Wildcard Weekend, robot making at the New York Hall of Science, Saturday, 1/18 (see below).
MAC WELLMAN w/STEVE MELLOR – MUAZZEZ
Watch Steve Mellor in an act that is intentionally staged in the simplest of terms, employing a chair, an actor and a microphone. He performs a collection of short stories written by Mac Wellman, entitled “A Chronicle Of The Madness Of Small Worlds.” All of the stories in the book take place on various asteroids or planetoids. This particular offbeat tale is written in Wellman’s trademark playful/experimental style. The result is an intimate, unforgettable encounter with the words of one of our country’s leading playwrights performed by one of our great actors. The show will take place at 8 p.m. at the Chocolate Factory Theatre, located at 5-49 49th Ave., LIC. To purchase a ticket or for more information, visit www.chocolatefactorytheater.org/redesign/event/mac-wellman-w-steve-mellor-muazzez.
The Queens Library’s branch at Poppenhusen Institute will hold a robotics workshop for kids between 4 p.m. and 5 p.m. Led by Yvonne Shortt, this hands-on class, using a laptop and robot parts, will inspire creativity and teach kids important engineering concepts. Registration is required and can be done by phone or in person. Poppenhusen Library’s phone number is (718) 359-1102. It is located at 121-23 14th Ave., College Point.
THE SECRET THEATRE & QUEENS SECRET IMPROV CLUB PRESENT A
Join the fun on Friday nights at The Queen’s Secret Improv Club. The roster of house-formed and veteran indie improv teams from all over the subway map get on stage to show you a good time. Six improv comedy sets will feature two shows every hour between 7:30-10:30. Tickets are just $7 for the whole night, one show or all six! Current teams are: Butter High, Monster Monster, Perfect Stranglers, Petting Zoo (musical improv), Sister Sex Wolf, Funkle Todd, Mercury, and Goose. The Secret Theatre is located at, 44-02 23rd St., LIC. For more information, visit www.web.ovationtix.com/trs/pe.c/9861448.
THE DIVAS OF JAZZ
Jazz vocalist Gabriele Tranchina and pianist/husband Joe Tranchina will provide a musical tribute to 12 dynamic female jazz vocalists, including Billie Holiday, Ella Fitzgerald, Carmen McRae and Nancy Wilson, at the Whitestone Library. The concert will run from 3 to 4 p.m. Whitestone Library is located at 151-10 14th Rd. Its phone number is (718) 767-8010.
The Alley Pond Environmental Center will present a night of stargazing for adults and children ages 9 and up. See the moon up close and learn about and view the Orion Nebular, the Pleiades Star Cluster and Deep Space Phenomenon from professor/astronomer Mark Freilich. The event will run from 7 to 9 p.m. and costs $16 per person. Pre-registration is required and can be completed by calling (718) 229-4000. APAC is located at 228-06 Northern Blvd.
AT LONG LAST LOVE
Singer Jean McClelland and her husband, pianist Bill McClelland will perform music of the Great American Song Book at Flushing Library’s lower level auditorium, Starting at 1:30 p.m., the concert will feature classics from George and Ira Gershwin, Cole Porter, Irving Berlin, Stephen Sondheim, Jerome Kern and Richard Rodgers. Admission is free. Flushing Library is located at 41-17 Main St.
Congregation Machene Chodosh in Forest Hills will host a singing and dancing performance by Avi Peretz at 7:30 p.m. Peretz is a well-known Israeli performer and he will bring his act to Queens. Tickets for the event are $22 for members, $25 for non-members, $10 for students and $28 the day of the show. For more information, please call the congregation at (718) 793-5656. It is located at 67-29 108th St. in Forest Hills.
SO GET THIS… A STORYTELLING SHOW
The Laughing Devil Comedy Club puts on a storytelling show where the comedians have one job: to tell you one hilariously true story. The funniest comedians NYC has to offer gather to make you laugh, cringe and laugh some more in a unique format. The comedy club is located at 47-38 Vernon Blvd., LIC. The show starts at 8 p.m. For more information, visit www.laughingdevil.com/tickets.cfm?ShowID=1391.
The New York Hall of Science will hold a workshop in the Maker Space from 1:30 p.m. to 5 p.m. Attendees will get the chance to make a brush bot, which is a robot that uses vibrations to skitter, spin and dance around. The class will repeat on Jan. 19 at the same time. It is recommended for children who are 5 years old and above. The workshop costs $5 per adult/child pair, $3 for NYSCI members. Register on the day of the event at the NYSCI admissions area. For more information, call (718) 699-0005.
Mix everyday household ingredients at the New York Hall of Science to make polymers like silly putty and oobleck. There is an $8 materials fee per family, with paid general admission. The cost is $5 per family for NYSCI members. This program is supported in part by funding from the Liu Foundation and the Lily Auchincloss Foundation. For more information, call (718) 699-0005.
Hillcrest Library will present Naomi Zeitlin for a concert of pop standards, from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. Hear pop standards that were covered by Judy Garland, Barbara Streisand, Liza Minnelli, Bette Midler and Ella Fitzgerald, as well as songs sung by more modern, international artists such as Linda Eder, Pat Benatar, Linda Ronstadt, Celia Cruz, Gloria Estefan, La India and Olga Tañon. Hillcrest Library is located at 187-05 Union Tpke.
Philo4Thought will host a workshop focusing on improving your interview skills. They will teach you common interview practices to follow as well as “bloopers” you should stay away from. It will be held at the Grill Mediterranean Restaurant at 107-02 70th Rd. in Forest Hills. It will begin at 5 p.m.
A U2 Tribute band will play Resorts World Casino in South Ozone Park. They will play classics such as “The Fly,” “One,” and “Even Better Than The Real Thing.” The show will start at 8 p.m.
NETWORKING NIGHT AT DUTCH KILLS CENTRAAL
Meet others in the community while networking at Dutch Kills Centraal, located at 38-40 29th St., LIC, from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Many businesses and community neighbors will attend to enjoy refreshments, craft beer and full bar at this newly opened gastopub. Admission is $10 for members and $15 for nonmembers. Ticket includes one complimentary drink and hors d’oeuvres. A cash bar will be available to purchase additional drinks. All attendees will receive a $5 gift certificate to use for lunch at the restaurant, and several business cards will be selected in a (free) raffle to receive $25 gift certificates. Partnership Perks cardholders get 10 percent off anytime. To purchase tickets, contact Indra Smith at firstname.lastname@example.org or (718) 786-5300 x21.