New York Mets Opening Day, Monday, Mar. 31 (see below).
AN EVENING WITH GROUCHO
Award-winning actor/director/playwright Frank Ferrante will recreate his portrayal of the legendary Groucho Marx at the Queens Theatre. “An Evening With Groucho” will feature Ferrante improvising as well as performing some of Marx’s best bits. The show repeats on Saturday and Sunday. Friday’s show is at 2 p.m. Saturday has performances at 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. Sunday’s show is at 3 p.m. Tickets range between $25 and $49. Call the box office at (718) 760-0064 for more information.
SCREENING ANNIE HALL
Watch the screening of “Annie Hall” at the Museum of Moving Image, starting at 7 p.m. Directed by Woody Allen in 1977, the film stars Diane Keaton and Woody Allen. Allen’s groundbreaking romantic comedy bridged the gap between the filmmaker’s early slapstick comedies and his more dramatic period. Yet despite the poignancy and psychological depth in this fragmented, non-chronological portrait of a failed relationship, “Annie Hall” is as wall-to-wall funny as anything Allen ever made, and in the title role, Keaton is pure neurotic magic.Tickets for the Friday evening screenings are $12, $9 for senior citizens and students and free for the Museum members. Admission includes Museum’s galleries, which are open until 8:00 p.m.
RON CARTER QUARTET
American jazz double-bassist Ron Carter will perform with his quartet at Flushing Town Hall, starting at 8 p.m. The Grammy-award winning musician is considered to be one of the most influential in the genre, with more than 2,000 albums to his credit. Pianist Renee Rosnes, drummer Payton Crossley and percussionist Rolando Morales-Matos will round out his quartet. Tickets are $40 for general admission, $32 for members and $20 for students. Flushing Town Hall is located at 137-35 Northern Blvd.
The Queens Museum will explore current Indo-Caribbean writers and artists who are turning to the history of indenture as a muse and subject for interrogation in their own work. “Coolitude” combines a reading from Gaiutra Bahadur’s book Coolie Woman, a sculptural performance by artist Andil Gosine, performance poetry by Rajiv Mohabir and a screening of Ian Harnarine’s short film “Doubles with Slight Pepper.” The event runs from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m.
“THE GEMINI KILLER”
Theatre Time Productions will hold a staging of a new play, “The Gemini Killer.” Written and directed by Tom Williams, this mystery thriller will be held at the Colonial Church of Bayside, located at 54-02 217th St. It will start at 8 p.m. and repeat on March 30 at 3 p.m. Tickets are $16 for general admission and $14 for seniors and children. Call (347) 358-8102 or visit www.theatretime.org for tickets.
PEACE THROUGH UNDERSTANDING
The Greater Astoria Historical Society will present its Long Island City Forum Lecture Series on the film “Peace Through Understanding – the 1964 World’s Fair,” 1:30 p.m. at 35-20 Broadway, fourth floor, Long Island City. For information, call (718) 278-0700 or visit www.astorialic.org.
D.B. Rielly and his band will perform a collection of Americana music, spanning several genres, including roots, Zydeco, blues and alt-country, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at McLaughlin’s, 31-06 Broadway, Astoria. For information, visit www.dbrielly.com.
COMPOSITION VS. IMPROVISATION
Gustavo Casenave, a 2012 Latin Grammy nominee, pianist, educator and the current Composer in Residence at Flushing Town Hall, will present a lecture/demonstration on composition and improvisation at the venue. The free event will take place at 2 p.m. For more information, call Flushing Town Hall at (718) 463-7700.
QUAKER FLUSHING WALKING TOUR
Go back in time with this walking tour from the Queens Historical Society. Between 12 p.m. and 2:30 p.m., visit the 1694 Quaker Meeting House, Bowne House, the sites of the Remonstrance and George Fox’s monument. The tour will end at Kingsland Manor, home to the Queens Historical Society, to view the exhibit “Practicing Equality, Quakers in Queens” and enjoy light refreshments. Reservations are required, with a $15 to $20 fee. Email Jack Eichenbaum at firstname.lastname@example.org to reserve your spot.
DYING FOR BEAUTY
The Bayside Historical Society will hold a lecture on women’s fashions in the Victorian era. In that era, techniques and chemicals that were used to enhance beauty often had unwanted, dangerous effects. The lecture will start at 2 p.m. and will be given by Dr. Harriet Davis-Kram. Call (718) 352-1548 for more information.
The Moscow Festival Ballet will come to the Queensborough Performing Arts Center for a performance of “Swan Lake.” The ballet, with music by Tchaikovsky, is based on a German fairy tale and follows the heroic young Prince Siegfried as he labors to free the delicately beautiful swan maiden, Odette, from an evil sorcerer’s spell. The show starts at 3 p.m. Tickets range between $39 and $42. For tickets, call the box office at (718) 631-6311. QPAC is located at 222-05 56th Ave., Bayside.
QUECHUA – KICHWA NIGHT
Join the free event and come to learn the Quechua/Kichwa language at the Queens Museum in collaboration with Quechua at NYU, from 3 p.m. until 6 p.m. They invite you to participate in a variety of activities where all ages are welcome, and no prior experience with the Quechua language is necessary. Some of the activities include A Quechua/ Kichwa language lesson with Elva Ambia (NY Quechua Initiative) and Segundo Aucanshala (Immigrant Movement International). Another event will include mural and bracelet making with Elva Navarro and Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies (CLACS) at NYU. Also, listen to a collective “Rimasun” podcast recording with podcast series producers. For more information, visit http://www.queensmuseum.org/events.
The Astoria Symphony Orchestra and Astoria Symphonic Choir will perform at 5 p.m. at Saint Joseph’s Church of Astoria, 43-19 30th Ave., Astoria. The orchestra and choir will join forces to present Germanic masterpieces and dichotomies. At 4:30 p.m., conductor Silas Huff will discuss the program. Tickets cost $20, $15 for students/seniors. For information, visit www.astoriamusic.org.
The New York Mets will kick off their 2014 baseball season with a home opener at Citi Field. The game will start at 1:10 p.m The Amazin’ Mets will go up against the Washington Nationals. All fans in attendance will receive a magnetic schedule, presented by Hyundai. Tickets start at $45 and can be bought at http://newyork.mets.mlb.com/ticketing/?c_id=nym.
“THE BOY FRIEND”
The Gingerbread Players of St. Luke’s Church in Forest Hills will revive the Broadway musical “The Boy Friend,” opening at the church with a 2:30 p.m. performance. Performances will continue through April 6. Tickets cost a suggested donation of $12. For showtimes, visit www.gingerbreadplayers.org.