JULY, 2019

Ayazamana: Traditional Music and Dances from Ecuador

The 10-year anniversary of Ayazamana: Traditional Music and Dances from Ecuador will take place on Saturday, July 13, 7:45 pm at the Frank Sinatra School of the Arts (Tony Bennett Concert Hall) located at 35-12 35th Avenue, Astoria, NY 11106.
Presented by the Ecuadorian American Cultural Center, the annual performance highlights the diverse communities from the Coast, Andes, and Amazon regions of Ecuador. 

General admission tickets are available online for $25. Discounted tickets are also available for senior citizens, students, and children.

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Secret Theatre Academy: Musical Theatre Summer Camp

Rehearse and perform a different show each week. Build your skill set, hone your technique, grow your confidence, and make lifelong friends!

The safe, professional environment of the Secret Theatre is an ideal place for aspiring young actors to discover and develop their talents. Each week, campers work with experienced teaching artists on a new musical combining original songs with classic Broadway tunes.

The final product will be performed on Friday afternoon. Each student will have lines and all students will participate in songs and other play-making activities including costuming, prop-making, and set design.

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Everyday Practice – Sai-lok Chan & Tzu-an Ko

Two Asian artists meet at Flux Factory at the height of this summer.


Tzu-an Ko, a Taiwan based artist, searches for employment as her alter-ego Super Perfect Working Robot, which intervenes with the alienated nature of existence under Capitalism. While Hong Kong based artist and art critic Sai-lok Chan continues his reflections on the relationship between painting and text, and explores issues surrounding cultural identity.

July 18 – 29, Thursday to Sunday 1-6pm

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The Words are Walls – Rafael Domenech

Las Palabras son Muros [Pavilion for Astoria] (The Words are Walls [Pavilion for Astoria]) by artist Rafael Domenech, at Socrates Sculpture Park, is a collectively authored dynamic sculptural “book” project.

Scaffolding and construction mesh, provisional materials emblematic of the changing urban landscape, comprise the two semicircular towers of this outdoor piece. The mesh “pages” hanging from the scaffolding feature graphically dynamic laser-cut texts that rotate throughout the exhibition. Domenech gleans these texts from visitors to the Park who can submit their words, phrases, and stories, which are selected through a digital algorithm.

At Socrates Sculpture Park

On View: July 13 – November 3.

Opening: July 12, 6 – 8pm

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ektor garcia: cadena perpetua

ektor garcia’s work looks like things meant to connect other things, like fasteners, loops, and knots. By extension, it can look like lengths of rope and chain. His clay, metal, and leather elements conjoin loosely across many works and travel between studio and gallery spaces in changing configurations: one exhibition, clipped off with wire cutters, is tacked to another. One link in a chain, broken off, is reattached with copper wire. As such, the dimensions of garcia’s works are found both here and elsewhere. The disorienting sum of many visible connections invites disassociation from any one symbolic register in his materials.

At SculptureCenter in Long Island City

Exhibition on view: May 23 – Jul 29, 2019

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AUGUST, 2019

Movies On The Waterfront: SPIDER-MAN: ITSV

Central Astoria LDC continues the 2019 Movies on the Waterfront series with a showing of Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse   
This FREE movie presentation is open to the public, and no RSVP or tickets are required. Just show up!

Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse: Peter Parker is the only Spider-Man, except there are other Spider-Men out there: in the multiverse known as "The Spider-Verse".

At Astoria Park Lawn in Astoria Park

August 5


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CinemaLIC Presents JAWS at Hunters Point South Park

Join Hunters Point Parks Conservancy for our 6th year of CinemaLIC in the park. This program is sponsored by Nestseekers International, with additional support from NYC Ferry. Movies begin at sundown. On August 8th we will screen the classic thriller JAWS (1975).

An enormous great white shark terrorizes a summer resort town, where a police chief, a fisherman and a marine biologist realize they're "gonna need a bigger boat" to battle the bloodthirsty beast.

At Hunters Point South Park 
Thursday, August 08, 2019
8pm –10pm

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Watercolors on the Waterfront

Unleash your inner artist this summer and join us for Watercolors on the Waterfront. Enjoy stunning sunset views while painting the famous NYC skyline or whatever else your heart desires! Donna Levinstone, an LIC based artist, will be on hand to provide tips and help you create your own masterpiece. The event is free and all supplies are included!

At LIC Landing by COFFEED

Wednesday, August 14, 2019
6:30 – 8:00pm

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Guess What: Family Friendly Stand Up Comedy Show

Come to a stand up comedy show and don't worry about needing a babysitter: this show is kid friendly. See NYC club comedians doing their best PG jokes!

Creek and Cave Comedy Club also has a great brunch menu so enjoy a meal with your show.

At Creek and Cave Comedy Club
Saturday, August 17, 1–3pm

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Live at the Landing: Gabriel Guerrero & QUΔΠTUM

Hunters Point Parks Conservancy, in partnership with Queens Council on the Arts and LIC Landing by COFFEED is proud to present “Live at the Landing,” a summer concert series featuring Queens-based musicians from multiple genres, neighborhoods, and backgrounds.

August 22: Gabriel Guerrero & QUΔΠTUM

At LIC Landing by COFFEED
Thursday, August 22, 6–8pm

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