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#WeeklyColumn | Feb. 15 to Feb. 21 | It’s In Queens!
Post-Valentine’s Day romance is alive and well throughout the weekend in Queens, where Black History Month and Lunar New Year celebrations are everywhere. Enjoy IndieCade East, love songs by Broadway star couples, calligraphy, performance art, fables, poetry galore, and a bevy of beautiful Brazilian birds.
Feb. 15, Gypsy: A Musical Fable, March 3. A multi-cultural adaptation of Arthur Laurents’s book based on the 1957 memoirs of striptease artist Gypsy Rose Lee. Shows are on Feb. 15, 16, 17, 18, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 28, March 1, 2, and 3 at 7:30 pm. Matinees are on Feb. 17, 18, 25, and March 3 at 2:30 pm. $18 in advance/$20 at the door. The Secret Theatre, 44-02 23rd St., LIC.
Feb. 16, IndieCade East 2018, Feb. 18. A weekend dedicated to independent games and people who make and play them. New and unreleased games, plus talks, panels and workshops by designers, developers, organizers, thinkers, activists, historians, critics, and provocateurs. Museum of the Moving Image, 36-01 35th Ave., Astoria’s Kaufman Arts District.
Feb, 16, Live Calligraphy, noon to 3 pm. Watch traditional Chinese artists KK Wong and Jun Wen in action. Resorts World Casino New York City’s Red Wall Gallery, 110-00 Rockaway Blvd., South Jamaica.
Feb. 16, Caribbean Reading Series, 7:30 pm. Presented with Braata Theatre, this effort offers opportunities for young playwrights and actors to shine. Free. Jamaica Center for Arts & Learning, 164-04 Jamaica Ave.
Feb. 17, Flushing Lunar New Year Parade, 11 am. Multi-cultural groups march to welcome the Year of the Dog. Expect vibrant costumes, floats, joyful dancing, and traditional celebrations. General kickoff is in the vicinity of Union Street and 39th Avenue.
Feb. 17, Queens Center Mall Lunar New Year 2018, noon to 4 pm. Ring in the Year of the Dog with traditional Asian cultural performances, lion dance, tea-tasting, Chinese dance, Korean dance, music, calligraphy, paper-folding, paper-cutting, painting, lantern-making, photo booth, and special promotions from participating stores. Queens Center, Level 2, Center Court, 90-15 Queens Blvd., Elmhurst.
Feb. 17-18, The Gruffalo Live, 2 pm. Mouse goes on an adventure through the woods in this musical adaptation of a classic picture book. Searching for hazelnuts, Mouse meets the cunning Fox, the eccentric old Owl, and the party-mad Snake. For children ages three and up. Workshop at 3:45 pm. Flushing Town Hall, 137-35 Northern Blvd.
Feb. 17, Lunar New Year Fest, noon to 4 pm. Celebrate the Year of the Dog with crafts and performances. Learn about Lucky Plants, from chrysanthemums to jades. Queens Botanical Garden, 43-50 Main St., Flushing.
Feb. 17, Ask Your Mama: Twelve Moods for Jazz, 7:30 pm. This multi-media concert features Langston Hughes’s kaleidoscopic jazz poem suite Ask Your Mama: Twelve Moods for Jazz. The Harlem Renaissance poet scored this 12-verse epic with musical cues drawn from the blues, dixieland, gospel, boogie woogie, Latin rhythms, German lieder, Jewish liturgy, calypso, and African drumming. $10-$20. Jamaica Performing Arts Center, 153-10 Jamaica Ave.
Feb. 17, Fiction and Poetry, 2:30 pm. Author Malcolm Boyd and poet, writer, literary curator Sherese Francis contribute to an afternoon of readings accompanied by live music. Lewis H. Latimer House Museum, 34-41 137th St., Flushing.
Feb, 17, Call Me Madam, 1 pm. This classic film stars Astoria native Ethel Merman. It screens as part of a series on locals who made it big in Hollywood. Includes a talk about local history. Free. Greater Astoria Historical Society, 35-20 Broadway, LIC.
Feb. 17, Steve James, Feb. 23. This ending series on a well-respected American filmmaker includes Hoop Dreams on Feb. 17 at 3 pm; Abacus: Small Enough to Jail on Feb. 18 and 3p m and 6 pm; and a live event with James on Feb. 23 at 7 pm. Museum of the Moving Image, 36-01 35th Ave., Astoria’s Kaufman Arts District.
Feb. 18, El Paquete Download, 2 pm. American artist Julia Weist and Cuban artist Nestor Sire explore and intervene in El Paquete Semanal or “the weekly package,” a cultural and economic phenomenon that developed in Cuba in place of internet activities. A 1-terabyte digital media collection is aggregated weekly and circulated across the country via file sharing. This exhibit is winding down, and guide will help patrons explore El Pauquete for the last time on Feb. 18. Queens Museum, NYC Building, Flushing Meadows Corona Park.
Feb. 18, Black History Month Screening, 2:30 pm. Watch 13th, a documentary on the 13th Amendment, which outlaws slavery in the U.S. Lewis H. Latimer House Museum, 34-41 137th St., Flushing.
Feb. 18, Shaping Soft Stone, 1 pm to 5 pm. Peruse items in the special show on Gonzalo Fonseca and the permanent gallery. Then learn technique for working in soft stone. Free with admission. The Noguchi Museum, 09-01 33rd Rd., LIC.
Feb. 20, Jennifer Monson: bend the even, Feb. 24. This interpretive performance focuses on the shifting continuity between sound, light, and movement. Shows every night at 8 pm. $20. The Chocolate Factory, 05-49 49th Ave., LIC.
Feb. 21, Dessert, Feb. 27. The Astoria Performing Arts Center and the Beehive Dramaturgy Studio present this play-in-development by Phillip Howze. People are dying, but nobody takes responsibility. To break the silence of normalized grief, a small community stages an epic intervention. Free with reservation.The Zukor Theatre at Kaufman Astoria Studios, 35th Street between 34th and 35th avenues, Astoria’s Kaufman Arts District.
Feb. 21, Art-Makers Group, 6 pm. Artists, professionals, and novices work in various mediums in a supportive group. Bring materials and a snack. $10. Flushing Town Hal, 137-35 Northern Blvd.
Feb. 21 Cinema Series: Denial, 12:10 pm. Based on the acclaimed book History on Trial: My Day in Court with a Holocaust Denier, this film recounts Deborah E. Lipstadt’s legal battle for historical truther against David Irving, who accused her of libel when she declared him a Holocaust denier. Kupferberg Holocaust Center, Queensborough Community College, 222-05 56th Ave., Bayside.
Feb. 21, Farmy Flicks, 2 pm. Watch Maya the Bee in the barn. Free. Queens County Farm Museum, 73-50 Little Neck Pkwy, Glen Oaks.
Feb. 21, The Wonders of Brazil, 8 pm. With photos and anecdotes, Queens County Bird Club members Donna Schulman and Ian Resnick report on their trip through a rain forest, swamp, grasslands, and mountains of Brazil. They saw more than 400 bird species and 22 mammal species, plus, assorted butterflies and reptiles. Alley Pond Environmental Center, 228-06 Northern Blvd.
Top image: Flushing Town Hall; bottom image: Queens Center
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