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#WeeklyColumn | It’s In Queens! (Nov. 22 to Nov. 28)
The annual edible fantasy land, GingerBread Lane, opens this week. So does Wintercon, which attracts plenty of SciFi lovers, super stars, and outrageous costumes. We also have three Grammy-winning musicians, Colombian dance, a boy band, Sesame Street, and a wide array of wine.
Nov. 22, Wintercon 2019, Nov. 24. The biggest comic and SciFi expo in the Tri-State Area. Fans get up close and personal with their favorite stars, everybody from comic book authors and illustrators to actors to gamers. Hours are Nov. 22, 5 pm to 10 pm; Nov. 23, 10 am to 7 pm; Nov. 24, 10 am to 5 pm. Resorts World Casino New York City, 110-00 Rockaway Blvd., South Jamaica.
Nov. 22, Gustavo Casenave Quartet: A South American Jazz Tale, 8 pm. Pianist/composer Gustavo Casenave, a Latin Grammy winner, jams with Grammy-winning bassist Pedro Giraudo, Grammy-winning saxophonist Alejandro Aviles, and drumming guru Franco Pinna. Expect original jazz, tango, and classical works. Flushing Town Hall, 137-35 Northern Blvd.
Nov. 22, Yearning for Colombia, Dec. 15. A love story between dancers of Modern Ballet and Colombian Folklore. Shows are Fridays and Saturdays at 8 pm and Sundays at 4 pm. Thalia Spanish Theatre, 41-17 Greenpoint Ave., Sunnyside.
Nov. 22, Behind The Process, 7:30 pm. The Rioult Repertory Group does new choreography to music by Ravel’s “Daphnis and Chloe.” Plus, a company performance of Pascal Rioult’s “Bolero.” Rioult Dance Center, 34-01 Steinway St., Astoria.
Nov. 22, The Thin Red Line, Nov. 24. With Sean Penn, George Clooney, and John Travolta, this World War II epic is adapted from a James Jones novel about the 1942 Guadalcanal campaign. It shows as part of a retrospective on director Terrence Malick. Times are Nov. 22 at 7 pm, Nov. 23 at 3 pm, and Nov. 24 at 6:30 pm. Museum of the Moving Image, 36-01 35th Ave., Astoria’s Kaufman Arts District.
Nov. 23, GingerBread Lane, Jan. 12, 2020. This annual display consists of edible gingerbread, royal icing, and candy. Jon Lovitch drafts, designs, bakes, plans, builds, and decorates it. This year’s masterpiece includes storefronts with names like “Pickles and Ice Cream Pregnancy Boutique,” “6 Geese a Laying Brunch Café,” and “5 Golden Rings Jewelry Store.” There are related workshops, and on the final day, officials break down the exhibition and give pieces away to the public. New York Hall of Science, 47-01 111th St., Flushing Meadows Corona Park.
Nov. 23, The Boy Band Project, 8 pm. This interactive cover group reimages the sound, movement, and energy of such bands as *NSYNC, Backstreet Boys, One Direction, and Boyz II Men. The Lexington Center, 25-26 75th St., East Elmhurst.
Nov. 23, Hot Club: Jazz Listening Session, 12:30 pm. Starting in the 1930s, Hot Clubs were basically book clubs for jazz. Fans would get together to play records for each other. Today, the Neo Hot Club movement is about hearing classic and rare jazz records on their original 78RPM format, which offers the best sound possible. Flushing Town Hall, 137-35 Northern Blvd.
Nov. 23, A Journey: Bach to Piazzolla, 7 pm. Presented in partnership with the Korea Music Foundation, this chamber concert brings a unique opportunity to hear re-imagined jazz and tango, inspired by Bach and composed by masters including Schoenfield, Piazzolla, and Haydn. The artists are Yu Jeong Lee on violin, Min Park on flute, Na-Young Baek on cello, and Edwin Sungpil Kim on piano. Flushing Town Hall, 137-35 Northern Blvd.
Nov. 23, Contract and Release, 1:30 pm and 3 pm. Brendan Fernandes, an artist who works at the intersection of dance and visual art, presents dance inspired by the rocking chairs that Noguchi produced for Martha Graham’s “Appalachian Spring (1944).” Dancers have to sit on them and remain balanced while working through a version of Graham’s famous “contract and release” exercise. The Noguchi Museum, 9-01 33rd Rd., LIC.
Nov. 23, NAV Fall Reading: Strong Face, 8 pm. Philana Omorotionmwan reads her satiric play “Strong Face” about actress Bentley Jones, who nobody can tell is a woman. (Maybe it’s her energy or her hair or just her skin.) When Bentley learns that a major studio has green-lit a slavery-themed biopic guaranteed to make a star of its female lead, she must decide if she’s ready for her real close up. A talkback follows. Queens Theatre, 14 United Nations Ave. S., Flushing Meadows Corona Park.
Nov. 23, Fifth Anniversary Wine Tastings, 3 pm & 6 pm. Wine, single malts, bourbon, gin. The Wine Room of Forest Hills, 96-09 69th Ave.
Nov. 24, Sesame Street: Lost and Found, at 2 pm. Attendees watch footage that never aired or was shelved after the initial broadcast. Some skits have characters that were then retired. Plus, Norman Stiles, a former head writer, and Rosemarie Truglio, Sesame Workshop Senior Vice President of Curriculum and Content, participate in a panel discussion on mysteries such as why viewers never saw Snuffy’s parents get a divorce even though the scene was shot. Museum of the Moving Image, 36-01 35th Ave., Astoria’s Kaufman Arts District.
Barefoot in the Park, until Nov. 24. This Neil Simon play was adapted into a blockbuster film starring Robert Redford and Jane Fonda. Newlyweds Corie, a free-spirit, and Paul, a straitlaced lawyer, move to a fifth-floor walkup with no bathtub and a hole in the skylight. Hilarity ensues as Corie’s mother pops in and an eccentric neighbor crawls through the couple’s window. Queens Theatre, 14 United Nations Ave. S., Flushing Meadows Corona Park.
My Twentieth Century, until Nov. 24. A digital restoration of Hungarian director Ildikó Enyedi’s fairy tale that won the Camera d’Or at Cannes in 1989. Polish actress Dorotha Segda plays twins – an anarchist and a luxurious woman of loose morals – as they go on an adventure with Mr. Z. Museum of the Moving Image, 36-01 35th Ave., Astoria’s Kaufman Arts District.
Marguerite, until Nov. 23. This new musical is based on the life of Canada’s first female saint, Marguerite Bourgeoys, who helped build the city of Montreal. Eleven presentations. The Church of the Redeemer, 30-14 Crescent St., Astoria.
Gypsy, until Nov. 24. Theatre By The Bay presents this musical about a stage mother pushing for her daughter’s success while secretly yearning for her own. It’s set in the 1920s, when Vaudeville was dying and Burlesque was rising. Remaining shows are Nov. 23 at 8 pm and Nov. 24 at 3 pm. Bay Terrace Garden Jewish Center, 13-00 209th St., Bayside.
Images: Wintercon 2019 (above); GingerBread Lane 2019