Life In Motion
The holidays are quickly approaching, which means plenty of ways to get festive with your tots. This weekend, bring them to one of LIC’s spirited celebrations…
Breadbox Cafe’s Kids Holiday Party- Saturday @ 4pm. 47-11 11th St
From the LIC Partnership: “Breadbox is hosting a 2 hour fundraising event supporting NY Foundling Org. This ‘Kids Only’ party will have opportunities for pictures with Santa, a cupcake decorating class, holiday cookies and more!”
Breakfast with Santa at Water’s Edge Restaurant – Sunday, 11-1:30 and 1:30-4. 4-01 44th Dr
The Muppet Christmas Carol at Museum of the Moving Image – Sunday @ 1pm. 36-01 35 Ave
Cookie Decorating at Malu - Sunday @ 3pm. 12-09 Jackson Ave
With the holidays quickly approaching, there’s plenty of things to do this weekend in Long Island City. From holiday movies to shopping opportunities, here are some fantastic ways to spend your days…
Zaba Kids Holiday Pop-Up Shop
Our sales team, Modern Spaces, is sponsoring this terrific idea, a pop-up shop in their office on Vernon Blvd. Stop by with or without your kids to get special discounts on children’s clothing, toys and accessories. Can’t make it this weekend? Don’t fret; the Zaba Kids team will be at Modern Spaces again on Dec. 17th and 18th. Sat & Sun, 11am – 4pm. 47-42 Vernon Blvd.
Come see the Tony-award nominated musical based on Louisa May Alcott’s classic novel, which follows the March sisters–Jo, Meg, Beth and Amy–as they grow up in Civil War America. Tickets are $18. Showtimes for the 2-week limited engagement:
December 8th -10th & 14th -16th at 7:30 pm
December 11th at 2:30 pm
December 17th at 2:30 pm & 7:30 pm
“Full Disclosure” at The Secret Theatre
From The Secret Theatre’s website: “Going To Tahiti Productions presents the NY premiere of FULL DISCLOSURE!
“Under full disclosure, a broker is required to give the buyer all known facts about the subject property.” Realtor, Sunny Smith, takes this law very much to heart. Join her for an open house as she discloses not just the details of the appliances but also the details of her life. Set up in the style of an actual open house, (complete with refreshments) FULL DISCLOSURE, a one woman show, will be performed by GTTP Company Member, Kiwi Callahan. Join us for snacks and a tour of both Sunny’s listing and her heart.”
“Full Disclosure” runs through Dec. 18th. Performances are Tuesdays-Fridays at 8pm, Saturdays at 2pm & 7pm and Sundays at 2pm. Tickets are $20
Christmas Eve on Sesame Street
Bring your kids to Museum of the Moving Image on Saturday at 1pm for this 1978 holiday special episode, following by a compilation of various clips from the series. Free with museum admission. 36-01 35th Avenue, Astoria.
Malu Holiday Gift Show
Malu, one of LIC’s most quaint and delicious ice cream and dessert shops, is having a special gift show on Saturday from 2-6pm. Besides Malu’s signature chocolates, you’ll find jewelry, candles, soaps, and more.
Brickhouse Ceramic Art Center Holiday Sale
Stop by the shop for one-of-a-kind pieces to give your loved one for the holidays – jewelry, vases, mugs, and more! All weekend long, from 10am-5pm. 10-34 44th Dr.
Ten10 Studios, a fantastic art gallery in the neighborhood, is hosting a holiday party for the whole family on Sunday, complete with story time, hot coco, and festive photos at the Polaroid Portrait Studio. 1-4:30pm. Free for all!
TGIF, LIC! Looking for an activity to start off your weekend? Head to The Secret Theatre, a fantastic artistic hub in the community (and conveniently located just around the corner from our condominium building). Siren’s Tale Production’s In Montauk, a film shot in Queens & Long Island, has a sneak peek screening tonight at 7pm followed by a Q&A and reception. Tickets are only $5.
The theatre describes Kim Cummings’s new film: “Photographer Julie Wagner is taking photos in Montauk in the off-season for her first solo show. Pregnant, alone and under pressure to create new work for the impending show, she becomes involved with Christian, a composer working on his own project. Complicating matters is Julie’s husband Josh. Her affair leads Julie to a shocking life decision.”
The Secret Theatre . 44-02 23rd Street
Another Friday is here, and we’ve got a few suggestions for how to spend your pre-Thanksgiving weekend in Long Island City…
Tonight head to The Astor Room at 34-12 34th Street for live music, dinner, and end-of-work-week drinks. We blogged about the restaurant’s Friday nights a while back: Emerging artists from Song Circle play each Friday night from 9-11PM. Why not make a night of it? The Astor Room (34-12 36 Street, Astoria) is known for its delicious cocktails and grub, with an extensive wine collection, comfort food done right (chicken pot pie, French union soup, fish & chips – oh my!), and a cocktail list Hollywood-inspired, “forgotten classics.” A vodka gimlet please!
Today through Sunday, stop by Museum of the Moving Image for the series “Crime Scene: Europe,” a showcase of film noir thrillers. The museum says: “The series ranges from Czech and Austrian films of the 1940s and early 1950s rarely seen in the U.S. to contemporary productions from France, Germany, Italy, Poland, and Romania.” Go to http://www.movingimage.us/ for showtimes and information on all the films and special events.
Also at Museum of the Moving Image: If you’re ready to ring in the holiday season, bring your kids to a 3-D screening of the animated flick “Arthur Christmas” on Saturday @ 11am, with a reception of cookies and drinks in the museum cafe at 10am. “Arthur Christmas” stars James McAvoy, Hugh Laurie, Bill Nighy, and Jim Broadbent.
Last Sunday, the LIC community congregated on Jackson Avenue to cheer on marathon runners. Modern Spaces, The Industry’s sales team, took to their storefront on Jackson, offering coffee, tea, and hot chocolate, plus delicious pastries and muffins – it was a perfect fall morning, and a great way to celebrate the runners and the city of New York! Modern Spaces supplied signs for people to write positive cheers and shout-outs to friends and family. Take a look:
Unless you were living under a Central Park rock yesterday, you experienced the marathon madness. Here at The Industry, people stopped by our open house while waiting to see a friend or loved one run through the Queens streets. Long Island City was packed! And The New York Times took notice. This morning’s article by C.J. Hughes, “Along the Route, Neighborhood Snapshots of New York’s Progression,” chronicles the change in LIC over the last few decades. Here are excerpts:
“As dusk fell, a woman, head to toe in black, bounded down the sidewalk, with a leash in one hand and a baby tucked against her chest. By the curb, two men in suits loudly debated the stock market. And at a Mexican bistro, patrons sipped Chardonnay from stemless glasses under graffiti framed as art.
Ordinary stuff, maybe, for many New York neighborhoods. But this lively mix of bar-goers and Wall Streeters and harried parents was percolating on Vernon Boulevard, in Long Island City, Queens, a highway-bordered neighborhood that until recently seemed to function largely as a giant parking lot.
In 1976, when the New York City Marathon first trudged through Long Island City en route from Staten Island to Manhattan, the area had an even more pungent industrial flavor. A common sight at night then wasn’t stockbrokers but trucks, lots of them, rumbling from low-slung warehouses down dark streets with cargoes of bread, beer and soda.”
“The transformation of Long Island City, from a vast asphalt expanse into a neighborhood rich with luxury two-bedroom condos, is just one startling stop on the city’s remade and repopulated landscape. Charred blocks are now flush with trees. Discos have given way to pharmacies. Immigrant groups have faded, to be replaced by arrivals of new colors. The gulf between rich and poor has blown open.
Sure, one could pick any thoroughfare in the city, or devise your own 26-mile spin through New York, and note change. But the marathon’s route, year in and year out, draws runners from across the globe and declares, in its punishing and entertaining way, ‘This is New York.’”
“Long Island City’s changed character and altered look are a testament to that rezoning and the rebuilding that has come as a consequence. Yes, there are still myriad taxi depots, used-car lots and garages. Not to mention that huge billboards, for department stores, orange juice and cellphones, catch the eyes of commuters on the Long Island Expressway below.
But people who ran the route in the ’70s no doubt do double takes these days. Developers have recently lined Jackson Avenue with angular condos. A complex known as Hunters View was built over an auto-parts store. One Vernon Jackson rose over a razed glue factory. And One Hunters Point, on Borden Avenue, stands in the footprint of a parking lot where children a couple of generations back played touch football.
Adding so much sizzle to a sleepy city corner has charmed some business owners like Sung Park, 52, a deli owner on Vernon since 1988.
In 2009, he decided the neighborhood had changed enough that he could move beyond selling soda and sandwiches. He opened a museum on 50th Avenue, formally known as Underpenny Antiques, where his collection of 19th-century cast-iron pot holders, some 200 of them, are on display. Oh, and you can buy an oil painting there, too.
‘Years ago, you couldn’t tell cabdrivers ‘Long Island City,’ so we would tell them to go to the Midtown Tunnel tollgate,’ he said. ‘But now they know where to go.’”
Tomorrow marks the 1st Annual Queens Uncorked, a celebration of local food and wine in Long Island City. Organized by Edible Queens Magazine, it’s a highly anticipated event – who doesn’t love some good wino and quality cuisine? Yesterday The New York Daily News published an article on the “foodie event,” and we’ve posted it here. Take a look… Happy drinking!
A local food magazine is promoting the cuisine of Queens and the wines of Long Island at the borough’s latest foodie event.
The first annual Queens Uncorked, organized by the quarterly magazine Edible Queens, will offer ticket holders tastes from more than 20 borough restaurants and 16 Long Island vineyards and wineries Wednesday in Long Island City.
A portion of the proceeds will go to local greenmarket farmers who lost crops to Hurricane Irene and Tropical Storm Lee.
“It’s really about meeting local food artisans, meeting our local wine makers and facilitating connections to help strengthen the economy across the region,” said Edible Queens Editor and Publisher Leah McLaughlin.
“There’s an incredible wine region in the backyard of the Queens borough,” she said.
McLaughlin said she hopes the event will raise Queens’ culinary profile while encouraging more restaurants and stores to stock wine from Long Island’s North and South Forks.
It was modeled after Uncorked Brooklyn, run by McLaughlin’s sister publication Edible Brooklyn.
Table Wine, a wine store in Jackson Heights, is one of the few borough shops to dedicate an entire section to New York wines.
Shop co-owner Christina Vega explained Long Island wines are fruitier than California varieties but aren’t regarded as highly.
Long Island “wine makers are really starting to understand what the North Fork can make well,” she said. “The quality is really starting to improve.”
Steve Bate, executive director of the Long Island Wine Council, which promotes and advocates for the wine region, said a tasting like this is important for the area’s vineyards and wineries.
“These type of events make it possible for people to sample the wines and decide for themselves whether they like the products,” Bate said.
A portion of the $40 tickets for Uncorked Queens tickets will go to GrowNYC.
Liz Carollo, a spokeswoman for GrowNYC s citywide greenmarkets, said the organization has already raised about $50,000 to help farmers that participate in its popular outdoor markets.
About a third of the group s roughly 230 farmers lost 80% or more of their crops due to the recent spate of storms.
The proceeds of the event will go 100% to the 30 farmers that lost almost everything, Carollo said. We re just trying to help them get back on their feet and attend our markets next season.
Witches, ghosts, and goblins… jack-o-lanterns, costumes and candy – it’s that time of year again! Bring out the Kit Kat bars and Reeces Pieces, Halloween is less than a week away, and there’s plenty of ways to celebrate in the neighborhood. Take a look at some of the parties, festivals & events in LIC this weekend/next Monday!
Masquerade Ball @ System Dance Club . Fri, doors open @ 10pm
Drinks, dancing, magic & masks. Music by DJ Brinka, with an opening set by DJ Nine PM. Everyone Free Before Midnight with Ticket. Groups of 5+ ladies receive a complimentary bottle of vodka before midnight. More details at www.systemny.com/Events
Howl-o-ween Paw-rade @ The Breadbox Cafe . Sat, 3-5pm
Dress up your furry friend in festive attire and come to the cafe parking area for some afternoon fun – canine-style. Schedule:
3-3:30: Check in, snacks
3:30 – 4: Photo Booth. Parade set-up
4 – 5: Parade & Costume Contest
5-6: Prize Ceremony
“Movie Monsters and More”: A Master Class with Special Effects Makeup Artist Mike Marino . Museum of the Moving Image . Sun @ 2:30pm
From the museum: “Get an exclusive behind the scenes look at the craft that goes into creating the makeup effects that make movie monsters, zombies, aliens, and victims so frighteningly convincing. Makeup artist Mike Marino, whose credits include I Am Legend, Black Swan, and Men in Black 3, will transform one of his assistants into a werewolf, applying techniques and materials he uses professionally. Audience members will also have the chance to get up close and see actual props Marino has made for films.”
Frankenstein @ Museum of the Moving Image . Sun @7:30pm . Free w/ museum admission
What better way to get spooked that watching this old classic? The screening celebrates the film’s 80th anniversary, and the audience will be joined by Sara Karloff, daughter of Frankenstein’s break-out star and iconic image, Boris Karloff.
“Poe: An Imaginary Waltz” @ The Secret Theatre . Mon @ 8pm
Come to the special Halloween party and performance of the play, which audiences can also enjoy on the 27th, 28th & 29th. From the theatre: “In an original one act, ‘An Imaginary Waltz’ – Poe writes a love letter to his dead bride – She appears, they dance but once again Edgar is left empty and bereft. This unusual show also features a site-specific installation ‘POEtry In Red’ by LIC based artist, Eliot Lable.”
Don’t you just love Halloween! Stop by The Industry this week for a goodie-bag of candy; if you ask very politely, we’ll give them to adults too…
We’ve posted many pictures from last Wednesday’s Premiere Party on our Facebook page (we’d love for you to like us on Facebook; go to http://www.facebook.com/pages/The-Industry-LIC/232246163480470), but thought we’d also share some on the blog. It was a terrific event, with a DJ, great drinks & food (another big thanks to our neighbor, LIC Market), artwork by local photographer Jesse Winter, and space to mingle and celebrate in our penthouse apartments. Thanks to all who stopped by!
It’s been an exciting week here at The Industry, and we’re looking forward to a relaxing, fun weekend. Long Island City won’t disappoint, with festivals and films galore, plus markets, art exhibits, and live music! If you have to choose, here a few things to put on your calendars this weekend in LIC…
Come to Resobox today for a Japenese Character Design Workshop, now every Friday from 5:30 – 6:45pm. Instructor Akane Ogura studied dressmaking and fashion design in Japan, and later illustration in the states. Specializing in mixed media, her work captures the spirit of Japanese character design and “kawaii,” the term for “cuteness.” Resobox’s website describes, “[Kawaii is] a very important part of Japanese pop culture. If you are familiar with ‘Hello Kitty,’ ‘Pikachu’ and ‘Rilakkuma,’ then you can easily understand kawaii characters. In this class, using these two concepts together, we will explore Japanese contemporary drawing style to create kawaii characters of our own vision and design.”
Resobox . 41-26 27th Street
The BabBaDa: Rice Dream Exhibit has its opening reception tonight from 6-7pm at Space Womb, a fantastic art gallery in the Hunters Point area of LIC. On display are paintings & sculptures from two accomplished Korean artists, Jongsun-Jay and Gongsan Kim, that explore Asian and Western motifs, the aftermath of the Korean War, and, as the website states, the “Korean reality from an American perspective.”
Space Womb . 22-48 Jackson Ave
The New York City Greek Film Festival, which runs from Oct. 16th through Nov. 6th at various venues across the city, began yesterday at Museum of the Moving Image; films will be screened at the venue through Sunday. Recognize any of the movies playing this weekend? Charisma, Tungsten, Nobody, Strella, Attenberg, My Sweet Canary, and Knifer will play at the museum.
Check out the full schedule: http://www.nycgreekfilmfestival.com/NYCGFF/MOMI___Schedule.html
Museum of the Moving Image . 36-01 35th Ave
Socrates Sculpture Park’s Halloween Harvest Festival is tomorrow from 11am to 3pm! Take a look at the park’s desciption of the exciting, “fun for the whole family” event:
“Come to the 11th annual Halloween Harvest Festival with your friends and family to make a costume with Socrates Sculpture Park artists; listen to live music; enjoy special artmaking workshops with Socrates artists; enter your dog in the 7th annual Canine Costume Contest; and try harvest foods from local restaurants.
Celebrate Electric Boogaloo style with Socrates Sculpture Park artists!
- Funky costume-making workshops
- Face painting by Agostino Arts!
- Annual Canine Costume Contest with LIC’s Pooches Sport & Spa
- Harvest foods for sale from LIC’s Breadbox Cafe
- Original hip-hop songs & spoken word by the youth of Urban Art Beat NYC
- Breakdancin’ by RadioHead Entertainment
- “Beat-n-Brass” concert by William B. Johnson’s Drumadics”
Socrates Sculpture Park . 3205 Vernon Blvd
Lastly, The Gantry Park Fall Festival is all day Saturday on as well. Plus Agora LIC Saturday Market, and GrowNYC Greenmarket - so much to do, so little time!
Of course, we’d love for you to stop by The Industry on your way to or from one of these fantastic neighborhood events. Our open houses are Saturdays & Sundays from 1-4pm, or 4-5pm by appointment. After our “premiere party” and visit from E! News this week, people are buzzing about our LIC condos - come see what all the fuss is about!
Last night’s party was a great success and truly a neighborhood affair, with food from LIC Market (just across the street from the condos), drinks from Court Square Wines, and music by DJ Cerock. A fantastic local photographer, Jesse Winter, displayed his artwork. Despite the rain, truly a great evening! Thanks to all who came out! Here’s a photo of Modern Spaces President Eric Benaim (center) with The Industry developers, Silvercup Studios Presidents Alan and Stuart Suna. Check back for more photos of the event!
We’ve mentioned that the owners of Silvercup Studios, the region’s largest television and film production facility (“30 Rock,” “Gossip Girl,” “White Collar,” and much more), are the developers of The Industry. Brothers Stuart and Alan Suna are longtime community members and lovers of Long Island City, and advocates for the arts in Queens. That passion extends beyond Silvercup and LIC, and for Stuart Suna, it heads out East to The Hamptons! He is Chairman of The Hamptons International Film Festival (HIFF), a prestigious and exciting festival that occurs each year in October.
Tomorrow marks the 19th year of HIFF, which is a centerpiece of The Hamptons’ vibrant artistic community, and a wonderful bridge between film and economic development.
Here are some of the highly anticipated films that will be showcased at HIFF, Oct. 13th – 17th. Last year’s features earned a total of 30 Academy Award nominations (Black Swan, The King’s Speech, 127 Hours - pretty impressive stuff), so we’re eagerly awaiting the success of this year’s line-up! Take a look (descriptions from the festival website, www.hamptonsfilmfest.org):
Like Crazy“It is rare for sweet, implacable first love portrayed on screen to connect wholly with the heart. It is rare for sweet, implacable first love portrayed on screen to connect wholly with the heart. LIKE CRAZY is a dazzling exception, featuring two brilliant young actors, Anton Yelchin and Felicity Jones, with remarkable screen chemistry.”
The Bully Project “Capturing the experiences of the victims of America’s overlooked bullying crisis, THE BULLY PROJECT sounds an alarm on the harassment and violence taking place among children in the US––and right under our noses.”
It may have felt like fall this week, but this weekend will see clear skies, plenty of sun, and 70 and 80 degree temps. Enjoy the warm, sunny weather with a few Long Island City activities…
Oscar Wilde’s “Salome” is at The Secret Theatre through Oct. 16th. An all-male cast performs the controversial and provocative work, sure to shock and delight audiences. The theatre’s website describes: “this irreverent and erotic new production by Femme Fatale Theater explores unrequited lust and sexual taboos through a distinctly queer aesthetic.” Showtimes: Fri @ 8pm & 10:30pm, Sat @ 2pm & 8pm, Sun @ 2pm. General admission is $18; $15 for “youth” (30 and under- haha).
More theatre! Through October 30th, Queens Theatre is performing “Chix6,” an up-and-coming musical that’s sure to make it big. The website sells us: “In the tradition of Rent and Spring Awakening comes an exciting Broadway-bound musical about a comic book artist who is rescued by her own superheroine characters when an unhealthy relationship threatens to extinguish her creative spark. Leaping off the page, her characters come to life, pull her into their comic book world, and teach her important life lessons in one show-stopping number after another. Featuring a dynamic cast, an all-star creative team (Beowulf Borritt, David Gallo, Chris March of “Project Runway”) —and a dazzling original score, the touching story, multimedia wizardry and electrifying music will captivate the eye, ear, and heart during this special engagement at Queens Theatre.” Chris March?! Okay, we’re officially very, very excited.
Showtimes: Fri @ 8pm, Sat @ 2pm & 8pm, Sun @ 3pm. Go to the theatre’s website, www.queenstheatre.org, for more info on ticket prices (undoubtedly less than you’ll be paying to see it on Broadway).
“Signal to Noise once again takes over the entire Museum of the Moving Image with interactive spectacles and visual delights, including electro-jams, post-rave vibes, circuit-bent video, shadow game tournaments, battling guitar video game contests, and much more as the galleries stay open late and the party goes later.”
With DJs/artists/rockers/rockstars: Anamanaguchi, Extreme Animals, MiniBoone, Holly Danger, Landlady Lo Vid, and Modal Kombat. 8pm-2am. Tickets are $15 in advance; $20 at the door.
Come to The Noguchi Museum on Sunday for Music in the Garden/Galleries with Elizabeth Brown. How the museum describes their event: “Composer/performer Elizabeth Brown will perform traditional shakuhachi solos as well as her own music. A Juilliard graduate and Guggenheim Fellowship recipient, Brown is celebrated both in the U.S. and Japan for her luminous and dreamlike compositions combining eastern and western sensibilities.” The event is at 3pm.
Sunday is also The New York Book Fair Expo at The Queens Museum of Art. This year, the Expo is spotlighting Latino authors, in addition to 100 local authors from various ethnic and cultural backgrounds.
Additionally, “The New York Book Fair Expo is proud to present Gerardo Piña-Rosales, Director of the North American Academy of the Spanish Language as a featured speaker and a special authors from African American, Asiatic, Greeks and Hispanic background. There will also be panel discussions, readings, workshops, open mike sessions, multi-cultural music and dance, and a variety of merchandise and book vendors. The NY Book Fair Expo is designed to promote literacy and literary endeavor in New York. It is also an opportunity for authors to encourage our youth and engage with the community” (from the museum’s website).
As always, we’d love to see you at The Industry OPEN HOUSE,
Saturday & Sunday from 1-4pm.
If you like this view, than you’ll probably enjoy living here…
Once again, here are a few things to fill your weekend in Long Island City:
Events all weekend…
NY Art Book Fair – Come to MoMA PS1 all weekend for unique printed art books from over 200 artists from 20 countries. There will be book signings, screenings, workshops, and performances. Free to the public. 22-25 Jackson Ave
In & Out of Time at at Ten 10 Studio – The exhibit opened yesterday, and features 360-degree panoramic photographs by Rafeal Octavio. Check out the studio website, ten10studios.com, to see an example of Octavio’s incredible work. The exhibit only lasts through the weekend, so be sure to stop by! 10-10 47 Road.
Concluding its Gus Van Sant series, Museum of the Moving Image will screen Milk, Van Sant’s famous film chronically the life of politician and gay activist, Harvey Milk. Starring Sean Penn, Josh Brolin, and James Franco, Milk is a truly fantastic film. See it for the first time, or enjoy it again at the museum’s unique theater. 7PM. Tickets are $12/ $9 for senior citizens and students.
The Beginnings of Video Games, a new exhibit at Museum of the Moving Image – This highly anticipated event is sure to excite the nerd in all of us. Think you’ll just be looking at some old pac machines? Think again. The amount and assortment of games will surely be worth the cost of museum admission ($12 for adults; $9 for seniors/students). The event on Saturday begins at 2PM, and features a live discussion via Skype with Ralph Baer, inventor of the revolutionary Brown Box prototype, as well as a demonstration of William A. Higinbotham’s legendary analog computer game Tennis for Two.
Enjoy the weekend! We cannot believe it’s already October!
A few fantastic things are happening this week in the Long Island City arts community – thought we’d pass them along!
First up: tonight is the Benefit for Socrates Sculpture Park, which is entering into its 25 year. As we stated in an earlier blog post, “Open every day of the year, free of charge, Socrates Sculpture Park is a staple of the community’s artistic life, featuring work throughout of the year of up-and-coming artists – as well as providing a home for student groups, exercise gurus, movie buffs, thespians, and lovers of organic foods, beautiful crafts, and the small charms of the bustling big city.”
Tonight’s event surely won’t disappoint, with a live band, boat rides, creole dishes, and more! Head to the park’s website for program details and tickets: www.socratessculpturepark.org
Wednesday brings another event honoring the arts, the LIC Arts Open Autumn Party. Come celebrate theatre, dance, sculpture, painting, and music with LIC artists, businesses, and community members. The LIC Arts Open, a weeklong festival each May, showcases the diverse works of LIC artists. The headquarters is just around the corner from our condos! Tomorrow’s soiree is on the second floor of the Metropolitan Building, a breathtaking space.
But if you’re just craving some buttered popcorn and a good movie, this week also won’t disappoint. On Wednesday at 6:30PM, the museum will hold a special preview screening of Brad Pitt’s new film, Moneyball, directed by Bennett Miller. The film will be followed by a discussion with Miller.
In the film, based on a true story, Pitt plays Billy Beane, the general manager of the Oakland A’s. Moneyball also stars Jonah Hill and Philip Seymour Hoffman. Tickets to the event are $20/ $15 for members.
But wait, there’s more! Museum of the Moving Image also hosts a preview screening of the new film 50/50 this Friday at 7:30PM. Directed by Jonathan Levine, 50/50 is a comedy about friendship, love and courage after a 27-year-old man’s cancer diagnosis. It stars Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Seth Rogen, and Anjelica Huston. Tickets are $15/ $10 for members.
As always, please leave us a comment about what you suggest we profile in our blog – restaurants, bars, shops, events, anything and everything in LIC!
No question about it, today definitely feels like fall. As the season begins to change, here a few ways to make this weekend just as glorious as those of summer:
Mickeybo & Me @ New York Irish Center, 7:30PM. The 2004 film follows two boys, one Catholic and the other Prodestant, at the beginning of The Troubles in Northern Ireland in 1970. Together, they dream of Australia and “Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kids.”
10-40 Jackson Avenue . Tickets are $10 . Wine & Cheese reception
“Ghosts” @ The Secret Theatre – A Queens Player’s production, “Ghosts” is the story of one woman who attempts to rid herself of all of her late husband’s belonging while facing ghosts of her past and coming to terms with the. Fri, Sat & Sun @8PM. Tickets are $18
Along with our usual favorites like GrowNYC, fitness classes at Socrates Sculpture Park, and paddling with the LIC Boathouse, there are some great events this weekend.
72 Hour Urban Action: Getting Ready for Action – 72 Hour Urban Action, 3 days in 2012, is set to be the world’s first real-time architectural festival, with 10 international teams to compete to design projects in Long Island City. On Saturday, community members will meet for a day of brainstorming. Join ‘em and learn first hand about this historic event, referred to by The New York Daily News as the “Iron Chef” of architecture. Gathering and registration is at 9:30AM at MoMAPS1 (22-25 Jackson Ave).
Origami Workshop @ Resobox Gallery (41-26 27th Street) – Sam Ita, whose work is on display at the gallery, will instruct the workshop, from 3-4PM. The exhibit is also open all day Sunday.
Everyone’s a Winner Party @ Flux Factory (39-31 29 Street), 9:00PM. Various games, prizes, DJs and more. Admission is $10 in advance/ $15 at the door.
Fist & Sword Event (True Legend screening) @ Museum of the Moving Image (36-01 35th Ave, Astoria), 2PM.
Here’s the museum’s description of the film, True Legend: ”This epic return to directing from martial arts choreographer (The Matrix; Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon) Woo-ping Yuen follows Su Can, a retired Qing dynasty general with dreams of starting his own martial arts school. His peaceful life is upended when his vengeful adopted brother returns from war armed with a deadly weapon, the Five Venom Fists. Weakened but not destroyed, Su Can learns a never-before-seen form of martial arts: the Drunken Fist.
Following the screening, Jose Figueroa, a Tai Chi Master and co-founder with JoJo Torres of the world famous Rock Steady Crew of break dancers will discuss and demonstrate the relationship between Kung Fu and break dancing.”
Don’t forget about the Gus Van Sant series, also at Museum of the Moving Image. See his classics, Good Will Hunting and My Own Private Idaho, this weekend. Head their website, www.movingimage.us for more info on screenings!
Lastly, don’t forget about the small screen on Sunday – tune into the Emmy Awards @ 8PM on Fox. The Industry’s developers, Stuart and Alan Suna, are the presidents of Silvercup Studios (just a couple blocks away in LIC), so we’re rooting for 30 Rock, which shoots at the studios! Go Tina, Alec and Jenna!
Have a great weekend, LIC! And hey, if you like our blog, check us out on Twitter & Facebook!
Here’s a photo from last night’s event, the screening of Gus Van Sant’s Restless at Museum of the Moving Image that we profiled excitedly in an earlier post. Not the best quality, but still, it’s Gus alright! To the left is his Director of Cinematography, Harris Savides. Both spoke after the film, to an enthusiastic audience of film buffs eager to know about their inspirations, how they collaborate (they’ve worked on many films together), why they chose Portland as a shooting location, and what they were trying to accomplish with the style of the film. Van Sant spoke about the differences between films where he’s adapted other people’s writing on the screen (as he did for Restless) and those for which he’s served as both writer and director.
The film, in select theaters this weekend, is a lovely portrait of young love and loss. It follows Annabel (Mia Wasikowska) and Enoch (Henry Hopper), teenage misfits who fall in love while she is terminally ill. Well-acted, charming and heartbreaking.
It’s TGIF-time, and once again we’re posting a few things to do in Long Island City this weekend – ways to spend time with loved ones, and enjoy art and outdoors on this commemorative, reflective weekend.
Scroll down to yesterday’s post to read more about the Gus Van Sant series at Museum of the Moving Image. Through Sept. 20th, the museum will be screening Van Sant films, beginning tonight with Drug Store Cowboy at 7PM. General admission is $12, students & seniors tickets are $9.
Live Music @ Astor Room – Emerging artists from Song Circle play each Friday night from 9-11PM. Why not make a night of it? The Astor Room (34-12 36 Street, Astoria) is known for its delicious cocktails and grub, with an extensive wine collection, comfort food done right (chicken pot pie, French union soup, fish & chips – oh my!), and a cocktail list Hollywood-inspired, “forgotten classics.” A vodka gimlet please!
Learn more about Song Circle at http://www.songcirclemusic.com/
Head to GrowNYC Market for fresh produce and homemade treats, at Socrates Sculpture Park starting at 8AM. Haven’t had your fix of all-things organic? Agora LIC Saturday Market opens at 10AM, with arts, crafts & food. Located at Saint Mary’s Lot (10-31 49 Ave). Let us know what your favorite food or craft stand is by commented on the blog – we’d love some suggestions!
Speaking of Socrates Sculpture Park, Saturday begins the 2011 Emerging Artist Fellowship Exhibition (EAF) which runs through March 4th. The exhibit is a chance for artists to hone their skills, showcase their talents, and work with unusual and creative materials on a very large scale. With six months of days to choose from, we hope you’ll stop by the park multiple times to see the artists’ truly amazing creations. The opening is from 2-6PM
Side Show the Musical has its final performance on Saturday night at The Secret Theatre (44-02 23 Street). The LIC Partnership describes the thoughtful, poignant show well: “A unique musical that explores what makes us all different and how beauty is truly only skin deep, SIDE SHOW tells the amazing story of how these talented and extraordinary women navigate their feelings, dream of life and love beyond the freak show and long to be like everyone else. Learn about their lives as side show attractions, beloved vaudeville stars, and two sisters attached for life.” The performance is at 8PM; admission is $18.
Friends of the Gantry Park, Street Tree Pruning - LIC residents come together to beautify the city and enjoy the nice weather. The meeting place is Cranky’s Cafe (49-19 Vernon Boulevard) at 9:30AM – come hungry for a morning pastry or frothy latte, the cafe is one of LIC’s finest!
Museum of the Moving Image is holding a special September 11th anniversary screening of Man on A Wire, the 2008 documentary about Philippe Petit, a Frenchmen who walked on a cable wire between the Twin Towers. Described by the museum: “The film, an uplifting and enchanting tribute to human ingenuity, never mentions the destruction of the Twin Towers on September 11, 2001; instead, it poignantly brings them back to life, reminding us of a magic New York moment long before 9/11.” Screenings are at 4PM and 6:30PM. MoMA PS1 also has a special 9/11 exhibit, which opens at 10AM.
We hope you take advantage of some of the great activities in LIC this weekend! And if you’re in need of a fresh start, more space, an easier commute, or whatever your reasons for a move may be, stop by The Industry LIC open houses, Saturdays & Sundays from 12-3PM.
Friday marks the beginning of the Gus Van Sant series at the Museum of the Moving Image in Queens (close to our LIC condos – we’re very lucky!), which includes a screening of his new film Restless next Wednesday, with a discussion with the director to follow.
Van Sant, know best for his hit Good Will Hunting and his recent film Milk, has transformed independent cinema with his unique aesthetic and commitment to telling stories of marginalized groups. Restless follows two misfit teenagers, played by up-and-comers Mia Wasikowska and Henry Hopper, as they fall in love and deal with death.
The Museum of the Moving Image provides the public with a means of appreciating and understanding the complex history of film, television, and digital media through screenings, interractive exhibits, and workshops for children. Visit the museum, and you’ll see famous costumes, wigs and movie make-up on display, artifacts of early kinetoscopes, television sets, film posters, head shots, and even an exhibit of video games.
The Van Sant series runs from Sept. 9th through Sept. 30th. Tickets for Restless are $20 ($15 for museum members). We’ve bought our tickets, and could not be more thrilled! Here is a list of all the films in the series (Friday evening screenings are $12 & $9 for students/seniors, but all other times are free):
Drug Store Cowboy, Mala Noche, My Own Private Idaho, Goodwill Hunting,
Even Cowgirls Get the Blues, Paranoid Park, To Die For,
Gerry, Elephant, Psycho, Last Days, Milk
Go to the museum for dates, show times, to watch the Restless trailer, & more info: http://www.movingimage.us/films/2011/09/09/detail/gus-van-sant/
Another weekend in Long Island City, and Labor Day at that! With an extra day for festivities and relaxing, here are suggestions for how to spend the last days of the summer (how is September already here?!). ENJOY!
First Fridays at The Noguchi Museum
A prominent Japanese American artist and landscape architect, Isamu Noguchi worked in a diversity of mediums, creating gardens and architecture, along with sculptures, furniture and lighting designs, ceramics, and set designs. He founded the museum in 1985, and after his death, it still continues to serve and delight the LIC community. On Fridays during the summer, the museum is open late, with pay-what-you-wish-admission, a cash beer & wine bar, and plenty of outdoor space to mingle with friends and fellow patrons.
5:30PM – 8PM . 9-01 33rd Road (at Vernon Blvd)
Saturday marks the end of Trecartin’s exhibit at MOMA PS1, which features a series of interconnected movies. MOMA PS1 describes Trecartin’s influence in the art world: “Trecartin has been influential within the art world and among a broader, intergenerational set of thinkers and cultural consumers. Consistent with his work to date, this latest series mines emergent evolutions of identity, narrative, language, and visual culture for content, and propels these matters forward as expressive mediums, through darkly jubilant and categorically frenetic formal experimentations.”
Warm-Up Series @ MOMA PS1
Come out for the last concert of the summer!
Here are this week’s artists:
The 2 Bears / Southern Fried / London, UK
Horsemeat Disco / Strut / London, UK
Midnight Magic / Midnight Sun / New York, NY
Justin Miller / DFA / New York, NY
BICEP / Throne of Blood / London, UK
22-25 Jackson Ave . 2PM – 9:PM
Sweetleaf coffee shop (see our blog post on “Where to go for a cup o’ Joe”) & Dutch Kills Bar are combining forces to provide a free tasting menu of alcoholic coffee beverages. Yum.
4-6PM . 10-93 Jackson Avenue
The series ends on Sunday, but have no fear, there are 5 screenings this weekend:
Robin & the 7 Hoods, Fri @ 7PM & Sat @ 4PM
Ocean’s Eleven, Sat @ 7PM & Sun @ 7PM
Von Ryan’s Express, Sun @ 4PM
36-01 35 Avenue, Astoria
Join the LIC Community Boathouse on Sat, Sun or Mon at 1PM. No reservation needed, but those under 18 must be accompanied by an adult. Check out their website for more info: www.licboathouse.org
A very happy Labor Weekend to all! If you’re looking for a new home, or just want to see what we offer, come to an OPEN HOUSE here at The Industry – we’d love to meet you!
The Industry LIC, Long Island City’s luxury condominium residence from the developers of Silvercup Studios, hosted an exhibition of Long Island City’s most promising emerging artists last night. The Industry Art Show, curated by Jeffrey Leder Gallery, held an opening reception on Tuesday, May 17th from 5 – 8 p.m.; the event served as a highlight of the week-long celebration of art that is the inaugural LIC Arts Open.
The Industry Art Show is part of the first annual LIC Arts Open, a week-long celebration of art that runs from May 14th – May 22nd and is designed to showcase Long Island City’s thriving art scene, home of MoMa’s PS1 contemporary art center, The Noguchi Museum, Socrates Sculpture Park, and the greatest concentration of art in New York City outside of Manhattan. The exciting week of events, all of which are open to the public, and many of them at no charge include: gallery shows, music & dance performances, food events, tours and workshops.
The Industry Art Show will run until June 23rd. Admission to The Industry Art Show is FREE and the exhibit is open from 10 AM – 6 PM, 7 days a week during that period. The Industry LIC is easily accessible by the E, M, 7 and G subway lines.
The Industry LIC played host to the Long Island City Business Development Corporation on Thursday, Feb. 10th for a networking event attended by dozens of local community leaders including Councilman Jimmy Van Bramer. Attendees enjoyed good company and good cocktails, as well as delectable food provided by the hip eatery LIC Market, located right across the street.
If you missed this event, check www.LICBDC.com for upcoming networking nights.
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