10/08/15 1:00pm

Queensboro Dance Festival in Long Island City

It’s no secret that Queens is the most diverse county on the entire planet with an estimated 120 languages spoken within its borders. This diversity extends to the universal language of dance, as the borough is home to troupes that perform everything from Ecuadorian Montubio to Indian Kathak to Korean Sogo Chum.

On Monday (October 12), the Queensboro Dance Festival kicks off at The Secret Theatre in Long Island City. Produced by The Physical Plant, this seven-day extravaganza features 23 choreographers from Astoria, Elmhurst, Howard Beach, Jackson Heights, Long Island City, Saint Albans, Sunnyside, and Woodside. Many of the works will be borough premieres, ranging from bellydance to tap, modern to flamenco. Another image and more festival details, including a list of participants, are on the jump page.


10/07/15 3:00pm

It's In Queens

Brian Wilson created a distinctly California sound during his decades with the Beach Boys. But he’ll have fun, fun, fun in Queens on Friday, when he launches his fall tour. Wilson headlines a busy week in the borough with some extraordinarily talented musicians who can croon and perform Doo Wop, Jazz, Latin Fusion, Pop from the 1800s, and Tango. Other great options are dance, documentaries, harvesting, and Turkish cooking. (Another image and at least 20 events are on the jump page.)


10/07/15 1:00pm

Museum of Stone at Noguchi

Nature makes rocks; humans make stones.

The Japanese-American sculptor Isamu Noguchi — who also dabbled in architecture, ceramics, furniture, garden design and lighting — was extremely interested rocks and stones. He even believed that they have lifecycles which they experience in a full cycle.

Today (October 7), the Noguchi Museum explores this fascination by opening the first exhibition in its history that mixes the work of contemporary artists with original Noguchi installations. Dubbed “Museum of Stones,” the show includes about 50 rock-based pieces by roughly 30 artists, including MacArthur Genius Grant recipient Janine Antoni, and 15 Chinese rock-related objects on loan from The Metropolitan Museum of Art. Another image and more information on the Long Island City-based show are on the jump page.


10/06/15 1:00pm

Queens Restaurant Week 2015

Five borough eateries — Jamaica’s Vintage Curry, Astoria’s Christos Steak House, Maspeth’s Connolly’s Corner, and the local Shiro of Japan and Chili’s — provided free samples of their cuisines, while Ridgewood’s Queens Brewery poured suds to roughly 300 passers-by during the festive Queens Restaurant Week 2015 kick off ceremony at The Shops at Atlas Park in Glendale on October 5.

More than 150 restaurants from more than 30 neighborhoods will participate in this year’s promotion, which features three-course, prix fixe dinners for $28 and lunches for $14. Another photo of the kick off and more information on Queens Restaurant Week 2015 are on the jump page.


10/05/15 1:00pm

Brian Wilson performs at the Kupferberg Center

His full name is Brian Douglas Wilson, and he’s a living legend. As a founding member of the Beach Boys, he has written (or co-written) more than 25 Top 40 hits, such as “Surfer Girl,” “I Get Around,” “Help Me Rhonda,” and “California Girls.” He’s also enjoyed a multi-faceted, six-decade career as an actor, band leader, musician, producer, singer, and voice-over actor.

This Friday, Wilson will launch his 2015 Fall Tour in Queens with his new band, which includes Al Jardine, another Beach Boys founder. More information and another photo of are on the jump page.


10/01/15 1:00pm

The Yves Léveillé Quartet at Flushing Town Hall

Modern day patrons of Flushing Town Hall are used to hearing great live jazz. They are also used to hearing many different accents, especially coming from natives of China, Korea, India, and Latin America. Well, this weekend will be a bit different. The jazz will still be great, but the accents will be French Canadian.

On Friday, the Alain Bédard Auguste Quintet will perform modern jazz, original compositions, and “catalytic improvisations” or jam sessions which are the brainchild Bédard, a pianist who founded the label Effendi Records.

Then on Saturday, the Yves Léveillé Quartet will play tunes inspired by jazz as well as classical and world music. A composer and pianist, Léveillé (above) is known for refined, melodious harmonies. He recently won the 2015 Opus award for best jazz concert in Quebec. A discount offer, more information, and a photo of Bédard are on the jump page.


09/30/15 3:00pm

It's In Queens

Red-tailed hawks, peregrine falcons, and bald eagles will be in Flushing Meadows Corona Park this weekend for a Raptor Fest. Should they fly around, they will be able to enjoy opera, a trunk show, Irish music, professional wrestling, Spanish theater, and an Oktoberfest with German and Korean takes on pickled cabbage. Another photo and the entire rundown are on the jump page.


09/30/15 1:00pm

Queens College Exhibit at DeFord Gallery

The Flushing-based Godwin-Ternbach Museum, a part of Queens College, is collaborating with Citi in Long Island City, and the results are inspiring.

Pre-Columbian textiles, contemporary Chinese painting, and objets d’art inspired by Christian, Muslim, and Buddhist teachings are on view at the Citi DeFord Gallery in the lobby of One Court Square. The collection contains 33 pieces, including works by Rembrandt (above) and the Persian poet Rumi.

The opening reception will take place on October 1 at 5:30 pm, and the exhibition will run until January 12, 2016.

Under the tutelage of their art professor, James M. Saslow, Queens College students did the research, writing, and designing of the exhibition, which is organized into five sections that correspond historically to immigration from the borough’s collective origins. More details and another image from the collection are on the jump page.



09/29/15 9:30am

Bell Boulevard -- Architectural and Culinary Mecca

Bayside, in northeast Queens, was first settled by the British around Alley Creek, the East River inlet now leading to Alley Pond Park, in the early 1700s. It was first named Bay Side in 1798 and by the time the one-word spelling appeared in the 1850s, it was a small but potent community, giving rise to governmental leaders and statesmen.

The neighborhood has always retained a small-town atmosphere centered around Bell Boulevard. The street is named for Abraham Bell, an Irish Quaker who was a partner in a shipping firm and owned a vast farm in the area, and has nothing at all to do with Alexander Graham Bell, the inventor who obtained the first patent for the telephone. The city, however, has added to the confusion by naming P.S. 205, as well as its playground at 75th Avenue and 217th Street (a couple of blocks from the boulevard), Bell Park and later, Telephone Park, in honor of the inventor. (more…)