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The momo is a Himalayan dumpling that is usually stuffed with chicken, beef or yak. It is also the focus of an intense food walk this week.
Other exceptional options include Martha Redbone and her mix of poetry and Native American music, two comedy extravaganzas, various foreign films, and discussions on Queens and the Federal Reserve.
Here’s the rundown.
– Friday, Nov. 21, Martha Redbone, 7:30 p.m. Powerful singer/songwriter Martha Redbone fuses 18th century poetry with her Native American and African- American roots. $15/$10 for students. Flushing Town Hall, 137- 35 Northern Blvd., Flushing, www.flushingtownhall.org.
– Friday, Nov. 21, The Yellow Bittern, 7:30 p.m. Watch a movie on the raucous life of Liam Clancy, the last surviving member of the Irish band The Clancy Brothers and Tommy Maken, that was outselling the Beatles in its heyday. This darkly revealing portrait, which features unseen archive footage and audio recordings, goes behind the performer’s mask and delves into Clancy’s psyche. $11/$8 for students, seniors, and the unemployed. New York Irish Center, 10-40 Jackson Ave., LIC, www.nyirish.org.
– Friday, Nov. 21, Business Forum Breakfast, 8 a.m. Michael McKee, an economics editor at Bloomberg TV and Radio and cohost of Bloomberg Surveillance, enlightens on the economy and the Federal Reserve. $25 suggested donation, RSVP at 1-718-997- 5252. Queens College, Student Union Ballroom, 65-30 Kissena Blvd., Flushing, www.qc.cuny.edu.
– Friday, Nov. 21, Light of Summer, 7 p.m. The Museum of the Moving Image (MMI) is doing a retrospective on iconoclastic French director Jean Grémillon. Arriving at a remote mountaintop hotel, Parisian Michèle gets involved in a love triangle with a worker and an aristocrat whose neighboring castle will be the scene of a show-stopping costume ball in Light of Summer. MMI, 36-01 35th Ave., Kaufman Arts District, www.movingimage.us.
– Saturday, Nov. 22, Momo Crawl 2014, 2 to 5 p.m. This third annual event visits all restaurants and street vendors that sell momos in the half-mile around the Jackson Heights subway station. Special $1 per momo price to those in possession of a 2014 Momo Map created by Jeff Orlick, who charges three bills of any denomination. Meet at the Jackson Heights Food Court marquee, 73-07 37th Rd., www.iwantmorefood.com.
– Saturday, Nov. 22, Queens Discussion/Book, 1 p.m. A roundtable discussion with leaders in the restaurant, arts, real estate, political, and civic industries with moderator Adrienne Onofri. After the chat, Onofri — a licensed NYC tour guide and a writer and editor specializing in travel and theater — signs her new book, Walking Queens, published by Wilderness Press. Free. Greater Astoria Historical Society, 35-20 Broadway, LIC, www.astorialic.org.
– Saturday, Nov. 22, Noshwalks: Astoria, 12:30 p.m. This guided walking tour looks at Brazilian, Venezuelan, Balkan, NorthAfrican, Chilean, and Greek cuisine. $54 includes all usual tastes but not beverages. Meet in front of Sitio Samba & Sabor, 35-55 31st St., Astoria, www.noshwalks.com.
– Saturday, Nov. 22, My Mother Is a Character, 7 p.m. The Museum of the Moving Image is presenting a series on Brazilian film. My Mother is a Character is a mix of slapstick and screwball about a high-strung mom, who flees her home and leaves her grown children to fend for themselves. MMI, 36-01 35th Ave., Kaufman Arts District, www.movingimage.us.
– Saturday, Nov. 22, Family Workshop: Martha Redbone, 1 p.m. Redbone presents NativeAmerican rhythms and sounds in an interactive, family-friendly workshop. $6/$4 for children. Flushing Town Hall, 137-35 Northern Blvd., Flushing, www.flushingtownhall.org.
– Saturday, Nov. 22, Rat- Catcher, Fan, and My Notes from the Underground, 2 p.m.; Hear My Scream and Where To, 4:30 p.m. The Museum of the Moving Image is screening 13 Polish movies to commemorate the 25th anniversary of the first free parliamentary elections in Poland. Rat-Catcher is a portrait of an exterminator widely read as a metaphor for Communist Poland. In Fan, a rock band’s fan club serves as a front for political indoctrination. My Notes includes interviews and rare footage with heroes of the Solidarity movement. Hear My Scream is a documentary about the life of Ryszard Siwiec, who burned himself to death in a Warsaw stadium in 1968 to protest the invasion of Czechoslovakia. Preceded by Where To, a masterful compilation of newsreel footage including music, shouts, songs, and speeches. MMI, 36-01 35th Ave., Kaufman Arts District, www.movingimage.us.
– Saturday, Nov. 22, The Lighthouse Keepers, 2:30 p.m.; La Petite Lise, 4:30 p.m. The Museum of the Moving Image is doing a retrospective on French director Jean Grémillon. The early movie, which features live musical accompaniment by Donald Sosin, tells the story of a young man and his father who maintain a lighthouse off the Brittany coast. The son begins a descent into insanity-kept from shore by a raging sea, and the lighthouse becomes their prison. The second film, La Petite Lise, is a downbeat tale of a freed convict who returns to Paris to look after his daughter, Lise. MMI, 36-01 35th Ave., Kaufman Arts District, www.movingimage.us.
– Sunday, Nov. 23, My Life on a Diet, 3 p.m. Best known as Fran Drescher’s mom on the TV series The Nanny, Broadway and Hollywood star Renée Taylor takes the audience on a trip through her 60-year-plus career. Her perseverance and dieting (as well as a 47-year marriage to actor/director Joe Bologna) have been the true constants in her life. $35. Queensborough Performing Arts Center, 222-05 56th Ave., Bayside, www.visitQPAC.org.
– Sunday, Nov. 23, Live ClassicalMusic, 2 p.m. Forest Hills Symphony Orchestra presents music by Saint-Saens, Mozart, Rimsky-Korsakov, and Glazunov. Free with suggested donation. Forest Hills Jewish Center, 106-06 Queens Blvd., Forest Hills, www.fhjc.org.
– Sunday, Nov. 23, Shivers, 2 p.m. The Museum of the Moving Image is commemorating the 25th anniversary of the first free parliamentary elections in Poland. Set in the Stalinist 1950s, Shivers follows a teen sent to a boy scout training camp after his father is brutally arrested. With his friends, he learns about worker strikes and the political changes that will soon grip the country. MMI, 36-01 35th Ave., Kaufman Arts District, www.movingimage.us.
– Sunday, Nov. 23, Lady Killer, 7:30 p.m. The Museum of the Moving Image is doing a retrospective on iconoclastic French director Jean Grémillon. In Lady Killer, a legionnaire renowned for his womanizing falls hard for a lady who makes his working-class head spin with her sophistication. MMI, 36-01 35th Ave., Kaufman Astoria District, www.movingimage.us.
– Tuesday, Nov. 25, Stand-up Comedy, 8:30 p.m. Funny people from around the city perform in a newly renovated basement theater. Free with prizes that promote the neighborhood. Marlene Tavern, 41- 11 49th St., Sunnyside, www.marlenetavern.com.
The “It’s In Queens” column is produced by the Queens tourism Council with the hope that readers will enjoy the borough’s many attractions. More info available online at www.itsinqueens.com.