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Queens relaxes on Thanksgiving Day, but then hits the following days hard with detox dance, jazz, comedy, painting lessons, historic tours, and crisis management.
Nov. 24, The American Pops Orchestra, 7 pm. Queensborough Performing Arts Center and The American Pops Orchestra do a version of “Name That Tune” with an online scoring sheet and a prize for the winner.
Nov. 24, Talk with a Sculptor, 7 pm. Kupferberg Center on the Arts streams this chat with Yvonne Shortt, whose work is currently on display at the Queens College Art Center.
Nov. 24, Center of Attention: Planet in Transit #1, 2 pm. Noguchi Museum educator Matthew Capezzuto leads an interactive virtual learning program related to the piece “Planet in “Transit #1 (1968–1972).”
Nov. 25, Animal Husbandry, 2:30 pm. Alley Pond Environmental Center Animal Care Coordinator Zachary Kaplan discusses the upkeep of the agency’s snakes, turtles, lizards, frogs, guinea pigs, birds, rabbits, spiders, fish, and more. APEC, 224-65 76th Ave., Oakland Gardens.
Nov. 25, Because They Were Jews: Cincinnati Survivors of the Holocaust Remembered, 11 am. In coordination with the Kupferberg Holocaust Center, Joyce Kamen presents on her Project Eternity, which interviewed Holocaust survivors in Cincinnati.
Nov. 27, Detox Dance Classes, 1 pm. Queensboro Dance Festival streams four free, live, 60-minutes classes to help people recover from Thanksgiving Day excess. On this day, it’s Traditional West African Dance (1 pm), Bellydance basics (2 pm), Nutcracker Barre (3 pm), and Holiday Funk (4 pm).
Nov. 27, Live Streaming Paint Experience, 3 pm. Masa Kitani of Creative Scene hosts this live, fun, interactive paint experience via Alley Pond Environmental Center.
Nov. 28, Town of Jamaica, 11 am. In partnership with The Municipal Arts Society of New York City, Greater Astoria Historical Society President Bob Singleton leads a virtual tour of Jamaica with special attention to the area’s history.
Nov. 28, Detox Dance Classes, 1 pm. Queensboro Dance Festival streams four free, live, 60-minutes classes to help people recover from Thanksgiving Day excess. On this day, it’s Lit and Fit (1 pm), Musical Theater Choreography (2 pm), Nutcracker Barre (3 pm), and Ballroom (4 pm).
Nov. 28, I Want To Be A Vet, 10 am. After drop-off, children learn about veterinary care with help from real animals during this on-site event at Alley Pond Environmental Center, 224-65 76th Ave., Oakland Gardens.
Nov. 28, The George Cables Trio with Special Guest Ed Jackson, 8:30 pm. The Jackson Room presents a night of jazz with highly respected musicians.
Nov. 30, Day With(out) Art 2020: Transmissions, 6 pm. Queens Museum partners with Visual AIDS for Day With(out) Art 2020 to screen “Transmissions,” a program of six new videos considering the impact of HIV and AIDS beyond the United States. A live Q&A with the commissioned artists follows.
Nov. 29, Detox Dance Classes, 1 pm. Queensboro Dance Festival streams four free, live, 60-minutes classes to help people recover from Thanksgiving Day excess. On this day, it’s Dance and Stretch (1 pm), Hip-Hop (2 pm), Nutcracker Barre (3 pm), and African Dance (4 pm).
Nov. 30, Illuminate: Making Art with Light, 3:30 pm. The Noguchi Museum offers this workshop that begins with a conversation on art and ends with creating artwork using materials found in the home.
Nov. 30, Living Artists in Queens: Selections from Queens International, noon. As part of the Art Talks at Queens Public Library series, Queens Museum Assistant Curator Sophia Marisa Lucas discusses the artists and works from “Queens International 2018: Volumes,” focusing on the diversity of creative practices thriving in the borough, from living artists of all ages with different types of training, cultural backgrounds, and social networks.
Dec. 1, LIC Summit, 9 am. Virtual and shorter this year, the annual event has the theme “Community Through Crisis” and explores COVID-19’s lasting effects and how key groups — small businesses, healthcare, nonprofits, manufacturers, etc. — worked independently and collaboratively during the crisis.
Dec. 1, Team Human Podcast Show, 7 pm. Douglas Rushkoff, a media theorist, author, documentarian, and world-renowned public intellectual, hosts a radio party with Yin Mei Critchell, a director, choreographer, philosopher, world-renowned dancer, and professor of dance at Queens College. A live Q&A follows.
Dec. 2, Native American Spotlight: Queens & Long Island, 7 pm. Flushing Town Hall presents a conversation moderated by Tecumseh Ceaser of the Matinecock Turkey Clan. Native American artists discuss and showcase their art in a panel discussion.
Dec. 2, Marvelous Mother Nature Dramatic Play, Dec. 30. Ms. Brenda presents this virtual program with puppets, interactive storytelling, and songs to immerse children in a dramatic play experience. Alley Pond Environmental Center presents this work at 4 pm on Dec. 2, 9, 16, and 30.
Dec. 3, Gifted, Dec. 21. Queens Theatre streams this socially distant comedy in three episodes — Dec. 3, 10, and 17 with full wrap up on Dec. 21 — at 7 pm each time. Written and directed by Topher Payne, this play stars Matteo and Becca, who are spending their first Christmas together in quarantine. Hilarity ensues.
Dec. 3, Virtual Cinema: New Nature Shorts, Dec. 11. The Museum of the Moving Image screens 12 shorts by contemporary artists, filmmakers, scientists, and technologists in Canada, Germany, Mexico, and the United States that confront the human conception of nature. One looks at a path from a snake’s perspective. Another depicts animals gazing directly into a camera in a German park. A third follows a donkey that escapes from a garage in downtown Tijuana.
Dec. 3, The Restless, Dec. 6. Queens College presents a dance concert with dramaturgy by What Will the Neighbors Say and choreography by Yin Mei Critchell and Marshall Davis. Shows are Dec. 3-5 at 7 pm and Dec. 6 at 3 pm.
Dec. 3, Seen and Unseen: Light, 2 pm. The Noguchi Museum offers this monthly virtual tour for adults who are blind or have low vision. This month’s subject is Noguchi’s light-inspired sculptures.
Dec. 3, Virtual STEAM Workshop: Design Challenge, 3:30 pm. The Lewis Latimer House Museum offers a virtual workshop during which participants build structures and explore engineering techniques using simple supplies, such as construction paper, aluminum foil, and scissors.
Images: Queens Theatre (above); Flushing BID (below)