Life In Motion
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!
Another Monday in Queens! Fortunately the weather still feels like summer, and the streets are busy with residents soaking up the sun. Walk outside our building on 44th Drive, and here are a few things you might come across…
Madera Cuban Grill & Steak House, The Secret Theatre, MoMA PS1, and Cranky’s Cafe: just a few examples of the vibrant art community & vast selection of restaurants that characterize LIC!
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.
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!
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.
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.