Great Small Works Spaghetti Dinner
For the first time in Queens, Great Small Works presents an evening of adult puppetry as part of its long-running Spaghetti Dinner series. Check out new work featuring puppets, music and pasta. $16 general admission, $10 for students, 7:30 p.m., Flushing Town Hall, 137-35 Northern Blvd., http://bit.ly/2oS8LkD.
The newly formed Queens Opera Theatre company offers its first-ever concert at Flushing Town Hall. This 90-minute showcase includes music from “La Boheme” and “Rigoletto.” Free, 7:30 p.m., Flushing Town Hall, 137-35 Northern Blvd., http://bit.ly/2mU9UGl.
Sakura Matsuri Cherry Blossom Festival
This annual festival celebrates the pinks, purples and delicate whites of cherry blossom season with live drumming, a traditional Japanese chorus and tea ceremony. Free, 11 a.m., NYS Pavilion and Astral Fountain, Flushing Meadows Corona Park, http://on.nyc.gov/2nnxkR3.
“The Talk of the Town”
The Greater Astoria Historical Society will hold a screening of the 1942 Cary Grant classic, “The Talk of the Town,” which is about a man accused of burning down a mill and causing a foreman’s death. During trial, he escapes and hides in a house owned by a former schoolmate, even though a law professor is renting it. The escapee and professor then vie for the homeowner’s love. Free, 1 p.m., Greater Astoria Historical Society, 35-20 Broadway, LIC, http://bit.ly/2nVqPoZ.
Kids Week Queens: Storytelling
The Urban Park Rangers will lead this storytelling event at Baisley Pond Park. Free, 1 p.m., Garden entrance at Baisley Pond Park, 155th Street and 122nd Avenue, Jamaica, https://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2017/04/14/storytelling.
Screening and Live Event: “The Cinema Travelers”
Directors Shirley Abraham and Amit Madheshiya screen and discuss this film on showmen who have brought cinema to remote Indian villages via rickety, multi-purpose trucks for approximately 75 years. The tradition is threatened as projectors crumble, reels become scarce and digital technology spreads. A benevolent showman, shrewd exhibitor and maverick projector strive to keep the world’s last traveling cinemas alive. $15, 6 p.m., Museum of the Moving Image, 36-01 35th Ave., Astoria’s Kaufman Arts District, http://bit.ly/2nVz3NR.
“Light Spectrum” Opening Reception
Antonia A. Perez’s “Light Spectrum” focuses on the science of light and color. The sculpture is composed of repurposed lampshade frames through which natural light is filtered. Free, 3 p.m., Lewis H. Latimer House, 34-41 137th St., Flushing. Those interested in attending the opening reception should RSVP at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/light-spectrum-opening-reception-tickets-32739899922.
NYRR Open Run: Cunningham Park
Open Run is a community-based, volunteer-led running initiative that brings free weekly runs and walks to local parks. The finish line is open until the last person is finished. Courses vary based on parks, but they are typically between 2.5 and three miles long. Participants are encouraged to arrive 15 minutes before the start of the run and leave their valuables at home. Free, 9 a.m., Main Park House in Cunningham Park, 196th Street and Union Turnpike, Fresh Meadows, https://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2017/04/16/nyrr-open-run-cunningham-park.
NYSferatu: Classic Cinema and Writing for Film Workshop
Instructor and artist Andrea Mastrovito introduces film studies and writing through F.W. Murnau’s classic 1922 film, “Nosferatu: A Symphony of Horror,” which is based on Bram Stoker’s novel “Dracula.” Free, 2:30 p.m., Queens Museum, NYC Building, Flushing Meadows Corona Park, http://bit.ly/2oZPhXZ.
Monarch Butterfly Workshop
This event will feature training and equipment to create Monarch butterfly habitats and attendees will learn how to raise butterflies and conduct citizen science. The event runs from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Queens Botanical Garden, 43-50 Main St., Flushing, http://bit.ly/2o1508g.
Avian and Human Lungs: A Comparison
The Queens County Bird Club will host a presentation by pulmonary specialist Edward Eden, who explains mammalian and avian lungs and their relationships to ventilation, gas exchange and oxygen supply. 8 p.m., Alley Pond Environmental Center, 228-06 Northern Blvd., Douglaston, http://bit.ly/2jlsSkx.
Spring Film Series: “Notorious”
The Queens Museum’s eight-week series, which includes dramatic and comedic films, explores everything from national security to gender insecurity. Each movie has a post-screening discussion. The remaining schedule follows: Alfred Hitchcock’s 1946 classic “Notorious,” which stars Cary Grant and Ingrid Bergman, at 2 p.m. on April 19; Stanley Donen’s 1958 film “Indiscreet,” which also stars Grant and Bergman, on May 3; Ernst Lubitsch’s 1942 comedy “To Be or Not To Be” on May 10; and Billy Wilder’s uproarious 1959 comedy classic “Some Like It Hot,” which stars Jack Lemmon and Marilyn Monroe, on May 17. Queens Museum, NYC Building, Flushing Meadows Corona Park, http://bit.ly/2nyqVYu.