It’s in Queens
#WeeklyColumn | It’s In Queens! Jan. 10 to Jan. 16
The zombies are still alive and kicking this week. Ditto for the human art pieces! The borough also hosts world premieres, tap dance, jazz, birds, Japanese sculpture, and Chinese everything.
Jan. 10, Thursday Night Jazz Series, 8 pm. Bassist, composer, scholar, and cross-disciplinary collaborator Nick Dunston performs. He’s currently studying Jazz Performance at The New School. Jamaica Center for Arts & Learning, 161-04 Jamaica Ave.
Jan. 11, First Look, Jan. 21. This eighth annual program screens 40 new films. The lineup includes features, shorts, documentaries, and narratives from China, France, Israel, Pakistan, Mexico, and other countries. Some are making world or New York premieres. Museum of the Moving Image, 36-01 35th Ave., Astoria’s Kaufman Arts District.
Jan. 12, Tap with Omar Edwards, noon. Legendary tap dancer Edwards offers a free class. Jamaica Center for Arts & Learning, 161-04 Jamaica Ave.
Jan. 12, Four Seasons, 2 pm. This art form fuses contemporary shadow theater technique with traditional Chinese genres (dance, music, opera, poetry, and puppetry). Flushing Town Hall, 137-35 Northern Blvd.
Jan. 13, 18th Annual Winter Art Show, Jan. 27. Queens-based artists share works in styles such as representational and abstract painting, drawing, mixed media, and photography. The opening reception is Jan. 13 at 2 pm. Gallery hours are Thursdays and Fridays, 10 am to 4 pm, and Saturdays and Sundays, noon to 4 pm. Bayside Historical Society, 208 Totten Ave.
Jan. 13, Red Envelope Show Drop-in Workshop, 1 pm. In-residence artist Tina Seligman leads a workshop as part of a larger, ongoing exhibition that honors the red celebration envelopes distributed during Lunar New Year. Materials provided. Flushing Town Hall, 137-35 Northern Blvd.
Jan. 13, NYC Talent Show, 9 pm. Anything goes during this comedy gig, which began in the Bowery Poetry Club about a decade ago. The Creek & The Cave, 10-93 Jackson Ave., LIC.
Jan. 13, Center of Attention: Jorge Palacios’s“Okiagari-Koboshi, 2018,” 3:30 pm. A guided conversation about “Okiagari-Koboshi,” which is on view. Noguchi Museum, 9-01 33rd Rd., LIC.
Jan. 14, In Practice: Other Objects, March 25. This exhibition presents new pieces by 11 artists and artist teams that probe the slippages and interplay between objecthood and personhood. SculptureCenter, 19 Purves St., LIC.
Jan. 15, Answers to Life’s Hardest Questions, 7 pm. Tess Koman participates in a panel discussion of her new book, “The Best Damn Answers to Life’s Hardest Questions,” with Vogue Magazine Director of Social Media Gena Kaufman; V Brown, writer and manager of Y7 Studio; and Carina Hsieh, sex and relationship editor at Cosmo.com. Astoria Bookshop, 31-29 31st St.
Jan. 16, Avian History and Art History, 8 pm. Ecological historian and habitat consultant A.W. Cafarelli presents “Consider the Birds of the Air: Avian History and Art History.” Alley Pond Environmental Center, 228-06 Northern Blvd., Douglaston.
Continued from last week
How Many Zombies Are Too Many Zombies? until Feb. 15. With 20-minute games that can have as many as 25 players, participants take on the role of scientists, helping the “Center for Calamity Control” simulate a zombie outbreak. Via mathematical modeling, players simulate, analyze, and make predictions about this complex, real-world phenomenon. New York Hall of Science, 47-01 111th St., Flushing Meadows Corona Park.
Red Envelope Show, until Jan. 27. This show honors the Year of the Pig with pieces by professional visual artists. It’s an homage to the red celebration envelopes the Chinese community distributes during Lunar New Year. Artwork is for sale. Many envelopes include a special gift for only the buyers. On display noon to 5 pm on weekends and weekdays by appointment. Flushing Town Hall, 137-35 Northern Blvd.
Wall Floor Positions, until Feb. 23. As part of the exhibition “Bruce Nauman: Disappearing Acts,” artists make themselves into minimalist prop sculptures, moving through various poses in relation to the floor and wall. Live performances every hour from 1 pm to 5 pm on Fridays and Saturdays. MoMA PS1, 22-25 Jackson Ave., LIC.
Miguel Gutierrez: This Bridge Called My A**, until Jan. 19. Six Latinos map an elusive choreography of obsessive and perverse action within an unstable terrain of bodies, materials, and sound. Clichéd Latin-American songs and the telenovela’s form are exploited to show how familiar structures contain absurdity that reveal and celebrate difference. Shows are Wednesdays through Saturdays at 8 pm. The Chocolate Factory, 5-49 49th Ave., LIC.
Images: Christina Buffamonte Gerbino/Bayside Historical Society