Q Guide: Arts & Entertainment

Friday, Nov. 28, 2008

Astoria Times

Delhi Heights: Upscale entry in Little India

Our admittedly jaded palate experienced a momentary frisson of anticipation when we heard that a new, upscale Indian restaurant had opened its doors on 74th Street. The Indian restaurant scene there had become more than a touch stagnant in recent years, and we hoped that Dehli Heights would bring new heights to Jackson Heights. Comment.
Astoria Times

Modern perspective

As China’s profile continues to rise in global politics and finance, a new exhibit at Queens College explores the contemporary output of Chinese artists, with an eye toward the traditions that have shaped the expression of Chinese culture. Comment.
Astoria Times

JCAL gets collaborative with tri−boro art project

The Jamaica Center for Arts and Learning is currently hosting “Metro Poles: Art in Action,” a new exhibit in participation with the Bronx River Art Center and the Asian−American Arts Center and the Maiden Lane Exhibition Space in Manhattan, in which 60 artists will collaboratively create works and successively hand them over to other artists each week. Comment.
Astoria Times

Jackson Heights art show helps immigrant aid group

The nonprofit Latin American Workers Project recently turned to a valuable resource to help raise awareness for its cause: local and talented artists. At a space in Jackson Heights, Raul Coto Batres, Samia Mohammed, Yousuf Mahmood, Mery Diaz, Jonathan Hedderman and Gerald Pardieu showcased their work Nov. 9 in the LAWP art exhibition and fund−raiser. Comment.

Monday, Nov. 24, 2008

Astoria Times

Bayside filmmaker follows his horror−movie dreams

Bayside’s Marc Fratto is building a mini Queens empire forged in blood — fake blood, that is. Comment.
Astoria Times

Travel Agents

Until recently, I was a travel editor at a major guidebook publisher. The job required heavy text−editing, and contrary to what the title suggests, no travel. What made the job unbearable was that it took something I loved — travel — and made me hate it. I’d edit hundreds of pages of the same boilerplate prose: a well−appointed hotel room here, a vibrant market there, with “jaw−dropping” and “mind−blowing” profundities all over the place. Only the locales would change. Comment.
Astoria Times

Queens Shakespeare stages delightful ‘Twelfth Night’

“Twelfth Night” is based on what may be the dumbest premise in all Shakespeare. We’re supposed to believe that male and female twins, who we must assume have achieved puberty, are indistinguishable from each other when the girl dresses up like a boy. Comment.
Astoria Times

Parkside Players persevere by shaking up the formula

The Parkside Players are not just another community theater company. Not only are they one of the longest−running groups in Queens at 28 years and counting, but their play selection is far from ordinary. Get over to their home in the outskirts of Forest Hills at the Grace Lutheran Church (off Union Turnpike and Metropolitan Avenue) and you’ll see displayed the covers of the programs of their great variety of shows. Comment.
Astoria Times

Hwang’s ‘Yellow Face’ at QTIP has fun with slippery racial identities

David Henry Hwang’s “Yellow Face,” presented by The Outrageous Fortune Company and now at Queens Theatre in the Park, examines — tackles would be too strong a word for this funny, humane play — the dilemma faced by Asian actors who, even in the recent past, had to watch as one white actor after another took over Asian roles. Comment.

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