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Russian ballet, a historic house tour, craft markets, a Star Wars-themed road race, and an annual party with a lecture on Ronzoni. It’s definitely the holiday season in Queens! This week also features a cheese festival, a sci-fi expo with an actress from the original Star Trek, and an enchanting story in a labyrinth
December 4, Diderot String Quartet, 6:30 pm. The ensemble performs Haydn and Mozart on period instruments. Free. King Manor Museum, 150-03 Jamaica Avenue, Jamaica.
December 4-5, Take Root, 8 pm. Aaron McGloin Dance presents The Hard Way, an autobiography told through solo dances created over the past 10 years. Katy Orthwein Dance offers the first phase of an ongoing work featuring an original score composed and performed by internationally acclaimed artist Cynthia Hopkins. $15. Green Space, 37-24 24th Street, Long Island City.
December 5, The Great Northeast Cheese Fest, 6 pm. More than 30 creameries offer their products with special cheese preparations from local chefs Hugue Dufour (M. Wells Steakhouse), Danny Brown (Danny Brown Wine Bar and Kitchen), and Will Horowitz (Ducks Eatery). Craft beverages and desserts, too. $60. Flushing Town Hall, 137-35 Northern Boulevard.
December 5, The Tchaikovsky Spectacular, 8 pm. The State Ballet Theatre of Russia brings dancing, lavish sets, beautiful costumes, and some of Tchaikovsky’s most beautiful music. The program includes highlights from the greatest classical ballets of all time, including Swan Lake, The Nutcracker, and Sleeping Beauty. $20-$42. Kupferberg Performing Arts Center’s Colden Auditorium at Queens College, 65-30 Kissena Boulevard, Flushing.
December 5-6, Wintercon: New York Comic and Sci-Fi Expo, 10:30 am both days. A variety of special performances, costume contests, vendors, seminars and discussion panels about television, movies, and pop culture. Guests include wrestling legends King Kong Bundy and Tito Santana, actor Steve Guttenberg, and actress Nichelle Nichols, who played Lt. Uhura on the original 1960s Star Trek television series. $20/$85 for a weekend VIP pass; children under 12 pay half price on December 6. Resorts World Casino, 110-00 Rockaway Boulevard, South Jamaica.
December 5, Under the Tangle, 2 pm. This visually vibrant story depicts a young orphaned girl lost in a mysterious wooded labyrinth. Throughout her journey, she twists along the maze finding numerous clues and meeting unusual characters. $14. Queens Theatre, 14 United Nations Avenue South, Flushing Meadows Corona Park.
December 5, Tomorrow Is Another Day, 2 pm; Moonrise, 4:30 pm. Screened as part of a series on film noir set in rural areas, Tomorrow Is Another Day follows lovers on the run, as a man fresh out of prison hits the road with a hard-boiled taxi dancer after they kill a police officer. Moonrise is a Southern gothic tale about a young man tormented by a legacy of guilt and violence stemming from small-town bullying and intolerance. $12 adults ($9 seniors and students/$6 children 3-12). Museum of the Moving Image, 36-01 35th Avenue, Kaufman Arts District.
December 5, Winter Craft Market, 10 am to 7 pm. The Greater Jamaica Development Corporation partners with the Queens International Night Market to create an indoor holiday market showcasing locally made crafts and artisan food products on three successive Saturdays. Free. Jamaica Market, 159-15 Jamaica Avenue.
December 5, Sunset Boulevard, 7 pm. Screened as part of a film series that coincides with an exhibition on Hollywood art, Sunset Boulevard is a dark-but-comic 1950 take on adapting to the invention of television. $12 adults ($9 seniors and students/$6 children 3-12). Museum of the Moving Image, 36-01 35th Avenue, Kaufman Arts District.
December 6, Holiday Historic House Tour, 12:30 pm to 5 pm. This 28th annual event opens doors at the following venues for a look into Christmas celebrations of yore: Bowne House; Flushing Town Hall; Friends Quaker Meeting; Kingsland Homestead; Lewis H. Latimer House Museum; Louis Armstrong House Museum; and Voelker Orth Museum Bird Sanctuary & Victorian Garden. $20/$10 for children 12 and under.
December 6, The Course Awakens: Toy Drive 5 Miler, 9 am. The Queens Distance Runners presents a Star Wars-themed costume race. The first 200 registrants get a free shirt; please bring a toy to be donated to a needy child via a nonprofit agency. $35/$40 on race day. Forest Park, Forest Park Drive and Woodhaven Boulevard.
December 6, Winter Solstice Celebration and Tree Lighting, 1 pm to 5 pm. Live music, photos with Santa (fee required), garden tour, botanical crafts, tree lighting, and blowout sales. Queens Botanical Garden, 43-50 Main Street, Flushing.
December 6, Local Holiday Market, 1 pm to 5 pm. Artists and craftspeople sell their wares. Items include hand-designed greeting cards, crocheted clothing, figurines, ceramics, jewelry, pottery, and decoupage. Free. Flushing Town Hall, 137-35 Northern Boulevard.
December 6, The Godfather, 2 pm; The Godfather Part II, 6:30 pm. In the first instance, artist Tom Sachs and curator Robert M. Rubin chat after a screening of The Godfather, the epic adaptation of Mario Puzo’s novel on the mafia. The second event involves a screening of the sequel that expands on the mafia and its effect on industry. $12 adults ($9 seniors and students/$6 children 3-12). Museum of the Moving Image, 36-01 35th Avenue, Kaufman Arts District.
December 6, Réalta Na Nollag: A Christmas Music Spectacular, 6 pm. Joyous Irish holiday music featuring Cathy Maguire. $22. New York Irish Center, 10-40 Jackson Avenue, Long Island City.
December 6, Fertile Ground, 7 pm. This monthly new works showcase allows emerging and established artists to perform. $12. Green Space, 37-24 24th Street, Long Island City.
December 6, Conversation on Current Show, 3 pm. Artists Rona Pondick and Dakin Hart talk with curator Lilly Wei about the Uncanny/Figure exhibit. Free. Dorsky Gallery, 11-03 45th Avenue, Long Island City.
December 7, Holiday Party with Pasta Lecture, 7 pm. Al Ronzoni, the founder’s great-grandson, presents a history of the Ronzoni Pasta Company with a performance by the Saw Lady and a dramatic reading of A Visit by St. Nicholas. Free. Greater Astoria Historical Society, Quinn Building, 35-20 Broadway, Fourth Floor, Long Island City.
December 7, An Inside Glimpse of Hamas and Israeli Informants, 12:30 pm. Israeli representative Nadav Eylon discusses The Green Prince, a documentary about the son of a Palestinian Hamas leader who was recruited as a spy by Israel and became a prized informant. $8 suggested donation. Central Queens Y, 67-09 108th Street, Forest Hills.
December 9, Holiday Centerpiece Workshop, 11 am. Urte Schaedle teaches how to create centerpieces for the holidays. Discover how to work with different varieties of greens, ribbons, and decorative materials. $15, includes materials. Voelker Orth Museum, 149-19 38th Avenue, Flushing.
Courtesy of: Brownstoner Queens