Q Guide: Arts & Entertainment

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Arts

Familiar faces

If you live in western Queens, odds are you have walked past students from LaGuardia Community College in Long Island City dozens of times. But you have never seen them like they will appear on the college’s walls for the next few months. Comment.
Arts

No ambiguity in Amoralist playwright’s success

This writer caught up with playwright and Astoria resident Derek Ahonen just before he was to board a plane to visit his mom in Chicago. Things are looking up for him and The Amoralists, the theater company for whom he’s the resident scribe. Their latest effort, “Happy in the Poorhouse,” has been extended through April 26 at Theatre 80 St. Marks in New York City. Comment.
Arts

Astoria’s Santos pays tribute to Brazilian roots on CD

Adriano Santos always knew he would play drums. He recollects being drawn to the instrument at 5 years old, pressing his face against store windows and perching beside the stages of local restaurants offering live music in his native Brazil. Now, decades later, Santos asserts with confidence that he couldn’t be happier than he is now — living in Astoria, performing in Manhattan, and recording with some of jazz’s most notable musicians. Comment.
Food

Dining Out: El Ay Si: Trendy comfort food in a very LIC setting

To an old Queensite, the changes Long Island City is undergoing are nothing short of astonishing. After minor incursions by arty types, this gritty industrial neighborhood in transition is seeing major residential development in the form of luxury high-rises. Lying that your Long Island City address is actually in Astoria is so o-vah. With all this gentrification going on, it’s no surprise that upscale eateries are sprouting like onion grass in early spring. Comment.
Film

The Reel Queens: Queens goes downtown with six flicks in Tribeca Film Fest

The ninth annual Tribeca Film Festival will feature blockbuster premieres and independent films that could go on to be award winners, but this year’s selection of screenings will also feature a smorgasbord of Queens-centric movies. Comment.

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