NEWS ABOUT ARTS & CULTURE EVENTS IN WESTERN QUEENS, INCLUDING ASTORIA, LONG ISLAND CITY, HUNTERS POINT & SUNNYSIDE. PRESENTED BY LONG ISLAND CITY ARTISTS INC

DECEMBER, 2019

National Lampoon's LIC COMEDY

NYC’S Best Comedians – In LIC – Every Friday!

Presented in association with Long Island City Artists

Every Friday, 10 – 11:30pm

at The Plaxall Gallery, 5-25 46th Avenue Queens, NY 11101


https://www.nationallampoon.com/live-shows/lic-comedy/

Queens Memory Project: It’s Time for Kind: Memory Kaleidoscope

Listening is an act of kindness. Join us for a game of Memory Kaleidoscope, a card game that uses art to evoke stories about the big and small moments that shape us. Come meet your neighbors and bring a friend. All are welcome at this fun and engaging program. Visit MemoryKaleidoscope.com for more information about the game and ask a librarian about how you can borrow a Memory Kaleidoscope deck to play at home with your family and friends.

Wednesday, December 18, 3 - 4:00pm
Broadway, 40-20 Broadway, Long Island City, NY, 11103

http://queensmemory.org/events

The Local Project: DOMINICONICS: New Oil Paintings by Robert Antonio Martinez

This series of new paintings addresses the ingenuity of non-English speaking immigrants when faced with the challenges of identifying and interacting with their unfamiliar surroundings. Martinez’s objective is to celebrate the resilience that empowers individuals who strive to establish a new home and to demonstrate the authority that “naming” provides to a community in the process of integration. 

December 19 - 21, 6 - 9pm
Opening Reception: Thursday, December 19, 6 - 9pm
Closing Reception: Saturday, December 21, 6 - 9pm 

https://www.queenscouncilarts.org/calendar/2019/12/19/new-work-grantee-robert-antonio-martinez-presents-dominiconics-new-oil-paintings

The Secret Theater: A Charlie Brown Christmas

Join Charlie Brown and his Peanuts gang in this heart-warming holiday musical as they dig past the commercialized gimmicks of presents and decorations to rediscover the true meaning of Christmas.

 

Through a pageant and a spindly tree, Charlie Brown and friends bring the holiday spirit back to life.

Performing: December 19 – January 4
Location: 44-02 23rd Street, Long Island City, NY 11101

https://secrettheatre.showare.com/eventperformances.asp?evt=69

Flux Factory: Solstice: An Exhibition of Works in Light

Solstice is a convening of ten artists on the night of the winter solstice, the longest night of the year. Each of these sculptors, installation artists, and performers incorporate light as a central element of their practice. To celebrate the darkness of the midnight sun, the typical gallery lighting will be removed and the Flux Factory gallery plunged into blackness. To celebrate the coming return to longer days, all light in the space will emanate from the LEDs, digital projectors, fiber optics, and incandescent bulbs in the artists’ work– reflected, refracted, directed, and lensed into being. 

Opening: Saturday December 21, 7pm - 1am 
Performances start at 8pm
Closing Reception: Wednesday January 1: 4pm - 9pm

http://www.fluxfactory.org/event/solstice/

Fifth Hammer: Fifth Sunday Beer Church

Are you a macro beer drinker? Do you need to be saved?

Come to Fifth Sunday Beer Church with our Brewer and his Band. Special Tasting, Beer Worship, + More!


No tickets, no registration. 

Just show up for the sermon!

Sunday, December 29, 11:30am -  12:30pm
Every Fifth Sunday

https://www.fifthhammerbrewing.com/events/beer-church 

 Off the Wall II: Affordable Holiday Art Fair

The goal of this Art Fair style exhibition is to invite the greater NYC area and the surrounding community to buy fine art as gifts and to enhance their homes or start their own collections.

We want to make buying art accessible to people who may not be familiar with it and help introduce all of our neighbors to our arts community.

Presented by LIC-A at The Plaxall Gallery, 5-25 46th Ave, Long Island City, NY 11101

Exhibition on view till January 12

https://www.licartists.org/off-the-wall-2

Fifth Hammer: New Year's Eve Toast & Jams 2020

Ring in 2020 with us at our New Year’s Eve Toast & Jam/s! We’ll have a toast & jam buffet, midnight keg drop & toast, live music and the Times Square celebration on the big screen.

This is a no cover party with good beer, friends and fun times. The tasting room opens at 2 pm with the party usually ramping up around 8 pm. No cover/no tickets necessary.

We are offering limited table reservations to larger groups - please inquire about a table reservation here.

Tuesday, December 31, 9:00pm - Wednesday, January 1, 1:00am

https://www.fifthhammerbrewing.com/events/new-years-eve-toast-jams-2020 

CREATIVE MOSAIC: Artists Working in Queens

​A juried exhibition curated by Osman Can Yerebakan, conceived and developed by Carol Crawford.

​LIC–A’s aim is to increase awareness and appreciation of the richly diverse art produced throughout Queens. Included will be a continuous digital presentation with images of participating artists in their studios and workshops, describing how the growth of art studios and the presence of artists in every area of Queens has enriched all aspects of community life wherever they occur.

On view at Citi Community Windows through December 31

https://www.licartists.org/creative-mosaic

JANUARY, 2020

The Secret Theater: The 8th by Seanie Sugrue


A year after the death of their father, Saoirse and Tomas return home for his one-year anniversary mass. The family still deep in grief continue to argue over the suspicious manner in how Dennis died. While tensions rise inside the house, outside the people of Ireland are equally divided as they prepare to vote on whether to repeal the eighth amendment and legalize abortion in the most contentious social issue Ireland has seen since its independence.

Performing: January 7 – 18

Location: 44-02 23rd Street, Long Island City, NY 11101

https://the8th.brownpapertickets.com/

The Secret Theater: Princess Particular

Princess Particular is off her rocker; all she can think about is her latest scheme to become a ballerina. Her Mom and Dad, King Loads-a-dough and Queen Patience, want her to focus on her princessly duties. Luckily, her maids, Chancellor, and Lady-in-Waiting are on hand to help make her dream come true. Join our perky palace-goers each month for pliés, pastries, and “toe food”!

Performing: January 11
Location: 44-02 23rd Street, Long Island City, NY 11101 
Time: 2:30pm

http://secrettheatre.com/2018/princess-particular/

Fifth Hammer: Beer + Oyster Pairing 

The Oyster Boys are coming to Fifth Hammer and collaborating on a Beer + Oyster Pairing.

 

$25 gets you a half dozen oysters (three varieties with a selection of toppings) paired with three short pours of fresh beer.

 

Save 15% - Pre-Book Your Pairing via Eventbrite.

Wednesday, January 15, 6 - 9:00pm

https://www.fifthhammerbrewing.com/events/beer-oyster-pairing

Life Interrupted - Photography Exhibition

This exhibit will illustrate a glimpse into the reality of those whose lives have changed, sometimes because of forces beyond their control, and how life continues unabated, despite these changes. We want to see people before, during, and after these life interruptions.”

Exhibition on View: Thursday, January 16 -  Sunday February 16, 2020
Opening Reception: Saturday January 18, 7-10pm

at The Plaxall Gallery, 5-25 46th Ave, Long Island City, NY 11101

https://www.licartists.org/life-interrupted

The Sculpture Center: Opening Reception for Rafael Domenech and In Practice

For his new commission at SculptureCenter, Rafael Domenech creates a large-scale modular installation in the ground floor gallery. Responding to the conditions of the exhibition space as a former trolley repair shop, Domenech uses the building’s existing structure, in particular the tracks of an industrial gantry system, as a machine to produce and facilitate the work. Working with materials typically destined for construction sites, the work engages with the urban vernacular of the rapidly growing neighborhood of Long Island City.

In Practice: Total Disbelief considers artistic engagements with dimensions of doubt as they contribute to the formation of social life. Across media, the works in the exhibition engage formal tools that uphold belief and produce what we consider to be true – narrative and cinematic tropes, photographic technologies, empiricism, and others – and use them to make any number of other truth claims. A position of disbelief may see these aesthetic conventions as valid, but still delimited by external forces, as if they are suggesting something, but not the right thing, or not saying all they can or could say.

Join us to celebrate the opening of both exhibitions on Thursday, January 16, 6:30–8:30pm.

https://www.sculpture-center.org/events/12604/opening-reception-for-rafael-domenech-and-in-practice

Art Strong: Art Explorers

Join us for our Art Explorers Class for Ages 4 and up on Saturday, January 18,  10:30 - 12pm!


Children will learn about new artists, explore fun art making techniques and leave with several several pieces of unique artwork they will be excited to share! $35 


https://www.artstrongnyc.com/product/3896/

Art Strong: Art Camp - MLK Day

Join us for this Mini Day Camp on Monday, January 20, 9am - 3pm, while schools are closed for MLK Day!


During this longer art making session students will explore a variety of art making techniques and materials including drawing, painting, printing and sculpture. Students will learn about new artists and techniques too! Students will leave with a collection of unique artwork they will be excited to share. $125.00


Ages 4 and up. Email us for 20% off sibling discount!

https://www.artstrongnyc.com/product/art-camp-mlk-day-january-20th-9am-3pm/ 

The Secret Theater: Pirate Pete’s Parrot

Climb on board and get ready for adventure at The Secret Theatre’s longest-running children’s musical in Queens: Pirate Pete’s Parrot. Our melodic medley of misfits promises music, mischief, and a boatload of laughs for everyone. Pirate Pete is a lovable rogue on a mission: to find his beloved runaway parrot Polly, to find his buried treasure, and to pay the rent to Baron Big-Butt.

Performing: January 25
Location: 44-02 23rd Street, Long Island City, NY 11101
Time: 2:30pm

http://secrettheatre.com/2018/pirate-petes-parrot/

Queens Memory Project: Living in the Shadows of Auschwitz: 75 Years Later

Join us to commemorate International Holocaust Remembrance Day and the 75th anniversary of the liberation of the Auschwitz-Birkenau extermination camp with a conversation about Auschwitz’s traumatic legacy as a camp, community, and memorial with Jody Russell Manning, Program Director for Rowan University’s Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies.

Sunday, January 26, 2 - 3:30pm
Kew Gardens Hills, 72-33 Vleigh Place, Flushing, NY, 11367

http://queensmemory.org/events

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