11/21/14 1:00pm

Comedy

Two comedians walk into a Sunnyside bar…and a stand-up series is born. Local humorists Colin Samuel (above) and Lindsay Goldwert (pictured after the jump) have recently committed to producing at least two shows a month and bringing New York City’s best up-and-coming talent to the neighborhood. Dubbed “Puttin’ on the Bliss,” these acts will take place every other week at The Dog and Duck Gastropub and once a month at Marlene Tavern, host of the next performance on Tuesday night. In addition to Goldwert and Samuel, joke purveyors will include May Wilkerson (The Stand Comedy Club), Oni Francis (The Creek and the Cave), McCarton Ackerman (Make Me Laugh Festival), Aalap Patel (MTV2), and Liz Barrett (Gotham Comedy Club, She-Devil Comedy Festival). Unless otherwise indicated, the shows will be free and they’ll feature prizes that encourage patrons to shop and eat in Sunnyside. 

Details after the jump…

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11/20/14 1:00pm

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Her music reflects the country’s history. She mixes Appalachian folk, Piedmont blues, soul, R&B, and traditional Native American rhythms. It also reflects her Cherokee, Choctaw, African and European DNA. Her 2012 multifaceted work, The Garden of Love, fuses William Blake’s 18th century poetry to music that draws from rural influences of Appalachia. But Martha Redbone is also known for her support of causes reflecting her heritage. She annually holds a traditional music workshop within the United Houma Nation’s Cultural Enrichment Summer Camp program, and regularly gives talks on subjects ranging from indigenous rights to the role of arts in politics. This weekend, Redbone will offer a concert on Friday and then lead a workshop the next day at Flushing Town Hall. Her husband Aaron Whitby will join her on stage, playing keys and melodica, while Alan Burroughs will handle the guitar and vocals, Fred Cash will play bass, and Tony Mason will rock the drums. On Saturday, the interactive, family-friendly music workshop will introduce participants to Native American rhythms and sounds.

Concert details: Flushing Town Hall, 137-35 Northern Boulevard, Flushing, November 21st, 7:30 pm, $15/$10 for students. This event has a special “tweetseat” offer. People who are active on social media can attend for free if they tweet at least five times before, during and after the concert.

Workshop details: Flushing Town Hall, November 22nd, 1 pm, $6/$4 for children.

Photo: Martha Redbone FB

11/19/14 1:00pm

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And then there was one. The Clancy Brothers and Tommy Makem outsold the Beatles in their 1960s heyday while popularizing traditional Irish music in the United States. Bob Dylan and Pete Seeger said they were profoundly influenced by these lads — Paddy, Tommy, Liam, and Bobby plus Makem although he left in 1969 — who wore Aran wool sweaters and sang catchy ballads, such as “Finnegan’s Wake.” This Friday, the New York Irish Center will screen The Yellow Bittern, a documentary on the wild, devil-may-care life of Liam, the last surviving Clancy brother. With unseen behind-the-scenes footage and audio recordings, this film is a dark and revealing portrait of a performer with tremendous talent and a troubled personal life.

Details: The Yellow Bittern, New York Irish Center, 10-40 Jackson Avenue, Long Island City, November 21st, 7:30 pm, $11/$8 for students, seniors, and the unemployed.

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Photos: The Clancy Brothers FB

11/18/14 1:00pm

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Remember: Whatever happens under the mistletoe, stays under the mistletoe. As part of the 27th Annual Holiday Historic House Tour, seven local landmarks will offer seasonal refreshments, organize time-honored activities, and provide glimpses of Christmas celebrations from as far back as the 17th century on Sunday, December 7th. Visitors will be able to check out any (or all) of the venues — Kingsland Homestead; Voelker Orth Museum; Lewis H. Latimer House Museum; Friends Meeting House; Flushing Town Hall; Bowne House; and Louis Armstrong House Museum — and a van will continuously run between sites from 1 pm to 5 pm.

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11/17/14 1:00pm

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More than 5,000 years of Chinese history and culture are coming to Queens College. The exhibit, Highlights of The Daghlian Collection of Chinese Art, will be on view at the Godwin-Ternbach Museum from November 19th, 2014, through January 17th, 2015. Selected from a larger donation by William Daghlian, a former adjunct professor at Queens College’s Aaron Copland School of Music, the show will feature 60 items, including ceramics, jade, pottery, and wood objects dating from the Stone Age (ca. 6,000–2,500 BCE) to the Ming Dynasty (ca. 1,368–1,644 AD). More details and photos are on the jump page.

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11/14/14 1:00pm

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Paramount Pictures is currently promoting Noah, an epic feature film based on the well-known Biblical character and his equally well-known ark. The movie has generated tremendous controversy and coverage by Christian and Jewish media outlets. Can mammon-soaked Hollywood create a film that respectfully portrays Noah and his tremendous faith? How much artistic license do the actors — including Russell Crowe, Jennifer Connelly, Emma Watson, and Anthony Hopkins — take?

This Monday, the Museum of the Moving Image will screen this blockbuster, followed by a wide-ranging conversation with Darren Aronofsky, the film’s director, and Patti Smith, who wrote a lullaby, “Mercy Is,” for the soundtrack. They will discuss everything from the spiritual details behind making the movie to how Smith, who is known as the “Godmother of Punk Rock,” could create a lullaby. Has she gone soft? At the end of the event, Smith, whose 1975 song “Gloria” includes the line “Jesus died for somebody’s sins, but not mine,” will sing “Mercy Is.”

Details: An Evening with Darren Aronofsky, Patti Smith and Noah, Museum of the Moving Image, 36-01 35th Avenue, Kaufman Astoria District, November 17th, 7 pm, $25. 

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Photos: Noah Movie

11/13/14 1:00pm

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The Queens hills are alive with the sound of music…high quality and diverse music. This weekend there’s something for just about every ear as bands are ready to play jazz, symphony, folk, classical, Irish, and bee bop. There’s even an autism-friendly trombone concert. Details on seven performances are after the jump.

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11/12/14 1:00pm

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Colombia is such a fascinating country! The magical Andes mountains lie near the majestic beaches of the Caribbean coast and the extremely fertile interior plains. The people are diverse, too, a hodgepodge of descendants of indigenous groups, European settlers, and African slaves. This South American country’s vibrant and varied music is about to explode on stage at the Thalía Spanish Theatre in Sunnyside for an entire month. Wearing colorful costumes and infectious smiles, Harold Guitierrez & His Band and the Mestizo Dance Company will groove to such rhythms as cumbia and mapalé, which began as courtship dances among African slaves in the region that now includes Panama, to bambuco and joropo, which resemble European waltzes. Then of course, there’s the fact that audience members will dance in their seats.

Details: Colombia Revista Musical Review, Thalía Spanish Theatre, 41-17 Greenpoint Avenue, Sunnyside, November 14th through December 14th, Fridays and Saturdays at 8 pm and Sundays at 4 pm, $37-$40.

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Photos: Michael Palma

11/11/14 1:00pm

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Guinness World Records 2014 declared last year’s model to be the largest in the world with 152 houses, 65 trees, five train cars, four cable cars, and an underground candy subway station. This year’s GingerBread Lane is even more impressive, weighing more than 5,000 pounds and stretching up more than seven feet in some spots. It contains only edible ingredients — gingerbread, icing, and candy — and creator/chef Jon Lovitch drafted, designed, planned, built, baked, decorated and made it by hand. Check out this exhibit’s busy schedule at the New York Hall of Science on the jump page.

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11/10/14 1:00pm

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It’s the silver anniversary of the first free parliamentary elections in Poland, and the Museum of the Moving Image is celebrating with 13 films from the Eastern European country. Over 11 days, the Kaufman Arts District venue will screen seven features and six documentaries that were created between 1977 and 1990, the tumultuous time when communism begrudgingly gave way to the Solidarity movement. Some of the scheduled flicks were banned in their home country due to their negative portrayals of government. Interrogation, which is set during the height of Stalin’s power in the 1950s, depicts the imprisonment and torture of a Polish actress who refuses to denounce a friend. The Mother of Kings follows a widow and mother of four from the 1930s through the Stalinist era. Escape from the Liberty Cinema combines fantasy with political satire as actors step out of the screen to protest censorship. 

Details: Ways to Freedom: Polish Film and the Rise of Democracy, Moving Image, 36-01 35th Avenue, Kaufman Arts District, click here for the full program.

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Photos: MMI