Events

Nature Exploration — Urban Park Rangers will take a group on a moderate hike — longer, faster pace on rugged terrain — pointing out the hidden gems that can be discovered in Forest Park.

When: Saturday, Jan. 2, at 11 am

Where: Forest Park Visitor Center, Woodhaven Boulevard and Forest Park Drive, Woodhaven

Cost: Free

Contact: (718) 352-1769

Website: www.nycgovparks.org

Dark Nights, Bright Lights: Quadrantids Meteor Shower — Discussing the science, history and legends of the universe, Urban Park Rangers lead visitors through the galaxy with telescopes and binoculars.

When: Sunday, Jan. 3, at 6 pm

Where: Fort Totten Visitor’s Center, Fort Totten Park, Bayside

Cost: Free

Contact: (718) 352-1769

Website: www.nycgovparks.org

Music

BeBe Winans — The legendary gospel and R & B singer leads a celebration to honor Martin Luther King Jr. which includes a keynote address from the Rev. Floyd H. Flake.

When: Sunday, Jan. 17, at 4 pm

Where: Colden Auditorium, Kupferberg Center for the Arts at Queens College, 65-30 Kissena Blvd., Flushing

Cost: $35

Contact: (718) 793-8080

Website: www.kupferbergcenter.org

Dance

“I Understand Everything Better” — The return engagement of David Neumann’s multidisciplinary dance-based performance explores calamity, unseen realms, concurrence of unrelated events and letting go.

When: Jan. 10 through Jan. 16

Where: The Chocolate Factory Theater, 5-49 49th Ave., LIC

Cost: $20

Contact: (718) 482-7069

Website: www.chocolatefactorytheater.org

Japanese Classical Dance at Resobox — Workshops teach the 400-year-old nichibu dance popularized in kabuki. All experience levels are welcome and all materials are provided.

When: Mondays, 5:30 pm workshop for children 8 to 11; 6:30 pm workshop for all ages 12 and up

Where: Resobox, 41-26 27th St., Long Island City

Cost: $25/adults, $20/students

Contact: (718) 784-3680

Website: www.resobox.com

Galleries & Exhibits

SculptureCenter — Anthea Hamilton’s “Lichen! Libido! Chastity!” questions the representation of cultural phenomena through popular media. Gabriel Sierra’s “Numbers in a Room” uses the museum’s lower level galleries to create work that reconfigures the scale and geometry of the space and its objects.

When: Through Jan. 4

Where: SculptureCenter, 44-19 Purves St., Long Island City

Cost: Free

Contact: (718) 361-1750

Website: www.sculpture-center.org

Five Continents: One Borough — This exhibition, subtitled “Art Treasures from the Homelands of Queens,” includes a group of 33 items from Queens College’s Godwin-Ternbach Museum that detail the art from places Queens residents once called home.

When: Through Jan. 8

Where: Citi DeFord Gallery, One Court Square, Long Island City

Cost: Free

Contact: (718) 997-4747

Museum of Stones — The Noguchi Museum’s first exhibition to incorporate contemporary artists into the original Noguchi installation.

When: Through Jan. 10

Where: Noguchi Museum, 9-01 33rd Road, Long Island City

Cost: $10/adults, $5/seniors and students with ID, Free/NYC students with ID and children under 12

Contact: (718) 204-7088

Website: www.noguchi.org

2015 Emerging Artist Fellowship Exhibition — Works from the 16 artists awarded an Emerging Artist Fellowship will be on display.

When: Through March 13

Where: Socrates Sculpture Park, 32-01 Vernon Blvd., Long Island City

Cost: Free

Contact: (718) 956-1819

Website: www.socratessculpturepark.org

COMEDY

Open Mic at Rapture Lounge — All musicians, poets, writers, singers-songwriters, comedians and performance artists are welcome. Sign-up at 8 pm.

When: Mondays, 8:30 pm to 10 pm

Where: Rapture Lounge, 34-27 28th Ave., Astoria

Cost: No cover, $10 minimum

Contact: (718) 626-8044

Website: www.rapturelounge.com

Astoria Comedy All Stars — Ben Rosenfeld hosts five different comics each week. Comics range from underground NYC acts to nationally touring headliners. The show is absolutely free, no cover charge and no drink minimum.

When: Tuesdays, 8 pm

Where: On the Rox Lounge, 43-03 Broadway, Astoria

Contact: Ben Rosenfeld, ben@bigbencomedy.com

Website: bigbencomedy.com/blog/archives/astoria_comedy_all_stars

The Regulars Comedy Show — Every Wednesday night New York’s up-and-coming and already arrived comedians hang out and tell jokes at The Creek & The Cave.

When: Wednesdays, 10 pm

Where: The Creek & The Cave, 10-93 Jackson Ave., Long Island City

Cost: Free

Contact: (718) 706-8783

Website: www.creeklic.com

Queen’s Secret Improv Club — On Friday nights, teams perform seven improvisation comedy sets on the half-hour. Tickets are good for all seven shows.

When: Fridays, 7:30 pm to 11 pm

Where: The Secret Theatre, 44-02 23rd St., Long Island City

Cost: $5/good for all or any of the seven performances

Contact: (718) 392-0722

Website: www.secrettheatre.com

Face Off Unlimited presents Improvius Maximus — Long-form improv teams compete in Mighty Caesar’s arena for laughs and glory.

When: Fridays, 10:30 pm

Where: The Secret Theatre, 44-02 23rd St., Long Island City

Cost: $10

Contact: (718) 392-0722

Website: www.secrettheatre.com

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