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.
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.
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.
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, 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 email@example.com.
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 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, 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
A change in season must be taking place, as fun Queens events are heading indoors. A runway show, theater, cooking, classical music, film, and history are coming up, while the precious few outdoor events include Shakespeare and a Poseidon parade. The rundown and another photo are on the jump page.
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.
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.
The week’s big news is the re-opening of the Queens International Night Market in Jamaica. Other items include a silent disco, a photo exhibit on Rockaway, outdoor dance, and some end-of-summer staples, such as the Fresh Pond Road Festival. Here’s the rundown.
September 3, Silent Disco, 6 pm. Put on earphones, listen to a deejay, and dance under the stars. Headphones are free, but a credit card or ID must be used as collateral to borrow them. Hunters Point South Park, Center Boulevard between 50th and 54th avenues, Long Island City.
September 4, Suite Summer Festival, through September 6. These site-specific performances invite the audience to rove around the park and participate in an immersive dance experience. (Friday, 6 pm to 7 pm; Saturday, 5 pm to 6 pm; Sunday, 3 pm to 4 pm and 5 pm to 6 pm.) Free. Socrates Sculpture Park, 32-01 Vernon Boulevard, Long Island City.
September 4, Free First Fridays, 10 am to 8 pm. Wine-and-beer cash bar, public tours in English and Japanese at 2 pm, and Center of Attention, an extended conversation about a single work of art—Noguchi’s Infant is the topic on this night. Noguchi Museum, 9-01 33rd Road, Long Island City.
September 6, Salon Sunday, 1 pm. Artists are welcome to present their work for a 10-minute discussion, and network over cookies and coffee. Open to anyone curious about art and artists. Flushing Town Hall, 137-35 Northern Boulevard.
September 8, Gertrud Parker Exhibit, through September 27. Parker founded the San Francisco Museum of Craft and Folk Art. This is the first one-woman display of her watercolors and prints, which combine whimsy with gravity. The Godwin-Ternbach Museum at Queens College, 405 Klapper Hall, Flushing.
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.
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.