Q Guide: Arts & Entertainment

Thursday, May 21, 2009

Astoria Times

Queens Museum unearths trove of Central Asian films

The Queens Museum of Art intends to dispel any notions that borough residents might have about post−Soviet nations in the Middle East and Central Asia with a new film series and art exhibition exploring issues of ethnic and religious identity that will be on view this summer. Comment.
Astoria Times

Ingredients: Corn, Lime, Passion

The Rube Goldberg−esque contraption turning out tortillas in a store window on an obscure side street in Corona is not a manifestation of homesick immigrants trying to recreate the foodways of their homeland. It is, instead, an example of the artisanal culinary movement as practiced by a couple of savvy young entrepreneurs getting in touch with their inner foodies. Comment.
Astoria Times

Art−O−Mat’s farewell also honors photographer’s legacy

Long Island City’s artist community lost a longtime member this year when photographer Jayne Mangino succumbed to cancer. And as the neighborhood prepares to say goodbye both to Mangino and the Vernon Boulevard gallery Art−O−Mat, her friends have organized a memorial exhibit there. Comment.
Astoria Times

Plenty of stories left to tell as 50th milestone arrives

Fifty is a nice round number, and this is my 50th column about local theater for the TimesLedger Newspapers. The first one was published on June 14, 2007, and it has appeared biweekly (with a couple of exceptions) ever since. Each one is only 500−600 words, but it takes some time and effort to get it right — to create something worthwhile, informative and entertaining. Comment.

Monday, May 18, 2009

Astoria Times

DiWine: Attractive, inviting wine bar opens in Astoria

What DiWine, a newish bar on 31st Street in Astoria, has going for it is a great concept. They relieve the customer of the burden of factoring price into their decision−making process by making all wines, and most food options (by category) the same price. No need to read the wine list from right to left. You can choose any wine on their list of approximately 100 bottles for $32, or any of 20 by the glass for $8. If you assume four glasses to the bottle, you’re still at the same price point. Comment.
Astoria Times

Astoria chefs promise culture clash in ‘Meatball Melee’

Canalp “John” Caner is confident that he has the best balls in all five boroughs. Comment.
Astoria Times

Queens’ summer series offer alternative to popcorn fare

Summer’s cinematic offerings tend to provide moviegoers with a dose of the reliable, whether it is comic book heroes, sequels or expensive special effects. But Queens’ selection of film−related events from May through August this year is anything but formulaic, giving borough residents a variety of viewing options, such as watching films with the stars or under them. Comment.
Astoria Times

High−flying fun

Escape the economic crisis. Don’t worry about swine flu. Forget everyday problems for a little while. Come join the circus, the Big Apple Circus, returning to Queens for its 31st season with 26 shows starting Saturday at Cunningham Park in Fresh Meadows. The circus features world−renowned artists, up to new tricks! Comment.
Astoria Times

Plenty of guilt and laughs in ‘Allergist’s Wife’ at QTIP

The outrageous comedy “The Tale of the Allergist’s Wife” by Charles Busch, put on by the Douglaston−based Outrageous Fortune Company, is top−flight community theater. Comment.

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