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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Queens First International Theater Festival This Week

Posted on July 22, 2010. Filed under: LIC, Music & Dance, Theater, Woodside/Sunnyside |

For the next week (July 21- July 29) La Guardia Performing Arts Center will host the first international theater festival, Which Direction Home?, in collaboration with The Internationalists. The creative experience takes its audience through a unique interpretation of Homer’s Odyssey. Watch as eight directors from six different countries use the epic poem as a platform for their own theatrical story.

La Guardia Performaing Arts Center– 31-10 Thomson Ave Long Island City, N.Y. 11101

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Summer Stage in Queens!

Posted on July 14, 2010. Filed under: Astoria, Free, LIC, Music & Dance, Outdoor Recreation, Theater | Tags: , |

I remember waiting in line for hours under the hot steamy sun to see  Sonic Youth (among many other boated old punksters)  in Central Park’s Summer Stage. Now, I don’t even have to leave the neighborhood. For the next two weeks Summer Stage is setting the scene in Long Island City & Queens! Enjoy hip hop, theater, jazz, opera and more this side of the East River. Here are some highlights from this season’s schedule below. For a full Summer Stage schedule, click here.

Ryan Leslie R&B

Wednesday, July 14, 2010 at 7:00PM in  Springfield Park


Funk Master Flex (1980s hip hop)

Thursday, July 15, 2010 at 7:00PM NYC Revolutions Series: EPMD and Funkmaster Flex, Presented in Association with Globe Star Media
 in Queensbridge Park


Seewe African Dance Company and Balafrohop

Friday, July 16, 2010 at 7:00PM
 Queensbridge Park


Pharoahe Monch (hip hop) Hosted by Danny Castro of Lyricist Lounge

Wednesday, July 21, 2010 at 7:00PM
at Queensbridge Park


Theater“blood pudding”

Friday, July 23, 2010 and Saturday, July 24 at 8:00PM

“blood pudding” by Sharon Bridgforth, Directed by Baraka de Soleil
in  Springfield Park blood pudding explores the history of Black people in New Orleans through a magical layering of theater, dance and song.Catch blood pudding on July 24th (Springfield Park, Queens) and August 6th and 7th  (Marcus Garvey Park, Manhattan)


The Metropolitan Opera: Summer Recital Series Featuring Monica Yunus, Matthew Plenk, Donovan Singletary, and Jonathan Kelly
 Tuesday, July 27, 2010 at 7:00PM Queensbridge Park

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Outdoor Summer Fun in Queens

Posted on June 18, 2010. Filed under: Astoria, Free, Great for Singles, LIC, Music & Dance, Outdoor Recreation, Theater, Woodside/Sunnyside |

The weather is getting warmer and the tank-tops go by. Here are a few ways to get out and entertain yourself…

Thalia Theatre Outdoor Festival- photo credit Thalia Theatre

Thalia Spanish Theatre Sunday June 20th join the festival of music and dance at Thalia Spanish Theatre in Sunnyside at Thomson Hill Park. It’s free from 1pm to 2pm.

Make Music New YorkMonday June 21st Astoria Music and Arts has done it again. Bringing to you live performances throughout the season for all to enjoy. The show at Athens Park and Athens Triangle (30th Ave &  29th St) will feature about 14 local bands. Kick-off your after-work Monday blues with some free rock’n’roll!

Live at the GantriesTuesday June 22nd 7pm sit at the Long Island City waterfront to enjoy an evening of relaxing music and community fun. The Opera Collective will perform music with accessibility in mind, promoting high art and culture for free.

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Thalia’s ‘Prostitute’ Running Two More Weeks

Posted on June 18, 2010. Filed under: Music & Dance, Theater, Woodside/Sunnyside |

The flyer says it all- love, intrigue, blood and crucifixion. It is the last two weekends to see The Prostitutes Will Preceded You into the Kingdom of Heaven. It’s running in English (Fridays 8pm and Saturdays 3pm) and Spanish (Saturdays 8pm and Sundays 4pm)

Don’t miss it!

“Based on a true story, a 20th century “Mary Magdalene” hides in the attic of a shuttered bordello, sharing her life story with her “boyfriend”, a larger-than-life statue of Christ.
The church wants it back.  Who does Jesus
really belong to?” – Thalia Theatre

Thalia Spanish Theatre– 41-17 Greenpoint Ave Sunnyside, NY 11104 (718) 729-3880

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Taste of LIC Benefit for the Chocolate Theater

Posted on June 3, 2010. Filed under: Astoria, Entertainment, LIC, Music & Dance, Outdoor Recreation, Theater | Tags: , , , |

Eat, drink and be merry all in the name of the Chocolate Theater in Long Island City.

Here is what the press release states about the event:

The Chocolate Factory ( is thrilled to present the 5th Annual Taste of LIC, a celebration of Long Island City’s cultural and culinary communities, to benefit The Chocolate Factory’s 2010-11 season of dance, theater, music and multimedia performances. Tickets, which range from $45-$500, may be purchased in advance via theatermania at (212) 352-3101 or on the web @

Featuring incredible food and beverage tastings by nearly 50 local restaurants; auction and raffle prizes courtesy of 100 LIC businesses; surprise performances organized by dance artist Walter Dundervill; and toasts by New York City Councilmember James Van Bramer and New York State Assembly Member Catherine T. Nolan; the Taste of LIC is the largest event of its kind in Western Queens, highlighting LIC’s constantly evolving culinary landscape, while supporting The Chocolate Factory’s groundbreaking performing arts programming.

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Hamlet, Wine Tasting, Ballet and Local Artist’s Photo Exhibition

Posted on March 5, 2010. Filed under: Art, Astoria, Entertainment, Free, LIC, Music & Dance, Theater, Wine Tasting, Woodside/Sunnyside |

Hi readers! The snow is melting, the birds are chirping and Spring is “Marching” in. I would like to share with you some events and cool happenings in our lovely borough. As always thanks for reading!

St Patrick’s Parade in Sunnyside- Sunday March 7th 1pm- The parade starts at 43rd and Skillman Ave. For places to eat and drink after you watch click here.


Stomp & Howl Haiti Benefit at Hell Gate Social– “Lespwa:  A Haitian Health Foundation Benefit this Sat. March 6th @ Hell Gate Social 9:00pmThis event is the third in a series of fundraisers Stomp & Howl Movement has curated to raise money for Haiti earthquake relief efforts and it will feature a hip hop lineup with some of Queens’ finest emcees and deejays including Homeboy Sandman, Illimanjaro, Hops, Drew P, and DJ Lo-Fi.  All proceeds from the event will benefit Haitian Health Foundation


Hamlet in a Black Box LaGuardia Performing Arts FREE Long Island City- “A little known play, written by an obscure English playwright, makes its debut this Friday at LaGuardia’s Black Box Theatre. The production tentatively called Hamlet (working title) will run through mid-March and debuts a new collaboration between LPAC & LAGCC Humanities Department.”

March 6, 11, 12, 13 at 7:30pm & March 5, 9 & 10 at 2:30pm


Queens Symphony Orchestra Concert – Taiwan Center in Flushing on March 7, 2010 at 4 pm “is excited to announce our prestigious 2010 Young Soloist Competition. The final round of this competition will be held as a public recital… , after which the winners will be announced.” (Taiwan Center Flushing Queens 137-44 Northern Blvd. Flushing NY 11354)


Court Square Wine & Spirits is having a benefit tasting and auction for the Long Island City School of BalletThursday March 11 at 4:30pm-8pm

“Stop in to enjoy a free tasting of: Woodford Reserve (with free bottle engraving!), Jack Daniels, Gentleman Jack, St. Germain, Elderflower Liqueur, Spanish Wines. We’ll also have cake and hors d’oeuvres from local restaurants, and a raffle to win awesome prizes donated from several local businesses, including tickets to PS1!”


Photo by Jennifer Lim

Himalayan Tea House Astoria Photo ExhibitMy name is Jennifer Lim, a travel/fine art photographer living in Astoria. I wanted to let you know about a show of my Tibet photography currently up at the Himalayan Tea House – (on 31st Ave between 33rd and 34th Sts).  The images were taken in 2007 in Lhasa, and the Amdo region


The Sunnyside Project Sabine Heinlein is a Sunnyside resident who has created an online project profiling the residents of her neighborhood. Check out her endeavor as she warm heartedly captures the lives and stories of her community through photos and audio.


Queens Art Express LIC- Learn how to sell your art online! Event in DUMBO presented by Queens Council on the Arts

Art Builds Community Spring Series Brainstorm! Selling Work Online Thursday, March 18, 2010, 6:30pm RSVP and more info


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