It’s In Queens! (Nov 15) through (Nov 21)
November 13, 2012
It’s In Queens! (Nov. 15 through Nov. 21)
(Queens, N.Y.) Born in Bangladesh in 1931, spiritual teacher Sri Chinmoy eventually made his home in Jamaica, where he influenced thousands of followers with his philosophies on the beauty of meditation, literature, music and art. He died on Oct. 11, 2007, but a vegetarian cafe inspired by his way of life, Panorama of My Silence-Heart, lives on a few blocks from his home on Parsons Boulevard. On Thursday, Panorama hosts a festival featuring poetry, film and a benefit for Hurricane Sandy victims. The rest of Queens follows suit, as upcoming events include many fundraisers related to the superstorm as well as opportunities to achieve inner peace through music, film, dance, comedy and discussions of history. Here’s the rundown.
- Nov. 15, Panorama Fall Arts Festival Opening Night, 7 pm. First up is a presentation of documentaries and spoken word, Nov. 15, 7 pm. But the festival continues with HeartDawn, Music for Meditation, Nov. 16, 8 pm; The Jungle Book, Nov. 17, 11 am; Hurricane Sandy Benefit, Nov. 18, 7:30 pm; Filmmaker with a Vision, Nov. 19, 7:30 pm; and Vegetarian Thanksgiving Meal, Nov. 20, 7 pm. The Panorama Of My Silence-Heart Cafe, 84-73 Parsons Blvd., Jamaica, 718.526.0723, www.panoramacafe.org.
- Nov 15, DST3K Presents: The Cheerleaders, 10:30 pm. Devil Science Theater 3000 is an interactive experience in which the audience plays drinking games and makes fun of terrible movies while being egged on by professional comedians in the crowd. $5 with no drink minimum. Laughing Devil Comedy Club, 47-38 Vernon Blvd., Long Island City, 347.913.3845, www.dst3k.com.
- Nov. 16, Israel and New Breed, 7 pm. An internationally famous Gospel group leads a spiritual night of music and Christian worship. $15. The Greater Allen AME Cathedral of New York, 111-54 Merrick Blvd., Jamaica, 718.206.4600, www.allencathedral.org.
- Nov. 16, NEA Jazz Masters, Panel Discussion at 7pm; Concert at 8 pm. Five NEA Jazz Masters — Jimmy Heath, saxophone; Barry Harris, piano; Ron Carter, bass; Curtis Fuller, trombone; Jimmy Owens, trumpet, Tootie Heath, drums — play classic standards from the Great American Songbook. $40/$32 members/$10 students with I.D. Flushing Town Hall, 137-35 Northern Blvd., 718.463.7700, www.flushingtownhall.org.
- Nov. 16, Irish Movie Night, 7:30pm. Film screening of An Everlasting Piece. Colm is a Catholic and George is a poetry-loving Protestant in Belfast in the 1980s. They could have been enemies, but instead they became business partners. The two embark on a series of house calls in neighborhoods that are dangerous for one or the other partner. Plus, Give up Yer Aul Sins, an Oscar nominated short by the acclaimed Irish animation company Brown Bag Films. $11/$6 seniors, students, unemployed/free for anyone displaced by Hurricane Sandy. The New York Irish Center, 10-40 Jackson Ave, Long Island City, 718.482.0909, www.newyorkirishcenter.org.
- Nov. 17, Luna Negra, at 2 & 8 pm and Nov. 18 at 3 pm. This Chicago-based troupe blends the discipline of ballet and the dynamic movement of contemporary dance, infusing it with the explosive energy of Latin dance forms. Queens Theatre, 14 United Nations Ave. S., Flushing Meadows-Corona Park, 718.760.0064, www.queenstheatre.org.
- Nov. 17, Astoria Symphonic Choir Carols & Psalms, 8 pm. Maestro Adam Eggleston, Artistic Director of the Astoria Symphonic Choir, leads a performance of Benjamin Britten’s Ceremony of Carols and Leonard Bernstein’s Chichester Psalms. Trinity Lutheran Church, 31-18 37th St., Astoria, 917.300.8695, www.astoriamusic.org.
- Nov. 17, Gary Gulman, 8 pm & 10:30 pm. Gary Gulman has appeared on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, The Late Show with David Letterman, The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson and Craig Kilborn, Last Call with Carson Daly, Comedy Central’s Premium Blend, Showtime Presents Gary Gulman, Comics Unleashed with Byron Allen, Jimmy Kimmel Live, HBO’s Dane Cook’s Tourgasm and Last Comic Standing Seasons 2 and 3. He was a guest star on Last Comic Standing Season 4. $20. Laughing Devil Comedy Club, 47-38 Vernon Blvd., Long Island City, 347.913.3845, www.laughingdevil.com.
- Nov. 17, Civil War Roundtable – Antietam, 1 pm. Discussion of the bloodiest day in U.S. history from the Confederate, Union and nursing perspectives. $5/free for members. Greater Astoria Historical Society, 35-20 Broadway, Astoria, 718.278.0700, www.astorialic.org.
- Nov. 17, Jazz with Junior Mance, 7 pm. Born in Chicago on Oct. 10, 1928, Junior Mance is a jazz pianist, composer, author of How to Play Blues Piano and recording artist of over 40 albums as a leader and numerous recordings as a sideman. $20. York College Performing Arts Center, 94-45 Guy R. Brewer Blvd, Jamaica, 718.262.3750, www.york.cuny.edu.
- Nov. 17, Hands-on History: All Aboard! noon - 3 pm. Rufus King’s son John was president of the railroad. Learn about trains and how they helped transform Jamaica from farmland to city. Enjoy train-related stories, crafts and more. King Manor in King Park, near Jamaica Avenue between 150th and 153rd streets, Jamaica, 718.206.0545, www.kingmanor.org.
- Nov. 18, Arab Music and Dance, 2:15 pm with dance workshop at 1 pm. Led by violinist Sami Abu Shumays, the group Zikrayat (translates as “memory”) specializes in smoky, evocative music from mid-20th century Egyptian cinema. Shumays, who studied both Western classical music and Arabic maqam, and the other members of Zikrayat, combine Arabic instruments like the nay (end-blown flute) and buzuq (long-necked flute) with violin and percussion to produce their own take on forgotten Egyptian films. $12/$10 members/$8 children/$6 member children. Flushing Town Hall, 137-35 Northern Blvd., Flushing, 718.463.7700, www.flushingtownhall.org.
- Nov. 18, Broadway Elite Concert, 3 pm. Three of the most admired and legendary Broadway superstars take visitors on a musical journey celebrating their illustrious careers on the Great White Way. Performing the show-stopping songs for which they are best known, these three icons have starred in some of the greatest musicals of all time, including Cats, Ain’t Misbehavin’, A Chorus Line, 42nd Street, The Wiz, Guys and Dolls, Hello Dolly and Beauty And The Beast. $40. Queensborough Performing Arts Center, 222-05 56th Ave., Bayside, 718-631-6311, www.qcc.cuny.edu/qpac.
- Nov. 18, Sticky Fingers and Snapshots Fundraiser for Hurricane Sandy, 11 am. A bake sale with delicious homemade treats and baby/toddler photo sessions with a local photographer join a coat drive for New York Cares and a full bar including 14 beers on draft. All proceeds from the bake sale and photo sessions and half of drink purchases go to the New York Cares hurricane relief efforts. Laughing Devil Comedy Club, 47-38 Vernon Blvd., Long Island City, 347.913.3845, www.laughingdevil.com.
- Nov. 18, Queens Museum of Art Rockaways Fundraiser, noon – 4 pm. QMA hosts a fundraiser/open house to benefit the Rockaway Waterfront Alliance, which has been bringing aid, digging out cars, and mobilizing for the future of the boardwalk in the Rockaways. All QMA admissions and collected contributions will go to support the RWA. QMA, Flushing Meadows-Corona Park- New York City Building, 718.592.9700, www.queensmuseum.org.
- Nov. 18, R.U.S.H. Concert, 4 pm – 8 pm. Restaurants Unite for Sandy Help and Sunnyside Cares unite to offer music, food, libation, children’s activities and a monster raffle. Consider the following: $10 all-you-can-eat bracelet; $10 bar bracelet; $15 combo bar-food bracelet; and $5 children’s bracelet. All money raised goes directly to help victims of Hurricane Sandy. Sunnyside Community Services, 43-31 39th St., 718.784.6173, www.scsny.org.
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.