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Tomorrow is the first day of summer, and although this weather hasn’t been very giving, I’m still excited for all of these summer events. Take a look at what our first weekend/week of summer has to offer.

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June 21st @ 8AM {Queens Botanical Garden}: Grown Up Flowers. Don’t miss out on the latest exhibition at the Botanical Garden; Grown Up Flowers. On view until September 2nd, and created by Play Lab, Inc. “Grown Up Flowers imagines flowers inflated many times their normal size, giving visitors a new perspective on these iconic and playful representations of beauty.” For more information CLICK HERE.

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June 21st @ 5PM {Riis Park Beach Bazaar}: Friday Night Sunset Lobster Jam (Bay 9).

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June 21st @ 6PM {Sunnyside}: Summer Solstice Celebration at Lou Lodati Playground. “Help us kick off summer in grand fashion! We’ll party until the sun goes down on this longest day of the year, and then keep going! Activities will include Silent Disco, performances from Queensboro Dance Festival and much, much more!” Lou Lodati Playground is located at 43rd Street & Skillman Avenue, Sunnyside. This event is FREE!

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June 21st @ 7PM {Museum of Moving Image}: Flaming Creatures and two films by George Kuchar. As part of the Grit and Glitter: Before and After Stonewall series, MOMI brings us Flaming Creatures and two films by George Kuchar. “If avant-garde cinema and pulp pictures had drugged-out sex, Flaming Creatures would be their wicked offspring. It remains Jack Smith’s most potent, intuitive, and visually provocatively response to the deadening forces of what he called ‘our rented world.'”—Donal Mosher. For tickets and more information CLICK HERE.  

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June 21st @ 8PM {Flushing Town Hall}: Queens Jazz Orchestra: It Ain’t Over Yet. “This concert is the title of QJO’s Music Director Jimmy Heath’s latest big band album “It Aint Over Yet”, a testimony to his life and long legacy of great music.” For more information Click Here.

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June 22nd @ 9:30AM {Rockaway Brew Co.}: Brew Cruiser. Don’t miss the Brew Cruiser this summer, a shuttle bus leaving from Rockaway Brew Co. located in LIC to Rockaway beach every Saturday this summer. The shuttle starts at 9:30AM and leaves its post every 2 hours after. If you purchase six tickets, you get a free six pack of your choice. For tickets and more information CLICK HERE.

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June 22nd @ 11AM {Queens Botanical Garden}: Pick and Prep: Farm Fresh Foods. Come to the farm at Queens Botanical Garden to harvest fruits and veggies and prepare a light lunch together. Click here for ticket information.

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June 22nd @ 12PM {Riis Park Beach Bazaar}: Reggay Lords + DJ Alexander Orange Drink of So So Glos. Free entry for the public.

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June 22nd @ 12PM {Riis Park Beach Bazaar}: Roland and Brother Rich at Riis Bazaar (Bathhouse). Free entry for the public.

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June 22nd @ 2PM {Museum of Moving Image}: A Taste of Honey. As part of the Grit and Glitter: Before and After Stonewall series, MOMI brings us this “play, and eventual film, that addressed gender, sexuality, race, class, and family relations with a uniquely luminous mix of tenderness and weary honesty.” For more information CLICK HERE

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June 22nd @ 2PM {Museum of Moving Image}: The Muppet Movie 40th Anniversary Celebration. As part of Jim Henson’s World (2019) & The Muppet Movie 40th Anniversary Celebration, MOMI brings us a live event with special guests Ed Christie (puppet designer/builder), Calista Hendrickson (Muppet costume designer), and puppeteer John Lovelady. For more information CLICK HERE.

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June 22nd @ 2PM {Museum of Moving Image}: Three The Hard Way. As part of the See It Big! Action series, MOMI brings us this “action extravaganza, uniting three of the best black tough-guy actors in the business around one absolutely wild premise, having them race against time to prevent a white fascist group from dropping a toxic agent harmful only to black people into the water supplies of Washington D.C., Detroit, and Los Angeles.” Click Here for more information.

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June 22nd @ 4:30PM {Museum of Moving Image}: An Actor’s Revenge. As part of the Grit and Glitter: Before and After Stonewall series. “In a seventeenth-century Japan created entirely on stage sets, a female-impersonating Kabuki actor carries out a morally complicated revenge, all the while inciting desire and breaking the hearts of men and women with his perfect feminine beauty. Reprising his original 1935 film role Kazuo Hasegawa gives an astounding double performance as both the tragic hero/heroine and the do-gooding thief who falls under the actor’s androgynous spell. Combining social satire, Kabuki tragedy, and martial arts choreography, An Actors Revenge is a dazzling homage to theatricality and ‘realness.'”—Donal Mosher. Click Here for more information.

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June 22nd @ 6:30PM {Museum of Moving Image}: Set It Off. As part of See It Big! Action series, MOMI brings us this classic film about “Four women take the law into their own hands and try to get some payback by robbing a bank. Emboldened after pulling off the heist, they continue their crime spree by taking on bigger banks, and with higher and higher stakes.” Click Here for more information.

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June 22nd @ 7PM {Museum of Moving Image}: The Gospel of Eureka. As part of the New Adventures in Nonfiction (2019), Momi brings us this film about how “Love, faith and civil rights collide in a southern town as evangelical Christians and drag queens step into the spotlight to dismantle stereotypes. The Gospel of Eureka takes a personal, and often comical look at negotiating differences between religion and belief through performance, political action, and partnership. with Gospel drag shows and passion plays setting the stage for one hell of a show.” Click Here for more information.

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June 23rd @ 5PM {Knock Down Center}: Soft Territories: Closing Reception. Join KDC as the Soft Territories exhibit comes to a close. There will be a live jazz performance by The Rodrigo Recabarren Trio. This event is free to the public. For more information CLICK HERE.

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June 23rd @ 12PM {Riis Park Beach Bazaar}: DeFalco Presents: Locobeach at Riis Park Beach Bazaar (Bay 9). Free entry for the public.

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June 23rd @ 12PM {Riis Park Beach Bazaar}: DJ Lefty Hernandez Summer Beach Parties! at Riis (Bathhouse). Free entry for the public.

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June 23rd @ 4:30PM {Museum of Moving Image}: Portrait of Jason. As part of the Grit and Glitter: Before and After Stonewall, MOMI brings us Portrait of Jason, where “indie trailblazer Shirley Clarke invites us to spend one drunken night with Jason, a flamboyant hipster, a self-proclaimed ‘stone whore,’ and a linguistic dynamo.” For more information CLICK HERE.

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June 24th @ 7PM {Bohemian Hall Beer Garden}: The Paint Place. Bohemian Hall Beer Garden is hosting a 21+ paint and sip night. For RSVP information, CLICK HERE.

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June 27th @ 6PM {Queens Botanical Garden}: Flower Power Party: Lavender. Celebrate PRIDE at Queens Botanical Garden with performances by ¡Retumba!–and–join in the making of flower crowns along with other botanical art activities. Don’t miss this colorful event. For more information CLICK HERE.

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June 27th @ 7:30PM {Astoria Park}: Astoria Park Fireworks. “The Astoria Park fireworks show is one of the most special summer evening nights in Queens, NYC. 2019 marks 35 years of magic! Presented by Central Astoria, LDC., the fireworks ceremonies start at 7:30 pm while the Fireworks show will begin at sundown around 9:00 pm. The 2018 Independence Celebration will feature a special performance by the Queens Symphony Orchestra followed by a spectacular fireworks display. ” This event is FREE!

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June 27th @ 9PM {Superchief Gallery}: XXXtreme Drag Wrestling. Choke Hole in collaboration with Superchief Gallery bring us a World Pride Edition event. This event will be hosted by Hugo Gyrl and Laveau Contraire, with performances by Charlene, Hara Juku, Serena Tea and many more. For tickets and more information, Click Here.

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Museum & Gallery Opening Exhibitions:

Mrs. GalleryDoldrums by Oona Brangam, Mike Goodlett, Emily Ludwig {On view June 22nd to August 2nd}

MOMA PS1: MOOD: Studio Museum Artists in Residence 2018-19 {On view until September 8th}

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 ScienceMundos Alternos: Alien Toy by Rubén Ortiz Torres {On view until August 18th}

New York Hall of Science3D Theater; Backyard Wilderness 3D {On view until September 30th}

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:

Knock Down CenterSoft Territories by Victoria Mangeniello, Simón Sepúlveda, Sarah Zapata {Closing June 23rd}

“Chronos Cosmos: Deep Time, Open Space” @ Socrates Sculpture Park.

Socrates has one of the best curatorial teams, hands down. Each season, and even every exhibit, showcases these magnificent variations of art and sculpture that I’ve rarely been able to experience on such a large scale. The sheer size of each exhibition, the coordinating themes, the interactivity of each piece and the environment. These are just some of the reasons I keep coming back. Each visit allows me to form a new sense of understanding with each individual piece that is on view.

Their latest exhibit, Chronos Cosmos: Deep Time, Open Space, is no different. It felt like I waited a lifetime to see this up close and personal. I’m not the most patient person, so I did visit the park during the construction of Chronos Cosmos, but nothing compares to seeing the finished product. I want to start off with Miya Ando’s piece, 銀河 Ginga (Silver River). It was like walking under an unobstructed starry nights sky. I walked the entire distance, following the bright stars printed on the navy fabric, as if looking at a clear nights sky on the outskirts of the city. It felt peaceful, and transported me somewhere far, away from the city’s commotion.

Vessel III, by Radcliffe Bailey also transports you beyond the bunker-like sculpture he created. As soon as you enter this steel structure, your attention is automatically drawn upward due to sounds being emitted from a hanging conch shell. You then realize there is a large opening at the top of the structure, allowing you to look straight out at the blue skies. The conch, along with the cylinder shape the steel frame forms, both heighten the sounds coming from the speakers placed within the conch shell by Bailey. Bailey’s Vessel III is definitely a great place to stand still and take in the elements of sound and nature.

I was genuinely taken aback by Heidi Neilson’s Moon Arrow. Neilson’s piece has a mechanism that allows it to move with and point at the moon. It also uses the movement of the moon to mark time. This occurs whether the moon is visible or not. A time lapse of the project is also available if you Click Here. If you stand very still and focus your eyes, you can literally see the arrow moving with the moon. These are very small movements, so focus is definitely necessary, but it puts so much into perspective. I think we all forget that Earth is constantly rotating. Neilson’s Moon Arrow reminded me just how perfect our planet and its functions can be.

I truly recommend everyone pay a visit to Socrates Sculpture Park. Also, keep an eye out for their Roots Saturday’s and Yoga/Tai Chi in the Park this upcoming weekend. Admission to the park, as well as all of their events, are free of charge. For more information Click Here.

That’s it! You made it. May is officially at its end. To some this means the beginning of Gemini season (some dread this, I love it). To others it means MEMORIAL DAY WEEKEND!! We finally get a three-day weekend filled with events, open beaches, and a few might even take a hike or leave the city all together. Either way, I am here for it all. Take a look at what’s in store for the next TWO weekends in our area.

May 23rd @ 6:30PM {Superchief Gallery}: Thomas Clark – Shadows in The Box. Check out this documentary film, produced and directed by Vaintino, about “a journey into the aesthetic of a photographer.”

May 24th @ 7PM {Superchief Gallery}: Twin Flames, Twin Buds & The Trippy Twins. No worries if you missed the opening night for Justin Aversano’s Twin Flames. Superchief is breaking night once again in honor of Aversano’s exhibition, along with some awesome performances by Twin Buds and The Trippy Twins. They will also provide an open bar, food and tattoos for all of those interested. Come for the art, stay for the music! Superchief Gallery is located @ 1628 Jefferson Avenue in Ridgewood, Queens.

May 24th @ 8:30PM {Randall’s Island Park}: The Incredibles 2. As part of the Outdoor Movie Night series on Randall’s Island, you are all formally invited to watch Disney Pixar’s The Incredibles 2 free of charge. For more information and to map your commute, Click Here.

May 24th @ 10PM {Knock Down Center}: Four Tet / Ben UFO / Anthony Naples / UMFANG. Join KDC and MeanRed Productions as they present an artist-packed show you won’t want to miss. Doors open at 10PM. For tickets and more information Click Here.

May 24th @ 10PM {Basement @ Knock Down Center}: Staub w/ Luke Slater // Irakli // Caleb Esc //Adrestia. “Berlin’s mysterious techno party comes to New York for the very first time. A monthly event that takes place the last Saturday of every month, STAUB is one of Berlin’s best parties. But it’s historically operated behind a shroud of anonymity; the lineups are never announced, the STAUB Records artists are never revealed and the promoters skirt the sidelines of the dance floors, never putting themselves in the limelight. Making its debut in New York, STAUB announces event line up for the first time, with Luke Slater, its residents Irakli and Caleb ESC, and Brooklyn’s Adrestia.” Click Here for tickets.

May 25th @ 10AM {Cunningham Park}: 2019 Trips for Kids’ Northwoods Family Trail Ride Day. “Join Trips for Kids Metro NY as we celebrate the 12 year anniversary of Cunningham Park’s North Woods Mountain Bike Trail! Fun All-Day Activities Include: Beginner Mountain Bike lessons (TFK), Guided Trail Rides ( Beginner and Internmediate), Bike Art (Recycle a Bicycle/ Bike NewYork), Pump Track – ( CLIF). Events are ongoing throughout the day, so you can participate in as many activities as you like. RSVP on the Eventbrite page so we know how many people to accommodate.” For more information and to RSVP Click Here.

May 25th @ 10PM {Basement @ Knock Down Center}: 999999999 // Fabrizio Lapiana. “999999999 – officially started in July 2016 and already affected the most important clubs and festivals all around Europe. They aroused much interest even outside the continent becoming one of the most requested live acts of the techno scene.” “Fabrizio Lapiana – a well-known fixture on the contemporary Italian techno scene, has honed and perfected his deejaying skills for over two decades, therefore being famous for his immaculate mixing technique.” Click Here for tickets.

May 26th @ 2PM {Knock Down Center}: Dope BBQ 2019 Ft. Trey Songz. “The General Public (TGP) presents Dopebbq featuring Trey Songz & Friends! Nothing says Memorial Day Weekend like a fun filled barbecue or cookout with family, friends, and the Dopebbq family. DOPEBBQ is the definition of a high-energy and high quality barbecue experience with delicious food, great music, and beautiful people. This is a one of a kind party in NYC and a guaranteed sell out event. Complimentary Food served for minimum time only and while supplies last. Food also available for sale by participating vendors.” Click Here for tickets and more information.

May 27th @ 10AM {Astoria, New York}: Astoria Memorial Day Fair; Live At The BBQ. Join the rest of Queens as we all celebrate Memorial Day at the Astoria Memorial Day Fair. Don’t miss performances by Gone Gr3y, The White TBP, Starda, DJ Stukwan, and lastly Jordan Barone (who is incredibly talented & you can check out on Apple Music, YouTube and Spotify) This event is set to last from 10AM to 6PM. YOU WON’T WANT TO MISS IT!!

May 31st @ 7PM {Knock Down Center}: Barn Dance. “Barn Dance with Caller Dave Harvey & The Remedies. Ticket includes: Dance, BBQ Buffet, Beer, Wine, Soda. Cash Bar Also Available. Attire: Dressy Denim Optional – Free hat with admission. Mechanical Bull & Raffles.” Click Here for more information.

May 31st @ 8:30PM {Paul Raimonda Play Ground}: E.T. The Extra Terrestrial. E.T. is one of my all-time favorite movies. It was also my go-to when I was just a kid. Most importantly, this movie night is FREE. Paul Raimonda Playground is located at 47th Street and 20th Avenue in Astoria. This is a first come first serve event, so make sure to get there a bit earlier for a good spot in front of the screen.

May 31st @ 10PM {Basement @ Knock Down Center}: Tommy Four Seven // Silent Servant // Katie Rex. “Tommy Four Seven – Berlin-based Tommy Four Seven has established himself as a leading name in today’s techno scene. The widespread reception of his DJ sets, a skill much refined during his early years as resident of London’s Fire club, has seen him play at some of the world’s leading venues.” “Silent Servant – his prolific output as a producer and artist has laid the groundwork for much of the most ambitious and forward thinking electronic music of today. While insincerity remains the safety of many, Silent Servant’s own productions are brutally honest and resolute, rendering irrelevant those mongering for light.” “Katie Rex – to New York City’s dance floors, the name Katie Rex, is a familiar mainstay. With roots beginning in the Philadelphia rave scene, her passion for the underground has crossed genre boundaries and culminated into an in-depth knowledge of music and cultural trends after dark.” Click Here for tickets.

June 1st & 2nd @ 2PM {Knock Down Center}: SOUQ NYC. “SOUQ Festival returns to NYC for a 2-day festival! Day 1 Doors/Show: 3:00PM
Day 2 Doors/Show: 2:00PM. Day 1: OASIS Stage: Feathered Sun (Live), O/Y (Live), Söra, Special Guest, SOUQ Stage: Viken Arman (Live), Iorie (Live), CHAIM, AKUMANDRA Stage: Spaniol, Mateo, Eli + Special Guest (live). Day 2: OASIS Stage: Baris K, Acid Arab, Viken Arman, Oceanvs Orientalis, MYSTERIES & HAPPENINGS: Fortune tellers & magical potions, Body Painting & Henna Tattoos, Art installation & Visual Mappings, Circus acts & performers seen all around, MARKETPLACE & VENDORS: TBA.” For tickets and more information CLICK HERE.

June 1st @ 10PM {Basement @ Knock Down Center}: Fjaak // Newa // Aurora Halal. “Fjaak [Live] – From a Spandau-Basement experiment to a now well established force in contemporary techno: The rise of the smoked out musicians that go by the name of FJAAK has been nothing short of spectacular so far.” “Newa- Newa is a classically trained musician from Tbilisi, on the forefront of the rapidly emerging Georgian electronic music scene.” “Aurora Halal – Aurora Halal is a producer, DJ and creator of Brooklyn’s Mutual Dreaming party series & the Sustain-Release festival. Shadowy and psychedelic, her hardware live & DJ sets have a hazy sensuality and metallic dance floor intensity that’s at turns playful, dark, acidic, hard, euphoric and emotionally vulnerable.” Click Here for tickets.

June 2nd @ 7PM {Knock Down Center}: Sunday Service: Shawné Michaelain Holloway Presents… Join KDC and Shawné Michaelain Holloway for this special edition of Sunday Service. “Shawné Michaelain Holloway is a new media artist using sound, video, and performance to shape the rhetorics of technology and sexuality into tools for exposing structures of power. She has spoken and exhibited work internationally in spaces like The New Museum (NYC, NY), Sorbus Galleria (Helsinki, Fi), The Kitchen (NYC, NY) Institute of Contemporary Arts (London, UK), Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago (Chicago, IL). Currently, Holloway teaches in the New Arts Journalism department at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.” Click Here to RSVP and for more information.

June 6th @ 4PM {Bliss Plaza – 46th Street}: Beats in Bliss Plaza with Dance Matters NYC. “Join us for a scintillating dance production courtesy of Dance Matters NYC! Games and crafts take place from 4-7 pm, with performance beginning at 5 pm.” Click Here for more information.

June 7th @ 4PM {Bliss Plaza – 46th Street}: Bliss in Bliss Plaza with the Afro-Latineers. “Come by Bliss Plaza on May 20th and enjoy the music of the Afro-Latineers. Fusing the beats of Latin & Jazz music, blending West African and Haitian rhythms, the Afro-Latin jazz band brings an energy unlike any other. Crafts and games start at 4 pm; performances begin at 5 pm.” For more information about this free event CLICK HERE.

June 7th @ 7PM {Noonan Playground}: Queens Filmmakers: A Night of Shorts. As part of the Sunnyside Outdoor Movie Nights series, Sunnyside Shines Business Improvement District brings us a compilation of film shorts by locals. Come and support our local film makers by joining the celebration. These films are also part of the Queens World Film Festival and Sunnyside Shorts Film Festival. Click Here for more information and to map your commute.

June 7th @ 8:15PM {Astoria Park Great Lawn}: Bohemian Rhapsody. APA is back with its annual Movies Under the Stars event. The first film of this season will be Bohemian Rhapsody (BO-RAP as I jokingly call it now). If you haven’t had the chance to watch this incredible film about Queen’s lead singer, Freddie Mercury, this is your chance. The film will be shown free of charge on the great lawn. Click Here for more information.

June 7th @ 10PM {Basement @ Knock Down Center}: Function // Steve Bicknell // Sophia Saze. “Function – One of techno’s true underground heroes, Function has been DJing and making music for over 25 years. Hailing from New York, He bears the distinction of being the only non-Birmingham artist to score a release on the legendary Downwards imprint, and in recent years helped establish the Sandwell District label with Regis and Silent Servant – The crew which put the music first at a moment when the genre was becoming more and more about celebrity.” “Steve Bicknell – Steve Bicknell has been at the forefront of the UK’s ever-growing electronic music scene since its infancy. His career, spanning over 25+ years, has seen Steve grow from his early beginnings as a young promoter and resident DJ to one of the UK’s most established, accomplished and respected techno artists credited by many as a true pioneer.” “Sophia Saze – Beginning her creative journey in her formative years with classical music and dance training, Sophia Saze later became engulfed by electronic dance music. Getting to know this artist, it is easy to understand that she comes from a solid and natural musical foundation. DJ-ing and producing for 8 years, Saze launched her record label Dusk & Haze in 2017, with the first installment coming in the form of her own ‘Solace’ EP , which included remixes from Benjamin Damage & Umwelt.” Click Here for tickets.

June 8th @ 8:30PM {Randall’s Island Park}: Mary Poppins Returns. As part of the Outdoor Movie Night series, Randall’s Island park brings us Mary Poppins Returns. This family-friendly film is completely free of charge. For more information CLICK HERE.

June 8th @ 10PM {Basement @ Knock Down Center}: Quo Vadis w/ Veronica Vasicka // L.Sangre // Orphx // O/H // Nihal Ramchandani. “Quo Vadis goes underground for a full evening showcase that moves through the gradient between live noise and electronics to late night, left-leaning mutant techno.” For more information and tickets, CLICK HERE.

June 9th @ 12PM {VFW Hall 31-35 41st Street}: Queens Craft Brigade. The Queens Craft Brigade is BACK!! This event is completely Free to attend, and is filled with food, crafts, drinks and much more! Check them out from 12-5PM.

June 9th @ 2PM {Knock Down Center}: Barbercon 2019. “Barbercon is the premier global festival of the barbering community. Launched in 2016 by Lee Resnick as the live networking event for Barbershopconnect, the first social site exclusively for barbers, Barbercon brings together thousands of high-profile and amateur barbers, cosmetologists, and brands from around the world. 2019 will be the biggest and most dynamic Barbercon to date, 2 days and growing to include 3 stages for live hair tutorials and product demonstrations, an even larger Barbercon Marketplace, two full days of intimate education classes and workshops, an outdoor festival area, the prestigious Barbercon Awards, and so much more.” 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 ScienceMundos Alternos: Alien Toy by Rubén Ortiz Torres {On view until August 18th}

New York Hall of Science3D Theater; Backyard Wilderness 3D {On view until September 30th}

Knock Down CenterSoft 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}

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.

Socrates Sculpture Park

Wow! Just WOW! I can’t even begin to tell you how magical Socrates Sculpture Park is. It is hands down one of my favorite parks in Queens. It could be due to my childhood infatuation with the park. My dad would always drive past it on our way to Costco. I would ask if we could take a peak inside, but my parents were always on a mission to get the groceries and get home. I would see these huge steel sculptures peaking out from behind the parks bushes. Sometimes I would even stick my head out the window, hoping to get a better look at the sheer magnitude of these pieces. They were MASSIVE! I was also barely a teenager, and still a tiny human being who felt this city was this scary and larger-than-life place.

However, Socrates never ceases to amaze me, and that’s hard to do for a strict critic like myself. They really BROUGHT-IT with their current exhibitions. From artist Amy Brener’s “Fort-dress” (a translucent hot-pink partial shelter that encompasses the female body and form) to Nathaniel Cummings-Lambert’s “Corral,” (a labyrinth made up of wood fencing and gating, inspired by animal pens found in rural areas) there is art for every taste. I actually got lost for a bit and almost lost my sanity while attempting to get through Corral. It’s hard to admit, but I’m really not the brightest when it comes to paying attention to directions, very much like my driving. Although it was both fun and annoying to lose myself in a labyrinth, nothing beats Sherwin Banfield’s “A Cypher in Queens.” For a girl from Queens there is literally nothing cooler than seeing your childhood hero’s propped up like gods in gold. Sherwin has created three statues, one for each of Queen’s fallen hip-hop soldiers (Jam Master Jay, Phife Dawg, and Prodigy) and he was somehow able to incorporate speakers, so as you’re looking up at your hip-hop gods you’re also listen to their greatest hits. How sick is that?!

I suggest that everyone, and I mean EVERYONE go and check out Socrates Sculpture Park in the next fews days. Rumor has it we’re in for some warm weather, so what better excuse to take in the sun while enjoying some awesome art. Also, if any of these pieces caught your attention, I suggest you pay the park a visit on or BEFORE March 24th, as this will be the last day they will be exhibited thanks to a recent extension by park administration. Admission to the park is completely FREE!

In the meantime, here are some of my favorite flicks from my visit.

The Noguchi Museum

Enter a world of zen. That is honestly the best way I can put my experience at The Noguchi Museum. This Queens museum, located in Long Island City near another local staple, Socrates Park, is filled with concrete sculptures and innovative light installations, among other pieces highly influenced by Asian culture. I was lucky enough to have chosen one of the warmer winter days to tour the location because the museum also holds one of the most beautiful gardens. Although there is a small $10 fee to enter this enclave, the garden is well worth it and they even have a small cafe in case you want to sit back and relax after hauling up all three floors. The museum is expansive, so give yourself some time to really be able to enjoy each floor and take a nice amount of photos. I can definitely see myself returning during the spring and summer months, just to be able to enjoy their garden. It really is such a beautiful place to get away from city commotion.

The Noguchi Museum exhibits the work of Isamu Noguchi, the famous Japanese-American sculptor, along with other visiting artists. The museum is currently exhibiting “Akari: Sculpture by Other Means,” a maze of collapsable paper cyclinders and “Akari Unfolded: A Collection by YMER&MALTA,” an art collaboration of six designers. Both exhibitions run through April 14th on the second floor of the museum. You really don’t want to miss it.

Here are some of my favorite pieces, as well as a few photos from the garden. For more photographs, please visit my Gallery.

“A Continuous Stream Of Occurrence” @ THE KNOCK DOWN CENTER

Artists William Lamson and Luba Drozd have come together under the same roof to exhibit their works at The Knock Down Center. Yesterday was the grand opening of their exhibition, “A Continuous Stream of Occurrence.” Lamson’s exhibit, “Bad Water,” was a combination of blown glass, aluminum piping, glass pipes wrapped in a foam-like substance and fluorescent lights, among other materials. The combination of all of these substances and materials organically formed the illusion of a frozen river. You could even say the structures resembled a water fall, as they were stacked up on a metal shelving unit about 5 shelves high, and as you worked your way to the bottom shelves the pieces stretched out onto the gallery floor. Although a bit cryptic, the flow of the art caught my attention. The placement of these pieces gave the exhibit a natural flow that captivated each and every person who entered this particular room. We all found ourselves squatting down and rising up in search of new discoveries. I walked around the structure at-least twice, checking to see if maybe any details or elements were missed on my last go-around. But I have to be transparent. The artist that really captured me was Luba Drozd and her “Franconia Notch” exhibit. I was instantly captured by the projections on the walls. As soon as you walked into the room you saw shadows, glass hanging from copper wires, large rocks wrapped in wiring while hanging from the ceiling, and copper pipes shooting out of drywall. The most exceptional part of the exhibit for me were the tactical projections. The shadows on the wall were not all formed by the beautifully placed hanging-glass structures, some were actually being projected and mimicked the movement of a few of the objects within this room. My eyes were being tricked, and this fascinated me. I recommend everyone take at least 5 to 10 minutes to really let the structures on the walls sink in, and then slowly let the projections come to play. I found this both fun and interactive.

“A Continuous Stream of Occurrence” will be on display at The Knock Down Center until April 28th of this year. Entry is completely free. Doors are open to all: Thursday through Friday from 5PM to 9PM and Saturday to Sunday from 2PM to 8PM.

On a side note… They have a cute bar inside KDC called “The Ready Room.” So make it a date and get drinks after your walk-through!

Check out my Gallery for more photos on this event.

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.

Lunar New Year @ MOMA PS1

I had such an incredible time last night at the annual Lunar New Year party by Bubble T and MOMA PS1. The performances were on point, and who doesn’t love a little drag to go with every party?! Am I right! The drag queens were decked out in metallics, furs, face paint and of course platform shoes everywhere! It was vibrant and the music was everything you would expect, and some. I found myself belting out the lyrics to Danity Kane’s “Sucka For Love.” My friends didn’t really join in song with me, but I appreciated being the only nerd who knew the lyrics. The dome was lit up by vivd red lights and snakes, dragons and pigs were projected onto the ceilings. The most prominent being the pig because 2019 is indeed the year of the little porkers. The drinks also had a little oriental twist. They had sake (My friend Erica and I downed two of them. Yum!) and lychee spritzers, tiger beer (a golden lager from Singapore that my boyfriend fell in love with), along with a few other tasty choices. This is pretty much how the rest of the night went. The music was a mixture of throw-backs and new age, with a little oriental. The BOBADOME was awesome, but let’s cut to the chase. Nothing is cooler than being able to see the museums exhibits late at night with a bunch of other buzzed individuals. The laughs! It was the most interesting experience to be able to laugh and talk as loud as you want and no one quiets you down or complains about your half-assed attempts to whisper. It was like a playground for adults, with only a few security guards chaperoning. Overall, I have to give the event a 4 stars. I know, I know, why the 4 star review if it was literally a free for all? Well the event was to capacity, and then some. They really did oversell tickets, and I mean oversold by like 100 tickets. It was super congested in the BOBADOME, and it honestly felt like a fire hazard. My claustrophobia was being heavily tested last night, and not in a good way. I would definitely suggest cutting tickets by like… 100. Make them a little pricier so the experience is more enjoyable. A girl wants to be able to dance, and when you’re sandwiched into a dome with that many people, a girl can’t shake it right. Just Saying!

Please check out some of the highlights I was able to capture from the angle of a 5 foot 3 shorty. Tall people, stop running to the front to block us little people please!! Kay, Thanks!