Q Guide: Arts & Entertainment

Sunday, Oct. 25, 2009

Astoria Times

Unlocking Korea

Most museum exhibits are kept carefully under lock and key, but for the next several months at Flushing Town Hall, the standard array of deadbolts and latches will be protecting a collection of their own ornate ancestors. Comment.
Astoria Times

The Play’s The Thing: Casting should reflect boro’s ethnic, linguistic diversity

I like languages. I’ve studied French and Spanish, and I know a few phrases in a number of other foreign tongues. Not as many as my father, however, who in his youth was a merchant seaman, sailing the seven seas and learning lots of exotic and colorful curse words along the way. (A shout-out to Dad — his birthday anniversary is tomorrow, Oct. 23. He managed to make 84 of them.) Comment.
Astoria Times

Theatre Time gets frantic with Neil Simon’s ‘Rumors’

One isn’t surprised when one of the songs that make up the between-acts music in Theatre Time Production’s revival of Neil Simon’s “Rumors” is the Ramones’ “I Wanna Be Sedated.” Between the duplicity, drunkenness, whiplash, gunshots, bloody noses, busted eardrums, back spasms and overall nuttiness, who wouldn’t want to be sedated? Comment.
Astoria Times

‘Opa!’ mixes Hellenic hilarity and some Mediterranean heat

“This is just about the most perfect play to see on a fall afternoon,” the writer said to the gentleman sitting next to her in the little theater at Queens Theatre in the Park. He agreed, even if he was the husband of the musical’s keyboardist and musical director, Elise Morris. Comment.

Monday, Oct. 19, 2009

Whitestone Times

From the Footlights: Panoply of performers to play city's stages this season

Queens’ wealth of talented and culturally diverse artists offers its residents an extremely inviting menu of theater, music and a great deal more. If, however, you’re in the mood for a trip outside the borough, there is perhaps no more colorful a cultural kaleidoscope in the world than Manhattan. Comment.
Astoria Times

The Reel Queens: Queens’ film engine isn’t faltering despite slowdown

The film and television industry may be concerned about luring productions to the city amid dwindling tax incentives and the economic downturn, but the list of films shot in Queens alone this year indicates that feature films are still using the borough as a backdrop. Comment.
Astoria Times

Tugging at his harpstrings

Whitestone musician and composer Edmar Castaneda’s newly released album “Entre Cuerdas” infuses jazz with the haunting sounds of his harp. The album’s title translates to “Between the Strings,” a sentiment that reflects Castaneda’s hope his music will touch people’s hearts. Comment.
Astoria Times

From the Footlights: Panoply of performers to play city’s stages this season

Queens’ wealth of talented and culturally diverse artists offers its residents an extremely inviting menu of theater, music and a great deal more. If, however, you’re in the mood for a trip outside the borough, there is perhaps no more colorful a cultural kaleidoscope in the world than Manhattan. Comment.

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