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Posted: Thursday, August 29, 2019 10:30 am

With the arrival of fall comes the raising of curtains and the tuning of instruments that signify the start of the new professional performing arts season in Queens.

To mark the occasion this year, Queens Theatre, one of the premier venues in the borough, recently announced a new membership policy. A $50 annual fee brings a 20 percent discount on most tickets, the waiving of all box office fees, four drink tickets for use at the lobby concession stand and invitations to special events.

“We kick off the season with a bang,” said Executive Director Taryn Sacramone. “The always thrilling, internationally renowned Parsons Dance Company returns after many years.”

Known for their athletic movement and use of special effects, the troupe will perform on Sept. 21 at 2 and 8 p.m. and on Sept. 22 at 3 p.m. Tickets are $42; or $38 for seniors and students; or $34 for members. Side view seats are available for $25 and $20.

The Queensboro Dance Festival’s culminating performances will take place on Oct. 5 at 8 p.m. and Oct. 6 at 5 p.m., with more than 30 Queens-based companies performing, representing the borough’s many cultures. All tickets are $20.

Neil Simon’s much-loved comedy “Barefoot in the Park” will take over the main stage from Nov. 15 to 24, with varying days and times. Tickets are $40; or $36 for seniors and students; or $32 for members. Side view seats are $25 and $20.

Titan Theatre Co., the resident troupe, begins its 11th season (and sixth at the theater) with Moliere’s “Tartuffe,” the title character being a hypocritical scoundrel taking advantage of the gullible. This production will feature an all-female cast.

Performances run from Oct. 11 to 27, with various dates and times. All seats are $20.

Titan closes out the year with a return of its annual tradition, “A Christmas Carol,” with a run from Dec. 6 to 22. All seats are $25.

Queens Theatre is located at 14 United Nations Ave. South in Flushing Meadows Corona Park in Flushing.

More: queenstheatre.org or (718) 760-0064.

Another jam-packed season is on tap at Queensborough Performing Arts Center, kicking off with Zalmen Mlotek’s Magical World of Yiddish Song, on Sept. 22 at 3 p.m. Tickets are $50 and $45.

This will be followed on Oct. 13 at 2 p.m. by Neil Berg’s 50 Years of Rock & Roll, with a cast from the worlds of Broadway and rock. Expect tributes to the likes of Elvis, Little Richard, Ray Charles, Carole King and others. Tickets are $48 and $42.

Lucie Arnaz brings her show, “I Got the Job!,” a tribute to her musical past, to QPAC on Oct. 27 at 3 p.m. Arnaz will not only sing but also share anecdotes about her many co-stars. Tickets are $50 and $45.

Note: As renovations continue at QPAC’s home base, performances will take place at various venues at St. John’s University (8000 Utopia Pkwy. in Jamaica).

More: visitqpac.org or (718) 631-6311.

The Kupferberg Center for the Arts at Queens College kicks off its season on Oct. 19 at 8 p.m. at Colden Auditorium with Grupo Niche, known as the “Salsa Experience.” The program will feature uptempo dance music as well as slower-paced romantic numbers. Tickets are $39 to $89.

The Summit, a meeting of The Manhattan Transfer and Take 6, is the attraction on Nov. 9 at 8 p.m., also at Colden Auditorium. With these two iconic groups, one might reasonably expect harmonies of epic proportions. Tickets are $35 to $65.

Clarinetist David Krakauer and his Acoustic Klezmer Quartet take over the college’s Lefrak Concert Hall on Nov. 2 at 8 p.m., highlighting diverse influences from the worlds of jazz, funk and hip-hop. Tickets are $40 to $50.

Queens College is located at 65-30 Kissena Blvd. in Flushing.

More: kupferbergcenter.org or (718) 793-8080.

It will be an unusually busy season at Black Spectrum Theatre, which offers a wide variety of attractions. Running Oct. 11-27 is “Sassy Mamas,” which finds five older black women trying to find “the right one,” finally taking matters in their own hands by becoming cougars and going after younger men.

Performances are on Friday and Saturday nights at 8 p.m. and Sunday afternoons at 4 p.m.

All seats are $25.

A couple of holiday laugh-filled nights are in store, part of a holiday concert series.

On Nov. 22 at 8 p.m., the women take center stage in Talent’s LOLL (Laugh Out Loud Ladies) Comedy Jam! Tickets are $40 in advance or $50 at the door.

The next night, Nov. 23, brings Talent’s Old School vs. New School Comedy Jam!, also at 8 p.m. Tickets are $40 in advance or $50 at the door.

A holiday comedy, “’Twas the Night Before Kwanzaa,” by the theater’s founder, Carl Clay, finds Santa Claus diverted to Africa to learn about the holiday of the title.

Performances are on Nov. 30 and Dec. 7 at 2 and 8 p.m., Dec. 6 at 8 p.m., and Dec. 1 and 8 at 4 p.m.

Tickets are $30 or $15 for youth.

Black Spectrum Theatre is located at 177 St. and Baisley Blvd. in Jamaica. More: blackspectrum.net or (718) 723-1800.

Flushing Town Hall presents a variety of musical attractions, including a once-in-a-lifetime concert by six NEA Jazz Masters, the nation’s highest honor for living jazz musicians. The performance, featuring Candido Camero, Jimmy Heath, Barry Harris, Jimmy Owens, Jimmy Cobb and Reggie Workman, will take place on Nov. 8 at 8 p.m. Tickets are $45 or $20 for students. Teens are free.

Other upcoming events include, on Sept. 20 at 8 p.m. (with a dance lesson beginning at 7 p.m.), soprano saxophonist and flutist Jane Bunnett and her all-female sextet Maqueque, who will bring the soul of Cuba to our borough. Cuban-style food and drinks will be available to purchase. Tickets are $16 or $10 for students. Teens are free.

Diwali Dance Party takes place on Nov. 2 at 1 p.m., featuring Kathak classical dancer Abha Roy and Basement Bhangra’s DJ Rekha. Learn the dance moves, then hit the floor! Tickets are $20 or $10 for students and children. Teens are free.

Flushing Town Hall is located at 137-35 Northern Blvd. in Flushing. More: flushingtownhall.org or (718) 463-7700.

The Thalia Spanish Theatre presents the play, “La Golondrina,” which was inspired by the 2016 massacre at the Pulse nightclub in Orlando and questions what it is that best defines humanity. The title is a reference to a song that takes on special significance within the play’s context.

Performances, running Sept. 27 to Oct. 13, on Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m. and Sundays at 4 p.m., are in Spanish, with English supertitles.

The Thalia is located at 41-17 Greenpoint Ave. in Sunnyside. All seats are $25. More: thaliatheatre.org or (718) 729-3880.

The Secret Theatre in Long Island City will stage “Annie Jr.” Sept. 5 to 8; “Princess Particular” Sept. 14; “Rent” Sept. 19 to Oct. 6; and “Pirate Pete’s Parrot” Sept. 28. Ticket prices vary.

More: The Secret Theatre is located at 44-02 23 St. More: secrettheatre.com or (718) 392-0722.

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