Astoria volunteer turns to online fundraiser to release first album of ‘positive music’


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Photo by Ben Trivett

One Astoria singer is hoping her lyrics will fill listeners with enough positive energy that they in turn will contribute to an online campaign to help her release her first album.

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Performing arts program offered at Catholic schools across Queens


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Photos by Roopa Bhopale

For the past few years, the Diocese of Brooklyn has been partnering with the nonprofit theatre company Stages on the Sound, Inc. to offer the Performing Arts Residency Program to almost 16,000 children every week at academies and schools throughout both boroughs.

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Brooklyn artist reveals interactive public art project on Sunnyside billboard


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Photos courtesy of Margeaux Walter

Keep calm and look up, Sunnyside. That’s the message behind one artist’s new interactive project hitting the skies of the western Queens neighborhood.

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Woodside man beautifies neighborhood one fire alarm box at a time


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THE COURIER/Photos by Angy Altamirano

Woodside resident John S. Colgan has turned outdoor walls, fire boxes, lampposts and hydrants into his canvas — not in an illegal effort at self-expression but to battle the defacing of his beloved neighborhood by graffiti.

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Learning the art of the samurai sword in LIC


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THE COURIER/Photos by Eric Jankiewicz

Behind one of the studio doors at the Long Island City Art Center you can get a slice of Japanese culture dating back to the 1600s and come out feeling like a warrior.

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Former Queens resident selected to create official artwork for Grammys


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Laurence Gartel (c) The Recording Academy 2014 / Photos courtesy of Laurence Gartel

Laurence Gartel, who has been called the “father of digital art” and spent 19 years of his early life living at the North Shore Towers in Floral Park, has created a version of the iconic Grammy figurine that will be used on the ceremony’s program book, tickets, poster and other promotional materials.

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Astoria face and body painter brings out inner child with colorful designs


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Photos courtesy of The Cheeky Chipmunk

Lenore Koppelman, 39, is the owner and artist behind The Cheeky Chipmunk, offering face and body painting for every occasion from birthdays to corporate events.

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RoGallery: A leader in art auctions


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Photos courtesy of RoGallery

In Long Island City, RoGallery, an auction house founded more than 30 years ago by Robert Rogal, now the director of business and operations, occupies a 10,000-square-foot building that holds the gallery’s collection of modern and contemporary art including paintings, print, photographs and sculpture.

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High school students record holiday songs at Kaufman Astoria Studios


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THE COURIER/ Photos by Angy Altamirano

Members of the Frank Sinatra School of the Arts a cappella concert choir were invited on Monday to record two holiday songs at one of Kaufman Astoria Studios’ recording studios and one of the largest in the city, KAS Music & Sound.

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Astoria’s The Green Gallows talk rad tunes with a side of whiskey


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Photos by Jovani Demetrie McCleary (J. Demetrie Photography)

As they sat in a Hooters an hour away from Chicago, the members of The Green Gallows opened up about the realities of touring, and their slow rise to success.

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LaGuardia Performing Arts Center photo exhibit to explore Muslim identity


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Photo courtesy of LaGuardia Community College

LaGuardia Community College is hosting the photography exhibit “Faces of Islam” at the LaGuardia Performing Arts Center from Nov. 13. The exhibit features more than 30 photographs of Muslims associated with the college: students, administrators, and their families and friends.

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