SPOTLIGHT OF THE WEEK
Richmond Hill Diwali Motorcade
The festivities begin with religious rites at the Arya Spiritual Center Grounds at 104-44 133rd St. At 5:30 pm, the motorcade rolls on Liberty Avenue from 133rd Street. Starts at 7:30 pm, the Arya Spiritual Center Grounds host music, dancing, and chanting.
Day of the Dead Celebration
A performance by Mariachi Nuevo Amanecer Academy followed by a presentation of Aztec Chichimeca dance, poetry, and music from indigenous dance troupe Yayauhki Tezcatlipoka. Begins at 4:30pm. Museum of the Moving Image, 36-01 35th Ave., Astoria’s Kaufman Arts District.
Murder at the World’s Fair
Eat dinner while Josephine Foundation actors present a murder mystery. Shows are 7pm both Friday and Saturday night. $35. Maple Grove Cemetery, 127-15 Kew Gardens Rd., Kew Gardens.
Savoy! Dancing Through The Swing Era
Hollywood dancer Lillian Carlyle grooves to the Lindy Hop and music by Big Band greats such as Duke Ellington and Benny Goodman. $10. Starts at 7:30pm. Jamaica Center for Arts & Learning, 161-04 Jamaica Ave.
Watch the Oscar-winning animated film about Miguel, who wants to be a musician, but music is forbidden in his family because of events that happened many generations ago. One day he stumbles into the Land of the Dead and meets his ancestors. Times are Nov. 2 at 5 pm, and Nov. 3 and Nov. 4 at 11 am. Museum of the Moving Image, 36-01 35th Ave., Astoria’s Kaufman Arts Center.
The Babylon Line
Douglaston Community Theater presents this play about an NYC creative writing teacher who learns an unexpected life lesson on Long Island. Eight shows running until Nov. 17. Zion Church Parish Hall, 243-01 Northern Blvd., Douglaston.
Artbuilt Studio Presents Hamacas with Artist-in-Residence Liene Bosque
Meet artist-in-residence Bosque and participate in workshops about creative and historical hammock weaving. Her interactive installation features looms and hand-woven hammocks. From 4pm to On Nov. 3+4, make hammock decorations such as fringes, tassels, and macramé. On Nov. 10+11, watch Amazonian musical performances as part of the final celebration. Artbuilt Trailer near Queens Museum, NYC Building, Flushing Meadows Corona Park.
Cabaret Star Renee Katz
Katz returns to her home synagogue to sing 15 songs with pianist John Cook. Expect to hear “It Could Happen To You,” “My Foolish Heart,” and “Come The Wild Wild Weather,” by Noel Coward. Starts at 6:30pm. Temple Beth Sholom, 171-39 Northern Blvd., Flushing. Make reservations at 718-463-4143.
A Weekend of Ecuadorian Films
The fourth annual Ecuadorian Film Festival in New York has screenings in Queens: “Manuela” on Nov. 3 at 12:15 pm; “Capitan Escudo” and “Ruta Viva” at 2:30 pm; and on Nov. 4, “Contragolpe” at 12:15 pm; and “Agujero Negro” and “Como Pez Fuera del Agua” at 2:30 pm. Queens Museum, NYC Building, Flushing Meadows Corona Park.
The Royal Star Theatre presents a fun musical with funding from Queens Council on the Arts. Show times are Nov. 3, 8 pm; Nov. 4, 3 pm; Nov. 9, 8 pm; Nov. 10, 3 pm; and Nov. 11, 3 pm. Immaculate Conception Catholic Academy Auditorium, 179-14 Dalny Rd., Jamaica.
Make Your Own Rag Rug
Learn about decorations and furniture inside 19th century homes and make miniature rag rugs to take home. King Manor Museum, vicinity of Jamaica Avenue and 150th Street in King Park, Jamaica.
Poetry Readings on the 7 Train and Project Launch in the Panorama
Contributors and guests meet on the platform at the Queens-bound Vernon Jackson station and step on the first car of the first local 7 train. Contributors read their original work on the train before stepping off at Mets-Willets Point station and walking to Queens Museum. At 3 pm, contributors and guests gather for a reception and website reveal in the Panorama of the City of New York. Queens Museum, NYC Building, Flushing Meadows Corona Park.
Neo Hot Club
Listen to Jazz recordings on the original 78 RPM format amid a convivial atmosphere. Expert Ben Young leads this pilot session whose listening theme is “Jazz Artists from Queens.” Starting in the 1930s, Hot Clubs formed as places for fans to get together and listen to records. Free, with no RSVP required. Starts at 2:30pm. Flushing Town Hall, 137-35 Northern Blvd.
Bring pumpkins, jack-o-lanterns, and gourds, and smash them. The NYC Compost Project turns them into compost for city parks and green spaces. Free from 10am to 1pm. Lou Lodati Park, 41-15 Skillman Ave., LIC.
Art of Indoor Bonsai
Workshop on bonsai traditions, artistic design principles, horticulture, and short and long-term maintenance. Each participant leaves with a finished, potted bonsai. Starts at 11am. $100, materials included. Queens Botanic Garden, 43-50 Main St., Flushing.
Artist Fellow Nancy Nowacek activates “Manuever,” a 10-ton sculpture composed of 400 brightly-colored sandbags. The piece is inspired by what she sees as an economic crisis in New York. In its current state, “Maneuver” exists as a boundary wall dividing the park into two halves. For the activation, visitors assist Nowacek in re-configuring “Maneuver” into a more protective and inclusive form. Starts at 1pm. Free. Socrates Sculpture Center, 32-01 Vernon Blvd., LIC.
Jewish Food Festival
An evening of Jewish food, music, and dance from Morocco, Uzbekistan, Ethiopia, and Yemen. $55. Starts at 4pm. Bukharian Jewish Community Center, 106-16 70th Ave., Forest Hills.
Sinatra By Request
An evening of Jewish food, music, Accompanied by a band, showman Steven Maglio croons Frank Sinatra’s hits, including “That’s Life,” “Come Fly With Me,” and “My Way.” The afternoon kicks off with an hour of hors d’oeuvres and a cash bar at 2 pm. $51. Towers on the Green, North Shore Towers, 272-48 Grand Central Pkwy.
The Decline of Civilization
A screening of “Rhinoceros” and a conversation with political scientist Ester Fuchs and playwright Theresa Rebeck. Starring Gene Wilder and Zero Mostel, this absurdist 1974 movie is about humans turning into rhinoceroses. Rebeck has had success spanning theater, television, film, and literature. Fuchs is Director of the Urban and Social Policy Program at Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs. $15. Starts at 6:30pm. Museum of the Moving Image, 36-01 35th Ave., Astoria’s Kaufman Arts District.
A panel discussion moderated by Dieu Donné Executive Director Kathleen Flynn with textile artist Isa Rodrigues and visual artists Erin M. Riley and Martha Tuttle. Starts at 3:30pm. Free. Dorsky Gallery,
11-03 45th Ave., LIC.