5 Events to Check Out This Week in Astoria

The new year is upon us, but there are still things to check out before bidding farewell to 2018. Check out these five events going on in Astoria this week!

Museum of the Moving Image: Winter Recess Family Programs

36-01 35th Ave.

Enjoy family time at MoMI this winter recess with matinees of A Muppet Family Christmas, accompanied by drop-in art-making and animation activities. A Muppet Family Christmas holds a very special place in the hearts of Muppet fans, as it unites the Muppet characters, the Fraggles, and Sesame Street characters in one big family reunion. In addition, this program includes a compilation of some memorable moments from other Henson holiday productions. Drop-in activities include art-making and animation around winter-themed special effects, puppet-making, and more. Museum admission includes admission to the morning screening and activities. Recommended for ages 4+

Museum of the Moving Image: Howl’s Moving Castle Screening

Thursday, December 27. 1:00PM

36-01 35th Ave.

Loosely based on Diana Wynn Jones’s novel, Studio Ghibli and Hayao Miyazaki created a world filled with witches and curses where a young woman, Sophie, is turned into an old woman by a curse and a castle has legs! Sophie meets Howl, a wizard who is also cursed, and his castle filled with an odd assortment of friends that become family. Together they must try to undo their curses and find self-acceptance. Recommended for ages 8+.

Tickets: $15 ($11 seniors and students / $9 youth (ages 3–17) / free for children under 3 and Museum members at the Film Lover and Kids Premium levels and above). Order tickets online.

*The screening of Howl’s Moving Castle on Thursday, December 27, 1:00 p.m. will be presented in Japanese with English subtitles.*

Skip the Small Talk at Katch

Friday, December 28. 6:00PM – 8:30PM

31-19 Newtown Ave.

Do you wish you could have more of the kinds of conversations you have late at night where for some reason, you feel safe talking about the things you actually care about? Bring your friends (or come by yourself– most people do) and spend your Friday night at an event where you know everyone else is there for the same reason. We’ll be offering cards with “big talk” conversational questions on them to get you started. Not feeling like answering a particular question? No worries, we have plenty to choose from, like, “When are you the happiest?” “What’s one part of your life that you wish you could give more attention to? What’s getting in the way of you giving more attention to it?” and, “If you were going to become close friends with me, what would I need to know about you?”

We’ll give you structure and ground rules to make sure everyone feels comfortable and safe sharing as much of themselves as possible. We’ll strive to provide a space where you can push your comfort zone in talking openly while still feeling in complete control of how much you divulge. Since this is at a bar, the event is 21+. Check-in for this event will begin around 5:30 pm. Please do your best to get there before 6 pm so we can start as close to on time as possible. Ready to skip the small talk with us? Grab a ticket since entry is on a first come first serve basis and we’ve sold out in advance for every New York event so far – once we are out of tickets, we will not be able to accommodate people at the door. After the event, stick around for karaoke starting at 8:30 pm!

NYRR Open Run: Astoria Park

Saturday, December 29. 9:00 AM–10:00 AM.

19th Street and Hoyt Avenue North. Meet north of the parking lot, by the pool.

Open Run is a community-based, volunteer-led running initiative bringing free weekly runs and walks to local neighborhood parks, across all five boroughs of NYC. All runs are directed by volunteers and are free to all participants. The finish line is open until the last person is done. The courses vary based on the park, but the courses are between 2.5 and 3 miles long. Participants are encouraged to arrive 15 minutes before the start of the run and to leave their valuables at home – bag check is not provided. No need to do anything before the run, just show up. Open to all ages, experience levels, walkers, strollers, dogs: All are welcome!

Make sure to check our events page for the latest things to do in Astoria!

Two Dry Guys 

Sunday, December 30. 7:00PM – 9:00PM

Q.E.D. 27-16 23rd Ave.

Two Dry Guys Justin Auslaender and Nate Borgman, the chardonnay and fresh-from-the-store sponge of comedy present some of their favorite comedians on the Eve of New Year’s Eve. It will be an evening to remember! A good night to beat the crowds. Produced and hosted by Justin Auslaender and Nate Borgman Featuring: Dina Hashem (Conan) Ryan Donahue (Jimmy Kimmel Live) Julie Kottakis (Laughs TV) Usama Siddiquee (Just For Laughs). *Lineups subject to change.*

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