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Queens Museum plays host to July art conference

By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com

Photo via Instagram/@queensmuseum

Educators, curators and artists from across the globe will convene at the Queens Museum for a July weekend conference on art and culture in American life.

The USSEA (United States Society for Education through Art) Regional Conference will take place from July 17-19 at the museum, located in the former New York City Pavilion at Flushing Meadows-Corona Park.

Themed “An inclusive world: Bridging communities,” the conference will feature more than 65 sessions involving local, national and international museum educators, art teachers, professors and artists focused on examining how the fine arts and culture and taught in classrooms, museums and local art organizations.

Four keynote speakers will be featured at the conference: Sherry Huss, vice president of Maker Media and co-creator of the Maker Faire; Tom di Maria, director of the Creative Growth Art Center; Tim Rollins, founder of the Art and Knowledge workshop in the Bronx; and Sree Sreenivasan, chief digital officer at the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Registration for the conference includes breakfast and lunch in the museum cafe, an opening reception and a weekend pass to the adjacent New York Hall of Science. Special shuttle buses to and from the Mets-Willets Point station is also part of the package.

Fees range from $45 for college students with current ID to $85 for non-USSEA members. Click here for more information.


Queens Taste 2015 set for May 12 at NYSCI

| ctumola@queenscourier.com

Photo courtesy Dominick Totino Photography

Get ready to take a bite out of Queens.

Queens Taste, an annual celebration of the borough’s diverse food scene, will take place at the New York Hall of Science on May 12, the Queens Economic Development Corporation (QEDC) announced Tuesday.

The event will give attendees the chance not only to sample food, but also to network with hundreds of others who either live in Queens or do business in the area.

Some of the culinary offerings will include La Fusta in Elmhurst, which will bring beefy Argentine fare; Jamaica’s O Lavrador, which will prepare Portuguese paella; Pa-Nash in Rosedale, with its West Indian/Moroccan fusion; and Astoria’s Zenon Taverna, which will provide Greek specialties. Latin participants include the Arepa Lady from Jackson Heights and Mexican cuisine from La Adelita in Woodside. Asian treats will come from Flushing’s Mulan, Thai Rock in Rockaway and Kimchee Smoke, which is often at LIC Flea & Food. And the Michelin-starred M. Wells Steakhouse will bring its famous beef tartare meatballs.

Queens Taste offers diverse cuisine from around the borough. (Photo courtesy of QEDC)

Queens Taste offers diverse cuisine from around the borough. (Photo courtesy of QEDC)

Also, clients of the Entrepreneur Space, a food-and-business incubator that the QEDC operates in Long Island City, will be at the event with their artisan specialties, including gluten-free products and ethnic desserts.

Long Island City’s SquareWine & Spirits will headline a beverage group that includes borough-based Queens Courage gin.

Attendees will be able to vote for the best beverage as well as the top appetizer, entrée and dessert in a people’s choice format. While they’re deciding what they like best, Big Apple Circus clowns will do magic tricks and give away free red noses.

“We’re excited to partner again with the Queens Economic Development Corp. and the Queens Tourism Council to bring neighbors together for this popular — and delicious — community event,” said Gail Grimmett, senior vice president New York for Delta Air Lines, lead sponsor of the event.

“Because of the food, drinks, desserts, people, venue and tremendous energy, I look forward to Queens Taste all year,” added QEDC Executive Director Seth Bornstein. “It’s so much fun on so many levels.”

Queens Taste 2015 is scheduled for Tuesday, May 12, from 6 to 9 p.m. The cost is $125 per ticket or two for $200. To purchase tickets, visit www.itsinqueens.com/queenstaste.


Multimedia installation to bring drive-in movie experience to Queens

| ctumola@queenscourier.com

Photo courtesy of NYSCI

The drive-in-movie theatre is back. But this time, leave your car at home.

From October 4 through October 20 the New York Hall of Science (NYSCI) is hosting Empire Drive-In, a large-scale, multimedia installation and outdoor theater.

Made of 60 different cars and trucks reclaimed from a Brooklyn junkyard, Empire Drive-In serves as both entertainment and an art piece.

“The range of themes included in Empire Drive-In – car culture, technological obsolescence, creative reuse and nostalgia – illustrate that there is no limit to how science and technology can be presented in creative and engaging ways,” said Dr. Margaret Honey, president and CEO of NYSCI. “We know our community members will thoroughly enjoy such a unique installation.”

The audience will be allowed to sit inside or on top of any of the installation’s cars while watching the evening’s films, which will be projected on a 40-foot screen constructed out of salvaged wood.

The screenings offer something for every taste from silent films to a Bollywood movie and a double feature tribute to renowned B-movie producer Samuel Z. Arkoff.

Each evening will begin with a slideshow of late industrial images by photographer Stephen Mallon, and includes a sound program about cars and manufacturing, as well as live music and other performances.

On October 18, during a screening of bicycle-themed films, cyclists will be invited to bike to the drive-in.

Like the traditional drive-in, there will be plenty of food available for hungry moviegoers. A concession stand will feature “typical theatre treats,” including popcorn and candy, as well as hot beverages.

Tickets for Empire Drive-In shows cost $5 to $20.

For more information and to purchase tickets visit www.nysci.org/event/empire-drive-in.



Queens’ Morning Roundup

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Monday: Overcast with rain. High of 41. Windy. Winds from the NE at 20 to 25 mph with gusts to 40 mph. Chance of rain 80% with rainfall amounts near 0.2 in. possible. Monday night: Overcast with snow, then a chance of snow after midnight. Low of 34F with a windchill as low as 27. Breezy. Winds from the North at 10 to 20 mph with gusts to 30 mph. Chance of snow 70% with accumulations up to 2 in. possible.

EVENT OF THE DAY: BubbleMania 

From March 25 to March 31, at the New York Hall of Science, enjoy the humor and spectacular science of comic bubble-ologist Casey Carle, who has been featured on The Science Channel. See how science can turn the ordinary soap bubble into something extraordinary. Tickets will be sold on a first-come, first-served basis on the day of the show. Click here for more info or to submit an event of your own

Spring storm heads towards New Jersey, Long Island

A spring storm that buried parts of the midwest in snow is now dropping a sloppy mix on part of our area. Read more: ABC New York

N.Y. State Senate Holds Sunday Session To Advance Budget Bill

New York state lawmakers were expected Sunday to take much of the week to pass the $135 billion budget they negotiated with Gov. Andrew Cuomo. CBSNewYork/AP

LIRR resumes normal service after derailment, but broken rail suspends branch

The Long Island Rail Road has resumed normal service Monday after a week of disruptions due to a derailed freight train and a broken rail that suspended service on the Port Washington branch. Read more: ABC New York

Hundreds rally for gay rights at Washington Square Park

Elected officials joined hundreds of demonstrators in Greenwich Village on Sunday afternoon for a march and rally for gay marriage rights. Read more: CBS New York

Ellis Island Museum not likely to reopen in 2013

The National Park Service says the Ellis Island Immigration Museum “will not likely be open in 2013″ as damage from Hurricane Sandy is repaired. Read more: NBC New York

NY Mayor Bloomberg predicts success for expanded gun checks

New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg predicted on Sunday that pressure from the American public would eventually force the Congress to expand background checks for gun buyers, even though the measure faces an uncertain fate in the Senate. Read more: Reuters 

Queens’ Morning Roundup

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Wednesday: Partly cloudy in the morning, then clear. High of 37 with a windchill as low as 25. Winds from the WNW at 5 to 15 mph. Wednesday night: Clear in the evening, then partly cloudy. Low of 25 with a windchill as low as 18F. Winds from the NNW at 5 to 15 mph.

EVENT OF THE DAY: Tony Hawk/Rad Science

At the New York Hall of Science’s Tony Hawk/Rad Science find out how the physics of gravity, force, velocity and balance make radical tricks possible in action sports. This new exhibition shows how a visit to a local skatepark can demonstrate important physics principles. Explore over 25 interactive experiences including. Free with museum admission. Click here for more info or to submit an event of your own

School bus strike actually saving the city money, despite payouts to parents

A crippling school bus strike has forced the city to shell out millions of dollars to transport kids to school — but the strike has actually saved taxpayers money, the Daily News has learned. Read more: New York Daily News

1st round of Sandy relief funds being distributed

New York is getting nearly $3.5 billion in the first release of funds from the $50.5 billion emergency relief measure enacted last month for Superstorm Sandy victims. Read more: ABC New York

Major coastal storm could dump a foot of snow on tri-state by weekend

After a relatively mild winter in terms of snow accumulation, a looming powerful coastal storm threatens to bury the tri-state area by the weekend, forecasters say. Read more: NBC New York

Civic Virtue may be gone but not forgotten by Queens activists

The controversial Triumph of Civic Virtue statue may be long gone from Queens Boulevard but some local activists are still fighting to find how and why it was moved. Read more: New York Daily News

Worker rescued after getting stuck while inspecting Roosevelt Island Tram

A worker had to be rescued Tuesday after his foot got stuck while inspecting the Roosevelt Island Tram. Read more: NY1

Boy Scouts of America expected to vote on ending on gay membership ban

Boy Scouts of America board members are expected to vote on Wednesday on whether to end a longstanding and controversial ban on gay membership. Read more: Reuters



Queens’ Morning Roundup

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Tuesday: Mostly cloudy with snow showers in the morning, then overcast with snow showers. High of 28 with a windchill as low as 9. Breezy. Winds from the WNW at 20 to 25 mph. Chance of snow 20%. Tuesday night: Overcast in the evening, then partly cloudy. Low of 18F with a windchill as low as 5. Breezy. Winds from the WNW at 10 to 20 mph.

EVENT OF THE DAY: Rockwell Blocks

Bring your budding builder, artist or inventor to the New York Hall of Science and set them loose among these oversized foam blocks. Kids of all ages can use the foam blocks to build structures and sculptures, tear them down, and then start all over again. Free with NYSCI admission. January 22 – 24,  10:30 a.m. – 1 p.m. Click here for more info or to submit an event of your own

Still no heat in parts of Rockaways after Sandy

It’s a sound you wouldn’t expect to hear three months after Superstorm Sandy, generators providing power to buildings with electrical systems beyond repair. Read more: ABC New York

Five pedestrians hurt after car loses control in Queens

Five pedestrians were hurt when a speeding car lost control and crashed into several parked cars in Queens Monday, witnesses and police said. Read more: NBC New York

Snow, coldest air in 2 years for to tri-State area this week

The balmy temperatures and dry sidewalks in recent days may have led New Yorkers to forget that it is, in fact, winter. Read more: CBS New York

JFK flier ‘packing’ heat: TSA

A man heading for a vacation in Cancun was arrested at JFK Airport yesterday for allegedly carrying a loaded semiautomatic handgun. Read more: New York Post

Sandy-battered Rockaway business robbed as owners try to rebuild

A second wave of disaster — this one man-made — has struck a Sandy-battered business in the Rockaways. Read more: New York Daily News

Queens school damaged by Sandy finally reopens

On the road to recovery, a Catholic school in the Rockaways that sustained significant damage during Superstorm Sandy is finally reopening. Read more: ABC New York

Tuesday marks 40 years since historic Roe v. Wade ruling

By today’s politically polarized standards, the Supreme Court’s momentous Roe v. Wade ruling was a landslide. By a 7-2 vote on Jan. 22, 1973, the justices established a nationwide right to abortion. Read more: ABC New York

Confident Obama lays out battle plan as he launches second term

A confident President Barack Obama kicked off his second term on Monday with an impassioned call for a more inclusive America that rejects partisan rancor and embraces immigration reform, gay rights and the fight against climate change. Read more: Reuters


Cartoons come to life at Hall of Science

| mchan@queenscourier.com

Photo Courtesy of New York Hall of Science

Cartoon lovers can watch their favorite characters come to life, beginning at the end of the month.

A new 6,000-square-foot exhibition at the New York Hall of Science (NYSCI) — called “Animation” — explores animation from concept to finished product, from storyboards, character design and drawing techniques to movement, timing, filming and sound.

The exhibit — which includes a screening room and a cartoon museum — also features “larger-than-life” colorful graphics of popular Cartoon Network characters from shows like “Dexter’s Laboratory” and “Ed, Edd n Eddy.” It also teaches visitors the history of animation.

“Animation” is open from March 31 through September 2 and is free with general NYSCI admission.

For more information, visit www.nysci.org or call 718-699-0005.