Halloween in Astoria: Featuring a Werewolf and Frankenstein

Posted on October 30, 2011. Filed under: Art, Astoria, Entertainment, LIC, Movies |

I think the scariest part about this Halloween weekend are the five inches of snow and ice on the ground. Or could it be the monsters that will make an appearance at the Museum of Moving Image today?

Mike Marino (think: Black Swan) master make-up artist will transform an otherwise normal human being into a werewolf at 2:30pm today. Maybe you can even get tips on how to create your own ghoulish get-up.

If you cannot make this afternoon’s werewolf demonstration…

Frankenstein will be hosting an evening at the museum on the big screen at 7:30pm. Following the 1931 film featuring Boris Karloff will be a conversation with Sara Karloff, the actor’s daughter. Get the inside scoop through her family’s home movies on what it was like having a creepy monster for a dad.




Scary photo of dead dude emerging from the soil brought to you by The Joy Victory.

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Snow Day?

Posted on February 2, 2011. Filed under: Art, Free, LIC |

Check out Attic Studios today in Long Island City for art and wine in a room with a view!

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Hell Gate Leads to Music and Art this Saturday in Astoria!

Posted on September 30, 2010. Filed under: Art, Astoria, Free, Great for Singles, Music & Dance |

Astorian Lizabeth Nieves has been busy these days. Here is the email I recieved about her latest project at Hell Gate Social:

Astoria Music and Arts Presents: Suspension of Disbelief – Art with Live Music at HGS

(Art curated by Lizabeth Nieves)

Come experience Art the Astoria way – not with wine spritzers and cheese plates, but with rock and roll and beer on tap!

On Saturday October 2nd, we’re coming to Hell Gate Social and we’re bringing music AND art with us:

8pm – the Astoria Debut of exciting local artist, ***Jessica Goehring*** ( Inspired by the abstract expressionist Willem de Kooning and neo-expressionist Jean-Michel Basquiat, Jessica Goehring paints contorted, sometimes exaggerated human figures.)

9pm – the smooth assurance of pro-fessional R&B songstress ***Nadia Kazmi***.

10pm – everybody’s favorite hometown bluesman – ***Mat Snow & the Way it Was***

11pm – And sonic psychedelia provided by ***The Static Rising***

12pm– ***DJ B-ANG***

***Drink Specials between 8 p.m. and 10 p.m.***

No Cover

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Teach Your Little Ones to Dance at the Green Space

Posted on August 26, 2010. Filed under: Art, KIds, LIC, Music & Dance, Theater |

The Green Space wants to teach your little ones the creative movements of dance! Here is what they say about the project:

Sprouts & Seedlings!
Creative Movement for Children

10-week Saturday Session
September 25 – December 11, 2010

Free Trial Class: September 18th

Sprouts (ages4-6)
10:00 am – 10:45 am
Seedlings (ages 7-9)
11:00 am – 11:45 am

$10 Registration Fee
$140 Early Registration (by September 3rd post marked)
$150 Full Session (after September 4th)

The Creative Movement for Children classes at Green Space allow for a safe and nurturing community where children will enjoy discovering the exciting world of movement and dance! Each 45-minute class is built around the development of cognitive and social, as well as physical skills. As they investigate how they move, boys and girls will develop confidence and learn to work together. We will explore balance, coordination, and comprehension, as well as listening skills and class etiquette. Creativity will be fostered through the use of imagery, music, stories, and colorful props. The dance studio will become a playground where we explore, learn, and create.

The Green Space– 718-956-3037 37-24 24th St. #301 Long Island City, NY 11101

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Dragon Boat Festival in Queens!

Posted on August 5, 2010. Filed under: Art, Chinese, Flushing/Corona, Free, Music & Dance, Outdoor Recreation, Parks and Recreation, Theater |

It’s the annual Hong Kong Dragon Boat Festival in the heart of Flushing Meadows Park this weekend Saturday August 7th and Sunday August 8th. Watch the as the magnificent dragon boats zip through Meadow Lake while the competing teams race to the finish. You don’t want to miss this once a year extravaganza! Before you rush the kids back to school this year, take them to the event of a lifetime (well at least the event of the weekend) The celebration begins early Saturday and continues throughout Sunday afternoon with The Chinese Music Ensemble of New York, traditional Indian dance, Shaolin Kung Fu demonstrations, kite flying,  jazz performances, the American Bolero Dance Company and much more!

Click here for a full schedule of events.

Dragon Boat Festival Aug 7 & 8 Meadow Lake in Flushing Meadow Park

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Hot Weather and Full Moon at Astoria Music Now Festival Saturday!

Posted on July 22, 2010. Filed under: Art, Astoria, Astoria Street Fairs, Free, LIC, Music & Dance, Outdoor Recreation |

It’s going to be 100 degrees and a full moon Saturday. While all the werewolves are shedding their fur and howling at the moon, you will be dancing in the green grass of Astoria Park with the Astoria Make Music Now! festival. Get out of your stuffy apartment and join the live bands and local artists from all over the neighborhood. This event happens only once a year so don’t miss it!

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Sunnyside Artist in the House

Posted on July 7, 2010. Filed under: Art, Off the beaten path, Woodside/Sunnyside |

I met Juan Hinojosa last September, but it was only a week ago I saw his artwork. In his studio he creates life size collages made from found objects, think: metro cards, food wrappers and clothing tags. His works were highlighted in a New York Times article not too long ago. I decided to catch up with him and ask a few questions about being an artist in Queens. Here is what he had to say…

How has living in Queens influenced your art?

Tons.  Queens, like the rest of Manhattan is mixed with all kinds of people, both ethnically and economically.  Witnessing these opposites blend, or at times not blend, is like watching a scientific social experiment.   I reference this blend in my works on paper and installations when I place items (designer logos & candy wrappers) next to each other.  There is there blend of high fashion and low consumer goods which I like to play with.  It’s interesting that these worlds are blending and now (because of a city like New York) it’s becoming harder and harder to see who is influencing who.

You collect found materials and make collages, explain the influences and the processes you go through to create these pieces.

It’s a lot of work in itself.  I collect things off the street, flip through tons of magazines, eat lots of candy bars, and I even have friends give me stuff.  Once I have everything collected I organize everything by category, color, and other subdivisions.  It can take forever to actually get to the fun part.

Although you have a day job that pays the bills- do you ever find that trying to make money from your work limits your creativity?

I would not say it limits my creativity. Sometime getting out into the real world can be a good thing.  The only bad side about working a day job are the long hours or being too worn out to clock in studio time.  At the same time when I have my day(s) off I go crazy in my studio and I appreciate it more.

Tell me about your most recent piece and what it says.

I’m working on a new drawing (mixed media on paper) that uses the image of Marvel superhero Shadowcat, what appears to be an image of a Dior snowboard, and a bunch of other things I have collected.  It also has a large faux jem that I “got” from the display at Michael Kors.  It’s one of my new favorite pieces.

Any gallery shows or events etc coming up?

I am a group show  at the Loads of Fun Gallery in Baltimore Maryland called “WHAT’S YOUR WAR” curated by Sarah McCann and Oasa DuVerney.  In the fall I am in a group show at CASEWORKS in Memphis curated by an amazing painter Paul Behnke.  I am excited about both shows and being able to reach an entirely different audience.

Any advice for fellow artists?

As cheesy as it sound, “Don’t stop believing”.

Photo take in 2009 by Howard Romero at The Vermont Studio Center

Title: 038 Coco Summers, 2010 SIZE: 23 x 30 in MATERIALS: Ink, tape, student Metro Card, vinyl, silk screen, and stolen objects on paper

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PS1 Saturday June 26 Free Admission for Queens Residents

Posted on June 25, 2010. Filed under: Art, Free, LIC, Outdoor Recreation |

MoMA PS1 is FREE all day Saturday June 26th  12pm – 6pm for Queens residents. It’s Queens Community Day! I remember going to this some years back and all I had to do was present an electric bill and I got in for free- all for the love of Queens. It’s a good time to explore the museum if you have never been there before. There will be face painting so you can bring the kids along too!

Here is the information and a list of the day’s events:

P.S.1 22-25 Jackson Ave at the intersection of 46th Ave Long Island City, NY 11101 (718) 784-2084

All Day (Terrace)

Facepainting with NYC-based artists, Alexis Semtner & Heather Bregman

DJ set by Sam Morrison

1pm & 3pm (Begining in the Lobby)

Greater New York Artist-hosted discussions

with Raul Martinez of DETEXT and artist Franklin Evans

2pm (Courtyard)

Introduction to SO -IL ‘s Y.A.P. installation Pole Dance by Solid Objectives’ team member Ryan Madson

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