Aside from Annie, Oliver may be the word’s most beloved little orphan, and the Queen’s Secret Theatre’s production of “Oliver! The Musical” reminds the audience why they fell in love with the mischievous little boy in the first place.Set in 19th-century London, “Oliver! The Musical” tells the story of a 13-year-old boy who lives in a home for boys but is sold to an undertaker after he asks for a second helping of gruel.
He may not be the most well-known Jim Henson Muppet — in fact, few even know he existed — but Emmett Otter and his friends still have every bit of humor, song and love that any other of Henson’s creations have.
As part of the film series “Jim Henson’s World,” the Museum of the Moving Image will be screening the 1977 holiday special “Emmett Otter’s Jugband Christmas” and the timing couldn’t be more apt.
The tale of Jack and the Beanstalk dates back centuries in Europe. But the production of a show written especially for young children by Jacqueline Wade is bringing the tale to a contemporary urban setting.
In the modern tale, Jack, portrayed by Channing Jackson of Fresh Meadows, and his recently widowed mother, played by Vanessa Pringle, must sell an old van rather than the traditional cow.
Director and screenwriter David O. Russell, who was the mastermind behind last year’s “Silver Linings Playbook,” has brought a good deal of his repertory company back (Bradley Cooper, Jennifer Lawrence and Robert De Niro) for his new film, “American Hustle,” which is inspired by some of the events from the late 1970s Abscam scandal. Abscam was an FBI sting operation that caught a number of congressmen taking bribes in return for questionable favors.
Irving Rosenfeld (Christian Bale) is that 30-something guy from the Bronx who owns a chain of dry-cleaning stores in New York City circa 1978. He is outwardly living the suburban dream married to a very attractive but somewhat neurotic woman, Rosalyn (Jennifer Lawrence), in a beautiful home 0n Nassau County’s North Shore.
“Come to the cabaret,” Liza Minnelli famously sang. And now, courtesy of the Bay Terrace Jewish Center in Bayside, cabaret is coming to you — for one night only, though the engagement could be the start of something big.
“We hope the cabaret will take off,” leading to other bookings in the future, said Martha Stein, a member of the committee responsible for organizing the event.
For a fun afternoon that both kids and adults will enjoy, head to the Little Secret Theatre. Just next door to its parent Secret Theatre, in the arts epicenter of Long Island City, the Little Secret Theatre shows children’s musicals that are part performance, part interaction.
One of these musicals, “Pirate Pete’s Parrot,” tells the story of Polly the parrot, who is sick of eating boring bird food and longs for some pancakes.
Thanksgiving is a time to be appreciative for the things you have. It is a kickoff to the holiday season when all are encouraged to think of their fellow man and give just a little bit more than they normally would.
In fact, many food banks and homeless shelters depend on the holiday season for supplies as people are more likely to donate food and funds now.
You’ve prepared the meal, feasted with your family and made it through the inevitable turkey coma.
But the day after Thanksgiving your refrigerator is probably overflowing with leftover turkey, sweet potatoes and stuffing.
New York was one of the first cities where modern, abstract calligraphy took root and the Art of Ink in America Society is finally bringing it back home.
Through an exhibit entitled “Gesture and Beyond,” the society is featuring new works by its members, the latest in abstract calligraphy, at the Godwin-Ternbach Museum of Queens College.
Upon walking by or hearing the name, one might think Flushing Town Hall is number of things: a church, a government building or a space where community board meetings are held. Little would most people know that behind the brick walls and tall windows, art is being made.
“We are all about promoting a cross-cultural dialogue,” Sam Shumays, the deputy director of Flushing Town Hall said. “We want diversity in the discipline of art and diversity in where it’s coming from.”
The latest production the Douglaston Community Theatre is putting on is a little-known domestic comic drama aptly entitled “Daughters” — there isn’t a man in sight.
The story, written by John Morgan Evans, revolves around four generations of women in an Italian-American family as they deal with a crisis.
Flea and farmers markets have become commonplace in the city, but the newly opened Queens Urban Mkt in Long Island City has its sights set a bit higher than a typical shopping venue.
The market, which opened this summer on Northern Boulevard, is more a hodgepodge of several things. Part incubator, part education center and part foodie paradise, the Urban Mkt is looking to create a completely different shopping experience.
From moving lines to cartoons so realistic they could possibly be mistaken for people, computer graphics have come a long way since they were first used. And in just two hours on a damp Sunday afternoon, visitors were able to see two-decades worth of significant progress in computer graphics at the Museum of the Moving Image in Astoria — and hear about them from an expert.
Tom Sito, an animator who has worked on projects for Disney classics and DreamWorks, presented parts of the New Age: Computer Shorts program, along with Dean Winkler, who has focused more on the technical side of the computer graphics spectrum. Both have been in the business for years and have seen the industry change and grow each step of the way.
In an era when a camera can be at the ready within seconds and an image can be posted on Instagram with just a few taps on a cell phone, photography has become an “everyman’s pastime.”
That being said, the ability to truly capture the essence of a subject beyond taking a close-up of your quinoa salad requires skill and discipline and to capture the essence of an entire neighborhood requires a natural gift.
Anyone who calls his memoir, “The Gospel According to Josh: A 28-Year Gentile Bar Mitzvah,” must have a strong sense of humor.
And so it is with Astoria resident Joshua Rivedal, an actor, playwright and international public speaker, who has turned a rough time in his life into an uplifting personal story.
Last weekend the Queens Museum kicked off the “Poets in the Galleries” series, an interactive exploration of the Queens International 2013 exhibition in which poets lead gallery walkthroughs, stopping at artwork that interests them and reading accompanying texts.
The series was curated by Queens Poet Laureate Paolo Javier, and will feature poets Tan Lin, Stephen Motika, Charles Bernstein and Patricia Spears Jones.
Flushing Meadows Corona Park is full of borough staples including the Hall of Science, the Unisphere and the Queens Zoo. But while much of the park hasn’t seen an update in many years, the Queens Museum, however, is coming out with the big guns.
The museum that has been described as struggling or fighting to stay alive has completed a massive remodeling and expansion. Museum representatives are saying that this redesign is in no way a last resort to save the Queens Museum.
Need an energy boost? A visit to the FSF Community Theatre Group’s production of “Legally Blonde: the Musical” might be the solution, thanks to nearly three dozen singing and dancing performers who take over the stage with more than enough pep to spare!
By now the story — slight though it may be — is fairly well-known, from the novel and the popular movie that served as the show’s inspiration.
Takeru Kobayashi, the world’s former No. 1 competitive eater, dubbed “The Tsunami” and “The Japanese Eating Machine,” made national headlines when he was arrested and thrown in jail for trespassing at the 95th Annual Nathan’s Famous International Fourth of July Hot Dog Eating Contest in 2010.
After a bitter contract dispute with Major League Eating, the six-time Mustard Belt champ — who rose to fame in 2001 when he broke the Nathan’s Hot Dog Eating Contest world record — was forever banned from competing in the contest he helped popularize.
Restaurant weeks are common. Each year there are celebrations held all over the country to celebrate local cuisine and the restaurants that make delicious meals available to us.
But for a city like New York, it can be nearly impossible to showcase the hundreds of eateries that serve up delicious food every day.
“The Wiz,” “Hair” and “Orange is the New Black” have one thing in common: they were all filmed at a studio in Astoria.
As part of its newest exhibition, the Museum of the Moving Image is paying tribute to the legacy of filmmaking at the nearby studio, known today as Kaufman Astoria Studios.
You don’t have to travel all the way to Manhattan to enjoy classical music performed by a live orchestra.
The Forest Hills Symphony Orchestra has announced the beginning of its 50th anniversary 2013-14 season.