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Climb aboard the 7 for culture and history

For thousands of New Yorkers, taking the train is about as ordinary as having coffee in the morning. The subway is a part of the city’s culture, so what better way to experience New York than to do as the locals do?Lucky 7 Subway Tours offer tourists and residents the opportunity to ride through seven neighborhoods and learn some history along the way.

Piano boy wonder coming to Flushing Town Hall
Posted: August 28, 2014

On a hot Monday morning, Flushing Town Hall stood out from the bustling street and passing cars.

Outside, there was noise and discord; inside, a melody rang through the doorways leading into the main room of the hall. Here, a 10-year-old boy delighted the staff and patrons of the venue.

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Kids get to learn the ropes at Alley Pond Park
Posted: August 28, 2014

This summer, many kids and teens have been channeling their inner Rocky and pushing their personal limits.

Young adventure seekers are rediscovering a place in Queens where they can experience extreme outdoor challenges: rock wall climbing or gliding along a scary high zipline, like Spider-Man.

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Whitestone Bridge meets World’s Fair in exhibit
Updated: August 28, 2014 - 11:41 am

Two New York icons, the Whitestone Bridge and the 1939 World’s Fair, celebrate their 75th anniversaries this year.

In their honor, the Queens Library and the Queens Historical Society have joined forces to recognize the connection between the two with an extensive photo exhibition on view at the Whitestone branch of the library. The exhibit is free and open to the public.

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2015 Black Spectrum season promises entertainment
Posted: August 21, 2014

Growing up, Mark Lord, contributing writer for the Queens Chronicle and retired English teacher of 29 years, had an interest in theatre, but never considered writing or directing.

“I’ve been interested in theater since I was about 9 years old,” Lord said. “Not in writing so much, but in performing. I’ve performed on the local and regional level, but I never expected to be writing several shows performed by community theatres.”

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Thursday 08/21/2014
Patrick Lung Kong honored for influential work
Posted: August 21, 2014

It is said true artistic genius is made up of pieces of the past, mixed with something fresh and new, creating a new experience for viewers completely alienating them.

Hong Kong director Patrick Lung Kong, who made his first film 50 years ago, did that with his work.

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Thursday 08/14/2014
PS1 offers a healthy rooftop option
Updated: August 21, 2014 - 11:55 am

Past the stone walls of the Museum of Modern Art at PS1 and up the gated stairs is a hidden gem.

The museum’s rooftop garden has been revitalized with a new salad garden featuring heirloom vegetables and unusual herbs, including salad burnet, savory, saltwort and epazote.

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Drumming workshop a hit at Flushing Town Hall
Posted: August 14, 2014

The sun set on a beautiful Sunday evening, transitioning from dusk to nighttime as an August supermoon rose, in a celestial occurrence that happens when the moon is closest to the Earth.

Below Luna’s pale gaze, at Flushing Town Hall, a gathering of approximately 20 people willing to expand their cultural knowledge came together to experience an Indian folk music drumming workshop led by master percussionist Babloe Shankar and his students, along with master dancer Abha Roy.

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A modern take on the classic show ‘Godspell’
Posted: August 14, 2014

The energetic version of “Godspell” being offered by St. Gregory’s Theatre Group is so of the moment, it’s hard to believe the show was written nearly 50 years ago.

Anyone who saw the original off-Broadway production would be hard-pressed to recognize it in its current rendering, which finds members of the cast tweeting and taking selfies on their cell phones and features references to Facebook, Donald Trump, Justin Bieber’s near deportation and Pop Tarts.

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Don’t give up your hard-earned money for ‘The Giver’
Posted: August 14, 2014

Since it was published in 1992, Lisa Lowry’s sci-fi novel about a post-apocalyptic society, “The Giver,” has sold over 10 million copies and has become a staple on required reading lists for junior high school English classes.

With that kind of commercial success in the literary world, it’s surprising that film studios did not jump sooner to have Lowry’s book hit the big screen.

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Thursday 08/07/2014
Despite mistakes, The Lot LIC series has what it needs to be great
Updated: August 14, 2014 - 12:14 pm

The Lot LIC, a privately owned open space, is hosting a poolside music and film series ... sort of.

Beside the venue’s outdoor festivities is a new art installation called “Backyard Pool” by Tamara Johnson.

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Chain film fest offers an array of great movies
Posted: August 07, 2014

A young man and woman who put their virginity up for auction, a group of friends who reconnect on New Year’s Eve, a college grad with a secret preparing for his dream job interview and a pair of New York City patrolmen whose actions could have been ripped from today’s headlines — they’re among the fictional and fact-based characters whose stories will be told on-screen during the second annual Chain NYC Film Festival, running at The Chain Theatre in Long Island City.

According to festival director Kirk Gostkowski, more than 100 films —some full-length, some running just three minutes — will be featured during the two-week festival, selected from many submissions.

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Get your passport stamped by the Queens Museum
Posted: August 07, 2014

Traveling around the world can be fun, but it’s a hassle.

Booking flights, finding a hotel and making an itinerary can be costly and time consuming.

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Thursday 07/31/2014
LIC food tour is deliciously informative
Updated: August 07, 2014 - 11:53 am

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.

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A artist displays her hope for humanity
Updated: August 05, 2014 - 11:22 am

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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Tuesday 07/29/2014
‘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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Thursday 07/24/2014
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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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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