#WeeklyColumn | October 20 – October 26, 2016
BY Daily News Digital Solutions
Judy Collins, the St. Luke’s Chamber Ensemble, and Capitol Steps: Mock the Vote are the internationally recognized acts in Queens this week. Plus, the borough hosts the country’s largest Diwali festival, dance galore, films, tours, storytelling, and Mingei.
Oct. 20-21, Take Root: Treehouse Shakers, 11 am. This company creates original dance-plays that encourage multi-generational audiences to connect to their community. $15. Green Space, 37-24 24th St., LIC.
Oct. 21, Asbury Shorts USA, 7:30 pm. An acclaimed short film concert screens in Queens for the first time ever. Comedy, drama, animation, etc. Highlights of the two-hour presentation include The Little Violinist, Fait d’Hiver, and Rust. $12. Flushing Town Hall, 137-35 Northern Blvd.
Oct. 21, Johnny Cuomo and Friends, 8:30 pm. This guitarist, singer, and storyteller is highly respected on the Irish music scene. Top notch Irish traditional musicians accompany him. $22/$25 at door. New York Irish Center, 10-40 Jackson Ave., LIC.
Oct. 22, Judy Collins, 8 pm. This award-winning singer-songwriter shares the stage with Ari Hest. $40-$50. LeFrak Concert Hall, Queens College, 65-30 Kissena Blvd., Flushing.
Oct. 22, Diwali Motorcade, 3 pm. Mark this Hindu celebration of Lakshmi, the Goddess of Light, with a parade and cultural show. First, there’s a Hawan religious ceremony at The Arva Spiritual Center Grounds, 104-20 133rd St., Richmond Hill, at 3 pm. Vehicles assemble near Liberty Avenue and 133rd Street at 4:30 pm. Free.
Oct. 22, Keigwin + Company, 2 pm and 8 pm (and Oct. 23, 3 pm). A special tribute to Leonard Bernstein by a company that promotes Larry Keigwin’s unique and electrifying style of contemporary dance. $25 and up. Queens Theatre, 14 United Nations Ave. S., Flushing Meadows Corona Park.
Oct. 22, Madeline Hollander, 5 pm. Site-specific performances that draw inspiration from government-mandated public signage for safety protocols and “life-saving” techniques, such as the Heimlich maneuver posters, TSA pat-down, CPR, and airplane safety cards. Free. Socrates Sculpture Park, 32-01 Vernon Blvd., LIC.
Oct. 22, Gantry State Park Tour, 1 pm. Join Bill Gatti from the American Institute of Architects Queens Chapter and explore the rich historic architecture of this 12-acre riverside public space with spectacular views of Midtown Manhattan.
Oct. 22, Pink Lemonade and Vintage Circus Cartoons, 5 pm. An hour of rare, circus-themed cartoons from the 1920s and 1930s. The event, which features live ragtime piano accompaniment, honors pink lemonade inventor Peter Conklin, a permanent resident who was also a clown. Free. Maple Grove Cemetery, 127-15 Kew Gardens Rd., Kew Gardens.
Oct. 22, Immigration, 1 pm. An open conversation on the ways immigration shapes the experience of being an American today. Free. Greater Astoria Historical Society, 35-20 Broadway, LIC.
Oct. 22, Ridgewood Stroll, noon. The Myrtle Avenue BID’s three-block stroll features food-and-beer tastings, music, dance, children’s activities, and giveaways on Seneca and Catalpa avenues.
Oct. 23, Unity Walk, noon. The Flushing Interfaith Council leads a peace-inducing trek to Hindu, Jewish, Russian Orthodox, Sikh, and Unitarian institutions. Free. Meet at Temple Gates of Prayer, 45-57 Bowne St., Flushing.
Oct. 23, Mock the Vote, 3 pm. The clever and zany Capitol Steps ensemble uses satire to mock modern politics. Expect to hear Donald Trump sing a rock song, Bernie Sanders belt out a show tune, and Hillary Clinton do stand-up comedy. $40-$45. Queensborough Performing Arts Center, 222-05 56th Ave., Bayside.
Oct. 23, King Manor Museum, 4 pm. Join Bill Gatti from the American Institute of Architects Queens Chapter on a behind-the-scenes tour. See it all, from the basement to the attic and from servants’ quarters to the family’s parlor. There’s also a concert featuring Beethoven, Schubert and others. $20-$25. King Manor Museum, 150-03 Jamaica Ave., Jamaica.
Oct. 23, St. Luke’s Chamber Ensemble, 1 pm. This Grammy-winning ensemble presents a casual, family-friendly event that explores storytelling through the works of Chevalier de Saint George, a Classical era composer of African descent. Workshop at 1 pm with instruments provided. Free. Flushing Town Hall, 137-35 Northern Blvd.
Oct. 23, Diwali, 1 pm. This celebration of a Hindu tradition includes an art exhibition, a clay lamp painting workshop, a display of Diwali festivities from around the world, dances, and the lighting of 3,000 candles. Queens Museum, NYC Building, Flushing Meadows Corona Park.
Oct. 23, Photography Workshop with Artist Leah Raintree, 1 pm. In summer 2015, Raintree began photographing Noguchi’s sculptures. Her resulting exhibition, Another Land: After Noguchi, brings attention to the sculptures’ material and surface quality. Participants join Raintree in investigating ways to frame Noguchi’s sculptures through photography, paying close attention to interactions between light, form, and composition. $20. Noguchi Museum, 9-01 33rd Rd., LIC.
Oct. 23, Flushing Archaeology, 2:30 pm. Queens College Professor Jim Moore lectures on Flushing’s colonial archaeology. He has a research interest in European Prehistory and Historical Archaeology focusing on Eastern North America and Ireland. $5. Queens Historical Society, 143-35 37th Ave., Flushing.
Oct. 23, Fertile Ground, 7 pm. Watch five or six dances and participate in a post-performance discussion with guest moderator Amy Kail. $12. Green Space, 37-24 24th St., LIC.
Oct. 23, The Legacy of Mingei in Contemporary Abstraction, 3 pm. A panel discussion on the influence of Mingei, a Japanese folk art movement started in the 1920s, on the formation of American Abstraction and how this influence relates to contemporary artistic practice. Free. Dorsky Gallery, 11-03 45th Ave., LIC.
Oct. 24, The Moth StorySLAM: HAUNTED, 8 pm. Open to anyone with a true story to share on the night’s theme: Haunted. Prepare a five-minute yarn about a spooky fixation or just enjoy the show. Flushing Town Hall, 137-35 Northern Blvd.
Oct. 26, Queens Dinner Club, 7:30 pm. Enjoy an 18-course menu featuring unique Cypriot dishes, including lunza kokalo, smoked pork ribs marinated in red wine, rubbed with crushed coriander, and char-grilled. $60. Zenon Taverna, 34-10 31st Ave., Astoria.
Oct. 26, Diedrich Diederichsen on Cosima von Bonin, 7pm. Diederichsen is an art history professor who has written extensively on von Bonin. The German critic presents a lecture on her diverse practice as well as the prominence and role of maritime motifs in her work. SculptureCenter, 44-19 Purves St., LIC.
Oct. 26, Halloween Family Night: Folklore and Fun, 5 pm. A night of spooky storytelling, art-making, treats, and games celebrating the immigrant traditions that shaped modern day Halloween. $3. Voelker Orth Museum, 149-19 38th Ave., Flushing.
Oct. 26, Special Resource Study, 6:30 pm. The National Park Service hosts a public meeting to discuss a Special Resource Study for the Flushing Remonstrance. The study, authorized by Congress as part of Public Law 113-291, helps determine whether the resources related to the Flushing Remonstrance meet the criteria for congressional designation as a unit of the National Park System. Flushing Meeting House, 137-16 Northern Blvd., Flushing.
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