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#WeeklyColumn | It’s In Queens! (Feb. 13 to Feb. 19)
With Valentine’s Day in the mix, Queens gets romantic. With Spring Break, the borough enriches the lives of vacationing youngsters. With Black History Month, it celebrates African-American culture. And because it’s the most diverse place in the US, Queens hosts Indian choreography, Japanese drumming, Mexican dance music, Native American arts, and survival training.
Feb. 13, Billionaire Businessman Book, 6 pm. Venture capitalist Ben Horowitz discusses, signs, and sells “What You Do Is Who You Are: How to Create Your Business Culture.” He also chats about his love for Hip Hop with Ralph McDaniels from “Video Music Box.” Queens Library Central Branch, 89-11 Merrick Blvd., Jamaica.
Feb. 13, Luis Perdomo, 8 pm. The 2nd Thursday Night Jazz Series continues with a Venezuela virtuoso pianist. Jamaica Center for Arts & Learning, 161-04 Jamaica Ave.
Feb. 14, Carnegie Hall Citywide: Pistolera, 8 pm. Anchored by the Spanish vocals of Sandra Velasquez and buoyed by accordion, guitar, bass, and percussion, Pistolera’s sound is grounded in traditional Mexican music with powerful, socially conscious lyrics. Flushing Town Hall, 137-35 Northern Blvd.
Feb. 14, Cup & Mingle, 7 pm. Spend Valentine’s Day tasting coffee and making friends at a new java making, roasting, selling, and training facility. Coffee Project NY, 21-10 51st Ave., LIC.
Feb. 15, Yamoto, Feb. 16. Musicians enter the stage filled with drums of various sizes. They start striking a Japanese taiko drum made from a 400-year-old tree with movements that use their bodies and souls to form a powerful surge of energy. Three shows: Feb. 15 at 2 pm and 8 pm; and Feb. 16 at 3 pm. Queens Theatre, 14 United Nations Ave. S., Flushing Meadows Corona Park.
Feb. 14, The Divas Are Back, 8 pm. A comedy with music and dance celebrating Latina divas, including the coquette, flamenco artist, and glamour queen. Thalía Spanish Theatre, 41-17 Greenpoint Ave., Sunnyside.
Feb. 15, Survival: The Exhibition, Sept. 13. An interactive exhibit where youngsters build shelters in a forest, find water in a desert, stay warm in extreme cold, and learn emergency preparation. It includes an adventure zone with a zipline and ropes course. New York Hall of Science, 47-01 111th St., Flushing Meadows Corona Park.
Feb. 15, Native American Arts Social, noon. Artwork, drumming, singing, dancing, conversations, stories, and community building over refreshments. Event is hosted by American Indian Community House in collaboration with NativeTec, Shinnecock Foundation of the Arts, The First Nations Theater Guild, and Safe Harbors Indigenous Collective. Flushing Town Hall, 137-35 Northern Blvd.
Feb. 15, Afrikan Poetry Theatre’s Black History Month Film Festival, 2 pm. Screenings of recent work by students and professional filmmakers with special guests including Markuann Smith, creator of the Epix/Netflix series “Godfather of Harlem,” which stars Forest Whitaker, and discussions with filmmakers and critics. Museum of the Moving Image, 36-01 35th Ave., Astoria’s Kaufman Arts District.
Feb. 15, International Mutant: Nicolas Moufarrege in Time and Space, 1 pm. A day devoted to Moufarrege (1947-1985), an Egyptian-born Lebanese visual artist, writer, and curator. Speeches, discussions, conversations, Q+A session. Queens Museum, NYC Building, Flushing Meadows Corona Park.
Feb. 15, Classical Crossover, 7 pm. This concert celebrates African Americans in Classical music with a tribute to the late opera star Jessye Norman. The Altino Brothers play piano with soprano twins Cherisse and Cherissia Williams and violinist Jessica McJunkins. Jamaica Performing Arts Center, 153-10 Jamaica Ave.
Feb. 15, It’s Electric! Magnet Program, 2:30 pm. Youngsters learn how magnets work while making an interactive art sculpture. They create dancing bugs that wiggle and groove with the power of magnets. Kingsland Homestead, 143-35 37th Ave., Flushing.
Feb. 16, Valerie Green/Dance Entropy: Home, 1 pm. Indian choreographer Ashley Lobo approaches the idea of home as a return to the self with Dance Entropy members along with a collection of short repertory favorites. Flushing Town Hall, 137-35 Northern Blvd.
Feb. 16, Con Brio Ensemble, 4:30 pm. Beethoven and others with Diana Mittler-Battipaglia (piano), Paul Roczek (violin), Hamilton Berry (cello), and Aram Tchobanian (tenor). The Church-in-the-Gardens, 50 Ascan Ave., Forest Hills.
Feb. 16, Great Backyard Bird Count, 10 am. Be part of Audubon’s worldwide effort to count birds to aid conservation and land management policy. Meet in Mauro Playground between Park Drive East and the Van Wyck Expressway, Flushing Meadows Corona Park.
Feb. 16, Memoir Talk: This African-American Life, 2:30 pm. Former National Urban League CEO Hugh B. Price, who is also Latimer’s great grandnephew, signs, sells, and discusses his memoir. Lewis Latimer House Museum, 34-41 137th St., Flushing.
Feb. 17, Midwinter Craft Day, Feb. 21. Family-friendly crafting for Spring Breakers on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday from 1 pm to 4 pm. King Manor Museum, 150-03 Jamaica Ave.
Feb. 18, Mid-Winter Break Family Programs, Feb. 23. Children’s workshops on five consecutive days at 1:30 pm. Each day has a theme: George Washington Carver; Fantastic Flowers; Heart Worms; Bugging Out; and Watercolor. Queens Botanical Garden, 43-50 Main St., Flushing.
Feb. 19, Birding Southeast Asia, 8 pm. Queens County Bird Club member Donna Schulman discusses her trips to India, Thailand, and the Malay Peninsula, where she saw Pygmy Cupwings, Greater Necklaced Laughingthrush, Rollers, Partridges, and Parrotbills. Alley Pond Environmental Center’s temporary office, 224-65 76th Ave., Oakland Gardens.
Feb. 19, Fantasy Terrariums, 1:30 pm. A workshop full of design, history, science, and creativity with materials provided. Voelker Orth Museum, 149-19 38th Ave., Flushing.
Feb. 19, Junior Makers Staycation: Foraging, Fibers & Food, Feb. 21. Youngsters use science, technology, engineering, and math while they create, imagine, and explore. The program runs each day from noon to 3 pm. Queens County Farm Museum, 73-50 Little Neck Pkwy., Glen Oaks.
Lunar New Year Exhibition, until Feb. 16. Entitled “A Good Beginning, Here,” this cross-cultural display illuminates eight artists who trace their roots to China, Japan, Korea, and Taiwan. Their works embody unique life stories and ideas rooted in Asia and evolved in Europe and the U.S. Flushing Town Hall, 137-35 Northern Blvd.
Images: Flushing Town Hall