#WeeklyColumn | It’s In Queens! Dec. 13 to Dec. 19
BY QEDC It's In Queens
A ritual is a repeated sequence of activities. “Ritual” is also the key word in Queens this week, as many holiday troupes and shows return. “The Nutcracker” and “A Christmas Carol” join Charlie Brown, holiday concerts, candlelight tours, and a tinker festival. There’s also the Signal to Noise launch.
Dec. 13, Thursday Night Jazz, 8 pm. Saxophonist Caroline Davis presents “Heart Tonic,” a new recording inspired by her relocation to NYC from Chicago, the rigors of navigating NYC’s jazz scene, and her father’s heart ailment. Jamaica Center for Arts & Learning, 161-04 Jamaica Ave.
Dec. 14, Charlie Brown, Dec. 30. Charlie Brown and the Peanuts gang dig below the commercialization and discover the true meaning of Christmas in this play, which features jazz musician Vince Guaraldi and original dance and song numbers. Sixteen shows. The Secret Theatre, 44-02 23rd St., Long Island City.
Dec. 14, Signal to Noise Live Event, 9 pm. Music, interactive digital art installations, and participatory experiences. Peter Burr’s large-scale single-channel computer simulation “Dirtscraper” is on a 90-minute loop. Videos selected by The Psychedelic Film and Music Festival loop continuously. The performance “Interference AVV” at 10:30 pm. Laura Ortman’s violin improvisations accompany Martha Colburn’s triple-projector piece. Museum of the Moving Image, 36-01 35th Ave., Astoria’s Kaufman Arts District.
Dec. 15, The Nutcracker, 7 pm. The treasured holiday adventure follows a little girl’s journey through a fantasy world of fairies, princes, toy soldiers, and an army of mice. Queens College’s Colden Auditorium, vicinity of Horace Harding Expressway and Kissena Boulevard, Flushing.
Dec. 15, Quintet of the Americas and Jackson Heights Orchestra, 4 pm. “The Gordian Knot Untied” by Henry Purcell/Holst, “Masques Et Bergamasques Suite” by Gabriel Fauré, “For the Sparrows” by Lev Zhurbin, and “America (Suite Popular)” by Ilan Rechtman. P.S. 69, 77-02 37th Ave., Jackson Heights.
Dec. 15, Collaborative Artists, 8 pm. Jazz pianist Roberta Piket and Mark Wade’s trio present original works with an informal Q&A afterward. Flushing Town Hall, 137-35 Northern Blvd.
Dec. 15, Candlelight Tours, 6 pm. Holiday decorations, mulled cider, treats, and music by Eden Lane. Onderdonk House, 1820 Flushing Ave., Ridgewood.
Dec. 15, Monty Alexander, 7 pm. Celebrate the holiday with one of the country’s most celebrated jazz pianists. Jamaica Performing Arts Center, 153-10 Jamaica Ave.
Dec. 15, Douglaston Village Winter Festival, noon. An ice rink, carnival rides, live music, dance, ugly sweater contest for dogs, holiday gifts. LIRR station, 235th Street and 41st Avenue.
Dec. 15, The Shell-Shocked Nut, 2 pm. The East Village Dance Project upends the classic structure of “The Nutcracker” to take a war veteran, a wandering child, and a cast of lively characters on a journey. Jamaica Performing Arts Center, 153-10 Jamaica Ave.
Dec. 15, Black Spectrum Winter Festival, Dec. 16. Holiday market, scavenger hunt, crafts, inflatables, tree decorating and lighting, live music, kinara candle lighting, train rides, and poetry. Black Spectrum Theatre, 177-01 Baisley Blvd., Jamaica.
Dec. 16, Oratorio Society of Queens Holiday Concert, 4 pm. Maestro David Close leads the 125-member chorus and orchestra. The first half features selections from Handel’s “Messiah” and Strauss. The second half mixes Christmas and Chanukah songs. Queensborough Performing Arts Center, 222-05 56th Ave., Bayside.
Dec. 16, Charlotte’s Web, 1 pm & 3 pm. TheatreWorks USA presents this play about a friendship between a pig and a little gray spider. Add mad-cap and endearing farm animals. The second show is a sensory relaxed performance with American Sign Language interpretation. Queens Theatre, 14 United Nations Ave. S., Flushing Meadows Corona Park.
Dec. 16, LSQ Jazz, 2 pm. Lauren Sevian’s LSQ is a dynamic, hard-hitting, modern, straight-ahead jazz quartet featuring the baritone saxophone in the unique setting of a lead voice. Flushing Town Hall, 137-35 Northern Blvd.
Dec. 16, Queensboro Symphony Orchestra, 7:30 pm. Annual holiday concert with the Queensboro Symphonic Orchestra and Choir. Mary’s Nativity Church, 46-02 Parsons Blvd., Flushing.
Dec. 16, Syrian Films presented by ArteEast, 3 pm. The first one is an animated short, “Suleima,” about a woman who’s part of the revolution. The second is a feature, “I am the One who Brings Flowers to her Grave,” which consists of interviews with three artistic Syrian women. Queens Museum, NYC Building, Flushing Meadows Corona Park.
Dec. 16, Christmas Tinker Festival and Tree Lighting, 2:30 pm. Holiday tinkering activities followed by tree lighting, hot cocoa, and music. Lewis H. Latimer House Museum, 34-41 137th St., Flushing.
Dec. 18, Provenance, 7:30 pm. A night of ritual, poetry, music, movement, and exploration of want and its connections to love, sex, spirit, and mental illness. Talkback and Q&A follow. Plaxall Gallery, 5-25 46th Ave., Long Island City.
Continued From Last Week
A Christmas Carol, until Dec. 23. For the fifth year in a row, Titan Theatre Company presents the timeless Charles Dickens story of Ebenezer Scrooge and the Spirits of Christmas Past, Present, and Future. Queens Theatre, 14 United Nations Ave. S., Flushing Meadows Corona Park.
Pawel Pawlikowski Retrospective, until Dec. 16. Watch films by Oscar-winning Polish director Pawlikowski, such as “My Summer of Love,” “Tripping with Zhirinovsky,” “Ida,” and “Cold War.” Museum of the Moving Image, 36-01 35th Ave., Astoria’s Kaufman Arts District.
Top image: Kupferberg Center for the Arts; bottom image: Isamu Noguchi Museum