Q Guide: Arts & Entertainment

Friday, Sept. 19, 2008

Bayside Times

Bronxite stars in play by renowned poet

Local Bronxite creates own theater company and is current putting on a play by the renowned e.e. cummings. Comment.
Astoria Times

Turkish Grill: Sunnyside enclave delivers

Turkish cuisine is one of the most influential and underappreciated cuisines of the world. The word "yogurt" is a Turkish word. It is a Turkish invention that made its way north from Turkey to Bulgaria and Eastern Europe during the Ottoman occupation. The Yiddish word "pastrami" derives from the Turkish "pastirma," for dried spiced beef. Comment.
Astoria Times

Mayor’s film office brings TV shows to city economy

The Mayor's Office of Film, Theatre and Broadcasting will launch several citywide programs during the next year that will allow Queens residents to take part in training and mentoring programs in the entertainment industry, an agency spokeswoman said. Comment.
Astoria Times

Get Out More

Over the past five years, the TimesLedger's From the Footlights column has illustrated what many of us have long known: Queens residents don't take a back seat to any New Yorkers when it comes to the arts. Comment.
Astoria Times

Town Hall music festival celebrates Latino heritage

Flushing Town Hall, which has hosted concerts by big Latin Jazz acts such as Chico O'Farrill and Eddie Palimeri in the past, celebrates the month with the inaugural Hispanic Heritage Festival. It will feature five concerts and a family dance workshop with recital. Comment.
Astoria Times

Mac Wellman’s ‘1965UU’ paints a wonderfully weird world

Mac Wellman's "1965UU", directed by Stephen Mellor, is a surreal lullaby, adapted from his book "A Chronicle of the Madness of Small Worlds." This installment chronicles the scant lives on 1965UU, an asteroid with no apparent purpose, much like Earth. The play is running until Oct. 4 at the Chocolate Factory Theater in Long Island City. Comment.

Wednesday, Sept. 17, 2008

Bayside Times

Urban Park Rangers offer a day of canoeing

Join the Urban Park Rangers for a day of canoeing in Van Cortlandt Park on Sat., Sept. 20, 11 am at the Va Cortlandt Park Nature Center, W. 246th Street and Broadway. Learn the basics or practice what you know. Enjoy views of wading birds and basking terrapins. For ages 8 years and older. Arrive early: first-come, first served. Bring water, sunscreen and a snack. Free. Comment.
Astoria Times

Taverna Kyclades: Fine Greek grill, but the wait!

I don't get it. I just don't get it. On a recent weekday evening, there was a long line of patrons patiently (or not so patiently in our case) waiting on Ditmars Boulevard in Astoria for a table at Taverna Kyclades. Taverna Kyclades has a reputation for excellent, reasonably priced seafood and other Greek specialties. But so do many Greek restaurants in Astoria. What sets Taverna Kyclades apart? Why stand in line? We had to know. Comment.
Astoria Times

Subprime follies hit Astoria with political Circus Amok

On Saturday, Sept. 13, Socrates Sculpture Park in Astoria will be host to the outlandish yet politically conscious stylings of the Circus Amok troupe as they waltz on in to present to you "Sub-Prime Sublime," a recent show involving "acrobatic economists, fantastical free-falling free markets" and more jokes on the lending crisis. Comment.
Astoria Times

On The Way

When the TimesLedger premiered the From the Footlights column five years ago, the primary goal was to encourage Queens residents to support Broadway and Manhattan's other cultural institutions. In the wake of the terrorist attacks on Sept. 11, attendance at Broadway productions from residents of Queens and other outer boroughs seemed to have diminished. A longtime supporter of Queens' many fine local theater groups, the TimesLedger wanted to encourage its readers to also support the city's broader, professional theater. Comment.
Astoria Times

Web sites help boro theaters get the new season rolling

September is here, and a lot is going on. Less than two months to go before the presidential election, now is the time, and many of us believe that the fate of the country is hanging in the balance. Comment.
Astoria Times

It’s never too late to tread the boards with STAR

About 15 years ago, Stan Guttman of Bayside retired from his job and was looking for something to do with himself. Through his local library, he found out about an acting workshop for senior citizens, and though he'd never had any formal theater experience or training, he gave it a shot. Comment.

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