Check out Attic Studios today in Long Island City for art and wine in a room with a view!
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.***
This weekend you can enjoy a free Sunday morning yoga class on the LIC waterfront. Stretch and relax in the sun from 9:15am-10:15am Sunday August 22 and afterward enjoy healthy brunch at The View. Here is what the press release says about the event:
TF Cornerstone Partners with Long Island City’s The Yoga Room for Free Waterfront Yoga Classes with Front Row View of the Manhattan Skyline
TF Cornerstone is partnering with the popular yoga studio for their “Yoga in the Park” series. On Sunday, August 22nd yogis and aspiring-yogis alike will enjoy an energizing and strengthening free class from 9:15am to 10:15am at Pier 1 of Gantry State Park Plaza located at 474 48th Avenue, Long Island City. Followed the class, a fresh and nutritious brunch will be provided by TF Cornerstone in the private courtyard of their neighboring luxury building The View located on 4630 Center Boulevard . Free yoga mats will be supplied by TF Cornerstone to the first 100 in attendance.
In celebration of the new Astoria location Red Mango will be giving away a free small yogurt with one topping to everyone who visits the shop in Astoria Saturday, August 21 from 11am-5pm. Get in line for a delicious cold treat!
Red Mango– Astoria 30-58 Steinway St. 347 738 4197
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
I first heard Joe Thompson and the Comfortable Catastrophe at WNYC’s Battle of the Boroughs last month. With a fierce talent and sharp wit, their music cut through the room like the raging tide cuts though the calm sands at Rockaway… In other words, they blew audience away and won the Battle of the Boroughs.
Be sure to checkout Joey and the Comfortable Catastrophe as the opening act at Summer Stage in Queens July 28 at Queensbridge Park in Long Island City and in their very own concert at WNYC’s Greene Space July 30, this Friday night at 7pm. Meanwhile, you can get to know Joey a little better. I caught up with him to get the lowdown on drinking, eating and why he loves Queens so much. Here’s what he had to say…
How has living in Queens inspired your music? I have lived in Queens in the same apartment in Astoria for nearly 8 years so the influence this community has had on my music is immeasurable. There is a mindset in the people who live here, a blue-collar mentality very much akin to what I grew-up around in Western Pennsylvania. That hard working, dirt under the fingernails attitude has really sunk-in and helped define the stories I like to tell.
In your recent interview with LimeWire, you received a lot of flack for saying that Queens does not have a big music scene, but it has a great music community, explain what you meant. I meant just what I said. There is a treasure trove of talent living in Queens. A supportive, esoteric community of truly gifted musicians. That being said, there really aren’t very many places for original, live music here in Queens. There are some coveted venues such as LIC Bar and Waltz Astoria. While I do wish there were more venues for original live music out here, I will say I will take a community over a scene anyday.
You’re a mixologist as well as a musician. How have these two talents influenced each other in your experiences? As an independent rough and tumble country singer in New York City, it is necessary for one to find a means to pay the rent. I have chosen the barcraft as my means. This means I have been forced to spend a lot of time in establishments that serve strong spirit. Tee hee.
What’s your favorite cuisine (or place to eat) in Queens? Ooooh. That’s a tough question to answer! For simple Italian American I like Bartolino’s. For Greek I like Agnanti over by Astoria Park on 19th Street. Gleason’s on Broadway has a great burger. Bai Sushi has the best kimchi I have had in the city.
What’s your favorite neighborhood watering hole? If I am cocktailing, Sweet Afton or Dutch Kills. If it’s a beer and whiskey night Daly’s Pub or Gilbey’s (used to be Gibney’s)
Your new album is titled- Yankee Twang, tell me about the name and what it means? I was raised in Pennsylvania by a family of fiercely loyal Texans. Anyone who has ever met a Texan knows how proud they are of their homestate. Until I was 18 I was a little ashamed that I was a Yankee until I realized how proud I was, in turn, of the Keystone State. So Yankee Twang is the reflection of the duality of being a country singer in the heart of Yankee Territory as well as that Pennsylvania kid with big Texas dreams.
What has it been like working with WNYC and winning the battle of the boroughs? The folks at WNYC have been fantastic and I couldn’t be happier to be working with them. Winning the Battle of the Boroughs is still a bit of a shock to me and I still have to pinch myself to believe at times.
Anything to add? Head on over to www.baldjoey.com to hear the songs, see the show schedule and sign the mailing list to receive our newsletters! we will love you…
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!
Take a break from the heat and head to Brick Cafe in Astoria for some neighborhood shopping and eating. Join Kristees and 14 of her fellow local designers for an evening of fun and fashion Wednesday July 21 6-10pm.
Brick Cafe 3095 33rd Street Astoria, NY 11102-1457 (718) 267-2735
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