Category Archives: Arts and Entertainment

THE CHOCOLATE FACTORY GETS ITS OWN NEW FACTORY

The Sounds of Silence in the summer

The Sounds of Silence in the summer

The Chocolate Factory Theater has scored a golden ticket and secured a permanent home for $3.8 million with financial help from the NYC government according to The New York Times.  Currently located on 49th Avenue in Hunters Point, the theater will be moving into a 7,500 SF single story brick building at 38-29 24th Street in Dutch Kills, for now the home of Earth Stone Design Inc., a stone supplier, for the 2018-2019 season.  I imagine acquiring a new home will allow the Chocolate Factory to largely stay the course in terms of avant garde programming, which leaves only two questions lingering: Continue reading

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FREE SHAKESPEARE, YOGA, PLASTICS & SILENCE OF THE LAMBS

While you live, tell truth and shame the devil!

FREE Shakespeare!  No it’s not a protest movement, but literally a free fully-casted play on the waterfront.  Two actually, no make that four if you count identical shows the following night at Socrates Sculpture Park.  This Saturday and Sunday and next, at 7pm on Saturday at the field on Gantry Plaza State Park and 5pm on Sunday at Socrates, the Hip-to-Hip Theatre Company will perform Measure For Measure and Henry IV.  Check the schedule below for full information and here are my earlier thoughts on this great program.

//FREE Yoga, free movies, so much going on in LIC this week.  Alas my two week “residency” at Les Caves du Roy is in mid stride and I’ll be missing Anne Bancroft taming the shrew in ‘The Graduate’ tonight on the oval.  The following morning The Yoga Room will be holding a free yoga session by the Oval and will continue to do so every Saturday in August from 10am – 11am.

//READING the local and non-local articles in the last week on the Water’s Edge developer announcement was like watching Continue reading

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WONKA

 

Wonka & Hoops, what a weekend!  (Photo & Logo courtesy of Nick Knight)

Wonka & Hoops, what a weekend! (Photo & Logo courtesy of Nick Knight)

WONKA – one word brings back pre-cable memories of multiple viewings.  Why?  Well in addition to the namesake, most of the tertiary characters are legendary (and metaphorical): Veruca Salt, Augustus Gloop, Slugworth, Oompa-Loompa’s.  So when asked earlier in the week by a single friend about getting out and seeing live music, I responded that sadly my summer entertainment highlight would be watching Willy Wonka at my local park. Continue reading

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WAITING FOR J.LO

J.Lo's playground with Marcus' restaurant in back

J.Lo’s playground with Marcus’ restaurant in way back

 

Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery that mediocrity can pay to greatness – Oscar Wilde

ALL of LIC is eagerly awaiting the arrival of J.Lo tonight.  Not only does it re-confirm our town as the center of the universe, but it’s also the start of the biggest weekend of the year here – not to mention the weekend in general.  In that manner, might “J.Lo” be a metaphor for life?

While Jennifer Lopez is a huge star and a consummate professional, that can’t necessarily be said for a select few in the Continue reading

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J.LO PERFORMING LIVE AT OVAL IN LONG ISLAND CITY FRIDAY NITE

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Dress rehearsal for J.Lo’s back-up dancers

 

J.Lo, the artist fka as Jennifer Lopez, will be performing live at the Oval in Hunters Point South Park in Long Island City this Friday Night in a taping for the Macy’s 4th of July Fireworks.

In addition, Charlie Puth and Hailee Steinfeld will be performing tonight at the Oval for a taping, and Brad Paisley, Lady Antebellum, and Sheryl Crow will be performing live there on July 4.

Most importantly, we have the link to get you free tickets to get into these events.  Continue reading

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2017 LIVE AT THE GANTRIES & MORE SUMMER EVENTS

Martians landing on the oval? No, it's Pusha T!

Martians landing on the oval? No, it’s Pusha T!

Run, run, run for the roses
Quicker it opens, the sooner it closes
Man, oh, man, oh, friend of mine
All good things in all good time

EVERY June I anxiously await the performer schedule for Live at The Gantries – the Tuesday evening summer concert series at Gantry Plaza State Park.  Will the Rolling Stones, U2, or Beyonce decide to play in my backyard this year? Continue reading

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SUNNY DAYS ARE COMING, AND WITH IT…

Phase 2 of Hunters Point South?  No, just a private event

Phase 2 of Hunters Point South? Nah, just a private event

I got that sunshine in my pocket
Got that good soul in my feet

When it’s 55 degrees in June it’s chilly, when it’s 55 degrees in January it’s balmy, go figure.  Either way it’s expected to warm up and get sunny in the next few days so enjoy these upcoming outdoor activities. Continue reading

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FIREWORKS BACK IN LIC IN 2017! IS LIC ACADEMY OF MUSIC DONE?

Fourth of July Central

Fourth of July Central

In ancient times,
Hundreds of years before the dawn of history
Lived a strange race of people, the Druids
No one knows who they were or what they were doing
But their legacy remains
Hewn into the living rock, of Stonehenge
Stonehenge! Where the demons dwell
Where the banshees live and they do live well
Stonehenge! Where a man’s a man
And the children dance to the Pipes of Pan
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THE MACY’S 4TH OF JULY FIREWORKS ARE RETURNING TO THE EAST RIVER IN 2017 according to a memo sent to residents of Hunters Point South this afternoon and forwarded to us by a reader.  What else is there to say except LICtalk got it first and thank you Squeaky!

//I can’t think of any word with the addendum “henge” attached that doesn’t make me envision the Stonehenge scene in Spinal TapManhattanHenge via LIC truly evinces a squeal because we have the oversized Gantries standing in for the undersized napkin-erred Stonehenge sets.  We also have a lot of amateur photographers crowding around those gantries, whose presence makes me envision something completely different.

Anyway before I get completely off topic, make sure you have film in the polaroid because Memorial Day at 8:13pm is when it all goes down for the first time, followed the next day at the same bat time, and then again on July 12 & 13 at 8:20pm.

//THE Queens Chronicle looked into the future of the LIC Academy of Music, and it appeared bleak.  They called a few instructors who work there, and it seems like the recently arrested founder was a Continue reading

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2017 MoMA PS1 WARM-UP ACTS ANNOUNCED & ANTHONY BOURDAIN

Here's all the local food I need

Who needs to explore?  This says summer in Queens is here

Nothing brings on thoughts of summer in LIC to a greater extent than the announcement of the location for the Macy’s 4th of July Fireworks.  But that’s been delayed, so we’ll have to go with highly anticipated summer notification #2: the MoMA PS1 Warm-up musical line-up.  What I love most about this announcement is that unlike the fireworks, for which there’s an actual press conference attended by the likes of NY1 and WPIX, it completely bypasses mainstream media and Continue reading

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LIC ACADEMY OF MUSIC FOUNDER ARRESTED FOR SEX TRAFFICKING

Busted in LIC

Busted in LIC!

ACCORDING to a gazillion news reports, Oliver Sohngen, the founder of the Long Island City Academy of Music, was arrested this morning for allegedly dallying and or attempting to do so with young girls between the ages of 8 and 17 years old.  The Academy, located in the LIC Arts Center on 23rd Street near 44th Drive, offers kids music classes in everything from voice to vibraphone, as well as theater, songwriting, and a panoply of different instruments.  Their website lists faculty from Juilliard, Mannes Berklee, and Bard, and the school has been in existence for a decade.  Many children from the neighborhood received their introduction to guitar, piano, and violin at the school.

Sohngen is said to be 52 years old and originally from Germany.  You can read more about the specifics of the charges in the links below.

//IN the LIC is the ‘Center of the Universe’ category, a new proposal has been put forth for Sunnyside Yards, that would transform it into a major new transit hub, and eliminate Penn Station for all intensive purposes. Continue reading

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