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#WeeklyColumn | It’s In Queens! Oct. 11 to Oct. 17
Celebrity sex therapist Ruth Westheimer comes to Queens this week. Hopefully, she’s hungry as upcoming events include a beer festival, a cupcake run, a harvest festival, a pumpkin patch, and a concert called “A Piece of Cake.” There’s also plenty of dance, music, science, and an Indigenous People’s Day celebration.
Oct. 11, Thursday Night Jazz, 8 pm. Multi-instrumentalist Morgan Guerin is currently studying at The New School for Jazz and Contemporary Music. He kicks off a first-Thursday-of-the-month concert series. Jamaica Center for Arts and Learning, 161-04 Jamaica Ave.
Oct. 11, Organizational Guru Julie Morgenstern, 7 pm. The author of “Time to Parent” offers realistic, achievable methods to prioritize, simplify, and organize. Free babysitting. Central Queens Y, 67-09 108th St., Forest Hills.
Oct. 12, dragQUEENS show, Nov. 4. A colorful LGBTQ musical show with some of today’s leading Latinx trans artists and female impersonators. Fridays and Saturdays at 8 pm; Sundays at 4 pm. Thalía Spanish Theatre, 41-17 Greenpoint Ave., Sunnyside.
Oct. 12, Andrea Brachfeld Jazz Quartet, 8 pm. Brachfeld received the New Jazz Works Grant from Chamber Music America and the Doris Duke Foundation in 2017. The work consists of nine “Amazing Grace” compositions. Flushing Town Hall, 137-35 Northern Blvd.
Oct. 13, Queens Beer Festival, Oct. 14. Around 50 distinct beverages from about 25 local craft breweries with live music. Tickets include unlimited tastings and a souvenir mug. LIC Flea & Food, 5-25 46th Ave., LIC.
Oct. 13, NYC Cupcake Run, 10:15 am. A 3.1-mile race that includes eating three cupcakes along the way. A portion of the proceeds goes to NYC Cares. The race starts at 11 am. Meet at Ditmars Boulevard between 19th Street and Shore Boulevard, Astoria Park.
Oct. 13, Queensboro Dance Festival with Special Guest Rioult, Oct. 14. The following troupes perform on Oct. 13 at 8 pm: Vissi Dance Theater (Jamaica); Q&A Productions (Woodside); Flamenco Latino (Jackson Heights); SUNPROJECT (Astoria); Rastro Dance Company (LIC); Mala’s Odissi (Forest Hills); Cole Collective (Astoria); and The Kingdom Dance Company (Rosedale). Here’s the lineup for Oct. 14 at 4 pm: Yamini Kalluri (Rego Park); Spaces of Fontana (Astoria); Cole Collective + Sheep Meadow Dance Theatre (LIC); NK & Dancers/a movement company (Astoria); Barbara Mahler’s Dances (Jackson Heights); Dugal Dance Projects (Woodside); Dancing Fish (LIC); Tango for All (Astoria); and Rioult Dance NY (Astoria). Queens Theatre, 14 United Nations Ave. S., Flushing Meadows Corona Park.
Oct. 13, Ecuadorian Music, 8 pm. Music that mixes Indigenous, European, and African genres with six solo artists and the folkloric group Inti Andino. Frank Sinatra School of the Arts Theatre, 35-12 35th Ave., Astoria’s Kaufman Arts District.
Oct. 13, It’s Electric, 11 am. Learn how the sun can power a car during this workshop with EmPower Solar on the basics of energy, electricity, electric vehicles, and batteries. Alley Pond Environmental Center, 228-06 Northern Blvd., Douglaston.
Oct. 13, Archipelago New York, 2:30 pm. Thomas Halaczinsky presents his book. Aboard a sailboat, he takes readers on a photographic and literary tour of more than 70 islands. His course follows the route of Adriaen Block, the first European who sailed and mapped the area in 1614. Kingsland Homestead, 143-35 37th Ave., Flushing.
Oct. 13, Walking Tour of Jamaica, noon. King Manor Museum caretaker Roy Fox explores and explains the neighborhood’s history.
Oct. 13-14, Science on Screen Series, 1 pm. This annual series runs until March 2019 with periodic screenings of films. On these times, “Space Odyssey: The Making of a Masterpiece” shows with “2001: A Space Odyssey” stars Keir Dullea and Daniel Richter, author Michael Benson, and neuroscientist Heather Berlin. Museum of the Moving Image, 36-01 35th Ave., Astoria’s Kaufman Arts District.
Oct. 14, Harvest Fest and Pumpkin Patch, 11 am. Live music, petting zoo, face painting, tours, garden-and-composting demonstrations, craft-and-food vendors, beer-and-wine garden, and the Pumpkin Patch. Queens Botanical Garden, 43-50 Main St., Flushing.
Oct. 14, Marilyn Maye: A Piece A Cake, 3 pm. This singer, actress, director, arranger, educator, and Grammy-nominated recording artist celebrates her 90th birthday on stage with the American Songbook. Comedian Chris Monty opens the show. $35-$48. Queensborough Performing Arts Center, 222-05 56th Ave., Bayside.
Oct. 14, How Does She Do It?, 3 pm. Queens World Film Festival and New York Women in Film and Television present a panel discussion with female professionals who discuss how to navigate the entertainment industry. Free. Museum of the Moving Image, 36 01 35th Ave., Astoria’s Kaufman Arts District.
Oct. 14, Sunnyside/Astoria Walking Tour, noon. Explore Sunnyside Gardens, one of NYC’s first planned communities; visit the former Madison Square Garden Bowl site; check out the Mathews flats, handsome apartment buildings contracted from 1915-1930; and finish with a presentation at the Quinn Building. Meet under the Queens Boulevard viaduct at the 46th Street station, Sunnyside.
Oct. 14, World’s Fair Walks, 11 am & 1 pm. Flushing Meadows Corona Park’s last free, guided history tour of the year. Meet at the Unisphere.
Oct. 14, Body-Based Creative Process, 1 pm. FTH Space Grantee Huiwang Zhang leads this movement workshop. The participant delves into creative and choreographic processes through body-based games and verbal communication. Flushing Town Hall, 137-35 Northern Blvd.
Oct. 14, Center of Attention, 4 pm. Visitors engage in a conversation on Jorge Palacios’s exhibiting sculpture “Balance and Inertia.” The Noguchi Museum, 9-01 33rd Rd., LIC.
Oct. 14, Indigenous People’s Day, 1 pm. Presentations from the Matinnecok, White Apache, and Passamaquoddy tribes; the premier of the KIWE/UAQUE dance performance, choreographed and directed by Cristina Cortés and Donna Ahmadi; an artist talk with artist Camille Hoffman and Ramapough Lenape tribe member Two Clouds; and a hammock weaving workshop. Queens Museum, NYC Building, Flushing Meadows Corona Park.
Oct. 15, Celebrity Sex Therapist Ruth Westheimer, 1:30 pm. Doctor Ruth is known for her blunt, funny, and down-to-earth counsel. She discusses sex, love, and her two recent books. Central Queens Y, 67-09 108th St., Forest Hills.
Oct. 15, Women’s Pavilion Concert Series, 2 pm. The Astoria Big Band Trio plays Duke Ellington songs, Bossa Nova ditties, Latin tunes, and other jazz favorites. Elmhurst Hospital Women’s Pavilion, 78-20 41st Ave.
Oct. 17, The Twenty Best Birds I Have Seen, 8 pm. Field guide author Corey Finger shares his 20 most memorable encounters with birds at this Queens County Bird Club event. Free. Alley Pond Environmental Center, 228-06 Northern Blvd., Douglaston.
Oct. 17, Kristallnacht: The Journey from 1933-1988, 12:10 pm. The documentary “Night of Broken Glass” focuses on Kristallnacht, when Nazis destroyed synagogues, arrested Jews, and vandalized Jewish businesses on Nov. 9-10, 1938. Kupferberg Holocaust Center, 222-05 56th Ave., Bayside.
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