Q Guide: Arts & Entertainment

Saturday, Nov. 12, 2011

The Play’s the Thing

Drawing a crowd: Not like it used to be in theater

It’s not a good sign when there are more people on stage than in the audience. Our dedicated reviewer, Arlene McKanic, found that to be the case on a recent assignment at the Secret Theatre in Long Island City. Sometimes, no matter what you do to publicize your show, it just isn’t good enough. Comment.

Friday, Nov. 11, 2011


‘’S Wonderful’ musical featuring classic Gershwin

The crew of the new renovated Queens Theatre is a doughty lot. They came in to work even during that freak October snowstorm of a couple of Saturdays ago. Unfortunately, QT’s executive director Ray Cullom couldn’t come thanks to a downed tree, but he still spoke with TimesLedger about their show, “‘S Wonderful,” a review chock full of absolutely delicious George and Ira Gershwin tunes. It will run through Nov. 13. Comment.

Thursday, Nov. 10, 2011

Long Island City

A Portraitist Behind the Lens

Long Island City painter Betsy Ashton has never been one to back away from a challenge. During the 1970s and ‘80s she was a radio and television news reporter in an era when very few women worked in the field. She began her journalism career in Washington, reporting on the emerging women’s movement, and was the only reporter — to her knowledge — to ever do her own courtroom sketches. She moved to New York City in 1982 to become a reporter and, eventually, editor of the CBS Morning News. Comments (5).

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