11/17/15 1:00pm

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The deuces are wild! Hansel and Gretel; Gilbert and Sullivan; and Orthodox comedians Tovah Silbermann and Liza Treyger are coming to Queens this week. Locals can also check out two Irish movies, a presentation by two Civil War expert groups, two Diwali-inspired festivals, two enormous dance works, and two walking tours with the borough’s official historian. Another image and descriptions of 18 events are on the jump page.


11/10/15 1:00pm

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The famous GingerBread Lane returns to Queens this week. The 500 square feet of sweet goodness will be in great company with classic plays, noir films, performance art, poetry, and Himalayan dumplings. An image of the GingerBread marvel and 27 upcoming events are on the jump page.


10/30/15 1:00pm

Wait Until Dark at The Chain Theatre

It’s 1944, and Susy Hendrix is a Greenwich Village housewife who has just gone blind. Thugs break into her apartment to search for a heroin-stuffed doll. The plot then twists and turns on the way to a shattering conclusion.

This play, Wait Until Dark, premiered on Broadway in 1966. The next year, the thriller was adapted into a Hollywood film starring Audrey Hepburn.

Today, October 30, Variations Theatre Group opens a 15-show run of its adaption of Wait Until Dark at The Chain Theatre in Long Island City. More information and another image are on the jump page.


10/27/15 1:00pm

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It’s time for two days of pumpkin-chucking! Other non-traditional Halloween celebrations include a haunted hike through a forest, a tour of murder and mayhem, kimchee-eating, and a multi-disciplinary Day of the Dead event. Also on the To Do list are a Russian play, an Irish crooner, a Jewish comedian, a French filmmaker, and a Panamanian expo. Another image and the full rundown are on the jump page.


10/09/15 1:00pm

MoMA PS1 in Long Island City

The best things in life are free…and this is about to include MoMa PS1.

Starting this Sunday (October 11), the Long Island City contemporary art center, an affiliate of the Museum of Modern Art in Manhattan, will waive admission fees for New York City residents for about a year, thanks to a grant from the Anna-Maria & Stephen Kellen Foundation. In order to qualify, visitors will have to present proof of residency, such as a driver’s license or a current utility bill.

The promotion is timed to coincide with the unveiling of a new exhibition, Greater New York, which will showcase work by 157 emerging artists living and working in the New York metropolitan area. The offer will sunset on October 15, 2016, when MoMa PS1 will be celebrating its 40th anniversary. (More information and another image are on the jump page.)


10/08/15 1:00pm

Queensboro Dance Festival in Long Island City

It’s no secret that Queens is the most diverse county on the entire planet with an estimated 120 languages spoken within its borders. This diversity extends to the universal language of dance, as the borough is home to troupes that perform everything from Ecuadorian Montubio to Indian Kathak to Korean Sogo Chum.

On Monday (October 12), the Queensboro Dance Festival kicks off at The Secret Theatre in Long Island City. Produced by The Physical Plant, this seven-day extravaganza features 23 choreographers from Astoria, Elmhurst, Howard Beach, Jackson Heights, Long Island City, Saint Albans, Sunnyside, and Woodside. Many of the works will be borough premieres, ranging from bellydance to tap, modern to flamenco. Another image and more festival details, including a list of participants, are on the jump page.


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 3:00pm

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Red-tailed hawks, peregrine falcons, and bald eagles will be in Flushing Meadows Corona Park this weekend for a Raptor Fest. Should they fly around, they will be able to enjoy opera, a trunk show, Irish music, professional wrestling, Spanish theater, and an Oktoberfest with German and Korean takes on pickled cabbage. Another photo and the entire rundown 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.


09/23/15 3:00pm

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The Maker Faire began in the San Francisco area in 2006 and quickly spread to various cities. This week, the biggest and best one takes places in — where else? — Queens. This international event is the flagship for a jam-packed week that includes a Jim Henson celebration, a restaurant crawl, a dance festival, a Broadway show tune extravaganza, opera, and poetry. Here’s the rundown.

September 24, Jamaica Restaurant Crawl, 5 pm to 8 pm. Participants include Dominican and Central American eateries. $20. Tickets and more information at 516.502.5936.

September 24, NED Talks, 7 pm. Bicycle world traveler Joe Cruz shares his tips for successful adventures. Cyclists can present Cruz with tough questions. Free. Nomad Cycle, 51-02 21st Street, Long Island City.

September 25, In My Father’s House, 7 pm. Set on Chicago’s south side, this documentary chronicles the year-long journey of Grammy-winning rapper Che “Rhymefest” Smith, from homelessness and alcoholism to self-discovery and redemption. He reunites with his homeless father in a quest to reclaim his neighborhood and discover his true self. Plus, post-screening discussion with Martha Diaz of the Hip-Hop Education Center and co-producer Jameka Autry. Museum of the Museum Image, 36-01 35th Avenue, Kaufman Arts District.

September 26-27, World Maker Faire 2015, 10 am to 6 pm. This is an all-ages gathering of tech enthusiasts, crafters, educators, tinkerers, hobbyists, engineers, science clubs, authors, artists, students, and commercial exhibitors. They unite to show what they have made and to share what they have learned. Prices vary. New York Hall of Science, 47-01 111th Street, Corona.

September 26, Fall Family Day: Jim Henson Celebration, 11:30 am to 4 pm. An afternoon of fun and educational puppet activities and live events in honor of Henson, the inventor of the Muppets would have turned 79 on September 24. Free admission for children 12 and under. Museum of the Moving Image, 36-01 35th Avenue, Kaufman Arts District.

September 26, TreesCount! 2015, 9 am to noon. This is a volunteer-powered campaign to map, count, and care for all of NYC’s street trees. To date, only 25 percent of Flushing’s street trees have been mapped. The data collected will further the Parks Department’s understanding, and ability to care for the city’s urban forest. Meet at PS 20, 142-30 Barclay Avenue, Flushing. More information: Jennifer Sun at jennifer9280@gmail.com.

September 26, Making Moves Dance Festival, 2 pm (free outdoor) and 7 pm (main stage). A performance by emerging NYC dance companies and choreographers in a two-part showcase of original works. $15/$12 for seniors and students. Jamaica Performing Arts Center, 161-04 Jamaica Avenue.

September 26, Oye Corona!, 3 pm. This monthly celebration features dance from Mexico and Bangladesh as well as live music, workout time, art-making workshops, dance performances, and stories. Free. 103rd Street and Roosevelt Avenue, Corona.

September 26, Harvest Moon Drumming, 7 pm. Begin with workshops led by Haitian master drummer, Öneza Lafontant, on the Rada and Petwo drums, then jam with the entire group. All are welcome from beginner to professional. $20. Flushing Town Hall, 137-35 Northern Boulevard, Flushing.

September 26, Inside the Vatican, 1 pm. A documentary on the secret archives and private chapels of the Vatican during the time of Pope John Paul II. Free. Greater Astoria Historical Society, Quinn Building, 35-20 Broadway, Long Island City.

September 26, Touch a Truck & Fall Family Festival, 11 am to 4 pm. A festival to give youngsters the opportunity to climb on, touch, and explore trucks and vehicles. Cross Island YMCA, 238-10 Hillside Avenue, Bellerose.

September 26, Smithsonian Museum Day Live, 2:30 pm to 4:30 pm. Hosted by Smithsonian Magazine, there is free admission for anybody who presents a Museum Day Live ticket. Queens Historical Society, Weeping Beach Park, 143-35 37th Avenue, Flushing.

September 26, Community Volunteer Day, 10 am to 1 pm. Staffers, individuals, and group volunteers participate in a variety of garden activities. Queens Botanical Garden, 43-50 Main Street, Flushing.

September 27, Vox A Cappella, 4 pm. A cappella group VOX won the Austrian Gold Award for Music in 2009. The singers are on a world tour right now. $25. Colden Auditorium at Kupferberg Center for the Arts, Queens College, 65-30 Kissena Boulevard, Flushing.

September 27, Stephen Schwartz and Friends, 3 pm. Grammy and Oscar winner Schwartz joins Debbie Gravitte, Scout Coulter, and Kelli Rabke to perform songs from his greatest hits, such as Wicked, Godspell, and Pocahontas. $39-$45. Queensborough Performing Arts Center, 222-05 56th Avenue, Bayside.

September 27, The Moment: Indigenous Voices From the East Coast of Taiwan, 2 pm. An improvisational indigenous Taiwanese contemporary performance and video. Queens Museum, NYC Building, Flushing Meadows Corona Park.

September 27, Third Annual Sunday Stroll, noon to 5 pm. Live music and performances, free games and rides, giveaways from local businesses. Bell Boulevard between 39th and 41st avenues, Bayside.

September 27, Kew Gardens Community Arts Day, 11 am to 5 pm. The entire neighborhood is an art experience, featuring demos, sidewalk chalk artworks, a music show, an art exhibit and giveaways. Free. Vicinity of Austin Street and Lefferts Boulevard, Kew Gardens.

September 27, Pay-What-You-Can Self Defense Class, 7 pm. Open to anybody 16 or older, this class covers five aspects of self defense: thinking, using the voice, physical self defense, escape, and after care. Free or pay what you can with a $20 suggested donation. M’Kekado School of Karate, 72-26 Roosevelt Avenue, Jackson Heights or elenaselfdefense@yahoo.com.

September 27, Long Island City Tour, 2:30 pm. This three-hour, small-group walking tour goes through Long Island City’s thriving arts and culinary scene. Meet interesting local artists, makers, and entrepreneurs, and enjoy additional stops for light bites and local microbrews with a grand finale at a rooftop lounge with incredible cityscape views and a glass of prosecco. $65, advance booking required.

September 28, Song From The Uproar, 4:30 pm. Beth Morrison Projects holds rehearsal of this opera as the troupe gets ready for performances at the Los Angeles Music Center. A panel discussion with the creators, director, and stars afterward. Free. Jamaica Performing Arts Center, 161-04 Jamaica Avenue.

September 28, Five Continents, One Borough: Art Treasures from the Homelands of Queens,through January 12, 2016. The Godwin-Ternbach Museum at Queens College displays 33 works from its collection that represent five of the homelands of Queens residents. It includes works ranging from pre-Colombian textiles to contemporary Chinese painting to Christian and Buddhist objects, as well as works by Rembrandt and the poet Rumi. Free. On view Monday to Friday, 9 am to 5 pm at the Citi DeFord Gallery, Lobby of One Court Square, Long Island City, (718) 997-4747 or gtmuseum@qc.cuny.edu.

September 30, Words With Wings, 7:30 pm to 11:30 pm. An all-poetry show with live art, mini open mic, fireworks. The Grind, 11-27 44th Road, Long Island City.

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Photos by Andrew Kelly