SPOTLIGHT OF THE WEEK – Savoy! Dancing Through the Swing Era (see below)
Turkish Fare For The Holidays
Sila Asa—from the Turkish Cultural Center Queens—offers step-by-step lessons on preparing authentic Turkish dishes during this event at Alley Pond Environmental Center. Take home recipes and sample Turkish coffee. $24. 7 p.m. Alley Pond Environmental Center, 228-06 Northern Blvd., Douglaston, http://bit.ly/2AGkzYG.
Screened over three days to celebrate its 40th anniversary, director Sidney Lumet’s classic take on The Wizard of Oz stars Diana Ross, Michael Jackson and Lena Horne. It’s also the first movie to be filmed at Kaufman Astoria Studios after it reopened in the 1970s. $15. The film will screen each day at 11 a.m. until Jan. 15. Museum of the Moving Image, 36-01 35th Ave., Astoria’s Kaufman Arts District, http://bit.ly/2CFXwis.
Winter Family Program: Herbal Creations
Learn medicinal, culinary and practical uses of herbs. Youngsters make an herbal tea bag, plant an herb to take home and take a stroll through the Queens Botanical Garden’s Herb Garden. Other workshops are Winter Trees (Jan. 20), The World of Bugs (Jan. 27) and Tabletop Gardening (Feb. 3). $10. 11 a.m. Queens Botanical Garden, 43-50 Main St., Flushing, http://bit.ly/2CSlwCg.
Savoy! Dancing Through the Swing Era
Swing with Lillian Carlyle, an inspiring dancer from Hollywood. Tap your feet to authentic jazz by Big Band greats, such as Duke Ellington and Benny Goodman, and enjoy the high-energy Lindy Hop that began during this time. 2 p.m. $10. Flushing Town Hall, 137-35 Northern Blvd., http://bit.ly/2FhlMsL.
MLK Day Film
The Lewis Latimer House Museum will present a free screening of Dear White People, a 2014 satire about racial tension at an Ivy League college from the perspective of several African American students. 2:30 p.m. Lewis Latimer House Museum, 34-41 137th St., Flushing, http://bit.ly/2ht6ciX.
Sweet Honey In The Rock
Queens College’s Colden Auditorium will host an event to celebrate civil rights icon Martin Luther King Jr. The event will include a performance by Sweet Honey in the Rock, an all-female, African American a cappella ensemble that won a Grammy for its unique expression of history through song and dance. Letitia James, the city’s public advocate, will be the keynote speaker during the event. $35. 4 p.m. Colden Auditorium, Queens College, 153-49 Reeves Ave., Flushing, http://bit.ly/2FhHTj5.
Center Of Attention
Engage with the museum’s collection through an hour-long discussion on a single work of art. This session’s focus is Remembrance (1944), which is part of the exhibition Self-Interned, 1942: Noguchi in Poston War Relocation Center. Free with admission. 3:30 p.m. Noguchi Museum, 9-01 33rd Rd., Long Island City, http://bit.ly/2qIZ5KO.
GingerBread Lane Giveaway
This annual smorgasbord of sweetness at the New York Hall of Science includes houses, trees, street signs and other urban fixtures made with gingerbread dough, icing and candy. On this day, it is dismantled and given away, piece by piece, on a first come, first serve basis until it’s gone. Bring flat-bottomed shopping bags or paper grocery bags. Free with admission. The line starts at 1 p.m. and the giveaway will run from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. New York Hall of Science, 47-01 111th St., Flushing Meadows Corona Park, http://bit.ly/2yLPtTm.
MLK Day Chat
Patricia Bernstein discusses Ten Dollars to Hate, her new book on the Ku Klux Klan in the 1920s and the nation’s first prosecutor to fight the hate group with success, at the Central Queens Y. $5 suggested donation. 1:30 p.m. Central Queens Y, 67-09 108th St., Forest Hills, http://bit.ly/2CFOAK2.
Oratorio Society Of Queens Auditions
Join an acclaimed troupe for its annual spring concert, which will include Bernstein’s Chichester Psalms and some of his other choral works to celebrate his 100th birthday. 7 p.m. Temple Beth Sholom, 172nd Street and Northern Boulevard, Flushing. Reservations are required by calling (718) 279-3006 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
Queens County Bird Club member Ian Resnick lectures on Peru with a slideshow. The former club president birded in Machu Picchu, other highland areas in the vicinity and two areas near Lima. About 185 bird species were seen or heard. 8 p.m. Alley Pond Environmental Center, 228-06 Northern Blvd., Douglaston, http://bit.ly/2EmkR9m.
In this new performance piece by choreographer Moriah Evans, three women make visible and audible internal systems in order to pitch them against the external forces of space. Daily shows at 5:30 pm, except Jan. 11. The exhibit runs through Jan. 15. SculptureCenter, 44-19 Purves St., Long Island City, http://bit.ly/2qeErSA.
First Look 2018
This international new film festival includes science fiction films, documentaries, hybrid tech films, essays and other genres from 16 countries. Remaining schedule: Va, Toto! on Jan. 12 at 7 p.m., Radio Atlas: Intimacy and Distance on Jan. 12 at 7:30 p.m., Two by Ken Jacobs on Jan. 13 at 1 p.m., Tinselwood on Jan. 13at 2 p.m., The Exiled on Jan. 13 at 4:30 p.m., You Have No Idea How Much I Love You on Jan. 13 at 4:30 p.m., Missing Episode and Other Episodes on Jan. 13 at 6:30 p.m., Let the Summer Never Come Again on Jan. 13 at 7 p.m., James Benning: L. Cohen and Measuring Change on Jan. 14 at 1 p.m., Playing Men on Jan. 14 at 2 p.m., James Benning: Readers on Jan. 14 at 4 p.m., Railway Sleepers on Jan. 14 at 4:30 p.m., ROOM H.264: Astoria, NY, Jan. 2018 on Jan. 14 at 7 p.m., First Sight: Award-Winning Shorts on Jan. 15 at 2 p.m. and Sending Out An SOS: First Look Shorts on Jan. 15 at 4 p.m. $15. Museum of the Moving Image, 36-01 35th Ave., Astoria’s Kaufman Arts District, http://bit.ly/2DSvujS.
Carolee Schneemann: Kinetic Painting
This show displays early Schneemann paintings from the 1950s and their evolution into assemblages made in the 1960s that integrate objects, mechanical elements and modes of deconstruction. In the late 1960s, Schneemann began positioning her own body within her work, being image and image-maker. She got into performance, film and installation in the 1970s and multimedia in the 1980s, 1990s and 2000s. The show runs through March 11. MoMA PS1, 22-25 Jackson Ave., Long Island City, http://bit.ly/2qy41Cm.