Hindu Celebration of Diwali on 10/18
at the Queens Museum from 2 to 5 p.m.
Queens Pride House will host a special screening of “TransVisible: Bamby Salcedo’s Story,” a 2013 documentary film about the life and work of the award-winning Latina transgender activist, 7 to 9 p.m. Attendees will be joined by Dante Alecastre, the Peruvian-born, Los Angeles-based filmmaker and activist who directed the film and who will facilitate a question-and-answer session following the screening. For more information, call (718) 429-5309.
Two of the legendary names of jazz, NEA Jazz Master pianist Barry Harris and jazz pianist, composer, and the first blind graduate of Juilliard School Valerie Capers, play together on stage for the first time at Flushing Town Hall. They will be joined by Ray Drummond on bass and Leroy Williams on drums. The concert starts at 8 p.m. Tickets are $25 for the general public, $20 for members and $10 for students. Flushing Town Hall is located at 137-35 Northern Blvd.
Whether you are an experienced, fearless improviser or someone who shudders at the thought of being asked to improvise at an audition, this session is for you. Join Queens Council on the Arts at 3rd Space at 6 p.m. for an improvisational performance workshop with Katha Cato. This session will focus on how to successfully prepare for improvising, how to remain present and in the moment and will even show you how to experience the pure thrill of working without a net in front of others. Admission is $10. For more information, visit queenscouncilarts.org.
HINDU CELEBRATION OF DIWALI
The Hindu Temple Society of North America and Queens Museum are partnering for this Hindu celebration of Diwali, the Festival of Lights. The festival symbolizes the victory of righteousness and the lifting of spiritual darkness. It is celebrated to honor Rama-chandra, the seventh avatar (incarnation of the god Vishnu). Running from 2 to 5 p.m. at the museum, the program includes an art exhibition and a candle lighting ceremony. Call (718) 460-8484 to learn more.
Iranian poet, songwriter and singer Shahkar Bineshpajooh will perform at Queens College’s Colden Auditorium, starting at 9 p.m. Bineshpajooh not only founded the Fusion Music Concert in Iran, but also put on the first and last Pop Music Festival in the country. Tickets range from $55 to $125. To learn more, call the box office at (718) 793-8080 or visit kupferbergcenter.org.
The second annual NYC Cupcake Run is a challenge in which participants aim to complete a 5K run while stopping to eat three cupcakes at checkpoints throughout the course. In a food-obsessed metropolis where people are always on the run, putting together an event which pays tribute to some of the City’s defining characteristics seemed like a no-brainer. Open to runners and eaters of all ages, the run takes place at Astoria Park at 11 a.m. For more information, visit nyccupcakerun.com.
The Forest Park Fall Festival will take place from noon to 3 p.m. The fall festival is for families and will include crafts, entertainment, pumpkin patch, face painting, games and recreational activities. Volunteers are needed to help the kids with crafts, at the pumpkin patch and recreational areas, as well as to set up and break down of the event. If you would like to be part of the volunteers, contact the Woodhaven Residents Block Association at firstname.lastname@example.org.
At Flushing Town Hall, calligrapher Majed Seif will introduce attendees to the different styles of Arabic calligraphy and its rules. Gain an introduction to the history and development of Arabic calligraphy. Participants can have their names rendered in calligraphic script and then decorate their paper with Arabesque designs. The workshop starts at 1 p.m. and costs $8 for students and members and $10 for everyone else.
One of the most visible forms of anti-Semitism in the early 20th century was spread by the general population through postcards. Salo Aizenberg, one of the world’s foremost postcard collectors, is the first to compile, translate and describe them in a historical context. He will appear at the Kupferberg Holocaust Resource Center and Archives at 1 p.m. to give a lecture on his work. For more information, call (718) 281-5770.
Join the Queens Museum for LIME, a celebration of LBGTQ Caribbean art and activism. The event will honor Guyanese singer Nhojj, Trinidadian photographer Gerard Gaskin, Jamaican filmmaker Selena Blake and pioneering community organization Chutney Pride with a cultural program of film, poetry, the performance arts and drama. It runs from 2 to 5 p.m. For more information, call (718) 592-9700.
SPA AND BEAUTY SOIREE
Peruse locally-made jewelry, handmade baby scarves and eco-friendly skin care and beauty collections while enjoying a glass of sparkling wine, at Rejuvenate Face and Body’s spa and beauty soiree, noon to 4 p.m. Be one of the first 40 guests to RSVP to receive free gifts. Admission is free. For more information or to RSVP, contact email@example.com.
THE PIRATES OF PENZANCE
The New York Gilbert & Sullivan Players will bring the comedic opera “The Pirates of Penzance” in two acts to the Queensborough Performing Arts Center. Starting at 3 p.m., the play is about Frederic, who was mistakenly apprenticed to pirates when he was young. He meets Mabel and the two fall instantly in love. Frederic finds out, however, that he was born on Feb. 29 and so technically, he only has a birthday every four years. His apprenticeship indentures state that he remains apprenticed to the pirates until his 21st birthday, which means he must serve for another 63 years. Tickets range from $35 to $42.
This year’s Wonderful Woodhaven Street Fair will take place from noon to 6 p.m. on Jamaica Avenue from Woodhaven Boulevard to 80th Street.
A Monday night show at Trans-Pecos in Ridgewood. The artists that will be performing are Ami Dang, Little Band of Sailors, Black Valleys and Kate Mohanty. The show will begin at 8 p.m. The event serves as a pre-CMJ show before the festival kicks off on the 21st. Tickets for the show are $10.
Queens Museum’s senior film series presents a screening of the 1987 American drama, “Matewan,” starting at 2 p.m. The movie tells the story of the Battle of Matewan, a coal miners’ strike in 1920 in a small town in West Virginia.