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#WeeklyColumn | It’s In Queens! Nov. 8 to Nov. 14
The days are getting shorter, but the weeks are getting fuller in Queens. This week features unique Veterans Day events, a few Diwali celebrations, Frida Kahlo, Korean dance, a podcast festival, Superman, Satchmo, Nepalese cuisine, and GingerBread Lane’s triumphant return.
Nov. 8, Frida Libre, Nov. 18. In an encore performance, Mexican actress and singer Flora Martínez presents a one-woman play on Frida Kahlo. She covers the artist’s success, politics, art, sexuality, and physical pain following an accident. She also explores the complex relationship between Frida and her older husband, muralist Diego Rivera. Six English shows and four Spanish ones. Queens Theatre, 14 United Nations Ave. S., Flushing Meadows Corona Park.
Nov. 8, Sasha Berliner, 8 pm. This musician, composer, producer, and band leader performs part of an ongoing series that offers live jazz concerts on the first Thursday of every month. Jamaica Center for Arts & Learning, 161-04 Jamaica Ave.
Nov. 8, 1984, Nov. 10. The debut of a dance adaptation of the George Orwell novel by Spark Movement Collective. Shows at 8 pm. The Secret Theatre, 44-02 23rd St., LIC.
Nov. 8, Hidden History of Queens, 6:30 pm. Richard Panchyk, who has published 39 books, discusses his new work on the borough’s fascinating firsts, cool characters, and ramshackle ruins. NY Public Library, 524 Main St., Roosevelt Island.
Nov. 9, Korean Light and Beat, 8 pm. A showcase of Korea’s unique and dynamic music. Band leader Kim So Ra is a traditional percussionist, composer, and ambassador of folk music. He’s one of the country’s most skilled janggu (double-headed drum) players. Flushing Town Hall, 137-35 Northern Blvd.
Nov. 9, Infinite Football, Nov. 18. After fracturing his fibula in a 1987 game, former Romanian soccer star and current bureaucrat Laurențiu Ginghină now dreams of revising his beloved sport’s rules to reduce injuries. This film is a hilarious and incisive portrait of personal obsession. Times: Nov. 9, 5:30 pm and 7:30 pm; Nov. 10, 5 pm and 7 pm; Nov. 11, 1 pm and 4:30 pm; Nov. 14, 3 pm; Nov. 15, 3 pm; Nov. 16, 5:30 pm; Nov. 17, 5 pm; and Nov. 18, 5 pm. Museum of the Moving Image, 36-01 35th Ave., Astoria’s Kaufman Arts District.
Nov. 9, Jazz Concert, 7:30 pm. Local singers and musicians perform their favorite jazz numbers. The Church-in-the-Gardens, 50 Ascan Ave., Forest Hills.
Nov. 10, Gingerbread Lane, Jan. 21. Houses made of gingerbread, royal icing, and candy. They are drafted, designed, baked, planned, built, and decorated by chef Jon Lovitch over the course of an entire year. New York Hall of Science, 47-01 111th St., Flushing Meadows Corona Park.
Nov. 10, Diwali Festival: Kathak, Bhangra & Beyond, 1 pm. Celebrate Diwali, the Hindu festival of lights, with an all-ages festival and dance party featuring Kathak dancer Abha Roy and Basement Bhangra’s DJ Rekha. Flushing Town Hall, 137-35 Northern Blvd.
Nov. 10, Superman, Nov. 12. Watch the 1978 classic with Christopher Reeve, Margot Kidder, and Gene Hackman. Screenings at 11 am. Museum of the Moving Image, 36-01 35th Ave., Astoria’s Kaufman Arts District.
Nov. 10, Voices From War, 3 pm. Commemorate Veterans Day Weekend with original writing by participants from Voices From War, an arts organization that offers writing workshops for veterans and their families. Lewis H. Latimer House Museum, 34-41 137th St., Flushing.
Nov. 10, Greenmarket Bites, 10 am. Bikash Kharel, head chef at While in Kathmandu, prepares a traditional Nepalese dish as part of an ongoing cooking series. Ridgewood Market, vicinity of Cypress, Myrtle, and Putnam avenues.
Nov. 10, Queens International 2018: Volumes, 11 am to 10 pm. It’s opening day for art installations at Queens Library’s Central, LeFrak City, and Flushing branches. The day ends with a reception at Terraza 7 in Jackson Heights. Shuttle bus service is available between branches.
Nov. 10, Armistice Day Concert, 7 pm. Live music to commemorate the 100th anniversary of World War I’s end, followed by a reception and WWI photography and memorabilia exhibit. Maple Grove Cemetery, 127-15 Kew Gardens Rd., Kew Gardens. RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Nov. 10, Cinema Saturdays: Going In Style (1979), 1 pm. This movie stars George Burns, Lee Strasberg, and Art Carney, who was born on Nov. 4, 1918. It shows as part of a series on films starring actors born in 1918. Filmed in Kaufman Astoria Studios and featuring scenes from Broadway in Astoria, the plot follows the three old men who get involved in a scheme to rob a bank to put excitement into their lives. Greater Astoria Historical Society, 35-20 Broadway.
Nov. 11, Diwali Celebration, 1 pm. Diwali is an annual Hindu ritual dedicated to Lakshmi, the Goddess of Light. For many believers, it’s the most positive time of year, when good triumphs over evil. The Flushing Ganesh Temple co-presents this event, which includes clay lamp-painting, regional dances, and the lighting of 3,000 candles. Queens Museum, NYC Building, Flushing Meadows Corona Park.
Nov. 11, Timeless: Kunqu, Timeless Love, 1:30 pm. Fusing poetry, music, and story, Kunqu is an elegant form of traditional Chinese theater. Flushing Town Hall, 137-35 Northern Blvd.
Nov. 11, To Honor Fallen Heroes, 2:30 pm. James Haas discusses his book “To Honor Fallen Heroes: How a Small, German-American Village in New York City Experienced the Great War,” a study of more than 650 men from College Point who fought in World War I. Queens Historical Society, 143-35 37th Ave., Flushing.
Nov. 11, Center of Attention, 3:30 pm. Visitors are invited to engage in a conversation on the Jorge Palacios piece “The Singularity of the Curve,” which is currently on display. The Noguchi Museum,9-01 33rd Rd., LIC.
Nov. 11, Veterans Day Concert, 2 pm. Flautist and composer Stephen Josephs and his ensemble play everything from pop to jazz to classics in honor of the men and women of the military. Voelker Orth Museum, 149-19 38th St., Flushing.
Nov. 12, Author Talk, 1:30 pm. New York Times Deputy Washington Editor Jonathan Weisman discusses anti-Semitism and his new book on the reaction by American Jews. Central Queens Y, 67-09 108th St., Forest Hills.
Nov. 12, Life Along the L Train, 9:30 am. Jack Eichenbaum, the official Queens historian, leads a multi-hour tour that begins near the Highline in the West Village and ends on the Yellow Brick Road in Ridgewood. Lunch is in Williamsburg. Must RSVP to email@example.com.
Nov. 12, WERK IT Women’s Podcast Festival, Nov. 17. Founded by WNYC Studios, this blowout includes full days of conversations, workshops, live tapings, networking events, and one-on-one mentoring sessions. Main site is Knockdown Center, 52-19 Flushing Ave., Maspeth.
Nov. 12, Live Drawing with Models, 6 pm. Open call for artists who want to work in a friendly environment. Flushing Town Hall, 137-35 Northern Blvd.
Nov. 13, Louis Armstrong Talk, 7 pm. Ricky Riccardi, author of “What a Wonderful World: The Magic of Louis Armstrong’s Later Years,” discusses the last quarter century of the jazz legend’s life. Affectionately called “Rick-apedia” due to his profound knowledge of Satchmo’s life, Riccardi is the Director of Research Collections for the Louis Armstrong House Museum in Corona. Kupferberg Center for the Arts, Queens College, LeFrak Concert Hall, 65-30 Kissena Blvd.
Nov. 14, Chimney Swifts, 8 pm. John Connors, a Long Island native who currently manages the Chimney Swift Research Project with Audubon and the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences, share his experiences and research on the incredible, high-flying chimney swift. Alley Pond Environmental Center, 228-06 Northern Blvd., Douglaston.
Continued from last week
The Babylon Line, until Nov. 17. Douglaston Community Theater presents this play about an NYC creative writing teacher who learns an unexpected life lesson on Long Island. Eight shows. Zion Church Parish Hall, 243-01 Northern Blvd., Douglaston.
Top image: Queens Museum; bottom image: Queens Theatre
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