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PAGE 6                                                     THE QUEENS TIMES                              THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 22, 2024

                                                                                                  Bishop Brennan Celebrates Lunar
                                                                                                   New Year at St. Michael’s Roman
                                                                                                      Catholic Church, in Flushing

             It’s In Queens!
           (Feb. 23 to Feb. 29)

             It’s a Leap Year, and Queens
        jams art and theater into the
        extra February day. The rest of
        the week features African dance,
        red envelopes, angry men, kiddie
        films, the Talking Heads, and a
        Hollywood Shakespeare.
        •    Feb. 23, Night at the Museum,                                                        Photo courtesy: John Quaglione/DeSales Media
        8 pm. Attendees to this closing
        party for Rirkrit Tiravanija’s A                                                             Bishop Robert Brennan, Bishop   offering of fruits, flowers and
        LOT OF PEOPLE exhibition get                                                            of Brooklyn, led a bi-lingual Mass   incense, and the exchange of New
        after-hours access to interactive                                                       (English and Chinese) Sunday,   Year greetings among the faithful.
        works, special performances,                                                            February 11, 2024, in honor of the        The celebration of the Lunar
        dances, and DJ sets by Spencer                                                          Lunar New Year at St. Michael’s   New Year featured cultural sing-
        Sweeney, while all exhibitions          MoMA PS1 Night at the Museum                    Roman Catholic Church, in Flush-  ing, dancing, and a special martial
        are open. MoMA PS1, 22-25                                                               ing, Queens. This is the Year   arts performance.
        Jackson Ave., Long Island City.                                                         of  the  Dragon  and  symbolizes        “We would be lost if we didn’t
        •    Feb. 23, Stop Making Sense:                                                        strength, power, good fortune,   have you and we didn’t have all
        40th Anniversary Re-Release,                                                            and success.                 the gifts and the richness of the
                                                                                                     At the conclusion of the Mass,
        March 3. Directed by Jonathan                                                           an Ancestors Veneration Ritual   Chinese culture that you bring,”
                                                                                                                             preached Bishop Brennan.
        Demme, this 88-minute film                                                              ceremony took place. It is a New        Father Vincentius Do is the
        about the Talking Heads was                                                             Year’s tradition in which Chi-  Pastor of St. Michael’s Roman
        shot over the course of three                                                           nese people give thanks to God   Catholic Church and serves as
        nights at Hollywood’s Pantages                                                          and their ancestors. The rituals   head of the Chinese Apostolate
        Theater. Schedule: Feb. 23 at 7                                                         include nine bows to God, the   for the Diocese of Brooklyn.
        pm; Feb. 24 at 1 pm, 3 pm, and
        5 pm; Feb. 25 at 1 pm and 3 pm;                                                            CM Paladino Meeting With School
        March 1 at 7 pm; and March 3 at
        3:30 pm. Museum of the Moving                                                                       Construction Authority
        Image, 36-01 35th Ave., Astoria’s
        Kaufman Arts District.
        •    Feb. 23, A Weekend of Afri-
        can Dance, Feb. 24. Two days of
        West African dance and culture                     JCAL African
        with Kofago Dance Ensemble and
        FANIKE. Starts at 8 pm on both  rating, and giving red envelopes.  to Watch: NY Comedy Festival),
        nights. Jamaica Performing Arts  Flushing Town Hall, 137-35  Carlos Garcia (MTV, FOX Na-
        Center, 153-10 Jamaica Ave.  Northern Blvd.                tion, FratChat Podcast), Mag-
        •    Feb. 23, Freezin’ Season: Purr-  •    Feb. 25, Family Day/Black  gie Lalley (NY Comedy Festi-
        fect DIY Pet Toys, noon. Make  History Month Celebration, noon.  val), Chris Moore (MTV), and
        cat and dog toys to take home  The movie Soul screens at 1 pm.  Erik Angel (Comedy for Peace).
        or give to shelters. King Manor  Then Hidden Figures goes on  QEDC Astoria, 27-16 23rd Ave.
        Museum, 150-03 Jamaica Ave.  at 3 pm. Drop-in art workshops  •    Feb. 29, Reception for In
        •    Feb. 24, New York Interna-  inspired by Afrofuturism run  Practice: Adriana Ramić, 6 pm.
        tional Children’s Film Festival,  from 1 pm to 4 pm. Plus, an edu-  Drawing from research into ar-
        noon. Free, family-friendly cin-  cator leads 30-minute Bilingual  tificial intelligence and machine       CM Vickie Paladino sat down  on top of the SCA and demanded
        ema with movies from around the  (Spanish-English) museum tours  learning, Ramić’s art investigates  with the leadership at School  regular status reports to her office
        world. Jamaica Center for Arts &  at 1:30 pm, 2:30 pm, and 3:30 pm.  the sensitivity of comprehension  Construction Authority to discuss  as well as detailed explanations
        Learning, 161-04 Jamaica Ave.  Queens Museum, NYC Building,  and perception, trying to meet  the open projects in district 19 and  when deadlines were not met.
        •    Feb. 24, Shakespeare in Holly-  Flushing Meadows Corona Park.  machines at their level, and evad-  determine the timeline for these       Paladino had her first meeting
        wood, March 3. Parkside Players  •    Feb. 26, SONY America on  ing the novelty of conditioning  projects.           of the year and she remained com-
        presents this Ken Ludwig play  Van Dam, 7 pm. Greater Astoria  them toward human thought and        Upon taking office, CM Paladino  mitted to these projects and seeing
        about Oberon and Puck, two of  Historical Society Executive  experience. SculptureCenter, 44-  took a special interest in the SCA.  them through.
        Shakespeare’s most famous fair-  Director Bob Singleton lectures  19 Purves St., Long Island City.  As she was visiting the schools in       As always, She encourages
        ies. They magically materialize  virtually on SONY America,  •    Feb. 29, Meet the Playwright:   her district for the first time, She  parents to contact her office with
        on a Hollywood set in 1934.  which moved to 47-47 Van Dam  Siblings, 8 pm. Set in the 1990s,   took notice that many of them had  complaints regarding SCA proj-
        Schedule: Feb. 24 at 8 pm; Feb.  St. in Long Island City in 1960 in  Harlem’s Alberta is lost and de-  ongoing projects with the SCA with  ects; The Council Members staff
        25 at 2 pm; March 1 at 8 pm;  part because of the large Japanese  pressed after a bitter divorce from   little to no progress being made.  goes above and beyond to address
                                                                                                Since then CM Paladino has been  concerns.
        March 2 at 8 pm; and March 3 at  population in Queens.     her husband, an African militant
        2 pm. Grace Lutheran Church,  •    Feb. 28, Riddim Section:  she met in college. While deal-
        Union Turnpike and 71st Road,  Bakithi Kumalo, 8 pm. Award-  ing with a teenage son she sees
        Forest Hills.                winning multi-instrumentalist  as unruly, she gets immersed in
        •    Feb. 24, Twelve Angry Men,  Bakithi Kumalo is ranked among  alcoholism and pills as an escape
        8 pm. A 19-year-old man has just  the top 50 bass players in the  to her glory days as a young opera
        stood trial for the fatal stabbing  world by Bass Player Magazine.  singer. Jamaica Center for Arts &
        of his father in this play. It looks  Jamaica Performing Arts Center,  Learning, 161-04 Jamaica Ave.
        like an open-and-shut case-until  153-10 Jamaica Ave.      •    Feb. 29, The Late Wedding,
        one of the jurors begins opening  •    Feb. 28, Artist Meetup, 6 pm.  March 10. Queens College’s
        the others’ eyes to the facts. Sul-  Open to artists of all disciplines,  Department of Drama, Theatre
        livan Center at American Martyrs  this event is a space to gather,  & Dance presents this shape-
        Catholic Church, 79-43 Bell  connect, talk about projects, and  shifting, genre-bending odyssey
        Blvd., Bayside.              build a network of creative sup-  from inside a writer’s mind all
        •    Feb. 25, Red Firecrackers,  port. Flushing Town Hall, 137-35  the way to outer space. Shows
        3 pm. The Nai Ni Chen Dance  Northern Blvd.                are Thursday to Saturday at 7
        Company tells the story of vil-  •    Feb. 28, Jest Kidding Com-  pm, Sunday at 3 pm, and March
        lagers uniting to defeat a monster.  edy Show, 9 pm. Daniel Perafan  2 (Saturday) at 2 pm. Queens
        The choreography explores the  (NBC, NY Comedy Festival) is  College, The Performance Space
        origins of Chinese New Year  the host. The tentative lineup  M-11 at Rathaus Hall, 65-30 Kis-
        traditions like wearing red, deco-  features Molly Kornfeld (Comics  sena Blvd., Flushing.
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