Check out these January events to kick off the new year

Check out these January events to kick off the new year
Courtesy of QPAC
By Tammy Scileppi

Another year over means a new one has just begun… and there’s plenty to look forward to in 2019 here in the borough that almost never sleeps.

January can be a slow month, but Director of Tourism at Queens Economic Development Corp. Rob MacKay says otherwise and recommends these cool events happening in The World’s Borough this January.

Red Envelope Show, Jan. 5 to Jan. 27: This Flushing Town Hall exhibition honors the Year of the Pig with work by professional visual artists and community members. It’s an homage to the red celebration envelopes the Chinese community distributes during the Lunar New Year. All pieces are for sale. Many envelopes include a special gift for only the buyers to see. Flushing Town Hall is located at 137-35 Northern Blvd. For more information, visit www.flushingtownhall.org.

First Look, Jan. 11 to Jan. 21: The eighth-annual promotion screens 40 brand new, innovative films at the Museum of the Moving Image. The lineup includes features, shorts, documentaries, and narratives from China, France, Israel, Pakistan, Mexico, and other countries. The Museum of the Moving Image is located 36-01 35th Ave. in Astoria’s Kaufman Arts District. For more information, visit www.movingimage.us.

Q.E.D’s opening night reception for new art exhibit, Jan. 15 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.: Come to Q.E.D. and check out a beautiful, must-see installation featuring powerful works by Long Island City resident Eileen Coyne. The art is on view and for sale through June. “I’m a figurative painter most interested in capturing the humanity in every living creature, no matter two or four legs,” Coyne said in statement. “I also use my art as a means to advocate for social issues that matter deeply to me.” Q.E.D. is located at 27-16 23rd Ave. in Astoria. For more information, visit www.qedastoria.com.

In Practice: Other Objects, Jan. 14 to March 25: The exhibition at SculptureCenter presents new work by 11 artists and artist teams that probes the slippages and interplay between objecthood and personhood. SculptureCenter is located at 44-19 Purves St. in Long Island City. For more information, visit www.sculpture-center.org.

An Afternoon of Chamber Music, Jan. 19 at 2 p.m.: Musica Reginae, a local nonprofit that organizes and promotes concerts, presents an exploration of 21st century Romanticism with lyrical, soaring melodies, technical virtuosity, and beautiful sonorities at The Church-in-the-Gardens, located at 50 Ascan Ave. in Forest Hills. For more information, visit www.musicareginae.org.

Dance Theatre of Harlem, Jan. 20 at 4 p.m.: This world-renowned ballet troupe performs at Queens College’s Colden Auditorium as part of a celebration of the life and legacy of Martin Luther King Jr. Colden Auditorium is located at 153-49 Reeves Ave. in Flushing. For more information, visit www.kupferbergcenter.org.

GingerBread Lane Giveaway, Jan. 21 at 2 p.m.: GingerBread Lane is a multi-thousand-pound construction consisting of many, many buildings made of ginger bread, icing, and candy. Unveiled on Nov. 10, 2018, it will be broken down, and the public will be able to take home chunks on Jan. 21. The event will be hosted at the New York Hall of Science, located at 47-01 111th St. in Flushing Meadows Corona Park. For more information, visit www.nysci.org.

The Havana Cuba All-Stars, Jan. 27 at 7 p.m.: This high-energy group celebrates Cuban music and dance with rhythms and melodies from Cha cha cha to Rumba to Salsa. This year, the ensemble is accompanied by three of the Caribbean island’s finest dancing couples at The Ralph & Ricky Lauren Theater at The Lexington Center, located at 25-26 75th St. in East Elmhurst. For more information, visit www.visitqpac.org.