Let’s Rock!

1465611925_13418547_10154276186794485_5705518325760298417_oThe 2nd Annual Battle of the Bands is heating up. This year the competition is fiercer than ever, and bands of every musical genre will rock out at the 2,100-seat Colden Auditorium at the Kupferberg Center for the Arts to win the Best Band in Queens title.

THE 2ND ANNUAL BATTLE OF THE BANDS CONTESTANTS

  • Chiv Culture
  • Global Warming
  • Noise on 93rd
  • Noni Rene and The Village
  • Psychonaut Underground
  • Roslyn School of Rock House Band
  • Summer Haze

Ralph McDaniels from Video Music Box will be the official MC for this free event.  

Queens Library programs are a free to the public; however tickets are limited to 4 per individual. Free parking is available at the parking lot adjacent to Colden Auditorium.  Parking is first come, first served.

Thursday, July 14, 2016

6:00 pm – 8:00pm

Queens College

Colden Auditorium at Kupferberg Center for the Arts

65-30 Kissena Boulevard

Flushing, NY 11367

Korean Theatre Festival Arrives in Queens

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Ten years ago the inaugural Korean Theatre Festival arrived in New York with founder Du-Yee Chang performing an original one-man show based on one of Franz Kafka’s novels. Chang, along with 16 other performers from various Seoul theater companies, descend on The Secret Theatre in Long Island City from June 29th through July 3rd to stage three plays as part of the fourth edition of the festival dedicated to Korean theater.

Chang sees the event as a sort of cultural exchange to introduce American audiences to traditional Korean theater. “When we do a Shakespeare play, we are not doing it in an Elizabethan style,” Chang said. “We transform it so Korean audiences can feel familiar with it. It is sort of like how in America, ‘Romeo & Juliet’ became ‘West Side Story.’”

No large-scale musicals are on tap for this year’s festival, but Chang said the three plays scheduled show the variety of what is happening in Korean theater.

“Counselor,” written and directed by Hyun Suk Cha, revolves around the owner of a coffee shop, who offers advice to emotionally and mentally wounded patrons, but who has no memory of his own past. “This is a very modern Korean play,” Chang said. “It is really an interesting psychological drama — like a Harold Pinter play.”

In “The Genius Magician, Young-Sil Chang,” a young magician is the reincarnation of a genius inventor from the 15th-century Chosun Dynasty. Living in a beautiful fictional world, the young magician uses his powers to fight those set on destroying nature.

Both plays will be performed with subtitles displaying English translations of the dialogue.

Although “Same Story, Different Day,” a piece written to mark the 65th Anniversary of the Korean War, will be performed without titles, Chang believes the story will be understood by English-speaking audience members with its use of movement and pantomime.

Although Korean ex-patriots are most likely to attend the festival, Chang hopes to reach plenty of American theatergoers as well.

“We are aiming for both,” he said. “For New Yorkers, these are good plays for theater performances. Korean theater can introduce a different dimension or style.”

June 29 through July 3

Korean Theatre Festival in New York

Secret Theatre

44-02 23rd St., Long Island City

Cost: $10/general, $7/seniors and students

(718) 392-0722

www.secrettheatre.com

Street Art on Welling Court

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If you want to get lost in the magic of street art, spend a day exploring Welling Court, and the nooks and crannies of its neighboring streets.

Graffiti, once considered acts of vandalism, has become a popular art form.  Public acceptance brought respectability to the artists and their creations, and ultimately led to legitimizing this art form as street art.

Street artists are wildly talented and creative, with most using street art as a means to make a statement.  One such artist was Keith Haring whose works consisted of themes related to anti-Apartheid, AIDS awareness, and the crack cocaine epidemic.  Later, he branched out to commercialism and created pop art pieces for major companies, then on to images of famous personalities.

Banksy is known throughout the world for his satirical renderings relating to political and social commentary.  His forte of blending dark humor with graffiti has become the easily recognizable street art belonging to this talented stencil artist.

Check out the 7th Annual Welling Court Mural Project and see the creativity of some of our local street artists before they become as famous as Haring and Banksy.  It’s a treasure trove of talent waiting to be discovered.

With the participating artists spanning over 5 decades of public work, the Welling Court Mural Project is by far one of the best collections of contemporary street culture on the planet, all within this hidden gem of NYC!  Always free and open to the public 24/7/365.  Don’t forget to wear your comfy kicks.

Welling Court Mural Project

11-98 Welling Court (30th Avenue)

Astoria, New York 11102

http://adhocart.org/site/category/welling-court/

Cross streets include Astoria Boulevard, 21st Street, and Vernon Boulevard.

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Let it Glow!

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The familiar glowing Pepsi Cola sign, a dazzling swirl of red curlicue letters, is officially a New York City landmark.

There is widespread love for the sign, and most think it is already a landmark. However, the sign has been one of dozens of sites across the city that was part of NYC Landmarks Preservation Commission’s massive “backlog,” and had been under consideration for 28 years.

The Pepsi Cola sign is one of the most recognizable features on the Queens waterfront and continues to be one of the few remaining vestiges of a time when illuminated signs adorned factories and warehouses across the city.

Constructed in 1936, the 60-foot sign was the largest electric sign in the state; the “P” and “C” are each 44 feet high, or roughly four stories. Over the years the sign has been moved several times, from one Pepsi bottling plant to another, and is now located near Center Boulevard and 46th Avenue overlooking Gantry Plaza State Park, a few feet from its’ original location.  A winter storm in 1993 caused heavy damage to the sign, forcing a reconstruction of the then 50-year old sign. However, because the new sign, now 23 years old, remained true to the original format, it didn’t hinder the ‘over 50 year age limit’ required by a property under consideration by the LPC.

The iconic Pepsi Cola sign has overlooked the neighborhood’s waterfront for decades, and will continue to do so under the watchful eye of the LPC.  Pepsi Cola remains responsible for the maintenance of the sign.

NYC Landmarks Preservation Commission

One Centre Street

New York, New York 10007

212-669-7700

http://www.nyc.gov/html/lpc/html/home/home.shtml

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A View From The Alexander

13315519_1727890990825342_409413998945470230_nAnd a grand time was had by all at a recent twilight soirée to celebrate the official opening of The Alexander at Rego Center’s 7th floor landscaped terrace.  On any day this outdoor majestic space is incredibly welcoming but on this particular evening a catered barbeque, hosted by Vornado Realty, offered residents a sense of truly belonging to The Alexander family.

For starters, the event was well attended by residents, and everyone was ready to mingle. Meeting and greeting went beyond a neighborly nod to a warm and friendly smile that encouraged conversation.  It was intriguing to hear strangers discuss commonalities and their squeal of surprise, as the six degrees of separation theory became fact.

Sounds of laughter from children and adults alike emanated from the grassy area where games were being played, and from the direction of the wondrous playground where children climbed, rolled and chuted down the slide.

Some guests relaxed on lounge chairs with a drink in hand while others sat at tables and enjoyed a delicious meal.

There was something for everyone – new relationships, great food, lots of laughter and an over-all feeling of ‘belonging’, but the pièce de résistance of the evening was the captivating view of the Manhattan, New York skyline and Central Queens as the sun set over New York City.

This generous outdoor space cannot simply be categorized as just one of the many amenities available at The Alexander – it’s so much more that that. There are unbridled possibilities for you to make it your own; as a community space to meet up with a friend, a space to entertain your guests or as your very own personal space to sit and do some soul-searching. Whatever your choice, you’re guaranteed an unprecedented enhancement to your lifestyle.