SPOTLIGHT OF THE WEEK
An afternoon of live music by the Guinea-influenced Mandingo Ambassadors, dance, art-making workshops, and an opportunity to learn about inspirational causes, followed by a night market. From 1pm to 6pm. Corona Plaza, 40-04 National St.
Billy Strayhorn by Paquito D’Rivera and the John di Martino Trio
Watch 14-time Grammy-winning Cuban legend D’Rivera and “shape-shifter” pianist di Martino and his trio play Strayhorn’s music. Starts at 8pm. Flushing Town Hall, 137-35 Northern Blvd.
Five Horror Films by John Carpenter
Each movie finds a new and unnerving way to ask a question that Carpenter’s post-Halloween chillers pose: What does Evil look like and how do you survive it? Schedule: “The Thing,” Oct. 26, 7 pm; “Christine,” Oct. 27, 4:30 pm; “Prince of Darkness,” Oct. 27, 7 pm; “The Thing,” Oct. 28, 2 pm; “Body Bags,” Oct. 28, 4:30 pm; and “In the Mouth of Madness,” Oct. 28, 7 pm. Museum of the Moving Image, 36-01 35th Ave., Astoria’s Kaufman Arts District.
Solo violin of songs with titles like “The Sultry Dance of Death” set a haunting mood. Composers include Jean-Marie Leclair, Georg Philipp Telemann, and Johann Sebastian Bach. Starts at 6:30pm. King Manor Museum, 150-03 Jamaica Ave., Jamaica.
Gilberto Santa Rosa
This six-time Grammy winner from Puerto Rico is known as “El Caballero de la Salsa.” Starts at 8pm. Colden Auditorium, 153-49 Reeves Ave., Flushing.
Halloween Haunted Waters
An annual walking tour of history and mystery along the Long Island City/Astoria waterfront with Greater Astoria Historical Society member Richard Melnick. Learn about the lives lost among the churning whirlpools and electric eels. Discount for costumed walkers. Meet under the Hell Gate Bridge at Shore and Ditmars boulevards at noon.
The play takes place within the walls of Truvy’s beauty shop in Louisiana’s Bayou. Six strong women absorb the passing seasons as their lives increasingly hinge on the existence of one another. Schedule: Oct. 27 at 2 pm and 8 pm; and Oct. 28 at 3 pm. Queens Theatre, 14 United Nations Ave. S., Flushing Meadows Corona Park.
Citywide Pickleball Tournament
From 8am to 5pm, everyone is invited to participate or compete. Pickleball is a variation of tennis with a lighter ball. It’s played with a paddle, and the court has smaller dimensions. Al Oerter Recreation Center, 131-40 Fowler Ave., Flushing Meadows Corona Park.
Trunk or Treat, A Safe Alternative to Halloween
Volunteers park decorated cars in a secured area. They pass out candy from their trunks to trick-or-treaters who also admire their vehicles. From 2 pm to 4:30pm Maple Grove Cemetery, 127-15 Kew Gardens Rd., Kew Gardens.
Plan for Paradise
A five-piece band creates a fusion of upbeat and universal messages wrapped in an even dose of smooth-grooving Hip Hop, Jazz, Funk, Soul, and Afrobeat. Starts at 2pm. Jamaica Performing Arts Center, 153-10 Jamaica Ave.
An Afternoon With The New York Botanical Gardens
Conservation Outreach Director Daniel Atha talks about the New York Botanical Garden’s EcoFlora project, an effort to document all NYC plant species and the threats that they face. Starts at 1pm. Alley Pond Environmental Center, 228-06 Northern Blvd., Douglaston.
Halloween Harvest Fest
This year’s festival is inspired by Fet Gede, the Haitian Festival of the Ancestors. As always, the fun includes a doggie costume contest, costume-making, fantastical face-painting with Agostino Arts, and Urban Shaman Mama Donna’s Blessing of the Animals, now including a Pet Memorial Altar (part of Reimagine NYC). Haitian food by Kombit Restaurant with sweet treats from Val’s Cookie Canvas. From noon to 4pm. Socrates Sculpture Park, 32-01 Vernon Blvd., LIC.
Bike With A Doctor
Elmhurst Hospital doctors provide bike safety tips. Free helmets and protective bike gear, blood pressure screenings, healthy snacks, and tabling by NYPD and other organizations. Starts at 11am. For more info, call 718-334-1259.
This Mexican folk ensemble’s music is centered on the “harpa jarocha” or the typical harp from Veracruz, Mexico. Their sound includes lush vocal and instrumental harmonies. Starts at 3pm. Queens College’s LeFrak Concert Hall, 153-49 Reeves Ave., Flushing.
Halloween Tinker Festival
Activities combine art and science to make drawings that come alive in the dark. Participants make secret messages and paint with lasers while learning about phosphorescence, UV, infrared light, and what causes things to glow in the dark. Starts at 3pm. Lewis H. Latimer House Museum, 34-41 137th St., Flushing.
Noguchi Talks: Jorge Palacios and Dakin Hart
The artist and the senior curator lead a walkthrough of the special exhibition “Jorge Palacios at The Noguchi Museum” and then take a bus to see Palacios’s public sculpture “Link” at Flatiron Plaza North in Manhattan. Starts at 3pm. The Noguchi Museum, 9-01 33rd Rd., LIC.
Halloween Cartoon Magic & Fun
Animation historian Tommy Jose Stathes screens spooky cartoons from the 1920s and 1930s at 5 pm, following mask-making, flip books, and refreshments. 3:30pm at Voelker Orth Museum, 149-19 38th Ave., Flushing.
Dead or Alive
Explore the science of creepy. Make a fake vial of blood, become a zombie while learning about biological simulations, and create a real habitat for a fake creature. Starts at 1pm. New York Hall of Science, 47-01 111th St., Flushing Meadows Corona Park.