Events In Queens For January 2-8


Wheelchair BasketBall Open Gym on
Tuesday, 1/6 at the Al Oerter Recreation
Center. (see below).

Two headliners, two times the fun. Mark Riccadonna and Anna Manis Covington bring a night of improvised standup to Q.E.D. Astoria from 9 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. with special guests John Fugelsang and Sean Lynch. Tickets are $15. For more information, visit

The Parks Department’s Urban Park Rangers will be your guides to the solar system, discussing the science, history and folklore of the universe. Astronomy programs feature the use of telescopes and binoculars to observe specific astronomical events. At this program, try to get a glimpse of the Quadrantids meteor shower, an annual meteor shower that happens at this time of year. The event starts at 6 p.m. in the Cunningham Park parking lot, located at Union Turnpike and 197th Street.

From 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Noguchi Museum, families with children can drop-in to explore the galleries and make art in response to their experiences. No registration is required. For more information, visit

Get those singing pipes ready for karaoke at Queens Tavern. The Ridgewood watering hole hosts a karaoke event on the first Monday of every month. Don’t be shy about coming up on stage, whether you can sing or not. The event starts at 9 p.m. Queens Tavern is located at 6869 Fresh Pond Road.

At the North Forest Park library in Forest Hills, instructor Shirlyn Diego-Lucas teaches easy-to-follow dance steps to increase cardiovascular fitness and tone your body. Space is limited. Participation is on a first-come, first-served basis. The class will begin at noon.

Jing Chen studied ballroom dance at the school founded by internationally acclaimed dancers Mr. and Mrs. Lu Ming Da. Mr. Chen is a skilled instructor who will give lessons in ballroom basics for beginners and offer training for more advanced students.

SinatraTUESDAY 1/6
Tom Smith recreates Sinatra’s best-known hits and shares some little-known facts about Ol’ Blue Eyes, from his humble origins in Hoboken to his incredible international success. The free concert will take place at Briarwood Library, from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. The library is located at 85-12 Main St

Bryan Tucker, co-head writer of “NBC’s Saturday Night Live,” hosts a showcase featuring his fellow writers at Q.E.D. Astoria from 8 p.m. to 9 p.m. Tickets are $7. For more information, visit

The Brooklyn Nets will host a wheelchair basketball open gym at the Al Oerter Recreation Center, located at 131-40 Fowler Ave. This sport is similar to regular basketball but is played in a wheelchair. Participants must be physically disabled and able to play in a sports wheelchair. There are available sportschairs for use at the recreation center. This event is for adults and seniors. Call (718) 353-7853 to learn more.

Zumba at the Woodhaven Library. Staying fit couldn’t be more fun! This class, taught by Isabel Zumba, uses easy-to-follow dance moves with Latin, international and pop music. Space is limited. Participation is on a first-come, first-served basis. The class will begin at 6 p.m.

wutangclanWEDNESDAY 1/7
Every last Wednesday of the month at the Queens Tavern, DJ Demzta Recka will be spinning Wu- Tang Clan songs all night. There will be drink specials and Wu-Tang Kung Fu movies playing on a screen in the bar. The party is scheduled to begin at 9 p.m.

Running until Jan. 12, dancers Molly Lieber and Eleanor Smith bring “Rude World” to the Chocolate Factory. Lieber and Smith make dances together by constructing improvisational practices into a mutual experience of performance. Seemingly conjoined at times or forcefully in opposition, this performance is a living, breathing, thumping manifestation of a profound and raw artistic collaboration.

If you’re interested in learning more about jazz and playing alongside other musicians, join the Queens Jazz OverGround for their monthly Jazz Clinic at Flushing Town Hall. Stick around for the Monthly Jazz Jam immediately after the clinic. The clinic starts at 6 p.m. and will feature a lesson on Charles Mingus and his bluesy roots. Flushing Town Hall is located at 137-35 Northern Blvd.

Go to the Mitchell-Linden Library for a free concert at 2:30 p.m. Master vocalist Tom Smith presents a fast-paced, entertaining retrospective of the composers, theatrical icons and nightclub performers who shaped the New York music scene in the 20th century, with performances of the songs of George M. Cohan, Al Jolson, Sophie Tucker, Louis Armstrong and others. The library is located at 31-32 Union St.

AliceAusten‘ALICE’S WORLD’
At the Douglaston Library, filmmaker Stuart Hersh will host a screening of “Alice’s World,” his acclaimed documentary film about the life and legacy of Alice Austen (1866-1952), one of the earliest and most prolific female photographers in the United States. Although Austen died in virtual poverty at age 87, the airing of this documentary on television helped save Austen’s Staten Island home, Clear Comfort. The screening starts at 6 p.m.

The Flushing Library will host an open mic night from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Performers are invited to share their talents in a five-minute presentation in any of these categories: poetry, written word, music, comedy and spoken word. It will take place in IRC Conference Room on the third floor.

On Nov. 3, more than 150 people came together in Times Square to scrub the plaza between 43rd and 44th Streets, putting to test Polit-Sheer-Form-Office’s question: How does collective action work at the very visible center of American media culture? The video document of this performance will be projected in the Queens Museum main galleries from noon to 1 p.m., every Saturday in January except for Jan. 24.

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