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Queens, NY Film Screenings And Events For The Week Of Dec 6 -12, 2010

December is a perfect time for indoor fun, and the cultural events abound throughout the month. If the cold weather has you thinking of staying close to home, get your rain boots and scarf ready and prepare for a quick stroll around the neighborhood. You won't even have to go to Manhattan for this list of upcoming film screenings and events that will have you socializing so much, you'll quickly realize you don't miss summer at all! (c'mon, marshmallows, warm chocolate, fresh popcorn and an excuse to cuddle, should be more than enough to have you singing carols already!).

One of NYC's most multi-cultural neighborhoods, Queens offers you a diverse selection of things-to-do and see that will keep you entertained. During the week of December 6th to the 12th, be sure to check out the recently renovated Jackson Heights Cinema, (40-31 82nd st) for a good dose of the most recent Bollywood films. "Guzaarish", "Break ke Baad" and other foreign films have English subtitles, and American films such as "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows" and "Unstoppable" with Denzel Washington come with Spanish subtitles. As if this weren't enough, indian snacks, including samosas, kabobs and other amenities, can be purchased at the entrance.

Right accross the street of 83rd st ( 40-19 Gleane St), at the popular hangout "Terraza 7 Train Caf", a mixture between a bar, a caf and a performance space, renown Colombian artist Tata Lopera has announced the beginning of a series of movie screenings in collaboration with the cultural organization "Momentos de...", an event they have titled "The Sensible Eye", dedicated to feature films with social awareness themes and activism. This December 7th, in commemoration of the International Day for the Human Rights, the movie OSAMA will be presented. Directed by Siddik Barmak, it is the story of a girl who is forced to hide under the fictional character of a boy in order to work, upon the arrival of the Taliban regime to her town, as she and her mother try to survive without a male figure to provide for them. An impressive roster of Latin Jazz and Experimental Musicians will follow the movie screening of Osama that same evening, featuring composer Isa Alfonso. On the second tuesday of every month, the Jackson Heights poetry festival also hosts a poetry night in this same venue.

The artistic identity of Queens continues to be forged through the work of non-profit organizations such as the "Queens Media Arts Development", which supports programs in the arts that encourage communication between multi-cultural communities. Two of their projects worth mentioning are "Cinema Rosa" and "Framing Aids": "Framing Aids 2010" is an Annual Observance of Aids through the arts, which takes places from Dec 2 to the 19th. Be sure to pass by the Queens Museum of Art during the week to see the collective exhibition titled "Absence" and several film screenings, and then by the "Queens Library" for the screening of "Tied Hands", by Dir. Dan Wolman, a movie from Israel which narrates the story of a woman and her ailing son, or "Sex in an Epidemic" by Dir. Jean Carlomusto, which explores the safer Sex movement in the US. "Cinema Rosa", a Queens Only Queer Film Series, also by the "Queens Media Arts Development" showcases monthly screenings of documentaries and movies that deal with LGBT issues. Most content is bilingual.

Don't forget to check out "The Creek and the Cave" in Long Island City, Queens, for a fantastic weekly calendar of film screenings, comedy shows, improv and other shenanigans, free of charge!

For an all-ages event, this weekend (Dec 10-12) "The Hispanic/Latino Cultural Center of New York" celebrates its Hispanic/Latino Book Fair of New York at the Reinaissance Charter School (35-59, 81 St, Jackson Heights) , with an astonishing calendar of live poetry readings, performances, workshops, book presentations, and the screening of several independent films, among them the film "Visualizing Language", directed by queens' artist J.C Recinos and Kessler Ardon. By the way, on Saturday at 4pm, I will be participating in a panel discussion and poetry reading, so feel free to come join me and many other writers!

Last but not least, for those who are fans of technology and digital installations, don't miss the opening of "Feng Mengbo" a large-scale interactive video-game that uses wireless video controllers and a digital path, on December 12th at the MoMA's PS1 on Long Island City (right off the 7, the E, and very close to the F train)... and right next to it, a must-see mixed-media exhibit, including short films and works that discuss the relationship between social media, reality and ethical issues such as power, control of information and authorship. 18 artists will be presented in this show, titled "The Talent Show", among them, the unforgettable Andy Warhol.

Movies of all styles, opinions, backgrounds and topics will be screened all over the borough of Queens during this week, so make sure you let your friends know you'll be staying local and celebrating culture and diversity. This week is a fantastic opportunity for film connoseiurs and film students, as well as for families and film lovers of all ages to network with Queens' artists while staying away from the long subway rides. Except for a few delays due to construction on the 7 train, all the Queens' subway trains will be running smoothly according to the MTA, so don't let your Brooklyn and Manhattan buddies feel lonely. Tell them to come over, because Queens is the place to be! I got my new umbrella and my independent-film calendar ready. Do you?

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By Elizabeth Torres - 23 year old poet, painter and motivational speaker. Elizabeth Torres is the founder and director of Red Door Magazine. Currently Kean University's Poet in Residence, where she studied Fine Arts and Media & F...  

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