Life In Motion
Yesterday, The Daily News featured a story about the new exhibit, “Civic Action: A Vision for Long Island City,” which opens tomorrow at The Noguchi Museum, and features four artists and their ideas on the future of our neighborhood. A gret piece!Read excerpts from the article…
From: “Noguchi Museum and Socrates Sculpture Park exhibit artists’ vision of Long Island City’s future” BY Clare Trapasso, The Daily News
“Two cultural hubs in Long Island City are taking an artistic approach to preserving and improving their neighborhood.
The Noguchi Museum and the Socrates Sculpture Park will unveil the ideas of four artists on the future of the community in the exhibit ‘Civic Action: A Vision for Long Island City.’
The show, which opens Thursday at the museum, features everything from giant models of a proposed waterfront promenade to renderings of streets repaved with grass that cars can drive over.”
“The artists were commissioned to select a team of architects, urban planners and writers and come up with visions for the burgeoning neighborhood.
‘The community needs relief from being blocked from the river,’ said artist George Trakas, 67, who came up with the idea for a promenade. ‘Everyone wants to come sit by the water.’
He would like to see a roughly 1-mile shoreline walk built from 36th Ave. to Socrates Sculpture Park along properties occupied by Con Edison and Costco.
Artist Mary Miss, 67, said she wants to establish a zone where ideas can be tested, such as putting plants on empty scaffolding and using truck trailers as mobile art studios.
‘This is an amazing opportunity,’ Miss said. ‘We’d like to develop ideas here and then they’d be exported to the rest of the city.’
Other proposals included erecting a community kitchen and placing solar panels on building awnings.
Large-scale models of the projects will be placed in Socrates Sculpture Park this spring to encourage community dialogue.”
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…
The weekend forecast calls for Saturday sun and Sunday showers, so whether you plan to enjoy the heat or stay indoors, here are a few ideas for how to spend the next couple days in Long Island City.
All of August: Kids Bowl for Free @ Astoria Bowl
Fill out your information, receive the email coupon, and head to the lanes: https://www.kidsbowlfree.com/center.php?alley_id=5910. There’s also a sports lounge and casual dining for the adults. Join a bowling league, throw a birthday party, or just play a friendly game with the kids – Astoria Bowl is a great place to escape the summer heat.
19-45 49th St . 718-274-0910
Friday - Irish Movie Night @ New York Irish Center, 8PM (doors open at 7:30)
Feature film: My Left Foot
Short Film: Pentecost
Saturday – Gantry Park Gardening
Come join in with other community members as we beautify the park – pruning, weeding, and refreshing the soil. All tools will be provided. Gantry Plaza State Park, 10Am
Waterfront Walking Tour - Greater Astoria Historical Society and Forgotten New York @10:30AM
From LIC Partnership: ”The three hour, 2 mile walk will include former taverns, churches and the Pennsylvania RR Powerhouse; the beautiful new Gantry State Park and the classic Pepsi Cola neon billboard; classic police precinct buildings and firehouses; the soon to be rehabilitated 1890s Terra Cotta Works office in the shadow of the Queensboro Bridge; and Queens’ one and only landmarked brownstone block.
Participants will meet at Pedestrian Plaza, center of Vernon Boulevard between 50-51st Avenues.”
RSVP: email@example.com / 718-278-0700
Every summer Saturday through Sept 3rd, PS1 hosts their highly anticipated and popular Warm Up series, featuring music from both local and traveling bands and DJs. Come for a unique music experience, to socialize with the vibrant crowd, to dance, drink and be merry.
Black Dice / Paw Tracks / New York, NY
His Name is Alive (DJ set) / Midnight Cowboy / Detroit, MI
oOoOO / Tri Angle Records / San Francisco, CA
Clams Casino / Tri Angle Records / Nutley, NJ
Ayshay (DJ set) / Tri Angle Records / Brooklyn, NY
Water Borders / Tri Angle Records / San Francisco, CA
MOMA PS1 . $15/Free for LIC residents & MOMA members . 22-25 Jackson Av
Don’t forget about Saturday’s farmers market!
Sunday - Second Sundays @ The Noguchi Museum, 3PM
From LIC Partnership: “Every second Sunday of the month, the Noguchi Museum assembles renowned experts in various fields of the arts, architecture and design to engage in dialogues that complement the Museum’s mission and exhibitions. Events, varying from panel discussions to musical performances and poetry readings…”
Hope you can stop by one of the many events happening in Long Island City this weekend! And between the market and concert, walking tour and museum, make sure to come to the OPEN HOUSE at The Industry, every Saturday & Sunday 12-3PM!