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5Pointz artists honor their fallen home

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.

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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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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Thursday 04/10/2014
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
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
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
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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Creating a life with ‘Threads of Gold’
Posted: March 20, 2014

The Voelker Orth Museum is opening an exhibition of works entitled “Threads of Gold” by artist Lucia Maria Minervini, whose prints draw on the stories and images of the Voelker-Orth family.

“Once upon a time, a man left his home to find a new life,” Minervini writes. ”He traveled across the seas and arrived in the land of milk and honey. He married, had a family and achieved great commercial success and social standing. His progeny were all women and ‘Threads of Gold’ is my interpretation of their journeys and transformations.”

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Thursday 03/13/2014
Sean Kenney creates art from play
Updated: March 20, 2014 - 11:33 am

There is more to Legos than little yellow men with square bodies living in a world of tiny blocks.

The toy that invites young minds to imagine and create is the medium of choice for artist Sean Kenney.

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Two Bayside theaters, two very different shows
Posted: March 13, 2014

The musicals “Anything Goes” and “Children of Eden” couldn’t be more different from one another. Currently on the local theater boards, each delivers entertainment clearly aimed at particular audiences.

“Anything Goes,” a staple since its Broadway debut in 1934, has undergone various incarnations over the years. It is frequently revisited by community groups, which are undoubtedly drawn to its giddy story line — set aboard an ocean liner bound for England and surrounding the misadventures of a female ex-evangelist, “a broken-down broker,” Public Enemy #13 and others — and a superb score by Cole Porter.

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Call it magic: Rego Park transforms into Vegas
Updated: March 14, 2014 - 5:21 pm

Showgirls, eye-catching outfits and the stunning magic of Penn and Teller are things synonymous with the glitzy persona of Las Vegas, a city of sin almost 3,000 miles away.

Those mysterious aspects of Las Vegas that make it one of the most desirable tourist destinations in the country are exactly what magician Rogue hopes to use to draw people from all over the city to his newly opened magic bar and theater in Elmhurst.

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Thursday 03/06/2014
Now is the winter of your content
Updated: March 13, 2014 - 11:37 am

Few production attempts are more risky and more ambitious than taking William Shakespeare’s 16th-century verse and setting it in a more modern time. Baz Lurhmann’s 1996 “Romeo and Juliet” and Joss Whedon’s more recent “Much Ado About Nothing” have been examples of arguably successful attempts.

But those were big cinematic productions. How can a small theater, where Shakespeare’s words are more at home, make it work?

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Douglaston says ‘Good Morning Baltimore’
Posted: March 06, 2014

The excitement was palpable as a sold-out house anticipated the opening night curtain for Marathon Little Theatre Group’s production of the widely popular “Hairspray” on Saturday night. And the energy exuded by the intergenerational cast did not disappoint.

Despite a rash of recent illnesses that had several of the performers on vocal rest leading up to the first night, the enthusiasm of everyone on stage was undiminished. And though inclement weather toyed with many a rehearsal, the opening performance went off with nary a hitch.

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Your guide to the Queens World Film Festival
Posted: March 06, 2014

The Queens World Film Festival celebrates filmmaking from around the borough and around the world and runs from Wednesday to Saturday. Here is a guide to the films being shown in selected thematic blocks this weekend.

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‘Mr. Peabody & Sherman’
Updated: March 10, 2014 - 4:23 pm

Baby boomers will fondly remember the early 1960s television cartoon series “Rocky & Bullwinkle,” created by the late Jay Ward, which smartly satirized both American pop culture and the headlines of the JFK era in America. While Rocky the Flying Squirrel and Bullwinkle the Moose were understandably the most memorable characters (though I was partial to the duo’s inept villainous Russian counterparts, Boris Badenov and Natasha Fatale), the “Peabody and Sherman” segment of the show had its share of fans.

Mr. Peabody was a brainy canine who spoke with a patrician lilt and had adopted a boy he named Sherman. Peabody was an inventor for whom no obstacle was insurmountable. In a tongue-in-cheek salute to HG Wells, Peabody created a time machine which he named the WABAC (“way back”), in which he and Sherman traveled back to major events and interacted with historical figures in a playful manner. It was Ward’s way of wanting to impart the joy of history to his audience while thumbing his nose at dull school history textbooks.

Unlike the 2000 film flop “The Adventures of Rocky & Bullwinkle” that was a mixture of live action and cartoon (a la 1987’s “Who Framed Roger Rabbit?”) and starred Robert De Niro, Rene Russo and Piper Perabo, “Mr. Peabody & Sherman” is an entirely animated feature.

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Thursday 02/27/2014
The world seen through a soldier’s lens
Updated: March 06, 2014 - 12:34 pm

With so many documentaries and feature films on the subject, being deployed sounds terrifying to many civilians. The fear of death is enough to prevent many from enlisting.

But few consider the good experiences that come with serving.

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Queens Theatre will teach you to cut a rug
Posted: February 27, 2014

In recent years, interest in ballroom dancing has reached heights not seen in decades, thanks in large part to shows like “Dancing with the Stars” and “So You Think You Can Dance.”

Now, men and women of all ages can kick up their heels and take to the dance floor themselves as Queens Theatre kicks off a brand-new series of ballroom dance lessons — all for a nominal fee.

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