Civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr.’s impact on the United States was so profound that there are countless ways to honor his legacy. The third Monday of January is a national holiday in his remembrance, and people will attend church services, do volunteer work, and display images and quotes from the man out of respect.
The Museum of the Moving Image will commemorate King’s legacy by screening two films about the 1965 Alabama voting rights marches from Selma to Montgomery that the reverend organized during the height of the civil rights movement.
A roughly 90-minute segment from Eyes on the Prize: Bridge to Freedom about the marches will screen at 1 pm. Narrated by Julian Bond, a co-founder of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee and one-time chairman of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, this segment is part of a 14-hour documentary series on the 1960s civil rights movement. With free admission, tickets will be distributed on a first-come, first-served basis on January 20.
The 2014 historic drama Selma will screen at 3 pm. This feature film by director Ava DuVernay swings effortlessly between intimate drama and historical epic to dramatize King’s leadership of the marches. Tickets are $12 or $9 for seniors and students, $6 for children 3–12.
A member of Gospel music’s royal family performs in Flushing this week. Maybe he’ll attend a new exhibit on the King of Jazz in Corona while in town. Then again, maybe he’ll participate in a ping pong/art project. Or he might check out a new documentary on Jackson Heights after listening to live music by Cuban rappers, an Irish folk legend, a jazz pianist, and the Iroquois. Here’s the rundown.
Despite the temperature, a great ice cream event is approaching. Plus, it’s time to get a free piece of the Guinness World Record-breaking GingerBread Lane. Other options include Mulchfest, a library art project, movies, music, animals, and the fashion of the 1980s. Another image and information on 19 events are on the jump page.
Even during a slow week when some venues are closed, Queens is buzzing with fun things to do. First of all, a two-time Grammy-winner will give a concert. Second, there are some great tours on the radar screen. And finally, movies, plays, and parties are all over the place. Another image and 11 events are on the jump page.
A Christmas Carol, holiday craft markets, and concerts featuring seasonal music are shining examples that Queens is ahead of the times. But there are also opportunities to consume mind-altering art, make a light saber to use against other Star Wars enthusiasts (above), and contemplate the stars in the winter sky. Another image and information on 18 upcoming events are on the jump page.
Korean music and dance. African music and dance. Mexican music and dance. Chinese flower-themed music. Then, jazz, Baroque masters, a youth orchestra, protest songs, and Christmas and Chanukah ditties. There’s magic in the Queens air this week. Here’s the rundown.
Russian ballet, a historic house tour, craft markets, a Star Wars-themed road race, and an annual party with a lecture on Ronzoni. It’s definitely the holiday season in Queens! This week also features a cheese festival, a sci-fi expo with an actress from the original Star Trek, and an enchanting story in a labyrinth (above). Another image and 20 upcoming events are on the jump page.
It’s Thanksgiving time, and Queens is ready for Black Friday and Small Business Saturday. But the borough is also geared up for a reggae extravaganza, a Moth SLAM, theater, film, children’s activities, and tree/wreath/poinsettia sales. Another image and 13 upcoming events are on the jump page.
The famous GingerBread Lane returns to Queens this week. The 500 square feet of sweet goodness will be in great company with classic plays, noir films, performance art, poetry, and Himalayan dumplings. An image of the GingerBread marvel and 27 upcoming events are on the jump page.
The baseball action inside Citi Field has settled in for a long winter’s nap, but the rest of the borough is alive and kicking with a wide array of fun things to do, including brand new theater, Korean film, live music, Kristallnacht-related discussions, smashing pumpkins, and a Diwali motorcade. Another image and info on 23 events are on the jump page.