Queens Tourism Council: It’s In Queens! (March 14 through March 20)
March 12, 2013
Queens marks its spot at the center of world-class entertainment this week, as Cirque du Soleil will start a multi-week run in Citi Field. But the borough will also host world premieres of a play and a movie series, as well as 3-D movies, Flamenco, ballet, live music, magic and even specialty backgammon games. Here’s the rundown.
- March 14, Totem by Cirque du Soleil, 8 pm, but runs until April 7. The circus traces the journey of the human species from its original amphibian state to its ultimate desire to fly. The characters evolve on a stage with an international cast of 52 from 19 different countries. Citi Field, 123-01 Roosevelt Ave., Flushing, www.cirquedusoleil.com, 718-507-6387.
- March 15, After, 4 pm. Plus, March 16 at 8 pm, March 17 at 3 pm and March 19 at 4 pm. World premiere of a play about an Arab-American family in Brooklyn. Set in a family-owned bookstore, Tariq is a struggling high school student trying to find his voice in his family and surrounding community. With his only friend Amelia, he exploits his one talent: hacking the internet. When his cousin arrives in the U.S. under mysterious circumstances, her presence forces Tariq’s family to re-evaluate their fundamental ideas about generational differences, discrimination and truth. $10. York College Performing Arts Center, 94-45 Guy R. Brewer Blvd., Jamaica, www.york.cuny.edu, 718-262-3705.
- March 15, Wreck-It Ralph in 3-D, 5 pm. Plus March 22 at same time. From Walt Disney Animation Studios comes a hilarious, arcade-game-hopping journey in 3-D. Wreck-It Ralph longs to be a hero. So when a new game arrives, he sneaks into it with a plan to win a medal, but soon wrecks everything, and accidentally unleashes a deadly enemy that threatens every game in the arcade. $9 adults/$7 children, seniors & students with ID. New York Hall of Science, 47-01 111th St., Flushing Meadows-Corona Park, www.nysci.org, 718-699-0005.
- March 15, Tablao Flamenco Series, 8:30 pm. The American Bolero Dance Company kicks off its spring season with a show featuring live Flamenco, other styles of Spanish dance and music presented in a cabaret-type format and atmosphere. $25/$20 seniors/$17 children under 12 years old. The Chian Federation, 44-01 Broadway, LIC, www.chianfed.org, 718-392-8888.
- March 15, A Tribute to Dinah Washington, 8 pm. Live music featuring vocalist Lillie Bryant-Howard, pianist Joe Vincent Tranchina, bassist Christopher Dean Sullivan and percussionist Bobby Sanabria. $20/$17 in advance. Afrikan Poetry Theatre, 176-03 Jamaica Ave., Jamaica, www.afrikanpoetrytheatre.org.
- March 15, Lecture and Book Signing, 4 pm. Mustafa Akyol will discuss and give autographs for his new book Islam Without Extremes: A Muslim Case for Liberty. Free. St. John’s University D’Angelo Center Room 416, 80-00 Utopia Pkwy, Jamaica, www.stjohns.edu/yehgallery, 718-990-7476.
- March 16, RIOULT Dance NY, 8 pm. This internationally acclaimed modern dance company captivates audiences with Pascal Rioult’s compelling choreography and extraordinary dancers. $20-$10. LaGuardia Performing Arts Center, 31-10 Thomson Ave., Room E-24, LIC, www.lagcc.cuny.edu/lpac, 718-482-5151.
- March 16, The Rohling Band, 7 pm. The Rohling Band will perform Blues classics and some original material. The group strives to continue the Chicago style developed when Mississippi Delta Blues reached the Windy City in the 1920s. Free. Sunnyside Reformed Church. 48th Street and Skillman Avenue, Sunnyside, email@example.com, 718-426-5997.
- March 16, Con Brio Ensemble presents Twilight Concert, 2 pm. Celebrating its 34th season, members of the Con Brio Ensemble will perform works by Schumann, Franck and Franz Mittler. $12. Langston Hughes Library, 100-01 Northern Blvd., Corona, www.queenslibrary.org, firstname.lastname@example.org, 718-459-1277.
- March 16, East of the River: Levantera Five Boroughs of Music Festival, 3 pm. This unique ensemble offers a program exploring Medieval music of the Mediterranean, Balkans and Middle East. $25. Flushing Town Hall, 137-35 Northern Blvd., Flushing, www.flushingtownhall.org, 718-463-7700, ext. 222.
- March 16, Take Root with SYREN Modern Dance, 8:30 pm. $15. Green Space, 37-24 24th St., LIC, www.greenspacestudio.org, 718-956-3037.
- March 16, Amos Vogel and His ‘Film as a Subversive Art’ Honored with 16 Iconic Films, 3 pm, runs until March 31. Amos Vogel was one of the most influential film programmers of the 20th century and author of the seminal 1974 book Film as a Subversive Art. The Museum of the Moving Image will celebrate Vogel’s work with 16 iconic films championed in his book. MMI, 36-01 35th Ave., Astoria, www.movingimage.us, 718-777-6888.
- March 17, Giselle, 3 pm. This classic ballet tells the story of a young, innocent village maiden who is in love with a man she knows only as Loys. In reality, he is Albrecht, a nobleman disguised as a peasant, who is betrothed to Bathilde, daughter of the Duke. $42/$39. Queensborough Performing Arts Center, 222-05 56th Ave., Bayside, www.qcc.cuny.edu/QPAC, 718-631-6311.
- March 17, The Wonder Cabinet, runs until March 31. This is an experiment in collaborative story writing and contemporary wunderkammer. The exhibition brings together an eclectic group of artists — sculptors, costumers, video artists, holographers and more — to compose a narrative and build a walk-through cabinet of curiosities. Open on weekends, noon-6 pm, or by appointment. Flux Factory, 39-31 29th St., LIC, www.fluxfactory.org, 718-707-3362.
- March 17, Little Makers: Sink, Float, Flink, 10:30 am. Explore buoyancy by testing whether everyday objects sink or float. Design and build your own creations to test in this drop-in workshop. $8 per family, plus NYSCI admission. Pre-registration is recommended. New York Hall of Science, 47-01 111th St., Flushing Meadows-Corona Park, www.nysci.org, email@example.com, 718-699-0005.
- March 19, Game Night at Z Hotel, 7 pm. Tuesday is the ultimate game night with the opportunity to eat, drink and mingle with friends while partaking in a little competitive fun. Details include game night cocktails, light bites from the new tapas menu at buy one, get the second half off, backgammon, chess, Monopoly, competitive Karaoke with prizes, the option to book accommodations for the evening at a special rate and free transportation. Z Hotel, 11-01 43rd Ave., LIC, www.zhotelny.com, firstname.lastname@example.org, 212-319-7000.
- March 20, Magic Tricks Workshop with Jeremy Pasternak, 4 pm. Enjoy fun and illusions with young magician Jeremy Pasternak. Free, but pre-registration is required. Poppenhusen Branch Library, 121-23 14th Ave., www.queenslibrary.org, 718-359-1102.
The “It’s In Queens” column is produced by the Queens Tourism Council with the hope that readers will enjoy the borough’s wonderful attractions.