Mrs. Gallery

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}

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}

Homage to “Gluteus Maximus”

The title is accurate. No mistakes here! Yesterday I was finally able to take a trip over to Mrs., a gallery located in Maspeth, Queens with a whole lot of personality. I had been wanting to visit this Queens staple for some time, and I have to say it didn’t disappoint. Mrs. is currently exhibiting the work of Omari Douglin, a Brooklyn-based artist who has dedicated his pieces to the female body. “Gluteus Maximus” is Douglin’s second solo exhibition at Mrs., and his third overall. He has also participated in group exhibitions all around the country, from Miami, Florida to Los Angeles California. The artist has done an amazing job at paying tribute to the female form. His exhibition shows different female derrière’s, ranging from different sizes to different colors. The industrial colored caulks he uses to create these shapes give the pieces depth, making the pieces appear almost three dimensional. And yes! You heard correctly. He uses industrial caulk, or in other words, the material used when piping tiles in bathrooms or even in kitchens. How incredible is that?! I recommend that everyone take a trip over to Mrs. before Douglin’s “Gluteus Maximus” exhibit comes to an end on March 30th. Also, it is completely free. So if you’re penny pinching, add this to your list of affordable weekend “must-see” galleries.