Q Guide: Arts & Entertainment

Thursday, Feb. 19, 2009

Astoria Times

Mojave: Stylish hipster Tex Mex mashup in Astoria

Mojave, in Astoria, is the closest thing we’ve found to a hipster hangout in Queens. The clientele is young, attractive and, well, hip. We could have been dining in Williamsburg. Comment.
Astoria Times

Oscar no stranger to the cinematic streets of Queens

And the Oscar goes to ... Queens. Comment.
Astoria Times

American Quilt

“Ragtime,” the sprawling, flawed, brilliant, somewhat improbable musical based on the book by E.L. Doctorow, simply confirms the writer’s belief that some of the best stuff in the theater is being done in the parish halls of Queens. This revival is staged by the Astoria Performing Arts Center at the parish hall of the Good Shepherd United Methodist Church, a place that seems too small to hold such a work as “Ragtime” but is, in fact, the perfect venue. Comment.
Astoria Times

Douglaston theater troupe tackles Mamet’s ‘Oleanna’

“Oleanna” might seem at first to be one of the tamer of David Mamet’s plays. There are only two characters, a college professor and his student. You would think a play set at a college would be more refined than a sleazy real estate agent’s office in “Glengarry Glen Ross,” or Hollywood in “Speed−the−Plow.” Yet, like the other plays, “Oleanna” deals with power. Comment.
Astoria Times

QSO’s ‘New Sounds’ fuses symphony with Greek jazz

Come be a part of music history in the making Feb. 21 when the Queens Symphony Orchestra performs a world premiere work by Greek jazz fusion guitarist Spiros Exaras, creating what the orchestra’s maestro says is an entirely genre of music, never before performed. Comment.

Tuesday, Feb. 17, 2009

Astoria Times

Fino: Nibble and sip at new Bayside tapas and wine spot

Call it a wine bar, tapas bar (Spain), enoteca (Italy) or Izakaya (Japan) — cozy spots pairing glasses of wine with small plates have long been one of the pleasures of travel. Happily, this style of nibbling and imbibing has firmly taken root locally. Fino Wine & Tapas, a newcomer on Bell Boulevard in Bayside, is a pan−European exemplar of this trend. Comment.
Astoria Times

Break It Down

On a recent Saturday evening, a group of teens channeled the ’80s as they contorted their limber frames into gravity−defying postures and moves while the throbbing beat of the music escalated, as part of a breakdancing class at the Flushing YMCA. Comment.
Astoria Times

Tough to find right man (or woman) for director’s job

About three years ago The Outrageous Fortune Company produced a play called “The Director.” Written by Nancy Hasty, the central character was a director, a mastermind of manipulation, who abused and confused his actors. His purpose was to make an actor’s performance so natural and real that an audience would never realize that what they were seeing was all an illusion. Comment.
Astoria Times

Astorian doesn’t take pint−size ‘Shrek’ role lightly

If you want to know anything about gnomes, ask Greg Reuter, the Astoria resident currently playing one of the wee creatures on Broadway in “Shrek the Musical.” Reuter is all too happy to share tales of gnomes that have appeared in fairytale lore for hundreds of years. Comment.

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