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MoMI studio lets kids experiment as filmmakers

Perhaps the only things more animated than the stop-motion videos made by visitors to the Museum of the Moving Image are the expressions on the faces of the youngsters (and many an adult, as well) as they enter the Moving Image Studio, where the sight of puppets, Legos and colorful costumes is sure to brighten everyone’s day.It’s a drop-in space, free with admission to the Astoria museum, that is filled with all kinds of inspirations for creativity.

Fancy footwork does the talking in this rich show
Updated: December 05, 2019 - 1:24 pm

The world premiere of a new, nearly wordless musical, “A–oranza de Colombia” (“Nostalgia for Colombia”), running at Thalia Spanish Theatre in Sunnyside through Dec. 15, provides a veritable smorgasbord of the music and dances that have ties to that South American country.

The show, presented in conjunction with Mestizo Art Center and featuring a cast of about a dozen young, tireless and talented performers, is a feast for the eyes and ears.

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MoMI explores the Andy Kaufman influence
Posted: December 05, 2019

Trying to pin down Queens native Andy Kaufman (1949-1984) as a comic, performer and entertainer can be tough.

Just ask artist Brian Hubble, who has been delving into Kaufman’s life and work for 13 years.

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Rube Goldberg drew on human complexities too
Updated: December 05, 2019 - 12:38 pm

When a man is so influential his name becomes a new dictionary entry to describe the deeper meaning behind his creations, that’s pretty much the definition of high impact. Merriam-Webster defines “Rube Goldberg” as an adjective meaning “accomplishing by complex means what seemingly could be done simply.”

He officially became a reference noun in 1928.

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Love conquers all as youngsters star in a classic
Posted: November 27, 2019

“The Fantasticks,” the world’s longest-running musical (yes, even longer than that Phantom!), is a simple boy-meets-girl story.

But, in the upcoming rendering by The St. Mary’s Drama Guild in Woodside, it is told with a twist: Two young ladies will portray the couple at the center of the piece.

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Wednesday 11/27/2019
Turkey sandwiches again?! It doesn’t have to be
Posted: November 27, 2019

In The World’s Borough, not everyone celebrates Thanksgiving the same way, or eats the same food. But for those traditionalists who do the turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes, cranberry sauce and so on, here are some possible recipes for the inevitable leftovers. They only involve a few basic items that may not have been part of the big meal.

They’re all from foodnetwork.com, which along with countless other sites offers a slew of leftover recipes you can browse through to find just what suits your mood. This first one comes courtesy of Giada De Laurentiis.

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Thursday 11/21/2019
Even yesterday, love was not an easy game to play
Updated: November 27, 2019 - 12:33 pm

Certain things improve with age, others not so much.

Among the less fortunate are some of the plays by the most successful American playwright of all time, Neil Simon, whose early work “Barefoot In the Park” has just opened a run at Queens Theatre, where it plays through Nov. 24.

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Trust nothing — except that this is one fun show
Posted: November 21, 2019

There’s giddiness aplenty in what is believed to be the local community theater debut of “Dirty Rotten Scoundrels,” the Parkside Players attraction that runs through Dec. 1.

Based on a popular 1988 film of the same name, the show (an honest-to-goodness musical comedy!) began a healthy run on Broadway in 2005.

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Douglaston troupe stages a play that’s to die for
Posted: November 21, 2019

Douglaston Community Theatre kicks off its 70th season as a mainstay on the local scene with a sturdy — and still shocking — rendering of Ira Levin’s classic comic thriller “Deathtrap,” with three performances remaining through Nov. 23.

The play arrived on Broadway in 1978 and would run for a solid four years, setting the record as the longest-running show of its kind. Its popularity is understandable.

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Thursday 11/14/2019
Mama Rose: the mother of all stage mothers
Updated: November 21, 2019 - 12:30 pm

It’s not often that the highlights of a musical are its dramatic scenes, but such is the case in the production of “Gypsy” being presented by Theatre By The Bay NY in Bayside through Nov. 24.

That is not to say that its musical numbers were not effective — they were! But the book by Arthur Laurents is unusually powerful and the portrayals by the three leading actors, as seen at a dress rehearsal several days prior to opening night, wring a great deal of emotion out of his words.

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'Farscape' cast a top draw at the next Wintercon
Updated: November 14, 2019 - 12:44 pm

Winter has not arrived yet, but Wintercon is coming soon. The yearly con has become a staple of the borough, where fans of comics, video games, sci-fi shows and other forms of geekdom gather to celebrate their communal interests. Every year the con usually presents a headlined cast reunion from a sci-fi TV show or movie — and this year might be the biggest one yet.

The 2019 con will headlined by a “Farscape” cast reunion. It’s the 20th anniversary of the famed sci-fi show, and the entire cast will be on hand to do a panel and a meet and greet. Claudia Black, Ben Browder, Virginia Hey, Anthony Simcoe, Lani Tupu, Kent McCord, Gigi Edgley and creator Rockne S. O’Bannon will be all present. “Farscape” was a show on the Sci-Fi channel (later SyFy) that had one of the first internet campaigns to bring it back when it got canceled.

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In marriage, the more things change ... you know
Posted: November 14, 2019

George Bernard Shaw, considered by many critics to be second only to Shakespeare among British dramatists, is, in many ways, as relevant today as he was in his day.

Case in point: the current production by The Gingerbread Players in Forest Hills of his 1908 play “Getting Married,” one of the more obscure works in the vast Shaw canon, which runs through Nov. 17.

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Thursday 11/07/2019
When theater encountered Facebook
Updated: November 14, 2019 - 12:07 pm

Nine-year-old Mark Lord was excited when his parents took him to the Tapia Theater in Puerto Rico’s Old San Juan to see a production of “The King and I” in 1963.

“The tickets were for a weeknight and, to tell the truth, to this day I cannot believe that my mother would have agreed to let my older brother, Steven, and me stay out late when we had school the next day,”he writes. He saved the program, particularly entranced by the performance of actress Catherine Jacoby as Anna.

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Revolution yields evolution in Cuban artworks
Posted: November 07, 2019

The irony of tyranny is that a population repressed is, eventually, a population expressed. What is squashed, explodes.

The “Arte Cubano” exhibit at the Godwin-Ternbach Museum at Queens College reveals this cyclical inevitability with works as diverse and passionate as the artists themselves. Cuba’s Latin, European and Afro-Caribbean influences are interwoven throughout the over 25 pieces featured in this intensely immersive collection of a creative rebellion against political and environmental restriction.

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Strike! Read all about it!
Posted: November 07, 2019

There’s energy to spare, some of the cutest youngsters you’re likely to see on stage this theatrical season, several impressive dance routines and a breakout performance by a local favorite, all combining for a satisfying evening (or matinee) at Royal Star Theatre’s production of “Newsies,” running one more weekend at Immaculate Conception Church in Jamaica.

The show, written by Alan Menken (music), Jack Feldman (lyrics) and Harvey Fierstein (book), is a Disney favorite, particularly among young audiences who can most easily identify with the title characters as they struggle for a fair shake against the publishing titans who threaten their welfare. Last Saturday’s opening night audience was filled with obvious fans.

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One of borough’s best burgers is in Ozone Park
Updated: November 14, 2019 - 12:11 pm

The Local Press on Rockaway Boulevard in Ozone Park has an impressive menu from top to bottom but it’s the burgers that steal the show.

In fact, The Local Press Burger is highlighted on the menu: double cheddar cheese, bacon, lettuce, tomato, onion, pickles and Local Press secret sauce.

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Thursday 10/31/2019
Song, dance and humor, staged for all this fall
Posted: October 31, 2019

Variety is the spice of life — a phrase that dates to the 1700s and is apropos of the upcoming fall community theater season, which kicks into high gear this weekend.

With no fewer than half a dozen shows raising their curtains by early December, among them musicals both classic and modern, a mystery play and a British comedy, the diversity is nearly as wide-ranging as the borough’s residents.

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‘Abandoned Queens’: Revisiting boro’s ghosts
Updated: November 07, 2019 - 1:00 pm

Elmhurst native Richard Panchyk has the nose and an eye for Queens’ past; but he also knows how and where to look for it.

Some of the subjects in his new book, “Abandoned Queens,” are a bit off the beaten trail, like the old Flushing Airport site or what he calls the lost neighborhood of Edgemere in the Rockaways.

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Addressing trauma, both mental and ecological
Updated: October 31, 2019 - 2:24 pm

Artistic inspiration often comes from the most unexpected places.

Such is the case with two exhibitions running at the LIC Arts Open Gallery at The Factory in Long Island City. One remains on display only through Nov. 2, while the other will be on view until Nov. 14.

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Thursday 10/24/2019
Halloween thrills and chills throughout Queens
Updated: October 31, 2019 - 1:30 pm

Marty Arominski recommends coming with about five or six friends when you visit “Fear Manor,” the haunted house attraction at The Shops at Atlas Park mall in Glendale.

“We’ll scare the [heck] out of you,” he said. “You’ll scream, and your friends will laugh — until we do it to them.”

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You ain’t afraid of no ghost? We’ll see about that.
Posted: October 24, 2019

In the supernatural community, Queens is sometimes referred to as the “Borough of the Dead” because of the many cemeteries that call it home. The “cemetery belt” that lines the Brooklyn-Queens border has more than a dozen, and more people are buried in Maspeth’s Calvary Cemetery than are living in Chicago.

Although many souls call Queens their final resting place, there are some that, according to urban legends, are not so restful and continue to walk among the living. That is, if you believe in that kind of stuff.

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Boo! LIC Fear art and horror films return to Plaxall
Posted: October 24, 2019

They’re baaack.

The third annual LIC Fear art exhibition is on display at The Plaxall Gallery through Nov. 3.

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Thursday 10/17/2019
The atmosphere is no glass ceiling
Updated: October 24, 2019 - 12:24 pm

Picture an artistic rendering of a woman in space. Did you see a goddess or an astronaut?

Curator Julie Wosk gives you both, and more, at the New York Hall of Science in Corona now through Jan. 26 in the exhibit “Imaging Women in the Space Age,” dominated by photography but also including toys in the form of “Astronaut Barbie” dolls and vignette toys depicting the late Margaret Hamilton, who directed the development of Apollo on-board software, and the late NASA executive “Mother of Hubble” Nancy G. Roman.

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Miracle Met pens memoir with Chronicle editor
Posted: October 17, 2019

Yesterday marked the 50th anniversary of arguably the greatest sports story of all-time: the day that the 1969 Mets, a team that Las Vegas oddsmakers gave a 100-1 chance of winning the World Series — and frankly many thought the odds should have been higher — at the beginning of the season, did just that as they defeated the Baltimore Orioles, one of the best baseball teams of all time, in five games.

The 2019 season has understandably been one of celebrating and reliving that amazing (yes, there is no way around that adjective) season.

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