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#WeeklyColumn | Jan. 11 to Jan. 17 | It’s In Queens!
There’s no such thing as a free lunch, but Queens hosts a massive gingerbread giveaway this week. The borough is also the best spot for concerts, lectures, screenings, and discussions celebrating Martin Luther King Jr. Day, plus Turkish food, herb gardening, Peruvian birds, and Swing dancing.
Jan. 11, Immanuel Wilkins Quartet, 8 pm. This American saxophonist, composer, arranger, and band leader performs with his group as part of the 2017-2018 Thursday Night Jazz Mix Series. $10. Jamaica Center for Arts & Learning, 161-04 Jamaica Ave.
Jan. 12, Turkish Fare for the Holidays, 7 pm. Sila Asa from the Turkish Cultural Center Queens offers step-by-step lessons on preparing authentic Turkish dishes. Take home recipes and sample Turkish coffee. $24. Alley Pond Environmental Center, 228-06 Northern Blvd., Douglaston.
Jan. 13, The Wiz, Jan. 15 (each day at 11 am). Screened over three days to celebrate its 40th anniversary, this classic take on The Wizard of Oz stars Diana Ross, Michael Jackson, and Lena Horne. It’s also the first movie to be filmed at Kaufman Astoria Studios after it reopened in the 1970s. $15. Museum of the Moving Image, 36-01 35th Ave., Astoria’s Kaufman Arts District.
Jan. 13, Winter Family Program: Herbal Creations, 11 am. Learn medicinal, culinary, and practical uses of herbs. Youngsters make an herbal tea bag, plant an herb to take home, and take a stroll through the Herb Garden. Other workshops are Winter Trees (Jan. 20), The World of Bugs (Jan. 27), and Tabletop Gardening (Feb. 3). $10. Queens Botanical Garden, 43-50 Main St., Flushing.
Jan. 14, Sweet Honey in the Rock, 4 pm. An MLK Day celebration with an all-female, African-American, a cappella ensemble that won a Grammy for its unique expression of history through song and dance. $35. Colden Auditorium, Queens College, 153-49 Reeves Ave., Flushing.
Jan. 14, Savoy! Dancing through the Swing Era, 2 pm. Swing with Lillian Carlyle, an inspiring dancer from Hollywood. Tap your feet to authentic jazz by Big Band greats such as Duke Ellington and Benny Goodman and enjoy the high-energy Lindy Hop that began during this time. $10. Flushing Town Hall, 137-35 Northern Blvd.
Jan. 14, MLK Day Film, 2:30 pm. A free screening of Dear White People, a 2014 satire about racial tension at an Ivy League college from the perspective of several African American students. Lewis Latimer House Museum, 34-41 137th St., Flushing.
Jan. 14, Center of Attention, 3:30 pm. Engage with the museum’s collection through an hour-long discussion on a single work of art. This session’s focus is Remembrance (1944), which is part of the exhibition Self-Interned, 1942: Noguchi in Poston War Relocation Center. Free with admission. Noguchi Museum, 9-01 33rd Rd., LIC.
Jan. 15, GingerBread Lane Giveaway, 2 pm to 5 pm (line starts at 1 pm). This annual smorgasbord of sweetness includes houses, trees, street signs, and other urban fixtures made with gingerbread dough, icing, and candy. On this day, it is dismantled and given away, piece by piece, on a first come, first serve basis until it’s gone. Bring flat-bottomed shopping bags or paper grocery bags. Free with admission. New York Hall of Science, 47-01 111th St., Flushing Meadows Corona Park.
Jan. 15, MLK Day Chat, 1:30 pm. Patricia Bernstein discusses Ten Dollars to Hate, her new book on the Ku Klux Klan in the 1920s and the nation’s first prosecutor to fight the hate group with success. $5 suggested donation. Central Queens Y, 67-09 108th St., Forest Hills.
Jan. 15, Oratorio Society of Queens Auditions, 7 pm. Join an acclaimed troupe for its annual spring concert, which will include Bernstein’s Chichester Psalms and some of his other choral works to celebrate his 100th birthday. Temple Beth Sholom, 172nd Street and Northern Boulevard, Flushing. Reservations are required via 718.279.3006 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Jan. 17, Machu Picchu, 8 pm. Queens County Bird Club member Ian Resnick lectures on Peru with a slideshow. The former club president birded in Machu Picchu, other highland areas in the vicinity, and two areas near Lima. About 185 bird species were seen or heard. Alley Pond Environmental Center, 228-06 Northern Blvd., Douglaston.
Ongoing from the previous week:
Figuring, until Jan. 15. In this new performance piece by choreographer Moriah Evans, three females make visible and audible internal systems in order to pitch them against the external forces of space. Daily shows at 5:30 pm except Jan. 11. SculptureCenter, 44-19 Purves St., LIC.
First Look 2018, until Jan. 15. This international new film festival includes SciFi, documentaries, hybrid tech films, essays, and other genres from 16 countries. Remaining schedule: Va, Toto!; Jan. 12, 7 pm; Radio Atlas: Intimacy and Distance; Jan. 12, 7:30 pm; Two by Ken Jacobs, Jan. 13, 1 pm; Tinselwood, Jan. 13, 2 pm; The Exiled, Jan. 13, 4:30 pm; You Have No Idea How Much I Love You; Jan. 13, 4:30 pm; Missing Episode and other episodes; Jan. 13, 6:30 pm; Let the Summer Never Come Again; Jan. 13, 7 pm; James Benning: L. Cohen and measuring change; Jan. 14, 1 pm; Playing Men; Jan. 14, 2 pm; James Benning: Readers; Jan. 14, 4 pm; Railway Sleepers; Jan. 14, 4:30 pm; ROOM H.264: Astoria, NY, Jan. 2018; Jan. 14, 7 pm; First Sight: Award-winning shorts from the Jonatha…; Jan. 15, 2 pm; and Sending Out an SOS: First Look Shorts; Jan. 15, 4 pm. $15. Museum of the Moving Image, 36-01 35th Ave., Astoria’s Kaufman Arts District.
Carolee Schneemann: Kinetic Painting, until March 11. This show displays early Schneemann paintings from the 1950s and their evolution into assemblages made in the 1960s which integrate objects, mechanical elements, and modes of deconstruction. In the late 1960s, Schneemann began positioning her own body within her work, being image and image-maker. She got into performance, film, and installation in the 1970s, and multimedia in the 1980s, 1990s, and 2000s. MoMA PS1, 22-25 Jackson Ave., LIC.
Top image: Flushing Town Hall; bottom photo: Kupferberg Center for the Arts
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