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LIC comedy club founder hosting new Fox stand-up show


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A Queens native and founder of a Long Island City comedy club is bringing his years of experience producing laughs to a new show on Fox next month.

Steve Hofstetter, 34, who is in the process of selling the Laughing Devil Comedy Club on Vernon Boulevard to concentrate on his TV endeavor, is the host and executive producer of “Laughs,” a highlight reel show for stand-up comics.

Hofstetter started doing stand-up comedy at 13 years old to impress a girl. Though he failed to get the girl, he found a life-long passion for humor.

After college, he started performing in and producing stand-up shows, eventually making a full-time career out of comedy.

In late 2011, he opened the Laughing Devil Comedy Club when he realized there were no comedy clubs in Queens.

“Why not support the community that you actually live in,” the former Long Island City resident said.

A writing opportunity led him to move to L.A. about a year and half ago, and he and the Laughing Devil’s co-owner decided to put their business up for sale last summer. But Hofstetter ultimately decided to buy out his partner.

With “Laughs” set to premiere for a 13-week test run on August 2, he is now finalizing the club’s sale to the team behind The Stand, a Manhattan comedy club, which has been running Laughing Devil for the past couple of months, he said.

“I can’t imagine a bigger opportunity,” Hofstetter said about the show. “It’s one of those things where you think you’ve made it but you aren’t sure yet.”

Each week, “Laughs” will feature stand-up comics from around the country, compiled from clips sent to the show and showcases set up by comedy clubs. As host, Hofstetter introduces the clips to a live audience at The Laughing Derby in Louisville, Kentucky, one of three comedy clubs of which he is a managing partner, and provides humorous commentary. Each clip will include the comic’s Twitter handle and where to see the person live.

“This is going to be catch-your-breath funny,” Hofstetter said. “We are really going to introduce the world to some great comics.”

To mark the show’s debut, there will be a red-carpet premiere party at the Laugh Factory in L.A.
Hofstetter remembers growing up in Briarwood and watching “Comic Strip Live” on Fox, which was taped live from the Laugh Factory.

“It’s a wonderful way to go full circle,” he said.

“Laughs” will premiere on Saturday, August 2, in select cities, including in New York at midnight on Fox, and Sunday, August 3, on My9 at 11 p.m.

 

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TODAY’S FORECAST 

Thursday: Sunny. High near 30. Winds WSW at 5 to 10 mph. Thursday night: Partly cloudy this evening, then becoming cloudy after midnight. Low 24. Winds SW at 5 to 10 mph.

EVENT OF THE DAY: The Big Thing at Laughing Devil Comedy Club 

On Thursdays, come to the Laughing Devil Comedy Club as the best of the New York area (and beyond) showcase who will be the next Big Thing. The Big Thing comedians are all great pros on the rise who have been vetted by the club. If anyone kills on The Big Thing, they earn the coveted position of Club Regular – and you will see them again soon. The show also features some special guest headliners. Starts at 8 p.m. at 4738 Vernon Blvd., Long Island City.

De Blasio swipes at Bloomberg over education

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Fake cabby busted twice at JFK Airport

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Prostitution ring busted near Super Bowl Boulevard

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Faced with criticism, Atlanta mayor slams NYC snow response in tweet

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NYC female firefighters trying to boost numbers

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TODAY’S FORECAST 

Wednesday: Overcast. Fog early. High of 72. Winds from the NNW at 5 to 10 mph shifting to the SSE in the afternoon. Wednesday night: Overcast with a chance of rain. Low of 61. Winds from the South at 5 to 10 mph. Chance of rain 20%.

EVENT OF THE DAY: Happy Hour Open Mic at Laughing Devil Comedy Club

Happy Hour Open Mic begins at 6 p.m. at the Laughing Devil Comedy Club. The club is located at 47-38 Vernon Boulevard, Long Island City. It is FREE to attend and perform. All drinks will be half off.  Click here for more info or to submit an event of your own

De Blasio, Lhota face off in their first general election debate

Mayoral opponents Bill de Blasio and Joe Lhota met for their first debate of the general election Tuesday night. Read more: The Queens Courier

City education officials vote to create a dozen new schools next year

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Embassy bombings suspect al-Libi arraigned in NYC court

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Cuomo’s anti-corruption panel boadens probe to include Democrats

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With world watching, Congress against wall for last-minute fiscal solution

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TODAY’S FORECAST 

Wednesday: Clear. High of 73. Winds from the North at 5 to 10 mph. Wednesday night: Overcast in the evening, then partly cloudy. Low of 55. Winds less than 5 mph.

EVENT OF THE DAY: Moving Screening at Laughing Devil Comedy Club

Long Island City’s Laughing Devil Comedy Club invites you to grab a bite, toss back a drink and enjoy the best in classic comedy films on our massive new screen. This Wednesday night’s movie is “The 40-Year-Old Virgin.” Click here for more info or to submit an event of your own

Anthrax scare at Queens Criminal Court after Tylenol sent as ‘joke’ arrives in powder form

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City Council bill would ban employers from Facebook friending job seekers, employees

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Humpback whales ‘hanging out’ near the Rockaways

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Queens’ Morning Roundup


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TODAY’S FORECAST 

Thursday: Partly cloudy. High of 77. Breezy. Winds from the NNW at 10 to 20 mph. Thursday night: Partly cloudy. Low of 55. Breezy. Winds from the North at 10 to 20 mph.

EVENT OF THE DAY: Devil Science Theater 3000

Devil Science Theater 3000 is an interactive event where the audience plays drinking games and makes fun of terrible movies while being egged on by professional comedians in the crowd!  No drink minimum! Tonight’s film is The Creeping Terror (1964). Starts 10:30 p.m. at Laughing Devil Comedy Club in LIC. Click here for more info or to submit an event of your own

Huge water bugs infest Queens neighborhood

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Weiner has a heated exchange in Brooklyn with shop patron who insults wife

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Despite commanding lead in polls, de Blasio anticipates runoff

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Chobani’s pulling moldy yogurt from U.S. shelves prompts federal probe

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration said on Wednesday it is investigating Greek yogurt maker Chobani’s handling of a mold problem with its product after the company asked some retailers last week to remove yogurt cups from store shelves. Reuters

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TODAY’S FORECAST

Friday: Partly cloudy. High of 84. Winds from the SW at 5 to 10 mph. Friday night: Mostly cloudy in the evening, then overcast. Low of 72. Winds from the SSW at 5 to 10 mph.

EVENT OF THE DAY: Jerks: The Show

This late-night comedy showcase at the Laughing Devil Comedy Club in LIC on Friday, August 30 at 10:30 p.m. features NYC’s finest, most eloquent & lovable jerks. Leave your weak friends at home, as this show will appeal to your darker comedy tastes. As a special bonus, House of Jerky will provide free samples to the audience. Click here for more info or to submit an event of your own

Poll: Spitzer and Stringer locked in dead heat in race for comptroller

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New proposal calls for inter-borough train connecting Bronx, Queens, Brooklyn

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Mr. Softee takes a hard line on suspected imposter ice cream trucks

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Fifty percent of Americans say they oppose the United States taking military action against Syrian President Bashar Assad, and nearly eight-in-10 believe President Barack Obama should receive congressional approval before using any force, according to a new NBC News poll. Read more: NBC News 

LIC’s Laughing Devil Comedy Club to stay


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The laughs are here to stay in Long Island City.

In July, the owners of The Laughing Devil Comedy Club, located at 47-38 Vernon Boulevard, announced they would put the venue up for sale.

After nearly two months of searching for the perfect buyer, Steve Hofstetter, co-owner, decided to buy out his partner, Jacob Morvay.

“With my move to LA and my business partner’s new baby, selling the club made sense, but it was not my first choice,” said Hofstetter. “After we had a buyer that backed out at the last minute, our second best offer was to turn it into a bar – and I did not want to see that happen.”

Hofstetter and Morvay started the business in 2011. It became a part of the Long Island City community as it hosted various stand-up shows featuring celebrity comedians.

Along with purchasing the venue, Hofstetter said there will be some additional changes taking place at the comedy club. A wall will be put up to divide the bar and showroom, allowing comedians and patrons to hang out while a show is taking place.

The Laughing Devil will also begin showing classic movies, like “Spaceballs” and “The Big Lebowski,” on Wednesday nights and weekend afternoons.

“I will be passing on some opportunities in LA and coming back to NYC every so often to ensure that the Laughing Devil is here to stay,” said Hofstetter. “In other words, we’re back and we’re better than ever.”

 

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LIC’s Laughing Devil Comedy Club up for sale


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It looks like the laughs might be coming to an end.

The owners of The Laughing Devil Comedy Club, located at 47-38 Vernon Boulevard in Long Island City, have announced the venue will be put up for sale.

“It has been successful to date, but my business partner, Steve, moved out to [Los Angeles] for his career, and I had a baby about 11 months ago,” said Jacob Morvay, co-owner of the club. “So we both had changes in our lives that have taken a significant portion of time.”

Morvay and Steve Hofstetter started the business in 2011. It became a lovable part of the Vernon Boulevard community, hosting numerous stand-up shows featuring celebrity comedians.

The owners hope the venue will remain a comedy club since there are not many entertainment options in Long Island City.

“Our first choice is that it would stay the same — just a different owner,” said Morvay. “But there are other options for the space. “

Morvay said the club’s neighborhood is a popular one and that the property would come with a liquor license, a big draw for prospective buyers. He also touted a state-of-the-art draft beer system which includes 14 different beers and is already installed.

The owners have told other business in the area about the club being up for sale. They said reactions have been supportive, if also a bit melancholy. Morvay and Hofstetter are in talks with potential buyers of the 770-square-foot facility, which has the capacity to expand by another 100 square feet in the back.

“We’ve put a lot of time and effort [into] it,” said Morvay. “It’s definitely a labor of love that we are sad to see go, but we have decided what’s best for the business.”

 

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TODAY’S FORECAST 

Thursday: Overcast with a chance of a thunderstorm and rain showers. High of 90. Winds from the North at 5 to 10 mph shifting to the ESE in the afternoon. Chance of rain 60% with rainfall amounts near 0.3 in. possible. Thursday night: Overcast with thunderstorms and rain showers. Low of 73. Winds from the SSE at 10 to 15 mph. Chance of rain 80% with rainfall amounts near 0.8 in. possible.

EVENT OF THE DAY: Devil Science Theater 3000 Anniversary Party

Every Thursday for the past year, the audience at Devil Science Theater 3000 has played drinking games and loudly mocked some of the worst films ever made, vying to be “Director’s Worst Nightmare,” a title that comes with swag, microphone privileges and bragging rights. On Thursday, June 27 at Laughing Devil Comedy Club in LIC, DST3K will throw its anniversary bash by inviting all the Director’s Worst Nightmare winners to help destroy the year’s funniest scenes, short films and trailers. Click here for more info or to submit an event of your own

NYC Council passes plans for NYPD oversight

New York City lawmakers have passed the most expansive plans in years to impose new oversight on the nation’s largest police force. Read more: AP

Paid sick time law passes in NYC, veto overridden

New York City is becoming the most populous place in the United States to make businesses provide workers with paid sick time, after lawmakers overrode a mayoral veto early Thursday to pass a law expected to affect more than 1 million workers. Read more: NBC New York

Queens residents: Con Edison is ruining our trees

Residents of certain sections of Queens have said their beautiful, tree-lined streets are being massacred, and the storms of the past year are not to blame. Read more: CBS New York

Accidental voicemail captures murder of Queens woman

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Starbucks baristas must share tips, high court rules

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New U.S. school snack food rules clamp down on calories, fat

Snacks sold in U.S. schools must be lower in fat, salt and sugar, according to federal rules released on Thursday aimed at giving students more nutritious options and fighting childhood obesity. Read more: Reuters

Queens’ Morning Roundup


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TODAY’S FORECAST

Thursday: Overcast. High of 70. Winds from the SE at 10 to 15 mph. Thursday night: Overcast with rain showers. Low of 64. Winds from the SE at 5 to 15 mph. Chance of rain 70%.

EVENT OF THE DAY: Comedian Adam Sank

Widely recognized for his appearances on NBC’s Last Comic Standing, comedian Adam Sank headlines a Pride Month celebration at LIC’s Laughing Devil Comedy Club on Thursday, June 6. Expect his trademark self-deprecation, including dating stories, the truth about Elmo and the latest on his “Mother From Hell.” Click here for more info or to submit an event of your own

NYPD officer kills wife, self in St. Albans

A Queens cop shot his wife, then turned the gun on himself in an alleged murder-suicide Wednesday night, according to published reports and police. Read more: The Queens Courier 

Parents up in arms after mold found in at P.S./M.S. 114 in Rockaway

Parents at a Sandy-battered school in the Rockaways were up in arms after learning mold was discovered in a building that city officials had assured them was safe. Read more: New York Daily News

NYC claims bike-share program had 100,000 rides in first 10 days of operation

New York City residents and tourists have already taken 100,000 rides just 10 days since the country’s largest bike-sharing program’s launch. Read more: CBS New York/AP

Panel: LIPA as we know it has got to go

Following the disastrous response to Hurricane Sandy, Gov. Andrew Cuomo has said he wants to do away with the current Long Island Power Authority and have the utility run by New Jersey’s PSE&G. Read more: CBS New York

Administration defends collecting phone records

The White House on Thursday defended the National Security Agency’s need to collect telephone records of U.S. citizens, calling such information “a critical tool in protecting the nation from terrorist threats.” Read more: AP

TSA drops plans to allow passengers to carry small knives and bats onto planes

The Transportation Security Administration heeded backlash Wednesday and dropped a controversial plan it to allow knives back on planes for the first time since 9/11. Read more: New York Daily News 

 

Queens’ Morning Roundup


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TODAY’S FORECAST

Wednesday: Overcast with thunderstorms and rain showers in the afternoon. High of 68. Winds from the South at 10 to 15 mph. Chance of rain 60%. Wednesday night: Partly cloudy with a chance of rain. Low of 59. Winds from the SSW at 5 to 10 mph shifting to the WNW after midnight. Chance of rain 40%.

EVENT OF THE DAY: Laughing Devil Comedy Festival

The Laughing Devil Comedy Club’s six-day festival featuring comedians from around the world competing for cash and prizes, along with some hilarious celebrity guests. Ends May 19. Click here for more info or to submit an event of your own

Rockaway official launches petition to make ferry service permanent

THE CITY must continue providing ferry service from Sandy-ravaged Rockaway to Manhattan even after the A train is restored next month, a state lawmaker said Tuesday. Read more: New York Daily News

NTSB recommends lowering legal limit to reduce drunk driving deaths

Federal accident investigators recommended Tuesday that states cut their threshold for drunken driving by nearly half, matching a standard that has substantially reduced highway deaths in other countries. Read more: CBS New York/AP

Boxer Robert (The Ghost) Guerrero gets soft deal on Queens gun rap

The Ghost has ducked the law’s hardest punch. Boxer Robert (The Ghost) Guerrero has agreed to a plea agreement with Queens prosecutors that gives him a kid-glove sentence for bringing an illegal handgun to JFK Airport in March. Read more: New York Daily News

Report: Former Rep. Anthony Weiner hires campaign manager

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Paterson hears ‘House’ call

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FBI investigating IRS targeting of conservative groups

The Justice Department is opening a criminal investigation of the Internal Revenue Service just as another probe concludes that lax management enabled agents to improperly target tea party groups for extra scrutiny when they applied for tax exempt status. Read more: AP/ABC New York

 

 

Queens’ Morning Roundup


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TODAY’S FORECAST 

Wednesday: Mostly cloudy with a chance of a thunderstorm and a chance of rain in the afternoon. High of 77. Winds from the West at 5 to 15 mph. Chance of rain 50%. Wednesday night: Overcast with thunderstorms and rain showers, then a chance of rain after midnight. Fog overnight. Low of 52. Winds from the SE at 5 to 10 mph. Chance of rain 60% with rainfall amounts near 0.3 in. possible.

EVENT OF THE DAY: The Big Thing

At the Laughing Devil Comedy Club , get the New York area’s  freshest jokes by comedians vying to be the next big thing and become a club regular. The show also features some special guest headliners. Click here for more info or to submit an event of your own

Council Speaker Christine Quinn blasts Councilman Dan Halloran’s ‘arrogance’

City Councilman Dan Halloran was a no-show Tuesday for the first council meeting since he was pinched by the feds last week, as Speaker Christine Quinn eviscerated him for sending out a “stupid” press release. Read more: New York Daily News

New York City councilman proposes crackdown on costumed characters

New York City Councilman Peter Vallone Jr. introduced legislation Tuesday that would either ban or introduce tight regulations on costumed characters in New York City. Read more: CBS New York

Temptress who swindled elderly Queens man arrested after 6 years on lam

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Quinn suffers small drop poll shows, but still outpaces opponents

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FEMA: Building a sea wall would change home elevation requirements

The community board in the Rockaways announced Tuesday that the city will spend $4 million on each of the five new lifeguard stands planned for this summer and $2 million on each of two public bathrooms to be built on Rockaway Beach. Read more: NY1

Obama budget targets millionaires, replaces sequester cuts

The White House on Wednesday proposed a budget that sharply trims the U.S. deficit over three years by forcing millionaires to pay more in taxes and enacting spending cuts that replace the “sequester” reductions that went into place last month. Read more: Reuters

Queens’ Morning Roundup


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TODAY’S FORECAST

Thursday; Mostly cloudy with a chance of rain. High of 48. Winds from the NNW at 10 to 15 mph. Chance of rain 20%. Thursday night: Partly cloudy. Low of 39. Winds from the NNW at 5 to 10 mph.

EVENT OF THE DAY: Devil Science Theater 3000

Devil Science Theater 3000 at the Laughing Devil Comedy Club is an interactive event where the audience plays drinking games and makes fun of terrible movies while being egged on by professional comedians in the crowd! No drink minimum! Click here for more info or to submit an event of your own

Locals vow to fight Astoria bikini bar’s liquor license application

An Astoria bikini bar that local leaders fear will turn into a strip joint is facing an uphill battle for a liquor license. Read more: New York Daily News

Critics: N.Y. State lawmakers have quietly revived unpopular taxes to build budget

Good-government groups slammed the New York State Legislature on Wednesday for what one senator called “vampire voting” — dead-of-night votes to revive taxes that were supposed to die — to build much of the new $135 billion budget. Read more: CBS New York

New chief of NYPD named

The New York Police Department is getting a new chief. Read more: Fox New York

Elevator in Queens building broken for months

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NYC woman at center of DOMA case hopeful outcome is ‘going to be good’

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Obama says immigration reform bill could pass by summer

President Barack Obama pressed for swift action on a sweeping immigration bill Wednesday, saying last-minute obstacles are “resolvable” and predicting Congress could pass historic legislation by the end of the summer. Read more: ABC New York/AP

Queens’ Morning Roundup


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TODAY’S FORECAST

Thursday: Overcast with rain showers. High of 46. Winds from the WSW at 5 to 10 mph. Chance of rain 50%. Thursday night: Overcast with a chance of rain. Low of 36. Winds from the WNW at 5 to 10 mph. Chance of rain 20%.

EVENT OF THE DAY: Comedy Show Featuring Lisa Corrao

Middle-school-teacher-turned-comedian Lisa Corrao, who has recently participated in the Women in Comedy Festival, the Boston Comedy Festival, the She-Devil Comedy Competition and Comedy Central’s South Beach Comedy Festival, will headline a show at the Laughing Devil Comedy Club with NYC comics Gabe Pacheco, Lucas Connolly, Miguel Dalmau, Scott Sharp and special guest Gene Harding. Click here for more info or to submit an event of your own

MLS commissioner Don Garber sets time limit for deal to build soccer stadium in Queens, says league will explore other cities if necessary

Don Garber, commissioner of MLS, warned the city on Wednesday that his soccer league will look elsewhere to expand if it can’t cut a deal with officials for a new Corona Park stadium in a relatively short period. Read more: New York Daily News

Hurricane Sandy aid registration deadline extended

New Yorkers who were affected by Superstorm Sandy now have another 30 days to sign up to get help from FEMA. Read more: ABC New York

Rockaway organizations are calling for farmers markets following Superstorm Sandy

When Superstorm Sandy tore through Rockaway, shuttering grocery stores for months, many locals were left without many food options. Read more: New York Daily News

Kindergartener walks out of school, no one notices

Little Angelo says that no one said anything to him as he walked out of school. It’s very hard to say exactly how Angelo Geremia left his school all by himself Wednesday, but what we do know is that some time after 10:30 a.m. at P.S. 229, the 5-year-old kindergartener pushed open the big doors and walked outside. Read more: ABC New York

Benedict says goodbye to cardinals, promises obedience to successor 

Pope Benedict XVI promised his “unconditional reverence and obedience” to his successor in his final words to his cardinals Thursday, a poignant farewell before he becomes the first pope in 600 years to resign. Read more: CBS New York

U.S. Army says it faces “dire” financial situation as cuts loom

A senior military budget officer said on Wednesday that converging financial pressures could leave the U.S. Army with just $2 billion to spend on operations, maintenance and training this year after it has funded the war in Afghanistan and other security needs. Read more: Reuters

Valentine’s Day events in Queens


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If you want to do more than just dinner on Valentine’s Day here are some romantic events happening in Queens on February 14.

Valentine’s Dinner Cruise, 7 p.m. Take the Skyline Princess for a four-hour, all-inclusive, romantic tour of NYC harbor with a three-course buffet dinner, premium open bar, free parking at the marina, and DJ entertainment. $88. World’s Fair Marina Pier 1, Flushing, www.skylinecruises.com.

afroTango (special Valentine’s Day performance), 8 p.m. A world premiere with music arranged and directed by Latin Grammy winner Raul Jaurena, followed by a wine and tapas reception with the stars of the show. $35. Thalia Spanish Theatre, 41-17 Greenpoint Ave., Sunnyside, www.thaliatheatre.org.

Much Ado About Nothing, 8 p.m. On opening night of a show that runs until March 2, patrons receive chocolates, a rose and two glasses of pink bubbly in a two-for-$30 deal. Tickets normally $18. The Secret Theatre, 44-02 23rd St., Long Island City, www.secrettheatre.com.

Romantic Evening of Dinner and Cabaret Performances with DeeAnne Goreman, 8 p.m.,  A rising talent on the jazz scene, Goreman is influenced by industry favorites including Ernestine Anderson, Ella Fitzgerald, Shirley Horn and Jimmy Scott. Focusing on her own interpretations of jazz standards, Goreman has profitted from the city’s wealth of musical treasures. In the recording studio, in addition to working with composers and DJs on various projects, Goreman’s own first demo of standards, which she arranged, co-edited, mixed and mastered, and her second recording of select favorites – given a special jazz/Latin/MidEast touch by her rhythm section – drew attention and praise, as well as airplay on Israeli radio. Onstage, her live performances have varied from blending her own poetry with jazz song, cabaret productions she co-wrote and in which she appeared, to regular jazz gigs at both private events and public venues. Tickets for this one of a kind event are $40 per person and reservations are required. To make reservations, email rarbarlic@gmail.com or call 718-729-9009. Rest-Au-Rant, 30-01 35th Avenue,  Long Island City, www.rarbarlic.com.

Valentine’s Weekend Spectacular, 8pm. On the ultimate date night, a fantastic lineup of headliners — Mark Riccadonna, Leighann Lord, Andy Hendrickson, Scott Sharp, Miguel Dalmau and Dina Hashem — debating the he-said/she-said hilarities of life. $30, includes two soft drinks, glasses of wine or two draft beers. Laughing Devil Comedy Club, 47-38 Vernon Blvd., Long Island City, www.laughingdevil.com.

-Events courtesy of the Queens Tourism Council / The Queens Courier 

 

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