Q Guide: Arts & Entertainment

Friday, Dec. 19, 2008

Astoria Times

Koliba: Central European comfort food in Astoria

In the bone−chilling weather that’s inevitably coming soon, global warming notwithstanding, Central European cuisine is the kind of comfort food that can warm you up from the inside out. Rib−sticking soups, stews, roasts and dumplings — always dumplings — are the culinary vocabulary of Bohemia. Koliba, the Astoria eatery named for a locality in Bratislava, Slovakia, situated on the foothills of the Little Carpathians, serves up some of the most authentic Czech and Slovak fare to be found. Comment.
Arts

Avoid a depression: Recession−proof ideas for throwing your party on a budget

With banks failing, job layoffs looming and even a 50−cent subway fare increase rumored, the start of 2009 may not seem worth a party. But New Year’s Eve is all about celebrating possibilities — or at least temporarily forgetting about last year’s bad news. Lavish galas are out, but good times and laughter are always in. Here are three recession−proof party ideas that will make the economy seem less threatening and might even add to the host’s bank balance. Comment.
Astoria Times

Verve, originality, hard work among tenets of Malinism

Malini Singh McDonald is the kind of person who can make things happen. And what will be happening soon — Jan. 21 to Feb. 1 to be exact — thanks to Malini, is the revival of “Torch Song Trilogy,” the award−winning collection of three plays by Harvey Fierstein. It’s been 30 years since “International Stud,” the first of the three, opened Off Off Broadway at La MaMa, E.T.C., and the theater world has not been the same since. Comment.

Wednesday, Dec. 17, 2008

Astoria Times

Moving Image screenings continue during renovations

Astoria’s Museum of the Moving Image may not be fully functional until a massive renovation project currently taking place at its 35th Avenue site is completed in two years, but the museum continues to host a number of new programs, exhibits and screenings in the borough and at various Manhattan locales. Comment.
Astoria Times

Songs of holiday cheer

Winter is coming on and it’s time to mark Dec. 21 on your calendars for the annual holiday concert presented by the Oratorio Society of Queens. Conducted by Maestro David Close, this festive gathering will have you singing and clapping along with joyous Christmas carols and Chanukah favorites. Comment.

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