A tree grows in Brooklyn, but Green Space sprouts in Queens. With its ever-changing roster of choreographers and post-performance, wine-and-cheese discussions, the Long Island City dance studio’s periodical Fertile Ground showcases have become prized spots for emerging and established artists. Some of these performers also participate in Take Root, a monthly curated series providing dancers with opportunities to show a full (or half) evening of work paired with another performer. This Friday and Saturday, Green Space’s Take Root will feature a diverse, dynamic evening with the Isis Movement Company. This Manhattan-based troupe of classically trained modern dancers will premiere Universalis, a piece inspired by the complexities and varied elements of the solar system. The next day, a Fertile Ground session will include EstadoFlotante/Collaborative, Hazel Lever, Pareena Lim and Susie Thiel.
Details: Take Root: Isis Movement Company, Green Space, 37-24 24th Street, Long Island City, December 13th and December 14th, 8 pm, $15; and Fertile Ground, Green Space, December 15th, 7 pm, $10. (more…)
The shot above is quite modern, captured a few days after Hurricane Sandy on November 4th of 2012, which is the reason why there is no traffic visible. It depicts the “Queens Midtown Highway” section of the Long Island Expressway. The highway was opened in 1939, along with the Midtown Tunnel, and it changed Long Island City forever. The point of view is found on Greenpoint Avenue, by the way.
Thank God it’s First Fridays! The Noguchi Museum offers extended evening hours on the first Friday of every month during the summer — and as a special treat — on December 6th. The event generally features extended hours from 5 pm to 8 pm, pay-what-you-want admission, a guided discussion on art and a cash beer-and-wine bar. This Friday, Noguchi will screen two episodes of the 12-part documentary Routes: The Spiritual Odyssey of Chinese American Artists. These segments focus on Shen Ruijin and Zheng Lianjie, taking the audience through each China-born artist’s working process. A former Camargo Foundation Fellow, Ruijin is known for creating 3D painting-animations featuring images that move a little bit, thus promoting the ancient Chinese belief that change is constant. Lianjie, who lives in Beijing and New York City, came of age during the Cultural Revolution in the 1980s and transformed his work to art installations and performance-based pieces from traditional painting.
Details: Routes: The Spiritual Odyssey of Chinese American Artists, Noguchi Museum, 09-01 33rd Road, Long Island City, December 6th, 5 pm, pay-what-you-wish.
Welcome to a new Q’Stoner food feature, Signature Dish! A few time a month we’ll check in with Queens restaurants and ask the owners about the all-time favorite dishes they serve. To kick things off, we spoke with the folks behind the LIC beer bar Woodbine’s.
The spot: Woodbine’s, 47-10 Vernon Boulevard, Long Island City.
The deal: Woodbine’s is a craft beer bar that recently opened on Vernon Boulevard, the heart of the growing Hunter’s Point community. The pub wants to be part of the community by having enough outlets to let people work and stay connected. The bar owners not only want to provide a variety of craft beers but develop exclusive brews with local breweries. Astoria’s Single Cut brewery has debuted a new partner beer, Burke’s Pale Ale, at Woodbine’s and its sister restaurants The Courtyard Ale, The Kent Ale House and Brickyard Gastropub in Queens, Manhattan and Brooklyn respectively.
The dish: The Signature Dish at Woodbine’s is the Scotch egg, the perfect complement to the craft beer selection. A Scotch egg is a hard-boiled egg encased in sausage and breadcrumbs and then served sliced on a plate with brown mustard. The $5 snack has quickly become the most popular dish because it is light enough to accompany any drink—beer, wine, cocktail or soda.
The snack menu is available at the bars and booths all day.
Their teams have names like Sister Sex Wolf, Butter High, Monster Monster, Perfect Stranglers and Funkle Todd, and they have no idea what they are going to do next. The Queens Secret Improv Club is a curated comedy collective comprised of invited indie squads and auditioned house teams. They aim to please… spontaneously. They also hang out at The Secret Theatre in Long Island City. In fact, they will perform there on November 28th, 29th and 30th, followed by various shows during December. Sometimes they go on for hours. Other times, they invite the audience to join in.
Details: INDIpak Chopra and QSIC at Heart, The Secret Theatre, 44-02 23rd Street, LIC, November 28th, 7 pm and 9:15 pm, $5. Each show is a rotating indie improv showcase that features four teams of new and veteran talent. There will be a mixer between blocks from 8:30 pm to 9:15 pm during which anybody can perform. Click here for other QSIC shows.
It’s part café with out-of-the-ordinary food and drink items, and it’s part gallery with out-of-this-world art. Resobox was founded in 2009 as a meeting place for people who are interested in Japanese art and food. In line with this tradition, the Long Island City venue is currently presenting Working Life in Meija Japan 1868-1912: Photographs from the Burns Archive, an exhibition of hand-colored photographs of Japanese entrepreneurial class culture from the 19th century, when the Asian country was starting to export products. Taken by professional photographers under government supervision, the images strive to highlight a perceived exotic nature of Japan to the West.
Details: Working Life in Meija Japan 1868-1912: Photographs from the Burns Archive, Resobox, 41-26 27th Street, Long Island City, through December 5th, Gallery Hours, Monday, 10 am to 6 pm, Wednesday through Friday, 10 am to 6 pm, Saturday, noon to 5 pm, closed on Tuesday and Sunday. (more…)
A few days ago, the redoubtable MTA announced that their tradition of presenting vintage Subway trains during the holiday season will continue in 2013. There will also be vintage buses running on 42nd street in the city, but let’s face it, fellow Queensicans — we don’t go there on the weekends unless we absolutely have to. Why would you, if you live in a place as great as Queens?
The “Nostalgia Special,” as MTA calls it, will be running along the M line between Queens and Manhattan again this year during the first four Sundays in December and offers a ride on trains which can date back as far as the 1930′s.
A vicious feud has filled the city of Verona with senseless violence. There’s no respect for life, and youths are brawling openly in the streets. In other words, the time is ripe for a powerful and pure romance. Romeo and Juliet, children of enemy factions, fall desperately in love and plan to get married, with the help of a peace-loving friar and hapless nurse. Their boundless joy foretells hope for Verona, but fate has other plans. Everybody knows the tragic story of these star-crossed lovers, but this version, which The Secret Theatre will host for seven performances, is unique. The producers, the Poetics Theatre Collective, and director Daniel Roberts prefer a bold interpretation of Shakespeare with a cast free to invest in the rage and wonder of the plot with wild abandon while embracing the full compass of the Bard of Avon’s language. Adding to the fun is the intimate setting and fight choreography by John Tourtellotte, who also plays Romeo.
Past traditions meet a new style. Folk singer/songwriter Mickey Coleman is the latest sensation to hit the Irish folk music scene. A former champion Gaelic football player from County Tyrone, Coleman has a special talent for transforming poetic verses into heart-wrenching lyrics and delivering them with a captivating voice. The singer of such moving ballads as ’The Holylands Belfast,” “The Brantry Boy” and “My Coalisland Girl” has already shared the stage with The Chieftains, Cara Dillon and other top Irish music performers. And like any good native of the Emerald Isle, he’s going to bring his talent to the New York Irish Center in Long Island City on November 9th.
Details: Mickey Coleman, New York Irish Center, 10-40 Jackson Avenue, LIC, November 9th, 7:30 pm, $22/$11 for the unemployed, students and seniors.