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By The Times-Ledger

Auditions

The Outrageous Fortune Company, 42-24 Douglaston Parkway, Douglaston will hold auditions for Arcadia, the award winning play by Tom Stoppard, on Fri., Jan. 5 from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. and Sat., Jan. 6 from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. 718-428-2500.

Senior Theater Acting Repertory (STAR) always welcomes retired persons interested in acting. To arrange for an audition, call Stan Guttman at 224-2729.

Clubs/Live Entertainment

Amazura, 91-12 14th Pl., Jamaica 718-298-6760 DJ Latin, salsa, merengue, Fridays and Saturdays.

Backdraft's, 73-11 Yellowstone Blvd., Forest Hills 718-263-4760 DJ Thursdays-Saturdays.

Bickles, 163-17 Archer Ave. (bet. Guy R. Brewer Boulevard and 165th Street) 718–658-1400. Open mic and jam session Thursday nights.

Calypso City, 121-08 Jamaica Ave. Richmond Hill 718-847-8900 Calypso music Fridays and Saturdays.

Castle Heights, 83-11 Northern Blvd. Jackson Heights 718-898-9584. Heavy metal music.

Charisma, 71-46 Main St., Flushing 718-268-2800. Singles night, DJ Thursdays. Ballroom dancing, Wednesdays.

Cheyenne Roadhouse, 71-46 Main St., Flushing 718-268-2800 Miles Ahead Ensemble, Mondays.

Club DNA, 25-22 34th Ave., Astoria 718-784-1822 DJ Chris “The Greek,” Saturdays.

Club Illusions, 125-22 Merrick Blvd., Springfield Gardens 718-978- 0300. Miles Ahead Ensemble , Fridays Karaoke, 8 p.m. Tuesdays.

Club Pulse, 92-77 Queens Blvd., Rego Park 718-997-8661. House DJ, Thursdays DJ, salsa, merengue and Latin pop, upstairs, Spanish rock, downstairs Fridays. DJ, hip-hop, reggae, salsa, house and merengue, Saturdays.

Club X Press, 89-25 Merrick Blvd., Jamaica. 718-707-7037. DJ, hip hop, reggae, R&B, Latin, gay and lesbian party, Thursdays-Saturdays.

Cooper's Alehouse, 70-26 88th St., Glendale. 718-326-7435 Live bands, Fridays and Saturdays.

Crazy Moose Saloon, 40-07 Bell Blvd., Bayside. 718-224-0690. Live bands and DJs.

The Douglaston Manor, 63-20 Commonwealth Blvd., Douglaston 718-224-8787, DJ, Latin night, Wednesdays.

F. Scotts, 42-15 235th St., Douglaston 718-225-1866 Jazz Tones, Fridays.

Fuzzy's, 239-21 Braddock Ave., Bellerose 718-347-9843. Live bands.

Hollywood and Main Cafe, 57-33 Main St., Flushing 718-321-9670. DJ Fridays and Saturdays.

Ilusiones, 36-21 Steinway St., Astoria 718-729-6476. Live Latin music Wednesdays-Sundays.

Irish Rover, 37-18 28th Ave., Astoria 718-278-9372 Live music Saturdays, Irish music Sundays

Kilmegan, 60-19 Roosevelt Ave., Woodside 718-803-9206 Live bands.

Krash, 34-48 Steinway St., Astoria 718-937-2400 Alternative dance club, DJ, hard music.

La Kueva, 28-26 Steinway St., Astoria 718-267-9069 Live Spanish rock music.

Melange, 70-28 Austin St., Forest Hills, 718-268-4524 DJ, '70s to '90s tunes, Fridays and Saturdays, and Karaoke, Wednesdays.

Nite of Stars Cafe, 201-10 Linden Blvd., St. Albans 718-978-7001. Miles Ahead Ensemble Thursdays. The cafe also presents Jazz Live every Friday at 11 p.m. Fine soul food. Open Mic nights. Hostess Lady Jeanette, Starmaid Mary and Marie. All musicians are welcome to come and jam. 718-523-2102.

Outfield Inn, 79-56 Metropolitan Ave., Middle Village 718-326-7496 Live bands.

P.J. Currans, 217 Beach 116th St., Rockaway Beach 718-474-8921. Karaoke Thursdays and Sundays.

Ryan's, 50-02 Vernon Blvd., Long Island City 718-784-5557 Live music, Saturdays, Jam session with The Pick-Up Allstars, Sundays, Karaoke, Wednesdays

Soca Paradise, 205-20 Jamaica Ave., Jamaica, 718-464-3600. “Soul plus calypso equals soca,” Fridays and Saturdays.

Starbucks, 41-02 Main St., Flushing, 718-358-9355. Open mike Thursdays.

Tropical Paradise Lounge, 103-02 Springfield Blvd., Queens Village 718-465-3535 Miles Ahead Ensemble, Sundays

Voodoo Lounge, 47-29 Bell Blvd., Bayside 718-224-7576 Live bands (sometimes, only New York appearances)

Yeats' Tavern, 42-24 Bell Blvd., Bayside 718-225-0652. Light music with a live band every other Wednesday night; Karaoke every Thursday, Irish music every Sunday.

Yer Man's Irish Pub, 119-11 Metropolitan Ave., Forest Hills 718-441-3939. Live bands, Fridays. Karaoke, Sundays and Tuesdays

Concerts

The Community Singers of Queens will hold its Semi-Annual Concert on Sat., Dec. 16 at 8 p.m. at Marie Curie, I.S. 158, 46-53 Oceania St., Bayside. Works performed will be a medley of both classical and popular. Tickets: $2, $8,718-658-1021.

Bayside Historical Society presents its Annual Holiday Celebration in the Officers Club at Fort Totten on Sun., Dec. 17. Children's Programs are from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. which include Mother Bear's Christmas Dillemma, Reading by Annette Nardi, Author, Photos with Santa, Holiday Tunes: The Highland Church Youth Choir. Reservations. Admission: $10, $5. Adult Program will be held from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Classical Piano Concert, Featuring International Soloist Jordi Querol. Cold Buffet Dinner. Admission: $15. Reservations are mandatory and seating is limited. 718-352-1548.

A Winter Jam will be held on Fri., Dec. 15 from 4p.m. to 8 p.m. at Roy Wilkins Family Center, 177th St., and Baisley Blvd. Bring the whole family. 718-276-8686.

LaGuardia Community College presents the timeless holiday classic, “The Nutcracker,” at the college's Performing arts Center at 2 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 17 718-482-5151.

Lou Rawls, the Grammy Award-winning artist whose chart-busting recordings include You'll Never Find (Another Love Like Mine), Groovy People, Natural Man and Wind Beneath My Wings, appears on Fri., Feb. 3 in Tilles Center for the Performing Arts' Reckson Jazz at Tilles series. The 8 pm concert is sponsored by Reckson Associates, one of Long Island's largest owners and operators of office and industrial properties. Tickets: $48, $35, $25, $42, $32, $22. 516- 299-3100.

One of the world's oldest orchestras and one that is rich in tradition, the Dresden Staatskapelle will be led by its chief conductor Giuseppe Sinopoli at Tilles Center for the Performing Arts on Sat., Jan. 27. The all-Beethoven program for the 8 pm concert includes Symphony No. 7 and Symphony No. 8. 516-299-3100.

Choro, Brazilian music fused with African rhythm, European harmony and swing will be held on Thurs., Dec. 21 at 3 p.m. at the Laurelton Branch Public Library, 134-26 225th St., Laurelton. 718-528-2822.

Powell Leonard and the Lionhearted Players, along with performances poet, Ella Louise Smith, will perform at the Trinity Lutheran Church in a Holiday Community Coffeehouse in the church undercroft on Sat., Dec. 16 at 3 p.m. Donation: $5. 718-482-8790.

Sneakers: A Pop-Rock Musical, Kids in grades K-4 will enjoy a musical about being a kid today, dealing with self-esteem, teamwork, generosity, friendship in this interactive high-energy show by The Sneakers Music Co. will be held on Fri., Dec. 29 at 3 p.m. at the Fresh Meadows Branch Public Library, 193-20 Horace Harding Expressway; Preregistration. 718-454-7272.

Holiday Folk Songs/Stories From Around The World for students in grades K-5 will be held on Wed., Dec. 20 at 4 p.m. Seaside Branch, 116-15 Rockaway Beach Boulevard, Rockaway Park. Storyteller Bob Basey will entertain children with songs and stories about Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, Christmas and winter. He will sing and play the flute in this upbeat show. 718-634-1876.

Spanish Music And Flamenco Dance For Kids, Ages 6-12 are invited by Aurora and Basilio of Flamenco Latino to explore Spanish/African roots of Flamenco and Salsa on Thurs., Dec. 14 at 4 p.m. at the Steinway Branch Public Library, 21-45 31 Street, Long Island City. Learn to play Spanish castanets, see Spanish guitar and dance demonstrated. Try it out. Preregistration. 718-728-1965.

Bayside Jewish Center, 203-05 32 Ave. Bayside presents a Cantorial Concert featuring Cantor Marcos Salmon accompanied by Sylvia Strauss on Tues., Dec. 19 at 8 p.m.

Duo Cavatina, Featuring flutist Carol Shansky and guitarist Seth Himmelhoch will be held on Sat., Dec. 16 at 3 p.m. Rego Park Branch, 91-41 63rd Drive. Rego Park. Enjoy an afternoon of light classical music of Mozart, Ravel, Giuliani, Telemann and modern compositions from North and South America 718-459-5140.

An Afternoon Of Indo-Pakistani Music, Enjoy music composed by Dr. Akmal Parwaz and others in the Indo-Pakistani tradition, accompanied by musicians on the harmonium, tabla and sitar on Sun., Dec. 17 at 2 p.m. at the Flushing Branch Public Library, 41-17 Main St., Flushing. 718-661-1200.

Music Of The Big Band Singers, With Peter J. LaRosa will be held on Sat., Dec. 16 at 1 p.m. at the Hollis Branch Public Library, 202-05 Hillside Ave., Hollis. Enjoy music by Frank Sinatra and Nat King Cole among others, as well as later singers Tony Bennett and Johnny Mathis, in a nostalgic return to the Big Band era and beyond 718-465-7355.

A Musical Journey Through China, a lecture and demonstration of Chinese orchestra instruments and the aesthetics of Chinese music and related art forms will be held on Sat., Dec. 16 at 1 p.m. at the Flushing Branch Public Library, 41-17 Main St., . Seating on a first-come basis, in the International Resource Center, 3rd Floor. 718-661-1232.

Music For The Holidays Featuring The Claremont Strings will be held on Thurs., Dec. 14 at 1 p.m. at the Court Square Branch Public Library, 25-01 Jackson Avenue, Long Island City. Join in the holiday spirit with a concert of holiday music from The Nutcracker 718-937-2790.

The Oratorio Society of Queens presents “A Holiday Celebration” at 4 p.m. Sun., Dec. 17 at Bayside High School, Corporal Kennedy Street at 32nd Avenue. 718-460-0726.

The Martin Luther King High School Fine Arts Department hosts its annual Christmas Concert at 7:30 p.m. Fri., Dec. 15 in the school gymnasium, 60-02 Maspeth Ave. Admission is free (donations accepted) 718-894-4000.

The Brooklyn-Queens Conservatory of Music presents a fully costumed holiday concert and festival, “Renaissance Revelries” at 8 p.m. Fri., Dec. 15 at the conservatory at 42-76 Main St., Flushing. Immediately following the concert is an era-appropriate supper of lamb, chicken, roasted potatoes and vegetables, mulled wine and cider. 718-461-8910.

Holiday Musical Tribute To Nat King Cole and Friends featuring the Cody Childs Trio. Enjoy an evening of great holiday music featuring favorite melodies of the legendary Nat King Cole and other jazz greats on Wed., Dec. 20 at 7 p.m. at the South Jamaica Branch Public Library, 108-41 Guy R. Brewer Boulevard, Jamaica. 718-739-4088.

The Holy Cross High School Christmas Concert, under the direction of John Waage, will be held on Fri., Dec. 15 at 7:30 p.m. The Holy Cross Jazz Band and The Holy Cross Concert Band will perform both classical and modern versions of Christmas favorites, holiday selections and a variety of contemporary popular music. This annual performance will feature a wide array of music including classical, rock, and jazz. Admission is to the concert is free and all are welcome. 718-886-7250

The Queens County Farm Museum, 73-50 Little Neck Parkway, Floral Park hosts a concert on Sat., Jan 27 from 8 p.m. to 10 p.m., featuring members of the Goliard Ensemble. Light refreshments will be served. Cost: $15. Space is limited. 718-347-3276 Ext. 10.

African-American Classical Music with The Cliff Lee Duo. Lyrical trumpeter Cliff Lee presents music of the masters, Miles Davis, Blue Mitchell, Freddie Hubbard, Duke Ellington, John Coltrane and others, on display at The Far Rockaway Branch Public Library, 1637 Central Ave., Far Rockaway. 718-327-2549.

Smooth Jazz Christmas will bring holiday joy to Westbury Music Fair on Sun., Dec. 17 at 7 p.m. with Dave Koz and his special friends Peter White, Brenda Russell and Rick Braun. This is Koz's fourth consecutive tour performing holiday selections with Peter, Brenda and Rick as well as from his December Makes Me Feel This Way CD featuring Christmas classics. Tickets: $30. 212-307-7171.

Kenny Rogers brings his Christmas Tour to Westbury Music Fair on Dec. 22 at 8 p.m. and on Dec. 23 at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. Tickets: $85. 212- 307-7171.

Queens College Choral Society holds its 60th Annual Winter Concert on Sat., Dec. 9 at 8 p.m. at the Colden Center for Performing Arts at Queens College. Tickets: $15, $13, ($2 discount for students and seniors). 718-793-8080 or 718-997-ARTS.

A Pre-Holiday Concert featuring The Mike McClenan Group in a performance of swinging jazz and pop music by America's greatest composers, including Duke Ellington, Count Basie, Charlie Parker, Frank Sinatra, Louis Armstrong and many others will be held on Sat., Dec. 16 at 2 p.m. at the East Elmhurst Branch Public Library, 95-06 Astoria Boulevard, Elmhurst. 718-424-2619.

Dances

The Paul Taylor Dance Company returns to Queens Theatre in the Park Sat., Dec. 16 at 3 and 8 p.m., and Sunday, Dec. 17 at 3 p.m. 718-760-0064.

Traditional Greek folk dances are taught weekly at the Greek Cultural Center, 27-18 Hoyt Ave. South., Astoria. Classes are forming now for the beginning and advanced dancer through June. Registration is ongoing. Classes are held on Tuesdays at 8:30 p.m. for adult beginners and 9:30 p.m. for the advanced. Children's classes are held on Fridays at 6:30 p.m. (for ages 6-10) and 7:15 p.m. (for ages 10-14) 718-726-7329.

The Connelly Dance Centers for the Performing Arts and DanceSport, 113-12 Liberty Ave., Richmond Hill, cordially invites all High School and College students to a Pre-Christmas dance on Fri., Dec. 15 at 8:30 p.m. Admission: 8:30 to 10 p.m. ladies free, gentlemen $5. After 10 p.m. $10 with invite, $15 without invite. After 11 p.m. $12 with invite, $20 without. No Alcohol, No Smoking, Adult Chaperones, Tight Security. 718-848-9550.

Events

Poets House Publication Party For Teens, will be held on Thurs., Dec. 14 at 4 p.m. at the Flushing Branch Public Library, 41-17 Main St., Flushing. Teen participants who attended fall poetry-writing workshops from Flushing and Jackson Heights Library Branches celebrate their published works with refreshments. Poetry readings open to public. 718-661-1212.

Celebrate The True Millennium this New Year's Eve at the Bayside Jewish Center, 203-05 32 Ave., Bayside. A full open bar, hot and cold hors d'oeuvres, A 5-course sit-down dinner served to you, choice of Prime Rib or Chicken, 5-piece orchestra with singer. Admission: $87.50. 718-428-0434 or 352-2910.

A Celebration In Song For The Holidays for families, with Dayle Friedman will be held on Thurs., Dec. 14 at 4 p.m. at the Rosedale Branch, 144-20 243rd St., Rosedale. She sings holiday songs from many lands using hand/glove puppets, marionettes. Audience participation. Preregistration. 718-528-8490.

Visit Santa and Mrs. Claus and visit the new exhibit “A Federal Christmas” on display at King Manor Museum on Sun., Dec. 17 from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. at King Manor Museum, inside King Park, Jamaica Ave., Jamaica. Admission: Free to visit Santa and Mrs. Claus, $2 aduts, $1 children for touring the Federal Christmas Exhibit. 718-206-0545.

Exhibits

Let Us March On!, featuring selected Civil Rights photographs of Ernest . Withers Covering period 1955-1968, now on view through Jan. 13. 2001 is on display at Queens Library Gallery, 89-11 Merrick Boulevard, Jamaica. The National Art League, 44-21 Douglaston Parkway, Douglaston will present an exhibition of the art work of the teaching staff at the League. This will take place Jan. 8 through Jan. 19. Everyone is invited to this creative and exciting exhibition. No admission. 718-224-4953.

Queens artist Patrice Piard's work is now on display at 26 Federal Plaza in Manhattan through Jan. 5.

“Tiffany: Behind the Glass” continues at the Queens Museum of Art in Flushing Meadows Corona Park. 718-592-9700.

Queensborough Community College Holocaust Resource Center & Archives presents “Janusz Korczak's Warsaw” through June 30, 2001 The exhibit traces the career of Janusz Korczak in Warsaw until his death at Treblinka in August, 1942. Consists of a narrative text, photographs and documents. Library Basement, Room 30. Hours: Monday to Friday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Free event. 718-225-1617.

Six artists living with HIV/AIDS reflect their lives in New Beginnings exhibit in honor of World AIDS Day through Dec. 29 at the Queens Independent Living Center, 140-40 Queens Blvd., Jamaica. 718-658-2526.

Try rock climbing, the balance beam and check to see if your baseball pitch is World Series material through Jan. 7 at the New York Hall of Science, 47-01 111 St., Flushing Meadows Corona Park. Action-packed and filled with intriguing hands-on and interactive experiences. SPORT covers everything in the world of sports from aerodynamics to a trial wheelchair sprint. 718-699-0005

Science and technology shed a whole new light on traditional printmaking and photography by creating new, exciting forms of contemporary art. Art and Science Collaborations brings its third annual digital art competition exhibition, Digital 2000 to the New York Hall of Science, 47-01 111th St., Flushing Meadows Corona Park, Flushing. 718-699-0005

The History of the Great Hall, The Architecture of the New York Hall of Science is presented by the Hall , 47-01 111 St., Flushing Meadows Corona Park. This compact panel exhibit spotlights the New York Hall of Science, built for the 1964 -1965 World's Fair. Discover the Great Hall, its architect, Wallace K. Harrison, and the history behind its seven-story blue stained glass serpentine walls. 718-699-0005

The Rockaway Artists Alliance in conjunction with Gateway National Recreation Area presents “Seasonal Sensations,” a holiday exhibition of member works. The exhibition runs through Jan. 14 in studio-6 (building T-6) in Fort Tilden, Gateway National Recreation Area, Rockaway, Queens. 718 474-0861 or e-mail: [email protected].

Faces tell a thousand stories, the eyes are the windows of the soul. Esther Kirchevsly teaches portrait drawing to novices and practices artists at the Kew Gardens Community Center, 80-02 Kew Gardens Road on Thursdays from 11 a.m. to noon. 718-268-5960.

The Afrikan Poetry Theatre presents “My Haitian Diary” by Francois Rides Garcia. Free admission. Also, the Afrikan Poetry Theatre continues its exhibit, “Perspective Visions” by Philip Howell, a photo essay, at the Center For Culture, 176-03 Jamaica Ave. 718-523-3312.

Queensborough Community College's Holocaust Resource Center and Archives presents “Janusz Korczak's Warsaw.” The exhibit, now through June 30, 2001 at the center, traces the career of orphanage director Janusz Korczak in Warsaw until his death at Treblinka in August 1942. The QCC center is at 222-05 65th Ave., Bayside. Narrative text, photographs and documents. 718-225-1617.

“Angels of Deliverance,” an exhibit on the Underground Railroad continues through Feb. 25, 2001 at the Kingsland Homestead, 143-35 37th Ave., Flushing. 718-939-0647.

The Rockaway Artists Alliance, in conjunction with Gateway National Recreation Area presents “Interior – Exterior,” a member exhibition running from Jan. 20 through Feb. 18 in studio-6 (building T-6) in Fort Tilden, Gateway National Recreation Area, Rockaway, Queens. Opening reception is Saturday, Jan. 27 from noon to 3 p.m. 718 474-0861 or e-mail: [email protected].

Festivals

To Light, To Life, To Hanukkah, Dramatic artist Judith Goldsmith commemorates the Hanukkah festival in a 3-part literary performance of: a remembrance of Isaac Bashevis Singer's childhood Hanukkahs the story of biblical heroine, Judith; and a reading of In Darkness There is Light, a Hanukkah miracle during World War II in a Polish monastery on Thurs., Dec. 14 at 2 p.m. at the Fresh Meadows Branch Public Library, 193-20 Horace Harding Expressway. 718-454-7272.

Lectures

Mr Pedro Pacheco will give a slide lecture of his art work on The Essential in Art, the creative attitude of the artist on Jan. 3 at 8 p.m. at the National Art Leayue, 44-21 Douglaston Parkway, Douglaston. All are welcome to this very informative and exciting presentation by a most gifted and creative artist. Refreshments provided. 718-224-4953.

Magic Shows

Magic Show, Ages 5-12 will help celebrate the branch's first anniversary of its opening with Anthony Corrao's magic will be held on Wed., Dec. 20 at the South Jamaica Branch Public Library, 108-41 Guy R. Brewer Boulevard, Jamaica. . He will demonstrate some fabulous illusions. Refreshments follow 718-739-4088.

The World Of Magic with Vincent J. Moccia, for teens will be held on Thurs., Dec. 28 at 4 p.m. at the Fresh Meadows Branch Public Library, 193-20 Horace Harding Expressway, Fresh Meadows. Professional entertainer Vincent “J” Moccia, past president of The Society of American Magicians, performs feats of magic with rope, cards, coins, silks and more. Classic illusions still being performed today will be discussed or demonstrated. Preregistration. 718-454-7272.

Performances

The Shin Kwang Church at 33-55 Bell Blvd. in Bayside presents a performance of Handel's “Messiah” to celebrate the 15th anniversary of the church at 6 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 17. Call 718-357-3355.

The Manhattan Rhythm Kings, one of the most popular attractions of Tilles Center for the Performing Art's “Cabaret at Club T” series, return to the Club T stage for 8 p.m. and 10 p.m. performances on Sat., Feb. 3 (a change of performance date). The series is produced for Tilles Center by Jack Globenfelt and is held in the Hillwood Recital Hall. The 10 p.m. performance is sponsored by AT&T. Tickets: $25. 516-299-3100.

Two new musicals produced by the internationally known Acting Company will perform at Queens Theatre In The Park in Flushing Meadows Corona Park. “O Pioneers!” will be presented Sat., Jan. 6 at 3 p.m. and 8 p.m. and Sun., Jan. 7 at 3 p.m. “The Comedy of Errors” is on Sat., Jan. 13 at 3 p.m. and 8 p.m. and Sun., Jan. 14 at 3 p.m. Tickets: $26, 24, $20 and $16. 718-760-0064.

LaGuardia Community College presents the holiday classic “The Nutcracker” at the college's Performing Arts Center at 2 pm Sun., Dec. 17. 718-482-5151.

Storytelling And Puppetry In English and Russian, Performed by People and Puppets Company, featuring Yevgeniy Itskovich and Yelena Pepelina will be Sat., Dec. 30 at 2:30 p.m. at the Rego Park Branch Public Library, 91-41 63rd Drive, Rego Park. 718-459-5140.

An Evening With Rosa Parks, Actress Jacqueline Wade will present her one woman play, Rosa, in the Library Gallery on Mon., Dec. 18 at 6 p.m. at the Central Branch Public Library, 89-11 Merrick Boulevard, Jamaica. 718-990-0858.

Bettina Paley's Oscar Winners, featuring songs that won an Oscar, and some that didn't, will be held Sat., Dec. 16 at 2 p.m. at the Maspeth Branch Public Library, 69-70 Grand Avenue., Maspeth. Acclaimed cabaret singer Bettina Paley presents memorable musical moments from the movies created by outstanding songwriters. 718-639-5228.

The Toys That Missed Christmas, the Santa Show, A new holiday musical with the story, music and lyrics by Barbara Schaap will be performed on Dec. 16, 17, 18, 23, 24, 26, 27 and 29 at 1 p.m. Dec. 22 at 4:30 p.m. Tickets: $8. Children may sit on Santa's lap after the performance, Bring your camera for pictures with the Cast. 516-599-1981.

Queensborough Community College presents “Beyond Therapy” on Dec. 14 and 15 at 8 p.m.: Dec. 16 at 2 p.m. and 8 p.m.; Bargain matinee ($1) Christopher Durang's hilarious Broadway comedy about relationships. Directed by Michael Cesarano. Presented by QCC's Department of Speech Communication and Theater Arts. Not suitable for children under 15. Shadowbox Theater, Z Building. Limited reserved seating. Tickets: $8, $5. 718-631-6284.

The Trinity Lutheran Church presents a Holiday Community Coffeehouse, featuring the Lionhearted Players and poet Ella Louise Smith at the church undercroft, 31-18 37th St. (at 31st avenue) at 3 p.m. Sat., Dec. 16. 718-278–0036.

Theatre Workshop Production at the fantasy Playhouse in Lynbrook, L.I. presents the musical Grease, and other performances of the classic Beauty and the Beast. Call 516-599-1982 for dates and tickets.

Grade school students from the Forest Hills Jewish Center School Choir sing Hanukkah songs at 11 a.m. Mon., Dec. 18 at Barnes & Noble, 70-00 Austin St., Forest Hills. Free admission. 718-793-1395.

Queens Theatre in the Park presents “A Chanukah Cabaret” mixing traditional and new songs with comedy to celebrate the Festival of Lights at 8 p.m. Sat., Dec. 23. 718-760-0064.

The Broadway Kids make their Long Island debut with an exclusive engagement at Port Washington's Jeanne Rimsky Theater. The performances are Sat., Dec. 16 at 3 p.m. and 7 p.m. Tickets: $20, $25. 516- 767-6444.

The Oratorio Society of Queens presents portions of Handel's “Messiah” and other traditional holiday works at Bayside High School at 4 p.m. Sun., Dec. 17. 718-460-0726.

“O Pioneers!” an uplifting and moving tale that sheds light on the vast landscape of American identity with a gripping story and beautiful songs will be presented by Queens Theatre in The Park, Flushing, on Sat., Jan. 6, 2001 at 3 p.m. and 8 p.m. and Sun., Jan. 7 at 3 p.m. 718-760-0064.

The Comedy of Errors, By William Shakespeare, with lyrics by Trevor Nunn and music by Guy Woolfenden, directed by John Rando will be presented by Queens Theatre in The Park on Sat., Jan. 13, 2001 at 3 p.m. and 8 p.m. and Sun., Jan. 14 at 3 p.m. 718-760-0064. Thalia Spanish Theatre, 41-17 Greenpoint Ave., Sunnyside presents Flamenco with Andrea Del Conte Danza Espana through Dec. 17, Fridays at 8 p.m., Saturdays at 3 p.m. and 8 p.m. and Sundays at 4 p.m. Tickets: $20, $18. 718-729-3880.

A Murder Odyssey, a special murder mystery New Year's Eve dinner and dance show with open bar, champagne toast and more will be held on Sun., Dec. 31 at 9 p.m. at the White House, 10-26 154th St., Astoria. Admission: $42. 516-877-7744.

Murder At The Sock Hop, a murder mystery dinner and dance show will be held on Fri., Jan 19 at Riccardo's, 21-01 24th Ave., Astoria. Admission: $40. 718-721-7777.

The Czechoslovak-American Marionette Theater, under the leadership of internationally acclaimed puppeteer Vit Horejs, brings their troupe of century-old hand-carved marionette puppets to the Queens Museum of Art for an afternoon performance of holiday classics, Dec. 16 at 2 p.m. The program will include A Christmas Carol, Oy Hanukkah and an assortment of other Winter Tales. Admission: $5, $2.50. 718-592-9700.

Teatro Lirico D'Europa returns to Tilles Center for the Performing Arts on Friday, February 2 with one of the world's best-loved grand operas, Verdi's Aida. The 8 pm performance is sung in Italian with English supertitles and features a full orchestra. The performance is an event of the A Night at the Coera series which is sponsored by The New York Times. Tickets: $42, $39). 516-299-3100.

Poetry

Open Mic Night, Poets, performers, dancers, storytellers and writers will have the opportunity to appear in the spotlight for five minutes on Thurs., Dec. 21 at 7:30 p.m. at the Langston Hughes Branch, 100-01 Northern Boulevard, Corona. 718-651-1100.

Starbucks, 41-02 Main St., Flushing presents Open Mic Night on the first Thursday of every month from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Calls all poets, musicians, singers, actors, playwrights and comedians. 718-424-6494.

Open Mic for poets, musicians, singers, actors, playwrights, and comedians is held on the first Monday of every month from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. at Caffe Greco, 79-08 37th Ave., Jackson Heights. 718-424-6494.

The Center For Culture, The Afrikan Poetry Theatre, Inc., 176-03 Jamaica Ave., Jamaica, presents its annual Poetry Slam! Poets, writers, rappers! and listeners! Cash prizes. Winners in two categories: Performance and Literary content. Winners will also be featured poets at jazz concerts. Slam will be televised on QPTV cable. (Reading/performance 5 minute limit) Admission: $5. Sat., Nov. 25 at 8 p.m. 718-523-3312.

Rehearsals

The Forest Hills Symphony Orchestra continues biweekly Wednesday evening rehearsals at the Forest Hills Jewish Center, 106-06 Queens Blvd. Rehearsals begin at 7:45 p.m. 718-591-3456.

Shows

The first Toy Soldier Show of the new year will be Jan. 14 at the Radisson Hotel, 135-30 140 St. It will feature 50 tables of toy soldiers from top dealers. Admission: $7, under 12, free. 718-322-2300.

Workshops

People And Stories, A workshop presented in Spanish, featuring readings and discussions of contemporary Latin American short stories will be held on Tues., Dec. 19 at 6:30 p.m. at the Jackson Heights Branch Public Library, 35-51 81 St., Jackson Heights. 718-899-2500.

The Acting Workshop of Queens continues this fall at the Forest Hills Adult Center, 67-01 110th Street, at Forest Hills High School on Mondays from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. Fee is $150. 718 263-8066.

The Forest Hills Community House, 108-25 62nd Drive, offers a weekly, multi-media creative arts group for teens through age 18 on Monday evenings. 718-592–5757.

The Motives For Making Art is offered at the Queens Museum of Art through Dec. 21. Meetings are held on Thursdays at 2:30 p.m. in the museum theater. Sessions are free for museum members and $5 for non members. 718-592-9700.

Esther Krichevsky teaches portrait drawing to novices and practiced artists at Kew Gardens Community Center, 80-02 Kew Gardens Road, Suite 202 on Thursdays from 11 a.m. to noon. 718-268-5960.

Queens Museum of Art presents Winter Vacation Week Workshops on Tues., Dec. 26 at 1 p.m., Wed., Dec. 27 at 1 p.m. and Thurs., Dec. 28 at 1 p.m. Each will feature a separate workshop. Admission: $3. The museum also presents Free Family Drop In Art Workshops every Sunday from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.

Art Workshop For Teens, Kids ages 9 to 15 use exhibit Let Us March On! as inspiration for their own artwork will be held on Wed., Dec. 27 at 4 p.m. at the Central Library, 89-11 Merrick Boulevard, Jamaica. Participants will have opportunity to explore different print techniques including foam relief, solar grams, disposable cameras, potato print-making. Preregistration. 718-990-0767.

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