Life In Motion
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
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…
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…
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!
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.