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#WeeklyColumn | It’s In Queens! Oct. 4 to Oct. 10
It must be the time of year that people start enjoying indoor activities. This week features three plays, five concerts, films, and the year’s first pumpkin event. There are also some outdoor architecture and food tours.
Oct. 3, FringeNYC, Oct. 6. Watch the play “Bright is the Ring of Words” as part of the Fringe festival. Jack Austin aspires to be the world’s greatest composer, but at what price? Can any relationship survive or anybody live up to the dreams of an enigma run wild? (7 pm show times.) $22. Jamaica Center for Arts & Learning, 161-04 Jamaica Ave.
Oct. 4, Eight Tales of Pedro, Oct. 14. This play features two sets of storytellers – some modern, some in the 17th century – who cross a country, risking everything for a new life. As they tell their tales, their lives and plots combine and intertwine. (Eleven performances, including four matinees.) The Secret Theatre, 44-02 23rd St., LIC.
Oct. 5, Carnegie Hall Citywide: Hazmat Modine, 8 pm. New Orleans-style honky-tonk with dashes of klezmer and gritty jug band blues along with earthy vocals and scorching harmonica. This group’s unique sound is buoyed by tuba, drums, guitar, banjo, and the Armenian double wind duduk. Free with online RSVP. Flushing Town Hall, 137-35 Northern Blvd.
Oct. 5, Leaving Brooklyn, Oct. 21. The NYC premiere of a play by former Queens resident Jeff Mandels. As the Dodgers and the Yankees battle it out on the baseball field, a blue-collar Brooklyn family battles for survival. The father, a former minor league player, wants his sons to go to college. One son has been invited to a Dodgers training camp, while the other will never be able to play ball. A doting aunt has amorous desires, and the mother tries to hold the family together. (Oct. 5, 8 pm; Oct. 6, 2 pm and 8 pm; Oct. 7, 3 pm; Oct. 12, 8 pm; Oct. 13, 2 pm; Oct. 14, 2 pm; Oct. 19, 2 pm; Oct. 20, 2 pm and 8pm; Oct. 21, 3 pm.) Queens Theatre, 14 United Nations Ave. S., Flushing Meadows Corona Park.
Oct. 5, Free First Friday, 10 am. Free admission with gallery tours. The Noguchi Museum, 9-01 33rd Rd., LIC.
Oct. 6, A Bread Factory, 1 pm. This 242-minute film has an intermission with free local bread. It consists of unbroken tales, alternating conversations with characters and glimpses of art and entertainment. Director Patrick Wang and critic Matt Zoller Seitz are on hand to discuss. Museum of the Moving Image, 36-01 35th Ave., Astoria’s Kaufman Arts District.
Oct. 6, Community Concert for Kids, 11 am. Musica Reginae leads an interactive event for children (ages 4 & up) and their families using nature as a source of inspiration for the music. Free. Queens Botanical Garden, 43-50 Main St., Flushing.
Oct. 6, Carnival of the Baroque Animals, 7 pm. The borough’s only Baroque orchestra explores music written to describe animals in nature. Work by Telemann, Biber, Farino, Handel, Rameau, and others. St. Mark’s Church, 33-50 82nd St., Jackson Heights.
Oct. 6, Architecture Tour of LIC, 1 pm. An exploration of LIC’s rich historic architecture with former AIA Queens Chapter President Bill Gati. The route includes industrial structures, the Pepsi Cola Sign, the Gantrys, high-rise apartment buildings, and brownstones. (LU/HSW credit.) Meet at the west side of Center Boulevard and 48th Avenue.
Oct. 6, Jack-O-Lantern Pumpkin Decorating Day, 2:30 pm. Youngsters from ages six and up can participate. Old fashioned sweets and a chance make candied apples, too. $5. Queens Historical Society, 145-35 37th Ave., Flushing.
Oct. 6, Hands On History: Make An 18th Century Pocket, 1 pm. Two hundred years ago, pockets were worn separately. During this event, attendees make sets of pockets to wear on hips just like in the 18th century. King Manor Museum, vicinity of 150th Street and Jamaica Avenue, Jamaica.
Oct. 7, Momo Crawl, 1 pm. More than 20 restaurants serve a Himalayan dumpling that is filled with meat, vegetables or cheese. At the end of this seventh annual event, participants vote for the winning restaurant, which is presented the Momo Championship Belt made with real yak hide. Vicinity of Diversity Plaza, 74th Street and 37th Road, Jackson Heights.
Oct. 7, Opening for Queens International 2018: Volumes. This eighth biennial exhibition highlights contemporary Queens artists. Their pieces respond to sites throughout the museum and select Queens Library branches. They question and expand systems of knowledge production using analog and digital strategies. They rethink histories and policies through embodied experience, redemptive archives, subjective abstractions, and intangible architectures. The show runs until Feb. 24, 2019. Queens Museum, NYC Building, Flushing Meadows Corona Park.
Oct. 7, Music In The Garden: Riva & Bohio Music, 3:30 pm. Riva Nyri Précil moves between Haiti’s spiritual and artistic traditions. Her work springs from Racine, a contemporary iteration of the Voodoo songs, rituals, drumming, and movement designed to engage the spirit world to bring healing or ward off negative events and energies. With her band Bohio Music, Précil adds vocal jazz, soul, and R&B. Queens Botanical Garden, 43-50 Main St., Flushing.
Oct. 7, Ballroom With A Twist, 3 pm. This glitzy, high-energy touring show features sizzling choreography from “Dancing With The Stars” and musical performances by “American Idol” finalists. Expect Samba, Waltz, Jive, and Quickstep. $40-$50. Queensborough Performing Arts Center, 222-05 56th Ave., Bayside.
Oct. 7, Fall Family Day, 11 am. A day of puppetry, media creation, face-painting, scavenger hunting, and films related to The Jim Henson Exhibition. Museum of the Moving Image, 36-01 35th Ave., Astoria’s Kaufman Arts District.
Oct. 8, Terror Attack Lawsuit, 1:30 pm. Stephen Flatow discusses his book about his lawsuit against Iran related to his daughter’s murder. On April 9, 1995, Alisa Flatow, a 21-year-old college student, died in a bus bombing in Israel. Central Queens Y, 67-09 108th St., Forest Hills.
Oct. 8, Live Drawing with Models, 6 pm. Artists hone skills with a series of quick and long poses while listening to music in a relaxing non-judgmental environment. Bring a sketch pad with a drawing medium. Flushing Town Hall, 137-35 Northern Blvd.
Top Image: Queens Theatre; bottom image: Bacon and Beer Classic