Sumner M. Redstone, a film and media industry pioneer and Executive Chairman of Viacom Inc. and CBS Corporation, has made a $3 million gift to the Museum of the Moving Image, which is celebrating its 25th anniversary. In recognition of the gift from the Sumner M. Redstone Charitable Foundation, the Museum’s state-of-the-art main theater will be named the Sumner M. Redstone Theater beginning in May 2013. The announcement was made today by Museum of the Moving Image Board Chairman Herbert S. Schlosser and Executive Director Carl Goodman.
Mr. Schlosser said, “The naming of the Sumner M. Redstone Theater will forge a permanent bond between a visionary entertainment industry leader, whose contributions to the advancement of film and media are unrivaled, and the Museum, which is the nation’s only cultural institution devoted to educating the general public, including 50,000 middle and high school students per year, about the art, history, and technology of film and digital media. Mr. Redstone’s gift will allow the Museum to advance and expand its important mission as we enter our 25th year. We cannot thank him enough for this transformative gift.”
Mr. Redstone said, “I am proud to support the work of this iconic cultural center which so skillfully melds my two lifelong loves—of entertainment and learning. The moving image in all its forms has a deep connection for me, from my lifelong love of film and television; to my family’s theatrical exhibition business, National Amusements; to my role as Chair of two of the top global media entertainment companies, CBS and Viacom, whose Paramount Pictures is Hollywood’s oldest motion picture studio. It is a great honor for me to add my name to all the distinguished patrons of the Museum as it continues to spread the art of film and media.”
When we first started QueensNYC we had the tagline “Queens in Context”. We dropped it shortly after launch as we felt that it was too, um, intellectual.. but the concept behind the tagline remained and we explore it day in and day out: we don’t just write about what’s happening in Queens, we write about what’s happening in and around Queens.. and around could mean most anywhere. So, when we read this post yesterday on LICtalk we knew we had found someone who got us. And that always feels good, right?
Queens, the next Prague, Paris in the 20′s, Phuket, or Phnom Penh. Well maybe that’s a bit much, as we don’t quite have the architecture of the first two, or a concentrated, bustling nightlife, nor any signs of a counterculture. But what we do have is an unparalleled diversity, genuineness, and lack of pretension. Those qualities are extremely hard to find in a no-stone-unturned 21st century planet.
So if I’ve enticed you enough to leave the confines of an increasingly gentrified Long Island City, then let me also pass on what I think is the best guidebook to all the aforementioned qualities, as it encompasses them itself: QueensNYC.com. I love reading all its posts, as I know the sights and sounds are all reachable and attainable. Unlike say, readingan article in the New York Times Travel section about taking a 41-mile hike in remote Piaui, or one on a debaucherous, over-the-top bachelor party weekend in Tallinn. In addition to introducing you to all these great, new, frequently undiscovered places in Queens, they have terrific photographs. In fact some of them are so enticing, the only advice I can give you is to not read it before mealtime.
So am I jealous of all the wonderful stories QueensNYC puts out? Sometimes, but I like to think my musings and utterances stand up on their own. I mean didn’t Hemingway read Steinbeck?
Thanks LICtalk for your post — and thanks also for not comparing Queens to Brooklyn!
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Have you done a favor, witnessed a favor or benefited from a favor this month? If so, this is a project for you. Long Island City-based multi-faceted artist Priscilla Stadler has received a Queens Council on the Arts grant to track and celebrate FAVORS in her borough. As such, she is looking for some local favors. In fact, she challenges Queens residents to defy the stereotype of cut-throat, egotist New Yorkers by doing favors for friends, family and strangers during April. All submitted favors will become part of a large-scale installation featuring a borough map indicating where the favors occurred. Participate in the fun by informing Stadler the WHO, WHERE, WHAT and WHEN of the favor via the following:
In 2009, Afghanistan passed a law giving Shia men the right to deny their wives food if the women don’t obey their sexual demands. (Shia is a version of Islam.) This legislation also required women to get permission from their husbands if they wanted to work and granted legal guardianship of children to the fathers and even grandfathers, instead of mothers. However, in 2010, advocates were successful in passing the Elimination of Violence Against Women Act, which strengthens sanctions against various forms of violence against women, including making rape a crime for the first time under Afghan law. On April 15, Naheed Bahram will discuss women’s rights in this war-torn country during a special presentation at the Central Queens Y. Bahram, Queens chapter program director for NY Women for Afghan Women — which supports literacy, job education and health care while respecting Afghan traditions and practices – left Afghanistan after the loss of her mother in a bomb explosion in Kabul. Her family migrated to Pakistan, where she graduated from high school and taught English at refugee camps. In 2004, Bahram moved to the U.S., and started working for NY WAW as an intern and volunteer in 2007. She graduated from Queens College in 2011 and currently works full time for NY WAW.
Featuring more than 100 million species, insects represent over 90 percent of multicellular life on earth. On April 14 at Flushing Town Hall, KINEMATIK Dance Theater brings the bustling world of bugs, bees, ants, spiders and flies to the stage with the premiere of INSEKTA. This dazzling array of the intricate and complex microorganisms that surround us depicts the diversity and the metamorphic cycles of insects through dance, live projections and the unusual use of props. Fusing technology with the movement vocabulary of Breakdance, House, Hip Hop and Contemporary modern dance, KINEMATIK creates an imaginative, unique and visually stimulating performance experience. Wear comfortable clothes and get ready to dance like a bug.
Flushing Town Hall
137-35 Northern Boulevard, Flushing
Sunday, April 14
1pm for workshop | $6/$4 children (includes tickets to show)
2:15pm – 3:30pm | $12/$8 children
Perhaps you remember The Mad Stuntman and his “I Like To Move It” hit. Or maybe you have fond memories of La Bouche and their techno-pop sensation “Be My Lover.” Then again, you might identify more with Amber’s “This Is Your Night.” Well, all three 1990s sensations will perform on April 13 at the I Love the 90′s Dance Concert at Resorts World Casino New York City. Jana, Veronica, Janice Robinson of Livin Joy, Dj Nicky G, Lucas Prata and Glendale’s greatest, Peter Gozzi, will also be on hand to get the crowd moving.
Queens gets put on the electronic, progressive house, map with cities like Chicago, London, Puerto, Orlando and Las Vegas. Next month, Citi Field hosts a 2-day, 5-stage electronic festival with a lineup of must see performers from around the world including Afrojack, Calvin Harris, La Roux and Thomas Gold.
Brooklyn might have the “hip” factor, but Queens now has the “Qool” factor. Fresh Meadows native Fred Cantor is selling black baseball caps that read “Queens = Qool” on the front. The retired lawyer wants to make some profit, of course, but he is also hoping to improve the borough’s image and help a venerable local institution. He donates $2 from every $21.90 cap sale to the Queens Library Foundation. This entrepreneur might be familiar to some Queens enthusiasts because he co-wrote Arcadia Publishing’s Images of America: Fresh Meadows book in 2011. Check out the merchandise here.