It’s in Queens
#WeeklyColumn | It’s In Queens | Nov. 8 to Nov. 14
The Sesame Street television show turns 50 this week, and guess which borough has the best celebrations? If Miss Piggy and Kermit step away from the fun, they’ll probably stay local and listen to legendary jazz and a cappella music. Or they might take in a Chinese opera, vintage car show or some community theater.
Nov. 8, A Gathering of The Jazz Masters, 8 pm. Six NEA Jazz Masters ─ Candido Camero (congas), Paquito D’Rivera (saxophone), Barry Harris (piano), Jimmy Owens (trumpet), Jimmy Cobb (drums), and Reggie Workman (bass) ─ offer a once-in-a-lifetime experience. Flushing Town Hall, 137-35 Northern Blvd.
Nov. 8, Marguerite, Nov. 23. The 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.
Nov. 8, Some Other Lives of Time: Subjective Spaces for Nonfiction, Nov. 10. Acclaimed photographer and filmmaker RaMell Ross recently programmed this screening series for the 2019 Full Frame Documentary Film Festival. Watch it in full, kicking off with Ross in person for an introductory talk about the series on Nov. 8, followed by a screening of Godfrey Reggio’s “Koyaanisqatsi (1982).” Other films are “El Velador (2011),” “Mysterious Object at Noon (2000),” “Araya (1959),” “Twilight City (1989)” paired with “La Jetée (1962),” and “Le Quattro Volte (2010).” Museum of the Moving Image, 36-01 35th Ave., Astoria’s Kaufman Arts District.
Nov. 8, Death Trap, Nov. 23. Douglaston Community Theatre presents this 1978 play that holds the record as Broadway’s longest-running comedy-thriller. The plot twists and turns so much that it references itself as a play-within-a-play. Shows are Nov. 8, 9, 15, 16, 22, and 23 at 8 pm, Nov. 17 at 2:30 pm, and Nov. 23 at 2 pm. Zion Church Parish Hall, 243-01 Northern Blvd., Douglaston.
Nov. 8, Atmospheres, 7:30 pm. Queens College Orchestra and Chamber Orchestra perform Tchaikovsky, Takemitsu, and Segerstam. Queens College Music Building, Rm. 203, 65-30 Kissena Blvd., Flushing.
Nov. 9, The Manhattan Transfer Meets Take 6, 8 pm. The Manhattan Transfer has performed for 50 years. The soulful-sounding a cappella group Take 6 has been around for almost 40 years. They meet for a concert featuring harmonies of epic proportions by singers holding a total of 20 Grammys. Queens College Colden Auditorium, Reeves Avenue, Flushing.
Nov. 9, Chinese Opera, 1:30 pm. Kunqu Society presents “Traces in the Snow,” a rare comic gem from the classical repertoire of Kunqu, which is the oldest continuously performed genre of Chinese Opera. How does an impoverished couple reconcile and reaffirm their devotion to each other when the husband doubts his wife’s fidelity because of some suspicious footprints left in the snow on a frigid winter day? Flushing Town Hall, 137-35 Northern Blvd.
Nov. 9, Fall Fest, 2:30 pm. Celebrate autumn by making apple cider and candied apples and decorating pumpkins. Kingsland Homestead, 143-35 37th Ave., Flushing.
Nov. 9, Gypsy, 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. Shows are Nov. 9, 16, and 23 at 8 pm and Nov. 10, 17, and 24 at 3 pm. Bay Terrace Garden Jewish Center, 13-00 209th St., Bayside.
Nov. 9, Meet The Author: 100 Things To Do In New York City Before You Die, 2:30 pm. Author, journalist, and lifelong New Yorker Evelyn Kanter discusses, sells, and signs her insider’s guide to 100 astounding adventures, off-beat treats, and historically significant sites in all parts of the city. Hunters Point, 47-40 Center Blvd., LIC.
Nov. 10, Sesame Street: The Premiere, 2 pm. A screening of the first-ever episode of “Sesame Street” followed by a discussion with three people who created it. (The episode aired for the first time on Nov. 10, 1969.) Museum of the Moving Image, 36-01 35th Ave., Astoria’s Kaufman Arts District.
Nov. 10, Vintage Car Show, 9 am. Ride back in time with a variety of vintage and antique automobiles presented by the Long Island Sound Region of the Classic Car Club of America. Bayside Historical Society, 208 Totten Ave.
Nov. 10, Annual Kristallnacht Commemoration: Decoding Symbols of Hate, 1 pm. Steve Goldberg, the Co-Director of Education at the Holocaust and Human Rights Education Center, and Jeffrey Benvenuto, Indigenous Studies scholar and lecturer at Gratz College, discuss messages imbedded in hate symbols in connection with the exhibition “Survivance and Sovereignty on Turtle Island: Engaging with Contemporary Native American Art,” which is on display until May 2020. Kupferberg Holocaust Center, Queensborough Community College, 222-05 56th Ave., Bayside.
Nov. 10, World’s Fair Bike Ride, 10:30 am. Take a free and easy ride about Meadow Lake with Bike New York leaders and history docents. Meet at the Green Tent next to the Unisphere in Flushing Meadows Corona Park.
Nov. 10, Center of Attention, 3:30 pm. An hour-long discussion focused on Isamu Noguchi’s sculpture “The Spirit’s Flight (1969).” The Noguchi Museum, 9-01 33rd Rd., LIC.
Nov. 11, Life and Art Along the L Train, 9:30 am. Official Queens historian Jack Eichenbaum leads a multi-hour, multi-borough tour of the L line. Explore the West Village and the meatpacking district— including a portion of the new Highline Park— and move on to the East Village, Williamsburg, Bushwick and Ridgewood, noting the continuous transformation of each of these neighborhoods. Meet outside the L train entrance at 14th Street and 8th Avenue in Manhattan. Trek ends in Ridgewood.
Nov. 11, Live Drawing with Models, 6 pm. Adults draw from a live nude model in a relaxing, non-judgmental environment. Flushing Town Hall, 137-35 Northern Blvd.
Nov. 11, Kristallnacht Remembrance, 1:30 pm. Rabbi Ariel Burger, who was Holocaust survivor and Nobel Peace Prize winner Elie Wiesel’s teaching assistant, discusses his book that chronicles the intimate conversations that they had when Burger sought counsel on matters of intellect, spirituality, and faith. Commonpoint Queens, 67-09 108th St., Forest Hills.
Nov. 14, A Chinese Lady, 7 pm. Inspired by traditional Chinese ink painting and ceramic art, this work-in-progress duo dance piece attempts to challenge the grandiose presentation commonly seen in a typical Chinese classical dance mega-production and return to the poetry of body movement. Flushing Town Hall, 137-35 Northern Blvd.
Nov. 14, Melvis Santa, 8 pm. The 2nd Thursday Night Jazz Series continues with singer, composer, pianist, Afro Cuban dancer, actress, and educator Melvis Santa. Jamaica Center for Arts & Learning, 161-04 Jamaica Ave.
Nov. 14, Abandoned Queens, 7 pm. Richard Panchyk discusses, sells, and signs copies of his book “Abandoned Queens,” a visual journey through a variety of abandoned local places, including a defunct airport and the remains of the country’s first modern highway. Rocco Moretto VFW Post, 31-35 41st St., Astoria.
Nov. 14, Newtown Creek, 6:30 pm. Mitch Waxman shares photographs from his recently published book, “In the Shadows at Newtown Creek,” and discusses the area’s history, use, and environmental challenges. He has explored and photographed Newtown Creek for decades. Roosevelt Island Historical Society, New York Public Library Branch on Roosevelt Island, 524 Main St.
Newsies, until Nov. 10. Royal Star offers this 1992 musical comedy that is loosely based on an 1899 newsboy strike in NYC. Remaining shows are Nov. 8 and Nov. 9 at 8 pm and Nov. 10 at 3 pm. Immaculate Conception Catholic Academy, 179-14 Dalny Rd., Jamaica.
Images: Flushing Town Hall (top); Bike New York (bottom)