#WeeklyColumn | It’s In Queens! | March 22 to 28
BY QEDC It's In Queens
Let’s get physical! Arm wrestling and professional wrestling come to town this week. So do acrobats, jugglers, contortionists, dancers, musicians, and flying actors. Then there’s a 30-kilometer road race. We need a weekend to recover from our weekend.
March 22, Three The Hard Way, 7 pm. Professional wrestling with heavyweight, tag team, and fatal four-way fights. Darius Carter, The Ugly Ducklings, and the Deadly Saiyan Squad are on the bill. $25-$35. St. Sebastian Parish Center, 39-60 57th St., Woodside.
March 23, New Shanghai Circus, 3 pm. Acrobats, jugglers, and contortionists defy gravity, shock the senses, and stretch the limits of human ability in a show that draws on 2,000 years of circus traditions. Queens College’s Colden Auditorium, 153-49 Reeves Ave., Flushing.
March 23, Global Mashup: Western Swing Meets Balkan Brass, 7 pm (dance) & 8 pm (concert). The Brain Cloud plays ragtime, bluegrass, blues, and cowboy ditties. Romashka performs Russian, Balkan, Romanian, and Gypsy vibes. Then the two bands join on stage and jam. $16. Flushing Town Hall, 137-35 Northern Blvd.
March 23, Vissi Dance Theater, 6 pm. This Jamaica-based troupe, whose style has been described as “Urban Contemporary,” presents “We the People II.” Jamaica Performing Arts Center, 153-10 Jamaica Ave.
March 23, Stop ‘N’ Swap with GrowNYC, noon. Bring and trade clean, reusable portable items. Queens County Farm Museum, 73-50 Little Neck Pkwy., Glen Oaks.
March 24, Peter Pan, 1 pm (workshop) & 2:15 pm (show). The British companies tutti frutti and the York Theatre Royal offer “Underneath a Magical Moon: A Reimagining of Peter Pan.” Told through the eyes of Wendy Darling, this version transports the audience into a Neverland with live music, intricate dance movements, and beautiful visuals. Wendy and her brothers fly, fight, swim, and sail, while growing up. Flushing Town Hall, 137-35 Northern Blvd.
March 24, New York Arm Wrestling Championships, 1 pm. More than 100 contestants from around the world compete for prizes and glory. $5. Cheap Shots Bar, 149-05 Union Turnpike, Flushing.
March 24, Rock and Roll Royalty, 3 pm. Matthew and Gunnar Nelson, the identical twin sons of Ricky Nelson and Bobby Brooks Wilson pay tribute to their legendary fathers. The brothers share rare video footage of the Nelson family and perform such hits as “Hello Mary Lou” and “Travelin’ Man.” $48, $42, $35. OLBS Theater, 34-45 202nd St., Bayside.
March 24, Music In Color: Gabriela Lena Frank, 2 pm. Presented in partnership with the Orchestra of St. Luke’s, this concert honors the music and life of Gabriela Lena Frank, an American composer of Peruvian, Chinese, and Lithuanian Jewish descent. Free. Flushing Town Hall, 137-35 Northern Blvd.
March 24, Science on Screen: The Best Years of Our Lives, 2 pm. William Wyler’s Oscar-winning 1946 “The Best Years of Our Lives” follows three veterans struggling to readjust to life after World War II. Historian David Serlin and assistive technology expert Anita Perr then discuss prosthetics and non-normative bodies. Museum of the Moving Image, 36-01 35th Ave., Astoria’s Kaufman Arts District.
March 24, LiveArt.US: Explorations, 2 pm. This periodic show has theme “Explorations.” It focuses on individual or collective examinations of Self, investigations of states of Being or Becoming, and approaches to identity paradoxes. Queens Museum, NYC Building, Flushing Meadows Corona Park.
March 24, Found In Translation: Korea, 3 pm. Writers E. Tammy Kim and Alexander Chee explore the themes of Home, Gentrification, and Protest through Korean and Korean American literature. Lewis H. Latimer House Museum, 34-41 137th St., Flushing.
March 24, The Bitch Seat Fifth Anniversary, 8:30 pm. Lyssa Mandel invites guests to present poignant/painful creations from their adolescence (i.e. poetry, drawings, songs). $8 in advance/$10 at the door, Q.E.D. Astoria, 27-16 23rd Ave.
March 24, Distance and (Missed) Connections: Readings and a Discussion with Negar Ahkami and Cyriaco Lopes, 1 pm. Lopes and Ahkami, who have art work in the “Distance” exhibition, discuss how themes of distance and connection, or missed connection, inform their practices. Dorsky Gallery, 11-03 45th Ave., LIC.
March 24, Con Brio Ensemble, 2 pm. Live music with a program that includes Handel, Brahms, and Schubert. $12. Voelker Orth Museum, 149-19 38th Ave., Flushing.
March 24, Spring Marathon Tune-Up, 8 am. Queens Distance Runners organizes a 30K race with pacers, nutrition, and a DJ. Meet at the Unisphere, Flushing Meadows Corona Park.
March 28, Interfaith Seder, 7 pm. A festive meal that celebrates the Exodus from Egypt, when Moses and the children of Israel were freed from slavery. The meal is kosher, halal, and vegetarian. Common Point Queens, 67-09 108th St., Forest Hills.
March 28, Bringing Steel to Life: An Exhibition of Sculpture, April 26. See works by LIC-based artist Jack Howard-Potter spanning the last 16 years of his career. Opening reception on March 28, 5 pm to 9 pm. LIC Arts Open Raw Gallery at The Factory, 30-30 47th Ave., LIC.
Continued from the previous week
Queens World Film Festival, until March 31. This ninth annual extravaganza screens more than 200 movies from 31 nations. The lineup includes 16 world premieres, 79 films by women, 14 with LGBTQ themes, 15 by Asian filmmakers, and six by children at two locations in Astoria’s Kaufman Arts District: Museum of the Moving Image, 36-01 35th Ave.; and Zukor Theatre, 35th Street between 34th and 35th avenues.
The Tempest, until March 31. The Secret Theatre offers a classic Shakespeare comedy in an 8,000-square-foot space with dance, projections, and moving scenes. All 11 shows are at 7:30 pm. $25 at the door. Plaxall Gallery, 5-25 46th Ave., LIC.
Las Bacantes Flamencas with Danza España, until March 31. A Latin music-and-dance adaptation of “The Bacchae” by Euripides. $42-$45. Fridays and Saturdays at 8 pm, and Sundays at 4 pm. Thalía Spanish Theatre, 41-17 Greenpoint Ave., Sunnyside.
Noises Off with Samuel French Inc., until March 31. Remaining performances are March 23 and 29 at 8 pm and March 24 and 31 at 2:30 pm. $20. Maggie’s Little Theater, St. Margaret Parish Hall, 66-05 79th Pl., Middle Village.
Spring Awakening, until March 24. This musical explores the journey through adolescence, examining morality and sexual politics while unapologetically plumbing the depths of the hormonal teenage psyche. $22/$25 at the door. The final run is March 20-24 at 8 pm with an additional 2 pm show on March 24. The Secret Theatre, 44-02 23rd St., LIC.
In Practice: Other Objects, until March 25. This exhibition displays new pieces by 11 artists and artist teams that probe the slippages and interplay between objecthood and personhood. SculptureCenter, 44-19 Purves St., LIC.
Images: Reiko Yanagi (top) and New York Arm Wrestling (bottom)