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Auditions/Rehearsals

Parkside Players seek actors for musical comedy “Once Upon a Mattress.” Prepare something to sing. Thursday, Friday, Monday, 8 p.m. Grace Lutheran Church, 71st Road and Union Turnpike, Forest Hills. 516-520-9474.

Douglaston Community Theater needs two women and two men, age 50+; one man and one woman, 20-30 years old for “Over The River and Through the Woods,” a comedy by Joe DiPietro. Saturday, 10 a.m. Zion Church Parish Hall, 44th Avenue, Douglaston.

Oratorio Society of Queens, under the direction of David Close, invites singers to join in its 75th anniversary celebration. Mondays, 7:45 p.m. North Presbyterian Church, Flushing. No choral experience necessary. 460-0726.

Community Singers of Queens welcomes all voices for its spring concert. Mondays, 8-10 p.m. Messiah Lutheran Church, 42-15 165th St., Flushing. 658-1021.

Youth choral group for ages 9-16. Tuesdays, 4:30-6 p.m. The Poppenhusen Institute, 114-04 14th Rd., College Point. 358-0067.

Adult choral group. Tuesdays, 7 p.m. The Poppenhusen Institute, 114-04 14th Rd., College Point. 358-0067.

Senior Theater Acting Repertory welcomes seniors interested in acting. Wednesdays, Fridays. 347-2310 or Stan Guttman at 224-2729.

Barbershop Harmony Society Queens chapter seeks men who enjoy singing. Rehearsals Wednesdays, 8 p.m. 74-15 175th St., Flushing. 468-8416.

Classes

Kids’ painting workshops. Tuesdays, 4-6 p.m. The Alliance of Queens Artists, 99-10 Metropolitan Ave., Forest Hills. 520-9842.

Portrait class. Tuesdays, 7-10 p.m. National Art League, 44-21 Douglaston Parkway, Douglaston. 428-1859.

Drawing and painting. Thursdays, 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Alliance of Queens Artists, 99-10 Metropolitan Ave., Forest Hills. 520-9842.

Portrait drawing for novices taught by Esther Kirchevsly. Thursdays, 11 a.m.-noon. Kew Gardens Community Center, 80-02 Kew Gardens Rd. 268-5960.

Chinese painting. Fridays, 1 p.m. Bayside Senior Center, 210-10 Union Turnpike. 479-6071.

Drama/acting for kids. Ages 10-12, Mondays, 6:30-7:30 p.m.; ages 13-17, Mondays, 7:30-8:30 p.m. Poppenhusen Institute, 114-04 14th Rd., College Point. 358-0067.

Clubs

Tuesday Morning Music Club features classical chamber music by professional musicians. Tuesdays, 11 a.m. Douglaston Community Church, 39-50 Douglaston Parkway. 224-2597.

Concerts

Merengue Night features Oro Solido. Friday, 8 p.m. Flushing Town Hall, Northern Boulevard. 463-7700, Ext. 223.

Fiddle virtuoso Cady Finlayson performs Irish favorites. Saturday, 2 p.m. Queens Museum of Art, New York City Building, Flushing Meadows Corona Park. 592-9700, Ext. 222.

“Mark Kyrkostas Remember Me With Music” birthday recital. Saturday, 5 p.m. Aaron Copland School of Music, Choral Room 264, Queens College, Flushing. 428-5650.

Operatic arias and Broadway show tunes with tenor Ronald Morton, baritone Thomas Stallone, lyric soprano Julie Miller, dramatic soprano Jenny Lynn Stewart, pianist Matthew Cvetic. Saturday, 8 p.m. The Reform Temple of Forest Hills, 71-11 112th St. 261-2900.

“The Art of the Song” explores the world of lieder, opera and Broadway. Part of Accolade Concert Series for 2002. Sunday, 4 p.m. Flushing Town Hall, 137-35 Northern Blvd. 279-4842.

The Julius Grossman Orchestra features bassoonist Ernest Schefflein. Tuesday, 2:30 p.m. Margaret Tietz House, 164-11 Chapin Parkway, Jamaica. 776-5914.

Andy Cooney performs “An Evening of Irish Classics.” March 15, 8 p.m. Westbury Music Fair, 960 Brush Hollow Rd., Westbury, L.I. 516-333-7228.

Doo Wop Oldies features The Capris, Randy and the Rainbows, Steve “Elvis Mitchell. March 16, 8 p.m. Hollis Hills Jewish Center, 210-10 Union Turnpike, Flushing. 775-3500.

Finbar Wright — The Irish Tenor. March 16, 8 p.m., Westbury Music Fair, 960 Brush Hollow Rd., Westbury, L.I. 516-333-7228.

Jazz concert features Larry Ridley & The Jazz Legacy Ensemble. March 16, 8 p.m. The Afrikan Poetry Theatre, Inc., 176-03 Jamaica Ave., Jamaica. 523-3312.

Forest Hills Symphony Orchestra. March 17, 2 p.m. The Forest Hills Jewish Center, 160-06 Queens Blvd. 516-785-2532.

Margot Leverett and The Klezmer Mountain Boys. March 17, 3 p.m. Astoria Center of Isreal, 27-35 Crescent St., Long Island City. 278-2680.

YWCA Benefit Concert features violinist Kyung Wha Chung. March 17, 6 p.m. The Colden Center for Performing Arts, Queens College. 353-4553.

BeatleJam features Grateful Dead keyboardist Vince Welnick, Blue Floyd, Jazz is Dead. March 17, 7 p.m. Westbury Music Fair, 960 Brush Hollow Rd., Westbury, L.I. 516-333-7228.

Dancing

Line dance lessons. Mondays, 3 p.m.; Fridays, 1 p.m. Community Education Resource Center, 51-60 Marathon Parkway, Little Neck. 423-8179.

Country line dancing classes. Mondays, 7-8 p.m. beginners; 8-9:30 p.m. intermediate. Poppenhusen Institute, 114-04 14th Rd., College Point. 358-0067.

Israeli and folk dance class with Rae and George Nemoviche. Wednesdays, 7:30-9:30 p.m. Sisterhood of Bay Terrace Jewish Center. 428-6363.

Ballroom dancing. Wednesdays, 8:30 p.m.-12:30 a.m. Charisma Ballroom, 71-46 Main St., Flushing. 268-2800.

Ballroom dancing. Fridays, 2 p.m. Community Education Resource Center, 51-60 Marathon Parkway, Little Neck. 423-8179.

Irish dancing lessons with all-Ireland dancing champion Niall O’Leary. Saturdays, 9-11 a.m. Yeats’ Tavern, 42-24 Bell Blvd., Bayside. 212-726-1602.

Dinner Theater

Jackson Ave. Steakhouse Playhouse presents Norman Barasch’s romantic comedy “Standing By.” Friday, Saturday, 6:30 p.m.; Sunday, 1:30 p.m. Admission includes theater, dinner, two drinks. 12-23 Jackson Ave., Long Island City. 392-9896.

Events

Pan African Theology, liberating and resurrecting healing sessions with Camille Yarbrough, Sis Betty Dopson, Viola Plummer. Sunday, 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. The Afrikan Poetry Theatre, 176-03 Jamaica Ave., Jamaica. 523-3312.

Penny Social and Raffle sponsored by The Moms Club of Bayside. March 15, 7:45 p.m. Colonial Church of Bayside, 54-02 217th St.

Movies shown Fridays, 12:15 p.m. Community Education Resource Center, 51-60 Marathon Parkway, Little Neck. 423-8174.

Queens Jazz Trail tour. First Saturday of month, 10 a.m. Three-hour tour departs Flushing Town Hall. Jazz music and videos of America’s jazz legends performing played on trolley while tour guide Cobi Knight explains jazz history in Queens. 463-7700.

Exhibits/Demonstrations

“Our New York” pays homage to the city and its inhabitants. Through Saturday. Alliance of Queens Artists Gallery, 99-10 Metropolitan Ave., Forest Hills. 520-9842.

“The Day We Changed” features work created since Sept. 11 terrorist attacks. Through Saturday. Alliance of Queens Artists, 99-10 Metropolitan Ave., Forest Hills. 520-9842.

Helaine Soller exhibts acrylic paintings. Through March 30. Opening reception Sunday, 1-5 p.m. AIA Gallery, 573 Middle Neck Rd., Great Neck. 781-2615.

“Flushing Artists Exhibit 2002” sponsored by Flushing Art League. March 12-April 8. Opening reception March 14, 5-7 p.m. Queens Historical Society, 143-35 37th Ave., Flushing. 380-6414.

“Echoes of a New Millennium” features works by 36 Queens Council on the Arts member artists in visual arts, performing arts, literary disciplines. Through Wednesday. Queens Theatre in the Park, Flushing Meadows Corona Park. 760-0686.

“Perspectives: Artists of Chinese Descent and New York.” Through March 22. Queens College Art Center, Benjamin S. Rosenthal Library, 65-30 Kissena Blvd., Flushing. 997-3770.

“Patterns, Passion & Pain” by Donna Campbell features moving images in oil and acrylic. Through March 31. The Afrikan Poetry Theatre, Inc., 176-03 Jamaica Ave., Jamaica. 523-3312.

Jim Beukelaer of Woodside, finalist in 19th annual Individual Artists Showcase, shows his work. Through April 3. Queens Borough Public Library Forest Hills Branch, 108-19 71st Ave. 990-0700.

Naomi Klosner of Bayside, finalist in 19th annual Individual Artists Showcase, shows her work. Through April 3. Queens Borough Public Library Bayside Branch, 214-20 Northern Blvd. 990-0700.

Oral History Exhibit. “Bayside was a Wilderness Then: Voices from the Black Community Revisited.” Officers’ Club, Fort Totten, Bayside. Reservations required. 352-1548.

“The Teheran Children” tells story of 900 Jewish children who escaped Nazi-dominated Europe. Through June 30. Queensborough Community College, library basement, room 30, 222-05 56th Ave., Bayside. 281-5770.

“Trolleys of the North Shore.” Daily, except Sunday. Bayside Historical Society, Fort Totten. 352-1548.

“Castle — 6,500 years of Bayside History.” Daily, except Sunday. Bayside Historical Society, Fort Totten. 352-1548.

“My Haitian Diary” by Francois Rides Garcia. The Afrikan Poetry Theatre, 176-03 Jamaica Ave., Jamaica. 523-3312.

“Perspective Visions,” a photo essay by Philip Howell. The Afrikan Poetry Theatre, 176-03 Jamaica Ave., Jamaica. 523-3312.

Forums

Women Writers Forum invites artists to share original pieces. Fourth Saturday of month, 2:15 p.m. Sofa Cafe, Astoria. 274-9585.

Writers Forum. Writers asked to being one original work to share. Fourth Saturday of month, 1 p.m. Palladium, Astoria. 274-9585.

Performances

The Push Factor Dance Company with choreographer Jacqui Young. Saturday, 8 p.m. The Astoria Performing Arts Center, 31-30 33rd St. 278-5925.

Poetry

Open Mic for poets, spoken word artists, listeners. Friday, 8-11 p.m. The Afrikan Poetry Theatre, 176-03 Jamaica Ave., Jamaica. 523-3312.

Poppenhusen Poets Platform. Open mic for poems, prose, Haiku, limericks, lyrics. Second Sunday of month, 7 p.m. Poppenhusen Institute, 114-04 14th Rd., College Point. 358-0067.

Open Mic. First Monday of month, 7-9 p.m. Caffe Greco, 79-08 37th Ave., Jackson Heights. 424-6494.

Open Mic Night for poets, musicians, singers, actors, playwrights, comedians. First Thursday of month, 7-9 p.m. Starbucks, 41-02 Main St., Flushing. 424-6494.

Theater

Douglaston Community Theater presents “You’ve Paid for Rent, Now Do Laundry.” Friday, Saturday, 8 p.m. Zion Church Parish Hall, 44th Avenue off Douglaston Parkway. 482-3332.

Marathon Little Theatre Group presents “Hello Dolly.” Weekends through March 16. Saturdays, 8:30 p.m.; Sundays, 3 p.m. Marathon Jewish Center, 245-37 60th Ave., Douglaston. 428-1580 or 229-4523.

The Outrageous Fortune Company presents “The Last of the Thorntons” by Horton Foote. Through March 17. Fridays, Saturdays, 8 p.m.; Sundays, 3 p.m. Queens Theatre in the Park, Flushing Meadows Corona Park. 760-0064.

Gingerbread Players and Jack present a musical version of “The Adventures of Peter Rabbit.” March 17, 3 p.m. Queensborough Community College Theater, 222-05 56th Ave., Bayside. 631-6311.

Workshops

The Writer’s Corner, a screenwriting workshop with playwright and screenwriter Richard Wesley. Saturday, 2-4 p.m. Black Spectrum Theatre Company, Inc., 177th Street and Baisley Boulevard, St. Albans. 723-1800.

Discover the Actor in You. Two-day workshop led by Geoffrey Owens, Elvin from “The Cosby Show.” Saturdays, March 9, 16, 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Black Spectrum Theatre Company, Inc., 177th Street and Baisley Boulevard, St. Albans. Space limited. 723-1800.

The Acting Workshop of Queens. Mondays, 7-10 p.m. Forest Hills Adult Center at Forest Hills High School, 67-01 110th St. 263-8066.

Life Drawing Sessions teaches drawing with a live model. Saturdays, 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Women’s Studio Center, 43-01 21st St., Long Island City. 274-9585.

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