Astoria Big Band: Memories Of Jazz In Queens
Founded in 1986 by baritone saxophonist Carol Sudhalter, the Astoria Big Band presents the music of such borough greats as Dizzy Gillespie, Louis Armstrong and Jimmy Heath. The Big Apple Lindy Hoppers provide zest, color and movement by dancing in front of the group. 8 p.m., Flushing Town Hall, 137-35 Northern Blvd., http://bit.ly/2zVyYEy.
“Ex Libris: The New York Public Library”
Frederick Wiseman, who has completed 42 documentaries, screens his film on the New York Public Library—from the Fifth Avenue main branch and Schomburg Center in Harlem to 92 branches across Manhattan, the Bronx and Staten Island. Schedule: Nov. 17 at 7:30 p.m., Nov. 19 at 2 p.m. and 6 p.m., Nov. 24 at 2 p.m. and 6 p.m., Nov. 25 at 2 p.m. and 6 p.m. and Nov. 26 at 2 p.m. and 6 p.m. Museum of the Moving Image, 36-01 35th Ave., Astoria’s Kaufman Arts District, http://bit.ly/2hv2Vn4.
Rialto Pictures: 20 Films For 20 Years
Bruce Goldstein launched Rialto Pictures in 1997 with the philosophy that classics should be freshly marketed to new audiences—including 35mm prints, digital restorations and new subtitles, in some instances. On Rialto’s 20th anniversary, the museum presents 20 of its finest pictures. Schedule: Nights of Cabiria on Nov. 17 at 7 p.m., Breathless on Nov. 18 at 2:30 p.m., Contempt on Nov. 18 at 4:30 p.m., The Trial on Nov. 19 at 4:30 p.m., La Notte on Nov. 19 at 7 p.m., The Man Who Fell to Earth on Nov. 24 at 7 p.m., The Phantom of Liberty on Nov. 25 at 4 p.m., The Battle of Algiers on Nov. 25 at 6:30 p.m., Army of Shadows on Nov. 26 at 4 p.m., This Is Spinal Tap on Nov. 26 at 7 p.m., Grand Illusion on Dec. 1 at 7 p.m., The Third Man on Dec. 2 at 6 p.m., Went the Day Well on Dec. 3 at 3 p.m., Le Trou on Dec. 3 at 5:30 p.m., Rififi on Dec. 8 at 7 p.m., The Fallen Idol on Dec. 9 at 3 p.m., It Always Rains on Sunday on Dec. 9 at 6 p.m., Hiroshima, Mon Amour on Dec. 10 at 4 p.m., Tales of Hoffmann on Dec. 10 at 6:30 p.m. and Metropolitan on Dec. 29 at 7 p.m. Museum of the Moving Image, 36-01 35th Ave., Astoria’s Kaufman Arts District, http://bit.ly/2zBjsgB.
Premiere Screening Of Documentary On Chinese Artist
Taiwanese filmmaker Ming-Chuan Huang’s Face The Earth explores Taiwanese-American performance artist Chin Chih Yang’s lifelong focus on the culture of waste. In one scene, 30,000 aluminum cans are dumped on Yang’s head. In another, a giant block of ice in Union Square makes passers-by ponder the polar ice cap. 2 p.m., Queens Museum, NYC Building, Flushing Meadows Corona Park, http://bit.ly/2zVy6zL.
Fall for Kunqu
Fusing together poetry, music and story, Kunqu is a classic form of traditional Chinese theatre. The program showcases a colorful selection of music, singing and dramatic pieces from the Kunqu repertoire to celebrate the fall season. 1:30 p.m., English translations provided. General admission is $16, while students pay $10. Flushing Town Hall, 137-35 Northern Blvd., http://bit.ly/2zG2ECr.
Anievas Open Studio
Spanish artist Eduardo Anievas displays 50 paintings, including a new series of New York cityscapes and large portraits, along with sangria and tapas. Noon to 8 p.m. on Saturday and noon to 6 p.m. on Sunday. Anievas Studio, 10-15 48th Ave., Long Island City, http://bit.ly/2jm5fNT.
Musica Reginae presents pianist Barbara Podgurski, violinist Cyrus Beroukhim and violist Junah Chung. The program highlights works by Steven Gerber, including Elegy for Solo Viola and 5 Greek Folksongs for Violin and Piano. 7:30 p.m. The Church-in-the-Gardens, 50 Ascan Ave., Forest Hills,
Found In Translation
Three published translators—Margaret Carson (Spanish), Chia-Lun Chang (Chinese) and Kyoo Lee (Korean)—lead a workshop on the poetry-translation process, facilitated by poet and essayist Richard Newman. 6:30 p.m., Lewis H. Latimer House, 34-41 137th St. Flushing, http://bit.ly/2ht6ciX.
This workshop teaches kitchen tips for green disposal of everything from carrot top to turkey bone. Learn eco-friendly recipes and how to waste-proof the holiday. $6, 1 p.m., Queens Botanical Garden, 43-50 Main St., Flushing, http://bit.ly/2idZdve.
“Little Shop Of Horrors”
This community theater group presents a hilarious play about a human-eating plant that gets bigger and hungrier as the plot develops. 8 p.m. (Nov. 19 at 3 p.m.), Theatre by the Bay, 13-00 209th St., Bayside, http://bit.ly/2zxADir.
Debby Boone Swings
Boone’s “You Light Up My Life” topped the Billboard 100 in 1977. The singer is still going strong with an eclectic show featuring selections influenced by everybody from Sammy Davis Jr. to Barbra Streisand. She’s joined by swing-style arrangements by The Diva Jazz Orchestra. 3 p.m., Queensborough Performing Arts Center, 222-05 56th Ave., Bayside, http://bit.ly/2jojxxE.
Forgotten New Tour leads a tour of Downtown Flushing, including the Quaker Meetinghouse, Bowne House and Flushing Town Hall. $20, noon. Meet in front of Flushing Town Hall, 137-35 Northern Blvd., http://bit.ly/2idd2Kr.
El Paquete Download
American artist Julia Weist and Cuban artist Nestor Siré explore and intervene in El Paquete Semanal, or “the weekly package,” a cultural and economic phenomenon that developed in Cuba in place of internet connectivity in which a one-terabyte digital media collection is aggregated weekly and circulated across the country via in-person file sharing. 2 p.m., Queens Museum, NYC Building, Flushing Meadows Corona Park, http://bit.ly/2AEDAfn.
We Have A Situation
This panel discussion with artists Molly Dilworth, Sandra Erbacher and Nicole Maloof will be held in conjunction with the current exhibition First I Was Afraid… The artists share how they create work based on their individual interpretation, experience and emotional reaction to fear, anxiety and uncertainty. Free, 3 p.m., Dorsky Gallery, 11-03 45th Ave., Long Island City, http://bit.ly/2wSk14f.
Floral Design Workshop: Holiday Centerpiece
Participants learn tips and techniques used by pros to create—and take home—a holiday centerpiece. All materials provided. 1 p.m., Queens Botanical Garden 43-50 Main St., Flushing, http://bit.ly/2mn8HJh.
Sunnyside Shines Shop Local
The Sunnyside Shines Business Improvement District offers a coupon book—which is valid through Dec. 31—with discounts to more than 40 businesses, including restaurants, beauty and nail salons, shoe stores, flower shops, jewelers, liquor stores, pharmacies, dental offices and opticians. The book will be given away during a holiday tree lighting at the Sunnyside Arch on Queens Boulevard and 46th Street on Nov. 21 at 6 p.m. The Fabulous Fezziwig Carolers, the Sunnyside Youth Drum Corps, the McManus Irish Dancers and a host of elected officials will be at the event. More info: http://bit.ly/2zV3T3E.