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#WeeklyColumn | March 23 – March 29
It’s a monster week! Queens Marathon returns. Shakespeare starts two runs. Russian National Ballet performs. Two symphonic orchestras start their seasons. And some wacky art gets wackier.
March 23, King Lear, April 9. Using plenty of poetic license, this version shows King Lear at the onset of Alzheimer’s disease. He divides his empire among his feuding children and wrestles with his mortality. All show times are 7:30 pm. $18 in advance/$20 at the door. The Secret Theatre, 44-02 23rd St., LIC.
March 23, Queens Symphony Orchestra, 7 pm. A night of Mozart. Free. All Saints Episcopal Church, 85-45 96th St., Woodhaven.
March 24, Twelfth Night, April 9. Titan Theatre Company, an artist-in-residence, presents the Shakespearean comedy Twelfth Night at various times. A shipwreck leaves Viola with fears that her twin brother is dead. She ends up in a love triangle after masquerading as a man (in her brother’s clothes) in order to procure a job. $18. Queens Theatre, 14 United Nations Ave. S., Flushing Meadows Corona Park.
March 24, Global Mashup I, 8 pm. Two musical genres share one stage with an open dance floor. Each band plays a set, then the two meet and jam. Basilio Georges and his Flamenco Latino join Lucy Blanco and the Afri-Garifuna Jazz Ensemble, which does a fusion of jazz and Garifuna music. (Garifunas are descendants of Africans who rejected slavery and settled in villages along the north coast of Honduras, Belize, Guatemala, and Nicaragua as well as St. Vincent.) Dance lessons are at 7 pm. $16. Flushing Town Hall, 137-35 Northern Blvd.
March 24, The LGBTQ Refugee Crisis, 12:20 pm. City Council Member Daniel Dromm leads a panel discussion on LGBTQ populations that flee war zones. Kupferberg Holocaust Center, 222-05 56th Ave., Bayside.
March 25, Kids of Queens Run, 9 am. This two-mile friendly race is a kick-off for the marathon and the Queens Distance Runners Youth Program. Free to first 200 participants. Meet at Unisphere, Flushing Meadows Corona Park.
March 25, Hike Hell Gate, 11:30 am. This photo walk commemorates the 100th anniversary of Hell Gate Bridge. Meet at Socrates Sculpture Park (32-01 Vernon Blvd., LIC) and then go to the Astoria Houses, Welling Court, Shore Boulevard, and Hell Gate Bridge.
March 25, Wine, Women, and Song, 8:30 pm (and March 26 at 3 pm). A musical tribute to women consisting of popular songwriters from the 1920s through the 1950s. $22/$20 for children and seniors. Theatre by the Bay, 13-00 209th St., Bayside.
March 25, Candlelight Tours, 5 pm. Live music, tours by candlelight, mulled cider. $5/free for children. Onderdonk House, 1820 Flushing Ave., Ridgewood.
March 25, Temporary Walls, 3 pm. Working at the intersection of sculpture, drawing, and dance, Lauren Bakst and Yuri Masnyj present Temporary Walls, a new installation and performance piece made specifically for the venue’s basement. SculptureCenter, 44-19 Purves St., LIC.
March 26, Second Annual Queens Marathon, 8 am. Domestic runners from as far away as Missouri, Texas, and Illinois, and international runners from England, Scotland, Australia, and Sweden join locals in this 26.2-mile race. $120/$160 on the day of the race. Meet at Universe Court, Flushing Meadows Corona Park.
March 26, Swan Lake, 3 pm. With music by Tchaikovsky, the Russian National Ballet presents this German fairy tale about the heroic young Prince Siegfried, who labors to free the beautiful swan maiden Odette from an evil sorcerer’s spell. $39-$42. Queensborough Performing Arts Center, 222-05 56th Ave., Bayside.
March 26, Love Lives of Sea Creatures, 4:30 pm. Short films by the French inventor and filmmaker who pioneered underwater filmmaking, the actor/filmmaker who explores the reproductive behavior of sea creatures, and the Italian neorealist master Roberto Rossellini, followed by a conversation with Dr. Mandë Holford, whose research focuses on how the venom of marine snails can be used in drug development for pain and cancer treatment. $15. Museum of the Moving Image, 36-01 35th Ave., Astoria’s Kaufman Arts District.
March 26, QSO: Team Spirit, 3 pm. Watch and hear how the Queens Symphony Orchestra creates beautiful, exciting, and powerful music. Works include: Giacomo Rossini, Overture to the Barber of Seville; Robert Sheldon, Danzas Cubanas; Jean Sibelius, Finlandia; and Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky, Symphony No.5 II. Free. Kupferberg Center for the Arts, Queens College, 65-30 Kissena Blvd., Flushing.
March 26, From Freedom to Bohemia, 11 am. Official Queens historian Jack Eichenbaum leads a walking tour that starts at the F train stop on Roosevelt Island and proceeds to Four Freedoms Park. Then participants cross the bridge into LIC before ending at Bohemian Hall, the Czech beer garden. $20. RSVP required: firstname.lastname@example.org.
March 26, Performing Geometries, 3 pm. A performance by Shanti Grumbine and short film screening with Tatiana Istomina, followed by a conversation with exhibition curator Gabriel de Guzman. Free. Dorsky Gallery, 11-03 45th Ave., LIC.
March 27, A Refugee’s Story: Lessons in Exile for One of Iraq’s Last Jews, 1:30 pm. Cynthia Kaplan Shamash talks about difficulties faced by political and religious refugees. She also discusses new book, The Strangers We Became, which relates her Jewish family’s odyssey as they fled in Iraq in the 1960s. Central Queens Y, 67-09 108th St., Forest Hills.
March 28, Lights, Camera, Music, 3 pm. The Astoria Symphony Orchestra presents Hollywood hits from classic romances, westerns, fantasies, and space thrillers. $40. Queensborough Performing Arts Center, 222-05 56th Ave., Bayside.
March 29, Queens Symphony Orchestra, 7 pm. A night of Broadway show tunes. Free. Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary, 101-41 91st St., Ozone Park.
March 29, QCA Creative Conversations, 6 pm. Ryan Gilliam, Chair of Fourth Arts Block and Artistic/Executive Director of Downtown Art, leads a meeting on the establishment of artist-driven spaces and the creation of cultural districts. SUNY Queens Educational Opportunity Center, 158-29, Archer Ave., Jamaica.
March 29, Piece with Gaps for Each Other, April 1. Performance art with Ursula Eagly, Martín Lanz Landázuri, and Kohji Setoh with contributions by Madeline Best, Jamie Boyle, Mina Nishimura, and Kathy Westwater. Shows are Wednesday through Saturday at 8 pm. $20. The Chocolate Factory, 5-49 49th Ave., LIC.
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