Open Mic Tribute To Martin Luther King Jr.
This special celebration of Martin Luther King Jr. with the poetry of Charles “Smooth” Williams Jr., Harriet White and anyone else who wishes to join them. 6 p.m. Queens Library Douglaston/Little Neck Branch, 249-01 Northern Blvd., http://bit.ly/2mop8S9.
The Museum of the Moving Image will host four screenings of Greta Gerwig’s semi-autobiographical directorial debut, Lady Bird, which portrays the humor and pathos in the turbulent bond between a mother and her teenage daughter. The schedule includes Jan. 19 at 7 p.m., Jan. 20 at 3 p.m., Jan. 21 at 3 p.m. and Jan. 21 at 6 p.m. $15. Museum of the Moving Image, 36-01 35th Ave., Astoria’s Kaufman Arts District, http://bit.ly/2Fv5yfQ.
The Long Island City Arts Open presents a show with more than 20 photographers. The opening reception is on Jan. 19 at 6 p.m. Gallery hours are 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. daily. The show runs through Feb. 16. The Factory LIC, 30-30 47th Ave., Long Island City. More information can be found at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Essential Oils Exploration Workshop
Learn simple ways to bring essential oils into everyday life with Yuko Kudo, a certified Chakra yoga teacher and certified AromaTouch practitioner. $12. 7 p.m. Alley Pond Environmental Center, 228-06 Northern Blvd., Douglaston, http://bit.ly/2qYt5CV.
Dance At Green Space
Julian Barnett presents Subject to Change twice—on Jan. 19 and 20 at 8 p.m. Part opera, part confessional, the performance acts as an ontological study of connection, commitment and resilience. Fertile Ground—on Jan. 21 at 7 p.m.—presents new works by emerging artists. Green Space Studios, 37-24 24th St., Long Island City, http://bit.ly/2kuPDrC.
MUPPET MUSIC MOMENTS
Music was always an integral part of The Muppet Show. This compilation features a wide variety of musical genres and includes performances by Harry Belafonte, Elton John and Linda Ronstadt. The program will begin at 11 a.m. on Jan. 20 and 21. $15. Museum of the Moving Image, 36-01 35th St., Astoria’s Kaufman Arts District, http://bit.ly/2mp0Wzh.
Dreams Of Sand
With a little bit of sand and his hands, Spanish artist Borja González tells the story of two people’s lives. This nonverbal tale is accompanied by live music. Workshop at 1 pm., event begins at 2:15 p.m. Flushing Town Hall, 137-35 Northern Blvd., http://bit.ly/2D7yYSY.
Stories Through Music And Song
The Church-in-the-Gardens will host an interactive concert for children and their families with teaching artist pianists Beata Moon and Barbara Podgurski and special guest singer Ashley Renee Watkins. Free. 11 a.m. The Church-in-the-Gardens, 50 Ascan Ave., Forest Hills, http://bit.ly/2EBfQtA.
Jack Hogan: Possession
The Flux Factory will host the opening reception and performance by Jack Hogan, an Irish artist and lapsed architect based in New York. Everything takes place somewhere between the Petrified Forest in Arizona, a graveyard, land-mined boot camp and childhood living room, where the floor is lava. Possession is about the everyday sadism, masochism and barely perceptible codes and aggressions that turn boys into adolescents for life. Free. 7 p.m. Flux Factory, 39-31 29th St., Long Island City, http://bit.ly/2FvoP0G.
Professor/astronomer Mark Freilich offers an indoor Q&A on basic astronomy that will be followed by outdoor gazing with a professional telescope. The constellation Orion rules the January night skies with the giant stars Betelgeuse and Rigel. $16, 7 p.m. Alley Pond Environmental Center, 228-06 Northern Blvd., Douglaston, http://bit.ly/2mpO1gu.
“State Of The Union”
The Greater Historical Society will host a screening of the 1948 Frank Capra movie starring Spencer Tracy, Katharine Hepburn and Angela Lansbury. A tycoon is goaded into running for president by his politically ambitious girlfriend. His campaign manager makes him reunite with his long-estranged wife for the sake of appearances. Hilarity ensues. Free. 1 p.m. Greater Astoria Historical Society, 35-20 Broadway, Long Island City, http://bit.ly/2qZ2jdx.
The Queens Botanical Garden is hosting a program during which children will learn about the various parts of winter trees, their functions and will use parts of trees to make a craft. The program concludes with a walk through the Pinetum. Activities are geared for children, ages 4 to 10. 11 a.m., $10. Queens Botanical Garden, 43-50 Main St., Flushing, https://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2018/01/20/winter-family-program-winter-trees.
Great Sushi And Chinese Cookout
Meyer Wakneen, a former executive chef at the Essex House Hotel in Manhattan, offers a short demonstration on knife skills and a hands-on lesson on making kosher California rolls and Chinese chicken. Women only. $10, 5:30 p.m. MJO Shaar HaShamayim Synagogue, 112-21 72nd Ave., Forest Hills. To reserve a seat, call 718.263.8102.
El Paquete Download
American artist Julia Weist and Cuban artist Nestor Siré explore and intervene in El Paquete Semanal, or “the weekly package,” a cultural and economic phenomenon that developed in Cuba in place of internet connectivity. A 1-terabyte digital media collection is aggregated weekly and circulated across the country via in-person file sharing. 2 p.m. Queens Museum, NYC Building, Flushing Meadows Corona Park, http://bit.ly/2mnE2s6.
Director Barbara Hammer is on hand to watch and discuss her movie, Resisting Paradise, which examines Henri Matisse and Pierre Bonnard’s artistic work in the south of France during World War II, while also examining Matisse’s family and others in the French Resistance Movement. The piece includes interviews with former Resistance workers and Matisse’s grandchildren. $15, 4 p.m. Museum of the Moving Image, 36-01 35th Ave., Astoria’s Kaufman Arts District, http://bit.ly/2AVXrFC.
Molding/Mark-Making: Ceramic Artists And Their Drawings
The Dorsky Gallery will hold the opening reception for this exhibit on Jan. 21 at 2 p.m. The exhibit runs through March 25. Free. Dorsky Gallery, 11-03 45th Ave., Long Island City, http://bit.ly/2CX2JTa.
Family Cooking Class
The Queens Botanical Garden is offering a farm-to-table cooking class for families that will introduce participants to all aspects of cooking. Attendees will be able to eat the lunch they make at the end of the session. The class is appropriate for all ages. Admission is $12 to $15. 11 a.m. Queens Botanical Garden, 43-50 Main St., Flushing, https://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2018/01/21/family-cooking-class.
Lao Cuisine With Chef Penn Hongthong
Learn how to make vegetable soup with pork neck bones, fish soup with lemongrass and tomatoes and Asian squash soup. Penn is the author of Simple Laotian Cooking and Healthy Lao Cuisine. $24, 7 p.m. Alley Pond Environmental Center, 228-06 Northern Blvd., Douglaston, http://bit.ly/2D5v1ON.