Q Guide: Arts & Entertainment

Thursday, June 17, 2010


Queens’ quirky quintet

In April, Queens-based pop-experimental band Freelance Whales debuted their LP “Weathervanes” on Frenchkiss/Mom & Pop records. Now, two months after its release, the New York indie quintet is well into their North American tour. Comment.

Wednesday, June 16, 2010


Painting faces

To mark its first anniversary, Matted LIC, a gallery and framing shop located at 46-36 Vernon Blvd. in Long Island City, is celebrating in the same quirky style as its merchandise — with an exhibit of artwork by artist Jonathan Blum. The show, which runs until June 20, features Blum’s paintings, monoprints and paintings on top of monoprint collages. Comment.

The Play’s The Thing: Stalwart Sternfeld bids farewell to the stages of Queens

Monte Sternfeld is leaving town. If you said “Monte who?” then you’re just not with it, at least when it comes to the Queens theater scene, where Monte has been a recognizable presence for the last 25 years. When it comes to an upbeat and positive personality, there’s no one like Monte, all the more remarkable since he’s had cerebral palsy since birth. Comment.

Live at the Gantries brings music to LIC waterfront

The 2010 season of Long Island City’s performance series Live at the Gantries is kicking off with a sunset show at Gantry Plaza State Park June 13 with a performance by the Long Island City Jazz Alliance, a new collective formed by jazz fans and musicians that live and work in LIC. Comment.

The Reel Queens: Documentary explores patchwork quilt of arts in LIC

A Long Island City filmmaker said a documentary he is shooting in western Queens is not only meant to give a glimpse into the community’s art world, but is also an attempt to prevent artists from being pushed out of the neighborhood by high rents. Comment.

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