Life In Motion
Once again, we’re breaking down things to do in Long Island City this weekend. Add a couple of these events to your days, plus an open house at our luxury condos, then stir in some relaxation, a glass of wine and delicious grub (which you can find at one of LIC’s fantastic markets), and voilà - you’ve got a perfect New York weekend!
Stop by LIC Bar tonight to unwind with cocktails and live music from local singers, songwriters & musicians. The fun begins at 7PM, 45-58 Vernon Blvd. One night not enough? LIC Bar has live music on Sundays, Mondays, and Wednesdays as well.
And at 100-years-old, it has an antique, old-school vibe that contributes perfectly to the casual vibe.
Stay tuned for a post dedicated to all the Long Island City bars – so many cocktails to choose from!
We mentioned this earlier in the week, but can’t resist restating: there is a preview screening of 50/50 at Museum of the Moving Image tonight @ 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 everyone’s favorite vulnerable, indie-charmer, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, along with Seth Rogen and Anjelica Huston. Tickets are $15/ $10 for members.
There’s certainly a lot of buzz around this film – be the first of your friends to see it! Or actually, bring all your friends to the screening, that’s a much better idea.
Agora LIC Market from 10AM-4PM. Come for art, food, and bring. Bring your kids for the children’s activities or stroll through the stalls on an afternoon date. There’s plenty to choose from, and it’s a great place to see what the LIC community is all about. Located at Saint Mary’s Lot, 10-31 49 Ave.
Attention, attention! M. Wells is back… or at least for an afternoon. The beloved restaurant is coming home to LIC for a last goodbye (or hopefully a “see you soon”) this Sunday from 1-3PM at Gantry Plaza State Park, this time in a food truck. Chef Hugue Dufour and his wife Sarah Obraitis will be cooking out of the All-Clad Food Truck FOR FREE. Haven’t had a chance to taste the famed cuisine? Come out this weekend – but be prepared for the line!
Back to School: Learn Something New @ Flux Factory. The 3-hour DIY manufacturing class speaks to Flux Factory’s exploration of unique mediums for artistic expression, and is sure to bring out the creative side in all it’s students. It’s a bit hard to wrap our heads around the concept, so we’ll just let Flux Factory do the explaining:
“In this class, students will be introduced to open source 3D modeling softwares and the online resources to produce almost anything. With a focus on 3D printing and flat cut CNC milling, thefuturefuture will guide students through an exercise to digitally model a light fixture. Mimicking digital fabrication tools, we will build up the fixture in sectional layers until the final form is achieved.”
That’s all for this week folks! Tell us what events you enjoy in Long Island City this weekend!
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!
We thought we’d post on Thursday this week so you have ample time to plan your weekend festivities. Here are a few ideas for how to make this weekend special in Long Island City (besides coming to an open house at The Industry, which we strongly suggest):
Free Concert @ LaGuardia Performing Arts Center (31-10 Thomson Ave. 718-482-5151)
Come at 7PM to listen to the sounds of acclaimed Latin and jazz pianist and composer Jon Urrutia and drummer/percussionist Mauro Satalino. To check out their music: http://www.myspace.com/jonum and http://www.myspace.com/oruamusic
Friday at 6:30PM is the opening reception for a new exhibit at Flux Factory, artists Yana Dimitrova and Angela Washko’s “Cheap Paradise of Familiar Tasks and Places.” The show will run on Saturday & Sunday (from noon – 5PM), and will present the viewer with new, stimulating ways of looking at and interacting with everyday objects, and of understanding our world and consumer culture. As Flux Factory’s website asserts, “Through installation, painting, drawing, and video, Yana Dimitrova and Angela Washko portray the mundane patterns and structures of everyday experience and consider models of living that exist outside of our “to-buy-is-to-gratify” mentality.” The concept is sophisticated (probably not suited for the youngins) and sure to make for a thought-provoking afternoon.
Kayak from Anable Basin to Hallets Cove with The LIC Community Boathouse from 11AM – 1PM. The trip is designed to be relatively easy, suitable for those with little paddling experience and is only one-way, ending at the beach of Socrates Sculpture Park. A volunteer activity at the Park is encouraged afterwards. See the website for info and a description of what to bring: http://www.licboathouse.org/index.php/calendar/
LIC Community Boathouse . 46-01 5th St
Saturday & Sunday
Museum of the Moving Image – Jim Henson’s Fantastic World
Bring your child to celebrate the magic of the muppets at this family workshop. Here’s LIC Partnership’s description:
“Find out how Foley artists create sound effects for movies and television shows. Participants will watch a clip of The Muppet Movie and learn how the sounds in the film were produced. Afterward, they will have the opportunity to create new sounds for the action on-screen using a variety of materials and props.” Sounds like it is sure to delight!
The workshop is at 3pm on both days. Cost: Museum Admission + $5
Museum of the Moving Image . 36-01 35 Avenue Astoria
Come to Socrates Sculpture Park for a variety of interactive performance art. Check out the flyer for this Sunday’s schedule:
And as always, don’t forget about MOMA PS1′s Warm-Up Series, and GrowNYC, LIC’s Saturday farmers market in Socrates Sculpture Park. Grab some delicious, natural summer produce before the season ends. And while you’re out-and-about exploring the neighborhood, come say hello to us at The Industry. We have open houses on Saturdays & Sundays from noon-3PM, and would love to here about your weekend! Rather come during the week? Our sales office is open Wed – Fri, 10AM-5PM.