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It’s in Queens by the Queens Tourism Council

Start the new year right by enjoying more cultural events in Queens! Do you like sculpture, unique films, improvisation, theater, jazz, and performance art?  If so you’ll love this list.

Jan. 1–4, Frozen in 3D, 3 pm. Fearless Anna sets off on an epic, PG journey—teaming up with rugged mountain man Kristoff and his loyal reindeer Sven—to find her sister Elsa whose icy powers have trapped the kingdom of Arendelle in eternal winter.  This movie screens on four consecutive afternoons. $7 adults/$6 children, students & seniors, plus admission. New York Hall of Science, 47-01 111st St., Corona, www.nysci.org.

Jan. 2, Free First Friday, 10 am to 5 pm. Admission is free and tours (in English and Japanese) are available at 2 pm. Noguchi Museum, 9-01 33rd Rd., LIC, www.noguchi.org.

Jan. 2, Goodbye to Language, 7 pm. Part of the annual Curators’ Choice series, Goodbye to Language is a mind-blowing and retina-astounding 3D film that is at once a fractured narrative about a married couple—and their movie-stealing dog—and an essay about imperialism, war, Hollywood, and more. Free with admission ($12 adults/$9 seniors and students). Museum of the Moving Image, 36-01 35th Ave., Kaufman Arts District, www.movingimage.us.

Jan. 3, Do the Same Good Deed, noon. This past Nov. 3, more than 150 people united in Times Square to scrub the plaza between 43rd and 44th streets. The video of this event will be projected in the main galleries on Sundays in January. After 1 pm, and at all other times during museum hours, it can be viewed on a monitor next to its partner performance (Do the Same Good Deed, Guangzhou, 2014), which took place in China on July 9, 2014. Queens Museum, NYC Building, Flushing Meadows Corona Park, www.queensmuseum.org.

Jan. 3, PopUp Musicals: MusiQ @ QSIC, 7 pm. The Queens Secret Improv Club presents a night of music and lyrics that are improvised on the spot. A musical mixer follows the show, and anybody can perform. $7. The Secret Theatre, 44-02 23rd St., LIC, www.secrettheatre.com.

Jan. 3, The Wind Rises, noon; Manakamana, 3 pm; The Strange Little Cat, 6 pm; Stranger by the Lake, 7:30 pm. Part of the annual Curators’ Choice series, the Japanese film Wind Rises is a retelling of the life of a visionary airplane designer. Manakamana is a documentary composed of 11 long, hypnotic shots that follow pilgrims as they travel to and from a Nepalese temple via cable car. Strange Little Cat is set in a cramped Berlin apartment during a family get-together. In Stranger by the Lake, a gay cruising spot is the backdrop for an unsettling and boldly explicit exploration of the links between sex and death, as a man walks into danger when he pursues a fling with a deadly stranger. Free with admission ($12 adults/$9 seniors and students). Museum of the Moving Image, 36-01 35th Ave., Kaufman Arts District, www.movingimage.us.

Jan. 3, Princess Particular, 2 pm. In this children’s musical, all Princess Particular can think about is becoming a ballerina, but her parents, King Loadsadough and Queen Bea, want her to focus on her royal duties. Luckily, her four maids, the chancellor and lady in waiting help make her dream come true. $15 adults/$10 children. The Secret Theatre, 44-02 23rd St., LIC, www.secrettheatre.com.

Jan. 4, Open Studio: Monuments, 11 am to 1 pm. Open Studio encourages families to explore the galleries and make art in response to their experiences. Free, and no registration is required. Noguchi Museum, 9-01 33rd Rd., LIC, www.noguchi.org.

Jan. 4, Stray Dogs, 2:30 pm; Boyhood, 6 pm. Part of the annual Curators’ Choice series, the Taiwanese Stray Dogs follows a destitute family wandering the margins of a surreal, rain-soaked Taipei in a gritty, dream like series of vividly composed tableau shots leading up to the most audacious final shot. Filmed over 12 years, Boyhood follows a boy’s journey from childhood to adulthood, focusing less on the milestones than the quiet spaces in between. Free with admission ($12 adults / $9 seniors and students). Museum of the Moving Image, 36-01 35th Ave., Kaufman Arts District, www.movingimage.us.

Jan. 4, Drop-In Family Workshop, 1:30 pm to 4:30 pm. Children (ages 5-12) and their adult companions explore different works on view each week through a variety of fun, hands-on, art-making activities. No fee or advance registration is required. Queens Museum, NYC Building, Flushing Meadows Corona Park, www.queensmuseum.

Jan. 7, Monthly Jazz Jam, 7 pm. All are invited to join the Queens Jazz OverGround in this monthly jam session. Held on the first Wednesday of every month, Jazz Jams are a fun way to hone skills, jam with peers, or listen. Flushing Town Hall, 137-35 Northern Blvd., www.flushingtownhall.org.

Jan. 7–12, Molly Lieber + Eleanor Smith = Rude World, times vary. Lieber and Smith make dances by constructing improvisational practices into a mutual experience. They often discover ideas through feeling.  Rude World is the final series in a triptych created over three years. Times: Jan. 7, 6 pm; Jan. 8, 5 pm; Jan. 9, 7 pm; Jan. 10, 5 pm; Jan 11, 3 pm; and Jan. 12, 4 pm. $20. The Chocolate Factory Theater, 5-49 49th Ave., LIC, www.chocolatefactorytheater.org.

The “It’s In Queens” column is produced by the Queens Tourism Council with the hope that readers will enjoy the borough’s wonderful attractions. More info at www.itsinqueens.com.

 

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