Spotlight of the Week: Kite-Flying Performance (see below)
“The King of Greenpoint”
Geoffrey Cobb discusses his new book, “The King of Greenpoint,” which tells the story of Peter J. McGuinness, a one-time boxer and longshoreman who also served as an alderman, commissioner, sheriff and register over a 30-year span, despite lacking a high school degree. Free with suggested donation. 7 p.m. New York Irish Center, 10-40 Jackson Ave., LIC, http://bit.ly/2jgElVy.
Winter Birding Photography
Wildlife photography docent Ryan Loo leads a walk and gives tips for capturing the beauty of the park. Free, but space is limited, 11 a.m. Meadow Lake, Flushing Meadows Corona Park, register with firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Singing Violins Featuring Claremont Strings and Ensembles
This violin duo plays beautiful opera and operetta melodies from the works of Mozart, Bizet, Puccini, Lehar and Strauss as well as some familiar show tunes. 2 p.m. Queens Library at Richmond Hill, 118-14 Hillside Ave.
The program inspired by First Lady Michelle Obama’s “Let’s Move!” campaign aims to reduce obesity through activities that benefit heart health. This class will include a low impact Zumba workout with a certified instructor. 4 p.m. Queens Library at South Ozone Park, 128-16 Rockaway Blvd., South Ozone Park.
Take Root with Kaley Pruit Dance and Urban/Tribe
This monthly new work showcase features Kaley Pruitt Dance in a piece that takes a journey from reality into a fantasized comic book adventure and back. Plus, Urban/Tribe rebels against oppressive perspectives commonly seen in society (particularly the male perspective). Through Jan. 21. $15, 8 p.m. Green Space, 37-24 24th St., LIC, http://bit.ly/2d3hNSz.
Martin Scorsese Retrospective
“Mean Streets” (Jan. 20, 7 p.m. and Jan. 22, 5 p.m.); “Who’s that Knocking at My Door?” (Jan. 21, 2:30 p.m. and Jan. 22, 2:30 p.m.). Tickets for adults are $12, Museum of the Moving Image, 36-01 35th Ave., Astoria’s Kaufman Arts District, http://bit.ly/2jg0HqP.
Dylan Gauthier’s project explores the aesthetic, conceptual, and transcendent aspects of flight, invention, and collaboration. The artist pairs a sculpture based on the triangular-trussed kites built by Alexander Graham Bell with a monthly publication of kite patterns for visitors to take away, assemble, and fly. On this day, he hosts a kite-flying performance. 3 p.m. Socrates Sculpture Park, 32-01 Vernon Blvd., LIC, http://bit.ly/2jFsXQe.
Inside the White House
A screening of a documentary on the People’s House narrated by Morgan Freeman. Free, 1 p.m. Greater Astoria Historical Society, 35-20 Broadway, LIC, http://bit.ly/2jfXrLT.
Show and Meet and Greet with Kevin Lyttle
Hailing from St. Vincent and the Grenadines, this Soca star has a hit with “Turn Me On.” $35, 10:30 p.m. Resorts World Casino New York City, 110-00 Rockaway Blvd., South Jamaica, http://bit.ly/2jsrQ73.
Gustavo Casenave Quartet
Casenave – a multiple Grammy nominee, ACE awardee, pianist, and composer — presents his eclectic quartet featuring legendary jazz bassist John Patitucci, cellist Sachi Patitucci, and violinist Nick Danielson. They play original chamber jazz, tango, and classical works. $29, 7:30 p.m. Flushing Town Hall, 137-35 Northern Blvd., http://bit.ly/2jsootb.
Owls and Pellets
Attendees will discover what makes owls fierce, nocturnal predators in this class, during which they will also be able to dissect an owl pellet. Free, 11 a.m. Fort Totten Visitor’s Center in Fort Totten Park, Totten Avenue and 15th Road, Bayside.
Winter Family Program: Winter Trees
Children will be able to learn about the various parts of trees and will use parts of trees to make a craft during this Parks Department event, which is aimed at ages 4 to 10 years, but open to everyone. $10, 11 a.m. Queens Botanical Garden, 43-50 Main Street, Flushing.
Family Festival: Meet the Veggies
Create veggie art, plant seeds, sort and count veggies, hear veggie tales and explore veggie science. Expect educational workshops with five activity stations: Veggie Prints, which uses vegetables as stamps to make artwork; Storytelling, books throughout the day; Planting, children will be offered seeds, pots and soil to plant a vegetable to take home; Using vegetables in baked goods; and Veggie count. Free, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Queens Public Library’s Discovery Center, 89-11 Merrick Blvd., Jamaica, http://bit.ly/2jFutBE.
Felix the Cat & Other Vintage Toon Characters
Historian Tom Stathes, who owns Cartoons on Film, presents an afternoon of 1920s and 1930s cartoons. Experience vintage animation, projected on 16mm film as it often was during much of the 20th century. $5, 2 p.m. Voelker Orth Museum, 149-19 38th Ave., Flushing, http://bit.ly/2cqLb4n.
NYRR Open Run: Cunningham Park
Participants are encouraged to arrive 15 minutes before the start of the run and to leave valuables at home. The event is part of the NYC Parks’ Community Parks Initiative, which provides free weekly runs and walks to community parks. Free, 9 a.m. Cunningham Park, Main Park House, 196th Street and Union Turnpike.
NYC Watershed Talk and Trivia Contest
NYC H2O experts share the story behind the massive 1939 model of NYC’s watershed. Plus, Q&A and trivia contest for teams of up to four players and prizes for the top three teams. Free with a suggested $5 donation, 12:30 p.m. Queens Museum, NYC Building, Flushing Meadows Corona Park, http://bit.ly/2jg87KJ.
This monthly showcase is for emerging and established dancers with new pieces. $12, 7 p.m. Green Space, 37-24 24th St., LIC, http://bit.ly/2cLWk1d.
Aimed at children, ages 12 to 17 months, this event includes singing songs, moving to music and hands-on activities that spark curiosity and discovery. Children will interact with an animal during class and have a treat. $33 for members or $42 for non-members, 11:15, Alley Pond Environmental Center, 228-06 Northern Blvd., Douglaston.
History and Commerce in the Old and the New Netherlands
Jack Eichenbaum, the official Queens historian, presents a lecture derived from historical and geographical research and his 2016 visit to historic Vlissingen (Flushing’s namesake), Holland, and Antwerp, Belgium. $5 suggested donation, 7 p.m. Queens Historical Society, 143-35 37th Ave., Flushing, http://on.nyc.gov/2jNcs8F.