SPOTLIGHT OF THE WEEK
A Mexican-American Christmas
Calpulli Mexican Dance Company tells the story of an NYC youth with Mexican parents. A dream fuses Mariachi music with Tchaikovsky and folk dance with ballet. Fridays and Saturdays at 8 pm; Sundays at 4 pm. Thalía Spanish Theatre, 41-17 Greenpoint Ave., Sunnyside.
Former beauty queen Cecilia Veronica Peniston she scored five number one hits on the U.S. Billboard Hot Dance Music/Club Play in the 1990s. Her signature song is “Finally.” Starts at 11pm. Resorts World Casino NYC, 110-00 Rockaway Blvd., South Jamaica.
Great Northeast Cheese Fest
Savor cheeses and learn about them face-to-face from their creators. Pairings include top-rated wines, craft beers, and farmstead ciders. Guests can purchase cheeses from the creameries directly. Starts at 6pm. Flushing Town Hall, 137-35 Northern Blvd.
The NYC area’s biggest Sci-Fi convention with celebrity guests, cosplay, panel discussions, artist alley, children’s event, and more. Saturday and Sunday at Resorts World Casino NYC, 110-00 Rockaway Blvd., South Jamaica.
Trees, wreaths, poinsettias, and unique holiday gifts. Starts at 10am. Queens County Farm Museum, 73-50 Little Neck Parkway, Glen Oaks.
Makoto Nakura: Bach Meets the 21st Century
Internationally acclaimed marimbist Makoto Nakura presents Leonard Bernstein, David Schober, Philip Lasser and a touch of Bach with guest artists Tara Helen O’Connor (flute), Chie Kitamura (narrator), and Barbara Podgurski (piano). Starts at 7pm. The Church-In-The-Gardens, 50 Ascan Ave., Forest Hills.
Discover how the African marimba has inspired so many composers to write for its resonating tones. Explore how different composers incorporated the instrument into their work. Starts at 4pm. The Church-in-the-Gardens, 50 Ascan Ave., Forest Hills.
Sparrow Film Project 15
Based in Queens but international in scope, the Sparrow Film Project is an annual competition of three-minute films. Filmmakers are guided by a different set of criteria based on a new theme. Blocks: Mosaic, 2:30 pm; The Ditty, 3:30 pm; The Sparrow Tavern, 4:30 pm; The LetLove Inn, 5:30 pm; The QED, 6:30 pm; The Bonnie, 7:30 pm. Museum of the Moving Image, 36-01 35th Ave., Astoria’s Kaufman Arts District.
Make an 18th Century Scented Ornament
Learn how to make pomanders, a spiced, scented ornament that decorated the home and filled the house with a lovely aroma. Starts at 1pm. King Manor Museum, vicinity of 150th Street and Jamaica Avenue, Jamaica.
Book Reading: Holly’s Hurricane
Astoria resident Marie Carter discusses, sells, and signs copies of “Holly’s Hurricane,” which takes place in 2040 after Hurricane Diana wreaks havoc on NYC. Holly Williams, an architect who fled England, has hallucinations in which a mysterious stranger guides her through some of NYC’s forgotten and dramatic past. Starts at 2pm. Greater Astoria Historical Society, 35-20 Broadway, Long Island City.
Live music, art-making workshops, storytelling in Spanish, papermaking, crochet, embroidery, photo booth, Mandingo Ambassadors. Starts at noon. Queens Museum, NYC Building, Flushing Meadows Corona Park.
Two hours of holiday music, contemporary, pop, jazz, and the Dickensian Carolers. Starts at 4pm. Maple Grove Cemetery, 127-15 Kew Gardens Rd., Kew Gardens.
Wreath Making Workshops
Create a festive holiday wreath and learn about the types of conifers. All materials included. Starts at 11am. Queens Botanical Garden, 43-50 Main St., Flushing.
FEI Music: A Fusion Music Concert
From Zhou Xuan to Michael Jackson, from Jay Chou to Beyoncé, this concert brings East and West together on one stage. Selections range from 1930s Shanghai vintage style to Billboard top 100 tracks from 2018. Starts at 2:30pm. Flushing Town Hall, 137-35 Northern Blvd., Flushing.
Feast of the Epiphany
The directors, Michael Koresky, Jeff Reichert, and Farihah Zaman, and the James Beard Award-winning writer Mayukh Sen discuss and watch “Feast of the Epiphany,” followed by a reception. The film begins with a simple-but-lovingly-prepared meal a young woman makes for friends. The fun turns to meditations on mortality, and viewers are taken on a roller coaster ride of of emotions, ideas, and grace. Starts at 6pm. Museum of the Moving Image, 36-01 35th Ave., Astoria’s Kaufman Arts District.
The Queensboro Symphony Orchestra performs Mozart’s “Toy Symphony” and “Symphony No.45,” “Farewell” by Haydn, and Mozart’s “Violin Concerto No.4” in D major. Starts at 7:30pm. Mary’s Nativity Church, 46-02 Parsons Blvd., Flushing.
Poetry Inspired by Lewis Latimer
Join David Mills for a reading a workshop of poems inspired by Latimer’s life and work. Mills is the author of two poetry collections—The Dream Detective and The Sudden Country. Starts at 3pm. Lewis H. Latimer House Museum, 34-41 137th St., Flushing.
Shoot Hoops for Good
All are invited to participate in three-on-three basketball tournament. Former Jets Fullback and NFL Hall of Famer Tony Richardson will be play along with teams from the New York Mets, Super Soccer Stars, New York Life, and other entities. Starts at 11am. Variety Boys & Girls Club of Queens, 21-12 30th Rd., LIC.
Angela Himsel discusses her memoir “A River Could Be a Tree” about her journey from a small rural evangelical community to NYC as a practicing Jew. Starts at 1:30pm. The Central Queens Y, 67-09 108th St., Forest Hills.
Neil Greenberg: To The Things Themselves
In-the-round movement and art provoke an experience of the performance moment in and of itself. Shows are Wednesdays through Saturdays at 8 pm. The Chocolate Factory, 5-49 49th Avenue, LIC.
Monthly Jazz Jam: Celebrating the Legacy of Louis Armstrong
Held on the first Wednesday of every month, this session is a fun way for musicians to hone skills and jam with peers. The house band is led by saxophonist Carol Sudhalter. All are welcome. Don’t play? Come listen! $10. Starts at 7pm. Flushing Town Hall, 137-35 Northern Blvd.