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#WeeklyColumn | It’s In Queens | Oct. 25 to Oct. 31
Looks like you’ll have to wash your costume a few times this week as there are Halloween events at almost every turn—or you could buy a few outfits. Other fun options include Korean mask dance, nature films, the Festival of Lights, theater, and a farewell to the Night Market.
Oct. 25, Bird’s-Eye View, Oct. 26. Over a 60-year career, documentarian Mikael Kristersson filmed the ecology of southern Sweden’s coast. This program shows three of his movies along with conversations with environmentalists, writers, and intellectuals. Schedule: “Pica Pica,” Oct. 25, 7 pm; “Kestrel’s Eye,” Oct. 26, 1:30 pm; and “Light Year,” Oct. 26, 4:30 pm. Museum of the Moving Image, 36-01 35th Ave., Astoria’s Kaufman Arts District.
Oct. 25, Lunch and a Musical Tribute to the Three Louis: Armstrong, Jordan and Prima, 11 am. Danny Bacher sings, plays the saxophone, tells stories, cracks jokes, and scats. Watch and eat from a buffet. Verdi’s Restaurant of Whitestone, 149-58 Cross Island Pkwy.
Oct. 25, Musique Macabre, 6:30 pm. Leah Nelson plays creepy music by Jean-Marie Leclair, Georg Philipp Telemann, Giuseppe Tartini, and Johann Sebastian Bach on a Baroque violin. King Manor Museum, 150-03 Jamaica Ave.
Oct. 26, Queens Night Market Finale, 5 pm to midnight. The season ends with trick-or-treating, costume contests with prizes, magic tricks, live music, and DJ Katie Honan. Backlot behind New York Hall of Science, 47-01 111th St., Flushing Meadows Corona Park.
Oct, 26, Seven, Oct. 27. L.A. Theatre Works a riveting documentary play based on personal interviews with seven remarkable women. They all faced life-threatening obstacles before bringing heroic changes to their home countries of Russia, Cambodia, Guatemala, Afghanistan, Northern Ireland, Nigeria, and Pakistan. Shows are Oct. 26 at 8 pm and Oct. 27 at 3 pm. Queens Theater, 14 United Nations Ave. S., Flushing Meadows Corona Park.
Oct. 26, Haunted Waters Tour, noon. Licensed guide Richard Melnick leads a Halloween tour of mayhem and mystery along the Astoria waterfront. Churning whirlpools, electric eels, a riderless horse, cemeteries, tombstones, bones, pirates, and quicksand are on the list. Meet under Hell Gate Bridge, Shore and Ditmars boulevards.
Oct. 26, Deepãvali Celebration, 11:30 am. The Hindu Temple Society of North America organizes a celebration of the Festival of Lights that includes a cultural program with a live Nagaswaram performance. Queens Museum, NYC Building, Flushing Meadows Corona Park.
Oct. 26, Sacred Sites Tour, 11 am. The Corona-East Elmhurst Historic Preservation Society leads a van tour of six historic houses of worship, including the sanctuary where Louis Armstrong’s funeral took place and a church founded by freed slaves in 1828.
Oct. 26, Halloween Harvest Festival, noon to 4 pm. Haitian cultural activities, card readings, dance-and-drum, lantern workshop, face-painting, Urban Shaman Mama Donna, and the annual Doggie Costume Contest. Socrates Sculpture Park, 32-01 Vernon Blvd., LIC.
Oct. 26, Donkey Jote: Always Chasing Windmills, 2 pm. Patty Cake Theater presents a children’s play about the adventures of Donkey Jote and his faithful pig, Chancho Panza. Thalía Spanish Theatre, 41-17 Greenpoint Ave., Sunnyside.
Oct. 26, Dead or Alive, Oct. 27. Explore the science of spooky special effects such as prosthetic wounds and fake blood from noon to 4 pm both days. New York Hall of Science, 47-01 111th St., Flushing Meadows Corona Park.
Oct. 26, Ridgewood Seneca/Catalpa Avenue Stroll, noon to 5 pm. Food, music, fun for kids, etc. Seneca Avenue from Cornelia to Weirfield streets and Catalpa Avenue between Seneca and Myrtle avenues.
Oct. 27, Lucie Arnaz: I Got The Job! Songs From My Musical Past, 3 pm. Lucie Arnaz, whose parents were Desi Arnaz and Lucille Ball, shares anecdotes about her Hollywood co-stars and performs iconic songs from Broadway shows. St. John’s University. Enter via Gate 4 at 80-00 Utopia Pkwy., Jamaica.
Oct. 27, 18th Annual Totten Trot, 9 am. A five-kilometer race and children’s fun run (10 am) on a waterfront course along a pristine stretch of Fort Totten Park. The route includes a loop on Little Bay Path to the Throgs Neck Bridge. Bayside Historical Society, 208 Totten Ave.
Oct. 27, Halloween at the Garden, noon to 4 pm. Trick-or-treat trail, seasonal crafts, magic show, carnivorous plant display, and costume dance party. Queens Botanical Garden, 43-50 Main St., Flushing.
Oct. 27, Armchair Ghost Tales from Queens, 2:30 pm. Professional tour guide Marie Carter presents a spooky illustrated lecture about the ghouls, haunted forts, buried treasure, tragic film stars, and specters of cemeteries that gave Queens the nickname of “Borough of the Dead.” Kingsland Homestead, 143-35 37th Ave., Flushing.
Oct. 27, Gallery Talk on Nicolas Moufarrege, 3 pm. Curator Yasmin Ramirez and artists Elaine Reichek and James Romberger discuss the art and life of Nicolas Moufarrege, a central figure in the East Village art scene in the 1980s. Queens Museum, NYC Building, Flushing Meadows Corona Park.
Oct. 27, Children’s Halloween Festival, 11 am to 4:30 pm. It’s a monster mash. Two-step to the bluegrass stylings of Mama Juke, tackle the Amazing Maize Maze, visit the Haunted Farmhouse, take a hayride, and enjoy a petting zoo. Queens County Farm Museum, 73-50 Little Neck Pkwy., Glen Oaks.
Oct. 27, Sashiko Embroidery Workshop, 1:30 pm. Learn the basics of a Japanese craft. Voelker Orth Museum, 149-19 38th Ave., Flushing.
Oct. 27, Hotel Transylvania, 3 pm. The KCA Cinema Sundays program kicks off with a family film about a high-end resort that Dracula operates. Event includes Halloween activities, and costumes are encouraged. LeFrak Concert Hall, Queens College, 65-30 Kissena Blvd., Flushing.
Oct. 28, Book Discussion, 1:30 pm. Yousef Bashir discusses, sells, and signs his memoir, “The Words of My Father: Love and Pain in Palestine,” about his adolescence in Gaza during the Second Intifada. When he was 15, an Israeli soldier shot him in the spine, leaving him paralyzed from the waist down. However, Israeli doctors saved his life and worked tirelessly to help him walk again. Commonpoint Queens, 67-09 108th St., Forest Hills.
Oct. 29, Corona Circuit, 11 am. Official Queens historian Jack Eichenbaum leads a walking tour of Corona between the Lemon Ice King and the Louis Armstrong House Museum. Meet in Corona Plaza on the south side of the 103rd Street 7 train station. Register via email to email@example.com.
Oct. 31, Bongsan Talchum: Korean Mask Dance, 6 pm (Mask Making), 7 pm (Dance Lesson), 8 pm (Show). Celebrate Halloween with the Bongsan Mask Dance-Drama Preservation Society. Twenty-two performers from Korea present dynamic and spectacular mask dances with live music. Flushing Town Hall, 137-35 Northern Blvd.
Kinetta, until Oct. 27. This dark comedy follows three interconnected people in a desolate resort town. It’s Greek filmmaker Yorgos Lanthimos’s first feature to be released in the United States. Museum of the Moving Image, 36-01 35th Ave., Astoria’s Kaufman Arts District.
Tartuffe, until Oct. 27. This all-female version of Molière’s comedic masterpiece mixes deception, hypocrisy, and false morality. Shows at 4 pm and 7:30 pm. Queens Theatre, 14 United Nations Ave. S., Flushing Meadows Corona Park.
Images: Eryn Hatzithomas (top); Flushing Town Hall (bottom)