“The Black Box: Man’s Playground,” an intimate presentation of a mixed-media work in progress by Cyrah Ward, celebrating the beauty of the black female form and dissecting stereotypes. Fri., Dec. 13, 7-8 p.m., Jamaica Center for Arts and Learning, 161-04 Jamaica Ave. Free. Info: (718) 658-7400, bit.ly/2DGEnyU.
“Marbles in the Valley,” with abstract prints and otherwordly photos portraying nostalgic landscapes reminiscent of the native countries of Queens’ diverse communities, by Corona native Nancy Paredes. Through Sun., Dec. 22, Queens Botanical Garden, 43-50 Main St., Flushing. Free with admission: Info: (718) 886-3800, queensbotanical.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.
“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.
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, Jamaica Center for Arts and Learning, 161-04 Jamaica Ave. Free (donations welcome). Info: (718) 658-7400, jcal.org.
Queens College Choral Society Winter Concert, the 79th annual, with Carl Orff’s “Carmina Burana,” the popular cantata celebrating the joys, sorrows and passions of life, based on 24 poems from the medieval collection of the same name. Sat., Dec. 14, 8 p.m., Colden Auditorium, Queens College, 153-49 Reeves Ave., Flushing. $20; $5 QC students. Info: (718) 793-0923, kupferbergcenter.org, qcchoralsociety.org. Image courtesy QCCS
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, jcal.org.
Winter Celebrations: An Evening of Classical Chamber Music, with popular music from the 18th and 19th centuries by Dongsok Shin on fortepiano and Leah Gale Nelson on violin; preceded by reception. Fri., Dec. 13, 6:30-8 p.m. (music starts 7 p.m.), King Manor Museum, 150-03 Jamaica Ave., Jamaica. $15; $10 students, seniors. Info: (718) 206-0545, kingmanor.org.
Sacred Music Society Christmas Concert, with the society joining with the Oratorio Society of Queens to perform highlights from Handel’s “Messiah” and play other beloved holiday songs in a singalong with the audience. Sun., Dec. 15, 4 p.m., Our Lady Queen of Martyrs, 110-06 Queens Blvd., Forest Hills. $35; $10 kids under 13 with adult. Info: (718) 268-6251, ourladyqueenofmartyrs.org.
“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. 12-15, 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, secrettheatre.com.
“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. Fri.-Sat., Dec. 13-14, 8 p.m.; Sun., Dec. 15, 4 p.m., Thalia Spanish Theatre, 41-17 Greenpoint Ave., Sunnyside. $40-$45; $37-$42 seniors, students. Info: (718) 729-3880, thaliatheatre.org.
Take Root, with Elisabetta Minutoli and Beau Dobson & Dancers. Fri.-Sat., Dec. 13-14, 8 p.m. $17; $20 cash at door; $22 credit card. Fertile Ground, featuring multiple dance troupes and post-performance discussion with wine, moderated by Valerie Green. Sun., Dec. 15, 7 p.m. $15. Both part of monthly series at Green Space, 37-24 24 St., Long Island City. Info: (718) 956-3037, greenspacestudio.org.
“Navidad — A Mexican-American Christmas,” a performance blending mariachi with Tchaikovsky and folk dance with ballet, telling the tale of a young NYC resident with Mexican parents. Sat., Dec. 14, 2 and 8 p.m.; Sun., Dec. 15, 1 and 5 p.m., Queens Theatre, 14 United Nations Ave. S., Flushing Meadows Corona Park. $20-$30. Info: (718) 760-0064, queenstheatre.org. courtesy photo
National Lampoon’s LIC Comedy, with multiple comedians performing. Fri., Dec. 13, 10-11:30 p.m., The Plaxall Gallery, 5-25 46 Ave., Long Island City. $15. Info: (347) 848-0030, nationallampoon.com, licartists.org.
“Downtown 81,” the real-life look at a hip subculture in post-punk Manhattan filmed in 1980-81 but only released in 2000. 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, movingimage.us.
“Chinese Portrait,” the 2018 personal snapshot of contemporary China’s diversity, showcasing tableaus of people and environments. Fri., Dec. 13-Sun., Dec. 22, various dates and times, Museum of the Moving Image, 36-01 35 Ave., Astoria. $20; $15 seniors, students; includes museum admission. Info: (718) 777-6888, movingimage.us.
“I Trusted You: Andy Kaufman on the Edge of Performance,” with famous and rarely seen clips of the entertainer’s comedy, live performances of pieces he conceived and members of his immediate family speaking about his work. Sat., Dec. 14, 5-9 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.
“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, nysci.org.
“The Nutcracker,” Tchaikovsky’s beloved ballet about a little girl’s journey through a fantasy world of fairies, princes, toy soldiers and an army of mice, based on E.T.A. Hoffmann’s story, by the National Ballet Theatre of Odessa. Sun., Dec. 15, 3 p.m., Colden Auditorium, Queens College, 153-49 Reeves Ave., Flushing. $23-$37. Info: (718) 793-0923, kupferbergcenter.org.
Douglaston Winter Festival, with ice skating, snow slide, face-painting, music, crafts, food, games and more. Sat., Dec. 14, 12-4 p.m., Douglaston Station Plaza, 235 St. at 41 Ave. Free: Info: dlnhs.org. courtesy photo
Jackson Heights Winter Caroling Sing & Stroll, with songs of many faiths, languages and cultures; small, acoustic, portable instruments welcome. Sat., Dec. 14, 7-10 p.m., meeting in front of Cassidy’s Ale House, 31 Ave. and 75 St. Free. Info: bit.ly/2qJ6jzx.
Global Arts for Global Kids, a benefit showcase and concert featuring Flushing Town Hall’s teaching artists, with singing, dancing, theater, art and more. Sat., Dec. 14, 2 p.m., FTH, 137-35 Northern Blvd. $14; $8 kids; free teens. Info: (718) 463-7700, flushingtownhall.org.
Hello Panda Festival, a cultural extravaganza with more than 120 lantern exhibits, 60 food vendors, live performances, art, crafts, games, heated tents and more. Daily through 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, hellopandafest.com.
CLASSES / WORKSHOPS
Syrups & Salves, with participants learning how to make herbal remedies to support wellness during the winter. Sat., Dec. 14, 2-4 p.m., Queens Botanical Garden, 43-50 Main St., Flushing. $30. Info/registration (required): (718) 886-3800, queensbotanical.org.
Handmade Cards & Cocoa for the Holidays, with participants rediscovering designing with paper, focusing on print-making and stamping to make cards and gift tags for people. Sun., Dec. 15, 1:30-3:30 p.m., Voelker Orth Museum, 149-19 38 Ave., Flushing. $5; $12 family; free kids under 3. Info: (718) 359-6227, vomuseum.org.
Wreathmaking, with all materials provided, along with music, cider and cookies, but attendees bringing their own garden shears. Sat.-Sun., Dec. 14-15, Queens County Farm Museum, 73-50 Little Neck Pkwy., Floral Park. $25. Info: (718) 347-3276, queensfarm.org.
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.
The History of Breezy Point: 1900 to Today, with leaders of the Breezy Point Historical Society, formed after Hurricane Sandy devastated the area, on how items from the past that survived are being preserved. Sat., Dec. 14, 2:30-4:30 p.m., Queens Historical Society, Kingsland Homestead, 143-35 37 Ave., Flushing. $5; $3 students. Info: (718) 939-0647, queenshistoricalsociety.org.
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, firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com.
Saturday night dance, with a live DJ playing classics, oldies, top 40, Italian and Latin music, food, raffles and more. Sat., Dec. 14 (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.
Israeli folk dancing, with instruction for beginners, in a fun, welcoming atmosphere. Each Mon., 7:30 p.m. (beginners’ instruction); 8:30-10 p.m. (intermediate dances), Hillcrest Jewish Center, 183-02 Union Tpke, Fresh Meadows. $10. Info: (718) 380-4145, hillcrestjc.org.
Xmas Flea Market, with holiday gifts, dÈcor, cards, paper, tote and cosmetic bags, costume jewelry, toys, games, books, bric-a-brac and more. Sun., Dec. 15, 9 a.m.-4 p.m., St. Nicholas of Tolentine Church, Union Tpke. and Parsons Blvd., Jamaica. Info: (718) 591-1815, stnicholas-queens.org.
Astoria Holiday Market, with local crafters selling clothing, accessories, jewelry, chocolate and more. Sun., Dec. 15, 12-6 p.m., Bohemian Hall & Beer Garden, 29-19 24 Ave., Astoria. Info: (718) 274-4925, bohemianhall.com, astoriamarket.com.
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, queensfarm.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).