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.


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.


09/16/15 1:00pm


Katurian is a fiction writer with a vivid imagination. His short stories often describe violent acts against youngsters based on his memories of his brother, Michal, being abused by their parents before he killed them.

After a string of real-life child murders resemble scenes from his books, Katurian is arrested. Mentally challenged Michal confesses to the crimes and implicates his brother, meaning that Katurian will probably be executed in this unnamed country governed by a totalitarian regime. Then two detectives interrogate Katurian, while narrations and re-enactments of his stories explain how he developed his disturbed imagination.

The Pillowman is a 2003 play by Martin McDonagh which won the 2004 Olivier Award for Best New Play and the 2004-2005 New York Drama Critics’ Circle Award for Best New Foreign Play.

On September 18, a chilling-but-at-times-hilarious version of this work kicks off a 15-performance run at The Chain Theatre in Long Island City. More information on the jump page.


09/08/15 1:00pm


Basically, she’s moving and taking over. Jeanine Durning will do a new piece, To Being (September 9-12 and 16-19), and then remount an older but related piece, inging (September 23-26), at The Chocolate Theatre in Long Island City this month. However, this is interpretive dance, and it’s a bit complicated. Durning is known for “nonstopping,” which involves unscripted nonstop “languaging” as performance. The speaker (dancer) works in direct relation with the listener (audience) at the moment of articulation.

To Being is a choreography of persistence: the body continues in ongoing change, relations transform, meanings proliferate and fade. A companion work to inging, the performance is an unending search for an imperative relationship to movement in which dichotomies between self and other, material and immaterial, thought and action, incessantly dissolve. The audience is supposed to ponder the following questions: What’s at stake? Where’s the end? How can we give more when all we feel is that we’ve met our limit?

Meanwhile, inging is a spoken word performance, part reverie, part dance, part oral biography, part meditation and psychotherapy. It is a choreography of the mind, moving in the continuous present. It tracks the velocity of thought through a cascade of words. Durning and her audience are in perpetual disequilibrium, confronted with the limits of language as a paradigm for communication, knowledge and understanding. More information, another photo, and a special ticket offer are on the jump page.


09/01/15 1:00pm


The practices have been open to the public during July and August (above), but now it’s showtime. On Friday, the In-Sight Dance Company will kick off the sixth-annual Suite Summer Festival at Socrates Sculpture Park. This three-day event offers site-specific performances that entice the audiences to rove around the Long Island City green space and participate in immersive dance experiences.

There’s really nothing like it in New York City. Founded in 2008, In-Sight strives to create dance that inspires critical thought and reasoned discussion. The company’s main goal is to improve society through performance, community partnerships, and service. More information on this weekend’s schedule and another photo are on the jump page.


09/01/15 9:30am

Queens' Broadway walking tour

There’s a Broadway in every borough. The most famous runs the length of Manhattan and continues into the Bronx and Yonkers beyond that; another forms the border of Bedford Stuyvesant and Bushwick in Brooklyn; another serves as a spine of West New Brighton in Staten Island and runs past the Staten Island Zoo; and then in Queens, whose Broadway runs from Ravenswood to Elmhurst and serves as one of Long Island City’s key shopping arteries, joining Steinway Street and 30th Avenue.

Queens’ Broadway, which attained its present length only in the early 20th century, is an amalgam of a number of roads: Broadway in Ravenswood ran southeast to the now-demapped Ridge Road near Newtown Road; and the eastern part between Woodside Avenue and Queens Boulevard is the easternmost section of the colonial-era Hellgate Ferry Road, which connected Elmhurst and the East River; twisting Woodside Avenue follows most of its route today. The routes were joined in the years before the new IND subway was routed along a lengthy section from Steinway Street to Queens Boulevard in the 1930s.


08/27/15 1:00pm


The home of the Metropolitan Opera and the New York Philharmonic Orchestra is organizing a huge event in Queens…but it won’t make any sound.

Lincoln Center Local will host the second annual Silent Disco party at Hunter’s Point South Park in Long Island City on September 3. With a 1980s theme, the fun will start around 6 pm with a massive dance lesson on the Hustle, salsa, and other smooth moves from the era. Then, attendees will don wireless headphones and listen to music by DJs Eric Silvey, Rimarkable, and Bill Coleman while shaking their groove things under the stars. (Individuals will be able turn up — or turn down — the volume as to their preferences.)

More information and another photo are on the jump page.


08/13/15 1:00pm


The above photo depicts the hot-dipped galvanized steel sculpture called “Cloud Mountain.” Japanese-American artist Isamu Noguchi created it over two years in 1982 and 1983, after a trip to the Andes cordillera in South America, where he studied Incan culture. Stones are sacred in Incan society as they are truly the mountainous community’s base. Incan buildings are outgrowths of the area’s topography and natural architecture.

Noguchi studied all over the world, and he liked to integrate Japanese traditions with those of other cultures. Cloud Mountain is a shining example of his blending as it has clean lines that can be interpreted as biomorphic and calligraphic.

This masterpiece will be the main topic during Center of Attention, a hour-long discussion at the Noguchi Museum on August 15 at 4 pm. Center of Attention is a free monthly exercise that strives to engage visitors in the museum’s collection. More information and another photo are on the jump page.


07/30/15 1:00pm


There’s strength in numbers, but there’s fun in words. A lot of fun.

This weekend, authors, booksellers, essayists, poets, and other verse enthusiasts will head to LIC Bar for the Queens NYC Lit Fest, a two-day celebration of the borough and its booming writing scene. Organized by Michael Geffner from The Inspired Word, this first annual extravaganza will feature scheduled readings by residents from around the borough, including Maria Lisella, the newly appointed Queens poet laureate, and Audrey Dimola, hostess of the reading-and-live-writing series Nature of the Muse. Plus, both days will begin with open mic time at 11 am. (First come, first served. Five-minute slots.) More information and another photo on jump page.


07/23/15 1:00pm


It’s a chance to make history or at least take part in it.

The Greater Astoria Historical Society is going to host two unique parties this summer. From 1 pm to 4 pm on July 25 and again on August 8, all are invited to the Long Island City headquarters to scan old photos.

Do you have any pictures of the old neighborhood or beloved family members? This is the way they can achieve immortality. Agency members will scan the photos, return them to attendees, and then include the images in their archives.

It’s free, but the impact might be priceless.

Details: Summer Scan Party, Greater Astoria Historical Society, 35-20 Broadway, Long Island City, July 25, 1 pm, free.

Photo by Greater Astoria Historical Society