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Billed as the largest lantern show in North America, the Hello Panda Festival will celebrate the holiday season with more than 120 lantern sets, entertainment, interactive games, cultural experiences, crafts, food and more outside Citi Field for seven weeks starting Dec. 6. See Special Events.


Artist Co-op 2019, with paintings, sculptures, mixed media works and more by 12 emerging and mid-career Queens and NYC artists. Through Sat., Jan. 25 (artists’ talk Tue., Dec. 10, 7 p.m.), Jamaica Center for Arts and Learning, 161-04 Jamaica Ave. Free (donations welcome). Info: (718) 658-7400,

“At Sea,” with works by multiple artists in various media using sea imagery to address the idea of being adrift in the face of fraught events, natural and manmade, global and personal. Through Sun., Dec. 8, Dorsky Gallery Curatorial Programs, 11-03 45 Ave., Long Island City. Free. Info: (718) 937-6317,

“Time to Leave,” with works by Queens artist and poet Aileen Bassis on people forced to emigrate from their homelands, in Myanmar, the Middle East, Central America and elsewhere. Through Fri., Dec. 13, Lewis H. Latimer House Museum, 34-41 137 St., Flushing. Free. Info: (718) 961-8585,

“Sculpture & Textiles by Linda Rettich,” with sculptural scenes made of tiny beads, figures, textiles, culinary delights and more. Through Sun., Dec. 22, Voelker Orth Museum, 149-19 38 Ave., Flushing. $2 suggested. Info: (718) 359-6227,

“GingerBread Lane 2019,” the new edition of the world’s largest gingerbread village, with every single element edible, created by Queens chef Jon Lovitch; with make-your-own workshops on select days. Through Sun., Jan. 12, New York Hall of Science, 47-01 111 St., Corona. Free with admission: $20; $15 seniors, kids, students with ID (workshops extra). Info: (718) 699-0005,


Holiday concert, with special musical guests Trio des Reinas; book donations for Briarwood Family Center sought. Sat., Dec. 7, 4 p.m., The Center at Maple Grove Cemetery, 127-15 Kew Gardens Road, Kew Gardens. Free with RSVP; $5 walk-ins. Info: (347) 878-6614,

Community Carol Sing, with anyone who wants to join in singing beloved music of the season from “Silent Night” to “White Christmas,” accompanied by music director Nick Martellacci on piano and organ; with reception to follow and $20 prize for the craziest holiday sweater. Sun., Dec. 8, 4 p.m., Grace Lutheran Church, 103-15 Union Tpke., Forest Hills. Free-will offering. Info: (718) 268-6189,

Jazz Jam, the monthly event led by saxophonist Carol Sudhalter, with all musicians and vocalists welcome to join in. Wed., Dec. 11, 7-10 p.m., Flushing Town Hall, 137-35 Northern Blvd. Free to play or sing; $10 to listen; free students. Info: (718) 463-7700,

Jackson Heights Orchestra, performing Chabrier’s “Suite Pastorale,” the world premiere of PK Waddle’s “Concerto Evocativo for Contrabassoon and Strings” and Mozart’s Symphony in D (“Paris Symphony”). Wed., Dec. 11, 7:30 p.m., St. Mark’s Church, 33-50 82 St., Jackson Heights. $10 suggested; $5 seniors, students. Info:

Anna Webber Septet, with the avant-garde flutist, saxophonist and composer and her band blending avant-garde jazz and new classical music, part of Thursday Night Jazz series. Thu., Dec. 12, 8-9 p.m., Jamaica Center for Arts and Learning, 161-04 Jamaica Ave. $10. Info: (718) 658-7400,

Roberta Piket Sextet featuring Karrin Allyson: Celebrating Marian McPartland, with the acclaimed pianist’s group and the five-time Grammy-nominated jazz vocalist performing works by the late jazz pianist. Fri., Dec. 6, 8 p.m., Flushing Town Hall, 137-35 Northern Blvd. $16; $10 students; free teens. Info: (718) 463-7700,


Ecuadorian Winter Recital: –ukanchik Sapi, with live music and traditional dances by both children and adults, by the Ecuadorian American Cultural Center. Sun., Dec. 8, 2-3:30 p.m., Queens Museum, Flushing Meadows Corona Park. Free. Info: (718) 592-9700, photo


“The Tragical History of the Life and Death of Dr. Faustus,” the c. 1590 tragedy by Christopher Marlowe about a brilliant scholar who makes a deal with the devil, leading to his eternal damnation. Thu.-Sun., Dec. 5-8; Wed.-Sun., Dec. 11-15, 7:30 p.m.; Sat., Dec. 14, 3 p.m., The Secret Theatre, 44-02 23 St., Long Island City. $22; $25 at door. Info: (718) 392-0722,

“Tess Dworman — A Child Retires,” a one-woman show referencing the collapse of the performer’s maturation as an artist, with standup comedy, memoir, Irish step-dancing and more included. Daily through Sat., Dec. 7, 8 p.m., The Chocolate Factory Theater, 5-49 49 Ave., Long Island City. $20. Info: (718) 482-7069,

“A–oranza de Colombia” (“Nostalgia for Colombia”), a musical love story about dancers of modern ballet and Colombian folklore, with 5 musicians and 15 dancers. Each Fri.-Sat., 8 p.m.; each Sun., 4 p.m., through Dec. 15, Thalia Spanish Theatre, 41-17 Greenpoint Ave., Sunnyside. $40-$45; $37-$42 seniors, students. Info: (718) 729-3880,


“Downtown 81,” the real-life look at a hip subculture in post-punk Manhattan filmed in 1980-81 but only released in 2000. Fri.-Sun., Dec. 6-8, varying times; Sat.-Sun., Dec. 14-15, 2 p.m., Museum of the Moving Image, 36-01 35 Ave., Astoria. $15; $11 seniors, students; $9 kids 3-17; includes museum admission. Info: (718) 777-6888, Metrograph Pictures

“Apollo 11: First Steps Edition,” an exclusive version of the 2019 documentary about the mission that landed men on the moon for the first time 50 years ago, with never-before-seen footage. Daily through Tue., Jan. 21, 3 p.m., New York Hall of Science, 47-01 111 St., Corona. $6; $5 kids, students, seniors, plus admission: $16; $13 seniors, kids, students with ID. Info: (718) 699-0005,


National Lampoon’s LIC Comedy, with multiple comedians performing. Fri., Dec. 6 and 13, 10-11:30 p.m., The Plaxall Gallery, 5-25 46 Ave., Long Island City. $15. Info: (347) 848-0030,,

Frank Conniff’s Open Riff Night, with attendees riffing on awful movies in groups of three, hosted by TV’s Frank of Mystery Science Theater 3000. Wed., Dec. 11, 9-10:30 p.m., QED, 27-16 23 Ave., Astoria. $5 to riff; $8 to watch. Info: (347) 451-3873,


Book Talk: “The City Game: Triumph, Scandal and a Legendary Basketball Team,” with author Matthew Goodman discussing the 1949-50 double-championship City College Beavers and their point-shaving scandal. Thu., Dec. 12, 7 p.m., Temple Israel of Lawrence, 140 Central Ave., Lawrence, LI. Free. Info/RSVP (required): (516) 239-1140,,


Holly Tour: Holiday Historic House Tour, the 32nd annual, now rebranded, with visits to six sites including the Bowne House, Flushing Town Hall and Lewis H. Latimer House, above. Sun., Dec. 8, 1-5 p.m., starting at Queens Historical Society, Kingsland Homestead, 143-35 37 Ave., Flushing. $20; $25 at door; one or two kids under 12 per family free; more kids $5. Info: (718) 939-0647, Courtesy photo


Wreathmaking, with all materials provided, along with music, cider and cookies, but attendees bringing their own garden shears. Sat.-Sun., Dec. 7-8 and 14-15, Queens County Farm Museum, 73-50 Little Neck Pkwy., Floral Park. $25. Info: (718) 347-3276,

Live Drawing with Models, for those 18 and over, with a nude model, music and nonjudgmental environment. Mon., Dec. 9, 6-9 p.m., Flushing Town Hall, 137-35 Northern Blvd. $16; $10 students; free teens. Info: (718) 463-7700,

Introduction to Midrash, each Mon., 10-11 a.m., through end of Jan.; Jewish Medical Ethics, each Wed., 10-11 a.m., through end of Jan.; Introduction to Judaism, each Thu., 7-8 p.m., through May 21; all taught by Rabbi Daniel Wolpe, Flushing-Fresh Meadows Jewish Center, 193-10 Peck Ave. Free. Info: (718) 357-5100.

Defensive driving course, for better skills, insurance and point reduction; and to cut down on accidents, by the National Safety Council. Sat., Dec. 7, 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m., St. Mel’s Church of Flushing, 26-15 154 St. $45. Info/registration: (631) 360-9720.

Beginner’s Spanish, so you too can say, “Yo hablo el Espa–ol.” Each Tue., Fri., 10:30 a.m.-12 p.m., Kew Gardens Community Center, 80-02


Hello Panda Festival, a cultural extravaganza with more than 120 lantern exhibits, 60 food vendors, live performances, art, crafts, games, heated tents and more. Fri., Dec. 6-Sun., Jan. 26, 5-10 p.m., Citi Field parking lot, 41 Seaver Way (formerly 123-01 Roosevelt Ave.), Flushing Meadows Corona Park. $25-$28; $22-$25 kids, seniors, military; free kids under 4; $80-$90 family; $90 season pass. Info: (718) 886-8158,

Our Lady of the Angelus Christmas Fair, with raffles, music, food and more; donations of gift certificates and new household items sought. Sun., Dec. 8, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. (student performance 12 p.m.), OLA school gym/auditorium, 98-05 63 Drive, Rego Park. Free. Info: (718) 897-4444.

St. Nicholas Day, a traditional Dutch Christmas celebration with visits with St. Nicholas, Sinterklaas exhibit, take-home crafts, music, old-time outdoor games (weather permitting) and more. Sun., Dec. 8, 12-5 p.m., Onderdonk House (inside tour included), 1820 Flushing Ave., Ridgewood. $5; free kids and active military. Info: (718) 456-1776,


Hands-on History: Make Your Own Scented Pomander, with participants making their own spiced ornaments out of oranges, as in the 18th and 19th centuries, and visiting the museum; recommended for ages 3 and up but adults welcome too. Sat., Dec. 7, 1-4 p.m., King Manor Museum, 150-03 Jamaica Ave., Jamaica. Free. Info: (718) 206-0545,


Holiday Flea & Craft Fair, with Xmas gifts, dÈcor, cards, paper, tote and cosmetic bags, toys, games, books, bric-a-brac, crocheted baby items and more. Sat., Dec. 7, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Our Lady of Hope Catholic Academy, 61-21 71 St., Middle Village. Info: (718) 458-3535.

Holiday Flea Market, with Xmas gifts, dÈcor, cards, paper, tote and cosmetic bags, costume jewelry, toys, games, books, bric-a-brac and more. Sun., Dec. 8, 9 a.m.-3 p.m., American Martyrs Church, 79-43 Bell Blvd., Bayside. Info: (718) 225-0217.

Queens Farm Holiday Market, with Christmas trees, wreaths, pointsettias, toys, games and more, to support the School-to-Farm education program. Daily through Mon., Dec. 23, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Tue., Dec. 24, 10 a.m.-2 p.m., 73-50 Little Neck Pkwy., Floral Park. Info: (718) 347-3276,

Astoria Holiday Market, with local crafters selling clothing, accessories, jewelry, chocolate and more. Sun., Dec. 8 and 15, 12-6 p.m., Bohemian Hall & Beer Garden, 29-19 24 Ave., Astoria. Info: (718) 274-4925,,

Handmade Holiday Market, with arts-and-crafts people from Queens selling jewelry, paintings, ceramics, paper goods, clothing and more. Sun., Dec. 8, 1-5 p.m., Flushing Town Hall, 137-35 Northern Blvd. $30 for vendor table. Info: (718) 463-7700,


Maspeth Senior Center, 6961 Grand Ave. Free English classes for Chinese speakers, computer instruction, Silver Sneakers, tai chi, yoga and more; breakfast and lunch served. Info: (718) 429-3636.

Della Monica-Steinway Senior Center. Serving adults 60 and over. 23-56 Broadway, Astoria. Exercise classes daily, 10 a.m. Social dancing every Mon. and Thu., 1 p.m. Daily lunch served 11:45 a.m. Info: (718) 626-1500.

Knitting and crocheting class, to learn a new skill or share an idea for a craft project, by Jamaica Senior Program for Older Adults. Each Thu., 10:30-11:30 a.m., Theodora Jackson Adult Center, 92-47 165 St. Info: (718) 657-6500,


Gam-Anon, for families of someone with a gambling problem. Call hot line (212) 606-8177.

PTSD for veterans and service members: Reach out to a anonymous support group in your area. Info: 1 (800) 273-8255.

Alcoholics Anonymous, daily meetings around Queens for those with a drinking problem. Info: (718) 520-5021,,