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My Neighbor Totoro — Featuring the voices of Dakota Fanning, Elle Fanning, director Hayao Miyazaki’s most beloved film, “My Neighbor Totoro,” is about two sisters who move to a new country home, and discover a family of totoros, gentle but powerful creatures seen only by children. Recommended for ages 4 and up.

When: Friday, Feb. 16, Saturday, Feb. 17, Sunday, Feb. 18, Monday, Feb. 19, Tuesday, Feb. 20, Wednesday, Feb. 21, and Thursday, Feb. 22, at 11 a.m.

Where: Museum of the Moving Image, 36-01 35th Ave., Astoria

Cost: $15

Contact: (718) 784-0077

Website: www.movingimage.us

Hoop Dreams — “Hoop Dreams” is an intimate epic that follows two talented young men over six life-shaping years. William Gates and Arthur Agee are African-American high school students from inner-city Chicago recruited into a predominately white rural school with an excellent basketball team. They commute 90 minutes to school, where they struggle to adapt to the new social environment and shoulder expectations of family and friends back home. A portrait of two characters becomes a saga of two communities, the education system, sports, race, and poverty in the U.S.

When: Saturday, Feb. 17, at 3 p.m.

Where: Museum of the Moving Image, 36-01 35th Ave., Astoria

Cost: $15

Contact: (718) 784-0077

Website: www.movingimage.us

13th — This 2016 Academy Award-nominated documentary is centered on race in the United States’ criminal justice system. The film is titled after the 13th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, which outlaws slavery.

When: Sunday, Feb. 18 from 2:30 p.m. to 5 p.m.

Where: Lewis H. Latimer House

Cost: Free

Contact: (718) 961-8585

Events

Lunar New Year Parade — All are welcome to join this warm and friendly Lunar New Year festival and celebration.

When: Saturday, Feb. 17, at 11 a.m.

Where: Queens Flushing Public Library

Contact: (718) 353-2320

Black History Month: The Flushing Freedom Mile — This walk highlights historic sites in Flushing, dating back as early as late 1600s. Flushing was home to a famous African-American inventor, a passageway of the Underground Railroad, and has one of the city’s few landmarked trees.

When: Saturday, Feb. 17, from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Where: Daniel Carter Beard Mall

Cost: Free

Contact: (718) 352-1769

The Costume Art of Imperial Peking Opera — This exhibition presents carefully selected pieces from some of the most famous episodes in Perking Opera. These charming, yet stunning works of art will provide many surprises.

When: Saturday, Feb. 17, at 2 p.m.

Where: Flushing Town Hall

Cost: Free for members and students; $5 suggested donation

Contact: (718) 463-7770 x222

Junior Knicks BBall 101 Clinic — This program is designed to teach kids the fundamentals of basketball in a structured clinic setting. Each session is limited to 75 participants — ages 5 to 10 — and space will be filled on a first-come, first-served basis. Pre-registration is required.

When: Saturday, Feb. 17, from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m. and 12 p.m. to 1 p.m.

Where: Lost Battalion Hall Recreation Center

Cost: Free

Contact: Register at juniorknicks.leagueapps.com/events/507696-junior-knicks-b-ball-101-clinic---session-2-nyc-parks

Lunar New Year Celebration — Celebrate the Year of the Dog with crafts and performances. Learn about the Lucky Plants of Lunar New Year. From chrysanthemums to jade plants, you’ll find out more about these auspicious beauties. Visit the plant sale and buy your own to take home.

When: Saturday, Feb. 17, from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m.

Where: Queens Botanical Garden

Cost: Free

Contact: (718) 886-3800

A Literary Afternoon with Malcolm Boyd and Sherese Francis — Join us for an afternoon of fiction and poetry readings, accompanied by live music at the home of African-American inventor and poet Lewis H. Latimer. There will be a live performance by saxophonist Leonardo Love. RSVP on Eventbrite.

When: Saturday, Feb. 17, from 2:30 p.m. to 5 p.m.

Where: Lewis H. Latimer House

Cost: Free

Contact: (718) 961-8585

Bill Popp and The Tapes — Bill Popp and The Tapes will perform for the first time in three years in Whitestone.

When: Saturday, Feb. 17, at 9 p.m.

Where: The Village Green

Contact: (718) 747-7797

Winter Wildlife Viewing — Urban Park Rangers will guide you to the best wildlife viewing spots in the urban jungle. To enhance your experience bring binoculars and field guides, or ask a park ranger to borrow a pair.

When: Sunday, Feb. 18, from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Where: Captain Tilly Park

Cost: Free

Contact: (718) 352-1769

Chinese New Year — Join NYC Parks for a day of ballroom dance, belly dance, and folklore dance performances, vocal performances, light breakfast and lunch, and more.

When: Wednesday, Feb. 21, from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Where: Lost Battalion Hall Recreation Center

Cost: Free

Contact: (718) 263-1163

Sunday Jazz Brunch — Liven up those winter doldrums with a sumptuous buffet and the smooth jazz stylings of The Carl Bartlett Jr Quartet. You can also try your luck with a 50/50 drawing.

When: Sunday, Feb. 25, from 12 p.m. to 3 p.m. (RSVP by Wednesday, Feb. 21)

Where: Locations vary

Cost: $40 for BHS members; $45 for non-members

Contact: (718) 352-1548 or info@baysidehistorical.org

City for Kids Week — Even when school’s out, parks are still the city’s natural classroom. Bring your kids (ages 12 and under) to parks throughout the City for Kids Week. With programs led by Urban Park Rangers, kids will get to experience nature in a hands-on and fun way. To find more programs and activities for kids during the school break, please visit the School Break page at www.nycgovparks.org/events/school_break.

When: Feb. 19 - Feb. 23.

Where: Locations vary

Cost: Free

Updated 8:25 am, February 18, 2018
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