Q Guide: Arts & Entertainment

Thursday, Nov. 19, 2009

Astoria Times

Dining Out: Crabtree’s: A great place to take Your Gang in Floral Park

We seldom cross the Nassau County line to dine, but our friend’s ringing endorsement of Crabtree’s on Jericho Turnpike in Floral Park was so persuasive that we made the leap. Her enthusiasm was not misplaced. Crabtree’s has stuck around for 25 years for good reason. Its mostly Italian, slightly Greek offerings might seem pretty mainstream at a casual glance, but the talent in the kitchen sets them apart from the ordinary. Comment.
Astoria Times

The Reel Queens: Greece’s critical, commercial hits get rare showing in boro

Astoria has one of the largest Greek populations in the world, but films from the Mediterranean nation are rarely screened in Queens or any of the other four boroughs. But this week, cinephiles will get the chance to view one of Greece’s most popular recent hits and two other films at screenings in Astoria and Forest Hills. Comment.
Astoria Times

Shuck tradition and stuff your turkey with oysters

Putting a new spin on a Thanksgiving classic, Rego Park seafood stalwart London Lennie’s menu will feature an oyster stuffing side dish from Nov. 9 %u2013 25. The recipe is below. Comment.
Astoria Times

Tips and recipes from Home Cooking NY

An excerpt from a Thanksgiving menu from Home Cooking NY, an city-based organization that offers in-home cooking classes. Read an extended version on our Web site at www.YourNabe.com and find out more about Home Coooking NY at www.homecookingny.com. Comment.
Astoria Times

Give thanks for tasty savings

Sure, we all know that Thanksgiving is about spending time with loved ones and being grateful for what we have. But, let’s face it, the holiday just wouldn’t be the same without a succulent bird and all the fixings that leave guests craving seconds and slumped in a sedentary, turkey-induced haze on the couch for hours afterwards. Comment.
Astoria Times

The Play’s The Thing: Carol Carota gives thanks for her Queens theater memories

With Thanksgiving next week and the holiday season just around the corner, I have a treat for you. Her name is Carol Carota and she is one of the most delightful and talented people I have met in my nearly 40 years in local theater. Comment.
Astoria Times

Queens Shakespeare casts The Bard in reality show

William Shakespeare’s “Much Ado About Nothing (or The Real World: Messina)” is supposed to be a comedy, and it does have its silly moments, but the production of this play at Queens Shakespeare made me mad. It has nothing to do with the acting or directing, which are excellent, but the story’s misogyny is disgusting. Will probably knew it was disgusting too, even subconsciously, for in “Much Ado” he has also created one of the great female characters in Beatrice, played here by the wondrous, Hilary Swankish Sheira Feuerstein. Comment.

Tuesday, Nov. 17, 2009

Astoria Times

The Reel Queens: Astoria Realtor debuts two shorts at Queens film festival

Realtor Tasos Makedon has seen it all when it comes to the methods for tracking down a cheap apartment in Astoria. This weekend his writing, executive producing and acting debut will draw on his rental experience in two shorts that will screen at the Queens International Film Festival in one of the program’s top slots for that category. Comment.
Astoria Times

Bloody good show

This reviewer recently read an article on io9.com contending that the basis of some of the best horror films and TV shows is grief, and “Sweeney Todd,” now at the BroadHollow Theatre under the brilliant direction of Laura Wallace-Rhodes, is no exception. Grief and revenge are what drive our hero — if he can be called that — to claw his way back from Botany Bay to London and wreak havoc on the men who destroyed his family. Comment.
Astoria Times

Hollis rapper acclaimed for heartfelt love song

For Queens native Kenndel Johnson, also known as “Ace1der Da Don,” an emotional song about feeling torn between his musical aspirations and his girlfriend’s needs didn’t save his relationship with the girl, but it may have given a boost to his recording career. Comment.

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