Happening In Queens!(Jan. 6-Jan.12)
The year gets off to a great start with opera, foreign film, live music, mulch, geology, fermentation, and recipes. Obviously, 2023 is going to be a fantastic year in Queens!
Jan. 6, Benediction, 6:30 pm. British director Terrence Davies’s unorthodox drama tells the story of pacifist poet Siegfried Sassoon, who was forever changed by his World War I experiences. Museum of the Moving Image, 36-01 35th Ave., Astoria’s Kaufman Arts District.
Jan. 6, FDR Drive, 8 pm. This party band covers hits from the 1960s to present: Top 40, Hip Hop, wedding standards, R&B, Motown, Rock, Disco, and Freestyle. Resorts World New York City, 110-00 Rockaway Blvd., South Jamaica.
Jan. 6, Mulchfest, 11 am. Volunteer with NYC Parks to care for local street trees. Learn how to aerate, cultivate, mulch, and identify street trees. Meet at 51st Avenue and Center Boulevard, Long Island City.
Jan. 7, Year of the Rabbit Winter Walk, Jan. 21. Celebrate the Lunar New Year with family-friendly community art and a guided walk. The weekly activity starts at 11 am on Jan. 7, 14, and 21. Queens Botanical Garden, 43-50 Main St., Flushing.
Jan. 7, Sondheim: The Early Years, 2 pm. Plaza Theatrical Productions presents this show about famous lyricist Stephen Sondheim. Forest Hills Library, 108-19 71st Ave.
Jan. 7, Fermenting Vegetables Workshop, 10 am. Contraband Ferments CEO and Chief Fermentationist Cheryl Paswater is also an educator, artist, and writer. She leads this Zoom workshop about fermenting vegetables. Participants also get copies of the recipes and a foundation in safe-preserving practices.
Jan. 7, N-Y-C Geo-Lo-Gy, noon. This nature walk through Alley Pond Park makes stops at geological highlights that relay the past billion years of pre-human settlement. Learn how NYC went from a submerged sea to a volcanic region ruled by dinosaurs to an icy home to wooly mammoths. Alley Pond Environmental Center, 224-65 76th Ave., Oakland Gardens.
Jan. 7, Open Studios for Teens + Adults with Disabilities, Jan. 8. On the first weekend of the month, teens and adults with disabilities enjoy art-making and gallery exploration with trained museum educators and teaching artists. Activities start at 2 pm on both days. Queens Museum, NYC Building, Flushing Meadows Corona Park.
Jan. 7, Pulse, 8 pm. Party with a party band. Resorts World New York City, 110-00 Rockaway Blvd., South Jamaica.
Jan. 7, Mulchfest, 11 am. Volunteer with NYC Parks to care for local street trees. Learn how to aerate, cultivate, mulch, and identify street trees. Meet at Woodhaven Boulevard and Forest Park Drive, Forest Park.
Jan. 8, A Walk In Winter, 1 pm. Jocelyn Perez from Herbalists Without Borders leads an expedition through a forest while identifying plants and their medicinal uses, edibility, and folklore. Alley Pond Environmental Center, 224-65 76th Ave., Oakland Gardens.
Jan. 10, Jacob’s Gift, 7:30 pm. Richmond Hill historian Carl Ballenas, who taught at the Immaculate Conception School in Jamaica Estates for decades, discusses his book on Jacob Riis and the Christmas carol tradition. Bayside Historical Society, 208 Totten Ave.
Jan. 11, Monthly Jazz Jam, 7 pm. On the second Wednesday of the month, musicians hone skills and jam with peers and the house band. Don’t play? Don’t worry. Listen and groove! Flushing Town Hall, 137-35 Northern Blvd.
Jan. 12, Off The Wall Affordable Art Fair, Jan. 15. Check out — and maybe even purchase — artwork in an indoor gallery while getting to know the local creative community. Culture Lab LIC, 5-25 46th Ave., Long Island City.
Jan. 12, The Girls in Queens, 6 pm. Christine Kandic Torres discusses her coming-of-age novel on two Latina women in Queens as part of Queens Public Library’s Literary Thursday program.
Jan. 12, Thursday Night Jazz, 8 pm. Milena Casado is a composer who plays flugelhorn and trumpet. The Spaniard is currently composing music to share in different settings, which include trio, quartet, sextet, and nonet. Jamaica Center for Arts & Learning, 161-04 Jamaica Ave.
Jan. 12, Queens Memory Cookbook: Ridgewood, 3 pm. This online conversation looks at how memories are simmered, baked, and pickled into favorite foods. Meet Ridgewood residents, learn more about traditions and recipes, and share stories during this monthly event.
Jan. 12, La Suspendida: A Jazz Metal Opera, Jan. 14. This opera tells the chilling story of a doctor whose obsession with a beautiful young patient was so great that he kept her cadaver as his lover after her untimely death. Adding to the general gruesomeness, it’s told from the perspective of the woman. Culture Lab LIC, 5-25 46th Ave., Long Island City.