Culture Watch: QC Library Recommends (Nov. 2020)

by Michael Deering

Do you fight with family for the best parts of the turkey or is it all about the sides? Even if you cannot be with the whole family this year, we wish everyone a happy Thanksgiving! If you’re anything like me, you run from holiday music that starts too early. So here are a bunch of events that you won’t avoid!


  • Ongoing through December 4: William Shakespeare’s comedy Much Ado About Nothing recorded in 2019 at Shakespeare in the Park. Available as part of PBS Great Performances. 
  • Ongoing through December 4: Alfred Molina with Alfred Enoch star in Red, John Logan’s award winning play about painter Mark Rothko. Also from PBS, this was filmed in 2018 at the Wyndham’s Theatre in London. 


  • Tuesday, November 17 at 4 PM: Alex Conde performs, as part of the Kupferberg Center for the Arts’ Music Makers series. Drawing on the rich traditions of jazz and flamenco, he creates a contemporary fusion of both genres. 
  • Saturday, November 21 at 3 PM: The Kupferberg Center for the Arts presents “The Jazz Queens of Queens,” a program for youth and families about female jazz legends who’ve called Queens home. Vocalist and curator Claudia Zanes explores the lives and music of Eva Taylor, Billie Holiday, Ella Fitzgerald, and Lena Horne.  
  • Ongoing: Fridays at 8:00PM through November: The Beacon Jams, streamed live from the historic NYC venue, features a variety of performances and audience interaction. Hosted by guitarist Trey Anastasio.



  • Sunday, November 22 at 7:30PM: Lincoln Center presents New York is Burning performed by Les Ballet Afrik. This is an homage celebrating the 30th anniversary of the documentary Paris is Burning. It reflects the aspirations, desires and yearnings of a diverse group of dancers for which the dance company serves as a surrogate family during yet another period where health, race, and financial crises continue to brew.


  • Thursday, November 26 at 9 AM: The 93rd annual Macy’s Day Parade will be airing on TV and at with a rebroadcast later at 2 PM. While it won’t follow it’s usual route through NYC, I will still be watching my favorite balloons, floats, and live performers in my pajamas.
  • Thursday, November 26 at 7 PM: Give thanks to nurses across the globe with Oprah Winfrey as she hosts Nurse Heroes Live! Performances from Black Eyed Peas, Andrea Bocelli, and Gloria Estefan just to name a few!