Your weekend calendar: Feb. 11-12
Pauline Bentin and the Red Gate — Interested in theater? Head to Flushing Town Hall Friday night to learn about Pauline Benton’s Red Gate Theater, the first professional company to present Chinese shadow theater to American audiences. Curated by Stephen Kaplin and Chinese Theatre Works, the exhibition features a selection from the hundreds of rare Chinese shadow figures that Benton collected on her frequent trips to China in the 1930s, her touring shadow stage, as well as materials from the Red Gate archives.
When: Runs Saturdays and Sundays from 12 -5 p.m. through Feb. 26
Where: Flushing Town Hall
Cost: Free for members and students ($5 suggested donation)
Contact: (718) 463-7700 x222
Manuel Valera Quartet — Stop by Terraza 7 in Elmhurst Saturday night to see the Manuel Valera Quartet. The music is a refreshing take on Cuban music as well as interpretations of jazz standards and previously recorded original compositions by Valera. The Quartet fuses elements of straight-ahead, Latin Jazz and R&B to create a very personal sound with a broad appeal. Performers include Samauel Torres (congas), EJ Strickland (drums), Hans Glawisching (bass) and Manuel Valera (piano).
When: Saturday, Feb. 11, at 9:30 p.m.
Where: Terraza 7, 40-19 Gleane St., Elmhurst
Cost: $10, free for children 12 and under
Contact: (718) 803-9602
Goodfellas — Catch the classic film, “Goodefellas” at the Museum of Moving Image this weekend. With “GoodFellas,” Scorsese redefined the gangster film by humanizing it—taking the viewer inside the characters’ minds to understand their drives and fears. He masterfully uses every film technique in the book to demonstrate Henry Hill’s attraction to a life of crime, his nervous addiction and his isolation in going straight.
When: Saturday, Feb. 11, at 2 p.m.
Where: Museum of the Moving Image, 36-01 35th Ave., Astoria
Contact: (718) 784-0077