It’s in Queens
#WeeklyColumn | Nov. 9 to Nov. 15 | It’s In Queens!
How about some music? Gladys Knight, the moment’s hottest Indian crooner, a Broadway sensation, and harmony masters are in Queens this week. There’s also time for GingerBread Lane, classic films, and the Chimney Swift.
Nov. 9, An Evening with Gladys Knight, 8 pm. Known as the “Empress of Soul,” this seven-time Grammy winner has enjoyed number-one hits in Pop, Gospel, R&B, and Adult Contemporary music. Expect to hear “Midnight Train to Georgia.” Colden Auditorium, Queens College, Reeves Avenue, Flushing.
Nov. 9, India Kaleidoscope, Nov. 12. This second-annual fest presents eight films on topics facing the Asian subcontinent. Seven of the movies make U.S. premieres: Nov. 9, Dark Wind, 7:30 pm; Nov. 10, The Brawler, 7:30 pm; Nov. 11, The Golden Wing, 2 pm; Nov. 11, Up Down and Sideways, 4:30 pm; Nov. 11, Prakasan, 7 pm; Nov. 12, Pahuna, 2 pm. Nov. 12, Last Days. Last Shot, 4:30 pm; and Nov. 12, Cycle, 7 pm. Museum of the Moving Image, 36-01 35th Ave., Astoria’s Kaufman Arts District.
Nov. 9, Secret Mall, 8 pm. As part of the 2017-2018 Thursday Night Jazz Mix Series, this four-piece jazz band presents its unique form of humor and improvisation. $10. Jamaica Performing Arts Center, 161-04 Jamaica Ave.
Nov. 9, Blissville: Hidden Corner of Long Island City, 6:30 pm. Hank Linhart screens and discusses his documentary on a small Queens enclave. Roosevelt Island Library, 524 Main St.
Nov. 9, Veil’d, Nov. 18. The Astoria Performing Arts Center presents this play about a 16-year-old girl with a rare skin condition who gets by with the support of her family and some secret friends — a poet and a talking nurse shark. Shows are Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays at 8 pm, and Saturdays at 2 pm. $18/$12 for students and seniors. Good Shepherd United Methodist Church, 30-44 Crescent St., Astoria, http://bit.ly/2yYvy0m.
Nov. 10, Then and Now: Bayside and Flushing, 7 pm. Historian Jason Antos leads an interactive lecture on Bayside, Flushing, and the Native Americans who inhabited the area. Apple cider (spiked or plain) and refreshments. $24. Alley Pond Environmental Center, 228-06 Northern Blvd., Douglaston.
Nov. 10, Kaoru Ikeda/MoustacheCat Dance + Xiang Xu Dance Theater, 8 pm (repeat performance on Nov. 11). The first piece, Freedom isn’t Free, addresses the prejudice that resulted in the internment of Japanese Americans during World War II. It also explores current bias. The second piece, Oneness, argues that joy and sorrow originate within. Green Space, 37-24 24th St., LIC.
Nov. 11, GingerBread Lane, Jan. 15, 2018. This exhibition varies each year, but it is usually a large village with gingerbread houses, trees, cable cars, train cars, and a candy subway station. Ingredients have included roughly 1,900 pounds of icing, 400 pounds of candy, and 500 pounds of dough. The municipality won the Guinness World Record for largest gingerbread village for 2013, 2014, 2015, and 2016. New York Hall of Science, 47-01 111th St., Flushing Meadows Corona Park.
Nov. 11, Ben Parag in Concert, 5:30 pm. Born in Richmond Hill to Guyanese immigrant parents, this romantic singer became famous via his performances on the hit Indian talent show Dil Hai Hindustani (similar to American Idol). $20-$40. York College Performing Arts Center, 94-20 Guy Brewer Blvd., Jamaica.
Nov. 11, Ball In The House, 8 pm. This five-member harmony group mixes pop, R&B, and even hip hop. Expect to hear songs such as “My Girl,” “YMCA,” and “Boogie Wonderland.” $45. Queensborough Performing Arts Center, 222-05 56th Ave., Bayside.
Nov. 11, Richmond Hill North: A Victorian Village in the Center of Queens, 1 pm. Architect and licensed NYC tour guide William Gati leads a tour of historic parks, churches, houses, schools, and shops. Richmond Hill was developed as one of the first suburb communities in the 1890s: the Hamptons of those days. Victorian house are still preserved, some in their original splendor. $30. Get meet-up spot upon registration.
Nov. 11, The Choral Composer/Conductor Collective, 8 pm. A classically trained choral group performs songs about love – both for and against. Our Lady of Mercy Church, 70-01 Kessel St., Forest Hills.
Nov. 11, Casablanca, 1 pm. On the eve of its 75th anniversary, a screening and discussion on Casablanca, the classic film starring Humphrey Bogart and Ingrid Bergman. Free. Greater Astoria Historical Society, 35-20 Broadway, LIC.
Nov. 11, Young Frankenstein, Nov. 19. Royal Star Theatre presents this lighthearted Mel Brooks musical comedy. Saturdays at 8 pm, Sundays at 3 pm. $18/$15 for children and seniors. Immaculate Conception Auditorium, 179-14 Danly Rd., Jamaica Estates.
Nov. 12, Kristallnacht Remembrance, 2 pm. A candle-lighting ceremony with Holocaust survivors and their family members. Then New School professor Noah Isenberg presents “Casablanca, the Refugee Question, and the Fateful Summer of 1938” with clips from the classic film. Free. Goldstein Theatre, Queens College, Flushing.
Nov. 12, Jason Danieley, 3 pm. A free Carnegie Hall Neighborhood Concert. Danieley was once described as “the most exquisite tenor on Broadway” by The New York Times. He made his Broadway debut in the 1997 revival of Bernstein’s Candide, winning a Theatre World award. LaGuardia Performing Arts Center, 31-10 Thomson Ave., LIC.
Nov. 12, Storybook Afternoon, 2 pm. A reading of Skippy’s Family, a 1940s children’s book about a family pet and a joy for anyone who loves dogs. $4 suggested donation. Voelker Orth Museum, 149-19 38th Ave., Flushing.
Nov. 12, Kabarett Weimar, 8 pm. Prepare to be transported to the infamous Kit Kat Klub where a cast of naughty, nubile, and nearly-nude performers sing and dance their way through a night of decadence in Weimar Era Germany. LettLove Inn, 27-20 23rd Ave., Astoria.
Nov. 12, Fertile Ground New Works Showcase, 7 pm. This non-curated program features five dance makers and a post-performance discussion with wine, moderated by Artistic Director Valerie Green. Green Space, 37-24 24th St., LIC.
Nov. 13, I Was Told to Come Alone, 1:30 pm. Souad Mekhennet, a German Muslim and an award-winning reporter for the Washington Post, discusses her new book on the radicalization of young Muslims, starting in the German neighborhoods from which the 9/11 plotters emerged, to the Iraqi neighborhoods where Sunnis and Shia turned against one another. It culminates on the Turkish-Syrian border region, where ISIS has a daily presence. $8 requested donation. Central Queens Y, 67-09 108th St., Forest Hills.
Nov. 15, Queens County Bird Club, 8 pm. John Connors, who manages the Audubon Society’s Chimney Swift Research Project and the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences, discusses the Chimney Swift, a little bird that spends almost its entire life airborne. When it lands, it can’t perch—it clings to vertical walls inside chimneys or in hollow trees or caves. Alley Pond Environmental Center, 228-06 Northern Blvd., Douglaston.
Nov. 15, Membra Disjecta: Gonzalo Fonseca and the Heart of Stone, 6:30 pm. Screening of a new biographical film in conjunction with the exhibition The Sculpture of Gonzalo Fonseca. The piece explores Fonseca’s influences from history, literature, archeology, art, architecture, music, travel, relationships, and conversations. Noguchi Museum, 9-01 33rd Rd., LIC.
Nov. 15, Remember the Good: Holocaust Rescue and Resistance in a French Village, 12:10 pm. Margaret Paxson, an Anthropologist who is Research Fellow at Georgetown University’s Berkley Center for Religion, Peace, and World Affairs, discusses her nearly completed book on villagers of the Plateau Vivarais- Lignon, France. From 1939 to 1945, they hid, protected, and ultimately rescued thousands of Jews from the Nazis at great peril to their own lives. Free. Kupferberg Holocaust Center, Queensborough Community College, 222-05 56th Ave., Bayside.
Top photo: Green Space; bottom photo: Ai Wei/NYC Parks