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Works that keep Native American cultures alive

The latest attraction at the Kupferberg Holocaust Center on the campus of Queensborough Community College in Bayside is an exhibit on contemporary Native American art, which joins the center’s permanent exhibition on the World War II genocide.Called “Survivance and Sovereignty on Turtle Island: Engaging with Contemporary Native American Art,” it remains on view through May 22.

Pick a night, any night at Resorts’ Bar360
Posted: January 23, 2020

In the center of the main room of Resorts World Casino in South Ozone Park is the busiest little stage in town.

More than 50 acts a month — bands, singers and DJs — are booked to perform on the circular stage, a mind-blowing array of local professional talent.

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Dark comedy plus soccer — yes, it’s an Irish play!
Posted: January 23, 2020

The darkly comic tale of a small-town Irish girl whose wedding day takes a surprising turn when she flees her own reception, “Appropriate” is coming to our shores for a brief run at the New York Irish Center in Long Island City beginning Jan. 27.

Has Sorcha, who is engaged to Marty, a former soccer hero, gone mad? Or is she just experiencing ambivalent feelings over the prospect of becoming a soccer bride?

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The legacy of ‘All in the Family’ stars at the QHS
Updated: January 23, 2020 - 11:55 am

When it debuted in January 1971, “All in the Family” was controversial and, some felt, absolutely subversive. It suffered from low ratings.

But when it wrapped up after nine seasons and more than 200 episodes, it had 22 Emmys, eight Golden Globes and a place in both television and American history.

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For APEC, new digs, same old furry, scaly friends
Updated: January 16, 2020 - 1:00 pm

Nature lovers of all ages came from near and far last Saturday afternoon to welcome Alley Pond Environmental Center, a nonprofit education organization, to its new temporary location in Oakland Gardens, while its home in Bayside undergoes a two- to three-year renovation designed to improve visitors’ experiences.

A crowd of more than 100 gathered for a special outdoor ribbon-cutting ceremony that involved the participation of several elected officials, including former Borough President and recently elected Queens District Attorney Melinda Katz, Acting Borough President Sharon Lee, City Councilman Barry Grodenchik (D-Oakland Gardens), Councilman Paul Vallone (D-Bayside) and Assemblyman Ed Braunstein (D-Bayside).

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Thursday 01/16/2020
A classic cop thriller screening in Ridgewood
Posted: January 16, 2020

Popeye Doyle chasing a suspect while dressed in a Santa suit. Staking out a criminal from across the street. And a thrilling chase as a car tries to keep up with a train on city streets.

Those three scenes from the 1971 classic cop thriller “The French Connection” were filmed in Ridgewood and the Onderdonk House will screen the movie on Jan. 26 to kick off its new “Made in Ridgewood” film series.

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Thursday 01/09/2020
MoMI exhibit on Kubrick’s ‘2001’ is out of this world
Updated: January 16, 2020 - 11:39 am

Few movies have been more discussed and analyzed than Stanley Kubrick’s “2001: A Space Odyssey,” the 1968 science-fiction epic that was lauded for its visual effects while also leaving many viewers wondering what the meaning of it all was.

At nearly two and a half hours, the film, written by Kubrick and Arthur C. Clarke, examines the relationship between humanity and technology through pioneering special effects. It made $146 million at the box office and earned Kubrick an Academy Award for Visual Effects.

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St. Albans: music, but much, much more
Posted: January 09, 2020

As a journalist turned journalism professor, Springfield Gardens native Claire Serant has always wanted to tell people’s stories.

But it was a former student who taught the Brooklyn College, Medgar Evers College and SUNY Old Westbury teacher that there was a book to be written about St. Albans while they stood conversing in a college parking lot four years ago.

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An Irish play mixes the personal and the political
Posted: January 09, 2020

It opens with a man writing a suicide note. It finds an Irish family embroiled in an argument over the suspicious death of its patriarch. It addresses a controversial topic: the legalization of abortion.

And it’s a comedy ... of sorts!

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Thursday 01/02/2020
Discovering the World’s Fairs — or reliving them
Updated: January 09, 2020 - 11:07 am

All these years later, they still come — to discover, to relive, to wax nostalgic.

The Queens Museum in Flushing Meadows Corona Park, site of two World’s Fairs, has on display more than 900 artifacts representing both, part of an overall collection of more than 10,000 pieces.

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Hello Panda Festival lights up Citi Field
Updated: January 02, 2020 - 1:52 pm

Queens has been even brighter than usual this holiday season.

Citi Field is home for the inaugural Hello Panda Festival, which began on Dec. 6 and runs through Jan. 26. It promotes itself as the “largest lantern festival in North America.”

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Want a laugh in Queens? Go west, young man
Updated: January 02, 2020 - 1:52 pm

If you have the holiday blues — or even if you don’t — there are folks in western Queens who will do about anything to make you start the new year with a laugh.

QED at 27-16 23 Ave. in Astoria and The Creek and The Cave at 10-93 Jackson Ave. in Long Island City offer just about full calendars of eclectic comedy shows and performances for varying tastes.

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Thursday 12/26/2019
It’s an LIC Christmas classic, Charlie Brown
Updated: January 02, 2020 - 12:31 pm

In the absence of a white Christmas here in New York City, the winter wonderland that has been created on stage at The Secret Theatre for its current production, “A Charlie Brown Christmas,” running through Jan. 4, might just do to help put you in the holiday spirit.

It’s the theater’s fourth go-round with this seasonal attraction, though many of the personnel involved in this year’s rendering are on board for the first time, lending it a fresh feel.

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'The Extraordinary Story of an Ordinary Drink'
Updated: December 26, 2019 - 12:52 pm

See an old-fashioned seltzer bottle, with thick, heavy glass and an intricately crafted metal siphon and the mind can wander to thoughts as diverse as an elegant Prohibition speakeasy or an egg cream from a Brooklyn soda shop; a period Cary Grant movie or the Three Stooges giving a comeuppance to some goon or a tuxedoed society snob.

But for author Barry Joseph of Forest Hills, genuine seltzer delivered to your door —not the stuff in the supermarket soda aisle — has become something of a passion that he chronicles in his book “Seltzertopia: The Extraordinary Story of an Ordinary Drink.”

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Celebrating New Year’s Eve in comfort
Posted: December 26, 2019

Have you had your fill of the Times Square mob scene? Are you fed up with long lines at overpriced restaurants? Are you fearful of all the crazies out on the roads?

Well, there is an alternative for New Year’s Eve ... and it’s called staying home.

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Thursday 12/19/2019
Unique last-minute gift ideas for the holidays
Updated: December 26, 2019 - 11:42 am

Sure, your loved ones made lists outlining exactly what they’d like to receive this holiday season, but everything they asked for is unbelievably boring! Here are some cool gifts that your friends and family would never think to ask for themselves, but they’ll love nonetheless.

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These dishes won’t keep you in the kitchen all day
Updated: December 19, 2019 - 3:15 pm

Christmastime is the season of giving, and what better gift is there to give than food? With these recipes, you can make it look like you spent more time in the kitchen than you did wrapping presents, but in reality these festive delicacies to delight friends and family take very little time.

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Chanukah celebrations as unique as families are
Posted: December 19, 2019

No matter how you spell it — Hanukkah, or Chanukah, or Hanukka, or Chanukkah — the eight-day Jewish Festival of Lights that starts on Dec. 22 this year and commemorates the rededication of the Second Temple of Jerusalem around 200 BCE, is a time of joyous celebration.

While certain traditions — exchanging presents, lighting the menorah (candelabra), eating potato latkes — are pretty much universal, it seems that all families who mark the holiday have memories that are special to them alone.

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Thursday 12/12/2019
A yuletide fave both nostalgic and relevant as ever
Updated: December 19, 2019 - 1:57 pm

Despite his tremendously successful career as a writer, Charles Dickens, considered by many to be the greatest English novelist of all time, may never have imagined that a century and a half after his death his works would still be making glad the hearts of readers the world over.

He might be even more surprised that so many of his stories have been adapted into motion pictures and as staged presentations, including “A Christmas Carol,” being performed through Dec. 22 by Titan Theatre Co. at Queens Theatre.

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On the highway to hell, for more than 400 years
Updated: December 12, 2019 - 2:05 pm

An Elizabethan tragedy about a man who makes a pact with the devil.

Not your typical holiday fare, but to the intrepid folks over at The Secret Theatre in Long Island City, who always seem to think out of the box, it makes perfectly good sense.

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Meet the creator of a tasty holiday favorite
Updated: December 12, 2019 - 2:05 pm

It still amazes Jon Lovitch that his first gingerbread creation consisted of 12 homes that could fit in 4 square feet and now he creates a display of 2,300 of them at the Hall of Science.

He notes how he went from a Missouri town with 2,000 people with one gas station and one stoplight to New York City.

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Thursday 12/05/2019
MoMI studio lets kids experiment as filmmakers
Updated: December 12, 2019 - 1:32 pm

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.

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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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