Happenings in Queens (Nov. 11 to Nov. 17)
It’s a week that jumps back and forth from countries, cultures, and time periods. Vintage cars, Salem witches, Chinese lanterns, 18th century cuisine, fresh kicks, napkin rings, and Latin American Christmas traditions are all in the mix.
Nov. 11, Illuminate the Farm, Jan. 8, 2023. A dazzling display of lights and illuminated Chinese lanterns handmade by artisans with decades of dedication to their craft. They’re inspired by theme parks and Chinese myths. From 5 pm to 9 pm, Friday through Sunday and daily from Dec. 23 to Jan. 1, 2023. Queens County Farm Museum, 73-50 Little Neck Pkwy., Glen Oaks.
Nov. 11, Baldwin vs. Buckley, Nov. 12. The 1965 televised debate between intellectual heavyweights James Baldwin and William F. Buckley Jr. is restaged in an intimate performance. Showtimes are Nov. 11 at 8 pm and Nov. 12 at 3 pm and 8 pm. Queens Theatre, 14 United Nations Ave. S., Flushing Meadows Corona Park.
Nov. 11, 18th Century Tavern Nights, Dec. 17. The hosts use an open hearth and 18th century recipes to prepare a dinner to be enjoyed with period tableware and candles. (Menu includes spicy corn relish, sweet-and-sour raisin soup, chicken fricassee, and king’s arm tavern sweet potatoes. Schedule: 8 pm to 11 pm on Nov. 11, Nov. 19, Dec. 2, Dec. 3, Dec. 9, Dec. 10, and Dec. 17. Queens County Farm Museum, 73-50 Little Neck Pkwy., Glen Oaks.
Nov. 11, Christmas in Colombia, Dec. 11. The Mestizo Art Center and special guest singer Anissa Gathers offer traditional Colombian Christmas folk music and dance on Fridays and Saturdays at 8 pm and Sundays at 4 pm. Thalía Spanish Theatre, 41-17 Greenpoint Ave., Sunnyside.
Nov. 11, Single’s Day, 5 pm. Singles enjoy an evening of shopping, dining, music, a panel discussion on lifestyle, and modeling. The Shops at Skyview, Level 4, 40-24 College Point Blvd., Flushing.
Nov. 11, Three Nights of Dance, Nov. 13. Take Root with Jiva Dance is at 8 pm on Nov. 11 and 12. The Fertile Ground New Works Showcase with various artists is on Nov. 13 at 7 pm. Green Space, 37-24 24th St., Ste. 211, Long Island City.
Nov. 11, Small Discoveries, 10 am. The opening of a learning experience that promotes scientific inquiry and empowers people of all ages and backgrounds to ask questions, explore, and discover new things. New York Hall of Science, 47-01 111th St., Corona.
Nov. 11, I Hate Models + Shlømo + Kyruh, 10 pm. I Hate Models is a marquee name in Neo-Rave sound. The Frenchman deejays with his countryman Shlømo, a pillar of the thriving Techno Underground in Paris, and NY’s Kyruh. Knockdown Center, 52-19 Flushing Ave., Maspeth.
Nov. 12, Action Songs/Protest Dances, Nov. 13. The world premiere of a show conceived, directed, and choreographed by Edisa Weeks. It features five songs commissioned by composers/musicians Taina Asili, Spirit McIntyre, and Martha Redbone. Three are inspired by the life, speeches, and writings of civil rights activist James Forman, whose personal archives are at Queens College’s Rosenthal Library. The other two are about social justice. Shows are at 3 pm. LeFrak Concert Hall, 153-49 Reeves Ave., Flushing.
Nov. 12, Retrospective on Noriaki Tsuchimoto, Nov. 27. Watch films by Japanese documentarian Tsuchimoto, whose Minamata films earned him a reputation as the preeminent chronicler of life in the wake of industrial disasters. He also worked in Siberia and Afghanistan during a career spanning the 1960s through 1980s. Museum of the Moving Image, 36-01 35th Ave., Astoria’s Kaufman Arts District.
Nov. 12, Devil Woman (Obeah Woman) Part 3, 8 pm. Dion TYGAPAW McKenzie presents this three-part opera using Techno as the main genre. The work forms a sonic narrative that draws from the island of Jamaica’s musical heritage, referencing national, patriotic, and traditional songs. Queens Museum, NYC Building, Flushing Meadows Corona Park.
Nov. 12, Louie Vega, Joe Claussell + Anané, 10 pm. Vega has been a major figure in global dance music for decades, holding a residency at Studio 54 and working with Madonna. He’s paired with Claussell, whose Paradise Garage residency and Body & Soul events were seminal bastions of uncompromising deep house. Cape Verde-born Anané adds a touch of glamorous afro-tech to the mix. Knockdown Center, 52-19 Flushing Ave., Maspeth.
Nov. 12, NEA Jazz Masters: The Blues Feeling, 8 pm. A one-of-its-kind concert featuring a very talented group of NEA Jazz Masters. Flushing Town Hall, 137-35 Northern Blvd.
Nov. 13, Autumn Native Dance Celebration, 11 am. Members from eight Native American tribes celebrate and give thanks for the summer harvest by dancing in full regalia. The event also features a Native American market with art, jewelry, ceramics, textiles, and more. Queens County Farm Museum, 73-50 Little Neck Pkwy., Glen Oaks.
Nov. 13, Vintage Car Show, 9 am. Ride back in time with the Bayside Historical Society’s classic car show. A variety of vintage and antique automobiles will be on the lawn. The Castle, 208 Totten Ave., Fort Totten, Bayside.
Nov. 13, Drip City Market Sneaker Convention, noon. This sneaker-and-hat-convention features the hottest kicks, clothes, and accessories from more than 200 vendors. Resorts World New York City, 110-00 Rockaway Blvd., South Jamaica.
Nov. 13, Chamber Music, 5 pm. Composer Midori Larsen presents her works inspired by Japanese immigration stories. They feature Japanese drums and Western instruments, such as woodwind, piano, guitar, bass, and percussion. Culture Lab LIC, 5-25 46th Ave., Long Island City.
Nov. 13, In the Year of the Boar and Jackie Robinson, 1 pm + 3 pm. In this play, Shirley Temple Wong and her family move from China to the United States in 1947, the year Jackie Robinson broke the color barrier in Major League Baseball. Queens Theatre, 14 United Nations Ave. S., Flushing Meadows Corona Park.
Nov. 13, Fused Glass Workshop, 11:30 am. Artist Naomi Rabinowitz leads an afternoon of making fused glass jewelry, such as colorful necklaces, earrings, and rings. Alley Pond Environmental Center, 224-65 76th Ave., Oakdale Gardens.
Nov. 13, Handmade Napkin Rings Workshop, 2 pm. Expert crafter Phyllis Ger leads a workshop on crafting napkin rings. Voelker Orth Museum, 149-19 38th Ave., Flushing.
Nov. 15, LIC Summit, 8:30 am. From mixed-income housing to world-class retail, Long Island City has become a quintessential live-work-play hub. This day-long summit, organized by LIC Partnership, explores the investments in physical and social infrastructure needed to maintain momentum and how LIC can be a model for economic recovery. Museum of the Moving Image, 36-01 35th Ave., Astoria’s Kaufman Arts District.
Nov. 15, The Salem Witch Trials: Lecture by Leslie Wickham, 7:30 pm. A presentation on the Salem Witch Trials by genealogist and historian Leslie Wickham, a descendant of accused witch Sarah Towne Bridges Cloyce. Sarah escaped with her life, but her sisters Rebecca Towne Nurse and Mary Towne Easty were found guilty and put to death. Bayside Historical Society, 208 Totten Ave., Fort Totten.
Nov. 15, Off the Page: Manuel Muñoz, 7 pm. A reading, conversation, and book signing with Manuel Muñoz, who wrote The Consequences, a novel of stories mostly set in the 1980s in the small towns that surround Fresno, California. Muñoz depicts Mexican and Mexican American farm workers and their struggles and challenges. Queens College, Aaron Copland School of Music, Choral Room 264, 65-30 Kissena Blvd., Flushing.
Nov. 16, Exploring Hidden African American History, 6:30 pm. William Voris Site Excavation Director Sara Mascia leads a virtual presentation on archaeological testing of the Voris property. (Voris was a prominent African American entrepreneur in the 1800s.) Lewis Latimer House Museum, 34-42 137 St., Flushing.
Nov. 16, Fountain of the Fairs Mist Garden, 6 pm. A virtual presentation on a Flushing Meadows Corona Park venue. Speakers include Mark Bunnell (a partner at the landscape architecture firm Quennell Rothschild & Partners), Diane Dreier (Design Director, NYC Parks), and Justin Opalka (Deputy Design Director, NYC Parks).
Nov. 17, Studio Museum Artists in Residence 2021–22, Feb. 27, 2023. This exhibition marks the fourth year of a partnership between The Studio Museum in Harlem, the Museum of Modern Art, and MoMA PS1. It features new work by the 2021–22 cohort of Studio Museum’s Artist-in-Residence program: Cameron Granger; Jacob Mason-Macklin; and Qualeasha Wood. MoMA PS1, 22-25 Jackson Ave., Long Island City.