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MoMI honors the man behind Bugs and Daffy

Chuck Jones wasn’t the only person to draw and direct cartoons with Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck and Wile E. Coyote.But he and the characters went on to become legends together, and through Jan. 19, the Museum of the Moving Image will host an exhibition of Jones’ works, original rough sketches and thoughts on animation and the creative process.

Snapshots of the Kew Forest area
Posted: July 24, 2014

Before the construction of the Interborough Parkway in 1933 one wasn’t quite sure where Kew Gardens left off and Forest Hills began. Even the name of the section of Forest Hills right up against Kew Gardens had a transitional flavor to it: Kew Forest.

On the north side of Queens Boulevard at the corner of 78th Avenue was the Kew Gardens Theater. The Pickman Building stands on the site today.

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Arts Listings
Posted: July 24, 2014

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“Otogizoshi-Bokusai,” by Shoko Kazama. Ink on paper calligraphy, telling stories of 13th-century Japan that have been passed down verbally among children. Showing thru Thurs., Aug. 7. Mon-Fri., 11 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sat., 12-5 p.m. Resobox Gallery, 41-26 27 St., Long Island City.

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Calligraphy brings medieval Japanese tales to life
Posted: July 24, 2014

This past Friday, Japanese calligraphy artist Shoko Kazama made her New York debut at Resobox, a simple yet elegant art gallery dedicated to the promotion of Japanese culture. Nestled in the heart of Long Island City amidst tall, new condominiums and the hustle and bustle of trains and traffic, the gallery brings a taste of Japan to the Big Apple.

And with her exhibition, “Bokusai,” Kazama brings to Queens a bit of medieval Japan in particular. The exhibit aims to tell the tales known as Otogizoshi — stories passed down verbally from the Muromachi era, 1392 through 1573 — and bring awareness of both the well-known Japanese tales and the art of calligraphy to New Yorkers.

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A diverse twist on a Broadway classic
Posted: July 24, 2014

Few musicals have had the universal appeal and undiminished popularity of “Fiddler on the Roof,” based on stories written by famed Yiddish author Sholem Aleichem.

And this summer, it is being given a full-voiced and deeply affecting rendition at the Theater at the Immaculate Conception Center in Douglaston.

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Thursday 07/17/2014
Warm up to music festival season in Queens
Updated: July 17, 2014 - 4:22 pm

Summer is not only a season for going to the beach, slurping down popsicles and getting a righteous tan, it’s also the season for music festivals.

There are big events, including the Governor’s Ball and Warped Tour, but Queens will also host several music festivals of its own.

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The World’s Fairs take center stage, at their home
Posted: July 17, 2014

In this year of celebrations marking the 50th and 75th anniversaries of the 1939 and 1964 World’s Fairs, Queens Theatre is adding to the mix with “The World’s Fair Play Festival,” a presentation of a dozen five- to 10-minute performances from acclaimed national, international and local playwrights, running through July 27.

The venue is most appropriate — the theater is housed in the former Theaterama, one of only a handful of buildings constructed for the 1964 World’s Fair that is still standing.

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Coffeed klatch
Posted: July 17, 2014

When The Inspired Word, the umbrella name of an ongoing series of presentations by poets, singers, rappers and other performance artists, began five years ago in a vegan organic restaurant in Forest Hills, its audience numbered around 10.

While the restaurant has since gone under, The Inspired Word continues to blossom as it — yes — inspires. And the crowds have grown tremendously.

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Corsets and coal had their roles in Ozone Park
Posted: July 17, 2014

Ozone Park was developed early on partly because of its key position to Jamaica Bay. It was just a very short ride to Goose Creek or The Raunt, where people could enjoy the benefits of boating and fishing.

Ozone Park already had a population of 40,000 in 1921, which nearly tripled to 112,000 by 1930. Only 10 miles from Manhattan, it had trolley and elevated train service. The Long Island Rail Road ran 113 trains on weekdays, saying they would get you to the city in 23 minutes.

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Thursday 07/10/2014
Arts Listings
Posted: July 10, 2014

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“Between the Lines,” a group exhibition by Zaun Lee, TJ Volonis and Scott Fitzgerald, connected by a shared interest of line, plane and pre-determined structure; thru July 12, Crossing Art, 136-17 39 Ave., Flushing. Info: (212) 359-4333, crossingart.com.

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Goose Creek Station,Jamaica Bay
Posted: July 10, 2014

The Jamaica Bay Islands scattered through 20 square miles of marshes provide complete isolation and tranquility in Queens — and area residents like it that way. Some can trace their family roots back 100 years, staying put from generation to generation.

Prior to the building of the Cross Bay Bridge in 1939, you were transported to the Rockaway peninsula via the Long Island Rail Road, and one station on the way was called Goose Creek.

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Rural recreation for city dwellers at Hallets Cove
Updated: July 17, 2014 - 9:08 am

I know what you’re thinking. Kayaking? In the East River? Seriously?

Yes, I was skeptical too. Growing up in New York City, the East River always presented the impression of a mass of toxic water that you would never want to make contact with your skin, let alone sail on.

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Catch a flick at the Queens Library this month
Updated: July 10, 2014 - 11:29 am

If you’ve got a desire to go see a good movie sometime this summer but want to avoid those ticket prices, the Queens Library is the place for you.

Throughout the rest of July, the library is offering free screenings of films of all kinds at the Central Library and several of its branches. Just be aware that policy says popcorn, soda and other snacks are not allowed.

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Socrates Park kicks off its outdoor cinema series
Updated: July 11, 2014 - 3:14 pm

Socrates Sculpture Park’s annual Outdoor Cinema series began with a bang, literally.

The opening night of the film event was met with storm clouds and pouring rain. Still, 20 or so diehard fans braved the weather and came out to see “Pussy Riot: A Punk Prayer.”

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Thursday 07/03/2014
Arts Listings
Posted: July 03, 2014

EXHIBITS

“Between the Lines,” a group exhibition by Zaun Lee, TJ Volonis and Scott Fitzgerald, connected by a shared interest of line, plane and pre-determined structure; thru July 12, Crossing Art, 136-17 39 Ave., Flushing. Info: (212) 359-4333, crossingart.com.

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Woodside’s ivy league of their own
Posted: July 03, 2014

A row of lovely all-brick attached homes was erected on 69th Street between Northern Boulevard and 34th Avenue in 1931, with second-story apartments to produce income for the homeowners.

They were almost lost when the Brooklyn Queens Expressway came through the area, as planner Robert Moses & Co. seriously considered taking them under eminent domain and knocking them down. But after some community wrangling the block was spared.

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Queens spots to take in the fireworks show
Updated: July 10, 2014 - 11:21 am

After a stint on the Hudson River, the Macy’s Fireworks Spectacular is back on the East Side for this year’s Independence Day.

Unfortunately a majority of the sparkling explosives will be shot off near the Brooklyn Bridge.

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Say ‘Ohm’ to free yoga classes in Queens
Posted: July 03, 2014

Yoga is growing in popularity but classes can be expensive.

Fortunately, groups including the Queens Library and Parks Department provide plenty of options for you to get your downward dog on this summer for free.

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Take a look at Willets Point in a new way
Posted: July 03, 2014

There has been a lot in the news regarding Willets Point and the redevelopment slated to begin there.

Many are for it and many are against it, but few have taken the time to really look at Willets Point, as it is now, and see art.

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Thursday 06/26/2014
Forest Hills vs. Mayor John Lindsay
Posted: June 26, 2014

When John V. Lindsay became our New York City mayor in 1966, one of the most controversial initiatives of his administration was to place a low-income housing project in the heart of Forest Hills.

Liberal Lindsay and his New York City Housing Authority chairman, Simeon Golar, were met with their first demonstration in December 1966 when 30 women picketed Borough Hall. They also were met with fierce opposition led by Jerry Birnbach of the Forest Hills Residents Association. A Manhattan congressman named Ed Koch later allied himself with the protesters.

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Arts Listings
Posted: June 26, 2014

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The Quilter’s Showcase, NYC Parks “Arts, Culture & Fun” series, world-renowned, award-winning quilters display their cultural & creative works in an interactive showcase, Roy Wilkins Recreational Center’s Garden, 177-01 Baisley Blvd., Jamaica, Thurs., June 26, 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Free. Info: (718) 276-8686 or RSVP: cultureartsfun@parks.nyc.gov.

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Angry men get ‘in your face’ in Bayside
Updated: July 03, 2014 - 11:20 am

The setting is a cramped, claustrophobic jury room on a sweltering summer day in a big city in 1957.

Twelve jurors have just been charged by a judge to consider the guilt or innocence of a teenager — implied to be a poor minority — who faces the electric chair, accused in the brutal stabbing death of his father.

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The Boom Section will shake you all night long
Posted: June 26, 2014

“It’s 40 years of rock sound in one show.”

That’s how Jamaica resident Mario Robles, lead singer of The Boom Section, the four-man AC/DC-inspired band hosting the Forest Park Rock Fest II, describes the show his group is presenting for the second year in a row.

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Queens theater keeps on bringing the heat
Posted: June 26, 2014

The summer Queens community theater round-up continues with “Shrek the Musical,” based on a contemporary fairy tale and the animated film it inspired, which comes to life once again courtesy of Holy Child Jesus Teen Drama Group.

The show follows the adventures of the title ogre; his sidekick, a talkative donkey; Princess Fiona; the diminutive Lord Farquaad and an assortment of fairy tale creatures.

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