Queens World Film Festival
Watch approximately 200 works from 36 distinct countries and all five boroughs. There will be a number of post-screening discussions and opportunities to meet filmmakers. Movies are divided into 53 thematic blocks—including Family Friends, Nothing But Web, Culture Clash, Crimes Against Women, Emotional Punch and Environmentally Speaking.
The program runs through March 25. Two locations in Astoria’s Kaufman Arts District: Museum of the Moving Image, 36-01 35th Ave., and Zukor Screening Room, 34-12 36th St., http://bit.ly/2CwwvNr.
CALPULLI MEXICAN DANCE
To celebrate Materials for the Arts’ 40th anniversary, Calpulli presents Sones Jalicienses, a festive dance celebrating Mariachi’s birthplace. Artistic Director Alberto Lopez provides historical and cultural background and leads a workshop.
Free. 6:30 p.m. Materials for the Arts, 33-00 Northern Blvd., Long Island City, http://bit.ly/2tAcMgA.
Nils Frahm: All Melody
Marvel at this accomplished composer, producer and performer, who works out of his Berlin-based studio at the renowned Funkhaus. 8 p.m. Knockdown Center, 52-19 Flushing Ave., Maspeth, http://bit.ly/2IlxcNG.
Random Access Music
An evening of color and imagery in music composed for cello, piano and bass vocals. The program features Seth Boustead’s “Momentary Moments” and Claude Debussy’s “Sonate.” 8 p.m. Sage Music, 44-02 23rd St., Long Island City, http://bit.ly/2FLxjne.
The New York Hall of Science will host workshops on cheese-making and cheese-aging with time to explore the exhibits Bon Appetit and Connected Worlds. $15. 7 p.m. New York Hall of Science, 47-01 111th St., Flushing Meadows Corona Park, http://bit.ly/2txaaQQ.
Lauren Beirne Dance Works And Zehnder Dance
Beirne’s latest work focuses on the tribe of women and the idea of group-vs.-other. Zehnder premieres Bent Impulses, which explores connectivity. 8 p.m. (and March 17 at 8 p.m.) Admission is $15 online, $20 at the door. Green Space, 37-24 24th St., Long Island City, http://bit.ly/2kuPDrC.
The “Blade Runner” Saga
Thirty-five years after its release, Blade Runner was given new life this past year with the release of Blade Runner 2049 and Final Cut. Watch Blade Runner 2049 on March 17 at 3 p.m. and March 18 at 6 p.m. and The Final Cut on March 18 at 3 p.m. Museum of the Moving Image, 36-01 35th Ave., Astoria’s Kaufman Arts District, http://bit.ly/2tEM4DF.
Straight From Your Heart: 800-Word Essay And Memoir Writing
Attendees explore their pasts and write memoirs and personal essays about race and immigration. New York University writing teacher Meera Nair leads. 2:30 p.m. Lewis H. Latimer House Museum, 34-41 137th St., Flushing, http://bit.ly/2GhyjNO.
As the LiVEART.US Performance Art Initiative explores Japanese Butoh dance, guest artists present new works based on the notions of temporality, ephemerality and/or cultural referencing. 2 p.m. Queens Museum, NYC Building, Flushing Meadows Corona Park, http://bit.ly/2GlzmN0.
Spring Treasure Bake And Book Sale
Visitors will be able to purchase everything from used clothing and books to CDs, toys, small appliances and baked goods. 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. on March 17 and 11:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. on March 18. Church of the Resurrection, 85-09 118th St., Kew Gardens.
Bachata From The Dominican Republic
Bachata music draws from Africa, Europe, Latin America and the Caribbean. Juan Soriano imparts his music with spirit and dance-ability. A lesson will be held at 3 p.m. The performance starts at 4 p.m. Flushing Town Hall, 137-35 Northern Blvd., http://bit.ly/2DlL9rp.
“The Lightning Thief”
Theatreworks USA presents a children’s play about Percy Jackson, who’s about to be kicked out of boarding school…again. And that’s the least of his troubles. $14. 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. Queens Theatre, 14 United Nations Ave. S., Flushing Meadows Corona Park, http://bit.ly/2p9YNJf.
Traditional music and dance from Jamaica, Romania, Bulgaria, Colombia, West Africa, Hungary, The Philippines, Greece and Mexico. Free. 12:30 p.m. Secret Theatre, 44-02 23rd St., Long Island City, http://bit.ly/2tDrBiN.
Kurt Weill Musicale
Multi-talented performer Evangelia Kingsley and pianist Chip Prince conjure composer Weill, whose career spanned from 1920s Germany to Hollywood musicals, opera and symphonic works. Weill wrote “Mack the Knife.” $12. 2 p.m. Voelker Orth Museum, 149-19 38th St., Flushing, http://bit.ly/2cqLb4n.
Fertile Ground New Works Showcase
Five dance makers and a post-performance discussion. $13. 7 p.m. Green Space, 37-24 24th St., Long Island City, http://bit.ly/2kuPDrC.
New Thinking For Ceramic Artists
Curator Margaret Mathews-Berenson moderates a discussion with gallery director Trey Holli and exhibition artists Ann Agee, Nicole Cherubini and Joanne Greenbaum. Free. 3 p.m. Dorsky Gallery, 11-03 45th Ave., Long Island City, http://bit.ly/2CX2JTa.
Clean Water: Essential For Life
The Queens Museum will host an Earth Day panel discussion titled “Sustainable Development Goal #6: Clean Water and Sanitation” and screen the short documentary Water Warriors with a Q&A with Director Michael Premo. 2 p.m. Queens Museum, NYC Building, Flushing Meadows Corona Park, http://bit.ly/2Gk2nZg.
“Farmers For America”
This documentary traces the changes coming to America’s food system as consumers flock to farmers’ markets, embrace farm-to-table lifestyles and insist on knowing from where their food comes. Free. 2 p.m. Quaker Friends Meetinghouse, 137-16 Northern Blvd., Flushing, http://bit.ly/2F550Ry.
Stephen McLeod is an interdisciplinary artist based in Canada. His work is collaborative, socially engaged and presented in shifting forms of code, interactive installation, performance and video. He offers an intro to programming for those who don’t necessarily like computers. Free. 7 p.m. Flux Factory, 39-31 29th St., Long Island City, http://bit.ly/2I9DboL.
The 20 Best Birds I Have Seen
Blogger and field guide author Corey Finger, who has birded on four continents, shares photos and stories of his most memorable feathered friends. Free. 8 p.m. Alley Pond Environmental Center, 228-06 Northern Blvd., Douglaston, http://bit.ly/2jlsSkx.
Anna Sperber: Wealth From The Salt Seas
Vocalist and composer Gelsey Bell joins Sperber to mine the venue’s physical space for its poetic and emotional vibrations.
Wednesday to Saturday at 8 p.m. through March 31. $20. The Chocolate Factory, 5-49 49th Ave., Long Island City, http://bit.ly/2HoCBCk.