SPOTLIGHT OF THE WEEK
A Christmas Carol
For the fifth year in a row, Titan Theatre Company presents the timeless Charles Dickens story of Ebenezer Scrooge and the Spirits of Christmas Past, Present, and Future. Queens Theatre, 14 United Nations Ave. S., Flushing Meadows Corona Park.
A festive program highlights customs of the Spanish-speaking world, especially those from Argentina, Mexico, and Spain. Italian violinist Patrisa Tomassini joins Tango dancers Mariana Fresno and Jose Luis Lavayen and the Calpulli Mexican Dance Company. Shows are Dec. 6 at 7:30 pm; Dec. 8 at 2 pm and 8 pm; and Dec. 9 at 3 pm. Queens Theatre, 14 United Nations Ave. S., Flushing Meadows Corona Park.
FRIDAY 12/ 7
Watch films by Oscar-winning Polish director Pawlikowski, such as “My Summer of Love,” “Dostoevsky’s Travels,” “Tripping with Zhirinovsky,” “From Moscow to Pietushki: A Journey with Benedict Yerofeyev,” “Ida,” Twockers,” “Last Resort,” and “Cold War.” Museum of the Moving Image, 36-01 35th Ave., Astoria’s Kaufman Arts District.
SATURDAY 12/ 8
Saturday Night Stand-Up
Mike Marino, Richie Byrne, and Gary DeLena bring the jokes. Known as New Jersey’s bad boy, Marino loves to riff on his Italian family. Byrne is the warm-up comic for “The Dr. Oz Show.” DeLena sings great impressions. Starts at 8pm. Queensborough Performing Arts Center, 222-05 56th Ave., Bayside.
Queens College’s Choral Society performs Handel’s “Messiah.” A full orchestra with soprano, mezzo-soprano, tenor, and baritone. Starts at 7:30pm. Colden Auditorium, Queens College, vicinity of Kissena Boulevard and Horace Harding Expressway.
Music for Yuletide
The Queens Consort, the borough’s only baroque ensemble playing instruments from the 18th century, plays music for the season by Corelli and Telemann, along with selections from Handel’s “Messiah” and early carols. Starts at 7pm. St. Mark’s Church, 33-50 82nd St., Jackson Heights.
James Kreger 2018 Holiday Album Release Party
Celebrate the release of an album by one of the world’s foremost cellists. Starts at 2pm. Flushing Town Hall, 137-35 Northern Blvd.
Book Talk & Signing
Nick Hirshon discusses, signs, and sells “We Want Fish Sticks: The Bizarre and Infamous Rebranding of the New York Islanders.” Starts at 3pm. Glen Oaks Library, 256-04 Union Tpke.
Two days of lessons on wreaths and conifers. All materials included. Saturday and Sunday from 11 am to 12:30 pm. Queens Botanical Garden, 43-50 Main St., Flushing.
SUNDAY 12/ 9
Seven Queens landmarks — Louis Armstrong House Museum; Bowne House; Flushing Town Hall; Quaker Meeting House; Kingsland Homestead; Lewis H. Latimer House Museum; and Voelker Orth House — offer time-honored, family-friendly activities, performances, displays, and refreshments. Visitors can walk and/or take a dedicated shuttle to the venues, which are in Flushing and Corona. From 1pm to 5pm.
Ken Jeong Live
Actor, producer, and writer Jeong established himself via his role as the Asian mobster Mr. Chow in the hit trilogy “The Hangover.” Now he’s touring the country with his stand-up comedy act. Starts at 7pm. Queens College’s Colden Auditorium, 153-49 Reeves Ave.
Breakfast with Santa
Eat and take pictures with Santa and receive a surprise from 8am to 10am. All proceeds go to Toys for Tots. Applebee’s branches in Astoria, Bayside, Fresh Meadows, Jamaica, and Queens Center Mall.
Annual Christmas Concert
The Sacred Music Society performs Handel’s “Messiah” and other holiday favorites with soprano, tenor, bass-baritone, and the Orchestral Arts Ensemble of Queens. Starts at 4pm. Our Lady Queen of Martyrs, 110-06 Queens Blvd., Forest Hills.
As many as 40 vendors sell edible products and gift items such as clothing, jewelry, and toys. From noon to 6pm. Repeats on Dec. 16. Bohemian Hall & Beer Garden, 29-19 24th Ave.
Center of Attention
Visitors are invited to engage in a guided conversation about Isamu Noguchi’s piece “Sun at Noon.” Starts at 3:30pm. Noguchi Museum, 9-01 33rd Rd., Long Island City.
Ecuadorian Winter Recital: Ñukanchik Sapi
The Ecuadorian-American Cultural Center’s young members offer music, dance, and holiday spirit. Starts at 2pm. Queens Museum, NYC Building, Flushing Meadows Corona Park.
Local craftspeople sell everything from ceramics to jewelry to painting. Opens at 1pm. Flushing Town Hall, 137-35 Northern Blvd.
Baroque and Chamber Music
Fortepiano and violin with works by Muzio Clementi, Ignace Pleyel, and Carlo Antonio Campioni. Starts at 5pm. King Manor Museum, vicinity of 150th Street and Jamaica Avenue, Jamaica.
St. Nicholas Day
Visits with Saint Nick, holiday crafts, singing, tree lighting, mulled cider. Learn the legend that Clement Moore made famous. From noon to 5pm at Onderdonk House, 1820 Flushing Ave., Ridgewood.
Live Drawing with Models
Open call for artists who want to work in a friendly environment with a little nudity. Starts at 6pm. Flushing Town Hall, 137-35 Northern Blvd.
Evening Reading: Jennifer Egan
Egan, whose novel “A Visit From the Goon Squad” won the 2011 Pulitzer Prize, discusses her new novel, “Manhattan Beach,” which won the 2018 Andrew Carnegie Medal for Excellence in Fiction. Starts at 7pm. LeFrak Concert Hall, Queens College, vicinity of Kissena Boulevard and Horace Harding Expressway, Flushing.
Plant and Animal Life in Central Mexico
The Queens County Bird Club hosts Queens College biology professor emeritus Andrew Greller, who discusses the curve-billed thrasher and his recent bird-watching trip to Mexico. Starts at 8pm. Alley Pond Environmental Center, 228-06 Northern Blvd., Douglaston.