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Feb 22, 2013 at 08:55 pm by mikewood

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News Briefs about dance performances and theater in LIC, Sunnyside, Astoria, Jackson Heights, Flushing, Jamaica, Corona Queens

Dancing In The Ether

Dance Entropy Explores The Psyche of Time & Space

skimming the surface dance entropy green space licFebruary 21, 2013 / Dance in Queens / LIC Neighborhood / Queens Buzz. I received a rare treat on Wednesday morning when I went to preview the dance performances planned for this weekend at Green Space in LIC. The weekend celebration includes five dance pieces, three of which are being premiered and two of which have been performed and perfected.

I was one of only a handful of people in the audience, as the dancers did one last rehearsal before their opening performance Thursday evening February 21, 2013. Click here for a short description of each performance and a slide show of Skimming the Surface at Green Space in LIC, as well as a bit longer exploration into one of the new pieces. The report also includes a couple of interviews with the dancers. The photo above shows the dress rehearsal performance and the photo at the top of this page is a shot of the performance of Skimming the Surface.

Click here for Dance Entropy tickets and later you can click here for the rest of the story with slide show.

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Astoria Park Performance Space

Draft Plans Shown – Public Comment Sought

astoria newsFebrurary 21, 2013 / Astoria News / Astoria Neighborhood / Queens Buzz. I attended the Community Board 1 meeting on Wednesday night where the Parks Department unveiled their draft plans for the new performance space in Astoria Park. The presentation included a brief history of the Astoria Pool Diving area where the new performance space will be installed, as well as draft details of what is planned.

City Councilmember Peter Vallone was credited with securing $4.5 million in NYC funds for the project, which he described as a beginning. There were a number of Astoria and Queens arts groups present at the meeting and they made comments following the presentation. We’ll post more about the Astoria Park Performance space later.

Click here to go to the Astoria Neighborhood section of this site, or on the photo above for other Astoria News briefs.

So You Think, YOU, Have A Tough Job?

Hear What This Centenarian Has To Say About Work

things to do in queensDecember 7, 2012 / Sunnyside / Theater in Sunnyside / Queens Buzz. There are only three days left of the Figgy Pudding Playfest at the Cafe Marlene off Skillman at 49th Street in Sunnyside. Seats are limited so you're well advised to rsvp online.

There are eight short comedic plays that run about two hours beginning at 8 pm Friday and Saturday and at 5 pm on Sunday. All are modern original works, with the holidays as the theme and the satire is keen.

In the photo to your right, Santa is complaining to his wife about all of the challenges he faces at work, that people just don't seem to fathom. For her part, Mrs. Claus complains privately that she feels like she's invisible.

We're taken into a number of holiday worlds like watching Scrooge's gift card business take on the internet. In another play, we find out that tens of thousands of Jews have secretly been breaking into people's homes Christmas Eve to play Santa, ever since the Jews were blamed for killing Christ. A telephone shopkeeper gifts her 'lovely daughter' to a complaining bachelor customer, who she thinks is pathetically 'alone in this world'. A young woman introduces a house-calling veterinarian to her 'big cat' and a librarian rents a car from a Godfather-like car rental agency, both on Christmas Eve.

A mother is confronted by her seven year old daughter who has just learned that Santa is a fake. And a green crusader offends those who love him when he grinds down the holiday fun with his environmental zealousness.

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Step Aside Agamemnon

On The Square Productions Takes Us On A Journey Through Mythology, Religion & History

the minervae in athens square park astoriaJuly 24, 2012 / Astoria / Theater in Queens / Queens Buzz. Friday evening I ventured over to Athens Square Park in Astoria to watch the public performance of The Minervae. It's a very original piece of work written, produced and acted by local talent.

The storyline is a tangled journey through Greek mythology, Christian beliefs and Roman history with a conscious sprinkle of modern day wit. The performance began at 7.30 pm in the center of the park, which served as the perfect back back drop for such a play. The play opens with the Greek goddess Athena [renamed Minerva by the Romans] asking a Greek official to lead the Greek people away from Christianity, back to the Hellenic pantheon of gods.

Click here later this week to read our report and photos of The Minervae at Athens Square Park in Astoria.

What Are You Doing For Lunch Wednesday?

Swedish Craze, Lunch Beat, Comes To NYC via LIC

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June 5, 2012 / Long Island City LIC / Queens Culture / Queens Buzz. A new craze has been sweeping Europe these past few months called Lunch Beat. It was started by a couple of people who thought it would be cool to release stress at lunchtime by dancing. So they invited some friends ... and the rest is history ... kind of.

The first lunch beat lunch is being hosted in the U.S. in NYC in LIC on Wednesday, June 6th at Uncanny Valley at 26-9 Jackson Avenue from 12 noon to 1 pm [click link above for map].

Dj Shakey will be providing the tunes, there will be a multi-media installation by the Patriots, lunch will be provided by Cinammon Snail which will be a Korean BBQ sandwich and the cost is $12 plus processing fee which you can buy online at LunchBeat on EventBrite. Here's a link to a story about Lunchbeat in Europe.

Lunch Beat set up about ten rules which 'must' be followed. About seven of them are that you must dance. One of them is that you're not allowed to talk about work, and another that the lunch beat event can only last one hour. It's an alcohol-free event.

LEAP Dance Performance Explores New Spaces

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June 18, 2012 / LIC / Flushing / Sunnyside / Queens Buzz. This weekend was a treat for those who ventured out into the borough to sample the artistic expression of Queens natives and friends. I started my adventures on Friday night, arriving just in time to see one of the more creative dance performances I have witnessed since Queens Buzz began. The LEAP Dance Project was performed at LaGuardia College Performing Arts Center to a near-full house. Choreographer / dancer Gabriel Forestieri is shown in these two photos performing Lobbytop.

We'll post a full report including photos of the LEAP dance program later this month.

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