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#WeeklyColumn | Sept. 7 to Sept. 13 | It’s In Queens!
Love is Dead (which is a play) starts a long run in Queens this week. Expect this emotion to revive with tremendous Taiwanese music, clay sculpture, full-moon drumming, a Grandparents’ Day celebration, and performance art with a rotating cast of four performers, different each night, who negotiate a new script at each show.
Sept. 7, Trumpet Virtuoso Alphonso Horne, 6:30 pm. This two-time Grammy-nominated trumpeter has performed with such renowned artists as Wynton Marsalis and Rihanna. Free. Queens Central Library, 89-11 Merrick Blvd., Jamaica.
Sept. 7, Love is Dead, Sept. 23. Murder, deceit, and sexism. This play’s many twists and turns make the audience wonder whether the title holds true. Shows at 8 pm with Wednesday-Sunday cycle. The Secret Theatre, 44-02 23rd St., LIC.
Sept. 8, Enchanted Formosa, 7:30 pm. With songs from Taiwanese indigenous tribes, Hoklo groups, and Hakka villages, singer-songwriter Yu-Wei Hsieh offers a spectacular concert the combines folk, pop, and alt-rock. Flushing Town Hall, 137-35 Northern Blvd.
Sept. 9, Clay Sculpture, noon. Noguchi Museum’s Harumi Ori leads a workshop on sculpting with clay. Find natural materials on site and embrace the earth while creating an entirely organic sculpture. Socrates Sculpture Park, 32-01 Vernon Blvd., LIC.
Sept. 9, Island of Lost Souls: A History of Madness and Medicine on Roosevelt Island, 6 pm. This two-hour guided tour elaborates on the macabre medical history of the asylums on this neighboring island. More information: Andrea Janes at email@example.com and 917-409-8533.
Sept 10, Poetry Reading, 3 pm. David Mills reads from his poetry collection, “Talking to the Bones,” inspired by the country’s oldest and largest slave cemetery, which is located in Manhattan. This event commemorates Latimer’s birthday (Sept. 4, 1848). Free. Lewis H. Latimer House Museum, 34-41 137th St., Flushing.
Sept. 10, New Play Reading, 2 pm. The first ever public reading of Evangelia Kingsley’s two-act play Simple Gifts, which explores extinction via an octogenarian ex-Metropolitan Opera diva and singing teacher with a fictional Shaker village in Indiana as a backdrop. Free with $10 suggested donation. Voelker Orth Museum, 149-19 38th Ave., Flushing.
Sept. 10, Grandparents’ Day Celebration, 10:30 am. Bonding over a nature walk, stories, cuddly animals, and craft time. $12. Alley Pond Environmental Center, 228-06 Northern Blvd., Douglaston.
Sept. 11, JFK Remembers, 8 am. The JFK Chamber of Commerce and the Port Authority of NY & NJ offer a gathering to remember and pay respect to those who died during the 9/11 attacks. Free. JFK Airport Ball Field, adjacent to Building 141, JFK International Airport. RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Sept. 13, Full Moon Drumming Workshop, 7 pm. Celebrate the full moon with a drum circle with master drummers from Puerto Rico. Begin with workshops, and then jam with the entire group. Bomba and plena drums provided. $25. Flushing Town Hall, 137-35 Northern Blvd.
Sept. 13, Workshop with the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, 12:10 pm. Curator of Special Exhibitions Susan Bachrach lectures on the museum’s permanent and online exhibit that highlights the role bystanders played in facilitating the Nazis. Kupferberg Holocaust Center, Queensborough Community College, 222-05 56th Ave., Bayside, http://bit.ly/2wud72h.
Sept. 13, Yanira Castro/a canary torsi: CAST, Sept. 23. Part of a trilogy co-presented with Abrons Arts Center and The Invisible Dog, CAST brings together a rotating cast of four performers, different each night, who negotiate a new script at each performance. Shows are Wednesdays, Fridays, and Saturdays at 7 pm. $20. The Chocolate Factory, 5-49 49th Ave., LIC.
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Top image: Flushing Town Hall; bottom image: Yanira Castro