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This troupe combines high-skill acts with Vaudeville comedy routines and other zany slapstick antics. And among other activities, Queens will host the wide array of unique New Year’s Eve parties that one would expect in the world’s most diverse borough.
Here’s the rundown.
• Today (Thursday), Dec. 27, Winter Wildlife, 10 to noon. Children, ages 6 and 7, can share their winter vacation with birds, mammals, reptiles and amphibians. Learn how these animals cope with the cold weather. The program will include crafts, live animals close up, games and the amazing winter wildlife survival technique stories. Limited to 15 participants, call 1- 718-229-4000 to register. Alley Pond Environmental Center, 228-06 Northern Blvd., Douglaston, www.alleypond.org.
• Thursday through Monday, Dec. 27-31, Handsome Little Devils in the Squirm Burpee Circus, 2 and 7 p.m. Marvel at an exhilarating, fantastical adventure of classic slapstick comedy, high-skill circus acts and a plot straight out of American Melodrama. Featuring an eye-catching cast and a beautiful, Cirque-like aesthetic, the show explodes with highenergy acts like The Human Cannon, The Ladder of Love and Chainsaw Juggling, not to mention classic Vaudeville comedy routines, hilarious romantic antics and lots more. All seats $32/four tickets for $99. Queens Theatre, 14 United Nations Ave. S., Flushing Meadows-Corona Park, 1-718-760-0064, www.queenstheatre.org.
• Thursday and Friday, Dec. 27- 28, Holiday House Tour, noon to 4 p.m. Free tours of the decorated farmhouse with craft activities for children and mulled cider. Queens County Farm Museum, 73-50 Little Neck Parkway, Floral Park, 1-718- 347-3276, www.queensfarm.org.
• Thursday through Saturday, Dec. 27-30, ReMake the Holidays, noon to 4 p.m. Bend, twist, light, sculpt and taste a new version of the holiday season with workshops, demos, artist installations and food science explorations. For example, Bill Bywater carves masterpieces out of ice at daily demonstrations and small workshops. Dec. 27: Light Help, make a giant light bright out of recycled bottles and make your own LED grow lights to take home. Dec. 28: Sound, make some New Year’s noise makers and learn about circuit bending. Dec. 29: Paper, create holiday cards and wrapping paper from recycled materials and try your hand at sewn circuitry. Dec. 30: Water, make hot holiday beverages. Plus, design your own creations with DIY ink, oil and water. Most activities are free with admission ($8 – $11). Some projects require a small materials fee. New York Hall Of Science, 47-01 111th St., Corona, 1-718-699- 0005, www.nysci.org.
• Saturday, Dec. 29, Afrikan Poetry Theatre Kwanzaa 2012: Ujamaa (Cooperative Economics), 1 to 8 p.m. This event will include performances by Devore Dance Company, Edge School of the Arts, Ballet International Africans, Southside Classic R&B, SVS Self-Defense (Mixed Marital Arts) and Universe In-Motion Children’s Ensemble. Also expect a candle-lighting, distribution of free fruit and Zawadi (gifts) to the children and an African marketplace. Free. Springfield Gardens Educational Complex, 143-10 Springfield Blvd., Springfield Gardens, 1-718-523-3312, www.afrikanpoetrytheatre.org.
• Sunday, Dec. 30, Snow White and the Huntsman, 2 p.m. Part of the Central Library Sunday Movies series, this flick tells the PG-13 story of an evil queen who sets out to destroy a young girl who is the only fairer person in the land. Free. Queens Library Central Branch, 89- 11 Merrick Blvd., Jamaica, www.queenslibrary.org.
• Monday, Dec. 31, Cheri Oteri with an after-hours Burlesque Show, 5:30 p.m. to 3 a.m. The comic actress and Saturday Night Live cast member comes to Queens for three shows. At 5:30 and 8 p.m, table seats $80/general admission $60, includes one glass of Veuve Clicquot Champagne and two drinks per person. At 10:30 p.m, table seats $120/general admission $90, includes one bottle of Veuve Clicquot Champagne per couple and two drinks per person. The Burlesque Show features NYC’s most beautiful dancers followed by an after-hour party, 1 to 3 a.m, general admission $30, Laughing Devil Comedy Club, 47-38 Vernon Blvd., Long Island City, 1-347-913-3845, www.laughingdevil.com.
• Monday, Dec. 31, New Year’s Eve with Radio Personality Reina, 7 p.m. to 1 a.m. Party with pop sensation Reina, who broke through in 1998 with “Find Another Woman,” which reached number 2 on the Billboard chart for dance music/club play. In 2004, Reina (aka Lori Gold) twice made top 10 on Billboard’s dance chart with “If I Close My Eyes” and “Forgive.” Dinner and open bar. $125. Renaissance Event Hall, 27-34 21st St., Astoria, 1-917- 468-3651, www.renaissanceofastoria.com.
• Monday, Dec. 31, Skyline Princess Gala Dinner Cruise, 8 p.m. to 2 a.m. The Skyline Princess sails through NYC Harbor. Free parking at the marina and DJ entertainment. Rain or shine. Reservations are required. Adult package (ages 13+, 21+): open bar, buffet, soda, juice, coffee, tea, water, $200. Child package (ages 0-12): buffet, tea, water, soda, juice, $155. Premium adult package includes private tables, $240. Premium child package: $195. World’s Fair Marina Pier 1, Flushing, 1-718-446-1100, www.skylinecruises.com.
• Monday, Dec. 31, The Strand Smokehouse’s New Year’s Eve Bash, 8 p.m. to midnight. The new Astoria meat Mecca will host an all-inclusive New Year’s Eve bash featuring open bar and open kitchen with live country rock and bluegrass music. Expect pitchers of locally brewed craft beer, whiskey poured straight from the barrels that they age in and carafes of wine on tap. $95 per person plus tax and gratuity. The Strand Smokehouse, 25-27 Broadway, Astoria, 1-718-440-3231.
• Monday, Dec. 31, New Year’s Eve Bash in the Garden, 8 p.m. to 2:30 a.m. Complimentary party favors and DJ Enzo spinning live. $15. Studio Square, 35-33 36th St., Long Island City, 1-718-383-1001, www.studiosquarenyc.com.
• Monday, Dec. 31, Resorts World New Year’s Eve Bash, 9 p.m to 1 a.m. Live music, champagne and giveaways. $40. Buy tickets via www.rwnewyork.com, the casino’s first floor coat check or redeem 2,500 points at Genting Rewards. Resorts World Casino New York City, 110-00 Rockaway Blvd., South Jamaica, 1-888-888-8801.
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The “It’s In Queens” column is produced by the Queens Tourism Council with the hope that readers will enjoy the borough’s attractions.