2018-02-07 / Front Page

It’s In Queens! (Feb. 8 to Feb. 14)

Valentine’s Day is approaching, and Queens is starting to ramp up the romance. Duets by Metropolitan Opera stars, a special crafts market, and love potions are on tap. Film, theater, Sacred Steel music, 18th century cooking, an Israeli pop star, and rural Russian dance are other options.

Feb. 8, Dutchman, Feb. 11. Amiri Baraka’s play is an emotionally charged version of the Adam and Eve story. A blonde woman tries to seduce a black man on a subway in the 1960s. After failing, she resorts to humiliating him. Shows are Feb. 8, 9, and 10 at 7:30 pm and Feb. 11 at 3:30 pm. $20 online/$25 cash at the door. The Secret Theatre, 44-02 23rd St., LIC, http://bit.ly/2BQ3cVK.

Feb. 8, Earprint, 8 pm. As part of the ongoing Thursday Night Jazz Mix Series, this four-part group plays music with an aggressively melodic and shamelessly youthful approach. $10. Jamaica Center for Arts & Learning, 161-04 Jamaica Ave., http://bit.ly/2FBebor.

Feb. 8, Botanical Valentines, 6 pm. Craft a valentine for your special someone and get in the mood with a botanical cocktail to let your love-light shine. $15-$18, registration required. Queens Botanical Garden, 43-50 Main St., Flushing, http://bit.ly/2s1KsTF.

Feb. 9, The Campbell Brothers, 8 pm. This is one of the world’s best Sacred Steel bands. Sacred Steel is a purely American Rock-Gospel genre that grew out of Pentecostal churches in the early 1900s. $16, but get 20 percent off with the code QTC20. Workshop at 7 pm. Flushing Town Hall, 137-35 Northern Blvd., http://bit.ly/campbellatFTH.

Feb. 9, Finding Samuel Lowe, 7:30 pm. A documentary about three siblings from Harlem who discover their heritage while searching for clues about their long-lost grandfather. Their emotional journey spans from Canada to Jamaica to China, reuniting them with hundreds of Chinese relatives they never imagined existed. Free. Jamaica Center for Arts & Learning, 161-04 Jamaica Ave., http://bit.ly/2qeyGEx.

Feb. 10, Romance in the Air, 2 pm. Metropolitan Opera stars Clay Hilley (tenor) and Melissa Citro (soprano) sing Wagner, Puccini, Verdi, Strauss, and others. Local pianist Barbara Podgurski accompanies them. The Church-in-the-Gardens, 50 Ascan Ave., Forest Hills, http://bit.ly/2EzMFZh.

Feb. 10, 18th Century Cooking Class, 11 am. Learn how early settlers prepared food using an open hearth and cook with original 18th century recipes, seasonal ingredients, traditional cooking utensils, and warm embers. $45. Queens County Farm Museum, 73-50 Little Neck Pkwy., Floral Park, http://bit.ly/2DXYEPj.

Feb. 10, Henry Box Brown, 2 pm. A musical during which Gospel, R&B, blue grass, Negro spirituals, and American folk music tell the true story of a Virginia slave who shipped himself to freedom in a box in 1849. $10/$5 for children. Jamaica Performing Arts Center, 153-10 Jamaica Ave., http://bit.ly/2E8pGXf.

Feb. 10, Sunrise Kingdom #3: Black & Latinx Artist Showcase, 5:30 pm. A pop-up exhibition, performances, film, fashion, dance, and independent vendors. The event is organized by The Experience Mag, which curates and features upcoming black and Latinx visual artists. Queens Museum, NYC Building, Flushing Meadows Corona Park, http://bit.ly/2BT15AQ.

Feb. 10, The Central Park Five, 3 pm. This controversial documentary follows five youths who were convicted of raping a women in Central Park in 1989. While they were in jail, a different convicted criminal confessed to the crime. They then settled with the city for large sums of money. A panel discussion follows. There’s an additional screening at 6:30 pm with no panel. $10. Museum of the Moving Image, 36-01 35th Ave., Astoria’s Kaufman Arts District, http://bit.ly/2GImTm0.

Feb. 11, Pre-Valentine’s Day Market, noon to 6 pm. Peruse handmade and vintage wares, then head downstairs for beer and traditional Czech and Slovak cuisine. Bohemian Hall & Beer Garden, 29-19 24th Ave., Astoria, http://bit.ly/2DXeeua.

Feb. 11, Valentine’s Day Holiday Market, noon to 7 pm. Handmade jewelry, candles, body scrubs, warm winter gear, plants and much more will pop up at this beach-side market. Enjoy brunch by The Dropout, beats by Matt Preis, and drinks by Riis Point Bar. Riis Park Beach Bazaar, 167-02 Rockaway Beach Blvd., Rockaway Park, http://bit.ly/2rQG6i6.

Feb 11, Lezginka Dance Company of Daghestan, 3 pm. Fiery dances representing the Russian mountain country of Daghestan. Forty performers throw themselves into every number with a ferocious energy, and the region’s ethnic diversity is reflected in the choreographies. $35-$42. Queensborough Performing Arts Center, 222-05 56th Ave., Bayside, http://bit.ly/2BPymN4.

Feb. 11, Achinoam Nini, 3 pm. One of Israel’s most accomplished cultural icons presents an evening of song. $36. Free Synagogue of Flushing, 136-23 Sanford Ave., http://bit.ly/2nFtIMq.

Feb. 11, Joy Luck Club, 2:30 pm. Screened as part of the ongoing Race and Immigration Film Series, this film depicts the relationships between four U.S.-born women and their Chinese mothers in San Francisco. Free, but RSVP is required. Lewis H. Latimer House Museum, 34-41 137th St., Flushing, http://bit.ly/2EB58Vo.

Feb. 11, Gonzalo Fonseca’s Tebaida, 3:30 pm. Tour the special exhibition on Gonzalo Fonseca, which is on view through March 11, and discuss his piece Tebaida with others. Free with admission. The Noguchi Museum, 09-01 33rd Rd. LIC, http://bit.ly/2nCqXfa.

Feb. 14, Valentine’s Day Dinner, 6 pm and 8 pm. Live music by Katelyn Richards and a four-course, prix-fixe tasting menu. Cuisine and price to be determined. Make reservations at 718-457-9000 or casadelchefny@gmail.com. Casa Del Chef, 39-06 64th St., Woodside, http://bit.ly/2Eqi542.

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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