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Nature as represented over hundreds of years

The human fascination with nature is a perverse history.It’s all on lurid display now in “Hope is the Thing with Feathers, Art of the Natural World,” at the Godwin-Ternbach Museum, at Queens College in Flushing. The individual works in the exhibit are beautiful, but taken within the context of modern environmental peril, they can also be terrifying object lessons.

Celebrating LGBTQ+ rights, in a New York minute
Posted: June 20, 2019

The borough’s daylong celebration to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall Inn riots that pushed the LGBTQ+ rights movement to the forefront is set for June 22.

Its centerpiece in a day of activism, reflection and community conversation, part of a citywide initiative, is “The Stonewall 50 Plays,” a collaborative effort involving Queens Theatre, Queens Museum and America’s longest-running grassroots theater company, The One-Minute Play Festival.

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It’s mostly musicals in theaters this summer
Updated: June 25, 2019 - 10:48 am

Summer has always been a time for the kids, a notion that is reflected in many of the productions slated to hit the community theater boards during the upcoming warm weather days.

No fewer than five popular Broadway musicals are on their way, along with a rarely seen century-old comedy.

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One night only, a jazz band named for Queens
Updated: June 20, 2019 - 12:15 pm

Once a year Christmas comes. Same with the Super Bowl and your birthday.

Also in that special category belongs the Queens Jazz Orchestra, the all-star band put together by NEA Jazz Master Jimmy Heath 11 years ago that lives — like a musical mayfly — for just one, sold-out night a year at Flushing Town Hall.

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A day of making music across the entire city
Posted: June 13, 2019

Make Music New York, a one-day music festival, is making its way back to New York City for its 13th year with over 800 free concerts taking place in over 400 outdoor locations, with over 5,000 individual participants across the five boroughs.

“The idea is just to bring the whole city to life,” said James Burke, the executive director of the festival. “We like to call ourselves New York City’s music festival for the people and by the people because all the performers are locals as well.”

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Thursday 06/13/2019
Brilliant music and fancy footwork to match
Posted: June 13, 2019

The show running at the Thalia Spanish Theatre in Sunnyside through June 23 is called “Tango + Tango,” a celebration of both the traditional and new styles of the dance, but the main attraction here is Raul Jaurena, the production’s musical director who, not incidentally, is one of the world’s foremost players of an instrument known as the bandoneon.

A type of concertina, it is played similarly to an accordion, and, in the right hands, it can elicit a wide range of emotions.

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Thursday 06/06/2019
NYSCI celebrates 50 years since moon landing
Updated: June 13, 2019 - 12:31 pm

Eight years after President John F. Kennedy challenged the nation to put a man on the moon, Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin and Michael Collins sat atop a Saturn V rocket at Cape Canaveral, Fla., carrying, as Walter Cronkite put it, “the hopes and burdens for all mankind.”

The trick was not just to get them to the moon, but to bring them home.

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Socrates offers the perfect setting for yoga, tai chi
Posted: June 06, 2019

An endless stream of curious dogs seemed to take note of an unusual sight while walking their humans in the dappled sunlight and gentle river breezes of Socrates Sculpture Park on Memorial Day Weekend’s Saturday morning.

More than 50 Homo sapiens, scattered amid the trees on all four paws, faces down, bottoms up, stretched into triangles like canines. Was this some form of interspecies mockery?

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Girl Scout crafts family fun with a Colonial bent
Posted: June 06, 2019

When was the last time you saw anyone playing hopscotch or jumping rope or tossing around some bean bags?

Those days are pretty much gone and all-but-forgotten, but now, thanks to a special event set for June 15 at the landmark Vander Ende-Onderdonk House in Ridgewood, it’s time to relive those childhood moments — and introduce the youngsters in your life to the joys of far simpler times.

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Thursday 05/30/2019
Cirque du Soleil is flying high again in Flushing
Updated: June 06, 2019 - 4:57 pm

The circus is back in town!

And it’s not just any circus; it’s Cirque du Soleil, the Montreal-based troupe that was founded in 1984 and has since delivered no fewer than 38 original productions including “Luzia — A Waking Dream of Mexico,” which premiered in 2016 and is being performed through June 9 under the Big Top next to Citi Field.

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Rising star promises an ‘immersive’ concert
Posted: May 30, 2019

Kaia Kater promises that the audience at her upcoming concert at Flushing Town Hall on June 7 can expect an immersive show.

Kater said she will be telling the story of her father’s immigration to Canada from Grenada as a teenager. She said she will be interweaving excerpts of her interview with her father into her songs.

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Woodside Players host a series of short works
Posted: May 30, 2019

It’s free! It’s unpredictable! And it’s about to happen right here in our own backyard.

It’s the Woodside Players of Queens Summer 2019 Play Festival, set to take place on June 15 at 2 p.m. at the Queens Library in Long Island City.

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Thursday 05/23/2019
Find the Memorial Day event closest to you
Updated: May 30, 2019 - 12:17 pm

All over Queens this weekend, there will be parades to honor the fallen servicemembers who gave their lives serving our nation.

Memorial Day used to be observed on May 30 before being changed to the final Monday in May in the early 1970s to create the three-day weekend we’re used to now.

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Iconic action movie series showing at MoMI
Updated: May 23, 2019 - 1:44 pm

Your mission, should you choose to accept it, is to go to the Museum of the Moving Image for its “Mission: Impossible” series.

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Exhibit seeks to help heal after synagogue shooting
Updated: May 23, 2019 - 1:48 pm

Born out of tragedy, a new exhibition at a Forest Hills cafe — a collaboration between a group of artists from Rhode Island and two local entrepreneurs — attempts to help restore peace and harmony in the universe.

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Thursday 05/16/2019
A moving tale of the South in the civil rights era
Updated: May 23, 2019 - 1:14 pm

An intimate story that plays like an epic, the musical,“Caroline, or Change,” in what is believed to be its Queens debut, is being brought powerfully to the stage by the Astoria Performing Arts Center.

The show focuses on Caroline Thibodeaux, a hardworking, long-suffering African-American maid, and her relationship with the Jewish family for whom she works, in particular 8-year-old Noah, whose mother has recently died.

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Artist honors the unnamed in black history
Posted: May 16, 2019

If you are looking for the latest art rooted in African-American history, then the “Alexandria Smith: Monuments to an Effigy” exhibit at the Queens Museum is for you.

Smith’s works take the history of the Olde Towne of Flushing Burial Ground and the Macedonia AME Church in Flushing as a departure point to explore the lost narratives of African-American women.

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Fame and fortune aren’t everything, after all
Posted: May 16, 2019

And the award for the longest title of a new play goes to “Relic, or, I was Bubbie’s Favorite by Joel Feinman (as told to Lojo Simon),” now having its world premiere run at Queens Theatre, where performances continue through May 26.

The play, itself, developed at the theater last year through its New American Voices Reading Series, is much more economical, running a tight 90 intermissionless minutes. It is played on a nearly bare stage, and it features a single actor, the likable Adam Green, who has a field day playing all the parts himself, including Feinman.

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Thursday 05/09/2019
Classical tastes in contemporary times
Updated: May 16, 2019 - 2:14 pm

Just because it’s contemporary doesn’t mean it can’t be classical.

And with the Queens New Music Festival entering its eighth year, it appears the public — and the artists — agree.

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The dark humor found in killing a president
Updated: May 14, 2019 - 5:57 pm

An intense, generally satisfying rendering of the Stephen Sondheim-John Weidman musical “Assassins” is the current attraction at The Secret Theatre in Long Island City, where it runs through May 12.

A powerful cast and imaginative staging make for an intriguing take on this story of a group of disaffected men and women who, in pursuit of their personal dreams and happiness, either assassinated a president of the United States or, at the very least, made an attempt to do so.

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Take my wife, please!
Updated: May 09, 2019 - 4:29 pm

Things are seldom what they seem in “Catch Me If You Can,” the comical mystery (or should that be the mysterious comedy?) running at Douglaston Community Theatre through May 11. And that’s exactly how it should be in plays of this sort.

Though they share a title, this work has nothing else in common with the famous motion picture that stars Leonardo DiCaprio. It was written by Jack Weinstock and Willie Gilbert, based on a French play by Robert Thomas, and made its Broadway debut in 1965. It ran only three months at the time, but it has continued to attract audiences in community theaters ever since. This production was directed by Bernard Bosio with an eye on keeping the audience off balance.

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Wide variety of art on display in Long Island City
Updated: May 09, 2019 - 4:31 pm

What Richard Mazda, director of the LIC Arts Open, likes so much about the event is how a patron can go around to different studios and see a photographer behind one door, a painter behind another and an installation artist behind yet another.

“It really is like a huge lucky dip,” he said, drawing an analogy to the game in which prizes are covered up and mixed together in a container for contestants to dip their hand into. “You’re just constantly finding new and exciting surprises as you go round.”

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Mangia at Magna on Farrington Street in Flushing
Posted: May 09, 2019

Tony Pecora knows Italian cuisine like the back of his hand.

Growing up in Sicily, he was always working with food. And when he moved to New York City in 1970, Pecora started out washing dishes and worked his way up in the industry until he owned multiple successful restaurants specializing in his home country’s cuisine.

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Thursday 05/02/2019
Alone but not lonely amid the beautiful city
Updated: May 09, 2019 - 3:09 pm

Finding legitimate solitude in our crowded borough of more than 2.3 million people and our metropolitan city of more than 8.6 million usually requires going home and closing a door, or heading far out into an underused corner of a park. Maybe someplace like the Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge.

At the refuge’s gallery now through the end of May, photographer Agron Jashari shows us another way to find solitude by using the mind and the gaze. He finds people and objects in situations that can be experienced as private moments even when they are surrounded by a crowd.

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