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“I had done my time at summer camp. It seemed like a special location for people, a transformative place, a transition between early childhood and adolescence,” said playwright Gregory Moss, explaining the inspiration behind his new work, “Billy Witch,” now enjoying its New York City premiere by the Astoria Performing Arts Center.
A dark comedy, the play has variously been described as quirky, creepy and bawdy.
You have to give Fox Searchlight Films a lot of credit. It takes guts to release a film whose lead actors are far from household names and whose budget was a paltry $8 million into movie theaters during the summer when most of the screens there are showing big budget super-hero films. “Ruby Sparks,” though certainly not flawless, is a clever and relatable film for grownups and that is hard to find at a cineplex anytime let alone summer.
Stephen Cabral, the director of the Theatre Development Fund’s Costume Collection, navigated down one of the 13 aisles of a cavernous warehouse space on West 26th Street in Manhattan. Pausing at a particular spot in front of a rack where hundreds of costumes hung, beneath yet another rack of the same, he instantly reached out for the one he was looking for.
He displayed it proudly, a shimmering toga meticulously crafted by sewing together several individual pieces of fabric, with blue and silver detailing.
When author William Jelani Cobb was an eighth-grade student at IS 238 in Jamaica, he had a classmate who wrote his name down on a sheet of paper and told him, “This is my autograph. You should keep it.”
When songwriters Rodgers and Hammerstein wrote “June is Bustin’ Out All Over,” could they possibly have foreseen what’s happening in Jackson Heights?
Thanks to a special month-long celebration called June in Jackson Heights, residents and visitors to the neighborhood are in for a wide variety of treats, ranging from theater and dance performances to art exhibitions, walking tours, and, of course, lots of food, glorious food.
They hear it while walking the school hallways, shooting hoops on neighborhood basketball courts, and strolling past large groups of young people congregating on city sidewalks.
The New York Times held its fourth annual Librarian Award ceremonies at its Manhattan offices Wednesday night, and one of the honorees was Jane McGann of the Howard Beach branch of the Queens Borough Public Library.
Developing the waterfront, transforming Willets Point, and solving traffic and parking problems were among the top priorities Flushing residents voiced to consultants at an informational meeting Monday, hosted by Community Board 7 at Union Plaza Care Center in Flushing.