The Astoria Performing Arts Center presents this play about a 16-year-old girl with a rare skin condition who gets by with the support of her family and some secret friends—a poet and talking nurse shark. Shows are Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m. and Saturdays at 2 p.m. through Nov. 18. Admission is $18 or $12 for students and seniors. Good Shepherd United Methodist Church, 30-44 Crescent St., Astoria, http://bit.ly/2yYvy0m.
New York Korean Film Festival
This 15th annual undertaking screens action, comedy, romance, documentary, social drama, melodrama and madcap science fiction. The schedule includes Fabricated City 7 p.m. on Nov 3, A Quiet Dream at 3 p.m. on Nov. 4, Yourself and Yours at 5 p.m. on Nov. 4, Bamseom Pirates Seoul Inferno at 7 p.m. on Nov. 4, Come, Together at 4 p.m. on Nov. 5 and Okja at 7 p.m. on Nov. 5. Museum of the Moving Image, 36-01 35th Ave., Astoria’s Kaufman Arts District, http://bit.ly/2yXSPQ9.
Dancing On The Head Of A Pin: An Improvised Experience
Queens World Film Festival co-founder Katha Cato presents an improvised performance. Audience suggestions create the show. 8:30 p.m. Queens Council on the Arts, 37-11 35th Ave., Astoria’s Kaufman Arts District, http://bit.ly/2zCC6Rt.
Talk About The Passion: Stephen Cone’s First Act
Chicago-based writer-director Stephen Cone explodes the borders between comedy and drama, community and self, faith and sexuality and sincerity and performance. Scheduled films include Princess Cyd, The Wise Kids, In Memoriam, This Afternoon, Black Box and Henry Gamble’s Birthday Party. Visit the Museum of the Moving Image’s website for showtimes. The retrospective runs through Nov. 12. Museum of the Moving Image, 36-01 35th Ave., Astoria’s Kaufman Arts District, http://bit.ly/2igh3wU.
Celebrating 100 Years Of Dizzy And Monk
Flushing Town Hall presents a concert celebrating Dizzy Gillespie and Thelonious Monk and their contributions to the jazz vernacular with NEA Jazz Masters Kenny Barron on piano, Jimmy Owens on trumpet, Jimmy Cobb on drum, Lew Tabackin on saxophone, Rufus Reid on bass and Antonio Hart on saxophone. 8 p.m. Admission is $42 or $20 for students. Flushing Town Hall, 135-37 Northern Blvd., http://bit.ly/2xvwcRv.
Royal Star Theatre presents this lighthearted Mel Brooks musical comedy. Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m., Sunday at 3 p.m. through Nov. 11. Admission is $18 or $15 for children and seniors. Immaculate Conception Auditorium, 179-14 Danly Rd., Jamaica Estates, http://bit.ly/2fnAUfr.
Queens Then And Now Through The Local Lens
Author Jennifer Baker, writer/tour guide Jason Antos and representatives from the Queens Historical Society discuss trends in the borough. Free, 5 p.m., Queens Central Branch Library, 89-11 Merrick Blvd., Jamaica, http://bit.ly/2xzrmCI.
This troupe breaks down barriers between disciplines and challenges the way dance is perceived. Runs through Nov. 5. $20. Queens Theatre, 14 United Nations Ave. S., Flushing Meadows Corona Park, http://bit.ly/2gXqfdb.
Enjoy cheese, craft beer and charcuterie at Astoria’s Astor Room. $65, 7:30 p.m., Bamboo Lounge beneath the Astor Room, 35-11 35th Ave., Astoria’s Kaufman Arts District, http://bit.ly/2xAH28Y.
Paula Wilson And TIPDI: Warm Welcome Dance Weekend
The International Partner Dance Intensive offers half-hour dance lessons to adult beginners in Ballet, Argentine Tango, Modern, West Coast Swing, Afro-Haitian and Forró. Runs from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Nov. 4 and 5. Joffrey Dance Center, 47-10 Austell Pl., Long Island City, http://bit.ly/2yY8cKC.
Music, games, rides, crafts, treats and a pumpkin patch, where youngsters can pick their own gourds. Free, noon to 3 p.m., Playground for All Children, 111-01 Corona Ave., Corona, http://bit.ly/2zmRwt1.
Hands-On History: Braids And Buttons
Create jewelry inspired by styles from the Colonial and Victorian eras. Free, 1 p.m., King Manor Museum, King Park, vicinity of 153rd Street and Jamaica Avenue, Jamaica, http://bit.ly/2zYtQvX.
New York Philharmonic Ensembles
As many as 16 performers—on everything from cello and bassoon to clarinet and horn—play “Octet for Winds,” one of Beethoven’s early works, and two pieces composed during World War II as well as Dmitri Shostakovich’s “Piano Quintet” and Gideon Klein’s “String Trio,” which Klein composed in the Terezin Concentration Camp. 3 p.m. Admission ranges from $25 to $40. LeFrak Concert Hall, Queens College, 153-49 Reeves Ave., Flushing, http://bit.ly/2nmaCKy.
This sixth-annual tour involves sampling Himalayan dumplings at local restaurants and carts. A wooden, vintage-style trolley escorts participants who don’t want to walk. Plus, there is a festival with music and dance from various Tibetan and Nepalese artists. Proceeds go to Students for a Free Tibet. 2 p.m. Meet at Diversity Plaza, 37th Road between 73rd and 74th streets, Jackson Heights, http://bit.ly/2yXxeqO.
The Wonderful Wizard Of Song
This jukebox musical features classic songs by iconic Oz composer Harold Arlen. The show goes through the Cotton Club era to his Hollywood years, culminating with his time on Broadway. $40, 3 p.m., Queensborough Performing Arts Center, 222-05 56th Ave., Bayside, http://bit.ly/2yWKhLD.
A Cultural History Of Jewish Humor
Columbia University Yiddish Language, Literature and Culture Professor Jeremy Dauber discusses his new book, Jewish Humor: A Serious History. A minimum $18 donation is requested in advance and $23 at the door. 2 p.m., Forest Hills Jewish Center, 106-06 Queens Blvd., http://bit.ly/2zRe4SJ.
Book Discussion: WWI New York
The subject is Kevin C. Fitzpatrick’s World War I New York: A Guide to the City’s Enduring Ties to the Great War, which covers locations of monuments and memorials as well as places in the city where the war was active. 2:30 p.m. Admission is $5 or $3 for students and seniors. Queens Historical Society, 143-35 37th Ave., Flushing, http://bit.ly/2z4U1TN.
LIC Social Media
The Greater Astoria Historical Society presents an evening of images from a Facebook group dedicated to all things Astoria. $5, 7 p.m., Greater Astoria Historical Society, 35-20 Broadway, Astoria, http://bit.ly/2lqupvk.
Poet/playwright Catherine Fletcher and poet Jared Harel read during this event at Maple Grove Cemetery. Free, 1 p.m., Maple Grove Cemetery, Victorian Administration Building, 83-15 Kew Gardens Rd., Kew Gardens, http://bit.ly/2yWL1xP.
A Daring Rescue in Nazi Paris
Anne Nelson, who teaches at the Columbia University School of International and Public Affairs, discusses her new book, Suzanne’s Children, which tells the story of Suzanne Spaak, a Belgian Catholic who helped save hundreds of Jewish children during World War II. She was caught and executed. $8 suggested donation. 1:30 p.m. Central Queens Y, 67-09 108th St., Forest Hills, http://bit.ly/2zRe4SJ.
Artist Amy Khoshbin and poet Anne Carson collaborated to create Word on the Street: Love Not Hatred. This billboard captures the handcrafted feel and texture of DIY protest signs, highlighting the intersection of craft and resistance movements. Its text features Carson’s translation of a line in the Sophocles tragedy Antigone, which explores rule of law, familial duty and civil disobedience. The billboard will be up through March 11, 2018. Socrates Sculpture Park, 32-01 Vernon Blvd., Long Island City, http://bit.ly/2zYuxp3.
Meet The Author Story Time: The Green Umbrella
Jackie Azúa Kramer discusses, acts and signs her children’s book, The Green Umbrella. 2 p.m., $5. Alley Pond Environmental Center, 228-06 Northern Blvd., Douglaston, http://bit.ly/2yZZc7Y.