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We are entering the last two weeks of May, and things are really just beginning to heat up (LITERALLY). We are starting to see more outdoor activities for both adults and kids. Museums are bringing in new exhibits, and events are sprawling everywhere in our area. Here are some of the latest finds I’ve been wanting to share with you all. And remember, if there is any local event you want me to cover, or if you know of any local artists who have upcoming shows, please do not hesitate to reach out to me on my Twitter or Instagram. I always want to hear from my readers.

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The lineup is out for the MOMA PS1 WARM UP 2019. Click here for more information and to purchase tickets.

May 16th @ 8PM {The Arc}: DMNDR presents NABRHOOD featuring FLAMINGOSIS, A NYC Warehouse Party Series. “A NYC warehouse party experience with live music, artisanal cuisine and immersive projections featuring Flamingosis + French Horn Rebellion.” For tickets and more information CLICK HERE.

May 17th @ 7PM {Museum of Moving Image}: Baikonur, Earth (Bajkonur, Terra). The MOMI brings us Baikonur, Earth in the films U.S. Premier. “Andrea Sorini’s gently surreal documentary study of the home of the Baikonur Cosmodrome—the world’s first space launch facility—achieves the feat of making life on Earth look as alien as any destination in the universe. Built for the launch of Sputnik in the 1950s, the Cosmodrome, located in a desert region of Kazakhstan, is still in use, for sending rockets to the International Space Station.” This film is also a part of the Panorama Europe 2019 Film Festival. For tickets and more information CLICK HERE.

May 17th @ 7:30PM {Museum of Moving Image}: One Day (Egy Nap). This film joins the Panorama Europe 2019 Film Festival, which is being partially celebrated at MOMI. In its New York Premiere, One Day is based on “a young mother who barely manages to do the impossible each day—corral her three demanding children, feeding them and getting them to school and to lessons, while dealing with household problems and financial stress, and a husband who may be having an affair.” Click Here for more information.

May 17th @ 8PM {MOMA PS1}: Second Annual Springtoberfest. “Celebrate the season with an evening outdoors at our second annual Springtoberfest with a one-night-only beer garden featuring some of our favorite Queens-based breweries and food vendors. Enjoy a live DJ set by JADALAREIGN, outdoor screenings, and after-hours access to the galleries.” For tickets and a list of breweries CLICK HERE.

May 17th @ 8PM {The Arc}: There Goes The NBRHOOD!. “For the last night of our NABRHOOD series we’re going back to our roots with live music and inspired jam sessions. This super hang is made for the DMNDR family of musicians and friends of The Arc (ARCitects).Click Here for tickets and more information.

May 17th @ 9PM {Knock Down Center}: Innervisions New York. KDC brings us Innervisions New York, in its “first US event of the year in none other than the city that never sleeps, New York. Dixon and Âme will be joined by some of the most exciting names in underground dance music: critically-acclaimed DJ Koze, fast-rising star Trikk and French talent, Jennifer Cardini.” For tickets CLICK HERE.

May 17th @ 10PM {Bohemian Hall & Beer Garden}: Beer Garden Silent Disco Party. Join one of the largest Beer Garden’s in Queens for this silent disco, and dance the night away to the sounds of three live DJ’s on three different channels. Click Here for tickets and more information.

May 18th @ 11AM {Katch Astoria}: Kids Silent Disco Party and Parents Bottomless Brunch Party. Get your 90 mins of bottomless brunch while your kids dance the morning and afternoon away to three live DJ sets on three different channels. Click Here for tickets and information.

May 18th @ 12PM {Citifield Queens}: The World’s Fare 2019 @ Citifield. With over 100 local food vendors from all five boroughs, and over 50 craft brewers, Citifield brings us a festival worth attending. There are plans to set up a Bazaar-style market with global food and handmade crafts from around the globe. Also, don’t miss the music and art for your entertainment. Click Here for tickets and more information.

May 18th @ 2PM {Museum of Moving Image}: Filmmaker Memorial for John Singleton. “Black Film Critics Circle president, Michael Sargent, and his fellow film critics will present and discuss scenes from their favorite John Singleton film Boyz in the Hood (1991) with attendees. This will be followed by a panel discussion with these critics and audience members who wish to share their thoughts about Singleton’s contributions as a filmmaker.” Admission is free with RSVP. If you do not RSVP by May 17th, admission will still be granted with a museum ticket purchase. CLICK HERE TO RSVP.

May 18th @ 7PM {Superchief Gallery}: Twin Flames by Justin Aversano. Join Superchief Gallery as they embark on a new journey through the eyes of Justin Aversano. Aversano took 100 sets of twins and photographed them to “create a body of work focused on the existence of multiple births and phenomena of twindom through an immersive portrait survey.” The exhibit is completely FREE.

May 18th @ 10PM {Knock Down Center}: Wrecked w/ Ron Like Hell // Ryan Smith. “Wrecked is back with their new home at BASEMENT NY the new club underneath Knockdown Center. Yes, that’s right, all those early, hazy basement memories from our humble beginnings well we’re eager to get back underground.” For tickets and more information CLICK HERE.

May 19th @ 10AM {Ditmars Blvd}: Astoria Spring Festival 2019. Join the rest of the neighborhood as they enjoy a day filled with local food vendors and tons of activities for the family. The festival will be set up on Ditmars Blvd between 31st and Street and 21st Avenue. This event is free for all!

May 19th @ 12PM {Museum of Moving Image}: Alamar. MOMI brings us this film as part of the Family Matinees series. “Five-year-old Natan goes with his father Jorge on an expedition to Banco Chinchorro, the largest coral reef in Mexico. There he experiences life in harmony with nature, staying in a house on stilts above the water, catching barracuda and other fish on baited lines thrown from a boat, observing as his father and “grandfather” (Jorge’s older mentor) go spearfishing and lobster catching. He also encounters crocodiles—but is not afraid—and makes friends with a feisty wild egret, a migratory bird, that he names Blanquita. With just a few weeks before Natan goes back to Italy to live with his mother, Jorge is intent on teaching his son about their Mayan heritage, and the rhythms of a fisherman’s life.” This film is appropriate for children. For tickets and more information CLICK HERE.

May 19th @ 2PM {Museum of Moving Image}: Dog City. In its 30th anniversary screening, and as part of “Jim Henson’s World (2019),” MOMI brings us a film for the entire family to enjoy. “Inspired by the classic paintings of dogs playing poker, the canine gangster comedy Dog City made its debut in 1989 as an episode of “The Jim Henson Hour.” Jim Henson won an Emmy for directing the show, which inspired the 1992-1995 animated/puppetry series “Jim Henson’s Dog City.” Henson effects experts Fred Buchholz and Tom Newby will be on hand to discuss the behind the scenes wizardry used in Dog City and other Henson productions.” Click Here for tickets and more information.

May 19th @ 2PM {Knock Down Center}: Dystōpia New York City. Join KDC and Be Svendsen, Davi, Magit Cacoon, Nico Stojan & Nour for a night of music madness. Click Here for tickets.

May 19th @ 4:30PM {Museum of Moving Image}: Phil Solomon Memorial Screening. In memory of Phil Solomon, MOMI brings us a day filled with Solomon’s most popular films and a discussion session right after. Some of the films that are going to be shown include The Secret Garden (1988, 23mins) [one of my all-time favorite films as a kid], The Exquisite Hour (1989, 14mins), Remains to be Seen (1989, 17mins), Seasons (2002, 15mins. Silent). For more information, and for tickets CLICK HERE.

May 19th @ 6:30PM {Museum of Moving Image}: Several Conversations About a Very Tall Girl (Cateva Conversatii Despre o Fata Foarte Inalta). In its U.S. Premiere for the Panorama Europe 2019 Film Festival, this film is paving the way for an open conversation about sexuality, as it’s the first Romanian film focused on a Lesbian love story. “Two women who share a former lover begin a series of Skype conversations in Bogdan Olteanu’s deceptively relaxed and emotionally incisive love story. The women are polar opposites; in a remarkable screen debut, Silvana Mihai plays a vulnerable character tentatively coming to terms with her sexuality. Her shyness is contrasted by the brashness of Florentina Nastase’s much more experienced bohemian.” Click Here for tickets.

Museum & Gallery Opening Exhibitions:

Queens Botanical GardenArt In The Garden: In Full Bloom {March 29 to August 25}

Socrates Sculpture Park: Chronos Cosmos: Deep Time, Open Space {On view until September 3rd}

New York Hall of Science: Mundos Alternos: Alien Toy by Rubén Ortiz Torres {On view until August 18th}

New York Hall of Science: 3D Theater; Backyard Wilderness 3D {On view until September 30th}

Knock Down Center: Soft Territories by Victoria Mangeniello, Simón Sepúlveda, Sarah Zapata {On view until June 23rd}

Sculpture Center: Ektor Garcia: Cadena Perpetua {On view until July 29th}

Sculpture Center: Matt Keegan: What was & What is {On view until August 18th}

Sculpture Center: Jean-Luc Moulène: More of Less Bone {On view until July 29th}

Noguchi Museum: Noguchi: Body-Space Devices by Brendan Fernandes {On view until May 3, 2020}

Museum & Gallery Closing Exhibitions:

Mrs. GalleryCaroline Wells Chandler- Tutti Frutti{Closing June 1st}

We are another month closer to summer, and things are heating up in Queens. Also, it’s Cinco De Cuatro, May The 4th Be With You and Cinco De Mayo WEEKEND!! So make sure you have your calendar apps ready because I have just what you need to stay your butts in Queens and have the time of your lives all weekend long.

May 3rd @ 7PM {Museum of Moving Image}: Mademoiselle Paradis (Licht). Come watch the U.S. Premiere of this incredible film about a Viennese pianist who works to regain her vision, but soon learns it comes at a steep price. Actress Maria Dragus will be greeting guests in person. The film will also be followed by a reception. For tickets and more information CLICK HERE.

May 3rd @ 7:30PM {Museum of Moving Image}: Her Smell. The MOMI will be showing this new release starring Elisabeth Moth of Handmaids Tale, where she plays a 90’s rockstar forced to cope with her past shortly after a failed tour. The film will also be showing at MOMI on May 4th at 3PM and on May 5th at both 3PM and 6PM. For tickets and more CLICK HERE.

May 3rd @ 9PM {The Knock Down Center}: Boiler Room x Places + Faces. “Boiler Room touches down in NYC for the first of a string of shows across the USA, with cultural institution Places + Faces.” The event will be featuring performances by none other than two New York City–HIP HOP–legends, Cam’ron and Jim Jones. Also, Brooklyn rappers Jay Critch and Jungle Pussy will grace the stage, along with Valee, Sahbabii, Take a Daytrip, Gonnie Garko, Odalys, Sounds and other special guests. General Admission tickets are still on sale! Click Here for more information.

May 3rd @ 11:30PM {Q.E.D.- A Place to Show & Tell}: Soft Core Presents The Star Wars Holiday Special! Star Wars fans rejoice! There is an event right here in our backyard just for YOU. “With Star Wars Day (May the Fourth) technically beginning halfway through this month’s show, they’ve decided to screen the legendary Star Wars Holiday Special, along with excerpts from Star Wars XXX: A Porn Parody!” This event is bound to be both hilarious and out of this world. Click Here for more information and tickets. Q.E.D. is located at 27-16 23rd Avenue in Astoria.

May 4th @ 12PM {Museum of Moving Image}: Selena. The MOMI brings us a classic this Saturday, with a film we’ve all learned to love. Selena is a film about grammy–award–winning Tejano singer Selena Quintanilla, played by Jennifer Lopez. The film will also be shown on May 5th at 12PM. Don’t miss this tearjerker. Get your tickets today HERE.

May 4th @ 12PM {Socrates Sculpture Park}: Healthy Living: Roots Saturdays. “Every Saturday at the Park, join Hellgate Farm and a rotation of local partners like The Connected Chef, Big Reuse, Smiling Hogshead Ranch, Queens Action Council (QuAC), and the Queens Beekeepers Guild for drop-in workshops, food demos, and activities for kids and families. Hellgate Farm will also be selling their micro-local fresh cut produce and small batch products like signature hot sauce, honey, and dried herbs.” This Saturday is the first of many Roots Saturdays, so gather the family and head on over to this free event.

May 4th @ 12PM {Citi Field}: 2nd Annual NY Beer Fest. Enjoy samples from dozens of craft breweries that will feature spring seasonal beers, plus games, DJs, and more throughout the park. General Admission gets you access to unlimited tastings, and there is even a VIP options that grants access to the dugout (Mets fans might want to grab this one). Tickets are still on sale so CLICK HERE.

May 4th @ 12:30PM {Flushing Town Hall}: Flushing Town Hall Hot Club: The Music of Benny Goodman. “Come and listen to Jazz recordings on the original 78 RPM format, and enjoy the convivial atmosphere of those who share a passion for this great music heard at its best!” No need to RSVP for this one. The event is FREE for all.

May 4th @ 2PM {Museum of Moving Image}: Our Struggles (Nos Batailles). As part of the Panorama Europe Film Festival, “Our Struggles dramatizes the struggles of a factory manager and labor activist whose wife unexpectedly leaves him, forcing him to care for their two children. Romain Duris, one of Europe’s most magnetic actors (The Beat That My Heart Skipped, All The Money in the World), is compelling as a decent but overwhelmed man dealing with the challenges the contemporary world throws him.” Tickets are still available HERE.

May 4th @ 3PM {Belmont Park Race Track}: Bourbon At Belmont. “Celebrating one of the world’s finest spirits, the Bourbon Festival returns to Belmont Park Racetrack! This special event will feature more than thirty bourbons for tasting, a selection of craft beers that have been bourbon barrel-aged, a live simulcast transmission of the Kentucky Derby race, grandstand viewing of the track to enjoy live event day racing, and convenient betting windows.” For tickets and more information Click Here.

May 4th @ 6:30PM {The Knock Down Center}: Soft Territories. Join KDC on the opening night of Soft Territories, their latest exhibit featuring works by Victoria Manganiello, Símon Sepúlveda and Sarah Zapata. Guest will have the option of taking a formal tour of the exhibition along side the curator at 6:30PM. This event is open to the public and it is completely Free!! CLICK HERE for more information.

May 4th @ 6:30PM {Museum of Moving Image}: Distances/Les Distáncias/Las Distancias. This Panorama Europe Film Festival favorite is about “a surprise visit by a group of Spanish friends to celebrate the 35th birthday of their friend Comas, who is living in Berlin, is a reunion film in a decidedly minor key that is suffused with the texture of life as it is really lived. None of the friends are exactly where they want to be, and secrets, regrets, and resentments simmer just below the surface. As downbeat as it is, the film always feels refreshingly vital, due to Trapé’s attention to nuance and atmosphere, and to the raw and realistic performances by a great ensemble cast that give this finely wrought fiction the feeling of documentary.” Click Here for tickets.

May 4th @ 10PM {The Knock Down Center}: Disco Knights x Vyvn. Come dance the night away at this party hosted by KDC, featuring a slew of performances. In the words of KDC, “Come get Stimulated.” Click Here for tickets.

May 5th From 9AM to Sundown {Socrates Sculpture Park}: Chronos Cosmos: Deep Time, Open Space. “Experience the galactic exhibition Chronos Cosmos: Deep Time, Open Space on opening day! Chronos Cosmos transforms Socrates into a gateway to the universe, showcasing artworks that consider space, time, and matter in relationship to celestial entities and earth-bound processes.” Please join me in experiencing this long-awaited exhibition. Also, this event is free for all.

May 5th @ 9AM {Melrose Ballroom}: The9amBanger | El Bangero. “We’re back again. Time for you to wake up at 7am with more energy and more enthusiasm than ever before, to attend a party like no other, The 9AM Banger!!” Tickets are still on sale, Click Here.

May 5th @ 11AM {Sek End Sun}: Cinco De Mayo @ Sek End Sun. Let us celebrate with our Mexican brothers and sisters with a few shots of tequila, or even a few chelas while we’re at it. Sek End Sun is offering an array of specials all day long, including $5 tequila shots and $7 margaritas. Sek End Sun is located at 32-11 Broadway in Astoria.

May 5th @ 12PM {VFW Hall}: Queens Craft Brigade. Ladies and Gentlemen get your wallets ready because this event is bound to be worth the wait. “The Queens Craft Brigade brings together the best makers from the borough to create highly curated events featuring artwork, food, jewelry, fashion, crafts, and more.” Mother’s Day is also right around the corner (Next Sunday to be exact), so this is the perfect opportunity for some last-minute shopping. For a list of vendors and more information about this free event CLICK HERE. QCB is located at 31-35 41st Street in Astoria.

May 5th @ 12PM {Queens Beerhouse}: Cindo De Brunch. This new local beer house is serving up brunch with a side of drink specials for Cinco De Mayo. For more information CLICK HERE.

May 5th @ 2PM {Museum of Moving Image}: Limestone Cowboy. As part of the Panorama Europe Film Festival, “Abigail Mallia’s boisterous and well-crafted film is brought to life by the convincing and delightful performances of its gifted lead actors, Paul Portelli as the eponymous cowboy and Davide Tucci as his son, who is struggling to save what is left of his family’s respectability.” Get your tickets today by CLICKING HERE.

May 5th @ 2PM {Fusion Lounge NY}: Tequila fiesta cinco de mayo EXTRAVAGANZA. Check out Fusion Lounge in Astoria for a Cinco De Mayo party with drink and food specials until 7PM. How can you say no to $2 tequila shots and half off tacos and quesadillas?! Click Here for more information.

May 5th @ 5PM {The Knock Down Center}: Devotional with Sarah Zapata. “In conjunction with the exhibition Soft Territories, Sarah Zapata will perform a reading of recent texts that explore the limits and porousness of the body, and the interrelation between feet and femininity. Acting as a sort of guided meditation, Devotional will be a performance that engages the mind and body.” This is event is free to the public. Click Here for more information.

May 5th @ 7PM {The Knock Down Center}: Yanira Castro Presents: Sunday Service. “Join us for Sunday Service curated by Yanira Castro, who brings together Martita Abril, Rosana Cabán, Cori Olinghouse, Alexis Ruiseco-Lombera, Tara Sheena to explore communing, commingling, and being together in performance.” This event occurs the first Sunday of every month, with a different curator and direction each time. For more information about this free event CLICK HERE.

May 5th @ 7PM {Flushing Town Hall}: Global Mashup 5: Balkan Punk Meets West Africa. “We’re mashing up 2 cultures on 1 stage with an open dance floor! Starting with dance lessons, each band plays a set, then the two meet and jam. Lemon Bucket Orkestra, Toronto’s multiaward winning, world-touring, groundbreaking guerrilla-folk party-punk Balkan-brass band, meets NYC’s Kakande, with lush vocals, sinewy koras, flutes, cellos and the balafon (xylophone) of a master griot from Guinea. Come ready to dance!” For tickets CLICK HERE.

Museum & Gallery Closing Exhibitions:

Superchief Gallery NY: Sarah Sitkins: Bodysuits {Closing May 5th}

As the month of April quickly comes to an end, I wanted to thank EACH AND EVERY ONE OF YOU for taking the time to support Queens Chic. It’s come a long way from when I first started back in November of 2018. Each one of you has given me exciting content. Some of you have even shared your incredible musical milestones with me. But the biggest highlight has been the trust you’ve all had in me. I have been able to bring you versatile content on a regular basis, and you have all been extremely open minded. I couldn’t ask for a better support system. (YOU GUYS ROCK!)

Here is my curated list of what’s popping off in Queens this last weekend of April.

April 25th @ 4PM {MOMA PS1}: Poetry Reading with Rachel Eliza Griffiths and Safiya Sinclair. Join these two award winning writers for an afternoon of poetry and conversation. This event is free with a valid museum admission. For more information CLICK HERE.

April 25th @ 6:30PM {Queens Central Library}: Lived Experience. The Queens Central Library is hosting an artist reception for their latest exhibition Lived Experience. This “special art exhibition features the work of artists with mental health issues in partnership with the organization Community Access.” The artists work will be exhibited at the Queens Central Library branch in Jamaica until May 5th. The Queens Central Library is located at 89-11 Merrick Blvd in Jamaica.

April 27th @ 11AM {Lockwood Jackson Heights}: Lockwood third annual kids rule Jackson Heights Party. Lockwood boutique is throwing a party for the kids, but ladies can benefit from the experience too! They are set to have activities for the kids, as well as story time and face painting to name a few. Ladies, you all get 15% off and no items are excluded from this deal. It really doesn’t get much better than that. Mothers day is also right around the corner, so this is actually a great opportunity for my gentlemen as well. Get your mother, wife, girlfriend, sister, any special lady in your life something nice to show your appreciation. Lockwood is located at 77-13 37th Avenue in Jackson Heights.

April 27th @ 12:30PM {Belmont Park Racetrack}: Spring Craft Beer Festival. Sample over 100 beers (and for the very first time a small selection of wines), while watching and betting on the live horse racing. You’ll be able to sample both local and national craft beers. This is a “pay-one-price ticket,” so you get to enjoy the best of both worlds with the purchase of just one ticket. CLICK HERE for tickets and more information.

April 27th @ 5PM {Flushing Meadows Corona Park}: Queens International Night Market. The second preview day is almost here. The Queens International Night Market was AMAZING this past Saturday. I ate until I literally ripped open my pants (this actually happened). With a wide selection of food vendors and jewelry stands, among other neat finds, you are bound to find an attraction for even the pickiest of critiques. Tickets are on sale HERE for this limited time event. No worries if you miss this preview night. The night market is officially back for the season on May 4th, and will resume free of charge for everyone to enjoy.

April 27th @ 7PM {Lawrence Virgilio Playground in Windmuller Park}: Free sneak preview of Netflix’s documentary Knock Down the House. The Museum of Moving Image, in collaboration with Rooftop Films, bring us a sneak preview screening of the Netflix original documentary, Knock Down The House (Click Here for Trailer). The film will be screened, free of charge, at Lawrence Virgilio Playground in Windmuller Park located in Sunnyside. Doors open to the public at 7PM and the movie is set to show at 8:15PM. This is a first-come, first-serve event, so make sure to arrive early for good seating. There is an option to RSVP for this event, although it is not necessary. For more information about the film and for directions to the event, CLICK HERE.

April 28th {Gotham Barbershop}: Grand opening party for Gotham Barbershop. Get ready to stuff your face while getting a touch up, or simply catching up with old friends or new ones. Gotham Barbershop is opening for business and they’re throwing a party to celebrate this incredible accomplishment. This is an open invitation, so come one–come all! For more information, and for pricing CLICK HERE. Gotham Barbershop is located at 171-65 46th Avenue in Flushing.

April 28th @ 6PM {The Knock Down Center}: Closing Reception for A Continuous Stream of Occurrence with Roarke Menzies. If you haven’t paid this exhibit a visit, this will be your last opportunity. A Continuous Stream of Occurrence is coming to an end and artist Roarke Menzies will be engaging Luba Drozd’s installation with his sound intervention. This event is completely free. For more information, check out my personal review of the exhibition by clicking HERE.

Museum & Gallery Closing Exhibitions:

Superchief Gallery NY: Sarah Sitkins: Bodysuits {Closing May 5th}

Museum & Gallery Opening Exhibitions:

Mrs. Gallery: Caroline Wells Chandler- Tutti Frutti {April 6th to June 1st}

Queens Botanical Garden: Art In The Garden: In Full Bloom{March 29 to August 25}

It is now week three of Spring and that means only one thing: more activities! I’m truly excited to present a few local events that not only am I personally looking forward to, but I’m hoping you all can enjoy these too. Get your pen and paper ready!!

April 12th @ 7:30PM {Museum of Moving Image}: “Babylon.” The MOMI is bringing this 1980’s Cannes Film Festival hit to the big screen. Babylon was never formally released in the U.S. because of its controversial nature. For more information and for tickets to the film CLICK HERE.

April 13th @ 4PM {MOMA PS1}: The Cases Behind the Prints with Alec Karakatsanis of Civil Rights Corps. Alec Karakatsanis expands on the cases of the individuals featured in the “Redaction” exhibition prints. If you haven’t visited the latest exhibit at MOMA PS1, this is the perfect opportunity to get an in-depth analysis by an industry professional. CLICK HERE in order to register for this free event.

(UPDATE!!!! This event has moved to BK Bazaar and tickets are being honored). April 13th @ 10PM {The Knock Down Center}: Foals Official After Party (DJ SET).

April 14th {Museum of Moving Image}: As part of The Havana Film Festival, MOMI brings us two films. “Inocencia” (a film about Cuban medical students who are wrongfully convicted, and have to prove their innocence) will be showing at 2 P.M., and “Los Silencios“(a film about a mother who finds refuge on a secluded Brazilian island, while running from Colombia’s political conflict) comes on at 4:30 P.M. You won’t want to miss these films as they bring The Havana Film Festival to a close.

April 14th @ 3PM {MOMA PS1}: Klein. Don’t miss this sound-based performance that ranges from mythology to the sounds of Pavarotti. “Klein uses collagist techniques to assemble recordings of her own vocals and instrumentation.” For tickets to this presentation CLICK HERE.

April 14th @ 7PM {The Knock Down Center}: Sunday Service by Ray Ferreira. I have heard amazing things about the KDC’s Sunday Service, and I am so excited to be attending this months edition. Sunday Service “brings together a multiplicity of views around a singular prompt, such as a question, theme, or formal structure.” Taking place the first Sunday of every month, the event is coordinated by a guest curator who is invited to pretty much blow our minds away with different manifestations of art. You won’t want to miss it. Simple RSVP HERE in order to attend this free event.

April 15th @ 4PM {MOMA PS1}: Poetry Reading with Nicole Sealey and John Murrillo. “In conjunction with the exhibition Redaction: A Project by Titus Kaphar and Reginald Dwayne Betts, New York-based poets Nicole Sealey and John Murrillo present a reading of their poetry followed by a Q&A with the audience about the exhibition, its themes, and their respective practices.” If you haven’t paid PS1 a visit, this is the perfect opportunity to get a behind the scenes look at Kaphar and Bett’s “Redaction” exhibit. Entrance to this reading is free with museum admission.

(NEW) April 16th @ 7PM {Museum of Moving Image}: Free Preview Screening of HULU original series: RAMY. The MOMI just announced this incredible opportunity to catch the first three episodes of RAMY, a new HULU original series set to air April 19th. “In his new Hulu original series, Egyptian-American comedian and actor Ramy Youssef stars as Ramy Hassan, a first generation Egyptian-American who is on a spiritual journey in his politically divided New Jersey neighborhood.” To RSVP and for more information simply CLICK HERE. Also, CLICK HERE for the series trailer.

April 19th @ 8PM {The Knock Down Center}: Trap Karaoke. If you’re a pro at Karaoke and also have a few bars to spit, this is your event. You are so very welcome! Trap Karaoke “is about personal empowerment, cultural participation, cherished moments, community, and creating a safe space for human connection.” There are slots still open, so if you’re interested in participating GO FOR IT! For tickets to this event CLICK HERE.

April 20th @ 11AM {Queens County Farm Museum}: Barnyard Egg Hunt. As a kid I loved to egg hunt on Easter. It was particularly due to the AMAZING choice of candy I would find in the eggs (My family always had the good stuff. No peeps or jelly beans here!). Also, the Queens County Farm Museum has a petting zoo and pony rides on site at an extra cost. However, everything is CASH ONLY, so make sure you take a trip to the bank before heading over as there are no ATM’s on site. For tickets to this event CLICK HERE.

April 20th @ 5PM {Flushing Meadows Corona Park}: Queens International Night Market. It’s BACK!! Well, temporarily at least. The Queens International Night Market is back on April 20th and 27th for a sneak peak of what’s to come this season. Tickets are on sale HERE for this limited time event. No worries if you can’t make it to these preview nights. The night market is officially back for the season on May 4th, and will resume free of charge for everyone to enjoy. CATCH ME @ THE 4/20 PREVIEW NIGHT!

April 20th @ 10PM {The Knock Down Center}: Nina Kravis & James Murphy. “Knockdown Center welcomes back techno-queen Nina Kraviz and LCD Soundsystem’s James Murphy for a supercharged night of techno and dance music with support from Justin Cudmore.”For tickets to this event CLICK HERE.

April 21st @ 3PM {MOMA PS1}: Jonathan González, Lucifer Landing I. “A contemplative space to consider what González terms ‘the entanglements between the state of dispossessed non-being that is Black life with the non-human and the architectural‘.” For tickets and more information on this immersive performance CLICK HERE.

April 25th @ 4PM {MOMA PS1}: Poetry Reading with Rachel Eliza Griffiths and Safiya Sinclair. Join these two award winning writers for an afternoon of poetry and conversation. This event is free with a valid museum admission. For more information CLICK HERE.

April 27th @ 12:30PM {Belmont Park Racetrack}: Spring Craft Beer Festival. Sample over 100 beers (and for the very first time a small selection of wines), while watching and betting on the live horse racing. You’ll be able to sample both local and national craft beers. This is a “pay-one-price ticket,” so you get to enjoy the best of both worlds with the purchase of just one ticket. CLICK HERE for tickets and more information.

April 28th @ 6PM {The Knock Down Center}: Closing Reception for A Continuous Stream of Occurrence with Roarke Menzies. If you haven’t paid this exhibit a visit, this will be your last opportunity. A Continuous Stream of Occurrence is coming to an end and artist Roarke Menzies will be engaging Luba Drozd’s installation with his sound intervention. This event is completely free. For more information, check out my personal review of the exhibition by clicking HERE.

Museum & Gallery Closing Exhibitions:

The Noguchi Museum: Akari Sculpture by Other Means; Akari Unfolded: A Collection by Ymer & Malta {Closing April 14th}

The Knock Down Center: A Continuous Stream Of Occurrence {Closing April 14th}

Museum & Gallery Opening Exhibitions:

The Queens Museum: Alexandria Smith: Monuments to an Effigy; Mundos Alternos: Art and Science Fiction in the Americas {April 7th to August 18th}

Mrs. Gallery: Caroline Wells Chandler- Tutti Frutti {April 6th to June 1st}

Superchief Gallery NY: Sarah Sitkins: Bodysuits {April 6th to April 27th}

Queens Botanical Garden: Art In The Garden: In Full Bloom {March 29 to August 25}

If you missed the show last night, no worries because there are definitely more in the works. But… You messed up big time. I’m judging all of you (not really). But you did miss an incredible show with some amazing NYC talent. However, I was there to capture my good friend Legit Easy’s showcase and he showed out! Legit performed two of his newest singles last night, before releasing them on his SoundCloud today. The songs definitely had that East Coast flow New Yorkers usually gravitate toward. But then again, with the ease of his rap lyrics and his captivating energy, Legit had the crowd dancing, singing, and yeerr-ing (hollering -or- that NYC chant for a select few) all throughout the performance. The Paper Box is also in that small group of venues where artist can really interact with the crowd, and it makes for an all around amazing showcase of talent. Everyone was feeling the vibe and the music.

I want to leave you all with Legit Easy’s latest single. Don’t forget to follow him @LegitEasy on Instagram – & – follow his music on SoundCloud.

Spring Open House @ MOMA PS1

I’m honestly still in an art daze after experiencing the MOMA PS1 Spring Open House. This has to be one of my favorite shows to date. This feeling could also have been triggered by the Gina Beavers exhibit, “The Life I Deserve.” The three dimensional aspect of her work really takes her paintings to new levels. I took so many photos that I really had to think long and hard about the few that were best suited to share with you all. I have never seen anything quite like this before. But this was also the sentiment with a lot of the other work being exhibited. I stumbled upon a few short films by the “Karrabing Film Collective” (an indigenous media group from Australia who uses filmmaking and installations to bring awareness to the indigenous population). These films were both informative, and gave an in-depth look at the issues the indigenous people of Australia face regularly. As I moved along the hallways of PS1, my eyes were drawn to the colorful and bold paintings by artist Zheng Guogu. His works are a mixture of Chinese calligraphy, religious icons and traditional gardens. His techniques range from two-dimensional illusions formed by the application of multiple layers of paint or paint piping, to a transparent effect with his use of milder colors over the more bold choices in some of his paintings. It was hard to miss this vibrant room. This is definitely a must-see exhibit. However, Nancy Spero’s work gave me a sense of the dark and twisted with her “Paper Mirror” exhibit. There were a few photos of her work I chose not to publicize because they were a bit incendiary and controversial. AND TRUST ME WHEN I SAY I AM ALL FOR CONTROVERSY, but these were a bit much. I definitely suggest everyone take a trip over to her exhibition on the 3rd floor. I found some of her more “morbid” work really interesting and I decided to share a few pieces in MY GALLERY. Titus Kaphar and Reginald Dwayne Betts exhibition, “Redaction,” was extremely timely for the current political climate we find ourselves in. Redaction exhibits sketches of people currently incarcerated, along with poems inspired by their legal documents. There are redactions in the poems in order to mimic the redactions often found on these legal documents. Their work was both inspirational and profound on so many levels.

Don’t miss out on these incredible exhibitions. The Karrabing Film Collective, Elena Lopez Rivera and Titus Kaphar and Reginald Dwayne Bett’s exhibitions will be on display until the month of May. Nancy Spero and Zheng Guogu’s exhibitions will be available until June 23rd. Lastly, Simone Fattal, Gina Beavers and the Hock E Aye Vi Edgar Heap of Birds will have their work exhibited throughout September.

And remember! MOMA PS1 is free for all NYC residents.

A lot is happening in Queens this week when it comes to the world of art and music. We have performances by some very talented people, and we also have new exhibitions in the borough. Spring is here and I am ready to provide you with all the events you’ll need in order to fill your weekends.

NEW – March 28th @ 7PM {The Astoria Bookshop}: Night Music by Jenn Marie Thorne. Astoria Bookshop will be celebrating the launch of Jenn Marie Thorne’s latest book “Night Music.” Click Here for more information.

NEW – March 29th from 8AM to 4PM {Queens Botanical Garden}: Art in The Garden: In Full Bloom. Three artists, Darya Warner, Amber Vittoria, and Jamie Pesavento, will be exhibiting their works, inspired by “the shape and the form of flowers and bodies in nature.” This exhibition will be shown in the venues visitor & administration building Art Gallery until September 1st. For more information, CLICK HERE.

March 30th @ 7PM {The Knock Down Center}: Kuldeep Singh: THROUGH THE KĀLI-EROS. This installation based performance merges Indian classical dance, visual art and theater. This is a live performance piece and is completely FREE for all. Simply RSVP HEREfor your tickets.

March 30th @ 7:30PM {Flushing Town Hall}: The Queens Symphony Orchestra Master Works Concert Series: The Romantic Heart. I am a huge fan of classical music. Growing up it was the only way I could find focus while working on schoolwork, or muting the chaos of work as an adult. If you’re like me, then you’ll probably love this performance by The Queens Symphony Orchestra. This event is free of charge with a simple RSVP. You do not want to miss this magical performance.

NEW – March 31st from 12-6PM {MOMA PS1}: Spring Open House. MOMA PS1 will be celebrating the opening of a new season of exhibitions. There will be poetry readings, performances and discussions starting at 1PM in the VW Dome. The museum will also be exhibiting works by:Simone Fattal: “Works and Days.” On exhibit until 9/2/19; Gina Beavers: “The Life I Deserve.” On exhibit until 9/2/19; Nancy Spero: “Paper Mirror.” On exhibit until 6/23/19; Hock E Aye Vi Edgar Heap of Birds: “Surviving Active Shooter Custer.” On exhibit until 9/8/19; Zheng Guogu: “Visionary Trasformation.” On exhibit until 6/23/19; Redaction: A Project by Titus Kaphar and Reginald Dwayne Betts. On exhibit until 5/5/19; Karrabing film collective. On exhibit until 5/27/19; Elena Lopez Riera: “Those who Desire.” On exhibit until 5/27/19. Make sure to RSVP HERE for free admission to the museum and the surrounding events.

March 31st from 12-10PM {Flushing Town Hall}: Queens Jazz OverGround 2019 Spring Jazz Fest. I know a lot of you are constantly trying to find affordable Jazz events since these usually break the bank. This jazz event hosted by Flushing Town Hall includes performances from Queens based jazz talent and is free of charge for all. Simply RSVP HERE to get your free tickets and enjoy a day filled with fine tunes.

April 1st from 3-4:30PM {MOMA PS1}: Reading by Kiese Laymon and Mitchell S. Jackson. Join these two nonfiction writers as they present a reading of their works. Both authors will be reading their most recent works: Heavy: An American Memoir, by Laymon and The Residue Years, by Jackson. Attendance to these readings is free with museum admission. Click Here for more information.

April 3rd from 7-10PM {Paper Box NYC}: Legit Easy – LIVE HIP HOP PERFORMANCE. Join Queens rapper, Legit Easy, as he takes center stage to debut three new singles before they’re released to the general public on his Sound Cloud. There will also be seven other performances by local artists. Come show some love to this Queens artist and have your mind blown by his incredible talent. Click Here to message Legit Easy directly for advanced tickets. Please note, tickets are $20 at the venue, so get your advanced tickets today. The Paper Box is located at 17 Meadow St. Brooklyn, NY 11206.

*I recommend everyone Clicks Here to hear my favorite track by Legit Easy. It is straight FIRE!!

April 4th @ 7PM {The Astoria Bookshop}: Story Telling Show. For all of you story telling vets, newbies are welcomed as well, join this story telling session. Have your 5 minute personal story ready to share as names will be drawn at random for participation. For more information on this fun activity CLICK HERE.

Flor De Toloache

April 5th @ 8PM {Flushing Town Hall}: Flor De Toloache. “Latin Grammy Award-winning all-female mariachi group Flor de Toloache is pushing genre boundaries with their fresh, versatile take on traditional Mexican music with explosive vocal harmonies and searing solos rounded out by soaring violin, nimble vihuela, bright trumpets, and propulsive guitarron.” I actually had the privilege of seeing Flor De Toloache at House of Yes for a live performance a few years back, and they are INCREDIBLE! There was definitely a standing ovation at the end of their performance. I definitely recommend purchasing your tickets to this event ASAP before the sell out.