Queens

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.

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.

Are You Ready for SPRING?!

Spring is only a day away! Literally. Like tomorrow. So I thought it would be a nice gesture of appreciation to gift all of you loyal readers with a One-Stop-Shop for all Spring related activities right here in Queens. There is A LOT happening here in our own backyard. And I definitely did not forget to include events for the parents out there, or those that are big kids at heart like ME. And for all of you penny pinching, I have a ton of FREE events as well, because who doesn’t love FREE EVERYTHING. So I suggest you get those calendar apps ready because you’re going to want to save most, if not all of these events.

March 21-31st {Museum of Moving Image & Others}: Queens World Film Festival. As part of the 9th annual QWFF the Museum of Moving Image will be showing two films, starting with Thousand Pieces of Gold on Tuesday, March 26th @ 7PM. For a list of future film screenings and tickets, CLICK HERE. Don’t miss this incredible opportunity. There are films for all ages and tastes. Also, for my LGBT community, check out “IT GETS BETTER” on Friday, March 22nd; A series of films that encompass a message of hope for the LGBTQ community and its youth.

March 21st @ 7:30PM {Flushing Town Hall}: “LADY GOT CHOPS: Women’s History Month Festival.” A night filled with female jazz musicians from all cultural backgrounds. Click Here for tickets and more information on this incredible event. I highly recommend this event for all of those who are in love, or slowly falling in love with Jazz. Perfect for a date night or for my ladies on girls night!

March 23rd @ 12PM {Museum of Moving Image}: “Family Program: Oscar Nominated Shorts 2019.” Did you watch the Oscars this year? Well I did and the short films that were nominated really caught my attention. I actually watched “Period. End of Sentence,” by Rayka Zehtabchi, which won the Oscar for best short film this year, and I can’t recommend it enough. Now there were a few other shorts that didn’t win, but they’re all really as incredible. Make sure you purchase tickets to this very special screening at the Museum of Moving Image ASAP before tickets run out. CLICK HERE!

March 23rd @ 2PM {Flushing Town Hall}: Music In Color: Gabriela Lena Frank. Join this free musical event by American composer, Gabriela Lena Frank. The multi-ethnic composer will be performing along side Kirya Traber. Make sure to sign up for your FREE tickets HERE.

March 23rd from 1-4PM {Queens Botanical Garden}: Children’s Garden Open House. This event is for the kids! The Queens Botanical Garden has set up planting activities and garden crafts for kids ages 2 to 14. “See how worms wiggle, touch and discover the QBG plant collection, create your own tasty and healthy trail mix, plant your own seedling in the Children’s Garden, or do a garden-wide scavenger hunt.” This event is completely FREE with RSVP so CLICK HERE to register your kids and yourself.

March 23rd & 24th {MOMA PS1}: Come Together: Music Festival and Label Market. Attention all music aficionados: MOMA PS1 in collaboration with Iconic Record Shop are holding their third annual music and label market festival. There will be live performances, workshops, films and panels. They will also have over 75 record labels represented. So you do not want to miss this opportunity. Tickets are still on sale CLICK HERE. The events hours have been extended on Saturday from 12-6PM, and if you buy a Festival Package you’ll be granted admission until 9PM. Check out the full activities schedule HERE.

March 24th from 10AM – 5PM {Queens College}: The Queens Chocolate Fest. Are you a chocolate feen like I am? Look no further! Queens College is hosting this mouth watering event, and tickets are very affordable. For more information on this event CLICK HERE

March 24th @ 2:15PM {Flushing Town Hall}: “Underneath a Magical Moon: A Reimagining of Peter Pan.” This play is for ages 3 and up, so if your kids are at that age where they can sit still, TAKE THEM!! I can’t stress the importance of introducing the arts to children. One of my all-time favorite things to do is to go see a Broadway play or live theater. Remember Hook fans, Peter Pan is for the kids and the big kid still living within all of us. For tickets 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 HERE for 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.

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.

“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!