Life In Motion
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…
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!
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!