The Rocky Horror Picture Show is celebrating its 40th anniversary in Queens — where else? — this week. Other fun activities include a strawberry festival, a hot dog-eating contest, a theater festival, a mama’s expo, and plenty of live outdoor music. Here’s the rundown.
June 12, The Rocky Horror Picture Show Experience, 7:30 pm. This is a screening and live reenactment by the New York City Shadow Cast of the 1970s cult movie, which is now celebrating its 40th anniversary. Attendees are encouraged to come dressed as their favorite character. $15. Museum of the Moving Image, 36-01 35th Ave., Kaufman Arts District.
June 12, Unchained Theatre Festival, until June 28. This third annual extravaganza features 16 pieces, ranging from 10-minute shorts to full-length plays, performed three times in the course of three weeks. Voting by audiences and judges determines the top pieces, which receive an additional performance during the finale on June 28. $15/$18 for final round/closing ceremony. The Chain Theatre, 21-28 45th Rd., LIC. (more…)
This one-bedroom rental is a spacious duplex styled apartment in Kew Gardens. There’s an outdoor patio and terrace, renovated kitchen and bathroom, and it looks like the apartment gets a lot of light. The monthly rent is $1,550.
The Q54 bus is across the street, the LIRR is down the street, and the E and F trains are about a 15-minute walk away. There are grocery stores and dining options nearby, and the Key Gardens Cinemas is down the street. Click through for more photos.
This one-bedroom apartment in a Kew Gardens high-rise comes with excellent views and nice features. It was recently renovated with new hardwood floors, built-in AC units, and has new marble and tile in the bathroom. The kitchen is spacious, with a built-in microwave and dishwasher. The building itself has a new laundry room, a 24-hour concierge, and a private parking garage. Heat, hot water, and gas are included in the $2,200 monthly rent.
The Q10, QM18, Q60, and LIRR are all within walking distance. There’s a grocery store next door, a park and playground nearby, and dining options are down the street. Click through for more photos.
It appears that this week’s activities are sponsored by the letter “F.” Fun-seekers can frolic with Flamenco, funny girls, foreign films, flea markets, festivals, a farm, a fling, a fair housing workshop, and a Flushing Bay cleanup. Here are the facts. (more…)
Do it for exercise, personal records, and a good cause. This Sunday, the second annual Forest Park Toy Drive 5 Miler will lead participants up and down small hills and past some beautiful fields on the wide, tree-lined road inside Forest Park. Presented by the Queens Tourism Council and Queens Distance Runners, this fun run has a charitable aspect, too, as harriers are asked to bring Christmas toy donations, which the Queens Centers for Progress will collect and distribute to needy children. There’s also a social side, as refreshments and food will be served afterward. And for those with competitive spirits, Ricardo Cuahizo won the men’s division last year in 28:11, while Blanca Lucero finished first among the women with a 34:46 time. They are presumed to defend their titles. Plus, City Council Member Elizabeth Crowley, who had a fine showing last year, is expected to return.
Details: Forest Park Toy Drive 5 Miler, the course loops twice through the park, starting and finishing at Forest Park Drive and Woodhaven Boulevard, Kew Gardens, December 7th, 9 am (registration at 8:30 am), $25/$30 on race day, and the first 50 registrants will receive Queens Distance Runners t-shirts. Plus, racers are asked to donate toys. Register here.
Sometimes Queens is so diverse it’s scary. Upcoming Halloween events include everything from senior events to youth events; cemetery fun to casino fun; and food-making to mask-making. And let’s not even begin to discuss all the great neighborhoods for trick-or-treating. To aid decision-making, the Queens Tourism Council suggests the following activities because they combine enjoyment with safety, enrichment, and even some sweet treats. They appear on the jump page.
It’s the New York City marathon for word lovers. Queens Writes Weekend 2014 will facilitate more than 12 literary events at a minimum of six venues throughout the world’s most diverse borough over the last weekend in April. The fun will start on Friday, April 25th, with an open reading at The Astoria Bookshop featuring contributors to the third issue of Newtown Literary, a semi-annual journal. On Saturday and Sunday, the events will differ, but authors of all kinds — young, old, novice, expert — will simply sit down together and write for a few hours. Participants will then share the products of their efforts at an open mic event at Terraza 7 in Elmhurst on Sunday night.
Details: Queens Writes Weekend 2014, begins with Kick-Off Reading at The Astoria Bookshop, 31-29 31st Street, Astoria, April 25th, 7 pm, click here for times and venues on April 26th and April 27th, ends at Wrap-Up Open Mic at Terraza 7, 40-19 Gleane Street, Elmhurst, April 27th, 6 pm, suggested donations at all times to defray the costs of publishing Newtown Literary‘s fourth edition and other good works. So far, events are set for Astoria, Bayside, Corona, Forest Hills, Jackson Heights and Kew Gardens, but more sites are expected to be confirmed before the weekend begins.Schedule and venues will be posted and updated regularly on this page.
On March 13, 1964, Kitty Genovese was stabbed to death near the Kew Gardens apartment building where she lived. At first, the murder didn’t receive much media attention, but 13 days later, The New York Times ran an article with the headline: “Thirty-Seven Who Saw Murder Didn’t Call the Police.” (A later reproduction put the number at 38.) The witnesses’ alleged indifference became a symbol of the callousness of the era and led to psychological investigation of the social phenomenon now known as “Genovese syndrome” or “bystander effect.” This Saturday, the Greater Astoria Historical Society will mark the 50th anniversary of this 28-year-0ld bar manager’s killing with a roundtable discussion about the truths, myths, lies and exaggerations of this case.
The neighborhood will never be the same. On the first day of fall, Kew Gardens will be transformed into a total art experience with sidewalk chalk designers, portrait painters, glass makers, jewelers, potters and musicians. A comic book writer/illustrator will discuss his trade, while a master tailor will give lessons on sewing. There will also be Broadway tunes, multicultural demos/exhibits, kiddie workshops and an art show in Kew Gardens Cinemas Park. The chain-linked fence in front of the New Homestead Home for Adults will exhibit intergenerational art created by senior citizens and children. On display will be roughly 100 flags decorated by residents, adults and children with their wishes for the world as per a Tibetan belief that the breeze will blow through the flags and spread the wishes far and wide. The day, which is made possible by a Unity NYC grant to the Kew Gardens Improvement Association and Queens Art Express, will end with poetry, prose and short story excerpts by the REZ Reading Group at Odradek’s Coffee House at 82-60 Austin Street
Details: Kew Gardens Community Arts Day, vicinity of Austin Street, Lefferts Boulevard and Metropolitan Avenue in Kew Gardens, September 22nd, 11 am to 5 pm, free. Rain date: October 6th.
It dates back to 1903. It has 36 jumping horses, 13 standing horses, a piping organ, two chariots and some menagerie animals. It’s located in a 544-acre park. And it’s ready to raise funds to fight a debilitating and deadly disease. This Friday, an open party at the Forest Park Carousel will feature Omar Olusion’s Magic Show, face-painting, food and other activities as well as rides on the city’s oldest merry-go-round. The operating company, NY Carousel Entertainment, will donate all proceeds from circular trips on this work of art to the Alzheimer’s Association’s NYC Chapter. The idea for the event comes from Carol Lacks, a Kew Gardens resident and Alzheimer’s Association volunteer who has fond childhood memories of riding the carousel.
Details: An Evening on the Forest Park Carousel to End Alzheimer’s, Aug. 9, 6:30 pm, Vicinity of Woodhaven Boulevard and Forest Park Drive, Forest Park, $10 for unlimited rides and face-painting/$3 for an individual ride, all proceeds from rides will go to the Alzheimer’s Association’s NYC Chapter, free parking near carousel.