“The Search for Life Beyond Earth,” an interactive experience likening extreme environments on Earth to those on other celestial bodies such as Mars, Europa and Titan, as well as places outside the Solar System, and addressing the requirements for life. On permanent exhibit, New York Hall of Science, 47-01 111 St., Corona. Free with admission: $20; $15 seniors, kids, students with ID. Info: (718) 699-0005, nysci.org.
“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, dorsky.org.
“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, latimernow.org.
“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, vomuseum.org.
“Outs & Ins,” with works by Sarah Palmer exploring human and environmental vulnerability with recontextualized nudes, portraits, catalog images and more. Through Sat., Jan. 11, Mrs., 60-40 56 Drive, Maspeth. Free. Info: (347) 841-6149, mrsgallery.com.
“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, nysci.org. Courtesy photo
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, flushingtownhall.org.
“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. Wed.-Sat., Dec. 4-7, 8 p.m., The Chocolate Factory Theater, 5-49 49 Ave., Long Island City. $20. Info: (718) 482-7069, chocolatefactorytheater.org.
“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, thaliatheatre.org.
“Dirty Rotten Scoundrels,” a musical about two con men who team up to scam rich, lonely women, based on the film of the same name, by The Parkside Players. Fri.-Sat., Nov. 29-30, 8 p.m.; Sun., Dec. 1, 2 p.m., Grace Lutheran Church, 103-15 Union Tpke., Forest Hills. $20; $18 seniors, students. Info: (718) 353-7388, parksideplayers.com.
“Painted Alice — The Musical,” an adaptation of “Alice in Wonderland” for adults, about an artist who falls through her canvas into a dark and comical world. Through Sun., Dec. 1, various dates and times, The Plaxall Gallery, 5-25 46 Ave., Long Island City. $25-$45. Info: (347) 848-0030, licartists.org.
Local Filmmakers: How did they do it?, with five filmmakers presenting short works, each followed by Q-and-A, and buffet, by FirstCut Film Club. Sat., Nov. 30, 2:30-5 p.m., Cronin & Phelan’s Bar & Restaurant, 38-14 Broadway, Astoria. Free. Info: filmproject.media.
“Still Beginning,” marking the 30th annual Day With(out) Art, with seven short videos on the HIV/AIDS epidemic, highlighting pioneering activism and staging intergenerational conversations. Sun., Dec. 1, 3-5 p.m., Queens Museum, Flushing Meadows Corona Park. Free with admission: $8 suggested; $4 seniors; free students, kids. Info: (718) 592-9700, queensmuseum.org.
“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, 2020, 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, nysci.org.
Literary Sundays Reading Series, with Queens poets Maria Lisella and Oleana Jennings sharing their work, followed by an open mic and Q-and-A. Sun., Dec. 1, 5:30-7 p.m., Kew & Willow Books, 81-63 Lefferts Blvd., Kew Gardens. Free. Info: (718) 441-0009, kewandwillow.com.
A Talk with Seymour Kaplan: Dachau Liberator, with one of the first American soldiers to enter the Dachau concentration camp in April 1945, later a businessman, teacher and mental health advocate, telling his story. Mon., Dec. 2, 1-2:30 p.m., Commonpoint Queens, formerly Central Queens YM & YWHA, 67-09 108 St., Forest Hills. Free. Info: (718) 268-5011, commonpointqueens.org/events.
Introduction to Midrash, each Mon., 10-11 a.m., through end of Jan. 2020; Jewish Medical Ethics, each Wed., 10-11 a.m., through end of Jan.; Star Trek and Judaism, Sun., Dec. 1, 7-9 p.m.; Introduction to Judaism, each Thu., 7-8 p.m., through May 21, 2020; 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.
Trip to Resorts Casino, in Atlantic City, NJ, sponsored by the Sisterhood of Forest Park Jewish Center. Mon., Dec. 2, departing Lindenwood Shopping Center, 84 St. and 153 Ave., 9 a.m.; also Woodhaven Blvd. at Forest Park Drive, 9:15 a.m. $50 with $25 giveback. Info: Sharon, (917) 292-8732; Phyllis, (917) 601-2234.
Open Studio: Clay, a monthly drop-in program with kids 2-11 and their families making art, this time with clay. Sun., Dec. 1 (and each first Sun. of the month), 11 a.m.-1 p.m., The Noguchi Museum, 9-01 33 Road, Long Island City. Free with admission: $10; $5 seniors, students; NYC HS students, kids under 12 free. Info: (718) 204-7088, noguchi.org.
“The Nutcracker” by the Salzburg Marionette Theatre, Tchaikovsky’s beloved ballet about a little girl’s journey through a fantasy world, based on E.T.A. Hoffmann’s story, told with puppets. Wed., Dec. 4, 7 p.m., Flushing Town Hall, 137-35 Northern Blvd. $14; $8 kids; free teens. Info: (718) 463-7700, flushingtownhall.org.
“Toy Story 4,” the 2019 computer-animated comedy film with longtime characters including Sheriff Woody and Buzz Lightyear meeting a new pal, Forky, and having a new adventure. Fri.-Sun., Nov. 29-Dec. 1, 12 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, movingimage.us. Disney / Pixar
Onderdonk House Outdoor Christmas Market, with local vendors, cider and seasonal music by the Eden Lane Trio inside. Sun., Dec. 1, 12-5 p.m., 1820 Flushing Ave., Ridgewood. Info: (718) 456-1776, onderdonkhouse.org.
Christmas flea market, with Xmas gifts and dÈcor, toys, games, books, jewelry, collectibles and more. Sun., Dec. 1, 9 a.m.-4 p.m., St. Nicholas of Tolentine Church, Union Tpke. and Parsons Blvd., Jamaica. Info: (718) 591-1815, stnicholas-queens.org.
Jackson Heights Holiday Craft Market, with handmade items made in the neighborhood. Sun., Dec. 1, 10 a.m.-1 p.m., IS 145 parking lot, 79 St. near 34 Ave. Info: jhbg.org.
Queens Farm Holiday Market, with Christmas trees, wreaths, pointsettias, toys, games and more, to support the School-to-Farm education program. Sun., Dec. 1-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, queensfarm.org. Courtesy photo
Astoria Holiday Market, with local crafters selling clothing, accessories, jewelry, chocolate and more. Sun., Dec. 1, 8 and 15, 12-6 p.m., Bohemian Hall & Beer Garden, 29-19 24 Ave., Astoria. Info: (718) 274-4925, bohemianhall.com, astoriamarket.com.
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, flushingtownhall.org.
Steinway Holiday Market, with local vendors, live entertainment and Santa Claus. Sat.-Sun., Nov. 30-Dec. 1, 10:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m., Steinway Municipal Parking Lot 2, Steinway St. between 21 Ave. and Broadway. Info: (718) 721-8252, steinwaystreet.org, centralastoria.nyc.
Saturday night dance, with a live DJ playing classics, oldies, top 40, Italian and Latin music, food, raffles and more. Sat., Nov. 30 (and every other Saturday all year), 8 p.m.-12 a.m., Italian Charities of America, 83-20 Queens Blvd., Elmhurst. $12. Info: (718) 478-3100, italiancharities.org.
Knit & Crochet Club, with participants meeting up to share techniques and patterns and bringing their own supplies. Each Fri., 10:30 a.m., Howard Beach Library, 92-06 156 Ave. Free. Info: (718) 641-7086, queenslibrary.org.
SNAP of Eastern Queens Innovative Senior Center for adults 60+, 80-45 Winchester Blvd., Queens Village. Classes — Exercise every Mon.: advanced, 11 a.m.; beginners, 1 p.m. Every Tue.: magic and ABC computer class, 10 a.m. Every Wed.: armchair yoga, 9 a.m.; Zumba gold, 10 a.m. Every Thu.: creative writing, 11 a.m.; painting, 1 p.m. Every Fri.: fall prevention, 10 a.m.; women’s discussion group, 11 a.m. Info: (718) 454-2100.
Knitting a 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, jspoa.org.
Middle Village Adult Center, 69-10 75 St., offers daily fitness classes for seniors:aerobics to music, lower-body toning, chair yoga, sit and be fit, Zumba, qi gong and tai chi; multimedia and watercolor painting, every Thu. and Fri.; friendly book, movie and poetry club, Wed., 1-2 p.m. monthly. Center open Mon.-Fri., 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Call: (718) 894-3441.
Queens AARP Chorus, which sings at nursing homes and AARP events, seeks retired people to join. Meets each Fri., 11 a.m. (new people asked to come 10 a.m.), Clearview Selfhelp Center, 208-11 26 Ave., Bayside. Info: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Howard Beach Senior Center, with exercise classes every weekday except Thu., varying times; dances with a DJ and hot lunch every Tue., 12-3 p.m.; art classes every Thu., 9:30-11:30 a.m., 12:30-2:30 p.m.; intro to sign language every Fri., 10-11:30 a.m.; karaoke every Wed., 1-3 p.m.; monthly book club; and more, 155-55 Crossbay Blvd. Info: (718) 738-8100.
Overeaters Anonymous, for anyone with an eating disorder or other problem with food or maintaining a healthy weight, in various neighborhoods. Each Tue., 6:30-8 p.m., Holy Child Jesus Outreach Center, 112-06 86 Ave., Richmond Hill. Info: (718) 564-7027 (leave message). Each Thu., 12-1:30 p.m., Howard Beach Library, 92-06 156 Ave. Info: Julie, (718) 848-4338. Each Thu., 12:15-1:40 p.m., Rego Park Library, 91-41 63 Drive. Info: (347) 433-5876 (OA of Greater New York; leave message), (718) 459-5140 (library).
Monthly bereavement group, for anyone dealing with the loss of a loved one, with informative handouts and light refreshments provided. Each second Wed. of the month, 2:30-4 p.m., Maspeth Town Hall, 53-37 72 St. Free. Info: (718) 335-6049, maspethtownhall.org.