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American Folk Art Museum opening LIC annex


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The Long Island City art scene will soon welcome a new neighbor, according to published reports.

The American Folk Art Museum, located at 2 Lincoln Square in Manhattan, is looking to open a 17,000-square-foot annex in the western Queens neighborhood near the LaGuardia Performing Arts CenterThe New York Times reported.

It will contain the museum’s collection, library and provide additional room for exhibitions, with a 2,000 square-foot exhibit hall, the publication said.

“We think it’s a real opportunity to share pieces for which we often get inquiries,” Anne-Imelda Radice, American Folk Art Museum’s director, told The Times. “And Queens is a great location for us.”

The museum’s annex, expected to open in early 2015, will share the neighborhood with many local art institutions including Socrates Sculpture Park and MoMA PS 1.

This is not the first time the American Folk Art Museum and the Museum of Modern Art have shared the same area. The museum was formerly located next door to MoMA in Manhattan, until it had to reportedly move due to financial issues, and MoMA purchased the building in 2011 to create a 100,500-square-foot expansion to its complex.

 

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Queens’ Morning Roundup


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TODAY’S FORECAST 

Wednesday: Some clouds early. Mostly sunny skies along with windy conditions this afternoon. High 37. Winds NW at 25 to 35 mph. Wednesday night: Clear skies. Low 22. Winds NW at 20 to 30 mph.

EVENT OF THE DAY: Rough Draft Festival

LaGuardia College will be hosting the Rough Draft Festival where there is a opportunity to go to workshops and performances until April 2. The Festival showcases exciting new work currently under development by LaGuardia Performing Arts Center and other companies. Click here for more info or to submit an event of your own

Group files suit against NYC e-cigarette ban

A smokers advocacy group says it’s filed a lawsuit against New York City seeking to overturn its ban on electronic cigarettes. Read more: NBC New York

Livery drivers to form neighborhood watch

Livery drivers are going to put the heat on dangerous driving. Read more: New York Post

Applicants flood city for pre-k teaching positions

Applicants are flooding the school system to snare one of 1,000 teaching slots that will open in September when all-day pre-kindergarten classes expand around the city, Mayor de Blasio said Tuesday. Read more: New York Post

NYC plans taxi accessibility surcharge

New York City taxi fares may rise in order to pay for an increase in the number of wheelchair-accessible cabs. Read more: AP

CNN producers accused of trying to sneak into World Trade Center site

Two CNN producers were arrested Tuesday afternoon for allegedly trying to sneak into the site around the 1 World Trade Center building, police said. Read more: CBS New York/AP

Queens’ Morning Roundup


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TODAY’S FORECAST

Friday: Overcast in the morning, then mostly cloudy. High of 77. Breezy. Winds from the NW at 15 to 20 mph. Chance of rain 20%. Friday night: Partly cloudy in the evening, then clear. Low of 55. Breezy. Winds from the NW at 10 to 20 mph.

EVENT OF THE DAY: A Mi Lado

Come see the documentary “A Mi Lado,”  which follows three young women living at Central America’s largest garbage dump, La Chureca, in Managua, Nicaragua., at the LaGuardia Performing Arts Center at 6 p.m. There will also be a Q&A with the director. Click here for more info or to submit an event of your own

NYPD probe of mosques and Muslim charities were based on leads, city details in filing

The city has disclosed detailed explanations of why the NYPD Intelligence Division investigated three Muslim men, two mosques and a charity, which appear to shoot holes in a federal lawsuit alleging illegal spying and religious profiling. Read more: New York Daily News 

Police unions join fight against NYPD monitor

New York City’s police unions are seeking to stop a federal monitor from overseeing the NYPD. Read more: CBS New York/AP

Yellow cabbie tickets up 7,200% in 4 years

The number of tickets issued to cabbies and medallion owners skyrocketed 7,233% during a Big Brother crackdown featuring GPS technology, officials said Thursday. Read more: New York Daily News

DOE announces ‘Kindergarten Connect’ to streamline enrollment process

The city has announced plans to launch a new online tool to make it easier for parents to enroll their kids in kindergarten. Read more: CBS New York

Seaside Park boardwalk fire destroys 8 blocks, more than 50 businesses; Finally contained on all sides

The massive fire that tore through the iconic New Jersey boardwalk Thursday has created heartbreak once again for an area still rebuilding from Superstorm Sandy. Read more: ABC New York

 

 

Queens’ Morning Roundup


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TODAY’S FORECAST

Friday: Mostly cloudy. High of 43. Breezy. Winds from the WNW at 15 to 20 mph. Friday night: Partly cloudy in the evening, then clear. Low of 32. Winds from the WNW at 10 to 15 mph.

EVENT OF THE DAY: Felice Lesser Dance Theater

On Friday, March 22, at the LaGuardia Performing Arts Center, the Felice Lesser Dance Theater presents a performance of new and old works, original dances to music by contemporary composers, and excerpts from several living movies, combining live dance with theater, video, animation and music. Click here for more info or to submit an event of your own

Canadian cops help bust Queens teen who allegedly made Facebook threat against Richmond Hill High School dean

An angry 14-year-old Queens boy triggered an international police probe when Canadian cops spotted his Facebook threat to shoot his school’s dean — and then alerted the NYPD. Read more: New York Daily News

Pit Bulls attack people in Queens

Police are investigating a dog attack that left a couple of people injured in the St. Albans section of Queens. Read more: ABC New York

Queens immigrant awarded $59G after brutal beating by cops while walking dog

A Queens woman was awarded $59,000 in damages by a federal jury that found NYPD cops used excessive force in arresting her in November 2010 for not cleaning up after her dog in Rockaway. Read more: New York Daily News

Taxi credit-card system crashes

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Met Museum to open 7 days a week

The Metropolitan Museum of Art will be open seven days a week beginning July 1, the institution’s director and chief executive Thomas Campbell announced on Thursday. Read more: Crains New York

Commuter Cycling Stays Flat in ’12

After years of growth in bike ridership, commuter cycling in New York remained flat in 2012 during the typical riding season, according to counts conducted by the city at six commuter locations last year. Read more: New York Times

Alleged al-Qaida operative due in New York City court

An alleged al-Qaida operative fought with the terror group in Afghanistan and later plotted to bomb American diplomatic facilities in Africa, according to federal prosecutors. Read more: ABC New York/AP

 

 

Queens’ Morning Roundup


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TODAY’S FORECAST

Friday: Overcast with rain, then snow and rain in the afternoon. High of 39 with a windchill as low as 19F. Windy. Winds from the ENE at 15 to 25 mph with gusts to 40 mph. Chance of precipitation 100% with accumulations up to 1 in. possible. Friday night: Overcast with snow. Low of 23F with a windchill as low as 7. Windy. Winds from the North at 25 to 30 mph with gusts to 55 mph. Chance of snow 100% with accumulations up to 11 in. possible.

EVENT OF THE DAY: Survey

In honor of Valentine’s Day, LaGuardia Performing Arts Center will present SURVEY on February 8. SURVEY tells the story of Tom Lawrence, a romantically clueless talk show host whose fiancée leaves him. Baffled, Tom turns to the unlikeliest sources for help-three ex-girlfriends. Click here for more info or to submit an event of your own

Airlines announce widespread flight cancellations ahead of winter storm

Hundreds of flights across the country have already been canceled or delayed ahead of the snowstorm anticipated to pound the Tri-State Area on Friday. Read more: CBS New York

Transit changes due to potential blizzard

The big storm heading for the Northeast is already disrupting rail travel. Read more: ABC New York

Queens man pleads guilty to Federal Reserve bomb plot

The Bangladeshi national said that he wanted to “destroy America.” Quazi Mohammad Rezwanul Ahsan Nafis, 21, pleaded guilty Thursday to attempting to bomb the New York Federal Reserve Bank, resolving to commit mass murder last October, according to the FBI. Read more: Queens Courier

Rockaway residents worry outsiders could take over rebuilding process

There’s no shortage of people interested in helping Rockaway residents figure out how to rebuild their storm-battered neighborhoods. Read more: New York Daily News

150-foot asteroid will buzz Earth, but no need to duck

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Courier Happenings


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‘Temptation of the Muses’

SATURDAY, MARCH 10

At 8 p.m., The LaGuardia Performing Arts Center’s Mainstage Theater, located at 31-10 Thomson Avenue in Long Island City, presents two acclaimed Asian music and dance groups — the Ahn Trio and the Nai-Ni Chen Dance Company — in a cross-cultural program. The artists will perform “Temptation of the Muses,” an imaginative piece that draws from poetry, drama, music and dance and brings an artful fusion of Eastern splendor and Western dynamism. The Nai-Ni Chen Dance Company fuses the freedom of American modern dance with the grace of Asian art. The three sisters who make up the trio — violinist Angella, cellist Maria and pianist Lucia — are known for performing a diverse set of genres, ranging from classical to popular music.

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FRIDAY APRIL 27 THROUGH SUNDAY MAY 6

SPENT

Friday at 7:30, Saturday at 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. and Sunday at 3 p.m., Queens Theatre, located at 14 United Nations Avenue South in Flushing Meadows-Corona Park, presents SPENT. Straight from the Edinburgh Fringe Festival comes the U.S. premier of this hilarious, witty and quick political satire about the greed and corruption that started the worldwide financial crisis. The show features two actors playing 20 different characters, each from different parts of the world. SPENT won Toronto’s Dora Award for Best Performance. Tickets for this show are $25.

Photo courtesy of the Queens Theatre

Friday, March 9

At 8 p.m. Flushing Town Hall, located at 137-35 Northern Boulevard, is hosting The Queens College Orchestra. Lead by music director Maurice Peress, the classical music group will feature solos from violinist Alicia Bisha as well as music by Beethoven, Mozart and Wagner. This event has a suggested donation of $20 for non members and $10 for members.

Friday, March 9 thru Sunday, April 29

Flushing Town Hall, located at 137-35 Northern Boulevard, invites you to experience nomadic life in Turkey through a display of handmade carpets and textiles from this exotic region. Beautifully crafted pieces of functional art will be on display, including two recreated dwellings. The textiles will also be joined by ancient ceramics, glassware and metal objects. Suggested admission for this event is $5.

Saturday, March 10

At 2:15 p.m. Flushing Town Hall, located at 137-35 Northern Boulevard, invites you to enjoy Goldilocks and the Three Bears, a bilingual show presented in both English and Spanish. This family-friendly performance features the award-winning SEA Teatro, a group that has performed in New York, Florida and Puerto Rico for over 25 years. Tickets are $12 for non members and $10 for members, $8 for non member children and $6 for member children.

At 6:15 p.m., St. Josaphat’s Church, located at 210 Street & 35 Avenue in Bayside, will host an organ recital by David Crean of Manhattan’s renowned Juilliard School. Crean will entertain the crowd with music by Bach, Brahms, Strayhorn, Gabrieli, Boellmann and Widor . For more information, call 718-229-1663. All are welcome to attend and admission is free.

WEDNESDAY, MARCH 21

At 7:30 p.m., The Zucker Hillside Hospital’s Sloman Auditorium, located at 266th Street and 76th Avenue in Glen Oaks, presents “How to Work and Still Keep Your Benefits,” in conjunction with the National Alliance on Mental Illness of Queens/Nassau. This program will teach attendees about how to hold a job while maintaining their benefits from a field expert, well versed in work incentives. The National Alliance on Mental Illness of Queens/Nassau is a non-profit organization that provides support, education and advocacy for families of residents suffering from mental illness. For more information, call 718-347-7284.

Wednesday, March 21 thru Monday, March 26

The Nassau Veteran’s Memorial Coliseum located at 1255 Hempstead Turnpike in Uniondale, invites you to experience the magic of the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus. This once in a lifetime event, called DRAGONS, celebrates the Year of the Dragon through astonishing feats and acts of bravery. Tickets range from $20 to $150. For more information or to purchase tickets, please visit www.Ringling.com or www.ticketmaster.com.

Friday, March 23

7 p.m., York College Performing Arts Center, located at 94-45 Guy R. Brewer Boulevard in Jamaica, presents James Spaulding, a jazz saxophonist and flutist who has established himself as a masterful soloist for ensemble performances. Originally from the Indianapolis, Indiana area, Spaulding is a modernist with solid roots in classical jazz. This performance has a suggested donation of $10.

SATURDAY, MARCH 24

At 2 p.m. and 8 p.m., Queens Theatre, located at 14 United Nations Avenue South in Flushing Meadows-Corona Park, presents Tom Wopat, the next installment in the theatre’s Celebrity Series. Wopat, a seasoned stage star whose credits include “Annie Get Your Gun” and “Guys and Dolls” and television credits include “Dukes of Hazzard” and “Cybill,” will perform a concert of Broadway hits and standards from the 40s and 50s. Regular tickets for this show are $44 and Producer’s Circle tickets are $60.

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At 7 p.m., Community House, located at 15 Borage Place, presents its annual Casino Night. All funds raised at this event will help finance the upkeep of Community House’s facilities. Companies interested in participating in this event should call 718-268-7710 or visit www.thecommunityhouse.net.

THURSDAY, MARCH 29 AND FRIDAY, MARCH 30

At 7 p.m., Flushing Town Hall, located at 137-35 Northern Boulevard, presents J.H.S. 189’s production of Guys and Dolls JR. Watch as a talented cast of young actors, singers and dancers performs this Broadway classic. Set in New York City, the show tells the story of gamblers and missionaries, love and adventure. This show is free to the public.

SATURDAY, MARCH 31

From 2 to 5 p.m., Flushing Town Hall, located at 137-35 Northern Boulevard, presents Celebrate Spring, an interactive arts workshop open for all ages. Make Mexican paper art with skilled artisan, Aurelia Fernandez, who will teach children and adults alike how to create animal hats from paper and found objects. Learn about instruments from Ecuador, Peru and Bolivia and get a chance to build your very own pentatonic panpipe, called a palla. Juan “Pepe” Santana, a skilled musician, will teach attendees how to play simple Andean melodies on their newly crafted instruments. No previous musical training is necessary.

SUNDAY, APRIL 1

At 2 P.M., Flushing Town Hall, located at 137-35 Northern Boulevard, presents mirror of another world, textiles and costume traditions in early Central Asian photography. Look through scholar Andrew Hale’s archives, the largest private collection of 19th and early 20th century central Asian images in the United States. Hale will discuss how these photographs document Central Asian costume and textile trends. This event has a suggested donation of $5 for members and is free for students.

SUNDAY, APRIL 15

From 2 to 5 p.m., Flushing Town Hall, located at 137-35 Northern Boulevard, presents Celebrate Spring, an interactive arts workshop open for all ages. Felipe Rengel will lead a fascinating workshop on the Puerto Rican tradition of Vejidante, a celebration using masks. Attendees will be allowed to create their very own masks as well as learn about the history behind them. There will also be a demonstration on colorful Mexican flowers and paper banners, typically used in weddings, holidays and other celebrations. This event is $10 for non-members and free for members.

WEDNESDAY, APRIL 18

At 7:30 p.m., The Zucker Hillside Hospital’s Sloman Auditorium, located at 266th Street and 76th Avenue in Glen Oaks, presents “Planning for Exceptional Families,” in conjunction with the National Alliance on Mental Illness of Queens/Nassau. This program will teach attendees about how to care for a loved one who has special needs, touching on the sensitive subject of a family member’s care after you pass. This forum will help put those facing these challenges at ease and provide them with the necessary information to make good choices now for the future. Ellen Victor, an attorney specializing in elder law and estate planning will be in attendance to provide advice and support. The National Alliance on Mental Illness of Queens/Nassau is a non-profit organization that provides support, education and advocacy for families of residents suffering from mental illness. For more information, call 718-347-7284.

SATURDAY, APRIL 21

At 2 p.m. and 8 p.m., Queens Theatre, located at 14 United Nations Avenue South in Flushing Meadows-Corona Park, presents Janis Ian, the next installment in the theatre’s Celebrity Series. Ian is a Grammy Award-winning folk music legend and the genius behind “At Seventeen,” “Society’s Child,” “Stars” and “Jesse.” She will perform several of her greatest hits as well as a bevy of other classic tunes. Regular tickets for this show are $44 and Producer’s Circle tickets are $60.

Photo courtesy of Peter Cunningham

At 6 p.m., the Alley Pond Environmental Center (APEC), located at 228-06 Northern Boulevard in Flushing, presents the Friend of the Environment Earth Day Reception. This celebration will honor Central Veterinary Associates who have provided care for all of APEC’s animals for over 15 years. Admission for this event is $25 per person.

At 8 p.m., the Alley Pond Environmental Center (APEC), located at 228-06 Northern Boulevard in Flushing, presents the John Flynn Earth Day Concert – Folk Music For the Earth. Listen to the music of legendary folk singer John Flynn, performing his hits as well as country and love songs. Admission for this event is $25 per person.

SUNDAY, APRIL 22

At 10 a.m., the Alley Pond Environmental Center (APEC), located at 228-06 Northern Boulevard in Flushing, will host their Earth Day Walk for APEC. Join APEC on a fun, leisurely walk along Little Neck Bay and help raise funds for APEC. Trainers from Bayside’s Bell Plaza Sports Club will be on site to lead stretches and warm-ups just before the walk. This activity has a fee of $10 per person.

SATURDAY, APRIL 28

At 7 p.m., York College Performing Arts Center, located at 94-45 Guy R. Brewer Boulevard in Jamaica, presents the Clifton Anderson Quintet. Anderson, who began playing the trombone at age seven, attended the prestigious Fiorello LaGuardia High School of Music and Art, studied with Simon Karasick and Dave Schechter at Stony Brook University, and graduated from the Manhattan School of Music in 1978. He has performed with a diverse group of musical talents, including Stevie Wonder, Dizzy Gillespie, Paul Simon, Muhal Richard Abrams, WyClef Jean, and Dionne Warwick. Anderson racked up several Broadway credits during his career, including Dreamgirls and Nine. Tickets for this show are $20 for adults and $10 for students and seniors.