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#WeeklyColumn | Oct. 12 to Oct. 18 | It’s In Queens!
King Richard III and Lakshmi, the Hindu Goddess of Light, are among major draws to Queens this week. When they are on break, expect them to enjoy some great jazz, big band, and traditional Irish music. They might also head to a harvest fest, dance explosion, and wine-and-chocolate pairing.
Oct. 12, John Escreet Trio, 8 pm. This jazz group has a distinctively New York City style. The concert kicks off the 2017-2018 Thursday Night Jazz Mix Series. $10. Jamaica Performing Arts Center, 161-04 Jamaica Ave.
Oct. 13, Richard III, Oct. 29. The award-winning Titan Theatre Company presents a classic Shakespeare tragedy. $18, but get a discount with code ITSINQUEENS16. Shows are Thursdays through Sundays, times vary. Queens Museum, 14 United Nations Ave. S., Flushing Meadows Corona Park.
Oct. 13, Carnegie Hall Neighborhood Concerts, 8 pm. The George Gee Swing Orchestra plays modern big band with everything from a sweet foxtrot to soul party favorites to roadhouse boogies. Lindy Hop/Swing workshop at 7 pm. Free. Flushing Town Hall, 137-35 Northern Blvd.
Oct. 13, An Evening with Sean Tyrrell, 6:45 pm. This Irishman plays traditional folk music and weaves effortlessly between narrative, instrumental, and song with an array of instruments. $20/$25 at the door. New York Irish Center, 10-40 Jackson Ave., LIC.
Oct. 13, Greens Spaces Presents, Oct. 15. Bobby Morgan & Artists and Falcon Dance perform during the monthly Take Root program on Oct. 13-14 at 8 pm. The Fertile Ground New Works Showcase presents various artists on Oct. 15 at 7 pm. Green Space, 37-24 24th St., LIC.
Oct. 14, Diwali Motorcade, 3 pm. Celebrate Lakshmi, the Hindu Goddess of Light, with a parade and cultural show. First, there’s a Hawan religious ceremony at The Arya Spiritual Center Grounds, 104-20 133rd St., Richmond Hill, at 3 pm. Vehicles assemble near Liberty Avenue and 133rd Street at 4:30 pm. Night ends with music, dance, chanting, and plenty of incense at Arya Spiritual Center Grounds.
Oct. 14, SkowheganPerforms, 2 pm. This troupe, which is now in its seventh season, invites Skowhegan alumni to activate the entire park with an afternoon of performance and art. The site-specific works are interspersed throughout the landscape and public artworks. Free. Socrates Sculpture Park, 32-01 Vernon Blvd., LIC.
Oct. 14, Lost Dog New Music Ensemble, 7:30 pm. Renowned violinist Esther Noh and pianist Jacob Rhodebeck perform new and contemporary works by James Macmillan, Jonathan Harvey, and Michael Finnissy. The program features two U.S. premieres, a violin sonata by Robert Simpson, and a composition by Mark Bowden. The Church-in-the-Gardens, 50 Ascan Ave., Forest Hills.
Oct. 15, Harvest Fest and Pumpkin Patch, 11 am. Live music, bouncy houses, petting zoo, face painting, tours, composting demonstrations, craft and food vendors, beer-and-wine tent, and the ever-popular Pumpkin Patch. Queens Botanical Garden, 43-50 Main St., Flushing.
Oct. 15, 123 Andrés, 2:15 pm. Join Latin Grammy-winning Andrés on a cultural journey through Latin America via language, music, and dance. Families sing and dance to rhythms while gaining knowledge of vocabulary in English and Spanish. Andrés provides families with strategies to expand their children’s dual language skills during an interactive arts workshop at 1 pm. Flushing Town Hall, 137-35 Northern Blvd.
Oct. 15, Restoring Prospect Cemetery, 2 pm. Preservation architect Dan Allen gives a talk-and-tour of the oldest burial ground in Queens. Check out the rarely seen inside of the Chapel of the Three Sisters and learn what it takes to restore and maintain these final resting places. Free. King Manor Museum, 150-03 Jamaica Ave., Jamaica.
Oct. 15, Queens Interfaith Unity Walk, 1 pm. Celebrate tolerance by visiting religious institutions. Meet at Free Synagogue of Flushing, 136-23 Sanford Ave.
Oct. 15, Wine and Chocolate Pairing, 1 pm. Sommelier Roxanne Browning pairs exceptional artisan chocolates from around the world with delicious wine. Enjoy the fusion of aroma, texture, and flavor. $40. Alley Pond Environmental Center, Douglaston.
Oct. 15, Conspiracy of Goodness: How French Protestants Saved Thousands of Jews During World War II, 1 pm. Curator Cary Lane discusses and unveils a new exhibition which tells the story of how an isolated Huguenot community in France’s Haute-Loire region saved an estimated 3,500 Jews from Nazi Germany and the soldiers of Vichy France. Kupferberg Holocaust Center, 222-05 56th Ave., Bayside.
Oct. 17, Immigrant Voices, 6:30 pm. Assemblywoman Aravella Simotas, the first Greek-American woman to be elected to statewide office in New York, speaks about her life and childhood in Astoria. $5/$3 for students and seniors. Queens Historical Society, 143-35 37th Ave., Flushing.
Oct. 18, Queens County Bird Club Lecture, 8 pm. Author and wildlife photographer Marie Read presents on Alaska’s Pribilof Islands, which is known as an avian paradise for birders and wildlife photographers. Alley Pond Environmental Center, 228-06 Northern Blvd., Douglaston.
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Top image: Flushing Town Hall; bottom image: Socrates Sculpture Park