What to do in Queens this weekend and beyond

WEATHER ADVISORY: Possible adverse weather conditions may lead to cancellation or rescheduling of the events this weekend. Please confirm with venue before traveling to any event.

Explore the night sky, take your tween to a yoga class, attend a bake & book sale, and do more at these events around Queens


Can’t stop watching cat videos online? The Museum of the Moving Image presents “How Cats Took Over the Internet,” an exhibition tracking the growing online presence and obsession with cats that has transfixed a generation of web surfers. While you’re there, check out the interactive core exhibit, “Behind the Screen,” an exhibit that reveals the varied components of making a film. Kids can choose film score music, make their own flipbook videos, and much more. Admission is $12 for adults (18+) and $6 for children (3-12). Free for museum members and children under 3. The museum is open Wed-Sun. For more hours and information visit https://www.movingimage.us. The museum is located at 36-01 35th Ave., Astoria.

Come see the promising artwork of our future! Queens Council on the Arts will be hosting artwork from High School to Art School program alumni at the HS2AS Alumni Exhibition: Chapter 2. HS2AS alumni are among the most talented and prestigious art students in the country. The exhibition opened Jan. 7 and runs until June at the Edison Price Lighting Gallery located at 41-50 22nd St., Long Island City. Visit https://www.queenscouncilarts.org/high-school-to-art-school/ for more information on the program and exhibition.

Saturday, Jan. 23

Church of the Resurrection will be holding its two-day Winter Treasure Bake & Book Sale from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. on Saturday and 11:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. on Sunday. Used clothing, books, household items and more will be on sale, along with delicious homemade baked goods. Snacks and lunch are available. For information, call 718-847-2649. Church of the Resurrection is located at 85-09 118th St. in Kew Gardens.

Hollis Hills Jewish Center will be hosting a Shabbat Mini Minyan for children ages 2 to 4 at 11:15 a.m. to noon in the PJ Library. The Mini Minyan will be led by preschool teacher Morah Jaye. Parents and grandparents are invited to attend the event with children. For more information, call the temple office at 718-776-3500.

Certified yoga instructor Grace Magee will lead Tween Yoga from 11:15 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. at Alley Pond Environmental Center on Saturday, Jan. 23. Students of all levels will enjoy the class, which mixes traditional poses with partner work, breath/body awareness and strength builders. Recommended for ages 8 to 12. Please bring a towel and water; mats will be provided. This workshop is limited to eight participants, so sign up now! Fee is $16 ($10 for members). APEC is located at 228-06 Northern Blvd.

Celebrate Tu B’Shevat, the birthday of the trees, with Rego Park Jewish Center at 12:30 p.m. after Shabbat services. The event will honor the Jewish National Fund, and will feature guest speaker Avnet Kleiner, director of development of ALEH Negev for people with special needs. In addition to the guest speaker, there will be a delicious festive chicken luncheon followed by assorted fruits of the trees. Tickets are $18 and must be reserved by Jan. 20. Rego Park Jewish Center is located at 97-30 Queens Blvd., between 64 and 65 roads in Rego Park. To reserve tickets, call 718-459-1000.

Bayside Historical Society will be hosting the Queens Sewing Social from 1 to 4 p.m. If you quilt, sew, or just love textiles, join other sewing enthusiasts for an afternoon of socializing and creativity. $5 for BHS members, $10 for everyone else. Bayside Historical Society is located at 208 Totten Ave. inside Fort Totten in Bayside.

At Alley Pond Environmental Center on Saturday, Jan. 23, bring your toddlers to a relaxed environment from 1:30 to 2:45 p.m. to socialize and learn about nature, with theme-related activities including live animals, art projects, outdoor play, trail walks and music. Pre-registration is required. Admission is $18 per parent/child pair ($12 for members) and is limited to eight parent/child pairs. No non-participating siblings will be admitted, except for infants in infant seats. Age requirement is 18 to 36 months, with parental participation required. Register at https://reg135.imperisoft.com/AlleyPond/ProgramDetail/33303230/Registration.aspx.

Walk through Queens with historian Barry Lewis and award-winning documentary maker David Hartman at 1 p.m. at the Greater Astoria Historical Society. In this video walking tour, they will explore the unique history, areas and characters that define New York’s most beloved borough. The program is free at the Quinn Building, fourth floor, located at 35-20 Broadway in Long Island City.

The Reanimation Library in the Studio Wing of the Queens Museum is open from noon to 5:30 p.m. The library is an artist project and functioning research library with an emphasis on visual information. Volumes cannot be taken out of the library, but can be read, scanned or photocopied at the browser’s convenience while visiting. Reanimation Library founder, artist and librarian Andrew Beccone will be on hand to introduce the collection and answer questions for newcomers. The Queens Museum is located inside Flushing Meadows Corona Park in Queens.

Norwegian performance artist Tori Wrånes will be presenting her new kinetic sculpture piece as a part of “The Eccentrics” exhibition at SculptureCenter in Long Island City at 5 p.m. Wrånes works mainly in sculpture, combining voice and sculpture as a point of departure in her art. This piece extends out of the works on view by four of the exhibiting artists. There will be an opening reception for “The Eccentrics,” “Rochelle Goldberg: The Plastic Thirsty” and “Now Showing: Jessi Reaves” following the performance from 6 to 8 p.m. The performance is sold out, but the exhibition opening is open to all. There is a $5 suggested donation for entry ($3 for students). Admission is free for members and LIC residents. SculptureCenter is located at 44-19 Purves St. in Long Island City.

Search the night sky on Saturday, Jan. 23, from 7 to 9 p.m. at Star Searchers: Exploring the Night Sky at Alley Pond Environmental Center. January is prime time to view Sirius, Canis Minor, Orion and Jupiter. Seasoned professor and astronomer Mark Freilich will lead these interactive astronomy programs.Each program features an indoor Q&A session on basic astronomy, fun and games, followed by an exciting outdoor viewing using a professional telescope. The program is recommended for adults, though children ages 9 and up are welcome to participate alongside a participating adult. Participants are welcome to bring their own telescopes or binoculars. Admission is $15 ($9 for members). To register, go to https://reg135.imperisoft.com/AlleyPond/ProgramDetail/33303536/Registration.aspx.

Avant-garde music venue Trans-Pecos is holding a two-day Wild Winter’s Weekend festival from Jan. 23 to 24, featuring PSYCHIC TV performing a live soundtrack to Derek Jarman’s movie “In the Shadow of the Sun.” There will also be performances by musical acts Shilpa Ray, WETWARE and Voodoo Medicine Man. Performances start at 8 p.m. on both nights. A two-night Super Ticket can be purchased for $35. Individual tickets for the Sunday performance are also available for $20. For more information and to RSVP for one or both nights, visit https://www.facebook.com/events/540551872770268/. To purchase the two-night ticket, visit https://www.ticketfly.com/event/1011189. The individual ticket can be found at https://www.ticketfly.com/event/1011173. Trans-Pecos is located at 915 Wyckoff Ave. in Ridgewood, Queens.

Sunday, Jan. 24

For a more child-friendly Tu B’Shevat celebration, join Hollis Hills Jewish Center at 11 a.m. for a story, project and pizza lunch. Parents and grandparents are invited to bring children age 6 months to 8 years for the Birthday of the Trees. RSVP before Jan. 18. You must be pre-registered to be admitted to this event. Call Nancy in the synagogue office at 718-776-3500 to reserve a spot for you and your child.

The Rego Park Jewish Center Sisterhood will be hosting Oy Vey Bingo! from 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. Participants will enjoy pizza and prizes galore. All are welcome! A $12 donation check made out to the Sisterhood must be received by Jan. 21. There is $14 donation at the door. Please advise if you need sugar-free refreshments with your enclosed check. Call 718-459-0431 for more information. The Rego Park Jewish Center is located at 97-30 Queens Blvd. in Rego Park.

Cold? Come make some hot cocoa at New York Hall of Science from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Families will explore spices and invent a personal flavor of cocoa to enjoy at home. Recommended for children 18 months and old. Admission is $8 per family, plus NYSCI admission ($5 per family for members). Wear comfortable and old clothing that can get dirty, as this might make a bit of a mess. Visit https://nysci.org/event/little-makers-hot-cocoa-to-go-3/ to book your spot now.

The Jewish War Veterans Post 250 and their Ladies Auxiliary will hold their next Sunday meeting at Rego Park Jewish Center at 9:30 a.m. Post 250 covers Kew Gardens, Forest Hills and Woodside. Deputy Inspector Judith Harrison of the 112th Precinct will discuss “Crime in Queens.” The congregation is invited to attend. For further information, contact Post Co-commander Sy Weber at 718-271-6015, or Past Queens Country JWV Commander Kenneth Lloyd Brown at 718-297-7711.

Families will have the chance to build, explore and create together at the Tinker It Sundays workshop at New York Hall of Science. Two workshops will be held, from 1:30 to 3 p.m. and from 3:30 to 5 p.m. This workshop is free and recommended for children ages 5 and up. General museum admission fees still apply ($15 for adults, $12 for children 2 to 17, and free for members). Go to https://nysci.org/ for more information and additional tickets prices.

The Astoria Bookshop’s monthly book club will be discussing Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil from 1 to 2 p.m. John Berendt’s novel is part travelogue, part true crime story of a murder in Savannah, Georgia. The bookshop is located at 31-29 31st St. in Astoria.

Warm up with laughter at the Voelker-Orth Museum with an afternoon of animated cartoons from the Bray Studio at 2 p.m. Bray Studio got its start in NYC over 100 years ago in the early days of movies. Local preservationist and animation historian Tom Stathes will present a special program from children and adults of all ages. Admission is $5, and free for children under 3. Light refreshments will be served. The Voelker-Orth Museum is located at 149-19 38th Ave. in Flushing.

Does your kid want to be a vet? Come learn what it’s all about at Vet Tech 201 from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at Alley Pond Environmental Center. Students age 11 to 15 will delve into the job of animal care by examining animal Z-rays, testing heart rates, viewing slides and using stethoscopes. Students will learn invaluable techniques for in-depth animal examination. Lab coats and stethoscopes are included in the fee. Pre-registration is required. Registration is $32 ($26 for members). Please do not register for this program unless you have participated in Vet Tech 101 or you have spoken to Kimesha at 718-229-4000 ext. 202. This program is currently full, but you can add yourself to the waitlist at

Queens Museum hosts its weekly drop-in family workshop from 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. for children age 5 to 12. Children with special needs are welcome, and adaptations are available. This week’s activity includes paintings symbols of World’s Fair memorabilia on paper gift bags. There is no fee or advance registration required. Just come and stay for as long as you like. Please check at the admissions desk when you arrive for exact workshop locations. The Queens Museum is located inside Flushing Meadows Corona Park.

Everyone enjoys a tasty treat. Join the Alley Pond Environmental Center in the care of the APEC critters at Tasty Treats for the Animals: Rodent Ragout from 10:30 a.m. to noon. Children will get a peek into each animal’s lunchbox and learn about their diet, then will have the opportunity to prepare a healthy meal for the guinea pigs and chinchillas. Live animal guests will sample culinary creations and judge cooking skills. All materials included. Recommended for children ages 6 to 8. This workshop is limited to 12 participants. $23 per child, or $17 for members.

Have you ever wondered where New York City’s water comes from? Originally slated for exhibition at the 1939 World’s Fair in Flushing, Queens, the NYC Watershed Model was instead put into storage. Shown only once at the city’s Golden Jubilee in 1948, the map was forgotten until 1991 when it was discovered and restored after 40 years of neglect. The long-lost map of New York City’s water system will be on display at the Queens Museum from 1 to 2 p.m. with Matt Malina from NYC H2O telling its story. A Q&A session will follow with Bryan Diffley and Peter DiSpensa, civil engineers who worked on the water system. This is a family-friendly event. Suggested admission is $8 for adults, and free for NY students and children under 18. The Queens Museum is located inside Flushing Meadows Corona Park.

Monday Jan. 25

DCINY Premiere Project presents the world premiere of “Mortals & Angels: A Bluegrass Te Deum” by Carol Barnett and Marisha Chamberlain at Carnegie Hall. The performance features country music artists Dailey & Vincent alongside the Distinguished Concerts Singers International, led by maestro Jonathan Griffith. Expect traditional bluegrass within the context of a classical structure, with direct passages from ancient scripture and contemporary prayer. The performance will start at 7 p.m. at the Stern Auditorium/Perelman Stage at Carnegie Hall, located at 881 Seventh Ave. in Manhattan. Tickets are $20 to $100. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit https://www.dciny.org/concerts/mortals-angels/.

Did you hear? WNYC hosts The Moth: Gossip, an open-mic event for storytellers at Flushing Town Hall. Prepare a 5-minute story about a rumor that raised eyebrows, dropped jaws or earned you a fabulous or nasty rep. Doors will open at 7:30 p.m., stories will start at 8 p.m. Tickets are available starting Jan. 18 at 3 p.m. at https://themoth.org/events/event/gossip. Flushing Town Hall is located at 137-35 Northern Blvd.

Welcome knitters, crocheters and crafters of all kinds! Come show off a new project, share some snacks, or just knit with friends at the (Knot Only) Knitting Circle from 6 to 8 p.m. at Alley Pond Environmental Center in Douglaston. While the knitting circle is for knowledgeable knitters, beginners are welcome and members will do their best to help you get started. Pre-registration is required, and admission is $5. APEC is located at 228-06 Northern Blvd.

Tuesday, Jan. 26

New immigrant? Improve your conversation skills with the English Conversation Club at 3:30 p.m. at Queens Library Auburndale branch. Practice vocabulary, pronunciation and grammar with other advanced English-language learners. The library is located at 25-55 Francis Lewis Blvd.

Get out of the cold and watch an independent film. Central Library will be holding their winter series of films every Tuesday until the end of February. This week’s selection is “He Named Me Malala” (2015, PG-13), a look at the events leading up to the Taliban’s attack on Pakistani schoolgirl Malala Yousafzai for speaking out on the importance of girls’ education. The movie begins at 2 p.m. at 89-11 Merrick Blvd., Queens.

Join the Queens Library Fresh Meadows branch at 3:30 p.m. for a look at the filmography of Sophia Loren and Marcello Mastroianni, one of the most dynamic and beloved film couples of the 20th century and Italy’s greatest cinematic treasures. The library is located at 193-20 Horace Harding Expressway.

Wednesday, Jan. 27

Love crafts? Learn to make jewelry, paint with watercolors and play board games at 10:30 a.m. at the adult Activity Hour at Queens Library Cambria Heights branch. The library is located at 218-13 Linden Blvd.

Central Library will be holding their winter movie night series every Wednesday until the end of February. This week’s selection is “The Martian” (PG-13), starring Matt Damon. The movie follows the survival of an astronaut stranded on Mars after a mission goes awry. The movie begins at 6 p.m. at 89-11 Merrick Blvd., Queens.

Vocalist Abby Powell will be performing at 2 p.m. at the Queens Library Flushing branch. Powell has performed on operatic and world recital stages and has been praised by The New York Times as a vocalist of “solid and youthful” tone. The library is located at 41-17 Main St. in Flushing.

The Rego Park Jewish Center is proud to be part of this great legacy since its founding in 1939. A traditional Conservative Synagogue, the Center understands as its primary purpose, the preservation and fostering of the time-honored traditions and ceremonies of our people in a spirit of authenticity, intelligence and warmth.