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EXHIBITSGabino Abraham Castelan Solo Show, in collaboration with Mano a Mano, Space Art Gallery, 29-09 39 Ave., Long Island City, now thru Apr. 25.

5Pointz artists honor their fallen home
Posted: April 17, 2014

When 5Pointz was painted over on Nov. 19, it broke the hearts of street artists and art lovers alike.

The harsh white and gray paint that was hastily rolled onto the building’s facade to cover up hundreds of murals, tags and aerosol art took away one of the few places graffiti artists could legally produce work.

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Lithuanians and lumber on Jackson
Posted: April 17, 2014

Due to early 20th-century zoning laws and regulations, Jackson Avenue has always been associated with printers, woodworkers, electrical suppliers and other maintenance and contractors needs.

At the corner of Jackson and Purvis Street was the Lithuanian Citizens Club of Long Island City, at old No. 290. The Lithuanian Democratic Club was located a short distance away on Greenpoint Avenue.

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May is hip-hop month at the Queens Library
Posted: April 17, 2014

Queens and hip-hop music are intrinsically linked, with many of the pioneering artists, entrepreneurs and personalities coming from and living in the borough.

Now the Queens Library decided to devote the entire month of May to “31 Days of Hip-Hop,” a celebration of both the music and the people from Queens who are synonymous with the art and its culture.

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Senior actors still have chops for the stage
Posted: April 17, 2014

The blazing lights of Broadway might be a borough away, but that doesn’t stop members of Belle’s Players: The Actors’ Workshop of Kew Gardens Community Center from giving their all when they take the spotlight.

The spark that was first ignited nearly two decades ago by the late Belle Weiss burns no less brightly now, as the group, devoted to seniors with the acting bug, prepares for its latest performance.

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Thursday 04/10/2014
Arts Listings
Updated: April 10, 2014 - 1:06 pm

EXHIBITS

Gabino Abraham Castelan Solo Show, in collaboration with Mano a Mano, Space Art Gallery, 29-09 39 Ave., Long Island City, now thru Apr. 25.

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Tutie’s Bar, OP’s home of tchotchkes
Updated: April 11, 2014 - 5:01 pm

In Queens many bars have come and gone. One was Tutie’s of Ozone Park, an institution and treasure in South Queens for many decades. In the 1940s Tutie’s began to gather up and display memorabilia, long before it was fashionable to decorate a bar or restaurant with such items.

As the years rolled by just about everything you could imagine ended up somewhere in the bar at 88-19 Liberty Ave. There was even a toilet seat hanging from the ceiling. If you could name something that wasn’t there, you’d get a free drink.

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Exhibit shows Fort Tilden’s scenery in every season
Updated: April 17, 2014 - 11:28 am

Liora Codor has always loved Fort Tilden.

The former military base on the western end of the Rockaway Peninsula has been a place of leisure for her and her family for decades. It also has provided a welcoming subject for her camera lens.

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Meet the man behind Picasso’s prints: Marcel Salinas
Updated: April 10, 2014 - 1:06 pm

Many consider artists such as Pablo Picasso to be geniuses and in most respects, they are.

But few know the work Picasso’s printmakers put into each of his pieces.

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A Queens-made resident celebrates her roots
Updated: April 10, 2014 - 1:06 pm

There are over two million stories in Queens. Everyone who lives or works here, or is just passing through, has a story to tell.

And Briarwood resident Amy Wu wants to share as many as she can via “QNSMADE” — one human at a time.

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Thursday 04/03/2014
Arts Listings
Posted: April 03, 2014

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A footbridge over the boulevard
Posted: April 03, 2014

Originally 67th Avenue in Forest Hills was called Roxton Street on the south side of Queens Boulevard and Ruskin Street on the north side. All the streets were alphabetically arranged and named Atom to Zuni by the Cord Meyer Development Co. in 1906.

When the city changed the street names to numbers in 1913, the move was met with resistance by homeowners and full compliance was not enforced until 1931.

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Creator of ‘The Sopranos’ talks shop in Astoria
Updated: April 10, 2014 - 12:58 pm

David Chase created one of the 21st century’s most influential shows and now will discuss his creative process with the public during a special event at the Museum of the Moving Image.

“The Sopranos” is credited as the greatest and most groundbreaking television series of all time by many critics. It received two Peabody Awards, 21 Emmy Awards and five Golden Globes.

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‘The Boy Friend’ croons you songs of love
Posted: April 03, 2014

At last Friday night’s final dress rehearsal of “The Boy Friend,” a homage to the musical comedies of the roaring ’20s being presented by The Gingerbread Players of Saint Luke’s Church, the company seemed well prepared for the scheduled opening matinee performance the next day.

The scenery, a pastel-inspired creation set against the lovely backdrop designed by Rosemary Favia and featuring appropriate period costumes by Joanna Guinther, sets the tone for this light-hearted romp in nostalgia.

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Look into the light for calm and serenity
Posted: April 03, 2014

Resobox Gallery in Long Island City is fusing tradition with innovation in the upcoming exhibit “Illuminating Calmness.”

This three-day event uses Japan’s new cutting-edge technology — OLED lighting provided by Kaneka Corporation.

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Thursday 03/27/2014
Arts Listings
Posted: March 27, 2014

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Global Art Project for Peace Exhibition and The Potter’s Wheel Artists Exhibit: “Off the Wall,” Austin’s Ale House, 82-70 Austin St., Kew Gardens, Apr. 2-22; opening reception Wed. Apr. 2, 6-10 p.m. Contact: (718) 849-3939.

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Once The Villa Bianca, now for sale
Posted: March 27, 2014

Restaurants often come and go at a rapid pace, the restaurant and bar business being one of the toughest and most competitive there is. Few establishments last for many decades. Flushing’s Villa Bianca was one of the them.

Real estate records show the beautiful English Tudor house where The Villa Bianca used to be originally was the residence of one Mrs. Bernice Livingston. (Despite the rumors, famed actress Gloria Swanson never lived here. Perhaps the legend added to its charm.)

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Pairing the new and old LIC with good food and art
Updated: April 03, 2014 - 12:23 pm

While Long Island City’s waterfront has rapidly morphed into a metropolis for art lovers, foodies and young families, other parts of the neighborhood have experienced a much slower metamorphosis.

Dutch Kills, just a couple of miles east of Hunters Point, is still in transition. Luxury hotels stand tall on the same block as empty warehouses and high-rise apartment buildings have yet to outnumber the two-family homes that are packed onto a single street.

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On your Marx, get set, laugh!
Posted: March 27, 2014

Groucho Marx has inspired countless imitators. But when Frank Ferrante takes the stage in “An Evening with Groucho,” he brings something more than the big cigar, greasepaint moustache and the ever-present quips and wisecracks.

His fascination began in childhood.

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John Zwerenz invites you into the ‘Autumn Rain’
Posted: March 27, 2014

Many musicians are out to be the next big thing, to create a sound never heard before and be as innovative and influential as possible.

Like any art, music is constantly evolving.

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Thursday 03/20/2014
Arts Listings
Posted: March 20, 2014

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“Loves,” a Participatory GumHearts Installation, by NY-based artist Niizeki Hiromi, the Center at Maple Grove Cemetery, 127-15 Kew Gardens Road, Kew Gardens, now thru Saturday, March 29, 2-5 p.m. RSVP to Bonnie Thompson Dixon: (718) 709-0390, bonnie@maplegrovecenter.org.

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Queensboro Plaza, the hub of LIC
Posted: March 20, 2014

Among all the communities in Queens, Long Island City is the only one that actually was a city once, from 1870 to 1898. It retains the name but of course has not been its own municipality since the five boroughs became the greater City of New York in 1898.

Until then, Queens also included the towns of Hempstead, North Hempstead and Oyster Bay, but, unlike Newtown, Jamaica and Flushing, they voted not to be included in the merger and split off to form the new County of Nassau in 1899. (The Rockaways, however, left Hempstead to join Queens.)

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Jeffrey Leder Gallery welcomes you home
Updated: March 27, 2014 - 11:13 am

Down 45th Road, in Long Island City, tucked between two brownstones is the home of Jeffrey Leder.

The interior is plain but warm: Wooden floors give off a golden glow from the track lighting and the cream-colored walls have an inviting feel.

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The GIFs of the MoMI
Posted: March 20, 2014

If you are an expert user of social media, then you’ve probably heard of — or used — a GIF.

An acronym for graphic interchange format, a GIF is a short video clip, usually only a second or two long. They date back to the 1980s, but because they were complicated to make and used mainly in computer programming, they had never been familiar to the general user.

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