Some blustery barnyard birds have all the luck! Year of the Rooster celebrations are all over the borough this weekend, along with a Melba Moore sighting, Martin Scorsese films, and an afternoon with Blues and Jazz ambassador Guy Davis.
Here are the details of Lunar New Year Celebration In Queens.
Feb. 4, Harry Belafonte Pre-Birthday Celebration, 1 pm. Belafonte turns 90 on March 1, 2017. The museum celebrates his legendary career with a three-film retrospective on Feb. 4. The program opens with a rare screening of The Strolling ’20s (1 pm), a television special that has hardly been seen in 50 years, followed by Kansas City (3:30 pm) and Otto Preminger’s Carmen Jones (6 pm) with Dorothy Dandridge. The centerpiece is a 2:15 pm conversation about Belafonte with the best-selling novelist Walter Mosley. $15. Museum of the Moving Image, 36-01 35th Ave., Astoria’s Kaufman Arts District.
Feb. 4, Blues Ambassador Guy Davis, 2:15 pm. Davis has earned acclaim for his deft acoustic playing, his well-traveled voice, and his literate-yet-accessible songwriting. At this event, he leads an exploration of Delta blues, Piedmont blues, jazz, folk, and more. The family show begins at 1 pm. $7/$4 for children. Flushing Town Hall, 137-35 Northern Blvd.
Feb. 4, Lunar New Year Celebration, 11 am to 4 pm. 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. Queens Zoo, Flushing Meadows Corona Park.
Feb. 4, Science Fiction, Science Future, until April 30. This show 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.
Feb. 4, Genealogy Research 101, 1 pm. 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. Greater Astoria Historical Society, 35-20 Broadway, LIC.
Feb. 4, Dancing the Art, noon. 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. Queens Museum, NYC Building, Flushing Meadows Corona Park.
Feb. 4, Reading: Drama from the Diaspora, 7 pm. 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. Jamaica Performing Arts Center, 153-10 Jamaica Ave.
Feb. 4, Hands-on-History: Natural Dyes, 1 pm. 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. King Manor Museum, 153rd Street and Jamaica Avenue in King Park, Jamaica.
Feb. 4, Lunar New Year Celebration, 1 pm. A child-focused event with holiday-themed crafts. Queens Botanical Garden, 43-50 Main St., Flushing.
Feb. 5, Taxi Driver, 6 pm. Starring Robert De Niro, Cybill Shepherd, Jodie Foster, and Harvey Keitel, this Martin Scorsese film offers a dyspeptic view of NYC during the seedy 1970s. $15. Museum of the Moving Image, 36-01 35th Ave., Astoria’s Kaufman Arts District.
Feb. 5, The Rhythm Method String Quartet, 3 pm. 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. Noguchi Museum, 9-01 33rd Rd. LIC.
Feb. 5, Human Agency: A Day of Transfer and Exchange, 2 pm to 5 pm. Mierle Laderman Ukeles created a Peace Table where people unite and talk about life. It’s at the museum now, and this afternoon is part of a series of group conversations. NYC Building, Flushing Meadows Corona Park.
Feb. 5, Rooster Shadow Puppet Workshop, 1 pm. 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. Flushing Town Hall, 137-35.
Feb. 5, Disarming Geometries, 3 pm. An exhibition tour with artists and the curator, who discuss using geometric abstraction to address complicated social and political issues and grapple with the uncertainties of contemporary life. Free. Dorsky Gallery, 11-03 45th Ave., LIC.