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#WeeklyColumn | It’s In Queens | Nov. 1 to Nov. 7
One letter dominates this week’s fun, which includes a murder mystery, Minecraft, mini-art, magic, Mozart, movies, and animals that go “moo.” It looks magical, marvelous, and even amazing.
Nov. 1, Matt Koff’s Debut Comedy Album Release Party, 7:30 pm. Stand-up, puns, and general hilarity as an Emmy-winning writer from “The Daily Show” releases “Who’s My Little Guy?” Other performers include Jo Firestone (“The Tonight Show”), Ronny Chieng ( “Crazy Rich Asians”), and Matt Wayne (Comedy Central). QED, 27-16 23rd Ave., Astoria.
Nov. 1, ’Scope Docs: The Wild World in Widescreen, Nov. 3. Hollywood embraced CinemaScope in the 1950s with the hope that doubling the screen’s width would enhance the theatrical experience. This series shows some of the first documentaries done with CinemaScope: “Tokyo Olympiad,” Nov. 1, 7 pm; “Five Provincial Scenes by Vittorio De Seta,” Nov. 2 + 3, 2 pm; “The Man Who Skied Down Everest,” Nov. 2, 4 pm; “Go Go Mania,” Nov. 3, 1:30 pm. “Blue Water, White Death,” Nov. 3, 3 pm; “Manda Bala (Send a Bullet),” Nov. 3, 5 pm; “Africa Addio,” Nov. 3, 7 pm. Museum of the Moving Image, 36-01 35th Ave., Astoria’s Kaufman Arts District.
Nov. 1, Murder Mystery Dinner, 7 pm. Eat while Josephine Foundation actors solve a crime. Repeats on Nov. 2. Maple Grove Cemetery, 127-15 Kew Gardens Rd.
Nov. 2, Minefaire, Nov. 3. A two-day, official Minecraft event with tournaments, build battles, escape room, reality headsets, stage shows, costume contest, and the world’s largest Minecraft merchandise store. New York Hall of Science, 47-01 111th St., Flushing Meadows Corona Park.
Nov. 2, David Krakauer’s Acoustic Klezmer Quartet, 8 pm. One of the greatest clarinetists in the world, Krakauer is a modern Klezmer innovator and a major voice in classical music. Queens College’s LeFrak Concert Hall, 153-49 Reeves Ave., Flushing.
Nov. 2, Diwali Dance Party, 1 pm. Celebrate Diwali with an all-ages festival-dance party featuring Kathak classical dancer Abha Roy and Basement Bhangra’s DJ Rekha. The fun includes performances by Srijan Dance Company, cooking workshops by Queens Curry Kitchen, henna painting, handicrafts, and Indian food for sale. Flushing Town Hall, 137-35 Northern Blvd.
Nov. 2, Newsies, Nov. 10. Royal Star offers this 1992 musical comedy that is loosely based on an 1899 newsboy strike in NYC. Shows are Nov 2 at 8 pm, Nov. 3 at 3 pm, Nov. 8 at 8 pm, Nov. 9 at 8 pm, and Nov. 10 at 3 pm. Immaculate Conception Catholic Academy, 179-14 Dalny Rd., Jamaica.
Nov. 2, Magic Tree House: Showtime With Shakespeare, 1 pm + 3 pm. This children’s show follows a brother and sister who climb aboard a time-traveling treehouse and transport back to Merry Olde England. They find themselves at the Globe Theatre where they help Shakespeare put on his latest show. Queens Theatre, 14 United Nations Ave. S., Flushing Meadows Corona Park.
Nov. 2, Wildlife Weekend, Nov. 3. Two days of the Frogs, Bugs & Animals Show in addition to pony rides, hayrides, animal feeding, and historic farmhouse tours. The Moogician does his shtick about milk and dairy products. Repeats next weekend; 11 am to 4 pm all four days. Queens County Farm Museum, 73-50 Little Neck Pkwy., Glen Oaks.
Nov. 2, Curator’s Talk: In Search of Contoured Playground, 4 pm. The two co-curators ─ Noguchi Museum’s Dakin Hart and Cornell University Department of Architecture Visiting Associate Professor Naomi Frangos ─ lead a tour of the “In Search of Contoured Playground” exhibition. The Noguchi Museum, 9-01 33rd Rd., LIC.
Nov. 2, Steinway Village: A Stroll Through Queens History, 11 am. Greater Astoria Historical Society Executive Director Bob Singleton leads a tour through a neighborhood that was once a corporate town for the Steinway Family. Learn about history, urban planning, architecture, and demographics.
Nov. 2, Sunnyside Shorts International Film Festival, 1 pm & 7 pm. This 14th festival features 17 shorts from all over the world, including Charlie Chaplin’s 1919 classic “Sunnyside.” Sunnyside Reformed Church, 48th Street and Skillman Avenue.
Nov. 2, Static Electricity, 10:30 am. This Queens Historical Society workshop explores why hair stands on end when rubbed with a balloon and why sock-wearing humans get shocks from doorknobs. Kingsland Homestead, 143-35 37th Ave., Flushing.
Nov. 2, Hands on History: Paint Your Own Miniature Portrait, 1 pm. Though 18th century artists produced some very large paintings, they also loved to make tiny ones. Learn about the art of miniature painting and make pieces to take home. King Manor Museum, 150-03 Jamaica Ave., Jamaica.
Nov. 2, Cuff Bracelets Jewelry Workshop, 1 pm. Phyllis Ger leads a workshop on stylish cuff bracelets adorned with pearls and jewels. Design and fabrication tips and a fabulous selection of materials are available. Voelker Orth Museum, 149-19 38th Ave., Flushing.
Nov. 2, NAV Fall Reading: Ravage, 8 pm. Nina Ki reads her comedic and darkly supernatural play, “Ravage,” about a teenage vampire hunter who has been scarred physically and emotionally by events from her past. She slowly opens up to her school counselor and a schoolmate-turned-love interest. All the while, she is haunted by visions of her sister, begging to be rescued from a vampire who threatens to finish what he started. A talkback follows the reading. Queens Theatre, 14 United Nations Ave. S., Flushing Meadows Corona Park.
Nov. 2, Pumpkin Smash, 10 am to 1 pm. Smash Halloween gourds so they can be turned into compost that will help revitalize soil in NYC green spaces. Lou Lodati Park, 41-15 Skillman Ave., LIC.
Nov. 3, Let There Be Love: Keith David Celebrates The Music of Nat King Cole, 3 pm. With more than 150 film, television, and stage credits, Emmy-winning David is in demand on and off screen. He offers a joyful, swinging, and theatrical journey into Nat King Cole’s music and life. St. John’s University, The Little Theater, 80-00 Utopia Pkwy., Jamaica.
Nov. 3, Mozart Meets Jazz, 7:30 pm. The Paul Joseph Quartet and the Queensboro Symphony Orchestra present unique arrangements of Mozart’s “Eine Kleine Nachtmusik,” Bach’s “Air on the G String,” and Pachelbel’s “Canon.” Mary’s Nativity Church, 46-02 Parsons Blvd., Flushing.
Nov. 3, Rube Goldberg Talks, 2 pm. An afternoon of talks by those who facilitated the exhibition and book “The Art of Rube Goldberg,” the first comprehensive retrospective exhibition since 1970 to celebrate the groundbreaking artwork of one of the most influential cartoon illustrators of the 20th century. The speakers are Jennifer George, Legacy Director of Rube Goldberg Inc.; Charles Kochman, Editorial Director of Abrams ComicArts and editor of the bestselling “Diary of a Wimpy Kid” series; and Creighton Michael, a Pollack Krasner grant recipient. Queens Museum, NYC Building, Flushing Meadows Corona Park.
Nov. 3, Savvy Bird Walk, 9:30 am. Take a free nature walk with experts from NYC Audubon. Last event in a series. Queens Botanical Garden, 43-50 Main St., Flushing.
Nov. 3, Halloween Tinker Fest, 3 pm. Activities that combine art and science to create projects that come alive in the dark. Lewis Latimer House Museum, 34-41 137th St., Flushing.
Nov. 4, Book Discussion, 1:30 pm. Inbal Arieli discusses her new book, “Chutzpah: Why Israel Is a Hub of Innovation and Entrepreneurship.” Despite its small size, the long list of breakthroughs that have come out of Israel includes everything from cherry tomatoes and drip irrigation to the USB flash drive and the Waze traffic app. Commonpoint Queens, 67-09 108th St., Forest Hills.
Nov. 5, An Evening of Poetry with Rosebud Ben-Oni and Tom Healy, 6:30 pm. Ben-Oni won the 2019 Alice James Award and fellowships from the New York Foundation for the Arts and CantoMundo. The author of three books of poems, Healy is University of Bridgeport’s Distinguished Visiting Professor in the Humanities. BookCulture LIC, 26-9 Jackson Ave.
Nov. 6, Monthly Jazz Jam: Celebrating the Legacy of Louis Armstrong, 7 pm. Musicians gather and play under the direction of saxophone legend Carol Sudhalter. Don’t play? Sing and/or and listen. Flushing Town Hall, 137-35 Northern Blvd.
Nov. 6, Let’s Talk Democracy, 6 pm. Queens College Professor of Political Science Michael Krasner discusses the benefits and vulnerabilities of democracies in the modern world, highlights those that are under attack today, and discusses issues and causes that weaken this country’s democracy. Forest Hills Library, 108-19 71st Ave.
Nov. 7, Pride Night Out, 6:30 pm. The Queens World Film Festival screens three shorts ─ “BeYoutiful,” “Chosen Family,” and “Like Glass” ─ that address topics such as self-acceptance, safe spaces, and sexuality. Desdemona Dallas moderates a post-screening conversation. Free Synagogue of Flushing, 41-60 Kissena Blvd.
Nov. 7, Abandoned Queens, 7:30 pm. Richard Panchyk discusses, sells, and signs copies of his books “Hidden History of Queens” and “Abandoned Queens.” Bayside Historical Society, 208 Totten Ave.
Images: The Noguchi Museum (top); Yasmeen Fahmy (bottom)
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