First Look 2018
The Museum of the Moving Image will host an international new film festival from Jan. 5 to 15 that includes science fiction films, documentaries, hybrid tech movies, essays and other genres from 16 countries. This weekend’s schedule includes Prototype on Jan. 5 at 7:30 p.m., All the Mistakes I’ve Made (Part 2) on Jan. 6 at 3 p.m., Ghost Hunting on Jan. 6 at 3 p.m., Communion on Jan. 6 at 5 p.m., First Sight: Award-winning shorts from the Jonathan B. Murray Center for Documentary Journalism at the Missouri School for Journalism on Jan. 6 at 6:30 p.m., Marlina the Murderer in Four Acts on Jan. 6 at 7 p.m., Colo on Jan. 7 at 1 p.m., Taste of Cement on Jan. 7 at 2 p.m., Last Days in Shibati and The Lives of Therese on Jan. 7 at 4 p.m., ROOM H.264: Brooklyn, NY, June 2016 on Jan. 7 at 6 p.m. and Vazante on Jan. 7 at 6:30 pm. Admission for each film is $15. Museum of the Moving Image, 36-01 35th Ave., Astoria’s Kaufman Arts District, http://bit.ly/2C7mvz2.
Seasonal Garden Tours
The Queens Botanical Garden will host an hour-long tour of season highlights by the site’s knowledgeable staff members. Free. 1 p.m. Queens Botanical Garden, 43-50 Main St., Flushing, https://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2018/01/06/seasonal-garden-tours.
Nerd Is The New Black
Astoria’s QED will host this comedic showcase that is presented by Charles McBee and Emma Willmann, who will perform 30 minute sets. A few special guests from Netflix and Comedy Central will stop by. Admission is $8 and there is no drink minimum. 7:30 p.m., QED, 27-16 23rd Ave., Astoria, https://qedastoria.com/products/nerd-is-the-new-black-all-star-comedy-showcase-28.
Con Brio Ensemble: Twilight Concert
Violinist Alexander Meshibovsky, oboist Alan Hollander and pianist Diana Mittler-Battipaglia will play “Trio Sonata” by Quantz. Osceola Davis, a coloratura soprano, will perform arias by Mozart and Rossini. The program also features works for violin and piano, including Schumann and Wieniawski. Hollander presents works for oboe and piano by Dvorak and William Grant Still. $12, 4:30 p.m., The Church-in-the-Gardens, 50 Ascan Ave., Forest Hills, http://bit.ly/2led868.
Open Studio: Wood
Families with children explore the galleries and make art in response to their experiences. This day’s focus is on wood. 11 a.m., Noguchi Museum, 9-01 33rd Rd., Long Island City, http://bit.ly/2zHyg9o.
Alley ECO Club: Icey Extremes
Learn the reason why ice floats in a glass instead of sinking and why freezing water becomes snow, sleet, ice or hail. The event includes science experiments with dry ice and extremophiles, such as lichens and mosses. Participants can take home their own DIY moss gardens. $19. 12:30 p.m. Alley Pond Environmental Center, 228-06 Northern Blvd., Douglaston, http://bit.ly/2ln3Kw8.
RESISTgrafía: New New Yorkers Workshop
Learn a dry copying process in which black or colored powder adheres to parts of a surface remaining electrically charged after being exposed to light from an image of the document to be copied. Spanish is the main language in this class. Screen printed pieces from different artists will be shown to the students to understand the role of the printed images in social movements. Free, but registration is required to Guido Garaycochea at email@example.com. 1 p.m., Queens Museum, NYC Building, Flushing Meadows Corona Park, http://bit.ly/2leNDS1.
Live Drawing With Models
Held on the second Monday of every month, artists practice with a series of quick and long poses while listening to music in a relaxing, non-judgmental environment. $16, 7 p.m. Flushing Town Hall, 137-35 Northern Blvd., http://bit.ly/2C5Q2sQ.
In this new performance piece, which runs through Jan. 15, by choreographer Moriah Evans, three women make visible and audible internal systems to pitch them against the external forces of space. Daily shows are held at 5:30 pm, with the exception of Jan. 11. SculptureCenter, 44-19 Purves St., Long Island City, http://bit.ly/2BP8YI6.
Opening Day: Hope
Laura Fantini’s Hope, a display of intricately detailed pencil drawings of seeds that she has collected throughout New York City and Italy, opens. It is on display through April 29. Free. 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., Queens Botanical Garden, 43-50 Main St., Flushing, http://bit.ly/2pVgxM7.
Artists, professionals and novices work in various mediums in a supportive group at Flushing Town Hall. Bring materials and a snack. $10, 6 p.m., Flushing Town Hall, 137-35 Northern Blvd., http://bit.ly/2E8jEmV.
Monthly Jazz Jam
Held on the first Wednesday of every month at Flushing Town Hall, these sessions are 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, 7 p.m., Flushing Town Hall, 137-35 Northern Blvd., http://bit.ly/2zIODSX.
Grant Writing Workshop
The ARROW Field House is holding a workshop and information session on the grant-writing process. Participants can obtain tips and learn how to apply for community oriented grants as well as find out about upcoming deadlines. Free. 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. ARROW Field House, 35-30 35th St., Astoria, https://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2018/01/11/grant-writing-101.
Carolee Schneemann: Kinetic Painting
This show, which will be exhibited through March 11, displays early Schneemann paintings from the 1950s and her evolution into assemblages, made in the 1960s, that integrate objects, mechanical elements and modes of deconstruction. In the late 1960s, Schneemann began positioning her own body within her work, becoming image and image-maker. She then got into performance, film and installation in the 1970s and multimedia in the 1980s, 1990s and 2000s. MoMA PS1, 22-25 Jackson Ave., Long Island City, http://mo.ma/2pMj5f6.
This annual smorgasbord of sweetness—which remains on display through Jan. 15—includes houses, trees, street signs and other urban fixtures made with gingerbread dough, icing and candy. Workshops are offered and, on Jan. 15, the museum dismantles the municipality and distributes free chunks of it to the public from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. New York Hall of Science, 47-01 111th St., Flushing Meadows Corona Park, http://bit.ly/2yLPtTm.