I know, I know talking about the weather is totally boring, but let’s face it: it’s rough out there. Going stir crazy? Stay local, stay warm, and enjoy a few things around town this weekend.
(Photo via Lizabeth Nieves)
Tomorrow, Friday February 4th head over to Hell Gate Social Club for the opening of “Likeness: A Question of Perception.” Local Queens artist Lizabeth Nieves has put together an amazing show featuring not only her work, but poets, prose readers and music by DJ Sambarella. The clever portraits of Queens locals on display have a twist. From the artist:
Nieves’ debut exhibition toys with the concept of portraiture and the way we see ourselves and each other. It operates on the fact that making photo assumptions has become a daily routine. The question is: if you eliminate the setting, the clothing, and the props… What do you have left? Your expression.
The event is from 9-3am and is at Hell Gate Social (12-21 Astoria Blvd, 718- 204-8313). While you’re over there, have a bite at our favorite new-ish Astoria spot, Astor Bake Shop. Their garlic and herb seasoned french fries and lentil burger make the perfect base for an evening of drinks and art! Astor’s tasty treats are served until 9pm on Fridays. (12-23 Astoria Blvd.)
Feeling more like staying in? Grab a bottle of wine or spirits and keep it cozy with a few friends at home. Some of the best assortments of wine and spirits can be found at Astoria Wines (34-12 Broadway), Grand Liquor (30-05 31st St. at 30th Ave.), and Jolsons (22-24 31st St. at Ditmars). Maybe this is a good weekend to try out a hot toddy, mulled wine, or a buttered rum.
For more family friendly things to do this weekend, head over to the Noguchi Museum this Saturday and Sunday, February 5 & 6 for their Drop-in Family Programs. Saturday (12-5pm) work with gallery staffer, Kate Gugliotta, to make your own ‘Art Box To-go.’ Bring a shoebox and the staff will lead your kids in a playful, structured craft activity. Sunday, little ones are encouraged to explore the galleries and then make art about their experience. Sunday’s program costs $5 per family and runs from 11am-1pm. Be sure to check out the full line of family friendly events the Noguchi Museum has on their programs page. (9-01 33rd Rd.)
For something a little different, tonight, February 3rd, Rapture Lounge is the meeting spot for Astoria’s own Funky Chunky Meetup. Join local Golda Portesky for a casual meet-up for those who are committed to (or learning to) love their bodies just as they are and want to have fun with like-minded folks! Meet some great new body-positive folks at Rapture, the event kicks off at 7pm. (34-27 28th Ave.) More information on Golda and her amazing work can be found on her website.
Whatever you decide to do this weekend, stay warm and have fun Astoria!