#WeeklyColumn | Feb. 1 to Feb. 7 | It’s In Queens!
BY QEDC It's In Queens
An on-stage battle between two accomplished pianists is at the center of a music-filled week that includes The Beatles in a Baroque style, Romantic Rococo, Jazz jams, Chamber performances, donkey guitar tales, Cabaret pieces, and show tunes. Queens also hosts award-winning Latin American films, tango, ducks, Chinese dance, and a 19th century paper craft called “quilling.”
Feb. 1, Opening for Waging Peace: 100 Years of Action, 5 pm. This interactive exhibition uses provocative stories, historical artifacts, and media to demonstrate the effectiveness of nonviolent resistance. The main themes are Building Peace; Ending Discrimination; Addressing Prisons; Just Economies; Immigrant Rights; and A Call to Action. Opening reception includes talks, films, tours, and workshops. Show closes on March 17. Godwin-Ternbach Museum, 405 Klapper Hall, Queens College, Flushing.
Feb. 2, Cinema Tropical Festival, Feb. 4. This annual program screens the past year’s best Latin American films. Schedule: La Soledad, Feb. 2, 7 pm; Adriana’s Pact, Feb. 3, 2 pm; Memories of a Penitent Heart, Feb. 3, 4 pm; Araby, Feb. 4, 3 pm; and The Human Surge, Feb. 4, 5 pm. $15. Museum of the Moving Image, 36-01 35th Ave., Astoria’s Kaufman Arts District.
Feb. 2, Queens of the Night, Feb. 25. This is the world premiere of an LGBTQ musical written with special collaboration from transgender Colombian artist Pamela Sue Martin. Shows on Fridays and Saturdays at 8 pm and Sundays at 4 pm. Thalía Spanish Theatre, 41-17 Greenpoint Ave., Sunnyside.
Feb. 2, Romantic Rococo & Beatles Baroque, 7:30 pm. Maestro Martin Majkut and the Queens Symphony Orchestra offer an eclectic mix of music by Tchaikovsky, Villa Lobos, and The Beatles. Free, but reservations are recommended. Flushing Town Hall, 137-35 Northern Blvd.
Feb. 2, Hooray for Hollywood: Songs of the Glamorous Life, 7:30 pm. Explore the music of Frank Loesser, Johnny Mercer, Harold Arlen, and Maury Yeston with cabaret artist Jackie Schiffer. Free. Jamaica Center for Arts and Learning, 151-04 Jamaica Ave.
Feb. 3, Argentine Tango, Feb. 4. The Tango Fire Company of Buenos Aires presents its smoldering art form with 12 dancers and a quartet of musicians. Shows: Feb. 3 at 2 pm and 8 pm; Feb. 4 at 3 pm. $20-$42. Queens Theatre, 14 United Nations Ave. S., Flushing Meadows Corona Park.
Feb. 3, Piano Battle, 8 pm. Two pianists, six rounds, Chopin vs. Liszt, Debussy vs. Schubert. Internationally acclaimed Andreas Kern and Paul Cibis go head-to-head for several rounds, each featuring a certain musical style. $30-$49. Colden Auditorium, Queens College, vicinity of Reeves Avenue, Flushing.
Feb. 3, Winter Bird Walk for Beginners, 9:30 am. Walk around Oakland Lake with Nancy Tognan from the Queens County Bird Club. Due to a spring, the lake never completely freezes during winter, and it’s a duck magnet. Expect coots, grebes, swans, and geese, too. Free. Alley Pond Environmental Center, 228-06 Northern Blvd., Douglaston.
Feb. 3, Valentine Crafts at the Castle, 1-3 pm. Bayside Historical Society at the Castle for Valentine crafts, activities and snacks. Crafts are suitable for ages 4-12. 208 Totten Avenue, Bayside
Feb. 3, LA92, 2 pm. Twenty-five years after the Rodney King trial’s verdict sparked several days of protests, violence, and looting in Los Angeles, LA 92 shares rarely seen archival footage. Free. Jamaica Performing Arts Center, 153-10 Jamaica Ave.
Feb. 3, Piano Concert, 7 pm. Finnish pianist Markus Kaitila and Taiwanese American pianist/composer Shawn Chang perform selections of classics and original work. Event is an homage to piano teacher extraordinaire Rosina Lhevinne, a Kew Gardens resident who is buried in the cemetery. Free with RSVP/$5 for walk-ins. Maple Grove Cemetery, 127-15 Kew Gardens Rd., Kew Gardens.
Feb. 3, Hands-On-History: Quilling Paper Crafts, 1 pm. Learn a 19th century paper craft called “quilling,” in which paper strips are twirled into tight spirals to make beautiful, lacy shapes. Recommended for ages 3 and up. Free. King Manor Museum, Rufus King Park, vicinity of Jamaica Avenue and 153rd Street, Jamaica.
Feb. 4, Lunar New Year Celebration for Families, 1 pm. Celebrate the Year of the Dog with costumed folk dances, Lion Dance, and traditional arts & crafts. The New York Chinese Cultural Center brings its signature program, featuring a kung fu demonstration, regional dances, and music. Queens Museum, NYC Building, Flushing Meadows Corona Park.
Feb. 4, Bobby Bumps Vintage Cartoons, 2 pm. Experience vintage animation with film historian Tommy José Stathes. He screens cartoons featuring Bobby Bumps and his dog Fido. Bumps was the creation of cartoonist Earl Hurd who animated his comic strip characters with the NYC-based Bray Studios 1916-1919. Hurd later moved to Paramount and finally to Walt Disney in the 1930s. $5/free for children under 3. Voelker Orth Museum, 149-19 38th Ave., Flushing.
Feb. 4, Never Built Live: Architects and Planners on their Unrealized Work, 3 pm. Architects, planners, and historians discuss the stories behind construction plans that never happened in NYC. Topics include Buckminster Fuller’s Harlem Skyrise, the Eliot’s Westinghouse Pavilion for the 1964 World’s Fair, and John Johansen’s Leapfrog City. The event is related to the ongoing exhibition Never Built New York. Queens Museum, NYC Building, Flushing Meadows Corona Park.
Feb. 4, Dakin Hart: The Sculpture of Gonzalo Fonseca, 1 pm. Hart, the museum’s senior curator, leads a tour of a special exhibition on Gonzalo Fonseca, which is on view through March 11, 2018. Free with admission. The Noguchi Museum, 09-01 33rd Rd. LIC.
Feb. 5, Suffragents, 7 pm. Brooke Kroeger’s The Suffragents explores how some of New York’s most powerful men formed the Men’s League for Woman Suffrage, which grew between 1909 and 1917 from 150 founding members into a force of thousands across 35 states. Kroeger, who directs New York University’s Global and Joint Program Studies, discusses and signs her new book. $5. Greater Astoria Historical Society, 35-20 Broadway, LIC.
Feb. 6, Chamber Music and Delicious Food, 7 pm. A string quartet led by violinist Amanda Lo and guitarist/sommelier Étienne Guérin. The program is inspired by Robert Bresson’s legendary donkey tale “Au Hasard Balthazar.” Also, Guérin performs excerpts from another moving donkey story, the Andalusian “Platero y yo” on solo guitar. As a finale, all musicians gather in Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco’s flamboyant quintet for guitar and strings. The performance includes two selected glasses of wine with hors-d’œuvres of Viennese and Andalusian inspiration. $75. M. Wells Steakhouse, 43-15 Crescent St., LIC.
Feb. 7, Monthly Jazz Jam, 7 pm. Held on the first Wednesday of every month, these informal sessions are a fun way for musicians to hone skills and jam with peers. The house band is led by saxophonist Carol Sudhalter, an Astoria resident. All are welcome. Don’t play? Come listen! $10. Flushing Town Hall, 137-35 Northern Blvd.
Top image: Queens Museum; bottom image: Queens Theatre
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