Happening In Queens (Dec.16 to Dec.22)
Dance the night away in a bonnet and horsehair crinoline. Go on an adventure with spirited Muppets. Sip hot chocolate while listening to a classic play. Uncover the poetry in nature. The upcoming week is filled with some dramatic activities in Queens.
Dec. 16, Heart of Darkness, 3:30 pm. Participate in a conversation about Isamu Noguchi’s 1974 sculpture “Heart of Darkness” (1974), which is on permanent exhibition on the first floor. The Noguchi Museum, 09-01 33rd Rd., Long Island City.
Dec. 17, The Governor’s Victorian Holiday Ball, 4:30 pm. Celebrate the holiday season with historic cocktail making, Victorian dancing, collages, salt dough ornament crafts, generous hors d’oeuvres, and period music. Formal dress code is suggested, while Victorian Period attire is encouraged. King Manor Museum, 150-03 Jamaica Ave.
Dec. 17, The Gift of the Magi, 1 pm. Renowned actor and raconteur Kevin R. Free, who grew up in Queens, recreates O Henry’s 1905 Christmas story “The Gift of the Magi” in a three-acre pasture. Free hot chocolate. Queens County Farm Museum, 73-50 Little Neck Pkwy., Glen Oaks.
Dec. 17, Nancy Sit Live, 9 pm. A show by Nancy Sit, the first actress to be awarded the HKSAR Medal of Honour in Hong Kong, who is also a singing superstar in the Asian world. Resorts World New York City, 110-00 Rockaway Blvd., South Jamaica.
Dec. 17, The Muppet Christmas Carol: 30th Anniversary Screening, Dec. 24. Watch this 1992 version of the Charles Dickens classic with Muppet characters. Gonzo is Charles Dickens, Kermit is Bob Cratchit, and Fozzie Bear is Fozziwig. A human actor, Michael Caine, plays Ebenezer Scrooge. Showtimes are Dec. 17 at 1 pm (with Jim Henson Legacy President Craig Shemin in attendance) and Dec. 24 at 12:30 pm. Museum of the Moving Image, 36-01 35th Ave., Astoria’s Kaufman Arts District.
Dec. 17, Quintet of the Americas, 3 pm. This Jackson Heights-based group — Kim O’Hare Bonacorsa (flute), Matt Sullivan (oboe and English horn), David Valbuena (clarinet and bass clarinet), Barbara Oldham (horn), and Alexander Davis (bassoon) — mixes Mozart with wind music, tango, and a Kwanzaa tune. Queens Public Library Branch, 35-51 81st St., Jackson Heights.
Dec. 17, Nature in Poetry Hike, 11 am. Join Urban Rangers for a walk around Meadow Lake as participants reflect on poetry inspired by the outdoors. Meet at Meadow Lake Boat Rental Parking Lot, Flushing Meadows Corona Park.
Dec. 17, Storytime with Tim Miller, noon. An arts-filled day with author/illustrator Tim Miller who will read his newest book, “Izzy Paints at the Queens Museum.” Program includes book reading, illustration demo, and art-making stations. Queens Museum, NYC Building, Flushing Meadows Corona Park.
Dec. 17, Holiday History Books Sale, all day. A 10 percent discount on all Queens history books in the Gift Shop. Queens Historical Society, Kingsland Homestead, 143-35 37th Ave., Flushing.
Dec. 17, UpSouth Under Queens’ Grounds, 2 pm. Former Queens Poet Laureate David Mills reads his poetry inspired by two enslaved women, Martha Peterson and Millie Tunnell. Both are buried in Queens cemeteries. Queens Historical Society, Kingsland Homestead, 143-35 37th Ave., Flushing.
Dec. 18, Oratorio Society of Queens Holiday Concert, 4 pm. Maestro David Close leads a chorus, orchestra, and soloists through selections from Handel’s “Messiah” and traditional Christmas and Chanukah favorites. St. Kevin’s Church, 42-21 194th St., Flushing.
Dec. 18, The Nutcracker & Visit to Santaland, 3:30 pm. The Joffrey Ballet School offers a blend of dance and music while relating the holiday adventure that follows a little girl through a fantasy world of dolls, toy soldiers, mice, snowflakes, princes, and fairies. Then, it’s Santa time. LaGuardia Performing Arts Center, 31-10 Thomson Ave., Long Island City.
Dec. 18, Mini-Global Mashup: Garifuna Meets Flamenco, 1 pm. Lucy Blanco, who founded the Afro-Garifuna Jazz Ensemble in New York City, plays with bassist Hilliard Greene. Flamenco duo Lisa and Josué perform. Then, they jam together. Flushing Town Hall, 137-35 Northern Blvd.
Dec. 18, Quintet of the Americas, 3 pm. This Jackson Heights-based group — Kim O’Hare Bonacorsa (flute), Matt Sullivan (oboe and English horn), David Valbuena (clarinet and bass clarinet), Barbara Oldham (horn), and Alexander Davis (bassoon) — mixes Mozart with wind music, tango, and a Kwanzaa tune. The Center at Maple Grove Cemetery, 127-15 Kew Gardens Rd.
Dec. 18, Astoria Holiday Market, noon. Art, jewelry, toys, chocolates, body care, handbags, clothing, stationery, scarves, hats, and pottery. Plus, the host venue offers the Grandmas Kitchen menu, which includes homemade soups, platters, and apple strudel. Bohemian Hall & Beer Garden, 29-19 24th Ave., Astoria.
Dec. 18, Winter Solstice Forest Bathing Walk, 11:30 am. Certified guide Linda Lombardo leads a meditative forest bathing walk as per the Japanese Shinrin-Yoku tradition. The goal is to inspire connections to nature for a range of health benefits. Alley Pond Environmental Center, 224-65 76th Ave., Oakland Gardens.
Dec. 18, Community Market Party, noon. Live and deejay music, furniture, new and vintage art, clothing, drinks, and food surprises. M Wells, 43-15 Crescent St., Long Island City.