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Priscilla Morgan, founding board member Noguchi Museum, passes away


By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com

Photo by Sara Wasilausky, The Isamu Noguchi Foundation and Garden Museum, New York

Priscilla Morgan, a long-time supporter of the arts and a founding board member of Long Island City’s Noguchi Museum, has passed away, according to published obituaries. She was 94.

Morgan died peacefully at her Manhattan home on Sunday, March 30, the New York Times reported.

“She was a great friend and a major figure in the art world,” said former Borough President Claire Shulman, who met Morgan through the late Japanese-American artist Isamu Noguchi.

Describing her as charming, warm, intelligent and classy, Schulman said she will miss Morgan’s friendship.

Born in Poughkeepsie in 1919, Morgan began her career in radio production and later became an agent, working with theatrical talent, according to her alma mater Vassar College. Morgan soon formed the Priscilla Morgan Agency, which was bought by the William Morris Agency in 1955.

She met the composer Gian Carlo Menotti in Italy in 1958 and eventually helped bring to the USA his Festival of Two Worlds in Spoleto, a performing and visual arts event, according to the college.

Morgan, in addition to being a founding member of the board, was also the first Honorary Life Trustee of the Noguchi Museum. She spent the last decades of her life “furthering artistic causes and nurturing friendships across many generations,” a Times obituary said.

“Priscilla Morgan was a remarkable woman. Her love for Isamu Noguchi and by extension his museum will continue to guide us. The board and staff of the Museum mourn her passing.” said Director Jenny Dixon.

Memorial contributions can be made to the Children’s Aid Society, according to a Times obituary.

 

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TODAY’S FORECAST

Wednesday: Cloudy. High near 60. Winds SW at 5 to 10 mph.Wednesday night: A few clouds. Low 41. Winds NW at 5 to 10 mph.

EVENT OF THE DAY: Noguchi Archaic/ Noguchi Modern

The Noguchi Museum has an exhibition on view of Noguchi’s work from archaic times to modern times.  The only thing Noguchi loved more than the promise of the future was the sense of belonging to the Earth he derived from working with million and billion year old pieces of rock. Noguchi Archaic/ Noguchi Modern explores a stylistic wormhole that seems to link the ancient past and the distant future in his work. Through August 31. Click here for more info or to submit an event of your own

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TODAY’S FORECAST

Thursday: Rain and snow showers mixed for the afternoon. Temps nearly steady in the mid to upper 30s. Winds N at 5 to 10 mph. Thursday night: Partly cloudy skies. Low 32. Winds light and variable.

EVENT OF THE DAY: Space Choreographed: Noguchi and Ruth Page  

Space Choreographed: Noguchi and Ruth Page” is an exhibit of the Noguchi drawings of avant-garde American dancer and choreographer Ruth Page. This series includes ink wash paintings that abstract the human form. The Noguchi Museum is located at 9-01 33rd Road in LIC. For more information call 718-204-7088. Through Sun., Jan. 26.

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TODAY’S FORECAST

Friday: Snow this morning will give way to some clearing this afternoon. High around 15. Winds NNW at 20 to 30 mph. Chance of snow 80%. About one inch of snow expected. Friday night: Clear skies. Low around 0. Winds NW at 10 to 15 mph.

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MoMA PS1 may expand with $3M in city funding


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MoMA /Photo: Elk Studios, 2012

MoMA PS1 might soon be able to expand into a property right next door after receiving $3 million in city budget funds.

As part of the city’s 2014 budget, Councilmember Jimmy Van Bramer, chair of the Cultural Affairs and Libraries Committee, helped allocate the capital funds allowing the museum at 22-25 Jackson Avenue to purchase the neighboring building in the future.

“MoMA PS1 is a real anchor in Long Island City,” said Van Bramer. “It draws hundreds of thousands of people every year to the neighborhood. Anytime a cultural organization sees an opportunity to expand, I think they should grab it and we want to be helpful in the process.”

According to Van Bramer, the expansion will give the museum more flexibility and allow resources and offices to shift to the new building. Acquiring the building would allow PS1 to expand its programming and gallery space.

However, according to MoMA PS 1, there is still no information on whether, when and where the expansion will occur.

“MoMA PS1 hasn’t announced anything at this point, as the City Council has just allocated funding and we are still exploring the possibility of acquiring the property,” said a MoMA PS1 spokesperson.

Along with PS1, Van Bramer has also increased funding for art and cultural organizations in the city including some right in his backyard.

The Chocolate Factory Theater, located at 5-49 49th Ave in Long Island City, will receive $1.7 million to purchase and expand its property. The Noguchi Museum will get $600,000 to protect its sculpture collections from future flood damage. The SculptureCenter will receive an additional $300,000 for its expansion. Funding has also been provided for groups such as Flux Factory and Socrates Sculpture Park.

“They’re economic engines because when people come to see those exhibits, many of them spend money in the neighborhood,” said Van Bramer. “By keeping those organizations strong and well-funded, we are improving the economy of our local neighborhoods.”

 

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TODAY’S FORECAST 

Friday: Partly cloudy. High of 91. Winds from the SW at 5 to 20 mph. Friday Night: Partly cloudy. Low of 75. Winds from the SW at 5 to 15 mph.

EVENT OF THE DAY: First Fridays at the Noguchi Museum

The Noguchi Museum offers extended evening hours on the first Friday of each month from 5 to 8 p.m. First Friday programming includes “Center of Attention,” an extended conversation around a single work of art at 6 p.m., followed by a film presented in collaboration with the Architecture and Design Film Festival, at 7 p.m. First Fridays also feature pay-what-you-wish admission and a cash bar with wine and beer. Click here for more info or to submit an event of your own

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What to do this weekend in Queens


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Saturday, June 15

Come get your hands dirty at the MillionTreesNYC Tree Care Workshop and Care Day and learn about the stewardship and care it takes to keep our city green. The workshop focuses on caring for and watering the 80,000 newly planted street trees around NYC and meets at the intersection of Putnam and Forest Avenues at 10 a.m. and runs until noon. Children are welcome but must be accompanied. Visit www.milliontreesnyc.org to register or call 212-360-1342.

The Noguchi Museum is inviting families to come and participate in a series of hands-on workshops. The program is from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and costs $10 per family. Families of up to four with children from 5-11 can pre-register by calling 718-204-7088 ext. 203 or e-mail education@noguchi.org.

The Voelker Orth Museum is hosting its monthly Storybook Discovery Saturday from 11 a.m. to noon. The museum hosts a storybook-themed activity day for children 6 and under to celebrate the love of books. Each session includes an art or nature activity. There is a suggested contribution of $2. For more information, visit the museum’s website at www.vomuseum.org or call 718-359-6227.

From now through the end of August, The Louis Armstrong House Museum will be hosting an exclusive exhibit: Swingin’ with the AllStars: Louis Armstrong and Baseball. Located at 34-56 107th Street in Corona, the museum is offering free entrance to the exhibit with the price of admission, which is $10, or $7 for seniors, students, and children. The exhibit focuses on Armstrong’s fascination with baseball and features several photos and artifacts sequencing the jazz legend’s involvement with the New York’s top players during the height of his fame. The museum is open 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Tuesday-Friday and from noon – 5 p.m. on weekends. For more information or to book a group tour visit www.LouisArmstrongHouse.org or call 718-478-8274.

Sunday, June 16

Nothing says summer like experiencing the open water in NYC. Join the Urban Park Rangers for their intermediate canoeing workshop at Bayswater Park. For ages eight and up, participants will meet at Bay 35th Street and Beach Channel Drive. Some experience is preferred, but not required. The Urban Rangers will take you on the waters of lakes, bays, and rivers. For details call 718-846-2731 or visit www.nycgovparks.org.

From 11 a.m. -1 p.m. and from 3-5 p.m., the Big Apple Circus will be dazzling audiences with its array of old-fashioned circus acts. From jugglers, clowns, and bicycle tricks to contortionists, horses, and men flying on the trapeze, the show is sure to please, as it has for years. The circus will take place in the Big Top at Cunningham Park located at 196-22 Union Turnpike. Tickets are starting at $20. More information is available at 888-541-3750 or by visiting the event’s page at www.nycgovparks.org.

Come and enjoy the sounds of your favorite soul and R&B classic at an outdoor performance in Forest Park.  Starting at 5 p.m., the Magic of Motown will be hosted in the George Seuffert Bandshell at Forest Park. Visit www.nycgovparks.org for more details

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TODAY’S FORECAST

Friday: Overcast with rain in the morning, then partly cloudy. High of 55. Winds from the WNW at 5 to 20 mph. Chance of rain 60%. Friday night: Clear. Low of 34. Breezy. Winds from the NNW at 10 to 20 mph with gusts to 30 mph.

EVENT OF THE DAY:  First Friday Film Series at the Noguchi Museum

The Noguchi Museum will continue its First Friday Film Series. Episodes are selected to complement the exhibition Hammer, Chisel, Drill: Noguchi’s Studio Practice and will feature the works of various contemporary artists. Visitors can enjoy extended evening hours from 5 to 8 p.m. with free admission, cash bar and special programming.  Click here for more info or to submit an event of your own

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What to do in Queens this weekend


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The Unisphere was lit-up red for American Heart Month

THURSDAY, JULY 5 – SATURDAY, AUGUST 4

The Chinese Golden Dragon Acrobats are coming back to Queens Theatre, located at 14 United Nations Avenue South, Flushing Meadows-Corona Park in Flushing. There is a new cast, new acts and new thrills! Performances will include a combination of acrobatics, traditional dance, costumes, ancient/contemporary music and theatrical techniques. Wednesday through Saturday, the show times are at 1 p.m. and 7 p.m. On Sundays, the show time is 3 p.m. Tickets for all seats are $32 while the Family 4-Pack is $100 with the coupon code FAM4.

FRIDAY, JULY 6-AUGUST 24

6:30 p.m.-10:00 p.m., the Queens Museum of Art kicks off its Target Passport Fridays July 6, which runs for eight weeks this summer. On Fridays the museum has free outdoor events featuring live music, dance performances and film screenings, centering on a different country each week.

FRIDAY, JULY 6

10:30 a.m. – 1 p.m., the Senior Theater Acting Repertory (STAR), are holding tryouts because they are looking for upcoming performances. It will be at the Queens Village Library, located at 94-11 217th Street in Jamaica. Please call 718-776-0529 for more information.

4:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m., the Court Square Wine & Spirits, located at 24-20 Jackson Avenue in Long Island City, will be having their weekly free wine and spirit tastings.

5:30 p.m. – 8 p.m., the Noguchi Museum, located at 9-01 33rd Road in Long Island City, has a First Fridays feature which includes a pay what you wish admission with an extended evening hours. Beer and wine will be offered at the cash bar and a special programming will include “Center of Attention,” and others.

9 p.m. – 11:30 p.m., the Mariachi Flor de Toloache, the all-female mariachi band, will be performing at the Queens Kickshaw, located at 40-17 Broadway in Astoria. For more information, visit their website at www.mariachinyc.com.

7 p.m. – 3 a.m., Rocky McBride’s, located at 27-01 23rd Avenue in Astoria, will be hosting a Neon 80’s & 90’s party. Come out wearing your favorite NEON and enjoy the night with drink specials and more!

SATURDAY, JULY 7 – SATURDAY, JULY 28

9 a.m. – 12 p.m., Super Soccer Stars is holding summer classes at Forest Hills High School, located at 67-01 110th Street in Forest Hills. Saturday morning classes all summer long for children that are 2 years old and older. For additional information and to enroll, call 212-877-7171 or visit their website at www.supersoccerstars.com.

SATURDAY, JULY 7 – SEPTEMBER 8

Every Saturday this summer, MoMA PS1, located at 22-25 Jackson Avenue in Long Island City, is having an outdoor series that will have live music, sound, performance and DJs. It is held at their courtyard. From 2 p.m. – 9 p.m., the admission fee is $15 and this includes access to all exhibitions and Warm Up.

SATURDAY, JULY 7

8 a.m. – 4 p.m., GrowNYC will be holding their weekly Greenmarket at Socrates Sculpture Park, located at 32-01 Vernon Blvd in Long Island City. The market will serve the Long Island City and Astoria communities with farm-fresh fruits and vegetables along with family-friendly activities every week.

10 a.m., Gantry Plaza State Park is in need of volunteers to help take care of the plants and habitats of the park. Come and volunteer for a couple hours to help keep the park beautiful for the community. No previous experience is necessary.

1 p.m. – 2:15 p.m., Resobox, located at 41-26 27th Street in Long Island City, is holding their weekly Japanese ink-painting class.

1 p.m. – 5 p.m., Hallets Cove is having their weekly free kayaking or canoeing session at the Long Island City Community Boathouse, located at 31-05 Vernon Blvd in Long Island City. No reservation or experience is needed. People of all ages are welcome but those that are under 18, must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. You must be able to swim and must wear clothing and footwear that you won’t mind getting wet. Last sign-in is at 4:30 p.m.

SUNDAY, JULY 8

8 a.m., the 5th annual Tour de Queens 19-mile family-friendly bike ride starts and ends at Flushing Meadow Corona Park, in the plaza between the Queens Museum of Art and the Unisphere, and will take riders through neighborhoods of Flushing, East Flushing, Murray Hill, Auburndale, Bayside, Bay Terrace, Beechurst and Whitestone. It will take place rain or shine.

11 a.m. – noon, certified instructors from the Taoist Tai Chi Society of the USA, will be offering Tai Chi classes at Socrates Sculpture Park, located at 32-01 Vernon Blvd in Long Island City. Classes are free and designed for all experience levels. Participants should wear comfortable clothing.

1 p.m. – 2 p.m., Resobox, located at 41-26 27th Street in Long Island City, will be holding a Japanese Anime Character Drawing session for kids who are 5-11 years of age.

At 3 p.m., the Noguchi Museum, located at 9-01 33rd Road in Long Island City, is holding a performance by ETHEL, a post-classical string quartet for their Music is the Garden series.

 

What to do in Queens: July 4 holiday


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Even though you can’t see fireworks in Queens, there are still plenty of fun things to do around the borough this Fourth of July holiday.

 

TUESDAY, JULY 3

Fireworks at Citi Field
Following the 7:10 p.m. Mets game vs. the Phillies, the Mets will have its annual fireworks night at Citi Field. Don’t have tickets to the game? You can catch a great view of the fireworks from other location near the stadium, including the Home Depot parking lot, located at 131-35 Avery Avenue.

 

WEDNESDAY, JULY 4

Independence Day Festival in Queens Village
Starts at 10 a.m. at Sanford Avenue between Main Street and Union Street

Louis Armstrong Birthday Tours 
Louis always celebrated his birthday on the Fourth of July. The Louis Armstrong House Museum honors him by remaining open  from 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.  for special tours that include celebratory birthday photos, audio clips and a complimentary cupcake for kids 12 years old and under.

Skyline Princess NYC Fourth of July Fireworks Cruise
Skyline Princess’s Fourth of July Dinner cruise features a five hour cruise with a front row seat for the famous Macy’s fireworks display in New York Harbor. The cruise boards  from the World’s Fair Marina in  Flushing Meadows at 5:30 pm. Sailing time: is at 6:00 p.m. and it returns at 11:00 p.m.

Free Summer Movie at Socrates Sculpture Park
Celebrate July 4th with a program of short films that is funny, revelatory, dramatic and all-American. “The American Experience” starts at 7:00 p.m.


THURSDAY, JULY5

Chinese Golden Dragon Acrobats
The Chinese Golden Dragon Acrobats are coming back to Queens Theatre, located at 14 United Nations Avenue South, Flushing Corona Park in Flushing. There is a new cast, new acts and new thrills! Performances will include a combination of acrobatics, traditional dance, costumes, ancient/contemporary music and theatrical techniques.

Sissy McGinty’s Trivia Night
Sissy McGinty’s, located at 25-67 Steinway Street in Astoria, is holding their weekly Trivia Night from 9 p.m. – 11:45 p.m. This week, they will be celebrating the Fourth of July and there will be drink prize for the round winners and a bar tab for the champion.

 

FRIDAY, JULY 6

First Fridays at the the Noguchi Museum
The Noguchi Museum, located at 9-01 33rd Road in Long Island City, has a First Fridays feature which includes a pay what you wish admission with an extended evening hours (5:30 p.m. – 8 p.m.). Beer and wine will be offered at the cash bar and a special programming will include “Center of Attention,” and others.

Rocky McBride’s Neon 80’s & 90’s Party
Rocky McBride’s, located at 27-01 23rd Avenue in Astoria, will be hosting a Neon 80’s & 90’s party f rom 7 p.m. – 3 a.m. Come out wearing your favorite neon and enjoy the night with drink specials and more!

Mariachi Flor de Toloache
The Mariachi Flor de Toloache, the all-female mariachi band, will be performing at the Queens Kickshaw, located at 40-17 Broadway in Astoria, from 9 p.m. – 11:30 p.m..

 

SATURDAY, JULY 7

Warm Up at MoMA PS1
Every Saturday this summer, starting July 7, MoMA PS1, located at 22-25 Jackson Avenue in Long Island City, has an outdoor series that features  live music, sound, performance and DJs. It is held at their courtyard. From 2 p.m. – 9 p.m., the admission fee is $15 and this includes access to all exhibitions and Warm Up.