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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.
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?
So often do extraordinary occurrences get touted as proof of a higher being. Choosing not to go to work on the day your train crashes or surviving a topple off a building are instances of surviving the unsurvivable.
“The Unlikely Ascent of Sybil Stevens” attempts to decipher the meaning of survival when the meaning of life isn’t so obvious.
If you had been saving up to rent a unit in Long Island City’s largest luxury building, it’s too late.
According to Cornerstone, the developer of the property at 45-45 Center Blvd., the 41-story, 820-unit waterfront property is 100 percent leased.
The No. 7 train is one of the most used lines in the city and business leaders are furious that the MTA scheduled construction without providing a shuttle to Manhattan.
The museum garden is blanketed under snow, and the open-air gallery halls are calm in the cold. Underground in the Noguchi Museum education center, spectators warm up with a lively discussion of Isamu Noguchi’s life and work, as part of the monthly Second Sundays program.
Second Sundays is the Noguchi Museum’s monthly interactive event intended to complement the museum’s collection. February’s program, “Conservation Case Studies,” featured Leslie Gat in conversation with Dakin Hart, senior curator at the museum, and Matthew Kirsch, associate curator, and a presentation of four Noguchi pieces that have undergone or are undergoing reconstruction.
After dozens of business owners rallied with Councilman Jimmy Van Bramer (D-Sunnyside), state Sen. Mike Gianaris (D-Astoria) and other lawmakers in protest of No. 7 train weekend service cuts, the MTA said it is willing to give in to some of the demands, just not the ones the community was hoping for.
During a meeting held last week, the MTA said it would develop an advertising campaign to market Long Island City — particularly the Hunters Point area — to offset the expected business lull.
Reminiscing about your neighborhood can be a fun way for older and newer generations to bond and celebrate their history.
Especially with the rapid changes occurring in Queens due to development, increased population, immigration and socio-economic shifts, it is important to keep a record of where neighborhoods started and how they’ve grown since.
A Long Island City foundry owner has changed his plea to guilty on charges that he plotted to sell a fake sculpture of contemporary artist Jasper Johns’ famous 1960 “Flag” painting for $11 million.
The plea change comes five days after Johns himself testified in court that Brian Ramnarine never returned the mold after producing the wax cast.
Founded under the belief that the relationship between artist and art lover is an essential one, artistRun Gallery in Long Island City opened its doors on Dec. 1, offering a platform for artists to exhibit their creativity and admirers to enjoy displays right in their own backyards.
Painter and mixed-media artist Kaiser Kamal, one of three individuals who joined forces to establish the new gallery, said the site was chosen because “Long Island City, I believe, is going to be the next Soho. In the 1990s, Soho looked like Long Island City looks now.”
Though they specialize in stand-up, the guys at Laughing Devil hold a special place in their heart for films. The venue, located in Long Island City, already hosts movie nights, screening some of the biggest comedies in recent years, but it is also home to the annual Laughing Devil Short Film Festival.
The decision to show shorts as opposed to full-length features is — at least in jest — so that the audience will stay interested.
Designer Mark Salinas
Top names from the worlds of food, fashion and the fine arts will come together at a Long Island City restaurant on Feb. 3 in an evening that is not only likely to please the senses but raise money for scholarships for area students.
The event, billed as “Hemlines & Waistlines: A Queens Council on the Arts Moveable Feast Artist Dinner,” will feature the cuisine of Dave Martin, a “Top Chef” season one finalist, and fashion designs by longtime Sunnyside resident Mark Salinas.
TF Cornerstone has commissioned a permanent art fixture for the lobby of one of their luxury residential buildings at 45-40 Center Blvd. in Long Island City.
The development company unveiled the piece entitled “August Rush Hour/ The Grand Central Terminal” at a reception held in the building’s lobby on Wednesday.
With just a table, chair and microphone, an actor on stage will take audience members out of the cold and into a whole other world.
Steve Mellor will be performing “Muazzez,” one of a number of short stories in Mac Wellman’s book “A Chronicle of the Madness of Small Worlds,” at the Chocolate Factory Theater in Long Island City over the next week, in a show co-presented with Performance Space 122. It is in these short stories that Wellman explores the possibilities of a number of asteroids and planetoids.