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10:14 am

 Get tropical with Live at the Gantries, Tue, July 20 @7pm
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Afro-Cuban Music On The Waterfront

Comprised of 8 Queens-based musicians, Mundoclave brings old-school Latin Jazz to the banks of Gantry Plaza State Park, Tue, July 20 at 7:00pm. Mundoclave's program features salsa and son mixed with works of standard jazz, just as the Latin jazz was performed of the 60’s.

The Live at the Gantries series is produced by The New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation, Queens Theatre in the Park and Queens Council on the Arts. It is sponsored by TF Cornerstone, Rockrose Development Corp. with additional support from State Assemblywoman Catherine Nolan, City Councilman Jimmy Van Bramer, L Haus, O’Connor Capital Partners and Con Edison.

"Gantry Plaza State Park is truly a gem, with its spectacular views and unique waterfront location. The return of Live at the Gantries is a special and unique way for children and families throughout the city to experience the arts together.”
Carol Ash, the Commissioner of the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation

"TF Cornerstone continuously looks for ways to support the arts and is excited to support Live at the Gantries. It’s a great way to bring local talent to the community and enjoy the beautiful Manhattan views."

Sofia Estevez, Executive Vice President, TF Cornerstone

Latin Jazz From the Golden Era of Afro-Cuban Jazz
Tue, July 20 at 7:00pm
Gantry Plaza State Park
50th Ave and the East River
SUBWAY: No. 7 train to Vernon/Jackson (first stop in Queens).
Walk west towards the river on 50th Avenue.

For updated event information go to www.liveatthegantries.com

Upcoming performances at Live at the Gantries:

Klezmer Meets Americana Meets Jazz
Tue, July 27 at 7:00pm
Statman, one of his generation’s premier mandolinists and clarinetists thinks of his compositions as “a spontaneous, American-roots form of very personal, prayerful hasidic music, by way of avant-garde jazz.”

Power Gospel
Tue, August 3 at 7:00pm
The St. Paul AME Church Mass Choir has been hailed for its refined yet powerful performances of gospel, spirituals and classic sacred music. This unique and diverse ensemble has performed Gian Carlo Menotti’s opera Amahl and the Night Visitors and in December 2010 will once again present Langston Hughes broadway musical Black Nativity at Hofstra University. The choir, led by Gregory Sheppard, releases their first recording of traditional gospel, contemporary gospel and sprituals in summer 2010.

Original Brazilian music (Camba, Bossa nova and MPB), and Jazz.
Tuesday, August 10 at 7:00pm
Trained at both Berklee College of Music and in the jazz institutions of Brazil, Hiromi Suda has magnificently woven her classical background and knowledge of Brazilian music to produce a singular and innovative vocal style and technique.

A Funk Chilled Crater of Moon Walking Beats
Tuesday, August 17 at 7:00pm
World electronic soundtrack mixes live Breakbeat rhythms, Indian sitar melodies, space-jazz guitar, and Middle Eastern drones.

A Queens All-Star Jazz Band

Tuesday, August 24 at 7:00pm
This concert will be the kick-off for the Long Island City Jazz Alliance, a new collective formed by jazz musicians and jazz fans that live and work in Long Island City. Along with the quartet that will be performing, other members of the Jazz Alliance will be present to answer any questions regarding the organization and inviting the community to get involved.

NYC Street Opera 
Tuesday, August 31 at 7:00pm
Opera Collective breaks down "Opera" stereotypes with bold and varied shows that often include juicy plot details to help set the scene for the audience.

Founded in 2005, Opera Collective consists of 10 core members and is an active part of the Music Under New York program, and performs twice a week at various spots throughout Manhattan. The singers and musicians of Opera Collective have also been featured several times on NHK’s documentary series “New York Streets”.


Directions to Gantry Plaza State Park:

Via New York Water Taxi:
Take the New York Water Taxi from either the West 44th Street, Chelsea Piers, Greenwich Village, World Financial Center, Battery Park, South Street Seaport, Fulton Ferry Landing or East 34th Street piers to Hunter’s Point. Exit the Water Taxi Beach parking lot to 2nd Street. Make a left on 2nd Street. Make a left on 50th Avenue towards the city until you reach the river.

By subway, take the No. 7 train to the Vernon Blvd.-Jackson Ave. Station. Walk on 50th Avenue to the East River.

By car from the Queensboro Bridge or Queens Boulevard, turn south on 21st Street. Turn right on Jackson Avenue. Make another right on 48th Avenue.

For more information on the New York State Parks Office of Parks, Recreation, and Historical Preservation visit www.nysparks.state.ny.us
For more information on Queens Theatre in the Park visit www.queenstheatre.org
For more information on Queens Council on the Arts visit www.queenscouncilarts.org.
For more information on Rockrose Development visit www.rockrosenyc.com
For more information on Assemblywoman Catherine Nolan visit www.assembly.state.ny.us/mem/?ad=037
For more information on O’Connor Capital Partners visit www.oconnorcp.com
For more information on Con Edison visit www.coned.com

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10:04 am

 LaGuardia Performing Arts Center Hosts the Borough’s First International Theater Festival, July 21
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Nine-day festival runs from July 21-29

Long Island City, NY—July 19, 2010--The LaGuardia Performing Arts Center (LPAC) is hosting Queens’ first international theater festival featuring a lineup of world premiere original works by eight directors and playwrights from six countries.  The nine-day festival begins July 21.

Each of the works is built around Homer’s Odyssey, the epic poem that centers on the Greek hero Odysseus and his long journey home following the fall of Troy.  In Which Direction Home? the original theatrical material will encompass such themes as home, mystery, choice, identity and myth.

The International Theater Festival is made possible by the LPAC LAB space residency program.
“LPAC LAB is pleased to host a week of theatre in Long Island City with 8 international directors. When artists and audiences get off the train at 33rd St in Queens, they will find a world class theater festival formerly reserved for Manhattan audiences.”
Steven Hitt, Managing Director of LaGuardia Performing Arts Center

The eight productions, which run from 20 to 45 minutes, are: 
    • Das Fremde Essen – German director Dina Keller’s piece is an examination of world peace based on the ancient Greek concept of Xenos, or foreignness. 
    • Lucky – Playwright Ferenc Zavaros and director Karina Bes, both of the         Netherlands, have created a piece that proves you cannot wait around for luck to come and find you.
    • OD@C – Using the Internet, nine writers from Iceland and Lebanon collaboratively wrote a new Odyssey using wikis, emails and waves. 
    • To the Oars! – Jeremy Lydic of the U.S. has directed a piece that re-envisions the final hours of Odysseus’ doomed flotilla. 
    • Fragments of a Father – Director Sama Ky Balson of Australia/France and a cast of playwrights from Israel, Sweden and Italy and Australia, will present a physical theater exploration based on a series of letters and monologues about men who grew up without their fathers.
    • Longing, Lingering, Lost – Six playwrights from England, France, Belarus, Iceland, Kosovo and Turkey will tackle the question of “Who/Where/What is Home?” 
    • Oh De Sea! – An absurdist take on Homers epic poem, Oh De Sea! follows the adventures of a student researching The Complex of Odysseus, a hero who disappears and a woman who will never forget him.  Directed by Tamilla Woodard of the U.S., in collaboration with the company.
    • Which Direction Home? – A performance of festival highlights directed by six directors.
    • The Blind Trip – In a piece that takes a journey into the world of senses, more than 30 actors will be performing for one blindfolded audience member.  

The festival is divided into two programs, each presenting four pieces.  Program A featuring Das Fremde Essen, Lucky, OD@C and To the Oars! will be held on July 21, 23 and 27.  Program B, will present Das Fremde Essen, Fragments of a Father, Longing, Lingering, Lost and Oh De Sea! on July 22, 26 and 28.  Both programs will begin at 7 p.m. in the Mainstage Theatre at 31-10 Thomson Avenue, Long Island City.   Tickets are $15; $10 for students for a single program, and $20; $15 for students for both programs. 

Saturday will be a marathon performance with Programs A and B running back to back.  The event begins at 2 p.m.  Tickets are $18.  And on July 29 there will be a special program presenting Which Direction Home? And The Blind Trip.  The curtain goes up at 7 p.m.  Tickets are $10.

All tickets can be purchased at the box office at (718) 482-5151 or through www.theinternationalists.org.

The festival is produced by The Internationalists, a collective of directors from around the world who have been artists in residents of the LPAC LAB program for the last year.  At LPAC development is the key and the LPAC LAB Residency provides a venue for emerging NYC artists with free rehearsal space, technical and marketing support for a run of performances.  Since 2008 more than 30 companies and individual artists have participated in the LPAC LAB.

LaGuardia Performing Arts Center (LPAC) is a formidable bridge between LaGuardia Community College and the diverse community base of Long Island City, Queens. On its Mainstage Theatre and Little Theatre, LPAC reaches 30,000 people from Queens annually (home to 2.2 million) and the tri-state area through 52 affordable events and a variety of performing series.

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