Dec. 6 - Dec. 12
Georg Frideric Handel was a German composer. His biggest hit was “Messiah,” which debuted as an Easter offering in Ireland in 1742. But for some reason, this English oratorio rules the holiday season in Queens in 2018…In fact, the masterpiece is featured in all four upcoming concerts in the borough. Enjoy it in Flushing, Jackson Heights, Forest Hills, and Bayside.
Let's begin with the ingredients. Nine distinct Spanish wines paired with chocolate and cheese from an Astoria distributor that trades only in the best Mediterranean cheeses. Edible Queens hosts a special tasting at The Wine Room of Forest Hills on Dec. 13. Sounds delicious, but to sweeten the pot, click here and get a $5 discount by using the promo code "EQVIP."
Guess what time of year it is? Queens hosts holiday markets, Yuletide concerts, the HollyTour, a visit from St. Nick, Breakfasts with Santa, wreath-making workshops, and the Dickens play “A Christmas Carol.” Click here for the "It's In Queens" weekly column. For the "It's In Queens" podcast, which features Calpulli Mexican Dance Company's Juan Casta ño , click here .
Subway riders are the main focus of a photo exhibit, “ Faces Of The 7 Train ,” which opens at Flushing Public Library on Dec. 14. Drew Kerr spent six years secretly taking pictures as the train rattled from Times Square to Flushing and back. The display features 32 black-and-white images of riders going to work, spending time with friends, thinking, laughing, and sleeping.
Many cultures unite on one stage this weekend when Queens Theatre hosts four presentations of “ Navidad Flamenca. ” Featuring live music, energetic dance moves, colorful outfits, and time-honored songs, this festive show highlights Christmas customs from around the Spanish-speaking world, especially those in Argentina, Colombia, Cuba, Mexico, and Puerto Rico.
After a five-month rest, the popular MonthlyPicks column is back in the rotation! In this new post, Jackson Heights resident Ethan Frisch, the cofounder of single-origin spice company  Burlap & Barrel , shares his favorite things about the borough . And as to be expected considering his profession, he praises a restaurant that uses a Himalayan spice called “timur pepper.”
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It's beginning to look a lot like (East European) Christmas! Astoria's Victory Sweet Shop has a lot of Vasilopita in stock these days. The bread is a traditional part of Christmas and/or New Year's Day rituals in Greece, Albania, Romania, and many Slavic countries.
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