Events In Queens: April 13-19, 2018

Spotlight

Nai-Ni Chen Dance Company: CrossCurrent V (see below)

THURSDAY 4/12
Wartime Defection: Resistance & Rescue During Genocide

Prominent scholar and UCLA faculty member Aliza Luft discusses rescue behavior during mass atrocities and genocide. 5 p.m. Kupferberg Holocaust Center, Queensborough Community College, 222-05 56th Ave., Bayside, http://bit.ly/2pRonD4.

FRIDAY 4/13
Celebrity Cooking

Sample Pilipino Chicken Adobo and healthy Asian cuisine with Neil & Carson from Food Network’s Cooks Vs. Cons during this event at Queens Crossing. Admission is $20, which includes a tasting. 6:30 p.m. The Food Court at Queens Crossing, 136-17 39th Ave., Flushing, http://bit.ly/2G9UfJV.

SATURDAY 4/14
Broadway Valentine

The Queens Theatre will host a performance of romantic songs by real-life couples who regularly perform on Broadway—including Tony nominee Erin Dilly (A Christmas Story) and Stephen Buntrock (Les Miserables), two-time Tony nominee Brandon Uranowitz (Prince of Broadway) and Zachary Price (Baby, It’s You!), and Alysha Umphress (On The Town) and Cody Williams (Cinderella). This concert is rescheduled from a February postponement. Performances will be held at 3 p.m. and 8 p.m. Admission is $20 to $30. Queens Theatre, 14 United Nations Ave. S., Flushing Meadows Corona Park, http://bit.ly/2ErjRVT.

QJOG Spring Jazz Fest
The Queens Jazz OverGround, a collective that promotes jazz, will presents it annual series of workshops and performances. Free. Noon to 10 p.m. Flushing Town Hall, 137-35 Northern Blvd., http://bit.ly/2qk6Ovv.

“Pete The Cat”
In this musical, the groovy Pete and Jimmy, the world’s most organized second grader, travel to Paris and back in a bus. 2 p.m. Admission is $10 or $5 for children. Jamaica Performing Arts Center, 153-10 Jamaica Ave., http://bit.ly/2qhL58x.

As Above, So Below: Scientific Inquiry, Activism And The Environment
This event at the Queens Museum will be the first in a series of four Saturday education events that are related to the ongoing exhibit Mel Chin: All Over the Place. Noon, Queens Museum, NYC Building, Flushing Meadows Corona Park, http://bit.ly/2GN6j8A.

Come Compose
This interactive event for children and their families features performances of recent works highlighting ways that composers find inspiration. Free. 3 p.m. Maple Grove Cemetery, 127-15 Kew Gardens Rd., Kew Gardens, http://bit.ly/2qj5KYO.

The Working Woman (Of Color): A Conference On Mobility and Opportunity For Women of Color
The Knockdown Center will host conversations about self-actualization that are curated by women of color, who strive to diversify industries, develop financial literacy and nurture a collective cultural consciousness. The event will repeat on April 15. Knockdown Center, 52-19 Flushing Ave., Maspeth, https://ticketf.ly/2uYziRj.

Learn To Sail
This event at Flushing Meadows Corona Park’s scenic Meadow Lake held by the American Small Craft Association will teach participants basic sailing instruction. Attendees will learn to tie knots, rig a boat and understand using the wind to sail a boat. $300 includes six classes, books, materials, classroom instruction and a swim test. World’s Fair Boathouse, Flushing Meadows Corona Park, https://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2018/04/14/learn-to-sail-with-tascas-basic-sailing-program-spring-session.

SUNDAY 4/15
Nai-Ni Chen Dance Company: CrossCurrent V
This live music-with-dance project showcases works being developed Nai-Ni Chen with guest artists from Taiwan and China. The New Asia Chamber Music Society accompanies with classical and contemporary music. $16. 2 p.m. Flushing Town Hall, 137-35 Northern Blvd., http://bit.ly/2qk6Ovv.

Edmar Castañeda Quartet With Special Guest Gregoire Maret
This exciting duo provides the unusual combination of harp and harmonica during a performance at Queens College. Castañeda has taken the world stage by storm with the sheer force of his virtuosic command of the harp. Maret is one of the world’s most sought after harmonica players. 3 p.m. LeFrak Concert Hall, Queens College, vicinity of Reeves Avenue and Kissena Boulevard, Flushing, http://bit.ly/2o2DURb.

How We Create And How We Cope
LaGuardia Community College’s performing arts center will host an open and honest evening of multidisciplinary performance and presentations about mental illness, particularly in connection to creativity as an outlet, outcome and survival mechanism. 5 p.m. Free. LaGuardia Performing Arts Center’s Little Theatre, 31-10 Thomson Ave., Long Island City, http://bit.ly/2JxQJLN.

Brian Stokes Mitchell: Simply Broadway
This two-time Tony Award-winner’s career spans Broadway, television, film and concert appearances with the country’s finest conductors and orchestras. Backed by a live band, he sings from a nearly three-decade career on Broadway, including selections filled with hope, humanity and joy from his upcoming album, Plays With Music. 3 p.m. Admission is $40 to $50. Queensborough Performing Arts Center, 222-05 56th Ave., Bayside, http://bit.ly/2IETjOC.

Look Out! Science Is Coming!
Doktor Kaboom is an over-the-top German physicist with a boundless passion for science. Sporting chrome goggles, an orange lab coat, motorcycle boots and wicked cool hair, he performs with an explosive comedic style and improvisational skill. There will be an ASL interpretation at the 3 p.m. show. 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. Admission is $10 to $14. Queens Theatre, 14 United Nations Ave. S., Flushing Meadows Corona Park, http://bit.ly/2GMrBPn.

Americans In Paris And Back Again
Quintet of the Americas, the borough’s renowned woodwind ensemble, will play music that explores French virtuoso Nadia Boulanger’s influence on American composers, such as Aaron Copland, Leonard Bernstein, and Quincy Jones, at the Queens Library in Flushing. 2 p.m. Queens Flushing Library, 41-17 Main St., Flushing, http://bit.ly/2IE2YVv.

Head-Wraps of African Women In America
Cheyney McKnight, of Not Your Momma’s History!, lectures on head-wraps that were worn by free and enslaved African-American women in the 18th and 19th centuries. Free. 3 p.m. King Manor Museum, Rufus King Park, vicinity of 153rd Street and Jamaica Avenue, Jamaica, http://bit.ly/2GHwZr0.

Myrtle Avenue Spring Street Festival
This annual festival will include more than 200 merchant and vendor displays, children’s rides, game booths, food, entertainment, health providers and vintage buses. Noon to 6 p.m. Myrtle Avenue between Wyckoff and Forest avenues, Ridgewood, http://bit.ly/2vlO3gi.

TUESDAY 4/17
Works in Progress

Queens College’s MFA Program in Creative Writing and Literary Translation faculty members will read works and discuss the creative process and the writer’s life during this event at the LeFrak Concert Hall. 7 p.m. LeFrak Concert Hall, Queens College, vicinity of Reeves Avenue and Kissena Boulevard, Flushing, http://bit.ly/2nmaCKy.

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