Four-time Grammy-nominated and Tony-winning singer Melba Moore performs her hit “This Is It” and other songs and holds a meet-and-greet. 11:30 p.m., Bar 360, Resorts World Casino New York City, 110-00 Rockaway Blvd., South Jamaica, http://bit.ly/2kMKyWM.
Martin Scorsese’s “The King of Comedy”
Scorsese’s 1983 film features Robert De Niro as a delusional aspiring comic who enlists an overzealous fan in a deranged scheme to kidnap a talk-show host, played by Jerry Lewis. $15. 7 p.m. (and on Feb. 5 at 3 p.m.), Museum of the Moving Image, 36-01 35th Ave., Astoria’s Kaufman Arts District, http://bit.ly/2jvJFRf.
Jamaica Center for Arts First Friday Event
Musicians, poets, writers, performers and visual artists submit concepts and those who are selected present on the first Friday of every month. Free, 7 p.m., Jamaica Center for Arts and Learning, 161-04 Jamaica Ave., http://bit.ly/2jLT9LW.
Harry Belafonte Pre-Birthday Celebration
The acclaimed singer, songwriter, actor and social activist turns 90 in March. The Museum of the Moving Image celebrates his legendary career with a three-film retrospective on Feb. 4. The program opens with a rare screening of “The Strolling ’20s” (1 p.m.), a television special that has hardly been seen in 50 years, followed by “Kansas City” (3:30 p.m.) and Otto Preminger’s “Carmen Jones” (6 p.m.) with Dorothy Dandridge. The centerpiece is a 2:15 p.m. conversation about Belafonte with the best-selling novelist Walter Mosley. $15, 1 p.m., Museum of the Moving Image, 36-01 35th Ave., Astoria’s Kaufman Arts District, http://bit.ly/2kNmoeZ.
Lunar New Year Celebration
Celebrate the Year of the Rooster with puppet shows by Chinese Theater Works, crafts, a self-guided scavenger hunt, story time and a calligraphy workshop. 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., Queens Zoo, Flushing Meadows Corona Park, http://bit.ly/2kkjce3.
American Blues Ambassador Workshop
Guy Davis will discuss what drew him to the blues and explain the cultural and historical context of the songs he plays. The musicians will also demonstrate some classic blues rhythms. The show is free for teens, ages 13 to 19, with ID. $7 for adults, $4 for children. 2:15 p.m., Flushing Town Hall, 137-35 Northern Blvd.
Science Fiction, Science Future
This show, which runs through April 30, explains how science fiction might become science reality with hands-on exhibits incorporating robots, holograms and augmented reality. New York Hall of Science, 47-01 111th St., Flushing Meadows Corona Park, http://bit.ly/2kjNVbl.
Genealogy Research 101
Learn basic techniques to research your family using free and subscription-based websites, books and newspapers. This is the first of a series presented by Leslie Wickham, a Daughters of the American Revolution member who descends from an accused witch in Salem, Massachusetts. Free. 1 p.m., Greater Astoria Historical Society, 35-20 Broadway, LIC, http://bit.ly/2kjY07E.
Dancing the Art
Dancer Lauren Hale Biniaris and violinist and pianist Ben Kutner respond through movement and music to the currently exhibiting Mierle Laderman Ukeles: Maintenance Art. The artists engage in a playful and exploratory improvisation inspired and informed by select pieces in the exhibit. The performance includes an introductory talk and post-performance discussion. 12 p.m., Queens Museum, NYC Building, Flushing Meadows Corona Park, http://bit.ly/2kjXM0l.
Reading: Drama from the Diaspora
Amba Chevannes — a professor, lecturer, screen writer and playwright — has taught across the Caribbean and adjudicated playwriting festivals in Jamaica. Through laughter and tears, her stories invite readers to face humanity. 7 p.m., Jamaica Performing Arts Center, 153-10 Jamaica Ave., http://conta.cc/2kHyhn9.
Hands-On History: Natural Dyes
During the 1800s, berries and plants were used to create homemade pigments and liven up fabrics. Learn time-honored techniques and experiment with color. Free, 1 p.m., King Manor Museum, 153rd Street and Jamaica Avenue in King Park, Jamaica, http://bit.ly/2kjZQ8Z.
Lunar New Year Celebration
This child-focused event will include holiday-themed crafts. 1 p.m., Queens Botanical Garden, 43-50 Main St., Flushing, http://bit.ly/2ckMgPB.
Celebrate the Year of the Rooster
The Queens Library’s Flushing branch will host a Lunar New Year celebration that includes Chinese paper cutting and lantern making with Master Ming Liang Liu, Korean food preparation, Chinese folk music, dance and opera with Peaceever TV Performing Group and a concert by the Korean Traditional Music and Dance Center. Attendees will also learn how to make a popular Korean dish, sample Korean desserts and have a tea tasting. 10 a.m., 41-17 Main St., Flushing, http://www.queenslibrary.org/event/celebrate-the-year-of-the-rooster-with-chinese-and-korean-music-dance-arts-and-food.
Panel Discussion on Gentrification
Mindy Thompson Fullilove, a research psychiatrist and professor at The New School, will join acclaimed author Mitchell S. Jackson, CUNY Graduate Center professor emeritus of sociology William Kornblum and Tania Mattos, co-founder of Queens Neighborhoods United for a discussion of gentrification and neighborhood change. Free, 2 p.m., Langston Hughes Community Library and Cultural Center, 100-01 Northern Blvd., Corona.
Attendees should bring their own coffee, tea and biscuits. The Glen Oaks Library will provide music and coloring supplies for the event. Adult coloring is a popular adult activity that promises relaxation, fun and community. 10 a.m., Glen Oaks Library, 256-04 Union Tpke., Glen Oaks, http://www.queenslibrary.org/event/adult-coloring.
Martin Scorsese’s “Taxi Driver”
Starring Robert De Niro, Cybill Shepherd, Jodie Foster and Harvey Keitel, this Martin Scorsese film offers a dyspeptic view of New York City during the seedy 1970s. $15, 6 p.m., Museum of the Moving Image, 36-01 35th Ave., Astoria’s Kaufman Arts District, http://bit.ly/2kKZtEO.
The Rhythm Method String Quartet
Coinciding with the sculptures “Birth” (1934) and “Death” (1934), which are on view together for the first time, this group presents music featuring historic and contemporary compositions that deal with portraits of women in life and death. Free with museum admission, 3 p.m., Noguchi Museum, 9-01 33rd Rd. LIC, http://bit.ly/2kKTP5L.
Human Agency: A Day of Transfer and Exchange
Mierle Laderman Ukeles created a Peace Table where people unite and talk about life. This afternoon is part of a series of group conversations. 2 p.m. to 5 p.m., NYC Building, Flushing Meadows Corona Park, http://bit.ly/2jOkIS7.
Rooster Shadow Puppet Workshop
Associated with sun and fire, the rooster’s bright feathers and resonant crowing announce the arrival of a dynamic new period. Participants use stiff paper stock and other materials to create roosters inspired by Chinese shadow puppet techniques. 1 p.m., Flushing Town Hall, 137-35, http://bit.ly/2kk5AiR.
An exhibition tour where artists and the curator will discuss using geometric abstraction to address complicated social and political issues and grapple with the uncertainties of contemporary life. Free, 3 p.m., Dorsky Gallery, 11-03 45th Ave., LIC, http://bit.ly/2jlzizP.