Q Guide: Arts & Entertainment

Saturday, July 19, 2008

Astoria Times

Dining Out

France and Thailand were not always bosom buddies, diplomatically speaking. One might even call them bitter enemies when they fought for dominance over Indochina. Still, their respective palates didn't hold a grudge, and have long had mutual appreciation for each other's cuisines. Bonne Saison on Bell Boulevard in Bayside is exemplar of this fortuitous state of affairs, serving Thai and French food companionably side by side. Comment.
Astoria Times

The Reel Queens

Bill Sorice may play a self-absorbed thespian in the independent comedy "Brutal Massacre," screening this month at Manhattan's Pioneer Theater, but the Queens-born actor and writer is used to playing against type. Comment.
Astoria Times

Shapes of silence

With a pair of unlikely subjects — ostriches and irises — Japanese painter Kotaro Fukui probes the mystical relationships between light and dark in "Ostriches and Silent Flowers," currently on view at the Crossing Art Gallery at Queens Crossing in downtown Flushing. Comment.
Astoria Times

Warm Up kicks off to rave reviews despite rain

P.S.1's 10th annual Warm Up dance series kicked off July 5 with Nubla Orchestra under the shade of WORKac's Public Farm One installation. Comment.
Astoria Times

The Play’s The Thing

Now into my second year of writing this column, number 29 if you're counting — the only column about local theater in all of Queens, perhaps even in the entire City of New York — this may be a good time to ask who is reading it and what has it covered. Since there's not much competition, I expect that circulation of the TimesLedger has risen dramatically and that lots of devoted theater fans are checking it out. Comment.
Astoria Times

Astorian has eyes on the prize in Broadway singers’ challenge

Athens-born and Astoria-raised singer George Costacos seems to have been in just about everything except "My Big Fat Greek Wedding." In 2004 he was part of the opening ceremonies for the Athens Olympics. He's been featured in PBS' "The Greek Americans" and starred in his own musical play, "Greek Gifts." He's performed all over the world. "The list is very long," he says in a voice that still has a hint of a Greek accent. Now, he will be a contestant in the first annual MetroStar Talent Challenge, which he says is "American Idol for Broadway and cabaret people." Comment.

Monday, July 14, 2008

Astoria Times

The Reel Queens

Film blogs have been rife with ominous posts on the gradual demise of film criticism following a recent series of buyouts and layoffs that have left a handful of well-established critics searching for new venues. Comment.
Astoria Times

Whoa, mama!

Jackson Heights resident Christen Clifford's one-woman show "Baby Love" is to motherhood what "Sex and the City" is to single women in their 30s and 40s: validating libidos that are conventionally sorted into the unsexy bin. Comment.

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