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LIC food tour is deliciously informative

Food tours are a difficult thing to pull off. For starters there’s the task of distinguishing a single tour from the dozens going on each weekend, but that is a struggle any starting business experiences.The unique problem food tours face is balance. A certain amount of walking matched with just enough history and the right kind of food makes for a great food tour.

A artist displays her hope for humanity
Updated: July 31, 2014 - 1:02 pm

Bangladeshi artist Nasima Khanam Queenie has a vision for the future of humanity.

She wishes for us to progress forward into a life resembling our ancient, mystical past in the Garden of Eden; a peaceful, loving, machine-free state of being.

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Hip to Hip brings Shakespeare to the masses
Posted: July 31, 2014

Shakespeare in the park is not a new concept, but for a long time, it was not accessible to people who didn’t have time to stand in line on a Saturday morning.

Hip to Hip, a nonprofit theater company based in Queens, has taken the Bard’s stories to communities otherwise overlooked by Shakespeare troupes.

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‘Get On Up,’ the James Brown story
Updated: July 29, 2014 - 2:07 pm

Johnny Carson once remarked that he was great in front of 10 million people but not so good in front of just 10. The same can be said for the late Godfather of Soul, James Brown, based on what we see in the new biopic, “Get On Up.” Throughout the film we see Brown (Chadwick Boseman) disrespecting the women in his life, his loyal band and his longtime best friend, Bobby Byrd (Nelsan Ellis), yet he is a tour de force when he gets on stage as large audiences go into a frenzy when he breaks into his “hardest working man in show business” persona as he sings, knocks the microphone stand back and forth, and dances in such a way that it looks as if he is defying gravity. The fact that he is lip syncing Brown’s vocals doesn’t detract.

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MoMI honors the man behind Bugs and Daffy
Updated: July 31, 2014 - 11:26 am

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.

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Thursday 07/24/2014
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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Thursday 07/10/2014
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
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
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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Thursday 06/19/2014
Kenny Brawner and band ‘Mess Around’ with Ray
Updated: June 26, 2014 - 11:06 am

Before Ray Charles, crooners were the big players in the music business. Frank Sinatra and Bing Crosby had a hold of the airwaves.

The crooners were about the lyrics and sang their songs the same for every performance. But when Charles and artists like him began to rise, music shifted its focus from words to sounds.

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Queens guys help make ‘Jersey Boys’ a good flick
Posted: June 19, 2014

Since so many people have seen “Jersey Boys” on Broadway, let me state at the outset that the movie is a completely different experience. Whereas the stage version placed those great Frankie Valli & the Four Seasons songs front and center, with the story of the group’s ups and downs as a device to give some space between the tunes, the movie takes the opposite approach.

And it does it with a little help from our friends in Queens.

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Queens community theater heats up for summer
Posted: June 19, 2014

Gone are the days when summertime meant a dearth of community theater productions on stages around the borough.

In fact, more than half a dozen attractions are on tap to open between now and when the leaves of autumn begin to fall.

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Thursday 06/12/2014
Queens bars prepare for World Cup craze
Updated: June 19, 2014 - 11:23 am

One of the slogans used in the advertising campaign for the 2010 FIFA World Cup in South Africa was “this is the one month, every four years, that we all agree on one thing.”

An undying love for the sport may unite Queens soccer fans from all corners of the globe, but that’s where the agreeing ends for many.

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Build your own way into a world of science
Posted: June 12, 2014

You are stranded on an island, active volcano or in the belly of a dinosaur. How do you survive? How do you escape?

Ten-year-old Richard was stranded in his bedroom and created what he thought was the best way to escape.

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