When it comes to expansions, this group breaks the mold. On April 2, the SculptureCenter announced a renovation of its LIC facility that aims to improve the quality of the exhibition spaces and the visitor flow. The undertaking will create a 2,000-sq-ft. addition to the existing Purves Street facility, and the renovated facility will comply with all current building codes, including the Americans with Disabilities Act.
SculptureCenter will remain open during construction with some modification to its exhibition schedule and public hours. With an expected completion in fall 2014, the rehab includes the following:
6,500 square feet of flexible interior exhibition space that will accommodate work of diverse
forms and scale;
a 2,000 sq.-ft., one-story entrance lobby with bookshop, coatroom, seating area,
an elevator and stairway to the lower level galleries;
a 1,500-sq.-ft. enclosed courtyard for outdoor exhibitions and events;
upgrades to electrical and mechanical systems; and
office and storage space improvements.
Seen at the groundbreaking ceremony are (from left) Queens Borough President Helen M. Marshall, City Council Member Jimmy Van Bramer, SC Executive Director and Chief Curator Mary Ceruti, SC Board Chair Sascha S. Bauer and NYC Dept. of Cultural Affairs Commissioner Kate D. Levin.
See what happens when the mob world meets the publishing world! On March 7, the Queens Theatre will host the world premiere of HIT-LIT, a play that has been described as “a mistaken-identity screwball comedy in the tradition of Tootsie.” A satire of the publishing world, this original work tells the story of Phoebe Saint-Anne, an ambitious young editor who is searching for the next best seller. It was penned by Emmy Award-winning actor, comedian and writer Robert Wuhl, who created and starred in the HBO series Arliss. His credits also include Flashdance, Bull Durham and Tim Burton’s Batman.
According to the Chinese Lunar Calendar, the Year of the Snake begins on Feb. 10. And according to Chinese folklore, seeing a snake in your house means that your family won’t starve. Don’t expect many snakes at Flushing Town Hall in the upcoming months, but prepare to consume a wide array of new year-related art, music, dance and workshops. The festivities begin on Feb. 3 with a virtuoso concert by the Momenta Quartet. Feb. 10 features dance performances from China, Korea, Taiwan, India, Egypt, Colombia and America. Frederic Chiu takes over on Feb. 16, playing classical music for an interactive workshop. Later on, the master pianist tickles the ivories with Chopin, Liszt and Prokofiev music relating to travel and nostalgia for one’s homeland, followed by the works of Chinese composer Gao Ping and French composers Debussy and Ravel, integrated with poetry from the Tang and Song dynasties by Dr. Hsing-Lih Chou (pictured above). Other activities include workshops on print making and lantern making, more poetry by Chou and an exhibition showcasing printing techniques such as silk screen, linocut, intaglio, woodblocks, aluminum foil and digital printing.
Chinese Lunar New Year Events
Flushing Town Hall
137-35 Northern Boulevard, Flushing
Sunday, February 3, to Sunday, March 3
Times vary | Prices vary
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Please stay safe and out of harm’s way as we move through the lifespan of this storm. If by some reason things start to normalize by Wednesday, give our Halloween roundup events list a gander and perhaps Halloween partying can lift everyone’s spirits!
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