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#WeeklyColumn | Nov. 16 to Nov. 22 | It’s In Queens!
Debbie Boone, the Dumpling Queen, and Frida Kahlo’s soul mate are among the big names in the borough this week. But the borough also presents a zero-waste Thanksgiving, a flesh-eating plant, a Chinese performance artist, holiday bargains, new takes on old classics, and El Paquete.
Nov. 16, Frida Libre, Nov. 19. Actress Flora Martínez explores Kahlo’s art, success, sexuality, passion, and complex relationship with famous muralist Diego Rivera via dialogue and song. She participates in a Q&A session after each show. Schedule: Nov 16, 7:30 pm; Nov 17, 8 pm (Spanish); Nov 18, 2 pm (Spanish) and 8 pm; and Nov 19, 3 pm. $20-$42. Queens Theatre, 14 United Nations Ave. S., Flushing Meadows Corona Park.
Nov. 17, Astoria Big Band: Memories of Jazz in Queens, 8 pm. Founded in 1986 by baritone saxophonist Carol Sudhalter, the Astoria Big Band presents the music of such borough greats as Dizzy Gillespie, Louis Armstrong, and Jimmy Heath. The Big Apple Lindy Hoppers provide zest, color, and movement by dancing in front of the group. Flushing Town Hall, 137-35 Northern Blvd.
Nov. 17, Ex Libris: The New York Public Library, Nov. 26. Frederick Wiseman, who has done 42 documentaries, screens his piece on the New York Public Library: The Fifth Avenue main branch to the Schomburg Center in Harlem to 92 branches across Manhattan, the Bronx, and Staten Island. Schedule: Nov. 17, 7:30 pm; Nov. 19, 2 pm and 6 pm; Nov. 24, 2 pm and 6 pm; Nov. 25, 2 pm and 6 pm; and Nov. 26, 2 pm and 6 pm. Museum of the Moving Image, 36-01 35th Ave., Astoria’s Kaufman Arts District.
Nov. 17, Rialto Pictures: 20 Films for 20 Years, Dec. 29. Bruce Goldstein launched Rialto Pictures in 1997 with the philosophy that classics should be freshly marketed to new audiences. This means 35mm prints, digital restorations, and new subtitles in some instances. On Rialto’s 20th anniversary, the museum presents 20 of its finest pictures. Schedule: Nights of Cabiria, Nov. 17, 7 pm; Breathless, Nov. 18, 2:30 pm; Contempt, Nov. 18, 4:30 pm; The Trial, Nov. 19, 4:30 pm; La Notte, Nov. 19, 7 pm; The Man Who Fell to Earth, Nov. 24, 7 pm; The Phantom of Liberty, Nov. 25, 4 pm; The Battle of Algiers, Nov. 25, 6:30 pm; Army of Shadows, Nov. 26, 4 pm; This Is Spinal Tap, Nov. 26, 7 pm; Grand Illusion, Dec. 1, 7 pm; The Third Man, Dec. 2, 6 pm; Went the Day Well, Dec. 3, 3 pm; Le Trou, Dec. 3, 5:30 pm; Rififi, Dec. 8, 7 pm; The Fallen Idol, Dec. 9, 3 pm; It Always Rains on Sunday, Dec. 9, 6 pm; Hiroshima, Mon Amour, Dec. 10, 4 pm; Tales of Hoffmann, Dec. 10, 6:30 pm; and Metropolitan, Dec. 29, 7 pm. Museum of the Moving Image, 36-01 35th Ave., Astoria’s Kaufman Arts District.
Nov. 18, Premiere Screening of Documentary on Chinese Artist, 2 pm. Taiwanese filmmaker Ming-Chuan Huang’s Face The Earth explores Taiwanese-American performance artist Chin Chih Yang’s lifelong focus on the culture of waste. In one scene 30,000 aluminum cans are dumped on Yang’s head. In another, a giant block of ice in Union Square makes passers-by ponder the polar ice cap. Queens Museum, NYC Building, Flushing Meadows Corona Park.
Nov. 18, Fall for Kunqu, 1:30 pm. Fusing together poetry, music, and story, Kunqu is a classic form of traditional Chinese theatre. The program showcases a colorful selection of music, singing, and dramatic pieces from the Kunqu repertoire to celebrate the fall season. English translations provided. $16/$10 for students. Flushing Town Hall, 137-35 Northern Blvd.
Nov. 18, Anievas Open Studio, noon to 8 pm (Nov. 19, noon to 6 pm). Spanish artist Eduardo Anievas displays 50 paintings, including a new series of NYC cityscapes and large portraits, along with sangria and tapas. Anievas Studio, 10-15 48th Ave., LIC.
Nov. 18, Chamber Music, 7:30 pm. Musica Reginae presents pianist Barbara Podgurski, violinist Cyrus Beroukhim, and violist Junah Chung. The program highlights works by Steven Gerber, including Elegy for Solo Viola and 5 Greek Folksongs for Violin and Piano. The Church-in-the-Gardens, 50 Ascan Ave., Forest Hills.
Nov. 18, Found in Translation, 6:30 pm. Three published translators — Margaret Carson (Spanish), Chia-Lun Chang (Chinese), and Kyoo Lee (Korean) — lead a workshop on the poetry-translation process, facilitated by poet and essayist Richard Newman. Lewis H. Latimer House, 34-41 137th St. Flushing.
Nov. 18, Zero-Waste Thanksgiving, 1 pm. This workshop teaches kitchen tips for green disposal of everything from carrot top to turkey bone. Learn eco-friendly recipes and how to waste-proof the holiday. $6. Queens Botanical Garden, 43-50 Main St., Flushing.
Nov. 18, Little Shop of Horrors, 8 pm (Nov. 19 at 3 pm). This community theater group presents a hilarious play about a human-eating plant that gets bigger and hungrier as the plot develops. Theatre by the Bay, 13-00 209th St., Bayside.
Nov. 19, Debby Boone Swings, 3 pm. Boone’s “You Light Up My Life” topped the Billboard 100 in 1997. The singer is still going strong with an eclectic show featuring selections influenced by everybody from Sammy Davis Jr. to Barbra Streisand. She’s joined by swing-style arrangements by The Diva Jazz Orchestra. Queensborough Performing Arts Center, 222-05 56th Ave., Bayside.
Nov. 19, Flushing Tour, noon. Forgotten New Tour leads a tour of Downtown Flushing, including the Quaker Meetinghouse, Bowne House, and Flushing Town Hall. $20. Meet in front of Flushing Town Hall, 137-35 Northern Blvd.
Nov. 19, El Paquete Download, 2 pm. American artist Julia Weist and Cuban artist Nestor Siré explore and intervene in El Paquete Semanal or “the weekly package,” a cultural and economic phenomenon that developed in Cuba in place of internet connectivity in which a 1 terabyte digital media collection is aggregated weekly and circulated across the country via in-person file sharing. Queens Museum, NYC Building, Flushing Meadows Corona Park.
Nov. 19, We Have A Situation, 3 pm. A panel discussion with artists Molly Dilworth, Sandra Erbacher, and Nicole Maloof in conjunction with the current exhibition First I Was Afraid…The artists share how they create work based on their individual interpretation, experience, and emotional reaction to fear, anxiety, and uncertainty. Free. Dorsky Gallery, 11-03 45th Ave., LIC.
Nov. 19, Floral Design Workshop: Holiday Centerpiece, 1 pm. Participants learn tips and techniques used by pros to create (and take home) a holiday centerpiece. All materials provided. Queens Botanical Garden 43-50 Main St., Flushing.
Nov. 21, Sunnyside Shines Shop Local Holiday Passport, Dec. 31. The Sunnyside Shines Business Improvement District offers a coupon book with discounts to more than 40 businesses, including restaurants, beauty and nail salons, shoe stores, flower shops, jewelers, liquor stores, pharmacies, dental offices, and opticians. Most coupons are valid through Dec. 31. The book will be given away during a holiday tree lighting at the Sunnyside Arch on Queens Boulevard and 46th Street on Nov. 21 at 6 pm. The Fabulous Fezziwig Carolers, the Sunnyside Youth Drum Corps, the McManus Irish Dancers, and a host of elected officials will be at the event.
Nov. 22, Dumplings and Thanksgiving, Nov. 23. The iconic Flushing restaurant Dumpling Galaxy offers its take on Thanksgiving with mini dumpling soup, roast turkey, fried rice stuffing, hot pepper/lemon/onion/tomato sauce, sweet dumplings, and three sisters pie. $50 per person; must buy tickets in advance. Dumpling Galaxy, 42-35 Main St., Flushing.
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