04/24/15 1:00pm


Three female comedians walk onto a stage…and the joke is on everyone…and thanks to a special discount offer, it only costs $10 to watch this hilarity. On Sunday, the Kupeferberg Center for the Arts will host Funny Girls: TV Boomer Babes Tell All, a kind of panel discussion with stand up and Q&A features as well as plenty of Girl Power. Yael Kohen, the author of We Killed: The Rise of Women in American Comedy, will moderate this unique event with three writers who worked on extremely popular TV shows: Marilyn Suzanne Miller from Saturday Night LiveCarol Leifer from Seinfeld; and  Sybil Adelman from The Mary Tyler Moore Show. These humorists will talk about their creative processes and give plenty of details about what happened behind the scenes during the filming of these programs. Plus, tickets are usually at least $24, but attendees can buy $10 tickets by using the code Primetime.

Details: Funny Girls: TV Boomer Babes Tell All, LeFrak Concert Hall, Queens College, 65-23 Kissena Boulevard, Flushing, April 26, 3 pm, $10 with code Primetime.

Photo: Kupferberg Center for the Arts

04/22/15 1:00pm


Sometimes nine hours of great music in one day is just not enough. This Saturday, Flushing Town Hall will present a free, 10-hour celebration of jazz with performances and workshops.

Organized by the Queens Jazz OverGround, this annual event will highlight the talents of the many borough-based jazz musicians. Attendees will be able to watch student jazz combos and middle and high school bands during the day and seven Queens-based professional ensembles in the evening.

They will also be able to attend master classes and an educational workshop for children. Another photo and the schedule are on the jump page.


04/21/15 1:00pm


This Wednesday marks the 45th anniversary of the first official Earth Day, which many people consider the birth of the modern environmental movement. Since it’s mid-week, there will be a few related activities on the actual day and additional ones over the weekend. Here’s a short list with information on the big Arbor Festival last.

  • Green Garden/Green Planet: Celebrate with urban gardening, sustainable art-making, hands-on workshops, and a spring garden tour with natural plant-and-backyard care tips. At 1 pm and 3 pm, participate in a workshop on starting flowers, herbs, and vegetables from seed and make a recycled bird feeder. Learn about recycling, composting, and local earth-friendly resources. Voelker Orth Museum, 149-19 38th Avenue, Flushing, April 22, 1 pm to 4 pm, $4/$3 for students and children/free for infants and toddlers.
  • Earth Day Craft and Mini Garden Tour: Celebrate by taking a stroll and making a botanically themed craft. Queens Botanical Garden, 43-50 Main Street, Flushing, April 22, 3:30 pm, free.
  • Spring Fling for Earth Day: Celebrate by touring this historic house and its gardens, and enjoy crafts, games, music and entertainment. Onderdonk House, 1820 Flushing Avenue, Ridgewood, April 25, noon to 4 pm, $5.
  • Composting in the City: Celebrate with the NYC Compost Project, which teaches how to reduce waste and create “black gold” for gardens by composting leaves, kitchen scraps, garden trimmings, and weeds. Queens Botanical Garden, April 25, 1 pm to 3:30 pm, registration required via compost@queensbotanical.org, $5.
  • Let’s Talk About Pollution: Celebrate by learning how to help clean up Flushing Bay and Flushing Creek. There will be time to share stories and brainstorm solutions. Flushing YMCA, 138-46 Northern Boulevard, Flushing, April 25, 3 pm.
  • Arbor Festival: Activities for all ages, including a petting zoo, live music, food and craft vendors, compost demonstration and a beer tent. Queens Botanical Gardens, free with admission, but there are extra fees for some activities.

Photo: Onderdonk House

04/14/15 9:45am


General George E. Lawrence Square (actually a triangle), defined by Parsons Boulevard, Elm Avenue and 147th Street along 45th Avenue, can be found across the street from Flushing Hospital. It honors a St. Francis College graduate (my alma mater) who was a star quarterback at Penn, graduated with a medical degree and began his practice at Flushing Hospital, heading obstetrics and gynecology for many years.

Lawrence served with the “Fighting 69th” Regiment during WWI, receiving two Silver Stars for valor. He rose to Lieutenant Colonel at the end of the war and had risen to Brigadier General by World War II.

The square named in 1951 for Gen. Lawrence (1881-1949) was originally owned by the Flushing Garden Club, which allowed patients from Flushing Hospital to maintain the grounds.


You may guess, though, the reason for my post today is the identifying sign, which probably goes back to the 1951 renaming. (more…)

04/09/15 1:00pm


There’s a youth movement in Queens. On Sunday, the Queens Theatre will host two performances of Alexander and The Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day. Based on the popular children’s book of the same name, this musical gets the audience laughing and singing along with the main character who gets up on the wrong side of bed…literally.

He wakes up with gum in his hair then proceeds to trip on his skateboard and drop his sweater in the sink. Then things really go downhill. Details on the other great children’s event and another image are on the jump page.


04/08/15 1:00pm


His bark is better than his bite. Among other things, César Millán has a TV show, three best-selling books, a magazine, a foundation, and two canine psychology centers. “The Dog Whisperer” helps nurture healthy, happy relationships between humans and their pooches, preaching that owners should be pack leaders with “calm-assertive” energy. On April 19th, the self-taught superstar will present at the Colden Auditorium at Queens College. More information and a cuddly photo are on the jump page.


04/08/15 9:30am

Kris Seto

Some enrichment options head outdoors with such events as a carnival, a gardening extravaganza, and a guided walk. But with “April Showers” in mind, the borough also hosts indoor fun, such as comedy, live music, film, theater, photography, and some 3-D magic. Here’s the rundown. (more…)

04/03/15 1:00pm


Youngsters love to build things. They also enjoy vacations from school. Enter Bricks 4 Kidz spring break camp! To take place at Flushing Town Hall next week, specially trained teachers will guide children (ages 4 to 14) in serious, creative, and fun play with such Lego Technic pieces as gears, axles, electric motors. Beginners will participate in Junior Robotics, while the advanced campers will plan, script, stage, shoot, and produce their own mini-movie using Stop Motion Animation with Lego components. More information and another enterprising photo are on the jump page.

04/03/15 12:00pm


Here’s a particularly shiny one-bedroom condo in a prime spot of Flushing. The LIRR and Main Street 7 train are very close, but the apartment still seems to be a good distance away from the busyness. There’s a supermarket and a Home Depot down the street, and there are lots of restaurants and stores in the area. The library is close by too.

It looks like the living room has a glass door, so maybe there’s a balcony? The kitchen has dark wood cabinets and new appliances, and the bathroom looks new too. This seems like a good size apartment and considering the area and that there’s laundry in the building $1,900 seems doable, right? Click through for more photos.

132-15 41st Avenue, #6 [Re/Max City] GMAP (more…)

04/01/15 4:00pm


Matthew Silva’s documentary “Modern Ruin” premieres Friday, May 22 at the Queens Theatre in the Park. The film “tells the story of Philip Johnson’s New York State Pavilion during the glory days of the fair, and chronicles its demise over the past 50 years,” according to the documentary’s Kickstarter campaign.

The film also delves into its use as a concert venue in the 1960s and a roller rink in the 1970s, as well as recent efforts to preserve it. Check out a trailer hereTickets are $15 each.