis Armstrong – In the Cause of Happiness;


Friday, October 14 from 5:30-7:30 p.m. Flushing Town Hall: The Collage Aesthetic of Louis Armstrong – In the Cause of Happiness; made for an exhibition at Lincoln Center, the Louis Armstrong Collage Exhibition features reproductions of some of the remarkable collages created by Louis Armstrong affixed to the boxes of his audio tapes, and introduces audiences to this very public man who could turn his irrepressible creativity to arts other than music; visit www.flushingtownhall.com or call 718-463-7700 for more details.

November 3-13 Queens Theatre in the Park: ‘S Wonderful; five mini-musicals take audiences on an all-singing, all-dancing ride to the places, times and styles that made the Gershwins the most successful songwriting team in musical history; featuring more than 40 classic hits including “I Got Rhythm,” “Someone To Watch Over Me,” “They Can’t Take That Away From Me,” and “Rhapsody in Blue,” ‘S Wonderful will have you tapping your toes to the fascinating rhythms of George & Ira Gershwin; visit www.queenstheatre.org or call 718-760-0064.


Sunday, October 16 Queens Botanical Garden: Harvest Fest and Pumpkin Patch; Queens Botanical Garden will usher in the autumn months with the Harvest Fest & Pumpkin Patch celebration. The family-friendly event will celebrate the season with food – including barbecue from Famous Dave’s BBQ and a beer tent – live bluegrass music, storytelling, poetry readings, garden workshops and tours, children’s activities, as well as craft vendors; visit www.queensbotanical.org or call (718) 886-3800 for more information.

Sunday, October 16 Bell Boulevard: The Second Annual Bayside Village Arts and Crafts Fair; the emphasis of this year’s fair will shift slightly to the visual and performing, cultural arts with entertainment that will expand from some soft acoustic musical groups and individual local musical artisans to include some of the performing arts and dance groups based in the Bayside business district; items for sale; visit www.baysidebid.com or call 718-423-2434 for more information.

Saturday, October 15 and Sunday, October 16 Free Tours for openhousenewyork Weekend; The c. 1887 Officers’ Club, home of Bayside Historical Society, will be among some 200 architecturally-significant sites across NYC spotlighted during the 9th annual openhousenewyork Weekend, the nation’s largest architecture and design event; visit www.baysidehistorical.org or call 718-352-1548.


7 p.m. Immaculate Conception Church in Astora: Film Festival, The Force of Evil; all are welcome to join members of the Immaculate Conception Church to watch “The Dark Knight” (Oct. 14), “Never Let Me Go” (Oct. 21) and “The Exorcist” (Oct. 28); each movie night will feature guest speakers; visit www.ic-astoria.org.
October 14-16 The Astoria/LIC International Film Festival: an exciting mix of submissions is sure to make the second annual Astoria/LIC International Film; visit www.astorialic.com for a list of films, events and venues.

4 p.m. Far Rockaway Library: The Traditional Sounds and Dance of Veracruz, Mexico; celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month with the traditional sounds and dance of Veracruz, Mexico with Radio Jarocho, a New York City-based group devoted to the son jarocho and fandango traditions from southern Veracruz, Mexico; call 718-327-2549.

2:30 p.m. Hollis Library: An Afternoon of Theater; enjoy scenes from the works of modern American writers such as Neil Simon, Ivan Menchell and John Steinbeck; call 718-465-7355.


2-5 p.m. Community Church of Douglaston: Heaven on Earth; celebrate the rebirth and renewal of the historic 1850’s cottage at the Community Church of Douglaston; open house and tours; presented by the Douglaston and Little Neck Historical Society; visit www.dlnhs.org.

2 p.m. Flushing Library: Where the Water Lies; ancient and modern, east and west converge in music performed on Chinese and Western instruments; call 718-661-1200.

2 p.m. Flushing Library: Lung and Esophageal Cancer; Dr. Andrew J. Kaufman, assistant professor at Mount Sinai School of Medicine, will talk about general lung diseases, lung and esophageal cancer, care, prevention and surgery; Q&A and discussion will follow. In English with Chinese translation; call 718-661-1200.


3 p.m. Queensborough Performing Arts Center: Three Mo’ Tenors; conceived and directed by the highly acclaimed veteran Broadway performer, choreographer and director, Marion J. Caffey, Three Mo’ Tenors showcases the extraordinary versatility of African-American tenors who can sing it all; For more information about this event and other upcoming shows, contact the QPAC Box Office at 718-631-6311; tickets are also available online at www.visitQPAC.org.


5-6:30 p.m. Campbell Dome at Queens College: A Conversation with Orhan Pamuk; the 2006 Nobel Prize winner for literature will discuss his work with a Queens College professor reflecting on the challenges of translating his work for world audiences; his appearance is part of the college’s “Year of Turkey: Exploring Past, Present, Future,” a series of cultural events taking place through June 2012; call 718-997-5000 or visit www.qc.cuny.edu.

6 p.m. Arverne Library: Pauline Jean; vocalist Pauline Jean sings classic jazz and Motown hits by groups like The Temptations, Marvin Gaye, Stevie Wonder, Gladys Knight and the Pips, and much, much more; call 718-634-4784.

2 p.m. Long Island City Library: Financial Empowerment Center; Come talk to a financial counselor and learn how to work with your credit, debt, household budget and money management in general. To register, call the Queens Financial Empowerment Center at 646-810-4050, ext. 112 and indicate that you want to register for a session at Queens Library. You can also call 3-1-1 and ask for the Financial Empowerment in Queens; you will be connected to the same phone line.

6 p.m. Long Island City Library: Applying for Benefits; learn how to apply for various benefits. This program is hands-on and library staff will assist attendees preparing to apply for benefits such as Medicaid, Safelink and food stamps; call 718-752-3700.

6:30 p.m., Windsor Park Library: Information Literacy for Kids; join the library for our first ever information literacy class for children and their parents; learn how to find books in the library and use our many wonderful resources for school projects. This program is in four required sessions and is for children in Grades 3-5; call 718-468-8300.

7 p.m. South Ozone Park Library: Help Save a Life: Learn CPR – Free On-Site Training for Adults; the FDNY Mobile CPR Training Unit provides adult CPR awareness with hands-on participation to help you learn the core skills of CPR; knowing CPR cardio-pulmonary resuscitation can make a difference in saving a family member, friend or co-worker’s life; preregistration is required; call the library or come in and sign up at the Information Desk; call 718-529-1660.


6:30 p.m. Queens College’s Rosenthal Library: U.S. Poet Laureate Phillip Levine; called one of America’s great narrative poets, Phillip Levine will read from his work to students, faculty and members of the community; Levine has won almost every major writing award including a Pulitzer Prize in 1995; visit www.qc.cuny.edu or visit 718-997-5000.

1:30 p.m. Queens Historical Society: Third Tuesday Movie Matinees (Growing up Queens: A Study of Childhood in Our Unique Borough); Queens Historical Society is pleased to present their newest event series, Third Tuesday Movie Matinees, featuring movies evoking childhood and celebrating memories of growing up in New York; call 718-939-0647.

2:30 p.m. Auburndale Library: Pianist David Heckendorn; a tribute to Leonid Levin, performed by Pianist David Heckendorn with music from classic American films: “The Sound of Music,” “Breakfast at Tiffany’s,” “Schindler’s List,” “The Godfather,” and popular songs by the great American songwriters Gershwin, Porter and Kern.

6:30 p.m. Central Library: Your Own Business: The Nuts & Bolts of Getting Started; learn how to develop your idea into a business plan; participants will learn creating a demand for your product/service, setting goals and objectives, budgeting and timelines; identifying resources and networks, getting ready to open your doors; every Tuesday from 6:30-7:30 p.m. in the Job Information Center; to register, please call 718-990-5102.

6:30 p.m. Central Library: Staying Healthy and Losing Weight Naturally in a Chemically Toxic World; Dr. Jesson Manukonda, M.D., will provide practical yet powerful lifestyle strategies for weight loss, fitness, disease prevention and natural treatments for most diseases; call 718-990-0700.


Sunday, October 23 at 10 a.m. Reform Temple of Forest Hills: Talk on Homelessness in America; a discussion regarding how homelessness can relate to trauma, violence and mental illness; to register, visit www.rtfh.org or call the temple at 718-261-2900.

Wednesday, October 26 from 6:30-9 p.m. Manhattan Penthouse (80 Fifth Avenue): New York Asian Women’s Center 29th Anniversary Benefit and Phoenix Awards; silent auction, hors d’oeuvres and cocktails; tickets can be purchased online at www.nycharities.org, keyword: New York Asian Women’s Center; call 646-502-5337 or visit www.nyawc.org for more information.

Through October 30 Queens Theatre in the Park: Chix 6; The pre-Broadway tryout of an exciting original musical by indie rock sensation and Queens native Lourds Lane; the story of a comic book artist whose superheroine characters leap off the page to teach her how to love herself; call 718-760-0064 or visit www.queenstheatre.org for ticket information.

Through November 12 Voelker Orth Museum: The Allure of Red; an eclectic mix of photographs taken by Greta M. Jaklitsch over a number of years; all photos are limited editions taken with 35mm film, not enhanced or altered; call 718-359-6227 or visit www.vomuseum.org.