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#WeeklyColumn | It’s In Queens! Jan. 2 to Jan. 9
The borough welcomes the new year with comedy, chanting, colorful envelopes, kung fu, carving, ecology, and of course, zombies. Countless zombies.
Jan. 2, How Many Zombies Are Too Many Zombies? 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.
Jan. 4, My Asian Auntie Season 2: Yes, Auntie, 9:30 pm. This action–packed, nine-episode, kung fu web series is filled with fight scenes, comedic characters, and feel good vibes. The screening is followed by a discussion with filmmakers and cast members. Red carpet arrivals begin at 8:30 pm. Museum of the Moving Image, 36-01 35th Ave., Astoria’s Kaufman Arts District.
Jan. 4, Silk Road: An Exploration of the Jaap or Bajan Tradition, 7:30 pm. Gangadai shares the musical traditions of East Indians from the Caribbean and South America. The group’s new project, “Silk Road,” documents the dying art of the mantra or “Jaap” Bajan songs. Jamaica Center for Arts & Learning, 161-04 Jamaica Ave.
Jan. 5, Red Envelope Show, 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. All artwork is for sale. Many envelopes include a special gift for only the buyers to see. On display noon to 5 pm on weekends and weekdays by appointment. Flushing Town Hall, 137-35 Northern Blvd.
Jan. 5, NYC Shadow Puppet Slam, 7:30 pm. This fourth annual slam returns with shadow performances by local puppet illuminati. Chinese Theater Works’ Kuang-Yu Fong and Stephen Kaplin curate short works ranging across the full spectrum of traditional and cutting edge shadow theater, animation, video, and film. (Ages 21 and up). Flushing Town Hall, 137-35 Northern Blvd.
Jan. 5, Jackknife Comedy, 8 pm. This radical monthly stand up show is hosted by two Iowa natives, Gideon Hambright and Patrick Hastie. Each show, they pick a bunch of their favorite comedians to do sets, be cool, and have a blast. The Creek & The Cave, 10-93 Jackson Ave., Long Island City.
Jan. 5, Stone Carving Studio, 1 pm. Adults (18 and older) explore stone carving techniques in the museum’s studio, which is equipped with basic tools such as chisels, hammers, rasps, and sandpaper. Noguchi Museum, 9-01 33rd Rd., Long Island City.
Jan. 5, Candlelight Tours, 6 pm. Music by the Christian Apuzzo Band, St. Nicholas exhibition, mulled cider, and tours. Onderdonk House, 1820 Flushing Ave., Ridgewood.
Jan. 6, Willow Lake Scavenger Hunt, 1 pm. A nature-inspired scavenger hunt led by the FMCP Stewardship Team and Urban Park Rangers. The activity tests knowledge of ecology along the Pat Dolan Trail, which is “Forever Wild.” Meet at Mauro Playground, 73-02 Park Dr. E., Flushing Meadows Corona Park.
Jan. 8, Tyrannosaurus, 9 pm. This free weekly show features a wide range of comedic styles, but each show is unique. RaR Bar, 30-01 35th Ave., Long Island City.
Jan. 9, Bridge to Freedom: 1965, 7 pm. Over two series and 14 episodes, a film team depicted the 1965 Civil Rights march and related fight to end discrimination and segregation in the United States. This documentary is the sixth and final episode of the first season. Following the screening, writer-director-producers Orlando Bagwell, Callie Crossley, and Sam Pollard, series producer Jon Else, and writer/director/senior producer Judith Vecchione participate in a discussion/Q&A session. Museum of the Moving Image, 36-01 35th Ave., Astoria’s Kaufman Arts District.
Jan. 9, Monthly Jazz Jam, 7 pm. Held on the first Wednesday of every month, musicians hone skills and jam with peers. The house band is led by saxophonist Carol Sudhalter. All are welcome. Don’t play? Listen! Flushing Town Hall, 137-35 Northern Blvd.
Jan. 9, Miguel Gutierrez: This Bridge Called My A**, Jan. 19. Six Latinos map an elusive choreography of obsessive and perverse action within an unstable terrain of bodies, materials, and sound. Cliché 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., Long Island City.
Continuing from last week
Wall Floor Positions, until Feb. 23. As part of an exhibition, different artists make themselves into minimalist prop sculptures, moving through various poses in relation to the floor and wall. Live performances on Fridays and Saturdays every hour from 1 pm to 5 pm. MoMA PS1, 22-25 Jackson Ave., Long Island City.
Images: Flushing Town Hall