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What to do in Queens this weekend and beyond

Watch actors of all ages take the stage, get a start on your Christmas shopping, enjoy some Sunday bluegrass and do more at these events around Queens.

Saturday, Nov. 21

Students at the LaGuardia Performing Arts Center will put on a play entitled “What Are You Afraid Of?” The play will examine the subject of fear in the students’ own stories and words and is directed by Garrett Neergaard. 7:30 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 20, and Saturday, Nov. 21. Tickets are $10. 31-10 Thomson Ave., Long Island City. For more information, visit www.lpac.nyc/events.

Listen to actress and singer-songwriter Lauren Elder perform at Jamaica Library. Blending folk, jazz and pop, she creates an original sound and gives regular musical performances at venues across NYC. Elder has appeared on “Boardwalk Empire,” ‘Louie,” and “Law and Order: SVU.” 3 to 4:30 p.m. Free. 89-11 Merrick Blvd., Jamaica.

Bring the family to an interactive, full-staged production of “Hansel and Gretel” at Moak Yang Presbyterian Church. Actors from Opera Pomme Rouge Young Artists Program will put on a memorable performance and ask for audience participation. 7 p.m. Free. 12-25 Clintonville Ave., Whitestone. Call 646-957-1241 or visit operapommerouge.wix.com for more information.

Immaculate Conception Church will hold their Annual Christmas Fair. Shop for jewelry, housewares, sweets, treats and much more. 1 to 8 p.m. Handicap accessibility available. Call 718-739-0880 for more information.

Join international musician Rob Paravonian at Q.E.D. Astoria for “Don’t Feed the Musicians,” an exploration of the funny side of music. Rob and friends will play funny songs, crack musical jokes, and pick apart good and bad music alike. Doors open at 7 p.m., event begins at 7:30 p.m. $5. 27-16 23rd Ave., Astoria. For more information, visit qedastoria.com calendar.

Sunday, Nov. 22

Get some holiday shopping done and stop by Holy Family Catholic Academy’s Holiday Boutique. Browse jewelry, ornaments, glassware, baby items and more. Enter for raffle prizes and enjoy refreshments. 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. 74-15 175th St., Fresh Meadows.

Stop by The Irish Whiskey Bar for its weekly Sunday Bluegrass Jam. The jam is open to players of all skill levels. Non-players are welcome to come and listen. Dave McKeon and Mary Noecker of Moonshine Falls will host. 7 to 11 p.m. 28-48 31st St., LIC. For more information call 718-777-1690.

The Hollis Hills Jewish Center will host “The Cantor’s Couch,” an evening of music, storytelling and laughs. Cantors Jack Mendelson and Sol Zim will host the evening’s festivities. Desserts will follow. 7 p.m. Ticket prices vary. 210-10 Union Tpke., Flushing. Visit hollishillsjc.org or call 718-776-3500 to order tickets.

Monday, Nov. 23

Children age 7 and up are invited to Forest Hills Library “Be Thankful for a Thanksgiving” program. Test their Thanksgiving knowledge and enjoy doing arts and crafts. Space is limited. 4 to 5:15 p.m. Free. 108-19 71st Ave., Forest Hills. Visit queenslibrary.org for more information.

Every great joke begins somewhere, and on the fourth Monday of every month, that somewhere is Q.E.D. Astoria. Join host Chris Finnegan as he invites a few big-time pros to test out new material. 8:30 to 10 p.m. $6. 27-16 23rd Ave., Astoria. For more information, call 347-451-3873.

Tuesday, Nov. 24

Interested in learning sign language? Attend a sign language class for seniors at Peter Cardella Senior Center. 1 to 3 p.m. Lunch offered at noon for $1.50. Registration required. Contact Gloria on Wednesdays and Fridays at 718-497-2908 to register. 68-52 Fresh Pond Rd., Flushing.

Learn how to use LinkedIn, a professional social media site, at Flushing Library. Learn how to manage your online identity, connect with friends and colleagues, look for job offers and more. 10 a.m. to noon. Free. Register online at jobmap.queenslibrary.org. 41-17 Main St., Flushing.

Come on down to Rest-au-Rant for weekly comedy nights featuring comedians from Last Comic Standing and Comedy Central! 10 p.m. Free. 30-01 35th Ave., Long Island City. For more information, visit rarbarlic.com.

Queens Library presents “Breaking the Line: A Parable of Race and Education,” a frank discussion with author and professor Jelani Cobb on the history of migration and civil rights in Queens. Food and drink will be offered, but will not be included in the ticket cost. 6 to 8 p.m. $10. Manducatis Rustica, 46-35 Vernon Blvd., Long Island City. For more information, call 718-937-1312.

Wednesday, Nov. 25

The Queens Library will soon hold a county-wide spelling bee. Children are invited to stop by the Corona branch for spelling bee prep. Learn more about the bee, how to prepare, and play fun spelling games. 4 to 4:45 p.m. Free. 38-23 104th St., Corona. Visit queenslibrary.org for more information.

Laugh, drink and relax at The Creek & The Cave’s monthly standup show “Jackknife Comedy.” Hosts Gideon Hambright and Patrick Hastie pick their favorite comedians to stop by and perform a set. This month’s comedians include Mark Reiss from Stand Up NY and Masafumi Abe from Brooklyn Summer Camp. 8 p.m. 10-93 Jackson Ave., LIC.

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